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Worth every penny


A little ice cream after a day at the pool is just what we needed… if this girl isn’t happiness and rainbows… she’s crying. lol There’s no inbetween. And I don’t just mean a little cry. I mean like she has a limb hanging from her body cry. Even if it’s just tears from her brother using her pink gel pen.
She was talking my ear off in the car then we had a blast on our little post-pool date.
The more I’ve thought about it, I think some of those cries are a need for attention… and her love language is “mamilla” ice cream so this was such a fun memory for her. It was our first time trying out a new, local ice cream shop. At first, I was like, holy crap 5 bucks for a waffle and scoop of vanilla..?!?! Until I tasted it. It was amazing. They make everything in their shop. (See the first pic of how cute it is too!) Lola gave me the cone and I realized, yes, this was worth every penny. Or 500 pennies to be exact.
Black and white with red all over… is such an easy look. I love this breezy dress that is so cute as a¬†swim cover- up from Old Navy. Lola’s dress and sandals are from there too! Such cute summer stuff right now.
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Unicorn Magic


My favorite camera must-have right now is a wifi memory card. If you don’t have one you need to try it out. Your camera doesn’t need wifi and¬†you do not need to be at home on your wifi… it uses some sort of crazy cool, magical unicorn science so you can be anywhere and get your photos off your big girl camera to your phone. Very convenient and amazing to get it off your camera without a computer.
I love the Toshiba wireless card: Here on Amazon¬†if you’re a Prime shipping girl like me.
Still shooting with the Canon 6D right now and am loving it. This camera has wifi but it’s not as easy to use as a wifi card because you connect the camera to a wifi connection. If you use¬†a compact flash card there are adapters¬†so you can use the wifi SD card¬†in your camera. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments…!
Also still using the 24-70 lens that’s my all around favorite to shoot with. It seems like it’s losing its focus though. Is that normal? Does anyone know if there’s something I can do like a tune up. ūüôā

My sister, Camille, is an amazing hair stylist and did the girls’ hair. She has a hair product she developed and sells called Hair Glyder. She started an Instagram too to share cute little girls’ hair styles too…¬†@upstyl. Can’t wait to see more looks from her. Love this cute mohawk look¬†on my Quincey Rose. xoxo Lizzy

I Love Your Face

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Quick photos before school with this little dolly. Her Kindergarten teacher said she wishes she had 10 more Lola’s in her class because she’s so adorable. haha I know the feeling! I want ten more Lolas too.
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When the self-timer goes off before we get our crap together.

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Hiding behind readers because I don’t want to get ready. Same bun as yesterday too.
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Tubby Time

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One day a few months ago, after a long day on the computer, Collin was in our bathroom and decided to knock out¬†a wall he hated… and thus started our remodel. It wasn’t even just a wall. It was a big, wide arch around the toilet like a throne. ; ) Then another half wall came down and now we have this bright, open bathroom. We still need our shower doors and can someone come decorate for me? ¬†But, hey, at least the tub¬†works.
This is my go-to room to hide out when I need some peace and quiet now. Took two baths in one day last week. Three, if you count the one where I was fully clothed with no water. Don’t judge. hehe

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Knotted sleeve top | Jeans | Freestanding tub

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Minty Christmas

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Well the Grinch decided to come early and ruin Christmas in the form of a computer disaster. My desktop mac won’t turn on. So the last year of photos are suddenly vanished. Somehow I’m pretty calm about this and not having a panic attack which even surprises me. Maybe cause I know the ending and the Grinch’s heart grows and he will fix my computer and we will hold hands and sing… “Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores… welcome Christmas, Christmas day!”
Praying that they will be saved… It’s crazy cause a couple days ago I had a¬†feeling to upload my photos to my hard drive that I completely brushed away like an annoying fly. Sheesh and now here I am staring at a blank screen and wishing I would’ve trusted my heart¬†and listened. Cause I’m usually watching out for mah self. ; )

Here’s a little look at our cards this year… We got them through Minted and I love¬†how they turned out. I couldn’t decide so I got two versions… One is a book of some beach photos and the other is a gorgeous gold embossed Christmas one! Oh, and I ordered a few ornament photo cards for gifts. The funny thing is I forgot to change the name so it reads, “Merry Christmas!” Love, The Chen Family” ahahahah That’s classic Lizzy move. Going to put it on my family gifts and they’ll get a kick out of it. But really I love the paper Minted uses to print the cards on… and I know my paper! Basically consider myself a paper snob¬†; ) They have some really cute Happy New Year cards that would be fun to send out if Christmas cards aren’t you’re thing.
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December Daily part 1

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Yesterday was¬†a race against the sun to photograph my December Daily album and the sun won. At 5:24 pm. Crazy that’s it’s so dark by then. Today it was quite¬†dark inside. So I took my album and a foam board outside and it started… snowing! ha! I can’t win. If you see specks on the sides of the pics. It’s snow.¬†ūüėÄ
This year my December manta is Simplify and Savor the Magic. Or since I am keeping things simple just simplify and savor. ; )
This theme also translates to my album. DecDaily is¬†my favorite project¬†to create every year and if I want to get it done I have to keep it simple. I¬†absolutely¬†love creating it and all that entails! Some of the things I am incorporating this year. Printing on canvas paper (from a¬†Dear Lizzy album), layering and transparency (a must every year), focusing on the photos and printing large 7×8.25″ as well as 3″x4″, and making sure to journal now. Last year I skipped¬†journaling if I was busy designing the pages and now I still need to fill in gaps then¬†I can post that one too.¬†Here’s the start…

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Printed a strip of photos then attached to chipboard.
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Love my sweetie¬†bear… more pics of our snow day here!
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My fave trees printed on canvas paper. I might change out the right side cause I don’t love it but we shall seeee…
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Supplies: Ali Edwards December Daily + stuff from a box of Christmas supplies I keep together over the years. Dear Lizzy number transperancy and album.

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I showed it to Myles and he could care less… just was eating ribbon the whole time instead of looking at it. lol So hopefully someone¬†out there in blog land cares. ; )

Hope you are having a wonderful December!! Love you all! xoxo Lizzy

December first

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So just like that the magic begins… of twinkle lights, giddy children counting down the days, wrapping gifts with love and thinking more about Christ and how to give as He did.
This morning Collin had already made breakfast and they watched a video about the spirit of Christmas. (Link to video in the¬†sidebar.)¬†Might have made Collin cry but don’t tell him I told you that. Later when the older girls were heading off to school he said, “Find someone to share your light with. Remember to spread your light!” I loved it. Exactly what this season is all about.

You better believe these will be the start of my December Daily album! yay!

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How cute is the camper and truck?! I’m obsessed. It’s all slightly inspired by camping. Adorable stuff. And these knitted stockings are my fave. Also I want these car with the tree on top ornaments! Look just like some Dear Lizzy stickers from the Christmas collection! I filled the truck with my bottle brush trees and it makes me so happpyyy! It’s the little things. ; )

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Catching Snowflakes

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There’s no end in sight with the snow falling right now. It’s so magical!
Lola said Myles woke her up this morning when she was having a “really good dream” and¬†now¬†she doesn’t remember what it was about. But she said he shook her saying, “Lola look at the snow! Look at the snow! It’s Christmas!!” They’ve been sleeping in the bottom bunk bed together because they both are scared at night and they’re learning slowly but surely it’s not a good idea to wake sleepy momma bear. hehe
And then we caught snowflakes outside with my cozy little snow bear.

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Linked to this cute jeweled head wrap cause it’s seems totally pointless to not keep your head warm but so cute and a fun change from wearing beanies.

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What’s your wish?

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One of our favorite traditions for Christmas besides the carols, family parties, live nativity scene, yummy food, ugly Christmas sweaters, favorite holiday movies, playing in the snow, decorating the tree, hanging stockings, visiting temple square, opening presents, writing letters to Santa… are the pajamas! It would be like Thanksgiving with out the pie. Something is missing.
I remember when I was little and my mom would buy us all matching flannel pants. I wouldn’t take them off all Christmas day or maybe even Christmas break…¬†even when we go to the movies Christmas¬†night. Which was my dad’s favorite tradition… I never really wanted to go. I thought, why don’t we stay and play with all these awesome presents?¬†But now I get it, he probably wanted us to be entertained and sit quietly for 90 minutes. ūüôā

I teamed up with one of my favorite places to shop to share their cute pjs styles. And, you guys, all the sleepwear is 50% off today!! I wanted Q and Lola to be twinners and loved the gold hearts on cream top and bottoms.
Avery loves her cool cat top that reads, “Meowy and Bright” haha! I also loved this red striped onesie for her!
Collin has on some comfy joggers and baseball tee which is nice cause he can wear them year round too.¬†And striped onesies are always a classic for Christmas on Myles and me. And my socks (pictured below) of bulldogs wearing a santa hat. ūüėÄ So festive!

Looking at these photos with the wish lights, I have been thinking about what my wish is this Christmas and my thoughts turn to my family and my mom and all that I wish I could give them! Feeling grateful this week for this beautiful, crazy season of my life.
What’s your wish this Christmas?

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