Winter Layers

Friday, December 2, 2016

My look: 
Paige jeans, Cloth & Stone chambray, Tart hat, Velvet vest -- c/o Marshalls
Booties -- Nordstrom

Nick's look:
RVCA button-up, Joe's jeans -- c/o Marshalls

Uriah's look:
Joe's jeans & top -- c/o Marshalls
Sweatshirt -- c/o Primpop

Christmas season is here! Our tree is up, holiday music is on Pandora 24/7, and we are enjoying every.single.moment.

It's adorable seeing Uriah excited for all of the holiday decorations; he is  always trying to convince me to get ornaments whenever he sees them. We added a little tree in his room for him to decorate and picked up some kid-proof ornaments from Target and Marshalls for him to add to his tree. We went to a local lot (family owned for 26 years!) and picked out the perfect tree. Well, Uriah wanted (of course) this 18ft. tree, but sadly that wouldn't work for our home so he settled for a regular ole' tree. I love smelling that fresh pine scent when I'm in the living room!

Another thing I'm loving is all the winter items at Marshalls. I walked in and had a cart filled within minutes. Not kidding - minutes! I was so surprised to find this amazing shearling vest by Velvet for only $44. And it has pockets! I also added another felt hat to my growing collection. Whenever I spot a Tart Collections hat at Marshalls, it always comes home with me. Such incredible quality and they're priced perfectly at $19.99 compare at over $48 -- who could resist that? It's difficult shopping for a growing belly, but luckily vests and hats will always fit!


Festive Holiday Gifting

Thursday, December 1, 2016



Gifting supplies - c/o Marshalls

Joie sweater & Theory jeans - c/o Marshalls






Whether presented to family or stacked under the tree, beautifully wrapped presents set the tone for holiday gift exchanging. When the month of December comes, our weekends become full of holiday parties and of course, Christmas is right around the corner. It’s made life so much easier to have an array of gifting necessities on hand, because you never know when you'll need to throw together a present at the last minute. I headed straight to my nearest Marshalls to stock up on festive wrapping paper, gift tags, and lots and lots of pretty ribbon. 

I decided to choose a few key pieces, 
because there were so many different options in the store for wrapping paper and ribbons and I like to have all my wrapped gifts to have a cohesive look. I was drawn to all the metallic accents, flannel ribbon, neutral paper, and of course- the affordable price tag! I started by choosing bright red and gold polka dot boxes for an easy gift box when I'm in a hurry. Last minute white elephant gift exchange? Throw your goodies in a pretty box, add a bow, and your gift will be the first one picked! The larger one was $7.99 and the smaller only $4.99 – totally a score for such pretty display boxes that can be used for the rest of the year. For the presents I know about ahead of time, I like to add an ornament on top forextra decoration and a mini gift. I spotted metallic glass star ornaments to add a little flair to the gifts; the ones I chose came in packs of 2 for $4.99 -- which is a steal for pretty ornaments! After snatching those up, I spotted giant rolls offlannel ribbon packaged on adorable wooden spoolsI’m a sucker for great packaging and I knew I had to add those to all my gifts for a wintery accent. Plus $5.99 for 10 yards is an incredible deal! The ribbon is even stitched on both sides with pretty red thread- I go crazy for little details like that and they really stand out when tied on a gift. I figured I would add this to simply wrapped packages for a pop of color and for the other gifts I found burlap string to use in 6 different shades. I was surprised to find this cute wooden display of burlap gift ties- there were some with metallic accents, others in shades of red or green. The best part is that once you run out, you can simply add new string and keep them sorted and organized on individual spools. Uriah loved spinning the spools around and around, so I guess it could double as a toy ;)

This season my beautifully wrapped gifts will show my friends and family how much I truly care about them. And thanks to Marshalls, I’m able to impress everyone on my Christmas gift list without breaking the bank.

Lace & Florals

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I know I'm not the only girl who lays in bed and scrolls through her phone at night, right? Usually I end up on a random shopping website looking at clothes, filling a cart, and going to bed. I probably should just spend that time sleeping, but it's a bad habit! I spotted this top and thought it could work with my growing belly and still be a blouse I would wear next year. Every time Olivia Palermo does a capsule with Chelsea 28, I always end up falling in love with all the items. This blouse was no exception! The pretty floral print, delicate lace tiered arms, off the shoulder neckline -- it's the ultimate girly top. I paired it with the comfiest Theory jeans that I scored for under $50 from Marshalls and my go-to Stuart Weitzman boots.

Kitchen update: We are waiting on our backordered tile to arrive, then the backsplash will be installed and we will be finished. Finished! Follow along for behind the scenes on snapchat (@FrancescaPenko)

Visiting Santa at Stanford Shopping Center

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Uriah and I were invited by Stanford Shopping Center to visit with Santa last week and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off the holiday season. Especially since this year he has been talking non-stop about Santa! 

We followed the beautifully decorated trees to the center of the mall, where we found the cutest log cabin with Santa waiting inside for visitors. I loved the excitement that was building as we walked through the snowy walkway decorated with tall Christmas trees; Uriah was mesmerized by the sparkly lights and the giant glass balls decorating the trees. One of our favorite parts was the interactive games they had places in the area where you wait in line..especially "Snowball Fight" - you stand and throw fake snowballs to hit down all the elves. The games are perfectly placed to keep waiting children entertained and in the holiday spirit. We made our way to the front where Santa came out to greet us and bring us into his cozy cabin for our picture. While Uriah was beyond excited, he still gets a little nervous sitting on Santa's lap, as you might be able to see from his (cute) sad face. But don't let that little face fool you, he had a blast during his trip and we can't wait to make visiting Santa at The Stanford Shopping Center a new tradition for our Christmas season. 

Thank you for reading!