January 1, 2015


2014 was an amazing year full of new cities and job changes, hurt and joy and the most joy of all our sweet baby boy.

i never knew (cliche) something so small could fill up my heart to the brim & to imagine there is more of that love to come!? what a special life God has given us isn't it?

i hope to better myself in 2015; to become a better wife, mother and friend.

every year i make a plethora of goals and about this time the following year i realize that i was whole hearted about them for a couple weeks at best

isnt that silly? so this year im going to make just a few tiny goals. but i think i will call them dreams - they sound happier and more whimsical that way dont you think?

and i will share a few with you so that you can silently hold me accountable (whoever you are) ;)

- simplify. 
        simplify my closet, home, food ... life. 

- drink 1/2 gallon of water a day (i want to shoot for 1 gallon BUT i dont want to discourage myself)

- try a juice cleanse - anyone have one they love?

- put more time into myself. i more often than not live in my sweats with a messy bun; i think my mirror and husband deserve a little better ;) any tips for getting ready when you have no time in your day to do so? 

- get moving every day, gym, a walk, dancing in the kitchen! i used to be a gym rat and i havent worked out since i was 6 months pregnant (WOW.) so i need to get my tush in gear 

- a weekly date night with my love (temple visits)

- sit quietly with cohen more often and just soak him up!

- teach cohen to eat WELL and love it. 

- study my scriptures daily with real intent

what are your dreams for 2015?

December 2, 2014

on sleep.

the S word. 

its quite the naughty little thing in the mama community. either your baby sleeps through the night and you didnt teach them to, you just have one of THOSE babies

or they REALLY dont, and youre so tired they end up in your bed and youre one of THOSE parents.

or they are alright for a month, and then one glorious day they sleep 8 hours and you REALLY think youre on to something

and then they dont... ever again. 

and then it hits a point and you decide "i will train this baby to sleep!" 

and alas. here i sit. trying to will my 40 hr work week + a 5 month old baby who doesnt sleep through the night brain to function and write this blog post

and yes. ive read that book, ive actually read most of those books and i know its a baby by baby case but maybe if i combine advice from all the wonderful mamas i know i will come up with a magic potion that helps my little nugg stay in slumber land. 

so im going to give you the deets on my babe and please ALL suggestions welcome. i will give one disclaimer. 

i have pondered and prayed about cry it out and i have decided its just not good in my bones (heres a little more on why), it doesnt fit in my puzzle. you are welcome to suggest it but tell me all your other goods as well because i just dont have nerves 


wake up (between 7-8am) ill say 8 for sake of this schedule 

nap 1 (9-10am)
eat (10am)

nap 2 (11-1145pm)
eat (12pm)

nap 3 (1pm-2pm)
eat 2pm

nap 4 (3-345pm he has started to cut this nap out)
eat (4pm)

nap 5 (530-6)
eat 6pm

BEDTIME ROUTINE begins around 7pm

massage and moisturize
feed both breasts + a bottle until content (usually about 20-30min of eating)
swaddle (not arms down but i cover his hands)
sing and rock
lay down in crib (usually asleep) 8-830pm

sleep 8-12am

.... after about 12 am cohen usually wakes up 2-3 times. im not really sure how many times he wakes up because usually hes just in my bed and i just roll over and feed him.(i know im lazy lol). he never stays awake long enough to even eat but thats what soothes him. 

-co uses a binky, he doesnt/ hasnt ever fallen asleep without a binky (usually spits it out once he is asleep)
-he is still swaddled but just to cover his hands, his legs are out and has full arm movement (he doesnt roll in his sleep, or even move that much haha)
- cohen is 5 months old next week 

okay mamas let the tips ROLLLLL in :) 

November 17, 2014

christmas photos // warming up this cold

even though i am a summer girl there is something so whimsical about the cold. this november went from indian summer to nose biting winter in a day, that day was the day we decided to take our christmas card pictures. the darling desiree bell from desired shots photography brought all sorts of happiness and warmth into the photos. i am beyond thrilled with them

AND to top it off she works with a fab graphic designer that made a collection of gorgeous cards you can pair with your photos. i have listed her pricing and dates available below; she's filling up fast!


Christmas Card Package includes: a 30 minute photography session with Desired Shots Photography, digital copies of 30 edited images, your choice of one of Allie Brown's card designs, and 50 printed Christmas Cards with envelopes mailed to your home!  The entire package is $120.  

Dates left to book:
Nov 22nd - Christmas Tree Farm in Layton (there are only openings left in the afternoon)
Nov 29th - Silver Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon  (openings available both morning and afternoon!)
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