my sweet friend and her husband are expecting a baby girl any day now and i was overwhelmed with joy when she asked me to do a mini shoot of them! i can’t wait to meet baby C!
this time of year is seriously my favorite
who doesn’t love fall
jax loves going to the pumpkin patch
wagon rides, animals, slides, food, lots of pumpkins, and playing in the dirt
what little boy wouldn’t enjoy that
the pumpkin patch is a huge field full of discovery
our favorite tradition is going to find the perfect pumpkins
we were a little late going this year
normally we go the first day it opens, but i have been so busy!
i look forward to little moments like these every year and i always make sure to capture the memories!
fall is here! so get out there and enjoy that crisp, cool air and all the beautiful colors!
i love fall and i love to make lists, so i thought i would share my to-do list for others to use! i make a new one for every season. it helps me keep track of all the fun things i want to do with Jax. we hang it on our refrigerator or somewhere we will always see it, that way it motivates us to do them! we have completed a few things from our list already, but we still have many more to check off. we hope you enjoy! be sure to check out my Pinterest for even more great fall DIY ideas!
leave a comment and tell us what some of your favorite fall activities are!
i am here to tell you all about Microblading and my recent experience with it. i am already absolutely obsessed with mine and they aren’t even healed yet. Kahli is an eyebrow god. I swear. She definitely knows what she is doing! if you have instagram, look her up! @kahli5150
if you are like me, you too do not understand how to “fill” in your eyebrows using a feathering technique. WHAT?? i don’t even know what that means. i was TERRIBLE at eyebrows.
i put together a little Q&A for anyone that, like me, is a first timer and not so sure about microblading. now that i have done it, i would definitely recommend it to anyone!
Q. Does microblading hurt?
A. i truly think this depends on the person. to me, it felt like scraping. Kahli also put numbing cream on throughout the procedure that helped take the pain away too.
Q. How long does the process to take?
A. the whole process took about an hour and a half from start to finish.
Q. How long does it take to recover or heal?
A. on the first day, my eyebrows were darker than normal. she directed me to use Aquaphor to help heal. avoid sunlight and saunas or other steam. the eyebrows will scab up a little bit and then peel. They will go lighter, and then the pigment I chose will surface. the total process should be healed in just a couple weeks.
Q. Will my eyebrows look fake?
A. NO! to me, the lines were so fine that they look the same as normal hair would. it looks like i just went to a really, really good brow artist.
Q. How long does microblading last?
A. Kahli set me up for a touch up a month from my original procedure date. once i do the touch up, my brows can last up to 12 months.
Q. How do you pick a shape or color?
A. she started by placing a sticky ruler on my head. yes, ladies and gentlemen. she doesn’t just go for it. its calculated to fit the shape of your face and be even. she asked me if i wanted a more natural look or more defined. she took me to the mirror to see the shape she drew out and determine if that was what i wanted. she also picked four different shades of color for me to choose from. we discussed and she gave her input to make sure i completely understood what i was choosing.
Q. Will they fade?
A. when i first walked out, i swear i had the angriest eyebrows on the planet. it definitely made me nervous. she said that may last for up to a week. then they will fade and become really light once the scabs peel. once the scabs come off, the natural pigment will surface and it will be the color i chose.
Q. What if I don’t like it?
A. i didn’t really ask Kahli this question, because i really do love mine. BUT in the event that you might not like yours, this is semi permanent makeup. it will fade over time.
if you are considering microblading, all i can say is DO YOUR RESEARCH! look at previous work, read up on it, and ask questions! i think you will fall in love with it just like i did! Xo
i had the pleasure of taking these two out to the Salt Flats on Friday night to capture the sunset and the sweet little bun they have cooking in the oven. the love they share is so obvious and i cannot wait to meet their sweet baby girl at the end of August!
YOU GUYS! i am so sorry i have been MIA. i am running around like crazy trying to make sure that everything is ready to go for Saturday!! i cannot even sleep because i am so excited!! just like i have said in my previous posts, i love to party! the best part is getting everyone you love together and seeing everyone have fun! there are a few things that i always incorporate in Jaxson’s parties. whether they are small details or a big part of the party, they are always there!
my type of party includes:
yes! you read that right! PINEAPPLES! i love them! Pineapples are a traditional expression of “welcome” and symbolizes warmth, welcome, friendship, and hospitality.
if i had to choose one item to decorate with for the rest of my life, it would be balloons. there are SO many things you can do with balloons!
color? rachael using color? if you know me, i am an all-black-everything type of girl, so color is not usually in my vocabulary. but i do love color. pops of color are the best! it can make any party more fun.
choose food that fits the theme! it brings the party to life and adds a bit more. for Jaxson’s backyard luau, we had pulled pork sandwiches and “pig roast” chocolate pics and pretzel rods!
now, this one could vary depending on the month and location of the party. it is HOT for Jaxson’s party so i love to throw in some water. water slides, water balloons, pools, squirt guns, even dunk tanks! anything to keep our guests cool in the hot, July sun!
#3moredays until Jaxson’s big party reveal! Xo
if you have been following along through my previous posts, you will notice that my Pinata making has come hand in hand with trial and error. they are not perfect. they are messy. they are bumpy. they are perfectly imperfect.
nowadays, people like to use cardboard to create fantastic shapes, and i am still over here using good old flour and water mixtures.
both are great.
so now i would like to introduce you to the luau pinata pig.
Winston was created for Jaxson’s second birthday party, the backyard Luau. the theme of this birthday was Hawaiian luau style.
luau= pig roast.
no, no. i didn’t have a giant pig roasting in the backyard for his party (though i considered it), but i did create things that fit the “pig roast” theme.
i knew i wanted a pig pinata. i was even going to throw the apple in it’s mouth to make it more fun, but decided not to go that far, for the kids.
how to make a Pig pinata:
6 toilet paper rolls (or you can use paper towel rolls)
pink paint/sponge paint brush
black sharpie or other marker
glue or tape
Jaxson named him Winston. i completed making him a few weeks before his 2nd birthday party and jaxson was in love with him. he would talk to him and pretend to feed him. i almost backed out on using him for the party because i was worried jax would be heartbroken when he was broken apart by all the mini party goers but he wasn’t. he was first up and ready to swing!
along with Winston the pig, we also had some pig roasts. and they were DELICIOUS!
how to make pig roasts:
i had to cut my molds so that i could lay the rods across each one without bumping into each other. i placed each pretzel rod and candy mold in a cellophane bag, tied off the end, and added a little printed note that says “pig roast”. these were a huge hit and everyone was asking for more!
this time last year was very hectic for us. we had jaxson’s birthday, an august Bahamas trip, and selling our home all back to back. we were just go, go, go. i don’t know where i found the time to pull off his 2nd birthday backyard luau, but i did it!