DOWNLOADABLE FONT + TIPS FOR CREATING YOUR OWN

I love typography. If I were to go back to school, I think I'd love to study fonts and creating typefaces. That may seem weird to some, but I would find it super interesting. I love a beautiful sans-serif font, but it's also super fun to use handwritten fonts combined with more modern ones. I found an app on the iPad called iFontMaker that allows you to create your own font and I love using it!! I've created two simple fonts for you to use and included a few tips to help you create your own!

It's so much fun to create your own font!! Here's a few tips I picked up along the way: 1 // Keep it simple - Don't try to make a cursive font on the first try. It's difficult to make sure the letters line up. Begin with something simple and then work up to a more complicated font style. 2 // Pay attention to the height and width - Make sure all your letters fit within the same general area on the grid. This makes your font look more put together and the letters are all the same width apart when typed out. There's also a basic tutorial you can watch to get started.

Okay! I hope you enjoy and have fun creating! :)


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Authors: Jenny Highsmith // Photography: Maiedae
Find Jenny Here: Instagram // Pinterest // MooreaSeal 


WEAR + BELLY DANCE MATERNITY GIVEAWAY!

Today we are styling some great pieces from Belly Dance Maternity. After having little ones and going through a lot of changes physically, it's so nice to continue wearing some quality maternity pieces. Jenny is rocking a pair of ankle jeans that have the perfect amount of give and don't look a thing like maternity jeans! These can be worn during pregnancy and after! I'm wearing a nursing-friendly dress which is awesome because it's SO hard to find nursing-friendly dresses! I love that this dress can be worn during pregnancy, too! 

WHAT SAVANNAH WORE: 1 // Striped Maternity/Nursing Dress - c/o Belly Dance Maternity 2 // Boots - Forever21 3// Diaper Bag - Kelley Moore -- WHAT JENNY WORE: 1. // Ankle Jeans - c/o Belly Dance Maternity 2. // Top - Target 3. // Headband - Francesca's 4. // Heels - Old Navy 5. // Diaper Bag - Timi & Leslie 6. // Necklace - Target

We loved shooting these photos in my living room. It gave to shoot a very "real life" feel with the toys scattered in the background. :) Rowan was awake and ready for the shoot, but Soren decided to pass on this one and take a nap instead. ;)

Belly Dance Maternity is so kind to be offering all of our readers a 20% coupon code for everything in their shop! So if you need maternity wear, bras, or nursing friendly outfits be sure to check them out and use the code: maiedae at checkout for your discount! AND they are offering one of our readers a $25 gift-card! Just enter using rafflecopter below. Giveaway is open to US residents only. :) 


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Author: Savannah Wallace // Photography: Maiedae
You Can Also Find Savannah Here: Instagram // Pinterest //  Beauty Channel // Disney Baby


SOREN'S FAVORITE TOY PICKS

Soren's approaching 7 months and right at the age where he's learning to play and interact more and more. It's insane seeing how quickly he develops and learns on a week by week basis. He is extremely busy! Crawling, exploring, pulling himself up...he doesn't want to miss a thing! I try to give Soren a lot of playtime throughout the day and it's been so neat to see which toys he gravitates to and enjoys. Right now he's mostly into noming on them, dramatically swinging them around, and figuring out their details. :)

There are SO many baby toy options. Have you been in BuyBuy Baby??! Aisles and aisles, from floor to ceiling! I have to be careful not to go overboard. I find myself saying a lot..."it's ONLY $5?! I have to get this...Soren will love it!"...opps, there goes my budget! -- I especially love finding toys that are on the more natural side, colorful, and unique. Honestly, A LOT of Soren's favorites and my favorites have been introduced to us through a monthly subscription box for mommy and baby called Citrus Lane. I absolutely love the brands and toys they send for him. Check out Soren's favorite toy picks below! 

1. // Natural Wooden Teething Ring by Alexandra Rose - This was one of Soren's first favorites. I picked this handmade toy up on  Brickyard Buffalo sale. Soren loves the smooth wood ring for chewing on and likes playing with the soft fabric. I also use this fabric piece to wrap around frozen teethers so they don't make his hands so cold. ;) 

2. // Seahorse Soft Toy by Wee Gallery - I just love this adorable seahorse. We got this in a Citrus Lane box. Soren loves noming on the nose and swinging him around. His little tail makes it easy for you to hang him from the car-seat handle too! 

3. // Wooden Blocks (similar) - These blocks are so beautiful! The box comes with several shapes and colors and while Soren mostly enjoys picking different ones up and putting them in his mouth, I know this will be a toy he'll grow into and really love as he gets older. 

4. // Citrus Teether by Innobaby - THIS is his absolute favorite. We also got this in a Citrus Lane box and Soren is all about this toy. I wasn't sure about it at first but he immediately took it in his hands and very seriously squeaked it around on his gums. This is great for messaging little ones' gums and it's very easy to hold so they love it. :) We always bring this toy with us wherever we go. 

5. // The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle - Not only is this my favorite book but Soren loves it too. It's so colorful and out of all the baby books he has he constantly goes for this one. I love the message in this book and Eric Carle's illustrations. Beautiful!

6. // Rainbow Stacking Rings (similar) - Soren loves this classic toy. While he can't quite put the rings back on once he takes them off he does love taking it apart and checking out each of the wooden rings. As a bonus, this is a great toy to decorate with, too! ;) 

7. // Sofie the Giraffe - Why do babies love Sofie?! I have no idea but for whatever reason, this is a baby must-have. Soren loves chewing on her legs the most. Personally her beady, expressionless eyes creep me out a little, but other than that we love Sofie. ;) She's also made with natural rubber and food-grade dyes so she's super great for noming on. 

8. // Ocean Pals Starfish Puppet by Skip Hop - This is another Citrus Lane toy. I can always get a giggle out of Soren with this toy. He loves the bright colors and happy smile and I love that it's a puppet! It's one of my favorite "diaper changing distraction toys". ;) 

What are your baby-toy must-have's? What toys do you find your little one gravitating towards on a regular basis?? Please share in the comment section below!


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Author: Savannah Wallace // Photography: Maiedae
You Can Also Find Savannah Here: Instagram // Pinterest //  Beauty Channel // Disney Baby


COFFEE TALK WEEKLY + ON OUR BOOKSHELF

For this week's Coffee Talk, we are sharing our favorite bookshelf picks with you! These are the books we love reading, referencing and skimming on a regular basis. While reading blogs, articles, and books online and via apps is a wonderful convenience, nothing beats a beautiful book you can hold in your hands and display in your home. :) What are you reading lately?! Please share in the comment section below!

JENNY'S BOOKSHELF PICKS

1. // I started reading The Freckled Fox last year and quickly fell in love with her blog. Not only does she have the most amazing hair in the universe, but reading her blog and watching her YouTube videos, you immediately feel like you've been friends for a long time. :) If you're looking for beauty tips, hair tutorials, outfit inspiration, and a look into the life of a mommy of 4 babes, you should definitely go pay her a visit.

2. // I haven't read this yet, but I really want to! #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. Have any of you read it? I've heard really awesome reviews on it and am hoping to pick it up soon. Sophia started out selling vintage clothes online and within 8 years worked up to be the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer. Talk about a hard-working inspiration of a woman! I can't wait to read more of her story.

3. // I just started reading Tim Keller's book Walking with God through Pain and Suffering and I'm loving it so far! I read his book, The Meaning of Marriage, when Drew and I were engaged and it was one of the best books I'd ever read. So much so that I included one of the quotes from the book in my wedding vows... "I look at you and I see who God is making you and I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God on the journey you are taking to His throne."

A LITTLE UPDATE ON JENNY'S LIFE...

Last week was a long week for us over here. Drew usually goes into work around 6:30-7:00am and then gets off around 4:00-4:30 - which I LOVE because then I can get some work done before dinner! But several days last week, he ended up staying for 12 or 13 hours at work which made for some really long days. Good news was that Drew's parents came down Saturday and gave us the day off to take naps, do some much needed cleaning, and have some time off baby duty. I love grandparents :)

My sister-in-law is currently at the hospital being induced (she is also a week past her due date like I was) and I'm so excited to meet little Isabella! :) We probably won't get to see her until Thanksgiving because they live about 10 hours away from us but I'm thrilled for them! Yay for cousins!!! Rowan is still sleeping really well and has been eating rice cereal and loving it! Our pediatrician told us he'll be ready for solid foods soon as well as a regular doctor ;) It's fun to watch as Rowan learns and takes everything in. He's such a calm, happy, gentle spirit, and very inquisitive. I love seeing his little personality develop. 

I've been working on simplifying my life and my first step was to go through my closet and take out anything and everything that I had either 1) worn once or never worn at all and 2) take out anything that had holes, was from 8 years + ago, or the soles were pretty much gone. I set up an account on Instagram (@shop.jennys.closet) to sell the first items and then bagged up the second items to either throw away or donate. My sale ends tonight at 10PM EST - so you still have a few hours to grab something if you want! I've got Gap jeans, Minnetonka moccasins, and some other really nice items on there! I plan to put up more items later this month :) 

I also had a lot of fun coming up with the new chalk art for our shop. I love creating new things to display in our homes and this was such a fun project. My problem is that before I'm finished with one project, I'm ready to start the next! Haha. I'm thinking about painting our bedroom white this coming weekend and hanging up the vow artwork I created as well as some other art pieces. 

CHECK THIS OUT

1. // I am a huge fan of watercolors. Obviously :) So this post by Brittany is right up my alley. 

2. // We are huge fans of the girls at A Beautiful Mess and I love their photography tips and their advice on how to develop an app! Awesome sauce.

3. // We are also huge fans of Moorea and I love this new necklace she's added to her jewelry line.


SAVANNAH'S BOOKSHELF PICKS

1. // The Honest Life by Jessica Alba - A serious favorite of mine. I love the heart of this book and the idea of living a simple and "honest" lifestyle. It's extremely educational and very informative about what type of ingredients to look for in your food, home, and beauty products in order to avoid icky things. I'm a huge fan of The Honest Company so naturally I love every page of this book. A 100% recommended read and a fantastic reference! 

2. // Young House Love - If you love decorating your home and doing DIY projects then THIS is the perfect book for you. I love all of their fun and unique ideas for making budget friendly home updates. It's one of those books I keep out in my living room at ALL times. Their blog is pretty spectacular too! ;) 

3. // Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr - I'm a HUGE fan of Kris Carr. If you've been a reader of my old blog at all then it's probably no secret at all. This is a book I find myself re-reading and referencing over and over again as well as buying for friends! I love her outlook on life and passion for wellness as a lifestyle. Her love for this topic is completely contagious. Go read it now!! :D

A LITTLE UPDATE ON SAVANNAH'S LIFE...

Well, last week went a little differently than Jon and I had planned. Jon ended up getting selected as a juror and spent his week on a case. They were able to wrap everything up on Thursday but it sure was intense! -- I've know plenty of people who have been given jury duty but usually end up not being needed...so knowing someone who was selected and went through the entire process on a really intense case is so fascinating. After everything was done and they reached a verdict I asked him so many questions about his experience and thought process.

This week I'm working my tail off completing projects for design clients, filming videos for my channel, working on Maiedae projects and prepping for the Mixer. I can't believe it's in a month, I'm SO excited!! -- We've still got some tickets left so be sure to get yours! I'd love to meet you!

So, I haven't mentioned it here yet, but Soren is getting surgery at the end of this month. It's a simple procedure and quite common so I'm not worried and I know everything will be OK and all better...BUT I still have that momma-bear anxiety. Mainly because I'm not sure what to expect and how he'll be while he's healing afterward. I'm not looking forward to it but I am looking forward to getting it done! So if you think about us, please send us thoughts, prayers and well wishes on the 26th! :) 

AND one more quick update! Jenny and I are in the process on "renovating" our closets and personal styles. Hooray! We both have closet sales currently running on Instagram so be sure to check them out! Jenny has tons of great things listed over at @shop.jennys.closet and I have a great batch of gently used clothes, shoes and some killer diaper bags over at @shopsavscloset -- My closet sale will be ending TODAY at 4:00PM (est) and is on a bidding system, so be sure to pop in and place your bid on some of your favorite pieces before it's too late! I'll be sure to do another round of sale items next month as I continue going through my closet. :)

CHECK THIS OUT

1. // Did you see that we are now offering custom chalk-art statement pieces for your home in our shop?! I'm so excited about these. The most perfect baby shower, wedding shower, home-warming gift EVER! 

2. // Love this "6 Tips for Juicing at Home" article. My mom juices a lot and I just love the fresh flavor and the way it makes me feel. I've been thinking about investing in my own juicer and doing it more often! 

3. // Jaclyn is my favorite and I watch ALL of her YouTube videos! This is how I spent my Friday night btw. ;) 


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Authors: Jenny Highsmith & Savannah Wallace // Photography: Maiedae
Find Jenny Here: Instagram // Pinterest // MooreaSeal 
Find Savannah Here: Instagram // Pinterest // Beauty Channel // Disney Baby


FAVORITE THINGS GIVEAWAY! + CITRUS LANE

Giveaway time!! Jenny and I LOVE giving away things that we love. It's no secret that I'm a big fan of subscription boxes. I love getting surprises in the mail each month, especially when the products are amazing! -- Citrus Lane has been one of my new favorite subscription services. Their boxes are geared towards mommy and baby. You get to select your little ones gender and age and they'll send you monthly products that pertain to your baby. Some of Soren's favorite toys and my favorite baby products were introduced to me through Citrus Lane. I also love that the products or food that they send are on the more natural/organic side. 

For this month's giveaway we are offering one of our readers the chance to win a 3-month subscription to Citrus Lane!! Yay! Just enter below using rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to US residents only. One winner will be selected at random and announced within the week. Hope you are having an amazing weekend!! :) Disclaimer: We are not sponsored by Citrus Lane, just huge fans! 


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Author: Savannah Wallace // Photography: Maiedae
You Can Also Find Savannah Here: Instagram // Pinterest //  Beauty Channel // Disney Baby


NEW CUSTOM ARTWORK NOW AVAILABLE!

We are so excited to show you the new chalk art we are now offering in the shop!! :) We came up with 3 different customizable pieces perfect to give as gifts or keep for yourself. Planning a baby-shower, house-warming party or need to start thinking about Christmas (what?), these statement art pieces seriously make the perfect gift. The best part?? They are ready to hang with a beautiful natural rope so you don't have to fuss with framing. Either hang it up or lean it against a wall. Hooray!

The first one we came up with was a customizable baby name piece. You give us the first, middle, and last name of the baby name along with the birth date and a quote up to 10 words and we will create a custom piece of chalk art for you to put in your home or to give as a gift! It's a perfect baby shower gift if you want something that is personal, unique, and cherish-able. 

The second piece we came up with was a customizable quote. You pick the quote (up to 15 words) and we will create a piece that you can hang anywhere in your home! We get a lot of requests for custom quotes and this is the perfect opportunity to get the quote, lyric, or verse you've always wanted on a beautiful statement piece.

The last idea we came up with was a customizable household piece. You give us the last name, date you were established, and a quote up to 10 words and we will create a piece for you that is perfect for your entryway, kitchen, living room, or really anywhere you want!

All of our chalk art is created with chalk markers that do not smear, but they do erase when rubbed down with paper towel and water. The chalkboards are 16"x24" and ready to hang with natural rope. That way, you can display it standing up or hanging - whatever looks best in your space! Order yours over here at the shop!! 


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Authors: Jenny Highsmith // Photography: Maiedae
Find Jenny Here: Instagram // Pinterest // MooreaSeal 


WHAT WE WORE + THOUGHTS ON OUR PERSONAL STYLE

We took these photos right before the sun set, giving "magic hour" it's very last few minutes. It's been new territory getting back into the outfit posts since having babies. In a way, it's been really motivating. Jenny and I are both realizing how much our bodies have changed and how much we've changed. We feel like we got out of practice and sometimes stare at our closets with a blank stare wondering what in the heck we should wear. 

What Jenny Wore: 1// Everything I'm wearing is from Target :) whoops!

I think a lot about our sense of style has changed. Does our closet reflect that and our everyday wear? Certainly not yet. We're both really trying to think through and hone in on our personal style. It kinda feels like we're starting from scratch! 

It's a good feeling though. Since so much about us has changed we feel like we have a chance at a new "us". A new way to present ourselves. We want to be put-together, fashionable, and chic while still being comfortable, practical, and of course a human jungle gym. ;)

What Savannah Wore: 1// Head Scarf - Thrifted 2// Kimono - H&M 3// Peach Top - Destination Maternity

It has, however, been a lot of fun discovering the pieces we still love in our closets and that have carried us through many seasons. We're definitely keeping those in mind! 

What about you? Did you feel a little lost, postpartum, when it came to fashion? How has your style changed??


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Author: Savannah Wallace // Photography: Maiedae
You Can Also Find Savannah Here: Instagram // Pinterest //  Beauty Channel // Disney Baby


OUR "HOLY GRAIL" BEAUTY PICKS

Have you ever heard the term "holy grail" in relation to beauty products? Often this term is referring to things you absolutely can't live without, the best of the best and your constant go-to favorite. I love the moment when I find "that" product. Something that is the perfect color, formula, smell, and works great on my skin tone and texture. These are the types of products we aren't afraid to pay a little more for because we know we'll use every bit! Check out the things Jenny and I find ourselves reaching for over and over again. :)

Jenny's Holy Grail Picks

1. // Bare Minerals 5-in-1 BB Cream Shadow - This is my favorite makeup product right now. I absolutely love it! This is not only an eye primer, but it also brightens, smoothes the appearance of fine lines, protects with an SPF 15, and makes your eyeshadow last longer. I don't only wear it on my eyelids, but I also use it as an under-eye concealer and it works great for that too!

2. // MaryKay TimeWise Matte-Wear Foundation - I've been using this foundation for years because I'm in love with it. It's really lightweight and I don't feel as if I'm wearing anything on my face when I put it on. I've tried many other foundations and they always leave my face feeling oily and the foundations are usually really thick feeling on my face. Plus, it's infused with Vitamin E and it's fragrance and oil free. I love how it evens out my skin :)

3. // Vitabath Exfoliating Citrus Sugar Scrub - I got this sugar scrub in a PopSugar subscription box about 2 years ago. I use it all the time and it's like a never-ending supply! It's my favorite sugar scrub because I love the citrus smell and it has Vitamins A, B3, C, and E which help promote glowing, radiant skin. My skin feels so smooth and soft after using it and I like that I don't have to use lotion afterwards because my skin feels so hydrated.

4. // Kendra Professional Platinum Blow Dry Spray - This lightweight formulation detangles, smoothes, and softens while eliminating frizz and resisting humidity for long-lasting, healthy looking results. I use this every time after I shower before I comb out my hair. Even if I don't blow dry, I still like to use it because it detangles and makes my hair look smoother when it dries. I also love that it smells like the beach :)

Savannah's Holy Grail Picks

1. // Tarte Amazonian Clay Gel Liner - I can't say enough good things about this liner. It's waterproof, it has a beautiful velvety black look and is completely opaque. It's easy to apply and very forgiving. This is my favorite product to use when I do a winged look. I think a gel is much easier to work with than a liquid and this stuff is the best. Ahh, I love it!  

2. // Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray - If you want to make your make-up last all day long without budging this is the spray for you. I absolutely love it. If I'm getting ready early in the morning and need my make-up to last all day long I always use this spray. It keeps my make-up looking fresh and together through the entire day. I'm a huge fan of the sample size of this product, which is pictured above because it lasts forever! Urban Decay also has a spray for oily skin that's great, too!

3. // Limecrime Velvetines in Red Velvet - This is probably my all-time favorite lip product. Not only do I love the candy-toned red but the formula is to die for. It goes on like a gloss and dries beautifully with a matte finish and lasts forever. Jon loves when I wear this because it doesn't get all over his face after a smooch. ;)  Also, the packaging is gorgeous! 

4. // Beauty Blender - This is by far my all-time favorite beauty tool. I've only been wearing foundation for the past year and I started using this product because I wanted a really even, natural finish. This makes applying my foundation fool-proof. It looks great every time and never leaves splotches. I highly recommend this to all my friends. Absolutely perfect for applying liquid foundation and smoothing out under-eye concealer. I've tried some of the knock-offs and always go back to the original. The best! 

Now that we've spilled our absolute favorite beauty must-haves what are some of your "holy grail" beauty products!? Let us know in the comment section below. We could always use a new beauty obsession. ;) 


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Author: Savannah Wallace // Photography: Maiedae
You Can Also Find Savannah Here: Instagram // Pinterest //  Beauty Channel // Disney Baby