Saying hi to spring with old navy

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Paige: Top I Pants I neckerchief 

Ruckus: Top I Pants I Shoes

Milo: Dress I Shoes

When Ben got back into town and the weather was finally nice, we jumped on the opportunity to be outside.  The kids had fun running around and we met some new friends with the most adorable St. Bernard puppy whose name was Brutus.  Brutus was loving on the kids and luckily they’re used to some good ol’ slobbery smooches.

Have you seen Old Navy’s new line Spring line?!  There are so many amazing looks for not only women but kids, toddlers, babies and men!  The best part is that it’s not just the tops or dresses that are good but even the accessories are great.  I’m that mom that couldn’t settle on specific items, I purchased a few full outfits for the kids.  Have a look and you will see what I mean.  The best part- everything is affordable!

Happy Shopping friends!

Paige

This post is in collaboration with Old Navy

our unplanned day

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Some days you just need to embrace having no plans and find adventures along your way.  I packed up the kids and decided we were going to go house hunting in our little town.  While we were driving around we found this beautiful barn that was surrounded by cows.  We’ve been on the search for some horse property so we can have a little farm of our own so seeing the kids around the cows and their excitement for them, it totally made my day.

Milo was cracking me up because she became Ruck’s mom/ tour guide the moment we got out of the car.  She led him all around explaining what everything was and was letting Ruck know all of the “cow sounds” they make.  I’m pretty sure that at one point she barked but hey, what brother doesn’t understand won’t hurt him!

Today was simple and I’m almost positive that we need more of these unplanned days where we have nothing on the schedule.

Hoping you all get to go on an adventure soon.

Paige

 

Winter Wonderland

        

Paige: Jacket I Denim I Boots  (they’re sold out all over but found a few sizes on Amazon)

Milo: Beanie I Denim I Boots

Ruck: Beanie I Denim I Boots

We’re living in a real life snow globe!  It’s been snowing where we live for the past two weeks and my kids are loving it.  I always complained about the cold after growing up in Arizona but it really just takes the right clothing and layers.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still learning and have my moments but it’s a work in progress.  I may live in my pajama’s and socks 99% of the day but the struggle to go outside in the snow is real!  Or at least for me.. but hey, baby steps.

Paige

boys boys boys

Ruckus: Overalls I Top I Shoes I Paige: Top I Pants I Boots

Something I’ve had to learn quickly is that boys are just plain ol’ busy bodies!  Since I’ve had Ruckus, I’m always ten times more tired at the end of the day compared to when I only had Milo.  It’s a good kind of tired though.

Not only are boys busy but they also love to torment their siblings.  Yesterday we had to put Ruckus in time out for the very first time because he would not ease up on hitting Milo.  It doesn’t matter if he’s being a pest because to him, any attention is positive attention.

Despite all the naughty that they come packaged with, boys are truly the sweetest and most sensitive little things.  If Ruckus knows he’s in trouble he instantly gets the biggest frown and slowly crocodile sized tears begin to trickle down.  In the end what I’m trying to say is that boys are perfect.  They’re the perfect example of the Sour Patch Kids- sour then sweet commercials.  When they’re naughty, they make it up to you with a million kisses just at the right time.  Even with the crazy, I’d still take ten more of my little Ruckus!

Paige

New adventures + DANCING LIKE A FOOL

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Milo sweater (currently out of stock) I Milo Coat I Milo Pants I Ruck Sweater I Ruck Pants I Ruck Shoes

By moving to a new and small town its encouraged the kids and I to explore a lot more.  We’ve always had a taste for it but now we do it on the daily and the kids look forward to it.

Amongst trying new things I’ve started a HIGH fitness class and I LOVE it!  When I heard about it I instantly thought it sounded like choreographed dancing and thought, “no way would I be able to do that”.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to dance but when I do I’m making up my own random moves because even if I look like a fool, it’s almost somewhat acceptable.  That’s like the “in” thing now, right?  Dance like a fool but make it look like you meant to? Orrrr maybe that’s just me.. Anyway, it’s been a great way to get my body moving again without it being a dreaded workout.  I suggest giving it a try!

Paige

Family photo’s: wardrobe tips and tricks

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WOMEN 

SWEATER I MUM JEANS I CLOGS 

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DUDES 

SWEATER I JEANS I BOOTS

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OVERALLS I SWEATER I SOCKS I BOOTS

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BOY 

SHIRT I PANTS I SHOES

Family photos can either be exciting or stressful.  First, there’s the clothing.  Where do you even begin?  I put together a guide to show you that planning for family photo’s doesn’t have to be a pain but it can be fun.  You just have to know where to start!  One key thing I try to remember when putting together our outfits is that I want our photo’s to be timeless.

First things first, I think of whose outfit is the absolute priority.  To be honest, I usually start with mine or my daughters outfits.  In this case (see above), I started with the Girls wardrobe because I found these corduroy overalls and knew they were exactly what I wanted.  So, I built off of the overalls where I then found a simple sweater and made my way over to find some off white socks and black boots.

Once you have one outfit you move on to another individual but in doing so, you make sure everything will flow.  What I mean by that is in this example (see above), I decided to stick with neutrals as the color scheme of our photos.  I didn’t want anything too bright but even soft pinks, like a blush tone, would look great with this layout.  Once I finished the Girls outfit I then moved on to the Women’s wardrobe then the Dudes then the Boys.

As you can see there is not one set color or any patterns.  The reason I did this was because I didn’t want to be too matchy-matchy and I also didn’t want any obnoxious patterns to show up as too busy once we received our photo’s.  Don’t get me wrong, patterns are totally fine to have but I would suggest refraining from very tiny repeated patterns and any word use.

The point of family photo’s is to have fun and to remember that time in your families life’s.  There is no right or wrong when putting together your families outfits!  These are only helpful suggestions if you are scrambling to put together outfits like I was.

The examples shown above are not being used by my family so feel free to use any and all articles for your own shoot!  Also, if you aren’t planning on purchasing new outfits for your photo’s (which is completely normal), you can use this same method for the clothing you already own.  Start with one individual and what piece you absolutely want photographed and go from there.

Here are some examples of our family photo’s in the past.

This photo was from 2009 (so long ago when I would bleach my hair).  This is a good example of why I personally prefer neutral tones for photo’s.  Despite this photo being so long ago, it’s pretty timeless.

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Hopefully this helps with planning your photo’s!

Paige

New adventures at unexpected times

Sometimes unexpected things happen and happen fast. My husband and I recently purchased our first home and were able to redo the entire inside. We made it into our dream place and after being there for 6 short months we got a job offer we couldn’t refuse.

My husband was offered a job as the photographer at Backcountry.com.  This is his dream job and for it to come out of no where was such an exciting moment.  Going camping and taking pictures in the mountains-it doesn’t get any better for him.  This job is everything and more but the thought of having to give up our newly finished home, leaving friends and family and moving to the snow gave me instant anxiety.  I’ve never lived in the snow. You’re moving a desert rat to the snow and I’ve never lived anywhere with a climate colder than 60 degrees!  I’ve been stocking up on layers for all of us and Ben thinks it’s quite hilarious at what my idea of a coat is.  I mean, furry jackets keep you warm and are quite a necessity..but obviously mother nature quickly proved me wrong.  The weather has actually been really nice and there have only been a few days here and there that were in the 30’s/40’s.

During this entire move it’s been interesting to see what a smooth transition it’s really been.  Obviously missing my entire family back in AZ will never be easy but we’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by neighbors and new friends that have been eager to help.  We found a great rental home and have quickly been meeting new people.  You would think that finding a house and having to pack up your entire family to move states in three weeks would be nearly impossible but it has actually just worked.  I’ve learned through this that some times things happen at unexpected times but for whatever reason they’re just meant to be.  We know that we’re supposed to be here in Utah and are trying our best to embrace it with open arms.  If you’re in Utah, don’t be shy!  We’re currenlty on the hunt for more friends ; ).

The comfort lotion

This past week we were admitted into the hospital for my sons infected lymph node. While we were there he had to get IV’s, blood drawn, and all sorts of things done that were very upsetting for him. I had a hard time getting Ruck to calm down after everything he had gone through and there was no way I was going to be able to get him to take a nap.

I was brainstorming and desperate to get my boy comfortable and that’s when I remembered that I had brought his Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion with me to the hospital. As he was laying in the hospital crib, I began to rub his back with the lotion and almost instantly he was in a deep sleep. I love this baby lotion because it’s creamy and it truly is comforting for his skin. My son and I both have incredibly dry skin and this is great for him!
Now that we’re out of the hospital there’s nothing better than giving your baby a bath to wash off all of the gross hospital layers and replace it with some good lotion.

It’s good to be home!
I treasure each and every moment with him. Share your own #TinyMoments on Instagram and tag @AveenoUS to show off your #AveenoBaby.

Disclosure: I partnered with AVEENO on this post. All opinions are 100% my own

 

Paige

Cruisin Photo Bus launch party

  
  

  

  

We were able to go to the launch party for a new business called Cruisin Photo Bus.  They travel around in a VW bus to events, weddings, parties, whatever you would like and have renovated the inside to create a photobooth.  Talk about such a fun concept!  Sammie and her husband are the owners and are such a darling couple.

Can we have a moment of silence to talk about this venue?  It was insane!  They had a beautiful open yard with trees,  lights,  and it had an amazing country vibe to it.  The kids especially loved the chickens they had.

The kids had so much fun playing with giant bubbles, eating amazing food, taking photos, getting flower crowns, their was a braid bar and even a watercolor table.  The event was so fun and it was great to see some of the local businesses together in one spot.  We went home with beautiful photos, flower crowns and full bellies, the ultimate night.

 

Paige

Mini road trip



My hat / Milos dress

We were driving to Sedona, AZ when all of a sudden we stumbled upon a field of beautiful yellow flowers.  I wish you could have seen Milo’s excitement as we began walking in the middle of them.  Her imagination instantly ran wild and her inner princess came outto play.

Paige