by Alix

Aug

14

Ruffle garland DIY

August 14, 2015 in Craft, DIY, garland, gifts, party, Uncategorized by Alix

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Images by Pierson Photo Company and Me :)

I’m writing this post with about 1.5 million things on my mind. BUT…this ruffle garland DIY post is the most important thing I must accomplish today. Why? because it is my go-to party decor item. A ruffle garland DIY is cheap, easy, and adaptable to any size of garland you may need. For example, with this same ruffle garland DIY tutorial I made the above balloon garland and the wall banner (which could also be a table skirt if you are so inclined). And I feel it my DIY-er duty to share with you such a fundamental party-planning craft.

Also, this little princess party with life-altering cupcakes was 100% inspired by a Tiny Prints princess party line. And I am on Tiny Prints’ blog teaching a star wand DIY that you are very welcome to check out!

Okay let’s get our garland on.

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Supplies:

- Bailing wire (you know, the stuff ranchers use to repair cattle fences)

- Scissors or a rotary cutter

- SECRET INGREDIENT: plastic tablecloths. Yep. I use plastic tablecloths from my local craft store for the best garland every.

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step 1: Fold your plastic tablecloth in half 5-7 time. Then fold it in half the other direction 1-2 times (to make cutting it easier).

 

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

 

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step 2: Using the rotary cutter, cut the tablecloth to the width of your desired garland (or skirt or banner or etc.)

 

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step 3: Next, puncture that strip of tablecloth with the wire. The wire is where the garland will gather, so for an even garland place the wire in the middle. For more of a banner, place the wire at the top. Then zig-zag the table cloth onto the wire, shifting it down as you go.

 

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step 4: Hang that beauty up! Wahoo!

Also, more pretty pictures:

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

And in case you are into that whole Pinterest jam, here is a pin-able pic ;)

Step-by-step pink ruffle garland DIY for parties

See you Monday!

xo Alix

by Alix

Aug

11

A day at the beach

August 11, 2015 in baby, family, Favorites, outdoors, parenting, photography, summer, travel, Uncategorized, vacation by Alix

Easy to use camera backpack by JoTotes

JoTotes Bellbrook camera backpack

Summer is coming to a close (can you even handle it? because I can’t.) and can I just ask why there is a conspiracy to start school earlier and earlier each year? By the time my kids are in full-time school I swear the 4th of July weekend will be the last weekend of “summer”. I’m starting a protest. You are free to join.

My favorite moment of this summer, while there were tons of good ones, had to be our trip to California. I shared my Disneyland favorites already, but today I want to talk about our day at the beach.

Even though Disneyland was my favorite part of the trip (and life really), the beach was definitely my kid’s favorite part. We built sand castles, dug really big holes, ran away from encroaching waves, and ate lots of sand. Not sure why they kept eating sand but kids are weirdos. ;) I love that the beach feels so therapeutic. There is a reason beach-front property is like a billion dollars per square foot. I was a good day at the beach.

Before our California adventure I was determined to find a camera bag that I could throw on my back (because I knew my hands and front would be occupied by little babes) and I wanted to be able to get to my camera easily. The thing with most camera backpacks: you can’t get to your camera super easy! What. the. what. Then I found the JoTotes Bellbrook camera backpack and it was a revelation. It has these cute side pockets that are perfect for easy-access camera storage. Brilliant. It stores enough equipment for full-blow photo shoots, but we stuffed it full of all our kid supplies for the beach and Disney.

I also use the JoTotes Georgia Nautical camera bag, as you can see in my New York trip, and it is perfect for baby-free travels.

Easy to use camera backpack by JoTotes

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Easy to use camera backpack by JoTotes

 

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Easy to use camera backpack by JoTotes

Sea-Shells

Kids-Natural-Sun-Screen

Also…favorite sun block ever. And they aren’t even paying me to say that ;)

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xo Alix

by Alix

Aug

10

Threenager

August 10, 2015 in family, Liam, love, Nugget, parenting by Alix

Parenting a 3-year-old

Today’s post is brought to you by Moms Trying To Survive Mondays With A Three-Year-Old…Dot Com. Three with Liam has been a parenting experiment. I’m constantly evaluating what I say to Liam and how I act. He is overly observant and a rouge swear word on TV quickly becomes his favorite word the next day. He also is stubborn (understatement of the century). He must get this exclusively from his father (ah-hem…wink, wink.) Like massive-melt-down-over-not-being-able-to-take-hot-cookie-sheets-out-of-the-oven-without-an-oven-mitt stubborn. Speaking of ovens and danger…he is old enough to know exactly what he wants (i.e. cookies for breakfast) and young enough to have zero regard for his own health and safety (i.e. tummy hurts, burned hands, mom melt-downs).

My friend told me that the three-year-old brain is going through similar changes to that of a teenager. Three really is like a mini adolescence all wrapped up in a cuter three-feet-tall bundle. It’s a threenager musical around here. While the water works and sass are functioning on all cylinders, Liam’s adorable personality is making up for hourly melt-downs. A few funny Liam-things:

After I took his crackers away he said with a pouting face: “I’m going to say my prayers for a minute…Once upon a time Jesus.”

Instead of saying “flush” the toilet, he says, “sneeze” the toilet.

At church he leaned over and whispered, “I farted. It’s okay though.”

Liam stepped on a scale and with pride yelled, “I weigh 2 inches!”

Liam: Can I have more gummies
Me: No not right now
Liam: But I don’t have magic powers in my mouth anymore!

He laughs hysterically if anyone farts, especially Charlotte.

While playing a matching game he says, “Mom, you do the honors.”

Yesterday: “Mom! I pooped. I pooped a Cheeto!”

At breakfast is sat down and said, “Mother…care to join me?”

Liam loves Curious George, hitting balloons with rackets, and golfs (left-handed) better than me. He quotes Guardians of the Galaxy and wears sunglasses while he eats breakfast. His watercolor paintings are the best I’ve seen and he pretends to be on a camping treasure hunt every day.

He really is the best threenager I could ever hope for! I get so excited when he wakes up and so excited when he’s asleep for the night :)

Parenting a 3-year-old

Parenting a 3-year-old

xo Alix

by Alix

Jul

22

Food Truck Search Party 1: Kitchen Eighty Eight

July 22, 2015 in Eat, family, Favorites, food, Food Truck Search Party, Uncategorized by Alix

Best food trucks tour

Today is a historic day. Mark your calendars and cleanse you pallets. Today is the beginning of my new epic and really yummy series: Food Truck Search Party! (That’s #FoodTruckSearchParty for you social-media inclined folks…who I love dearly!) This series is a search for the best local food trucks, and it’s a party because food on wheels + family + camera = party. Always. Every month I will search out a new food truck to try, I will drag my family along, and I will share my favorites with you!

I’m particularly excited about this series because:

1. Food. That’s obvious.

2. It forces me to seek out talented food-making-truck-driving chefs.

3. It’s a family party. I like them.

Now for Kitchen Eighty Eight. Where I start my food truck search party. This food truck has my heart. A quick glance at the menu and it’s obvious that this food truck believes in feeding you and feeding you well. We tried the Pork Tenderloin and the Tri-Tip Steak. My personal favorite was the Pork but you can drizzle on a variety of sauces for completely new tastes. And don’t get me started on sauces. A good sauce can get a girl all worked up you know.

The folks running Kitchen Eighty Eight also happen to be some of the good ones. After I found out that we share an obsession for the original Neflix series Chef’s Table, I knew we were food documentary soul siblings. (That’s a thing right?) I’m a food snob at heart (who will absolutely eat fast food like I’m pregnant with quadruplets) and Kitchen Eighty Eight hits the sweet spot of quick/easy and quality food.

My one MUST EAT ITEM? The chocolate mousse. Holy heavens above, it is so effing good. Do yourself a favor.

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

Best food trucks tour

More food-related news coming tomorrow so don’t forget to check back in!

And while I’m thinking about it…this is not a sponsored  post, but you can find Kitchen Eighty Eight on Facebook and Instagram. :)

xo Alix

by Alix

Jul

21

My office plants!

July 21, 2015 in Home, house, House Tour by Alix

Great plants for your home

First, “I’m so fancy”. That’s what my mug says and I’m sure it is talking to my office. Because folks, my office is starting to look soooooo fancy. I put sweat and blood into this room (but mostly a lot of sweat) and it’s just about perfect. The new return-air vent treatment is looking more stylish and the extra trim really beefed up the baseboards. And if there is anything that really gets me going, it would have to be beefy baseboards. Right?

Oh and the office plants. You. Guys. My office plants are just the best. We are becoming quick friends as I learn how to not over/under water them and how to give them enough but not too much sun. They are so patient with me.

I teamed up with Costa Farms for literally the best plant purchasing experience of my life. And they are not paying me to say that. It simply was the best. I am notorious for killing house plants with gusto. For years I only bought cacti and succulents with only a 50% survival rate. Now I’m no professor, but that’s not exactly a passing grade. Costa Farms really held my black-thumbed hand through the whole experience. They helped me find the perfect plants for me (like an e-harmony profile for plants) and the result basically was: doesn’t die easy and no bamboo. Spot on folks. Then, here comes my favorite part, they shipped it to my front porch. I did not have to load one plant into my trunk with screaming kids in their car seat. Nope. They were delivered to my door! Plants on doorstep. Are you hearing me world?

Bonus you ask? Why yes there is an added bonus…All the plants I got are focused on improving air quality. A real O2 boost for my office! Which means that because of my office plants, I can now do yoga or aerobics will editing photos (which is what I did anyways, but this way I can breath better).

I have a few more surprises in store for this fancy office of mine, but for now lets just look at my office plants in utter appreciation. Then please offer a quick prayer to mother earth asking that I don’t accidentally kill them all!

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

Great plants for your home

So in case you are interested in more pictures of my house-in-progress you may want to check out Charlotte’s room and my patio challenge.

And one last thank you to Costa Farms for making this project and post possible!

x0 Alix

by Alix

Jun

30

Bold floral kimono for summer!

June 30, 2015 in beauty, Cents of Style, fashion, parenting, portraits, Uncategorized by Alix

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Images by Sam of Pierson Photo Company

When it comes to my wardrobe I am a big fan of statement pieces. I mean, we only live once so why not go for it!? One phrase that I have never quite understood is “I could never pull that off.” When a women says, “I love your [insert with "bold lipstick", "bright jacket", etc.], but I could never pull it off!” I’m like, why not? What determines if one is capable of wearing a florescent pink lip color? Is there a committee somewhere making these decisions? Because if there is I want to create a glitter-ridden poster and protest on their doorstep. If I can pull off a floral kimono for summer, you totally can pull it off too!

Also, a little note on motherhood: praise be to fashionable flats! I love a comfortable and stylish flat shoe. Heels used to be my jam, but as a mom I am on my feet all day long, every day. Isn’t it funny how motherhood blankets every part of your life? I think it is so very important that moms find things that define them beyond motherhood, but those little babes are always a part of me. That’s why I refuse to give up style. I’m still me, but my kiddos just make life better!

floral kimono | detail ring | bold neon flats | gold ring stacks

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes  silver honeycomb ring

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

 

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes  Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Bright floral kimono with bold neon shoes

Also! Cents of Style is offering some pretty hot summer deals right now!

Check out the 4th of July stars and stripes scarf for only $7.95 + free shipping with the code FREEDOMSCARF!

And my favorite circle skirt is 50% off + & free shipping with the code SUMMERSKIRT.

x0 Alix

by Alix

Jun

17

A Ruffled Life Reader Survey! + a giveaway!

June 17, 2015 in blogging, giveaway, Uncategorized by Alix

Giant-Dreamcatcher

A Ruffled Life is about to undergo some major renovations (and isn’t it about time!?) so things have been a little slow moving here on the blog. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about these changes! Very very excited!

And also, I have been thinking more about what I share on A Ruffled Life and I think we can improve / mix things up a bit. I have lots of exciting ideas in store for this little website of mine, but what I really, really, really want to know is…what do you want to see on A Ruffled Life? What have you enjoyed? What have you not-so-much enjoyed? So please, if you don’t mind, and it will be sincerely appreciated if you do, take my reader survey!

 

>>>>>>  Take READER SURVEY!  <<<<<<

 

Bonus! If you do take the reader survey, continue below and enter my $50 Amazon gift card giveaway! Whoop Whoop! (Must be 18+ to enter. Survey ends June 24th at 12:00PM MST. Party on.)

 

by Alix

Jun

9

Disneyland is even better than the pictures

June 9, 2015 in Charlotte, family, Husband, Liam, love, marriage, summer, travel, vacation by Alix

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I am a huge fan of cinema in general. Music buffs may collect songs, records, and show of their music trivia knowledge. Meanwhile I’m buying the soundtrack to Rio 2 and quoting Guardians of the Galaxy. I love movies and all the magic that surrounds them. Disney/Pixar movies…action movies…nerd movies…chick-flicks. All of the movies. (But not scary movies because…why???). I mean I am freaking out about the new Star Wars! Ah!

So with a love of the cinematic magic, there was a good chance that I was going to love all that Disneyland and California Adventures had to offer. But guys, Disneyland is even better than the pictures. It was pure magic. I know this may sound weird, but one of my favorite parts was the coordination of music, sound, smell, and visual. The timing was spot-on on every ride. It was one production after another and I was in heaven. Plus I’m a sucker for scary rides so we sprinted from ride to ride like maniacs (“walk please”).

Seriously, I can’t freaking wait to go back to Disneyland (I campaign for a Disney trip every day and we only got home a week ago. Clint thinks I’m over dramatic about it). And despite the fact that my family is frowning in most pictures (I must be the only one who gives a flip about pictures), they all had a really good time too. Like I said, Disneyland is even better than the pictures!

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by Alix

Jun

1

Summer Fashion: Cute Sandals for Summer

June 1, 2015 in beauty, Cents of Style, fashion, hair, portraits, shop, summer, Uncategorized by Alix

Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer

Images by Sam | Location at The Chocolate in West Jordan
Is it March that comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb? Because that is more what our May felt like around here. Just this week the rain finally subsided and we dared put on a pair of shorts. For weeks I have been trying to will the sun to listen to me by incorporating cute sandals for summer into my wardrobe. I may be sporting summer jackets into May, but my feet will be sending a different message: it’s summer and it’s time to play!
Plus I think a mixture of sandals, jackets, and jogger pants can say that you are ready to take on the day with casual class. A mixture of slouchy pants, metallic sandals, and a tailored jackets make a bold statement. Like I’m making big decisions, and I’m comfortable while I’m doing it! Or I changing diapers like it’s my job! Oh wait, it is. ;)
I mostly just like my fashion to be a conjunction of practical, fitted, and stylin’. Cents of Style really helps me make that a reality by adding intentionally bold pieces to my existing wardrobe.
Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer
Leather jacket and cute sandals for summer

by Alix

May

25

Wire star art!

May 25, 2015 in Craft, DIY, For The Love Of, Home, house, summer, Uncategorized by Alix

Easy DIY wire star art

It’s a holiday (Happy Memorial Day! by the way) so I will just pop in real quick, say hello, give you a DIY idea, and be on my merry little way! We are now officially entering the sandal-wearing, sun-soaking, Popsicle stain summer days of the year. I’m so happy it finally came!

As a mom of two young children, the seasons are not yet marked by school and activities, but by whether or not it is warm enough to get out of the house. And I could use some time outside. Liam has taken to emptying every toy container in his room daily, which gives his room a nice ransacked look. Like the set of an apocalypse movie…charming. Charlotte also enjoys the outdoors for the motor workout: grass to touch, leaves to eat, birds to glare at (it is bright and sunny after all).

But I know for many of you dear friends, the sun is refusing to make an appearance (what a diva) so may I offer you a craft of sympathy? This wire star art DIY is the perfect craft for the season too! I hang up my wire star art every summer to signify the time for summer fun has begun! You can hope on over to For The Love Of to get a full tutorial on how to make some wire star art of your own…and it will look fabulous, I just know it.

Easy DIY wire star art

PS: Don’t forget to tag any DIYs you find and make on A Ruffled Life: #ARuffledLifeMakes (because I just have to see them!)

PPS (for summer fun!): A sprinkler “kid wash” that is a total hit. Fruit drinks stirrers that refuse to be only a beverage or only a drink. And one of my top 5 favorite posts of all time…sprinkle-dipped ice cream cones!

xo Alix