Here are some photos of my Christmas decorations this year. I didn’t’ go all out because I barely got this much done with a sick toddler. It took me a week to decorate the tree, only. Lots of people ask me about the “fake snow” on my tree. It’s called “flocking”. When you get your Christmas tree, ask the seller if they do flocking. Most of them do. When you are choosing your tree for flocking, choose a tree that has more flat branches with some “gaps” and spaces. The snow looks better on them than a tree that is super full. My tree was custom flocked, so I asked for heavy on the top and medium-light towards the bottom, so it looks like natural snow fall. I used different ornaments that I’ve collected over the years. I prefer an array of ornaments rather than having everything match. I love a more homemade look rather than having something that looks like it’s in a department store. It’s just a preference for my own home, but I do enjoy all sorts of tree decorations! We also set up a smaller fake tree in the living room since we already had it. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to those of you who celebrate other traditions!
I had the pleasure of receiving my first FabFitFun Spring VIP Box today! It’s always fun to get a package in the mail that you know will contain an array of surprise girlie goodies. FabFitFun is an interactive site dedicated to fashion, health, beauty, and lifestyle. What I really love about them is that they ain’t scared to touch on the more avoided topics (the ones that tickle my fancy) such as essential oils & other holistic health approaches. I feel like their posts are pretty genuine & that’s one of the reasons I enjoy the site.
ANYWAY, they have this thing called the VIP box that you can sign up for and pay seasonal fee (4x a year) of $49.99 and receive a box full of cool stuff that would otherwise cost you three times the amount if you were to buy each item individually. Subscription gift boxes are all the rage right now & I can see why. It’s like a mini Christmas every time you get a package! This really makes the perfect gift. I don’t know any girl in my life that wouldn’t love this! I got my first box today, the Spring box, and I am pretty amped about it. My favorite items were the Kai perfume oil, the LEVEL naturals shower bomb (it smells like a Eucalyptus tree), the Oscar Blandini Dry Shampoo, & the tinted moisturizer. The value of this season’s box was $271 and I got it for $49.99. Pretty cool.
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For most women, an expanding pregnancy body is not the most fun thing to dress. I have this weird hang-up about spending money on “maternity clothes” I’ll only wear when I’m pregnant. I have come up with a pretty good solution for this. You only really need a couple of “maternity items” during your pregnancy. The rest of the stuff you buy can be normal clothing. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re able to dress your body appropriately without spending a lot of money on stuff you’ll never wear again.
1. Buy 2 pairs of basic Maternity Jeans
Get 1 pair of light jeans & one pair of dark for evening wear. A lot of the maternity jeans now don’t even look like “pregnancy pants” because they just have the elastic built right into the hips.
The best site for very affordable maternity wear is Asos.com ….you can get jeans from 20-80$ on their site.
The best part is its free shipping & free returns & they always have amazing sales.
2. Buy Some Maternity Leggings
The best, most comfy way to dress during pregnancy is definitely by wearing leggings. You can just throw on whatever moo-moo or baggy top you have & put it with leggings. Once again, Asos has some great ones for anywhere from 10$-$40. Get a couple different colors to keep it interesting.
I have THESE
4. Maxi Dresses
Maxi dresses are the answer. They can be worn pretty much year round (if you don’t live in an extreme climate) & are so versatile wether or not you’re pregnant. They cover every single bump & lump on your tummy, butt & hips. You can find maxi dresses from $10 & up. I like to buy cheapy jersey ones while I’m pregnant & buy them one size up. Try to buy ones where the seam is up under the breast instead of down low near the navel. You don’t want the seam to cut you in half.
4. Buy Loose Fitting Tops (Not necessarily “maternity”)
This is a good way to get around spending money on “maternity” clothes. By buying loose fitting, flowing tops, you can use them during pregnancy & after. I usually get them in one size up. I already wear lots of flowing, loose stuff, so this fits right into my wardrobe. I try to buy longer tops that I can wear with leggings. All these tops are from Asos.com
It took me about 10 seconds to come up with a theme for my daughter’s first birthday party. My go-to in life, style, decor, and apparently party planning is “Shabby Chic”. What’s so great about shabby chic decorating is that you have endless options no matter how big or small your budget is. Here’s a look into the party & decor!