oh how i love these girls!

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her very favorite thing right now

Nana Oh, my! I love it! Can’t wait to see the more!!May 14, 2011 – 11:42 pm

Roberto Farren | Photographer Boston MA Stunning capture and perfectly lit. Very nicely taken. Regards, RobertoApril 25, 2012 – 6:49 pm

pailyn’s monster bash | girly monster party ideas

i cannot believe my baby is two. two!

when it came time to plan a little get together party for pailyn & her closest friends, i was thinking along the lines of tutus and ties. pailyn, however had been on a major monster-loving kick for months-watching monster’s inc. and roaring at us all to make us act scared or laugh. she reminds me of monster, inc.’s little ‘boo’ in so many ways…i explored the idea of a monster party. i didn’t want just a monster party though; we needed a girly monster bash! with the help of a pink, melon orange, and aqua color scheme and the fabulous heather of chickabug‘s willingness to customize a girly monster bash invite along with fun party printables–the girly monster bash birthday party was born!

and if you can’t tell, my little beast was in birthday party heaven!

it was quite the challenge playing party planner, chef (i use the term loosely-although the ‘monster melt sammies’ were freakin’ awesome if i do say so myself!), hostess, momma, and photographer–i certainly didn’t get to carry out all the plans i had for the big day, but man was it fun! i vowed not to go overboard so i could enjoy pailyn’s day & i succeeded on that front. so, as far as i’m concerned the monster bash was a roaring success.

because we kept pay’s first birthday simple, (she had king cake at nana’s) i had a “smash” cake made just for her for this party.

  • she blew out both candles all by herself
  • showed us she is unfazed by a little flame hitting her fingers
  • didn’t cry a tear while we all sang along to bennett’s (who did cry the first 3 years of his life when happy birthday was sang to him) playing of the happy birthday song on his keyboard.
  • dove right in using a candle as a utensil
  • sang the happy birthday song to herself for over a week every time she was in her highchair in hopes of getting more cake

  • oh, and she did not succeed in licking all the icing off her face, lol

some of pailyn’s fabulous little friends who made her day super special!

these monster mouths were super fun! pailyn didn’t cooperate, but amelia & aiden sure did! since the party-pailyn has walked around the house lots with her monster mouth, naturally.

some little detail shots 🙂

monster party ideas

love, love, love my sweet (most of the time) two year old!

party credits:

  • chickabug:   invite design, printables, custom water bottle labels- heather, you totally created exactly what i wanted & were beyond awesome to work with!
  • my dear friend angela: creator of adorable monster marshmallow pops and party planner extraordinaire herself- thanks for all you help & for letting me shop your party supply store 🙂
  • with love:    custom monster hat for portrait featured on the back of the invite- thanks kimberly!!
  • zozobug baby:  custom “2” birthday shirt- we just love julie and her fun designs!
  • kati’s kupcakes:  custom cupcake toppers and smash cake topper- seriously, how cute were these! and i was amazed at how yummo they were too! thanks kati 🙂
  • mini-eco:   great tutorial for the sewn paper garland. it was super easy! i used cardstock from my stash and whipped up a super long garland in about an hour one night. (now if only i could sew fabric!)
  • the party favors contained these little stuffed monsters (although i purchased them on amazon, but i think i bought the last two dozen available, sorry!)
  • i created the monster mouths on a stick using this cute clip art.
  • thanks to my heather for that fun, roaring pic of my & my birthday girl.

and just in case you haven’t seen enough. here is the video

haley Lindey!!! that is the most precious birthday I have ever seen!!!! you did an amazing job. what a fabulously fun mommy you are. xoxo
love the blog!!March 8, 2011 – 1:16 am

Nicole This is a totally fabulous birthday party!! Great job and thanks for sharing!March 8, 2011 – 8:51 am

Nana Love the new blog…hope you continue to keep it updated! You did a great job with her party and it was so fun to see how much she enjoyed her day! I am so proud of you!March 8, 2011 – 10:20 am

Krista Muskovin Oh WOW Lindey!! Fabulous, all of it!!! Amazing party, I want one just like it! 🙂 The pictures are wonderful and of course Pailyn is so stinkin cute!! Great job!March 8, 2011 – 7:49 pm

Christine DeSavino Wow – what an amazing job you did on the party! Everything looks awesome and I especially love those different “mouth masks!” (and the water bottles.)
Wonderful photos and your daughter is adorable!March 8, 2011 – 8:00 pm

april todd This party is a dream party, I love it!! Everything down to the last detail is amazing!! Happy 2nd B-day to your sweetie!March 9, 2011 – 6:27 pm

Julie Sowers This is an amazing party!!! Every detail carefully thought out and it looks like so much fun!! Happy Birthday to your little cutie!March 9, 2011 – 9:32 pm

Kaitlyn Johnson Love the new blog and love that I could come here to see all the fun that was had! Hate I missed it; it was so cute and looked so fun! 🙂March 11, 2011 – 10:20 am

Stephanie LOVE LOVE LOVE this party idea! I had a different theme all picked out for my daughter’s birthday, who turns two in June. Her name is Kenley, but we have always called her Kiki Monster…it was a play off of Cookie Monster. So when I saw this party idea, I knew it would be PERFECT!! I can’t wait to get started!

Now if only I could figure out how to buy or make those monster pops!March 22, 2011 – 7:26 am

Jessica Hart Lindey!! What an adorable 2nd birthday for Pailyn!!! I absolutley loved viewing the pics & information on the party here on your new blog. Your little one is so precious!! Your photography is Amazing!!! I look forward to keeping up with your blog & hopefully needing you in our near future!!! Love, JessJuly 2, 2011 – 9:54 am

Jessica Lindey!! What an adorable 2nd birthday for Pailyn!!! I absolutley loved viewing the pics and information on the party here on your new blog. Your little one is so precious!! Your photography is Amazing!!! I look forward to keeping up with your blog and hopefully needing you in our very near future!!! Love-JessJuly 2, 2011 – 9:57 am

kv love itSeptember 13, 2011 – 9:54 am

AmberNISabella Thank you for all your help in giving me great ideas for my soon to be 2 year old. This is a dream come true! I so wish I could just hire you to print and party plan for me here in Minnesota. Looks like a ton of work paid off.September 16, 2011 – 10:39 am

erin105526@aol.com Love it!! I’d love to get my monster a hat, the link isn’t working. Can you re-share please. Thanks!December 29, 2011 – 3:11 am

Susie This is such a cute party!!April 25, 2016 – 2:06 am

photo love, a matilda jane clothing photography contest

ahhh, matilda jane. if you’ve followed my work much at all, you know i adore this sweet, unpredictable clothing line-especially for my little girl clients! i sent off an image from this session along with 1000’ish others and was super honored to have been chosen, along with 58 others to go on to the second phase of matilda jane’s photo love contest.

the 59 of us were sent an exclusive-to-the-contest dress, an adorable pair of straightees and a fabulous, fun flower accessory. we were free to with them what we wanted. i actually have sketches and notes of 3 fully edited shoots complete with unique (if there is such a thing anymore, lol) props and extras. one idea was to spread the three pieces across two little girls and a puppy, however, the more thought i put into it the more i just wanted to be me. i adore a good prop and a fabulous set up cannot be beat, but clean-simple-focus on the subject is where i’m happiest.

so that’s what i did.

i used my facebook fan page to announce a call for models once i learned i had been selected. i was blown away with all the adorable little girls i got to choose from. in the end only a few were the perfect fit i wanted for the outfit (i needed those straightees to fit cropped for the river) and lainey couldn’t have been more perfect! i so hoped she’d be a fan of moon pies so i could get the above shot. oh yeah…she certainly was!

oh, how these make me long for spring! for spring and a closet full of new matilda jane clothes in pailyn’s room! i’ve seen some of the other submissions & so many are wow quality! what an honor to be among those chosen. should i be lucky enough to go on to the top 10, please prepare because i’ll be asking begging for your votes!  regardless of what happens, this has been fun!

and here is a little more insight into our time at the river

Jackie My first thought was “what a CUTE outfit”, then I thought “what a pretty little lady, I was awestruck at her sweet demeanor and perfect, soft lips with no Moon Pie crumbs”. The video presentation offered a total look at a child who is unmarked by her beauty and playing as little girls do. I LOVE IT!February 25, 2011 – 6:34 pm

Sally Brewer These are the most beautiful picture…the clothes, the setting and my beautiful granddaughter. You make my heart so happy with your beautiful photos of Lucy, Jack, Henry, Ella, Lainey and Luke….You truely are an amazing photographerFebruary 25, 2011 – 9:07 pm

Debby Hicks Lindey, You never cease to amaze!! I thought the ones you did of Avery and Logan when they were little were great but these are awesome!!! I love them. You have done the clothes Justice and Lainey is just beautiful. Congratulations!!!February 27, 2011 – 4:49 am

Kara Elmore DEeeeeeeeeeee LISH!!! Wow – Lindey – LOVE the new blog. And the images. Of course! You are so talented!February 27, 2011 – 5:33 am

Natalie Clayshulte Love the outfit (matilda jane is wonderful) and the setting. Very timeless images. Lovely.February 27, 2011 – 10:40 pm

Julie Sowers These are just timeless, beautiful images!!!! Love her outfit!!!! She is adorable!!!February 27, 2011 – 11:31 pm

valerie gould Gosh what gorgeous pics you should win!March 3, 2011 – 5:27 am

NIchole love the top/dress you were sent. adorable. Great pictures.March 3, 2011 – 5:41 am

Kati Angelini Your photos are beautiful–I am in awe at your work–amazing job!March 4, 2011 – 9:08 am

stephanie lindey!! welcome to wordpress (#1) and (#2) holy amazing! beautiful images girlfriend!!!March 7, 2011 – 6:37 am

Carole Farmen Oh, these images are sooo lovely! It all comes together so perfectly. Well done 🙂March 7, 2011 – 11:31 am

Julie Um…is that a BANANA MOON PIE?????/ LOL. MY FAVE!March 9, 2011 – 8:25 am

lindey lol, it is julie! what goes better than a moon pie at the river? (watermelon isn’t in season yet). i want mississippi represented 😉March 9, 2011 – 8:31 am

Jill What a beautiful collection of images! 🙂 We love MJC!March 12, 2011 – 2:50 am

angela bergsma Hi!
You don’t know me but I thought I’d comment how beautiful these photos were.
I was a finalist and so bummed to not be in the top 10! I thought yours was one of the best photographs and they really missed the boat on putting a few in the top.
Yours should have been in the top! I loved the simple beauty and the lighting and color quality is perfect. Don’t second guess yourself, its so pretty! I think less is more sometimes and this proves it!
Blessings,
AngelaMarch 13, 2011 – 3:46 am

Megan Fogel Awe – I LOVE your entry too! Your work is Gorgeous!!!

XoOXOoOXMarch 13, 2011 – 9:35 am

remember lucy? | mississippi newborn & baby photographer

well, she went from a precious little sleeper to an adorable little sitter. see…

man, i *love* my “job!”

Angela This baby is so precious, and the photos are gorgeous! Love the new blog!February 24, 2011 – 8:46 pm

Jill Lindey you are soooooo good!!! And it helps that Lucy is just beautiful!!!February 24, 2011 – 9:28 pm

Julie Sowers These are just beautiful!!! Great job!February 24, 2011 – 10:01 pm

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