C.R.A.F.T. ‘s in my house

I’ve always loved pictures, but with Maxwell, I’ve become obsessed. Like, we can’t take enough pictures. Ever. I have thousands of him sleeping. Seriously. And thousands more of him smiling and sitting and jut looking so stinkin’ cute. So, when Laura Morsman asked if I would like to do an ACL style photo session with her, I was thrilled! Pictures of the 3 of us, yes please! For those of you who are not in Austin, ACL stands for Austin City Limits. It’s a huge music festival that takes over my cute little city for 2 weekends each year. Laura had no rules for the session, she just asked that we pretend like we are getting ready to go to ACL. What would we wear? Who would I go with?  What do we love about Austin? The session was simple, cozy, and natural. Laura rocks.

She makes picture taking easy. You know, chit chats, and makes you feel like she is not taking pictures of you. Like this one below, of the lamp. I love it. Me and my Max baby just walking by the window, and bam! Amazing picture that I did not even know what being taken. Love.

For more pictures of the 3 of us and to read my interview, check out Laura’s blog post. Below, I’m sharing pictures she took of C.R.A.F.T.’s in my home. It was such a fun shoot to do because there were no rules or expectations, just my sweet fam and Laura hanging out on a Saturday afternoon. I thought it would be fun to share the pictures of the C.R.A.F.T.’s that live in my house everyday.

1. Balsa wood lampshade: I rescued the blue lamp from the dumpster when we lived in Florida!

2. Wood sliced coasters: I also made those for our living room in Flordia. I love how they look, but they do stick to the bottom of sweaty glasses.

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3. Painted shoes: Still love these things. I wear them even more with Maxwell since they are so easy to slip on.

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4. Chalkboard calendar (tutorial coming soon!) And this might be my very favorite picture Laura took of the 3 of us!


5. Embroider burlap: This is such an easy craft, and it makes me happy every time I see it.

6. Cricut Explore paper deer head: So cute and I made it at the Cricut Explore product launch!

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6. Nursery gallery wall: I love all of my mama’s cross stitches!

7. Hush little baby free printable: Vanessa sent me a water color of the free printable she made in honor of Maxwell, how sweet is that!?


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8. Gender neutral nursery: I still really love his black and white nursery!

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9. Instagram collage: I need to add some more instas to my wall! These were all pre Maxwell. Can you spot my big trick? (I disguised the light switch!)

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And Laura took these pictures of us on our tandem bike, this balck and white makes me happy! There are so many more great pictures (see lots more here)! I’m in the process of trying to decide which ones to blow up and where to hang them! I have so many amazing pictures on my devices, I feel like it is sad that I don’t print more out!

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When is the last time you printed out a real picture? Had pictures taken of your family? Been to a music festival? Thank you, Laura! I love them all. Truly!

Gift guide for everyone on your list

Note: This post is sponsored by TinyPrints, but all opinions are my own. 

I love those people that are so easy to buy for, like my mom! Every year I get her a personalized calendar with pictures of all of her kids and this year, her first grand baby! I include all of our birthdays, anniversaries and school holidays. She loves it. I’m pretty sure she would actually be mad at me if I did not give her her calendar. Then I got to thinking, personalized gifts are fun for everyone! Why not make some for everyone on your list? I’m certain you could find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at tinyprints. Here are my ideas for brothers, sisters, teachers, grandparents, and best friends.


Gift guide for everyone on your list


1. For your sister that just bought her first home: A personalized pillow (I really like these pillows and there are so many fun options!)

Gift guide for everyone on your list


2. For your bestie that just got married or had a baby or became an aunt: Personalized iPhone caseGift guide for everyone on your list


3. For your kiddos preschool teacher because we all know she needs coffee: Personalized coffee mug (filled with coffee gift card)!

Gift guide for everyone on your list


4. For your sweet mother in law that lives in another state and doesn’t get to see her adorable grand baby as often as she would like so now she can snuggle him whenever she wants: Custom pillow with picture of dad and baby


Gift guide for everyone on your list

5: For yourself, because you sit at this desk everyday and it was ugly and these make you happy: Mounted prints

Gift guide for everyone on your list

6: For your brother that just landed his first real job and got an apartment without roommates and says he likes Hobby Lobby becuase that is where he gets decorations for his house: Personalized throw blanket

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7. For Grandma or Bubbie or Grammy who can’t choose her grandma name, but knows she loves her grand baby more than anything: Personalized ornament

Gift guide for everyone on your list


$600 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway!

Have you thought about Christmas shopping yet?! Me either! Yikes! Let’s all just enter this giveaway and cross our fingers that we all win! $600 to Amazon would do a big dent in my Christmas shopping and I kind of love packages on my doorstep! Win- Win! Good luck, everyone!

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I’m teaming up with 29 other awesome bloggers to give you the chance to win $600 bucks! Budgeting and keeping frugal can be seriously hard. Sometimes, you keep plodding along and cars just keep breaking and computers keep dying and kids keep growing out of clothes and Christmas is coming and it feels like it is never going to end (or is that just me these last few months)?!  For one lucky reader, today could be your lucky day!


Who doesn’t love Amazon? It’s basically the same as $600 cash! Plus, that’s how we like to do our black Friday shopping, from the comfort of our own couches! Amazon’s prices can’t be beat and they have EVERYTHING! Basically, you’ve gotta win this ;). [Read more...]