Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mint Tie-Front Top

How adorable is this mint tie-front top from Express? It's a little bit sheer and super light-weight. I want it in another color! It's perfect for spring and summer. These tassel earrings are also from Express. Aren't they the cutest? They come in several colors, but I'm totally digging the white. 

Everyone needs white jeans this time of year! I get so many questions from moms about how I keep them white. I honestly don't know?? Ha. I rarely wear white for that reason (shirts especially) but I've had these pants for over a year now and I've never had a problem keeping them white. And of course, these sandals. They are so pretty you guys! A must-have. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Big Announcement!!

Some big news over here! We are moving!! Tooth and I have made the tough decision to move our family from our current home. We are heartbroken to leave the home we've spent the past six years making our own, but it's obvious that it is the best decision for our family. (We will still be in Colorado! And hopefully not far from here we currently live.)

To make a long story short, we've felt it pressing on our hearts that we need to move for several reasons. We are so sad and it will be SO hard on me because I'm overly sentimental. We moved into this home a month before we were married and we've been through a lot in this house. We brought both our babies home from the hospital to this place and it truly feels like home.

We bought this home in foreclosure six years ago and have spent so much money, time and energy to get this place perfect. It has been a long, never ending project. I always told Tooth that once we got it all fixed up, we'd end up moving! And now here we are. We just finished painting our kitchen white (something I've wanted to do since we moved in!) and now we're selling!!

Although we are so sad (insert ugly cry face) to leave this gorgeous home (and memories) behind, we are excited for the future and all the possibilities.

This phase of trying to sell a home with three kids (two being crazy toddlers!) is tough! It's a ton of work to keep this place clean and in "show condition". Any prayers or positive vibes are much appreciated as we take on this big change!

When we put the house on the market (about a month ago), I knew I would want to get some pictures of us all in our home. This home we've spent our entire marriage in and the place we have made our own - and grown our family! Lisa was kind enough to come over and get some photos in our home. I absolutely love these pictures and will forever cherish them.
Formal Living Room:
This room (and the dining room) were the last to be completed in our home. Our home was stripped when we bought it and I loved getting to pick out all the new chandeliers and the oversized artwork above the couch! We have a grand entry here and I absolutely love how these rooms came together. I am so sad to leave them behind (even though they are never used!! LOL Ever.) 
I had dreams of getting multiple large Christmas trees for the entry way and living room in the future and envisioned our family opening up presents Christmas morning in this room, sipping on hot chocolate.

Formal Dining Room:
This room was used once! So sad! This is another room I dreamt of hosting dinners and get togethers with friends and family in. Last Thanksgiving Tim's dad and stepmom were here and that was the only time we ever actually sat here for a formal meal! I love everything about this room.

Family Room:
You don't really see the full effect of this room (or the kitchen) here, but these are the rooms we live in. I wanted this space to feel cozy and inviting. This space will be missed soo much. So many memories were made in this room. So many laughs, arguments, tantrums, poopy diapers, learning to breast feed, watching our babies first steps, snuggling sick kids and more all happened in these rooms. My heart is so sad to leave this all behind!

Blakely's Room:
This was Ryder's baby room when he was born and Blakely took over when she came into our world. This room will be one of the hardest for me to leave behind. The sign above her crib and the yardstick (to measure the kids heights throughout life) were made by my mom and I while when Ryder was a little baby. I will never get rid of these because of the memories and sentimental value they hold. My mom is so talented and made that sign! I basically just stood there watching here, paralyzed watching her in her element. She made this sign quickly and smoothly. I wish I had her talent!
Blakely got a new chandelier, rug and bedding when she was born. Other than that, everything else has been in there since Ryder was born. 
My absolute favorite part about this gorgeous room is the built-in shelves. My husband made them!!!! Guys, he made them!! What?! I remember being very pregnant and showing him a picture of something similar (but way less cool!) on Pinterest and he was like, "oh, I can make something better than that!" I was like... huh?? Long story short, he did. And I will forever be impressed and in love with this project. I have vidid memories sitting on the floor watching him work on those shelves. I would bring him snacks and water and just sit there bugging him while he was trying to concentrate. Ha!
I wrote a blog post about how sad I was when Ryder was leaving his baby room for his big boy room. You can read that blog post here. My feelings for leaving behind this room are intense. SOoooo many memories and first-time experiences with my babies in these walls. I will SOB the day our house sells. Just because of this room.

Master Bedroom:
You don't get a full idea of just how large this room is here, but it is so pretty! I have always loved climbing into bed at night and watching tv here. It's cozy and my fav. These hilarious pictures of us jumping on the bed are too good! lol 

This is a room we will likely no longer have when we move. We will miss it so much! This bonus room is upstairs outside all the kids rooms. We have a huge tv in here and spend a TON of time here. The kids have a million toys here and can make a big mess. They love it! Sooo many memories in here with the kids. Tim and I also spend a lot of time together in this room at night after the kiddies have gone to bed. We love marathoning through our shows. Sitting here drinking whatever specialty cocktail Tooth has made for us and watching show after show together. OMG Gonna miss this place.
Photos by: Lisa Pummel Photography

The boys rooms were photographed, but the kids were toast by then. There are already so many pictures here! Ha! Sorry for the overload. And for the emotional mess I am and will be once we do leave this place behind. I know it's just a house and home is where our family is. We will love whenever we go and will make new memories there. But by golly, I'm gonna miss this place and forever cherish the memories we made together in this home!

My dress is from Anthropologie - shop here
Blakely's dress is from H&M - shop here (also love this one!)

Thank you all so much for your support and prayers during this time! We so appreciate all the love and support we've received from friends and family. xo

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Adorable Kids + My Accidental Face Wax

These kids of mine are the light of my life! Every time we do a little mini shoot and I get pictures back, I get alllll the heart eyes! :) I will link our outfits below. You can also see my outfit post here

The other day my husband and I were talking about traits we hope our kids get from us and all the great qualities we saw from our own parents. This conversation quickly led to the traits we hope our kids don't get from us. Ha! Every parent has that thought, right?! The first thing I thought of what I hope Blakely doesn't get is my massive amount of hair (unless, of course, that hair is on her head).

I'm a hairy person. It's a curse. But also a blessing, I guess. I have a lot of hair on my head. That's a good thing (besides the day I have to wash, dry and curl it. That day sucks.) and I'm grateful. But I'm also just hairy everywhere else. The summer after third grade, the boys called me "gorilla" at the pool because my legs were so hairy. My hair would turn bleach blonde and my skin would get pretty dark from playing at the pool all day long every day. Being called "gorilla" isn't my best childhood memory. But I guess it's better than when that nasty biotch Lauren named me "Step-on-my-butthairs". Yeah, she can go to hell.

After I told my mom about the boys calling me "gorilla", she decided to let me shave that summer. But she probably should have just taken me to a salon and gotten me a full-body wax right then and there.

Later in life, I was teased for my arm hair. Again, long and think. Bright blonde against my tanned skin in the summers. I tried getting them waxed a few times. But it was too much money for our family, so I decided to start shaving them, too. Body hair is a real problem, guys. I go through razors like no one else. Maybe I should buy stock in Gillette. I mean, I'm guessing poor Blakely isn't going to escape this curse. I'm heartbroken for her already. #firstworldproblems

So fast forward to my college days. I was getting my hair colored and washed by a great friend, Cassie. I was leaning back to get my hair washed when she shouted, "BUTTARS! Don't you wax your upper lip??" I was like, "uh, eww. No. Gross!" I had no idea that was a thing. She told me I needed to do it asap. LOL I love her. So I started doing it. But again, pricey little wax job for a poor college chick.

So one day I was with my friend/roomie. Her mom had a little salon in their home. She did some waxing and offered to wax me. So we went over there one day for her to do a simple lip wax. But she noticed I had lots of hair in other places, too. Like, my whole face. I think she just didn't know where to stop the lip wax to make it so it wasn't obvious. So she just accidentally kept going and welp, before you know it... my ENTIRE face was waxed. Thank God she left my eyebrows! You guys, THE ENTIRE THING!!! Bahahaha I'm still laughing just thinking about this!!! The room was silent while she was waxing me and no one knew exactly what to think. I probably thanked her, even though I actually wanted to cry. Because... what just happened?!

The extra shitty part was that in two days I was going on a vacation with my then-boyfriends family to CA! I remember being soooo self conscious and every time I would put my face toward the sun my boyfriend kind of looking at me like what the fuck? Something weird happened to her face! OMG. SO embarrassing, guys. He never asked anything. And I was legit too embarrassed to even say out loud I'M A HAIRY BEAST AND ACCIDENTALLY GOT MY ENTIRE FACE WAXED!!

I since then have stuck with the basic lip wax. Never again will I wax my entire face. But I guess lesson learned? Don't wax your entire face. And don't let your friends wax their entire face. Peace.