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A Wild Kratts animal fourth birthday party

We celebrated Bodhi’s fourth birthday with close friends yesterday with a Wild Kratts animal themed party. Bodhi chose the theme and I worked very hard to incorporate the Wild Kratts without losing myself and my dislike for hosting character parties. I used small touches and a fabulous graphic designer to incorporate the Kratt brothers, the Wild Kratts logo, creature power discs and more in subtle ways.

A Wild Kratts animal fourth birthday party

This year I really scaled back, only inviting Bodhi’s friends that he plays with pretty regularly.  I had a master list of everyone I love first and then seriously asked myself if Bodhi had played with each child in the last year or even two. If the answer was “no,” I kept it smaller. I had a really hard time cutting down our list and still feel weird about it, but it’s just impossible to host 40 plus kids and not get overwhelmed. In the past, we’ve invited all of our amazing friends and their kids as well, but it was honestly just too much for an at-home party. The size this year felt much more manageable for all. We also separated out our family this year, instead hosting them for a party tomorrow on Bodhi’s real birthday. Read More »


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Check Party Mix The perfect baby shower giveawayWhile I sometimes go overboard on parties, I also believe that simple setups can be perfect for most events. I love the idea of hosting an intimate gender reveal baby shower for just a few close friends and this setup would work perfect for it. Today I put together this easy (literally took 20 minutes to put everything out) setup using a fun Baby Shower Mailer from Check Party Mix. And today, I’m giving away the whole set to one lucky reader. I’ll share more on that soon.

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For now, here are a few tips for putting together an easy baby shower. Read More »


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Easter morning with Kohls

I know it’s been a couple of weeks but I wanted to share our Easter with you. We had such a wonderful weekend and day filled with laughter, great food, fun family traditions and neighborhood traditions as well. I’m working with Kohls on today’s post.

Our Easter Baskets with Kohls

Our Easter morning starts off with the boys finding their Easter baskets. Both boys were thrilled. Ezra didn’t know what it was all about, but he loves pulling things out of baskets so enjoyed that.

Filling their baskets was so much fun. We did very little candy and focused on activities for Bodhi, several necessities for both boys (like toothbrushes) plus some much needed pajamas for both boys. Kohls has a huge selection of cute pajamas for boys. Bodhi received this adorable set of stripes and dinosaur pajamas, perfect for spring thanks to the short sleeve pajama top. He loved it!

Ezra is extremely tall and needs 12-18 month pajamas already. We got him several pairs including these adorable whale pajamas, these cute little monster ones and submarine footies. Oh so cute!

Our Easter traditions with Kohls

Breakfast, cute Easter outfits and our neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt were next on the agenda. The boys had a fun little photo shoot in their outfits. Ezra is in LOVE with his big brother and constantly wants to be closer and closer to him.  Read More »


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Budget friendly decorating: Our Sauder Storage Credenza styled for the dining room

When it comes to home décor and design, I love making simple furniture fit our style and needs. I was given the opportunity to style Sauder’s gorgeous credenza. I knew it would be perfect in our formal dining room (which isn’t all that formal at all) because of its size, style and storage.

Budget friendly decorating: Our Sauder Storage Credenza styled for the dining room

Making your house into a home means creating a space YOU love, not something that others prefer. It’s all about styling a space that’s your own — even if that space contains the same basic bookcase or everyday coffee table. For me, that means making it beautifully functional. I love the look of real life and I styled this piece of furniture just the way I prefer it to be… pops of color, layers of art, fabric, practical pieces like a lamp, easy access to hosting items and decor items to add a little fun. Oh and chocolate cake! Who doesn’t love cake?  Read More »


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Rachael Ray cat food and our chic feeding station

Our family is made up of four humans and two cats. I haven’t shared much about our cats before, but thought I’d introduce you to Bonnie and Clyde today and share the cute new feeding station we put together for the littlest members of our family.

Rachael Ray cat food and our chic feeding station

Lately, with Ezra crawling, Bonnie and Clyde are getting more and more involved with the kiddos. Bonnie and Ezra LOVE each other and are constantly next to each other. Ezra is still learning how to gently touch the cats, but Bonnie’s patience with him is amazing. Read More »


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Spring giveaway with Linen and Boxwoods (3 of 3)

Good morning! Thank you so much for all of the love on our laundry room post. We are still pinching ourselves. ;)

Now it’s our turn to give something back to you! Today I want to introduce you to Linen and Boxwoods, a beautifully curated online boutique filled with everything you need to get your home ready for spring. We’re bringing you a fun and pretty big giveaway.

Live the Fancy Life spring giveaway

I recently had the chance to shop at Linen and Boxwoods to add some spring flair to our home. I  chose a gorgeous summer book filled with easy recipes, a classic and stunning wreath plus a table runner and a few fun accessories.

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A bright mint and marble laundry room makeover with Carpet One

Today is a big day for me! We have been working with Carpet One for weeks (almost months) on a big dream room makeover and I finally get to share it with you today! This whole thing has been a serious dream come true. I’ve been blogging since 2009 and to get an opportunity like this is the real deal. If you haven’t guessed from the top photo, our dream room makeover and our big secret project I’ve been talking about is… our laundry room. Today I’m so excited to share all sorts of laundry room inspiration and laundry room ideas. Read on for before and after photos.  Read More »


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LTFL Secret Project

Hey hey! Just stopping in for a quick post today. We wrapped up our big secret project I’ve been talking about for nearly two months. Last week and this week were crazy busy. Melissa Oholendt photographed the project/room earlier this week and I’ll be sharing it next Wednesday. I CAN NOT WAIT!

If you’re in a reading mood, check out my latest post on Momtastic featuring eight chic baskets that will help you keep your home clean this Spring and Summer. One is less than $10 and several are under $20.

copperipaddiyIf you have a moment, please consider voting for my friend Laurel’s gorgeous copper pipe iPad holder over on this month’s Bob Vila contest!  Laurel makes DIY ideas that are actually possible to do. With kids. Amazing.

So much goodness coming your way next week. Happy weekend everyone!


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LTFL Secret House Project

Lately we have been so busy with a big house project (paid for by a company for the blog-DREAM COME TRUE) that I haven’t been here much. The project wraps up on Friday and I can’t wait to show you! It has been incredibly fun, a total rush and also very time consuming.

For those of you who don’t follow us on Instagram, here is a quick look at a few of our accessories. One of my favorite photographers is coming over next Wednesday to photograph the space and I’ll be sharing it here in a couple of weeks. Can you guess which room it is?

I’m also really excited for Spring! Bodhi’s birthday is just weeks away already. He is going to be four and he has become the most amazing child and big brother. I feel so so lucky to be his mama.

Besides getting outside and enjoying life, I have several really fun giveaways on the blog including one with HALO sleep sacks and another fun one that will be especially exciting for anyone who likes to host. Stay tuned friends.


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TWIN-kle TWIN-kle little star twin gender reveal baby showerI co-hosted a baby shower for my cousin and her fiancé back in November. It was such a fun challenge to come up with the perfect theme because this party was for twins. And it was a gender reveal party. This was a party lover’s dream come true!

TWIN-kle TWIN-kle little star twin gender reveal baby shower

I’m cheesy. I can’t help it, so I came up with Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars and chose it because the word TWIN was a part of TWINkle. I liked that I could also use the phrase “how we wonder what you are” since we were finding out if the babies were boys or girls or a combo. And the gender neutral color palette was an easy fit.

TWIN-kle TWIN-kle little star twin gender reveal baby shower

I love stars and clouds. The backdrop was something I’ve always wanted to try and was an easy DIY backdrop using honeycomb balls from Target.

TWIN-kle TWIN-kle little star twin gender reveal baby shower

TWIN-kle TWIN-kle little star twin gender reveal baby shower

Star cupcake toppers took minutes and were a great project for Bodhi and I. I bought the silver star toppers and the cupcake liners from Amazon and my mom brought delicious star cookies from my hometown bakery.

TWIN-kle TWIN-kle little star twin gender reveal baby shower

The cake was made by Whole Foods and was delicious!

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A s’mores party favor bar felt like a natural element to this party. Read More »