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  • samuel turned two.

    He's two! Man, it's true that they grow up fast. Those grownups weren't lying. I didn't think Laura and I were going to be able to top last year, but what you are about to see is sweet, sweet victory. I am so pleased with how this party turned out. It's adorable, fun and has the greatest pops of color. Laura's home has the perfect, neutral palette to really let the decor shine.

    These hats were really fun to make. We used this template again from Oh Happy Day and I just randomly hand-cut the spikes for a little extra fun.

    Aren't you just dying over how cute these dinosaurs look in handmade party hats? I am.

    Laura glued plastic dinosaurs to the top of baby food jars and spray painted them in orange, teal and lime to match the party. We filled them with "dinosaur eggs" and each guest took one home along with a bag of dinosaur cookies. Adorable and yummy, a great combination.

    I love the way my dino illustrations look cutout. They brought the party to this mantle for sure.

    I have to be honest, I really had no idea that those "prehistoric rocks" were edible. Laura's Mom started to eat some and I instantly freaked out that she was going to choke. Turns out, they're chocolate. Hilarious.

    The cake was made at a local bakery to match the invite I designed. And those adorable dinosaur cookies were made by Laura and her mom. They are becoming cookie decorating professionals.

    I think what really made the party extra special this year was Samuel. He understood what was happening more than last year and was so excited when he entered the room. He kept saying, "I got ba-woons" and "I feed T-Rex". It melted my heart.

    So, what do you think? You want to have a dinosaur party now, don't you? I thought so.

  • on turning 30.

    So, it happened. I entered my 30s this past Friday. The truth is that I'm OK with it. When I turned 29, I had a moment of panic. How could it be possible that my next birthday would be my 30th? As if I were timeless or something. However, as the year progressed, I became more and more comfortable with with the idea. I mean, it's not like I have a choice, right? We all age. Obviously. I would take this age over being 20 any day. The amount of insecurities I felt at that time were ridiculous. It's not as if all of a sudden I have none, but everyday, I feel more and more confident in the person I am. It's nice. Bring it on 30. I'm ready for you. I truly believe it's only going to get better.

    Black & white image found here. Design by me.

  • photos and cards and such.

    A few weeks back, Amanda Jane Jones emailed me and asked if I could be a part of a photo shoot. I said yes for multiple reasons, but mainly because I was excited to finally meet her in real life (!). Folks, let me tell you, she's a doll.

    She is teaming up with MammothBooth and Dose Market on November 11th for a Holiday Card Pop-Up shop. If you're in Chicago, you should go!

    These are some outtakes that made me smile. I asked my buddy Gordon to come and be my "plus 1" for the evening. He's a trooper.

    For more information on the event and to see more (adorable) card designs, visit Amanda's blog here.