L: Home via | R: Cranberry mojitos via We are not Martha.

Since last week I showed you what Christmas looks like in Scandinavia, I thought today we’d head out to a *slightly* warmer place for a little holiday inspiration. It is a bit weird for me associate warm + Christmas together – luckily when I lived in Arizona I’d always find a way to go home for the holidays- but I have to admit, I absolutely love these pictures and maybe it would be fun to have a Christmas dinner al fresco until billions twinkle lights? :) Also love all these Australian holiday ideas that Love Mae put together – isn’t this wreath so beautiful?!

Oh, and Australian friends, totally call me out on the cranberry mojitos – I actually have no idea if you guys drink that around Christmas – but hey, I’d totally drink  if I spent Christmas in a warm place…and didn’t have a baby in my belly  ;) Cranberry mojitos recipe via We Are Not Martha.

PS: Oh, and today is day 10 of 24 Merry Days!!! Today you can win a large print of one of Max Wanger’s amazing photographs – your choice too ;) Head over to Coco & Mingo to enter – and don’t forget to check out all of the other 24 Merry Days giveaways going on right now!

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And one more “colorful Christmas” inspiration board for y’all – check out my first and second boards. I simply love the combination of coral and gold together. Add a bit of white to balance it out and you’ll get a gorgeous, fun holiday mood in your home. Alright, so today is December 9 – is your house all decorate it up already? Did you go for a color theme? I’d love to know what! This year our decorate our house in the traditional green and red hues mostly – but not in the most traditional of ways. Will share some pictures of our home this Friday, so be on the lookout for them ;)

Also, today is day 9 of 24 Merry Days – there are right now 8 AMAZING giveaways that you can enter if you click here. And today’s giveaway is an UBER amazing $500 (you heard me right!!) gift certificate to Poppin on Studio DIY – a wholotta colors for your office space! Don’t miss it, enter here!

Images: 1. Dried leaf garland by A Fabulous Fete. |2. Cutest advent calendar by a Bubbly Life. |3. Wooden horses by Botanika.|4. Coral holiday sweater at H&M. |5. Gold Christmas tree.

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Do believe in miracles, people. They happen. Usually by this time of the year, I am just scrambling to get a Christmas tree, I have’t bought a single present (ok, maybe one) and holidays cards…wait, what holiday cards??? ha! But this year, it’s like a miracle! THe house is all Christmas-ed up (more on that next week!) and my holiday cards are ready to be mailed out. What is happened to me?!

Last year I used Minted to get my cards, and was SO happy with them that I was planning on using them again – and that’s when they contacted me and asked if I wanted to feature their cards on my blog. My answer? heck yeah! Seriously, I don’t even look anywhere else really for my cards at this time of the year because they seriously have the cutest of designs (with your own photo or without), and they are super fast. This year they also came up with these super pretty foil stamped holidays card – I didn’t end up choosing one of these designs but my friend Will chose foil stamped cards and they came out so great. And how about these cute little card ornaments?! Aren’t they so fun?

Another thing I LOVE about Minted? Their FREE recipient addressing service – really helps you get the process finished early in the season! Especially for people (always late) like me ;) I chose this template because I loved the simple, bold message “Be Merry” – that really what I wish anybody this Christmas season :)

PS: Today is Day 5 of 24 Merry Days! And you can win tons of goodies from Leif (one of my very FAVORITE shops!!) on The Sweetest Occasion. Check it out here and make sure to enter :) And also, make sure to enter the other giveaways!

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I must be on a peppermint thing – I blame the peppermint Oreo cookies from I’ve been stuffing my face with! Today I sharing a little DIY on Say Yes To Hoboken to give Liz a hand during her maternity Liz, and there you can find out how I made these little peppermint sugar scrub bottles that we’ll be giving to the girls’ teachers as holiday gift. Click here for the full tutorial! Happy Thursday, friends :)

Also, today is day #4 of 24 Merry Days! Head on over to Making It Lovely to win an ENTIRE WALL OF ART from Artfully Walls for your home. That’s right…not just one print…an entire wall! Click here to enter! Oh, and you can of course still enter giveaway #1 (an accent chair from Lowe’s), giveaway #2 (a $250 Anthro gift card), giveaway #3 (a BIKE from Public Bikes) and giveaway #4 (a $100 gift card to Artifact Uprising).

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Today I wanted to share one of my favorite shops for the tiny ones, Sunday in Color. Simply going to this little shop makes me happy and brings a smile on my face. The shop is all about colors and pretty prints (everything I live for!) and is filled with wonderful little cheerful treasures. Bright little garlands, loads of decor for the little ones bedrooms, fun acccesories. So much cuteness I die – I want to buy it all for the baby :)

Oh oh, and did you see what’s to win today on day 4 of 24 Merry Days?!!!! A $100 gift certificate with Artifact Uprising to print your family album! Make sure to head over to A Thousand Threads to enter, and check out all of the other 24 Merry Days giveaway here!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

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L: Swedish home via Hus o Hem | R: Scandinavian Christmas baking recipes via The Guardian.

I don’t want to go all OMG on you, but O.M.G!!! Did you all see that you can win a BIKE (yes, yes you hear right, A BIKE!) from Public Bikes today on Day #3 of 24 Merry DAYS!? And did you see the colors of that bike?! Seriously! To enter, click here to visit my friend Brittany from The House that Lars Built - she’ll tell you all about how you can get that pretty bike home!

Today’s {live here, eat that} takes you to Christmas in Scandinavia. I’ve lived many places these past few years,  but I have to say that celebrating Christmas in Denmark was probably my favorite place for that time of the year. I am not sure if it was because of the snow, or because of all the holiday traditions that they have, or the beautiful way everybody decorates their house….whatever it is, they just seem to get it right! If you ever have a chance to experience Christmas in a Scandinavian country, do it! I love the pictures of this pretty Swedish home. All that red and white, so classic and so beautiful, and it still has a modern vibe to it.

And with that, find loads of fantastic Scandinavian baking recipes via the Guardian! My favorite thing on there is probably the honey hearts and the dried fruits – yum yum! Happy Tuesday, friends.

PS: More 24 Merry Days goodness – did you see that you can win a $250 gift Anthropologie gift card on Lovely Indeed and a beautiful accent Chair from Lowe’s  on House of Earnest with 24 Merry Days? Find out about all the giveaways here

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Hi friends! A little holiday inspiration with a touch of pink to follow up on my “colorful Christmas” post. Love me a little girly Christmas, don’t you think? :) And talking about the holidays, did you guys entered the amazing 24 Merry Days giveaway yesterday on House of Earnest? Do it – you can win this amazing accent chair from Lowe’s…and today another fab prize for 24 Merry Days, Lovely Indeed is giving away a $250 gift card to Anthropologie – how about that, is 24 Merry Days rocking your holidays or what? :) Happy Monday, friends!

PS: If you’re still looking for present ideas, check out my gift guides for the ladies, the gents and the little ones – tons of ideas there!

Images: 1. the cutestest bulldogs – this one is for my friend Gloria ;) |2. DIY pompoms by Jojotastic|3. Pretty little trees. |4. Peppermint coffee milkshakes by Sugar and Cloth – need I say more?!|5. A very joyful little branch by Dottie Angel.

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Wishing all of you in the US a very happy Thanksgiving! We’re hosting Thanksgiving for the very first time this year, we’re celebrating it with some good friends who also don’t have family around. We’re doing nothing else but eating and eating and eating some more until our bellies explode – and playing board games too, because come one, we can’t be eating ALL day ;) A fun relaxing day giving thanks for all the good things in our lives :) And for those of you not in the US, enjoy the rest of the week, and I’ll be back on Sunday to share with you the very first giveaway of 24 Merry Days – and an awesome one with that!

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Alright, second big announcement of the week – 24 MERRY DAYS starts this Sunday, and this year is going to be bigger and better than last year. And merrier. And awesomer too. Oh you guys, I am SO excited and can’t wait for Sunday and the giveaways to start!

The way it works: Each day from the 1st – 24th December, one blogger will be giving away a prize on their blog, and you’ll have a week to enter each one.My giveaway will be on December 17, and you DON’T want to miss it…you might actually freak out a little when you find out what it is :) Get ready for it! Everyday I will make sure to let you know where you need to go to enter the giveaway of the day.

This year we’ve got an amazing line-up of bloggers who will be giving away the most fantastic prizes for you, things that I KNOW for a fact you’ve had on your Christmas wish list – or that you just didn’t know you wanted ;)

I mean, come on, we’ll be giving away a BIKE by Public Bikes. And a pair of Swedish Hasbeens. And beautiful prints for your walls. And amazing jewelry. And gorgeous things for your home. And gift cards to your favorite shops (do I hear Anthropologie? Poppin? Rifle Paper co.?). And gifts for the little ones. And and….are your doing cartwheels in your living room yet? Because I am! So, if I can sum up this post – you DON’t want to miss 24 Merry Days, like at all! Check out our giveaway advent calendar here – and you can also like the 24 Merry Days Facebook page so you don’t miss a beat.

Let the holiday fun begin!

PS: My other big announcement this week in case you missed it :)

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Friends, I am so excited to share this big news with you – I’m 15 weeks pregnant and baby number 3 is due to arrive in May! Hubby and I couldn’t be more excited, we want a big family and had actually been trying for a little while now. While I have been a bit nervous to loose another baby during my first trimester, everything has been going super smoothly so far and I can relax since I am now officially out of my first trimester :)

I had not much of a bump up until last week and then POP! Out of nowhere it arrived. Regardless, I claimed the right to sleep with my body pillow the minute I found out I was pregnant – hubby hasn’t been a happy camper to have share me with my beloved pillow … but guess what, what pregnant lady wants, pregnant lady gets ;) We told the girls about the baby in mama’s belly and they are so excited. Last week one morning, Madeline woke up and came to our room and ask: “Mama, did the baby sleep with you?” So so cute! I’ve been craving ANYTHING sour – it was the same for the girls – tomatoes with balsamic (and pretty much anything with balsamic), pickles in vinegar, sour candy…the list goes one! It’s the weirdest thing really and I have no idea why I crave that stuff.

I got pregnant pretty much right after our move to California, and needless to say, between the move and this bigs news, life has been a tiny bit crazy and all over the place. But really, what is there to not love about this? :) We’ll find out in a few weeks if the baby is a boy or a girl and we can’t wait!

Happy happy Tuesday, friends!

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