My Little Valentine's.

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with the kiddos because everything is just so sweet. I think there is certainly a wonderful nostalgia, but also the romantic notion that keeps me coming back.

I love design and creativity but crafty or DIY I'm not. One of my very favorite Valentine traditions has become these little personalized classroom Valentine's from Minted. I send them to their classmates, but also to their grandparents and they've become such a sweet little keepsake.

Here's some early love from my littles! Xx

 
 

PHOTOGRAPHY : Heidi Geldhauser

{ This is not a sponsored post, I just love Minted! }

Cookies + Milk for Santa

This is one of my very favorite times of year. There is no greater time of year than the holiday season where traditions are seeped in each and every thing we do, and I can't get enough.

holiday cookie ingredients

We've been busy, busy this year and I am sad to say we haven't yet gotten around to much holiday baking, though it's on our list for the next few days! I can't tell you how many memories I have of baking and decorating holiday cookies with my family. This year I am making so many of my favorite classics that I grew up learning to make, and I'm so thrilled that my two oldest (Wyatt, 4 and Sawyer, 2) are now able to really learn and help out.

making cookie dough
cookie dough

We got the chance to have a fun date with our friends Heidi, Erica and her son Henry earlier in the season making holiday cookies for Santa and I've been dying to share these photos. We were celebrating the launch of the Family Recipe Card + Cloth (Erica is the hand lettering artist at Yes Ma'am Paper Goods that we collaborating with on this special project), and the launch of our new toddler sized Railroad Stripe Children's Apron, AND the fact that Southern Living was gracious enough to feature our special collaboration as part of their gift guide this year, so it was the perfect combination!

baking with children erica and henry
baking christmas cookies with kids
kids baking christmas cookies

The thing I love the most about these photos is that Heidi truly captured an "everyday moment" for us. I love looking through some of my old family photos and you always see these romantic photos in black + white of people doing everyday things, like gardening or cooking and I think we miss out on some of those things today.

childrens baking apron
southern living sugar cookie recipe
kids hands cookie dough
little girl in the kitchen
mother daughter baking aprons
little hands rolling dough
southern living sugar cookie recipe
kids and holiday cookie cutters

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Such special treasures for us. Oh, and Erica was gracious enough to include a free downloadable template of the sweet hand lettered Cookies + Milk for Santa card she designed that is included in this shoot. Click here to download your very own for Christmas Eve this year!

christmas cookie decorating with kids
cookie decorating with kids
cookies and milk for santa tag

From the shoot : Williams Sonoma / White Lily Flour / Publix / Old Navy / Nielsen Massey

'Tis the Season.

It sure has been a busy holiday season for us, and I can't thank you enough for the support this year, and always.

My grandmother was the inspiration for our company and we continue to be a family business, and always will. It's been a busy year for us as we moved our home, studio + warehouse and welcomed our third child. We extended our product line, launched a new business (or two), I took on a few consulting projects and we received some wonderful press, helping our business to continue to grow this year. And, I've learned a lot along the way.

minted holiday cards family photo

Our holiday cards are from Minted again this year. I took the time to update our address list and used the self-addressing recipient feature, which was truly a lifesaver and timesaver, not to mention super cute. {PS this is not a sponsored post, I just love Minted and wanted to share!}

Wishing you & yours a very happy holiday and a Merry Christmas, from our family to yours!

xx - Ashley

Gift Wrapping with Herbs.

Now you know I'll never sway from my signature kraft wrapping, not even for Christmas. But I do love to switch up the look under the tree each year with different ribbons, twines, tags and package accessories.

I've gone through quite a few iterations the past few years, from photos to feathers, so this year I looked no further than the herbs still growing in my garden for a little holiday inspiration.

gift wrapping herbs

I am such a fan of fresh evergreens and kraft but I had so many herbs this year that using them was an easy choice. I've always been a fan of rosemary but I was surprised to really love the lavender even more. The muted green tones helps to balance the warmth of the kraft and reminds me of a green I've seen in some vintage Christmas decor.

rosemary gift wrapping
lavender gift wrapping
clipping lavender from herb garden
rosemary sprig holiday wrapping

One little tip, clip your herbs within a day or two of gifting so they keep their fresh appearance! But a bonus is the fragrant mix of rosemary, sage, lavender + mint paired with your spruce for a scent you won't soon forget.

I'd love to know how you're wrapping your presents this year!