Archive for the ‘Entertaining’ Category

Date: Nov 19 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Family

It’s that time of the year when I begin thinking about decorating for Christmas. I have a lot of favorite decorations in my collection (like this basket tree skirt and these cute santa mugs), but it’s always fun to pick out a few new things. Wreaths being one of my favorites. Here are some holiday decorations to make your home festive and cozy!

Fresh Fir Garland – Fresh is best and those who know, know. Garland is my most favorite way to decorate for the holidays. I could drape it everywhere.

Pinecone Wreath – I put wreaths everywhere during the holidays, over windows and any door. I love this classic wreath!

Wicker Basket Tree Skirt – My favorite way to finish the tree. I use first use a genie tree stand, and then cover it with this wicker tree skirt.

Santa Punch Bowl – I mean, this is just the cutest isn’t it? Great for any holiday get together.

Colored String Lights – I love big, colorful, retro lights on a tree. These are gorgeous.

Snowy Tree Skirt – Fluffy and fun and classic all in one. This works with any style tree!

Step In Tree Stand – The tree stand that saved my marriage. Trust me, it’s the best thing trick you can pull out in December!

Red Tartan Napkin Set – These are so bright and colorful they’ll bring the perfect touch to your family dinner.

Bottlebrush Trees – Everyone’s favorite!! The more the merrier in my opinion.

Tree Farm Doormat – December is the perfect time to spruce up your entry, and a fun doormat is the easiest way to do that.

Reindeer Napkin Ring Set – THESE!! I think my whole face started glowing when I stumbled up on these. I mean, how FUN. Would look great with these red tartan napkins.

Red Letter Mailbox – Isn’t this little mailbox fun? The perfect spot for all your holiday cards.

And my personal favorite, a cozy throw to curl up under on any given winter night! Even better when they’re 40% off!

Chassity

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Date: Nov 14 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Fashion

I’m so excited to share my first Holiday Gift Guide of the season!! Today’s gift guide is full of great gifts under $30!! This one definitely leans more for the women on your list – teachers, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, friends, co-workers…

Gifts Under $30:

Slip Hair Scrunchies – Everyone’s favorite pillow case now makes hair scrunchies!! Crease free and happy.

Text Friendly Gloves – Because no one knows where their pair from last year disappeared to! These are soft, cute, and functional thanks to slits in the thumb and pointer fingers. And there’s a matching beanie hat and scarf!

Poodles Ornament – Ice skating poodles!! Whimsical ornaments are always one of my favorite gifts to give! How cute is this little fox ornament?!

Sky Sunrise Puzzle – A tech-free activity for the family! Bonus, this puzzle is actually beautiful! This puzzle is awesome, too!

Travel Charging Station – Pretty power strips for travel that can charge up to 5 devices at a time! It has a heavy duty 5 foot cord.

Sea Grass Wrapped Vase – One of my favorite brands! This Lindroth vase is the perfect gift for anyone, and makes a great hostess gift filled with a few clippings! The glassware makes a good gift as well.

Monogrammed Tote – A cute and personalized tote for under $30?! Thanks Tuckernuck! This multi bottle wine tote is fun, too!

Gel Polish Set – The whole set is adorable, but you could even break these up and gift individually!

Floral Travel Tumbler – Keeps the hot hot and the cold cold! I especially envision this for your favorite Sunday Sunday friend :) And this one is a best seller and comes in a ALL the colors for anyone on your list!

Cheese Box Grater – Anyone else’s family addicted to freshly grated cheese? This one is beautiful and the perfect addition to any dinner setting.

Zip Catch All Case – A beautiful travel bag for your environmentally minded friends. Comes in more beautiful colors.

Tissue Box – For the girl who has everything, knows that details matter, and isn’t afraid of color. This tissue box is so fun!!

Chassity

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Date: Nov 12 2019

Filed Under: Entertaining, Family, Fashion, Lilly Likes

Over the weekend we took the kids to NYC for Lilly’s 10th birthday. They had never been before so it was much anticipated, and truthfully it was the best NYC trip I’ve ever taken. We were there for two days, 1 night. A quick trip, but that’s how I like to do it. We landed at 9 am Saturday and hit the ground running. We stayed at The Langham in Midtown and it was freaking fantastic. I’ve stayed at the Langham in Chicago and had been so blown away that I wanted to splurge for this one night trip as well. It was nicely located for the things we wanted to do!

Lilly wanted to do a little shopping so we walked from the hotel to Zara and Macy’s and a few other places. My cousin Wes met us for lunch at Shake Shack right in that area, too. By the way, I’ve gotten a few messages asking where all we ate with the kids there, and to be honest we just chose spur of the moment places that were convenient to where we were when we were hungry. I didn’t have any meals planned because I didn’t want to overload us by rushing around.

similar black puffer coat, blue chanel bag, white sneakers

We checked out SpyScape, the Spy Museum and LOVED it. It was Fletcher’s favorite of everything we did. I’m bummed I didn’t take great photos, but it was really cool and totally interactive. There’s a challenge room you go in that is filled with lasers that you have to navigate through and gather points. It was as cool as it sounds.

We were really excited about stumbling upon our friends at Vintage Barbie & Ken on the street! It made the city seem small to Lilly and Fletch. We have his prints here and also at Coral House!

This is my cousin Wes by the way. I know you’ve seen him on here before, we’re close and I visit him in NYC often. He’s Lilly and Fletcher’s Godfather!

We took a little break back at the hotel before dinner. Lilly was surprised to find birthday chocolates in the room. The Langham is the best.

I was exhausted and managed a 20 minute nap.

Lilly’s wearing this sweatshirt. I’m wearing this turtleneck sweater.

But I rallied and was ready for dinner and a show. The concierge recommend a great pizza place a block away (sorry I don’t remember the name). Fletch wanted to try all the pizza in NYC so this was his first and he ate the whole thing.

I’m wearing this dress and these boots. Lilly is wearing this pink dress.

I waited for YEARS to see Wicked on Broadway. It was incredible. Even better than I hoped it would be. The kids loved it, too. So, so very special.

Little tired. Lot happy.

The next morning we went to the Color Factory in Soho! This was the very first thing I bought tickets to after we booked our flights to NYC. I knew the kids would love it, and they were both over the moon there. It amazes me that there are people out there so creative to put together an experience such as this. 100% recommend this!

Color galore, and put together so beautifully. This ceiling is in the entrance.

So simple and so visually stunning and interesting.

And they had a LOT of snacks. All adorable and interesting and offered in all the colors. This conveyer belt of macaroons was my favorite.

And this blue ball pit room was obviously the favorite. I mean. Have you ever?

Pure delight. And our next stop (after a quick lunch with Wes along the way) was really cool, too. SlooMoo Institute just recently opened like a week or two ago. It’s a SLIME museum. I knew Lilly would just die, and I was right. It was her favorite.

There are huge interactive displays of slime everywhere, all the different kinds that you can think of. Fun rooms to walk through with various activities. A store (of course, which would be great for Christmas shopping). A HUGE slime making bar (I even enjoyed this). But best of all, a sliming room. Naturally I signed up Lilly and Fletch for this. Oh, and all the “sloomoos” are wearing these amazing jumpsuits in different colors. They’re singing and dancing and just being so fun.

A pretty epic 10th birthday trip. Somehow everything went smoothly and was a success. I can’t wait to go back with the kids again. I want to go when it’s a little warmer next time so that we can do the whole Central Park experience and other classics.

Chassity

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I hope you all had a fun Halloween! Our’s was so great. Everything went as planned, there were no melt downs or malfunctions, and it didn’t rain (it was however REALLY hot). Halloween as a parent is basically my favorite thing. It’s almost the most important day of the year to kids. And they like to see us get dressed up too, and not be “boring”. I couldn’t wear my Cruella de Vil costume trick or treating because that just would have been a disaster. So I dressed up as Friday Night In. Or Slumber Party Girl. Or My Favorite Thing To Do. You could really call this costume so many things. I wanted to be comfortable walking around the neighborhood, so I threw on my favorite stripe pajamas!

My navy pompom slippers are the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on my feet. They’re lined in velvet, and have a memory foam insole!! They’re only $23 and come in grey and pink as well. And I just couldn’t resist getting this Happy Place eye mask! It’s so cute.

Wearing:

lake blue and white stripe pajamas,

happy place sleep eye mask, navy pom pom slippers

My pajamas are pretty much the best thing ever, and are by my favorite pj brand, Lake. They’re just a classic pj, simple cotton and super soft.

blue | green | red

Lilly dressed up as an 80’s jazzercise girl, which was hilarious and awesome. And Fletch dressed up as Harry Potter, which is basically his favorite thing ever. Josh surprised him and threw together a last minute Hagrid costume.

Only 364 more days until Halloween! I hope you all have a nice weekend!

Chassity

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Date: Oct 31 2019

Filed Under: Decor, Entertaining, Family, Fashion

Happy Halloween!! I can already feel the sugar high. The kids are super pumped for tonight. Isn’t Halloween so magical? Our neighborhood gets REALLY into it, which is awesome.

Halloween card by Janet Hill

I’m sharing my latest Etsy favorites today!! Always one of my most favorite posts to put together. I’m dying over that pet portrait jewelry. What a fun gift. And she does portraits of people, too! The best friends one is kind of amazing.

Door Wreath – ‘Tis the season!! This is a classic and I love how this shop stuffs their wreaths nice and full.

Pet Bed – I don’t even have a dog (or want one), but I still love looking at cute dog beds for some reason.

Pet Portrait Jewelry – Seriously can’t get over these. I can think of about a dozen people I could get this for.

Custom Glitter Ornament – Great for gifts, kids, teachers!

Colorful Kate Moss – This print is one of the prettiest fashion prints I’ve ever seen. Love all the color.

Linen Jumpsuit – This jumpsuit is cut so well and comes in almost 20 color options!! And all of the photos in the reviews are freaking adorable!

Thankful Doormat – This time of year is one of the best times to zhush up your entrance, and this shop has the best doormat designs!

Log Holder – I love that this one is tall and slim, so it will fit well next to the fireplace! Bonus, it has a spot just for the kindling.

Personalized Pumpkins – So great as decor or hostess gifts!

Have an great and safe night tonight, Everyone!! I can’t wait to see all of the costumes on social today. Until then, you can check out more of my Etsy Favorite round ups right here!

Chassity

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Raise your hand if the idea of organizing a family photo stresses you out. Not to bum you out, but the time of year to get on it might be right now since holiday card season is nearly upon us. We don’t take professional family photos as often as I would like, so it’s just really nice to have an updated shot!

Fletcher’s plaid shirt, Lilly’s red sweater, my navy polka dot top

Behind the scenes shot of Charlotte getting the shot of Lilly and Fletch!

When choosing outfits I tend to gravitate to neutral colors, they are always a good idea. I put Lilly in the bright red cable knit sweater since it wasn’t competing or clashing with any other bright colors. And I wasn’t too worried about footwear this time, because I plan to crop them out on our holiday card (but these are Fletcher’s sneakers). Anyway, here is a round up of pieces for the whole family that will be great for holiday cards and all the holiday get togethers!

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Those leopard slides are just the most fun but not too over the top. This red plaid tiered top for girls is basically perfect. I keep coming back to it. A henley shirt will get no complaints from the boys and still look adorable. And that cozy button down for the guys is classic, and I especially love that pale mint green shade.

I’m wearing the J.Crew tissue turtleneck in the navy polka dot. Their tissue turtlenecks have been staples in my closet for many years now, I can’t even remember for how long. They look great alone, or layered with another turtleneck, sweater, blazer… AND they’re 30% off right now with the code “SOGOOD“.

Photography by Charlotte Photo.

Chassity

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