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Creating our cozy neutral family room

Just in time for winter and the season of hibernation (or at least a lot of indoor time) in Minnesota, we are working on a big makeover for our family room. We’ve had a random mix of decor, an uncomfortable sofa and a rug that I like but that isn’t comfortable and is a bit dark with our dark hardwood floors.

It’s time for us to build a family room fit for our little family to cozy up for movie nights, get on the floor for playtime and that is pretty enough to entertain adults. We are hoping to marry practical with pretty, reasonably priced decor with a solid investment sofa and pick items that will be with us in this forever home for the long haul.

I’m working with Hunter Douglas custom window treatments by Décorview on this sponsored post. Check out their post on Fall color home trends.

I’ve decided to make our family room very neutral. While I love color, I find that I get tired of colors in permanent or semi-permanent pieces like rugs, window treatments and big furniture items. I’ve learned that I prefer to decorate for each season and so will add in color that way.

I love that a neutral room will allow for changes in opinion, style and color preference. The top photo is a little peek at what I’m thinking although the sofas are still very much in question as are a few other pieces included above. The color palette is mostly grey, charcoal, soft beige, white and rich warm wood tones as well as white-washed wood. I’ve been wanting to bring in a little warmth to our grey home.

We are considering two options for sofas and two fabrics for both pieces. One of the sofas is incredibly comfortable, which is the number one decision factor for us at this point. The other isn’t available in Minnesota so we aren’t able to try it out. Tough decisions ahead. (more…)

30 bloggers you should follow on Pinterest plus a $300 cash giveaway

Hello! I’m teaming up with 30 or so bloggers on a cash giveaway today. I love doing giveaways. It’s so much fun to make someone a winner. :) To enter, simply follow the Rafflecopter below. All you have to do to enter is follow some of us on Pinterest. Easy peasy!

We couldn’t have held this giveaway without an amazing group of bloggers and small businesses who love Pinterest as much as we do! They include: Spaceships and Laser Beams, Soiree Event DesignAnders RuffSnapSmart Party PlanningI Will InvitationsJellyfish PrintsLauren Haddox DesignDimplePrintsOne Busy MommyMimi’s Dollhouse, Designed by Dawn NicoleTried & TrueThe Flair ExchangeThree Little Monkeys StudioCelebration Lane, Hello My Sweetpaper & cakeCreative JuiceA Cup Full of SassNot Just A MommyFrog Prince PaperieCreative Designs by ToniFantabulosity, Recently HeardCozy CoutureA-Manda CreationFrench PemberleyParty PatisseriePSA Stamp CampLive the Fancy LifeBe Envied EntertainingUR invited,  We Heart Parties and  Ella and Annie Magazine.

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The practical reasons why I’m switching to mismatched dining chairs

After years of struggle with dining chairs due to having cats with claws who love to scratch things and a child who often spills, I’ve conceded. I will not own upholstered dining chairs for the next ten years. And after having one of my favorite dining chairs just break while a guest was seated on it, I’ve decided to skip replacing the one chair and simply go with the mismatched dining chair trend that I believe will be around for a while.

I’m going with all white. They are extremely washable, wipeable and easy to move between our formal and informal dining areas. It also looks uniform enough that it will work so much better for parties and gatherings when I may typically need some folding chairs thrown in. I can simply grab a few white folding chairs and voila! A nice clean and bright look. (more…)

A comfortable casual fall look with Pulsar Watches

Someone once told me that the best accessories to splurge on after baby is jewelry for the arms. After all, your wrists are photographed more than any other part of your body once baby becomes the object of everyone’s affections.

So true! After B was born I started investing in classic timeless bracelets and I love layering them. I’ve been looking for the perfect watch for some time and found it with Pulsar.

This modern and versatile rose gold and white watch is exactly my style in every way. It has a classic look, includes white (I LOVE white) and the rose gold is just slightly unexpected and yet goes with almost everything. Layering this watch with bracelets is easy and gorgeous!

Hat | Sweater | Scarf | Watch | Bracelet | Timi & Leslie Diaper bag | Skinny jeans | Boots

I put together this super comfortable and casual weekend look to share one of many ways you could incorporate this beautiful watch into your wardrobe. I may just hit the shops today to buy this entire outfit as it’s perfect for my postpartum body. And yes, a latte is a much-needed accessory in the fall in Minnesota, especially when you are getting very little sleep at night thanks to one adorable and ridiculously happy baby. (more…)

Ezra is THREE months old

My sweet little baby is no longer a newborn. There isn’t an ounce of newborn left.

At 3 months, he’s a full blown baby who squeals and babbles and smiles and screeches and giggles and has my heart in a big way.  (more…)

A new app that will seriously change the way you organize and keep your digital images

I don’t know about you, but I have never found a good way to organize photos. And I’m so overwhelmed thinking of where to begin. But the thought of losing important images is so scary. Photos quickly bring back memories that are foggy at best thanks to the passing of time. I often simply upload to social media so I don’t lose the photos and can get to them again, but they lose their quality and can’t be printed. I have good news. I have found a solution.

Seahorse is a new app for documenting life together in shared experiences with friends and family. All photos and videos shared in Seahorse are co-owned or belong to everyone invited to that scene. And Seahorse saves your photos and videos in their original resolution. I love that you can have this app on all of your devices and bring all of your photos together. (more…)

Effortless chic postpartum style plus a giveaway with some amazing fall boots

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Baby Ezra is three months old today. And fall is here! So much goodness in my world. I love dressing for fall and I’m looking forward to a change in my wardrobe along with the change in the weather. The postpartum wardrobe is a big challenge for many new mammas. For me, it takes a good six months for my body to get back to normal, or as normal as it will be after carrying my two little miracles. I’m so excited to be working with Ariat on this post sharing my postpartum style after baby.

I wasn’t expecting to still have a bit of a tummy after B was born and was shocked. I didn’t buy any “in between” clothes so was stuck with my prebaby clothes and maternity clothes and absolutely no time to shop. I knew better this time around and stocked up on flowy blouses, oversized sweaters and button up shirts that are nursing friendly.

I’m just three months postpartum and while my body is slowly getting back in shape, I’m not there yet. My jeans finally fit, but I can’t wear most of my shirts, plus as a busy nursing mom of two boys, I like really easy clothes and footwear that go from running errands to park play dates to dinner at nice restaurants with my little ones and husband.

My current favorite outfit includes skinny jeans, an oversized sweater, a large diaper bag, sunglasses, a watch and bracelet plus a bold necklace and my Ariat Bristol boots.

These boots are perfect for fall and especially for a busy mama. The Bristol style boots in java are the perfect mix of comfortable, casual and chic. And the color is a deep dark brown making them perfect for nearly any outfit. Plus they are comfortable which is a must for any busy mama on the go. (more…)

Friday features

We’ve been so lucky to get some great press lately for our parties and projects. I thought I’d share them all in a Friday features roundup. 

Better Homes and Gardens featured our DIY gold striped table runner in their Fall Home Tour under “12 tabletop ideas to get you ready for Fall!”

I shared my top five postpartum must haves over on Momtastic this week. You can see all of my work for Momtastic as well.

100 Layer Cakelet featured Bodhi’s dinosaur party cake. And Minnesota Parent Magazine featured his party in the hard copy magazine as well.

Hello Wonderful featured our DIY Mod Modge canvas tutorial featuring a photo of Bodhi in Washington D.C.

BabyShower.com featured the Cue the Confetti party I worked on with my friend Cassie and Celebrations at Home also featured our free printable.

 Cafe Mom’s The Stir featured our DIY bow tie party favors from Bodhi’s first birthday.

Brit+Co featured Bodhi’s paper lantern cluster that we still have in his big boy room.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fancy free find for kids (a free holiday gift for children, perhaps?)

I came across some free coloring sheets on Made by Joel one day last week. Maybe I’m late to the game, but the coloring sheets were so fun!

Then as I explored the website I found these amazing paper cities including Paris, Sidney, a camping scene, dinosaur world and a Nativity Scene (perfect for Christmas for those who celebrate). (more…)

Planning for fall family photos with clothes we already own

Big Brother: Beanie Vest | Button-up shirt | Jeans | Nike high top shoes | Bracelet
Little Brother: Knit hat | Chambray shirt | Mint and Navy Wolf T | Striped leggings | Booties

We scored an awesome deal on fall family photos through a fundraiser for Nora’s Network. I love any excuse to get professional photos of my little ones and this deal was too good to pass up. But since I recently had newborn photos taken and we have plans for a winter family session, I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on our clothes. I’m sharing a cozy and casual look for both boys over on Oh Boy Style today and every item is something we have in our house already or something similar in our home. (more…)