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Baby Showers: I Love Them

Saturday I had the pleasure of going to a gorgeous baby shower for our friend Laura, who is the most beaming happy excited precious mama-to-be! She and her husband and kitty family will be welcoming a little boy into their family very soon and we had a great girly day celebrating her.

We started off at Cachet Nail Boutique which is a GEM of a nail salon for any of you local readers. I think everyone here in Charlotte knows about the really popular spot here for mani/pedis that sometimes leaves a little to be desired. Cachet in the South End is the total opposite. The interior is so swanky and modern. My tech was friendly and professional, and a dad himself -- we had a good chat about the craziness of toddlers and babies. They have a complete menu of services available, and I decided to give my tootsies a little splurge and bypass the standard pedicure for the Mojito custom pedicure which included a minty scrub, a cooling menthol mask, and a massage lotion. For the $35 charge instead of the typical $25 charge, it was WELL worth the upgrade. It's not too often that I get a pedicure these days, so the small bit extra for the additional time and TLC was a no-brainer. Plus, it's about the closest I'm getting to a minty-lime mojito (sighhhh...) these days.



Lunch was awesome at Ruru's -- it was my first time there! I went with two of their tacos (Stage Five Clinger and Long Duk Dong) ... when they brought my order out, I was all "Um, I should have totally ordered more" but they were so flavorful and filling that it really hit the spot! The icing on the cake was literally the blue iced cupcakes that the hostesses had for everyone after gifts were opened. 

For the mama-to-be, I put together a little bundle of some items from her Amazon registry (the Mustela and the waterproof pads ... both items that I consider a must-have for a newborn!) along with a few other favorites. Here's what I gave her:


Baby Shower Bundle

My #1 Fave (no shocker here): Mustela Physiobebe
on Amazon here
This no-rinse cleanser is so amazing for cleaning up baby bums, little spit-up messes on chins, milk drips from bottle feeding, anything! It smells heavenly and just gives an extra clean feeling.

Cotton Rounds for applying the Mustela Physiobebe
on Amazon here
I keep these right next to my Mustela bottle for ease. They work way better than cotton balls for application.

Bright Starts Rattle
on Amazon here
Camille has one of these (in girlier colors) and just loved it, so we got one for James, too.
We also tossed in another teething toy into the bag, also by Bright Starts.

Pampers Sensitive Wipes
on Amazon here
My love for these knows no bounds.

Boppy Waterproof Liners
on Amazon here
Seriously a must-have (are you listening, preggos?!) for those newborn days when you are up to your elbows in diapers. Surprise tee-tees at 3am don't mean stripping your entire changing pad cover off, just lay your baby on top of one of these (on the "pretty" changing pad cover) and if it gets messy, you just toss it in the laundry and put down a new one. We still use these -- I have one packed in Camille's travel bag so I can change her anywhere with the waterproof pad underneath.

I guess you could say that my typical baby shower gifts have somewhat changed these days -- I love putting together practical, tried-and-true favorites that were really indispensable to us in those first several months! I'd love to hear what some of your go-to baby shower gifts are as well!

18 comments:

  1. Amen to all of these things but I'm especially glad you told us about the liners. I still use them and they save our pretty cover!

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  2. a perfect shower and a perfect gift!!!! what a fun fun day! i'm so so glad you enjoyed yourself, and it was so great to catch up! xoxoxoxo

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  3. What thoughtful gifts! Some of those items have definitely been clutch in these past few months with the birth of our daughter, and I will have to check out the others!

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  4. LOVING this idea & think doing something like this for a friend would be absolutely fabulous...however...here's my "tacky" question, but since you broke it down on the last post, I was curious about this one too! ;) How exactly did the costs get allocated between hostesses & guests? I think, as hostesses, we'd spring for mimosas for the spa, maybe lunch, and cake...but each guest picks up their own pedi? How did yall work that out? Would love to do something different like this, not break the bank, AND not do it with poor etiquette! Thanks for the fun post/idea!

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  5. just added your must haves to my registry as well! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. My SIL is expecting and emailed me last week asking me what my registry must haves are, and my top item was those boppy liners! Every mom needs these on her changing table!! Also....love Rurus! I want a taco now :)

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  7. It looks like you all had such a fabulous time! Love the idea of a mani/pedi date + lunch to celebrate a new momma to be!! So- I have the boppy liners and you are right- they are AWESOME! I keep one rolled up in my diaper bag- just in case we need to do an emergency change in the van as well as I like having it to lay down on the portable changing tables in public restrooms. You have mentioned the Mustela Pyhsiobebe so many times...I am thinking I am going to have to bite the bullet and get some for our 5th babe!! I am ALL about yummy scents...and sweet smelling babies...so it sounds like a definite MUST HAVE!! :)

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  8. What a fun shower!! I love the gift you put together - so many great items. It seems like for the first babe, everyone wants to give cutesy outfits and nursery decor (not that there is anything wrong with that) so it's awesome that you went pratical! I ALWAYS give a nosefrieda & a sofie - love those two things!!

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  9. This is the most genius shower idea ever. I actually sent it to my friend who has been wanting to throw me a baby sprinkle! She may be stealing this idea....thank you!! :)

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  10. Hi there.
    I'm new around here!
    Such a cute blog..I can't wait to follow along.
    Love this shower idea!!

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  11. April, Have you announced what your having? Looking forward to finding out the gender. :)

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  12. This is what my college friends & I have done for sprinkles. It's so much fun to do something like get nails done & eat out -- especially these days! I'm glad you had a nice time & splurged! I'm going to have to check that nail place out. I'm not a fan of the popular one here in town & my mom's place is just a tad too far for me. Thanks for the tip!

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  13. I couldn't agree with you more on the Mustela and changing pad liners! Even now at 11 months I am oh so glad I have those great liners! I referenced your post during my pregnancy and after baby was born and I've have bought several items via Amazon thanks to your recommendation! What a fun idea for a shower....thinking I should suggest a sister pedicure date for our soon-to-be-mom-of-three sister!

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  14. I love this relaxing spin on a shower! Laura is most definitely a deserving recipient!

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  15. What a fun shower idea! SO excited for Laura (and you!)

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  16. I've just installed iStripper, and now I can watch the best virtual strippers on my taskbar.

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