A Dessert Called Pazookie

Summer time in our house means later evenings, more time together and of course, treats. Whether it be icees and popsicles to stay cool in the heat or dessert after dinner, we indulge a little more than usual because we have the extra time. So today I wanted to share with you a dessert called […]

June 13, 2018


Fourteen Years and Counting

So here we are, my darling. Fourteen years and counting. They say when people get married too young they risk the chance of growing apart instead of growing together. They say that you should be more established and settled in life before you commit to someone else because then you have a grip on what […]

June 11, 2018


A Getaway to the Mountains of Flagstaff

We’ve recently gotten a taste of freedom that we have missed for so long and with the Memorial Day holiday, we decided to escape the Phoenix desert  with a getaway to the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. Short, sweet and absolutely perfect. I don’t think anything could have possibly wiped the smiles off of our faces […]

June 8, 2018


Dear Blair

My dearest Blair,  The other day you turned to me and said, “Mom… can you believe I am going to be in Kindergarten this year? Will you take care of Brooks for me while I am gone every day?” Oh, my darling. If you only knew how much I cannot believe those very words. And […]

June 6, 2018


The Art of Slow Living

Our favorite tunes from our family playlist quietly filled the evening air as we sat and watched the sun set on the desert. We talked about going to the movies with friends, how many times a day is just the right amount for the pool, the road trips we have been wanting to take and […]

June 4, 2018


A Father’s Day Gift Idea and Tradition

This post has been sponsored by American Greetings. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I still remember to this day as a kid on any number of holidays – Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, my mother’s birthday – seeing a greeting card propped up on the kitchen counter that my Dad would leave behind in […]

June 1, 2018


May Mood Board

I had to take a break from these for a bit with so much going on in the studio, but oh, how I missed them! For the May mood board, my soul is feeling the desert. It’s summer and there is nothing like it here in Arizona. Such a neutral landscape, but still so much […]

May 25, 2018


What Dreams Are Made Of

We made many sacrifices to finally say yes to living a life of working for no one else but ourselves – like humble summers. And limiting the clothing budget. And being a one (paid off) car family. And that one car not being large enough to even fit our family after having grown by another […]

May 23, 2018


Launch Week Giveaway

Happy Monday friends and I am SO excited to say that it is launch week for the all-new ‘Documenting the Everyday: iPhone Edition’ online course. My very first online course and doors are opening May 23rd and of course, we needed to have a launch week giveaway! Today and tomorrow, there is a giveaway happening […]

May 21, 2018


Growing in the Hard Places

The desert floor in Arizona is rocky. We do have some farming and crop areas of the valley that naturally have softer soil, but for the most part there is a layer of a hardened cement-like deposit called caliche. It’s very tough to work through and you can imagine how hard it can be for […]

May 16, 2018


Dear Tanner

My dearest Tanner,  Today came and went more quickly than I would have liked. But then again, so have the last twelve years.  It’s kind of a big year, you know? Turning twelve means the start of junior high this next school year. It means your last year before the official teenage stage. And you […]

May 4, 2018


Learn How to Take Beautiful Photographs with Your iPhone

I am so excited and proud to finally get to share with you a new educational series that I am bringing to this space and have been putting so much heart and soul into. This very first course in the series is going to allow you to learn how to take beautiful photographs with your […]

May 3, 2018