July 21, 2014

Family Pics

If you are already sick of seeing these pictures on my Instagram, click away now. Cause I'm about to blow up my blog with even more of our family pictures.

Cause, people. I. AM. OBSESSED. No really, I can't stop looking at them!!

Our friend, Michelle Cluff, took these for us...and oh man...she did SUCH a good job!!!!
If you EVER need a photographer in UT, she is your girl!!
She also did Henley's Newborn pics (which I was obsessed with too). 

There is just something about my little family RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT that makes me so happy. We are in such a good place, and I so wanted to remember this exact time in our lives. Plus, these are our first pictures as a family of FOUR, which is so crazy to me!!

I will cherish these pics forever and ever.

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June 24, 2014

All Things Pineapple

I'm not only OB-sessed with eating pineapples right now, I'm totally obsessed with anything and everything pineapple! It's might be a disease, actually. Pineappleacidosis? Yup. I've got a major case of it.

So, behold...my current fave PINEAPPLE PICKS...straight from the grove to you.

Yup, I've already bought those shorts for Henley. They're from my friends shop, This Freckled Girl...and are currently on GroopDealz for just $22! I mean...score!

Tell me, are you as in love with all things pineapple right now as I am?

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June 16, 2014

30 Cool Things About Turning 30

turning 30

I remember back in elementary school, my favorite teacher EVER happened to be 30. She had red hair, a fun job, dressed super cute and I thought she was just so cool. I thought, man when I'm 30...I'm gonna be cool just like her. 

Well, today is my 30th Birthday!!!!!!! So, the big question is - do I feel COOL, now??

turning 30

Maybe I just really loved that teacher, but I just don't know if I feel all that "cool." Maybe more like when I was 19-24, I did. Back then, I KNEW I was just so dang awesome. Now, it's a different kind of cool. I'm cool in the sense that I cut Davis' sandwiches into dinosaur shapes. I'm cool in the way that sometimes I get to buy makeup from a department store. Cool in the sense that I make homemade chocolate chip cookies for my neighbors & they love me for it.

turning 30

turning 30
Cool just doesn't have the same meaning to me as it used to. And I'm totally ok with that.
I've learned to embrace a different kind of coolness.


1. Being able to afford nice furniture, instead of hand-me-downs.
2. Being a Mom is actually really awesome.
3. You're suddenly very comfortable with who you've become.
4. Finding your happy place.
5. Not dwelling on the stupid stuff.
6. Loving watching your kids accomplish things.
7. Owning the sexy that comes with knowing who you are. (Yes, the sexy. We all have it.)
8. Being content to just stay home on a Saturday night.
9. And being totally fine with going to bed at a reasonable hour.
10. Loving your parents even more, because they watch your kids for you.
11. Having 5 really good friends, instead of 30 sort-of good friends.
12. Having WAY more confidence than you ever did in my 20's.
13. Owning things, instead of renting them.
14. Finding your style.
15. Finding your VOICE.
16. Not taking crap from anybody like you did in your 20's.
17. You really find out what you're passionate about.
18. You really find out what you hate in life. And learn to avoid it, instead of just sucking it up.
19. Change isn't such a bad thing anymore.
20. Realizing how hard your parents worked to keep you alive, and actually appreciating them.
21. You don't have time for drama anymore.
22. And the drama you do have, is small stuff like being late for preschool dropoff.
23. You realize that no, you're not going to live forever. So you seize the hell out of each day.
24. You like feeling more grounded.
25. You've learned to treat your body better.
26. Actually liking exercise.
27. Because your body doesn't stay young forever either.
28. You've finally found a place to rest & be happy.
29. You can have your cake AND eat it too.
30. You're not dating anymore. Phew.

turning 30

Those are the things that are cooler to me than anything. Maybe it's not exactly what I thought it would be at 30...but it might be just a little bit better than I even imagined.

30 cheers to being 30, my friends!! It's gonna be a great year!!!

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June 12, 2014

Playroom Inspiration

There's nothing like that feeling of jumping into a new project. The hunt, the excitement, and wondering what the space will actually look like when it's done!

After I finally finished the Tiny Bathroom Makeover, the next project on my (ever growing) list is...The Playroom! I'm way way way too excited to start this room! We just finished our basement, and there is this huge open space down there just BEGGING to be designed. Plus, my hubby is begging me to start it - so we can have somewhere to put the masses of toys that we've collected!
Side note: I swear the toys multiply at night. That's the only explanation for why we have so many. Creeeepy. 

playroom inspiration

This is my little inspiration board for their playroom. Since we have a boy & a girl, I want boys to be able to play down there (even though my son does love pink ;), and girls too. I want it to be FUN, VIBRANT, and COLORFUL...but not like a rainbow smacked you in the face. 

So, cheers to another project - - it's gonna be a fun one!!

Tent // Land of Nod 
Book Caddy // Land of Nod
Honeycomb Decals // The Lovely Wall
Wall Knobs // Land of Nod
Framed Art // Society 6
ABC Art // Society 6
Light Fixture // 1st Dibs
Blue Lounge Chair // Pottery Barn Teen
Ikat Letters // Anthropologie
Yellow Pouf // CB2
Dream Big Print // Owl You Need Is Love 
Basket // Land of Nod

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April 12, 2014

The Tiny Bathroom Makeover

I affectionately refer to our guest bathroom as "The Tiniest Bathroom in the World."

At just 4ft. x 6ft., the space is just that - T I N Y. Or as some would say, cozy. It gets SO MUCH USE, though. Our guests use it, we use it, and now that D is potty trained - he is constantly in there.

plank wall diy

Every time I went in there, it was like it was just screaming at me --

Yes. My bathroom totally talks to me. 

It's been on my list of projects to do since we moved in (and that was almost 3 years ago!). So, finally I told my hubby..that's it. We are fixing this nagging little irk of a bathroom.

ideas for blank walls

The inspiration for the wall came from a Parade of Homes house I saw waaaay back a couple of years ago. They did a huge wall with tons of dark wood planks on it. It was in a kids bathroom, and I thought it looked so good! Maybe a little much on a huge wall, but I knew I would love it on a smaller scale.

It was pretty simple to do, actually (well, kind of. hehe). The hubs bought a big box of cedar floor planks from Home Depot. Then we measured the wall, and measured the planks. He was in charge of cutting each piece to size with his handy Miter Saw. I was in charge of making sure they fit and looked good up on the wall. I let him do all the hard labor (isn't that nice of me). We started at the top, and worked our way down.

Then he just nailed each piece to the wall. Yes, it was a lot of nails. We tried glue the planks on the wall first, but it was so smelly - - my sensitive nose couldn't handle it. So, nails won out.

After it was all hung up, I got to decorating. That part is my favorite, of course!

how to do plank walls

It took about 1/2 day to finish it. I really really really love how it turned out! Now every time I walk in there, I wanna just stay in there all day. Kinda weird, right? But I feel like every room in your house you should just LOVE to pieces. Even a tiny little guest bathroom.

plank wall diy

plank wall diy

plank wall diy

Next up on "The Project List", the Playroom in our basement! I'm so excited to get started on that room, you have no idea!


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