Thursday, April 30, 2015

Just Popping In!

I know it's been a really long time, but I was so excited about the photos I took of my sister this weekend that I wanted a place to share them.

Here are a few of my favs:

If you are in New Braunfels and are looking for a great location to take photos, be sure to visit the Mill Street Bridge. Amazing architecture and we also found a super cute house nearby that had rustic fences and a vintage airstream for our backdrop.

She is so beautiful!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Hello there blog world! Long time, no see! Today is my first full time day back at Cooper Jane since the holidays and I feel kind of all over the place. Hoping to focus my energies today to come up with some solid goals for 2014 and really explode this year.

As I reflect back on 2013, my first year as a business owner, I have nothing but pride for all that I've accomplished. Don't get me wrong, there were countless struggles and lots of self-doubt along the way, sometimes even making me consider closing up shop, but there were also wonderful highs and successes that completely outweigh the rest. My husband is a saint for agreeing to this stress in his life and not putting any kind of pressure on me at all to make money. He trusted my vision completely and for that I will forever be grateful.

One of the things I love about running a business is that it is all mine. The mistakes, the successes, the pitfalls and the glory. Figuring out the million things that don't work, though frustrating, is just as exciting to me as finding the one thing that does. I know that I have limitations in this field, but I have come to embrace that and enjoy using the resources I do have to create something beautiful. So incredibly grateful for everything this year has brought and can't wait to grow even more in 2014. Will be back in the coming weeks with some Lazy Girl DIYs, Thrift Store Before / Afters, and Ideas for Weddings on the Cheap!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Old School Hand Stamped Gifts

I know as a paper goods entrepreneur I can go overboard with custom creations for Christmas, Birthdays, etc... but this year I thought i'd keep it mostly simple with some old school hand stamped gift tags. The great thing about these is they are sooo easy to make. No illustrator/ photoshop/ printer needed!

I just took a set of letters I got from hobby lobby a few years ago and stamped them onto heavy cardstock. For some of the gifts, I actually stamped right onto the package. So charming right? I'm a sucker for easy peasy DIYs and will be rolling out more of these in the new year. You can look forward to a series of Lazy Girl DIYs and also Thrift Store Before / Afters in 2014. Excited to share my simple and inexpensive transformations!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our Chicago Weekend Trip

A few photos from this weekend's chi-town fun. Stephen and I decided to take a quick trip to the windy city because we had some extra airline miles and I had always wanted to visit. The trip almost didn't happen though because of course ice-magedon hit DFW right before it was time for us to fly out. Texans don't do well with ice and this Texan's drive to the airport was seriously terrifying buut we made it and surprisingly our flights were not cancelled! On Friday night we took a cab from the airport to our hotel and just relaxed with a drink at the bar downstairs.

On Saturday, Stephen and I woke up early to start our sightseeing. First, we walked from our hotel down to Michigan Avenue where all of the action is (shops, restaurants, the bean, etc...). We wandered around, snapped some photos and found a great spot for brunch called "Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe". The food here was delicious and not too expensive at all. If you take a trip here, I would highly recommend getting their signature Berry Bliss pancakes. Oh man, so good. 

The bean. Pretty crazy thing to see in the middle of downtown! Definitely brought out the little kid excitement in me. 

After brunch and the bean, Stephen and I stopped at The Art Institute of Chicago for some culture. The Art Institute houses some of the most amazing pieces you will ever see... my favorite: the Modern section. Even though they aren't necessarily difficult to create, I still see the cleverness in their execution. I mean, literally, we walked past one canvas that was painted completely blue. And that was it. How did a solid blue canvas make it into the Art Institute of Chicago?! Well I can't answer that, but I can tell you that it was refreshing to walk by pieces that you wouldn't necessarily call art. Another funny thing, I walked into a room that had trash all over the floor and was like, "oh wow, what happened here? someone threw trash everywhere!! how could they let this happen?" That's when I saw the plaque on the wall and realized it was someone's work. I wonder if they were recording people's reactions as part of the exhibit lol. Anyways, definitely worth a trip!

For dinner, Stephen and I got lucky with a walk-in at The Gage on Michigan Ave. (Tip: if you want to eat dinner at a nice place, make a reservation far in advance. Places in Chicago book up fast and then you have to eat somewhere like Bennigans lol.) The Gage is a gastropub that serves upscale american fare and was highly rated on yelp. We ended up splitting a four course meal and loved every bit of it. First course: Fondue, Second Course: Tuna Tartare, Third Course: Scallops with Korean Short Ribs, Fourth Course: Venison Burger.

After dinner we headed to the Up Comedy club for a holiday comedy show. It was hilarious, but we were seated in the front row so I was weirdly worried they would mess with me the whole time. Of course they did but it was harmless fun... they ended up taking my phone and gift wrapping it in a box for a skit. So random haha.

On Sunday we headed to Willis Tower for a little more sightseeing. They have a skydeck with a see through box that you can step into and stare straight to the ground. Strangely a terrifying experience! I knew there was no way I would fall, but still had to get my "balance" before stepping in.

After Willis Tower we packed up our stuff and headed back to the airport. (Just a quick shot of our gorgeous hotel. The W City Center was so swanky and the perfect location for downtown sightseeing.) Our drive home from the airport was even more terrifying than the trip there but so worth it. Hopefully DFW gets some sun soon... Tired of being cooped up in the house because I'm too scared to drive!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Family Photo Session

Took some time over Thanksgiving break to photograph my aunt, uncle, and their two adorable kids. We met at a local park and I just love how the photos turned out! So awesome having family models to practice my photog skills on. Who knows, maybe with enough practice I could add photographer to my repertoire one day lol

This one seriously pulls at my heart strings. These sisters are so sweet to each other! When I have kids they better watch out... I will have models all day long hahah!

Monday, December 2, 2013


Had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones this past week. I made these Pecan Pie Croissants with the assistance of my little sister (she did most of the work lol) and oh man, they turned out amaaazing. So good right out of the oven and perfect for a Sunday brunch. I can't wait to make them again!

Basically we just took Pillsbury croissant dough, brushed a little butter on the inside and filled them with pecan pie filling. (My sister made the pie filling from the back of the Caro Syrup bottle if you are interested). Then we rolled them up, put a little egg wash on top, and let them bake according to the dough instructions. After they came out of the oven, my sister finished them off with some cinnamon glaze (basically just a doughnut glaze with some cinnamon sprinkled in) and then added some chopped pecans on top. Really a simple recipe but sooooo worth it.

I'm back at home now, writing this while relaxing in bed with the hubs and looking forward to all of the holiday events coming up. My favorite time of year for sure! So thankful for the time we were able to spend with family and looking forward to much more.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A weekend filled with love

This past weekend Stephen and I attended the wedding of two amazing friends that was filled with love, friendship and happy tears. I am such a cry baby, but no way I could help it. During the ceremony, the couple read the most romantic letters to each other and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.

The wedding was also filled with heartfelt and carefully thought out details. I think the powdered donuts were Stephen's favorite part of the wedding. Just look at that face ;) It was a daytime wedding so we were served a delicious brunch buffet after the ceremony and had mimosas (heck yes!) to toast the happy couple.

The cute little burlap favor bag was filled with the best smelling coffee ever. I am planning on putting my coffee beans in a vanilla candle so that my house smells like a vanilla latte. #excited. Underneath the bag was a list of all the best places around town to visit. This couple is seriously thoughtful!

After the wedding was over, I snagged some of the centerpiece flowers that were going to be tossed and am currently enjoying them in my office. Congratulation Joel and Anna, we had such a great time at the wedding and are so happy you get to spend the rest of your lives together!


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