Kimono (and Black Friday Deals)

kimono kimono kimono kimono kimono kimono kimono kimono kimonokimonoMommy: / shirt / pants (similar)/ booties c/o Shoedazzle /

Baby: / kimono c/o Camden and Kate / mocc boots c/o MMFeet / shirt / leggings /

Happy Black Friday…can you believe Thanksgiving is over ALREADY??? How did that happen so quickly? I’m always on the lookout for a steal…….especially when it comes to cute pieces for Lydia.  This adorable kimono from Camden and Kate is one of our new favorites…..adorable, right? Camden and Kate carries adorable pieces for little ones….and they’re offering an exclusive Black Friday deal….so shop away!

Black Friday Deals:

Camden and Kate: 15% off using the code CRAYONS

Kendra Scott:  15% off using the code BFCM2014

Old Navy: 50% off

Toms: 25% off using the code CHEER

Boden: 30% off

Madewell: 25% off using code GIFTON

Anthropologie: site wide sale

J.Crew: 30% off using code HOLIDAY

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Thankful, Mustard Pants and Stacked Bracelets

mustard pantsExactly one year ago today, my maternity leave started.  And one week later, Lydia was born.  Can anyone really prepare you for the first year of parenthood? Or do they just give you a knowing eye about eight months in? A glance of solidarity? And a joking….”ready for another one yet?”

During my run yesterday, I thought about countless moments over the last year.  I thought about the late nights, the early mornings, the teething, the developmental milestones, the first smile, the first words, the first sleeping through the night……and I thought about my own parents.  In the last year, I have come to appreciate them in a whole new way.  I am so thankful for all they gave to my sister and I.  I am thankful for the sleepless nights, the carpool duty, the parent conferences, the family vacations, the magical christmas mornings, and the feeling of love that we had ALWAYS.

I have come to realize it really does take a village to raise a child.  And I sure am thankful for our village.
mustard pants mustard pants mustard pants mustard pantsMommy: / pants (similar)/ vest / booties c/o Shoedazzle / tee c/o Popbasic / bracelets c/o Joseph Nogucci/

Baby: / pants  (in red) / shirt / headband c/o The Prettiest Bow / Moccs c/o Deerie Handmade /
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Aren’t these bracelets stunning? I haven’t been able to stop wearing them since they arrived in the mail! Joseph Nogucci makes semiprecious bracelets, perfect for stacking.  Their Sacred Stones Collection contains vibrant colors sure to become a staple in any fashionista’s wardrobe.  And, so that you have a little extra something to be thankful for…….they’re giving a stack of the winner’s choice away to one lucky reader!

Can’t wait to see if you win? Use code LIPGLOSS30 to get 30% off any piece from the Sacred Stones Collection (hello Christmas gifts!)

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Sparkling Cranberry Martini

This Sparkling Cranberry Martini was crafted as a part of a sponsored post for Socialstars and Sweet’N Low…..but my obsession with making it AGAIN and AGAIN? All mine!

#sweetnlowstars

sparkling cranberry martiniIt’s Mommy Juice time again and I think this Sparkling Cranberry martini is my best yet! My husband was joking this weekend that I’ve found a hidden talent and should have been a bartender….so stand by for lots more drink recipes. I can’t believe it’s really holiday season already! Thanksgiving is upon us, and then it’s a full blown sprint towards Christmas.  Seasonal drinks, alcoholic or non are my favorites……and this sparkling cranberry martini seemed perfect for christmas parties and thanksgiving dinner.  Not a drink? Leave out the vodka, it’s still delish!sparkling cranberry martini

Ingredients:

2 -3 jiggers of vodka ( 2 – 3 shots)

12 ounces of cranberry juice

1 jigger of apple juice

3 ounces of club soda

3 packets of Sweet’N Low

ice

Shake and combine using cocktail shaker.

Enjoy!

Serves 2

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730x100letitshine Welcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!

favs1123/ The Arnolds Blog Alot / My Rose Colored Shades / Love Iris /

Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! let it shine hashtag_edited-1


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Forest Themed Nursery

Thanks to Wayfair for sponsoring this project!Forest Themed Nursery I can’t believe Lydia is almost one! We’ve been working for the past month on redoing her nursery….and I’m excited to finally share the results.  We wanted a gender neutral, more mature theme…..move over pink, here is our new Forest Themed Nursery.  Luckily, we kept the basic nursery pieces neutral when we registered…….so by switching out the linens and a few other pieces……we totally changed the feel of the room!

The bright green pouf? Was the inspiration for the whole room.  I absolutely love it, it’s a perfect foot rest….and Lydia loves to practice pulling herself up to standing on it. Plus, when she gets bigger…she can lean against it to read on her own!

And this amazing bedding? Modified Tot knocked it out of the park.  Holly helped me choose from hundreds of fabrics, and created a combination of patterns that I just love.  She was amazing to work with….I sent her pictures of the pouf and bookshelf……and her suggestions for fabrics were exactly what I envisioned.

Forest Themed Nursery Forest Themed Nursery Forest Themed Nursery Forest Themed Nursery Forest Themed Nursery Forest Themed NurseryForest Themed NurseryForest Themed Nursery/ pouf c / o Wayfair / Babyletto spruce bookshelf c / o Wayfair / Trendy Peas decals c / o Wayfair / bedding and changing table pad c / o Modified Tot / prints c / o BW Prints / playmat c / o Softtiles /

We still want to buy a few more pieces for the nursery, and it’s the perfect time…….

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November 20 through November 24th

15% off ANY Pillow, Pouf or Throw

Promo Code: WFPTP15

Our picks to add on to the nursery?forest themed nursery

/ green throw / emerald pillow / green bordered pillow /

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Glossybox Giveaway

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Just as the days are getting darker……Glossybox sent over some of the best brightening products on the market!  October’s Glossybox was all about feeling good in dark, dreary weather.  Let me tell you, this box delivered! My hair is in love with the Volume Root Boost and Argan Oil…..and that cell-white brightening mask? AMAZING!  The Tarte lip pigment has become my fall staple, and I’m obsessed with Vince Camuto’s perfume.  I can’t wait to use my new matte top coat….perfect for more mature manicures.

I love my little beauty department in a box……..such a treat each month! And I’m not the only one, Glossybox is giving a box to one of YOU again this month! Looking for a little “me time”? Enter away, this Glossybox giveaway is only lasting a couple days!glossybox
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New Mommy Gift Basket and Pedicure Set

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All opinions are mine alone.

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new mommy gift basketI have two friends that both had babies this week…..two adorable baby boys.  We had so many people drop off food when Lydia was born, that I decided to create something different for the new moms…..a new mommy pampering and pedicure gift basket!

Remember those first few weeks at home with a little one? You don’t exactly get much time for youself…..and it takes awhile to find that “me time” again.  Honestly? I’ve gotten one pedicure since Lydia was born! So, if I could……I’d be keeping this basket for myself!new mommy gift basketWhat did I put into this new mommy gift basket?

-coffee (necessary isn’t it?)

-chocolate

– dry shampoo

-a Baby on Board sign

-Amopé Pedi Perfect

– Amopé Foot Cream

-nail polish

I’ve gotta share a bit about Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream.  I picked up my own set of these new products at Target recently…..and couldn’t help but pick them up for my new mommy friends after trying them myself! Between working full time and mommying full time……I’m not exactly taking regular trips to the nail salon.  My feet? A mess.  The Amopé Pedi Perfect is a simple little gadget that left my feet soft and suitable for slingbacks again! And since I know my new mommy friends won’t be hitting up the nail salon any time soon……so I ran back to the foot care aisle and picked up a Pedi Perfect set for each of them.
new mommy gift basketnew mommy gift basketWhat would you put in a new mommy gift basket???

2014-11-15_0005Looking to buy your own Amopé Pedi Perfect?

 Between 11/9 – 11/22 purchase one Pedi Perfect and receive a $5 Target gift card!

Even better! Add this offer to your Target Cartwheel to get 10% off between now and 11/22!

730x100letitshine Welcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!

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Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! let it shine hashtag_edited-1

 

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Holiday Cards (and a giveaway with Minted)

family photo outfit inspiration

Mommy: / plaid pants / peplum top / wedges /

Baby: / tunic and leggings / boots /

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It’s holiday card time AGAIN! Does anyone else feel like this year flew by? I can’t believe we are already picking out holiday cards.  And after waiting way too long, we are getting our first family photos taken next weekend.  I’ve been toying with mommy and me outfits that will compliment this adorable holiday card from Minted.  Don’t you think the red plaid outfits will look perfect with the red accents on the card?

Minted is my favorite spot to buy cards, we used them for our holiday / birth announcements last year and I was impressed by the quality of the cards!  Minted provides a marketplace for thousands of independent designers, and contains holiday cards for every taste…..the best part? Minted is paying for one lucky reader’s holiday cards this year! Yup, enter to win $150 credit to Minted.  Which means, you can buy new outfits for your family photos this year too!

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Cali

cali“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”

said his mother, “I will be a tree that you come home to.”

-The Runaway Bunnycali cali cali cali caliWe’ve been reading this book a lot lately.  It’s one of my favorites! It talks about a mama who is always there for her little bunny, no matter what.  Which makes this quote the perfect intro to one of my favorite jewelry lines.  Brittany Leigh Jewelry features stunning pieces…..and my favorites focus on the mother daughter bond.  Her fly home necklaces are going to be worn by Lydia and I for years to come….and she’s giving one mommy necklace away to a lucky reader!

caliMommy: / sweater c/o Avery Lane Boutique / Cali Mama tank c/o Weestructed / leggings / boots /

Baby: / headband and cali cub tee c/o Weestructed / leggings / boots c/o MM Feet /

Mommy and Me necklaces c / o Brittany Leigh Jewelrycali

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What Makes a Momma? (and a giveaway)

black and white baby leggingsI’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a mom.  What makes a really great mom? Lydia is approaching one.  And I recently had a conversation with a friend about Lydia’s birth.  It was a medically required c section.  She was breech, despite trying EVERYTHING including a version procedure to flip her.  The friend looked at me in sympathy.  As if I had “missed out” on some part of the mom experience.

I left the conversation thinking about all the things that vary in our mom experiences.  Birth stories.  Breastfeeding vs formula.  Working vs staying at home. Using a pacifier.  Sleep training vs not. Making your own baby food vs using store bought food.  Cloth diapering vs disposable diapers.

As a mom, it is so easy to feel less than…..to feel as if you are not doing EVERYTHING.

But in my opinion? The mom experience? It’s the middle of the night wake ups for months.  It’s the comfort after shots and during teething.  It’s the cuddles in the morning.  It’s the first time you hear the word Mama escape your baby’s lips.  It’s inside jokes that mommy and baby share.  It’s the moment you catch them recreating your exact expression.  It’s the first smiles and the first hugs. It’s the fact that no matter what your experience…..you are the mom.  And you love your baby with all of your heart.heart print baby leggings heart print baby leggings heart print baby leggings heart print baby leggings heart print baby leggings heart print baby leggingsSpeaking of Mommas, one of my favorite mommas is the owner of Bmod Designs.  She made these adorable pieces….you think they’re cute together? I’ve also been mixing and matching them with basic tees…..so so fun!  Bmod Designs features stunning pieces for stylish little ones…..and they’re offering a $50 shop credit to one lucky reader.  Enter away!

heart print baby leggingsMommy: / pants (similar) / shirt / shoes c/o Just Fab /

Baby: / leggings and onesie c/o BMod Designs / Headband c/o HeadsUp Kids / Moccs c/o Whitney Norko Designs /

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Welcome to Let it Shine!   Welcome to the new, revamped Funday Monday! After two years, we decided to rename our link up to something we felt was a better fit.  Welcome to Let it Shine! Why the name? Because, we want this link up to be just that…..your chance to let it shine! We will be sharing our favorites each week here, and on social media!  a few of our favsnov9
/ Mascara Melodies / J Petite /   Another place we will be showcasing our favs? The Let It Shine Pinterest Board! let it shine hashtag_edited-1      

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