Jul 3, 2015

Finally using the sparklers from our wedding (4th of July!)

Happy 4th of July (almost!!!!) Today a lot of businesses are "observing" (aka I get the day off) the 4th so here is your post. Fun fact: when we got married last August, I bought like 400 sparklers. Because we invited over 700 people to our wedding reception and I figured I would need 400 sparklers for our sparkler exit. Well, obviously 400 people didn't stick around for the exit. like 100 did (am I over exaggerating, jason? I dunno)  Anyways, we have like a million sparklers left over. ps math has and never will be my strong point.

Fun fact #2 this dock, the very dock in these pictures? Yeah, this is the dock Jason proposed to me on! ps engaged story is here if you wanna read the best mushiest thing ever.

So naturally, on every firework welcoming holiday, I dig up our box of sparklers and beg Jason to take pictures with/of me. I channeled this girl for inspiration and here we are now. Sparkler pictures in the most festive of swimsuits. Oh and ps, a lot of you guys mentioned wanting to buy this swimsuit and for $7, it's a steal!! But I will warn you, it's pretty thin and you'll need something extra in there if you know what I mean (especially if it's cold outside) 

Guys I love the 4th of July. And I love spending holidays with Jason. Oh and can I just take this moment to give Jason a huge shout out? I got a cold this week. Scratchy sore throat topped off with a nose that is running a freaking marathon over here. It's summer so I have no clue why this winter cold has reared it's buck ugly head at me. Anyways, the other night I was coughing and coughing at a red eye hour and Jason woke me up (um how did I sleep though that hacking? idk guys.) and asked me what I needed (ie medicine, water, a magic healing potion) and he got up and fetched some water and snuggles and rubbed my back. And then off to sleep I went. I dunno, it just made me love him a little more  because I just think he is the nicest! 

Ok, now go jump in a pool and shove your face full of burgers and hot dogs for me because that's what we do in this country on the 4th of July eve.


ps I just realized you can't technically see the dock but I promise you, we are standing on said dock.

pps 15% off of wood signs through the weekend bc I love you guys

Jul 1, 2015

Super easy thick dutch braid for any hair type, yay!

Oh heyyyyyyyy guys! Thanks a million for all your kind words on Monday's post. To say I was excited to collaborate with jane.com would be an understatement. I had been wanting to get an American flag swim suit to take some 4th of July pictures in and it was perfect timing and ended up working out well for the jane.com photo contest!

 Anyways, sorry for posting this thick dutch braid tutorial late! I think I told like 6 people I would post this tutorial on Monday and then I didn't and now it is Wednesday. Please say we can still be friends! The dutch braid is probably my most favorite braid hack (actually are there any other braid hacks? if so, fill me in. thanks!) It makes thin boring braids turn into these gorgeous model thick braids! For a fishtail braid you literally do the same exact thing! Just braid it normally and pull hair to make it looser. Basically hair magic.

 I tried and tried to make that darn video player bigger than like 1cm x 1cm but it wasn't cooperating with me so sorry it's so teeny tiny. Let me know if this is helpful and always remember- hair spray is your best friend! And babyhairs are the worst. If anyone has any sneaky tips to growing them out or just keeping them tame, let me know pretty please!


Jun 29, 2015


American Flag Swimsuit- here Jason's boardshorts- RVCA, can be found here 

I am so excited to be teaming up with jane.com today for the #thisveryland photo contest! Basically all you do is post a picture with the hashtag #thisveryland and tag @veryjane on instagram, facebook, or twitter and you have the chance to win one of five Instax Cameras + Film!! And you get to show your patriotic side and explain what you love most about this beautiful country! I posted mine over here on my instagram. :)
ps check out the contest page for more details. :) 

There are so many good things to be said and I love this time of year! It's summer, the 4th of July is THIS week which means the sky will be filled with pretty fireworks, burgers will be making their way into my belly, and it's our first 4th of July together as a married couple (yay!!).  I've been trying to think about what I love most about this land and I narrowed it down to two things:

I love this land for the beauty it is made up of! Even though I live in a desert filled with cactus, rocks, and dust, it's gorgeous! see above picture. All those desert plants grew into one big beautiful bunch in this million degree weather (wish I was exaggerating that heat) And then you go somewhere like Virginia and BAM! Greenery at every corner and trees for days. every state has its own special beauty and uniqueness that make up this USA I call home. Seriously sometimes I just stare at my surroundings and I'm like HOW is this even POSSIBLE right now??! Seriously, blows.my.mind.

I am also sooo thankful for religious freedom. You and I can practice anything we'd like if we'd like. I am so grateful to be able to attend church every Sunday to worship God with my family and friends. I am thankful for both of my grandpa's and the many other men and women who fought/still fight for us to have the rights that we are all blessed with!

Basically there is a lot of good in this country! Sometimes I let things in the news get to me way too much and it's  always really helpful to just remember that there are also tons and tons of good, positive things to look at. So many freedoms and so much to be happy about :) 

ps these pictures were taken by Jason and I and the lovely self timer took our couple shots :)

Jun 25, 2015

Iphone diaries

Oh heyyy! I decided I needed to do another iphone diary because I keep taking pictures and need to dump them asap. So here we are, pictures galore.

So Jason will NOT let me kiss him when I wear lipstick. But I begged him and he even let me take a a picture to document haha what a guy :)

Whenever I go to the store for something, I leave with like 10 things I don't need/didn't come for/ etc. Well I bought these thinking I would grow them and have a beautiful floral arrangement and then I got home and realized I don't have soil so... these are tba

 Some guy that wants to work with the company I work for brought in like 10 varieties of ice cream popsicles/ fruit popsicles. Bless that man and his wonderful ideas. 

So Framed is now a vendor for The Elegant Barn (a wedding venue) and I got to attend their open house event and meet a lot of potential customers! It was so fun and I shared that big table with a photographer who basically knew everyone who was anyone and she kept being like "oh! I know *insert successful person here* let me text them and tell them to contact you" she was seriously so nice!

The florist at the event gave these to me when it was time to go home. This picture doesn't capture it, but these were even more gorgeous in person!

just your average bun braid thing

Jason & Tanner surprised us wives with a lake cliff jumping picnic date one day after work. love you j!

Literally wear these sandals every opportunity that I can.  aka every opportinity that I don't have to look professional or something. The bottoms are well... kinda getting ripped up so I asked for some new ones for my birthday in JULY (omg) and Jason made me promise to throw these ones out when I get new ones haha

We are kind of obsessed with chicken pot pie in this house and it is seriously so dang easy to make! I always try to add something cute in the crust. sup heart!
ps to make it I just use 1 bag mixed veggies, 2 small cans (or 1 large) of cream of chicken, and cooked chicken, salt and pepper and I buy the crust at walmart and cook it. VoilĂ !

I was having a really great hair day that could nawt go undocumented. 

Don't know how well you can see it but somehow there was a scratch on my face. I think I need to start wearing those baby scratch mittens or something.

On our way to a wedding doing blue steel 

at said wedding. word.

we played with the gopro in the pool last weekend!

practicing braids and taking pictures to see how they look haha the usual

circa 1994, dad and me 


selfie bc it's my blog and I do what I want

These are the boys I nanny, I've nannied them since December of 2012! but as I get older and they get older, I see them less and less. It was so fun seeing these little sweeties!

Ryder is doing "tongue face" Hayes is doing "fish face" 

Happy Thursday. aka almost FRIDAY. 


Jun 23, 2015

a blog post ft. Jason

kimono: jane.com white vneck: victorias secret PINK. watch: c/o mnmlst watches neklace: c/o the land of salt Lipstick: MAC Snob

sunglasses: tmbr joggers: mens f21 shirt: cotton on watch: c/o mnmlst watches

Oh hey!! Father's day was pretty great! I got to spend some quality time with my father in law AND my dad! Both amazing men and both have so much love stuffed inside of them I'm surprised they haven't exploded yet. Seriously. They are so wonderful and I am SO grateful to have them both in my life! Before we went to jason's parents house, I got all gussied up (just wanted to use that phrase so excuse me) and asked J to take a couple pictures! What a guy. Even though taking pictures isn't his very most favorite thing in the world, he did it with a smile. love you j! 

Guys I watched Mask Cara's makeup contouring video last week and I'm obsessed. I have done it a few times and I'm like why did I not do this before? you can do it pretty quick and it makes such a difference! I'm still a newbie at it so if it looks bad to you then please just laugh at me and don't tell me. don't crush my contouring dreams yet! I've also been trying to get all crafty with my hair more lately and actually spend more then .5 seconds on it so thus these dutch braids were born. They are seriously the easiest things to do ever so it's a win win situation.

So our friends at mnmlst watches sent Jason a watch to show off. Jason has a few big brand watches that he loves and he was stoked to add another watch into his collection! As soon as he slipped it on his wrist, it was love. I got to play photographer and take some pictures of him. such a cutie! And can we take a minute to just stare at that necklace I'm wearing? The Land Of Salt makes the cutest and simplest jewelry pieces and I will be showing off a couple more pieces from them, soon!

Well, that wraps it up for today. Happy Tuesday friends!!