Monday, May 26, 2014

Events: Carter's 3rd Birthday

In July we'll celebrate Carter's 4th birthday, so before it hits the "1 year ago mark" I decided to share a few pictures from his Superhero themed party we held last summer. It's amazing how much changes in a year, considering then he didn't really have a single favorite superhero - he just loved them all. Now he specifically loves Superman, though from time to time he'll introduce a few others (depending on his mood).

For the invitation, I had a fun photo shoot with Super Carter on the front porch with a few of his favorite superhero items. At the time that was his Superman shirt, mask, and rain boots. It was a good look.
Invites were ordered from TinyPrints; I always really like their print quality.

Before the party, the entire family got superhero tattoos. We're hardcore.
I made the cake using cupcake wrappers & toppers from Amazon, along with colorful sprinkles. It was a hit.
Superhero photo booth props were from Amazon as well.
In addition to photo booth props, the kid station had blank superhero masks and colored pencils to entertain little ones before the party. Attendees also got superhero bracelets (you'll see them on the wrists of some of the littles below).
The tablescape had to be pretty simple since it was 95 degrees outside and we didn't want everything (or everyone) to melt. I still really like how it turned out!
After cake & snacks, all the kids completed a small superhero training course. Since most of the little ones were 3 years and under, we had to keep it pretty simple. 
The course included sliding, running through cones, jumping through hula hoops, climbing through a tunnel, and then lastly shooting the bad guys with silly string. It got pretty intense.
I loved watching my husband explain the course to the (not so) captive audience!
Carter chose the bad guys everyone would shoot: Syndrome (from The Incredibles), Lotso (from Toy Story 3), and Mr. Waternoose from Monster's Inc.
We ended the activities with an "evil" monkey piƱata. I really wanted something more scary, but I kind of struck out in that department. In addition, he proved to be a bit too tough for the little ones to crack open, but fortunately some of the older attendees were able to help save the day!
Since the boys turn 2 and 4 exactly 4 weeks apart, AND I'm also due with baby sister directly in the middle of that, this year I'm planning a joint party the 4th of July weekend that includes our neighborhood parade. Hopefully I'll get party pictures posted sooner than 10 months later! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Over the last few months I've had the pleasure of virtually designing several rooms for friends, an interior design trend known as eDesign. As a graphic designer who has always had an eye for interiors, eDesign is a perfect fit for me since it combines all the things I love. Also, it's great that I can work on projects for anyone across the country, any time of the day.

Soon I'll share some of my client projects, but since most are still in progress, I thought I'd share the one I created for 2 little guy's room earlier this year.

Here's the eDesign I created in Illustrator:

Here's the finished room (you can view additional pictures from the post I did about the project here):

I love that eDesign is an affordable interior design option that works especially for busy young families who need flexibility. In meeting with clients over the last few months, it's become obvious that most people have good ideas for what they want for a room (or multiple rooms), they just lack the time and energy to put it all together in one place. 

In addition to the eDesign above, I include a Resources List with product info and pricing, as well as hyperlinks to each item included in the room - this makes purchasing super easy. 

I'm excited to see where this trend goes in the coming year(s)!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Design: Sweet Sweet Sylvia's Nursery

After working on Sylvia's nursery on and off for the last 2 months, I can comfortably say it's complete! I'll always make little tweaks, but overall the hard stuff is done. The best part: I did it all MYSELF (prego and all)!

Disclaimer: Chris did help with the furniture assembly, and the boys did help demolish the room numerous times, so I guess I can't say it was 100% me. But painting, wallpapering, trim work, decorating, hanging pictures and even curtains: those were all me. And Sylvie was along for the ride :)

I'm so happy to share Sylvia's bright & cheery room. It turned out just how I'd envisioned!

I tried to incorporate a lot of old with new in her room. For example, the little pink & white flowery dress hanging on the wall was what I wore home from the hospital many years ago. The blue & white flowery quilt hanging on the crib was made by my aunt Ann, the pink blanket in the baby rocking chair was made by my cousin's MIL (she's made blankets for all 3 of my babies and they adore them).

I made the Sylvia banner hanging above the changing table from an alphabet banner I found at Hobby Lobby (good thing none of the letters in her name repeat!), and then used colorful tassels to add more dimension to it on the wall.

As a comparison, here's a before shot of the room taken the very first time we walked through our home in May of 2011. When we moved in nearly 3 years ago, it was a dark green color and decorated for a high school boy. Ew.

While we left the room green for Wesley, I was never a big fan of it. We were just too busy with work, babies, and the many other home projects that took precedent when first moving in! Here's a pano shot of how it looked in early 2012.

We moved the boys in together earlier this year and they seriously love it. The tour of that room is here.

My next task? Waiting for little sister, who could arrive any day now!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Sweet Sweet Sylvia {Maternity Pics}

We've taken maternity pictures when I was 31 weeks along with all 3 pregnancies, so it's fun to have an exact comparison between each one. In early April we had our friend Janae Hardy from The Itsy Bitsy House take our family/maternity session and I could NOT be more pleased with how they turned out.

I love having sessions at or around our home because they always feel more personal and the boys seem to stay more comfortable. I especially love that she was able to snap a few pics in the nursery, even though it wasn't quite done (close enough). The light in that room is incredible.

Here are a few from when I was expecting Wesley in 2012 (taken by Heather Cherie Photography) and then Carter in 2010 (taken by Itsy Bitsy House). My how our family has changed.