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Beautiful Sister

My beautiful and talented sister was sweet enough to let me photograph her while we were standing around in Maine one day…goodness, she is so beautiful, huh?  She is quite the crafter.  Check out her website:  www.janellegates.com

Poolside Test Shoot

This weekend I got together with a few friends and we pulled together this summertime test shoot by a lovely pool in Long Beach.  Our model was Heather Ann Davis, who is mostly an actress these days, but was gracious enough to lend us her beauty for the afternoon, makeup was by Veronica Chanel, wardrobe styling was by Wade Parkins, and hair styling by Steven Perlin.

Sponsor Giveaway on **Happiness Is…**

Shannon from the fantastic inspirational blog, **Happiness Is…** is giving away this incredible dress!  Click here for the entry details and to take another look (with more views!) of the sweet La Tour Eiffel dress by Shabby Apple pictured below.  So cute…

The perfect weekend.

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Derek and I went to Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs for the weekend to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary.  Derek had been working like crazy for the last few weeks, so a relaxing weekend was exactly what he (we) needed, and it was so great to enjoy it together.  We laid by the pool for most of the time, but we also treated ourselves to a suuuper relaxing couples massage…oh man was that ever amazing.  We will definitely be back to Ace – it was very much our style.  Everything’s decorated with a vintage, hand-picked flare, and nothing is without character.  Mmm.mmm.mmm.  Love it.

Also, we started a new tradition!  Since not only did Derek propose to me with photobooth strips, but we also had a photobooth at our wedding, we are going to take a photos in a photobooth each year on our anniversary!  Lucky for us, the Ace Hotel has an old black and white photobooth in their lobby.  Meant to be.

I’m pretty sure I’m more in love with Derek now than I ever have been before.  He’s the best I could ask for.

The dream

Those of you who know me, know that I am obsessed with collecting glass bottles, jars, etc.  And many of you may have seen the recent Martha Stewart Living magazine that has some CRAZY images of a colored bottle collection…well, I am officially going to start REALLY collecting colored glass.  My collection has been so casual, but these images (see below) are just sooooo inspiring and breathtaking, I can’t help but put my love for color and glass into an actual collection.  So for those of you who are just ITCHING to get me presents (haha), you know what to get me.  ;)

(All images from here, by this talented photographer.)

Off to my anniversary weekend escape with my lovely husband!


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My crabby, sicky little Valentine! Not having it when I asked him to pose with a balloon at my/our favorite place...usually he'd be happy to oblige. But not today. 💌🎈☹️ #wildercobalt #2yearsold Sometimes I can't believe that I get to have Wilder as my son. He is such a smart, sassy, FUNny, expressive little boy, even at such a young age. He's got his opinions and isn't afraid to tell them to you! Mom life is so so hard...but so so wonderful and worth it! 💛 #wildercobalt #2yearsold #iamfun
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(The sticker is such a good one from @shopbando!) We took Wilder to the Natural History Museum today to see all the dinosaurs! I took almost 0 photos, but he sure loved looking at everything! #wildercobalt One more, because this is *SO* his personality. Hair a mess, giggling, squirming all over......and that belly! 😍 Thankful x infinity to be this boy's momma. He makes life so fun and SO full of joy. #wildercobalt #2yearsold #wilderturns2 (PS: I did NOT make this cake! The kind and amazingly talented woman who watches Wilder during the did it for us!!! Such a blessing...a delicious blessing!) Today we had a party for my little man - animal style! (More posted in my IG story!) #wildercobalt #2yearsold Today I took my 2 YEAR OLD to @disneyland for his birthday! We had the best time ever, starting the day with some friends, and ending the day just the two of us. He met "Red" from Cars, Olaf, Mickey, Minnie & Donald Duck. We rode tons of rides, ate a special ice cream with Mickey-shaped confetti candies on it, saw a show with some of his faves in it, and laughed a whole lot. These first two years of life as this kid's mom has been insane and incredible. But if the awesomeness from these last 2 years is any indication, I'm pretty sure this next one will be even better. I've been a mom to this sweetheart for 2 years, and I couldn't be happier. #wildercobalt #2yearsold #disneyland 2 years ago almost to the minute, I felt my very first contractions. Not knowing that I was in labor, as it was 5 weeks before my due date, I didn't know what to expect, nor did I feel quite ready for what I was about to do. But with my wonderful husband by my side, and the best team of birthing professionals around me, I began the journey of labor and delivery, to bring my precious and perfect little Wilder into the world. Tonight as I rocked my big boy before bed, and listened to him tell me what songs I should sing, and that he was going to go to sleep with "no crying" (yeah right), I couldn't help but remember the first moments of this momma life that I now find myself in, and am so thankful for. It wasn't even marginally easy, but I wouldn't change a thing (for the most part). Happy almost birthday to my sweet Wilder, and happy almost birth-day to me! THANK YOU to my loved ones who helped it happen. ❤️ 📷: @jadebrookbank I love this pretty little corner of Flowerboy. 🌷✨🌾 This morning Wilder and I went to @amagicforest for a little imagination play on this rainy day. He had the BEST time "cooking", being a gnome, and playing with the other kids there. We hadn't been there since he was a new walker, so this was such a different experience! This boy will be 2 in 5 days...unreal! (😭😍) #wildercobalt