On September 16th – Victor turned ONE! Like every other baby his age – he absolutely loves Mickey so we knew right away that we had to have a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme. Luckily for us, my mom is a DIY wizard and we have a pretty awesome backyard that is perfect for parties. Having a party at your home and making the decorations yourself doesn’t save time but it does save money, and I consider that a win.

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I was obsessed with Victor’s outfit for his big day. I purchased his custom onesie from a shop on Etsy, which you can find HERE, and paired it with black denim shorts that had suspenders (which is why I customized his shirt to eliminate the printed suspenders you see in the link above) and some super cool black and red Jordans.

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As far as decor, I created his name in wooden blocks and decorated them in Mickey colors. Thanks to THIS video, it was super easy to create. I purchased white wooden blocks from Michaels Craft Store as well as red and black paint and buttons.

1: I taped the middle of each block. I started with painting the red bottom on each letter.

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2: The next day, when dry – I painted the top of all of the blocks in black. IMG_4331

3: Once dry, I removed the tape – and painted the empty space with red and cleaned up the lines. I then added the buttons. IMG_4333IMG_4512

 I was sooooo happy with how they came out!

For the outside decor, my mom did all of the balloon art, including the awesome arch. My mother is super talented when it comes to party planning and decorations. We also purchased a few things from Party City and Amazon and it all came together perfectly. We had 2 inflatables and also hired a Mickey Mouse who did balloon art for the kiddies and also brought with him a photobooth – which was a HUGE hit with the adults. The cake was from Shoprite and our local one does amazing artwork so we were really happy with how it came out and as usual, it tasted delicious!

Overall, it was a perfect day! I always appreciate when people make time to attend the special parties we host and Victor’s 1st Birthday was an important one for us so we are really thankful for all of our Family and Friends who made it. Victor had a blast and someone (cough: Pop Pop) even snuck him a lollipop at the end! 🙂 Here are some pictures of his big day!

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Valentine's Day

1. Massage – Sending your loved one to a spa OR having the spa come to them, is an excellent gift idea for this Valentine’s Day. Everyone could use a little ME time or extra relaxation. You can also opt to add on a manicure or reflexology service.

2. London Soho Weekender Bag – I personally love gifts like this. When traveling I prefer to have something that I can keep all my makeup, jewelry or tolietries in and not have to go crazy trying to find them. I also love that you can fill the pockets on the inside of this bag with other small gifts, like makeup or beauty items, and give that as 1 large present.

3. IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi – Beauty gifts are great no matter what the occasion. I’m a huge fan of IT Cosmetics and especially love the Je Nais Sais Quoi shades. Two of my favorites are the Vitality Lip Flush & Ombre blush – these will be big hits with the lady in your life that is also a beauty lover.

4. SinfulColors Polishes – SinfulColors is one of my favorite polish brands. They are affordable, have great shades but best of all – they last without chipping. They currently have a great collection out with some fun shades that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Kissful Thinking & It’s About Valen-time are my favorite shades.

5. Baked by Melissa – If you want to think outside of the box when it comes to your typical Valentine’s Day sweets and chocolate – head over to Baked by Melissa. These are my favorite cupcakes and for Valentine’s Day they have super cute heart themed boxes and limited edition flavors.

6. FTD Long Stem Roses – You can never go wrong with traditional and classic long stem red roses! These beauties are very romantic and you can always upgrade your bouquet to add more roses.

 

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Tuxedo Jacket by H&M, $50 – I am absolutely obsessed with this jacket! It’s super versatile so you can dress it up or wear it more casual. What I love about H&M is that they offer quality and on trend pieces without breaking the pocket so this is sure to be a gift that will get a lot of years of use.

Rebecca Minkoff Glitter Clutch, $95 – A statement clutch is always a great idea. This Rebecca Minkoff envelope clutch is a showstopper!

Stuart Weitzman Boot, $419 (Org. $698) – While on the pricier side, these Gold boots are everything. They will turn an ordinary outfit to a standout one instantly. Don’t think you’re ready for such a bold color? No problem – these also come in Black, Brown + Blue and are all on sale!

Ralph Lauren Romance Trilogy, $65 – The Romance Collection by Ralph Lauren offers a fragrance for every woman. With this exclusive set, you can enjoy all three scents, Romance, Midnight Romance, and Tender Romance. They are smell delicious!

Martini Twist from Thoughtfully.com, $30 – Thoughtfully.com is a website I just recently found out about and I’m hooked. They offer amazing gift sets for every occasion and for everyone on your Holiday list this year. This set is perfect for the Martini lover in your life. Appletini? Singapore Sling? YES, please! Just add your favorite libation and let loose.

Philosophy Pure Grace Set, $57 – The ultimate holiday gift: Pure Grace. This limited-edition collection offers an uplifting sensorial experience featuring the fresh, crisp, infinitely clean scent of pure grace 3 ways, perfect for layering or enjoying individually.

Steve Madden Pom Pom Hat, $16 – I think knit hats in general always make good gifts. I love this one because it’s super warm. The pom pom detail is very in and super cute!

Festive Bouquet from FTD, $160 – Aren’t us women just suckers for a gorgeous bouquet of flowers? This Luxury Bouquet includes: red roses, red spray roses, red tulips, green hydrangea, red hypericum berries, lush greens, and a modern gold keepsake vase.

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Travel HoodiePillow, $25-30 – The Travel HoodiePillow is a game changer for the frequent flyer in your life. It provides neck support and has adjustable drawstrings that can be pulled to create added eye coverage to block out everything going on around you. It comes in two versions, the inflatable and memory foam. The inflatable deflates and folds for easy storage while the memory foam provides luxury comfort.

Skullcandy Earbuds, $16 – These Ink’d 2 earbuds provide supreme sound acoustics and a noise isolating  fit. They are ultra durable and have a flat cable which decreases tangles which is so important when on the go. They are priced really well while being high quality which is always a plus.

Pro Packing Cubes, $7-$40 – Packing cubes is something that I wish I got into sooner. Your bag is so much more organized when using them and you instantly will get more free space. These from Pro Packing Cubes are my favorite for a few different reasons. For starters – the price. They are a fraction of the price of other cubes that may be comparable. While they are made of ultra-lightweight fabric, they are extremely durable. I got them in 2 different colors so I can easily distinguish which are packed with my items vs. my husbands stuff. And helllllo Lifetime Guarantee.

 Tumi Universal Power Adapter, $37 – A power adapter is SO important to have when you love to travel. There is nothing worse than heading to Europe and trying to charge your phone before your night out just to realize it isn’t possible or worse blowing a fuse and being in the dark. Tumi is a great  quality brand and this adapter works in over 150 countries!

Serengetee Scratch Map, $24 – I am a HUGE fan of Serengetee! I absolutely love the mission of this brand and urge you to read up on them yourself. This scratch map from their site is one of my favorites! It’s the perfect gift for the traveler in your life. If you purchase other items from their site ($35+) this map is FREE with code SCRATCH at checkout.

GoPro Hero5, $400 – I always travel with my camera but I felt like I needed to step it up a notch so I purchased a GoPro. While not cheap, it’s absolutely an investment and will bring capturing your adventures to the next level. It’s super durable, waterproof and the quality of the videos + photos are top notch. Don’t want to shell out $400? Check Amazon for an older model or look into the Session!

Joby Gorillapod Magnetic tripod, $25 – The Joby Gorilla Magnetic provides reliable and flexible support for lightweight cameras, camcorders and cell phones. The size is perfect for travel and you can set it up on almost all surfaces. This is perfect for trying to capture the perfect shot… including selfies.

The Carry-On by Away, $225 – Quality luggage when you travel frequently is a must! What I love about this carry on from Away is that it is super high quality + scratch resistant, guaranteed for life, has great compartments on the inside and umm can we discuss that it has a built in battery so that you can charge any USB device while on the go.

stocking-stuffers

 

Express Dress Socks, $11 – These fancy dress socks are a perfect stocking stuffer for the special guy in your life. Not only do these come in a variety of fun colors and styles but they also fit great and are really comfortable.

Gift Cards – You can never, ever go wrong with a gift card. While some people think gift cards are the easy way out, I think they are the most practical gift. You can pick from a variety of different stores or restaurants or keep it simple and give a gift card that will work anywhere. I’m a big fan of Apple gift cards since they can be used to purchase music, games or other apps.

Electric Sky Wine, $13 – Wine as a stocking stuffer?! YES! Wine (& booze in general) is always a good gift idea. What I love what Electric Sky Wine is that they are single serve so you can literally pop one off and keep it moving. Rose, Red or Pinot – take your pick.

Fitbit Flex, $80 – I own one of these and I love it. You can track your steps, sleep pattern and food/water intake with one simple click. With the New Year around the corner, this is the perfect gift for someone looking to set and crush their 2017 health goals.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k, $15 – Reading fuels the mind but there’s nothing like raw, refreshing TRUTH. We get so caught up on worrying about every little thing and being perfect – but this book will bring you right back to reality. Pick it up and thank me later.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Holiday Ornament, $16 – If you follow me on my social media channels, you know I am a HUGE fan of It Cosmetics. When I saw they came out with 2 Holiday Ornaments that included their product, I knew they would make my Gift Guide. Not only is this cream one of my absolute favorites but it’s the perfect Stocking Stuffer AND travel friendly size.

Vaseline Rosy Lip Therapy, $3 – Vaseline is my GO TO product for keeping my lips soft. While I keep a big tub of it by my bedside, I keep this cute little tin in my purse. It keeps my lips moisturized, smells great and gives my lips a light tint.

Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask, $25 – This is my favorite mask set from this season. You get to test out 6 of their best (& yes I can attest to that because I use each and every one and am obsessed) masks instead of committing to just one. They are the perfect size to bring along when going away for the weekend and even more perfect for tossing in the stocking of your beauty obsessed loved one.