Monday, January 30, 2012


Just a little peek into Eloise's first birthday party with some photos from lovely Joyce, yet again. I can't wait to show you all more!  Eloise had a great time and it was amazing to celebrate her first year (wowza.) with our family and friends!  :)

Land of Nod Giveaway!!! (CLOSED)

Giveaway is CLOSED.

Giveaway, it's a giveaway!!! $50 Land of Nod Gift Card!

I'm obsessed with The Land of Nod.  I'm sure this is no surprise.  As you know, a whole lot of Eloise's room came from there.  And we continue to loooove, love, love their products.  SO, just recently, they came out with some amazing and adorable new products.  I can't get over how cute the new beddings are...these would have seriously been in the running for EA had they existed then.  And the blue Jenny Lind bed is the perfect shade of aqua, all funky and polished at the same time.  In love.  And, if you happen to like poufs, too, a faux leather (and somewhat cheaper) version of one for kids (or adults).  Oh, yes, and the rugs...seriously amazing...  I need to stop.  

Anyways, these sweet people at the Land of Nod have offered to give one lucky reader a 50 dollar gift card.  Yep, that's right.  I'm pretty stinking excited.  I kind of wish I could enter!  For details, scroll past those photos!

Here's how you can enter (up to 5 chances)...
{Giveaway ends at Noon on February 3rd

1.  Leave a comment!!  Yep, that's it!!  One entry for leaving a comment.  If you want to make it fun, let me know how you ended up here...I'd love to hear!  And let me know if you have any issues leaving one.

If you would like extra entries, you can do the following, leaving a separate comment for each to let me know you (for instance, if you did all five, you would have five separate comments):

2.  Go ahead to Facebook and "like" the Land of Nod (they aren't too hard to like :), then leave a comment below letting me know you did so - include your favorite product if you'd like (no favoritism to those who do, though!).

3.  Follow or subscribe via e-mail or reader to Pink Holidaze (if you haven't already!) using those little tools a little further down on the right.

4.  Tweet the giveaway

5..  Share this on Facebook with your friends...share with anyone you'd like!

Thanks for entering!!  I should have the winner posted Friday evening or Saturday morning!  Keep your eye out to see if you've won!

p.s. I didn't receive any compensation for this giveaway, just the joy of watching someone win. :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Oh, wow.  How cute is this sweet little classroom valentine??  Minted, you sure know what you're doing.  p.s.  We ordered E's birthday invites from here...ever so pleased with the results.  And also pleased with a $25 discount for a referral.  Yep.  

Monday, January 23, 2012

One year old!

Our baby is one year old!!!! Gosh, I can't believe it. I am so thankful for this little one in our lives. Time has sure flown by. I will write a proper one year update soon and next weekend we'll really celebrate, but for now here are a few pics from the day since I can't sleep. And yes, that's the cake I made. I tried to layer it. Mistake. Please tell me someone else sucks in the baking department??!! I'm not alone, right?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Favorite, all-time, always-been-good-to-me beauty products...

Favorite beauty products of all time.  Period.  So, as you can tell, I love myself some Bobbi Brown products.  I've been a little obsessed with them since Jr. high.  And the obsession hasn't stopped because the products are pretty much amazing and so consistent.  They have the most educated makeup artists.  And the company focuses on taking beauty from what's already there, not creating a mask.  When I was a dorky teen (13, maybe?), my aunt and I went to a BB event at Neiman Marcus.  I was wearing baggy khakis, Adidas three stripe shoes, frizzy hair, a tan sweater set, and had some nice cotton in my ears from a recent surgery.  I know this because we have a photo to prove it.  It was awesome.  But, the man doing my makeup was the absolute sweetest and made my dorky self feel like an absolute queen.  Further obsessed.  Then, when I lived in Morocco, I needed to replenish my stash.   So, on a trip to Madrid, I went to the BB counter at the department store.  Amazingly, same consistent service and look.  Come wedding day, I wore mostly Bobbi Brown and felt like myself but glammed up.  So there you go.  And here they are, my favorites.

1) Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer - I've used this moisturizer since Jr. high or high school and seriously, it's the most amazing stuff.  It's the perfect weight, doesn't smell weird, and is so wonderfully moisturizing.  You can also get it with SPF if you so choose (it smells and feels a tiny bit different).

2) Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation - Love.  I've tried different foundations.  Most recently, I was on a, maybe I want a tinted moisturizer kick, but as it turns out, I just don't like it as much.  This foundation is tried and true.  It lasts all day and it again, is the perfect weight.

3) Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder (best used with Bronzer Brush) - Again, been using since high school and this and the secret concealer are what made me feel most put together.  This adds just the touch of color you need.  Note: I'm pale as heck, and I still use the medium because the light has some odd tones.

4) Matrix Sleek Look Shampoo and Conditioner - Tried others.  Others are nice, but I always end up going back to these.  They work, and I swear they have saved me time doing my hair since they have smoothing effects.

5) Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara - It doesn't smudge.  I repeat - it DOES not smudge.  :)  It isn't waterproof, but I don't love the texture of waterproof, and waterproof still smudges.  So, yeah.

6) Chi Flat Iron - Changed my life.  Scary, but it did.  I use it every day.  I'm pretty sure it's saved hours of my life.  You can make your hair super pin straight, breeze over the top layers of hair for some frizz control, or even curl it up.  I know there are newer versions out there, but this one is tried and true.  Not only does it heat up in like 5 seconds, it straightens quickly and keeps the frizz under control on the most humid of days.

7) Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner - So easy to apply.  So pretty.

8) Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer - I have daaaaark circles under my eyes.  This is the only stuff that covers them and stays on.  It has a thick enough texture that it doesn't slide off when the day is in full swing.

9) BioSilk Silk Therapy or Chi Silk Infusion - Makes a do feel finished and shiny without being greasy.  And I love that they travel well because they're so small.  They're almost the same to me, but the Chi Infusion smells best.  :)

10) Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Blush - Perfect pop of pink to brighten up the day.  

What are your favorites?  Anything you wouldn't want to go without?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Baby doll...

...we put the pacifier in...

...we burp the baby...

...and on that note, if we had this, we might take her for a walk...
Isn't this the cutest?  A baby doll jogging stroller!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I'm in love with this pink Dhurrie rug from PB Kids.  I for one think it would be gorgeous in our living room, especially under the pink pouf Mom and Dad got me for Christmas.  Zach, maybe not so much.  Either way, it would look adorable in a nursery or kids room for sure.

How big is Eloise?

SO Big.  :)

Table Numbers

How pretty are these letterpress table numbers from BHLDN?  Love the blue and the sweet design.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Hollywood Red.

This lip gloss = awesome.  Bobbi Brown's Hollywood Red Gloss.  I've been trying to be more bold with my lip color choices/wear lip color more often, so I bought this in an attempt to do so.  Not disappointed.  It's the color I'm wearing in a few of those Christmas photos in the last post. It's definitely very bright, but the great part is that it's gloss, so a) you don't have to apply it perfectly at first and b) you can apply a light layer or be super bold by adding more.  If you're thinking of going for red, it's definitely worth a whirl.  p.s.  You will never be disappointed with any Bobbi Brown products, just going to put that out there.  I might do a post on more later.

Christmas wrap-up.

Chritmas was so was wonderful to spend time with family and each other and take a step back from everything.   It's nice to have everyone so close.  Eloise's first Christmas was really fun.  She wasn't too interested in opening presents, but once they were out she enjoyed each and every one (still is).Her favorite...possibly her new teethers (ZoLi gummy sticks), especially since she finally has some teeth!  As of the 22nd.  Now she has four.  I'm glad I've been home this week to take care of her and let her get some good sleep during the day since she isn't sleeping as well at night. And I am thankful to be writing this post from my new Christmas laptop, thanks to Zach.  My old one was literally falling apart.  I won't write too much more...I need to get to sleep.  But here are some photos (yes, I've obviously completely given up on using a real camera).

Look, I pull up to standing...and get into things, including my messy drawers.

We love Christmas!

First visit with Santa.  Just look at that face.

Nan and Pap on Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Eve Birthday girl.  I can't believe she's five already!

Opening gifts at Mom and Dad's house.  Eloise sitting in her new chair.  She really likes it.  She's a bit of a couch (chair) potato. :)

Christmas morning at our house.  We had a lot of fun picking out her gifts.

Her little baby doll.  She likes it a lot, which mostly means that she hits it on things now and tries to put its pacifier back in.

Playing with the boxes, which are way more fun than the toys.

Before heading out to Kemp/Willis Christmas.

First Christmas!

I loved this dress.  She looked so sweet.

Enjoying the chair again.

Love these girls and so happy we had them home!

Sweet Dani, who helps me remember there is light at the end of this PA school tunnel.

We got to go to Memphis to visit Bethany!  It was so nice and so fun.  Here we are at the Peabody, visiting the ducks.

Eloise with Aunt B and Uncle David.

Such fun.  And now I venture into the last few days of break.  I can barely stand to write that.  Love to you all!  Hope your new year has been off to a great start!

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