Hi. I'm Nicole!

Wife.  Mama to two busy toddler babes. Photographer.  Trying to seek Jesus each day, through each season.  So glad you're here!

Want, Need, Wear, Read

Want, Need, Wear, Read

In my last few years as a Vinson before I got married my mom started approaching Christmas a little bit differently than when my siblings and I were small.  Instead of a ton of random gifts, we started to get four main gifts:  something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read.  I LOVE how this simplifies gift giving and it makes shopping (and asking for things!) so much more intentional.  Now Tyler and I do this for each other and we do this for the babies!  I thought I would share a few ideas of things we've got our eyes on this year! (Minus Tyler- I don't want him to know what I'm getting him! Ha!)



I'm SO EXCITED about getting the Ikea play kitchen for Campbell and Crawford! They won't really "get" the kitchen part right now, but they will love opening and closing the doors, taking things on and off shelves, etc.  I think it'll be such a sweet gift that they can grow with in the next several years.  And you can't beat the Ikea price tag!  I'm considering getting my dad to help fancy it up again, but the jury is still out on if that'll happen or not! Ha!

As they are getting bigger I know I need to think about some different meal things that will help them transition to using bowls, plates, utensils, etc.  I have my eye on the gootensil, some disposable mats for when we're out, silicone plates, and an extra of our favorite sippy!  I also picked up some sleeved bibs at Ikea when we bought their kitchen.  Crawford in particular is SO MESSY so if we are in a situation where she doesn't need to be naked to eat, this will be a lifesaver! Ha! 

The Beaufort Bonnet Company Night Nights have been on my dream list for a long time.  I don't really have "fancy" style for the babes, but my love language is sweet pajamas!  The price tag is something that doesn't really work for me, but when Victoria called me on black Friday to say that they posted my favorite pair for CG in the sale, I immediately got on and bought them!  And then I called a boutique and snagged a pair for Campbell!  I'm so glad that I was able to snag these for such good deals!  It'll be a sweet treat for mama to see them in these! Plus, Crawford is having a pajama party for her birthday so now I don’t have to look for another birthday outfit.  Win win!

I've seen Risen Motherhood post about these Baby Believer books recently and I think they are SO CUTE!  Both the counting primer and the movement primer  will be really great additions to our library! 



I probably reminded Tyler to order the Seasonal Meal Planner no less than 10 times because I wanted this SO BAD! Ha!  This is a year long intentional meal planner and hospitality planner and I think it's going to be a game changer for our family.  Natasha is releasing a few more copies today so GO GRAB ONE!!

I would really love a new pair of house shoes!  I wear mine almost all day, everyday (hey, I stay home a lot! Ha!) and my current pair now has a hole in the toe so... I think it's time for a new pair! I love this pair from Bass Outlet.  The ones I have now are from there and they've lasted 2 years!

I'm slowly trying to learn what kind of clothing really fits my season of life.  It's been a long journey for me after becoming a mama to figure out what I really feel comfortable in and I feel like I'm really starting to get to a point of knowing what works for me!  My go-to right now is a boyfriend fit/flowy fit button down with jeggings.  It's comfortable enough for me to wear at home all day, but I feel more like a normal human when Tyler gets home instead of just being in a t-shirt and leggings all day!  I think button downs will work great through most seasons because in the spring I can wear lighter ones and in the winter I can wear thicker, flannel ones!

I've heard a ton of people recommend this book by Paul David Tripp and it's on my must read list for 2018!

I’m SO excited to be linking up with my friend Victoria and Sarah for their Christmas link up!  There are lots of fun prompts to come in the next two weeks! 

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