a peek at oliver’s room

here is a little peek at oliver’s room so far.
it’s definitely not finished. i’m in need of a rug, some pillows, a bookshelf, another light source.
BUT i am pretty in love with how it’s turning out.
custom wood silhouette – vonjet silhouettes
obsessed!! ^
paint color – comet dust by valspar at lowes
shelves – ikea
whale print – etsy
dolphin – tj maxx
other prints & sailboats – made by me
beach book – amazon
little crab book – amazon
little cloud book – amazon
dresser & curtains – ikea
lamp – target

rope curtain tutorial – HERE

world map – thrifted
crib – ikea
cloud pillow & driftwood mobil – made by me
crochet blanket – made by my mother in law
wood silhouette – vonjet silhouettes

final countdown

we’ve made it.
we’re one month away exactly.
our little oliver will be here before we know it!
since i can’t contain my giddiness, i thought i would share one of my most favorite gifts i have received.
this cute lil bassinet will be stationed next to our bed for the first while, and just looking at it gets me anxious.
my mom gave me this sweet bassinet that i picked out, and i’m just a little obsessed. the rocking base came from dada baby boutique. or you can get THISsimilar one on amazon that is a lot less expensive. the moses basket is from target.

big news…

i made this little sailboat garland since we are going to be moving to the BEACH!
well, california that is.
j just accepted a job, and we will be moving to camarillo before the month ends.
it’s all happening so fast, but we are nothing but thrilled for this new adventure!

pregnancy

22 weeks and finally rocking a decent bump.
i just wanted to share some little insights on my pregnancy so far…
i had a whole vision on how hard it would be to get pregnant, and how my body would react to being pregnant. boy was i wrong.
in january my doctor told me he was 95% sure i had endometriosis, which i had known to be true for years now. it was weird hearing it be official and knowing it could be a struggle to get pregnant. we had secretly been trying for a few months, and i just knew that it was going to come down to me getting surgery or getting on clomid to help me conceive. i tried eating gluten/dairy free for 3-4 weeks in april just before our big family trip to hawaii. not sure if it was the healthy food changes, or that sweet hawaiian air, but i got pregnant on that trip!
when i took that pregnancy test and saw those pink lines show up instantly, i thought it was a fake. i quickly took another one and sure enough, it showed up again.
i remember driving down to meet jared for lunch to surprise him with the news, and kept checking to make sure those lines were still there. i thought it was all in my head, it couldn’t happen this easy for us, could it?
well it did, and this babe is hear for the long haul!
i cannot tell you how amazing this journey has been so far!
i am in love with being pregnant. i have been so giddy from the beginning just knowing that this little guy in my belly is going to make me a mom forever, and nothing makes me happier!
there is no greater feeling than feeling a little baby kick inside of you. i can’t even explain it, but it makes me tear up just talking about it. i love the little reminders he gives me that he’s there on a daily basis. even when it’s in the middle of the night, i still smile!
i’m not saying i’ve had the most perfect pregnancy so far… i’ve had my share of pains, some stomach aches/sickness, hormones, and restless nights sleep. but i choose to focus on the good, and laugh at the changes my body is going through.
i have had 2 significant days where my emotions got the better half of me. one being cafe rio didn’t put my salad in the to go bag with all the other orders. i cried all the way to go back and pick it up. don’t mess with a really hungry pregnant lady.
but both times i have been able to laugh through my cries, knowing that this is something i would normally never cry over, so it’s hilarious to me that you really cannot control your emotions.

so i think my happiness has outweighed my hormones.

i hope if you are pregnant or when you get pregnant you are extremely grateful. i know so many people don’t get the opportunity to experience this, or have a hard time getting to this point. so be thankful you get this chance! it is all so worth it!

gender reveal party

a week before we found out what we were having i met this cute girl that was pregnant with her 4th boy.
she asked if we were planning a fun way to reveal the gender, and i still wasn’t sure. she told me i should go for it! especially now while i am young, and have the time and energy.
so i said, why not? we had a fun idea anyways!
pinterest was no luck with ideas, and then my sister in law mentioned using cotton candy somehow.
my cousin just so happened to have a cotton candy machine, so it was fate!
 we had both families meet at our home, and i roped off the route for them to go using a little pom pom garland i made!
the garland led them to this cotton candy display.
 i didn’t have a chalkboard big enough, so i just painted a piece of cardboard with chalkboard paint.
it says:
pink or blue, it’s up to you
take your pick, and grab a cotton candy stick!
 cotton candy garland made via THIS tutorial.
so we had each family member grab a pink or blue cotton candy stick as their final guess and head around the house to the backyard where j and i were waiting.
i was holding a blue cotton candy stick, and j was holding a “it’s a boy sign”!
we had decorated our backyard with bistro lights and tissue tassels that were blue!
 we ended the night with a smores party, laying on the hammock, and brewing up names for baby boy!
such a fun night, and we are so happy to be having a boy!
we always knew it was going to be a boy, so it was a fun conformation!
my cute little sister made this sweet video of the night!
so glad she did. it’s hard being the photographer at your own event, which is why i only have few images. so this video made me happy!
thanks sis!

diy nightstands

some of you may know that we just recently moved from draper to lehi. for past year we have been living in a couple’s home while they were on an LDS mission. while it was so nice to pay cheap rent, and live in a huge home that was fully furnished, we were excited to finally be in a place of our own.
we had one free desk to our name as far as furniture goes, so we knew we had a lot to get. we didn’t want to spend our entire savings on furniture so we have been spending our nights staining and building our own.
these nightstands have got to be my new favorite addition, and pretty easy if i say so myself!
i’m horrible at taking photos during the building process, so you’ll just have to bare with me…
for this project of 2 nightstands you will need:
3 – 1x8x8ft wood boards – about $8 each
wood stain – i used mixwax gel in hickory
clear coat – i used minwax polycrylic clear satin
32 – nails – we used #17 x 1″ – 1.75 nails
8 – legs
and a hammer
to make life simple, head to home depot to get your wood. they will cut the boards down to the exact size you need them at.
 you will need:
-8 pieces that are cut 20″ long
these are the top & bottom boards
-4 pieces that are cut 14.5″ long
these are the side boards
the boards you get claim to be 8 inches wide but they are really 7 1/4 wide.
so overall the dimensions of your box are 20″ wide x 14.5″ deep x  8 4/4″ high”
please use my sad little graphic as a guide…
after your wood is cut, and sanded smooth, comes the fun part. and by fun i mean messy! staining the wood.
it’s best to use an old t shirt cut up to apply the stain. use one scrap to apply the gel, and one clean scrap to remove and even out the stain.
i only did one coat, because my dresser i stained turned out a little darker than i wanted.
once it’s dry apply the clear coat.
next, you assemble.
i found all the pieces that looked the best and used them as top pieces, and pre set up how each box was going to be set up.
nail the two top boards to the long edge of the side boards, repeat for bottom.
you can see my nail placings were in this photo, just 2 on each end of each board, so that will 16 nails per nightstand.
legs! let’s talk about legs! i really wanted some hairpin legs, but j wasn’t loving them, so we decided to go a little more simple, and i love them!
we ordered our tapered 16″ legs online from waddell manufacturing company.
you can purchase them HERE for $4.26 each!
put a fresh coat of gel stain on these babies, measured 1″ from each corner, made a mark, drilled a hole and screwed them in tight.
and there you have it! we spent about $80 for 2 nightstands since we already had the stain and clear coat left over from our dresser. but you can’t beat that price!
feel free to ask questions in the comment box!
lamp is from ikea, only $30!

washington dc

oh how i love my job. especially when it takes me to pretty places that i have never been before!
i got so giddy when i got the inquiry to fly out and photograph a wedding.
it was for an lds couple that got married in the dc temple. i’ve photographed at many temples in my career, but this one had to be my favorite! there was a full on forrest that surrounds this temple. already can’t wait to edit those pictures!
it was already a fun change of pace for me to be shooting in dc, but when i got to the reception location, i was drooling. located on a huge farm and right under a giant tent was a pretty white tent with tables, pretty flowers, and bistro lights. this wedding was right up my alley, so i had a complete blast!
i had no idea it was so lush out there. every little drive i took while in maryland was so picturesque. tall, thick trees lined what seemed like every road and freeway. i couldn’t get over how green it was. do i have to go home?
the highlight of my trip was being able to visit one of my high school best friends! she just so happened to have just had a baby 2 weeks ago, so i got to spend a bunch of hours snuggling this sweetie. so happy i was able to meet this girl, and play catch up with lauren.
 since lauren had been living in dc for sometime now, i asked her where i needed to go. she recommended the cutest little town of annapolis. boy, was i in heaven. evert building was so dreamy, and the fact this little city was right next to the water put me over the edge. i loved exploring and walking the streets of annapolis, who wants to move there with me?
so happy this trip was able to happen, and it was almost perfect. just missing my man.
good thing he is coming with me in two weeks to LA.
i could get used to this traveling for work thing…

diy wooden key holder

another favorite project for our new apartment.
what you will need for this project:
– a piece of drift wood, or branch of some sort
– an electric drill
– drill bits that are around the size of 3/16 & 3/32
– 3 hooks
– a piece of twine (mine was about 24 inches)
– one nail
start by finding the perfect side of the wood to be the front of your key holder.
using your 3/16 drill bit, drill one hole on each end of the wood
drilling all the way through the wood.
pre space out how far apart you want your hooks to be, mark with a pencil and using your 3/32 drill bit, drill 3 holes. don’t drill too far with these holes, just enough to make a good start for your hooks.
then screw your hooks into the holes until snug.
next, thread your twine through the holes, leaving the ends of the twine below the hooks. tie 3-4 knots and cut the end of the twine off.
hammer a nail next to your door, and hang your new, cute, never loose your keys again, wooden key holder!
i hung mine under this wooden chalkboard i made. i thought they were the perfect pair!
you can copy this by snagging a wooden slab at michales for around $10, throw a few layers of chalkboard paint on it and there you have it!

falling in love… a bridal shower

my mom and aunties threw this amazing bridal shower for my cute cousin karli.
it was so perfect.
they had a panini bar with all the toppings you could imagine.

i contributing by making this brown paper table runner with the toppings written out.

everyone had to pick a leaf with a fall word on it, use it in a sentence of advice for the bride.
she got so many cute gifts, but i loved this chalkboard made by my cousin holly
she has so many cute things in her say hello shop
bride and groom squirrels
 cute acorns made out of donut holes
 topped off the night with milk and cookies!
so excited for this bride to be! she gets married TOMORROW! hooray!
love you kars

a little trip

last weekend we spent a few days up at my famiy’s cabin.
it was so nice to get away and spend some quality time with the whole family.
here’s some pics of our fun weekend!