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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Our Home | Christmas Living Room Tour

I love decorating for Christmas. The twinkly lights.. the decor you only see once a year.. the use of the color RED! Strange I know, but if you've been around these parts of the blog before then you know our home is very neutrals and the most 'out there' we get is blue and turquoises! 
Today I'm taking you on a little tour of our living room all dressed up for Christmas. I tried to link all the items, but if there is something I missed just message me and I'll be happy to let you know where we found it!
Let's start with our 'catch all' table. This table usually is cluttered with phones, keys, sunglasses, mail.. you know the usual! But thankfully it has those two nifty drawers we can just throw everything in when people come over!
Table | Walmart
Shutter | Vintage
Candle Holders | Target
Snow Globe | Target (old)
Truck | Target (old)
Treats Jar | Home Good
Frame | Michael's
Postcard in Frame | Vintage
Ski Sign | Christmas Tree Shops
Reindeer | Pier 1 (similar)

I already filled Joe, Charger and Joey's stockings up with some stocking stuffers.. as you can see why mine is hanging limp (insert sad face!)

Garland | Hobby Lobby
Stockings | Pottery Barn
Stuff Polar Bear | Cuddle & Kind
Rocking Chair | DIY
Accent Pillow | Domaci
Gallery Wall | DIY

See that wrapping paper. Totally didn't put it there as a design element (maybe or maybe not forgot to move it after wrapping the last of the gifts!!!!) but I kinda think it goes.. ya know!
Accent Pillow | Kohl's (old)
Bench | Home Goods (old)
Basket | Pottery Barn
Snow Man | Target (old)

Ottoman | Wayfair 
Tray | Pier 1
Curtains | Home Goods
Mug | Rae Dunn
Blanket | Kohl's

Table | Walmart
Lamp | Target (similar)
Trees | Target (last year dollar spot)
Nativity Scene | Target
Book | Gift
Candle Holder | Vintage
Sign | Target (dollar spot)

One of my favorite decorations to put out each year is our Christmas cards from each year. We started sending Christmas (photo) cards to family and friends together four years ago. It's so cool to see how much we've changed and grown.

Tree | Target (old- 7 feet)
Ribbon | Home Goods
Poinsettia's | Pier 1 (similar)
Moravian Star | Moravian Book Shoppe
Tree Skirt | Pottery Barn

Reindeer Pillow | Pier 1 

I think it's funny when I look at this photo because as I was just finishing up taking them, the Fedex man delivered this pillow! Score!!!
Pillow | Magnolia Market

Hope you all enjoyed the tour today! Check back next week for more of our house all decked out!
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Friday, December 15, 2017

DIY Hot Cocoa Bar + Printable Tags

I don't know what it's like where you live, but here in PA it is freaking cold!!!!! The snow we got this past weekend is pretty much all gone and they are calling for more today and the wind chill this week was in the low teen's. Oh Spring, where you at!! Maybe I have high hopes, but I just don't do well in the cold weather. Chapped lips.. extra layers, no thank you!

One thing that is perfect though, in this cold temperature; is my hot cocoa bar I set up on my kitchen table. I love having it out so easy grabs when I want a hot cup at night while catching up with some television shows once Joey goes to bed.  

I like simple. I'm not into all the fixings as some other bloggers may be. In my cup I prefer marshmallows and some peppermint chips. But there are so many extras you can add into your cup of cocoa if you want! 
Tray | Target (old)
Mug | Target
Jars | AC Moore
Stirs | Target (Dollar Spot)

I wanted to share with you some other ideas for a hot cocoa bar if you are looking to make one for the kiddos (or yourself) during the holidays! 

Here are 15 FREE printable labels so that you can jazz up your own hot cocoa bar!

Click HERE for labels
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Our Home | Sneak Peak of Decorations

Can you believe that Christmas is here already!! This year has flown by. Every month (or day really) has been something new with Joey so that just adds to the excitement of the holidays approaching. We decorated our house starting the day after Thanksgiving, but this year took a little extra long to finish. Even though I'm home three days a week, getting things done with a crawling and roaming 8 month old is quite difficult!

Today I'm giving you a look into our home decorated for Christmas! Some of the rooms I will show you more in depth in the next few days, but couldn't wait to share some snap shots with you!

Joey's Room:

In Joey's nursery, we wanted to add his own Christmas tree to get it more festive.  I found this cute one at Target and thought it would look perfect in here. 

Tree | Target
Star | Target
Baseball Lights | Christmas Tree Shops (similar)
Ornaments | Target
Wagon | Hobby Lobby (similar)
Garland | Home Goods
Plush Toys | Disney Store 
Curtains | Ikea
Crib | Pottery Barn
Blanket | Target (dollar spot)

Living Room: 

In the living room, the focal point is definitely the Christmas tree. It's not real big, because let's face it, a bigger one would not fit! This year I am thankful we can tuck the tree in this little corner so that the little hands of Mr. Joey doesn't get to it! We have to get a artificial tree, since Joe is allergic to a real one, but I think this little guy looks great once all decorated.
Tree | Target (old- 7 feet)
Ribbon | Home Goods
Poinsettia's | Pier 1 (similar)
Moravian Star | Moravian Book Shoppe
Rocking Chair | Antique
Bethlehem Pillow | Domaci Home
Tree Skirt | Pottery Barn

Stockings | Pottery Barn
Joey's Stocking | Pottery Barn
Garland | Hobby Lobby
Polar Boy Plush | Cuddle and Kind
Wall Frames | DIY
Lantern | Target (last year)

My favorite decoration in the kitchen is the garland above the window. I wish I could leave it up all year long! It's so inviting and love making my morning coffee with just the twinkly lights in the background. 
Garland | Hobby Lobby
Small trees | Hobby Lobby
Planters | Home Goods
Hanging Mason Jars | Amazon

Frame | Michael's
Garland | Target (dollar spot)
This year I went simple. Less is more.. right?? I decided against putting up our large wreath over the garage, since the holes were closed up with the siding got painted. I added our artifical wreath to the door along with the small potted trees and garland. My vintage sled with wooden ice skates with a few more small pieces. Since our landscaping is different this year, we no longer have those huge trees to put the net lights on. Instead I picked up these real wreaths and added red bows to them on the windows.
Real Wreaths | Lowes
Sled | Vintage
Wooden Ice Skates | Target (Dollar Spot)
Figurines | Hobby Lobby
Yard Flag | Zulilly

So there you have it. A sneak peek into our home. I plan on doing a full tour in the next week. So, make sure to stop back!
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Joseph Michael.. Seven Month Update

Seven Months: November 8, 2017
Weight:  19.7lbs
Height:  28.5 inches
Diet:  formula, fruits, veggies and cereal with a spoon
Sleeping:  From 8pm, wakes up around 3am for a bottle and falls back asleep til 
Clothing Size:  Mostly 12 months or 12-18 months
Diaper Size: size 3's

I am rolling all over the floor and trying my hardest to crawl to my toys!  I try pulling myself up when laying on the floor. I sit on my own and love watching baby cartoons. My favorite food is baby mac & cheese!
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Gift Guide Under $100.00

Do you struggle to find the perfect gift for your mother, mother in law, sisters, etc.

Today I rounded up some of my favorite things that are under $100! I like shopping online, especially now with an infant. Getting to the malls, finding a parking spot, wrestling the crowds with a stroller is not really my cup of tea anymore. Don't get me wrong there are some things you just need to do out and shop for, but buying from my cozy couch in pj's are a win for me!

When I shop online, I always make sure to use my Ebates. It's basically like getting paid to shop!!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ikea Finds + Big Sale!!!

If you have ever shopped Ikea before then you know it's kinda like a black whole and you get sucked in.. much like Target!  Somehow even going in with a list, my little blue bag fills with non- necessary things.. plants, frames, vases- you name it!
I like to be able to see all my options so sometimes prefer to shop online. However, Ikea's shipping is a little pricer then most places!  But there is a HUGE sale going on right now.. FREE SHIPPING with purchase of $250 or more!! If you plan on purchasing furniture or larger pieces now is your chance!!
Here are some things I used in my own home:
Bathroom Cabinet | Hemnes
Bathroom Sink | Odensvik
Mirror Cabinet | Hemnes

Frames | Marietorp

Love Seat | Ektorp

Table | Ingatorp
White Chairs | Ingolf

Wide Dresser | Hemnes
Taller Dresser | Hemnes

Free delivery offer valid on in-store and online product purchases over $250.00

Offer valid on product purchases made 10/30-11/3/2017.
Not valid on product purchases prior to 10/30/17.
Not valid on out of stock merchandise.
Truck deliveries not available to Alaska or Hawaii.
Not available on gift card purchases.
Delivery area limitations apply on in-store product purchases, see store associate for details.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Costume Idea for You and Your Littles

Do you remember the college days when you and your girlfriends would scheme up the idea for the sexiest group costume you could think of? Maybe you are still in college and going through this now? Well I could remember those days like it was yesterday, even though its been SEVEN years since I dressed up in college!!  Now a days, Halloween costumes have change, eh, a lot I guess you can say since then.  Now I have to think of ways to incorporate my son and fur son into the group idea! Being it is Joey's first halloween, the ideas were great, but I think I found the perfect one for our little family. 

I love the show Game of Thrones and thought of this idea a while ago when the show was just coming back for the season!  I knew Charger and Joey would look so cute dressed as dragons now to convince my husband. A little background, Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clark has three (I won't spoil it for you if you didn't see this past season!!!!) dragons who she has raised as her own! Therefore she is the "Mother of Dragons"

 As you can see he is MIA from the photo's.. I could not convince him! LOL I even said he could be Jon Snow since he had the whole scruffy beard look down, but still a no.

My T-shirt- Etsy
My Necklace (not Shown)- Amazon
My Shoes-Toms
Joey's Costume- Amazon
Charger's Costume- Amazon
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