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.

Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

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.)

Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

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

Stuff We Love Sundays   TwentyThreeTen | FashionByMayhem.com

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…

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.com Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.com Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comAnd then there was the priceless look on her face…

Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.com Ice Bucket Challenge Turns Mayhem Blue | FashionByMayhem.comFollowed quickly by a celebration.

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.

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#GoBucks! – The Outtakes

This morning I posted this image to our Instagram account:

#GoBucks!   The Outtakes | FashionByMayhem.com

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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#GoBucks!   The Outtakes | FashionByMayhem.com

#GoBucks!   The Outtakes | FashionByMayhem.com

#GoBucks!   The Outtakes | FashionByMayhem.com

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…

#GoBucks!   The Outtakes | FashionByMayhem.comI can’t EVEN…

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She’s not even a little bit dramatic #GoBucks!   The Outtakes | FashionByMayhem.com

Go Bucks!

Back To School Paperwork Hack

Back to school paperwork got you feeling a little crazy?

Back To School Paperwork Hack | FashionByMayhem.com

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).

Back To School Paperwork Hack | FashionByMayhem.com

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.

Weekly Wrap Up

Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

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We started our week dancing in a fountain. Which is awesome.

Especially when it’s not planned.

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We attended the local National Night Out and Mayhem got to check out the inside of an ambulance. I keep warning her to stop jumping off the couch or she’s going to get to take a ride in one of these. I’m hoping the discomfort you see on her face means the idea isn’t all that appealing to her anymore.

And then there were the selfies….

For some reason, she’s been all about the selfies this week. It started on Tuesday when she opted for a selfie with one of the seniors we photographed at our studio. (If you want to follow along, we’ve decided to post Mayhem’s “selfies with seniors” over on our studio Instagram account.)

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And a family selfie was requested as well Weekly Wrap Up  | FashionByMayhem.com

Weekly Wrap Up  | FashionByMayhem.com

We’ve also spent hours on Cute Girls Hairstyles this week. Hours. We both have a mild obsession.

Each time I finish a hairstyle, she requests a pic so she can see it. Because, of course.

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And then the week ended in the same dress it started in. I’m pretty sure it was clean. But I don’t sweat the small stuff ….

Weekly Wrap Up  | FashionByMayhem.com

It’s CRAZY season at our studio, and between August 1 and August 15, we’ll photograph about a billion high school athletes. Or so it will seem.

That means all hands on deck. Including Mayhem. She’s excellent at yelling “Who’s up next?” and collecting order envelopes.

But that also means she gets to do cool stuff like hang out on the turf and perfect her end zone dance.

And take more selfies with seniors ….

Weekly Wrap Up  | FashionByMayhem.com

It’s Saturday night and we’re exhausted.

Very happily exhausted Weekly Wrap Up  | FashionByMayhem.com

About Yesterday’s Instagram Post…

When I posted this:

With the caption: This morning she made ME a dress. And insisted that I post it. I negotiated the right to not post my dirty hair and make-up-less face. Because I’m teaching her that business decisions should always be win-win or no deal About Yesterdays Instagram Post... | FashionByMayhem.com #fashionbymayhem

…. I was not prepared for the comments it would spark about societal beauty issues, my insecurities, or the hope that Mayhem doesn’t become dependent on clean hair and make-up.

I thought about defending myself a little.

But sometimes more talking is just that. More talking. And over-thinking. And making issues (for our kids) that aren’t actually issues for them (yet).

I felt pretty sure that Mayhem (who is perfectly confident wearing clothing SHE constructs out of paper and tape!) isn’t developing an unhealthy view of beauty, but I decided to go ahead and have a conversation with her instead of the peeps over on our Instagram feed.

So I asked her, “What do you think makes a person beautiful?”

And she actually paused for a good ten seconds before answering “A smile.”

So then I asked her, “What do you think makes a person not so beautiful?”

And almost immediately she replied “A bad attitude.”

I like her answers.

A LOT.

Let’s all be beautiful today. It’s easy …. just put on one of these About Yesterdays Instagram Post... | FashionByMayhem.com

I Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today

Yesterday we were working with a long time client of our studio. As in, more than 20 years, long time.

We were shooting new photographs for a product that Dr. Amis developed several years back, called the One StretchI Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today | FashionByMayhem.com. We created the images for their website a few years ago and it was simply time for new ones.

After the shoot, I posted this image to my Instagram account:

Because I thought it was funny.

And then, another funny thing happened.

A few people asked about where they could find the product and I was all “Hey, I think you can find it on Amazon”. But then I figured I should probably confirm that kind of information before continuing to spew it. So I hopped on Amazon and did a quick search for One Stretch.

Lo and behold I was right. (And no that’s not the funny part.)

This is the funny part:

I Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today | FashionByMayhem.com

That’s me! Or at least part of me on the One StretchI Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today | FashionByMayhem.com.

It’s not that I don’t remember standing in for a few photographs, because I do. We photographed quite a few people using it.

It was just a surprise when I did a search on Amazon and found myself.

Or at least half of myself.

And when you stumble upon something like that, it’s also awesome to find the product has a 4.5 star rating I Found My Lower Half on Amazon Today | FashionByMayhem.com

Not sponsored. Just funny. To me, anyway. But if you or someone you know is having issues with heel pain or plantar fasciitis, I’d highly recommend you head over to the One Stretch website to learn more. Dr. Amis knows his stuff, and his wife is the owner of the impressive boot collection you see in the top image (which everyone on IG gawked at). It’s an awesome product, developed by awesome people who actually care about HELPING people not just feel better, but to “make it easy to for patients to take control and eliminate foot pain for good”. This post contains links to their website as well as Amazon affiliate links. Because I wanted to. Over and out.

The Thing About This Week’s Dresses…

The Thing About This Weeks Dresses... | FashionByMayhem.com

Is that they’re 100% Mayhem.

Meaning she constructed them entirely on her own. All of them.

The Thing About This Weeks Dresses... | FashionByMayhem.com

Sure, she asked me to help her put them on. And tie that bow.

But I was no part of the design or construction this week.

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It’s been a pretty emotional week for me as I’ve watched it unfold.

I have so much pride in her independence. And so much difficulty too.

She’s not a baby anymore. She hasn’t been for a very long time. And I know that.

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It was only 14 short months ago that we sat on the floor together and she watched as I pieced a paper dress together. Now, she goes in and creates more interesting things on her own than I could ever fathom.

But when she looks at something we’ve done together and wants to recreate it on her own, it’s extra special for me.

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So today Mayhem and I are going to celebrate.

Her first week ever of creating dresses solo.

My help (and input) may not be required (or requested) as much anymore, but I’ll always be her biggest fan and supporter.

I’ll always be cheering the loudest. And the first to jump at the chance to help.

Because I’m OK with my new position as “assistant paper dress maker”.

I think.

This whole parenting gig is slightly more complicated than the pamphlet implied…

 

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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…

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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.

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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!