Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Newborn Photos Take Two | Heather Pickett Photography Studio Session

As promised, here is the second set of Grayson's Newborn photos taken in the Heather Pickett Photography studio...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Newborn Photos Part One | Heather Pickett Photography Lifestyle Session

A few weeks before Grayson was born my good friend and fellow blogger Sandy (of Sandy A La Mode) tagged me in a Facebook post. The amazing photographer she had worked with when her baby girl was born, Heather Pickett Photography, was looking for some models for an upcoming shoot...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hello Baby Gray | The Birth Story

I apologize for the lack of blogging as of late. I took a little... well... a long break after my son was born. I didn't intend to, but it happened. The chaos of taking care of a newborn and a toddler combined with my desire to focus all my energy on my family pushed blogging to the back-burner for awhile. But, baby boy is now a month old (as of yesterday) and we're finally settling into this business of being parents to two kids. I'm adjusting to my new life and I'm ready to dive back in to the blogging world. My fingers have been itching to type and to write out my thoughts...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Preggo Legging Style + An Instagram Giveaway!

I've partnered with Preggo Leggings for a second time! Last time I reviewed their AMAZING super-stretch pregnancy leggings that launched their brand (and happen to be the source of their namesake). You can read/see that review here.

Today I'm showcasing their new line of tops and tees with quirky little catchphrases about pregnancy and motherhood in general. They come in a variety of cuts, colors, and tag-lines. Additionally, I'm hosting a $60 Preggo Legging gift card giveaway on my Instagram (see below for a link and details).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Style with Pink Blush--Dainty Dresses + IG Giveaway

This is the third and final installment in our Pink Blush spring look-book series and today we are featuring some fun little spring dresses--perfect for any occasion that requires you to dress up a little!...

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spring Style with Pink Blush Part 2: Maxi Dresses

As the title suggests, this is the second installment in our lookbook series for Pink Blush. For this post we decided to dress things up a bit, and we are showing you just a handful of the gorgeous, brightly colored maxi dresses that this fabulous online company offers. They are perfect for Easter, a spring baby shower, a spring wedding... to twirl around the house in when you just need to feel pretty... they're basically great for any occasion...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Style with Pink Blush Part 1: Cardigans

A few weeks ago I was privileged to take part in a spring photo shoot for the Pink Blush clothing line. This is the first of a series of three posts featuring Pink Blush’s spring styles. I was able to collaborate with some amazing bloggers, who also happen to be some of my closest friends. We connected through this crazy world of blogging, and I couldn’t be happier with the relationships we now have. We teamed up with Diana of Diana Putnam Photography to style some looks both from Pink Blush’s women’s line and their maternity line (because, as you can see, two of us are preggo and two aren’t).  Since I’ve already talked at length about how much I love Pink Blush (especially during pregnancy—see my last post for just one example) I will introduce you to these lovely blogger ladies and our talented photographer.

First off is my fellow mama-to-be Fatima of Les Dedrickson. Although blogging has brought us much closer together, we actually met long before either of us started posting out our lives for the world to see.  Our husbands both served a 2-year LDS mission in Detroit, Michigan at the same time, and they were even mission companions for a time (meaning they lived as roommates and proselytized together).  They became such good friends on their mission that when they came home they stayed in contact and have remained buddies over the years. I met Fati shortly after they got married and I knew I liked her right away. She is the type of person that can effortlessly become one of your best friends. Add this to the fact that we have been pregnant together twice now, and we both blog…  and well we just have a lot of common ground. She has a little boy who is Klair’s age, and a girl on the way... so naturally we’re planning a double wedding for our children. Arranged marriages are still legitimate, right? Fati is also one of the most fascinating and accomplished women I know. She’s from Sweden, lives in Utah, went to BYU, and not only ran track for her university but became a world-renowned athlete. Oh and if that wasn’t enough she’s also an awesome photographer! Definitely check out her blog, you won’t be disappointed!

Next we have Sandy of Sandy A La Mode. I randomly met her through mutual blogger friends last summer. At the time she looked a lot like I do now—she was very pregnant with her now little baby girl. I had just recently discovered that I was pregnant, and I remember thinking… "Oh boy. That’s what I have to look forward to…" except she actually made me feel excited about the prospect of being super preggo because she did it so well! Since then we have become good friends, and her expertise in the fashion and blogging world makes her my go to guru on just about everything. Her blog is focused mostly on fashion, and her outfits are always so spot on and perfect in every way. Plus she collaborates with so many shops and companies that she is really a great resource for finding awesome and trendy brands. She works full time, has two kids, and blogs constantly…. I don’t know how she does it, but I for one am grateful she does because she’s a total inspiration for mamas everywhere.

Then there is Miss Cecilia of Dearest Lou. Ok so confession time, I followed her before she knew who I was. Last summer we were both part of a giveaway hosted by another blogger. During the giveaway she started following me on Instagram and even left this really sincere compliment on one of my posts. I was totally flattered and maybe even a little star struck that someone of her caliber was commenting on my Instagram! As I further dived into the blogging world we ran into each other and easily became friends. She is a talented photographer, lifestyle and fashion blogger, and a mama to the most adorable little boy (who I think Klair has a crush on because they play so well together). I love this girl and her blog. I’m sure you will too!

Last but not least is Diana of Diana Putnam Photography. I’ve worked with her on other collaborations, and I’m always so impressed with her work. For this particular shoot we were in the harsh noon-day sun, yet she still managed to pull it off like a rock star.  She photographs all sorts of events, so if you’re in need of a photographer you should definitely check her out!

For the style of this post we decided that we would all wear one of this season’s absolute necessities—the spring cardigan/kimono with crochet fringe. The one that I’m wearing is actually not even a maternity piece, yet it works and will continue to after baby boy comes (score!). Sandy is styling the same cardigan in a pretty blush color, and I love how she paired it with a bold floral print. Fatima and I are both wearing our distressed maternity jeans from Pink Blush, and Fati is also sporting a lovely floral patterned kimono that looks absolutely fabulous. Cecilia decided to show the possibilities of the spring cardigan by pairing hers with a bright skirt—and I really like how she belted it for a completely different look and feel.

A big thanks to Pink Blush for supplying us with these styles! Look back for our next two looks in this style series!

My Outfit Details (follow the links and head over to the blogs of the other ladies for more info on their looks):

Distressed Maternity Jeans: Pink Blush Maternity
Pink Tee: H&M (similar)
Nude Wedges: Target (similar)
Rose Gold Watch: Michael Kors

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Does anyone else know that song? Or is it a local Utah thing? Because I grew up here and continue to live in the Beehive State I'm always curious about certain songs and traditions--which ones are more widespread, and which are our own local quirks. Because let's be honest--we're pretty quirky. Regardless, Klair loves the "popcorn song" as she calls it, and every time we see a tree with big white blossoms she yells out "look mommy, popcorn trees!" and then proceeds to sing me the little tune. I'm not sure I've ever appreciated spring as much as I do now.

In pregnancy news I'm now 38 weeks (well, tomorrow... close enough) and things are... interesting. With my first pregnancy, I never really had any of this pre-labor stuff. With the risk of over sharing, I didn't even dilate with Klair on my own--I had to be induced after her due date because I'm not sure she would have ever come. She was too content. This time around things are very different. I now understand why pregnant women waddle... I've officially entered that club. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy about the fact that things are progressing naturally and I might not have to wait as long this time to hold my baby. But... it's definitely a lot more uncomfortable and often downright painful to have a baby who has dropped and so many Braxton Hicks contractions. I'm just hoping that it all adds up to less time waiting.

Waiting. Waiting... that's all that I feel like I'm doing lately. I'm trying to stay busy, to distract myself, to not think about the impending delivery... but of course that's impossible. I have the constant reminder of being ridiculously pregnant. Luckily the weather has been awesome lately, so it has made it easy to get out of the house. Klair and I have been spending lots of time at parks, going on walks, and generally out and about. I've also been feeling that nesting instinct lately. Combine this with my annual desire to spring clean and... well, I think my poor husband might be sick of me with my never ending list of projects to accomplish. My anxiety over not knowing when he will come and my attempt to distract myself by staying busy has lent itself to some pretty productive days though, so that's definitely some silver lining! If this continues our house might become the most organized it's ever been.

This outfit is compliments of Pink Blush Maternity. If you don't know how much I love this company, then you haven't read my blog. They have been absolutely amazing throughout my pregnancy... and I'm excited to shop some of their non-maternity line in the very near future.

Hurry on over to their site--they're currently having a $15 flash sale you won't want to miss!

Button-Back Maternity Sweater (On Sale) : Pink Blush Maternity |
Dark Distressed Maternity Jeans (On Sale) : Pink Blush Maternity |
Chiffon Scarf : Pink Blush Maternity (similar) |
Amber Stone Necklace : Vintage (similar) |
Gray Pumps : Vintage (similar) |

Thursday, March 26, 2015

37 Weeks | Casual Maternity Style A La Pink Blush

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Confession time: a lot of the outfits I post are a bit on the dressier side, yet this isn't what I necessarily wear on a daily basis. I think my tendency to do this is, in large part, because having a blog and creating fashion posts inspires me to get dressed up more than I normally would considering I'm a full time mama to a toddler who could care less if I have lipstick on. Let's be honest though, apart from the occasional reason to really fancy myself up (i.e. church, a date night) I'm pretty much just living in comfortable clothing--particularly as of late. Pregnancy has that effect on me. Thus, the outfit I'm styling in this post is more true to life--to what I wear on a daily basis. 

Some of my comfy/easy pregnancy go to's include:

A side braid. It's such an easy hairstyle to throw together when I don't have time. And, paired with a hat, it's basically effortless.

Comfy t-shirts. Is there anything better than a good tee? I'm particularly fond of the crochet/lace pocket embellishment on this one.

Distressed jeans. I feel like the distressed look adds a little something extra in the style department, but let's face it. They're still one of the most comfortable options around, especially because they stretch! Thank the fashion heavens for spandex.

Comfortable boots. I love the idea of flats, but I'm not fond of them on me... especially right now. I feel like I need the added height to elongate everything. It's not easy to find a heel that's comfortable enough for my pregnant feet, but these cowgirl-esque booties fit the bill.

A diaper bag. I'm still a mom to a toddler after all, so I need to have all sorts of things on hand at all times--snacks, diapers, hand sanitizer, coloring supplies to entertain at the drop of a hat--to name a few. A regular purse just can't handle it all, but this diaper bag by Lily Jade can. And the best part is that it doesn't even look like a diaper bag!

Overall, comfort is my number one consideration these days--but with that I try not to sacrifice style. Most of my outfit for this post (in fact most of my pregnancy wardrobe for that matter) comes from Pink Blush Maternity. They have so many options for us mamas-to-be... and they're constantly having great sales. If you're pregnant (and even if you're not since they have a great women's line which you can view here) you should check them out. But be warned that they are popular and their stuff sells out fast! If you like something you just have to go for it.

Also, I have to mention that yesterday I hit the 37 week mark! Baby boy and I are in the home stretch now. There are only 3 weeks until the due date... but he could grace us with his presence even sooner! I'm such a planner, so this uncertainty is killing me. The nursery is done, our bags are packed... and now we get to play the waiting game. Any advice on staying sane during this last bit? 

Pink Tee: Pink Blush Maternity | Distressed Maternity Jeans: Pink Blush Maternity | Diaper Bag: Lily Jade | Yellow Cardigan: J Crew | Tan Booties: Old Navy (similar) | Pink Beanie: H&M (similar)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Maternity & Family Photo Preview | Wride Photography

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When I was younger, I used to imagine my future husband. I would come up with lists of qualities that I wanted him to have. Attributes like handsome, smart, funny, spiritual... these were always at the top. And, of course, I wanted someone who would love me deeply and convey it regularly. I also wanted someone who was great with kids and would be a good dad--but this was further down the list. It was important of course!... but it wasn't the first thing idea that came to mind.

Now that I've had kids (well, had one... one on the way) my perspective has changed. When my daughter is old enough to start daydreaming about her future soul mate I will be sure to encourage her to look for someone who will make a good father to her children. This quality should be at the top of her list--right up there with his ability to love her and to love God. If she can find someone who possesses the capacity to show love in these three most important ways--someone like her own dad--then I will rest assured knowing that she is in very good hands.

Sam is a lot of things--he fits every criteria on my arbitrary list that I probably dreamed up while I should have been listening to some teacher's lecture on geometry--but the trait I value most in him is his ability to love. Nowhere is this displayed more than in our home. He is an excellent husband, and an incredible father. My heart flutters more in the moments when he's "making a tent" with Klair out of blankets, or letting her ride around the house on his back than when he brings me flowers. Don't get me wrong, flowers are nice too... but is there anything more attractive than a man painting his daughter's fingernails a fresh coat of sparkly pink on his only day off?

As I look through these pictures, I'm incredibly grateful for the life that Sam and I have created together. In spite of all the hard times and trials, there is more joy than I knew was possible. I'm ridiculously glad that (despite my rather young age when we got married) I had enough foresight and wisdom to marry a man who always puts his family first. I feel confident and blessed beyond belief to be bringing another little baby into our home to be loved by such a fun, caring, spiritual (here goes that list again) dad.

With that emotional pregnancy rant of gratitude aside, I can't fail to mention the photos in this post. They are a preview of the photo shoot that we recently did with Jesse of Wride Photography, and I absolutely love every single one. I can't wait to get the rest! If you live in Utah (Salt Lake, Provo area) and you're looking for a professional photographer who will live up to every expectation, I couldn't recommend him more. Jesse and his wife Brittney make a dynamic duo--they're both perfectionists and everything they do is pure gold. They shoot a lot of wedding and family photography, but their talents could be used for any event you need them for.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Reflections of the Religious Variety | Married Forever

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"If you will make your first concern the comfort, the well-being, and the happiness of your companion, sublimating any personal concern to that loftier goal, you will be happy, and your marriage will go on through eternity." President Gordon B. Hinckley 

On Friday Sam and I were privileged to attend the wedding of our good friend Jowanza to his lovely bride Bethany in the very same location where we were married 5 and a half years ago--the Salt Lake LDS temple. They are such a wonderful couple, and I absolutely loved celebrating with them as they entered into a marriage that will last forever {insert hearts, smiley faces, kissy faces, and general happy feelings all around}. With flowers blooming all over the temple grounds and a brilliant blue sky it was the perfect day for such an important event to occur. I enjoyed being there very much, especially with my own husband by my side... remembering the vows we made in that same place so long ago.  

I don't remember a lot of what was said by the sealer (the wedding officiator) or the advice given on our own wedding day (I was too focused on my handsome husband to be...can you blame me?) so I'm always grateful for the opportunity to attend other weddings and listen to the counsel given by these incredible servants of god. Even though I know he was obviously talking to Bethany and Jowanza since... you know... it was their wedding day and all, the advice he gave was something I needed to hear too. 

He talked about the importance of putting the needs of your spouse before your own, and how this simple formula was the recipe to a happy marriage. It sounds easy enough, right? Not always. Especially for me. I think I tend to be a more selfish person. Naturally I am inclined to look out for numero uno. And I have been especially guilty of selfishness as of late due to pregnancy and all of the various ailments that accompany it. As I discussed in my last post, I've been pretty negative lately--wallowing in self-pity rather than focusing on all the good in my life. I've been so caught up in my own woes that I haven't thought much about those around me--particularly my husband who has been so good to me through all of this. 

A few years back Elder David A Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave an address to the church where he discussed the Savior. Something he said really struck me and I was reminded of it as I started writing. I can't quote it verbatim, but essentially he talked about the characteristics of Christ--one of the most poignant being His ability to turn outward when the rest of us (if we were in His shoes) would naturally turn inward. Or, in other words, even when He was suffering the greatest of afflictions, He still managed to turn His attention and loving concern to others. One of the greatest examples of this unfolded when He hung there in agony upon the cross. Despite his own excruciating pain The Savior still managed to show loving concern for His mother's well being and even asked His Father to "forgive" His trespassers for they knew not what they were doing. Remarkable. He truly is the perfect example of one who was always reaching out, even when no one would have blamed him for turning inward and focusing on his own problems. 

I would do well to follow His lead. 

My trials are minuscule--microscopic!-- comparatively, and I have so much more good in my life to focus on than anything else. I have been blessed beyond measure with a good, kind, loving husband! Basically if you can come up with a positive adjective, it applies to Sam. He's an amazing father and husband (see above for photographic evidence). And, lucky me, we belong to each other forever! I'm so glad that we were able to attend this wedding the other day. I needed it. It was a good reminder of the perspective and priorities I should have. I feel inspired to try harder to be more self-less in all my interactions--particularly in my marriage--the relationship that matters the most. 

Because, as President Ezra Taft Benson so eloquently put it: 

“Marriage. . . is the most glorious and most exalting principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  No ordinance is of more importance and none more sacred and more necessary to the eternal joy of man. Faithfulness to the marriage covenant brings the fullest joy here and glorious rewards hereafter.”


And yes... Klair and I are wearing matching green dresses in honor of the holiday today. We are festive and cheesy like that. Klair loves it when we "are both the same" and I like it when people recognize that she's mine :) 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!