Fave Swim + Sunnies


Just wanted to share some of my favorite swim and sunnies… I’m all about the cheap(er) sunnies because I can’t take care of nice ones. I throw them in my purse. Lose them. My kids steal and wear them… (and my husband even lol). And I like quantity over quality.
Summer is flying by. I feel like all we do is swim and my summer bucket list and pretty neglected right now. But I’m not going to give into the mom guilt thinking about all the creative things or missing adventures because keeping kids happy and busy is so easy at the pool.

If you’re super impatient, like me, you can Amazon prime the swan swimsuit to your little cutie. It has a mathching swim cap even. That I forgot when we snapped these pics real quick today but still… if it wasn’t cute enough it’s so darling with the matching cap!

 


Stars + Stripes

July is all about red, white and blue and celebrating this beautiful country…
The fourth of July is kind of a big deal around here… I think that all started with my mom and dad and their fun traditions! My mom would sew us matching red, white and blue festive rompers or dresses. We would camp out at the parade route and save a spot and then that night we went to the Stadium of Fire! Which is exactly like it sounds with amazing fireworks and music. Some days I really wonder how my mom did it all… because she had 6 kids and I can barely keep up with these four. But looking back, I do remember days when she was tired or make up from the day before under her eyes… and making quiet times for herself at night in her room. We just gotta find that balance. Make time to rest so we can be ready to party.
As much as I wish I could, I can’t sew clothing like my mom at all… but I do love dressing up all matchy-matchy. Got these cute outfits at Old Navy, of course. Love shopping there for kids’ clothes. Myles’s star shirt is my favorite! I like to just mix up the colors and Avery (who was at 5th grade camp when we took these pics) has a cute patterned dress that brings together all the colors. I also got Collin some shorts with little flags all over them and surprisingly… he loves them! Usually he gives a little mumble grumble at first of whatever I buy him and then tries it on and likes it. But this was positive feedback from the start!
So grateful for this country… the people who fight for our freedom and their amazing families.

Hope everyone had a happy fourth! xoxo Lizzy

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Strawberry Days Forever


One of my favorite traditions in the summer is when the carnival rolls into town for Strawberry Days! As we were excitedly walking up to the rides Lola’s asked, “How did they put this all together in one day?” My thoughts exactly. But allllll the fun was worth the risk of our lives. ; ) Collin was away for work and Avery had just gotten back from a week at 5th grade camp so she was a zombie from late nights and early mornings and just wanted to relax at home. Which was a good idea because Quiney is up for all the crazy rides… like hanging up side down while spinning rides. I get sick just watching from a distance.
For some reason I forgot that carnivals only accept cash so we were very limited to a sheet of tickets and one cotton candy to share. We stretched it out as much as we could and was such a fun night! You can see a short VIDEO from the carnival here! 

photos: Hunter Fowler


  

Framed flowers

Hi friends!
Ever have those days where you want to scrapbook but just can’t seem to make it work?  Happens to me way too often – I really want to be crafty but I just can’t make anything I “like”…welllll, when that happens…I make paper flowers!   I love these little guys.  I don’t know why, but I find them relaxing and fun to make.   All you need is your paper, a die-cut machine, flower template and a hot glue gun (oh and I use a pencil to help me “roll” the flowers, makes it easier for me).

This time around I thought it might be nice to make something for my room – I picked out an old white frame (I have a habit of collecting frames to use for “something later on”) with the idea to fill it with a whole lot of paper flowers.  I love the colours/patterns of Lovely Day so I decided to use those (12×12 double-sided papers and the 12×12 paper pad). I picked up all my templates from the Silhouette Design Store and spent the next few hours cutting and rolling flowers… I think I went through around 15 pages of pattern paper to fill my frame!


After I’d cut/rolled a few I started randomly filling the frame with flowers so I could see how many more I needed (turns out I only had just over half of what I needed at the time, ha).  Once I had enough flowers it was time to get out the hot glue gun and glue them all together.  This part is fun and not fun.  I’m a little clumsy with the glue gun and will alwwwwwwways burn myself.  Even when I’m being extra careful and trying not to.  And at the last minute I also decided to add some of the washi onto the frame background, just incase there were any gaps at the end, atleast you would see more flowers instead of the chipboard background!


Then it was just a matter of gluing the flowers into place (using that dangerous hot glue gun again..).  I didn’t go with any particular order, I put the big ones down first and started filling the spaces with those next in size and going until it was completely full (with only 1 spare flower at the end!).

Once the frame was full it was simply a matter of deciding where to hang it in the room!  (You’d have thought I’d figured that out before starting, right….).

I’m pretty critical of things I make (i.e. never think they are good enough, ha) but I really love how this one finished up!  Kept me busy (I actually worked on this over a couple days) and I still got that crafty time I was needing! Happy Flower rolling, Emma

Oh, Hello layout

Hi everyone!  Emma here to share another page I created with the beautiful Lovely Day collection!  I honestly could not pick one favourite from Lovely Day but I can confess I think the layered stickers are just perfect and were the inspiration for this page!  I’m also loving all the gorgeous patterned paper.  I actually started this page without a set photo/theme in mind – I was just creating for the sake of creating and it was wonderful!

Here is the page I finished up with:

The basis of my design is set around the Beep, Beep paper.  How cute is the design?!  I thought the trees and cars would look fun as a layered sticker too so I cut the shapes out using a few of my trusty circle punches (2 inch, 1 inch, ¾ inch) and placed them around my page.  Then I fussy cut a few of the same designs (because there are multiples on the paper) and stuck them on top of the same shape using foam dots.

For contrast I went with the colour yellow.  I love yellow; it’s my happy colour so I used that to add a bit more colour (given the pattern paper is mostly white on white).  The larger circles are the flower pattern (d/s paper, XXX) and the smaller circles are from the 6×6 paper pad.

I machine stitched around a few of the larger circles (because I have to have stitching on my pages)…circles are tricky for me on the machine, they’re never quite right, haha.  But I don’t mind it at all; fits in with my style 🙂

The last process for me on this page was actually picking a photo.  So weird I know!  Usually I’ve got some idea of what photo I plan to use on a page when I start creating; even if I change photo, usually I know if the page is about Zack or Makayla or whatever else, but this time around I really had no set theme!  Was a fun change from the “norm”.  I cut my photo out using my 2 inch circle punch so it matched with all the other circles on my page (I also set my journaling the same way, I just typed it up in Photoshop and printed it out on cardstock and cut it out using a punch also).

I had so much fun making this page.  I think partly because I had no theme/story/photo in mind when starting it; I just knew I loved the layered stickers and I wanted to create more 😉

Thanks for joining me on the blog today, I hope it’s inspired you to try it for yourself.  There are so many other cute paper designs that would look just as fun doing this too  (…the bikes or the foxes!!!)

Take care, Em xo

 

 

Worth every penny


A little ice cream after a day at the pool is just what we needed… if this girl isn’t happiness and rainbows… she’s crying. lol There’s no inbetween. And I don’t just mean a little cry. I mean like she has a limb hanging from her body cry. Even if it’s just tears from her brother using her pink gel pen.
She was talking my ear off in the car then we had a blast on our little post-pool date.
The more I’ve thought about it, I think some of those cries are a need for attention… and her love language is “mamilla” ice cream so this was such a fun memory for her. It was our first time trying out a new, local ice cream shop. At first, I was like, holy crap 5 bucks for a waffle and scoop of vanilla..?!?! Until I tasted it. It was amazing. They make everything in their shop. (See the first pic of how cute it is too!) Lola gave me the cone and I realized, yes, this was worth every penny. Or 500 pennies to be exact.
Black and white with red all over… is such an easy look. I love this breezy dress that is so cute as a swim cover- up from Old Navy. Lola’s dress and sandals are from there too! Such cute summer stuff right now.
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Sprinkles and Birthday Wishes


You know life is good when you have two unicorn posts in a row.
This time in the form of birthday wishes! Avery turned 11(!!) last week and Megan at Sweet Tooth Fairy made her a magical cake to celebrate.
We had a pool party and a unicorn theme so she nailed it with this gorgeous cake!
It’s been fun this year to see Avery have best friends and to connect with such a nice group of girls that came to her party. Eleven is going to be a good year! Avery still is so young at heart… she plays with toys and with Myles and Lola. She’s got the sweetest heart! Love her!





Unicorn Magic


My favorite camera must-have right now is a wifi memory card. If you don’t have one you need to try it out. Your camera doesn’t need wifi and you do not need to be at home on your wifi… it uses some sort of crazy cool, magical unicorn science so you can be anywhere and get your photos off your big girl camera to your phone. Very convenient and amazing to get it off your camera without a computer.
I love the Toshiba wireless card: Here on Amazon if you’re a Prime shipping girl like me.
Still shooting with the Canon 6D right now and am loving it. This camera has wifi but it’s not as easy to use as a wifi card because you connect the camera to a wifi connection. If you use a compact flash card there are adapters so you can use the wifi SD card in your camera. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments…!
Also still using the 24-70 lens that’s my all around favorite to shoot with. It seems like it’s losing its focus though. Is that normal? Does anyone know if there’s something I can do like a tune up. 🙂

My sister, Camille, is an amazing hair stylist and did the girls’ hair. She has a hair product she developed and sells called Hair Glyder. She started an Instagram too to share cute little girls’ hair styles too… @upstyl. Can’t wait to see more looks from her. Love this cute mohawk look on my Quincey Rose. xoxo Lizzy

Homerun Birthday


He’s grew out of the Elsa dress stage and is loves baseball lately. He turned four years old, you guys. (Insert cry face emoji!) We had such a blast celebrating him. There were enough hats for everyone to be on a team and I’m regretting not getting a photo of everyone… but here’s some photos before the fun began.

I found the baseball hats on Amazon and they come in so many colors here…!