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A Valentine Giveaway {with Minted}

I can't believe that it's already February. Where in the world did the time go. That also means its almost Valentine's Day!!! I feel as if you either love it or hate it. As for me, its a favorite of mine! The Mr. and I have never celebrated it in the traditional sense though. Just not our thing, but once I had the babies it all changed. I LOVE to decorate the house up, make heart everything, and will do some sort of cookie/cupcake decorating with the little's friends. If you have read my blog for very long you know I love LOVE. What a better time than Valentines to spread it around. All this to say I am so so excited about this years Minted Valentines Giveaway. They upped the ante in the card department too. So many choices. The classroom cards are adorable as always, and the regular photo card is perfect for those who may have missed the Christmas round, but my new favorite are the individual cards! I know I would keep this one forever if it happened to be bestowed upon me. The gift tags are super cute. They lean towards Valentine Day themes, but I know I would use them year round. The journals I have given out many times and they are always a hit. Actually it might be time to get one myself even. Last but most definitely not least, have you seen the art prints?!?!? Oh my, I adore them. These two are my favorites and they would stay up all year. Minted I heart you and all your choices.

GIVEAWAY is for $100 dollar gift certificate to anything Valentine's from Minted

HOW TO ENTER: leave a comment here stating what your favorite Minted Valentine Day goody is. So easy. Just make sure you leave a way for me to contact you!!!


The winner is Catherine who said... I am loving the scalloped stickers. Especially the ombre hearts.

winner chosen via random.org


Playing the Waiting Game 

The house shoot was pushed back a couple of hours and needless to say I am trying everything to not nitpick my house. Ha. This is one vignette that just sort of happened and I am rather digging. I picked up a few hydrangea plants just incase they wanted any outside pictures. It's for a spring issue so I know my winter pots would never work. I figured I can just stick these in the mix to make it feel like spring time. All this to say I plopped them down on the counter and want them to stay always. I like the way it fills in the awkward space. Now to keep them looking pretty.


The Bigger the Better 

It's not quite the laundry room, but it is at least my house! Thought I would share my new pillow that has been in the works for at least a year. Ha. Nothing like a photo shoot of your home to kick your bottom into high gear. The shoot was scheduled for today, but due to some nasty weather it was pushed back till tomorrow. Now to keep the house clean for an extra day. Yikes. When I started to re-do our room about a year ago I knew I wanted a big ole bolster. If you have ever priced them out they are expensive! Thankfully I came across a huge Ralph Lauren one at Home Goods forever ago. It was ugly, but was the size was what I needed. I then wrapped it in this fabric that I picked in a matter of seconds. I wanted something bold and brown. This fit that bill. I didn't even finish the ends, just took some velvet ribbon and wrapped the ends. Oh, the things I can do in the wee hours of the night.


A New Week

Last week I got contacted by a local magazine asking if they could use my home for a shoot. It is with the same photographer that I worked with on this feature. Of course I said YES!!! How fun would that be. Well, super fun until I looked around and realized my way of cleaning lately has been throwing things in piles and baskets. Ha. Needless to say I have been doing my yearly purge a bit earlier than normal and it feels so good! As for the office area it has no hope, way too many projects going on and not enough places to hide things.

My inspiration board is overflowing, but my new favorite addition are the hanging elephants from World Market. Ellie has some hanging in her room too. Are they not the cutest?

I FINALLY went through my magazines. I have some I keep that I like to flip through later if it happens to be really good, but on the most part I really don't need to keep them all. Here is one pile out of many that is heading to the recycling plant. I am now embarrassed.

After many years of being caffeine free I came to realize a cup or two of coffee makes me quite a happy lady in the morning. It has made getting up earlier enjoyable. I try to skip a day or two so it doesn't become a headache inducing habit. I also know that although I may express how hard it is for me to see my children getting older, I have found a perk! Ellie loves making my coffee and has a thing for mopping. Yay me!!!

Every once in awhile I like to light the fireplace and eat by it when its cold out. I can not tell you how much the mini Bertoia chairs have come in handy. At first I wanted to get them a table of their own, but I soon realized they are the perfect height for our coffee tables. It really is brilliant when we have a lot of people over and no more space at the big table.

The next two days will be spent cleaning away. The mag people come on Wednesday. I also have come quite along on my laundry room make over! I am so excited about it and am no longer shamed if the door is accidently left open when folks pop by. Will share in the next few days!!! Nothing like getting all projects on the to-do list done in one week. Ha.


Now that's Good...

In the January issue of Architectural Digest I instantly fell for this kitchen. It's warm, has color and a lot of it, but still reads as a neutral to me. This is color I could actually do and LOVE. The color is Enchanted Forest by Benjamin Moore. The rest of the iconic house is just as good. See more here if you haven't already.

Nikolas Koenig

design by Pamela Shamshiri of the L.A. interior design firm Commune