Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Recently {Pretties with a side of caffeine, a morning walk + a concert}

Since coming back from vacation last weekend, I've had lots to catch up on in the shop. Luckily, I've had some beautiful and peaceful mornings to work in my craft room with a side of caffeine.
 These pretty bridal caps are going out to Texas for a photo shoot with Marilyn Duvall Photography.

My little love bug and I took a morning stroll through the neighborhood while daddy was at work.

This past Saturday, my mother in love, step father in love, husband and I went to see Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves at the Angels Stadium for the No Shoes Nation Tour. It was SO much fun (after we stopped baking in the sun)! We sang and danced the night away. Then, afterwards we had Lucille's BBQ (YUUMM) at about midnight. No biggie. :)

I started Unit 4 of my Wedding and Event Planning Course a couple days ago. This is the last unit before my virtual internship and I'm pretty excited to start some projects and apply what I've learned so far.
I just finished the lesson about "How to Beat Wedding Stress." With weddings that I've helped with, have coordinated and definitely my own, there are mounds of different stresses that a bride will encounter.
Wedding coordinators are supposed to alleviate as much stress as possible which means, that "stress" is now upon the planner. I know so many people think that being a wedding/event planner sounds like so much fun along with playing with lots of "pretty" details and perks. Although there are rewards, it's a pretty high stress job and knowing how to handle it, is essential
Sometimes, you may even be like a therapist. Brides have a lot on their plate and working side by side with them will bring up issues whether it's related to family, finances, the bridal party, decor decisions, etc. Being the "voice of reason" and/or the "listener" is certainly a part of the job title as well.
Here's to wearing multiple hats! 

Are you a bride or have been a bride? If so, what has caused the most stress and how did you handle it?

Have a beautiful week my friends!

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mommy and Me Photosesh featuring Love Sparkle Pretty

One of my favorite photographers, Kayla of Kayla V Photography, recently shot the sweetest photo session yet! Beautiful Courtney and her ADORABLE daughter Caydence, exude the perfect kind of love. I swoon over these photos-the styling, the headbands (the 2 on Courtney were made by yours truly), the cuddles and the beautiful moments captured by Kayla.
Take a peek for yourself my friends.
See lots more of this photo session here.

Photography Credit: Kayla V Photography
Floral Halo + Rhinestone Headpiece: Love Sparkle Pretty

Saturday, July 27, 2013

||Speak Now|| You're Beautiful-Link Up

Ellie Coburn // elliecoburn.com | Courtney Pruitt //  All Things Unpredictable and Chic | Ashley Griffith // After Nine to Five | Kayla Leppelman // Love Sparkle Pretty | Emma // Emma Deer | LaurenVaughan // One Sweet Fairytale | Nina // Nina's Bargain Beauty | Kristine Foley // The Foley Fam | Shane Prather // Whispering Sweet Nothings | Keri-Anne Pink // gingerlilytea | Kara Kieran //  Kieran Honey Bee | Cassie Yielding // Live. Laugh. Love. | Kim Cee // 2justByou.com | Ann Michele // Ann Michele's World | Ashlea Durrett // Ashlea with an A | Julie Grimmett // Julie is Coco and Cocoa | Laura Euler //  Storybook Reality  | Christine Rosko // Life with a side of coffee
Special Thanks to Sarah Moog for her ongoing contributions and tireless efforts towards the Speak Now Movement.
I received an e-mail from my grandmother which included a very inspirational quote. Sometimes a good pick me up could be a dose of beautiful words.

"Today, may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

I'm not sure who came up with this quote but I wanted to share this with every woman || and man too if you're reading ;) || to serve as a reminder that you have a purpose created by our Lord-Christ Jesus. You are loved and you are beautiful!

I'm so excited to be linking up with Speak Now + would love if you would too! Read all about the inspiring details below.

Speak Now is an empowerment program that exists to create community and inspiration for women globally. 
Each month, Speak Now creates a NEW way to get bloggers, women, and community members involved with our movement to spread  the unique philosophy that we are all beautiful regardless of shape, size, or circumstance. We are so wonderfully excited to reveal,  the 2nd "You're Beautiful" Link-Up.
Wonderful bloggers from all over the web have teamed up once again to help spread the "You're Beautiful" Link-Up and share with women everywhere just how beautiful they are.
Society today shares with us the ever-present challenge of feeling beautiful and worthy in all walks of life.
We're here to tell you that despite trends in fashion, media, and communication-
you are perfectly perfect being you.

Why do you think women are beautiful inside and out?
Tweet us about it. Status about us on Facebook. Or tag us in your instagram photos @womenspeaknow
Link-Up your blog below to support the Speak Now movement.
You don't have to write a post about us or advertise us in anyway. We want to see you being your than you so link up your most recent post, link us to your small business, or link us to a past post that makes you feel truer than true about women empowerment.
So link-up and stay connected with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Remember that you're beautiful. & that being you is the best you can be.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Weekend Recap {A vacay in the sun}

This past Sunday, my husband, my little love bug and I packed up to go on our first family vacation. We decided to go to Laughlin and meet up with our good friends, Chad and Tara and my momma even came out for a night! I was a little weary taking the baby to Laughlin but seeing how our rooms were only $24 a night at the Harrah's, we made it work and found lots of fun things to do with Levi. In actuality, the vacation seemed to be Levi's vacation seeing how he ate lots of goodies, stayed up pretty late, played in the arcade, swam his little heart out in the river and soaked up lots of sun (with mounds of sun screen of course)!
We all had such a great time! I brought my DSLR but I ended up taking most of the photos on my iPhone because I was too nervous that I'd break my Canon somehow.
Here's a little peek of this past weekend.
On our way with a sleeping baby in the back seat.
Arcade time for little love.
A dinner night with some Mexican food!

Yummy Creme Brulee another night with my momma and step father.
Levi had dessert too...
Clear skies on the way home.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed the photo above because of the quote I posted on the way home from our trip. :)
Have a beautiful Friday my friends
Do you have any plans for this upcoming weekend?

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Minnie Mouse FIRST Birthday Party!

This past Saturday, I attended one of the sweetest little girl's FIRST birthday party! Little Julia is the daughter of some of my very good friends, Megan and Ian. Their little loves are like my little loves.
I can't believe Julia is already a whole year old! I still remember throwing her baby shower, seeing that cute newborn face and squeezing those adorable arm rolls that went on for days.
Megan decided on a classic Minnie Mouse party with polka dots, handmade tissue pom poms and yummy cupcakes (no pink). It was a lot of fun for the kids with a craft table and a surprise guest appearance by Minnie Mouse herself!
Here's a peek of a sweet afternoon.
Playing "hot potato" awaiting the surprise guest.

Hi Minnie!!
Happy Birthday to yooouuu...
This is what happens when you try to take photos of a bunch of kids...This is reality.
Happy Birthday Julia! I love you so so much! I can't wait to spend lots more birthdays with you and watch you and your big brother grow up together with little Levi. Please don't grow up too quickly. Be still my heart. <3