How did you meet? In 2006, I was assigned to Josh’s younger sister’s cheerleading squad as a Junior Coach. Josh, being the supportive brother he is, would come to watch Taylor’s practices and games, and their mom, Lori, introduced Josh to the Junior coaching staff as he was entering the same school the coaches attended. As the next two years went on, Josh and I became part of the same group of friends since I cheered for the Souderton High School cheerleading squad, and Josh played football for the same team. On November 24th, 2008, Josh (finally) asked me to be his girlfriend, and the rest is history!

clarkTell me a little about the proposal… In August of 2015, I invited Josh to go on a business trip with me for a few days. Little did I know, the Sunday before we left on the trip, Josh took a trip of his own to Jeweler’s Row in Philadelphia with his step-dad, Dan, and purchased an engagement ring. When the trip came to an end, Josh asked me to dinner at Villa Vito while family and friends gathered at Josh’s parent’s house. On August 28th, after dinner, Josh brought me to his parent’s house and acted as if our parents were sitting in the backyard to convince me to head to the back of the house. As we entered the backyard, Josh’s family had our song, A Thousand Years (Part 2) by Christina Perry, playing over the outdoor stereo system. There were rose petals strewn across the stairs and patio in the shape of a heart under the deck. Bistro lights were strung from the trees, lanterns were illuminated next to photographs taken over the 6 and half years of our relationship, and on a table was champagne flutes, a beautiful bouquet of flowers, and a small black box. Josh, after telling me how much he loved me, got down on one knee and popped the question, which I answered without hesitation, blurting out the words “of course”.

What surprised you most about planning your wedding? What surprised me most about planning our wedding was how many details have to be carefully planned out, and how fast 2 years goes by when you’re planning a wedding. Every piece of the wedding has about 20 other tasks that need to be completed, and every detail needs to be considered. Things don’t magically happen for you, who knew?!

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding? I found our parents to be great resources for planning. Our parents have great networks of friends and professionals they trust, which was very helpful with finding vendors. Josh and I wanted to utilize smaller businesses for most of our vendors because it’s very important to work with and promote your community.   

Clark_Stationary2What was your inspiration for your wedding day details? Our theme was rustic, and Pinterest certainly provided a lot of inspiration. We knew we wanted to get married at Normandy Farm which utilizes the old dairy barn as their ballroom, so that provided a great starting point. There were some details that we knew we wanted to keep simple and elegant, like our invitations (which were so beautiful!) and the centerpieces at the reception (which consisted of a lantern, a white candle, and babies breath around the lantern). On the other hand, there were details that I had my heart set on which were a bit more glamorous like our cake which had purple ombre cascading sugar flowers, and our place cards which were actually rocks that my sister hand-wrote.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?  My favorite thing about our wedding is so difficult to pinpoint! I loved that we wrote our own vows, even though Josh was the one who wanted to do so. They were so personal and meaningful, and naturally we ended them with an impromptu high-five because neither of us broke down sobbing (although we were both close to doing so). Something else we loved and was very popular was the mashed potato bar during cocktail hour.

Best part of the wedding planning?  The best part of wedding planning was the time we spent with our parents. I had the opportunity to spend a lot of one on one time with my Mom while planning the wedding and it meant a lot to us that our parents were so involved with helping us to create the Best Day Ever (another theme of the night)! Although they were very involved, they let us make all of the decisions from start to finish.

What advice will you give your friends getting married?  I would say don’t sweat the small stuff on the day of the wedding. You can sweat the small stuff leading up until your rehearsal dinner, but after that you have to let everything take it’s course. And the day will be perfect regardless if something happens unexpectedly on the wedding day. You most likely won’t even know about it until the following day anyway.

Some fun facts about our wedding:

  • The groom and groomsmen all wore superhero socks with their tuxes. Josh and I are huge Marvel/DC fans, and wanted to incorporate that into our wedding without it being over the top. Our favors were also Marvel Avengers shaped cookies handmade by a family friend.
  • I ended up wearing my Betsy Johnson high heels for an hour worth of pictures before the ceremony. They had blue soles (my something blue) and matched my dress perfectly. However, I am NOT a high heel girl, and even Clark_Stationary3though I worked really hard to break in my shoes, I ended up taking them off 5 minutes before walking down the aisle. Thank God my sister, Rebecca, had gifted me with blue-soled, nude Tieks the night of my rehearsal dinner, so I wore them down the aisle instead.
  • Something borrowed: My mother’s earrings she wore on her wedding day
  • Something blue: the soles of my shoes
  • Something old: the pence I wore in my shoe during the ceremony. It’s an old tradition meant to bring good luck to the couple if worn in the bride’s left shoe. My mother did this during her wedding as well. And, the pence was from 1971, the year mom was born! More on the tradition here: http://www.weddingwindow.com/blog/and-a-sixpence-in-her-shoe/ 
  • Something new: My mother-in-law gifted me with the perfect necklace to wear with my gown.

Please tell me about your vendors…

Ceremony Location: The Garden at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center

Reception Location: The Grand Ballroom at Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center

Photographer: Daniel and Britney Eppehimer from Blacklevel Photography 

Florist: Willow & Thistle  

DJ: Frank Raffa from Sound Sensation DJs

Invitations and programs: The AMAZING Amy Hammond from Stone Hill Paperie  (thanks Lauren!)

Uplighting: Provided by Willow & Thistle. However, the gobo lighting monogram on the dance floor was provided by Sound Sensation.

Photobooth: Sound Sensation DJs

Dress: Dress made by Tara Keely. Purchased at La Bella Moda in Conshohocken 

Transportation: Provided by bride’s grandfather for the bridal party! 

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Save the Dates
Since save the dates are typically simple, ordering these a month before sending should give your stationery designer plenty of time to set up your designs, have them printed and do any assembly that might be required (depending on their workload at the time).

When to mail your save the dates:
– a year ahead of time for a destination wedding
– 8-10 months ahead for a summer wedding
– 6-8 months ahead for a local weddingimg_2030.jpg

Invitations
Schedule a time to meet with your designer or stationer 4-6 months prior to the wedding. Allow an extra month for a destination wedding.

When to mail your invitations:
– 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date
– 3 months prior to your wedding date for a destination wedding

A Note on the Response Date: If it works for your caterer’s schedule, I always recommend that your response date be one month prior to the wedding, on the same number date. So if you are getting married on May 13th, your response date would be April 13th. My reasoning for this is to keep that number date in your guests’ minds, it gives you a week to follow up with the people that haven’t replied (there are always those people) and time to make your table arrangements. That allows 2 1/2 weeks for your stationer/designer to have the cards for seating or seating chart made. I have found that this has worked with my schedule. Check with your stationer/designer to make sure this works for them as well.Capizzi-Vitro Wedding - 2317Day-of Wedding Stationery
A good rule of thumb for ordering escort cards, table cards, or seating charts, etc. is 4-6 weeks prior to the wedding.
Programs, menus, wedding day signage, napkins (basically anything you want printed for your wedding day) can be started as soon as the invitations go out if you have all of the information. needed.

Correspondence Cards
I recommend ordering correspondence cards (or thank you notes) at the same time as the programs and seating cards (4-6 weeks prior to the wedding). Of course, this doesn’t work if you are planning to use a wedding photo for your stationery.

A good rule of thumb is to mail your thank you notes a month after the wedding. This isn’t always possible when waiting for a picture to use from your photographer. The turnaround time for having digitally printed photo cards is relatively quick, so just do the best you can.

My best advice on thank you notes: do a limited number of cards each day until you are done with your list. The hand cramps from trying to do them all at once is no fun – trust me on that one. Also, enlist your spouse to help!

I hope these tips help in  your wedding planning/scheduling!

first name signatureFeel free to reach out to Stone Hill Paperie if you have any questions:
amy@stonehillpaperie.com
484.802.2645

 

 

 

 

 

I recently had the pleasure of working with newlyweds, MaryLynn and Josh, on their wedding invitations. What a fun couple! I hope you enjoy getting to know them a little. That dancing picture! It just makes me smile.


How did you meet?  Joshua and I met during our Sophomore year of college at Kutztown University. We lived in the same dorm and had a few mutual friends. Joshua noticed me studying with one of his roommates in the study lounge and it was only a matter of time before he swept me off my feet with his magic card tricks.

Tell me a little about the proposal… After just about 6 years together, Joshua decided to propose! He came up with his master plan (which didn’t quite go as planned). We traveled to Citizens Bank park to see The Zac Brown Band in concert. The proposal was planned for before the concert but Josh had to improvise when he realized we would be late, partially because of traffic and partially due to my lackadaisical manner of getting ready for the night (obviously I had no idea about all the scheming that had taken place)!
After the concert, we traveled to Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn’s Landing. We posed for a photo together in one of the over-sized wooden chairs when Joshua jumped off to get down on one knee. I said YES and the rest is history!

What surprised you most about planning your wedding?  It was a lot less stressful than I had thought it would be! LISTS were my best friend. As the actual day approached, I found myself constantly running through everything I had to do in my head. It got overwhelming so I started writing down every single thing I thought of. Whether it was in the Notes app on my phone, a notepad on my night stand, or a sticky note at work. This helped me with all the tiny details I knew were important. No need for any unnecessary stress… this is a day I wanted to ENJOY… not worry about!

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding? My photographer, Caroline Morris Photography, was one of my best resources. I was struggling to come up with a logical timeline for the day. When I asked her opinion, she had it covered. She has done so many weddings, she knew exactly what needed to be included in the timeline and what smaller details didn’t necessarily need to factored in. She actually did the timeline for me which was a giant weight off my shoulders!
In addition, the Barn on Bridge had a wonderful checklist that I referred to often. It was lengthy, about 5 pages or so of small print, but had tons of information that when I had first read it, had never even crossed my mind (I almost forgot to book a hotel room for Josh and I – Ha!). It was overwhelming during the early stages of planning, but as the date approached, everything kind of just fell into place and I was checking off every little box. Such a good feeling!!

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?  The venue itself was my inspiration. The restored barn feels nothing like a typical “horse barn” and has been so beautifully refurbished. I call it “rustic-chic,” which was ultimately the theme for our wedding. Some vintage touches like my lace dress and the groomsmen’s thin brown suspenders and thin ties rounded everything out. It is so easy to get caught up in some of the “over-the-top” ideas on Pinterest, but with the Barn on Bridge, less is more because it already has so much of it’s own charm and character.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?  Our “first look” was the best part of the day for me! Originally, I was against the idea of seeing Josh before the ceremony. The first look was such a good decision because it saved us so much time. Instead of doing bridal party photos during the cocktail hour, we did them before the ceremony and got to enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests! I am an emotional person in general, so it helped me get some of the nervousness (and tears) out before walking down the aisle. It was also really nice for us to be able to see each other in private (except for the photographer) before everyone else got to see us. And the photos of that moment – WOW!!

Best part of the wedding planning?  I am an Event Coordinator for a small, local catering company so I am always planning events for my clients. It was amazing to be able to focus on my own event plans for a change!

What advice will you give your friends getting married?  In the end, everything will come together. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I was pleasantly surprised at how willing to help all of my vendors were, and let’s face it… THEY are the real experts! Listen to their opinions and be willing to change your mind on things you thought you had been set on. I wound up changing the color of my bridesmaid’s dresses on a whim at the actual dress shop. We went from light pink to a more dramatic burgundy and it was one of the best decisions I made while planning.

Mary Lynn & Josh’s wedding vendors were:
Ceremony & Reception Location: Barn on Bridge
Photographer: Caroline Morris Photography, Philadelphia, PA
Florist: Enchanted Florist, Skippack, PA
Music: DJ Paul Evans, Silver Sound Entertainment, Philadelphia, PA
Invitations: Invitations by Stone Hill Paperie
Hair: Justin Magdule
Makeup: Yvette Delgado
Transportation: Chics Limousine, Blue Bell, PA

 

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Gabrielle and her fiance (now husband), Ben. They knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding and they were very good at expressing it (which I love)!

I thought it would be fun to interview Gabrielle about her experience planning her wedding. She answered my questions, like she does everything, deep from the heart and with excitement! Enjoy…

How did you & Ben meet? Ben and I officially met through mutual friends. We knew each other’s names from around town, but never really were in one another’s presence. I sing at the church we got married in and from time to time, Ben would come to church. As he would walk up the aisle to receive holy communion, he would always attempt to make eye contact with me and smile at me. I would smile back, but I was never truly interested in him. I guess he admired me though. Hence why he always had the cheesiest smile on his face! Eventually friends linked us up and we were together ever since!

Tell me a little about the proposal…
I was definitely thrown off-guard! A little history first about the actual “date.” Ben proposed to me on Friday, February 26, 2016. The number “26” has always been a special number to us because we both were born on the 26th. Ben in June and I in May. So our proposal was special right off the bat because it involved “our” number. That day, Ben and I spent the entire day doing activities that we have done throughout the 5 years we had been dating. We went out to breakfast at our favorite breakfast spot, got a couples massage and then went for a walk in Valley Forge Park. This was the very spot that I recalled 5 years ago taking a walk with Ben and realizing I was falling for him. And since that time, we continuously enjoyed our walks there and even began riding bikes there! So it was pretty appropriate that he end up proposing to me in the park. Surprisingly, the weather was gorgeous on February 26th. We began walking and made our way to the chapel that resides in the park. He picked the perfect spot to propose. It happened under the Rivendell Arches of the chapel. It was private, surreal, beautiful and genuine. I could barely raise my voice above a whisper to say, “Yes,” when he popped the infamous question. What a beautiful way to begin the very start of our newest adventure together. It was perfect!

What surprised you most about planning your wedding?
I would say how easy planning was for me. Granted, I am exceptionally organized, but numerous brides kept telling me about the stresses of planning a wedding and I can honestly say, there was not one point that I felt “stressed.” I can only hope other brides encounter a similar experience!

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding?
My best resource was without a doubt, my sister. Christina and her husband, Denny, got married only 4 months prior to Ben and myself. So she was most knowledgeable and helpful when it came to any questions or thoughts I had!

 

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?
I would have to say, the summer. Ben and I got married on August 26th, so I knew from the very start of planning our wedding, that I wanted it to be light, airy, summery and romantic. I believe all seasons are easy to plan a wedding in, but I had the most fun planning my wedding in the summertime! Everything about it was easy and breezy. A true summer wedding is what we ended up having 🙂

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?                                  It is probably cliché to say, but my favorite memory was walking down my long church aisle to the love of my life. It’s a beautiful moment when you really sit back and think about it. The first love of your life is standing right next to you walking you down to the most recent love of your life only a few steps in front of you. I enjoyed and took in every step that I walked with my Dad. And I did not once take my eyes off of Ben. He was my only focus. It was a special moment when my Dad gave me away. It was in that moment when he handed me over to my soon-to-be husband that he gave Ben a mere look with his eyes. I knew exactly what he was trying to convey to him – to take care of his baby the way he had taken care of her for the past 29 years. So far, Ben is doing an exceptional job at it!

Best part of the wedding planning?
For me, the best part of planning was planning every single detail with both my sister and my Mom. We are extremely close as it is, but if possible, I think the planning of both of our weddings brought us even closer. We enjoyed every minute and talked every day about everything! Of course the groom’s were included at times, but let’s be honest, it’s usually the brides who handle the majority of the planning!!

What advice will you give your friends getting married?
First of all, the best advice I can give is, make sure your wedding speaks of YOU and your FIANCE! If you both are huge Disney fans, let it be known on the biggest day of your life! It is YOUR day – it has to and should be a reflection of the both of you! Also, your wedding does not need to be over-the-top. No need to break the bank. If both the bride and groom are present, what else do you need? It’s the two of you that are most important and key! Finally, truly soak up every single minute. It’s an overwhelming but phenomenal day! Take your time walking down the aisle, breathe and enjoy yourself! It’s one day, but the memories will last you a lifetime!

Please tell me about your vendors…
Ceremony Location: Holy Saviour Church
Reception Location: The Manor House at Commonwealth
Photographer: David Justo
Videographer: EAV Productions (Craig DiMaio)
Florist: Floral Expressions by Jennifer (Jennifer McGlaughlin)
DJ: Craig Haywood
Invitations and programs: STONE HILL PAPERIE!! (Amy Hammond)
Dress: Martina Liana (Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion)
Transportation: Limo Today

I was recently asked by a friend about thank you notes. She had just received a thank you note for a wedding gift that she had given to a couple. “The thank you note was pre-printed, they didn’t even sign it. Is that what people are doing now?”

After a wedding it is A LOT of work to write those thank you notes. I get it, believe me. Hand cramps from writing 150 thank you notes are no laughing matter. But here’s the thing; when people attend your wedding and buy a gift for you or give you money, a hand-written thank you note is much more personal. It tells the gift giver that you value the time and expense that they spent on you.

As a stationer, the more design and printing jobs I get, the better. If you want me to print the note for you, I will. Please also know that I will leave enough space at the bottom for a personal note and your own signature. I know, I’m a pain that way.

My advice is to write 5 notes a day until you are done and mail them all at once when you are finished. You’ll be glad you did it and your guests will definitely feel more appreciated.

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FullSizeRender 4I am feeling the need for a little fun, creative challenge this summer! Help me out and comment with a theme that you would like to see as a wedding invitation. I’ll pick one each week and attempt to design an invitation suite based on that theme.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with for me!

Wedding invitations are a small part of the big day, but they play a major role. Your invitations are the first impression your guests will see of your wedding day. Here are 5 things to think about when choosing and ordering wedding invitations:

  1. How do you picture your wedding?

Tara and TimWill your guests be dressed to the nines,
dancing late into the night in an elegant ballroom with champagne in hand? Or will they be dressed casually, dancing in the grass under twinkly lights with a mason jar in hand? There are so many different wedding styles, themes and colors. They sky is the limit! Think about the type of affair it will be and work with your invitation designer or stationer to choose the invitation that will best convey the style of the event to your guests.

2. What is your invitation budget?

You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to get Norabeautiful invitations. If you discuss your budget and the style of wedding you are hosting with your invitation designer or stationer, you will most likely be able to come up with the perfect invitation to meet your needs.

3. Are you communicating everything to your guests that you need to?

Chances are you can picture your wedding in your mind and you  know exactly how you want things to be. The more you can communicate with your guests about the big day, the better. You want things to go smoothly Mollyand you want to have a great time, but you are also hosting A LOT of people on a very important day to you. Part of being a good host or hostess is letting your guests know things that might be important to them to ensure they have a good time and relax too.

Things like… If you are having an outdoor wedding, it’s always good to let people know if you’ll be in the grass – it’s hard to have fun when your heels are sinking into the ground. Or… If there is a shuttle service from the hotel to the venue, that is great information to share.  Depending on your plans, there may be other things you’ll want your guests to know ahead of time.

4. Do you have a wedding website?

Wedding websites can be created for free FullSizeRender 2on weddingwire.com or theknot.com and can save you money too! Many of my clients at Stone Hill Paperie opt to include a website card rather than a directions card and an accommodations card. The website card sends your guests to your wedding website where they can find all of the wedding details. Keep the website name as short and simple as possible like the image to the right – some websites have really long names that just don’t look good in print.

5. How do you plan to address your envelopes?

Would you want a calligrapher to handwrite your guest addresses? Would you want your stationer to print them? Or do you have great handwriting? Those are all good options depending on your budget. Tip – stay away from sticking labels on your invitation envelopes. For something as special as this, that label makes it seem much more ordinary. I would rather see your personal handwriting any day!

The question I get asked most often by couples is, how much do wedding invitations cost? My answer is always, that depends on a lot of factors.

  • How many invitations do you need?
  • What pieces do you need?
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  • What print method do you prefer?
  • What type of paper are you choosing?
  • Are you looking for embellishments?

Number of Invitations: A good rule in estimating the number of invitations you need is to divide the number of guests you are inviting by 2 and add 15%. If you are inviting 250 people, that would
be 144 invitations.

What pieces do you need?: This is part personal preference and part etiquette.

Church Wedding – Traditionally, the items needed are the invitation, invitation envelope, reception card, response card and response card envelope.

Reception Wedding – If the ceremony is taking place at the reception site, you can eliminate the reception card and note “reception immediately following” at the bottom of the invitation.

Destination Wedding – Destination weddings tend to include more pieces because they usually entail more than the wedding. When people are traveling and making a long weekend of the wedding, typically the couple will plan other activities and will then include some sort of itinerary for the weekend events. Also, additional information for travel plans is appropriate.

Album Order vs. Custom OrderWhen ordering from an album, the prices are set. It’s simple to price things out and at times, the companies that provide the albums will sometimes offer promotions. This doesn’t happen very often, but is a great help when you can take advantage of a good deal. Custom orders require more time to estimate, some times they may require more time to print & assemble and, of course, you have to add in the time it takes to design a custom invitation. Custom invitations can be competitive with invitations from albums, but more often, they are slightly higher priced. You should also allow for more time in placing your order. If you plan to order custom designed invitations, 6 months before your wedding is a good time to meet with your stationer or designer. If you wait too long, rush charges may apply.

What type of print do you prefer?: The print method you choose can make a huge difference in the price of your invitations. I’ll go more into depth in a separate blog post on these shortly, but for now, this is the breakdown in regards to pricing:

Letterpress, Foil, Engraving, Embossing – $$$  These print methods are all absolutely gorgeous and add a lot of texture to your invitaitons.

Thermography, Offset Printing  – $$  Thermography is a raised print (similar to engraving). Offset printin is flat printing. This is the middle of the road on price.

Digital Printing – $  Digital printing is done by computer (similar to home printers, but on a much larger scale). This is the lowest price point for printing invitations.

fullsizerender-3What type of paper are you choosing?There is a huge variety of paper options. If you have ever been to my studio, you have seen the crazy amount of paper swatch books I have to choose from. There are smooth papers, papers with a “tooth”, metallic or pearl papers, glitter paper, paper that is lightly embossed to look like tree bark, sheer papers, iridescent papers, and almost every color paper you can imagine. Paper also comes in many different weights or thickness. Some paper is better for different types of printing than others. This is where it is good to work with a professional so they can recommend the best paper for your particular job. As far as pricing goes – the more simple the paper, the less expensive it tends to be.

Are you looking for embellishments? Embellishments can be pocketfolders, bandwraps, ribbon, jewels, labels, wax seals, lace, twine, etc. There are so many options for personalizing invitations with embellishments! This is also where you can spend a lot of money or save. I usually give my clients the option to DIY the embellishments. That allows them to dress up their invitations without paying for someone else to glue jewels or tie bows. You can use embellishments to make a very simple invitation a little more special.

It’s tough to answer that question, “How much do wedding invitations cost?”  But there are many ways to accomplish a goal. I invite clients to come to the studio with a budget in mind, choose the ultimate invitation and we’ll take it from there. A couple might love a letterpress invitation in a pocketfolder, but the budget only allows for a digitally printed invitation with a bandwrap holding all of the pieces together. The wedding guests never saw the pocketfolder, so it is still the perfect invitation!

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My Bullet Journal

I have been bullet journaling for nearly a year now. (If you’re a planner addict like I am – you seriously need to check this out!) I started compiling lists of monthly favorites last month. Here’s my list from December 2016:

Favorite Restaurant:   Edge Restaurant  Edge is in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We went for a late birthday dinner with some great friends. The food here was SO. GOOD. From beginning to end. Every dish. And we had a lot of them. But the dark chocolate, salted caramel tart – holy guacamole! It was a shortbread crust filled with salted caramel, topped with chocolate ganache. On the side was this insanely good rosemary whipped cream and some crystallized ginger. I have been dreaming about this all month. Guess where the Hammonds will be spending their Valentine’s dinner this year? Disclaimer: if you know me, at home – I hate going out for Valentine’s Day! But our Valentine’s dinner on another night will be at Edge!

Favorite Computer Expert: Matt Hofmann at FusionMac    If you read my last post, you’ll know I had a rough spell with Quickbooks last year (again, completely my fault). Matt has always come through for me. He recommends computers, repairs computers (whether he recommended them or not). Seriously, Matt is so patient and reassuring (even when someone calls him in a panic, tearing their hair out that they’ve deleted 6 years of their financial history). If you need someone to take care of your computer issues and mishaps, Matt is your man! You can reach Matt at matt@fusionmac.com. Make sure you tell him that I sent you!

Favorite Book:  The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod   I actually read this book in November, but it made the most impact on my life in December. If you can get past the need for some better editing, the content is life changing. Seriously. I have made some serious changes in my life since reading this book. I love a good self-help book! A little inspiration goes a long way for me. But this book actually encouraged me to make daily changes. And I made them; little by little. As I am writing this, I am getting ready to get back to my routine with the kids’ school and our regular schedule kicking back into full gear tomorrow after the holiday break. And I am looking forward to it. Really! Feeling like something needs to give in your life? It might be you. Read this book.

Favorite App: Routinist, available for Apple and Android products. I love this app, because I can enter my own personal list of things I want to get done for the morning and evening; with timers. I know, there are a lot of people who just do what they need to do daily without any prompts. I am not one of those people. This app serves as a reminder of all of the things I would like to complete on a daily basis. It helps me a lot. If I didn’t have these reminders, I might be inclined to read or watch TV all night and hit snooze all morning.

Lesson Learned: Hard lesson learned, back up your computer regularly! And not to a folder that you might delete when your computer seems a little slow. Back it up to an external hard drive and make sure that it actually goes there. Trust me.

2016 was a roller coaster of a year for Stone Hill Paperie. Website issues affected my wedding season greatly and a Quickbooks fail (completely my fault) led to some hard lessons learned. I never felt like throwing in the towel as much as I did this past year. But the fact is I just can’t give it up. I’m hooked bad. I love this business too much.

Each year I have had the opportunity to learn more and to have clients that trust me to find a way to get the job done & done well. I love the challenges, the people, and their stories that ultimately lead them to the designs I have the pleasure to work on.

On top of all of this, I have met the most amazing group of women. We have a small business group called “Roots”. They are talented, inspiring and uplifting women/entrepeneurs/disciples/mothers/leaders and have brought SO much to my business and my life. roots-copy

With all of this amazingness, how could I possibly quit this? No towel throwing here. In fact, I’m ready 2o17. Bring it on! This will be my best year yet. Are you with me?