Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Gift Guide for Her: Christmas 2020


Better late than never! Getting this gift guide to you just in time for Black Friday deals! This list is perfect for the ladies on your list like girlfriends, sisters, co-workers and any other lady you're shopping for. Happy gifting!



 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Little Boys Gift Guide: Christmas 2020

 I have to admit, I think the options for little boy clothes and toys have come a long way just in the last couple of years. It was difficult to find classic boy toys and items in light blue when I was expecting Evan, but I'm happy to see the options are growing. I've curated a few favorite finds that will be perfect for gifting the little man in your life this season. For even more ideas, be sure to check out last year's boy gift guide, as almost all of those items are still available!


Play Tunnel - we have one of these and it's endless fun for crawlers on up. And I love that it collapses for easy storage.

Wood Sorter Truck - another one we have and love.

Toy Guitar - Both my kids use our wood toy guitar on a daily basis. Especially great if your little loves music!

Toy Train - I love that this train has both blocks for stacking and a pull along feature. I've been surprised to see that with both my kids, pull along toys have been a favorite from the time they could walk through preschool. A classic for a reason!

Wooden Mixer - Our little chef loves to play kitchen and restaurant just as much as his sister!

Ice Cream Truck Tent - such a fun play tent! I especially love things like this for the winter months when we can't be outdoors as often.

Balance Bike - Every little boy needs a balance bike, and this one has a great retro look!

Little Brother Mouse - Maileg mice are just the sweetest - a great stocking stuffer!

Rattan Stick Horse - Another classic toy I'm surprised my kids play with so much, but they really love.

Race Car - What little boy doesn't love a race car to drive around imaginary roads?!

Block Sorter - Another take on the sorter truck, this one is a pullalong too.

Wood Wagon - I feel like a little wood wagon is the boy version of a baby doll stroller - so great for hauling things around the house.

Wood Tool Set - We have a really similar one to this and it's a favorite!

Dinosaur Puzzle - Is your little boy as obsessed with dinosaurs as mine is?

Large Blocks - We have these as well and they are so sweet in a nursery or boys room

Duffel Bag - Perfect for overnight trips, and it can be personalized.


 

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Little Girl Gift Guide: Christmas 2020

It's here! The first gift guide of the season! This is seriously one of my favorite things to do every year – round up some special and unique goodies to help you in your holiday gifting. The kids guides have really become my favorite, and I know just how special it is to make magic this time of year is for little ones. Here are my 2020 picks for the little girls in your life (and if you need more ideas, see last year's guide here).


Dollhouse - this is a bit of a splurge (though honestly not as expensive as some I saw!) but it's such a classic, beautiful house that would be an heirloom piece your daughter can pass down. So special!

Star Bracelets - my daughter just loves anything with sparkles and glitter and these bracelets are a fun nod to that, perfect as a stocking stuffer.

Tulle Cape - such a whimsical dress up piece!

Sequin Crown - pair it with the cape for an afternoon of playing princess.

Star Wand - and no dress up outfit is complete without a magic wand!

Bow Hair Ties - I love dressing up Lexie's ponytails with a sweet bow.

Tea Set - We'll be getting this one for L this year, as she's graduated past her metal set to real ceramic. I love the sweet wicker carrying case and classic pink flowers.

Claris Book - I love this story about a chic Parisian mouse!

Ballerina Doll - such a beautiful keepsake doll that will become a best friend.

Bow Backpack - This comes in tons of colors and the little bow detail is so sweet.

Pink Bike - We bought this bike for Lexie this summer and it's just as pretty as it is fun to ride. Looks similar to other classic bikes but at a better price point.

Ice Cream Stand - So fun to play ice cream shop!

Elsie Glad Dreams Coat and Book - You've heard me talk about Bunnies By the Bay before, one of my absolute favorite kids brands, so I of course had to include them. We have the original Elsie doll and love her! This version is so fun for winter!

Wood Play House - I have my eye on this really well priced backyard play house! I've always wanted one to make over but since I'm not very good at DIY projects I haven't wanted to tackle painting one. I think this one is so pretty as-is and I can't believe the price!

Rattan Kitchen - I just can't get over how unique this is! It would be the icing on the cake in a darling playroom. I just love it and so would littles!

Pink Scooter - How fun is this? Well priced too, compared to many I've seen.

Ballerina Mouse - This precious mouse comes with her own tutu and ballet studio. 


 

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Christmas Decor Shop 2020

GARLANDS

 

STOCKINGS

 

PILLOWS

 

DECOR

 

DECORATIVE TREES

 

WREATHS

 

TREE TOPPERS

 

NATIVITIES

 

ORNAMENTS

 

STOCKING HOLDERS

 

TREE COLLARS AND SKIRTS

 

DINING

 

GIFT WRAP

 

KIDS ROOM

Sunday, October 25, 2020

An Elegant Frozen Birthday Party


One of my favorite things to do is throw very special birthday parties for my kids. As Lexie has gotten older she of course has more of an opinion on the themes of her party. So while I might not have chosen it, her five year old heart just wanted an Anna and Elsa Frozen themed party. And her birthday girl wish was my command!

I did my best to make it feel like a frosted wonderland (and a little less cheesy charter-y) and I think she loved it!

I always try to make the dessert table the focal point, so for this one I combined this stand up castle with a balloon garland in the party colors for tons of visual impact.


As always, my incredibly talented mother-in-law made all the treats. The two-tiered cake was covered in fondant snowflakes, topped with white rock candy and adorned with Lexie's favorite Anna, Elsa and Olaf dolls. 

We wrapped the cupcakes in these gorgeous snowflake wrappers and topped them with silhouettes of Anna and Elsa (I love a silhouette and thought these were a classy nod to the characters).

The snowflake cookies were seriously so gorgeous and delicious. It's hard to tell in many of the photos, but above you can see I layered the table with iridescent wrapping paper (found at the Dollar Tree of all places) which really made a pretty backdrop for all the treats. I also layered in large snowflakes and faux snow, also from the Dollar Tree.

Rock candy and mini snowflake wands were fun details that carried through the theme.

 

I couldn't believe she even put the Frozen logo on the cookies!

For the kids table I used purple iridescent wrapping paper as a runner and then layered on snowflake plates and starburst plates, Frozen napkins, iridescent cups and more rock candy.


Of course you have to do some twirling if you're in an Elsa dress!


I'll be so sad when my kids get too big for a kids table at parties - I love decorating their tiny little table just for them and their friends. We have this table and use my mom's Pottery Barn one too to add extra seating.

I tied graphics from the invitations onto each treat bag, which were filled with Frozen goodies like stickers, play dough, crowns and even an iridescent sucker.


I narrowed down a few invitations to pick from and then let Lexie choose the invites. She chose these beautiful pale purple Elsa invitations.

I also hung these snowflakes and pretty iridescent stars above the kids table, which made the room feel so magical.


The kids had the best time decorating snowflakes with paint, sparkly snow and stickers. I'm always amazed how much little ones love projects like this - such a hit!


 
The party was nothing short of magical! Happy fifth birthday baby girl!
 





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