Thursday, July 28, 2011

"me" time...

i value the importance of spending time with myself, and i'm not afraid to say it!  as much as i love being a wife and a mom, it is one of the things that i learned to indulge in from time to time to create balance in my life.  it is as important as date nights with my mister, and dates with my kiddos too!

i miss painting on canvas, spending hours layering paints.  unfortunately, time is often taken up by more important things (see photo above).  so yesterday, i decided to do some nail art for fun!   i found this tutorial from michelle of the laquer files.  i don't wear animal prints, so i decided to dress my nails with it!  plus the added bonus of painting, but my nails as the canvas!!! the best reason:  it was quick!

so here are my leopard pattern inspired nails in turquoise, lime green, and black / dark teal: 

here are the colors i used:

dark teal - ski teal we drop, OPI
turquoise - ocean love potion, sephora by OPI
lime green - gargantuan green grape, OPI
black - black onyx, OPI (no photo)

i used black polish instead of the dark teal to make the pattern pop against the lime green.  you can use the dark teal for a more subtle look!

life gets quite hectic sometimes, what do you do for yourself?

have a great week!
xo, carla

Saturday, July 16, 2011

the 4 year old & the 2 month old

hello everyone,

it's been a long time since i posted here in the blogitty-blog...  i miss all of you.  i hope you are all doing well.  my littles are giving me some free time at the moment to post a photo (one's napping and the other is watching a movie) - so i will!  we did a photo session this morning.  here's a favorite of mine among the bunch:

i found this amazing blog through pinterest called, young house love.  i am absolutely in love with this blog, created by sherry petersik!  she writes about her life, filled with love, and renovations too.  they also featured 52 photos of their daughter, clara (one for every week of the year) - which is the inspiration for this photo.  it was such an amazing idea, that i had to attempt to take one at least every month for a year of both kiddos.  it was also very generous of sherry to share the process and tips of doing your own shoot!  so, thank you sherry!!!  maybe, this will be a new tradition every month for as long as i can do it...

hope you have an inspiring week!