Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Just last year we were celebrating Maxwell’s first Valentine’s Day (he was 11 months old), and now we’re celebrating with new baby Natalie? Life, you are crazy awesome. I feel so blessed to be mama to these two children. It’s a real honor to be raising them with Zack. Some of my favorite moments right now are how often Natalie smiles and chit-chats (surprise, surprise?) and the personality Maxwell has developed. I have to keep an eye on him though, he is very determined to “ho chew” (“hold you”).

Pear Tree Greetings, our long-term sponsor and friend, has a really fun selection of Valentine’s Day photo cards. These heart-shaped cards are darling and are such a fun size, but I also love the polka-dot detail on the backside of these cards. In the end I decided to order this textured heart design. Yay!

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I remember decorating brown paper bags in Elementary School and taping them to the back of my chair. My goodness, that was over twenty years ago! After lunch my classmates and I would go around the room delivering our Valentines and a little piece of candy. I always loved celebrating holidays at school because they usually involved some sort of craft and snack ;) Pear Tree Greetings even has a fun selection of smaller-sized Valentine’s Day cards for kids to deliver to their classmates or playgroup friends.

Max and Nat aren’t in school yet, but they made a little list of family and friends to mail a Valentine’s card to. Now if only they could hand-address them!

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Pear Tree Greetings would like to offer one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader a set of 32 Valentine’s Day cards (including envelopes and free shipping), a $50 value. Simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. This giveaway will end tomorrow so the winner has time to order and receive their PTG cards in the mail. I’m so glad you’re a part of this community, and I hope you win! :)

PS. I tucked away a card for each of their baby books. Having tangible memories from when our children are little is something I cherish.

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Valentine’s Day bundle giveaway: over $1,000 in prizes

Let’s start the month of February with a sweet giveaway, shall we? We’ve partnered with 27 amazing shops to offer the Maggie Whitley Designs community the chance to win one of three bundles. Each bundle includes over $300 in product, including jewelry, coffee mugs, clothing, accessories, art prints, and more! We’re so excited, these bundles are generous and inspiring. Thanks so much for entering our Valentine’s Day giveaway, and I hope you win! :)valentine's day giveaway | maggie whitley

BUNDLE #1 DETAILS: have a whaley nice day ladies muscle tank from The Printed Palette, $26 value; jumble of charms necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs, $99 value; coffee cozy from The Love, Mich Collection, $21 value; velvet plush heart heartgram from LoveFeast Shop, $44 value; “LOVE” infinity scarf from Daisy Faye Designs, $28 value; Valentine’s Day bib bundle [#1 and #2] from Hemming Birds Boutique, $30 value; Bohtieque label assortment from Bohtieque, $29 value; floral “LOVE” scripture, 8×10 vertical print from Off The Wall Home, $18 value; intentional home daily journal from Intentional Home, $29 value// total bundle value is $324 USD

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BUNDLE #2 DETAILShappy place coffee mug from Shop Sew Caroline, $16 value; $100 gift card to Evy’s Tree, $100 value; gemstone feather bracelet from Crave Jewelry Design, $35 value; golden goddess headband from Acute Designs, $22.50 value; Happily Ever After 8×10 art print from Fancy That Design House & Co., $17 value; his & hers calligraphy coffee cups (set of 2) from MEKU, $50 value; $40 gift card to StudioJRU, $40 value; $40 gift card to Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, $40 value; blue heart valentine art print from PageFree, $15 value; purple floral embroidered necklace from Call Her Happy, $20 value // total bundle value is $375.45 USD

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BUNDLE #3 DETAILS“Hustle” daily desk planning pad from Feathered Heart Prints, $20 value; “you’re my person” necklace from MinMac, $15 value; custom anniversary date stamped brass key ring from shop MIGUEZ, $20 value; KnotTwisted headbands (set of 2) from MagSoul, $20 value; Valentine paper garland from UrbanAnneDesigns, $15 value; $20 gift card to Julie Ann Art, $20 value; BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One from BabyBjörn, $229.95 value; doily coasters (set of 2) from uncommon handmade, $32 value // total bundle value is $371.95 USD

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. The first entry is required (leave a blog post comment) but the remaining are not, although we’d love for you to share this giveaway with your social media communities. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Please note: this giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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How to add color & texture without painting your walls.

We’ve been renting for almost seven years now. When we lived in Detroit Zack and I rented an adorable little house. When we lived in Minneapolis we rented an apartment downtown for a year and then a gorgeous home in the Uptown neighborhood for two years. And now that we’re in California we’ve had two really fun, really different apartments in Los Angeles.

Some of the homes we’ve rented have allowed us to paint the walls (which is fun), but I’ve learned I’m a terrible wall painter. I’ve also learned having a large statement piece on the wall with a few smaller, supportive pieces is my favorite decorating trick.

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I’ve made statement pieces from an XL framed photo, a typeography canvas and painted art from our 22-month-old son. In the nursery I hand-painted a large sheet of wood with the lyrics to our favorite song. Smaller pieces are then added in. A few of my favorites include a feather taped to the wall, a wooden rack filled with spools of thread, an empty metal frame, a vintage coaster (seriously, we nailed it down) and embroidered hoops.

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My home decorating goals are to add color, texture and curiosity. And the good news is I hit my goals faster and faster every time we move or redecorate. Do you have any decorating goals for your home?

The statement pieces are my “investment”, meaning it’s usually something I bought, and the smaller pieces are my “crazy fun”, meaning I shopped our home and found interesting/free things to hang.

Here are a few inspirational photos for decorating with a large statement piece:

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via Little Green Notebook

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via Nesting Place

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via A Beautiful Mess

Did you notice the smaller art pieces are full of color, texture and curiosity? Such a fun way to decorate.

One of our sponsors, Signazon, is offering an 18”x24” gallery wrap canvas to one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader, so now you too can add a statement piece to your home! Simply upload your image (or design file) and Signazon will create your gallery wrap canvas.

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. The first entry is required (leave a blog post comment) but the remaining are not, although we’d love for you to share this giveaway with your social media communities. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Please note: this giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Win a mamaRoo by 4moms!

One of the first things I loved about the mamaRoo infant seat was how compact it is. We live in a cozy apartment in Los Angeles with our two young children and dog, so having furniture that’s compact gets a thumbs up from me. Something else I love? The pop of seat color against the white base. I am a huge fan of color, and having baby gear that blends in with the styling of our home makes me happy.

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The time I have each day to teach my children well, to love them, to cuddle them and play with them really is fleeting. I love the quote, “the days are long but the years are short” because it’s a beautiful reminder to embrace all that mamahood is.

I’m embracing these wild, short years by making lists of all we accomplish each week. Even on the most difficult of days I’m amazed at all the play and learning we do together. I’m not afraid to ask for help, and our mamaRoo is my modern day Mary Poppins. It features comforting rhythms that calm Natalie, the contrast/color fabric balls make her smile, and I love that I can change the speed or sound through the 4moms iPhone app. The only thing it’s missing is a spoonful of sugar for mama ;)

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I’ll be honest, it’s easy-to-use baby gear like the mamaRoo that helps me fully engage with Maxwell, prep meals or paint my nails (wink). And I can easily move the mamaRoo to whatever room we’re playing in so we can include Natalie, too! (Or she can rest quietly in the other room if big brother is being too loud.)

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4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

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We love our mamaRoo and I’m so excited to offer one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader one, too!

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