These two are obsessed with “Fancy Like” and mostly obsessed with watching @walkerhayes dance to Fancy Like with his family 😎😎 It’s currently their top pick for the bedtime song🎶 and here’s a snippet of what went down last night! #fancylike...
“Mama— take a picture of this face…” he says. And I’m grabbing my camera and trying to contain my laughter as I think to myself, “I’m just the absolute luckiest to know this kid.” 💛 Everyone needs a mister Conrad in their life....
Sometimes I raise my voice. Sometimes I beg. Sometimes I make ultimatums. Sometimes I hate bedtime to the freaking goodnight moon and back.
But then they’ll grab my chin and cheeks and lean in close to tell me they love me. And they’ll thank Heavenly Father for “no witches and no robbers” during their bedtime prayers. And insist on giving each other 17 silly hugs before the lights go out because “I’m gonna miss her so much when I sleep.”
I’ll take the 48 minutes of squatting between their beds for back scratches and the unexpected trip to the potty 12 minutes after the last potty trip if it means they keep this bond forever. Witnessing their complete love and sisterhood changes me. Even when I say I hate bedtime with my three-year-olds, I’m such a sucker for this stage of life with them....
A few photos from life lately over here - enjoying family time and life in Arizona. Thanks for being here while I’ve kind of been away for a little while… haven’t been doing well physically (some health issues) but that doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped taking one too many photos☺️...
The game of “Who Can Stand on Mama’s Back and Wiggle Their Feet Around Without Falling Off!” …which is really just code for “mama would like a back massage” but they think it’s crazy fun and my back knots are screaming happy so everyone wins. #momhacks...
Just over here holding all my (not-so-little) babies close and stepping away from pretty much everything else. Trying to cuss less and write more. Often feel on the cusp of big breakthroughs I want from my life (yay!) while simultaneously giving too much power to my anxiety (ugh). Clinging to my evening prayers and favorite yoga class and busting out the Christmas music a season early. My footing might be terribly wobbly at the moment and who wants to hear the girl on the verge of nervous tears dish out any kind of life advice, but for anyone else in a similar rut (I’m so sorry) – might I suggest the biggest serving of strawberry shortcake as a remedy. Plus standing outside during a warm rain (Arizona, you healer with a perfectly timed monsoon season, how’d you know?)… and maybe put the phone down more. Or whatever version of these three things might float your boat. I’m sure chocolate soufflé with a dose of sunshine instead of shortcake and rain could also do the trick. The phone one I’m sticking by though. Sending you lots of love....
Bringing our summer along with us forever by way of new freckles scattered across most of our faces! ✨ …you can see B’s first sprinkle of itty bitty dots across her little nose and cheeks in the 2nd pic and even with all the lathering of sunscreen and my blessed daily nagging about sun hats, I’m nothing but proud in this moment!🥳 #summer #motherhood #magic...
We are slowly making our way back to Arizona this week (my kids school year begins August 2nd😱) and we’ve never been more out of routine (definitely missing black out curtains right about now) BUT we’ve clocked in so many striking sunsets and got to hold and hug so many loved ones, it’s been everything.
I meant to share earlier this week that Amazon is running a promo on my book right now through the end of the month (until 7/31)— use the code 3YELLOW for $3 off your book purchase!
If you’ve been considering purchasing, it’d mean so much to have you do so! Thank you for supporting me and my book and I hope you find it worth your while and time.
For those of you who have already purchased and read— if there was a takeaway or something that resonated with you as you read, would you consider sharing in the comments below for new potential readers to see?
Thank you again for your support! This has been such a vulnerable and thrilling and challenging and exciting and scary endeavor and I’ve really appreciated the support. 💛...
Our summer adventures are getting a little jumbled when it comes to me sharing anything in chronological order (a part of my brain is freaking out right now but another part of my brain is feeling a little bit more free.) Sparklers are our family’s happy place so we continued our 4th of July celebrating tonight with a few on the deck. Of all the summer activities so far, a box of sparklers a few days post holiday was Samson’s favorite. He hugged me so tightly at bedtime as he told me for maybe the 18th time how much fun he had tonight. Somehow I forget anything else I loved this summer… his enthusiasm for an evening of sparklers brought sparklers to the top of my favorite summer activities list, too. 🧨...
The BEST time learning all about bees 🐝 with the bee expert herself @mckayjo in Salt Lake City. We haven’t stopped talking about all the impressive things those hard working bees do each day and somehow honey has made its way into more of our meals this week 😋 Thank you for having us, @mckayjo!...
Last time I’d been on this train I was their age! Reporting back that as a grown up, it’s still just as fun! Swipe for photos. Also— Utah is showing off. Such beautiful views out both sides of the train car. Swipe for more photos!...
we have a number of fun giveaways lined up for you today from our sponsors!
the first comes from our sponsor bonlook! bonlook is offering one lucky reader a pair of prescription glasses of their choice (a $99 value)! also, if you’re in the market for new specs, the 13th of this month is a great day to grab a pair as bonlook is donating $25 for every pair sold to ChildSight. how cool is that?
our sponsor back yard baby is giving away a $100 gift certificate towards their online shop! back yard baby creates children’s personalized tees and more that look cute and play hard!
I would love to have any of these items! Especially the side saddle dress from shabby apple to wear to my son's baby blessing :)
I would love to win the gift card from Back Yard Baby, we are expecting our first baby in May and we are so so so excited!
Ooohh…Bonlook has some great frames!
Oh my goodness! I've had my eye on some glasses from Bonlook for ever now! I really could use some new glasses. I love love love their style!
The bonlook wire frames! cause my tortoise clunkers need a break ;)
Any of the dresses from Shabby Apple! I love that store!!
I would love to win the jungle chic tortoise shell glasses! They're so perfect & by the way I've been squinting lately…I think I could use a new pair.
i mean, obviously i would like to win any of these FABULOUS prizes but, i've always had a weak spot for shabby apple and the new side saddle is especially gorgeous. i think i could definitely rock it :)
Great giveaways! I could use some cute Christmas cards.
I LOVE the bonlook eyewear! My job involves me working with a microscope quite frequently and it would be lovely to have a new pair of glasses that aren't ruined by the microscope lens!
A side saddle dress in that smoking grey would be nice but alas I am a sucker for a new pair of specs!
i've spent hours on BonLook doing virtual try ons, I'd love to win a cool pair of glasses for the Fall!
I LOVE the glasses from Bonlook…especially Urban Daddy in tortoise! I've been searching for new frames :)
My glasses recently split down the middle, so an adorable new pair would really give my poor contacts a rest. On the other hand, my friends' wedding is coming up so a new Shabby Apple dress would be divine!
Ooo, I love the bonlook glasses! Thanks for the chance to win!
I am in dire need of a new pair of glasses! Thanks for this!
A shabby apple dress will also be nice :)
I'd love to win a shabby apple dress. I don't even know which one….i'm indecisive….:)
I would love to win the pair of glasses! So many amazing options!
The Hackney dress is the prettiest color! And I wouldn't mind a new pair of stylish glasses. :)
Shabby Apple Side Saddle Dress size S
& Thank you!
The glasses and side-saddle dresses look amazing!
How could I choose a favourite?!
I am loving the blue Hackney dress from Shabby Apple and love (j'adore, even! ;P) the J'adore, Jungle Chic, and Drink the Kool Aid frames! They all look great!
mmmm shabby apple please! so perfect!
I would LOVE the pair of bonlook glasses. I want the square one style in tortoise. I just barely started needing glasses and would love these cute ones!
I'd LOVE the tourtuise shell round glasses from bonlook! sooo cute.
I am in love with all of the bonlook specs but specifically anything tortiose! I love the Just Fabulous that's featured here. Just a lovely giveaway!
I would love to win a lovely dress from shabby apple.
Love the dressage from Shabby Apple, and a photo template from Nicole's would be awesome for my holiday cards!
Thanks in advanced for picking me :)
That dressage dress from Shabby Apple . . . I die. I may even buy a horse.
Okay, with over 1400 people dying for awesome free stuff, how do you ever choose?! I just started following your blog and love it! I'm learning that I love everything you endorse too, and would especially love to be picked for a shabby apple dress! The "dressage" dress looks like a fave so far and I like it because of the color and simple, flattering lines. Thanks for inspiring me to start blogging myself, I've opened an account and am on to step two this weekend!
The Grand National dress is just heaven! I would adore that :)
I would love any pair of those Bonlook glasses! So cute!
I'd love a new pair of glasses, so I'm commenting for bonlook.
Bonnie & Clyde in black! x
i'd like to win the glasses…they are very similar to your ones and i find them so special!
My husband needs a new pair of glasses so desperately. It's a joke. The glasses would be awesome! Although, if I won I might just get a new pair for myself!
I would love a new dress, Im so into wearing dresses because its a complete outfit and a good dress is hard to find.
if i won the shabby apple contest i would definitely buy the hackney dress. it's such a rich and bright blue color that i would love to wear!
Wow! The dresses are stunning! I love the aintree and side saddle dresses!! So sophisticated! And the Honey Badger glasses! With either of these, I'd be ready for the working day!
I would love to win the Hackney Shabby Apple dress. I've always, always wanted a dress by SA! :)
i hope i'm not too late to enter. i would die for some bonlook frames. i've also been lusting over shabby apple for a while. i love their modest design and would love to add the hackney dress to my closet.
I love those glasses from Boonlook. and the photo cards too.
I love the bonnie and clyde frames from bonlook! I also love the side saddle dress from shabby apple!
Glasses or the photocards–hard to choose!
Oh nice! I was actually just on Bonlook's site before I saw this giveaway post! I would love a pair of Simply Fabulous glasses! Thanks for the chance :)
I love the side saddle dress!
i should say shabby apple but i will say backyard baby because i am a selfless mother who always gives gives gives to her children while neglecting herself. ;P
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I would live new frames! Love the square one frames!
not sure if it's too late, but I love the shabby apple dresses–can't decide between Aintree or sidesaddle–have some boots that would go great with either one
I love all the Shabby Apple dresses! It's so difficult to pick just one! I love the classic look of the Grand National dress! Very pretty!
I am in love with the Side Saddle dress from Shabby Apple!
I would love some glasses! So nice!
I love shabby apple! I love their vintage style! :)
The Grand National dress from Shabby Apple is fabulous! Perfect for the girl with a little oomph in the hip area, and would be wondeful for the upcoming holiday parties!
I would love the Aintree dress from Shabby Apple because of the nice details in the back.
i would LOVE the aviators in tortoise– i'm supposed to wear glasses and have been putting it off til i find the perfect pair!
Oooww! I would love a new pair of specs from Bonlook, or a dress from Shabby Apple. I can't decide which would be better!
Love the dresses, I would love the Aintree dress, very simple elegant.