This morning Quincey saw these pictures and said she wanted to go back there…!!! Oh, to that cool building where you got to run around with a new friend? Where we gave you heart suckers, balloons and dolled you up like a stylin princess? I’m sure you do. Instead I kissed her cheek and she’s at preschool for the next couple hours. But Saturday we did have a blast with my good friend (from our days of braces, bangs and high school soccer games) Heather
as the photographer & Tana, the founder of Mom’s Best
. Tana invited me to kick off their new series all about motherhood. Since being a mom is the toughest, greatest thing I’ve ever done–I was in.
This week there were a few events in my life that really caused me to stop, take a deep breath and reevaluate where I give of myself. For one, my darling niece was born and is in the NICU… such an angel and amazing fighter. The second she was born she changed me. How this tiny angel had that kind of power and influence on me isn’t surprising… children are so pure and innocent and see this world more simple than we do. We are the ones that complicate it all. This week I wasn’t the one to let go of a hug first. I squeezed each of my darling bugs until they let go. And even then they had to wriggle their way out of my tight embrace.
Don’t get me wrong… being a mommy is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Why else do you think I have a hidden treat stash and hide in my bedroom for a couple minutes of peace. Which sometimes backfires with Cheerios all over the floor. Ah, I don’t know I’m not one to be poetic or good with explaining my thoughts, but I do know how my heart feels every single day when Lola points to a mole on my cheek and says, “Mommmy, is an owie?” And kisses it better. And I know I don’t want to be too distracted or busy to miss that…
What are 3 things we may not know about you?
-My husband, Collin, was my first date in high school. He asked me to the Homecoming Dance. When he was driving me home after our date he came to a complete stop at a green light. I think he was a little nervous.
-I took a darkroom class in college and dream of having my own darkroom someday so I could spend the day taking pictures with my film camera then develop the pictures later that day. It’s such a cool and dreamy process… with lots of stinky chemicals.
-If I could be anywhere at this moment it would be at a secluded beach somewhere in a hammock, pina colada in hand, painted toe nails with my feet in the sand, sound of kids playing in the distance, sun on my face… I could go on and on.
If there is 1 thing you have learned and could share to inspire and help other women/mothers what would it be?
Sheesh, I feel like I am still learning so much as a woman/mother… but something that I am striving to do is not to compare myself to others. A couple years ago I had a quote on my inspiration board, “Find you. Be you. Be happy with that.” I loved it because at times I feel myself trying to fit into another mold or trying to be like someone else. But I need to focus on what I do best and my natural gifts that can bless others’ lives. I mean, I don’t know anyone else who can eat a bag of Peanut M&M’s as fast as I can. That’s something I need to embrace and be proud of! ; )
We also have a giveaway today. I’m in love with the perfectly styled outfits from Peek Clothing! And you can win a gift card to their online (or check their locations). There’s also a pair of See Kai Run shoes in the giveaway… there are so many styles to choose from and my girls loved them. Quincey would have slept in them…! Also some darling clippies from Ribbies. Basically you’ll be all set and ready to photograph your cutie after you win this!
There is also another giveaway on Mom’s Best site with the same prizes so you have two places to win!
Photos by Heather Telford
Enter the giveaway here
and thanks for playing along! xo, Lizzy
Packing up and leaving the CHA show in Caliornia today. It’s a little chillier here than expected… but seriously it’s 1 degree at home so I am loving the sunshine.
This show has been great! Meeting new people and seeing familiar faces from the past few years is a treat. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hello!
Collin flew out here and filmed the booth and new products so I will share that soon. xo
Baby Bump alert!
25 weeks 3 days 10 hours 35 minutes and 4 seconds… but who’s counting?
102 days left until I meet my little guy.
As much as I wanted to just put on my sweats after church… you know, the ones that I have practically lived in since Christmas when I bought them for myself. (Thank you to me!) Yes, they were sounding mighty nice especially since the last two hours of church are spent in the nursery where I take care of the cutest crying kids, snack on goldfish crackers & fruit snacks, and teach them about how much Jesus loves them! Which is a very good place to be, if you ask me, but also very tiring. As much as I wanted to just crawl in bed… I decided that this little angel, who is about 11″ long now, really deserves to have his little life documented. Or in this case my belly’s picture taken… in all its growing glory!
And it’s also proof that I do change out of my pajamas.
I remember when I was pregnant with Avery, my first, I swear it’s all I ever thought about. Every second. It’s a little different this time around and sometimes I forget for a moment that I am pregnant. Obviously because there are three other girlies distracting me from daydreaming about that yummy baby smell. Or freaking out about those 3 am wake up calls. But it’s kinda fun because when I do remember it’s Christmas morning all over again. I don’t know if having another baby at this moment was part of my plan… but that’s the ease of this life. We are not in charge. Someone else knows what’s best for us. Or knows when we need to learn and grow.
Self-portraits taken with Canon Mark II and my self-timer remote
I will definitely be celebrating as I usually do, with the east coasters at 10pm my time! ; ) Actually I might live it up this year and stay up til midnight… bang some pots and pans outside.
Today I need to make some resolutions, think of my WORD for 2013, and finish up some tasks for the upcoming CHA show with the release of my newest craft line. I will share a sneak peek of my newest collection next week.
Just wanted to pop in and say hi and hope you party hardy tonight!!
Also, to say thanks for joining me on this journey and reading my blog. I appreciate each of you so much!
Thrilled for this new year. It’s going to be a great one!!
This balloon has been bored while floating along the ceiling since Lola’s birthday, soooooo, we thought we’d show it a good time.
In case you were wondering… the results are in and we are beyond thrilled with the news: IT’S A BOY!!!
We found out on December 10th… but the truth is I always knew it was a boy. Before I knew I was pregnant I had ‘a moment’… I don’t even remember where I was but the cutest boy was playing and ran in front of me… he had the blondest, straightest hair that was falling into his eyes and he looked up at me for a split second as he ran by. Suddenly I had the strongest feeling that I was pregnant and it was a boy. It was only an instant but I was chalk full to the brim with warm fuzzies, not to mention the sudden lump in my throat. It was a moment I couldn’t ignore as I stood there stunned for a second.
I found out a week later that, yes, in fact I was pregnant. (Eeeeeeek!) I could have found out what the sex was weeks and weeks ago but I was scared. I was scared that that feeling and that moment wasn’t real and I didn’t want to be wrong. I thought each of my girls was a boy. I even bought a striped sweater for a baby boy in the early stages of being pregnant with Lola… so much for my mother’s intuition. ; ) But this time it was different. So you can imagine the tears that filled my eyes when the nurse said “It’s a boy!” I looked over at Collin and his eyes were all sparkly too. The nurse double checked a couple times, knowing that we have three girls and this news was exciting. “Yep, that’s a weiner.” Laughing through the tears I responded, “I don’t know what to do with that.”
We are so thrilled, nervous… 4 kids??!!! Anxious. Peaceful thinking about him. Did I mention scared? haha! But overall blessed beyond belief.
The girls have called him a boy since the beginning so this was no big news to them. Clearly they knew something we didn’t.
22 weeks down…! 18 to go.
Here I go on this journey of motherhood and life… trusting that God will show me the way. xo, Lizzy
Lately Lola is always striving to keep up with her sisters in every single way… talking, eating, jumping on the trampoline. Sometimes she gives me a look like, leave me alone mom I’m with the girls.
Lately I’ve been trying to pray better. What, you can pray bad? Yes, yes you can and I do it. Sometimes at the end of the day when I say my personal prayer I am so tired that it probably just splats against the ceiling, what a waste. I want to really pray like someone is listening and earnestly seek answers and guidance. Not just mumble routinely before my head falls onto my pillow.
Lately I am loving sitting and listening to Avery talk about school… she goes on and on. The scary part is she talks about boys… a lot. Sheesh, I couldn’t stand boys and they all had the cooties until the 4th grade… when Jeffrey Jones sat by me in Mrs Zortman’s class.
Lately I am painting everything white in my house… even the dog. ; )
Lately I’ve been rocking Q and singing to her before she sleeps. She’s at a stage where she’s acting up so I am hoping lots of love will counteract that.
Lately I am working on some paper stuff for the new blog I am finishing up… Excited to have a place to talk all about paper love.
Lately I was browsing this site and want everything for the girls’ closet. Really is dreamy…
Lately I want these Jcrew shiny flats in every color.
Lately I have been super sleeeeeepy. Like, I need to finish this since it’s boring anyway and lay down before I pick up the girls from school.
From pink and mint colored denim to floral denim and now polka dots… no wonder when I wear plain denim jeans they seem so boring.
When I saw these pants by Paige Denim I loved them but didn’t want to spend 180 bucks on a something so trendy that I would probably only wear a couple seasons. In the back of my closet I found these grey skinnies and they were perfect to DIY and reuse.
Have you ever used freezer paper for fabric applique? This stuff is a dream. It’s a lightweight paper yet you can iron it to your clothes then remove it. You can pick it up at most grocery stores.
1. I used my Silhouette Cameo and opened up a 12×24 cutting mat then I made my own pattern of dots that are a couple inches apart. Attached the shiny side of a 12″x24″ piece of freezer paper to my cutting mat. Cut about 4-5 sheets. If you don’t have a Silhouette my sis in law, Em, used a pencil eraser dipped in paint and hers turned out super cute. 2. Iron on the shiny side of the freezer paper to your pant legs one at a time.
3. Use a foam brush to paint the circles. Instead of a brush stroke I blotted the circle. Start with small amount of paint and do two layers instead of a lot of paint at first. Use fabric paint or seriously I just used what I had on hand (paint for our house). Do you know how many times I’ve accidentally gotten paint on my clothes and it never ever came off? This time it was on purpose. My sister, Em, even used acrylic paint and she said it hasn’t washed off after numerous washes.
4. Wait for it to dry and peel off the freezer paper. Throw away, you can’t reuse it. I touched up a few of the outside edges of the spots with a similar colored Sharpie. But overall the freezer paper worked great! It actually took a couple hours to do but I was also doing this while my kids played around me so I wasn’t working on it non stop.
I am a big fan of wearing what makes you happy, confident and comfy… although I do take an exception for the last one with some new heels.
I am not one to point out somebody’s outfit and think why are they wearing that?! So it’s interesting to see peoples’ looks while waiting in the lines at Disneyland. Not sure if they wanted a pair themselves or if they thought I was bonkers.
Also, if your kids are old enough to paint and iron this would be fun to do together. Thanks for reading my blog & have a happy day!
Tonight Emily, Ashley, Collin and I ventured out in search of the famous Waffle Love truck that’s been spotted cruising around town. We found it. Stuffed our faces. Loved every second of it.
The founder of Waffle Love, Adam, is a foodie. His wife painted the truck. Together they make works of art that we devour. I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the best waffle I’ve ever eaten, ever!! (And I like to exaggerate things.) You will especially enjoy them if you love fruit and cream on your waffle. If you like them soaked in syrup just stick to Eggos. ; ) The biscoff spread was the bomb.com and I don’t use that website lightly.
We ordered 3 different waffles: peaches & cream + biscoff spread, a chocolate sauce + raspberries + cream, & The Works which is not pictured since we inhaled that delectable treat.
Keep your eyes open for this colorful truck cruising around town!
(In Provo, Orem, Park City etc)
Lizzy: pants (from a local boutique, Quinees)/ Heels: Ruche/Top: F21 Emily: Shirt: H&M/Pants: Zara/Bowtie: Freshly Picked; Flats: Cotton On
We will be sharing more fun places and things to do Around Town. If you want us to check out your shop, eatery, boutique etc shoot me an email me at Lizzy@MakeSomethingSplendid.com
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While listening to the Disney Channel on Pandora yesterday I started painting on a couple canvases that have been laying around forever. It must’ve been that broadway version of Kiss The Girl that brought out my inner ar-teest.
I used acrylic paints in yellow, vanilla, white, with a pop of magenta and turquoise. Then instead of brushes I used credit cards… actually they were old gift cards that probably have 2.05 balance on each… and just went for it. It was kind of fun but when I was done I thought, well, I could hang these in the closet. 😉 But when I wasn’t looking Collin hung them up. They honestly would’ve never made it on the wall. But how cute is he? Then he quoted, “Your art is the best art of all the art.” (name the show)
I bought this love seat from a cute girl with the plan of re-upholstering it. I just can not choose a fabric I like. I was thinking a turquoise with tufting and a few pops of random colored buttons (for the tufting) but I can not decide. Seriously, I have a hard time choosing something at In-N-Out burger and Collin just laughs… there’s burgers or burgers and fries.
Avery girl! One of her best quotes–Auntie Em: “Avery can I have some of your energy and gumption?” Avery: “I pooped out all my gumption.”
Making brownies yesterday just so I could lick the bowl.
Lola babe and her itty bitty bun.
When deciding what to do today on the sabbath we thought we could stay at home while the kids compete for Olympic gold medals in their unique events. High pitched squealing, food spills or my personal favorite: waiting for the opportune moment when I have dinner all cooked and then all cleaned up to say, “I’m hungry.” That sounded fun and all but instead we packed them up and headed up to the mountains where there are less rules and no nagging momma.
SILHOUETTE CAMEO giveaway is still open.