Star and Arrow Designs

In a world full of chaos and catastrophe, there are those people that are just genuinely amazing. Ashley is one of them. I always have people tell me that all the great artists and creators come from Utah. I am really starting to believe that. Totally biased because I truly love this state, but we’ll just go with it. (: Back to Ashley. We met through the wonderful world of Instagram and she instantly impressed my with all her amazing work and talent. Not only does she offer some amazing boho/tribal inspired prints, but she is an AMAZING artist. Each piece she offers  is a print of her original artwork. I have never seen watercolors that I love more than hers. Her attention to detail is so precise.

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She has a ton of amazing prints available on her etsy, including the two shown above. She also offers custom items and can make any of your print wishes come true. Ashley was so kind to make me a custom print that I will always be able to share with my husband. You can see the print below. If you have been following me for a while you know my husband and I love Lifehouse. It holds a very dear spot in both our hearts, from the beginning of our relationship until now. He used to sing these lyrics to me every night before I would fall asleep. Ashley captured this very special song and my love for all things black and white perfectly with this custom print. I can not thank her enough for being so amazing!

elexiswatercolorI can not say enough great things about Star and Arrow Design! Make sure to check out her etsy and say hello on her IG!

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With the band.

Lately I have been getting up and enjoying getting dressed. I say this over and over, but seriously my whole outlook on myself completely changed thanks to my fabulous hair lady, Jandy Taylor. So, there will be more mommy post now, yay! It is true that a great hair day boosts your confidence more than you could ever expect.

Today I went a little rocker. I got these amazing shoes from Shoedazzle in the mail Friday and I was super skeptical about them at first. When I first saw a wedge sneaker I thought they were horrid. That is totally my personality. I see something, hate it, and then a few months later I have to have it. I did not want something that look like a sneaker. So when I saw these they were perfect. They have that little bit of edge that I need and they are so comfortable. I used to wear heels all the time, but since having kids my life has been flats, flats, and more flats. I am slowly trying to get back to my collection of heels collecting dust in my closet.  I also love oversized tees. I love being comfortable, especially chasing these two wild boys around all day. Another staple in my closet this Spring, high waist jeans. I know with an oversized tee they are pointless, but they are so super cute! This pair from Flying Monkey is my most comfortable pair of jeans I own. It is my new favorite brand. I also love lots of chunky bracelets and bangles. My husband says I am a hoarder of jewelry. I can not help but buy a cute accessory if I am out.

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Jeans // Flying Monkey

Shoes // Shoedazzle

Bag // H&M

Necklace // Maurices – Similar

Bracelet // Maurices – Similar

Sunglasses // Tumbleweed Handcraft – Similar

Music to the soul.

“Music is a safe kind of high.” — Jimi Hendrix

I turn to music for everything. When I was getting prepared for the birth of Hurleigh the only thing I knew was I wanted to have my music there. Well it went so fast that we did not even have time for music, but my husband went out the next day and bought me a little speaker home for my iphone and I listened to it every chance I got.

Since the boys have gotten older and I made the decision to shut the tv off more we have turned to music. They are just like me when it comes to music. Bentleigh knows the words to so many songs its crazy and Hurleigh dances to everything. We have a dance party at least once a day. I love the atmosphere it creates when we crank up the volume, the boys are dancing, and I am just picking up the house or dancing with them.

Lately I have noticed though that I have outgrown my play list. My whole life I have always had a very broad taste in music. From hip hop to pop to 80’s to rock I loved it all. Not so much anymore. My playlist does not match the point in my life I am in right now. So I am doing a complete overhaul on my itunes playlist. What has not changed? My top 5 favorites I feel will never change. So I wanted to share with you my top 5 list.

#1 Lifehouse — Lifehouse

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This album we on repeat for the first almost year of Shaeson and I’s relationship. I used to have this fear of falling asleep in silence in the dark. This was the cd he bought me and we would just lay there and listen to it over and over again. It brings back all the memories of us falling in love. The reason why it will always be my number one.

#2 Justin Nozuka — Holly

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I am not even sure how I came across his album. I remember it was at the point where I was starting to buy everything on iTunes, but I felt compelled to buy the physical album. It was on repeat in my car for weeks. I remember my friends hated it and would threaten to break it. Every once in a while I will pop it in and just lay back and relax. His voice is to die for. Check him out.

#3 John Mayer — Battle Studies

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I know it is a semi new album but it is from a summer in my life where I was trying to figure out who I wanted to be and what I wanted out of life. I had a lot of struggles within my self and I feel like I gave to much of my self to others. During that summer my father worked for Usana and John Mayer came and I want and just remember sitting on the lawn, completely mesmerized and in awe. I felt like it was straight out of a movie as I just swayed back and fourth singing all the songs. If I could go back in time I would go back to that day just to relive it one more time.

#4 The Fray — The Fray

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So John Mayer helped me get through that summer in my life and when I came out of it alive and kicking I purchased this album. “You Found Me” was like my song to myself. I had made it through probably the craziest time of my life and I did things I was not so proud of. Deep down inside though I knew that there was something bigger for me. That I could pull myself out of this ditch I was stuck in. And I was right. It was road filled with bumps and forks and there were times I wanted to turn around but I did not. I am so thankful because my life is so amazing right now and I would not be here if it were not for that crazy learning period in my life.

#5 Oasis — (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

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Ah, where to even begin. Hello high school days and all that came with that. Hello first boyfriends and best friends. Hello teenage years. That’s where they take me back to. To this day they still are an amazing band! Back in high school I was really into 80’s and 90’s music. When you grow up in a small town in Northern Minnesota that is what you grow up on. Lots of country and classic rock with some 90’s alternative. Always feels go to listen to something that brings you back a little.

So, ladies and gents that is my top 5. I love them, they have got me through a lot in my life, and I am sure you all know who they are but these are the important ones to me. Also the some of the only actual cds I own! And if you have any suggestions to add to my new playlist feel free to leave some suggestions (:

-Elexis ❤