The Ultimate Girl’s Birthday Party

19 Jan 2017 Permalink

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There’s nothing quite as exciting as turning another year older when you’re a kid! Parties, presents, birthday cake…who wouldn’t be looking forward to that?!

Every year I try to do something a little extra special for Julia’s birthday. She’s one of those kids whose birthday falls around Christmastime. (December birthdays, you know the pain!) Poor thing usually ends up getting the birthday-Christmas present combo. Insert eye-roll here.

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party favors

This year she asked for a sleepover birthday party with her besties from school. And as soon as she asked, I was planning the night in my head. Julia had me beat though. She already created a list of activities WITH a timeline for the party. AND she had a menu planned…#girlboss.

With her almost 8-year-old brain coming up with a majority of the party planning, all I had to do was fill in the details.

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We wanted to make the party as special for her guests as it was for her, so we opted out on traditional goody bags and picked treats that the girls could really use.

I found these fun pajamas dresses, with matching PJs for dolls, and long patterned socks. On the night of the party, the girls played rounds of board games to determine who picked which pajama dress.

Julia also wanted to do manicures at the party. We picked up some adorable nail polishes at out favorite all-natural shop and decided to also hand those out to the girls once we were done painting nails.

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mask

We also got a few goodies from Seedling. Adorable sequins masks, felt fortune cookie coin pouches, and fun little camera kaleidoscopes were a BIG hit.

Also a big hit? A photo booth prop kit! Half the fun was creating the props. The girls painted and decorated little wooden glasses, hats, and accessories. The other part of the fun was the photo shoot! Highly recommended!!

This party was definitely one to remember!! In fact, Julia had such a fun night with her friends. She asked if we can all go to NYC for spring break. After I gave her the are-you-freaking-crazy look, she settled on having another sleepover party during the days off of school instead.

Seedling provided us with the sequins masks, coin pouches, camera kaleidoscopes, and photo booth prop kit. All opinions are our own. 

Unique Gift Idea – Wooden Watch

28 Nov 2016 Permalink

wooden watch

Each year I struggle to find that perfect gift for my special ones. Everyone already seems to have everything that they want or need. So I’ve been trying to find unique gifts that are also functional. Just like this wooden watch.

Yes. Wooden.

Why a wooden timepiece?? Well, for starters, wooden watches are extremely light. I received a wooden watch from Jord last summer, and when I wear it, I can hardly tell that its on my wrist! It’s not big and bulky at all. Wooden watches are also unique. Definitely a great conversation starter, too!

wooden watch

wooden watch

This watch is from Jord’s Frankie Series in Dark Sandalwood and Smoke.

 SUBTLETY & STRENGTH…

Minimalism has never equated to more. Deeply toned sandalwood combines with a solid smoke face to create a subtlety of strength. Your time is your own. Find elegance with ease in the ultra slim case powered by a Swiss movement and enjoy the comfort of the straight line strap. The uncomplicated face allows focus, the streamlined shaping offers style. Wear time well with the Frankie Dark Sandalwood & Smoke.

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Jord just started offering wood engraving as well! You can add a personal message to the back of your wooden watch, or you can put a message, logo or monogram, or a handwritten message on the ceder box that the watch comes in! Perfect for adding that special touch for that special someone.

wooden watch

Shipping is free worldwide. And just a side note…those interested in getting an engraved gift, order now! It takes a few extra days for wood engraving. You don’t want to hit holiday crunch time!

AND…You can click on this link, enter your email, and JORD will send you an exclusive $25 gift card code! This will be the last sale for the rest of the year. Make sure to take advantage!!

Jord provided me with a watch for review. All opinions are my own.

Boohoo for Two

18 Nov 2016 Permalink

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cute girl outfit for fall

floral jacket

mom and daughter

black dress

off-the-shoulder dress

silver earrings

When I was pregnant with Julia, I obviously had NO idea that she’d turn out to be the spunky little spit-fire that she is. I should have had an idea though. Girlfriend would kick me endlessly in utero!

That kicking hasn’t really stopped either – it has just been transformed into a different energy. Now that she’s almost eight, Julia definitely has a mind of her own. And boy am I in trouble when that girl hits puberty!!

Until then, I’m enjoying every moment that I can with her doing all sorts of girly things. Soon enough she’ll be too cool for Mom. But in the meantime, we do our nails, talk about the boys in her class, and have many, many twinning days.

Julia loves having her outfits match mine. In the mornings, she checks my outfit before picking her own to see if we can wear something similar. It’s pretty cute!

Creating matching looks just got a little easier with the newly launched Boohoo Kids line! This line features super adorable items like bomber jackets, over-sized sweaters, and ankle booties – just like any stylish adult would wear, but in kid-size.

I picked out these two dresses from the Boohoo collection. Black is always a safe color and I love the ruffle detail on both my dress and Julia’s. Hers also has a little lacing at the top. We made her outfit a little more casual with a dark floral jacket. And she insisted on these ankle booties. Her whole outfit suits her to a T!

If your daughter is anything like mine, or you’re looking for some trendy kids’ clothes, you need to check out the new Boohoo Kids line! Totally adorable for any little trend-setter!

Boohoo provided us the clothing and accessories for review. All opinions are my own.

PLAYCHIC FASHION SHOW 2016

15 Nov 2016 Permalink

I attend a number of blogger-related events in and around Chicago, but my favorite has to be the annual playCHIC Fashion Show every November!

If you’re not familiar, the playCHIC Fashion Show is all part of Chicago’s annual Toy and Game Week…a week that is dedicated to celebrate play and innovation through consumer events, conferences, awards and, of course, a fashion show!

This will be my second year as a PlayCHIC Fashion Ambassador and this year’s panel is comprised of some of the most influential social media mavens. These lovely ladies will be joining me!

PlayCHIC FASHION Show Fashion Ambassadors 2016

April Giannosa | Nicole Regan  | Christine Jones

Kate Loscalzo | Candice Kilpatrick 

 Cheryl Leahy  | Alison Ray  | Souk Supantavong

Attending PlayChic is like no other fashion show you’ve experienced. Nowhere will you see a runway show that pairs the hottest fashion designers with world-famous toy and game brands to create an unforgettable evening.

PlayCHIC Fashion Show Navy Pier

WHAT TO EXPECT AT PLAYCHIC?

Much like “Project Runway”  PlayCHIC challenges Chicago’s top fashion designers to create a runway look inspired by a playful toy or game. Borris Powell, will serve as host for the evening and creating a womenswear look inspired by Twister celebrating the 50th Anniversary. Elda De La Rosa is teaming up with Twister for an evening womenswear design guaranteed to turn heads. PomPomWow and Orbeez are creating their own looks and from what we hear, it’s going to be larger than life!  

“The designs are currently in transit from California and they are quite massive. So large that we are having them shipped in special shaped packaging.  I’m so excited for the audience see this ‘illuminating’ show.” says Souk Supantavong (PlayCHIC’s Fashion Show Producer), as she winks to us.

The 2016 PlayCHIC fashion show hits the catwalk Friday, November 18th at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom following the TAGIE Awards

PlayCHIC Fashion Show Navy Pier

GRAB YOUR TICKET TODAY! Ticket includes OPEN BAR, Playful Desserts, Fashion Show hosted by Borris Powell and After Party with DJ Brent Rolland from Fig Media.

Available for $50 visit bit.ly/PlayChic. See you at the After Party at Navy Pier for Chicago’s most creative and unforgettable fashion experience!

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I was selected to be a playCHIC Fashion Ambassador. All content and opinions expressed here are honest and all my own.