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Find Your Fun

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This is picture above is how I feel Monday morning when I didn’t sleep well the night before and stayed up way too late! These cuties wake up with all the energy and they’re coming for meeee! lol!
Another school year in the books as we are finishing up this week. I’m ready for slower mornings and soaking up their faces all day.
Saturday I spent the morning cleaning out the garage, sounds exciting right? Feels so good to get organized though. I packed up all the winter hats, mittens and boots in a farrrr far away place 😉 so it was perfect timing to partner with Crocs. Ordered some spring shoes through Zappos and they are all set to find their fun this summer!

As I mentioned a couple posts back, Collin has been traveling a lot for work. We’ve adjusted to a new rhythm when he’s gone and the kids are learning to be more patient with only me at bedtime. Everyone wants their story, back tickle and night-night cuddles. We figure it out and adjust but it’s a sigh of relief when we are all together. Love these photos of us as one!

He just got home from a 10 day trip… payback for my Australia adventure, I guess. 😉 This is the typical scene for when he his home. Everyone fighting to sit on his lap.

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Clearly these kiddos put these bright, cute Crocs to the test, even in the water, and they passed with flying colors!
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Fave Mom Journals

fave mom books and journalsI have a stack of journals in my studio or night stand and wanted to share my favorite mom based ones I’ve loved over the years! Mostly because of the most recent one I was suggested by my friend Stephanie. I purchased it right then on Amazon and my girls have really enjoyed the experience so far. It’s called Just Between Us. It’s a mom and daughter journal developed by a mom and daughter duo. It’s a place where you can write to each other and she can ask me any question and I can share things with her too. Avery is my talk talk talker… she’s enojoyed it but Quincey is the one who really became enthralled with the idea. She’s a talker too but not as much as Avery. When I got home from Australia I found the book on my nightstand which means that she wrote something in it for me. (Then I write in it and put it by her bed.) She wrote things about how much she missed me when I was traveling. I loved that she had a place to express those emotions and I wonder if it helped her feel better after. I bet it did. She had her daddy to comfort her and, boy, is she a daddy’s girl! But I’m still glad she had another means to express her feelings. She’s a very sensitive one. They all are. So manyyyy feeeelingggs. ; D ha!

Something struck a cord with me after talking with a mother of one of the girls I teach at church. I asked her any advice for when my daughters are in the teen years. She said to give them “talk time” she said to start making sure you put that time aside to talk to them when they’re younger so it’s easier to transition to teen years and keeping that communication open when there’s harder things to talk about and more emotions during that time. It makes sense to me. I can’t expect to think that the things she talks about now, that may seem trivial, don’t have weight or importance. Because it is. I know there’s some Pinterest quote about this. Oh yes I found it,

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big. Because to them all of it has always been the big stuff.” Catherine Wallace.

So true, right?! Even when Avery carries on and on quoting movies or a play by play about school recess and I’m already lost because, like I said, that girl is a chatter box. I do my best to make sure I’m genuinely aware of anything she wants to share.
That’s why I love this, Just Between Us, book because it’s another channel for that communication and it will definitely be a keepsake and a treasure to read through some day.
It also has some fun question prompts and lists, drawing prompts and other fun ways to connect inside the journal.
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One Line A Day :
A popular journal with a small space to write in each day. Then the years are lined up so you can see what you wrote on the same day four years in a row. I haven’t been as dedicated with this as I wish I were! BUT I love what I have written down because when I go back and read it I would have forgotten those little moments from our days together. And it’s fun to see what was written the same time in the years passed.

American Girl: Dad and ME:
My girls have loved this book. I got one for both Avery and Quincey. There’s fun activities, questions, bonding activity ideas.

Just Between Us:
Mother and daughter journal with questions, prompts, drawing prompts, space for writing to each other back and forth.

My Quotable Kid: I use the same book for all my kids because it has a spot to say: Who, Where, When and then the silly quote or story. I love this book. Makes me laugh and I know I will appreciate the time I took to write in years down the road too.

Me, My Selfie and I Book: Not for moms but a keepsake journal none the less. I designed and concepted it then worked with Caytlyn Chilelli for the incredible graphic design. It’s such a fun journal with so many questions for kids and places for them to color! Email me if you want one I still have some left: DearLizzyBlog@gmail.com

I just picked up the Happiness journal and Happy Healthy Habits box of mini journals in Australia and I’m beyond excited about!!! I’ll share that next.

Is there a journal you enjoy? Please share!
Thanks!

XO, LIZZY

Swimming soups

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Heading out to spring break, my husband is driving right now as I type even, and wanted to share some of my favorite finds in the swim department. Two things about these pics. It was literally snowing a couple hours before we took these. haha My friends at Brickyard buffalo asked for some pics of their new suit and they must’ve caught me at a good time. Because that bring me to the second point, this is totally out of my comfort zone. But that’s why I love one pieces cause I’m more comfortable in them and I can chase around kids easier. Below I share some of my favorite “swimming soups” as Lola called them for years and it was too adorable to correct her.

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Happy Monday babes of blogland!
CURRENTLY:
LISTENING: to my husband on a conference call and making fart noises in the background. He’s not amused.
WATCHING: The Voice. I used to watch this show years ago and just started it up again this season. When Collin is out of town, I love watching the blind tryouts and all the singers’ stories are emotional or even heartwrenching then I find myself crying on the iPad late at night while the kids are sleeping.
BUYING: Last thing I bought was Disney trading pins for our next trip. I’m obsessed and have a pin bag with my own in it that the kids can’t touch. It’s not even borderline dorky it’s straight up Disney nerd!
EATING: Apple slices + Almond Butter. Trying to eat healthier and this is my go-to snack. You would be so proud of the new me. No sour watermelon and sweedish fish for breakfast!
LOVING: My recent obsession is skiing. Love being up away from everything. Really crave that alone time with Collin and the feeling of speeding down the mountain is different than my daily laundry folding stint.
WEARING: This cozy sweater from Brickyard Buffalo and my new shoes that make me want to jump-jump.
READING: The only thing I am reading these days is Junie B. Jones with Quincey.
FEELING: Feeling good. It’s easy for me to get comfortable at home. Too comfortable… where I kind of just hide from everything. Feels good to get out and reconnect with friends (like Annie who took these pics) and jump around like a dork!
LAUGHING: At the things Myles says these days. “What da heck?”
GETTING READY: For the trip to Australia with Spotlight Stores! I’ll be touring in April so if you’re from the down under check your nearest store for dates! xoxo

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Photos: WeeScoutPhotography

Easter Ready with The Children’s Place

easter outfitsThe weather was faking spring when we took these pics and, believe me, I am not complaining one bit. Bring on the sunshine! But I won’t get my hopes up just yet because it’s been known to snow in May in Utah.
Besides eating an entire bag of Cadbury eggs, Easter outfits are on of my favorite spring traditions. I mean, can you blame me? I can’t handle the cuteness leaping off these pics.
Earlier this week we went to the mall and picked out Easter everything from The Children’s Place! There are so many stylish dresses and darling patterns and colors to choose from for the girls! And Myles in those suspenders and hat-it’s just too much. The boys stuff is adorable and spot on as well. You know I can’t resist a boy in a bow tie! I thought about snagging it online but it was pretty adorable to let Lola try on a few choices, these kids love to play dress up all day, so Lola took the chance and found her favorite. The Children’s Place also has every detail covered with purses, jewelry, hats and tights and shoes. Oh, and don’t forget the sunglasses.
(Psst… plus everything online is 50% off right now)

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Celebrating Easter as a child I have memories of my mom making us matching dresses, wearing white gloves and a white hat then heading off to church. But it was even more than just getting dressed up. It was the feeling of these traditions weaved together through the years until it makes a beautiful basket full of love for my family… a maybe a few candy eggs. WE didn’t have a lot of money growing up… but I don’t think I ever knew that until I was older. Or if I did, it didn’t matter. I hope I do the same for my kids. To give them the same experience and feeling of tangible adoration.

Photography: http://weescoutphotography.com

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December something

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December is parading by whether we like it or not… So I’m trying to catch the highlights and keep my sanity. : )
Starting on my December Daily today and I’m so excited! Even though I don’t make it through all the days it’s always the very most favorite thing I create all year.

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Refinishing our floors for Christmas… yay! We are thinking a grey finish… and can’t wait for it to be finished the next couple days since everything is chaos and stuffed into the bathroom.

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Give Thanks

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For some reason my family is entrusting me with the Thanksgiving dinner hosting again this year. I guess I didn’t screw up enough last time. After they hear that I got this pallet for decor from outside a dumpster I’m sure to be banned forever. But I wanted something besides pumpkins or pears like last year and decided that eucalyptus was the answer. Plus, it smells like Christmas and so I’m channeling some yuletide joy without offending those who insist we celebrate one holiday at a time. ; )
The banner is from Caravan Shoppe and the smaller garland is MME. I will be recreating it a bit different tomorrow that I’ll share on the dessert table.

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The Big 5

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Yesterday on Lola’s birthday we went around a circle and everyone in our little family shared their favorite thing about her. No one could talk about Lolabug without mentioning how they love her smile or how she’s always happy (when she’s not throwing a four year old fit! ; )
It’s true, she’s quite a joyful spirit in our home. This past week I’ve been under the weather with a cold and she’ll randomly ask me, “How are you feeling momma?” or do something to make sure I’m okay. While I cooked dinner one night and Collin was out of town she thoughtfully wiped off the table then cut up two bananas on a plate and set it on the table. It’s interesting that she’s born with such loving awareness for others and natural giving qualities that I try to teach my other kids all the time. Each of them have their own strengths to share though.
It’s such the cliche mom response to say ‘I can’t believe how fast she’s growing’ or ‘I wish she would stop growing up’. But in the same breath I could say that I’m anxious to see the young lady Lola becomes and the good that she’ll do in the world.

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Such a diva in her fur, eating chocolate and demanding to be carried around town.
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We Ran Away

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Sorry for the silence here on my blog… we ran away for the week. Ran away from to-do lists, from carpools, computers and work. Ran away from Fall since it was still summer at Newport Beach and Disneyland.

Here are some Instagrams from the trip I wanted to share…

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A nice lady took this pic and it captures us completely… because while dad ran around with the two older girls on Screamin’ and Tower of Terror I hung out with the under 40 inchers.

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Myles carried around his map for a good half of the day telling us where to go.
He just wants to be one of the big kids and he thinks that he is. He loved meeting characters! He would wait patiently in line (none of my girls were as patient as he is) and wave at the people until it was his turn then run up and give them a hug and sign his book.
Oh, he gets it already. How magical this place is.

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A little self-timer action with Myles, we like to eat donuts and Beignets from the Mint Julep bar while we wait for the others to ride Thunder Mountain. It was a short line only 10 mins so that was nice! (They have pumpkin beignets right now which are yummmm.)

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We sang Muppet songs and Teen Beach movie on the top of our lungs while we rode our bikes along the beach. Such a fun memory!

There’s been some life struggles for us recently things that shouldn’t matter… I needed a “reset” at my happy place to focus on what matters. To clear my mind and remind myself how to breathe. To remember that each day is fleeting… why waste it worrying about what happened or what I can’t control. XO, Lizzy

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The Me, My Selfie and I Book is here!

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Today I am beyond thrilled, and a bit nervous, to share a project I have been working on for a long time! The Me, My Selfie, and I Book!  #theselfiebook
It’s a kids’ art journal full of 42 pages of illustrations and fun questions. I sketched a really horrible rough draft for each page then worked with the talented Caytlyn Chilelli who illustrated it!
The coloring book you’ll want to keep! I wanted to design a keepsake that I could store on a bookcase and documents their dreams, favorites at the moment, and silly thoughts as well as coloring and doodles. Something to encourage less screen time and more time creating!

Another reason why I wanted to make this book was to GIVE BACK! During the development process of #theselfiebook my niece was in Primary Children’s Hospital! There is a toy room and craft area for patients and the family of patients. It is a place to lift their spirits during a hard time for the children and families spending long hours there. I talked to my sister Ashley, Zuzu’s mom, and asked what she thought about donating books to the hospital. She loved the idea! So for every book that is bought we will donate 1 book to Primary Children’s in Salt Lake City.

The book is great for a range of ages! Avery, my nine year old can sit down and work on it herself! Answering the questions and exploring creative expression. Lola, who is four, can’t write full sentences yet but says the cleverest things! I love sitting down together and while she is coloring  I can fill out the answers for her. Not every page has a question. There’s even a cut-apart page where they will cut out clothes, hats and sunglasses and then attach to the animals. It’s freaking adorable! Also a treasure hunt page to take the book outside and see what you find.DearLizzy_Journals_BeckyKimballPhoto_54web
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I also have a limited number of handmade pencil bags! They are plastic coated on the outside so easy to wipe off! The inside has a colorful lining and zipper…! Each one is a different color combination. The bags even come with some fun supplies so they can get to work as soon as their package arrive. It includes colored pencils, ice cream cone sharpener and some fun erasers! Like I said, I only have a limited number of the pencil bags so snag one!
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These would make such fun gift ideas for Christmas or birthdays! My kids are obsessed and Quincey carries hers around everywhere in her backpack and pull out her supplies.

Check out #theselfiebook website and more info here!

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