Saks Friends and Family Sale Picks!

Saks Fifth Avenue Friends and Family Sale

There’s nothing I love more than a good Friends and Family sale, and Saks is one that is hard to beat! And forget the 25% off… sign up for an Ebates account (which is FREE, FAST and super EASY!) and get another 8% off bringing your total discount on almost everything in their shop to 33%! Not bad, huh? The timing of this sale is perfect for some early holiday shopping (which I’ve already done a little of thanks to the sale!). Here’s my growing wish list so far. I won’t be surprised if this triples in the next couple of days. Lord help me!

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Free September 2014 Desktop Calendar

It’s weird to think the very last time I published a calendar, I went into labor shortly after and had my son Mason on the same day. Ah, the memories and the “goings on” you remember on the day your baby is born. I skipped creating an August calendar since I was still on maternity leave, so I knew that September’s had to be an extra special one. I think this is my favorite to date. I had so much fun photographing these GORGEOUS Christian Louboutin heels. These are classic. Nothing beats the look of black patent leather with that red sole. It just speaks to me, you know? It’s definitely a nice view on my desktop! I invite you to download this for FREE for your own enjoyment! Read More… Free September 2014 Desktop Calendar

Now My Heart Beats for Two…

If you’ve been following my blog/Twitter/Instagram for a while, you were probably aware of my pregnancy. 7 weeks ago, on June 24th, we welcomed our second son, Mason Steven Graus, to the world. He’s perfect. Every inch of him. I remember thinking before he was born, how can I possibly love this new baby as much as my first, but it happened the instant I laid eyes on him. If you’re wondering why I’ve been MIA for this long, here’s why…

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Mason Hospital 2807_85Being a mother of two is a lot different than I thought it would be. In a good way. I had it in my head that my 3 year old would have a hard time adjusting to having a sibling and not want anything to do with him. I was completely wrong. Tyler adores Mason and wants to hold him, give him kisses and play with him all of the time. He acts like Mason was the best thing that’s ever happened to him. It’s so incredibly heartwarming and there isn’t even a word in the English language to describe how much love I have for my boys. It really is indescribable. Not to say there aren’t challenges- there have been a fair share of those as well. Ranging from sleep deprivation, baby blues, nursing problems, marital strife – you name it. But, at the end of the day, I couldn’t be more happy and couldn’t feel more blessed for this amazing family.

While I do plan on continuing with my blog.  It is not my priority. Posts will be less frequent and a little sporadic for a little while. I want to enjoy these newborn/baby days as much as possible. Trust me, All Things Pretty is here to stay, and the voice will mostly remain the same as well. I am not, and will never be a “mommy blogger”, just a mommy who blogs. While every once in a while, I like to share the big milestones, I don’t want to post my kids’ life stories online. All Things Pretty will continue to be my “getaway”, because let’s face it, mommy’s need to escape motherhood every once in a while. Aside from my kids, pretty things are my happy place and that’s why it’s important that I have this blog. I do plan on making a full return when the time is right. Right now, I’m going to snuggle with these two babies.

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The loves of my life. 

Perfection is the Biggest Flaw: Free Cell Phone Background

One day this quote just popped into my head and these words couldn’t be more true. As a mother. As a wife. As a a professional businesswoman. As a human.

There are too many times where I set myself up for failure because I expect everything to be perfect. I’ve really been working on this and rather than being disappointed in myself when things aren’t exactly perfect, I try using those situations as teachable moments for personal growth.

Sometimes things turn out when they don’t go exactly right. That’s where my creative side shines. Many of my creations weren’t the initial intended result. I self taught myself painting, photography, sewing and web design all through a lot of trial and error. I knew that if I kept expecting things to be perfect, then I would give up out of frustration.

Now, I just need to try and incorporate this way of life as a wife and mother. There are times when I ball my eyes out because I think I’m a terrible mother or don’t deserve my (very) patient husband. I don’t like feeling like a failure to others and it’s a much harder pill to swallow when you can’t be “perfect” for your loved ones as opposed to a painting. It’s just important to understand that it’s human nature to make mistakes and accept that as long as you’re trying your absolute best, that’s good enough! I hope that you will enjoy this week’s free download!

Before you download this free desktop background, I do kindly ask you to read my usage policy:

- I do ask that if you use this, please return the love by sharing on Instagram (tag me @atprettyblog) and/or Pinterest for others to see and enjoy!

 - This is for personal use only. Please no duplicating, copying or selling my original artwork.

 - If sharing my design with others, please link back to this original post.

 - Please do not publish link or file onto your blog without proper credit.

 - To download, simply click on the link underneath the photo, right click on the photo that opens and save to your camera roll. From there, use your phone settings to make it your background.

- ENJOY!

Perfection is the Biggest Flaw: Free Cell Phone Background

Click here to open the high resolution file.