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The Land of Nod has always had a little sweet spot in my heart, and once they started shipping to Canada DUTY FREE, I fell in love. If you don’t know what The Land of Nod is, I highly suggest you check out their website immediately after this post! They are from the same owners of Crate & Barrel selling toys, decor, games, clothing and furniture all for children and babies. I love the uniqueness of their products – modern but still hold the heirloom feel that I just adore.
Their products fit perfectly within my new blog mini series ‘An Intentional Holiday’ (which is starting today!). I love Christmas as much as the next mom (well, maybe a little more..ok, I love Christmas A LOT), but the ‘stuff’ not so much. I swear we need to purge every year after the Holidays. I mean, I love gift giving and receiving but sometimes it can be a little too much especially if the stuff isn’t needed or as loved as we thought it would. This all falls under not being intentional with our gift giving. We give just to give – searching for the newest and trendiest toy or product without second thought about the intention behind it. We want to give stuff to show our love and the more we love the more we give. We have evolved from Santa stockings to Santa sacks. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IT WOULD TAKE TO FILL A SANTA SACK FOR ONE CHILD?!
Every year since Oliver was born I get better with my intentional gift giving. I start early in the year and slowly purchase items that are needed or will have a long lifespan in our home. Starting early gives me time to think about each gift that I purchase. This year I started Christmas shopping in July. I started by purchasing two books for Oliver and the game of Twister. Twister is a wonderful game that grows with your children and is a great party game with friends for a few laughs (and glasses of wine). Now we are into November, I am almost finished shopping and my pre-Christmas closet holds our gifts. Is it full? Not even a little bit, but I’m ok with that. I don’t need to wait until Black Friday to grab all the deals because I don’t need deals if I do my shopping right. My credit card is still happy so that makes me happy.
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Caitlin Ritchie is a Motherhood photographer specializing in Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Milestones and Family Photographer in Petawawa, Ontario. Serving Petawawa & Pembroke, Ontario and the Ottawa Valley regions.
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