Hi friends! Just popping in on this lovely Saturday afternoon to let you know that 24 Merry days has just started, and today you get a chance to win an amazing $350 gift certificate for a gorgeous Kirribilla dress or coat. Head on over to 79 Ideas for your chance to win! And check out our 24 Merry Days calendar to find out about our other giveaways.

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So I mentioned to you guys a couple of times that I’ve been working on something super fun for you guys for December, and it’s time for the big reveal: get ready for the ultimate advent calendar, 24 Merry Days!!!:D Each day in December leading up to Christmas, you’ll be able to visit one of 24 bloggers offering an exclusive holiday giveaway with the most fantastic prizes. You’ll get a chance to win prizes from brands like Ferm Living, Poketo, Lauren Moffatt, Rifle Paper Co., Kinfolk, Mud Australia, and much more! Just spreading the holiday cheer one giveaway at a time, you know? :) We’ll be starting the giveaways this Saturday with an awesome giveaway on 79 Ideas, so make sure to go check it out – and enter- on Saturday!

How will you know where to go for the other giveaways? Well, everyday on my facebook page and on this blog, I’ll be letting you know where to go to find the giveaway of the day. You can also pop over to the 24 Merry Days page to learn about the giveaway schedule – I’d suggest bookmarking it! :)

Image designed by Gloria at Little White Whale Studio for 24 Merry Days.

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Happy Friday everybody! I have a super sweet announcement for you guys in a few hours, but for now I just wanted to share a few pics from our trip to Arizona – it’s been so nice to soak up the sun after the past few weeks of crazy weather in New York City. Geez, I could seriously get used to wearing flip flops and T-shirts all winter long!

We spent the first part of our trip in Flagstaff to celebrate Thanksgiving with the family I lived with when I came on exchange in high school – best family EVER, just so you know . Flagstaff is such a chill little town. It’s also chillier – jackets stayed on most of the time.
We had a great time taking some walks in the pine forest, going to small hipster coffee shops, throwing leaves…and duh, stuffing ourselves with super good food on Thanksgiving :)

We also took a day trip to gorgeous Sedona. Sedona is only 45 minutes away from Flagstaff, and is waaaaay worth the drive. One of the prettiest places I’ve seen so far! We started our day in Sedona at the terrace of a restaurant with a margarita….because, really, what can possibly go wrong when you start your day with a margarita??! After that we went for some exploring, down to one of the creeks. The girls were in heaven – I mean, they found rocks and sticks everywhere they looked….they couldn’t possibly have asked for more. Except for maybe ice cream…we happily obliged to it :) I had prickly pear (cactus) ice cream, it was delicious!
We’re now in Tucson for a few more days, staying with friends. I did my undergraduate studies in Tucson and it’s so nice to be back after four years – but more pics and words on that part of our trip later :) Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, no matter whether it’s sunny or rainy where you are!

All pictures by Audrey Smit, except for picture of our family and the picture of Olivia day dreaming in the car – these picture are by Soazic Gardais, the best friend one could ever wish for.

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Loving the current fox trend – and guessing many of you probably do too-, so there you go, this week, the ladies will feel foxy in this pretty fox skirt by Sugarhill Boutique, while the little ones play with their adorable bandit foxby Viola Studio!

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Sorry I am posting later these days – my schedule has been a bit all over the place since we arrived in Arizona last week…plus I’ve been working very hard on preparing a awesome surprise for you for December – more about that at the end of the week! Anyway, I’ve had a wonderful trip so far, doing just about a billion things!! Not a lot of me time since we’re taking the girls everywhere, showing them the wonders of AZ and also showing them off to my friends, but it’s ok – I figured I’d settle with some virtual me-time this week….almost the same, right?

1. Wooden tub caddy by Peg and Awl.| 2. Eberjey cami and pants.| 3. Strawberry fields whipped soap by Soul Sisters Soaps.| 4. Pink lace bodysuit by Knickerocker. | 5. Pink shades of Essie nail polish. | 6. Pink heart earrings by Irenka R.

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L: Coastal Australian home via Dustjacket Attic | R: Vanilla Almond & Anise Cupcakes by Sweetapolita

If you have been following this blog for a while, it’s not secret to you that I am a big fan of bright scandinavian homes where white tones dominate. But I just couldn’t not love this gorgeous Australian home. The contrast of dark and bright colors is simply perfect, and I pretty much love every single room of this modern home. The concrete floor and wood panels, the giant chalkboard….now can I move in, please pretty please?

And to go with that, these pretty vanilla Almond & Anise Cupcakes by Sweetapolita. Such unusual flavor combination, such pretty colors – I’ve got to try them!

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I’m all about celebrating one holiday at a time…and now that Thanksgiving is over, I say, bring it on – I’m beyond ready for Christmas! Time to crank up the Christmas songs on the radio and decorate our apartment from top to bottom. And I’m also trying to do some fun things with the girls – now that the girls are getting old enough, it’s time to start some fun tradition for our little family. We’ll definitely bake cookies and go see the christmas lights in our neighborhood. What about you guys – do you have any fun traditions in the weeks leading up to Christmas? I’d love suggestions!

PS: I am spending a couple of weeks in Arizona right now, sorry if I’m slow answering emails/comments! :)

1. DIY Adorned Glittered Clothespin Gift Toppers by Ez at Creature Comforts. |2. DIY advent calendar with clothes-pins |3. DIY felt garland at Papernstitch. |4. Peppermint macaroons at Anna & Blue. |5. Giant advent calendar by Oh Happy Day.

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Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day surrounded by loved ones. We’re in Arizona visiting my former host family, and will travel around AZ for the next couple of weeks to visit old friends – pics to come!

There’s been so much to be thankful for lately, but really I don’t think that life could be any better than with my two happy little girls. I am truly so thankful to wake up to their giggles in the morning, comfort them when they fall, tuck them into bed at night, and watch them become such amazing little girls. My amazing photographer friend Samantha Goh came last week to us to take some pics of me and the girls…and I know I am going to cherish these gorgeous pictures for the rest of my life.

PS: DEAL! If you are in the Manhattan/NJ area and looking for a photographer for you holiday cards, Samantha is offering an amazing rate to all my readers – $250 for a photo session. (regular $450 for portrait sessions so this is a HUGE discount!). Just get in touch with Sam and don’t forget to mention TLS! Offer ends 12/31/12

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And last but not least, here’s a list for the little ones – whether you have a boy, a girl, or a tiny little baby at home, you’ll find some ideas. Sorry, I didn’t have a chance to get to the bigger kids/teens this year – but next year I’ll make sure to include them! Hope you like what I found.

In other news, we’re leaving for Arizona this afternoon for a little vaca. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with the (awesome) family I lived with when I was an exchange student in high school – I haven’t seen them for 4 years and I’m so excited. And after that we’ll head down to Tucson for a little vacation. I did my B.A. at the U of A and I can’t wait to share that part of my life with hubby and the girls. It’s going to be fun, definitely expect some pictures from the trip! Oh, and I’ll be posting all the way though, so you won’t be missing any TLS fun ;)

1. Eco bird doll by Timo Handmade |2. Animals wooden puzzle by Dwell Studio. |3. Cloud shelf at My little Square. |4. Animal baby flash cards|5. Giraffe bank|6. Snowflake hoodie |7. Bashful bunny. My daughter has it and adores it! |8. Colors book by Charley Harper. |9. Knitted pompom booties by Happy Circus.

1. Princess and the Pea bed set. |2. Ear muffs by Rainbow Mittens. |3. Wooden market stall. |4. Hand-painted bike bells at Poketo. |5. Tablecloth playhouse by Kids Decor.|6. Garden teepee. |7. Polka dot bike.

1. Awesome animal jackets by Little Goodall. |2. Knight crossbow. |3. Wooden carpark |4. Make your own robot kit. |5. Race kit. |6. Tool belt. |7. Vintage car.

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And there you go, some more presents ideas for the holidays – this time for the men in your life! I know buying presents for men can be a little trickier sometimes – but hopefully these will inspire you and help you find something that they love.

Happy Tuesday everybody!

PS: Today is the last day to enter the giveaway! Check it out here.

1. Wristwatch at Horne*|2. Apple ipad mini. |3. Wobble cognac glasses. My husband has these and swears by them!|4. Turn your old records into digital music with this cool turntable.|5. Messenger bag with ipad viewer window at Flight 001.|6.Iphone remote helicopter. |7.Hankie pocketbooks. |8. May the force be with you poster.

*Cyber Monday deal: Receive 15% off the entire Horne website with code MONDAY15 on November 26 between 12AM-11:59PM. The sale excludes items by Iittala, Fermob, VIPP and Pablo Designs.

1. May 28th watch.** |2. Set of Laguiole Steak knives with wood handle. |3. Toms grey oxfords. |4. Boden biker jacket. |5. Last days of the Arctic book. |6. Little America backpack.|7. Scratch-off mini wall map. |8. Abercrombie mountain sweater.

**Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal: 50% off selected black matte watches at May 28th from 11/23 through 11/26.

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