Balloon Arch Tutorial

Balloon Arch Tutorial

For Sophie’s Birthday party I decided to be ambitious and make a huge balloon arch for my office and move all the furniture and set it up as a little photo op room in the house for the party. Now before you roll your eyes at the idea of a photo booth for a 4 year old – remember that I am a photographer and I love nothing more than cute pictures of my kiddo!

Believe it or not, this was a super easy project. The hardest part is blowing up the balloons and if you have some helpers, it’s not bad at all. And the good news is, you can make this days in advance and you don’t have to worry about deflation like you would with helium balloons. Sophie’s party was 4 weeks ago and this balloon arch is still pretty much in tact!

This is a simple DIY, you just need lots of balloons! I used about half of a 72 pack as well as 4, 12 packs to make this garland. The trick is not to blow the balloons up all the way, that makes it look way more organic. Also if you have an air compressor or a balloon pump this will save your lungs and some time 🙂

72 count balloons: https://bit.ly/2s1VBRK
15 count balloons: https://bit.ly/2AlEDlH
Balloon arch strip: https://bit.ly/2BHMFoM
Fishing line: https://amzn.to/2Tm5MMH
Hole punch: https://amzn.to/2GKC9TK

So without further ado, here is a quick 5 minute video on exactly how I made this balloon arch.

What the hell is Vlogmas?!

What the hell is Vlogmas?!

That’s the million dollar question all small YouTubers ask themselves come November. At least that is how it was for me this year…

Because I had just officially started my YouTube channel in the months before Christmas, I decided that I wanted to partake in this crazy thing called VLOGMAS!

So what is Vlogmas? Vlogmas is when YouTuber make videos for every day in December leading up to Christmas. So what the heck are these videos about? These usually tend to be daily vlogs but if you are not used to daily vlogging (because editing, filming and posting in 24 hours is just so much work, there are plenty of other video ideas as well!

  • decorating for Christmas
  • baking cookies
  • looking at Christmas lights
  • favorite Holiday traditions
  • Christmas crafts

Well folks, I gave it my all but I only lasted 10 consecutive days…working and vlogging and editing and doing my side hustle photography… it just became way too much! But I will say that I am super glad that I tried because a) I made some fun videos and b) I got a lot more comfortable talking to the camera just because I was doing it every day!

Take a look below at my playlist and some of the videos below and feel free to leave me some feedback and drop your links if you have done Vlogmas before – I would love to see!

5 Things You Need To Know About C-Sections | Pain, Breastfeeding & Guilt

5 Things You Need To Know About C-Sections | Pain, Breastfeeding & Guilt

When I found out I was going to have to have a C-Section, I began to scour the internet for peoples experiences. My baby was frank breech and I was too far along to turn her, so a c-section got scheduled and I had to find a way to cope with that.

Ans while I did find many amazing and positive C-Section stories, there are still some things that I did not hear talked about… like the guilt that some people (ME!) feel for not being able to birth a child the “natural” way.

So I made a video that I hope can help people who are in the same position that I was in – check it out below ❤

Storytime: My first tattoo

Storytime: My first tattoo

 

From my personal Facebook account

June 22nd

It seems most of you have heard the news that our beautiful Courtney has died of cancer.

Courtney was my best friend and like my little sister, but I always looked up to her. I think a lot of us did. She was so freaking smart, such a talented dancer, a born leader, funny and so kind. Always had a smile for everyone and people just wanted to be around her. She was annoyingly good at everything…except crafts. She sucked at crafts.

But you all should know how strong she was through it all… even when the pain was impossible; she still had a smile for me. And during these last days, her hospital room was filled non-stop by her closest friends and family.

I love her so very much and will forever remember her beautiful, smiling face.

July 12th

Today was my best friends memorial service. Sitting there in a church full of friends, family and strangers; We laughed, we cried, we held each other tight… never will there ever be anyone like you my love.
This is the Birthday present I gave her on her 32nd Birthday less than 2 months ago. A sign with her favorite quote from the movie Hope Floats:
“Beginnings are scary, Endings are usually sad, but it’s whats in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.“
And while I find myself at this horrible new beginning- a life without you by my side, I sure as hell am glad I got to spend 17 years of my “middle” with you. #foreverandalways #tothemoonandback