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✨ Sweet Sunday ✨ rainy day home with my babies enjoying a spread of delicious treats and flipping a coin on which craft I’ll try and tackle during nap time. ✨Working on redirecting my thoughts and words to be more positive... it’s a work in progress but today when Cam woke up at 5:45am my normal night-owl self would be super grumpy to be awake... I took it as an opportunity to have some peace and quiet with my tiny guy. We played while the rest of house slept and were both ready for a nap before anyone else woke up 😉😅 Happy Sunday folks ✨
✨ comparison is the thief of joy ✨ I’ve written that in my planner several days this week as I decided to set some much needed boundaries for myself when it comes to social media. I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day content with some clever caption but that’s not where my heart is rn. If seeing curated highlights of other people’s lives is making you feel any kind of way other than joyful or inspired, take a break. I’m so all or nothing that for me I avoided any kind of break from social media bc I felt like it had to be cold turkey. I love feeling inspired by fellow creators, this platform allows me to keep in touch with so many special people and foster community with new friends and mamas. But finally in a moment of clarity I realized so much of my lack of productivity, my feelings of not being enough, and my disconnect from my kiddos was bc I was scrolling IG way too freakin much. So I took a step back and set some boundaries for myself. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. So about this table scape and other festive decor. I do these things because I love them. It’s a creative outlet for me that sparks joy. It’s a way for me to create traditions and memories with my kiddos that I hope they cherish. BUT I felt myself getting caught up in this thought “all the other bloggers and creators already have their vday content done” and it was taking the fun out of it for me. So that being said, I may or may not style the playhouse this time around, if I get to do any other v-day decor or activities I’ll do it bc I truly want to. Taking some space from the endless scrolling is giving me time to check myself, and my intentions. I love me some diys, pretty spaces, and gorgeous aesthetic as much as the next gal but I have to put my mental health first and keep it real with myself. For anyone feeling like they can’t keep up, or like your caught in a comparison hamster wheel. I feel you and I’m here to chat if you need some encouragement along the way.
Been a little quiet around here... behind in posting lil mans weeklys (can’t miss em bc hello time hop & memories!) anywho at least I’m remembering to take them 😂 • NINETEEN • TWENTY • and • TWENTY ONE • weeks At Cam’s 4 month appointment he was 15lbs (22nd percentile) and in the 80th % for height. His dr said he’s very advanced in with his motor skills and trunk support. Cam is reaching, grabbing, analyzing, and chewing on everything. He’s so so close to rolling onto his tummy. He can sit in the tripod position for 5-10 seconds before I grab him bc I’m a nervous nelly. And he Loves grabbing his feet! He still smiles with his whole being! His hair is really filling in (see last photo) he is chatty as can be and thinks sister is hilarious. #camstagram #19weeksold #20weeksold #21weeksold #weeklymilestones #cameronjamesford
Anyone else get super frustrated when you don’t feel productive? I’m trying my hardest to not allow my mood to be dictated by my definition of productivity but some days are better than others. 💕 I really want to be creating fun vday projects but my kiddos are testing my patience. Maybe these cute heart shaped marshmallows will remind me to respond in love and not in anger (we shall see 😬 #jesustakethewheel ) 💕 If you need me I’ll be brewing another coffee and possibly hiding in my closet from my wild children 😅 #dontatme
Back before we knew. ✨ This pic is from when Tate was in the belly. We truly had no clue what kind of love was about to hit us like a high speed train. We also had no idea the weight of what it means to raise good humans. Of course we try our best to lead by example but it has to be bigger than that. Days like today are reminders that people like MLK were brave and bold in the face of adversity. His boldness impacted generations. It reminds me to take both big and small steps as a parent to make sure my children know what it means to be kind, truly love those around them not in spite of our differences but because of them. I’m so thankful God gave me three precious humans to love. And the idea that it’s my job to raise them right is not lost on me. I’m a constant work in progress as a parent and as a human being. But I pray my babies are known as allies to their friends and family of color, and truly to anyone who needs an ally, advocate, and friend.
✨Get in the photo mama.✨ I remember reading a post about this when I was a new mom. New to navigating motherhood, and the major changes in my body. I hated most photos of myself (and often still struggle with picking myself apart) ✨But here’s the thing. I’m so thankful I read that post back in 2016. I could have wasted precious years not hopping in the photo because I wasn’t ready. I’m committed to showing up no matter if I’m happy with my body or feeling self conscious I’ll get in the pictures with my kids. Put on the matching jammies, be silly, get messy. Because when my kid’s look back on all these memories that I cherish so much I want them to see me present. I know they won’t be picking apart my arms, my waist or my size. I hope what they see is a mama who loves them fiercely & was showing up daily for them no matter what. I’m confident they will love having pictures to help them remember these special years both the magnificent and the mundane. ✨ So as cliche as it sounds don’t wait until you feel like you’ve arrived at your destination to be present. Show up for every part of the journey. Ps - to any dads, family or friends of moms, take candid photos of them with their babies. It’s such a treasure. Don’t wait for her to ask you, just snap a pic so she can see herself in these moments 🖤
✨ Okay, I can’t even deal. This lil stud is all mine forever and I’m in a total dilemma...how on earth will I ever choose which one of these to frame?! I’m gonna need y’all to vote in the comments or something bc I’m over here on Zillow looking for a house with more wall space 😅 #donttelltaylor Seriously though these portraits are my favorite piece of decor in my house and I just can’t wait to get my Cam man up there with his sibs. Thank you @annieellsworthportraits for these photos I’ll cherish them 🥺 #blackandwhitephoto #bwportrait #daddystwin #4monthsold
Tried to post this last night but the caption wouldn’t go through. One of my goals is to intentionally shift my perspective. Tonight it took 2 hours and 15 minutes (yes I was counting) and every trick up my mama sleeve to get Cameron to stop screaming and sleep. To say I was frustrated would be an understatement. I have tons of laundry to do (and the bachelor to watch 😉) and a whole slew of things I wanted to accomplish tonight. Sometimes I actively CHOOSE to shift my perspective. Other times, something like a timely, heart tugging Cox commercial can prompt me to change my mindset. It’s important to acknowledge that things aren’t always as easy as they seem on the outside. So if you’re having a rough moment, day, week, year your feelings are valid. But here is my shift - Even in my most frustrating moments this is all a blessing. This life. These babies. They are all I’ve ever wanted.
❄️☃️𝕊𝕠𝕞𝕖 𝕡𝕖𝕠𝕡𝕝𝕖 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕥𝕙 𝕞𝕖𝕝𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝟜 ⛄️❄️ Our heart-𝕄𝕖𝕝𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 Cameron is 4 month old (as of dec 27 #3rdkid 😉) ☃️❄️☃️❄️ Cameron remains the happiest baby ever. It’s impossible not to smile around him. In the past month he celebrated his 1st Christmas & rode the polar express! ❄️⛄️❄️ He’s gaining more and more control over his hands each day and loves to swat at, grab and chew on anything within reach. Cam loves to be worn, still loathes his car seat, and is still deciding on the bumbo chair. If you leave him on his tummy he’ll push himself around in a circle. If he’s on his back he will kick his feet up and stare at them perplexed. ❄️⛄️❄️ I think my favorite milestone this month is Cameron finding his voice. He loves to chatter and squeal all day long. He especially enjoys if you talk back and we have many long convos of cooing back and forth. ❄️☃️❄️ He loves spending time with Tatum, lights up when he sees dada and Kennedy can get him to laugh the most...but it’s still safe to say he’s a mamas boy for now 🥰 ❄️☃️❄️ Our hearts 𝕄𝕖𝕝𝕥 daily for our Cam man. We are so in love. #camstagram #cameronjamesford #milestonephotos #4monthsold #batzkidslove
• Through her eyes • today as I struggled through my very first peloton ride Kennedy popped in about 100 times to blow me kisses. Normally I’d get annoyed by the distraction but I could tell she enjoyed cheering me on. Her little kisses and beaming eyes reminded me of my why. Do I want to lose weight, well of course. But that’s not my why. My why is that I want my children to see self care modeled for them. I want them to see the importance of taking care of and respecting their bodies in each season of life. I want them to see their mama actually taking time to invest in herself. Set scary goals. And pick herself up to try again after some inevitable failures. I’ve put off taking care of myself for far too long. So I’m thankful I have the worlds cutest motivators to keep my “why” top of mind. So tell me... what’s your why?
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