Thanksgiving with the Cousins

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My in-laws put on a fabulous Thanksgiving and I’m STUFFED! I literally had three pieces of pie. Small pieces, but still … three!! And now, I’m just going through a few photos that we took right before dinner tonight. I love seeing all of these cousins in their element. It’s pretty cool to just kick back and watch them play.

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My itty bitty beautiful baby boy, Nolan Ryan, at 11 weeks old.

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Two of the most handsome men I ever did see.

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We snapped this photo right before we left for the night. If I’m learning anything it’s that you take a photo before you leave for the evening (if you want one of you all together) because once you’re out the door, you’ll forget / get busy / get distracted / forget your camera / or no one will care to stop and pose for you. Ahem … Kelsey.


Underwood Family Photos

With the cutest little baby girl you ever did see (and one on the way!), I had a great time photographing the Underwood family and Grace’s personality. We talked about baby names and tried to keep up with little Grace as she explored the entire ranch we were on. Here are just a few of the photos from our day!

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Crazy Cross Kids + Giveaway Winner Announced

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These two kids of mine are so crazy lately. One minute they are loving on each other and the other minute they are fighting over something so minuscule. Take this afternoon for example; they started out just sitting there hanging out on the bench. And then she went to kiss him – which prompted him to kiss her – which made her want to smash his face. Which then made him want to tackle her with more kisses.

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I hope you had a fun-filled weekend too! The winner of my Artifact Uprising giveaway is announced here and also called out below. I want to thank everyone who played along. I just loved reading each one of your favorite holiday traditions. If you didn’t read through all of the comments, I suggest you do – you may get some new ideas too.

The winner of this Artifact Uprising giveaway, as chosen randomly by, is Madison L.! Congratulations! I will send you an email along with your prize. Enjoy your $150 online credit!

Holiday Cards + $150 Artifact Uprising Giveaway (***Giveaway is closed. Winner announced below)

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Happy Holidays! We’re preparing to send out holiday photo cards over here. Are you? Have you decided which company you’re going to go with to create your cards? I have a trusted company I always use but this year I’m mixing it up and trying someone new!

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I’ve printed memorable items with Artifact Uprising in the past; 25 square photo cards that I hung in our Starwood marketing office and this personal travel album. I’ve been so happy with the quality of their prints that when I saw they had a holiday photo card collection, I knew I had to try it.

My favorite are the 3-in-1 photo holiday cards. It’s a pretty cool concept. You get to send a greeting card that your recipient can tear into three’s – creating a square photo, a message strip from you and a gift tag. I love the gift tag! The 3-in-1 design also allows you to add a personalized message to the back. See … (candy canes not included, but kind of necessary when addressing 50+ cards).

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Here’s the best part:

Artifact Uprising is giving one lucky reader a $150 credit to their online shop! The online credit doesn’t have to be used for holiday cards – you can use it on any of their amazing prints, albums, thank you cards, etc. If you haven’t printed with them before, I suggest you try it.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  • Provide your email address (that’s how we’ll contact you if you win)
  • Comment on this post and tell us your favorite holiday tradition
  • That’s it! Winner will be chosen at random via and announced on 11/23/15

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Thank you to Artifact Uprising for sponsoring this post and for being such an awesome & innovative company. Giveaway ends at 12am EST on 11/22/15 and one winner will be contacted via email by 11/23/15. Good luck!

***Madison L. won!! Congratulations and thank you so much for playing along. I will email you your prize today. 

Saturday Night at the Ranch

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We wanted to try a new park so we took the kids to Chandler to play at Tumbleweed Park. As we were driving into the park, we saw a sign for “Tumbleweed Ranch.” Intrigued, we decided to take a peek. It was the cutest little spot! The photographer in me got so excited because this place is a gold mine for photo opts.

There are two historic farm houses on the ranch, along with rustic trucks, wagon wheels and even some roosters! Behind the ranch we saw a ton of trees with …  oranges? Well, I thought they were oranges. The kids thought they were lemons and Ryan thought they were grapefruits. You can tell how much we know about that.

I’m going to photograph two family holiday shoots here because I just fell in love with the charm of the location. It’s directly across from the park so right after the kids went and played. Yes, you’ll notice Kelsey is wearing boots, a tank top and earmuffs. If you guess that she dressed herself, you would be right! I love it though. Earmuffs and sunglasses. A style all her own.

Topgolf and a night out with friends

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Do you have Topgolf where you live? It’s this really cool concept. It reminds me of bowling; you rent a “bay” and take turns hitting the golf ball into a few different holes. Each ball has a chip inside so the scores are accurately calculated by how you hit it. No previous golf skills are required. Phew.

The Top Golf we went to is three stories high. I’m a little anxious around heights, but we made it work. The food was good (albeit bar food) and the service was excellent. But more importantly than that was the incredible company.

You see, these are six people very near and dear to our hearts. Between us, we have 9 kids. NINE! And we have watched each other go through so many ups, downs, highs and lows. We’re pretty much like family. When Ryan and I called them a few weeks ago and demanded we get babysitters and actually see each other outside of one of our kids birthday parties, they all eagerly made it happen.

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What a great night out with friends! Everyone needs nights like these to really re-charge and re-connect with the people who have your back through anything. Oh, I forgot to mention the best part … Ryan and I won the last game!

Hanna Andersson Scottsdale Store Opening

The Hanna Andersson store is now open at Kierland Commons! We were fortunate enough to be invited to their pre-opening event last night. I wasn’t familiar with Hanna Andersson kid clothes prior to this event (just their pajamas) but apparently I’m the only mom who was in the dark because this private event was packed!. People go ga-ga over this clothing line … and now I can see why.

The quality of their clothing is top notch. The cotton is super soft (and thick too, if that makes sense). Very high quality clothes for kids. If you’re a local, visit the Hanna Andersson store at Kierland Commons on Friday – Sunday (11/6 – 11/8)  for exclusive offers. You’ll receive 30% off regular prices, except the sleepwear. But that’s only because all sleepwear is buy one, get one free!

We ended up buying 6 pairs of pajamas and a bunch of other things that we didn’t need (thank you, Kelsey) like earmuffs (Hellooooo … we live in Arizona!) and a gold kitty cat purse.

Here are a few pictures from our night.

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Kelsey and her cousin, Lexi, in Hanna Anderson dresses and boots (boots on Lexi) awaiting the opening of the new store.

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And that’s the crowd!

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I loved this! Use hashtag #ilovemyhannas for a chance to – not only be featured in their social media channels – but printed, hanging up in one of their store window displays!

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A few of my girlfriends also attended the event. Here is Heather with her adorable daughter, Ava. Heather and I were trying to catch up but ended up chasing two little girls around the store instead.

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This is her, “But, mom, I reeeeally need these earmuffs and this Jellycat stuffed animal” face. It worked. Dang it.

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Yes, please! Any excuse to wear Christmas pajamas in November and I am in. Maybe a little holiday music to set the mood? Too early?

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Thank you for the invitation, Hanna Andersson and for sponsoring this post. We wish you the best of luck and tons of store success in Scottsdale!

The Garell Family Holiday Photos

I’m on maternity leave which means I have time for some extra projects. I decided to take family holiday photos this year. It’s a creative outlet for me and a way to give people ever lasting memories with their families. Here’s a little glimpse into a photo shoot I did in downtown Gilbert with the Garell family. Love, love, love this family. And those baby blue eyes on baby, Camille? Precious.







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Huge thanks to the Garell family for allowing me to do something I love and for giving up their morning for family holiday photos. Oh, and for the coffee at Liberty Market. You know the way into a girl’s heart. Ha.