Intentional Mama: Summer Prayers

Memory Verse Art Print | Philippians 4:6 | Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Our little family has exactly 4 weeks left of summer. Insert: Tears. This summer has been crazy for me personally and my goal for these remaining weeks of summer is to be intentional with the time I have left with my school aged kids (especially my little guy who is starting kindergarten this year!)

One simple way we can pursue the hearts of our children and hear what concerns are weighing heavy on their little minds is to pray with them. Commit to spending a specific time every day to praying for and with your children.

BIBLE FOCUS
  • Bible Verse:Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4.6
  • Memory Verse Art Print (Download your version of the memory verse seen above.)
  • Talk About
    • Ask: What is prayer?
    • Ask: Why do we pray?
    • Ask: Does God hear us when we pray?
    • Ask: Does God care about the things that are important to us? How do we know? (Talk about Psalm 139 and how He knows everything about us and He cares deeply!)
  • Use the prayer cards (printable below!) to talk through and pray through the specific topics.
FUN ACTIVITY IDEAS
      1. Journal: Write down the prayer requests and over the next few weeks write down how God answers the prayers
      2. Prayer Wall: Get creative and make a way to remind your family daily to pray for specific requests and a way to document when God answers prayers. Here are a few great examples!
      3. Prayer Sticks: Write names or requests on popsicle sticks and keep them on your kitchen table. Have each family member draw a stick each day and have them pray for that person or request. This is a cute example.
PRINTABLE PRAYER CARDS

Prayer Cards Printables | Philippians 4:6 | Intentional Mama by Ashlee Proffitt

Prayer Cards Printables [Click here to download]


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The Ashlee Proffitt free printables and downloads are for personal use only. Ashlee Proffitt remains the sole and exclusive owner and holder of the copyright of the graphic and you may not sell or give away the image in any way.

Branding: Flourish

I met Lindsey last fall at the Inspired Retreat. We chatted over breakfast (the most amazing breakfast I must add) about business and family and boundaries and creating our own definition of success. I love those conversations. The ones where you are talking about all the things that really matter and setting goals to make sure those things happen.

I was thrilled when Lindsey contacted me some time later and we chatted about how we could work together to take her branding to the next level. Working with like-minded clients is a dream. Lindsey, you are incredibly talented and it was an absolute joy working with you on this amazing project!


Flourish Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

We began with in-depth homework and a face-to-face (thanks Skype!) chat. We talked about goals and ideal client and all of Lindsey’s favorite things. Our goal was to create a brand that was warm and inviting while being refined, classic and timeless.

DESCRIPTIVE WORDS
  • organic
  • natural & effortless
  • refined
  • classic & timeless
  • casual
  • warm & inviting
 
INSPIRATION BOARD

Flourish Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

The primary logo and the variations we created are simply gorgeous and beautifully represent the inspiration above as well as the descriptive words. I love the hand drawn framing lines that provide the organic, natural feel in conjunction with the classic serif typeface. The hand-drawn script gives subtle hints of casual femininity and paired with the leaf icon we achieve a look that is timeless and inviting. We added a linen texture along with a watercolor leaf pattern to round out the primary brand elements. Patterns are my favorite way to bring in another layer of intentionality and personality.

All these individual elements really came alive in the collateral designs. We incorporated Lindsey’s love for lavender and created a slew of gorgeous pieces including a Look Book of her work and services, a letterhead template, welcome gifts, thank you cards, bridal gifts and so many more intentional and fun pieces to help her really love on her clients.

Flourish Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

Last but not least we created a website that serves to beautifully display all the gorgeous work that Flourish creates. The site was designed to be minimal allowing the images to be the focus. Go take a peek and leave Lindsey and the Flourish team some love!

Flourish Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

 


Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

Travel Style: 10 Looks 20 Pieces (Part 1)

Travel Style: 10 Looks with 20 Pieces | Part One: Pixie Pant | Intentional Style by Ashlee Proffitt and Megan Michele
By this point, you have most likely heard and seen the benefits of packing with limited items in your suitcase:

  • Lighter load
  • Less money spent checking luggage
  • Less time spent checking luggage
  • Greater mobility (because your usual heavy load isn’t weighing you down!)
  • Less options means less time spent deciding what to wear and more time enjoying your actual vacation
  • Minimizing excess
  • Encourages a greater appreciation for what you do have

I began this series by showing you the exact items I packed for my 10 day Italian Adventure along with a few tips on how to Build The Perfect Travel Wardrobe.

For the next five weeks, I’ll be showcasing a variety of looks worn during said Italian adventure on a wardrobe that included about 20 items! These looks were all made possible by using a few key pieces as the foundation, that could then be paired (and re-worn) with pretty much anything. My hope is to inspire you with what to wear on your next adventure and to encourage you that packing doesn’t have to be a daunting task because you ‘have so much to pack, but no idea what to wear’. It can be simple and fun!

Whether you’re spending hours on a train ride going from one city to the next or going to dinner at an upscale restaurant, a classic, well-fitting black pant will not disappoint! The key is choosing the right top and shoe to make it fit the occasion. Below are a few different looks I wore with my favorite black pant.

Travel Style: 10 Looks with 20 Pieces | Part One: Pixie Pant | Intentional Style by Ashlee Proffitt and Megan Michele
Images by the lovely Laura Foote of CIHI Photography
 

Intentional Style | Megan Michele

Intentional Mama: Summer Survival Resources

Summer Survival Resources for Mamas | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

Summer is in full swing here and I thought it might be helpful to share a few of resources that are helping us to not only survive but thrive this summer.

Our goals for the 2015 summer break are simple:

  • have fun & laugh a lot
  • rest and no rushing
  • build deeper relationships with each other

With those being our top priorities I threw out the lofty idea of having a crazy minute by minute schedule. My type A personality loves the idea of that but in reality that type of scheduling causes the opposite of fun, laughter, and rest; and instead creates an environment that no one really wants to be in.

I created a mini checklist of daily goals and they are essentially what make up my summer resource list. This little list of daily goals keeps my wandering brain a bit more grounded.

  • Quiet Time in the Word: Essential for tackling long days with kiddos. A time to have our minds and hearts reset to what matters most.
  • Learning Time: Simplicity is key. This is not over involved and requires little to no preparation ahead of time from mama. Again, the goal is rest. And fun. The goal is not a pinterest inspired science experiment that I can blog about tomorrow.
  • Bible Time: As mamas we tend to over spiritualize things such as this or over think them. Keep it simple. Open the Bible and read one verse with your kids. Pray with them. It will be crazy and chaotic but it’s an amazing opportunity to acknowledge Jesus in your every day life with your kids. He isn’t just for Sundays.
  • Physical Activity: Again. No overthinking. Just build it into your daily rhythm.
  • Rest: Daily time of rest is mandatory. And believe it or not my 8 year old will still nap for an hour or two every afternoon. He has finally discovered the beauty of a good afternoon nap.

Summer Survival Resources for Mamas | Intentional Mama Series by Ashlee Proffitt

  1. Focused Quiet Time. Start the day before your kiddos to give yourself even a minute or two to mentally prepare for the day. Personally I think that time goes best with coffee in hand.
  2. Simple Daily Schedule. Our schedule is super simple and it changes from day to day. I use a big framed chalkboard in our kitchen to write the day’s schedule on. To me, the chalkboard communicates that we are open to change and flexible. It also provides a method for me to not fall into my perfectionist ways. The schedule doesn’t have to be perfect. It can be quick and simple, not overly planned or complicated. Perfect fit for our summer goals.
    1. TIP: Let your kids “help” you make the schedule. This gives them a sense of ownership over their days and provides an opportunity to eliminate the “what are we doing next” questions.
  3. Summer Reading List. Have a list of books you would like to read either with your child or on their own this summer. This is a great way to work towards goals as a family in a very simple and very rewarding way (reading is ALWAYS a good idea!) Make sure to celebrate every time a book is finished!
    1. TIP: I found this super helpful Reading List divided by age groups.
    2. TIP: Set an amount of “reading time” a day. If they choose to read more, give them a bonus like screen time or a special treat.
  4. Educational Workbooks. Simple workbooks are key to having a bit of learning time every day and I am a huge fan of the books listed here. My kiddos have to do 1 page (front and back) a day. If they choose to do more they get a reward.
    1. Early Learning Activity Book (perfect for the littlest ones)
    2. Let’s Color by Kumon (perfect for the littlest ones. I am currently obsessed with these coloring books!)
    3. Summer Bridge Activities
  5. Bible Emphasis. This can be as simple as opening up the Bible and praying together. Just set a time to make sure it happens consistently so as to make it a part of your daily rhythm. Breakfast time seems to work pretty well for us. A few of my favorite Bible Resources:
    1. Adventure Journal by Intentional Home
    2. Bible Studies for Kids  by Kay Arthur
    3. Jesus Calling Devotional for Kids 
  6. Physical Activity. We try to go for a bike ride/walk to the park and/or pool every day. Its amazing what those endorphins can do for a bad attitude. And this is not optional. I have a rather grumpy 5 year old who almost never wants to do this, but once we are on our way, his attitude usually turns around. 😉

I hope this little list helps as you continue to pursue the hearts of your children this summer! Tell me, what are your summer tricks and tips?!

July Desktop & Phone Wallpapers

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Happy July friends! This month brings lots of exciting branding projects, a mini summer collection coming to the shop (!!!) and a sweet family vacation with grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins (all tucked in a cabin in the mountains!) Not to mention all the typical summer fun we have been having around here!

What have you been up to this summer? What are you looking forward to this month?

Whatever amazing or challenging, sweet or difficult things you have in store this month, I pray these wallpapers will bring you joy and a reminder of truth.

Enjoy. (P.S. I made TWO versions of the verse design for you!)

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt

Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt
Free Computer Desktop + iPhone Wallpapers | ashleeproffitt.com/blog | Brush Lettering by Ashlee Proffitt
 

To use Desktop Wallpaper: Click on the links below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper.

To use iPhone Wallpaper + Lock Screen: Click on the links 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.’

ENJOY!

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The Ashlee Proffitt free monthly wallpapers are for personal use only. Ashlee Proffitt remains the sole and exclusive owner and holder of the copyright of the graphic and you may not sell or give away the image in any way.

Branding: Meredith Teasley

That moment you meet a potential client and you practically beg them to let you work on their project because you just know immediately what a perfect fit the two of you are. Meredith Teasley was one such client. An absolute gem who made this branding project effortless even amidst morning sickness and moving!

Together we created and developed a timeless and classic brand for Meredith Teasley that I am so excited to show you!


Meredith Teasley Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

From our first consultation (I secretly love Skype dates!) and in-depth homework, Meredith and I got to work creating an inspiration board that would serve as our foundation moving forward. Our goal was to create a timeless brand that made her clients feel welcomed and loved. Nothing stuffy or pretentious about Meredith. Just timeless beauty that makes one feel loved and valued.

I love using descriptive words in conjunction with visual inspiration while developing a client’s brand elements. This measure simply helps me see the end goal more fully. Below are a few of the words I consistently used as a measure throughout the design process:

Descriptive Words
  • simple
  • organic
  • clean
  • airy
  • rustic
  • classic
 
Inspiration Board

Meredith Teasley Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

We created a primary logo with several alternate versions to be used for the different areas of her business. I especially love the “est. 2011″ element of her new logo. It gives a sense of history and experience and simple timelessness.

Her collateral elements had one goal, to communicate her love and care for her clients. In all the pieces we developed her heart is so evident! A few pieces that we created are below! We also created a number of gifts just for her and her clients but those we have to keep top secret just in case one of you may be a Meredith Teasley bride.

Collateral Elements

Meredith Teasley Brand & Collateral Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

And then came the website! The goal was to create a space that allowed her potential clients and clients alike to see the heart of Meredith Teasley, to get to know her and her work in a way that was effortless and inviting. I think we accomplished that very thing. Go take a peek and leave Meredith some love! She definitely deserves it!

Website

Meredith Teasley Brand, Collateral & Website by Ashlee Proffitt


 

Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

Intentional Style: 10 Days in a Backpack

What To Pack: 10 Days in Italy | Build a perfect travel wardrobe! | Intentional Style by Ashlee Proffitt and Megan Michele

Last week I shared my essentials for a long international flight. Today I am sharing how I packed for our 10 day Italian adventure into one backpack. All pieces are shown (and linked) here. In the coming weeks I will share specific outfits and how you can style these 15 or so pieces into a versatile, adorable, and comfortable wardrobe to make you feel effortlessly beautiful while on those dream vacations.

The last thing you want while you are on such an adventure as this is to be overwhelmed by extraneous amounts of luggage. We planned our trip to include multiple cities, a crazy number of train rides and even a few bus rides. Our luggage needed to be super mobile for this specific type of trip. And I needed to be able to carry it myself. (Side note: Just my own rule, if you can’t pick your bag up on your own, no matter where you are traveling, you have most likely overpacked and you will quickly become a danger to yourself and those around you. :)) 


 

HOW TO BUILD A PERFECT TRAVEL WARDROBE (in a backpack!)

Rule 1. Determine what type of trip you will be taking.

  • Where you will be going? Know the culture and know what is appropriate for the culture you will be heading into.
  • What will you be doing while you are there?
  • Ask yourself: Will I need to carry my luggage for significant distances or amounts of time? 

Rule 2. Determine when you will be taking your trip. Know the season. Know the weather.

  • Layering was super important for our trip. The mornings and evenings were chilly for this Floridian, as were many of the museums and cathedrals we visited. I packed two sweaters and one lightweight jacket and I used all three multiple times. In fact, the gray sweater was rolled in my purse and within arms reach for the majority of the trip.

Rule 3. Determine how you will spend your days. Loosely plan your days so you can determine ahead of time:

  • Appropriate clothing. (For example, we visited multiple cathedrals that require women to cover their shoulders and their legs. Be prepared so you don’t wait in a long line just to be turned away because you are wearing a tank top.)
  • Appropriate shoes. (We did A LOT of walking, about 100 miles total. I knew we would be walking a ton so I invested in shoes that were super comfortable and appropriate for our adventures. I also brought a pair of flip flops in my purse and would slip those on from time to time.)

Rule 4. Plan your outfits ahead of time. Try them on. Make sure all items fit, are comfortable and make you feel gorgeous. Lastly, only pack items you know you will be able to wear at least twice. Make the most out of your wardrobe and packing space by thinking in terms of layers and getting multiple uses of each item.

Now let’s take a peek at what I packed! What To Pack: 10 Days in Italy | Build a perfect travel wardrobe! | Intentional Style by Ashlee Proffitt and Megan Michele

WHAT I PACKED IN MY BACKPACK

 

What are your most favorite travel tips for the perfect carry-on? 

Intentional Mama: Let’s Love Dad!

Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series

Father’s Day is this weekend! I tend to think my kids got the best dad on the planet and honoring him is my favorite. I created a sweet little printable for you to print out and let your kiddos color in. I think this would make the perfect addition to dad’s office!

Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series

We colored ours today and the boys (who color anything in sight and are constantly begging for me to “print out coloring sheets”) really loved this simple little print! Print your own for a little coloring fun at the end of the post!

Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series Father's Day Printable Coloring Sheet | by Ashlee Proffitt | Intentional Mama Series

Fathers Day Print Art Print/Coloring Page [Click here to download]


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Branding: One Sweet Day In May

Photography: Shalese Danielle Photography | Event Design + Coordination: Maggie’s Misc Events | Florals: One Sweet Day in May  PhotographyEvent Design | Florals by One Sweet Day in May

The earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Working with creatives to develop their brand is enormously rewarding, especially when said creatives are in the early stages of business ownership and you get the privilege to watch them grow as business owners right before your eyes.

One Sweet Day in May is a boutique floral design company. Michelle is the face behind the business as well as the gorgeous florals seen above. I mean, my clients make my job easy when they are producing work like that!

Together we created and developed a gorgeous brand for One Sweet Day in May that is just perfect and I am so excited to show you all the pieces!

One Sweet Day in May Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

Through a series of discussions we decided to pursue a calligraphy based logo. The perfect fit for Michelle and One Sweet Day for a number of reasons, but primarily because it is organic and feminine while still being polished and finished, just like Michelle’s florals. I began with sketches of layouts and then we worked with Taylor Schumann to turn those sketches into the gorgeous calligraphy above.

Michelle’s inspiration board and defined brand words served as our foundation as well as a guide throughout the process.

BRAND WORDS

Joyful
Feminine
Romantic
Approachable
Trustworthy

VISUAL AESTHETIC WORDS

Playful
Organic
Feminine
Classic
Romantic

 

One Sweet Day in May Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

Her logo is to die for, but print collateral is where the brand begins to come alive! As a side note, poppies have deep meaning and history with Michelle so we knew from the onset that we wanted to use them. I chose a watercolor poppy floral design for it’s softness and organic qualities, not to formal but so beautiful. You can see the watercolor poppy hinted throughout her collateral pieces and even a bit on her website!

One Sweet Day in May Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt

The website was an absolute joy to work on! I LOVE bringing brands to a space where it can live and be seen and experienced. We used Squarespace for Michelle’s site and I cannot say enough good things about that platform. It may be my new favorite thing ever (as I type this in WordPress. 😉 Don’t tell!)

Our goal for the site was the same as with all the brand elements: to create an environment that was beautiful and feminine but approachable and comfortable. We created a simple (i.e. approachable, not stuffy) home page that showcases her amazing floral designs. The additional pages had the same goal, feminine beauty with simplicity. The blog page is one of my favorites and has hints at the beautiful watercolor florals we sprinkled throughout her elements. Go take a peek and give Michelle some love!

One Sweet Day in May Brand Elements by Ashlee Proffitt


 

Branding by Ashlee Proffitt

Essentials for International Flights

Essentials for International Flight | Ashlee Proffitt

Let’s talk about travel. The next few weeks I will be devoting some time here to sharing about my trip to Italy, how we planned, what cities we went to, where we stayed, what I wore, how we packed and even what we ate! I started this series with some tips for parents leaving their littles and today I am talking about the essentials for those long international flights.

My husband and I packed for our 2 week Italian getaway in backpacks (that we are currently obsessed with! We love them!) but today’s post is not about what we packed in our carryon (i.e. clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc.) rather this post is about my travel essentials for the flight specifically.

I used an oversize leather hand bag to house the majority of the items pictured above. During our actual stay in Italy, the bag was perfect for our everyday adventures as well. It was a great size and was able to hold my camera, our guidebook (lifesaver!) and our little pocket journal that we took along to make notes about the trip. The bag has a cross body strap (similar to this bag) so having the option to slip it on as a cross body bag made it even more convenient and comfortable.

Wear

You can see my travel outfit here. More outfit details to come later!

  • Comfy pants that are equally cute
  • Comfy shirt
  • Cute hat (this ensures you feel pretty and put together after being on a plane for a bajillion hours. And covers messy hair.)
  • Comfy shoes (easy to get on and off for security)
  • Sweater
  • Scarf 
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses (to cover up those tired eyes when you get off the plan at your final destination.)
Sleep

Sleep did not happen for me on the flight there. Unfortunately I just could not get settled or comfy. Maybe it was just the sheer excitement. In hindsight I should have put my earbuds in for music (I had them packed I just didn’t use them on the way there) because that will almost always put me to sleep.

  • Neck pillow. I purchased a really nice microfiber pillow that I ended up purposely leaving behind. It just did not work for me and was too bulky to be carrying if it didn’t work. Next time I may try something like this. Do you have a travel pillow that you love and recommend? I would love suggestions!
  • Scarf. My scarf and/or sweater rolled up worked better as a pillow on the way back. Coupled with music I actually slept and rested well on the flight home.
  • Contact Solution / Contact Case / Glasses / Glasses Case (Generally speaking I always bring at least one extra set of contacts as well. Its crazy how a ripped contact lens can become a day/trip ruiner real quick.)
Eat

I am not a kind person when I get past the general hungry stage. So I try to always bring snacks. I knew we would be getting at least one meal but I wanted to be prepared in case there were any extenuating circumstances before or after the flight. Turns out Delta feeds you every few minutes or so. But for real. They took great care of us. Extra careful attention to detail and generally caring for passengers.

Hydrate
  • What I should have brought: Water Bottle (We bought a collapsible water bottle but it did not have a carabiner so there was no way to clip it to our bag while in use, so I returned them. I should have gotten these and will next time. However, for the flight itself we had as much water as we wanted.)
  • Lotion
  • Lip Balm
Entertainment

Most international flights have unlimited movies, tv shows, games, etc. But just in case I brought along:

  • Something to read (via the Kindle)
    • Bible (I’m reading through the Bible in a year and I had some catching up to do!)
    • Magazine (Favorite: House Beautiful)
  • Something to write in:
  • Something to listen to:
    • Earbuds
    • IPhone with favorite playlists
Refresh

After hours on a plane and a long day of traveling ahead (when we landed in Milan we took a train to another train and ended in Venice, so another 4 hours or so of travel) I just want to feel a bit normal and a teeny bit pretty/put together. These items help.

Don’t Forget
  • Passport! (+ a copy)
  • Chargers (+ international adapters)
  • Credit Cards (Call banks and credit card companies prior to leaving the country)
  • Phone (Call phone company prior to leaving and check out global plan upgrades just for the time you will be traveling. Not necessary but helpful if you would like to use map apps, etc. while out of the country and out of wifi zones.)
  • BandAids (You just never know when those super comfy shoes might give you a blister!!)

I hope this list is helpful for your next traveling adventure!

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