Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Getting Ready For Christmas!

For the past two years, Brad and I have created our version of an Advent Calendar (check them out here & here). Starting tomorrow until December 25th, we are planning a Christmas related event every day. Check out all of activities we have planned,  December is my favorite month!
Jack and I at our local Christmas tree farm for our Christmas photo shoot.

December 1 Taking Jack to get his picture taken with Santa - I'm secretly hoping for this
December 2 Decorating the mantle above the fireplace
December 3 Outside Christmas lights + wreaths will go up
December 4 Heading to the local tree farm to get our tree + decorating it
December 5 Heading to Lights of The South!
December 6 Decorating the entry way
December 7 Signing & mailing our Christmas cards
December 8 Putting Christmas bows on outdoor lights
December 9 Making this yummy holiday cocktail- mine was a virgin drink last year!
December 10 Baking Christmas cookies


December 11 Buying white poinsettias in Savannah, GA
December 12 Making treats for work
December 13 Making homemade cocoa & drinking it by our fireplace
December 14 Visiting our downtown Christmas tree (& celebrating my birthday)
December 15 Finishing wrapping gifts
December 16 Donating to a local charity through Brad's work
December 17 Watching Elf
December 18 Christmas Party at Brad's uncle's house 
December 19 Finishing any last minute Christmas shopping & wrapping
December 20 Heading to our friend's annual Christmas party
December 21 Taking Nico to Petsmart to take her picture with Santa
December 22 Grocery shopping for our Christmas Eve dinner
December 23 Christmas Party at Brad's grandmother's house
December 24 Christmas Eve dinner at our home with my family
December 25 Christmas morning brunch with Brad's family at the Lake


Do you plan on creating your own Advent Calendar? Or do you have any Christmas/Holiday traditions you share every year with your family? I would love to know! Please share them with us.


images via Pinterest
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Where is Sophie?

sophie copy


Sophie made a recent visit to a Michigan hospital to make sure her buddy
Easton was ok!  Look at Sophie... she's such a good nurse!

Jack and I are praying for a speedy recovery for baby Easton ♥ .
You can read about Easton's story here.


Thank you for sharing this shot with us Courtney! Make sure you visit
 Courtney over at Metzger Family Love.

If you would like to submit your own - Where is Sophie? - please email me at
hellojackblog @gmail.com

Thankful November: 29

Today I'm thankful for my little Nico - my Nina, Nini - this little
5 lb chihuahua has brought so much happiness to our lives! 


Interesting fact: Nico's birthday is January 18th, that was Jack's due date
 (He was actually born on 1.11.11)
Monday, November 28, 2011

Milestones!

We had two very special milestones last week. Jack is now "walking"! He had
been taking a few steps here and there but now, all he wants to do is walk. He
still looks like - what my husbands says - a drunk baby! My little boy is 
growing up so fast. 

video

Also, we finally have a tooth! It looks like 3 more are coming soon! As you can
imagine, Jack Attack has not been his usually mellow self, those teeth are painful.
Poor little guy!


Thankful November: Day 28

Today I'm thankful for Hello Jack and for its wonderful readers and followers. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment! ♥

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thankful November: Day 25


Today I'm grateful the small, girly & glittery things in my life! 


Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Hello Jack giveaway!

The winner of the Light as Father Shabby Apple necklace is....



Congratulations Nykki! Please email me your info at
hellojackblog @gmail.com

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful November: Day 24

Today I'm thankful for my family. My son and my husband. The two biggest gifts God has given me. I'm so thankful and grateful that these two boys are mine. There is nothing more I could possibly ask for.

My life is complete ♥

Mami & Jack - Thanksgiving 2011
Daddy & Jack - Thanksgiving 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Can you help us out?

If you get a chance today please vote for Hello Jack on Top Baby Blogs! We've fallen one spot :(
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Thankful November: Day 23

Today I'm thankful for my older sisters!

"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, 
a golden thread to the meaning of life."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Check out: Favorite Baby/Kids Gift Guides

If you are still looking for the perfect gifts for your little one this Holiday season, look no further! Check these amazing gift guides curated by some of my favorite bloggers. You'll find everything from DIY items, to educational toys, furniture and clothing. Enjoy!


Click on each link for detailed product information + pricing.


Don't forget to check out my favorite women's/men's/home guides over at Layers of Meaning.





giftguide olivia



Thankful November: Day 22

Today I'm thankful for 6 days off work + family and friends gatherings.
And making lots of these...

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail

2011 Holiday Gift Guides: Kids & Teens


I'm back with another fabulous gift guides, this one is for kids & teens.
Check out all of my favorite products and make sure you take advantage
of the special discount for Hello Jack and Layers of Meaning readers from



1. On the Go Art Kit - $25, BeginAgain Toys
2. So Frond of You Laptop Sleeve - $35.99, ModCloth
3. Jensen Wood Turn Table- $88, Urban Outfitters
4. Vinyl Piece of the Puzzle- $24.99, ModCloth
5. Family Doll House - $190, Tag Toys
7. Plasma Car -$39.99, Amazon
8. Tool Set - $14.97, Lowe's
9. Fly High Mug- $16, My Dear Darling Special price for Hello Jack and Layers of Meaning readers!

And stay tuned later this week for my favorite gift guides around the web!
You don't want to miss them, they are full of amazing gifts.
Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankful November: Day 21

Today I'm thankful for {gift} boxes left on my doorsteps,
 they sure brighten up my day!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful November: Day 20

Today I'm thankful for these precious little angels who filled my heart the moment they were born. They were my practice babies...my nieces & nephew.

 Isabella & Stella

 Ian & Sofia


Our lives have never been the same ♥.
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thankful November: Day 19

Today I'm thankful for a weekend getaway with Brad. A little shopping, drinking,
 dining and the best company in the world! ♥

Dinner & Drinks at Ocean Prime in Atlanta

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thankful November Day: 18

Today I'm thankful for our first family Christmas photo shoot! We are getting all dressed up tomorrow and taking pictures for our Christmas cards! I'm so excited.



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful November: Day 17

Today I'm grateful for junk food after a long day at work. I told Brad about my hard day and he came
home with food from McDonald's. It's the little things that make my day...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guides + a giveaway!

We are back with week two of my favorite gifts to give and receive this season
and this gift guide is specially packed with some extra goodies!


Enter for a chance to win a Light as Feather necklace from Shabby Apple! (#3)
Valid for US residents only. A winner will be chosen at random on November 23.


1. Follow Hello Jack on Google Friend Connect (required).
2. Like Hello Jack on Facebook
3 Like Shabby Apple on Facebok.
4. Leave a comment telling if you would give or keep the necklace (I would keep it!).
5. Tweet about this giveaway: I just entered the @ShabbyApple giveaway at @HelloJackBlog.

Leave separate comments for each.

Make sure you stop by Shabby Apple and check out their amazing woman's jewelry and
vintage dresses. They are one of my favorite online sources for cute, affordable dresses you
can wear anywhere!



1. Fold Over Clutch - $149, Claire Vivier
2. Zig Zag Long Tray - $22, Furbish Studio. Enter code LAYERS and receive 10% off your order.
3. Light as a Feather - $48, Shabby Apple.  Enter code HELLOJACK10OFF and receive 10% off your order. Valid until 12/14/2011
4. Fujifilm Instanx Mini - $62.83, Amazon
5. Casual Moccasins - $57, Boden
6. Deux Lux Sequin Weekender - $99, Urban Outfitters
7. Vogue Eyewear - $129, Sunglass Hut
8. Stila Lip Glaze - $25, Sephora
9. Diane Perfume - $85 , Sephora
10. Design Sponge - $23.10, Amazon

Don't forget to take advantage of the discount codes available to Hello Jack and
Layers of Meaning readers.


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NO CLOSED

Thankful November: Day 16

Today I'm grateful for my job and the flexibility it's given me. After Jack 
was born, I decided to go back to work only part time. I'm lucky that
 I get the opportunity to be creative while still enjoying time with
my son.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
 
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