Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mother's Day GIVEAWAY!

Today, as a thank you to all of our beautiful readers, we have a HUGE Mother's Day Giveaway! Don't fret, you don't have to be a momma. This giveaway is for anyone and would even make a wonderful gift! There is over $200 worth of prizes in this giveaway! ONE lucky winner will win all of these handmade goodies! Awesome right!? I've compiled gifts from some of my favorite shops and friends from the bloggy world. I have chosen them because of the care and quality that each of them put into their products. I couldn't help but share all of their creativity with you guys! Please be sure to check them out and give them lots and lots of love!!

Up first...

My name is Cathy Fuller. I am a wife and mother to my smart, sassy, and opinionated three-year-old daughter. I started Nap Time Creations MO when I was looking for a productive, fulfilling, and quiet hobby to engage in during nap times, and it has grown into a wonderful creative outlet for me.

Cathy is giving away a $25 shop credit! To see what you'd pick out if you won, check out her Etsy shop and to keep up with her beautiful creations, like her on Facebook! Cathy is also offering a 20% discount for all Love Like Johnny and June readers! Use discount code: LLJJMoms

My whole life I have been enthralled by paper; And once I learned how to hand-make paper, everything went {up}hill from there.

While attending the Kansas City Art Institute I worked part-time at a local Paper Source. Every day I loved going to work helping anyone who walked in off the street with a project. I thrived on creating a positive experience for our guests. After graduating with my BFA in Fibers, I set out to customize paper goods and to provide the best customer service possible for my own business. And now, I spend my days creating things for clients most memorable life events at Grace and Madd Paperie!


Fast forward several years and I am a Mom to a wonderful little lady, Quinn (thus my work structure has changed just a smidge)! I work early in the morning, during nap time, in the evenings, and any other bit of time I can squeeze in between our daily activities. It's hectic, but I totally love it. Grace (a.k.a. the "Grace" in Grace and Madd Paperie) is my trusty Shih-Tzu. She's been here from the start of my business, and literally sits beneath my desk while I work. It may seem silly to some to name my business after my dog, and myself, but for us it just seems natural. She deserves some credit for all of the late nights she's stayed up and worked with me, right? :-)

My favorite part of this business is the people. Hands down. I feel so honored to make paper items for the most memorable, and cherished events in peoples lives. It really is an exciting thing. I also enjoy being a creative voice for my clients. Usually when I am approached with a client in need of a project I will ask for their inspiration images, color ideas, and any other 'visions' they may have in their mind. Next, I strive to take all of those items combined with my paper and materials knowledge, wrap them into one cohesive idea, and viola! the paper version is born. It's an awesome experience.

Maddie was kind enough to send us a set of her custom thank you cards for the giveaway! See more of the cutest invitations and paper at Grace and Madd's website and in their Esty shop!


Aren't those water colors spectacular!?

Old Socks originated when I was brainstorming what I wanted to do for my Senior Art Exhibition in college. I wanted to find a unique way to convey my love for vintage through my photography, design and other art mediums. I started searching abandoned houses, dairy farms, or anything in between that looked remotely unsafe OR likely to fall down...I was obsessed!

My new love of all things forgotten some how connected me with an old pair of socks...tossed aside, abandoned, covered in dirt and considered useless. But it was within those characteristics that I found something unique, beautiful and most importantly something worth being shared. So...naturally the inspiration just started pouring out into all areas of my work. I started looking at ways to bring aspects into how I styled my photo shoots, by using my Grandpa's sweaters and other thrift store gems! It was soon effecting everything-and I loved it!

Tara is also the owner of Tara Shupe Photography, those Old Socks photos are courtesy of her talents! Her blog and etsy shop can be found HERE. AND, you can also find her on Instagram!

Tara is giving away one of her GORGEOUS handmade, metallic-dipped antler necklaces. I CANNOT wait to get my hands on one of these!

I created INSPIRED to spread my message of positivity and the power of words. In my darkest and lightest hours, I find myself looking for inspirational words and messages to keep me going and keep me motivated. I've always created whether it's doodling or photography, and in the last couple of years I have discovered how much I love to paint. I love bold colors, pretty papers and using funky materials to bring to life what I have dancing around in my head. My hope and intention for my pieces is to not only keep myself inspired, but to inspire others as well.


On top of Diana's beautiful artwork, she blogs over at The Positive Radiance Life and that is also the name of her airbrush tan business. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram!
Diana is giving away one of her custom, ready-to-hang, "love" acrylic paintings!


Love and Lullabies Custom Blankets is giving away a $20 shop credit! They make beautiful custom blankets. The patterns are unique and each one is made with love! Take a peek at their Etsy shop and be sure to follow them on Instagram.

My shop, Catshy Crafts is my little creative outlet and haven. As a stay-at-home mom to two daughters (9 and 4), my little handmade business keeps me sane after a busy day of taking care of my family. After years of scrapbooking and paper crafting, I fell in love with the soft and cozy feel of felt, yarn and hand-sewing. I create heartfelt decor and keepsakes (hoop art and yarn wreaths) for those who want a personalized cozy, home-spun touch to their homes. The majority of my orders are custom-made which makes my items truly unique for my customers.

I adore her creations. She made that fox hoop for Henry, isn't it the sweetest!? 
You can find her on Facebook, her Etsy shop and Instagram! Check out her blog, too! 
Cathy was generous enough to create a custom "mom" hoop art just for this giveaway, but she will customize it, if wanted! You guys have to check her out! Cathy has also added a dicount code for our readers! Use DISCOUNT CODE LLJJ15, for 15% off (expires May1)!

Last, but CERTAINLY not least...Hello Cheeseburger is home to the most affordable and wearable jewelry. It is an online boutique that I can't get enough of. The custom and handmade pieces are some of my favorite pieces to wear on a day-to-day basis. The pieces are unique and make a statement, and you to have to break the bank to pick all of your favorite items! Get the coolest jewelry updates by following HC on Facebook and Instagram

Jennifer is giving away one of her custom charm necklaces!


Good luck!
ENTER BELOW!
xx,
Melissa Loren
**Must be 18 years or older and US residents only




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

{Things You Should Be Buying at Target: Home Edition}

Everything Spring is at Target right now, and as usual, I'm obsessed. #Targetdoesitagain 
I swear, Target can do no wrong. I can't ever walk into that place and leave with only what I need. The other day they had these cute frames on sale for $3.28. Threeee dollars, people! Plus I got 25% off with the Target Cartwheel App. You can't beat that. 
This warm weather means that the cleaning bug has bitten me. And with cleaning comes rearranging and redecorating. Which explains all of the home decor I'm after. Kory just laughs as we walk through Target and I say, "OHMAHGOSH, soo cute!" about everything I see.
Tell me I'm not alone?
Here's the links to all of the goodies I love...
xx,
Melissa Loren
ALSO, DON'T FORGET TO HEAD OVER TO INSTAGRAM (@KOURTNEY_SHOTZ) TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Head over to Instagram!

Hey, friends! 

There's not a new post today, but there is something fun going on over on my Instagram feed! Go follow to see what it is! @Kourtney_Shotz


xx,
Melissa Loren 

Friday, April 11, 2014

{14/52}

14/52

Henry loves bath time so much that he's even starting to recognize the sign for it. Now that he's sitting up pretty well, we can't get him to lay back in the tub. Toys have become a must during his baths. He has a terry cloth duck that quacks and it sure is his favorite. :) It's so neat to watch him take it all in. He notices the water now and tries to grab it when I pour it on his belly. At what point do they move out of the baby tub? He's almost too big! Those feet. Those arm rolls. Mmm mm mm!
Happy weekend, friends!!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mother's Day Wish List


My first Mother's Day is fast approaching. While I don't expect anything, and certainly nothing tangible, I still thought it would be fun to put together a WISH list. You could definitely add a pedicure or a hot bath to this list. ;) 
Since having Henry, I haven't put much thought into myself. I rarely get dressed up, doing my hair consists of a pony and I've gotten my makeup routine down to four minutes. I won't even touch the baby weight topic, I'm giving myself some time on that one. With that being said, that's why I have a few items to wear on my list. I miss dressing up, but nothing fits, so a little clothing splurge would be amaze. I wanted to add a few pairs of heels, but let's be honest-they just aren't practical these days! Flats for this lady. Can you believe I've never owned a pair of Chucks? They'd be super cute with that KC (thanks Jennifer!) tee and some boyfriend jeans. Spring weather also has me itching to clean and fix things up around the house. I have been watching that Crate and Barrel kitchen island for months and months, hoping it will go on sale. No luck, yet. I would also love to have a new bedspread for our room. I started redecorating our bedroom a while ago and never finished. 
These things are fun to make for the blog, but in all honesty, a day with my boys is all I need. A warm, sunny day would be a bonus.
xx,
Melissa Loren

Child Mode Post

Hey guys! I have the honor of filling in for Lacy over at ChildMode.com, while she is on maternity leave! My first post went live on Monday. I'm sure a few of you have already read it, but if you haven't "hop" on over and check it out!
Click here to see the full post and to get the deets!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

{Weekend Fun}

Friday night I got the itch to chop off my hair. Not really CHOP it off, but I did take about 4.5 inches off! It was getting so heavy that it was causing me to have headaches. Plus all it's doing is falling out anyway, so I thought, what the heck! It's awful and my stylist will eventually have to fix it, but for now it feels lighter and healthier! :) Saturday we took lunch to our good friends who had a baby almost two months ago. Sweet baby Florence has been in the nicu since her arrival and we couldn't wait any longer to see her. She was absolutely beautiful, she needs a few prayers, so if you can keep her in your thoughts that would be wonderful.
The rest of the weekend was spent perusing Target and the City Market. I spotted an awesome Young House Love end cap at Target. I didn't realize they had products there, but I was pretty excited to see it. It was a beautiful day for a weekend at the Farmer's Market. I got some spices and fresh squeezed cherry limeades. I'm looking forward to another weekend with my husband and our sugar bear.
This picture is a few weeks old, but I don't think I ever shared it on here. Henry is too cute not to share. :) I also found this super cute print this weekend. I'm planning to make something special for him with it.
Did you guys doing anything awesome this weekend?
xx,
Melissa Loren
















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