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Lavender Farm Family Photo Shoot

Lavender Farm Family Photo Shoot

Hi hi! These images are a few months old by now, but I wanted to share them anyway! We spent our morning on Father’s Day frolicing around at Carousel Lavender Farm, and Emily Wren was kind enough to chase after us with her camera. Emily and I have been working together on a bunch of design projects through the summer. I redesigned all of the print materials she gives out to clients and helped her design a new website too, so I already knew that our aesthetic styles were in sync. When she suggested a lavender farm for our family shoot, she got an enthusiastic YES!

We were there pretty early in the morning at the very start of the blooming season, so we had the place to ourselves! It’s a pretty enchanting place, you almost feel like you’ve made a wrong (or very right) turn and found yourself in Southern France. By the end of our shoot, Eva and Emily had agreed to start saving their pennies so that we could buy the farm. If you’re in the Philadelphia Area, I suggest a visit next summer!

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exploring philadelphia: longwood gardens

longwood gardens philadelphia Hi guys, I’m back(ish). It’s been a pretty intense and emotional couple of weeks as Eva and I begin to deal with what happened to us (see post below if you have no idea what I’m talking about). We’ve gotten a ton of love and support which really means more to me than I can say. A big plus is the dramatic change in the weather we’ve had lately. We were out of town for official Mother’s Day, so we took my mom on a little adventure to Longwood Gardens the previous Sunday. I would describe it as Disneyland for plant nerds (hello, this guy right here). Longwood is about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia proper, and boy is it magical. They are open year-round, and from what I hear, they have a pretty awesome Christmas display. If you are in the Philadelphia Area or passing through, I highly recommend a visit!

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Finally back in the garden, with Rodales!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Happy Earth Day, my friends! I am so delighted that the weather has finally warmed up enough to enjoy my garden! It is my absolute favorite place. It’s where I go when I’m feeling stressed, or just have a few minutes of free time. The garden is part of my home that my whole family enjoys immensely, and I’m so grateful to have.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Rodales recently sent me some goodies to use in the garden, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rodales, it’s the relatively new e-commerce site from the publishing giant, Rodale. They sell products for the whole family, home, and garden with an emphasis on quality and concern for the environment. As a total garden geek, that’s the section of their site that I’m particularly drawn to at the moment.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales This past weekend, Sean, Eva and I got serious about some garden planting. When I say serious, consider what that means for a four year old…lots of giggling, excitement, and barefoot dancing in the fresh-cut grass. Eva just about burst with excitement when we opened up her very own secret garden kit, and she discovered that it came with a key! Super exciting! We planted all the seeds and are expecting a nice variety of flowers for her own little corner of the garden.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales The thing I was most excited about has to be the milkweed seeds! Milkweed is just as described, a weed, but a very important weed! Milkweed sap contains a mild poison and tastes bitter, so most animals leave it alone. Monarch butterflies aren’t affected by the poison and for this reason, they actually seek out the plant to lay their eggs. The larvae eat the milkweed plant, and then form their chrysalises on them. When they emerge as the beautiful butterflies we know and love, their bodies are toxic to predators from all the milkweed consumption. So, if you care about monarch butterflies, the best thing you can do is plant some milkweed! The beautifully packaged kit from Rodale’s actually contains 4 packets of seeds. If you want one, mention it in the comments below! I’ll send them out to the first three people, and contact you privately for your address. Unfortunately, I’m going to limit my offer to the US only as policies about international seeds vary from country to country. I think earth day seems like an appropriate day to do our part in a little butterfly saving!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Here’s one last outtake of the quickly growing belly bump. Several of you have asked, and I didn’t want to disappoint!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and are able to spend some time outside appreciating nature!

This post was written in partnership with Rodales in exchange for product. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

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Photos from Philly Calligraphy Brunch: Valentines Edition!

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Yay, I’m so excited to share those lovely photos from the second edition of #phillycalligraphybrunch that took place last weekend. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to make this second series of classes possible. I hope you learned a lot, and are just bursting with calligraphy enthusiasm! I love to see your progress, so please feel free to use our hashtag on instagram as you practice!

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a rainy day with joules

a rainy day with joules, joules, rain boots, rainy day, wellies, wellington boots, wellies rain boots, mother daughter, mother daughter fashion, mother daughter rain boots “Mommy, mommy, it’s raining today.” Imagine Eva saying that sentence, and now replace the slightly disappointed tone you’ve assumed with sheer jubilation. We’ve had our matching mother / daughter rain boots from Joules for over a month now, but haven’t had the chance to take them for a test spin. This past Sunday we finally had our chance, and we went for it!

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cut your own christmas tree family adventure!

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Hey buddies, happy Friday! My favorite part of our Thanksgiving holiday weekend was definitely getting our Christmas tree! I love the holidays and decorating our tree, and I find this time of year even more magical now that I have a little one to share it with. This year instead of just selecting a tree, I wanted to actually cut one down! My parents came with us (hence the rare photo of all three of us together) and we had a blast selecting and cutting our tree. You’ll see even more photographic proof of this after the jump…

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the 52 project: week 42/52 (apple picking!)

pennsylvania apple picking from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.com It’s been so long since I’ve posted an Eva portrait, I even had to visit Jodi’s blog to see what week we’re on. The truth is, I haven’t been taking as many photos lately. It’s hard to find the time during the week, and sometimes I just don’t think the bring the camera when we’re out and about over the weekend. But, apple picking is different. It’s the one family tradition we’ve had since Eva’s first apple picking trip as a 4 month old babe. You’ll see a whole bunch of good old fashioned Pennsylvania apple picking after the jump, and if you’d like to see apple picking photos since the dawn of this tradition you can do so right here!

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Philly creatives feature on fleurishing

FLEURISHING Hey guys! With all the giveaway excitement yesterday, I neglected to tell you about another exciting thing that happened! I’m featured on fleurishing as part of a series called philly creatives. For those of you who aren’t familiar with fleurishing, you’re in for a treat! It’s written by Susan Hitchinson, a Philadelphia-based interior designer, francophile, mama, and fellow redhead. She has fantastic taste and her blogs is one of my absolute favorites, which is why I am so honored to be included in this series. Check out the article right here!

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Philly Calligraphy Brunch Giveaway

Philly Calligraphy Brunch Giveaway UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming popularity of this series, we will be hosting a second series on February 7th and 8th, 2015. Registration is now open! For more information go here, or head here to register!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congrats to our winner, Sarah B!

Hey, Happy Wednesday! I’m sure by now, most of you are well aware of the calligraphy brunch that Christie and I will be hosting the first weekend in September. With one week left for registration, we’re GIVING AWAY a seat in the Sunday class! Details after the jump…

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Big News! Announcing Philly Calligraphy Brunch!

Philly Calligraphy Brunch

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming popularity of this series, we will be hosting another series on February 7th and 8th, 2015. Registration is now open! For more information go here, or head here to register!

BOTH CLASSES ARE SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who has already expressed an interest in this series! If you’d like to be added to the mailing list for future classes, please leave a comment below!

Heeeeey, I’ve got some super exciting news today! I am finally getting around to announcing this project that I have been working on for many months. I’m partnering with Christie of bedsidesign to bring you Philly’s first ever calligraphy brunch! I’ve got a pretty sweet studio and a knack for throwing parties, and Christie’s got some serious calligraphy skills and a desire to share. It’s pretty much a match made in heaven. All the details, and a few teaser images are after the jump…

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