Tuesday, April 22, 2014

{LOCAL LOVE GIVEAWAY}

Alright guys, I have another fun giveaway. The only thing is, this one is for the locals. Anyone in the Kansas City/Independence area will love this. If you plan on visiting anytime soon or know someone in this area, you're welcome to enter as well!

Diana of Positive Radiance Tanning is giving away ONE airbrush tan (a $35 value)! She gave me one last week and it turned out so well. It was such a natural color and I loved it. It's pretty cool because her spray tans are all natural, gluten free and organic. Diana applies the solution herself and makes you feel 100% comfortable in your skin. It was a wonderful experience and I look forward to more tans from Positive Radiance!

Next up is Lucia's La Taquera...of course. The winner will get a $25 gift card to enjoy a meal of delicious tacos and queso, or whatever your stomach desires!

Hi Boy is a local drive-in featuring my very favorite cherry limeades and onion rings! Their yummy cheeseburgers and butterfinger cyclones...gah! HiBoy is definitely an Independence staple! We've been given a $10 gift card to giveaway.

Also included in this giveaway is a $20 gift card to Bolero Salon and Spa. You can use it towards a salon service or a product of your choice. Bolero offers a vast array of salon services, you won't be disappointed.

Good Luck!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Monday, April 21, 2014

{WEEKEND FUN}

This weekend was absolutely marvelous! Full of hikes, lounging and spending time with family. I never want these perfect temps to go away. We're soaking up all of the outdoor time while we can, before it gets too hot. Henry had a fun photo shoot this weekend (pics to come) and we celebrated his first Easter. 
 Happy Monday! Check out our Facebook page to see if you're the big winner of the giveaway!
xx,
Melissa Loren



Friday, April 18, 2014

{15/52}

{15/52}

Action shot. Henry and his pup. These two are starting to take to one another. I think Tego is finally getting over her sibling rivalry. The jealousy is behind her. Now she's completely intrigued by the tiny human that squeals and produces foul smells. Here she's playing catch with herself because Henry wasn't amused. :)
Have a wonderful Easter weekend, friends!
xx,
Melissa Loren

Thursday, April 17, 2014

{After Baby Swimwear + My Favorite Bikini Picks}

Well, I've talked here and there about my post-baby body. I try to stay away from the subject because I really think I need to be easy on myself. This body grew, and birthed a baby. It's truly a miracle and I'm proud of my body, SO I'm giving myself some time. It really does change your entire body though, it did mine anyway. It's weird, it's not so much my belly that I'm insecure about, it's my hips and my "love handles." I did pretty good during my time being pregnant, I watched what I ate and exercised which resulted in a 20 pound weight gain. But my body was still altered and my hips are definitely where I grew the most. Anyway, as a new mom I want a suit that is going to be practical and not make the little kids at the pool point and laugh ;). Just kidding, but I do want something secure and supportive. There are definitely some two pieces that will provide that (see below), but I think I'll ease into summer with a one piece. At the same time, I don't want my suit to scream "MOM," I still want to be fashionable. Number 2 is my absolute favorite, I have to get my hands on that suit!
1.Black & White Polka Dot // 3.Splendid Striped Underwire // 6.Zinke Peplum  // 5.Black & White Striped Bandeau // 4.Floral // 8.Ted Baker Navy T-Striped  // 7. J. Crew Neon Bandeau // 2.Anthro Floral

And for the bikini lovers...because I'm not sure I'm quite ready to give up on them just yet. These are maybe a little more modest than the usual contenders? Also, WHY are suits so expensive? It's ridiculous. 
BCA Polka Dot // Mara Hoffman Cosmic // Zinke Loren // Pink Lips // Pink Ruffle // Black and Gray // Floral

What kind of suit are you opting for this season? One piece, two piece? Solid, or print? 
I can't wait to hit the pool with H-man!
xx,
Melissa Loren 

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 

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