Tuesday, July 29, 2014

3 Things To Do While Pregnant

photos by: Mallory Fraughton , makeup by: Harley Chapman

My sister, BFF, business partner and favorite person is having her baby any day… which makes me… almost an aunt to the cutest little guy I've ever seen! Today, Brooke is sharing three things to do during pregnancy… We'll miss her around the office for two months, but can't wait to see the next phase of her life and be a part of it!

Here's Brooke.

1.  Be easy on yourself: I think it's safe to say that I cause myself more stress than anyone or anything else does.  I expect myself to always go a million miles a minute.  To keep a clean house, cook healthy meals, exercise daily, work, get this done and that done.  The list never ends and that is how I function.  It has only taken me several occasions to realize if I over do it while pregnant, the next day I will pay for it.  Although my husband has always done a lot for us I have learned during this time it's okay for me to ask him for extra help.  I have slept more than usual, cut my exercise way back, and allowed myself time to read and relax.  Doing this has made my pregnancy so enjoyable.  It's a great excuse to take a step back and really enjoy the moment you are in.  I know this time will soon come to an end and I will be back to going a million miles a minute with a new baby around to join the party.

2.  Spend more quality time with your husband: My husband and I have have known each other for a really long time.  We both realize that a new baby will change our family completely.  We are ready for that change, but have also used these past nine months to soak up the final time we have as two.  These past couple of months we have enjoyed lots of dates eating at new places we have wanted to try, running errands together, picking out furniture for our new house, going on walks, watching movies on the couch and just being together.  We know these things will be difficult to do with a new baby, so we have used the free time we have to be together.  Not only has it been fun, but we have become closer than ever during my pregnancy and I know we are prepared for this big change and to become parents together.

3.  Work as long as you can: Ya, this sounds like a weird one and maybe it is for most people...but I guess I have a really cool job.  I know it's not possible for everyone, like my best friend who was put on bed rest for practically her whole pregnancy.  People always tell me how anxious they have gotten towards the end or even the beginning of pregnancy.  Since everything else about my life is changing, it has been a nice constant to be able to continue working hopefully until I go into labor.  It has helped me focus my attention on something else as well as interact with people on a daily basis since soon I will be going into hibernation with my baby.  Another added bonus is the money that we are able to save during this time since a baby means additional expenses now and in the future.  Not everyone works and that's fine, but try to keep yourself occupied with meaningful jobs, hobbies, and tasks that you would typically do.

I can honestly say these past nine months have been some of the best times of my life.  Nothing is as important or significant as this little baby growing in my tummy, so my perspective has changed.  I am happier, more easy going and focused on what's important in my life. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Where There Is No Struggle, There Is No Strength

Shirt, photos by Mallory Fraughton 
This is the final shirt in our 7 week employee campaign. Meet Jasmine, our 19 year old employee who has been with us for about 2 years. This fall she starts college and will be the first in her family to do so. She's a woman of few words, but the ones she says really count. Thanks for helping her pay her way through college.

"I've been through financial issues, loss of a parent, physically and emotionally beaten and bruised.Strength doesn't just come to you. You have to work hard even when you feel like giving up."

When there is no struggle, there is no strength.

You can purchase Jasmines shirt, along with our other employee designed shirts here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

French Fishtail Side Braid Tutorial


Happy Sunday!
I am going to start our weekly hair tutorials back up :) Boy, have I missed them.
I'm all about loose hair, and when I was playing around with fishtails this happened, and I loved it. If you don't know how to fishtail, just search my past hair tutorials and there's a very easy tutorial for it.

Step 1: Grab two small sections from the part of your head, and you will start fishtailing them.

Step 2: Do three rounds of fishtailing

Step 3: Just like you would in a french braid, grab a piece of hair on the outside of your braid, and cross it over to add it into the fishtail.

Step 4: On the side of your hair closest to your face, you will grab another strand, and cross that over to the opposite side to add it into your fishtail.

Step 5: Repeat this all the way down. Stop halfway down your hair.

Step 6: Pull the braid apart and make the strands loose. Pull them away from each other and make the braid as large as you want!

Step 7: Repeat on the other side of your hair.

Don't get caught up in making it look perfect… pull random pieces into the braid and add some spunk to it. Enjoy!

Tag me @theshineproject and #daily_braid on Instagram so I can see your hair!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Be You, Bravely

photos by- Mallory Fraughton, Design by- Yellow Bungalow Shop

I couldn't be more excited about this weeks shirt, representing our student Itzel. A portion of proceeds from each shirt will help pay for her college. Itzel has been working for us for almost two years, and will be playing soccer at a community college this semester. She chose this quote that represents her life, and here's what she has to say:
(purchase her shirt here)

I used to be afraid to express my true self. 
I felt that I had to be what society wanted to see, but by showing my true self I learned that my uniqueness is admired by many. 
I do my own thing, have my own style, etc. I used to think that I had to be focused on the new styles and such. I thought I had to copy the magazines, celebrities, etc. in order to fit in. 
I prefer to stand out than fit in because that's what we were all born to do in the first place. 
I follow my own path. 
We all have to be confident in being different and not worry about what others think of us. 
I'm and 18 year old and will start my first semester of college this fall. I've faced many struggles in the past that have taught me to be prepared for anything. 
My brother's accident helped me realize that it's okay to be different (because of all the scars and imperfections left on his body). He gets stares and such, but he still lives his life as a normal teen.

Be You Bravely.