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Holiday Decorating

HOLIDAY DECORATING Tips

Put away all extra decor items you aren’t using

-Place all holiday items on a table to see

-Make sure you have enough vases/containers

-Decide how you want to fill your glass containers

-Do you have a color scheme or theme you’re following?

-Start creating your containers and scale heights

-Make sure to decorate your most visible area first

-I place my ‘wow‘ first then work around it

-Place an odd number of items together

-Layer your items and take a step back and edit often

-Take inventory of your remaining items and edit and add

-You don’t have to use everything you have

Use timers on everything

-You need a lot more items then you think

-Keep it simple

-Do something different than last year

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A White Christmas

There is nothing more magical to me than seeing All White.  When I look outside after a fresh snowfall.  I admire an all white outfit and even more so an entire room in white.  Here are my all White picks. . . . oh so fun!

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We're loving how fashion blogger Christine Andrew styled our ivory high low sweater - add brown accessories and a little sparkle to an all white outfit for a chic fall look #fallfashion

I'd totally do this if my hubby had to go away at Christmas for some strange reason....i LOVE all the white. ~~sigh~~

In the Know: An all white outfit is one trend we HAD to jump on board with! Adding pumps makes for an on-point day-to night outfit!
Flowers: 30 paper white narcissi, 25 white ranunculas, 25 white single tulips, 15 white hyacinths

Classic Chic Home: Dreams of Living in an All White Room

I've been trying to find something to do with the old doors from my house...this is a great use & I like the sparkly chandelier too!
pallet table - love the finish

Milk Glass Collection....thanks Mom :)

all white dessert table

Modern White Christmas Lounge from Elite Home Decoration. #laylagrayce #holiday

Nature is AMAZING!!
I wish that I  could just scoop these pearls into my hands and feel their beauty!  ♥
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Packaging White Xmas.  I would do all one color (ex. Red, Green, White) with different textures of paper and ribbon.
champagne
Merry Christmas by All Things Shabby and Beautiful

Holiday Party Style

If you’ve been attending parties or are having one this season, adding a splash of color or print with your look works right now.  I know we like to wear Red and Green to show our holiday cheer.  These are my Holiday Party Style inspirations!  Cheers!!
Sheer Bliss :: Faille skirt

Holiday Party Look with @No nonsense...
A Topshop holiday party look, styled by Olivia Palermo, http://glmr.me/s3rifO
Great look for a holiday party
Casual Holiday Party Ensemble: The Little Shiny Pant - YLF.
sequined leggings. yes, please!
The LBD for a holiday party...
Netrobe - Animal Instinct

Chanel Crystal Heel Booties
Red Bows

AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND RING  www.christies.com/unwrapped

CHLOÉ python green bag

Holiday Outfit Inspiration by #AmericanApparel

Tips on giving the perfect gifts

I’ve found that if you can plan for creating or finding the perfect gift to give it is so much more meaningful than picking up that last minute gift.  Here are things to think about when you want to give the perfect gift.

1.  Think about the personality of your friend.  Are they more fun, serious, foodie, athletic, country…etc.  Don’t shop for yourself, think about what they would like.

2.  Start early.  Give yourself enough time to either make or find a meaningful gift.

3.  You could get one large gift or a collection of smaller gifts.  For example if you want to give a pamper theme gift, then why not put together a local handmade soap, bath bomb, mixed with lotion, cuticle cream and nail polish, nail files, and so much more.  I would place all these items wrapped in tissue in a pretty toiletry bag, which is wrapped in a box.  I would tie it all off with a pretty ribbon and ornament that gives a clue as to the theme.

4.  Find something they don’t already have…who wants one more candle if they already have the perfect one?  Think outside the box.  If your friend enjoys jewelry and they have a lot already, then give them a special glass monogram box that they can place their special jewelry in, even better if you add a piece of jewelry!

5.  Spend within your budget.  You don’t have to break the bank to give a great gift.  Some of my favorite gifts to give have been meaningful photos in a frame, framed computer made art, photo books and home baked goods.

6.  Be creative when it comes to your gifts…if you can make it then add something store bought that pairs well with your gift.  For example, I made a sign on my computer and printed it myself and spent my money on the frame.

7.  For me the gift is the entire package, meaning the gift, wrapping and card~ they must all be fabulous and meaningful.  Don’t skimp on the delivery of the gift.  There is nothing more tacky than getting a great gift in a random gift bag.  If you have a theme gift then make sure there is a common thread through the entire experience.

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Our Easter fun

Easter & our boys

P1010874This year James wanted to place the eggs in the boiling water (only broke 7)

P1010881  We went with ego egg dye from William Sonoma & Kool Aid!

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P1010981The eggs turned out just as well with eco dyes!

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For every holiday we have quite a book collection (from my teacher years!)

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One of my favorite books…”The Truth about Easter Rabbits”

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Love what they say about Easter Rabbits

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Ace loves Easter.  He would never miss out on all the fun!

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My attempt to make breakfast

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The hunt is on

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Every year John finds less eggs but gets more dollar bills

P1010950Jame found 27 of the 50 eggs

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Stickers, change, dollars, stamps & bubbles come in our eggs

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Easter ears a must

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Egg fight fun

Our Easter isn’t fancy but it’s fun and while our boys are young we want them to believe in the magic of Easter.

Handmade Valentine Cards

For me Valentine’s Day is really about my girlfriends…married or not, I think this holiday is the perfect time to recognize your friendships.

Giving something handmade is so very special.  It shows that you’ll take time out of your busy life to make something special!  What better way to show a friend how much you care for them.

My Handmade Valentine Cards

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Tips on making your own cards

  1.  Be creative with your papers-use gift wrap, textured paper, cardstock…go for it

2.  Load up the layers…like with all good design, there are several layers to add depth, interest and style

3.  Use stamps and different color ink pads

4.  Find some fun stickers, but limit yourself, so doesn’t end up looking cheap

5.  Add some shine with rhinestones and glitter glue

5.  Use finer tip sharpie markers

6.  Ribbons & Lace add so much

7.  Make sure you have supplies:  scissors, decorative scissors, glue & a hole punch

8.  Don’t make your cards all the same.  Think about who you are giving your card to and let their personality inspire you.

9.  If you are going to mail your card then make sure the envelope is cute as well…pink or red and add a nice sticker next to their name.  Don’t forget to use a colorful marker.

10.  Give your self time.  The layers of glue need to dry sometimes over night.  Ink needs to dry as well.  Give yourself weeks that way you can run to the store to pick up one more thing to add!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

i <3 Valentine’s day

I love Valentine’s Day, just for what it resembles, love, hugs, kisses, friendships, jewelry, cards, small gifts, hearts and sweets.

Here are a few of my favorite Valentine ideas & inspirations this year!

just an old fashion love song
I love the idea of a love song written just for me

printable vintage valentines.

I adore old fashioned cards

gold doily // vday card
I’m a big fan of handmade cards!
A DIY Valentine Heart
Decorating with hearts
xo
Seal it with a kiss…I’ve been known to kiss my own cards
Elie Saab
If your going to wear a color on Feb 14, make it red
Royal Icing, everything you ever wanted to know
Make sweets
The most adorable shortbread.
choc covered strawberries
One of the best desserts and so easy to make yourself
romantic
Romantic dinner setting
heart sweater #heart # fashion
Cute day look
BrightNest | Be Heartless: Decorate for Valentine’s Day Without Hearts
Flowers always make an amazing gift…but don’t buy them on Feb 14..overpriced
love letters wallpaper andrew Martin
Love Letter
Candy Hearts #Valentine
You have to have Candy Hearts!  So fun & it’s so childhood
heart
Doilies
Heart Pancakes
Surprise them with heart pancakes
Milk Chocolate Marzipan Hearts Valentine Gift Box- 16 Pcs
It wouldn’t be V-day without chocolate
champagne hearts
Bubbly baby
you have my heart
Great Quotes
cartier diamonds
Jewelry, say no more
xoxo cake
I can never get enough of XOXO….I absolutely adore using it
Gorgeous Geometric printed wallpaper and chair
Red Shoes
Xoxo
Wear red lips
XOXO A Little Taste of Philosophy Spring 2013 & Valentine’s Day Collection
xoxo
Own It
romantic
Romance
xoxo
Smile
a kiss in a cafe
KISS
Heart bag
Accessorize
Poetry Poetry Poetry
Personal Poetry