Nessa's World: November 2015





I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We spent our weekend with family and it was really nice. We did a pot luck this year and I was in charge of the mashed potatoes and corn, which turned out pretty good. Even though it was our first Thanksgiving without my mom my oldest sister did a great job making this Thanksgiving a great and memorable one. My family always does Thanksgiving around lunch time and we spend dinner with my boyfriend's family. We left a little early and decided we would do some Black Friday shopping, but I am so glad we didn't. The crowds were crazy and it's just not worth it. On Friday we did do a little shopping at Target. We went when the crazy crowds were gone and we still got some awesome deals. I got this cute coffee pot for $13! It was a successful Thanksgiving weekend.
Evan is too busy picking his nose! haha

We put up our Christmas tree Friday night, but it still needs a few more ornaments and a star. Target has the best Christmas decor/tree decor and Holiday candles. Under the Mistletoe is my favorite.
I have seriously been shopping all weekend long. Here are a few more sales that you can't miss. Don't forget to check out my Black Friday sales post because most of those are still going on today. Keep on shopping! xo
Target- 15% off with code CYBER15
Freshly Picked- 15% off  with code FPCYBERMONDAY
Joe Fresh- 40% off with code MONDAY40


Did anyone go shopping last night? We attempted to go to Target but our little guy fell asleep on the way and we didn't want to wake him. It was raining and everyone was running around like crazy. I used to work retail a few years back and this time a year is so hectic. I am so glad I don't have to deal with that anymore. We might do a little shopping today, but I think I'll stick to my online shopping on busy days like Black Friday. Sharing a few of my favorite sales today! Happy Shopping! xo
Rugs USA- 80% off select items with code BLACK80
Gap- 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY
Burt's Bees Baby- 40% off $75 or more purchase
Tobi- 50% off with code THANKFUL50
Zara- 30% off
American Eagle- 40% off
Asos- 20% off with code CYBER
Windsor- 20% off
Anthropologie- 20% off with code SHOPTOIT
West Elm- buy more save more with code MOREISMORE
Gymboree- 50% off


My baby turned three a week ago. I tried to make his birthday week as fun as possible. I think I nailed it because he is still talking about his birthday celebrations today. On Sunday evening we all sat down and I looked up a few questions to ask my silly three year old and this is what he responded. Hope his answers brighten up your day! xo
1. What is your favorite color? Orange
2. What is your favorite toy? Michelangelo & Party Wagon 
3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries 
4. What is your favorite TV show? Ninja Turtles 
5. What is your favorite game? Basketball 
6. What is your favorite snack? Cookies (he hasn't had a cookie in a while and I'm thinking he really wanted one) 
7. What is your favorite animal? Ducks 
8. What is your favorite song? Shell Shock 
9. What is your favorite book? Mother Bruce 
10. Who is your best friend? Sebastian 
11. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play Baseball 
12. What is something mommy always says to you? Brush my teeth (I do say "You have to brush your teeth" a lot.) 
13. What makes you happy? uuuh like silly (Meaning doing silly things) 
14. What makes you laugh? HA HA HA 
15. How old are you? Three 
16. How old is Mommy? Three 
17. How old is Daddy? Five 
18. What are you really good at? Brush my teeth (not really he hates brushing his teeth) 
19. What did you do today? We went to grandma's house to eat and drink 
20. What is your favorite food? Oranges 
21. What is love? uummm beak 
22. What does daddy do for work? He shot and fell on his leg. (His dad came from work with a cut on his leg and now he tells everyone that his dad got shot on the leg and fell) 
23. Where do you live? I don't know ( He's over the questions he just wants to play) 
24. Where is your favorite place to go? Target, Toys R Us and Walmart (He answered this question with no hesitation, oh my) 
25. What do you want to be when you grow up? a little boy (he doesn't want to grow up)


I haven't shared the news with you guys, we finally have our own place. After Evan was born we were literally back in forth moving from my sisters, to apartments and then back to my parent's house. It feels great to finally have my own space and privacy. We officially moved in two weeks ago. My place is still pretty empty, but I have added a piece to my home that just brings joy. CanvasPop reached out to me and sent me a beautiful canvas with the picture of my choice. I'm not a big fan of hanging pictures on the wall or have picture frames everywhere, but I still decided on a family picture that we took two years ago. This picture brings back so many great memories every single time I look at it. When I received it I knew it would look beautiful in our new home. I have not hung it on the wall because we are still organizing everything. However, hanging it will be so easy since it includes all of the hardware you need to hang the canvas. My canvas will tie all of my Holiday decor together. 

CanvasPop offers canvas prints, text on your print, collage & mosaics, and also Triptych canvas prints. I love that CanvasPop make it so easy that you can upload straight from your computer, Facebook or Instagram. Their work is really beautiful. We have had a few people over since we moved in and everyone complements and asks where I got my canvas. I am so excited that one of you can win your own canvas art. Click on the last image or link down below to enter.
One of my lucky readers will win a free CanvasPop art print, sized at 16x24" with 0.75" deep wrap. CLICK HERE to enter. Giveaway ends December 6th. Open to US, Canada and the European Union. Enter to win for yourself or for someone to gift this Christmas. Happy Friday! xo


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and GODIVA, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GiveGODIVA
I think everyone in their family has someone that is extremely picky, and shopping for them can be extremely overwhelming. Well, I have a few people in my family that I can think of that will either return or never use whatever I gift them. This year I plan on doing something a little more creative. I am going to gift them something that they can't resist and that's chocolate, right? Before today putting together a gift basket was daunting, but I followed a few tips that have helped me create the perfect holiday basket. 
I went shopping at Walmart to pick up a GODIVA Chocolate Gift Box and a few other goodies for my gift basket. I had a budget for this basket only to challenge myself a little. I picked items with coordinating colors and kept it as festive as possible. The gold GODIVA Chocolate Gift Box made me want to stick with gold, green and red. I added a filler to my basket to give it height and help those delicious goodies look more appealing. I wish I would have added a little more but it still turned out wonderful. When I filled my basket I put everything in and strategically rearranged them until I like the way it looked. Placing the bigger items in the back made it easier. I added a cute tag to give it that final touch. 

As far as shopping I hit a few other stores aside from Walmart and just checked out their dollar section. You will be amazed with how many goodies you can find. I thrift-ed the basket and added gold ribbon to it. Aside from the GODIVA Chocolates, the hot cocoa and home made brownies make this basket extra sweet. I added a mug, candle, more chocolates and the cutest mini Christmas tree plant. I spent under $25! You can make baskets for your entire family, save so much money and ease the stress this holiday season.

Visit Walmart this holiday season for GODIVA Chocolate Gift Boxes. Available in three 9PC varieties and also a 15PC Dark All-of-a-Kind. (while supplies last) What better way to spend the holidays than with a basket full of goodies? Will you be gifting a gift basket this Holiday season? xo



This post is sponsored by Disney Publishing but all opinions are my own.
Story time is extremely important in my household. We try to buy books as often as possible. Evan prefers books with animals which is why I knew he would love Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins. Evan was immediately engaged when I read the first page. Bruce is a bear who likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced that he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do? Seeing him go through the struggle of trying to get rid of them, and taking care of the geese is hilarious and adorable. I can't get over how cute this book is. We have been reading it every night and now Evan tells everyone about Bruce. He even compares Bruce to his dad, because dad can be a grump sometimes. It's hilarious! Mother Bruce is one of those must have children's book.
About The Author
Ryan T. Higgins is an author/illustrator residing in Southern Maine. He lives with his three dogs, three cats, two geckos, one tortoise, one son, one daughter, and one wife. He wanted to be a cartoonist since as far back as he can remember. (Actually, that's not entirely true- he wanted to be a tiger until he was three, but, sadly, that didn't pan out.) Ryan's first picture book, Wilfred, was named a 2013 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor Book. Visit Ryan online at

Mother Bruce will be in stores on November 24th. To learn more about the book check out this page and follow Disney on Twitter and Instagram.

One of my lucky readers will receive a hungry as a bear PRIZE PACK!
All you have to do is enter name and email down below. 

Mother Bruce loves to eat! Enter to win:
*A copy of Mother Bruce 
*Apron and bear hand oven mitts 



Happy Tuesday! I noticed that everything I have been purchasing for Evan lately is extra cozy and casual. Sweaters, joggers, beanies and comfy boots.A few days ago I paired joggers with a pair of boots I purchased from Joe Fresh and Evan's dad said it looked tacky, but I thought it was the cutest thing. Evan is so active and a pair of jeans isn't always the best wardrobe option. I clearly ignored his opinion because I knew it would look adorable. He wore a knit sweater and beanie with his look and he looked so cute. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera otherwise that would have been the look to post today. If you have a boy I would run to Joe Fresh's website and snag these boots. They have faux fur on the inside and they are so comfy. I think I'll have to purchase a size up for Evan. Do you think boots and joggers/sweatpants look good together? xo
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Happy November! So sad to say that Halloween is officially over, but so many exciting events are coming up. Our weekend was a little crazy. We finally have our own place and we were moving all weekend. Friday we took a trip to a pumpkin patch to pick a few small pumpkins to carve. They had a petting zoo and a hay ride. I wish we would have gone sooner because a lot of the pumpkins were gone and it looked pretty empty. Never the less, we had a really good time. They weather was perfect and the view was beautiful. Evan's costume arrived on Friday as well. He really wanted to be a ninja turtle this year and everywhere we looked they were sold out in his size. So I ordered it online and scored a thirty dollar costume for eight bucks and two dollar accessories. It worked out and even though the costume fit a little big I worked my magic and made it look awesome on my mini ninja turtle. We attended a fall festival on Halloween, which we do every year and then went trick or treating. I was so happy with how many houses were handing out candy this year. I remember trick or treating as a kid and the neighborhood where we went always went all out. Now I feel like every year I see less and less Halloween enthusiasm, but this year I was excited to see that excitement again. Kids all dressed up, spooky decor and lots of candy. Evan was exhausted after walking the entire neighborhood. We ended the night carving pumpkins and packing a little more. Hope your Halloween was extra spooky and fun.

Thumbs up to a successful weekend! XO