Mother's Day

Sunday was my first mother's day as an actual mom and my husband did a pretty amazing job making me feel loved.

I can't really put into words how lucky I feel to be Georgia's mother. She's given me an entirely new purpose. A new mom friend said, "I don't recognize myself when I look in the mirror," and my goodness do I ever agree. I sleep a lot less, I almost never look exactly the way I'd like to, and I have melasma that refuses to go away after having her, but I don't even care - I've never been happier. I had no idea how becoming a mother would change me for the better, everything is much clearer and she's my choice, every day.

On jack+bean, the Business

Event for Burgh Brides a few weeks back at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel with amazing vendors Sapphire & Lace Event Design, Mosaic Linens, and Found + Made

Eleven invitation suites to go and each and every design has been started. I'm sad to say that I'll be taking a break from all paper goods when the full season is complete. I had felt differently a few weeks back, wanting to stay in the game. After all, I've built a successful business - frankly I've been amazed at the response. But after much thought and consideration, my time is best spent being happy, at home with Georgia, and not running back and forth from the printer and FedEx because the printer made an error or because I sent the wrong version of a design to print. There's something amazing when a suite goes perfectly. The bride is thrilled, the paper is gorgeous, the belly band holds everything together wonderfully, even mothers see the value in my modern way of doing things. But when things go wrong and I'm even a small piece of frustration or anxiety for a bride's big day, I just can't shake it. It genuinely hurts my heart. There's so many places to make mistakes. When I think about all the different areas that one invitation suite touches it's crazy: design, paper, printing, envelopes, addresses, shipping, assembly, more shipping - that's a lot of potential for good, and a lot of potential for error!

I'm a perfectionist, I'm type-A, I want to do everything perfectly. This business was meant to be a part-time job and I'm finding myself working at least 40 hours a week, plus being a stay-at-home parent, in addition to another part-time remote job - and that's not to complain about being overworked, it's just a fact I'm being stretched way too thin, and I feel I'm not giving 100% to anything. It's been a blessing, to have a business that has grown that way in such a short time, and I appreciate and value all of my clients, but it's time to move on.

I am so excited to make these next 11 suites perfect. This isn't to say I won't someday continue my paper goods business either in the way I had discussed previously - on Etsy - or another digital storefront, who knows. I've genuinely loved being a small part of the weddings I've been able to. Thanks so very much for your business! I hope you keep stopping by to see the bits and pieces of our life.

Bits and Pieces

I wanted to start a new little series here on the blog sharing my favorite iPhone snaps of what we did this week, just bits and pieces!
We started off the week a little jetlagged. Georgia was pretty miserable on Monday. We skipped over to my parents' house to pick up some deliveries I had for work and Georgia decided to go down for her morning nap there, so I squeezed in some QT with Jackie Wilson (1/2 of this blog's namesake)!

Later on, Georgia started showing a pretty serious rash so I kept my eyes on it throughout the day. Eventually, it got bad enough that we decided to make the trip to the pediatrician and thankfully it wasn't what was in the back of my mind: measles. Still no idea what caused her rash.

On Wednesday morning, we tested out baby cousin Cameron's new digs! She'll be here in 10 days!

 Today is the first day our little lady has returned to her normal happy self. She's now officially added "ma-ma" to her vocabulary which I am super pumped about. The way babies pick up on things is just wild.
Romper is Sold Out {Similar}

After a relatively frustrating work week (printing & mail delays are a worst nightmare situation), we finished up these beauties and I made some serious business decisions. I also mapped out the rest of my wedding season and figured out exactly what's left to do! Happy to report only 11 suites to go and 8 have already been designed!

I also wore these beauties in this week and basically can't take them off. Get yourself a pair! They are so comfortable and cute.

Weekend plans include a good amount of work, hitting up a Pure Barre Intensive on Saturday (arms!!), enjoying what looks like a perfect Pittsburgh weather weekend, and my very first Mother's Day on Saturday!

Travels: San Francisco

Georgia and I were lucky enough to tag along with Jeff last week on a work trip to San Francisco. We had a great time, but we are definitely still recovering. I was absolutely terrified to fly with Georgia (more on that later), but it really went pretty well and I think with a few good nights' sleep Georgia will feel like her old self again.

The Prescott Hotel | Great place, we'd love to try one of the other Kimpton Hotels in SF

Super Duper Burgers | Awesome spot for lunch
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse | I have no words for the donuts here | found via
Akiko's Sushi Bar | Made for excellent takeout for the little lady's early bedtime!

21st Amendment Brewery | Favorite beer accompanied by my favorite people and a long walk home along the Bay
Fisherman's Wharf | Crowded tourist spot that's not ideal to navigate with a stroller, but we got to see Lombard Street on the way there + the steepest hills of all time

Next trip, I plan on forgoing Fisherman's Wharf and making it to the Golden Gate Bridge - we were a little bummed we didn't get over there but with Georgia's stroller and car seat situation, it was just too much. I wouldn't mind a little wine country action either. All in all, we had a great time for a short trip with an 8 month old and I'm so excited to share other upcoming travels over the next few months!


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