My sister got engaged this past weekend and we’re very excited for her and her fiancee. And that rock of hers? Swoon. I gave them a ring dish as an engagement present and wrapped it up in one sheet of tissue paper. I say this all the time and I don’t always abide by it, but gift wrapping doesn’t always have to be crazy in order to be beautiful. Sometimes, all you need is a pretty piece of tissue paper, some washi tape to seal it up, a yard of twine, and a fun tag. It’s affordable, it’s quick, and if you’re careful enough not to wrinkle the tissue too much, you can get a winner of a wrapped gift.

gift wrap with simple tissue via anastasia marie

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dainty gold finds

heart top | ring dish | cake serving set | paper mache pear | necklace | mini planter | light bulb | tray

  • Lissa (Bellenza)

    Love these touches of gold…the pendant, the plate, the succulent pot!

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Coming across a food blog that makes you want to head to the kitchen just by looking at the photos is no laughing matter. If you haven’t heard of Molly Yeh yet, well, now you do. I found her first via Instagram, and instantly went to visit her blog and was smitten. Not only do her recipes sound delicious, but her photography is definitely pin worthy.

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pony cake | white peach + green tea bellini | funfetti bunting cake | mini confetti cake | biscuit donuts | citrus mini cakes

All photos via My Name is Yeh. See more recipes and photos via her blog.

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It’s been some months since I’ve been on here and as much as I’ve enjoyed the time off, I’ve also missed being on here more than I expected I would! Little Henry is growing with speed and I can only marvel at how far he’s come since the day we first met him. If you follow me on Instagram, you got to see little snaps here and there of him being his adorable self. I remember being overjoyed seeing his first smile, hearing his first sneeze, feeling his first grip on my finger — and now we’re nearly five months old.

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Last week I posted a photo on Instagram of one of my favorite things to do with my little guy (shown above). Snuggling. Over the weekend he got his first cold and now he’s feeling extra snuggly and I’m soaking it all in. Even though he’s feeling pretty crummy, it’s still such a precious moment to see how he’s handling his runny nose. He’s more than content to just lie there and watch me fold laundry or put this blog post together. I just have a hard time understanding how we ever lived without this little guy.

But as this blog post is titled, I am pretty much ready to start blogging again. Hooray! It’s been five months for goodness sakes! So starting next week, get ready to see my blog posts again. There might be a little difference in what goes up when or what type of post I do, but I hope you still enjoy them.

Until then.

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baby shower decor

Isn’t that baby shower cake just the cutest? And those paper airplanes and stars? They’re just small details from my baby shower that took place a month ago and I’m in love still.

So, as you’ve noticed, it’s been really slow on the blog of late as I prep for the arrival of our very first babe in just two weeks and I guess now is a good time as any to say that I am officially going on maternity leave! I will take a break from blogging in order to adjust to all the newness and embrace the life of motherhood. Since blogging is a very time-consuming thing, I’m not exactly sure when I will start up again, but I hope sometime in early summer or late spring. The Shop will stay open a while longer, but will be closed for just a wee bit as we get closer to the due date and for a bit afterwards. Once the Shop hits vacation mode, you will be able to sign up for an email notification via Etsy when it is back and running.

And just to share a few snaps from our maternity love shoot to make this blog post even sweeter:

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Photos by Angela Shae.

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UPDATE: the Shop is now back up and running! Stop by!

Our little one is finally here! Welcome, Henry James! Born 04.14.14 (on his due date, of course) at 11:43 in the morning; 7.4 lbs and 21″ long with a head full of long dark hair. We are beyond ecstatic. We are throughly enjoying how he has transformed our lives and are wondering how in the world life existed before him. Oh my heart.

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  • Andi

    So beyond gorgeous!

  • Carol

    Congratulations!! What a Sweet Baby

  • Malavika

    So lovely…congrats on the new role!!!

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