Blah Social Media

January 10, 2017

Social media...I hate you but I love you. Instagram can be such a strange, inspiring, wonderful, frustrating place. I want to wring its neck on Tuesday and I wan to kiss its face off on Friday. I've had a really difficult time posting on social media lately.  It has been 2 weeks of radio silence and I honestly feel like I could delete it all and be happy as a clam. What's the point of all of it? There are some good moments of positivity for me, but lately I've felt like being in the moment with my family has made me 100 times happier. 

Last week I spent a good hour scrolling through my Instagram feed and I caught myself in the "grass is greener" trap. I found myself comparing every aspect of my life, both internal and external, to complete strangers. I was questioning my accomplishments, my quality of photos, my worth, my beige walls, everything that makes me, ME! We set this silly "trap" for ourselves and then we fell small. Why, oh why?

There is no win in comparison. And there's no love in comparison, either." Comparison is such a happiness killer, guys! Just because we see good in someone else's life, doesn't mean it takes away from the good things in your life. We have to remember we are comparing our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel. Nobody is perfect and nobody has a perfect...even though some pictures portray perfection. So how do I get outta this trap? I put down my phone and started reminding myself what I have, who "follows" & "likes" me in real life, what makes me spectacular and all the talents and blessings I have been given. I started thanking Heavenly Father for making me special. We need to be thankful for what we have and celebrate our little "victories". All I keep coming back to during the new year is "enough". Because we are. I am. You are. 

I can't just erase my Instagram account because it has become a little business for me. I have collaborations to follow through on and products to take photos of. It has been such a great creative outlet for me in the lonely days of motherhood, but this 2 week break has been so good for my soul. I doubt I will ever stop trying to grow my feed and this tiny business of mine, but it's nice to have breaks once in a while to set new goals of putting down your phone and being present...especially in the 3 weeks before this baby girl joins our family.

And on a totally unrelated note, I can't press publish on this post until I mention the cutest maternity shop Audrey & Olive !
This turtleneck tunic is from their shop and I literally can't get enough of it. Their motto is "Pregnancy shouldn't mean having to compromise on style" & I love that! Their clothing can be worn pregnant or not, so I'm excited to wear this top after baby girl arrives too! Oh, I love a good shop find and I just felt like this one couldn't go without sharing! 

Baby Cubby Favorites

December 05, 2016

I can't tell you how much I've longed for a baby girl. My two boys are everything to me, but this pregnancy I couldn't stop daydreaming about what it would be like to add a baby girl to our family. And we finally are!!! The first thing I did was ask my girlfriends their favorite baby girl stores. I wrote down a list of about 15 stores and immediately became overwhelmed. I had nothing for a baby girl in my home, and the list of things I needed was longer than we could afford. That's when I was introduced to The Baby Cubby. Have you heard of it? It's a one-stop-shop that carries products from all the top brands in the business so I don't even need the long list of 15 stores anymore! Everything I could want or need for baby girl is in one place --The Baby Cubby!!! 

If I've seen you in the past week, I have surely expressed my love for this shop! I was introduced to The Baby Cubby a few weeks ago and have fallen madly in love. I recently received a knock on my door from the UPS man delivering my first package from them, and I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and timeliness of the delivery. Waiting patiently for orders for baby girl is just not my thing..ya know what i mean? :)

One of the many reasons I love The Baby Cubby is that they price match! Nothing makes me happier than finding an awesome product and then finding it for cheaper on Amazon or another shop. They guarantee that you are getting the best deal and I'm definitely all for that. That's definitely a rare quality to find in a baby store! Can you tell I'm excited about this new find of mine? 

Another reason I love The Baby Cubby  is because their team is made up of real parents like us, who know, test and use these products in their own homes. What's better than a real recommendation from another mom or dad friend? Nothing! They genuinely want to provide the best possible recommendations and service out there. 

A few of the other reasons I love The Baby Cubby: 

-The way they find the best and safest baby gear out there! They spend hundreds of hours researching for us! (Because no one's got time for that!)
-I've already mentioned this but it's worth another shoutout--They're committed to price match everyday! YESSS!
-They offer free shipping everyday at over $49
-They are great at engaging on social media 

I wanted to show you a few of my favorite things from them!! (links below to search specific items!)
You can read a little bit more about about this great company here –

Freshly Picked Moccasins

November 28, 2016

Guys. I wish you could have heard my squeals when Freshly Picked moccasins arrived in my mailbox. Best mail day EVER! They sent me the Classic Birch moccasins to review and I can't even begin to describe the love affair I have going on with these baby shoes. They are seriously the best thing since sliced bread. I'll attempt to express the love I have for them, but just know that what I have to say will never do these moccasins justice.

Every single time I take my toddler out into public the scene always ends up looking all too familiar: shoes removed from feet and chucked across the parking lot. or grocery store aisle. or library. Really, thrown wherever we are in public. Shoes never, I mean never, stay on my little boys' feet. That's where Freshly Picked moccasins swooped in and saved my life. And literally saved his feet. I no longer have to be embarrassed when random strangers bend over to pick up the thrown shoes. I no longer have to scold my child for not keeping his shoes on. And I no longer have to search the car high and low for the who-knows-where-they-landed-this-time pair of lost shoes! He actually keeps these moccasins on all day--and can even nap in them they are so comfy! That's why I am so excited to receive these teeny tiny moccasins for my baby girl on the way! She's so lucky to have her own pair too!

Another reason I'm obsessed with Freshly Picked Moccasins is your babies love them as much or more than you do. My toddler Riggins actually requests to wear his moccasins when we go out. He loves playing with the fringe and I know they are the comfiest shoes he owns. I'm very impressed on how well they are wearing and I am positive they will be great hand-me-downs for generations to come. I also love how they are gender-neutral and can be passed down to a girl. These are great shoes for every stage--especially learning how to stand and walk.

These moccasins always seem to be a show-stopper wherever we go. Everyone will stop you and ask you where you got them! They are spotted from far away and adored by most everyone. There is something about a baby in moccasins that can really makes a person smile. And not to mention, they are timeless and go with everything. My boys wear them to church, to play in the sand and then to run at the park.

The only downside to these beautifully, handmade leather moccasins is that they are a bit pricey ($60), but honestly, worth every single penny. Quality over quantity! If you buy the right size, they can lost for over a year. I bought a pair when my boy was 6 months and he is almost 2 and still wearing them. So to sum it all up, I just love these baby moccasins with all of my heart and I recommend them to all!

 (This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are 100% my own!)

Date Night

October 05, 2015

DATE NIGHTTTTTTTT! Ever since we moved to Nebraska, it has been difficult getting a babysitter. It's hard to think that we actually have to pay someone to watch out children so we can go pay someone else to eat & then go pay someone else to watch a movie. I mean, we used to live in Arizona right next to Hunter's parents. We could call them at 5:00p.m. on a Friday night and ask them to watch the boys. it was convenient. it was cheap. it was all around awesome. It's a little more difficult planning ahead and paying more money we don't have to someone (oh, school loans) ! But it's oh, so worth it! We had a great time this last weekend talking & laughing & celebrating our little life. 

On an unrelated note, I'm so grateful to WithChic for sending this awesome tunic for my date night. It helped alleviate the burden of the cost of date night:) This exact same top was at Zara's for a more expensive price awhile back. Check out their awesome prices and my exact tunic top here :

Baby Wrappin'

July 27, 2015

I’m sitting here at 3:00p.m., in my spit-up covered pajamas, trying to pinpoint the last time I showered. The last time my hair wasn’t in a greasy, week-old topknot. The last time I sat down and ate a nice meal by myself. The last time I had a full night’s sleep. Or read a book. Or washed our bed sheets. Or went grocery shopping alone. I would really like to go grocery shopping alone.
For the life of me, I can’t seem to remember those things… but what I do remember is the day-to-day humbling moments of motherhood. You know the ones I’m talking about. The moments where you realize you can’t do this motherhood gig by yourself. The moments that bring you to your knees. The moments that help you realize how lucky you really are. I had one of these little humbling moments just the other day and it’s one I will never forget. 
It was a horrible, no good day of motherhood. I mean everything & anything was going wrong. I just had to get out of the house so I grabbed my car keys and my boys and didn’t look back. This drive landed me at the grocery store looking for some kind of sugary relief. Riggins kept trying to stand up and jump out of the cart. Gibson wouldn’t keep his binky in and was crying non-stop. I kept getting looks from people—you know those “I feel so sorry for you” looks.
I was about to throw in the towel when a middle-aged woman, heaven-sent for sure, walks by me and warmly smiles. We made eye contact. She stopped and put her hand on my shoulder. She said, “Always hold those baby close. Treasure those boys with everything you have. I could never have children of my own. Never let a day go by without telling your boys you love them.” I’ll never forget the feelings I felt in that moment. I was humbled. Oh, so humbled. I can’t believe how selfish I had been. I was taking it all for granted. Every. Single. Minute. Of. It. Having struggled with my own miscarriages, I felt a small portion of this woman’s pain. I promised myself that I would be more grateful for all the moments I have with my children—even the most difficult ones. I promised myself that I would always hold them close.
I’m so grateful that the Solly Baby Wrap allows me to hold my babies close anytime I want. There is a special bond formed when your baby is so close to your heart. I want both of my boys to know that they are the best things that ever happened to me—even on those horrible, no good days.
Oh motherhood, you are humbling in so many ways!

To My Boys

March 10, 2015

 To my boys:

Nothing can prepare you for becoming a parent. No book or magazine or stories from other parents. It is truly incredible how unprepared you really are. How unprepared I was. I can’t believe how much love I had for both of you the second you were born.  This feeling of wanting to always keep you safe and to never let you go. To look into your eyes and tell you every minute how much I love you. I think about you about a million times a day. I worry about you every time you fall—I want to take away all the pain you feel. I think about your future and how I can help you now to become the men Heavenly Father wants you to be.  I love you with such intensity and passion that sometimes I feel like my heart will explode.You both challenge us with every new phase, and every single development. You both love our kisses. Your smiles melt us. Every time.

Being your mom has changed who I am. Changed the way I think and how I see the world. It’s changed my priorities and goals. It’s changed how I think and the decisions I make. You’ve given my life color and depth and meaning and dimension.
Please know that I will love you everyday and forever with all of me. More that I knew even existed.

Photography by my dear friend,  @sallymae