Wednesday, February 29, 2012

diy | leap day outfit {or saint patties day}

today is leap day. today is also my brother-in-law's birthday! so happy birthday, chris! at school, madison was required to wear green for her "leap frog" day party at school. they had so much fun all in their matching green, it was so cute seeing them all together in green. thanks to my sister katie from avery & anderson for giving me a heads up on this tutorial from dana made it. easy fabric dyeing. so cute. i love how adorable this simple t-shirt turned out and mostly that the threading stayed white. thanks katie for sharing! madison & i also painting wooden balls light green together, which turned into an adorable necklace. i must admit she looked adorably perfect today for her leap frog day party and the best thing, she can re-wear it on st. patty's day! so if you want this little outfit for your kiddo, you can do it for st. patrick's day in a couple weeks. loved her little smile today. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

grocery list | free printable

i really needed a grocery list to fit my needs and the way my grocery store was organized. i wanted to plan my menu at the same time of making a grocery list so i chose to make a design to fit my needs. it's been working out perfectly {husband is even adding his own wants from the store} and i wanted to share it with you all. and that's just about it over here on my end. nothing much going another freebie just for you. 

click here to download

Saturday, February 25, 2012

diy | business card holder

i just got a re-shipment of my business cards. i used a real simple design and ordered tons of them but needed something cute to put them in, so i followed this tutorial to make a fabric diy business card holder. something cute that i can just keep in my purse or camera bag. i am always running into people at weddings asking for my business card so now i have something adorable to pull out that really shows my creative side. i just used scrap fabric but would really like to buy fabric in the color scheme of my brand and make a different one. but, this will do great for now, and is even perfect for those nights out when i just need my id or debit card. too cute! 

my first local donation & easter bunny sessions

this post goes out to my local friends...i am doing my first local donation at the scrapbooking crop as i sponsor the norwin traveling baseball association. i am so excited about this because i can finally donate something to giveaway at the silent auction, a free session. i just had to share my little set up because i had so much fun doing this and planning- if you're local and interested in attending the scrapbooking crop, please let me know via email and i can get you more information regarding this! it's not too late to sign up.

and to the rest of my local followers, milliemorganmedia is hosing an all day easter bunny photo session which will be spread out over two days in march. check out the event on facebook and if you're interested, let me know! i am so excited about this! it's going to be such a fun weekend, full of two real bunnies, carrots, and other wonderful vintage props!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

free printables | favorite quotes

yes, it's saturday night and i am designing some of my favorite quotes. i bought these adorable 4x6 frames for next to nothing at ikea in the fall. yes, the fall. okay, they were actually .99 cents a piece, which to me is a steal. you can get them right here. i have yet to fill them and was looking around for photos but i already have so many photos framed that i decided to type out some quotes i found on pinterest. i think they are just the cutest and i had to share with all of you. i am also including a free download so i hope you print them for your home too! enjoy! 
click here for an 8x10 

click here for an 8x10 

click here both | sized at 4x6

Friday, February 17, 2012

a few favorites from my recent sessions

i just love babies. i love newborns and i just adore those babies who just turned one. that first 12 months is just the best. last week, i got to photograph a baby girl, who was only just a few days old followed by getting to photograph an adorable boy, who at the end of the session gave me the biggest hug ever, and left some boogies on my scarf. it was wonderful. they are always so sweet. anyways, here are a few of my favorite photos from the sessions! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

dinner @ eight | sweetheart

i have been waiting to post our dinner at eight so i could link up over at a bit of sunshine for the theme of february, which is sweetheart. i knew husband would be working the closing shift the week of valentine's day, so we did our date night a week earlier when he worked a day shift. it was my first dinner at eight--and i was very excited because i feel like it's been forever since hubby & i have had a date night. i was sort of looking forward to a night in where we could eat a yummy dinner, have a couple drinks, and watch a movie. while i cooked dinner, hubby bathed and put madison to sleep and just in time- 8 o'clock rolled around. we had tacos (hubby loves tacos) with chips and salsa. it was just wonderful to spend time together because i think sometimes we forget to enjoy that time together.

here we go--so i shaped the black beans and taco's into a heart, for the sweetheart. i also decorated the chalkboard with our menu and plans for after. hubby was so excited that i picked up some of his favorite beer, molson and we couldn't wait to snuggle on the couch with our favorite quilt, my grandmother made it for us for our wedding. it's amazingly soft and we always snuggle with it. i know i could have made this dinner at eight more special, planning more ahead of time, but it was just perfect for us. 

as we all know how busy life gets-- i forgot about dinner at eight, didn't pick up everything i wanted to make the night special, forgot to make the heart banner in time, etc--but enjoying some husband time made me remember how important it is to step back from our busy schedules and just enjoy each other. i am so blessed for my husband. he has so much love and patience and today is the perfect day to appreciate that. you should plan a date night for your hubby and post your dinner at eight over at rebekah's blog, a bit of sunshine.

happy heart day

5 years ago today, on valentine's day-- a boy asked a girl to marry him. she said yes. and they lived happily ever after. i will never forget that day. such joy in both of our eyes. i love you babe. thank you for 5 amazing valentine's days. i spent the day with my husband. tonight, i spend my valentine's day with my little valentine, madison while hubby works. luckily little valentine brought home lots of chocolate to enjoy ;) and she even made me a valentine card, so lucky. i'm lucky to have my husband. i've eating way too many conversation hearts & i love these two people so much so, happy heart day! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

diy | heart crayons

this tutorial was not only my first tutorial but one of my first blog posts ever. you can see how to make heart crayons here at my original post & of course, we made them again this year to pass out to madison's friends at school. she loves making these & cannot wait for her valentine's day party tomorrow at school.  anyways, here is how ours turned out this year. and thanks to my sis for letting me know that my diy heart crayon tutorial is the first three images on google, yay me ;) and i couldn't be any more proud of my little peanut...she wrote her name over 20 times. happy valentine's's not late to make some crayons for tomorrow! and just a reminder-you can find out how to make them here. also, i love you all so much that i'm sharing the card to print for free. download, have your child write their name, cut, and send to school with your crayons <3 click here to download.