"There is always a good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is freedom from your excuses."-Robert Brault
Oh excuses. How I use thee.
Cleaning house, losing weight, walking the dogs, riding that bike I have in there under the clothes...
The only place in my life I don't use excuses is in my writing. My writing is flourishing but sometimes the rest of my life suffers.
And yet I'm totally happy. .
How do we balance everything?
I'm not a super-mom anymore but I still don't have time for everything I need/want to get done.
Do you have freedom or excuses? What are your excuses? What have you been putting off?
These two are just the sweetest, & their love gives me all the 😍😍
How was everyone's friYAY? Luke & I spent part of it with our realtor viewing another house (wasn't the one, but that's okay ☺) & the rest getting all of my equipment ready for @sclick_ & @jake_greatman wedding tomorrow! I cannot wait to document these two tying the knot & celebrating their love 💛
Made it to Richmond and it's perfect. Y'all, do this. Married couples with kids? Do this. Take a weekend away. It's not easy. It's not convenient. You are going to miss your babies and wonder if they are ok without you (even though they are left in very capable and loving hands and you get picture texts that reassure you everything is peachy). You are going to spend a lot of time the day before making sure all their clothes are ready and then you're going to throw all yours haphazardly into a bag without thinking, and then you'll probably forget something. You might even spend a few minutes thinking "ok so what do we do now that we don't have kids with us? What do we even talk about?" But...it's worth it. Book the hotel, plan the sitter, plan the places you want to go (or don't). It's going to be good and life giving and wonderful and soul filling. 💕
Such a lovely sweetheart table. Central Valley, we've got some amazing vendors and we're officially ready for Wedding season 🎉🍾 @fireflyvintagerentals @extraordinarylifeevents @botanique_floral_artistry
Who else bonds over sharing a sweet treat? As a family we would enjoy indulging in a scoop (or two!) of ice cream in the evening. Cute ice cream shops like this one reminds me of my carefree childhood days :) (...come to think of it, I'm still carefree, and enjoy sweets, but now My top choice is @halotopcreamery !!) love you fam ❤️
"Be messy, complicated, and afraid...and show up anyway!" - Melton
Authenticity is about showing the mess and the struggles BUT it's also celebrating the wins and the successes and milestones in a BIG way!
When crazy wind hits on your wedding day...you go with it!
No matter whether you're in the mess or the milestone, or some mix of both - you totally got this!
Friday introductions yo! Here's me and my little rascals. I kinda love them a whole lot. I'm hooked on their giggles and the curves of their noses; my favorite spot to kiss. I'm also hooked on vanilla bean Blue Bunny ice cream with orange juice mixed in and the IKEA as-is section that has furnished my whole house. What are you hooked on lately? #fridayintroductions#risingtidesociety
Bridesmaids separates are so on trend at the moment and I'm such a fan. This gorgeous ensemble by designer @chanelle.wright features in our latest inspiration shoot which took place in the world's smallest desert. It was such a treat to work with both local and international talent (hugest thanks to Max for coming out from the UK to play with us).
Conceptualization, Coordination and Floral styling: the @ohhappydaydbn team
Hair, model: @julietmartin.mua
Jewellery & accessories: @bejewelled_collection
Has your Friday been as busy as ours has?? Well, I bet this shining face will be a breath of fresh air! And trust me, she truly is! This is Rachel of @ohlittlefoxes and OHHHH we just love her and her brand! Her hand made jewelry pieces are STUNNING and unique. We cannot wait to debut what she has in store for you all! Get ready for a rockin week all about OLF!
Glasses up, we've all made it to the weekend! 🍷Although weekdays can be irrelevant for those of us working those untraditional hours, (freelancers, winemakers, side hustlers, I'm looking at you!), everyone deserves a little end of the week cheers! / Head on over to the blog for the complete gallery of @bandofheathens concert photos 🎙️#amariedesignco
🐬For those with saltwater in their veins. 🌊
This babe will be in the shop tomorrow. But you can snag her tonight for $32 with free shipping (US only). First person to DM me with your email, she's yours!
I have something SUPER fun to share with y'all! Remember the recipes I've been creating with @forteassake blends? Well, here is the first video production of the turmeric mask recipe! What do yall think?! Hope you babes are having a great weekend 💕
Happy Friday from Your Ampersand Studio! Today I'm spending some time diving into the Adobe Illustrator class that @laurenelizhook from Elle & Co is teaching. I'm halfway through the first module and I've already learned four things that will forever alter how I work inside the program! 👍🏼
Being a life-long learner is one of my biggest values. What's a course you've taken recently that you enjoyed and got lots of value from? Tag your instructor below to give them a shout out!
Fellow Rotarians have known this for a while but I think now is a great time to share. You're looking at the FUTURE PRESIDENT of Rotary Club of Lynchburg Morning! I don't serve until July of 2018 but in Rotary they get us started early. I'll be Secretary soon and then I'll move on up! SO EXCITED to be the FIRST black woman to lead this club. I've always dreamed of being President ;) So honored to be chosen by this club to hold the office.
Congrats to Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club for their hard work this fiscal year. At District Conference 2017, we walked away with Gold Club status and the prestigious multi-club award for our collaborative efforts in Area 5 for Polio Plus.
Confused about what that all means? Want to serve our world and our local community in a big way? Message me. I'll explain more. Coffee on me :) #ServiceAboveSelf#fridayintroductions#rotary#district7570
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Thank you for all the votes for the #etsysmallbusiness contest! 🙏🏻😊 If you haven't voted yet, you still have time- link in my bio. I also added this print to my Etsy shop, and will continue to add more over the weekend! 😊
This is what pure love and happiness looks like. We spent yesterday evening the way we spend most warm evenings: at the dog park, taking the long way back home for ample car window time, and snuggling on the couch.⠀
Dogs are really amazing critters, they're so completely different from their human counterparts but still trust and love us all the name. It's really quite incredible! Corey and I always talk about how nuts it is that we have these big furry beasts living in our home with us and coexisting with with other smaller, furry (feline) beasts too. ⠀
Honestly, sometimes I feel like dogs are just too sweet and good for this world. Every time I'm down, Teaka and Finn are the ones who can immediately cheer me up. They always seem to have an read on my feelings and will do anything to make me feel like a part of their pack. I'm a day late to National Puppy Day but make sure to pat your puppies and give them extra treats too, they certainly deserve it any day! 📸@taydaliese
Okay exciting news! I got my measurements done and after two weeks of training I remained the same weight... but! I gained two pounds of muscle, reduced my body fat a percentage and a half, gained an inch around my thighs, and lost an inch and a half around my waist! 🙌🏻 I'm so excited with my progress. I get measurements done again next Thursday so we'll see how those go! I also hit 70 pounds (!!!) for my squats/lunges, and I'm feeling stronger in my upper body already. 💪🏻
(Photocreds to my favorite @sweetpoppystudios)
Well hello there! 👋 This is Katie reporting for #fridayintroductions duty. I am the girl, and the heart, behind Quaintrelle. I'm that girl right there, perfecting my awkward teaching pose. Cool, right?! I think so too! I officially started this business last fall and what a wild ride it has been. This little business may not have a gazillion followers yet, and my Instagram may not be perfectly curated, but wow have I been humbled and brought to my knees by the process of building this business! I am so beyond thankful for each one of you and all of the encouragement, wisdom and tough love you have given and continue to give me. I wish I could get to know each one of you over a giant cup of coffee... or wine. I don't discriminate 😋
A few random things you might need to know about me:
1. Yes, Quaintrelle is actually a word. Sure, it's hard to spell and hard to say... but it's way better than any variation of my oh so generic name ( Katie Warner). It also happens to embody my spirit so perfectly. It's an old word with a little bit of sass... just the way I like it. | Quaintrelle ( pronounced qwayne- trel) : A woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life's pleasures. |
2. I'm married to a hottie named Matt ( @therealelquatro) and he is the fourth and final Matt I've dated ( hence his Instagram name). We live in Denver with Norman, our giant rescue puppy from @bigdogshugepaws , and our cat Kronk ( yes, it's from Emperor's New Grove). 3. My favorite emoticon is 🤤 because drool is funny, and sometimes the most childish things make me laugh.
4. I'm obsessed with pepperoni pizza. It's real. #truelove
Xoxo 📷 cred: @dmtorg
We've been MIA lately working on other projects but have to share this special birthday we got to help & celebrate with for one of our favorite families. Helped one of our loved brides @jillfaaace plan their daughter Gianna's Springtime inspired first birthday this past weekend. Can't wait to share some of the details shots with all of you. 💐💐🎂
🌺 THEME IDEA 🌺 So I've read that a lot of you guys are celebrating Spring. And here I am with a refreshing theme.
This is filter DD6 in the White (2) filter pack.
• perfect for a bright and colorful theme
• awesome if you have photos with white backgrounds
• it will make your colorful subjects POP
• amazing on greens & pinks
• good on any photo
Tell me in the comments if you use this filter pack. 🌺🌴☀️
So who does a photographer get to photograph her? This girl got her hubby to do it. 😂 Yes, I know, he’s such a trooper! And if you know my husband, he’s much more of a sports guy than he is a photographer which makes him taking my pictures the funniest thing on earth but I was so surprised at how good of a job he did! Now, don’t get me wrong, I am NOT a big fan of taking pictures of myself. I cringe at it. I despise it. I avoid it. (Ha, ironic coming from a photographer herself right?!) But I know it’s so important for others to see who the person behind the lens is and to connect with me. And I want my brides, and everyone else who uses me as their photographer, to know who I am. As imperfect as I am. As fashionably uncoordinated as I am. Not because I’m a perfect size 2 (ha, I don’t think I was ever a size 2), or because I’m wearing the latest fad (I laugh at that thought because I am SO not fashionable), but because I’m the one who will be behind the lens working with you. The person who brides will spend most of their wedding day with, the person who will capture images to look back on for a really long time, the person who, with all her heart, wants to give others an amazing experience. So for these reasons and so much more, I try to put myself in front of the camera so you can all see who I am and get to know me. So if we haven't met, I'm Aura Elizabeth and I like warm hugs, sugary cupcakes, and hot coffee. 👋🏼 (P.s. Head over to the blog to view more of my new head shots taken by my sports loving husband. 😂 Link in profile ⬆️) #fridayintroductions
Hey friends! I thought it was time I did another #fridayintroductions 💗 this is my husband @charlesreplogle and our sweet 6 year old pup, Milo. So, real talk for a second. Milo was stolen out of our driveway this past Sunday. I can't tell you how terrible of a feeling that was. Thankfully we saw the vehicle leaving our home and we got incredibly lucky and found the vehicle (seriously, what are the odds) who had taken him later that day. Losing him even for that short period of time made us stop and think about how different our lives would be without him. I still can't believe it happened. Always be great full for what you have, in that moment every selfish "want" I previously had didn't matter, I just wanted him back. Those are the real things in life. I wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone but it was a reality check. As cliche as it sounds, I have a better appreciation for all the small things and I just try to remind myself to be present in the moment more. You just never know when your world will be tipped upside down! Goodness, ok if you're still with me I'm going to try and end this on a happy note! A. He's back and we're never letting him out of our sight 😊 B. We're taking a nice long vacation to CA soon and I can't wait to just take it all in! 😍 C. I have a seriously determined husband who makes me breakfast every morning and I am so thankful for him. 📷 by @tauribaumphoto from a recent styled shoot 🍃💕
Spent yesterday in Atlanta enjoying my second home & time with my bestie! Tonight, we are just outside of Atlanta enjoying the gorgeous views. Here's a sneak peak view from tomorrow's outdoor ceremony site. I can't wait to celebrate one of my sweet seminary friends!
Every morning, before the sun begins its ascent, I wake up next to him; every night, after the moon has summoned the stars, I fall asleep at his side; and every minute in-between, I am consumed with the very thought of him. I love you, Adam. #marriageissexy
Things have been a little quiet around here lately because we are 📦MOVING📦 in just a few days! I thought I'd break the silence by popping in for #fridayintroductions real quick!
I'm Lauren, the designer behind this little business that could. I have a cute husband named Cody, pictured here, and a QUADRUPLE cute daughter, Jenna, who is spammed all over my personal account- @laurengerig if you are interested. I live on coffee and in leggings, yoga pants, pajama pants, and/or any form of soft pant. When I'm not sweeping up dog hair and cracker crumbs and trying to keep all the mouths in our house fed (so basically, when everyone's asleep), I love to get behind my computer and make pretty logos and things for other mompreneurs. It's my jam. Most days, that about fills up my day planner, but my husband and I also do our fair share of Netflixin' (currently: The Great British Baking Show). .
I'd love to hear from you! What are you watching on TV right now? Hope everyone has a weekend full of kiddos snuggles and adventure! .
This print is live on my new site and is based on my favorite scripture - "Be joyful always, Pray continually; Give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thess. 5:16-18). Such simple words that can change your entire perspective! What is your favorite scripture or quote?