5.21.2015

boho wonderland // styled shoot


Ever since I attended that lovely photography work shop a few months back, I have been dying to put together some fun styled shoots. They are always a great way to keep things current and fresh, plus gives you more creative freedom.

I invited the girls from the workshop to join in too, because the more the merrier! Decided on a 'Boho' look for this one and I have to say I am so in love with how it all came together. My girlfriend Jesse from Lovelychic Weddings did the hair and makeup plus made these amazing crowns for us. And after stressing about outfits for a few weeks, I found these amazing dresses at of course... Target! Snagged the hat and jewelry from Target as well. And this location, I mean come one!! My girl Nikki of Nikki Marie Photography said we have to go here, and I am so glad we did! San Simeon and it's views are just breath taking!!

I am so thrilled with how it turned out and I can't wait for our next one, which is already in the planning process!! You can see the rest of the photos at my new photography website >>> Antlers + Roses Photo <<<

5.14.2015

aquarium


Yesterday was such a whirlwind and all together amazing day. We have been trying to plan a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for over a year now, the day finally came. We told the kids about 2 weeks about that the trip was on, but of course 2 weeks to them felt like an eternity. Every day they would wake up and ask "How many more days!?" When out and about they would inform friends and even strangers how many more days until our trip to the Aquarium. On day "4 more days" my mom and I had to decided to go the day before we were originally planning due to possible rain. But we decided to not tell the kids. So yesterday when they woke up- "How many more days!?" "You still have one!" Got them all loaded into the car to go pick GiGi up because "her car wasn't working so we are going to drive her". Then we hit the road- this was our long road trip with them and they were such troopers.

5.08.2015

lately


I feel like I have neglecting this space lately.
Not a whole lot of posting and such.
Getting back into the swing of things and working on some fun posts, including a weekly series that I am really excited to share. 

This is life as of lately. The weather has been so nice (except for the unexpected rain this week, which I love and we need). The warmer weather has been drawing us outside and keeping us out there until sun down. My Husband is restoring a Land Cruiser right now, so he is out there tinkering around on it every chance he gets. And the kids love "helping". They "drive" on adventures all over and ask my husband a million and one questions about life. I am excited for them to learn how to drive in this vehicle, reminds me of when I was younger learning how to drive the back roads home- I look forward to those days.
 

"We do not remember days, we remember moments."
Cesare Pavese












5.01.2015

mamas + coffee




 We all enter motherhood with this preconceived notion of what motherhood is going to be like because of what others have said or what we see in the mainstream media- but in reality motherhood is so special and different to us all. Motherhood is not perfect and it's not easy. And while our journeys might all be different we still all have the same goal, to make it through it all feeling accomplished and proud of what have done. Other mother's (families) choices shouldn't define our own because that isn't our journey to live, but we can most definitely show them love and support as they navigate through their own. 

2 weeks ago I was driving home thinking I wish there was some little group of moms that I could keep in touch with to just talk about life, motherhood, kids and whatever else. Being a mom it is sometimes hard to find the time to escape from the house to have regular coffee dates with other moms to play catch up and just talk. I got to thinking and decided I would just create a little facebook group and invite some of my mommy friends to join (some who are spread across the US) and then we can just have a space to talk and share what ever was on our hearts. 


"Sometimes we need someone to simply be there. Not to fix anything in particular, but just to let us feel that we are cared for and supported"


So was created 'Mamas + Coffee'. I dreamed of it to be as if we were all sitting together where it be a cozy living room or a fun coffee shop- we all have our warm mugs of goodness just chatting away, sharing pictures of our littles, seeking advise, giving support. Nothing but a positive environment, cause lets face it's hard to find a place where negativity isn't brewing. 


It's been 11 days of pure inspiration and support, mixed with love, laughter and sillyness. It's become a place where mom's are asking real questions that they might have not asked for fear of judgement. Moms connecting with new moms whom they might have not met otherwise. It's been so amazing to sit back and watch this simple idea turn into something bigger than I ever expected!


We have even planned for meet ups, the first one was local to my area but I am hoping others will start to plan their own all over. This past meet up/play date we had all the mamas bring a new children's book or toiletries to be donated to the Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Ronald McDonald House. What better way to spread more positive vibes than by giving back to others. 


I am excited to see this Mama community continue to grow!







4.08.2015

he's four // lumberjack party

 
 
I have to say, for pulling this party together last minute (in about 4 days), I am pretty proud of the outcome. All the details came together perfectly and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves- especially the Birthday Boy! I tried to make it as easy as possible with as much time as I had, because the less stress the better- am I right! So here it is, our Lumberjack Birthday Party!
 


 
 
I picked up this tree round (that's what I am assuming they are called) from Michael's. I had plans for a 9 in round cake like this one, but misplaced it since the last party. So on the fly, I found a 6 in pan and opted for cupcakes for the rest. You got to work with what you got sometimes.


I was so glad these stainless steal bowls, that I already had, worked out perfectly for displaying the snacks. It helped tie in with the grays in the G and the cement planter holding the marshmallows on the stick.



Because marshmallows- enough said.



 
 
I had plans to make a banner and completely forgot to make it by the fabric store. Luckily I happened to have a roll of packing paper and made it happen. Washi tape and fun bakers twine to finish it off!

 
 
If you didn't know this before, cold brew coffee jars make the cutest vases- you're welcome!

 
 
As the 'Thank You' favor, I thought a trail mix bar was such a cute idea (Thank you Pinterest!) A local vintage shop had this plaid blanket which made for a perfect tablecloth and paper berry baskets and metal buckets helped display the trail mix treats. My talented girlfriend just started up a banner and party d├ęcor business, The Modern Market, she made this black and red circle banner for me with such short notice- thank you Kelli!!


I found these adorable invites on Tiny Prints, they were such a hit. I loved that the font had a chalkboard look to it, perfect next to the chalkboard signs.


Mason jars were on display for the thank you favors. I customized gift tag stickers to go with the lumberjack theme, Mountain Man Trail Mix.









Made some chalkboard signs with more wood rounds and some handy Martha Stewart chalkboard paint- I have back stock so it's always readily available!


This was my favorite!! I love a good smore. So naturally a smores bar was a must!! I have enjoyed a one... or a handful of them!




The birthday boy, before the sugar rush and chocolate face.

 
Most of you know that I am an Oiler. I diffused some White Fir and Jade Lemon to give it a nice fresh woodsy aroma. It was actually really refreshing and everyone loved it.




This Super Hero showed up.






Success!!!
I still can't believe my little guy is four now... And now to start brainstorming for my daughters birthday... She's going to be 6, excuse me while I go cry for a week.

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