{GIFTS} Teacher Gifts (with Printable)

My "baby" just finished her 1st year of school...hang on while I sob, and with the end of the year comes the "Teacher Gift". She chose to give her teachers flowers, I may have steered her towards the succulents, I mean who doesn't love succulents?? Lowes had a great selection and they were all under $4 per plant. The dollar store has a great variety of succulent worthy container (mason jars, metal tins, ceramic pots) but the chalkboard speech bubble mugs seemed perfect. With a drawer full of wash tape at home, (most from the Target dollar spot) we embellished the white mugs with a washi tape stripe along the bottom and on the handle. We taped the printable onto a stick and voila!! Teacher gifts for $5!

Supplies:  Succulent plant (Lowes)
                 Container (we used Dollar Store Mugs)
                 Washi Tape (Target Dollar Spot)

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{REVIEW} Bitsy's Brainfood

Being healthy and eating smart starts early, there will come a day when I won't be able to choose what my kids will eat but for now I can and do. After years of making the right choices for my kids, it's so rewarding to see them make smart choices for themselves, I loved that my daughter pushed aside the sugary cake at a birthday party and asked for fresh fruit instead!! Eating healthy, organic and GMO free can be yummy and fun...... enter Bitsy's Brainfood. I first noticed the cookies at Whole Foods and fell in love with the alphabet shaped cookies, we've tried the Zucchini + Gingerbread + Carrot, the Sweet Potato + Oatmeal + Raisin and the Orange + Chocolate + Beet and my kids and I love them all. 

They are sweet enough to be a treat and packed with Vitamin A, B12, B6, D3 Calcium, Iron, Omega-3, EPA and DHA....can the cookies in your pantry say the same? Did I mention they're made with Organic ingredients and GMO free!! My oldest is learning to read so the alphabet shapes are an added bonus and she loves looking for the letters in her name!

Let's talk cereal for a minute....why are there hundreds of sugary cereals flooding the aisles of every supermarket and why is it that the more sugar and junk they contain the better the packaging looks?Of course kids want the not-so-good for them cereal it comes packages in bright colors and has fun characters on the front...Kids I don't blame you, but I won't buy it either. You can tell that two Moms are the masterminds of Bitsy's because they created a line of cereals (Banana Squash Squares, Fruit & Veggie 123, and Carrot Raisin Crunch) and they are packed with Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, Zic, Iron and are Organic, GMO-free, Vegan and Kosher and are packaged in kid friendly & fun boxes!! 

Bitsy's Brainfood is available at Whole Foods & Target so the next time you're shopping for cereal or cookies, look for Bitsy's and eat SMART!

I received complimentary Bitsy's Products to review. My options are my own.

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{MATERNITY} New Jersey Maternity Photography

You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest and most beautiful person I have ever 
known- and even that is an understatement. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Meet one of my dearest friends Krissy, she's expecting her first baby in a few months and I had the honor of being there for her baby shower (which you saw yesterday) and then capturing some images of her super cute baby bump.  After a 5 hour baby shower, in 30 degree weather we rushed to catch the last minutes of sunshine, we found a field and voila! But let's face it when you look like this 8 months pregnant you could pull off maternity pictures in a ditch and make them look good.

Sweet baby you're so lucky to have a Momma who's not only so beautiful on the outside but even more beautiful on the inside. xoxo- Aunt Evie

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{BABY SHOWER} Safari Animal Baby Shower

One of my dearest friends is having a baby! I traveled to cold and snowy New Jersey to celebrate her special day and snapped some pics of her Safari Animal shower. Upon entering beautiful Ferraro's cute ceramic animals guided each guest to the appropriate table, in lieu of table numbers Dr. Seuss book were used. I love the DIY centerpieces made of pink & blue cardboard boxes decorated with wooden A, B, C letters on each side and filled with beautiful florals. In between the endless and delicious food courses, guests decorated onesies, had a diaper raffle, got quizzed on how well they know the Momma-to-be, guessed the number of M&M's and each got a "What did you put in baby's bottle?" scratch off. Each guest took home a miniature Barefoot wine and filled a bag full of sugar cookies and candies. It was a great afternoon to celebrate an amazing lady and her lucky little bump! 

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{BIG BOY ROOM} Teal and Blue Big Boy Room

Our last Natasha Smith Photography may just be my favorite, I'm a teal-lover and this room has plenty of it. I adore how Natasha painted the dresser to match the walls, I love the DIY window treatments...especially the faux roman shades. I love how the Pottern Barn Tree House Bed allows for extra space in a kid room and creates a cozy nook beneath. I LOVE IT ALL! Thank you Natasha for sharing your beautiful photography and design with us!

Tree house bed: Potter barn kids
Light fixture: Ikea
House valance: DIY
Faux roman shades: DIY
On the beach sign: Home goods
Chairs: Pottery barn Kids
Ottoman cube: Target
Rug: Target
Car display shelf: Amazon.com
Table and chairs: Ikea + DIY
Frames: Ikea (artwork DIY Painted)
Dresser: Walmart + DIY (painted)
Closet: Allen + Roth (lowe’s)

Gray paint:Olympic One Interior Semi-Gloss Secret Passage Latex-Base Paint and Primer in One
Blue paint: Valspar Ultra Interior Satin Tintable Latex-Base Paint and Primer in One
Satin Color Name: LIME LEAF
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{NURSERY} Yellow and Gray Nursery

The whitewashed floor, the modern crib, the wall art, the DIY elephant cornice !!!! Evan Lucas your nursery is perfection! Styled and photographed by Natasha Smith this baby boy nursery is overflowing with detail, style and love.

Crib & Changing table from babyLetto Hudson collection
Light – Ikea
Glider: Target
Decorative pillow: Pier1
Yellow rug: Ikea
Fitted sheet: TheLandofNod.com
Frames: Ikea
Photo art: DIY
Wall art: Hobby Lobby
Shelving display: Hokku furniture
Cornice: DIY
Paint Colors:
Gray: Olympic One Interior Semi-Gloss Secret Passage Latex-Base Paint and Primer in One
White: Plain flat enamel white

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