Friday, July 31, 2015

pretty little things


I've been knee deep planning Charlotte's first birthday, guys.  I can hardly believe my little peanut is going to be ONE YEAR OLD in just over a month.  Wow, wow, wow, where has the time gone?  Her whole party is inspired by a tassel garland I bought for her nursery from Glame Fete last summer.  I can't wait to show you photos! I've been planning and scheming for months.  There's going to be flamingos and pinapples galore.

  • We are SO IN LOVE with these pineapple cups and can't get enough of them! They're perfect for little hands, and I kind of want to put a margarita in one for myself.  Kind of.
  • The kids and I went swimming at my friends house last week, and she had a ton of pool floats.  The best one?  A UNICORN.  In all it's sparkling glory. 
  • I'm super obsessed with these paper flower kits from Michaels.  See the first photo above?  I bought these to craft for Charlotte's party and I'm probably going back to make more.  Super easy and they turned out gorgeous!
  • Speaking of the party, here's the tassel garland that inspired it all!  Thanks, GlamFetebyBri!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

free watercolor iphone wallpaper




I'm obsessed with all things watercolor lately.

Enjoy, and download this wallpaper for iphone.

Monday, July 20, 2015

how i schedule my work week

 

First things first:  There's no thing as "typical" when you have two kids and are running a full time business from your home.  

My girls are 3.75 and (almost) 11 months old.  I work full time from my home studio, and my husband works full time outside of the home as an engineer.  I hired a full time caregiver shortly after Chloe was born in 2011.  I love being able to give 100% of my attention to my clients, 100% of my attention to my kids,and 100% of my attention to my husband.  In order for me to have a work-life balance, I need help -- and that's where our caregiver comes into play!  Having this balance makes me feel refreshed (most of the time!) once the evening rolls around, and I feel less stressed knowing that I have a plan in place.  Being a working mama is no joke!  


My typical work week  


Daily:  I start each morning, before the girls are awake, by checking social media & scrolling through my emails.  I make mentally organize emails by priority, and by the end of the day I've responded to each and every one of them personally.  I have a system on place to streamline emails - I'm a huge fan of gmails extensions, Boomerand and Snippets - which saves me oodles of time when responding to vendors, manufacters, and clients.  I have an iPhone, so I pin and Instagram throughout the day to keep my social media presence relevant. 


Monday: Mondays are normally spent working on new products. Every July I begin working on my Fall collection, so by September you'll see my Halloween prints, invitations and accessories roll out.  I'll have my entire Christmas collection done by the end of this month, and will have the base of my 2016 wedding collection done by the end of this month, too.  I am usually distracted by emails, coffee, texts and messages from my designer friends.  It's great having someone to bounce ideas off of, collaborate with, and chat with throughout the day!


Tuesday: Tuesdays are for hustling.  I spend the day working on Etsy orders, manufacturing stamps, responding the more emails, proofing wedding invitations, collaborating, and have consults with brides.  This past Tuesday, I designed two very different wedding suites for my lovely fall brides, had a phone consult with a 2016 bride, schemed with a local photographer to plan an August photo shoot, worked with a planner to finish up a fall 2015 wedding, and started designing stamps for a deal I just had with an online deal site.  I run on coffee!

Wednesday: Wednesdays are a lot like Mondays, sprinkled with a little bit of Tuesdays!

Thursday: Thursdays are a repeat of Tuesdays.  It's when I get the remainder of the bulk of my work done, finish proofing orders, send the rest of my files to production, schedule more consultations, and do my book work.  Running your own company is also filled with lots of boring financial book work, too, and I have to stay on top of it!

Friday:If I'm all caught up on my work, I try to take Fridays off.  I spend them hanging out with my kids.  We have play dates with our friends, go to the zoo or pool, build forts, swing on our swings in the back yard, play in the dirt, go for walks, to the park, or visit grandma or out to lunch.  Fridays are our Fun Day, so anything goes! 

Extra, Extra!:  I completely admit that I am the worlds worst cook, and you wouldn't want me to make you dinner, ever!  This is where my husband and I play on our strengths and weaknesses!  I am really organized, and great at couponing and making a grocery list.  He's better at grocery shopping (I'm an impulse buyer, he isn't!) and cooking.  He makes dinner while I pick up the house and entertain the girls.  After dinner is our family time, then it's bath time and bed time for the kids. 





Let's Talk.

Do you work from home?  Are you running your own business?  How do you schedule your week, and juggle raising a family?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

new address stamps!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

'Will You Be My Bridesmaid?' Slumber Party!

How do you ask your BFFs to be in your bridal party?  Well, this is certainly one way to do it! 
Did someone say Girly Pajama Slumber Party? Yes, please! Your friends are sure to be game for some girl time. Plus what's not to love about all of these darling gifts? 
Pajamas, wedding day pearl sets, and clutches? Oh my! Oh, and of course what kind of slumber party would this be without a little bit of pink champagne? Cheers! With photography by Katherine Henry Boudoir and event design and florals by Making Me Events, this sweet slumber party looks like a total fun fest!
From the designer, "When I approached my BFF, Jen from Blush Paper Co. on this out of the box styled shoot I had the newly engaged bride as my inspiration. She is madly in love with her soon to be hubs and already fixated on how she's going to ask her b-maid's-to-be, so I thought back to one of my favorite childhood pass times with my friends, planning over the top slumber/dress up parties!"
- See more at: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2015/02/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-slumber-party.html#sthash.0sHUbFI1.dpuf
Did someone say Girly Pajama Slumber Party? Yes, please! Your friends are sure to be game for some girl time. Plus what's not to love about all of these darling gifts? 
Pajamas, wedding day pearl sets, and clutches? Oh my! Oh, and of course what kind of slumber party would this be without a little bit of pink champagne? Cheers! With photography by Katherine Henry Boudoir and event design and florals by Making Me Events, this sweet slumber party looks like a total fun fest!
From the designer, "When I approached my BFF, Jen from Blush Paper Co. on this out of the box styled shoot I had the newly engaged bride as my inspiration. She is madly in love with her soon to be hubs and already fixated on how she's going to ask her b-maid's-to-be, so I thought back to one of my favorite childhood pass times with my friends, planning over the top slumber/dress up parties!"
- See more at: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2015/02/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-slumber-party.html#sthash.0sHUbFI1.dpuf
Did someone say Girly Pajama Slumber Party? Yes, please! Your friends are sure to be game for some girl time. Plus what's not to love about all of these darling gifts? 
Pajamas, wedding day pearl sets, and clutches? Oh my! Oh, and of course what kind of slumber party would this be without a little bit of pink champagne? Cheers! With photography by Katherine Henry Boudoir and event design and florals by Making Me Events, this sweet slumber party looks like a total fun fest!
From the designer, "When I approached my BFF, Jen from Blush Paper Co. on this out of the box styled shoot I had the newly engaged bride as my inspiration. She is madly in love with her soon to be hubs and already fixated on how she's going to ask her b-maid's-to-be, so I thought back to one of my favorite childhood pass times with my friends, planning over the top slumber/dress up parties!"
- See more at: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2015/02/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-slumber-party.html#sthash.0sHUbFI1.dpuf
Did someone say Girly Pajama Slumber Party? Yes, please! Your friends are sure to be game for some girl time. Plus what's not to love about all of these darling gifts? 
Pajamas, wedding day pearl sets, and clutches? Oh my! Oh, and of course what kind of slumber party would this be without a little bit of pink champagne? Cheers! With photography by Katherine Henry Boudoir and event design and florals by Making Me Events, this sweet slumber party looks like a total fun fest!
From the designer, "When I approached my BFF, Jen from Blush Paper Co. on this out of the box styled shoot I had the newly engaged bride as my inspiration. She is madly in love with her soon to be hubs and already fixated on how she's going to ask her b-maid's-to-be, so I thought back to one of my favorite childhood pass times with my friends, planning over the top slumber/dress up parties!"
- See more at: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2015/02/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-slumber-party.html#sthash.0sHUbFI1.dpuf
Did someone say Girly Pajama Slumber Party? Yes, please! Your friends are sure to be game for some girl time. Plus what's not to love about all of these darling gifts? 
Pajamas, wedding day pearl sets, and clutches? Oh my! Oh, and of course what kind of slumber party would this be without a little bit of pink champagne? Cheers! With photography by Katherine Henry Boudoir and event design and florals by Making Me Events, this sweet slumber party looks like a total fun fest!
From the designer, "When I approached my BFF, Jen from Blush Paper Co. on this out of the box styled shoot I had the newly engaged bride as my inspiration. She is madly in love with her soon to be hubs and already fixated on how she's going to ask her b-maid's-to-be, so I thought back to one of my favorite childhood pass times with my friends, planning over the top slumber/dress up parties!"
- See more at: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2015/02/will-you-be-my-bridesmaid-slumber-party.html#sthash.0sHUbFI1.dpuf

Plus, what's not to love with all these gorgeous gifts and pink champagne?  Grown up sleep overs are suddenly so much fun! 

From the designer, "When I approached my BFF, Jen from Blush Paper Co. on this out of the box styled shoot I had the newly engaged bride as my inspiration. She is madly in love with her soon to be hubs and already fixated on how she's going to ask her b-maid's-to-be, so I thought back to one of my favorite childhood pastimes with my friends, planning over the top slumber/dress up parties!"

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
 Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir\
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Will You Be My Bridesmaid? - Blush Paper Co & Making Me Events / Phography by Katherine Henry Boudoir
Notepad by Blush Paper Co.
Art Prints by Blush Paper Co.
Holiday Soiree Invitation by Blush Paper Co.


We used a color palette of gold, mint, shades of pint and a hint of silver.  I created custom stationery pieces, including an invitation suite and a gift set with art prints and coasters.  We even created our own Bridal Party Hastag - #bridalpartywolfpack!

Happy engagement season!

Photogapher:  Katherine Henry Boudoir // Event Design/Florals: Making Me Events // Stationery: Blush Paper Co // Paper Tassels: Toasted Parties // Hair/Makeup/Veil/Clutches: Tada Makeup  // Pearl Accessories: Pomp Pearls  // Wardrobe: Plum Pretty Sugar

Thursday, February 19, 2015

favorite baby products at 5 months old

It's hard to believe that our little peanut is five months old already, but she is. In fact, she's a lot closer to six months now! In the last few weeks, she's grown leaps and bounds and is so much more independent than she was even a month ago. She's sitting up on her own and starting to crawl. Time is moving at warp speed and I wish it would slow down. She has so many preferences now and it's amazing watching her personality emerge.  She has a strong preference for certain toys over others, and it's incredible how different her choices are over her sisters - even when it comes to food!


Sophie is a must-have for us. Miss Charlotte is teething and Sophie goes everywhere with us. I simply cannot leave the house without Sophie because she's always with Charlotte. Chloe, on the other hand, didn't care for Sophie at all!

Jacques the Peacock was actually Chloe's first toy. This is my go-to baby shower gift. We used to clip this on our pack n play & Chloe would stare and kick at him for hours and hours. Charlotte was no different, and both kids *love* Jacques in the car seat. He goes every where with us and is Charlotte's side kick. He's a must-have.
 
My mom got us the Mamas & Papas Baby Snug and Activity Tray as a Christmas gift and I have to say, it's AMAZING. I didn't think we'd need or want another seat like this in the house, but I quickly ditched the bumbo in favor of this seat. It's much sturdier so Charlotte sits up so much better in it, and the attached tray keeps her occupied. The toys come out of the tray so it's easy to clean & the flower makes a great teething toy. We haven't even broken out the high chair yet because she prefer sitting in this chair to eat. This gets two thumbs up from us!


January and February have been rough months for us. Charlotte got her second cold and it turned into RSV. The nose aspirator bulb simply wasn't cutting it, so I bought the NoseFrida on recommendation and now I wonder why we didn't have one with our oldest. It's absolutely amazing and really gets the job done - which is exactly what you need (and want!) when your baby is sick. My three year old even let us use it on her which is a pretty impressive feat.
Today's high is -2 and I had to make another trip back to the pediatrician (I swear they have a room reserved for us!), and I rely on our fleece bunting to keep the baby nice and warm in the car seat.

What are your favorite baby products?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

TOMS Sale at zulily - Save up to 40%!

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