fall things

Fall is really doing it for me currently. The comforting food and soups and desserts are hitting the spot, the option for some baggy knits and layering on this not quite pregnant looking but still growing body, and the let-up on the scorching heat that never mixed well with the nausea. WELCOME FALL, I LOVE YOU.

Updating my life to fit accordingly and wanted to share some finds!

fall maternity look


One Fall Trend I have my laser focus on is lace-up boots! I love them all, whether it’s a Victorian-esque heeled boot, or a chunkier soled combat style. I bought these in black which were a great price and super comfortable, no lie, even though they’ve got a substantial heel. They have several colors and options for patent leather or suede. They are in between mid-calf and ankle which is perfect for what I have them planned for.lace-up boot outfit

I love the Straight leg jean styled with these boots! So cute and I love that there’s no leg showing, with the hem of the jean over the boot’s shaft. These boots look identical and I’d bet money the jeans are The Wedgie.

Via this pin.straight leg jean + lace up boot

Combat Style I LOVE the platform style of these, but found them in a burgundy red for a deal and went for this style instead!


You all know my answer to on-trend dressing is to update accessories. I keep my wardrobe pretty classic and use shoes, accessories, jewelry and make-up to do the talking. A deep red nail polish and a berry or burgundy lip instantly transport you to a new season even if you’re wearing a t-shirt and jeans!

A couple trends I’ve spotted and dig are the paperclip chain necklace, and a new shopping spot (for me) for designer sunnies at a discount! I won’t wear nice sunglasses in the Summer, I’m harder on them at the pool, park, on-the-go, so I save them for the colder months when I don’t have as many chances to ruin them. I got these Dior pair as an edgy option and love them for Fall!

smart buy sunglasses

JEANS – If you’re in the maternity market like me I picked up these two pairs of maternity pants and have been so impressed! This coated denim looking pair is super stretchy but holds shape and has a full panel. It also has an adjustable waist (like kids pants with the elastic belt-loops + buttons! Perfect for a growing belly!

I also got this straight leg pair to help me execute some of Fall looks I’m inspired by. Still TBD if that shape is flattering on me or not. HA. Linked everything I’m sharing below!

Is this nesting mode coming around early? Loving updating a few things around the house, too! Bedding for my room (so overdue, ours is on its last leg) a few new pillows, comfy-fying our basement which I’ll be sure to share once things arrive.

books #15

Audiobooks have really been pulling through for me this pregnancy! Here’s the last few I’ve been listening to and my reviews! Spoiler alert: read the first and maybe skip the other two unless they sound up your alley!


book reviews

THE MOMENT OF LIFT: How Empowering Women Changes the World- Melinda Gates

It’s not often that I fist pump while reading. I did a few times while reading this amazing book. Gates did extensive research, data collection and has traveled the world seeing and hearing from those with firsthand experience. She offers amazing stories, both personal and from her travels, she weaves them with data and actionable items. She shares evenly distributed heartbreak and victory. Equal amounts of  what has been accomplished, and what we still need to do. SO well done and everyone should read it. Truly. I’m ready to quit all my jobs and work for Melinda and Bill. I’ll share a couple quotes that I loved (the whole last bit about equality and connection was so good I can’t even paraphrase.)

“What I realized is that by trying to fit in, I was strengthening the culture that made me feel like I didn’t fit in.”

“Opportunities have to be equal before we can determine if abilities are.”

FATES & FURIES –  Lauren Groff

This one had been on my to-read after I heard it was Barack Obama’s favorite book that year, 2015 and also a National Book Award finalist. It is the stories of the marriage and early lives of Lotto and Mathilde, told first from Lotto’s perspective and then Mathilde’s. It is an over-exaggerated, very dramatic, but also hyper-focused story on just these two broken individuals and essentially how their baggage effects their marriage. Almost a cautionary tale that promotes being open, honest, and vulnerable in our relationships… or else.  We read it for a book club which always heightens my sensitivity toward the content because I am thinking about how the other women are taking it, ha! But I think it’s safe to say regardless, there was a LOT of sex. Abuse and sex abuse, prostitution, language. I will say though, the book club discussion was really awesome!

Since Mathilde is originally from France I took that as excuse to get patisserie items from our local bakery Fillings & Emulsions (everything is delicious there!!) Almond croissants, scones, kougin amann, pain au chocolat. I also did Jillee’s crock pot hot chocolate since none of us drink coffee. Super yummy!

Fates and Furies review

PACHINKO – by Min Jin Lee:

Remember Homegoing? You can read my review on this link, but the highly acclaimed, award-winning Pachinko is similar in structure. Pachinko covers several generations of the same family told over decades from many perspectives. And similarly to Homegoing it shows how systemic inequality occurred and shifted over these generations for Koreans, both from the inside and also done from the outside by the Japanese and others. Maybe because Homegoing was such a powerful read for me, Pachinko didn’t quite catch me like that. It wasn’t as interesting or enveloping although I did learn a lot. Content: occasional sexual content, prostitution, abuse.

prime day 2019: for you

PRIME DAY for ME. Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday.


BEAUTY: #1:: $15 Stila Eyeliner. My favorite favorite. BUY THEM ALL!!! // Bioderma Micellar Water $5 off and I use this everyday. // Elemis Marine Cream – this a cult favorite and 30% off!! Still pricey but I’ve never seen it this cheap!

Have you noticed the 3 barrel crimper making it’s way back in style? Those crispy unbroken curls were a staple at my high school but I think they way I see them styled now it loads better. Beachy texture in a hurry! There’s a few deals on crimpers this one is 30% off and the best rated.

Wet Brush is a must have for sure. I love the small ones for in my bag or car and the big ones for in the getting ready drawer. 30% off today!

Loreal Luminous Mascara is one I always find myself going back to. It’s such a staple and never fails me. 3 pack for 30% off!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black perfume is SOOOO good. Nicole got me hooked on it years ago. 30% off!


7000 4 star reviews. OKAY I SEE YOU. This is the famous Manhattan Winter coat that everyone has. Grab it for 40% off!

Levi’s are all discounted today as well! 721s are super flattering and I’ve seen them on several friends / body types / heights!

Lacoste is 30% off, always love a little bougie baseball cap to make me feel more put together when we all know that hair needs to be washed. $30. They also have some pretty cool bedspreads in the deal. Love this striped set for a boy’s room!

HOME + OUTDOORS: Bissell’s Steam Mop is a new purchase for me this Summer. It is such a great one to have for tile or hardwood. Doesn’t soak it, buffs it perfectly with no lines or streaks and my kids LOVE it! $69

SO cute! Modern Planter on black stand 30% off // Beach Umbrella (lots of colors!) 30% off // 4 Person Tent $50 // You guys know I love my Hoover Smartwash for carpet cleaning! It’s 40% off today! I think it’s a must for keeping carpet looking great.

Mortar and Pessle – 40% off. Functional but also pretty for shelf styling.

This lens has been on my list for years. So happy to see this deal! 65% off and $70. 50 mm is so great for portraits which I shoot a lot of the time but if you ever need a wider shot — this one is a must!


prime day 2019: toys

30% off Adidas Soccer Balls (and slides and clothing and gear!) // Farm 45% off  // Guess Who? Game $8 // Monopoly Deal is 45% off and $7// Block Sorting Game 45% off and $8// Hape Alphabet Puzzle 50% off // Ball Popper $22 (not the cutest but will get SO much play time, kids of all ages love it.) // 65% off Chewbacca Toy – interactive and worth stashing for Christmas. //  Modern Play Kitchen $20 off //  TEGU Magnetic Wood Blocks 50% off // 30% off this enormous doll house // FAO Tool Bench 60% off  // 30% off Kidcraft Kitchen // Hotwheels Crash Set // Toy Grocery Cart 36% off

So many 40% off deals for Honest and Babyganics and more but you get the deal for signing up for subscribe and save. If it’s worth it to you set your recurring time to 6 months or something so you have time to see if you like it all! WE LOVE this bubble bath and is definitely worth having sent on auto. Aquaphor is 40% off no strings attached, so check that out for sure!

Summertime New Finds

Living in Utah, we spent the winter dreaming about getting our kids outside to play! We accumulated a few dreamy new toys we have been so excited to put to use, and we would be selfish not to share! Summer, we are ready for you!


Bunch O Balloons are literally blowing or minds! We found these this spring and are DYING for summer to hit so we can really get into them! The attachment hooks to the hose and it fills dozens of balloons with water at once!

Inflatable Unicorn, just cause, how amazing is this!?

Dash and Sunny have been using Swim Fins already in their heated pool. It help float them on their tummies and are really improving their swim skills, on top of feeling like real life sharks!

Geyser Blast Sprinkler is thrilling! Who needs the splash one, we have one in our yard!

Garden Set, because what kid doesn’t want to be like dad?

iBert Front Child Seat isn’t new to us, but has been a staple ever sine our first little small fry was old enough to hop in! It is by far our favorite bike seat we have found, and the kids LOVE riding in the front of the bike.

Nutcase Kid Helmet has SO MANY designs, our kids love them. None of us own this exact print, but we are dying over it!

Sidewalk Chalk Paint..PAINT! How genius is this?

Micro Scooter‘s are also not new to us, but they have been the MVP of our life since Small Fry #1 could walk. You can also find all Micro brand items on super sale under their warehouse deals tab here!

Jungle Jumparoo, I meannnn, just check out their site and videos. It speaks for itself. HEART EYES!!!


3 Easy Salads

This post is sponsored by Huhtamaki, Inc. Makers of Chinet® brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Warm weather is on its way, and one fun thing my friends and I have done for years is a recipe swap! Everyone brings their favorite salad recipe, we try them all, and then we have a new set of recipes in our arsenal! It’s so fun and also a really organic way to get to know new friends or neighbors! When preparing for any quick get together, Chinet® Cut Crystal® collection has me covered with their line of pretty plates, cups, and cutlery as the base for these tasty salads. These stylish Chinet pieces enhance the beauty of fresh food, and the durable plastic stands up to my enormous portions. 😉 I’ll put the recipes at the bottom of this post for you to use at your next recipe swap!

3 Easy Salads for BBQ

  1. Watermelon Skewers. You’ve likely had a version of this as a salad, but I thought it would be fun to try it on a stick for an easy appetizer. All you need is cut watermelon, finely chopped basil, feta cheese and balsamic glaze (you can buy glaze pre-made!!). Then, stick a toothpick in it and you’ve got an easy bite of sweet watermelon, salty feta, tangy balsamic and fresh basil.
  2. Panzanella is a salad of mediterranean flavors and crusty bread! I’ve found the bread can get soggy in a hurry, so I leave it out when I’m entertaining. It’s so tasty and a delicious way to get all those veggie servings in! Just takes some chopping and assembling!
  3. This pasta salad can stand alone as a meal; it’s hearty and filling. And my favorite comfort food. I make a huge batch each time I have a baby; it tastes good warm or cold, and it lasts for several days!

I love how the Chinet Cut Crystal collection goes together so everything feels intentionally streamlined! The clear design and elegant swirl pattern perfectly match any theme or decor! They have both the dinner plates and dessert plates, cups and cutlery.

3 Easy Salads for BBQThe Chinet Cut Crystal cutlery even comes in a host-ready container so you can transfer from the store right to your table. Of course, it’s disposable, which makes a picnic, BBQ, or dinner with friends a breeze!


Chop three colorful peppers, a seeded English cucumber, then halve cherry or grape tomatoes (1 cup) and kalamata olives (1 cup.) Then, make the dressing! I do 1/4 c of red wine vinegar, 1 tsp of a dijon mustard, 1 tsp of kosher salt, 1 tsp of pepper and at least a clove of chopped garlic. I often put in 2+ because I love it! Mix those ingredients together, and then whisk in 1/2 cup of olive oil. Dress the salad, and then top with feta cheese.

Pasta Salad:

Cook (or buy a rotisserie chicken) and cube 1 cup of chicken. Cook two cups of bowtie pasta, drain, and set aside. Chop a cup of celery, a cup of purple grapes (halved), drain a cup of canned crushed pineapple, chop 3 green onions, and combine all ingredients with 1 cup of coleslaw dressing. Top with cashews as you serve; if you toss them into the whole batch, they get soft over time.

Watermelon Skewers:

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is an assembly, but my tip for cutting watermelon is to cut the melon in half horizontally from the stem. Place it cut side down on your board and cut the rind off. Then, cut it long ways and horizontally about an inch wide. It will get you uniform cuts every time and it SO much faster!

Hopefully you can put these tips, recipes, and Chinet Cut Crystal collection pieces to good use this summer!


I had so many random questions online this week – Raleigh’s speech therapy, my hair clips, the mirror, our yard plans, and a few other FRYday things I thought I should jot some answers down for! Happy weekend ♡!!

CLIPS! I had so many questions about these clips, I hadn’t realized that Modern Piggy released them ONLY for Bijou shoppers and hadn’t released online yet, so I’m sorry to all of you that were looking for them! Good news today– the clips launch 5.3.19 at 9 am PST! So hurry and grab them! Ive been on the barrette hunt for months and they have the best color selection and the cutest patterns. Don’t miss out because I am sure they’ll sell out fast based on how they sold at Bijou!

RALEIGH + SPEECH –  I knew Raleigh was a little off track with talking for awhile now, but wasn’t sure what to do about it. It seems like (at least in Utah) there are early intervention programs for each county. So I just looked up ours and had them come evaluate him. They take the bottom 8% and he qualified. So he’ll be doing weekly speech sessions (they’re free!) in our home until he turns 3.

  • He qualifies for free preschool at my boys’ school
  • Will meet with their speech therapist as needed until he tests out.
  • Can ride the bus with the boys!

This is not something I was panicking about per se, he was making progress! Just slowly. Then there was about a month window where he didn’t add any words at all and that’s when I decided to call. I really just wanted to be sure I had the tools to help him! After testing they determined Raleigh has about a 6 month speech delay, and it’s solely in his expression. So they ruled out all other possibilities – hearing, cognitive, etc. Which is a relief and I’m glad to know! I’ve found the speech teacher’s homework for me to help Raleigh with, has been worth the effort alone. Once we meets his benchmark goals his file on speech is closed and doesn’t follow him. If he does however need more help once he’s in school the paperworks is all ready to go! I had a lot of questions about this so that’s my shpeel!

READING: The Sisters Brothers — If you want an actually funny fiction book — this is freaking funny. It’s like dark, Quentin Tarantino humor but I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time I read it.

WATCHING: We started RAMY this week and I think it’s so good! Funny, heartwarming, eye opening, all of it. Obviously a lot of differences between the beliefs of Muslims and people of my faith, but similar in the sense that our traditions and religious practices are totally abnormal compared to how most of the world operates. I read that 50% of people are unreligious now, so religious folks are slowly becoming the minority. I think how they explore being amongst nonreligious peers is so fascinating and entertaining.

SHOPPING: The mirror finally sold out. HA! I can see how many of you bought off my link and I am shocked it lasted this long, to be honest! Maybe they’ll bring the price back down when they restock. #dreambig // ALSO! These sneakers are Commes de Garcon x Converse! I know some retailers still have them but otherwise they’re tricky to find. Check eBay and Poshmark first, I say! Then the culottes — H&M has a few colors and they’re the most comfy things ever. I want them all! They restocked as well!

Commes de Garcon x Converse

We have kicked our yard prep into high gear and I cannot wait.  So much of what made this move + build tick is what we could do with the land. Russ will be moving dirt for weeks (you’ve seen that happening a lot on stories already!) to create the flat areas for sod, a more slight slant of our side yard to the garden and kids play areas, then he is creating retaining walls – modern cement style – and then sprinklers. And THEN the fun stuff! I’ve been pinning inspiration to my board here, but I’ll share a few that really get me excited!

This house is actually 20 minutes from us but we have been super inspired by it! Love the mix of patio, grass, easy landscaping and that pool!#framefarme Yard Plans

We will be adding a covered patio over our master bedroom sliding doors! Since it’s covered I think a more decorated seating area makes sense here! How fun would swings be??#framefarme Yard PlansThe uncovered portion of our back patio needs a major outdoor entertaining overhaul. We grill basically every night all warm-weather season long and I can’t wait to have some seating outside to enjoy a meal! Folding chairs work just fine for now, but is this not a DREAM?#framefarme YARD PLANSLove the minimal vibes and shapes of all of these outdoor pieces. #framefarme Yard PlansThe majority of our land is on the side of the house and we planned the kitchen windows to look down on that area so we can have all the kids’ play things there! Tramp, swings, whatever! Of course Russ thinks a wiffle ball field is a must. #framefarme Yard PlansOne rad thing about where we live is that the government gives out grants for greenhouses! So fingers crossed we get approved for that this year, but garden dreaming has already began. We’ll be planting rows of fruit trees along the back of our property and then hopefully have everything else we want to grow covered! #framefarme Yard Plans

So inspired by this pool built into a retaining wall. Super sleek looking and it would block some wind as well!#framefarme Yard Plans   We planned for the dog and boot wash in our garage, but if I could re-do I’d just plan on having that outside. Bringing muddy boots anywhere near a home entrance has proven to be a bad idea, and I love a clean garage, so keeping it all separate is a must! I’d love to get an outdoor shower set up for rinsing boots and kids off! #framefarme Yard Plans


Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Mother’s Day is in two weeks and I have a fun new product launch that I know I would love to get! Jenna threw the most beautiful event with PMD Beauty a couple weeks ago for their launch of the new CLEAN PRO and I get to give one + a PMD Pro away today!! This combo is valued at $180 for the Rose Quartz Clean Pro and the PMD (Personal Microdermabrasion Device) is $180 as well! $360 for you to take home, share with a loved one, let’s do this!!I have talked a bunch over on this post about the PMD Pro and the Clean tools and specifically how they got me through a time we were very strapped financially. They pay for themselves within the first use (think of what we spend getting a professional facial!) I think they are the best investments for self-care and even better now because they’re 35% off! Use code “MOTHERVIP”!PMD PRO CLEANThe CLEAN PRO is brand new and I’ll shoot off some of the cool things it does.

-It has an Active Warmth technology behind a smooth Rose Quartz. The quartz runs cold on its own so it’s great for swelling and inflammation in the mornings. And then for nighttime you can fire it up and get your serums and oils at an optimum temperature! (How pretty is this picture below?!)PMD CLEAN PRO-Rose quartz has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory properties among other emotional benefits, is said to be the crystal of LOVE and also #pretty.  PMD PRO CLEAN

-The CLEAN has a very fine frequency of movement – 7,000 vibrations per minute! So as you move it across your face it can actually get in deeper to the skin as it separating down to the molecule. It breaks up dirt and oil and then the silicon covering is antibacterial! So you’re not trapping any of those particles to pass around later!

-I have found it SO amazing for my TMJ and clenching issues. I hold all my tension in my jaw so to give it a nightly massage in my muscles helps me reset each day!! On the flip side it helps tighten skin pores!

And here’s a few more pics of the event! It was GORGEOUS! Between Ashley Nackos florals, the beautiful Grand America setting, and we got spoiled with spa treatments after, too!

Obviously this was post-treatment, FEELING GOOD EMILY FRAME?!



PMD PRO CLEANHead to Instagram to enter!! @emilyframe


HEY-O! Are we all alive? I am in the thick of Spring Break with my kids and we, gulp, stayed home.

ANTICIPATING: We have Bijou Market next week (the handmade, vintage, curated show I run three times a year!) and every weekend after that we have a wedding at State House so we are wrapping up the last of our renovations — adding a kitchen, a bride’s room,  redoing all the bathrooms (and making one a big ol’ dressing room for the groom’s crew, more cosmetic changes, adding lights, sliding doors on the storage rooms, trying to decorate a bit and a few other things!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be done with this reno. Writing check after check really starts to hurt the soul but we are SO close!! So if you’re local and want to come see the space without having to set up an appointment come to Bijou!!


Did a quick little blitz online shopping trip to get some Spring faves I had been eyeing. I need jeans really bad, I’ve worn out several pairs this past year when I wasn’t shopping for new ones. Zara always fails me after awhile. They’re cute and comfortable but they RIP every time. H&M is just sturdier so I am hoping they pull through!

Here’s what we picked up – I’ll be sure to do a try-on on stories as!

And a few things from Zara. If their jeans aren’t form fitting or stretchy they last a lot longer, so hoping these will work for a wide leg option this Spring!

Jeans // My all time favorite TEE OF ALL TIME EVER. They add a few colors each Spring but get white and black for sure. Not see through, doesn’t cling or show sweat, washes wonderfully. // Pocket Tee “Shirt” Dress – Zara styling is hilarious and whack. I am hoping this works as a nice Summer dress, it sure seems long enough. Comes in several colors too! // Orange Mules – a little out of the norm for me but I needed an orange shoe option and a little feminine touch wouldn’t kill me, right? // These black ankle wrap thongs are SO pretty on the foot. Just an upgrade from you Summer flip flop. // I’ve been eying these boots since Winter and they’re $50 now! I can never find a brown boot I like — these would go with a girly dress or skirt, skinny jeans or a boyfriend fit. With an all black look to break it up.

LISTENING: Found Liza Anne and am obsessed. She’s so raw, but still upbeat. You wouldn’t know the lyrics were dark AF+ funny too without really listening. Small Talks is my fave. But with songs called Anxiety Attack, Paranoia, Fine but Dying — there’s something for every nut job. Give it a whirl!Liza Anne | Fine But Dying

READING: I am still stuck on a book club book FROM THREE MONTHS AGO. Trying so hard to finish so I can move on– it’s good (highest ratings ever) it’s just LONG. The Way of Kings you’re ruining my life.

But we were sent The Heart of a Boy and it’s such a sweet read. So happy when my boys pick it up and flip through. It’s all about reinforcing the good and wonderful things about boys, showing all types with all kinds of interests, abilities, outward appearances, struggles, illness, etc. Very cool!