Pamper Holiday Guests with a DIY Welcome Basket

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is a full house.  With both sets of grandparents, a great-grandma, and a couple of aunts and uncles coming into town to join our family circus, a “full house” is an understatement.  But I love every second of the chaos!

Although over the holidays we stash people on any free surface we can find, we do have one “official” guest room.  It’s ideal, really, because it’s in our F.R.O.G. {Finished Room Over Garage}, which means it’s completely separate from the rest of the house, with its own staircase and bathroom.  It’s the perfect amount of privacy for our guests.

But once they arrive in our guest room, I want them to be able to make themselves at home.  There is nothing more awkward than settling into your guest room just to realize that you’ve forgotten some essential packing item….especially when your host family has already retired to their quarters on the other side of the house!  So I like to make sure there are a few essential items in our guest room ready for our VIPs.

Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoTowels and Pillows.  We have extra towels stocked in the bathroom, and more pillows in a spare drawer in the dresser.  I also make sure there are lots of pillows on the bed, and the pillows are all different types {soft and firm}, to cater to even the most discerning sleeper.  And my secret trick with keeping my towels and linens smelling extra good is washing them with Downy Unstopables.  Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoI get the best deal by buying it in bulk at Costco, and I use it on all of my linens.  And since the scent lasts for 12 weeks, it’s perfect for a guest room…your sheets and towels will automatically smell fresh for the next visitor who shows up! Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoToiletries.  Since my guests have decided to take their vacation in my home, I want to pamper them as much as possible.  And, the difference is in the details!  I splurge on the bulk packs of Charmin’ at Costco for extra soft toilet paper.  I love that although they arrive in bulk, I can split up the packs of toilet paper for storage in all of the bathrooms in the house.Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoI also keep tissues in the bedroom as well as the bathroom.  I make sure there is shampoo, conditioner and soap in the shower.  I stock up for all of my household and guest needs in one complete trip to Costco.  And since I’m buying everything in bulk, it’s cheaper AND I don’t have to worry about running out of anything while I’m entertaining guests!Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoWater.  Bottles of water, at least 2 per person.  I’ve found that the small 8oz. Kirkland brand bottles from Costco are the perfect size for a guest room stash.

Snacks.  My favorite thing to leave for my guests is a little jarred mix of chocolate, peanuts, raisins, M&M’s, peanut butter chips and Heaven.  And I found that if I used the left over small jelly mason jars from Lincoln’s Cowboy birthday party, it’s just the right amount for a midnight snack!Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoSpace.  I make sure that our spare dresser has an empty drawer for our guests to use, and there are hangers and space in the closet for any hanging garments.  I also make sure the physical space is comfortable for everyone: by keeping the dog out {in case someone is sensitive to animal hair}, having the temperature set at 72, and having flowers and house plants decorating the room.  I also check that the alarm clock is NOT set {no surprise wake ups!}, but the time IS accurate.Pamper your Guests this Holiday Season with these Secret Tips! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoEntertainment.  I stock a variety of magazines and books in our guest room {everything from Southern Living to Parents, to tourist pamphlets}.  It’s also nice to leave a house key, or at least the code for your garage so your guests can come and go as they please.Free printables and tutorials on how to go above and beyond for Holiday Guests #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoWe have a television for them to use too, but we don’t have traditional cable, so a little cheat sheet on how to work our Netflix and the remote is nice to include, as well.   
I also have our Wi-Fi information framed so our guests can use the internet easily.  If you like this idea, feel free to download a blank copy of it for yourself {save it to your computer and then upload it in PicMonkey to add your own info in a fancy print!}#DIY Welcome Basket with tutorial, free printables and a list of essentials! #HostingHacks #ad #CollectiveBias #HolidayHosting #ad @CostcoDIY Welcome Basket of Personal Items.  These items kind of depend on the guests that are staying with us.  For example, I add diapers, creme, baby shampoo and wipes to the basket when our visitors include little ones.  But some of my staples are: toothbrush, toothpaste, flossing sticks, makeup remover, Q tips, cotton balls, nail file, band-aids, razor, deodorant, feminine products, hairbrush, etc.  I buy all of these one-time use items in travel-size so I can easily replace them, and my guests can feel comfortable about taking {and keeping!} what they need.

And don’t you just love my little basket?  It was the perfect size, but kind of plain, originally.  So I used some scrap fabric and some rope to make a super simple DIY Welcome Basket.

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First, you want to make sure your fabric is big enough to cover the bottom and the sides of your basket all the way around, plus about 2 inches extra on each side {to account for seams and the drawstring}.  Your drawstring can be made out of anything that is long enough to fit snugly around the outside of the basket, with enough left over to tie in a knot.

Then, you want to round your corners for easier sewing.  Fold over your raw edge with wrong sides together and sew about a half-inch seam {or big enough to pull your drawstring through}.  It does not have to be a pretty, straight sewn line, as it will be gathered and on the inside of the basket!  Make sure you leave a small opening to pull your drawstring through.

Pull your drawstring through the seam.  I do this by tying my string to a large closed safety-pin and slowly working it through the “tube” that was created when you sewed the seam.

When you have both ends sticking out of the opening, place the fabric in your basket with the pattern side up, and pull the edges of the fabric over the sides of the basket.  Your drawstring {inside the fabric} should fit snuggly around the outside of the basket.  Pull your drawstring ends tight toward each other and tie together.  Arrange the fabric so that all of the gathers are spread evenly over the basket, and then tuck the drawstring and the knot under the fabric so it’s all hidden.

And stock your basket!
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Your guests should have everything that they need for a relaxing vacation in your home!

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What do you stock up on from Costco to make your guests feel special?

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GIVEAWAY!! Dracula: Ballet with a Bite

*I received free promotional items in exchange for writing this post*

This is my favorite month of the year.  Not only is it my birthday this week, but I also love all things spooky.  So I can’t wait to combine the two with a special date night for Dave and I to celebrate my birthday and the spookiest month of the year!  We are always looking for something new to do together…but I wasn’t sure if he’d be into the ballet.  So when the South Carolina Ballet contacted me about their October production of Dracula: Ballet with a Bite, I thought it would be the perfect show to introduce Dave to ballet!

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY


I thought maybe a date night is just what you might need too!  So quick!  Enter my giveaway for a couple of tickets to the October 24th production of Dracula: Ballet with a Bite!

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The undead dance into the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center when Count Dracula and his legions of vampire mistresses take the stage in Dracula: Ballet with a Bite, performed by the South Carolina Ballet October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

Be transported back to 1897 Transylvania in Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula. Prepare to be spell bound as the Master of Seduction along with his troupe of vampiresses seduce Lucy into their sensual world of the undead.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

Let Dracula become your favorite Halloween classic with transforming costumes, blood curdling lighting and sound effects. Whether you are a dance fanatic or new to the dance world, Executive and Artistic Director William Starrett has created a work that can be embraced by all audiences. Get ready to meet the Master of Seduction, Count Dracula, and a fresh set of vampire maidens.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

South Carolina Ballet presents Dracula: Ballet with A Bite at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center (5001 Coliseum Drive PAC, North Charleston, SC 29418) on October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (843)-529-5000. Tickets range from $27-57 with $5 off tickets of $37 and up for senior citizens, military and students with a valid ID.

The South Carolina Ballet Presents...Dracula: Ballet with a Bite! GIVEAWAY

South Carolina Ballet, an enterprise of, Columbia City Ballet’s mission is to offer South Carolina and Southeastern audiences the highest quality ballet. We in South Carolina can proudly claim one of the strongest and most versatile ballet companies in the Southeast. Since the Columbia City Ballet’s founding in 1961, it has integrated the world of dance within the community as the largest performing arts organization in the state of South Carolina

The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday night, so enter as many times as you can this week and share with your friends!

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Wiggles and Whimsy Toy Sharing Program Giveaway

We have an excess of toys.  And yet somehow, my children are always “bored.”  Especially this summer.  They had an extremely hard time cleaning up after themselves and taking care of their things.  So I took it ALL.  Luckily, we have a nice closet in our playroom that I was able to lock all of the toys in.  What did I leave out for them to play with?  Books, alphabet blocks, and a couple of matchbox cars.  I expected whining and complaining….but instead, they got creative!

They lined up the blocks on their table, letters facing out to look like a “keyboard.”  They propped up books in front of their keyboards to be “screens” and a matchbox car served as the computer mouse.  And bam…they had a computer station for their Library!  They played for a week, just with those items!  Sometimes less is more.

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 So when I was contacted by Wiggles & Whimsy to try out their toy sharing program for the summer, I thought it would be a perfect time to practice a little minimalism and creativity in our playroom.  And since all of our usual toys were locked up, the girls got very creative with the few toys that arrived with each shipment!

I went online and looked through Wiggles & Whimsy’s selection of toys.  Most of their toys cater to the 5 and under crowd, but even Jayna was super excited about the variety of toys.  And I was tickled to see that everything is made from high quality wood, and non-toxic paints.  The toys are brightly colored, but simple…inspiring creativity!

The way it works is that you pay $49 a month for 3 toys at a time, with unlimited exchanges and free shipping to your doorstep.  So your kids can play for as long as they want with the toys, and exchanges arrive within about 3 days or so of your new order.

Our first order was the croquet set {which all of the neighbor kids enjoyed too!}, a child-sized guitar, and a race car ramp and cars.  Something for everyone!

The girls played with the toys for about a week, and then I chose another 6 toys on the website.  Wiggles and Whimsy chose 3 out of the 6 that I picked out to send us {based on availability}.  The second shipment arrived just in time for our trip to West Jefferson, NC.  Since I was going to have to entertain 6 kids under the age of 7…I chose my toys wisely!

For the little ones, I got a three-layered puzzle.  And for the bigger girls, I got the ice cream playset and the doll house.  Endless hours of pretend play!

With this shipment, I realized what a great deal Wiggles and Whimsy is.  The 3 toys I got in this shipment alone retail for about $130 if I were to buy them {and you can, right on the Wiggles and Whimsy site}.  But knowing that my kiddos would get tired of playing with them, I’d much rather rent them for a week or so, then trade out for another set of toys.  This keeps the toy clutter to a minimum and keeps the girls engaged and interested.  The service would be perfect for families with young children who are keeping the toy situation to a minimum {which is super smart!} or who have limited toy storage.

And they love getting the big Wiggles and Whimsy box on the doorstep.  Filled with fun toys and bright tissue paper, and decorated with pretty tape and ribbon, they feel like they are getting a gift every time a shipment gets delivered!

I was super impressed with Wiggles and Whimsy’s customer service too…they were very helpful and sweet.  So sweet, in fact, that they’ve given me a two-month subscription to give away!!  Normally, that would be unlimited toys with free shipping for two months for $100…but for my winner-FREE!

Easy entries! Remember you can tweet every day for an additional entry.  Tell your friends!

The Giveaway ends on Sunday night!!
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We can’t wait to see who wins!!! Good luck!

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Apple Pie and Family {aka The Perfect Weekend}

* I was compensated and given the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% and my own!* 

A few weekends ago, we were finally able to get my entire family together for a Father’s Day celebration.  We had four generations in town, including my grandparents from Jacksonville and my aunt from Atlanta.  In the sweltering 100 degree heat, we lined everybody up and managed to still get some amazing pictures, courtesy of Rachel Weber Photography!

Apple Pie and Family

It was amazing to have everyone together again, especially my grandparents…who are the ones who started it all!  My kids just love them, and I love that they are able to have a relationship with their great-grandparents.

Hot Apple Pie from Bi-Lo and a Family Reunion!

It’s so inspiring to see them together…that they are still so in love after all these years.  I can only hope that Dave and I are like that 50 years from now too!

Hot Apple Pie from Bi-Lo and A Family Reunion!

It’s always a welcome challenge to feed a houseful of people.  Since this was a short visit, and oh-so hot…we opted for grilled chicken, watermelon and corn on the cob for dinner.

And for dessert?  Hot apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream!

But there was no way I had time to bake a homemade apple pie…so I had to go for second best.  I picked up an 8” Fresh Baked Apple Pie with Caramel Drizzle from the Bi-Lo down the street.  For $5 {all summer long}, it was a great deal and fed our whole gang!

Bi-Lo’s Apple Pie is made with crisp apples, picked at the peak of ripeness.  Every apple is carefully selected, cut and blended with sugar and warm cinnamon for a real homemade taste.  And my favorite part was the delicious caramel sauce that was drizzled on top of the pie while it was warm that brought out an amazing flavor combination.  It was the perfect sweet ending to our little family reunion!

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* I was compensated and given the products mentioned in this post for free in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% and my own!* 

Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway this week for a Beach Day Prizepack including some brand new sunglasses!!

Adlens Sundials Sunglasses Review and Giveaway

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Now that we are smack dab in the middle of summer, I thought I’d do a fun giveaway!  Let me give you a little background first.  I have blue eyes.  If you don’t have blue eyes, you may not know that people with blue eyes are more sensitive to light.  So I pretty much HAVE to have sunglasses on whenever I’m outside, whether it is sunny or not.  And if you know me at all…I can never find my sunglasses.  Or phone.  Or keys. So I was thrilled when Adlens Sundials sent me a little summer gift set with some new sunglasses!

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And better yet, the Adlens Sundials have adjustable lenses and are unisex, so they are perfect to use as “spare car glasses.”  Although my vision is just about perfect, Dave’s is not.  But, since the Sundials are easily adjustable with the turn of the little dials on the side, Dave and I can adjust them to our needs perfectly in seconds.  They are also really durable and lightweight…almost flexible, so I’m not stressing about kids getting ahold of them. Adlens also sells more permanent, durable prescription glasses that are much more stylish and a no-line bifocal, called AdlensFocuss.

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The other really cool thing I found out about Adlens, is that some of their glasses qualify for their Buy One-Give One program, in which they’ll send a pair of glasses to a developing country {like Rwanda} for someone who needs prescription glasses.  And since the glasses are so easily adjustable, the people in Rwanda are able to share the glasses within their families if needed, too.

So, I thought I’d give away one of these little Fun-In-The-Sun sets today.  It will include a really nice, soft beach towel, some sunscreen, a copy of Cosmo Magazine, and a pair of Adlens Sundials for you and your family to try out.  Again, I recommend keeping them in your car as emergency prescription sunglasses!

Adlens Sundials Sunglasses Beach Day Prizepack #Giveaway

The giveaway starts today, and ends at Midnight on Friday, July 10th.  Good Luck!

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American Sniper DVD Giveaway

I, for one, have been surrounded by military on both sides of my family.  Stretching as far back as we can research, the brave soldiers of my family have fought at home and abroad to keep our country safe.

In honor of Memorial Day next weekend, I’m proud to be hosting a giveaway for a copy of the “American Sniper” DVD/BluRay.  With 2 readers winning a copy of this critically acclaimed film, this will make the perfect gift to honor a soldier in your life.

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Here’s the synopsis from the press release:

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

And for those of you who don’t win the giveaway…

Warner Bros. has graciously offered to donate up to one million dollars to the Wounded Warrior Project!  A dollar from each “American Sniper” DVD sale will go directly to programs and services that meet the needs of injured servicemen and women.  So we aren’t just buying a great movie; we’re helping those who were injured fighting for our country.

So if you’d like to purchase the DVD of “American Sniper,” here is the link

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If you’d like to enter the giveaway, it ends on Tuesday, May 20th!

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Good Luck!

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BI-LO Giftcard Giveaway for Mother’s Day

Y’all, Mother’s Day is in one week.  One week!  It sneaks up on me every year, but I’m on top of my game this time around!  Dave and I snuck away this week to get a little R&R in Las Vegas, but I’m all set with cards and flowers and whatnots for the special women in my life.

And good news for you, I’ve got not one. Not two.  But THREE $50 gift cards to BI-LO to help you out with your Mother’s Day purchases this year.

Win one of THREE $50 BI-LO gift cards plus free recipes for Mother's Day Brunch!

BI-LO is showing its appreciation for all moms by offering discounts on the essentials to make the day extra special for Mom, yet still convenient for shoppers to get everything in one place. This year BI-LO’s Mother’s Day specials include their Triple Layer Chocolate Cake ($9.99), Chocolate Covered Strawberries ($7), Message Cookie ($7.99); and starting May 4, premium dozen rose bunch ($10).  What a steal!  {I promise that the roses that you see on the side of the road will be waaaaaaay more than that!}

Win one of THREE $50 BI-LO gift cards plus free recipes for Mother's Day Brunch!

In addition, BI-LO has created the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch menu that I’m sharing with you this morning.  On the menu:

Organic Veggie Frittata

Mom’s Perfect Parfait

Pomegranate Mimosa

Win one of THREE $50 BI-LO gift cards plus free recipes for Mother's Day Brunch!

Click here to download the full menu with pictures!

Ok, so since Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, we are going to make this a quick and easy BI-LO giftcard giveaway!  Four simple ways to enter the giveaway!  Follow me and/or BI-LO on social media, and tweet about the giveaway daily!  Easy Peasy, Mac and Cheesy.

Giveaway ENDS at Midnight on Wednesday, May 6th!!

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Good Luck!

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Girls’ Small Bedroom Reveal

This post has been a long time coming.  We’ve been slowly “renovating”the rooms in our house.  I say “renovating” because, can you really renovate a 3 year old home?  Anyway, we’ve been doing the finishing touches in each room.  So far, the only room that has been completed is Lincoln’s nursery.  It’s amazing how a 9 month time line and a cranky preggo mama can move things along!!  Since then, we’ve been in the process of updating the girls’ bedroom too.  When Lincoln came along, we moved the nursery into the front bedroom, and moved Jayna into Millie’s room with her.  It’s a slightly smaller bedroom, but has more wall space that could accommodate two twin beds plus a dresser.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Our main challenge with this bedroom was space.  The best way to utilize the small space was to build beautiful but functional beds for the girls.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

One of our favorite DIY sites is Ana-White.  She has fantastic furniture building plans, that are step-by-step and have detailed shopping lists.  Dave used her site to build my craft table too.  For this project, we wanted a farmhouse-style bed with lots of storage.  Dave found the Farmhouse Storage Bed on Ana-White, and modified it from the queen-sized plan to twin.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

The beds actually have three drawers on each side of the bed…but since they have to be up against the bedroom walls, we are currently only using three.  I bought the drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby…Jayna’s are turquoise and Millie’s are light pink.  I found the Shabby Chic bedding at Target.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love the thickness of the headboard and footboard.  Millie uses the footboard to climb into bed, and the headboard is the perfect spot for the patchwork animals that Loo found for the girls at Hobby Lobby.  They were what inspired the color theme of the room, and happen to be the same animals as the girls’ Lovies.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So I had these big beautiful beds…and LOTS of wall space above them.  It took me a year.  A year! To decide what to hang on the walls.  Pathetic, I know….but I have a hard time making decisions anyway, and I was starting from scratch.  But then, I decided to host my Big Baby Giveaway, and found Venezia Art for Kids on Etsy.  Carrie was generous enough to not only donate one of her gorgeous wall hangings for the giveaway, but to send one to me as well!  So I’m super embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get the girls’ room done in order to show y’all her beautiful work!

It works perfectly in my little montage on Jayna’s wall.  Venezia Art can come in 10X10 square with an initial, or a 10X20 rectangle with a full name.  They are printed on watercolor and mounted on canvas, so they arrive ready to hang.  I had such a hard time deciding what combination of colors, background print and letter embellishments for Jayna’s hanging.  Here’s what I finally chose:

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love how she incorporated a bit of pink into the flowers and star too!  Head over to Venezia Art for Kids’ Etsy site to see many, many more examples.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I also included shelving for Jayna’s little treasure box, her handmade piggybank and her porcelain cup that she got from her great-grandmother as an infant.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Millie’s wall was even more of a challenge to fill, since it was so much bigger than Jayna’s.  I found a few things at Hobbby Lobby to hang, including a pretty chevron bulletin board.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I’m still looking for a little something perfect to hang next to Millie’s “A”…that’s left from her name hanging above her changing table when she was a baby.  Jayna has a bulletin board where she keeps pictures and bookmarks.  Millie was just dying to have one too!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Jayna’s bulletin board sits on top of their bookcase, along with their headband holder.  Dave and I are firm believers that bedrooms are for sleeping, so all of the children’s toys are downstairs in the playroom.  However, we do allow them to read in their room, so they have a bookshelf that houses books and bins with their shoes in them.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And two little Southern girls are bound to have a bow or two, right?  All of our bows and clips are on handmade bow holders made by Betsy.  It’s the perfect, but functional way to dress up their teeny, tiny closet’s door!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And last but not least, we got a stand-up dresser from Ikea to house the girls’ clothes.  The top two little drawers are storage for knick-knacks, and the top big drawer is too tall for either girl to use yet, so I store other seasonal clothes in it.  And somehow we manage to fit everything else in the other three drawers!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So, there’s the girls’ small bedroom.  It’s little, but we’ve managed to make it very functional and pretty.  Upcoming projects for the room include adding moulding around the window and updating the door frames to match Lincoln’s {eventually the whole house will have matching moulding!}.  What do you think?

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

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Shrimp and Grits Kids and Chicks

*I received the Shrimp and Grits Kids Sunshine Ruffle Dress mentioned in this blog post for free, in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Last week was so exciting for us.  The weather was beautiful {and the pollen didn’t seem as bad}, and it’s not too hot yet.  I’m totally soaking up these few weeks of Spring that the LowCountry has.  We started the week off celebrating our risen King on Easter, watching Jayna play “Sue the Smelly Pirate” in a local play, and finally getting to have a soccer game {first time that the fields have been dry enough to play in weeks!}.

Easter at Ashley Ridge Church

And to finish off our week, we gained two new family members.  Starburst and Lemon Merengue are on loan to us from Legare Farms for two weeks.  Then, when they aren’t cute and cuddly anymore, we can return them and get the eggs that they lay as adults.  The perfect pets!

Rent A Chick Program from Legare Farms #rentachick #shrimpandgritskids

Jayna insisted on wearing a pretty dress for the occasion.  So I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for her to wear her new Shrimp and Grits Kids dress.

Shrimp and Grits Kids Review: Sunshine Ruffle Dress #shrimpandgritskids

I just loved all of the coordinating outfits in the Sunshine Collection…I had a hard time choosing one!  I ended up going with a size 8 Sunshine Ruffle Dress….it’s a little big, but she will be able to wear it for at least two seasons.  The material is a really light-weight cotton, so it’ll be perfect to wear during the hot summers too!

Shrimp and Grits Kids Review: Sunshine Ruffle Dress #shrimpandgritskids

We both adore it….she thinks it’s very “grown up” looking, but still has some ruffles and a beautiful big Southern bow in the back.

Shrimp and Grits Kids Review: Sunshine Ruffle Dress #shrimpandgritskids

Shrimp and Grits Kids Review: Sunshine Ruffle Dress #shrimpandgritskids

I just adore Shrimp and Grits Kids….especially their sale pages.  You can get all of the family collections there for almost half off.  And I love how their family collections include big girl and little girl {and boy} styles….so they can all coordinate, but not be wearing the exact same outfit.  My favorite of all time set that we had was part of their Mermaid and Shrimp Collection…they made perfect First Day of School Outfits!  Even Millie’s shoes were squeaker sandals {with the squeak taken out for her teachers’ sanity!}.

Shrimp and Grits Kids Mermaid and Shrimp Collection #shrimpandgritskids

They even have a new Frozen Collection called In Summer

Shrimp and Grits Kids new Frozen

Head over to their site and check it out….I’d love to know which collection you like the best!  Leave me a comment!  If you are local, be sure to stop by the annual Shrimp and Grits Sample Sale for some terrific deals {that’s where I go the mermaid outfits!}.  And follow me over on Instagram to see what Lemon Merengue and Starburst have been up to this week!

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5 Must Haves for a Girls’ Night In {and a Giveaway!}

Life has been hectic around here lately.  Between spring cleaning, spring fever, sports, after school activities, traveling and the upcoming Flowertown Festival, I haven’t had a chance to catch my breath.  Let alone catch up with my girl friends.

So I decided to have a Girls’ Night In.  I didn’t feel like putting on anything but yoga pants, let alone go out on the town, so I invited the ladies in my Bible Study to have a Spa Night at my house on Monday.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever had one, but Girls’ Night In is the best.  It’s just about some good food, good drinks, and good friends.

Now, I love to entertain, but I just wanted to relax for this party, so I invited my friend Allison over to pamper us with some of her awesome Arbonne products.

1. Good food.  Have a mix of healthy, sweet and savory things to eat.  I like to make everything finger foods if possible to make nibbling easier.  For this evening party, I had pound cake cubes, a fruit platter with whipped cream, and a cheese cube and mini club cracker platter with honey.  I found colorful spring plates and napkins to complete my buffet.  Toothpicks replaced silverware!

Girls' Night In Ideas: Bite Sized Foods {both treats and healthy!} are a Must Have

2. Good drinks.  Keep in mind the tastes of the guests at your party.  At this particular one, I chose to serve chilled white wine and homemade Skinny Sangria.  I found the recipe over at Living Locurto if you want to try it.  Some said it was too sweet, but most of us loved it!  Low on carbs and sugar…

Skinny Sangria: One of Five Ideas for a Girls' Night In

3. Good SWAG.  You know me.  I am all about some free stuff.  So when I have parties, I love to give out little favors, or have a little something that my guests can take home.  When I threw my Pinterest project party, we all made a reclaimed wood sign to take for our homes.  When I threw Millie’s Mermaid birthday party, the little girls got to go home with a silky pearl hair clip.  For this party, spring was in the air…so the takeaway was little pots filled with gardening tools, seeds, and {of course} some Arbonne samples.

Girls' Night In Ideas: Favors or Crafts to match the theme of the night

4. Good Friends.  I’m blessed to be surrounded by many wonderful people that I can call friends.  I have a group at church, a group in my mom’s club, a group in my neighborhood, etc.  So when I plan my Girls’ Night In nights, I try to stick to one group at a time to keep it intimate.  That way everyone pretty much knows everyone else and can feel comfortable and relax.

Girls' Night In Ideas: Spa Night with Close Friends and Arbonne

5. Good Entertainment.  Whether you are watching the latest {or a classic} chick-flick, applying fun Jamberry Nail wraps, or even just laughing around a campfire, there needs to be a focal point to the gathering.  On Monday, it was a spa night courtesy of Arbonne.  Allison has us all wash our faces and apply a Seasource Sea Mud & Body Mask to our faces….which appropriately turned us green for St. Patty’s Day pics on Instagram!

Girls' Night In Ideas: Mud Masks, Foot Soaks and Homemade Sangria!

While our face masks were working their magic, our feet were soaking in buckets of warm water and Aromassentials Unwind Bath Salts.  Glass pebbles from the dollar store at the bottom of the buckets gave our feet a nice massage as they soaked, and we scrubbed Awaken Sea Salt Scrub to exfoliate.  My feet were so soft even the next day, which worked out well since I had a podiatrist appointment for my Plantar Fasciitis!

We also got to try out a ton of facial products after we took off our masks, including some spray toner {so you don’t have to waste cotton balls}, instant lift gel, and an intensive renewal serum…all of which tightened, toned and smoothed our faces.  After all the pampering, my face felt and looked fantastic!

Giveaway Time!

Arbonne Gift Set Giveaway! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Today I’ve got a fabulous Arbonne Giveaway worth $87.  Its the Complexion Perfecting Set, which includes a Purifying Cleanser + Toner, an Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, and a Mattifying Powder.

The Purifying Cleanser + Toner cleanses and tones, visibly reducing oiliness for refreshed-looking skin.

The Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen helps absorb oil and provides sun protection, leaving skin with a fresh, matte appearance.

The Mattifying Powder takes away unwanted shine, while reducing the appearance of redness for a perfect, matte finish. It dusts on lightly over or under moisturizer or makeup.

This giveaway ends at Midnight on Thursday, March 26th.

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Good Luck!

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