Thursday, November 09, 2017

Crazy 8's perfect casual & cool looks for this holiday season

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From winter florals and party favorites, to cozy sweaters and graphic holiday tees, your kids can mix and remix their favorite Crazy 8 pieces to stand out from the crowd this season. Crazy 8's new holiday collections offer versatile pieces for boys and girls ages 6 months to 14 years old at unbelievable prices -- everything on their site is currently up to 75% off. Check out some of my favorite outfits below.

Friday, November 03, 2017

The Top 5 Things You Must Do Before Moving in to a New Home

Moving into a new home is supposed to be fun. This is because moving into a new neighborhood brings new experiences. But moving in is also stressful if you have not prepared yourself accordingly. Even if you are in a rush, there are some things that can only be done when the house is still unoccupied. Besides that, such preparations require you to set some money aside. This is because you will do an all-round makeover and you will have to hire a few people to help you. Here is a list of the things that should be done in advance.

1. Install New Locks 
Whether you are buying or renting a house, it’s recommended that you replace the existing locks with a new set. This will ensure that the previous occupants or the estate managers will not be able to access your home unauthorized. However, a tenant is required in some states to submit a copy of his keys to the landlord. This is because the landlord might want to evacuate your belongings if you don’t settle your rent arrears.

2. Renovate the Walls and Ceilings
 If the paint on the walls and the ceilings is totally worn out, you should consider repainting them. This will help in hiding the cracks and holes that are on the ceilings and the walls. Painting can be a messy affair so it should be done when there are no things inside the house. Besides that, the paint may still be in good shape. But if you don’t like the colors used, you can apply the colors that appeal to you. In such a case, you should budget for a painter because you may not have the time. If time is not on your side, you should avoid using different colors in every room. This is because every coat of paint will require time to dry before a fresh layer can be applied.

3. Get the Carpet Cleaned 
Most homeowners and tenants prefer to replace the carpet that they find in a new house. At the end of the day, you want the house to reflect on your taste. On the other hand, moving out from an old home causes the carpet to get dirty as people remove things out of the house. You should therefore get the carpet cleaned up before fixing it on the floor of the new house. In fact, you should hire a professional carpet cleaning company such as Sunrise Chem-Dry to do the job because they have advanced cleaning tools and equipment. While the carpet is being washed, you should make arrangements for the entire house to be cleaned up. Other areas to be cleaned include the drawers, shelves, countertops, tables and utensils.

4. Decide How Things will be Arranged 
Once the house has been cleaned up, you should take time to plan where things will be put. If you plan well, you will be able to reserve enough space for everything. You should plan for every room. When you walk into any room, you should stand in one corner and visualize how you things can fit perfectly without making the house look congested.

5. Hang Window Curtains 
The window curtains should be installed before moving your stuff inside the house. If you don’t have curtains, you can opt to install some blinds. This will help in preventing passersby from peeping through the window. Besides that, if you have to use the curtains that you found in the house, it’s recommended that you wash them thoroughly to remove the dust that may have accumulated.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall Wardrobe Essentials with JoJo Maman BéBé

Fall has finally arrived in Georgia! With temperatures in the mid 80s last week, it's great to finally be able to wear warm jackets and cozy sweaters. JoJo Maman BéBé is one of my go-to stores for the latest styles in kid's fashion and this year's fall collection did not disappoint. The quality, designs and variety of their garmets is simply unmatched. Their unique collections are always priced well and their pieces are versatile and easy to mix and match. 

On a recent fall family photo shoot, Lucia wore head to toe JoJo Maman BéBé.


About JoJo Maman BéBé
Inspired by French and British style, JoJo offers full range of children’s wear, maternity, nursing, toys, nursery decor and gifts. JoJo’s aesthetic and small brand values provides families around the world with everything they need for their children, from pregnancy through age 6.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Check It Out: Janie and Jack Me & Mommy Collection

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If been following Hello Jack for a while, you probably already know that I'm a huge fan of matching with my kids. I've been coordinating outfits with Jack since he was a toddler. Just in time for the holidays, Janie and Jack has released a new line inspired by the special memories created between mother and child during the holiday season. The J&J Holiday collection features new, coordinating looks for girls, boys and women, ranging from polished outfits for the season’s celebrations to sophisticated separates, perfect for family gatherings.

From classic red hues and luxe velvet to elegant necklines and plush accents, the J&J Holiday collection captures the glamour and excitement of the most wonderful time of the year. Highlights from the collection include full, printed skirts and polished shift dresses for women along with embroidered sweaters, tartan dresses, pants and blazers for children. Styles for girls and boys are available in sizes 0–12 years, with prices ranging from $7–$129. Women’s styles are available in sizes 0–16 with prices ranging from $26–$169. 

 “Inspired by a very special time of year, the J&J Holiday collection is a modern twist on timeless classics for picture-perfect celebrations. ” 

In honor of the collection, Janie and Jack teamed up with author, nutritionist and mother, Daphne Oz  to chat with some fashionable mother-child duos about their relationships and gave the children the chance to dress themselves and their mothers in their favorite looks from the new J&J Holiday collection. Check out video below.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Portrait Innovations Photo Session + FREE Halloween portrait event + GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago, we took the kids for a fall themed photo session at our local Portrait Innovations. Let me start by saying that if you are a parent, you know how challenging it can be to take pictures of your kids -- especially when they are 2 and 3! Amelia was our photographer and she was absolutely amazing. Not only a super talented photographer, (just check out my favorite pictures below to see) but she was so great with the kids.  The entire staff was great, very friendly and professional. Sessions run about 45 mins - 1 hour, but they were very flexible and worked a little bit longer with us (we were their last session of the day) to make sure we got some awesome shots. 

Portrait Innovations prides itself in giving customers a customized portrait studio experience with creative options for beautiful, professional portraits and personalized gifts and keepsakes.  From calendars to holiday cards, portrait books and mugs, they are one stop shop for one of a kind gifts for everyone in your life.

Photographers at each studio have been trained in the newest posing and shooting techniques and work with newborns, children, families, graduates, religious milestones and large groups as well. Images and digital copies are available on site, right after each session and all gifts are ordered and delivered. 

It was hard to narrow down my favorites -- so many awesome pictures to select from -- but I've selected a few to share with you today. Look at my babies, aren't they adorable?


Portrait Innovations is pleased to offer parents with children dressed in costumes free portraits during its Halloween event taking place at all Portrait Innovations studios Monday, Oct. 30. Photo opportunities run from 3 to 7 p.m., and parents will receive:

  • 2 free 5x7 portraits
  • 2 free digital images of each child dressed in costume
  • Candy for the little trick-or-treaters

Following the free event, parents can also submit their children’s portrait as part of a fun Portrait Innovations photo contest for a chance to win one of three $1,000 cash prizes! To enter, submit your Portrait Innovations Halloween portrait, and then encourage friends and family to vote. The 20 portraits with the most votes will be judged by Portrait Innovations for costume originality and three families will be named winners. 

During Portrait Innovations free Halloween event, there will not be any sales or traditional studio appointments available so the team can focus on working with children dressed in costumes for Halloween. Employees will also be handing out candy to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. To find your closest Portrait Innovations studio here or check out the Facebook event pages for all time zones below.


GIVEAWAY The fabulous team over at Portrait Innovations want to give you the chance to win a the following package below at a location of your choice!

  • Six (6) pose collection with 2 sheets of each pose 
  • Two (2) 10x13 special effects Decorator Portraits 
  • One (1) high resolution CD of your portrait images 

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, October 25th at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only.

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About Portrait Innovations 
During the past 15 years, Portrait Innovations has reinvented the professional portrait studio experience, understanding how important capturing and sharing cherished family and personal memories, events and milestones is to its customers. Honored to be the one selected to capture those memories, it has become the largest operator of free standing retail, professional portrait studios with locations throughout the country.  
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