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The Kindness Sprinkle

A few months ago, I got an idea for a “Pay it Forward” style birthday party, where guests would each bring an item to donate rather than birthday gifts, in celebration of my 30th birthday. The idea got squashed pretty quickly, since there were already plans to travel to Disney World the following week and I was told that I “just needed to pick one and Disney had already been decided.” But when I found myself with the freedom to make that decision for myself, I started putting out feelers amongst some of my vendor friends as a way of fine tuning the idea. I emailed 30 fellow female entrepreneurs in fact, and basically just asked them to send me any ideas they had for how something like this

Friendsgiving at Greer St Garden

In our house, Friendsgiving serves as the true kickoff to the holiday season. Friends gather before everyone leaves town to visit family, and everyone brings food to share. While sometimes the reality is a lot more disposable plates and a lot less “Pinterest perfection”, the time spent together is always memorable and filled with laughter. Some sweet friends of mine teamed up with us at Greer Street Garden to create a Friendsgiving themed photo shoot, that is a combination of Pinterest and reality. Table settings. With the help of Raleigh Calligraphy’s table runner and watercolor place cards, and styling assistance from Minted Spaces, we created a beautiful tablescape that was both pretty

Cheers to 30 years!

Today is my 30th birthday y'all, and it is such a mixed bag of emotions for me. I have always been the type of person who looked forward to my birthday, rather than being someone who dreaded it. Due to the fact that my parents were divorced and my mom was an entrepreneur, my birthday was never something that was only celebrated on one day, but was a celebration that we stretched out over the course of one, sometimes even two weeks. As the celebration of my 30th year began to approach, more and more people started warning me that perhaps this year wouldn’t be as full of fun filled pampering, and might instead, be somewhat bittersweet. Well I’ve thought about it, and y’all-- that’s just not

Making a name in a saturated market.

When I was in college, my professors discouraged us from becoming wedding planners-- saying that the market was too saturated and that we would only ever work for venues or other larger companies, rather than for ourselves. So when I decided to open my own business, it wasn’t because I had planned my own wedding and wanted to do that again and again for other couples. In fact, Lee and I weren’t even dating when I had planned my first wedding. I was fully aware of the fact that the job wouldn’t be easy-- but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that this was something I had to at least try. That being said, I knew that if I wanted to stand out, I couldn’t just do what everyone else had done be

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