Hey Mamas! Are you feeling completely overwhelmed, burnt out and have been so busy fulfilling everyone else's needs that you've been neglecting your own? If this resinates with you even the slightest then The Mama's Retreat is for you!Read More
I'm so excited to introduce you all to the most fabulous shopping experience South of the James! Ashley Phillips Hill is a LuLaRoe consultant in Midlothian VA who brings you an experience like no other. In my photography business the Experience is as important as the quality of the images, so I have pretty high standards when I'm on the other side. My time in the LuLa Room with Ashley exceeded my expectations and I am thrilled for you to learn more about Ashely and why she is more then a LuLaRoe consultant!Read More
Ok, admit it. Who else has gotten caught up in the LuLaRoe Legging frenzy and ended up with leggings they weren't really in love with? I don't think anyone can say that they hate their LuLaRoe leggings because they are hands down the most comfortable thing my body has ever experienced. They are smooth as butter. Every time I slip into a pair of my leggings I image this is what a caterpillar must experience inside it's cocoon. So how could anyone not LOVE their LuLaRoe leggings?Read More
Learn how to make your home all natural exfoliating sugar scrubs for your dry flaky lips! The best part is you likely all ready have the ingredients in your pantry! Although the snow can be beautiful and fun for families it does come with a price. The low temperatures can do a number on your fragile skin especially your lips!Read More
Two of the biggest struggles I’ve faced in my life is over coming shyness and finding confidence in myself. I’ve learned over the years that the two go hand in hand. Some may call me an introvert and I do exhibit many of the characteristics, but one could also argue that I am an extrovert. I’ve never been one for labels, so I’m not really too concerned about figuring it out!Read More
Chalk art is all the rage right now and are so simple to make! with a can of chalk spray paint you can turn anything ordinary into a beautiful chalkboard! I had a whole stack of cardboard coasters that were pretty inexpensive ( and the pictures on the front was a reflection of the price) so I got a can of chalk spray paint and some chalk markers and turned the coasters into chalk art! The great thing about chalk art is you can easily wipe it away and create something new! I just had a lady's wine night at my house and chose inspirational quotes to jazz up my coasters. It's a great conversation started too! Happy Crafting!
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A simple and inexpensive and simple way to decorate your house for the holidays is to wrap all of your pictures as presents. You don't have to wrap the entire thing just the front (this will also save you from wasting too much wrapping paper). You also want to be sure to leave the hook in the back of the frame free if it's a wall hanging.
I like to have the pictures peeking through my presents or you can leave them fully wrapped! I buy my wrapping paper on sale after Christmas each year to use the following year! Enjoy!
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I love decorating my house for Christmas, but decorations can get pretty expensive. If you wait until after Christmas for the big sales typically all of the good stuff is gone! I learned to be very thrifty during my college years and still love a good bargain. What I love more than a good bargain is making something myself. I am a total DIY kind of girl and even if I won the lottery and struck it rich I would still make many of my own decorations!
I've been a crafting fool this last week! As the busy season of photography is coming to and end I finally have time to do something other than sitting at my computer editing, so I've been crafting like crazy! My favorite DIY Christmas decoration I made this year is my light up sign! I wanted to make it last year, but just couldn't find the time. Now that I've done it though it really wasn't difficult and didn't take too much time. All of the supplies I bought at Michael's, but you can get them at any craft store. Here's what you'll need:
Paint (I used spray paint, but any paint will work)
Mini leather punch set (click here to view)
Wooden mallet or small hammer
Christmas lights (you will need a long string of lights for this)
marker or pen
a block of wood (to use under canvas while you punch the holds for the lights)
FIRST draw your word using a piece of chalk (one that will show through the back of the canvas when held in light). It's best to use chalk because it can easily wipe away if you make a mistake.
NEXT hold your canvas in light so you can see the chalk outline show through from the back of the canvas. Using a pen or marker mark dots where you will be punching your holes (make sure you measure how far apart your Christmas lights are and do not make holds larger than the length).
YOU want to punch the holes from the back of the canvas. Take your block of wood and slide it under where you will be punching the hole (do not use a plastic or wooden cutting board as the tool will hammer through them and you will be left with indents)
TO punch take your punching tool (use the tool closest to the size of the Christmas light. It will likely be just a tad too small, but we will fix this later). Hold the tool where you want to make the punch hole and then hit it a couple of times with the hammer or wooden mallet.
ONCE all of your holes are punched paint over the entire canvas. You will later paint the outline of the word back in using your holes as guides. My chalk outline actually still showed through with the spray paint so I was able to follow it more easily.
WHEN the all over paint is dry outline your word with white paint.
ONCE the white paint is dry it's time to place your lights in the punch holes. Very slowly twist the lights into the holes until they punch through (don't do this too hard as the canvas may split or tear).
YOUR DONE! Plug it in and enjoy!!
Richmond is filled with so many beautiful and unique locations and many of them are free! Check out some of my favorite locations.
Walkerton Tavern Gardens (Glen Allen)
Blue Ridge Mountains (additional travel costs may apply)
The Water Garden at Richard Bland College (Additional travel costs may apply Petersburg)
The American Civil War Museum at Tredegar (additional fee required)
Rocket's Landing (downtown) (view a portrait session of Rocket's Landing and Libby Hill Park)
Libby Hill Park (downtown) (view a portrait session of Rocket's Landing and Libby Hill Park)
The Richmond Murals Project (click here for a list of locations)
Locations That Require Additional Fees
(prices for fees may not be up-to-date)
Tuckahoe Plantation (View a portrait session)
Blue Ridge Mountains (additional travel costs may apply .56 cents per mile)
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens ($150 for 2 hours)
Age Croft ($100 for 2 hours)
The Virginia House in Windsor Farms -($100 per hour)
Main Street Station (inside) ($150 for 2 hours)
Richmond Zoo (entrance fee -adults $15.75 children (2-11) $10.75)
The American Civil War Museum at Tredegar (additional fee required)