Monthly Archives: May 2012
Today is a bittersweet day for me – it is Jen’s last day before her Maternity leave. I am SO excited for her and sweet baby Mary Emerson “Emme” on the way! I will miss Jen A WHOLE LOT, though! Best wishes to you, Jen and this time next week you will be a Mommy of two!
This is one of my favorite pictures from her photo session with Stephanie Benzaia of Benzaia Photography.
I just returned from a weekend Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar. We volunteer with the program every year. My husband is on the Board of Directors and I take pictures and help with some behind the scenes responsibilities during the year and at the seminar. I spent most of last night editing and going through pictures I had taken during the weekend seminar… final count – over 600 photos. It was truly a great weekend. We had 278 students attending from all over the state of Alabama. Alabama has the largest seminar in the country and we are proud of that.
Here’s a graphic I made to share on the HOBY Facebook Page.
It is the quote we all had on the back of our t-shirts. I love this quote.
During the weekend, the students did a service project and donated 7,462 nonperishable food items to a local food pantry. The food will feed the families they help for the rest of the summer… wow, chills.
I am always amazed at the students and how much change you can see in them after just three days. HOBY truly changes lives. That is why I am such a big supporter and fan because it changed me when I was in 10th grade and every time I return to give of my time, it changes and encourages me again.
On another note, for Memorial Day yesterday, I spent the day with my husband and daughter. We had fun having lunch and then splashing in a little pool in the backyard. We made some homemade peach ice cream. It was so YUMMY!
Homemade Peach Ice Cream (from AllRecipes.com)
- 2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 pint half-and-half cream
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole milk, or as needed
- Puree peaches with the sugar and half-and-half in batches in a blender or food processor.
- In a gallon ice cream freezer container, mix together the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Pour in enough whole milk to fill the container to the fill line, about 2 cups.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to freeze the ice cream.
My daughter turned 3 just a couple weeks ago. You may have seen some of these pictures last week on Pizzazzerie. If you missed them, here they are, plus a few more. Wow, it seems like I was just planning her 2nd Birthday Party, time does pass so quickly! Karidyn LOVES wearing a tutu every.single.day. so when it came to a party theme this year, it was an easy decision to do a tutu party. What is fun about this party theme is that it is more of a dress up party and less of a dance class party. I know that when she starts taking ballet, she will want a “real” ballet party, so that’s when we will go all out with a ballet instructor, etc. but this is more of a fun playful party for all the girls and the little boys. Since she has several little boy friends, we didn’t want to leave them out, so we added the adorable bow ties to make the theme just perfect for her and her friends! Here are some of my favorite pictures from the party:
Thanks for letting me share all the party pictures!
You may wondering what you are looking at right now – why, it’s our new color chart! I’m so excited about these new colors as they truly represent the HollyDays brand and the colors you see regularly in my designs. We’ve prettied it up for the new website with the color names and my logo, but this gives you an idea of the fun new colors. The new HollyDays logo is also new with bright colors… I’m just bursting to show it to you, but I’m trying to exercise some self control!
I also took some fun pictures of some new favor bags and stripey straws we will be adding to the new site.
Make sure you sign up for our Mailing List if you haven’t already to receive special discount code when the new website launches!
Happy Mother’s Day!
(My Mom – now mostly called “Mimi” now from my little one)
(My husband’s Mother, now known as “Nana”)
Happy Mother’s Day – this is a special day to honor our moms and we think about those who have lost their mothers and those who would like to be mothers. We are thinking of you today.
Enjoy this day with those you love,
Have you ever been at a point in your life that you feel like you are waiting, everything is hanging in limbo and you know that things are about to happen? We are there… family and business. I’ve had this verse playing over and over in my head over the past few days:
As far as business goes, we’ve been working on our new website and I’m so excited about the unveiling of it. I started working on the new style last summer and it is exciting to finally see it happening! It is coming very soon. Later, we’ll be adding a new cool feature to it that is still in the works. Here’s a sneak peek of our new site and branding design:
Ok, so I know it doesn’t show you much, but it give you a little idea! I am so excited about it – we even have a new logo and packaging/branding materials included in this transition… fun stuff!
As a family, my husband and I have been praying for about a year that God would guide us and direct us and help us know what direction He wants us to go as a family. Part of it involves selling our house. It has felt like a waiting game, but with some new developments in the past weeks we feel we are close to some answers. We are waiting, praying that He will work things out for our good and for His glory. One thing to remember, all things may not be good, but they are WORKED OUT for the good for those who are called according to His purpose.
You know one thing I love about a small business is that behind the small business is a person, a family, who has tirelessly worked to see their small business survive. In this economy, it is great to see small businesses succeed. At the end of 2011, I joined our local shopping site, Shop Birmingham (www.shopbirmingham.com). It’s a locally owned site that showcases local businesses and products, so if you are looking for a particular product or gift item, whatever it may be, check them out first – you may be able to get it right here! According to ShopBirmingham.com, do you know that on average, if you spend $100 at a locally owned business $68 stays right in the community, how great is that!?
Here’s a glimse of what our store looks like on the website…
Speaking of serving your local community, thanks to your help, we are donating $75 more dollars to the Alabama Red Cross because of photos sent in and shirts sold last week on the 1st anniversary of the April 27, 2011, tornadoes in our state. Every little bit helps. You may remember our first check to them last year was for $4,046.26. Thank you for your support of our great community and state.
Here are just a few of the pictures (you can see more on our Facebook page):
Don’t forget to shop & share locally!
I can’t wait to share some things we have in the works for HollyDays, but in the meantime, I have to take a little down-time from special custom projects. If you have an email already in to us or a project in the works we will get back to you/your project is still fine and in the works! Now, I have some catching up to do.