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It's no secret that experience gifts are a family favorite to gift for the holidays. Maybe you're seeking a more minimalist lifestyle, or your littles don't have enough space for yet another toy in the playroom. While experience gifts can sometimes be costly, they don't have to be.

We asked #TeamMotherly what their favorite free or affordable gifts are to give—here's what they had to say:

  1. "A night off to a couple."—Joanna F.
  2. "For kids, a personalized scavenger hunt. They are not super picky about how great the clues are, it gets them outside and reading, and there may be one gift hidden (the 'prize' at the end) but the whole hunt is a treat for them."—Viki L.
  3. "Not always inexpensive, but instead of gifts, we take a family vacation during the holidays."—Mandy S. [Editor's note: You could do a staycation to make it more affordable!]
  4. "Handmade greeting cards and post cards"—Patricia R.
  5. "Movie tickets! Get an all-inclusive ticket from Costco that includes your movie and treats—perfect!"—Emily H.
  6. "I love receiving my mom's handmade slippers."—Vany L.
  7. "Groupon has lots of options!"—Tram L.
  8. "Going ice skating, complete with hot chocolate and their favorite treat"—Diana S.
  1. "I always do pajamas! Or make DIY kid artwork. Last year we made ornaments for the family."—Zelda M.
  2. "Gift certificate (rather than full membership) to paint your own pottery, zoo membership, or science museum."—Katerina P.
  3. "For adults, I'm giving several tickets to concerts this year."—Ashley N.
  4. "Gift card to local play or gymnastics place."—Alexandra M.
  5. "I'm asking for swim lessons from our local Y."—Meredith S.
  6. "Babysitting services!"—Mellen R.
  7. "Baking cookies, making pizza or going to the water park."—Mellen R.
  8. "Seeds and dirt so they can plant a garden in the spring."—Diana S.

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Jessica Simpson celebrated her baby shower this weekend (after getting a cupping treatment for her very swollen pregnancy feet) and her theme and IG captions have fans thinking this was not just a shower, but a baby name announcement as well.

Simpson (who is expecting her third child with former NFL player Eric Johnson) captioned two photos of her shower as "💚 Birdie's Nest 💚". The photographs show Simpson and her family standing under a neon sign spelling out the same thing.

While Simpson didn't explicitly state that she was naming her child Birdie, the numerous references to the name in her shower photos and IG stories have the internet convinced that she's picking the same name Busy Philips chose for her now 10-year-old daughter.

The name Birdie isn't in the top 1000 baby names according to the Social Security Administration, but It has been seeing a resurgence in recent years, according to name nerds and trend watchers.

"Birdie feels like a sassy but sweet, down-to-earth yet unusual name," Pamela Redmond Satran of Nameberry told Town and Country back in 2017. "It's also just old enough to be right on time."

Simpson's older kids are called Maxwell and Ace, which both have a vintage feel, so if Birdie really is her choice, the three old-school names make a nice sibling set.

Whether Birdie is the official name or just a cute nickname Simpson is playing around with, we get the appeal and bet she can't wait for her little one to arrive (and her feet to go back to normal!)

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Mamas, if you hire a cleaning service to tackle the toddler fingerprints on your windows, or shop at the neighborhood grocery store even when the deals are better across town, don't feel guilty. A new study by the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School shows money buys happiness if it's used to give you more time. And that, in turn could be better for the whole family.

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As if we needed another reason to shop at Target, our favorite store is offering some great deals for mamas who need products for baby. Mom life can be expensive and we love any chance at saving a few bucks. If you need to stock up on baby care items, like diapers and wipes, now is the time.

Right now, if you spend $100 on select diapers, wipes, formula, you'll get a $20 gift card with pickup or Target Restock. Other purchases will get you $5 gift cards during this promotion:

  • $20 gift card when you spend $100 or more on select diapers, wipes, formula, and food items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock
  • $5 gift card when you buy 3 select beauty care items
  • $5 gift card when you buy 2 select household essentials items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock
  • $5 gift card when you buy 2 select Iams, Pedigree, Crave & Nutro dog and cat food or Fresh Step cat litter items using in store Order Pickup
  • $5 gift card when you buy 3 select feminine care items using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock

All of these promotions will only run through 11:59 pm PT on Saturday, January 19, 2019 so make sure to stock up before they're gone!

Because the deals only apply to select products and certain colors, just be sure to read the fine print before checking out.

Target's website notes the "offer is valid using in store Order Pickup, Drive Up or Target Restock when available".

The gift cards will be delivered after you have picked up your order or your Target Restock order has shipped.

We won't tell anyone if you use those gift cards exclusively for yourself. 😉 So, get to shopping, mama!

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This month isn't just the start of a new year, but the start of a new life for those due in 2019. If you're expecting a baby this year you've got plenty of celebrity company, mama.

Here are some fellow mamas-to-be expecting in 2019:

Alexa and Carlos PenaVega 

The Spy Kids actress and mom to 2-year-old Ocean will soon have to get herself a double stroller because PenaVega and her husband Carlos are expecting again.

"Holy Moly!!! Guys!!! We are having another baby!!!!" captioned an Instagram post. "Do we wake Ocean up and tell him??!! Beyond blessed and excited to continue growing this family!!! Get ready for a whole new set of adventures!!!"

Over on Carlos' IG the proud dad made a good point: " This year we will officially be able to say we have 'kids!' Our minds are blown," he write.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald

In January Counting On Jessa Seewald (formerly Jessa Duggar) announced via Instagram that she is pregnant with her third child with husband Ben Seewald.

We love that she was able to make the announcement in her own time, not worrying about speculation about her midsection. She's been over that for a while.

[Update: January 18, added PenaVega]

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