Woo Hoo! Another Nordstrom sale. This one is a really good one too. I’ve found so many good deals and things I love. The sale goes until January 2 so use that Christmas money from your family and get to spending! Everything except one item I’ve listed is not only under $100 but well under it. Especially this leather jacket below that I wear on repeat. It will NEVER go out of style. Enjoy and let me know your favorites 🙂 Xoxo
Disclaimer: I was gifted products by Safavieh Furniture but this post is written 100% with my opinions and views.
We moved into our house two years ago. We still haven’t been able to decorate as we want to fully so we are slowly doing room by room. The year we bought the house we had just gotten married so we had so many expenses we couldn’t afford to start remodeling right away. Our home has amazing bones but it has definitely been a fixer upper. We put at least 30-40K in within the first two weeks of moving in to update it. It was purchased in a short sale so the previous owners hadn’t been in the house for so long, it was really unkept.
There are still a few things left in the kitchen I wanna do. Mainly the backsplash along the counters and I want to paint our kitchen cabinets. (Gonna do a post on that too because I am gonna paint them myself and do my own backsplash)
I knew I wanted a rustic kitchen from the get go. Our dining room is very formal and glam so I needed to warm up the kitchen. I’m a very eclectic person when it comes to designing. I don’t like things to match and I like to have a little of everything. For example, my kitchen is rustic, my living area is kinda bohemian and my dining room is very glam. To pull the rustic look for the kitchen, I wanted a farmhouse table. I had a vision in my head of a farmhouse table with benches and these big tufted linen chairs on the end to tie it in with the rest of my home.
I had the benches built locally and I plan on staining them a deeper color. I just needed to find the perfect chairs to fit my vision. I hate when you have a vision in mind but it doesn’t turn out like you envisioned. Luckily, I found these reasonable chairs at Safavieh. I received them in the mail and they were super easy to put together. (It’s just the legs that need to be attached) I have sat in them daily and I’m so obsessed. The tufted chairs are a taupe color with gold studs along the back. They fit perfectly with the table. The legs are an espresso color that I intend to stain the benches.
I have also included photos of my table and wall decor that I hope you guys enjoy. I love the homey feel of this kitchen now.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored for purpose of review but all opinions stated are my own and not influenced in any way. There are affiliate links, which means I might get a few pennies thrown my way.
I have been meaning to post this for a while but have been so slammed with the birth of baby Charlie and the holidays. When I knew I was having a girl, I instantly knew I wanted to do her room in a mermaid theme. I’ve been obsessive over mermaids for years. I was torn on the colors and initially wanted to do coral and teal but I thought lavender and turquoise would be a lot softer.
My other daughter’s room is shabby chic princess and in soft pinks, gold, grey and white. I bought her bedding at Carousel Bedding (well my parents did) and I loved it! It held up until we moved her to her big girl bed last Christmas. I knew that’s where I wanted to get Charlie’s but was hoping they had something to go with my vision. I ended up finding their lilac collection and decided to get a solid color lilac crib sheet, a personalized crib sheet with anchors, a crib blanket for when she’s a tad older, a crib comforter for when we turn it into a toddler bed, a crib skirt, 2 changing pad covers and lavender shabby chic floral window panels.
I LOVE these personalized crib sheets from Carousel Bedding. There are so many different prints and fonts you can use for these sheets. They are 100% cotton and are printed with certified organic inks. I chose the little anchors because they reminded me of the ocean 🙂
I love THIS mermaid pillow. I seriously could play with it for hours. It’s the perfect addition. My 4-year-old is obsessed with it too.
I made this netting myself and chalk painted the letters with Dixie Belle chalk paint. I also refurnished my other daughter’s old furniture with an off white chalk paint then distressed it. I plan on posting a tutorial on this later on too. It’s a hobby of mine. It’s so therapeutic for me to paint and repurpose furniture.
Then I hot glued the letters to fish net along with seashells I spray painted gold and iridescent pearl.
How cute is this Aztec rug from Lorena Canals? It’s the perfect color and vibe for this room but secretly I wanted to steal it for my living room. I’m definitely using one of their rugs for the playroom when I redo it in the spring. Amazing quality and durability and they have the cutest patterns. I had such a hard time choosing between patterns.
The best part about Lorena Canals rugs are that they can be washed in the machine. Absolutely perfect for parents of little ones.
I”m loving this Mermaids Enter here cast iron sign from Shine Box Primitives. It’s handmade and distressed and also comes in 27 different colors.
My friend Jenny is a talented artist and made this gorgeous sign for Charlie’s room. She’s so creative. I’m obsessed with it!
I had the hardest time finding shelves for her room that fit my vision. They were never the perfect color or if they were the style didn’t fit. When I came across these floating rope shelves I was so excited. The owner Megan was a dream to work with and was so helpful in giving details and making sure it was exactly what I wanted. She sent it in the loveliest packaging also. Plus they are priced so well. Use coupon code BLOGCOUPON for 15% no minimum or maximum purchase expiring on 12/31/2017. Anything in her shop can be custom-made.
My friend Jessica made this AMAZING mermaid dreamcatcher and I am absolutely in love with it. She incorporated all of Charlie’s nursery colors and spent so much time on it. I’m so flattered she would take the time to make her something as beautiful and detailed as this.
How gorgeous is this Capiz chandelier from Pottery Barn Teen?! It’s only $129 and you can get 25% off. I will warn you I had to but extra supplies to put this together. (well my hubs put it together) I searched for a beach themed chandelier that would fit in her nursery and when I saw this I knew it would fit perfectly. It was also the most reasonably priced Capiz chandelier I could find.
I hope you guys enjoyed a peak at Charlie’s nursery. I am posting a Youtube video tour below so make sure to check that out 🙂 Hope y’all have a Merry Christmas xoxo
Not just for Christmas Time but in general for gifts regarding couples, it can be hard to please both people. I have found some gifts that are absolutely perfect for any couples on your list to buy for. Some of my favorite stores for unique gifts are Uncommon Goods, Pottery Barn and Etsy. It’s so much more convenient and cost-efficient to have gifts in mind that double for both people.
Minted Art Decor// Give a personalized gift with a collection of photos, art or a framed photo. Right now Minted has a 15% off coupon GIFTEVENT and if you order by tomorrow you can get it by Christmas Eve.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Minted for purpose of review but all opinions stated are my own and not influenced in any way. There are affiliate links, which means I might get a few pennies thrown my way.
One of the happiest times for me each year is the Holiday season. I love everything about it. The christmas trees, eggnog and hot chocolate, decorations, Christmas movies, snuggling in front of the fire, watching the kids on Christmas morning, gingerbread houses, Christmas music. Ok I’ll stop boring you. I even love the cold weather. Mainly because I get to wear winter fashion but still.
One of my favorite Holiday traditions since starting a family is sending out our annual Christmas cards and making our yearly Christmas ornaments. I love sending out a small piece of our family to our loved ones and I love receiving them even more. This year I really wanted to include baby Charlie in our cards and waited until the last possible second to order but she didn’t make it in time. Good news is that Minted still got them to me lightning fast with their express shipping option. I wanted to share how AMAZING our cards turned out. For real, the quality is top-notch. We used the foil pressed holiday cards and they are stunning. You know me, gotta glam them up. Keep reading below for more info on ordering cards and other gifts. Plus an amazing $100 Giveaway.
Hands down the best part about working with Minted for my christmas cards is the Free Address Assistant. If you already have all your addresses in an excel sheet that’s even better but if not all you do is create an excel/numbers sheet and feed in all your addresses. Then upload the file on Minted and BOOM they pre-address all of your envelopes free of charge. It made my job so much easier, which I needed with a new baby. You can also pay extra to have them stamped to knock that off your list too. Plus I ordered these address labels so I didn’t have to write that out 50 times.
Also, Minted has a find it fast option that is really helpful when looking for the right holiday card design for you, You just upload your photo then it will appear in hundreds of different holiday card designs. It helps save you a ton of time as opposed to clicking on each individual card to try them out.
Here’s the best part: Minted and I have joined together to give 3 of you a $100 gift card. They have so many wonderful gifts (I will be sharing a couple in my gift guide within the next few days) you can find for loved ones or even for yourself. Comment below for a chance to win 🙂 Also FOLLOW ME on Instagram for more details. Enjoy loves xoxo
Disclosure: This post is sponsored but contains my honest opinions only written by me.
Christmas is getting closer and closer. Have you guys finished your shopping? If you’re anything like most people you haven’t. For me, buying for the men in my life is especially hard. I did some research and boy do I have you covered! I have found some manly & unique options for any guy in your life. Let’s be honest… they deserve something really special! (From skin products to fashion.) Also I have am AMAZING Jack Black giveaway for you guys coming up on Instagram tomorrow so FOLLOW ME on Instagram for more details.
JACK BLACK THE BALM SQUAD // This lip balm is loaded with antioxidants and contains sunscreen while protecting and soothing dry lips. They come in 4 different flavors: mint, lemon, blackberry and pomegranate and shea butter.
‘THE JACK PACK’ SET ($80 VALUE)// Who says men can’t work on their skin? They deserve some pampering too! This amazing kit includes a glycolic facial wash, Moisturizer, Supreme Cream Triple Cushion Shave Lather, Cool Moisture Body Lotion and Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap. Such a wonderful value! My husband loves Jack Black! I was looking for preventive skin care for him a couple years ago and found this at Sephora. Now, I buy it all the time for him (it’s all he uses.) Plus they are cruelty free. I HIGHLY recommend you check out all of their products.
‘CLASSICO’ CRUSHABLE FELT SAFARI HAT// Ok I’m a hat girl myself so I’m feeling this hat even though my hubby doesn’t wear anything but a baseball hat. So if any man you know wears this, get it! Too cute!
THE BEAST BODY LATHER// Oh my god! The smells are heavenly. Makes me wanna steal it and just shove my face in my hub’s neck at all times.
THE BEAST AFTER SHAVE // An all natural after shave with Guarana and Vitamins A, C and E.
HYPER CHILLER // Rapidlychills any drink within one minute. This is perfect for iced coffee drinkers like my dad who use ice in their coffee and then it becomes watered down. You can also chill all your favorite cocktails.
ROKU STREAMING STICK// Every techie’s dream. This device works with all top movie and TV streaming services, including Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, Google Play, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and 3,000 more channels. We love this!
FACE MUG// I selfishly wanna keep this because it’s perfect to fit your snacks and drink in. Such a fun and unique gift.
BRISTLE FREE GRILL BRUSH// The perfect grill brush from Uncommon Goods where the bristles actually stay put. “Keep your grill clean-and your food safe-with this innovative grill brush design. It features two continuous springs to get the grease and food particles off your grill grates, but has no rough edges to cut you, or dangerous metal bristles that could fall out and get into your food”
Hello fellow makeup junkies… or just anyone who needs some new makeup or Holiday gift ideas. MACis offering 25% off until December 4th. Honestly, that’s unheard of. They never have discount codes unless you own a pro card. So stock up while you can. All you have to do is sign up for MAC Select, which is basically just emails. It ends tomorrow night though so GET ON IT!!! To help you ladies out, I have put a list together of some of my Mac favorites below and also a couple limited edition sets for the Holidays that you can get for Secret Santa or gifts for her. You can enter my $500 cash giveaway and if you win, reimburse yourself 😉
Mineralize Skin Finish My favorite shades are Gold Deposit and Soft & gentle. I love these amazing highlighters. Give me Sun is also an AMAZING bronzing shade with just the perfect amount of luminizer.
Prep + Prime Fix – Such a great product to set your makeup & it’s amazing at intensifying your eye shadows.
Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lip – Ok I know this matte orchid lip looks intimidating but it’s actually soooo pretty on. So jump out of your comfort zone and try it! Some other lip favorites of mine if you’re wondering: Brave, Ruby Woo, Velvet Teddy, Whirl, Blankety, Rebel, Girl About Town.
Pro Longwear Paint Pro – Use it as a base under eye shadows or just to cover veins and discoloration flawlessly. I love shades Painterly & Soft Ochre
Powder Blush – Highly pigmented blush that builds really nicely. My favorite shades are : Spellbinder, Dollymix, Springsheen, Margin, Melba, Peechykeen and Style.
Eye Shadow – Highly pigmented eye shadows that you can build color and intensity with. You can use wet or dry. My favorite shades are: Coppering, Amber Lights, Expensive Pink, Mulch, Mythology, Nylon, Red Brick, Saddle, Swiss Chocolate, White Frost, Woodwinked
It’s been a week since my last gift guide and don’t worry I’ve still got at least 4 more for you in the next couple weeks. I just had to share this one ASAP because currently Bauble Bar has their baubles 25% for 2 or more and let’s be honest, who can just buy one bauble from Bauble Bar?
The easiest way to dress up an outfit or transition from day to-night is to add some pretty jewels. What better time to update your collection than now? Especially with the holidays coming. They make the perfect gift for your best friend, mom, yourself 😉 or hey guys for your lady friends. I have linked all of the above jewels that I picked out below if you wanna shop my faves!
Ohhhh I almost forgot: I have a little giveaway going for you guys! $500 Visa gift card. I have linked details below.
Disclosure: I was gifted product by Baby Cubby but this post contains my honest opinions written by me.
I know I just had a baby less than 5 years ago so I should’ve been more prepared than this but the truth is that things have changed so much since then. There are so many more advanced baby products out there that mine just don’t cut it for me, I came across Baby Cubby on a fellow blogger’s social media and was instantly impressed. They don’t just sell any old product on their website, they truly have to believe in the product. They have also fully researched the products they carry plus they price match. I was sold, especially on their organic brands.
The Baby Cubby team is made up of parents who find the best and safest baby gear and even do amazing things for you like test strollers on their stroller track, they price match every day against any company, and also offer free shipping over any order totaling over $49. Their team also actively engage with parents via social media and the Baby Cubby Blog to discuss some of those hard topics of parenting.
They carry top of the line products like The Owlet. The owlet is a sock monitor that stays up all night to monitor your child’s oxygen level and heart rate so you don’t have to. It will alert you when your baby’s oxygen level and or heart rate drop below normal ensuring that you can reach the child in more than enough time needed. I am obsessed with this product and will be writing a review on it after the baby is born. I did not buy this from Baby Cubby, but only because I already had one.
This is a sponsored post with gifting by several brands. All opinions formed are my own.
I’m literally due any day now and my hospital bag is finally packed. Luckily this isn’t my first kid so I’m a tad more prepared on what I need to bring to the hospital. Best case scenario is you should pack your bag at least 3 weeks before your due date. Last time I had no idea what I was supposed to bring,
First and Foremost, make sure you have your birth plan available. I was induced last time so that wasn’t an issue, but in the heat of the moment you can get carried away and have things go not as you planned. For instance this time I do not want an epidural.
Your ID and Insurance information. Also make sure to pre-register at the hospital.
Music (Phone or Ipod)
Camera (you know you’re gonna want amazing photos of that sweet baby)
I’m packing these amazing quality & super comfy nursing bras from Cake Maternity with me. One for comfort and one for support. The sports bra is perfect for any light exercise I get clearance to do and for when that 6 weeks is up and I get to continue my workouts. This balconet bra has room for growth post baby and is not one of those homely looking grandma bras like most nursing bras. The best part about Cake Maternity is their maternity/nursing wear is designed to be supportive & comfortable yet attractive & appealing.
This nursing chemise from Belabumbum is the perfect nightgown for the hospital and at home because it doesn’t show too much skin, it’s soft and it has a bra top support with one handed drop down nursing access.
This robe is from Pink Blush and it’s so soft and luxurious. (BTW it’s on SALE right now)
After you give birth and you are wanting to tuck in that belly, look into a Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Shorties. I also have been using the 2 in 1 support band throughout pregnancy to help support my back and ease my sciatic nerve pain.
A few comfy items that I posted for the hospital and to go home in are: This beyond comfortable nursing dress from Queen Bee that has side gathering and hidden snap buttons on the shoulders and when you need to nurse, just unsnap the buttons and lift the crop layer underneath.
These lounging pants are perfect for hanging out in the hospital and keeping you feeling relaxed. I love the Yoga joggers from Belabumbum because you cam wear them throughout pregnancy and also after.
These pants are the perfect going home pants and also work amazing for post baby until you lose those stubborn lbs. I’m giving you a heads up, most people leave the hospital still looking to be about 6 months pregnant, so don’t freak out. This Mom Life sweatshirt from ILY Couture is so comfy and well just look at what is written on it 😉 And it’s on SALE!
Don’t forget your comfy socks. I prefer ones with grippers on the bottom like these so I don’t slip & fall.
Ok as far as personal items go, here are some of MY must haves. Deodorant, face wash, my eyebrow pencil and face wipes. I learned the last time around I’ll definitely need high absorbency pads, tuck’s cooling pads for after delivery and antibacterial spray (if you require stitches.)
I am also packing these Bravado post partum nursing tanks and seamless bra that make it super easy to breast feed. They are extremely comfortable and great to wear while pregnant and afterwards.
I packed this adorable Finn & Emma one piece with a matching bandana bib. Plus a comfy monogrammed blanket from a friend:)
Last time I was in labor their pillows just were doing it for me so I used my Boppy pillow. Plus I packed these cute welcoming onesies from The Nesting Continues. (The snuggle is real & Hello World, I’m Charlie).
Hopefully this helped you guys get prepared. Heck I’m having my second one and I still terrified. You are not alone. I hope this baby comes tonight 🙂 Say a prayer for safe delivery. Xoxo.