summer garden party essentials

Where is the summer going? Although the booties at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale were so pretty and my feet were drawn to them, I held onto my flip-flops tight. I can’t even think about a colder season right now – we are loving summer too much.

Before the summer is over, we really need to embrace all the bright colors, smells, outside play and parties and bare feet. So, we challenge you to either…

1. Complete numbers 1-10 on our Fun in Summer Essentials list below, inspired by photos from the fantastic Alt Summit garden party.
or
2. If there’s a fab hostess inside of you, throw a summer garden party like Alt Summit did {see photos below for inspiration}.

Alt Summit knows how to throw a fabulous party, so there is no greater inspiration for you. I was fortunate enough to witness it first hand this year. Not only was every detail well thought-out and executed beautifully, but their parties were really fun!

BIG THANKS to Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit photos

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PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit photos

thank you alt

I attended Altitude Summit in June. I. LOVED. IT.

As expected the business cards were beautiful and so creative. There were pretty parties and great attention to detail. The ‘high school girl syndrome’ of feeling like you have no friends and are totally awkward was re-lived all over again…only this time, there were no mean girls…just nice ones. Fashion was fabulous. Talent was out of this world. And, I learned A TON.

I am so grateful for my experience at Alt and really hope I make it back every year, and take both sisters with me.

Among the many, many things I learned, here’s 10 things I took from the Alt Summit {then be sure to watch the video at the end}…
1. Martha Stewart is not a b****, but rather like a beech tree
2. We need to hashtag everything.
3. I want the energy and positivity that radiates from Rachel of Handmade Charlotte {she is really talented too, so check out her site here}. And, fashion advice from pinfluencer Alexandra Evjen would be greatly beneficial too.
4. A lightbox will rock our instagram world {thanks @zelmarose and @sarahderagon} and help with my composition, consistency and color.
5. We need to find more creative ways to date our hubbies {thanks Camille at Fridays We’re In Love}.
6. Joy Cho of Oh Joy is just adorable and a fantastic business woman, and we can “create something from nothing.”
7. We want to work with Bing, The Honest Company , Silhouette and Wayfair on a regular basis.
8. Dream Big. Be Brave.
9. It’s time to collaborate y’all. We’re brainstorming ideas now Freshly Picked, Freckles in April, Shoes Off Please, Spitfire Girl, McCall of the Wild, Agnes & Dora, One Charming Party, LuLu the Baker, Yellow Bungalow Shop, Hillary Butler, Annie Reeves, One Little Minute Blog, The Alison Show, White Plum, Design Improvised, Pepper Design Blog, fellow Colorado gal Courtney Khail, Thrifty Littles, Happy Confetti, Planning Pretty, Petit Lemon, Leland Gal, and The Banner Shoppe…and all those who we didn’t get a chance to meet, but really wanted to {please, please introduce yourself}.
10. My dream job doesn’t exist, I must create it. Thanks Melissa at Best Friends for Frosting {so glad I met you during checkout with my kiddos running around}.

As we gathered together to talk about our special experience at Alt, we had our friend and wonderful photographer Meredith of Meredith Moran Photography bring her camera and handmade marquee letters {so so cute…you can buy them here} to capture it all on film…and say ‘thank you’ to everyone on the amazing Alt team.

Please take 1.5 minutes to watch our video. Enjoy!

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thanks to my hubby and his dad, the fantastic builders, who let us use their new, gorgeous home for our backdrop.
Video by Meredith Moran Photography
Photography by Meredith Moran Photography

search for your awesome

I was lucky enough to be a part of ‘Search For Your Awesome’ with bing and The Alison Show twice in one week – once at Alt Summit and then again on their ‘Search for Your Awesome’ tour in Denver! We believe in what bing and The Alison Show are doing. We are all awesome and its hard to remind ourselves of how awesome we are with our busy lives, and our sometimes noisy and loud worst critic {ourselves}, so we applaud the fun and generous team for touring the country and getting the creative community together to inspire and create…and just be awesome!

Last week was such a whirlwind and I feel like I’ve been living in a lovely dream. You see, I’ve been dreaming of attending Alt Summit for years now, and was lucky enough to score a ticket this year. As I sat at each roundtable and expert presentation, or enjoyed the new company of crazy-talented bloggers, bakers, creators and brands at fabulous parties, I took many moments to really take it all in and feel grateful. It was the opportunity of a lifetime {that I hope to make an annual thing}. I still haven’t quite digested everything yet, or visited new friends sites, so once I do, I will share it all with you.

Upon my return from Alt, I was invited to craft and celebrate awesomeness with bing and The Alison Show in Denver at a gorgeous new venue, Blanc. We enjoyed delicious food from Los Molinos, styling by the amazingly talented and sweet Melanie at You Are My Fave and then craft time {my happy place} with Rachel from Smile and Wave.

We’re sharing some of the ‘Search for Your Awesome’ party with you today, and hopefully you can find small ways to celebrate ‘your awesome’ daily. If you need a little help, Alison is the girl you need to check out here and here. She’s as fun and happy as she appears to be online. I just loved her.

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search for your awesome with bing and the alison show

VENDOR LOVE
Venue: Blanc Denver
Styling: Melanie at You Are My Fave
Hosted and Sponsored by: bing and The Alison Show
Popsicle: Aiko Pops
Ice Cream: Ems Ice Cream
Fiber Art Weaving: Rachel Denbow at Smile and Wave
Food Truck: Los Molinos

{images via j. sorelle}

to: moms, you are simply aMOMzing

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It’s May, so we are still celebrating mothers everywhere! We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day. My 5 year old ran into my room at 6 a.m. to be the first to wish me Happy Mother’s Day, and on this day, it was a beautiful wake up call.

For all you mothers out there, you know motherhood is the most rewarding and exhausting job in the world. You know what a miracle each and every child is. You know the worries and prayers that we pray hourly for our children. You know that no matter what you do, they will continue to grow up. You know that if you have boys, your most likely going to get peed on. And, you know that breastfeeding is amazing and a ‘whole new world’ in and of itself.

For all of you who are about to become a mother, you’ll see…

or you can read an honest opinion of it here…

breastfeeding
written and produced by Jessica, Jenna and Jodi…the sisters of j. sorelle.

9 months of nourishing and painful hours of pushing,
but wait the sacrifices to your body have just begun…now its time to breastfeed your little one.

it’s another miracle of what our female bodies is capable of,
in addition to nurturing, strength and unconditional love!

though it can be beautiful and amazing, there are some things we must say,
there’s some joys and pains to it at the end of the day.

you will walk around the house topless and full of milk,
and not like the steamy nights of your honeymoon draped in silk.

when you pump, the thought of a cow may pop into your mind,
just stop yourself…remember…be kind.

nursing pads are a necessity if you are a leaker
yes, there are times, you may feel like the neighbors sprinkler.

in the next months/year or so your boobs will be free,
but expect that they may sag down to your knee.

i never knew something that caused me much pleasure would one day cause me pain,
but, as a mom, there is simply to time to be vain.

 if it’s too hard to do, don’t feel guilty about stopping one bit,
in fact, a happier you is a much better fit.

please remember to give yourself a break,
because as a mom you will give more than you take.

try to stick with it for several months – they say the lucky number is 3,
just remember, your milk is not only healthy, but it’s FREE

i promise the toe curling pain will soon begin to fade,
and hopefully it will be the best decision you’ve made.

it’s bonding time only you and your baby can share,
and time alone with your baby on your lap soon will be rare.

we do it all because having a child means to love like no other.
for your about to experience the pure joy of being a mother.

 #Alt Summit believes every mother counts

{image via Meredith Moran Photography}