Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you've kicked off this holiday season in the most magical way possible! Over the last week I've been decorating our house like crazy person for Kai's first Christmas. I truly love this holiday so much, and it's something I've been looking forward to sharing with Kai all year. In the end though, we celebrate for the reason for the season, the birth of Christ. I believe decorating our house all beautiful like we try to do every year is in his honor. We begin decorating the night of Thanksgiving by putting our tree up, drink hot coco, and watch all the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends. Then over the next week or so we decorate the rest of the house and the outside. We then leave all our decorations up until the Epiphany, which is January 6th. I don't like to rush our decorations and I like everything to have sentimental meaning. So today, I am going to share with you our cozy holiday decorations all around our house! Welcome to our very merry home...
7.5 ft Pre-lit Christmas Tree - Target
6.5 ft Pre-lit Christmas Tree - Home Depot
Mantle Garland - Michaels
Stockings - Pottery Barn Kids (sold out, similar)
Fake Poinsettias - Michaels
Let It Snow Sled - Apple Holler
Large Black Plant Holder - Target
Gold + White Jug Vase - Target
Nutcracker - Gifted by my aunt, similar
Gold Tree - Target (old, similar)
Candle Sticks - White Barn Candle Co (old, similar)
White Rug - Ikea
Tree Skirts - Target
Red + Gold Ornaments - Target
Gold Stars - Target (old, similar)
Disney Ornaments - Gifted by my parents, other options available through Shop Disney
Name Ornaments - Bronner's Christmas Store
Stocking Hooks - Target
Joy + Bird Pillows - Target (old, similar)
Candy Cane Sign - Target ($1-$5 aisle, similar)
Nativity Scene - Michaels (old, similar)
Candle Lanterns - Michaels (old, similar)
Table Garland - Michaels
Pine Cones - Michaels
Gold Runner - Hobby Lobby (gold fabric cut to 120 in)
Red Chargers - Michaels
White Dinner Plates - Pottery Barn
Christmas Salad Plates - Pottery Barn
Napkins - Sur la Table (old, similar)
Napkin Rings - Sur la Table (old, similar)
Gold Flatware - Target
Hot Coco Sign - Michaels (old, similar)
Christmas Tree Sign - Michaels
Santa Pillow - Michaels
Letter Pillow - Michaels
Holly Bucket - Target
Holly Vase - Target ($1-$5 aisle, similar)
Sleigh filled w/ ornaments - Target (old $1-$5 aisle)
Letters to Santa Mailbox - Target
Wreath - Trader Joes
Wreath Hook - Michaels
Christmas Sheets - Target (old, similar)
Euro Pillow Shams - Pottery Barn
Quilt - Pottery Barn
White Duvet - Pottery Barn (old, similar)
White Cozy Blanket - Pottery Barn
Dr. Seuss Pillow - Porter Lane Home (old, similar)
Wood Christmas Tree - Le Marigny c/o
Wood Joy Letters - Nordstrom (old, similar)
Ski Mountain Lodge Candle - Bath & Body Works (sold out)
Candle Wreath - White Barn Candle Co (old, similar)
Pup - Not for Sale ;)
Hey there beautiful friends! I'm SO happy you're here today because today is a very special day for us...this little blog is ONE! I started this blog last November and it has truly brought so much joy and creativity in to my life and I have all of you to thank for that!
I've grown so much in the last year, it kind of blows my mind. To think when I started this blog I was still a mama to be is actually kind of unbelievable to me because I can't imagine my life without Kai and being a mom. I don't mind being defined as a mom at all. It is truly my calling and I honestly love who I've become in the last year. That's the first time in my life that I've been able to say that, I think. To be proud of who you are is so freeing. I start each day so full of happiness and am constantly motived to be the best version of myself possible.
Writing this blog, taking photos, connecting with all of you through social media, my Tiny Talks, and the Tiny Tribe brings me so much positive energy. I look forward to each and every blog post that I publish and literally get giddy when I hit the POST button. I've had the amazing opportunity to work with some incredible brands, too and thank all of them so much for recognizing the love and hard work that goes in to this blog. I joke that I have 3 jobs. My day job, being a mom, and being a blogger and I love all 3 of them so much. I wouldn't trade any of this for the world! I've put my hand at this blogging/website thing in the past (Yellow Mondays + This Boundless Journey, anyone? ha!) and I always get tired of what I'm doing long before this point. Tiny Dapper Fox though has not reached that point for me, and I am so grateful to have finally found my creative space that brings so much light in to my life.
Even though I've felt more joy in this last year then I ever have in my life, it hasn't come without challenges. I've certainly had my struggles, the two biggest ones being my postpartum anxiety and the loss of my dad. Life is not simply just happy or sad, it's so complex and learning how to deal with the ups and downs is just a part of it. When my dad got sick I was just getting over my crippling postpartum anxiety. For the last 5 months or so I've felt like I've been in a spinning vortex. I've been trying to climb my way out of it but life was spinning very very fast at some points that I just couldn't. This little blog and my family kept me from being lost though. Without you all, I feel like I would be numb and in the unknown. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being here. Whether you've been here the last year or even if you've just joined me, thank you so much for being a part of Tiny Dapper Fox.
Happy Friday, friends! Once again, apologies for the late Halloween post but I still wanted to share our costumes with you guys! Better late than never, right? We can just file it away for future Halloweens, too! Caleb and I really like to DIY our Halloween costumes; we have so much fun putting them together ever year. He grew up with an amazing mom who literally made all of his costumes, which I think is so special. While I'm not that good, I do pride myself on searching for cheap items to bring a costume together well and crafting parts of them! This year we did Peter Pan as a family for Kai's first Halloween! I was Tinker Bell, Kai was Peter Pan, Caleb was Captain Hook, and Wrigley was Mr. Smee. I absolutely loved how they turned out and want to share with you how we made them!
White T-Shirt - Gap | Green Leggings - Amazon | Green Pom Flats - Amazon | Tutu - DIY
Green Jacket (old, similar) - Dicks Sporting Goods | Fairy Wings - Amazon | Red lipstick - Chanel
Tutu DIY Instructions:
Green Onesie - Amazon | Green Pants - Amazon | Hat - DIY | Beige Moccasins - Freshly Picked | Leather Belt - DIY
Hat DIY Instructions:
Our third wedding anniversary is tomorrow. I can't believe this magical day was three years ago. They have been the absolute best three years of my life. I loved our wedding with all my heart and I've been wanting to share it with all of you for awhile. I decided to save it for our anniversary week and also launch a new series surrounding weddings! I love weddings so much. Always have, always will. I had the most wonderful time planning our wedding and love helping others plan theirs. I always joke that my dream job is to be a wedding planner, so I figured why not add a little bit of that magic here!? So to start out with...here is our special day.
Hey fellow book friends, it's been awhile! I was stuck on reading Jane Eyre forever, but I finally finished! I can't wait to share my thoughts with all of you as well as Babywise II! I took a slight break from Jane Eyre at the end of June/beginning of July to read through Babywise and Babywise II since Kai was reaching the next stage in his development! I originally only read the newborn to 12 weeks old parts of Babywise so that I wouldn't get overwhelmed with info, so I went back through to read the new parts and refresh on the general idea. Babywise II also highlights 5 months and on up to the time your baby becomes a toddler, so I tagged that on the my mom reading for the month. So here we go with a couple of book club chats!
Babywise II -Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam
So as most of you know, we're a Babywise family. We read the first book, On Becoming Babywise, at the end of last year. You can read that review here. The PDF method has gone extremely well for us. Kai sleeps so well, eats so well, and is so happy all the time and we can attribute so much of that to working hard at implementing the Babywise method from the beginning. We knew we wanted to continue on with this guidance even after we got Kai sleeping through the night because it's more than just that. It's all about his development and behavior all the time. Babywise II covers solid foods, the difference between punishment vs consequences, starting sign language, and good methods of play for the 5+ month old. It is a much shorter and quicker read compared to the first book, so it was a breeze to get through.
I liked Babywise II, but not as much as the first book. The book goes over solid foods, but I was hoping for more guidance on it since the first book is very centered around eating and sleeping. This book seemed a lot more concentrated on parenting and behavior, which I personally already have a good idea of how we want to go about "raising" Kai. The book gave some good pointers about staying consistent and starting out the way you always want to do things but those are things I already knew. It did touch upon a good way of starting solid foods though and did give some advice on foods to avoid, which I found really helpful. I also enjoyed the section about punishment vs consequences. Babies do not have a conscious, so punishment this early on is pointless.. When they misbehave, it is not intentional...they just don't know! So instead of implementing punishments when they do something you don't want them to do, instead you should go for consequences. One way we've started doing this is with Kai dropping toys on the ground. We pick them up for him twice, but if he drops it a third time, we take it away. Kind of like a three strikes your out thing. This way he will start to learn that if he drops his toys off his highchair or while he's on our lap in a chair, we will only grab it a couple of times if he accidentally drops it, but not if he keeps doing it because it's "fun." We also like the idea of starting sign language with Kai. We've started doing the sign for "more" when he's eating and I think he's slowly catching on! So essentially I liked bits and pieces of it, but overall I give it just an average rating. If you are looking for some help with solids and schedules though, give it a try, but I wouldn't bother reading the rest unless you are really lost on parenting styles. However, I have a couple of better recommendations for those kinds of books here and here.
You can buy Babywise II on Amazon.
Jane Eyre -Charlotte Bronte
I decided to take on this classic this past spring and it while it took me awhile to finish, it wasn't because I didn't like it, it was just because it was really really long and I'm a working mom. Jane Eyre is the story of a girl who is orphaned and grows up with a mean aunt and cousins, a little Cinderella if you ask me. She is eventually sent off to school where she excels and takes on a life around education. She falls in love, has her heart broken, but in the end gets what she deserves. There are lot of ups and downs and exciting moments all through the book and the ending is so heartwarming.
I really loved this book. Jane is an amazing and inspirational character. She's someone I would love to have lunch with and discuss books with. She is just such a likable character and I love her interactions with everyone she comes across. Her love story is fascinating and takes a lot of unexpected twists and turns but I just love the way all of it ends. It's one of those books where you question if it will end happy and while it's not all sunshine and rainbows, I believe it ends perfectly. So while it was really long and took a long time to read from start to end, it was so worth it to read. I highly recommend it if you love the classics and have some time to invest in a longer book!
You can buy Jane Eyre on Amazon.
Be sure to add me on Goodreads so we can be book buddies! I'm currently reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. I tried once before and failed, so wish me luck this time! What are you currently reading?!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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