Tuesday, January 31, 2012

baby shower :: baby ford

all images via MeOhMy

My friend Nicole of the blog MeOhMy, had a sweet baby boy just days before Christmas. So, a few months ago I helped throw her a baby shower to get ready for the arrival of her baby boy. She posted the pictures on her blog a few days ago, and I wanted to share them with you as well.

In this post on her blog, she shared her nursery inspiration board in which she showed the baby's bedding. I decided to base all the designs for the shower off of that. We kept it very simple, and I love the way everything turned out. The other girls throwing the shower were in charge of all the food, and the food was incredible. Especially these cheesecake bars. The party favors were these darling bags found on etsy, filled with some of Nicole's favorite candies. All in all, it was a fun night with great friends!

Monday, January 30, 2012

custom invitations ::super bennett

My son is turning 5 in a few weeks. How it is possible that I have a FIVE year old is beyond me, but five it is. He wanted a superhero party like every other 5 year old boy out there. Everywhere I looked I saw the same sort of pop art superhero party theme. Which is so super cute, but I wanted to do something a little different. I am so glad I did because I could not be more obsessed with these cute super boy invitations. We are doing a breakfast with cereal and donuts, so it shouldn't be too much stress. Check back in two weeks for pictures of the party.

Check out Bennett's 4th birthday camping party invites here.
Find pictures of his 4th birthday camping party here.
See his 3rd Birthday invitations and party here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

kidlark favs :: cotton on

While visiting one of my local malls a few months back, I saw that they were opening a new kids store called Cotton On Kids, and it looked like something I would LOVE. I did a little research and found out that Cotton On Kids is an Australian based company. If you follow party & design blogs, then you already know that those Australians have some fabulous taste. Anyway, the store finally opened and I went for the first time this week. I fell head over heels for this place. Not only were the clothes darling, but the prices were very reasonable too. Think crewcuts style with gapkids price range and quality (side note: every shirt my daughter owns from crewcuts, has holes in it. LAME!) The website does not even come close to doing the store justice. I was especially happy to find cute BOY clothes for my 5 year old because that is always a challenge. If you live in South Orange County, run over to The Spectrum and hit up Cotton On Kids because the entire store is 30% off, but only through the end of January. I promise, it's worth it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

holiday decor :: love day

I put up my Valentine's day decorations today, all three of them. Since we live in a small place, I hate storing holiday decorations, so I tend to keep it pretty simple & almost always handmade. The wreath is just a simple yarn wrapped wreath that I made a few years ago, and the two garlands I made last Valentine's for my sister-in-laws baby shower . I love the way the colors pop against all of the white. I also love that they go perfectly with the deer silhouette print I made a few months ago. Oh and that picture of my three babies is pretty perfect up there too!

custom branding :: lilapops

A few months ago Leslie came to me and asked me to help her with the branding & design work for a new company that she started with her husband. After going on a road trip with her coughing children, they came up with the genius idea of an all natural cough drop lollipop for kids called LILAPOPS. You may have seen their ads on Style Files, MeOhMy, DesignMom, etc. The best part about LILAPOPS, is that they are made with honey and marshmallow root so you can really give them to your kids anytime. The bad part is, if your kids are anything like mine, once they taste them, they will be begging you for them all day everyday.

She had a vision and I am so excited with how it is all turning out. Not only is she a genius, she is a darling mother, and one of the most kind and thoughtful clients I have ever dealt with. Is it weird that I feel like we are BFF's now? Seriously, that's how nice she is. Oh and did I mention she has the cutest house ever? Check it out over on her blog, Drywall & Diapers.

LILAPOPS is currently offering a 25% discount to Kidlark readers. Head on over to their website to purchase yours NOW. While you are over there, check out all of the ads and other items I designed for her as well!

*Sorry for the poor iPhone images. I couldn't wait any longer to share this exciting news with you, and my good camera is acting up.*

Thursday, January 19, 2012

travel log :: AZ & TX

braving the roads on the 6 hour drive to AZ

welcomed to AZ with homemade french onion soup

is there anything better than a peaceful flight without kids?

dinner at stephan piles

a night out to dinner in Dallas with old friends from college

spending time with my husband

my stash of bottles, toys, and paci's for the drive along with my 44 oz soda of course

so happy to be back in CA

My husband Andrew is working in Dallas, TX for 3 weeks. SO LONG! I decided to go out and visit him last weekend. I loaded up my car on Wednesday, and braved the 6 hour drive with my 3 kids to AZ where my parents live. I dropped off my kids to stay with my mom and dad for a few days and then flew from Phoenix to Dallas on Friday, and back to Phoenix on Sunday, and drove back to CA on Tuesday. It was a fun little getaway, and I loved getting to spend a few days alone with Andrew. I also enjoyed hanging out with my parents and sister in AZ, and of course I loved getting my Mexican food fix too!

This was my second time to Dallas, and I loved it. So much yummy food, and great shopping. Friday night we ate at an amazing restaurant in downtown Dallas called Stephan Pyles. So many unique dishes, but my favorite was the "coffee and donuts" dessert which consisted of espresso creme brûlée with caramelized goats milk, topped with homemade donuts. Then Saturday night we met up with our old friends from college and went to a mexican dinner at Chuy's. If you go there, do yourself a favor and order the queso with a side of the hatch green chile sauce. Chips dipped in that is an amazing combination.

Monday, January 9, 2012

desktop calendar :: january

This year we are offering a couple of new things in addition to the desktop calendar. Each month there will be a free iPhone/iPad calendar for your lock screen with corresponding wallpaper for your home screen (see above photos). These can be used on your iPad as well.

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iOS Instructions

Browse to this post on your iPhone/iPad and click here to view the iPhone/iPad calendar and click here to view the iPhone/iPad wallpaper. Once you are viewing them on your iOS device, hold your finger on the picture of the calendar or wallpaper until your device asks you to save the image. Click on save, and a copy of the image is added to your photo roll. You can then go into "Settings" > "Wallpaper" and set the calendar as your "Lock Screen" and the wallpaper as your "Home Screen". If you are having trouble, leave a comment and we'll get technical support right on the line!

christmas card :: 2011

December was a very busy month, but I am sad that it is already over. This year's christmas card was very simple and served as a birth announcement as well. I never got around to sending one out, but I really wanted to use the beautiful newborn pictures that Ashlee Raubach took for us. I printed the card on a nice, thick, cotton paper that am in LOVE with. It was a little more expensive, but totally worth it. I also inserted a little card with our new address on it so people would know that we had moved. Finally, I made a custom address wrap label to coordinate with the card. It was a lot if work, but I was very pleased with the way everything turned out.
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