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Valentine’s Day Favorites

February 1, 2018

Hello February!! Soooo glad January is over with, my least favorite month bc #winter. Ugh. Such an awfully cold month! But February is here! And I LOVE the pops of color everywhere now. Gimme all the pinks and reds! Plus, it’s the month of loooooove and a time to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you. I am anxious for a couples date night (to Archie’s! So excited) and another date night (to MB Haskett!) with the hubs coming up for Valentine’s Day! Shopping for two festive af shirts to wear for the dates. Prolly need those blush mules, LOVE! And gotta get the kids dressed up too! Such cute things to wear.

Here are some of my favorites for Valentine’s Day!

Double drop earrings // tassel earrings // shoes (similar here) // bag // flower blouse // lipsticks // ruffle blouse (also available in red) // embroidered blouse // xo plate // x pillow // o pillow // heart dress // tutu // tights //  heart two piece dress //

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Christmas 2017

December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas!! The best day of the year came and went and what a joyous holiday it was! This year was so memorable with three littles experiencing the magic of Santa and the love of baby Jesus! John and I said at the end of the night last night that it was our favorite year yet. Ivy and Leo are at such a fun age learning everything there is to know about Santa and baby Jesus. It was such a pleasure teaching them all the joy of Christmas!

Our fun started on Christmas Eve Eve when we were able to see Santa again! This got the kids so excited! Favorite photo with Santa! Except bummer he wasn’t holding Faye too! :( Oh well!

Christmas Eve was pretty easy going for us in the morning. We spent it watching Rudolph for the 100th time and I started prep for hosting Christmas Eve dinner. We enjoyed church celebrating Jesus and singing gorgeous Christmas songs (always tear up at the candlelit Silent night!), then headed back to our house for a prime rib dinner. YUMM! It was relaxing and so nice being surrounded by our families. Ivy and Leo got to open a few presents and their Christmas pjs from Grandma Betsy and Grandpa Dan and Santa even made a visit!

The next morning was CHRISTMAS!!!!!! Ivy walked ran into our room and said, “It’s CHRISTMAS!!!” She was so excited she could hardly stand it! She sat by the tree so patiently until Leo was up and ready. They ravaged through all their presents in about .2 seconds and were so happy with all of their new fun things to play with!! And Faye was so cute in her Baby’s First Christmas outfit!

Our last baby’s first Christmas :( :(  After the mess was picked up (yeah right, house is still a disaster), we headed to brunch at John’s parent’s house and enjoyed mimosas and a yummy egg bake! The rest of the day was relaxing and so nice to enjoy Christmas with our family. John and I even said at the end of the night how perfect the last two days were. So fortunate for our family and friends and getting to be with loved ones for the holiday.

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!! He is Risen!




Christmas Card 2017

December 12, 2017

Presents in your mailbox every day season! Or Amazon Prime boxes at your doorstep! lol! I love this time of year! It’s so fun to get Christmas cards from your family and friends. I love seeing everyone’s family photos and how grown up the kids get each year! And my favorite is to hang up all the cards so your loved ones are seen each day! It’s the one time of year to catch up on relationships and families, I love a little blurb on the back of cards!

This year (and every year), I went with Minted for our card. Minted is a design marketplace. They source creative content from a global community of independent artists, they have artists from all 50 states and over 60 countries! I always find my favorite design on this site, not to mention their cardstock is superb and the cards have exceptional photo quality. BEST OF ALL – is the address recipient printing, for FREE. Saves me so much time instead of writing all the addresses with my 4th grade handwriting. Plus, there’s a design that matches your card (or choose a different design), so it makes for a beautifully festive envelope.

We chose the Simply Serene design, it matched our photo perfectly and I love the minimalist design. I love cards where the photo does the talking, so this simple style was perfect. Here are some of my other favorites I posted a while back.

A tip! Always put the year on your card! I keep one of ours each year and it’s so fun to go back and see them all as we grow up.

Here’s our card! Merry Christmas! :)

Holiday Cards

November 17, 2017

Holiday cards season!!! I LOVE this time of the year, not only for all the joy of the holidays, but because you get presents in your mail almost every day! I am a stationery LOVER and I always look forward to browsing online for my favorite cards. And it’s so much fun to see what your friends and family pick out too!

I always love a minimalist look for a holiday card. I want the photo to be what you see and focus on, not all the extra bedazzle going on on some cards. But I’m venturing out of my safe place a little bit this year, as I’m really loving florals on the cards!! Just a simple piece of holly or mistletoe is really beautiful and peaceful to me this year. I think it adds a nice touch. However, I’ll always be drawn to a simple “Merry Christmas” script though!

Here are 9 of my favorite holiday card designs!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

Looking at this board, I obviously am in a black and white phase of my life right now! But the deep red pops of color on a few of those cards is very lovely to me.

I think my fave is #1! It’s modern, simple, and with a little extra fun. I’m loving it! And #2 is way out of left field for me, but for some reason I really like the big monogram letter of your last name. So cool! #4 and #6 are just lovely and peaceful to me. Then the rest are all very plain black and white, but I love that simple minimalist look! Let the photo do all the talking!

Plus what’s faaaabulous about these, is that all of them come with different colors you could choose. I always do just red or black or white, but there are blues, greens, pinks, grays, just about any color you could want! So if you like a design you can always change the colors up. Moreover, if you’d rather it say a different phrase, there are options for that too! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joy, Happy New Year, etc. Tons of options! Couldn’t be easier to customize and find EXACTLY what you want.

As far as where to browse for cards,  I LOVE Minted the most. The best quality, so many options, and so easy. It’s like Etsy for cards. They are all independent artist who have their designs on there. So neat! They also have free recipient addressing which is UNBELIEVEABLE. Such a time saver and it matches your card so it’s really beautiful. Tiny Prints has this now too! This year, Minted added an option to text your photo in and a Minted designer will choose 5 designs that match your photo and text them back to you! I did it and I really loved 2 of the 5 they sent me. Kind of neat to see what others pick! Read more about texting a photo here.

This totally gets me in the holiday spirit! I love seeing everyone’s family photos right now, then I’m so excited to see it again on a card!

Hope this helps you narrow down the vast sea of cards!!! Which is your favorite?!


Happy Halloween

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen! Hope you all had a spooky night and had fun trick-or-treating! We had a BLAST and the kids were like crazy lunatics going from house to house! Leo ESPECIALLY loved it. He was all over the place! Mostly dodging scary werewolves and other freaky creatures, but when there wasn’t something spooky in his way, he was running for candy. Kinda loving this age. So young and still scared, but enamored with all things festive and excited about Halloween and trick-or-treating! So much fun with these little goblins! Faye stayed nice and warm snuggling with Emmie and Papa Koch while we were out with the other two. She will be cruising with them next year!

Ivy’s pose, LOL. She’s got that princess thing down! Ivy wanted to be Belle this year so that was easy!

Leo struggled with his costume. I showed him about 57 different costumes he might like, took him to Target AND the halloween store, and he would NOT pick one out! He kept saying he wanted to be “nothing” and would never pick one out, uhhhh! The only one he liked was a DIY bulldozer one I found, but yeah right, never got around to that, NOR am I crafty enough for that to turn out right! So we finally found a Blaze (Nickelodeon show) costume with inflatable tires which was awesome because he’s obsessed with all things trucks, but one of the tires got a hole in it this weekend while we were at a Halloween party. Shoot! So, we had this pumpkin in their costume closet and he was happy to be it! All worked out! WHEW.

Me and mah girls!!!

A vampire and his witch. John even did his own makeup, good job!!!!

Koch Kiddos! Love those three little goblins

Now let the trick-or-treating begin!

Such a blast! Now time to dive into their candy buckets and steal all their sugar and anything sour! I don’t like chocolate (I know I’m weird!)! Nerds and fun-dips please!

How many stomach aches are we going to have in the next few days?! :)