Norman Rockwell

I saw this painting at an exhibit a few years ago and couldn’t stop the tears from streaming. Seeing it span the whole wall (it had to be 12 or 15 feet long and 6 feet high) just overcame me. This brave girl. Her brave parents. Who stopped waiting for change and were the change. I’ve often said I was born in the wrong era, but I think I was wrong. 2018 already looks so bright! I hope to be more change instead of waiting for it. To teach love and kindness. Equality and respect for all. No matter what or who is watching.

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spring skirts

I won’t say I have Spring Fever, it’s much too soon for that. But! I am noticing new arrivals and thinking about how I can style them for the cold! So here’s three ways to justify a Spring Skirt no matter what the weather throws at you! Spring Skirts 3 Ways

Spring Skirts 3 Ways

PLEATED SKIRT (comes in orange too, the asymmetrical hem is everything!) Stick it with a plain blouse like this $10! // Top it with this MUST-HAVE SWEATER JACKET // CAT EYE SUNNIES // PERFECT TRIO of NECKLACES

Spring Skirts 3 Ways


Spring Skirts 3 Ways

POLKA DOT SKIRT (polka dot is huge for Spring!) // WHITE SWEATER // ORANGE JACKET // If I must wear pink its going to be with orange. LOVE the TWO-TONE FLATS // WHITE BROW BAR SUNGLASSES //

Happy Fryday!!



best of: kitchen gadgets

In my efforts to cook more, I have found that like exercise, it’s fun to have new things that excite me. Whether it’s a new top for the gym or a gadget for the kitchen I guess I am pretty predictable that way! I asked my favorite cook friends to share their favorites, too so I was sure to have a stellar line-up!best kitchen gadgets

Herb Saver — Sonja of @acouplecooks: Fill it with water, seal it and stick the fridge. No more wasted herbs or asparagus!

Hour and Minute Glass — This was one of the items at my girlfriends’ favorite things party this Christmas. So beautiful to sit out on the counter, but also helpful! So good for kids too,  as it helps quantify time passing in a less abstract way.

Flatware — Another gift at Favorite Things picked by my friend @collectedblog who has flawless taste! This flatware comes in several finishes – I love the gold and black!

Cruet — This Cruet creates the most fine consistent stream of oil I’ve ever used! I love that I have such precise control over it! Perfect for finishing touches, too!

Citrus Juicer — @cleaneats_cleantreats: No need to buy the fancy overpriced electric version. This hand held gadget will do the trick and at the same time give you so much gratification. It seriously gets every last drop out of your lemon and limes. Sweet victory! (Make her Summer Grilled Lemon Chicken and Vegetable Soup if you need an excuse to use it!)

Collapsible Colander — @jennaskitchen: Jenna and I are on the same page for storing things flat. This colander expands and collapses with ease!

Dough Whisk — @yummytoddlerfood: Amy uses this whisk when cooking with kids because there’s less drag so its easier for small hands!

Short Tongs (half the length of regular tongs and so much easier to manage!) — my sis @charityadams

Pizza Peel — @acouplecooks: Not only gets your pizza out of the oven but is great for charcuterie or as a cheeseboard too! Check out their Pizza archives, they will blow your mind! This Peccorino + Egg pizza?!A Couple Cooks

Pizza Stone with cutter! — @acouplecooks: If you don’t have a pizza stone it’s time! It makes even a frozen pizza taste like it’s from restaurant and perfectly crisps up the crust!

Hero Glove — This company was founded by a 2nd grader at the time, so now a 4th grader. SO cool! Its a glove that kids (or adults) an where to ensure they don’t cut themselves while cooking. My kids ALWAYS want to help but I am usually too scattered to feel confident in letting them. No more! Support this 4th grade chica and grab a Hero Glove!!

Bread Maker — My mom bought me this several Christmases ago and I JUST started using it. I am ashamed. But also I didn’t even realize just how nice it was, so many belated thank yous, mom! (My friend uses this $100 Cuisinart one and it works great, too! So don’t be scared off!) You all know I was on a bread making kick for 2018 resolutions but its so dang easy and delicious I might have to stop. Its canceling out my other goal of try not to be chubby. Another one to add to cooking with kids because they just throw the ingredients in, no stirring necessary!

Hand Blender — @emilysbrady: This was recommended by a few others, too! For cooking with kids, for making an aioli, as a food processor but not as expensive as one!

The Pizza Stone above comes with a rolling cutter, but you can also buy it solo here. I use it for quesadillas, cutting french toasts, crusts of sandwiches, and so much more!

Pre-Cut Parchment Sheets — @rashellejohansson: I love this idea! Everything is ready to go for a cookie sheet or wrapping up leftovers. Rashelle keeps hers in a stack to grab easily from so you don’t even need to get the whole container out.

Silicon Flat Pot and Pan Lids — I showed this for maybe 3 seconds of an Insta Story and was flooded. I swear by these lids! They lay flat in your cupboard, work just as well as a pot or pan lid and the best part is you don’t need to store those annoying glass and metal lids anymore!

Garlic Zoom — This is so cool. Maybe I am late to the game by my garlic press is so annoying to clean out. This cleans out with a rinse or toss it in the dishwasher too!

Veggiespize — @jennaskitchen: This is another one that a few recommended! For spiraling vegetables (spaghetti squash with marinara is seriously delicious) and comes with several attachments for different shapes and sizes like a mandolin too!

Rocker Blade Knife — Another way to cut pizza or quesadillas, but also everything else. If you need to chop a lot quick, this is rad!

Bench Scraper — I use this everyday for the most random assortment of reasons. Mostly I love it for scraping crap off the floor or countertop. Not sure that is what its made for, but I digress.

Vidalia Chopper  @jennaskitchen — I added so many gadgets to my cart writing this, and this is no exception! Cut a whole onion in one swoop? YES please.


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wallsburg III

I cannot believe the last house update was in September! So much has happened in that amount of time and also it feels like very little has. Ha! We started sheet rock yesterday and I’ve been told drywall means your halfway, so if that’s the case, we’ve got a-while. The thing that truly blows my mind is that the sketch we gave our architect who in turn rendered it and then Russ built it… looks exactly like the drawing. So crazy! We have had to make a few changes but I’ll tell you all about it!

So, since our last update (here) we’ve:

  1. Added the plywood roof + laid the roofing paper. Russ had only two things he wasn’t willing to budge on and that was the metal roof and a glass garage. He’s pretty cheap so I was surprised he was not only willing, but insistent about these expenses! He already had to drop one of those, but the metal is still a go. It delivers this week, but we won’t be putting it on until after the exterior walls are done. 
  2. We also have the garage door ordered – this is where Russ ended up backing off. You’ll see in the rendering we had always planned on a glass garage.Frame Build But you might also know the the street leading up and the cul-de-sac we will be living on aren’t paved. Getting it paved would not only be at the homeowners’ expense, but also probably $20,000. For sure not in a place to do that right now and also we don’t know our neighbors well enough to field that kind of talk either. (Hi we’re the Frames, got $5k lying around?) So instead of having dusty glass panes for the next however many years we swapped for this door from Vidor. We went with all black, but this gray is super pretty! I feel so much better about it (my boys would for sure bust at least one pane a Summer) but also, it’s half the price. Vidor Garage Door
  3. Electrical. Russ wired the entire house with the help of his dad. Loads of can lights and a few spots for chandelier/pendant fixtures. Also, it’s cool to design a house after you’ve been housekeeping for so many years because both Russ and I are very familiar with my “piles.” I sweep the floor and leave the pile. Not sure why? Is it because I know I’ll have to sweep another area of the floor in 3 minutes? Is in the bending over? Either way, we are doing Central Vac with the Kick Pan in the kitchen so my “piles” will hopefully be gone forever. The suction gets turned on and off by kicking over that lever and then you sweep it right into the system! The rest of the house is just a hose attachment for a hard floor vacuum. Central Vac Kickplate
  4. Plumbing. Russ got the well and the well pump hooked up so we’re officially on our own water system! Between the propane, solar panels, back-up generator and well water we are very nearly “off the grid” — which was a long shot dream that looks like it might actually come to be!
  5. Windows. We used Andersen Windows and Doors (we have a super exciting collaboration with them once we’re finished!) and the quality is so amazing. I’m still pinching myself that they wanted to work with us. The windows absolutely make this room and maybe the whole house.
    Andersen Windows
  6. 4-Way Inspection. This was the last inspection before the very final walk through so I know Russ was so nervous about it. They had a few random nit-picky things for him to fix but one of those things was to put small two-inch wedges of wood in EVERY SINGLE two-by-four where the walls meet the rooflines. Across the whole house. Needless to say it was a huge weight off his shoulders once that finally passed!
  7. Insulation. Right when we were ready to start we learned there was a Utah-wide shortage on insulation. What are the odds? Literally no one could get any and so for two weeks we were at a standstill. Super discouraging, but they wrapped blowing everything in last week so we’re back on track!                                                              
  8. Since Russ is doing the sheetrock he hired a guy to start on the exterior simultaneously so we don’t lose too much time. So that guy is finishing all the concrete window wells and doing the stone and stucco. Then Russ will install the cladding and roof.
  9. Appliances arrived (thank you Black Friday), installed fireplaces, a few interior doors are installed, too! This fireplace was always my inspiration, but we sort of modified it and have the firewood shelves on the wall with the TV (seen a few photos above.)Wallsburg III
  10. We won’t be using it for a bit, but ALL our tile is ready to go. I can’t fully explain how much I loathe carpet and we wanted something super durable so we went with wood look tile. EVERYWHERE. In the basement. In every room. This wood look tile has the perfect amount of texture so you don’t slide around at all! There is carpet in the loft and we have other tile options in the mudroom and bathrooms and then tile on our master fireplace and mudroom walls. Tile will be covering 5000 sq. feet of our house. We sourced every last item through Marazzi and we have so many exciting things to look forward to with them. It’s a huge partnership that I feel so grateful for! Russ might be dreading laying it all but I cannot wait to see it!! Here’s the sneakiest peek of our line-up. I’ll share more about what goes where once we get closer!Marazzi Tile

So much changes in the next few months, I hope you guys enjoy these updates because I there will be lots more coming soon!