Prepping Your Home For the Holidays

When I think about the holidays growing up, I remember the magic. My mom, notorious for her decorating and hosting skills, never made the holidays feel stressful, whether hosting an elegant dinner for our immediate family on Christmas Eve or 80 people for a Winter White holiday extravaganza.

As an adult, I truly appreciate my mom’s willingness to open her home – because with at-home parties means lots of prep, cleaning, and decorating. I used to stay up with my parents until every last beautiful, delicate champagne glass was hand washed and put away, and even after seeing all the work that went into my family’s plentiful parties, I was not averse to hosting. In fact, the hosting gene runs strong and true in my blood!

But I’m also kind of crazy picky when it comes to opening my home to guests. However, since I do love hosting, I’ve come up with a system to clean and prep before the party. Now that I have kids, I want to continue the traditions my parents set of opening my home to holiday parties while creating a stress-free environment for my girls.

Girls’ holiday dresses

The holiday season is here, and I’ve rounded up my favorite holiday dresses for kids, including the perfect accessories for your little one. All dresses are incredibly affordable, adorable, and can be worn well past the holidays.

I’m a huge fan of classic holiday dresses but also outfits outside of the typical red and green – beautiful blushes, pinks, champagnes, winter whites, and navies don’t scream Christmas, so you’ll get plenty of wear out of them.

You’ll find dresses in the following categories to match your taste:
– lace & tulle
– full skirt
– classy silhouette
– classic holiday
– vintage lace

And of course, I’ve included some beautiful special occasion accessories. Be sure to get use out of these affordable holiday dresses by rewearing them and adding them to your girl’s dress up collection!

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LipSense distributor’s wish list

Whether you’re a beauty blogger, promoting your SeneGence business on social media, or selling LipSense as a distributor at in-home demos, I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of products that will up your game.

I see questions all the time in SeneGence Facebook groups asking for tried and true recommendations for cases, brushes, lights, how to take better selfies, and the list goes on an on. I’ve spent hours digging deep into these groups as well as testing products myself to deliver you the BEST list to up your game.

Be sure to Pin this post for future reference and send to your family and friends looking to get you that special gift for the holidays, birthdays, or just because!

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Best toys for babies and toddlers

In the last year, so much has happened – your tiny bundle of joy has turned into a curious little monkey, crawling, walking, and exploring during all waking moments. You want to get the right toys that are developmentally appropriate, that challenge the brain and motor functions and bonus if they’ll entertain multiple kids at different ages.

I rounded up the best toys for babies and toddlers, with classic and modern options to suit your taste, and the best part is that most, if not all, of these toys will be loved, appropriate, and fun for years to come.

Be sure to save this post and share with your family and friends! These are great ideas to buy for your family, birthday parties, and the holidays.

Just click the images below to buy!

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Easy fall centerpiece

From holiday parties and dinner gatherings to every day home decor, everyone loves two things about fall – fall florals and pumpkins. Well actually, people generally love EVERYTHING about fall.

I love combining pumpkins and flowers for a simple project; I’ve made these centerpieces the past few years for Halloween, Thanksgiving, autumn parties, and most recently, a fall engagement party.

Supplies:

Pumpkin

Small, sharp knife

Large spoon or pumpkin scooper

Bowl or short vase

Flowers and greenery

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Free Alzheimer’s cards when going out in public

When you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, your whole life changes. Once seemingly mundane, daily tasks become difficult.

Can I leave him at home? How long will I have? Can I take him with me?

Will he feel embarrassed? Will I feel embarrassed having to explain his behavior?

These are questions that probably cross your mind all the time, and as someone supporting a family member or friend during this stage of life, you might feel trapped at home or sad you can’t go out and about with your loved one as you used to.

I attended an Alzheimer’s support group for the first time over the summer and saw these little cards you could take stating that your loved one has Alzheimer’s to give to people discreetly when you’re out and loved the idea.

Feel free to save or download the card below, print them, and have them handy in your wallet and give to family and friends. You can give them discreetly out at restaurants, while travelling, at the barber shop, doctor’s office – anywhere!