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5.05.2016

Secret Garden Themed Mother's Day Party

Mother's Day Party Ideas

Mother's Day Party Ideas


Mother's Day party ideas

Mother's Day party ideas

Mother's Day party ideas

Mother's Day party ideas
If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw baby Benson's official social media debut!  It's still so hard to believe that I have four kids.  There are still days when I look at all my little kiddos running around the house and find myself wondering where they all came from.  For so long, I dreamed about being a mom and having a house full to the brim with kids.  And now, I'm finally at that phase of my life.  It is by far the hardest, dirtiest, and sometimes scariest phase of my life.  But it is also simply amazing and I'm so glad that I get to experience it!  Motherhood has molded and shaped me in ways I never dreamed of.  And my children have taught me more than I'm sure I've taught them.  

| Photos by Roxana B. Photography |

Mother's Day party ideas
 It isn't quite a party for me and Emi until there's dancing.  So we made sure to do just that in our stunning floral accented party attire from Jag Co, The Posh Society, and Cute Heads.


Mother's Day party ideas


Mother's Day party ideas
 The Babylit Books version of "The Secret Garden" is one of mine and Emi's favorite books to read together.  So we obviously had to read it once, or twice, at the party. 


Mother's Day party ideas


Mother's Day party ideas
With Mother's Day just around the corner, my blogger friends Sandy of Sandy a la Mode and Jen of Elevate Everyday thought it would be fun to get together with all our little girls and create a fun

Secret Garden themed Mother's Day party

based off of the beautiful artwork and colors found in the Babylit book version of this wonderful classic.

Buttercream cake with fresh flowers

Mother's Day party ideas

Buttercream cake with fresh flowers


Mother's Day party ideas
 The macaroons, sugar cookies, and fresh berry cake from Plum Cakery were out of this world!  And definitely a HUGE highlight at our Secret Garden themed Mother's Day party; Emi couldn't wait to get her hands on them!  Haha!


pink french macaroons
We had so much fun putting this party together with The Golden Petal, Plum Cakery, Gathre, Zurchers, Babylit Books, Cute Heads, Jag Co, and The Posh Society to celebrate the beauty of motherhood with our darling daughters who will one day get the opportunity to be mothers themselves.   

pink flower arrangements

pink flower arrangements
 We really wanted to make the theme of the book come to life.  So we teamed up with The Golden Petal to drench our Secret Garden themed Mother's Day party in beautiful floral arrangements.   

shabby chic decor

So here's to all you amazing moms and moms to be!  You are courageous and simply wonderful.  Making this world, in your own special way, a more blooming beautiful place!

floral maxi dresses


Mother's Day party ideas






4.29.2016

Romantic + Frugal Anniversary Ideas

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas



romantic and frugal anniversary ideas

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas
Isaac was super excited to get all the knives and forks out because, "knives are soooo cool!"

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas
Snapped this just before Emi said, "I am being such a good helper!"

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas
Lilacs from our garden.  By far, one of my favorite flowers!

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas

romantic and frugal anniversary ideas
romantic and frugal anniversary ideas


romantic and frugal anniversary ideas
Zachary's current "cheese face" is so priceless!
romantic and frugal anniversary ideas
It's hard to believe that Dave and I have been married for nine years.  NINE YEARS!  It still seems like yesterday when we first met dove head first into a 6 month dating/engagement phase that led straight to us getting married on April 28th 2007.  Since then we have moved 4 times, had (almost) 4 kids, acquired 2 diplomas, and gone on countless adventures together.

Each anniversary, Dave and I like to celebrate by going on a mini weekend get-a-way somewhere here in Utah.  But, with me being only 2.5 weeks away from my due date we decided to take things easy this year and send the kiddos to Grandma and Grandpa's today for a sleepover and then spend the rest of the day (and night) just being together.

But, with our anniversary actually being yesterday, I still wanted to do something fun (and easy) to celebrate.  So I got my kiddos together and we decided it would be fun to put together a fancy dinner party.  So we set the table with our nicest dishes, baked a cake, and asked Dave to pick up a pizza from one our favorite pizza joints.

It was such a simple way to celebrate our anniversary, but was by far one of my favorites because Dave and I got to celebrate our anniversary with three of the greatest gifts that have come from us being married for nine years.

Happy 9 Years Dave!

And on that note, in honor of my nine year anniversary, I thought I would share with nine romantic anniversary for the frugal at heart.



 Romantic + Frugal Anniversary Ideas


1) At-Home Dinner Party
Cooking a meal together, setting the table with your nicest linens and dishes, putting out a vase of fresh flowers, lighting some candles, turning on some music, and enjoying time together in the home you created together definitely turns up the dial on your romantic meter.  Plus, if things get super steamy, your bedroom is literally just down the hall ;)

2) Go on a fancy picnic to a local orchard, park, lake, etc.
Unlike normal picnics that consist of sandwiches, carrot sticks, grapes, etc.  Up your game on this one and fill your basket instead with a baguette, cheese and meat slices, fruits and veggies you don't usually take with you on a picnic, a fun drink, actual glass dinnerware, and a fun dessert.  Then pick a fun outdoor location you don't normally go to and let the food and setting do the rest of the work for you.

3) Visit a local art gallery then stop at your favorite bakery for dessert
Dave and I have done this before, and it is so much fun!  Especially when we stopped at a bakery that served desserts we didn't eat on a regular basis.  

4) Camping
This may not seem that romantic.  But trust me, it is.  Plus, you save a ton of money when opting to sleep in a tent under a sky full of stars than in a fancy hotel.  

5) Recreate your first date

6) Go star gazing
Dave and I have done this a few times, and it is so much fun!  We load up our car with some blankets, drive away from the city lights, and then layout on the hood of our car while we gaze up at the sky.  And, since we are usually always in an isolated area, we always end up having a steamy make-out session like we always used to have back when we were dating; which makes the evening even better!

7) Visit a local amusement park or zoo
There is so much pressure that comes with being an adult.  So it is super fun when you and your loved one get to spend the day "being kids" and let go of all your adult responsibilities for a day.

8) Rent a canoe, paddle boat, or jet skis and spend the day on the lake

9) Go parking
Enough said! 



Here's to keeping things hot and steamy in our love lives!




   

4.27.2016

5 Easy Ways to Prepare for a New Baby



preparing for a new baby

preparing for a new baby




preparing for a new baby


| Shirt: The Countdown Shop | Photography: Roxana B. Photography |

We are in the home stretch for baby number four's due date and I can hardly believe it!  

For my family, a pregnancy due date is just as exciting as any holiday we celebrate.  So, you can bet that since the day I conceived this little nugget my kiddos have been asking me over and over again when the baby was going to be here.

Anyone else in the same boat?

And with any kind of celebratory thing that happens in life, there is a lot of preparation that goes into the Big Day.   But, it doesn't have to be hard or scary.  Instead, it can actually be a lot of fun!   

So, now that I have almost been through 4 pregnancies, I thought I would share some of my easy ways to prepare for a new baby.  

Ready?!



5 Easy Ways to Prepare for a New Baby


1) Make a Nesting 'To-Do' list

If you haven't done this already, this is something I normally during the start of my third trimester.  Writing on it things I need/would like to get done before my baby comes. 


2) Pamper Your Self

Once your precious little baby comes, the majority of your time during the first 6 weeks will be consumed with recovering and taking care of your baby.  So, before I have each baby, I make sure to go and get my hair done, get a massage,  or treat my self to a mani-pedi.  


3) Stock Up Your Freezer

When most people have babies, they can usually expect about a week's worth of meals from family, friends and neighbors.  But after that, life gets back to normal and you are left to come up with the meals for your family.  So, one thing you can do to make things easier on yourself is prepare of few freezer meals that you can pull out on those days when you just don't have time to make dinner.  Each time I get pregnant, I always tell myself that this time I will plan a head and set aside some time to make at least a week's worth of freezer meals.  But, that has yet to happen.  So my family has gotten really good at living off of grilled cheese sandwiches, cereal, and take-out whenever a new baby comes into our family.  Haha!


4) Get Caught Up on Your Laundry

I can't even begin to tell you how messy new babies are!  Between the spit ups, poo blow outs and diapers overflowing with pee you go through more laundry than you ever thought possible for such a tiny human being.  So, if possible, get every ounce of dirty laundry you have cleaned and put away so that you are ready for the onslaught of dirty clothes, burp cloths, etc. that will quickly fill your laundry room.


5) Make Time for Some Romance

Like everything else, romance is a huge thing that goes on the back burner once a new baby comes.  So, make sure you stock up on a few date nights and bedroom rendezvous because once your baby comes, this part of your life can take a huge leave of absence and you're going to need some current memories to help remind you and your partner going.

When it comes to preparing for a new baby, there are a lot of ways to do this. So do what works best for you and will help get you to a point where you can just enjoy snuggling and being with your new babe.





4.25.2016

The Incredible Things About Raising Boys

how to raise boys

how to raise boys

how to raise boys
I have officially become outnumbered by the boys that make up my family.  

For the longest time, I only thought about having and raising mostly daughters with an occasional boy added into the mix.   Instead, I got the exact opposite and have loved every minute of it!

Boys are so much fun!  And there are so many things I've learned from raising boys that has molded me in to the kind of mother  I've always wanted to become.  Go figure!

So, in the 6 short years I have had my little men in my life, here's what I've discovered...


The Incredible Things About Raising Boys


| photography by Roxana B. Photography |

how to raise boys

how to raise boys


how to raise boys
*Boys are...Big Picture People.

Most boys are "Big Picture" types of people.  Instead of worrying about all the little details, they focus on the end result and the key steps that will get them there.  

Before having boys, I was constantly consumed with the smallest of details and would constantly drive myself, and others, absolutely crazy.  Haha!  Now, I've learned to balance this out by following my boys' example and look at things in a broader perspective and not get lost in all of the little things that sometimes don't really matter when it comes down to it.

*Boys embrace the messy side of life.

If there is a puddle, dirt pile or mud patch within a foot of my boys, I know, without a doubt, that I will find them instantly covered in it.  And as much as I love for things to be clean,  I have learned through my boys that there is a certain kind of fun you only get to experience when you let a little dirt into your life.  So I've learned to let go, embrace the mess (with exceptions of course!) and let the good times roll.

*Boys are handsy.

Just like boys like getting dirty.  They also like using their hands.  Their brains are just wired that way.  For the longest time, if I wanted to learn about something I would either look it up online or have someone show me how to do it.  But, in realizing how much my boys love to use their hands, I have learned to start doing things with my own hands and learn as I go.  And it has been so much fun!  I just love doing projects with my boys that allow me to see the world through the tiny, eager, and creative hands.

*Boys love to cuddle and spread love.

Though my boys may be wild, they also have a very tender side to them. I can't tell you how many times one of my boys has come and sat right beside me, just so they could be near me.  Or, how many times they have drawn a picture for me or brought me handfuls of dandelions in their precious grass stained hands.  This happens on a daily basis and is simply heart melting.  So, I make sure that I reciprocate and make a big deal over any sign of affection they show, because I never want them to stop!

*Boys have the BEST imaginations!

I absolutely LOVE everything that my boys do.  But their incredible imaginations are probably one of the things I love most about raising boys!  I can't tell you how many times Isaac has set up a fully functioning rainforest in our living room using just blue sheets and stuffed animals.  Or the the countless instances I have caught Zachary running around the house in five different dress up items; pretending he was a scary monster, giant dog, or some other incredible thing.  This happens on a daily basis with my boys and because of that, there is never, and I mean never, a dull moment in our house.  Ha! 


how to raise boys

how to raise boys

how to raise boys



|Bracelets: Musana | Necklace: Harmony |

See!  There are so many incredible things about raising boys; and I will forever be a 'Boy Mom' through and through.  These little men mean the world to me and continuously bless my life in countless ways.  I am definitely one lucky mum!