{personalized baby soap}


Kristyn, from Lil' Luna asked me to do a guest post for her while she was home enjoying her brand new, sweet baby. Of course I was thrilled to do it!Here is my post, just in case you missed it!.....Speaking of babies, I love giving personalized baby gifts. Just adding the small touches make the ordinary into something extraordinarily...adorable! There are just some things that are perfect for any baby--regardless of gender, which number baby they are, and no matter how many of that same item the mom-to-be already has. Babies use up an awful lot of baby wash and lotion, and you really can't have enough.So, I decided to take my favorite, yummy-smelling baby wash and lotion (it's really fun to … [Continue reading...]

{lemon white chocolate cookies}


When my friend showed up on my doorstep with these cookies, it was like a little piece of springtime heaven had entered my house. I knew I had to have the recipe, and make them as soon as possible! I wanted to divide the dough into thirds, and make lime,lemon, and orange cookies, but I was out of all my limes and lemons, and since it was 10:30pm, I decided to do them all orange. I can't wait to try it though! I had extra white chocolate chips leftover, since I didn't use the whole bag, so I melted it then piped it across the top of the cookies, finishing with extra orange zest. You certainly don't have to do that part--they are yummy either way! These cookies would be delicious anytime, … [Continue reading...]

{easter pails & homemade easter grass}

easter bucket jack 2-1

I was in Target the other night, looking for Easter baskets for my little boys, and I wasn't having much luck. I had already been to several places over the last few weeks, and I just couldn't find what I was looking for--without paying a lot for it. Then I happened to go down the gardening aisle, and found the most darling tin pails in different colors. They were a great size, at a really great price--only $2.99. Woot! I couldn't resist, and decided to buy one for each of my kids--still spending less than I would have to buy 2 new baskets! (and let's face it, I have a thing for matching !) Since they stack together, they would take up way less space than 5 baskets, which is always a plus. … [Continue reading...]

{photography with lei rogers}


Hi guys! To start off with today I'd like to show some great examples that were sent to me after our discussion on lighting last month. The first few were sent to me by Lindsey. Lindsey conducted a little experiment, and said she was astounded by the results! Love that a-ha moment! Check these out - the one on the left is of her daughter is facing away from the window, and the one on the right is of her daughter facing the window:The next day she tried again, with her son, and the improvement is VAST! Check it out:That is a great image Lindsey! Just look at those catchlights. :)The next set of images was sent to me by Camille. These images were all taken with a point and shoot on … [Continue reading...]

{gluten-free favorites}

gf pamela's baking mix

My little girl was diagnosed with Celiac disease last fall, which means that she needs to eat a gluten-free diet. It is an auto-immune disease, and the more we know about it, the more people are being diagnosed with it. It might even affect one of your own family members or friends, one of your children's friends or child in their classroom, or even a co-worker.So, I thought I would share my favorite, tried and true gluten free products with you--the ones we love and use most often. Some of them are so good, you can hardly tell a difference! Others are not so good, and hopefully this will help you skip right to the best ones! 1. Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix I honestly cannot say … [Continue reading...]

{purple cows}


Purple cows are a tradition in my family. When I was growing up, they were our favorite part of General Conference weekend. I've kept the tradition in my own family, and we then enjoy them all summer long. And even sometimes in the winter. (Especially since it's winter like 8 months out of the year here, lol.)You'll find different variations of them, using grape juice and/or making a milkshake out of the ingredients. The best way (in my humble opinion) is using two simple ingredients, and making a float.I like to start with the ice cream first...Then add the grape soda...Perfection.Enjoy them anytime...they are delicious, and a fun twist on a root beer float.The color is so fun--they … [Continue reading...]