and the winner is…


Congrats Heather! You win, you win, you winnn!!! :) Thank you to everyone who entered.

Heather, please contact me to claim your prizes! Send me your info at

Now we’re off to the beach to try out some new paddle boards… baby in tow. We are getting pretty adventurous. (As much as Clay would love to try, baby will not be riding on paddle boards Mom, don’t worry.) hehe


photo cred: April and May blog

GIVEAWAY MONDAY!!! Christie Lorraine Jewelry

Christie Lorraine Jewelry GIVEAWAY on Christie Lorraine Jewelry GIVEAWAY on Christie Lorraine Jewelry GIVEAWAY on Christie Lorraine Jewelry GIVEAWAY on Christie Lorraine Jewelry GIVEAWAY on YAY FOR GIVEAWAYS!!!! I have always loved Turkish Evil Eye jewelry. I am so excited to be teaming up with Christie Lorraine Jewelry, a designer in Turkey who specializes in beautiful Evil Eye jewelry. One lucky winner will be able to choose not one, not two, but THREE of their pieces shown in this post.

How to enter:

1 // You must be a follower of THIS blog!

2 // Share this GIVEAWAY on one other form of social media. (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter… whichever you fancy)

3 // Leave a comment telling me which 3 pieces you would like to receive, and how you shared this Giveaway with your friends!

The contest will run Monday April 7 at 9:00 am to Friday April 11th at 12:00 am. The winner will be announced on Saturday morning. To claim your prize, please contact within 72 hours, failure to do so will result in a re-draw. Good luck! Untitled-003

Visit the Etsy shop of Christie Lorraine to see more beautiful jewelry!

superfood cookies // seriously. they’re good for you.

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When someone says it’s a treat that’s “good for you”, I am immediately skeptical. So I was with this recipe I found on These sorry bananas had been eyeing me for a good week, every day getting darker and darker, and everyday I am feeling worse and worse about wasting them. So what the heck. Thought I might as well give these healthy cookies a go. Best part, they only called for two absolutely necessary ingredients. The rest are optional. That’s it! Couldn’t be any easier.

Turns out, they’re pretty darn good. It’s never been easy for me to snack healthy. I’ve been on the lookout for yummy little bits that I can grab and go throughout the day. Anyone have any suggestions? 

Let me know how you like!


p.s. the cookie on top looks like a face. funny.

life lately: as told by a very inexperienced mother of one whole month

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Being a mom is hard work. It’s the best work, I have been in a little mommy bubble for the past month, not wanting for anyone or anything to disrupt this newness of my little guy and the whole newborn phase. Yes, sleep deprivation was expected but I have found that the real exhaustion comes from my straight up worry for everything this child does, the wonder if I am doing everything right, am I a good mother? Every cough, wheeze, gurgle, I am turning to google way too many times a day to see what the possible ailment could be. “Newborn gurgling sound in throat”, “why is my newborn’s skin peeling?”, “newborn making strange noises”. (These are real google searches from yours truly). I have yet to find solid answers. Most conclude I need to contact my pediatrician immediately, or just go straight to the E.R. (Those people answering questions on google are real doomsdayers, sheesh!) No help there. I am assuming this overprotective/overlycautiousness will diminish as time passes. Or I sure hope it will. It’s driving me insane, I can’t stop.

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I am also in the middle of some sort of inner struggle, doing my darnedest to look like a mom, but not TOTALLY like a mom. This is silly, I know. But it’s bugging me! I am convinced that when I am pushing a stroller through the outdoor shopping center, people assume I am the next to appear on mtv’s teen mom. My friend recently told me I look like the nanny, not a parent. I’m okay with that. To an extent. Part of this image may come from the backpack I wear as a diaper bag. Just an observation. But this new complex I have with myself has really played with my psyche. I spent way too much time the other day in Urban Outfitters debating whether or not to buy a homies t-shirt and blue nail polish. I mean, before this was a total no brainier. Buy both because they’re awesome. But now I’m a mom! Do moms wear that stuff?! Not really. I went with the blue nail polish. Skipped out on the tee. (Now regretting not buying the tee).

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I guess what I’m getting at is this whole other side of the mom transformation. The baby stuff; nursing, holding, loving, caring, nurturing… This has all come pretty natural. I feel like this little man has been in my life forever. But there are other (less important) things that are putting my little self into a stupor.

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My life has been flipped upside down and sideways, and it is absolutely wonderful. I have really loved every moment. He is the best thing to ever happen to me. But someone answer me: why do I feel the need to change EVERYTHING about myself to play the part as parent?! (Including nail color). It’s madness, really. The little man and I wish you a happy Saturday! Enjoy. :)



2 Weeks :: A Film Shoot with Kavin

36460015 36460021 36460010 36460009 36460012 36460004 36460003 36460008 36460022 36460030 36460031 36460025These pictures pull at my heartstrings. Ezra was wide awake during this whole shoot and didn’t make more than a little baby grunt. He is pretty easy going, VERY tolerant, we got lucky. I jumped at the chance to have Kavin take pictures of our new little family. He is awesome. These pictures are different than any others we have. They were shot with 35 mm film, each photo was thought out very carefully. Kav explained he loved film for that very reason. “You can’t just go to a shoot and click away.” You have to make sure each “click” is something you will be proud of.

Thank you so much for doing this shoot for us Kavin! We love them so much!

Kavin Lindgren



Stylish + Pregnant

There were SO MANY times throughout my pregnancy where I found myself in tears sitting on the floor of my closet. My clothes were no longer fitting… and as time went by, my options became slimmer and slimmer, as I became, well, not so slim. But there are ways around this debacle of the shrinking closet. You don’t need to be miserable, or frumpy… (I was frumpy), during your pregnancy. So we have a guest post written by Shatel Huntley to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes I made.

Being Stylish and Pregnant for any Occasion

Pregnancy is something to celebrate – the joy of raising a human being from a newborn into an adult. Every tear, every laugh, every mistake, and every accomplishment will be well worth it. While expecting is a joyous occasion, there are often downsides. Along with the physical hurdles and discomfort, dressing up can present a whole new set of challenges. Fortunately, there are simple tricks you can adapt so you can both look and feel fabulous as you prepare to don an elegant outfit for a special occasion.

A Day in the Sun

If you are pregnant during the summer months, you will most likely want to hit the beach or other destination spots. While you may not be able to fit in your bikini from last summer, you still have stylish options available to you.  There are a few crowd favorites when it comes to pregnancy and swimwear. First one up is the tankini, offered by such retailers as Old Navy. Tankinis made from Lycra or spandex offer a slimmer look and can highlight the bust of a pregnant woman. The tops are often control fit and the bottoms come with elastic waistbands that fit comfortably around the waist. Such designs are often made where no visible gaps exist between the top and bottom of the suit. Wearing neutral tones will make for a classic elegance, and black will provide a particularly slimming look.

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Another choice is the flowy tunic over a one piece. It does not fit tight around the stomach, and should hang to the middle of your backside and be even all around. This garment accentuates other parts of your body to balance out your baby bump. Underneath the tunic you should wear a scooped neckline one-piece that show off your voluptuous new body. Simple floral prints or neutral tones work best. You can pair your suit with a nice pair of sunglasses and bold accessories.

A Social Gathering

You can’t avoid coworkers, friends, and especially family during your pregnancy. There is some expectation that you will be invited to at least one or two social events before giving birth. What will you wear? A likely candidate for your social gathering will be the wrap dress. This garment is not only stylish, but comfortable as well. It highlights your baby bump and offers a flirty neckline that is both sexy yet not too revealing. This dress can also adjust to fit your waistline while cinching at the smallest point on your torso.

As your baby bump expands or contracts, so will the dress. Comfort is highlighted by the stretch fabric the dress is made from. The dress can come in a variety of prints like ones seen at, allowing you to stay true to your preference in patterns.

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Business Occasions

There are times in which you may be asked to make a business presentation or dress up for the office – the idea of tight dark slacks may make you cringe, but there’s a style secret you can utilize to increase your comfort. A baby belly band can be used to hold your pants upwards without the use of a zipper or a button, all the while keeping the open waistline discretely covered. Layers should be worn so you can peel them off if you get overheated. Scarves will help you to downplay open blazers or sweaters. Forego the high heels in favor of ballet flats and clogs.

Your Wedding and Pregnancy

Buying a wedding dress while pregnant can be especially challenging, taking into account the many bodily changes that will occur from the time you pick out the gown to the time you walk down the aisle. However, the process of selecting your bridal look doesn’t have to be a thorn in your side. To ensure the proper accommodation for your baby bump you should go with an empire waistline. This particular silhouette has the skirt start right below the bust to provide you with dreamy yards of loose fabric that will skim over your curves. Vendors like David’s Bridal have plenty of maternity wedding dresses that are meant to be comfortable and stylish. To avoid becoming overheated, steer clear of heavy materials and sleeves.

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Being pregnant is a happy occasion. While a woman can start to feel like she has lost her stylish edge, slight tweaks to the closet can result in a plethora of options. From tunics, to wrap dresses, and emerald waistline wedding gowns, she has all the options available to her to remain sexy, stylish, and comfortable throughout her pregnancy.

Written by: Shatel Huntley for

You came with the rain // A letter to Ezra

IMG_2606You came with the rain. Two weeks ago today. We had decided a rainy day would be the best kind of day for you to arrive. And I guess you felt the same. You took your time, that’s for sure. You made us wait in anticipation for what seemed like a lifetime. We just couldn’t wait to meet you.

I was so excited to feel the first pains of labor on a Saturday morning around 9:00. Your dad was so religious about keeping the time between each pain. We weren’t sure if it was “real labor”. So we decided to take a walk… and it being rainy outside we went to the only other place that made sense. Target. We walked around for a good hour or so, pains became closer together and more intense, we headed home.

Contractions continued for the rest of the day, we started getting a pretty good sense you’d be here soon. Dad went on a mad cleaning spree, he wanted to make sure everything was perfect for your arrival. I tried to relax.

Aunties Erin and Lindsay arrived that evening. They drove hours so they could be there when you arrived. Erin made us spaghetti, I played the piano for you, and we tried keep the house mellow and calm.

Contractions went on for a good 12 hours. Around 9:00 pm I decided I needed the midwives there. Contractions were about 3 minutes apart and they were no picnic, I’ll tell you that much.
When the midwives, (Michelle and Emily), got there, they checked your heart beat right away. It was so clear and strong.

There were many times throughout my labor that they would check your heart beat to find that same steady beat. I was constantly thinking of how strong you must be and what YOU were experiencing through all of the madness! It was such a journey for you too!

2:00 am rolled around and we all thought you’d be here any minute. I got into the warm birthing tub, trying to stay as relaxed as possible. Your dad massaged my back, gave me mental and physical support, and was in position for you to come. But somewhere in this transition I think you got a little confused on where you were supposed to be and when! You flipped to the other side and dilation stopped completely. For 5 hours. We tried everything! Lunges down the stairs, stomping around the kitchen, it was REALLY hard and excruciating work. Finally there was a moment I KNEW you were almost here.

I literally bolted up to our bedroom, refusing to have another contraction on those stairs. I told Michelle I felt like I could push, that you were close. She checked and sure enough, you had decided it was time. The last 20 minutes felt like such a relief. We were finally working toward something and could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I got in the tub, your dad held me up by my arms. I could feel his body shaking, he was exhausted. He hadn’t left my side for the entire 24 hours.

After what seemed like only a few short pushes, you made your entrance. You were so beautiful. So full of life, I cant describe it. I was in shock as I held you, it didn’t feel quite real until I noticed your dad, hugging us both and crying tears if joy. At that moment, it was real. You had your eyes open immediately, so eager to meet your parents and see the world.

Your dad and I can’t wait to show you everything that is beautiful. You have been such a joy already in your short 14 days of life. I cry just thinking about how much you have changed already. Everyday I want you to stay just as you are, but as each day passes I love you even more.

There are so many people in your life that love you. So many people excited to meet you and watch you as you grow. I hope you know that and remember that forever. You are my true joy.

I love you, Ezra.

Love, Mom.

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Some Serious Photo  Cred: Erin Fonnesbeck Photography

a bonfire kind of february

Processed with VSCOcamIt was about one year ago that Clayton and I had “the great debate”. We were toying with the idea of moving to California for quite a while… back forth, back forth. We finally decided to take a trip to California to visit some friends in the dead of Utah winter. They took us to the beach, we had a bonfire and s’mores, dolphins were jumping in the sunset, (literally, they were), it was totally magical; and the great debate ended up not being so great… the decision to move to Encinitas ASAP was unanimous without much struggle. We got back to Utah, put our house up for sale and it sold the next day. Sooner than we had realized our lives were moving states, we had our little cars packed to the brim with two dogs in tow.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

When we had our friends Brady and Lindsay visit us a couple weeks ago, we knew the only way to get them to move here, (which is always the main focus when friends visit), would be the magical bonfire/dolphin duo. We didn’t see any dolphins, but we did see a whale. Good enough, check. Perfect February weather, check. S’mores, check. Frisbee at sunset, check.

So what do you say you guys? What’s it gonna be?! :)

It is mind blowing how our lives have changed in just one short year. And there isn’t much I can complain about. We kinda really love it here. Especially in February.


a wedding in the woods | kavin lindgren

John + Julie – trailer from Kavin Lindgren on Vimeo.

Know anyone who is lookin’ to tie the knot anytime soon? (or maybe you’re having a birthday, or an anniversary, or you just want some amazing footage of your family playing on the beach… whatever)… I have THE guy who will blow your mind with his ability to capture you as YOU. His videos are breathtaking, but for those of you who have easy weepy eyes, (like me), beware. You may shed a tear or two. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

LOVE this wedding in the woods. Oh man, it’s gorgeous. I just swoon over a cute and happy couple… especially a happy couple who doesn’t let a little rain ruin their spirits on the big day. Just get cute umbrellas! Easy solution.

Kav, you’re amazing… keep it up up up!!!

See more of his videos HERE!

Happy Weekend! YAY! Baby will be coming this weekend! I just know it! :)


a woodland themed baby shower

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I’m just sittin’ over here… patiently waiting for this little nugget to decide he’s ready to meet me. I feel like he sure is taking his time. Alright… I do have 5 days until my due date. I just thought he would be a LITTLE more excited.

So meanwhile, I’ll share some pictures of the cutest baby shower ever thrown by my sister Lindsay; complete with baby onesie painting, a pregnancy cravings table, (best thing ever), and the yummiest lunch spread you have ever laid eyes on. I can’t even imagine how much work was put into each detail… I really love ya sis. You’re the best.

Thanks to everyone who drove from near and far to celebrate with us! And thanks to you guys, we have just about everything we could possibly need to take care of little Ezra. Who knew a baby could need so many THINGS! A little bit of a shocker!

Send good thoughts and vibes this way… maybe the kind that make babies come out. Tonight preferably. :)



photography by: Erin Fonnesbeck Photography

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