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Girls’ Night: Fab Flora Workshop


Girls’ night is something my friends and I look forward to for weeks. We try to get together once a month. No kids. No husbands. Just us girls hanging out and having a good time. This month we decided to get our artistic juices flowing and take a workshop on how to create a floral arrangement.

The workshop was held in Logan Square at the Beauty and Brawn Gallery, which features new pieces every week. I brought some wine and stopped by Alliance Bakery for some macaroons. Because it really isn’t a girl’s night without wine and sweets, right? Right.

Jori from Fab Flora hosted the workshop. I had met her at Indie Wed, a bridal expo here in Chicago. I heard about her workshop and offered to take some pictures for her. We met at a coffee shop to chat about details which is where I had the idea to make it a girls’ night and invite my friends. I am so glad I did.

She did a wonderful job helping us understand how to best take care of our flowers. Mine always seem to die within a few days, so these tips were super helpful. Then she walked us through how to create our own arrangements. I didn’t think I could make something floral that looks so professional.

We were able to take our arrangements home. Mine is currently still alive and sitting on the dining room table. (Yay) I definitely recommend this workshop for those looking to learn more about floral arrangements or just as a fun activity to do with friends.

posted on April 21, 2014 by karina

Elias’ first birthday party


I have been looking forward to Elias’ first birthday party since we closed on our house. It’s the first party we’ve hosted at our new place. We held the party in the morning; a waffle and yogurt bar. So. Many. Waffles. Toppings included strawberries, blueberries, bananas, whipped cream, Nutella, granola and syrup. Of course there was also an abundance of bacon and sausage. Instead of cake, I made chocolate chip and cranberry scones.

We were so blessed by everyone who came. Our house and hearts were full. Before singing happy birthday, everyone gathered around Elias and prayed over his life, something we also did for Elena on her first birthday. Elias seemed to enjoy his treat as well as all the company. His sister kindly offered to blow out his candle since “He’s just a baby. He doesn’t know how to blow out a candle.” I can always count on Elena to “help” Elias do the things she wants to do. Haha. Luckily Elias doesn’t mind…yet.

It was a great time. It’s hard to believe it’s over. So much preparation and it passes in a few short hours. However, it was a memorable few hours.

Thank you to everyone who was part of Elias’ day.

Here are some of the shots from the photo booth. It is always hilarious trying to round up and coordinate a kids picture.

posted on April 13, 2014 by karina

Elias is a year old.


I wanted to post earlier today, but I also wanted to cuddle with Elias a little longer while he napped. Elias won my time.

I have spent most of the week doing things to prepare for his birthday party tomorrow. Today I just wanted to settle down and celebrate Elias.

Elias has grown into such a joyful, curious, loving boy. He adores his big sister and is usually only a few steps behind her. He likes to figure out how things work, and when he finally accomplishes something like climbing a chair (yes, I almost had a heart attack the first time) he is so excited and he does it over and over again. I remember most of the pitocin induced contractions. While I was at my worst, a wonderful addition to our family was at the end of the pain. I love my little boy so much and I’m so excited to see him grow even more this next year.

Happy birthday little papas.

posted on April 11, 2014 by karina