Stuff We Love Sundays – NYC

Fresh off another trip to NYC, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite “things” from this go round.

First up, Mood.

Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.comIt’s as awesome as you think and then some. Also, Mayhem has incredibly expensive taste in fabric. Her first choice was a fabric that was a mere $150/yard. After Keith got me off the floor and put the smelling salts away, we moved on to a less expensive area. (And yes, she did indeed pet Swatch!)

Next up, Liquiteria.

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I was probably more excited than anyone that we stumbled upon one of the Liquiteria locations early one morning. We hadn’t had breakfast yet and I was REALLY craving juice or something not quite so carb heavy, so we all had smoothies. Keith and I opted for the Mean Green (sans mango) while we ordered Mayhem a Skinny (sans protein and fat burner). I was especially excited that customizing the smoothies (to meet Mayhem’s allergies) was absolutely no big deal. The smoothies were DELICIOUS and the service was incredibly friendly as well. To top it off, these smoothies were more than enough to be a meal themselves and we happily sipped while strolling the streets.

And now onto Patsy’s Pizza.

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We discovered on our first trip to NYC that Patsy’s could easily accommodate Mayhem’s allergies and she LOOOOOVES their pizza, so it was an easy choice one day for lunch/dinner. We’re big fans of the margherita pizza … we keep it simple and it’s EXCELLENT! As is the service.

They are clearly two peas in a pod, no?

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Something else we’ve done ALL THREE times we’ve been to NYC this year ….  A double decker bus tour.

Mayhem thinks it’s about the most fun thing ever to ride on the top of the bus and be able to see everything. And since this trip was a quick one without tons of time to explore, it was easy to appease her and sit back and ride around for a couple hours.

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Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that not all hop-on hop-off double decker bus tours are created equal. Somehow we were lucky enough to stumble on the Open Loop Tours on our first trip and it was a fabulous experience. Our second trip we used a different line (well known and well written about) because we happened upon one when we were looking. I’m not a big fan of putting other companies down, but let’s just say it wasn’t nearly as great of an experience. Dirty crowded buses and the service wasn’t as friendly. So this time around, we sought out an Open Loop bus tour. I also found out that we could have purchased our tickets online and simply used mobile tickets to hop on two blocks from our hotel (next time for sure!).

Once again, we had a fabulous experience. Clean new bus with a terrific driver who made it a point to bring us some rain ponchos when it looked like the skies might open up ….

Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.com Mayhem found the ponchos to be very fashionable and riding in the rain for a few minutes was definitely one of the highlights for her Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.com

And speaking of transportation, we learned how to ride the subway while we were in town.

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So much easier than we thought it would be and it made getting around super easy since we were short on time. As an added bonus, we got to see the subway rats! They really do exist Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.com

And finally, coffee ice cream.

Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.comNow this is obviously not just an NYC thing, but it came in place of a previous Mayhem favorite. We discovered (much to our horror) on this trip that Mayhem’s beloved Pie Face had closed nearly all it’s locations a mere days before our arrival. (You may recall her love affair with Pie Face from both our first and second trips… )After traipsing across the city to three different locations, we finally gave up. (For the record, their website AND google maps still showed all locations open.) And headed to a little market to pick up some ice cream. Keith and I bought the coffee flavor for us, but after Mayhem had a single bite, she claimed it for her own. And we were left with lemon sorbet ….

We packed a lot into our just over 36 hours in NYC this time around an it was fun to check out some new things while having things that felt “familiar”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we’re unexpectedly in love with NYC.

So what should we check out on our next visit?

PS – not sponsored, just sharing the love. Over and out.

She’s Mostly a Great Traveler

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Except for one teensy annoying habit.

You know when the plane lands and the pilot reverses the engines or whatever it is that gets so loud and slows the plane down? That’s when Mayhem likes to yell loudly announce “IT JUST FEELS LIKE THIS PLANE IS GOING TO FLIP OVER!!!”

Deepest apologies to any nervous fliers seated around us on past or future flights …
I promise, we’re working on it Shes Mostly a Great Traveler | FashionByMayhem.com

Mayhem Takes Nashville – Part One

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Part one not because I plan to write an additional post on this trip, but rather, we plan to make Nashville a regular destination. Write that down Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com

A weekend trip far too long in the making, finally became a reality last weekend. With online turned IRL friend, Kristin, playing host and tour guide, we simply couldn’t have asked for a better “first” visit to Music City. (I say first because it was our first time exploring Nashville. I had a conference in Nashville a few years back, but stayed confined to the conference/hotel space.)

First things first, Kristin made arrangements for perfect weather while we were in town. I’m not sure exactly how she did that, but we enjoyed blue skies, plenty of sunshine and perfectly enjoyable “playing outside” weather.

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We started our Friday with an extra special mid-morning treat. I know, I know, treats in the morning …. but this one was of the experiential kind. With a tour of the infamous Manuel’s studio. Manuel is the guy who has blinged out Music City and his client list is basically a who’s who list of country music royalty. Manuel graciously welcomed us into his space and Rachael gave us a tour and taught Mayhem how to rhinestone. After giving a silver scarf the “Mayhem” treatment, we chatted with Manuel about his fascinating 73 year short career in the fashion industry (he started making clothes/accessories when he was 7!!!).

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Lunch time rolled around and this was when I began to worry, as we hadn’t really packed a lunch for Mayhem. It’s no secret that her food allergies have made eating out a challenge for us back in our home city, but through our recent travels, I’ve found that it’s more of a lack of “cook from scratch” restaurants that poses the real problem. I fully intended to make a trip to the grocery store and fix meals for her/us while in Nashville (we were after all, staying in a fully equipped condo) but found on day one that we were going to be just fine enjoying the southern hospitality and some delicious food around Music City. A quick and super friendly conversation with the girls at DeSano let us know that Mayhem’s allergies wouldn’t even be a concern and we placed our order for what would turn out to be quite possibly the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. They even provided her with some dough of her own to keep her little hands busy while we waited for that perfectly wood fired pizza.

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With full bellies, we headed off to Cheekwood to explore. And pre-burn calories for what would turn out to be a weekend of feasting Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com The gardens are beautiful. And a perfect place to let a four year old run. And play. And sing songs that she makes up on a whim.

Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.comLate afternoon found us enjoying Jeni’s ice cream followed by dinner at Taco Mamacita. Yes, you read that correctly. Ice cream before dinner. Because, why not? (For the record, Mayhem highly recommends the Vanilla Bean and he Backyard Mint, while Keith and I say go for the Coffee with Cream and Sugar!) As for Taco Mamacita, both Kristin and her mom (who was joining us) raved about their food and mentioned it was walking distance. Keith made a quick call before we left (to make sure they could accommodate Mayhem’s allergies) and once again was met with that charming southern hospitality and a “no problem”.  And the food was fantastic! Which was why we ate dinner there on Saturday as well.

Saturday was a day for exploring downtown. We walked around for a bit, checking out a few boot shops and eventually making our way to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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I totally denied her request for this ensemble …

After that we hopped a trolley for a hop on- hop off tour. For the record, I’m not sure I’d recommend this. We opted for this because Mayhem LOVES the double decker bus tours in NYC and we thought it would be a great way to see the city. And it probably is. Our issue was that Kristin called in advance to make reservations (as mentioned on the materials) only to be told reservations aren’t needed and it’s first come, first served. After paying to park downtown and making our way to the trolley station, we were told that we couldn’t get on a trolley for an hour and a half. It’s not that the trolleys were full, but they only allow a certain number of people to board each one and we’d have to wait. I’ll just say there are issues with that particular system because we watched as several half empty trolleys left the station and once we did get on, we rode a half empty trolley until we hopped off. Then we couldn’t get back on as the next one that came around was full. Then we waited for another 45 minutes (not the 20 minutes they advertise) for yet another to come around.

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The good news is Nashville is a fun city and it didn’t suck to be at a stop featuring The Bang Candy Company. Even though we quickly found out that their sweets are not Mayhem allergy friendly. Her disappointment over not being able to have any of the handmade marshmallows faded when I ordered her a lemonade which was made with soda water. After taking a sip, I mentioned it was kind of fizzy, which Mayhem heard as “frizzy”. She quickly declared “frizzy lemonade” to be awesome Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com

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Yes, Mayhem and Kristin wore matching dresses. Because when you discover your friend has a matching dress, you MUST wear them together ;)

We enjoyed the rest of the sights on the second half of our city tour and headed back for a relaxing evening.

Sunday morning found us starting the day with a near meltdown at Pancake Pantry over the fact that their pancake batter has soy in it. It was as if Mayhem had encountered the Pancake Nazi shouting “NO PANCAKES FOR YOU!” and it was just a little more than her four year old self could handle. Especially since her pancake request the previous morning had also been denied at Fido. But our server came to the rescue with some fabulous french toast served with whipped cream on the side.

After breakfast we packed up our stuff and headed off to yet another park to get some activity in before the five hour drive home.

But not before swinging by the Historic RCA Studio B for a few photographs in a Mayhem original made from Nashville Lifestyles covers. We picked this location specifically for the Elvis guitar. Actually, Keith picked this one … because he knew his mom would love it!

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Mayhem, of course, added her own flair ….

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We’ll be excited to take any opportunity that takes us back to Nashville. Such an amazingly family friendly city where we know we barely scratched the surface. We can’t thank Kristin enough for giving us the grand tour. She was the absolute hostess with the mostest and even wrote about our visit as well. She also has an Ultimate Nashville Vacation guide for more fabulous ideas if you’re thinking about a visit to Music City.

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Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff

Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff | FashionByMayhem.com

Last weekend we met up with our good friend Laura Kelly at a conference where I had a speaking engagement. Mayhem adores Laura (as do I) because she’s such a creative enabler.

Laura was there because she works with some pretty amazing companies who were helping to sponsor the event. And Laura didn’t just talk shop about the products, she brought them with her and invited EVERYONE to come sit down and make something fun.

I was headed to sit in a session at the conference, but Mayhem wanted to go hang out with Laura at her “craft table”, so Keith grabbed the camera and took her to hang out with Laura.

45 minutes later I met back up with them only to find they had made the felt dress you see above. And I about died.

I guess since we’ve got a fairly strong paper game, Laura thought it was time to move on to some type of fabric….

I’ve been told that Mayhem did her thing. Only this time with felt, ribbon, buttons and fabric glue.

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Oh, and some magical machine that cuts out out shapes …

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And in case you haven’t noticed, Mayhem is a bit into fringe these days …

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This is her “Dad, I think that’s enough photographs” look ….

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I was seriously kind of awestruck when I found out what they made.

So Laura said “Hey, do you want me to send you some supplies?”

And I was all, “No way! I like my paper and tape. You keep your wealth of craftiness to yourself and stop trying to complicate this process that I think I have SOME handle on …” Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff | FashionByMayhem.com

And so she was all, “Well fine then. Can you pick someone else who might like it that I can give some too?”

So I said “Sure, I have some crafty friends. I can choose someone.”

And then she put together a package of $350 worth of stuff and said “Who should I send it to?”.

And I was all, “Hey I can’t be responsible for choosing the one person to send THAT MUCH STUFF to! That’s the kind of stuff people get unfriended for…”

So she said, “Fine. How about a giveaway instead?”

And I said, “Deal.”

Then she sent me this pic:

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So Laura has that awesome bundle of goodies at her studio just waiting for an address to send it to. It includes a Sizzix die cut machine with Laura Kelly pet shop dies, $100 worth of fabric adhesives from iLoveToCreate, $50 worth of Kunin felt, and buttons from Buttons Galore.

So if you’re the crafty type, this one’s for you. Hop to it and enter below or over on Laura’s blog!

Massive thanks to Laura, Sizzix, iLoveToCreate and Kunin for putting together such a generous bundle for us to giveaway!

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Mayhem At New York Fashion Week

Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com(Inspired by a runway look from the Diesel Black Gold SS 2015 collection)

Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

Over the past few months we’ve received invitations to lots of events. And while we’re always incredibly appreciative for the offer, it almost always means time away from our business which is tough to do when you own and operate a small business. But when an invite from Samsung to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York landed in our inbox, we knew we’d be complete fools to pass up the opportunity. (I might even admit to full body convulsing with excitement at merely reading the email…might.)

We arrived on day 5 of the event, with two paper dresses in tow. And were whisked away to the Reem Acra show…

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I don’t have adequate words for just how awestruck Mayhem was, but suffice it to say, she wasn’t sure what to do with herself.

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There was inspiration aplenty…

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And she was excited to get started on a Reem Acra inspired dress back at our hotel.

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I was given very specific instructions to “keep cutting little lines of gold.”

I did what I was told Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

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We went to sleep with an almost completed dress and lots of excitement about the next day.

Day 2 started as most of our days in the Big Apple do …

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Pie Face for breakfast! In bed. Because Dad ran out and got some the night before.

Later in the day we headed back to Lincoln Center and the Samsung Backstage VIP Lounge.  Where Mayhem dressed her two mannequins before donning a paper dress herself.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And while she was waiting for the go ahead to put on her own paper dress, she opted to create yet another paper ensemble for the onlookers. Because that’s what you do when there’s paper and tape laying around Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And we met Michael Hoeweler! He’s an illustrator who was sketching guests at the Samsung VIP Lounge. And get this – all of his sketches were done on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 device with an S pen. His talent is truly amazing!

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

Michael was even so kind as to email it to us. Check this out …

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Amazing, right?!?!

Once Mayhem was ready, it was time for her to show off her inspiration for the pieces we created, via the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

First up was our rendition of a Trina Turk dress that graced the runway a few short days earlier. See it here.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And that one she’s wearing….

A gorgeous Monique Lhuillier that was also shown only days before. Check it out here.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And yep, that’s a blinged out Samsung Galaxy Gear S on her arm. Paper style, of course.

She fielded questions from the sweetest gals in media and was excited to “pose” with her mannequins. That’s McKenzie (not to be confused with McKenza – our mannequin at home) in the Reem Acra pink and gold dress, and New Yorkie (not kidding) in the Trina Turk dress.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

After surviving a slight wardrobe malfunction (it happens when you wear paper), we exited out a back door and Mayhem marched herself around to the front of Lincoln Center.

Wearing a paper dress. (I have to type it out because I’m still having difficulty believing this all actually happened.)

She posed in front of the fountain before heading inside to the “up front” Samsung Lounge.

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In case it isn’t painfully obvious, she was pretty proud to be showing off McKenzie and New Yorkie Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

After posing for a few more photographs, we wrapped it up. An hour is an eternity for a four year old, but it somehow flies by when it’s an hour dedicated to showering you with attention ….

After changing back into “regular” clothes, the girls at the TRESemme Salon spoiled her with some high fashion hair. And she loved every second of it.

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Thanks Johanna!

Back in the Samsung VIP Lounge, the girls from Zoya stopped by with some nail polish and OMG …. did Mayhem ever freak out!

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We left Lincoln Center and celebrated with pizza for dinner.

Which was about the time that Mayhem announced that she might want to have another “show” one day when she’s older. But she still wants to be a pizza maker too. You know, with a pizza car that has a sign on the top….

Well done MBFW. Well done.

Massive thanks to the wonderful team at Samsung for sponsoring our trip and  making this whole experience possible. Never in a million years would we have envisioned having our own paper dress show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, let alone having one powered by Samsung. The inspiration and encouragement Mayhem received is priceless.    

Stuff We Love Sundays – TwentyThreeTen

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The  state of my daily arm party for the past couple months is what you see above. With that top bracelet (correction: Lacelet) being my fav.

I clicked on the Twentythreetenshop Instagram account (a few months back) after seeing them tagged in another image, and instantly knew I needed a Lacelet (bracelets made from baseball glove lacing!). AND, they happen to be a local (Cincinnati) small business, so I was happy pop over to their website and place an order.

One for myself and one for Mayhem, with the same quote: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”

We’ve had a LOT of new stuff thrown our way this year and I thought it might be good to have a visible reminder each day to never let fear hold us back.

A couple weeks later I had a note from Alexis and Hannah (sisters and creators of the Lacelet) to ask how we were enjoying ours. It started a friendly conversation which led to an invitation for Mayhem and myself to come out and see how they make them.

So we did!

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Hannah and Alexis were all kinds of awesome! They took the time to show Mayhem all the colors of lacelets they offer and showed how the laces are lined up for customization.

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Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

Then they let her choose a few colors and line them up for herself. (That’s Alexis in the stripes and Hannah in the white.)

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Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

Chances for Mayhem to learn new skills and meet creative friends are opportunities we won’t pass up.

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Then it was time to choose a quote for the new Lacelets….

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Hmmmmm…..

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Yep, we have the perfect “Mayhem original” ….

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Taking a peek …

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And helping with the finishing touches…

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It’s her “go to” answer anytime someone asks how she knows something … Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

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Somewhere during the process, I turned around and Mayhem had snagged a blue ring pop from my bag. Her mouth is blue in almost EVERY photograph I have from our field trip. But at least it matched her outfit.

Alexis and Hannah were SO incredible with Mayhem and we absolutely appreciate the opportunity to visit with them and get a behind the scenes look at Twenty Three Ten.

And while my daily arm party looks almost the same, I do have a new favorite up top…

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Now, want one for yourself? Have a friend in mind this might be perfect for?

You’re in luck! We’re really excited that Alexis and Hannah have kindly offered 15% off using the coupon code: Mayhem ending September 14, 2014.

So hop to it! Click on over to Twenty Three Ten and find a quote you like or customize one for yourself. Those holidays are going to creep up on us all faster than we think …. *hint *hint Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

Just for clarification – Not a sponsored post. We’re just big fans of Twenty Three Ten and wanted to share the Lacelet love. Over and out.

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue

Our friend Lauren nominated us for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge last week and Mayhem was more than excited to participate. (while I was happy to make a donation Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.com )

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.com I thought it was really important for Mayhem to understand WHY people were dumping the ice buckets on their heads, so we sat down and watched the Pete Frates story together. And then we talked about it. She had LOTS of questions and I did my best to answer them in a way that a four year old can make a some sense of.

After that we did a little research and discovered that the ALS awareness ribbon is blue and white striped. Which inspired us to create a paper dress for the occasion.

Then it was time to get down to business.

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comWhen Keith asked if she was really going to do it, she simply hoisted her bucket and dumped. Without any hesitation.

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comYou’ll notice that as soon as the water touched the blue crepe streamer paper, the dye began bleeding out…

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Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comWhich was cut short by the realization that she was turning blue…

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comShe was not impressed…

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comIt took a hosing down, followed by a shower, followed by a bath (with LOTS of scrubbing) to even make a dent.

I worked on the Mayhem while Keith scrubbed our driveway and the sidewalk. Both of which were victimized by our “blue fiasco”.

Word to the wise: that crepe streamer paper, when went, will bleed, and stain!

Mayhem told me that creating a dress for the ice bucket challenge was my “WORST IDEA EVER”. I disagreed and offered that her ice bucket story is clearly “WAY MORE BETTER” because she turned blue at the end.

Bottom line – make a donation. Every little bit helps.

PS – We have a Facebook page we’re going to start using for additional content – if you’d like to follow along you can like us HERE.

#GoBucks! – The Outtakes

This morning I posted this image to our Instagram account:

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Because one of Mayhem’s BFFs is headed to Ohio State this weekend to start her college adventure. (Good luck Elizabeth!!!)

But the “outtakes” from this little session were just too good not to share.

Some of my favorites ever, actually.

So without further ado, here’s a peak at what our paper dress “sessions” look like. (Although we don’t normally take THIS many … but she was having too much fun so we kept going.)

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Her “poses” were cute.

But the action stuff was better…

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This next one is far and away, one of my all time favorites…

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Go Bucks!

Back To School Paperwork Hack

Back to school paperwork got you feeling a little crazy?

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Here’s a quick hack that may work to alleviate at least a little bit of the trauma (especially if you have more than one child).

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Use address labels on forms instead of painstakingly filling out the forms by hand. Or better yet, create new labels with the “extra” info required (email address, phone number, etc.).

As a bonus, the people who have to process all that information will put you on the “genius list” rather than the “can’t decipher this fool’s handwriting” list.

This I know for sure Back To School Paperwork Hack | FashionByMayhem.com

Happy Back to School!

PS – Need some lunch packing ideas? Be sure to visit Lunch It Punch It for some great ideas.