Monday, June 26, 2017


Lovely people,
I had so many messages asking about the tie dye maxi dress that I decided to write a post! In complete honesty, I got it for such a good deal that I almost want to keep the site a secret… but I can’t keep it to myself, I have to share the looove. The site is SheIn, and I've actually purchased a few items there before (like this dress--those of you who have followed me for ages will remember it). Just follow this link and type "coffee tie dye maxi" to see for yourself. A few reasons why I'm obsessed with this amazing dress:

First: It's on sale and it's currently under $20! Quality over quantity is real but there's a line I just will not cross when it comes to spending. I find pride in shopping good deals--actual good deals. I chuckle to myself when I see bloggers post different outfit pieces with captions like, "this top is 'just' $65!" "These jeans are under $100!" as if they're such great deals. I'd rather not break the bank and save for other things like exploring the world around me. This dress allows for both quality and the peace of mind that comes with shopping smart.

Second:  It has become one of my closet staples primarily because of its comfort. Those of you who follow me know that comfort is a MUST, especially since I became a momma. What I love about this coffee tie dye maxi is that it's so stretchy and soft that I wore it when I was 41 weeks pregnant (recognize that Instagram post?), two weeks after having a baby, and I've been nursing in it & using it ever since. It's flattering on any body size, shape or stage--you can trust me on that.

Third: Pockets! Enough said.

Sit back, enjoy these pretty photos taken by CaLea Gunther Photography that really show you the nature of the dress, and order yourself something fun for the summer through SheIn! And feel free to scroll to the bottom if you want to read a little life update. :)

Life is funny sometimes. There are so many silver linings in the clouds. So many blessings intermixed with trials. So many ways that we can experience "growing pains" as our minds are opened to the depths of pain and joy all at once. Isn't it scary and wonderful all at the same time?

I've been through a lot--A LOT--in the past year, but especially the last six months. I have been struggling and fighting for what I know is right. I have been working on big projects and preparing to move mountains. I can't wait to show you more and open up about my fears, trials, accomplishments, dreams and everything else I have learned. I created this blog to share "inspiration and healing through trials," and I'm going to do just that.
Stay tuned lovely people.


Monday, June 5, 2017


I never thought soul mates existed before I met Scott. I truly didn't. I had loved before, but I strongly believed that love was only built on years and years of memories deep layers of trust. I was fragile, afraid, and extremely cautious after everything I had experienced in my childhood. When I would hear people say things like, "When you know, you know!" after a couple short months, I thought it was complete insanity. There was no way people just "knew"---how could they? How could they base such a vastly important decision on "knowing," and surrendering their heart to another so quickly??

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


I couldn't believe that I was waking up to snow this morning... Really, Utah? It's supposed to be summer, haha! I had these pics taken a week ago & it was super warm. I have a fun post for you guys this week, & there's a goodie at the end for my followers, so read on!

As a woman, and especially as a new mom, it can be tough to find pants that fit flawlessly. Especially while shopping online (amiright?). BUT it's possible! I've found them--the unicorn of the pants world--and I can't help but share with you guys. 

They're stretchy, comfy, sturdy, flattering, and the cuuutest color. I have LIVED in these Olive Moto Jeggings since the day I opened my shipment. This boutique also sells them in midnight blue and dusty pink (I had a hard time choosing between the pink & olive!).

Sunday, May 14, 2017


***Due to the high volume of questions I've recueved about the birth, I'll be posting a Q&A next week. Please feel free to leave any questions you may have in the comments, or send them to me on Facebook/Instagram***

On January 13th, 2017 at 1:40am, Dage Edgar Dangerfield came into this world after 25 hours of labor and an incredible birth I never would have dreamed of having. As I sit here in the room where he was born, remembering my birth affirmations which hung with lace and twine across the ceiling above me, I can't help but feel nostalgic. Holding my sleeping angel in my lap, I am full of so many emotions that I can scarcely express. This is the story of his birth, but it's also the story of how I conquered my biggest fear and was born into motherhood.

all photography by CaLea Gunther Photography
I want you to know that if you're terrified of childbirth, I was exactly where you are. My entire life, I was petrified. I would freeze up if I talked about birth. I planned to adopt children my entire life until I was about 16 years old and thought, "well, I want my kids to have my genetics, so I better have them myself. I'll just ask to be drugged up as much as possible." (I'm seriously not kidding!) I just want to get that out there to any of you who are scared. After nine months of prayer and filling my head with knowledge, I walked away from pregnancy a completely different person. The change was such a stark contrast. By the time Dage came, I was informed and took charge of my experience. I was a woman who would have been traumatized by birth, and now I have felt every beautiful moment and can't wait to do it again. I am overwhelmingly grateful for my experience, and I just want to share with every everyone who will read it in hopes that whoever you are and whatever stage of life you're in (and especially if you're fearful of birth), it will remind you that there is a way to have an empowering, healing, nearly painless experience.

My due date was January 1st, 2017, but Dage decided to come twelve days later. Every day, I felt more and more ready for him to come into the world. I had chosen not to be induced so that Dage would come once his lungs were fully developed, and because of that I awoke every morning wondering if it was the day I was going to finally meet him. It was such a beautiful feeling but I definitely learned a lot about patience during that time. I tried my best to enjoy every single day that I carried Dage, because despite the discomforts (and there were many), pregnancy amazed me. I passed the average 41 weeks + 5 days for FTM's and I honestly never thought that I would! I think every mom hopes to have their baby come early, haha. Holding on through the final trimester took a lot of mental strength! The last few weeks especially, I felt soooo ready to pop.

In my prenatal appointment three days before his birth, my midwife Diane (reference at the bottom) had predicted that the pressure change of the Wolf full moon on Thursday morning would bring Dage earthside. (I know what you might be thinking--the pressure of the moon affecting when babies come? What?? Yes, it's totally a thing, as long as the baby and cervix is ready. Crazy!) On Wednesday I started feeling pressure in the air. It felt similar to how I would feel every day there was a snowstorm; I'd feel kinda tight and sometimes Braxton Hicks would follow. (By the way, I had a strange feeling my entire pregnancy that Dage was going to come on a Thursday! Which is insane, because that's exactly what happened.) I kept myself distracted like I had been doing throughout the final trimester by cleaning, writing in my journal, painting and spending as much alone time with Scott as I could. I even cleared off a whiteboard on our wall and wrote, “We’re ready for you, Dage.” It's funny, other moms had told me countless times that the moment you accept you're going to be pregnant forever, the baby comes... Literally the moment I finally let go of all stress about getting him here, he came.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


If you're anything like me, you have a hard time letting go of some stuff. I'm not a hoarder, but after watching the documentary "Minimalism" on Netflix, I've gone on a major cleaning and de-cluttering spree! Okay, maaaybe it's the nesting, too. ;)

There's a lot of information thrown at you when it comes to tips on cleaning & organizing your space.  Sometimes I get stressed just reading about all the methods I can use. I've found that the easiest way to declutter your life & get rid of junk is to ask yourself these ten questions.

I love them so much, in fact, that I've made a free downloadable image just for you to try. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Have you had a hard time finding the perfect gift for your significant other? Well this girl's not stressing anymore cause I just got the best early Christmas gift for my Scott... 

I chose the Kosso and Midnight Blue watch for Scott from the Conway series. It totally suits him, and matches so well with ALL of his outfits. I looove this watch because while all of their watches are unique and built to perfection, the midnight blue shines and pops perfectly against the contrast of the Redwood. It's eye-catching and he recieves compliments literally everywhere we go.

I'm so pleased with it that I've partnered with JORD Wood Watches to offer you a giveaway to their site! With Christmas being right around the corner, you won't want to miss this chance to get your husband or wife (or dad, mom, cousin, bestie, etc...) a gorgeous watch. The recieves a $75 voucher to use on their site. And hey--even just for entering you get a $20 gift card! I love giveaways where you win either way. :)
click here to enter the giveaway

The giveaway will run until 12/18/16 and the e-voucher and e-gift cards are valid until 2/28/17. 

There's something so sexy about your man wearing a good watch, am I right ladies?
Those of you who know me personally know that I love getting deals and saving money. Watches in general can be a lot of money, so it's important to make a selection like this carefully. Scott has worn his old waterproof watch forever and I have been talking about getting him a nice one for years. I love that JORD's watches are hand-crafted and tell a story. It's so much more than just a nice watch to him--it's personalized and authentic.

Of course, it's super important for such nice watches to have a custom fit. They has a special wrist-sizer on their site to help you make your selection. It made it super easy for me to find the perfect measurement for my husband's wrist, so when it arrived in the mail it was already customized to him! Overall, I highly recommend JORD Wood Watches and I'm excited to see who wins.

Wishing you luck!


This post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. All opinions are 100% my own.

Ladies Wooden Watches

Saturday, December 3, 2016


I've felt especially grateful this holiday season. Despite catching sick bugs more than I ever have, this pregnancy has been healthy and I'm so glad for that! As of last week, baby boy has dropped and I'm really starting to hit the "nesting stage." I'm obsessively cleaning and my mind is fixated on every tiny thing I want to complete before he gets here, to the point where it keeps me awake at night! I've been pushing myself to work harder than ever, and yet my energy is cut in half... I keep thinking, "where in the world has the time gone?" 4 weeks and this little guy will be in our arms!

I am so blessed with a healthy baby, healthy body and healthy mind. That alone, coupled with the fact that I have an amazing and supportive husband is almost too much to handle. I can hardly even think of all of my friends and family without exploding with tender joy. Thank you all for your connection, you mean more than you know!

I'm sure you've all seen EyeBuyDirect's glasses taking the world by storm. I have dreamed of promoting them for years and I'm so excited to be working with them! I'm wearing Aura in Frosted Vanilla from the RFLKT line.

EyeBuyDirect's glasses are simple, trendy and sophisticated. They're also affordable--their frame styles start as low as $6. Right now you can recieve $15 off your order plus free shipping if you sign up with your email (just go to their site and the prompt will appear!)

You don't need to have bad eyes to sport a pair from EyeBuyDirect. In fact, it'll be much cheaper if you don't have a perscription and just want to order them for fun. So get shoppin! :)


This post is sponsored by EyeBuyDirect. All opinions are 100% my own.