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!

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Just Between Friends Pass

Here is a FREE pass to get into opening day of Just Between Friends #JBFPhilly Kid Consignment Sale at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. (Simply show it on your phone when you arrive to get free admission)

The sale opens to the public today and runs through March 17th. I was at the presale yesterday with the cutest shopping buddy and I was amazed at all the good deals. Bring a wagon, a water bottle + snack and be ready to get shopping!

Head over to Instagram + leave me a comment on any good deals you buy at #JBFPhilly! Happy shopping!

Holiday Cheer with Basic Invites

For the last 7 years, I have been sending our Annual Christmas Card to our family, friends, clients and colleagues. I get so much JOY from choosing a new card design and photo each holiday season. This year will be our Son’s 1st Christmas and I cant’ wait to send out our first holiday card as a family of FOUR! I literally feels like yesterday I was pregnant with him and getting ready for the holidays, unsure if he was going to surprise us with an early delivery!

Basic Invite makes designing, ordering and sending your holiday cards so easy! To begin with, Basic Invite allows you to customize the entire design process, from the color & style of font, envelopes and image location. They offer unlimited colors, custom sample and over 40 types of envelopes.

This year was my 1st year using Basic Invite to design & send my holiday cards.  I’m so happy I made the switch. Basic Invite made collecting new addresses so easy via a customized link I could simply text or email my friends and family. Now, all my addresses are stored on my account. Basic Invite also offers address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders!

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Since the holidays get chaos, I choose to make my life STRESS-FREE and selected to have Basic Invite to take care of all my postage & mail. You heard me…they are mailing my holiday cards directly to everyone selected in my address book. Tip: include your own address!

My gift to you is 30% OFF your HOLIDAY order! Its never too late to send your holiday or new year cards! Use code Holi30!

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This year we took holiday photos with Carly Landolt Photography at Longwood Gardens. We had so many favorite shots we decided to do a collage layout on the back of our holiday card. We also choose the white envelope with a gold liner to match the foil on our card. Our holiday cards came turned out so elegant and beautiful!  We’ve already received so many compliments!

 

Happy Holidays, and thank you Basic Invite for allowing us to send some holiday cheer this season with your stationary!

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Another holiday tip: save each year’s holiday card and put them into a 5×7 photo album. You can pack it away with your holiday decor and add to it every year!

Basic Invites

If you knew me well, you would know I have a mini obsession with paper products….greeting cards, invitations + stationary! I love sending thank you cards, designing invitations + customizing our yearly holiday cards. I am always willing to spend a premium for the better card stock, color selections + customization. Well, I finally found a website that can do it all, at an affordable price!

Introducing, Basic Invite!

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Last week, I received a few samples in the mail from Basic Invite (yes, you can actually order customized samples). I was super impressed with how fast my order was mailed, how it was packaged + its high quality. I even got a personalized email inquiring about my order + its delivery status….talk about great customer service! I ordered a few different thank you card styles, a birth announcement + a stationary card.

Below are some of the designs I choose…

….Aren’t they perfect? I’m really excited about how cute + personalized the thank you cards from my son + daughter came out! Over the past month, we have been blessed with tons of extra help around the house and received many gifts as we welcomed our son. The personalized thank you card from my daughter is the perfect way to thank our family + friends who stopped over with “Big Sister” gifts + spent their time playing with my daughter (and to help this mama balance life at home with two kids). The transition from only child to Big Sister is sometimes a challenge! And since raising a child takes a village, I have a lot of thank you cards to start writing!I plan to have my daughter help me write her thank you cards, since its never too early to teach the virtue of gratitude.

In addition to Basic Invite thank you card styles, they offer endless about of stationary, wedding invitations, birth announcements + more! 

Need another reason to try Basic Invite? Check out all their features!

  • Almost Unlimited ColorsBasic 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 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 their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
  • Free Address Collection Service – Use their free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing. (seriously, genius!)
  • Thank You Cards – They carry over 1500 thank you card designs. Each one of them customizable to suit your style. They have a thank you note for every occasion and their designs vary from foil to photo and everything in between!

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Freshly Picked Giveaway

That’s right! I’m so excited to announce I partnered with Freshly Picked to give ONE lucky WINNER a choice of their favorite pair of moccasins.

Head over to my Instagram to ENTER TO WIN now!

Good luck + Happy Weekend! Contest ends 10/28 at 7pm EST!

Mason & Harlow

I’ve been dreaming of doing a Mommy & Me photo-shoot with flower crowns ever since my daughter was born. There’s something a little magical and pure about a mother & her young daughter wearing delicate flowers crowns. Mason & Harlow made our beautiful matching crowns which we recently featured in our family photo-shoot with Carly Landolt PhotographyI will forever cherish these photos of us. Its been just the two of us for 3.5 years, and as a mother, I am just nervous for all the changes a new baby will bring. Lately, there have been moments daily where I just embrace the hugs + giggles between us girls. I know we won’t have this unlimited time together for long. And, there’s nothing better in the world than feeling a child’s unconditional love for you. For the next ten weeks, you’ll find me soaking in all the extra love from my daughter! Her heart is pure. Her laugh is contagious. My hope is that my daughter will always knows how special and loved she is…she will always be my baby.

My Dress: ASOS Maternity

Flower Crowns: Mason + Harlow

Daughter’s Dress: Bowfish Kids

Pumpkin Picking

How is Halloween in two weeks? October is already flying by…just like every other month this year. I’m so happy our family made time to go pick pumpkins, an annual tradition we started since our daughter has been born.  This year we visited Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, NJ. It was a fall festival weekend, which offered tons of entertainment, food + pumpkins! We spent the afternoon feeding their goats, picking pumpkins, hayride, eating ice-cream + buying more treats from their farmer’s market! It was a perfect fall afternoon! Can’t wait to decorate + carve our pumpkins when we get home!

XO, S