Opportunity of a Lifetime with MacKenzie-Childs

Disclaimer: This post is sponosored by Mackenzie-Childs but thoughtfully and honestly written by me. Opinions are 100% my own!
MacKenzie Childs Summer Outdoor 4th of July Decor

Big news, friends!! I have been dying to share this news with you ever since this opportunity landed on my lap. So I'm just gonna come right out and say it! {drum roll.....}

A photo that I styled and took will be in this summer's MacKenzie-Childs catalog!!!! WHAT!?? This is just beyond exciting to me as I have been a MacKenzie-Childs fan since I can remember. Of all the amazing opportunities I've been given through this blog of mine, THIS ONE is the biggest and most important to me. 

And today, I get to share all the behind the scenes fun and photos that didn't make the cut! But first, a little background on my relationship with MacKenzie-Childs.

When I was just a tween, my family took a trip to Phoenix where my mom's cousin lived. They lived in a beautiful home and they had the most amazing collection of MacKenzie-Childs things. I was in AWE! We visited the MacKenzie-Childs store and from that moment on, my mom, sister, and I were all in love with the brand. My mother started a collection right then and there and as my sister and I grew up, we started collecting our own pieces. Each piece means something special to me and I will continue to collect MacKenzie-Childs for the rest of my life. 

You can imagine my excitement when I got an email from them inviting me to work with them. I was kind of freaking out! (Understatement). And when I found out what this opportunity was, I cried. They wanted me to share how we incorporate their amazing pieces into our summer festivities - particularly Independence Day! And best yet, they potentially wanted to put it in their catalog!!! I could not have been more excited. Once it was all said and done, I was really on top of the world and didn't think it could get much better than working with my favorite company. But then I got an email letting me know they loved the shoot so much they bumped it up from a quarter page slot to a 2 page spread!!!! I burst into tears LOL! Really, this was a magical moment for me! A real encouragement to me after months of feeling like blogging and social media had been weighing on me.

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and something that is really, really special to me and my family. So without further ado, I want to share some of the pics of our shoot with you today and you'll just have to wait and see what photo they chose for their catalog later this week!! If you aren't already signed up for their catalog, do it HERE. It's one of my favorite things I look for in my mail!

MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio

We wanted to share how you can fit your MacKenzie-Childs items into any style or event you have. For this shoot, our theme was Independence Day. We incorporated their signature black and white courtly check patio furniture into a red, white, and blue color scheme and you can see how easily the signature black and white prints fit into any color palette. 

MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor

I am fortunate enough to have an amazing sister who just happens to have the prettiest backyard I've ever seen. So we set up our shoot right here in her backyard in Bothell, WA. Our little models are Ila (my daughter in blue) my sister's daughter, Gia (in white). They were just the sweetest things and loved being a part of this special moment!

MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor
MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor
MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor
MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor

We made easy DIY treats for this shoot including rice kripsy stars and sprinkled ice cream cones. We love to fill our cones with fresh strawberries and whipped cream! Yum! A perfect summer treat!

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This is the first time MacKenzie-Childs has ever incorporated styled shoots from bloggers including people in their shoots EVER! So we made it a family affair and my parents came and everything! When I told you, my whole family is crazy about MKC, I wasn't kidding! :)

There are three other amazing bloggers featured in this month's catalog from MacKenzie-Childs. I hope you can check it out! To see more items that are top picks chosen by bloggers just like me, go HERE. You can also shop their items by clicking on the links below:

 

I want to thank MacKenzie-Childs for giving me this opportunity and supplying us with the most gorgeous items to style. It also gave me the chance of a lifetime and let me accomplish the impossible which was to spoil my sister. She is a one in a billion kind of sister and has given me so much in life and I have never been able to surprise her with a truly special gift until this opportunity came my way. These pieces will be treasured in her home for many, many, many years to come!!! 

Before I go, here are some of my absolute favorite shots from the day and some special behind the scenes videos (you can get a glimpse of what the weather really looked like - thank God for editing!!)

MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor
MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor
MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor
MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor
MacKenzie Childs Outdoor Summer Patio - 4th of July Decor

You can find all these amazing items to shop below and start your own collection!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed this and found a little inspiration today! Please let me know if you are a MKC fan or if you are thinking about starting your own collection after seeing this! I'd love to hear from you!