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Monday, December 5, 2016

Jordan's Christmas Nursery

I swear the weekends go faster and faster and just like that, we're back to Monday! But, in just two short weeks, it will be Christmas break and we'll have our son home for a couple weeks, so we're looking forward to that!  We also celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary over the weekend and I can't believe next year will be 10 years.  I love this little family of ours and of course Jordan brings so much joy! 

Her nursery is still one of my favorite rooms in our house and we recently added a touch of Christmas decor in honor of her very first Christmas.


As soon as I saw this medium sized pre-flocked Christmas tree at Homegoods, I knew it would be perfect for her room.  It came in the galvanized tub and is just so pretty with those big fluffy branches!  On the spot, I decided I had to have it and was just thankful it fit in my car even with her and the carseat inside!  I found a similar 3.5 foot flocked tree online for under $60!  It's pre-lit just like this one and looks almost identical, but I don't think it comes with the tub.


I didn't go overboard with the Christmas decorations in her room this year, just the lightly decorated tree and a simple Noel banner that I got at our annual Nutcracker Market are all it needed to ring in the holiday. Last year, before she was even born, I decked it out with shiny pink and gold!  Now that she's actually here . . . mama's too tired to do more! 


I racked my brain trying to remember the name of the sweet shop that sold that NOEL banner since I threw the receipt away, and I finally found the Nutcracker brochure with all the vendors in it!  This shop is called Miss Rose Sister Violet and they have the sweetest vintage accessories, housewares and apparel.  


Jordan is already 9 months old and of course exploring everything!  She hasn't paid too much attention to the tree - she mostly prefers to play with dirty old shoes! 



I fell in love with the winter snow kid ornament set from Target.  They are fabric and look handmade, perfect for a children's room.  


The tree also has mini wooden star ornaments from Homegoods, felt ball garland from Minted, and wooden beaded stars from Target.



I ordered two personalized ornaments to honor Jordan's first Christmas and our first Christmas as a family of four from Etsy shop, Mooseberry Paper Co.  We tried to get personalized ornaments at the Nutcracker Market but the line was outrageous and we opted not to wait.  I'm actually glad I found this Etsy shop- they have darling ornaments! 



So you can see the ornament is about 3 inches in diameter.  And I'm wearing that same light knit sweater that I've been reaching for everyday!  It's casual goodness with a wide v-neck and is currently 40% off- still in stock in lots of colors and sizes.  I should buy another color so it's not as obvious that I'm in the same thing everyday!



It's been increasingly difficult to photograph things in our home with an active and adorable baby around!  I thought you might want to see what was happening in the background while I tried to get these shots. That's also why you see Jordan wearing two different things in this post- because I had to take these pics on a couple of different days.  

For the second day of shooting, I hauled the exersaucer (that I normally keep in our master bathroom for when I need to shower) into the hallway to try to keep her contained.  That lasted all of six minutes until she was screaming to get out.  Fine.

So she played her favorite game of "let's pull everything out of the dirty laundry basket" while I tried to take a few more pics.  Don't let that innocent face fool ya! She's up to no good!


And "eat the hangers" is always fun.



But when she got all up in my biz and tried to pull the tripod over . . . 


I had the genius idea to put her into her crib.  



Poor baby.  

But I don't give up. "Look Jordan, there's a Christmas Tree in your room!" (said in my most happy-high-pitched squeally baby voice to try and elicit a smile.) Yes, right there!"  


Better keep snapping while she's smiling!  


That lasted 30 seconds before she was demanding to get out again.


Well, at least we got a few!  Love this baby to pieces!! 

If you're interested in more details about this room, including sources, paint colors, etc., I shared them all in this post.  To see more of our Christmas decor, you can click the HOLIDAY tab

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Red Sweaters & Shoes

Happy weekend friends!  I'm moving slow today after our all girls, Favorite Things party last night. It was super fun and we'll definitely be making it a tradition.  I can't believe Jordan slept through 15 rowdy women laughing and drinking and cheering on their favorite things!  I was sure she'd wake up, but she slept right through! I'll share all of our favorite things with you soon, but I had to throw out this honorable mention that got the most attention last night! ;)

I couldn't kick off the holidays (it's December already!!) without sharing some festive red looks with you!  Now is the perfect time to bust out your red lipstick and sweaters and get this holiday month started on the right foot!  In fact, both looks today, I'm wearing these sassy suede red heels!  I wore them all Spring in the nude color, but now red is so appropriate. I'll link more fun holiday heels at the bottom for those of you with an eye toward holiday parties!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Red/White Reversible Tote & Gifts Under $35

As soon as I saw my very favorite faux leather reversible tote (that I listed in my Favorite Things post) in a brand new holiday color combo of red and white, I couldn't wait to see if it was as gorgeous in my hands as it looked online. I'm happy to report, it is!  The red is such a pretty true red on the cool side and not orangey or pink at all.  And it's under $50!  

I'm not naming names, but I have a few people on my Christmas list who just might find this present under their tree!  I'm showing you how I carried it on both sides today and then sharing a few more accessory-related gift ideas (under $35 and most under $25!) to help you out with your holiday shopping! 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Nordstrom Gift Card Winner Is . . .

Good morning friends!  We're midway through this week and I don't know about you, but I feel like it's taken me the last two days to get my bearings again after Thanksgiving break!  We've had a lot going on and I'm co-hosting a "Favorite Things" party with my girlfriends tomorrow, so I'll be getting ready for that today!  Should be so much fun to see what everyone brings- our limit was $25 so I'll share the ideas with you after the party.

And speaking of favorite things, y'all let me know what you were hoping Santa would bring YOU! 

Ugg boots (these cute minis are 30% off now & these gorgeous knee boots are 33% off in 4 colors with lots of sizes still in stock), Ugg slippers (how fun are these?! 30% off), Hunter boots, Kendra Scott jewelry topped your list.  Several of you also mentioned gifts you would get for your kids or mom (so sweet!) and thanks for pointing out this killer cocoon cardigan.  That looks awesomely cozy! 


Although I didn't intend the giveaway to elicit compliments on my blog, a pleasant side effect of the giveaway was hearing your sweet comments! Thank you so much!  Your kind words really make my day!

So, without further ado, the winner of the $250 gift card to Nordstrom is . . . 

Kayla, I just emailed you, so check your inbox! 
If you don't see it, please email me at: honeywerehomeblog@gmail.com 

And, if you need some ideas on how to keep your holidays stress free (I'm raising my hand!), check out the post I wrote on I Heart Organizing.  The funny thing about that post is that I mentioned doing way less Advent activities this year, but over the weekend, James found our Advent calendar and filled it to the brim with things to do each day! #uhoh!!!!  ;)


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our Snowy Christmas Tree

Did you get your holiday shopping started yesterday? Maybe even done for those overachievers out there! ;) Those sales were bananas and my fingers are tired from clicking around on my computer, but nothing a strong cup of coffee this morning can't fix! 

Are you ready to turn the page to some Christmas holiday decor?!  Over the Thanksgiving break, we've been making our way around our home spreading holiday cheer throughout.  Thank God I have a helper in James or I'd be dead!  I've been sharing bits on InstaStories and love watching them too. It's been easier for me to post to one social media channel instead of two, so I've been kinda MIA on Snapchat recently.  What are you watching? 

When you have kids, it's interesting to see which parent's traits they inherit and, happy for me, James shares my love of decorating.  He definitely doesn't get that from Dad! It was James who insisted we put a tree in the dining room this year with "red and white" and we got to it late on Friday night with festive music playing and all.  Today, I'm showing you our Christmas tree that takes center stage in the curve of our staircase.  


This tall beauty is a few years old from Hobby Lobby and is pre-lit with white lights, but didn't come flocked. I added the flocking with this White Snow Flocking Powder, the same powder I used on this tree upstairs.  The flock comes with instructions to lightly spray the tree with water, then sift the flock onto the tree while lightly spraying it with water as it falls onto the branches.  Then, spray a light coat of water again to lock it in place.  It's really a two-person job because who can shake flock through a sifter and spray at the same time- not me!

Monday, November 28, 2016

In the Dressing Room & Cyber Monday Sales

So it's back to real life after all those days off and lots of lounging and eating waaaaay too much!  I was starting to forget what day it was, and woke up yesterday thinking it was already Monday!  So glad for that extra day of weekend!  And of course today is Monday, and not just any Monday, but Cyber Monday!  Now is when shiz gets real and I start checking off my Christmas list!  I'm so freaking excited to get my gift shopping started with this gift for Jordan for her first Christmas! I've been considering it for weeks, but now it's on sale and free shipping and I had a $25 coupon so I had to!  

And we've been good too, right?!  Maybe something pops in our cart for us too! #nojudgment 

Today, I have a giant 'In the Dressing Room' post for you that I was going to break into two posts because it's super long, but decided to put it all together in case you wanted to knock out your shopping in one go.  After all, we only have one day to take advantage of Cyber Monday sales, so no hesitating allowed! I know it's helpful to see things on an average body, so let's get to it!  For fit reference, I'm petite, 5'1, about 105 pounds. 

First up is my dressing room marathon at Loft, where everything is 50% off with FREE shipping! Just use code CYBERMONDAY.  They are making it super easy to put everything in our cart and then squeal with delight about how much money we just saved!  #ashubbysrolltheireyes! 

This Lace Top is date night ready with skinny jeans and heels or party ready with a pretty skirt or slacks.  I'm wearing it with a Black Cami but if you pair it with a nude cami, the gorgeous lace detail will really pop. 


Thursday, November 24, 2016

$250 Nordstrom Giveaway & Black Friday Sales

I hope y'all had the best day with family and friends and lots of good food!  We spent the day at my Mom's house with my brothers, sis-in-law and sis-n-law to be, nieces and nephew (you can see bits on InstaStories) and now we're back home, stuffed to the gills, cozied up on the couch in our Christmas pajamas!

But, I couldn't let Thanksgiving day end without letting you know how much I appreciate YOU! Your encouragement, support and friendship over the years means so much to me.  So many of you have been reading James was just a baby and now you've seen him grow up and us become a family of four.  I'm honored that you choose to spend part of your day here! As a token of my appreciation, I'm celebrating with a $250 gift card to Nordstrom!  I'm sure y'all are ready to get your holiday shopping started, so I hope this gift makes your holiday shopping merrier!


I've already taken a peek at the Black Friday sales and shared some of my faves below.  I'd love to hear what's on your list too!  You can enter the giveaway by popping over to Nordstrom and letting me know what you'd choose if you win!  I'll do a round-up of your pics and announce the winner on Wednesday! 


Contrast Cuff Sweater $35.39 (40% off)
Pink Bubble Stitch Sweater4 colors $33.11 (52% off)
Grey Cardigan $37.91 (52% off)
V-Neck Tunic Sweater, 3 colors $33.11 (52% off)
Cashmere Fingerless Gloves, 6 colors $26.99 (40% off) 
Kate Spade Initial Necklace $40.60 (30% off)
Fringe Scarf $9.51 (49% off)
Clarisonic $135.20 (20% off)
Kate Spade Drop Earrings $44 (20% off)
Rebecca Minkoff Tote $155.96 (52% off)
Double Breasted Peacoat, 4 colors$30.31 (47% off)
UGG Shearling Boots $95.91 (46% off)
UGG Water Resistant Suede Boots, 3 colors $119.91 (46% off)
Sorel Faux Fur Lined Boots $127.46 (25% off) 
Tory Burch Riding Boots $263.91 (46% off)
Wedge Booties $62.36 (52% off)



ANN TAYLOR | 50% off everything, code CELEBRATE



GAP |   50% off everything, code TGIF50



LOFT | 40% off everything, code BERRYGOOD




NORDSTROM | Extra 20% off sale items 



OLD NAVY | 50% off everythingish, discount at checkout




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