I forgot to invite you to join my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways going on over at my 4 Kennedys and a Dog blog. Go now....hurry there are still 7 more days of giving going on!


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Don't miss out on all the fabulous giveaways going on this week over at Design Mom. I already won an item! Check out my winnings here and go enter to win something for yourself here!



......this salt & pepper shaker set

this glass butter dish.
On sale now at Anthropologie.

Only two more days until Black Friday!

Are you going out shopping?



My daughter said upon seeing me walk out of my bedroom for church Sunday morning, "For some reason that insanely works together." Score one for mommy's style!

skirt - anthropologie two years ago
tights - target this year
shoes - payless shoe store over a year ago



{photo via freckled nest via La Doulier Exquise }

I am loving textured tights this season.

I have two pair already, from Target.....on sale!

I want one each in the picture above.

I want the shoes too.

And the skirts!

{Go here to see my Veteran's Day Post}



We followed this theme for gift giving last Christmas. Our children could pick one gift they wanted for each category. Plain and simple.....it was fun! And easy on the budget. Christmas morning wasn't overwhelming and each gift was cherished. We are looking forward to following the same theme this year. And next year. And so on. You can find lovely gift tags here at Dandee Designs. She was who inspired me last year to go with it!



If you live in California, you may be in luck! From Peek Aren't You Curious........

"Please join us and silhouette artist KARL JOHNSON and create a stylish and thoughtful holiday gift. His work is so elegant and simple, and this may be the only few minutes your child sits still this holiday season! You can also bring in a photograph of someone or something (a pet!) you would like him to create.

Karl is a 3rd generation silhouette artist who’s work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, In Style, Martha Stewart Living, Elle D├ęcor and Domino. Learn more at http://www.cutarts.com/ "

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 10am-6pm
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
949 719 7732

Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 11am-6pm
Fashion Valley, San Diego
619 293 0284

Sunday, Dec. 6th, 11am-6pm
Village at Corte Madera
415 945 0100

Saturday, Dec. 12th, 10am-6pm
Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
310 434 9700

I have been wanting to replace my "F A M I L Y" letters above my fireplace with silhouettes of our family. I picture them large in black and white with teal photo mats framing each one. We received a large silhouette as a graduation gift from Blake's preschool teachers a few years ago and it turned out perfect. Looks just like him! I've been wanting to give it a try.



With most peoples budgets tight this year for holiday gift giving, I thought this set of 5 earth and fashion friendly reusable shopping bags by Envirosax would make great gifts divided up. Tie a red ribbon around the already neatly rolled up sack, add a tag and hand out to your hairdresser, babysitter, party hostess, girlfriend, teacher, and the list could go on and on. A set of five costs $37.95 plus shipping. That puts you under $10 per gift. And look how freakin' cute the bags in this set are below. All of them! Found here.

I really don't think it gets much cuter than that.


birds of a feather...

I am in love with the idea of a sumptuous feather atop a crown of slight curls. The vintage look and feel of the feather headband makes me giddy. I cannot decide between these three headbands from Mod Cloth. I know I just did a post on Mod Cloth, but there's too many great things on the website to pass up. For example:
The Crawford Headband:

The Night Lily Headband:

The Osprey Headband:

The prices are so reasonable, I could justify getting all three...


all a flutter...

how perfect would this Juicy ring be at your thanksgiving celebration?
fall colored accent- check
gold tone- check
butterfly- check
ab fab- CHECK!

you can get it here.



I saw some pretty yellow beads at a thrift store yesterday. They were strung on a piece of elastic. I bought them. I want to restring them onto ribbon and make something pretty like this necklace. The combination of beads, ribbons and flowers gets me every time.



Love, love, love this idea!
This sentiment really speaks to me right now.
Read about it here.
Purchase one here.


cloche encounter of a cute kind

Cannot get over how much I am in love with the cloche!

To me this style of hat is just so feminine and classy. I am remniscent of

Audrey, Natalie, Jackie...
Hats to die for are not the only things found on Mod Cloth. I highly recommend a perusual!



This onesie made me laugh out loud. I think it is great for all of us mommies that were raised on the movie Dirty Dancing. And what a lovely tribute to Patrick Swayze! Found here. Hope it made you smile too.



Excited to make this pumpkin face mask with the 12 year old girls in our church youth program tomorrow night. I'll let you know how it smells and feels!

Pumpkin Face and Body Mask

1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup bentonite clay (available at health food stores)
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp almond oil
2 tsp cinnamon

Mix together and apply evenly to your face or anywhere else you'd like to smooth. Leave on 10 minutes before rinsing. Almond oil moisturizes, clay draws out impurities, honey replenishes collagen and cinnamon improves circulation.



Going on over at Zany Zinnia. Lots of scrapbooking and craft supplies for $5. Sale starts at 8:00 am Central Time! Just take a look below at their cute kit for Halloween. This item is not $5, but many cute items will be! Happy Five Buck Friday!

Congratulations Stacy & Dolores on 3 years!



I love the look of shimmery, full lips. Here's a great gloss that is so affordable, perfect shimmer and it's organic. In fact, the entire line is organic*. Goodness, who knew it felt so good to go green...

Palladio Liplicious lip gloss

*for the local girls, you can find this gloss at the premium outlet center in Napa at the beauty store. The whole Palladio line is there.



My new obsession this season. I have bought most of my new clothes for the season in this color and now I am trying to get a bit of grey in each room of my house. I just finished Blake's little mini room makeover adding a touch of grey and blue to his already brown and orange/rust decor. It looks good. Check it out here.

For the rest of the house, I can't keep my hands off these items in the stores. I keep going back and holding them.....wondering.....will they work.

For Kaia's room.

For the front bath.

And these super yummy down pillows for the couch.


life is beautiful

this movie was so beautiful, tender and rich with emotion. The music is touching and weaves expertly through the whole film. I highly recommend a screening with you and the girls...

not just for the movie alone either...

if that doesn't give you butterflies, I don't know what will.