Out with the crib and in with the Big Girl Bed!! Our brand new 3 year old slept her last night in the crib and she loves her new bed. I felt hesitant to switch her not knowing if she’d miss her crib. So when I asked her which bed she wanted to sleep on, she pointed to her new twin trundle bed! We had the sweetest night snuggling together on her bed. That’s always my favorite thing after they’re out of the crib.. Snuggling together at night! Her bed and organic mattress is SO comfortable! (I’ll share another blog post soon after we swap out her changing table for a dresser, etc..)View Post
This is our favorite brunch to make for holidays! This photo from above was 10 years ago for our Christmas breakfast! Aaron took me on our 2nd date ever to Kneader’s Bakery in Utah. They had unlimited french toast that was to-die-for. Melt in your mouth buttermilk french toast & syrup. We loved it so much, but couldn’t afford to eat out at the restaurant as much as we wanted considering we were 2 broke college kids. We tried recipe after recipe to find the perfect match. I wrote the final recipes down on a paper and it’s been heavily stained with butter and grease! We made this for our family’s Easter brunch this year and had too many requests to share it here on my site. Hope you love it as much as we do!View Post
We had this on Sunday for our family dinner and SO many of y’all sent DM’s asking for the recipe. This is SO easy to make and the clean-up is even easier! It is low-fat, high in fiber, and VERY yummy! I love adding sour cream, cheese, avocados, and tortilla chips. You can also add tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, olives, or anything else you’d like!
EASY Mexican ChiliView Post
Two weeks earlier, we celebrated our baby girl’s 3rd birthday. We had NO idea the world would be on lock-down on her actual birthday. Luckily, our March schedule pushed us to host a party for her friends and family before the craziness started. Our little caboose had so much fun turning 3!View Post
⚓️ Ahoy! 1st family cruise ever and it was magical!!! The moment after we boarded the beautiful Disney cruise, a giant lollipop nearly went overboard and I’m proud to say that’s the worst of the damage! haha We’ve taken a cruise with the twins before and another cruise with just our oldest. This was my 10th cruise but a 1st with Disney & our complete family!!!❤️ The kids were either hitting the slides on repeat or in the kid’s club. I’m pretty sure they loved the kid’s club more than being with us. Actually, yes. I’m 💯 sure about it. Ethan was waiting for his turn to play Mario cart and legit cried when Aaron picked him up for dinner. It’s fine.🤣 We brought them on the Disney “Dream” boat to create memories and that’s exactly what happened! Tap ON THIS INSTAGRAM POST to see a few of our videos from the beach.
Disney World vs. Disney Cruise?View Post
Our first family Disney trip EVER!!!! We surprised the kids on Christmas morning with a Scavenger Hunt for an incredible surprise!
We hopped on a night flight and nearly missed it because this 2 year old refused to let security check her mini backpack. I have to give her credit for the most epic airport situation we’ve had. We all fell asleep at midnight, slept in til 7am to make it over to the new Riviera Resort (absolutely stunning and super family friendly!) and Magic Kingdom! Y’all, we watched each kid have their magical moment. Throughout the evening, Aaron and I had a sweet time chatting about their magical highlight reels. It was precious & tender & 100% lived up to the hype! I even had my ‘moment‘ that made me teary-eyed when a war veteran paid for our family’s lunch. It doesn’t seem to matter how old we are, we’re all creating magical experiences for one another as we reach out to sprinkle kindness. See our airport pic HERE. 99% of these photos were shot from my old iphone since we didn’t want to lug around a heavy camera around the park with our 4 kiddos.
Disney Creator’s Celebration!
Last year, I opened up the COOLEST surprise email!View Post
Phew! Valentine’s Day came and went as fast as ever! We had a sweet week filled with baking, construction paper heart crafts, toddler playdates, school classmate’s Valentines creations, and topped with a date night for each babe. Aaron took each of the girls out for a one-on-one date, complete with a front door pick-up. When they knew it was their turn, they were SO giddy the morning of, even before I sent them off to school. We’re all pretty excited about this precious tradition, since they’ll never be too old to be cherished by their sweet daddy and treated to these special daddy-daughter dates. And, of course, my little man Ethan treated me to a Valentine’s Date. He picked me up (I mean, he likes a gal that can drive) and we whisked off to dinner. He suckered me into buying him a toy, and out of all the toys on the Walmart aisles he picked a $3.98 light saber (glows up). He’s my favorite cheap date. Scroll down to see our selfie pics from these date nights at the end of this post!View Post
Cinnamon caramel corn with pecans and white chocolate. Quite literally, our favorite popcorn! We’ve been making this for the last 11 years and I caught a few videos of the kiddos helping with it on my Instagram stories yesterday. SO many of y’all requested I share the recipe! I had blogged it about 10 years ago and will share it here. I snapped a few iphone pics.
Fun Story: I used to sell this popcorn at a local pharmacy! We lived with Aaron’s parents for 1 year before Aaron started dental school. I found a job working in a dental office and he was teaching high school chemistry. Our goal was to save as much money as we could for a nice down-payment on our 1st house. We worked our little booties off and I made this popcorn and signed the tag as Lil’ Baking Blonde.
Blog post I had written 10+ years ago..
I adore cinnamon caramel popcorn. Not popcorn, but the combination of warm cinnamon-butter glazed over semi-crunchy-gooey popped popcorn is pure bliss. It takes me back to my childhood love for Crunch ‘n Munch popcorn. Besides being easy to whip up, this popcorn compliments the divided parties among dessert-lovers. Some like it gooey and sticky. Some like it crunchy and dry. I learned this the hard way when I sold this deliciousness at a local pharmacy. I mean really? Who complains about objective preferences? After tweaking this a bit, I think this has the best of both worlds. I love to make this for the teachers that spoil Aaron daily with delicious Kolaches and croissants. He’s sort of the young and determined celebrity teacher that reminds them of their own children. Cute, huh? I think it’s darling and it makes me happy. So here’s payback, grab your popcorn popper and kernels and let’s get baking!
16 cups popped popcorn or 1/2 C kernels
1 1/3 C brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 C real butter
1/3 C karo syrup
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 C halved pecansView Post
SO many requests for an updated morning skin care routine on my Instagram stories from last night!!! Let’s do this! Y’all know I’m always trying new products and dropping ones that aren’t worth the money. I’ve written the step-by-step routine I use every morning!
Morning Skin Care Step-By-Step:View Post
I used to cook and bake allllll the time. When Aaron and I were newly married and in the same classes at BYU, you could find us in our tiny studio apartment. During finals week, he’d be studying on couch while I was trying my darndest to forget about pending exams by getting lost in the kitchen. I was a recipe junkie. I created a blog sharing our travels, my DIY crafts, and favorite recipes. Ten years ago, I shared our go-to Bread Twist recipe to that blog. Unfortunately those Hot and Heavy bread twists have not made their appearance in the kitchen since our kids have been alive. It’s time for a rebirth! I’ve copied my old blog post and will share it verbatim with y’all here! ( I added a few tablespoons of olive oil into the recipe and it turned out great!)
Tried and True, from our kitchen to yours…meet our favorite dinner pal! Hot and Heavy. I can’t remember the first time I made these bad boys but guys, Aaron and I felt it. The carbohydrate love connection. These are even more fabulous than Olive Gardens and if you live here in Utah it’s quite comparable (in appearance!) to the ones at Pizza Factory. These Hot and Heavies sit fat and happily alongside Spaghetti, Pizza, you name it! We made them for dinner last night. Yep, that’s right, just the breadsticks. And I really do mean ‘we’ because Aaron will not leave the kitchen or house until these are plump, hot, and risen. These really are the best breadsticks around! And if this testimonial alone doesn’t convince you, let me share with you their winning merit–they are really hard to mess up! If you’re a yeast virgin, the dough is very, very forgiving. Trust me. You can even chase down this garlic experience with a cinnamon/sugar fatty goodness. Three course meal in one. Oh, divine.View Post
Crossley Orthodontics has been rockin’ & rollin’ for 4 months in Frisco, TX! Everything is going better than we had hoped thanks to the GREAT community we’re sounded by! Truly, we feel so grateful to have this long-time dream become a reality. We had a fun GRAND OPENING PARTY and I shared tons of pictures HERE. Loads of our closest family and friends came out for the fun. We need to make it an annual event!View Post
Someone who really loves you sees what a mess you can be, how moody you can get, how hard you are to handle, but still wants you. He’ll always have my heart and will always sweep me off my feet. 🎁 I sure do love this guy! He’s literally the most easy-going when it comes to holidays and gifts. He’d be happy to never receive or even give gifts if it were up to him (I still love you babe! haha). And since we’ve had 11 Christmas’s together, I’ve learned the easiest way to keep the gifts flowing is to offer a wish list and fill his in with Nike outfits to match his casual style. I also helped a brother out by adding some darling sportswear pieces for myself so that gift giving for the holidays would be easy and fun 😉 I put together a short list of sportswear His & Her gifts!View Post
Quite a bit of you watch my Instagram stories and I always get a bunch of questions in response to my skin care favorites. If you know me well, you know I am a big believer in investing time each day into taking care of my skin. As any good daily habit, when you can literally see your skin changing then you’ll create the time to invest in your skin.View Post
WE ARE OPEN!!! Our family orthodontic office is open! I’m teary-eyed right now because I still simply can’t believe we’re here. Eleven+ years ago my sister set me up on a blind date with this guy who wanted to go to dental school, while I was applying to dental hygiene school. Our journey to get here is not how we would’ve mapped it out. I would’ve gone down a straight path without bruises and cliffs. I would have skipped the roundabout roads that led us down the “wrong” direction. I would have never planned heartache and hard times for my future. But I don’t have to look very far to see that every failure or change in our “perfect plan” allowed us the blessing to have clearer eyes to see a better path when we felt brave enough to leap. And we took a lot of crazy leaps! Here we were that night, celebrating this dream we hoped for, pictured, and imagined for more years than we realized. Cheers to you, Aaron! Congratulations for fighting for and building this sanctuary for you to do what you do best, and serve others with everything you’ve prepared for.View Post