by Alix

Apr

22

Mint Arrow’s Baby Shower

April 22, 2015 in baby, birth, birthday, blogging, food, friends, gifts, party, pregnancy, Uncategorized by Alix

Baby Shower

I am really glad that I decided to start a blog. It’s true that all the hard work, late nights, and manual labor that goes into blogging is not that glamorous behind the scenes. But blogging has led me to projects that I care passionately about and more importantly, it has lead me to wonderful friends that will last a lifetime. One of my great friends that I met through blogging is Corrine from Mint Arrow. Almost 2 years ago I planned her first daughter’s birthday party, so it only made sense that I throw her a little baby shower for her sweet baby girl #2! Side note, I think that parties may be my love language?

The evening was held at one of my favorite local pizza places, From Scratch, and I think pizza is appropriate for any and all occasions :) . Some of my absolute favorite details were the invitations by Tiny Prints (which as you know by now, is one of my favorite companies ever) and the necklaces in the goody boxes from Tai Pan Trading (another huge favorite).

And the best part of the party-hands down-was the company. It was so fun to listen to all of Corrine’s friends from various stages of her life talk about their favorite things about her. It wasn’t planned to share why we adore Corrine, but it just sort of happened because she is such a great person and it’s hard to not talk about why you adore her!

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Here is a little source list if you are still curious about all the details…

Invitations: Tiny Prints

Gifts: Tai Pan Trading

Location: From Scratch

Flowers: Me!

xo Alix

by Alix

Apr

1

Top 5 Amazing Lipsticks!

April 1, 2015 in beauty, fashion, Favorites, party, portraits by Alix

Top 5 Amazing Lipsticks!

Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched” – Mindy Kaling

and also…

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack” – Coco Chanel

First, I’m certain that if born in the same era Coco and Mindy would be great friends. Second, I am now all of the sudden regretting not naming Charlotte “Coco Mindy Adams”. I kid, but seriously how fabulous does Coco Mindy sound? The answer is “very. very fabulous.”

Why am I talking about lipstick? Because one of the questions I get asked most often is what lipstick I am wearing. Now I am making no claims to being a beauty expert, but I definitely know the intrinsic value of a bold lip color. It helps you “fake it till you make it” and can give you the fierce courage you need to say…dump a boy, write a book, start a business. Lipstick helps you do big things and dream big things. Just saying.

When I head off to a party (read: grocery store) I don’t feel quite polished until my lips are pucker-ready red (say that 10 times fast). So today I’m sharing my favorite shades and they are all pretty affordable! Because it shouldn’t cost a fortune to look fabulous.

And another thing while I’m talking lipstick…I strongly believe that being a powerful, influential, intelligent, strong, and successful woman does not mean that you leave the lipstick and dress at home. A woman in a feminine dress and red lips is just as fierce as a woman dressed in a pants suit, overalls, or yoga pants. Is it not time that we stop equating beauty or makeup or dresses or women with ignorance? Better yet, why don’t we focus on what women have to say, and admire that it is coming from hot pink lips. Ahem. End of speech. And now for my…

Top 5 Amazing lipsticks!:

1. Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick: Risk It All

2. Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick: Light Berry Frost

3. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick: Va Va Violet

4. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter: Pink Lemonade

5. And I have four different shades of Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss because it is my very favorite lipstick brand. It dries in a matte finish and stays on all day! I can count on Kate ;) .

Happy kissing!

Top 5 Amazing Lipsticks!

Top 5 Amazing Lipsticks!

xo Alix

Mar

30

TAYHAM: Quirky Clever Greeting Cards

March 30, 2015 in funny, gifts, party, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

Quirky greeting cards

Images by the loverly Sam of Pierson Photo Company

I am a humor enthusiast. I love comedies of all variety be they dark and clever to straight up Anchorman slapstick (to be honest the only comedies I don’t like at all are ones with stripper boobs…very specific I know). I also love comedy books (aka books written by comedians) and stand-up and an irreverent joke every now and then (okay, I never say “no” to a good joke). In fact, when my mood is kind of “blah” or downright unhappy I turn to comedy for a healthy dose of dopamine.

And that’s why I love these quirky and totally hilarious cards from TAYHAM. I mean, any heart-felt card with butter as the centerpiece is my kind of love-language. And “Babies: Loads of fun”??? Any poop humor is right up my alley (like I alluded to, potty humor is fair game for a good laugh).

Snooping around their site I can’t even handle: “Thanks for Chering”, Bill Murray (obviously), and breasts for a breastfeeding lunatic (raising my hand). Also, for some odd reason this card just says “Mormon” to me. And “You crack me up” because this card is appropriate for any occasion (even a good-spirited funeral!…okay maybe not ;) ).

Here are some pics of more of my favorites!

Quirky greeting cards

Quirky greeting cards

Quirky greeting cards

Quirky greeting cards

Quirky greeting cards

Quirky greeting cards

Quirky greeting cards

 

xo Alix

Mar

27

Easter Egg Flowers

March 27, 2015 in Craft, DIY, easter, Home, party, photography, sring, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Every now and then you just have to throw your hands up in the air and say, “It’s time to make something pretty!” You know, just for the heck of it.

This week I decided to make something pretty: Easter egg flowers. Because eggs are an obvious choice for a flower vase and P.S. ranunculi flowers are in stock at local florists (happy day!).

I love spring (it still doesn’t beat fall in my bias opinion) but I do love when we turn a corner, wave goodbye to cold days, and I start to pretend I jog again.  Spring is the prefect time to freshen up your yard, home, and self (I’m talking to you arm-pudge). So in the name of fresh and pretty here is a little DIY Easter egg flower photo shoot for your viewing pleasure!

Egg-flower-1

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

Easter Egg Flowers DIY

xo Alix

 

Mar

17

Selfies with Liam

March 17, 2015 in birthday, family, funny, Liam, love, Nugget, parenting, portraits, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

Nugget Liam

Liam knows how to use a camera remote (#BloggerKids). The other day I had my tripod/camera set up in Charlotte’s room and while I snuck off to nurse that little Char-pudge, Liam seized the opportunity to take a few selfies. Finding these on my camera was the sweetest of surprises.

Nugget Liam

Nugget Liam

Last week Liam turned 3 and I felt very reflective and emotional about this whole mothering business. He has grown into a little boy who is mischievous and demanding. Someone described it as threenager and I think that is an absolutely perfect description of this age. But Liam is not only demanding chocolate for breakfast and refusing to put cloths on (hence his naked chest). He is also the sweetest cuddler and still loves to snuggle even more than Charlotte.

Nugget Liam

Nugget Liam

I love having conversations with Liam. He speaks so well and enjoys telling me all about Iron Man, blowing bubbles, and playing with his “buddies” (what he calls all of his friends).

Liam lies on top of my laptop (while I work) and requests we watch movies and cuddle. He helps me make chocolate-chip cookies and cracks eggs for scrambled eggs.

He’s sassy and sweet and exhausting. And I love him.

Nugget Liamxo Alix

 

 

 

 

Mar

16

DIY Clothing Rack

March 16, 2015 in baby, Charlotte, Craft, DIY, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house, Nugget, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

DIY Child Clothing Rack

For years (and I mean years), since I was a freshman in college I have been on the lookout for an affordable and industrial-looking clothing rack. You know the one’s I’m talking about. That cool metal clothing rack you see in Brooklyn loft apartments or in the background of an IKEA photo shoot. They’re very cool and kind of hard to find. I wanted one that was the perfect size for Charlotte’s room…A little clothing rack that she could play dress-up with or that I could display all her pretty clothes on. So instead of continuing my futile search I just made a DIY clothing rack of my own! Pat yourself on the back you DIY-er, you.

And I’m not stingy when it comes to my good ideas (wink wink). You too can make a DIY clothing rack by following this clothing rack DIY tutorial over on HGTV Design Happens!

DIY Child Clothing Rackxo Alix

 

Mar

11

DIY Triangle Backdrop

March 11, 2015 in Craft, DIY, Home, party, photography, St. Patrick's Day, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

DIY Triangle Backdrop

St. Patty’s day is almost here! And, though I always imagine that I would be a terribly fun drinker, as a non-alcohol-consuming partier photo booth backdrops are about as crazy fun as it gets for me. This St. Patrick’s Day will be all green and rainbows and pots of gold, which is why I am up-cycling my green triangle backdrop from this party to be a centerpiece of our St. Pat party! As it turns out, paper triangles are simple to make and easy to transform into a triangle backdrop. Who would have thought, right?!

Before we get started, don’t forget to check out my Blentec Giveaway! It ends Friday so hurry and enter to win a $650.00 blender!

Supplies you will need:

DIY Triangle Backdrop

- Cardstock paper in varying shades of green (you can find dozens of free triangle patterns online. I used this one. Print this pattern on your cardstock).

- Scissors

- A hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

- Tape

DIY Triangle Backdrop

Step 1: Begin by cutting out the triangle pattern from each paper. I printed and cut a variety of triangle sizes.

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

Step 2: On the triangle pattern you will notice extra tabs—these are used to glue all of the triangle sides together. To insure that there is room for each tab inside the triangle, cut the corners off each of the tabs.

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

Step 3: Next, fold on all of the lines (tabs and triangles).

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

Step 4: Then glue all of the triangles together by putting hot glue on the tabs and sticking them behind the adjacent triangles. This will create a 3D triangle!

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

Step 5: Finally, tape all your triangles to your backdrop surface! A white wall works perfect.

Triangle backdrop accomplished!

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

DIY Triangle Backdrop

xo Alix

by Alix

Mar

10

Blendtec Giveaway

March 10, 2015 in Eat, Favorites, food, giveaway, Uncategorized by Alix

Blendtec Giveaway

Raise your hand if you can’t shake off this winter cold (I’m raising both hands in the air signalling a resounding surrender). It’s time for sniffles and snot to back their mucus-covered bags and go. That was a surprisingly irked and visual descriptive sentence. No more snot visuals I promise.

In an attempt to kill this coughy-cold I have been a green smoothie freak lately. For most of my adult life I crafted a spinach smoothie concoction every morning for breakfast and have burned out a few blenders in the process. This month I have doubled tripled the kale and spinach because all hail kale! Also I have to wear a swimsuit in public in the near future and it’s about time I shed some winter layers of cushion ;) .

My favorite blender, hands down, is my Designer Blendtech. I put whole apples in that bad-A blender and it blends them up to a smoothie oblivion. In a fire I would save (in order) 1. Children and Husband, 2. Dog, 3. Photos, 4. Blendtec. Okay that may have been a bit dramatic, but I love this blender. 

And guess what? I am giving you the chance to love one too! I’m talking Blendtec giveaway time!!! Yep you can win a Blendtec of your own! Simply enter below:

 

Giveaway end Friday, March 13th at 12:00PM MST! GIVEAWAY CLOSED…winner has been contacted via email!
And hopefully with this cold on the mend I can bring you some really fun St. Patrick’s day crafts the rest of the week!

xo Alix

by Alix

Mar

6

Social Media…some thoughts

March 6, 2015 in blogging, Instagram, Pinterest, The Neighborhood by Alix

 Social Media sharing

Image by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

Social media is kind of a hot topic (not like the store Hot Topic) and is controversial at times (just like the store Hot Topic). It’s true…we all seem to have an opinion about social media and why’s it gotta be so angst-ridden? As a blogger and a business owner who is busting her tushy to make the paper I appreciate the free-marketing aspect social media provides. It is free, but it is also SO MUCH WORK to grow an authentic and meaningful following on social media. I mean, I really want to offer a beautifully curated experience on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook (click on those links for pretty pictures ;) ). I want people to love what I have worked hard to create!

There are a lot of mixed messages about social media too. It’s cool to be on social media, cool to have tons of followers and friends, and yet it is simultaneously cool to not be on social media at all (I’m talking to you George Clooney). Then there is the debate about whether we should even care what’s cool and not. Social media keeps family and friends in touch, helps business boom, but then there is also a very creepy catfish crazy people side to social media. Eek.

When it comes to social media I fall in the middle…meaning I love it for some reasons and choose to not let it mean too much to me or my happiness. Basically here are my rules:

- My happiness and self-worth are not attached to social media

- Social media is not a diary…I don’t talk about the things that are private or off brand :)

But that’s not all…I have more to say about social media (and don’t we all?) here on The Neighborhood! Check it out and let me know what you think about social media!

xo Alix

 

Mar

3

DIY Giant Flower Ball Pendant

March 3, 2015 in Charlotte, Craft, DIY, Home, party, spring, sring, Uncategorized, wedding by Haley Freckleton

DIY Flower Ball

All photos by Sam of Pierson Photo Company.

This flower ball pendant that I created for Charlotte’s room is the perfect combination of quirky and adorable. I love how it adds a fresh little bloom in her space. It’s very simple to make but has a big impact on any space and would be the perfect addition to a party or wedding. Flower ball pendants just seem pretty enough to liven up anything, anywhere. Wanna make one with me?

Supplies you will need:

DIY Flower Ball

DIY Flower Ball

- Styrofoam ball in the size of your choice

- Silk artificial flowers

- Hot glue gun and hot glue

- Pushpin or nail

- Fishing wire

DIY Flower Ball

DIY Flower Ball

DIY Flower Ball

Step 1: First you need to transform that Styrofoam ball into a flower ball. Begin by removing the stems from all of the silk flowers. Then, at the base of the flower, apply a generous dab of hot glue and insert the flower into the surface of the Styrofoam ball. I usually hold the flower onto the ball until the hot glue is dry to insure that the flower is securely attached.

DIY Flower Ball

Step 2: Second I repeat step one with the rest of the flowers. I wanted an eclectic mix of flowers, textures, and colors so my flower arranging was a bit random. I love how it turned out but you can go with any combination of flowers and colors that you can dream up!

DIY Flower Ball

DIY Flower Ball

Step 3: For the final step you will need to create a way to secure fishing wire to the flower ball so that you can hang it up. For a small ball a pushpin would work or for a bigger ball I used a nail. Simply tie the end of the fishing wire around the nail or pushpin and then push the pin/nail into the flower ball. For extra strength you can add hot glue to the pin/nail before inserting it into the Styrofoam ball.

Now hang that baby up and you’re ready to party party party pretty flower ball style!

DIY Flower Ball

DIY Flower Ball

xo Alix