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Thursday, August 21

You guys...I have been keeping a super big secret from you…

I have been invited to participate in the "Cricut Design Space Star" Competition!
Holy yes to that!!

I had been wanting to try out the NEW Cricut Explore ever since it launched so when I was contacted to see if I would be interested in competing with some other fabulous bloggers to create a new monthly project from now through November…well...I didn't hesitate.

There's a FUN spin on this friendly competition though…

FREE | Monthly Blog Hop Printables :: Back-to-School

Tuesday, August 19

As of yesterday…school is officially in session in my neck of the woods.
To celebrate…or in my case to get my mind off of the fact that Summer is officially over and my baby is in Kindergarten...
I'm sharing some adorable FREE Back-to-School printables that should knock your school-uniform socks off. *wink*

The Blog Hop this month has everything from calendars to cool lunch box notes, hipster bookplates and first day of school photo signs

Be sure to HOP over to each of these fabulous blogs to check out the full details of each of these cute printables and of course…to download them for FREE.


Now go on and get your "Blog Hop" on…
and tell your mom-friends and teacher friends too!

Ella is LOViNG Kindergarten.
Ema is indifferent to being a Sophomore.
Clara doesn't start college until next week.

So far so good. *wink*

LIFE | Kindergarten here she comes

Monday, August 18

She started Kindergarten today…
that is all.

This mama is at a loss for words today.
Kindergarten is a really big deal…
especially when it's your baby.

SHARE | Heart Strings Tug O' War

Saturday, August 16

With the first day back-to-school just days away I'm in the middle of a fierce game of Tug O' War…
With my heartstrings. *sigh*

The back-and-forth feelings of excitement about my girls growing up…
and…well...the mommy heartache about my girls growing up.
Not to mention the fact that Summer will be officially over. *frown*
Noooo!!! It's seriously my favorite!!

So…with my current emotional state...I was trying to decide on what fun free printable to offer you for the Blog Hop this month. (the theme being "Back-to-School"). I was persuaded, (by my heart strings of course), to create something simple and cute to show my girls how much I love them. Sappy, right? That's okay. I'm down with sappy.

Anyway, cute lunch box notes definitely crossed my mind but the age differences between my girls doesn't really warrant one design - it'd have to be two….maybe even three different design styles to fit their ages. And honestly…I just don't have the time for three different designs. Just keeping it real.

So…yes...instead of cute teacher printables or something related directly to the school day, I decided to go with something that would focus, instead, on bringing me back to center in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle a new school year brings; Something that would encourage myself AND my girls, to pause, (even for just a minute), to be reminded of how much I love each of themand why. 

So here's what I came up with...

LIFE | The calm before the storm

Wednesday, August 13

I've got a tight grip on Summer you guys…I just DON'T want to let go.

I keep thinking about the fact that Ella starts Kindergarten, Clara starts college and my sweet Ema is smack dab in the middle getting ready to begin her Sophomore year in High School.

Things have been pretty chill this Summer including a small but steady stream of orders from my I've definitely been grateful for the sense of calm.

In fact, the Summer lull has allowed me to dive into some fun side projects like this Surprise 80th Birthday Party Save-the-Date I'm working on for a friend's mom. I just LOVE the color scheme we came up with based on her mom's love of Salt Water Taffy.

And you already saw the Baby Love Collection I was able to help whip up for another friend who was hosting a baby shower. (hoping to post pictures from the shower soon).

I've also been able to sneak in some fun at the beach, a backyard sandcastle, cherry pitting, lazy days with EllaAND…for extra fun…the family and I enjoyed a mini staycation this past weekend…

I REALLY needed to unplug and just soak up some sun.

But you know that saying…"The calm before the storm"???
Yep…it's about to get crazy over here.

And I'm not just talking about the fact that school starts on Monday…
I'm referring to some REALLY exciting projects I'm working on.
Two of which have super tight deadlines…I MAY be freaking over a little.

BUT…again…I'm holding onto every minute of Summer I possibly can.
So…until it's Monday morning…and the kids are off to school…there will be no freaking out over deadlines and work stuff.

It's still Summertime in my book.

I'm having some girls over tonight for a Jamberry Nails Party!
Have you heard of these adorable shrink-wrap, nail designs?
Not only are they cute but they are organic, gluten-free, non-toxic and safe for kids! Yes!!

INSPIRE | When one idea SPARKLES other ideas

Monday, August 4

I had a customer reach out to me about using the design of the NEW Baby Love Collection invitation and altering it for her daughter's 2nd birthday celebration. She wanted to swap the "Baby Love" with "She Leaves a Little Sparkle Wherever She Goes". I loved her idea and I love how it turned out.

In fact, I decided to turn it into...
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