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Let me just show you a few items I have purchased there:

Just Browsing Dress in DottyYellow-So-Cute CoatCute Couple Heel in BrownSociety Girl BlazerInstrument To Be DressBeach Blanket Bingo One Piece in Red

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Vintage vixen,
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AFS picks for 2012 Christmas card!

Christmas is less than 3 months away! 

Time to start shopping and planning for one of my favorite yearly traditions...the Christmas card! Since the Knight and I were married in 2004, we have sent out yearly Christmas Cards to our nearest and dearest. 2 cities, 2 dogs, and 2 kids later, our list has grown to about 180 people, and we receive about that many cards from others.



Coming soon - Vivi's first debut in 2012!

It is absolutely one of my favorite things about Christmas...walking into our home and seeing everyone's smiling faces hanging around the trim in one of our doorways.  I love seeing how the kids have grown, where my friends' lives are taking them, and how blessed our family is. 

We are scheduled for a family portrait with the lovely Jessica Risinger in early November.  As soon as I get my digital print, I will be shooting off my order with Shutterfly.  I have purchased cards from them the past 3 years, and have been very very pleased with each set of Christmas Cards that we have received!

This year, I want our photo to evoke a nostalgic feel.  I am tentatively planning our family's wardrobe around this little outfit for C. 

As extra props, I'm picturing old fashioned suitcases, maybe a vintage settee, or perhaps maybe some beautifully wrapped presents topped with silk bows?  I am sure it will all come out great...just still in the planning stage on that one. 

Anywho, I am about 99.9% sure that this is the Christmas card we are going to use:
 Obviously, if the portraits don't "jive" with that style, I will look for alternatives. I also love this one:

 and this one:

Which one is your fave?

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Please share if you have been eyeing a particular design...there are tons of cute cards out there!  Maybe I'll even be lucky enough to be a recipient of your pick! :)

holiday warmth and wishes,
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Fancy New Shoe Review :)

Can you believe that Halloween is less than 30 days away?  I have got the girls' costumes all planned out...we are doing 2 this year.  First, my mom made them adorable matching candy corn dresses and bows, so we'll probably use those for school dress up day. 

For Halloween trick or treating, C is going to wear my Little Bo Peep costume that my mother made for me when I was 2. Vivi is going to be the cutest little sheep ever.

I haven't decided if I am going to dress up, but if I do, I will be going as a black sheep. :)

Speaking of costumes, recently, www.PlusSizeCostumeSuperCenter.com, asked me to do a review for their site. Up front, I am going to have to admit that I am not a plus size woman, but I am so so glad that costume designers are recognizing the plus size women want options for Halloween too! Since I am not plus-sized, I selected a pair of shoes to review.

At first, I really wanted to splurge and get these AWESOME red glittery Dorothy shoes. What girl doesn't need a pair of this awesomeness in their closet???
Red Mary Jane Glitter Shoe Adult

After a lot of hemming, hawing, brow furrowing, and closet examining, I opted for these pretties:

They are even cuter in person, very comfortable, and I have gotten tons of compliments on them!  I know that they are perfect for lots of Halloween costumes, but they are also perfect for work. 

If you are looking for more costumes, go here and check out all the postive reviews!    https://www.facebook.com/PlusSizeCostumeSuperCenter?ref=hl.

hemlines and fishnets,
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