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May 21/10 Real Wedding :: Laura & Michael

This wedding from Henry Chen caught my eye from the moment it hit my Inbox.  The setting is unbelievably gorgeous but I must say my favorite part of the whole event is that the 7 people you see in the header image are the only 7 people that were invited.  It defines intimate – and you can see the couple’s glow that comes from knowing they are surrounded by people…

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This wedding from Henry Chen caught my eye from the moment it hit my Inbox.  The setting is unbelievably gorgeous but I must say my favorite part of the whole event is that the 7 people you see in the header image are the only 7 people that were invited.  It defines intimate – and you can see the couple’s glow that comes from knowing they are surrounded by people who love them in every single one of these images.

Thank you, Henry!

For more from this wedding and the Trash The Dress session, head over to Henry’s blog.

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Jennifer: Um, I love it. I simply love everything about it. THIS is how you do a wedding.May 21,2010 02:51pm

dognbird: Love this innovative photography, what a beautiful wedding. Great details, the dangling flowers are wonderful. June 13,2010 09:14pm

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May 19/10 Doing Busy

Oh dear me, I wish (WISH) I could say having interns made all the craziness of the weeks die down but it surely has not.  We had two weddings this past weekend (in case you didn’t know, I’m a wedding planner too!) and have had a packed week before my bff, Gina, comes in tomorrow morning. I know many of you can completely relate to the feeling of being so…

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Oh dear me, I wish (WISH) I could say having interns made all the craziness of the weeks die down but it surely has not.  We had two weddings this past weekend (in case you didn’t know, I’m a wedding planner too!) and have had a packed week before my bff, Gina, comes in tomorrow morning.

I know many of you can completely relate to the feeling of being so busy you can barely breathe.  It has always been so hard for me to balance that feeling against the wanting to be home, relax with my husband, workout, see friends and get some quality alone time feeling.  What’s that?  I didn’t mention sleep?  Hrmph… must be because I don’t get much of it.  (see my coffee cup above) Can I get an Amen?

All this to say… while I have been doing busy…I have also been doing happy.

I cannot wait to share all the fun things my incredible interns have dreamed up with me and have in store for you in 2010.  I am sure you have heard me mention the Making Things Happen Intensive I had the pleasure of attending this past December.  It was a game changing moment for me… sitting in that room, realizing the only thing holding me back was ME and the limitations I put on myself.  So, Love, Milk & Honey was born.  I thought that was the pinnacle.  My Everest.  But I am learning day to day that it doesn’t have to stop there.  In fact, it is only the beginning.  And that is why I am doing busy with a large side order of happy.  I am hoping I never reach the pinnacle.  I love the journey and the growth that comes along with it has made waking up to a challenge a daily occurrence for me.

Thank you all for being such an integral part of this journey and for encouraging me as I continue to do busy and share it with you.

XOXO,

Lauren

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Kelly: Enjoy the journey. Just make sure that side helping of happy is a big one! You deserve it.May 23,2010 05:09pm

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May 19/10 Design Dilemmas with Kara Paslay Designs

Kara Paslay and her husband Tim are extremely talented, you just have to take a look at her portfolio to see that.  And, I love it when a couple can’t say enough good things about each other.  But, we’re excited to be working with her not only because of her talent, but also because of her heart.  In case you couldn’t tell, the heart matters to us here at love,…

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Kara Paslay and her husband Tim are extremely talented, you just have to take a look at her portfolio to see that.  And, I love it when a couple can’t say enough good things about each other.  But, we’re excited to be working with her not only because of her talent, but also because of her heart.  In case you couldn’t tell, the heart matters to us here at love, milk & honey.  We write  and work to create a community here because we believe that the heart of a person is the place from which every action and word spills forth.  And, we believe that one’s heart can get crowded with lots of good things when we need to be making room for the best things…which, of course, are not things at all.  Are they? They’re people.  They’re relationships.  And one of those is our marriage.  It’s an important one because it’s the one that has the greatest potential to drain us or fill us up.  But, our home is the place that our marriages are formed.  And, because we live out and practice our closest relationships in our homes, we believe in making them pretty and functional.  Again, so does Kara.  Seeing a theme?

So, check out her work and get inspired.  She’ll be joining us to answer your questions about how to make your house (or apartment or condo or whatever) your home.  You probably don’t need all the “stuff” you think you do to make it the respite and haven you need.  All you lurkers out there, now’s the time to leave a comment and ask the hard questions, even if it’s about the bedroom. (wink, wink)

One of the most difficult things can be blending the style and belongings of 2 (sometimes very different) people (and all the relatives who are dying to hook you up with hand-me-down furniture).  What styles are you trying to mesh?  What challenges are the hardest for you to stare down?  A too-small space?  A too-big space?  Are you finding it hard to part with a particular chair or make it work with her pillow on top of it? Tell us in the comments!

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Rachel: they do some lovely work!May 19,2010 07:13pm

JennGiles: we agree! kara and tim are really good. those poured concrete counter tops? swoon! -jennMay 20,2010 08:01am

Em Humphries: How in the world does a wedding planner and a video engineer share an office? ;)May 20,2010 08:47am

Bridget: Hi Kara, My husband and I are redoing our master bedroom and have a few different design ideas that we can\'t seem to agree on quite yet. The biggest one is window coverings for the sliding glass door in our room. It is currently covered with mini blinds, which we both dislike. I think we should do some type of drapery, but he is afraid it will overpower the sliding door and the bedroom as a whole. What would you suggest for window coverings for a sliding glass door? Also, we painted our bedroom Restoration Hardware\'s Silver Sage and both really like the color. We have a white duvet cover on our king size bed, but can\'t decide what accent colors go best with the wall and duvet. Any suggestions? We are looking for some pillows and lamps and an upholstered headboard (hopefully DIY). Thanks so much for any ideas!!! BridgetMay 20,2010 10:59am

christine: hi there! love your blog!! The hubby and i are having a hard time agreeing on a fantastic color for our living area , which is directly adjacent to our white kitchen. Any ideas? The granite is a gray color, the island is a dark java and our couches are a light greyish/brownish with a rustic colored leather chair. Any ideas would be great!!May 20,2010 02:37pm

Kristin: Hi Kara! My husband and I recently purchased our first home together and have been having a lot of fun decorating and renovating so far. Our family room is the one area that we are stuck on and about REALLY use some help with. It measures 17 x 14.6 which is a great space, but the ceiling is two stories high and the layout in general makes it very hard to figure out where to put furniture. The whole \"two story\" thing has intimidated me from the get go because we essentially have one HUGE wall that I have NO idea what to do with and its all you see when you look into the room from our kitchen. Any suggestions for working with tricky spaces like ours??May 22,2010 10:26am

YOUR DESIGN DILEMMA’S ANSWERED | Kara Paslay Design: [...] So I have just begun a fantastic friendship with the lovely ladies at love, milk and honey! [...]July 20,2013 10:40am

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May 12/10 Introducing the Interns!

First up, fellow red-head or ginger, depending on your side of the Atlantic – Jennifer Giles. So, Jenn. Can we call you “Jenn?” Yes, Jenn is fine.  But, not “Jenny,” please not Jenny .  It just isn’t me, but there needs to be something to break up the monotony in the sea of Jennifer’s, doesn’t there?  Top 5 names for girls from 1968-1988? 20 years is long enough to rule…

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First up, fellow red-head or ginger, depending on your side of the Atlantic – Jennifer Giles.


So, Jenn. Can we call you “Jenn?”

Yes, Jenn is fine.  But, not “Jenny,” please not Jenny .  It just isn’t me, but there needs to be something to break up the monotony in the sea of Jennifer’s, doesn’t there?  Top 5 names for girls from 1968-1988? 20 years is long enough to rule the roost…

What brings you to the Love, Milk & Honey team?

I grew up watching one of the best marriages I’ve ever known of.  Of course my parents have the occasional short temper and bad days like everyone else, but they were committed and communicative in a way that still floors me.  So, I’ve always had faith that marriages could be great with committed and communicative people, especially when they were surrounded by great resources and relationships.  I want Love, Milk & Honey to be that kind of resource and a place for those relationships to form.

What lights your fire?

White t-shirts, of course.  But seriously, I love a good blank slate to get my creative juices flowing.  And, a white shirt is that blank slate for me more often than it probably ought to be.  White plates on my table do the same thing, they let the beautiful food be what you notice. But, besides good food and a cool white t-shirt, I LOVE to travel.  Everything from weekend road-trips to trans-continental treks with  multiple forms of transportation  are on my wish-list and it’s where my fiancé like to put our energy and free-time.  And, we love to travel with family and friends as much as we like to travel alone, though it’s a completely different experience.

Did your love for adventure come from living so many places?

Well I like to say that I am part gypsy.  My Grandma Audrey has just as many ants in her pants as I do and needs very little excuse to hop in the car.  We’re two of a kind.  But, I have lived in 9 cities, 4 states, 3 countries, and in 10 homes.  Once you know you can make a home in so many places you start to wonder why not go somewhere instead of asking yourself why.  But, Grant is a roots man and I’m all about the wings, so we’re a great blend in that way.  And, traveling has taught me other very helpful things, too.  For example, haggis isn’t that bad when you’re eating it with ‘neeps and tatties and a really good gravy.  Who’d have known?

Do you have a motto? or some words you live by, perhaps?

I’m a “words person” and when people know how to string the right words together in the right order, I melt in my shoes.  When I’m trying to design a home for myself or someone else, I always think about William Morris’s thoughts about having nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

I’ve spent most of the last 7 years studying Religion and anyone who is immersed in that world is bound to come across some real beauty.  But, faith affects people so differently, so I try to remind myself of Olivier Clement’s comment, “Spiritual work has no value if it does not help to deepen humility as the capacity for love.  Spiritual progress has no other test in the end, not any better expression than our ability to love.” This is a great reminder for couples starting out, many of whom may not consider themselves “religious” or spiritual,” but get into their marriage and find they need something more than themselves to keep their relationship strong and growing.  It’s especially key if one partner is exploring that more than the other and finds them self trying to communicate what  they’re experiencing to their partner.

What song could be your soundtrack?

“Clumsy” by Fergie.  At least the part about “trippin’, stumblin’, flippin’, fumblin.’” I am not coordinated and neither are my limbs.  It’s really too bad, I bruise like the Georgia peach I am!

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Introducing Miss Lindsey Tigert, she’s spunky and knows how to rock a pair of skinny jeans!


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m from a small town in East Texas. I have a loving family who is always supportive and compassionate. I am always interested in trying new things. I hope to be successful in my life by helping and loving others frequently and laughing often.

What is your favorite color?

I actually have two favorite colors: bright yellow and dark purple. Both  fit my personality, I’m really animated and adventurous.

Who inspires you?

My mom is the person who inspires me the most. She is the most supportive person I know, and she has a wonderfully kind spirit. Such a great woman to grow up watching!

What gets you excited?

I am fueled by my love for my family, faith and my enthusiasm for getting to know people. You will hear me talk a lot about my family because they truly are the people who mean to most to me. My faith is at the center of everything I do and my relationships with others are because of my God-given passion. I love meeting and learning more about people. Event planning is perfect, because I get to know and help others on a regular basis is what I strive to do.

Spill the beans, What are some quirks? Embarrassing moments?

I tend to be very clumsy at times, but I’m used to tripping and falling, so I don’t get embarrassed easily because I’ve learned to laugh at myself.

What are you most excited about this summer?

This is definitely a dream job for me, so I am ready to learn as much as I can about the wedding industry and get to know the lovely girls I will be working with.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to be around people, so hanging out with my friends and family is usually what I do in my time off. I also love to read and music is a big part of my life. My favorite author right now is Donald Miller, and as far as music goes I’m really interested in music like Joshua Radin and Regina Spektor.  I am a huge animal lover, I have 5 dogs and 3 cats at home. I also love milk; it’s my favorite drink and I have at least 3 glasses a day.

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Apparently clumsy is a theme, but Alyssa Atteberry is an original!


What’s your background?

I just graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.  I majored in Accounting & Management, which I realize are not directly related to event planning.  But, I was involved in an organization on campus where I learned about all aspects of event planning and absolutely fell in love!

Are you a TV watcher?

When One Tree Hill is on I am watching, which is not to be confused with The O.C. And, my loyalty is directly related to Chad Michael Murray and James Laferty, of course.

When Chad and James are busy, what do you entertain yourself with?

I absolutely love scrapbooking, though it usually takes me about an hour to put together a page.  I have to design the page down to the last element before attaching and writing.  I love that it allows me to portray what I felt and experienced in the moments captured by the photographs. Of course I have my own memories, but the books help me record the details that might get fuzzy over time.

I also love to read and love getting recommendations from friends and strangers alike.    Most recently, it’s been Redeeming Love and Captivating on my bedside table.  I also love to read Nicholas Sparks books.  What can I say? I’m a sucker for a great love story!

With all that gushy stuff for reading material, do you get into sports at all?

I’m a true daddy’s girl at heart, I learned all about football and have been watching it with my dad since I was little.  He took me to my first game when I was in Kindergarten and I loved the excitement and adrenaline that took over at every game on the field and in the stands! Hook ‘em horns!

Shooting hoops is what I do to relax and clear my head.  Having to slow down, breathe and concentrate is great when my mind is running.

So what movie is it we always hear you quoting?

Um, that would be John Tucker Must Die. “I wish it could just be simple, like a retro pop song, “I want you to want me.” Boom. End of story. We all live happily ever after. But it is never really like that, is it?” So many great lines like that that just cut to the chase!

Best funny memory?

I’m a clumsy girl, I’ll admit it.  My favorite “clumsy” moment would have to be the time I fell at the movie theater.  You see, the Beltonian had 2 sections: a top section and a bottom section.  My friends and I were sitting on the first row of the top section watching “Marley & Me” one day.  The theater was full of UMHB students.  I had to go to the restroom during the movie, so I got up and tried to step down (thinking it was a small step) to get to the bottom section.  Well the step was a lot bigger than I thought, so I tripped and fell.  The whole top section saw and laughed.  I couldn’t help but laugh at myself too.  Did I mention it was during one of the saddest parts of the movie?  Yes, the whole bottom half was almost in tears, while the top half was laughing at my mishap.  It was quite humorous and a moment that will not soon be forgotten.

What lights your fire?

Music seems to be a way into my soul.  There always seems to be a song with the right lyrics that reflects my mood for the moment.

My desire for success drives me.  I want to be successful & make my family proud.  My parents have high expectations for me, and I want to exceed them.

Planning an event and seeing it come to fruition is why I love event planning.  The happiness seen by those experiencing the event is an unexplainable feeling that I truly enjoy.

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Thanks, ladies! I’m so excited to have you on board!

Be sure to follow each of them on twitter!  Jenn, Alyssa, Lindsey

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Ulmer Studios: Hey there girls!!! So glad to see Lauren has a good team behind her!!! Looking forward to seeing what you all bring to the table!!! We noticed you all are all clumsy......hoping that some one there in the office isnt! :) J & A May 12,2010 12:58pm

Rachel @ birdy blue: Thanks for introducing your interns! They sound like some cool girls!May 12,2010 07:10pm

Em Humphries: I don't know how any of y'all are going to get work done!!! So much fun in one office!! =)May 18,2010 02:44pm

JennGiles: it has been difficult. we do have a lot of fun. :) - jennMay 20,2010 07:57am

JennGiles: We've got a lot of great stuff up our sleeves! Lauren isn't showing any signs up clumsiness...and the amazing photographer we share a studio space with isn't. I'm afraid the rest of us are a bit hopeless, though. -JennMay 20,2010 08:03am

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May 07/10 Sona & Nico :: Real Wedding :: Part II

Here is the second installment of Sona & Nico’s gorgeous Armenian wedding from Cakes & Kisses.  If you missed Part I find it here! From the bride, a special story: We are two different cultures, my family didn’t except him at first because he wasn’t Armenian…we were dating for about 7 months before he finally met my family and that was because my aunt was being nosey & persistent in…

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Here is the second installment of Sona & Nico’s gorgeous Armenian wedding from Cakes & Kisses.  If you missed Part I find it here!

From the bride, a special story: We are two different cultures, my family didn’t except him at first because he wasn’t Armenian…we were dating for about 7 months before he finally met my family and that was because my aunt was being nosey
& persistent in seeing who he was…they said, “let us meet him and if we like him then you don’t have to sneak around anymore and if we don’t like him than you’ll just move on to an Armenian”…and low and behold they met and were like bread and cheese for the first meeting. They laughed, told jokes in bad Armenian accents, and then he became family instantly…ever since then they’ve been in love with him and have given him all the respect and love because he has made me so happy and loves me so deeply…

And in showing respect back, Nico wanted to have the wedding be a traditional Armenian wedding with no detail left out :-)

wedding theme: There was no real theme…well I guess the theme was to not have anything be too matchy and too coordinated…just wild and free like a field of flowers with all their colors fitting in without trying…music was Armenian/dj was a mix/ the cake we wanted to look natural without looking like a painting so we went for chocolate (flowerless chocolate cake) with fresh roses to decorate it…looked dark and delicious :-)

party favors: We gave our guests colorful fans to keep them cool and to remind them a bit of the flamenco dancers.

Looks like such a fun celebration! Stay tuned for the Trash the Dress shoot!!


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May 07/10 Sona & Nico :: Real Wedding :: Part I

This beautiful City Hall wedding comes to us from Holly Steen of Cakes & Kisses.  I am beyond enamored with this couple and the way they weaved their unique cultures into their wedding day.  And Sona’s dress might just be the most gorgeous dress I have ever seen!  I have included Holly’s words below as she shares a bit about her experience with Sona & Nico.  Stay tuned for parts…

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This beautiful City Hall wedding comes to us from Holly Steen of Cakes & Kisses.  I am beyond enamored with this couple and the way they weaved their unique cultures into their wedding day.  And Sona’s dress might just be the most gorgeous dress I have ever seen!  I have included Holly’s words below as she shares a bit about her experience with Sona & Nico.  Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 coming a little later today with details from the bride and groom!

Their love story: He loves to tell people how they met.

They were both there by chance, and that is how magic happens. There is no planning when it comes to meeting your soul mate. It just happens. You can’t imagine the world any other way after they enter into your world. It is one of those chance, fate, magical moments that makes this couple amazing.

Sona and Nico met a Bob Marley festival. She approached him, (that is the part Nico loves) and they have never been apart since. They travel, explore and live life to the fullest in every way. Sona writes amazing poetry. She sees beauty in everything around her and Nico sees all the beauty in her. They are by far the most passionate, considerate, and gorgeous couple I have ever met.
Truth be told, I have never shot an Armenian wedding before. But I now know that it is a sunrise to the next sunrise event. There is dancing in the streets, fantastic food, and lots of laughing. I found they embrace of Sona’s friends and family were endless. They included me on all the tiny details that I might have missed. It was truly amazing to see everyone come together from all backgrounds to celebrate with Sona and Nico.

She gets ready in her bedroom. It has her art, positive affirmations on the walls, and the most amazing window light. Sona loves flamenco dancers.  Sona’s sister is the maid of honor. She has a charm and delightful humor that would be missed by some, due to her being soft spoken.

In her culture the bride has to wait in her bedroom, till the Groom arrives to the house. It is feels like a lifetime… Nico arrives in style. He has to make his way to the house, offer chocolates to the brides family, and meet and greet everyone. The band
plays in the street and everyone dances.  This is the moment they first see each other. They walk into a circle of friends and family. It wasn’t a private moment, but they look like they are the only people in the room, when they meet eyes.

Then they have to dance around each other and make sure they like what they see. (I am pretty sure that smiles says it all).

We went to Pasadena City Hall to take portraits. Gorgeous.

Holly’s words and images paint such a beautiful picture of what this day was like!  Thank you so very much, Holly!

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dognbird: Love the vibe, very magical. The bride is glowing! Can\'t wait for part II. May 07,2010 11:06am

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May 04/10 Party at your place!

Ladies and Gentlemen (well… maybe I should say ladies and dad – I’m pretty sure he’s the only gentleman that reads my blog. hi dad!) it’s party time!  Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! AY AY AY AY AY! Bust out your fiesta ware plates and buy all the jalepenos you can find!  We are cooking up a mean Mexican celebration and you don’t want to be left behind! You might…

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Ladies and Gentlemen (well… maybe I should say ladies and dad – I’m pretty sure he’s the only gentleman that reads my blog. hi dad!) it’s party time!  Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! AY AY AY AY AY! Bust out your fiesta ware plates and buy all the jalepenos you can find!  We are cooking up a mean Mexican celebration and you don’t want to be left behind!

You might be a tried and true hostess with the mostest or this could be your very first jab at hosting a party at your house but regardless, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect way to kick off the summer with a casual celebration.  I’ve assembled some recipes of my favorite traditional dishes as well as a few ways to spice up your home so all that’s left for you is a trip to the grocery store and a phone call to your friends telling them when to bring their sombrero clad selves!

Numero Uno (1): Papel Picado!  Nothing like Mexican paper banners to get you in the mood for a fiesta!  Get yours here!

Numeros Dos (2) y Tres (3): I am a huge fan of supporting your local cultural societies!  Check your newspaper and see if there is a local celebration being held.  Get out there and enjoy the live Mariachi bands and talented dancers!

Numero Quatro(4): Oh, Mexican Embroidered dresses, how I love you so.  If you don’t own one of these you need to.  They are the single most comfortable dresses ever!  And cute to boot!  The one above was found here

Numero Cinco (5): Paper Flowers!  Keep costs to a minimum and color to a maximum with these vibrant paper flowers.  Get a quick how to here and arrange them around the yard, hang them in the trees, or place them on the table to liven up your party!

Numero Seis (6): Whether you opt for something tart or something simply fruity, when it comes to beverages on Cinco de Mayo my gut tells me you can’t go wrong with anything frozen in the beverage department!  Play with different fruits – mango, peach, strawberry – to keep things fresh!

Numero Siete (7): I found this wonderful recipe for Corn-Stuffed Poblano Chiles from my girl, Martha Stewart, and let me just tell you… they are so good I almost framed one. Almost. So just trust me and make them ok? ok.

Numero Ocho (8): Now here is where we get serious.  Salsa is no joking matter.  Step away from the jarred concoctions and into the light.  Repeat after me: I will only eat fresh salsa… I will only eat fresh salsa.  Our friendship depends on it.  Got it? good.  Now that we have that all cleared up, I have to share with you about The Pioneer Woman.  She is, basically, all that is woman, chef, photographer and cool all wrapped into one.  And she makes a mean salsa.  What’s even better?  She shares her recipe for you right here on her blog!  So go grab the recipe and serve it to your friends.  You won’t regret it, I promise!  (well… unless you don’t put enough cilantro in it… then you will definitely regret it.)

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Everyone!  Be sure to leave a comment below if you have something fun planned to celebrate!  I want to hear all about it!

XO,

Lauren

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Meredith Perdue: How can you not want to throw some sort of Cinco de Mayo party after looking at this beautiful post?! Thanks for sharing this inspiration! May 04,2010 09:19am

Dad: Wow! I feel honored to be mentioned on your site. Love ya - Dad May 05,2010 03:38am

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May 03/10 Being Intentional

I am incredibly lucky that, from a young age, I had a father who taught me about commitment.  I hated it when I was younger.  I had (and still have) the tendency to over-commit.  Therefore when youth choir conflicted with band practice that inched into study for test time that had to be finished before I could go hang out with friends, I was encouraged to find the best solution…

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I am incredibly lucky that, from a young age, I had a father who taught me about commitment.  I hated it when I was younger.  I had (and still have) the tendency to over-commit.  Therefore when youth choir conflicted with band practice that inched into study for test time that had to be finished before I could go hang out with friends, I was encouraged to find the best solution that would consist of me honoring my commitments to both myself and the others that were involved in these activities with me.  I failed often.  But ultimately, I learned to stay true to the things I committed to and I will never be able to thank my precious dad enough for that.

As an adult, this plagues me — but in a different way.  Yes, I still over-commit.  Yes, I cram 30 hours of work into a 24 hour day most of the time. And, yes, I am a newlywed.  This also means that I am tired often, sick WAY too often and not living up to the standards of excellence I set for myself in any of the things I am participating in (even my marriage).  My problem stems from my fear of telling people no and advocating for myself when it comes to drawing hard boundaries regarding “me time”.  I honor my commitments but I am not living a balanced lifestyle.  And I am most certainly not being intentional with how I spend my time and energy.

Can you relate?

I hope every single one of you said, “No, Lauren, you are the only crazy person who does that.”  But something tells me there are a few of you who are looking around to make sure I haven’t been spying in on your life.  I haven’t.  But I guarantee that if you were real with yourself you would realize how worn out you are and how not-as-sweet the sweet moments of life have seemed lately.

I have been doing a whole series on de-cluttering your home over the last two weeks in The Niche.  A lot of you have commented, tweeted or sent emails letting me know how much you liked it! So consider this post to be the introduction to the de-cluttering counterpart for your soul.  I want your streamlined home to merely be a reflection of your streamlined life in which you feel the most healthy, whole and happy.

Follow me on twitter this week for my #beintentional series as I challenge myself to come to grips with how much one person can and should accomplish.  As well as how to edit the rest out while maintaining your integrity.

This is the beginning, friends!

Header Image from the talented Nancy Ray

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Katie: You must have talked to my husband. :) This is me to a "t" and I can't wait to hear you new series this week! *hugs*May 03,2010 10:19am

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Emily: Excellent post, Lauren! Saying "no" is one of my biggest weaknesses. Looking forward to more in the series.May 03,2010 02:00pm

Meredith Perdue: I'm already loving the #beintentional series! Such a beneficial exercise for all of us!May 03,2010 07:44pm

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May 03/10 Farm Engagement

<sigh> I love love. When Nancy Ray sent me these images to share with you guys I wasn’t quite sure how to react.  My first inclination was to keep them my little secret.  You see, love like is shown in these images holds a special place in my heart.  It feels sacred. Then I thought maybe I should get them all printed and hang them about my studio, blare some…

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<sigh> I love love. When Nancy Ray sent me these images to share with you guys I wasn’t quite sure how to react.  My first inclination was to keep them my little secret.  You see, love like is shown in these images holds a special place in my heart.  It feels sacred. Then I thought maybe I should get them all printed and hang them about my studio, blare some Sound of Music tunes and twirl.  But I remembered that my studio is actually a storefront therefore the windows all across the front could put a small damper on my twirling about with abandon.  So… I decided I would share them with all of you after all.

These engagement pictures belong to a couple named Ben & Elkie and they are taken on the farm where Ben has spent time working as well as where he popped the ever-so-important “will you marry me?” question to Elkie. They hold meaning – as well as quite a few rather adorable farm animals.The pig… oh, the pig! I want one… as long as it promises to stay little forever. amen.

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The picture above is exactly where Ben proposed.  And yes, he hung those lights!

A Huge Thank You to Nancy Ray for sending me these images.  I can’t wait to see Ben & Elkie’s wedding photos!  I am sure they will be just as heartfelt and endearing as these.  For more on Ben & Elkie (and other sweet couples) head over to Nancy’s blog.

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Dognbird: Down home love. Super charming e-session. So soft and lovely. May 03,2010 08:43am

featured! love, milk & honey » nancy ray photography: [...] now that you know all about this adorable blog, go check out my feature! elkie and ben’s engagement session was one of the most inspiring session i’ve had this [...]May 03,2010 09:47am

nancy ray: thanks so much for the feature, lauren! i LOVED this session :].May 03,2010 09:50am

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Meredith Perdue: Loved seeing these on Nancy's blog, but they are so perfect for Love, Milk & Honey! May 03,2010 07:47pm

Jared Rey: This is a unique engagement session, love the idea of using all the facets of a farm. I think my favorite was the last image you shared through the round barbed wire.May 04,2010 10:31pm

Michael Newman: Love these photos! My wife and I got married at her parents farm in FL. We even included her horse in some of the photos! Love love love farm pictures! :-) May 13,2010 08:08am

Sarah Bean: It's page wire, not barbed wire. Barbed wire would've been a bit scary no? :)May 22,2010 09:14am

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