Fashion: Fall Color Report

Fashion: Fall Color Report | Megan Michele for AshleeProffitt.com

In case you’re ever stumped as to what color is trending for this season, check out this sweet color pallet Pantone put together in light of Fashion Week for the Fall season.

Fashion: Fall Color Report | Megan Michele for AshleeProffitt.com

Image via We Connect Fashion 

Here are a few items to help you achieve the look for this fall:


 

All Things Fashion by Megan Michele | AshleeProffitt.com

Megan Michele joins us bi-weekly for a fashion & style post to keep us young busy moms and career women looking our best. She offers simple tips and ideas to create effortless looks that won’t break the bank and beauty tips we are all looking for. Check back here every other week for beauty tips and style inspiration!

Intentional Mama: Tips for the Traveling Mama

Tips for the Traveling Mama | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

The past 2 weeks have been a crazy blessing of meeting wonderful women who are doing big things with their businesses and have big hearts for Jesus. Seriously, my heart is so full after speaking at AH Inspired and attending Pursuit 31, not to mention our church’s own women’s retreat. However, being gone for 10 out of 12 days from my sweet husband and 3 crazy littles is no small fete. So, I thought I would share with you 5 ways I made that time away from my family a little smoother!

1 | Schedule + Details

Although it may seem obvious about the way a normal day runs in your house, all those little things add up and can overwhelming to someone stepping in to take your place while your gone. Write out everything that goes on in your home and life on a typical day from wake up to bed time. I keep a notepad with me a day or so before I leave to jot down anything that I do that may not be super obvious and just second nature to me, the mama. (i.e. checking homework folders, packing lunches, etc.)

I include meal and snack options (i.e. what’s in the pantry and fridge), activity ideas and even little things like how to operate the tv and the kids favorite channels. It’s a good idea to include any information that will simply make daddy or the sitters job easier so you aren’t getting emergency “we can’t find the disney channel” phone calls or text messages while away.

2 | Menu + Pantry/Fridge Stocked

I made a simple menu and shopped before I left. I stocked up on easy snacks as well as all the items necessary for breakfast and lunch boxes. I left the menu on the Details page that I left for my husband/sitter.

3 | Love Notes + Daily Prizes

A handwritten love note to your husband and littles (and even babysitter!!) will go a long way in reminding them how very much you love them while you are gone.  My other most favorite trick is heading to the Dollar Tree and finding great inexpensive prizes for each day I will be gone. I picked up coloring books, puzzles, squirt guns, etc., wrapped them up and had them lined up on the kitchen counter the day I left. The little prizes were just a fun little something for the littles to look forward to each day.

4 | Scheduled Phone Calls

If possible, ask for a schedule beforehand for the event you will be attending and schedule a time to call home every day that will work with both your schedule while away and the normal life rhythm of your family at home.

5 | Work

One, put up a vacation responder in your email. My time away from my family must be fruitful and full of purpose; if I am tied to email the entire time away that defeats the purpose of stepping away from the normal work rhythm to learn and be inspired.

Two, I am SUPER forgetful. So, I use sticky notes to leave myself reminders on my first day back in the office of all the projects that I have put on hold while traveling. Then, I can easily disperse those projects on the days and weeks to come but it provides a simple way to mentally jump back in to work and not be overwhelmed. I can, at a glance, see everything I have going on without having to go back 2 weeks in the brain archives.


I don’t leave my family often, in fact this was the first year I have done so since I attended the first Stationery Academy in 2011, however the time away was amazing (I can’t wait to share lots of details with you!!) partially due to the preparation details listed above complete before traveling but mostly because I have the most capable, amazing husband who just happens to be the most amazing father. Thank you Aaron for investing in me in this way. I love you a ton.

Fashion: Fall Essentials!

Fashion: 4 Fall Essentials  | Megan Michele for AshleeProffitt.com

4 Key Pieces to Get You Ready for the Fall!

Because Fall is in the air (for some, more than others!), here are a few trending styles to help inspire your look this season.
  1. Modified Parka Jacket
  2. Booties
  3. Oversized Sweater
  4. Mixed Media Leather Pant

 

All Things Fashion by Megan Michele | AshleeProffitt.com

Megan Michele joins us bi-weekly for a fashion & style post to keep us young busy moms and career women looking our best. She offers simple tips and ideas to create effortless looks that won’t break the bank and beauty tips we are all looking for. Check back here every other week for beauty tips and style inspiration!

 

Intentional Mama: Letter M

Intentional Mama | Simple Ideas for Non-Homeschooling M

Alphabet Focus

Memory Verse Printable | Intentional Mama | Simple Ideas for Non-Homeschooling Mamas

Talk About / Questions to Ask
  • Ask: What does this Bible verse mean?
  • Ask: What does ‘flesh’ mean?
  • Ask: What does ‘fail’ mean?
  • Ask: What are some ways our flesh and heart will fail?
  • Ask: How do we know that God will never fail us, even when our flesh and heart will fail?
  • Read: Jeremiah 31:3 together and talk about how God’s love is everlasting, never ending, always and forever
CRAFT: M is for Mouse (Instructions)

M is for Mouse | Intentional Mama | Simple Ideas for Non-Homeschooling Mamas

TALK ABOUT
  • Learn About Mice!
  • Ask: Where do mice live?
  • Ask: What do mice eat?
  • Say: Did you know, most mice are very good jumpers! They can jump almost 18 inches in the air! (Use a ruler to show them how high 18 inches is!) Fact from LiveScience.com
  • Say: Did you know, a mouse’s heart can beat 632 beats per minute. A human heart only beats 60-100 beats per minute. (Show your child how to listen to check your pulse and count how fast their heart is beating.) Fact from LiveScience.com
READ (check them out in your local library!):
Activity 1 | Make Cookies!

Seems easy enough! I probably do this on a weekly basis with my littles! Why not incorporate it into learning time. My favorite cookie recipe: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip OR these Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

Activity 2 | Counting Cookies

Cut 10 circles out of construction paper and label cookies 1-10. Then have your child put the correct amount of chocolate chips on the ‘cookie’ to match the number. A great way to practice counting!

Activity 3 | Mouse Activity Free Printable

Free printable that will help your little practice counting via a simple and fun cut and paste activity. 


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Room Design: Floral + Pink + White

Curated Rooms: Girls Nursery in Floral, Pinks & White | by Ashlee Proffitt

Introducing a new series where I get to play interior designer (my not-so-secret dream job in another life!) I’ll be sharing curated rooms for the entire home with all different styles and aesthetics in mind. Up first, a pretty perfect baby girl’s nursery or little girl’s room!

How much do you love this pretend space?! I’m obsessed with it’s soft, feminine and peaceful beauty. What’s your favorite element?!

Curated Room Sources

Jenny Lind Crib | Quilt | Sheet Set | Crib Bumper | Basket Set | Glider | Monogram Print | Shakespeare Print | Raspberry Pillow | Blush Pillow | Coral Pillow | Rug | Chandelier

Happy September!

Friends! It is September!! I love this month and am getting excited for all that this new season brings.

I am equally excited for this gorgeous SC Stockshop image that I used to create this month’s beautiful Desktop Calendar and iPhone Wallpaper! If you have not done so yet, sign up to receive an SC Stockshop image free to your inbox once a month along with purposeful and intentional business (life!) tips! Sign-up here!

Enjoy friends! Here is to enjoying September and making the most of every opportunity we are given.

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To use Desktop CalendarClick on the image below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper. Free desktop calendar + iPhone wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog Free desktop calendar + iPhone wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog

To use iPhone Lock ScreenClick on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’  

To use iPhone Lock Screen: Click on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’  To use iPhone Lock Screen: Click on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt

Recipe curated by Kate Sacra and created by A Delightful Home

Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil (Softened slightly (or use solid, just beat a little longer))
  • 2/3 cups Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Canned Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 3 cups Flour (Any type of flour (oat flour, whole wheat, all purpose, etc.))
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons Allspice
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Optional

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Dried Cranberries

Frosting

  • 8oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Butter (Softened)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 3/4 teaspoons Orange Extract

Directions

Step 1
Beat together the coconut oil and honey. Add eggs, pumpkin, applesauce and vanilla, then beat until smooth.
Step 2
In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients then add to the liquid ingredients. Stir to blend.
Step 3
Drop slightly heaped tablespoons of dough into a lightly greased cookie sheet (coconut oil works well for greasing). Leave about an inch between each cookie.
Step 4
Bake for 15 minutes at 350* or until lightly brown. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.
Frosting
Step 5
Blend the cream cheese, butter, and honey together until smooth. If using the orange extract, add it now and blend to distribute.

Once the cookies are completely cool, frost each with the cream cheese frosting. Decorate with a small piece of pecan, if desired.

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookies | Kate Sacra for Ashlee Proffitt


 

Bio-Pic-KateKate Sacra joins us bi-weekly for a real food recipe post and tips for living a natural, holistic lifestyle.  She desires to create quick, easy recipes that are healthy, while still being affordable. And one of her most favorite challenges are make real alternatives to store-bought favorites. Check back here every other week for yummy, healthy recipes and holistic living tips!

Branding: Gorgeous Collateral

Branding Elements & Collateral Pieces | Dear Sweetheart Events | Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

A brand is made up of a million working parts. It’s like a puzzle and each piece plays an important role. A client’s collateral pieces are an enormous part of that puzzle, making up many of those working pieces. I challenge my clients to really think deeply about each client touchpoint as we develop their client experience. It’s more than beautiful paper goods, its about figuring out what your client needs most and meeting those needs, addressing her fears in beautiful ways and reassuring them along the way that you were in fact the best choice for them.

I am just beyond excited to show you a few of Dear Sweetheart Events’ gorgeous collateral pieces.

Thank you to  Andrea Pesce Photography for capturing these beautiful images! You can find details on the complete brand elements, including the gorgeous website, here

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And the binders?! Seriously, I die.

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Hooray for beautiful, complete, thorough and thoughtful brand elements and collateral pieces that create an unbelievable client experience!

 

Fashion: What to Wear to Wine Country

For that trip to the wine country you’ve been dreaming about, we have the perfect outfit ensembles for you (AND winery recommendations!)

From Megan Michele:

My husband and I just returned from a little getaway to northern Georgia’s wine country. Vineyards are a newer craft in that area, but it’s exploding right now and quickly becoming the “Napa of the east coast” (along with Virginia). So what’s better than drinking exquisite wine? Being incredibly fashionable while drinking exquisite wine, of course!

Here are a few outfit ideas that look amazing with a vineyard backdrop, or any winery for that matter! Along with a few suggestions for wineries to check out if you’re ever in the northern Georgia area.
What to Wear to Wine Country | Style & Fashion by Megan Michele for Ashlee Proffitt

Outfit 1: Ideal for a more relaxed winery, such as Wolf Mountain Vineyards

What to Wear to Wine Country | Style & Fashion by Megan Michele for Ashlee Proffitt
Outfit 2: Ideal for a more upscale winery, such as Yonah Mountain Vineyards or Montaluce Winery and Estates


All Things Fashion by Megan Michele | AshleeProffitt.com

Megan Michele joins us bi-weekly for a fashion & style post to keep us young busy moms and career women looking our best. She offers simple tips and ideas to create effortless looks that won’t break the bank and beauty tips we are all looking for. Check back here every other week for beauty tips and style inspiration!