Gatsby Girl Glam On A Gorgeous Day

Disclosure: Biscotti sent us a dress as a sample to consider for possible review. All thoughts and opinions on my blog are mine and I was under no obligation to publish a positive post.

We have had some incredibly spring-like days in Nashville this week. The girls and I had the opportunity to spend a recent sunny late afternoon with a wonderful local photographer who needed models for her business and it ended up being a gem of an afternoon for portraits! I was thrilled because it’s been several years (bad mama) since I have had any professional photos taken of the girls and no school pictures do not count.

I can’t wait to see the final shots. Misty with New Day Photography just purchased a couple of acres just outside Franklin last fall and her “office” is in a beautiful old country home built in the 1940s. Lots of character and charm on the grounds as you can see below.

kate mack dress

Biscotti sent us a gorgeous flapper-girl Gatsby dress and it was the perfect choice for the vintage props.

Around these parts, winter does bring with it some fun opportunities for playing dress up such as father/daughter Girl Scout dances and Valentine’s day “dates” with dad. Even though Miss A tends to be more on the tomboy side, she loved this dress! It classic and fun. (And Biscotti offers free domestic ground shipping...hollah!)

Kate Mack Gatsby Style Dress

Do your girls like to dress up? Do you regularly schedule portrait sessions for your older kids? I was good about it when the girls were babies and toddlers but now not so much.


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The Ultimate Tween Girl Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Under $20

Tween Holiday Gift Guide

Happy week before Christmas scrambling! I either need a shot of espresso or a shot of tequila, depending on the hour.

If you have girls ages 9 to 12, I’ve hand picked 20 gifts all priced at $20 or less. Several are available on Amazon, which is my go-to online shopping destination during this crazy season because of the fast and free shipping (we have an Amazon Prime account), and I’ve linked up accordingly. I still have a bit of shopping to do, but almost have my girls’ shopping complete! Just need to pick up stocking stuffers.

Are you finished with your holiday shopping yet? What do your tween/teen daughters want for Christmas? My 9-year-old has her sights set on a Tomodachi Life game for her Nintendo DS as well as the Disney Infinity game for our Wii U. My 12 1/2 year old is all about clothes and loves all things Bethany Mota at Aeropostale.

Without further ado, here are my picks for this year’s tween girl gift guide:

Tween Girls Gift Guide for Christmas 2014



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cow trampoline lol

Recent conversation with Miss A, my 9-year-old:

“Mom I LOVE Sally’s trampoline. It’s awesome! It’s really old so it’s been jumped on a bunch so the straps are kind of loose and it’s on a hill so it slants and you bite your tongue when you bounce really hard but it’s ok because it’s SO fun.”

There goes any brilliant notion of buying a trampoline any time soon.

The girls would LOVE a trampoline. Do you have a backyard trampoline for your family? Any advice on purchasing one? I know that an enclosed trampoline is a safety must although after the crutch chronicles with Miss C this fall, I’m not sure this mama can handle any variety of trampoline.

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