Not a box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day <3

As much as everyone and anyone loves chocolate, since I’ve pushed Girl Scout cookies on anyone with a pulse lately, I’ll let up on the calories and switch it up for Valentine’s Day this year with some unique items via some of my favorite Etsy shops. I love giving hand made gifts made by people with an entrepreneurial spirit, hence a natural infatuation with Etsy. Here’s (in no particular order) a highlight reel for gifts I’m giving the ladies (big and small) in my life! (…No idea what to give Phil or Hudson yet…)

East Meets West Soap’s “Love Ewe” soap set

Let me say how amazing this adorable set smells! It’s also SUPER kind on my winter-ravaged hands (Must….must get back to Florida…), and leaves them soft. Made of goat milk, lavender & tea tree essential oils, this set is a now-favorite in our house. Straight from Vermont from the East Meets West Family Farm, how our family loves EWE!


Maks Chic Bowtique’s Toddler Diva Bow Bling Chunky Bracelet

Yep, I’m that mom. The one who will look for just about anything BUT candy to gift her kids. Look no further! Maks Chic Bowtique has you covered. If the little fashionista (or toddler diva) in your life is like mine, anything that sparkles and shines makes her SMILE! Tea adores her new bling! She’s spreading the love. (Her middle name is Love! No joke!)

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Sweet Tee’s Apparel‘s Love slouchy shirt

Love is in the air! And it’s the message on this slouchy lightweight French Terry sweatshirt from Sweet Tee Apparel! Super soft, comfy and versatile, I’m going to be wearing this one all year round, once I pull it off my gorgeous sister. Want to switch it up? It also comes in pink and gray.


Jamberry Nails

Nope, these aren’t from ESTY, but you can check them out here. Remember when I said there is one thing I like to give myself? Jamberry nails! Jamberry nails stay on at least 2 weeks, and I punish them with however many hand washes X 3 kids a day + dishes + photography +life in general. They’re super easy to apply, there are a ton of styles to choose from. Happy Valentines day to me! (And to you!)

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How did you get so big?

It’s a question I ask the kiddos all the time – how did you get SO big? No, but really? I thought it yesterday when Teagan was walking in front of me – seeing how her stride was longer than I remember, because her legs are getting so long and thin now. We’re convinced Gwen grew about an inch one night last week when she demanded to go to bed at 6:00 pm: (um, ok!) “I’m exhausted.” Hudson is a whirling dervish right now, and it’s only when that little human is looking back at me in one of my images that I really get a good look at him. Today was one of those days.

Today we sported super-comfy organic cotton creations from Spiritex, locally made in Asheville, NC. Miss Tea is SUPER picky (hideous understatement as I’m having flashbacks of her thrashing on her bedroom floor, accusing pants of “choking” her legs.”) about her clothing and fits and feels, and I’m 100% happy to report that she was delighted with her Heart’s in My Pocket tunic and Little Leggins. Hint, hint, Valentine’s Day is coming!

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Ok, Who’s this KID looking at me? Where’s my baby boy? Why can I picture him at 10 here, not nearly 3? When I ask Hudson how he got “so big” his answer is always the same: “Because I IS.” I can’t go grammar-psycho on him. Just can’t. You keep on with your subject-verb agreement error. It’s way cute. Watch out, pre-k girls, watch out. Stud-muffin is donning his Explorer Hoodie and pants. Uber cozy for a freeeezing cold (insert frozen face emoticon) NJ winter day. PS – He likes warm hugs.





Spiritex Butterfly Dress

Looking for a unique, 100% green option to add to your daughter’s wardrobe? ML Marsh, owner and creative director of Spiritex, based in Asheville, NC, brings more gorgeous design to her children’s line with her monarch butterfly dress. Made of recycled PET blend from recycled plastic bottles and locally grown and in the US, Marsh took inspiration from the beauty of nature and vibrant monarch butterfly wings.


I’m loving the bold oranges contrasting with the strong blacks and whites in this dress that stand out as original compared to the usual pinks, purples and pastels that most girls’ clothing lines carry. Feminine and whimsical with soft lines from the petal-shaped cut on the dress hem, Spiritex’s butterfly dress can also roll down and be worn as a skirt when your daughter outgrows it!

You can find this imaginative piece here , and it’s available in sizes 2T, 3T, 4T, and girls 6 and 8 for $75. Allow 2 weeks for delivery due to the unique nature of this item.

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