Anniversary gift ideas for your husband

anniversary-gift-ideas-for-your-husbandNot sure what it is, but men are seriously the hardest to shop for. At least mine is. So I decided to make him something! Here is how I usually begin to look for inspiration.

>>Remember all those projects you have lingering you will complete someday? Now is the time. We have been saving empty bottles for some time. I finally got rid of a bunch of wine bottles. I began to feel like a hoarder! But those bourbon bottles… I knew I wanted to make lamps for the man cave! Nothing says Kentucky like bourbon. This was part of my gift this year for our 4 year anniversary.
dsc05442dsc05443>>Pinterest- do some research and begin searching for things that your man likes. You will be surprised what you come up with.

>>Start a tradition. We have been going on small weekend trips each year for our anniversary. For our one year we went to Gatlinburg, our two year we went to Bardstown, Ky and stayed at a Bourbon Mansion Bed and Breakfast.

>>Think about what this season of your life will bring. What do I mean by that? So last year I was pregnant and my husband was deployed, who knew the best gift would be a snoogle body pillow from him! (You moms know!) I had early onset mommy brain, so I can’t really remember what I did last year for him. I do remember having a Facetime date 🙂

>>Create memories with a scrapbook. I did this for our first anniversary. Since the military played such a major role in our relationship and the opportunities it has afforded our family, I put together an Army scrapbook documenting our journey together.
dsc05433dsc05439dsc05440dsc05435So this year for our 4 year anniversary, I was trying to think outside of the box and also stick with the traditional gift of fruit/flowers. Hello Four Roses Bourbon! Perfect. 4 years and roses! I was probably the only one walking out of Liquor Barn with a brown bag and stroller in the middle of the afternoon! Gotta do what you gotta do! And to add more meaning to it, our daughter Savannah was born derby weekend this year. Probably the best year so far of our marriage. Run for the Roses!dsc05421I found this recipe on Pinterest for Vanilla Bourbon Cupcakes with homemade bourbon buttercream frosting. It took a while to put together but they are seriously delicious! Sorry Gigi’s cupcakes (for you Lexington locals). Dan decided to surprise me and come home early from work with flowers!  So sweet. And they are perfect fall colors- great for my centerpiece of cupcakes!dsc05427I had to summon him to the basement so I could finish. My surprise wasn’t a huge surprise, haha! Once I made the cupcakes I also decided to melt chocolate and make hearts and some other candy decoration. My first time doing this, I would say it didn’t turn out too bad! dsc05422dsc05429Since next year is the big 5 year anniversary, I will have to come up with something even better! Traditional gift is wood. Hmm…

And here is a list of traditional gifts by year in case you were wondering.
Thanks for reading and I hope this post motivates you to be creative in coming up with a gift for your husband. Do you have other ideas? I would love to read them below in comments.

Review of the BabyList registry

EXHIBITIONWhen I found BabyList had a registry where you could add items from any store, I thought that was a great idea since one of my favorite stores, Marshalls, has the cutest baby stuff and best prices. That was one thing that was not available for my wedding registry. I was able to add gift cards from Marshalls, my newborn photographer, Sarah E Dunn Photo & Design, and other places that typically don’t have a registry. I am hoping to help others by writing this review of my experience with BabyList!

>>Ease of Use– BabyList was very user friendly and easy to navigate. It had a lot of different options with its navigation. You can share your registry and track gifts.
>>Price comparison– It allows you to price compare and lists the best price for the item you register for. A lot of the items are found on Amazon and when their prices change, it also sends you an email alert.


>>External registries– You can add other registries to BabyList too, so ideally, you could point your guests to one registry and find all of them in one place.
>>Products– BabyList allows you to browse products from popular companies, handmade items from places like Etsy, and gives reviews of those items. You can browse through different articles and sample registries.



I don’t have many cons, other than looking back and registering for a lot of items I didn’t necessarily need as recommended by BabyList guides. It is so much of a personal preference on registry items, I am not sure this is avoidable. As a first time mom, I was happy that I registered for items that were really just cute more than functional, especially having a girl! I figured I probably wouldn’t spend the money after she arrives on anything other than the necessities.

In hindsight, I would have rather signed up for an Amazon Baby Registry and here’s why:
>>Simplicity of finding items– Search for your item, done!
Most people compare prices on Amazon anyway (why make it harder!?)- You want your guests to have an easy time finding gifts for you.
>>Amazon Prime -Makes shipping free for those with the membership. We seriously buy everything on here (from paper towels to diapers to drinks). Totally worth the yearly fee.
>>Lowest prices– This is usually the case on a lot of the baby items you will want. Other than using the one time coupons you get in the mail for the big box stores.
>>External registries– You can also add your external registries to Amazon. Have it all in one place. You can add anything from the web too, just like BabyList!
>>Amazon Handmade– Similar to online marketplaces like Etsy, one stop shop on Amazon for unique handmade items. They even have a Handmade Baby Store!
>>Welcome box– See more details about what you get in your box to start your journey of motherhood! I never received anything like that from BabyList. Womp womp!
>>Completion discount– Get 10% off everything you buy on your registry, 15% for Amazon Prime members!
>>Amazon has everything!

So would I recommend BabyList to expectant mothers? Absolutely! But first consider Amazon for its benefits listed above. If I could do it over, I would go with the Amazon Baby Registry!

Thanks for reading mommas! Please share your experiences with baby registries.

Easy Hawaiian kalua pulled pork crockpot style

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Our trip to Hawaii did not last long enough, although any amount of time would not be long enough! You can read more about my trip and what we did while I was 20 weeks pregnant. With all the delicious food including fresh fruit and lots of pulled pork, we came home craving that Hawaiian Kalua pulled pork, for breakfast and dinner! Since we can’t dig a hole and cook it in the ground like they do, the crockpot was the next best option.DSC03710With a little help from La Fuji Mama and some simple ingredients– wala! Easy crockpot Kalua pulled pork! The recipe called for 6 pounds of pork, but we used only about half that. By the time the meat cooks and you remove the fat (if you choose) and the bone (if there is one) it doesn’t leave you much leftover. Between the two of us, this only lasted 2 meals. I would recommend making the full 5-6 lbs as listed in the original recipe. Trust me, it is too delicious not to have a few more meals out of it.IMG_8005Here are the ingredients we used:

One of the easiest crock pot recipes!

1. Put the pork butt in your crockpot and pierce it all over with a knife. You can leave the bone in and fat chunks and remove them later. We found this to be the easiest way.
2. Sprinkle the sea salt over the pork, pushing some of it into the holes you made with the knife.
3. Add the liquid smoke flavoring. Do not add more than recipe calls for. It may not seem like much, but the cut of meat has so much fat it will cook perfectly!
4. Cook covered on low for 8-10 hours, flipping halfway through.
5. When done, remove bone and fat (if necessary), shred the pork, and enjoy! We bought ciabatta rolls or you can have other fancy bread if you choose. If you want to do it Hawaiian style you can make it a ‘plate’ with rice and eat if without the bread. Or make a breakfast sandwich with leftovers (my husband’s favorite) with an egg over-easy and the sauce of your choosing!

To make this recipe even more Hawaiian, we used Hawaiian bbq sauce and these delicious Bai coconut drinks! We just put in another order of these drinks, we love them!IMG_8029This is one of the easiest crockpot recipes and the pork butt is very inexpensive. Once you buy the other few ingredients listed, you can keep making this over and over!

What other Hawaiian dishes do you enjoy? Leave me a comment below!

Thanks for reading! Kim



How to save money on picture frames


If you are a decorating addict like me, your husband will say we don’t need to buy any more frames! That is the case at our house. So what do I do… find creative ways to save money on frames. Here are a few of my favorite ways:

>>Shop the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. I found a few $30 table top frames that had the back broken off. Got them for $4! It didn’t matter since I wanted to use them to hang anyway. Seriously, this is how I’ve scored the best frames for cheap. They always have a good stock too!



>>Rearrange the frames you already have. If you are anything like me, you printed so many wedding pictures. A few years later, it is all baby!  As the seasons in your life change, you may want to change some of the pictures. Take a few frames you already have and give them new life by moving them around in your house and changing out the photographs.

>>Use coupons! Hobby lobby and Michaels both have apps with coupons each week. And Hobby lobby has tabletop frames half off all the time!

>>Shop Michaels sales. I got these 11X14 frames for $6 a piece for my stairway gallery wall!! Patience pays off when decorating! Since I bought these frames, I have seen the 70% off frames sale a few times. Sometimes you can even use extra coupons on these. I chose the prints for this gallery wall randomly sifting through photos, but they are a good representation of our little family. Lots of Army pictures, our doggie, and Savannah, GA (the Forsyth fountain).


>>Shop the discount stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls. I am a little partial to these stores, or as others would call it, obsessed! I may have been there yesterday. They have such unique, reasonably priced frames. Just be careful not to buy the entire store!

>>Go to thrift shops! Or even better, shop your mom’s closets for those vintage frames! See, another reason moms are the best!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have other ideas I didn’t mention.




What I wish I knew before having my first baby

What i wish i knewThese last 7 weeks have been a true blessing from above. And wow, 7 weeks! Babies sure do grow up fast. All the fear of childbirth, the unknown, is nothing compared to the absolute joy of meeting your baby for the first time. I wanted to compile a list of things that I wish someone had told me before embarking on this crazy journey! I won’t even touch on the no sleep. So here goes…

>>You will fall in love with your husband all over again. The way he interacts with your baby and the way he looks at you as a new mom- pure love. Add in all the crazy hormones and you may even shed a few tears.SONY DSCDSC04817>>You will cry! I’m not talking just regular tears of joy, but for no reason tears! I remember hearing Savannah cry for the first time and I lost it. You have this sweet little baby to care for and last thing you want is for her to be in pain. Then you will cry again for no reason… just sayin! It is completely normal. You learn about it in childbirth classes, but it is real!
>>Your body will seem foreign. After giving birth, I remember looking down at my belly to see what it looked like. I didn’t recognize it. It didn’t matter though. I was holding my baby in my arms and in pure contentment. Your boobs are going to get huge, full and uncomfortable and you will feel like a milk factory. It gets better! And on to the next point…

>>Breastfeeding! Just when you thought you read all the baby books, it will not prepare you enough. Your nipples will hurt, maybe even bleed. Your baby will be crying trying to latch and you will be screaming at the same time. At about the 3 week mark, it gets better, I promise! Hang in there mama, your baby needs you. So stock up on ice packs, Medela Disposable Nursing Bra Pads, and try the saline solution tip found here.

>>Ask for help! When family wants to come over, especially moms (they are seriously the best), learn from them and don’t take their tips as criticism. They have been there and actually do know a lot! Just watching my mom interact with my baby, I learned so much! If you can manage to get a 2 hour nap in, it makes such a difference.

>>All those cute outfits- you will have another opinion about some of them. Those cute newborn jeans I just had to buy from Old Navy when I was pregnant and that onesie with 50 snaps along the diaper area are just not being used. Stock up on swaddle wraps for sleeping and bibs! You can never have enough. Milk is a messy business.IMG_7119IMG_7121>>White noise. I think we received about 4-6 different sound machine stuffed animals, projectors and machines. Keep them all! You don’t know what your baby will like and it may change. Plus, if you have her stuff in multiple locations in your home, it will be helpful to have several. So far, this one is our favorite and we use it every night in our room next to her Rock n Play.

>>The glorious Rock n Play! Yes, yes and yes! Get one of these. We have a bassinet that we put her in to sleep for about 3 weeks and she was waking up so easily, even being swaddled. Once we started putting her to sleep in the Rock n Play, game over! She has been sleeping at night, only waking up for feedings. And I have talked to friends who did this too and their babies never had issues with sleeping in their cribs. DSC04831All of these opinions are my own and you may have a different experience with your baby. I hope that some of these tips will help you or at least reassure you that it definitely is a learning experience as you go. And when in doubt, play some Carrie Underwood and do some dancing!DSC04865Thanks for reading! Kim

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On the day you were born- My birth story

DSC04831May 6 started out with a 2am wakeup craving for Panera. So like any normal pregnant lady, I followed those cravings once I woke up at 8am. With irregular contractions throughout the night, I had a feeling that this would be the day. I had lost my mucous plug that night before and knew my baby could come any time.

I made my way to Panera with contractions becoming more regular, but I hadn’t started timing them yet. Got some pastries and a mango smoothie (YUM!), and made my way back home, definitely in some pain as it was increasing. And I met another lady getting a mango smoothie for her pregnant daughter (must be a thing!)

Once I got home I was experiencing regular contractions and started timing them. We were told by the birthing center to wait until the contractions are five minutes apart for an hour before coming to the hospital. So as a good student, that’s what I did.


May 6 bump!

To be honest, a lot of the details of the day are kind of a blur as the contractions intensified. My husband was at work until about 2pm that day and he was checking on me. Around noon or 1pm, I texted him to let him know the contractions were getting more intense, and also to pick up food (priorities!!). Firehouse Subs it was!

One of the questions I had throughout my entire pregnancy was what contractions feel like. Everyone told me “You will know when you have them!” So that is all I had to go on. At this point, the contractions definitely were clear to me. If I had to describe the feeling, they started as bad period cramps and intensified to feel like pressure similar to when you have a bowel movement, but these stop you in your tracks! For me, it was so unreal; the entire experience.

As I was timing the contractions, they were regular but the timing wasn’t completely consistent. I would have contractions every 7 minutes, 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 8 minutes, 5 minutes – you get the picture. Remembering what the birthing center told me, I kept waiting until they were consistently 5 minutes apart.

5pm rolled around and my contractions were between 3-6 minutes apart. You hear with your first baby, you will be in labor for a while and not to rush to the hospital. I thought I had plenty of time. The pain was so intense I was beginning to scream and curl up in a ball. By the way, none of the positions they tell you about in childbirth classes work- best bet is just to scream through them! I told Dan that we needed to go.

On the way to the hospital, every bump, every stop, every time he tried to make me laugh, was painful! I was pretty much screaming the entire way there and holding on for dear life to the door handle as contractions came and went. There was even a joke that they might send us home! We arrived at the hospital and they rushed me into the triage area (I guess they heard me down the hall!) I was far enough in labor to get the gold package 🙂 When in doubt- get to the hospital!

Once I was in triage, I can’t say enough good things about the hospital staff (UK Chandler Hospital in Lexington, KY). They stripped me down, got my gown on and checked my dilation. Here is the crazy part of my story- I WAS 8 CM DILATED!! I was in shock that I labored that long at home, not even realizing how far along I had been. This being my first pregnancy, I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone experiences labor differently. So of course, my reaction was, “Can I have the epidural?!” This was all spelled out in my birth plan- oh yes, I had one, but the baby seemed to already have a plan of her own! Somehow I managed to let the nurse know I had a birth plan. When she asked what was on it, I couldn’t remember! My main priority at that time was being taken care of. The more staff and doctors in the room, the better!

Once I got the epidural, the pain substantially eased and the rest of the process of childbirth was totally manageable. I was moved to the labor and delivery room where they then broke my water at 9 cm and I was ready to start pushing within 15 minutes. We found out the baby was OP (facing posterior, which explains the back and hip pain). I pushed for about 90 minutes and then we met our little blessing. Savannah Reese arrived at 10pm exactly, just 2 hours away from her due date.IMG_7018DSC04820DSC04821DSC04822Its been a little over 2 weeks now as I am writing this. I couldn’t imagine what joy, exhaustion, and love you feel when your little tiny human arrives. Motherly instinct kicks in and all you want to do is love, comfort, and protect your baby. Baby blues are common, as I watched her little feet get blood drawn, or hear her cry. That too passes, but we couldn’t imagine life any different and I would do it all over again for my sweet baby girl.

Dear Savannah Reese,
You are so loved and we will always be here for you through good times and bad. We promise to love and protect you, guide you through life, comfort you and show you what love is. Mommy and Daddy are the proudest parents and we love you!View More:
Image by Sarah Grashel Photography

Thanks for reading,



9 Relaxing things to do during Third Trimester

9 relaxing things

With about one week before my due date, needless to say, I am not doing much these days. I want to share some of my favorite things to do during third trimester that fit into the ‘relaxing’ category!

1. Take a warm bath

This is probably one of the best ways to take pressure of off your growing belly and it can be very rejuvenating. I put a little bit of coconut oil and lavender oil in the water. Make sure the water is not so hot that you have to gradually get into the water.  Skip the glass of wine and grab some chocolate and a good book instead!


2. Watch these series of Ted Talks on Birth and Pregnancy

Sit back in your favorite recliner and watch these Ted talks. I have already started on them and they really give you insight into some of the things you will be experiencing real soon- childbirth! They have actually helped give me a more calming feeling about the whole experience.


3. Shop for baby stuff

This is probably a better idea during the beginning of your third trimester, maybe after you have your baby shower. And don’t forget to splurge on a few new things for that sweet baby of yours. Things you may not need, but look cute!! Easy to do with a baby girl on the way! One of my favorite places to shop for neutral clothing was Old Navy. Although, most of the things I bought were pink 🙂 Usually your registries will send you a completion coupon for some of the things you didn’t receive as gifts. Make sure to use those!

4. Go on dates with your husband

Your family unit started with just the two of you- don’t forget that! Long after the babies are grown and out of the house, it will be back to the two of you. Make sure to not only cherish this sweet time with your husband, but go on some fun dates before that bundle of joy arrives. Make it a useful trip by going shopping for baby furniture and then going to dinner! Or go see a movie in the nice theater with the reclining seats 🙂 Wear a cute maternity outfit too!IMG_64005. Drink tea

My wonderful sister bought me some of the Organic Earth Mama Angel Baby tea to try and it has been great sipping this while watching some of my favorite shows or reading. They have a variety of types for different stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Since I have cut coffee completely out, this has been a great alternative for me.

6. Prenatal yoga/barre

Aches and pains of pregnancy are bound to happen! Doing some gentle stretching with prenatal yoga and barre classes have made a world of difference. I found the dvd on Amazon for $16.99, so there are ways to do this on a budget. All you need is a chair for balance or you can get crazy like I did and install a balance bar. I love barre and this was  a good investment for me. There are some days I can only do about 20 minutes, but that is okay! Your body is busy making a tiny human; you are going to be tired! Do these exercises as you see fit and have fun!IMG_5667

7. Design your baby’s nursery

You may remember my blog post on my full nursery reveal, and I was so glad I got to share this with my readers.  As soon as we found out it was a girl, the planning immediately started. Third trimester can be a great time to get your last minute details together like the essentials for the changing table, washing all the baby clothes, and hanging any last minute decorations. This has been a relaxing experience for me and I can’t wait for baby Savannah to see her room!DSC048098. Take maternity photos

Third trimester bellies are perfect for photographs! Just make sure to take them during a time you are comfortable and feel beautiful. I know for me, there was a certain point in third trimester that I blew up! (At least felt this way) These photos are meant to be fun and document your pregnancy.  I hung one up in our nursery above the changing table. Pinterest can be great for finding inspiration for your photos. I wanted to use huge pink balloons for our photo shoot and we asked our sister in law to do the photos for us to save money. SONY DSCSONY DSC9. Make a daddy survival kit

I didn’t want my husband to feel left out. After all, I am carrying the baby and receiving all kinds of baby shower gifts! His hard work and support mean the world to me, so I wanted to do something special for him. I put together this little Daddy Survival Kit. It was so much fun gathering items like Savannah Bee Company honey straws (reminder of our baby girl’s name and our vacation there), Daddy’s princess outfit with tutu, some camo socks, UK onesie (of course), and some essentials such as migraine medicine and healthy nutrition packs! What other things have you put in your Daddy Survival kits?IMG_6273

Hope some of these relaxing things will make your third trimester just a little better and not as painful! Hang in there mama! Baby will be here soon!

What other relaxing things are you doing to ease your pregnancy?

Thanks for reading!


Full Nursery Reveal: It’s a girl!

DSC04809Savannah and I are so excited to finally show you her full nursery reveal! Mama is 3 weeks away from bringing this little bundle into the world and her room is absolutely PERFECT!  If you remember, I shared the nursery inspiration board here, and the final nursery is much more than I imagined. With a lot of love from friends and family and some creative juices flowing, here it is!

First a look into her crib. I love how the white furniture really brightens up the room and allows for the colors of her toys, stuffed animals and decorations to pop. The Fisher Price Snugapuppy Calming Vibrations will be great for soothing the baby at home or on the go! It will match her other Snugapuppy Rock n Play! This little girl better be ready for doggies, since her big brother, Blue, can’t wait to meet her!

DSC04763When picking a theme for the nursery, I knew I wanted to stick with the vintage touches that I love with the subtle colors and tones. We went with woodland creatures, but more bunnies than anything. So many sweet stories about bunnies, and you can’t beat how cute they are. And bonus, having a baby in the spring because you can find all sorts of bunnies around Easter! This is on the nightstand beside her crib; a picture of mommy and daddy in Savannah, where we got engaged. The precious little shoes from one of mommy’s favorite stores- Marshalls! I can’t tell you how many times I found the perfect baby stuff there and cheaper than some of the big box stores. Hobby Lobby and Target are another few of my favorites for decorations, lamps, curtains, and all the other details.

DSC04771As soon as we found out we were having a girl, I knew this quote was going to be on the wall! So I handcrafted this sign! I love how the natural look of the wood paired with the white walls and furniture turned out. And the moment I laid my eyes on this bunny mobile I fell in love. It swings on its own with the gentle vibrations in the room.


This sweet baby journal is from The Morris Book Store here in Lexington, KY. I love its vintage feel and extra pockets. Baby girl will have all her little memories stored in there.


As soon as we found out we were pregnant, I wanted to keep all of her ultrasound pictures in a safe place!


This one’s my favorite- we have a fighter!

DSC04802DSC04800Here’s the laundry hamper! It makes me smile every time I see it. I had Dan, my husband, pick the animal for it and love which one he picked! (great choice in my opinion as the others were goats and some other silly animals!)DSC04780This vintage globe came from Reclaimology, formerly Repurposed Soul. I am happy anytime I can support their mission to give back to the local community and abroad.

Now to decide which outfits to pack… the hospital bag!DSC04797DSC04808We are ready as ever and can’t wait to meet our sweet baby girl, Savannah Reese, or as my dad would call her, baby cup! Hope you love your room as much as we do and can’t wait to start this journey with you!

Thanks for reading! Please share your comments below on what makes your baby’s nursery special!

Love, Kim and Baby Savannah

Trip report- Hawaii in December

It’s a little late, but I wanted to share our babymoon trip to Hawaii. I will say that I am ready to go back! If only the long flight was good for pregnant ladies.

We arrived on Oahu in mid-December and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. About 80 degrees, give or take a small shower or two. We stayed in Wyndham Vacation Resorts and met with the concierge upon arrival. We had some ideas in mind already about what we wanted to explore while in Hawaii. The shark diving tour I will get to…

We ate at Heavenly, this quaint little brunch place the first morning and I have to say, we went back again during the week we were there. Hands down, best food and fresh fruit!


This is Hanauma Bay, best snorkeling spot around! See all that coral near the shore? That is filled with rainbow fish, big blue fish, you name it! I had to be careful with my belly not touching the coral and you watch a short presentation before you can go into the bay to make sure you know the regulations around not touching coral or disturbing the ecosystem.  This is a must-see for any Hawaii-goer! We bought an underwater camera, so our pictures weren’t great, but it preserved the memory for us.

We went to the Kuoloa Ranch and saw where major films have been produced such as Jurassic Park and Lost. Beautiful scenery! We also hiked the Manoa Falls trail. It was a little tricky navigating on wet rocks while prego, but a great workout! Take lots of water!


Make sure to enjoy the Dole Plantation and that pineapple ice cream. A great place to pick up Christmas gifts as well. Lots of chocolate covered goodies, kitchen items, etc.

You also must go to a luau while in Hawaii. We went to the Big Kahuna Luau, which sits on top of sweet potato mountain (according to our bus driver). You can see the view of the island from the top. We went around sunset, so you can see in the picture how beautiful it is.



Shark diving! Our baby is so adventurous! You can see the cage we went into and we were surrounded by about six 10-12 foot Galapagos sharks. After you get over the initial terror of seeing the sharks surrounding your boat, it was one of the best experiences!


I will leave you with these last 2 images, although this blog post could get really long. Rainbows everywhere and here’s me with our baby girl announcement! Little Savannah just kicked- she wants to go back!

The aloha spirit is still alive!

Are you planning a trip to Hawaii anytime soon? I would love to chat! I have so many more things to share!



7 Must-have Resources for Small Businesses

After starting my business last November, I have been fortunate to find these amazing resources for free, or low cost that have been instrumental in my success as a creative small business owner. I hope you will find them helpful too!


If you have been on my blog, I am using WordPress. A free site that hosts blogs and I have transformed mine into my website as well. For a small yearly fee of $18 I was able to have my own domain web address (or you can keep the .wordpress domain). With many templates to use, pick the theme that fits your business best.

Free photo editing- HELLO! All those photo collages, text on photos and editing is done in Picmonkey. Completely free and user-friendly, you can’t go wrong here! Your edited photos integrate easily into many other programs. View my journey to Bardstown, KY where I used Picmonkey!

Paper Street Press
About a year ago, when me and the hubs bought our first home I stumbled across Paper Street Press on Etsy. I wanted a custom return address stamp and they have the best prices and designs. We even have the state of Kentucky on our stamp. I highly recommend this shop and I just ordered a custom logo stamp to stamp my bags and purchases to create brand identity.

Paper Street Press

I have ordered my business cards and postcards to promote my business through VistaPrint. They always seem to have a sale going on and print quality is top notch. I discovered VistaPrint when wedding planning a few years ago and wondered why I hadn’t used it since! You can choose to have them send you a pack with free paper samples beforehand.


I just recently downloaded this 99 cent app on my Iphone. It allows photo editing directly from your phone and additional features than Instagram or other apps I have used. You can create photo overlays, shapes, numbers, wallpaper and pretty much any other feature you would want to add to your photos before posting to social media. This will come in handy for giveaways and Instagram for sure!

Afterlight pic

This website gives you the option of following all of your favorite bloggers in one place. Just like when you sign up for Pinterest, it pulls topics of interest so you can customize which blogs you follow. Pretty sure this site has changed my life! And make sure to follow Career Girl Daily! She has lots of tips for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Accounting, invoicing, payments, you name it! This is the best FREE resource out there (in my opinion) for small businesses. Before Wave, I was using a good ole’ Excel sheet that was cumbersome and I had to enter the data multiple places. Wave is cloud based and user-friendly. I am solely a Mac user, and would compare it to the difference between Mac and PC. A must have for keeping track of your expenses. The free software comes with reports to keep track of everything from your income statement to balance sheet. You can pay monthly for quicker online help, but the user guides usually can help you just as well.

wave pic

There you have it! Hope you enjoy a productive, yet relaxing weekend! You can visit me at the Lexington Farmer’s Market this weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!