Nov18 Thanksgiving 2014

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I have a discovery that your kids will greatly appreciate. Caravan Shoppe  has a fabulous Thanksgiving printable for just $8.00 which comes with a gorgeous Thanksgiving Posters, Napkins Holders and Placemat Designs. My favorite in the Table Design that is so full of creativity it will keep the kiddos happy and entertained during the meal. There are places to color, to draw hand turkeys, write what they’re thankful for and more. I LOVE IT.

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Nov17 Family in Wisconsin 2014

At first glance these may seem like your average batch of family photos, but they aren’t.  They are spectacular.  They’re the type of photos that make you believe in love, and marriage, and family.  The close up moments of cheeks pressed up against one another, of toddler legs wrapped around a belly swelling with life, of carefree feet swinging in midair or soaked in creek water.  These are the types of photos that capture real moments, raw beauty, and love in it’s fullest form…these are my favorite kind.

Photography: Aliza Rae 

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Nov14 OyOy Mini 2014

The Danish company OyOy is a great place to go for well designed quirky items for your home. They launched a mini collection a few months back that is fabulous. If you’re in the US you can shop their products at the CA based company Huset.
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Nov13 A Ballerina 2014

This is like the grownup version of every little girls goal in life.  To be a ballerina and a glowing mother-to-be all in one beautifully pink toned world, it’s like life straight out of a day dream.

Photography: Melanie Gabrielle

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Nov11 Moonrise Kingdom Birthday Party 2014

Any Wes Anderson fans out there? ME! ME! ME! I just saw the title of this submission and I pretty much accepted it in my heart before I even saw the photos.  Here are some lovely details for you:
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“The party took place at the lovely Catalina Verdugo Adobe Park in Glendale, CA. It was the perfect woodsy location. We encouraged guests to dress up and my mother-in-law even sewed a Suzy Bishop dress based on a vintage pattern. And, I crocheted Wini’s saddle shoes from a pattern I bought from Etsy seller Amanda Moutos Designs.
All the picnic tables were decorated with maps of the Island of Penzance (The fictional island in the movie) along with binoculars, compasses, camping lanterns, boy scout badges, arrows, flowers from the movie and polaroids of my daughter.
The dessert table was adorned with a flannel, camping gear and people could make their own s’mores. The smash cake featured the raccoon badge worn by the khaki scouts in the movie. Boxed Hearts even made a little paper totem pole decoration to add to the atmosphere.
I commissioned an artist, Gabriel Gate, to make a watercolor drawing to welcome the guests as they arrived. Alongside the drawing we had library books and also an iPad to play the movie. To also welcome guests, Boxed Heart Design created a Camp Wini sign  made of sticks.
For activities, we had a scavenger hunt. I had Boxed Heart make the scavenger hunt list look like Suzy Bishop’s stationary. We also had a craft where the kids could make their own pine cone birds using paint, glitter, google eyes and feathers.  The activities table itself was even adorned with mine and my sister’s old uniform’s from our Girl Scout days!
One of the most fun aspects was the photo booth. Boxed Hearts created a backdrop to like the tent used in the movie and the props included vintage yellow luggage, toy, record player, coonskin cap, glasses, binoculars, bow and arrow, bugle, flannel sheets and library books. Everyone gave their best Wes Anderson poses.”


Photographer – Rachel McCauley Photography 
Event Design – Boxed Heart Design 

Cake – Cakes By Rumy
Watercolor Artist – Gabriel “Gabotron” Gaete 
Crochet Saddle Shoe Pattern – Amanda Moutos Designs 
Digital Polaroids - Polaroid Fotobar 
Vintage finds – Melrose Trading Post 


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