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Snow Day

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I had an unexpected snow day from work today so I have spent most of the day working on yarn pom poms but I also took a break to curate another treasury. I get addicted to making these. This one...

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Yesterday

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Ok so I didn't make a schedule or to-do list or any of the sort yesterday.  I did, however, get a long overdue haircut, worked on a birthday girl's ribbon corsage, saw a super inspiring art show...

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Hello Blog

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Today has been one of my favorite days in my studio.  My walls are filling up with color and they are looking like this:This morning I hit the ground running and started working on these two new...

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So Many Things

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This week has gone by in a blur.  I had a few days off at work and I spent the time as wisely as possible.One of the best things I did was check out this show at NIU's art gallery. The closing...

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Angie Zielinkski

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A while back I had a long talk with a former professor of mine. I may have already talked about it here but the talk has stayed with me and I try to work out all the different thoughts and ideas....

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Busy Bee

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Hi you guys! It's been a couple of weeks since I got back from sweetRachael's wedding and it feels like I have hit the ground running with lots of stuff going on in my life.  The wedding was...

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Happenings

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Have you ever had an idea for a project and then once you started it had a huge "What have I done?" moment?  I  am feeling that right now. As I mentioned in the last post, I bought this beautiful...

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Studio Clutter

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I am currently drowning in my studio! I know the smart thing to do would be to stop and clean it up and then jump back in but I have this frantic feeling that there is no time to clean. I would...

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These Days

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Good morning, y'all. I have to say I'm sorry this blog has become a bunch of posts of me just saying, "I've been busy!!" but man oh man have I been busy. My first big sale of the summer is just...

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Giveaway Winner

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Good Morning! I just used the random number generator to pick a winner for my Dreamcatcher giveaway and the winner is lucky number 2!   Julisuz... or Suzi... wins a dreamcatcher of her choice plus...

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I did it!

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I made it through the weekend!  I had such a wonderful time at the Na-Da Farm Sale this Spring and am happy to have met so many new people.This year we were allowed to come to the farm a day early...

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Weekend Sale

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Yesterday I set up shop at a local flower and garden store.  It was a beautiful setting, I was right across from a small waterfall and koi pond.  It was a fun day and I met neat people that do...

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Work Clothes

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Here's a side note for the day.  I got new work out pants and started my new "job" at the same time.  Normally my work out wear consists of an old pair of sweatpants that I poorly cut into shorts...

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Budget Woes

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Can I take a few minutes to whine about things I shouldn't be whining about?  Did I hear someone say yes? Ok!  I mentioned recently that my new job has meant tightening up our budget.  We have...

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Etsy Questions

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I just took finished up a photo shoot with two more dreamcatchers and got them listed in myShop Cute Gift For Girl And Gift For Boy.  In the past hour I went from feeling good and excited for what...

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Inspiration

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I was getting very lonely in my studio. I'm excited about what I'm working on but it's funny how lonely you can get.  Thursdays seem to be the worst for that kind of feeling. It's like I hit a...

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Mondays Love Etsy

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Mondays have got to be good for something, right? Why not make Mondays a good day for loving etsy shops?  It's so fun to stumble upon an etsy shop that you love.  I found Mary Bucek's work through...

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Ice Cream for Real

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Yesterday I saw a girl walking with a bag of groceries and I could see a frozen pizza in the bag. I was so jealous.  At the moment I was really hungry for lunch and I knew she was walking home and...

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Etsy Loves Monday

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Double posting today because it's Monday and it's etsy lovin' day.  Today's shop belongs to my friend Jessica Robles. You have seen her millions of times here because I adore her and her work....

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Always Anxious

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Yesterday was a busy one! I thought about blogging all day and before I  knew it I was going to bed.  I love days when I am on a roll and can't quit working. It did, however, take me a while to...

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Etsy Love!

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Every week I like to pick an Etsy shop that I love and do a mini interview with the shop owner. Today I'm talking with my friend Robyn Wells. She makes all kinds of fun and creative things.  You...

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Work It Out

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For the past month I have been using a phone app that has helped me start running. My friend Janey and I have been meeting almost daily at 6:00 a.m. and increase our running time each week....

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Room Switch

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I seem to have a gene that runs through my family where the women get tired of something in their home and take it upon themselves to make huge changes completely alone.  My mom once switched her...

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Catch Up

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This is what my desk currently looks like.  See that tiny little space where my scissors are? That's the tiny little space I'm working in.  Yesterday I was thisclose to stopping what I was doing...

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Long Weekend

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Good morning. I have been away far too long!  Friday I had some technical difficulties with my Day In The Life post so I will have to move it to this Friday.  Friday through Sunday I moonlighted...

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Pizza and Dirt

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How do you type a noise of frustration? I just uploaded pics from my new camera showing all the work yesterday and somehow they completely disappeared into the ether.  Come back photos!! Luckily I...

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Honey Craft Market

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Saturday I did an artist's market in Woodstock, IL as part of theHoney Craft Market.  They do this event monthly in a very cool space calledMixin Mingle.  I have been to this sale before so I was...

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About Me

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I don't know why I think I can sit down and edit about a million pictures and list them in myetsy Shop Cute Gift For Girl And Gift For Boyand it's going to take about an hour. I'm almost three...

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Disaster!

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Y'all.I was so serious when I said my studio is a disaster.That is my table! Above and below... that is where I'm suppose to sit and work!The table below doesn't even belong in that spot. I moved...

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Inspiration Tour

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You guys!! I had a great time on my inspiration tour in Chicago.  I went with a few gal pals who were happy to go on a journey checking out beautiful places and dreaming about all the creative...

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Little Bits

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I have been the sleepiest girl lately.  It's almost nine o'clock and I am ready for bed. Okay, I'm actually in bed. As soon as I'm done writing this I plan on falling fast asleep. I'm afraid I'm...

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So cute.

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After I write this post I think I have to have a 24 hour hiatus from the internet. I cannot watch Breaking Bad's finale until tomorrow night and I'm terrified of it getting spoiled. There is...

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Hello, I'm Fine.

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Me again.Yesterday two different friends each told me to update my blog.  I realize I'm doing a terrible job of blogging daily. I think I get nervous about what to say sometimes which is silly...

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A Follow-Up

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Last night I tried to quit my phone cold turkey between the hours of 6-9.  I mostly did okay. I had a few moments where I grabbed it and looked at a few things but for the most part I stayed away....

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Inspiration Board

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Last night for some reason I could not get into my studio again. I think I put too much pressure on myself to continue with the work from the night before and to do something really amazing. As a...

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Making Stuff

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Hi!How was your weekend? I hope you filled it with lots of sweet things like candy.I did what I said I would do and I worked in my studio.  It felt so good. I'm excited about what I am working on...

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Dream Home

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Today I'm dreaming.  We have had our house for over a year now and I love it but it still doesn't feel like home. I think I still treat it like it's an apartment so I am afraid to make a lot of...

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Artists Help

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When a typhoon struck the Philippines a few weeks ago I have felt nothing but helpless.  I've listened to news stories and heard people pleading for help. I was so happy when Nancy fromPretty...

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Quietly quiet.

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Hi! How was your weekend?  Did you have a long weekend filled with so much food? Did you shop? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving and or Hanukkah? If so I hope you had a fabulous holiday.  If not, I...

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Dream Springs

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I'm really into tassels right now. Last night I was able to work for a bit in my studio and I finished up this blue jersey dreamcatcher. I fought the urge to add anything else to it and just went...

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Shop

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I have been filling up my etsy shop with lots of goodies. In a very perfect world I would be able to hire a photographer who could teach me how to shoot the best possible product photos ever. I...

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Candy Colors

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This weekend I had the kind of studio time I have been dreaming about for some time now. I worked and worked and was super excited with the results.  I have always wanted to learn how to make a...

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Honestly Lately

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Happy new year! It's nearly a month into 2014 and I have no idea where the time has gone.  It has been a "blink and you miss it month."  In the days leading up to January 1st I spent lots of time...

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Working Weekend

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Etsy can be so overwhelming.  I have been working since 3:30 trying to take a good pic of the arrow garland below.  After tons of trial and error I felt fine with what I had but editing it was so...

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Bananas

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Hi!  I did another round of editing photos and adding items to my shop and it took me way less time.  I even re-shot this guy because the first round of pictures were terrible and I can finally...

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Since Last Week

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Hi. I managed to survive my back-to-work jitters last week. It helped seeing on facebook that so many other people were experiencing the same kinds of feelings.  Of course as soon as Friday came I...

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Imagine

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I had a great day today but I ate too many sweets.  I totally forgot that I was going to stop.  Why does my job have to have donuts on Mondays?? It gets me every time.I am trying to remember what...

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Making Stuff

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Since the time change it feels like the days are zooming by faster than I'd like. I am on "spring break" this week and I am trying to settle in to my old routine of being a stay-at-home bunny mom....

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Hot Cakes

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The other dayBryannecame over and we made cakes.  We don't get to hang out nearly enough but when we do we always put our time to good use and work on something creative.I have been wanting to...

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Fever Dreams

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This productive work week has so far been a slight fail.  I am at least blogging regularly and am working in my studio but it is still at the snailiest of all snail's paces. I finished this today....

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End of the break

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it is the end of spring break and i still have this obnoxious head cold and all i want to do is lay down. i still managed to plow my way through it and get lots of new things made with lots of...

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Oh Joy!

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oh my goodness gracious, you guys! i have been super anxious about the newOh Joy!fortargetline and it's finally here! it hit most stores on sunday but our target got the line yesterday.  i cannot...

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Fresh Start

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There is nothing like the first sale of the season to make you second guess everything you are doing.  Yeah,  it was one of those days. But it's good. It is making me think long and hard about...

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It's a Baby!

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Yesterday I had my 12 week check-up with my doctor and felt pretty in the clear about finally being able to publicly say out loud that I'm pregnant!  If you regularly read my blog you may have...

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Art Makin'

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When I first started this blog I was in grad school working on my master's degree in printmaking. It was a place for me to show my processes and share the artists who influenced me.  I finally got...

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Creating Magic

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This morning I woke to the sound of my phone buzzing with text messages.  Two of my girlfriends were group texting about a blog post recently written byKatie Daisyand the magical journey she has...

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Blog Hop

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my friend robyn invited me to participate in a blog hop.  every monday different bloggers share a post about themselves and what they are currently working on. i'm excited to participate.  robyn...

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Budget Woes

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Go vote today! J and I went early this morning and it felt good.  I wish he didn't have to go to work so soon because it would have been nice to have a post-voting celebratory breakfast. Instead I...

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It's Been A While

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It has been three months since I last posted but it feels like it has been a lifetime.  I planned on writing here last week but had every computer problem imaginable.  I have finally resigned to...

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Identity

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Yesterday was one of those days where by 9:00 am I wanted to crawl in bed and call it a day.  All weekend long was a tough parent time.  Maybellene was fussy and tired and fought sleep.  I was...

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Baby Fashions

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Growing up I acted out like a typical art student and dressed in a way that some times went against the grain.  No, most times...  I think that I blend in a bit more now only because most of my...

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Here We Are

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Man oh man.  I've been away for so long I don't know where to begin.  Over the course of one month my husband got a new job out of state, we sold our home, bought a home, packed up our home, said...

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Here Now

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We have now lived here long enough to take two of Maybellene's monthly pictures.  Each month she has become harder and harder to photograph because she is becoming her own person and is going to...

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Arizona

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Luke and I ventured our way out to Arizona two weekends ago. The visit reaffirmed all the faith I hold in my heart about the power of family. Life sometimes deals you a mean funk and a lot of...

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Safari Park

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(What I'm wearing) Shirt: LOFT. Denim: LOFT. Hat: Boutique ( similar). Lipstick: NYX Pure Red.One of the perks of living in the San Diego area is all of the parks, including the famous zoo and...

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Happy Anniversary

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Today marks 4 years since Matt and I tied the knot! Consider this the ultimate Throwback Thursday, anniversary edition. From the days of acrylic nails and tanning, to baby spit and poop, we've...

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Guess What?

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 Sweater: LOFT. Skirt: LOFT. Shirt: LOFT. Flats: Nine West. Necklace: Francesca's.Cat's outta the bag, folks! Baby Numero Dos is on its way! This little biscuit is scheduled to arrive November 13....

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Boy Or Girl?

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Like I said before, that feeling in my gut tells me it's a little girl, although that could just be wishful thinking to have one of each. I really am just pining for those frills and bows, though....

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Style That Bump

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Bump Stats:Tiffany from I Am Style-ish: 24 weeksAnna from In Honor Of Design: 38 weeksMe: 19 weeksLynzy from Sparkling Footsteps: 24 weeksEmily from The Freckled Fox: 22 weeksTop: Anthropologie....

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This Face

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This face. This face!I am just going to take the next minute to gush about how much I adore this kid. This is what I greet when Luke wakes up from his naps. It starts with little chirps and odd...

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Happy 28th

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Happy Birthday, Matthew, my old lug!Can't believe you are practically 30! Shouldn't we be getting ready to retire soon or something like that?These past 5 years with you have been the richest...

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Style That Bump

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Top to Bottom: Lynzy | Me | Emily | Laura | TiffanyHappiest of Mondays to you!Here is the second round of Style That Bump, where we give you maternity style inspiration and show you how to wear...

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Style That Bump

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Top to Bottom: Laura | Emily | Tiffany | Me | LynzyBom badddda bahhhh! Three cheers for round three of the maternity style series!My look this week was styling a bump in pants. And I have to tell...

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Newborn Essentials

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Clothe: Swaddle Blankets. Long-Sleeve Onesies. Mittens. Socks. Pacifiers | Feed: Breast Pump. Bottle Set. Nipple Cream | Diaper: Pocket Diapers. Prefold Diapers. Snappi Diaper Fasteners. Ointment....

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Skirt That Bump

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 Skirt: Sprightly So. Chambray Shirt: Sprightly So. Sandals: Payless. Belt: LOFT. Glasses: Vintage.Maxi skirts might as well be my best friend during pregnancy. Let's think about this. They are...

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I Doth Confess

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Folks, I have a confession... or twenty. Lately, my mind has honed in on that silly, nonsensical quest for perfection as a mom, wife, friend, person... whatever! Basically any and all facets of my...

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Abstagrams

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Greetings from the glorious mountains of Park City!We are currently enjoying the 85 degree weather, frightening gondola rides, plenty of pool time and all things family reunion related. Sometimes...

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Park City!

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Why is it the events we always plan and look forward to for months and months just end in a flurry of time? I guess time really does fly when you are having fun, and fun we had! Bundles of it.This...

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A Day In Salt Lake

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Consider any posts while I am here in Utah as a grand photo dump.We spent the last day with Matt's family gallivanting around Temple Square in Salt Lake City and taking pictures like we were part...

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Dear Luke

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My Dear Luke,As I peruse through the trails of the last photos of Utah, I can't help but feel overcome with love for you. For family. For the knowledge that we are an eternal clan, tied at the...

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Palazzo Pants

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 Top: LOFT. Palazzo Pants: Vintage . Belt: LOFT. Earrings: c/o INPINK. Bracelets: c/o INPINK. Lipstick: MAC Candy Yum Yum.These are my beloved, bonafide 70's palazzo pants. I scored them at a...

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Hypnobirthing

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The day Luke was born. I was a puffy, bedraggled mess, and it hurt like the dickens!If there is one thing I learned from bringing Luke into this world, it's the necessity to stay calm and...

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Teachers

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It's been 20 years, yet I still distinctly remember my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Allen. Those carefree days of building those rumpled, clay statues for holiday presents, followed by story time...

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Hello, September!

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1. Homemade pumpkin spice hot chocolate! Who cares if it is still 80 degrees with the worst humidity San Diego has seen? It's air conditioned in this joint, making it nice and icicle-y so I can...

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Layers

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Jacket: LOFT ( similar). Shirt: UO ( similar). Pants: LOFT ( similar). Boots: Kohl's. Beanie: H&M ( similar). Bracelets: H&M ( similar).My wardrobe is slowly transitioning back to it's muted...

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Pants, Shmants

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Who needs pants when you have a sweet graphic sweater and the baddest sneakers known to man?  Luke has implemented a firm "pants optional" policy and I am fully endorsing it. He is becoming quite...

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Oh, Disneyland

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The magnetic pull of the magic of Disneyland caught hold of us, even all the way down in San Diego. We attempted to fill the void this last year with season passes to SeaWorld, but to no avail. I...

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Color By Amber

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  Bow Necklace: c/o Color by Amber. Maternity Denim: c/o Isabella Oliver. Sweater: LOFT. Boots: MIA. Lipstick: MAC Rebel.Today I am thrilled to be teaming up with Color by Amber and 9 other...

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My Baby Is Breech

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And I am feeling overwhelmingly defeated.Today marks 35 weeks on the dot, and yesterday's checkup confirmed baby boy still hasn't budged. His darling little head is wedged up under my right rib,...

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Thank You

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Tunic: c/o NV Blue. Maternity Boyfriend Jeans: Kohl's. Booties: Kohl's. Purse: c/o PB&J Boutique. Sunglasses: Target. Watch: Fossil. Bracelets: H&M. Lipstick: NYX.First off, I just want to extend...

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Bates Nut Farm

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|| Abbey || Flannel: Target. Tee: Target. Pants: LOFT. Beanie: c/o Boden. Scarf: c/o Hearts. Boots: MIA. Nail Color: Essie, Sole Mate. || Luke || Shirt: Old Navy. Pants: Baby Gap. Beanie: c/o Mini...

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Just The Two Of Us

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There are exactly just two more weeks of Luke and mommy time. This little nugget and I make a good team as we go adventuring, run errands, snuggle up on the bed with popcorn in hand while watching...

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Life With Two

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It's here.I am a mom of two.It has been here for a whole 2 weeks and 1 day now! Me, Abbey, a mother of multiple children. Can you tell I am going through a bit of a surreal moment? I keep thinking...

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To My Boys

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Litte boy, when you speakI can't help but kiss your cheeksI love the way you grab my handsAnd tell me all about your plansRocket high, comets flyYou and I could hitch a rideAnd fly away to...

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Gingerbread House

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We started a new tradition of gingerbread house making this year, in addition to our cutout sugar cookies. Believe it or not, I've never made a legitimate gingerbread house in my life. I suppose...

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Merry Christmas!

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This is our digital Christmas card this year since we didn't get around to printing out the real thing (you know, new babies and stuff). We would like to thank our tripod and camera remote for...

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Our Holiday Duds

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Me || Skirt: DIY. Top: F21. Collar: DIY. Shoes: Nine West. Lips: NARS Jungle Red.Luke || Cardigan: Baby Gap. Pants: Gap Outlet. Boots: Target. Shirt: H&M. Tie: H&M.Wes || Cardigan: Baby Gap....

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Christmas Morning

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Now that Christmas is over, Luke consistently asks to read all of his books about Santa before he goes down for the night. I think it's safe to say he likes the guy. I mean, look at all those...

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Weekending

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I live for weekends like this last one. A fourth of my enormously large family made the trek to the beach to see us and be a part of Wesley's baby blessing at our church. We celebrated birthdays,...

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A Birthday Party

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We kept it small with Luke's birthday party this year by celebrating with just our little family. Matt had to jet off for a business trip just moments after we celebrated, and keeping it simple...

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Tot School Ideas

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At the start of the new year, we introduced Luke to "Tot School" here at home. Since we are living with intention and all, Luke becoming a child genius ranks high on the list ;) But honestly, I...

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Scooterin'

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We made good use of our church parking lot last week and took Luke on a proper scootering adventure. There was just the right amount of incline for him to get some serious speed for a 2-year-old....

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Around The House

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1. My blue-eyed boy.2. Favorite candle.3. Pompoms and Polaroids.4. French finger foods cookbook that I desperately need to experiment with, and the wise words of Julia Child ... "People who love...

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The "Ugly" Truth

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So, lifestyle blogs. The place where we are guaranteed to find radiating photos (taken on a DSLR camera, no less) of perfectly dressed children and their mothers (decked head to toe in overpriced,...

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Family Style

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Me: Chambray top: Target. Pants: similar. Shoes: similar. Watch: ASOS. Sunglasses: similar.Matt: Shirt: Target. Hat: similar. Pants: Gap.Luke: Shirt: Target. Jeans: H&M. Shoes: Target.(Sorry, Wes....

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Beach Day

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Suit: c/o Albion Fit (we're collaborating for a fabulous swimwear giveaway coming soon!)Hat: similarSunglasses: similarIt's finally that time of year where hanging out on the beach is the only...

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Kissy Kissy

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 The clothing from the designer baby line, Kissy Kissy, is as sweet and yummy as it sounds. There is only a a tiny window in which you can dress your baby in those gentle and soft prints and...

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Spring Flowers

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We headed out for an impromptu stroll around Coronado the other weekend, and it turned out being one of those really good days where everything seamlessly flows together and you are left with that...

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Taking Stock

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I saw this list on Sydney's blog (who got it from Pip's blog) and I think it is such a simple and beautiful way to journal what is going on in my head and my life right now. So, I am jumping on...

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Memorial Day copy

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On Sunday we made a little trip out to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma. There was a sacred reverence in the air for these veterans who pledged their lives for our freedom. I was...

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Beach Day Treats

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Fruttare, but all my opinions are my own.I love a long holiday weekend. Actually, I've been a long...

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San Clemente Pier

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Last Saturday evening, we strolled around the San Clemente Pier with Matt's brother and their little guy. (And I clearly could not refrain from taking 5 bajillion pictures.) If you want to watch a...

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Balboa

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Outfit details:Top: similarShorts: Forever 21Sunglasses: similarSandals: TargetHat: similarNecklace: c/o ILY CoutureLast week we made the drive up to Newport Beach and spent the day lounging on...

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Our New Place

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We've been in our new home for a little over a week now and I am convinced moving is both addicting and a good boost for morale — I feel like a new person!I can't even begin to tell you how...

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Instagram

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It's summer time, and the livin' is easy, especially when you are spending time with your family! We are in Heber at my folks' house for the next couple of weeks, so it might get a little quiet...

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Taking Stock

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I wanted to take note of my thoughts and feelings while we are home here in Heber at my parents' house. This place is so beautiful and holds so many dear memories, and I want to remember it...

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Family Reunion

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Here are just a handful of the hundreds of photos I snapped over the weekend of our family reunion. We spent a day at Deer Creek Reservoir, BBQ'd, gabbed, and played. Summer is officially my...

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Dear Wes

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Dear Wes,Today you are 10 months on the dot! (What the heck, kid? Quit that growing stuff already!) You still have rolls on your forearms and your ankles that would suggest we put elastic bands...

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Taking Stock

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I like to think I am generally a positive person and try to look for the beautiful in life, but every single day is definitely not peachy keen and sunshine and rainbows. If it were, I would be...

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Abstagram

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We will be out on the town enjoying a birthday bonanza for the rest of the week. If you like pictures of cute babies and lots of bright colors (and I trust that you do!), be sure to follow along...

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Family Photos

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Here are my favorite family pictures we had taken a few weeks back for my FIL's 60th birthday bonanza. I am embarrassed to admit this, but this is the first time our family has been professionally...

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Baby Favorites

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Wesley Rodriguez turns one tomorrow! ONE!! I cannot believe it has already been a whole 12 months since we met our incredible little guy.In honor of his big day, I've put together a "Baby...

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Wes Is One!

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I should really be sleeping right now, but the image of Wes curled up to nurse one last time as a real, honest-to-goodness infant keeps replaying in my mind. Truly, seriously, I am baffled at how...

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Happy Halloween!

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Just want to wish you a Happy Halloween! I love when it falls on a Friday. It's the perfect formula for a wonderful night of trick-or-treating. I am really looking forward to it with the boys this...

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Mommy Mailbox

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I am so excited to share with you a project I have been working on recently! Some of my good friends started a new monthly gift subscription box completely for moms called Mommy MailBox. Yes, that...

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Weaning Sucks

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Sometimes I feel like a terrible mother because I get bitter and resentful toward Wes for weaning before I was ready. Or before I thought I was ready.At 12 months practically on the nose, he just...

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"Be Patient, Mom"

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Luke quickly ran from one tree to another, soaking up the salty air and sunshine as we waited for Matt to bring our slices of pizza to the picnic table. I prepped everything for lunch and called...

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You Are Enough

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I am a fan of the real life movement in social media and blogging. It allows us to remind one another that we are in fact merely humans, and not domestic goddesses or our own making. I also think...

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What I'm Reading

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The "notes" section in my iPhone holds an impossibly long list of book titles I want to read. Will I ever get around to ALL of them? Probably not. Unless my mom visits me on my 30th birthday and...

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Baby Number Three

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If you follow me on Instagram, you saw our wonderful news! We are pregnant with baby number three, and couldn’t be more excited!I am 17 weeks, and DEFINITELY feeling like I’m 30 weeks already....

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