Little bit of perspective…..

Little bit of perspective…..

Sometimes I forget that my littlest one is only 3 1/2 months old, and I’m thankful for great family and friends that show me articles like this to give perspective: http://www.girlofcardigan.com/ten-true-things-about-the-first-year-of-parenthood/

 

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Holiday Shopping – Local Edition

Holiday Shopping – Local Edition

In my opinion, you can never start shopping for the holidays too early; spread it out over a couple months and it makes it not so daunting! When you do your shopping this year, make sure to shop with local vendors and especially mom-owned businesses.  Vend Raleigh has a directory that lists local vendors by category: http://directory.vendraleigh.com/

Have fun looking around and hopefully doing some shopping!

Halloween Printables….for free!!!

Halloween Printables….for free!!!

If you’ve never checked out the website Kara’s Party Ideas then you’re really missing out!  I have spent hours looking at all the amazing party themes and ideas that she has blogged about, and its such a great resource for party supplies as well.  Definitely check it out and plan on spending more time looking around than you think you will!

http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/10/free-halloween-party-printables-labels-more.html

Fun daily bargain site

Fun daily bargain site

If you’re anything like me, you get a ton of emails daily from an assortment of daily deal sites ranging from clothing to kids gear to travel/hotels.  Groop Dealz is by far one of my favorite daily deal sites that reminds me alot of etsy; unique clothing, jewelry, housewares, and most importantly unique party supplies.  I have found great bridesmaid gifts, party favors and party decorations on this site and have been very happy with everything I’ve received.  If you don’t have a party coming up that you need anything for, its also a great place to start your Christmas shopping!  Have fun shopping!

Cake!

Cake! 

I hope that everyone has had a nice weekend and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather (at least down here in the south!).  We had a wonderful weekend filled with good eating, a visit from my sister, Auntie Lala, the farmer’s market and a great visit to the lake to walk and feed the ducks.  The weekends at our house always means yummy food and a special treat…..this weekend was frozen yogurt, a family favorite.  Tonight I want to give a shout out to my favorite cake/cupcake baker around here (in my opinion); Burton’s Bakery.  She has made amazing treats for my son’s birthday parties and she is our go-to for any occasion we need specialty desserts.  The bonus is that she’s a local business, and I’m a big believer in using small local business whenever possible.  Check her out for your next occasion! https://www.facebook.com/BurtonsBakery

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Vacation Time

Vacation Time

Sometimes I find it really hard to separate my family life from my work life.  While some people believe this is a bad thing, I think its the reason I continue to love what I do.  My family inspires me to do new things, which is especially important when trying to build up a business.  With this being said, I will definitely be incorporating aspects of my personal life on this blog as it will give you a great idea of who I am and where I come from.

Tomorrow we leave for our first vacation as a family of four.  After a busy last month with our new little man, I think we are all looking forward to heading to the beach and a nice change of scenery.  We will be meeting up with my mom, dad and sister and I could not be more excited for several days of sand, water, fishing, eating and relaxing!  Vacation and the upcoming Labor Day holiday will definitely provide a fun two weeks ahead.  Stay tuned next week for some great Labor Day party tips!

I am most excited to start working on a project for the Vend Raleigh Illuminate 2013 conference on September 13, 2013 ( http://vendraleigh.com/illuminate/ ).  Vend Raleigh is an amazing group of women that are all mompreneurs working hard to make a name for themselves all the while supporting their families and loved ones.  This conference provides a forum for networking, learning and general female camaraderie; one of the biggest thing a mom needs is a positive support group and this is the ideal place to find it!  Check it out and support local mompreneurs!

I hope everyone enjoys the beautiful weather for this upcoming weekend. It will definitely be much nicer than all the rain last weekend! Enjoy time with your family and friends, and I am excited for all the fun projects I have to share with you in the coming weeks.

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