Wednesday, November 27, 2013

FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD : THANKFUL

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The whole month leading up to Turkey Day (aka Thanksgiving) makes me really reflect on the things that I'm most thankful for. Not that I'm not thankful all year round because I surely am, but it helps me reflect an appreciate it all a bit little more. I'm thankful for my health, for my kids and their health, for loved ones, for family both near and far, for friends, for the home over our heads, a good job, an so much more. An even you, I am thankful you are here reading along on my little blog. An thank you for sticking around, or thank you for just joining me here. I hope this years been good to you, an I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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DIGITAL DOWNLOAD INFO
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

DANNY ISKAK PHOTOGRAPHY

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So this is the first year I actually jumped upon the opportunity to have the kiddos photos professionally taken. I was offered a deal I couldn't resist and was able to work with the talented Danny Iskak, locally, here in Kansas City. To say Danny is talented would be an understatement, he's beyond amazing!!! I am so happy with how he captured all of these photos of my kiddos, exactly how I see them. My kids are happy kids, but sure they have their moments too, but all in all, Danny specializes in children's photography and it really shows thru his work. He's ability to catch their personalities really shines thru in these images, and he had such passion and excitement working with my kids that the overall energy of the photo shot was wonderful. Though staged photos can be wonderful too, catching life in the moment really speaks more to me than that silly school portrait my kiddo cringes to have taken. And though I only selected a few images to share here on the blog, they all are equally as fabulous, you should really go check out Danny's work. If you are locally I would suggest booking him for a shoot yourself and I guarantee you'll be pleased. I'm attaching Danny's Facebook feed, plus his contact info if you're locally below so you can find him, but he'll also have a new snazzy site up (which someone may have helped with, wink wink) and running soonish where you'll be able to follow along thru his photography journey.

"Thanks again Danny for our photo's, the kiddos and I couldn't be more please! :) "
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DANNY ISKAK PHOTOGRAPHY
FACEBOOK  ||  913.206.3101   ||  diskak@gmail.com
(Danny Iskak is locally serving the Kansas City area)


Monday, November 18, 2013

WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS

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This weekend was a busy whirlwind for sure. It was filled with ups and downs but all in all it went by to fast like they always do. Highlights from this weekend past… Macaroon shopping for a friends birthday (Happy Birthday Rachel!) an everything looked so pretty it was so hard deciding on just a few. A thrift stop where this lovely kitty planter made it's way into my cart. Now I am horrible with plants, I think I over-love them (aka water them way to much) an sadly they don't survive to long, so I'm going to find another use for this purrfect planter, maybe a trinket dish or pencil holder instead. There was a slumber movie sleepover plus an game of sonic blasters, which the kiddos really seemed to enjoy. We camped out in the living room on sleeping bags, doodles pictures, P covered herself in temporary tattoos, stayed up watching a few new movies, and snacked on goodies. There was a tasty weekend breakfasts, which is my favorite meal by far. We joined a dinner out with our friends. An I found these amazing shoewings in neon yellow, so now my chucks can serve a second purpose as magical flying shoes. Hope your weekend was amazing! :)
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

COLOR PALETTE 47 : FALL LEAVES

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A bit of Fall color inspiration by artist Emily Isabella. To see more of her illustrative and textile works link on over to her site.
Enjoy and Happy Fall!
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ARTIST : CLAERWEN JAMES

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Loving these children's portraits by the talented British painter, CLAERWEN JAMES. Her work is so beautiful, yet I don't know to much about her as the artist other than she paints from photographs and focuses her subject on children as she see's them. Sometimes happy or sometimes confused or sad but all in all I just love the brush strokes and simple detailing in her work. Her use of colors also plays a big part to set the mood for each of these pieces. These few I've shared here are among my favorite but she is represented by the Flower Gallery and you may view more of her work there. Enjoy & Happy Wednesday!
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RESOURCES 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Sunday, November 10, 2013

LOOKS FOR FALL FASHION

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Fall brings scarf weather, hats, long sleeves, coats, boots and more. I find fall one of the more enjoyable times to get dressed up because layering items is such an easy thing to do. Sometimes, however, I'm overwhelmed by how much to layer I should do, but here's a few looks for Fall which I'm lovin'. I have a thing for stripes, mustard yellows and denim an though I try to alternate it out some I still find it as my go to look and palette. I did just add overalls to the mix which I'm excited about this look too. So what looks for Fall do you enjoy? Hope you've had a happy weekend sweet friends.
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RESOURCES  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

Friday, November 08, 2013

DOODLES : THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF ANYTHING YOU WANT

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Long story made short... Every business, both big an small, has to go thru change to grow as a company. Last week it became more apparent that this change was now. And this week, my creative department was hit pretty hard. In shock of disbelief an pure sadness, tears were shed. An though I'm happy what seemed like the longest week of my life is now over, an I'm grateful to still have a job, I also can't help but feel extremely sad over it all. Many talent people were asked to say goodbye. Now, they all start a new chapter of life. An I have no doubts that these people will be successful, because they will be! But it's hard to except that things will be a little different. So with my best friend in mind, because she's been thru it all and still a strong fighter, I doodled this especially for her, so she'd know "this is the beginning of anything you want". Love you sweet friend, you're amazing and beyond talented and I hope you know it! :) 
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Thursday, November 07, 2013

MUSIC : MATT & KIM

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Do you know of Matt & Kim? Well if you don't, today is your lucky day. I was introduced to them a few months back. I heard one song and knew they would be a my new favorite. I instantly loved them and did what I do best, which is put a song on repeat and drown myself in the music. I had heard a few of their other songs on the radio but really didn't know who they were. But now, I own a few of their cd's and cant seem to stop listening to them. Even the kiddos love their songs and the beat to the music is super catchy that I find W humming music nonchalantly. I was going to share this video below that I really loved the song and choreography though it's a bit more risque I guess (you've been warned, ha!), I also did a little lettering doodle based off of this song which you can see here… and I really enjoy this video and song too… ok their all good songs, I can't really pick a favorite. But I hope you like them. :)
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MATT & KIM
WEBSITE  //  TWITTER  //  FACEBOOK  //  YOUTUBE



RESOURCES  IMAGE 1 (Edited by me)  //  IMAGE 2

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I WILL NOT COMPARE MYSELF TO STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET... WHY COMPARE?

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WOW! Now that speaks volume to me and I'm sure to a bunch of you out there too. It's funny how we compare ourselves to others, isn't it? I mean, let's really think about things for a second. You are you. And I am me… an I almost broke into a Beatles song for a second… but we have different talents, different goals, different ways of life. Our own unique upbringings. We work different jobs, we live in different states, we enjoy different things… and when it comes down to it, everything about us sets us apart from the next person. So why would we ever compare? Really? Why would we?

I understand people compare because they want what they don't have. Sure you could have what they have, but you're gonna have to work a hell of a lot harder to get to it because you aren't suppose to have it. But it really isn't that logical to compare. My view on the matter - is that it only makes your (an mine too) life that much more stressful when you compare. An then there is comparing to people out there on the internet (like it says above, which mine you, I LOVE this print) which we only see pieces of their life that they wish to share with us. In the retrospect of things people blog the happy, the positives in their lives, the inspiration which keeps them going. I do the same. Now I don't go lying about things in my life, but I choose not to share the negatives which have affected me because they are my business and why should you worry about them. Why would you want to hear negatives. I'm not a pity party person so I just brush that stuff aside and choose not to share it. But more so lately, I've had a share of ups and downs which has shaped me to be who I am today...

My blog, if you've been following me for a while, well it's been sparse. That's the best word I can find for it. I blog when I feel comfortable with things. When I'm in a good place, when something makes me smile or when I feel the need to address something of importance. It's hard not to be here daily. It really is. It's a place which I love, but find it hard to sit down and reflect what this space holds in itself. This print above speaks volumes to me, like I mentioned above, because though I don't compare myself to others, or at least try not to do so, I can't help but wonder if people do the same to me. Do you compare yourself to me, or to others? Please don't compare to me by any means. You'd need the whole picture to do so…

I've been looking for the right words to start a post like this for a long while, an these words above have helped me some to find a bit of peace to collect my thoughts. My life isn't perfect. I know this. And this is going to come to a shocker as a few of you have been following me for a while, and those who do know me on a more personal level (some even family/cousins I have not spoken to directly) but for the others out there… I have two beautiful, smart and beyond amazing kids which are horrible eaters, we struggle with mealtime daily and I'm a horrible cook (baking cookies, I'm golden with but cooking a meal not so much) but I'm sure this doesn't help. I live far from my family (my parents, brothers, cousins), 1000's of miles away which makes life rough. Family bonds are best when you are closer, I know this, so I miss my immediate family dearly. I just had to explain to someone that I am horrible with gadgets, electronics, tools, things of this such, that really overwhelm me. I try to be ok with it all but I have no clue how to even program my tv. It's daunting to me so if you can do that, get your tv to work right, well high fives for you, cause I can't do it, hahaha! If you know me, you'd probably realize I loath carpet, it grosses me out, and if you follow me on IG you'd see I now live in a carpeted apartment and my cat is having a grand old time tearing it up to bits. Now it's hard to write this next part, cause it's not something I've chosen to publicly announce till now, but I had been in a long relationship, which ended a while ago with my now ex-husband. An well, life always goes on, and things happen for a reason, sometimes which we don't always understand at first but it all works out in the end like it's suppose to be. I work hard to make sure my kiddos are the center of my attention and main focus. I juggle a lot more than people see. I work a great job but also freelance when I can to bring in a little extra for my kiddos (cause I like treating them to ice cream when I can) an I. I have stepped away from my personal art (drawing) for far to long to focus on my new life and how to manage it all. As I start to dabble back into art, when the time allots for such, it makes me so happy! If we're friends via IG, you may know I have a different guy in my life. I choose not to share my love life with people because it's my business but he holds a special place in my heart and that's all you need to know. So there you have it, my life isn't what you may see, and far from perfect…

An thank you Emily McDowell for reminding us (an me) "I WILL NOT compare myself to strangers on the internet".
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RESOURCE : PRINT BY EMILY MCDOWELL ($26)
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