Home for The Holidays: Airline tickets giveaway

December 8, 2016



I couldn’t wait a day longer to launch our last gratitude giveaway of 2016! I am so thankful for each of you have supported In Honor of Design this year. When I was thinking of how I wanted to say THANK YOU, I remembered a post way back when I asked you if there was anywhere in the world you could go, where would it be? Many of your responses brought me to tears as they each were different places where FAMILY was for you. Some of you wanted to see a sister, an aunt, a long time friend, or even a role model. 

I think the best gift you can give someone is the gift of time, and although I can’t give away time, I CAN give away the opportunity to have time with your loved ones this Christmas (or after!) So without further adieu I announce…






$1000 Airline Voucher giveaway!

(Round trip tickets for one or two to the destination of your choice.)

Enter via Rafflecopter below. I have included a few ways to earn entries. You can do just one or all! We will be announcing the winner back on this post one week from today. Open to international readers too of course. Winner will be contacted via email, and travel dates do not have to be during the holidays. Best of luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway



Gift Guide: Little Finds

December 7, 2016



1.Pom purse – It’s tough to find little purses for girls, and Veronica is really into gathering up all kinds of things to stuff in her own bag. I instantly fell for this mini purse from Shop Bitte. Just the right size.
2. Apron and tools – Gabriel asked me to teach him to make eggs and Veronica and Max beg to help whenever I am making them. It takes patience to cook with little ones, but giving them little responsibilities and teaching them boundaries in the kitchen pays off. Little aprons with mini tools are a great way to start!
3. Maple rattle – Wooden toys are much easier to maintain, are always good teethers. Loved this little maple rattle for Azelie!
4. Pom bonnet – I cannot resist hats for babies. I may have a problem. All I know is Azelie’s squish factor in a pom bonnet would be too much for me to handle.
5. Logging truck – for the 1-3 year olds this is such a good busy work toy that I know my Rocco will love. He likes to stack and dump so I think this covers it!
6. Maps Book, Shine a light Winter Book, Paper Dolls – Usborne books offers such a wide range of classic, learning, and activity books for kids. Also loved this map book for my adventure loving boy.
7.  Magna tiles – Easily my children’s favorite activity to date. Every one of them has loved these. They are so good for working with the hands, construction problem solving, and color matching. They keep my kids occupied for hours! We are getting another set this year.
8. Art Jar – If your little ones are on the creative side or just enjoy making messes, art supplies always make wonderful gifts. Land of Nod has so many fun gift ideas, and I really liked this bundle of supplies in a jar. My little ones go through supplies fast because they are doing art projects daily.
9. Classic Guitar – This is a really good size and sound for the jammers;) Musical instruments are always good for little ones to engage in.
10. Fishing game – This is made in Hungary! Such a cool magnetic wood game to do with toddlers. Can’t wait to give Max this set from Shop Bitte.

Good grief, this was THE hardest gift guide to assemble! I get really jazzed about good finds for little ones because you have to wade through a ton of sites to find good options. We just do three simple gifts for each child to keep things less focused on gifts. We have steered away from battery operated toys for Christmas because ain’t no body got time to change batteries! I also gravitate towards toys I know will stand the test of time in a house of 5 kiddos. These items above are things we have gotten our little ones in the past, or hope to gift them this Christmas from Azelie (3 months) all the way up to Gabriel (7 yrs.). If we are able, I love supporting small businesses, so have found a few of these from favorite shops. 

My children also love Melissa and Doug wooden games and toys as well as Leap frog letter factory for learning to read activities. They have proven to be a hit with all of them. My boys are really into the Young Explorers, and we have found some really great finds on there as well! I hope this helps narrow down the hunt and search for you. 

What small shops are you supporting this season?

Mother - daughter holiday look

Mini + Me Holiday Look

December 5, 2016

Mother - daughter holiday look
I wanted to capture a few pictures with my girls while Azelie was so little, and it was a really good excuse to spend some time with just them. Azelie has been an incredible peace maker in our home. She brings out the best in each of my children. They all have a soft spot for her and turn to mush when they see her…even Rocco. Gabe still can’t believe he has two girls, and I find him staring at her completely mesmerized.
Little Sisters / Morgan Blake Photography

mother daughter holiday
Azelie Jane, photo by Morgan Blake

And me….well I never want to put her down. She is true flesh and blood proof of divine providence, and I carry within me an overwhelming gratitude for the gift of her life.

I never thought I’d be the matchy mom type. Shoot. Oh well, here I am in tulle and flower crowns. What is happening to me? 

Anna: Tulle Skirt, lace tank  (similar), nude heels (also love these), watch, necklace
Veronica: Gold dress, Ballet slippers
Azelie: DressGold moccs

V’s floral crown was from when she was a flower girl in my sister’s wedding, and I just used eucalyptus to may mine and Zelie’s. 


And while this is rarely what motherhood looks like at home, it captures the essence of what these girls bring to my life…an immense amount of joy.


I’ll be sharing one more mother-daughter holiday look next week if you need some more ideas for Christmas, so stay tuned! So happy to support a fellow mompreneur Ele Story in this post. Thank you Morgan Blake for capturing these photos.

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