Monday, December 10, 2018


This post has been sponsored by PurpleTrail.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

PurpleTrail Stationery

It’s no secret, I LOVE stationery!  So when PurpleTrail asked if I would like to try out their new stationery sets, I couldn’t have been more excited; except when I saw they had holiday stationery sets!

If we’re being honest, having this stationery set is the only thing helping me feel like I have at least some of it together this holiday season.  That and our Elf has moved every day so far.  Who else has been know to forget to move that guy?!?

Their holiday stationery sets are perfect to have on hand this time of year.  Each set comes with a 50 page notepad, 10 folded cards, 10 flat cards and 20 envelopes packaged in a cloth gift bag.  It’s nice to have everything you might need on hand instead of running out at the last minute to pick up cards when the stores are crazy busy and picked over.  I also really like that you can customize each paper style within the set to fit your needs.

Before I set out to customize our stationery set, I thought about how we will use each product.  I originally was going to leave the text on the folded cards as “Thank You” but decided to change them to “Happy Holidays” instead.  I plan to use the folded cards to hold gift cards this holiday season.

I decided to customize them with “The W family” (except it has our whole last name spelled out and covered for privacy) for both the flat cards and the note pad.  The flat cards are perfect to accompany a hostess gift, to use as a recipe card for a cookie exchange or as a traditional thank you note.  I love that the back is printed as well.  PurpleTrail really thinks of everything!

I LOVE a cute notepad.  Having a holiday note pad makes my never ending to do list a little more festive. The note pad has nice, thick paper; I almost feel guilty for using it daily.  The paper quality throughout the set is something you would expect to  pay a whole lot more for.

In addition to stationery sets, PurpleTrail has custom invitations, holiday cards, planners and more.

Being prepared this time of year is half the battle.  Anything I can do to make the December chaos a little more festive and enjoyable is a win in my book.  Having our PurpleTrail stationery on hand does just that.  I’ve really enjoyed having this holiday set and will likely order one that is less seasonal to have on hand year round.

PurpleTrail’s processing and shipping time is incredibly fast so you have plenty of time to order yourself a set to use this holiday season.

Monday, October 22, 2018


I recently popped into American Eagle to try on a couple of things I’ve had my eye on for fall and winter.  It’s been awhile since I’ve shopped there but it seems like it’s pretty popular with the mom crowd these days so I wanted to check it out for myself.  I used to LOVE AE back in the day (eek, that makes me feel really old) but wasn’t sure if I could pull it off anymore.   I was pleased to find a few things I really loved and have my eye on for fall and winter.

If I would have known that the weather was going to change pretty drastically overnight, I would have brought a couple of these home with me.  It was SO cold (for us anyway) early last week that these would have been perfect to have in my closet.


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I tried all of these on in store, with the exception of number five because my store didn’t have it in stock.  The tops were all SO soft and had plenty of length, something I was worried about.  The jeans fit really well and were incredibly comfortable.  I could easily wear them all day and not feel like I had jeans on, which is a huge win in my book.  Add booties or slip on sneakers to any of these outfits and you’re set for casual errands, lunch with girlfriends or dinner with the family.  I love pieces that make it easy to look put together but are also incredibly comfortable.  These are those pieces!

Friday, September 21, 2018


This post has been sponsored by Basic Invite.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a lover of stationary and paper products, when Basic Invite reached out and asked if I wanted to work with them I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Contrary to their name, Basic Invite is anything but basic!  From business cards to holiday cards and everything in between, Basic Invite has you covered!

Basic Invite has fully customizable traditional business cards to the coolest clear business cards.  With Basic Invite you have the ability to order a sample of your actual card so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before committing to an order.  They are so unique I had to get my hands on one.  They are just as pretty in person and the printing is impeccable. They look and feel really special.

Basic Invite

photo courtesy of Basic Invite

Speaking of business cards, I used their business card template to design some cards for Sequins and Sandcastles.  It could not have been an easier experience and I am so happy with how they turned out.  Since they have almost unlimited color options with instant online previews I was able to play with my cards to make them just right before ordering.  I was really impressed with being able to change the text to suit my wants and needs on my card.  There were fields I chose to eliminate (for privacy reasons) and it didn’t impact the design at all. In case you’re wondering, I chose the Modern Hello design and printed them on smooth coated paper.  I really like the semi gloss look and feel of the cards and the color is vibrant and rich, just what I was looking for.  I love them!


photo courtesy of Basic Invite

While playing around on their website I stumbled onto the cutest Halloween invitations; how cute are they for a Halloween party?  I know my kids would be SO excited to hand these out to their friends.  We might have to throw a Halloween party now.  With their fast shipping, I know I would receive them in plenty of time to get them out to all of the kids’ friends.


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With the holidays on the horizon, I had to check out their vintage holiday cards.  Basic Invite has so many great options for holiday cards that it’s going to be hard to choose just one.  I spent a lot longer than I care to admit going through their holiday card options.  I love sending a unique card and with Basic Invite’s customization ability I know I can do just that. In addition to being able to customize your card, you can also choose from over 40 different colors of envelopes that are peel and stick!


photo courtesy of Basic Invite

They also have an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other form of social media to request addresses from friends and family which will then be stored in your account and can be selected during the design process.  Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.  How great is that?

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

Monday, September 17, 2018


It’s hard to believe it’s time to think about Halloween again but it will be here before you know it and my kids are VERY excited for all things holiday and Halloween.  Lexi’s told me about thirty five different things she wants to be for Halloween, I think a dog is the current front runner, but it changes multiple times a day.  Dylan hasn’t said what he wants to be but I am sure he will also change his mind a million times before making a final decision.

We’re going to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland in a couple of weeks and Lexi and I were discussing costumes for Disneyland at Dylan’s hockey practice yesterday; I think she’s decided on Alice from Alice in Wonderland which is perfect since it will likely be pretty warm.  I need to help Dylan come up with something.  My matching loving heart would LOVE for him to be the Mad Hatter, but I highly doubt that will happen.  One can dream…

What will happen though is matching, errr coordinating, Halloween pajamas!  We LOVE matching pajamas.  I not so secretly love that my kids like to match their pajamas.  It makes me so happy that they still get excited when they have pajamas that match or coordinate.  Now that Dylan has outgrown the toddler section of our favorite stores it’s made it a little harder to find cute pajamas in bigger sizes and pajamas that match or coordinate with Lexi but I’ve found a few and can’t wait to get them on the kids; more importantly, they can’t wait to wear them!

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Friday, July 27, 2018


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Have you seen the new Gymboree? They recently launched their brand new refresh line and it’s SO good! I was blown away with how many cute things they released and couldn’t wait to make a trip into our local store to check it out in person.  Last weekend Lexi and I popped into Gymboree and were both very excited about what we saw.  Her favorite thing may be the kitty ear headband that came home with us and makes us both smile every time she wears it.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

So whats new? In short, everything!  Gymboree asked modern moms what they were looking for in kids clothing and delivered big time.  With changes like:

  • mix and match clothing – making it easy for kids to dress themselves
  • the best kids’ jeans – super comfortable, soft and durable
  • more cozy, high quality pieces for babies
  • a more modern sense of style
  • increased comfort, softness and attention to detail

Gymboree wants to be known for quality once again and I’d say they are on the right track!

cherry tee | rainbow raincoat | kitty ear headband | pink hoodie | rainbow top |shorts | camo culottes

Watching Lexi develop her own personal style makes me smile.  She’s only four but definitely has opinions on what she likes to wear and likes to come up with her outfits on her own.  The days of me dressing her are quickly disappearing.

Luckily, we both agree that Gymboree has some really great pieces for her closet for back to school.  A few of my favorites are this rainbow top, the camo culottes and this sweatshirt.  She LOVES the kitty ear headband (ok, maybe I’ve been converted and love it now too), this skirt and this skirt.  We both love the cherry graphic tee!  This raincoat is adorable, I wish this jacket came in her size and this hoodie is a must because she’s always cold.

In addition to the kitty ear headband, we took advantage of the 2/$24 graphic tee promotion and brought this one and this one home with us! They are super soft and I know she will get a lot of wear out of them.

We decided to let Dylan choose a few new things himself (we want to make him smile too), when we go back to school shopping but I thought I would share a few of my favorites for boys with you.THE NEW GYMBOREE WILL MAKE YOU SMILE

fun times tee | long sleeve tee | button down | basketball tee | jacket | jeans | camo sneakers

For Dylan, I love this look and asked him what he thought of it and was surprised when he said he liked it and would wear everything, including the camo sneakers.GYMBOREE MADE YOU SMILEimage via Gymboree

His closet always makes me smile because it only has things he wears and loves and nothing else.  I love this tee and am considering it for both of them….matching makes us smile over here!

Dylan’s closet is mostly graphic tee’s, long sleeve shirts like this one and the softest slim fit jeans I can find. I am excited for him to try these jeans and the camo slip on’s are a fun change from his regular sneakers.  A light jacket is a closet staple and something he is in need of and this button up is perfect for layering, a dressier occasion or for some pictures on the beach; which ALWAYS make me smile.

Adding quality, versatile pieces to their closets is important to me and I am excited to add a few more of the new Gymboree pieces to each of their wardrobes for back to school and beyond.  Follow us on Instagram to see how we’re living in and loving new pieces from the brand new Gymboree; it’s sure to make you smile.