Embrace The Mom Bod

unnamed-1Over the last few years I have really started to see my body as a piece of artwork. I only started to view it this way after I had my daughter. Watching my body carry and give birth to a baby allowed me to give myself some grace in the body image department. A mother’s body, is beautifully and wonderfully made, I only wish I could have learned this type of grace when I was younger. The struggle to have positive body image has plagued my life since before I can remember. I was never thin enough or toned enough. I always had to many stretch marks and cellulite. This toxic thing called “PERFECTION” ate away at my soul little by little. I recently shared a guest post on the website KNOW.BE.RAISE, about my journey to loving and accepting my ever changing body. Our bodies help shape our lives and tell our stories. I hope by sharing my story it will encourage women everywhere to embrace their mom bod.  Head to KNOW. BE. RAISE to read the full post and interview questions.


San Diego’s Most Instagram-Worthy Spots

Over the last year I have literally been Instagramming myself all over San Diego. In 2017 I posted some of my favorite Instagram worthy spots in North Park but there are so many more places to see in this iconic city. I decided to create a Instagram tour guide for ALL of San Diego. So get ready here are my favorite Instagram spots around San Diego, Happy Instagramming!

Spanish Village Art Center

San Diego Spanish Village

The spanish village art center is a hidden treasure located in Balboa Park and is largest community of artists in San Diego. It is a color of explosion, and the perfect place to snap a few IG photos. (Google Maps)

 S3 Coffee Bar

San Diego Instagram Worthy S3CoffeeBar

S3 coffee bar’s drinks and decor are truly Instagram Heaven! Grab Rose Gold latte or a Rainbow latte you won’t be disappointed! (Google Map)


San Diego Instagram worthy spots communal coffeeThis shop gives me two of my favorite things– Coffee + Flowers! It’s the perfect spot to grab a latte, a bite to eat and a beautiful boutique of flowers. (Google Map)

Holy Matcha

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Holy Matcha

If pink is your favorite color this is the spot for you. The decor and drinks are Instagram worthy, my drink of choice is their Matcha Latte with coconut milk, it is delicious! (Google Maps)


San Diego Instagram worthy spots Artelexa

The perfect Instagram spot if you’re a local or a tourist, this store is full of color and cute trinkets! (Google Maps)


San Diego Instagram worthy spots Pigment

Add some life to your Instagram page with a photo in front of Pigment’s ombre pink wall. Pigment it is my favorite store in San Diego! Succulents, flamingos and rainbows cover the store, it’s the BEST! (Google Maps)

Birch Aquarium

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Birch Aquarium

The birch aquarium is hidden mom jewel but it’s still very Instagram worthy. This is the perfect place to feel reminded that beauty is all around us, on land and in water! (Google Maps)

Favorite Color Wall 

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Favorite Color Wall

This playful wall in La Jolla is another one of my favorites! The “favorite color” mural was created by Roy Mcmakin an designer, architect and was inspired by the emotions around peoples favorite colors. Don’t forget to use #favoritecolor. (Google Maps)

Chronic Smoothies, Blazin Grill

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Chronic Smoothie

San Diego Instagram worthy spots Chronic SmoothieGrab yourself a smoothie and 3 killer IG photos… thanks to the artist peasefulxo there are three beautiful murals to choose from… here are 2 of the 3! Make sure to show the love and tag peasefulxo. on Instagrtam. (Google Maps)

Happy San Diego wandering and instagramming friends!


Must See Favorite Spots- Scottsdale, Arizona

One of my favorite places in the world will always be Arizona, it will forever be home to me. So where should you go if your visiting Arizona? Head to the heart of Scottsdale…Old Town! It has everything from great restaurants, boutiques,tourist shops and art galleries. Everything that makes for a great Saturday morning, check them out and don’t forget to Instagram them!


The Art of Ice Cream Experience 

Literally the most instagrammable and colorful place in Old Town. The Art of Ice Cream is celebrating America’s love of ice cream with interactive art that is so much fun. Your kids will love it, gosh YOU will love it because it’s such a happy and colorful place.


Carmen on 5th 

I can always count on Carmen to have a super cute Arizona based t-shirts. Stop in and check out their adorable shop! They are next to Cartel Coffee on 5th Avenue!


SHIRT: Madewell tie / SUNNIES: Madewell Aviators  / BAG: H&M tote / Jeans: 7 mankind

Farm and Craft 

If there was ever a restaurant made for me it is Farm and Craft. They have a wellness menu that features 4 paths to optimal health includes ( anti inflammatory, increasing probiotics levels, maintaining high levels of antioxidants and reducing your overall stress levels). Basically this place is gluten free, organic and hormone free, healthy food but done in a creative and delicious way!


RUZE Cake House 

This is probably one of my favorite places in Arizona! Macaroons+ Boba Tea makes for the perfect afternoon treat. This shop has a place in my heart because the mother/daughter team behind RUZE have played a special role in my major life moments over the past two years.  From my bridal shower to wedding cake and desserts, and then my baby shower treats, I just can’t get enough of their delicious but beautiful designed treats. Be on the look for a future post solely about RUZE and the women behind it.


OG Beauty

This little gem OG Beauty carries all types of indie beauty/ makeup brands. If your a makeup lover like me then you’ll want to pop in and check them out! They are located on Main St, just down from Ruze Cake House! So grab a Boba tea from Ruze and head over to OG beauty to try a couple new beauty products.  IMG_0587.JPG


I’d love to hear about some of your favorite spots in Arizona or in your home town! And don’t forget to follow my blog with Bloglovin and Instagram


January Things I’m Currently Loving.

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Cozy Sweater and Distressed Jeans

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  Happy Wednesday Friends!

I put together a list of all the things I’m currently crushing on. I would love to know what’s inspiring you at the moment, too! Comment below!


Asos: Jeans and Denim for Tall Girl! Yes, Please!

Vici: Hibernate Pocketed Zip Cardigan it’s like living in your robe.

The Spring 2018 Trends are here and very interesting. Thoughts?


This Mongolian Faux Fur Blanket: Project 62 is out of this world. Thanks Target!

Tone it Up: I really want to tone up this year so I’m now a Tone It Up Girl and loving it!

Think Dirty App: Scan the barcode on your product and you will receive a rating of 0 (clean!) to 10 (dirty). It’s amazing you’ll find yourself scanning everything in sight.


One Word: Influenster ( look for more info in an upcoming post)

Kerastase: Fibre architecte reconstructing serum for weak hair and damaged hair. Because after years of hair extensions my hair needs some major love.

LANCER: The Method is a skin game changer. My skin has never felt smoother. Yes, it’s a little pricey but worth it. Try out the limited addition mini set at Sephora and see what you think. 


Starbucks: New L.O.V.E reusable cup just makes me happy.

Smartygirlbrand: I’m all about girls being girly girls but girls can still like chemistry and Dinos, right! These unique leggings are going to be a staple in Blakely’s wardrobe. Go swoon over their Instagram

Sweatandmilk: My good friend just posted about these luxury bras for nursing mamas. I looked everywhere for fashionable nursing bras and found nothing. For baby #2 I’m stocking up.




10 tiny changes to make in 2018 for better health

Photos.pngMake 2018 the year of HEALTH. Even the littlest changes can make a huge impact on your overall health. I love making slight adjustments to my daily routine, so small it doesn’t feel like I’m changing much but those little changes add up to help me maintain my weight and sanity! Here are 10 tiny changes that I made in 2017 and a couple I’m trying out in 2018 to better my health!


Swap out the sweet sugary coffee drinks for plain black coffee. Weening myself off sugar was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Don’t get me wrong I still indulge but only occasionally. Cutting out sugary coffee is a great place to start reducing your sugar intake!

Do nice things for people. Don’t always make everything about yourself, as a nurse I wish people would look around and help one another out a little more. People don’t give solely for the joy of giving anymore. If you get something in return, awesome, if you don’t, great.

Take a hard look at what your grocery cart looks like, how much of your cart contains packaged food?  Finding a good balance of veggies, meats, fruits and a few boxed items  within your grocery cart is a great start to a healthier 2018.

Pop a multivitamin. Recently I did a huge blood panel to look at my overall health (best decision ever) and found out that I was very deficient in Vitamin D, CoQ10 and Omegas. As a nurse I know that being vitamin deficient can create a ton of problem, lacking vitamins can affect your anxiety levels and skin pretty much everything. Do your research and find a good multivitamin to take daily!

Have a mantra…Mantras are so powerful. They allow us to feel present and think, as well as connect with ourselves.

Don’t skip breakfast. I get it mornings are chaotic but feeding your body the proper fuel is so important for about brain power, energy and a high metabolism. Here is my favorite protein powder I’ve been using.

Change what time you eat dinner. Studies show that it’s beneficial to consume the majority of your calories over breakfast and lunch and have a lighter dinner.

Laugh more, laughing is one of the best feelings in the world. It also lowers blood pressure, decreases stress hormones and can work those abs

Drink More Water Not More Wine. My whole life I heard the phrases everything in moderation and there is such a thing as… too much of a good thing. So in 2018 I’m making that good thing water! I’m upping my water game and drinking more water and drinking wine in moderation!

Find self acceptance. It’s not bad to want to improve your health but while improving remember to always give your self grace and acceptance because change takes time.

I’m hoping these little changes can make a big impact on my health in 2018.  Leave me a comment and let me know the tiny changes you want to make in 2018 to better your overall health!


Be a trendsetter for women

Women trendsettersThis year is going to be another big year for women, and I want to be woman trendsetter for my daughter. People who know me will tell you I am so proud to be American, I am also proud to come from the great state of Wyoming! Wyoming is a state that is often over looked but people should know Wyoming was a trendsetter for women’s rights. January 5, 1925 Nellie Ross was elected the first woman governor in the nation, talk about a trendsetter for women! She was known as “ever feminine, never a feminist” and a woman in politics who had not “lost her womanliness.”  Interesting Right!!! 

Can we all agree 2017 was a POWERFUL year for females everywhere? My hope in 2018 is that women can continue to be positive trendsetters for women’s rights. Encouraging women everywhere (not just in the USA) to be outspoken in what they want at work, home, in relationships, in our kids school even what we see on the pages of fashion magazines! As a women and a mom to a beautiful little girl, I know it is my job to instill this trendsetter attitude in her mind and heart.

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Our Holiday Cards

It’s that time of the year again to send out those holiday cards. If your like me your totally behind on ordering and have no idea what company to use. But don’t worry you still have time, it’s just December 5…. for pete’s sake! We have all heard of companies like Minted (which is great but can be pricy). So I wanted to share with you some different  companies that are affordable and unique!unnamed-2.jpg

OPTION #1: VISAPRINTunnamed-3.jpg

This year we used Vistaprint because of the killer discount on they had on Black Friday, right now they are still offering a 25-50% discount on holiday gifts (USE PROMO CODE:BESTGIFTS ). They also have tons of cards to choose from, some a little more pricey and others more afforable! On top of all of that they offer great shipping options that are super fast and still available now! * not sponsored



You’ve probably seen this company promoted all over Instagram and Facebook the last few weeks, I swear every celebrity in Hollywood used this company for their cards this year. But Simply to impress does have some really cute options like the festive boarder card below. They are also offering 50% off orders over $100, 40% off orders over $50 and 30% off of orders over 50. USE PROMO CODE: HW5WSM6HVP


OPTION #3: ArtifactUprising

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If your looking to only send out a few cards or maybe you want a stand out card, Artifact Uprising has unique designs, printed on 100% recycled paper and they will add a return address and recipient address for $0.40 per envelope! Just looking at their website makes me happy– their cards are just so pretty! Unfortunately you pay a little bit more for these but again they are sooo pretty and unique!

Tell ya what though… our Vistaprint cards were well priced and came out super cute so I can’t complain. Now let’s cross our fingers I can get these out on time! Happy Holidays Friends!