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Spark & Spark Personalized Gifts!

Personalized items are all the rage, both for adults and kids! When decorating my daughter's room, I wanted to make sure that I included personal touches that reflected her personality as well as our style (because, let's be honest, a newborn doesn't have "style" yet so I am lending mine to her!). Her room is decorated in grey and pink, so I was thrilled to find this high quality personalized pink pillow from Spark & Spark!

It is an accessory that doesn't look too babyish so she can actually use it when she gets older. For now, it provides a perfect pop of pink in the antique rocking chair I refurbished (the same one my mom used to rock me in when I was a baby). I love combining different shades of the same color- it adds a great deal of dimension! The large "C" isn't actually sparkly, so don't worry about this being rough on your kiddo. It is a faux sparkle, so looks textured without being uncomfortable. This would make a great gift for a friend with a new addition! And of course, I had to shop for myself as well. Since I was in the market for a new iPhone case, I cruised the Spark & Spark selection. My number one requirement: it HAS to be durable. I can't tell you how many times I have watched my phone (and my stomach) drop on the hard cement.

I ordered the case above with a black rubber insert, making it "tough" versus "decorative." I really liked the fact that my phone was easy to insert and remove. I have another case where I have to practically pry my phone out with a crowbar in order to remove it. It also keeps a slim profile while still protecting your phone, and there are dozens of chic designs to personalize your phone.


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What personalized items are your favorite to give or receive?

Disclosure: We were provided with samples for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.



Finding the Perfect Art for Your Child's Space

When planning the nursery for our baby boy, I had the hardest time finding artwork that went with our theme and color scheme.  I searched the kids' stores, art websites, Etsy, eBay - everywhere I could think of and nothing would work.  We searched for vintage concert posters, album covers but everything was full of rainbows and didn't really have the look we wanted. Then I discovered Chicagoland artist Amy Belonio and the custom canvas paintings for the School of Rock.  Her work is amazing and can be completely customized.  The perfect solution!

band posters on canvas

Amy has created tons of custom nursery art for clients, she has amazing talent!

custom nursery art

custom art for your child's space

custom art for your child's space

custom nursery paintings


After providing Amy with our bedding, paint color and a few other nursery pieces we had already selected she got to work.

custom paintings


custom rock art

A couple of weeks later the finished product of four amazing 12'' x 12" canvases arrived.  I cannot wait to hang them in our little guy's new nursery!

rock star nursery

rock n roll nursery

the who custom paintings

beatles nursery art

Amy Belonio can ship her pieces anywhere so be sure to contact her ( if you are searching for the perfect piece of art for your child's room or anywhere in your home!


Please note, no samples or compensation were provided for this post.


Nursery Inspiration: Little Rock Star

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Nursery Inspiration: Little Rock Star

I admit it.  I never believed the stories that there isn't as much for baby boys out there as there is for baby girls.  Maybe other people just weren't as good of shoppers as I am?  Maybe they didn't know of Etsy and Pinterest?  And then I found out we were expecting a boy.  And I tried to put a nursery together and all I found were jungle animals until I came across this personalized wall art at The Land of Nod and my nursery inspiration was born.

Based on the colors of the vintage band poster, we picked Serena & Lily bedding and the paint color for the room.  My mom's former student teacher does custom paintings and created a set of four 12" x 12" classic British band canvases.  Super sized letters from Pottery Barn Kids will give the room a personalized touch.  Cherry nursery furniture and a white upholstered rocker/glider are being recycled from the girls' nurseries.  Add in a few kid size instruments as accessories like an acoustic guitar and bongos along with galvanized star and the room is really taking on its own personality.  Lastly, I found an Orb chandelier that really makes an impact and the room is complete.


Here's a little spoiler alert for you, the name is not Leo.  I can't wait to show you how the room came together, as soon as it is put together in our new house!  Stay tuned!

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Pottery Barn Teen Giveaway!

The Little Style File has been fans of the Pottery Barn brands since...forever!  From nurseries to master bedrooms, you can find Pottery Barn all over our homes.  Now that the kids are getting older, we've found ourselves venturing over into PB Teen.  Tweens and teens will love the fun bedding, furniture and accessories that PB Teen has to offer.  If you're in the Chicago area, you're in luck!  PB Teen just opened it's second Chicago area store in Oak Brook! “We’re excited to introduce PBteen at Oakbrook Center and complete our family of Pottery Barn brands in this community,” said Sandra Stangl, President, Pottery Barn Brands. “This is our second combined Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen location in the greater Chicago area, and we are thrilled to bring PBteen’s unique, personal store experience to our loyal customers just in time for holiday shopping.”

We're excited, too!  Shopping online is always great, but sometimes you need to see and touch bedding and furniture in person to make your final decision.  Here are some of the things we're loving at PB Teen.

PB Teen

PB Teen

PB Teen



To celebrate the new Chicago area PB Teen location, we're having a giveaway!  One lucky reader will win the Vintage White Collage Frame ($99 value) that would look wonderful in a nursery, child's room, teen's room or even living room!

Enter in Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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Disney Glidden Paint: All That Glitters #disneypaintmom

Last week I shared with you that Mia has chosen the Disney Glidden Paint color Air Kiss for her room. Ever since she had picked out this pretty pink color and the speciality finish all that glitters, she has been dying to see it on her walls! She was ready to say goodbye to the yellow that she has been living with for over 6 years.

Disney Glidden Paint | Before Makeover

I was a little nervous at the thought of putting glitter on Mia's walls. We decided to apply it to just one accent wall. The how to video eased my mind. You are probably wondering if the Disney Glidden Paint "all that glitters" was really that easy to use . It was! I love that it gives the wall a slight shimmer but it isn't too much. I describe it as putting on a clear glitter nail polish. If you do a second coat you would definitely get some more sparkle! Choosing a good pink can be a hard task and again this mom was nervous!

Disney Glidden Paint | Bedroom Makeover

I went with a very light pink because I would rather it be too light than too dark. I did not want a bubble gum pink on Mia's walls. Seeing the paint up on the walls was so exciting.  Mia and I are loving the new pink room!


        paintButterflies, Bedding, pillowSkirt, curtainmirror

Mia picked out bedding Sherbet Striped bedding and decided wanted to go with a butterfly theme in her room. I purchased sparkly paper butterflies to put on her large wall. Mia is a Disney girl and still loves princesses. Kristin created wall art from the Disney "I am a Princess" commercial that you probably have seen on television. She also created some fun butterfly graphics. (Its great to have an artsy business partner!) If you love both of the pieces she designed, be on the look out for a free printable in a few weeks!

I cannot wait to share Mia's new bedroom!  We are planning a fun Tangled Princess PJ Party for the big reveal! Stay Tuned!


Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Glidden via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Glidden.