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7.25.2016

Summer Roller Skating Party

roller skating party ideas


Now that Isaac is officially in elementary school, I knew I wanted to do something fun for him and his friends once school was out for the summer.  So, of course I opted for a party.  Ha ha!

In the past, I used to throw out all the stops when it came to any party that I chose to host.  But with a new baby and a new house that we are still unpacking/moving in to, I've really had to scale back my parties because I knew throwing any sort of party that required an extensive amount of planning and preparation would literally have given me a mental breakdown.  Wanting to remain as sane as possible, I took the simple route and came up with some fun party ideas that would easily keep the kids and adults entertained.

roller skating party ideas

roller skating party ideas

roller skating party ideas

At the very top of list were a few roller skating party ideas and since my kids are all about things on wheels these days, I decided to go with that and rented out a party room at  Classic Fun Center, our local skating rink.  This amazing place has been around in Utah since I was a kid and I can't even begin to tell you how many summer days I spent at this place with my childhood girlfriends.  Of course, this phase of my life was all in the 1990's and since the 90's are now "cool" again, I went with that and threw a 90's themed roller skating party just like the ones I would go to as a kid.  Which meant serving up a few cheese and pepperoni pizzas, providing tokens for the arcade games, using yellow smily face balloons for decorations, and giving out neon colored glow stick bracelets and necklaces which doubled up as our roller skate party favors and a fun accessory for everyone to wear out on the roller rink.

roller skating party ideas
roller skating party ideas


roller skating party ideas

roller skating party ideas

Though this party was planned with the kids in mind, the adults had just as much fun!  Probably because we were all acting like kids ourselves!  Ha ha!  And, to sweeten the night that much more, I served up the most amazing custom made cake, cupcakes and cake bites from The Sweet Tooth Fairy before everyone went home for the night.  For the next party you throw, I highly recommend using them!  They were so fun to work with and did such a great job at designing my cake to look just the way I imagined it!

This party was simply the best!  Especially because I hardly had to do any work for it!  Aside from bringing in the balloons, glow sticks for our roller skate party favors, and desserts, Classic Fun Center took care of everything else.  Even the kid party games and entertainment!  So, instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I actually got to hang out with our friends and even hit up the skating rink with my little roller crew!

roller skating party ideas

roller skating party ideas


Of course, I did completely space making and delivering some cute roller skate party invitations (I seriously have the worst mommy brain!) until the very last minute.  So instead of killing myself to make some last minute invitations for our roller skating party, I sent out a large group text to all our friends and it worked out great!  Thank goodness for modern technology!  I can't tell you how many times texting has gotten me out of bind.  Ha ha!

roller skating party ideas

roller skating party ideas

roller skating party ideas

roller skating party ideas


When I started planning this party, I was really worried that it wouldn't be as much fun as I imagined.  But I quickly proved myself wrong.  Learning that even if you scale back a bit, if you put your whole heart and soul into what you are doing, you can create an incredible party that people will remember for years to come!

XX,
Michelle


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Photography by: Roxana B. Photography
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7.20.2016

The Many Bags of Summer

Hey friends!  I am so excited to be sharing this guest post about some amazing must-have summer bags!  Hope you are all having a lovely day!

[This is a sponsored post by Total Marketing.  Thanks to all the brands out there who help keep this blog running!]


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Okay ladies, let's be honest for a minute. If you take a look at your go-to purse right now, slouched over on the kitchen counter, what kind of shape is it in? Chances are that with regular use, the straps are a little worn, the lining might have a few tears, and let's not forget the bottomless pile of necessary (and unnecessary!) stuff you've accumulated. 

Every lady out there needs a good bag. It's like your artillery bag for life. If it's not doing its job to the fullest, you can't either. And if it doesn't look good doing it, it's not going to do your outfits any favors either. 

This season, there are plenty of trendy bags you can get that have staying power throughout the year. For starters, if you take a look at Lyst's bagcollection, you'll see quite a few designers favoring a tote style. Also known as a shopper, a tote will never go out of style, but the same can't be said for specific fabrics, colors, and patterns. Stick to classic black like Marc Jacobs' Mallorca bag, or neutral tones like Saint Laurent's Classic Shopper, and you can wear your bag for seasons to come. Better still, they're usually big enough to fit everything and anything you need to tackle your day. 



summer accessories






summer accessories

summer accessories
summer accessories

summer accessories
For something a little less fancy and a little more fun, you can also take advantage of a the pool bag trend. Refinery29 called straw poolside bags the latest accessories that checks all of your boxes. They're "on-trend, culturally relevant, and irresistibly Instagram-worthy."

These bags are perfect poolside or beachside, but they also look great paired with a sundress while you're out and about. You can personalize it with a saying or monogram, or let the intricate weave of the straw speak for itself. Just make sure it has thick rope handles. Any color will work well, so choose your favorite, or go with a summer appropriate citrus shade. 

Finally, if you need a small, fashionable purse that won't break the bank, and you're willing to scale down your tackle a bit, a simple saddle bagrecommended by New York Magazine is the way to go. "This streamlined crossbody Matt & Nat bag comes in a trendy saddle shape, but the simplicity makes it timeless," wrote fashion contributor Molly Lamoureux. She goes on to note that it also has a ton of versatility, whether you're bringing it along on a date, carrying it with you to work, or using it during your weekend errands trip.

You don't have to get rid of your old faithful bag if it's still functional. But if things are starting to breakdown, you need to know when it's time to put it out to pasture. Your new summer accessory is waiting!

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Hope you guys are having a lovely week so far!

XX,
Michelle

7.18.2016

Family Trip to the Lavender Farm

family trip ideas



I love living in Utah.  Especially during the summer.  There is always so much to see and do for young families like mine.  

One of the best family trips we've done so far is a visit to the lavender farm in Mona, Utah.  We love this place so much that we make sure to do a day trip there at least once every summer!  So, if you are living in Utah or visiting, and looking for some family trip ideas, I highly recommend this place.  Especially because it is free!

Some times when we do our family trips to the lavender farm, we just go as our own little crew.  But this time, we invited some friends who had never been so they could fall in love with place as much as we had.


family trip ideas
 Zachary and his cute friend Lois loved looking at the "fishies" in the giant pond.

family trip ideas




family trip ideas

family trip ideas
 The western village was a huge hit.  Zachary is a little blurry in this image because the last thing he wanted to do was stand still for a picture!

family trip ideas

family trip ideas
Emi was in absolute love with the little green house we stumbled upon.

family trip ideas


family trip ideas
Benson has just started showing his little personality and it is quite the funny one.  This guys just loves smiling and being silly!


family trip ideas
family trip ideas

Isaac loved running up and down the fields of lavender and looking for bumble bees.

family trip ideas


family trip ideas

family trip ideas
I just love this pic of me and my tiny best friends!

family trip ideas

family trip ideas

Here's to many more amazing family trips this summer!

XX,
Michelle

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Benson's onesie: Sprout San Francisco

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7.15.2016

My Hospital Bag Checklist

hospital bag checklist



I am eons behind on sharing Benson’s birth story.  And I promise I’m going to be sharing it soon.  But since I am doing a news feature today on Fox 13 The Place (will attach the video to this post later today) about what to pack in your labor and delivery hospital bag, this post made the agenda first.

So let’s get started!  Oh, and before we do…just want to say, “Hey!” to all you new readers who are stopping by today!

K, let’s do this!

When it comes to having a baby, deciding when to pack your hospital bag and knowing what to pack in it for your baby and yourself is a very important thing to do!  Out of my four labor and deliveries that I’ve done, I was able to pack my own hospital bag before I had Emi and Zachary.  Isaac and Benson each came about 2 weeks early and for both of those deliveries, Dave had to pack my hospital bag for me.  And even though I had a hospital bag packing list ready to go for each pregnancy, somehow an Xbox 360 and a few Western movies end up in there each time!  Ha ha! 

learn what to pack in your hospital bag for baby





learn when to pack your hospital bag
So, when it comes to getting your own hospital bag ready for you and your soon to be baby I thought I'd share with you my own hospital bag checklist that will help you get ready for labor and delivery and also enjoy your stay at the hospital.

Hospital Bag Checklist

For Baby:

1) Good sized hospital bag with a lot of compartments.

·   One of my favorite bags to use is my Little Unicorn Diaper bag because it’s big like a luggage bag but also has a lot of pockets which makes it extra easy to pack baby items in.

2) Swaddle blankets.

3) Onesies

4) A couple pairs of baby socks.

5) Baby caps.

6) Go home outfit.

7) Binky


what should you include in your hospital bag for mom?

Hospital bag checklist
For Mom:

1) Go home outfit for you

2) Camera and camera charger

3) Phone and phone charger

4) Make-up

5) Socks and/or slippers

6) Comb and/or brush

7) Hair spray

8) Robe

For my delivery with Benson, I ordered a gorgeous one on Etsy to wear over my hospital gown and it helped me feel really pretty and put together.  Two things that can both be a little fleeting after just having a baby.

9) Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Floss

10) Deodorant and/or perfume

11) Lip Balm

12) Elastics and bobby pins

13) Book and/or magazine(s)

14) Some of your favorite snacks

15) Shampoo, Conditioner, and Soap

16) Hair Tools (i.e. blow dryer, straightener, etc.)

17) Make-up remover

18) Face wash and face cream

19) Nursing cover

20) Breast pump

Hospitals also have breast pumps that you can use during your stay at the hospital and also checkout to take home with you when it's time to leave.

21) Lansinoh (Or some other kind of nursing cream.  Hospitals will also have this in sample size for you, but will charge it to your hospital bill.  So if you don't want to pay that extra fee, bring your own with you.)


Hospital bag checklist


Note: Make sure to pack your hospital bag at least 2 weeks before your due date.  Otherwise, your significant other may have to quickly pack up your hospital bag for you and you may find a few random Western movies stowed away in there.  Ha ha!

XX,

Michelle


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Diaper Bag, Pacifier, Blanket, and Onesie: The Baby Cubby

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