Finding the Perfect Logo

So you have heard the tale of how our lovely little boutique got started.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.  However, you have yet to hear the story about finding the perfect logo.

Back when we first decided that we would open a boutique, we of course started to think about a name.  I wanted something with meaning, that would represent our boutique well, and that I would never tire of.  I had an ongoing list that included all sorts of combinations.  There was a day however, while shopping in Target ( I know this surprises you, the thought of me shopping of all things!), when it came to me…Lydia!  Lydia exemplified the qualities we wanted to represent in our boutique.  She was a strong business woman, sold the best of goods, and grew to love the Lord.  Feminine, strong, beautiful, perfect!

I had originally looked into Lydia’s Boutique, but that name was already taken.  I began to think of things I could pair it with.  Well Lydia was the seller of purple, but Lydia and Purple just didn’t sound right to me!  It was soon after that I began to think of other names of purple.  I remembered hearing my Grandma Gron tell me how much she loved lilac when I was a little girl, so there it was Lydia & Lilac!

Now we had this beautiful name, but no idea on how to make a logo.  I know I really wanted to incorporate lilacs, wanted it to look feminine, and wanted it to be unique.  The search began.  I looked into several options, but just could not afford a custom logo at this point in the game.  So I turned to the best creative website I know and began my search for logos on Etsy.

I knew that I was going to have to settle on a logo that was not a one of a kind, but that was ok with me.  It was a starting point and I was ok with it.  I began searching like crazy.  I found logos I liked, but the colors were wrong or I found the perfect colors and the wrong style logo.  I put “lilac logo” in the search bar for kicks, I mean there are a ton of lilac logos out there, right?  Of course not, but I wanted to at least see.  I was scrolling through several options when I saw it!  The perfect logo by Pixel & Peony!  I genuinely could not have asked for something more perfect!  As I clicked on the logo and began to read about it, I found out that this was a one of a kind!  Not another one like this we be sold.  At this point I was thrilled!

I made my purchase and contacted Pixel & Peony about the wording of the logo.  When I got the proofs, I was extacic!  She did a phenomenal job!

If you are looking for the perfect logo, I highly recommend Pixel & Peony.  Her work is gorgeous and costumer service is amazing.  The price was perfect and the turn around time was very short, so much quicker than I thought it may be.  She specializes in logos, flyers, and personal branding.  If you are looking for a logo for your blog or business, I highly recommend Pixel & Peony!  Check them out on Etsy today at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PixelandPeony

The post was not sponsored by Pixel & Peony.  We just loved our experience so much, that we wanted to share!  We are sure you will love them too! 

5 Tips for Clear Skin

5 Tips for Clear Skin

Clear skin!  Two wonderful little words that mean so much when put together!  Two wonderful little words that I have not been able to use to describe myself in a very long time.  As a teenager, I never had a huge problem with acne.  I would have breakouts from time to time, but they were easily managed.  Fast forward 15 years, 3 kids, and lots of stress from adult life later and I really struggling with acne.  With the exception of visiting a dermatologist (something I have tried to avoid), I have tried absolutely everything I could to get my skin to clear up.  I had reached my breaking point and finally decided that it may be time to visit the dermatologist; however, I wanted to try one more thing first.  I booked an appointment to have a facial, which would be the first facial I had ever had in my life!  I know!  Insane right?  It was a fantastic experience and my esthetician was able to give me some awesome tips that I wanted to share with you.  This continues to be a struggle for me, but slowly and surely with the steps below I am beginning to see improvements in my skin.  Please note that these are things that have helped my skin, but they may not work for everyone.

1. Schedule a Facial

This is my top recommendation!  If I would have known how beneficial this was going to be to my skin, I would have scheduled one years ago!  Not only was the experience incredibly relaxing, it was good for my skin!  I recommend booking an appointment with an experienced esthetician at a place you will feel comfortable going.  I booked my appointment at my local Aveda, which is where I go for all of my salon needs.  You can ask about treatments specifically for acne prone skin.  I also recommend to ask what to expect during the facial when you book your appointment if this is the first time you have ever had one.  At the appointment, your esthetician will be able to tailor your facial to your unique skin care needs and make recommendations about what products and routines may be beneficial to you.  I will create a more detailed post about my experience at a later date for those of you who may want more information about what to expect.

2. Drink Water

This one is major and I know how important it is, yet I struggle!  With my job, it can be difficult to remember to drink my water during the day.  Water is important for the health of your skin.  It improves skin elasticity and helps flush toxins from your body.  The first thing my esthetician asked me was, “how much water are you drinking?”

3. Moisturize

Ok, so I’ll admit, I thought that if used unmedicated moisturizer not specific to acne prone skin I would be making my acne problem worse.  WRONG!  The truth was, I was under moisturizing my skin and in turn the lack of moisture was making my acne worse.  Because I was not using a light weight oil free moisturizer, my skin was creating more oil in order to compensate for the lack of moisture.  I’m not afraid of moisturizer anymore, now I embrace it!  This is making my skin very happy!

4. Clean Your Makeup Brushes 

Ugh!  I don’t mind the task of cleaning my makeup brushes, but remembering to clean them is something else completely!  To solve this problem, I have set a reminder on my phone to go off each week on a day that I know is usually a little less busy for me.  My esthetician recommended to clean my brushes twice a week to cut down on the amount of bactaria I spread when using my brushes each day.  Twice a week may be a little over zealous, but I am trying to at least commit to once a week for my concealer brush and my face brush.

5. Keep Your Hands Off Your Face

Just like your brushes, keeping your hands off your face helps prevent the spread of bacteria.  I tend to rest my face on my hands a lot.  By doing this, I am spreading not just the bacteria from my breakouts, but also the bacteria my hands have come in contact with on doorknobs, my keyboard, etc.  Kind of gross when I think about it!  I have been making a conscious effort to remember this one and am finally starting to break free from this habit.

In addition to these things, I have also decreased the amount of sweets I eat and try to limit dessert to once I week (I know some of you are thinking that is way too often, but if you know me and how much I love my ice-cream, then you know this is a major accomplishment!) and cutting down on soda. I hope you found these tips helpful!  Keep a look out for my post about my facial experience in the future!

Your Son has Hashimoto’s

F4DAB252-987D-4F38-9E3B-788AA7569619.jpegI have wondered if I should hit the publish button on this post all week.  I know others experience things that are much more difficult beyond this.  We are thankful that we now have an explanation for the things our child has been going through and for the good treatment our son is able to receive.  It was still difficult news to hear.  I have also wondered if this post would be to personal to share on the Lydia & Lilac site, but we acknowledge that Lydia & Lilac is also an opportunity for us to share what the Lord is doing in our lives.  So without further ado, here is our post originally written October 3rd.
“Your son has Hashimoto’s”, these are the words that were spoken to Jerry and I this week.  Although we had a pretty good hunch that the diagnosis was coming, preparing yourself for the news that your child has a disease that you, as the parent, cannot take away is never something you hope for.  If you are like most people I talk to, you may be wondering what in the world Hashimoto’s is.  Simply put, Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease that attacks your thyroid.  In a child this manifests itself in a myriad of symptoms that include sensitivity to cold, dry hair, skin, or nails, constipation, difficulty with memory, weight gain, and lack of energy.  Hashimoto’s can also cause a stunt in growth, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities; which we fortunately, did not experience.
Our little boy has always been a happy and healthy kid.  In first grade he was diagnosed with ADHD.  He has a hard time sitting still, loves to chatter all day, and enjoys playing outside with his brothers.  He loves to run errands with mom and he is brilliant.  Academically, things come naturally to him and there are times I wonder if he has a photographic memory.  He has a smile that can light up a room and he is silly beyond belief.
About 3 months ago, we went to a routine appointment for ADHD.  Our little man had gained quite a bit of weight.  While talking to his doctor, we began to realize there had been quite a few changes.  He didn’t want to play outside very often, was always tired, didn’t ride his bike anymore unless his brothers absolutely begged him to, he rather stay home than go on an outing with mom, and when friends came over to play, he would play in short bursts spending most of his time on the couch.  He was having stomach problems and was cold all of the time.  We were on our way out the door of the office, when his doctor caught up with me and said she had been looking at the numbers and thought it might be a good idea to get his thyroid checked.
So off we went for blood work and we made a follow up appointment with his primary peditrician.  At this visit, his pediatrician said that he thought it was probably nothing, that no one had ever come through his office for weight gain and ended up having Hashimotos.  Then, he looked at the numbers.  Next he started to talk to us about Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism and sent us for more blood work.
Fast forward three months and here we are, a new diagnosis, one that I know very little about and am still trying to wrap my head around, I am sure in time I will come to have a better understanding of things like THS, T4, etc.  In the mean time we find ourselves here in this place of uncharted waters.  I think it finally hit me yesterday when picking up his medication.  I had a small melt down.  I realized that this is for life, I can’t take it away.  I’m thankful that it is something that we can manage with medication, but as a parent you never want your child to have any type of disease, disorder, or disability.
We know that our little guy is in the hands of God and we trust that He will take care of him.  I have been reminded again that my children are His and that He has given them to us to care for and point to Him.  Our job is to teach our son that God loves him and to take care of him.  We have been blessed with the support or family and friends.  They have been sending us information and articles and we are so thankful for any and all support as this is still very new to us.  We will face the days ahead together with compassion and a better understanding of what our son is going through.  We will face each day with prayer and will continue to let him know that he is loved beyond belief.