Choosing a Name for Your New Baby

What’s In A Name?

Nothing is more amazing than having a beautiful baby. To experience new baby smell, new baby size, new baby clothes, their precious toes and fingers…just new baby EVERYTHING!!! An aspect of having a new baby is a Name. I will never forget being a proud new mom telling people what I had named my beautiful baby girl. I was so happy her name fit exactly with the little bundle that came fresh from heaven. One look at our blue eyed, bright red-headed girl and we knew her name wasn’t Aspen. It was McKenna. Have you thought about how you were named? How did you choose your own children’s names? Are you expecting and wondering the right way to pick a name? Here’s a few things that might help:

I’ve been asked several hundred times in my life why my name was chosen? When I was born fall was just starting to approach and my parents looked outside and loved the weather and decided my first name should be Autumn. My middle name was already chosen, Marie. Marie is a form of Maria which many of my Dutch relatives have as a middle name including my Grandma.
Do you choose a name because a family member has it? Do you choose a name because of a scene played out in your life? Do you choose a name based on the Bible? Do you choose a name because of popularity? Do you choose a name because it’s unique? Do you choose a name because of a place you’ve visited? There are so many ways a name can be chosen.
Science suggests that what you name a child can have lasting impact on their life. Kids can be made fun of. Statistics show that names can play a roll in your strengths and weaknesses in jobs. Names can affect people as to their thoughts of you the first time you say your name to them.
There are so many ways to choose a name. Now days at the touch of a button we can have a glimpse at thousands of names. I found that when I had my own children even when I looked in a book or on the internet there were so many names that jumped out at me and I loved them all.

Names In 2019:

Today, anything goes!  You can literally look at a fruit and name your child Apple. You can hear a name in a song. Your Dad or Grandfather could have an amazing name. You might love a President, Movie Star, Philanthropist, Athlete or maybe a flower. Have you traveled to some place you just love and think that name would be amazing? Whatever you pick just ask yourself this one question. What’s in a name? Does a name stick out to you? Is a name calling to you somehow? Do you believe your baby already has a personality in your womb and you know their name?

My personal method and what worked for choosing a name for our children went as follows:
1. My husband and I wrote down all the boy and girl names we loved. We gathered our names from books (our daughter was born before surfing the internet,)  people or things that have influenced our lives, family names we felt strongly about and religious connections.
2. We then picked our top 3-5 for each gender.
3. We pondered and prayed on the names we chose for a few months. All of our kids have first and middle names that are combined from both my husband and I’s top picks.
4. We chose the name. This is where our story differs just a little bit. When we found out our first child was going to be a girl we narrowed down our names and just couldn’t decide. A few weeks before she was born we were still torn so we made the choice to decide after we saw what she looked like. With our two sons their names were firmly chosen a few weeks before they were born.
Whichever way you choose your child’s name know this: you are inherently aware and connected to this special little being before they arrive. Take the time to choose a name in which you FEEL deeply connects to that sweet little spirit who is about to join your family.Use the resources you like to find the name. The options are endless.

Here are a few resources for names that I have found lately:
Baby Names 2019 : This Year’s Best Baby Names: State to State – by Eleanor Turner (Paperback)
Whatever name you choose for your sweet bundle of joy will be the right fit for your child.

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Toy-free bedrooms: How to create a playroom for your kids!

Organized playroom bedroom idea

Legos. Plastic animals. Wadded-up paper. Game pieces. Books. Littlest Pet Shops. Sucker sticks. Hot wheels. Legos. Puzzle pieces. Doll clothes. Balled-up socks. And more Legos.

This is what I found under, behind, and IN my son’s bed only 3 weeks after a major deep-clean of his room. This absolute madness was discovered when he crawled into bed and cried out because he kneeled on a stinkin’ Lego!

It was time to take matters into my own hands. My mommy-brain started whirling, thinking of what I could do stop the insanity! Cleaning this room was an overwhelming task for his 4-year-old self, and I was tired of having to be the helper. So I came up with a genius, never-before-thought-of plan.

I was going to create a playroom! One room that held all the toys. And the kids could play with them IN THAT ROOM. Brilliant, right?

OK, maybe it wasn’t a completely unique idea, but it never dawned on me before to have a room for playing and a separate room for … wait for it … sleeping! A whole new definition of the word bed-room. A toy-free zone whose sole purpose was to be a relaxing, calming space that encouraged rest. Peaceful slumber. No distractions. Sounds like bliss, right? The noisy, colorful, tempting toys were definitely not helping to create that kind of environment.

You may be thinking, “Nice plan, genius, but I have no extra space to give over to toys!” Hey, I get it! I think most of us are in that boat. We’ve all got different housing setups, and maybe you think there isn’t room to spare! Keep your mind open; I know there is a way to make it happen for you if you really want it!

Combine the kids

Maybe you need to have kids share bedrooms (that contain no toys) so you can have one playroom for all your kids. We had 3 kids sharing one small bedroom by using a bunk bed and a toddler bed at one point. All the clothes were kept in the closet – and there were no toys to be seen. It was a snap to clean – blankets on beds, clothes in the hamper, and done! I’ve heard of families with wall-to-wall mattresses on the floor for their kids to sleep on. I personally love having all my kids in one room. The lights-out conversations and giggles are priceless memories for me, and the bonds will last a lifetime.

Combine children into one bedroom

Cozy corners

Maybe you can only section off a part of a main room as a toy area. There are sturdy, inexpensive shelving units that can double as dividers and toy storage. Even an area rug or tot-sized table can isolate a space intended for imaginative play. You could get a room divider if you wanted!


Next, pull out whatever you are already using (or not using) to store and organize your toys and look at it with new eyes – where can I put this shelf? How can I use this hanging basket in a different way? Or have a talented friend help you configure it. This kind of vision is not one of my gifts, but I bet you have people around you who LOVE this kind of challenge – I know I have several friends who do! You can also look on yard sale sites or in classified ads where people are selling furniture to find that perfect second-hand item inexpensively.

It’s so much easier to clean up when you have a place for everything. Use labels on bins and shelves to remind everyone where things belong. You can use a label-maker for small areas like bookshelves, you can write on tape, you can buy labels at the dollar store, or you could use adhesive vinyl labels.


Now is the fun part! You get to use your imagination and talents to make your toy room into the kind of environment that will inspire creative, imaginative play! What does this mean to you? For me, I like to go with a theme! Are your kids into dinosaurs or unicorns? Do they love science or Star Wars? Superheroes or princesses? Some cute figurines or stuffed animals, framed pictures, or vinyl wall decals are quick and easy ways to jazz up your playroom with a fun theme.

Just as importantly, what do YOU love? For my kids, I wanted a sky theme with blue-painted walls, fluffy clouds, kites and hot air balloons. Chances are, if you love it, your enthusiasm will be contagious and your kids will as well.

Maybe you want to do activity centers, or store half your toys and swap them out after a few weeks. Old toys become fresh and new when they haven’t been seen in a while!


You can make this playroom be exactly what you want it to be with some adorable personalization. In addition to customized storage bin labels to keep everything organized, you can help your kids feel ownership of their space (as well as avoid a few fights) by doing fun things like putting their name on the back of their very own chair, or using personalized wall decorations. There are so many cute quotes that work great in playrooms, too!

If you are looking for more playroom inspiration or specific themed decor, go to our website at and check out all the designs we have posted! Pinterest is also chock-full of ideas to help you create your dream playroom, in any size room and within any budget.

Kids grow up fast and these early years of play are over quickly. Enjoy this time with your children!