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valentine’s gift guide

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that I go back and forth about.  It seems a little young, but at the same time, it is a holiday.  I guess the older I’ve become, the less of “something”, that it is.  But, I have a husband who loves it.  So I’ve decided to put together a little Valentine’s gift guide, to keep with the spirit.

For Her:

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Bag: Nena and Co.

Candle: Candelles

Lip cream: Aesop rosehip seed lip cream

Necklace: Geo necklace

Cuff: warrior cuff

For Him:

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Shaving oil: Williamsburg classic shaving oil

Socks: Burgundy Ze Moustache Cotton Blend Socks

Boots: Sorel mens caribou boot

Glasses: Bormioli Rocco Bodega Tumbler Mini Glasses, Set of 12

Scotch rocks: Set of 9 Chilling Whisky Rocks in Scotch Rocks Gift Box with Muslin Carrying Pouch

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Project Nursery

As part of Project Nursery’s Skip*Hop Nursery Design event, Layla Grayce joined actress Tiffani Thiessen, Joy Cho of Oh Joy! and Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay in an exciting baby room design contest, where each participant was challenged to design a beautiful nursery on a budget! Vote for Layla Grayce as your favorite nursery design for a chance to win a Skip*Hop Springtime Birds Musical Crib Mobile and $100 Layla Grayce gift card! Three lucky winners will win a mobile and a $100 shopping spree towards Layla Grayce! Hurry, because this contest ends on July 10th! Vote Now!

For more information on this contest, visit: http://www.laylagrayce.com/blog/2013/06/20/project-nurserys-skiphop-nursery-design-event/.

Good Luck!

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Weekend Shenanigans

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We were busy, good busy.  The mister was working all weekend, but I was playing.  the weather was gorgeous.  I got to celebrate a friend’s birthday, attend a tea and crumpet gathering,  a fabulous dinner at this place, and go to the beach.

This was my first time going to a tea and crumpet party.  Crumpets, which are a mix between a pancake and an english muffin, are pretty darn good.  If you’d like to try them, you can purchase already made ones, at trader Joe’s.  They’re pretty much a carb overload, but, who doesn’t love that!  I was also part of a very special celebration this weekend, for a very special lady.  So proud of you, Stephanie.  Then Sunday rolled around, and it was time to hit the beach for a little r&r.  So we gathered some folks together and made a fun day out of it.  Thanks, friends.

I feel so grateful to be surrounded by such amazing people, today.  Who knew life could be this good!

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Mother’s Day Is Right Around The Corner

  Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and now is the time to find that stylish and unique gift that shows how much your mom means to you! This year, Layla Grayce has posted a Mother’s Day blog post suggesting the top ten gift ideas and essentials for mom and is offering 15% off these gifts with code 4URMOM valid through 5/1. Below are a few of my favorite gift ideas. 

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Lollia Believe Eau De Parfume
from: Layla Grayce & Zinc Door

 
Ella Moss Sunstream Multi Maxi Dress

 


Ella Moss Zadie Black Maxi Dress




Kirra Tate Double Drop Moss Earrings

*this is a sponsored post, although I did pick all of the gift items that I thought my mom would enjoy*

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Friday Flash Sale



Blurb Flash Sale| 2/22/13-2/25/13 | Discount Code: FLASH25OFF


These days, its so important to have something tangible to reflect on good times, hard work paying off, or simply being creative. I am totally in love with making
Blurb books for just about every occasion, whether it be a wedding book, a birthday album, a cookbook, all of our family trip pictures, even my Instagram account can be converted into a Blurb book! I have been meaning to make a new book for a while and as if Blurb read my mind, they are offering 25% off purchases from 2/22-2/25. Head over to Blurb now and tap into your creative side!

More Blurb Ideas…
If you would like some more ideas about what to use Blurb for, here are a few other perfect products Blurb allows you to create:




  • Facebook books that include photos, comments, and captions.


  • Planners with beautifully designed templates and your favorite photos.


  • Notebooks that are filled with photos, can be lined or unlined, and full of plenty of white space for you to add notes, stories or sketches.


  • Plus you can turn your printed book or magazine into an ebook! This is a great way to share your creation with others.
    Blurb Flash Sale| 2/22/13-2/25/13 | Discount Code: FLASH25OFF

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A Valentine’s Day To Remember


I had the most amazing Valentine’s day. My husband, who always has something up his sleeve, pulled off a good one. We went to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Opal. We had a lovely dinner, and then came time for the dessert. I see the waitress walking over with a candle on the dessert, and asked “Why does she have a candle on the dessert”, Dave said “I don’t know”. She arrived at the table with a plate that said “Happy Valentine’s Day” in chocolate with a box sitting along with it, that had a Canon EOS Rebel T3 in it. Oh My! I sure was surprised. The funny thing about this, was that on our way to dinner, I told my husband that I didn’t really need to have that camera that I’ve been obsessing about for a while. Ha!


What a fun night. I only wish I was as good as my husband with gift giving. He always goes to the extreme. No complaints here.
 Thanks, honey.

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!












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Valentine’s Day

 





Happy Valentine’s Day!



We started our morning off with lots of kisses and hugs. I got to deliver all of my little treats last night, because the husband said he planned something special for the two of us tonight. So we’ll see what the mister has in order. He always has great surprises!


Yesterday was a full on bake day. With lots of goodies packed up to deliver to our friends. We wanted to let them know how much we love them and appreciate having them in our lives.


ps check out the red chocolate chips, they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.



Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!












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Happy Mardi Gras!


Today is the official day for Mardi Gras. Boy, do I sure wish we were in New Orleans. (I just want to experience it once). We have a good friend who sent us an overnight package in celebration of the day. I thought it was going to be a bunch of beads (until I noticed the sticker that read “cake inside”), Of course that REALLY grabbed my attention. Upon opening we found a HUGE cake. A King Cake. The King Cake is a brioche-style cake traditionally made throughout the State of Louisiana during the weeks prior to Mardi Gras. Usually oval in shape, the King Cake is a bakery delicacy made from a rich Danish dough (which is a sweetened yeast bread…a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry) and covered with a poured sugar topping decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras-colored sugars of purple (symbolizing Justice), green (symbolizing Faith) and gold (symbolizing Power). This colorful topping is representative of a jeweled crown in honor of the Three Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany (a word derived from the Greek meaning “to show”). Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night (i.e., January 6) is when the Carnival Season officially begins.



The King Cake tradition is believed to have begun with French settlers around 1870, who were themselves continuing a custom which dated back to Twelfth Century France, when a similar cake was used to celebrate the coming of the Magi twelve days after Christmas bearing gifts for the Christ Child. This celebration was also once known as King’s Day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby (symbolic of the baby Jesus) is placed inside each King Cake but in times gone past, the hidden items were usually coins, beans, pecans or peas.



Today, the cakes are baked in many shapes but originally, they were round to portray the circular route take by the Magi in order to confuse King Herod, whose army was attempting to follow the Wise Men so that the Christ Child could be killed. The origin of the modern King Cake can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when popular devotion during Christmas turned to the Three Wise Men. In 1871, the tradition of choosing the Queen of Mardi Gras was determined by who drew the prize within the cake. Today, such a find is still deemed to be a sign of good luck and it customary for the person who discovers the hidden plastic baby to host the next King Cake Party.


I guess that means I’m hosting a King Cake Party next year. (I found the baby)


Thanks to our good friend, for such a delicious introduction to Mardi Gras.












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Make Cooking Cute








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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and now is the time to pick the perfect gift! Now through February 28th, Layla Grayce is offering 15% off aprons with promo code 15apron.

The
Jessie Steele Doris Dancing Dot apron is a fun accessory for cupcake baking and dinner prep and is perfect for the modern hostess! The vintage-inspired Jessie Steele Courtney apron sweetens its simple design with a bottom ruffle and a removable pink peony. The feminine cut showcases its floral purple and pink autumn rose print against a polka dot background. The full-wrap Morning Bun Moments apron protects the hostess from spills and splashes with an oatmeal bodice accented by a waistband that ties in front. This apron is ideal for gift giving because it comes packaged in a glass jam jar with a heritage tag, apron story and blank recipe cards. These aprons put a modern twist on a traditional kitchen accessory. Don’t miss your chance to shop this fabulous sale!






*This is a sponsored post. We do only support things that fit our lifestyle, or that we truly like*




 

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Tiny Prints For Your Valentine

 Valentine’s Day is almost here!
If you have children in elementary school, you need to check out Tiny Prints’ Classroom Valentines.
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If you are not familiar with Tiny Prints, these are the best cards you can buy. And you can completely customize with your child’s pictures, your own text, and text and fonts that you choose.

If your kids are too young, too old, or non-existent, Tiny Prints also has
great customized photo gifts and Valentine’s Day party invitations, and their sister company, Treat has some aweome personalized greeeting cards.

Here are the most popular cards. If you order by January 30 and use the promo code 20JANSW you can save 20% on your entire order!


*This is a sponsored post*

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