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December 16 • Comment »



Hi, friends!  Just a quick note to tell you that Emily and I are happily busy with projects and other ventures (and toddlers!) during this season of our lives, so we are not taking new clients for the foreseeable future.  We will continue to do webinars and individual consulting, but we aren’t taking full branding clients anymore.  If you are interested in doing consulting or coaching with both of us, email Kristin at  for details!

On a recent trip to our shared hometown, our amazing friends Rae and Wes Leytham snapped these photos of Grace and Brady in my mamas kitchen!

Making messes happen : )

Follow Emily and I on our Instagram accounts for details on upcoming webinars. Here’s to a great 2014 ahead, friends! 


December 21 • 138 Comments »




Wow, what a wonderful year this has been! We started the Making Brands Happen webinars this year as a way for creative business owners to get a powerful kickstart…. right in the comfort of their homes!  You’ve all made remarkable changes in your lives and businesses!  We were thrilled to have MBH and our webinars mentioned as a 2012 industry highlight at the engage! luxury wedding conference in Palm Beach this year, where Lara was also a speaker on branding.  Huge thanks to Rebecca and Kathryn for their kind words!

We are very excited to launch the 2013 Making Brands Happen Webinar Series with a new webinar to kick the year off in a BIG way.  Part 1 will be focused on giving you a strong start for the year – goal setting, clearing the clutter, setting yourself up for success and taking action on what matters.  We highly recommend you take the entire webinar series as they all tie together.  If you can’t make one of the days, not to worry – we will be sending recordings for your convenience!  So, join us and make 2013 YOUR YEAR!  Cheers, y’all!


EDITED TO ADD: Congrats to the random winner chosen Kat HanafinKat, email marissa @ to get your registration codes.  Everyone else, there are just a few seats left and you will save $25 when you register for the whole series, which we highly recommend.  Each webinar goes with the next.  We’re so excited!  See y’all next week!!!!

P.S. Photo above by our dear friend Gina, taken on the Making Things Happen Tour this year!

SOLD OUT for 2012 Launches!

August 24 • Comment »




Hi friends!  Oh my, we’ve been busy bees this year at Making Brands Happen.  Emily and I are over-the-moon about our clients this year and cannot wait for our 20 or so big launches coming up in the next few weeks.  Every one of our clients has worked SO hard and transformed from the inside-out.  It’s been inspiring for us to watch the light bulbs go off and see big dreams realized.

We’re officially SOLD OUT for 2012 launches and now accepting 2013 clients.  We are fiercely committed to doing our best work and have some exciting new options for the new year (I cannot believe this year is drawing to a close already!).  If you are interested in Making Brands Happen for 2013, we’re now having prospective clients do an initial consulting session with yours truly so we can really get to know you and your goals to see if we are the perfect fit for you.  To book your initial session with me, just shoot Marissa and email and she’ll get you scheduled!  Since I’m knee-deep in making a magazine happen right now, initial sessions will either be scheduled for late this fall or early 2013.

Wishing you all a blessed fall ahead!  I personally cannot wait for the leaves to start turning, the NC State Fair to open and for Starbucks to roll out all things holiday!  Yeehaw!  What are you excited about?

Love y’all!

Lara (+ Emily)

P.S. We’d LOVE to see y’all at Making Things Happen this fall!  Join us.

photo by Nancy Ray

Big Launches from Making Brands Happen

July 16 • Comment »


Vine & Light


Hello, friends! Marissa here! We hope that your summer has been wonderful so far, and hasn’t been flying by nearly as fast as ours! This week we had two BIG launches from the Making Brands Happen family!

First up: we were absolutely thrilled to launch our fabulous client Ms. Shannon‘s gorgeous NEW brand and site! Her stunning images have a great new home to be shown off in!

Special thanks, and BIG hugs to Cathy from Love Inspired for her hard work and talent on Shannon’s site and blog!

Doesn’t Shannon have the best smile? We’re so thrilled for you, S!

Next up, we have the much-anticipated launch of our own Mrs. Emily Ley’s new SHOP!!

Emily’s shop has been a labor of love. She designed it to make life just a little sweeter for all of the busy business women, super moms, pig-tail brushers, tailgate hostesses and overall awesome-makers.

From gorgeous personalized iPhone cases (I’m obsessed with mine – see  if you can spot it on the site!) to unbelievably adorable Great Day Plates™, Emily hopes these paper and gift products impart a bit of Southern charm into your busy days and help you focus on what matters most.

Besides her overwhelming love for classic, timeless patterns and gorgeous monograms the mission behind these products is to help each of us focus on our TREASURE. Why are gorgeous iPhone cases awesome? Because they encourage us to flip those puppies upside down, show off our pretty case and get back to the people right in front of us!

And just you wait! The NEW Emily Ley Simplified Planners will be available for preorder on July 20th! I cannot wait to put mine together!

To celebrate Emily is give out a little love to all our sweet friends! Just enter “OHHAPPYDAY” at checkout for 10% off iPhone cases until July 20th!

P.S. All of Emily’s lovely images are courtesy of the incredibly talented and adorable Nancy Ray. 

Happy Birthday, Marissa!

February 4 • 1 Comment »




We love you, Marissa!!!

Marissa wears a lot of hats for Making Brands Happen, including being our phenomenal Client Concierge.  If you have a question about anything (and I mean anything!) or if you simply need encouragement or a resource for something, Marissa is right there to lend a helping hand!  She rocks our world and makes our wonderful clients very happy!  Marissa, we couldn’t do this exciting powerful work without your heart and passion always behind us.  Your constant care for everyone around you makes my heart sing! I love you so much!  Love, Lara and Grace

Marissa, you are one of my absolute favorite people on the planet and I thank God for you everyday!!! You fill my every day with so much positivity and love! I hope your birthday is full of so much love and lots of laughs! Wishing you a year even more awesome than the last!!  Love,  Emily + Brady

photo by Gina Zeidler

Introducing the NEW Making Brands Happen!

November 14 • 17 Comments »



One year ago today, Emily and I were in Los Angeles with Gina on the Making Things Happen Tour.  We were about to head to Maui where we would soon meet our dear friend, Natalie Norton.  The four of us became best friends over this last incredible year, traveling the country to inspire creatives to take action on their dreams.  Oh, what a blessed year it has been!

On that plane ride to Maui, Emily and I talked about our passion for helping budding business owners make big things happen.  We have both taken huge risks in our own lives to live out our passions and have come to see the power of stepping into fear instead of away from it.

Our story is unique, but we know full well – and have seen in the over 500+ Making Things Happen alumni – that anyone can realize dreams they never thought possible… with the right powerful tools.  We’re here to give you those tools.   Making Brands Happen was born out of a desire to help you realize your full potential.  This work makes our hearts sing!

It’s our mission in life to empower creatives to live their best lives and take their businesses to the next level with authenticity, heart and a solid foundation.  A year since this journey began on that plane over the Pacific, we’re thrilled to finally show you what we’ve been up to these last 12 months!

Besides a beautiful Brady Ley and my Grace on the way any minute now, over three dozen powerful new brands – packed with confidence and solid strategy – have been born.  It’s a pretty exciting day, friends!  We have about 50 blog posts waiting in the wings for you to devour shortly, but for now, enjoy our stunning new site and blog.

The site is packed with so many goodies.  Huge thanks to Cathy Olson, Paperfinger and so many incredible photographers including K and K Photography, Gina Zeidler, Nancy Ray, Brett Arthur, Meg Baisden and Rae Leytham for helping us bring this site to life!  We love you!  Thank you to the awesome MBH behind-the-scenes duo, Marissa and Nicole, for taking such great care of us and our clients.  We couldn’t do this work without you!  And a gigantic thank you (along with tons of high-fives!) to our phenomenal clients.

We are so grateful for the gifts of kindness and encouragement you have given us over this exciting year!  It is with profound gratitude that we present you our new brand home!

We are accepting a very limited number of new clients beginning in March 2012, when I return from maternity leave. Most spots are already filled and we expect to be sold out for 2012 launches by the end of this year, so be sure to reserve your new brand ASAP. More details about our process and how to get started can be found here.

With love, Lara and Emily (and Brady and Grace!)