Saturday, September 17, 2011


In last week's PINSPIRATION SATURDAY post, I mentioned that we're hoping to be in our new house in about a month.  I spend a lot of my time these days picking finishes, hardware, paint colors, floor stains and more, and while it's a lot of fun, it's also a little stressful.  What if I pick the wrong thing?  What if I don't like my choice in six months?  Is this tile too trendy?  This wallpaper too grandma?  Will it all go together?  Without look too matchy matchy?  As you can tell, I'm taking these decisions very seriously!

The girls' room will be one of the biggest challenges since we'll be decorating from scratch now that they've kind of outgrown everything from their old nursery and their space in the house is a lot bigger than it was in our condo in New York City (yay for the 'burbs!).  So of course I've been pinning ideas like crazy for inspiration.  Here's a look at a few of my favorite finds:

I love everything about this room by Palmer Weiss, featured in Lonny.  Everything.

This bed by the Project Nursery team is beyond swoon-worthy
My pin from Project Nursery

This is almost the exact color I picked for their room.  
The contrast with the white moulding is so pretty!
Pin from via RubyJu

Can you tell I have a thing for patterned headboards?  I think they look great in pairs too.
My pin from Decor Pad

I adore the hot pink dresser and the bold mix of patterns and colors in this space.
My pin from Decor Pad

How great are these refinished nightstands?
Some furniture re-purposing is definitely on the horizon for us!
Pin from Natty By Design via Cheryl at Tidy Mom

This is such a great example of how to mix patterns and create a room little girls can grow into.
My pin from Effortless Style

Could you just die from the cuteness?  Gabrielle and Alaina's room just got painted and I chose the fabrics I want to use in it last week so I'll post some sneak peeks very soon.  In the meantime, tell me - what does your little girl's room look like?

For more kid's room projects and ideas, follow my Decor for the Kiddos board on Pinterest, and if you're on Pinterest, post a link to your profile or your user name so I can follow you too!

Friday, September 16, 2011

FREEBIE FRIDAY: A Haunting Halloween Hand Out

With the nice fall weather here in Rhode Island, I'm in a Halloween state of mind so today I'm sharing a frighteningly fun way to hand out candy.

The Fickle Pickle designed Monster Eyeballs you can print onto sticker paper and affix to Rollos or miniature Reese's Peanut Butter cups, as well as a cute label to go with them.  This is the perfect idea for trick-or-treaters or your children's classmates.  I know my little monsters will love them!

Hope you enjoyed today's pick and for more fab freebies, check out my Freebies and Printables Board on Pinterest!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

ANYTHING GOES THURSDAY: Family Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just a little more than a month away, I thought I'd take this ANYTHING GOES THURSDAY post and share some fun ideas for family costumes.

I love this idea for a BLT sandwich so much, I'm wondering if we can borrow a third kid to pull it off.

This spider and web costume is appropriately creepy for mom and baby.

You can prove just how out-of-this-world your clan is by going as planets.

Or show your true colors and dress as a set of Crayons.

Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings came up with the perfect get ups for her three guys.

And at Teach and Tickle, Kelly and her family really know how to get into the Halloween spirit.  One year, they were Neo, Trinity and their child from The Matrix.

And the following year, they were the Incredibles.

But my favorite family costumes of all might be the Hallo-weenie trio from The Suite Life of Zach and Codi.

Could you just eat that little hot dog up or what?

I hope these have you inspired to come up with the perfect family costumes this year!  And if you have pictures from years past you'd like to share, send 'em my way at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I am currently up to my elbows in projects for Gabrielle and Alaina's birthday party next weekend so I have the utmost respect for people who fill their parties filled with handmade details.  Here's one that blew me away.

Photographer Michelle Dupuis threw a goldfish-themed first birthday bash for her son and every little bit is perfection!  She made the darling invitations:

Cooked up some fabulous fish food, like sandcastle sandwiches:

Bech bucket veggies:

And Go Fish jigglers:

Michelle even made the sidewalk chalk favors.

My favorite part?  The adorable goldfish cake topper she made, inspired by these.

See more pictures over on CAKE.

Images: Michelle Dupuis

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Playing Hooky

To celebrate Gabrielle and Alaina's birthday!

I can't believe my little 27 week preemies are three years old today.  Time flies too fast!

Monday, September 12, 2011

FUNDAY MONDAY: Getting Dora-fied! {GIVEAWAY}

Gabrielle and Alaina turn three tomorrow, and they're not excited about their birthday party or having cupcakes at school. No, they can't wait to bust out their new Dora the Explorer DVDs. The girls are obsessed with a certain Spanish-speaking SeƱorita and her buddy Boots, and what better way to celebrate than with Dora's Storybook Adventures.

This DVD set has Dora and her pals going on three adventures, each in its own double-length episode.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Storybook Adventures Episode Synopses:
Dora the Explorer: Fairytale Adventure
Fairytale Adventure (Double Length Episode)
Dora and Boots are exploring the forest when they discover the gate to Fairy-Tale Land. Soon they find that there’s a mean witch who lives in Fairy-Tale Land and when Boots eats a banana from the witch’s fruit tree, Boots turns into Sleeping Boots! In order to break the witch’s spell, Sleeping Boots must get a hug from Princess Dora.
What Happens Next?
Abuela gives Dora a special star pocket to catch explorer stars, and Dora sets out to become a star catcher! With Boots’ help, she soon catches her first explorer star but Swiper swipes the star pocket and ties it to a balloon that floats all the way up to cloud castle.
The Magic Stick
Dora and Boots find a magic stick and according to the wise old tree frog, it’s up to them to go to the top of the highest hill to make the stick do its magic trick.
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess
Dora Saves The Snow Princess (Double Length Episode)
Dora, Boots and the Snowflake Fairy are off to save La Princessa Sabrina and her snowy forest from a mean witch who has locked her in a tower and taken away her magic snow crystal.
Dora’s Jack-in-the-Box
Dora’s twin brother and sister have been sick and Dora wants to buy them a present to cheer them up. She finds a Jack-in-the-Box but it’s been so long since Jack’s been played, the little clown doesn’t know he’s supposed to pop out when the song says, “Pop goes the weasel!”
Bark, Bark To Play Park!
Everyone is getting ready for the big Twins Day Party at Play Park. Dora even has a surprise for her puppy, Perrito. He has a twin too – a long-lost puppy brother he hasn’t seen since they were babies.
Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom!
Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom (Double Length Episode)
A greedy king has stolen the crystals that give Allie’s kingdom color and Dora and Boots must help Allie locate the crystals and turn the pale gray kingdom back into a colorful wonderland before it’s too late. Along the way, the trio gain help from a British knight, a giant caterpillar and a magician who give Dora three gifts – a shield, butterfly wings and a magic wand – to aid in her journey. Using these presents, Dora attempts to defeat the greedy king and restore color to the kingdom.
First Day of School
Boots and Tico are really excited because it’s their first day of school ever. In their new school, they’ll learn in English and Spanish! Dora leads the way, teaching Boots Spanish and Tico English as they head out to school.
Boots’ Banana Wish
Dora and Boots are at an amusement park where they have a special wishing machine. Boots makes a wish for bananas and suddenly a bunch fall down on Boots. He’s so happy but soon realizes that the bananas don’t stop coming.
Gabrielle and Alaina watched Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom! at least 100 times when it aired earlier this year, and I know they're going to love the two twin-oriented episodes.

And as if three double-length episodes weren't enough, we also got Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventures, another trilogy of stories, to check out.

The Tale of the Unicorn King, The Secret of Atlantis and Dora Saves King Unicornio are three new episodes that won't premiere on TV until November. Pair Dora and Boots with unicorns, gnomes and fairies and you get all of Gabrielle and Alaina's favorite things. They're going to go nuts over these new shows!

You can purchase Dora's Storybook Adventures and Dora's Enchanted Forest Adventures starting tomorrow, September 13th. I know my girls are going to enjoy every second of them, and I'm going to give a set away to one lucky AFOMFT reader to enjoy too!

To enter to win, post a comment here telling me what your child's favorite birthday gift was this year.(this is mandatory). That's it!

All entries must be posted on AFOMFT as a direct comment to this post. Comments on Facebook will not count as entries. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and ends September 19th at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be selected by and announced on AFOMFT on September 20th. If the winner doesn't contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

Please note that Paramount Home Entertainment sent me the five DVDs listed above for the purpose of this review and giveaway. No other compensation was received. The opinions I've shared of their products are my own and yours may differ.

Images: Paramount Home Entertainment

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Always Remember

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, I was getting ready for work in my apartment on East 12th Street in Manhattan, admiring how beautiful the weather was when I heard a loud whoosh.  Minutes later, the local news interrupted Good Morning America to announce that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.  The images, smells, noises and experiences from that rest of that day - and from the rest of that week, really - will be forever seared into my brain.  

Plenty of them revolve around horror and fear but the biggest thing that struck me on that day was the sense of unity among the people of New York.  Strangers helped strangers, neighbors who'd never met sat together and prayed, and countless men and women put themselves in harm's way to help in any way they could.  While the terror of the day will always stay with me, it's the togetherness I choose to remember.  

Saturday, September 10, 2011

PINSPIRATION SATURDAY: Planning the Playroom

If all goes smoothly, in about a month we'll be moving into our new house!  Lately, I've had decorating the girls' playroom on the brain so today's Pinteresting picks are all fun ideas tied to planning the perfect play space.  

Giant Wall-Mounted Doll House

First Day of School Favors
Pin from Lego Express via Kelly Fox

Chalkboard Art Gallery
Pin from Artful Adventures via Lisa Leonard

Basket Toy Storage
Pin from Decoeuracao via Tadpole Creations

DIY Pallet Bed/Sofa
My pin from Project Nursery

Rain Gutter Bookshelves
Pin from nicandboys via Beth Stedman

Aren't they all adorable?  I can't wait to get started!

For more playroom projects and ideas, follow my Planning the Playroom board on Pinterest, and if you're on Pinterest, post a link to your profile or your user name so I can follow you too!

Friday, September 9, 2011


Are you ready for some football?  The NFL season kicked off last night which means tailgate and other pigskin screening parties will be coming up.  Want to throw one of your own?  Fresh Chick Designs has some free printables to help you plan some super fab football festivities that are sure to score a touchdown!  

There are party dots, perfect for dressing up food or making banners.

And the cutest yard line cupcake wrappers!

Hope you enjoyed today's pick and for more fab freebies, check out my Freebies and Printables Board on Pinterest!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


It's ANYTHING GOES THURSDAY again and I've got a different kind of post for you today.  I used to be a music junkie.  You name the genre, there was a singer or band I loved.  Country, rock, pop, techno - I listened to it all and I loved finding a new artist whose album I enjoyed from start to finish.  But for the past few months, my exposure to music has revolved around the latest ditty on Yo Gabba Gabba or the Fresh Beat Band (am I the only one who thinks that "Jump, Jump" song from the "Giant Pizza" episode sounds like something the Black Eyed Peas would sing?  I am?  Okay, moving on....).  So when I had the opportunity to take a listen to the new Mat Kearney album Young Love, I was really excited.

I posted last week about how much I've been loving his song "Hey Mama" and the rest of Young Love is just as catchy.  I've been training for a 4-mile race in November and Mat's album is the perfect soundtrack for a long run.  Most of the songs are uptempo and have a great beat to them as well - "Chasing the Light" and "She Got the Honey" are two of my personal favorites.

This isn't Mat Kearney's first release - he's had two others and you've probably already heard his music on shows like Grey's Anatomy or The Hills - so you may want to check out his first two albums as well.  His vibe reminds me sort of Counting Crows crossed with Jack Johnson crossed with John Mayer but with a twist, and the biggest endorsement I can give is that all of the songs get me car-dancing and put a smile on my face, even on a rainy day like today.

Want to find out more about Mat Kearney?  Click around this widget to check out his Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube channel, etc.

Please note that as a member of the One2One Network, I was sent a download of Mat Kearney's album for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation was received.  The opinions I've shared of this product are my own and yours may differ.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Congratulations ERIN (ERNA)!  You've won a bottle of Espresso Your Style polish by OPI!  

Please e-mail me at by end of day Friday, September 9th to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you by then, a new winner will be chosen.


Congratulations KELLYZ!  You've won a $50 gift card to Target for supporting Mito Awareness!  Thank you for liking Wish GRANTed on Facebook and helping Delaney spread the word about Mito.  She's still trying to hit 10,000 fans so if you haven't already, please head over and like Wish GRANTed!

Kelly, please e-mail me at by end of day Friday, September 9th to claim your prize. If I do not hear from you by then, a new winner will be chosen.