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Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~William Cullen Bryant

I finally have a blog post up…whew…it’s been a little crazy around here…editing Fall mini-sessions, etc…but you all are gonna love this look!  We always have such a great time at our fashion shoots for the blog.  This shoot was fun because we shot at a really cute restaurant that had a little vineyard in front…of course, afterwards we treated ourselves to pizza and vino.  I love working withe Jill and Ayanna!

This look is great for Fall because of this beautiful Native American-looking shawl from H&M.  You could easily dress this look up by adding sparkly, turquoise jewels.

Hope everyone is having a great week!



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 “Don’t worry I know what I’m doing… I saw this on Pinterest” -your-ecards

This quote made me laugh because I have been exactly that person this past month while trying prep for my son’s 7th birthday party! So it’s my first blog post here with Hello Sunshine and I’m so excited to be apart of it. Erin and I have had way too much fun on our photoshoot adventures, so I decided to jump on board to help share more of our Urban Mama Life:)Which brings me to my post…

Not being from the city, when my son told me he wanted a fishing party I got a little nervous about how I was going to pull that off. There are no lakes or rivers for miles and our pool with fake fish just wasn’t gonna cut it for my little man! Luckily, the city has a way of offering alternatives even if it does feel like you are on the set of a Hollywood movie.:)

So off to Troutdale we went with 13 of his good friends. They provided the fishing poles, bait, helpers and a Tiki Hut where I set up the party decor.


I ordered the printables from Dimple Prints and I was so impressed with how many options she gave me for such a great price! The candy table was filled with fishing themed goodies for the kids to enjoy…Gummy Worms (Bait), Jelly Beans (Fish eggs), Swedish Fish (Guppies), Gumballs (Salmon Roe), Candy sticks (fishing poles), Licorice (Rods), Ho-Ho’s (Cat Tails), Popcorn (Bait), Goldfish (Fish food) and cupcakes with gummy worms (Live Bait).


For Heaven’s Cakes provided 3 delicious flavored cupcakes. I added the gummy worms and printables.


I used glass jars I found at Target for $3, mason jars and wooden crates from Michael’s, to help organize the table. I added jute twine to all my jars and signs to add to the outdoor feel and theme.


My son was requesting the plates and napkins be “real fish” and not cartoon looking fish so I finally found some that he approved from Birthday Direct. We held the party in the morning since we were told that’s when the fish bite, so for food we provided bagels, muffins, cereal bars, fruit and yogurt. For drinks, apple juice, water and Starbucks coffee (for those of us parents that can’t go a moment without it):)


And last but not least for the party favors I found 5 inch tackle boxes from Walmart as well as a large package of bobbers. Then I filled them with Sour Gummy Worms, Swedish Fish and “BAM!” the kids were thrilled.:)


Now that it is all said and done I am so happy with how our day turned out. The boys were able to have an “out of city” experience that they will never forget. Thank you to all our great friends that came to celebrate our special guy!





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I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  ~ Michelangelo

While we are going into Fall in some places, here in SoCal we are still hitting 90 degree temps…yikes, I know!  I’m itching to pull out my cozy socks, scarfs, and tall boots, but oh no! we’re definitely not there yet.  That’s why we are posting this fun, free-spirited look.   I’m loving these wide leg, floral pants for transitioning into Fall.  You can easily pair these with a cute tee, a denim vest, or even a flow-y kimono…so pretty and feminine, yet functional at the same time.  Hope you all enjoy this look.  All of the items seen here are from Free People, except the boots.

On another note, we are making some changes around here!!  I’m excited to tell you that Jill is coming on board with me as Co-Creator of the blog, so you’ll be hearing from her a lot more!  :) And, if you haven’t noticed, we have changed our name to Hello Sunshine!  Super exciting stuff going on!  We are also going to celebrate with a pretty cool giveaway from Stella & Dot you do not want to miss!  So, sign-up for our newsletter and you will automatically be entered to win!

Credits:  Model ~ Jill Buck, Make-up ~ Ayanna Franzen, Location ~ Purple Sky Ranch in Malibu in collaboration with Frankly Weddings, Photography ~ Erin Chensky

We had such a great time shooting with horses at this shoot!  #jillhelpbighorse!!!  ;)

*Some of the items pictured are no longer available on-line, however we did our best to feature like-minded items.  :)

Much peace + love,


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  • Stephanie Rastofer Nguyen

    Love the shots with the horses! Amazing!ReplyCancel

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say… “I used everything you gave me.”  ~ Erma Bombeck

While I was home I got to take photos of my Dad’s band, Re-Rooted!!  The first band I have ever photographed!  We had so much fun taking these shots!  I’m hoping to do more bands because this was such a great, fun, and creative experience.  I loved editing these photos.  For all you Photographers out there…I used Pretty Presets, Retro Rock n Roll Collection, for Lightroom.  I love the way these turned out, with a vintage feel.   Hope you all enjoy these photos!


onelittlebird-candid-ribbon-limeLimoncello Cake (Yum!)

limoncello cakeI wish I could say this was my recipe, but I got this off of All Recipes!  Oh, this cake is to die for.  It is the perfect Summer cake.  It’s refreshing, yet indulgent all at the same time.  Hope you give this delicious cake a try!  :)

What you need:

~ cooking spray


~ 1 cup of sour cream

~ 1 cup of white sugar

~ 1/3 cup of canola oil

~ 2 eggs beaten

~ 3 tablespoons of Limoncello liqueur

~ 1 lemon, zested

~ 2 cups of all purpose flour

~ 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

~ 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

~ 1 pinch of salt


~ confectioners sugar

~ 2 tablespoons of Limoncello liqueur

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk sour cream, white sugar, canola oil, eggs, 3 tablespoons Limoncello, and lemon zest together in a large bowl.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in another bowl. Add flour mixture to sour cream mixture; stir with a wooden spoon until batter is just combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 33 to 35 minutes. Cool cake in the pan for 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons Limoncello liqueur together in a bowl until glaze is thin and smooth. Spread glaze over the top of the cake. Cool cake completely before slicing.




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A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.  ~ Elbert Hubbard

I had so much fun taking and editing these photos with one of my best friends!  I’ve known this lovely lady since 4th grade!  Our teacher, Mr. Ely, actually told our parents we should be separated because we were bad influences on each other…we were too busy chasing boys and being drama queens…glad they didn’t listen to Mr. Ely!  This lovely lady holds a special place in my heart.  I kind of think of us as Sisters from another Mother.  We’ve been through so much together. High School heart breaks, college drama, and now we are a part of each others adult lives.  We both have little girls the same age.  Avy born March 17th (St. Patty’s Day baby!) and Presley May 5th (Cinco de Mayo baby!).  We better be careful with them when they get older!  ;) As I was editing these photos, I was thinking of this photo shoot as a tribute to our 24 year friendship…I love you Shauna!!

We shot these beautiful photos in Prescott, Arizona.  Another thing I love about these photos is these dresses + accessories are from Target.  Yes, I said Target!  They are currently in store right now.  It’s not too late to snag one to get you through Summer.  Hope you enjoy these two looks!


Hope you all are having a wonderful week!  Many blessings to you!!



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