You guys, I did it!  3rd trimester exhaustion and misery didn’t stop me from completing my October photo challenge and I am so thrilled.  I know it wasn’t that hard at only a month but it was a lot for me.  I’m proud of myself but feeling oddly bereft now that it’s done.  I may pick up the challenge again and do a December daily but since baby may be here in that month I may rethink that.  Here is my October challenge all in one place♥

everydayoctobercollageOn to November!


It’s no secret that autumn is my favorite season.  Cooler weather, gorgeous colors, apple picking, warm pie, boots and scarves.  I love everything about it and the fact that it ushers in fun holidays culminating in my favorite holiday as winter begins, just icing on the carrot cake.  To celebrate all things fall I’ve started a series on Instagram for the month called Everyday October.


You can follow me there, which I hope that you will, or just search for the project by using the hashtag, #everydayoctober.  Here’s to autumn!


One of the most fun parts of preparing for baby is dreaming up a pretty space for them to sleep and dream.  Baby Cecelia will be in with us for a while before she moves in with big sis, I like to keep them super close when they’re super little, so I am designing a spot at one end of our room.  I want it to be able to move seamlessly into Layla’s world though, so I have that in mind as I look for inspiration.  The big girl room is a vintage, romantic, eclectic mix so the nursery corner needs to be the same.  Here’s what I’m loving on Pinterest right now that I think fits that theme.

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When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a bit of talent left and I could say “I used everything you gave me”.  {Erma Bombeck}


I’ve seen this quote before and thought it was nice and perhaps even pinned it to come back to later but it never really settled in and made an impact.  After being sick for a long while at the beginning of this pregnancy opportunities for portrait work started to come my way again after a long time away.  I was working again, dreaming of things for my business, my blog and even relaunching Little Lotti.  It didn’t take long though, for me to start feeling over worked and lazy.  I missed reading, going out for no reason and just all around wasting time and was trying to convince myself of all the reasons I didn’t need to work to hard at my businesses and creative endeavors.  I’m pregnant and have 3 other kids to care for.  I’m on the PTO board.  I’m busy with other things.  Those are all compelling arguments that gave myself to keep from working to hard on business.  I was procrastinating one day(not at all unusual for me) and came across a blog post on Take Heart guest written by Teresa Anderson.  In that post was the quote, only this time instead of passing by it I read it twice and it hit me like a sledge hammer.  The gifts that I have, the compulsion to create, the imagination to dream up ideas and plans, they aren’t mine.  I’ve been given them and given them for a reason and that reason isn’t to use them whenever I feel like it or get around to it.  It made me ashamed to think that God has called me to something bigger then myself while I sit around and ignore Him.  Ouch.  As I sat in church this past Sunday and heard a song about knowing who we are and whose we are it really all came home to me.


I know who I am and who I am is a blessed child of God.  I want to be like Erma, living my life using every drop of talent, love and purpose that God has given me until there is none left.  I am made for more than what I have allowed myself to be.  It’s time to step out of my comfort zone and spread these beautiful creative wings that God has given me.  I don’t have to worry about failing because he placed it in me for a reason and nothing can stop the plans and purposes of God.  The timing is crazy with a baby on the way but I’m going to do all I can to use what i have been given in whatever ways I can.  Used up.


Well, another unexpected long blog break.  I’m sorry, I truly am but this time I have a good excuse.  I’ve spent the last several months in a horrid, sick, “God please spare me”, magical  time called pregnancy.  That’s right, crazy Brandie is having baby #4!  I’d love for you to meet baby Cecelia♥

instaultraRegular posts coming back this week:)


In spring

at the end of the day

you should smell like dirt.

               Margaret Atwood


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I am deep in the midst of garden dreaming.  Fruits, veggies and flowers as far as the eye can see.  I have been to my local garden center numerous times, have notebook pages overflowing with plants and a Pinterest board or two filled with garden inspiration.  The only left to do it buy and plant and I am so excited to get started!!

I was thrilled and honored to have the sweet people at Pinterest choose my board How Does Your Garden Grow to recommend to new users so I thought I would share it here too since I’m garden dreaming.  Are you itching to bring out your green thumb too?