Bloggy Conference 2014 – We’re Going!

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And speaking!

And if you’re on the fence about going, Mayhem and I want to tell you that we think you’d really enjoy it too!

First things first, Cedar Point is the host with the most and I’ve never attended a conference that was MORE perfect for families to attend!

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Sure the rides are intense. (Even intense looking!)

But so are the views….

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Bloggy Conference 2014   Were Going! | FashionByMayhem.com

And things will be pretty spooktacular too at Hotel Breakers…

Bloggy Conference 2014   Were Going! | FashionByMayhem.com

Bloggy Conference 2014   Were Going! | FashionByMayhem.com

But truthfully, I’m an alum of Bloggy Conference. I’ve been attending since the inaugural year in 2011 and cannot begin to explain how valuable the information and relationships built at BloggyCon have been for me.

I served as the official photographer the first year. And came back as a speaker the past two years.

And with as crazy as this year has been for us, I was excited to put Bloggy Conference on our calendar again this year. It’s honestly a bit like coming home. I’ve met some seriously incredible people over the past few years and SO MANY of them have gone on to do amazing things with their blogs.

That’s Erin. She’s one of the sweetest gals you’ll ever meet.

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And Nedra … she’s by far the most adventurous!

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And Sharon – she’s an incredible photographer AND person!

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Then there’s the speaker line up.

Good gracious, just go have a look for yourself.

My only request is that Tiffany not schedule my session at the same time as Dan. Last year I spoke at the same time as Dan, and I’m convinced that’s the reason no one wanted to hear me chat about Instagram.  (Not true. I had an audience, but Dan had a PACKED HOUSE. Rightfully so, btw.) Besides, I want need to sit in on some of that good stuff.

Also, do you know Amiyrah? I don’t have an image of her, but as long as she’s there and not delivering that baby she’s due with, I’ll remedy that Bloggy Conference 2014   Were Going! | FashionByMayhem.com I could go on and on and on and never mention ALL the wonderful and talented people you’ll meet.

Long story short, get off the fence and buy your ticket. And book a room.

You’ll learn SO much, build so many relationships, and even have a great opportunity for reflection.

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And your family will love it too, regardless of age. There is literally something for everyone at Cedar Point.

Bloggy Conference 2014   Were Going! | FashionByMayhem.com

Bloggy Conference 2014   Were Going! | FashionByMayhem.com

I have a personal goal this year of getting on a ride that scares the hell out of me.

There are plenty to choose from at CP, so that shouldn’t be a problem. But since Keith will be on Mayhem-duty, I need one of you to go with me.

Who’s up for the challenge?

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In case it’s not painfully obvious, I’m REALLY looking forward to this.

Having been pushed completely out of my comfort zone this year has been awesome, and at the same time, I’m feeling the need for some familiarity.

I need to catch up with friends and I need to sit in rooms soaking up the knowledge that gets shared so freely in a space like Bloggy Conference.

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So if you’re looking for a conference: where you’re guaranteed to pick up great new skills that you can put into use immediately, in a setting that’s absolutely perfect for bringing along the family (or not if you just want to hang with friends), and the size is much less intimidating than one of those BIG conferences …  then my pumpkin headed skeleton friends are pointing you in the right direction Bloggy Conference 2014   Were Going! | FashionByMayhem.com

See you in September!

 

Worth A Visit – Babyland General Hospital

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I remember the day my mother-in-law mentioned that when Mayhem was old enough, we should take her to the Cabbage Patch Hospital.

“The what the what?!?!”, I remember saying.

Mayhem was a baby at the time, and that was the day I learned that such a place actually existed. It’s called Babyland General Hospital and it sits on 650 gorgeous acres in the mountains in northern Georgia. And it’s less than an hour and a half drive from where my in-laws live.

Fast forward approximately four years. To yesterday. We’re visiting and decided now was as good a time as any.

So we packed a lunch and the grandparents, and hit the road. About an hour and fifteen minutes later we pulled up to this:

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My first reaction was Yowza – this is probably going to be nicer than the hospital where Mayhem was born. And it kinda was.

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We were greeted at the entrance by a lovely nurse who asked us to sign in and then explained that we were free to explore as we like. Have I mentioned that admission to this place is absolutely free? She also told us that we were welcome to take photographs throughout and that any of the dolls throughout the hospital were available for adoption.

Except this one Worth A Visit   Babyland General Hospital  | FashionByMayhem.com

Worth A Visit   Babyland General Hospital  | FashionByMayhem.com

We snapped a few photographs in the lobby while we were waiting for the men to join us and before we even started our walk through, the nurse at the front desk alerted us that Mother Cabbage was in labor and about to deliver if we wanted to head back and watch.

Yes, you read all of the above correctly.

And because curiosity had the better of all of us, we couldn’t NOT check it out.

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Suffice it to say, it was a ten minute production in which the cabbage patch baby was born and named. I will say that I found the “birthing” to be a little bit strange. Especially when the nurse announced that Mother Cabbage was a full ten leaves dilated (after measuring her with what appeared to be giant salad tongs). Mayhem was completely weirded out by the whole thing, burying her head into Keith’s shoulder, but nearly every other kid around seemed to be just fine. Different entertainment strokes for different folks, right?

Needless to say, we declined the offer to follow the newborn to the nursery for baby’s first check up. Instead, we went around exploring the other rooms and areas in search of the perfect doll.

Which happens to be incredibly overwhelming for a four year old.

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But after many many MANY laps around the entire space, Mayhem finally made a decision.

Which is about the time that I was required to pull out my credit card.

For the record, I had EVERY intention of buying her a Cabbage Patch doll going into this little trip. And I had researched before we left so that I had an idea on prices. I will tell you that there is honestly a doll for every budget. I don’t remember all the different classifications or features of each different line, but there were dolls that I saw ranging in price $14.99 to nearly $300. I knew which dolls were out of budget for us and so we simply guided Mayhem to which dolls she COULD choose from. But a purchase is not required to visit Babyland.

After paying our “adoption fees”, there was still a little more work to be done.

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We sat at a desk and filled out our adoption paperwork, where Mayhem chose the name Grachel, and gave her a birthdate.

After that, another nurse took us into an adoption office and filled out Grachel’s birth certificate and then sent us on our way.

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To be perfectly honest, I think the entire experience was a little overwhelming for Mayhem. Not in a bad way, just that she wasn’t saying a whole lot, which is HIGHLY unusual for her. I was wondering if she really had enjoyed the experience and I got my answer as we exited the hospital…

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Thumbs up from Mayhem is a very good sign.

Oh, and I surprised her by adding a stroller to the purchase which happened to be an excellent $15 decision (if I do say so myself). Because I’m confident she’d get sick of carrying that doll fairly quickly, but I’m pretty sure she’s already pushed that stroller about five miles in the past 24 hours.

Outside the hospital we took a few photographs.

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Worth A Visit   Babyland General Hospital  | FashionByMayhem.com

Worth A Visit   Babyland General Hospital  | FashionByMayhem.com

Worth A Visit   Babyland General Hospital  | FashionByMayhem.com

Worth A Visit   Babyland General Hospital  | FashionByMayhem.com

And then we took our packed lunch to a picnic table on the shaded back porch and enjoyed a some family time looking out at the stunning views.

It was pretty much a perfect little half day “field trip” and we’d definitely recommend a visit. Especially if you’re a kid like me who remembers all too well the mass hysteria in the early 80′s over Cabbage Patch Kids. I had two of them myself growing up, but never actually got to choose one. So it was kinda sorta awesome to take my own girl and watch her search for just the right one.

And her smile was kinda sorta worth it too…

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So if you happen to find yourself near Cleveland, GA, be sure to stop in. Or at least drive up and take a look at the grounds as they’re absolutely spectacular!

Thank God It’s Not Yesterday

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They look happy, don’t they?

Lemme explain.

Yesterday was a Monday. And not just the “day of the week kind” of Monday. But a MONDAY … I’m sure you’ve had one of those.

I’m gonna tell you about ours. But first….

Lemme count my blessings. (You thought I was gonna take a selfie?)

1. We got this dress finished:

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2. I got a shower before Monday turned into MONDAY.

3. Our drinking bottles were all filled with clean water at the start of the day.

4. We had band aids on hand.

5. Keith is one of those super smarties who thought to turn off the circuit breaker to the hot water heater before we had to dump the entire contents, as to save us on the heating of water being flushed through.

6. Tracey. Tracey works with us at our studio and played the entire afternoon with Mayhem making paper (MERMAID) dresses and catering to every request Mayhem made from the Cute Girls Hairstyles website. (Side note, visit at your own risk – be prepared to lose hours of your time because you JUST can’t turn away!)

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7. Everything else. I’ve got more blessings than we have time to list, so let’s just say number seven is ALL OF IT.

So here’s how it all went down.

Fresh from the shower, I brushed my teeth. When I went to rinse my toothbrush (and my mouth) I found yellow/brown water coming from our faucet. And I narrowly missed sticking my toothbrush in it. So I grabbed my water bottle and finished the job.

Then I confirmed that yellow/brown water was now coming from every faucet in our house.

Awesome.

Then I decided to not turn on the washing machine. Or wash the breakfast dishes.

Because, right?

So we went to the studio two hours early. Because killing two hours at Target would have cost a lot more. Guaranteed.

Six hours later, we returned home and I turned on all faucets. Same nasty water.

Mayhem promptly gets a nasty paper cut and blood is dripping down her hand. I grab her (and a bottle of water) and head for the bathroom.

Keith yells “DON’T PUT HER HAND UNDER THAT WATER!!! REMEMBER THAT STORY LAST NIGHT!!!!” Referring to the story on the local news the night before about a man who swam at a local-ish lake despite a sign being up about elevated levels of something or other. He also had a cut on his leg. And then got a MRSA infection and is basically lucky to have a leg.

So I yelled back “I’VE GOT BOTTLED WATER, FOOL!” Except I didn’t say the fool part.

And then Mayhem screamed her head off because she thought the water was going to hurt her, and I held her down and dumped water over it anyway, and said “SEE, TOLD YA IT WOULD BE FINE!”, and then I slapped a band aid on it.

In the meantime, our water has been running for about 30 minutes and is finally running clear. FINALLY.

Until we turned on the hot water.

Dammit.

So while it looked like the water running into our home was now clear, we still had a hot water heater tank filled with the gross water. Another 20 minutes later and the most of the water in our house was looking decent.

We decided we should probably go ahead and replace those water filters under our kitchen sink. Just in case. And also pick up a palate of bottled drinking water.

So we went to Home Depot. Which is also the ONLY place on the planet that Mayhem will get into a shopping cart. Even when we clearly don’t NEED a cart. She demands it.

And then we stopped by the grocery store for water.

And wine. Red, red wine.

And then we went home to dirty dishes, dirty clothes and leftovers for dinner.

Capped with a meltdown of epic proportions by Mayhem.

We were all three pretty much in a foul mood by the time bedtime rolled around.

My first thought when I woke up this morning was thank God it’s not Monday.

At least not for six more days Thank God Its Not Yesterday | FashionByMayhem.com

If You’re Going to Drop $4K on the Ground …

I’d recommend doing it in the form of a Nikon camera. More specifically, the Nikon D800 If Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com You know, with a lensIf Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com attached and a couple 32 GB cardsIf Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com inside. Like I did on one of those awesomely touristy double decker buses last week in NYC.

Oh yes I did.

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A normal person would panic, but not me. I’m not normal.

I’m experienced at dropping thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment on the ground.

Only last time I did it (several years ago, mind you) it was the Nikon D2X camera body with an 80-200mm lens attached. In the middle of a session with a client. And I dropped it on the sidewalk outside our studio.

That time I panicked. (Because I used to be normal.) But after quickly determining that everything was working just fine, we carried on with our session and never had an issue with that camera or lens.

So while last week’s debacle on the double decker did cause me to string together a few profanities, I had faith.

And after Keith pried the lens cap off of the cracked filter …. USE A FILTERIf Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com PEOPLE … we found that the camera was just fine (sans filter anyway). And kept shooting away…

If Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com

If Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com

If Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com

Par for the course with our previous Nikon experiences. High five Nikon people.

Now, if you’re wondering why Keith continues to let me carry the camera, here’s his answer: (shrugging) “It’s a Nikon. Stuff happens. And it’s insured. Also, I just pre-ordered a D810If Youre Going to Drop $4K on the Ground ... | FashionByMayhem.com.”

Of course he did…

Not a sponsored post. But this post does contain affiliate links. To equipment we actually own and that I did actually drop on a double decker bus in NYC. Also, I DON’T actually recommend dropping cameras on the ground. Or money. Over and out.

 

Dear Big Apple, You Win.

Dear Big Apple, You Win. | FashionByMayhem.com

All of it. You win everything.

I didn’t expect to like you all that much. I like trees and grass and I kinda sorta have this thing about personal space. Crowds are not my favorite. And there’s this reputation that your people are rude. Yes, I realize that these are terribly judgmental statements … I’m being honest about my preconceptions.

You can imagine my surprise when I found my family falling in love with you. Hard.

All of us.

Dear Big Apple, You Win. | FashionByMayhem.com

On day 1, Mayhem discovered Pie Face. She ate her weight in pie in three and a half days. Guaranteed. Her picks: pumpkin was her hands down favorite, lemon was a close second and apple crumb rounded out her top three. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you she ate pie everyday. At least twice a day. Which is why we won’t be moving to your city any time soon Dear Big Apple, You Win. | FashionByMayhem.com

Dear Big Apple, You Win. | FashionByMayhem.com

Hoofing it to see the sights was not something I realized would be so easy to do. But hoof it we did. We walked and walked and walked all over and enjoyed every second of it. Feeling safe the entire time. Something I wouldn’t be able to say about my own hometown.

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And then we hoofed it some more. Carrying pie along with us.

Not even kind of kidding.

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Told ya.

Dear Big Apple, You Win. | FashionByMayhem.com

We found cultural icons flanking every path we walked.

Dear Big Apple, You Win. | FashionByMayhem.comAnd at the end of the day, there was pizza. Delicious, Patsy’s pizza.

Dear Big Apple, You Win. | FashionByMayhem.com

There is SO much more for me to say about New York. Other things we did, other sights we saw and how very much we enjoyed the people. But for now, let’s leave it at New York – 1, Angie’s preMISconceptions – 0.

You win, Big Apple.

These Things

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One of these things makes me appear awake. One of these things makes me act awake. And one of these things is the reason I need the other two These Things | FashionByMayhem.com

Stuff I Find In My Photo Stream

Stuff I Find In My Photo Stream | FashionByMayhem.com

When I upgraded my iPhone a year and a half ago, I stripped down the old one and just left music and games on it for Mayhem to use.

A few months ago I started finding LOTS of new images in My Photo Stream. And now browsing that folder is pretty much my new favorite pastime Stuff I Find In My Photo Stream | FashionByMayhem.com

One Year of Paper Dresses

It was one year ago today that my girl and I sat down, completely unaware of the journey we were about to embark on.

We pulled some construction paper from the closet, a roll of masking tape from the “junk drawer”, sat down on the floor and got to work. Once the masterpiece was on her and securely in place, SHE clipped a handful of colored pens to the neckline and declared it was now perfect. I, of course, snapped a photograph with my phone and posted it to Instagram. As we parents do these days One Year of Paper Dresses | FashionByMayhem.com

To be honest, I’m not even sure what to say about the past year, or especially the past three months. We began making paper dresses for fun. We continued making paper dresses for fun. And as long as it’s fun, we’ll continue to make paper dresses.

There was never any intention to gain attention. And when friends suggested, then suggested some more that I start a little blog so I could maybe show a little bit more about how we make our dresses, I went ahead and secured the fashionbymayhem.com URL. And then it sat for months. I didn’t even put the site “up” until four months after purchasing the name. Mostly because I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it. Each time a friend would ask “how did you make that?”, I’d kind of laugh thinking they were kidding. Because the truth is, there is never a plan when we sit down to make a dress and there isn’t an exact formula we follow. At the risk of going artsy fartsy on you, we sit down and take Mayhem’s (and my) preferred method of learning: trial and error. We start taping paper together, then hold it up to see if it: fits around her, is the length she wants, is “puffy”enough, etc. We don’t use tape measures or rulers and we actually didn’t use scissors until about four months into this project. We’d simply fold and tear the paper when we needed to.

In the beginning it was incredibly easy. And then as Mayhem continued to request dresses, I found myself being challenged in the best ways possible. Having spent the thirteen years prior to Mayhem’s birth creating photographs of other people’s families and children as well as designing and building sets in our studio, I was missing that creativity. And I didn’t even know it. I knew that I currently had the very best job in the world but I didn’t know how to make it my own. I read books and blogs and magazines and articles of every kind about “parenting”. I watched friends share their lives, journeys and ridiculous “Pinterest worthy” crafts. And I wondered what I “should be doing” with my kid.

I tried cooking. And crafts. And I’ve had more Pinterest fails than should be allowed by law.

I’ve wondered how other moms do it all. And then subsequently realized they probably don’t. Or at least they don’t do it ALL well.

When friends started reaching out via private messages and emails late last summer to let me know how much they were enjoying the photographs of our paper dress creations, I was genuinely surprised. But I was appreciative none the less. I was encouraged that maybe I was doing something in this parenting gig a little bit right and I was watching my girl flourish.

Little by little our audience on Instagram began to grow. Moms were sharing our feed with other moms and I found a community who I had a lot in common with. And we were each doing our own thing.

But more importantly, Mayhem and I had found something that we could do each and every day. Something that was fun for us both. Something that was new and different every day. Something that we each learned something new from each and every day. And it was the one thing we did each day that for as long as we were doing it, I knew there would be no tantrums …. One Year of Paper Dresses | FashionByMayhem.com Truth.

When the first story/interview about our dresses was published online in December of 2013, the result was that the number of followers we had doubled. From around 500 to around 1000. And I was genuinely surprised. But again, they were mostly moms, just like me, doing their best each day to raise kids who will hopefully be great adults.

When the next online story/interview was published in late February of this year it was a bit of a different story. What started out as virtually the same interview I had done previously, morphed into our story being shared around the globe. Multiple times. I wasn’t surprised. I was dumbfounded and speechless.

All the while, I’ve kept saying to my husband “But we’re just sitting on the floor taping paper together …. do you think they know that?!?!”. For the record, he thinks you do.

Which brings us to now. And a whole lotta questions that a whole lotta people ask on a regular basis. So on this first anniversary of our first paper dress, we’d like to share a little more about the current state of Fashion By Mayhem.

On Media Appearances:

There’s a reason we haven’t done many interviews or appearances. Actually there are a few more than one reason, but here are the top few:
1. We don’t watch a lot of TV. And the Voice didn’t call … probably because they’ve seen those videos of Mayhem singing. I kid One Year of Paper Dresses | FashionByMayhem.com
2. The immediate response from the TV media when our story went viral was EXTREMELY AGGRESSIVE and that was a MAJOR turn off for us. I won’t go into all of the details but having our cell phone numbers “leaked” among networks/shows along with our extended family being just shy of harassed to get in contact with us was not cool. Not cool at all. And you know what they say about first impressions ….
3. Nearly everyone who reached out wanted Mayhem to create a dress “on the air” for them. And I believe the quickest way to destroy her creativity or desire to continue to make dresses is to force her to do it. I don’t force her to do it at home and I won’t force her to make one because it’s good TV. There have been many times over the past year when I’ve suggested we make a dress and she’s said “not right now” or “I don’t really want to” and that’s completely OK with me.

I’m NOT saying we won’t ever do any appearances, but what I AM saying is that they have to be the right fit and sharing the right message for us to participate. I’ll continue to trust my gut on these things. And possibly start doing our own interviews right here One Year of Paper Dresses | FashionByMayhem.com

On Monetizing:

Yes we will. We HAVE to. When our story went viral, I discovered very quickly that our only decision was to either find credible (because of my moral/ethical beliefs) ways to monetize or to shut things down completely. Why? Again, there are lots of reasons, but to start with, we incurred lots of expenses right off the bat. The first was that this blog shut down due to traffic overload. The solution? … We had to move this site to a new server. What that meant was that hosting this site used to cost me about $6/month and all of the sudden it was going to cost about $80/month to handle the traffic. I can think of lots of things I’d rather spend $888 dollars on this year than additional web hosting costs, so this thing has got to pay for itself! Second, we had to get attorneys involved right away. They cost more than $888 …. Third, trademark and copyright costs. I’ll spare you many of the details we’ve had to go through to protect our work, but let’s just say, the government is making lots of money on us. Did you know that it costs $35 per image to register your work with the US Copyright Office? PER IMAGE. I’d like to tell you that I have a sizable tab running with them at this point, but they don’t let you run a tab. I might just earn enough points on my AMEX to take that trip though…

So how do we do it?

Well, that’s something we’re still in the process of figuring out. But what I can tell you is that I’m finding lots of ways we don’t want to. I’ve turned down $250, $500 and $1000 offers to post images to my Instagram feed. Because it feels like a conflict of conscience. I’m doing my best to keep my IG feed as true as possible. Have I mentioned some things I like in my feed? You bet! Because I get emails every single day from people wanting to know more about stuff we have/like and where to find those things. And I think sharing an affiliate link to some of those things on this site is fair.

But for all of the stuff I sift through each day, it becomes worth it when you find the few things that completely resonate with who we are and what we do. We’re welcoming the right creative opportunities that allow us to work with fantastic people. The Vogue collaboration was truly beyond a thrill. Why? We got to keep doing what we do. Make dresses, photograph our creations, and then allow them to be shared with a bigger audience. That is called win-win, friends. We’ve had the opportunity to speak in front of and consult with some pretty fantastic companies/brands about photography, storytelling and simply “how we do what we do”. And that is something that we truly enjoy. We’ve been working on a creative collaboration with a company that will allow Mayhem to continue to “do her thing” as well as opening her eyes to experiences so far beyond what we can do here at home. And I’m beyond ecstatic! Because all of these collaborations fit within our goals as a family. And allow us to stick together – which is important to us.

So what else will we be up to?

We’ll see. I’ve been told lots of times that I need to strike while the iron is hot and take advantage of as many opportunities as possible right now. But here’s the thing – I will NEVER get this time back with Mayhem. And I like being a mom. So I’m not ready to give up spending my days with her. I do, however, enjoy that we get to be creative on our terms and if that opens up opportunities that are a good fit for our family, we will absolutely take advantage of some of those.

If you’ve stuck around to read all of this, thank you. THANK YOU. Thanks for sharing in this crazy journey with us. We’re looking forward to whatever year 2 of paper dresses brings!

Maggi and Milo = Mayhem’s New Favorite Read

You want to know what the cutest book on the market for the 3-6 year old (girl) crowd is right now?

It’s this one:

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Maggi and MiloMaggi and Milo = Mayhems New Favorite Read | FashionByMayhem.com … No doubt about it. (And yes, that’s an Amazon affiliate link.)

When my friend Kristin (namesake of the Kristin Dress) mentioned to me a few weeks ago that she’s working with the author Juli Brenning, she couldn’t say enough about how completely adorable the book is. Then she asked if Mayhem and I would want to check it out. I jumped at the chance. Like most kids, Mayhem is a fan of books. BIG fan.

So the day that the book arrived, we had to open and read it IMMEDIATELY.

An adventurous little girl, donning a dress and rain boots, setting out on frog hunt with her dog …. To say Mayhem was smitten is an understatement.

And then there’s the song. Yes, you read that correctly, a SONG. It’s on the Maggi and Milo website. And it’s beyond adorable. Go listen for yourself. We’ll wait here.

Told ya! Adorable, no?!?! We have a tab open on my computer so that Mayhem can play the song over and over. She’s begging me to find out how we can put it on my phone so we can listen to it in the car. I’m still working on that, but I will gladly fork over the money if I find it’s available on iTunes!

In the meantime, Mayhem has a new favorite bedtime read. And to be perfectly honest, I love it too. I confess to singing as well … Just one little frog, just one little frog, I am waiting on just one little frog …

Grab your own copy of Maggi and MiloMaggi and Milo = Mayhems New Favorite Read | FashionByMayhem.com and be sure to check out the website so you can sing along with us Maggi and Milo = Mayhems New Favorite Read | FashionByMayhem.com

Disclosure: We were gifted a copy of this book just to see what we thought. We were not obligated to write about it. But we LOVE it and think you will too, so it would be a complete and total disservice if we didn’t climb to the tallest roof on the highest tower shouting that we think you should grab a copy for yourself. Because Maggi and Milo are awesome and we can’t wait for their next adventure! Over and out.