Travel Art Kit


As we were running out the door to a little spring break sunshine I put together an art kit, like I have loved to do in the past. Here and here too.

I snagged that striped canvas bag at Forever 21 for 7 bucks yesterday and it was perfect to hold all the goodies and my instax share. We’ll have some down time at the beach house while we eat and listen to conference on Sunday so I’m glad I remembered. I also put my selphy printer and all this stuff pictures in a bigger tote bag. I realized I forgot my album so I’m excited to pick something up when we get there.

Also I posted this breezy blue desk scene on Instagram… When in doubt, add mint. Always. The End. image


Swimming soups


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.




Happy Monday babes of blogland!
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



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.


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There has been a lot to celebrate recently, my boyfriend’s birthday and my birthday as well. Whether we are miles apart or spending these specials days together, I always try to find a little time to create something fun for us to celebrate.

Inspired by the cactus paper from the Happy Place collection, this time, I decided to make a handmade cactus piñata. It is a fun and simple shape to work with pretty easily and it reminds of the good times we spent exploring Mexico, his native country.

It is not perfect AT ALL, but believe me, I enjoyed the process so much! …especially the part of filling it with chocolate and candy… one for me, one for the piñata. 😉 I snapped a few photos along the basic process of how to make a birthday piñata:
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Say Yes: Mini Album

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It’s impossible to not make a disaster when creating a mini album. It’s like you start pulling out everything and anything! The Happy Place collection is perfect for summer memories. Minis will always have my heart! The pockets and layering deserve all the heart eyes!!
Design + Photos: Emma

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It’s a Disney Day!

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When I was a little girl I apologized to my diary for not writing and I feel like I need to do that now… apologize for my lack of blogging. :) I have such good intentions but the past couple months have flown by. Collin travels a lot for work too so I feel like I have even less free time, besides when I hide in the bathroom. ha! It definitely took some adjusting for our day to day routine. It’s still hard and Quincey has a really difficult time with him gone. It breaks my heart how much it effects her when we’re not all together. Even though he’s only gone for 2-3 days at a time. I definitely have a new found appreciation for single and army mommas out there.
We took a break last week and went to Disneyland as a fam! Because long lines and crowds are great for refreshing those batteries. It was a blast though, obviously because it’s Disneyland.
The fireworks and night parade were amazing! That was worth the drive in itself. We got to see it twice too. And one night started at 7pm so even the little ones were still awake to experience it. Can’t wait to print these out and scrapbook them!
I definitely have more pictures of Myles and Lola because Q & A are busy running around with dad on the big kid rides. We like strolling around eating cotton candy and meeting princesses. haha

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DIY: Envelope Pocket


It is not a secret that I LOVE to make mini albums of my little adventures around the world, or even about the little things in life. But, lately, I realized that not only I enjoy to look back at the photos, or to rediscover the story through the album, but also to bring back all the memories with gathered memorabilia along the way.
The bright transparency from the new Happy Place line, gave me the idea to make a little cute envelope out of it. This is perfect to keep some tickets, business cards or even extra photos from my last summer vacation. It was super easy to make and I love the fun look of it. Let’s take a look on the steps to make this:
1. Pick the width of the envelope and trim the paper down. I find that 4×6 or 4×5 it is a good size for most minis and it is normally big enough to fit the usual memorabilia. So, I cut the 12×12 transparency into a 12×4 stripe. You can use an envelope template to serve you as a guide as well.

2. Fold the paper to create the pocket of the length you desire, and stitch the sides. Remember to leave a couple of inches on top in order to create a folded lid.

3. Now you have the basic structure completed. The tricky part is to choose how you want to close the envelope. In my case, I punched a couple of tiny holes to add two eyelets (one on the lid and one on the pocket) with a one-inch circle paper around. Then, I used a gold string that came with the Dear Lizzy tassels to tie the envelope shut.DIYenvelope7

4. As I final touch, I attached a couple of fun tassels from the Happy Place collection.

And done! Now go and grab some memorabilia and add this to your planner, a layout, a mini album, or even to your project life album (you can always punch two holes on a side or at the bottom to add it to a ring album). Let’s bring those memories alive! :)Olatz


DIY: Rosette Garland

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(Excited to have the first post from Emma on my new design team sharing a darling project today with the new Happy Place collection!)
Next to my desk I have a set of windows that I like to “dress up” every now and then. I’ve had the Christmas baubles hanging there for way too long so it was time for an update! The colours of the new Happy Place line are PERFECT so I thought I’d try out a fan paper garland. These are super easy to make and I snapped some photo’s along the way.

1 – Pick what size you want them to be. The ones I made are 3.5 and 4 inches wide. For whatever WIDTH you want your fans to be, your paper needs to be double in length. I.e. the paper I cut was in strips of 3.5×7 inches or 4×8 inches.
2 – Create folds in your paper – mine are spaced 1 inch apart and I used my scoring board to make it easier.
3 – Fold the paper, alternating forward and backwards.
4 – Then you need add a staple to the middle of the length (I like to mark the centre point on the scoring board to make sure I’m getting it in the right spot!)
EXTRA STEP – if you want your fan to have a “starburst” kind of effect, you can cut each of the ends on a 45 degree angle using a pair of scissors.
5 – Once you’ve got your centre point, add adhesive to BOTH sides of the paper – I use double-sided tape and before I removed the backing paper I folded it in half both directions (helps it bend to shape later on).
6- I then just used some embroidery cotton and my trusty hot glue gun to string them all together.
Couldn’t be easier and I really love the finished result! -Emma

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Yes to this.
Yes to freshening up the workspace.
Yes to confidence in new ideas. Yes to saying no sometimes because we can’t do it all. : )

Yes to happy mail from Studio Calico! Everything organized in a bag is a lovely bonus. I’m excited for the creative goals I’ve set this year and am feeling inspired! The project life kit and the stationery set mixes great with my new Dear Lizzy products!
How fun is this SC weekly calendar too?

I am completely obsessed with the Heidi Swapp MARQUEE letters found here. They are so versatile and easy to DIY! There is tape that comes in the same width as the outer edge so they can be personalized. Also, they are made chipboard that can be painted or spray painted just as easily. AND, before I forget,  all Dear Lizzy and Heidi Swapp items are up to 40% off at so take advantage of that!

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