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Friday oh Friday, I welcome you with open arms!

It’s been a busy busy week over here! Between working on editing wedding videos and working on the new website for the shop, I’ve been glued to my computer like an algae eater and it’s not cute! The new inventory started arriving at the house this week and I’m getting it all prepped and ready. Steaming everything and starting to photograph it, ekk so exciting! I’m already planning out what will be new arrivals for the winter as well since it will be here sooner than we know! There will be videos and other blog posts showing the items, explaining the fits and the style of everything, so subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep an eye open for that!

The new shop will have it’s own website but I will still be keeping Etsy open and have the T-shirts available at both shops. This is solely because the traffic I get from Etsy is astounding. I have options to pay for marketing and advertising on Etsy and I have and its brought me a ton of traffic and orders from it. The last few months I’ve been doing some experimenting with the paid advertising and turning it on and off on certain days and now I’ve stopped it all together. I was trying to gauge if it’s worth the money or not. What I’ve noticed is that because my sales have gone up (from paid advertising) my shirts have moved up in the rank on Etsy search pages that I no longer need to pay for the advertising because they are already on the first page! #majorwin

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If you follow me on Snap you would have seen me post this last night already so sorry if this is repetitive, it just makes me incredibly happy! If you type in the search bar on Etsy “boy mom shirt” “wife shirt” or “wedding shirt” I’m on the first page for all of these! It’s been a lot of work, money and time but it’s so worth it! You can follow the shop’s Instagram page to see more customer photos, coupon codes and the new items coming to the shop next month.

I’m filming another wedding tomorrow so I’m charging batteries and getting SD cards all ready for that. I also like to watch a lot of other wedding videos online to get my creative mind going ahead of time. It helps me think of different shots I want to get or how to capture something I may not have thought of.

Since I’ll be gone all day tomorrow away from the boys we are having our usual pizza party Friday night but this time a picnic in our backyard. Really what that means is Jerek and I will be taking chainsaws and literally cutting down anything in our way! We have SO.MANY.WEEDS and just crap growing everywhere that it has got to go! We realize this is the end of the summer and most people do this in the Spring. We’ve been so busy this summer that we’ve let the outside of the house go and it’s about to get wild tonight! We got this pool at the beginning of summer on a crazy “Amazon lightening deal” so I will fill that bad boy up for the boys, grab some pizza and beer and make a night out of it while we tackle the weeds!

I’ve been on the hunt for some new boots for the fall because I had to toss a couple of mine last year as they had seen much better days. I’ve been looking at these cute brown ones from Nordstrom, these ones for a little color or possibly these ones for a little help in the height department. 

If you follow me on Snapchat (@eastwillowgrove) or have seen my nails in real life lately you will know that I have been doing at home gel nails for some time now. I’ve always done my own nails and rarely get manicures and gel nails at home have made my life SO much easier! I will usually do them at 1030pm and go to bed right after! There’s no fear I will mess them up either, it’s amazing! The set I got a while ago is the Sensational Starter kit but I’ve heard great things about the Red Carpet kit too. I usually pick up polishes at Sallys when they are buy 2 get 1 free because they are more expensive than normal nail polish’s. I just bought a couple OPI ones off Amazon that I use a ton as regular nail polish; Lincoln Park After Dark, Funny Bunny and You Don’t Know Jacques. These three are my all time favorite colors, I will even wear Funny Bunny in the winter because I love it so much.

With Labor day weekend coming up we’re trying to think of something fun to do before school starts and life gets even more chaotic! I’m thinking a trip to Grand Haven is in order next weekend because my toes are dying to be submerged into some sand!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Do something fun, get outside and soak up that sun!

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