Party Like a Dragon

Since the current book that is on bedtime repeat in my home is Dragons Love Tacos, my brain got to thinking about a theme party based on said book. A short jaunt over to Etsy then taught me that I am certainly not the first to have had this idea (and possibly am on the late train?). But that doesn't make this fiesta theme any less fun! Add the abundance of themed items already available to the fact that the cactus is totally the new succulent and you've got yourself so many options. Take a peek!

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Best Gift Ever

Gift giving is not a competition. But, really, how good does it feel to give the best gift to someone? A gift you know the recipient will appreciate, actually use and possibly even replicate and give to someone else in the future is the best kind of all. In a time where I am realizing more and more we don't need as much "stuff", I am all about only keeping the most meaningful, important, useful items in my home. Below you'll see a small collection of my favorite go-to gifts for others, as well as some of my favorites that I have received myself. With the holidays less than 2 months away, it's time to plan and check some items off the list nice and early! Happy gifting, my broads!

Tie One On


My trusty gift: The wine tag. I have gotten these adorable Lobird wine tags for countless friends.  I love including a card letting the giftee know that these are great to have on hand to tie on a bottle of wine for a hostess gift. It's a no-brainer. And since they get used and take up little space, they don't add to the clutter. There are several wine tag designs to choose from (but I don't know how you could choose something other than the drunken rooster) and you can even choose the ink color and ribbon pattern to your liking.

I could very well have a problem when it comes to personalized paintings. My tiny home alone has a portrait of our wedding chapel, our home and our family. But these are pieces I will never get rid of, and that makes them some of the best gifts I've received.


Does it get any sweeter than a family watercolor? Jennifer of Sophie and Lilli does the best work, you just need to send a high-res photo and she does her magic.


By far, the cutest stationery I've had is from Melissa at   The Atelier  . There are so many cute options.

By far, the cutest stationery I've had is from Melissa at The Atelier. There are so many cute options.

I personally love the   GiGi  .  Ohh La La! 

I personally love the GiGi.  Ohh La La! 

Lobird also has adorable, personalized stationery, too. It doesn't get much cuter than elephants and ostriches!


Don't forget the little ones!


Need a new baby gift that isn't clothes!? How about personalized notes to help parents with all of the thank you notes? These Semi Custom Brush Pen Note Cards are the bee's knees and their price is so right. Also adorable for older kids, because, the handwritten note should be instilled at a young age, IMHO.

Decorate your Home... with your Home

Image via   Instagram  // Portrait by   Blue House Paperie

Image via Instagram// Portrait by Blue House Paperie

For the new homeowner, or a sentimental sap like myself, there is nothing sweeter than a portrait of your home. Blue House Paperie has painted two portraits for me and has nailed it each time. Every detail I've asked for, including our pooch, has been honored and included. I love art like this in an entry way, mudroom or on a gallery wall.

There you have it, my broads. Personalized, thoughtful gifts that support small businesses. Win. Win Win.


Number Two's First

It's hard to believe, my broads, but my second born will turn ONE in a little over two weeks. I remember walking around on Halloween night last year, so annoyed that I was still pregnant (I was convinced I was carrying an October baby, she had different plans). I went to bed in a bit of a bad mood only to wake up at 2am because Number Two decided that All Saints Day was her birthday holiday of choice. Well, now it's time to celebrate and I'm embracing the fact that she is one day shy of being a Halloween Baby with a pumpkin patch-inspired party in a couple of weeks. But in case anyone else out there has a similar idea, I thought I'd give some sneak peeks for inspiration.

The Invite

I've said it before. I'll say it again. The invite sets the tone...

You may have seen this post on instagram last month. I can't begin to explain how happy I am with these invites designed by SaraLukeCreative  They're perfect. Envelopes and Washi Tape  from my second home, Paper Source

The Ideas And boy, are there a lot... Here is the idea board I created for the big bash. Links to all sources are in the link. (Spoiler Alert: It's a lot of Target, Paper Source & Michaels). One thing to note: the spray painted and mod-podged pumpkin ideas come from the lovely blog of Sincerely, Sara D. Check out the tutorial HERE.

Lucy's First

Despite how it may look, this really is a simple design with lots of corals, pinks and oranges with black & white and gold sprinkled in. There will be picnic-like food served and activities will include pumpkin decorating for kids.

Which, reminds me... have you seen these ridiculously cute pumpkin kits from Target ?? I know what I'll be doing this weekend...

So, there you have it. I will share ideas after the fact just like I did for the big ONEFor now, in case you missed it, I'll leave you with what #2 plans on wearing. Thank you again to reetmomma for making all of my hand-smocked pumpkin dreams come true...

Until then, my broads... ~TCB