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Bidding Summer Adieu

Bidding Summer Adieu

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It’s crazy how quickly summer has passed this year in the blur of weddings, bridal showers, graduation parties and general festivities that has been our life recently. This weekend we’ll be taking a little time to slow down as we bid sumer adieu and look forward to the start of school next week. We have an equally busy fall coming up, kicking off with another wedding that we are both in a few weeks from now and then taking us …

Don’t Forget! Take the 2016 Reader Survey + Win

Don’t Forget! Take the 2016 Reader Survey + Win

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Good morning, friends! Just a quick reminder that there is just 24 hours left to take the 2016 reader survey! Am I pushing it hard this year? Why, yes. Yes, I am and I’ll tell you why. I’m not sure if it’s spring or finally feeling like the baby and I are in a really good groove or if it’s just feeling humbled by the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to be doing this for eight years now, but …

2016 Reader Survey + Win a $100 Gift Card

2016 Reader Survey + Win a $100 Gift Card

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! Did you remember to wear green today? Baby E has the cutest little shamrock headband she is going to be wearing! If I can get her to cooperate long enough I’ll share a photo with you over on Instagram a little later! I’m actually still somewhat covered in green paint from a project I was working on yesterday (stay tuned for that) so I’m pretty sure that counts, right? In the meantime, it’s time for the 2016 …

Happy New Year + What’s To Come in 2016

Happy New Year + What’s To Come in 2016

Hello, friends and a belated happy New Year to you! After unexpectedly taking an extra week off last week, I’m here. I’m in the saddle. My coffee cup is large and it is full to the brim and I am so excited to see where this year goes. While it has been quiet on the blog front so far this year, behind the scenes the wheels are already spinning. I’m pretty sure this year will be one for the record …

Welcome Emerson

Welcome Emerson

Hi, friends! I have never been happier nor more overwhelmed to make an announcement in my life. Please welcome our sweet baby girl, Emerson Gray! (Her middle name comes from a hybrid of my maternal grandparents’ names – Gary and Kay.) She arrived right on time a week ago today, November 23 at 8:21am weighing 7lbs 15oz and measuring 20-3/4″ long. She is seriously the definition of perfection. It’s sincerely an understatement to say that her daddy and I could not be …

Take the Holiday Survey + Win $50 to J.Crew

Take the Holiday Survey + Win $50 to J.Crew

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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent some time over the last few days continuing to think about and plan for holiday season content. I feel like I’m constantly saying “there’s so much happening behind the scenes” or some variation thereof, but I am truly working really hard to double down right now so that I can try to take a couple of weeks off and then have a lighter workload for a little bit after the baby comes, without skimping on …

Last Day to Enter the Pizza Party Giveaway

Last Day to Enter the Pizza Party Giveaway

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I swear, guys, the closer I get to having this baby the quicker the weeks go! Which is basically my way of using this baby as an excuse for not quite getting today’s post finished up before I have to run out the door in a few minutes to shoot next month’s batch of DIY projects for you. So instead I’m going to remind you that today is the last day to enter the pizza party giveaway with Dr. Oetker! …

Some Crazy Big Wild News

Some Crazy Big Wild News

Sitting down to write this post has proven to be one of the most surreal experiences of my life. There’s a million different things I could say, an infinite number of ways I could drag this out, but frankly, my brain is going a zillion miles a minute so we are just going to cut to the chase here, friends. I have some crazy, big, wild news to share with you today! We’re talking an announcement I never anticipated making so it’s utter …

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

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For those of you here in the States, here’s wishing you a great Memorial Day! It goes without saying that today is about so much more than barbecues and picnics, and I hope we all remember to take a moment to think about that at some point during the festivities today. As is our tradition, my mother and I spent yesterday planting flowers in honor of passed family, and as always, the cemeteries were studded with fluttering flags. It was nice to take …

#ColorForAll

#ColorForAll

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My eleventh grade AP American history teacher was hands down one of the coolest teachers I ever had. He was a wildly smart guy, eccentric in the best possible way. He used to tell us stories about his time serving in the Vietnam war and how much of his time there was spent teaching Vietnamese children. …

The Sweetest Occasion on Instagram

The Sweetest Occasion on Instagram

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I’ve mentioned it in passing a couple of months ago, but over the holidays I decided to start doing things a little differently over on Instagram. When Instagram first became I thing, I primarily used it on more of a personal level and truthfully, I’ve always been way more of a Pinterest junkie over everything else. Then it became very obvious that people are completely Instagram-crazed and I realized that I had kind of missed the boat and that maybe …

Greetings from my Sick Bed

Greetings from my Sick Bed

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Hi, friends! I am coming to you live this morning from amongst a sea of pillows in bed where if I weren’t a rational adult, I would be convinced I were dying. I don’t believe I’ve ever gone this long without posting (at least not with explanation) and all I can really say is that this week is proving to be a doozy. I had some unexpected family issues to tend to late in the week and since then I’ve …