Tuesday, April 22, 2014

bicycle baby shower

Our trip to Durango was absolutely fabulous. We had a lovely time and enjoyed some nice weather. I got to get some Durango running in, we went on a hike, and we just enjoyed feeling like we were "home" for a few days. The purpose of my trip, as I mentioned last week, was a baby shower for a dear friend. I co-hosted the shower with another best friend.

The shower had a bicycle theme (remember the invitation I shared last week) and I made various paper pieces of decor for our theme. In addition to the invitations we had cupcake toppers (that we actually used as sandwich toppers), food cards to identify the various food items (sandwich "flavors", beverages, etc.), wrappers for the chocolate bar party favors, some fill-in letters to the baby, and an 11x14" print that we had guests sign like a guest book.

My pieces were only a small part of the puzzle and the care and love that my co-host put into the shower brought everything together.

I am considering offering this whole bicycle theme baby shower package in my Etsy shop, but I am putting feelers out there to see if it something that would interest people. What do you think?

We are heading back to Denver today. Bittersweet, as usual, as I always feel most at home in Durango.  We likely won't have an opportunity to go back until mid-summer.

Monday, April 21, 2014

new product // custom quote print or canvas

I am so excited to announce the addition of a new product to my REMEMBER the day shop ... We all have a certain quote, saying, phrase, or verse that we just love; that speaks to us, provides inspiration, offers comfort, or represents a message to a loved one. With my new custom quote product, you have the opportunity to have your favorite quote, saying, phrase, or verse made into a custom piece of art - as either an 8x10" fine art print or as a 12x12x1.5" gallery wrapped canvas. There are four styles to choose from (see above) and the text portion of the design is up to you! So, an inspiring quote. Your favorite saying. That phrase you use as a mantra. A Bible verse that speaks to you. The possibilities are endless, and you can turn it into a piece of framable art.

Now through May 1, 2014 use the coupon code EASTER2014 in my REMEMBER the day shop for 20% off a custom quote print or canvas (limit one per customer).

Sunday, April 20, 2014


a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2014

photo taken april 16, 2014 // Denver, Colorado

Raffa continues to love being outdoors, rain or cold or shine. Contrary to his sweet scowl in this photo, a walk outside in his blue car is one of his favorite things and is sure to make him happy. I always cherish the opportunities where we ALL - John, Raffa, Mocha, and I - get to go on a walk together.

 Read about The 52 Project and why I am participating here.

See all photos in this series here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

recipes on my mind

{photos courtesy of the The First Mess, Eats Well With Others, and PaleOMG, respectively.}
// cauliflower and roasted garbanzo “rice + peas” // from The First Mess

// spring vegetable quinoa salad with lemon basil dressing // from Eats Well With Others

// easy chocolate almond butter cups // from PaleOMG

I am just coming off of a three day juice cleanse, my third, and I am definitely ready to have solid food back in my life. This cleanse was the most difficult for me in terms of feeling hungry. The juices keep me full for the most part {16 oz every 2 hours + water will do that }, but with a lot of other stuff going on the past three days, I actually accidentally skipped at least one juice a day! That left me feeling hungry; and I am specifically craving these two salads ... luckily they are made from delicious and wholesome veggies! I likely won't get a chance to make them until I get back from Durango, but I am really looking forward to it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

custom design // bicycle baby shower invitations

Raffa and I are headed to Durango tomorrow because I am co-hosting a baby shower for a dear friend of mine there. And, I thought I would share the invitations I designed for the shower today.

A navy, yellow, and gray bicycle theme is the direction we went with the invitations because that is the theme of baby Peter's nursery. The invitation was a simple design, with a hand script and modern block font, and a whimsical bicycle illustration, which will be carried over to several pieces at the shower (favors, food name plates, etc.). We went with gorgeous navy envelopes and yellow wrap around labels. Gray and white polka dot washi tape sealed the envelopes. For postage, we went with several smaller denominations for a fun look; the guy at the post office looked at me like I was crazy when I told him I wanted to do this. Ha!

I am so excited to be going to Durango; we haven't been since January and I am hoping for some lovely spring weather. We will certainly catch up with lots of friends, go to some favorite places, and hopefully get out on some hikes. My mom is coming with us, and so the three of us - Raffa, Mimi, and me - will spent Easter today; certainly a bummer not to be with the whole family for Easter, but I am sure we will have a lovely Easter in Durango.

By the way, these baby shower invitations are available for purchase and customization in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

cut-off shorts for spring + summer

Go figure, last week we were wearing shorts and short sleeves and as of Sunday and yesterday there is snow on the ground!

I am always thankful for the warm spring weather, being all too ready for it after the winter. I started my shorts shopping this month and have found lots of cute pairs.

Cut off denim shorts are typically my go-to for summer; here are a few of my favorites for this spring and summer.

Siwy Maud shorts in "Always With You"

These are very short, but the are slightly longer in back which means their coverage is great. I love the wash of the denim and the distressing. These fit snug and are, as of now, my favorite pair of shorts for this spring and summer.

Siwy Madeliene shorts in "Riders of the Storm"

These are a great distressed black pair of shorts. I love how the pockets hand below the cut-off. The waistband is a little wide on these, and I also found them to be a little wide, so you may want to experiment with size and possible size down one size.

Wildfox Couture Laura Shorts

Joe's Jeans Cut Off Shorts in Deja

Both of these are a little more classy of a cut off short because they are not distressed and have a medium blue wash. I have not tried on either of these and I am personally partial to specifically distressed cut offs so I may not get a pair like this for this spring and summer.

Citizens of Humanity Ana Short

Cut offs can be really short; those Siwy Maud's for example only have a 2.25" inseam! So if you want a little more coverage, the 3" inseam on these Ana shorts by CofH are a great option. The Bonnie Short by AG Jeans is also a good option.

Monday, April 14, 2014

everyday palettes // 72 // mountain swim

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