Stilettos and Diapers: July 2012


The emptying of my bank account on some fabulous finds.

You probably have been living under a rock if you haven't heard of GroopDealz. They have seriously blown up all over twitter, Facebook and blogs as of late. It's the same idea as Groupon and all those other daily deal sites, but the difference is their deals are from Etsy type sellers. 

I may have sneakily bought a few things with my PayPal account (yay, it gets even more dangerous!) lately. 

This peacock necklace at $8.75:
The wanna be J Crew bubble necklace everyone and their mother is wearing for $19.99: (I got yellow!)
 And these gorgeous lace shorts in cream for $14.99:

I get emails every day with stuff that I want to buy. With most of it 50% off or more, you just can't go wrong. Lets face it, it's way easier to buy stuff from the comfort of your iPhone than taking the kids out shopping! I'm going to start keeping my eye out for good Christmas gifts. Go shop now


Black and Lacy Date Night {A Fashion Post}

Last week, I got to go with the hubs to a fancy work event at the Kennedy Center. We had a private dinner and saw the Addam's Family Show. I was super nervous at first, but ended up actually having fun. The champagne at intermission didn't hurt either!

I didn't have any idea what to wear and my sweet neighbor let me raid her closet. My neighborhood keeps getting better and better. 

Dress: White House Black Market; Shoes: White House Black Market; Clutch: Ross; Bracelets: F21; Ring: F21; Nail Color: L'Oreal Walk on the Beach.

Cooper really loves getting in these pics with me and I love it when he wears that sweet smile.


My first baby is 16!

There were originally 3 of us girls in my family growing up. When I was 11, my mom had a tubal reversal and 3 months later, was pregnant with my brother. 

My first baby. 
That poor boy had 4 mothers, actually. Us sisters dressed him, baby-wore him, and treated him like he was ours. 
(I only wish I had a brood of teenage girls to help out around here!)
As you can imagine, he's learned quite well how treat a lady, to tell her she looks beautiful at just the right time and to tip-toe around our raging hormonal swings.
Today, our first baby is 16. 

He survived growing up with not only the 3 of us, but our youngest sister, too. He deserves some kind of medal, I think. I supposed we should take it easy on him if we're overcome with jealousy when he gives us a hot 20-something sister-in-law. 

I love you, Josh and I'm so glad I have you as a brother. Happy Birthday!


Stop and Smell the Roses Vlog Link-Up

Stop and Smell the Roses

Today, I'm linking up with one of the sweetest ladies in blogland, Mandy. I met her at Blissdom and she won my heart with her cobalt skinnies. Stop and Smell the Roses is a place to link-up a blog all about what you are grateful for. Here I am in all my awkwardness.

Want to link up? Read her how-to post here. Happy Wednesday!


DIY: Wine Cork Placecard Holders

DIY: Placecard Holders

With my sister-in-law's wedding just 2.5 weeks away, I am busily working on all sorts of crafty things for the ceremony and reception. This weekend, I worked my little fingers to the bone for these wine cork place card holders. 

For someone that has a massive bag a few extra wine corks lying around, it was a no brainer to make them. It was a pretty simple task, too, even if my fingers were a bit sore this morning. 

You'll need:
Exacto knife
Hack saw 
Cardstock in your choice of color

First task, is slicing off a bit of the cork off so that they stand up. It does't take too much and I just used an exacto knife. I looked at the design of the cork first and decided where to cut based on what I wanted to show when it was standing.
Next, stand the cork up and cut a straight slice down the center, going about half the depth of the cork. 
That slice isn't wide enough to easily get the card in without bending it. So using the thin cut as your guide, place the cork on a hack saw and gently cut, making sure not to go too deep. 
You could also cut down into the cork, but I found moving the cork was easier than moving the saw. Also? Don't drink wine while using the saw. My fingernail barely lives to tell this tale. 
We'll be using brown card stock with silver wording for the wedding. My SIL also decided to do 1 card for each couple, which meant I only had to make 80 of these bad boys. 
These would be perfect for a dinner party, or even to use as food labels. I'm sure I'll be making some more to keep on hand!


Who to Follow Friday {Pinterest Edition}

Follow Friday
Ever feel overwhelmed by how many people there are to follow on Pinterest? I find myself re-pinning the same people over and over, so I thought I should share my faves with you! 

Here they are, broken down by category. Go get your follow on! 

Fashionable Pins
Milly  - Her pins are trendy and daring.
Kate - Pins stylish looks as well as looks you could put together from your closet pieces. 
N  - A boho kindof style to her pins. Think Olsen twins.  

Delicious Eats
Krysta - A food blogger, so no wonder her food pins are amazing! 
Lisa - My good friend from California has an eye for food. No wonder we get along so well...
Carolyn - Has a pretty, colorful food board. Also a friend IRL. I guess I'm attracted to people that like to eat. 

Vicky - Tons of crafts, activities and other things all about kids.
Lindsay - Think anything you need for entertaining kids! 

Jen - Tatertots and Jello is probably known by the majority of y'all, but you can't beat her DIYs. 
Jaime - Wins for organization board. Such great ideas! 

Making Home Lovely
Jenn - I would live in she has. 
Molly - (not me!) pins decorative and DIY things for the home

Photo Ideas
Rachel - Pins from a photographer are bound to be good...and hers are! 
Rachel - Another Rachel. Another photographer. Another fab pin board. 

Now its your turn! Who are your faves? Leave me some links!

Happy Friday, Y'all! 


Visibly more beautiful skin from a body wash? I'm in.

I know I'm not the only Mom who feels like my only "me time" is in the shower. Honestly, I only get a kid free shower a couple times a week, but it's one of the most consistent, relaxing times in my life right now. 

When I was sent Dove's VisibleCare Toning Crème Body Wash, I was more than happy to try it. It claims to give you visibly more beautiful skin in just one week. It also has the word toning in the description. Who wouldn't want to be able to tone skin while showering? 

Since I have a history of not being the best at pampering myself, (remember when I used shaving gel for the first time like 2 years ago?) I'll try any way to make my beauty regime more simple. I'll almost always use a product that does more than one thing at a time. Sunscreen with lotion. Nail polish with built in top coat. Shampoo with conditioner. Body wash that moisturizes and tones. Hello, Dove VisibleCare:
My favorite thing about this body wash, is the lather. I love being able to use a small amount of body wash and still get tons of bubbles. Bubbles that make for perfect shaving cream! I have noticed a definite decrease in my skins dryness. I struggle so much with dry skin and I'm really happy with the results in just over 1 week of use. I want to make sure my skin looks good now that I can't hide it behind winter clothes. Nothing is a worse accessory to a cute summer look than dry skin!

As for the toning? I do think I have a "smoother" look. Don't think you'll look like you've been running marathons your whole life, but hey, I'll take smoother any ol' day. The scent is perfect. I would describe it as a clean, light and refreshing. It leaves a pleasant smell on my skin after the shower, but nothing strong. 

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New York City With Kids

We aren't strangers to NYC, having in-laws born and raised there and the hubs living in upstate NY his whole life. One thing we hadn't done, though, was take our kids there. After our first trip with them last weekend, I can't wait to do it again. Here are the details of our kid friendly Big Apple adventure. 

We started in Battery Park because I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty. I am supposed to climb it for my 101 in 1001 list, but that isn't happening with kids. I also realized I have no desire to climb 354 narrow stairs. So, I'm giving myself partial credit.Photobucket
Vendor cart ice cream. It was 95 degrees and we just couldn't say no, even though I stupidly dressed my kid in white shorts. 
There is no lack of splash pads in the City. They come in handy for washing said ice cream off of a child. And his shorts. 

I have always wanted to ride the ferris wheel in Times Square's Toys-R-Us. Bringing our kids gave us the perfect excuse to do it. It was a surprisingly long ride and at $5 per person, not totally a rip off. 
Pretty much all of Cooper's favorite characters were roaming Times Square. Shrek motioned for a picture and I was happy to get one. It was after it was taken that he held up his little "alms for the poor" bag and cocked his head to the side. Sucker. 
Dylan's Candy Bar. Enough said, right? Mine and my kids dream come true. 

My absolute favorite part of New York City is Central Park. We went early on Saturday for a run and some adventure finding. We used our (safely seated in the stroller) child to take our picture since we got engaged on that bridge 9 years ago!
The park is filled with playgrounds that we've never noticed before. They are all fenced in, so it is relaxing for parents to sit and watch their kids play.
Mid-park, at 64th street, is the famous Central Park Carousel. It is the 4th one that has been in the park since 1871. This one happens to be a vintage one that was abandoned at Coney Island and restored to be in the park. The tickets are $2.50 per person. Again, surprisingly reasonable for what it is. 
Walking the park and 5th Avenue to see all the stores is the perfect time to let your kids nap in the stroller from their tiring morning. 
It's also a great time to stop for cannolis and coffee!
The most important thing, I think, when going to New York City is where to stay. It becomes even more important when you bring kids. First, you need a great location. We picked Marriott's Renaissance New York Hotel 57. Located at 57th and Park Ave, it's only a few blocks from the south entrance to Central Park, just under 1 mile to Times Square and has tons of shopping right around it. Its a swanky boutique hotel, but totally kid friendly. The staff was amazing and the price was reasonable for the City. There was a mini fridge in our room that came in handy when we brought our John's pizza back. (Go there. Seriously, yum.) 
The MOST important part? We got a room with a terrace. That way, we put the kids to bed and were still able to enjoy the City and the gorgeous views. They also have a rooftop terrace with a bar that was not crowded at all. 
After, of course, the little one got a little peek at where we were going to be while he slept.
We weren't excited or anything...
Another thing your kids will love? A baseball game. We ventured into Queens and went to a Met game. It was hot but totally a blast. 
Cooper is already begging to go again. I am sure we will be planning many more NYC trips with our kiddos in the future! 
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