Feb

27

Charlotte 4 Months

February 27, 2015 in baby, Charlotte, family, love, Nugget, parenting, photography, portraits, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

baby girl Charlotte

Time for a little Charlotte update I think. It’s remarkable how much a baby can change and grow in a month. Yesterday Charlotte rolled over onto her tummy and started tucking her knees under her belly like she was just ready to inchworm her way around. We may have an early crawler and I have mixed feelings about this. Almost time to break out the baby gates and cupboard locks again! She is also a morning person (I also have mixed feelings about her being an early riser as I am a “late to bed, late to rise” kind of gal) and wakes up every morning with a gummy grin, chattering away about important baby things.

This month Charlotte…

- Started giggling whenever Liam kisses her face. Or more accurately, she laughs at Liam no matter what he does. She thinks he is hilarious. And he is.

- Just realized she has a tongue. All day she sticks out her little tongue so proud of her new discovery.

- Talks and talks and talks. Sometimes I feel guilty for not intently listening to everything she has to say, but after 45 minutes of her sweet soft voice chatting it up, I sometimes need to break for a pee trip and then it is back to our fun little conversation. My favorite is listening to her different types of talk. Sometimes she furrows her little brow and talks in a deep and serious tone. She is no doubt telling me something very important. And then sometimes she talks so soft and sweet (usually talking to her hands, because they are good listeners I suppose) that my heart just melts.

- Continued to suck on her chubby little fingers making all kinds of squeaky noises.

- Loves watching me work. She helps me craft and blog and even do laundry. She mostly dictates and is the best kind of company.

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

baby girl Charlotte

You may have missed:

Charlotte newborn photos

Charlotte 1-month-old

Charlotte 2- and 3-months-old

Headband from Stay + Co.

 

xo Alix

Feb

26

Introducing my photo booth business: Salty Booth!

February 26, 2015 in friends, party, photography, Salty Booth, shop, Uncategorized, wedding by Haley Freckleton

Salty Booth

By now you know that I love to throw a good party. And I’m starting to get the hang of what works and what flops at an event. It didn’t take me long to discover that my favorite part of the party was the photo booths. Photo booths just make so much sense at a party…they make it easier to capture the fun without having to carry around a camera. Everyone lets loose at a photo booth and gets to capture rad moments forever. For-ev-er!

Which brings me to my very exciting and important point: I now own a photo booth business of my own called Salty Booth! I am so proud of this little venture and even more excited at the potential to capture your parties!

Salty Booth is an open-concept photo booth that takes high-resolution images. We offer custom photo backdrops, party-perfect props, and various printing options (either as 4″X6″ images or those adorable photo strips that you love)!

I co-own the company with my girl Melissa, and we would love to bring the pic to your par-tey!

You can connect with us on Instagram or Facebook or…

Email me >> aruffledlife{at}gmail{dot}com << to inquire about renting our booth for your special events!

Salty Booth

Salty Booth

Salty Booth

Salty Booth

Salty Booth

xo Alix

Feb

24

Baby Girl Nursery 04: Before and After!

February 24, 2015 in baby, Charlotte, Craft, DIY, family, featured, Home Depot, house, House Tour, Nugget, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

pink nursery

Charlotte’s nursery is one of my favorite spaces in my home. Partially because it is a room where I could go 100% girl without my husband starting to wonder why all the walls are looking particularly pink. To his credit, however, he is pretty patient with whatever house project shenanigans I am up to. A pink kitchen probably wouldn’t faze him, but I’m not that big of a lunatic to paint my kitchen pink ;) .

What I love about the paint and woodwork in Charlotte’s room is the total transformation. Adding the perfect shade of pink and the detailed woodwork beadboard makes for a remarkable conversion into the loveliest of little girl spaces. I couldn’t have made this transformation happen without the help of Home Depot. If you check out their blog, The Apron, you can read more about my post: How To Install Beadboard for your own home. Home Depot is where I go for home improvement projects, gardening, party supplies, and free therapy. They are my happy place.

Nursery Before

Nursery Before

Nursery Before

Nursery Before

Nursery Before

Looking at the before pictures I can’t believe how dull and random the nursery was before! The finished product, however, was fit for our little queen Charlotte. Creating this lovely space was a pleasure. You can read more about this little makeover here:

Baby Girl Nursery 01

Baby Girl Nursery 02

Baby Girl Nursery 03 (and newborn photos)

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

Pink Nursery

xo Alix

 

Feb

20

Galentine’s Day Brunch

February 20, 2015 in food, friends, Home, love, party, valentine's day by Haley Freckleton

Valentine's Brunch

I’m not 100% sure who invented Galentine’s Day, but I like to think that it was Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation. Leslie is a gift-giver, a loyal friend, and Amy Poehler is da bomb. After binge watching 6 seasons of Parks and Recreation on Netflix, one thing was strikingly clear to me… I would be throwing a Galentine’s Day party from here on out! And here is why. I love that Valentine’s day is all about showing love and I like that I can do a friend-love party. Sounds pretty great right? Also I LOVE flowers and chocolate and Valentines and cheesy Valentine decorations. No other holiday is in such passionate support of excessive use of pink. It’s true… if I started liberally incorporating shades of pink into Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and 4th of July decor my family might think I have fallen and bumped my head. But not with Valentine’s Day. Frilly pink fuss everywhere!

So you get the idea…I like Valentine’s Day. Here is a quick look of my little Galentine’s Day brunch decor.

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

Valentine's Brunch

xo Alix

Feb

18

Mornings with Liam

February 18, 2015 in Adams, family, Liam, love, Nugget, parenting, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

Nugget Liam

I know how incredibly ridiculous this sounds, but for you parents…do you ever just stare at your children and think, No one in the whole universe can possibly love their children as much as I love mine. I of course realize that other parents must. They must feel that encompassing love for their children that I feel for Liam and Charlotte. Sometimes I look at Charlotte while I’m nursing her in my arms and whisper, “I love you more than oxygen” because it is true. I love her more than living. I love Liam that much too, and it’s a strange experience to love two children to infinity. When Liam was my only little nugget I thought, I couldn’t possibly fit any more love into my overflowing heart! and then Charlotte came and I did. I fit all my love for her in my heart too! It’s like magic! Loving your children is like an instinctual and glorious blessing from God…a small taste of what he must feel for us. It’s like a taste of what it feels like to be a Heavenly Father or Heavenly Mother.

There are some moments in parenting that you want to document—to really remember. These images were taken way back in July when I was growing pretty pregnant. We were staying at a hotel in Bend, OR on our way to a wedding and I felt like I needed to document my very favorite time of day with Liam…the mornings.  Liam’s love language is definitely physical touch. Every morning he wakes up with a goofy little smile and wants to cuddle for 10 to 15 minutes before he can properly begin his day. He is so easy to hug and when you pick him up he immediately sinks into your torso and neck. I love this. It’s our time together and it makes me sad to think that someday he won’t want me to hold him in the mornings. That day is not today…so I’m going to go cuddle with him right now and giggle through another episode of some silly Netflix cartoon. I love this little man.

Nugget Liam

Nugget Liam

Nugget Liam

Nugget Liam

Nugget Liam

Nugget Liam

xo Alix

Feb

17

DIY Gold-leafed log candle holders

February 17, 2015 in Craft, DIY, HGTV Design Happens, party, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

DIY gold-leafed candle holders

Lately I have taken to covering everything in gold. Clint is such a good sport. He doesn’t even bat an eye when I cover antlers in gold glitter, spray paint a $5.00 chair in metallic gold spray paint, and start gold-leafing logs. I am convinced there isn’t a craft on earth that he would be shocked to walk in our dining room and find.  In fact, I think he is more shocked when he finds dinner on the table than when he finds me doing crafty shit like decoupage and cross-stitch at the dining room table. Bless his patient and loving soul.

This last week I was cleaning off my incredibly cluttered computer and I found this little golden craft that I created for HGTV Design Happens and I knew it was too sweet to not share. I love these gold-leafed log candle holders and I can’t wait to bust them out for every birthday slash candle-appropriate festivities.

For the whole tutorial on how to make your own gold-leafed logs go here! And go crazy.

gold-leafed log candle holders

gold-leafed log candle holders

xo Alix

Feb

16

Alt Summit blogger conference January 2015: What I learned, what I taught

February 16, 2015 in Alt Summit, blogging, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

Alt Summit

Every time I go to Alt Summit the things I learn and the overall experience is totally different. This last January when I went to Alt I learned a few things, taught a few things, and nursed my Charlotte as much as possible. Alt Summit really is such an enjoyable experience for me every time. At times I have left the conference filled to the brim with information (like the first time I went) and at times I have left exhausted and feeling accomplished for pulling off 3 parties in two days (like the Alt 3 weeks ago). For real, I’m still recovering, and I looooove it anyways (so much).

But I get it…not everyone is into sensory overload/meeting hundreds of creative people at once/late night parties and early morning classes. It’s like an introverts complete nightmare I would think. And I’m not always a huge social butterfly but Alt Summit is the kind of chaotic and intense crap I live for. It’s my element, times 1,000,000. So for all the folks (that may be you my dear) who have not made it to Alt, I wanted to share what I learned first, and second what I taught at my round-table discussion.

What I learned (disclosure: I only had time to go to one class the whole conference. The class was taught by Alison of The Alison Show. So basically this is a few highlights that I want to apply to my business/life):

- Think about what I am good at and what I love to do more than anything in the world…and then figure out how to make money doing that!

- I am not my brand. I am Alix. I have value on my own. Even if my business goes up in flames I am still me, and that is valuable enough.

- Start saying “no” so I can say “yes” to things that benefit my family and business more.

alt summit blogger conference

Alt Summit

What I taught (I taught a round-table on how to work with big brands. If this isn’t really your goal, you can take away that these are good tips in working with any humans really. Or you can stop reading and eat a cupcake instead. I’m okay with that):

- “When you approach everything as if it’s a big fun experiment, then it’s not that big of a deal if things don’t work out”

                        Sophia Amoruso #GIRLBOSS

When working with brands, a lot of them will tell you “no” or “not right now” or just simply ignore your email. If this is the case, move on to the next brand…it was just a fun experiment anyways!

- Be nice. Be professional. Be honest. Throw in something extra. Also, note that being nice means never gossiping about a brand/person/company/anyone. Now I’m not perfect but this is a lesson I learned a while ago and I try very hard to stick with this no-gossip policy. It has served me well!

- And…Even Angelina Jolie has nightmares where she has to relive that one time she said something stupid in a job interview (at least I am assuming she does). Be patient with yo-self. ;)

xo Alix

Feb

13

Pinning this week: Valentine’s Day Inspiration

February 13, 2015 in Fresh and Fabulous Friday, love, Pinterest, valentine's day by Haley Freckleton

love-quote

Image taken by Stacy Sargent Design, styling by me.

I love Pinterest for many reasons. By now in my mind Pinterest is such a staple of the design/blogging world that it is a little like saying “I love the internet” when I say, “I love Pinterest”. Kind of like, who doesn’t love Pinterest?

Truth be told, my favorite part of Pinterest is bringing it up in casual conversations and seeing who looks at me with blank stares and who just can’t wait to show me what they found on Pinterest. For example, when I bring up Pinterest around certain relatives they are like “Pin the what? I don’t have time for that.” All I can think is, This is America! You GET to use Pinterest! It is literally your right and freedom to hoard thousands of digital images for the hell of it! That, my friends, is freedom. (Insert here that I know this is a silly freedom and I am grateful for my freedom and am privileged and so on).

Meanwhile, every single time that I talk about Pinterest in Home Depot without fail the Home Depot employees have to show me their latest project they found on Pinterest. Whether it is the 50+ gentleman who works in plumbing who just crafted a fire pit or the 20-something lady who works in paint and just refinished a dresser. Pinterest is the great equalizer ;) .

So here are my most loved pins this week…well the pins that I love the most! They are all flavored Valentine’s Day flavor, which is my second favorite holiday after Halloween. And they are luscious and pink and pretty, as every V-day should be.

DIY-Lipstick-Pinata

Lipstick piñata, yes please.

heart-pretzels

Heart pretzels for a savory love.

Valentines-brunch

Valentine’s Day brunch!

Elegant-girls-room

Pink room with elegance.

vintage-valentines-sugar-cookies-peach

Peach cookies for a peach.

citrus+parfait+1

Citrus yogurt parfaits. Mmmmmm.

Coffee-Filter-Garland

Garland I need to make!

blood-orange-sherbet

 

 

Blood orange sherbet.

Funny-quote

 

Truth. Very important quote.

Cheese-board

 

The perfect cheese board!

More pins from me! Now go make out with somebody special ;) .

xo Alix

Feb

11

DIY Disco Letters

February 11, 2015 in Craft, DIY, Home, party, Uncategorized by Haley Freckleton

DIY Disco Letters

All photos by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

I originally made these fun and funky disco letters for the blog Best Friends For Frosting, but I wanted to share it again here because, well, they are amazing. They are actually one craft that I love having up on my office walls and I totally wink at them as I walk by. It’s nice to have a little reminder to slow down and have some fun. I think you need some disco letters in your life too, don’t you?

DIY Disco Letters

Materials you will need:

- Cardboard letters spelling out your desired word (I chose the word “FUN” because disco balls personify all that is fun)

- Black craft acrylic paint

- Miniature mirrors (I used a combination of 3/4″ mirrors and 1/2″ mirrors)

- Regular pushpins

-  A hot glue gun and glue gun sticks

DIY Disco Letters

Step 1: To begin, I painted the entire front surface and side surfaces of my letters black. The black color behind the mirrors really makes the little mirrors more reflective.

DIY Disco Letters

 

DIY Disco Letters

Step 2: Next, I used the hot glue gun to glue mini mirrors to the front and side surfaces of each letter. Because some letters have rounded corners and you are working with square mirrors you will want to use a combination of 3/4″ mirrors and 1/2″ mirrors to cover the surfaces as best as possible.

DIY Disco Letters

DIY Disco Letters

DIY Disco Letters

Step 3: Finally, I needed a way to attach the letters to the wall. A great solution was to glue pushpins to the back of each letter. Flip the letter over so that the mirrors are facing down. Next, place a dab of hot glue on the face side of a pushpin. Glue the pushpin to the back of the letter. I glued approximately 5 pushpins on the back of each letter.

All done! Disco party on your walls!

DIY Disco Letters

DIY Disco Letters

xo Alix

Feb

10

Hosting the Bing Dinner Party

February 10, 2015 in Alt Summit, blogging, Craft, food, friends, party, photography, Salty Booth by Haley Freckleton

bing dinner party

All images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

I have been to Alt Summit blogger conference several times now, and each time it is a totally new and exciting experience. Usually I’m a nice cocktail of exhausted, overwhelmed, and motivated when the conference ends. This last Alt (which you may have seen me posting about on Instagram) was every bit flavorful, but with an extra pinch of hectic and busy. At the conference I hosted a dinner, hosted a party, hosted a craft session, and hosted a round table. I could be rehabbed for my hosting addiction or institutionalized for my mental block when it comes to the word “no”. But to be completely honest (which I try to be around here) I really didn’t mind taking on all that work. It was, well, really fun to be so involved in fun projects. My mother and husband and intern Haley did have a huge role in making it all possible. They are pretty great. I’ll get more into the details of Alt next week, but I did want to share some of my favorite moments from the Microsoft (Bing) dinner party I hosted on Wednesday night of Alt Summit.

We threw our dinner party in a super hip studio loft space that has become a favorite space of mine. Food Made By Tom (or as I like to call him, Tom) was the chef for the evening and it was A-MAZ-ING. Most things I couldn’t pronounce on the menu because I am uncultured to some extent, but I licked every dish clean. Well I scraped it clean because I am still a lady.

To create a fresh, fun, and industrial mood I hung white giant origami cranes and geometric shapes from the ceiling. Succulents and copper geo shapes were the table centerpieces, and 50 Shades of Green triangles clung to the walls as a photo backdrop. Salty Booth (my photo booth business) was of course at the dinner party.

My favorite, well one of my favorite, elements of the dinner party was the party favors. We gave each guest a clear acrylic desk organizer packed with crafting goodies and customized name place settings. This desk organizer is one of my most cherished possessions because I love organizing a little too much. Like someday I may be on TLC for a show call Opposite of Hoarders. The stunning little wooden name place settings are what you are really wondering about though, right? Well, each name was hand-lettered by one of my faves Hello Tosha and cut by another fave, EngraveJet.

Microsoft really treated their guests well. They know how to throw a classy shindig.

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party

Bing dinner party


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