Friday, May 31, 2013

DIY Olliblocks from Caravan Shoppe

You may have seen these cute Olliblocks floating around Pinterest... 
I saw them and fell in love. 

So I got Ryan & Ellie to help me make some for my niece's 1st birthday present from us! 
 These are sooooo easy to make, thanks to Caravan Shoppe. They have a few different options on their website for Olliblocks.. so once you choose the ones you like, you purchase them and they instantly send you a link to your email to download the template! From there, just cut out the squares, and Mod Podge the squares onto some blocks and that's it! Super cute for a gift or to make on a night where you are feeling crafty. The good thing is that once you have purchased the template, you have it for life! So you can make as many Olliblocks as you want :)

Ellie LOVED them... looks like we are going to have to make her some too!

Our niece Phoebe loved them too! aaannnnddd of course they go straight to the mouth. Where else? ;)

Happy Crafting!

The Crooked Nook Mug giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations, Jess from Golden Swank
You have won a custom mug with the State of your choice on it,
 from The Crooked Nook!  

I will email you shortly....

Thanks to all who entered The Crooked Nook mug giveaway! 
You should all hurry on over to their Etsy site... because Ashley has put up some AWESOME new prints and mugs-- check 'em out here!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Lauren Conrad, AKA LC, pinned my Gold + Glitter dipped feathers that I made on my blog!

 I feel like a million bucks!!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Weekend in Pictures

For Memorial Day weekend, Me Ryan and Ellie plus our two friends Steve and Carly went down to southern Utah! We went camping, hiking, swimming, played around at Goblin Valley, then went to Moab for some rock climbing. It was such a fun weekend... I am missing it already! And it was so much fun having Ellie girl there with us :) 

You guys... if you haven't been to Goblin Valley yet, you have to!
 It felt like we were walking on Mars.... so rad.

goblin hunting ;)

Is this picture not insane?! I can't believe that we live near a place like this!

LOVE this shot of my two-

Then we hiked to Left Hand in Moab, Utah where we went swimming in the river

On Monday we went to Wall Street to do some climbing. There are no words for this place!!!

Steve climbing

Carly climbing

me climbing

Ryan climbing

For some reason, we grew quite the crowd while we were climbing... photographers were taking our pictures- it made us feel like we were actually good at climbing. hahah

And what did Ellie do while we were climbing, you ask? She was such a sweetie! She hung out on my lap while I took some pictures, went looking for lizards, and played games in the car. She was great!

Then we went to a cool bouldering spot... we had a nice set up for Ellie under this ginormous rock. :)

Ellie loved having "tea parties" with the rocks ha -she melts my heart!

We finished out trip off watching the guys be guys with their bikes.

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Crooked Nook MUG GIVEAWAY!

I am in love with my mug that I received today from The Crooked Nook

Ashley from The Crooked Nook makes the coolest prints and custom ceramic mugs-- 
Check out her Etsy shop to see all of her amazing products-

Today, Ashley is giving away a FREE custom 
State mug to one lucky reader!!
(You can choose the State that you want)

How to Enter to win:

Be sure and leave your email address too!
A winner will be chosen next Friday May 31st. Good Luck!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

L O V E to my readers!

Yes, even those who post crude, negative, anonymous comments on my blog :) Kindly don't read my blog if you don't have anything nice to say.. because I am so grateful for the opportunity to blog about my passions and about my family whom I I love with every ounce of my heart! I am thankful for all of my readers, for your kind comments and for your desire to follow my little personal blog! I truly am flattered and grateful. :)

Remember the Peach + Mango Shrimp Taco recipe that I posted a little while ago?
 I LOVE hearing feedback from my readers who have tried my recipes or crafts! 
It makes my day!

The Twin's 1st Birthday party

My twin Niece and Nephew - James & Thea- just turned ONE! I can't believe it!

Their momma Brittany threw the cutest little nautical themed Birthday party that I just had to share.

These ADORABLE cakes were made by the talented Annie & Sharon at Bee Cakes

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Oooohhh heaven help me.

 These are too cute not to share!
 My dear friend Sam hooked me up with some pictures from Camera Shy studio in Utah.

For those of you who personally know my little one, you know that she isn't too fond of taking pictures... okay, that was putting it lightly. So... whenever you see adorable pictures of Ellie, know that 95% of the time, I am behind the camera with a handful of jelly beans as bribes.
Oh, the things we do to get our kids to cooperate for pictures. ;)

Anywho, I think these are adorable and wanted to share them with you!...
oh, and one more thing-- when did my baby grow up?!?!?