by Alix

Jan

30

mamaRoo Giveaway!

January 30, 2015 in baby, Charlotte, contests, family, giveaway, Nugget, Uncategorized by Alix

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Friends! Life as a mother of two little pudgy kiddos is part chaos, part cuddles, and a dash of tears (in the happy and tired variety). I love it. I don’t always feel 100% in my element as a mama, but I’m never looking back. Being a mom has taught me that my capacity to love is beyond my comprehension. It has also taught me how to clean crap (I literally mean human poop) off of the floor/wall/dog/carpet/TV without even flinching. I’m convinced there is no smell that could get me to dry heave at this point.

Being a mom also means that I am spread real thin on the piece of toast that is life. Not being able to “do it all” means that some things (the non-important things) have fallen to the sides to make way for Tuesday movie dates with Liam, extra nap-time cuddles with Charlotte, and lots (lots lots lots) or fat roll kissing. Oh man that little pudgy Char-bar has at least 85% body fat and a diet of only breast milk. I must be making straight cream or my babes were just meant to be chubby. I’m convinced that there is no funner thing to kiss than fat baby legs. It’s science. Look it up.

There are, however, a couple times during the day where I need to sort of step into a quiet moment and sort out all the chaos. Just put my two little humans down for a nap and collect myself by catching up on emails, reading a few texts, shaving my armpits…important stuff. That’s when I turn to my mamaRoo infant seat rocker that (through some space science) imitates the rocking of a human mother. You guys when I first got a mamaRoo rocker and watched it rock my Charlotte right to sleep I simultaneously thought: What sorcery is this? and Ellen should be sending one of these to ever mother in America! Ellen still hasn’t responded to my 137 emails, but I’m optimistic. The mamaRoo has 5 different motions, from swooping side to side to rocking up and down and I can adjust the speeds from fast (think trying to calm down a frantic little babe) to slow (think softly rocking to sleep). I can also control it with my phone and play music with it. Dynamite.

I mean it when I say I am a believer in the mamaRoo rocker. It simplifies my life when I need a moment of simplicity. And next on my wish list of 4moms products is the temperature-gauged infant tub. Like I said, space science. I’m obsessed. I want to buy one for all of you. Every. Single. One. But the economics of my bank account might not allow that :) . I can however giveaway 1 mamaRoo infant seat to 1 lucky ducky reader! Yes you heard me I get to give one away! I’m a little excited over here :) . To enter just check out the box below!

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Good luck!
xo Alix

by Alix

Jan

8

Blogger Holiday Party!

January 8, 2015 in blogging, Christmas, Eat, friends, gifts, party, photography, portraits, Salty Booth, Uncategorized, winter by Alix

holiday party

Hey you! I hope you spent the holidays being all kinds of merry and bright. Except for a 5 day bout of some kind of flu we made sure to layer on the merry and bright thickly. One of my very favorite merry parties to date was this blogger holiday lunch I hosted, many thanks to Tiny Prints! Can I just say, Tiny Prints is a really lovely company to work with when you are on a quest to make life more personalized and thoughtful. Their designers and products really made the holiday party everything I could have hoped for. Personalized stockings, festive pillows, name tags and invitations all in theme. This girl loves a theme like fat kids love cake (speaking of cake…I just locked myself in the pantry with a full cake and ate at least 1/4th of it…#parenthood).

Back to parties…The bloggers who came to my little holiday shindig are really the best. Some of the loveliest, kindest, talented people I know. And I mean that with all my heart. I genuinely love to surround myself with these inspirational women who, in so many ways, are better at life that I. They make me want to improve and work hard and they totally validate my efforts at a centerpiece. A girl could use a group of gals like this, you see.

Also, by way of announcements…I am not sure if I have fully shared the news with my readers, but I started a company with the lovely Melissa Esplin. Our company is called Salty Booth!!!! It is an open-concept photo booth and I am really proud to call it my company! I’ll be sharing some more photo booth images from my holiday party later on the blog and discussing my business a little more, but for now a list of thank yous is in order…

A special thanks to:

Sam of Pierson Photo Company took all the images of the party. She’s the best. I love her dearly. Like, the best for real.

Food Made By Tom. Tom, ladies and gentleman, is a food-making wizard. His magical powers involve a whisk and gnocchi and I personally would be more likely to render a Alohomora curse from Harry Potter than create a meal as scrumptious and transcendent and the food Tom makes (PS Tom, feel free to use this review on all publications).

Tai Pan Trading. The folks at Tai Pan always swoop in to save the day. Their snowflake plates kicked up the festive, like, 400 watts (which is a large amount of watts? Perhaps I should fact-check my metaphors). And Tai Pan has daily deals. You should give them all your money because I do!

Bohem. This furniture store provided chairs. The most luscious, sexy, cool, drooled-over bunch of chairs I have ever seen. If these chairs were a fashion, it would be somewhere between Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret.

Pause to apologize for all the metaphors. Sorry not sorry.

Melissa Esplin did the calligraphy on the invitations and our little “Deck the halls” scroll. Mel’s oozing with talent.

Hello Maypole. Balls. Felt balls. The world’s best felt balls.

Salty Booth. Oh hey folks this is the business I started, like I said.

Engrave Jet crafted some little wooden deer heads for me because they somehow find a way to make everything better!

Now excuse me while I shamelessly eat more cake and watch Theo, um I mean watch Divergent. And you can keep scrolling for more party pics, or watch Theo with me. Whatever you like. This is America after all.

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by Alix

Dec

29

Our Christmas Cards 2014

December 29, 2014 in Adams, Christmas, family, gifts, photography, portraits, winter by Alix

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Hands down one of my favorite Christmas traditions is sending out Christmas cards. I love receiving them too and I promise I read every word of your double-sided size 12 font family update. George got a new job? I’m glad I know now. Henry is starting piano lessons? I care. Sophia is learning to crawl? Go Soph! And I mean it. I love looking at Christmas cards and seeing children enter and exit their awkward puberty-onset phase. New babies coming to growing families. Christmas cards are the best. Maybe it is because my own growing little family changes so much every year, but I love sending out cards with little updates!

This year I ordered my cards through Tiny Prints and I must say that they are my favorite yet. These heavy-stock two-colored letterpress beauties are the stuff that paper nerds drool over (I’m raising my hand). And I am so happy to share our snail mail holiday cards with you!

And so long as we are sharing…Our Christmas break was one for the books. We took a little 5-hour drive down to Monticello, Utah to visit Clint’s family and spent the majority of waking hours outside in 20-degree weather. Crazy? Yes. We hiked to Native American ruins, some almost completely intact, along cliff edges (toddlers were safely fastened to their mother -me- that is pathologically afraid of heights). Those Anasazi women were remarkable. Raising, nursing, feeding children on cliff sides? I hiked out of the canyon feeling very blessed to live in this century. Then we roasted hotdogs and cans of chili on the fire like cowboys and went back to a warm home for talent shows and gift opening. Liam played and played and played with his 11 cousins until exhaustion, as little boys should.

I’m so grateful for the holidays when we can spend precious time with family, focus on giving, and remember the Savior.

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This post was made possible by Tiny Prints, all opinions are my own.

The card image was taken by me, my mom, and a trusty tripod ;) .

The felt balls are from Hello Maypole, of course.

xo Alix

by Alix

Dec

11

Baby Charlotte: 1 month

December 11, 2014 in Adams, baby, Charlotte, family, parenting, portraits, Uncategorized by Alix

Charlotte 1 month

Our little lady is over 1 month old now. There is something about the relationship between time and motherhood that is so paradoxical. How is it that nurturing children day in and day out makes time seem to stand still and simultaneously fly right by. I sometimes feel like my life is a series of never-ending diapers, yet our little boy is potty trained and I’m like, when the heck did that happen? Charlotte is one month and I feel like her birth was yesterday and years ago, all at once. I guess time flies by to keep moms nostalgic and time stands still to make us excited about the future with our growing babies. Speaking of growing babies, our pudgy Charlotte is transforming from a newborn into a plump baby! Here is a little progress report:

- Charlotte is starting to smile. When I can get her attention she will first look at me with a face total concern and then the edges of her face will soften into a huge double-chinned, open-mouth grin.

- She only wakes up once in the middle of the night (three cheers), but getting her to bed can be a real bear.

- Our little lady loves to eat and is a really good nurser. Very efficient, as if she has much better things to do then sit around and nurses for hours. I think she gets that from me.

- When she’s mad, she is piiiiiiissed. Like she goes from one peep to full-scale melt down. I can appreciate a woman who goes after what she wants without reservation :) .

- We are obsessed with her neck fat. Neck fat is really only cute on a baby, so we celebrate it with lots of kisses.

Charlotte 1 month

Charlotte 1 month

Charlotte 1 month

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Dec

8

Our Book Advent Calendar

December 8, 2014 in Christmas, family, gifts, Home, house, winter by Alix

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Here is a little peek of our advent calendar! I may have gone a little overboard on Amazon and bought 24 books like a crazy 2nd-grade teacher. Each day we open up a our book for the day and I make Liam sit still while I read it to him. He’s mostly interested in turning every page into a game of I-spy: “There’s a spider!” “There’s a hat!” “That lady’s a weirdo!”

Truth be told I am way more obsessed with growing our children’s book collection, but it’s not total torture for our little toddler. I’m trying to explain that each day we get a gift until the final day of our advent calendar when we open up a Christmas book about the Savior, who is the true gift of Christmas. He may not understand our countdown now, but I hope that some day he will remember our silly traditions and that they point to the miracle that is the Savior and His glorious birth.

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And in case you are interested…here is the list of books I bought for our advent calendar!

1. Where the Wild Things Are

2. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

3. Pinocchio

4. Just Me and My Mom

5. Just Grandma and Me

6. Jabberwocky: A BabyLit Nonsense Primer

7. The Dot

8. Anna Karenina: A BabyLit Fashion Primer

9. Peter Pan

10. There’s an Alligator under My Bed

11. The Bravest Knight

12. The New Baby

13. There’s Something in My Attic

14. Lost Party

15. Unto Us A Child is Born

15-17. The Miss Nelson Collection

18-23. A a package of Dr. Seuss books from Costco (where your paycheck goes to die)

24. Our Christmas book for the year (more to come on this little beauty!)

Book Advent Calendar with log slice

Book Advent Calendar with log slice

Book Advent Calendar with log slice

xoxo Alix

PS wrapping paper from Tai Pan Tradings!

by Alix

Dec

3

Charlotte’s Newborn Photos and Nursery Photos (AKA Baby Girl Nursery 03)

December 3, 2014 in baby, blogging, Charlotte, family, featured, Home, house, House Tour, love, parenting, photography, portraits, pregnancy by Alix

Newborn and Nursery photos

All images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

I’m just so in love with our chubby little Charlotte. She’s so sweet and precious to our family. We are so VERY VERY excited that her amazing newborn and nursery photo session is being featured on Style Me Pretty Living today! This is such a honor because I adore Style Me Pretty and all the lovely work that they produce. Those folks are top notch. Sam, our photographer, did an amazing job. So all around amazing and such. I am teasing you with a few of my favorite pics from of Charlotte and her nursery, but you’ll have to hop on over to Style Me Pretty Living for the full gallery!

Also you may want to check out

Baby Girl Nursery 01

and…

Baby Girl Nursery 02

Newborn and Nursery photos

Newborn and Nursery photos

Newborn and Nursery photos

xo Alix

by Alix

Dec

2

Winter white flower gift topper

December 2, 2014 in Christmas, Craft, DIY, gifts, HGTV Design Happens, winter by Alix

Flower gift topper

Sometimes I get a little out of control with my gift wrapping, and I know this. But I have to argue, if I am most out of control with a roll of wrapping paper under my arm and a bag full of ribbon, I can’t be that crazy right? Okay I’m a little nuts. In fact, I just bought 7 variations of plaid wrapping paper from Tai Pan Trading because I couldn’t pick just one. Looks like it’s a plaid Christmas for us!

Are you getting as into the holiday spirit as I am? Charlotte is 6 weeks old and I can finally lift my head off the pillow before 8:00AM so the holidays are in full swing around here. The Christmas tree is up (I’ll be sure to share some pictures this month) and it is 12 feet tall. I worked hard to buy my dream flocked tree. Clint helped me assemble it and when we got it all put together he said, “This tree is like, 12 feet tall!” And I was like, “It is 12 feet tall!” And he looked at me like I was a lunatic, but I know deep down he was impressed with my determination to take Christmas to the next level.

Now all I need to do is pile some gifts under it and I’ll be wrapping them with fun gift toppers like this flower gift topper I made over on HGTV Design Star. It’s a really easy gift topper and it makes a huge statement nestled under your tree or in tow to a Holiday party. Find out how to make one of your own HERE

Flower gift topper

xo Alix

by Alix

Dec

1

My Holiday “Shelfie” with Wayfair!

December 1, 2014 in Christmas, contests, Craft, DIY, garland, giveaway, Home, house, Instagram, Wayfair, winter by Alix

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

On this lovely (and completely freezing) first day of December I am so excited to be sharing with you one of my favorite blog posts ever. Not to sounds too overzealous or anything, but this little project with Wayfair is a favorite of mine. See Wayfair is hosting a little Holiday “Shelfie” contest on Instagram where the winner will receive a $500.00 gift card to Wayfair.com! (A “Shelfie” is a very technical term for posting an image of your holiday decorated shelf…like a “selfie” sans the duck face.) All you have to do is post a picture of your holiday shelf on Instagram, tag @Wayfair, and use the hashtag #holidayshelfie! The winner will be picked before Christmas! For some holiday shelfie inspiration check out these sexy shelves!

And in case you haven’t checked out Wayfair before, you should know that they are an extremely affordable home decor (and etc.) store. I say this because I was snooping around their site and couldn’t believe how many lovely and wonderful things I could buy for $500.00. Like my white faux deer head (it’s like taxidermy that’s hip!), and mercury jars to swoon over, and candlesticks that make a statement like: “I am a massive candlestick that goes with everything.”

On my shelfie I wanted to go for gift-wrapping-station meets neutral earthy Christmas. I think I got pretty close, right?  My two favorite items from Wayfair are the mercury glass ornaments and the white buck deer. They may be up all year long because I can’t bare to part with them come January. Now please excuse me while I go check out everyone “shelfies” on Instagram!

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

Holiday shelf decorations #Shelfie #Wayfair

xoxo Alix

*Content for this post was made possible by Wayfair. As always, all opinions are my own :) .

by Alix

Nov

18

DIY Gift Bow Mug

November 18, 2014 in Christmas, Craft, cricut, DIY, free downloads, gifts, Uncategorized by Alix

*This post does include affiliate links, I may or may not make commission off of these links. All opinions are 100% mine and are 100% honest*

Gift bow holiday mug!

It’s officially gift bow season is it not? What kind of a gift-giver are you? Are you the type that thoughtfully selects sentimental gifts for everyone from your mom to your second-cousin’s landlord’s dog? (Thanks for making us all look like thoughtless b-holes…Wink wink). Maybe you give the practical gift. Yay for toaster ovens! You could be the DIY type where each gift is handmade and heartfelt. I usually fall somewhere between practical and DIY. Like a handmade quilt…practical warmth but all the awkwardness of a handmade blanket. You. Are. Very. Welcome. Handmade can be a great way to cut costs and up the thoughtfulness. I am kinda proud of this handmade DIY gift bow mug I made with my Cricut Explore™. It pairs well with hot chocolate and those 5 pounds we gain every winter (both for warmth of course!). Let’s make a custom DIY gift bow mug together!

Gift bow holiday mug!

What you need:

- Mugs in the color of your choice. This holiday season is all about neutrals and metallic around here this year.

- A vinyl sheet in the color of your choice. I’m all about creative liberty, obviously.

- A Cricut Explore™

- Cookies and hot chocolate…but this is optional :)

Gift bow holiday mug!

Steps:

1. First, download this bow template that I created for your enjoyment and use. Y’welcome.

2. Second, upload the bow document to Cricut Design Space™ and size it to the perfect bow for your project. Follow the directions as outlined on your Cricut and cut out the bow(s).

3. Finally, apply the vinyl DIY gift bow sticker to your mug! Happy hot cocoa sipping!

Gift bow holiday mug!

Gift bow holiday mug!

Gift bow holiday mug!

Gift bow holiday mug!

Gift bow holiday mug!

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And don’t forget to check out other Cricut crafts this month from my Design Star team!

1-Kiki and Company

2-Stay and Co.

3-Kristi Murphy

4- Beauty Babbler

5- Two Thirty Five Designs

6- A Ruffled Life

7- Frenchie Wraps

8-Girl Inspired

9- Sweet C’s Designs

10-The Life of the Wife

xoxo Alix

by Alix

Nov

12

How to make a framed bulletin board

November 12, 2014 in Craft, DIY, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house, House Tour, Liam by Alix

How to frame a bulletin board

One of my absolute favorite things to do in my non-existent free time is work on house projects. For the record I know that I could re-align my priorities to have free time, but then what would I complain about if I wasn’t busy ;) . But, like I said, I really love working on my house. And for some reason I have to decorate by rooms. What I mean is, I can’t buy a rug for the living room, paint the walls in our master bathroom, and tile a back-splash. My decorating is methodical and I’m pretty sure that’s the OCD in me. I like to start and finish a room completely before I take on the next project. In my house now all I have complete is Liam’s room and Charlotte’s room. I plan to post a tour of both rooms when I’m, you know, not sooooo busy ;) .

Liam’s room is a rich burnt orange with touches of teal. I’m really quite proud of all the DIY projects that made his little room all come together. One that I shared on HGTV Design Happens is this DIY Framed Bulletin Board. As it turns out finding a framed bulletin board that is affordable can be a bit of a challenge. But I did need somewhere to hang Liam’s watercolor/marker/sticker art work (side note, does anyone else have a house covered in stickers. Stickers ev-ry-where). Creating my own frame for a cheap department store bulletin board was actually an easy solution!

Make one of your own here!
How to frame a bulletin board

xo Alix