we made it!

Hello there! Remember me!? I apologize for dropping off the face of the planet... we were just moving into our house! While there are a few odds and ends which still need to be completed, {cv} and I are officially in our home. The build itself only took six months, but the project was three years in the making. With so much to be grateful for this year, it was only appropriate {cv} and I were handed the keys the week of Thanksgiving. 

Time is of the essence to get settled in the house before baby {v} arrives. I'm officially 39 weeks and on baby watch. As evidenced in the photo above, my bump is in full force! While I thought maternity leave would give me a bit more time to blog, the final push to finish the house and pack up our apartment stole that down time. I decided to forgo the conventional gift guide posts for a few pages devoted to special sets of people in your life.

From your best girl friend to your sweet Aunt Sally, take a peek for a few ideas to make her holiday extra special. Take care of the men in your life with a quick look here. For ideas across the spending spectrum (under $25, $50 + $100), these cost-conscious ideas are for you. Finally, if you have a new mom or tiny tot on your gift list, get the ball rolling here. You can also click through below to find these gift ideas lickety split!

If baby {v} arrives a few days before his or her due date, it may be a few weeks before you hear from me again. It goes without saying that my new little family must come first. I want to soak up this special time to the nth degree (and I hope you'll understand). Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are the best ways to stay in touch for all the latest updates from yours truly. I promise little peeks of the house (and baby!) in the coming weeks. Many thanks for your patience and understanding -- I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. This holiday season is sure to be one for the memory books :) xoxo {av}

P.S. I'll continue to add gift ideas to the above pages between now and Christmas, so keep checking back if you're stumped with your shopping list!


  1. SOOO happy for you!!! Can't wait to see peeks of Baby V! Lots to be thankful for indeed :)

  2. So happy for you all and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your sweet beeb! Sending lots of love!

  3. AHH CONGRATS lady!! im so happy for you, chris and baby V!! miss you lots and I hope the baby arrives soon. thinking of you! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  4. SO happy for you guys! Can't wait to meet Baby V! Lots of love, lady. xo

  5. Congrats on the new home! Wishing you guys the best with Baby V!


  6. yay congrats and enjoy your new digs. look forward to seeing some picks once you're settled!

  7. So much yes!!! Sending so much love your way in these last few weeks! xoxo

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