Monday, February 1

What We Wore // body heat buddies

Photography by In Frames Photography          ||         Makeup by Sierra Miller 


Lately it's been getting harder and harder to carry this little sweetie around in her portable carseat because she's extra heavy for her age and it's just extra awkward, so finally last week we tossed it out and traded it for a new car seat, and have been carrying her around in our arms everywhere ever since.
It's been sweeter really, because normally we'd have kept her in it for several more months so she could have naps on the go and such, but instead she has to nap on me if she's tired. oh darn:) It's great for body heat too on the colder days, I just tuck her under my coat a bit and we're toasty and warm together as we walk.

Well so hey there February, how'd you get here so fast!? Martin and I got back from Alt Summit on the 23rd and had a couple days of snuggly family bliss, followed by two solid days of organized work awesomeness, followed by like five straight days on our deathbeds with some hybrid cold + flu + ptosis mess. It really only affected Martin and I and little Evie, and we're all still not quite over it yet, but I'm keeping a close eye on her, and we should all be over this really soon.

Thanks so much for visiting and reading today, and if you've gotten this far will you PLEASE help me pick a new Netflix show to watch?? I'd really love to hear your thoughts, especially because if I can't make up my mind we're probably just going to start The Office again for like the 10th time.haha

Cheers loves, 

Tuesday, January 26

The double braid + ponytail Hairstyle

Hey guys! So I sat down yesterday and braided some hair back into a ponytail like I've been doing a lot lately, but this time I turned on my camera and filmed it for you guys!
This probably isn't a new hairstyle for many of you, but I've had a lot of fun lately taking my ordinary every-day hairstyles like top-knots and ponytails and adding a little somethin extra, and I hope you give this a try!

I hope you love it as much as I do, and also that you feel free to leave any feedback or questions you may have in the comments so I can help you out! It's really super simple, especially if you only do one braid, but this is just how I love doing it:) 

And that's it for today! Last week was pretty crazy with my little gig in LA and then Alt Summit (which you already know about if you follow on Instagram), and I'll be posting little recaps and things for that over the next few days. I do hope you've been having a great January though, and lets plow on into February next week with high hopes and big dreams, and braids in our hair.haha


Monday, January 18

Stronger, healthier hair

Happy Monday loves! I don't think you'll be surprised to hear that I get more questions about my hair care than anything else, and since we all love the clean-slate aspect of the New Year for trying new things, I thought it would be the perfect time to partner up with Moroccanoil to answer a lot of those questions, and to show you how I keep my hair healthy and strong!!
Since I've had five babies in the last five years my hair has really taken one big beating after another. Even with all my vitamins and things, I'm not one of those mamas who gets thick luscious locks when she's pregnant. It's an uphill battle the whole time, and I experience lots of thinning and breakage (believe it or not!). Especially with Evie's pregnancy and birth during such a stressful time in our life, my hair had never been so fragile, but through all the struggles with my hair health, one of the best assets has been using Moroccanoil products on a regular basis. I've trusted their treatments and masks since highschool, and no matter how much I slack off in taking care of my hair, I know exactly what I need to do to get my best hair ever!

When I stick to my regime and use it regularly my hair is just so much softer and healthier, it has bounce and shine, my frizz is under control, it feels thicker, and grows faster! Argan Oil replenish the vitamins and protein in my hair, and it especially really protects from sun damage and heat damage from curling irons, etc, which is so important to me!
Some of my favorites include:
The Pure Argan Oil
The Restorative Hair Mask
The Thickening Lotion
and especially The Moroccanoil Treatment:
 - After I get out of the shower, I like to leave my hair wrapped in a towel for about ten minutes to allow it to dry a bit while I do some skincare or makeup, or change a diaper, etc:)
- Next I work about a quarter-sized amount of the Moroccanoil Treatment onto my hair and work it around with my fingers from high shaft to the ends.
- Next I let it sit on my hair for a minimum of 10 minutes to allow really good penetration into my follicles, and then I simply dry and style it as usual!
So I guess I should wrap up, but I hope that I've convinced you to go check out the different products and find some that are just right for you! They have so many different options for hair styling and haircare and even skincare, all argan oil infused, and I even have a bunch in my cart that I'm hoping to add to my collection soon (shimmering body oil anyone?:)).

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope that's answered a few of your questions about my hair-care, and if you have any more about the products or technique, let me know in the comments!

This post was sponsored by Moroccanoil.

Wednesday, January 13

2016 reading list | a call for your recommendations

Hey guys! As I was doing a lot of personal reflecting during the start of the new year and my birthday as well, the growing list in my head was more about things I wanted to stop doing in 2016, instead of things to start. I really feel lately that choosing a bunch of New Years resolutions can often put unneeded pressure on us to pick out our flaws and failures of past years in order to 'fix' ourselves. But that's another post.haha One thing that I really would love to do more of going forward is to read more. Nothing specific or unattainable, just to read more. Easy enough right? :)
When I was younger I would open the title page of a new mystery novel after tucking into my blankets at night, and close it the next morning having finished the whole thing. I started collecting all kinds of books from garage sales and thrift stores with my first few dollars, I would read through whole shelves at the library, I just couldn't get enough. Reading has always been so important to me as just a personal refuge and escape, and I'm so excited about making more time for it this year!

These days Martin and I are lucky to have a very large library of books with our combined collections and books we've added, but still I can count the books I read yearly on one hand. So sad.haha I always feel as though I write so much better when I read too, as I find it really opens up my mind and broadens my vocabulary.

So, in addition to sharing my own overly-extensive (naturally) book list, I'd really love your suggestions on your personal favorites if you owuldn't mind sharing! I really have a hard time not finishing a book I start, even if it's not that great, so feedback on any I've already listed along with your reccommendations would be so greatly appreciated:)

Here is a list off the top of my head of great reads (so I've heard) that I'd love to whip through this year:

- East of Eden by John Steinbeck
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Papillon by Henri Charriere
- The Portrait of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
- Saint Anything by Sarah Dessan
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- The Children Act by Ian McEwan
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- People Over Profit by Dale Partridge
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Heaven is Here by Stephanie Neilson
- Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandle
- #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
- The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
- The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis ( everything by C.S. Lewis:))
- The Five Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
- Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
- and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

A very wide range of genres I know, but that's how I roll! haha At any rate I'm really looking forward to maybe building a little list of reading inspiration that we can all benefit from, and a heartfelt thank you in advance if you take the time to share:)