Summertime Sisterhood – up’s&down’s, high’s&low’s and I wouldn’t change a thing.

They say that a sibling is a forever friend. This is a bold statement, especially when you are 9 and your sister is 2, you may be thinking quite the opposite. As time went on, it threw us curve balls and we could do nothing but cling to each other and grow through it. You learn to turn to each other in times of defeat instead of turning your back. You celebrate the small victories and rejoice in the milestones. You start to pull at each other, asking for guidance, for support and sometimes just for a hug. I am so thankful God gave me a sister to go through life with, even if I didn’t realize the blessing in the early years.

Growing up we had a large age gap between us and even though we did get along the odd time, when we got in to mom’s makeup or expressed ourselves artistically with markers on the wall, I don’t think we really ever anticipated what our relationship would one day grow in to. I look back now on the days we spent together, our endless LEGO villages and Sunday morning cartoons, and I can still see that same little 4 year old looking up to her big sis. Waiting for me to make the next move, to tell her if she’s doing a good job or when her pony tail isn’t centered.

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To this day, this is still our saving grace, our center of gravity, pulling each other in and lifting each other up. A state of glorification and eagerness to help each other. Why? Because we’re sisters. There’s no other way to explain why we’ll go to the ends of the earth and walk the moon for one another. She’s my little and I’m her big, plain and simple, black and white.

Now in to our twenties, that 7 year gap isn’t making quite such a dent anymore. We both have a home life, work life and personal interests, hobbies and loved ones. Tish is such a great auntie to our little Ez, I find myself sometimes tearing up thinking and dreaming of the relationship that they share and will hold so dear to their hearts.

I remember when we were younger and Tish was trying to figure out what she was going to do after high school, having no direction except knowing she loved art, music and personal connections. She followed in her sisters footsteps and took an interest to Makeup Artistry, luckily that soon dwindled and she fell right in to where she was supposed to be, teaching and caring for children. we are now working in the same field and I am so excited to hopefully work along side her in the classroom and share our joy, excitement, and craziness.

Watching Tish grow over the years has given me a variety of feelings. Feelings of joy and excitement, feelings of anticipation and anxiety but mostly an overwhelming feeling of pride and love. I guess having a larger gap between us opens up the door of almost becoming motherly towards her in the teen years. I have to say though, now being older and being able to share the same passions and interests, it’s like a whole new world. As if I was just waiting for her to catch up to me, waiting for my best friend to arrive.

My not-so-little sister has grown in to this beautiful, funny, courageous and multi-talented young woman and I am SO excited to continue on in life with her. Going on trips, discovering new hobbies and just enjoying everyday to the fullest. Each day is a new beginning to start something new, learn something new and be renewed. I hope and pray that one day we can give Ezra the same blessing that God gave me 21 years ago.

Love you Little One

X0X

 

COLLABORATORS // Summer Styled Shoot

STYLED & CAPTURED BY: The Venture Creative

PHOTOGRAPHY: Natalia Reardon Photography

SUNGLASSES: Ollie Quinn

TOWELS: Tofino Towel Co.

SWIMSUIT: Nettle’s Tale

SUNSCREEN: K’Pure Naturals

JEWELRY: Mind the Minimal with Joie De Cristaux

APPAREL: Aloha Kai Apparel

BAG: Hold & Carry

WATER BOTTLE: The Free Reign Life

MODELS & GUEST BLOGGER: Stumbling Grace with Natasha Holt

LOCATION: Spanish Banks

 

 

Tropic like It’s Hot, There’s A Birthday Giveaway!

A couple weeks ago Ez and I were invited to join in and celebrate the 1st Birthday Bash for Little Sprout Creations and oh boy, was it a blast! Jen and I met a couple months ago while I was working alongside her at the Local Love in Spring Market for Beluga Baby. We really hit it off and ever since have been almost inseparable! Both having a passion for creating, small children and eating.

The morning started with Jen heading over to my house and piling Ez and I into her GIANT truck. That in itself was an adventure. We headed over to the Jubilee Collection in Abbotsford for a few key pieces that Jen had rented for the day and then arrived at the shoot location; High Street.

When we arrived at the High Street we were both starving and in need of a caffeine boost, I ran over to Starbucks with Ez to grab the goods. I ordered a full breakfast for each of us and a small one for Ez, two coffees and an iced drink. I then lifted out my wallet to pay and the barista leaned closer to me and let me know my order had been paid for in full. There was a man sitting by the window, reading a book, sipping his coffee, and he had given the barista an bottomless gift card for customers order that morning. I couldn’t believe it! People, there is still true, honest, goodness in the world, even if it is in coffee form! Ezra and I grabbed our items to go, but we didn’t leave without saying thank you, Ezra flashed her 6 pearly whites and gave the man a small wave. What an amazing, unexpected, kind way to start the morning.

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While prepping, I had the opportunity to gift Jen a mini makeover for the big birthday bash, for those of you who don’t know, one of my part time jobs is M/U for bridal and special events. We were just finishing up and then thought to ourselves, Sephora is right across the walk, endless lipsticks, balms and gloss, let’s go put on something fun! We rushed over, picked out our favorite shades of pink to match our tropical vibe and headed back to the shoot!

How perfect is it that the theme Jen had chosen to celebrate her shops one year of success was tropical! Ezra and I are now veterans of the tropical lifestyle and felt right at home in this flourishing, fruity climate!

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When I was trying to put together what I would wear, I was at a loss. The only tropical clothing item I had was a full blown, palm leaf dress and if I wore that, I would’ve blended in with the photo wall. I was digging away in my closet (sidenote: doesn’t it always seem like you have a million dresses that DON’T work when you’re looking for the one that does?) and then there it was, the dress I had hidden away for new years this year. It’s peach, kind of rose/blush, shiny, high-low style and perfect for a birthday bash! Ezra was easy-peasy, Jen had a couple shops come alongside her to celebrate that sent over clothing for each of the littles attending!

Ezra’s outfit details:

Hand made grey tunic from nest and co handmade

Suede and golden mocs from wildonesmocs

Flamingo headband from antlers and acorns.

We were finally ready to go! Despite the fact that when we got there Ez was rearing to go, getting in to everything, watching all the kids play as she sat immobile on the ground, then when the time came for the snack table to be photographed, guess who was asleep. You guessed correct; Ez. She had missed her morning nap and was getting cranky. I hugged her tight and snuggled her in to the Ezra Wrap and she fell fast asleep. But that didn’t stop this mama from getting’ her groove on!

Luckily there was still more fun to be had with the photo wall and extra treats! All these women had a blast with their babes. Thank you so much @littlesproutcreations for having us join in on the fun, it was an event to remember and has me thinking about Stumbling Grace’s birthday, but that won’t be until May next year! Make sure you scroll down for a list of all the shops who came out and helped make Jen’s vision come to life!

If you haven’t heard, Little Sprout Creations is having a HUGE giveaway for their first birthday. Head over here to enter in on the fun! There is some amazing stuff to be won.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out the vendors and guests below!

PS: Arn’t these two just adorable, I hear wedding bells ringing!

Shop & Decor info:

Type A Photography

– LSC Birthday Bash was beautifully captured by Type A Photography

http://typeaphotography.com/

Instagram @typeaphotography

email: typeaphotography@hotmail.com

Little Sprout Creations

– toppers (cake, cupcake, donuts), ferns on table & walls, wine glasses

www.facebook.com/littlesproutcreationsshop

Instagram @littlesproutcreations

littlesproutcreationsshop@gmail.com

Bloggers (& Models)

Deanna Reddy – Stylist – Style by Deanna

www.facebook.com/stylebydeannaco

Instagram @style.by.deanna

dmreddy@telus.net

Website: stylebydeanna.wordpress.com/

Samantha Lenz – “OH Samantha” Blog

Instagram @snlenz

samanthaNlenz@gmail.com

Website: www.samanthalenz.com 

Cassandra Fenton – “Stumbling Grace” Blog

Instagram @thecassra

cassandralfenton@gmail.com

Website: stumblinggracecom.wordpress.com/

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Contributing Vendors

Panda Cakes

– toasted coconut cake, flamingo cupcakes, mini cupcakes

Instagram @panda_cakes__

panda_cakes@outlook.com

Cakes by Peddie

– macarons

Instagram @cakesbypeddie

alannahpeddie@gmail.com

Sugar Flour Bake Shoppe

– pineapple and flamingo cake pops

Instagram @sugarflourbakeshoppe

sugarflourbakeshoppe@gmail.com

Dainty Sprinkle Company

– sprinkles

Instagram @daintysprinkleco

daintysprinkleco@gmail.com

T’s (Once Upon a Tea Leaf)

– sangria tea mix

Instagram @onceuponatealeaf

teas@live.ca

Chalkboard Art by Emily

– “if you like pina coladas” chalkboard sign

Instagram @chalkdboardartbyemily

emily20cannon@gmail.com

Town & Country Vintage Home

– ceramic pineapples, throw pillow

Instagram @townandcountryvintagehome

townandcountryvintagehome@yahoo.ca

Little Rose Party Company

– giant white balloon with tassel, paper plates, painted cutlery, paper straws

Instagram @littlerosepartycompany

mshilton@live.ca

Sophia’s Flower Shop

– floral arrangements

Instagram @sophiasflowershop

sophiasflowershop@gmail.com

The Jubilee Collections

– picnic table & stumps

Instagram @thejubileecollection

thejubileecollection@outlook.com

Caribou Candle Company

– mini candles

Instagram @cariboucandleco

cariboucandleco@gmail.com

Mully’s

– table place cards

Instagram @mullys_handcrafted

karlybelanger@gmail.com

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Baby Bear Design

– pineapple teethers, teething rattle, mom & baby necklaces, bracelets

Instagram @babybeardesign

babybeardesign@outlook.com

Emz + Co.

– “Snap That” hoodie

Instagram

emzandcokids@gmail.com

Antlers & Acorns

– flamingo headband

Instagram @antlersandacornsbc

antlersandacorns@hotmail.com

Wild One’s Mocs

– bow moccasins, hair clip

Instagram @wildonesmocs

wildonessales@gmail.com

Pacific Coast DIY

– “Aloha” sign

Instagram @pacificcoastdiy

pacificcoastdiy@hotmail.com

Nest & Co 

– Seafoam romper, lace trimmed grey dress, headbands

Instagram @nestandco_handcrafted

hello@nestandco.ca

Fog & Fern

– Fern shorties

@fog.and.fern

fogandfern@outlook.com

Ivy + Joy

– pineapple snapback hat

Instagram @ivyandjoy

Glass & Brass Vintage

– pendant necklaces, earrings

Instagram @glassandbrassvintage

glassandbrassvintage@gmail.com