Monday, August 18, 2014

Sibling Love.

I think my favorite thing to see since Emerson was born is the interaction between Penelope and Emerson. I knew it would be more beneficial for Penelope to have a sibling but never could I quite imagine what it would look/feel like to see her play with a sibling. More than that to see Emerson be quite fond of Penelope. Both of their faces light up when they see each other and Penelope is so helpful with him. Emerson just watches Penelope constantly…watching her every mood and waiting until she makes eye contact with him. Then his little face lights up with a big grin.

They're both growing so fast. I feel like I barely blink and Emerson's another month older and Penelope is going into a new school year. She starts First Grade today and I can't wait to hear all her stories about being a First Grader and all her new friends (oh and she wouldn't let me pick her out her first day of school outfit…she had to do that all on her own). Emerson turned five months old over the weekend and has started rocking on all fours and then lunging forward one time. He'll be crawling in no time.

I never knew how these two little human beings could make my heart so full.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SAC Bridal/Bridesmaid Look Book Photos

A few weeks ago I did another styled shoot for my shop Sunshine and Carousels here in Arkansas and shot tons and tons of new accessories with my model Kori. They are all up in the shop now and ready to go. I had SO much fun with this photo shoot and Kori was a beautiful model to work with. We did a combination of shop photos and other photos to go in my photography portfolio. I styled it like a bridal brunch/bridesmaid kind of look and had a lot of fun with it. I have one more shop photo shoot coming up soon with a more casual look. Excited for all the changes in styling and branding for my SAC shop. It's always good to refresh and push myself even after doing this for four years! So crazy.

Just thought I'd share this update and a handful of photos of the shoot with you today. Hope your week is going well! I'm off to a girls weekend down in Texas this weekend and I'm SO excited.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Starfruit Mango Peach Popsicles

Penelope is all into the popsicle rage as of late. I am into thinking of ways to make her eat healthy and popsicles are perfect for that. Last week I made all fruit (no added sugar) popsicles with a fun surprise inside. She loved them and I didn't feel guilty for letting her a popsicle or two a day. Here's my recipe:

Sliced fresh mango
Sliced peaches (not pictured)
Fresh squeezed orange juice or Simple Orange Orange Juice
Sliced Starfruit
Popsicle mold and popsicle sticks

Combine a handful of peaches, one sliced mango and 1.5-2 cups of orange juice in a blender and blend till smooth. Slice your starfruit and slide into the sides of popsicle molds and then slowly pour in fruit mixture. Leave a 1/4 of a inch from the top unfilled, place your lid on your mold (or tinfoil) and then slide your popsicle sticks in the middles. Freeze for 5 hours or overnight and then they are ready to serve.

Penelope loves finding the star inside and I love that it's healthy for her. Enjoy!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

DIY Ombre Tea Towel

For the collaborated photo shoot I did with Angela Sostarich Photography earlier this summer I made some little ombre tea towels and I thought I'd share the quick and easy tutorial with you.

Rit Dye
Dowel Rods or Hangers
Clips or Clothes Pins

Make your dye as directed on the package in a large bucket or pot. Completely dip your towels into your dye for just 20 seconds and then lift up over dowel rods or hanger edges that are set up top of your bucket (I used some plastic hangers). Let the towels soak for about 2-3 minutes and then roll up an inch and clip. Repeat this process until you get to the ends of your towel. Continue following the directions on the package of your dye. Rit dye will have your rinse your towels in water and then wash in the washer and dry.

I love the look of these towels and I might be making many more for my sisters wedding in September. I'm kind of into dying everything these days.