Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving and Life Lately



I haven't written a blog post in awhile. Life has been crazy around the Cruzan house and I just realized I really haven't shared too much about what's been happening.

The Cruzans are moving to North Carolina!! 

Back up to September... Noah accepted a position at a new company in Charlotte. During the summer, we almost moved there but with everything going on with Lily, we decided to stay put so we could focus on Lily's recovery.

Crazy enough this new company was still interested in Noah. This time, I thought "let's just do it". These opportunities don't come often and it was a great career move for Noah. I was extremely proud of him and he had moved to Savannah all those years ago for me. It was my time.

After we officially made the decision, it kick-started the next set of events-- Prepare the house to be put on the market, sell our home, find a job, look for a new home, MOVE....

We are in the thick of packing our house up now. We were blessed to receive an offer on our house within 1 month from putting it on the market and we just found a new house for us to move into in Charlotte.

Let me just say, moving out of state with four kids is no small feat! It is definitely not for the faint of heart. I've had my share of bad days where my anxiety takes over, but I can say things are starting to fall into place. With a solid move date now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have so much to be grateful for.... My mother-in-law did not hesitate when we asked her to stay with us to help with the kids through this move. She has been so wonderful. I got so lucky! My friends have been so awesome too. Just this week my best friend Amy spent her day off helping me with packing. We are so grateful for our realtor, Mark, for helping us sell our house and connecting us with folks in Charlotte. We have had the best guidance and we could not have done all of this without help! I am just so thankful to everyone for getting us through this!

In the next few weeks we close on our home here and also close on our house in Charlotte. It is starting to feel real and I am excited for this next adventure for our family. Wish us luck!

In between packing and preparing for our move, we squeezed in family photos. I am so happy we did because I cannot wait to print these to hang in the new house!

Happy Thanksgiving for my crew to yours! 









Photography by my talented friend, Kate :)





Wednesday, October 2, 2019

4 Ways to Support Your Blogger Friends for FREE


Blogging is not my full time job. Do I wish at some point it would turn from a side hustle to a full time gig? Yes, I would. I truly enjoy being a blogger because it's an amazing creative outlet for me. Blogging full time would also give me the flexibility I desire to be a more involved mom for my kids.

Currently, I've have been introduced to so many wonderful opportunities to work with different brands to promote products. In exchange for creating the content and spreading the word, I may be compensated.

It may seem like bloggers are always in your face asking you to open up your wallet. I feel the same way sometimes when I see my favorite bloggers. I understand not everyone is rolling in the dough and that is okay.

Another part of being a blogger is finding new partnerships and work. Although I have a full time job, adulting really sucks. Earning money through blogging helps my family feel a little less stressed by adding a little cushion.

Finding those new partnerships can be challenging because brands usually only work with bloggers with a big reach because they are looking for a relationship that will be mutually beneficial. This is where I could definitely use your support.

I don't think everyone realizes just how much the support you give matters. Every like, every follow, every comment, re-share, tag, etc. matters so much.

Did you know there are ways to support your blogger friends without even spending a dime? Let me share with you 4 easy ways to do it!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Baby is Coming: Game of Thrones Inspired Baby Shower



My best friend, Mandy is expecting a baby girl this Winter. This past weekend we celebrated baby Jane's upcoming arrival with the most epic Game of Thrones inspired baby shower. Mandy and I are avid fans of the show and even though the series ended we relived it in all it's glory during the shower. I co-hosted with a few of Mandy's close friends and we worked hard to pull off a very special shower.

You may have caught some of the photos I shared on my Instagram account (@glitterandjuls), but if you didn't I wanted to share them in a blog post too just in case others wanting to throw a similar theme could shamelessly steal the ideas!

There wasn't much out there for a Game of Thrones baby shower so we got creative! I loved seeing Mandy's initial reactions when she arrived! Let's get to the fun stuff!

Decorations: 

Vani and Vanessa made Mandy her very own iron throne made with play swords, spray paint, paper swords and hot glue! It turned out amazing and it added a special touch to the decorations for sure!

Vani and Vanessa  also printed these "BABY IS COMING" banners and framed signs. 





I made this diaper cake for her! I loved how it turned out! It made for a great center piece! 


We had Game of Thrones tunes playing in the background and also had our favorite episodes playing on the flat screen. 


His watch begins.... Jon Snow watching over all the baby gifts!

Food + Menu:


I had such a great time coming up with a menu for this shower. I kept it in theme with some of our favorite Game of Thrones characters of course! 


Ugh.... Typo - it's supposed to say "Wildling" Wings





Our friend Cassie has some special talents we didn't know she had- creating these fun fruit and veggie trays! 


These beautiful cookies were ordered from a local Savannah bakery - go check her out at @thelittlehousebakery 

Check out the details on this cake! Also a local Savannah baker- @kmcakedesgin



Check out the mom-to-Khaleesi :) She was such a beautiful momma-to-be and I had such a fun time planning this fabulous shower! 



This shower could not have been possible without the other hostesses - Vanessa, Vani and Jenna! It was a blast ladies! A big thanks for Jenna for opening up her beautiful home to have the shower at! 


We even had a couple of friends really into the theme! I love it! 


Baby Jane is already so loved and she is so so lucky to have Daniel and Mandy as parents! We love you guys and cannot wait for the baby to arrive soon! 




Wednesday, September 4, 2019

SHEIN Fall Picks


I did some online browsing last night to share some early fall picks from SHEIN with you guys. I have been shopping at SHEIN for a few years now and I love to stock up on my favorite fall trends. They are very budget-friendly (all these are under $30) and they have pretty fast shipping as well! 


Each of these picks are more on the neutral side, which makes them versatile. I love the detail of the cream sweater with the lace back! It's so feminine and pretty.

I love the pom-pom detail on the tan sweater. It gives the top some texture and it is a great neutral color too

I am usually one for sweater sets, but how adorable is the blush sweater and skirt set? It's under $30 too!

I am having a moment with blazers. The oversized cognac cord blazer is a great piece to dress up or down. I can wear it with a graphic tee and jeans or pair it with some black slacks for work.

The other blazer is one I cannot live without. The scallop detail is just so cute!

I need your help! Which pick is your favorite? Also, leave a comment below if you have any fall SHEIN recommendations!

Use code GLITTERANDJULS15 for 15% off your order! The code is good until 9/30!



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