Monday, December 29, 2014

Etsy Love - 5 Favorite Finds

While doing some internet window shopping, I thought I'd share some treasures I came across on Etsy. Can I have it all now, please?!

woodland creature toys
These little critters would fit in perfectly in my little guy's nursery! Get these soft, hand-stitched toys and other adorable creatures from Woodland Tale.

letterpress coasters
Perfect for your New Year's Eve gathering, get these fab letterpress coasters from Dinglewood Design & Press.

polka dot washi tape
Who doesn't love playing with washi tape?? Angie Hearts Jared has this polka dot pattern tape and other cute party accessories and crafts!

fox necklace
This is perfection. It Must be Nice to be a Bird makes amazing necklaces and pins! I need all of them.

pressed flower iphone case
In the market for a new iphone case? It doesn't get much better than this handmade real natural pressed flower case made by Clear Glasss.

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Year's Eve Party Dresses

New Years Eve party dresses

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With 2015 just around the corner, it's about time to start getting NYE party-ready! If you haven't found your perfect dress yet, I've picked out some amazing pieces from a few of my favorite shops - ModClothTopShop, and LuLu's to share with you lovely folks. I'm completely in love with the curve-hugging shapes and glittery colors of these dresses. They're so glitzy, glamorous, and perfect for any New Year's Eve party! Which one is your favorite?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Etsy Shop Goodies

Etsy Shop - Art of the Heart - Jewelry - Wander necklace
Business has been pretty good in the ol' Etsy shop this holiday season! I've been hard at work fashioning lovely necklaces, bracelets, and more. Lately, my most popular items have been the golden state bracelets. They've been selling like crazy and make great gifts! It's a little late now to get these by Christmas day. However, if you'd still like to get one of your own state or grab any of the other pieces shown here, you can head on over to the SHOP and I'll have it shipped as soon as possible. Better late than never, huh? I'd say so. 

Merry Christmas, everyone! 

Etsy Shop - Art of the Heart - State Bracelet
Etsy-Art of the heart-fox necklace
etsy-art of the heart-love bracelet

Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Shower Fun

Yesterday, we had a blast with some of our closest friends at our very first baby shower. We started the party with a rousing game of baby Mad Libs. It was so much fun! Everyone filled the back of their cards with nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc., and then filled in the blanks for the story on the front of the cards. The story was very specific to Cody and me so that made it pretty hilarious, especially since we both had to read each one out loud! Our friends can get a little crazy with stuff like that.

There was another fun card that everyone filled out. It was a "Predictions & Wishes" card for us and the baby. Those were really funny too. Some of my favorites were, "I hope you always... poop on Cody." and "Advice for mommy and daddy... get turnt even if you have to force it.." because both of those things are definitely going to happen!

After the fun games, Cody and I opened cards and presents. We got so many adorable things for the little fella. I can't wait to use all of it! 

As far as food and decor goes, Mary Meghan (who threw the shower) really outdid herself with the woodland critter theme. It was absolutely perfect! I don't have photos of everything because it was later in the day and lighting wasn't great, but some of my favorite details are pictured below. The cookies were just too cute to eat, and the hot cocoa bar was amazing! There was a crock pot filled with warm milk and next to it were mason jars filled with cocoa, candy canes, chocolate chips, butterscotch bits, and more for us to customize our own drinks. Yummm!

Overall, it was such a great shower. We were so glad to celebrate little Baby Hickman with our fabulous friends! It meant so much to me to share those sweet moments with everyone :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mammoth Cave

This past weekend, Cody and I ventured to Louisville, Kentucky for a work engagement. Before heading back home, we spent the night in Cave City and visited Mammoth Cave. We took a 2 hour-2 miles long tour through part of the cave. Yes, I ducked, bobbed, and weaved through narrow passageways and low hanging rock with an 8 month preggo belly. I even climbed a 150 stair tower towards the end of the tour to get back up to the surface. That was the hardest part. Cody climbed the stairs behind me and helped push me to the top. I finished - heart racing, heavy breathing, and fully ready to collapse on the ground, but I did it!

After leaving the caves, we drove a little way to a nice picnic spot next to a river for lunch. It was freeeezing but so much fun. We found an abandoned church nearby and took some time to explore and snap some photos.

Though the trip was short and primarily for work, it was still a nice little getaway. It's probably going to be the last getaway until sometime after Baby Hickman is born. Just 8 more weeks until he gets here!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Maternity Leave Announcement

I'm finally nearing the end of my pregnancy and will soon be meeting my sweet little boy. Yay! So, I wanted to go ahead and make a little announcement for all of my hometown client-friends and potentials. A lot of people have been asking me when I'll be taking my maternity leave and when they should book their next appointment before I go. To answer those questions, the answer is now-ish. 

If you want to make sure that your hair will stay looking awesome while I'm gone, December through early January is when you'll need to schedule your next hair appointment with me! I'm going to work as long as I can, and though I may still be booking appointments up until mid January, I can't guarantee a secure appointment in those later weeks. 

Thanks for supporting me and my little family with your business. I can't wait to introduce all of you to Baby Hickman!

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