Monthly Archives: November 2011

holiday: stocking stuffer ideas for your littles

My very favorite part of Christmas morning is looking at all the goodies in my stocking. I have always been a fan of a gift with lots of little gifts inside. My mom wanted to stop doing stockings for us kids as we started having little ones but I protested and won.  :)  Rachel and I wanted to make a list of our favorite ideas for stocking stuffers.  What do you traditionally get or put in stockings?  We would love to hear your ideas too! Some of these are things we always get in ours and some are new ideas we think would be fun.  We will have a list for your littles, for mom, and for dad.  Many of these things are available for cheap at a dollar store or at Target or Wal-Mart.  Some are even less than a dollar! Hopefully you will get some new and fun ideas from this list!



silly putty

night light




model airplane kit

homemade coupons for fun things (stay up past bedtime, a day with no chores, etc.)



washable markers

coloring book/crayons


a roll of quarters (or dimes or pennies)




ball (this Oball is one of our favorites!)

stuffed animal

arts and crafts supplies


character bandaids

sidewalk chalk

personalized notepad

paper dolls (I am in love with these!)

temporary tattoos

personalized m&m’s

straws (bendy, shapes, etc)

sippy cup

small boxes of legos

jump rope

animal crackers/goldfish


teether (we are partial to this one)

matchbox cars

itunes gift card (for the apps they want to put on your phone)

sketch book


shop: the little cottage

The Factory in Franklin is full of all kinds of shops, restaurants, artist displays and more. The Little Cottage greets you just as you enter the main doors. In this shop you will find tons of traditional smocked dresses, holiday themed outfits, sweet and simple infant wear, heirloom gifts, hairbows a plenty, and so much more. Here are some photos of the treasures you will find in this darling store. Tell them the Nashville Moms sent you!

shop: main street toy company

Downtown Franklin is home to the Main Street Toy Company. It is full of goodies for your little ones. From vintage inspired classic toys to puzzles to art supplies to dolls to trains….your inner child will come out upon entering these doors. They say they are “a specialty store…specializing in toys and products that promote creativity and challenges the minds of children and adults alike”. Go and see for yourself, and pick up some Christmas gifts for your littles! Be sure to check out their facebook page for all kinds of up to date info. Tell them the Nashville Moms sent you!

the nashville moms are thankful for….

We hope you all are enjoying wonderful time with your families as we are this Thanksgiving. It is always nice to reflect each year on the things we are most thankful for and here are some of the things we are most thankful for now!


1. My family: my handsome husband and precious daughter and all of our family in Georgia that we love so dearly. We are blessed indeed.

2. Apple: I am so thankful for iPhones and iChat for allowing me to stay so connected with our nearest and dearest while we are miles apart.

3. Nashville: We are so thankful to call this wonderful, artsy, eclectic, beautiful city our home.

4. Cameras: I am thankful to be able to capture memories so I will never forget….like my daughters chubby legs and all the fun places we go and even the tiniest detail of every day life like what I had for lunch. No detail is unimportant!

5. Friends: I wish I could name each friend that I am thankful for but I am even more thankful that there are too many to list!

6. Cheese: yes, cheese. It is my very favorite food in the world and I am most thankful for how it can transform any dish into something comforting and delicious.

7. Music: I grew up in a musical family and married a man who loves music….it will forever be a part of my life and I love how I constantly have a soundtrack to the story of my life.

8. Leggings: Black leggings, I am thankful for their comfort and ease…what did I ever wear before leggings came along?! These should have been higher on my list…

9. My sisters: I grew up with two older brothers….and now I have 5 sisters (two in-laws on my side and three on Brads) and I am so thankful for each and every one of them. Jamie, Francesca, Erica, Leah, and Heather!

10. Dylan: Yes, technically she is in two of my top ten spots….but I am THAT thankful for her. She is the one that made me a mommy and I adore her to the point of obsession. But it is ok to be obsessed with your own child right? I am so in love with her and more in love with Brad because of her and most importantly more in love with my savior because of her too. She is a miracle in my life and she has caused my heart to triple in size.


1. My amazing husband: It’s not every day that you meet someone you have a zillion and one things in common with, fall in love, get married, and still be different enough that you can keep each other interested and happy:-) I’m so thankful that God blessed me with just that in my sweet husband.

2. My incredible Matilda: Though she only graced us with her presence almost exactly 16 months ago, I can’t imagine life without my sweet baby girl. Every day I am amazed that God gave her to us, and gave me the opportunity to be her mama. I love our little family so very much, and am blessed on a daily basis by them.

3. My parents: I am so thankful that I have parents who were and are a daily example of a Godly marriage. I love them so much and am thankful Matilda has them and my in-laws in her life.

4. Coffee: Yes this is high up on my thankful list, but not a day goes by that I don’t enjoy a cup or two (or four) of this rich tasty perfection in a cup. If you live in Nashville and haven’t had Roast, Inc., you are missing out. Go now.

5. My church family: We are so blessed by an amazing church that we love dearly. My pastor even tweets that he misses us when we miss church! Ha! But in all seriousness, if you don’t have a church, there are a lot of amazing ones in Nashville. Find one you love and get involved. You will be blessed!

6. My home: Though I’m constantly thinking about moving, I am thankful that we have a house that we can pay the mortgage on and still live comfortably. It is cozy, and in a constant disarray, but that’s ok. It is lived in and I love that.

7. My friends: This one should really be higher on the list, but they will just have to forgive me. I love each and everyone of you so much, and am so thankful for you all!!!

8. The CW: Because really? Where else can I find teen drama, vampires, witches and all my other favorite things on one network?? It is perfection.

9. Health: I am so thankful for a healthy family. I am not always the healthiest in my eating habits (I just love queso way too much) but I am so thankful that we are overall in good health.

10. Last, but definitely not least, Music: This is one thing I hope Jon and I instill a love for in Matilda. I have always loved music, but the turning point for me was discovering The Beatles for myself in elementary school. My life was forever changed, and I will always have John, Paul, George and Ringo to thank for that.

to do: anthropologie craft and reading time

Anthropologie is near and dear to our hearts as we were both working there when we met.  When you step in the doors you are greeted by lovely scents, beautiful clothing, unique decor.  Not only is Anthro a fantastic place to shop but they also hold holiday craft and reading time for your children.  We wanted to let you know about some upcoming times so you can plan to take your little one for some Anthro fun (and some Anthro shopping for you while they play!)

December 1 will be a story time from 10:00 – 12:00

December 6 will be a craft time from 5:00 – 7:00

4031 Hillsboro Pike

shop: it’s vintage, baby

You all know that the Nashville Moms love all things vintage so you can see why we adore It’s Vintage, Baby in downtown Franklin. They specialize in vintage and heirloom quality clothing and accessories for infants and children. The store is decorated for the holidays and is full of warmth and cheer from the second you step in. They have a large selection of little boys clothes which we hear moms say all the time is hard to find. They have clothes, gifts, decor, toys, and all kinds of treats. This is definitely one of our favorite baby stores in all of Nashville so be sure to check it out. Tell them the Nashville Moms sent you!

check out their facebook page

weekend fun: November 18-20

Friday November 18

– Tweed’s Roasty Toasty sale:  Go by local favorite Tweed Baby Outfitters for her Roasty Toasty Sale!  Join our friends at Edgehill Village on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-9pm for a special evening of shopping, holiday drinks, store specials and s’mores!

– ‘Tis the season holiday marketplace:  enjoy this three day event hosted by the Junior League of Nashville that features merchants from all over the country.  Christmas with the Clauses is on Saturday from 2-5 with a gingerbread house decorating workshop, visits with santa, and more.  Nashville Convention Center 601 Commerce Street Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. $10 admission ($25 for all three days)

Saturday November 19

Centennial Holiday Show:  more than 170 arts and crafts vendors will be selling their merchandise. Proceeds benefit Centennial High School.  5050 Mallory Lane Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm $4 ages 11 and older.