Mermaid tails, sand and bubbles make for a fantastic shellabration (the first of many under the sea puns...sorry not sorry) fit for any little girl, baby sprinkle or bridal shower. Party planning can sometimes get a little overwhelming if you feel the I-don't want-this-party-to-be-a-#pinterestfail pressure mounting on top of the normal busyness day to day life can bring. So get your clam shell bra and flipper ready, because this is going to be a party prep breeze with easy DIYs and even a genius party supply rental box that does the decor work for you!
My husband Chris and I are constantly doing small projects around the house. We have numerous “almost there” projects. For example, we had put up faux shiplap on two of our walls in our living room and painted them white, we had set to do one more layer of paint, but it has been about four months since we last touched the wall. Accepting the fact that it MIGHT NOT happen, I took to Pinterest and then Jo-Ann Fabrics. I have been wanting to add color to our walls, but keeping the decoration minimal and modern. I came across some awesome ideas for DIY yarn wall wecor, got a good idea and went to town with my own version. I’m a small business owner and a mama of a 2 year old, so I wasn’t looking at doing anything too time consuming, so I kept mine pretty simple.
Being a big sister to twins can often be a hard job with two people trying to steal your toys and copy your every move--but today, being older had a perk. Since the twins are still working on their writing skills, a date day to Painting With A Twist was the perfect choice for this budding artist. She loves to color intricate designs on paper, and even though the paint medium is a little different for her, we had a blast honing in on those skills.
Cue the music..."Going to the chapel and my sister is getting Maui'd." Ok, maybe that isn't how the song goes, but it is certainly fitting for this occasion. My sister Lauren and her fiance Stefan have always had a love for the island of Maui. They got engaged there on our last trip and now, they will be getting married there in August. They got no argument from me on their wedding location choice that's for sure. Because it's a destination wedding and not everyone is able to make the trip, we wanted to bring Hawaii here for everyone to enjoy. I wanted the shower to have a tropical vibe without screaming tiki torch and hibiscus print button down tee sort of luau.
Hippity Hoppity Easter is on it's way! I know, cheesy central, but it really is just around the corner! We've all been there. Just not enough time in the day to always do elaborate DIY decor or food for every party. I'm taking things back to our Easter egg hunt we threw for our friends and their littles two years ago. Overall, I kept things pretty simple(I had three kids, three and under, so had to--hah!) and kid-friendly with a little cute factor mixed in. Here's some springy inspo for your upcoming event!
part 2: leather strap shelves DIY
In my previous post seen here, you can see all the details on the decor in my new office space. This blog post is an attachment to provide an easy step-by-step on the shelving. I love the light and airy feel that is completed only with these shelves. I was going for something unique, but still simple with clean lines. I asked my brother in law who makes leather goods, to look into some colors for me. He went to a supplier in Texas on the hunt for a gorgeous light teal I was hoping for, but not knowing anything about leather, I wasn't sure they'd have it. Well you know the surprise already--they did!
I measured out two inch segments along the top width of the leather and marked with a pencil. Not having a big enough straight edge to do all in one take, I looked over and saw these long shelves that were perfect for the job, then I marked the length.
I recently became a full time work at home momma--insert happy dance! This called for an office space closer to the kiddies so I can work along side them throughout the day, so I moved my desk out to one of our living rooms. We have a pretty good work-play-work-play routine going and because of this, they let momma get a lot work done in between our quality moments spent together.
Almost every room in our house has a gray shade on the walls and my favorite accents are gold or light teal to go along with. Our house is definitely a cozy space with a light and airy feel, this new space blending perfectly. I hope you love this office space remodel and I know you'll adore our featured companies--Graphique de France, Tiny Prints, Allison Bradley Prints and Moxyo.
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What a gift it is to come across people that have taken something they've been through and chosen to make good out of it. When I first meet Tiffany of Wholeheartedly, it was like we had been friends for years and chatted away for the longest time. We found commonality in balancing mom life and work life, with a little entrepreneurship mixed in. Obviously, with our name, I am drawn to things of meaning, not just labels--things that get to the core of who you are as a person.
When you ask Tiffany about the name of her jewelry and clothing company, she explains, "I wholeheartedly wouldn't change any of the pieces that that make me who I am today and I can now wear every single one of my pieces with pride." She learned that as a single mother facing difficult times, that more often than not, people offered pity instead of encouragement. She basically said "no thank you" to accepting that, and found a way to empower herself to push through.
Hi! I’m Julie. I’m a busy, full-time working, pastor’s wife and mom of 2 VERY extremely busy boys (Judah, 8 and Asher 2). Our life is FULL in every aspect of the word. We are so very blessed and so very busy! Every year I find myself dreading the “all class gift occasions.” You know what they are: Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I find myself, again, wondering what am I going to do. You see, I have this knack for being mildly creative, but not so crafty. Ugh. It’s a frustrating area to live in when you constantly come up with ideas, but don’t have the skills to carry it out. [Enter wildly handsome, ultra talented husband of mine.] God knew what he was doing when He put us together. We totally balance each other out and, more importantly, he knows how to create whatever pops up in my brain because he just so happens to be a genius graphic designer (on the side).
As we head into the new year ahead, we wanted to share some of your most favorite posts from 2016. In no particular order, here is our top 16! Thank you for supporting us and having fun alongside us. May you have a blessed year ahead!
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