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Did you know that I photograph some other super fun things outside of weddings and families? Well, now you do! It has been a joy to explore parts of my business that allow me to help other small businesses with virtual small business coaching and the branding side of their businesses (oh, and headshots, too!) […]

KARA'S FAVORITES

April 20, 2018

Parker James Boutique – Mokena, Illinois | Kara’s Favorites

At the start of 2016, just after Kyle and I moved to Kankakee county and the Bradley/Bourbonnais/Kankakee area, I met Autumn – a local esthetician! Of course, we hit it off from the start and have been great friends ever since! I am so excited to share her business with you for today’s “Vendor Spotlight”! Autumn […]

BUSINESS, KARA'S FAVORITES

August 25, 2017

Autumn’s Spa Nirvana – Bourbonnais, Illinois | Vendor Spotlight

You guys, the community I’ve grown to connect with and love throughout this journey as an entrepreneur is incredible. Absolutely INCREDIBLE. I never – in my wildest dreams – could have imagined personally connecting with so many creatives AND being able to call them dear friends in the industry! Earlier this year, I connected with Jenn Gaudreau of […]

KARA'S FAVORITES

August 10, 2017

Jennifer Kathryn Brand Storytelling – Chicago, Illinois | Kara’s Favorites

Last fall, I started to become MUCH more intentional about my search for a person(s) to make my dreams of a rebrand + new Squarespace website come to life. Little did I know that things would start to unfold very quickly… Enter The Rising Tide Society. I LOVE The Rising Tide Society for so many reasons […]

BUSINESS, KARA'S FAVORITES

February 13, 2017

Home Sweet Hyatt Studios | Kara’s Favorites

You guys, I recently stumbled across an amazing entrepreneurial tool to add to my toolbox, and I HAVE to share with you! Over the past couple of years, I’ve followed photographer + businesswoman Jenna Kutcher. She’s a small-town girl boss that has been building her empire over the last five years. She is an inspiration […]

BUSINESS, FOR CREATIVES, KARA'S FAVORITES

February 2, 2017

The Goal Digger Podcast Review

I’m not sure where to begin… Kelsey is the amazing #girlboss behind the brand – Honey Side Up Creative! I was talking with a friend recently, and I remember telling her that I truly wanted to share Home Sweet Hyatt Studios (Britt) and Honey Side Up Creative (Kelsey) with everyone I could. I honestly can’t […]

BUSINESS, KARA'S FAVORITES

January 31, 2017

Honey Side Up Creative | Kara’s Favorites

This year – 2017 – is the perfect time to get my organization on point! During the first week of the new year, I went to Target and bought a planner… As soon as I got home, I started to realize that – for me – a planner with many features is what I need. […]

BUSINESS, FOR CREATIVES, KARA'S FAVORITES

January 17, 2017

The Day Designer Planner Review

Like I said a few weeks ago in my Strawberry Revolution blog post… When I find a product I love, I cannot help but SHARE it with others and shout it from the rooftops! You can probably guess it, yes, that’s right – I LOVE the Kate bag by Kelly Moore Bag! The first word […]

KARA'S FAVORITES

May 12, 2016

Kelly Moore Bag Kate Review | Kara’s Favorites

Oh my goodness, I have to tell you something… My name is Kara and I’m a Strawberry Revolution addict.  It’s true, this company (and their people and products) has stolen my heart, and I don’t even need or want them to give it back! Last year, I discovered Strawberry Revolution and met the owner Michelle after […]

KARA'S FAVORITES, PERSONAL

April 22, 2016

Strawberry Revolution Love | Kara’s Favorites