venue spotlight: haiku mill

With our wedding anniversary coming up, I can’t help but have Maui on my mind.

When Alex & I got married, we weren’t living in Hawaii yet, so ours was a destination wedding. When you live on the mainland and are getting married in November, in Hawaii, a wedding at the beach is almost a no-brainer.

The beachside/luau combo worked perfectly for us {seriously so much fun} but had we decided to go another route, the Haiku Mill would have been at the top of my venue list.

Not having actually visited the site, I don’t have any personal testimony to share so instead I’ll share with you some photos of the space that I drool over love.

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill ceremony

Haiku Mill set up

Haiku Mill seating

Haiku Mill sunset

Gorgeous right?!

sources: {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

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fall garland

Fall is now in full swing and it seems like my Bloglovin’ feed is constantly flooded with images of seriously enviable fall mantels.

Here in Hawaii, we don’t have a fireplace which is probably a good thing since from the beginning of this pregnancy I have been ridiculously warm all the time. I try to park myself in front of a fan whenever possible BUT if we had a fireplace that was fully decked out with all of my favorite fall decor items, I don’t think I would be able to resist lighting a fire and roasting relaxing there with a good book.

Since we don’t have a fireplace, we don’t have a traditional mantel to decorate — but that doesn’t mean we can’t decorate! This dresser (lovingly referred to as the “shoe and shit shelf”) was thrown out by one of our neighbors a few weeks after we moved into our house. Addie and I rescued it and gave it a home near our front door. We had/have grand plans for the refinishing of this dresser but until we get moving on those plans it will serve as my makeshift mantel.

For fall, I kept the decorations clean and simple: a few mini pumpkins, a couple of decorative gourds, a delicious smelling candle and a DIY garland. The display was very easy to throw together and brought the right amount of “fall” to our home.

We are currently hosting a giveaway on Facebook so head on over for your chance to win a fall garland of your own!

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be you, bravely

Sometimes I struggle creating content for this blog. Not because I am short on ideas, it’s actually quite the opposite. My thoughts are constantly flooded with ideas for how I can expand my brand. I’m always dreaming up recipe ideas, composing blog posts in my head, and imagining what will be inside NBE’s next celebration box. You will always find a journal in my purse, filled with notes I jot down to remind myself of these fun ideas. Once I get home, I step into the office full of confidence and excitement…

…and then I hit a wall.

All of those awesome creative and productive thoughts almost instantly turn into feelings of doubt. I don’t lose excitement over my ideas, but I wrestle with myself wondering what other people will think.

I am very blessed to have a great number of talented, creative and successful people in my life. Many of my friends and family have taken their passions and turned them into profitable ventures and I honestly couldn’t be happier for them. Their journeys are inspiration to me and I turn to them for advice when needed. And while it’s a blessing to have these wonderful examples of success at my fingertips, it sometimes becomes my biggest roadblock.

Be You Bravely

See, a lot of times friends and family share similar interests right? That’s usually a good thing, as that is what brings you together. But, when you start to build a business around your personal talents and interests, and you are surrounded by family and friends who have done the same you start to feel a little un-original. And really, when you are pouring your heart and soul into developing your brand, the last thing you want to feel is un-original.

I try to remind myself that I am not the first person to feel this way. Almost every small business owner has had to overcome the fact that they aren’t the first. But just because they aren’t the first, doesn’t mean that they are un-original. Every successful business has something special that sets themselves apart from the others which, in turn, makes them original.

I am actively working on breaking down this wall of apprehensiveness. Trying to get past the thoughts of “sure, I would love to add that to my repertoire but “so and so” already does that” that I encounter on a regular basis. Because really, “so and so” wasn’t the first to do it and I definitely will not be the last. All I can do is be true to myself, follow my passion and see where it leads me. If I do what I love, and do it to the best of my ability I will be happy.

There will always be people who compare me to other like-minded business owners. Comparisons are a part of daily life – from department stores to Italian restaurants. Just because Olive Garden and Buca Di Beppo both serve eggplant parmesan doesn’t mean that one restaurant is mimicking the other, right?

Of course, getting to the point of having complete confidence in what I do will take some time. But I truly feel that getting these thoughts written down and sharing them with you all has helped me come to a peace about moving forward with things that I want to do. So thanks for reading, and cheers (non-alcoholic for baby, of course) to living bravely.

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living room redo

When it comes to home decorating, I’m usually a DIY-gal. It’s not unusual for Alex and I to jump in our truck and cruise the neighborhood on bulk trash day, looking for our next piece of fix-it furniture. In our last apartment, I don’t think one piece of furniture didn’t come from either Goodwill or the side of the road.

Our current home is also filled with these sorts of treasures, and I love most of them. The one area of our house that just hasn’t come together for me is our living room. There is no real color scheme, our pieces are mismatched (and not in the chic, I’m-a-designer kind of way), and our photo frames are hanging on the wall photo-less (yes, a year after we moved in – shame on me!)

Living Room before

I think my frustration with our living room blah-ness is justified. Lucky for me, Alex is wonderful and has given me the green light to re-do the living room (woo!)

I’ll be working with a modest budget but plan on letting myself splurge (sort of) on items that I know will pull the living room together and make our house feel even more like a home. Stepping away from the “if it’s not free, it’s too much” mindset will be a little bit of a challenge for me but I will still be searching for deals and plan on coming in under budget.

My inspiration piece for the redo is this pillow that we found at Ross last week:

hang loose

When I really have my mind set on something, I tend to get it done pretty quickly. And right now, my mind is set on cozying up the living room. In fact, as soon as I hit “publish” I’ll be on my way so stay tuned for more updates soon!

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oh baby

Pregnancy Announcement

There are no words to describe how excited I am to announce that Alex and I are expecting our first child in May. I already feel overwhelmingly blessed to be the momma to this sweet little Byrd and can’t wait to meet him/her (or find out if it is a him/her for that matter!)

Of course, so many of my thoughts are now consumed with all things baby so you can expect to see some tons of baby-friendly posts soon!

“For this child I prayed, and the Lord answered my prayer” 1 Samuel 1:27

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apple cider

October is here!

For me, there is something almost magical about October first. It’s the date when fall really, truly arrives. It’s when the air is cleaner, the colors are more subdued, and the excitement of the season is at it’s peak. It’s when I have completely let go of summer and started dreaming of cozy nights at home, pumpkin patches, and warm food. I am almost immediately overwhelmed with the number of recipes I want to try, decorations I want to put up, and parties I want to host.

But this year, I wont be overwhelmed. I’ve got my plans and I’m sticking to them. And I couldn’t be more excited about any of them.

First up on my list of recipes to try? Apple cider. Is there any drink that screams “fall” to you more than apple cider?! (if so, please let me know so it can get on my list ASAP!) One of my husband’s favorite fall treats is this apple cider from Trader Joe’s. Sadly, there are no Trader Joe’s in Hawaii so I knew that I had to make a substitution for him this year.

apple cider from natashabyrd on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoy!

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