Thursday, July 9, 2015

Summer Pool: Scrapbook Layouts

It’s usually only a matter of minutes upon arriving at my parents house in Florida that Brady will change into his swim trunks and jump in their pool.

I wonder why the kid doesn’t just wear his swimsuit on the plane and save some time changing.

Gwynie enjoys the pool, but mainly the hot tub. You can typically find Brady in the pool at least three different times throughout the day. I think one day he’ll grow fins with as much as he loves being in the water.

It’s no surprise then that I have loads of photos of the kiddos playing in the pool at Grandma’s house. Loads of photos to be scrapbooked.

Brady Pool

The background patterned paper base set the stage for these photos and made the layout come together quickly. I have been on a “less is more” on the overall pages but “the more photos the better” kick as I’ve been working on getting pages completed a little bit faster. 

Brady Pool 1 Pretty much everything on these pages were from the same Bo Bunny line. I added the mini candy dots (Stampin’ Up!) and the orange chipboard sunshine (American Crafts) but also loved using the sticker strips from the collection to add some texture to the page.

Gwynie Pool

Since each kid has their own book my trick has always been to mirror their pages and accomplish two somewhat identical pages in one sitting while I have everything out on  my desk.

Gwynie Pool 1 I’ll usually change colors out or swap embellishments, but the overall look and feel of the page remains the same for each.

Since April to today, I have now completed  63 pages! Crushed my goal to do 52 this year (a page a week), but if I’m being totally honest and forthcoming, I will admit to still having pictures as old as 2008 that need to find a home on a page other than being in a photo box. My record is just over 80 pages in one year in 2010 so hoping to also beat this number and find some joy in being able to look at completed pages with the kids.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Party:Scrapbook Layouts

The past few months have been so busy, but I’ve somehow found some pockets of time to retreat to my craft “studio” and create some scrapbook pages. Sure, laundry, mopping and other household chores have received the cold shoulder while I’ve been creating, but my family hasn’t seemed to mind…too much. Gwynie showed Brady how to start a load of laundry the other day so I’m not so positive this hasn’t been a good thing….ish.

Although I’m constantly in the “behind” state of scrapbooking (much like chores), I remind myself that the joy is in creating, and watching my kids enjoy perusing their scrapbooks, and I take heart that one day all my hard work and labor of love will be appreciated, and it kind of already is. Unlike chores…so why bother? ;)  (JK – I like a clean and organized house and I appreciate it).

Thought I’d share a couple pages made in the last few months.

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This was a couple years ago celebrating Jake’s grandpa’s birthday. Although we lost his grandpa shortly after this, it was so special to have this day and be able to take these photos.

Brady Party3 Brady Party4 

I used several pieces from a Crate Paper line (Brooklyn I think?) and even some super old rub-ons. I know, rub-ons equal Old.School. But, I’ve challenged myself to use what I have and try to pare down my towering collection of supplies. Because when you print $40 worth of pictures at one time, even using a coupon, you realize you have to make priorities. And that includes your craft supplies. Really.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

It took a week but I finally made it through all the photos of our cruise! It was such a fun trip and has been a blast going back through our photos and sharing those memories all over again. Links to photo albums below!

Cruise ship photos

Nassau, Bahamas - swimming with dolphins

St. Thomas - snorkeling with turtles

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Grand Turk - playing with sting rays

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cruisin’ 2015

Well, it has been quite awhile since I’ve blogged.

What can I say, it’s been a busy 6 months! Between work, kids (school/sports, etc.) and all the other life stuff I found my posting less frequent. Or really, nonexistent. ;)

We were in need of some R&R with how busy we have been.  Last October, Jake and I talked about taking the kids on a cruise. We had done one together in 2012, and always talked about doing a family one. We knew the kids would have a blast!

We booked our cruise in April and set said on May 23rd (Saturday) for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise! The kids got out of school on the 21st, so we took a red eye out that night, spent a day with my family in Florida and then headed to Port Canaveral to set sail on Saturday.

We visited the amazingly beautiful Nassau (Bahamas), St. Thomas, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Grand Turk. We played with dolphins, snorkeled with sea turtles, explored historic Old San Juan and swam with sting rays. It was quite the trip, full of incredible experiences!

I’m going through our photos now, and I’ll share the photo album links when I’m finished, but here’s a teaser of a few favorites! 

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We’re getting ready to leave my mom and dad’s in just a couple hours to head to the airport and home. It has been so nice to spend time with family and relax!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Brighten it Up

Ask my friends and they’ll agree, I wear a lot of neutrals and tend to shy away from bright colors in my wardrobe.

So having a style challenge at PMT to brighten it up and wear some color might have been a stretch for me. I have worn a couple more colorful outfits lately, but really liked this one from last Friday.

I wanted to be super casual but had some meetings I thought I needed to be a little bit dressed up for, but I still felt super comfy in this outfit!

Brighten it up Pants: Kohls// Top: Ross// Jacket: Maurices// Ankle Boots: Target// Necklace & Earring set: Charming Charlie’s

The red accessories really did add a pop of color and brighten up the whole outfit which otherwise would have been pretty plain in black, white and gray.

I’ve already played with the next challenge to copy an outfit you pinned, and looking to see if there are other things I can pair together before the next link up. Here’s my Style Makeover Board so you can follow along on Pinterest with me!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dressing for Success in 2015

I didn’t set resolutions this year, but I did give my self some goals and projects I wanted to tackle in 2015. Some personal, some professional and some “just because” goals.

One thing I knew I wanted to focus on this year was dressing up a little more and well, dressing well. I don’t think I always dress poorly, but after losing some weight and winning our work fitness competition last year, I’m at the point that I need to rebuild my wardrobe. Seriously.

Loose and baggy clothes are awesome when you’ve lost weight (!!) but they don’t quite work when you’re trying to feel more confident about yourself since you still feel sloppy in those old baggy clothes. Right?! To be honest, I’ve gained a little bit back since June between Vegas, Hawaii and spending two weeks in Florida over Christmas (can you blame me?!), but I’m still down over 5% body fat from this time last year and am getting back into the groove of working out and lifting, and eating right once again now that the holidays are over.

I promise I’m making a point with that lengthy intro. ;) Queue the style challenge from Audrey at Putting Me Together. I’ve followed her blog for quite some time, but always thought, “When I lose weight I’ll dress better” or “I can’t wear stuff like that, my thighs/stomach/arms are way too big”  and so on and so forth. Well, I’m still working on being more fit and healthy, but damned if I’m going to let one more day go by where I don’t feel cute and happy in my own skin and actually excited to get dressed in the morning.


The challenge this week is to wear a dress. Now, before I would have totally had reservations, but I was coming around to the idea recently of wearing tights and boots with my dresses and expanding my wardrobe in our chilly Utah winter months.

I bought this dress and belt while we were in Florida (on clearance, yessss!) and was excited to see the challenge knowing this would be a great time to pull them out. Thanks to some cute friends at work (Shawn, Davey and Krystal) for the sweet compliments when I wore this yesterday! I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but I super appreciated the love!


And yes I totally did the selfie in the mirror for these. ;)


  Dress: JC Penny//Belt: Maurices//Tights: Rue 21//Boots: Kohls

IMG_6382 One more look at the full outfit, sans the top of my head. The struggle was real Tuesday morning.

Audrey is holding a link-up party tomorrow (Thursday) so if you have a cute dress outfit to share make sure you visit her blog and share! 


Share your outfits on Instagram #pmtstylechallenge so I can borrow inspiration for future outfits! I’ve been pinning some outfit inspiration and ideas to my Style Makeover board, come follow along!

Now, hold me to these weekly challenges guys! :) Upcoming challenges are wearing a pop of color and copy an outfit you’ve pinned…stay tuned!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hawaii 2014

Visiting family over Christmas has given me some downtime to finally go through our Hawaii pictures, yay! I haven’t done any editing, but wanted to share all the amazing sights we saw on Maui! We spent 5 days there and can’t wait to go back again soon.

Click below for the full album (all 502 photos)!

These are a few of my faves from the Luau we went to.

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