Blogging break

As I prepare for the Queen Bee Market, I will be taking a blog break for the next couple of weeks. I may post instafriday still, depending on how much time I have, but probably won’t be posting much more than that until the end of the month.

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On that note, there is a HUGE giveaway going for the Carlsbad Queen Bee- check it out!

InstaFriday

It’s funny how the number of instagram pictures I take in a week usually correlates to how crazy/exciting or mellow my weeks was. This week- it was a more mellow week (which was needed!)- only 7 pictures :)

 

Linking up with Jeannett over at Life Rearranged for InstaFriday!

 

I’ve been decorating our house little by little, as our budget and my time allows and I finally have the boys bathroom pretty much finished. I’m in love with this print I bought from etsy seller dazeychic:

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We went up to my parents church in Orange County because David’s kids worship band, The El Ninos, were playing a concert at their fall festival. Before the band got up to play, they brought up 4 kids to do a “kids say the darndest things” type of thing. Isaiah and his friend Ethan were two of them. I immediately got nervous- who knows what 5 year old are going to say in front of a group! And I was right being nervous. After answering a few questions nicely, he was asked, “what is your least favorite thing to eat?”. To which he replied, “poop”. Yep. Proud parent moment right there.

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The other answer that really made me laugh was in response to the question, “what does your mommy do while you are at school?”. He said, “goes to target”. Ha!

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When asked, “how did your mommy & daddy meet?”, he said, “working together as a team” :)

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It was crazy hot here in Southern CA this past week- like 90-100 degrees. Not fall. I decided to make it feel like fall inside of our house.

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Can you guess where this customer is getting married?

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Too bad I can’t hand deliver the banner…

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Hudson’s favorite part of the day is when we pick Isaiah up from school. He runs to the door and squeals loudly when the teacher opens it to send out the students. As soon as he sees Isaiah, he shouts out his name (“yiah”) and runs over to him with a big smile on his face. It is the sweetest! One day this week, Isaiah’s teacher didn’t see him standing there, and we he squealed she totally jumped. It was pretty funny :)

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They are such buds. I love seeing how much they love each other- warms this mamas heart.

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Today, fall has finally arrived. 70 degrees, partly cloudy skies and a breeze. So I am typing this from our backyard, soaking it in before the next heatwave arrives.

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Happy Friday!

What I Love Wednesday: Some Music

Music is a huge part of our family, of our marriage, my life story and of my passion. It can move my soul and inspire me in ways that no other art form can.

 

My husband & I met in Jr. High as a part of our church worship team, so it has been a part of our relationship from day one. He is doing what God made him to do: serving as a worship pastor and sharing his heart in singing & songwriting. It is a beautiful thing for me to be a part of.

 

One of the perks of having a super musical husband is that I get to find out about cool bands and music that I never would have happened upon myself. Today, I’m going to share two of the artists that fall into this category that have impacted my life greatly in the past year. I could list 100 great artists that my hubby has shown me, but today’s have been big to me recently and their hearts and faith come through their music effortlessly.

 

The first, I mentioned briefly in an Instafriday post a few weeks back: Josh Garrels. His music is unique, enchanting & beautifully penned. His album, Love & War & The Sea In Between is awesome. But the most awesome thing is that there’s a documentary that Mason Jar Music made featuring him and a group of incredible musicians. They all flew to an island to play music together for a week and record it and it is absolutely amazing! We saw a premiere of it, along with a concert afterward, in Encinitas last month and I was in awe. Here is the trailer:

I don’t know when it is being released, but if you have an opportunity to see a screening, go go go! If you are a musician, you have to see it when it comes out. Christian or non-christian, the musical ability of the artists featured is incredible. I would recommend it to anyone though- it’s a sweet peak into Josh’s life and music and, specifically, this awesome collaboration.

 

Another favorite artist that I was introduced to by my husband is Andrew Peterson. His songwriting is amazing. I fell in love with his last album, Counting Stars and his newly released one, Light for the Lost Boy, is incredible. Track 9, “You’ll Find Your Way”, which he wrote for one of his sons, has made me cry multiple times (don’t tell him I told you this, but my husband told me he wept as well when he saw Andrew play this live a couple of weeks ago :)  )

 

 

Now, I have to throw in my favorite new album of the year, though I would have known about them without my husband’s guidance, unless I had been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years. Mumford & Son’s new album was released last week and I LOVE it! If you haven’t purchased it yet, do it. You won’t regret it.  I cannot get enough and this girl is super excited that her aforementioned husband got tickets to their show at the hollywood bowl next month :)

 

The Queen Bee Market in Aliso Viejo & Carlsbad

I will have a booth at the Queen Bee Market again this, but it is even better this time around: there are two markets! The first will be in Aliso Viejo so all you OC lades can come shop! Yay! It is on Saturday, October 27th. The second will be in Carlsbad on November 16th & 17th. More details below:

 

 

Hope to see you there!

 

**Because of this coming up, turn around time will be longer for custom items purchased for our etsy shop. Starting tomorrow, all made-to-order items will have a turn around time of one month plus shipping time**

InstaFriday

Every Friday, I join Jeannett of Life Rearranged to share the little moments of my week captured on instagram (I’m courttoney if you want to follow me).

 

My hubby was gone in Nashville at a conference for most of the week, which is normally sad. However, this time, after the whole lock-out situation, I decided we were going to have lots of fun while he was gone. What’s the saying? While the cat’s away, the mice will play? :)

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First up, thanks to awesome friends who gave us tickets, I took Isaiah and my  niece to a UCLA game. We lost and it was hot as all get out, but we still had a lot of fun. Isaiah hasn’t been to a game since he was really little and he loved it!

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Not surprisingly, his favorite part was when we would get a touchdown, but he also loved defensive 3rd downs. He got the hand signal down and would shout “oooooooooooh” with me as loud as he could. So fun!

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After the game, I headed to Hollywood with some friends for the Sound of Music sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl. How have I never been to this before? 18,000 people singing along with the movie, some with costumes and props. Way more fun than I thought it would be. I’ll be going every year from now on :)

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We went with a big group and everyone brought an appetizer, dessert or wine and we had a picnic before it started. Thanks to my friends holly & julie for inviting me!

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To make it extra fun, Holly, Julie & I got a hotel right next to the bowl so we didn’t have to deal with the crazy traffic getting out and a 2 hour drive home. A girls night away was so needed! We slept in until 9:30!!! Then had an amazing breakfast before heading home.

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We stayed the night with my parents to celebrate my sister’s 40th birthday (love you Heath!). Isaiah had the next day off of school, so we decided to visit Radiator Springs :)

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Isaiah was SO excited to finally see Carsland. It was crazy busy- even on a school day, but we got on one ride. Other rides had much shorter lines, so we actually got to do quite a bit in the few hours we were there. Fun with grandma:

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Waiting in lines with a 19 month old is not fun. Next time, I’m finding a way to strap him to me. Thank goodness he will still take naps in the stroller!

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I got to see wedding industry friends at a super cute nautical baby shower for my friend Katie. Bre of Joyful Weddings & Hannah of Modern Bouquet did a great job :)

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This birthday chain means I will have a 5 year old in less than 3 weeks!

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My hubby has started recording our Christmas album (!) this week, I have been working on holiday banners and, yesterday, Isaiah asked to listen to this album. Tis the season?

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This week has been all about flags, flags, flags. I am trying to get my etsy orders done as soon as possible so I can focus on Queen Bee Market prep! (more on that next week!)

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Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Hudson’s navy and green preppy nursery

Now that Hudson is over a year and a half old, I thought today would be a good day to finally share his nursery. Seeing as we have moved and he no longer lives in it…

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When I first started designing his room, the only thing I knew I wanted was thick navy and white stripes on the wall. My husband hates painting walls, so it was a mini-miracle that I convinced him to paint them :)  It quickly became my favorite wall in the house. When I was having a long night with Hudson, just looking at the wall would strangely bring me a bit of joy.

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His room was the smallest in our 1945 cottage-style house, so it was a bit crammed, but lovely. Because of this, I wanted to keep his decor simple and not cluttery and decided to go with a navy, white and apple green peppy decor scheme.

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I could not find any crib bedding I liked, which happened with Isaiah as well, so my mom and I made our own. I loved how it turned out!

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Of course, I had to make him a banner:

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I miss his sweet built in closet and the great view from his window. If you are wondering why the window is broken, these were taken during this incident.

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In our new house, his room is bigger and pretty much the same, with the major exception of my beloved striped wall. I could not convince my hubby (or our landlord) that it was necessary to undertake the stripe painting again :(

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Sources for everything in the room:

Crib, striped laundry basket, baby & diaper bins, valences & navy side table: Pottery Barn Kids

Bed skirt, quilt & pillow: me & my mama

Banner: me :)

Crib sheet: Serena & Lily

Changing table & glider: thrifted & renovated

ABC print: Sparkle Power (etsy)

Lamp: Target

Hudson hanger: LilaFrances (etsy)

Wonderfully made print: Blossom & Vine (etsy)

Porter the puppy stuffed chair: BabyStyle (still mourning it’s closing…)

Giant push pins: Walmart

InstaFriday

It’s friday- that means I share snippets of my week via instagram and link up with Jeannett. I like Fridays.

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Last weekend, Old Poway Park had western reenactment days, complete with train robberies, tents, costumes, guns and 100 degree heat. Major props to the dudes who hung out in full boots, jeans, hats and coats in that miserable weather. Isaiah was stoked about the train robbery and the guns.

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Speaking of heat, our AC finally got fixed on Tuesday but, until that time, you could find us here:

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Or at a friends house. Because our 95 degree upstairs just wasn’t working out for us in the late afternoon.

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Or, for a glorious hour, you could find me at Target, in the AC, sipping an iced tea, doing some kid-free shopping.

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I took Isaiah to get some frozen yogurt and we ran into his favorite babysitters/sunday school teachers, which is not so surprising since I hear they live on froyo :) I love his face here.

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Sunday was one of my favorite days of the year: our church’s beach baptism. Such a sweet sweet time.

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I love my people:

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I love the beach. My kids love it to. We are so blessed to live in San Diego.

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Hudson did not want to leave the beach. It took him a while to warm up to the beach this summer, but now he cannot get enough.

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After that amazing day, I got to meet up with two of my oldest and dearest friends for dessert. Erica and her husband are finishing up training to do missions aviation in Papua Nui Guinea, so I don’t have many opportunities to spend time with her. Love you girls!

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Isaiah LOVES school. He gets sad on saturdays when he realizes that there is no school. He’s even started giving himself homework- making more little books like he does in class. He took him in to show the teacher and then she had him share them with the class and even the principal. He was so cute about it all! Look at that sweet focused face! It’s either that or his tongue hanging out :)

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Remember Hudson’s first birthday party? A couple of friends and I are working on balloon baby shower for our friend Julie and it is going to be super cute!

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My mom brought down one of many tubs of photos that I took in Jr. High & high school. I loved taking pictures and loved picking up the photos after they were developed even more. Now, over a decade later, I’m left with all of these pictures that I can’t throw away, but don’t have anything to do with. Definitely a positive of the digital media world now. There is something I miss about the joy of opening up an envelope of physical photos.

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In the box, along with tiaras, vocal background tapes and charm bracelets, Isaiah found a floppy disk. “Mommy, is this a CD”?

Then I felt old knowing my kids will never know what these are.

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One of my favorite finds from the box: me & the husband at winter formal. Love that baby face. And the payless platforms I dyed and rhinestoned.

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I don’t recommend locking yourself and your children out of your house at bedtime when your husband is in Nashville. Just not a fun idea. In case you were wondering if it would be.

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How’d that happen? We often go play at the grass field by our community pool after dinner to let the kids get some energy out. Our garage has a key code to get into it, so we sometimes just use that instead of taking our keys. Well, last night, after going out and playing with my mom, it decided to not work. One of our neighbors is a locksmith and he tried for two hours to get into our house. No luck. After sitting on the porch with our kids two hours past bedtime, we decided we better find a place to sleep for the night. Praise the Lord, friends of ours from church live in our neighborhood, so we walked over and spent the night there. Jessi even took my mom to the store to get some essentials like diapers and shoes for Isaiah to wear to school (the only thing we had with us was my phone! No purses or money and Isaiah was shoeless & underwearless- ha!). We borrowed a pack n play from another neighbor and another neighbor lent me their stroller today so I could get Isaiah from school and occupy Hudson in the morning. I was seriously so blessed by the generosity of people we hardly know in our neighborhood. I would have been in big trouble.

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We finally got in, after almost 20 hours. Two hours before our landlord was coming, after 100 tries, I gave the keypad another shot for the heck of it, and it worked on the 3rd try. While Hudson was napping at our friends house. Definitely a good story to tell from now on :)

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Walking home from school, the boys held hands almost the whole time. I couldn’t help but smile the whole time. I am so thankful for these sweet boys who love each other.

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Happy weekend!

A good reminder for this mommy

I came across this on Lay Baby Lay (which is an awesome nursery style blog!) and it was such a good reminder for me today:

 

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With Isaiah in school now and Hudson becoming a full on toddler, I am more aware than ever of the craziness of them growing up quickly. Even on the hard days, I try to remind myself to enjoy every little moment I have with my two little blessings.

 

InstaFriday

I’m going to warn you up front: this instafriday post has a lot of pictures. It was a good week full of great moments, all captured on my phone :)  Like I do every Friday, I am linking up with the lovely Jeannett at LifeRearranged.

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We celebrated my husband’s birthday and our anniversary all weekend- SO fun! On saturday, Daveed’s parents came down and we hit up the farmer’s market. Every saturday, my husband drools over all of the fresh sushi-grade fish and dreams about making his own sushi. He finally got to make that happen- he & his mom cooked up a storm!

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Even some octopus made it into our kitchen (along with oysters & lobster tails too!):

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Isaiah got his wooden sushi set out to pretend to eat along with his dad:

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That night, we saw a concert and film premiere by Josh Garrels & Mason Jar Music. More about it on next wednesday’s What I Love Wednesday, but it was awesome!

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The next day was our 7th Anniversary. I am suck a lucky woman and our marriage gets better & better every year. I love you babe!

For some reason, I couldn’t get the instagram pic off of instagram, so here is the original pic from our wedding day:

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We started off our anniversary by doing what we have done together since Jr High: leading worship at church :)

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And, no, I don’t really play the banjo.

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We got to have a little getaway, thanks to my wonderful mother in law. We headed downtown, ate yummy food and hung out at the beach and pool. It was SO needed & so great! 24 hours full of amazing food: lunch at Con Pane (my favorite sandwich shop), dinner at Beau Bo (amazing!), & an after dinner stop at Craft & Commerce. Yum!

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The views from our hotel room. I love where we live!

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The next day was Daveed’s birthday and we celebrated with a super tasty breakfast at Snooze. Then on to some record shops, the pool & the beach. So fun! We finished the day by meeting his mom & our kiddos for dinner at Urge (best burgers in North County).

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My boys think lunch is SO much cooler when it is served in muffin tins:

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I use our blender a lot. We have smoothies multiple days a week. This week, it died. Sad day.

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Some eyelet & stripe banners I made this week for one of my favorite clients:

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They say LOVE & love is sweet :)

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Last night, Hudson grabbed a lemon that had been cut in half. He licked it, made a really funny face, the preceeded to walk around the house licking it for 10 minutes and saying “whoa!” over and over. Such an entertaining kid!

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Boo. Where, o where, is the fall?

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Speaking of the 100+ degree heat, our air conditioning decided to break last night. Fun times over here friends. When I put Hudson down for this nap today, this was the temp in his room:

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When I got him up, it was up to 92. Peace out house. We are headed to the pool!

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What I Love Wednesday: My Anniversary Gift

We had a lot to celebrate this weekend: this past sunday was our 7th anniversary & monday was my husband’s birthday! We got to get away for a night thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law and it was so nice! Lots of eating, pool and beach time and time to connect without stepping on cars and being interrupted by whining and tantrums. (more on that on friday!)

 

We don’t normally give gifts on our anniversary, just handmade items, but, this year, my husband gave me the sweetest print for our new bedroom:

 

Isn’t it the cutest? It even looks like us :) (especially me- little ponytail, glasses and all!)

 

It is from etsy seller Genevieve Santos and I absolutely love it! Thanks babe!