Sweet Sweet Baby Yawns

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If you've been following along with me since I've had Finn, you know what a struggle it has been going anywhere with him because he hates every car seat we've tried. No joke, we've tried three of them! When Cybex asked me to review the Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat, I was a little hesitant because of Finn's hate for them. How the heck was I going to get him strapped into this thing and then proceed to take photos of him not losing his crap?! I'll admit, I put the whole thing off for about a week and a half, I didn't even open the box because I didn't want him to see what was coming. When I finally decided to unbox the Cybex Cloud Q, to my surprise, Finley came to see what I was up to. Once I got the plastic off of it, he plopped his bum right into it and started rocking. He was totally digging it! I quickly snapped a picture and sent it to Josh because of how rare this was!

You guys, I was seriously in complete shock. Then came the real test, to put him in and strap him down haha. This is what he hates most! We decided to take the boys to my favorite chocolate bakery, TASTE. I was pretty anxious about the whole situation. When Copeland was a baby we used his infant car seat all the time! He would fall asleep in it constantly and it made running errands and going out to eat so easy and convenient! Of course, Finn is the complete opposite so we never got to use his infant car seats, except for in the car, while we listened to him cry and scream. That is, up until now. We were able to go sit down and guys, HE FELL ASLEEP! My favorite thing about this car seat (and I'm sure it's Finn's favorite too) and what totally sold me on it was the fact that it has a full recline position outside of the car. It's the coolest thing! I hate seeing poor babies with their head slumped over when they fall asleep in their car seats. This eliminates that cricked neck by fully reclining! So while Copeland and I enjoyed some frozen hot chocolate, Finn enjoyed a peaceful nap. I was able to enjoy a restaurant with both hands for once! Haha, but seriously, I can't remember the last time we went out somewhere where I wasn't having to hold Finn if he fell asleep. 

^I know this photo of me is like, derp, but look at those baby yawns!^
YOU GUYS! Up until now, Finley has literally screamed in every. single. car seat. What the heck?!

So I've mentioned before that we purchased our Cybex Priam stroller when I was pregnant with Finn. Were coming up on two years since purchasing and it's our absolute favorite stroller! It rides like a dang dream. I wish we would've just spent the extra money on the Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat because it's definitely worth it as I'm now finding out. We decided on this vibrant in Autumn Gold color. Check out the Cybex Cloud Q and all the available colors HERE.

Thank you to CYBEX for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

The Modern Farmhouse: Kitchen Accessories

We have started framing guys! Well technically, lumber has been delivered and we're framing next but still! They say within 3 1/2 weeks we will be ready to wire electrical. It's very exciting as each day passes knowing we are getting closer to moving into our new home. I think I've mentioned before that everything we own, besides clothing, is in our storage unit. While living in my grandmas basement, we're very lucky that it is set up like an apartment. We have a kitchen, our own entrance, bathroom, etc. It's completely furnished which is so nice but also so hard. It's hard not having your things. I'm constantly going to get "that one thing" only to remember that it's packed away in a box somewhere.

I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite old and new kitchen accessories that I actually did end up bringing with us to make this place feel like home for the next few months.

Recipe Box. 
I love this little tin box! I bought it for myself for Christmas last year, I believe and I've been slowly adding my favorite recipes to it. It's quite large and can fit a ton of recipes! Plus it's super cute to leave out on display.

Pop Up Sponges. 
I discovered these little cuties last year on Amazon and they are the freaking best! They come small and compact so they are easy to store. Once you get them up, they pop up into a sponge! They are my all time favorite sponge and the only kind I buy now. They come 12 in a pack so they last quite a while.

Utensil Canister.
I actually packed this away and am so wishing I had it with me, along with favorite utensils found HERE. My grandparents basement has a few utensils but I'm so missing my silicone ones.

Colorful Washrags.
I just ordered these and I'm already obsessed! I will say that I'm nervous to wash them because the poms might fall off, but the rag itself is very plush and thick. Super absorbent! HERE is the other option without the pom poms. I just thought the poms were super fun and cute!

Berry Basket.
I ordered this berry basket after we moved out of our old house, so I have it here with me and I really love it. It's very aesthetically pleasing and does it's job of holding my fruit.

Cutting Board.
Okay, obviously a cutting board had to make it in my list of kitchen accessories. It's must! And this is pretty so it wins :)

Some other things I wish I would've packed with us.

These Pots and Pans. They are my favorite and I'm so missing them right now.
My Utensils, like mentioned above.
This Little Catchall Basket. Catchalls are my favorite things in the kitchen. You should see part of our kitchen counter. Crap everywhere.

I also wanted to share an updated house plan with you all! We had to actually flip the house due to a water/sewer drain. I'm not exactly sure, but Josh said we could either run it under the concrete driveway, which would only suck if it were to bust later on in the future because we'd have to end up tearing up our driveway or we could just mirror the house.

We decided to mirror the house. The red writing on the plan are things we are still changing. Our architect has been incredible! We sent him a few things to change and move around two days ago and he already got us back the plans, and of course I found more things to change. But it's coming together so nicely. We are anxiously awaiting the walls to be put up so we can get a feel for room sizes. Going out to the lot this past week since they've poured the basement floor kinda had us worried that the home may be a bit too small. I mean, we were never going for a huge house to begin but definitely want something comfy for two growing boys. Who lives in a 2,000 square foot home? Is it just the right amount of space? Too small, too big? Our last home was a little over 1,000 square feet so this should feel a lot roomier. It just looks so small on the lot. Pretty sure our house is the smallest on the block haha. But my gosh, I'm thinking it's going to be very charming and cozy!

Summer Time Heat

As a lot of you know, we are currently living in my grandparents basement while our house is finished being built. We are so beyond grateful to be able to live here and save money on a rental. It's been great, aside from the fact that all of our stuff is in storage. But it's been especially nice since it's summer because we are hardly home during the day. We try to be outside as often as possible, although the 95 degree heat kinda puts a damper on that. But better 95 degree weather than freezing in my opinion! 

I put together a fun summer bucket list for us and the kids. I made a list mainly to help myself be more organized haha! I'm going to print this off and hang it on our fridge! You're welcome to do the same :)  My goal is to do at least one of these activities weekly.

popsicle art via twindragonflydesigns / pineapple art via thejoyofcolor / tent artwork via cornercroft
tiedye shirts via weheartit / flamingo art via deckleandhues

The Modern Farmhouse: Front Porch Hangs

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Something that we will probably furnish first, although silly to some, is our front porch. I'm so excited to create a warm and welcoming area out there. The exterior of the home gives you that chance to share your personality to everyone who drives by! Josh and I love driving around checking out homes together. I love seeing how people decorate their front porches because it gives me an idea of how their home is decorated. Okay that sounds kinda of creepy haha. But I swear there is nothing more fun than driving by and seeing the cutest front porch, it just makes the whole house stand out!

Something I actually saw on Pinterest was these photos ^ and I died. I think would completely set the tone for our modern farmhouse. I haven't always been a fan of these swinging chairs. I thought they were a little too modern and pod like for my taste, but seeing them in these settings I LOVE them! Plus in all the times I've driven around I have yet to see a house with them on the front porch. So it would definitely catch the eye. I love that they used blankets, pillows and layers to make the areas a lot more cozier as well. If you missed this post where I share a little bit of detail into the exterior of the house. What do you think? Think it would fit in well? 

The Modern Farmhouse: Exterior Lighting

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Good morning! I'm excited to share another update with you all on our home build. This past week has been busy and is only getting busier as we are quickly approaching the weekend. Our contractor sent his crew out to form up the foundation walls (yay! any progress is great progress!). They removed the forms this morning and are going back tomorrow to spray the foundation. From there, Josh, his brother and a few guys he works with will dig a trench for the electrical conduit and get our electrical panel set up and tied into the home. Since our city no longer allows temporary electricity we had to do this step sooner than anticipated. Luckily Josh's brother is a licensed electrician. We are extremely grateful to him for helping us out with all the electrical that we will be doing throughout the home building process. We will be saving nearly $5,000 doing this ourselves!!! I'm excited to get a babysitter so that I can help the boys shovel and rake rock which will be used as a filler and base for the concrete basement floors which will poured next week. So much is happening this week and it's all exciting and very exhausting. Gotta love that sweat equity ;)

We have yet to get our budget breakdown and selection calendar from our contractor but Josh and I have been busy making lists and pinning ALL THE IDEAS. If you live in Utah, you're probably familiar with the Parade of Homes. If not, this is a fun yearly event where builders and designers create beautiful homes of all kinds. The homes are available to the public to walk through and gain design ideas, meet builders, contractors, subs, etc. It starts this week and we are so excited to be attending this year to get our creative juices flowing. The past years we've gone have been strictly to see the huge homes. Seriously you guys, I'm talking 10,000 square foot homes with bowling allies, indoor swimming pools, huge saunas and exercise rooms, etc. Insane homes. This year I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the more modest homes for some budget friendly ideas :) I'm going to be sharing our walk through's on my Instagram stories so stay tuned!

As our home build keeps progressing I feel like my mind keeps a changin'. I think we've finally settled on outdoor light fixtures and the verdict is gooseneck lights. Depending on the style, I feel like they will fit in nicely with the overall modern farmhouse vibe and be a classic feature for the years to come. So let's get into our top picks...

1. Short Arm Gooseneck. I really love this one. I like to think of it as literally short and sweet. It would hug the home nicely and not overpower the other exterior design aspects like the wooden beams, metal shed roof and black framed windows. This particular light comes in a variety of lengths, sizes and colors. 

2. Classic Black. There is something I really love about the classic black gooseneck light. I feel like it will always be timeless and will really pop off the white color of the house. 

3. A Pop of Color. Again with some nice color popping :). Do we dare go bold with hunter green light fixtures? I'm kinda digging these and really feel like they would add a nice welcoming touch to the whole home. 

4. Minimal White. These are less than $45 and also comes in black. I love that they have a high and short neck but I think it would be too much white on the exterior. 

5. Mixed Elements. This is by far my favorite. We're really hoping we'll be able to afford copper gutters but if not, I think these copper light fixtures would be a pretty good second choice. They are stunning and I can just imagine how beautiful they will look adorning the white exterior. 

What's your favorite? Do you like the goosenecks? What would you do?

This is their Childhood.

A little preface for those who are new to my blog.

                  I wasn't the girl who would dream of getting married. In fact I never even envisioned my wedding until josh and I were practically engaged and I though crap! I better started planning something. Same with kids. I never wanted to be a mom. Up until a few years into mine and Josh's marriage I always thought I'd be a career woman with no kids living this life with my husband and my husband only. I remember the day I told my mom I didn't want kids and she cried. She told me how much I'd be missing out on and how life is so much more fulfilling with them.

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When I became a mom and it all changed. I loved my little Copeland fiercely. I was obsessed with being his mom. But once I realized I was a stay at home mom there was so much of me that missed working. Being home all day alone with a baby can be hard, especially when you;re use to working full time. I missed having the responsibility of a job. Not that being a mom isn't a job but I missed my co workers, hitting monthly goals, being evaluated. Being a mom is hard, a lot harder than the job I had. But there definitely was a small nagging void in me.

When I had Finn is when life got 100x harder. I can finally step back and see that I was suffering with a mild form of PPD. I had a REALLY HARD TIME with prenatal depression as well. Like really bad. There's a reason why I haven't shared Finn's birth story and I'm trying to find the courage to share it.

After going through everything I had gone through during my pregnancy with Finn and the postpartum time, I wanted so badly to go back to work and to have an actual job. I tried pretending like blogging was my job but let's be real, if I didn't respond to an email it's not like I was going to get fired. I could feel myself slowly getting lost in motherhood. It wasn't a bad thing but I longed for something outside of being a mom. Something that made me feel validated. I was losing myself because I had a baby completely different from my first. I no longer had time to myself. If Finn happened to go down for a nap my attention was 100% focused on Copeland. If Finn was awake, he was most likely crying and I was unable to comfort him for the longest time due to his colic. I needed validation that I was doing a good job.

Being happy in motherhood is something I have prayed about so many times since having Finn. So many times I've prayed for help in being content with being a mom and stopping this need for wanting more. We passed the year mark with Finn less than a month ago. And since then a lot has changed. I've changed. I've grown. I've learned so much looking back on the past year and I wanted to share a little bit of that here. Because for me I feel like out of all of this chaos there did come a happy ending.

I think having Finley and going through what I did with his pregnancy, his birth and everything else I dealt with postpartum has been nothing short of a blessing. A blessing I needed to feel content in my journey through motherhood. Funny how a screaming baby can put things into perspective.

The past year has been overwhelmingly hard. Harder than I ever imagined. My marriage was put at the bottom of my to-do list (pun intended ;) ) and I found my anxiety became practically crippling. I literally felt like my life was falling apart and I had no control over it. Most days were a struggle to get myself out of bed but somehow when you're in that situation you do what you have to do for your babies. You're barely keeping your head above water. In survival mode, but you're there, doing it. Getting through life, barely.

Through all of these trials we have faced in the past year I'm finally seeing that having a such a high needs baby has made me realize just how important being a mother is. God works in mysterious ways, indeed. Just by holding Finn I'm able to comfort him. No I wasn't able to comfort him while he was sick with Strep/colic (our doctors are still in disagreement over what they think he had), but now if he's crying all I need to do is wrap my arms around him and the tears subside. It's all I've ever wanted to do. Comfort my baby.

I remember being in the thick of his strep/colic period and wanting so badly to just comfort my crying baby and rarely being able to. I felt so broken. I felt so useless as a mother. But now I'm able to make him feel safe, loved and cared for. That feeling of being valuable is there. When Copeland hugs me and tells me thank you for making him a sandwich at lunch time, it is the sweetest thing in my whole world! I'm needed in my home. Not at a job that I thought I wanted, not online as a blogger, taking photos (although when I have the time to, this is something I truly enjoy), but in my home. I'm not saying to lose yourself and your hobbies but for me I needed to take a huge step back from what I thought was important; social media. That was my hobby and it was destroying my ability to be a mother.

I'm needed in the messy, mundane duties of everyday life. I'm needed to wipe away tears, to change poopy diapers so my little one doesn't get diaper rash, I'm needed to get snacks for grumbly tummies, and to play Go Fish so I can teach the importance of not being a sore loser. This is where I'm needed now. This is where I'm valuable now. Someday my babies will be grown and their need for me will become less and less but right now I'm their lifeline. I'm their comfort and it's the most important job for me. Life as a mom is busy and crazy but it's seriously the greatest thing us moms will ever do. I still love IG and my blog and social media in general. And when I have the time to I love to post. I love sharing photos. I love sharing our daily happenings.

As my kids grow older and I yearn for more babies and I'm learning that I don't need a job to help me feel fulfilled. What I needed and what I've done over the past few months was to throw myself completely into my marriage, motherhood and God.

I think especially now more than ever with social media it's easy to think that being a mom isn't enough. You see so many women kicking ass at being bloggers, running businesses all while being an awesome mom but for me all I need is to be a mom. That's it and that's enough. Being a mom is enough. 

The other day my mom and I were talking about this and how difficult the past year has been. My mom has been by my side through all of this. I'm so lucky to have such a great mom! I can tell her anything without feeling judged or ashamed.

As we were talking about how hard it has been but how special it is now she told me something that stuck with me. We were at the park watching Copeland run around and Finn was waddling his way down the park path. They were laughing and squealing. My heart could've burst it was so precious. My mom and I laughed and she said while looking off at my babies, "Natalie, this is their childhood".

This is their childhood. These are their memories, their habits forming, their personalities developing. This is their childhood and they are still innocent little children who need a 100% present mom and dad.

The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your home.

House Update: The Floor Plan

Yay! I'm so excited to share our floor plan with you guys. It's been such a fun part of the home building process to deign a home that fits our lifestyle and personal needs. Like I said before, our home is pretty modest in terms of new builds in our area. Josh and I were talking about how excessive homes have become. While we were driving around Salt Lake last week we drove by the old charming homes around downtown and talked about how different it would be to raise a family in a 800 sq. ft. home and then you get to our city and each home has around 1,000 sq. ft per person living in the home. So much space! Something Josh and I loved and hated about our old home was the space. We always talked about how it would be the perfect home if the living room square footage was put into the family room. That home was a little over 1,000 sq. feet total. But we loved it! We were close and the tight living space was actually really nice. It was just the family room that was extremely small, especially when we'd have guests over.

Our new home is a little over 2,000 square feet of finished living area with an additional 2,000 square feet of unfinished basement that will be used for storage. The thing we love most though, is the lot. The half acre of land that has endless possibilities (Josh and I already are thinking of the landscaping we want to do over the next two years. I'm thinking pool, he's thinking basketball court ;) ) but I'll save that for another post.

So let's get into the floor plan.
It's not the best quality. I'm trying to figure out how to make it more clear.

The first thing we knew we did not want was a living room. We never used ours in the old house so that was out the window. We instead made the family room, kitchen and dining one big area. We also moved the staircase to the basement into the entryway to open the area up a bit more.

The entryway and family room as well as the master bedroom all have vaulted ceilings which we are pretty excited for. I'm have dreams of wooden beams and ship lap ceilings.

Something we weren't sure on and made a last minute change to was the double french doors off the back of the house. We initially had a single door going out to the porch and after talking with the architect and our builder we decided to go for he double french doors with transoms. I think it will look amazing and will help open the area up a ton during the summer. Plus our view of the mountain is something we don't want to hide.

The kitchen ceilings will be 9' to be able to have the kitchen cabinets go up to the ceiling and we also decided to make the island a little larger to make room for a double farmhouse sink.

One more thing we knew we wanted from the beginning is a window in every room. This made tweaking the plan a little harder because a window in the laundry room was a must. Our architect was amazing though so he was able to get everything just so to be able to optimize as much natural light as possible.

Everything else in the floor plan seems pretty self explanatory. We are getting so anxious as the process continues and I can't wait to start talking about the design aspects of it all! Tile, flooring, sinks, vanities, railings, furniture, decor, I just can't wait!

Oh and I know I keep saying I'll talk more about the process and numbers so here is a bit of whats been going on with that. When we closed on our lot we had to pay $55,000 towards the loan as a down payment. When we close on the house and the construction loan and lot loan are merged into one mortgage, we will put down the remaining $30,000. That will be our 20% down give or take depending on what the actual price of the house comes back as when we go to close.

Also, one of the reasons why we started so late on the house was because we found out that we might have to bring in better soil to make a better starting ground for the foundation. The bank had to rewrite our loan putting in an additional 10,000 dollars! Josh and I were pretty bummed about that but what do you do? Once we broke ground, the geo-tech came out to do an analysis on the soil. We got the reports back this week and they came back perfect!!! So now that $10,000 can either be used for upgrades in the house or not used at all and be taken off the loan (and off our mortgage) come closing time!

Do you guys have any specific questions you'd like me to answer regarding the home build or anything I've talked about so far? I'm trying to remember everything that's been happening so far ha.

My Curated Closet

top / skirt (on sale for $29!) / bag (on sale!) / similar hat and here / similar shoes and here

I'm so excited about today's post! It is not sponsored, it's just something that I've been really looking forward to talking about here. So if you remember this post from a little over a month ago, I talked about This Book and how I was really digging it! Fast forward to now and it has completely changed the way I shop.

A little bit about The Curated Closet. It's a book/guide written to help women find their personal style and to put and end to the over buying that we do in hopes to have something to wear. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to my closet each morning and ended up in sweats because I really dislike everything in there. I was a huge fan of buying cheap and buying excessive amounts of clothes but nothing in my closet made me feel good, sexy or beautiful.

After reading and using the techniques in The Curated Closet I've almost transformed by wardrobe into a place where I love everything and every piece fits me and my personal style. I'm still cheap AF haha and a total bargain shopper (which is why I rarely use Reward Style). Buying things at full price is not something I like doing so I will almost always wait for things to go on sale. There a few pieces that I've bought at full retail though, of course, but for the most part I only shop the sale sections of my favorite stores. My favorite sale piece so far was a dress I found during an Asos sale. Originally $150 and I got it for $40!

Moving on... One of my favorite parts of the book was defining your personal style and naming it, then recognizing your own color palette. It goes beyond what every "style guru" claims are basic/staple pieces/colors and helps you create your own basic/staple pieces for your lifestyle.

I named my personal style Everyday Feminine. I love soft colors, delicate fabrics and feminine cuts. I also am a mom though so my wardrobe has to work around my everyday life of laundry, dishes, running errands and changing diapers.

My color palette is pretty neutral. This was another thing I loved doing though! Finding the colors that speak to you and not going by the books. I've always tried to go out of my comfort zone and buy bold pieces. Those pieces usually end up in the back of my closet and a huge waste of money. Recognizing what my color palette is and sticking to it (even if it may be boring for some) has helped a huge deal in loving every piece I own! My color palette consists of my three main colors; white, blush and denim. My neutrals; grey and black and my accent shades; lilac, coral and pale blue. So bring on all the whites and blushes!

You can look through my Pinterest board with inspiration to My Curated Closet here.

My closet is a work in progress of course. I wish I had the funds to make it over in the matter of a month but alas I have a small budget for clothes at the moment. I feel like I'm finally finding my personal style that I truly love though and I've been so inspired by clothes now where as before I hated shopping and dreaded trying to find an outfit to wear.

One other quick thing that has helped me so much was buying a clothing rack and hanging out my outfits for the week. Being a mom is already makes my days so busy so not having to think about an outfit makes life so much easier!

If you end up getting the book let me know your thoughts!

on my doorstep

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Okay, let's be real... these are things I wish were on my doorstep. A girl can dream, right? A couple things I have actually ordered and really do love are the Baggu resuable bags. I bought two of them via amazon and LOVE them!!! Seriously totally worth every penny. The levi's are also a must. If you caught my Instagram story a week or so ago I talked about how much I hate looking for and trying on jeans. I ordered these after reading lots of great reviews and recommendations and am so happy with them. I also purchased the Posies&co scrub and body/hair oil and am in love with both! They smell heavenly and when I actually can sneak away for a long hot bath (maybe like once a month) it makes it that much more worth it. I can't wait to try the Jersey Bounce shampoo from Lush. I loved the Big Shampoo. It's pricery for shampoo but totally worth it! And every good wish list includes a good pair of shoes, right?

Happy almost weekend guys! We're off to Copeland's Itty Bitty Ball and he gets his team picture today. Seriously, I'm so proud of him. This is what being a parent is all about. It's so amazing to watch your kids flourish! 


Happy Friday mamas! We're heading into the weekend full of smiles and a pile of things to do. I feel like I've found my new one over the past week. My last "momiform" consisted of workout leggings and over sized shirts ha, so this is an upgrade. I'm really embracing my messy mom bun lately. I'll admit I had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that getting ready is a thing of the past now that these two little guys are on the move more than ever. Finn took his first steps this week! He'll be quick on his feet in no time which gives me even less time to get ready than I already had, so the mom bun it is...like everyday haha. 

I still want to feel somewhat put together though and I know I'm late to the bodysuit party, but holy smokes! These things are amazing! Like run out and buy some now! I've already bought 5, all from Forever21 because they're cheap but really cute. I've been wearing them with shorts, maxi skirts and my ripped jeans. With two kids in tow, I love that I don't have to worry about them pulling up. Bonus if I can nurse easily in it like this one I'm wearing. To add a bit of glam (hahaha.. glam while being a mom, nursing, spit up, the whole sha-bang, I know) I paired this particular look with some wedges. My usual go-to are my sneakers though when I'm out running errands with these two. And of course, my Nena and Co bag is my favorite for spring and summer. 

Hope you all have the best weekend! We'll be re-arranging our storage unit to make room for some furniture purchases we made last month. I know why the heck are we buying furniture when we haven't even started on our house? You're preaching to the choir... but I can't ever resist a good sale and I somehow convinced Josh it was a good idea so I took it and ran.Wish us luck haha!

Weekend at the Nursery

midi skirt (only a few sizes left) 
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favorite striped styles 
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I got lots of questions about this skirt wen I posted to Instagram. I adore stripes fro spring and summer. The skirt is from Asos, linked above but unfortunately they only have a few sizes left. I bought this during the Asos winter sale back in January and have just now been able to wear it because it's been so cold! I wanted to link some other striped favorites for you guys though, again linked above. Just click on the numbers and it will directly take you to my favorite striped pieces :) 

Josh and I are still waiting on the city permits for our house. Fingers crossed we get them on Friday so we can start digging on Saturday. We're all going a little crazy with nothing to do and no projects to work on. We love a good DIY home project. We've been planning like maniacs though, trying to narrow down light fixtures, vanity styles, tile, flooring, etc. It's been a bit overwhelming to be honest. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted but now that were shopping around and seeing just how many styles of everything there is I'm second guessing everything. Josh could care less about the design aspect of everything so it kinda falls on me and it's not easy. 

Anyway, does anyone remember the movie Turbo, about the racing snail? Copeland has been hooked lately and we love going outside together to try and find little turbos (snails). - so random haha! 

On top of planning the interior of the house we're also simultaneously planning the landscape of the back and front yards. Holy poop that's really hard! I keep telling Josh can't we just put in grass everywhere and call it good? We do know that we want big shade trees but there are so many species of trees and finding which ones work with our soil, our climate, the way our house faces... it's a lot to go over. Walking through the nursery is always fun. It makes it easier to visualize everything. Can't wait to go over EVERYTHING once we actually start building haha. 

Happy Tuesday!

Easter Basket Inspiration for Babies

^^ a little throwback to Copeland's first Easter 2014 ^^

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love that it's spring and everything is blossoming and coming back to life. I adore all the pretty pastels, getting together on Easter Sunday with family and the fun Easter egg hunts with the kids. I also love putting together something special for my babies. This year is Finley's first Easter! I remember Copeland's first Easter like it was yesterday. It was one of the warmest Easters we've had and I'm hoping this year will be the same. 
I've teamed up with Bitte Shop to share some of my favorites for filling up those little one's baskets. 

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I love the idea of using a cute and practical basket that can be used again as decor in the nursery or around the home. This cute zig zag print one would look adorable with green grass spilling out of it and all these cute goodies stuffed inside! I LOVE that egg bodysuit for Easter breakfast. Seriously, the cutest thing! I always love giving a book for any occasion. Our book collection is pretty extensive because I usually tend to give at least 3 every holiday haha. Bitte shop has a some really great ones to choose from HERE. A stuffed toy is always on my gift giving list for the littles as well. For the babies I like to give wooden toys. Not only are they so cute but I appreciate the natural element of them as well. 

I hope I was able to give you guys some fun inspiration to get you started with filling up those babies Easter baskets. One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to celebrate holidays with our families, isn't it? :) I love finding special things I know my kids will just love. I'll be sharing some inspiration for the toddlers next! 

Float On

I keep joking with Josh that we own so many pool floats we should probably just put in a pool. 
We both love swimming and having fun floats is part of the fun for us and the kids! 
I've gathered up my favorite ones, some of which we already own and some of which I want 
to purchase, like that pretzel!? So cute! And the rainbow float is a favorite! 
Happy floating!

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Home Build Update: The Lot and Permits

When Josh and I first decided to build a home it was about this time last year. We first started just rough drafting layouts, doing lots of research on what we wanted and then finally went and got pre-qualified. Once we knew we qualified we stared interviewing builders. We interviewed about 5 before picking one. But one of the questions all the builders had was "where is your land located". Funny they should ask because we didn't have any land. So that's when we started looking. Finding land for our new home was the hardest part so far. This is going to be a home where our kids will most likely be raised in. One where they will start school so we had to take that into consideration. We also had specifics on which way the house faced, location for Josh's work commute, and neighborhood CC&R's. One lot we looked at had crazy rules. One being the front yard grass wasn't ever allowed to get above 2" in height! Which would mean if we ever went out of town we'd have to hire a landscaping company to come mow. Just seemed a bit too strict. We also knew we wanted at the very least a third of acre of land. Taking all that into consideration made the seacrh pretty difficult. When we thought we found the one, we'd call on it only to find out it was sold already.

Finding everything we wanted was hard. It took several months but we eventually found the perfect half acre lot in a beautiful neighborhood with a few CC&r's to keep the neighborhood looking nice and respectable but not crazy strict 😉 Something that the bank and our builder told us was that if we found a different lot we'd have more money to spend on the house but the location of the house was more important to us than making the house bigger since we feel there is plenty of room in the new house and a large yard is what we truly want. After a little negotiating on the lot, Josh got it down from 166K to 163K, not a whole lot of a difference but every little bit counts, right?

Anyway, we put in the offer for the lot and had put down Earnest money. That's when we started praying about the decision to build and when I got a very firm no from the big guy upstairs. It was hard but we listened. At that point our current house only would be listed for $230,000. Which was really great but we decided to put the whole thing on hold for a while.

Some time passed and we came back to idea of building. I prayed again and got a much better answer! We called the real estate agent that morning and he got back to me that night and told me over the past few months the market had gone up and our house was now going to be listed at $250,000!!! So happy we listened to our answered prayers. 

Once we listed our home, we dug out our old house plans that we put up for the last several months and started really reworking everything. Once we got a plan we loved we headed to the architect. He helped us really finish making the house more liveable and it is everything we could have ever dreamt of! I think it's a humble home that will have some personal character. The plans just got finished after about two months of working and reworking on it. They were sent into the engineer a couple weeks ago and we are just waiting on him to approve them before we can send them to our city for building permits.

So I know I've been talking about bringing up numbers for our build and I'm going to talk a little bit about that here and then once we get a final line list from the builder I can talk a bit more of specifics like electrical, paint, etc. . But for now the architect and engineer's fees are roughly $2,500 for the plans/and official stamp. (It helped A LOT that Josh had drawn up our plans on Auto-CAD and that the architect didn't have to start really from scratch as we pretty much knew exactly what we wanted.) That money will most likely be worked into the loan although we have been thinking about just paying upfront for it. The city building permits are $20,000. Of course permits are different for every home depending on lot size, loan size and home size I believe. But for our home we are building on a 1/2 acre of land and our home will be a little over 2,000 finished square feet with an unfinished basement. So roughly 4,000 square feet total finished and unfinished. 

Okay so just a past history on our current house and the process of buying it/selling it because it plays a HUGE role in us being able to build right now. I talked briefly about this HERE. But a little bit more detail...

The top of our budget when we were house hunting 5 years ago was about $190,000. Anything over that was really stretching it for us at the time. Especially because we knew someday I'd eventually want to be a stay at home mom and we'd only have one income. We put two offers in on two separate homes, both offers were rejected and it was really hard emotionally. When house hunting it's super exciting but really stressful as well. It seems like everything you want is just out of budget. When we stumbled upon our current home we put an offer in the second we looked at it. We won the house at $153,900! I look back and still can't believe they chose us. We had to write a letter telling them about Josh and myself -and sent in a picture haha. Worth it!

Anyway. We knew from the beginning that this would be a house only to make a profit on. Everything we did to the house had to stay neutral for potential buyers. When we listed the house we got 3 offers on it within a day! The first all cash offer is the one we accepted but the buyer backed out about a week later. Read all about that HERE. We ended up going with the second full price offer. At the time we closed Josh and I owed $136,000 on our home which meant we profited $114,000. After closing costs, realtor fees, taxes, etc we made about $92,000 on our house.

It's still a pinch me moment! We can't believe we made that much off our little home that we put so much love into. So fast forward to now, our house is sold, we moved out into our in laws home while they are gone for the winter and we are planning on breaking ground sometime this month if all goes well! It's such a scary process and we honestly went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth the whole time until our good friend who works at the bank basically told us to just jump in and do it. It's totally scary taking on a new mortgage but we know it will be worth it in the end. So as soon as we get back our actual line sheet from the builder I will go over a bit more in detail what things cost. Of course this is all based off our budget for the home. A big thing for us was making sure we had enough for a 20% down payment. If you don't put 20% of your total house price as a down payment you'll get hit with PMI which is private mortgage insurance and can be around $200 extra a month on top of your mortgage.

I'm going to be sharing our layout and exterior next so stay tuned!!!

Hello Sunshine

dress & here Similar one here / shoes sold out- similar style & love these & these  / purse- similarnecklace 

I told Josh that my soul needs the sunshine. I was made for the summer heat. He told me we better not build a house here in Utah then haha. We had a brief moment of reconsidering this whole thing. Jumping in the Nissan, taking our profit from the house we just sold and moving to the coast. Seriously I'd do it in a heartbeat if it weren't for both of our families living within 30 minutes of us here. You never know what the future holds though. Maybe someday my mom and sister will end up following Josh and I to Texas or California.

Out in the sunshine is my happy place and I'm so happy we are coming up on Spring. I suffer terribly from the winter blues. It crushes me like 1,000 bricks. January/February in Utah is the worst you guys. I'm so happy we got through it and now we've got sunshine to look forward to (maybe with a little snow mixed in somewhere). But for now there is sunshine and blue skies and Josh and I celebrated with iced chais and cake pops! We also have been listening to this song on repeat.

Oh and we officially closed on our house  almost two weeks ago! Holy gauc! WTF. We both never thought we'd see the day. We are absolutely terrified, nervous, and excited. Even though we are both coming up on 30 years old we still feel like a couple of kids playing house at times.

Anyway, I'm blabbering on. What I wanted to talk about today is a new book I recently ordered through Amazon. This is not sponsored it's just a great book that has totally helped me out of my wardrobe funk. I feel like after each pregnancy I've totally lost myself in motherhood and that includes losing my personal style. Your body changes so much that you really don't fit into your old clothes so you're kind of just stuck with the over sized clothes in the back of your closet, right? Well I've had it up to here! Haha but really, it totally stinks not feeling like yourself because you don't fit into anything that use to define you. Clothes really are so personal and help show people you. So the book I ordered is THIS ONE and I loved it!!! It has helped me look at clothes in a whole new light. I use to just buy things to buy them because they were on sale, they were the latest trend, etc. Now I actually look at the piece and decide if it's something I truly love. If it fits me well and if it's a classic piece (classic to me, not classic in the terms that "style gurus" define as classic since classic can mean many things to different people.) The book also helped me find my new personal style (everyday feminine), something I feel like I completely lost after I had Finn.

I really recommend the book if you are stuck in a similar situation and need a closet detox. And just know that detoxing your closet doesn't happen overnight, unless your a millionaire, of that I would be majorly jealous! I would assume that it will take me about a year or longer to rebuild my dream closet but it will be totally worth it to have pieces that fit me perfectly and are my exact personal style. You can check out my dream curated closet on my Pinterest board HERE