I’m not even sure where to begin.
My baby girl is ONE! How the heck did that happen so quickly? I swear all I did was blink!
Planning the party was so much fun, She’s my last baby AND she’s my little girl so I went a little overboard.
I knew I wanted to incorporate her fall birthday into a theme without being too cliche.
I love pumpkins especially the white ones and the “princess” pumpkins that have recently become so popular. So I decided to add pretty florals and call it a Cinderella-esque party fit for a princess!
I began the planning stages around the time that V was 6 months old. I slowly started gathering supplies to make my vision for her party a reality.
I thought I could do it all, including the photography, but I was having so much fun celebrating my daughter the only images I remembered to take were the details and just a couple of the family. My awesome brother in-law stepped in and photographed the cake smash portion so we could be present in the moment with our little girl. Anyhow, Ill explain the details after you check out these images from the party!
They may be a little out of order, but what the hey…
Viv LOVES here Auntie so much!
Auntie is standing just out of the the frame (FREAKING OUT) just in case V decides to jump.
Can I just say how PERFECTLY IMPERFECT this beautiful princess pumpkin is? I’m obsessed!
I have to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to my wonderful cousin Sarah from @stichesandswirls (instagram) for this beautiful welcome sign she custom painted for my little lady! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!So the white high chair was a last min decision. I wanted a pretty white high chair for photo purposes so I went on the hunt for one that I could paint TWO….TWO! DAYS BEFORE her party. Yea, I’m a little bit of a nut case. I was so lucky to find this one locally for only $30! Throw in the cost of paint and Voila! You have a beautiful high chair that you decide you will love more than your ridiculously expensive one that is no where near as pretty.
Oh the S’mores Bar! This was a plan turned back up plan. Original plan was for us to have the fire pit blazing during our FALL party. However unlike most years, this fall season has so far been more like summer. Viv’s party day was a day of BEAUTIFUL 80 degree weather mixed with lots of wind! So I decided to make a couple indoor fire pits for some Smore lovin!
These boys! They had us laughing all throughout the party! So silly! Did I mention these 3 helped themselves to the candy?
When we celebrated Easton’s 1st Birthday, he did not like his cake one bit! He actually gagged when he took his first bite! V on the other hand, she LOVED her cake. She was not shy about getting into it. We like to call her the garbage disposal because she loves food. She eats so much yet she’s still so petite. (like 2nd percentile for both height and weight petite) She’s growing at her own pace. It drives me crazy that she isn’t bigger but as long as our amazing pediatrician isn’t worried, I am happy.
Oh the beautiful cakes! I AM IN LOVE! Her smash cake was a chocolate with a chocolate ganache filling and chocolate buttercream. Schepperley family tradition is to have chocolate smash cake for the 1st birthday. Our family has been doing this since BEFORE it became the popular thing to do.Can I just say how AHHHMAZING sams club cupcakes are? THE BEST!
So what do you think?
I am officially a licensed realtor!
A What? Yep! You read that right!
So what is so exciting about this? Let me tell you!
Years ago, I was approached to work with my dad’s friend as a realtor. I, in no way was anywhere near mature or ready to do so. I knew nothing of what I wanted in life, however, I’ve always been obsessed with homes whether to renovate, decorate, or just live in it.
I feel like life took me down the scenic route to get me to this point. I find myself often wondering where I’d be now if I had signed on to work with my dad’s friend. I am usually quick to remind myself that I’d probably not have gotten anywhere at that point in time, as I had no self discipline to stick to a career move like this out.
It’s frightening reading the statistics of how many realtors quit within their first year. I don’t know how my first year will go, I’m hoping that I come out on top. Sometimes, with my ever changing attitude towards things I wonder if I’m capable of ever sticking to my decisions.
What I am so excited about is that this new venture really helps roll the things I love into one. I get to help people find homes that they will love, It opens doors for me to flip homes and eventually… I will purchase my first income property (in a few years). This blog… See now why I changed the name? I told you it would make sense! You can check out my post about the name change (HERE).
I know I will struggle to find a good balance between being a mom and a career woman but this job will also allow me to work my schedule. Yes I am realistic in that with the crazy market right now, I may have to find a last minute sitter or bring a crazy kid along to show a home. It’s all balance and as long as I don’t give up at the first road block, I know I will do just fine.
Life changing? To me, YES! 100% So if YOU or ANYONE you know are in Michigan and need a MOTIVATED realtor, HIRE ME!
Every year, 1-2 times a year, we have our family portraits taken.
I usually prefer spring and fall to book our sessions. I knew, When Viv was 6 months old we needed to update our family portrait canvas in the foyer of our home. Btw, she is almost 10 months old now and we JUST FINALLY got them done for our “Spring” session and its August.
Funny how plans don’t go exactly the way you expect. I have a few friends who are amazing photographers that I like to go to. It makes it difficult to choose when I love them all. Lately though, I’ve been working a lot with my talented friend Janell. Her skills have grown immensely since she first started only a year ago! This girl is a natural talent and she has the drive to continuously learn and fine tune her skills. Recently, we finally were able to match up our schedules and the weather cooperated just enough that we were able to have our photos taken.
I AM IN LOVE with all of the little previews she’s been posting of our session! I can’t wait to see them all so I can narrow down my prints and the new canvas for our entry way. I have a feeling it’s not going to be easy. Here are some of the previews she has posted! I will update soon once I have the rest of the images. I’m just so happy about these, I HAVE TO SHARE! Also, Let’s not even get started on the photos she took at the sunrise shoot we did as well! Those will be shared soon 🙂
notice how my son wanted nothing to do with cooperating with photos? Yep… don’t let your kids nap in the car before a photo shoot! Unless they are Viv… she’s always happy.
Hello & Welcome
to the first official blog post as House of Heart & Soul!
It’s a new day, and a great one to introduce you to my new and more exciting blog!
So why the name change? 1. Schepperley is hard to spell and pronounce. 2. Kim Schepperley Blog was more for my photography.
When I first started this blog, it was mainly to share my work in photography with you. Over time, it has evolved into me sharing more and I wanted my blog name to really encompass what it has become.
Why House of Heart & Soul?
For those who have been following along, I have been enjoying sharing everything from our home renovation to the birth of our children, even recipes I love with you. It has become more than just a photography blog. It has become a lifestyle blog.
Another reason is a new exciting venture that I am taking on! More info on that later! When I finally let you in on this new venture, the new name will make total sense.
It’s really crazy how this name came to me. I struggled with it for awhile then out of thin air it just came to mind and really stuck! Also the domain was available and I knew right away that it was meant to be.
With this new name and this blog, I plan to share more of my life with you through my love for family, home, food & photography. If you have followed along, welcome back! If you are new, I hope you enjoy what you see! Stick around and follow me along this crazy journey of life!
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For Christmas last year, I got a Ninja Coffee Bar!
IT IS AMAZING!
I’ve had it for about 7 months now, and I USE IT EVERY DAY.
When researching whether I wanted to get a fancy espresso machine or not, I decided to look into the coffee bar. So many friends who had it were raving so I figured it couldn’t hurt to compare the products side by side.
As I type up this review, I am trying to think of the pros and cons and all I can come up with is what I LOVE about this amazing machine!
- It is so easy to clean!
- Easy to operate and make fancy coffee shop style beverages.
- I can easily make a single cup or a full carafe (travel size mug, xl coffee mug, and half carafe available as well)
- Set a timer for it to have coffee ready for you first thing in the am!
- You don’t have to buy those expensive k-cups! NO MORE UNNECESSARY WASTE. ::Bonus:: you can use the coffee grounds in your garden!
- The specific model that I purchased comes with a thermal carafe as well as one for iced coffee. You could even make your own cold brew!
Of course one of my favorite coffee drinks to make is a very delicious copycat Caramel Maccchiato like Starbucks does.
Make sure that your Ninja Coffee Bar has the “Specialty Brew” function. If it doesn’t, that’s okay! You can still make the macchiato, you will just have to change up the measurements.
I make coffee daily now so it’s not just a pretty kitchen appliance that collects dust! (Kinda of like my Keurig did)
Do you have a Ninja Coffee Bar? What do you think if yours?
What you need for copycat caramel macchiato:
This makes a Large Mason Jar
3-6 pumps Vanilla Syrup ( I got mine from here ) Pictured I made a mistake and order caramel and that’s okay too!
I use the Starbucks Espresso Roast Coffee(Here)
Whatever Milk you prefer. I used almond milk.
use 3-6 pumps of the syrup ( I use 3-4)
Fill large mason jar to top with ice
fill half of the jar with milk
then place under the coffee bar. I use 2-3 small scoops of coffee.
You will now use the specialty brew function. If yours doesn’t have it, then place a mug under and use the rich brew function.
Top with caramel syrup and enjoy!
One of my really close friends and her family recently welcomed a beautiful little girl to their family.
I usually shy away from newborn photography as 1. I don’t have patience for it. 2. I am not very good at it. 3. Just don’t like to do them.
I’ve done only a handful for this reason.
I did however photograph the in hospital session. I wouldn’t necessarily call it birth photography as I wasn’t in the room for the actual delivery. Like myself and my husband when Viv was born, Kristina and Matt felt that was a more intimate private part of the birth process that they wanted to keep between the two of them.
I was however, able to document the labor process as well as the lovely moments when the rest of the family got to meet Kendall for the first time.
Although Kristina had already lined up a newborn photographer for Kendall, it fell through and I told her I could step in as long as she understood whatever I did would suck in comparison. *bites nails
Like I said above…newborn photography not my forte.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised at how well they actually turned out.
I would have to say they are my favorite to date. Considering I never was really good at them.
Anyhow, I’m so excited to share the results with you! I’m thrilled that they came out better than I imagined. I wanted more than anything for Kristina to have photos of her little girl that she could be proud of sharing with family and friends.
So here they are! I would love to know what you think (No flattery necessary… just be honest! I can handle it)
I haven’t always been very vocal about my faith. To be honest, I wasn’t vocal about it because I wasn’t very faithful. Growing up, Church wasn’t an option. My mom was very strict about making sure we were there EVERY SUNDAY. As I grew up I never felt at home at the church. Yes, I went to the same church every Sunday from the time I was born to when my mom decided it wasn’t worth the fight to drag me to church anymore. It’s not that I didn’t believe, Its that I didn’t understand. I have a hard time sitting still for a few seconds let alone an entire hour. Add in listening to someone drone on and on… I just couldn’t get myself to pay attention and would quickly lose interest. When Jake and I lived in the Chesterfield house, we went to a church not far that we actually enjoyed. Mainly in part that his mom worked for this church. The people were friendly and and I didn’t mind going. Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot to take away because as soon as it the pastor would speak my mind was in the clouds.
Fast forward to 2016…
A friend of mine asked me if I would photograph her daughter’s baptism so I agreed. The day of, I went to meet them at the church and during the service, I felt as though I was meant to be there that day. Even I think it’s crazy that I am saying this but, I felt immediately that I must keep going to this church. I had this strong feeling that I have to keep going back. That day when we came home I told my husband that we HAD to go to this church. He felt the same way. We had been searching for a church for awhile and I felt so strongly that I finally found the one.
The following Sunday, my husband and I with the kids in tow went to our first Sunday service. We knew right away that we found our Sunday place of worship and were absolutely thrilled.
Every week I feel as though each service was specifically for me. As if I am being spoken to directly.
I knew right away this is the place where we will dedicate both our children.
Why did we choose dedication vs baptism?
1st of all, it’s essentially the same thing.
2nd, we thought long and hard about our decision to have the kids dedicated and here is why.
We want to raise our kids in faith & love. We don’t want to choose for them if they want to live a life with God in their hearts. As much as we hope that is the case. We want our children to decide when they are ready to embrace God into their lives. Ultimately, we want them to come to the decision of being baptized on their own.
Since attending Kensington, I feel as though my faith in God and my relationship with him are growing stronger. I want my kids to feel this way themselves when we go to church. I don’t want to force it on them. I want THEM to want a relationship with God and it be on their own terms.
Following are the letters we wrote to the kids.
From the moment that we first looked at your precious face, we knew our lives would forever be changed. You have been such a blessing to our family in these past 3 years. We love your sweet nature, your infectious laugh and your ability to find the good and beauty in all things. You are an amazing big brother to your sister who absolutely adores you. We love watching you grow and seeing your personality develop – a personality that God knew from the start.
We hope that as you grow, you learn to celebrate the awesome gift of life – a daily reminder just how much God loves you. We can’t wait to see the adventure that unfolds in your life as you follow Jesus and grow into the man God created you to be. We promise to support you as you follow the dreams and passions that God has planted in your heart, no matter the cost. Showing you that if you trust in God and put your faith in him, all things are possible, and no obstacle too great to overcome through him.
There will be times in this life that are difficult, and as your parents we won’t always get it right, but our love for you will never diminish, only grow in its abundance and intensity.
As we dedicate you today we want to make you a few promises. First, we promise to live out our lives and faith openly in front of you, so that we can give you an honest, grace-filled example to follow. We promise to raise you in a community of friends and family, who love you with the same God-given love that we do. We believe that God has sent this village into our lives to sustain, challenge and encourage us and afford us the opportunity to do the same. We promise that as you grow and make mistakes of your own that we will have grace for you, as God has grace for us. You will hear us tell you often, “there is nothing you could do that could make us love you less.”
We are so thankful to God that you are our son, and are so blessed to be your parents. We love you so much Easton.
Mom, Dad, & Baby Vivienne
Today we stand here in front of our family and friends to dedicate your life to God. Not because we feel it’s the right thing to do, but because God gifted you to us and there for you are his. He gave you to us to love and guide you and we want you to know Jesus and follow Him more than anything else in the world. We pray that we are faithful examples in your life. You have been such a joyful blessing these past 9 months with your vivacious heart and beautiful smiles. Your brother adores you and we love watching you both becoming the best of friends. As your parents, we promise to pray daily for you, we dedicate our hearts to teaching you God’s way with everything we do and say.
We pray that you will personally develop a relationship with God, that you will trust Him and look to him for guidance through the obstacles of life. We hope you remember that He is always with you, even if there are times when we cannot be. We are excited to watch you grow into the person that God intended for you to be. We know that He has so much in store for you, His plans are so much greater than anything we could ever imagine. We thank God every day for choosing us to be your parents. We may fall short sometimes and make mistakes, but through God’s grace and the help and love of our families and friends who share this day we hope you choose a life with Him and continually embrace His perfect love.
May your smile bring light and joy to others, as it has done for us since the day you arrived. We love you so much.
Mom, Dad, & Your big brother Easton
Photo Cred: Janell Raymond Photography
I’ve been meaning to post this for a very long time!
Vivienne was born back in October and her nursery has been complete for quite some time now.
I love the way it has turned out and I am so excited to FINALLY share it with all of you!
As I’ve said in previous posts (here & here) I didn’t want her nursery to be super theme heavy or overly pink.
I did want it to be feminine, light, and airy. That is exactly what I got.
Since the last post, you will notice only a few things have changed…
We love having Vivienne as part of our family. She is such a fun fire cracker of a little lady. She knows what she wants and will not hesitate to let us know. She has all of us wrapped around her tiny little fingers! I love the close bond V shares with her older brother. He is already so protective of her! It’s so cute, however I feel sorry for when she is dating age!
Anyway, without further ado here is her pretty little nursery!
I am way less organized! hahaI love how this mobile really helped to complete the room! I also love the added touch from green from the tree! Believe it or not, it is real! I am just shocked and happy that this tree is still alive! I killed the last one! oops.Chloe the bunny makes her appearance in V’s monthly photos. I also love having the Nest cam as her baby monitor. It does have sound, you can talk or sing to her through it and the picture clarity is on point! I also love that I can check in on her from my phone from anywhere!My sweet mother in law made this little framed print for Viv and I absolutely adore the frame it’s in! Matches her room perfectly!
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