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Friday, March 29, 2013


Happy Friday! hope all is well with you. Here are some of my weekly highlights:

Had some lazy high bun days.....

Our 7 month old is not so sure about her new puffs for snack time.

My hus and I got to attend an amazing marriage conference last weekend. So good. So Real. So needed. Totally recommend to anyone! 

check back next week for tutorial i have been working on!

Loving this quote! So my life right now! Need to have faith in all things. Faith is a hard one to grasp sometimes.

Have a great Easter weekend. 

Linking up with Lauren.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lock Love Wednesday

I started Lock Lock Wednesday to get myself motivated to style my hair everyday. It is so easy, for even hair stylists to get in a rut with their hair. I am hoping to inspire you along the way with simple and fun techniques to help you look fabulous! Join me along the way. It will be fun! All you have to do is take snapshots of your hair during the week and link up with me below! 

I am loving how long my hair in these days. It makes me so excited for my hair to keep growing! I have been having a lot of fun styling it down with my GHD 1" flat iron and putting in loose waves with it. I would be lost without my shine spray, and dry shampoo.

I have been throwing my hair up in bobby pins a lot. It feels great having it off my neck. I just gathered my hair in 2 sections here and twisted it in a fun knot to achieve this look.

Unfortunately, I lost all of my pictures off my DSLR! Augh. I am without all of my pictures from this week for LLW. Luckily, I had pix on my iPhone!  I flat ironed my hair straight, which never happens and had cute pictures to show you! With them being deleted, I had this instagram from the weekend with my sister and friend Brie! Here is my hair straight!

Love my J Crew headband! I used a curling iron here! I sprayed my roots with my Eufora dry shampoo and and hair spray by Awapuhi! Link up below with me and show off your hair from the week! Lets get inspired! Happy LLW! 

Join up on Instagram too! #locklovewednesday or #locklovewed

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

instagram art + cass house = everywhere

I am so happy that I finally decided to use my instagram pix! They have been just waiting to be played with and displayed in our home! I have been using instagram for over 2 years now on my iPhone. It started out with me using it to tone/filter my pictures and upload on Facebook, but has revolutionized into an explosion! I love it! I prefer IG more than FB. I like the simplicity of it. I have been looking into different websites/apps on my phone for ordering pix. I ended up going with Kanvess. I dump my pictures off my phone frequently, so a photo app was out of the question. I am very pleased with Kanvess. I ordered 100 prints, all 3"x 3". The quality is great. The paper is sturdy and not grainy. I love it. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking through my pictures the old school way, in my hands! Here are some ways I have started using them! 

I started out with an old barn window that I got from my friends, Eric and Danielle! It is from an abandoned barn here in Rochester! My hus screwed it into the wall on the top and bottom. 

I have been wanting to hang this window for a year and a half now. I just didn't know what I wanted to do with it after that. I love how the IG prints look on there. The contrast of the pictures with the paint. So much history.....window + pictures. Memories. Love. Of course, I used washi tape! Oh my word, I am really obsessed with washi tape too. I got the tape from my BFF, Jody for my birthday. She got it on Etsy. They now sell this stuff at Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby etc. I use it on everything:  gifts, cards, walls etc. It is just decorative tape. I love how mine looks vintage! 

Here is a area shot of the living room! Everytime, I walk by this I smile!

That is what is all about with decorating....making us smile. our hearts overflow. I want my home to be a reflection of our priorities, personalities, style and needs! I love this. It is so fun how watching our home come along........as the days go.....creating a space that reflects my family!

In our main floor bathroom, I used some washi tape and made a mini collage. I am not sold on this space yet...but I am brainstorming of what to do with it. Here is it now.

When I ordered the pictures, I made sure to order ones for the girls bedrooms! I love the fact that Zion can look at her pictures and see people that she loves....her little friends. I used washi tape and added them next to her gallery wall! She loves it! She helped me hang them up!

In Kiyah's room, I put a picture in a 4x4 frame that I had. I just used double sided tape and put it on white paper. I used washi tape on the others and went around her shadow box! 

 Seriously, I have a problem....... I just love IG prints! Do you have a favorite website or phone app that you have had good luck with? Do you have a favorite place that you have found washi tape? Have you done any crafts with IG prints? I love ideas! Please share! 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Family Rules Art

I have been wanting to make a family rules sign for a couple of years now! They are all over Pinterest. I have pinned some favorites over time for inspiration. My favorite one was this one:

I loved the text. the words. the simplicity. so i went with it. inspired.....GO!

Back in the summer, when we were building my studio, my husband and i were hooked up with Old Navy shelving units here in Rochester! Our store was moving locations and started fresh with everything new. So we have used the shelves for the general purpose, but also ART! as you can see here...

They started out like this. So I taped them off and painted them with paint as a base/foundation/back drop. I had extras laying around so I thought It would be perfect. So I started this project over a year ago.....whoops. It has been on the "list" to finish for months! So below, is what I did a year ago. 

I wanted to add more text and make the letters more bold. I also wanted to add some floral to it and some gold! Like everyone else, I am obsessed with gold/glitter right now! Here is the finished product!

I love it! We are going to hang it up in our dining room! So fun. Does your family have House Rules? or a motto? I love having the uplifting words as a reminder to our fam. Happy Monday! If you would like me to make you some House Rules, Contact me anytime! I love making custom art! xoxoxo

Friday, March 22, 2013


HELLO! I am so excited that it's the weekend! We have some fun stuff planned and I am ready! It has been a very wintery week, even though it is S-P-R-I-N-G! I am coping with this brisk weather by keeping our fireplace on, fresh flowers everywhere, pastel nail polish, being crafty with my girls, and baking. Oh the baking.......such an addiction of mine. Here are some high lights from my week:

I have so many pictures of my daughters in the mornings! Never enough, though. I just can not get over their sweetness when the sun is shining in. the cuddles. the smiles. the jammies. and the bond they have. (Kiyah is cutting 4 stinkin teeth. Lord, Help me.)

Andy and I have been hosting like crazy. Like everyday this past week....but it has been great. We got to have our dear friends, Bruce and Sherry, over for dessert. They are amazing, Godly people. They are friends. Mentors. Partners in ministry. Real. I made America's Test Kitchen Chocolate Bundt Cake with homemade whipped cream and raspberries. We made them a Cafe Miel too! (well, right.) yum! 

 Oh my goodness, does this 3 year old act like her........mother. ha. She woke up the other day, starting her day like normal. She was opening her dresser drawer and scratched her hand on the knob....and this is what happened. A day full of "Dramaticistis" FOR REAL! "Mommy, I only have one finger (hand)." and "Mommy, I can't wipe myself" and "Mommy, I can't eat." and "Mommy, Pay (pray) for my hand." and so on. It was hilarious! Thank You to everyone who follows my Instagram and was praying for Zion Leilani. The prayers were answered. She is going at it again. 2 hands. 2 feet. and one spunky attitude. 

Our youth group, THE GATE, had an awesome All Nighter this past weekend. It was full of GaGa ball, sugar, pancake bar, crazy dance party, The Oz and lots of chaos. I hit up the church while my littles were sleeping to spend some time with my peeps. It was a blast! 

I have been getting a lot of art projects done at home. I needed this. I needed to get out my paint brushes, turn on pandora, light some candles and breath in the creativity. I finished up my House Rules for Cass Casa! I will reveal my art in the next few days! Check back! Happy Friday! Have a blessed weekend. 

(Linked up with Lauren at frommygreydeskblog and Jeanette at life rearranged)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


I started Lock Lock Wednesday to get myself motivated to style my hair everyday. It is so easy, for even hair stylists to get in a rut with their hair. I am hoping to inspire you along the way with simple and fun techniques to help you look fabulous! Join me along the way. It will be fun! All you have to do is take snapshots of your hair during the week and link up with me below! Feel free to grab a button on the right to put on your blog too! 

This past Sunday, My girls and I wore matching outfits to church! It was a first for us. We wore grey sweaters (zion/j.crew, and Kiyah and I/gap) and grey skinnies (z girls/gap and mine/target) It was fun matching my beauties for St. Pattys. I put my hair up with some bobby pins. I had washed my hair the day before so all I needed was my dry shampoo and hairspray. I used a 1/2" curling iron and just put some texture in it with that. 

I think they look so big here!

I have been loving being able to throw my hair up now! So fun and fresh. Here I backcombed my hair a lot prior to putting it up. I took bobby pins and pinned down my crown. then gathered my hair as if I were putting it in a loose pony and started pinning. I used my flat iron (1" GHD) to bend some of the strands. I used my hairspray to spread out the crazy strays. 

A close up. I love using my silk headbands to dress it up!

 This pix is taken yesterday! I rocked out a similar hairstyle. I put my hair in more of bun first with this one and then pinned up. It was less of a pouf. It was fun though. My hair was on day 4 here without washing.....Don't hate ;) 

Not sure if you had a chance to see my favs for styling products last week. Check them out here

Are you having any luck with new styles for your hair? Any inspiration you want to pass along? Please share!!! Link up below with your instagram pix or blog post! Remember to use #locklovewed and #locklovewednesday on instagram! Follow mine! Happy Wednesday!!!