Getting Spooky with Christmas Tree Shops

This post is in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops andThat!, a brand I truly love. All opinions here are my own. #ad #christmastreeshops

BOO! 👻 This year’s Halloween celebrations may feel different for most. In these uncertain pandemic times, our family continues to limit our risks. We will not be trick or treating this year. We decided to decorate a little bit bigger and better instead. With the help of my daughter, we shopped for extra spooky decor from The Christmas Tree Shops to add a little “scary” touch to our home and the kid’s playhouse. I’m so excited to share with you our 1st Annual Haunted Playhouse.

All the decor items from The Christmas Tree Shops are very kid-friendly with affordable price points. My daughter shopped for spider stickers, tombstones, velvet pumpkins, glitter skeletons, a paper black Chandelier, purple lights, spider webs, skulls, and a cat with blinking eyes 👀 We had so much fun decorating the playhouse together. I hope it’s a memory she’ll always remember.

Another new tradition we are starting this Halloween is a special family themed dinner on the 31st {per Kennedy’s request}. I found all the tablescape decor and stemware from The Christmas Tree Shops. My favorite pieces are the skeleton inspired wine glasses, of course! We also picked out both pink + silver plate chargers, blinking skulls, Halloween plates, skeleton salad tongs, battery-operated purple candle sticks + more! What do you think?

For the finishing touch, we added spider webs + spiders to our table chandelier! I can’t wait for our Spooky dinner this year.

The Christmas Tree Shops offers so much + more at their stores. To finish our Halloween shopping, I also grabbed some new decor for our front door and party favors for the kids.

This year, I let my daughter have more creative direction in our decor overall. She was clearly all about the haunted + spooky stuff! For our front door decor, we went with tombstones , a haunted house front door mat, a solar-powered pumpkin, fall-inspired wreath, and 2/$5 small pumpkins. We also added a glittered black spider web to our city front-door steps {not shown} and it looks amazing!

Finally, I can’t wait to surprise the kids with lots of Halloween crafts and party favors. I picked up a new pumpkin carving kit, Halloween straws, spider rings, window clings, and more! Thank you to the Christmas Tree Shop for making our Halloween memorable this year!

👻 🕸….do you decorate for Halloween? Are you decorating more this year to make it special!? Leave a comment below and share my blog post. Check out my IG reel of our decorated tablescape for Halloween too.


Beverly Hills Inspired Party

Shop look here!

I can’t wait to bring this vision board to life for an upcoming birthday celebration! This theme would also be great for a bachelorette party or even bridal shower! Beverly Hills, what a thrill! 💕

Kid Made Modern Crafts

Our family loves to express our creativity by art! We love to paint + draw + craft! I came across the art + craft kits by Kid Made Modern after a family thanksgiving trip to Miami. Kennedy and I were both sick with the flu—stuck in the hotel room for days. When Kennedy finally felt better, we made our way to the gift shop + found their unicorn necklace kit. The price point was under $5 and it was the perfect activity to lift her spirits. Kennedy made necklaces for both her cousin and herself.

Since then, we have purchased their paper mache + seashell necklace + butterfly bungalow kits.

Teddy’s Dinosaur 🦕
Kennedy’s butterfly bungalow

Most of Kid Made Modern art kits are under $20, making them the perfect gift! They also release holiday themed crafts as well, including Halloween, valentine, and more! What crafts do you like to do with your kids?

Cabo Green Margarita

  • 2 ounces silver tequila (100% blue agave such as Chinaco Blanco)
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 4 slices cucumber
  • 7 leaves of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave honey or simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 1 teaspoon Tajin (a powder seasoning mix of chili pepper, lime & salt)
  • 1 1/2 slices of cucumber for garnish

Bonnie Jean Spring Kid Styles

This is a sponsored post by Bonnie Jean. More dress styles can be found here. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

Spring is {almost} here!

One of my favorite annual photos of the kids is their Easter outfits. I’m so excited to partner with Bonnie Jean this spring season to show off their beautiful dresses—for all ages. Bonnie Jean offers various sizes, making sibling outfits so easy to put together!

Kennedy loved browsing Bonnie Jean’s website to select 3 dresses she wanted to order this spring season. Her personal style is florals + bows + dresses that twirl + anything fancy. She’s one stylish kid, and her closet is definitely better than my own!

Kennedy choose the Chelsea Party Dress, Bunny Smocked Dress and the Aimee Dress. The Bunny Smocked dress is my personal favorite, and I already bought my son an outfit to compliment it for the Easter holiday. Ekkk….I can’t wait to share those photos with you later on Instagram.

Let’s get styling!

Kennedy and I styled each dress with accessories + shoes she already had in her closest. Which Easter outfit is your favorite? The pink + blue floral dresses are also perfect for any special spring occasion!

And, guess what? I have an amazing coupon code to share with you! Use code MINIX25 for 25% off your Bonnie Jean purchase.

Happy Spring!

Mama’s Mini Valentines

I couldn’t ask for anything more this Valentine’s Day….

I am thankful for the opportunity to get in front of the camera with my kids to capture our love, some kisses, and our adorable mommy + me outfits!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Thank you to Blake Nolan for shooting our valentine minis this year!

Tees by Little Mia Bella

Basic Invites | Holiday Cards

Sleigh bells rings, are you listening? That’s right. The big guy is coming! So, you better watch out….the holiday season is quickly approaching! Are your ready to send this year’s holiday card? I am! I just ordered mine! I find every year a personal competition with our last card. I just love stationary + designing + sending our holiday card every season! It’s pure joy {for me}! What do I love even more? Receiving a holiday card from a friend or family! I profoundly display each and every holiday card we receive each season!

Basic Invite allows me to personally customize our holiday card design, right down to the envelope liner and self addressing feature! I love having the ability to change the font + colors of each card design.

Here’s a few more reasons why I love Basic Invite...

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one. {another favorite detail of mine}

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders. Again, this makes updating your address book stress-free! Another reason I made the switch to Basic Invite for all my holiday card needs!

Foil – Foil holiday cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs. {yes, I love foil. Always!!}

Over 500 Christmas card and holiday card designs

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off everything with coupon code: 15FF51 

Below are some of my favorite Basic Invite designs for this year’s holiday card! I can’t wait to reveal which one we ordered.

Our family fall photo session was shot by Carly Landolt Photography! I linked our family’s shoppable outfit details HERE too!

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you!

Spooktacular Decorating Ideas

This post is in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops andThat!, a brand I truly love. All opinions here are my own.

The kids and I are so excited for Halloween this season. Why? We transformed our home for the changing fall season, thanks to our friends at Christmas Tree Shops andThat!. ….Pumpkins + Skeltons galore!

I must admit we really didn’t have much Halloween + Fall decor before this shopping challenge. I’m more of a Christmas gal myself! It’s not that I didn’t want all the cute pumpkins, I did. I just didn’t know how to decorate on a budget! Hello, Christmas Tree Shops andThat!, you’re my new BFF….

Beware, you will want to jump in your car immediately to buy everything you see below. The prices for all their decor pieces are unreal. I added pops of pumpkins around my living room, added some freight to our kitchen bar nook, updated our front door and surprised the kids with Halloween themed baskets!

The Halloween themed baskets were so much fun to put together. Plus, I’ll reuse the baskets over and over again for other holidays + events, too. Inside the basket, I added kid seasonal activities, books + more. Every piece was under $5. My favorite items were the pumpkin light, Disney paint set and pumpkin buddy! The Christmas Tree Shops offers so many kid-friendly seasonal decor pieces + toys + activities at great prices!

I hope you enjoy all our Halloween + Fall decor photos below, especially our front door transformation! Living in the city, it can be challenging to decorate our front steps. The personalized buffalo pumpkin mat and seasonal wreath make my heart so happy.

How do you decorate for Halloween? More spooky? More Fall? Leave a comment below!

#NowMoreThanEver Disney Playdate!

We had the honor of hosting a Disney #NowMoreThanEver playdate last month! Needless to say, The kids were thrilled to be part of such a fun experience. We were gifted a party box full of Disney party supplies and favors, Disney-themed games, a popped passion popcorn cake, a pillow pet, and a Disney costume and doll by JAKKS Pacific to host the ultimate playdate . I had so much fun transforming our living room into a magical Disney-themed playdate for the kids to enjoy!

The playdate was the perfect opportunity to discuss everything Disney. My family is planning our 1st trip to Walt Disney World in the next year, and I don’t know where to begin! Did you know #NowMoreThanEver is a magical time for young believers {kids ages 3 to 5} at Walt Disney World Resort. There’s new experiences such as Mickey + Minnie’s surprise Cerebration {Magic Kingdom}, Party with Pixar Friends {Disney’s Hollywood Studios}, Festival of the Lion King {Disney’s Animal Kingdom} and more! I know both of my kids will love anything and everything Disney.

In the meantime, we had a magical time hosting a Disney affair for the kids to enjoy. Everyone loved the Mickey Pillow Pet. It’s a fun stuffed animal for imaginative play that turns into a comfy pillow for bedtime or travel. The winner of “Pin the Nose” on Mickey won the adorable Pillow Pet. My daughter also loved the Disney princess costume and Ariel doll that arrived in our Ultimate Host box that we revealed during our unboxing on Instagram! The kids took turns playing dress up and taking care of their new doll. Both items were by JAKK Pacific.

Doesn’t all this Disney excitement get you in the mood to start planning a trip or a Mickey-themed party!?! Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite Disney memories + any Disney-related advice! For more information on all that’s new at Walt Disney World in the coming year, visit

I received free products in order to host a #NowMoreThanEver playdate party. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Playroom Makeover | The Christmas Tree Shops

This post is in partnership with The Christmas Tree Shops andThat!, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own.

It felt like Christmas in July as I shopped thru the aisles at The Christmas Tree Shops at our local Cherry Hill, NJ location. My mission: Playroom + Kid room makeover!

Did you know The Christmas Tree Shops offer a variety of home goods? That’s right…it’s just not Christmas decor! It’s a mix feel of home goods + Bed Bath & Beyond!

We had so much fun looking at all the mermaid + shark + dinosaur + unicorn decor items. The kids wanted everything of course. So did I! I had to take a moment because I was overwhelmed with all fun finds at affordable prices! To say I wanted everything was an understatement. It was a treasure hunt-like experience. I felt like I won all the gold at the end. The 1st piece we put in our shopping cart was the tee-pee ($49.99). We choose the classic black + white stripe design, and it was super easy to assemble at home!

We almost bought the mermaid bedding sheets + quilt but I decided to focus on the playroom instead of the kids’ bedroom.  But check out the dinosaur print shown here. The full sheet set was ONLY $12.99. The Christmas Tree Shops offer kid bedding in both twin + full sizes.

Both of my kids wanted to take home kid-sized chairs! If you walked past us shopping, you would have seen both of my kids giggling taking turns sitting on all the chairs. I didn’t get a photo but there was a unicorn fuzzy chair ($39.99) that was my absolute favorite! Its perfect for a little girl’s nursery!

And if you’re anything like me, you crave organization and a clean home! But lets get real, life with kids is messy. We ended up spending the most time looking at baskets + bins to help organize our playroom.  There was so many basket sizes and prints. It was so exciting (#momlife)! It took me over 10 minutes to decide on what baskets I wanted to buy! I ended up loving the shark combo shown below. How cute?! I think I was singing “Baby Shark” on repeat in my head the entire time.

A few more items we took home were 2 different mermaid themed frames + a “FINS UP” wall clip board, a mermaid tail door stopper, and the cutest unicorn bamboo eatery set! The Christmas Tree Shop offers so many fun items at adorable prices! Their seasonal assortment is specular and ever-changing. Check out the rest of our playroom makeover photos below thanks to The Christmas Tree Shops!

This post is in partnership with The Christmas Tree Shops andThat!, a brand I love. All opinions here are my own.