Tuesday, September 2, 2014

the california coast.

Leftover photos on my iPhone from our trip up to San Francisco last month.

We took the scenic route home down the Pacific Coast Highway after Krystle's wedding. It ended up taking a bit longer than we had anticipated, but the views were spectacular. And so was the whale watching, since I saw more whales within 30 minutes than I've ever seen in all 28 years of my life. We also stopped at a roadside produce store (7 avocados for a buck!), and the lunch we had in Monterey was fantastic. My sister Staci was with us to keep Wyatt company in the backseat. Although near the end of the trip we all got a little stir crazy after having been in the car for so long..Wyatt was just the most vocal about it. (Poor baby.) The California coast really is something special. I miss the east coast/midwest a lot and we talk about moving out of California fairly often, but I really do love this beautiful place.

Friday, August 29, 2014

sippy cup 101.


I took these photos about a month ago of Wyatt using his sippy cup. For a long time he was just using his sippy cup as a toy to suck on, but it was at about his 9-month mark that he finally got the hang of it. 

(Nailed it.)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

a month of 52.

Wyatt doing a long division problem on his abacus yesterday. (wink wink) // week 35

Feeling the wind in his hair on our walk last week. // week 34

Wyatt is so intrigued with the vacuum. When I bring it out and turn it on to start vacuuming, he is absolutely spellbound...a mix of terror and curiosity. I just mind my own business and do the vacuuming, while he plays cat & mouse with the thing. It's pretty entertaining. // week 33

From Krystle's wedding a few weeks ago, being held by my good friend & old roommate, Brittany. Not sure what he's spellbound with in this pic, but I'm sure it's somethin good. // week 32


Monday, August 18, 2014




Every mom (and baby!) deserves a good stroller. I have been really impressed with the Quinny Buzz Xtra stroller, and I couldn't wait to share my Quinnylove with you all. First and foremost, it has to be said that this is just a good looking stroller. I'd be lying if I didn't say the "look" of the stroller wasn't important to me, because it totally is. Simplicity is very important to me, and the sleekness of the Buzz Xtra was one of the first things I noticed. I love it in the black, and have been so pleased with how well-designed this stroller is. It is obvious that everything about it was designed intentionally, with the end user (moms!) in mind.

My most favorite thing about this stroller is how craaaazy easy it is to pop it open, and how simple it is to collapse it. To open up the stroller you just pull back the latch and it pops up on it's own. (!!) To fold it down you use the two small levers on each side and it goes down so easily with minimal effort. It's also incredibly lightweight for the type of stroller it is, so getting it in and out of our SUV is such a breeze. It's an all-terrain, full-size stroller that still somehow seems compact, is agile and easy to maneuver, while at the same time being sturdy, stable, safe and secure.

The Buzz Xtra is a perfect example of how form and function intersect. I can't say enough good things about it. It has all the essentials, like an awesome over-sized canopy that really comes in handy when the sun gets low, big wheels for a smooth ride, adjustable seat so Wyatt can either be sitting up or more laid back, an adjustable handle to accommodate both my husband (6'3") and myself (5'4") easily, storage space underneath, and Wyatt wanted me to tell you how comfortable the seat is. It's definitely the most comfortable-looking baby seat I've ever seen in a stroller, and I love that it isn't too sunk in, either, so that Wyatt can have an unobstructed view of his surroundings, which is always important to me. I would definitely recommend the Buzz Xtra, and am soo grateful Quinny gave me the opportunity to try out such an awesome, awesome stroller and share the Quinnylove!

This stroller was courtesy of Quinny, and I was happy to share my own thoughts and opinions on this product. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Best Friend's Wedding

My best friend Krystle got married this past weekend!! She looked too beautiful for words, and I am soooooo so so happy for her & her new husband Jeremiah. They are so perfect together and it was an honor to be there with them on their special day. The sealing ceremony in the Oakland Temple was just the absolute best, and their reception that evening was the icing on the cake. By far the most fun I've ever had at a reception. (The dancing!!) Krystle has been my best friend for 10 years now (since freshman year of college...can't believe that was 10 years ago!), and I feel very blessed to have a friend like her in my life. My friendship with Krystle means a lot to me, and I am so happy she found a guy like Jeremiah who I know will take such good care of her. I could gush all day about how cute they are and how beautiful their wedding day was. I just loved it all. As soon as their reception was over I was already wishing another one of our friends or family members would get married ASAP. I'm not a wedding crasher yet, but to be honest I wouldn't mind adding that to my resumé. 

Congratulations, Krystle & Jeremiah!! Love you both! <3