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Modern Halloween Decor

If you haven’t started decorating for Halloween yet, don’t fret because in today’s post

DIY Wine Bottle Vases

Valentine’s Day must not be far away because it’s already time for another edition

My Spooky Drink Bar

Being that Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, my husband and I decided

Spring Blog Hop Craft Challenge

Hi guys! Today, I'm co-hosting a Blog Hop on Beauteeful Living for the first time! Blog hops are where bloggers network and share content with other fellow bloggers. It's a wonderful way for bloggers to link up their blog posts and have them shared with multiple...

Photos From Our Holiday Card

This year, I actually contemplated not creating a holiday photo card. I know, the horror, the horror. This thought lasted a mere 2 minutes though. It's not that I no longer enjoy taking photos for our cards, it's just that I wondered whether sending our holiday photos...

Holiday Decor Tour

When it comes to holiday displays around our home, there are 3 main areas I focus

Happy Thanksgiving Eve

It seems like it was only a short time ago that we were discussing all things related to fall. Now, with only a day away from Thanksgiving, I think it's safe to say that fall is on the "outs." Nothing reminds me of how quickly the days pass than the weeks leading up...

Frozen Costumes

Shocker -- my girls were dressed up as Elsa and Anna for Halloween last week. For every boy dressed up as Batman, there were probably 3 girls dressed up as Elsa. I tried my hardest to persuade my daughters to pick other characters but despite my best efforts, they...

Loving a Second Child

Lauren, my youngest just turned 4 years old so you can imagine there will be an upcoming post about her birthday party (happening this weekend). In today's post, I wanted to share a few photos from the past 3 birthday parties we've thrown to celebrate her birthday....

Costumes Flashback

It's Friday and I'm making it a Halloween Costume Flashback Day! As a kid, I've never dressed up in costume for Halloween. In my experiences growing up in New York City, Halloween was not typically a "fun" day. It was the "will I need to dodge eggs or will the crazies...

HAPPY

Happy. A very simple 5-letter word. But you and I both know...it's complicated. I just celebrated another birthday and the word on my mind is "happy." When I was in my early 20's, I had a different vision of how "happy" would look. I have since experienced many...

Simple Fall Tablescape

Up until a few years ago, I used to think, "Ugh, why do people insist on decorating so early in the holiday season?" I did not need to walk into stores to know which holiday was approaching. All I had to do was drive down a block or two and inevitably there will...

Back to School Letter to Child

Initially when I was thinking about a post for "Back-to-School," I was considering a post titled, "Beauteeful Finds - Back to School Edition." I ultimately changed my mind because rather than the "shopping" aspect of Back to School, I think the "Must Do" thing for...

Our Wedding Anniversary

Today, I celebrate 9 years being married to an incredible guy. A guy I've been calling my best friend for the past 18 years. Yes, we've known each other for a very long time, considering I'm still young relatively young. 🙂 I can go on about his amazing qualities, but...

View from Vacation

Hello, wonderful readers: This post is coming to you while I'm away on vacation. Hope you don't mind me keeping this post short and sweet. 🙂 If you read my post from July, you will recall how I'm on a quest to re-learn the art of "relaxing." I must say, entering this...

Vacation Memories Through Photos – Orlando

Personally, I feel that photos from vacation are the best souvenirs you can bring back home. Today's post will feature all the beauteeful memories from our recent vacation with our family. Vacationing with Chris's brother and family made this vacation extra special....

Re-learning How To Relax

I never thought I would need to "re-learn" how to relax. Maybe "re-learn" how to parallel park between 2 cars but re-learning how to relax? Seems absurd but I suspect many people, namely parents, can use a little brushing up in that department. These 2 guys look like...

Fourth of July – Family, Friends, Fun, and Food

It took a mere 20 minutes into the start of our Fourth of July party for me to think, "This is why we throw this party." Seeing our close family and friends in our home, enjoying themselves and catching up on life are the reasons why we go through the effort of...

Beachcomber Camping Resort (Part 2) – What We Ate

In last week's post, I shared pictures of what we did during our recent camping trip. Today's post will focus on what we ate. Skip this post if you are hungry or cannot stand photos of food. Still with me? Wonderful! Let's start with Friday night's dinner. Our friends...

Father’s Day Weekend 2014

I wanted to wish everyone, especially the fathers and father figures out there, an amazing Father's Day weekend! I hope you are all spending this weekend with the special people in your lives. Here's how the girls feel about my husband, their adoring father: I thought...

Beachcomber Camping Resort (Part 1) – Things We Did

We had such a great time this past weekend camping with the kids and our friends in Cape May, NJ. With all the photos taken during our 2 day stay, I decided to have 2 posts related to our little trip. This 1st post will feature the things we did at the Beachcomber...

Finally Going Camping Again

We are days away from going camping for the first time in almost 7 years! For a while now, I've wanted to go camping like college days but because of a pretty big detail (having young kids), the idea wasn't very appealing. The notion of running after tots at camp,...

A plate isn’t just a plate – Mother’s Day Gift

Never thought I'd cry over a ceramic plate but I did. 3 words: Mother's Day gift. This "tearing up" over a personalized plate was years in the making. In these 6 years of celebrating Mother's Day as a mom, my amazing husband has spearheaded Operation Make Mom Feel...

5 Things I Learned About Myself Through Motherhood

This year marks my 6th year celebrating Mother's Day as a mother. Reflecting back to my 1st Mother's Day, Ellie was just a little over 2 months old at the time. Although sleep deprived, I was brimming with excitement over this new and crazy amazing world I just...

Easter Weekend Recap – Family Fun with Cousins

Post by Beauteeful Living. For Easter, Chris and I packed up the family for a weekend trip to Long Island, where we stayed with Chris's brother (Jason) and his family. Ellie and Lauren are very close to their little cousin, Cecilia, who is two and half (a year younger...

Family Time – Flying A Kite

Post by Beauteeful Living. It's always special when you and your children experience activities for the first time together. Flying a kite this past Saturday happens to fall under this category for my 2 girls and me. Growing up in Lower Manhattan, kite flying wasn't...