{ tickled chic }

my friend jessica recently asked me to help her with her branding. she makes all kinds of cute handmade goodies…headbands, chunky necklaces for girls & moms, mini garden flags, wreaths & much more! she is also in a few NC boutiques! she gave me free creative reign…all she gave me was a color palette off of pinterest that she really loved! she is one of the sweetest & most crafty girls i know! i her own words…”i love God, my family, shopping & learning new things! i also love the beach, new adventures and hanging out at the pool with my kids & friends! i am a baseball mom to my son, bret & i love being a paegant mom to my daughter! i love creating new things & there is never a dull moment in my life…we are always on the go!” she is a mom to three cute kids & you can follow her on instagram @partyof_5
below is the logo design that we came up with for her new cards & the custom signature for the back of her business cards! you can check her out on facebook here <--- click and her etsy shop is here <--- click she does custom work too, so just message her!

{ random }

so i tossed and turned all night. because i found out yesterday that a local third grader took a gun to school. not our
elementary school. but a school just down the road.
my son is going to third grade. why? a million questions. nothing seems right or good. and then there’s the whole
parenting struggle. of course i explained to my husband that we just need to jerk him out of school and homeschool.
but that is out of fear. and let’s be honest. i’m not the homeschooling mom type. but i could be. in a heartbeat.

and let’s talk about fear. it took me two years. two. TWO years. to get the gumption to do this blog. i don’t know why.
maybe fear that people wouldn’t think what i have to say is important. but i stood up to that fear and did it anyway.

so i’m not sure what we will do. i’m sure we will keep him at that school. i will probably write a letter to the school board.
and i will keep typing away.

and here’s the random stuff.

1. trying this recipe today!

2. this song is in heavy rotation. it breathes summer. love it. and it’s country.

3. and trying to muster up confidence in myself…to figure out the what & why of this blog.

until next time…xoxo

{ whitley stables }

whitley pearl turned three back in february! here is her invitation, and i will be putting it in the shop today! and a few sneak peeks from her party!
i will post a few more party pics later this week! xoxo

{ second grade }


so today is your last day of second grade. technically, monday is. but i’m letting you skip it.
you are so excited for summer vacation to start.
tripper, you are such a good boy. i will never forget last night. looking over at you sitting next to me in the car.
you were playing on your ds. me on my iphone. waiting for whitley pearl to get out of dance. and i just said, you want to go on an adventure, and you smiled a smile i will never forget.
you were up for it. i love your sense of adventure. your willingness to see something new. to go for it.

you are so curious. we had so much fun walking the streets of our small town. something i have never done. i hope you remember these times. we live in such a age of technology, of instant gratification. sometimes, remember to set that all aside to live. to be present. i had the best kind of time with you. just you & me…

and just so i never forget…second grade. your best buddies are cameron, jaxon & barrett. no girlfriends. you still love to read. playing guitar. love baseball. and love fishing.
you and your sister fuss everyday, completely normal. you have the best heart. daddy’s boy. you were so excited about your annual. i want to remember you writing to everyone…”good luck next year on your EOG’s.” you are eight years old. gosh, how did you go through second grade in the blink of an eye.

it just seemed like yesterday you went to kindergarten.
i love you so much…and those freckles too.
xoxo
mom