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Two much fun! Happy 2nd Birthday Payton!
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TWO Much Fun – Happy Birthday Payton

When I look back on these last two years with Payton, the one word that comes to mind is… FUN!  Two years ago today my quirky, smiley, and independent baby girl joined our family, and made me a mom for the second time, and Praise God, life has never been the same!

Two much fun! Happy 2nd Birthday Payton!

I didn’t know what to expect when I found out we were having our second daughter. I naively thought that she would be just like her older sister. Boy was I wrong, Payton Reese is quite literally the complete opposite of her Big Sis!  God has quite a sense of humor and I’m sure He has loved watching me grow and nurture my sweet little mini-me. And mini-me she is!… Payton reminds me so much of me as a child, and sometimes that can be scary, but it has given us an extra special bond from day one!

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EVERYTHING VALENTINE'S DAY - LOVE
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EVERYTHING Valentine’s Day!

I love all of the LOVE of Valentine’s Day! It’s the perfect excuse to be kind, LOVE others and fill your day with hearts! If you also LOVE everything Valentine’s Day then you will LOVE this post.

This post is a collection of my favorite Valentine’s Day posts over the last few years.

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You BLOW Me Away, VALENTINE | Bubble Tutorial
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You Blow Me Away, VALENTINE | Bubble Tutorial

I love making creative Valentine’s Day cards with my daughter. It is a fun way for us to get crafty together and make something sweet for others.  I appreciate any chance I get to teach her to give unto others.  Last year we made Bracelet Valentines and this year we went with a bubble theme.  All things girly over here, of course.  Here is how we made our cute valentines, I hope you enjoy this bubbling-fun Valentine’s Day tutorial!

You BLOW Me Away, VALENTINE | Bubble Tutorial


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Crazy In Love with Crazy 8 | Valentine's Day Looks
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Crazy In Love with Crazy 8 | Valentine’s Day Looks

The month of LOVE is upon us and you know what that means… time to dress up my GALentine’s!

Crazy In Love with Crazy 8 | Valentine's Day Looks

I am CRAZY for these Valentine’s Day inspired looks from Crazy 8! Crazy 8 has the sweetest, and most love-inspired Valentine’s Day collection.  Their lovely looks offer a collection of hearts, flowers and all the red and pink our little hearts desire.  So much love was put into every piece and their looks are sure to be a hit this season. Continue Reading

Thoughtfully Gifted - Chip Chip Hooray
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Thoughtfully Gifted – Chip Chip Hooray

When you gift, gift a story. – Thoughtfully gifted

To me a gift is so much more than a present. Every gift tells a story, from the wrapping paper to the meaning behind the gift.   Do you ever wish you could mail the PERFECT gift to a friend that would brighten their day, make their birthday extra special or just send some extra love??!!  Well I have the perfect company for you!

Let me introduce you to Thoughtfully.  Thoughtfully is a gifting company that is creating a new gifting experience much more exciting than the traditional gift basket.  Thoughtfully believes that a gift should last long after the beautiful wrappings have been torn away. Thoughtfully creates unique gifts that tell a story – a curated adventure perfect for each special individual in your life.

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Welcome 2017 - La Brisa Photography
CELEBRATE, Family, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

Welcome 2017!!!

New Year’s Day is always an exciting day!  It is a day that brings new adventures.  It is a day that allows us to look forward to change. It is a day that opens the door to new goals and dreams.  So as we ring in the new year, let’s give thanks for all of our blessings!

For my family, we say goodbye to year full of wonderful memories, and we welcome a new year that promises to be exciting and joyous!

We are so excited to celebrate new beginnings… WELCOME 2017!



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From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy New Year!www.espressoeverafter.com

Thank you for the beautiful photos La Brisa Photography.

Christmas S'MORES In A Jar | Gift Tutorial
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Christmas S’MORES In A Jar | Gift Tutorial

I love giving gifts!!! But lets face it, this time of the year can get pretty pricy if you have to buy a gift for everyone you care about.  That is why I am all about DIY presents.  If you can buy in bulk and make multiple gifts at once, gifting doesn’t have to be exhausting or expensive. Remember, it’s not the cost of the item that makes it special, it is the thought and care behind the gift that really matters.

This Christmas “S’MORES In A Jar” DIY gift tutorial is perfect for anyone in your life that likes chocolate, campfire S’MORES or mason jars.  It is easy to make, filled with yummy goodies and will bring S’MORE love to your Christmas season!  Continue Reading

Getting Christmas Crafty | Reindeer Photo Gift
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Getting Christmas Crafty | Reindeer Photo Gift

I don’t know about you, but thinking of a new and unique creative way to make a gift for a loved one for Christmas is exhausting! I love getting crafty, and putting my DIY-thinking cap on, but sometimes life gets in the way and we are too busy when it comes time to executing our amazing and complex ideas.  If this hasn’t happened to you, that is amazing, but true confession… it definitely has happened to me!  This time of year can be very overwhelming thanks to Pinterest.  To help you out this year, I made an easy-to-do, very inexpensive and simple photo craft for all of the grandparents in our lives.  Trust me, very little creative skills are needed for this one!  I hope this adorable and easy-to-make tutorial brings you peace in this crazy-busy time and allows you to impress your loved ones. Are you ready to get crafty???
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Santa 2016
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Santa 2016 | Christmas Tradition

Every year we take the girls all dressed up in their matching Christmas dresses to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop for their annual Christmas photo with Santa. Truth moment… every visit I hope for at least one crying girl; I adore a good cry face!  This year proved to be almost identical to last year with an extremely sad face from my sweet 1.5 year old who still doesn’t love the idea of sitting on some strange man’s lap! And for the second year in a row, my four year old was beyond excited to greet Santa with a smile and proceed to tell him what she would like for Christmas. If you are wondering what she asked for, I learned that she wants purple glass slippers and a pink wand; good to know!

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