Friday, February 12, 2016

oh hey, friday! | sneak peaks, pins, and an idea

ummm...my brain is shot.

i spent the better part of two hours trying to figure out who hosts my domain // how to transfer my domain // what the eff a domain is (kidding...i know what a domain is)...but really. hosting your website is no joke and i have a new appreciation for wonderfully smart, wonderfully nerdy people who can walk themselves around all of that bizz.

i used to pride myself in being a computer nerd...but it's clear. i'm waaaaaaay down here...and they are waaaaaaay way up there. we don't even speak the same love language.

but i know someone who does speak my love language! it's you...and it's blogging. let's get linked up.

1 | grab this here snazzy fall-themed button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.


M Y  F I V E

1 | pinterest
so...i try to make my farmer a homemade card for all our occasions - birthday // anniversary // valentines day. i write ooey-gooey, mushy, lovey-dovey things in them and card and then i give him lots of gross kisses, he acts very appreciative...and that's our tradition. lately...i've been the worst. but in a few days...i'll be the best. i've gotten some great valentine ideas from pinterest lately, and i wanted to share a few...
is it at all obvious that my farmer is going to get lucky on v-day? only on holidays, people. only on holidays. 

2 | workouts + nutrition
*pats self on back. you guys - i kind of killed it this week. i killed it in the workout department. i have a new loathing for anything kettlebell related but have a new appreciation for arm workouts. my arms, shoulders, and back has been where i've noticed the biggest changes this  8 week challenge...which is wonderful because i so totally suffer from flappy arms when i stop working out. i've also noticed some booty-lift...must be all those freaking kettlebell squats and jacks and lunges and burpies.

3 | sneak peak 
i suck at surprises. i just can't wait to share all the beauties i put together for my very own labor of love...karli bell branding & design. 
i'm still a month out from launching, but when it does happen...you can expect me to shout it from the rooftops. my website will have a blog attached...so now i'm wondering if i should just merge the two or keep one professional and one where i can talk about how i almost jumped across the post office counter and strangled the smug clerk over children's valentines. but let's get back to my happy place...here's a sneak peak!
4 | eeeeee! i'm so excited! in addition to finally getting my own pages designed i've been working on a few different projects this past week and it's been a wonderful learning experience. i'm almost finished with the branding of jessica's business, pearl & monroe, and i can't help but share a few things! 

to give you some background - jessica blogs over at the newly, and had the wonderful idea of starting up an online clothing boutique. her style is so classy and clean and flawless...it just made sense. she e-mailed me so so so long ago about designing a logo for her and it's been a work in progress ever since. i'm so excited for her final branding rollout so that all her social media, and print materials are consistent and beautiful and recognizable! i designed stickers, correspondence cards, business cards, a Facebook cover page, and her paypal invoices. i hope jessica is as in love with everything as i am!
pearl & monroe final branding board
5 | a new way to advertise
it's that time again. group giveaway. do you have #blogginggoals? yeah...me too. this month i'm considering focusing in on growing one specific social media outlet. so why not try one of those instagram loop dealy-bobs?! the catch is...it's an investment. i'm just going to put it out there. i'm looking for NINE like-minded women who are ready to put down some mula. as in each of us throws in $50 for a $500 cash giveaway. the beauty of it is - it's small enough to be personal! but a big enough prize to pack a punch. know what i'm saying?! i'm lowering my group giveaway ad space to just $5 this month to cover the ad on my sidebar as well as the time it will take to put the loop together. other than that...i think we'll see some serious traffic! so...who wants in? to loop or not to loop? that is the question. buy your group giveaway ad space for $5 HERE

TOTAL INVESTMENT - $55 (for the gal who wants to see her numbers jump!)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

a feature! savannah | happily ever nichols

happy almost friday, friends. we've nearly completed another work week.

i've pulled out a little more hair...what little i have left after two children. (it's not recovering.)
i've had way way too much coffee.
my workouts have been on point.
nutrition has been pretty stellar too!

i'd say i'm shooting under par. now if i can just find a babysitter for valentine's day...

#notgonnahappen

but this is all besides the point. why talk about me when i can talk about fabulous, motivated, beautiful gals...like savannah!

i have savannah here from happily ever nichols...and she's just the sweetest. just the cutest. and i'm just so happy to introduce you to her...except you probably already read her. but if you don't...or if you do...
instagram // twitter // pinterest // bloglovin' 
This year I did not write an "official" list. I feel like if they are on the list I won't get to them. Instead, I think of them as goals that don't necessarily have to finished within the year. Progress is key! My goals consist of loosing those last 10 pounds to get down to my pre pregnancy weight, getting into the masters program, and landing my dream internship.

F A V O R I T E  P O S T S



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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

when valentine's day goes so so right

oh mercy. the things we do to give our kids a thrill. no, seriously.

i'm a part of this great blogging group full of super, amazing moms. someone threw out the idea of a valentine exchange this year...and since i had never done any sort of exchange before, i was THRILLED to get the opportunity. i knew it was going to be so much fun for kaye...and sawyer...kind of sawyer.

so i signed up. picked the valentines i was going to send. ordered my supplies. i was ready.

well, after the supplies came, i personalized the graphic (more on that down below), and practiced my calligraphy skills on the envelopes...my valentines were ready to be dropped in the mail.

i packed all 26 valentines into a bag and walked into the post office...super proud. my valentines  sawyer and kaye's valentines looked so so cute.

that's when the postman punched me in the gut

ma'am. your valentines won't post for the standard rate. they are too thick. 

so instead of paying 78 cents to mail 26 valentines...i paid $2.43. each. i about shit myself right then and there. i was like...you have got to be effing kidding me. no seriously...that's what i said to the postman.

long story long - i ended up paying over $60 to mail those valentines. do you know what i could have purchased with $60? yeah.

the silver lining to the story is - i've  my gals have received so many valentines from all over the country. i opened our mailbox one day to overflowing tiny packages decorated with sticker hearts and red marker. it was WONDERFUL.

i'm collecting all those tiny packages in a bag for the girls to be opened on v-day. i'm so so...so so excited. and i know kaye will be too. maybe sawyer.

and that's how their valentines day is going to go so so right.

but how is my valentines going to be so so right? hmmm...that is the question of the hour. come on farmer, don't let me down!

regardless...i'm here to show you how we made cute valentine's that were supposed to be ridiculously budget friendly...that ended up costing $100. ie. fancier than my wedding invitations.

i found our valentines on pinterest (obvs.) here. they were so simple and i knew i could personalize them in adobe illustrator. so i did.

i just changed the fonts, added the girls names, and enlarged them, so i could print two to a page...instead of four.


next, it was as easy as cutting each card out and taping the crayons to it.


guys - we're totally working on our cutting skills. i'm just surprised no blood was spilled.

for the crayons i just went on amazon and purchased four packs of crayola. i guess i could have bought a mega box of crayons, but i didn't want to have to deal with greys and browns = lame.

before i inserted the crayons // coloring cards i addressed all the envelopes. i'm not sure what got into me, but i thought it the perfect opportunity to practice my calligraphy. in hindsight, they didn't turn out too terribly, but it did take extra time, that's for sure!

#momoftheyear (or so i kept telling myself)

all my farmer kept saying was, "shouldn't kaye and sawyer be doing this?" and "is this how you're going to do their homework when they are in school?"

i'd like to say i responded sweetly.

so after calligraphy-ing the envelopes and then going back over each name in an attempt to make them look better...they were ready to head to the post office to see how much each would cost to mail.

i knew it was going to be more than standard rate...i was mailing three crayons p / envelope.

but when that man told me it was going to be over $2 p / envelope i nearly jumped across the counter. that's highway robbery! i was mailing children's valentines! good god.

what's done is done. i'm happy with the end result and i'm so so happy knowing that my gals will be beyond loved on february 14th. we can't WAIT to open all the little valentine packages the gals received!

a very happy valentine's day to all!

ps. i took off my gal's names in case anyone wanted to personalize this cute color by numbers valentine! just click here for the full PDF download!
if you would like to check out all the other gals i participated in this exchange with...i strongly encourage. #overachievers #putmetoshame

Tawnya, Scarlett, & Bodhi // All of Life's Little Adventures 
 Jennifer & Hattie // And Hattie Makes Three 
 Ashley, Waverly & Avalon // Being Brickner 
 Jess & Abbie // Being Mrs. Beer 
 Elizabeth & Mason // Chasin' Mason 
 Liz & Jude // Ellie and Addie 
 Crystal & Mason // Hall Around Texas 
 Desiree, Marcus, & Julia // Macke Monologues 
 Natalie & Blair // Nat Your Average Girl 
 Sara, Mac & Mim // Running From the Law
 Jess, Cameron, & Louise // Scott Family of Maine 
 Jessica, Cameron & Emerson // Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom 
 Sarah, Brantley & Holden // Seeing All Sides 
 Karli, Kaye & Sawyer // September Farm 
 Chrissy & Elin // Simple Joys Blog 
 Courtney & Aria // Sweet Turtle Soup 
 Meghan & Noah // The Adventure Starts Here 
 Stephanie & Connor // Wife Mommy Me 
 Whitney, Kinsey & Brielana // Work It Mommy

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