Wednesday, October 11

Kindness is Power- Carissa's Story

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It makes me so happy to partner with companies who are trying to change the world through kindness and action.  That's why today I'm working with Eau Thèrmale Avene in sharing Carissa's story here on my blog.  Carissa went through years of being bullied because of her skin condition (eczema) and NO child should be picked on and harassed, especially because she was born with a disease with no cure.  October is National Bullying Prevention month, and this is a cause that is near and dear to me.


Through Eau Thèrmale Avene's Kindness Campaign, you can purchase special kits where 100% of the proceeds will go to raising bullying prevention awareness.  Let's help protect our littles from bullying.  Check out the full video of Carissa's story right here. #AveneHope

Tuesday, October 10

Hope Turns 51... Or Something Like That

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I figure if I'm properly getting back into blogging, I should probably catch you up on our big summer events.  On August 22nd, Hope turned 15.  Like, WHAT?!  Basically, Facebook Timehop and I are enemies at the moment.  "Hey.  Remember when Hope was tiny?  Let me show you a picture of that so you can cry in your coffee this morning."  Thanks, Timehop.  Does it really need to be an everyday occurrence?  Anyway, this was probably the most low-key birthday celebration for Hope that I can remember... and it was really nice.  Don't get me wrong, I love a good themed party, but it was special to just enjoy the day and take her out for some photos.

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Since Hope has been in that anti-photo phase for a while, getting her situated for our mini session was pretty hilarious.  I was so happy when she asked if we could do photos, though.  Um... ABSOLUTELY ANYTIME!

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We Sheltons are notorious for expecting extensive birthday celebrations, so we had her low-key party at our house the day of her actual birthday, and she also had an epic girls' sleepover and trip to Silver Dollar City the weekend before that.

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Of course, Hope hung out with her friends for the sleepover and while we were at SDC, so Poesy had the time of her life getting all of the attention from her mama and daddy.  We definitely didn't mind.

Thursday, October 5

Protective Eyewear

I recently had the opportunity to be part of a campaign encouraging people to protect their eyes from digital eye burn.  This is only something I've learned about recently and honestly, it explains why I often get severe headaches after long photo editing sessions.  I've been making an effort in the past weeks to do a better job of preserving my sight by wearing my glasses with Kodak BlueReflect™ lenses from Coastal.  The lenses use a special coating to reflect a portion of the blue light from screens and artificial lights.  If you're interested, you can read more about it here.

Do any of you have special glasses for screens?  I'm interested in knowing what you think of them!

Thursday, September 28


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Hey, guys!  I know it's been a few weeks since I lasted posted, but I'm back! I took an unexpected break from blogging and I feel refreshed and ready to jump back in!  We've had quite a bit going on since I was last here.  Poesy started 1st grade at a sweet, small school up the street from us and she's absolutely loving it.  We went for an open house recently and it made me so proud to see the way she interacted with the teachers and the other students.

Kitten update: We kept two of the kittens from the litter and the rest found good homes.  I've visited a couple of them and it's fun to watch them grow.  I'll share pictures of our babies here soon.  And if you're wondering, Moonstone hasn't returned.  Wherever she is, I hope she is safe and happy.

Hope has decided to go sanctioned in gymnastics this year, so once competition season starts we will be traveling a lot for her meets.  She was sanctioned several years back and had a hard season, so I'm proud of her for being willing to give it another go.  The time commitment is hard enough, let alone the physical demands.  If she's mentally ready for it again, I know she'll do great.

I finally bit the bullet and got myself a new camera and I'm loving it so far!  These are just some random peeks around my house that I took with my 7D.  The quality difference makes me so happy! I definitely feel inspired to shoot more... which is awesome because this is a great time of year for that.

Anyway, I'm super glad to be back.  As always, thanks for reading.  Happy Thursday, friends!  xo.

Tuesday, July 25

Cocktails on the Farm

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We have so many cute farms around Springfield, MO.  You may remember my post about Millsap pizza night a while back.  They take ingredients from the farm and allow the community to come out and enjoy pizza and music.  Another favorite place of mine is Urban Roots Farm.  This farm is located within the city and they make stellar use of the land.  Cocktails on the Farm is an event they host and it is so much fun!  I had the pleasure of meeting up with some friends for the last one and we learned how to make some delicious cocktails using, you guessed it, produce from the farm and locally brewed beers!

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The "full circle" was possibly my favorite.  I never would have imagined tequila and onion shrub in the same beverage but it was so good!  Also, how cute is Jacki?  Geez.  She is a friend I don't get to spend a ton of time with, but whenever we do it's like we never missed a beat.

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This event was ladies only which is always a great excuse to round up all the lady friends and enjoy the evening.  I seriously have so much fun and learn something new every time I attend!  I'm hoping to start volunteering when my schedule will allow, but for now I'll just enjoy the event when I can!


Tuesday, July 18

Styling Plants Around the Home

I think at this point most of us can agree that plants bring a fresh and calming element into the home... not to mention the fact that they're extremely addictive.  I enjoy seeing how others style plants around the house, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite green spots!

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My favorite way to display smaller plants is in a fun grouping.  I love collecting fun planters and mugs and mixing them in with more traditional pots.  Throwing in little unexpected touches like this wooden bonsai tree from Under the Shade of a Bonsai Tree and the vintage kid's "chow chow train" are so much fun to me!

Snapshots Plants Since my living room is starting to feel like full on crazy plant lady status, I like to balance out my quirky vignettes with some more uniform and traditional groupings.  Basically, that's just so I can add allllll of the fun displays my vintage loving heart desires!

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I do tend to keep the dining room and bedroom a little more traditional, so I guess I go a little extra overboard in the living room.  😉

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I get asked a lot where I find a lot of my planters, baskets, etc. and the answer is almost always SECOND HAND SHOPS.  Places in your town like Goodwill or smaller thrift shops are usually great for $0.25 baskets and fun mugs.

Oh, and there are some places in my house where I'm not above styling with fake plants.  If there are places where I continue to kill plants over and over, I'll get some plastic guys to round out the bare spots.

I hope this was a fun read!  I just love seeing other people's home decor style, so if you have any links to yours, please leave them in the comments.

Also!  One more thing: one of our future projects might be white washing our bedroom floor.  You can see how rough it is in the photo above-- we have quite a bit of that happening.  Have any of you had good experiences with a project like this?  I need a good push!

Tuesday, July 11

Shop My Vintage on Whurl!

Vintage Pretties 
(photos by Allison Marshall/Wonderlass)

I have some vintage goodies over on the ShopWhurl app right now!  I've been meaning to clear more out of my closet for some time and this is a great way to buy and sell vintage!  Actually, the app is kind of addicting and I've been buying more clothes than maybe I should.  Ha!  I guess that's the cycle.  😉   Purge a little... buy a little...

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(photos by Elise Abigail Photography)

Have a peep and see if there's anything you can't live without!  I'm in the process of redoing my clothing/craft room, so getting as much out of there as possible is ideal!  Happy shopping!


**Oh, and I'm pretty sure the app doesn't work for Android--sorry, guys.