Biba M Stroller

I have been on the hunt for a lightweight stroller that gives me more options than an umbrella stroller for a while and I am excited to share that all my musts are available in the Biba M Single stroller!

The Biba M Single checks all the boxes on my list: a fully reclining seat, oversized canopy, easy folding, larger basket, and it must be lightweight.

I don’t want to say I’m a stroller pro, but I have pushed my fair share of strollers around with three kids that I want to think I know a little haha. The Biba M is super easy to maneuver whether we are visiting the local shops or exploring the great outdoors.

Whether you are looking for a single or a double, I highly recommend checking out the collections from Biba M. They have a color for every personality and style. Check out more on their page HERE.

Photos by Miss Stevi Marie

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Active life.

I always say I am such a city girl but I grew up in a very small town. While it’s not for me, I think kids really benefit from living a slower, outdoorsy life. It’s not always go go go. We have been exploring all that Utah has to offer us and these postpartum leggings have been amazing for all our activities! Lots of support and super comfy.

Nothing like a pair of leggings to give you the confidence you need!

Check out Preggo Leggings Here!

Be different.

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I have not always been one to conform. I do not like to buy something just because it is “in style”. Now if it is on sale and super cheap, I will probably buy it just because I can not pass up a sale. I have always been the girl that looks through the men’s section to see what I can make work for me. This dress may be the best purchase I have ever made in the men’s section. I am so obsessed with this dress, that is really a men’s tank. Ah, I know I know, it’s amazing and on sale! I made my husband buy himself a tank too, but really I just wanted a second dress and to not feel guilty for him not getting something lol.

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I am all about comfort and just wearing whatever suits my mood that day lately. We spend so much time outside in the summer, dresses are my go to. I was not made for 100+ degree weather. Minnesota was snow 90% of the year and I was okay with that. You think after 7 years, I would be adjusted. I even went as far as thinking about cutting my hair. I had a moment of weakness. Fall!! Hurry up and get here (:

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Tank Dress // H&M

Necklace and Bracelet Stack // Alex and Ani

Bag // Fawn Design

Clutch // Olivia and Joy

Shoes // Similar

Hat // Similar

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Runaway.

A month. That is how long it has been since I have even looked at the blog. So much happened in that month. Christmas. New years. Modeling gigs. Hurt foot. Family issues. The list goes on and on. SOOO, why did I just up and abandon it? Because it got to the point where it was expected of me to post. Yes I know, the point of a blog is for me to post, but when people are saying to me “you need to post more of the boys outfits” or post this or post that, that’s not me. It wasn’t for me anymore it was for everyone else. I don’t do commitment well. Before y’all chime in that I do commitment everyday of my life being married and being a mom… yes I am fully committed with all my heart. I am in a loving marriage and a stay at home mom to two amazing boys, yes it scares the shit out of me all the time. I do not know what the future will bring us and yes that is scary. Besides my brother and sister, surprise yes I have half siblings, there really has not been any stable committed relationships in my life. I panic everyday thinking that I could potentially fail my family, because that is all I knew growing up, but I know that it is all worth it. So, when the blog became something I had to do I ran. No thank you, I am out, see ya! Basically run the other way as fast as I can and not look back. But, I miss it. I won’t lie. Not necessarily the outfits and all that good stuff, but being able to share the real me with y’all. For you to see that there is more than just these cute little kids in cute little outfits running around. A real mom living a real life everyday. The ups, the downs, the good , the bad, and the ugly.

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I am not going to say I am back 110%. I am not going to give you this huge long “I am going to post everyday and give you guys everything” rant. Cause that for sure is not me. It just take the little things in life to realize that sometimes you need an outlet. This is my outlet. If you love it, I love you, if you don’t that’s okay too. Some people are going to come here for the clothes, some people just for the real-ness, and some people just cause I bribed them to come and read my dumb posts haha. But I will share with you everything I love when I feel like it is something you will care about.

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Where in the heck did all this come from you ask? No, probably not, but I am going to tell you anyways haha. Lately my very loving sons and brothers have not been so loving. They have their moments of pure just… I don’t even know, rage maybe, sometimes I honestly think they just hate each other. Nothing like I have ever seen before where Hurleigh will just go to town on Bentleigh, because Bentleigh is the sneaky one and does things to make him mad, but in a very quiet way. I know that they do not hate each other, far from it, they have a love I could have never imagined for them. So as I was putting them to bed in their beds tonight, that of course have to be touching Bentleigh said, and Hurleigh does end up half in Bentleigh’s bed so fine, I had this moment of fear. Fear that my commitment to them is failing, that some place I have gone wrong and something I am doing is not right. BUT I know siblings fight and I know people who are together 24/7, 365 days a year are not going to see eye to eye every second of everyday and that applies to them as well. So here we are. Basically venting on my blog and if you are still reading high-five. And thank you (:

 

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Christmas Crafts.

I love doing crafts with my boys. Normally during the winter that is all we do since we are stuck in the house because of the snow, dreading it even more this year with Hurleigh absolutely hating the snow, but we have ZERO snow! So, we have been playing outside as much as possible, enjoying this exceptionally nice weather. I totally makes me want to move to a place where it doesn’t snow. Did I just say that lol. I do love snow, I mean I’m from Minnesota where it would snow 3 feet and you had to shovel your car out and get to school asap. I am just enjoying this winter so much.

We decided today to break out the art supplies and make some snowflakes for their play area. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be so fun to do with both of them. Hurleigh has other ideas. As you can tell, he did not want to partake in the painting whatsoever. So, it became a Bentleigh and Mommy craft. All you need are popsicle sticks, paint, and a hot glue gun. You can make any pattern your heart desires. I glued them all together and let Bentleigh get started on his master piece. I love the way they turned out. Each unique and a one of a kind snowflake just for our family.

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I had to cut him off from the black paint after a while. He did tell me black was his favorite color, even though I know it is not and he just said it because I told him it was mine, still melted my heart lol. He would have painted the whole thing black if I let him. Hurleigh just did his own thing, knocking down the teepee in the background at one point. I guess I can add painting to the list of things this child does not like. Overall, a successful and easy craft for everyone to enjoy.

 

Playground Fun

We got lucky and have a playground right in our community, but it is fun to take the boys out and explore new playgrounds. It has been crazy hot out, talking 90+ every day so our trips have been very short. We have also discovered that Hurleigh HATES, and when I say hate I mean scream bloody murder, tears whole shebang hate, the pool or splash pad. That’s making for an exceptionally hot summer. We managed to get him at least in the tiny kiddie pool at home, so that is a start. We got a cooler day so we took full advantage of it. We have been going to movie in the park on Monday nights and right next to the amphitheater is a pretty great playground that Beni has been begging to play at. We had a shoot in downtown Ogden so we took the boys over for some much needed play time.

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Matching outfits can only mean one thing… photo shoot! Those pictures will be up later along with a HUGE surprise. They had so much fun. They are the best little partners in crime. Beni always makes sure Hurleigh is okay and helps him up to the slide and down. I can share with you one sneak peek from another shoot with the amazing Toni J Studios. Stay tuned for the whole shoot soon featuring this amazing tank from The Printed Palatte.

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Stay tuned for the rest of the amazing photos from this shoot soon!

Elexis ❤

 

DIY Kimono

I am in love with kimonos recently. They go with everything whether it be jean shorts or a maxi dress. My problem was that I did not have enough of a variety, nor could I find any really long ones that I love. So, I took it into my own hands to figure it out, literally. Here I will show you how to make a kimono from something we all have in our closets I am sure… a scarf.

I have had this scarf for as long as I can remember. It is super summery, but it is way to hot in the summer in Utah to wear it as a scarf. So, I usually wear it at the pool and that is about all the use it gets. I love the colors and how tropical it makes me feel. Your going to start off by holding the top corners.

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Then you are going to fold it in half horizontally.

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Now you will be holding the folded edge and two raw edges. You are going to bring the corners together and knot them.

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Once it is knotted, grab the opened edge and peel it open. The end result will leave you with two arm holes and the knot will be located at your neck.

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I got so many compliments on it today and people could not believe that it was just a scarf. I would recommend using longer scarves. Just one more use for all those scarves we have stashed in our closets….or is that just me lol.

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Jumper and Necklace // Forever 21

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