Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Tree Farm Family Photos

Hi Friends! It's that time of year again to gather together for a beautiful memorable family photo.  This year, we decided to take it outside and take a few fun shots at a local Christmas Tree Farm here in town. There is something so magical about a Christmas Tree, it not only brightens up the Christmas Holiday, the smell brings back so many wonderful memories as a child creating a nostalgia atmosphere every time I walk into our living room. Minus the pine-needles that seem to pile up on the floor seconds after cleaning up the previous pile, if left up to me, I would keep our tree up year around. Yes, I'm that crazy Christmas nut that can't seem to get enough of the holiday spirit. So, when we found this Christmas Tree farm (via a friend on Facebook), I thought it would be a fun and unique way to capture our family this holiday season. With the last minute decision to schedule a family photo shoot, I didn't have enough time to hire a photographer. So I packed up my camera and tripod, threw a few outfits together for the fam that somewhat coordinated and off to the tree farm we went. Here are a few photos out of A LOT of no-so-pretty attempts that might make a frame or two :)

After we arrived home, I went to to work on our Christmas Cards. I love their designs and website and they always deliver the best product every year.  Be sure to check back here next week, as I will be sharing more on my Christmas Card Design experience with them and might even have a little something special for Fawn Over Baby Readers!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Get Your Shine On with Minted.'s Foil Collection + Promo Code

Hi Friends! You are going to love this little "deal" I've got for you today! If like me, you are ready to add a little sparkle to your stationary/invitations, has a collection that will be sure to wow you and your recipient.

Created using Real Foil-Pressed designs in your choice of gold, silver or rose-gold, you are sure to make a statement with these beautiful stationary pieces. If you are looking to showcase your own design talent, foil is also available in the Minted.'s new completely custom cards! No matter what the occasion, Minted. has created an opportunity for your stationary to stand out above the rest and connect with your recipients in style and shine!

From Baby Announcements & Showers - which includes free guest addressing to match your design

 To Gorgeous Holiday Cards

To Weddings and Art Prints

All Categories give you the opportunity to create a unique and special touch to your stationary this year! As "Thank You" to their loyal customers, Minted. is running their semi annual "FREE FOIL EVENT" starting today through November 16th! You will receive 20% Off your order by using the code: "FOIL" at checkout. So be sure to head over, as this awesome offer will end soon!

Friday, October 30, 2015

McKenzie's Small-Scale "Hello Kitty" Themed 3rd Birthday Party

Hello Friends! I'm excited to share a little last minute celebration that my husband and I put together to celebrate our first baby, McKenzie turning the big 3! Since welcoming her baby brother into the world a month ago, our household has been turned upside down. A lot has been going besides the new newborn routine that takes some getting used to. I will catch you up on those details a little bit later, but for now it's all about our precious little threenager.   I have to say I'm so proud of McKenzie and how wonderfully she has transitioned into her big sister role. I know having to share the attention with her little brother hasn't been the easiest, however she is handling it like a champ. I do have to give credit where credit it due though. We had multiple grand-parent visits back to back in which the overwhelming love and spoiling that was poured out on her definitely helped make up for the lack of one-on-one time she used to have with myself and my husband. We are so thankful for them stepping in at the perfect time.

Now onto Mckenzie's Big Celebration. Lately, she has been on a big Hello Kitty kick. Every time she sees anything Hello Kitty, her excitement level goes up a notch and if we do not make it out of the store with whatever Hello Kitty item she was fixated on, a mini melt down is sure to follow. So of course, a Hello Kitty theme birthday party was in order. With all of the postparttum complications I've been having lately, throwing a big celebration like last year was unfortunately not going to happen this year. I knew I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I were to just skip it all together so I decided to just make it a small intimate family gathering with just me, my husband and her baby brother. 

I didn't have the time (or the greatest of health for that matter) to go out and purchase a bunch of decorations -  going simple was our only option. With Hello Kitty being the talk of Mckenzie-town, we obviously had to incorporate the sweet little bow-wearing kitty in her party decor. Luckily I had a package of balloons in my craft closet left over from last year so I picked through to find the pink and white colors as I thought they would make for the perfect backdrop.  I had my husband pick up some H.K party supplies and a small bouquet of flowers from Wal-mart along with a half dozen cupcakes from "Small Cakes."We had a few gifts that my parents left behind, so I wrapped and displayed those on a card table that I dressed up with craft paper and extra balloons. 

It was the perfect amount of decor that had McKenzie bright eyed and excited about her special day but didn't break the bank or add any stress on my end. By the end of the night, we had a gitty little three year old who couldn't stop talking about her  Hello Kitty birf-day party and that's all the reassurance we needed, to know that she felt loved and celebrated.  Without further ado, here is McKenzie's family-only 3rd Birthday Party Celebration - Hello Kitty Style!

Pink Flowers with Baby's Breather - Publix 
Wooden Crates - Walmart
Craft Paper on Gift Table - Hobby Lobby
"Hello Kitty" Party Supplies & Headband - Walmart; here, here, here, here & here
"Helly Kitty" Balloons - Publix
Pink & White Balloons - Michaels
Arrow Wrapping Paper  - Michaels "Hello Kitty" Gift Wrap Accent- Googled, Printed Out & Taped to Gift.
McKenzie's Polka-dot Dress - Old Navy
"Hello Kitty"Lunch Box - BX Exchange
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