photogenic thank you cards

Yesterday I posted about The Rose's first birthday party. It was a grand 'ole time. She is still recovering. Correction: We are still recovering. 

Today I'm trying to get ahead and be productive, so I'm writing thank you cards, and I wanted to share a fun and cheap idea that still is super personal.

One thing you could do is order photo thank you cards. Those are super cute and I definitely drool over them online, but those are also a little pricey and they require you to think ahead. (That is something I don't always do). Instead you can include your own photos! 

For The Rose's birthday party we printed off many of our Instagram pictures from Walgreens and hung them up all over our home as decoration. (And psst! We waited until they had a coupon code and got them all for 40% off)!

Then, after the fun day, we took the photos down and included a few of our favorites in our thank you cards. 

It was especially personal when we were able to include pictures of those specific guests with our little Rosie. It helped out in two ways: one, it helped us get rid of some of those photos (because we don't need ALL of them forever) and two, it allows our guests to have photos of Eliza to hang on their fridge. Double whammy!

That's it!

And by the way, I totally had to scrub my white floors for these photos. They were dirty! I need to clean them all. But that's for later. Now is for coffee drinking and news watching. Happy Tuesday!

The Rose is ONE!

On Sunday we celebrated The Rose's First Birthday at our home with a few close friends and family.
We wanted her party to be full of JOY because that is what she brings to our life. Seriously. Not that she is easy-peasy 100% of the time, but she really is such a sweet, happy, vibrant little thing and she's only just ONE year old. I get so excited to think about all the future that she has in store. And that I get to enjoy watching all of it because I am her Mama.

Eliza Rose: We love you absolutely, forever and always. You are a beauty inside and out. We love your outgoing spirit (although I have to admit sometimes it terrifies me). You are so brilliant and curious and strong and full of life. Thank you for changing ours and bringing so much JOY. We love you!

[P.S. Shout out to Mr. Christopher and Anna for helping me capture the day!]


Hey there friends! I think it's   G I V E A W A Y   time!
This week I'm partnering with sweet Breeanna from Honey Hive Five for a giveaway on Instagram. One lucky winner will win one item from each of our shops.

She makes the cutest handmade things. I personally love her Bright Floral Clutch. I bought if for myself to put into The Rose's diaper bag so that I can have an cute bag for myself. (As much as I love her diaper bag, it's nice having my own sometimes). I love all the details she puts into her items, from the personalized tag to the leather zipper charm. It is BEAUTIFUL. 

So, if you would like to win one of my handmade necklaces AND one of Breeanna's beautiful items, visit our Instagram accounts right now to enter here and here! The giveaway ends Friday April 17th!

Happy winning!

happy spring, friends!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Spring is hope for me.
It is a reminder that sunny days are ahead. Days full of flowers and dirt and the smell of fresh herbs in my backyard. It is the sound of the birds chirping and my heart spending a little less time being grumpy pants and a little more time being thankful for the beauty of God's creation.

Enjoy this free printable HERE I made as a gift a few years ago for some sweet sistahs!

Natalie Creates giveaway!

Hey guys! Today the beautiful Natalie Creates is hosting a giveaway for my shop! Go here to enter!

four tips to finishing a baby book

I am the worst at keeping up with photo albums. I have a bajillion photographs on my computer and external hard drives (yes, hard drives! That's how many photographs I have!). My photos date back to junior year of college when I got my first digital camera all the way up to today. 

But even though I have all these memorable photographs, I don't do much with them! I think it's a combination of lack of time, lack of organization and cheapness that keep me from actually making the photo books I want. I also get overwhelmed when I start to think about it, because I think about all the photographs I've missed out on making (so why start now!) and so on and so on.

So when The Rose was born, I knew I wanted to actually follow through with keeping up a photo book of her first year (and hopefully beyond, when I get there!). And I am happy to say that nine months in, I'm actually doing it!

So today I'd like to share four tips for you Mamas (or someday Mamas) out there who are like me, who want to make a photo book for their babes but feel like they have too little time, or too little energy or too little motivation to get it done but really, really, really want to get it done!

First, pick a book that's your style. Whether it's a photo book you're making online or a fill in, tape in photo book like the one I chose, pick one that you love. You're going to be looking at it for a whole year (or more, depending on the book). So make sure it's something you like!

I went to Barnes and Noble and looked at a couple options, I asked a few friends and then finally I ordered mine online here.

Second, don't overthink it. I am a perfectionist. I am learning more and more everyday to let go of that perfectionism because everything does not have to be perfect. At first, when it came to The Rose's baby book I would get overwhelmed with the thought of "not writing the perfect thing" or "not choosing the perfect photo" or "not taking the perfect photo" that I almost didn't even start.

And then I realized that The Rose is going to be way more excited about me having a photo book of her finished than having the most perfect photo! (Heck, 20 years from now our photos are going to be outdated anyway!)

So practically what this means for me is I take her monthly photos whenever I can (not usually on the actual day) in whatever outfit and with whatever background. And then to make it even easier, I print the Instagram photos I tag of her as my photos to put in the photo book. (You can choose the Instagram option at most photo printing stores, including Walgreens where I get mine).

It's a cinch!

Third take it slow. Mr. Christopher and I started working on The Rose's baby book a few months after she is born. We keep it in our living room so it is easily accessible, (we keep the same pen with the book too!) and we work on it every couple months when we have a slow weekend.

This helps us to remember the small details with each month without getting caught up in having to have it done each and every month.

And lastly, share the load. I love working on this alongside Mr. Christopher. He takes his turn writing in answers with me. We ask each other the questions and answer them together, usually while The Rose is giggling or screaming or playing next to us on the floor.

And that's it!

Overall, I think it'll be pretty worth it to have it finished in May. I already get teary eyed when I go back to the first few months of her life and am reminded of something she used to do then but doesn't do now. (They change so fast!)

But please tell me, what is your favorite baby book or family photo album? Do you have any tips you'd love to share? Please do below. I'd love to read them!
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