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The Perfect Diaper Bag: Lily Jade (Meggan + Madeline Review, Plus a GIVEAWAY!)

I am WAY too excited about today’s post. I have been crushing on Lily Jade diaper bags for what feels like an eternity, and last Fall, I finally went for it, during a sale, of course, and snatched up my first ever Lily Jade diaper bag; the Meggan. And then, as fate would have it, Lily Jade asked me to collaborate on a review post AND diaper bag giveaway, and I jumped at the chance. Which means, I get to share with you the brand new and improved Lily Jade Madeline diaper bag in Camel with Jade lining, plus a side-by-side look at my Meggan in Brandy and Jade, what’s in my Lily Jade diaper bag, and one very awesome GIVEAWAY at the very end of this post!

Like most stylish mamas, I was loathe to give up my beautiful handbags for a … gasp … DIAPER BAG. I actually relented so much that hubby and I invested in a rather pricey designer tote bag that I deemed my “diaper bag” those first few months. Well, that lasted about three months into having a newborn. Don’t get me wrong, that beautiful tote still makes an appearance for special occasions and trips, and I love it SO much, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put dirty diapers inside it, and everything was getting lost in the endless cavern that is a tote bag. Then I switched to a nylon designer diaper bag, that I liked, but didn’t love. It still LOOKED like a diaper bag, and admittedly, nylon, even in black with fancy designer hardware, just wasn’t my style. I’ve had other diaper bags over the years, and though they were very cute, they always looked and felt like a diaper bag.

I remember spotting a favorite blogger or two rocking a Lily Jade diaper bag in various Instagrams, and I was always surprised to see it actually was a diaper bag (and not just a great and functional leather bag). And then I sort of fell down the rabbit hole that is Lily Jade’s Instagram feed. Nothing will have you dreaming of a Lily Jade diaper bag, more than their feed.

Here’s why: the bags don’t look like diaper bags. They look like gorgeous designer leather bags. The kind you would save up months for. The kind people constantly ask, “Where did you get that bag?” And then fellow mamas find out your bag is actually a diaper bag, and they’re demanding answers. I’ve been stopped countless times, just to get the details on my Lily Jade diaper bag. It is so pretty in person, and the fact that it is a fully functional diaper bag, makes it pretty unbelievable.

And, fun bonus, my husband LIKES these bags. He doesn’t mind carrying them at all. He’s always been great with carrying my purses, diaper bags, etc., but it’s nice not to have to force him into carrying a diaper bag with a baby duck print on it.

So let’s dive right in, shall we? Say hello to my brand new Lily Jade Madeline bag.

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Here’s a peak inside my Lily Jade Madeline bag; insert included. By the way, the insert is a washable 12 pocket organizer with two small handles that tuck away when not in use. It also includes a matching changing pad.

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We had just come back from a trip (thus the passport, extra activities, etc.), and I was easily able to use the Madeline for travel. The small zipper compartment at the top flap of the Madeline is great for travel too because you can slip your ID in there when going through security at the airport, etc. Little details and compartments like that, the kind that are so well thought out, are what really made me fall for Lily Jade.

WHAT’S IN MY LILY JADE DIAPER BAG?

I like to use these Travelon zip pouches for everyday use (and especially for travel) to keep extra organized. The pockets in the Lily Jade organizer are amazing, but I also really like having at least two diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and a change of clothes in a separate Travelon pouch, so that I can just grab the pouch and a changing pad – without having to bring the whole diaper bag – into the bathroom. This is a lifesaver on planes and in small bathrooms. The larger pouches are pretty flat, and slip right into the Lily Jade, just behind the insert.

I’ll also use the small zip pouches for things like medicine, and my own makeup.

Then I organize my keys and Tile, wallet, phone, iPad (I’ve been reading like crazy and I love all of the free books you can check out from the library; plus, it never hurts to have an iPad on a long day out when the little one starts to melt down!), an external battery charger for long days on the go, a small hair brush (we love these!), sunscreen, antibacterial, Shout wipes, sunglasses (for mommy and mini), extra clips and hair ties, a sippy cup for Scarlett and often a water bottle for me, and snacks, into the Lily Jade insert.

The pockets in the insert are all nice and deep, so you can easily fit a baby bottle, sippy cup, your own water bottle, etc. What I really love about the Madeline are the huge pockets on the front of the bag as well. They’re deceptively HUGE pockets, and can fit bottles in those pockets as well. Having a place to keep bottles on the outside of the bag is a big help when you’ve got the case of a leaky sippy cup.

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It really can hold it all!

The Lily Jade Madeline has an adjustable, detachable extra long strap for messenger carry or backpack carry. All of the straps are soft and wide, making it really comfortable, no matter how you carry it. Each bag has a pretty leather tassel with natural stone beads that really dresses it up.

As for wearing the bag …

It can be worn as a shoulder bag; probably one of the quickest ways to just grab your bag and go. And I love the option of either using the long strap or the handles. The handles are extra soft and extra long, so it sits extremely comfortably on your shoulder using the double handles.

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It can also be worn using the long strap as a crossbody or messenger bag

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I also really like the depth of this bag. It’s easy to reach into – especially from the crossbody position. A review of the brand new Lily Jade Madeline diaper bag, plus a side-by-side look at my Meggan, what's in my Lily Jade diaper bag, and a GIVEAWAY! | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

And … drumroll, please … it can be worn as a backpack! This is a huge selling point for most parents because having a backpack option on a diaper bag means you can go completely hands-free. When you’re out and about with babies and kids, having the freedom to move around is pretty priceless. The backpack style is also probably the most comfortable, and keeps all of that weight off of one shoulder when you’ve really packed a lot for the day; i.e., a day at the Zoo or Disney.

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I actually also own the Lily Jade Meggan in Brandy with a Jade lining, so I wanted to show you a quick comparison of the two bags – the Madeline and the Meggan (two of their most popular bags!) – side-by-side.

Before I forget, all of the Lily Jade bags have magnetic closures, so even if it looks like there may be complicated buckles, don’t fret, they’re just for show, and actually smoothly and quietly (key, with a sleeping little one!) open and close using magnets.

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I love that both have the jade lining and large jade insert, so I can easily swap bags by simply pulling out the insert in one bag, and tuck it into the other bag, when I want to bring that bag for the day. It’s also a great excuse to stock up on Lily Jade bags! (Yeah, I’m a little bit addicted.)

The Meggan is a bit taller, though it’s hard to tell from the picture since the leather on both is so soft, and it’s hard to keep them standing upright. Especially without the insert in them. The Meggan also has the adjustable, detachable extra long strap for messenger carry or backpack carry and the wide leather double straps for shoulder or arm carry.

And here’s a picture we snapped before a recent vacation, with the Meggan on it’s own. It’s a great travel bag because it can fit SO much. Think everything I mentioned earlier in this post, plus lots of toys, a baby blanket, and more.

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And now what you’ve all been waiting for …

THE GIVEAWAY

I’m GIVING AWAY a $350 credit to Lily Jade so you can snatch up your very own Lily Jade diaper bag. Oh yeah, you read that right: you could WIN any designer Lily Jade diaper bag of your choosing!

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Disclaimer: Glitter, Inc. is not responsible for prize fulfillment, and prize will be sent directly from Lily Jade. Entry ends on March 7th, 2017 at 12:00AM EST. Please note entries will be verified. Open Internationally. No purchase necessary; void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. By entering into this sweepstakes, the entrant acknowledges that they are eligible for this sweepstakes according to all laws set forth by their state of residency.

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Lexi

9 Nursery Must-Haves + a Tour of Scarlett’s Room

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Somehow we’ve been living in our new home for around 8 months and yet, I haven’t shared a tour of Scarlett’s nursery. I’m about to correct that today, because we’re finally revealing a look at Scarlett’s nursery! We’ll call it the official nursery tour of the new home.

We’ve been so lucky to be able to keep Scarlett’s nursery pretty consistent between the moves – here’s the original; she’s a great sleeper and hasn’t ever tried to climb out of her crib, so the plan is to let her stay in the crib just a little bit longer. I know she’s safe, and she sleeps so well in there.

With the color scheme, we stuck with black, white, gold, grey, white, and soft pops of pink. I figure, once we finally convert her to a “big girl” room (crying just thinking about it!), we’ll let her choose the colors and theme. All signs point to pink. Lots and lots of pink.

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And now that we’ve used Scarlett’s nursery, in one house or another, for over two years, I’m happy to report what things we’ve loved and used, and what’s kept us organized as she continues to grow. There are so many products out there, and planning a new nursery can feel overwhelming. Well rest-assured, you can skip some of that trial-and-error, and check out our 9 nursery must-haves and a tour of our baby girls room!

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NURSERY MUST-HAVES:

| 1. A system to keep the clothing sizes organized. I really like keeping two large clear plastic storage buckets in Scarlett’s closet, one that I can toss clothes that no longer fit her into, and one that I can put new clothes that don’t quite fit her yet into. Babies grow fast, and they’re constantly growing out of sizes. It can get messy and confusing trying to sort out what doesn’t fit, so if something doesn’t fit, I just fold it up and toss it in the “too small” bucket. When I have the time, and the bucket is pretty full, I label it (i.e., sizes 12-24 months), put the lid on it, and put it into our attic for storage. I also like having a bucket for the next size(s), because I’m always buying cute things that I see here and there in larger sizes, and Scarlett’s many Grandmas are always sending outfits as well. Once Scarlett is ready to wear the new size, I have everything ready and waiting in the bucket in her closet. Trust me, this makes everything so much easier.

| 2. A changing station. It is lightyears easier to have a dedicated diaper changing set-up. The top drawer of the dresser we use has all of the essentials – wipes, diapers, and diaper cream.

| 3. A Diaper Genie. I’ll admit, when registering for the first time, I wasn’t sure why a Diaper Genie was all that necessary. You could realistically throw the dirty diapers into a garbage pin in the room. But let me tell you, you’ll find out fast just how unpleasant even a couple of diapers left sitting can smell. A Diaper Genie is essential for a sweet smelling nursery, the pails and coordinating refills lock in odors and germs, clean-up is a breeze, and the new Diaper Genie Expressions covers are totally adorable, so the pail is stylish too. (The customizable designs were made to match your nursery décor and you can choose from five colors; Grey Clovers, Pink Starburst, Pink & grey, Blue Knit and Blue Tile.) This is one of my favorite things to recommend for new parents.

| 4. A Glider. I went back and forth on this one. Gliders are not inexpensive, and I wasn’t quite sure what all of that fuss was about. Now that we’ve been using ours for well over two years, I get what all of the hype is about. I loved holding her as a baby in that chair, feeding her there, rocking her to sleep; and now, we climb in together and read books, I can sit there comfortable and work when she’s playing in her room, and she sits there on her own, “reading” to her dolls.

| 5. A waterproof sheet liner for the mattress. Know this, there will be blowouts, there will be accidents. Protect the mattress and save your sanity. If you’ve got a waterproof liner under there, and an accident happens, your mattress is saved, and all you have to do is pull off the sheets and throw them in the wash.

| 6. Baskets, bins, and cubbies to keep your little one organized. The older Scarlett gets, the more we try to encourage her to clean up after playing. Usually her motivation to clean up only lasts for about a handful of toys or books, but giving her wide open bins and buckets to drop things in has really helped to encourage clean up.

| 7. Books, books, and more books. We read at least one or two books before every nap and at bedtime and it’s made her such a lover of books. I love watching her repeat the words with me, touch and point out the colors on the pages, and request her favorites again and again.

| 8. Black-out curtains. I have no idea why we didn’t discover the magic of black-out curtains until this most recent move, but now that we know, we’re never going back. I pull the black-out curtains shut during the afternoon to block out a lot of the daylight for nap time, and in the morning, as the sun is coming up, they’re a lifesaver for blocking most of that bright morning light that would otherwise wake her up like a rooster at 5am. There are actually so many cute options at Target too; so don’t feel limited to boring dark curtains. Scarlett’s striped curtains are 100% black-out and are from Target’s Pillowfort line.

| 9. | A baby monitor. Whether you go for the walkie talkie style (which work just fine!) or a fancy digital version (some even have apps where you can watch your little one from your phone), a baby monitor gave us SO much piece of mind. We’ve tried and loved both kinds for different reasons, and even travel with our audio baby monitor to this day. Scarlett also wore a heart monitor her first several months of life because of some health issues, and that gave me an extra layer of piece of mind that I loved. There are actually monitors to track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels that are now available in major retailers like Target; which I think is amazing. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

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What are your nursery must-haves? Anything you’ve found to be essential in your little one’s room?

Get the Look: Mid-Century Bookcase: DwellStudio | Mid-Century Crib and Dresser: DwellStudio via AllModern | Blabla Knit Dolls: Layla Grace | Quilt: Handmade by my Mom | Emily + Merritt Wardrobe Rack: PB Teen | Glider Arm Chair and Ottoman: AllModern | Gold Prints: Lindsay Letters | Pink Velvet Hangers: Amazon | Gold Sequin Hanger: Pearls and Pastries | Hand-painted Announcement Chalkboard: Beth + Borrow | Hottsie Dottsie Fitted Crib Sheet: Cotton Tale Designs | In Bloom Book Collection: Rifle Paper Co. | Intaglio Dresser: Anthropologie | Gold Star Sequin Pillow: PBTeen | Metallic Pandan Bins: Serena & Lily | Pebble Pure Crib Mattress: Layla Grace | Hamper: HomeGoods | Light Blocking Striped Curtain Panel: Target | Sneakers: Converse | Huarache Sandals: TargetDiaper Genie + Diaper Genie Expressions covers | Souk Wool Rug: West Elm

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Lexi

How to Make a DIY Puppet Theatre (Learning Colors, Numbers, and Letters too!)

Thank you to Elmer’s®, Sharpie®, and X-ACTO® brands for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Remember when we were kids and we used those Elmer’s foam tri-fold poster boards for science fair projects? Do you have kids? Are you even the slightest bit crafty? Well have I got a project for you!

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We made a DIY puppet theatre (and we’re learning colors, numbers, and letters too … in an under-the-sea CASTLE!) If you’re trying to teach your toddler and young kids something new – think letters, colors, numbers and counting, addition and subtraction, even spelling, then this DIY puppet theatre – made using a tri-fold foam poster board – might just be perfect for you.

A DIY puppet theatre for toddlers and little ones is an easy way to help kids to study in a fun and exciting way; and I’m not gonna lie, I had plenty of fun too. I’m a crafter by nature, so making this simple puppet theatre was half the fun, but once we’d created the theatre, that’s when the fun began. Scarlett was SO excited.

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Of course I knew it would be a hit when I brought the white Elmer’s tri-fold board home from Target and Scarlett was already playing with it and calling it her “castle.” From there we knew a “castle” it would be!

We’re also always trying to incorporate learning in our house. A few months ago she started going to preschool three mornings a week, and now she has more questions than ever before. She’s exploding with curiosity and wonder, and it’s amazing to watch.

So far, she’s got her colors down. We talk about the colors of everything. Sometimes she totally blows me away when she corrects me and says things like, “No, mommy, that’s not grey, it’s silver because it’s shiny.” Or, “It’s dark green and light blue, with stripes.”

Listening to her sing the “alphabet” or “count to ten” is basically my favorite thing ever. It goes something like this: “A, B, C, D, C, D, C, H, I, Yay, K, elemen, Z, Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee” and “three, seven, nine …. TEN!”

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HOW TO MAKE A DIY PUPPET THEATRE 

(Learning Colors, Numbers, and Letters too … in an under-the-sea CASTLE!)

What You’ll Need

Elmer’s 36” x 48” Foam Tri-Fold Display Board
Elmer’s Shiny Multi-Colored Presentation Board
X-ACTO Cutting Tool
Ruler
Pencil
Spray Paint (color: Seaside)
Glitter Spray Paint (color: Diamond Dust)
Sharpie Colored Permanent Markers
Elmer’s Board Mate Dual Tip Glue Pen
Elmer’s Board Mate® Foam Mounting Tape (optional)
Elmer’s Washable Glue Sticks or Washable Liquid School Glue (so your little one can help gluing too!)
Hot glue gun (optional)
Elmer’s Glitter Glue (optional)
Elmer’s Reusable Stencils (optional)
chalkboard (optional)*
gold metallic spray paint (optional)
blue painter’s tape (optional)
Sea Shells (optional)
Flat-Backed Pearls (optional)
Finger Puppet Fish (optional)
Mermaids (optional)
Green Tinsel (optional; for seaweed)
Curtain (optional)

Instructions

  1. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a rectangular towards the top of the middle section of your foam board. Then with your X-ACTO cutting tool, cut out the rectangle to make your playhouse “window”.
  2. Next, using your ruler and pencil, draw a large triangle and two equal-sized smaller triangles in your shiny presentation board – those triangles will be the tops of your castle.
  3. Take your tri-fold board outside and spray paint the front any color you want. We went with an aquamarine to really get that “under-the-sea” feel. Allow it to dry completely.
  4. To secure your castle tops (three triangles: one large, and two small), lay your tri-fold presentation board on the floor so that the inside/un-painted side is up, place the triangles on top of the three sections of the board (where they would go on top of the castle), and then use a plastic knife or tongue depressor (something flat), and tape it to the backs of both the triangles and tri-fold board. (Visual below.)
  5. Turn your board over so that the front-side is facing up, and get to decorating. We glued shells, tinsel “seaweed,” and doodled on the board to make it look like an underwater castle. You can use stencils, permanent markers, glitter glue, finger paints, the decorating options are pretty endless. Allow to dry.
  6. To create a “curtain rod,” flip your board back over (backside now facing up) and glue two clothespins – one onto either side of the back of the “window.” Allow to dry. Then tie a rope or string to one clothespin clip. String your curtain onto the string, and then tie the other end of the string to the opposite clothespin. (Visual below.) We actually found a pretty pink curtain on clearance at Target. (It saved me having to buy, cut and sew fabric for a curtain!)

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*Adding a lightweight chalkboard or drawing board is a great learning tool because it encourages kids to visually try out letters, numbers, spelling, and counting. We love this Melissa & Doug Magnetic Chalk Board because it’s a great way to promote use of the alphabet and plenty of imagination for your little one. Whether they use the magnetic letters on the board or the chalk to practice writing, the creativity is pretty endless. Using blue painter’s tape and newspaper to cover the chalkboard, I spray-painted the edges using gold metallic spray paint; because I can’t help myself.

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I glued clothespins onto either side of the back of the “window” to hang our own curtains on a string. Clothespins are great because you can easily add or remove the curtains.

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We had a lot of fun doodling …

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We went with an under-the-sea theme because Scarlett is a big fan of fish, sharks, and mermaids. And as I mentioned before, turning our playhouse/puppet theatre into a castle was a no-brainer. (We like castles … a lot.)

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So far, Scarlett can count to 3!

Using something fun like colorful fish, in the playhouse “castle” setting, made counting so much more fun for our little girl.

Pink mermaid also got plenty of attention too!

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I’m also pretty sure I have a bright future playing finger puppet fish.

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Take a bow!

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You can find everything you’ll need to create your own DIY puppet theatre, including the Elmer’s foam tri-fold poster board, Sharpie® markers, the X-ACTO® cutting tool, glue, paint, and more at your local Target. Plus, there’s a Cartwheel offer starting Sunday, 1/29! Target is definitely my go-to for all of our crazy craft projects because not only do they have a huge selection for our DIY’s, but I can also score a great deal on diapers, pick up leggings for Scarlett and food for the dog, and get my home décor, beauty must-haves, and grocery shopping done too. I call that a MOM WIN.

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Lexi

Snow Day(s)

By Friday night the house was covered in snow and come Saturday morning, Scarlett could barely contain her excitement. We’ve been playing in the snow in spurts – It’s 10º out right now; so you know, there’s only so much we can be outside!

As much as I love the snow, the ice, not so much. But I also love the traditions we’re starting to make when it snows. Aside from playing in the snow as soon as it’s light out, each year, on the first snow, we make a big batch of cookies (you can get the recipe for our favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies right here), and of course, I take ALL of the pictures.

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In Miami, we never really got “seasons,” but here in North Carolina, there are very clearly defined seasons – all four of them – and I totally love that. The novelty of snow and a real winter still hasn’t worn off.

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Did you get hit by the storm? Are you playing in snow or enjoying your sunshine?

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Seriously, SO excited.

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We’re still working on mastering a proper snowball.

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How do you celebrate the arrival of winter?

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Stay warm, friends!

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Happy New Year! (+ a Holiday Card for the Procrastinators)

I just wanted to pop in to wish you all the happiest of holidays and a wonderful new year! For the first time in seven years of blogging, I’m slowing down the blog for the Holidays. Typically, I stress and churn out content straight through the holidays and new year, but this year, I’ve officially decided to give myself a bit of a holiday. Scarlett is LOVING the holiday season, and it’s so nice to spend time with our family for the festivities. You can expect amazing new content in the new year – which is just days away. Time flies!

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It’s been an incredible year of blogging. I can’t thank you all enough for helping me to turn this little blog of mine into a full-time business. I couldn’t be more proud, or more thankful. I’ll be checking in here and there on the blog, and you can definitely follow along on social media; I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the holiday week over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

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Now let’s talk about family holiday cards for the procrastinators:

I can’t remember a year since being married and on our own that I haven’t sent a New Year’s card, rather than a holiday card. Between the huge holiday “to do” list I have each year, wrapping up work, getting ready for vacation, and in the last few years, getting Scarlett ready for the holidays, our family holiday cards tend to get forgotten. Until the last-minute that is, when I panic, and realize I haven’t even ORDERED our family’s holiday cards. Every. Single. Year. Guys, I am a procrastinator when it comes to our poor holiday cards.

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But in swoops Minted and they go and save the day. Their card selection is amazing, they have plenty of New Year’s cards for the procrastinators, and right now, they’re offering rush service and free rush shipping. And in case that’s not awesome enough, after years of testing out our New Year’s cards, I have to say, I really like sending and receiving New Year’s cards. We get so many holiday cards, it’s nice to separate ours from the pack. And Minted offers these adorable messages on the back of their cards, including a Season in Review, which we love doing, because we can write a little yearly wrap-up and share with our friends and family what’s been going on in our lives. Everyone seems to love that touch, especially now that we’ve moved to North Carolina.

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So whether you’re in panic mode trying to get those holiday and New Year’s cards out, or you’re looking to update the artwork in your home (oh yeah, Minted has GORGEOUS framed art work and prints!), Minted is our go-to.

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Big thanks to Merritt Chesson for these incredible family photos! Trying to get all three of us to smile in unison, and keeping a cold toddler happy in a field – where all she wants to do is run free and collect sticks – is near impossible – but she managed to take gorgeous photos for us, and I can’t wait to frame a few of these for our someday gallery wall.

Minted provided our holiday cards this year in exchange for this post. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible.


Lexi

Life Lately

Checking in with a little update on life lately! I’m still in awe of how quickly this year has flown by. There are just two weeks left of December, and our holiday to-do list is a mile long. Anyone else panicking over all of the gift shopping to do? Thankfully, I tackled most of the gifts on the agenda earlier this week, but I’m still missing a few essentials. I’m thinking Amazon Prime will be my holiday BFF. And I haven’t even ORDERED our holiday cards yet. Happy New Year’s, everyone … because those are the cards you’re getting. Whoops! (Though I promise an awesome post all about last-minute holiday cards, and giveaways for my fellow procrastinators, is coming soon.)

But I’m loving the holiday season too. I can’t stop making treats (our favorite sugar cookies for decorating, a s’mores graham house, candied cinnamon-roasted almondsOREO cookie balls, the easiest donuts, frosted chewy gingerbread cookies, sugared cranberries, marbled peppermint bark, the list goes on and on.)

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It’s also predicted to snow here in North Carolina early next week and I can’t say that I’m not just a little bit giddy. This Florida girl is still totally enamored by snow … even if it’s usually just a thin layer of frost. Scarlett and I will have our noses pressed to the window until Tuesday if you need us. Meanwhile, she’s totally digging all of the leaves.

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Seriously, I can’t with the cuteness.

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We took these pictures at Duke Gardens with our friends a few weekends back – one of the few days hubby has had off this month. He’s been on a working spree, but thankfully, he gets a decent vacation and we’re taking full advantage; headed to the mountains next week. SO excited.

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I’m not sure we will ever have a family photo where all three of us smile and look into the camera at the same time.

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But these two … oh my gosh, my heart.

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Until then, we’ll be playing in the leaves and patiently awaiting snow. Oh yeah, and trying to tackle our holiday to do list. Maybe.

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How has your December been going so far? Tell me I’m not the only one WAY behind on holiday cards!

My Dress: Free People // My Lace-up Boots: Free People // My Lipstick: Mac Diva // Scarlett’s Pom Pom Sweater: Target // Scarlett’s Dress: 3Claps // Scarlett’s Riding Boots: Carter’s

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Lexi