05 February 2018

Dreams Can Come True

So I started something about a year ago,
something I've been thinking about for a long time,
and this past week we made it a reality!
 
I opened a tshirt business with shirts for plus size people
that are the same price as the smaller ones!
I have always been incredibly frustrated being a plus size lady
trying to buy tshirts.
Graphic tees, Disney tees, cute shirts from Jane or Etsy
and noticing that MY size was at least $10-15 more than the XL size.
And then of course I'm not able to buy it because 
my budget does not include $50 for a tshirt.


So I wanted to create a space that was able to be cost effective
AND keep the prices reasonable
for EVERY size.
And we've found a way!
Best part?
We are able to use other local businesses to print the shirts
AND to package them with things purchased
from other local shops.
I love supporting local businesses
and now that I have my own little shop
I hope to help change the way we think of plus size fashion.


I have an incredible friend who has helped me get this thing off the ground.
She and her sisters have been my friends for awhile
thanks to the small business world 
and boutique vendor circles we run in.
She helps me do the designs AND 
helps me know which shirts we should put them on.
We're a great team and I'm so happy she wanted to do this with me.


So far we've sold a few of the shirts and we have more coming in
with different designs for both men and women,
in regular and plus sizes.
The "Fueled by Soda and Tacos" shirt is my favorite
(and designed by my BFF Alyx)
but I have so many ideas and we're just getting started!

To be completely transparent here,
this has been so hard and scary!
SO hard to put myself out there,
to believe that this dream could come true.
It's been hard to have the faith to even try it!
But thanks to friends who encouraged me to take that leap,
I did.

If you want to follow along on this journey
(and maybe even make a purchase!)
follow me on Insta:
and on FB:

And now I'm off to be a real Momtrepreneur
(can you believe it!?)



26 January 2018

Kids

Oh 2018 what a crazy year you've been already!
I mean, really!
My kids went back to school and the next week had another day off!
That's insane to me!
 

 
 Jade started Sunbeams this year after being in nursery at church!
For those that don't know,
in the LDS church children move into Primary
(the Sunday School for children ages 3-12)
after they turn 3.
Jade loves being in Primary with her big sister most specifically.
Rory takes her to class every week now and has her sit next to her
if she's feeling a bit overwhelmed.
She's literally the best big sister for Jade. 
Rory is in CTR 5 this year too and I can't believe it!
She's halfway done with kindergarten and almost a 1st grader
WHAT?!
They're getting so big.
 
 
  After typing that I realize I'm going to be getting these a lot:
"When are you gonna try for that boy?!"
or 
"Jade really needs a little sibling doesn't she!"
or
"You're not done having kids are you!?
You only have two!"
 
**insert eye roll and a forced smile here**
 
 
I'll be blunt:
I don't like these questions/statements.
I'll usually laugh or scoff it off but honestly,
I think it's a little inappropriate to 
ask those questions to ANYONE.
These are sensitive questions that are only for husbands and wives
and our Heavenly Parents to ask each other.
Only our Heavenly Parents know how many children
are supposed to come to us,
They will give us the signs/info/promptings necessary to have more kids.

I used to ask people those questions especially when they didn't have any kids yet.
I now know that it's very insensitive to do that.
Who knows what their journey has been!
Maybe they are trying and you asking that 
just puts another hole in their heart after yet another negative test.
Or even the couple that doesn't want children!
Guess what?
It's not a requirement in life to have children.
And if they have made that decision then it's between them
and our Heavenly Parents.
I'm not saying we, personally, will never have another child BUT
 for the foreseeable future,
no.


 My reasons are truly my own
BUT I will share them in hopes that it may help someone else
who is also feeling this way to know they're not alone.


 I could not handle another child mentally right now.
My anxiety is too close of a friend still.
I'm still in the trenches of small child rearing.
It is the hardest and most draining work I've ever done
and I worked at Disneyland for a year guys.
THAT was hard but this is so much harder.
And to add to my already overwhelmed state would not be good for my kids.



I love having two girls.
I love that we can take one on one time with them pretty easily.
I can take one with me to the grocery store
and have some fun talks while the other stays
with Andrew and has quality time with him. 
That time is very important to me because I want them to know
we are always there.

Financially we could have another and be fine but diapers.....
guys I'm so close to being done with diapers!
Jade will be potty training soon
and I'd like to rid myself of the smell of them
and the cost of them.
Because even generic diapers still cost money.
A bit selfish? Maybe, but still true.


There are other reasons as well but these came to mind first
and some reasons are just too personal to share.
I know as an LDS (Mormon) woman there seems
to be pressure to have a ton of kids.
I have come to finally understand that your family,
and it's size,
 is a very personal choice.
It can't be one dictated by culture or guilt/pressure.
And I know most people do not mean harm in asking those questions.
I know that.
Most people are just sincerely wondering about you
and how you're doing and they mean it well.
They are genuinely curious or wanting more babies to spoil ;)
Which is very sweet BUT I still feel that these questions
are just too personal to ask.


 And so to answer the above questions:
NO.
There are no more kids in our forseeable future.
I am honestly perfectly happy with the two I have.
I'm not saying never because only God knows when/if more kids are up there for us.
I feel like these two are the only ones for me and Andrew
and for now.
They are more than enough ;)


31 December 2017

2017 In Review!

  I swear 2017 just flew by!
SO here's our year in review!
(I love doing these so I can see how far we've come in a year!)
 
January
 
 
The girls got their new-to-them bunkbeds
and they have LOVED sleeping in them ever since!
I talked more in depth about my PPD/PPA
and how it's changed/developed in the last 2 years.
 
February
 


 
 I tried to get a handle on our house and the clutter
which helped my mental health so much!
 And we made our master bedroom a little more homey.
I still need to fill those empty spots haha
March




 
I was given a Canon T3i from my brother
and so I just started taking pictures of everything hahaha
My Canon Rebel had died and I was in mourning
and he took pity on me especially since he never used the camera anyways hahaha
I also became a Dating Divas affiliate
 
April
 







 
This was a big month for us since Aunt Haley got married!!
It was a fun and crazy day with quite a good story to go with it.
We love Jason and the girls have taken to him.
We also got some family pictures taken before the wedding so 
that I had some of the girls in their adorable dresses we bought for the wedding.
Rory had a farm field trip for preschool and Jade got to join too!
 Yes that's Jade milking a cow hahaha she loved it!
 
 May
 






 
 Alyx came to visit and she "forced me" into doing a boudoir session 
with her while she was here
and it was incredible and a HUGE self esteem booster for me!
I attended my first LDS Blogger event which was amazing and fun
I enjoyed a nice simple Mother's Day
and Rory finished her first (and only) year of preschool.
I shed many tears realizing she would be off to kindergarten soon
but I had to wait an entire 2 months until then hahaha
 
June
 




 
Andrew and Rory each celebrated a birthday,
Andrew (28) and Rory (5)
and we went to Costco for Andrew's and then 
took Rory school supply shopping for hers.
I took a leap and dyed my hair teal.
This was something I have always wanted to do but it took some serious
self-esteem boosting to actually DO IT.
It also helps when your best friend is a complete enabler 
and has a wonderful husband that flies you out for a girls weekend!
Thankfully Alyx was willing to destroy an extra shirt for the teal hair cause!
Plus who doesn't love freezing in Pacifica CA when it's over 100* back in AZ?! 
 
July
 








 
We took a trip to South Carolina to visit Andrew's uncle
(whom we affectionately call "Unkie") and aunt and the girls had a blast!
We went over 4th of July so we did a HUGE 
display of fireworks in their front yard
and thanks to their quick thinking of ear protection 
the girls weren't freaked out by it. 
And the biggest thing that happened was Rory starting school!!
This has been a game changer for us because
Rory and I enjoy our time together but we flourish with time apart.
Plus she loves school and her teacher and she's just blossoming.
 
August
 







 
We threw my mom an epic Harry Potter Birthday Party for her 50th!
I found the most amazing salon in Queen Creek
where I was able to get my hair to be the shade I was dreaming of! 
Jade turned 3 and we took her to Build a Bear and
 had her binki put inside the unicorn she picked!
It was a rough transition for about 2 nights and then she was over it thank goodness.
 
September
 




 
We took our big family Disneyland trip!
It was such a fun time and we loved it all!
We especially loved seeing the Bowlers cuz it had been years
since Andrew and I had seen my aunt and uncle and 2 of their kids.
(They had 2 more kids since the last time we saw them hahaha)
I also discovered this amazing store in Gilbert called Rod Works
and I fell in love with that clock and the measuring conversions chart 
and HAD to buy them for my kitchen gallery wall!
I mean they fit perfectly don't they?!
 
October
 










 
October was FULL!
Alyx came to visit again and this time,
she brought the whole family!
We realized that she and I have travelled to visit each other 
BUT our families had never actually met in person!
So the guys had a blast with the kiddos while Alyx and I handled
some photography sessions
(I was assisting, NOT taking!!).
We had a fantastic time playing with all the kids and 
we can't wait til we can do another fun trip altogether!
I talked about the positive part of social media
and the amazing friends I have found.
I celebrated my 29th birthday (Golden Birthday even!)
and we hosted Halloween again
and the womenfolk stayed to hand out candy while 
the amazing, wonderful, dedicated, lovely fathers 
took the children around the neighborhood!
 
November
 




 
 






 
I'm one of those that puts up Christmas as soon as Halloween is over.
It's just who I am.
The girls love it though and the magic of the whole season starts.
My mom and I were able to go to Time Out for Women in Phoenix.
I was part of the volunteer staff at the event 
and it's an experience I'm not likely to forget.
I put a video up here for you that describes my experience 
as I told it on Instagram Stories
(which, if you don't already follow me you really should hahaha 
more things happen on IG than here on the blog!)
It was a very spiritual and fun thing to do and I hope I can do it again this coming year!
Rory had her Primary program right before Thanksgiving,
and we had Pie Night 
(which is a Wilson family tradition the Saturday before Thanksgiving,
to have as much pie as you want so you don't feel jipped on actual Thanksgiving
when you're too full from the other awesome food).
Andrew and I were able to go do sealings at the Mesa Temple after Thanksgiving 
AND
I had my first paid photography sessions, WHAT!
I made Andrew pose for me a bit so I could get my settings right,
he's so handsome! 
 
December
 













 
When is this month ever NOT busy!?
We celebrated 7 years of marriage,
saw Star Wars before it came out
**which was a HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE honor to me**
Stacy and I then took our girls to see it too
cuz we're good moms like that haha
Rory had her first school Christmas concert,
which was just as cute as it sounds!!
And I stole Stacy for a nice night out to hear Jason Lyle Black 
at his final Christmas concert for the year!
It was amazing and Stacy really got him fooled on her 
"Jingle Bell Rock - Super Mario Style"
song request!
It was epic!
Whew!
That was a lot right at the end of the year there hahaha
How did your 2017 measure up??
And who's ready for a new year!?