Friday, April 20, 2018

40 Volume Salon & Spa Beauty & Bloggers Event

Last Friday I was honored to be invited to an event for bloggers hosted by 40 Volume Salon & Spa. It was a real treat since I don't get to break away as often to get pampered. An evening to hang out with friends and meet some new ones was a perfect way to spend a Friday!


The weather was perfect as the event was on the rooftop of the salon. So many awesome local Savannah businesses sponsored the event and it could not have turned out better.
We enjoyed mini manicures, hair styling, make-up tutorials, psychic readings and canvas art! The food was yummy, we sipped on signature cocktails in our own customized glasses and even left with sweets and treats! The details were on point and everyone had such a fun time! I think we should get together like that once a month! Such a great night!
Photo from my phone :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Moms Takeover Target


A solo trip to Target. It sounds glorious doesn't it? What is even better than a solo trip to Target is a Mom’s Day Out at our favorite store!

I can think of few better things than enjoying our Starbucks and leisurely strolling the aisles in our red carts and filling them with things we  know we don’t need all without dealing with tantrum negotiations and husbands wanting to rush us along!

So, a few of us Target-loving mommas gathered on a Sunday morning and enjoyed a Mom’s Day Out!

Let me share with you what Moms Day Out at Target looks like!


Photography by: Kate Laraine Photography
 Moms: Julia Cruzan, Kate Laraine, Megan Fowler, Kailey Payne, Tori Jahner
Meet these mommas below!


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring Cleaning: Reasons to Hire a Professional Organizer

So with spring in full bloom, who has that itch to do some spring cleaning?

Today, I'm sharing my recent spring cleaning project and my first experience with a professional organizer, Kate from Orchid Organizing.

Last summer our family moved into a new house. The house was built in 1984 and we fell in love with its quirky floor plan and because it had so much room for the whole family. Noah has his man cave, the kids have their own play room and it has a nice open lay out. What the house does not have (to which I sacrificed) is my dream closet. There is no walk-in closet and the space is limited for sure.

As you can imagine a small closet is not ideal for someone with a love for fashion. I had clothes and shoes just vomiting out of it every day (i.e. first photo below). There was no rhyme or reason for anything and since moving in a year ago, I haven't had the chance to deal with the mess... Insert Kate Jones.

Kate of Orchid Organizing is a professional organizer. She specializes in helping clients clear the clutter and reclaim their space. She offers services that is best suited for you- from customized plans for the do-it yourself clients that just want some direction and tips to full in-home organization where Kate will spend the time with you to help do the dirty work! Another great option she offers is virtual organizing!

Now, some may wonder... Why do you need to hire a professional organizer? Well, I am a super organized person (usually) and I know I am capable of doing it on my own. However, there are certain things professional organizers are better at.

Today, I am sharing the my reasons to hire a professional organizer:

1) The task of organizing is overwhelming. I have been in the new house for a year and still didn't know where to start. I think this happens to a lot of people. They have all the intentions but because the thought of it is so overwhelming they tend to put it off.

2. Organizing is emotional. You hang on to the same pants because you think you're going to lose the weight. You hang on to that dress because you've gotten so much wear out of it and it makes you feel good. It gets way too hard making those tough decisions on what to keep, what to donate and what to throw away.

3. Clutter accumulates quickly. There is so much out there to purchase! I know being a fashion blogger buying things becomes your work. You buy so you can blog about it and it starts to fill your closet!

4. Hiring someone to help makes you more accountable. Working with Kate, we made a plan. We set a schedule for things and we had a planned date to get the job done. It's so easy to put the non-fun chores off for another day when it's just up to you.

5. Trying to organize yourself is like trying to cut your own hair. Some tasks are just best left for the professionals. This is their sole job. They are the experts when it comes to knowing where to start, how to best manage your time and accomplish the exact results you want.

BEFORE

The 4 bin system! Okay, so I noticed I spelled Sell incorrectly... I had yard SALE on my mind, okay?

Time to sort! 
The cutest little helper, Mia! 
Isn't Kate just the cutest!? 
It only took two hours from start to finish to get my closet organized! 




 AFTER: I'm so happy with the results! I love using the shelves for my shoes! 


I highly recommend anyone to work with Kate! She was so great to work with. Not only is she professional and sweet but she provided so many great tips and tricks about how to sort through my items and how to creatively use the space I had.

Check her out if you've got that spring cleaning itch! Also, if you mention this blog post you'll receive her signature consultation ($100 value) for FREE!

You can find out more about Orchid Organizing HERE

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Screen Printing with Moss & Marsh + A Giveway

Last week, I was invited along with my older daughters to join Candace, owner of Moss & Marsh, in studio to screen-print some tees in anticipation for their big T-shirt launch next week on April 19th!

Ava and Lily were so excited and I was too. I was excited to spend time with just them and also for use to learn something new together.

The whole screen-printing process is so interesting and super fun! I loved the reactions the girls both had as we lifted the screen to reveal their shirts!

I have always adored the coastal prints from Moss & Marsh. Their products are both beautiful and functional! They offer something for everyone, even if you have fur babies!
Moss & Marsh is celebrating their 2 year anniversary and they are having a HUGE sale next Thursday-Sunday. The entire site will be 25% off! I am going to stock up on my favorite items, especially in their new limited edition colors!

Over on my Instagram I'm hosting a Giveaway! Head over there for entry details! One lucky follower will win a T-shirt from Moss & Marsh's new product line and a necklace from Mud Happy River Jewels! If you comment on this post with your favorite Moss & Marsh print and Instagram account name it will count as 5 extra entries!

Spring Stripes: With White Denim


Happy Hump Day, friends! I hope you're not tired of stripes! I've been wearing them out lately, including today's look!

I probably have three or four different blue and white striped tops. They are classic and there are so many ways to style them. For today's look I paired them with white denim - another must have for spring and summer! This top has the cutest tie detail in the back and I love the ruffles and peter pan collar. It's only $12 too! I gave this look a pop of color with these fun acrylic yellow earrings I snagged for less than $5!










Shop This Look:
Denim Jacket // Striped Top ($12!) // White Jeans // Sandals (old), another great option  // Handbag // Earrings

Photography by: Hilary Hull Photography**

** If you're looking for a photographer, check out Hilary! She does weddings, portraits, family and styling!


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring Stripes: Overalls

Yesterday I shared stripes in a floral romper skirt. Today, I'm sharing how to wear stripes with overalls! I have to admit I didn't know how I felt about them at first, but the more and more I saw them styled on other ladies the more I wanted to try them! I ordered these overalls from Old Navy when they went on sale and I'm so happy with them! I think I liked them best with some height so I paired then with my favorite flat forms sandals, a classic striped tee (with flared sleeve detail) and some fun tassel earrings!


What is your favorite way to style overalls?



Monday, April 9, 2018

Spring Stripes: Floral Romper Skirt

Happy Monday, guys! Savannah cannot make its mind up with this spring weather. I have been keeping my light sweaters out because we've had some cooler temps creep in and out lately. But I guess I shouldn't be complaining because I have seen some of my friends still experiencing snow!

So, let's chat about one of my favorite spring trends: stripes! Over the next week I'll be sharing a few ways I like to style stripes. I went on a TJ Maxx run during one of my lunch breaks recently and came upon this flirty romper skirt! I love blue and white stripes and the floral print! This romper skirt is super fun for spring. It is light and flirty and I've layered it with another spring favorite, a denim jacket. I recently bought this denim jacket in a lighter wash and I just know it will be a classic go-to. I've already worn it so much since I purchased it. A straw bag is another big item this season. I can't wait to pick up some cute scarves and tassels to give the bag some flavor!

Let's also chat about these photos and the cute photographer behind the camera! I recently had the opportunity to meet and work with Hilary Hull. She was a joy to meet and I love her work. It didn't take much for her to capture exactly what I wanted! She listened to my vision for the shoot and she made me feel completely comfortable! Hilary does weddings, portraits, family and styling! If you're in or around Savannah definitely check her out!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Southern Motherhood is LIVE!

I have some really exciting news! If you haven't heard already, Southern Motherhood Magazine is officially live! We have been keeping a secret for the past few months and I cannot be more thrilled to introduce you to this new adventure!

During  a beautiful dinner party with Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine that I posted about a few months back, Faythe (Founder) and Kate (Editor) shared the news that Southern Motherhood would be launching!


So what is Southern Motherhood?

Southern Motherhood is the South's premier blog that celebrates the modern mom. From style, beauty, home, to motherhood! We will be sharing stories and articles that will give you all kinds of inspiration!


(Photography by: Kate Laraine Photography)


I am honored to be a contributing editor along with some of my favorite Savannah mommies! See my bio here! I encourage you to check out the website and sign-up for our newsletter so you don't miss a thing!


If you are a Southern momma, we will be launching local events for moms like "moms and mimosas" in Savannah and surrounding areas so be sure to check out Southern Motherhood!






I really am excited about this journey and sharing along with all of you!


Please check out all the other fabulous SM ladies too!


From L to R: Kelsey, Me, Megan, Tori, Kate, & Kailey

Friday, March 16, 2018

Dear Mom,

I've written to my mom every year since she passed away. Today marks four years since she left us. I think these letters help me feel connected to her and I feel like she hears me when I read them, I can imagine her smiling...

So mom here's my letter to you this year.




Dear Mom,

Here we are. Four years. I didn't think I could get here without you. The truth is I'm here but I still dream about what the past four years would have been like with you along side all of us. I am going to eat lunch with your sisters this Sunday and I imagine you in the kitchen with us and what you'd be chatting and laughing about with your best friends. I miss you more with each day that passes. While most of my days I am happy it only takes a moment to bring me back to how much it hurts that you aren't here. Luckily, my days are kept busy with the kids! I know you had a hand in blessing me with your other two grandchildren. Your sister seems to think Mia looks just like you when you were a baby. She is the sweetest baby so I am thinking she takes after you too. She's sweet and feisty. Still, just like you. I know you’d be leaving red lipstick kisses all over her if you could!

I am happy to report your family is doing just fine. It hasn't been the easiest but we have learned from this experience of loss, to let go of the things that don't really matter. I do have to say I miss dad being closer. It's hard with him living so far away, but we make it work.

Mom, Anthony has a girlfriend! She's nice too ! I haven't checked the status of his room, it's probably dirty still!

Seal and family are doing well too. We hang out with them on Sundays. Instead of coming to your house we hang out at mine. I miss our Sunday traditions and I miss your cooking so much!


Today is Friday and I miss your weekly phone call around this time reminding me not to eat meat. For lunch, I had a fish sandwich, haha!  I smiled thinking about you that.


The kids are growing so fast! Ava is 8 tomorrow! She misses you the most because she had the most time with you. But I tell them every time they see a little red cardinal it’s your way of saying hello! So every time we see one we all say "Hi Grandma!" It warms my heart!  I think you'd have so much fun getting to know Levi. He is at a very fun age!

Lily used to make you laugh all the time. Well, she continues to make us laugh. She’s fearless and very emotional like I used to be!

Both girls are doing really well in school! They like their new school a lot.

I wish you could see our new house. We had to move because we outgrew our old house. It has lots of space and we are enjoying it so far!

Mom, there are so many times I’ve wanted to call you up and share all of this. I hope you can hear me in those times I need you. Today, I really feel you close.

Continue to watch over us. I love you so much and miss you more than words can express.

See you in my dreams.

Love,
Julia

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Ava's 8th Birthday: How to Host a Slime Party

This weekend we celebrated Ava's 8th birthday. Her actual birthday is St. Patrick's Day but we decided to throw her a party this weekend since many people may have St. Patty's plans and Noah has to go out of town.

I don't know about you, but my daughter is addicted to slime. She spends ridiculous amounts of time watching You Tube videos of people making slime and every time we go to the store she asks for supplies. I do not know who created this craze but I'd like to personally wring their neck! 

Anyway,  we caved when her request for a birthday theme was slime! 

So naturally I headed straight to Pinterest for inspiration.  There were some fabulous ideas so I thought I'd share how I planned our slime party! 


First off, I cannot believe I hosted a slime party in my house since the thought of the mess gave me anxiety alone, but we survived and if planned accordingly you will too! 

We planned for the typical birthday party- with invitations, decorations, food, drinks cake and favors!

What you'll need for slime: 
  • Plastic table cloth (used for decoration and protects your table - also great for clean up because I just rolled it up with all the glue, glitter and confetti! Super easy!)
  • Paper plates (to catch the glitter and the glue-y sticks after stirring) 
  • Plastic containers with lids (found these on Amazon and they were perfect and cheap)
  • Clear or white glue 
  • Contact Solution (I've learned name brand is the way to go to get the best results)
  • Confetti (I found this manicure confetti and it was a hit!)
  • Glitter (I picked up a variety of options)
  • Craft Sticks (for stirring) 
  • Baking Soda


Optional:
 Pack of Youth L White T-shirts (So the kids wouldn't get slime all over their party clothes. It also made for great "lab coats") 

I used a permanent marker to draw the outline of a lab coat and had the kids decorate them! They loved it! 


I kept the party to about 8 kids and I think it was pretty manageable. My 13 year old niece was also invited and she's pretty much a slime pro so I had her lead the instructing. I didn't even have to touch any slime! 

For favors- the kids took home their lab coats and homemade slime (with containers). I used Microsoft Word to print out slime recipe sheets for the kids to take home too. I also made little treat bags with candy!

We started the party with the kids decorating their lab coats. Then, I had them all wash up for food before we went to slime-making. Afterwards, we washed everyone up again for cake! 

Ava told me this was her favorite party to date! So, I think I just earned some major brownie points! 

Comment below if you want a copy of the slime recipe sheets! If you do end up throwing a party for your slime-obsessed kid let me know how it goes! 















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