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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Stitch Fix Peplum + Dog Life Update

Top: Stitch Fix // Jeans: Blank NYC (run big) // Shoes:  Adidas, also available here (run very big, size down) // Bag: Zac by Zac Posen // Necklace: Gorjana // Sunglasses:  Ray-Ban ________________________________________________________ Today is all about my little, fluffy fur baby.  She loves to come along when I shoot looks and often lays just out of the shot, dutifully watching me and in her mind, protecting me.   Sometimes she will lay down and just watch and some days, like this one, she

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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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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal

  It has been so long since I have shared any recipes on here, and that is something I really want to do more of on this space this year.  I get the majority of the recipes I find and use from my favorite bloggers, and while I love a good cookbook, getting someone's honest, easy take on a recipe is my favorite way to go. I love to play around with recipes and come up with my own in the kitchen.  I am not creative or talented by any means, and in all honesty, I always seem to mess up

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The Best Paper Goods with Basic Invite

I'm not sure if you guys know, but I spent a large part of my career working in event planning.  My first job after college was in corporate events and I later worked in fashion public relations where I was able to plan a ton of really fun events including fashion shows, fancy birthday parties, and one amazing fete for a Prince!  After I started doing freelance work on my own I continued to plan events, such as parties and weddings. One of my favorite parts of planning any event is the

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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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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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The Weekend Round Up

{ my mom's mantel } Happy Friday babes! I am FREAKING out because Christmas is just over a week away! How did that happen?! I feel like I was so prepared this year, but then time sped up and now I am scrambling?  I just mailed out cards yesterday and I swear I was really efficient with them this year.  I think I prefer the years with an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but who doesn't want an extra week to shop? (wink, wink) { my elf and his elf, causing trouble! } This week was

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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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