06 March 2018

Family Pictures 2018

So I recently redid my hair!!
I added a little purple to the mix and my amazing hair girl
(Shea Madison Salon in Queen Creek) 
mixed it into my teal so perfectly it's amzing and I will never go back to brown!
 Ok I probably will at some point, cuz money,
but the point is: I love this so much it just makes me so happy!
 
So I asked my friend Morgan to take some pictures for us again
(last year's pictures here)
so my hair still looked good and so I can print them out for our walls!
Behold our gloriousness hahaha
 






































 
We took them at the Riparian Reserve in Mesa AZ
and I love them!
The cactus were gorgeous that day and even though it was super windy
(like seriously.....it was gusty)
they turned out amazingly well and 
Morgan is just so good at getting my kids to be comfortable.
 

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 ;)