Monday, July 21, 2014

Glambanners is ONE!

Happy 1st anniversary to Glambanners, my glittery little labor of love.  I was over 5 months pregnant when I decided to open up my Etsy shop last July.  Truth be told, I had reserved the name "Glambanners" about a year before that, but was too lazy/confused/overwhelmed on how to file a business with the lovely state of Illinois.  I attended a seminar by the fabulous Rockford Etsy Team on how to start up your shop and was quickly encouraged to just open it up - the paperwork can come second!  I opened up shop as soon as I got home and life has been different ever since!  I opened the shop because my husband told me I needed a hobby, so I thought a hobby that I can make a little money off of - that sounds like a great plan to me!  I would sell a couple of banners a week and set aside my profits for Christmas present money and if anything was left over, dump it in the vacation fund.  So here we are, over 365 days and 1,050 Etsy sales later, not only do we have our Christmas fund and our vacation fund, but the glitter covering my entire house is now taking charge of the girls' college funds, not to mention lots of extras - new fun updates for the house (kitchen pictures coming soon!), cute clothes in our closets and an absolutely fabulous concert line up! 

Needless to say, I am shocked, slightly overwhelmed at times, but so happy.  I never in my wildest dreams thought this little shop would be so successful!  While I am still working on a work/stay at home mom life balance, every day I am adapting a little more to the volume and demands of Etsy, all while trying to raise our 2 little munchkins the best that I can.  Glambanners is pretty steadily growing every month, but I feel so blessed that I have found a way to utilize my passion for party planning, weddings and glitter in a way that allows me to be at home all day, every day, with my girls.  Planning weddings and parties was truly my first love and so I am fortunate to have found that I actually can have my {wedding} cake, and eat it too!  My hopes for year 2 is to continue growing the business, but keeping my girls and my husband my #1 priority.  My shop is evolving every week with new slogans and products and I am just having so much fun!   The custom orders are my favorite part - they always turn out so cute and I love many of them so much that I add them to my shop!

So in honor of playing with glitter for 365 days, I wanted to share some of my favorites!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

8 Months!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

4th of July

So I realize 4th of July was last Friday, not today, but since it was such a busy week in Glambanner world, I didn't get a chance to get my pictures off my camera/edited until now!  Our 4th of July was awesome - just how I pictured it - afternoon margaritas with girlfriends, pool time, kids popping pull-string poppers and finger painting fireworks, a delicious dinner from the grill and an amazing fireworks show courtesy of downtown Rockford!  My Avery may have an irrational fear to many, many things, but thankfully, fireworks are not one of them! 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

7 Months

I'm well aware that I am about 3 weeks late in this post, but when your camera takes a swim in your friend's pool, you have no choice but to wait until your new camera arrives to take the picture!   Harper is 7 months and is so much fun!  She truly is such a happy baby, always smiling and laughing.  Happy babies are always cute, but it makes me especially happy after 9 weeks of nasty colic when she was a newborn.  I was nervous she would never stop screaming and crying and am so glad that those days are long, long, long gone!

* sleeping - still great!  bedtime is between 7-7:30pm and she's in her crib until 8am.  Naps at10 and 2, so she is really only awake for a couple hours at a time.  I thank my lucky stars every day that she is a great sleeper! 
* eating - this chick looooooooves food.  she screams for another spoonful before she even swallows.  this mama can not move fast enough.  so far she has tried a whole bunch of stuff - applesauce, pears, sweet potato, peas, pumpkin, banana, broccoli applesauce, and so far the only thing she has refused are green beans!  She is also a huge fan of puffs!  we are up to 3 bottom teeth - nothing on top yet!
* playing - ms. harper is getting into everything!  she can crawl as quick as a spider and is pulling up on everything.  anything and everything goes into her mouth so i try and keep plenty of toys spread around each room that we are in to keep her out of trouble.  such a fun age, but so hard to get things done when you have 1 eye on her at all times.
* wearing - 6/9 month clothes + pjs and size 2 diapers.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Twas a Pinteresting Father's Day

Wow, first post in over 2 weeks.  Just call me slacker!  I know Father's Day has come and gone, but since I am a lover of Pinterest, I just wanted to give credit where credit is due to my Pinterest friends for hooking me up this year!  My dad & husband got a Pinterest board for Father's Day ... what did your dads get?! :)

All About My Daddy printable found here.

 DIY bookmark found here.

 All About Grandpa printable found here.

 Beer printables found here

Gift wrap by Glambanners

And for my brother, who is not yet a father, but is closing on his first house this week, inspiration found here.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Let's Get Patriotic

Because I can't resist having my house decorated for the holidays, any holiday for that matter, I throw up my red, white + blue stuff up at the end of May for Memorial Day and keep it up through the middle of July for the 4th.  This year I got lazy and reused my wreath and fireplace banner, but since my bar cart is new, I couldn't resist styling that up a bit!  Check out the cocktail napkins - "Party Like It's 1776." Now, that's something I can get behind!
Straws, Star Garland - Glambanners
Bar Cart - Target
Ice Bucket, Shaker, Napkins - Pier 1
Cake Stand - Home Goods