Cute Kitchen Stuff

I’m excited about the new house we are building.  We’ve only been in our current home for two years, but we had a great opportunity to build a home for a decent price in a new development, and I think it will be the perfect change.  While I’ve loved my little galley kitchen, I’m excited to have an island where my kids can hang out or color and talk to me while I cook.

Here are some of the kitchen design ideas I’m dreaming about.

 

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Blue Lower Cabinets

Blue Lower Cabinets

photo from Jillian Harris

I can’t stop being obsessed with white upper cabinets (with a few glass doors), and blue lower cabinets against light wood floors. It’s just so cute.

Warehouse Pendant Lights

black pendant I love these in black, white, or silver. They make for a cute modern-farmhouse look.

Sexy Faucets

black faucet Whether a faucet is stainless steel, brushed nickel, chrome, black, or gold, a super-sleek faucet always catches my eye.

Metal-And-Wood Stools

NMH7KGS_mu 5d08ffe7c7237ca35821745db4f92c95 magnolia home metal:wood stool These stools are just so cool. I can’t stop staring at them. The first is WAY out of my price range, the second is much more affordable but still pretty expensive in my opinion, and the third is from the upcoming Magnolia Home furniture line by Joanna Gaines — I’m super curious to see how affordable their stuff is going to be – I’m assuming the pricing will be pretty average . . . not cheap but not outrageous.

Turkish Towels

faacd932d43be67c2ccb69ac97e1bba6 Dish towels are such a fun way to cheer up a kitchen.  Turkish towels are my absolute favorite in the kitchen or bathroom, or even at the beach.

This Rug

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photo from Rachel Parcell

Who else is obsessed with Rachel Parcell’s kitchen?! I really love her rug from Caitlin Wilson Textiles.   To see more of what I’m swooning over for my future kitchen, you can visit my Kitchen board on Pinterest.   Have a great day, lovelies!

xo,

J

 

 

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Happy March!

Green has been my favorite color since elementary school, so I’m excited for St. Patrick’s Day! Here are some fun green items I’d love to add to my collection.

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sweatshirt | backpack | Ray Bans | slim wallet | gladiator flats | stud earrings

xo

J

Black Basics

Black clothing, guys.  It’s slimming, it’s classic, it’s moody, it goes with everything. I’m liking this nerdy sweatshirt from H&M, but with this basic outfit you could swap out just about any other top to instantly get a completely different look. I’ll post more ideas for tops next week. All of these things are from H&M!

Black Basics | H&M

 

sweatshirt | pants | hat | backpack (sold out! similar here, here, and here) | platform boots | sunnies | belt

xo, J

 

Sweater Weather

Easy Cable V Neck Pullover | Free People

 

I don’t really have anything profound to write today, other than that I’ve loved read The Book of Mormon with my family lately.  Every day when I read I just find something really specific that helps me know what I need to do that day in order to be a better person.

One thing I’m trying to be better about is not obsessing over having nice things.

I think it’s important to look nice and make sure your home is clean, because feeling good in your own skin and making your home a welcoming and calm place just makes a huge difference in your mood and ability to function. Right? Of course right.

Life isn’t a competition, though.  Our possessions don’t make you better than anyone else.  The way we treat people is what makes us worthwhile people.  I’m not even close to being perfect, guys, but I like to remember that “a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.”

So, while a new sweater won’t make you a better person, it might put you in a better mood so you can be a nicer person. And my favorite one from Free People is pretty cozy, and lots of colors are on sale.  Just sayin’.

 

xoxoxo

 

J

 

Welcome!

If you are new here, it’s probably because you saw me on the last page of Utah Valley Magazine’s January/February issue (if you haven’t read the article, click that link, skip to the end of the electronic version of the magazine, and go back a page or two).  Unfortunately my name was printed as “Jessica Walker” instead of Walters (the writer just had a baby, so we’ll forgive her!).  So, if you want to follow on Instagram and see how our little NICU baby is doing now, you will NOT find us by looking up Jessica Walker! My Instagram profile is @jessjesswalters

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Also, not to be nit-picky (because it was so nice of Utah Valley Magazine to include me in their Jan/Feb issue) but the article states that we got pregnant with Ava around our third wedding anniversary; we actually became pregnant with Ava just after our SECOND anniversary, and she was BORN just before our third anniversary.  I probably told that to Kate in a weird, confusing way. So no, Ava is not a four-year-old Kindergarten prodigy. We were married in November of 2007, and Ava was born September 1, 2010. I know that isn’t super important and that absolutely NO ONE is freaking out about it, but I like things to be correct!

Thank you for reading! I write this blog to help other people know that they can do hard things, and I write to help other people smile and appreciate the beautiful things in life.

xoxo

 

Jess

 

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10 Happy Things

Yesterday, while Ava was at a friend’s house and while Boston was napping, I got to hang out with Nixon for a little bit, and it was fun to just sit and eat lunch and talk to him.

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When Ava got home, Boston was still napping and Nixon was watching a show, and I just sat at the table while Ava had a snack and I talked to her.

I just love little times when I actually stop and talk to my kids or with Nick.  Those moments are so sweet.

Some other things that have been making me happy:

1) This poster that says:

“You can never influence the world by trying to be like it.”

2) Sweaters.

3) Is it still acceptable to be drooling over Adele’s makeup in her “Hello” video?? If you can get past the hilarious posing at the beginning of this video, it’s a pretty good tutorial for how to replicate that cute look.

4) Wavy beach hair!  I love this tutorial at Barefoot Blonde, which I used to do Ava’s hair in this picture.

5) Eating boring.  I enjoy food, but I’ve found that eating the same things every day helps me not overeat.  I just eat my oatmeal, snack on fruit and veggies (and chocolate), eat my sandwich for lunch, and drink tons of water.  When I’m not eating great, it’s because I’ve fallen out of those habits and impulsively get up in the morning and eat sugary cereal, snack on junk food and sip Diet Coke all afternoon, forget to eat lunch, and then I’m cranky and want to eat loads of Mexican food and Diet Coke for dinner. So, don’t do that.

6) Season 6 of Parenthood is on Netflix!

7) All the baby snuggles.  Guys, Boston has been THE BEST BABY. Like ever.  I love all my kids, but Boston makes me want three more babies. Speaking of having a million babies, have you guys seen @chloeandbeans on Instagram?  She’s 22, and has three boys ages 3, 2, and 1, AND has triplets.  Her pictures are just beautiful and exploding with cuteness. And they are Australian and I swear the babies coo in Australian accents and she’s always calling them her “cheeky babies” and I could just die.

8) Fixer Upper.  Duh. #shiplap

9) Pinning bathroom and kitchen ideas on Pinterest.  Help.

10) Stephanie Nielson. What a cool chick. There really aren’t words to describe her beauty.

 

xo

 

J

 

The End of 2015

It’s the end of the year! Naturally, I’m sure we’re all feeling really introspective and quite guilty about all the cookies and fudge we’ve been eating, and we’re all about to swear off soda for a year. If you’re like me, you’ve probably made a gigantic, exhaustive list off all the things you want to start doing or stop doing in 2016.

I’m no goal-setting pro, but I’m old enough to realize this never works, and luckily I just read this wonderful Instagram post and this blog post from my sweet friend Natashia, and she reminded me about this talk about self improvement that has just been so great in reminding me to work on one thing at a time!  If I’m trying to do to many things (which is ALWAYS), I don’t ever actually finish anything (does anyone else have a pile of, oh, ten books they’ve read the first couple chapters of, and then started another book, and five years later you haven’t finished a single book?).

I think if I focus on 1 or 2 main things this year, the little things will come, because they are always on my mind, but I think I want to focus on a few things for the entire year that I definitely don’t want to let slip through the cracks.

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Also, I have to tell you guys, I have such kind and thoughtful people around me who have been such great examples to me this year in so, so many ways.  If you know me or have spoken to me or helped our family in some way through this INSANELY CRAZY year, thank you. I can’t really think of anyone I have talked to this year who hasn’t taught me something, even if just by being who they are. I’ve been so humbled by everyone’s kindness and goodness and greatness this year.

My sister who lives in North Carolina got to go see Vanessa Carlton, and she got to go backstage, which made me so so happy! My sister and I pooled our money to buy her first album as kids, and all three of us sisters played all of her songs on the piano.  Rachel had her sign a copy of her new album for me.  I cried.  Rachel also got me a couple of black-and-grey shirts from H&M that were identical to a couple shirts I had pinned on Pinterest. Anyone who knows me well knows that my closet is 30 percent black clothes, 30 percent grey clothes, 20 percent 8-dollar target shirts in black/grey/pink/mustard/green, 10 percent flannel, and 10 percent beanies. My other sister got me a cute fake plant and a book of easy recipes, and my brother who does customer service for a makeup company got me some amazing mascara.  My husband bought me a bunch of new clothes, including some adorable booties and pointy faux suede heels, and he also ordered me a new batch of MaskCara cosmetics, since I went through my last palette so dang fast! My parents got me some black lace-up boots and the Free People sweater I’ve been drooling over ever since I saw Cara wearing it at Pinners. I will probably wear it every single day for the rest of my life.

 

I hope everyone has fun ringing in the new year!

 

Chambray Shirt Dress

We had a fun family staycation at the Montage in Park City over the weekend.  The kids had fun bowling, swimming in the heated outdoor pool, and roasting s’mores by the fire pit.  Boston did really well on the trip — have I mentioned how happy I am that he is NURSING?! Like really, really, really, really happy. Pumping and bottle feeding was not fun. Straight breastfeeding has been a zillion times easier.

 

 

I love chambray! Here are 6 chambray (shirt) dresses under $30, all from Forever 21. They are cute with tights (or skinny jeans) and boots.

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xo
J

World Prematurity Day and My Takeaway From the NICU

I’m a little late in posting this, but November 17th was World Prematurity Day! It was also our 8th wedding anniversary. I did post a picture of baby Boston (and another of my husband) on Instagram that day, but I really love this picture I took today:

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Today someone asked me what I learned through our NICU experience with Boston. Mostly it has just made me more grateful, obviously.  I have always been so grateful to have had such healthy babies, but I always complained about being glued to the couch breastfeeding them all day and about waking up with them at night. And of course there have been many challenging days with a new baby at home, but are we so happy to have this guy home and doing so well! We really were so nervous to have a third child, but his close brush(es) with death really made us feel so grateful and feel so blessed that he gets to stay with us. With every scare we had in the NICU — with his heart, going back and forth on the breathing machines, and getting a horrible infection just days before he was supposed to come home — we would again feel a surge of gratitude when prayers were answered and Boston made progress. We felt so much joy from the little miracles that happened and we were so amazed at the compassion people showed for us. I also came to appreciate nurses and doctors in a way I never had before and I will always be grateful for the love those good people showed us.

We can’t really feel “up” in life if we’ve never felt down.  I find, for example, that the more toys my kids have, the more they want!  I wish I had been so much more simple and only let them have a few toys to begin with, because I know they would appreciate new things so much more when they do get them.  I’m glad that Nick and I went through some really difficult things early on in our marriage, because now that we aren’t going through those things, the mundane days are so welcomed and appreciated because they aren’t full of heartache like they used to be. Challenges (rather than having more nice things or excitement) help you learn to be happier.

Also — IT FEELS AWESOME TO NOT BE USING A BREAST PUMP ANYMORE! Constantly pumping is probably on the top 10 — if not 5 — most miserable things I have ever endured in my entire life (nausea will always be #1 on that list) but of course I’m so glad that I did that for my baby and now nothing feels better than nursing my little babe because it is loads more convenient.  So I’m maybe a little bit grateful that I pumped for four months before being able to nurse Boston. Challenges are part of life, and I’m really grateful for that.

If you’re going through something really awful right now, try to remember that it will probably enlarge your capacity to feel joy in the future.

xo

 

J