Thursday, April 5, 2012

Product of the Week! {slight obsession}

Hands down, without a doubt
Instagram is my Product of the Week!!
If ya haven't heard...
Instagram for the Android is out!!!

To say I am obsessed is truly an understatement.
Here are some of my latest creations via Instagram.
I can't help but capture everything on Instagram now.
The settings just make photos look so much better.
I can't wait to dive right in and nail down some new followers
and check out more of the settings.
Eeek so fun!

I have already captured
C eating an ice cream cone (and yes it was adorable)
All my baubles that I heart.
The Citrus County sign that represents FLORIDA!
My work life.
My delish T Flats lunch
And C's Happy Baby pouches (and yes we get them in shipments by the box full)

Please come join in on my fun.
My Instagram name is


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ceramic Egg Cartoons {Jewelry Organizer}

My ultimate favorite Easter decor are those ceramic egg cartons.
They are so cute and pretty.
However, I don't use them for Easter decor.
I use them to organize my jewelry.
Two cartoons for silver and two for gold.
Look how functional they are, all while adding cuteness to my drawer.
Or, you could even put one on your night stand for your earrings and rings you wear every day.
I picked some up this week at my local Joann's.
Hurry, they are 40% off this week.

Now all I need is some fun chevron shelf paper in the bottom of my drawer
and it will be all set!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day Care Rant {Dateline NBC}

The hubs and are are avid watchers of
Dateline on NBC.
If we don't catch it on Friday night we make sure we DVR it and watch it during the weekend.

I must say Chris Hansen is my personal fav.
Yes he is attractive, but that voice of his.
Wow he pulls me in every time.
He could be narrating a school text book on computer coding and I would think it was interesting.

This week he did an episode on Day Cares.
And who is really watching your child.
I still can not shake this episode.
I think every parent who has a child in day car should watch this episode.
It was mind blowing.
Down right disgusting.

First and foremost...
Chris Hansen revealed that thousands of day care workers in LICENSED FACILITIES
have had violent crimes against them,
Battery, Domestic Battery, Aggravated Assault and even MANSLAUGHTER.
Other charges include,
DUI, Possession of Drugs, Fleeing & Eluding, Resisting Arrest With Violence, Driving While License Suspended, etc.

Why are these people watching your children?
They should not be.
Understandably people have a past, learn and move forward from those mistakes only to make themselves better from their mistake.
However, I personally feel that if you have EVER, EVER, EVER, have had a violent criminal past then you should not be allowed to run or work in a day care facility.
No, ifs, ands or buts about it.

Mr. Hansen also disclosed that 1 in 5 offenders, re offend.

So, why? why? why?
is YOUR State not doing anything about this?
It's almost as if they are aiding these criminals/felons to strike again.
The State makes "exceptions" for people, they want to give them a second chance.
But in the mean time, your child might not have a chance in their care.

Your State should not allow offenders and felons to be licenced or work near children.
They should be doing NATIONAL checks on them.
They should run annual checks (if not monthly) on their providers.
Not one every 5 years.
You know how many people slip through the cracks but doing a search every 5 years.
A lot can happen in 5 years, especially if you are a "bad" guy.

A Department of Child & Families spokesperson for the State of Florida was
on speaking with Mr. Hansen and she simply said that, yes, yes, there are providers out there with criminal pasts, and it may not be right but in order to try and shut down a provider a child has to either be seriously harmed or die.

How shocking and gross is that?!

One would think that the STATE would do their best efforts to keep the innocent children away from "bad" people and to protect the children of the future.
But they are not.
In essence they are handing innocent, weak children in the care of felons, to test them, to see if they will re offend.

The State needs to get ride of some of these ridiciously programs and actually put the time and money into an issue that really needs to be addressed.
The safety of our children.

I am going to start talking to people in my State's capitol about this.
This is not right.
Something must change.

Please tell me your thoughts on this.
I for one want to protect my child and will do whatever I can to do this.

If you want more information about the Dateline episode on Day Care
go to the Dateline website and watch some short clips.
You can also go here to get read some great Q&A from Mr. Hansen.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ballet Party ::Christina Higman Photography::

Hello!  I'm so excited to be here!  My name is Christina, photographer at Christina Higman Photography.  A couple weeks ago my youngest daughter turned 3.  She's been a ballet dancin' fool these days, so my mom and I decided to throw her a sweet ballerina themed party.  I'm so blessed to have a crafty, energetic momma.  We were able to divide our favorite pinterest finds and tackle most of the decorations ourselves.  Here are a few images from the day....

Simple flower decorations were mostly compiled of green plants from my yard.  The soft pink roses matched the party perfectly.
One of my favorite decorations was the ballerina tutu cupcake toppers my mom made.  So perfect!  She looked at this pinterest tutorial and then added her own touches.  I loved the little rinestones, tulle, and sparkly ribbon she used.  They got lots of attention.  :-)

This cake was absolutely amazing.  One of my favorite photography clients just happens to be great with fondant.  I talked her into doing this cake for me.  :-)  She does a limited number of these for others, but if you need an awesome custom cake in Tampa let me know.  I can get you in touch with her!

The cake ruffles were my favorite. 

The ballet sugar cookies above were one of my projects.  They came out really cute, and they were super easy.  I rolled out my cookie dough and just cut the oblong shape out with a knife.  I looked at this site for my inspiration.
Above you will also see my oldest daughter giving me her biggest smile in our pink frame we hung outside.  Each of the quests posed for a picture.   
The bottom left image is from this pinterest find.  It's basically just a pink cut out from cardstock on the top, a ribbon across the middle, and the kids handprint to make the tutus.  They turned out really cute and the kids seemed to enjoy a craft.
Lastly in the bottom right we had pink, heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Did you know you can have the Publix bakery make you a loaf of bread dyed any color?  Awesome right? 

I made this number 3 for our front door.  It took me a couple hours, but it wasn't hard.  I cut out a number 3 on a piece of cardboard and then hot glued scrunched up tissue paper all over.  My husband kept looking over like I was crazy while I was making it, but I assured him it was worth it.  :-)

My mom and my girls (okay, mostly my mom) made this awesome pinata.  There are a ton of tutorials online for making one.  She used the traditional balloon, newpaper strips, and flour/ water paste method.  She did two layers and it was the PERFECT thickness.  Each child was able to give it 3 swings before it finally broke.  Tacky glue attached the tissue paper circles, starting at the bottom and layering up towards the top.

Here's my sweet little ballerina.  I do a portrait session for each of my kids on their birthday.  I love having pictures of ONLY them at least once a year.  We had her custom headband made by Birde Baby Boutique. 

One of her favorite presents...."real" ballerina shoes.  :-)

This little outfit came from Target.  Thank you Target for having ballet clothes just in time for our party!!! 

The number 3 was awesome to use for her portraits as well.  I'm so glad I thought to add it for a few poses. 

If you have any other questions about any of the decorations, etc. you can email me at We had a great time.  Best of all, Evie Joy LOVED her party.  Of course that made it worth all the hard work.  :-)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Love Is In The Air

Hey Droid lovers,
Instagram has left us out.
Its sad isn't it.
It's really not fair to be honest.
But guess what, to tie us Droid lovers over until Instagram gets a hint...
we have Retro Camera!
It is my new love.
So take that all you iPhone users.
We can now all be just as cool as you.
We might not be able to stalk other peoples pics of random stupid ish but we can be creative that all you other instagramers say you are. You know you just click a button and call yourself creative. Well now we can do that too.
So ha!

So since Valentine's Day was last week,
whats better than professing my love of loves through my new love.
Ya got that?

I decided to document my V Day through Retro Cam.
And here ya goooo....

I told you about my new Red & Pink obsession
and I totally rocked Red & Pink on Love's day.

And to add a little sass to the whole outfit...
because you know, that is me....sass.
I added some fun leopard print wedges.

I dressed up our home with some pretty heart garland I got off Pick Your Plum.
BTW if you have not signed up for Pick Your Plum, do it.
They have so many fun decor and craft options.

Oh, you know, these are my pretty pink flowers and chocolates from my Valentine.

And you cant have Valentines Day without the heart shaped chocolates.
And yes, I ate a bite out of each one to see which one I liked the best.
Don't you do this?
I think everyone does this.

Oh sooooo pretty.
I love my Valentine.

And if you know anything about me you know I love cake.
And what I love even more than cake and cupcakes are petit fours.
They are little bites of cake and pure delicious-ness.

Oh and you can't forget my two Valentines.
I just love these two guys.

We had a great V Day and I feel so blessed and special.
                                                             It was such an amazing day.
I just love, love.

So, yes the Retro Cam isn't the best used in doors but us Droid lovers will take it.
Hey instagram, get it together and get us Droid users an app will ya.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sweet Face Love {Happy V Day!}

Just a little love from Colby on Valentine's Day.

I ordered these fabulous Valentines Day cards from Minted and I think they turned out so nicely.
I just wish you could see the bottom wording a little bit better...oh well.

So, the hubs and I don't have anything exciting planned.
No big make out sesh and big red heart balloons tied to dozens of red roses.
Nope not this year.
I might pick up some take out and wine and watch a movie.
This is how Valentine's day is celebrated when you have a toddler and you both work full time.
Let's get real, we have responsibilities to maintain and toddlers to bathe so there is not much time for date nights out anymore.
But you know what...I love my new non-date life.
All I really want to do anyways is veg out with my lovah on the couch.
So happy V Day to all the other parents who are going to be doing the same.
Enjoy and drink up :)