If My Wedding Was Today….

…this would be my decor! When I was looking for damask fabric for my studio makeover, I came across these gorgeous photos taken by professional photographer, Jennifer Skog. These were actually taken at her own bridal shower, not a wedding! Amazing bridal shower, I must say! I love the combo of black and white damask with green. Yum.

Fashion: Great Buy – Adorable Little Dress


My friend Taryn is going to have me beaten for shopping at Walmart again. I started grocery shopping there a couple months ago, and my Mom is right…everything IS cheaper there. I used to visit SuperTarget at least once a week, but it was so dangerous because everything there is fabulous. Not only can you get your groceries, but pick up a cute bathing suit,

Amanda’s Wedding Flowers – White Roses & Green Spider Mums


I recently helped one of my best friends, Amanda with some of her wedding details. The event was a quaint backyard ceremony at her father-in-law’s beautiful custom home in Whitewing, with a reception following at her mother’s charming home in Chandler. It was a beautiful celebration on a small budget. Luckily, Amanda has great friends with great talents! Our friend Taryn and her husband, who

Invitations: My Favorite Pregnant Girl


I recently designed two baby shower invitations using the same artwork, that I absolutely love! I think this is the cutest pregnant girl around, and sets the tone for a classy event! The first one was for a double-celebration soiree that I hosted for two of my best friends, Kristi & Amanda. It was a baby shower for Kristi (baby girl #2), and bachelorette party

Decorating: The TomKat Studio Update


I decided I would try my hand at one of those nifty little “Inspiration Boards” or “Mood Boards”, or whatever they are called, for my studio makeover! I like to think of it as a collection of my thoughts…and a shopping list! 1. Ikea Liatorp Desk: Haven’t seen this yet in person, probably too small. But I like the style. 2. Ikea Green Boxes: Bought

Dyson Really Sucks! (In a GOOD way)


IT’S TRUE! I can’t believe it….everything they say about the Dyson is TRUE. We have been through at least 5 vacuums in the last few years. One fell off the back of our moving truck during one of our many moves. One blew up. We even had central vac once. Our latest, a trusty red Hoover recently went on the brink, so I went and

Oh La La…Room Inspiration


Inspiration Board from ProjectNursery.com I just figured out the moment I fell in love with ProjectNursery.com. It was when I saw this inspiration board a few months ago. LOVE IT. I just ran across this again, and realized that it must have been in the back of my mind while dreaming of Kate’s “big girl” room because I awhile ago, I bought two fabulous wall

When Husbands Help….


This is what happens when your husband tries to be helpful and do the dishes…..with the new environmentally-friendly DISH SOAP we bought. Obviously, it wasn’t friendly in this environment! After the cleanup, I tried to explain the difference between DISH SOAP and DISHWASHER DETERGENT, but the look on his face told me it didn’t sink in. Isn’t he sweet for trying, though?! FYI….if this ever

Organizing: Leave It To Sheri


It’s that time of the year for starting fresh, getting organized and cleaning house! I have a friend, Sheri who I say is “well-connected”. She seems to know everyone. We met randomly when I was in college at ASU, when I was selling some handmade cards at a school boutique (the mom of the family I babysat for organized the boutique and Sheri was a

A Fabulous Christmas Present – The TomKat Studio/Craft Room Makeover!


My fantastic husband came up with a great idea for my Christmas gift this year! Since I am working more from home now with the kids, I have more time for all my fun stuff – crafting, invitations, etc. We have a den in our house that is currently not being used. It’s decorated (sort of…see photo below), but not functioning as anything. My fabulous

Bye Bye Christmas!


It is a sad day when the Christmas decor comes down. When I woke up this morning, my husband declared it “take-down” and cleaning day, and when he gets motivated for activities such as this, I go with it. Thousands of lights, two Christmas trees, and five hours later, we’re done….inside and out! Everything looks clean and organized but that Christmas glow is gone. Oh

Christmas Eve Story Book!


Last week, while I was reading a book to my 3 1/2 year old son before bed, an idea popped into my head for a great gift for my mother-in-law (the kids call her GiGi for Grandma). Christmas Eve is super special to Gigi (and all of us) because she loves having us all under her roof for the night. We have been spending Christmas

I Won a Project Nursery Giveaway!


I am starting to follow more blogs, but one that I have followed for a few months is Project Nursery. I love getting a daily dose of fabulous baby/kid decor and products. They often do great giveaways, and I actually won one recently! It was for a package of products from Stampin’ Up, which is a stamp/scrapbook/paper company (fitting for me, isn’t it?). Although I

Double Duty – Holiday Card/Baby Announcement!


About a week ago, a little angel was brought into the world by my best friend, Kristi! Marley Ava arrived two days late, and perfect as can be! I took a few quick photos at the hospital, which ended up being good enough to use for a quick Christmas Card/Baby Announcement combo. Kristi will be the envy of all new moms getting these out within