Shutterfly outdid themselves this year with their amazing 2018 Christmas cards selection.
As you know, we are big Shutterfly fans in this house, and once again I was pleasantly surprised with their adorable cards. Now that we are a family of five, I found that I gravitated towards the card options with more than 4 photo slots, so that I could highlight each of the girls.
This year I found that they really up-ed their game on the total card package. Not only are their card options fabulous, but their envelope liners and pre-addressed envelopes are so creative and colorful! I am all about the feeling you get when you pick-up a card out of your mailbox; the happy mail experience starts with the envelope! Continue Reading
December 18, 2018
When my oldest daughter, Paisley, was 4 months old, I got this crazy idea to take photos of her in a tub of candy corn. Don’t ask, I have no idea!… But to this day, those photos definitely have a “sweet” spot in my heart. So of course, I had to reenact this photo-shoot with Payton, when she was 7 months old and yet again for Kensie who is now 6 months old. Each photo shoot has it’s own personalized touch, and it is so much fun to see their “sweet” personalities shine through.
One thing I learned through the years of doing this photo shoot is that the older the baby, the “sweeter” their sweet tooth! At 7 months old, Payton already had a desire for all things yummy and we had a heck of a time keeping the candy out of her mouth, where Paisley and Kensie just thought they were surrounded by toys to play with.
Without further ado, enjoy these SCRUMPTIOUSLY ADORABLE photos! Continue Reading
October 30, 2018
I don’t know about you, but mornings can be extremely hectic around our house! Now that my oldest daughter is in kindergarten, and a new baby is right around the corner, it’s time she steps up her “help mom out” game a bit more to help manage that chaos of our life! We just started Spring Break and I figured it was the perfect time for her to own a bit more responsibility around the house.
As a momma on the go, our days can be pretty unpredictable, so I decided to use a morning sticker chart to give her a routine. The goal is that she would choose to help out without always being asked or told to do so. Now that she is learning to read, responds well to positive affirmation and loves rewards, a sticker chart was the perfect option for us!
With baby #3 on the way, I am hoping that after 2 weeks of Spring Break, she will have her morning routine down and can carry it on into the rest of the school year, and hopefully create a sense of willingness to be a big helper for me when I’m busy with baby. My other secret goal is that our 3 year old will see her big sister earning stickers and want to join in on the fun too! WINS all around – A mom can dream! (I will keep you posted on the success of this secret goal!)
I created this sticker chart with just a few of the morning tasks that happen every day in our home. These are tasks that she can finish on her own, and she should be able to succeed in and be proud of! As she grows and matures over time, this sticker chart will look a little different. I also left a few bonus spots on the chart to add fun twists to her normal routine… Gotta keep her on her toes! I will keep a folder for her to save her finished charts in, so she can look back on all of the good that she accomplished/stickers received (insert visual affirmation) and if she makes it through each full chart for a whole week I will have a small prize waiting for her at the end (i.e.- new book, markers, candy, etc).
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE STICKER CHART PRINTABLE –> Mommy’s Big Helper Chart
I hope this FREE PRINTABLE CHART comes in handy in your home as well, and our growing littles can begin to do their share and earn their keep. (JK, but seriously – haha!)
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! Continue Reading
December 19, 2017
I love having greenery in my home, there is something so refreshing about greenery. I will admit that I do not have much of a green thumb so I am always on the lookout for authentic looking plants and decor without the hassle of keeping a real plant alive. One greenery item that I absolutely adore is the preserved boxwood leaves, especially as wreaths. They look good all the time and they are fun to use as statement decor pieces.
This DIY project came to life when I fell in love with the 11″ Smith & Hawken™ preserved boxwood leaves wreath at Target because it is fabulous! The color is a rich green, it comes with a woven hanger and it looks so real! It inspired me to get creative and do a little DIYing!
I have been wanting to add a fun wreath to my eat-in breakfast nook in my kitchen and this wreath was perfect to work with. So I picked up my wreath and ran over to Michaels to select a roll of ribbon… and got crafty.
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.
The perfect print can give new life to any space. We have this large wall above our buffet in our kitchen and I have been looking for the right piece to fill the space for quite some time. As you know, picking the perfect statement piece is not that simple; it must be the right size for the wall, must combine all of the styles in the room and since it is the focal point it must be eye catching. After months of searching I fell in love with the Sincerely Us SHOP on Instagram and once I saw this print, I knew it was the perfect addition for our room. It is simple, yet striking and exactly what I was looking for. It displays a saying that speaks us as a family.
A new year always brings new opportunities to start new and to implement fresh hope and vision into your life. I decided that 2017 is the year that I am going to step up my creative game! I have partnered with Tinyprints to show you how easy it is to create personalized stationery, marketing tools and business cards for your company; or even just for fun!
February 16, 2017
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.
Share the LOVE and enjoy! Continue Reading
February 14, 2017
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!
February 12, 2017