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June 27, 2017

MAMA MONDAY | CALEY of LULUPOP PARTY DESIGN + PLANNING

need some mama motivation / inspiration? the women featured on #mondaymama have all that and more in their bag of tricks!

gals! Monday Mama here on this glorious tuesday...say what?

yeah...that was an accident. i dropped my two best gals off with nana and grandpa last thursday and ever since then i've pretty much lost all track of time. 
but just because it's tuesday doesn't mean we shouldn't give our mama feature all the love today! she's amazing and gorgeous...and she has a special place in my heart because, well, she's the mom of three beautiful little ladies!! someone i can relate to, certainly! 

but before we get into all that...

Monday Mama is a little series i put together to feature moms who have started their own businesses. i was curious as to how these moms were balancing their day to day lives and still looked like they had brushed their hair...because friends...i'm still struggling. #hotmess

with that...Caley of LuLuPop!!

KARLI |  where did your idea for your small business come from?

CALEY | I have always been a socialite and loved planning and hosting parties – from my 13th Murder/Mystery party to my Cowgirl 21st, I have always loved designing the invite, crafting décor and propound setting it all up and then enjoying the fun with my friends. When we built our home three years ago, I made sure that the house plans included an entertainment area that would happily host many parties in the future. After having my first child and hosting baby dedications and first birthdays, a few friends commented on my parties and how they wished I could help them with their parties. I decided then that maybe one day I could make this into business.


KARLI | how did you get started?

CALEY |  I have always been able to craft and source party décor and put together colors and ideas to fit a theme, but I didn’t have the skills to design and print the party stationery. I found a local college that offered a part-time course in Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign. I enrolled and spent 15 weeks at evening lectures and learning the ropes. I already had so many friends that had asked me to help them with their upcoming parties and I planned three styled shoots to get my portfolio started.

KARLI | who's been your biggest support?

CALEY |  My husband and my friends. My husband encouraged me from the very beginning – to use my passion and creativity and make it into a business. He has been my financial support when I needed start up funds to organize shoots and printing, he has been my emotional support when I have had a long day of working and then trying to be a mom and wife, and he has been my physical support when I have needed an extra pair of hands to get things done. I also couldn’t have started my business without the support of my friends who all helped share it on social media and got me to work on their parties.

KARLI | what's been your biggest win?

CALEY | My biggest win has been getting involved in, and collaborating in styled shoots with other amazing suppliers and being featured in local magazines. A very proud moment was when I was approached to be involved in the styled shoots and seeing the images play out and in print.

KARLI | how about your biggest loss?

CALEY | One of my biggest losses has been relying on other suppliers to help with outsourced items – I had a terrible experience with a supplier who let me down the night before a party with 3 animal masks. I had to run around the next morning to make a Plan B, tell the client I had let her down and then absorb the cost for both. It was a horrible lesson to learn. The other was getting severe morning sickness last year during my last pregnancy and after being hospitalized for weeks, I had to close my business for an extended period.

KARLI | ...and your biggest lesson learned? 

CALEY | I’ve learnt that planning and organizing is key to being a working mom. Our weeks run a lot smoother if my days are planned well and I am more productive in getting work things done and then being able to spend time with my girls, guilt-free.

KARLI | how do you balance LuLuPop in addition to taking care of THREE kiddos!?

CALEY |  I am lucky here in South Africa that my girls both attend a pre-school in the mornings from 7.30am – 12.30pm so I have my mornings to work and get things done. It has become a little harder now with a new baby but I have started working slowly again and plan things around her sleep times. Unless I really have to, afternoons are mom and daughter time and I try my best not to work then!

KARLI | where do you see LuLuPop in one...and five years?

CALEY | In one year, I hope to have LuluPop back up and running to its full potential again, after having this period being closed. And in ten years, I hope to have furthered my printing experience, found amazing suppliers and hopefully have my own cute studio to work in.

KARLI | and to a fellow mom who's thinking she wants to start her own business - what would you tell her?

CALEY | Do it! I think so many people come up with excuses as to why not and procrastinate because the time is never right. But just DO IT! And you will never look back – especially if it is a passion and something you love doing.
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oh caley! you're living my dream and i think it's safe to say - you have many adoring fans! if only we could all come visit you in south africa!

if anyone needs any party inspiration, pop over to her eye candy below...you won't be disappointed!

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and hey! are you a mama or know of a mama who wants to be featured on Sept. Farm for the Monday Mama series? i'd absolutely love that. the only criteria is that you have to be a mama AND have started your own business...you know, so you can share your wealth of knowledge on how you're keeping your sh*t together while simultaneously tending your children throughout the day AND working. hello power-multi-tasker. just send me an e-mail at karli@sept-farm.com.
June 23, 2017

29 WEEK STATS | BABY #3

another week, another bumpdate! and friends...i'm bumping. bumping so hard.
guess who grew? spoiler...it's me and this belly. we are all sorts of boom baby. and i really just wish i could say i'm 30 weeks already...as if that 3 in front of the 0 justifies the largeness. but...whatever helps me sleep at night. 
and by sleep at night i mean - i've been going to bed super late and still waking up around 4 am. it's the worst. by 5:30 pm i'm dragging and just want to sit...on the couch...forever. my poor poor girls. 

but seriously - i need to keep telling myself that this is not a permanent state. so maybe they're playing a little extra ipad lately. or maybe i'm a little more short-tempered with them. and how about that guilt about really sucking at making dinner lately because the idea of cooking food makes me nauseous. 

all temporary. 

just hang in there girls! mommy will be back! i'll still be tired, but at least i'll have a baby sister for you to woo about!
29 WEEK STATS | BABY #3

THE NAME GAME | OH MY GOSH! you all have been so helpful in the name department! some of the names made it on to my list and some inspired some fresh ideas. i'm stuck on two particular names this week...but i was stuck on one name a few weeks ago and now i hate that...so i just never know what's going to pan out. 

keep the name suggestions coming! they are so so appreciated!

kaye's latest and greatest suggestion this week - Flower Dash. it reminds me a lot of the name Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony...so i can't say it's incredibly original. i liked last weeks name suggestion of Dorris much more.

WEIGHT GAIN / WORK OUTS | 12. 12 pounds is the weight gain status. and let me tell you - 12 pounds feels heavy. and by heavy i mean my whole body feels like - thunk. yes...the noise. i don't know how to describe it. i don't remember feeling this way with the girls, but with this one it's almost like i'm moving differently. i think i may be waddling a bit. i don't feel quite as spritely. my extra weight may even be the reason my treadmill is no longer working. yes...let's talk about that.

my beloved treadmill kicked the bucket. it'll run for a minute and then all of a sudden just stop. then it says - Get off me, tub-o. 

obviously it doesn't. and i'm sure it's just coincidence...but i really really wish it was still running. i either need to drop some coin on a new one or see if i can get a technician to come to the farm. yeah...not likely.

regardless - i'm still getting my fitness on. i'm doing HIIT workouts as well as run / walks. i think i could run / walk forever. i did five miles the other day on accident because i lost track...but still felt great at the end. so...run / walking is where it's at. 
SYMPTOMS | when i head back to the doctor here in a few weeks i'm going to bring up this heartburn issue. it seems to be even worse than what it was with either girl. and don't tell me it means the baby will have a great head of hair, because both my gals were born bald. 

other than the heartburn i can't complain. 

SIZE OF BABY | this little muff is the size of a butternut squash. 15 inches and 2 1/2 pounds. i tried to show kaye the other day the approximate size of the baby and i think i freaked her out. she just looked at me with horror. speaking of horror...

KAYE'S THOUGHTS | i'm not sure how this girl isn't horrified, but she seems to be taking everything in complete stride. she asked me how the baby is going to get out of my belly...and yes. i'm the mom who told her the truth. she knows we'll be going to the hospital. she knows how the baby will be delivered. and she knows there will be blood. then she asked if she could be there. that girl...she just kills me! good lord - i'm so in love with her. 

she's also super excited to watch the baby nurse...but also feed the baby bottles. she knows she can't give the baby food, but that when mommy has enough milk she'll be able to sit on the couch and feed her. kaye is going to be the very very best big sister. 

sawyer...

SAWYER'S THOUGHTS | well, the fact that she gets right up to my belly and screams, "HEY BABY BABY BABY!!!" in a strange monster voice and then aggressively tickles my belly. this all makes me...cautiously optimistic? sawyer is my little ham and if she's anything like i was growing up...she will give exactly two sh*ts about the baby. this is my official prediction. 

it's not that she'll be mean or jealous or not love the baby...she'll just be like, "oh hey baby," and then continue to do her own thing. 

PURCHASES | i just got a box from Pottery Barn Kids full of goodies and i'm in love! there's the cutest XO pillow and the softest knit blanket. i ordered the blanket purely for purposes of photographing or sweet baby girl. priorities, right? i also received a new boppy nursing pillow and cover because i have exactly zero recollection of where i could have possibly stashed the one i used with the gals. i thought i gave it to my sister, but...i guess not. 

the best part - all of this cost $0 because i had some Pottery Barn gift cards stashed away...that i had actually forgotten about. 

i also had some paint delivered because i'm refinishing the navy blue dresser and the white changing table. i can't wait to reveal how those turn out!
last bit - i'm thinking of getting these t-shirts made. i was on the hunt for some sister shirts for kaye and sawyer to wear to the hospital, but i just couldn't find any that i like, so i jazzed some up. but...i'd rather just purchase a t-shirt, so if anyone has a favorite shop they've used, let me know!
CRIES THIS WEEK | i'm back to my heartless self. no cries in the past two weeks. i'm really burying all those emotions deep deep down. 

actually, i can say that there has been a direct correlation between the girl's behavior, how much my farmer has been around and the stability of my emotions. 

the girls have been so good and my farmer (even though he's still so ridiculously busy) has been able to spend more time with us. he's been coming home on the daily and snagging one or both the girls to work with him for bits of time during the day...which is a total god-send. and yes - all of this has resulted in no cries. hallelujah. 


ps. did you see the gender reveal video i posted several weeks ago? i still can't get enough of it.
June 19, 2017

A CURRENTLY POST...


sometimes a currently post is just what a blog needs. you know...to summarize and catch up and tie everything with a pretty bow.






plus everything around here has been just a little more than a little random, so this will be good to get the thoughts down on some proverbial paper...

C U R R E N T L Y

i'm totally wishing...i was still in bed. but lately i've been waking at 4 am and i can't go back to sleep for like...an hour. then when i do fall asleep i can only sleep for a little longer. this leads to be usually falling asleep around 8:30 pm on the couch drooling on my farmer's arm. pregnancy - so hot these days.

sawyer...wakes up so. damn. early. girlfriend ran an absolute muck yesterday with having friends over AND she was up late. she was still up at 6 am. luckily, this morning, she didn't wake kaye up, but rather snuck out of their shared bedroom. usually she yells at kaye until kaye agrees to get out of bed. have i mentioned kaye can be a real saint?

kaye...can be the best and the worst. it must be the age. i swear 50% of the time her ears don't work. as in...she completely blocks my voice. she just doesn't listen! we would have the most magical relationship (because she is beyond magical) if she would just pause...and listen. is anyone else having this issue with their 4 / 5 year old? sheesh...i feel like i'm talking to a brick wall.

sipping on...some glorious coffee. since we live so so very far away from a coffee shop i treat myself and buy starbucks to brew at home. and every morning it makes me so happy. although, yesterday i did wish i was sipping champagne. and by sipping i mean chugging. after mowing the lawn it just seemed like the right thing to do. 11 more weeks...

yesterday...as you know was father's day. my farmer. he had ONE request. and that one request was to go shoot one of his guns. i fully approved! i also had plans to shoot off some fireworks and get our new fire pit some action. NONE of those things happened. worst father's day ever. instead my farmer was commissioned to level some ground for our new fire pit patio and then move the incredibly heavy rock and then do some light farming...i'm not sure it was the father's day of his dreams.

did i mention...i mowed the lawn yesterday? i insist on mowing the lawn because i feel like i get a good workout. it takes about two hours and we have a little hill i have to push our mower up. i enjoy the whole thing until...i see a snake. yes people - i saw ANOTHER snake. and it was a big one at about five feet. it was slithering, quickly, about 15 feet in front of the mower as i crested that little hill. my farmer was down below moving the rock patio around so i went screaming down the hill about this snake that he needed to kill. guess what he did? NOTHING. he couldn't have moved slower. i was like, "move your booty. faster faster faster! it's getting AWAY!" i'm pretty sure he moved slower. needless to say, the snake slithered right into the trees at the edge of our yard and then probably down a hole or whatever. i was so annoyed. now i know...my farmer is NOT the snake-killer in our household. it's me. i'm the badass.

realizing...i have 11 weeks of pregnancy left. ummm...that seems like a lot of time but then it's not. i know it's going to go by in a flash. this means i should probably work on getting the rest of the baby room together and...i don't know what? i mean...what else will i need? i have had the two, so i'm probably pretty set. my poor sister (who just had baby girl #2) is giving back all the clothes we loaned them for their first daughter. that means that some of clothing our third will wear will have already been through four baby girls. that, to me, is just hilarious. how do we have so many gals in our family...and no boys. no boys allowed...apparently.

speaking of my sister...they are coming with that new babe at the end of july! after a few days on the farm we'll be headed up to mccall. i'll be as big as a house, but it should be the very best time. i can't wait to see their new best gal...and of course the rest of them. switching gears...

watching...two things. did you see Orange is the New Black just released their newest season on Netflix? love love. also...i'm rewatching Game of Thrones. i couldn't help myself. their new and final season comes out in a few weeks and i'll be making lots of popcorn and spending lots of time on the couch.

watching on...did i tell anyone we got rid of Direct TV and purchased an Amazon Fire box? best. move. ever! i mean...my farmer misses having easy access to random shows on ESPN, but i'm sure there's a way around this. like a good app we could pay for? even if we download several apps we'll still be paying about $100 less per month. love that.

wait a minute...back to that new baby joining us in 11 weeks. can you all seriously share with me your favorite baby item? not the necessities. the splurges. we have the car seat. we have the ergo 360. we have the breast pump. we have all those things on lock. what i'm looking for is the cutest swaddles. or the cutest bringing home baby outfit. or the best shop for crib sheets. things like that...

the naming game...that brings me to naming this third baby girl. i have a list of about 20 names. none of them are sticking. can you help us? it's so hard! some of you have had great suggestions...but keep them coming. baby girl #3 - what's her name going to be? the middle name will be Bell...just like the other gals. and for those of you wondering - Bell is my maiden name.

happy happy monday! the weather out here on the farm promises to be hot and only slightly windy, so maybe a random firework / fire pit night will happen soon after all!

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