Minted Greeting Card Challenge

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I have been pretty busy lately, between planning my son’s 1st birthday party, work, and submitting designs to the Minted Holiday Challenge, there has almost no time for anything else. But I was able to get 2 submissions into the first greeting card challenge, which is pretty exciting. I wish I could have done more, but I was seriously burned out. Below are the 2 cards I created. Crossing fingers! Enjoy!

Precious Moments

The Same Stars

Interior Palettes: Modern Zen

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Since the season has changed, it’s all about getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. I wanted to share some patio inspiration to help with ideas on how to freshen up and design your outdoor space. This is what I call Modern Zen. Relaxed and comfy, with a focus on geometric shapes and neutral hues. I just love how the soft grays and browns offset the earthy greens. This allows nature to really shine. And the nice pops of yellow aren’t too bright, yet bring a freshness to the overall look. You would definitely find me here everyday.


Photo credit: homebnc.com

At First Glance

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Seeing Elliot for the first time was such a joy, despite feeling like shit and wanting to throw up, lol. Those chubby cheeks, soft lips, fair skin, dark eyes, and button nose…my boy was here and he was beautiful. And as I countdown to his 1st birthday, I am filled with so much gratitude. The love I have for him is beyond words. Everything I went through was so worth it to have him by my side.


Photo by Lauren Elle Photography

Reflecting Back: My Birth Experience

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I can’t complain too much about my pregnancy, but my birth experience was pretty bad. I’m not gonna lie. Everything I didn’t want to happen, happened. That dream birth I was looking forward to certainly wasn’t meant for me. I felt so many emotions during my stay in the hospital: anxious, weak, powerless, sad, hopeless….the list goes on.

And then I was told I had to get a c-section. I just laid there and cried. All I wanted was was to meet my baby.

The surgery was horrible. But when I heard my sons voice for the first time, I smiled. And then I got to see his adorable face, and he smiled. And even though waves of nausea consumed me, I knew that soon, it would all be over.

And here I am today, almost 11 months later. Where does the time go? I feel like I’m going to blink and we will be celebrating his 1st birthday. Just another month and our sweet boy will enter a whole new journey. And us as well as parents. It’s all so exciting and a bit overwhelming. But the adventure awaits us.


Photo by Lauren Elle Photography