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Baby Love Pinterest Inspiration.

Babies.

Apparently pinning baby stuff on Pinterest gets people talking…

I didn’t quite realize this until I went back East a couple weeks ago and was bombarded with a ton of baby questions. So, I figured I’d address these questions to the masses on here – NO, I am not pregnant. I just happen to love pinning baby stuff!

Time to calm down people… I don’t ask you if you are getting married just because I see your wedding board! Or if you’re trying to lose weight because I saw you pin a weight loss regimen! 😉

Anywho, I put a little collage together of how I imagine Baby Draper’s nursery when he or she does decide to join our family in this crazy world! These are all pins you can find on my Dreaming board on Pinterest.

Since I have always loved maps and would really like to be surprised with the sex of Baby Draper, having a map room would allow me to create a beautiful gender-neutral nursery! These are just a few of the pins I’ve been inspired by…

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So, mamas to be, how are you decorating the nursery for your lil’ one?  P.S. It’s nice to be back on the blog! I’m finally on break from school. Yippee!3name

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A Fresh Cut – Going Short

Short Hair.

I did it – I cut my hair. And no, I didn’t cry! I figure it will grow back, and since I’ve been letting it grow out for the last few months, it was time for some change.

Enter my inspiration: Julianne Hough and her Safe Haven haircut. *JAW DROP*

It’s seriously chic, edgy and fresh. And it’s exactly what I wanted after walking around with long hair like practically every other girl. I’m not the type to dye my hair over and over, so I’ve always gravitated towards just chopping my locks off. I’ve had long long hair, pixie short hair and styles in between – and I’ve got to say that this is probably one of my favorite haircuts of all time.

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If you are in the Fort Lewis area, definitely head down South to downtown Olympia for your haircut. Lindsey Hammer, a talented sylist at Salon Paixao, gave me this new haircut and I sure do love it!

Lauren

P.S. Here is a before and after of my hair!

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Long hair isn’t always better! 🙂

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Love: A Marine Engagement

Photos.

Photos have a special place in my heart – especially when it’s a military couple. Seriously, you might as well be tugging on my heartstings if you show me one. I get kind of sappy, sentimental and happy all at the same time. I blame it on having a common bond with the couple in the photo. As military spouses, we sign up for the possible months of deployments ahead, the weeks of them being gone out at training and the constant ups and downs of them serving. And even if they are away, if you stop and look at the photos, memories quickly rush back into thought. That’s what I love about photos.

So, a couple of weeks ago it was Blair’s and my turn to capture some memories. Getting excited, I started to look around at what adorable military couple photos are out there. And before I knew it, I stumbled upon a photo shoot that a fellow high school classmate of mine had taken. I instantly “oohed” and “aahed” over them. Lauren Going, the photographer of this Marine couple, captured their engagement to a tee. Take a look below to see what the talented Going captured!

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To see more of Lauren’s photos, head over to L’amour Fou Photography’s page! And stay tuned for a sneak peek of some of Blair’s and my photos done by the talented Marjorie at Sugar Lilies Photography –  hopefully to be posted sometime this week! 🙂

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*Please note the watermarks on Lauren’s photos. Lots of love and time goes into each photo and deserves to be respected. To find out more on photo copyrights, check out Marjorie’s latest blog post , “Copywhat!?“.

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Baby Love Onesies

Baby Fever.

There is a major case of baby fever going on at the Draper household at the moment – well, at least for me! One of my dearest and best friends Crystal is having a baby girl here soon and I’ve gone into a serious DIY Baby mode as the big day gets even closer.

Hand sewn “rag” flowers, custom fabric printing and all things chic and girly have been my life the last couple of days. I think there is nothing cuter than a baby in a chic onesie, so I hope Crystal and lil’ baby Dorman love the things I’m making for them – because I sure love them!

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This is just one of a few that I’ve made for Crystal’s baby shower coming up and I’ve fallen in love with making custom and from the heart onesies. This is definitely one thing that I’ll keep doing for the years (and babies) to come. 🙂

Lauren

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A Lovely Treat – Beignets

Beignets.

It’s decided. Beignets in the Draper household are going to become a staple Valentine’s Day tradition. They were delicious, simple and a blast to make and eat with the love of my life.

And when I say simple, I mean they were RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE. I’m pretty sure I’m going to offend some beignet fanatics out there by what I’m going to tell you next. But… they were actually made out of Pillsbury’s biscuits. Yes, I said it – those store-bought biscuits that frighteningly pop open a little too loudly.

I originally saw this idea on Pinterest but since there were no step by step directions, I figured I would post my own. So…

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What you’re going to need to make these lil’ devils are:

  • 1 can of Pillsbury’s Grands! Flaky Layers – Honey Butter
  • Vegetable oil – enough to fill the pot halfway or an inch deep
  • Pot/pan – it just needs to be at least 3 inches deep *I used a taller pot.
  • Instant thermometer *Tip Below!
  • Powdered suger & sifter
  • Honey – optional, but delicious!

Then:

  1. Get your oil heated up to 360° *If you don’t have a thermometer, take a small piece of bread and place it in the oil. Watch how it fries up. When it is fried to your liking, get to frying! A close Army friend taught me this and I think it is genius! Thank you, McNally!
  2. Open the biscuits and cut each one into quarters. *We used a heart cookie cutter on some of ours
  3. Place three at a time into the oil
  4. After two minutes, flip them over to the other side for another two minutes
  5. Place fried beignets onto a paper towel covered plate
  6. Top with powdered sugar and honey and enjoy!

*A good thing to keep in mind when frying foods is that the oil will continue to get hotter. After your first batch, keep an eye on how the oil is frying things up. They may be browning a lot faster than you want so just turn the stove heat down a little!

When last night came to an end, Blair and I were literally licking the powdered sugar off our fingers. I’m so happy I bought two containers of biscuits – I might just have to make these again here soon! Right after I go to the gym first, of course…

Lauren