Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vintage Baby Girl Shower for Lydia

A few weekends ago I had the privilege of helping put together a shower for my friend, Becca.

And I should probably disclaimer that when I say "helping put together," that what I really mean is that I emailed and told the girls I would love to help and for them to tell me what to do. Ha! I am not a frilly details person, so sometimes I just need some direction and guidance and then have fun helping in the process :)

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Lydia is Becca's third daughter, so we didn't really want to go over the top with anything, but we still wanted to make it special. Becca is going with a vintage girly theme for the baby nursery, so we (and when I say "we" I mean the other party planner girls... again-- no detail help here ;) ) went with that.
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A few of the girls made wreaths for the front door out of baby diapers, and our friend Erin created several different chalkboards to put around the house as decorations (and can we just talk about her awesome handwriting? If I used a chalkboard, it would definitely look like a 5 year old drew it).
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I loved how they used burlap to tie together the diapers on the wreath... such a cute vintage touch
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we had access to several sets of vintage glass party plates and cups, and since the shower was smaller, we used those for drinks and platters for the food. I forgot to photograph the boxes for the glassware but it was SO cute. It was the original box and had the whole June Cleaver housewife on it.
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Erin hung decorative cylinders from the light fixtures, and attached paper doiles to give them that vintage touch.
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my friend, Katie, figured out how to print on burlap with a regular home printer. I designed this verse for her, and then she attached the burlap to a regular sheet of printer paper and printed it on her printer at home. It came out SO cute! vintagebabygirlshower_adollopofmylife_7
there were mason jars filled with daisies placed around the house
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so, funny story about the cake. After a long time with the cake department, Erin picked out a pattern that resembled lace to be put on the cake, white on white. And then requested an initial, like what you see in this picture. When Erin went to pick it up, TWO HOURS BEFORE THE SHOWER WAS SUPPOSED TO START, she found a white cake that was smooth icing and a BLACK initial on the top of the cake (made with black icing). Thankfully they fixed it, although it was nothing like what Erin has originally requested. Good thing is, even a messed up cake tastes good. ;)
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we asked all of the guests to hang a prayer/blessing on this little tree for Becca and Lydia. I am pretty sure most of these items were purchased at Hobby Lobby (the sticks aren't even real! I couldn't tell until I was .2 inches away from the branches hanging my little prayer card).

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Becca got a lot of cute gifts... my fave was the little custom made piggy outfit ( think it's knitted or crocheted). Oh my word. I die.

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we love you, Becca! And can't wait to meet Lydia!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

For the Love of Blogging | AWBU 2014.

(Bear with me as I iron out some of the kinks in my new blog design.... and I HAVE A NEW BLOG DESIGN!!! Yay for finally finding the discipline to sit on the couch for 4 hours and figure out html coding that was intimidating me!)

If you follow me on social media at all, then you know that this weekend I was tucked away in nearby Rogers, AR for the fourth annual AWBU (Arkansas Women Bloggers University).

I'm going to be honest and say that going into the conference I was a little nervous. The last conference I attended I was more on my blogging game (so to speak), and knew a lot more people that were going. This year I knew no one other than my good friend, Heidi, and honestly, I didn't really know what to expect.

I attended the Foodie Friday portion of the conference, even though I'm not a foodie blogger. We got the privilege of watching some of the local chefs create dishes (I was amazed at the ease at which they cut raw meat into 10 different pieces LIKE A BOSS. I can barely handle a raw chicken without gagging and simultaneously dropping it-ha!). My favorite part of Foodie Friday, was of course, the photography portion. I love hearing other peoples takes on how they work the camera, and I also got to help a few people out with questions on how to set their DSLR in manual (for the record, if that's something you're interested in learning, I wrote a tutorial on DSLR settings that you can read). I also had a bit of prop envy... Heather's Dish has some amazing food photography props. The turquoise wood piece?! AWESOME.
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I wish the internet could share smells and tastes. This was absolutely INCREDIBLE.

I was already a fan of Embassy Suites before #awbu (hello, made to order omelettes!!), but the people of #embassysuitesNWA have exceeded my expectations. #RogersRocks #RogersAR @visitrogersarOh, you know, just listening to @alliworthington at #awbu at #embassysuitesNWA
I got to hear Alli Worthington speak again (I heard her last year at Blissdom). Can I just say? I feel like a lot of the women who are in the stage ahead of me are putting some good words out about saying no and creating healthy boundaries. I am LOVING it. I've not really been one to struggle with boundary creations, but it has been refreshing having so many women speak out and say that it's OK to say no and that saying yes to everything can be unhealthy and just as dream crushing as never saying yes in the first place.

Which leads me to my biggest take away from the weekend. Sure I learned a lot about SEO (probably more than I bargained for if I'm honest. I get stressed out with small details, and Lord have mercy, SEO is all about the small details) and various social media platforms and how they can grow my blog. But what I walked away from the conference with was that blogging is more about the numbers. It's more about the hits and stats and followers. It's about community and finding other people who are as passionate as you are about things and cheering them on regardless of their klout or presence online. I felt so encouraged when I told other bloggers that this year blogging has taken a back seat. I was afraid going in that it's either all push and big or it's nothing at all. And what I walked away with was that that couldn't be farther from the truth. I knew the truth, but sometimes when I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life we tend to forget the small truths and instead believe the big lies. I'm so grateful for my new bloggy friends and my old ones that I've known for a long while. And I'm so grateful for those who have followed my journey of motherhood, whether you be a fellow mom in the trenches, a family member that I wish lived closer, or just someone who reads my blog :) I love blogging, even if I only get to do it when I have an unhurried second once a week and only a handful of people read it. And I have AWBU to thank for reminding me that that is good enough.

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me with my two crazy roomies, one of whom I've known for over 3 years and one who I didn't meet until the conference. Both are awesome!

(A special thanks to companies who made this conference possible: Great Day Farms, Skippy Peanut Butter, Alliance Rubber, Riceland Foods, Petite Jean Meats, Kendall King Group, Visit Rogers, Taste Arkansas, Wet Nap, Arkansas Grown, Acorn and IO Metro)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

First Fall Practices.

Last weekend was the first practices for the boys fall sports this year. After weighing all his options, Brayden opted for flag football. Connor really only had one option of soccer, which he heartily decided to play. The downside to all practices was that summer decided to show up last week, which meant that we got to practice in the blazing hot heat. This added a slight unpleasantness to the festivities. I'll be glad when October hits and I can wear a hoodie sweatshirt instead of just wearing a sweat soaked t-shirt. ;)

Connors practice was first, on Friday night. It really wasn't all that much a practice as a kick-start event for the season, but we told Connor it was his practice. He was SO very proud of the fact that everyone was going for HIM. So much of his life to this point has been tagging along as we do things for Brayden, so Connor was sure to point out that we all needed to cheer for him and all needed to sit on the sidelines since it was his "game."
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I barely got any pictures of him from the front angle. From the moment he saw the fields, he was running around kicking the ball and playing. I'm so happy for him to finally have his own experience with sports.
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it also looks like we might have another soccer player on our hands too... if he ever finally decides to walk ;)
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he makes the funniest faces!

Brayden's practice was (thankfully) VERY early in the morning. It took him a little bit to catch on to some of the drills, but by the end of the first practice, he was laughing and having a good time.
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And of course, I can't leave out this little fun fact: My mom was here to visit during the boys first practices, which means they had a special cheer leader on the sidelines. They were both so excited to have her here, and we were all sad to say goodbye to her this week. I tried taking a picture of the boys with their Gigi, but this was about as good as I could do.
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Hope your fall is kicking off to a good start too!
 

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