Our Holly Days

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I was not financially compensated for the following post. Skinny jeans were provided by Jordache. All thoughts, opinions, & ideas are my own. Thank you to Jordache for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog & my family.

Welcome to Mini Style Wednesday, a weekly link up where child fashion takes center stage. Styling & helping my kids discover their fashion identity as they grow is one of my favorite parts about being a mother. Myself & Chelsea, from Chelsea Beeswax, co-host this weekly event where you can link up your kid fashion photos from Instagram or from your blog. Our goal is to inspire other parents & their kids to help express themselves through fashion & explore their personal style. Follow along with us each week & share your kid or baby style posts & Instagram photos.

sunshine clip: c/o Little Dolly's Shop
tank: thrifted
skinny jeans: c/o Jordache
shoes: Target

Skinny jeans are a staple for any wardrobe. They are trendy, adorable, & comfy. They can be tucked into boots or worn with fun flats, heels, or even sneakers. One of my favorite ways to wear dark washed skinny jeans is with a large cuff at the bottom.

Jordache offered to send Evie & me a pair each of dark washed skinny jeans & I was thrilled. I'm one of those annoying Moms that loves putting together, "mommy & me," looks. You can see the photos of us together tomorrow, so be sure to come back & check those out. For now, my curly haired little lady will have to do. 

She has been so independent lately & wanting to just take off one her own. No fears. Just pure determination. When we came inside after playing outdoors in these photos, she had one of those meltdowns. The legendary kind that every Mom has a battle story about. Home girl knows what she wants, I'll give her that.

Our Holly Days
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I was not financially compensated for the following post. Labels were provided by Stuck On You. All thoughts, opinions, & ideas are my own. Thank you to Stuck On You for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog & my family.

I am up to my throat in children's books. Each of the kids has their own personal library, so they each have similar shelves that look like the one pictured below. More often than not, the shelf is picked through & books are moved from one room to another. It gets hard for me to remember where each book goes & whom it belongs to. I recently had the opportunity to try some fun personalized designer book labels from Stuck On You & thought I'd show a before/after of the boys' library.

Pretty much every single day you will find the below....situation. When one or both of the dudes are away at their other parents, I take an hour or so to go through & reorganize the shelving, but a big problem I have is what book belongs to what boy....or girl since we have lots of teacher-student-play/book-swapping-play happening.

Armed with my designer book labels from Stuck On You, I attacked their shelving. I opened each & every singe book, which ended up being a fun trip down memory lane. My Ma always writes notes to the boys inside books she purchases for them; & for Collin's first birthday, I asked for books instead of cards & had guests write a note for Collin inside. I placed labels on every single book, removed Evelyn's to her room, & then reorganized the shelves. I didn't worry about a special order, I just placed them where they would fit. I didn't want to put too much time into alphabetics or authors since the boys will destroy my neatly placed books within days.

The book labels were great. They stuck down evenly & none of the corners popped up at all. They're thick & high quality, so I know they will last for several years, which is wonderful. In my family, books are passed down from generation to generation. In fact, some of the Dr. Suess books you see were mine as a little girl. Complete with notes from my Ma written inside. 

Do your children have their own library? Do you think labels would help you keep organized? I would love to hear your organization tips in the comments below.


Today, you can find me over at So Fawned with my weekly round-up post. This week, I'm sharing some free printables for your kitchen. Whether you need a baking conversion chart or just some fun art, you will find almost everything in this round-up. Head over now & click through for 10 free kitchen printables!

Monday, April 21, 2014


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Have you heard? Last week, our rescue, Merry, gave birth to 10...count 'em TEN...puppies. The rescue we adopted her from assured us she was spayed & up to date on her shots, but as it turned out we were duped & now we have an entire litter of puppies to care for over the next eight weeks & then re-home. Oy. Vey. We love our animals. They are family members. Though I never wanted a zoo, we have one...& if I'm being honest, the experience has been fun & if nothing else, I'll learn a lot about puppies, medications for pets, & how to sell an animal!

Since we have eight weeks worth of vet appointments, pet prescriptions, & more ahead of us, I was thrilled to hear about Walgreens' pet program. In the past, when we have had to fill prescriptions for our dogs, I was interested to discover that I was sent to a human drug store to pick it up. Most pet medications are similar or the same to human medication so it only would make sense. #WalgreensRx program takes it a step further to make your visits seamlessly easy & convenient.

You can register your pets online (don't forget to sign up for Balance Rewards, too!) & fill their prescriptions along with your family's. Eliminate the extra stop to the vet & have everyone's ready for you to pick up in one place. You can even sign up for refill reminders. It's also an awesome choice because if your pet is on a regular prescription, you could save some serious money by using Walgreens' Balance Rewards. I am so thrilled that I can access & organize my entire family's medications in one place...& yes, pets are family!

Alright, alright! I know you are sick of hearing me preach & just want to see those cute puppies, but trust me. You'll want to sign your fur babies up for this. It will make your life easier.


With a surprise puppy birth, I didn't get much of anything done on my list this week. It's been an incredible experience, but now I need to get back on track.

  1. Gain 5 new followers via Bloglovin': Yay! I did it! Thank you to every single one of you who subscribed to this blog!
  2. Update my blog organizer & start using my EC notebook: This didn't happen.
  3. Call around to dog kennels: This also didn't happen.
  4. Start actively searching for cabinetry: I did start searching here & there for some, but had no luck.
  1. Update my blog organizer: This is becoming a priority. The further I push this down my list, the harder it will be to catch up.
  2. Start formatting & using my EC notebook: I have at the very least 4 packages that are being delivered to me & I need to start keeping track of things so I don't miss something.
  3. Call around to dog kennels: I need to reserve a spot & get some pricing ideas on this unless I can find someone who wants to stay at our house & take care of our animals while we are gone. Ha!
  4. Gain 5 new followers via Bloglovin': I set a goal for the year & to stay on track, I need to get a move on! If you aren't already, could you follow me via Bloglovin'? Let me know in the comments & I'll follow back! Support your fellow blogger & spread the love!

The Nectar Collective


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