Perfectly Imperfect Family Portraits

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Well, it’s been a whole year since we have taken family photos. The kids are growing up so fast, life is constantly changing and we are loving every minute of it. Well, almost. every minute… sometimes the up all night with crying baby sucks, or the occasional diaper blowout,  but I wouldn’t change our life for anything in this world. Life is such a roller coaster but motherhood is mostly like a roller coaster in the dark while balancing on one foot. Sometimes you have no idea whats gunna hit cha. There’s ups and downs, back-sets and catalysts, there’s so many giggles and so many tears. {mostly happy ones} So every year I vow to take family pictures, even when they in their teens and its not longer ‘cool’ to be seen on mom’s blog. My heart is so full and Aga captures where we are in our life so beautifully. I mean that sincerely. You can tell in the pictures. Poor Ellie was so over it by the end but Aga went at her pace and we got some really awesome candid shots. We also had to bribe the kids to stand still toward the end. You can see them staring at each other smirking cuz mom and dad let them have candy while we took pictures. We finished the day off with some Mexican food, good conversation & a trip to the toy store. Hope you enjoy our family portraits {and VLOG}. Continue reading Perfectly Imperfect Family Portraits

Vlog Happy

We vlog for many reasons… to connect with our family in other countries. Tony is from New Zealand, I am from Cali. We have family in other states, other countries and some just down the street.When I was little my parents tried to tape my 1st everything and birthdays, etc… Back then it was a chore to whip out that 10 lb video camera. Now-a-days, it’s simple. I have a phone & camera in my purse at all times. So why not put those little guys to work. We share our lives through our camera lens so everyone can feel apart of our sweet little life.  Here are some of my newest vlogs. I would love it if you would subscribe, cheers! xo Continue reading Vlog Happy

Whimsical Birthday Party

Ellie turned 1 this month. Honestly, this little one never stops amazing me. She says so many little words now, not only walks but pretty much runs after her big bro, she is always giggling, man… I love her so much. Any who…enough bragging. Her 1st birthday was a smashing success. I loved putting together this ultra girly whimsical party. I chose a black, white, gold & pink theme. Obviously I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. I found a TON. If time {& money} would have allowed I would have had an even bigger more spectacular party. BUT, here’s the turn out. If you want a funky/whimsical girly shindig, here’s some inspo for ya. Every party needs, balloons, party favors & a delicious cake.

Every party NEEDS these awesome gold lettered balloons. {I found mine on amazon} I ordered a “O” “N” “E” “1” to spell out ONE, obviously, and use the number for her cake smashing.

I hope you guys find some inspo from my sweet baby girls birthday party. Link your party ideas below so I can check them out.

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Whimsical Party Favors

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Ok, it’s time to get pinterst-y ladies! (& gents) My baby girl’s 1st birthday party was this past weekend! Can you believe it?! This year has flown by. So per the usual, I am on pinterest in the middle of the night, I got inspired by a few whimsical party ideas I saw. Here is how to make your own fun party favors. If you try this out make sure to tag me in any posts! I would love to see! (Instagram @stoov)

M A T E R I A L S

  • little mason jars
  • gorilla glue
  • a damp towel or a little bowl of water
  • tiny toys/animals
  • spray paint
  • variation: try with toy soldiers, trains, legos, play rings, etc…

D I R E C T I O N S

  1. Unscrew the tops of the mason jars and set the lids on a covered surface, I like to do this outside on an old piece of wood.
  2. Take your tiny toy or animal figure and damp the bottom surface (the part that you will glue)
  3. Apply the gorilla glue to the damp surface. (You can use any type of glue, but if you use gorilla glue you will have to make sure the surface is damp in order to activate the glue, per the instructions)
  4. Place the figure on the center of the lid. Let rest for 2-3 hours while glue dries.
  5. Once the glue is dry, place all the lids in a line and spray paint. (tip: You will get the best result if you use short sweeping motions as your spray paint)
  6. Let dry for a few hours. When they are dry…
  7. Fill the mason jars with fun cereal/candy/toys, etc… screw on lid and PARTY!

This was the easiest little project which is great if you are new to the whole DIY world. Stay tuned for more party DIY’S & pictures of Ellie’s 1st Birthday Bash.

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DIY Lace Choker

diy-lace-choker-coverSo 90’s are back in style which means you better whip out your chokers, fuzzy key chains, overalls and throw your hair into some fun buns. If you didn’t keep your stuff from the 90’s (cuz you were like 10) that’s ok. I’ll show you how to make your own choker necklaces. It’s super easy. And these basic instructions can apply to all types of fabric. Lace, leather, thin, thick, etc… you name it. Continue reading DIY Lace Choker

My Go To | The Everyday Outfit

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If you are a busy bee like me, you need those go-to outfits. The ones that are brainless and work for almost any occasion. The kind that you mindlessly throw on & still look put together. This outfit couldn’t be more basic & couldn’t be more versatile. It’s simple, high waisted jeans, a white tank, and some booties. DONE. The great thing about this outfit is you can dress it up or dress it down. Continue reading My Go To | The Everyday Outfit

How I Store My Beauty Products

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I came across this company called MakeSpace. They are  an on demand self storage service. You know what that means? No annoying trips to the storage unit and more time for the stuff that really matters. They pick up, store and bring back your stuff! Through the use of their app, you can tell them to bring you whatever you need out of storage! I was inspired to clean out my makeup storage and thought I would share my storage tips, as this has been a highly requested post. Well here it is folks… Continue reading How I Store My Beauty Products