Monday, November 30

my favorite cyber Monday sales

Happy Holidays friends! I'm not a big fan of Black Friday as a whole, especially of the anxiety from the crazy crowds, but I do really love Cyber Monday! Resting my laptop on my knees in bed with a hot cup of somethin, netflix going across the room, kiddos coloring, snow coming down outside the window, and then my Christmas list showing up on my doorstep within the next week.haha Do you agree?

Anyways I collected a list of some of my favorite shops that are having huge sales for Cyber Monday, and here they are for you! So wether you have a big checklist to tackle or you're mostly just 'window shopping' like me, happy savings, and I hope this helps you cross some names of your Christmas list!

VINCE || 25% off - use code: WRAPUP25


Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a fantastic week ahead!

Sunday, November 29

SMOOTHIE SUNDAY | Silky Strawberry

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I can't believe it's nearly December! We had some crazy weather here for the last few weeks where we had a bunch of sunny days with lots of playing outside and yard work, etc, and then suddenly we got a week of snow for Thanksgiving, and now it's freezing!! I made last week's smoothie at about 2am, so I didn't get a great picture of it, but this week I threw a bunch of leftover fruit from Martin's fruit salad he made for Thanksgiving into the blender with some other odds and ends, and it was so light and refreshing, I stuck a little straw in there and got a picture for you!
After such a big week of food with more than my fair share of sugar and carbs, I was really really wanting just a big mix of fresh fruits and veggies. Add in some yogurt for creaminess and some ice to chill it all off, and I was so incredibly happy! As were the kids.haha This was definitely one to document, and I hope you give it a try!

Silky Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup coconut water
1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 peeled orange
2/3 cup greek yogurt
1 stalk of celery
1 medium carrot
1 small apple
1 big handful of ice cubes
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp wheat germ
1 handful of ice cubes
splash of lemon juice
drops of liquid stevia to taste

As per usual, just toss all the ingredients into your blender in the order listed, and blend on high till silky smooth, or for about 8-10 seconds. 
Also feel free to share any favorite ingredients you'd suggest or even combinations to try out, because we're always having fun switching up things over here and you guys always have such great ideas!
Let me know if you have any questions at all, and thanks as always for reading,

Friday, November 20

say hi baby girl

Happy Friday! I already cover this in the video, but basically I'm just excited and anxious/nervous to start putting up lots more videos finally! I pretty much just wanted to say "Hi, I'm back." officially instead of starting off out of the blue with some random makeup tutorial or something. That's it.haha Also Evelyn makes a brief (and somewhat messy) appearance as well which is pretty fun:)

And that's that! I've kinda inched my little channel through the mud since I started it, but as I said I feel that I've really lost a lot of inhibitions through everything that's gone on this year, and so I'm just looking forward to getting a fresh start after all this time. 

I promise I'll try to look presentable as much as I can, and some days I'll do my makeup and hair just for a video I'm sure, but expect many more messes like Evie shared, crazy flyaways, oversized t-shirts, peanut-butter faces, spray-tan nuckles, laundry piles, and much more of that sort.haha

Please Subscribe to follow along if you're excited as well:)

Take care,

Thursday, November 19

something to hold on to

Hello friends:) Last week we packed the kiddos up and drove to SLC on a little trip. Mainly it was to visit some of our family who we'll miss over Thanksgiving, and also to have some family pictures taken.  We've been doing Christmas cards(with our own photos) every year since we had Ellie, but after having our pictures professionally done last Fall by our great friend Justin Hackworth, it was clear we'd never go back to shooting ourselves if we could help it. We decided to create a standing appointment for every holiday season with him, though I think it'll be hard to top this year's photo shoot.haha

Here is one of my favorite images out of a couple Justin sent us right afterwards. I just love Martin's smile:)
There are more parts to our trip and experience that I'd love share in a later post, but something that I wanted to stress for today is to please, please take pictures of your family or preferably have them taken, if you can possibly manage it! We have more pictures of our day to day lives than a lot of people as a result of this blog, but not too surprisingly the only time we get every single member into one picture (maybe even looking one direction? :)) is once a year for our holiday picture, and that's just absolutely priceless to me.

I try not to get into the archives of my picture files too often lately, as I'm having a hard time watching my babies get so big and independent, but a few months ago when I thought I'd lost thousands of pictures from the last year, it was way more devastating than I could have expected. I was so sad to hear how many of you guys had been through a similar situation.

There is definitely something to be said for living in the moment and not worrying about capturing it on camera (there's definitely been plenty of that with us too), but photographs = memories to my overly crowded brain, and with such an uncertain future, I hold onto each and every memory that I possibly can. 
They say a picture is worth a thousand words? But I'd go farther (and cheesier) to say it's worth a thousand smiles, a thousand morning cuddles, a thousand jelly faces, and/or maybe a thousand kisses on his scratchy cheek:)

Sorry for the random PSA.haha Just something to think about on a cold and rainy evening. 
Have you had photos taken yet this year, or do you plan on getting them done? Say yes! haha