Easter Best 2018

With the promise of ice cream after, I got my little men dressed in their Easter outfits for some festive Easter pictures. I had wanted to do the photos earlier this week but last weekend we had a random snow storm (not very springy) and this week we had quite alot of rain. But today the sun popped out nicely for us to get some cute pictures. And of course we got ice cream after! They did very good and I was happy how cute the photoshoot ended up. The Art and Design District of Carmel Indiana is just such a cute place with tons more photo opportunities I can’t wait to try out.

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Jake is excited for the Easter bunny to bring him a basket this year as well as going to church and having Easter dinner with his Granny and his Grandpappy. Liam just likes to do whatever Jake likes. Liam does love anything that has candy involved so he will be excited. I always love seeing the look on their faces when they are sooo excited for all the different Holiday’s fun. I hope you all have a most wonderful Easter weekend.

Until next week, XOXO.

Monthly Picks: March 2018

I wanted to share what I am loving/ what’s sitting in my online shopping carts once a month to help me get my shopping fix and out of boy world for a bit. 🙂 I am def looking at some warmer weather clothing now in hopes to wear some soon.

I have really been wanting some white flare jeans for springtime. I can only find these but I love them. Maybe I will hope for an Anthro sale soon. Fingers crossed. I also love these less expensive cropped white jeans.

Wondering if I can pull off these platform espadrilles. I think they would look really cute with some cropped or rolled jeans. Or this  version. Love these espadrilles too with cute summer dresses.

Just got this skirt to wear with a pink shirt for Easter.

With an upcoming girls weekend I was looking at this fun night out top. I am thinking it would look really cute with some white shorts for multi season wear. Or this similar cute off shoulder top. Sadly I did not get around to ordering one in time for girls weekend but I am thinking I would like them for date night. Big dreams!  ha!

Anyway just a quick and a bit later then normal post this week. I hope you all enjoyed it. I promise more photos soon. I was planning an Easter mom and boys photo shoot for this past week but it was so cold in the mornings here that I just felt bad making them take pictures without any coats.

Until next week, XOXO!

 

18 Months: Liam Edition

OMG! How is my little baby already 18 months old??!! Time really does fly by faster and faster. My littlest little man loves running and laughing. He’s not much of a talker yet. Although, he randomly surprises us with full sentences every once in a while saying things like “What are you doing Dad?” or “Read this!”. He isn’t a fan of snow and cold so he is happy its getting warmer. He can be pretty independant already but in the same breath can be soooo clingy to me… he’s still my little baby. He is kind and loves his animals. He loves giving sloppy kisses and wrestling with his brother. The wrestling drives me crazy and I am always worried someone is going to get hurt but they are usually laughing so hard. He is a very very picky eater and can some how create energy from nothing… Not sure how he’s growing so much. He loves making driving noises for cars, trucks, chicken nuggets and many more. He loves his big brother and everything he does. We just love seeing who he’s becoming every day. IMG_9825IMG_9833IMG_9863IMG_9837IMG_9841IMG_9844IMG_9873IMG_9883IMG_9885IMG_9891IMG_9903There is something super comfy about wearing distressed flared denim and a thermal for spring time. I like to mix up the straight leg with flared leg sometimes. A bit of a throw back style for the unpredictable temperatures of Spring time in Indiana. And they make running after boys look cute without having to wear leggings all the time. I really love flared denim! 🙂 Just a little mommy style to throw in because it is just something I enjoy and want to do more posts about.

Happy half birthday Liam! Hope you all have a great Friday and rest of the week. Until next week, XOXO.

Valentine’s Day Outfits: Toddler Boy Style

Just a little glimpse into behind the pictures type post today. I had gotten the boys and I cute Valentine’s Day shirts and wanted to share some pictures of us wearing them with you all. Of course, after I get a little photo backdrop set up and camera ready to go, Jake only wanted to wear his firetruck shirt. I had to bribe him to even wear his heartbreaker shirt. My hubby had gotten me a remote for my camera to help me take better tripod pictures, so as I am sure you can tell from the photos, Jake then only wanted to push the camera button. And he was mesmerized by it. haha. Anyway, thats real life.

Liam’s cute doggy Valentine’s shirt is an old hand me down from Jake. I got Jake’s Heartbreaker Tee from the Gap. I thought it was something fitting for Valentine’s Day but would work any other day as well. I found this anatomically correct heart sweatshirt on amazon for myself and I thought it was just too perfect. IMG_9774IMG_9775IMG_9778IMG_9779^OBSESSED with the camera remote!^

He’s so mesmerized by it and would not let anyone else push the button. haha. At least he did a pretty good job. IMG_9800IMG_9784IMG_9785

Boy mom life seems to always end in my boys getting rowdy… no exception here.

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At least my only little girl Emma is always up for kisses and cuteness. ❤

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Next week we plan on making some cute heart shaped cookies and some special Valentines for our friends. I got them their own special Valentine’s Day chocolates to surprise them next week too. I can’t wait to see their excited faces. What are all your Valentine’s Day plans? I hope they are good ones! Until next week, XOXO.

My First Photography Attempt

This week, I thought I’d share a photography project I did for Jacob’s nursery. I wanted to create some wall art that could continue to fit the room as he grows older. To go with the sporty puppies theme, I decided I wanted to have a series of pictures of various sports balls. FIrst I looked on the internet to find some to purchase since I didn’t think it would turn out nice if I did it myself. I found some that I liked on etsy…

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/202199652/instant-download-vintage-style-sports?ref=hp_mod_rf

but I decided that I could do it myself and save some of the cost. I was very pleased how the photos turned out.

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First, I realized I did not have any of the sports balls that I wanted to photograph, so began an Amazon search. I found these small toy balls for a fairly reasonable price. Once I was done with the photographs, you could not even tell they are just small toys.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000PXP3DQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Next, I picked a spot to stage the photos. I tried two different places just to see which I would like the best. First was outside on the grass and second was inside on the wood floor.

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After uploading to my computer, I used my Picasa program to play with the settings until I got the desired effect. This part took the longest. I ended up settling on the grass series with some added shadowing effects and color alterations.20140909_113029-002

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I picked out some simple metal frames to match the room. I used some bright green, blue, and red frames I found at Michaels Craft Store.

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http://www.michaels.com/frames/wall-frames/809188416#prefn1=refinementColor&prefv1=Green

Assemble and Hang! Here is the finished project. I later added a tennis and golf ball to have 6 pictures instead of 4. Plus Grandma looooves golf, so we totally could not leave that sport out.

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You can use the same technique for photos of other objects. I learned that a good background and natural light really helps get a great photograph.

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And finally some pictures I took today of Jacob and I in our super cute fall vests. Enjoy!

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and of course Emma didn’t want to get left out today…

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