One really good party

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Gosh, I guess it’s just Provo appreciation week here on The Alison Show eh? I just wanted to share some things I’ve been LOVING that were a result of a really fun Provo blogger get together a week or so ago!

The beautiful Jillee of One Good Thing by Jillee (you know I respect a woman who puts her name in the title of her blog) hosted a really fun party at my favorite local BBQ pit Bam Bams.

It had ALL the makings of a good party: fantastic people, amazing food, some killer swag bags and best of all, Smilebooth. You may know that Smilebooth is my crack. I cannot resist the perfect lighting and automatic gratification of a printed picture. It’s hands down the best photo booth for hire service ever. Expensive, but worth it.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some pictures of me looking a fool and doing solo shots in the Smilebooth as well as some of the best swag ever! Jillee gifted us with some goodies made from tutorials on her blog. Genius. And I have been enjoying them SO MUCH you must check them out.

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In this cute drink tote there was the yummiest Honey Butter Ambrosia paired with homemade bread, and this Homemade Laundry Soap.

Apparently you can make the soap for $30 for a year’s supply. And I might actually make it because it smells SO GOOD. I love really clean smelling soap. Soap that smells like soap. And last night I was like making out with my freshly laundered pillow because I loved the scent so much.

If you’re wondering how I look SO COOL in the Photobooth, be sure to read my 5 Tips for Looking Like a Rockstar in a Photobooth

You can check out Jillee’s awesome party pix and tips for throwing a rocking party too if you’re feeling so inclined.

Also can I just say like, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your comments? First of all, some of them are so nice I hardly deserve them, and second of all I love the feeling of community they create, and I know it can be a pain to comment on blogs, so I really appreciate it.

Have a good one.

xo
Alison

Product love: Mixmates

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You guys would probably die of shock if you realized how many talented people I live by here in Provo, Utah. I’m not kidding. Provo has turned into a hotspot of post-college creative talent. And now that we have Google Fiber on its way, and MY impending rise to stardom (eh?), I daresay Provo is the next NYC? HA, OK, not really, but still!!!

Anyway some of that AMAZING talent comes in the form of Caravan Shoppe. Made up of Melanie Burke, (who designed most of this site!) and The Lovelands (of Ollibird fame) these ladies sell some gorgeous PDF downloads to help you beautify your world.

But what I’m REALLY excited about are there Mixmates!

In the past you’ve been able to DIY with them a PDF download, but they are on Kickstarter to get the blocks produced!

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I need that storage tote. Sorry Eric. It’s happening.

You can buy your Mixmates here!

What I love about Kickstarter is it’s essentially shopping. But it’s a purchase that sincerely makes someone JUMP with glee. I’m all about shopping with glee, so obviously I had to pre-order some of these.

After watching the video you’re totally going to want some too, you’ll feel it’s necessary for your kids development and hipness :), so watch with caution.

Haha!

Love ya!

Alison

Obsessed: Advanced Style

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A little while ago my friend Brittany wrote about Iris Apfel on her blog. I had seen pictures of the well-dressed, older, fashion icon (pictured above) but I didn’t know her name. After learning more about her, I’ve became OBSESSED with her. I scoured the Internet looking for round sunglasses that mimic her signature specs. I finally bought these.

Then I stumbled upon the blog Advanced Style (which is also a documentary and a book, obviously I’m late to the party) and I’m like head-over-heels in love. I’m SO EXCITED TO GET OLDER! No, seriously.

I think the reason these older fashion plates are really resonating with me right now is because pregnancy and post-pregnancy body image issues have been really getting me down. I seriously don’t care to be the thinnest girl in the room. I never have been. But it’s hard not to feel like a freak or a failure when I’m surrounded by women who gained half as much weight as I did when pregnant, and then seem to lose it in weeks.

Reality check, if this is one of my biggest problems after having a baby I know I’m very blessed. But Provo (and Instagram) is CRAWLING with young moms, and it’s hard not to get sucked into the comparison game.

But back to the old ladies. Look how AWESOME they are. They are old in a world where everyone is dying to be young. And they don’t seem to give a damn. They’re piling on the accessoires and busting out the red lipstick and I love it. I’ve always been a LOUD dresser. I’ve been picking out my own ensembles since I was 4. I wore red pants in high school when no girl would be caught DEAD in them and we all remember the Great Jumpsuit Experiment.

But age and body-image have started backing me into an “all black” and “only wear what’s flattering” corner. But not anymore! I’m wearing whatever I want from here on out. And I can’t wait. Even if I’m up 30, cough 40, cough, maybe even 50 lbs! Yeah that’s right. I don’t plan on staying that way, but I’m gonna party on my way down.

Here are some images from Advanced Style that are getting me really excited about my extravagant dressing renaissance.

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All images and quote from Ari at Advanced Style.

Are you pumped?!

I know I am!

xo
Alison

15 shops and sites for hip baby boy clothing

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Well Mr. Rad has been alive for almost 3 whole months! So I thought it was about time I shared some of my favorite places for finding RIDICULOUSLY cute clothes for my tiny man.

Any mom of a boy will tell you, it’s not too hard to find cute clothes for toddler boys at the ‘ol standbys, but trying find adorable pieces for sizes 0-24 months can be QUITE THE CHORE!

I posted my top 15 picks for hip baby boy clothing on my Babble blog.

CHECK IT OUT.

And have a happy weekend!

xo,
Alison

Easy Pavlova Recipe and other Patriotic Fun

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Well last week I had THE MOST fun 4th of July week ever. We threw the kiddos in the ‘ol minivan and headed down to San Diego to stay at my parents and hang out with my siblings. I don’t know exactly why, but it was one of the most fun trips I’ve had to San Diego in a long time. We mostly just played at my parent’s gorgeous house, used their pool and kiddie pool, and watched Ginger have a blast playing with her cousins.

Mr. Rad, like the champion he ALWAYS is, was a total road warrior and didn’t fuss at all the whole drive down or back. He cooed and wooed anyone and everyone, and basically won the BEST BABY EVER AWARD. But duh, we all expected nothing less.

I’m kind of the worst at documenting family fun, I seem to only bust my camera out to shoot craft tutorials…but remember how I’m all about organic blogging these days?! Please witness my seamless weaving of a great recipe for you to try with my family’s summer frolicking…

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I USED THIS EXACT EASY PAVLOVA RECIPE

I’ve wanted to make pavlova for a while and I thought it would be the perfect patriotic dessert, so I used my family as guinea pigs and they turned into hogs. THEY LOVED IT. I’m going to try making some more this week! A pavlova is SHOCKINGLY easy and I promise you can do it. It’s kind of like a meringue and it is best topped with FRESH whipped cream and fruit.

I think it’s a great dessert for a BBQ because it’s light and fairly easy to transport. I just recommend baking the pavlova in advanced, and not putting the whipped cream or fruit on top until RIGHT before serving it.

Here’s a few more pictures of our perfect day, you know, for posterity’s sake.

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Forced family fun!

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My mom bought her three granddaughters matching dresses. They’re from Old Navy so I’m betting you or a loved one own the dress too?!

And here’s our yummy very American BBQ goodies. I love me a good cole slaw. LOVE. And of course, the man of the hour.

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And I had to steal a shot or two of my beautiful sister, Andrea, mom of Josie or Jojo (the older of the two cuzzies) and soon-to-be mama of Rad’s new BFF. Let’s just pretend that’s how I looked at 30 weeks pregnant, mmm k?
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I’m so lucky to have such wonderful family. Look at my mom just loving Rad with every inch of her soul in that picture above. Sigh.

I’m turning into such an old fart, seriously. The smiles of toddlers and smack talking at a game of late night Monopoly are my ideas of true bliss these days. Also the fact that I’m the only one who knows how to work my camera means there’s no way you’re getting a shot of me in a swimsuit. BLISS!

Thanks for indulging me. I hope you’ll try the pavlova! I’ll let you know if I tinker with the recipe!

xo,
Alison

Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.