Giveaway: $250 to Waiting on Martha

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My dear friend Mandy is one of those gals you marvel at. She has an ability to make something marvelous out of anything she touches. Mandy has an incredible eye for design, style, entertainment, and of course stocking her shop. I have been lucky enough to watch her from the beginning as an etsy shop owner to successful entrepreneur.

Today, IHOD + Waiting on Martha are teaming up to gift one of you with a $250 gift card to spend at Shop Waiting on Martha. There are more goodies to choose from than you will know what to do with! It’s super simple to enter via rafflecopter below, and a second chance over on instagram!

If you are in the Atlanta area, you must go visit her storefront at the Shops Around Lenox. She will be there through August!

We will draw a winner on Friday. Best of luck!

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*My dress is from Isabella Oliver

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

4th of July via In Honor of DesignIndependence Day

We changed our plans last minute due to a rainy forecast and stayed put for the weekend. I know, I’m the idiot who thought she could go camping with three little ones at 36 weeks pregnant, but I held onto hope because I realllly wanted to see all of my family. Swallowed that humble pill and moved on to lockdown pastures…

Lightening bugs

It ended up being a really good weekend though, just the 5 of us + baby belly, and a good deal of time with friends. Along with millions of other proud Americans, we did many of the patriotic pastime traditions. You know, something like this…..  the smell of hot dogs on the grill, watermelon stained shirts, wide eyed faces under firework lit skies, chins dribbled with popsicles, grass stains and bandaids,a history lesson from Gabe to the kids on the meaning of Independence Day (ohhh the questions were comical), sparklers, flag waving, lighting bugs, and a few delicious naps in between. 

Land of the free

The babe in utero got a little excited and put me in bed Saturday morning with severe braxton hicks contractions. I kindly reminded him/her that we still had a few weeks to go…their chance to be a firework will come soon enough;)

Baby Claire - In-Honor-of-Design

The highlight may have been getting to meet little miss Claire Vivien in the hospital. I was a little bitter my pregnant pal Jessica had to go have her baby, and leave me in the dust to be pregnant all by my lonesome for a few more weeks, but I quickly forgave her after holding this brand new softer than soft swaddle of beauty. Looking forward to seeing our babes take down milestones together:)

How was your weekend my friends? Hope you had a splendid weekend with your families and loved ones. 

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”  ~Louis D. Brandeis

P.S. Links to some of the maternity pieces I am wearing in the new shop page:)

His + Hers | Best Accessories for Travel

His + Her Travel FavoritesTravel luggage via In Honor of DesignEsperos Weekender via In Honor of DesignBest Travel Pieces

I realized this week that over the past year, I have gone on over 15 trips (whew!) and traveled by way of airplanes, buses, taxis, cars, and even bikes (throwing that in for dramatic measure). This might explain my desire to stay put for a few months. Along the way I have learned a few lessons the hard way on what I should make sure to never leave home without. (ie: Back up mobile charger or battery. You never want to get lost on the streets of NYC without one friends.) So here are a few items Gabe and I both have used regularly that get our vote for best accessories for travel…

1. Waterproof Laundry Bags – Whether it’s Gabe going fishing or the boys going for a swim, I can almost guarantee I will have damp laundry or muddy shoes to truck home on a trip. These nylon drawstring bags are excellent for getting things home in your suitcase if you aren’t able to wash things before you leave.  I have used them for large toiletries as well to prevent spills. There are several size and color options like the Go Clean Beach set or even an Unmentionable set😉

2. Swell Water Bottles – These have been a LIFESAVER the last few trips we took. They keep water cold for up to 24 hrs! So whether we were exploring Raleigh in 90 degree temps, or at the beach for the day with no access to fresh water, the Swell bottles saved the day. I cannot get over how long it kept ice frozen as well! Stainless steel and tons of fun color and print options.

3. Hinge Wireless Headphones – Gabe steals these from me for road trips, but I have used them on airplanes as well. They are comfortable, collapsable, and bluetooth wireless! You can connect them to whatever device you are traveling with such as iphone, ipad, computer, etc. Such a cool gadget to have on hand if you want to block out the noise too. Like say, maybe some rambunctious toddlers, or the person snoring next you in aisle 34.

4. Wide Brim Fedora – In the summer I never travel without a wide brim straw fedora, and in the winter it is a wool one. It has saved me many a bad travel hair days as well as provided sun block in between stops. 

5. Esperos Bags – I had this problem of always finding a stranded pair of shoes in the back of the car on trips…(ahem cough cough Gabe). It seemed his backpack wasn’t quite cutting the weekender standards, but he really didn’t want to pack an extra bag for that last pair of shoes that didn’t fit. Cue the Esperos Weekend Warrior. According to Gabe, it is just the right size for his efficient packing habits. (Side note: every bag sold helps fund one year of a child’s education in the developing world. Pretty cool!)

6. Steamline Luggage – I have mentioned how head over heels I was about this luggage a time or two already, but wanted to mention how the lining of the suitcase is water resistent as well as the cosmetic zipper pouch it comes with. After a few spill fiascos after destination arrival, I was more than happy to discover this feature! Also, it has optional locks to secure valuables. (Btw, You can still use code IHOD10 for 10% off the whole line.)

Do you have any travel faves to add to the list? I also really love the apps available now to assist you while traveling. Will have to finish up my round up on those! If you are traveling for 4th of July weekend, I wish you smooth and safe travels, and a whole bunch of fireworks (the good kind).

*Graphic by IHOD, Background image via Andreagentl