The guys’ room. Or the boys’ room. They told me they were really more ‘guys’ than ‘boys’…goodness they make me laugh. And cry. And cover my ears and eyes too often. They share a bedroom and we don’t have plans (or the budget) to expand the house out. Their twin-sized mattresses were all in a row on the floor after they decided they didn’t want bunkbeds. Each morning we would stack their mattresses in a pile so they had room to play. It was not ideal, but it worked.

Chris and the boys came up with a plan to cut a hole in their ceiling and enclose part of our attic – giving them a sleeping loft and a functional room downstairs. It has taken us about 8 months to get it completed – life doesn’t slow down for construction projects. Finally, the room is complete and I’ve got three very happy guys in my home.

They are ages 7, 9, and 11. I asked their input on pretty much every part of the room. They picked the wall decor, the rug, the cabinet, the shelf and the couch. They wanted a lot of floor space and room to store/display their lego creations. I could handle all the legos hidden, but it is their room and lego displays were a big deal…

And now their ‘Guys’ Room’:

6.15boysroom-01This is their room in 2010, ages 2, 4, & 6. It lasted like this for about 3 years. Then my oldest didn’t like the planes, the walls got dirty, we tore out carpet and got rid of bunkbeds…then it was just chaos.


Now they’ve have an updated room that meets their needs. I rescued the catalog from my grandpa’s basement right before the house was closed on to a new owner. I’ve dreamed for years of the boys organizing their legos, but they have had no desire. In the past, I knew if I organized it they would not maintain it and it would frustrate me. If I had forced them to organize it, they probably would not have played with legos as often – robbing us all of fun. So, I chose to ignore all the plastic bins of lego chaos. Then – OH GLORIOUS DAY –Β  they asked for the card catalog in their room to organize their legos by color. Beautiful, wonderful day. Legos have never looked so pretty. Nearly every drawer is full.6.15boysroom-02They really don’t have many toys. One – we don’t have a lot of room, so less is more. Two – they are happy with legos, books, dart guns and being outside. The simplicity helps with keeping a picked up room.6.15boysroom-04The DIY travel map is for our family to start keeping track of the places we want to visit. Click here for more info on how I made it.6.15boysroom-066.15boysroom-07My friend Tim Paslay built the metal and wood shelf for my studio. The original plan was for it to hold ceramics before and after we fired them in the kiln. The boys wanted shelves to keep the legos that they didn’t want to break apart. So, they got my shelf. The chalkboard is from 25:40Love. I first came across 25:40 Love at Hope Spoken. 15% of each sale is donated to a charity. This month the featured charity is Morning Star Foundation. I have a big announcement on Monday related to Morning Star and I am so grateful 25:40 Love chose to feature them this month. Exciting things in store!6.15boysroom-09The boys sleep upstairs. When they walk down the stairs each morning the first thing they see is the chalkboard…6.15boysroom-116.15boysroom-12All the boys’ clothes are in the closet (it is really small!) and a few in the black armoire. As a family of 7, we do laundry daily. Since everything is constantly getting washed, there really isn’t a reason for us to have tons of clothes. The boys have enough, but not excess (by American standards). Stuff and things, including clothes, can quickly take over. I am constantly purging the rooms in our house to keep things simple and to fight the clutter.6.15boysroom-146.15boysroom-156.15boysroom-17This is what their room looks like most of the time – the pull-up bar greets you and there is usually someone on the floor with legos.6.15boysroom-186.15boysroom-20

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SLEEPING LOFT. It is so much more modern and bold than any other room in our house. The boys keep telling me how much they like it. Evidently, they are pretty thankful I didn’t hang buntings and cover their pillows with vintage tablecloths like the rest of the house!

For those that are interested, here are some of my sources:

Card catalog – my grandpa’s basement

Metal & Wood Shelf – by Tim Paslay

Travel map – DIY tutorial, Urban Outfitters

Reclaimed barn wood chalkboard – 25:40 Love

Pillow covers – IKEA

Legos – grandma, Nana, dad & too many friends

Rug – IKEA

Couch – found on Craigslist

Black armoire – built by my grandpa

Ceiling fan – Lowes

Woods tapestry – Urban Outfitters

Staircase – designed and built by my dad

Curtains – shower curtains from Target that I cut and sewed into curtains


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  • Diana - That is awesome. I would have wanted a while room for Lego playing as a kid too! And the sorting!!!! Kinda my dream!

  • Gemma - Looks stunning – looking forward to seeing the loft too!!

  • jess - So, you have few toys. I envy you. Can you let us know how you keep grandparents, etc from bringing in more stuff at bday, etc?

  • Alicia Burress - The room is amazing!!!

  • Jenn - oh I am so glad that you posted this. it is wonderful
    you guys did such a great job, I can see why the boys love it so much.
    that lego storage. swoon. I have been looking for something like that. it is great
    excited to see the loft. I bet it is lots of fun

  • Jen - Do you mind mentioning where you got the grey/white striped curtains?

  • Kari - Oh Man!!! This is such a great space. I want to hang out there! Your boys are so lucky. Well done!

  • Tiffany - less is more- love this philosophy!

  • Tanya - I just love everything about this: the refined casualness, the functionality, the “guy” style, the repurposing by adding a loft. It’s all so genius! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see up those stairs.

  • Paige E - GREAT ideas! My guys are about to give up their playroom and have separate rooms. A little sad. The end of an era. I love the lego idea, especially the shelving for stuff they want to keep together. I also love that you got to incorporate some of your family furniture pieces.

  • cindy - I LOVE IT!!! what a perfect place! the wood/metal shelves are awesome and the woods tapestry is perfect!

  • Meg - Soooo cool! And you were smart about the Legos- since they organized themselves, there’s a much better chance they will stay a happy rainbow!!

  • Kari - So many things I want to say. Are you really going to skip over that giant forest poster?! My daughter would lose her mind over that! And I agree with someone above me…how do you keep family and friends from buying them so many toys for birthdays and Christmas? Some members of my family don’t understand the “less is more” concept and get offended when I try to talk to them about the (obscene) amount of toys they buy my kids. We end up donating about 70% of their toys twice a year.

  • Jennie - The room is lovely, but I am really excited about your Monday announcement. Love Morning Star!

  • Erica - Wowza! This looks great. I love that woods poster, it’s a stunna! Can’t wait to check out the loft. What an imgenuis way to make use of the space you have.

  • Kimberly oyler - so cool! now I need an updated tour of the studio since you snagged that couch and shelf from it. πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley - this is the most awesome room! Can you tell us about the huge forest photo??

  • ranee - i think i love every single thing about this…not the least of which is that amazing lego storage. so awesome!

  • Romy - I started reading your blog when you announced the boys room make over 3 YEARS AGO! WTF!!!?? And it seems incredible how they have grown into guys! ha ha Love everything about this room! But what I love the most is that your dad is always there to help with the projects. I want your dad!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Ok – now I kinda sorta want a cabinet full of color sorted legos.

  • Megan Price - Love it all! I would love to know your source for the striped curtains. They are just what I am looking for my little guy’s room.

  • Mei-Lin - This is such a great space!!

    And I’m so excited for your Morning Star announcement on Monday. I can’t wait to see what you and Meredith have been dreaming up! πŸ™‚

  • Oceana - This is such a great room! It’s functional for your ‘guys’ but still looks great and says a lot about your style. I really like it πŸ™‚


  • Amy Cornwell - Oh wow, that airplane pic (the 3 panel one) is why I started following you. My friend Chrissy referred me to your blog because my hubby’s a pilot and we were decorating my son’s room in planes. Time flies. I love the guys room, looks super cool πŸ™‚

  • Roxanne - Wow! Wow! Wow! I love everything about this room! So great.

  • jenny - i’m pretty sure that out of every home makeover i see, yours always gets me the most excited πŸ™‚ i absolutely LOVE the wooded tapestry in there! never would have thought i would like something like that… but wow!… you make it look so good! i am completely with you on the forcing to organize and how wonderful it is when they finally want to do those things. we used to have a lot of toys (mostly gifted from other people) but in the last year and a half i started getting rid of most of it… just keeping the more special things that actually get played with. i swear my kids are SO much happier. they love that they can keep their space clean easier and i think they were over stimulated before with all of the “stuff”. simplicity is definitely the way to go. thank you for sharing your process. i feel inspired. also, now i see that a lego shelf is EXACTLY what my son needs for his room πŸ™‚

  • Amy - Where did you get those curtains? This room is just amazing.

  • AshleyAnn - Megan – They are shower curtains from Target that I cut in 4 sections and sewed to make curtains.

  • AshleyAnn - Ashley – it is the ‘tapestry’ linked at the bottom. I should have been more clear on that. I’ll update it πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Kari – it is the β€˜tapestry’ linked at the bottom. I should have been more clear on that. I’ll update it πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Jen – they are shower curtains from Target I cut up and sewed into curtains

  • Janine - this is amazing, fantastic, awesome, fun wow well done…wish i had a space like that.

  • Danielle - My boys would love all that space to store and display legos! What a great space!

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  • Nicole L. - It looks so great! I love everything that the Paslay’s do too!

  • Julia - Where on Earth did you get the “mural” on the wall behind the couch? I love that idea.

  • AshleyAnn - Julia – it is a tapestry from Urban Outfitters

  • Megan - Could you give me an approximate cost of this total project? We are a family of 7 as well 4 boys and 1 girl with three bedrooms and using the attic space is really starting to sound like an awesome idea for our crowded all boys room.

  • Kristin - Such a great post. You inspired me to get going on my boys’ room. I actually bought a different tapestry from Urban Outfitters for their room, but I’m stumped on how to hang it. How did you end up hanging yours?

Her middle name is “Song”. She loves lots of things, but on the top of the list is her daddy and singing. We were entrusted with a karaoke machine while some friends move to Madagascar for the next two years. I’m not sure the machine is going to still be working in two years at the rate it is being used around here. These two make a good pair…

6.15fathersday-016.15fathersday-03She’s the baby in the family….6.15fathersday-05She is also in a band-aid phase. I hide the band-aids. She finds them. I hide them. She finds them and wears them like stickers.6.15fathersday-066.15fathersday-08

In honor of fathers today, I wanted to do a Father’s Day giveaway. Father’s Day is just around the corner. I’m a fan of personalized gifts, so this giveaway includes products you can personalize for the dad in your life! I’ve worked with Mpix for years and can’t say enough good things about the company, their products and their employees. Vintage Pearl is based locally to me, but known worldwide. I’m not sure you could go anywhere in Tulsa and not see someone in a piece of Vintage Pearl jewelry. Onto the giveaway details!


Prize: 20 page Premium Panoramic Photo Book, any size

I just got my own copy of one of these. The pages are super thick – like postcards. It is a new product for Mpix and I am thrilled with the quality.

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The Vintage Pearl

Prize: $50.00 gift certificate

Vintage Pearl offers an array of handstamped jewelry & keepsakes to create personal gifts. The cuffs and bookmarks are my favorite. New Father’s Day items are launching today!

Discount code: SYCAMORE20 for 20% off your purchase until 6/21/15

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Here are the details of the giveaway:

1 winner chosen at random

Giveaway ends Saturday, June 6, 2015 9:00pm US Central


The winner has been emailed.

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  • Melissa - What beautiful pictures!

  • Heather - Ohh gosh I need to start thinking about Father’s Day. It’s just around the corner. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Southern Gal - When I see these two together, I remember the photo you posted of him holding her with tears running down his face and it makes me weepy. She’s come such a long way under the loving care of her daddy and mama. Hugs.

  • Susannah H. - Father/daughter relationships are so special! The pictures are lovely (like always)!

  • Kelly Keitzer - Love the mpix book!

  • amy lenhart - wow what a great giveaway!!

  • meg - The Hubs actually asked for some printed photos of the little dudes this year! Perfect!

  • Erin - Would love to win! Your daughter is beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Holly F - You’re so sweet to do a giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • dana - a girl and her daddy…can’t get any better! Thanks for such a generous give-away!

  • Annette - Love Mpix and haven’t heard of Vintage Pearl but their products look nice too.

  • Elizabeth c. - We bought our kids each their own box of fun bandaids because hey always NEEDED a bandaid. They could use them whenever they wanted, but when they were gone, they were gone. It worked great. I didn’t stress about giving them bandaids, and they decided they needed them a little less often πŸ™‚

  • Dawn - Looks like a wonderful giveaway. I love to follow your blog- you have a beautiful heart!

  • Haley - This is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Natalie - I would love to win this! This is my husband’s first Father’s day!

  • Susan - Great giveaway and beautiful pictures! The band-aid phase is a fun one. Looking back on pictures of my girls in that phase makes me smile.

  • Erica - Cute pictures of her “stickers”!

  • Tanya - Ah, yes, the BandAid phase! We’re in that as well. πŸ™‚ Great pictures and thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  • Angela - Fun giveaway!

  • Kristina - I love the giveaway items!

  • Becky G - Love the grey linen photobook. Such a great giveaway!

  • Jana - Great giveaway!

  • Rachel - Such sweet pictures & memories! Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  • Erin - My husband just had me order a Canon Rebel T5 For myself for my birthday…this would be the perfect Father’s Day gift to show him how much I appreciate his generous self! He’s getting the June lootcrate already so an extra gift would be a huge surprise πŸ™‚

  • Alicia Burress - Gorgeous girl! And fun giveaway!

  • Carrie - Great Father’s Day ideas. Thanks!

  • Joan j - The personalized gifts are the best,thanks for the giveaway!

  • Caylin Austin - Such a great Father’s Day gift idea!

  • Suzanne - Love The Vintage Pearl…..I “shop” there all the time but have never purchased anything yet. You know, baseball cleats, new underwear, sliding shorts, shoes, etc. come first in a household of boys! And I adore the pic of your youngest with her arms wrapped tight around her hero/her daddy!

  • Kelly - I would love to win this for my husband’s first father’s day!

  • Hilary - Fingers crossed!

  • Elizabeth Nelson - i would love to surprise my pops with this wonderful gift!

  • Jen - Beautiful giveaway items!

  • Elizabeth W. - Love the Vintage Pearl! Favorite gifts come from there.

  • Allison - So very cute and sweet!

  • Alicia Johnson - Great products and I love a giveaway!

  • ouida - Such sweet shots. I have a few of my own that would look amazing in a book!! fingers crossed!

  • Kelley - Awesome giveaway! Thank you!

  • ranee - What beautiful photos! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Erin - thanks for hosting this giveaway! Happy Father’s day to your husband and all the dads out there!

  • Chelsea - i love both of these great companies!

  • Julie - My hubs is off the charts wonderful. I would love to be able to gift him with these things!

  • Chrissy - Awesome giveaway! And my 3 year old uses bandaids as stickers too! It gets a little expensive.

  • TLL - Love both products!!

  • Candy - Thanks for the giveaway. Daddy/daughter relationships are so special and deserve to be nourished and celebrated.

  • Kimberly - Thank you for offering a Father’s Day giveaway!

  • Cory - I LOVE both of these sites!!

  • shana - Love the vintage pearl!

  • Annemieke - Someone said it before me, but Chris and Little One share this beautiful bond from the first time he held her sleeping. My little girls have a special bond with their daddy as well, it makes me so happy to see them together!

  • Renata - Great giveaway!

  • Rachel N. - She’s adorable! The photo book from Mpix sounds awesome…hats off to Dad’s.

  • Crystal - She is so stinkin cute!! and what a great giveaway!!

  • Brittany - Oh… so cute & sweet. I think you should include a box of Band-Aids as well πŸ˜‰

  • Amy B - Thank you for the amazing giveaway. I’ve been wanting to try MPix since you give such great reviews of it. I love keeping up with your family. Thank you again!

  • Emma S - i love the pictures of you and your husband with your kids! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kiera Chambers - I love both of these for Father’s Day gifts. It’s always hard for me to figure out what to get my husband…he’s not a tie guy, or a beer guy, or a grill guy…these are perfect.

  • ColleenMarie - What great stories and memories you are able to keep with this blog. Priceless!

  • Kari - These are amazing prices!! Love it! And as always your daughter is adorable. πŸ˜‰

  • Tina - Love her cute nose crinkles!!! (And I just had a shocking moment, I started following you when I was expecting my 4th–I had 3 boys and wondered if our family would be like yours with a girl for the 4th. But we had a boy and that boy is now 4. Where has the time gone! How have I followed you that long?!?)

  • Parla - mpix is my favourite!!! and your daughter is stunning πŸ™‚

  • Kristen - Adorable pics today!
    Thanks for the chance to win..fingers crossed

  • Jamie Weathers - I love Mpix. They have always been quick and that have always done a great job with all my orders.

  • Becky - What a fun give away! I always wear my necklace from vintage pearl!

  • Big D & Me - What a wonderful giveaway! My husband really deserves a special day devoted to him but chances are we will be at swim meets, soccer games, or just playing in the pool…and I know he will love it since it will be with our kiddos.

  • Peggy - Ah yes the band aid phase. I remember it well ivory was safe from my little boy. I used to get funny looks when I would go to the shops!

  • Dani M. - My husband got me a necklace from the Vintage Pearl a few years ago. It would be fun to get him something from there too!

  • sarah - She has transitioned into your family so beautifully!

  • JOdi Lemons - Thank you for hosting this giveaway! Your blog is inspiring, beautiful and I love reading it!

  • Heidi E - Love seeing their love. What a fun pair.

  • Charline - Beautiful photos ! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway !


  • Carmen - I’m still thinking about Friday Harbor. Love that place.:) Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Jenn - sweet pictures
    awesome goodies

  • Nickie I - Thank you for thinking about the dads! We are due with number 4 that same week-so he’s going to be getting a pretty exciting gift already…of course this would be the cherry on top!

  • Rochelle Cunningham - Yes please!!! I LOVE Vintage Pearl!

  • Alyssa - Loving the photo book idea!

  • Misty - I love following your blog!

  • Cristy - What a great giveaway! That MPIX book looks awesome!

  • Shelly Moorhouse - Wow! They all look like great gifts!

  • Victoria / Justice Pirate - He seems like a great father from what I see in your photos and posts over the past few years since following you. Little One has grown so much and is beautiful and I love that she has a strong bond with her dad. May her bond with her heavenly father occur as well! πŸ™‚

    Oooh Giveaways are fun too.

  • Meg - What a great giveaway! Thanks.

  • AmanadaK - Both are awesome, would love it!

  • Cassandra - Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  • Nanette - Great gift ideas! Thanks!!

  • Emily Shackelford - I love these gift ideas.

  • Molly W - Beautiful pictures of your daughter and husband!

  • Rachel S. - I have always loved how in biblical times people named their children and expected their character to live up to their name. Lovely to see it here, too. What sweet moments captured between your song girl and her daddy.

  • Alice H - Love these pictures! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • kelly - it’s the hub’s first father’s day… and it falls a few weeks shy of when he will actually get to meet his son/daughter twins. i would LOVE to gift him an item like these!

  • Tara Brungardt - You always have the best gift ideas!

  • Caitlin E - Our daddy is working in a different city right now, so we’d love to mail him something off this giveaway!!

  • Amy - Beautiful photos!

  • Saretta - love mpix

  • Becky glover - Love the idea of a photobook for Father’s Day!!

  • Marita Mast - This is a amazing giveaway. Would love to win.

  • Danielle - Thanks for the giveaway! Your baby’s smile is precious.

  • katherine - Would so love to win these to get daddy something πŸ™‚

  • Katy C. - Thanks for the giveaway! I love personalized gifts too.

  • Nichole - Your husband looks so young in these photos and your youngest looks so old!!!!

  • Laura - This looks amazing…thank you!

  • Mandy Collum - Beautiful photos and giveaways!

  • caroline - The bandaid thing is just too cute <3

  • Amy Senecal - Such beautiful gifts to give away. I enjoy sharing in your family’s life. You have a special gift.

  • Delaney - I like those new Mpix books, I’ve been wanting to make a lay flat photo book for my son and for my husband, but all of the ones I found were really expensive and I wasn’t for sure of their quality. Thanks for the tip.

  • Denise - Me! Me! Pick me!!!!

  • mary - Oh, those books would be perfect

  • amber - Mpix & the vintage pearl? Yes! Thanks for the chance!

  • Tammy - Beautiful gifts, thanks for the giveaway.

  • Jessica LaFOy - We Love our Daddy!

  • Kathy V - Would love for my children to win and make these for their dad.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jennifer Smith - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bond between daddies and daughters. And also love these prizes!

  • Shannon - What a great giveaway. I really want to start putting together yearly picture books, so I will go check out mpix!

  • Debbie H - Thanks for the great give away. And it makes me laugh that she finds your hiding spots for the bandaids. haha I LOVE that age right through to 7 / 8. SO FUN!

  • Jessica - Fun. Father’s Day gifts are always so hard to figure out!

  • Kristi Rediske - I also love Mpix, quality is great, I would love to win a chance to try one of their books. I love the vintage pearl, I am so excited about this giveaway, thanks so much for the chance.

  • Charity G. - I love how you see yoyr children and their strengths. That last photo of them with her hugging him is perfect. Such a cool giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Katie - Your daughter is adorable! What fun a giveaway.

  • Wen - Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  • LooLoo - Such a good idea. Hubs has been wanting a nice photo album for-ever. Thanks for the opportunity and the ideas.

  • rebecca - love seeing her smile! πŸ™‚ adorable!

  • Bry - Great giveaway! Thanks!

  • Jennyroo - Love everything about the Vintage Pearl including their philosophy and their lovely products! Thanks for sharing!

  • stephanie - what a great giveaway – I got my husband a great ring from there with our kids names on it and he lost it in the ocean one day.

  • Trista - What a great giveaway. I would love to win this.

  • Liv - Love these photos of Song and her many cute expressions!
    Thank you for doing this giveaway.

  • Toni Moore - The pics of your family are adorable!!! I LOVE getting personalized gifts for my hubby from our little guys! Thanks for the chance & happy Father’s Day to y’all! πŸ˜€

  • Kathi J - I love these Father’s Day ideas! Thank you for posting!

  • Leah - Fun giveaway.

  • Sharla - I live in Kansas and believe mpix is there also – such great products and I love knowing it is somewhat local.

    Thanks for the opportunity to receive the father’s day gift – the Vintage Pearl stuff is so cool. Love the personalized gifts!

  • Hannah - These pictures remind me of when my baby girl was a baby πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Sue Symens - Love her scrunched up nose! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Holly - Amazing giveaway, thank you!!!

  • Jude - I would love to win this for my husband! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren - What a beautiful relationship captured in beautiful photos.

    These gifts sound amazing!

  • Jessica - would love to win this daddy!

  • Alicia M - Love your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    What a fun giveaway! I haven’t even begun to think about Father’s Day, so thanks for the reminder!

  • Lindsey probst - We hardly ever see your girl without a silly face. Beautiful girl! Would love to win for my hubby!

  • Mandy - Love the pictures of your daughter! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  • Ashley - I have two girls myself and Daddy Daughter bonds are priceless and precious!

  • Bek - Love that her middle name is Song, and love that her daddy spends time singing with her!

  • Abby - Great gifts for Father’s Day! Love your sweet pics of your family!

  • Stephanie George - Thanks for the opportunity to win. Happy Father’s Day to Chris! He sounds/looks like a great Daddy!

  • christina larsen - Happy Wednesday!!! Those photo books look amazing. And I am a huge fan of my Vintage Pearl necklace.

  • Bek - I love that keycahin! perfect for my no frills husband. Very cute!

  • bethanyblntn - What a lovely idea, thank you πŸ™‚

  • Trisha - Beautiful pictures! I have been followed your blog for a while. I love the way you capture all the moments and write about your kids everyday.

  • Kayla Avery - This is so great! Crossing my fingers!

  • jill funkhouser - I would love to bless my cancer surviving husband with some goodies!

  • Caitlin - Love her middle name!

  • Amy - Such sweet pictures!

  • Windie D - I was wondering what to get my dad for father’s day, and those bookmarks are the perfect thing!!

  • Kelly - Pick me! Pick me! πŸ™‚

  • Loan F - I love these pictures. I bet she has a really big personality! Love seeing her grow over the last few years.

  • Angie K - What a sweet giveaway. And what a truly adorable scrunchy nose face on your smallest one!!

  • Eleonore Wald - Hello I want to enter the giveaway πŸ˜›

  • Lisa - Such a great giveaway, thanks Ashley! I needed a good reminder anyway that Father’s Day is quickly approaching! πŸ™‚

  • kassondra - She does seem like a daddy’s girl but I have a feeling her daddy is a tad more crazy about her πŸ™‚ thank you for the giveaways!!!

  • Lisa Capone - Looks like your little one and her dad and having a great time! I’m excited about this giveaway!

  • Beck Snyder - What amazing love you capture in these photos. Thanks!

  • Heike - I love that jewelry – so beautiful!

  • amy j. - I love “song” as her middle name! What a fun giveaway! I also love Mpix!

  • Becky Z - Boy do those pictures make me smile! And, what a great giveaway. πŸ™‚

  • Juice - Wonderful giveaways!!

  • Brendazzle* - I feel like a terrible person. My father and I have not spoken in 2 years; I’m “dead to [him]” so anything I win would be for myself. But I kind of want a pick-me-up since the countdown to Father’s Day is making me depressed.

  • Callie - What a great giveaway!

  • Marie - Such a sweet little post! It reminds me of my husband & son who love to play music in our living room! I wanted to join the “family band” too- so I’m learning the ukelele! ????

  • Kimberly oyler - you know I love mpix!

  • Tori Macfarlan - These are great gift ideas! I might need to get several of the mpix books…

    I really love your blog. It’s been shockingly encouraging to mess I learn how to be a mom to our first little. Thank you so much for the breeziness you mix with the honesty. And all of the crafts are pretty great, too, of course.

  • Meagan - I was just thinking about getting my husband a photo book for fathers day!

  • Ana Enache - The photo book is such a great idea as a gift for a Dad!
    And really sweet pictures of your youngest daughter with her dad πŸ™‚

  • Shira - Awesome post and photos. would love to win!

  • Brady W. - My daughter just got into the band-aid phase too!! Cute, but mildy frustrating when you ACTUALLY need a band-aid and there are none to be found!! πŸ™‚

  • Paige Brumley - Oh yes please!!

  • Loren - Thanks for the giveaway Ashley!

  • CassM - What an amazing giveaway, thank you so much!

    I’ve long wanted to try Mpix but haven’t been able to afford it thus far. Would love to have the chance as I know you are such a fan of them!

  • Crystal - Would love to win this!!

  • Sarah - Oh, what a lovely giveaway! He’d be so pleased!

  • Christine - Awesome giveaway. Thanks so much…and I hope I win! ????

  • Tere - Hi Ashley. It was great to meet you last weekend at Be Crafty. While I have been divorced from the father of my children going on 11 years…I think of what a great gift this would be for him, from the kids. Off to check out MPix. Thanks! xoxo

  • NicoleI - Such a sweet series of photos. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  • Margaret - I love those name-and-birthdate necklaces. Thank you for the giveaway! I hope I win. πŸ™‚

  • Marina - Love your pics! My husband and father to our 4 year old daughter, would love this!

  • Kim V - Love mpix and I would love to make a book!

  • Lacey - Awesome! Thanks for sharing and love all your encouragement…keep blogging!

  • gina - Such precious pictures.

  • Ashley - Would love to gift these to my hubby! πŸ™‚

  • Beverly M. - Love your blog πŸ™‚

  • Shuanne - I love seeing how your family interacts with each other. The love you all share is evident in everyone of your pictures. What a wonderful giveaway, great ideas for gifts even if I dont win.

  • Molly - love this! And the bandaid phase!!! My now 7 year old had a big thing for band aids a while back…especially at both grandmas house! She would burn through a box in a visit! Too funny!

  • Christa - So beautiful. We don’t have a daughter yet but I hope to have one in our family someday ( though another boy would be ok too; )

  • Jessica K. - She is so darling!

  • Kelly J. R. - You just can’t go wrong with photo books. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • NICOLE - Love the band aid phase!

  • Shelby - Your daughter is so cute! I love a good band-aid phase.

  • rychelle - it’s been such a joy watching your little “song” bloom over the last couple years.

  • Mary Osborne - Love this post…well, really I love all your posts! My first thought when seeing these photos of your husband and your little one, was remembering the picture from China…the one with Chris holding your youngest with the tears. It is obvious in these pictures she loves her daddy, and that he loves her! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jodi - I love vintage pearl!

  • Whitney - Love this giveaway!

  • Mary Elizabeth Gaither - The band aid phase…so great to hear that we’re not the only with family that goes through them, haha!

  • Amelia Wright - Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Abigail - Amazing giveaway from 2 GREAT companies!!!! I would be so excited to win πŸ™‚

  • Diana - She’s adorable!! And my toddler thinks bandaids go with anything are for anything… Luckily he can be distracted by stickers for now!

  • Melissa - I would love to a Mpix book!

  • Kelsey - What a great giveaway! Our soon-to-be-born daughter’s middle name will be Sonnet which means “little song” so I love your daughter’s name πŸ™‚

  • Mariana S - Love your blog! Both prizes sound wonderful! Thank you.

  • Mandy - Love those pictures! I never win these things but maybe this is my day. ????

  • At Home & Busy - Wow great gifts for dads!!!!! My hubby is a farther-to-be as I’m pregnant. Will be a great gift for him if I win!!!!!

    Love your photographs always!!!!!

  • Karen - My daughter is 6, and still in the band aid phase! She, too, loves to wear them like stickers. I just go with it—we have band aid boxes in every room in the house!

  • maria m - she is getting so big! Love the karaoke machine!

    Have been wanting to try out mpix…we are big fans of vintage pearl too!

  • Kortney Shababy - I always really enjoy your pictures and posts. You have a beautiful family!

  • Amanda P - Pick me;) I love watching my husband be a dad! It had grown my love for him in ways I never knew it would.

  • Jessica - What great gift ideas! Dad is the favorite of everybody around here πŸ™‚

  • Dawn - Love the bonding over the karaoke machine!

  • Rach - pick me! Pick me!

  • Sara Renick - Oh, what sweet pictures! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • natalie - love the Vintage Pearl!!!

  • laura - How fun!! I will have to check out the photo books. Thank you for the giveaway!!

  • Kathie McAuliffe - Love it!! I have a Daddy’s boy! They are inseparable! I also have one that is into singing!! πŸ˜€ I love this age. They are both 3 (twin Boys). They keep our hearts full and happy!

  • michelle - The book looks great- thanks for the chance to own one.

  • Amy - Those books look great – would be so excited to win!

  • Jodi - I love this blog!

  • channing - I am so amazed at the beauty of your family!

  • Kala Hanson - Such an awesome giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kristina Larson - Drooling over those mpix books!

  • Danzel - Oh, I LOVE these photos! Very sweet giveaway.

  • Brittany Waller - She is so fortunate to have such a great daddy!

  • karlee - hello-

    love reading your blog, makes me want more simplicity in my life. the pictures of your little one and her daddy are perfect. i love seeing your pictures!

  • Cheryl - Thank you for the offer. I love seeing your babies grow.

  • Maria - Thanks for a chance to win…and thanks for sharing your sweet little family.

  • Lauren Kimble - What a fun Father’s Day giveaway!

  • Caroline R. - Those two look so sweet together!

  • LisaAnn - Thanks for arranging the giveaway, you always put together great things.

  • Jessie - Beautiful!

  • Jessica - Their bond is wonderful! Such beautiful pictures!
    Thank You for the giveaway!

  • Lisa F - Very sweet giveaway!

  • Sarah - lovely giveaway….
    and what sweet affection she has for her daddy!

  • Sarah Pallozzi - Those are some great ideas for Father’s Day. I have been struggling trying to come up with something for my hubby.

  • Rikki - Girls with their daddy will always be some of my most favorite moments captured. Your baby girl and him… so sweet!

  • Julie A - Love this sweet, sweet post πŸ™‚

  • Heather S - I love their jewelry! This would be A-MAZING to win!

  • Rachel Dallaire - We’re expecting our first in November, and aren’t finding out if we are having a boy or a girl before then, but I can’t wait to watch my husband share special moments like this with our little one!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Lisa K - L-O-V-E the photos in this post! Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway πŸ™‚

  • Gynna - These photos put a smile on my face and a song in my heart! Thank you for sharing your family with us and for being such an inspiration!


  • Amanda - such a wonderful giveaway!!!

  • momto2lovelies - My youngest has had multiple BandAid phases! I love seeing my girls connect with their dad & it’d be great if I got out my camera to capture it like you did!

  • Logan - My daughter’s middle name is Seong (Korean) as well. It’s spelled differently but pronounced the same! She loves music too πŸ™‚ love seeing all of your pictures!

  • Patti Robertson - Just in time for Fathers Day. Great Pics

  • Elizabeth McDonald - Yay for Vintage Pearl and Father’s Day…I know someone who deserves a great gift!

  • Cheri - What awesome giveaways! Thanks Ashley!

  • Colleen from Alabama - What sweet memories they are going to have of time spent singing on the karaoke machine! We wore one out when my kids were younger! The videos we have of that are priceless!

  • Ernie Treu - What a sweet giveaway!

  • Melissa Kroeker - Watching my own hubby be an amazing father makes me fall in love with him all over again. πŸ™‚ Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Kathi - would be fun to hear them singing!

  • Emily - My kids are the opposite – even when they have a fresh scrape they want nothing to do with bandaids, regardless of the pictures on them…kids these days πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Amber Larsen - Would love to win!!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Sandy - Little One is growing so fast!

  • adriana - Great giveaway thanks

  • Sarah S - Thanks for the opportunity!!

  • Jessica Anderson - Love both of these companies!! I have been eyeing the new mpix books too! Thanks for the chance!

  • Kirsten - two of my favorite companies!! and i love seeing a glimpse of the relationship Chris has with his girl(s). so so precious.

  • ajira - Those are so sweet – the connection between them so clear in each frame. It’s a beautiful thing.

    Also, thanks for the lovely giveaway, as well. What’s better than actual, hold them in your hands in real life photos? I’m super curious about the Vintage Pearl too now. πŸ˜€

  • Tessa - I have loved mpix ever since I learned about them through you. These pictures are precious!

  • Debbie Karwoski - I love photos & stamped things.

  • Katherine Wollner - Thanks for putting this together! I’d love to make a photo book for my husband for father’s day.

  • Jody Greenlee - Thank you for the daily dose of inspiraion.

  • Helen - Ashley, I’ve followed you for a while, but recently decided to go all the way back to the beginning and read it through. I’m up to December 17, 2010. In that post you wrote of being present with your children and included a famous piece of a poem by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton. Some call it “Babies Don’t Keep.”
    Today I see this post about your little one, and I just wonder… Did you know that those four lines are actually the end of a much longer poem… and the name of that poem is “Song for a Fifth Child.”
    Like your daughter, I’m a fifth child… Sometimes it’s nice that a poem was written just for us who are the fifth.
    If you didn’t already know it, you must Google and read the whole thing for her. I keep a copy of it; she might like it too.

  • Kate McCutchin - love vintage pearl!!

  • Donzel - πŸ™‚ I keep meaning to check out Blurb and Mpix….now I just wrote it on my white board’s to-do list. Considerably more likely to happen now!

  • WanderingGarden - Love seeing her with her daddy. It sure did something in my husband’s heart adopting our third, and it amazes and hunbles me!

  • Laura B - I love when you have giveaways! Thanks for doing this, I would love to win this.

  • Natalie - Oh the dreaded bandaid phase! And another awesome giveaway- count me in!

  • Betsy - Great giveaway!

  • { l y d i a } - Daddy’s Song is the best song! You are such a good example at appreciating these moments.

    p.s. Chris looks super skinny. Time to break out the sugar and make that boy a plate of cookies! πŸ˜‰

  • Christi S. - Love both of these companies and have things from them both!

  • Caitlin - What a great giveaway! I’m getting married in July, so these would be perfect for my dad. A gift to wear down the aisle and a book of photos of us. πŸ™‚

  • Bethany - Oh yes, my 3 year old daughter is constantly “needing” a bandaid!

  • Tonpia - Song’s face is joy.

  • SherryR - Love your blog and love the giveaway!

  • Emily Travis - I love this! Crossing my fingers to win

  • nycole - yay for fathers!

  • emruss - Love the sweetness of these pictures. What pair they make!

  • Emily Athman - Great giveaway!
    I love the band-aids!! I am pretty sure they are just as cool as stickers!

  • Amy Cavanaugh - Love your blog!! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • Lynn Osborne - what an awesome giveaway! Thank you so much!

  • Janet - Daddy’s little girl! Love it!

  • tricia - Love the photo albums….I am slacking in the kids photo albums

  • Mindy - i use mpix regularly for prints,but have not tried their books. what awesome prizes!

  • Kimberly Teasley - I love mlix! Especially their mini accordions!

  • marina - Lovely giveAway!

  • Rosemary - Such lovely photos that capture love so sweet, so simple.

  • Natalie - These pictures of her and her daddy are so sweet!

  • Alissa - Beautiful pictures of your family!

  • Preethi - Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lisa - Would love to win!!

  • Paige - Well this would be delightful.

  • Rhonda - Love your pictures!

  • Veronica - What a great gift for my husband’s first father’s day πŸ™‚

  • Charla Lane - Love the vintage pearl!! Love the idea of it for Father’s Day!

  • Krystal - Pure JOY!

  • Ingrid - Little One has grown so much! I love the pics of her with her daddy πŸ™‚

  • Jessica - Great pictures!

  • Donna Mohney - My son was born on June 21st – 34 years ago that happened to be Father’s day! This year, his birthday falls on Father’s day again and he has 4 boys to help him celebrate! On top of that, 2 of my nephews graduate from high school and are celebrating on, yep, you guessed it- June 21st! So it will be a very full day! Enjoy yours and thanks for the chance to win the contest!

  • Kimberly - Thanks for the giveaway and love from Michigan πŸ™‚

  • Cara Yeh - Such sweet daddy/ daughter photos. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  • Jody - Father’s Day — thx for the reminder. Love these gift ideas.

  • Lauren Roberts - She is growing up so fast!

  • Laura - I love these

  • Melanie - My drummer husband once did karaoke because he couldn’t buy his way out of it! The kids were entertained by his version of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” in Elmer Fud voice!

  • Kira - What a fantastic opportunity! Thank you!

  • Staci - My dad is the strongest man I know, physically and spiritually, and he can fix anything. My dad is the greatest. I’m very blessed to have the dad God gave me.

  • Angie lockhart - Wonderful giveaway!

  • Jennie - Wonderful gift ideas. And your daughter is beautiful!

  • Ana - I’d love that πŸ™‚

  • Michelle - Awesome giveaways!!

  • joti - Beautiful pictures!

  • Deb - Looks like a great dad. Looking forward to celebrate my husband & father to our 3 boys.

  • Pam - Lovely pictures!

  • beth p - Lovely photos of your girl and her Daddy. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  • Roxanne - Beautiful pictures! I love reading your blog. You are such an inspiration!

  • eva scott - love both of the giveaways….thanks!

  • Ashley - Awesome giveaway! Love both those companies!

  • Kelly P - I love that your sweet little one has blossomed so since joining your forever family. Song as a middle name is awesome as well! I love Miller Photography and am excited to see how great the MPIX book looks!

  • Becky J - Thanks for the great giveaway- what precious pics- I am nearly 47 and I can still say there is something special between a girl and her daddy…I am blessed to still have my godly daddy as well as my hubby, a precious godly daddy for my 3 “babes” – ages 22, 20 & 15! Blessings one and all! I love your photography- it makes me want to come step right into your photos!!

  • kayla h. - Would love to win this & put together some great memories of our 2 kids for my husband to look at for years to come for father’s day.

  • Erin Ellis - Awwww! Your photos are so adorable! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  • emina - would love to win! πŸ˜€

  • Ashley - I was just thinking about doing some sort of photo book for my husband for Father’s Day! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Janell A - I would love to win such a unique gift to give my Hubby for father’s day! Here’s hoping!!!

  • samantha - I love mpix!!

  • Jennifer W - This is an awesome giveaway, thanks! My Dad would LOVE this stuff!

  • Caitlin Weaver - Wow, I would love love love to win an mpix book!

  • Vicki S - So enjoy your blog! Yes, Vintage Pearl is a favorite of mine too. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Tracey O - Oh please pick me! πŸ™‚ Beautiful pics

  • Elaine - Nothing like singing with family! I grew up in a singing family and I sang with my children as they were growing up and now my adult children have had a band signed to a label for ten years! Slightly different genres, of course! …..there is something about signing together!

  • Amber - What a sweet and generous giveaway! Thank you for the chance!

  • Kris Reynolds - What a wonderful memory of your daughter and her daddy.

  • Rachel - I love mpix! I have been using them for my prints for 8 years….they are the best! I remember when we moved from KS to OK a friend said “oh! That’s where the Vintage Pearl is located!”

  • Steffany - Your daughter is beautiful! Her smile is just priceless. Love her and your website – longtime follower πŸ™‚

  • Lauren M - Those two are adorable together. Such great pictures!

  • Cheri - Love both of these companies and their products!!

  • Mia White - Love your blog, your photographs, and this jewelry!

  • Crystal Allen - The pics are so sweet! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • Avenlea Bixby - Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Jenny - I have two girls that LOVE their daddy!! I think he’s pretty great too πŸ™‚

  • Jane Bee - These pictures with your husband and daughter are precious!!!

  • Brooke - Love your style, your pictures, your blog and this giveaway πŸ˜‰

  • Kristen - Mpix really is the best! I need to check out The Vintage Pearl.

  • Anna Schroeder - Beautiful shots of a sweet moment between Daddy & baby. Love these.

  • Jessica Leoffler - I love the vintage pearl! My husband got me a necklace from them for Christmas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ana - She’s adorable! There’s something about the littlest girl and her daddy in most families. πŸ™‚

  • Nicole - Love the daddy/daughter bond your girls share with their dad!

  • Correne Johnson - What a great giveaway! We have so many great dads in our life πŸ™‚

  • Melissa S. - I love that monogrammed money clip. Happy Father’s Day!

  • Elizabeth Kelly - My hubs is the BEST daddy!

  • sarah marie - I love that daddy/daughter photo session! I know my dad would love a photo book!

  • candy - Love your reading your blog!

  • rarejule - What a great idea for the “man who has everything” for Father’s Day! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Father/Daughter pix are adorable!

  • Jenny - Beautiful pictures! Mpix is the best!

  • Lisa Moore - Such beautiful smiles! Love it! Thanks for sharing your family. Heartwarming!


  • Sara S. - Love this!

  • Deanna - I love mpix! What a great giveaway.

  • Michele P - This is lovely! Fingers crossed

  • Kribss - Love, Love these pics!

  • kim - I’d love this!

  • Valerie - My dad is so so so hard to buy for and these would be great gifts!

  • Brenda C. - My best friend Melissa Kahle turned me on to your blog – I’m so glad she did.

  • Emily - Hey there! We would love to win your giveaway for this Father’s Day! Thanks so much!

  • Amy - Love photo books, great give-away

  • Jackie - These are some great gift ideas!

  • michele - May God Bless Our Fathers and Grandfathers

  • Trisha - these are just the sweetest photos! she is getting so grown up looking! i can’t wait to celebrate the dads in my life!

  • amanda kauffman - i love this post!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Erin - Love the photo of hugging Dad! Need to get more photos like this of my family.

  • Kemper - I love your ideas! Your new loft is inspiring for your boys!

  • Sherri - I love your family! You are such an awesome mom!

  • Christina G - I love her name! She is such a lovely little girl.

  • daria - Looks like a very nice company.

  • Annie - Thanks for the chance to win. Also, your boys’ room looks amaaaaaazing!

  • Stephanie G - I would love to win. The products are beautiful.

  • Jenn L - we are about to adopt our first child from China! we can not wait to bring him home.

  • Amy - Been following your story for a while- she is such a joy!

  • Robyn - These are fabulous!
    Our youngest is also going through a band aid stage. It cracks me up everyday when she looks for any sort of scratch or bump, imaginary or real, that needs protection.

  • Erin - I am a daddy’s girl, one of the best relationships a girl can have!

  • Colleen - Such a fun giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Maggie H - One of my realizations as a parent has been that band-aids are much cheaper than stickers (I buy Target brand). I stopped stressing and let the phase run its course. Isn’t it funny they all go through it?

  • Linda R. - I love the vintage pearl! My Christmas present (a mother’s necklace) was from their collection, and I wear it almost every day.

  • Annie Bouma - Comment comment comment! !

  • yuli - It’s so cool, I really want it to be mine.

  • Tobi - I love your blog! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Bailey - You’re so awesome for doing this giveaway! Dad’s are so hard to shop for! Mine gets a new wallet and lots of dress shirts every year! and maybe a remote control helicopter, which he now has 4 of.. oops!

  • Tiffany B.C. - Wow, love the boys’ room and The Vintage Pearl’s website.~ Cannot decided what to get imprinted onto a leather cuff or bookmark– but as soon as I do, I believe I have found my husband’s Father’s Day gift. !! Have a great weekend.~ πŸ™‚

  • TENN - This could get me to start making books of my pictures.

  • Estelle M. - What an awesome giveaway and idea to celebrate the father’s in our lives

  • Jaime Bell - Would love to win!!

  • Sherri Graber - I would love to win this for my husband!!

  • Laura Yan - My hubby is a phenomenal daddy to our two boys and we are conspiring to treat him well on Father’s Day! Love the ideas from Vintage Pearl!

  • erika - I love photo books and would to make one for my dad!

  • Ashley - I would love to win this!!

  • Diane - Love, love, love Vintage Pearl! I would love to win for the perfect gift!!

  • jenny - oh, what the heck πŸ™‚ i know my chances are slim, but i’m gonna enter anyway!! great dad’s day giveaway, and oh my goodness… the photos of those two are absolutely priceless!

  • Donna - You can see the love your little girl has for her daddy – so sweet!

  • Peg Powell - What a fun time they are having.

  • Amy - They’re just so cute together!

  • Lauren - Yeah for giveaways!

  • Tina - Favorite part of every morning–is the 10 minutes I sit down quietly to read your blog! You are so inspiring to so many…your stories teach implicit lessons on beautiful parenting! Thank you Ashleyann! And I loft the new loft…and love these dad/daughter photos! Priceless!

  • Chelsey - I would love to win- my dads bday and Father’s Day are aweek apart!

  • Kelsey - Love your photos. She is too cute!

  • Shawna - Awesome giveaway!

  • Elizabeth - Beautiful pictures and words as always Ashley! And fun giveaway!

  • Erin - i was just thinking about what we would do this year for father’s day – this would be perfect! thx for the opportunity to win! πŸ™‚

  • lisa wolff - Always enjoy reading your blog and the fun giveaways you have!

  • Sherry - Her crinkle face :). Love, love.

  • Erin - Great prizes! Good luck everyone.

  • terre - What are your favorite karyoke songs?

  • Kristin - What a wonderful idea! A photo book just for Dad is a great gift.

  • Gentry Beidler - Getting our family photos in books like this is my goal! MPix is great!

  • Erica Y - What a great giveaway!

  • Marie - I love coming here to see how your family is doing. I *only* have 3 boys, but they would love your loft!

  • Kat - I would love to try mpix. We don’t have a lot of quality photo book companies in Canada, so I am researching other options. It’s going to cost a fortune πŸ™

  • Stephanie Claire - What a lovely giveaway!!

  • Deb - Love the giveaway and The Vintage Pearl is awesome!

  • Chanel Raines - I absolutely adore your blog!!

  • Ariel - Love it! I’ve been trying to decide on a father’s day gift!

  • sarah - Thank you!

  • Lori - The band aids made me laugh! One time someone gave us a pack of stickers that looked like bandaids and those were the best for placebo effect. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  • Ruth - Sign me a up for a win! πŸ˜‰

  • Melissa - You’re such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your world with us!

  • Erika - Wonderful giveaway!!!

  • Allison - Love the vintage pearl & mpix!

  • Mandy Metcalf - What great ideas for Father’s Day!

  • Karen S - She is so lovely! The personal father’s day gifts are super sweet too. Love them all.

  • Jennifer - Lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  • KiriN - Love these shots!

  • Debbie C - Your giveaways rock!

  • shawn hoddinott - Yeah to dads!!

  • Becky - Just getting caught up on your blog – loving the loft project!

  • Jaden Davis - I love this!

  • Sprite - All of the daddy-daughter photos are precious, but the last three really made my heart melt. How sweet!

  • Hilary aid - I just visited Tulsa. Wish I had known about vintage pearl. I could have played I spy πŸ™‚ I also need to know where your family donut shop is. My friends swore there wasn’t a good place in Tulsa, but Lesley posts proof otherwise.

  • Courtney - Your song is beautiful!

  • Jenni Carlisle - i would love to win and be able to give my hubby a sweet gift to acknowledge all he sacrifices & pours out for our family. thanks for the chance!

  • Ruth W - I would love to win the contest for my husband’s first Father’s Day!

  • Joey Hoffman - happy Father’s Day!! Winning would rock the cash bar!! Lol

  • Ashley C - What a cool photobook I’ve not heard of them before but I love the style!


  • Jen Boyen - I just fell in love with The Vintage Pearl. I think I’m going to get the hubby a key chain for Father’s Day. Maybe then he’ll stop losing his keys!!

  • Judy - What a beautiful girl!

  • Jenny - Another great giveaway!

  • Tara - Beautiful prizes, very exciting to dream about a win ????

  • Aimee - I absolutely LOVE The Vintage Pearl! That money clip is pretty darn cool.

  • Caitlin Smart - These look awesome!

  • Danielle - I love your blog, it’s so inspiring!!

  • Jennifer Brooks - Mpix is the BEST!

  • Ann - Would love this for my husband who is such a great Dad!!

  • AshleyAnn - The giveaway is now closed.

  • Amy - Not to be too personal but I saw the photo of you and her with the heart balloons on Mother’s Day. Do you do anything with her and your husband on Father’s Day for her biological father?

  • Carrie - Thank you again for your stories. My daughter (Chinese and born with cleft lip and palatte too) treats bandaids like stickers too! Thought I was the only one that had to hide them!

A barn in the middle of San Juan island…at least I think it was in the middle. I got a little turned around driving around, so we’ll go with middle. It was the just the right location on a stunning island with gorgeous weather for a Be Crafty Workshop.

My friend Amanda has been hosting crafting workshops for several years. My sister often helps her. A while back we tossed around the idea of doing one in Friday Harbor together with our friend Sara Parsons. It was such a treat to step away from normal life for a bit and be surrounded by those girls.

A rustic barn. Simple and lovely decorations. Crafting. Photography. Old & New friends. My sister. It was so very good.

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Sara Parsons (and her daughter Stella) captured these next two shots…I am so thankful for these girls and this time with my sister!


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  • Kim - Gosh the setting is gorgeous! Love this idea of getting crafty with friends. Wish we had something like this in Toronto!

  • Karyn - Wow wow wow! I would LOVE to go to an event like this! What a blessed group of ladies. πŸ™‚

  • Debbie - Beautiful decor and lovely flowers. Looks like an awesome place to be. Thanks for sharing.

  • sherry - Those last two pictures with the balloons turned out so great! Stella is already a pro. Such a great weekend. Still seems a little like a dream.

  • Kimber Campbell - what a fun trip! Love that you and Lesley got to do this together. You two compliment each other so well. πŸ™‚

  • Jenn - looks like a beautifully relaxing weekend

  • Bethany - The crazy thing is that everything was actually as beautiful as it looks in your pictures! Such a wonderful time…thank you for sharing your gifts and your time with us!

  • Deanna - I would so live to attend one if these!Lovely…

  • Robin - eeekk! the CHAIRS! be still my heart.

  • maryann howell - love this blog! Fun!

  • Denise L. - Thank you, Ashley, for this awesome post. I am so inspired and the images have been in my head all day. I shared your post with two friends and still am all dreamy about it all!

  • Amy - Oh, what a gift you have of wonderful friends and adventures! πŸ™‚ I wish I could attend a Be Crafty Workshop!

  • carrie - This is a random, DIY question…but how did you make the white paper bunting? I LOVE the way it looked in the barn – I’m helping with an engagement party at a park and this it would look great between the trees (this came to mind when I saw a picture of the space). I’ve made so much fabric bunting using bias tape along the top, but I can’t tell what you attached the paper to. I’m assuming you sewed it together (lol – I went back to your post when you talked about making it to see if you gave any detail and you were talking about sewing it with your daughter!), but did you attach it to ribbon, or…? Thanks for this inspirational post – that barn looks AMAZINGLY beautiful!!! πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - Carrie – It is just thread. I cut the paper flags and then sewed them together…no ribbon or tape, just pulled the thread about 6 inches between each flag

  • Carrie - Of course it is! You are so sensible and logical! This will make it so much easier – thank you!!