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Wedding Wednesday // Our Invitations!

So I missed Wedding Wednesday last week, but I've been feeling overwhelmed and have a lot going on...but we're back at it this week with a special post about our invitations!

Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House

I designed the invitation myself, with James' input of course. We didn't want anything terribly formal, and I wanted things to be a bit whimsical. Overall, I'm really pleased with how they turned out. Assembling them was torture at times, but luckily I only had 50 addresses on my mailing list. Check out the video at the bottom of this post for a more detailed description!

Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House
Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House
Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House
Hello, Little Bean Blog // hellolittlebean.com // Our Wedding Invitations // Designed by Katie House



Wood Grain cardstock/envelopes and RSVP envelopes from cardsandpockets.com
Glitter cardstock from announcementconverters.com
Baker's Twine from ebay
Paper apples also from ebay

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Week in Review // Septermber 2-7

Not much to say about last week except that our baby turned ONE! It's so surreal. I spent the week/day reliving everything about her birth. Time passes so quickly and they change so much in the first year. I'm so proud of my little bean and can not imagine life without her. She has fit so seamlessly into our world, and us into hers.

She hasn't been feeling well, and every cough and wheeze is still a bit jarring for us, considering her allergy history, but she enjoyed the zoo so much! Especially the prairie dogs! We celebrated later that night with some coconut, dairy-free ice cream.

We love her so.


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A Lemonade First Birthday Party!

Typically, this would be a standard "week in review" post, but since last week consisted mostly of Lark's first birthday party, I've decided to include it in a party post! (You can see the video at the end of this post)....Also, Wedding Wednesday will be happening on Thursday of this week...Hey, I can only do so much these days!

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Lark actually turns one on September 7th, but because we would be with family during Labor Day weekend, we decided to throw her party then. I had been stressing and crafting decorations for a few weeks, but the party turned out beautiful.

I chose a lemonade theme because...well, I don't really know why. It was partially inspired by my favorite cupcake recipe for Pink Lemonade Cupcakes, which you can find here. And partially inspired by some summer decor they had floating around at Target earlier in the season. I managed to snag the tablecloths, cups and napkins on clearance! The lemonade sign was also on clearance! I can't remember exactly how much I paid, but everything was about $2-$4. The cupcake display was a DIY project using two dollar store plastic trays, a dollar store candle holder and some poster putty. It was perfect and really cute!

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Lark's was actually vegan. She has both milk and egg allergies and I was sad that she may not get a real birthday cake! Until I found a recipe for a vegan vanilla cake, which you can find here. It was actually REALLY good, but very heavy and dense. But it baked nice and fluffy! The frosting was a bit hard to pipe, because it's consistency was a bit different. I piped wedge shapes on top to mimic a lemon. I hand cut two number ones out of glitter card stock, and secured them to a skewer with hot glue. One for her cake, and one for the cupcakes.

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Lark loved it! She had never really had a sugary treat like this before, since she can't eat your typical baked goods. She enjoyed it! She isn't very keen on feeding herself (we're working on it) but I did manage to help 'guide' her so she could get some bits and pieces off of her hands, which you'll see in the video. She didn't make too much of a mess, but I fear she's learning to hate messy hands like her mother and father! Although, at one point, she rubbed her eyes and smeared cake all over her face. We also decorated the high chair she sat in for the cake. I hung a tassel garland that I made around the tray and bought her a bib from Glitter Bibs on etsy. It was a bit big, but so pretty! Her little stuffed robot birthday friend is from Chicky Pop Shop.

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We served lemonade, obviously. Pink and traditional, which we put in plastic mason jar pitchers that I got for $1 at Walmart on clearance. I also put paper straws from Hobby Lobby in mason jars decorated with a twine bow. I also used mason jars as vases with Baby's Breath and lemon slice accents in the water.

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Some of the other decor included a tassel garland I made by hand using tissued paper sheets and lots of floral puffs, also made from tissue paper. I hung some twine and hung photos from pregnancy to now as a 'timeline' of her first year using clothespins. I don't have a good photo of it, but you can see it in the video. We used a tent that James parents have and also hung streamers across the top and down the posts.

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It took a lot of prep and set up, but was done with the help of Lark's grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. James and I could not be more grateful for the love and support that they give to Lark and our family. If it weren't for them decorating, cooking, entertaining...the party would not have been possible. It was such a fun day, celebrating our girl. We had lots of family of friends come out to share in her special day. She quite enjoyed opening her gifts, or tossing paper, rather...and she received lots of fun goodies. Two special gifts we got for her were a book called The Girl Who Lost Her Name, which was customized using her name, Lark. And also a tiny, porcelain figurine of a young girl with a pretty, gold one on it. I managed to only cry once, while reading the card we gave her. I mentioned to someone recently that I finally understand the phrase 'I love them so much, it hurts..'

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This girl is absolutely worth every minute spent on her little party and the last year has been nothing short of amazing. She's so smart, funny and sweet. We never get enough of her and I'm so excited to see what her future has in store. Our little Lark Story, you are loved beyond measure. In 4 days, she will be one whole year old.

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 photo 0054sm_zps6c68290a.jpg Lark's outfit consisted of a lemon swimsuit from Gap, a tulle pom pom skirt, made my me, and a tiny, gold crown, also made by me (with some structural help from her dad, uncle and grandpa...if you ask them, they'll let you know that fits were thrown in its creation. Mama is the WORST perfectionist!) She also rocked some gold moccasins from MyBriellaBo on etsy.

And, without further ado, our week in review vlog, featuring the one year celebration of Miss Lark Story!


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Wedding Wednesday // Weight Loss Edition // Part THREE

It's wedding Wednesday again! And I bring you another update on our weight loss. Mostly due to the fact that we decided to extend our 'Phase 1' for an additional week.

Did we lose weight this week?


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Week in Review // August 18-24

Last week felt crazy. It mostly consisted of me assembling our wedding invitations (which I'll share soon). It took way longer than expected and the damn things were mailed about 2 weeks late. But they're done! I only through a couple of fits (not on camera hahaha)...I was pleased with how they turned out!

The other most notable event from last week, was that Brennan came home. He's been visiting his mom for the summer. School starts next week and I'm sure he's super excited about it...yeah right...

Anyhoo, see what other happenings we had going on in this week's vlog...



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Celebrate...

This post was meant to go up last week, but, like most things in my life right now, I didn't get around to it. I'm basically a chicken with my head cut off these days.

I had a birthday last week. I turned 21 (plus 11), but who's counting?! And it was strange this year because I'm generally the type of person who counts down to their birthday with much excitement. But I have a baby now, and time is ticking away at a rapid pace! Not only did I sort of forget about my birthday this year, I just didn't have time to dwell on the subject. I'm planning a wedding, a first birthday party, working...it's madness!

But...my birthday took on another meaning this year in other ways as well. I'm a mother. I have the honor and privilege of being a mother. I had the honor and privilege of being born to my own mother. My birthday is no longer a celebration just about me. It's a celebration of motherhood. A celebration of being born. Being born me on the day of my birth, and being born a mother last summer. It's a celebration of my own mother, who I know so much more now that I have become a mother myself. It's a celebration of Lark, who wouldn't be here if not for my own birth and my own mother...and grandmothers before that. This celebration of life in all facets on my birthday is so wonderful.

I've always been me. I've always been a daughter. And now a mother to my own daughter. My birthday this year became a moment where I really felt more alive. Just to share a laugh and giggle with Lark was birthday gift enough. I will love celebrating me on my birthday more than ever before, because celebrating me means celebrating this everlasting season of life we call motherhood.

And this photo...because I wanted to get out my 'real' camera and snap a cute photo of us, but this is reality, she was fussy, wanted nothing to do with pictures, and was mesmerized by my singing hat! But this candid shot will be special to me from now until forever, because it's us, in the moment, celebrating life!

Happy birthday to us.



"Celebrate" is the August writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Nicole of Rose Runs Wild. A few words from Nicole --- Hi! I'm Nicole from Rose Runs Wild! I'm mama to a teenager, wife to my handsome husband and dog mama to our bulldog and pit bull. I work full time and blog in my free time. I love wearing black and white, plants, doughnuts, crappy pop music and working on our home we just recently bought! My blog is basic, it's just about our life. The good, the bad and the ugly. I try to share as honestly as I possibly can in hopes that one or two other people out there don't feel so alone. Life is rough, life is beautiful and it's all about connection through the highs and the lows. That's all I'm really trying to do, connect and share. And take lots of cute photos of my son (in the rare moment he lets me) and my dogs of course! Connect with Nicole here: Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Twitter // Tumblr. /// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

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Wedding Wednesday // Weight Loss Edition // Part TWO

It's Wednesday already! Good ol' hump day!

Wedding Wednesday brings you more weight loss updates this week. We weighed in this morning after our two week, low-carb and low-sugar 'phase 1' of the South Beach Diet.

We had a couple of cheats, mainly due to my birthday and me shooting a wedding, which I felt required carbs. So we didn't lose as much as our goals we set last week. I set a 3 pound goal, James a 4 pound goal. I lost about 2 pounds, James 2.5 pounds, so not a complete fail! I've lost a total of about 9 pounds over the last two weeks and James lost about 12 pounds.

We may extend 'phase 1' by another week, but neither of us are sure we can do it for another week! But we are definitely still on the weight loss train and will keep you updated!

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