Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories

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I can’t tell you how much I love connecting with other moms who share my love for clothing and accessories. I was so excited when Megan & I connected through Rodan and Fields and I found out she was selling little girl accessories!  Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories is your go to boutique for classic and stylish accessories for your little one and you!

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Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories was created to bring parents and their little ones the most fashionable creations out there. Megan is a mom to two little fashionistas and living in a small town she found it was very difficult to find headbands and accessories that fit her style. She decided to give it a go and make them herself! What started out as a hobby quickly turned into a business! This is how Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories came to be.

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Giada was so excited to try on her new bands from Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories! They were the perfect compliment to some of her current outfits! What I loved most about the process was the fact that I could send her a picture of Giada’s clothes and Megan made something to match! It was completely customizable and the headbands turned out perfect!

 

 

Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories has some fabulous Valentine options! Make sure to contact her with your needs!

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To make it even better she is giving away one custom flower in pink or red on a skinny elastic!

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Head over to Facebook to enter!

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Shop Small Blog Link Up { Accessories }

It’s no secret I LOVE shopping small. Handmade gifts are always the most unique and shopping from a small business owner allows me to have a more personal connection to the items I buy.

I posted last week my favorite apparel shops and today (Cyber Monday!) I’m sharing my favorite accessory shops!

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AK’s Hidden Gems has the most adorable and affordable necklaces and bracelets for your little fashionistas!

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Darling Delilah is one of my FAVORITE headband shops! Her items are so unique and she sells one headband for $5 every single Friday! How cool is that?

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Closet of HJK makes bows and bowties with a guaranteed 1 day turn around time! I love that I can order a bow and it can be used as a hair clip or a clip on tie!

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Bow Kay makes so many cute bows. I shop from her all the time. Recently she made this crown, though, and it is to die for!

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Have you been shopping small this season? Join the link up and share your favorites!

Shop Small Link Up Blog Link Up { Apparel }

 It’s no secret I LOVE shopping small. Handmade gifts are always the most unique and shopping from a small business owner allows me to have a more personal connection to the items I buy.

Now that the Holiday season is officially upon us Kelly from Happily Ever Mock and I decided to organize a link up of our favorite Small Shops! Why not shop small for Christmas this year? Better yet participate in Shop Small Saturday (11/28)!

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Join us by sharing your favorite small shops. Grab our image, link back to one of us, and add your post to the bottom!

I will be posting my favorite small shops in two separate segments; { Apparel } & { Accessories }

First up is Apparel!

Fresh Apparel has catchy slogan tees for the entire family! I’ve written about them several times because they just keep coming out with best stuff!  You can always use code “BESTDRESSEDBABES” for free shipping too!

Adorable Essentials is exactly what is says it is. Essential items for your little ones that are adorable without breaking the bank! Adorable Essentials carries a plethora of ruffle pants and tops that can be worn with your boutique clothing. A lot of times I will buy Matilda Jane tops and then pair them with the more affordable Adorable Essentials bottoms. This is a mom ran company with always provides FREE SHIPPING and has amazing customer service!

They also have some pretty amazing holiday dresses too!

Freshly Picked is by far the classiest company around. They always seem to amaze me with their generosity and kindness. They have grown over the past several years by leaps and bounds but still have the small shop feel. Every time I have ever hosted a giveaway with them I receive a hand written thank you in the mail. If you are looking for moccasins for your babes you really should support them!

Freshly Picked is hosting a HUGE Black Tuesday sale! Make sure to head there early!

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The mom behind Delaney’s Den is local to me, like 2 miles away local! She makes all kinds of custom clothing! I love her style and colors she chooses. We recently received this mustard colored dress and it is pretty amazing in real life!

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Anchors & Eyelets makes some pretty amazing boutique inspired dresses. She always combines the best fabrics to get a vintage feel that I absolutely adore!

 

Last but not least It’s So Me Boutique is a brick & mortar shop in downtown Utica with the largest collection of boutique clothes. I dare you to go in and not buy everything in sight! If you aren’t local to Michigan, they also went live with their website! Stop in their shop on Saturday or shop their site!

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Where will you be shopping this holiday season? I’d love to hear some of your recommendations.

Freshly Picked-Can’t Get Enough!

Ahhh I am so excited to be sharing these moccs with all of you yet again!

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I’ve blogged about Freshly Picked in the past and frankly I just cannot get enough.

Read about how well they have held up here!

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These moccasins are so durable and comfy that my babes and I just keep coming back for more.  When Freshly Picked released the new Fall line I just knew Giada needed the Leopard is a Neutral pair. They screamed her name and I knew they would go with so much of her Fall wardrode…especially her fur vest!

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Giada is starting to get extremely opinionated about her apparel and given the choice she always seems to gravitate towards her moccs. I think it’s because she can easily put them on herself!

Not only did Freshly Picked send us these amazing Leopard moccs, but they are also giving away a FREE PAIR to one of my followers! Head over to my facebook page to enter!

You are the Key to my Success { Teacher Gift }

I cannot believe how packed our schedule is from now until the end of the school year! Seriously May is Cray. In order to get “ahead” of the game I organized Ari’s end of the year teacher gifts today on my lunch hour! I love throwing together simple (and useful!) gifts that don’t take me forever to assemble.

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I got these super cute lanyards from Trendy Stop on Etsy and they are the cutest ever! This shop has so many different colors, patterns, and has the fastest turnaround time!

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The lanyards arrived SO fast and had easy open clips on the end. I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate normal key rings. It never fails that I mess my nails up on them!

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I also picked up some Starbucks gift cards to add to the lanyard and used a hole punch so I could attach them.

Hint: make sure not to punch through the barcode!

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Ta Da! Now what teacher couldn’t use an extra lanyard & a gift card to Starbucks?

Last, every gift needs a card! I made a quick personalized little card on my favorite app ever; A Beautiful Mess (if you don’t have it, get it!) and sent it to be printed at Walgreens via their app. Less than an hour later they were ready to go!IMG_8281  I added a “From Ari” to our cards but left this blank in case anyone wanted to borrow it! Printing to Walgreens from your phone is so convenient and easy! Give it a try!

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There you have it! A teacher gift in under and hour!

Go order your lanyards from Trendy Stop and tell her I sent you!

In case you wanted some other Teacher Gift ideas here are some others I have done:

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Bright Design Studios

  I’m so excited to share this shop with all of you!! Not only does Bright Design Studios make stuff for the babes, they also make stuff for us moms too! I found this shop a few weeks back when I was looking for some personalized plastic plates.

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I just loved all the bright colors and designs they had to offer! We went with a floral pattern for Giada and a batman one for Ari. When they arrived I was very impressed with how vibrant the colors were!

The babes LOVED the plates! Instead of the same ole plates, these jazz up our dinnertime!

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Not only do the plates look cute, but they are made of break resistant, durable melamine and are 10 inches in diameter! Thay left plenty of room for a full dinner without anything touching. I put these to the test and sent them through the dishwasher several times. They looks as good as new still!

Sometimes kids these days have SO many toys and clothes I just don’t know what to buy for birthday gifts….these would make a GREAT personalized gift for a little one! Head over to etsy to browse the many designs offered. If there isn’t something exactly as you like Bright Design Studio offers custom options as well!

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Check out all these other great options! Platters, plates, placemats…..and for Mama- Cosmetic Bags!

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FullSizeRender4 I was so PUMPED to get these cosmetic bags with my monogram on them!  They were SO much larger than I expected and again the colors were so vibrant!

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These bags are the PERFECT gift. Think moms, teachers, graduates…what lady wouldn’t want a cute new monogrammed cosmetic bag?! I would absolutely love to get one of these as a gift!

Make sure you are following Bright Design Studios on Facebook for discount codes AND a special giveaway coming later this week!

Friday Favorites: Summer is Coming!

           Happy Friday! I am linking up with Momfessionals today to share my Friday Favorites.  I’m crossing my fingers that Summer is truly coming because most of my favorite things this week have to do with Summer!!

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Monday was opening day of baseball!! Go Tigers! My mom got the kids Best Cookies By Farr and they were pretty amazing as usual! No one makes cookies like she does! If you are in the Metro Detroit area do yourself a favor and get these for your next party…she will not disappoint!

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My sister in law is getting married in September and we are planning her shower for June. Ari & Giada are the ring bearer and flower girl! I think I finally decided on shower outfits for them! This dress from Anchors and Eyelets is named Estelle (after Giada Estelle)! The mint and pink are perfect for a summer shower!

Dress, Shirt, Shorts

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I’ve been planning a joint birthday Luau for the summer for several months now. Ari will be 4 and Giada 2. PS. How did that happen?! This week Dollar Tree put out all their Luau supplies, so guess who had a field day on her lunch hour this week? I have so many fun things planned for this bash!

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Speaking of their birthday I have been researching play sets for what seems like MONTHS. Instead of gifts for their birthday we are getting them a play set that they will use for several years! They have so many clothes and toys and I know they will truly enjoy this the most! I think I FINALLY decided on the Clarington Resort from Cedar Summit. What I love most about it is the flower planters and the twirly slide!

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I was lucky enough to have some “Mom-Time” this week and I went to a concert in downtown Detroit. I thought it was quite fitting waking up the next morning to this ecard. Definitely my favorite one I’ve seen in a long time!

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I also wanted to share my FAVORITE once a week beauty treat. A glass of wine + my Rodan & Fields microdermabrasion paste. I use this in addition to my skincare regimen at least once a week! It’s a salt/sugar scrub with vitamins C & E, has a high-glide, oil-free formula and is designed to promote maximum gentle exfoliation. My skin feels so smooth and soft after I use it!

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It’s been SO liberating to go places without a stroller lately! Giada thinks she’s SO big getting to walk and Ari helps me by holding her hand! This week we went shopping and Ari and I (aka me)kept lifting Giada on 3. Pretty sure they both thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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Speaking of letting Giada walk in stores she was doing her own thang in Meijer and HAD to choose her own bananas! I just love seeing my baby girl grow into her own independent self!

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It was nice enough to play outside one day this week and the babes loved it! I’m hoping more nice weather is here stay!

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway on Facebook for a chunky necklace/bracelet set from AK’s Hidden Gems! Have a great weekend!

All things Easter!

How is Easter just a few weeks away?

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Our next few weeks are JAM packed with all things Easter. Easter egg hunts, Easter bunny visits, and a full day of activities planned for Good Friday. I got the babes’ baskets ALL ready to go so I wasn’t scrambling to finish them amidst all the chaos surrounding the holiday.

First up photos! My hubs usually takes our photos like this one from last year!

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But, he’s been traveling a lot for work and just didn’t have the time this year. I used Luna Signature and couldn’t be happier. Our session was 20 minutes in and out, very affordable, and I got some pretty amazing shots of the babes.

 Baskets! Last year I splurged and bought the LARGE Pottery Barn baskets and liners. When I thought about how many Easters I’d be filling them up, I was able to easily justify the cost. Right now they are 20% off with free shipping! You should definitely order them if you don’t have them! They are pretty amazing and can be filled with LOTS of goodies. I tried to avoid filling them with candy and instead with items they were going to need at some point this Spring.

Giada’s Basket:

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Headband (Bow Kay), Mirror craft (Dollar Spot at Target), Pink Peeps, Sunglasses (H&M), Headband (Wisely Crafted Originals), Bathing Suits (Target), Sandals (Buy Buy Baby -Use a coupon!), Necklace & Bracelet Set (AK’s Hidden Gems)

Ari’s Basket:

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Blue Peeps, Spring button down shirts (Target), Sunglasses (Crazy 8 & Old Navy), America Tank (Kohls), Bathing Suit (Old Navy), Flash Cards (Target Dollar Spot), Sandals (Target)

Next up let’s talk about these Vintage Eggs made by Nancy from Wisely Crafted Originals.

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How gorgeous are they? All of her work is always so unique and these did not disappoint me. These eggs are sophisticated and not just for little girls. Moms can wear them in their hair, as a brooch, or even on a bag.

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Giada and I are in LOVE!

 

Last up in this all things Easter post;  Need a super easy treat to make?

Check out these Chick Pretzels! So easy to make and I promise everyone will love them!

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I hope the weather cooperates because we have lots to do these next couple of weeks!

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NACHO average Valentine

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Last week I shared my daughter’s (You’re My Main Squeeze) Valentines, so today I wanted to share my son’s!! He is 3.5 and goes to daycare and preschool each week.  He needed Valentines that were appropriate for 3-5 year olds and because I was sending them to 2 places I needed over 40! Again I wanted to skip the candy and do something different.

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NACHO Average Valentine

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This was seriously SO EASY and inexpensive to make! I gathered all the supplies on my lunch hour!

Supplies:

Nacho Doritos ($10.50 for a 50 pack at Sam’s club!)

Valentine cards (Made with A Beautiful Mess and printed at Walgreens)

Clear bags & Ribbon (Ribbon was $.50 a spool at Michaels!)

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They were super easy to assemble and my son LOVED helping!

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DIY Deco Mesh Wreath

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I’m going to let you in on one of the best kept secrets.  You know those “fancy” wreaths that usually cost an arm & a leg? What if I told you that you could recreate your own for about $20 in just under 20 minutes? It’s true. It really is that easy.

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I found all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. After shopping around they have the best prices even with coupons at other stores!

You will need:

A wreath frame

2 rolls of Deco Mesh

Accent ribbon

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To get started you will take one end of your mesh, gather it together, and secure it by twisting the pipe cleaners around it one time. Continue all the way around the outer circle.

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Next, take your second color and do the same thing all the way around using the same ties.

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Then move to the center circle and go all the way around again with your first color.

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You guessed it, do it again with the second color all the way around.

Fluff your wreath and add accent ribbons where you see fit! Make sure to fold down the pipe cleaners when you are finished so you don’t see them!

What do you think of my finished ones?

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