Are you there, Santa? It's me, BA.Beth Anne Ballance
But it’s easy. Really, really darn easy. I like pretty things and I like functional things and I can always think of something that would make my heart happy as a gift. I know, I’m materialistic. But sometimes I think that daydreaming of these pretty things keeps me going when I have crayon melted into my back pocket and dog hair on my wool coat.
In the past few years, my husband and Santa have gifted me UGG fur earmuffs, jewelry in a certain robin egg blue box, and loads of books. My husband is a very, very good gift-giver and puts a lot of thought into what I might like. This year with the craziness of moving and our three-year-old, we decided to take it easy on each other and create official wish lists with multiple “sizes” of gifts.
I found that no matter what I put on my list, it seemed to all trace back to motherhood. I guess I really am a mom now, huh?
Here’s what I had on my list:
Moleskine journal 1 of 9I scratch words and bleed emotions and it all spills over into the pages, from memories of my son to reflections on motherhood.
Buy for $25.45 on Amazon
Armband for iPhone 2 of 9Because a fit and healthy momma is a happy momma.
Buy for $15.27 on Amazon
Young House Love’s book 3 of 9Part of being a busy mom is keeping our budget in check with DIY for our new home.
Buy for $17.13 on Amazon
Hunter boots 4 of 9For splashing in puddles with my best little man and getting dirty in the backyard.
Buy for $135 on Zappos
Anthropologie stole 5 of 9Because every momma needs to feel fancy, even when there's oatmeal on the crotch of her pants.
Buy for $48 on Anthropologie
Lisa Leonard bracelet 6 of 9To remind me that I am beloved on the days that I don't feel it.
Buy for $58 on Lisa Leonard Online
Fuzzy warm blanket 7 of 9For the evenings after Harrison is in bed and I'm curled up with a book.
Buy for $10.87 at Pottery Barn
Better Life Bags 8 of 9Because they give back to other moms who just need a chance.
Buy for $92 at Better Life Bags
Rachel Held Evans book 9 of 9To explore womanhood and my faith together.
Buy for $10.87 on Amazon
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