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Super Spotlight, Rachel Wilser

“My toddler twins are some of the worst sleepers on the planet, and every few months hubs thinks he has a new plan to fix it. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work, and I end up 10 times more tired than before. -Rachel Wilser”

Friends, meet Rachel Wilser. She is an incredible mom of twins that you just HAVE to meet! Here is a little summary of her life, followed by a Q&A with cute pictures of said twins. I hope you enjoy!

Rachel Wilser's Twins

In any case, let me give you the brief summary of my life. The briefest summary is to say that I live the life of a vagabond. I grew up in the Midwest (which is why I love both beer and casseroles so much), and in my mid-twenties got an itch that if I didn’t do something dramatic with my life I might live forever in the same town. (Which sounded tragic at 25, but at 33 sounds delightful.) So I moved to DC. Where I knew exactly 3 people, and 2 of them lived with me.

I nannied, bartended, and scraped my way through my first year until I decided to go back to school for an M.Ed. I spent the next year student teaching and in grad school full time, but was able to finish my program in just a year. Then I got engaged that fall and married in 2012.

We lived a pretty unremarkable life–normal, slightly boring, but satisfying. The fall after I turned 30 the hubs convinced me it was time to attempt procreation, and after a few month my overachieving uterus produced not one, but two babies (yes, they’re twins, yes, they’re boys, yes, they’re identical). Shortly after our boys turned 1, the hubs called me from work one day and asked how I felt about moving to Germany. So now, we live in Germany with three toddlers–two humans, one canine.

What does M. Ed stand for? Can you elaborate?

Masters of Education; I attended a program at The George Washington University that was specifically geared towards preparing teachers for urban schools.What kind of puppy do you have? (Do you have any pictures?)

What kind of puppy do you have?

Sadie, Rachel Wilser's lab mix

Sadie is a lab mix; she’s a rescue, so we don’t know what her mix is, but we joke that it’s shark because she has a serious overbite!

Do you enjoy living in Germany? What is your favorite and least favorite part?

I do enjoy living in Germany; I’ve always considered myself independent and self-reliant, and I think that this experience is stretching those limits. My joke answer to my favorite part of living in Germany is that there’s never an inappropriate time to have a coffee or a beer. The real answer is that it’s so easy and affordable to do so much traveling; our boys will have full passports before they’re in kindergarten! My least favorite part is definitely the distance from family and close friends. I’m really close to my parents and brother, so only seeing them once a year is tricky. Luckily, it’s 2017 and I can FaceTime the crap out of them. =)

Your life sounds kind of crazy, how do you keep it together? Do you have any advice for moms around the world to help keep their cool?

Twin boys, playing

Confession time: I’m actually super old school, and am honestly the only person I know, besides my mom, who still uses a daily paper calendar. I don’t really count her, though, because she uses those super tiny ones that you just slid in your purse. Whereas mine is a little larger so that I can fit playdates, doctor’s appointments, deadlines, social commitments, etc. on it. It’s color coded because I’m into that. But seriously–when people ask me if we’re free to do something that’s the first place I look. It helps me stay balanced, organized, and prepared. My advice for moms is one of my favorite quotes: “Comparison is the thief of joy”. It’s easy to look at someone else and they think have more, but a) you have no idea if that’s true or not, and b) you’re doing great, too, mama! Just look around at all you have and find your joy in it.

Why did you start blogging, and what is your niche?

I started blogging because people always ask a ton of questions about twins, but it’s evolved slightly from there. I would say that my niche is family travel and raising multiples. It’s important to me that we’re still having fun, and didn’t end our previous lives to raise children.

Even for those who know you, what is something about you that usually surprises people when they find out?

This is totally random, but my parents (mostly just my mom) were really strict//vigilant about the shows and movies we watched as kids, so there are gobs of movies from the late 80s and early 90s that everyone talks about all the time that I still haven’t seen.

Smiling Twins, See Rachel's post!Alright, now you know the drill! Follow these links to get more from Rachel Wilser!

Blog: https://twokidsforthepriceofone.wordpress.com/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/rve0423/ (or @rve0423, whatever is easier)
Pinterest: These are just a few boards that I feel would be most relevant. https://www.pinterest.com/rve423/holidays-celebrate/
https://www.pinterest.com/rve423/tm/
https://www.pinterest.com/rve423/planes-trains-and-buses/

Super Spotlight, Gingy Love

Hello, Friends!

It has been quite a while since I posted a Super Spotlight! Today, I want to introduce you to, Meg Miller. She is the founder of Gingy Love. A blog about life and love. I’ve really enjoyed Meg’s blog, and I hope that after you get to know her here, you will check out her blog and fall in love too.

Meg from Gingy Love and her daughter.

Here is what Meg has to say!

My name is Megan, but I prefer Meg, I am a young mom, having my daughter Tinley at 23 but I look like I’m 16 so I constantly get stares still. I am also a fur momma to a Shih Tzu named Dean, after James Dean, and hopefully to a new puppy soon. I am married to my high school sweetheart (we met at 16) and we are stronger in our marriage today than in our whole relationship. We just bought our first home and plan on doing some minor remodeling projects.

By day I’m a bank teller and by night I’m a cupcake lady and blogger extraordinaire. Baking really helps me unwind but also allows me to be creative. Blogging lets me stretch my writing muscles since I did go to school for journalism and have my degree in English and Political Science. I put my career as a political journalist on the back burner to be a mom and right now I don’t think anyone would take that job. I enjoy my small town life and I am glad I’m raising my daughter here.

Gingy Love Family

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Dear Husband, Happy Father’s Day

Dear Husband,

Father and Son Bonding

Happy Father’s Day to the most amazing dad I know. I honestly don’t know how I would be able to survive without you. You are so helpful! You are the rock to my crazy tornado. I cannot begin to believe what I would do without you. Our son is so lucky to have such a fun, strong, and lovable daddy. You mean the world to him and he adores you for that! So thank you, for always being everything we need and more. You fit so perfectly into your role as Father that it’s like you were meant to be a dad! This Father’s Day I hope that you have enough time on the toilet without being interrupted, enough beer or whiskey without being judged, enough TV time without complaints, and enough you-know-what to make sure your night is complete. I love you so darn much it hurts. Mainly, I love that you love our son. You are an awesome Dad!

What are you and your dad doing this Father’s Day?

I woke up this morning and went to get my husband his favorite breakfast burritos. Then we went and saw the new Cars 3 movie. Our son LOVED it! Right now we are just hanging out and relaxing. Later we will go to my father-in-law’s for a Father’s Day dinner. Next week is when we will spend “Father’s Day” with my daddy, and I am so excited!

Find more touching and hilarious letters to my husband in my Dear Husband category!

Dos and Don’ts of Meal Prepping

Let’s talk about some Dos and Don’ts

Meal Prepping can be super easy, or super hard. (Not to be confused with Meal Planning… (I will explain that later in another post)) It all depends on how you look at it. But, I am a fan of the saying, “Work Smarter, Not Harder” You see, I am a lazy girl at heart. So, if it’s too hard, I just won’t do it. That is why I decided to come up with some Dos and Don’ts that have helped me simplify my meal prepping.Dos and Don'ts

DON’TS:

  • Don’t overthink it.
    • Often we start to think about EVERYTHING that goes into meal prepping, and we talk ourselves out of it.
  • Don’t make different meals for every day.
    • Now you are just getting too complicated, and too expensive.
  • Don’t get crazy with your recipes.
    • If you are making a brand new, complicated recipe, you risk ruining making something you don’t like and wasting food.
  • Don’t buy expensive containers.
    • Yes, they might be cute. Chances are, they will end up getting ruined, or won’t fit in your lunch box. (True story, happened to me)
  • Don’t do it alone.
    • A: It’s more fun with a friend. B: You can share the cost and make it cheaper. C: It allows for more variety.

DOS:

  • Clean out your fridge first.
    • Starting with a fresh, clean fridge will help you cook clean, good food.
  • Cook what you love.
    • This might be repetitive… But, you know how to cook it, and you know you will like it.
  • Make a plan ahead of time (AKA Meal PLANNING.. See what I just did there)
    • Things will go a lot faster when you have a clear set plan of what you are doing.
  • Wash all your dishes before you start
    • So, this one time, my friend came over to meal prep. Neither of us washed out containers, and we had to spend extra time cleaning everything before we started! Ugh…..
  • Try to stick to your plan, but allow for mishaps.
    • Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Just go with the flow.

Of course, everyone is going to do things differently!

The biggest thing to remember when meal prepping is that you are trying to simplify your life and free up time to do the things you love. In order to do that, you need to sacrifice a little time to prepare everything. I like to pick one day a week and devote about three hours to meal prep. It’s usually the same day and time every week. This time doesn’t include the planning. I can write another post sometime about how I plan my meals later.

So, yeah! There you have it, just some quick Dos and Don’ts that I have learned through my own struggles of meal prepping. Check out more posts like this in our Foodie Facts category, under Healthy Eats.

If you enjoyed this post, let us know! Like, share, and comment what your favorite meal to prep is. Mine is Taco Quinoa Bowls for lunch!

Super Spotlight, Lindsay Prieksat

Hello, world!

Lindsay P.

Let me introduce you to Lindsay Prieksat. I love meeting other women with the same name as me. Well, I don’t know if it is all in my head, or if we really are all wonderful and awesome! I asked Lindsay, the founder of Just Simply Happenstance, to give us a brief summary and answer a quick Q&A.

So, here’s a little bit of info about Lindsay:Just the Kids

I am a Mama to three cute littles! We have a four-year-old boy, and two baby girls: an 18-month-old and 4 months old. We have our hands full!
My husband and I are both active duty Nebraska Army National Guard. I have been a recruiter for just over five years and I love what I do.
I’ve been in the service for 12 years, and will definitely retire with it!

I started my lifestyle blog officially this year and named it, Just Simply Happenstance. I started blogging two years ago, but couldn’t narrow down anything about it, haha! It was taking me forever to figure out WORDPRESS, photography, what I wanted to write about, etc…Then once I went on my maternity leave with our last baby, Paisley, something just clicked. I felt like I had the need and want to blog. I fell in love with everything about it and suddenly had the confidence to do it! That’s why I went with, Just Simply Happenstance:) Took me a long time, but I made the dive and I’m so excited to continue this crazy journey.

I also do photography part time…when I have the time:)

Being a working mama who has her hands in about everything can be difficult at times, but I’m slowly figuring it out:) My husband is amazing and really helps around the house, so I am blessed to have that help.

Lindsay Prieksat

What made you want to join the National Guard?

I LOVE getting this question asked because the National Guard is my entire life!  Well, when I am not spending time with my hubby and our three crazy littles!  I joined the National Guard when I was just 18 years old and a Senior in High School. As we all know, we have no idea what we want to be at just 18 years old, but we think we do:)
Growing up in a small midwestern town, I have always had a love for our country in more ways than one. Showing pride and believing in our nation was instilled in me through the community, family, and friends.  I just knew I needed to give back in some way, and I fell in love with the mission of the National Guard!
However, I didn’t think it would turn into a career.  In fact, I thought I would get out of the service after doing my initial 6-year enlistment.  But, here I am 12 years later and a full-time recruiter for the organization.  I am so glad I took the plunge at such a young age as it has helped shape my life in such a positive way.

Is the National Guard how you met your husband?

Yes!  We met in 2009 in the Chemical Company and I am so thankful that we both landed in that unit together.  I am beyond blessed that somehow and someway we started dating. We have so much in common, including a love for our country.  The military is a huge part of our lives, and I love that we get to both share some of the same experiences.
It’s great having a spouse who actually knows what you are talking about in all aspects of my job. The military can get confusing at times with the customs and culture that we experience! Having a husband who is also a military member is extremely beneficial with communication for the both of us.

With your life so crazy busy you must have found some way to relax at the end of the day. What do you do to take care of yourself?Just the girls

I LOVE to workout.  Of course, it is difficult to squeeze in a workout, but when I do, it makes me feel so much better. I like doing just about anything active: running, walking, lifting weights, cardio, etc..However, I recently started taking a barre class that I really enjoy!  It’s such a stress reliever!  I’m also a big believer that you will be the best version of yourself when you are healthy and in shape. For me, I’m a much happier and confident individual when I feel good about my body.

You mentioned that your husband is a big help. Does he help cook? If so, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?

I can honestly say he does most of the cooking…score, right? He can cook just about anything, but I am in love with his love of the grill!  Our two older kids and I both love grilled meats and vegetables.  Some of our favorites are chicken and potatoes or pork chops and asparagus.  Our 4 year old just told us the other day that he only likes pork chops with black on them (from the grill). Looks like we must be doing something right! Haha!

What is something about you that always surprises people when they find out?

A lot of times people are surprised that I do photography part time.  I think mainly because I work for the Army National Guard and photography is so different than my full-time job!  It’s fun getting to photograph weddings and family sessions as I get to do something totally different. I’m very passionate about photography, and love being able to do it for more than just a hobby!

If you could spend the day with a famous figure, alive or dead, who would it be?LP Baby

I’m a huge Jackie O fan.  When I was in the fifth grade, I chose to dress up as her for a class activity, and I started admiring her from that point on.  She lived such an interesting and hidden life, and she has always been someone I have loved to learn about. And let’s be honest, her style and elegance was captivating:)

If you enjoyed getting to know Lindsay, then you should check her out her website and Instagram:

www.justsimplyhappenstance.com @lindsayprieksat
Precious moments

As you might have noticed; It’s not Sunday. When I was preparing this spotlight on Lindsay Prieksat I decided that Sundays were not the best days for spotlights. So I am changing the name to Super Spotlights! If you like it, let me know. If you think we should change it, put your suggestions in the comments. For now, you can still find all the spotlights here.

15 Names to Consider when Naming your Baby

There are hundreds and hundreds of blog posts out there about what you should name your baby.Henry and Homer

It’s a really big decision to make! I remember when I was trying to look up what to name my son, we were overwhelmed with the number of names there are out there. It was important to us that it was unique and special. We thought about family names, names without nicknames, names of famous people, etc.

One thing that helped us in picking a name was the yelling test.

Henry namesI like to make sure the name flows when I yell it. It just sounds nice, and let’s be honest, you will probably yell it a lot! Even though my kid is turning four in just a couple weeks! Oh. My. Gosh! I like to keep a running log of cool names. You know, just in case.. So instead of 50 most popular girl names, or 20 old Victorian names, or 100 names starting with the letter M; I am just going to give you a list of names that I like.

This list started when I found a name that I truly loved, and didn’t want to forget. I won’t tell you which one, but it was the name that started it all. Since then, I just started a list of interesting names that I have come across in my travels that are unique to me, but not totally off the wall!

So here it goes, in no specific order, here is a list of 15 baby GIRL names you should consider:

  1. Evee
  2. Caroline
  3. Amelia
  4. Audrey
  5. Sophie
  6. Elenore
  7. Hazel
  8. Shayne
  9. Raleigh
  10. Daisy
  11. Rose
  12. Ruby
  13. Penelope
  14. Margo
  15. Georgia

Now for the BOYS:

  1. Killean
  2. Montgomery
  3. Que
  4. Ender
  5. Hyrum
  6. Nikko
  7. Oliver
  8. Henry
  9. Monte
  10. Nicholas
  11. Kyler
  12. Rocky
  13. Finn
  14. Darlington
  15. Sebastion

Baby Feet

I hope you found this somewhat helpful! If you didn’t, well, I’m sorry. I hope you enjoyed some awesome throwback pictures of my little man. You might see a lot of those in the next couple weeks with his B-Day coming up! If you want to see more fun posts, check out my #realmomlife category!

Also, I would much appreciate it if you when to my Pinterest page and shared this pin!15 names

 

Sunday Spotlight, Jackie Hauer

HAPPY SUNDAY!

Welcome back my friends! Today I am so excited to tell you about another fellow blogger I have met. Her name is Jackie Hauer. Jackie is the creator and content curator of Haute Mess Life. When starting this process I got so excited when I started to get to know her better. Her website is so cute and exactly what I needed. She blogs about life, fitness, and style. She has a unique style that just draws me in. Here, why don’t you find out more for yourself.

Meet Jackie Hauer!

Haute Mess LifeI married my husband in 2005, a year and a half after we met at church. In 2007, we got pregnant with our first baby, who was born in July, more
than 12 weeks shy of his October due date. The pregnancy was tough, but it was nothing compared to the following 98 days in the NICU, with several surgeries and multiple close calls where we were told to round up the family to say their goodbyes. Thankfully, God had different plans and our boy made it. We were sent home with a long list of “he will never” statements, but armed with hope we set out to pray and work them away, one by one.
A year after that, we got pregnant with our second, and even though we had been assured that what happened with the first was not likely to reoccur, it did– so another hard pregnancy, with lots of Mess, miscarriage scares, and bed rest later, our second son was born.Boys will be boys
Flash forward to today,
we are raising 2 boys with a genetic condition who are also on the Autism spectrum, but are doing much better than any doctor could have imagined. They are all things wonderful, amazing, challenging, adorable, smart, strong-willed, and crazy rolled into one, and even though life is hard at times, I wouldn’t change any the wild ride they’ve taken us on or how we have been changed for the better as a result of being their parents.Family life
For the past 12 years I have owned and run an event planning company focused on weddings, which I launched in 2005. In addition to that, I recently launched a site aimed at women who are equal parts fashionista and train wreck, navigating life somewhere in between… balancing work demands, family life and relationships, while still trying to carve a little bit of time for self-care into their hectic days.
 Speaking of self-care, one of the things I write about is fitness, mainly because of my own health journey where I lost 130 pounds and went from a size 22 to a 4 in a year. I blogged about it here, if you want more info: http://www.hautemesslife.com/177-2/Weight loss
I hope you enjoyed meeting Jackie as much as I did! If you wish to know more about her, check out these links below! Want to read more spotlights? Click here! If YOU want to be spotlighted, click here.

Thank you, Lovelies!

10 MORE Reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood

Yes, you read that right. 10 MORE reasons!

If you are reading this and haven’t read my first post; 10 Reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood, then you need to click that link right now… When you are done, come back and enjoy 10 MORE reasons!

Rocking motherhood
Don’t mind my face. I like to partake in #nomakeupsaturdays

This week has been super crazy busy. Work was crazy and I have been busy every day after work. So I haven’t put much time into my blog this week. I don’t feel bad about it though. A lot of my time was spent Rocking Motherhood! Literally.

For example, today I took my son to an indoor bounce house park! It was a lot of fun! All of the pictures you will see in today’s posts are from that adventure.

Dino teethIt was just the two of us, and we went wild! There were a lot of bounce houses in there that “big” adults can’t go on. When I first asked if I can play with my son, the young teen at the counter didn’t even hesitate to say yes! I was so excited, I didn’t even read the rules. I was “too big” to play, but that girl didn’t know that! Bless her young heart. She made my day by inadvertently calling me skinny and letting me have one of the best days off with my kiddo. Thank you!

Close up

Now, why don’t we just dive in, shall we?

  1. I have full conversations with my son.
    1. Since day one, I have talked to my son about everything. I involve him in decisions, and I ask him complex questions. It’s important to me that he learns conversational skills.
  2. He gets a cookie when we go to the store.
    1. Our grocery store bakery gives out free cookies to young shoppers. It’s become sort of a tradition to get one every time they are available.
  3. I co-parent with my husband.
    1. My husband and I talk about every decision involving our son. When he asks for something, we make sure that both of us are on the same page. We are a team.
  4. I NEVER blame my husband or undermine his decisions.
    1. Sometimes we are not both around to discuss and coordinate our decisions. If for some reason I don’t agree with what my husband has settled on, I never undermine his decision by changing it or telling my son his dad was wrong. I support my husband, even if he is wrong. Ha!
  5. I teach my son manners.
    1. Not only Please and Thank you, but holding doors open, asking to be excused, and things like that.
  6. I use my shirt, his shirt, his dad’s shirt, any shirt to wipe his nose.
    1. Sometimes you don’t have a tissue around. That doesn’t mean I am going to let my son walk around with boogers on his face!
  7. I make my son clean up his toys.
    1. He hates it, but some day he will be thankful that I taught him to respect his things and pick up after himself.
  8. It’s not ALWAYS on the Disney Channel.
    1. My son likes to watch things on channels like Animal Planet, History, Discover, etc. I want him to know that there are more things to watch than Disney.
  9. A lot of the time it’s on the Disney Channel.
    1. But let’s be honest, Disney is life! So yes, we watch a lot of the Disney Channel in this house!
  10. We teach him about sports.
    1. Not all sports. Just the most important ones. Like Baseball, Football, and NASCAR. You know, the important ones, lol!

King of the world

Now real quick, since this weekend is Mother’s Day; and since I am obviously a mother… I thought that instead of a Sunday Spotlight, I would post this today. I love posts like this one! Do you?

So, no Sunday Spotlight post this week, but we will pick back up next week!

Tell me YOUR greatest accomplishment this past week!

Sunday Spotlight, Ashley DeHart

Happy Sunday!

Are you ready for another awesome Sunday Spotlight? I know I am!

Today is a very special momma. Meet my wedding photographer, Ashley DeHart! I got married back in August of 2016. The most important thing to me was to have amazing pictures that would last us a lifetime. I found Ashley and fell in love with her photography. Throughout the process of my wedding, I got to know her more and she spent a lot of time and energy to learn more about us. That really impressed me! Ashley cares about her clients and that makes her different and special!rings please

I asked Ashley if she would let me spotlight her, and of course, she said yes! So I asked her to start us out by telling us a little bit about herself

Haha. I’m kind of the worst at talking about myself, but here we go!

I met my husband (Jeff) when I was 16, and we dated for 4 years before we got engaged, and then we married almost a year later at the age of 21 (me) & 23 (him). I graduated from theUniversity of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Marketing and worked at an ad agency for a few years until I had my daughter, Evelyn. She’s a spunky, sweet, and sassy little 4.5-year-old girl now, and it’s just crazy how fast time passes!Ashley DeHart

I am a portrait and wedding photographer, which is so so amazing! I love capturing that spark between two people, and being able to tell their love story through my images means so much to me. I love that my photographs will be passed down from generation to generation and that what I’m doing matters. I’m so lucky to have such a flexible job, as it allows me to stay home with my daughter, but also gives me some time away from the house to have “me” time and interact with adults 😉 I love shopping, treats, living room dance parties, and feel most at peace when I’m near some water (lake, river, ocean) and with the sun shining on my face. Beyond that, my family loves good food and trying new restaurants, hiking, and exploring this beautiful state we live in.

Who is your role model?

I’ve never really had one haha. I’m of the mindset that admiring people is kind of a waste of time, and you should be your own hero. Always try to be better than yourself, because comparison is the thief of joy! I always try to be better than I was yesterday, and just work hard toward my goals.

How did you get started in photography, and what drove you to be a wedding photographer?

I always loved looking at pretty photos, especially when I was choosing my own wedding photographer, but I never really thought about it as a career. I bought my first “fancy camera” when my daughter was born so I could take pretty photos of her “with the blurry background” haha. I knew nothing about how to use the camera, but I worked and learned and through trial and error eventually, I mastered shooting in manual mode (all self-taught!) and started to learn what my preferred aesthetic was for editing.Family

I started out just shooting family and friends, and really anyone who would get in front of my camera haha. I practiced and practiced and practiced, and a few months into starting an actual business, I got asked to shoot my first wedding! I got flashbacks from when I was getting married, and I just fell in love with the whole process! People who are in love as so happy, and so fun to work with! I love all the details – from the bride’s dress, her pretty flowers, the rings, the first kiss, the sweet little looks – all of it! It’s just the best, and such an honor to be apart of one of the most special days in a couple’s relationship!

What is your favorite animal and color?

I am obsessed with giraffes!!! They are just the cutest things alive! My wedding gift from my husband was a pass to go feed the giraffes at the zoo, and I about died! I was feeding the giraffe, and she leaned her head down and let me pet her and I was seriously on the verge of tears I was so happy haha. It’s sooo hard for me to choose a favorite color because really I love all colors! They all have their place and purpose! I really love gold though! All gold errythang!

How far will you travel for weddings?

Anywhere and everywhere! I loooove traveling and exploring new places, so if I was able to combine that with my love for photography, that would just be the icing on the cake!

When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?Ashley and Jeff

So I hate cooking meat and truthfully don’t eat a lot of it, so that is my hubby’s job for sure. I love when he makes me crepes!! Mmm, Nutella & strawberry crepes are the best!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would love to still be photographing happy people in love. It’d be fun to see my business continue to grow, and be able to add some more people to my team so that I can serve even more brides and grooms! Hopefully, we’ll have added another cute little babe to our family! And definitely, lots more traveling – to Europe for sure, and possibly even living outside of Utah for a little while! I love our state, but it’d be fun to live somewhere else for a little while!

Do you have any tips for ladies when they are planning their wedding?


Enjoy the process, and try not to get too stressed! Of course, the little details are fun, but it’s not really what the day is all about. The wedding is about joining your lives together. Spend more time planning a happy, solid marriage, than a pretty wedding, and you’ll be set!

Last question… If you could capture anyone’s wedding, alive or dead, who would it be?

Gah, I’m the worst at these questions haha! I kind of think Taylor Swift and I would be besties if we ever met, so while I’d love to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, I also think it’d be a blast to shoot! You know it’d be all sorts of amazing!

Sunday SpotlightHere are Ashley’s social media links:

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If you enjoyed this post, you should check out more Sunday Spotlights! Stay tuned for more about my wedding and photos from Ashley, coming very soon! In the meantime, comment below what your favorite part of weddings is!

10 Reasons I am Rocking Motherhood!

Every mother is perfect, right?Rocking Motherhood

Wrong! No two moms are the same! There is NO right or wrong way to rock motherhood!

I was recently tagged in a post by Kelly Smith about 10 reasons she is rocking motherhood. When I decided to take on the challenge, the ideas started flowing out of me. I am an awesome mom! That I am proud of! No, I am not perfect, but I am pretty darn awesome. Here are my 10 reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood, just in time for all the Mother’s Day hoopla!Valentine's Day

  1. I let my son have ice cream for breakfast
    1. Because why not?
  2. Do as I say, not as I do
    1. I may not be the perfect example for my son, and I did questionable things in my teenage days, but who hasn’t? I learned from them, and nowI am teaching my son the right way.
  3. We do arts and crafts
    1. It is always super important for me to build memories and to make things together. I also want to teach my son how to work with his hands and imagination.
  4. I swear in front of my son
    1. Swearing is who I am and what I do. I can reign it in quite a bit around him, just like I do at work, but I am not going to stop or apologize for it.
  5. I love my husband MOST of the time
    1. The love and respect I show towards my husband is the best way I can teach my son to love and respect him.
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  6. My son got a sunburn
    1. Why is this even in here? Oh, I know why. It’s because I am a fun mom and I take my son out on the weekends. To baseball games, parks, swimming, camping, anything outside.
  7. I don’t send my son to school when he is sick
    1. Enough said.
  8. YouTube Kids
    1. I am NOT one of those “No electronic” moms. Sometimes it’s okay to watch a tablet or TV. YouTube Kids is a SOMEWHAT safe place for him to watch good shows. I do highly monitor what he watches and restrict how long he does, but I still let him watch it!
  9. I teach him about things I love
    1. By doing so, I get to spend time with him and introduce him to more of the world.
  10. I ask my son lots of questions
    1. My son is smart. I embrace that by asking him a lot of questions and challenging his mind and memory.Mother Son

I had so much fun writing this post! Now, I am supposed to tag other moms to also write a blog about how they are rocking motherhood, but I am just going to tag all of you! Write in the comments your reasons, or write you own blog post about it. Whatever you do, just tag me or email me, or something to let me know. I am excited to get to know all the different mothers out there and how we all differ!

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Now that you have read this post, you should find out 10 MORE reasons why I am Rocking Motherhood! Click the link, cause you know you want too!