Thursday, January 22, 2015

stephanie ryan print review + giveaway

The first time I saw a print by Stephanie Ryan I fell in love. Stephanie is a very talented artist/designer who has the most beautiful, colorful, and lively pictures. Her style is so classy and tasteful and unique. I was so excited when she agreed to a review and giveaway and that I now have the opportunity to help give her shop some of the credit and praise it deserves.

Not only are her prints one of a kind, but she also sent the picture I picked out immediately and the whole process was so quick and effortless. Stephanie is so kind and it has been a great experience working with her, and I think you guys will love her art work just as much as I do!

The print I picked out is her notoriously famous poppy picture, which is now hanging up in Madelyn's nursery, and has now become this prettiest part of her nursery.

Madelyn loves rolling around which makes changing her diaper pretty hard. She's always flailing around and trying to grab things out of the basket, but since I put Stephanie's print up she just stares at it (she's a sucker for anything red) so I think that means she likes it too!

And as mentioned above, along with this review Stephanie is offering one of my readers one free print of the winners choice! Check out Stephanie's site at, then enter the giveaway below.
^^^ Just a few of my favorites!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

family pictures by missy dorius

In my last post I mentioned that my friend Missy, from Daily Dorius took our family pictures in Spokane. I can't believe how cold it was that day! Poor, poor Madelyn just didn't know what to do with herself between the frigid air and wind. We had to take a break in the middle to get her all warmed up. It was the fastest shoot ever, but highly productive, if I do say so myself. I'm in love with how they turned out, and now comes the real dilemma - which ones to order for prints! 

Since Missy's super great she got our pictures done within two days (one of which she was in the car driving back to Idaho all day). If anyone in the Rexburg, ID area is looking for an amazing photographer then Missy is your girl, you can reach her at:

Outfit Details 
Josh: sweater - forever 21 men // shirt - target // pants - american eagle
Me: jacket - forever 21 // sweater - old navy // pants - forever 21 (not pictured)
Madelyn: sweater - old navy // shirt - carter's // pants - carter's

And hey everyone, haaaaappy new year!!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

a road trip in photos

This weekend Josh, Madelyn, and I took a road trip from Seattle to Spokane to be reunited with some of our besties from Idaho, Missy and John and their baby Myla. We hadn't seen them in a year and a half (since they were pregnant with Myla and Madelyn wasn't even created yet).

We had such a great time, and then it ended way too soon and as we were heading out the door Missy and I realized (while we were in sweats, with uncombed hair and makeup-less faces) we hadn't taken ONE photo together the whole time. We thought about snapping one real quick but the babies were screaming and we didn't want to document our beauty at that particular moment, so we didn't take any pictures. 

But, Missy, who is very artsy and talented took our family pictures while we were there and I'm super excited to see them and put them on the bloggity blog. Until then, here are some of the pictures I took during our road trip. (I used the Step App, which is free on the App Store to edit the pictures and I feel really good about how they turned out.) 

^^^ We ran into a little bit of snow and fog along the way which slowed us down a little, but, it was SO beautiful inside the mountain pass we didn't even care!

^^^ Madelyn is officially in love with Baby Einstein. She haaaates her carseat but whenever we put on Baby Einstein she just stares and laughs hysterically. It instantly turns her into the happiest baby. We'd just pull out our phone and she'd get so excited and start laughing because she knew Baby Einstein was coming. But seriously, is it normal for a baby to sit still and scream and laugh and love a show that much already?

^^^This was my favorite part of the road trip, Madelyn was sleeping and Josh and I were talking about the future then it started to snow and I looked over at this gorgeous lake and snapped this photo. I think I might print this picture and hang it in our apartment. There is something so dreamy about the way the fog was sitting on the snowy mountains, and that little island full of trees in the middle of a dark, eerie lake. 

^^^ And I guess every roadtrip needs a selfie, so there's that. Now, moving on.

^^^ Never thought I'd miss snow, but after being around it for a few days I kind of do. Come on Seattle, send some flurries over here!

^^^ All is well once those little eyes close. Shortly after this photo was taken I laid my head down on her little legs and took a nap with her. It was one of those perfect moments when everything in the world is aligned and all is well.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

holiday gift ideas for him + her + baby

If anyone is still looking for afforadable gifts for the holidays then I hope this can help give some inspiration! Here's an idea board of 9 different gifts for a guy, girl, and (mostly) gender neutral infant/baby/toddler.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

woodland park zoo lights excursion

Last night we went to the zoo lights with my Seattle bestie, Sadie, and her family. Between the two kids there was always one crying or freaking out, it was pretty fantastic. That's just what happens when you go out right before bedtime. Hell hath no furry like a child up past their bedtime. 

Despite crazy children the whole experience was so much fun, and I'm so glad we got to go with some of our friends. (Although the whole time I kept wishing I hadn't just watched the entire first season of "Human Prey" on Netflix. I kept imagining some sort of escaped animal pouncing on us from a tree or something.)

 ^^^ When we walked aimlessly around the zoo trying to find the entrance in the dark.

 ^^^ Ahhh, there it is!

 ^^^ This picture was taken right after we discovered our apple cider spilled all over our stroller (shouldn't have impatiently taken it off-roading to pass all the slow walkers). Josh was a champ and ran to the bathroom to get some paper towels while Madelyn and I spent some good quality time with the smelly reindeer. But seriously, yay for sticky stroller handles!  And Madelyn's face just cracks me up in this one. So much milk storage potential in those cheeks. 

 ^^^ Probably my favorite picture of the night, little koala bear Madelyn trying so hard to look at her surroundings even though she has to practically bend in half to see around daddy's big puffy jacket.

 ^^^ This picture brings me so much happiness. Right after we took this picture and as Josh was looking at it he sadly said, "I thought we were doing funny faces!" Whoops! Let's be honest though, he's the best part of this photo.

 A good time was had, and the fact that no exotic animals escaped and mauled someone made it even better. Man, I need to start watching more positive shows.