Some Big News…

Hi gals!  I have a little secret I have been keeping for the last few months... baby Lipkin number three is coming at the end of this Summer! This is one of those posts that took so much to publish.  I'm not sure why, because it is happy, exciting news, but once I tell people it makes it all so much more real.  I had a doctor's appointment yesterday which made me feel more confident in sharing this news with you all, since I can be a little superstitious. Having this blog is a great way to

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Baby Essentials: Gear You Need

This year I decided that I am going to incorporate kids and family more into A Dash of Pretty.  I had gotten several reader requests over the past year for more posts about things for mom, baby and kids, so I think it's time I get to that! I have kids, am a mom and like to think I have an idea of what's going on in that general area.  When I don't, I have some really savvy friends who I ask for help!  Friends like those are one of the biggest necessities when you have a baby and kids! I rounded

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5 Five Year Old Favorites

Kids' birthdays are always such bittersweet days for me, any other mama's agree? I love celebrating them and watching them grow, but each year is a reminder of how short and precious our time with them is.  That last part is something I am trying to be better at remembering when I am short on patience and dealing with messes and meltdowns.  File it under my New Year's goals. Greyson is five years old today, which is just mind blowing to me.  It seems like he was just a baby, but at the same

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Life Lately : The Holidays Recapped

Happy 2017 babes!  I cannot believe how fast the last couple of weeks have flown by and cannot believe it is January 3rd, 2017.  I mean, what the what?! We had a pretty jam packed last couple of weeks, so I decided to take a little time off because I knew there was no time for me to focus on anything.  We were only home for one day last week, in between trips to visit our families and squeeze in all of the friend time we could.  It was so nice to be able to see everyone we love and spend time

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Gift Guide for Kids

  It's the LAST gift guide of this holiday season! How did it go by so fast?!  This is fully approved by both Avery and Greyson and full of things the either already own or are going to finding under the tree this year. Shopping for my kids can be super hard because they chang their minds, interests and likes and dislikes so quickly.  They are the only people I can't really shop for ahead of time, so I did a quick sweep of Toys R' Us on Friday to make sure I did it right.  I know everyone

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Lifestyle | Family Pictures

Getting totally cheesy on you guys today and sharing our family pictures we had taken this year.  It has been almost two months since we got them, so I am definitely taking my sweet old time in sharing them; I mean my hair color is completely different at this point. We had not had any professional family pictures taken since Greyson was seven months old, so we were well overdue.  My parents were visiting us that weekend so they popped into a couple pics with us. If you're local, we used David

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Gift Guide | The New Mom

How sick are you of gift guides yet?  I know every blogger under the sun is posting them left and right, but I personally love them!  I post them on here in the hopes my family will use them for shopping purposes for, ahem, moi. I also love posting them because I LOVE gifting!  Putting together a gift is one of my favorite things to do!  Today's guide came by way of a suggestion from a good friend of mine who just had a baby.  When I am putting together a gift for a new mom, I try to think of

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The Weekend Round Up

Happy Friday beautiful people!  I am so happy for this weekend because it is the last relaxing one before the holidays kick into full gear and it's all craziness and go, go, go from here on out.  You all know me and my craziness, so that means a weekend full of organizing and home projects (poor Josh!) I have been working on our Thanksgiving table, since we are hosting this year, and I am really happy with how it is coming out.  Since my mom is gluten free and I try to be for the most part, it

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The Weekend Round Up

{ Sunday night appetizer spread } { My happy little Pikachu on Halloween} {Neutrals. Always.} { Miss Maggie } Happy Friday babes!  This week was a doozy between Josh's birthday and Halloween.  My kids (and I) have definitely consumed way too much sugar for our own good, so we all are in need of a serious detox.  I'm thinking it's almost time for a juice cleanse since it has been a year since my last one.  My waistbands and insides will both love me for it. Greyson fell out of bed one

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The Weekend Round Up

Happy Friday all of you gorgeous people!  I am so excited the weekend is here!  I love a good Fall weekend and this one is probably the best of them because of its proximity to Halloween and all of the chilly, crisp weather we have been having. This week was totally slammed, but aren't most weeks?  I also suddenly feel a ton of pressure to be done with everything Christmasy.  Too soon or just about right? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +  How to style floating

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