Month: October 2012

{nearly} Wordless Wednesday ~ Boo!

{nearly} Wordless Wednesday ~ Boo!

  Amberism: I’m going to “boo” him!  {referring to trying to scare someone} Happy Wordless Halloween for those who celebrate! Nicole Elliott

The Trouble With Texas { Mamavation Monday }

The Trouble With Texas { Mamavation Monday }

Is all of the food! Now–I know what you’re thinking, and no, no one *forced* me to eat all the pizza, BBQ, fried chicken, ice cream, and peach cobbler. But when the ppl you’re living with buy and offer it to you on a consistent […]

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Guide

I know, I know what you’re thinking! It’s not even Halloween yet and here I am fast forwarding ahead to Christmas. And to be honest–I’d rather not see the Christmas trees up in all the stores at least until mid-November myself!

 When it comes to gift shopping and holiday planning, however, I always love getting a head start on everything. By planning out gifts in advance I can not only get gifts that will really fit the person I can also relax and just enjoy all the festivities when December arrives!

Here are my top tips for buying Unique Holiday Gifts!

1. Add a little personalization in an unexpected way.

It’s hard to go wrong with jewelry when you know your recipients style. Rather than just a pair of earrings, however, try going for something like these beautiful Glass Birthstone Earrings. They don’t look like typical “birthstone” month jewelry-but it adds that little bit of special into the gift!

 2. Go with the Holiday

Even the person who has everything would be hard pressed to turn up their nose at a Christmas ornament-especially one that is gorgeous like these Recycled Glass Tree Globes. An added bonus is that they will think of you each year when they are putting up their decorations!

3. Give a classic gift with a twist.

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic gift like wooden blocks for kids-but why just go with the normal ABC variety? These from Uncommon Goods have the periodic table of elements on them-and are sure to get a giggle from the parents as well as the kids. They would also make an adorable and fun gift for a college student or as a high school graduation present!

What is the most clever gift that you’re giving this year?

I received the pretty earrings for review-all thoughts, opinions, and good ideas are my own.

Nicole Elliott

Breast Cancer Awareness By the Numbers

Breast Cancer Awareness By the Numbers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It affects *so* many women I thought that this was a great infographic from Julep & The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and wanted to share it with you all!! Nicole Elliott

Getting Older

Getting Older

This year it hit me that at 27 I now fall into the “late twenties” age group instead of the “early twenties” one. I can hardly believe that Bob and I have been together for 10 years-or that I have a “baby” who will be […]

Moving & Car Insurance

Moving & Car Insurance

Ever since we got married we’ve moved an average of once a year-all out of state moves too! With each move came all the typical moving things-packing, home hunting, deposits, etc. etc. etc. Changing our insurance around was always a big deal–because although you might not realize it if you compare vehicle insurance rates in Colorado to rates in Massachusetts, for example, you find out that each state has totally different rules and prices-it’s all a little crazy. When you move so often you definitely need a great insurance company to deal with all the crazy and help save you money-luckily we have one.

Before since we were doing all our moving within the military there were certain things that we didn’t have to worry about-like finding a new doctor or getting new license plates.

I just had to say goodbye to my Wyoming license plates–all this time I’ve truly been a “Wyoming Girl” because as a military spouse I was able to stay a Wyoming resident-so I could truly say that it was still my home-because technically even it still was!

There was something about switching out my old pretty plates for new ones that made me sad–they were great conversation starters out on the East Coast and I loved representing where I was from.

It’s not all sad though-part of me is really excited to perhaps, for the first time since getting married, really put down some roots–to stop hopping from state to state knowing it’s just temporary so not to get too attached, to finally feel really at home somewhere.

Maybe, just maybe, getting new license plates is a start!

Written by Nicole Elliott

Pre-Order Men in Black 3

Pre-Order Men in Black 3

 My first experience with Men In Black wasn’t a great one–it was going to see Men In Black 2 on a “friend date” (well-I thought it was a friend date-he thought it was a date-date, but that’s a story for a different day) Neither one […]

Construction Vehicle Toys & Tyler

Construction Vehicle Toys & Tyler

Tyler *loves* construction vehicles. Every time we pass by a construction site he starts hollering for joy-one of his very first words was “backhoe”. For a long time any and every construction vehicle was a “backhoe”  but now that he’s a little older he’s starting […]

Fall Wardrobe Update with Cookies Kids

Fall Wardrobe Update with Cookies Kids

Here in Texas fall has finally arrived and I’m super happy! The 96 degree days we had when we first moved down here made me feel like I was about to melt away! Since the “cool” weather here has been into the 60s & 70s I knew that while I needed to switch out the kids  summer shorts their Boston fall gear would be too thick and warm for what we need here.

Girl and Puppy

While I was looking through the kiddos wardrobes it was clear that the thing that we needed the most was pants for Amber-all of hers had holes in the knees-as you can see above!

When I go shopping I always try to get the best deal possible-whether online or in store. I headed over to Cookies Kids because I’d seen from some of my other blogging friends that they have absolutely adorable Kids Clothes for great prices! You can view my entire fun shopping experience!

Cookies Kids Clearance

Tyler needed some new shirts as he’s starting to outgrow some of his-so I hit up the Clearance Section first to see what I could find. I found this adorable t-shirt right off the bat for only $1.89 WOW! I was instantly sold on this website and it is sure to become one of my go-to places for shopping from now on! Cookies Kids have 7 stores in the NYC area in Bronx, Brooklyn and Jamaica as well as online at CookiesKids.com – which is where I’ll be shopping! 

One of my Online Shopping Tips is to make sure you’re getting the correct size by paying close attention to the sizing charts. This is just as true for kids as it is for adults! I loved the handy little Alva Kids icon by the size option, once you click on an article of clothing. It helps you be able to tell what size your child wears in that particular item kids-super handy.

Cookies Kids Shopping Haul

I got so excited when my shopping haul arrived in the mail! My mother-in-law oohhed and awwed when I pulled my goodies out of the envelope. She couldn’t believe I got so many high quality pieces all for $34! I ended up with 2 shirts for Tyler, 2 leggings for Amber, and a full outfit for Amber.

Tyler is very much into “Thomas the Train” right now-and he thinks that *every* train is Thomas. So when I saw this totally darling Levi’s “Pioneers Railroad” T-Shirt I knew I had to get it! It is soooo soft and he went nuts when he saw it!

Mommy Tip: Buy one size too big when buying toddler shirts–they look fine a little big and it will double the time your kiddo can wear it for!

Coney Isle “Sparkle Anchor” 2-Piece Outfit

This Coney Isle “Sparkle Anchor” 2-Piece Outfit is now my favorite one of Amber’s! It’s so dressy and comfy all rolled into one-and I love the unique anchor and sailor vibe it has! Bob might be out of the Coast Guard now but our roots run deep-in my heart I’ll always be a Coastie Wife.

Girl Anchor Shirt

Mommy Tip: Transition a summer dress through fall by adding a fun, warm pair of Cherry Stix “Sparkle Knit” Leggings

Ready to go stock up on Fall Clothes for your little one?

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Nicole Elliott

Make a Wizards Hat with Bic Markers

Make a Wizards Hat with Bic Markers

We’re finally getting settled in here in our new home in Texas and trying to get into a routine of things. Over the past week I’ve started up doing preschool again with Amber & as the weeks go on I’m planning on using Pinterest to […]