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The Knorr's are headed to San Francisco on Wednesday! Jeff has a work conference, so Georgia and I are tagging along for her first real trip! We are so excited. Among our plans: checking out the Golden Gate Bridge (of course!), 21st Amendment Brewery, Pier 39, and Ocean Beach! It's a short trip, but is there anything we can't miss?
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To my Husband on his 29th Birthday


28 was a good year for you. Everyone always says you'll fall 100 times more in love with your husband once you have a child, and that's absolutely the truth. I hit the husband jackpot. 

He's never once rolled his eyes at changing diapers, feeding Georgia, watching her while I work, putting her to bed, he's done it all. He's allowed me to leave my steady job, start a business, pivot my business, and he works his ass off to provide for us. He jumps into action as soon as he gets home from work, because frankly I'm exhausted from trying to work all day while also parenting - he never complains, and he was doing a difficult, real world job all day where he's expected to be ON at every moment. We're so thankful for all that you do Jeff. 

I always joke that I'll just keep aging and Jeff just won't. He was holding Georgia last weekend while we were out to lunch and a woman asked him if he was a teen dad. Seriously. Sometimes he gets carded and I don't. Benjamin Button stuff.

While I know he secretly wanted a boy, this dad was meant to have a daughter. He regularly says now, "I just can't imagine if she was a boy," and I know he loves saying "me and the girls". Georgia has heart eyes for her dad. It's just the absolute best. 

The guy pays me compliments all the time. You would have thought I had lost all the baby weight as soon as we left the hospital (I hadn't. I was actually extremely swollen and an emotional mess). He encourages me to go to Pure Barre or out for a run as often as I can, he's happy to watch the baby because he knows it's what keeps me sane.

Most importantly, he's on my team. When there's a baby involved I think things just get a bit clearer. There's no use in fighting when we could just pull from the same side of the rope.

If you would have told me the guy I met at Allison's 22nd birthday celebration when he was there "to go meet babes" would become the guy he is now, I would have laughed at you. And that's not to say he wasn't a fantastic guy then, he's just the best possible version of himself now. 

Georgia and I are the luckiest. I hope you always know that you're my favorite. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays my sweet husband.

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Changes to jack+bean

After college, I accepted a position at a tiny company I had interned with the previous summer, a real estate company local to Pittsburgh developing really cool mixed-use spaces. I worked with them to develop a few websites, basically playing the marketing manager between the web design firm and the company's president. I really did enjoy my work but was never technically hired as a full-time employee with benefits. After six months (and some really awesome websites and experiences - seriously it feels like I worked there for years) it was time to move on.

Not knowing what my next move was, I spoke with one of the partners at the web design firm I had worked with so closely at that job - he said "start a blog about something you love, blogs are about to become something huge," and I did. But shortly after I accepted a job in higher education membership/fundraising/events and my little blog fell by the wayside. I so regret giving up on it.

Feeling uninspired at my job and working on my MBA, I started producing day-of wedding goods for friends and family. I've always been obsessed with paper and fonts so it was a nice little side job for me. In February of 2014 I made it a full-time gig. Jeff and I were pregnant with little miss Georgia and this would allow me to stay home with her and still work. I never wanted a traditional website, I knew that I needed to have a blog instead to share bits and pieces of our life and the paper products I created. The business grew and I'm so proud of what it's become. It has grown solely through word of mouth, which frankly, I can't even believe. I've been able to be a part of so many brides' big days, we were featured on Style Me Pretty,  I participated in a few amazing styled shoots, and I'm even apart of a super fun bootcamp through Burgh Brides and the Renaissance with so many talented ladies. I'm so grateful to my husband and my mom who have run errands for me and sat and glued together thousands of invitations.

That said, this season my availability has reached its capacity and I'm just not feeling the way I once did about it. My business is CUSTOM invitations and printed goods:  so much time and thoughtfulness goes into each piece. The time that goes into everything simply isn't worth what I get out of it, financially or emotionally. The trips to and from the printer and delivering printed proofs and final suites while dragging Georgia along with me (since her third day on earth) has made me think twice about the decisions I've made. I haven't been able to give my full attention to my clients and I don't feel I'm doing a good enough job at being a business owner, a wife, a daughter, and a full-time mom.

I've made great friends out of clients and I've loved being a part of your big days, which is why I'm not ready to totally give it up. Going forward with next wedding season (2016 - with the exception of the one wedding already booked of course!!!), the custom invitations portion of my business will cease to exist. I'll come out with a new season of wedding invitations that will be sold either on Etsy or through another digital storefront. Clients will be able to choose invitations, colors, fonts, liners, belly bands, styles of paper and envelope choices. Once a style is chosen - the process will remain the same, I'm happy to create any and all of the paper products you want for your big day done in this style. Creating a brand for a wedding has always been my thing, and it still will be, but the uncertainty of a new design I've never put together will be gone. Printed proofs won't need to be picked up from the printer anymore, because a sample was purchased on the front end. I won't be receiving panicked phone calls about the tone of a color from a mother of the bride. I'll be able to charge what the products are actually worth and there won't be any financial surprises on the back end. The design will be done and I'll just need to make changes, as opposed to creating 5-6 brand new designs for each bride. It's a fresh start and a new way of thinking, and I'll still be able to create pretty things for beautiful brides.

Which brings me back to this little blog:  My hope is it continues to be a lifestyle space, similar to what I've been doing with my Instagram for some time now. I want to share more of my time and experiences with Georgia, her clothes, milestones, our family's travel, personal style, recipes and of course - pretty weddings and parties. I hope you'll continue to visit my little corner of the Internet to see what we're up to. I'm excited to see the blog I wanted to create in 2009 finally come to fruition!

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Happy Easter

Wishing you a very Happy Easter! Looking forward to getting back to regular posting soon (wedding season is upon us!), including some changes to this space, but in the meantime, here is a few pictures of our little Easter bunny Georgia.





 

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