Today, Jessamie from Bird and Branch Redesign is here to share what's next on her list. What's different about our relationship is that her in-laws are my god parents. Crazy that we found each other in the blogosphere, huh. I love this blog buddy of mine, and I adore her family! And I'll go ahead and say "yes" and "amen" to all of the below...
We celebrated Hudson's 4th birthday over the weekend with a party at a local fire station. It was such a hit. I think it turned out so cute… Enjoy!
While driving through the North Carolina mountains last month, I happened upon the small town of Hudson. Knowing that Hudson's party would be fire truck themed, I just had to stop at their station to take a few pictures of my boy in front of the Hudson fire station. The guys at the station were so nice. They gave me the Hudson balloons, Hudson badges and Hudson pencils. I couldn't have ordered anything more perfect.
We served FIREhouse subs and WATERmelon… cute, right?
The fire station gives these hats out to children, so I picked up a few in advance and added the personalized badges to the front. The hats can also be found right now at the Dollar Tree.
This motorized truck was a big hit… every kid got to drive a "fire truck."
At one table the kids colored a fire truck to take home…
The big birthday boy :)
This picture explains everything… get a bunch of 3's & 4's together, and it's impossible to get a good picture. I think that's why I love this one so much. Those faces crack me up!
The firemen responded to a real fire while we were there… the kids were excited to see them in action!
We used sparkler candles, of course.
Hudson really enjoyed the opening gifts part this year… this was his reaction to his gift from Eileen.
The party was a success! Happy Birthday, Hudson!!!!
Today, my friend Julia is here to dish what's next for her. Julia is not only an inspiring blogger, she is an incredibly talented photographer. I seriously covet her skill behind a lens. Also, I have to give the girl all of the credit for the beautiful layout of this series. She came up with it herself, and once I laid eyes on her submission I had to go with it! So without further introduction...
Hey lovelies, I'm Julia from Pawleys Island Posh, and I am so happy to be here guesting for my girl Anna today! Girl's got style and spirit, and she's definitely a daily read. So happy she asked me to participate in this fun series gabbing about all my future favorites. I'd really love to knock all these off my list by the end of the month! It's quite the checklist, right?
I've been loving the new Alt blog for blogging inspiration and business advice. The Friday links posts are always my favorite. I really enjoyed their most recent one that covered all of the goodness that I missed at Alt NYC. Makes me feel like I was there, kinda. Maybe a little more jealous that I wasn't...
I was so bummed when I didn't claim a ticket in time to go to Alt Design Summit this January. Seriously, it sold out almost immediately. I posted on the facebook page in hopes that someone had a spare ticket out there but had no luck.
Now, my hopes are back up... you can enter for a chance to win a free ticket here!
This weather! Y'all, seriously... Fall is in the air, and I'm loving it! I'm going for comfortable, practical with a little edge, and adding a leather jacket to an outfit does just that. I'm thinking that wearing something like this would be just about perfect:
Hey everyone! Today, we are in for a real treat. My friend Emily is sharing her nexts with us. This trendy lady creates some of the most beautiful posts. I love her style and unique content... seriously. She, as well as her blog Recently, is a gem. By the way, be sure to check out her most recent DIY project: a faux snakeskin table. It is killer!
It's official. I am totally in love with Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is absolutely breathtaking out there. Seriously, if you've never been before, it is so worth taking a trip. I don't consider myself an outdoorsy person, and I was a bit surprised that this trip didn't bother me a bit. We stayed busy outside nature hunting, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Aside from our daily excursions, I loved the food. What's new, right? I love food, and I especially love meat. The venison that I had in Wyoming was the best of the best. Also, I ordered huckleberry-everything (ice cream, cocktails, etc). It was a local thing, and I'm all about that kind of stuff. Oh, and I can't forget about the delicious basil martini that I tried out there. OMG! I wish I knew how to make them at home… so fresh, so delicious!
Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:
The Teton Range: The Grand Teton is on the far left with snow atop of its peak.
This was our cabin in Granite Ridge in the Teton Village.
Lewis Falls was so pretty, especially with that guy fishing… it was like a dream.
No photo will do this landscape justice. It was perfection.
The first animal we spotted was a moose.
We watched Old Faithful go off in Yellowstone National Park.
This shot was taken inside the historic Old Faithful Inn.
Here is the Yellow Bus that becomes topless while on excursions. How fun?!
We kept our distance, but look at the rack on that elk… amazing.
Here are my parents at a waterfall lookout.
Kepler Cascades (left) // Grand Prismatic Spring (right)
The Turquoise Pool of the Midway Geyser Basin.
Geysers were everywhere. This one was next to us while we picnicked for lunch.
We hiked to the Lower Falls lookout aka the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. It was worth it.
The hike back was long and tough.
We spotted mule deer...
… along with a herd of bison.
They were such beasts.
The next day, we found this bear print while hiking...
… and then we found the bear.
family hiking and canoeing adventures
The fam enjoying mountaintop happy hour at The Deck. That view + their edamame = killer!
The girls went shopping in downtown Jackson for a day.
Oh, the pistachio macaroons and cappuccino at CocoLove... I die. We actually got to hang out and chat with the pastry chef and master chocolatier, Oscar Ortego. It was a definite highlight.
While we were having fun in town, our men became extreme mountain bikers.
With temps dropping down in the 30's, an evening fire was a must.
I miss this place already...
Are you convinced? Wyoming really is all that. If you haven't gone, go. It's beyond beautiful, and everything looks like a postcard. Can't wait to go out West again. Next on my list: Colorado.