Holiday Happenings {Metro Detroit}

Tis the season, right?

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We have been on the go the entire month of December and have experienced some pretty cool activities in and around Metro Detroit!

Bronner’s

We headed to Bronner’s Thanksgiving weekend and the babes each picked out their own ornament. Hubs and I have started an ornament collection for each of them since they have been born. Bronner’s is the LARGEST Christmas store in the world! People come from all over to experience all the different ornaments they have to offer!

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Frankenmuth

AKA Michigan’s Little Bavarian. The town is absolutely adorable to walk around during the holidays! We met Mike’s family there and enjoyed a family style dinner at the Bavarian Inn!

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Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

An old village decorated to a tee with a real working train. We got train tickets for once it was dark out and enjoyed all the lights while singing Christmas carols aboard the train!

 

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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

The grounds were lit up and we lucked out that the weather was so mild! They passed out hot cocoa and cookies and there was a bon fire to enjoy too!

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Somerset Santa

By far the most magical experience around! The staff is super friendly and doesn’t rush you along at all!  You can bring your own camera and take as many pictures as you’d like! After taking pictures each child gets 3 coins they can redeem throughout the mall!

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…we always make sure to get a selfie with Santa too!

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What did we miss? The Rochester Lights are always on our list but we only saw them from the car this year! Any other must have spots to visit during the holidays?

 

 

 

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Fresh Apparel: Holiday Must Have!

 

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I’ve written about Fresh Apparel in the past… their products are amazing and their designs are always on point. Every item that I have received from them has gotten a lot of love! So it’s no surprise that I am obsessed with their Holiday lineup!

It’s not the holidays without a night spent watching Elf and when I saw this tee I just about died.

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The slogan was perfect and the fact that it was unisex was even better. Both my babes can rock this tee all season long. I call that a mom win!

The shirts are American Apparel raglans and are so soft. No complaints from the babes on texture and they wash well!

Head over to Fresh Apparel and browse the rest of their holiday line of tees and sweatshirts! There is something for everyone and you will NOT be disappointed with your purchase!

Merry Christmas ya filthy animal?! Hilarious. I cannot wait to rock this!

    As always use code “BESTDRESSEDBABES” at checkout for free shipping!

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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Making the Most of Mini-Sessions

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A few weeks back my family had our first ever mini-photo session.  As the name sounds it’s similar to a regular photo session just smaller.  A lot of photographers offer this type of session around the holidays to make the most of their time.  The photographer chooses a location, sets up shop for the day, and schedules photo shoots in short increments.  This seemed like a perfect chance for us to get some photos taken for our Christmas card without breaking the bank!  Like I said before this was our first time doing a “mini” shoot.  I prepared as best as I could, but looking back there are some things I would have done differently. So here goes… my TIPS & TRICKS to making the most of a mini-session.

-Get to your location EARLY!!  We got to ours with just minutes to spare. With a typical photo session you have time for the kids to run around, loosen up, and get comfortable with the photographer.  That’s not the case with a mini session.  We had a total of 30 minutes with our photographer and about 15 of them were spent coaxing my son to smile. See below… this was one of our first shots. NOOOO smiles for these two!

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-Bring a few props!  The photographer we used rented a couch for the day so I knew all the other families getting photos that day \would have the same ones as us.  I brought a mistletoe and we grabbed a branch nearby to add something different to our pics.  Looking back I wish I would have brought an extra blanket to add to our pictures as well!

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-Let your kids hold something.  My kids were definitely stressed that day! We spent forever reasoning with my son and so my daughter became crabby in the meantime.  Luckily the photographer had a “fake” snowball and it was just was my daughter needed to sit still.

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…and a few more for your viewing pleasure!  All photos by Luna Signature Photography. Thanks Aleksandra!

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Finally got him smiling by the end!

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Mom to be Gift Guide!

Tis the season for gift giving!  Today I have a gift guide for all those mom-to-be’s this holiday season.  This list was created by Lauren from Undeclared Panache who just so happens to be expecting her first babe in February!

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Undeclared Panache is a lifestyle blog written by Lauren Koster.  Lauren is a handbag designer by day and moonlights as a wedding planner for her company, I Love Love Events.  She loves to travel, her rambunctious dog, and all things design and she has a baby boy on the way, due in February.

1. I am crazy about the scents at & Other Stories (which just started shipping to the US!) and Punk Bouquet is my favorite.  Perfect for some mom-to-be pampering.  – $15
2. Instagram is great, but isn’t printing photos of the new little one fun too?  Why not have the best of both worlds with the Fuji Film Instax camera. – $100
3. I’ve heard it’s hard to find time to prepare meals once the baby comes, a subscription to Blue Apron would cut out a few of those steps, including bundling up the babe and carting him to the grocery store, because they deliver all the ingredients and recipes to your front door. – Starting at $10/person/meal
4. I know, I can’t pop this festive bottle of One Hope Sparkling Wine  right away, but I will be so excited to share this sparkly bad boy with my husband or friends when I’m able.  Bonus: proceeds go to end child hunger. – $59
5. A planner to keep all the appointments and play dates in order. Love this gold dotted one from Sugar Paper LA for Target! – $10
6. A pretty, comfy and functional nursing bra to get me ahead of the game.  Love this one from Cake Lingerie – $79
7. Because these Pom pom slippers are adorable and I’ll need them when I bring the baby home in February. – $48
8.  After partaking in happy hour the thing I miss most about the pregnancy non-nos are ordering the delicious cheese plate from every restaurant I go to.  A subscription to Murray’s cheese of the month would really make up for lost time. – Starting at $275
9. It seems that the late-night feedings might be made a little more bearable in a Cashmere Robe – $300
10. Why not introduce your new born to Donna, David, Dylan and the rest of the gang, the 90210 Box set would make the down-time fly by, and since I already know what happens, it won’t require 100% of my attention.  – $175

Make it a December to Remember

 Happy December 1st!!

We are jam packed with parties and holiday get togethers but I wanted to take a moment to share some ideas to make this a December to Remember for you and your families! My husband and I just love this time of year and how magical it is for the babes. Although things may get crazy and everyone will be exhausted come January 1, it is so worth it to celebrate through the eyes of children.  Here are a few ideas!!

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Visit Santa! You may have to get up early. You may have to wait in lines. You may have to feed your children a million snacks to contain them. BUT it’s all worth it! We went over the weekend and although my youngest was not having it my son was just so precious to watch.  Before it was our turn he was just mesmerized by the Big Man.  Santa kept waving and giving a thumbs up to us. It seriously made my son’s day.

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Make Fake Snow! Whether it’s a white Christmas or not your babes can enjoy some fun white stuff without hats or gloves. Mix equal parts baking soda & shaving cream and let them go to town!  I found both items at the Dollar store!!

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Elf on the Shelf. I know I know this is obvious as EVERYONE is doing it. BUT this was our first year and my son (3.5) absolutely loves it.  He was shrieking with excitement when he found “Shimmy Coma” taking a bath in marshmallows over the weekend. He thought it was the funniest thing he has ever seen.

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Christmas crafts!  Make some gifts for their grandparents!  My babes LOVE getting their hands dirty and creating something special.

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New Jammies!! Our holiday jammies arrived the day after Thanksgiving. I wanted them to get a lot of use out of them! Plus, who doesn’t love new jammies?

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A few other ideas I have for making this a December to Remember:

-Make/decorate cookies

-Drive to see Christmas lights

-Read Christmas books and sing Christmas carols before bed

-Make crafts for neighbors & teachers

-Breakfast with Santa

-Donate old toys to families in need

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How are you making this  December to Remember? I’d love to hear!