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Woodland Themed Baby Shower

Nov 9, 2016

This past weekend my mom, my SIL's mom, and I threw my SIL (Molley) a baby shower for my nephew Brock Marcus who is due January 18th!! We are so excited as he will be the first grandchild on my side of the family- the first baby of many! Since my brother loves to hunt and be outside they decided to do his nursery in navy, gray, and white with birch trees painted on the walls. The room will also have woodland creatures all around it to finish bringing the outdoors in.

I was in charge of decor and my mom was in charge of food. She chose to do a biscuit bar with different kinds of breakfast casseroles and toppings for biscuits. She also made a semi-naked cake and homemade sugar cookies with her amazing buttercream icing!! Can't even begin to tell you how good it tastes- I may be having a piece right now. Owning it. The tree slices came from Molley's mom and so did all the pine-cones that we had hanging from the ceiling over the tables (no picture sorry!). We grabbed some moss at Michael's and found the cute little deer at Walmart! (Shhh they are Christmas ornaments!!) All of the more rustic woodland themed things will get used in our Christmas decor in our basement coming up soon! I made a paper banner for the gift backdrop and a mini one for the cake (one letter did NOT want to flip around for a picture) and, we all wore little burlap flowers with our title on them. Mine said "Auntie"! I actually had two of her friends ask me to throw their future baby showers! Ha!

I didn't get to take a lot of pictures since I was busy handing out our welcome packets- full of wishes for baby and a letter for each person to personalize to make an alphabet book. We played three games and they went over really well. Molley is so loved by all of her friends and family- the turn out was great around 45 people!! She received a handmade monogram sign from our friend Kelly, a quilt from her mom and aunt, and some Mizzou clothing from the same aunt! I had to add it since it was such a cute picture. Baby Brock will be so so so spoiled!

My mom is going to cover all the little details and planning aspects of the baby shower on her blog! So be sure to check her out and look for that post soon!

JORD Wood Watch

Nov 8, 2016

As the temperature is finally falling it is time to break out those fall accessories and all your fall clothing. I mean, I was wearing it 3 weeks ago but I did kind of sweat in our 80 degree weather. Today my lovely boyfriend, Nathan, is making an appearance on the blog! It is also his birthday! Happy birthday darling!!

When JORD Wood Watches sent me this watch, I knew that it was going to quickly become a staple for the fall and winter. It is so perfect for fall- the dark wood with tiny gold accents makes it the perfect accessory to complement any outfit. Sure, you can wear it year round in spring and summer but this watch will truly shine in the cooler months. This is such a unique watch in that the band is completely wood and it is so smooth. You can tell that it is high quality just by looking and feeling the band- it doesn't feel cheap at all. And can we just take a minute to praise that packaging!? The watch comes in its own wooden watch box with a drawer for other things like bracelets and it is wrapped around the little JORD pillow so that it is secure and doesn't fly around in the box. Hidden detail- the top of the box has velvet on it so the face doesn't get scratched! This is such a cool watch and a great company!

JORD is such an amazing company- they are local to Missouri, based in St. Louis so that is always a plus, but their customer service is top notch! Any question I had was answered in a timely manner and always throughly. They have men's watches and women's watches and many of them are unisex. This one is considered to be unisex and I love that because that means I can wear it to! Score!!

Finally JORD is hosting a giveaway for The Rose Garden readers! Each person entering will receive a $20 e-gift certificate just for entering! ONE special winner will recieve a $75 e-gift certificate!! How awesome is that!? These watches are perfect for gift giving during this holdiay season- you won't want to miss out! Contest runs through November 27th, 2016!

Click HERE for the contest giveaway!

This post was sponsored by JORD wood watches; all opinions are my own.

November Goals

Nov 3, 2016

Hey y'all! While it is still early in the month I wanted to post my goals for November! Can you seriously believe that it is already November!? I think October just flew by way too fast! I am so excited for the holiday season (if you need ways to celebrate in KC, check out this post!) I can't wait to see family and do our family traditions and make some new ones since I am not going back to Ohio this year for Christmas.

Okay November goals:

1. Spend time being thankful- I LOVE Christmas, like seriously love it, like started listening to Christmas music 3 weeks ago (owning it!) BUT I don't want to skip November and Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving too but I feel as if it gets pushed to the wayside for Christmas. I  want to make sure I am spending time being thankful and not skipping over such a great holiday.

2. Finish half of my Christmas presents- This year I am doing handmade presents that have quite a few steps to them and with such a large family I am starting early! I already have a few made but it is going to take a lot of time to finishing them so I want to be intentional with my time.

3. Throw my SIL an awesome baby shower on Saturday! She is having the first baby in the family and we are going all out on a camping/woodland creatures themed baby shower. We can't wait to meet little Brock Marcus in January!!

4. Spend as much time as I can with family- this is the first year that we are hosting Thanksgiving for my mom's side of the family. They are all coming out here (except one aunt and uncle) and we are so excited to host them. Be checking out my mom's blog for some of the best holiday hospitality tips!

5. Get family photos taken for Christmas cards- I'm not sure if this one is going to happen but we are sure going to try to get them to! We haven't sent out Christmas cards in a couple years and it makes me so sad!! I love getting other's Christmas cards in the mail!

What are your goals for November/ the start of the holiday season?

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