Friday, November 25, 2011

Riffraff WINNER

Happy Black Friday and happy shopping to all!

The winner of the RIFFRAFF GIVEAWAY is


Congrats to Jessica from jakesmommie.blogspot.com

I know you are going to be so excited that you won!
Please email me by Monday so I can get all your info so I can send it to the RIFFRAFF girls and they will mail you your beautiful necklace!
Thanks to all that participated!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!
We are spending the day with friends and enjoying a few extra days with Grayson at home!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

week 23 baby crew!

17 WEEKS to go! 
This pregnancy is going by quick!
BUT
I am okay with that I can't wait to meet our little man...

don't forget about the RIFFRAFF giveaway!
Check out the complete details here!
Please leave your comment on the giveaway post only NOT on this post!
Thanks!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Riffraff LOVE

Who doesn't LOVE Riffraff...
it is an adorable boutique in Fayetteville, Arkansas and many of my local friends love shopping here.  They have everything from clothing, jewelry, frames, small pieces of vintage style furniture, great gift ideas, and much much more!
It is one of those shops where you can spend so much time browsing around looking at everything.  Plus it is so neatly designed and the decor is amazing! It is a real MUST SEE if you live in the area. 

but

if you don't it is okay too!

The store has an amazing Facebook Page {Riffraff} that they are always updating with images of product in their store.  Go check it out today and like their facebook page

I would also like to mention that they have several AMAZING holiday clothing items that you have to check out...
here is a direct link to the photos!

If you like something that you see let the girls know by leaving a comment on the image or contacting the store.  The girls at Riffraff will be happy to ship the item to you. 
{note that all store info is on the first image of this post}

Now onto the giveaway...
if you have followed my blog for awhile you know how much I love big necklaces.  In fact I always get asked where did I get my necklace.  Many of my necklace purchases have in fact come from Riffraff!  So the perfect item for me to giveaway is a beautiful necklace for you to wear this holiday season.

All you need to do is go to Riffraff Facebook page and like their page and come back and leave me a comment stating that you liked Riffraff's Facebook Page and you are entered to win this beautiful necklace!
If you are on Twitter and you follow Riffraff too you get a double entry...just remember to leave another comment stating you are now following Riffraff on Twitter!

Contest will run from Monday November 21st, 2011 - November 24th, 2011.  I will pick and announce the winner on BLACK FRIDAY November 25th, 2011

Good Luck and Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

18 Months

DON'T FORGET TO STOP BY MONDAY MORNING FOR MY
GIVEAWAY POST!

Happy 18 Months Grayson

a little something i love...

a giveaway

from

a

local

boutique

in

Northwest Arkansas

will

you come back

tomorrow {Monday, November 21st, 2011} 

to check it out...

you won't want to miss it!


Friday, November 18, 2011

inspiration

each friday I plan to post my inspiring images I took during the week of Grayson
I am doing this project for 60 days and I am so excited to see what images I capture of Grayson

the images speak and tell the story
day 01-03

 

happy friday!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

week 22 - baby crew

Happy 22 Week Pregnancy to me and to my sweet baby Crew!
I am so looking forward to March I just want it to get here!

Here is my week 22 plus 5 day update



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Documenting Details

I do get asked a lot how and what programs do I use to edit or make storyboards so I thought that I would share with all!

The storyboards I create I use Adobe Photoshop.  It takes some time to get use to making them, but now it is easy!  I love them because I make photo books for Grayson as well and I can just transfer those storyboards to the book with all the details I write too!  Love it!

You can get templates from this site
CoffeShop Blog

I use both Shutterfly and Mixbook to create our photo books.  I like how simply Mixbook is and I feel that I can finish a book through that program quickly.
I am currently working on Grayson's 7-9 month photo book.  I am extremely behind, but I am focused to get this all complete before the end of this year!   

Anyways I love that I have taken the time to take pictures of Grayson over the past 17 months as well as during my pregnancy and now this pregnancy.  It is great to look back at the photo books and see how much Grayson has changed.  The book I love the most right now is my frame a day or 365 day project book.  It is about 85 pages at the moment but I love how it is turning out!  
I look forward to seeing it in print! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

week 21 baby crew

oh my Week 21 with baby Crew!



I also wanted to share this beautiful video my talented sister created for us. I love it and so glad I have these memories documented forever!

Monday, November 7, 2011

just another monday

UPDATE:
AS OF 1:30PM I HAVE ALL THE MOM'S I NEED FOR THE KID BOOK SWAP~

Happy Monday Friends!

This will be more of a random bullet point post...

~ if you follow me on twitter I posted this image last week
I got a lot of questions on where did I get them etc so I thought that I would share it here too.  I got them made at Paper Coterie.  They are called Memory Keepers and I have already filled both of the ones pictured above. I also ordered another one last night with wedding pictures on it, that way I can place DVD's, picture CD's, and pictures in them to cherish forever in one spot.  I found a coupon online that is VALID until November 13th, 2011.  Click here for the details and also go to Paper Coterie to check out the memory keepers.  I think that they are great quality and will last years to come. 

TIP: if you do separate transactions you can use the code more than once!
I was not asked to promote this site or the product I just wanted to share a product that I have seen first hand and love.  They would make great Christmas gifts or Baby gifts too!

~ One day last week I made Chicken and Dumplings in our crock pot and this meal was SO easy and yummy!
Rachel posted it on her blog a few weeks ago and so I thought that I would give it a try.  She found the recipe via Pinterest.  I am linking you to her post so you can see the recipe and try it out!  I added the wide egg noodles and it was so good!
She has a recipe for Sticky Buns that I want to try too!
Thanks Rachel for posting this recipe!

~ This weekend we were very productive with Crew's nursery.  We ordered the crib and chest for his room and found a distressed baby blue dresser for his room.  I can't wait to get started in his room. 

~ I can't end this post without including a few images of Grayson.

first image
Grayson can NOW get on the toilet all by himself.  I found him on top of the seat on Friday afternoon.  I asked him how he got up there and he showed me.  I was shocked that he could get up there all by himself.

second image
Grayson and his new bike from daddy!

~ final thoughts I am doing a KID book swap online and I need 5 mommy's to participate.  If you are interested please email me your child's name and your mailing address and I will email you back with the complete details.  I am doing it online as I am guaranteed that I will complete it ASAP.  So who wants to join...first 5 to email{mlstafford26@yahoo.com}are in!

Friday, November 4, 2011

a fun October 2011

warning lots of pictures...

I know it is November, but we did have a FUN October and I wanted to make sure that I recap all the fun things we did. 

Plus I am going to work on printing my blog posts into a book by the end of this year!
{a big project I am thinking, but I am determined to get it completed by the end of the year}

We went to the pumpkin patch with our good friends the fisher family!

I love this pumpkin patch they have so much for the kids to do and I look forward to taking Grayson and Crew their every year going forward. 

at the pumpkin house
sliding down the slide with daddy
favorite thing was the tractor
going for a cow train ride with Kendall
wants to ride the tractor again...
playing with water = fun times as always
playing in the corn sandbox
family photo, this is the best out of all of them.  Grayson and I are a bit blurry so that is why it is in black and white
hayride Grayson loved
playing in the hay bales

Next Grayson's cousins came a week later and Grayson had a fun 3 day weekend with them all leading up to Halloween Day!

We painted pumpkins and as you will see by the pictures everyone had a great time!

We all cleaned up and got ready for a evening of fun at Grayson's school fall party

The next day we went back to the same pumpkin patch to share all the fun with Grayson's cousins.

The final full day with my sister's family we went to the Fisher Annual Halloween Party and it was a great time for all!
Amie and Grayson...adorable picture
such a fun little guy!  It was so hard to get him to take a picture with his brother Aidan and Grayson.
Amie and her boys!
Love this picture, Drew is a momma's boy 100%! 
Family Photo

At the Halloween Party we did a small reveal party.
It was great to share news with all our friends!

And for the final day of October we took Grayson trick or treating around our neighborhood and I think he understood the concept of knocking on the door and getting candy after the first door.  Here are a few pictures of our evening together.  He also loved handing out candy to all the kids that came to the door.


Sorry again for the long post just trying to catch up...now onto November!
 
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