Friday, September 28, 2012

Home is where the heart is

A month before Tysons birthday & Father's Day
I saw this cute post by HowDoesShe
for a Map O' Love

It was the perfect timing to get it all ordered and finished before those two dates arrived
b/c the leather journal came all the way from Romania and took around a month to get
(which in my head, made it all that more special)

Since we have seemed to travel a lot since we have been married this seemed to be the perfect way of recording all the places we have lived. I also wrote the hi-lites for each state on the right-hand side.
My intentions are to go back towards the end of the book & do the same thing for all the places we have vacayed.

So here is our little map of love!
gotta love it when your husbands gifts benefit you also! :)

This was Tysons gift on Father's Day

to see more cute ideas for recording your travels visit this post

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun Finds: {Recording Your Travels}

Recording your travel is always a fun thing to do..
And it will be awfully helpful in the long run,
so you don't forget the places you have been and seen.

here is a group of fun ways to start recording those special places.

click here to see how we record our travels


St. Jude is located in Memphis, my hometown & my mom had sent me over this link this morning..

it got me thinking about these kids and their journeys & I wanted to share
another piece of information
for my friend Tosha.. I have spoke of her on this blog before

Cure Search is specifically targeted for children's cancer research.
Cure Search is holding a walk fundraiser
this Saturday in Salt Lake City, UT (Sep 29th)
more info on the walk go here

if you are not in the area or cannot make it to the walk:
become a "virtual walker"
visit this link:
and under
Welcome to the Team Page of
Together for A CURE

Join Our Team
or click on the "Join Our Team" link above if you want to skip the section
of who has donated & where their goal is at and go straight to donating.
Their team name is:
Together for A Cure

or you can make a donation to support
Taleah Stevenson

"Give what you can, help where you can, and remember that the kids need your help.

CureSearch funds the lifesaving research of the Children’s Oncology Group.  This group of medical professionals treats more than 90% of children with cancer at over 200 hospitals in the United States.  (one of which is Primary Children's where Chase and Taleah go for their treatments)
These experts provide world-class care in communities across the country.

Every day 35 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer – 7 of those children will not survive.  Children’s cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children.  Although the cure rate is now 78% – up by 30% in the last 20 years – it is not enough.  Our goal is a 100% cure rate and we can get there with your help. 

We love CureSearch for many reasons, but one of them is that they put more than 90% of every dollar donated straight into Childhood Cancer Research.  There are so many good places you can put your money, but most other cancer foundations donate about 4 pennies of each dollar to Childhood Cancer.  So you can see why CureSearch is so important to us and especially to our kids."
-Chase & Taleah

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday's Look {Black & Blue Jean}

adult: 1 2 3    top it off: 1 2 3   mini me: 1 2 3

this was the look for me last weekend,
i was able to wear my new boots
since last years pair didn't last through the winter..
it also dawned on me, why i have so many chunky rings.
that will be your go-to jewelry,
during the long-sleeve seasons

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lexi's 1st CAMERA

The Lucky One by Jess Penner on Grooveshark

black over-sized sweatshirt: 77kids - gray leggings: old navy - black boots: children's place (last year)

This cute little pose is not only adorable but kinda makes me sad
she looks sooooo grown up!!

while I was in TN, I was prepping my niece on how to pose for her session..
lexi jumped right in and got the hand on the hip right away.. and it has become a favorite

saturday afternoon,
was kinda momentous
lexi got her 1st camera!

It was  actually funny to watch her and see
how much she has picked up from watching me
so we set out into nature & photographed together
and i'm pretty sure she thought she was in heaven,
as did I,  just watching her
best mommy/daughter date ever.

this photographer is
a little sassy,
doesn't listen to instructions well,
gets really irritated if you use her camera,
photographs EVERYTHING,
including cute little fingers.

and she makes her momma proud regardless!
sadly, we will be returning this little camera and finding one that is a bit better
85% of the pictures she took were blurry.. she had no idea
she needs one with vibration-reduction

Friday, September 21, 2012

my photographer nightmare

as I am getting back into the swings of things
with taking on more sessions the past couple of weeks and the weeks ahead..

I am finding myself getting back into that groove,
the one where I stop picking up my camera unless its for sessions
where i stop capturing the little things in our life
the groove that i hate so badly!

it kinda makes me sad, because i like recording those moments.
i have not made a single post on our personal blog in 3 months.
that's a HUGE gap and a first for me..
I fully intend on getting it all caught back up with pictures..
but my journaling (yes, i know that's not a word) of the moments aren't there anymore.
the words i felt at that moment... i can't really remember them

so i get frustrated..
and i'm going to make it my goal
in the midst of all the editing of sessions
to make time to record our personal memories,
and to pick my camera back up.

and i hope you do the same this weekend!

photos from my latest session

Thursday, September 20, 2012

an Airplane & a Toddler

Rule #1: You don't conquer, you just go with the flow!

Rule #2: pick your battles.

Do you really want her mouth all over the windows? No. Do you really want her shoving that tiny little size 5 foot of hers in the back of the seat in front of you? No. Do you really want her screaming airplane out of excitement as you ride the runway? hmm maybe.

Spankings won't work on planes, that kinda sends the
"let's scream even louder and throw a way bigger tantrum"
kinda message to your little one, for mine at least

Honestly every flight & child is a hit or miss, some are good some are bad..
we have flown way too many flights these past two years and we have
been on the realms of both.

Times where if at any given moment,
someone would have so much as looked at me wrong.. I would have cried.

Every tip I could give would most likely be contradicted by what happens on the next flight.
One day of flying could go so smoothly and the next could have melt downs,
lots of melt downs.
But, here is some tips on what I have learned...

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I actually saw this Zoobies Hippo off of a segment for the Today Show back in 2011 that was specifically geared towards airplane products - I was sold on it, and I ordered Lexi her own. I actually haven't used the thing until this past month of travels & i am so glad I bought the thing.
Check amazon for cheaper prices...
ALSO, cuddleuppets are super cute & would make for a lot of fun too! 

HIT UP a Party Store - head straight to the party favors...
they run anywhere from 15 cents and up...
grab little candies, necklaces, markers, dum dum lolli pops, finger toys, etc...
You can also check out the Dollar Store, Targets Dollar Section,
Michaels Dollar Sections, or you can secretly save toys from happy meals..
the point is - make sure it is brand new to her/him... old toys are definitely not as fun and I never have seen as much retention with old toys.
Even a brand new little book will do wonders during take off, since you can't rely on electronics.

Seriously, the ipad is probably my most favorite thing for lexi.. it has been a true lifesaver on flights for sure! It has an incredible battery life! If you ever think about getting a Nubi - don't!  Make sure you have movies & cartoons purchased from itunes. You can also rent movies (cheaper) on itunes that last for around 24 hours from the time of download - not all movies can be rented though. Also, I love that most apps and all of our movies & episodes don't require internet.
Her favorite ipad apps:
Nick Jr Draw & Play HD- kinda expensive but such a nice app!!
I can see why they charged more for it.
Seek & Find by wonderkid - i think one comes free but I have purchased all the scenes for this one because she really uses and enjoys this one. I like interactive apps that don't have ads because otherwise she is constantly clicking on them.

I'm not sure about you, but carrot sticks don't do it for my child...
Any snacks, treats, or candy will do wonders for bribing or keeping them quiet,
atleast sometimes.
When you have a crying child that won't stop - that seems to be the one thing that everyone always hands me. About 85% of the time it won't work during a melt down.. ok i take that back about 99.9% chance it won't... but it will help prevent melt downs! KNOW when to give it to them- if they are being content with whatever they are doing.. don't hand them treats- treats are only for when you start to notice them getting bored- if you hand it to them too early it won't be new or exciting anymore.

Lexi, for some reason does not care too much for her normal toys - I have tried to carry everything I thought would work perfect and they never seem to phase her (minus the ipad) - but coloring will always be a safe bet! go for the fun stuff like crayons or markers if you are daring.. or something you don't usually let her play with..
also lexi has never liked those little travel size packs that draw on clear and then the color appears.. so those haven't been much of a help for us.

A traveler size Lysol, is a much needed item to spray down the seats, windows, seat belts, seat in front of you, bathroom, and whatever else you think your toddler will put her hands and mouth on!
FYI - most planes will allow you to get seated early
- no matter what "class" you fly.. take advantage of that!
You can use that time to spray down everything. 
people may look at you like you are ocd or crazy.. or might inhale a little too much of the lysol..
so it's a good idea to do it before you have a crowd!
I also really think my child picked up hand-foot & mouth after airplane traveling.. so now I use it religiously to avoid whatever germs our airplanes may carry!
You can pick it up at the airport, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, or Target.
Hand Sanitizer isn't a bad idea either.. i don't know what it is but Lexi ALWAYS has a number 2 while flying...

I'm kinda in love with our, the First Years stroller above,
but any ole' umbrella stroller will do the job!

We got this phil&teds pack-n-play before Lexi was born, and it has been very good to us! Yes, it is half the size of a real pack-n-play.. but it has made it such a life saver for traveling! It can actually fit inside our suitcase, it's light weight & definitely beats being charged extra for another "bag"!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

my Wednesday's Fun Finds

Seriously the biggest collection of CUTE & UNIQUE
iphone cases I have yet to come across, click here to start browsing around!

my stump stand for my ipad,
I have been on a search everywhere to find a better case for our ipad.. since it is the 1st generation- no stores anywhere carry cases for them anymore.. Luckily I came across this stand before our last flight at Urban Outfitters... and i'm in love with it!

an even cooler way to type on the ipad,
now thats vintage gone modern by Austin Yang

the latest episode of parenthood inspired this find...
this app allows you and your significant other to coordinate your schedules and alerts you when the other adds something to their schedule! soo nice to have an app to figure out ty's new class & meeting schedules along with keeping track of my photo sessions!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

officially headed home!

oh. my. goodness.
i promise i'll be back soon!
I finally fly home today, back to Idaho-
it's been over a month since we were home due to ty's job & a wedding
and 19 days since I saw my husband (due to visiting family & being in TN for a wedding)!!
which is way tooo long! i'm ready to see his sweet face

But, seriously we have been so busy
since the moment we got here so it has been a fun and eventful!

I am ready to get back to
our home,
our own beds,
and mostly just ready to stop living out of our suitcases!!

the girls were all so helpful with lex, thank goodness!!
she was especially obsessed with kaitlin & cole (kristins younger sister)

she sat so good while they did her hair!
and a little spoiled having the bride holding her a movie

Lexi had a very long day, and fell asleep on the bus ride to the church..
which resulted in not getting her to walk down the aisle...
she wakes up cranky - but, ya just gotta go with the  flow!
I ended up having to just hold her as I walked down the aisle... she did perfect the night before at the rehearsal & kristin bribed them with presents both nightslike she did the night before- but no bribery worked for this girl on the wedding night!

they hired the grizz announcer & mascot to introduce the birdal party & bride & groom
it was sooo much fun.. i'm excited to see all the pics from the photographer & videographer!