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16 Most Popular Posts of 2016

Well, friends, this is our 194th (and final) post of this year.  We’ve done so much together this year!  We baked bread, took trips, crafted, put together new outfits, renovated rooms, thrown parties, mixed cocktails, baked appetizers, chatted about motherhood, and so much more.  I’m taking next week off from posting to be totally present with my fam, but, should you stumble here some time next week, here are 16 posts to take you back!  I always like seeing what our top performers are for the year.  Sometimes they’re …

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Real Talk with Real Moms || Birth Stories

This seemed like a fitting topic this month with what we are about to celebrate this weekend and yet I almost skipped writing about it. Parker’s birth is something that I never went super deep into here. I tend to keep things positive and upbeat around here and, well, this story, isn’t really that, but I do feel like there might just be someone out there who can relate, so with that, here is Parker’s birth story.  We all hope for pain-free and fancy-food-filled births as easy as Chrissy Tiegen’s, but that’s …

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10 Things to Try This Weekend

Because the week days can be so busy, the weekends are a highly coveted, much looked forward to holy place. I find myself in this juxtaposed place of wanting to slow down and savor every moment while at the same time wanting them to feel full and fun. Last week we published our first weekend to do list and I actually enjoyed it so much! It was something that I kept coming back to when I wondered what we should do.  So what did we do? We “stuffed the bus” at Whole Foods with non-perishable items for the local food bank and …

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Behind The Scenes of A Shoot Day

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been six months since we packed up our LA bungalow and headed to Texas. Most of you already know that we are living in Georgetown with my parents right now while we build our house in Austin. It’s a 40 minute drive from downtown Austin, but feels worlds different than when we were working from LA or even from our Austin studio that we shoot at a lot. Last week we shot some organization posts for January at my parent’s place in Georgetown and some cocktail posts for holiday and were …

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