I have been fighting a cold for the past two days. Curse of the busy season us photographers try and keep up with. The hubby pulled in a big job this weekend that is keeping me in single mom mode and while I am so happy to have children who are old enough to get their own drinks and snacks and who can use the restroom without assistance, I’m serious – if I hear one more bottle flip I’m going to flip. Dear Universe, why did this become a thing?!  Keep scrolling to catch my Weekend Favorites Vol.12!

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My favorite spot to get PJ’s for myself. So comfortable and you can catch the sale happening now!

Watched the latest episode of this and I have never needed to girl talk so bad. Who else is watching? And I thought I had a crush on Zack Morris back in the day as a blonde, skinny surfer… but a hunky baseball player with a beard? Ow-oooga!

You know how much I love my hot chocolate. And then I find this?! Adorable!

Desperate to find some quality and kid-friendly videos on YouTube for the kiddos and family to enjoy? Get a laugh over this little diddy and be sure and subscribe to their YouTube channel. Funny, clean and Matt (one of the creators and actors) is a childhood friend.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

 

Getting to create the new custom website design for Apotheca and collaborating with them was a dream. They have such a unique take on what it is that they do and have built Apotheca to truly be a place to visit and enjoy – so much more than simply just a flower shop. Based in Goffstown, New Hampshire they have curated an amazing team of artistic and talented individuals who create beautiful things together and for the people that they do business with.

 

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From the beginning, the Apotheca team wanted to ensure that their custom website design would exude the unique and artistic approach they bring to their business and craft. They wanted layers, and artistic elements and a website that truly breathed life into their online presence. We started with an inspiration board – curated visuals that they pulled on Pinterest as well as color tone they were drawn to.

 

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(all imagery via Pinterest – original sources unknown)

 

From the inspiration board, we mapped out the entire website and also added texture and pattern elements that brought in those additional layers to add to the uniqueness of the site as well as tell the story of the Apotheca brand. We knew we wanted the juxtaposition between modern elements and rustic texture. Apotheca expressed being drawn to the hexagon shape and, while keeping the organic integrity, we pulled that in using a honeycomb type of look which we used to build the about section of the website. Truly my favorite about section to date – be sure and check it out when you browse their website!

We also wanted to include some hand drawn, imperfect style elements so I went to the drawing board to create their favorite floral pieces that we layered and sprinkled throughout the website. You might remember the behind-the-scenes peek I shared awhile back. With all of those elements combined, we were able to create Apotheca’s new brand style guide that we will use in future projects such as their blog, online shop and marketing pieces.

 

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After that it was off to the races to build and create their entire custom website design. It truly is a unique reflection of who Apotheca is and what they do. The online experience on their website truly gives the viewer a sense of their approach to floral design and everything else that they do. And because mobile functionality is so important (read my thoughts and tips on that here), we made sure the same experience happens on all devices.

 

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So be sure and head over to Apotheca online and browse their site and also stop in to see them if you are in the area of Goffstown, NH. Tell them Kara sent you and give them a hug for me!

 

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During this time of year and on top of all of the constant goodies and treats the holidays bring, the kids and I love to enjoy a mug of hot chocolate. It’s an almost daily ritual which is why I finally created our own hot chocolate station right at home. A place to gather all of the supplies for our hot cocoa arsenal in one spot for the kiddos and I get to easily and quickly. Because, you know, when you get the craving for hot chocolate the click is ticking.

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I wanted to make sure it was nothing that would take up a ton of counter space or add clutter in any way. I found the perfect tray at Pier 1 Imports which fit nicely just beneath our menu board. From there I added in all of our usual supplies and also picked up a few goodies for those movie nights that we need an extra kick to our usual mix including biscotti and marshmallow stirrers.

Keep scrolling to catch my shopping list at the bottom and where I found each piece to create your own hot chocolate station. And I wish you many mugs of delicious hot chocolate this holiday season!

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SHOPPING LIST:

Tiered serving tray

Copper mule mugs

Cloth napkins (the black and white don’t seem to be available currently)

Cocktail spoons

Mini jars (found at Target, but online here)

Toppings and extras

– whip cream

– chocolate sprinkles

– cinnamon

– marshmallows

– biscotti

– marshmallow stirrers

 

When the view is the Southern California coast and the family is this beautiful? Let’s just say I was in heaven having the Dorn Family in front of my camera for their Newport Beach family portraits this year. They are an incredibly talented husband and wife photography team in the San Diego area and we have followed each other for some time. It has never worked out for us to meet during my previous trips to Southern California, but this time we made it happen.

This was actually their first official family portrait shoot with Baby Finn and it was an honor that they chose me to document this time for them and their sweet baby girl. Here’s to new friends and beautiful views…

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