Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale at Posh Paper Parties!

Good Monday morning and Happy December!

Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday weekend!

Last Wednesday and Thursday were very hectic for me as I hosted a huge Thanksgiving dinner but I got to relax from Friday till Sunday and FINALLY enjoy some cool weather!

Here is a treat for you. It's Cyber  Monday and I am slashing prices in half on ALL my DIY files plus I have a couple of coupons to share with you.

The more you shop, the more you save!

Scroll down to see some of the products you can purchase!!! :) and find the coupon codes at the end of this post!

Baby Girl Baptism Invitation - DIY

Shabby Chic Birthday Favor Tags

Nail Polish Favor Tags

Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers

Strawberry Birthday Party Invitation

Strawberry Party Favor Tags

Use the following coupons at checkout in the coupon code field:

- CYBER5OFF25  $5 off a purchase of $25.00 or more

- CYBER10OFF50   $10 off a purchase of $50.00 or more

- CYBER20OFF100   $20 off a purchase of $100.00 or more

plus, remember: all DIY files are 50% off! No coupon needed.

Here is the fine print:

- Valid only on IN STOCK items. 
- Not valid for custom orders
- Coupons can not be used on DIY files orders
- Coupons Expire at 11:59 PM ET on 12-2-13

Now, head on over to the shop here! 

Have a great day! 


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Transitioning from Nursery to Toddler Room

Three years have passed since I first started this blog and my very first post and main reason to start the blog, was about our son's Nursery Project and how we created a beautiful nautical retreat to welcome our first baby.

Transitioning the space from nursery to toddler room was easy to do. The hard part was to acknowledge the fact that my baby was growing up and I had to let go of some pieces that made the room still look like a nursery. 

The first thing we had to move out of the room was the rocking chair. We replaced the empty space with a much needed 9-Cube Organizer. These organizers - also called cubeicals - are inexpensive, very easy to assemble and to me, the best storage system for kids' rooms.

We added some fabric drawers to hide away the hot-wheels clutter {really how many race cars and race tracks do they need ???} and kept some open shelves for displaying bigger toys, puzzles, etc.

I am trying to figure out what to place on top of the organizer to make it look prettier but I still don't want to put anything that might tip over his head while he plays near the area.

I actually had an arrangement of stuffed animals on top of it but for now, they call the dresser-changing table home.

Our goal is to remove the small rails that used to contain the changing pad in place but once we do that, the surface has to be redone. That means we have to sand and spray paint the dresser all over again and we definitely don't want to do that inside the room, so... good luck finding the right time to get that project done!

Oh well, nothing is perfect. 

Yes, there is a Hello Kitty in there. It's actually mine. She said she felt lonely in the master bedroom sitting by herself so I brought her here. ;)

When our son was 20 months we removed the rail off the crib and converted it into toddler bed. We took this step earlier than most parents do, particularly because our son was - and still is - very tall for his age. I think that the majority of the parents transfer their kids to a toddler bed after they turn two, but in our case the crib didn't work anymore. 

Back in 2010 when we created his Nautical Nursery, we purchased the Charleston Classic 4 in 1 Convertible Crib from Graco. We loved the bead board design on the headboard that matched his nursery wainscoting. The fact that we could use the headboard and front rail for a full size bed was a plus. 

Fast forward three years and this is the final result:

The initial thought was to purchase a conversion rail kit but for now, we prefer the convenient height of a full size box spring and mattress. The box spring is sitting directly on the floor so the bed is not even 2 feet off the floor. We don't have to worry about him falling off the bed and getting hurt, the room has carpet. 

I purchased the white coverlet as well as the nautical pillows at my local Home Goods store. We put the bed together right around summer, so the seasonal and nautical items were trending at the store at that time. You can find a similar coverlet and  nautical throw pillows here.

I love the clean look of the white coverlet and the contrast with the navy blue bed skirt. Both are easy to wash and dry at home. The bed skirt I found at Walmart for cheap!.

The bunting banner hanging on top of the window, I made and you can purchase it here. Mention this post and I will send you a unique coupon code for 10% off.

The boat bookcase is perhaps the only piece that did not change purpose. There are a lot more books now, than before and I placed a small basket in the bottom shelf where I store loose ends I find scattered on the floor every.single.night.

I switched things around the crown molding shelf, and I moved all the books I mentioned in my post My Favorite Books for the Nursery to the shelf in order to keep them in good shape until our son is old enough to treat them gently.

Two items I keep close to my heart and  I haven't moved from this shelf in three years: One is the wood sailboat my dad carved by hand out of a tree branch he found in his backyard, the boat proudly waves an Italian flag. The second item is our son's first portrait at 2 days old. 

Those two things make me giddy and smile every time I see them.

The little boat keeps my dad's memories alive, bright and clear in this room, and to say that is an understatement, but I will leave it there before I get teary eye. 

Logan's first portrait on the other hand, reminds me of the best day of my life when I held him for the first time and felt the biggest, deepest love of all. So, I guess even with transitioning this room from nursery to toddler room, I still can't let go of my baby boy!

If you have pictures or a blog post about how you transitioned the nursery into a big kid room, leave me a comment with a link, I would love to see the transformation!.

Once again, thank you so much for stopping by! 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Countdown to Thanksgiving - Decor and Menu!

Wowza! It's November, I can't believe how fast this year went! 

I am unpacking all my Thanksgiving home decor and making the house feel cozy and smell like cinnamon, pumpkin spice and pinecones... Too bad we are still having 90 degrees weather. Our best cool front yet dropped the highest to 81F ...Gee Thanks, mother nature!

But, I don't want to talk about the weather cause it's just not nice at this time! Will talk about it when it drops down to the low 60's.

I am here today to share with you my latest pinspiration for Thanksgiving home decor, recipes and tablescapes!. I am hosting Thanksgiving this year once again and I am super-excited .... and super- nervous because it is creeping up on me {24 days to go}.

A small disclosure before I start sharing this beautiful sight of fall goodness: all images, recipes and ideas via Better Homes and Gardens. Why? Because I think I am going to frame each page of their latest magazine issue. I just LOVE it all. And, no compensation was received for this post. It is all me, for the love of BHG.

Now, let me show you my favorite fall things I am looking forward to replicate this season!


- Miniature gourds and pinecones on each guest's plate : {maybe with an added placecard tied to the pumpkins' stems!}


- Easy, beautiful tablescape with colorful gourds and pumpkins:  What's not to love here? I will make sure to snap a picture of our table and come back with an update!



Each year I try to stick to one author's menu {from turkey to side dishes, to dessert}. So far I have done: Alton Brown's Best Thanksgiving Turkey Ever, last year I made a whole menu off of The Pioneer Woman's blog and this year, my mouth is watering over these Better Homes and Gardens magazine recipes that you can find on their latest printed issue. 

- First and foremost: The Turkey

How does a Spiced Turkey with Cherry-Pear Glaze sounds to you? Stuffed with lemons and spices and then glazed with sweet cherries and pears? I am in!


- The Stuffing: Caramelized Onion and Carrot Stuffing

I roast and caramelize my vegetables on a regular basis, so this definitely will be on my Thanksgiving table this year. I vow not to buy boxed breadcrumbs and buy fresh sourdough bread. Will give you an update on that! ;)


The Dressing: Creamy Barley and Chard Dressing.

This year I am making both {dressing AND stuffing}, mostly because I have fallen in love with barley {and quinoa} ever since I started making homemade soups for my son 3 years ago. 

My hubby and I are not big soup eaters {unless it's Pasta e Faggioli from our favorite italian restaurant} but I have been trying to raise my boy to eat {or drink} lots of soup and he really likes them. 

So, going back to the barley, I think this one I will make just for me {ahem!} since I think hubby and relatives will say: what in the world is this on Thanksgiving day? But, you never know!


The Vegetables: 

Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts and Apple: you had me at Brussels Sprouts. We eat them steamed, roasted, baked, pan fried, you name it, we love them!


- Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccolini: whenever there's garlic and broccoli, I am in, in a heartbeat!. I am half italian so, this combination is perfect to put the italian touch to our Thanksgiving table. Will miss you dad! :(


The Starch: 

Lemon-Garlic Mashed Potatoes: There's garlic in here too, say no more. 


and last but no least: The Desserts. Yes, plural. I am challenging myself to make these two! I take pride on my home-cooked meals and savory dishes...Baking however, intimidates me. But, I always give it a try and this Thanksgiving won't be the exception.

- Maple-Pumpkin Pie with Salted-Pecan Brittle: this recipe made the cover of the issue. 

Of course it did! 


and, Baked Apple Bowl Pies: no hassle, individually portioned Apple pies? Yes, please. I am definitely making this one!


By clicking on each picture, you will be directed to the Better Homes and Gardens website where there's a small excerpt of the recipe, however, you must sign in to see the full recipe. Or, you can go grab the current {November} issue of the magazine!

I am hungry now! I shouldn't post stuff like this on an empty stomach! 

Thank you all for reading! 
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