Nova’s Star-Themed Birthday Party!

Hello friends! I’m here to share some images from Nova’s birthday party. We were celebrating her third birthday, but it was her first birthday as our daughter and I have to say I think I exhibited a lot of self control.

Just kidding. We went all in!

We had no idea how it would all shake out because at Christmas Nova had ZERO interest in gifts and did not seem aware at all that it was a special day. We tried to prepare that she may not understand the whole birthday concept this year, but somehow it all clicked for her. It might have been the daily gifts my mom packed to give her each morning (can’t blame a grandparent for wanting to spoil her!) or hearing the birthday song sung to her by all our friends and family. Whatever it was, it really stuck. She now asks to go to her birthday party every morning (haha!) and tried to open up all Jeremy’s Father’s Day gifts herself.

Anyway! I’ll give you what you came for. Here are the cute party photos …

We kept it pretty simple with food prep. Cakes from Whole Foods (no time to make cakes when you spend three days making cookies—haha), a cheese board (my one and only party “must”) and pizza from our favorite local spot hidden in the kitchen.

We took our time and had a pretty chill party full of adults chatting and children running around wild—as it should be.

Our beautiful birthday girl.

Augh, my heart! One of the happiest, sweetest, best moments of my life.

We love you so much, Nova!

After that, we moved on to the “pool party” entertainment (which entailed a blow-up pool from Amazon and a sprinkler). The kids loved it—it was so cute (and LOUD!).

Friends + family!

Here’s half my friends (assuming the other half were chasing their little kids—haha).

And the grand finale was giving Nova her first car! It was Jeremy’s parents idea and turned out to be something she is having so much fun with. She’s definitely still on her “learners permit” though. Haha.

Thanks for following along!! Our family truly appreciates your love and support! xx. Elsie

Here are a few links I have a feeling you may ask about … pineapple swimsuit (Nova is wearing 18-24 months), party dress (I added the stars with fabric glue), twinkle twinkle banner, moon and stars garland, gold star decals and, of course, the retro ride on car.

Credits/Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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Podcasts to Listen to This Summer

I love podcasts! I mostly listen when I am doing tasks that don’t require a ton of thinking, like folding laundry or editing photos. The summer months present even more time to listen though because sometimes we end up on long car drives or waiting in airports. Trey and I even listened to one of our favorite (comedy) podcasts while we were sitting on the beach on our anniversary trip recently. In case any of you are looking for more podcasts to listen to in the coming months, I figured I’d share some of my favorites.

Also, I have to mention, in case any of you are thinking about starting your own podcast you should check out our latest e-course, Launch a Podcast. It’s super in-depth and taught by three awesome and experienced teachers. I can’t wait to add some of our students’ podcasts to my rotation someday. 🙂

Full disclosure: I am extremely random in the podcasts I like. Or, I guess I should say, it’s not all one genre. So I’ve divided them up into a few categories so hopefully you can find something that suits your tastes from my list. Also I’d love to hear in the comments any podcast recommendations you all want to share, too!

Comedy/Casual 

These are podcasts I listen to when I’m wanting something light and friendly. I would consider these the “beach reads” out of the podcasts I turn to most often. 🙂

How Did This Get Made

Trey turned me on to this podcast a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. This is probably the podcast we listen to together the most (like on road trips) and we even went to see a live taping (recording?) when we were in LA last year. The gist is it’s three comedians plus guests who watch a bad movie and then talk about it. It’s hilarious! Obviously, it’s better if it’s a movie you’ve seen before, but I’ve even listened to episodes about movies I hadn’t seen and loved it.

WTF with Marc Maron

Honestly, this show probably has the best celebrity interviews of any show/podcast that I know of. Maron is just really good at interviewing people and he’s had LOTS of famous actors, musicians, and even politicians on his show over the years.

Young House Love Has a Podcast

John and Sherry are also two of the teachers from Launch a Podcast, and not surprisingly, they have a podcast that I love. It is mostly focused on home stuff (design, renovation, etc.) but it’s also kind of about lots of random things too, like books they’ve read, or what shorts Sherry bought for the summer. 🙂 To me, this is one of those podcasts that feels like I’m just listening in on my friends. It’s totally lovable.

Shailey and Katie’s Lemonade Stand

This is another podcast that talks about a lot of different topics like design, photography, social media, small business, organizing stuff, etc. And it also feels like just listening to two friends chat. I love it! Some of my favorite episodes include #64 Triangle of Productivity (of course I would like that one, right?) and also a lazy girls guide to Whole 30 and getting fit, which is episode #71. And just last week Elsie was on an episode talking about adoption and how it has changed her life (It’s a good one! Go listen!).

Business/Career

I love a podcast that either pumps me up to work hard in my career or gives me more ideas of things I could try in my particular business. Here are a few of my favorite podcasts that do just that.

Smart Passive Income

I love Pat Flynn and his podcast has taught me a lot about online business over the years. Highly recommend to anyone who makes their living online or really any small business owner.

Girl Boss Radio

Sophia Amoruso’s book, Girl Boss, was super inspiring and her podcast is no different. Lots of interesting interviews with very successful women.

Goal Digger Podcast

Jenna’s podcast is fun and uplifting but also very informative for any business lady out there. Lots of different topics as she is both an online business person as well as a photographer.

Elise Gets Crafty

I have a special connection with Elise. I have no idea if she would agree (ha) but I just LOVE her podcast and following her on IG. She’s a goal-orientated creative gal who doesn’t pretend that every project turns out perfect. She’s real. She’s consistent. I find her to be super inspiring. She’s currently writing a book about goal-setting and you better believe I’ll be hopping on that waitlist as soon as I see her post about it. 🙂

Food Blogger Pro

I read WAY too many food blogs. But that’s probably not a surprise to any of you. I have always loved Pinch of Yum and their membership site, Food Blogger Pro, has a podcast hosted by Bjork and it’s super helpful! If you’re a blogger of any kind (you don’t have to be a food blogger), I highly recommend you check out this podcast. My husband was on an episode recently too, talking about apps.

Happiness/Self-Help

I actually don’t have a ton of recommendations in this arena, which is maybe surprising? I think I tend to listen to more audiobooks that fall in this category, so I don’t listen to as many podcasts. But I do have one I really love.

The Bravery Board

This podcast is put together by a group of awesome women who also host events in my hometown (Springfield, Missouri). The episodes cover lots of different topics, so feel free to pick and choose the ones that jump out to you. For anyone else out there who is married or in a relationship, I highly recommend episode #407, Healthy Relationships. I found the advice to be super helpful!

News/Politics

I’ll admit, I’m not great at keeping up with the news. Mainly I just listen to NPR while I’m driving. And I don’t listen to a ton of news/politics-related podcasts, but I do have a few I love.

Embedded

This show is from NPR and really interesting. Usually it’s more of deep dive into a topic that is somewhat current. The most recent season just ended and it was all about the coal industry here in the United States, which I knew very little about, so I liked learning about that. But all the seasons are worth listening to.

Pod Save America

This one is definitely a mix of news and politics. The show is hosted by four former Obama aides. It’s not overly formal like other journalism podcasts; it feels more like a conversation between friends. But I always learn something I didn’t know before. Plus, they have some super inspiring guests on the show in past episodes too. I will say though this is one podcast that is mostly talking about current events, so it’s not as valuable to go back and listen to past episodes.

Revisionists History

This isn’t technically news or politics, but I love Malcom Gladwell and his podcast is very informational in nature (like his books), so I wanted to mention it anyway. I love most of the episodes, but if you’re looking for one to start with, try Season 2 Episode 9 – McDonald’s Broke My Heart.

Crime/Mystery 

Yes, I am one of those people that loves crime and mystery podcasts (and books!). I do kind of consider these entertainment podcasts (meaning I’m not looking to learn or better myself by listening), but some of the ones I listen to also end up being kind of educational, too. For example, I got into True Crime podcasts when I first listened to the first season of Serial (along with the rest of the country, it seemed), and before that I really had never thought about the possibility of wrongful convictions or really thought about the justice system in that way before.

Undisclosed

I started listening to this podcast after the first season of Serial as they also covered the same case because one of the hosts has a personal connection. Since then, they have investigated a lot of different possible wrongful convictions. It’s a super interesting show, although sad and frustrating at times. All of the hosts are also lawyers so it is also very informative and has that perspective.

Criminal

The host of this podcast has my all-time favorite voice, right up there with Terry Gross. Other than that, this one is mostly fun and features a pretty random assortment of stories, all of which center around some kind of criminal activity; there’s modern day serial killers, runaway slaves, and even an episode on sharks.

Lore

This one can be quite spooky, I think of it as the podcast of ghost stories (although not every episodes is about ghosts). Don’t listen to this one when you’re home alone at night.

What are you listening to? xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photo by: Janae Hardy.
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At Work With Daily Disco in St. Louis, Missouri

Hi, friends! It’s been a while since we’ve shared a workspace on the blog. Today, we’re excited to give you a tour of the Daily Disco studio. If you aren’t familiar with Abbey’s work, she’s an embroidery queen who makes custom jean jackets, art prints, and more. Keely and I bought this amazing jacket for Elsie’s baby shower gift and we’ve been obsessed ever since.

Her studio doubles as a workspace and living area. The colors are so bright and happy!

“When hunting for a studio space to give my company Daily Disco room to grow, I stumbled across the second floor of an old school bakery in St. Louis. It was much larger than what I was needing as a studio, but the space, neighborhood, and smell of fresh baked cookies 24/7 sold me. I worked it out with the bakery to fix up the second half as my home! The living space and studio are connected by the kitchen, which helps them feel like two distinct spaces. Before the bakery opened in the 1970s, the building was a dance hall, which makes it the perfect spot for Daily Disco!

The bright studio gets the best natural light, and the rainbow of threads is my favorite part of the decor! It is probably my favorite room, especially when the team is here and the room is filled with music, talking, and the buzz of a chainstitch machine!

The chainstitch machines are all from the 1930s or older. This machine was a gift to me from an 83-year-old couple who saw a news segment I was featured in. The machine was his father’s and they wanted to give it to me so that it could have a new life. I use it everyday, and will never forget the kindness of those strangers.

This lip wall is the first thing you see when you come in, and we painted it as a team! We used this tutorial Laura did on ABM, and did lips instead of eyes.

When I moved in, the space was painted orange and black. I painted all the walls a color called Pink Marage, which brightened up the space. It goes back and forth between pink and white depending on the light. The space that needed the most attention was the kitchen. Since it was an office kitchen, it only had a few cabinets and black laminate counters. I painted the cabinets, redid the countertops, and hardware (all for under $200). I did a huge blog post with all of the details here. My kitchen splurge was a vintage Turkish rug I got from Aladdin Rugs.

My bedroom has a lot of pieces that I’ve brought back from Sayulita in Mexico. I love the color and texture in Mexican culture and it makes me so happy to wake up in it!

This room is my happy place. My great-grandpa built that coffee table in the ’50s and I feel so lucky that it’s mine! The pink couch makes the perfect spot for unwinding after a busy day.”

Such a fun, cozy space! Check out Daily Disco’s embroidery and more at daily_disco on Instagram. 🌈

Credits//Author: Abbey Eilermann. Photography: Emma Lally.
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10 Things I Love Sunday

This week, I’m dreaming of a beach vacation to soak in all the goodness that summer has to offer. I can’t decide though if taking a 1-year-old to the beach is fun and relaxing or so much work that it’s best to just stay home. I can totally see both scenarios happening!

1. Those mules in the photo above are perrrrrrr-fect! I love a good clear detail on a shoe and the strap on this one helps keep the shoe on but makes your foot/leg appear longer than a mule that would have a fully solid front—and it comes in pink too! Maybe I should get those too just in case … (these are the jeans in the pic and they are the softest jeans I’ve ever owned!)

2. My favorite summer dish so far!!

3. Being a working mom has certainly made me view the time that I spend with Lola differently than the time I spent with her before I was back to work full time. I certainly feel the need to make the most of just about every moment I can, so recently we’ve started having girl’s coffee/bottle time on the back porch in the morning while the air is still cool and it’s pretty special. We let the cats out and watch them roam around and annoy each other and she “organizes” Todd’s disc golf discs and picks up the big rocks in our plant beds to hurl them back in. We play our morning playlist and she’ll sit with me on our patio couch and I just smell her hair and hope the moment lasts forever … OK, that’s all before I start crying.

4. This wallpaper would be so pretty to have in a small room like our bathroom—it’s light but has a great print that’s not overwhelming.

5. I think for the rest of my life I will always read “packing for Paris” posts—I’ve only been once (a few years ago) but it’s my favorite trip I’ve ever taken and I just felt very comfortable there with the French way of life and I would love to go back someday. Maybe for a 10th anniversary trip in two years?

6. I spilled paint all over our doormat on my way to do a project recently, but this cutie mat is making me forgot all about what a pain that was to try and clean up. Hmmm, what else can I “accidentally” spill paint on to get a new one?

7. I would love to get one of these this summer since we go through a ridiculous amount of LaCroix and it would save a lot of cans from having to be recycled as well. Does anyone have one? Do you like it? Ideally, I know there are some that use glass bottles and that’s what I would prefer since we try to limit plastic use as much as possible, but I don’t know if that affects the performance or not—let me know if you’ve tried one!

8. We started watching the show Barry this week (it’s on HBO Now) and it’s really funny. It’s about a hit man that wants to become an actor and it’s got Bill Hader from SNL as the lead. I’ve never really seen him before in a serious role, but he’s great! It’s also got Henry Winkler and any opportunity to watch The Fonz in action is fine by me.

9. This is such a cute toy idea! Totally on my list for when Lola gets to that stage.

10. Ordered these for our cookout this week! So cute!

We are adding all our favorite summer items to our wishlist and Pinterest boards, so make sure to check them out to see all the goodies! Maybe if I find a matching swimsuit for Lola and I, I’ll be forced to take that beach trip after all! xo. Laura

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