Remember last week when I was telling you about an exciting shoot? This was it! I love Kate Spade, so I am excited to share today’s post! Also, did you guys see David painting these walls on his Instagram story? Anyways, today’s post is about gifting for the holidays. I have this friend Hayley, she is the most thoughtful gift giver and card writer. You can always expect to get an amazing gift and beautiful hand written card with a wax seal arriving on time for your birthday. I really love that about her, because getting a thoughtful gift always feels so good!

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Photos from Gift Giving with Kate Spade

We have been doing Christmas activities every single day and it has been sooo fun!!! The night we took these we went to the railroad park in Scottsdale. Every year they do this really amazing lit up wonderland that you take a train ride through – which is in my opinion, better than some Disneyland rides! The kids were absolutely lovvvving it. Afterwards we went on the merry go round and then went home with some happy and sleepy babes in carseats.

Today is a really busy day – we woke up and ate French toast as a family and read Christmas books before Atticus went off to school (he has to leave for school at 7:10am which is means we have to wake up around 6:30/6:45am before the sun is up.) Then we shot two campaigns this morning and now I am in the office doing lots of work for Barefoot Blonde Hair – then we have some calls to take – then we are shooting another really fun campaign for…… AMAZON!!!

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Sooo my niece was born this morning!!!!! Her name is June Bradley Bigelow! My sis was a champ in labor and it was soo special to watch and be there. I shared a couple pics on my insta stories, she looks like a little doll. I can’t stop staring at pictures of baby June!! And I especially can’t wait for the kids to meet their new cousin.

I wore this the other night to the symphony with David. They performed Christmas songs and they happened to open and close with the two songs that I whistle daily 365 days a year – so David and I were busting about that haha. I got this dress two shopbop sales ago – I tried it on and David lovvved it. And you know how husband’s don’t often go out of their way to comment on a piece of clothing (which I have to say I kind of love – I love that David almost always notes that I look nice instead of my clothes looking nice) but anyways he loved this dress and I did too so I kept it!

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I have been wanting to do a post on this because 1. melasma sucks and 2. because I really thought mine would never go away and mine is pretty much all gone now and I could cry I am so happy. So I wanted to share how I got rid of mine! If you don’t know what melasma is, it is also sometimes called “pregnancy mask” they are dark spots or patches that show up on your face. Usually during pregnancy. For me I got mine when I was pregnant with Atticus .. everyones is different and some people get it on their forehead, under their eyes, above their top lip. I got big dark patches under my eyes! I was so self-conscience about it. I felt so ugly with them and didn’t ever want to go out without make up on. The sucky thing about it is that anything that can help with the dark spots, you can’t do while nursing or pregnant.

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Photos from How I Got Rid of Melasma

You would think I would be looking at these pics of me on the beach wishing I was back on the beach BUT it was actually SO sweaty and hot that day — I am thinking I would rather be in this 72 degree Arizona weather 😉 ah the weather really is just sooo good. I have been a little MIA on Insta and stuff lately – I don’t know I sometimes just don’t feel like posting and its nice to take a little break! But I am going to post a little hair tutorial teaser on Insta today because I just posted a hair tutorial on my youtube! Watch it here.

My sister started having contractions so I think any day now my 9th niece will be here! I am really so excited for her because she is going to be the cutest mama. She got really sick last month and was in the hospital for over a week.

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Ahh I had the best weekend unplugged with David’s side of the family for Thanksgiving! The kids ran wild with cousins and slept like a rock at night. It was so fun. David, the kids, and Chauncey drove home and I took an uber to LA for some fun meetings I get to go to tomorrow with my manager! Meetings for the blog and for Barefoot Blonde Hair!! Sometimes I am reminded how much I love my job and I kinda love meetings like this. Especially when I get to meet with brands that I have loved for a long time. PS speaking of BFB Hair’s sale ends today!!! So go to our site to order extensions 15% off!

These pics were from Thailand if you couldn’t tell! Tessa and I were both wearing Spell by Byron Bay which we didn’t plan actually… we both just love that brand!

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We decorated early for Christmas this year! We are usually an after Thanksgiving family but David suggested decorating early and we were so excited. The other day we sat down and went over all of the traditions we want to do each year for Christmas. It was so fun to make solid plans especially since Atticus is now 3 and is really loving holidays! We decided that one of our traditions is going to be making a whole day out of decorating – all of us in pajamas, decorating cookies, Christmas music on, potpourri on the stove, candles burning, fresh wreaths and garlands, all of it! I remember decorating for Christmas was such a fun day growing up. We pulled out our Christmas stuffed animals, our snow globes, it was all so special. Remember two years ago when we wore the Hanna Andersson star wars set?!!

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One thing I love about Japan is seeing all of the women dressed up in their traditional kimonos!! I think they look too beautiful and they always have the best braids. We bought traditional Japanese kimonos when we were there in April and I love them. I am not sure when we will ever wear them but I love to have them haha. Ironically before our trip I was browsing Free People and Zara and they had so many kimono inspired pieces which were perfect for our trip – this one is from Zara! I love the faux fur detail on the sleeves. Most of the temples we went to were really busy but this one we had all to ourselves. It was my favorite one we visited and I think because it was so quiet and we got to enjoy it more because of that.

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These are some pictures Tessa snapped of our fam on the beach in Thailand! Sure love these three a lottt!!! And I love the beach so all of us together on the beach – you know its gonna be good. We would always say this when we were living in Hawaii that its just hard to NOT be happy on the beach. Especially throw in a sunset and it gets all the feels going! Atticus was showing off his tumbling for Tessa – he has been taking this superhero tumbling class that he loves so any chance he gets he shows off his moves!

Over the weekend we celebrated Rosie’s second birthday and it was the best. We had a little party for her at my moms house last night and she felt like such a princess. She knew she was center of attention and she was loving it!

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It’s been a minute since I have done a 12 things so here we go!

1. This morning I was getting ready and gave Rosie some make up to play with and I wasn’t paying attention – we were just gabbin and all the sudden I look down and she has dug her little nails into my bronzer so much that nothing was left but powder alllll over the floor hahah it was such a mess

2. I just filmed a hair tutorial! The kids are on a little pre birthday outing with my mom and sisters! It’s rosies birthday on Saturday!!

3. I am completely obsessed with Oprah’s podcast. You guys have to go listen! Every episode is amazing. I loved Joe Biden’s – I thought it was really cool to hear his family values and a bit about how he was raised. I also loved the Eckhart Tolle episode – makes you think about certain things differently!

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Can you believe it’s almost time to start sending out Christmas cards? Every year we take our Christmas card photos with plenty of time to get them printed, but then every year I put off printing them until two days before Christmas. Then those same cards I planned to have as Christmas cards end up becoming New Year’s Eve cards, it is a yearly struggle. So, this year I teamed up with Shutterfly and got my Christmas cards ready with plenty of time to spare.

Shutterfly offers plenty of options to help you design a special and unique card that you will want to share with all your friends and family. When creating your card, you can select from hundreds of different designs and customize it by selecting your preferred color, paper type and what kind of trim you would like. You can even customize your envelopes.

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Here’s a little secret, this wasn’t our first time going to Bermuda, despite the fact that you may not have seen any photos of us there. Almost exactly a year ago, we went to Bermuda on our first trip together without the kids. I remember, because we binged watched season one of Stranger Things in the hotel. Who loved season 2 by the way? We were living in NYC and because I was a little apprehensive at the time about leaving the kids, we wanted to make it a quick trip and go somewhere relatively close to the NYC. And who knew Bermuda is just two hours out of the city?

On my first trip to Bermuda, for pretty much the entire time, we shut off our phones, computers and stayed off social media. We barely took any photos, I may have taken one or two photos on my phone, but we wanted to have some time to ourselves.

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