Monday, January 25, 2016

Tips for Moving Cross Country

Hindsight is always 20/20. As we get ready to make our second cross country move (kind of). I thought I'd share some of the do's, do not's, and the unexpected of a big move. At least from our experience.
One of the biggest mistakes we made the first time around was moving ourselves. You guys, so many things broke. So. Many. things. A lot of my favorite pieces of furniture were now unusable. The antique sewing machine my grandma gave me, done. My favorite entry table that was so perfect for storage. done. Legs on tables and chairs were now wobbly, despite our best efforts to preserve them. Things shifted, things broke, other things were stained. It was a devastating blow in a new unfamiliar place. We remained positive, but decided next time we moved, we would sell everything, and move nothing.
As we get ready for our second move we now realize that is a little bit unrealistic (clothes, memorabilia, etc.) However, we are taking this opportunity to get rid of what we don't like or want anymore, and start over of sorts. We have been married for 14 years and a lot of our things are worn, outdated, hand me downs, or are just flat out overdue for replacement. This time, however, the company is paying for relocation services, with professional movers and insurance. I wish someone had told me YOU NEED THESE if you're moving across the country. If the company doesn't offer it, I would highly suggest you try to negotiate it. It's a small price for them to pay for you uprooting your entire family and moving across the country. Starting over in a new foreign place, with a moving truck full of broken and unusable stuff, is really no way to start over, if you can help it.
What are your best moving tips?! I'd love to hear them in the comments. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Portrait Photography: The Mecher Family

Right after Thanksgiving I got together with THE WHOLE Mecher family for a quick extended session. I know you're thinking "quick extended session?" But, they were all such troopers, even the newest additions to the family! And, none of us could believe the weather. This green, gorgeous, and warm in late November? In Northern Kentucky?!?! It was magical, and we got some really great images I hope they cherish forever.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Calhoun Boys

This Fall we did a photo shoot for the boys! I recently made them their own instagram account @threecalhounboys. We've been having fun building a brand reppin portfolio. If you're new to brand reppin you can check out my post on Fly Little Guy about it! And, last, but not least, here are a few of my favorites from the photo shoot!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Young & Dapper Co

"Necessity is the Mother of Invention." This quote has spun around in my head for months now. It is the exact reason I announced Young & Dapper Co many months ago. After months, and months, and months, of (literally) begging people to carry bigger clothing items I finally decided to take matters into my own hands, and open my own apparel store geared toward bigger boys between the ages of 6-12. The process of actually opening has been a long one. There's been a learning curve, and even some set backs, but I'm super excited to announce our soft opening this weekend! Beginning 11/28/15 we are open for business, and EVERYTHING is 30% off. No code needed, and all orders over $50 receive free shipping. Always.
We're starting with the basics we think every fly little guy needs in his wardrobe,  and we'll begin adding in seasonal, and accent pieces as we grow! If you have bigger boys we hope you'll visit us this weekend for Shop Small Saturday and our sale will continue through Cyber Monday.

Photography by yours truly!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Giving up Facebook

The thought of giving up Facebook made me a little anxious at first. But, since my sole reason for even being on Facebook was to stay in touch with family and friends, and the things they were posting were making me so angry it was literally making me ill, I felt it best to walk away. At least for the time being.

Like I said, the thought made me a little anxious at first. I have been on Facebook since 2009. Six years of status was I going to break that? Like any other vice, it was hard at first. I really just went there out of habit. But, I refrained. Except that one time I was on for 2 minutes (tops) to retrieve a picture I needed. I got my picture, and was gone again. I didn't read one status update, and I straight deactivated right away. Phew, I'm so glad I got that off my chest. But, I digress. Because getting off of Facebook was one of the best things I've done for myself in awhile.

I don't know if or when I'll reactivate my account permanently. I've taken the time to enjoy other things, like movies, cooking, and time with my family and close friends. Not the people that want to be there in theory. But, the people that are actually here, right in front of me, right now. I also feel less stressed. A few days after deactivating I slept through the night for the first time in months. It could be a coincidence, but just in case it's not, I'm going to keep away just awhile longer. But, you don't have to take my word for it, because there are people who have actually done studies and stuff. :)