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Holiday Gift Giving: A Year of Firsts

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With our family spread across the globe, we often find ourselves on an airplane during the holidays. Finding gifts that are easy to pack or send that can also bring us closer together, is what made Shutterfly the perfect destination to find gifts that would be loved and cherished by our family members.

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What to give so many of my friends and family was a whole lot easier this year. Since Jackson will turn one year old in December, gifts celebrating his first year of life seemed perfect.  We were able to make calendars for our family and document the special moments of the year – first smile, two adorable teeth starting to show themselves, and his first visit to buy a pumpkin.  We uploaded all of our favorite photos of Jackson and instantly into calendars for 2016.  We chose 2 of the Modern White Wall Calendar and 2 Classic White Wall Calendars. They very nearly turned me into a teary mom – how could my baby grow so quickly? As I wrapped them, I added a personalized Adventure Awaits Luggage Tag for a more personalized package.

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For my own needs in and around the holidays, I chose to create the Gold Leaf Wreath Thank You Card, Address Stamp, and Flurries Postage Stamps. The quality of the paper is excellent – and the stamp is so easy to use – saving you time at this busy time of year. Probably my very favorite item are the postage stamps with a photo of the three of us! What a special surprise to add to your holiday correspondence.

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I was able to chronicle the first year of Jackson’s life in several photo albums for the grandparents.  It’s always so difficult to know what to get for them and these are something I know they will treasure. I chose three books: the Everyday Watercolor Photo Book, the Modern White Photo Book, and the Simply Black Photo Book. They were so easy to put together and worth the effort.

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Finally, I’ve always found shopping for stocking stuffers is my favorite thing to shop for. I went crazy at Shutterfly getting goodies for my loved ones. Since so many of my loved ones are frequently in an airplane, I chose items that will keep their loved ones closer to them.  I chose the Bold Destination Portable Charger, the Circle Overlay Monogram Faceplate for Charger, the Wanderlust Luggage Tags, and Adventure Awaits Luggage Tags.  I know my family will be delighted when they open up their stockings this year. I encourage you to head on over to Shutterfly for all of your personalized gifting needs!

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One Entry, Three Ways with Pier 1

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I think I’m a child at heart, as I definitely get excited as the winter holiday season approaches.  I love when the air begins to have a bite to it, the leaves have fallen from the trees, and even the darker days as of winter approach. I find this is the perfect time to enjoy the holiday season with gatherings of both family and friends. This year, we will have extra reasons to celebrate with Jackson turning one in December.  I’m already planning how to change up my décor throughout the holidays to keep it fresh and new.


I’ve teamed up with Pier 1 to decorate my entry three different ways.  The entry is an easy place for you to restyle and have a little bit of fun in the process. One thing I like to do is decide what my theme will be.  In this case, I decorated my entry three different ways: Winter Solstice Party, Christmas Traditions with the Family, and Champagne Festivities. You’ll see even more details in the video I created with Pier 1 below that I’ve remained true to my love of a neutral palate in all three cases. It definitely got me in the holiday spirit!

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First Look – Winter Solstice Party


This décor is perfect to celebrate the shortest day of the year. The twinkle of candles, stars lights, and ornaments will give you the perfect start to a party that pays tribute to our long winter ahead.

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Second Look – Christmas Traditions with the Family


Growing up, one of my favorite memories were the traditions we did together as a family – the cookies we baked, the crackers that launched our festivities, and always bringing nature indoors.  All of these were key elements for making this time of year special in our house. I wrapped our gifts in birch paper that adds texture and keeps with the neutral tones of my décor.  Remember, when you have a neutral palate, you need to be sure to have texture and a variety of shapes to keep the look interesting.

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Third Look – Champagne Festivities


Whether you are planning a small soiree with close friends or a huge blowout celebration for New Year’s Eve, champagne never disappoints.  In this entry arrangement I decided to create something called the landscape effect, where the items displayed go up and down.  I loved adding a bit of whimsy into this by having ornaments hung on branches. This is something you can also easily recreate in other rooms of your house.

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Now it’s time to gather all of your favorite people together and let the holiday festivities begin!

Pier 1 Products Used:


LED Shimmer Tree | Crystal Cut Glass Votive | White Reindeer | Snowflake Glimmer Light Strings | White Star Glimmer Light StringsRattan Star Ornaments | Brich Gift Wrap | Glass Drop Ornament | Metal Serving Bowls | Santa Cake Stand | Snowflake Bottle StopperPinecone Wreath | Mercury Glass Candle StandsNatural Penguin Ornament | Holiday Wishes Appetizer PlatesBeaded Snowflake OrnamentShimmer White Garland | Jumbo Party Cracker | Furry Owl | Quatrefoil StemwareBeaded Gold Snowflake OrnamentScalloped Cake Stand | Frozen Branch WreathPinecone GarlandMercury Candle Holders | Crackle DecanterShimmer WreathWire Charms Party Cracker Set

Photos by Suzanna Scott for Sacramento Street

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Morning Ritual: Enjoying a Cup of Illy

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I never really became a coffee drinker, which is surprising since I grew up in a home where both of my parents took coffee drinking seriously. I have memories of my mom saving to buy a illy Francis Francis and loved waking up each morning to her illy espresso coffee. Years later, I’ve slowly come to appreciate coffee – especially when trying to juggle a baby and a career.

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When asked to try the brand new illy Francis Francis iperEspresso – Y5 Milk Coffee and Espresso Machine, I was thrilled because of the memories I had of the aroma each morning as a child. The great thing about this new Y5 Milk Coffee and Espresso machine is that it has the ability to prepare your milk for a cappuccino – the way I prefer my coffee. The capsules make it so easy to prepare a delicious cup of jo each morning – no fuss and a guaranteed delicious cup of Italian espresso each time. Many folks are such devotee’s of illy coffee that they also collect the different cups that have been made through the years. They remind me so much of the espresso cups you get at cafes in Italy.

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As I prep my coffee corner each evening before bed – I take sweet joy in knowing that in the morning I’ll be in pure bliss with a delicious cup of coffee. Whether it’s with Jackson in my arms or having a peaceful moment alone – the thing that remains the same is that perfect first sip in the morning.

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Not only will I be enjoying illy, but I know that when my parents come to visit they will be thrilled with this new found tradition in our home – a superb cup of coffee awaits them. Now pop over to my dedicated illy Pinterest board to get a glimpse into my idea of the perfect coffee corner, you’ll be able to end to win your very own Y5 Milk Coffee and Espresso machine by pinning your favorite photo!

This post is a partnership with illy. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Images by Suzanna Scott for Sacramento Street

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Bringing Nature to the Table this Fall

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Every year I always look forward to fall arriving. Don’t get me wrong – I love every minute of the long days of summer, but as the days get shorter and there is a crispness in the air, I start turning my focus inward to our home.

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Most Sunday mornings my family and I walk to our local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables. With the change of season we started to see apples making it to the market. A few weekends ago we decided to switch it up a bit and go to an apple orchard instead. Bringing home a crate of apples motivated me to create a new tabletop for my dining room that celebrates the arrival of the new season.

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I teamed up with Target Style to use their new collection of fall inspired items for the table. When I think of fall I have images of richer tones, more texture, and definitely delicious baking from the bounty of apples.  I knew I wanted to find copper and metal tones along with wicker and wood to warm up my dining room.  I found more than I could ever have hoped for – pounded metal bowls and vases, plates and bowls with a muted copper rim, a wooden bowl to display the apple crisp, and gold votives to light up the table.  I usually love all-white flowers, but in the spirit of autumn I chose deep maroon flowers, hops, branches with small red berries and a few white flowers.

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Threshold Barnet Bronze Dinnerware | Threshold Tan Napkin | Stemless Wine Glasses | Threshold Metal Vase | Antique Gold Candle Holder | Copper Fig | Threshold 2pk Dripless Tapers – Real Pecan | Threshold Acacia Bowl with Handles | Threshold Metal Hammered Small Serving Bowl – Gold

The result had me giddy for the season that is upon us in a few short days. In our On the Menu post tomorrow Amanda will share her delicious apple crisp recipe that was inspired by this tabletop. It will definitely help you to bring in the new fall season.


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Images by Emily Scott for Sacramento Street

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Motherhood: Making the Right Choice

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Having a baby last December has changed my life in a multitude of ways. The rewards of being a mom never seem to end – a first smile, a sweet hand resting on my own, or a cry in the night that ends when I enter the room – I’m one lucky mom!

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Now that I’m a mother trying to juggle work, baby, and family life – I needed to start thinking about the products in my home, using method has been a real lifesaver in more ways than one.

I find myself constantly washing my hands after diaper changes as well as before cooking meals or preparing baby food and of course washing bottles for Jackson. I find that method Nourishing Hand Wash not only moisturizes and hydrates my hands with natural botanicals but it’s also sustainable and good for the environment. I’m left with soft hands and not at the expense of the planet – now that matters to me! And since Jackson is continuously grabbing anything and everything in sight – I can rest assured that the soap in my kitchen and bathroom will not harm him. The coconut milk scent being a favorite for our family, although the almond flower and olive leaf smell amazing as well.

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My favorite is the method Nourishing Hand Wash in blue (surprise! surprise!) but the green and orange are equally beautiful and effective. It feels good to be able to use products that I find both effective as well as good for myself and my family. It’s a win-win product in my book!

This post is a partnership with method. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

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