First Haircut: Goodbye party in the back


It was a sad day today to say goodbye to the party-in-the-back Myles had going on.
His hair was seriously not only a mullet but approaching an 80s rock band length. I mean it deserved some sort of award for its awesomeness.
But seeing that my darling, rambunctious, trying-to-keep-up-with-the-big-kids Lola Marie cut both sides of her hair and bangs into a mullet by herself. It was time. I only allot for one mullet at a time in this family. (See Rule #36.)  

He wasn’t having it at first though…


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“Oh no you di-int!!”

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Myles: “No more party in the back?”


Hanging By a Thread: darling garland


I know what you’re thinking, hanging by a thread is referring to me… especially since it’s Monday and my husband’s been gone for work and I almost brushed my teeth with Desitin, again. But actually this darling garland is. (Ok, maybe I am a little too.)
Such a cute + quick project to brighten up your workspace or a corner of your home.

Start with a string the length you want the finished project to be. Hang the ends with a push pin the color of your wall and tie a knot on the push pin and trim the slack.
Next, begin adding different elements.
There’s folded paper lollis, dimensional circles, feathers, ribbons, layered butterflies and tulle. Even keep some sting tied in a knot.
The feathers and tulle give it a dreamy feel from a distance that I love.
Also, did you know you can find really cool colored string at Home Depot?

Thanks so much for the project idea Jesse!
Concept and Photos: Jesse Lohof



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Money for Disneyland

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent Van Gogh

The list of things I want and, most importantly, need to teach my kids can be lengthy. But at the top is to love and care for people. Collin would joke about the quote above, “Did Vincent ever meet “people?” Ha! Sure there’s some that are less than favorable but that’s beside the point. There’s plenty to love.
The thing is, how do I teach my kids something I’m still trying to do better at myself?
This reminds me of the other day when I was leaving the grocery store. Often there is someone on the corner holding a sign and asking for money or food. Collin and I both vividly remember the times when we were younger and our family stopped to help a person in need so we want to do the same for our kids. This particular day I was running late and noticed there was a man on the corner as we headed in the opposite direction. Suddenly I hear Avery yell, “Wait mom that man needs help! Mom turn around. Where are you going?!”
“Oh sorry Ave we are going this way. We will come back later.” She was so completely upset that I didn’t swerve across three lanes of traffic.
“Didn’t you see his sign? It says ‘Needs help!’” I love her giving heart. At the same time I was wishing that her giving heart wasn’t going to explode when I was already running late for something. But I turned around.
Then Quincey pops the thumb out of her mouth and chimes in, “He might just need some more money for Disneyland.”
“Yeah maybe. And his clothes did look fancy.” Avery adds. (Which they looked nothing even close to that category.)
I was trying not to laugh. As you can see, we still need some work here. : )
Knowing that their first instinct was to help is a good start. We gave him some apples and were on our way.
Life is busy. It’s so easy for me to hurry about the chaos of life and not see who I can reach out to… and I doubt Jesus likes the excuse–I was too busy. Crap, I need to do better.
I’m glad Vincent Van Gogh and Avery know what’s up.
Happy Sabbath friends! xo, Lizzy
Print above from oh my deer etsy shop

Trust Your Heart mini album

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Trust your heart. But listen to your mom too. ; )
Avery already weighs out decisions of what she should do and what she wants to do. One of the things I often remind her: make good choices. It’s become one of my favorite mottos around here. All I have to say when she’s digging in my purse for a dollar to buy a snow cone at Dad’s softball game when she didn’t earn it, “Make good choices.” And she thinks about it a little longer. Sometimes she listens and sometimes she doesn’t but at least I’m not always the bad guy telling her exactly what to do. It’s like a freak super power. Three words and boom! She’s listening and learning again. These are the riveting things that fill up my life with 4 little ones. Real exciting stuff. ha!
Here’s that mini album I was working on.
The cover is die cut phrase from iheartstudio. I cut some white chipboard to 4.5″x5.5″ I hoarded from something and watercolored the cover using a water brush then Modge Podged it using a foam brush. The inside pages are 4″x5″. The color photos were printed using my Canon Selphy.
The rest of the pages are below. Honestly, it’s cuter in person. If that’s not too presumptuous to say… But don’t you hate when something doesn’t photograph like you’d hoped? Just wanted to share. Loved the process the most. That’s what always keeps me excited about creating.

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My Dear Lizzy ruffle paper is on sale right now at 2 Peas here. I love that stuff. Hoard away.

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In The Works

What started as searching for a fun pool floatie ie: a donut or pretzel during Myles’s naptime! (I mean, who doesn’t need a giant swan to float on?!) Ended with a mini book for my Ave. I love when I’m productive and get things done. It’s so easy to waste my time online or on my phone, like I started out, but I axed that idea and focused on what I wanted to accomplish.
Kept it simple with the same products and sized photos. Added some pics printed on vellum and patterned paper. (You know I love doing that.) A splash of watercolor here and there for a finishing touch. Just need to print out my journaling page. I’ll finish it up and share tomorrow. For now we are off to the pool again. We were there for like 5 hours yesterday. Great way to start the first day of summer! Kept the house clean + happy & tired kids.



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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


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

Oh hey, Avery Doll

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Oh, my Avery doll. She turned eight last week. Eight! I know I’m about to say the most cliche sentence in mommy blogger history but… I can’t believe how fast she is growing up! And the second: Why can’t she just stop getting so big? Phew, okay, now that I got that out of my system. Our tradition we started last year, so I am not sure if that has fit the strict requirements of when something can officially be called-tradition. But we don’t take that term around here lightly… we take each of our kids out by themselves on their birthday with mom & dad. It’s pretty much a blast and you can tell that they are loving it too. Since Avery has been sneaking in my office and sticking enamel dots, rhinestones and other small stickers to her ears for months we decided to surprise her and get her ears pierced on our birthday date. Collin filled out a few clues and riddles to open through out the night. It was funny though, the second we got in the car to head out she says, “I really want to get my ears pierced!” We looked at each other… “Maybe when you’re 12.” When we got to the mall she read the clue and was so excited! “Really! Thank you!” Only when we were steps away from Claire’s Boutique did she think that this might hurt. Which we said it will sting and pinch for a second. But she was so brave! Her eyes welled up for a second when they finished and showed her the mirror. Then we walked through the mall holding hands and picking out cupcake, unicorn and other cutsey earrings to wear in a couple months.
One of the other clues was to get new shoes “with bumps on them” i.e.: heels. I about died laughing when she called them that at Christmas time. Which she’s pretty much worn those bumps down to nothing. I know that’s so dorky but I love that about Avery. I strive to keep my girls innocent as long as I can. Like barbies and roller skates until they can drive. You might see her carrying around a clarinet case when she doesn’t even play and taped glasses. Nerdy is the new cool. A new movement I am hoping to catch on… join me. ; )
But here we are, my Avery girl traded in all those stuffed kitties and dog toys she carried around all these years for Barbies, earrings and pink glitter shoes with “bumps,” of course.)

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For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so proud of Avery for choosing to be baptized as a member of this great church.  When someone turns eight they can choose for themselves to be baptized… my brother was a few years older and my mom found the church through missionaries then was baptized when she was eighteen. Saturday is Avery’s baptism date so we took her out to take photos & celebrate the occasion. This is the same temple where Collin and I got married and it was a bit surreal to be there with all our kids and thinking how crazy–where has the time gone? Looking around I was overwhelmed with gratitude for my family. Crap, I am getting all cliche on you again. But these people are everything to me! Thanks for letting me share. xo, Lizzy

FLORAL CROWN: Made by me after learning from Bleu Wednesday
DRESS: Chasing Fireflies
Feather Headdress: Dear Lizzie Boutique

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Color Theory Project

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Being color obsessed myself this was a fun project to work on.
Studio Calico asked my husband and I to make a video to showcase the colors of their new line of products-Color Theory and the many uses for their vibrant stamp pads. I was thrilled for the challenge! While Collin worked the camera gear I styled and gathered cute + colorful items.
Working with my babe and seeing him in his element is always fun for me… and I only got on his nerves a couple times. ; )
Honestly, I really love these stamp pads. You can watercolor using a water brush. If  you water brush over an existing stamped image it doesn’t bleed. The colors are also so vibrant and happy. They also have coordinating embellishments which make the process effortless when creating. Used them on my Stamping With Erasers Project.
See entire Color Theory Collection Here

Check out the video below and sorry if the song gets stuck in your head all day…

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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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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!!!!!




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.


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.

Bow Straws: just add Italian soda

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Tonight I finished an event in Barcelona! Loved all the ladies and Mireia did a wonderful job with everything! I’ll share more about that soon. This week has been a blast exploring this magical city! Now I am happy and relieved that everything was amazing and can’t wait to see my babies. (Yes I call them all my babies. ; )

—One warm afternoon last week, my girls and I made Italian cream sodas. Which of course needed bow straws. Or did we make the bow straws first and added the Italian sodas? I can’t think straight on Barcelona time… either way they were yummmm!
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I love these bow diecuts I shared in an earlier post even more when I realized I could diecut fabric. Just iron the fabric on a thin inner-facing first. Some of them needed a bit of help with my scissors but for the most part I was impressed. I bet if I ironed the fabric on freezer paper it would diecut even better. Going to have to give that a try too. Happy sipping! xoxo
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