LIFE LATELY

So we've been basically MIA on the blog for like three months now. Whoops. Things got a little crazy between moving and winter colds/flus/life. My MIL came to stay with us for three whole weeks to help us keep everything together and it was the biggest blessing ever. Seriously amazing. I don't know how we would have juggled the kids and getting the house ready to sell and everything else that was going on without her.

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HEY THERE PUMPKIN

I DID IT!! I got my first set of Holiday stuff up on the shop while still pushing through new orders. Phew. Oh my goodness that was harder than I expected. I will definitely be starting stuff for Christmas like...now, because I need to give myself waaaay more time for the next holiday than I did for this one! But hey it's my first holiday on Etsy...it was a great learning experience πŸ˜…  

Fall and Winter might be my favorite season(s)...in Seattle they're basically one season πŸ˜‰ . I love the holidays, I love the crisp air, and I love being able to wear layers and boots. You can tell I grew up in the PNW because I just don't feel like myself unless I have my raincoat and my boots on 😊 

Hope you love the fall stuff we've got up on the shop. Feel free to send in some suggestions! Also check out Beijo Events in the coming weeks, I got the chance to collaborate with them on their Halloween Cookie Party decor πŸ™ŒπŸ» 

xoxo

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VEGAN-ISH BIRTHDAY CAKE

So I never thought I would be this person...I was such a snob during my pre-motherhood years. I couldn't fathom why anyone would even try to make vegan dessert: "like if you cant eat non-vegan, is it really even worth it? It's not like it will even taste good!" - yikes how judgmental was I? So much cringe. Good thing parenthood is like one giant swift kick in the pride every day, constantly, for eternity.

Anyways, with three different major food group allergies between our two boys, we've obviously had to make some food adjustments. Between that and realizing that: no, I can't eat a whole bag of cheetos anymore like when I was 18 without looking like a lumpy cheeto myself, our meal planning looks a whole lot different. All I can say is, thank GOD Dave can cook. Our meals would be a lot sadder without him.

So I was DETERMINED to bake a cake for Braden's birthday. I knew I could use the Ener-G Egg replacer for the eggs (found in Whole Foods!!), but I was unsure about the milk and butter substitutes. Crisco and Earth's Choice vegan butter did GREAT for our frosting - but I am still a little on the fence with how the coconut milk and coconut oil we used in the cake turned out. It was alright and it tasted pretty good, but it wasn't as moist as I would have liked...sadly I don't get a lot of chances to bake so it'll be awhile before I revisit this recipe. 

I followed this recipe, only used real flour and fake eggs instead of gluten free flour and egg whites. There were only a few almost disasters...I had to spoon excess oil out of the cake pans mid-way through because it was separating and rising to the top and not cooking fully. And then I wasted an entire batch of nice specialty powdered sugar cause I thought I could do just crisco instead of half crisco, half vegan butter for the frosting...DON'T do that by the way...that was an epic mistake. Also I added blue sprinkles to try to make it more blue and then clogged my piping kit and had to go up to a larger size...but you can't tell I made all those mistakes by the end product right?? ;)

Oh adventures in baking for kids with allergies....what fun. What are your favorite recipes for your kids with allergies?? Love to hear your stories

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BRADEN'S FIRST BIRTHDAY

I swear it was just yesterday that Braden was born. How did a year go by so quickly?! This little boy Braden is such a huge part of our lives that it's hard to imagine what it was like before him.

His personality adds so much to our little family. He and Connor can be so different and yet so similar. Brothers are such a fun relationship, I love watching them become friends. While Connor still struggles to share and sometimes tries to "parent" Braden, they love each other so fiercely already it makes my heart burst.

Braden is my little cuddle bug. He is always climbing into my lap, up Dave's legs, or on top of his big brother. At the same time he is my little independent boy - constantly exploring and trying new things all on his own...which means we have had to step up our childproofing to a whole new level. He is also surprisingly tough. How he manages to giggle at every play-tackle Connor hits him with blows my mind. These two boys love to wrestle and it seriously cracks me up. This kid is also becoming quite the little eater...he often eats as much as Connor at any given meal (but unfortunately Connor is a bit of a picky eater like his Mama, so it's not much of a challenge to keep up with him haha). 

He is perfectly, uniquely Braden. We are so indescribably grateful for him in our lives. We love you so much little-B. Happy first birthday baby boy!! Don't go growing up to fast - I don't think my heart can take it ;)

xoxox

A NEW ADVENTURE

Starting my own (very, very) small business is an idea I've been playing with for a long time. Being a stay at home mom means being able to be completely devote my entire day to my children and my home which is an amazing gift. I seriously love being a stay at home mom. As many of my fellow stay at home moms can attest to though, having a way to express yourself outside of childcare and homemaking can be incredibly therapeutic. Whether its through hobby, sport, or volunteering, it's nice to have a way to express yourself. I have always gravitated towards art.

I've been encouraged many times by different people to sell my work, but to be completely honest, the idea has always terrified me. Putting yourself out there in product form to be critiqued and judged is really intimidating. I just didn't want to open myself up to that. Really, I just want people to like me. I was afraid of how easily it would be to let my self worth get tied up in the success of something like this...instead of it being something that's just supposed to be fun. 

Well, about a month ago a friend of mine approached me and asked if I would make her a custom print for her. She told me she loved my hand lettering and wanted me to make something for her new house. As we messaged back and forth about her custom print our conversation shifted to Etsy. She had started her own shop about a year ago and encouraged me to give it a try. Between her encouragement and a couple other friends also asking me about selling my work, I decided it was time to let go and give it a try. 

For now my store is focused on custom special events signs and home dΓ©cor prints utilizing my modern calligraphy skills. I am hoping to be able to create custom products for anything from special events like weddings and baby showers to home dΓ©cor and photo props. It's going to be a learning process, which is scary to do with an audience, but hopefully it will be fun the majority of the time! That's the goal at least.

If you'd like to check out the shop, I have a few items up already. However I'm pretty excited about creating custom made to order items! Send me a message on Etsy or Facebook or text or whatever with ideas and we can chat materials/look/costs. If you live in the Seattle area we can even discuss waiving shipping if you're willing to pick up :)

You can follow us at our new shop Instagram too!

Thank you to those who encouraged me (especially my sweet husband who is always so supportive and has far more confidence in me than I feel I deserve). Cheers to a new adventure!

xoxox