Monday, December 5, 2016

Wayfair Mantel Transformation

Hi Guys! I am so excited to share a little piece of our home with you! I love interior design ... my style is very modern, minimal and fresh! You can see my dream living room space here and a little bit more here :) I have always loved the beach and everything that comes with it. The ocean breeze, the sand, the colors and most of all, the memories we make being at the beach! My everyday style on our mantel is clean, a bit of color and breathable! We get a lot of natural light in our home and we just love it. It helps make our rooms feel bigger than they really are when you keep it simple and I am always about, less is more! I love pictures and have them everywhere ... it helps make a house a home (filled with memories). There is limited space on a mantel (usually) and the pieces I chose are bulky so I needed all of the space. Try hanging pictures on the wall to maximize your space, leaving you room for simplicity and more pictures. Vases are always popular especially with a little greenery. I used 8x10 size frames so they wouldn't get lost and creates a focal point for the room (and mantel). 

When Wayfair reached out and asked to show how I would transition our mantel into Christmas I was SO EXCITED! We love Christmas and everything sparkly and traditional. I have loved the bottle brush graze the last couple of years! We have them everywhere ... bathrooms, Adie's room and even right now Hart (our Elf on the shelf) is riding along the side of them since she picked up her own tree for the holidays. I wanted to use our advent calendar on the mantel (keeping it away from little hands) this year which is shaped like a tree. Perfect! We mixed glittery, white and color which makes it feel so fun yet still really festive! I love the style of traditional but not always the traditional color. ;) I added a couple deer to our mantel, they just always remind me of Christmas time and go perfect with trees and our little ceramic white house. One of my favorite things to decorate with is garlands! They are a must, they just add that little something you need! I used white and charcoal grey glitter paper, cut out stars (thanks Twin) and sewed them to the length I needed. I also cut out triangles from white and grey felt paper and sewed them into a banner not in any particular order either. String them all together and its so fun!!! The felt ball garland is the perfect splash of color and it's my new favorite!!! We still have stocking to hang but I am thinking I might make it a new tradition to have my little people hang them Christmas Eve for Santa when we set out his cookies! This really is the most magical time of year and we are starting to deck the halls and counting down the days until Santa shows up. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Gift Guide for (the little) Her

 Happy December and TGIF! Day two into the most magical time of year and we've been making the most of it. Yesterday Hart (our elf) showed up with donuts (just love her) and started our advent calendar. Every day I have been trying to make sure we do a fun activity together even if today root beer floats ended up on our white rug ... #iknow and if I started bawling hugging Adie because this last year has been hard and every day with my little baby babes is ... hard and perfect all at the same time! Imagine that! But I cannot believe Christmas is just a few short weeks away and besides being stressed like every year I am really excited! We've been in California now for a year and some of my family is coming to stay!!! Last year we rocked dinner, presents and the cleanup with just us four so I really am looking forward to spending this holiday with more family!

(everything in pink ... your little girls will love)

This year when I saw the a-frame dollhouse I instantly fell in love, I first noticed it on the Land of Nod Instagram months ago and it should arrive here next week + I scored it during the major shopping weekend!!! Cannot wait for twenty three more sleeps!!!! When I can I move in and take a mini vaca?! With our root beer floats this morning (literally like nine thirty, maybe ten in the am) we wrote letters to Santa! The what I want, need, wear and read and a really BIG want ... three out of the five wishes Adie put down a dress. She is so my girl because I would totally rock a new dress :)! Besides a new brush , a book about Aurora, jewelry, a dress it is! I am loving the little pom-pom sleeves! A perfect pair of shoes with a little sparkle from one of our favorite stores. Peek Kids! Adie is all about flowers, she has already planned out her birthday (in June) party next year, she wants a flower Aurora party ... already brainstorming!!! ;) The little flower throw pillow is to die for. Along with this garden personalized sleeping bag!!! Because we so need to camp out under the tree before the holidays are over!!!

This carry home dollhouse is a perfect must have for quiet time, church and its just stinking cute! I can see her playing with this for hours and what a fun time playing with her, that's usually when you get the best toddler conversations! :) The little tooth fairy in a box is the cutest and would be a perfect gift or stocking stuffer!!! Not to mention I could see Adie playing with it for hours in this freaking cute pavilion playhouse!!! I am always bringing way too much to church to try and keep them quiet during our first meetings so this totally quiet wooden magnetic game is perfect!!! We can never have too many bows in our house and I am swooning over those candy cane stripped ones from Free Babes! Since my babies are growing up way too fast I feel like I am always buying them clothes ... which the Cat & Jack line at Target gets me every. single. time. and we LOVE IT! But this jumper is a girly girls dream and I totally want one for myself! #twinning use coupon code SHOPGIFTS for 30% off at J.Crew ... which means the dress too!!! :) Adie is so into jewelry and this bead set would be darling, I could totally see her making bracelets for everyone even her little dollies. Like this beautiful princess fairytale doll, on sale too!

Happy shopping! Tomorrow we are going to see Adie sing in her little school program and I cannot wait! Now I need to figure out what our Elf on the shelf will be up to tonight! Let us know what yours is up to in the comments ... I could use all of your ideas ;) -XO!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Share the Joy!

The season of giving ... I cannot wait to celebrate Christmas this year. [happy dance] this truly is my favorite, ever! Having two little baby babes makes everything that much more magical and I cannot wait until Christmas morning. One of the funnest things of the season is to give, I love to shop for the perfect gift, make it look cute and deliver it to our special someone. I don't know about any of you other Mamas or Dads but our kids have SO MANY toys!!! And I even feel like we get rid of a ton too ... they are everywhere! This year again we are going to drop off bag(s) to our local donation center because really my little people should be outside exploring, making friends, using their imagination and if you know me I am all about minimal!!! Especially living in So'Cali where space is limited (for the price) toys take up a bunch of space. 

That's why I am LOVING this LitJoy crate that literally shows up on your doorstep! LitJoy Crate is a monthly book box subscription! Their goal is to deliver the joy of reading right to your front door. Because heading to Barnes and Noble with two little people will quickly test your patience. Their crates come with either a new-release Young Adult book, Picture Book, or Board Book. Each crate also includes book-themed items to make the reading experience extra joyful! They offer various subscription options and 1-time gift options. LitJoy Crate is the perfect way to share books with others. This holiday season, give the gift of reading!  Books are one of my favorite gifts to give ... they really create such an imagination for your little ones and how fun that LitJoy comes with fun stuff for your book reading time! We picked out the Pets box because I knew Aden would LOVE it ... he is into saying what a dogie says and freaks out when he sees them. He will stop and sit there screaming dog dog, pointing at it and yelling again, dog dog! 

This crate came with the cutest little ears to wear, Scooby Doo snacks that look like dogie treats and the cutest coloring book that you use water to create the color (mom's best trick) and a 20 dollar credit to Chatbooks!!! So stinking fun, what a fun way to preserve the memory of reading to your little people. Our new favorite Pets books which I am always about the illustration :) and I love making reading fun so my two little people will always have that desire. These crates are the perfect family gift, you can never have too many books, a little bit to bring story time to life and something for us Mamas ... hashtag winning!!! Head over to their Instagram too, they are doing some fun giveaways. 

LitJoy Crates are offering Adie and Aden readers a discount :) I always love a discount ... use HOLIDAY15 to receive 15% off your first crate. This code will be good until January 31st, 2017. Happy shopping! -XO!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Favorite Finds

I cannot believe its already Friday! I haven't shared my favorites in a long time and this weeks is good! :) I love this time of year and cannot wait for it to cool down in So'Cali! On a quick side note ... I stayed home all day waiting for the UPS man because I won a NuFace mini from Lunchpails and Lipstick and CANNOT wait to use it! I will let you know how much I love it! This week we made it to the park twice, had the best beach day and actually got laundry almost done! #winning This weekend I want to take Adie to see Trolls and attend a book signing/reading at our Barnes and Noble for a Super Heroes Princess book! :) so fun!

I finally grabbed this book Grace not Perfection by Emily Ley and cannot wait to read it! I am always expecting perfection and hoping to find exactly what I need in her book! :)

Somewhere along the way, we decided we wanted to do it all and do it all perfectly. We uphold the perfect image, raise perfect children, and chase perfect dreams on perfect journeys. But chasing perfect has left us exhausted and empty. By slowing down and making intentional choices to simplify, we can choose what matters and step off the hamster wheel. Grace Not Perfection is a life-giving standard that allows joy—real, flawed, messy joy— to find us in the beautiful mess of life. 

This little deer icon crew is the cutest thing ever and I cannot wait to see Aden in it! FAMILY PICTURES!!! :) would be so cute! I love the baseball tee style on him!

I found our Thanksgiving books getting Adie's Christmas tree out of the garage. Amelia Bedilia's First Apple Pie is my favorite. I used to read Amelia Bedilia when I was little and I love that I can share it with Adie. The end of the book has an apple pie recipe that I want to try with Adie. A couple things, 1. I have never made a pie before! 2. I do not like apple pie ... actually I don't think I have ever tried it. I am team pumpkin pie with a ton of whipped cream. So I am looking forward to trying it!

These stacy ballet flats from one of our favorite stores are darling! I love the rose gold and they will go perfect with any tutu of Adie's and all of her Sunday best outfits!!

Every Christmas we do pajamas on Christmas Eve and I love these for Adie Aden to match! I am already dying!!! I just need cute slippers and hot chocolate watching our favorite Christmas movie! and these for Aden. These ones are freaking so cute too!!!

Have the best weekend guys!!! -XO!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Thanksgiving is in two weeks and I am so excited this year! Last year I drove with my little people [and my Ma] to California from Utah, ate at something like TGI Fridays and slept in a hotel! SO this year we are more so settled in and hoping family comes to visit! YAY! I love Thanksgiving for many reason, one being the rolls and lots of them! Creating fun memories is another one for my little baby babes! I have searched everything Thanksgiving/kids on Pinterest and grabbed my favorites! I am literally dying over the little turkey filled with popcorn! DYING!!! Totally doing it! So stinking fun for everyone. :) Another must for the weekend is the turkey tracks. When I saw that I just knew Adie would LOVE love it! She always brings home the best artwork from preschool so I know this one will be super fun for her ... and Aden too! Setting the kids tale will be just as fun and I just might sit with them. All of the coloring pages, crayons and fun hats!

The Indian corn is another must ... and with legos! How creative!!!! I just might do that this weekend with Adie. :) Southern California is still in summer so we need a few things to make it feel like Fall! If you follow us on Instagram [@adieandaden] you already know we put up a Christmas tree! I love it!!! The days are long but the years are short and we started early! I freaking love this time of year even if I am already stressing! ahhh! 

Tell us your favorite Thanksgiving thing to do! One of mine is to make sure I get the wishbone and brake it with Adie and make wishes!!! :) and you GUYS! Thank you so much for following along, being apart of Adie and Aden, we stinking love you! -XO!