December is here so you know what that means… 2017 Christmas Card Season is upon us.
YAY for Happy Mail! 🙂
This year I decided to order our 2017 Christmas Cards through one of our favorite online stationery companies… Shutterfly! If you are a regular here at Espresso Ever After you already know how much I adore partnering with Shutterfly and all of their personalized options; they make beautiful and quality goods for all to love! To tell you the truth, this pregnancy has really slowed me down this year and I am so thankful that I can trust Shutterfly with this aspect of the holiday season. The tired mama in me wanted to skip the photos and the card making, but since Shutterfly was able to help me with the heavy lifting… It was worth it. Their online program is extremely user-friendly and their options this year are unique and creative. As usual I loved so many of them, that I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite card styles.
We went with a bright and colorful look for our photos this year, and I knew I wanted to pick a card that offered a happy and cheerful theme. When I found this 5×7 Gate Fold Card, I knew it was the winner. It offered multiple text areas, different sized photo slots, 2 types of paper styles and a fun flip-open effect. Thank you Shutterfly for always bringing a winner!
You were a month of traveling and holiday fun! Between Thanksgiving celebrations, my husband’s birthday and my annual best friend trip it was an adventure-filled month…. Just the way I like it! I was able to jet set away to San Francisco for a kid-free girls weekend full of yummy food, beautiful sites, much cooler weather and lots of shopping. It was dreamy and exactly what this pregnant mama needed! I am now in my second trimester so hopefully this morning sickness will fully go away soon, counting on it December! But, what I loved most about this month was the excitement it brought for the holiday season ahead. It was a month of gratitude and family time and a special first… Our oldest learned how to ride a bike! This is a big deal in the parenting world of firsts!
As the hustle and bustle of December begins, I pray that I can stay grounded in the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus is the reason for the season, and continue to demonstrate for my girls what giving and showing love is all about. Blessings to you this Christmas, remember to pause and cherish each moment.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2017 ::
My girls love playing dress up and make believe, so picking out Halloween costumes every year has become an exciting time for all! This year I took my girls to the store and let their imaginations run wild. I gave them each the opportunity to pick out their favorite costumes and they both picked adorable and creative looks!
Dear July 2017,
You were a very toasty month for us in AZ so we enjoyed our California beach getaway. You were also a month filled with milestone moments for our first born. She got her first haircut, started Kindergarten and celebrated her fifth birthday! So many sweet and bittersweet moments. Our littlest one started dance and it has become a highlight of each week. There is something so cute about a 2 year old fluttering around in a leotard and tutu.
We have so much to be thankful for and looking back at these 9 photos is such a great reminder to be present and enjoy every minute. #feelingblessed
August, my only hope is that you bring more monsoon weather and of course more FUN!!!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – July 2017 ::
Dear May 2017,
I guess time flies when you’re having fun! May, where did you go!?… You brought the end of preschool and with it an excited heart that awaits the start of kindergarten… que mommy tears! We spent all month in swim lessons, so we are now ready for summer and official pool season!
We were blessed with family in town and some long overdue family fun! And of course, who can forget Mother’s Day… I was spoiled by my loves. I even got to break away for a mini staycation with my BFF for some much needed kid-free girl time, whoop-whoop! As I look back on all of the fun times and memories that were made, I’m realizing that May 2017 completely exceeded my expectations!
June… You have some big shoes to fill, so let’s bring on the SUMMER fun!… and go easy on us with those triple digit temperatures! #arizonaliving #thestruggleisreal
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – May 2017 ::
Looking for the coolest dessert to serve for your upcoming summer BBQ or Memorial Day gathering? A dessert that can feed a large group and have your guests begging for more? This simple recipe covers all of those desires, it is easy to make and only requires a few delicious ingredients! And it combines some of what I consider to be dessert staples; cake, ice cream, chocolate and strawberries! What more could you ask for?
This dessert is pure heaven, but don’t just take it from me… Try it for yourself!
Easter is here! I absolutely love this time of year. From Palm Sunday to Good Friday to Easter… it’s all about Jesus, and its so exciting to teach my girls that He is Risen, He is Risen indeed! I also love all of the Easter festivities such as egg hunts and matching Easter dresses. When I was a little girl, my parents were intentional in teaching us all about Jesus during this wonderful and special time, and of course, they added in ridiculous amounts of candy, eggs, and bunny rabbits! A special memory I have as a little girl growing up was getting a new dress every year for Easter. Every year my mom would dress my sister and I in new fluffy tule matching dresses, while matching my little brother in his darling suspenders. Some of my favorite family photos are those taken on Easter in our Sunday best. Knowing how much I love that tradition, I have continued it with my girls and thank goodness they love to match!
Every year, immediately after Christmas, I start looking for darling and affordable Easter looks… terrible, I know. This year I fell for these bright floral dresses. I love going with a pop of color mixed with a cheerful pattern. Easter is such a happy and springy time, and as their momma, I believe their outfits should embody that! Enjoy these sweet Easter photos, and remember the perfect accessory this Easter is a matching or festive basket! 😉
I have been so excited to share this with you! I was honored with the opportunity to model on a Just Destiny Mag and World Market Styled Easter Brunch collaboration. It was a fun filled day of watching the talented Destiny work her magic with fabulous pieces from World Market. I was able to test out all of the yummy recipes, indulge on the eye candy that is the decorations and learn from the best when it comes to designing a themed tables-cape. Destiny has every aspect covered for your Easter brunch from one-of-a-kind recipes, matching decor, bunco cards/gifts and so much more. Thanks to Destiny and World Market we can all throw an Easter gathering that is one for the books!
If you are not familiar with Just Destiny Mag let me spill the beans. Destiny is a lifestyle blogger, designer, wife to her Mr. Right, mom of 3 and a sweet friend of mine since high school. She lives her life rooted in her faith and gives God all of the glory. Check out her online publication HERE and get ready to drool over all of her creative projects.
My baby is two so you know what that means – PARTY time!
Since we did the big first birthday party, we decided to scale back this year and just celebrate with a few close family members. But, just because it is a small party doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a festive theme and cute decorative touches! I decided to hit up Target (one of my favorite spots) for all of the birthday decor and as usual I found more than enough goodies.
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!
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!