Best of Valentines | Handmade + More

When it comes to parties and adorable kids, I consider myself a true expert.

One of my favorite things to do is push the envelope as far as events go. I like finding decor and clothing that will not only stand out at my parties and sparkle on my kids,  but that I can also use when the balloons have popped and the cookies have crumbled.

Early on with my littles, I developed a love for handmade items; from tutu's to headbands I really learned to value the unique and disregard the mass produced.

I've created a fun compilation of decor, gifts + party supplies that will not only ROCK at your next cupid bash, but they will also be tiny treasures to hold onto for years to come.

On top of loving customized holiday decorations and wearables it's super important to me that items are quality as we like to turn our party favors into seasonal decor or vice versa.
Special Thanks to Burlap Blondie + Glitter.Me.Pretty for the ever adorable party supplies!

Emma (+ Weston) were both loving this black teething necklace from Mason + Birdie.. he held her down for  quite sometime for a cuddle and to chew on it! I would highly recommend this for any new mama, or soon to be mama (or big sister who loves a good baby snuggle) ;)

One of my favorite pieces were undoubtedly the mommy + me necklace set from SteelRibbon Jewelry

Find out where all of these amazing pieces came from + hurry over to get your own fast.. Valentine's day is coming quick and I'd love to see your littles rocking these fun wearables or your home decorated in the best banners!

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#theyearofemma | a royal bedroom makeover

I've never really had a "little girl". Granted I have a daughter, she was once an infant and toddler,  she was never really a typical little girl. We've always joked she was an old soul, always 2 going on 20, 3 going in 30. She's been gifted and bought all the standard toys, and dolls that seem like a right of passage into girl world, but there was rarely ever play that happened.                                          I know most people work really hard to keep their littles, little. To preserve that last bit of "baby" their children have. But our Emma just never really fell into that category. Her interests have always been more mature. While kids her age spend hours in fantasy land with Barbies + make believe, she's consistently been content on a gym mat, dance floor or in a book.  I actually realized the other day, she doesn't color, that she's never even created art.. ART? Then, for the first time ever, she brought home something from an art class, and I was amazed.  

Her soul, the one that's seemingly ancient, is a beautiful, wonderful, amazing little soul. I feel like too often she's not heard enough, not listened to like she should be. But, I was listening.. I listened to my girl whisper how she wants to be famous one day.. not Princess famous, but known for actually doing something. I took in all her tiny little desires and interests and tried to box that into a bedroom. She believes mermaids can be real (and secretly I hope that too) and loves her friends whole heartedly. She doesn't sit for hours, she needed space to move + grow.

In the middle of a move from one side of the country to the other, I decided to surprise her with a bedroom makeover. So, while she didn't complain or mention that her room was still in boxes compared to the rest of the house, I was plotting and collecting and crafting and painting. It was so worth it, to reveal this new special place to her after school one day, and she cried.
My sweet girl cried because she didn't expect it, didn't feel entitled to it. She cried because she loved it, because she had a mirror of her own, and brushes of her own - because someone was thinking of
 her specifically - and I wanted to cry to.

I found inspiration for her little cove in a Pottery Barn Ad.

But instead of going online and simply clicking "order collection", I made it my own. 

I took items already in her room and spray painted them gold + black. In fact, everything you see that's gold, was once another color. I think I went through 3 cans of gold :) My favorite however were the trophies.. Our pageant queen owns more than her share, and they always get shoved in the back of a closet somewhere - so I took a few and gave them that monochrome look!

It's an adorable space, for our tween - I wish I could live inside, too.

Floral Duvet + Hanging Stars : Pottery Barn Teen
Blush Quilt + Shams : Lauren Conrad - Kohls
Vanity Mirror + Giant E : Hobby Lobby
Wall Dot Decails : Miss Meliss Boutique
Photo frames + Vanity Stool : Ikea
Floral Head Crown : UponaStarBowtique

Weston Knox | Nursery re-do | Hush Little Bebe Designs

There's that bitter sweet realization, when you've lowered the crib mattress + packed away the crib bumpers that graduates your little from infant to toddler.

I had been wanting to re-do Weston's Infamous Pinterest Pinned nursery for what felt like ever, and really drew inspiration from a custom made quilt from Hush Little Bebe Designs.

Almost every piece in his room was given a fresh coat of paint or some sort of new transformation to match the big boy nursery!

Painted Wooden Nursery Letters | The Original Vertical Hanging Wooden Letters

These letters sure have come a long way!

a peak at the set up 

The crib sheet was also custom made by the same company; Hush Little Bebe Designs to match his room!

As I'm preparing to also transition him from a crib to a toddler bed, I can't help but think; He's grown so fast, in such a short amount of time!

I also did a editorial spread for our custom quilt from HLB... and LOVED how some of the shots turned out!

Quilt + Sheet: Hush Little Bebe Designs
Brave Grey Vneck: River Babe Threads
Moccasins:Fledge Feet Co.

+ a little Westie Love :: Taken on his 2nd Birthday ::

Beanie : Monkey Feet USA
Tshirt: Quirkie Kids
Pants: H&M
Moccasins: Sail East Co.

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