Mum & Baby Holiday Gift Ideas

**See my fitness & health related gift idea post HERE!


Obviously my Pregnancy Workout Guide, Pregnancy & Postpartum Workout Subscription, and “Regular” Workout Subscription are something I’d recommend for pregnant and postpartum mamas. They are workouts that I 100% stand behind, and were put together from my education as a certified personal trainer, certified women’s fitness specialist, and certified pregnancy fitness, and certified pre/postnatal exercise specialist. They are not only SAFE workouts for pregnancy and postpartum, but they are designed to also be EFFECTIVE, and strengthen the muscles that need strengthening to help prevent abdominal separation, support your pelvic floor, and help your body prepare for and heal after delivery.


I’ve had my Loopy Case since February, and I SWEAR by it! I hardly ever drop my phone anymore, and the few times I have (or when Piper has), it’s been totally protected. The loop at the back stops it from slipping out of my hand, and I loop it around my finger all the time when I have my hands full of bags & babies. It’s SO handy! Every mama needs one. I don’t have a code, but I follow someone who does! Use “SWENSON10” for 10% off


I loooove my Fawn Design diaper bag! It has lots of pockets, easy to clean messes, and I like that it doesn’t look so diaper bag-y, if you know what I mean.


I also have a Freshly Picked diaper bag, and love it just as much! I’d recommend either one, honestly! This one is a big bigger, so it’s great for days when I’m out for longer periods of time. If you sign up for their Fringe membership, you get it for 20% off! You pay $10 a month for the membership, but it just adds that $10 to you account to use on their site. It rolls over, so if you don’t use it that month, the next month you’ll have $20 if you account. Everything is 20% off and free shipping that way too!


I love small little gifts like this clay face mask, because it’s something for a mum to use for a little self care!

I used a Solly Wrap with both babies, and it was the BEST! Sometimes it was the only way I could get them to sleep! I loved having them so close to me, but also being able to get things done with both hands!


I’ve shared Promptly Journals a few times on my Instagram stories, but I have 2 of their journals for Piper and Jack, and it makes keeping track of their milestones, memories, and things I don’t want to forget SO easy. They prompt you with questions at each age, so you can remember it all. I felt overwhelmed trying to figure out a way to keep track of their lives, and have loved using these journals!


Play kitchens are Piper’s favourite things to play with at other people’s homes, so I got her one for Christmas (still have to set it up though…sos). She’s going to love it! I got in on Amazon for $99, but it’s on sale for $79.99 right now!


My mum bought Piper something similar to this last year for Christmas, and she LOVES it. It keeps her busy forever, and she still asks to play with them all the time.


I used to play Pop-Up Pirate all the time as a kid, and bought the game for Piper for Christmas. I ended up getting it out and letting them play with it because I couldn’t wait haha. We play with it EVERYDAY now. It’s such an easy, entertaining game for little kids.


Jack looooves balls, so I got him this little basketball net for his birthday. It’s supposed to go in the bath, but I just put it on the Fridge, and he puts the ball in and out of the hoop alllll day long. It was the cheapest present I bought him, and is definitely his favourite!


Both of my kids love reading, and it’s the only time I can get them to sit still these days. These are some of their favourites:

Each Peach Pear Plum

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Where’s Spot

The Pout-Pout Fish

The Napping House

First 100 Words

Friday Favourites

Except on Monday. It’s all good. I have my life together, I swear…

Here are some of my favourite things that I find helpful in regards to being a mum, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle! Happy Monday!!



I have been drinking this mix regularly since the beginning of the summer, so I have no clue why I’m only posting about it now. True Lemon is a natural mix that I like drinking during the afternoon to mix up plain water. I add in Collagen For Her collagen peptides (I believe “GOODFORTHESWOLE” gets you 10% off) because they are unflavoured and it’s just an easy way to sneak in collagen.



I’ve always known mental health is important, but going through a divorce has given me a whole new appreciation for it, and I see the direct impact it has on physical and just overall health. IT IS SO IMPORTANT. I recently started following Alexa Allred (@allredyalexa) on Instagram. She is a Mental Health Therapist, and shares helpful tips, advice, and mental health education on her page. Even just seeing her posts and stories pop up are a nice reminder every day to check in and make sure my mental health is taken care of too!



When I went to Washington D.C. to visit a friend a couple of months ago, she was raaaving about her new Shark mop. You know you’re old when you get so excited about cleaning supplies haha. I ordered one on Amazon, and it really is the best! Jack and Piper are the messiest eaters known to mankind, so meal times look like a giant food fight took place. It’s so easy to just plug this mop in, and quickly sanitize the floors. It uses steam which I love because Jack’s crawls around the floors, and having chemicals all over the place stress me out. You just add water, and the steam kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. I could go on and on, but just go and read the reviews. I’m a fan!



Obviously, I’m going to bring up my newest workout subscription! This one is designed for anyone wanting to workout effectively from home! I don’t get to workout at the gym very often, so most of my workouts happen from home. I know a lot of women/mothers can’t get to the gym either, so I hope this helps! For more information, go HERE!



Senita Athletics just released another style of nursing sports bras. Since starting Good For The Swole, I’ve had the chance to try nursing sports bras from different companies. Senita Athletics are hands down my FAAAAVOURITE nursing sports bras. They are comfortable, supportive, and the padding inside doesn’t bunch up when you pull it down to nurse (you know what I mean????). I have a smaller chest, so both styles of nursing sports bras work great for me, and I love them both. Their newest one has more coverage, and offers more support. If you have a larger chest, I’d opt for this one, but both are AWESOME!!

Friday Favourites

We got back from a family vacation to Newport Beach yesterday evening, and there is a true MOUNTAIN of clothes on my bed just waiting to be sorted and put away. Holidays are the best, but unpacking is the worst, especially with little kids stuff too. 

We're easing back into our regular routine today, and I wanted to throw up this Friday Favourites post because it's been a minute, and I have a list of things that I love/have found really helpful lately. I hope you find them helpful too! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!



I bought this Loopy Case back in February, so I'm not sure why I'm only sharing it now, but it's amazing! I used to drop my phone at least 10x a day (triple that if we're counting how many times Piper dropped it a day). I think I've only dropped it like...maybe once since getting this case. It has a loop at the back for you to hold onto it, and it makes it so nice when I have my hands full with Jack, bags, keys, toys, etc. because I just loop a finger through and I'm good to go. It's honestly been a game changer since having kids, and I'll never go back to a regular case. 

I don't have a discount code with them, but I follow someone who does! Hers is "SWENSON10" and gets you 10% off if you're interested! I have the White Marble Original.



My sisters all use Native shoes for their kids, and I finally got some on Amazon a couple of weeks ago for Piper. THEY ARE THE BEST FOR TODDLERS! They are waterproof, easy for them to put on by themselves, lightweight, and they don't rub. Piper's been wearing them non-stop since I got them. They have a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, with over 2,300 you know they're leeeegit!



Someone on Instagram posted about this app, so I downloaded it and LOVE it! They post a different learning activity to do with your child each day (you can add multiple kids and each has a different activity based on their age). I love doing this kind of stuff with my kids, but I run out of ideas, so this is really helpful, and you can set a reminder too!



I took the kids to Ikea a couple of weeks ago, and saw this smock in the kids section. Piper is probably THE messiest toddler in the planet. She is a true savage when it comes to eating, colouring, and painting. Need I remind anyone of her painting a few weeks ago (see picture below). I never want to limit her creativity, but also...can you not, Piper. It was only $4.99 at Ikea (I don't know why it's more expensive on Amazon), but either way, it's been perfect to let her create, but also limit the clean up. She calls it her "painting dress", and it goes all the way down to her toes!


Piper has the best curly hair, but it always has to be tied or clipped back otherwise she can't see a thing haha. I LOVE these headbands from Why Knot Bows because they are soooo cute, and also do an awesome job at keeping her hair back. They come in the best colours too! I love all the neutral and fall colours. 

Current Favourites

Well. This is embarrassing because I intended to get this post up on Friday (aka Friday Favourites), but one thing led to another, and here I am on a Monday finally getting to it. I'm not cut out for this Instagram/blogger world, I'll tell ya. 

Anyway, I still wanted to share some of my favourite health-related things right now! A lot of my favourite things come from things others share, so I'm passing on the love, and hopefully someone finds this helpful!

Happy Monday!!!


Favourite Things ||

I've never had coffee (I don't drink it for religious reasons), but I've always loved the idea of having a hot drink in the morning to get the day started. Some friends made us Crio Bru one evening a couple of years ago, and I really liked it, so I finally ordered some on Amazon, and have been drinking it every morning. It's made from 100% roasted cacao beans (the grounds smell like dark chocolate!), It's super high in antioxidants, is a natural source of energy, stimulates the metabolism, and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Crio Bru is by far my new favourite thing right now!


Favourite Things ||

I switched to these diapers a couple of months before Jack was born, and whenever I have to use another brand (if I run out and have to borrow one or something), I'm reminded of why I love Bambo Nature diapers so much. First of all they're eco-friendly which is amazing, second, they work SO well. Piper's had hers completely filled with water before, and it still somehow stayed secure. Most importantly, they are free of harmful chemicals and all known allergens. I've mentioned this a lot, but Jack has super sensitive skin, and has trouble with eczema, and he's never once had any kind of diaper rash or sores, but did immediately when I had to use another diaper brand. I love LOVE this company, and I also use their mineral sunscreen for my babes!


Favourite Things ||

I talk about Ideal Raw ALLLL the time on Instagram, but it has been a favourite for a long, long time now. They have TONS of products (protein, superfood, green powder, matcha, coconut oil, chia seeds, probiotic, etc.), and they are all made with clean, organic ingredients. I used Ideal Raw protein throughout my whole pregnancy, and still use it while I'm nursing. Protein powders can be PACKED with artificial ingredients, and this is one of the few I felt comfortable taking while growing, and now nourishing, a little babe (make sure you talk to your own doctor before taking ANY supplement). It's also a plant based protein, which is great while nursing, because often whey protein often upsets babies tummies. 

My favourite flavours are 1. chocolate peanut butter 2. superberry (AMAZING in smoothies) 3. chocolate and 4. vanilla. I drink them after a workout, add them into oatmeal, smoothies, energy balls, pancakes...pretty much anything haha. You can use my code "SWOLE" for 10% off any of their products!!


Favourite Things ||

How cute is this cutting board?? I got it from Family Laser, and I'm obsessed with it. They do custom designs, so a common one is to have your family last name, or a significant date, or something like that, but having Good For The Swole on it makes me feel pretty legit, not gonna lie. 


Favourite Things ||

I use coconut oil for E-V-E-R-YTHING. I mean it. I cook with it, add it into my Crio Bru (if I'm feeling fancy), add it into energy balls, put it in my hair every now and then before showering (I'm bad at remembering to do this, but when I do it's the best), and use it in the shower (I rub it all over my body, and let the water take some of it off, and leave the rest on. It's the best moisturizer, and my skin feels incredible afterwards). It's also great to use on the belly during pregnancy to help with the itching and stretch marks. Also, I use it to shave my legs! There are so many great uses, and each one reaps the benefits that coconut oil has to offer!

Also, has anyone heard of oil pulling? It's this new trend where you swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15 minutes, and it's supposed to help reduce toxins and also whiten your teeth. I haven't done it yet...but there's another use!

Toddler Favourites

I posted about all of my baby items HERE, and good toddler books HERE, so I wanted to finish it off with my favourite toddler items that Piper and I love. I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of things, but below are toys and products that keep both of us happy, and more importantly, keep me sane. 




Stasher Bags are THE BEST!! I hate wasting plastic, so I love these silicone reusable bags for snacks. I always have a Stasher bag of snacks in my diaper bag for when we're out and about. You can also steam food in them, freeze food (I have a bag full of frozen bananas in the freezer), and wash them in the dishwasher. I've had some for over a year now, and they're still in perfect condition. I can't recommend them enough!



I wrote a post about these bottles last week, but they're obviously going to be included in my toddler favourites because they're the best. It took me a loooong time (and a lot of different bottles) to transition Piper from baby bottles, and these Nuk learner bottles are the only ones she liked. She took them immediately and they're the only ones we use now. 



These blocks are one of Piper's very favourite toys. She plays with them alllll the time and they're so good for motor development and creative learning. We count them a lot and I talk about colours a lot with them too. I've recently been throwing these into the bath to keep her entertained for longer. It works like a charm!


I've been using Tubby Todd products on Piper for long time now, and LOVE them! Piper has super curly hair, and this shampoo gets all of the tangles out and leaves her hair so soft and smooth. I rub this lotion on her after bath time and I swear it's her favourite part of the day. She requests her "sotion" about 100x a day (not exaggerating here). I have to buy more of this bubble bath because her excitement over the bubbles will always be one of my favourite memories of her. I love their products, and love that they are 100% natural too!



I've posted about Avanchy a few times already because I LOOOOVE their bowls and plates. Piper is a true savage when it comes to food, and their products suction to the table so she can't throw the plate off her high chair (one of her favourite past times). I love how they look too. 



This Ikea high chair is the cheapest one I've come across, and it's also my favourite. It works great, I'm all for the minimal look, and it's easy to take apart. I don't know why it's showing as a little more expensive online, because we got ours for like $15 in the store. 



Piper wears Freshly Picked moccasins about 99% of the time because a) I think they're super cute b) they're comfortable for her and c) they're easy and quick to put on and off (my favourite thing about them). Piper has recently learned how to put them on herself which keeps her busy while I'm scrambling to get everything ready to go somewhere. Win-win! **She wears a size 4 and she's 21 months old, if that helps!



We actually had another baby monitor before getting this Lollipop Camera, and this is by far my favourite one! You can wrap it around the crib (probably for when they're a little younger. Piper would attack it in 2 seconds now), put it on the wall, or sit it on a flat surface. It's an app on your phone, so I can check in on her 24/7 (so can Jordan). You can play music through it, and also speak through it if you want to. It has the best night view I've ever seen on a baby monitor. **PS. her crib is also from Ikea and it's great!



This sound machine is amazing. I mean it. You can control it from your phone, and you can create specific timers, so certain music starts at a certain time every day. I have a lullaby that comes on about 15 minutes before bed time to help calm her down and prepare her for bed, and then it switches to a water sound throughout the night. It also has different colours that you can select, so older kids can use it to let them know when it's okay to get out of bed. 



Piper puts everything and anything in this stroller and pushes it around throughout the day. It apparently never gets old, and it keeps her busy. The other day I found her pushing around my bras. So that's nice. 


My mum bought these for Piper for Christmas, and she loves them! She slices them all up, and puts them all back together a few times every day. Again, it's so good for motor development, plus she gets super excited when she recognizes real "carrots" or "broccoli" and connects them with their names. 



Pipes and I do lots of puzzles together, and I think they're so good for development! I don't have these exact ones, but we they're similar, and the number puzzle we have has taught her to count everything. She counts whenever we go down stairs, put toys away, etc. I love toys like this that are fun for her, but also teach her. 



These bath letters keep her so busy during bath time. She loves counting them and lining them up which keeps her preoccupied so I can clean the bathroom, or get ready.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!! All of my sisters (I have 4) are flying into LA this weekend to hang out, and I'm so excited to see them! They're the best. 

It's been one hot minute since I've done a Friday Favourites post, so below are some of my absolute favourite things/products. I use all of them regularly, and want to share in hopes that it's helpful!

Have the best weekend!!!



I went through A LOT (emphasis on the "LOT") of different types of bottles when Piper transitioned from using a baby bottle to a sippy cup, or a "toddler bottle", or whatever you want to call them haha. She just wouldn't take any of the big kid bottles/cups I bought for her. She would take a sip and then refuse to touch it again. I didn't know this was common until other mums messaged me on Instagram asking if I found a bottle that worked, because they were struggling with the same issue. Who knew haha. 

I seriously bought and tried about 8-10 bottles before finding these NUK bottlesThey are "learner cups", so they are designed to help transition away from a baby bottle. Piper drank from it immediately, and never looked back! I threw away all of our other ones, and bought 4 more. If you're struggling with this problem too, try out the NUK bottles. I got mine on Amazon, but I've seen them at Target, Buy Buy Baby...and pretty much any baby store!



On the topic of bottles, I've been using Comotomo baby bottles with Jack, and he uses them with no issues at all! I'm still exclusively nursing, but I pump as well, and Jordan has occasionally feeds him my breastmilk if he wakes up while I'm at the store, or at our apartment gym or something. I love these bottles because they are designed to mimic breastfeeding, help avoid nipple confusion (Jack has done just fine switching between the two), reduce excess air-intake (which reduces colic), and they are 100% silicone. I'm a fan! I have two 5 ounce bottles, but they also have 8 ounces bottles as well!



Okay, I know I've talked about these a few times on Instagram already, but if you are a nursing mama and are looking for a GOOD nursing sports bra - I cannot recommend Senita Athletics nursing bras enough! Seriously. GET.ON.IT! They are cute, supportive, comfy, and the clip is so easy to clip on and off. I have the blush, and stripped one, but they have a couple of other styles too, along with nursing tops to pull over your bra, or workout in. I honestly can't say enough good things about them.

**I recommend ordering a size up from your regular non-nursing size! I am pretty small chested in general, so if you "grow" a lot while nursing, or are bigger chested, maybe even go up 2 sizes.



First of all, can we talk about how I want to SPREAD JACK ON A FREAKING CRACKER AND EAT HIM ALIVE!!! I can't handle his tiny little body. He's too much. Second, and more to the point, this is the Blooming Bath and I loooove it! I used the PUJ with Piper, but I have to say that I prefer this brand more, and it's cheaper so...holla! It's this padded lotus that easily folds into any compartment (I bathe him in our bathroom sink), it's suuuuper soft and you just hang it up once you're done and it dries really fast. I love how cozy and supported he is in there! 


Is it stupid to add being able to workout again as a favourite? Whatever. I'm doin' it. It's strange working out without a bump now. I have a much a wider range of movement, that's for sure, and I don't get so breathless after doing like 2 reps of an exercise haha. I wrote a post HERE about how to properly ease back into exercise postpartum, and I'm still paying close attention to my body and how it feels. Some days I get in awesome workouts, and other days my workouts are pretty "blah" and short, but I'm moving my body and figuring out a schedule that works for us! **I'm doing workouts that are all similar to the ones in my Postpartum Workouts and Pregnancy/Postpartum Workout Subscription!

Health-Related Christmas Gifts

I can't believe Christmas is ONE week away!! I've been so busy getting ready for Jack's arrival that it just snuck up on me. Luckily, I got most of my shopping done a few weeks ago and I'll be getting the last couple of things on Amazon (there's no way I'm braving the crowds with a toddler and a newborn). 

If you're still looking for ideas on what to ask for, or what to get someone, I've compiled a few items that I own and absolutely love! I use them all very frequently and are things I find helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 






I can't recommend Sudio Sweden headphones enough! They are 110% worth the investment! I've had mine since the beginning of the year and they have never once fallen off during a workout (even when running, doing burpees, etc). They are SUPER comfy, they cancel out noise around you, and I'm going to be honest, they make me feel pretty cool when I wear them. They carry earbuds and headphones in different colours (I have the white headphones) and they honestly make my workouts more enjoyable because I'm more focused, and I don't have to worry about cords getting in the way or them falling off. I don't make commission off this (haha I wish I did though!!), but you can use "goodfortheswole" to get 15% off (they're originally $99)!

TRUFLASK - $39.99


A good water bottle that can hold a lot of water is a must, in my opinion. Drinking lots and lots of water is probably the very best thing you can do for your body! Having a water bottle with me at all times keeps me drinking throughout the day. I never, ever go anywhere without one. There are lots of different brands out there, but I personally like TruFlask because they keep your water cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12 hours), plus they come in all different sizes. I have the 64 oz bottle and love, love it! You can also swap the top if you want a straw, cap, etc.

GYM BAG - $44.95


I've had my Vooray gym bag for a long time now, and still absolutely love it! It has a separate side compartment for shoes, lots of compartments inside the bag, and isn't too big or bulky. I use it for day-to-day gym trips (for my keys, headphones, water, towel, and resistance bands), but also used it when I thought spin classes in the morning before work, and had to pack my work clothes along with stuff to get ready for the day. The bag always fit everything perfectly!



I would say Senita Athletics is my favourite brand of workout clothes. I have tons of their stuff and every single piece has been awesome quality (no weird see-through nonsense) and is still in great condition. All their products are great prices too! I wore their workout leggings throughout my whole pregnancy, and when my belly got bigger, I just had them sit right under the bump. It worked great and they always felt super comfortable!

POLAR GLOBAL - $129.99


I'm not a runner, so if you want something tailored specifically towards that, I would go with a different brand, but I love my Polar Global for everything else! It has the basics of everything you need to easily monitor your heart rate and tailor your workouts towards it. It does track your distance and pace when you go on a run, swim, and bike too! This brand is awesome, especially if you're new to tracking your heart rate! I have THIS one.

DUMBBELLS - $19.98


If you want to/have to workout from home, I would HIGHLY recommend investing in a pair of dumbbells. It gives you SO many more exercise options, and you will get so much more out of the time you put in if you have some resistance to add. I have a set of 10lb dummbells and a 35lb kettlebell, and I use them for every.single.workout I do. Again, I strongly, strongly recommend getting some dumbbells if you workout from home, especially if you're a mum and are limited on options and time! 



I wrote a whole post HERE about why I strongly recommend investing in a stability ball for pregnancy and postpartum. It is a great tool to SAFELY work the core during both of those stages. This ball on Amazon is a great deal!

FOAM ROLLER - $13.95


Jordan bought me a foam roller a couple of years ago for Christmas, and we both still use it almost every day! It's been great for releasing tension in overactive muscles, releasing stress, and aiding in recovery. I always use it as part of my cool down. 


I LOVE my Day Designer! I swear I would absolutely lose my mind without it. They have the cutest patterns but, more importantly, they have everything to keep me on track - a monthly calendar, a daily schedule, a place to plan meals for the day, prioritize your top 3 "to-do's" - it's the best! They also have free printables that you can use at first if you just want to try it out!






I'm sure there are fancier brands out there, but I bought this pack of 4 resistance bands on Amazon for $7.99 over a year ago, and they still work great (I can't find the exact same brand anymore, but THIS is pretty much what I got)! I always use them in my workouts, and always pack them when we travel because there are so many exercises you can do with them! I loved them during late pregnancy too because it was a way to add some resistance without a lot of impact. Highly recommend these!!

DRY BRUSH - $9.95


I included this in my last Friday Favourites post, and it's something I have grown to love! I dry brush in the mornings to wake myself up (it really does!), but it's great for stimulating the lymphatic system, exfoliating the skin, and increasing blood flow throughout the body. I use it because it feels so good afterwards! Such a simple (and beneficial) self-care practice.



I also included this in my last Friday Favourites post, but MyMatcha stick would make a great stocking stuffer! I use it under my eyes and on my lips and it works wonders!! My lips don't get dry afterwards, and it prevents puffiness and dark circles under my eyes (which let's face it, I definitely need now I'm not getting any sleep). 

HONEST HAZEL - $12 (pack of 3)


I mentioned Honest Hazel in my "What To Pack For The Hospital" post, but these are eye gels that refresh and revitalize the eyes. They're packed with collagen, aloe vera, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and arbutin. Just a little somethin, somethin to show yourself some love! 

QALO RING - $19.99


I haven't worked out in an actual gym for a little bit, but I would always wear a Qalo ring instead of my wedding ring when I did go. Holding weights with my ring on is uncomfortable, plus I don't like damaging it. I also don't like NOT wearing a ring though, so Qalo silicone rings works perfectly! 



Is this a lame one? Haha. I guess it depends how much you like food. I get freakishly excited over a new box of protein bars, so I know I would appreciate this little gift! I've mentioned my favourite ones a million times, but they are Square Organics (the crisp bars are INSANE and you can get 20% off any product with "goodfortheswole"), Perfect Bar (I wish I had a discount code for them!), and G2G Bar (use "theswole" for 20% off). Love the ingredients in these bars and the tastes!