Not-So Basic Invite

I can’t believe I’m starting to plan Nolan’s second birthday party already! Sometimes I look at my little anchor of a boy and I wonder how he got so big! Yet other times I think, is he still only one? Time is funny like that, isn’t it? Recently, Basic Invite reached out to introduce me to their online stationary, including traditional birth announcementsbaby boy birth announcementsbaby shower online invitations and more! It’s actually perfect timing as I start to figure out what kind of theme Nolan’s birthday party will be. He loves trucks and school busses so maybe we’ll have a truck party. Or, maybe a construction party. Those were my thoughts, but then I saw these birthday party invitations from Basic Invite. Cute, right? 




I’m really loving the lego invitation the most. He loves building things. So, who knows … maybe we’ll end up with a school-bus-lego-construction soirée. I have to believe he wouldn’t know the difference either way. As I started the process of putting an invitation together, I noticed how many color options they have! I’m not exaggerating, you can literally change up the colors of each element on the invitations to over 180 different color options. What an awesome way to make sure the card is totally unique to you.

Remind me I said this when February comes around and I have to design Kelsey’s birthday invitations. She is “over pink” now. Apparently, when you enter second grade pink is no longer a thing. Do you know how hard it’s been finding girl things that are not pink?! Impossible.

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Preparing for a Super Easter

The Easter Bunny is prepping baskets for Easter already. Mostly because he’s crazy busy at work and now has three little baskets to fill. The other day he found these amazing books. Their perfect because our three-year old son needs to learn that bedtime shouldn’t be a 45-minute ordeal. And our six-year old daughter needs to feel empowered to take over the world! So, by the look of things, it appears our Bunny is leaning towards Super Hero baskets this year. Pow!

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Teacher Gift Ideas

Magenta Sip Coffee Gift Ideas

Magenta Sip Coffee Mug

I actually made these for my direct reports, and as I was walking out the door, Ryan said, “Who are those for? The kids teachers?” To which I thought that would have been a great idea. So, I’m sharing with you. I bought these Magenta “Sip” coffee mugs (that I just adore so much! The little grooves in the cup fit so comfortably in your hand) along with some caramel corn clusters from Target.

Oh, and a Starbucks gift card too. Super simple. Super easy. And who doesn’t love a cute mug? Enjoy!

Birthstone Art for your Kids

MInted art I started redesigning my home – room by room – to make it feel more like ‘us’. The kids’ playroom is next so naturally I have been scouting different places to get artwork for the blank walls. Sure, I could go to Target and spend $17 on a nice print – but there’s something so special about ordering from independent artists.

I think that’s why I love Minted Art so much. You can customize your own prints, shop by artist or style, or just browse their website for inspiration. That’s what I did. And I landed on these birthstone prints. September, February and December. Done. Done. And done. I’ve had my eye on them for a while and I’m glad I finally ordered them. Check out, you may find some great art for your home too.

Before you purchase, check out Minted Offers because you can always find great deals. Happy shopping (and decorating)! 

Holiday Cards + $150 Artifact Uprising Giveaway (***Giveaway is closed. Winner announced below)

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Happy Holidays! We’re preparing to send out holiday photo cards over here. Are you? Have you decided which company you’re going to go with to create your cards? I have a trusted company I always use but this year I’m mixing it up and trying someone new!

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I’ve printed memorable items with Artifact Uprising in the past; 25 square photo cards that I hung in our Starwood marketing office and this personal travel album. I’ve been so happy with the quality of their prints that when I saw they had a holiday photo card collection, I knew I had to try it.

My favorite are the 3-in-1 photo holiday cards. It’s a pretty cool concept. You get to send a greeting card that your recipient can tear into three’s – creating a square photo, a message strip from you and a gift tag. I love the gift tag! The 3-in-1 design also allows you to add a personalized message to the back. See … (candy canes not included, but kind of necessary when addressing 50+ cards).

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Here’s the best part:

Artifact Uprising is giving one lucky reader a $150 credit to their online shop! The online credit doesn’t have to be used for holiday cards – you can use it on any of their amazing prints, albums, thank you cards, etc. If you haven’t printed with them before, I suggest you try it.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  • Provide your email address (that’s how we’ll contact you if you win)
  • Comment on this post and tell us your favorite holiday tradition
  • That’s it! Winner will be chosen at random via and announced on 11/23/15

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Thank you to Artifact Uprising for sponsoring this post and for being such an awesome & innovative company. Giveaway ends at 12am EST on 11/22/15 and one winner will be contacted via email by 11/23/15. Good luck!

***Madison L. won!! Congratulations and thank you so much for playing along. I will email you your prize today. 

A Personalized Puzzle Stool for Nolan

Personalized Puzzle Bench

Our friends at The Phoenician gave baby Nolan the cutest personalized puzzle stool. The cutest, right? We are so grateful for a gift that will move from the nursery to his “big boy room” one day. I can just see him using this stool for all kinds of things – stepping up to brush his teeth, getting into places he can’t reach.

Right now, his older brother keeps taking the letters off and rearranging them on the floor. Ha. I guess I’ll have to buy his brother one too. It’s still so amazing seeing Nolan’s name in writing. Last year, he was just a figment of our imagination and now he is here! Nolan is our family’s missing puzzle piece (no pun intended) and now we’re complete.

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Our New Family Travel Tradition

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It’s no surprise to anyone that I love taking photos. But, what I haven’t been good at is printing these photos. Especially after a family vacation. I usually have hundreds of pictures that I don’t really know what to do with. Pair that with the fact that I love going over to my mom’s house and flipping through shelves upon shelves of our (printed) family photo albums.

Rewind to a few months ago when I discovered Artifact Uprising – an online company specializing in photo books, prints and photo gifts. It was like I found my soul mate. I found a company who also loves the tangible and actually inspires people to get photos off of their phones and into print.

I’m nearly a year late to the game, but I recently took our Disneyworld family vacation photos (from December 2014!!) off of my computer and into a coffee table book. The book just arrived and I’m overwhelmed with how great it turned out. The quality is amazing. It’s 50 pages of memories that I will cherish, forever.

In fact, it made me start a new tradition: Every time we travel as a family, I’m going to make a new coffee table book. My goal is to have my kids look back years later and see an entire bookshelf filled with memories of the places we’ve ventured to. I would encourage your family to do the same. It’s easy and fun to create.

Here are some of my favorite pages! 

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I love this photo of Kelsey riding the monorail. She was looking at the Park with such wonder.

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Colton threw a tantrum (top left photo) but the minute he saw Snow White, it was like nothing else mattered.

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Hands down, my favorite two photos of the entire book. We were window shopping on Main Street and the entire street was lit up for the holidays. It was magic.

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Thank you, Artifact Uprising, for making this process so incredibly easy. And for having instagram-friendly books too for those times I don’t bring my DSLR along for the ride. I can’t wait for our next family adventure!

Children’s Books We are Reading

We wanted to share some of our favorite children’s books with you. These are books that are currently in reading rotation at our house. Kelsey (5 1/2 years) and Colton (almost 3) picked out a few of their favorite books and here is what made the list. I will vouch for these books, they are perfect for their ages and oh-so entertaining.

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Kelsey’s book list:

  1. Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio (my favorite!)
  2. Zombelina by Kristyn  Crow
  3. The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Williams
  4. Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg (great life lessons)
  5. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann (this is an entire series, she loves every book!)
  6. Aqualicious (part of the series above)


Can I say something about Colton really fast? When he laughs, he really laughs. You can see his heart and soul in that beautiful smile of his.

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Colton’s book list:

  1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  2. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherry Rinker
  3. My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis
  4. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (this book creeps me out but Colton loves it)
  5. How do Dinosaurs clean their room? by Jane Yolen
  6. Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes (A must! Both kids loved this one.)
  7. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  8. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jetters (this one isn’t as action-packed as Colton likes, but I really love reading this to him)

I actually just saw that Pharrell Williams has a children’s book titled, Happy. This was/ is Colton’s favorite song so I just bought this one and can’t wait for the kids to read it. Do your kids have books they have to read over and over again? If so, do tell. Santa may be looking for ideas.