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Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

I lived in Little Elm for about 3 years before our son, Tripp was born. I started meeting new moms and discovering this whole new world of “local” goodies. There were natural parenting stores, boutiques, and WAHMs with amazing thriving businesses that I knew nothing about until I met my sweet friend, Andi. She is the queen of supporting local small businesses. I thought about her this week when I was getting some projects done locally. What better way to share some small business love, than with a Friday Fav series on my blog?

Fridays will now be dedicated to my favorite small businesses, local and not!

Friday Favorites: Back to School Style

My very first Friday Favorite was inspired by the hustle and bustle of this Back to School season! This is the first year that I get to be on the parent side of things. I just love getting all the things that Tripp will need for school this year!

I first “met” this mama when I asked in our neighborhood group about the Pottery Barn backpacks. You know the question, “What size should I get for my toddler?” I think I was probably the millionth person to ask, but thank goodness all these mamas answered me anyway! Jillian was so kind. She was even willing to let me come see her backpack so that I could get an idea of the size I was ordering! It turned out that I didn’t need to, because everyone said to get the small. So, I ordered this adorable little shark backpack and lunch kit, which every intention of getting it monogrammed. I casually mentioned that I didn’t like the color options from PBK and like MAGIC she said she embroiders! You guys. It just can’t get any better. I have a brand new friend who embroiders AND lives in my neighborhood.

Let’s monogram ALL the things, please!

Friday Favorites: Memphis Mercantile

Thanks to Memphis Mercantile, Jillian’s business name, my big boy will be ready for his first day of school with his flashy new lunch box and backpack! I had no idea what to do about color choices, but Jillian had great recommendations. I love how the red stands out. She knows her stuff, y’all, and does a fantastic job!

Friday Favorites: Memphis Mercantile

Memphis Mercantile

The sky is limit on all the things Jillian can do! She has custom clothing options, leather embroidery, and seasonal decorations. You name it, I bet she can do it! I already told her that I have Christmas PJs on the way and I’ll be dropping them off as soon as they come in!

Let’s all go show her Facebook page a little love this Friday! Click HERE to head on over, say hello, and check her out! I found an adorable pair of monogrammed converse that gave me way too many ideas! I’m curious, what will you be sending over to Jillian? I love getting new ideas for my monogram habit! {Just don’t tell my husband!}

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Get in there!

Did anyone else start singing “Yah,Yah” when you read the title? Don’t let me be the only one!

Since my littlest was born, I have made it my mission to get in the frame with him at least once a month. When my boys grow up, I want them to have oodles of pictures of their family. I want them to be able to look at a photograph and feel the love we have for  them, see the fun we had together, or remember the adventures we have been on. Those memories will be there for them forever! {That’s also why I insist on printing our pictures! I’ve been working on how to save all of our photographs, but more on that another time!}

The Beauty of the Self Timer

Moms, get in there! Give your kids the gift of memories and try a self portrait! Break out your phone and balance it on your dresser with some books. Then, set your self timer and RUN! That’ll make your kids laugh, too! Today, I challenge you to get in the frame with your kids! They need memories of you, too! I am always the one behind the camera, (like most moms!) so lately, I really have put in more effort to make self-portraits a thing for us!

This weekend, I had my hair highlighted for the first time since my wedding! I was bored and needed a change!  I got to visit with my gorgeous friend, Erykca, for three hours while she made my hair beautiful again! Let’s be honest, as a stay at home mom, my hair is rarely done and I wear makeup like once a month. Occasions like that just have to be documented so I pulled out my tripod and set the interval timer. My favorite thing about the interval timer on my camera is the bloopers that are always hilarious! {You have to read to the end for the blooper goodness!}

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Tips for toddlers

Bribery! I’m all about the bribery! My toddler has suckers in a lot of his pictures and there is totally a reason for that! He has his own opinions about how things should go. Those opinions are usually the opposite of mine and this where the sucker comes in handy.  (Pray for me, y’all! When he’s a teenager… good gravy!) Usually, I can distract him just long enough to get the shot I’m looking for and move on. This was not that day! {Keep scrolling!}

Some days, I don’t even need bribes– just some tickling, tossing in the air, and snuggles will do just fine! Toddlers make like fun.  It’s always best to be prepared for everything because you never know who gave them the wrong color popsicle that morning!

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Tips for Preschoolers and Bigger Kiddos

Engage in conversation! Have them tell you a story, show you silly faces, etc. What makes them laugh?  Think about what you want to remember most about this age. Does your daughter say a word in a silly way? Do you love to twirl her curls? Figure out what it is that you want to remember most and recreate that during your little mini-shoot! Those little moments are the ones you will want to treasure forever!

Moms, my challenge for you is to just GET IN THERE! I know that you and your kiddo will both look back on these moments with a grateful heart! 

And now, for the bloopers. These are the BEST part! I told you, an interval timer is a fantastic thing!

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