Birthday Zoo Visit

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None of these photos are picturesque model family outing photos, but I want to do a better job of sharing the activities we do as a family and my husband did a fantastic job of capturing the reality of fun family outings with our kids.

I love seeing Carter’s expressions as he is searching for the next thing to look at and I especially love the photo of him running off because it perfectly captures him. He rarely walks as running is just better and he has so much enthusiasm for life and is always looking for the next great thing.

Amelia loved the zoo and was enthralled by the animals and obsessed with trying to get out of the stroller, haha. She is so much fun these days being a little blonde busybody! She does not like being confined and was not happy with me when I put her back in the stroller after her excursion sitting on the tiger statue.

We had so much fun at the Zoo, the weather was gorgeous and all of the animals were out and about! Carter ran from exhibit to exhibit, but he loved seeing all the animals and exploring the gift shop with grandma. We can’t wait for our next visit!

What do your typical family outings look like?

Walmart Mirror Hack

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was full of cousins and food and lots of fun!

Today I’m sharing an easy hack of Walmart’s $6 mirror (well $5.88 really).

I’ve been wanting a full length mirror in our room forever, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money right now so I decided I would get a cheap mirror and give it a little face lift.

I love distressed farm style pieces so I decided I would do something that fit in with that. I probably should have done colors that fit our bedroom a little better, but I would love to repaint our bedroom to a more off white because the tan just isn’t doing it for me. Anyway, back to the mirror! This is a super easy project and I was able to paint and hang it all during nap time.


Spray paint – This will be your base and will show through when you distress the mirror.

Chalk Paint – This will be your top layer and your main color

Matte Clear Coat Spray Paint – This will seal your mirror

Painter Tape 

Painter paper


  1. Tape your mirror. I put a layer of tape down and then tape the paper down so nothing could soak through on the edges. 

2. Spray your first layer, the number of coats you do is dependent on how textured you want your mirror to look in the end. 

Walmart Mirror Hack Original Mirror Spray Painted Silver

3. You can see the difference between multiple coats and a thin coat here. 

Walmart Mirror Hack Second layer of paint

4. I did 2 coats of pressed metal and then did a little distressing before doing a light coat of nickel silver. Once that dried I brushed the mirror over with an offwhite chalk paint. I used a wet cloth to distress it and then sanded it down a little bit. 

5. I used 3M velcro tabs to hang it against the door between my bathroom and bedroom. 

Walmart Mirror Hack Finished Mirror whitewashed distressed gray corner

Walmart Mirror Hack Finished Mirror Hung on Door

Like I said earlier it doesn’t really match the color of this wall, but oh well. It matches my theme of farmstyle decor like my barnwood headboard behind me. This was such an easy project, I don’t know why I waited so long to do it! You could really make it anything you wanted and if you were willing to spend a little more they have some cute $10-$15 mirrors that are a little bigger and more intricate when it comes to the design.

This was such an easy project, I don’t know why I waited so long to do it! You could really make it anything you wanted and if you were willing to spend a little more they have some cute $10-$15 mirrors that are a little bigger and more intricate when it comes to the design.

It is an easy way to add a pop of color to a kid’s room or spruce up a guest room. And who doesn’t love having a full length mirror in their room?! Yay for finally getting to see more than my upper half when deciding on an outfit!

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Spring Fling Ruffle Sleeve Dress

Spring Fashion Jean Jacket Linen dress sketcher trainers

Spring Fashion Linen dress red sketcher trainers sideshot

Spring Fashion Linen dress ruffle sleeve detail

Spring Fashion Linen dress up close riverwoods provo

Dress is from Uptown Cheapskate – similar here  // Trainers  – similar here  // Jean Jacket  // Necklace 

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited to be sharing this look with you today! When I was shopping at Uptown cheapskate last month I saw this dress and immediately fell in love! I’m not usually big on horizontal stripes, but the shape of this dress and the material were too good to pass up!

Also can we talk about the sleeves?! Ruffle bell sleeves are huge this year. They are all over place likes Forever 21, Target, Anthro, and J.Crew to name a few. It is such a fun look that you can wear during the day to run errands or out for the night.

This dress is so comfortable and airy that it honestly feels like you aren’t wearing anything! The only drawback to it is that linen wrinkles easily, as you can see in my pictures! But, it has pockets (WINNING) so I think I’ll overlook the wrinkle factor.

I’ve loved pairing this dress with sneakers or flats for the day because it is lightweight and comfortable and I can chase my kiddos around in it. I linked a couple similar dresses above and I saw on instastories the other day that Amara Salon’s online boutique is going to be carrying a dress almost identical very soon so keep checking there for it!

I’m also kind of obsessed with these ruffle sleeved top from J.Crew and I think these sneakers and these sneakers would be the perfect combo to a ruffle sleeve dress or top. If I get brave enough I will try and make one via refashion following a tutorial from either cottonandcurls or sarah tyau because I think it is such a fun piece to have in your closet.

What are your thoughts on the bell sleeved fashion? 

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Things Spring Box

Hey everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your Monday is going well so far!

Today I am back linking up with Kiana and Madeline of Mommy Style Monday with a super fun favorite things box exchange we did.

When Kiana reached out about participating in a favorite things box exchange I was so excited. I recently did a favorite things night with some girlfriends and it was super fun so I knew this would be too! Kiana randomly assigned us someone to send a box too and we go to put together a box of our favorite spring items to send to another blogger.

I had so much fun putting my box together and sending it to Juli over at Enjoying the Journey. To see what some of my favorite affordable spring items are for me and my son head over there and check out what I sent her.

I got a box from the sweet Chandler over at Life as a Larsen and we had so much fun going through all of the things she sent!

First off she sent the most adorable card with it that I just love. I have a thing for unique or cute cards and this will definitely be added to my collection.

Favorite Things Spring Box tablecloth bubbles journal and sunflower kit

Second up is this super fun tablecloth she sent me. I love getting the vinyl tablecloths with the flannel backing during different holidays as a fun way to get in the spirit and protect my table from any crafts or kid spills, so I was so excited when I opened the box and found this one. I love, love, love the bright stripes. They are perfect for warming up my kitchen and making it feel like summer on these rainy spring days we’ve been having. If you want to get one for yourself I believe it is from Target.

Next up are these cute little notebooks/journals. I love having a notebook on me and being able to jot things down when they come to mind so these are perfect for having in my purse or diaper bag. I love the designs on the front. They are so pretty and calm and inspire me to write!

Favorite Things Spring Box water color journal notebook small

My son was absolutely thrilled to see that Chandler had sent over some fun bubbles in our box. It was raining when we shot this so we decided to try something new and blow the bubbles onto a piece of paper. It was super fun because they are colored bubbles so it morphed into its own little art project. Carter is obsessed with bubbles so these were a huge win for him and I’m always game for things that keep him busy and engaged!

Lastly she sent over this adorable little sunflower kit. I actually have been picking up little kits like these at Target the last month (great minds think alike!) in preparation for some spring projects with Carter so I was really excited to see this. I love sunflowers and I know Carter will absolutely love getting to help grow one with this kit.

It was so fun to get our box from Chandler and her favorite spring items! I loved everything we got and we had so much fun going through the box and discovering new favorites!

A big thank you to Chandler for sharing her favorite spring items and another big thank you to Kiana and Madeline for putting this together! Be sure and stop by all the other bloggers who participated to give some love and see what their favorite spring items are!

As always if you are interested in joining us for the next Mommy Style Monday sign up on Kiana or Madeline’s blog and keep your eye out for another favorite box exchange!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts

Madeline at CaseyLand

Melissa at The Frolics of Mama Llama

Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins

Cayli at Nightchayde

Rachel at Tutus and Heels

Erica at Good Job Momma

Juli at Enjoying the Journey

Chandler at Life as a Larsen
Hope you have a marvelous Monday and a fabulous week!
I’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite spring items this year?

Mommy and Me // Spring Overalls

Little girl with headband and painted overalls mommy and me photo standing in front of colorful Provo Utah mural

Little girl with headband and painted overalls mommy and me photo mom looking back at camera

Little girl with headband and painted overalls mommy and me photo standing next to colorful wall

Little girl with headband and painted overalls mommy and me photo mom helping baby stand

Little girl with headband and painted overalls mommy and me photo mom crouching next to standing baby

My Look : T-shirt – Target // Overalls – Lettie Boutique // Shoes – Converse

Amelia’s Look : Headband – Amazon // Onesie – Walmart // Overalls – Carter’s // Shoes – Ebay

Happy Friday and Happy Saint Patricks Day (the wall counts as my green right 😉 ) ! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite mommy and me outfits. I love, love, love having a little boy, but it’s a lot harder to match with little boys than it is to match with little girls. Plus, there is just something so fun about matching your baby girl.

Overalls have been making a fashion comeback the last year or so and I’m so happy! I love overalls and wore them all the time up until middle school. Thankfully overalls now are much cuter! They are perfect to wear in the spring when it’s just starting to get warm, but I still usually wear jeans.

I grabbed these overalls over at Lettie Boutique, she is out of these but has another really cute pair. I love these ones because they are essentially the comfiest pair of stretchy skinny jeans with an overall top.

Amelia’s overalls are “Paint Splatter” overalls from Carter’s and I cannot get over them! Aren’t they so fun?! I wish they had snaps, but they are super comfortable and she can get around great in the, so they are one of her go to outfits.

I’ve linked all of our items above, but please feel free to comment if you have any questions about them! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don’t get pinched today!


Do you love to match with your kids? 





Winter Blues





Outfit Details

Top – Matty M Sweater I picked up at Uptown Cheapskate in American Fork. Similar styles here, here, and here // JeansBanana Republic // Jacket – Old,  but similar styles here and here // Shoes Mindy Mae’s Market

It is most definitely still winter here in Utah especially seeing as we got 10 inches of snow last night and while I am very much ready for spring it’s just not sandal and short sleeved weather yet.

That is why I am loving this black sweater I picked up at Uptown Cheapskate recently. It is really lightweight, so you don’t feel like you are super bulky, but it keeps your warm and it is super flattering. I lays perfectly and doesn’t hug too tight and the high low back is very classy and slimming.

This is the perfect sweater to transition into spring with as it is lightweight and will keep your warm on those chilly spring mornings at the park or Target if we’re being honest.

Also, it was a portion of the price which made it too good not to get! If you haven’t been to Uptown Cheapskate you really need to because they have the cutest styles and great brands for a fraction of their regular price. It is a win win all the way around. If you’re hesitant about buying pre-worn clothes I would at least check it out before you nix it. All of the clothes are in great condition and you really don’t feel like you are buying used clothing.

My shoes are new to my closet and I am loving them! I get a pair of shoes every year in my sister’s honor because she loved shoes and it’s a fun tradition to remember the happy times we had with her. If I get a color I usually go with pink, but when I saw these shoes over on Mindy Mae’s instagram I had to have them. They are super comfy and the light blue color is perfect to add a little color and spice up any outfit.

This is the perfect mom uniform for me as I feel put together and cute, but still comfortable enough that I can chase my kiddos around in it. If you need to go somewhere and want a little extra you can grab a classic pea coat or wool trench coat to pair with this and you’re ready for a day of meetings or even lunch on the town.

Happy Tuesday!!

What is your go to mom uniform? Are you a second hand shopper or do you like to stick with new items?


Donuts made easy 

Happy Friday! Utah had us gearing up for an early spring and then dropped 9+ in of snow on us, so we are back to snuggling up inside with movies and hot chocolate for the time being.

Whatever your current weather situation I like to think donuts are a great idea and today I’m sharing the easiest homemade donuts!

I knew we were going to do a smash cake for Amelia a few days before her birthday, but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do on her birthday until I was in JoAnns a few days before and I saw their baked donut display (not sponsored, this totally happened!). We love donuts at our house and the display was so cute and so easy that I decided it was the perfect treat for Amelia’s actual birthday.

We’ve made homemade fried donuts before and they are so yummy, but we had never made baked ones and let me tell you after this I’m not sure we’ll go back to fried ones at home!

These were so incredibly easy and turned out amazing! Plus who can argue with heavenly premade mix and glaze. If you’re like me and think there is no way that bottle glaze is yummy, think again. It is delicious and while I’m sure there are those of you who can make a killer donut glaze, I am happy to stick with these.

For the actual donuts all you do is add milk and eggs and then pipe it into the donut pan. Cook for 8-10 min or until they look done. Let them cool for a few minutes before popping them out of the pan and then glaze away!

The glazes have to be heated up without the cap for about 15 seconds and then you put the cap back on and drizzle to your hearts content. Seriously, this is the easiest way to make donuts at home.

The kids loved them, which doesn’t say a lot for Amelia because she inhales anything with sugar, but Carter is a little pickier about his baked sweets and ate so many!

– side note – she loves sweets so much, she bawled from the time we took these clear through her happy birthday song, until she got a donut!!

Also I just can get over how cute that little donut pan is or how versatile. I made donut brownies for Valentine’s Day and they were so so good! If you want to get creative there are tons of great baked donut ideas on Pinterest and at Walmart the other day I saw a Krispy Kreme baked donut mix!

Do you like baked donuts? What is your favorite recipe? What is your favorite baked treat?

Happy Birthday Angel B

Time is a funny thing. Some days it goes slow, some days it flies by. There are moments when time can heal and moments when time can extend and even increase already anxious moments or excruciating pain. Through the years time has been all of those things for me. It has brought healing as it has provided ample experiences that bring happiness to my life.

Yet sometimes those sweet beautiful moments that time provides bring feelings of bittersweetness as I wish I could share them with my angel sister. No matter what happens with time it cannot completely overcome loss and grief. When someone loses someone or even something they love and hold dear there is always a part of them entangled in grief, whether it is an unconscious sliver in their minds or a daily companion.

For me I see grief like I see the waves of the ocean. There are many days when we can wade in the water and bask in the blue sky and sand, but there are many days where the winds blow and the waves crash over us. Over time the storms can lessen, but they still happen and often there is no telling when a wave might knock us down, especially waves that start as small and unsuspecting.

Today my sister would be turning 32 and I have no doubt we would be celebrating in some fashion whether together or worlds apart. She is a forever presence in my life, almost more so now than after she first died. As I get older and my family grows and my dreams and successes and failures and heartbreaks also grow I think of her all the time and the role she would play in my life and what our relationship might be like. Sometimes I laugh and smile when I think of what she might say or do in a situation and sometimes I grieve and wish she was physically here with me.

Today is a hard day and that is okay. Today is a reminder of a beautiful soul and a reminder to love deeply and have the faith to live life to its fullest. It is a day of sadness and a day of celebration of a life lived and love shared, and while today we celebrate worlds apart, I have faith one day we will celebrate together again and what a beautiful happy day that will be!

Today I choose to remember the good, to love better and deeper, to find joy, and to count myself so incredibly lucky to have an amazing angel watching out for me.

Happy Birthday B – xoxo



Amelia’s Floral Cake Smash







Happy Thursday everyone! We are one day closer to the weekend and I am so ready for it! I got hit with a nasty cold and just want to snuggle up in bed dreaming of Amelia’s delicious smash cake!

We didn’t do a cake smash for Carter’s 1st birthday, but we had a lot of friends around so we did a fun birthday party for him. I also feel like we have way more pictures of Carter as a little baby than Amelia, poor second child syndrome, so I really wanted to get some fun pictures of her and do a cake smash.

Having a husband who does professional photography really comes in handy when you want to do projects like this! He set up his pop up photography studio in our living room and I did the backdrop, the cake, and Amelia’s outfit and let him go to town on the photos.

I have had a lot of questions/compliments about Amelia’s tutu she has on. I got it on Amazon for $16.00 and then used Rit dye to custom dye it. It took me a little bit as I didn’t realize I had to use a special dye because of the material, but I love how it turned out. It is a polyester nylon mix, so I had to use Rit More dye and it worked like magic. I got it online on their website and I loved it because they had a color chart that gave you recipes for every color shade you could think of (and no this isn’t sponsored).

I got her onesie at Walmart and then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the one for her shirt. I used Cricut Iron on Glitter Vinyl. It is super easy to use and I love how well it holds up. I get mine at Joann’s. Her bow is a sweet lace bow from Little Fern Design and I believe it is still available in her shop!

Her cake is a chocolate butter pecan cake with a simple buttercream frosting. I didn’t want to do anything crazy with the cake and so I stuck with the “naked” frosting idea and used some small fake peonies and a glitter one from Hobby Lobby to decorate it.

The flower wall is made of fake flowers from Hobby Lobby and some clear jewelry thread. I saw the idea on Pinterest and fell in love with it. I took two different tutorials ( here and here) and combined them and it was perfect. I wanted a classy and sweet backdrop, but nothing that would be too distracting. The flowers were surprisingly easy to put together and the end result with her tutu and cake were everything I could have wanted!

As you can see from the pictures Amelia had zero hesitations about diving into her cake and she was very upset when we took it away. To say this girl loves food, especially sweets is a total understatement! I’m so thankful we did this shoot just so I can have these sweet photos to look back on and remember her and her fun personality at this age!

How do you like to celebrate 1st birthdays at your house?