Thursday, October 31, 2013


Some big things happened today. When I started Designs by Nicolina in 2010, I had no idea that it would lead to me quitting my day job and doing DBN full time. AND NOW we both have. This morning, I sent Cameron off to his last day of being a Firefighter.

As of tomorrow we are both full time employees of Designs by Nicolina. Here's to the perfect amount of nervous and excited!

Monday, October 28, 2013


We had our first chilly week/weekend here and it got me in the winter spirit. Here are some of my favorite Etsy items that are making me with for more chilly temps!

I actually have a pair of the gloves on the way to me for our NYC trip next week!

Stay warm and cozy! What are you loving for winter?

Friday, October 25, 2013


Linking up as usual with The Good Life Blog for 5 on Friday!

/// ONE ///
I am LOVING my anniversary gift from my sweet husband. He loves watches and it is totally rubbing off on me.  I have been wearing it everyday.

/// TWO ///
 Don't forget that you only have until the end of the month to get one of my girl Katy's Handmade Escapade Breast Cancer Awareness TShirts /// SHOP HERE ///

/// THREE ///
 I am always looking for quick and easy things to make for lunch. When we are in the middle of working it is hard to take the time to really make something. So I have been loving these make ahead freezer burritos from Budget Bytes.

/// FOUR ///
Anyone else really in love with leopard for fall? I read an article talking about how leopard is a neutral and I am totally on board. Trying to decide what I want the most out of some of my favorites.

/// FIVE ///
Yesterday was our Three Year Anniversary and I shared some of our wedding pics on the blog yesterday did you see them? /// here ///

That's my five on Friday! Hope you all have an awesome weekend.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

OCTOBER 24. 2010

On this day three years ago... I wore this dress...
 and put on these shoes
and put my beautiful hair clip on
to become
I grabbed my girls
and Cam grabbed his guys
I walked down the aisle
and married the man of my dreams
we took a ride on the same trolley we got engaged on
and then we partied all night long with our closest friends & family. 

I couldn't have asked for a better day and I am still so thankful to everyone who made it the best for us! Happy third anniversary to my best friend and husband!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


October has to be my favorite month. It is the first sign on fall, my favorite season and it is our wedding anniversary month. But it is also a special month for something that is very important. It is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so today we are talking about BOOBS.

One of my Breast Best Friends Katy over at Handmade Escapade is one of the kindest people I have met and she is always looking for a way to help others. She designed this adorable shirts, and is donating $5 from EVERY SINGLE SHIRT she makes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

They are cute, they support your boobs, and they support the fight to protect boobs everywhere. {Have I used the word boobs too much?}

I don't know anyone who hasn't been affected by Breast Cancer, so show your support. You have until the end of October to get one of Katy's shirts or a special Koozie.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


In honor of it being my anniversary week Tip Tuesday is all about making sure your wedding ring looks shiny and new! I didn't believe my sister-in-law when she said it was this easy but I tried it over the weekend, and my ring looks just like new!

It really is SO SIMPLE all you need is your ring, a shot glass, and some Windex!

Please disregard the NASTINESS that is floating around in that Windex, but when I woke up and checked on it, this is what it looked like. Because my ring has some areas that gunk likes to get stuck in, I had to use a little toothbrush to get the rest out, but now they look just as beautiful as my wedding day!

Hope you enjoy this simple Tip Tuesday!

Monday, October 21, 2013


So I feel like I completely fell off the grid after we got back from Disney earlier this month! I find it so hard to get back into the swing of things after a trip. By the time I got Designs by Nicolina all caught up and all of our orders out I needed another vacation.

BUT! We are finally all back caught up with orders and so I am back in the swing of blogging everyday.

So here is a quick shop update!
There are some new invite designs in the shop but the Baby It's Cold Outside invites continue to be the best seller. Check out some of Friday's orders that went out

A new adorable ICECREAM print /// here /// was added to the shop, available in 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 or 13x19, it would look super cute with our PARTY WITHOUT CAKE print /// here ///

AND I sent off some adorable swag to my friend Thuy over at My Paper Pinwheel for her The Crafter's bash event!

So much fun coming over the next weeks so get ready! What are you doing on this Manic Monday?

PS. Head over to my Instagram @nicolinaw for a Monday Giveaway!

Monday, October 7, 2013


Let me introduce you to one of my favorite shops, Jenny Penny Designs. You can shop her awesome stuff HERE. She is an awesome stay at home momma with a great sense of style! She is also our large AD sponsor this month!

Here is a small sample of the adorable colorful things she has to offer...

This is what Jennifer has to say about herself and her business:
"I am a stay at home mom of two wonderful, beautiful and energetic children. When I had my first baby I was disappointed  in all the baby items that were exactly the same and the majority of them came in white. I decided I wanted to start sewing my little ones their own blankets, bibs and burp cloths. I even made my own natural teething rings for my second child. Thus came Jenny Penny Designs, accessories for the Modern Mom. All of my items are designed and handmade by me and designed to last. I enjoy bringing a modern splash of colors and patterns to the mom and baby of today."
So I know you are all going to jump at the chance to enter this awesome giveaway! Whether you will use the gift certificate for yourself or as a gift for a mom to be, you really don't want to miss out! Enter below!

The Giveaway runs now through next Monday!
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