family fall style board

Fall is undoubtedly the preferred time of year for family photos. The temps are comfortable, the trees are gorgeous and the fashion is fantastic. Having photographed many families over the years I know it’s not everyone’s idea of fun to pull a look together for the entire crew. That being said it should come as no surprise that I happen to love it. So much so in fact that I thought it might be fun to create a style board for you guys.  An easy to wear look that would photograph beautifully against a natural fall backdrop.  Here are a few tips to creating something similar:

  • keep the color palette simple.  One main bold color (mustard) with a secondary accent color (oxblood) will have just enough brightness to keep things fun and interesting without being cluttered with color.
  • black, brown, grey & denim are always neutral.  And they love each other.  They are your best asset to pulling everything together.
  • mix patterns thoughtfully.  The floral is the star, the polka dot is the costar and the gingham is an extra with no lines.  May sound crazy to mix all those yet with just the right amount of each they create magic.

family fall style board | www.prettyplainjanes.com1ASOS Floral Dress 2J Crew Jean Jacket 3Steve Madden Booties 4H&M Men’s Belt 5H&M Jeans 6Old Navy Gingham Shirt 7H&M Sweater 8Aldo Boots 9Old Navy Sweater Capelet 10H&M Cableknit Tights 11H&M Polka Dress 12Old Navy Toddler Boots 13H&M Boys Denim Shirt 14H&M Boys Belt 15H&M Boys Twill Pants 16Ruum Vest 17Rumm Boys Shoes

Most importantly everyone needs to feel as good as they look.  If someone hates what they are wearing it usually shows up on their face.  Be willing to compromise because let’s face it, those adorable expressions are better than any outfit you chose.

Happy shopping!

xo,

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our boys

After learning of Locke’s condition we were of course hopeful but cautious nonetheless.  There were no promises we would get to meet him alive, let alone take all the pictures we so badly wanted.  Yet last Saturday, with the sounds of college football streaming in the background, we made a memory and caught a moment of our boys.  Sticky, Bingham, Josh and Locke – our hearts are so full of nothing but love.

our boys | www.prettyplainjanes.comThere are still no promises for tomorrow, but if Locke has taught us anything it is to savor today.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Locke’s birth story

As I sit here writing this I am cradling a tiny miracle in my arms.  I lower my head and deeply breathe in his sweet scent, memorizing the weight of his little body on my chest.  Locke is one week old today.  We have been given 7 days of pure bliss.. we still stare at him in complete disbelief that we have been granted this time with him.  A million emotions have filled our days, but mostly.. love.

Last Thursday I planned on posting letting you all know that we were all set to be induced on Tuesday, but Locke had other plans.  Reflecting now on how Locke’s birth happened all I can think is that God’s timing is truly perfect.  Through this entire journey all I have wanted is a plan.. a promise.  If I had been listening close enough I would have heard what I needed to hear all along.. be still.  There is a plan, and it is perfect. 

On Wednesday night Josh, Adelynn and I sat around on our living room floor playing her matching game when contractions slowly crept on.  At first I thought nothing of them- convincing myself they were Braxton Hicks and that they would stop, but I began recording them just in case.  Around 8 I decided to jump in the shower and instructed Josh to write down the time if I yelled to him that I was having a contraction.  Suddenly, they were coming on faster and harder, and Josh ran in to let me know that they were 2 minutes apart.

I closed my eyes.  Today, Locke?  Was this my answered prayer?  The previous nights I had prayed so hard for Locke to come on his own- the induction would not be easy on his heart.  But right now?  What if this is it?  What if this is goodbye?  Be still.

After scrambling around our house to pack our bags we were on our way.  As we left our driveway my heart was in my throat.. I needed some reminding.. I needed to be rescued.  Driving down a road we travel several times a day a “Join A Network” screen randomly popped up on my phone.  The network name?  God Loves You.  Tears welled in my eyes and my heart relaxed.  A reminder that this was all part of a plan, that we were in good hands.

We were checked into the hospital and settled into our room and things were progressing fairly quickly.  We kept a close watch on Locke’s heartrate and it never waivered.  By the early morning hours we were anxious.  Nervous, terrified, excited, overwhelmed.. ready.  Ready for whatever the next chapter held for us.  Ready to see his sweet face, and hopefully hear his tender cry.

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At 4:28, in a room filled to the brim with doctors, Locke came quickly into this world.  Remembering the scene is blurry.. time stood still as they whisked him to the table, and my heart stopped beating until I heard his first cry.  An answered prayer.  A miracle.  It felt like a lifetime passed by as I laid there, waiting to hold my son.. but he was crying.  He was alive with every beat of his heart. 

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Lockes birth story  | www.prettyplainjanes.com

Locke’s diagnosis remains the same, he has Trisomy 13.. and quite honestly we have no idea how much time we have with him.  Right now, he is home and never leaves our arms, and does many of the things any healthy newborn does.  Our hearts are so full.  We do not know what the future holds, but we know that Locke has filled our lives with more love than we could have ever imagined.  He has changed so many lives in 7 short days, and we couldn’t be more proud to be his parents.  Every second of every day we are thankful. 

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Thank you is simply not enough for the prayers and love you have all showered our family with. You have held us in your hearts and in your arms, and because of that love we are okay.  Whatever the future holds, we are okay. 

XO,

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pumpkin donuts with sour cream glaze

pumpkin donuts with sour cream glaze | www.prettyplainjanes.comWith Fall right around the corner and cooler temps in the air, pumpkin recipes are all the rage.  This is a recipe we tried at home last Fall after I had received my latest edition of Real Simple magazine and it did not disappoint!

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I was gifted a donut pan a few years ago from my friend Jacki.  You see, she and I are both obsessed with the kitchen, our KitchenAid mixers, and all things baking!  Therefore this pan was the perfect gift, but there was one problem: every single donut recipe I had tried to bake never tasted spot on.  The textures were off, flavor was never great, and they never felt like real donuts.  But then I found this recipe while flipping through the pages of Real Simple and that all changed!  We love pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread, and even pasta with savory pumpkin sauce, so I knew these donuts might just be a hit, and they were!  They are similar in texture to pumpkin bread and aren’t overly sweet which is great because most donuts are cloyingly so.  And the sour cream glaze is perfect atop these and adds a sweetness with just a touch of tang from the sour cream.

pumpkin donuts with sour cream glaze | www.prettyplainjanes.comAnother reason we love this recipe is because we have a son with a severe peanut allergy and buying donuts from a local bakery or grocery store will never be an option.  And it just didn’t seem fair for him to miss out on all of the good things in life, so we learned how to make donuts.  We hope you will love this recipe as much our family does!

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(Recipe via realsimple.com)

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pumpkin donuts with sour cream glaze

Ingredients

  • Donuts:
  • 1/2 cup canola oil, plus more for greasing the pans
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • sour cream glaze:
  • 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Sprinkles optional.

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350* F. Lightly oil two 6 compartment donut pans. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each compartment of the prepared pans. Bake until the donuts are golden brown and spring back lightly when touched, 12-14 minutes, cool in pan 15 minutes. Then transfer to metal rack to cool completely.
  4. Whisk together the confectioners' sugar, sour cream, and lemon juice in small bowl. Drizzle over the donuts. Scatter on the sprinkles, and then add sprinkles if desired. Let glaze completely set before serving.
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*Guest Jane Vicki is the owner of Messmakerbaker Jams & Jellies.  A gourmet, handcrafted mix of jams & jellies made on her farm in Northwest Ohio.  Her products not only taste delicious but come beautifully packaged.  A must try for any preserve lovers out there!*

 

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inexpensive drugstore beauty

Whether you’re on a budget, forgot your makeup bag or simply in a pinch the good ol’ local drugstore offers some fantastic products at a fraction of the department store price.  It’s also a great way to test drive different colors before investing in a more expensive brand.  Here are a handful of my favorites (the blush and tweezers in particular) and a few I am itching to try:

inexpensive drugstore beauty | www.prettyplainjanes.com1Revlon ColoStay Eyeliner with SoftFlex glides on smooth and stays put all day.  Another bonus – no sharpener needed. 2Milani Baked Blush one of my favorite blushes.  Luminoso is subtle yet flattering enough for everyday use.  3L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting the green formula hides redness and acts as a primer for foundation. 4Rimmel London Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer great for under eye coverage and brightening. 5Tweezerman Mini Slant Twizzer love love love these tweezers.  Pretty colors to boot. 6Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain apply a little for some color, a lot for a bolder lip.  This balm stays on all day. 7e.l.f. High Definition Powder I have yet to try this yet have heard it’s very comparable to Makeup Forever’s powder which makes it an immediate must have!

Okay ladies, what are your favorite must have drugstore beauty steals?

xo,

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