Wednesday, July 16, 2014



Sorry about the dead air around here lately, everyone! Summer has taken off faster and been busier than I expected. I'll try to remedy my absence.

Last weekend was our family reunion. On Friday night my cousin-in-law, Ben, set off fireworks and lit sparklers for the kids. I knew I had to run to my car and get my camera - everyone was being so photogenic. 

The kids had to line up to receive their sparklers. Elinor was a bit wary of the flying sparks.

What have you been up to lately? Any big plans for the summer?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Recent Helen Cuteness

On the beach
Helen's first time on the beach this year. She was terrified of the waves at first, but she eventually became bold enough to sit right down in the water. I hope she enjoys swimming!

Gus Gus
Gus Gus. She even tripped on the beads.

I can finally put Helen's hair in pigtails - when she'll hold still long enough.

Mud + Baby = Happy Baby.

Eating Bacon and Pancakes for the First Time!
Helen had (additive free) bacon and (sprouted) pancakes for the first time! She loved them.

Little Barrette
I really wish she wouldn't pick her little barrettes out of her hair - they're so fetching.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3 Years

3 Years
3 Years
Honeymoon - Grand Tetons
Rustic Camping
Helen's Birth
Sleeping with Dad
Mom & Baby

Three years ago today Reuben and I said our vows before God and men and started the grandest adventure of our lives. We've been through so much together in such a short time. I've learned so much (like how selfish I really am, and what it really means to love), and have much more still to learn.

Marriage has definitely been the hardest thing I've ever done (with motherhood coming in a close second). But it's also so rewarding and very much worth it. I wouldn't have wanted to go through it with anyone other than my love, Reuben. He has always been so ready to forgive me. I am continually amazed at his wisdom. He is an awesome husband and father.

Thank you, Reuben, for loving me through it all. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

thredUP Haul!

thredUP Haul
As I'm sure ya'll know by now, I have a bit of a thredUP addiction. It's so much fun to able to find name brand clothing for a fraction of the original cost. 
One night I found a bunch of items that I fancied and asked Reuben which ones he liked. He approved of nearly all of them and told me to order them. Well, yes sir!

Here's everything that I got:
Top Row: Gap | Abercrombie & Fitch | H&M
Middle: Gap | Gap | Old Navy
Bottom: Anthropologie | Mossimo | Green Apple 

thredUP Haul
I really like the stripes on the flowers on the Abercrombie top.

thredUP Haul
I love the polka dots and hem details on the grey Gap skirt. 

Here are a few outfits I put together:

thredUP Haul
Flip-flops: Clarks | Similar
Necklace: Gift

I started out setting up a tripod and using a remote. It takes a while to get the shot you want when you're flying solo.

thredUP Haul
Pink peep toes: American Eagle | Similar
Earrings: Target | Similar, Similar
Fun fact: These are the earrings that I wore to my wedding.

Then Reuben came outside and offered to take over the camera. 
I'm on the fence about this skirt. I like the style, but I think it's meant to be worn high-wasted, so it's too short for my taste unless I unzip it and wear it lower on my waist, like here. And it's still a bit short. I might return this one.

thredUP Haul
Sandals: Rocketdog | Similar: Save | Spend 
Jeans: Banana Republic | Similar

I'm also not sure about this shirt. It's meant to be a crop top, but on my short self it certainly isn't. What do you guys think? Is it too floppy, or does it work?

thredUP Haul
Earrings: Etsy

And this is me being embarrassed by Reuben saying funny things to me as we tried to get a walking-towards-the-camera shot.

As always, if you guys want to receive $10 off your first order from thredUP, just sign up with my link HERE. I'll also receive a $10 credit if you do. :)

Have a lovely Monday!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spring at Last!


Things are finally starting to green up here in northern Minnesota. It's actually been in the 80s the last few days. It's glorious, but I'm glad that I don't have to work out in the heat (thank you Reuben for slaving away at construction).

When does spring come where you live?

Friday, May 16, 2014



Well, we got the chickenpox! 

Helen has been pretty miserable the last few days from the itchiness. 

The yellow stuff on her head in the first two photos is a mixture of Swedish Bitters and goldenseal. The white stuff on her head in the last photo is homemade calamine lotion. The calamine really helped to sooth.

Here's hoping we get over this soon! We had a night where I got about three hours of sleep. Ugh.

How old were you/your kids when you got the chickenpox?

Sunday, April 27, 2014


I have a new respect for anyone who can get a decent picture of several young children in a group. It was quite the ordeal just to get everyone in the same place at one time.

I bought a beautiful silk dress for Helen from thredUP, but it turned out to be far too big. So it will be her Easter dress next year! 

Here's a breakdown of Helen's outfit: 
Dress: Carter's (thrifted) 
Cardigan: hand-me-down
Shoes: Robeez (thrifted) similar here and here
Headband: Target (similar here).

How was your Easter?

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