November 16, 2016

The importance of sending snail mail, with Pixinote






Since we have lived in many places, we have left little pieces of our hearts there, in the people we met and so deeply loved. It's so good to be home and close by family, but those sweet  friends across the country are dearly missed. We recently discovered Pixinote. It is an easy to use app, allowing you to send good old fashioned snail mail. For $2.50 you choose a photo right from your phone, add a message, address, and it's sent for you. 
No trouble, no post office trips, etc. 
There's really something about opening mail that is just special. It's so personal, thoughtful, and heart warming. It makes me think about my Grandma and how she would mail us cards/letters  for every Holiday, even if we were spending that holiday with her, we would still always get a card in the mail. It was the best feeling. 
Hoping our friends smile when they receive these cute cards!

October 20, 2016

Best of Books for Babies and Children : The Little Gardener

I decided to start a new series here on the blog and Instagram; Blakely's Best of Books for Babes and Children. Lately I've been allowing my girls to watch more t.v. /movies more than usual, not that I really want to, but mostly out of nausea and pregnancy desperation ha! Along with the increase in show and electronics, I've seen an increase in anxious, bored, and a bit naughty, learned behavior. Whether or not its the actual content of the shows or just the lack of engagement and activity, I can tell its just TOO MUCH! As a parent you just know, you know the limits.  I'm not by any means giving parenting advice nor judging anyone regarding how much T.V. time you allow your kids (heaven knows I'm guilty of using those screens as babysitters) I'm just sharing my recent realization and in a sense putting into words my goals to replace t.v. time with books. I'm a definite believer in writing down goals, I HAVE to!  So here's to more memories of story time, the soaring of beautiful little imaginations, and life lessons to be remembered.

Now, onto the book for this week.

The Little Gardener
Emily Hughes


The tender story of persistence, hard work, and believing in what you are pouring your heart into.
It's a parable of purpose. At times it brings tears to my eyes while reading.
It conveys that no matter how small something or someone might be, you can influence and impact others, you have purpose and mean the world to someone.

"It is the assurance for anyone who has ever undertaken a labor of love against seemingly insurmountable odds and persevered through hardship, continuing to nourish that labor until the love emanates out, becomes contagious, and draws in kindred spirits as a centripetal force of shared purpose and enthusiasm.

You can find this book here on Amazon of course
and if you're local to SLC (I love to support a good old bookstore) The Kings English carries it as well.

September 21, 2016

Fall Chambray + clogs

Signs of fall are showing everywhere, and today is the last full day of summer! Waaaah!
I always hate to see summer go, but, the beauty of fall just can't be beat. 
The next few posts I put together a few pieces I've worn all summer with some fall touches. 
I love the idea of wearing what you already have, and just tweaking it a bit/adding a fall piece to change the look and make it appropriate for that next season.

This big initial necklace has been a favorite of mine and of course can be worn year round. 
I got lucky when I married and got the same initial as my first name "B" it's fun to represent both. 

So this top from Nest Boutique is the perfect fall chambray. 
It's unique, not your typical chambray. 
The long sleeves are perfect for a fall look and it's light weight so it's not too hot for this weather.



 So, these comfiest motto leggings from Love Winnie James have been my staple.
I wore them this spring, and summer, and now fall! They work great for all seasons.
Of course the clogs! I am a sucker for clogs! I remember when my Mom bought me clogs as a little girl, I never wanted to take them off. They were even shiny, patent leather, so fancy!

September 14, 2016

Seasons of life, with cabana life

Summer will forever be my favorite season. I'm such a warm weather girl. The sunshine and warm salt water just speak to my heart and soothe my soul. The years we spent living in Florida (the land of the endless summer is what they call it) just made my sunshine chasing self even more of a summer girl. It was perfection, we still we able to celebrate all the seasons, holidays, etc. Christmas in shorts and 75 degree weather, potted poinsettias donning all the porches, palm trees strung with christmas lights, beach days making "sandmen" instead of snowmen. It was pretty amazing. I got used to it and thoroughly loved it. However, there were (short) times I would miss the changes of the seasons. The turning of the leaves, beautiful Autumn colors, crisp cool mornings, and the smell of fresh snow on the ground. I did miss those aspects. I've been thinking a lot lately about seasons. Seasons of life as well. We are all in different seasons of life. Each season has its beauty, charm, and happiness, as each season also has its challenges, heartache, and discomfort. Although it would be nice to be able to stay comfortably in our favorite season, we can't. One thing we know is a constant in life is change. seasons change and continue to change. I have really been trying to LIVE this season of life I am in. Whether it's warm and sunny, full of palm trees and sparkling sea water every day, or cold and sometimes dark, living in the moment is something we will never regret. Last night I had to speak for a few minutes to a group of women at our church, I talked about seasons of life and the one thing I wanted to make sure to impress upon anyone listening was that no matter what season of life we might be in, we can find some joy. Don't focus on the many things you can't do in that particular season of life, instead focus on what you CAN do. Helping others, serving, free time, travel, hobbies, taking care of others, career, etc. Think about the many opportunities you have to make a difference and the ways that you can in your current season.

I love these photos of my and my girls because they so accurately show the season of life we are in right now. (Besides the piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and toys spread throughout the house)
We're exploring, we're growing, we're learning. We are always trying harder to be better, somedays it is easier than others. We love to play and giggle, run and laugh. We aren't perfect, but we are doing our best, and LIVING life, trying to soak up every single moment, because we all know these little ones wont be little much longer.


 These darling scalloped rash guards are from Cabana Life. I'm such a sucker for matching anything!
I especially love when they have some Mommy and Me Matchy Match!! 
These are so darling, yet so functional. 
Perfect for the little chillier nights, 
or a sunny day at the beach to protect those little arms from the sun.
The scallops! I just can't handle how cute they are. 


These softest ever, and beautiful, handwoven towels are from My havlu.




Seasons of life, with cabana life

Summer will forever be my favorite season. I'm such a warm weather girl. The sunshine and warm salt water just speak to my heart and soothe my soul. The years we spent living in Florida (the land of the endless summer is what they call it) just made my sunshine chasing self even more of a summer girl. It was perfection, we still we able to celebrate all the seasons, holidays, etc. Christmas in shorts and 75 degree weather, potted poinsettias donning all the porches, palm trees strung with christmas lights, beach days making "sandmen" instead of snowmen. It was pretty amazing. I got used to it and thoroughly loved it. However, there were (short) times I would miss the changes of the seasons. The turning of the leaves, beautiful Autumn colors, crisp cool mornings, and the smell of fresh snow on the ground. I did miss those aspects. I've been thinking a lot lately about seasons. Seasons of life as well. We are all in different seasons of life. Each season has its beauty, charm, and happiness, as each season also has its challenges, heartache, and discomfort. Although it would be nice to be able to stay comfortably in our favorite season, we can't. One thing we know is a constant in life is change. seasons change and continue to change. I have really been trying to LIVE this season of life I am in. Whether it's warm and sunny, full of palm trees and sparkling sea water every day, or cold and sometimes dark, living in the moment is something we will never regret. Last night I had to speak for a few minutes to a group of women at our church, I talked about seasons of life and the one thing I wanted to make sure to impress upon anyone listening was that no matter what season of life we might be in, we can find some joy. Don't focus on the many things you can't do in that particular season of life, instead focus on what you CAN do. Helping others, serving, free time, travel, hobbies, taking care of others, career, etc. Think about the many opportunities you have to make a difference and the ways that you can in your current season.

I love these photos of my and my girls because they so accurately show the season of life we are in right now. (Besides the piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and toys spread throughout the house)
We're exploring, we're growing, we're learning. We are always trying harder to be better, somedays it is easier than others. We love to play and giggle, run and laugh. We aren't perfect, but we are doing our best, and LIVING life, trying to soak up every single moment, because we all know these little ones wont be little much longer.


 These darling scalloped rash guards are from Cabana Life. I'm such a sucker for matching anything!
I especially love when they have some Mommy and Me Matchy Match!! 
These are so darling, yet so functional. 
Perfect for the little chillier nights, 
or a sunny day at the beach to protect those little arms from the sun.
The scallops! I just can't handle how cute they are. 


These softest ever towels are from Myhavlu




August 17, 2016

Unicorn Party! (Unicorn dance party, that is)

Rosie requested a "Unicorn Dance Party" for her fourth Birthday!
I had to smile because she's totally my kind of girl, any party should have "dance party" added to the end of it right? It was a lot of fun planning this party because she had opinions on things and she was so into helping me pick everything out. It was exactly what her colorful, sparkly, dreams had dreamt. 


 Our signature pose together 

  This unicorn bark was so easy to make, Rosie picked out all the colors and sprinkles. 

All these cute unicorn details, picks, banners, etc. are from Meri Meri. 
The cutest, most magical party decorations. 

 I usually make the cakes for my girls, but I knew it wasn't going to work out with the timing this time, so I had the cake made by Granite Bakery. They frosted it so perfectly and then Rosie and I poured on the glitter sugar and fluffed up a few pieces of cotton candy with the flowers and unicorns.
It turned out so fun!
 I made these "unicorn horn" crescent rolls, super easy and the kids loved them.
 The pixie dust was one of the hits of the party along with this list I found on pinterest where it finds your "unicorn name" and the girls literally listened so intently, each giggling and smiling as we poured the dust on their head as they received their unicorn names. 


 Birthday girl with her unicorn horn

 The unicorn dance party!!!

 It was pretty magical when we had a real unicorn show up!!
Dolly, was her name. 
Each of the girls got a chance to ride. It was such a fun sight to see walking through our backyard ha!




 Pin the horn on the unicorn. 
I also found this on pinterest, but I was in too big of a hurry to get it printed, sooooooo luckily my husband has much better art skills than I do, and he quickly drew this unicorn for me!
we used these easy expressions Vinyl sheets and cut out the horns.