Sunday, February 7

jr jazz

this looks like a good time, which it totally is but who knew watching 5 year olds play basketball would be so frustrating haha. i mean, it's cute and all, but c'mon lets focus on the game people. and by people i mean the 5yr olds in the game. and by the 5yr olds in the game i mean mine. tyler coaches dreydan's team and he leaves the games all red face and ready to punch someone. not really, buuut kinda really. every week is an improvement, so there's that. 

who else has kids in little league sports right now?

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Thursday, February 4

valentines 'be mine' giveaway with mommy scene

i am very excited to share with you an awesome "Be Mine" Valentine's Day Giveaway sponsored by Mommy Scene and filled with lots of amazing natural products and fun stuff for families!

i love doing these giveaways with mommy scene because the products are natural and always amazing. i've never been disappointed! one of my favorite items in this giveaway is the sudsy dough.. it has made bath time so fun! we just love it. so enter in the rafflecopter below and good luck! xo

Valentine's Day Giveaway - Mommy Scene

Be Mine Gift Set

Bun Maternity Classic Black Cozy Nursing Hoodie + Cozy Nursing Tee
Wythe and Berry Organic Vegan Creams - Lavender & Chamomile + Lemon & Eucalyptus
La Magie Nail Polish - 1 peel off pink polish + 2 pink wash offs + 1 color lock top coat
Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap - 12 oz. fragrance of choice
Pure Hazelwood necklaces, 1 adult size and 1 child size
Jack N' Jill Bunny Gift Kit
Baby Bump Bundle - Lollacup Straw Sippy Cup
GroVia Hybrid Trial Kit - 1 Hybrid Shell with Hook & Loop Closure + 1 No-Prep Cloth Soaker Pad + 3 Disposable BioSoakers
Revelae Kids Discovery Box style of choice
This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on Feb. 14th, 2016. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

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Monday, February 1

my sick baby

my poor sweet little lovey. she's got congestion like a mother, a flemy cough, she can't get comfy outside of my arms, and her raspy cries make me do anything for her. but like i wouldn't anyways... i mean check out those rolls.

anyone have any home remedy suggestions? we've got the humidifier following her around like a pesky animal, baby vicks rubbed all over (feet included), a little tylenol at night to help her sleep better & hot baths on the daily. sometimes twice. what else can i do?! fill me with mommy knowledge!

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Thursday, January 14

a name and a blessing

we had eisley blessed and given a name as a member of record in the lds church the first weekend in january. her grandpa osborne gave her a beautiful blessing and i am looking forward to watching her grow and fulfill all of those special blessings. all of our closest friends and family came out in support and we were so happy to see everyone! afterwards we had lunch at my in-laws, stuffing my face with soup, bread bowls, & homemade snickerdoodle cookies. drool...

eisley was in her happy place as she was passed around while being ooo'ed and aww'ed at. the only time that girl ever fusses is when nobody is paying attention to her. look away from her for more than 30 seconds and she gives you a warning grunt that means keep telling me i'm pretty or i'll scream. and she means it. the man she marries is going to have his hands full with this one, let me tell you.

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Thursday, December 17


if you follow me on instagram, you prob already know that we took a quick trip to seattle last weekend and it was so so good. i had never been there before so i was like a little kid when we landed. i wanted to visit the space needle, pike's place market, the gum wall, eat beecher's mac & cheese, munch on cheese curds, gyro's, falafel and everything else that would make a trip to seattle incredibly cliche. but i didn't care. we had about a day and half to do everything we wanted to do and damnit we were going to fit it all in!

after landing at about 8:30am on friday we had a few hours to kill before we had to check in with the army's yellow ribbon (the entire reason we were there) and we headed straight to pike's place. i couldn't believe i was really there in real life! it sounds so silly, but there is something about being in a place that you've only read about or seen in movies that makes being there in person so cool. the first thing we did was head straight for the gum wall. after accumulating gum for the last 20 years, they had scraped it only a couple weeks before so it could start over. which was a bummer but didn't matter because i was starstruck at just being in the alley! and the new gum already stuck to the wall is an incredibly disgusting tradition that for some reason i'm obsessed with.

later in the day we went to a couple thrift shops (because my mom & i are addicted obviously) and found a few treasures to bring home! i wish i had more room in my carry on because there were a couple of chairs i would've loved to bring home... next time.

saturday evening after the convention, we booked tickets for a ghost tour in downtown with 'spooked in seattle' at pioneer square. so cool you guys! i love ghost tours in old parts of cities when they have the city history and spooky stories to go along with it. tyler had some negative reservations about it at first, but he'll tell you it was really cool if you ask him now. he's slowly learning that there's cooler shit to do than the average sight-seeing. anyone watch dead files on the travel channel? they did an episode at merchants cafe in pioneer square and i went to it! to the downstairs and everything. don't be jealous.

sunday we had meetings until noon and our flight was at 5:30pm. so after getting back to our room, packing and heading out, we had a couple hours to bum. we met some friends at woodland park zoo, socialized for a bit and then headed to our last destination. the space needle.

unfortunately, we didn't get to go up, there was just no time. but i did get to stand in awe in front of it for a few minutes and take a million pictures as everyone complained. cause that's just what i do.

anyone from seattle? been there? want to go again? what did i miss that i need to do next time?

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Tuesday, December 8

upcycled collections - my new insta shop!

so i've done something kinda crazy. but in a really good, fun, exciting way.. i think ha. i've started an insta shop! it's called upcycled collections and it's my new favorite. it's filled with all sorts of thrifted treasures, from home decor to fashion. vintage, retro, boho, and rustic. all my style and most of it is from my house or closet that i've thrifted recently or throughout the years. going to thrift shops is my secret addiction and when i have to pass things up because i don't have room for it, i already have something similar, or i just don't need it, i get so bummed! so now i have an excuse to endlessly shop for no reason.. my husband is so happy about it haha. not.

i'm nervous, anxious, excited! i've already had some goodies sell, but i'm nowhere near where i want to be. my support system keeps telling me "business's weren't built in a day".. true. but i have so much cool stuff that i want to share with people who have the same love for it as me! 

some of my items listed in my shop right now are:

i try to post new stuff everyday! or at least every other day. i have an eye for weird things that have so much potential. so if there is something strange you see and need a little more detail, i can style it or place it in my home how i would use it for a little more vision inspiration.

i'm very interested in shopping for you, too! if there is anything i can keep my eye out for while i'm digging through shops, let me know! and then i can tag you in posts when i get them up. i've already had some requests for posting more home decor, so my next haul will be mostly home.

anyways, check it out! tell your family & friends and send those thrifters my way!
(i'd also looove some feedback, too! anything i can do different? are prices fair? what would you want to see more of?)

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Sunday, November 15

happy birthday, my love

my hubby is 27 today. he's not here with me, but he knows i'm thinking about him. i'm always thinking about him. when people ask me about him being gone and how i'm dealing with 2 kids yada yada.. my first thought is uuuh your husband leaves overseas a week after your second child is born.. how would you be "handling" it? but instead i joke and say it's rough but i'm getting used to this single mom life (insert fake lol).. not really, though. falling asleep alone, waking up alone, taking care of two babies alone.. you don't get used to it. i'm great at handling it. and i can deal with it. but am i getting used to it? no. never. 

i can't wait to see him. i can't wait to watch him get to know our 3 month old baby girl. i can't wait to cook him dinner every night. i can't wait to start folding his clothes again. i can't wait to yell at him to pick up his dirty freaking underwear that he literally set down right next to the hamper. i can't wait to laugh with him. i can't wait to watch dreydan laugh with him. i can't wait to hug him and kiss him and... other things. 

i'm not sure i say it enough, but i'm so proud of him. we have this crazy, unconventional life that for some reason just works. i love our journey & our story. his love for football has led us here and his passion is something i look up to. plus, it's kinda sexy.

and because he's coming home very shortly.. we saved his gift to give him in person rather than sending it overseas. dreydan picked it out all on his own. he saw it from across the store and bee lined right to it. he held it in his hands so tight, smiling so wide and said mom we hafta get this! daddy is gonna love this for his birthday. and he's sooo right. he is going to love it.

happy birthday, my love. i can't wait to have you home.

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