Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Gift Guide 2019: Little Girls


One of my favorite guides to put together each year is the one for little girls! Since I have my own little girl, it's fun to include some things she loves, some things she wants, and a few things I dream of getting her. I hope it helps you give the little lady in your life just what she'll love!

1 - Bun Bun Book - This is Lexie's current favorite book and it's by my favorite baby/kids brand, Bunnies by the Bay. Everything they make is perfectly charming and keepsake-worthy. This darling book has the most gorgeous illustrations and the sweetest story about a girl whose beloved bunny goes missing. Really you can't go wrong with anything from Bunnies by the Bay!
2 - Ollie Ella Suitcase - The most darling pint-sized suitcase great for travel or play. We're gifting Lexie this pink one and Evan the mint one to go with their big gift this year - a trip to Disney World. They'll be traveling in style!
3 - Baby Doll Stroller - This is one of our most-played with toys at multiple ages and stages. And when friends come over they love it too. I love that it's neutral so I don't mind having it out on our main floor.
4 - Bow Scrunchie Set - These are so pretty! Lexie has some similar ones and any time she wears them it immediately makes any outfit look special and sweet. So easy just to slip them on a busy toddler or little girl so you don't have to mess with a clip in bow.
5 - Kids Camera - Lexie received this one for her birthday and it's been a hit! I love that she can be creative and express herself and she just thinks it's fun to snap her very own photos.
6 - Frozen 2 Costume - Have you seen Frozen 2 yet? We LOVED it! There's tons of merch out there, but this dress up dress is a great price and a fun way to keep the movie magic going.
7 - Paris Paper Dolls - I've been wanting to get Lexie a set of paper dolls for a while now. I have fond memories of playing with them as a kid, and we really love low-tech toys like this that help her use her imagination. The illustrations on this set are so cute!
8 - Pastel Dot Markers - I've heard such great things about these fun markers! Craft supplies are always a hit around here.
9 - Ballerina Mouse - A charming friend in a pretty tutu.
10 - Music Box - Little girls love a place to stash their treasures, and a sweet music box is such a special gift.
11 - Pink Hunter Boots - Our favorites! Currently on sale!
12 - Play Coffee Maker - She loves to make coffee just like mommy does every morning. Another toy we've played with at many stages (Evan loves it too).
13 - Play Tent - This sweet tent is only $18! I think kids of just about any age think crawling in and out of a tent and playing fort is completely magical.
14 - Tea Party Game - Lexie got this for her birthday and it has been both she and my favorite toy over the last few months. It's such a sweet game that's fun for both of us to play.

PS - for more ideas you can check out last year's little girl gift guide as well!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2019 Christmas Gift Guide: Girlfriends


It's my favorite time of the year - gift guide time! I know there are a million of them these days so I'm humbled and honored you'd take the time to look at and potentially shop through mine. I really do spend so much time thinking about what to share. Things that are curated, thoughtful, budget-conscious but still special. I think the best gifts are unique items that are fun to have but you wouldn't necessarily buy yourself - little splurges and indulgences. So here are my picks for all the ladies on your list (yourself, friends, co-workers, hostesses, etc.)

1- Rattan Serving Spoons - I think these would be especially great for a hostess and they go with just about any style of dishware
2 - Scalloped Raffia Basket - This is just too pretty! You could even add a few smaller items to it and make it into a gift basket
3 - Philosophy Gift Set - I always love travel size perfume so you can try out a new scent, and they feel fun and indulgent to gift
4 - Gingham Sherpa Sweatshirt - This is my personal favorite thing to wear right now, and I think I'm getting one for everyone on my list. It's super soft and comfy, but the blush gingham is so much prettier than your average sweatshirt
5 - Gold Bracelets - These look so expensive but aren't!
6 - Popsockets - I LOVE my popsocket (like probably top 10 thing I can't live without) but these specialty ones in mother of pearl and tortoise are just gorgeous. An upgrade for sure!
7 - Ring Key Holder - Such a great way to hold onto your keys - just slip it over your wrist
8 - Five Year Journal - I recently saw a video of someone using theirs and it looks so fun! I never know what to write in a journal but this has one question each day you answer in a sentence or two. Sounds like an easy way to start the habit of journaling
9 - Starburst Earrings - I love dressier looks like this at the holidays
10 - Capri Blue Volcano Hand Cream - Everyone's favorite candle scent in a lotion perfect for keeping in your purse
11 - Faux Leather Weekender - I love an elevated essential, and this checks all the boxes
12 - Velvet Pouch - A luxurious place to carry cosmetics and jewelry
13 - Neck Massager - From my personal wish list. This looks amazing! And I like the white and cognac leather look, too.
14 - Ring Stack Ornament - This might be one of my favorite things on the list, just because it's so festive. It's an ornament plus a gift with a set of pretty rings inside.
15 - Pearl Knot Headbands - I have these and love them. Knot headbands immediately make your hair look "done" even without trying, and the pearl and velvet combo is perfect for the holidays.
16 - Velvet Weekender - I'm listing a second weekender just because this one is so pretty!
17 - Velvet Bow - Love these for tying in a pony any time of year
18 - Yeti Mug - I've heard great things about these. Keep your coffee hot all day!
19 - 2020 Planner - Sugar Paper is always a favorite, and this is the perfect time for a new planner
BONUS - I realized I forgot to put one item I was really excited about on the graphic - these sweatpants! They're known as butter pants because they're so incredibly soft and I hate taking them off! I'm gifting them to everyone on my list!

PS - In case you need a few more ideas, last year's girlfriends gift guide still has lots to choose from that's available this year!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Affordable Holiday Home Finds

I'm still in the process of decking my halls, but wanted to share some fun finds with you! Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post (as always all opinions are my own). Every year when I'm getting ready to pull out the Christmas decor I love to put together a few inspiration boards for how I'd like things to come together. I also love to add a few new pieces each year so everything looks collected over time. Here are some things I found and loved for this year at Walmart.


1 - flocked wreath (So affordable! Their whole Holiday Time line is really good.) | 2 - ceramic houses (love how clean and modern these are) | 3 - rosemary tree (rosemary is a favorite at Christmas, but I always kill live ones) | 4 - gold lantern | 5 - black plaid throw | 6 - faux fur pillows (really love these!) | 7- arched mirror (SO good!) | 8 - faux tree | 9 - fair aisle trees (favorite find) | 10 - felt wreath (adore this look) | 11 - gold candle holders | 12 - flocked Christmas tree | 13 - hanging bells | 14 - fabric tree set | 15 - knit pillow | 16 - plaid rug (so cute inside or layered on a porch) | 17 - black lantern 

I like to keep my decor mostly neutral at Christmas, because then it transitions more easily in the winter months. Probably my favorite find is this pair of modern cone trees in fair aisle fabric. So charming and I love the pattern! I put together an inspiration board for an entryway using them - hoping to recreate it in our own entry!


This console table reminds me a lot of the one in our living room, and I'd style it with that great arched mirror, a big gold lamp and a few more festive accents. I vase or bowl full of round ornaments is one of my favorite easy, quick ways to dress things up for the holidays. And the hanging bells work just about anywhere. I love that all of this can be found affordably at Walmart, and that they offer free 2-day shipping on orders over $35. It makes pulling everything together for the season so simple!

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Fairy Butterfly Fourth Birthday Party


I think Lexie spent months thinking about the theme for her birthday party! She came up with just about everything under the sun - bunnies, Frozen, ballet, Lightning McQueen. Truly the things that go through four-year-olds minds are pretty great and hilarious. We thought the winner was going to be Peter Pan (the movie she watches most) but she ended up choosing the theme of Fairy Butterfly after I showed her some inspiration photos from different themes. She's probably most "into" fairies right now so it was fitting. She also begged for another all-pink party, but after three in a row of those I was craving something at least slightly different...I took a big step and took the palette a bit more purple this year : D. 


The party was so beautiful, but a bit simpler decor-wise than years past (if you can believe that). It felt very special and ethereal, but I did scale back a bit this year. Everyone's favorite part was of course the butterflies hanging from the ceiling. These were pretty easy to do (if a bit time-consuming) - just faux butterflies tied onto fishing line. I just taped each string to the ceiling.

 


Since we wanted to keep the party a little simpler we only invited four close friends, which allowed me to make each girl a fairy dress. I made them by tying long strips of tulle around elastic. Each friend also got a floral crown and fairy wings to complete the outfit.


My mother-in-law again made the beautiful baked goods - mushroom and butterfly cookies, mushroom-shaped cupcakes and a two-tier naked cake. She's incredible!


The butterflies on the cake are actually edible! They are the prettiest colors and went perfectly with the party - dusty purple, mauve and peachy-pink.



For the paper goods I used these beautiful amethyst watercolor plates and cups from Harlow & Grey, layered with these darling flower plates.


The centerpiece going down the table was a mix of different kinds of moss layered with mushroom figurines, ferns, fresh flowers and wood slice cake plates.


I made her invitations myself, but loved these if you're looking for something similar.

Of course Lexie was the queen fairy, in her special party dress. She had a blast!

For activities, first the girls painted paper mache wands. We had little trays filled with paints so they could pick the colors they liked, stick on jewels and ribbons to tie on. I've found simple crafts like this are always such a hit!



All the little fairies gathered around the presents were so precious!

Blowing out FOUR candles!

Last but not least they all got to make their own fairy gardens. I ordered a set of fairy garden supplies very inexpensively and got the fairy houses at Hobby Lobby. They got to take their outfits and crafts home as the party favors. We definitely wouldn't have gotten to do this many special things if we had had a bigger party, so inviting four friends just felt right for a small, sweet party. It was a magical day!




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Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Christmas Decor Shop | 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Christmas Decor Shop! Each year it's my joy to curate a beautiful collection of Christmas trimmings to make your holiday home special. The amount of decor available seems to grow every year, so it's my hope that this guide makes your shopping easier as you prepare for the holiday season. Cheers to decking the halls! (PS - if you're reading this in an email or a reader like Bloglovin' you'll need to click here to be taken to the blog post to see the shop)

Tree Collars & Skirts




Stockings




Decorative Trees







Garlands




Wreaths




Christmas Decor






Christmas Ornaments





Tree Toppers




Christmas Botanicals


Advent Calendars




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