This post has been moved. Please find it now on my new baby and kid focused blog, Hazel & Ollie. There I'll be sharing all kinds of inspiration from nursery decor, kids fashion, maternity and new born shoots and more!
I only say little announcement, because it's a little guy or girl in there, but it's a big deal for us. We're so excited to say that we are having a baby! We've told many family and friends but I have been putting off announcing it publicly, mainly for a lack of time to post it.
It's our first, and I'm about 4 1/2 months along. No, we don't know if it's a boy or girl yet, but we'll be finding out soon. I'm due in mid-January, which is a perfect time of year. The onesie above I bought on my trip to New York in May, which was just two days after we found out. It was my first baby purchase.
Thanks for sharing our news, and I'll obviously be posting updates every now and then about our little one!
In May I was lucky enough to take my first trip to New York City. It's always been on my bucket list of places to visit (as I'm sure it is on most people's). When the opportunity came up, I couldn't say no. I attended as a blogger for Paper Muse Press, with my boss and longtime friend Sarah. Our main purpose was to visit the National Stationary Show, but we had plenty of time to soak up the culture of New York, and I loved every minute of it.
We spent our first day exploring, and walking around the city. The first spot we visited was the Chelsea Market. There were cute shops, and restaurants. I loved Spices and Tease, and bought some as a souvenir for my mom, who loves tea. Around every corner there was something new to look at, and a famous landmark. It's funny to see these place in real life when you've known them through movies, and books.
The Highline was definitely a highlight of our day. After walking around for hours and hours, it was nice to find this beautiful green spot, take a rest, and just enjoy some people watching. Plus the view wasn't bad either.
We ate so many delcious meals all over the city. The restaurant scene is so competitive that every place had amazing food, and great service. One of my favorite restaurants was Five Napkin Burger. Huge burgers, yummy fries, and cocktails. Plus the fun atmosphere. Delicious.
After dinner we wandered down through the broadway area, and into Times Square. I know, I know, it's a tourist trap, but it's a must see in New York, especially for someone whose never been. Great people watching again, so many different languages, and tons to look out (maybe a little sensory overload even). We took a seat while the sunset, and I noticed this building covered in images of people, and snapped a photo. Turns out it was one of the many installations for the Inside Out Project, but I didn't realize it until I got home and saw the documentary on HBO. The building was covered in photos of some of the real people of New York. Such a cool idea, check it out if you get a chance.
On our very last night we made our way to Little Italy, and ate a delicious dinner. It was one of my favorite areas of the city, by far, and I wish I'd had more time to check out all the unique boutiques, and eat at all the amazing restaurants. Walking around this section of the city you really got a feel for the history, and how old the New York really is.
Ahhhh, I took way, way more pictures, but these are my favorites (especially the first shot). Such a great trip, I'm so glad I got the opportunity to go, and can't wait until I get to head back someday!
This Friday and Saturday Go Blog Social is finally here. You may remember me mentioning it previously, and I honestly couldn't be more excited to take part in this brand new endeavor for the Kansas City area. I'm super passionate about blogging, even starting the KC Blogger Meetup group with my good friend Jeanee, so that bloggers in our area can mingle and get to know each other in person.
I'll be speaking on Friday afternoon at 2:15 on a panel with the lovely Melanie Knopke. We were both chosen because in addition to writing our blogs we both run our own businesses. The title of our talk is "Taking Your Blog Offline - How to Build Your Business", and we've got some great talking points to share. If you're still interested in attending Go Blog Social you can buy you can check out the site here, but don't wait, the meet and greet cocktail party is Thursday night!
Last week I made trip to Chicago to visit my friends Claudia and James, but also to attend The Simple Plan Workshop, which is put on by Michelle and Kelly of Sage Wedding Pros. What the heck is Sage Wedding Pros? Only one of the most amazing blogs ever, geared toward wedding professionals. They have advice on everything related to the wedding business, it's one of my favorite must reads.
Kelly and Michelle know their stuff, and they're super sweet to boot. I'd heard about The Simple Plan workshop and the words "life changing" were used to describe it. As soon as I heard they were coming to Chicago I bought my tickets. It's a two day in depth look at your wedding business, and covers areas like branding, marketing, human resources, and of course finances. Although I've been doing weddings for 5 years I never took the time to write a business plan, think about my mission statement, etc. There are were even attendees who had already been to the workshop before, but they use it as time to reflect on and refine their business to improve it year after year. Each facet is explained in depth and in terms that even a creative mind like mine can understand (which is quite a feat when it comes to finances). Plus they talk a lot about setting goals and developing an action plan in order to use what you learn at the workshop. Genius!
Besides the wealth of knowledge that was bestowed upon us, we got to network with other wedding professionals, and talk about our experiences working in the industry. This was one of my favorite parts of the workshop. Getting to know so many awesome small business owners that I could so easily relate to. It really helped me realize that I'm not alone in any struggles I may have, and that I'm doing some things right.
Overall I have to say attending The Simple Plan workshop has changed my life, at least my business life, which has a huge effect on how I live day to day. It's motivated me to want to do better, and make my business all that it can be! A huge thank you to Kelly and Michelle. Thanks for being so awesome, and willing to share your knowledge with other wedding pros, like me!
My plan was to start of the new year with a bang. Back in the office, ready to work, learn QuickBooks finally, the list goes on. However things came up, as they often do, and that didn't exactly happen. That's alright though, right? I've got so many creative ideas and projects, I'm nearly bursting, but it's finding the time and energy to accomplish them that I sometimes have trouble with.
However there's one thing I know for sure, I want to get back to this blog. It's been neglected for way to long, and it was one of my very first blogging projects. It's evolved and changed in so many ways, but I want to get back to why I love blogging. There's so much inspiration I love to look at, and DIY projects I'm ready to create. We did so much amazing floral work in 2012 that I still haven't shared.
So cheers to 2013, I'm really excited for all the new possibilities this new year might bring!
In January my friend Jeanee (from Dirty Laundry) came to me with the idea to do a KC Blogger Meetup. We'd both attended meet ups before, and I know that I really enjoy getting to know new blogging ladies. I made some fun KC cookies and cupcakes with pink icing. It was such a fun night, and I can't wait til we can put the next event together. Pop on over to the KC Blogger Meetup site to see even more pictures, and if you'd like to join us for our next event please visit the site for more info.
Leopard was obviously the hot shoe of the evening.
From reading my posts it seems like I pretty much split my time between Kansas City and Chicago, which I guess is partially true. I don't travel all that much, but when I do Chi-town seems like the perfect destination since it's got some of my favorite people living there. We got into all kinds of shinanigans including shopping at Top Shop, and bumping into a super cute and super pregnant Beyonce (no joke she brushed against us), having the most delicious waffles EVER, cocktails with the best view of the city, a silly photo shoot, and of course some crafting.
The selection of shoes at Top Shop is cray-cray. I could hardly decide which pair to try first.
Michigan Avenue looked so lovely with all the lights on the trees.
Breakfast at "Waffles" with this lovely lady.
Dark chocolate waffle with orange zest. Totally craving them now.
Took a pic of this cute W sign. Might be a fun DIY project to try out.
The view from the top of the Hancock Tower where we had cocktails.
We definitely had a silly photo shoot in the lobby. Love the lady below, miss her every day!
Made this yarn and ornament wreath as a thank you to my hosts.
Thanks so much for sharing my Chicago adventure. Now to plan my next trip...
When I was a kid I absolutely loved horses, what little girl didn't though? Near my parents house there was a farm, and we used to stop by and feed and pet the horses. There was a white one, a black one, and a little brown baby colt with a white spot on it's forehead. Now the colts all grown up, but we still like to stop by and feed them an apple or two every now and then.