What I Read + Loved This Week

As I am in final prep for the wedding, I’m trying to keep calm by reading my favorite blogs. Instead of keeping it all to myself, I thought I’d share some of what I read and loved this week!

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  1. A bag I would really like to make (Poppytalk)
  2. Right after Memorial Day, I am going to set Summer Intentions (Pencil Shavings Studio)
  3. Great tips on simplifying your office space (Beginner Beans)
  4. This adorable nautical shirt is only $13!!
  5. Fun wedding placemat roundup (Oh So Beautiful Paper)
  6. This roundup gets me excited about my destination wedding (Mint Blog)
  7. I love all of these freebies (Bargain Babe)
  8. $500 Whole Foods Giveaway – Should last you at least a few trips. :)
  9. A garlic bread recipe that I have to try (Decor 8)
  10. 8 easy workspaces (SF Girl By The Bay)
  11. I want these purple TOMS… NOW!

Announcing: My New Etsy Shop

I’m very excited today to announce me latest endeavor! In addition to web and graphic design, I also now have products, more specifically digital prints for your home or office!

Currently in my store, I have watercolor fashion prints and Minnesota heart prints. I’ll eventually have all the states in my shop, but since I heart Minnesota it get’s first dibs.

Check out my store here: Lemon & Lapis Etsy Shop

 

 

 

Current Obsessions: Spring Fashion Finds

I go through phases with shopping online. Right now I am obsessed with it. My bank account however, is not so happy. However, with my upcoming nuptials in Carmel, I am loving nautical and neon fashions for my Spring wardrobe.

I’m also prepping for #30daysofdresses (starts June 1-join me) so if you have any cute dresses you’ve seen let me know in the comments.

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Flats | Wave Tote

Shorts – Swim Cover Up | Skirt | Striped Tee

Sunglasses

Onesie | Lace Dress | Tunic

10 Fun Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Late nights with sad babies to a teenager confused and distraught being comforted by mom… it always reminds me of mom. My mom is my best friend and chief comforting officer. She always knows what to say and supports me no matter what. I just love her. Here are some fun gift ideas to get your mom, grandma, or friend for Mother’s Day!

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Also, gotta give a shout out to all the grandmas! They bust their butts too. Don’t even try to beat my grandma. She’s the best!

 / / Earrings / / /

I just love these handmade drop earrings from Etsy seller Ash Jewelry Studio. They come in pink, navy, light blue, and gold.

/ / / Candle / / /

Getting candles is always a smart idea for mom, especially if she likes to curl up in the bath tub with some good music and a People magazine.

/ / / Perfume / / /

You really can’t go wrong with perfume! If you don’t know your mom’s favorite scent (ask next time), just make sure to keep the gift receipt from wherever you purchase it, in case it’s not her cup of tea.

/ / / Watercolor Print / / /

Mom deserves a pretty office with a fashion touch. Grab one of my watercolor digital prints from Etsy. Add the print and frame package if you want to wrap and give to mom without any hassles.

/ / / Backpack / / /

Whether mom needs a new work bag or diaper bag, this tote from Everlane will make the cut. It is water resistant and comes in many different colors.

/ / / Framed Photo / / /

A framed print of either baby or grand baby is always a good gift! They will treasure the moments whether funny or cute! Pinhole Press does a great job of getting the final product to you.

/ / / Gift Card / / /

A massage. Think about it. How amazing would it be to treat mom to a massage. She gets to have a one-hour break to just be. Not to think about anything. Other great ideas for gift cards…

    • Skydiving – for the adventure seeker
    • Starbucks – for the coffee lover
    • Yoga or Barre Studio – for the fitness enthusiast
    • Apple or Best Buy – for the tech mom

/ / / iPhone Case / / /

A fun gift for anyone, really. I love these two iPhone cases on Etsy. Check them out here:

/ / / Scarf / / /

While winter is coming to a close, the Spring can get cool in parts of the U.S. Get mom a beautiful scarf from Anthropologie or her favorite local boutique.

/ / / Printable Infographic / / /

Allow mom to remember the moments that matter during the year past with one of my favorite Etsy shop’s custom designed infographics! She’ll love knowing how many steps baby took or diapers baby went through. A favorite of mine for sure!

What does your mom love getting for Mother’s Day?

What’s Been Going On

Long time, no visit. (sad face, I know). But, listen, I’ve got a full-time job, a freelance business, and a wedding to plan so LAY OFF MAN! Just kidding. You know I love you!

Any ways, thought I would give you some updates…since that is the least I could do.

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Work – Anytime Fitness

  • I’ve been putting together our blog content strategy for the past few weeks for 2014 (late I know)
  • Working on the April and May editorial calendars
  • Helping our design team with a couple little side projects
  • Planning our 2014 Christmas party for the corporate office

Freelance – Lemon & Lapis

  • Launched: Ojibwe Forest Rally website redesign
  • Working on finalizing my own logo and business cards
  • Starting to design my own portfolio website (even though the one I have isn’t that bad)
  • Plus working on a few misc. projects for clients

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Photo by Kyle Matteson

Wedding

Working on coming up with little details like…

  • Decide on decor for both wedding ceremony +reception
  • Picking out music – first dance, walk down aisle, etc.
  • Figuring out vows
  • Meeting with our officiant via Skype to do some pre-marital counseling
  • Planning the wedding weekend
  • Figuring out what we’re going to do for food and drink for the reception
  • Designing the wedding invites, RSVP cards, maps, and envelopes
  • Picking out wedding bands

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Other

  • Working with Ami and Erin on a super secret special project that is soon to be announced…
  • Check out Ami’s blog she has an infographic giveaway going on!
  • Reading Orange is the New Black
  • Snuggling with B and Senjo.
  • Eating healthier – limiting gluten, dairy, sugar as much as possible after taking one of my client’s (Prescribe Nutrition) programs.
  • Lululemon Warehouse Sale – I got early VIP access and decided that I didn’t much care for it. More on that later.

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So…as you can see… I’m a little busy. Please be gentle on me. Once the wedding is over and everything has calmed down. I will make more appearances here.

XOXO!

Amanda