Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, June 3, 2016


Our first time making homemade playdough, and it was a success! The boys had a blast helping and watching it transform into a playdough state...plus it smells absolutely amazing thanks to the Blue Razzle Jello-O packet we used :)


Picking out a yellow for our back door. I think I'm going with the one on the left. It's going to be the perfect fun pop of color for the long all white hallway we have.


Picking peaches with Nana in her backyard.




A delicious and impressive charcuterie plate that Ian and I shared on a recent date.  Oh how I loooooove a good charcuterie plate.


Max graduated Kindergarten this week and I am so proud of this sweet little man! We are going to have the best summer ever before he heads off to the big first grade.

Have an awesome weekend!

Pictures With Brooke Aliceon + Tips for Finding The Right Photographer For You

Thursday, May 26, 2016


I would say I've got the car selfie thing down haha, but as of lately I have needed photos of just me for a few projects I've been working on. And since my husband would rather do just about anything else other than take pictures of me (no but for reals I don't know how those fashion bloggers do it) I decided to go with a pro, Brooke Aliceon.  I love her beautiful, outdoor, natural style and I couldn't be happier with how the pictures she took turned out.  Plus we had a blast and she was cracking me up. Win win when taking pictures.

Getting pictures taken can be pretty nerveracking whatever the occasion may be. I mean.... you want to love them right?!  So here are a few tips when looking for and booking a photographer:
  • Determine the style you are going for.  This is the most important part because it will reflect how you are portrayed. Are you going for total glam and edgy, or are you going for a more natural candid look? There are dozens of others styles you just have to figure it out in the very beginning. After you have determined a style you can begin to narrow down a photographer.
  • Once you have found a photographer that matches you style, stalk them a little bit (the nice kind of stalking of course) on social media. Check out their Facebook page, Instagram account, and website to make sure the vibe you are going for matches the vibe the photographer is putting out there. Every photographer has their own individual style and by checking out their past work you can get a pretty good idea of what exactly that is.
  • Make sure your personalities mesh.  This is also very important because getting pictures taken is already pretty stressful...What to wear? Will my kids be little a-holes? Will my husband be in a good mood? Why did I get this zit this morning? Ha! Those are just some of the things that go through my mind, and you want to make sure your photographer is going to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. The last thing you want when you are already more than likely stressed is a photographer who irritates you. Right?! Plus the more at ease you feel, the better and more natural your pictures will look. 
  • And lastly when it comes down to the actual picture day, remember to relax, have fun and go with the flow! 
And those are my tips that I have found to be quite handy over the last couple of years!  






























To see more of Brooke's work you can check out her website - blog - and Instagram 

Palm Springs Recap

Wednesday, May 25, 2016



My mom and I headed out to Palm Springs last week for our annual mother daughter trip, and we had a freaking blast! My mom is just about the funnest (I say it's a word) and most spontaneous gal around and we are never short of adventures whenever we get together.  We stayed at the Saguaro, which is this amazing colorful hotel.  I have never seen so many purple walls in my life, and I actually loved it...and coming from a white wall only chick that's saying a lot.  It has a super chill vibe during the week, which was perfect for us since we got the pool basically to ourselves during the day. BUT I did hear it gets pretty poppin on the weekends so if you want to stay at a fun place I would definitely recommend it! 

Here are a few pictures from our trip...





My mom and I getting our selfie on at one of the many colorful walls at the Saguaro.







We rented bikes and explored all the super fabulous midcentury modern homes up in the hills... So many heart eyes and too many pictures to even post! I was in time warp heaven.






And our final stop before heading home was the Moorten Botanical Garden. This place is unreal! A must see if you visit Palm Springs.

Palm Springs is one of my all time favorite places to escape to.  It feels like you enter a zone where time doesn't exist the moment you arrive and it stays that way until the moment you leave.

Palm Springs Bound!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016







I am off to Palm Springs this morning with my Mom for our yearly mother daughter trip! We plan on renting bikes, doing a little shopping, visiting some rad restaurants, and lounging by the pool. The weather should be pretty perfect and I can't wait to soak up all the sunshine humanly possible...with my usual SPF 50 on of course ;)

Be back Friday!

Homemade Fruit Snacks (3 ingredients)

Monday, May 16, 2016


I grocery shop on Sunday and by Wednesday (wed-nes-day...you know you do that too) we are fresh outta snacks. I swear my boys are legitimate bottomless pits. So last week I thought it would be fun to create an easy to make snack that the boys could help me with...AKA keep them busy for 10 whole minutes until they asked for another snack again. 

What you will need:
  • 1 cup of organic grape juice (or whatever juice you prefer) 
  • 6-8 drops of liquid Stevia (or you can use 3 tbs of honey if you want them a little sweeter) 
Directions:
  1. Add all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan and on medium heat whisk everything together until well combined. 
  2. Remove from heat and quickly and carefully pour the mixture into your molds (do not let it cool) 
  3. Place in the refrigerator for an hour or until fully set. 
  4. Enjoy!  





A quick, healthy and fun to make snack.  My boys loved these!

Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, May 13, 2016



Fresh blueberries picked by Ronin on our blueberry picking date this week. We plan on making this cobbler with them...yummm!


The best Mother's Day brunch basically ever! It was buffet style and I felt like Peter Pan in that scene in the movie Hook where they go and have that giant feast, and there is everything you could possibly imagine to eat.  It was pretty incredible and this was all that I could pile on without looking like a lost boy.

Farmer Max taking his garden watering job very seriously.


My happy and dirty three year old, who will be FOUR (wahhhhhh) in just a few short weeks. I hope I always remember him just like this.


A little peek into the boy's bathroom, which we are finally getting around to finishing up (just need a shower door). It's a subway explosion and I love it.  Also, super happy we went with dark grout and flooring since you know...boys are giant dirt balls.

Have an awesome weekend! And thank you for all the support and positive feedback on this post.  I was waiting for the negative nelly flood gates to open and they never really did. I'm pretty sure I have the coolest most supportive readers ever. You guys are the best.

Camper Renovation Inspiration

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

You can't always pick your neighbors, and sometimes you are just stuck living next to a couple of  weirdos who you have zero relationship with. So when we moved into our house last year we couldn't have hand picked better neighbors if we tried. We've recently started going on camping trips with them and it's been so much fun and something we all enjoy so much...especially the boys who think adventures, dirt and minimal showers are the key to happiness.

Since we don't have a camper of our own we have been renting from my friend's company called Luv 2 Camp, which has been awesome and super convenient since they do everything for you and all you do is show up!  But more recently we've been throwing the idea around of getting an old camper or airstream off of Craigslist and fully renovating it to make it super bad ass. 

Here's some of my inspiration...Ya know since we just can't seem to get enough out of renovating things...ahh!











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Seriously how cute are all of these?! Love them all and I am feeling super inspired and ready for a new adventure and project. 
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