Monday, July 30, 2012

two things...

...i'm thankful for on a monday:



friends! and i'm pretty fond of these beautiful ladies.. (taken at our church event last sunday..)
one

and Kaitlynn having a girl! I love baby boys too but it was extra exciting being able to give her a tiny Vanilla & Lace dress. Yay!

baby shower
baby shower


Hope you make the most of your monday! I have a pretty insane week of work ahead of me but i'm giving myself a 3 day weekend to make up for it.... countdown is on!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

to idaho and back in 36 hours

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i-84
idaho
idaho
idaho
idaho
idaho
idaho

Last Saturday Josh and I took a mini road-trip to Idaho for a wedding he was hired to play in. He was originally going to fly but I thought it'd be fun if I could come along too and we'd make a trip out of it.. which i was regretting BIG time when our tire blew out 5 hours into the trip. Two new tires later, we were back on the road and made it to the wedding 2 hours late.. which they had delayed for Josh to still be able to play. Crazy!

The drive to Idaho is SO gorgeous.. and the wedding location was stunning. That house in the last picture is where we stayed for the night, and I snapped this picture right before we headed out in the morning.. I kept thinking to myself how it was so beautiful, it almost looked fake.

The trip ended up being awesome, if not just for the scenery along the way.. and we probably needed new tires anyway.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

blessed.

.

sometimes i think back to my 2010 self and laugh about how "busy" i thought i was.  I didn't work or go to school and we had no friends... i was FAR from busy. It was a fun season of life but i'm glad to be where we are now..  and actually doing things.
Life is flying by right now, and I feel like I'll never be fully caught up on everything but that's okay with me.. because it's much more fun to skip things on the to-do list and hang out with friends or go on spontaneous dates instead.

so to my 2010 self, although the bathroom may not get cleaned 3 times a week anymore and you're lucky if dinner is made 2 times a week, life gets a million times more amazing than you thought possible.

feeling blessed tonight.. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

anthony + candyce

Anthony & candyce engagement
Anthony and candyce engagement
Anthony & candyce engagement
Anthony and candyce engagement
Anthony & candyce engagement
Anthony & candyce engagement
Anthony & candyce engagement
Anthony and candyce engagement

A new engagement session is up on my official photography website! If you'd like, head on over to see more! (I'll be adding a few more sessions throughout the week too!)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cold brew coffee

Cold brew coffee
Cold brew coffee
Cold brew coffee
Cold brew coffee
Cold brew coffee



Cold brew coffee.. it's a favorite of mine (i even posted about it last year). It's faster than my regular french press routine, which is mostly good but sometimes results in drinking TOO much. You just need to remember to mix it up the night before and the next thing you know you'll have coffee in your hand approximately 20 seconds after rolling out of bed... and if you're like me, 4 more times throughout the day. I don't know if this is the fanciest way to do it but I like it, and you should try it!



2/3 cup ground coffee (medium-coarse grind is best)
1. In a jar, stir together coffee and 3 cups water. Cover and let rest in refrigerator overnight or 12 hours.
2. Strain twice through a coffee filter, a fine-mesh sieve or a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Or press through a french press.
In a tall glass filled with ice, mix equal parts coffee concentrate and water, or to taste. If desired, add milk

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer days

Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days
Summer days

ice cream dates, a kitten that wants to sleep on your head or neck, evening walks, cheese & bread (and berries) for dinner, and one too many frozen lemonades. that's been our summer so far! I'd say there is a huge lack of a pool or a beach, but it JUST got warm enough so those days are coming too!

p.s. oh! and we named our new kitty Leia (but i call her lulu!)

Monday, July 9, 2012

it's here..

the first Little Vanilla & Lace collection is now available!!

All of these are available in 3 months - 3T
Little Vanilla & Lace
Little Vanilla & Lace
Little Vanilla & Lace
Little Vanilla & Lace
Little Vanilla & Lace
Little Vanilla & Lace
Little Vanilla & Lace
Little vanilla & lace

I also added a ton of new solid colors for the women's clothing too!

Check out the newly updated store vanillaandlace.com
i'll be checking the comments for questions but also, feel free to email me: vanillaandlace(at)gmail.com


(I would SO appreciate you all spreading the word! Tweet and blog away!)

Friday, July 6, 2012

tiny things

tiny things
tiny things
tiny things
tiny things
tiny things
tiny things


i've been working my tail off the past couple weeks trying to get Little Vanilla & Lace up and running and if all goes according to schedule we are looking at a launch this Monday! You can see the colors (and prints) i've chosen in the first photo..  fun summery colors. These have been SO fun to work on.. everything is so cute and mini!

I am way excited to get these out there!