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April 21, 2017


and there went another week.

this week was glorious. lots of work sprinkled with a little play and even some workout time.

also, i made a goal yesterday to not yell at the girls - and i'm happy to report i didn't raise my voice...not even one time! i do have a pretty rad mom-stare and the girls know exactly what that that was certainly utilized a few times. but over it turns out...yelling vs. keeping my voice normal - equally as effective.

(but people...sometimes yelling feels good. i guess i'll have to go into my closet for that or something?)

1 | grab this here snazzy button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

1 | umm...are linkups dying?

but it just my blog, or is the whole link-up party dying a slow, sad death?

2 | easter recap...but wait...
friends! i should have done a full easter last year...and i guess i still can. but, i can't help but share a few pictures because it really was such a fun day. everyone had an absolute blast, especially the adults. 
you can see mine and amy's farmer continue to encourage their farmer-love to flourish. and mine and amy's oldest children...also continue to let their puppy love flourish. well, at least kaye does. she has eyes for one boy...and that boy is brody. 
i continue to have eyes for my farmer. and i think we even took our best family picture to date. mic drop!
3 | the weather...
when can i not stop talking about the weather. it's either a blessing or just the biggest nuisance in the world. this week...i loved it. 
my farmer has been working like crazy. it seems like with farming you're either waiting or all of a sudden you're behind, because everything needs to be done at once. 

well, this week my farmer turned on all the water. and then it rained for two days. go figure. but i'll take it. my farmer was able to take most of a day off with us this wednesday. we hit a delicious lunch, then ice cream, costoco...and swimming lessons! our farmer hasn't been able to see the girls in action at their lessons because he's always...farming. this week he did some daddy/baby swimming with sawyer. he likes to think he was the "hot dad." then i reminded him, he was the only dad. and also the hot dad. 

anyway, the girls and i just adore when our farmer steals a few moments. it's the best.

you guys...did you see my post from monday? i featured a fellow designer from grace + vine

these monday mama features have been so fun to put together. this coming monday we have a very stylish mama coming at you and i can't wait to feature her. she's an absolute doll!

also - if you know of someone (or you are someone) who would be a good fit for a monday mama feature, please E-MAIL me your interest! thanks!

5 | another date with our farmer
i was scrolling through my phone images the other day and i ran across another day date the gals and i had with our farmer in the big city. jeez...he sure has been spoiling us. better stop complaining...
we snagged up the gals and hauled them to boise. we visited some friends who had just had the sweetest baby boy...and sawyer and kaye were...less than enthused. which is strange, because i was pretty sure they were going to smother that baby in kisses...but they mostly left him alone. (i guess they kind of take after me and my lackluster for least other people's babies.)
don't get me wrong! i think babies are wonderful. and i'm so so beyond jazzed for the person who has had the baby. buuuut...confession...i kind of only have heart eyes for my two best gals. 
anyway, my farmer took us out to lunch and a movie...and even though it was boss baby, we really did have such a good time. it's so fun to be to the point where life is getting, dare i say, easier with kids. love that. (even though sawyer is...sawyer.)

okay! happy weekend! link up!
April 17, 2017


happy day after easter! i have a severe easter in - for some reason i've never felt more tired in my life. maybe it was because of all the winning i was doing yesterday.

winning at the egg hung.
winning at baseball. (did someone say home run?)
winning at a board game.

it was a great easter sunday, to say the least.

but now it's monday - and another edition of monday mama is right around the corner.

(as a quick reminder - i'm running this monday mama series because i was really curious as to how all these moms were doing it all and still looked to have their sh*t together. i wanted to learn from them...ask them questions. and that's how the series was born! i digress...)

today we have Madison of Grace + Vine. madison is a fellow designer with a great eye for keeping it clean and simple and organized. a designer right after my own heart. she works in the wordpress platform for her developing while i work over in squarespace. girlfriend could teach me a thing or two for all you wordpress lovers out there.

(seriously...i tried wordpress for two seconds and nearly lit my laptop on fire.)

KARLI | where did your idea for your small business come from?

MADISON | I studied graphic design in college and once I got married, started doing some free lance work on the side. As my client list grew, I started to realize how much I enjoyed doing custom work for clients, especially small businesses and bloggers. After working for a packaging company for two years and losing my job (right after finding out I was pregnant), I decided to take my business full time and I haven't looked back at the corporate world since.

KARLI | who is your biggest support?

Definitely my husband! He celebrates with me, encourages me and helps manage our little guy when I am behind and need to get extra work done. He's also works full time to support us while I'm building my business up!

KARLI | what's been your biggest win?

MADISION | I think my biggest win has been a set of events that have taken place over the last six months or so within my business. I hired a business coach, invested in a freelance business owners course, raised my prices and managed to book three months out for my design calendar. The last six months there has been a lot of a-ha moments of finally figuring out more about my business and where I want it to go.

KARLI | any valuable lessons you've learned?

MADISON | You hear it all the time as an entrepreneur that when you start investing in your business and raise your prices, you'll actually grow your business. I had been terrified to do that and alienate a certain demographic I had been attracting and when I finally did raise my prices and refine my packages, I really began to find my ideal clients. So I guess the valuable lesson is to stop procrastinating and actually raise those prices and reap the benefits! Another huge valuable lesson I've learned is that building a team is so important. Over the last year or so, I've hired a business coach, graphic designers, a copy writer, and a virtual assistant. Working with those contractors when needed has opened up my schedule SO much. I didn't think I could afford the investment, but I started to realize that the time I was taking to do those tasks that didn't bring me joy, was taking me away from spending time with my son, which wasn't a feeling that I loved. By investing in help, I have more time to do what I love, design websites and build brands plus family time, and I have to spend less time doing the mundane work I don't enjoy.

KARLI | what would you say to someone who wants to start their own small business?

MADISON | Do it. If you are passionate about it, sit down, make a plan, make the small sacrifices and start building your dream career. It's so worth it!

KARLI | how do you balance your business and your babe?

MADISON | Before my son was born, I was a bit of a workaholic. I was literally always working and yet somehow always behind. After having my son, I was forced to slow down. I was forced to figure out how to work less, but still get more done. Ever since my son became mobile, I have stopped working while he's awake which has helped me to really focus on spending time together. So the balance comes in splitting my time by working during nap times and a few hours at night and being totally present when he's awake. It's helped me work smarter when I am working (instead of getting lost on Facebook for hours...ahem) and allowed me to relax and be fully present when I'm not working.

KARLI | where do you see Grace + Vine in the future?

MADISON | Keep growing! I would love to build out different packages to work with different levels of business owners and bloggers (beginners to established), design courses, build a video library of WordPress tutorials, so many things. I've learned to take it one step at a time and really learn to do one thing well before adding another.

madison! thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your story for monday mama. you're super talented and i could definitely learn a thing or two! let's partner up on some projects one day. i'll do all your grunt work...nudge nudge...hint hint. ;)

friends - you can show her all the social media love just here...


and hey! are you a mama or know of a mama who wants to be featured on Sept. Farm for the Monday Mama series? i'd absolutely love that. the only criteria is that you have to be a mama AND have started your own know, so you can share your wealth of knowledge on how you're keeping your sh*t together while simultaneously tending your children throughout the day AND working. hello power-multi-tasker. just send me an e-mail at
April 14, 2017


yep - it's official. i'm spread too thin. i woke up this morning and got right to work. not on my post, but for Pollinate.

actually...i'm not spread too thin...i just completely forgot today was friday.

this is a real thing, people. forgetting the day of the week. i also forgot yesterday while shopping that we don't need syrup, so i grabbed a bottle. we officially have three costco-sized syrups in our pantry. same goes for BBQ sauce.

spoiler - i eat neither syrup nor BBQ sauce.

i'm officially turning into my grandma. which isn't a bad thing. she was one sassy lady.

anyway...i'll write something later. maybe i won't. should link up, regardless!

1 | grab this here snazzy button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

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