Processing Alt

My creative mind is starting to come back to after having such a wonderful time at Alt Summit this year. I enjoyed it last year, it was so wonderful reconnecting with old friends and making new ones with out having the internet between each of us.  I took away some great advice and soon enough I will be implementing it on here and I’m so excited to see where the direction on my brand will soon be going! So while my entrepreneurial side is revamping a few things I thought I would leave you with this lovely picture of my Alt Summit hangover.

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Also, be sure to head on over to cupcakeMAG and check out my post featuring a few things I deem necessary for a Valentine’s Day night in.

One Week Down

Well, we have survived the first week of Luke going to graduate school. I had no doubt that this would be hard, but oh boy I’m exhausted. I went from a town where I had several sitter options, to a city that I know no one.  I’m learning that work/life balance is going to be super difficult the next couple of years which pushes me more to find that balance. I have spent the past 4 months (when we weren’t in the hospital) working endlessly and neglecting my life and family. I quickly realized over break that that is not why I wanted to be an entrepreneur and will be making some business changes for the better, so that I can be a better mom and wife. Needless to say, we’re excited for an insanely warm weekend that’s approaching. I think another trip to the zoo is a must.

I’m going to Alt Summit next week and while my inspiration board for the conference is full of pretties, I still do not have an outfit for the green themed party. However I did score a green cardigan in the girls section of Target as my back up option.

16 Signs you’re a little (or a lot) Type A- This is hilarious! I even started to blush when I was reading these because I was embarrassed to admit that some of the options described me so well. I was never sure which type I would be, until I read this article and self diagnosed myself as A.

We don’t have cable, but instead opted for a Roku and pay for Netflix and Hulu. From beginning until current I’ve managed to watch all of Scandal and Revenge all while doing laundry, dishes, vacuuming, and cooking. ALL EPISODES. Insanity.

Jen and her family are so adorable with this fab DIY family shirt idea.

I wanted to go buy all new makeup (it’s been a while) but then I read about these five ingredients and now I’m rethinking everything that’s in my makeup. Darn.

Hair Woes

It took a long time to grow my hair out as long as it is now. I truly do love the length. With the mix of after pregnancy hair loss and the damage from my over processed summer ombre, it’s becoming quite an annoyance.  For those of you who have had a baby, you know all the lovely hair loss that comes with after pregnancy. I just can’t deal with it anymore. I know that I want something that still allows me to pull it back still but for the past couple weeks I’ve debated if I could even go through with chopping so much of it off. I’m going to Alt Summit next week and debating if I want to cut it before then or not because spending an hour combing through damaged wet hear doesn’t sound like something I want to deal with during a conference. Here are a few ideas that I’m thinking of.



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Dining Modern

The delivery trucks frequented our house almost everyday last week as our furniture was arriving. It’s been fun to put things together and begin to see this place become a home. Right now my focus is on our dining room, and I couldn’t be anymore pleased with the results thus far. My favorite part of this space is the table. This was the table that Luke’s father sat at as a child, and now my kids get to do the same.  Today I enjoyed hearing stories about all the little quirks of the tables past.

EverlyEmil Dining Room

Since our place is basically an open floor concept, the dining room is really just an extension that joins the kitchen and the living room. My challenge is to make it feel like it’s own room while blending in with the living room. Here are the two things that I would really like to do to make this space feel like an actual dining room.


I’m obsessed with that light found on Little Green Notebook.

2014 goals to diy

I’m totally going into 2014 knowing that most of the time, resolutions are rarely achieved (or at least in my case). So I thought it would be fun to have a short list of things I would like to diy for 2014.

2014 diys

Anything with gold accent is a favorite of mine, the Coffee mugs are no exception.

How fun would it be to invite friends over and put together these yummy smelling extracts

I’m trying to find the perfect spot for a small indoor herb garden

I have a dinosaur obsessed toddler who would love to have these dino tails

the entryway

I’ve been daydreaming of our new home so much (thank you Pinterest). As much as I just want to buy everything I can right away for our new place, my budget won’t allow for that. So I’ve decided to be really strategic and live in the house with what we own for a few months before making any purchases. Most of our furniture we bought specifically for our house in the city so going from a 2,000+sqft house to a 1,000 sqft apartment makes it key for us to downsize some of what we have. So while I dream of selling everything and staring fresh, here are some  three ways to dress your entryway.

entryway inspiration

frame console//rustic storage table//george table

walnut coat rack//bronze faux deer rack//gauge metal coat rack

tweed runner// striped kilim runner// snow peak runner

geo rock lamp// survive planter// format tray



scoot & giveaway

When I found out I was pregnant with Sloane, I had these big dreams of heading outdoors and doing some fun activities with both kids. It’s not as easy as I had imagined, and with a 2 1/2 year old to chase around while soothing a newborn baby that dream of mine wasn’t so and reality started to show up. It’s hard being a mom, that’s something that I made obvious the other day. It’s a struggle and a joy all rolled into one pretty yet messy ball. While there is no easy button in life, there are things out there that actually can help make life easy.


I was excited to be able to review the Stokke Scoot. We own and love the Stokke Xplory and how much we like it as seen here, here, and here. As soon as we got it in the mail we headed to the park to test it out and burn some energy.


Something that Luke and I thought would be fun is to give you both our perspectives after testing the Stokke Scoot out. So many times when I’m researching products and trying to decide what’s the best item for us as a family, I get overwhelmed with reviews because I have to also consider my husband. And as we’ve learned as parents, I may love a product and he may not care for it at all.Let me tell you, I have tested  A LOT of strollers in the past three years. I get that it’s frustrating buying a stroller and not loving it. This review is from us, and it’s honest!


Luke: As a father of two, the first quality I look for in any stroller is practicality, and right out of the box the Scoot has it. The assembly only took a couple of minutes and really did not require instructions, which is definitely a plus for me. Another great feature of the stroller is the ease at which it opens and closes for use and storage. In one easy motion, by pushing and sliding a button, you can close the stroller for storage or open it up for use. The Stokke Scoot is not very long, allowing for easy maneuvering in tight spaces. Also, being 6’4″ this stroller adjusts high enough to allow me to push without benign my back, which has been an issue for me with many other strollers. The practicality and great design make this stroller a valuable assets to anyone with children.

Nicole: One of the most important qualities I look for in a stroller is if it is easy to open and close. I get so frustrated when I’m in the parking lot trying to open a stroller. The Stokke Scoot definitely meets my criteria and I was able to open and close it with one hand (bonus for me). This stroller is lightweight but sturdy. The storage basket is amazing and a plus that there is actually a cup holder! I like that even though this stroller is compact, there are still the features that I look for in larger strollers. You have the option to recline the seat in a ‘rest’ position which will be perfect for park outings when nap time hits. I also like that the seat can face in or out, we prefer it facing inward, but Liam does prefer it facing outward. The visor on this stroller is packed full of amenities, and I can tell that the fabric will be easy to clean. Luke and I always struggle with finding strollers that are made for us taller folk, and we really appreciate the adjustable handle that is actually comfortable and ideal for someone over 6 feet tall. Not only was Liam comfortable in this stroller, but in the reclined position, I can use it for Sloane as a newborn. This stroller will be my go to for her as she grows.


We are so excited to team up with our friends at Stokke and offer YOU a chance to win this stroller! Not only is this giveaway a great opportunity for all the mama’s out there, but for all of you non-mothers/friends of mothers, you would win major friend points giving this as a baby shower gift!


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life lately

I feel like life has just been this crazy blur since Sloane was born (or since bed rest). Sloane was admitted into the hospital last Friday. Once again, another too close for comfort diagnoses. And once again, prayers were answered and she should make a full recovery. I will post more soon, as we have our first set of appointments with Doctors beginning tomorrow.


We haven’t even begin to pack up, I feel like we’ve hardly been home and when I am home I’m working like a crazy women.

Liam is enjoying preschool, we had parent teacher conferences last week and they seem to enjoy having him as well.

We bought a minivan. Never thought I’d be one to say that I’m in love with my minivan.

Sloane wins the cutest closet award in our family. Hands down.

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promoOh lovely Tuesday! I’ve been swamped with work and a cold all at once. Of course it has to happen now, but I guess better now than when we are moving huh? Speaking of moving, have I mentioned that about 97% of our belongings have been in storage for over 2 year? I’m not sure what I own anymore. Ready to start unpacking and repacking but with the cold weather comes something else I do not like… spiders! Living in he country, it’s not random to see a spider on the bed, or your arm. Get me to the city yes and Amen!

I did not mean to post about spiders (not I can’t stop itching). So let’s move on to something that is dreamy. And by dreamy I mean this will be the easiest year you shop for gifts, ever.  That’s right, Casi at cupcakeMAG has taken all the hassle out of finding the perfect gifts and wrapped it all together in a Issue. Dreamy to me are the pages of a magazine not having to struggle with what to get is just the bonus.


Y’all are going to need to pre order one of these babies. You can preorder the ultra-luxe 40+ pages of stylish inspiration right to your door for $20 (shipping included)!!!! If you read me often then you are probably aware that I am a contributor over at cupcakeMAG. This cupcakeMAG Holiday Issue is filled with your favorite bloggers and so many amazing treasures. There might even be a celeb siting in the issue… just sayin’. Oh and the best part for me is that I am one of the Guest Gift Picks, which means I was lucky enough to be able to share my favorites on my wish list. So for no other reason, you can order it and see my favorites! How fun is that?

So let’s review-

1. PREORDER the cupcakeMAG Holiday Issue ASAP!  To reserve a copy you need to email

2. Light a fire in your fireplace, grab some hot cocoa, and a blanket.

3. Sit at home flipping through the pages of a magazine making your gift lists for Christmas. Let’s face it, we all love taking a break from the computer screen.



Shop Sunday

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Happy Shopping!