Memorial day

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Thank you to all the men and women who serve and protect our country!  Our plans today will be soaking up the sun with my loves with some pool action and hitting up our favorite lunch spot.  Hope you have a fabulous day
Side note:  Excuse Crew’s modge podge outfit here, He had the most adorable skinny jeans on- but a blowout happened so a mis-matched outfit it is 🙂

Crew & Lu leggings.

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I am so excited to announce my line of baby leggings.  When I had my son Crew, it was so hard to find comfortable, stylish, modern clothing for him.  And so my dream is becoming a reality!  All of my fabrics are designed by me exclusively for Crew & Lu.  It is 100% organic fabric, making them super soft.  My new website will be launching at the beginning of June with an ONLINE SHOP;  you can purchase these leggings and have your little boys movin and your little girlies shakin!

Want in the action early?  I am doing a PRE-ORDER sale right now until the launch of my new website on June 1st.  Order now and receive 15% off your order (regularly priced at $32.00 per legging).  Once my new site launches on June 1st, leggings will be listed at $32.00.  Act fast, as these beauties are flying of the shelves!
IMG_5940I am offering them in sizes 0-3 Months, 3-6 Months, and 6-12 Months.
If you are looking for a bigger size, please e-mail me as I will fulfill some special orders 🙂

Here is how you pre-order:

Please e-mail me at uyen27@gmail.com.  List what print you want to buy, the size of the order and your Paypal e-mail address.  I will send you a Paypal invoice and once your invoice is paid in full, I will start your order right away!
I hope you love them as much as I do… each pair is crafted with LOVE.

Please contact me with any questions you may have.

 

baby boy style {Memorial Day}

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Chambray shirt | Red shorts | Me + Dad onesie | Shorts with braces | Fedora hat | Red mesh shoes | Star poplin shirt | Cargo navy one- piece

I gathered some adorable pieces for boys to sport on Memorial Day.  I am so impressed with how cute boys clothes are becoming.  Designers are realizing that they have to keep boys just as trendy as the girls.  I try to dress my little gem in hip urban styles, but the most important is how comfortable the clothes are.  Crew is 10 months, so as you know he’s a movin and a shaken.  I try to dress him in light weight clothing that breathes well since it’s approaching summer.  My favorite site to stock his wardrobe is Zara.  Seriously, I love their kids line.  They bring a fresh, modern, and fun feel to their looks.  Their clothing is pretty true to size and are superb in quality.  Obviously, Gap kids is always a perfect place to find baby clothing.  I love their onesie’s because they are all made from sturdy cotton and they last forever.  You can never go wrong with Old Navy.  They are so affordable, which is a plus because little ones grow so fast.  I get so giddy when I look for outfits for Crew.  I could probably shop for kids clothes for days.

Is there a favorite brand you like to dress your little one in?

3 Ways for a braid.

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Are you thinking of ways to implement a fun braid for summer?  These three simple hairstyles will keep you stylish and keep you from fussing with your hair.

  • Look 1:  Braid a section of hair from your temple till just past your ear, then secure with bobby pins.
  • Look 2:  Side braid, I kept the braid near my temple from look 1 and just added the side braid down.
  • Look 3:  Two braids half up.  Braid two sections of your from the side of your temples and tie together in the back of your head.

weekend recap.

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Hubs and I visited one of our favorite resorts this weekend, the Montelucia.  If you get a chance, I would highly recommend it.  We stayed for one night- a mini stay-cation of sorts.  It was a perfect way to spend my Mother’s Day.  Little man loves the water… this was the first exploration for pool day and it was a hit.  Looks like I will be looking into swimming lessons soon.

poolcrew1mom and crewHope you had a lovely weekend.

mama’s day.

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| Sydney Evans Love Ring | Calendar from your Instagram photos | Tory Burch Tanner Flat Sandal | Kate Spade Grove Court Wallet | Volcano Capri Blue Candle |

These are a few items I’ve been eyeing.  The Capri Blue Candle is my favorite home scent of all time, and I could go through one of those weekly! I’ve been lusting over the Sydney Evan Love ring for over a year now…(hubby- if you are reading this…hint, hint).  The  calendar made of my Instagram photos are so cute and would be perfect for my desk!  Plus I love looking back at photos and reminiscing…each photo always has a story.
Honestly though,  I’m quite a happy mama…of course, I’d like these things but I don’t NEED them.  This has been the most rewarding year of my life and just hanging out with my little gem for Mother’s Day would be the perfect gift!

comic bubbles diy.

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How rad are these chalkboard photo props?  They are so extremely easy to make and a great way to add FUN to any party!  Personally, I’d do a impromptu photo shoot with them any time.  Follow these simple steps below to start personalizing your photos!

What you’ll need:
{Cardboard poster, this is thicker than poster board and I found it in the same isle as the poster board}
{Chalkboard paint}
{Wood dowels}
{Gorilla tape or Duct tape}

cartoon pop upThe first couple of steps are simple!  Sketch the shape you want your comic bubble to look like on the back of the cardboard poster.  I wanted my bubbles to be a little bit bigger so I was able to fit two on mine.  I think it would be cute to make slightly smaller ones for kids and honestly there are so many shapes you could do!  Then cut them out with scissors.
cartoon pop up diyAfter my shapes were cut out, I rolled chalkboard paint with a small sponge roller (to get a more even finish).  I painted three coats, giving dry time between the coats.  I’m sure two coats would do but I wanted to make sure the whole surface was even and durable.
Once dried, I attached round wood dowels on the backside of the comic bubbles with Gorilla tape.  And voila!  Have a ball with awesome photos and endless captions!
BucketThis is my dog Bucket!  My hubs and I always narrate what’s going on in his head.
BaconI’m pretty positive this is on his mind daily!  Hee-hee
Pow 1Happy diy!

revamping the blog.

cropped-crew-lu-blush.jpgWhen I first started blogging, I did it mainly for me.  I wasn’t worried about having any followers or impressing anyone.  But since I’ve started I’ve met such interesting creative people and that fueled my spark! It was a way to express myself and it has turned into a hobby of sorts.
So now I’m at a stage where I really want to dive in and take this seriously.  Therefore, leading me to this topic…upgrading my current blog I have now to a custom one.  This current theme you are seeing now is one of many that is free with WordPress.  I’m still new at this so I just learn as I go.  I know I’m missing important things on the blog, like social media buttons, contact page, and too many to list.  I really feel it’s important to have a visual site that really represents my personality and the message I want to get across.  I’m in love with my logo- still feel like it’s timeless and classic.  My girlfriend, Julie has been so awesome in helping me create a brand.  You can view my branding post here.  I’ve been surfing the web for ideas so I have a few color schemes I love…
RMY_Brandboard{via redmetyellow.com/blog– loving the color scheme}
Redmetyellow is a design team that I am crushing on.  They have such impeccable work and new modern ideas.  I am in love with how intricate their sites look and they also seem easy to navigate.  I contacted Megan, their web designer, and got an answer right away.  I think it is so important to have great communication with your designer as your outcome will just be that much better because you’ve expressed your vision.  I feel like your web designer should be able to get your ideas out of you and execute your vision to the best of their abilities.   Redmetyellow is a definite front runner for my new website.
October-Ink-Cara-Loren-Website{via Octoberink.com }
I stumbled across October Ink on Instagram.  They have designed some fellow bloggers’ sites and I am totally diggin their esthetic.  I love their light-fresh approach and feel they would represent my brand very well.  My hubs will tell you, I act on impulse.  But I really feel that October Ink would make sure I have something I won’t get sick and will be timeless.
BikinisPassportsBlogDesign{via Saffronavenue.com– Really enjoying this color scheme!}

Creating a custom site can definitely cost a pretty penny.  So I definitely have to put some good thought into this.  I want to be thorough as possible but time is also important, as I don’t want to take forever with a new launch of my blog.  Fellow bloggers, I’m asking for your help!  Any advice on how to choose a web designer?  How to come up with the look of your blog.  Do you think it’s important to have a custom site to define you?

Looking forward to your input!  Feel free to post a comment linking anything you’ve written about this topic!

target does it again.

main pic How is it I walk into Target only to grab one thing and come our with a whole cart full?  Cause Target is amazing that’s why.  They have such amazing finds that are not only so adorable that I gotta have it but they are also budget friendly!  I could go on and on about the awesomeness you can find at Target but I’m going to go over one area in particular today.  The one dollar corner when you first walk in!  Yep, you heard me- most of the items you find in this isle are only a buck!  Now I tend to stock up my office with craft supplies, wrapping paper, note cards, etc.  I like to have everything on hand so I can put stuff together in a jiffy.  So when I was browsing through Target the other day, I felt like I was in a treasure chest!
uyen2uyen3{Some of the items I picked up are so random.  But I’m sure they’ll come in handy some day.}
photo{Little man, looking over my receipt making sure they charged me correctly 😉  He’s an awesome shopping buddy}

I’m sure the next time you’re in Target, you’ll be checking out that isle.

the shine project 2013 benefit.

PicMonkey CollageHave you heard about the The Shine Project?  I met Ashley, the founder and creator of The Shine Project at a blogging event a few months back and we instantly clicked.  She truly is the sweetest, motivated, fashionable gal that you just want to be around.  Ashley discovered the lack of programs for inner city youth and launched a non-profit scholarship program to improve the lives of at-risk teens through service, education, and family involvement.  This program teaches inner city students leadership skills to help them achieve their goals and succeed.  The money raised goes to these students to attend college and give back to society.

{I’ll be attending this event on Saturday, April 20th.  COME join me!}
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The Shine Project 2013 Benefit
Sponsored by: San Tan Ford and Frances
Date: April 20th from 6-9 PM
Where: Phoenix Fashion Week’s new Fashion Hub!

A girls night out and women only pay $60 a ticket to come get their hair, nails, makeup and brows done all in the name of charity.  Fun salons from around Phoenix like Saskia salon, are just some of the vendors coming to do services.
Music, food, raffles and silent auction will be there as well!
If you can not attend, please consider purchasing a ticket to donate to one of The Shine Project’s students so they can have a fun night out.  100% of the money raised will go to scholarships.
For more event info and to purchase tickets go to: www.shineproject.eventbrite.com and for any questions or to donate items contact Lindsay at theshineproject@gmail.com.

If you wanna wear change, check out her Threads line.  Cutest bracelets and better yet- proceeds go towards The Shine Project Scholarship fund.
PicMonkey CollageCheck our her THREADS shop by clicking HERE.

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{Me sporting my THREADS}