2015 Fall Fashion for Toddlers

One of my favorite things about fall is the fashion! Now that I have children, I get even more excited about the back-to-school shopping and annual, new wardrobe items they get when the seasons change. I love browsing Pinterest and other blogs for inspiration, so I thought I would share some items I’ve purchased already and I’m sure it’s not too late to snag some yourself if you find something you really like.


Both stores I shopped at have excellent reviews and their products are fantastically durable – two key factors I look for in clothing for my kids since they are bound to get dirty and abused on a daily basis! Some of the items I purchased last year (or even two years ago) I’m still able to use for Ollie since his growth spurts have slowed down and the wear and tear hasn’t started to show on his shirts or pants!

The first store I’ll show you is NEXT, which is mainly a European-based store, but I have been shopping online from them for more than four years now and find them easy to navigate and the shipping is fast (2-  3 days always) and usually free as long as you spend over $40.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow… My Baby Turned One!


Insert tears and hysterical crying here! My baby girl turned one. It’s been a little more than a week since the big day and I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. To drive the point home, she’s been talking, walking and being overly dramatic (typical toddler) the day after her birthday. All signs of babyhood have left the building (except for when she’s sick and will still snuggle me).

Anyway, back to the big celebration! For Ollie’s first birthday we thew a huge bash in our backyard and, of course, I wanted to do the same for little miss. Our theme for the party was rainbows. I loved the vibrant and cheerful colors we had going on; it was exactly what a first birthday should be and the star of the show had a perfect day!

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race | Our Master Bathroom Remodel

If has officially been two years since we finished our master bathroom remodel. I mentioned the project a while back, so if you’ve forgotten about it I don’t blame you. I can’t remember what I did two days ago let alone two years.

Catch up on where I left off on the bathroom remodeling process from 2013.

See where I promised pictures as soon as the remodel was complete? Yeah, I never did that. I kept thinking I wanted Pinterest-worthy pictures before I shared it all with you and to me that meant finding the perfect accessories. I had no idea it would take me two years to be inspired enough to settle on the kind of decor design I wanted for the final touches. I guess it just goes to show that home design is never a quick process.

Sure I could have run out to the store and bought something that day, but I knew I didn’t love it and I wanted to LOVE our bathroom (especially after spending so much money on it) so I waited and waited. Then, just a few weeks ago while at Ikea the inspiration struck! I sped home and started decorating everything from the towels, to picture frames to accessories – it just all came together like magic.

When my husband came home from work I showed him the room not knowing if he would be pleased or disappointed in my choices since I really just went with it and didn’t ask for his opinion at the time. Thankfully he loved it just as much as I did, which solidified the fact I had made the right decision in waiting so long to finish the room. So, after a long hiatus, I am finally ready to share with you all the completed master bathroom remodel!


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My Family Album Tradition

It’s been a  while since I’ve blogged about something I am this passionate about, so hold on tight because today I’m sharing with you my FAVORITE way to document, save, preserve and cherish all those family photos you have stored somewhere on your hard drive.

About a year after Ollie was born, I started realizing that although I had taken hundreds of photos of his first year, I had no way of looking through them all constantly (which – let’s be honest – all mother do) unless I sat and stared at my computer all day. I made a few photo books previously for special occasions, but nothing on a large scale. I started thinking that it would be great to have a yearly photo album to look back at each year and see how he had grown and also to document all the stuff we had done as a family that year.

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DIY Printer Storage

Have I mentioned before that my dad is the best? Seriously, this man can build anything! All I have to do is ask and he delivers.

When we first remodeled our office a few years ago, we de-cluttered the desktop and moved our printer into a small, attached cabinet… out of sight and out of mind!


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Our European Adventure Part 3 (Dublin, Ireland)

Dublin was the third and final city of our 2015 European adventure. [If you are just joining me, please feel free to also explore our adventures in Lucerne, Switzerland and London, England.] Although I was most excited to visit London, I was also pretty darn excited to experience the culture and traditions of Ireland. I do have a little Irish blood in me, but more than anything else I’ve always wanted to witness the scenery with my own eyes. Naturally, this leg of the trip did not disappoint!

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