Friday, November 21, 2014

I've got an eye on what you need to cozy up for the winter!

I recently had the opportunity as a Wayfair Homemaker to go shopping over at Wayfair.com and I couldn't wait to dive into their pillows and throws. 

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to buy because I am a bit of a blanket addict, but eventually I figured it all out and today the last of my shipment arrived. 

I'm going to start with that item first because I HAD to get it. Unfortunately I wound up with the teeny tiny version, because I wanted to buy some other things, too - and so here you have it - my Central Park throw. 

cozy, throw, NYC, snuggle-worthy

It's so pretty. And it's perfect for when I'm feeling homesick. Because Central Park! Snow! New York City! Come on. What more could I ask for? And actually - honestly - I think it might come along with me as I head home for the holidays. It's kind of the perfect size for traveling. Seriously. 

And then I bought this really squishy cozy pillow to go with it that my daughter has stolen from me several times. Except I told her she had to wait so I could take some pictures of it first! The life of a blogger and all. And sadly, one of my dogs has developed a bit of an interest in this pillow, so I'm trying to keep it off limits so I can continue to snuggle with it happily. 

throw, pillow, couch, decor, comfort

I also got us the cutest and coziest of blankets to leave on our couch for those chilly nights we seem to already be having in North Carolina! I kind of love it already and might want to buy a few as gifts - it perfectly matches our couch, but seems neutral enough it would go with anything. 

cozy, fleece, throw, hearts, decor

Lastly, I need to let you in on a little secret. It's a secret because part of the purchase is a holiday gift for my daughter - and so I'm hiding the other part so as not to let anything slip. 

Now - take a look at what I bought ...


Because - seriously - how could I not, right? 

I absolutely had my eye on a good handful of other things on the Wayfair site. Especially when it comes to holiday decor. Some of these items would be perfect year-round, as well, but bring a bit of brightness and sparkle for the holidays. They just got in some adorable Chanukah decor and I'm wishing it was there earlier because I totally would have stocked up.

pillows, canvas art, Christmas, Chanukah, decor

I especially love that fox canvas - how cute is that!?!

Now, for you (and me) we can still do some shopping, but we have to move fast. Wayfair has a coupon code available right now for you to save 15% off of ANY pouf, pillow or throw. 

All you have to do is head on over to Wayfair.com and enter code WFPTP15 between now and November 24th and you'll save on your purchase. So hurry on over! You'll find stuff for yourself, and some great options for holiday gifts, as well. Now don't forget - if you see my daughter you say nothing about that blanket for the cat-looking character who isn't really a cat, okay? 

Happy cozying up, everyone. Stay warm!

* Disclaimer: This post is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Wayfair.com. All opinions are strictly my own. * 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Some great holiday gift ideas for your kids!

* Disclaimer: I was given a compensated opportunity to check out Stone's Education Superstore in Raleigh recently. All observations and opinions expressed here come from me or my 7-year-old daughter. Compensation ultimately led to some shopping on-site. That's how cool this store is. *

Stone's Education Superstore has a new location these days, and when you pull up into the shopping center where it is located you're in for a shock - honestly - at least you were if you were me. 

This store is HUGE. 

There is no other word to describe the first impression. It's gigantic. 

We walked in and found ourselves immediately greeted with their Frozen display. Smart marketing move on their part. My daughter immediately made her way over to the Frozen "snowballs" and engaged. Honestly, pretty much anything on this display would be a perfect surprise for your Frozen-loving kiddo this holiday season. 

And heads up if you're going to be in the Triangle area over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend you might want to consider heading over on Saturday the 29th because one Frozen princess is going to be on-site. (Peek at the picture below to find out who!)

Frozen, Olaf, Disney, Anna, Elsa, toys, meet Elsa

One of my favorite things walking through Stone's was the toys they had that reminded me of my childhood. Of course, hula hoops are a staple for kids and I think my daughter loves them more than I did when I was younger! Although she (thankfully) didn't test them out at the store this time, she was too busy interacting with so many other toys ... more on that later. 

But what I was excited to see was the "old school" games like Twister, Boggle and Simon! We've spent a lot of time playing Simon on the iPad, but the real game? How fun was that when we were kids, right? And the spirograph? I kind of wanted to get one for myself - since I'm being 100% honest here. And the section of toys for the little ones included so many fun and creative options, including Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head!

hula hoops, Twister, Mr. Potato Head, Boggle, Spirograph, Simon, games, childhood

Now - on to the more interactive part of our visit. What's really cool about Stone's is that it's totally encouraged for your kids to play with the toys there. They have demos for their ride-on toys and my daughter didn't pause before testing several of them out. 

This ride-on scooter called The Original Flying Turtle by Mason Toys was her favorite. Unfortunately I can't find this on their website, but I'm going to show you a picture anyway because it's on-site and you need to go check it out. 


Next, this small toy was one of my daughter's favorites. You wouldn't think it would be impossible to tear her away, but with this remote control vehicle at the front of the store it was kind of difficult to get her to move past the entrance and into the aisles to check out other things. 

toy superstore, holiday shopping, interactive play

There were so many other toys she thought were loads of fun - but honestly - we walked out of there with three books and a calendar/planner for me. 

Check out the Reading section of the store. Choices available for all ages and reading-levels, and a place to cozy up and read!

reading, children's books, stuffed animals, day planners, teacher supplies

Honestly, I took so many pictures of the amazing products at the store I could probably keep going. My daughter had the best time and didn't really want to leave. If she hadn't been with me I'd have probably done some holiday shopping of my own ...

In the meantime, as you can tell, Stone's is really kid-friendly and does give you an opportunity to do some shopping while your children engage throughout the store. Their selection is never-ending, and this doesn't even touch on the available inventory for teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to enhance their children's education at home. 

I definitely recommend you stop by Stone's Education Superstore, or head online to check out what they have that you might need this holiday season. And don't forget - no matter how cold it is - someone's coming to visit all the way from Arendelle on November 29th!

* Disclaimer: I was given a compensated opportunity to check out Stone's Education Superstore in Raleigh recently. All observations and opinions expressed here come from me or my 7-year-old daughter. There are affiliate links throughout this post. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Just before bed ...

It's time for bed.

I missed yesterday's post because I was exhausted.

Twenty-four hours with six girl scouts of our own and ten others and loads of walking and I broke 16K steps on my Vivofit on Saturday left me crashing and burning on Sunday and so I didn't post.

And I could be sad and mopey about it, and I do feel kind of meh that I missed, but I'm also moving along.

And so tonight - well - not much breaks my heart more than my daughter updating me on a song she's learning for her school holiday music performance than finding out it's partially in Hebrew and she thinks of my dad and misses him.

Heart.

Shatters.

What does one say except I love you and he loves you and I miss him, too and it will be okay and he hears you and sees you and is so very proud of you.

Always.

And then I remember this image that I see everywhere and found on Pinterest and on Facebook and am not really sure where it comes from originally but I'm sharing it so forgive me for not having a perfect source - but if you know where it truly is from let me know, please.


I hope beyond words that this is true. Because it will really help my heart if it is.

Good night, Pops. Love you.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Peek at My YouTube History.

Hey, all.

I'm "off" today, so I'm going to share some of my favorite songs and videos with you for my post.

So stay with me ... please?

First?

Mary Lambert: Secrets

I love this video so very much. Besides the song, lyrics and her voice - I totally want this dress she is wearing. So if anyone knows where I can find it, please tell me. I'm serious. It's gorgeous.



Comfortable: 50 People 1 Question

If you haven't watched this yet, you should. It's amazing proof of how kids really have the best way at looking at themselves. We all need this reminder.



SNL: Swiftamine

I'm sure you've already seen this, but if you haven't it's pretty funny.



And lastly, well, in defense of Taylor, I think we all need a little T-Swizzle in our lives now and then. So here's some for you.

Baby Announcement: Big Sister/Big Sister Again

Quite possibly the cutest two girls of ever. Brought me to tears. I love this so much.


So, there you have it. A short and sweet post with some music, some humor and a bite of reality.

Watch whatever you want and have a great weekend!

Friday, November 14, 2014

What I see in her eyes.

The most important things I see in my daughter's eyes.

* Sparkle

Don't little girl's eyes sparkle just so? The twinkle that you read about when you read stories and fairytales - the one that you never really saw and only imagined existed? It's in her eyes. I see it.

* Hope

So much hope. I see the world laying out in front of her. The ability for her to be whatever she dreams she will be. I see happiness and love, joy and laughter, and so so much more.

* Laughter

Yes, it deserves being said on its own. When your child laughs and you see it in their eyes it's the best possible feeling. Even better when you're the one who has made them laugh. Her eyes crunch up and crinkle - sometimes you can barely see them. But you know they're there. You know what they hold.

* Mischief

Yes, mischief. You didn't expect me to NOT say this, did you? She's a mischievous little one. She has gotten into things she wasn't supposed to (though not as much anymore) and she does things, or tries to do things that she knows she shouldn't. That sparkle I mentioned earlier? It's still there. It's just a little bit brighter. She also has this teeny, tiny smirk that shows up. That wide-eyed look. I know it well. I've worn it myself.

* Interest

This sounds weird. It almost didn't make the cut. But interest is critical to the hopes and dreams. She has it for so many things. And it's kind of glorious. Because to foster those interests and watch her grow within them? It's tremendous for a parent. Last night I watched her eyes as she read to me. The glow - the intensity - all of it - I stared more at her than I did the book or the words or anything else.

* Love

It's never-ending. Unflappable. Whole-heart-full-on-squeeze-you-tighter-than-anyone kind of love. The kind that brings tears to my own eyes.


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