Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Stinkin' Cute Designs winner...

Tuesday snuck up on me and I forgot to get a talented mom on sorry!!! But here is our winner from our Stinkin' Cute was posted here if you missed it! And the winner of the FREE PERSONALIZED INFANT GOWN IS...FordsWife comment number 2!!!! Please email me with your info so I can pass it on! Thanks for participating and thanks Shee for the giveaway!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Birthday Party Fridays...a little late

Roller Skating...that is the theme of our birthday party today. Melissa Matz Waldrum turned 25 and we all went to one of the longest standing Me-n-eds in town and then off to the skating ring! And what party would be complete without a Candy guessed it! Enjoy and happy Friday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm Not...

I'm not the parent that gets to brag about their kids grades or how many academic awards they receive on a daily basis. I'm not the parent who has those perfectly behaved children, dressed in perfectly matching clothes, perfectly gelled hair, and sparkling whites. I'm not the parent who has the highest achieving children in gymnastics, dance, basketball, soccer, wrestling, and swimming. I am the parent who THOUGHT I would BE that kind of parent. But after four children, 2 in public education, and all 4 in multiple activities, I have been brought to my knees. My kids are teaching me that I am NOT perfect. (REALLY shocked with this one!) They are teaching me humbleness. Deep, deep, humbleness. This past Tuesday, when my 4 1/2 year old son asked "Mom, why didn't they call my name yet?" when both his cousin and friend's names were called to make a swimming team, a little piece in me died. How do you tell him he wasn't good enough? Oh my sweet, sweet boy. Those of you who know him, know just how sweet he really is and how easy it is to just be broken with that question. "It's okay," I said (as I was crying inside). "Next time you have to try harder. Harder than you did this time!" So today has come and gone, it was a tough one as you can see with my venting. But we need to try harder tomorrow, harder than we did today.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Birthday Party Friday...well actually a Baby Shower today...

Today I wanted to share with you a party, not a birthday party, but a baby shower!  I just love this gal and her parties are always just as unique! And she finally got me some of her pics from her last party which happened to be a baby shower. So today, my party Friday is a sweet baby shower thrown by Michelle Temple. She is a talented photographer as well, so her pictures are AMAZING!!! Check out her pictures as well as her inspirations. She shared her party and her tips! Enjoy your Friday and go throw a party!!!

My dear friend Katie was having a boy so her sister and I put our brains together to come up with something special for her. I always have something that inspires my theme. Sometimes it is the food, colors, the invitation, most often a picture I saw on a blog, or in this case fabric. We knew we wanted to do something aqua and red so I went searching for some fabric. I get a lot of fabric and Quilters Paradise in Old Town Clovis. Now don't let the name scare you away. I am not a quilter, but they have lots of great fabric. The nice part about fabric is that you can keep reusing it. I have already used it over 3 times just since the shower. Now that I knew what my colors were exactly, it was on to finding some sort of centerpiece and add on to my theme a bit.

You will see a lot of signs at the parties I do. I think they add such a fun touch. Food especially just looks so cute with a label on it. Sometimes I just print something, punch holes and add cute ribbon like the “big sister” sign. Other times I put something in a frame. It just depends on what you have available. I recently have been making chalk board signs. These are great since you can just keep reusing them over and over again, without the hassle of printing anything.

The favors Katie's sister found off of a blog. I loved that it went great with our vintage books. We just printed the text on white card stock and cut them out. We found three different papers we liked and cut them in triangles, and glued them on top. Next we punched a hole in the top center with some brown natural looking twine we got at Michaels. This would be a great favor for all sorts of parties and you can add whatever quote you want.

Now to the food. It was an earlier shower so we did brunch style food. A lot of her family did the food. Quiche, bagels from Panera, and fruit. 

The desserts were from Frosted Cakery. I did not want to go to heavy since it was early in the day so I went with their breakfast cupcakes. I also had cake balls and desserts shots( key lime pie, and tiramisu). All the desserts  were small and mini so people would not feel like they were eating something to heavy.

I have to talk a bit about the little white vases. I have used these now at almost every event lately. They were a clearance item at Martins Silk Flowers on Blackstone. I always try to snag stuff I know is not only a great price, but that I know I will reuse over and over again. The other thing I love about these vases is that you don't have to put a lot of flowers in them to make them look full, which is a great money saver.

My final word of advise. Always keep you budget in mind or you will end up spending way to much. Simplify, borrow if you can, and use what you have! I wish all of you luck on your next party planning adventure. I hope some of these ideas will inspire you.
Michelle Temple

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Talented Tuesday...featuring MOMS!

Good Morning! Today I have a very special mom who is taking her  talents to the clothing world! Athena got a shirt from her for her birthday and it was SO cute! Asked her where she got it from and she said she made it! So here she is as my Tuesday Mom!!! Let me introduce you to Becky Sosa with Twirly Girl Boutique! And...we have another Giveaway!!! Read on...

The thing that inspires me most about creating is my children. The products that I make have evolved as they have grown and their interests and needs have changed. I continue to make baby blankets and tutus however, it makes me sad to think that they have completely grown out of that phase! 

I can't say that I have a "favorite" piece that I have created. I have equally enjoyed it all because it makes me remember back to that point in my children's lives...whether it was them swaddled in their baby blankets or dancing in their little tutus I have fond memories of it all.

Trying to find the perfect balance between family, work, life is the neverending struggle. I have found myself at my sewing machine many a late nights long after the kids have gone to bed. Somehow it always works out in the end!

As far as what I want to accomplish with my business....right now it's just a hobby. I enjoy making things for my children, family, & friends. If it should take off in the future great, but for now I'm just having fun.

Like I said earlier, my creations keep evolving as my children grow. My latest designs are fabric applique personalized tshirts & sweatshirts. I've made a variety of things from flowers to hearts to peace signs.

And Becky is giving away a free Applique Tshirt!!! YEAH!!!! Here are 3 chances to enter:
1. Go to and come back here and post a comment telling me what your favorite item is. 
2. Share this giveaway and that you entered it on Facebook, and come back here leaving a message that you did.
3. Become a follower of this blog, if you haven't already!
I can do a free applique tshirt as a give away...value $20.00

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Elegant Sweet Baby Girl Shower

Today I had the privilege of attending a beautiful shower! It was for a gal that I used to babysit...(I don't feel old, I don't feel old!) But you know me, I had to take some pictures for you from the shower because it was such a sweet shower! Decorated so nicely! Fresh flowers adorned the table and beautiful linens dressed the tables. There was so much love in the room from grammi, aunts, cousins, and friends. This is one lucky little girl! We are so excited for her arrival, we can't hardly wait! Thanks Ellen for a fabulous shower and Megan for inviting us! It was a fabulous day!!!

The dinning!

The place cute they tied fabric on the charger to add more detail! Love it!

Just loved all the flowers...had some fun with the camera effects

My sissy with the mommy-to-be! She looks beautiful!!!

Some gespacio to start off our meal...we had a fabulous Grilled chicken salad...ate it before I could take a picture of it...


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Talented Tuesday...featuring MOMS!

Good Morning...I am so excited to share with you yet another Talented Mom here in our Valley. She is a wonderful photographer whom I have known for a while now and have enjoyed seeing her blossom! So exciting to see friends become successful!!! Please help me welcome Kim from Kimberly Renee Photography! She has 4 children and she home schools them. She has a huge heart for children and does most of my photo shoots when it comes to my tables and events! She also does Christmas Photo cards during the's never too late to book a session!!! And she is hosting a GIVEAWAY the end there are directions for entering this giveaway! Take a moment to get to know Kim Moore!!!!

The way God created light inspires me the most. It brings out different colors depending on the time of day. I love how it sets a mood depending on how bold or soft it is. I love a cloudy day when the light is magical and iridescent. 

My favorite piece is the one I attached. It was one of those cloudy days when the light was soft. This shoot was at the client's home and the idea for this particular shot was the client's. She wanted to use art work that was in the home. We propped up a couple of the framed art pieces against the wall and had the baby sit in the front of them so we could see her reflection. Then we opened the front door and the light fell on the baby just right. When I look at this photo, I can't help but to wonder what this little girl was thinking about. 

I actually didn't set out to start a photography business. It was my hobby, and when I quit my other part time job so that I could focus on homeschooling my kids, I begin pondering on how I could make some extra income on the side. Then literally 2 days later, a friend of a family member asked if they could pay me to take some photos. This got the ball rolling, and my friend, Tracey Hedge, who is a photographer up in Redding, CA, encouraged me to start a business. God's timing is always perfect! I love how I can take clients when needed and arrange my photography schedule around my family instead of my family around my job. Of course there are always those hectic weeks where my job ends up taking priority, but I feel privileged that I can rearrange it the next week to keep my priorities straight. 

I'm constantly reading, taking classes, and learning more about photography. I even had the privilege to host a photography workshop at my home that Tracey Hedge taught. I don't know it all, but am a constant work in progress.

My goal with my business is to help people show their story through images. The song on my website says it all...."It happens in a blink..." The song is Blink by the band Revive. I wrote the band asking if I could use their song on my website, and they gave me permission. This cemented the theme for my site, "Show Your Story." 

With my business, I want to be a blessing to others and use the income to add margin in my family's income. I pray before every shoot and ask God to bless the people I'm with and that all I do is for Him.

One of my favorite projects are my Bride-To-Be shots. A friend of mine had a baby several years ago who was born with a heart defect. The baby needed open heart surgery as a newborn. Before surgery, she lovingly placed her baby girl in her wedding dress and took some photos. I thought this was the sweetest thing and began taking photos of my own girls in my wedding dress. I've done this for a few other clients and am beginning a collection of babies and young girls in their mothers' wedding dresses. 

I usually meet clients on location and at their homes. 1 hour is usually the perfect amount of time for a photo session and gives ample time to capture the perfect shot. Newborn sessions are usually at clients' homes so mom and baby are the most comfortable. I have "Build Your Own" packages available for families who want to plan 3 or more shoots a year for family photos, birthday parties, and/or individual shots. Session fees are at a lesser rate this way. 

My website is
My blog is

Kimberly Renee Photography is giving away $20.00 towards a session!!!! Hurray!!!!
To Enter the $20.00 towards a session you must:
1. Become a Follower of this Blog and leave a comment for it below!
2. Become a fan of Kimberly Renee Photography on Facebook and leave a comment below saying that you are!
3. Become a follower of Kimberly Renee Photography's Blog and leave a comment below saying you did!
That's three chances to b entered in the $20.00 gift card to Kimberly Renee Photography!!! Thanks Kim!!! And Good-Luck to everyone!!! Drawing will close on Monday May 16th, at 12:00AM Midnight! Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, May 17th!!!

And the winner of the FREE SPRAY tan is...

And the winner of the Free Spray Tan by Megan is..Jenn Fish! She wrote, " Anonymous said...
Hope I have done this correctly, Lord know I could use a tan :)
May 6, 2011 10:08 PM

Anonymous Jenn Fish said...

Ok Nina, I'm a airhead! I'm the last "anonymous post". Jenn Fish

Congrats to you Jenn!!! Call for your free tan! And stay tuned to another Talented Mom today and another giveaway!!! Thanks everyone!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Birthday Party Friday

Today I am going to share with you my daughter's Pajama Wama Night Owl was one of my favorites! The Vendors that helped make this day so special was Snowy Bliss, Kimberly Moore Photography, SugarPalooza, Cupcakes by Becky Coulture, Carmel Kids, Michaels, The Dollar Store, Olivia Dru, and Cupcake Event Designs, and Stinkin' Cute Designs. Now on to more details so you can re-create this party! So much fun to be had!!!
First the invitation...
Ordered from Snowy Bliss. She emailed me the invite and I stuck each piece on individually for some dimension.  Here is just a picture of the invite with no dimension.
Next the table which needed to be converted into a bed...thanks again Snowy Bliss for selling your template. I simply ordered off her Etsy Store and printed our on a transparency and then enlarged on an overhead projector. I purchase Foam Board (4ftx8ft) from Michaels for 10.00 each. Traced with a sharpie and cut out and voila! Covered table with a full sheet flat sheet (boy those come in handy-never use them at home, but glad I save it!) Bedding from Kohl's.

Then came the place settings...
I used my nifty frame cutter from Creative Memories and created place mats from different scrapbook paper. Then the plate from Party City and the Owl Craft from Michaels then the most adorable bottles from a friend who bought them from a farm! Thanks Michelle!

Wrapped the bottles with 2 inch scrapbook paper and cut out a cupcake topper with a flourish square punch out from Create For Less.

The grass is the edible grass from Target with malt ball eggs and a felt flower from Michaels on a candle stick!

Now for the dessert table which turned out so sweet! (get it?) I used the template from Snowy Bliss again for a window and created some owls (SugarPalooza). Traced it on a canvas board, painted it (I tried to be artistic) and glued the paper owls I created on it. Made it feel like it was night time! All the labels on the dessert table were created by SugarPalooza except for the cupake toppers, those were from Snowy Bliss. I then purchased the most adorable cupcake stand from Olive Dru (Etsy) and hung the ever famous black frame from Ikea in front of the cupcakes. I purchased the push pop containers from Cupcake Event Designs, I sell them now, and SugarPalooza created the labels. I rented the brown pots from Pineapple Girl Rentals for $5.00 and I stuffed them with some foam, used some colorful Easter grass and voila! A master piece!!! 

Cookies by SugarPalooza

Sign by SugarPalooza

Labels by SugarPalooza

Lollipops from Oriental Trading

Kabobs from The Dollar Store, Labels from SugarPalooza

The Court @ Carmel Kids 

These were the stuffed owls for the party favor...TIME CONSUMING!!! Snowy Bliss made her own and sells the template, so much cuter, but these were from Michaels, less time...Thanks Kyleigh for finishing them!!!

Framed Cupcakes!

Two very Happy Birthday Girls!

Shirts from Stinkin' Cute Designs, PJ pants from Kohl's, Flower Clips from Carmel Kids