Monday, February 20, 2017

Family Valentine

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's day with your family! Today, just wanted to share with you how we celebrated ours, which by now you know, has become some sort of tradition in our household.

We started Valentines day with a special breakfast I prepared for my family.

 I used some heart-shaped plates I scored from last year and my Norman Rockwell mugs for the occassion. Simple doily chargers for our simple Valentine meal.

I had a card and gift for the kids

On the morning of, my hubs and kids surprised me with this...

Donuts, tulips, roses and balloons
 Hubs bought the donuts so I wouldn't have to prepare breakfast but I already had the breakfast planned.
I made Chocolate chip red velvet pancakes which was supposed to be heart-shaped ;-)

I made Hot cocoa for breakfast too

Donuts hubby got

My balloon

For dinner our meal was very simple and also has become a tradition of sorts, heart-shaped pizza!

Southwest Chicken Salad, macarons

Our special pizza and I made a heart-shaped chocolate cake too!

Yes, i do lots of sweets for my sweets
Our kid-friendly drink

Overall it was a very fun Valentines for all of us. Hope you enjoyed this short post of mine!

Happy President's Day!


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Travel Portraits - Our Family in Paris

Last Christmas, we went for the very first time to Europe.

It was a very memorable and tiring trip ( we had all 3 kids with us). We visited only London and Paris in our short 8 day vacation. Five days in London and only 2 days in Paris (the rest was on a plane).

And before I share any details of our trip, I would like to share with you probably one of the BEST part of our trip, our Family Pictorial in Paris...

I booked a photographer -  I heart Paris Photographer, 2 months in advance to make sure they would be available on the 2 short days we were there. I highly-recommend Fede and his wife Anastasia since we absolutely had to do our photos on on one of the foggiest and coldest day in Paris at that time! We were so lucky to have found Fede since he was so patient with us and the kids and we definitely felt so at ease with him.

I can definitely say, these photos (which are only some of many), is one of the BEST SOUVENIR I could ever get or hope for for such a memorable trip! Choosing which ones to display is now the only hard part! ;-)

Some tips I would recommend if you plan to do something similar on your next trip:

1) Find the right photographer - browsing thru IG and FB is super easy, you get to see their portfolios and the type of photos they do and there are a lot of really good ones out there.

2) Book way in advance if possible  - once you get your tickets, you have to book your photographer next. Most of them require a deposit so that takes your mind off of things in terms of making sure your session is a go.

3) Plan your family's outfit on the day of  - ours didn't work out so well since it was so cold, we ended up wearing our jackets thru most of it all.

4) Have some idea as to what type of photos you want - again social media pics are a great example for your photographer, although with Fede, he mainly dictated what was good or not.

5) Plan to do it in the morning if possible - especially if you want it done in a famous iconic tourist spot, to avoid less crowd of course and that way you also can still look your best and do more sight-seeing in the afternoon.  But I understand if sunset is your thing, timing is crucial so be there early.

6) Make sure you are full. Yes, so true for pictorial with kids, you want them to be happy and content when you do this. In our case, it was the cold that we didn't expect so there were some photos that had Aidan looking grouchy. ;-)

7) Most important of all, HAVE FUN! Your photographer will edit for you anyway so just relax and let the moment take you!

And since it's Valentine's day tomorrow...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too!


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Throw Pillow Crush

Ok, you know how it is when you go out and look for something in particular and totally find something different in the end that you absolutely love? Well, this was one of those moments.

I was browsing thru the different home decor websites when I eventually ended up at Hobby Lobby.
I won't tell you exactly what I was looking for (it's a surprise for my spring decor) but it was definitely for a new pillow. And since I thought I was done with my Blue & White Winter Decor ( you can check it out HERE), I wasn't paying much to the Blue and white pillows. But then, I SAW IT...

So pretty

Love it's contemporary touch against my traditional Chiang-mai pillow

Here is up close....
Totally in love, and the price? Check it out below...

 Yes!! It's true and with a 40% coupon, you know how much I got my babies for? $5.99 each!!!!! Crazy good! That was why I had to share it with you in case you needed new pillow covers (or not)!

My Ikea toile' pillows moved to my chairs over here

And I am as happy as can be

These pillows remind by the way of these...

DIY Indigo Marbles ornaments by Alice and Lois
DIY marbled Indigo Pumpkins by Alice & Lois
Which I plan to do for my decor this year!  Hope you all have a great week my friends, thank you for your always supportive comments!!!!

P.S. I have in no way been contacted or compensated for my product placement here. All opinion written here are my own.


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