(Above photo by Shalonda Chaaddock of Chubby Cheek Photography)
I believe the thing I adore most about this magazine gig, is all the fabulous people I have met along the way. I feel like I have friends all over the world now, both contributors and readers. So fabulous. Thank you for all your love and support. I have been getting emails and texts like crazy from so many of you telling me how much you enjoy this latest issue. So thank you, thank you.
At this point I would really love to give a shout out to those who shared so much of their talent to make this issue incredible. So without further ado, here they are….
Candice Ashment – Her blog is truly inspiring. Every time I visit it I am charged with creativity and determination to get all artsy with my kiddos. She has an amazing amount of creative ideas.
Shalonda Chaddock – is the face behind Chubby Cheek Photography. Oh, how I swoon over her creative photos. I was tickled when she accepted to be a part of this issue!
Stephanie Corfee is the artist behind the Choose Joy art created for Ashley of Lil Blue Boo, as well as the fun doodles and drawings used in both The Raising Good Ones article and the Teen Interview. I am in awe of both Stephanie’s talent as well as her generosity. Get to know her better on her beautiful site.
Allyson Drake – What can I say. This girl can truly make or fix anything. I love all of her creative ideas. Her bookend tutorial is truly one you could adapt to fit into any room of your house.
Lori Gehring – Mother and writer extraordinaire. I truly loved reading her wise words from her personal experiences.
Ashley Hackshaw – creator of Lil Blue Boo. What an inspiration. She has been through so many trials and yet she has adapted the motto of Choosing Joy. Love it! Loved her article “How Being Creative Helps Me Choose Joy.”
Brooke Heyman. Not only did she come up with the hairstyles for the fun fun hair doooos piece, she came over and did all the hair and make-up for the Vintage Rose Marie Reid Shoot. This shoot was so much fun. But oh, she must have been doing hair and make-up for 5 hours. She is so creative and talented. And so fun to be around. What more could you ask for in a make-up artist and hair stylist. Check out het blog here.
Julie Martin, creator and owner of ZozobugBaby has so much talent. I love how she says she loves it when kids dress happy. In this issue she shares a creative way to use old children clothes and turn it into a duvet cover. So smart!
Tammy Mitchell is a photographer, scrapbooker, party planner….well, pretty much you name it, she does it. I love to see all her creations over on her site.
Dana Ohlsen wrote the amazing piece, “Raising Good Ones.” So much wisdom wrapped up in that fun article. It was also, her teenage daughter who was the mastermind behind the teen interview. She has so much kindness and talent just oozing out of her. Check out her blog here.
Katie Parker – My girls have been going to Katie for years for her Singers Company Program. Lucky for all of you, it is spreading all over the country. Such a fun way for girls to learn to perform in a nonthreatening environment. As I have seen her cheer on so many little girls year after year, as well as her own four children, I knew she was the one to ask write this article. So fun!
Kate T. Parker – Yes! Did you catch that. We have a Katie Parker and a Kate T. Parker. Kate T. Parker is a photographer that inspires me to capture my everyday more. I just love her kids after just viewing her photographs. They are so full of life. So full of emotion. So much personality. Check out her work. You too will be inspired to grab your camera to capture the art of the mundane.
Allison Royer is the face behind BDG Style. She has impeccable taste with creative ideas on how to use your space. I just love everything she does.
Ashlee Raubach, long time friend and photographer has a way of capturing interior design like no one else. The beautiful shots in Alison’s article were taken by Ashlee. But she is also incredibly talented in Wedding Photography as well as Lifestyle. Find her work here.
Kelly Stocksen is so fabulous. Such a wonderful Mother and Photographer. In this issue she shares ways to get our children to make service a focus this Summer. Check out the S.O.S. Summer Facebook Page.
(Choose Joy created by Stephanie Corfee )
Alright, if you haven’t ordered your copy of the magazine now do so here. To have it in hand all printed up is so lovely! You really must get a copy to see all the beauty these contributors created.