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Third Birthday Party

Abby from Beijos Events threw her son, Jett, a fun 3rd birthday party with the most beautiful details! She asked me to do a couple of signs for the celebration, and the entire event is on 100 Layer Cake-let blog today, as well as the Beijos Blog. I absolutely love how she decorated and preserved the memories with Cassie Green Photography. Check out the full gallery and post here.

Happy 3rd Birthday Jett!

Styling/Design/Flowers: Beijos Events / Photography: Cassie Green / Custom Invites: Good on Paper / Wooden Menu + Cocktail Signage: Brown Fox Calligraphy / Pillows/Napkins: Boho Pillow / Rad Stamp:Poppy Paper Stamp Co. / Desserts: The Sugar Studio / Tattoos, Ballons, and Yippe Sign: The Printed Palette

Pencils of Promise

I feel extremely fortunate to have met such incredible people in college and to see them take meaningful actions to change this world. One of those friends, Michael Pelehach, has been teaching for the last 8 months in Bulgaria, and just launched a campaign with his high school students as a way of challenging them and opening their eyes to the world. I am so excited to share this project with all of you because it's a reminder that everyone is capable of making an impact, and teaching the youth of our world about what they can contribute is the most valuable lesson!

From Mike...

Knowing my students are highly capable of achieving big things, I was troubled by two observations:

1. There is an alarming lack of philanthropy and volunteerism in Bulgaria
2. Many Bulgarians have a sense of pessimism that is a huge barrier to accomplishing big things; I think of it as almost a “communist hangover” effect

As their teacher, I refuse to let them succumb to this mentality, as it will impede them from reaching their full potential. To directly challenge these aspects of Bulgarian culture, I started catering my class content towards inspiring and empowering topics to teach my students that they possess the skills to truly make a difference in the world (crowdsourcing, leadership, fundraising, and community action).

These efforts built up to our big challenge:

through the Pencils of Promise organization. Mike and his class's campaign began yesterday, and their goal is to raise the $25,000 in 25 school days (ending on May 1st).

Pencils of Promise is a tax-deductible, non-profit organization. To sweeten the deal, they have their overhead covered, so that 100% of donations go directly towards constructing a school.

If you're interested and impressed by this amazing undertaking, you can see the video Mike's class made and donate here! You can also follow Mike's class on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! All of these accounts are run by his students to help keep you updated on the progress of the campaign.

AND...

To show my own support, 100% of proceeds from shop purchases until May 1st will be donated to the cause! I hope you all will consider supporting such an inspiring campaign and let me know if you have any further questions or want more information!

Custom Phone Case

I cannot believe I forgot to post this awesome gift I had made for a friend's birthday months (upon months) ago! I guess it is because I had it finished way before her birthday and took these photos at that time, and had to keep my mouth shut about it until I gave her the gift. Not a very good excuse though, because I love how it turned out.

I made one of my very good friends a custom iPhone case. 

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She has talked to me about her goal to live in Paris, so I thought this saying was a perfect reminder to never give up on her dream. Love you, Kait!

Vacation Time

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I am excited that for the next 10 days, I will be traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia with R! We are going to be visiting Hanoi, Siem Reap (for Angkor Wat), and Phnom Penh. I have never been to Southeast Asia, and I am most looking forward to the delicious food. I'm hoping I don't get too sick, but I have lots of medicine just in case. I'll be back 8/23, but while I'm gone I will still be instagramming.... especially since I am participating in an awesome giveaway happening while I'm gone!

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