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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Minted Holiday Cards

Ok, ok
you have done it again.
I simply can not resist your gorgeous products.
What is with me and pretty papery?
I don't know what I just can't have enough of it.
And gorgeous holiday cards that have glittery letter-ing.
Ugh, stop it Minted,
seriously stop it.
My poor bank account.

Not to mention a Christmas card strictly with my sweet face on it.
Yes please,
because lets get real,
who wants to see our mugs when you can see a cutie pie like C.

But if we must opt for a family pic I love this one.
So simple but yet gorgeous.

I love the fun whimsical colors on this one.

Or new newsletter-ish look is pretty cool too.
Seriously Minted does it again!

Kids Shop::Kidsen::

Oh my adorble-ness.
I just ran across the boutique Kidsen and I am in love.
This Scandinavian shop is located in Britain.
But please don't let the location steer you away from this shop.
I wish we had shops like this in the US.
You must go pop on by and take a look around their sleek and hip site.
There is something for all ages in their shop.
Of course the clothes are my favorites.
I want to own every single piece for my sweet face, but here are some of my favs I wanted to share.
This zippered cardigan is by Tootsa MacGinty.
If I had a girl, this would be a must have.

And look how cute this outfit is.
The back pocket of the blue pants has a little fox peeking out.
This would be a perfect Christmas outfit.
How cute are these little guys?

They even sell the incredible Sophie!
Their room decor is simple amazing.
Very sleek and colorful.

Go visit Kidsen to get your shopping on.
You will not be disappointed in the amazing brands and products.
Also pop on by to Like their Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pretty Paper Parties

It is no secret that I heart gorgeous paper products.
So,  I can not wait to share with you guys the newest
Nap Time Is the New Happy Hour find.

Please welcome the talented

I mean her logo is simple but yet so fabulous.
I knew right when I saw this logo that I would love all of her pieces.
And yep, I do!

Brooke, the owner of Pretty Paper Parties is very talented
and has an eye for the perfect party look.

Just look at this adorable fall party.

Those candy apple flags are my favorite!

And this nautical inspired themed party was for her own son's
1st Birthday.
Seriously I want that cake bunting on my next birthday cake.
Everything about this party is just perfect.

I wish I knew about Pretty Paper Parties when C turned 2
because this monster party would have been perfect.

Check out the monster package!
Total boy cuteness overload!!

And can't forget about those sweet girls.
Pink and Black Ice Cream Social Party.



And she even does Christmas cards.
Step aside Tiny Prints and Minted
Stop on by Brooke's shop to check out her gorgeous Christmas cards.
Check back with me next week during the Jingle Bell Rock Blog Hop
for a fun Pretty Paper Parties giveaway!
Go visit and "Like" Pretty Paper Parties on Facebook

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jingle Bell Rock Blog Hop

December is my most favorite time of the year!
Not only do I look pretty amazing in red and green
but there are so many fun things about December that just make my heart warm.
And not just because of the liquid blankets called Peppermint Martinis.
Christmas music, pressies, and lights, Christmas jammies, baking, Christmas cards,
just every single thing about the Christmas holiday.
Eeek, I just can't wait until December 25th!
This year I wanted to bring the Christmas cheer to the blogging world.
And so I got together 5 gorgeous and talented girls to help me do just that!
We are doing Christmas link ups throughout the month of December,
and have several giveaways!!
So, grab your peppermint martini and start planning out your posts to join in on our fun!
 Becky from The Java Mama wants to show off her adorable families Christmas card and wants you to share yours too, on
December 3rd.
Join me for some good clean Elf on the Shelf nonsense on
December 5th.
We all know that Molly from Stilettos and Diapers has it all, and she will be bringing her favorite Christmas yummies to share with us on
December 10th.
Not only does Mandy from A Sorta Fairy Tale have two handsome boys, she also is very crafty she is going to whip up some DIY Christmas crafts and decor on
December 12th.
 Shannon from Life After I Dew is not only famous for her obsession with boxed wine but this Mama has one keen eye for fashion. She will be bringing us some Christmas party fashions on
December 17th.
And last but certainly not least, Lis from Beach Bum and Baby always has the newest and coolest kids toys. She is going to share some of her ideas on stocking stuffers for your littles on
December 19th.
Please come join us!
And don't forget about the fun giveaways.
Stop by and join in!
Feel free to use the Jingle Bell Blog Hop in your posts!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Using Glitter As A Prop With Kids

Glitter, glitter, everywhere!
Pinterest has inspired me to do a photo shoot
with my sweet face and well, GLITTER!

The beautiful and talented Christina Higman captured
our glitter session and she did an amazing job!

As you know,
toddlers and glitter normally don't go together,
but with a few tips from me,
hopefully your session can go very smoothly.

First of all, you will want to buy chunky glitter.
I actually bought two kinds.

Next, be prepared for a big, big mess.
Do your session outside.
Not only because of the mess
but because you will need the sun to catch the flecks of glitter
to make your photo shine.
If need be scout out the best lighting.
We did our session in a park just about an hour or two before it was to get dark.

If you think your toddler can handle blowing glitter all by themselves.
Well, you will be sorely disappointed.
Glitter will be everywhere but in the photo.

Since they will need help,
sit down and place your toddler in your lap.
Cup your toddlers hands over your hands.
Have someone else dump the two kinds of glitter into you and your toddlers hands.
When prompted by the photographer,
blow away and let the magic happen on the camera.
Make sure you listen for sweet giggles.

Hand placement is very important in this photo.
In fact it could make or break your whole photo.
Notice how our hands are cupped and away from our faces.
You want the placement of your hands to be below your chin so that
the camera can see your face.

Just have fun with it, laugh and smile.
And see glitter for days on end in your hair, clothes, car, everywhere.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Livy Love Design Black Friday Sale!!!

Since today is Black Friday,
 I wanted to let you know of a great print shop called Livy Love Designs
 that is offering 50% off ALL orders!  
Diana is the owner of the shop and she is
letting you use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY50 at checkout to take half off.  
These prints would make great Christmas presents!
This sale is going on until Monday, November 26th until Midnight PST.  
You can customize any print with colors from her provided color chart to match the colors of your room or for a gift. 
 To go to the sale, click here and enter BLACKFRIDAY50 at checkout to receive your discount. 
Please note that all orders during this sale will be shipped
no later than December 3rd to ensure delivery by Christmas.  
If you are wanting it sooner please contact Diana via Etsy Conversations.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mommy Confessions

Every week that I link up I always sing the Usher "Confessions" song in my head.
I just can't help it.
Ya gotta admit its pretty catching.

But anyways, onto my mommy confessions this week.

-I must confess that I desperately need a couple days off work.
I am completely and totally swamped at work and need a break.
It's really not much of a break when you are doing work on your days off but whatever, ill take it.
At least I can do it from home.
I need family time and what snuggling I can get from my sweet face.
Oh and a sabbatical.
Maybe that's what ill ask for for Christmas.
Santa please, I have been a good girl.

-I was all pumped to go to Blissdom this year until recently.
I don't know what got into me but I have no desire to go.
Zip, zero, zilch motivation to do the blogging conference thing in 2013.
I am all about vacations and time away but a blogging conference is just not a vacation.
It's actually quite draining.
Although I had a great time and met some great people last year, I came back sick as a dog,
had a huge work pile on my desk and missed my sweet face like crazy.
So, hopefully instead of the whole Blissdom rigmarole I can get away the some fellow
blogging Mama's that I have been dying to meet IRL.

-I am so ready for Christmas and am bursting of excitement to give C's Santa gifts to him already.
Its not even Thanksgiving yet and I want to give him everything.
He has been a very good boy.
Can we just skip the whole hoopla of Thanksgiving and go right to putting of the Christmas tree
and Santa doling out pressies?
I promise to thank God for my amazing blessings he has given me.

-Holy doctor mess.
I have been to the doctors (all different ones) a total of 4 times in a week period.
And not for C, for me.
I do this every year and it about kills me.
I try to cram in all my doctors appointments at the end of the year to make sure I am one healthy Mama.
But why oh why do I do that to myself.
As much as I love to get jabbed with needs, poked to the eye balls, spend tons of money on meds,
I am over it.
Bye bye money.
Nice knowing you right before Christmas.

Monday, November 19, 2012

What a "Treat"::Free Card::

Well Shutterfly has done it again!
Their sister company Treat has some beautiful paperies
and they even have an awesome Card Club you can join
as well as make birthday cards on the go through an app.
Belated cards no more!

Is this card not the cutest?!
That is my saying about birthdays, calories don't count!
I think someone needs to send me this card on my birthday...wink wink.

With the holiday's approaching quickly wouldn't it be nice to send a loved one some holiday cheer.

With the Keep Calm and "Whatever On" craze this is the perfect card.

Treat is offering a promotion to send

It can be a birthday, thank you, Thanksgiving, anything, even a hi!

This is another gorgeous card that would be a fun everyday card.

Or a fun Thank You card that is personalized with your family.

To get
The offer is only valid on
Monday 11/19 & Tuesday 11/20.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Social

I heart Sunday's and I heart being Social so whats better than a

This Sunday in honor of Thanksgiving I am dishing on just a FEW of the things I am thankful for.
Some are close to my heart and well, some are just down right petty
here they are,
what I, Cheryl, am thankful for....

Cliche or not,
I am so incredibly thankful for my family.
It is simply amazing how my heart has filled with so much love in just 2 years.

These two make me so happy.
Never, ever, did I think I would have a family that made me so happy.
That little boy right there is such a blessing to me.
He amazes me every single day.
My heart could not be more full.

I am thankful for my families good health.
Health is such an important thing that should never be taken for granted.
Like family.
Thank you Lord for keeping my family healthy.

I am thankful that both my husband and I both have good jobs and can provide for our families.

I am thankful for two beverages.
Yes, I told you some would be petty.

First up is wine.
Wine definitely helps with the the everyday work stress and toddler tantrums.

And coffee.
Morning and mid day snack.
I love coffee.

I am thankful that everyday I have a roof over my head.
That is is in a safe neighborhood.
That it is a dependable home.
Our first home as a family.

I am thankful for social media.

To say that I have met so many awesome ladies through social media is an understatement.
I actually have felt more of a bond through my
"Internet" friends (as my husband calls them) than some of my IRL friends.
I have gotten so many awesome opportunities through blogging
and am truly thankful for what all it has given me.

Ok, so these are just a FEW of the random things I am thankful for.
Now, I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!