Nov 29, 2011

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Now that Thanksgiving is over I can start posting about Christmas!  I have to say that I completely agree with this song...Christmas IS the most wonderful time of the year.  I love everything about it. 

What do you love about Christmas?

Nov 28, 2011

LilsteinStyles Giveaway

Do you remember Lilsteinstyles from past giveaways?  Well, I am excited to say that we are having another giveaway and I think it is my favorite so far.  How cute are these custom Typeset Tees?!!

I can just see Allie and Macsen with little A and M shirts- they would be so cute!  Lucky for you, they have offered one lucky winner a t-shirt for each of your kids!  Can't you just imagine the cute pictures you could take?

To enter the giveaway just check out lilsteinstyles on Etsy and tell me what else you love.

For extra entries:

Like lilsteinstyles on facebook
Share this giveaway on twitter/facebook/your blog (3 entries each)

Good luck!

Nov 26, 2011

Maternity Giveaway Winners!

I hope you are all having a great Thanksgiving weekend!  I feel a little guilty , but I am actually just anxiously awaiting the end of it since I will finally have this baby on Monday!  But, I am excited to finally announce the last 2 maternity giveaway winners:

Olian Maternity Winner:

Jbraswell10 said... 16 I Tweeted #2.

Milan Maternity Winner:

Passion4Fashion said... 9 I love the Mia and the Adriana. They would both fill large holes in my wardrobe.

Winners, please email me at jessicahills22 at gmail dot com to claim your prize within 48 hours.

For the rest of you-

I am SOOO excited about the next few giveaways coming up- we have some really great ones in the next couple weeks that you will NOT want to miss!

*All winners are drawn by using random number generator*

Nov 25, 2011

Gift Guide: Handmade Holdiay

This year I decided instead of doing a bunch of giveaways (which was crazy and there was no way I could handle that this year) I would put together a gift guide to help you find the perfect gift...along with a few giveaways mixed in.

Today I wanted to start off with the handmade Christmas gifts for those with a strict budget this year- who isn't?  There are so many cute ideas and I wanted to share a few of my favorites:

 A bunch of great ideas from the kitchen

 Get creative with kitchen items- shop at the dollar store!

 Add some scrap fabric to a onesie for cute ruffles

 For the newlyweds you know-a sweet photo collage
OR do the same thing with a baby picture.

 This was a birthday present idea, but you could do something similar:
1 memory from friends and family on a letter, for # of years they are old.

 Homemade vanilla- this stuff tastes AMAZING.

 find more and credits to images here

Nov 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you eat way too much good food, get lots of rest, and enjoy time with family.  That's what Thanksgiving weekend should be :)

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Nov 23, 2011


Thanksgiving dinner is probably my favorite food ever.  That's why this year and last year I started cooking an entire meal for my little family of 3 (almost 4) so that I could eat it for weeks straight.  Literally lunch and dinner every day for over a week! :)  That's how much I love it. 

What are your Thanksgiving plans for tomorrow?

Nov 22, 2011

Kiki's Fashions Maternity Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to:

Jamie Clark said... 33
I like a few of my favorite things on facebook You are the winner of the Kiki's Fashions Maternity Giveaway! Please email me at jessicahills22 at gmail dot com to claim your prize!

Nov 21, 2011

Baby Update & Question

Well, I thought I would just let you guys know that I am planning on being induced on Monday next week.  I am really excited and feel like I have been waiting forever for this little boy to come!  I hope that you understand when my posts dwindle a little bit in the month of December, but I still plan on keeping the blog up since it has been so much fun!

I also wanted to reflect on the last couple years of blogging and see what all of you thought...I started this blog as a family journal, which didn't quite work out for me since I already have a journal and make a family photo album/journal every year.  It then became "A Few of My Favorite Things" where I could post about anything and everything I loved.  Lately I have been 50/50 things I love and giveaways and I wanted to see what you all thought about that.

Do you LOVE or HATE the giveaways?  What do you read this blog for mostly?

Thanks for all of your support and I will definitely keep you updated on the baby!

Nov 17, 2011

Maternity Fashion: Third Trimester

I love that these are Demi Panel because I get a little uncomfortable with a full panel.  I also got them in a size bigger than I usually wear and they are even more comfortable.  They even have a little stretch to them, so if I want them to fit a little tighter I just throw them in the wash :)

Not only are these tanks SUPER comfy (super soft and stretchy fabric) but they also fit in all the right places and disguise the extra love handles we get when we are pregnant.  I also love that they are the perfect length and I wear my brown/tan colored one under EVERYTHING.

I really like v-necks to begin with, but I also love that these are not so tight that they hug every inch of my body.  They have been a favorite looser fit in the second trimester and are now a "just right fit" in my third.  They come in so many colors and all the ones I have were about $6 on clearance.

My Milan Maternity Cardigan:

You can read the review on this cardigan I wrote here, but I will just say that it fits beautifully and feels great on my skin.  Just the right amount of warmth that I need right now when I randomly get really hot and uncomfortable for no apparent reason :P

And for those of you who are pregnant, or know someone who is, hurry and enter the giveaways I have going on right now for Maternity Clothing:

Nov 16, 2011

New Winner!

Congrats to:

Elizabeth said... 26 I love the hot pink and polka dot essentials set!

You are the new winner of the Lantern Mobile Giveaway!  Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize!  jessicahills22 at gmail dot com!


Nov 15, 2011

House Beautiful Home

I just absolutely loved this House Beautiful home and I had to share:

images via House Beautiful

Nov 14, 2011

Milan Maternity Giveaway!

This Fall has been pretty warm up until this last week in Utah, and with my last pregnancy being a winter one, I haven't had as many clothes to wear in the late summer through early winter months.  Milan Maternity sent me the perfect Fall cardigan to review and I just love it.  
 It is super soft and a thin, stretchy fabric that is so comfortable to wear.  For those that have been pregnant before, you know how much comfort plays a role in the clothing you wear during that 3rd trimester.  

Not only is it comfortable, but it is also flattering, with the material fitting my arms just right and disguising the extra hips I have gotten from this baby :)  I also love the tie in the middle that goes right above my baby belly and shows off just how big it is!

Not only can I wear this during the warmer Fall months, but it also fits great under my winter coats and I will definitely wear it after my pregnancy too.

Milan has so many cute options for maternity wear and their winter line just came in.  Here are a few of my favorite items from their site:
Milan Maternity has offered one of you a top of your choice from their site!  To enter, visit Milan Maternity and tell me what you would choose if you won.

For extra entires:

Follow them on Twitter
Follow them on Facebook
Leave a comment on their Facebook about this giveaway
Follow their blog
Share this giveaway on facebook/twitter/your blog (3 entries each)

Good luck!

Nov 11, 2011

Olian Maternity Giveaway!

Cute maternity clothes are hard to find...mostly since your body is constantly growing and the clothes that you buy when you start needing maternity clothes stop fitting the right way.  It is actually quite annoying, but once in a while you find a piece that will fit you the whole way through.  That's where Olian Maternity comes in:

I was sent this sweater to review and I can honestly say that it fit me so well, I could wear it from start to finish in this pregnancy.  In fact, I will probably keep wearing it even after I have the baby.  And, not only is the fit excellent, but the color is gorgeous and it is SOOOO soft.  It is also very warm, perfect for these freezing Utah winters.

Some of the websites that sell Olian Maternity include:

 I was really pleased with Olian maternity's clothing and I am excited to say that they have also included a giveaway in this review!

They have sent me this dress in a small and in black to give away on the blog.

To enter, make sure you follow my blog, then go look at some of Olian's clothing and tell me what else you love.

For extra entries:
Like A Few of My Favorite Things on Facebook
Blog/Tweet/Facebook about this giveaway (3 entries each)

Good luck!

Nov 8, 2011


Congrats to:

We have a new winner for the Casemate Giveaway:

lindsay said... 12 FACEBOOK FOLLOWER!! :)

 Congrats to both of you!  Please email me within 48 hours to claim your prize!  jessicahills22 at gmail dot com.

Nov 7, 2011

Cozy Rooms

We just got home from staying at a cabin with some of our friends this weekend.  It was a lot of fun and really got me in the mood for snow, winter, and the holidays.  Lately I am wanting to cozy up our apartment with cozy knit blankets and pillows, fur throws, flannel sheets, candles, and everything warm. 

How gorgeous are these cozy "wintery" rooms?

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