Spooky playdate

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When the cutest bunch of kids get together for a halloween bash it looks a little like this. We ate yummy treats, listened to spooky music, and drank red blood juice. A huge thank you to The Borrowed Boutique for outfitting the kids, and Sweets N Treats 317 for the out of this world yummy desserts.

models: Emma, Ty, and Aniston

clothes: tutu du monde, modern queen kids, project6nykids, h&m

 

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

 

xo

Mandy

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Patriotic chic

   I typically don’t like to wear color. I’m usually more of a neutral girl, but around this time in the summer I begin to go all flag crazy. This romper is hands down the perfect getup for your upcoming holiday festivities. I’ve also rounded up some of my favorite kiddie items that if you hurry you can snag before the fourth. 
  
   

  
   
   
 
     

   

   
  

Vivid and Ash 

  

Little Kate designs

Wildly co

  
Target

  
   

Pretty by JL


P and the Lion

  
  

Piper Finn footwear


Naturally Blonde Beads 

  

Pink overload

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Head wrap (similar), Leo- Vintage, Distressed Jean shorts- gap, Tights- Gymboree, Boots- Hunter, Bracelets- braided mermaid, neckalce- madeover by mandy

 

With Valentine’s day or as we call it in our home, heart day, right around the corner we’ve been in quite the red and pink mood. We normally don’t wear a lot of pink, but this time of year I can’t get enough. I’m also enjoying more pink in house decor and meal planning. Below I posted some ideas from Pinterest that we have tried and are sure to be a hit in your home as well!

Sweet Heart Smoothie

Strawberry chocolate chip cookies

DIY table cloth

Cupcake cones

Winter Wreath

xoxo

Mandy

 

 

 

Aniston Turns One {Part 2}

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I knew I wanted to have a unicorn first birthday party for Aniston as soon as I started designing her nursery. As I played with iridescents and pale colors I just couldn’t wait to see my theme play out. Of course there were so many more ideas I had in my head that I never got to execute, but I’ll just save those for the parties to come :). Oh the joy of having a baby girl!!!

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We borrowed the pony from an amish family and he was seriously the sweetest thing. His name was Buster and the kids just loved him. I was able to go over the night before and decorate his hair with the little amish girls. They got a kick out of the whole thing! And of course I felt so blessed to have Ashley Moore, one of my best friends and most talented photographers, there to capture the magic!! So here are the pics!! I’ll tag as many vendors as I can at the bottom, but keep in mind so much was DIY.

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Cakes,Unicorn candle holder, Unicrown, Aniston’s outfit, Mandy’s top (similar) and shorts, Pinata, Swing, Birthday Banner, party plates, Unicorn doll, baby buggyunicorn headband.

Cotton Candy Dreams

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When you finally have a daughter, and an excuse to buy pink you tend to incorporate it as often as possible. What could be more girlie or more pink than cotton candy?! The other female of the house is our 10 year old pomapoo Emmy. She is my first born, the baby I used to dress up before having human kids. She loves to be involved in our activities. Brings her back to the old days I guess. I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity for a pink pet. Her hair is snow white, and takes to color so nicely. So even though it is Halloween eve, I thought I’d quickly share this costume tutorial with all of you. It honestly was easy and quick. I had to laugh when several people asked if I bought it from Pottery Barn, and even others asked to buy off of me ha!! It did take a couple tries to make my little picky princess actually wear the costume without fussing, so I’ll walk you step by step through what I did.

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All you need is a pink long sleeve onesie or leotard

Poly-fil

Chalk

A knife

Glue gun

Faux spider web

Pink thread

Pink felt

elastic

poster board  (or something similar) to make a cotton candy cone

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 I started by making my fluff pink. Shaved chalk is what makes it look most real. Spray painting the cotton would make it stiff. I did end up lightly spraying a tad bit in to test but liked the way the chalk looked way better. After I got it pretty pink I decided it might of been less messy to pink my fluff after glueing to the body suit. The chalk makes a huge mess! Do it outside if possible! 12189843_893649069733_4157845325637498637_n

After glueing the bulk of it to the onesie I I added more pink and more fluff as needed. This is where it gets tricky, because the polyfil is hard to glue to itself. Just add as much glue as you can. Also keep chalking and shaking the costume out till you get the desired color. I used two different shades of pink chalk.

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 You also want to make sure you get the sides glued down well. Hang the bodysuit up and glue the cotton as if the costume was on the child.

12189761_893641205493_8333349587673775855_n Next you have to make the head piece. I cute an oval of pink felt and just glued some elastic underneath to make a headband. I took some leftover pink fluff and glued it onto the pink felt with a real cotton candy cone (leftover from her first birthday) sticking out the top. Secure the cone with lots of glue and fluff around it so it doesn’t droop down or fall off.

The last thing I did was take a fake spider web, you know the kind you buy around halloween for decoration, and I stretched it all over the body of the costume. I then sewed it on around the neck and legs. What I found was Aniston hated having all the fluff in her face and around her neck. When the costume was on she would just pull and yank all the fluff off. Once I contained the cotton in a nicely shaped ball she was way better with it. The spider web is very thin, and looks like candy too. It really worked nicely. Then just throw on some pink tights and cute shoes and you’ve got the costume!

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I also puffed some blush on Aniston’s cheeks and put pink hair chalk in her hair. Sometimes it’s those little extra details that make the costume. As for Emmy I used the same method with her hair as I did the costume. I shaved chalk over her and then rubbed it in. Wah Lah a pink doggie! For the area by her face I took the pieces of chalk and simply colored. My puppy loved it because she felt like she was getting rubbed and petted.

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Their expressions kill me. Two peas in a pod.

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Photos by Me @madeoverbymandy

Moccs by @freshlypicked 

Fall Flat Lay {outfit planning for my mini}

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A lot of times after a shopping haul I like to lay everything out and make up quick outfits. This helps me see what (if anything) I am still in need of for the season. Also it gives me some easy go to outfits for days when I don’t have time to think up a cute one. I snap pics with my phone and keep them in an album called “Aniston’s outfits” or “Kempton’s outfits” you get the drill. The other day when I was snapping pictures I got to thinking, why have I never shared these with you all before?! The flat lays I come up with create great inspiration for all future looks I put together. Most of the time these original outfits are my favorites, but there are times when a hypothetical outfit stays just that. Maybe you would be inspired by some of these looks too! So without further ado, Aniston’s fall flatlays. Oh and I’ve tagged all of the shops (the best I could) for your shopping convenience!!

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Jean Jacket-Children’s Place. Sweater-Old Navy. Bloomers-Little Willow Tree. Shoes-Zara. Bow-Everyly Avenue. FoxSocks-Ali Express

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Cardigan-American Apparel. Tshirt-Old Navy (similar). Bloomers-Made by me. Moccasins-Minnetonka (similar). Bracelet- MadeoverbyMandy Hat-Vintage

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Knit Overalls- Lalaka shop (similar). Leotard- Thrifted (similar). Vest-EWMcall. Bows-Everly Avenue. Shoes-Old Navy

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Vest-Old Navy (similar). Dress-The Striped Fig. Socks-Bobo choses. Jacket-Lenox Clothing. Ear Warmer- Breelynd’s Rose.

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Jacket-Crazy 8. Tshirt-Old Navy (similar). Ripped Denim-Oshkosh (distressed by me). Ears-Target (dollar bin). Shoes-Chuck Taylors.

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Scarf-Everly Avenue. Sweater-Old Navy. Bloomers-Liboosha (similar). Moccasins-Starry Knight Design. Bracelet-Braided Mermaid. Socks-Luxie Blooms

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Crop top-Little Willow tree. Leggings-EWMcall. Fur Vest-Sweet Mama Makes. Bows- Everly Avenue. Shoes-Old Navy

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Shirt-Old Navy (similar). Skirt-Old Navy. Suspenders-H&M. Shoes-Crazy 8. Glasses-Janie and Jack (similar). Leg Warmers-The Crafted Co. Bracelets- Lucky Sage.

Micro Fashion {Fall Favorites}

Fall is my favorite time of year for dressing my kids. It’s the best time of year for mixing and matching, layering and combining seasons, and of course mashing up patterns. Sometimes the best outfit is totally unplanned, or unmatched. Let your creative side run wild here!

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Of course I am also a big believer in the simpler the better. But for the most part I let my boys help me pick their favorite pieces, then we style them together.

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Here is a quick list of pieces I’m loving for the fall.

Faux leather leggings (For Aniston and Kemp)

Vests and here and here

Dusty blue

Mary Janes

Tall socks (Yes this is where all the shops are getting them from, don’t overpay!!)

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Ripped Denim (Thrift some skinny jeans or get on major sale and rip em up)

Everything Zara 

Chunky sweaters

Doc Martens

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Bonnets

Everything EWMcCall

Fringe Moccs from Starry Knight Design

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