The Cutest Baby Dresses at Old Navy Right Now

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The shopaholic in me can't help but browse through baby clothes all the time even when we don't need to buy things, so I figured I would start sharing things I love here from time to time. One of my biggest weaknesses is browsing the adorable baby dresses at Old Navy, so here are my favorite picks from there right now. The images above are linked so click a dress if you like it to get the details. I got Isabelle this Striped Empire waist dress and it's so cute! (AND only $10) I'm kind of sad I ordered a size up because I want her to be able to wear it already. Anyways, happy browsing friends!

Hello 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It's 21 days into the New Year, does that even qualify as "New Years" anymore? Have most people dropped their resolutions at this point? I feel like the gym is getting less crowded every day.

Anyways, WHO CARES?! 

It's 2016! Hello 2016, it's me, Anne. 

I have big plans for you. 2015 was actually fantastically great in a lot of ways (Isabelle's birth I'm talking to you). It was also the year I gave myself a break. There was a new baby and a toddler very confused about the new baby, and moves, and time's where my husband was gone for far too long, and it was hard. I needed to give myself a break last year. 

But this year is the year for me to get back to work! 

This is my year to get back into running and healthy eating and loose my baby weight. Which isn't really all baby weight, it's like 40% baby weight, 30% stress eating, 10% I couldn't work out last pregnancy, and 20% went to chic-fil-a too many times when we lived in Texas for the summer. 

This is my year to get back into blogging and really record memories for myself and our little family. 

This is my year to read more books. To get back into designing more. To take care of myself. To focus on being a better mother and better wife. 

There are so many things I want to work on, and not because I want to glorify being busy or overwhelm myself, but because I want to better myself and more fully reach the potential that I have. And the best part is, I'm really excited about it! 

So, hello 2016, let's do this!

Our Christmas Advent Calendar

Sunday, December 20, 2015

I can hardly believe it's only four days until Christmas! Time has really flown by this month and I feel like it was just yesterday I took some photos of this Christmas calendar I made for the kids. Well, really for Eli. Having kids makes Christmas all the more magical, and seeing his face light up each day asking to do his Christmas calendar is the best!

I had plans to design my own calendar print but totally didn't have the time so I downloaded this free print and added my own little envelopes and notes with different activities for each day and a few treats here and there. I love how it turned out and it's been a fun festive decoration to have as well. Eli talks about candy canes and ginger bread men all the day long.

We've made cookies, drank hot chocolate, gone to a live nativity, mailed Christmas cards, watched Christmas movies, visited the temple, gone sledding, and hiking and so much more! It has brought the spirit of Christmas into our home and lives as we have spent time together as a family, and I think it may cause some post Christmas blues to be all done.

This Sunday our activity was watching some videos about Christ online and cuddled under some blankets on the couch as a family and watched - A Savior is born - Eli turned to us when it was over and said "Thank you so much!" and I cried. Our little people know what it's all about, they can feel it in their soul, and I am honored to teach them.

Merry Christmas week everyone!

Christmas Cards with Tiny Prints

Friday, December 11, 2015

I'm so excited to show you our Christmas cards this year! Our first card as a family of four and Isabelle's first Christmas! Let me tell you, no one ever told me how dang difficult getting a family photo is with a two year old. But I absolutely love Tiny Prints' photo cards so persist I did!

I'm obsessed with everything plaid so Tiny Prints made my dreams come true with this card, and these matching plaid address labels. It's from the Petite Alma collection for Tiny Prints. And these tree envelope liners just made it for me! It's almost like I can overlook my toddler grimacing in the photo because the cards are just so so good. I was able to upload my photo right to the Tiny Prints website and browse the different designs with our own photo in them to see what I liked best. 

I can't wait to walk to the mailbox in the snow with Eli and let him send the cards off! I think snail mail is magical and I know he will think it's so fun to mail them to our family. Having little ones make each part of the holidays that much better! If you're looking to get some holiday cards I would highly recommend Tiny Prints because they have great designs, great quality paper, and great customer service (the Christmas card trifecta!).

*save up to 40% with code 40SWDEC until 12/13!

And now for fun, here are some outtakes from our super quick photo session for our Christmas card. I  knew we needed to make it fast because Eli basically holds still for no man. It was an above freezing day which I was considering an early victory. We drove to the park across the street from our house because I knew the short walk would push the kids into the nap time zone. I set up the tripod and hailed Dan and the kids over for photos and Eli instantly started whining about how cold his hands were, cue not wanting to take any photos. Of course after 5 minutes when I gave up, he ran off to play in the snow, what?! Toddlers man.

trying to fix the hand problem
 this face
 get off me mom

+this post is in partnership with Tiny Prints but all opinions are my own

The Friends Fan Guide to The Thanksgiving Episodes

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Eve Day everyone! That's a thing. Around these parts it's the day where pie is made and we marathon the Friends Thanksgiving episodes because there's just nothing better to get me excited to tomorrow! As I pulled out my trusty sticky note from my Friends dvd's listing all the episodes I thought it would be fun to share for all my fellow Friends fans. And for all my old school fans with the dvd's as well, they are always on disk two, you're welcome ;) you know before Netflix went amazing and got all the seasons. If you have Netflix and haven't watched them all, might I suggest that for your next binge. So without further ado, Friends Thanksgiving index, guide, go.

Season 1 "The One Where Underdog Gets Away"
episode 9
favorite moment: Chandler style Thanksgiving food saves the day

Season 2 "The One with the List"
episode 8
*disclaimer: this season didn't do a "real" Thanksgiving episode so this one is the closest it gets
favorite moment: mocklate

Season 3 "The One with the Football"
episode 9
favorite moment: what the actual Geller Cup looks like

Season 4 "The One with Chandler in a Box"
episode 8
favorite moment: Monica's eye patch

Season 5 "The One with All the Thanksgivings"
episode 8
favorite moment: when Monica brings a baby carrot to the hospital instead of Chandler's toe
*MOISTMAKER BONUS: "The One with Ross' Sandwich" Season 5 episode 9 

Season 6 "The One Where Ross Got High"
episode 9
favorite moment: Beef in the trifle

Season 7 "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs"
episode 8
favorite moment: how Ross just can't remember all 50 States

Season 8 "The One with the Rumor"
episode 8
favorite moment: Brad Pitt everything and Joey's "meat sweats"

Season 9 "The One with Rachel's Other Sister"
episode 8
favorite moment: Rachel and Amy's girl fight

Season 10 "The One with the Late Thanksgiving"
episode 8
favorite moment: Joey's head stuck in the door

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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