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Candy Colored Camera

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Last week I gave away an Instax on my Instagram feed along with some Dear Lizzy products. (If you want to connect on Insta my username is @dearlizzy.) This little cutie posed for some pics. Did I mention at the top of her wish list for Christmas was Chuck Taylors? Actually she said black shoes with laces and stars on the side. haha Wha?! No Barbies or Calico Critters? Next stop: college.

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Self-Timer Shenanigans

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Spent some time in Park City this weekend visiting my great grandma who’s in town from San Diego at my Auntie’s house. During our excursion, I bribed my crew to take a self-timer pic when we stopped for a potty break. (Yes, it’s only an hour trip and we have to stop because someone always has “to go.”)
Scrolled through the pics later and couldn’t believe how perfect everyone’s personalities were captured. I didn’t even know Lola had jumped until I looked at the photos later.
Such a fleeting moment I’ll look back at in ten years and forget how tired I was… and instead ache to experience this day all over again. Just even for one minute. Until they’re all crying at the same time and someones hungry and someone needs to pee and someones throwing a fit then poof—take me back to the future, Ghost of Christmas Past!

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I know I know…

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… Christmas is over but I just wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the month. I am working on a December Daily album but it was put on hold with other stuff I am doing. It’s one of my favorite things about Christmas so I couldn’t completely forget about it! Here are some moments from 12-14.dear lizzy instagram

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Quincey and Lola were in The Nutcracker this year… their dances were fleeting but I loved every second.

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Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

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Post-church operation to clean up this blasted studio space. I know it doesn’t look that messy… but what you can’t see are the piles on every single surface. I am the queen of putting off cleaning up by making piles. I already requested this on Instagram but, please send help! In the form of magical elves, Mary Poppins, or Tony Danza. I’m not picky. But preferably Tony from the Who’s The Boss years.

biancacash-throwkindnessJust purchased this print from an artist in Australia. I’m obsessed with the simplicity and playfulness. I want this one bad for my girls’ room. Santa, are you listening?

(Your face is pretty but your heart is golden.)
Recently Avery became very concerned about hair and clothes and she’s never been my fussy dresser. I could hand her anything to put on and she would wear it. Heck, she would wear her pjs all day and wouldn’t care one bit what anyone thought. Lola, on the other hand, has been very picky since she was two of what she is wearing. Pink, frilly, girly… and no matter what I suggest her to wear she refuses the first outfit every single time and says “yes” to the second or third one. I’m onto her sneaky ways. ; )
Every day when I am brushing their hair I try to sneak in my mom-advice and engrain in their minds that —it’s good to look nice but a smile and being kind is what’s most important.
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dear lizzy blogThen there’s these two. Oh my, cutest stinkers.

Instagram Photo Books

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Seeing that Instagram fills in the gaps of what I don’t scrapbook or Project Life… it’s huge for me to print the photos from my feed to tangible memories.
There’s a new way to easily print your entire Instagram feed. It’s super fast and seriously the price is reasonable too. For 6 bucks you can get a 60 page book.
Download the app CHATBOOKS onto your phone. Use the code LIZZY1 for your first book freeeee! If you order three books or more.
Another great thing about Chatbooks is that you can sign up for the autoship and once you have 60 more photos it will automatically ship you the next book. I love happy mail but spontaneous happy mail is even better!

instagram photo book

instagram photo book

It was seriously Christmas morning when I opened my package and saw all these faces! Then I wouldn’t let anyone touch them which defeats the whole purpose.

Once you are inside the app you can:

-Change the title of the album and what it will print the same on the spine of each book. I didn’t realize I could change this so mine all say “My Instagrams” but it would be fun to include something funny, a family name or inside joke. Just touch the title “My Instagrams” to open that album then tap again to change the title.
-Choose which cover you want for each book. Or just go with the random one the app assigns. Of course I took the extra time and chose each one. Clearly, I was favoring this little kissed face cover when I was taking photos of the books.
-Delete photos you do not want in the book.
-Also it includes the caption from your photo. Which was an awesome addition to an already gold product.

Other features include: Chatbook Series A daily-life scrapbook for a private group. Where you can add contributors and everyone can submit photos to print into a book. How nice is this for a photo book gift for a loved one where everyone can easily submit their photos. Think Christmas presents people! I know my mom would love this!
Also, there’s a Custom Book option so you can upload up to 300 photos from your phone for an event or specific themed book. So easy!

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Chatbooks
It prints a date stamp in the top left corner and the caption below.

Remember to use the code: LIZZY1 to get your first book free if you order three or more.
Now download the app, Chatbooks, and get your memories into your hands.

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instagram photo book

instagram photo book

 

Instaday

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① It was a long day and I rewarded myself with my new favorite indulgence: Buffalo chicken pizza from Slab. For some reason I bought three times the amount I can eat on my own. I spy: some cute toesies.

② Earlier when Myles came to a Dear Lizzy planning meeting and turned all Mr. bossy-pants on us. Making sure we stayed on task while he took selfies of himself with my phone. haha But honestly, he was way too cute and a big distraction.

③ Stopped by Collin’s new gig: Studio app headquarters. Have you downloaded it yet and tried it out? It’s a design app for adding text and cool overlays to your photos. There’s an awesome Studio community too. If you like someone’s design click “REMIX” and you can add it to your own photo fast and easy. There’s a lot of inspiration there! It’s for Androids and iPhones and it’s free. Search “Studio” or “Design Studio” in the app store. Let me know what you think! I added the yellow square and the word “Eat” to the top left photo with Studio. Also, hashtag any of your photos with #madewithstudio on Instagram.

④ Lola enjoying an ice cream cone reward after making it through the mouse maze at Ikea. I am working on some home projects that I hope to finish soon. But, ya know, summer is kind of distracting.

Mermaid Sighting

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In case you were wondering if mermaids actually exist…!
For Quincey’s birthday last month I was so excited to surprise her with a mermaid tail!! Since we were planning on celebrating her birthday with our family at the pool-it was perfect.
I searched around a bunch of different sites online and wanted to share the one I found that I liked the most:
Fin Fun Mermaid  
I chose them because of the good reviews I found. Also, there are other tails out there that are made out of foam for the tail which confused me because I didn’t know how they would hold up when wet or if they’d get soaked and heavy.
You can purchase just the tail (like I did) or add a Monofin to go inside the end of the tail. A Monofin looks just like a swimming flipper in the shape of a mermaid tail that sits inside the tail. I noticed it helps them swim easier and faster so now I wish I would’ve got the monofin with my first purchase. Especially since she’s more comfortable and it keeps the shape of the mermaid fin. In the picture my Quincey is only wearing the tail without the fin.
Make sure that your child is a good swimmer before she goes in the water with a tail on since you are not able to doggie paddle or kick your legs like usual. Also, I love the material because it’s perfect for swimming and doesn’t get heavy when wet.

Fin Fun also sells matching tankinis, bikini tops and even a version of a tail for a toddler that I want to get my little Lola. Little girls are so imaginative and love to dress up and play pretend… and being a mermaid is straight up dreamy!

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First a mermaid tail, then pink hair… this girl knows how to live it up at six years old!

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The GO SEE DO’s of S U M M E R

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Today is the first Monday that we are out of school… YAY SUMMER! That means we stayed in our pjs way too long, ate french toast, watered the plants in pots outside and… homework?
Yep, I had the girls fill out their GO  SEE  DO  EAT  MAKE  BE’s of this summer. Thanks to Ann Marie for the free download
Reading the girls’ lists was a relief because they didn’t write anything too crazy. A front flip off the diving board-I can handle.
PS That strawberry is from our garden. I planted and grew it. I know, I was surprised too!! #blackthumb

I might have cheated on my homework because we started one of my goals already when we took our camper out for a spin on Memorial Weekend. glamping trailer remodel
GO in the mountains with Sweet Pea.
SEE a play in Sundance under the stars
DO a kind deed for a friend & stranger
EAT funnel fries at the carnival
MAKE a video of our summer adventures
MAKE another Dear Summer journal/mini

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BE carefree
BE present
BE cool

Post your list and link to it in the comments… love to see what your Summer list. xo, Lizzy

Barcelona, I love you.

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Not quite as zombie-esque as I was yesterday… but finally getting back in the swing of things. It’s crazy to travel somewhere that’s opposite time zones. The secret to getting back on track is to skip your bedtime. Both ways we didn’t rest and waited until it was dark where we were at to sleep. I think it helped us adjust quickly. Although there’s a few hours when you can’t really keep your eyes open. Whenever I would waver Collin would cheerfully say, “Jet lag hates movement!” While speed walking and swinging his arms. Wearing his tennis shoes, dad shorts & backpack and I’d think… we are suuuuuuch tourists.

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We loved Barcelona! Everything was beautiful, every corner had a delicious bakery or treat… which means this was my kind of place! I think the last day we had three servings of crepes. Each.

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barcelona spain

The event went really well! Makes me wonder what I was so nervous about! Mireia, with Kits de Somni, did amazing with all the details.  Xenia was my translator and I literally couldn’t have taught my class with out her. Or at least it would’ve been scary since my spanish is no bueno.

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You guys, the students were incredible! There was about 80 and they were so excited to meet me that I literally was in tears within 5 minutes of being with them. It’s pretty spectacular to not speak a language yet feel so much love! Thank you to my nueva amigas!! (See I told you my spanish sucked.) kiss kiss!!!!!

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barcelona

barcelona

barcelona
I love this Instagram from Collin during an afternoon in the main square of the city:
She asked if I could take her family’s picture so I snapped 3 then took a selfie and gave her phone back. Then we asked her take a picture of us and she took this selfie and gave my phone back. 2-mins earlier she was praying on a rug facing East. We’re all God’s children and humor connects us.

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barcelona
An artist who has been drawing peoples’ faces for 30 years gave us his interpretation of us. We about died laughing when he finished!! haha This was my souvenir from the trip.

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When I was packing for our trip Quincey gave me her favorite, little box so I would remember her while I was away. I started putting stuff in it and making room in my luggage when I had the best idea. I told her I would fill it with treasures from Barcelona and bring it home to her. I picked up a few more things that aren’t in the picture.
When we were packing up from Barcelona to head home Collin says, “Here this is really important so pack it somewhere safe.” I was thinking he was going to hand me my passport or some money to exchange before we head home. I looked up and he was holding out the cheesy floral box. I’m so glad that he gets it.
With in the first hour of being home I shared her a story with each item. (A charm from a nun we met, shells from the beach, wish bracelets, a good luck penny I found on the ground outside a huge cathedral, seeds to plant from Spain, chocolates from my friend in Switzerland, etc) She loved sitting down and looking through it all. At this moment it is still under her pillow.

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We even made it to the Mediterranean… but let me tell you it feels so good to be home! xo, Lizzy
We took mostly video with our big camera and some photos. Can’t wait to dig through it all and see the magic of this city again.

May is going to be magic #yay

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My favorite month begins today… and not because my birthday is in 3 days! Okay, maybe that’s part of it. But there’s also a Barcelona trip planned, Avery’s baptism and that one day where mothers get spoiled. #yay!
This photo caption and design were made with the app called Studio. You should download it! There’s so many cool overlays and fun ways to be creative with your photos. Plus, it’s a neat community where you can see others’ designs and “remix” them to fit your photo and style. My husband recently joined this fast growing start-up– which is exciting! I actually used the app months ago and had to show him how it works. haha! Fun stuff. Anyway… back to my birthday. I’m 33. Remember when you were 18 and if you heard someone say they were thirty you thought how freaking old that is. Well, now here I am. So far thirties aren’t so bad. I kind of like them. Happy May Day!!!
Putting together a giveaway to celebrate with my favorite things. Celebrate with me!