2018 Gift Guide // Mom So Hard

This was supposed to go up on Friday, but sheesh I have been going a million miles a minute trying to do all the things for the house and for the holiday season. The blog has taken a back seat to life, but there is so much I am excited to share, starting with my final gift guide - Mom so hard. Because mom’s make the world go round, and they deserve some extra love for all they do, I put together a special, indulgent gift guide.

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  1. Ça Suffit Tee - pronounced SAH-SUE-FIE - means "That’s Enough” in French, often used as an exclamation when someone is mad or exasperated, proceeds from this tee support one of my biggest causes, Everytown for Gun Safety.

  2. Powersheet Planner - because mama’s got big goals and needs help organizing herself to accomplish them!

  3. PJ set - thinking a pretty set of PJs should be a permanent staple on my Christmas list

  4. ceramic mug - cause there is never enough coffee or enough cute mugs

  5. bike trailer - now that we live in a darling neighborhood and have places to ride a bike, I want to be prepared come spring!

  6. to-go salad container - I bring my lunch almost everyday and a high functioning container would be life changing.

  7. multi use utensils - I am obsessed with having intentional and beautiful items in my home and kitchen. I want to toss (or donate) the utensils I bought back in my collage days and trade up for well designed fresh items

  8. a facial - because I deserve it!

  9. Swedish Hasbeen clogs - I have been coveting a pair of these “mom shoes” for years, and I just love this shade of blush

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15 Ideas to Add Holiday Spirit to Your Wedding

Calling all December brides! I have some fabulous festive ideas today over on Something Turquoise. I have rounded up 15 ways to add the perfect amount of holiday spirit to your wedding. When planning a winter wedding, there is a fine balance between having a "themed" celebration and bringing in festive and seasonal decor in a well designed way. Click over to the post to read more.  

15 Christmas Wedding Ideas

Holiday Look // Draped in Velvet

This year I was stumped when thinking of my holiday look. I picked up a old Bloomies catalog and fell in love with this Joie velvet suit. I immediately hopped on to check it out. Luckily I that catalog was so old that it was now on major sale. Score! Once the packages came I threw on the jacket with the some jeans and was loving it, then I tried the whole look on and it just seemed a little much. I went back and forth, but once I saw these photos of the whole look I knew this outfit was a keeper. I love that it's such a huge departure from a dress. I also love that it's dressy and casual (and comfy) at the same time and most of all I love that the pieces work separately as well as they work together.  Scroll down to see the looks I'll be rocking this holiday season. What are you wearing this party season?

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Presenting our Holiday Cards!

The super-talented Clare Mullins did a family shoot last week when we were in New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. I am obsessed with the way she captured my family! That made the best jumping off point to start our cards. Then, I teamed up with my friends at Pinhole Press to make our. The quality is fantastic and I love the matte finish. Their choices are edited so you don't have to browse options for hours just to give up and pick up cards at the store. They also offer extra thick paper, as well as foil printing option. Thank you, Pinhole Press for making them so fabulous! 

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Pinhole Press Card

Curious, where is your go-to for holiday cards? What is your strategy? 

Currently Shopping // Velvet

Have you hit the stores to find your looks for your holiday parties? If you haven't, let me tell you, it's all about velvet. Like ALL about velvet. In my browsing, I saw velvet bras, velvet socks, velvet belts and just about everything else. The velvet has is shiny, matte, burnout pattern, embroidered, crushed and plush. I shopped around and found some fabulous pieces for you to build your holiday outfits from. 

Velvet Holiday looks

1. shoes / 2. kimono / 3. jacket / 4. maxi dress / 5. trousers / 6. tank / 7. jumpsuit / 8. mules / 9. skater dress


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Gift Guide // Kids Gifts Under $50

My little is at that magic age where there is nothing specific on his list, but he is excited about everything! Lately he loses it (in the best way) when I bring him home cool socks, it’s going to make stuffing his stocking and filling under the tree easy and fun! I also have a young niece and nephew to buy for who are a little more challenging. I want to find special gifts that are unique, creative or educational and also fun, but don’t break the bank. As our families keep growing, so does our gifting list!  Here are my picks for kids toys under $50 that will check off mine and the kiddo’s lists.

Gift Guide: kids gifts under $50

1.“Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” -  I was on a positive-message book kick last year and picked a few for my son. This sweet book is our favorite and conveys a message about being a good person that even a two-year-old can grasp.

2. World Traveler Pretend Play - We are a family that loves to travel. We have made it a priority in our lives and have taken our son to Greece, Iceland and around the U.S. but, it’s not always possible to go on big trips, so in between trips this pretend travel set is the perfect gift to keep them as excited as we are for our next adventure!

3. Melissa and Doug Pantry Play Food - One of my son’s favorite toys is his play kitchen, we only stocked it with a few items when we bought it for him, so it’s fun to add new grocery items and watch his menu expand.

4. Tool set - when your mama is a DIY blogger (or your dad is a handy man) you’ve been around your share of power tools, it’s only fitting to have a set of your own. I love how these come with nuts and bolts and objects to work the fine motor skills.

5. Knit unicorn stuffed animal - as a kid, my holiday wishlist wasn’t complete without a stuffed animal on it, it’s only fitting that I add the cutest, most magical unicorn to this gift guide.

6. Lucky Bums Sled - unless you live in California, every kid needs a sled! Since my son is still a little guy, I picked a sled that can fit mom and babe and has a pull rope because it’s had for a little to walk in snow pants and boots!

7. Design your own superhero cape - this gift might be my favorite yet. It’s creative in two ways, first you have to dream up what superhero you want to be, then you have to create it, then you get to pretend you’re the superhero! Plus this gift would be perfect under the tree of my niece, my nephew or my son.

8. Kids Apron Set - at our house we love baking! It’s a weekly activity. I know how excited my little is to help out and also to play dress up, I can’t wait to see him “play chef” with this set!

9. Little Archives Subscription Box - Each month they send you everything you need, (including detailed instructions and links to video tutorials) for one person to create a cool art and design project that you’ll be proud to display in your home once you’ve completed it. Yes, this gift is a little deceiving to put on the under $50 list, because it is an automatic renewing subscription, but at $22.95/month for under $50 you could get a couple special deliveries.

What To Wear For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, it's always a great mystery of what to wear for this holiday. You want to dress up a little, but still want to be cozy as you stuff yourself silly, drink wine and play games. You need comfy layers, but want to be able to let air in if you are stuck in the kitchen cooking away. I found what I think is the perfect look, a maxi wrap skirt with a light weight cashmere sweater. This skirt, scored on Poshmark, is in my favorite color of the season, rust, is a wrap skirt, while it's not stretchy, it's a tie, so easily adjusted after a long night of gorging. The sweater is a staple in my closet, a simple boyfriend cashmere v-neck. Topped with a suede moto jacket and a fur scarf gives you the cool factor and keeps you toasty on your post-dinner walk.

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Vegetarian Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, two thirds of my life.  I like to pride myself in being an easy vegetarian guest.  I am not picky and am fill up on sides, assuming the stuffing isn't filled with gizzards and brussles sprouts with bacon.  Also, assuming that the veggie dishes are substantial enough to tide me over until second dinner.  I have hosted Thanksgiving, both vegetarian and not, and tried lots of recipes that will please everyone including meat lovers.  Today I'm sharing ten of my favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes (a few are even vegan).  Guests will certainly be asking to take leftovers.  


BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND KALE RISOTTO


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recipe: Naive Cooks


BUTTERNUT SQUASH EMPANADAS 


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recipe: DeSmitten


VEGAN POT PIES


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recipe: Minimalist Baker 


BUTTERNUT SQUASH SPINACH AND GOAT CHEESE PIE


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POLENTA WITH SPINACH AND ROASTED MUSHROOMS


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VEGAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH STUFFED SHELLS


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recipe: Love & Lemons


BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CORN BREAD CROUTONS



SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND SWEET POTATO SALAD


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BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND MUSHROOM LASAGNA


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recipe: Foodie Crush


BRUSSELS SPROUTS, WINTER SQUASH AND QUINOA SALAD


recipe: Grown to Cook