Twin Gender Reveal!


It’s been almost two weeks since we shared the gender reveal video on YouTube.  Hopefully you’ve already watched it and these pictures don’t give away the surprise!  But if you haven’t… yes, we are having TWO BOYS!!!  When our ultrasound tech first told us that Baby A was a boy I turned to Brian almost in tears and said, “I can’t believe we’re having two boys!” he laughed and said, “you don’t know that yet”!  But I did.  I think I’ve known all along even though I desperately wanted to give Savy a baby sister.  I think two more boys is what our little family needs and we are incredibly grateful that they’re healthy and that we’ve been chosen as their family.

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I think the most rewarding thing about motherhood up until now has been to watch Boston and Savy become best friends.  From the very beginning Boston was smitten.  He’s always loved her unconditionally.  He never minded the attention we gave her and he always made sure she’d get a pack of fruit snacks too or that her coat was zipped up and she’d be warm enough.  As a mother I’ve watched this little relationship grow between them and honestly, there’s nothing like it in the world.  To know that these two little humans came to earth destined to be best friends and that you’re just helping foster it.  Their love isn’t just one sided.  Savy is crazy about her older brother.  If she wasn’t oozing so much girl, I might be a little worried!  She asked for a Ninja Turtle Backpack for her birthday and Boston’s taught her all the ninja moves and karate chops she needs to know to successfully fight the bad guys.  She cries for her “ba-ba” the entire way home from dropping him off from preschool.  They rarely fight and all day long I get to hear him teach her and I get to watch her hang on his every word.

Being a mother has truly changed me.  It’s everything I am and even more than I hoped it would be.  There are definitely bad days, hard days, exhausting days and everything in between.  I’m not trying to sugar coat motherhood, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  In my entire life.  But there are those moments where you see your life in a different perspective and all of a sudden everything that was stressful and hard just goes away and you’re left with two little people who love you unconditionally.  I can do no wrong in their eyes.  I image having two more little boys is going to change the dynamic of our family a bit.  But I also see Boston and Savy smitten with their two new baby brothers.  I see these two little boys growing up knowing more love than most and sharing a bond with each other that will be just as amazing to watch.

So.  Am I ready for two newborns at once with the closest family over 2,000 miles away?  Absolutely not.  I’m terrified!  But if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that I need to enjoy the journey and not wish it away because it’ll go by in the blink of an eye.

In case you missed the video, or want to watch it again (seriously, check out Savy’s ninja moves) here it is in all it’s glory!

Because two is better than one!


It’s okay, I didn’t believe it either.  I’m not sure I believe it now!  We’ve been praying for a new little spirit to join our family for a long time now.  I had a heartbreaking miscarriage back in June and I think when we got pregnant again and that little baby realized what was happening, he/she with all the attitude a spirit could muster was like, “no way – I’m going too”!  At least that’s what I like to believe.  So not one, but two new Smith babies will join our family this Spring.


The kids are so excited and they love telling people “My mom has TWO babies in her belly”!  They tell everyone from the cashier at Walmart to the lady who works the register at Wendy’s.  I’m so grateful they’re best friends.  Boston is the sweetest brother to his baby Sav.  He’s adored her from the moment she came home from the hospital and has never been jealous of the attention we give her.  They’re fiercely loyal to one another and I’m grateful that they’ll have each other when the twins (so weird to say that) are babies and I’m a walking zombie.


This right here ^^ is what our love story looks like.  He’s the reason why I know everything will be okay.  He’s the reason why our family is put together and why we’re all so happy.  He sacrifices everyday to make us better, to give us more and I couldn’t live without him.  It’s been pretty much impossible to wrap my brain around having two babies at once.  I’m honestly not sure how people survive it.  I’m absolutely terrified of being out here in Ohio nearly 2,000 miles away from my family and almost 9,000 miles away from my mom.  I can’t even think about it.  But I do know that we’ll survive it.  Just like we survived being super poor college students, just like we survived two kids, grad school, a huge move and all the other little experiences and trials in between.  God is good.  It’s taken me some time to be more excited than scared about what’s about to happen to our family but man, are we excited!  Having two little babies to laugh with, to play with, to get up with and to love is going to be amazing.  There was an overwhelming response to the announcement on instagram this past weekend and I’m so grateful to have you guys in my life.  I hope you are just as excited as I am to start this crazy journey!

This Life

Photography: Trina Harris Photography (LA to Utah — Lifestyle/Wedding Photographer)

Every now again and I need some perspective.  I get lost in errands that need to be run, dinners that need to be prepared or bathrooms that need cleaning.  Lately I’ve been lost in New York Fashion Week, in moving across the country and in Brian starting his new job.  In the middle of it all I got a beautifully wrapped disk full of photos that melted my heart and helped me remember why I chose this path and not another.  These three are my reasons for waking up in the morning.  These three give me hope, more joy than a person deserves and a legacy to look forward to.  During moments of chaos — it’s those two little faces that keep me moving and that insanely handsome man that keeps me grounded.  This is the life I chose.  This is the life I want and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Golfing with the Family



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Shirt: c/o Olive Lane Shop | Pants: ae | Shoes: Chucks

Three things.

1) My form is awesome… and by awesome… I mean I am TERRIBLE at golf.  I know I know, cock the wrist, straighten out the elbow, keep the foot down, bend in the hips… well guess what.  My outfit is pretty cute so… there’s that haha!

2) Boston’s little boy clubs are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.  And then when he straps the bag over his shoulders I just about die.  He is obsessed with golf lately, wanting to go hit balls with daddy every day.  Those two, I swear.

3) Savy is still very much a two year old and we use phones and treats and more specifically hello kitty sippies to entertain her.  She wouldn’t play with anything but a pink club so Brian had to spray paint and duck tape an old toddler club to satisfy her.  She’s a feisty little thing but happy to play along.

While golfing isn’t my sport, I love spending time with family.  We are definitely soaking up these last few weekends together because soon enough we’ll be over 1,800 miles apart.  I’m not quite sure I really understand what that means yet, but we’ll embrace the change and make the best of it!

Ohio… are you ready for us?

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I look back on our last two years as a family and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude.  If only I could have seen then what I know now.  Brian has worked incredibly hard and I’m beyond proud.  He’s pushed himself to be better not only as a student, but a leader and father.  He wasn’t only dealing with the pressure of school, which was daunting I’m sure, but he was consistently supportive of me and my goals.  That usually meant there wasn’t any dinner on the table, or that he needed to watch the kids right when he got home so I could work.  I can’t tell you how many times he went to the grocery store, folded all the laundry and put the kids to bed by himself.  He encouraged me when I was making my album, he spent his spring break taking pictures for my hair book and we spent our nights together dreaming of the future and how amazing it would be.  What I’ve now realized is that even though these past two years have been incredibly challenging for us, these have been the best moments of our lives.  These are the years we’ll look back on.  These are the years we will dream about.

This weekend we officially accepted an incredible job opportunity from Poly-One out of Avon, Ohio.  It’s definitely not where I saw us raising a family but I guess that’s where you trust that the Lord knows your path better than you do. We will be leaving our family here and moving nearly 2,000 miles from everything we know.  We’ll be leaving the safety of the beautiful mountains, the community that we rely on and love and also the sweet family above us who have treated us like their own.  To say I’m scared to leave Utah is the understatement of the year.  I’m terrified.

Through my anxiety though, I’m comforted knowing that the Lord has a plan for us.  He’s been guiding our lives and we can see His hand in all of this.  I’m holding onto hope that Ohio is going to be amazing.  Hope that there will be friends for my kids to play with.  Hope that there’s a family out there who will need us just as much as we need them.  I know that as long as I have Brian and my two mini-me’s I’m going to be just fine.  I’m so excited to finally have a plan.  We’ve been living in limbo for the last seven years — it’s been exhausting!  I’m excited to finally buy a home and to have a yard to take care of (never thought I’d say that did ya, mom?!).  I’m excited to be near a beach again!  I’m excited for the humidity, to be hours away from New York and Niagra Falls.  While I’m freaking out, I’m really excited to start the next chapter in our lives.  If it’s anything like the last, I have nothing to worry about.

EEEK! The Mom Conference starts tomorrow!



Don’t worry, it’s online so you can stay in your jammies

The Mom Conference starts TOMORROW the 7th and ends on the 14th.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about this little shin-dig we bloggers have helped put together.  Desi Ward, host of The Mom Conference and creator of The Unconventional Kitchen, created this educational and entertaining event because no mom is perfect. That’s why we MUST share our strengths! You know the whole idea “I’ll do your laundry if you do my dishes?” At The Mom Conference we’ll gather together to learn from each other because we’re our greatest resource!

You can register for FREE right here


Being a mom can be overwhelming at times, right?! The Mom Conference contains 30+ online classes to make motherhood more enjoyable. 30 rock star bloggers (mostly moms) will be teaching classes on topics incredibly important, like:

– Cooking a month’s worth of dinners in ONLY a couple hours!
– Getting kids to listen without yelling, nagging or reminding!
– Making sure there’s not just heat in the kitchen, but how to put the sparks in your marriage, too!

Sounds amazing, right?

I’ll be teaching 5 quick hairstyles that are perfect for being mom.  Cause I know what it’s like to have only two minutes in the mornings to get ready!


And here’s a few more of the incredible presenters:

  • Get Kids to Cooperate Without Yelling or Nagging with AMY MCCREADY from Positive Parenting Solutions
  • Knock Out a Month’s Worth of Dinners in One Day with TRICIA CALLAHAN from Once a Meal Moms
  • Feel Connected in a Disconnected World with HANNAH BRENCHER from More Love Letters
  • I Lost 60 Pounds & Kept it Off: YOU Can Too! with JEN GROTHE from Jen-fit
  • Get & Stay Organized: A Fail-proof System with JENNY LAYTON from The Happy Gal


Come listen ONLINE and be inspired from April 7 – April 14, 2014!  That’s tomorrow friends.

Register for FREE by clicking riiiight here.

See you at The Mom Conference tomorrow!

Lifestyle Videos with Krissi Cook + a giveaway

Smith Family – Lifestyle Video from Krissi Cook on Vimeo.

How many of you know what a lifestyle video is?  I didn’t either until I had the most amazing opportunity to shoot one with Krissi Cook from Krissi Cook Films.  Since getting the video back I feel like these lifestyle videos are just as important, if not more, than family photos.  The special moments you experience with your family need to be documented because let’s be honest, they don’t last forever.  Family dynamics are constantly evolving.  Your sweet baby that loved snuggling is now in school and constantly defying all the rules!  It’s such a rare and beautiful thing to have the entire family in a video.  And not just a video from your iPhone…  A gorgeous video that makes you feel and love and one that gives you hope on those not so awesome days.  A video that makes you laugh and smile and encourages you to keep on chugging.  Brian and I will absolutely cherish this lifestyle video Krissi took for us.  The kids play it over and over… and over!  “MOE” Savy screams when it turns off.  It’s the cutest thing.Krissi was fabulous and made this little night out terribly fun for our family.  Brian is sometimes the grinch when it comes to documenting anything in our lives.  Haha in his defense, we do take a lot of pictures and he’s always a good sport.  He wasn’t excited we were headed off to another “shoot”.  I told him he’d love it and that it wouldn’t be what he was expecting.  It wasn’t like family pictures, the stress just wasn’t there.  We were focused on being a family and making the kids happy and Krissi took care of the rest.  These lifestyle videos are a must for me now and I’m so excited I found out about them while my family is still young.

Because Krissi is AH-MAZING, she’s giving away one lifestyle video, valued at $250, to a fabulous reader.


| How to Enter |
1) Like Krissi Cook Films on Facebook
2) Watch one of her lifestyle videos >>> mine counts ;-)
3) Comment on her post on facebook- why would you want a lifestyle video?
| The Terms |
1) Must be filmed in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Summit, or Wasatch County.  She will also accept Iron or Washington County as long as you understand it must be when she’s visiting the area to film another shoot.
2) The session will be 1 hour or less and you will receive a digital copy of the final product
3) Offer expires Jan 1, 2014
4) Must be willing to let her share your video on her website and facebook page for marketing purposes.
5) This is transferrable.  You can win to giveaway as a gift.  All previous rules apply.  No cash value.
Good luck mommas!


Wrapped in Warmth

First off.  I love my neighbors.  They are right upstairs and the gorgeous momma home schools her seven children.  SEVEN!  Ah, she’s so inspiring to me.  Boston would honestly live up there if he could and forget all about his boring little family downstairs in an instant.  I asked him the other day if he wanted to live with his friends and he said, “Well ya… wouldn’t you?”  I followed up by asking him who would get him ready for bed and help him get in his jammies and he said, “I’d just have Seth help me.  He’s really nice”.  HA!  Well great.  Replaced like that.  Ari and Miah, oldest of the seven, took the photos in this amazing sesh.  Aren’t they fabulous?  They’re building their photography business right now and if you live in Utah County and are looking for something affordable, these girls do it all.  If you’re interested email me and I’ll get you in touch with them!

Bag: c/o Joe Totes | boots: Target | leggings: Franchesca’s (thick and lined with fleece, seriously you need some) | Boyfriend Cardi: Old Navy  Graphic Tee: Old Navy | Scarf: Old Navy

Over the past few months I’ve really struggled with this blog and the direction I want to take it.  I’ve felt that it’s become a little… oh… how would I describe it.  Worldly?  Vain maybe?  All I talk about are pretty clothes and new products and ways to put on your makeup.  Even though all these posts and articles I’ve been writing are for you, to hopefully empower you and give you fresh new ideas, at the end of the night I feel so selfish.  It’s been driving me absolutely crazy.  I’m not that girl.  If you knew me in real life you’d know that I’m a total nerd who wears yoga pants all day and jams to Taylor Swift with a spoon as her two kids laugh hysterically at her.  I have been given these amazing opportunities to model and style clothing from great companies that I truly love, to write as a beauty expert (Ha!) for Babble and to teach women all over the world how to take better care of their hair.  I’ve sort of taken these blessings and opportunities and have run with them.  In the process of doing so I feel like I’ve sort of lost myself.  I’ve decided that if I’m going to continue writing about pretty clothes and sharing my style with all of you, there’s going to have to be more substance.  There is so much more to me than pretty clothes and great hair, lol!  So here goes.  Some substance.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading up on pornography and the devastating effects it has on marriages, families and the rising generation.  It honestly makes me so sick to think that one day my little boy is going to be subjected to that filth whether by accident or from a friend.  It terrifies me.  I pray every night that Boston will be able to feel the spirit urge him to turn it off or to look away.  If the world is as disgusting as it is now, can you image what it’s going to be like in ten years?  The day for passive parenting is over.  If we are not doing everything we can to teach our little ones right from wrong, to teach them how to stand up for themselves and to teach them about the redeeming love of our Savior, they’re going to fail.  Last night I was reading an article in the April 2013 Ensign titled The Words We Speak.  It pulled at my heart and inspired me to try harder to be a better example to my two babies.  Rosemary Wixom said, “To speak to a child’s heart, we must know a child’s needs.  If we pray to know those needs, the very words we say may have the power to reach into their hearts.  Our efforts are magnified when we see the direction of the Holy Ghost.  The Lord said: “Speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts… for it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, the very moment, what ye shall say.”  When I read this I thought, well crap!  Have I missed a teaching opportunity?  Have I missed many teaching opportunities?  How many times have we forgotten to pray or to teach our little ones about God?  How many times have I snapped out of frustration at my three year old and disturbed the spirit in our home?  If I am not in tune with the spirit, I won’t know when or what to teach my children when they need it the most.  Wixom said, “Unfortunately, the distractions of this world prevent many children from hearing encouraging words that could shape their view of themselves”.  And might I add, shape their faith

I am so distracted every day by my ever growing to-do list.  Am I listening to my children?  Am I really playing with them with the sole purpose of teaching them and building their faith?  I fear there have been too many times when I missed faith promoting experiences because my mind and thoughts were elsewhere.  So I’m making a commitment, and I’d love for you to join me, to have the spirit with me at all times so that I might know and speak the thoughts that are put into my heart by my loving Father in Heaven.  And in the end, if my children end up traveling a different path, I will know with a surety that I did everything I could to teach them of their Savior’s love.  It is my hope that one day all wayward children will remember the precious moments where they felt wrapped in the warmth of their Savior’s love and will come back to believing and living for something greater than themselves.  But for today  I’m going to do all I can to build my children’s faith, to capitalize on teaching moments and to have the spirit in our home and hope and pray that it’s enough.