Picture Perfect, Give the gift of Pictures

This year, I'll be almost 7 months pregnant for the holidays. And we have a beautiful little one year old running, and I mean running around the house. I thougth she was busy before. Our poor Christmas tree doesn't stand a chance. Combine these two factors and it doesn't leave much time, or energy for much Christmas shopping. So what is a girl to do? Answer: give the gift of pictures. 

Go Pro- There are so many reasons that professional pictures are worth the time it takes to do your hair and dress your baby and (yes) husband in the morning. For one, all you have to do is show up and let the professional do the rest. You don't have to worry about filters, lighting or anything else. When you go pro you are guaranteed a beautiful good quality picture that you will be proud to keep, share, and gift. Camera phone cameras are fun but not for gift giving. 

Christmas Cards- If you are one of those people, like we are who still believes in sending Christmas cards then you can't go wrong with a family picture card. Family and friends love to get recent pictures. It is a nice personal touch and if your family is like mine it will end up on the fridge.

Mini Albums- These are from our Seattle photographer, Miss Freddy and will make lovely Christmas gifts. I won't spoil for who. The best part of these mini albums is Miss Freddy does all the work, she picks the pictures, layout etc.. you provide her with some feedback and she mails them to you. Hard to beat that. If you'd like to see a picture of these beauties click mini albums.

Shutterfly- I love this site. You can take all those beautiful pictures you have and turn them into perfect little picture presents. You do have to do this yourself, but Shutterfly is very user friendly and I've used it to order storybooks, magnets, cups, desktop frames and more in the past. Psst: think grandparents. 

Matching Outfits- So this is only me. But where else is it appropriate to dress like your child other than in a family holiday photo shoot. I found us matching outfits! And I was so excited about them (probably too excited about them). If you are looking for more ways to dress for your photo shoot Miss Freddy has a great what to wear for families on Pinterest. 

I've included some of the pictures from our Photo shoot, courtesy of Miss Freddy. We took family photos, pics of our baby girl and even a few maternity ones! (I'd never had maternity ones before) Miss Freddy was our photographer and we think she did an awesome job. What do you think?











DIY Gift Guide for Your First Anniversary

DIY Gift Guide for Your First Anniversary

Finding the perfect gift for a first anniversary can be tough. How can a physical gift express the joy and accomplishment of your first year of marriage?  If you’re abiding by traditional gift-giving rules, the first anniversary poses an even greater challenge—paper doesn’t seem very glamorous. Nevertheless, paper is a great starting point for lots of DIY gift projects. A personalized present is heartfelt, so paper-based gifts are a wonderful way to express your love. Here are some of my favorite paper-centric DIY ideas to make a first anniversary memorable.

Remember When Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking Isn’t Just for Girls

In the digital age, memories are just a camera click away. However, there’s nothing quite like a personalized photo album created by a loved one. Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be a female endeavor! Men shouldn’t have anything to fear from stickers or glue sticks; if you put together a scrapbook of old photos, ticket stubs, printed emails (anything related to your relationship), she’ll be blushing with surprise and elation.

Customize a Book

Books tend to make great first anniversary gifts, especially if your significant other likes to read. Write a heartfelt message inside the cover of a vintage copy of their favorite book or go the extra mile and pick up an autographed version of the latest book from that author they can’t get enough of. Another great option is to publish something personal. Many companies offer books that can be customized to fit your marriage and there are even services that will generate romance novels featuring the names of you and your spouse.


Fold Up Your Love

Origami is a cute way to embellish your anniversary plans. Learn to fold cranes, frogs, and other animals, and leave them around the house to surprise your spouse on the special day. Use a trail of folded creatures to lead your wife to the breakfast you’ve prepared for her. Origami boxes and envelopes are also inventive ways to wrap small gifts. Your spouse is sure to love your playfulness.

Remember Your Anniversary Every Day

When you tell your spouse how much you love them on your anniversary, it’s an awesome feeling. But why stop there? You can remind your spouse of your love every day! If you plan for your first anniversary in advance, you can create a custom page-a-day calendar. All you need is a stack of paper, a hole punch, and a few binder rings. On each sheet of paper (365—one for each day of the year), write down something you love about your spouse, a shared memory, a favorite photo, or anything else that celebrates your relationship. Don’t forget to label each page with the corresponding date and weekday. When you’re done, fasten your project with binder rings and get ready for a smile. It’s a lot of work, but the daily payoff is worth it. Your gesture will continue all the way until your next anniversary!


Make the Headlines

There’s no paper like the newspaper! Call up your local paper, pay for space in the classifieds section, and make a sentimental statement about your marriage. On the morning of your anniversary, present the paper to your spouse (along with a nice breakfast, of course) and watch their surprise as they read your tribute. For something a little less public, order a personalized book that chronicles all of the headlines and important events from your first year of marriage.


These are just a few anniversary projects you can create with paper. Your first anniversary gift isn’t as limiting as it might seem! In fact, you can use the opportunity to express your love and appreciation in heartfelt and inventive ways. With a little imagination, you’ll fondly remember your first anniversary for many years to come!

Guest Blog Post by Morgan Gray

(Thanks Morgan!)

We just celebrated our first anniversary and my hubby surprised me with 'paper' tickets to see Cirque du Soleil. Another fun paper idea. I'm not going to lie I didn't actually know the first year anniversary was paper. I would have gladly accepted more diamonds. :) 


10 Wedding Shoe trends

10 Wedding Shoe inspired trends! Who doesn't love shoes? And these fabulous shoes make for great wedding day inspiration! So if you heart shoes like me....

1. Rocking Rain Boots- Rain Boots of all kinds are making their appearance under wedding dresses everwhere. Perfect if your day is rainy or if you are like me and live in Seattle. Here are a few tips to rock your rain boots

source 4eyesphotography

2. Take a Bow- Big beautiful wedding bows are all the rage. How beautiul are these shoes topped with bows? 

source Steve Steinhardt

3. Flat out Amazing- Many brides are choosing flat wedding shoes, instead of the big heels. Wedding shoes flat are the perfect way to dance the night away. I love this sparkly pair from Betsey. 

source: my glass slipper

4. Giddy Up! Cowboy boots are a favorite among brides everywhere. Perfect for an outdoor or rustic wedding. 

source Amanda Marie Portraits

5. Feather Fever- Feathers are a hot trend for wedding dresses..why not for wedding shoes too?

source: In Photography

6. Pretty Pale Pink- Soft colors make for a beautiful wedding palette. Especially when paired with a metallic accent. Love these soft hued shoes. 

source: Style Me Pretty

7. Tie it up- Ribbon is so versatile it can be used as a wedding backdrop or to tie up your wedding shoes. 

source: Style Me Pretty

8. Ring Bling- I love this wedding picture trend. Two of a girl's favorite things: diamonds and shoes. It's a win win.

source: studio b photograhy

9. Splash of Color- Many weddings include a bright accent color. It's very fun and so are big bold patterned shoes. Love the polka dots.  

source: love wed bliss

10. Write it down- Another one of my favorite trends is to have your bridesmaids sign the back of your wedding shoes. A beautiful sentiment. And if you use a blue marker it doubles as your something blue

 source the knot


Shop at Home giveaway

The lovely people from Shopathome contacted me and asked if I would share their giveaway.

To enter visit this link:  A random winner will be drawn May 1st 2013

Who couldn't use a $250 visa card to put toward wedding expenses? You do have to provide your email but Shopathome offers some great coupons/discounts. Which is kinda fun. They also have a cash back program if you are into that. Full contest rules are available here

Good Luck!




10 ways to go glam

10 ways to go glam. Adding a hint of sparkle compliments any type of wedding or season. And a little wedding sparkle goes a long way. Here are 10 ways to add just the right amount of glam to your day. 

1. Nothing says glam like a big bold amazing pearl necklace like this one. Stunning! 

image source: style me pretty

2. A sparkly headband is the perfect accessory for this dress and look. 

image source: style me pretty

3. I love the beautiful combination of a soft sparkle with a soft flowy skirt.  So pretty. 

image source: kimhayesphotography

4.A sequined bolero is a great way to add glam to a solid colored wedding dress. 

source: inspired by this

5. A few gold details on your wedding cake is a little slice of glam. 

source: the caketress 

6. Glitter eye make up is beautiful and perfectly glamorous

source: style me pretty

7.Dazzle your groom with a bling filled garter. 

source: Alisabrides

8. The perfect way to set the tone, luxurious luminious wedding invitations

source: Invitations by David's Bridal

9. Strappy sandals with just the right amount of sparkle. 

source meghan aileen

10. Nothing says sparkle like sparklers.  Sparklers are always a bit hit and they make for beautiful photos. 

image sources: inspired by this

I want the necklace in number one. and I could use #6's make up artist.