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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

party in a box // floral & nautical

Seriously people, the "Party in a Box" is one of my favorite ideas. Ever. 
They are SO easy and such a simple fun way to just take a party at a restaurant up a notch. 
Ok, technically no box was involved with this one... everything's gonna be ok ;-)
 Cute napkins right!?!? H&M!!! They have an adorable home department. 
Scrapbook paper from Joann's and white vases from Ikea (I forget where I got the straws). 
 My friends Chelsea was actually the great planner in this whole party and
she made these cute tissue pom flowers for the table. 
 GREAT breakfast at Buffalo Cafe in Whitefish. 
 The cute birthday girl! Chelsea made her a flower crown too. 

This next one had a nautical theme and again, SO easy. 
The Ball jars (purchased at Target along with the napkins) were actually part of the birthday girls present. 
Scrapbook paper & anchors from Joann's and yarn from a thrift store. 
Breakfast at our favorite... Bonelli's Bistro in Kalispell. 

See?!!? Easy-peasy. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

happy hiker

Be forewarned... this is a random post, but I wanted to brag on a friend real quick.

My friend Jake of Hike 734 and I went for a hike last week to Rockwell Falls
In 2011 Jake became the first person to hike all 734 miles of trail in Glacier National Park in one summer (find out more info on his blog) and he has 2 maps out! Day Hikes of Glacier National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road driving guide. 
I am so proud of all he is doing!!!! 
If you live near Glacier or are planning a visit you definitely need to pick up one of his maps and check out his website, 
there's so much helpful information. Here's some pictures I took with my phone, 
but Jake's blog post has more beautiful pictures and a video.

Not a bad view for lunch.
Happy hiker. 
Jake took this picture. See me down there?!

Such a fun day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

happy summer gift

Yes, I'm still here. Sort of. 
I'm planning on finally posting some parties I never blogged about from years ago. Soooo.... that will be fun!

This was just a simple summer gift I did for all my girls/employees to kick off the summer. 
I just love them and wanted to give them a little summer treat. 
My inspiration came from the amazing & talented Amanda from Be Crafty (see here & here).
 Sunshine + blue skies... Montana summers are THE BEST. 
 Everything was purchased at Target, minus the squirt guns (Dollar Tree). 
I LOVE giving fun creative gifts, check out more ideas on my Pinterest board Give Unto Others
Happy Summer!!! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

a splendid evening in montana

Here it is! A gorgeous Evening in Montana. 
You can read and see more on the Hearth blog post here (including a recipe and a video).
Seriously though.... these pictures are GORGEOUS!!! Kelli Trontel never disappoints.
Some of my favorite pictures were the prep shots. Such good lighting.

My job, the table. My FAVORITE!!!!

The table setting... swoon. So simple, but I love it.

Friends enjoying food. 

And dessert... yum.

It was a really splendid evening in Montana. 

Don't forget you can purchase a copy of Hearth here, it's a great and gorgeous publication. 

Concept, story, styling: Jana Roach of Vintage Whites
Photographer: Kelli Trontel
Prop Styling: ME!
Menu & food styling: Rae Clausen

Monday, May 12, 2014

hearth magazine

I was honored to be a part of a super fun project almost two years ago (yep, long overdue post).
My friend Jana came up with the concept of "An Evening in Montana". 
She set out to have a simple dinner party in a glorious Montana setting and have Kelli photograph it. 
Then it was published in Hearth Magazine
Here's a sneak peak....

Photos- Kelli Trontel 

Monday, January 27, 2014

simple volunteer thank you gifts

I have the BEST job. I am the Kid's Ministry Director at Fresh Life Church. With this awesome responsibility comes the privilege of overseeing over 100 volunteers. And to be honest, I am nothing without my volunteers!!! 
Every once and awhile I like to think of little ways to say thank you. 
These are two little ideas we did a while ago to say thanks for all their hard work. 
Kid Min really can feel like a circus sometimes, so this little snack was a fun play on that. 
I purchased pretzels, animal crackers, peanuts, and frosted animal cookies, put them in sandwich size ziplock bags, and attached the little note with washi tape. 
They were a huge hit!
This next one was SUPER simple. 
I just printed on a basic brown lunch bag, added some wash tape, 
and then filled it with candy.

I believe it is so important to say THANK YOU and 
it doesn't have to be overly complex or expensive, but always thoughtful. 

For other cute thank you or just because gifts check out my fun board on Pinterest, Give Unto Others

Monday, December 16, 2013

hunt and cut 2013

Here we are again... Hunt & Cut 2013
We went deep into the forest this year to find our perfect Christmas tree and it was AMAZING!!!
Oh and sweet Kelli documented the lovely day. 

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.... which tree to pick?!
We hunt...
and cut. 
Then we hang out and eat.
Soups for a cold day.
I stamped simple white cups with a homemade tree stamp for soup.
Then used a Smash Date Stamp to stamp other cups that said "happy memories NOV 29 2013" for hot cocoa. 
I kind of love them. A lot. 
Cute little bunting. 
And my favorite Hunt & Cut treat! (You can see this previous blog for the DIY of these trees)
One more cause I love them so. 
I LOVE doing life with these people. Love. 
Kelli and I. 
Loading up the trees. 
These pictures that Kelli captured on the drive are amazing! You can see even more on her blog.
Ok one last thing. That 1st picture I posted that Kelli took is one of my favorite. 
She and our friend Ashley make monthly desktops/wallpaper and they used that picture for this month. 
It's stunning and you can download it on their sites for FREE!

Merry Christmas friends!

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