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Tips for Non-Traditional Holiday Family Photos

December 06, 2016

*Thanks to Pinhole Press for sponsoring and inspiring today's post!
I am stoked about sharing these Pinhole Press holiday cards with you featuring our holiday family photos by the lovely Ashley Haxby Photography! I really wanted a non-traditional theme for our pictures since last year we just went with red. I decided I'd share my tips for a non-traditional holiday shoot with you in case you want to try it out this year, or even next year! Click here to read a similar blog post on tips for surviving family photos!
The holiday cards we chose from Pinhole Press are amazing. They're from their Premium Ultrathick Holiday Card Collection and let me tell you - they're thick! I love how sturdy they are! Plus the cute pinstripes on the sides are darling! My favorite thing about this specific holiday card though is the gallery aspect. I couldn't pick a favorite photo, so I didn't have to! I got to feature three.

TIPS FOR NON-TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTOS:

Don't wear Christmas colors.
As you can see we went with neutrals this year, which I love! A few reasons I like the non-traditional look is that I display our family photos around our house, so since we styled neutral colors these don't really look like "Christmas" pictures, but instead just some cute photos of us on any given day, haha. Some of my favorite color schemes are: beige and blush pink, denim blue and beige, ivory and plum, and even black looks great in photos! 

Try to find a non-wintery/holiday location.
I say this for those that have options, since I know not every part of the country has places like a dessert to shoot in, however I love studio shoots for families! Those are always gorgeous and pretty non-traditional looking. The train station or even a theme park are pretty creative too. I will always cherish our photos in the tree farm but sometimes it's fun to think outside of the box. After all, most of us take family photos at least once every few years. You have time to experiment!

Don't be super "pose-y".
I may have just made up a word, but lifestyle photography is very popular now! Playing with your kids, or twirling around with your husband is totally acceptable in family photos now! Try to have fun with it and let your photographer capture the true essence of your family! I love pictures where the kids are making silly faces and the parents are just looking at each other.


 *Photos thanks to Ashley Haxby Photography

Let me know if these tips were helpful to you!

xo. L

Fun For The Family | Holiday Shopping For Youth Sports At DICK'S + Giveaway

December 04, 2016

I am thrilled to be partnering with DICK'S Sporting Goods to share my experience shopping for Christmas gifts! I actually knew I wanted to get G something sporty for the holidays because she is a majorly athletic child. Tons of energy equals a need for output. We spend lots of time at the park running around, so I wanted to pick out a soccer ball to play with on park trips and a few other gifts for her and my husband.
This may come as a surprise to you, but I've never been in a DICK'S location before so I had no clue what to expect. I was definitely impressed by the size of the store. The first thing G noticed was the ball in the logo of course, haha. So, when I walked in there were tons of products and TWO floors of stuff. I expected to see things like baseball bats, soccer balls, and other typical sports-related items, but was SO surprised to see so many great women's apparel brands. DICK'S just struck me as a guys store all the way, but I sort of got lost in there!
Aside from the wide selection of apparel (I'm talking anything from trendy sports bras to cute athleisure stuff) there was a sea of stylish shoes! I put like three pair on my wish list, not going to lie.
 We saw so many great products, but G's favorite, by far were the bikes! I can't wait until she's old enough to ride one! Some gifts that I noticed that were super unexpected were things like:

-Apple watches
-GoPro's and accessories
-Headphones
-Really great camping gear
-Fitbits
-tons of kids athletic clothing

I legit felt like I was hanging out at a tech store for a second! I love that DICK'S offered such a variety of products. There are gifts there for him, for her, for the nerdy techie, for the adventurer, and for kids! We ended up finding G a pink soccer ball - she's pretty into it and held it the whole ride home + to and from the grocery store later that day! I can't wait to take it with us to the park later this week.
I also bought G a little bicycle with a matching helmet for only $64! Not bad at all, and she will grow into it. As for my husband, I bought him some fan gear because sports are only, you know HIS LIFE. Haha, no really though, he likes his sports teams a lot. What do you think you'd buy for your family from DICK'S?
Something I noticed throughout the store (other than the super cute holiday wreaths and bows) was the signage spreading awareness about the #SportsMatter campaign. You can read about it more in the graphics below but basically they are focused on saving youth sports because there are so many youth programs that are losing funding. When you purchase your items you can donate a small amount and switch out your shoe laces if you sport tennis shoes to raise awareness for youth sports! 

As a former teacher, I'm an avid believer in exercise for all youth. It helps their brain learn more if they can get physical stimulation too! DICK'S is also donating money to DonorsChoose.org a site that I am very familiar with, as I used it in the past to raise money for funding in my classroom. DICK'S will match funding for public and charter schools for an amount up to 1.5 million! That's amazing. You're shopping for a cause this holiday season. Click HERE to learn more.
GIVEAWAY: WIN A $25 GIFT CARD TO PURCHASE A GIFT THAT MATTERS

HOW TO ENTER:
Comment on the blog post below with the following:
-name
-email
-what gift from DICK'S you'd like to buy for a loved-one this holiday season

• The contest runs until December 21st, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. I will notify the winner directly on December 22nd, 2017.
• Entrants must be residents of the US and 18+ only. Winner will be randomly selected from comments on this blog post.
Be sure to use the store locator to find a DICK'S near you to do your holiday shopping! I am pleasantly surprised to admit that it could honestly serve as a one stop shop! 


xo. L

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | Gifts For Her

December 01, 2016

Today I am sharing a few cute, affordable, and easy gift ideas for a lady! Women can be difficult to shop for, especially because we are complex humans with lots of different tastes and preferences. So I've put together an array of options depending on the type of woman that you're shopping for! It can't be that difficult now, right? Just narrow down the options from this list, and voilĂ ... you're done shopping!

THE GIFT GUIDE:
You can't beat a cozy pair of PJ's!

Not all women would love this gift, but if you're someone who cooks or bakes often like me, this is a total want/need! You can get so many different uses out of a device like this!

These are so soft and cozy!

The ultimate cold weather piece that's super easy on the wallet! Perfect gift for a friend.

I'm a sucker for personalized gifts, so Taudrey gets me in all the feels. I love this bangle set, but I have lots of cute necklaces and rings from them too! Explore their site, because there's lots of great items!

Give the gift of chic with this amazing beanie!

Honestly, the best gift is the gift of subscription boxes. Endless eyewear through DITTO for just $34 a month is the BEST gift you can give a lady! She gets to try out all of the sunnies her little heart desires.

This is for the spiritual woman. The specific rocks are hand-picked by the gift-giver. They have collections for the mother, and for friendship, or to just say "thank you" :) I love this idea because it's a small and subtle way to say you're thinking of that person without spending a ton, and it's so meaningful!

This calorie-free, caffeinated, premium, whole leaf black tea goes perfectly with this on-the-go tea infuser! I have tons of friends that don't drink coffee and prefer tea, so I may consider this as a gift for them! Especially since, paired together, it's an amazing deal of under $40.

The fashionista woman can't get over a good deal! These Stuart Weitzman knock-offs have me swooning. I may or may not own them in two colors!


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WRAPPING YOUR GIFTS:
Looking for a cute and easy way to wrap your gifts for your friends and family? Look no further than the Target dollar spot or a few other fabulous retailers! They sell this great line of gift wrap called All in The Cards. It's super affordable and way trendy/chic!

Happy gift shopping, and happy holidays!


xo. L

Picking Out Our Real Christmas Tree | Holiday Plaid + A Link-Up

November 30, 2016

Happy Thursday! This is what we wore to pick out our Christmas tree! I love the tree we got this year. It's perfectly shaped. A tradition we had when I was a little girl was keeping a real tree every single year, so I love getting to share this with G too! It was super chilly so I went with leggings and this comfy tunic from Boutique Amor! G's outfit was so darling with her corduroy skirt and mini hunter boots. I love wearing our plaid mommy + me scarves too <3.


G'S OUTFIT: Dress worn as top (similar) | Similar skirt | Hunter Boots | Bow and Anchor Co scarf c/o


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Jacqueline and I post our link-ups every Thursday! This week our theme is plaid or you can pick any fashion/beauty related post to link up! Come back weekly to visit us!

1. We kindly ask that you follow the two hosts: L from Living in Color on Bloglovin', Jacqueline from Stylin' In St. Louis via Bloglovin' and our guest host Aria of The Suburban Hippy Momma on Bloglovin' (The first 3 links in the link-up.)

2. Please link back to Larissa and Jacqueline's blog on the post you linked to, stating that you joined in on the fun over at Spotlight Weekly.

3. Enjoy reading other blogs and make new blogger friends!



SPOTLIGHT: This week's spotlight is Kallie of The Flexion Flat  Jacqueline and I adore her look from last week's link-up! Be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!
NEXT WEEK: Next week we are styling WINTER LAYERS! Thanks so much for linking up each week! Have a fabulous rest of your day!

xo. L



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Mini Apple Pie Crescents | Dairy-Free, Gluten Free Dessert Recipe

November 28, 2016

*I have been compensated by Immaculate Baking and Whole Foods for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. As always, all opinions are my own. 
I am elated to be partnering with Whole Foods to bring you this holiday baking recipe. Apple pie is a staple during the holidays, but I wanted to share a bit of an unconventional take on it! As you probably know, everything I make is both dairy and egg free, so you don't have to worry about those with this recipe! It's also completely gluten-free.

This deliciously festive dessert is so incredibly easy and only took me about a half hour to make from start to finish! It's also very easy on the wallet, making these a great option for holiday parties! You can make these in bulk without worrying about spending a fortune - I guarantee they'll be a hit!


MINI APPLE PIE CRESCENTS

Ingredients:
  • 3 granny smith apples sliced
  • 1 package of Immaculate Baking Organic Crescent Rolls
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped (but you can forego them to make it nut-free)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Method:
This is a pretty simple recipe! 

1. As you can see in the video, you start by mixing everything in a bowl except for the crescent rolls and pecans. (Oh and make sure you pre-heat the oven to 375 F).

2. Lay out the crescent rolls onto a cookie sheet.

3. Spread the pecans on first, then follow with the apple mixture.

4. Roll them up to make little bite size apple pies.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy! They taste best when they're fresh out of the oven!

Let me know if you decide to try out this recipe! I'd to know what you think int he comments below!

Be sure to visit your local Whole Foods store for Immaculate Baking Products! Right now if you buy $10 worth you save $3 on your purchase!


xo. L

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | Baby Gear

November 27, 2016

Happy Cyber Monday! I thought I'd kick off the day with a gift guide for new and expecting mamas! This baby gear gift guide has all of the essentials for amazing prices, and I own almost every single one of these items that you see! 



The great prices are only available for a limited time, so be sure to take advantage while you can!

xo. L

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Shopping Guide

November 25, 2016


1. AG Jeans ($171) - such an amazing staple pair of denim!
2. Canon Rebel ($100 off!) - such a good camera, great for blogging or taking photos of little ones.
3. Pink Hunter Boots ($80) - I bought these today. They are so cute, and such a great price. Regularly $150.
4. H&M V-neck sweater ($5) - they had this in four colors in stores - I bought them all!
5. Baby Jogger City Select Stroller ($469)
6. Sam Edelman 'Blake' bootie ($90) - these are such cute staple booties!
7. Lace-up flats ($36) - I have these and wear them every Fall/Winter.
8. Ray Ban Aviators ($105) - amazing deal for Ray Bans.

NORDSTROM || Up to 50% off men's, women's and children's, no code needed






J.CREW || 40% off everything in stores and online with code HOLIDAY




OLD NAVY || 50% off almost everything, discount applied at checkout







OTHER NOTABLE SALES:
AMAZON || Black Friday deals up to 77% off on select items 
ANN TAYLOR || 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE
ANTHROPOLOGIE || 30% off with code LETSGO
ASOS || 20% off everything with code GOGOGO
BANANA REPUBLIC || 50% off five regular priced items, no exclusions, with code BRFIVE
EXPRESS || 50% off everything & free shipping on all orders
GAP || 50% off everything with code TGIF50 
J.CREW FACTORY || 50-60% off everything, prices as marked
LOFT || 50% off everything with code BERRYGOOD
MACY'S || Extra 20% off and free shipping with $50 purchase, use code THANKS
MADEWELL || 25% off your entire purchase with code THATSALE
SHOPBOP || Use code GOBIG16 for 15% off orders of $200, 20% off orders of $500 and 25% off orders of $800+




xo. L

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