shopNOLA 2013: A Locally Sourced Holiday Gift Guide for New Orleans

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If you’ve been following us from the beginning, chances are good that you remember shopNOLA 2012. Because we are passionate about connecting moms with local businesses and brands, last year we decided to compile a “favorite things” list for New Orleans area moms in advance of the holiday season. We figured that shopNOLA teaserit might give our readers some new ideas and also encourage local versus online shopping. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but there are so many ways to support the local New Orleans economy and small businesses during the holiday season! (Though if you’re out of town, please note that almost all of the vendors below would be glad to ship to you!)

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the post last year, we decided that we’d do it again. Some are brands we’ve worked with several times, and some will be new to you. We’ve purposely looked high and low across the city for unique businesses with fabulous customer service. In order to participate, New Orleans Moms Blog required all vendors to provide a product for us to review (if we were not already familiar from previous reviews/giveaways) because it is important to us that we have firsthand experience with companies and products before we recommend them to our readers. Vendors were also required to provide a product to give away. Businesses also paid a nominal fee to cover the time and resources it requires to effectively compile a post of this complexity, but all opinions expressed here are our own. And, we can assure you that every last one of these recommendations has the New Orleans Moms Blog “stamp of approval,” and we personally solicited all companies for inclusion.

So, without further adieu, we bring you shopNOLA 2013!


For the New Orleans Foodie

1) Langlois Culinary Crossroads drives home the fact that in New Orleans we live to eat. Guests at Langlois are treated to an entertaining and interactive culinary experience that ends with a restaurant quality meal you can easily recreate at home. Their brunch classes would be an amazing gift! To get your taste buds working, check out this sample brunch menu: pecan praline bites, smothered andouille and grits, poached eggs and bananas foster bread pudding. Gift idea is one brunch class (valued at $79).

foodie2) NOLA Pie Guy is also known as Nate Winner, the kind guy who some of you will get to meet in person tomorrow evening at our Wine Down and Clear the Clutter event. He offers fresh hand-crafted pies for delivery and pick-up in New Orleans. Perfect for your co-worker or neighbors, right? One bite of his pie goodness is never quite enough! Gift idea is a homemade Chocolate Chess Pie for Pick Up at PJs on Magazine (valued at $20).

3) Destination Kitchen offers foodie crawls, bachelorette parties, birthdays, nights out on the town, moms night out, date night and girls’ nights for locals AND visitors! Give the gift of Destination Kitchen: fun foodie tours on St. Charles Avenue, The French Quarter, Oak Street, Custom Food & Cocktail Experiences and Hosted Dinner Parties. Gift idea is one ticket to the French Quarter, NOLA Foodie For A “1/2” Day ($55 value). Additionally Destination Kitchen is offering all NOMB readers a Holiday Special: 10% savings special for groups of 5 or more; reserve by December 31, 2013 using the code: dkmomsshop.

4) Feed Me Eat Pretty specializes in unique cocktail mixers, fruit syrups and simple syrups. Think delicious goodness like blueberry pepper jelly and Louisiana cane simple syrup. Locally, you can purchase via Good Eggs (which is kind of like Etsy, a virtual farmers market with only Louisiana made and grown items) and nationally for shipping via Etsy. You could create an awesome gift basket with these goodies or even stuff them in your loved ones’ stockings and then whip up some super classy cocktails later in the day! Gift idea is a set of four seasonal flavors (valued at $28).


Handmade New Orleans Baubles

baubles1) Beatrix Bell (who some of you will recognize from our 1st birthday party and is a mama herself, working from home in Algiers Point) creates handmade wearable works of art. What Louisiana lady would not like this black and gold state of Louisiana necklace with 24K gold filled chain? It’s just perfect for a night at a Saints game or as everyday wear with a t-shirt and jeans. If black and gold is not your thing, it can be found in multiple other enamel colors. Gift idea is the black and gold state of Louisiana necklace (valued at $46).

2) Ellen L (who you may remember from our launch week giveaways way back when) creates beautiful jewelry that is specifically inspired by influential people and friends in her life. A New Orleans native herself, she creates necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even custom pieces. Her Instagram feed in particular is drool worthy. Gift idea is a beautiful gold plated adjustable ring with cobalt blue leather inset (valued at $42). 

3) The Bead Shop Did you catch the whole NOMB team wearing the NOLA MAMA necklaces at Moms Night Out in August? You, too, can share the love for your favorite city by buying this necklace for those you love. These handmade NOLA charms are available in NOLA MAMA, NOLA KID and simply NOLA. You can now purchase for those on your list online or in the store on Magazine Street. Gift idea is a NOLA MAMA necklace (valued at $12.99). 


For The New Orleans Kid That Has EveryTHING

1) French Quartour Kids provides local tours that are geared specifically towards a child’s level of interest and understanding. This holiday season they have an extra offering that would make an amazing holiday experience. Give your kids (or someone else’s) the experience of A Kid’s Creole Christmas Tour. The tour goes throughout the French Quarter and will be offered daily during the Holiday Break. Gift idea is one tour of the winner’s choice for one parent and child (valued at $40).

2) From the makers of locally known Kalencom, there is a new brand called HADAKI that creates “affordable luxury and fashionable functionality.” One of HADAKI’s most popular products, the insulated lunch pod, is perfect for school-aged kids who need to pack lunches and/or snacks but who want to get rid of the boring (not to mention costly over the years) brown bag! Gift idea is the Insulated Lunch Pod (valued at $24).

3) City Park Movement and Art was started because of the owners’ personal love for dance and movement, freedom of expression, art, teaching and community. City Park Movement nolakidand Art strives to create an atmosphere of laughter, friendships, confidence, imagination and a safe space to explore creativity. What better gift than an entire session of once a week classes (with the performance fees included)? Gift idea is one spring session class (any type of class except toddler time) running January through May (valued at $250).

4) Thibodeaux School of Music offers a top quality musical education experience for children of all ages. Little ones can learn to love music in the award-winning Kindermusik program, and for ages 6 and up they offer private lessons on ALL instruments. Gift idea is winner’s choice of one month of Kindermusik classes (valued at $80) or one month of private music lessons (valued at $100). 

5) Palm Tree Playground is the perfect place to head for a rainy day, hot day, a birthday party, or just to have a great time indoors. With 50% off play passes, this is a total steal for the kids in your life. Seriously, you ought to just buy it for your own kids (or stash up for 2014 birthday season) right now! The passes are pre-wrapped in holiday decor and ready to give, making your gift giving that much easier. Gift idea is 1 pre-wrapped holiday pass package good for 5 visits (valued at $15).

6) Posh Paint Pub, located in Old Metairie, is a great local studio that you can head to with your child to paint pottery, create ornaments or hand and foot print art, and even attend holiday camps. It’s perfect for those rainy and/or hot New Orleans days. Gift idea is a pottery painting experience at the Posh Paint Pub; bring another mom and child, too! (valued at $50).

7) The Studio School of Dance subscribes to teaching through positive reinforcement and nurturing in order to produce a life-long respect and love for dance, as well as very happy and well-trained young dancers. In addition to standard ballet, they also have specialized offerings, including Mommy & Me, which is specialized for ages 1-3, and Zumba classes for dance loving moms!  Gift idea a Mommy & Me 5 class package ($50 value) and a Zumba 5 class package ($30 value).


Fun For The Entire New Orleans Family

1) Little Pnuts, started right here in New Orleans, is a unique subscription toy company that sends Special Deliveries full of eco-friendly, sustainable, natural and organic toys to arrive on your Little Pnut’s doorstep year-round. This December, Little Pnuts will be sending a Limited Edition Holiday Special Delivery. Holidays are about family togetherness, and the Limited Edition Holiday Special Delivery will encourage and enhance that feeling familywith even more fun, laughter and play. If you are interested in subscribing for a year’s worth of Special Deliveries make sure you sign up by December 10th to guarantee that your Limited Edition Holiday Special Delivery will be under the tree. Gift idea is a Limited Edition Holiday Special Delivery (shipment in December), featuring products geared toward family togetherness and to enjoy the holidays with laughter and play (valued at $65).

2) A dual/family membership to NOMA to experience the arts at New Orleans Museum of Art is a wonderful gift to consider. Members at this level receive free admission for one adult, plus children or grandchildren under 17, in addition to a long list of discounts and perks. NOMA also has a ton of child friendly programing. Gift idea is one dual/family membership (valued at $75).

3) Louisiana Children’s Museum (the fabulous host of our 1st birthday party many of you attended) offers iconic exhibits ranging from the Winn-Dixie grocery store to the optometrist and the train table. If you haven’t been, you are missing out! We are fairly certain this is a museum that can keep your kids occupied on those hot summer days or year-round with their amazing programming. A family membership for a year of fun would be a wonderful gift to give. Gift idea is a Family One Membership (valued at $55). 

4) The Parenting Center sits right on the gorgeous Audubon Park uptown (or within the JCC in Metairie) and has fun galore for New Orleans families. Do you know someone that is looking for a place to hang out with their children or grandchildren? Members of the Parenting Center can visit one of two playrooms, Uptown or Metairie, and attend weekly parent/child music and art experiences. Classes are also available for parents of children of all ages. Think topics like “Snuggles & Struggles” for those trying early days. Gift idea is a one year membership (valued at $100). 

5) Christie Froom Photography offers the gift of memories with photography by this amazingly talented local mom. What family would not love to have a photographer present at their 2014 parties and events? Give the gift of priceless family photos. Gift idea is 2 hours of event photography for 2014 (valued at $450). 


A Night Out in New Orleans

1) Creative Sitters Creative Sitters is available throughout nightoutthe holiday season for traditional babysitting assignments, childcare at holiday parties, or they can even create a “kid zone” at your holiday party for all of your little guests. Gift idea is a 2 hour babysitting gift certificate (valued at $30).

2) Pearl Wine Co (see lots of you there tomorrow night!) is a great space to visit with friends for happy hour or to head with your significant other for a date night. We love that they serve free red beans on Tuesdays (yes, Tuesday), feature manicures and martinis on Mondays, and have lots of other great happy hours and wine tastings. Leora also has an amazing selection of wine and holiday gift baskets for all of your gift giving needs. They even offer delivery! Gift idea is a holiday gift basket of assorted wines (valued at $50) for pickup at Pearl Wine Co.

3) Blo is a fabulous blow dry bar located on Magazine Street (near Whole Foods) that will make any New Orleans woman feel absolutely fabulous. We had an absolute ball getting our hair done there before our 1st birthday party and received dozens of compliments. Looking to give (or receive) the gift of great hair for the holidays? Why not consider a gift card to Blo? Gift idea is a $35 gift card (one free blo out – this does not include tip and can only be used toward a service, not products).


 For the Expectant New Orleans Mom

1) Loomed NOLA imports a wide variety of cloth textiles from Turkey (yes, the country!) including pestamels, dishcloths, scarves, robes and bedcovers. They also offer a unique product that is an amazing and luxurious gift for new moms: the Serendipity Pestamel. The Serendipity Pestamelexpectant is a baby swaddling blanket and nursing cover-up in one. Why purchase one of the known brands when you can have such a unique version from right here in New Orleans? The Serendipity also has a great weight and feel as a swaddling blanket, and it comes with the added benefit of being made from organic cotton, which will be uber soft next to sensitive baby skin. Gift idea is a Serendipity Pestamel (valued at $58).

2) NOLA Maternal Instincts is heaven on Earth. For real. If you are looking for a gift for an expectant mom, postpartum mom, new mom, yourself (yes, you deserve it) or any woman, these massages are an amazing treat. Once you’ve tried Jessica’s massages you are unlikely to go elsewhere – we promise! Gift idea is 60 minute massage (valued at $75).

3) A mom herself, Nurse Nikki offers services such as health consultations, lactation counseling, baby planning, and even provides private or group CPR classes. While we realize many people like to shop from a baby registry, this is a unique and practical gift that a new mom will relish for months after baby arrives. Gift idea is a Healthy Baby Bundle which includes Child and Infant CPR/Choking class for you and a partner/friend (pre-baby) AND 1 hour Lactation Counseling session after the baby arrives (valued at $130).

4) Zuka Baby specializes in natural parenting products such as cloth diapers, slings, carriers, nursing products, as well as natural toys. This holiday season they are carrying an awesome new line of toys by Hape that all have a retro feel, are made of renewable materials, and come with a little storybook, too. Gift idea is a Hape Smart Car and Driver (valued at $20).

5) Zizu Bijou provides parents and caregivers a fun environment to learn the ancient art of infant massage. Modern evidence-based research supports its many benefits for both adults and babies. Group classes and private sessions are available. Gift idea is the winner’s choice of a one hour private session or a series of two Balanced Baby group classes (each option is valued at $75).


Dress Them in New Orleans’ Finest

1) Angelique Kids, a boutique on Magazine Street right across from Blo, carries high quality, original and unique clothing for newborn through ages 16. They also carry nursery necessities, locally made keepsakes, shoes, toys and even maternity and transitional wearkidsclothes for moms. They are also one of the few local boutiques that carry the Tea collection, which we love! Gift idea is a gift certificate (valued at $50).

2) Four Girly Girls specializes in classic smocked clothing for both boys and girls. We think their holiday smocking  options are pretty darn cute! Owned by two local moms, Melissa and Brooke also strive to offer some non-smocked and more original clothing choices as well. While we just met these two, we could not be more impressed with their responsiveness, professionalism and customer service. Gift idea is a gift certificate (valued at $35). 

3) Nolafionnah, owned by a darling New Orleans mom of two girls, Jessica Ertel, offers amazing hand sewn works of art. Whether you desire something custom (she’s happy to do that) or one of her amazing creative designs (her turkeys were all the rage for Thanksgiving time) we are absolutely positive that you will be satisfied with your order from this local company. Gift idea is a gift certificate (valued at $40). 

4) Smocktions carries adorable and uniquely New Orleans smocked attire. We know, we know: not all of you are fans of smocked clothing. But we know that lots of local moms love the look! Check out their Christmas Streetcar dress that they will be selling prior to the holidays. Gift idea is the winner’s choice of any item in stock (up to a $37.50 value).

5) Small Habit, started by local mom of 3, Lindsey Cifreo, hand sews fun and fresh skirts and clothing for your little ones! We don’t know about y’all, but we see her famous Saints skirts all over the city on Saints Sundays! Patterns are typically bright, fun and trendy, and the full skirts are simply adorable. Christmas tree pattern skirts and shirts would be a great holiday gift for the little girls on your list! (She makes shorts for boys, too). Gift idea is a gift certificate (valued at $50). 


Uniquely New Orleans Stocking Stuffers

nolastocking1) NOLA Tiles, owned by a New Orleans couple as a fun side business, creates lots of fun whimsical takes on our city’s famous street signs. The baby blue and light pink children’s NOLA Tiles are exclusively offered through New Orleans Moms Blog. Use them as Christmas ornaments, hang them around the house, or remove the ribbon and display on a small plate stand. Gift idea is one personalized NOLA Tiles plaque (valued at $25).

2) Haybands are the perfect stocking stuffer for the NOLA girl in your life this season. Whatever print or style of hair band you seek, most likely Haybands has it or they can create it for you custom. Check out the Haybands website for all of your hair accessory needs. Gift idea is a years worth of Haybands for every NOLA season (six sets valued at ~$70).

3) Theodent creates chocolate flavored toothpaste for kids. If you are struggling to get your kids to brush their teeth this could be a solution for you! Every kid on our team has tried it and most LOVE it. We thought this would be a creative and healthy stocking stuffer! Gift idea is a year’s supply of Theodent (valued at $60).

4) City Dining Cards and Drink Deck allow you to support locally owned food and drink establishments in New Orleans. Whether you’re creating a progressive dinner with friends or planning a lunch date and looking for the perfect spot, grab City Dining Cards featuring 50 $10 discounts to top locally owned restaurants and eateries. And, if you just can’t think of the next great spot to grab a drink. turn to Drink Deck New Orleans. From cocktails, to beers, to wines … they’ve created a bar crawl in a box featuring 50 free drinks to locally owned bars. At just $20/deck, these are the perfect stocking stuffer for the adults on your list! Fun bonus :: 5% of their proceeds go toward a local charity that has a significant impact on educating our youth: The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Gift idea is a set of both decks (valued at $40).

5) French Market Coffee is roasted right here in NOLA just a few miles from their namesake, the French Market. While chicory is always an awesome gift from NOLA, we love that French Market Coffee now comes in K cups, too! The perfect size for stocking stuffing! Gift idea is a French Market gift box (valued at $80).

6) BouDe, based right here in Louisiana, is touted as “the most convenient way to keep flushable wipes right where you need them.” This convenient container of wipes hangs under your toilet paper holder … can you say potty training genius? A few of us used this while we happened to be potty training and it was pure magic, though the convenience lasts well beyond potty training! BouDe can currently be purchased in Walgreens. Gift idea is a family pack of three boxes of BouDe (valued at ~$24). 


For the Stylish New Orleanian

1) ALG Style is any woman’s dream come true. Whether you need someone to come into your closet and style you a la What Not To Wear or whether you’ve wished your entire life to have a personal shopper, these stylish girls have you covered. We realize that a sstylishervice like this sounds unattainable and out of reach, but we assure you that it is NOT just for the rich and famous. Gift idea is a one hour outfitting session with the stylists and personal shoppers of ALG Style (valued at $100).

2) Hattie Sparks is a stylish boutique right off Maple Street uptown that carries an eclectic mix of casual yet luxurious clothing and accessories, as well as a large collection of unique home accent pieces. Visit Hattie Sparks to find a curated collection of hot local designers including Loomed NOLA, Krewe Du Optic, and chotskies from (although not local) Jonathan Adler. Don’t blame us when you spend your life savings in there, though! Hattie has truly created a unique and inspiring shopping experience. Gift idea is a Margaret Elizabeth square cut bangle in onyx (valued at $80). 

3) Sarah Ott Designs creates NOLA themed jewelry, scarves, accessories and shirts for both adults and children. Her NOLA LOVE bangle bracelet is the perfect present for the stylish New Orleanian on your list. Whether you have a daughter going away to college or want to send a touch of NOLA love to a family member in another city, her gold bangle is a great holiday option. (Many of her creative offerings would also fit well in a stocking!) Gift idea is one NOLA LOVE bangle (valued at $26). 

4) Kay-la Handbags creates fine crafted handbags, multi-tasking makeup bags (which are lined and serve great double-duty in diaper bags), as well as southern style t-shirts for adults and kids. They take custom orders and are passionate about creating fine bags that are suitable for any situation. Gift idea is a fall clutch (valued at $44).


Personalized Gifts from New Orleans

1) Pasketti offers affordable hand-stamped accessories personalized to your needs. We especially love their line of New Orleans themed charms. Her work would also make a fabulous gift for a grandmother or special woman on your list. Gift idea is a NOLA themed charm bracelet and a NOLA charm necklace of the winner’s choice (total value $25)

2) NOLA Baby Prints creates personalizedunique ceramic hand and footprints for babies and children.​ These unique ceramic impressions will be a keepsake that you, or even a grandparent, can cherish for a lifetime. Gretchen is also just about the sweetest woman you’ve ever met and truly pours her heart into these unique works of art. Gift idea is a full size fully customized plaque (valued at $89.95).

3) The Bead Shop truly has limitless possibilities for jewelry creation but we really love these birthstone necklaces. Customize one for yourself, with all of your babies’ special birthstones OR for a special mom friend or a grandmother! You could even make matching mother daughter necklaces with each other’s birthstones. All gemstones are genuine. All pieces are handmade. You can purchase now purchase for those on your list online or in the store. Gift idea is one birthstone necklace (valued at $15.99)

4) Design a Latte is the mecca of monogrammization (is that a word?). Let Design A Latte Boutique carry on the New Orleans tradition of our beloved Christmas icon, Mr. Bingle, with this personalized appliqué t-shirt. You can also accessorize for the holiday season with an adorable Mr. Bingle garden flag, a kitchen towel or a ruffle apron! Gift idea is a Mr. Bingle Personalized applique t-shirt (valued at $24).

5) Let’s pARTy NOLA specializes in custom invitations, personalized gift tags, handmade birthday supplies and gifts. We especially love their holiday photo props (hint: you’ll see them in photos from tomorrow’s evening at Pearl Wine), custom coloring books, personalized notepads, ribbon bound doodle pads, and of course Santa’s Magic Key (the perfect door hanging for a house without a chimney). Many of us have used her coloring pages as birthday party favors or classroom gifts (e.g. instead of Halloween or Valentine’s Day candy). Gift idea is a “It’s great to be a NOLA kid” A to Z coloring book (valued at $10), a doodle pad (valued at $8) and Santa’s Magic Key (valued at $8).

6) Origami Owl is a unique, personalized jewelry line. You choose a Living Locket and then fill the locket with charms that describe you … your family, your hobbies, your passions, your dreams. For a bit more flair, you can add crystal dangles, inspirational tags and more. Create a Living Locket that tells YOUR special story. Gift idea is a gift card (valued at $75).


Because a New Orleanian Never Shows Up Empty Handed

1) Sweet Olive Soap Works is a local soap maker with to-die-for soaps. Perfect as stocking stuffers or hostess gifts or “just because,” we love Sweet Olive Soap Works because they are local, smell amazing and are packaged adorably. Bonus points for any present that comes boxed so sweetly that it needs no wrapping paper. Gift idea is the Fleur de lis Collection Gift Box (valuedgifts at $19).

2) Frere Jean Louisiana Seasoning is a touch of our city for anyone on your holiday list. Louisiana is known for its seasonings, right? What better item to show up at a party with than a multi-pack of Fere Jean Louisiana Seasonings? Gift idea is one year’s worth of Fere Jean Louisiana Seasoning (three multi-packs, valued at $35 total). 

3) NOLA Mom Print. We might be biased (because we created it) but we think our NOLA mom print would be a great hostess gift for all of those holiday parties you have to attend this year. It is available in a variety of sizes, and you could even add a cute frame to fancy it up! Gift idea is one 11×14 print (valued at $18).

4) Grove Street Press specializes in Letterpress, Design and Joie de Vivre. If you are a self-proclaimed “paper snob,” we assure you that this company will exceed your expectations. Based right here in New Orleans, they also just came out with a line of Christmas cards that allow for a family or holiday photo to be attached. Gift idea is a set of Personalized Equestrian Stationery (valued at $80).

5) KISSYFISH creates custom graphic design for your life. We love the unique NOLA-centric designs that this company creates: Storyland, carousels, zoo animals, streetcars and many more! Gift idea is a set of various New Orleans inspired notecards and gift tags (valued at $48).

338 COMMENTS

  1. For the blog post entries: favorite restaurant of the moment is Sylvain; new tradition I’d like to try is preparing a “night before Christmas box” like I’ve seen on Pinterest, full of new pj’s, hot cocoa, Christmas movie to watch, etc.; I’m due with #2 in May; my favorite gift idea is the brunch class; I bought myself a bracelet in Bay St. Louis, Miss., on a girls trip with my aunts and mom; biggest fashion challenge right now is not being able to fit in my regular clothes OR maternity clothes!

  2. My favorite place to eat is Taqueria Corona followed closely by Deanie’s! But, we’re in NOLA, so honestly, there are dozens of runners up!

  3. This BouDe is awesome love how it hangs from the toliet paper roll and they will have guy stuff for my boys that hunt and the little kids ones to be able to have stickers with it

  4. This will be our first Christmas with a baby, so we’re looking forward to sharing our families’ traditions with him!

    I haven’t had a girls’ night out in a few months. It would be nice!

    For a great babysitter, I look for someone who is reliable, fun, kind, responsive, and knows how to take initiative.

    My favorite brand of kid’s clothes is Carter’s since they last a long time, but I looove all the nola kid’s boutiques!

  5. My daughter is 2.5yo so now she’s old enough to help decorate the Xmas tree, help me wrap presents for family members, and do Xmas cards. My favorite holiday tradition is wearing our Christmas Eve pjs and repeating the phrase, “If you don’t go to sleep Santa won’t be able to come and bring you presents!”

  6. I think that my favorite family tradition is choosing and setting up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving! This year we are making Celebration in the Oaks a family tradition.

  7. As a mom, and person in general, my biggest fashion issue is that I am so out of style! Also, I would rather spend money on my kids- mom guilt!

  8. Not necessarily a stocking stuffer but my go-to gift is pj pants from Old Navy. I buy them for my cousins and nieces every Christmas. Stocking stuffer would likely be a big bag of M&Ms… who doesn’t love chocolate?!

  9. I can not even tell you the last time I had a girl’s night out. I would guess about 2 years ago before my youngest daughter was born.

  10. A family tradition we’ve started since having kids is an Advent calendar. It helps keep us focused on the meaning of Christmas. We do something or read or sing each day. I can’t wait to add more activities to the list as the boys get older and can more fully participate.

  11. Favorite holiday tradition is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade then later that night watching the Charlie Brown Christmas sspecial. As of last year we are taking a yearly family picture which I love .

  12. I have not gotten a Blo out yet but imagine just the relaxation would be my favorite part and the fact that I looked amazing afterwards would be second

  13. Of all the gifts mentioned… I bought the nolatiles name plates for both kids, I bought a 2 peas in a pod necklace from BeatrixBell, I am getting the NOLA MAMA necklace from The Bead Shop, I sell Origami Owl myself…….. I guess the only thing I really need to buy is some Palm Tree Playground passes as gifts and NOLA Baby Prints stuff for my kiddos to give the grandparents.

  14. Favorite NOLA restaurant is hard to pick. Emeril’s for special nights definitely. But I have so many that I love to go to

  15. My favorite brand of children’s clothing is probably Gymboree. In addition to there, I like shopping at local clothing stores as well.

  16. The item I am mostly like to buy is definitely the Dining card deck! I plan to get one this week. I hadn’t heard about it until now, but I’m probably going to get one for our family and for others as Christmas gifts.

  17. I gave bought from smockitions. (Hope I spelled that right!) they have an awesome selection and their prices are pretty awesome too!

  18. I have SEVERAL favorite brands of children’s clothing, between my son and daughter. For every day clothes: Gymboree and Gap. They withstand my messy son! For handmade Etsy brands I love NolaFionnah (local), CarriageFinds (local) and The Striped Swallow!

  19. My biggest fashion challenge is not looking so disheveled when I drop my son off at preschool in the morning. Thank goodness for baseball caps and yoga pants!

  20. My “Go To” stocking stuffer is usually gift cards! But I often forget to DO stockings, so anything NOLA would be a fabulous idea!

  21. My biggest fashion challenge is trying to get dressed for work in the morning in something decent before bringing my kiddos to preschool. I’m trying to avoid jeans every day, but it’s so hard when I feel like I have nothing to wear that’s comfortable and won’t get stained by a child before I make it to work! 🙂

  22. The last piece of jewelry that I remember buying for myself is a necklace from Jen & Jill Jewelry (local company) – it’s a silver pendant in the shape of the state of Louisiana. My former co-worker started the business with her sister.

  23. I haven’t had a girls night out since before I had kids, which was seven years ago. I don’t really have any friends in the area to hang with.

  24. On the last Sunday before Christmas, after church we get Cane’s & eat it parked in front of the Christmas Tree at the Memorial Tower at LSU, then we drive around and look at Christmas Lights.

  25. I plan to start a holiday tradition of giving my kids a special Christmas Eve gift that consists of Christmas pj’s, popcorn, hot chocolate and a Christmas movie. I saw it on Pintrest and just love the idea!!!

    • Actually, I just remembered… my last night out was at the NOMB Mom’s Night Out at the Children’s Museum! What a great night!

  26. My greatest fashion challenge is finding something that looks good but that I don’t mind getting dirty (because my 3 year old will make sure that it gets dirty).

  27. The last time I had a girl’s night out was when my best friend was in from out of town. She lives across the country, so it was great to see her.

  28. There are so many traditions that I plan on continuing with my child that I did as a child. Listening to certain Christmas songs, decorating the tree together, leaving cookies and milk out for Santa, etc. I also plan on starting new traditions, such as Elf on the Shelf once she gets older.

  29. I don’t have a favorite brand of children’s clothes but my favorite style is smocked. So I like any stores that sell smocked outfits and dresses. I usually shop and consignment shops that sell smocked items.

  30. My favorite kid’s clothing is KissyKissy – they are just so soft! Still trying to narrow our holiday traditions down to a few….way too many ideas not enough time!

  31. Biggest fashion challenge as a mom…. My son is only 2.5 months old. Maternity clothes are too big and my pre-maternity clothes are too small. What’s a girl to do?!? Also, how do you make a “burp cloth” fashionable? lol

  32. My last mom’s night out was in October!
    My biggest fashion challenge is cycling through maternity clothes, postpartum sizes, and clothing that works for breastfeeding.
    The last piece of jewelry I bought for myself was a necklace from Otis B designs.
    My go to stocking stuffer is toiletries.
    I really want a set of NOLA tiles for my kids.

  33. My favorite holiday tradition that I will carry on is Santa Mouse leaving a little present in the Christmas Tree tied with a yellow ribbon.

  34. My twins are due March 3!

    My favorite local place to eat is Pho Tau Bay.

    We shop the most at Target, but I love to catch the Smocktions sales!

  35. Due 5-14-14! Go to stocking stuffer is a lottery ticket or gift card. Last time I had a girls night out was in September- too long! Favorite NOLA restaurant? WAY too many to pick just one, but right now I’d settle for anything that tastes like home!

  36. Every Christmas eve “eve” we always drive around to look at the Christmas lights together, then on Christmas Eve after dinner we get cozy in our pjs and watch a Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation and drink hot chocolate.

  37. Favorite Christmas tradition…taking a family picture in front of the tree and putting it in a special ornament. Love pulling out these ornaments every year!

  38. I used to love all of the little boutiques, but my children have outgrown most of it….most of their clothes come from Gymboree now 🙁

  39. My favorite brand of children’s clothes is Pixie Lily for teeny-tinies and Carter’s & Target for playclothes. I usually shop online to save my sanity.

  40. My favorite restaurant in NOLA is Ruby Slipper. My favorite family holiday tradition is that we stay home on Christmas day. We focus on our little family and just enjoy each other. My last girl’s night out was so long ago that I can’t even remember when it was! My favorite brand of children’s clothes is probably Gymboree. I have always been pleased with how well their clothes hold up and stay looking new. My go to stocking stuffer is candy! I think my biggest fashion challenge as a mom is trying to do more than a t-shirt & jeans everyday. The last piece of jewelry I bought for myself was an Origami Owl necklace. Out of all of the gift ideas you shared, I am most likely to buy another Origami Owl necklace. My mom has really been admiring mine. 🙂

  41. I have found some great dresses for my girls at Haases but I am excited about the New Orleans Moms Blog 2013 holiday gift guide because it lists several businesses I have never heard of for cute girls’ clothing!

  42. Our Christmas tradition, because we are so tired by this point…on Christmas Eve we just eat whatever we want for dinner (breakfast foods, candy, ice cream, whatever!) just to make it more fun and different. We were supposed to have Christmas Eve dinner once at our house, so we served everyone breakfast. They loved it!

  43. My absolute favorite family tradition is decorating the tree together. I’d have to say Carters is my favorite brand of children’s clothing because I have a lot of that brand. I usually shop at Kohls, Target, JC Penny, and various kids boutiques for my kiddos. My husband laughs at me for this, but my favorite ‘go to’ stocking stuffer is socks and underwear. I always got them in my stocking growing up and it seems like we’re always loosing socks. Plus they make a great space filler. I don’t typically splurge on myself, but the last piece of jewelry I got was my new wedding band. There were some awesome things on this list. I’d probably make a purchase from Sweet Olives Soap, Theodent, and Nola Tiles.

  44. Our favorite restaurant is Antoine’s.

    Also our favorite Christmas tradition is going to Christmas in the Oaks (sorry, it will always be Christmas in the Oaks to me!). My son loves the big Mr. Bingle as well as the Cajun Night Before Christmas.

  45. My biggest challenge of fashion is that I don’t have enough time to get ready because I am always chasing the kids…but that’s the story of all moms!

  46. My favorite NOLA restaurant is Boucherie. We just recently ate there and the food, service, and atmosphere is top notch! Can’t wait to return!

  47. My favorite brand of kids clothes is Zutano. Classic designs and good fit! I usually buy clothes at the Children’s Clothing Exchange NOLA or Zuka Baby.

  48. My favorite tradition in driving around looking at Christmas lights. We want to make Christmas in the Oaks a new tradition. Have not been since the stopped the drive through tour.

  49. My favorite New Orleans eatery is Commanders! My favorite holiday tradition is feeding the reindeer! The last time I had a girls night out was so long ago that I can’t remember! My favorite brand of children’s clothes is Gymboree because they last so long and wash so well! My go to stocking stuffer is candy! My biggest fashion challenge as a Mom is looking nice while being able to participate with my child. In other words, clothes that are nice but are functional with children. The last piece of jewelry that I bought for myself was not “real” jewelry but fashion jewelry and it was about 6 months ago. The service or item that I am most interested in trying or buying is a blo-out at Blo-Bar. Thanks so much for the chance to win all of these fabulous items/services!

  50. I just bought myself a necklace on the way to the Moms Nite out at childrens museum – walked in the store in my outfit and tried a few on!

  51. I hate to shop in retail stores, so I’m so glad that NOMB introduced me to Smocktions, Stellybelly, and Stitched & Smocked. They all have reasonable, affordable prices and precious clothes!

  52. my fav holiday tradition is matching pjs on xmas eve – we all open them up together – change and then go to bed – and our pics on Christmas morning are so cute!

  53. I love to shop at target! There’s always too many cute things! And my greatest challenge with fashion as a mom is having enough me time to shop and get ready!

  54. Fav holiday tradition – reading the Elf on the Shelf book on Thanksgiving night – that’s when our Elf comes to stay on Christmas Eve 🙂

  55. Lately, Baby Gap and Gymboree. The boys wore a lot of smocked clothing, bubbles, short and long jon-jons up until the age of 3. I really miss those days!

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