Fashion Friday Denim on Denim

Still trying to get creative as the baby weight comes off. Will be happy when I can fit back into my full work wardrobe!

Pinterest helped me with this business casual outfit. I purchased a long Grey cardigan sweater from Gap with plans to wear with leggings. Pinspiration gave me this outfit instead. Love it!

Gap jeans and long Grey cardigan, H&M chambray oxford, Aldo black booties


Stella and Dot necklace and earrings, Charming Charlie navy statement necklace


Silpada blue beaded bracelet and crystal bling ring

Where’s the Blog?!?

Boy I’ve been slacking, or have I? I’ve been enjoying life with the littles and been able to control my freakish self by worrying less about the mess and feeling the need that I need to get everything done (including the blog oops). Doesn’t mean I don’t still have the urge to decorate, organize, and blog.

I hope to get back to blogging and projects, especially now that Little Control Freak the 2nd is a bit more independent needing less 24/7 attention, more like 12/7 thanks to sleeping through the night and finger foods.

With two kids i’m realizing more and more there is no magical equation to a schedule and that you just need to roll with the punches. Scheduling family time, spouse time, me time, etc. is still a must, but there is no guarantee for consistency. Hoping at the very least I can be consistent with scheduling the time.

Here’s some photos of our busy lives, more projects to come soon.

Great day with family

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Aces first pool day #aceandanya #hesnotimpressed

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Someone's eager to move ūüė≥#aceacebaby #8monthsold

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#aceandanya #snowangels

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Ready for baby room Valentine's Day #aceandanya #lotsoflinks #brightstarts #aceacebaby #goddardschool

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Sunday Suppers: Ranch Cheddar Chicken

Sunday Suppers

Chicken is a staple for our meals and it can get boring really quick, luckily Pinterest keeps spicing it up.  Here is another Pinspiration that was easy and yummy.

Christmas Tour Day 3 of 3

Final Day! I love having the whole house decorated and I aspire to some day have every room decked out, even our upstairs. For now we have a few touches in our bedrooms and bathrooms. Stay tuned for some homemade snowflakes to add for more ambience upstairs.

Christmas House Tour Day 2 of 3

Welcome to day 2 of the house tour, slowly but surely getting this documented. Can anyone gift me more hours in the day for Christmas ūüôā

Living Room

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Cheap Decor Alert!

This Christmas Tree ornament unfortunately didn’t survive its seasonal hibernation, the bottom of it was broken off, but can you tell? No! It was rescued and re-purposed in a glass pickle jar adorned with burlap, pieces of fallen garland, and kosher salt.

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Cheap Decor Alert!

I needed a new tree skirt, and I was loving the faux fur look, but not the price! $50+ at times. Easy fix, purchase a faux fur throw (this one is $7 from the Christmas Tree Shop). Does it fit completely around the tree, no, but can you see the back when it’s in a corner? No again, so win for me!

Of course the tree is full of unique and crazy ornaments and now that Little Control Freak is into decorating she’s breaking out all of her favorite things (Barbies, Ballerinas, and Mermaids, oh my!).

And I love my Shutterfly Christmas cubes. We have one for Little Control Freak’s first Christmas, one for Little Control Freak the 2nd’s first Christmas, and our wedding cube. Extra special this year, happy 5 years hubs!

Kitchen/Florida Room

I seemingly can’t capture how cool the branch in my Florida Room looks, photos don’t do it justice and the lighting doesn’t either, but it is all decked out for the season. New centerpiece via:

  • already owned garland
  • napkin garland rings from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • white sweater tealight holders from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • Plaid battery operated candles from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • already owned silver trees and burlap tree from the Christmas Tree Shops
  • Thank you sales and cheap decor finds – again courtesy of the Christmas Tree Shops!

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Upstairs decor to close out the tour tomorrow. Have a great night!

Christmas House Tour 2016 – Day 1 of 3

I’m a slacker, well not really, there is just not enough time in the day to blog¬†like i’d dreamed of. Add on two active kids, a husband recovering from hernia surgery, with very busy work schedules and you have an optimum time suck.

We’ve been decorated for Christmas since Black Friday weekend, but getting quality photos is not something i’m great at or quick at. Thank goodness for Instagram. That’s why this year’s Christmas House Tour will be a 3 day roll-out, let the anticipation build! Okay, I know it’s not that exciting, but I need 3 days to have time to document and photograph everything to try and do the decor justice.¬†My 2016 decor might be my favorite yet. Enjoy!

Outside

Foyer

Cheap decor alert!

There are lots of pretty, and inexpensive, holiday cards. I bought this $3.99 box of cards from the Christmas Tree Shops and used one of the cards in a frame on our gallery wall. Easy and affordable way to incorporate seasonal decor without a major decor change or expense.

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Dining Room

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Cheap decor alert!

My favorite new decorating tip for the season is to use scarves! You can purchase inexpensive scarves (so you don’t have to take away from your existing wardrobe) and re-purpose as a table runner or table cloth. Much cheaper than the real deal! I purchased this scarf as part of a buy 1 get one free special at Charlotte Russe ($14.95 total for two scarves)centerpiece_diningroom_christmas2016antique-window_diningroom_christmas2016

Powder Room

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Love my new antique silver Christmas ornaments purchased for $7 at a local consignment shop. Adds an extra element of detail without breaking the bank.

The tour continues tomorrow, blog you then ūüôā

Sunday Suppers: Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

Sunday Suppers

Another Pinsperation win!  Easy slow cooker meal. I served over angel hair pasta.

Stay Organized and Sane for the Holidays

I started this blog the day after Halloween and am finally getting around to wrapping it up, so I’ve been thinking about the holiday season for awhile now ūüôā We all know that once Halloween hits, perhaps once October¬†1 hits, the rest of the year flies¬†by. And I don’t know about you, but I want to¬†enjoy the holidays, soak up the season of joy and cheer, but that can be tough with all the planning and events that occur. Here are some tips of how I stay organized and some fun apps that¬†get me through the season.

  1. Holiday Gift Shopping
    Gift shopping can be the most stressful part of the season, but it doesn’t have to be. Picking up gifts all year round is how I avoid it,¬†the problem with that,¬†finding out I have too many gifts stacked in Santa’s closet, oops!¬† That’s why I love¬†the GiftPlanner¬†app, you can use it all year round as it isn’t specific to just Christmas.¬†The app allows me to see all my gifts, designate¬†what goes towards a birthday present vs. Christmas, etc, and most important, I can easily identify when¬†I need to STOP because I already have plenty!
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    Track people, wishlists, events/holidays, budgets, even designate the status of the gift from ordered, shipped, received to wrapped.

    My favorite part, for us avid online shoppers, the app features an innovative bookmarklet.  This lets you browse the web on your device and send pages directly to your list to be imported as new gifts without interrupting your shopping experience. Saves time from adding individually later.

  2. Decorate Early and Finish in One Weekend
    I’m not suggesting you decorate for Christmas October 1, although some people do pre-Thanksgiving. To each their own. In the Control Freak house it is a tradition to decorate the house and get our tree the day/weekend after Thanksgiving, that’s my Black Friday! Not only is it out of the way, but it is up longer to enjoy (instead of feeling like you no sooner put all the decorations out and have to take them down). This frees up¬†your weekends to enjoy holiday events, parties, or perhaps even the opportunity to relax by the fire and binge on holiday movies.
  3. Minimum Cleaning
    The holiday season is not conducive for in-depth cleaning and projects, so don’t attempt to do so, you’ll quickly get frustrated. Do¬†the minimum cleaning¬†(unless the house get sick, by all means break out the Lysol!).¬†There will be plenty of time post holidays for deep cleaning when you find those pine needles for months.
  4. Capitalize On Black Friday Online Shopping
    I love online shopping to save time and of course money. You can really compare prices and avoid crowded malls. Have items that you want to purchase as holiday gifts or even something you need for yourself? Find them online, bookmark them, and then on Black Friday you can just open your bookmarks to see if there are discounts to take advantage of. Bonus, you can do this with a cup of coffee and in your PJs.
  5. Fake Call from Santa App
    Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with The Fake Call from Santa App. Bring some peace to your house this holiday season by encouraging good behavior or you’ll call Santa! Yes I know some may think this is cruel, but it sure has helped¬†with Little Control Freak.¬†The app allows you to¬†Call Now or Call Later. When Little Control freak gets defiant we¬†Call NOW, and by the time we reach Santa she has changed her tune.¬†The Call Later function, when selected, will call your phone in about 20 seconds with some jolly sleigh bells.¬†Hey Little Control freak, Santa is checking in! This is when we usually tell him what we want for Christmas. It’s not elf on the shelf, but serves the same function with less time commitment to move that critter around the house.
  6. Use Red Stamp for Holiday Cards
    I spoke about this last year and re-iterating this year. Email Your Family Christmas Card. Save time, save money, save trees.  Red Stamp is a great option for this, a lot of what they offer is free! I used them last year and will do it again this year.
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  7. Say No
    Learn to say no.¬†Determine what you want to do for the season, put it on your calendar, and learn to say no to invitations.¬†You can’t do everything or you will run ragged. Sometimes less is more.

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