Saturday, November 16

#AllWhoWander ... Are Not Lost

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     Hey beautiful friends, thank you so much for visiting today! I'm currently in Nashville at the one and only Blissdom Conference (more on this later), but this week was the newest boho bridal label launch called All Who Wander, and I knew I had to share more about it with you guys here on my blog!
     
      The collection has 17 gorgeous bohemian-inspired styles and I had the honor of wearing the Emery Gown. I mean, how incredible is this dress??! It was so hard to pick just one favorite that I wanted to feature, but this dress just spoke to me with it's clean lines and drappy silhouette. My draw dropped when I first unzipped the bag and carefully took out the hanger. The lace bodice and cap sleeves are so flattering I think, and the open back leading down to a line of buttons on the silky train is just so elegant and etherial, I didn't want to take it off!

      My favorite part about this dress though was, funnily enough, the passionate Spirit Statement behind the whole collection and how much it resonated with me:

"For every free spirit in pursuit of a dream.
For every adventurer craving anything but ordinary.
For the fearless heart, embarking on an epic romance that begins with a single "yes".
Discover a gown that embodies your beauty, sings to your soul,
and reveals a part of you that is never lost.

     I don't know about you but that is such an epic way to start out on your new journey with your spouse. So I hope you go check out this Emery gown HERE if you love it, and also you can view the rest of the collection in the Dress Gallery HERE. The Finn gown and the Rowen gown are my other top favorites so check them out for sure!

    Thanks so much for visiting today, and I'd love to hear a sure sign that someone has wanderlust in the comments, and also I'd love to hear your favorite All Who Wander dress- or both!

    Lots of love me people,


P.S. this is not a sponsored blog post, however, I have done paid content on Instagram
 for this launch and all words and opinions are mine!

Wednesday, October 30

A Haunting We Will Go :)

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            Happy All Hallow's Eve Eve my dears!!

     Tomorrow is Halloween and it's been the best year yet as a family preparing for it! We've been able to do all of our old family traditions (which isn't a very big list yet), and still keep October relaxed and super fun, and we've added in a few new things that we'll definitely try to keep doing moving forward! Doing a spooky photoshoot might become a new tradition because executing this vision by our dear friend Roxana Baker was magical:) 

     You guys know that I love having so many opportunities to work with different people through this job, but my favorite part of it is when a photographer or artist or creator has a vision in mind of something they want to shoot and then a handful of incredibly talented people get together to make it come to life!

     As I said, for this shoot our amazing photographer friend Roxana (@RoxanaBPhotography) had the vision of this shoot and invited us to participate, then we were so lucky to have Tara Johnson of @fringewithbenefits801 do some awesome makeup on us, Natalie Wynn of Natalie Wynn Design (who I've had the honor of modeling for on several other times) made this absolutely incredible dress that fit like a freaking glove and was just way too ethereal to believe, and then this awesome bouquet was created by Connor Nesbit of Leuca Floral who makes absolutely gorgeous bouquets and arrangements! I'm always stunned at what he includes and how fantastic it all looks together.

     Well anyways I hope you have a fun and spooky holiday tomorrow! I can't wait to share what we've been working on for our costumes over the last couple weeks. We've had years as a family where we could go mostly all homemade and then years where we ended up rushing to the store last minute to grab some, which is totally fine either way of course, but the process of sewing them is my absolute favorite and it's been a blast.  I just love us all sitting down and plann ing/picking everyone's favorite characters, going to the store together and picking out fabrics or digging around in my stores, then the different days spent one on one as I do fittings for each kiddo and the little conversations we get to have just the two of us. We're creating memories that are so special-even if the sewing/art room looks like a bomb blew up in it.hahaha

      Would you share some of your family Halloween Traditions in the comments? I'd love to get some more ideas to start doing!!

     xoxoxo

Sunday, September 1

6 DIY's We Want To Try

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     Happy September my people:)
This is my favorite month of the year, and I am so excited to watch the seasons change from Summer to Fall here at our home in Utah. We've been visiting Utah for many years for work and to visit family and such, and the Fall was always the most magical time of year here. 

     Now that the older kiddies are in school, our family has settled into a pretty good routine and rhythm, and our favorite part of that is after the kids come home and we're able to jump into activities altogether once again. We like to write up a big list for each season of the things that we'd all love to do together, and then we either plan loosely what we'll do each week or we might pick an activity on the spot. 

     Lately, it's been hot enough that we have to wait till early evening to do any outdoor activities, so we've been exploring my pinterest to find random and fun DIY's that we can do, especially without having to go buy any supplies:) Here is a list of 6 fun projects that we want to try creating this week!


     Aren't those projects so cute?? I absolutely love seeing the focus and determination on my children's faces when they are creating, and that incredible gleam in their eyes when they excitedly call us over to admire their progress. My favorite part of the process though has might be when they announce their work and produce it from behind their backs with a grand flourish, then shyly grin and/or giggle as we express our surprise and gratitude for such priceless treasures:)

     That love of making and creating was instilled in me growing up, and nurturing it in my own kiddies has been a sweet experience. 

     I hope you can take some time to create this month in whatever way helps you feel most alive, and if you have kiddies than I hope you can pull them into that mindset with you! I'd also love for you to share any favorite hobbies or activities you like to do on your own or with your family to help inspire the rest of us, and I hope this post has maybe inspired you a little as well.

     Have a beautiful week ahead!

xoxo

Thursday, August 1

Our favorite Family bonding activities at home

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      Hey gang, thanks for visiting!
I've been asked a lot lately about managing family time and how we handle big trips together, what we have left on our Summer bucket-list, etc, so today I've partnered with Pampers Pure to answer the questions about what we like to do as a family while we're at home!

      The weather has been SO very hot for us back home in Utah for the last month or so which has meant that between the hours of about 11 and 6 we rarely even go outside unless we have to. That being said, being subscribed on PampersPure.com and having our favorite diapers and wipes delivered to our door before we realize how low we are has been a lifesaver! Also now that we have the Pick Your Prints option on the website too it's been fun to let the older kids pick their favorite prints for Alice and see them get excited.haha


     Also, if you want to check out the prints and sign up as a subscriber then you get $7 off your purchase! Ordering is super simple too, all you do is:
 
    1. click this link HERE to visit the page, 
      2. select your diaper size, 
      3. pick out your favorite print for each pack, (we're expecting tacos and the cute sloth next), 
      4. select your order frequency (every 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or 4 weeks), 
      5. and check out. 

That's it! Let me know if you have any more questions about how it all works, and now let's get into the family activity list:)




40 Family Bonding Ideas for Home
  1. Institute family journaling time
  2. Have a living room picnics
  3. Make homemade personal pizzas
  4. Look through family albums and tell family stories
  5. Color together
  6. Put on a mock cooking class
  7. Decorate and have a family dance
  8. Play family dress-up
  9. Fill an envelope with drawings and letters for a distant friend or family member
  10. Go on a walk
  11. Plan sardines or hide-and-go-seek
  12. Make a blanket fort
  13. Do a science experiment off Pinterest
  14. Make a home-movie of the day
  15. Learn a new song together
  16. Snuggle up together and have a 'quiet contest'
  17. Set up a relay race or a scavenger hunt in the house
  18. Get together to plan a dream vacation
  19. Write a short story, taking turns to decide the plot direction
  20. Each member of the family gets an hour to decide what activity the family does
  21. Take your bikes or scooters around the block
  22. If your kids are the right age, make a dessert ONLY giving them directions, no touching
  23. Play Disney song trivia 
  24. Have a BBQ complete with s'mores
  25. make banana splits or ice cream sundaes
  26. Collect old toys/clothes/books, etc to donate together
  27. Celebrate someone's half-birthday, or un-birthday
  28. Have a family talent show
  29. Let each child choose a story-book for you to read in succession
  30. Tell a choose-your-own-adventure story
  31. Decorate sugar cookies
  32. Plant a tree or flowers together
  33. Blow bubbles
  34. Make a family fun calendar, everyone picking somewhere local they'd like to go
  35. Play a movie in the back yard
  36. Video chat with distant friends or family
  37. Play in the sprinklers
  38. Have a staring contest tournament with prizes
  39. Have a karaoke night
  40. Wash the cars together

       Well, that's our collection for now, but let me know if you have any questions about any of the activities, and whether or not you'd like family road-trip tips or our Autumn bucket-list next! I'm so excited about this post though and I hope you found it useful, particularly since Summer is almost over and many of us will be having lots more time at home than we did during the vacation months.
   
      What are some of your favorite at-home activities for bad-weather days or lots-of-laundry-days, etc?
As always, take care!