DIY PLAYHOUSE

DIY PLAYHOUSE
DIY PLAYHOUSE

LEAVE HER WILD

LEAVE HER WILD
LEAVE HER WILD

PHOTOGRAPHY 101

PHOTOGRAPHY 101
PHOTOGRAPHY 101

$200 Minted Giveaway

When it comes to selecting what cards to send out to friends and family there are a ton of options to choose from and it can be overwhelming. Without fail I always choose Minted - and half of the reason is because of their awesome free address printing. Anything that saves me time nowadays is right up my ally.
We selected Minted for Presley's birth announcements and I love how they turned out!
For the holidays we will be choosing Minted again, the question is what card? There are so many great ones to choose from I was literally browsing Minted over the course of two days! (So much for that whole "saving time" concept!) These are some of my favorites
These ornament cards are also a fun and unique idea!
 As always the foil prints are a favorite
How cute would these be for a pregnancy announcement? 2 could be the mom, 0 could be dad/partner, 1 could be dog/child, 5 the ultrasound! This is a part of the Petite line
The best part? Minted and Happily Ever Parker have teamed up to offer a $200 credit to one lucky reader! Giveaway will run until December 4th with the winner announced Friday, December 5th! Good Luck!

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Loving Lately

Why is it that whenever the holidays roll around I find a million things I want to buy for myself?! Oh the struggle, all the better for buying great gifts that you know your friends and family will love!

Tory Burch Ballet Flats (33% off!)
Zella Cherished Tunic
Splendid Cotton Tee (I know this looks so plain and simple - and is a total rip at $58 - but it is so comfortable and flattering on.) 
On sale in pink HERE.







But before I start thinking Christmas I need to start thinking birthday...as in David's on December 10th. Any good ideas send them my way!

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Merino Kids Sleep Sack Review

One of the things I found out pretty quickly as a new mom was that sleep sacks are a must. Swaddling sleep sacks for when they are newborns and just plain old sleep sacks for when they are bigger. (When a baby can start rolling over that is when you stop swaddling). One of the last things you want to be worrying about is your child suffocating in blankets. Which is why sleep sacks are a must.

So when Merino Kids contacted me to give a review of their sleep sacks I was pretty excited. I was sent a winter weight sleep sack in size 0-24 months in the color mint/banbury. Right away I was immediately impressed with the quality. Sometimes when I think of wool I think of being itchy, but this sleep sack is anything but! It's such a nice weight too which is great for those colder nights.
A quick visit to their website says the following:

  • World's best and #1 top-selling merino sleep sack in the USA and worldwide. Others can't beat Merino Kids' patented iF award-winning design, premium fabric and superior workmanship.
  • For parents who want the very best. Crafted by master tailors from luxuriously soft Superfine Merino wool. 100% natural, itch-free and allergy-safe. Organic cotton outer layer for extra durability.
  • Textile scientists recommend the Merino Kids sleep sack. Baby doesn't wake up cold or overheat. Naturally absorbs and releases moisture to create the perfect safe micro-climate in any season for rooms 64°F to 80°F.
  • First sleep sack in the world to achieve the stringent UK BSI standard for baby sleep sack safety, and the only merino sleep sack certified to this safety standard. Baby has freedom to move yet can't slip underneath or wriggle out.
  • Fits babies 0-2 years safely and comfortably. Innovative safety belt aperture makes it easy to transfer sleeping baby between car seat, stroller and nursery to maintain sleep routine.
Some of the things I really like about the sleep sack is the bottom zipper. Making those nighttime diaper changes a lot easier. It also has button closures in the arms to grow with baby. There is an insert for a seat belt which is brilliant. I hate having to unswaddle Presley when she is asleep to put her into the car seat.
For readers of Happily Ever Parker, Merino Kids are offering some discounts! The following codes are good through December 31st.

$20 off Merino Kids Dot Sleep Sacks with code: DOTS20

Baby colors HERE
Toddler colors HERE

Free Cocooi beanie and booties set with purchases over $100 with code: BBSETFREE
(Must add free item to cart to receive it)

*I received my sleep sack complimentary of Merino Kids for review but all opinions are 100% my own.

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P's Christmas Wish List

Presley's Christmas Wish List

carry home dollhouse // heart body suit // colorblock body suit // sweatshirt // moccasins
chow chow plush // teething ring // book // kick and play piano

Next week is Thanksgiving and I am already behind on my holiday shopping. This year we are only buying for the kids which does make things a lot easier! Since Presley will only be four months old this Christmas we will be doing it pretty low key. December 31st marks my first day back at work and I am just so sad about it. So cliche but where has time gone?

I am so excited to take some holiday photos (which the rain bumped to next week) and Presley's first photo with Santa Clause should be pretty comical.  If Presley could talk I am sure she would wish for any of the items above!
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Life Lately

Ahh it's good to be back to this little white space. I decided to stay in southern California for five extra days because my sister and I were just having too much fun. Presley was so good and that made things much easier.
She was a trooper on the plane rides and slept or cooed for the majority of time. On the flight over my hands were swabbed and set off the alarm so unwrapping P from my Solly wrap was a pain in the arse! On the flight home she was a champ and as I was waiting for my luggage I heard her toot a bunch of times. I chalked it up to gas and didn't think twice about it.

Well when David picked us up I was unwrapping her to discover she blew out of her diaper, into her onesie and onto the wrap...lovely. I am just so happy it wasn't on the plane! Other than that flying with a toddler was a cinch. (To be noted my sister had a stroller and carseat for me so I didn't have to travel with any of that.)

I snagged some awesome things while on my mini vacation

Sam Edelman 'Louie' Bootie
A super cute jacket from Zara which I can't find online - but oh goodness did I find so much other cute stuff there! But I was good and stopped at the jacket and bought Presley a shirt and some tights.

Presley made out at the Nordstrom Rack "Clear the Racks" event. I got her all stocked up with my favorite brands including Peek and Tea. This item also made its way to us

Tucker + Tate Embroidered Jersey Poncho
This girl will never want for anything I tell ya! In addition to this I found the most ADORABLE outfit for our holiday cards for her and a pretty cute shirt for me! Finally! Now let's just hope it doesn't rain on Thursday!

And just for fun...
True Life: I cloned my husband

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Thoughts for Thursday

Hey guys! I am still on vacation visiting my sister but Stephanie and I are subbing in for Annie and Natalie while they are both on a mini hiatus. So I hope you join us and link up!


+ First I want to say that I am using my sisters Mac and hello, I think I have fallen in love. Right now David and I share a laptop but I am thinking mama needs an upgrade. Especially for my photo editing. Maybe that will force me to learn how to use my camera better?

+ I was supposed to fly back home yesterday but my sister and I are having so much fun I decided to extend my trip. Ahh the benefits of still being on maternity leave. It's supposed to be in the 80s this weekend in Southern California so I am going to make sure Presley and I soak up the last of summer rays we will be getting for awhile. I really love California because this girl does not do the words : polar vortex

+ We are taking family photos next Thursday and I am struggling in finding something cute to wear! For me and Presley. These are current contenders for Presley's outfit depending on mine.

Festive Cord Bow Dress


+ We also went to Nordstrom Rack and I scored on SO MUCH adorable clothing for Presley and each item was easily under $10. Let's hope my suitcase doesn't weigh over 50 lbs. when I fly home. Considering when I flew here it was 49 lbs. even I am thinking my chances are slim...

I'll see you guys next week and I will be sharing my haul, which also includes an amazing Zara jacket!


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We're Off!

Today Presley and I are headed out on our first solo flight. Not going to lie I am a wee bit nervous to be going by myself. What is helpful is that I am flying to see my sister and she has a car seat and stroller all ready for me. So I don't have to bring any of my gear which hopefully will make life easier.

With that being said I am taking a little blog hiatus until mid next week! So I will leave you with this smiling face!

Have a great week!



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Yay & Nay

Just a couple of baby items that made life a little easier or were a complete bust!

 Blooming Bath
Verdict: NAY
In theory I really wanted to like this. I mean look at that sweet baby above. Now it's not that Presley didn't like it it's just that I found it so unfunctional. To clean it you had to put it in the washing machine and then dry it in the dryer (which took forever). Let's chalk this one up to a total waste of water and electricity. We decided to go with a normal plastic tub and it works great.

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother
Verdict: YAY
We were gifted this by the family I used to take care of in college. Being such lovers of the ocean we were hoping Presley would love it. Well she does and I can easily plop her in the crib and it entertains her while I get ready in the morning. Read: priceless

Wipes Warmer
Verdict: NAY
As nice as it would be to always have a warm wipe on hand, it's just not reality. When you're traveling or on the road this is not something you're going to bring with you. So skip it and they will never know the difference.

Boppy Waterproof Changing Liners


Verdict: YAY
Just go out and buy three packages of these now. It makes that 2am "I peed while mid diaper change" changes so much easier.

Baby Denim
Verdict: NAY
I agree with Stephanie on this one. Sadly I fell victim to the tiny cuteness and invested in a couple of pairs. Truth is when your baby is so little you will just want him or her in soft snuggly fabric. But not gonna lie they are still pretty adorable.

Solly Wrap
Verdict: YAY
Absolutely love this wrap. It's lightweight and after watching one video super easy to use. Major plus is Presley loves it and that makes both of us super happy.

Rubis Switzerland Baby Nail Scissors
Verdict: YAY
We were gifted these as well and they are a life saver. I never feel like I am going to snip Presley when I am cutting her nails. Highly recommend and also make a great baby shower gift!

Anything you felt made life easier with a little one?

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Faux Lovin'

Faux Fur Slippers

Fur Hooded Vest



Faux Fur Tree Skirt (Have this and love it - if you think you want it buy it soon. It always sells out!)

Faux fur vest (for baby)!

 So are you a friend or foe of faux? I love it as long as it's not real!

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