"Home: Wherever I am with you."

I feel incredibly blessed to have spent another fabulous year with Miss Cupcake and my dear hubby. Being together is truly what makes our little house feel like a home.  This gorgeous canvas from Z Create Design states it perfectly:  "Home: Wherever I am with you."  Sometimes home is not a place, but the people you share your life with.  This definition of home adds a vintage and minimalist touch to our home.  It fits in perfect with our modern coastal farmhouse decor.  This lovely 24" X 16" piece is printed on museum quality artist's canvas and finished with a rustic wooden frame.  It is simply stunning!

A few months ago I added these romantic "Mr & Mrs" wall letters from ZCreateDesign to our master bedroom.  They fit perfectly with minimalist decor.  We hung these gorgeous letters over our bed, but they are versatile enough to look fabulous anywhere!  These are so classic and give our room a cozy and personalized feel.  If you are planning a wedding or just want extra special decor for you home ZCreateDesign is truly your one-stop shop.  They have DIY options for almost everything in their store!

What I Wore || Little Red Holiday Dress

This little red dress from Me&City is perfect for holiday parties or any day when you want to add a fun pop of color.  The slim fitted top and bubble skirt make this dress unique and flattering.  The moment I put this dress on I felt like it was tailored especially for me.  It fit perfectly!  I love the high round neckline and the exposed back zipper.  The 3/4 length sleeves make this dress practical all year long.  It can be worn alone in the warmer months or paired with tights in the cooler months.  I plan to wear this for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and many more occasions.  

For the winter months or cool evenings, this classy dress can also be layered with a jacket.  I recently wore it with an adorable Me&City embellished bomber jacket.  This jacket is incredibly soft and warm.  The rivet detailing along the trendy standing collar and convenient front pockets make this a fun and versatile addition to any wardrobe.  I know I will be wearing this with my dresses, jeans, and everything in between.  It goes with everything!

This was my first experience with Me&City apparel, and I was quite impressed with the quality of this dress and jacket.  I will certainly be purchasing from this brand again in the future.  

What I love most about the holiday season is choosing the perfect gifts for the special people in my life. Gifts that make the home a bit more comfortable and functional my favorite to give and receive.  This ultimate kitchen starter set from Vremi contains 6 nonstick pots and pans and 5 nonstick cooking utensils.  It is available in a traditional black or a fun pop of colors.  This Vremi cookware set is an ideal Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys cooking.

Nothing makes it feel more like the holidays than baking.  Miss Cupcake and I have been whipping up cookies, fudge, and (of course) cupcakes!  This Vremi 15 piece mixing bowl set makes it easy for us to mix, measure, and create delicious  Christmas treats!  I love the high quality of this set.  Miss Cupcake adores the bright colors.  

This Vremi cookware set is an ideal Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys cooking. The professional 10 piece knife set from Vremi contains 5 cooking and carving knives in fun colors.  The precision blades are made from finely sharpened edges in a high quality stainless steel.  They are lightweight with comfortable handles that are easy to grip.  The protective covers make these a bit safer when cooking with my four year old co-chef.  Everyday chefs will be thrilled with this set!

We love smoothies at our house!  Dear hubby makes a green smoothie every day, and I have been joining in as well.  Eating heathy during the holidays can be difficult, but sneaking in a few extra fruits and veggies is easy with this Vremi  professional blender.  I have had many blenders, but this is by far the best one I have ever owned.  This is a simply amazing heavy duty blender that anyone will appreciate receiving this Christmas.

Miss Cupcake and I have been busy decorating our little home for the holidays.  Bright lights, glistening glitter, and twinkling stars are abundant, but nothing brings my heart more joy than seeing the wonder of the season through the eyes of a child.  It's beginning to look and smell a lot like Christmas with this fresh Rustic Warmth Centerpiece from Lynch Creek Wreaths.  Last year we decorated with a gorgeous wreath from Lynch Creek Wreaths which received oodles of compliments from our guests.  

The Rustic Warmth Centerpiece is perfect for our living room entry table.   This one-of-a-kind seasonal centerpiece welcomes our friends and family with the inviting scent of pine.  The shimmery burlap bows, pillar candle, and glass chimney make this centerpiece a holiday classic.  We have never been anything less than thrilled with Lynch Creek Wreaths products, and this lovely centerpiece is so exception!  

Christmas is time for sharing joy with others.  Thus, I would love to offer one lucky winner a fresh Rustic Warmth Centerpiece to adorn their home this holiday.  

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I am currently in the process of creating a coastal farmhouse inspired bedroom.  
While the decor is far from complete, I wanted to share a tiny glimpse into our beachy room. 

The moment I spotted this DHP Manila Metal Bed I knew it would be ideal for this decor project.  This piece is contemporary yet classic.  The white finish on this bed is gorgeous and adds contrast to some of the natural wood pieces in the room.  The simple rail design and high profile headboard add a touch of elegance.  The quality of this solid metal bed is outstanding.  This bed includes metal slats and supporting legs.  I was initially nervous about how the slats would hold up, but I was pleasantly surprised by how sturdy this bed feels.

The headboard on this  DHP Manila Metal Bed is tall enough to provide support when setting up in bed and looks great with pillows.   The simple details look fantastic with the coastal decor and truly pull the entire room together.  Our old mattress was uncomfortable and stained from a coffee spill (oopsy!) so we decided to upgrade to a 14" Encased Coil & Memory Foam Signature Sleep Mattress. This gel infused Memory Foam mattress allows airflow while molding to the body's natural shape.  It is oh-so-cozy and looks gorgeous on our bed.

This was my first experience with a mattress in a box, and I had no idea what to expect when it arrived.  Despite my dear hubby's apprehension about the mattress dramatically popping out at him when he opened the box, the instructions where straightforward and the processes was uneventful (no dramatic popping occurred).  I loved the convenience of having the mattress delivered in a box.    It was the perfect way to finish the DHP Manila Metal Bed, and there was no need for a box spring.   This Signature Sleep Mattress is incredibly comfortable, and I expect it to last for years to come. 

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Now all I have to do is get Miss Cupcake out of the bed so I can get some much needed sleep.

White & Natural Urban Port Decor

I am currently in the processes of creating a simple coastal farmhouse bedroom.
The moment that I spotted this gorgeous wooden cabinet from Urban Port I knew that it would be a perfect addition to the room.  While I had originally planned to go with all white furniture, 
the exposed wood made this piece has a much more interesting, rustic vibe.  
I used this cabinet as a unique night stand. This piece has plenty of room for storage.

Identical night stands can be boring.  I decided to use a coordinating Urban Port stand in a different style on the other side of the bed  to make the room a bit more unique.  This high quality wooden table also has a drawer for storage and space underneath for additional storage or decor.  
I am searching for the perfect basket/bin to add for a finishing touch.

There was an area of my room that felt a bit empty.  
This Urban Port storage shelf fit perfectly into the space and pulled the room together.  
The two spacious drawers and shelf makes this piece attractive and practical. 
From the stunning wood finish to the classic hardware, these pieces exceeded my expectations.

The quality white wood and natural finish of these Urban Port pieces are simply stunning.  All three of these high quality wooden pieces were ideal for the coastal farmhouse themed decor that I am currently working on for the bedroom.  I am excited to add my own person touches to these tables 
(baskets, decor, etc) in the coming weeks.  

See more decor and furniture available from Urban Port.

Walmart Grocery Pickup Service

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart

It was pouring rain, Miss Cupcake was already in her pajamas, AND we desperately needed groceries.  We are still struggling to adjust to the busy back-to-school routine.  We are both exhausted by the evening, and grocery shopping is not at all an easy task with a tired preschooler. Thankfully, a few days earlier I had heard that there was a new service that would allow me to order groceries online and pick them up at Walmart.  Although this service is not yet available at all locations, I did a quick search and was happy to see that pickup was available at several locations near me.  I had placed an online order from the comfort of my couch for an entire weeks worth of groceries. The process was so quick and easy! I simply selected the items that I wanted ($35 minimum), chose my pickup location and reserved a one hour.timeframe of when I would like my groceries ready.   I even received  $10 off my first order of $50 or more with coupon code REALEASY (expires 11/1/16). Miss Cupcake was excited about getting to go for a ride in her pajamas, and I was excited that I would not have to haul her into the store.  It sounded like a win-win situation to me! Since there is no additional fee for using Walmart's Grocery Pickup Service, I figured that there was nothing to lose by giving it a try!  

I received a call from a friendly Walmart associate letting me know that my order was ready a few minutes before my scheduled time   When we arrived at Walmart, I quickly located the designated Pickup area on the side of the store.   The groceries were loaded into my trunk within a few minutes while Miss Cupcake and I relaxed in the car.  Miss Cupcake was highly amused by the entire process and whispered, "Did you tell him we wanted bubble gum?" as the Walmart associate loaded our groceries. We made it back home for bedtime, and Miss Cupcake has lots of goodies (including fresh fruit) for her school lunch tomorrow.

We had a fantastic first experience with the Walmart Grocery Pickup Service!  I am typically exhausted and a bit frazzled after grocery shopping with Miss Cupcake.  Getting an entire week's worth of groceries without having to leave my car made me feel quite pampered.  We will be using this service regularly.  

See if a Walmart near you offers the Grocery Pickup Service.

Photo Credit: Robert S. Donovan

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored.  All opinions are honest and based on an actual experience.

The Super, Incredible Big Brother

"The baby will be a lifelong friend - someone on whom you can always depend."

The Super, Incredible Big Brother book from I See Me! is the perfect gift for a new big brother! It comes personalized with big brother's name and the name of the new baby. The book reassures  big brother that he is loved and appreciated. 

To make it even more fun, it rewards him for helping out and being a "super star" with his new sibling. It comes with a coordinating Super Incredible Big Brother award medal with a place on the back to write the proud big brother's name! Written by award-winning children's author Jennifer Dewing and Illustrated by award-winning artist Jill McDonald, this hardcover book is an adorable, whimsical and fun-filled personalized story.   

We always adore the high quality personalized books available at I See Me!
They truly have the perfect gifts for little girls and boys.

Other personalized children's items available include:

bObi Classic Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop

As a busy mom to spunky Miss Cupcake I find it difficult to keep my hard floors and area rugs squeaky clean.  She enjoys digging in the dirty and playing at the beach, which certainly does not make my job simple.  To be honest, I simply do not have the time to vacuum and mop daily. Thus, my love for the bObi Classic Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop was born.  I had been eyeing this robotic vacuum for months and finally decided it was time to give it a try.  While my expectations where quite high, the bObi Classic managed to exceed them!  As soon as I opened the box I was impressed by the sleek white design.  I pressed the GO! button on the remote, and it immediately began to zoom around the room.  

I keep my bObi Classic Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop on the convenient charging station in the living room.  It is set to automatically clean the doors every day and returns itself to the charger.  My floors have never looked better, and I can relax while my bObi Classic does all the work!

There are so many things I adore about this robotic vacuum, but here's a quick run down of the features:

The bObi Classic Robotic Vacuum Cleaner and Mop effortlessly keeps dust and sand from accumulating on our floors.   It is obviously a high quality vacuum which I expect to be enjoying for years to come.  My floors have been so clean lately that we are revisiting the idea of getting Miss Cupcake the "small, fully dog" that she has been begging for (which I have forbidden in the past because I could not handle the idea of fur on the floors).  A bObi Pet is also available with increased vacuum power and prolonged battery life.

Bamboo Fiber Bread Box with Cutting Board Giveaway

I have been searching for the perfect bread box for some time now.  It needed to be small enough to keep on my rather limited counter space and large enough to be functional.  The moment I spotted this Clean Dezign bread box with cutting board lid I knew it was what I wanted.  This bread case is made out of a unique material called BAMBOO FIBER which is hard, durable, light weight and eco friendly.

The bamboo lid doubles as a cutting board with grooved crumb catchers to keep your countertops clean and save space. It also rests on the container to allow easy lifting.  Not only is it convenient to have a cutting board easily accessible, but I also love the farmhouse touch it added to my kitchen.

This bread box measures 15 3/4 x 9 x 5" with the lid on. The base for storage is 15 x 8 x 4". It is big enough to store and keep your items fresh including bread, bagels, buns hot dogs and more - small enough to save counter space

I decided to add a decal to my Clean Dezign bread box, and I am really happy with the final look!

I love this Clean Dezign breadbox so much that I will be giving away THREE.
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Dorel Living Vivienne Twin Daybed

The Vivienne Twin Daybed by Dorel Living will add an elegant touch to any child's room. Bright and glamorous, this daybed features subtle chic details such as turned wood feet, a full panel inset headboard with a sophisticated arched top panel, and clean lines in a white finish, all of which are sure to make a fashion statement in your child’s room.  This white daybed looks gorgeous with the navy blue (with a few pops of pink) decor theme that is currently in the works at our house.

While this daybed is classy enough to go in any room, I love how convenient it is for a child to slip into at bedtime.  It is low to the ground which makes it easily accessible to little ones and less of a risk of injury in case of an accidental tumble (yes, we've had a few of those around our house).

More than just a pretty face, this daybed is capable of accommodating the Vivienne Trundle (sold separately) allowing it to be an ideal storage solution. Versatile and adaptable to any age, the Vivienne Twin Daybed by Dorel Living is the perfect addition to your child's room.  While this bed is lightweight and easy to move, it is truly a high quality piece of furniture.  I expect it to last for many, many years! 

Dorel Living leads the way in the design, sourcing and manufacture of quality home furnishings. Specializing in finer wood and upholstered furniture, Dorel Living has made a commitment to quality and safety in all aspects of its operations – from initial conception to final production. 
Through a versatile product offering that embraces the bedroom, dining, kitchen, seating and accent categories, Dorel Living offers consumers true value by way of functional, inspired and accessible style.

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