Thursday, January 22, 2015


wow, so she just keeps getting older!
it's like she is in some kind of a hurry!
i need to stop and document...

5 months...

and 6 months!
scooting everywhere and sitting up!

we love her to pieces.

Thursday, January 8, 2015


one of my favorite snacks are peanut butter chocolate chip larabars!

they are incredibly tasty and filling,
but also gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan,
non-gmo, and full of vitamins. 

they aren't cheap, though.
so let's make our own, shall we?


2 cups dried pitted dates
(visually inspect to make sure you didn't get any pits!)

1 cup peanuts
(healthier to use raw unsalted, but roasted & salted work too)

1/2 cup of chocolate chips
(healthiest to use a broken up dark chocolate bar)


1. place all ingredients in your food processor.

2. process for 1-3 minutes until combined.

3. add a few sprinkles of water if you want it stickier,
and process for a few more seconds.

4. press firmly into a large rectangle shape on cutting board.
cut into 10-12 bars.

5. wrap each bar in plastic wrap,
or place in reusable snack bags.
store in refrigerator.

you can change out the fruit, nut, and topping to make any flavor of larabars!
i can't wait to experiment with other flavors.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


when ivy was only 6 weeks old, we had the opportunity to model for
sloan photographers (some of our besties) for a lifestyle session at the beach.
i know, we're the luckiest, right?! their work seriously blows me away!

disclaimer: in a swimsuit 6 weeks after having a baby.
but i couldn't say no to this shoot!

found this amazing silver jacket at a garage sale in big bear.
i thought this would be a fun chance to wear it :)

thank you thank you thank you to the sloans :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


you guys...being a mama to 2 is seriously kicking my butt.
we have been busy with preschool, play doh, legos,
weekly outings to disneyland, playdates with friends,
swimming in the pool, taking walks around the neighborhood,
and just trying to keep up with the kiddos.

i started teaching again in august,
but have been turning down photography.
i used to be the person who never said no.
i always had my foot in a million doors.
lately i've been trying to keep both feet
in my own door, to really be present
as i have my house full of little ones.

violet was a first child...
so she had monthly blog posts,
to help me document all her milestones.

oh, poor little ivy, the second child.
at least i have been trying my hardest
to keep up with taking her monthly photos, right?
we do what we can :)

3 months

4 months