December 8, 2010

:: shutterfly makes things merry and bright ::

With the Christmas season upon us we have started thinking about our Christmas card and really want it to be special this year. As some of you know we had twin girls this past February so this is their first Christmas! I've been looking and looking for the perfect Christmas card and can definitely say without a doubt that shutterfly has the best designs out their that are very affordable! I love how many choices and how simple and classy their designs are! Now I just have to pick one! These are some of my favorites below. I'll be sure to post the final decision once we have it printed :)

Click here to see all their great Christmas Cards!

Another reason we want our Christmas card to be special is that we never got around to making birth announcements for the girls. Shutterfly has awesome birth announcements too! Some of my favs.

Another great gift would be these cute notepads. 

I always have a pad on our counter to write down the girls feedings, grocery needs, dinner options, etc. One of the sweetest things I have is a journal I kept on a simple notepad on the counter. When the girls were born I would write little things they did that day in the margin beside their feeding schedule each day. Now I can go back and read the little things that I'll always want to remember. Their first smile, some cute face they made that day. This would be perfect for that new moms!

You should totally check out Shutterfly!
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November 20, 2010

:: All I want for Christmas ::

love these earrings and the simplicity! I feel like they would go with anything. Great store on Etsy called Upper Metal Class. Cute name!

Thought I'd share my wish list this Christmas with you guys!


a. Nikon CoolPix S3000 so I can have something small to have when I can't carry our big camera!
b. Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts-Martha Stewart
c. White Ribbon Cake Stand. This is just an image to get the idea. I saw one at HomeGoods the other day for $15.00! Any color ribbon, it doesn't matter because I can change it out.
d. C9 by Champion Fitted Roll-Waist Capri-Black
e. Martha Stewart Circle Cutter
f. High Noon Freshface Glow -a bronzer that is supposed to complement all skin tones :)
g. Tiny Initial Coins necklace- I've been wanting a necklace with the girls first initials on it. I love this one on Etsy in gold with just two coins, a "E" and "A" Hubby just said ignore this one :)
h. Love all three bracelets. All are in the store. First, Second, Third
i. Blue Hoody
j. Essie Nail Polish- color "chubby cheeks"- they sell this at jcrew
k. Essie Nail Polish- color "steel-ing the scene" this color is only online so might be too much trouble. not a big deal.

October 15, 2010


love the simplicity!

October 1, 2010

LA LA LILY- my new etsy store!

Hey you guys! I know it's been forever and you probably think I've disappeared but I've just been busy busy being a new mom and trying to make some extra money on the side! I've been into making these fun felt flower headbands which are oh so cute and would be so fun for fall! You can check them out on my new Etsy store LaLaLily! Also for sale are some really fun iPad cases! check them out below.

Are you a iPad owner! Own a unique case made by hand with sturdy felt and lined with soft felt for your iPad's ultimate protection! Each one is unique and features a hadmade flower. See more options at my Etsy store, LaLaLily!

June 23, 2010

Bold Wednesdays: Decorating with Rugs

I'll be sharing some design tips on rugs and how they can be used when decorating living spaces. There are so many styles and materials it can be quite overwhelming but I find that breaking things down to material and figuring out what feel you are going for can help when picking out a rug. I'm a huge lover of rugs and feel that they really help in grounding a room and defining a space. Below I've gone through the different materials to show the different ways rugs can be used in your living space. All images are Pottery Barn and I'd also strongly advice going to pottery barn's design tips where they give great advice on measuring for a rug.

Wool Rugs
Wool Rugs tend to add a more luxurious feel to a room and with good reason. They tend to be the most expensive option but can also be found for fairly reasonable prices like on Wool rugs tend to have the most variety of colors and patterns ranging from Persian styles to a modern floral. When looking to bring a big splash of color or a variety of colors into a room a wool rug is a great options. Above you can see all the different colors and how each rug really grounds the room. If you are planning on making a statement with a wool rug I would make it one of the first choices next to the furniture when designing a room. Once you have the rug you can add accents by pulling colors out of the rug for the pillows, vases, and artwork!

Natural Fiber Rugs

Natural Fiber rugs are really fun and a less expensive way to decorate a living room. Becoming especially popular in the past five years natural fiber rugs are a very green way to decorate and also can add a lot of texture to a room! Natural fiber rugs are also great for living rooms where you get a lot of traffic because they are more durable than your wool or cotton rug.

Cotton/Chenille Rugs
Cotton and Chenille rugs are a really great option especially when you are not wanting to spend a lot but still achieve a cozy classic or country look. Like the above photo a cotton rug is great for less formal living rooms or bedrooms. They are very soft underfoot and can be found for way under $150.

June 21, 2010

Thrifty Tuesdays: awesome finds


These are some really cute shoes a friend of mine has and she bought them for $19.99 at Payless shoes! I love them and think they are so cute. She says it's like sunshine on her feet!

Mommy Mondays: things moms love

a few of my favorite baby things

love the baby jogger city mini! It's such an amazing stroller that is so light and easy to fold up and put in your car! It comes in so many different styles and colors! We stuck with plain classic black. I know..we are boring!
So this is something I totally didn't think we's such a luxury but a totally affordable one. It's under $30 and warms the wipes for your sweet babies bottom. Our girls were born end of winter so it was cold and with new babies you don't want a cold wipe so we got this warmer and love it!
So this isn't the exact sun and bug cover that we have but similar. My in laws bought us the coolest bug covers from walmart for like $10! We have used them so much and they are so great at keeping bugs, sun and people out! When you have a new baby the last thing you want is the sun burning them or bugs biting them or sick people you don't know touching them! I would definitely recommend some form of sun and bug cover!
We have been through several slings, wraps and baby carries trying to find which one we like best and I can definitely say the baby bjorn is my favorite! I'm pretty sure its actually the best for your baby as it makes sure they are in a safe position that won't hurt their backs or put too much pressure on their little bottoms. It's also really comfortable for the parent and so easy to unhook so if your baby does fall asleep it's easy to make the transition from carrier to crib!

June 16, 2010

Bold Wednesdays: daring design

wallpaper design


Today we will take a look at some bold aspect of design. Wallpaper is totally in right now and you can make some pretty bold statements with wallpaper! The first two images are from house beautiful and are great examples of this. I love the light blue damask wall paper and especially how it is mimicked in the chair! The tan stripes in the bedroom make ceilings feel taller creating the illusion of more space! If you aren't familiar with Michelle Adams new magazine Lonny you should definitely check it out. It's a virtual magazine you can view on their website and its jam packed with amazing interior design eye candy! The third image above is of her apartment and it was featured in last months issue. She has the cutest wall paper in her living room and dining room of ostrages! In the most recent issue the home of their editorial assistant Ellie Somerville is featured and I love it! She rents an apartment in NY and I'm always so amazed at what people do with their NY apartments. She totally transformed a normal so so apartment into a unique haven full of character! I might do a post fully on her space! The last image above is of wallpaper she applied using painters tape and double sided tape so she is able to remove it without loosing her deposit and also save it to use again! Brilliant!

June 15, 2010

Tiny Tuesdays: small space living

small kitchens
Thank you all for your loyalty to me even though I hardly ever post anymore! I'm so sorry, with this new season of life things have been kind of crazy and it's hard to pull away. Now that we are getting on a kind of routine I plan on blogging here at simple eye much more. I thought that maybe if I had themes for each day it would make it a little more fun as well as a little easier for me to keep up with things:) I thought we would start today with Tiny Tuesdays! Tiny Tuesdays will be a look at some aspect of small spaces and how best to deal with the problems they present. My husband and I have lived in a small house and apartments for the last 2 years and have had to be pretty creative when it comes to decorating. It's a kind of challenge that I actually enjoy! We have had a small kitchen the past 2 years with minimal storage and get pantry! We have used a book shelf for our pantry and baskets stored above which look like decor but really are storing many kitchen supplies we never use ( but hope to use one day!) These were just a few images that I thought had great ideas as far as small kitchen spaces. The image above is a great example of something I wish we could do but can't because we are renters :( Taking out cabinets and putting in shelves gets rid of the cave feeling and adds so much more space! You can add hooks, stack things, add decor, the options are endless! You'll feel like you have twice the counter space. Another thing that is quick and easy is just take off a few of your cabinet doors and expose the shelves inside! This might terrify some of you as you like to hide your mess, but just take off a few doors and show off your pretty dishes and tea cups!
house beautiful

This image shows a great way to hang pots and pans which we have done as well. We went to crate and barrel and bought a very affordable pot hanger which hangs from the ceiling. This one that hangs directly against the wall is a great option as well! Pots take up so much space in cabinets, can you imagine freeing up all that room!

stephanie stokes, Ny designer

I love love love this kitchen above by New York designer Stephanie Stokes. She was featured in House Beautiful and won Kitchen of the month! You are probably thinking...this kitchen doesn't look that can see through to the next room! Look again! She used a mirror as a back splash which creates the illusion of space! I love this and if we weren't renting we would totally do it! Not only using a mirrored back splash but painting your cabinets white and using light colors creates the illusion of space as well! Check back for tomorrow's theme!

May 26, 2010

riverside cottage

I love the home tours on Martha Stewart's website! This one is a cute cottage in Savannah Ga! Not a bad view! I love the front porch and how bright the inside of the home is! I also love the grouping of photos over the bed! Photo grouping is a great way to create a focal point without having to spend a lot of money on art or decor.

May 21, 2010

cute right? Cute summer items under $20!

Can you guess where these cute summer items are from?? I didn't believe it myself. Walmart! They are all under $20 and are pretty cute if you ask me. The shoes are like $6 and the dresses $10-$12. I'm going to have to make me a little trip to Walmart!

May 13, 2010

Finished Nursery

Before our girls were born I posted about the nursery. The girls names were a surprise so we didn't have the letters above their beds yet but now that they are born we added the final accessory...well the final and most important accessories are laying there in the beds :)

callie lane etsy shop

check it out! here

May 6, 2010

Flower Ribbon Belts

I finally did it! I created an Etsy store a little over a year ago and have been meaning to create and sell some items and finally did it! As I said before I just recently had twin girls and now that things have settled down a little bit I've had some time to create these fun flower ribbon belts! They look great with a casual outfit or with a fun dress. They would add a fun splash to some bridesmaids dresses or be stunning on a wedding dress! They are handmade and some have bead detail. If you are interested check out my Etsy store! I'm willing to take custom orders if it's a wedding or an event you are buying for!