Thursday, 15 December 2016

Celebrating the Small - with Aston Baby

This time of year, I love the festive feel in the air (although not so much the frostbite) and watching the girls enjoy the lights and the magic of Christmas has been my favourite part of the season. 

Last year I wrote about the wonder I found in Advent through my kids' eyes and this year, I am feeling a little wistful. Gabby is the baby who completes our little family and while that makes me so happy, somehow seeing her grow and shine as her joyful personality bubbles up in new words and skills makes me want to hang onto every moment and slow down time. I can't even imagine what it's like when kids leave for college.

So this season, I'm also celebrating the small. 

 The tiny feet. The joyful patter of little steps. 

Happy Squeals!

The sweet laughter and the wonder of snow. Of lights. Of puppies on walks. 

So much joy in this little bean.

Since Gabby gets so many hand-me-downs from her older sister, I am much more intentional about the items I look for when I'm shopping for her. Aston Baby, a small shop based in Vancouver, completely won me over. Rebecca has curated the most useful, high-quality baby accessories and whether you're a parent or a proud friend or family member, you need to go check out the gorgeous outfits, soft heirloom blankets, hand-crafted bibs and loveys Aston Baby offers. 

Gabby is on the move all the time and we need good quality shoes so when I unwrapped the Shaughnessy Shoe in red, I was completely smitten.

More importantly, so was Gabby. 

Sometimes I find the cutest shoes or accessories and the kids won't go near them. These are the exact opposite. Gabby brings me her Aston Baby shoes (it's not weird that she can say 'shoes' and not 'no,' right?) to put on and does a little happy dance when they're on her feet. 

Happy feet.

I don't blame her. If they were in adult sizes, I'd be doing the same thing but these little sweeties are just for babies and that makes them extra special, just like my precious little Gabrielle. 

 If you're looking for the perfect baby gift, make sure you follow Aston Baby on their Facebook page and on their Instagram page for all the cuteness and gift ideas. 

How perfect would these be under the tree?

I'll be dressing Gabby in all the ribbons and bows this Christmas and giving her a few extra hugs before she gets too big to wriggle out of them. 

And in the spirit of the holidays, I am so excited to tell you that Aston Baby is offering one lucky person their own pair of Shaughnessy Shoes in the colour of their choice!

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (sorry international friends). Here's how you get in on the draw which closes Saturday morning at 9am central.

1. Follow Aston Baby and Grumbling Grace on Instagram!
2. Comment on the contest post with your favourite item (outside of the Shaughnessy shoes) in the online Aston Baby Store!
3. For extra entries, tag as many friends as you wish!
4. If you don't have IG, feel free to follow Aston Baby and Grumbling Grace on Facebook and leave me a comment on the Facebook page contest post to let me know that you've done so, so I am sure to enter you in the draw!
5. Share this post for an extra entry. 
 As always, my email friends are automatically entered into the draw and I can't wait for one wonderful person to get a lovely Christmas surprise! Good luck!

P.S. I need to stop swooning over Aston Baby's Instagram feed

Via Aston Baby on Instagram
Oh my ovaries. 

Maybe the girls need a little sibling... 

Excuse me, my husband is crying.

This post is sponsored by Aston Baby but as always, all opinions are loudly and proudly my own. Let me know below if you have any questions before purchasing your own lovely little loafers!

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