Learning To Live Different – A Journey To Minimalism By A Hoarder

Documenting it on the blog so then its REAL, ya know? That’s how things work on the internet, right? We talked today about how much freakin’ WASTE the three of us accumulate. It’s actually embarrassing. Today I’ve decided I want to do better. We NEED to do better. This includes reducing our overall waste, reducing the (obscene) amount of plastic we use, and ultimately getting rid of all the JUNK in our home that is just…well that…junk. My husband is most excited about that part. No lie, I’m kind of a hoarder. I just think EVERYTHING is important. Sue me.

I tend to be the type of person who thinks I will ALWAYS need something, so I hold onto it….for years….and years….and never use it.
Guys, I literally hang on to the stupidest of things because I MIGHT use them SOME DAY. Anyone else able to relate to that?!

I thought this would be a fun journey to document here on the ole blog. She needed some love. I am hoping to recap each week and share the POSITIVE changes we made for the week.

So I guess let’s start with a bang and share the positive things I did over the weekend:
– Got rid of an entire Walmart bag full of bathroom stuff that I have never opened or used, but felt the need to keep around for years. (Anyone else seeing a theme here?!)
– Reused the bag I got the lettuce in from the store rather than using a new ziplock bag. (This is the ridiculous stuff I am talking about. Like why would I need a different bag?!)
– Fed kitchen scraps to our chickens. (This isn’t anything new, but I’m adding it to my list. We love giving treats to our girls)

We are hoping getting the conversation going about less waste in our home will bring some positive changes our way. We are excited for this! If you have any products you use or advice, please share! I know I am such a dweeb when it comes to this stuff. But hey, I am trying. And that is the first step!

Have a great week, friends!

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Arizona Weekend Getaway at The Vavra Family Cabin

“Staycations” are probably one of my favorite things ever. I love exploring this state of ours, staying at new places, and finding adventure right in our backyard. Arizona is such an amazing state, you guys. I feel so blessed to call this place home.

Over the weekend we headed over to Heber-Overgaard, Arizona which was about a two hour drive from us. We pass through this town every time we drive to Phoenix, but we had never stopped anywhere other than the Chevron Gas Station. It had snowed the night before we got there making it a winter wonderland you see in movies! It was glorious.

We decided to head to this cute cabin to celebrate our anniversary! And it’s still crazy to me that we’ve been married for four years. What a special, special thing. We decided steaks and veggies would suffice for a nice anniversary dinner! Ribeye steaks, fresh green beans, and sautéed onions and mushrooms to top the steaks with. I wish you could have joined us because it was PHENOMINAL! And if you know me, you know I did not forget about dessert. We snuggled on the couches, watched Pinocchio, and enjoyed root beer floats! (The vanilla bean ice cream from SO Delicious was SO good! (Didn’t mean to do that. LOL!) But it was dairy free and it rocked my world.

They turned their garage into this epic game room filled with giant jenga, foosball, ping pong, and even bikes for your family to ride! How cute is that?!

Our daughter keeps asking “when can we go back?!” So I would call that a “WIN” in our parenting book! It was a nice weekend of disconnecting with the world, spending time together, and exploring somewhere new.

Want to stay here?!
Check out Vavra Family Cabin on Facebook! – https://www.facebook.com/vavrafamilycabin/
They also now have an Instagram page! Go leave some love – @vavrafamilycabin

We are always looking for our next travel spot. Where should we go next?!

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Move Over, Snapchat. Instagram Stories Are In Charge Now!

Snapchat, you did us good. You did us real good. But it’s time to say goodbye. Time to bid a farewell. BECAUSE INSTAGRAM STORIES HAVE MOVED IN! I don’t know who decided overnight that Instagram Stories were going to be a “thing”, but they did, and we should all say thank you.

Guys, Instagram is H U G E for bloggers, social media moguls, and influencers alike. Right now I am learning all about the importance of Instagram from Helene Sula and her Secrets to a Successful Instagram course! I can’t say enough good things about the courses that she offers, but they are amazing.

I feel like the options in Instagram Stories are so much cuter! (Because hello, important! Am I right?!) I’m talking filters, tagging friends, location options, and the list goes on and on. Instagram Stories are just down right LIFECHANGING. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But YOU GET THE POINT!

With Instagram being one of the biggest platforms for personal and business use, the stories reach far more people than Snapchat. Launching in 2016, I think Instagram Stories have just recently gotten hugely popular. For the adults who thought Snapchat was just a way to send inappropriate pictures, this is an easy way for them to share things instantly with their friends. I was telling my husband the other day I feel like this will make actual Instagram feeds fill up with much higher quality photos and captions because all of the “in-between life stuff” can be captured via Instagram Stories, and not posted on their actual feed. Something that may not be worth a full post for someone they can easily share with friends right in the moment that it is happening. Which is EXACTLY what Snapchat is, but for some reason people are LOVING the Insta Stories.

I am always sad to see something go. (RIP VINE) But I see Instagram Stories QUICKLY taking over the role of Snapchat for a LOT of people. So sell your Snapchat stocks and head over to IG! (Kidding, don’t take stock advice from me.) What are your thoughts on it? Do you think Instagram Stories will become the next Snapchat?! I’d love to know everyone’s opinion on it!

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Random Things I Think About

I know I am not the only person who has RANDOM thoughts throughout the day. Like so random, you think to yourself, “wow, how do I have ANY friends?!” Well, I’m here to share MY random thoughts with you because THIS IS THE INTERNET AND THAT’S WHAT WE DO! Right?! Right? Someone please tell me you enjoy this post. Okay thanks. Let’s get into it!

*trying to eat breakfast in the car* “I wonder if the person behind me thinks I’m drunk?”

“When you buy concert tickets, do they check to see if you’re wanted by the FBI or anything?”

“How do you lose ONE shoe on the side of the road?!”

“How do people make so much money blogging?”

“How do some people go an entire day without pooping?”

“How do people afford coffee from a coffee shop everyday? Also….my coffee pot is done brewing! WOO!”

“People on Facebook can be so annoying….including myself.”

“How did I ever land someone like my husband?”

“Speaking of which….remember that time I met my husbands parents in a hospital?….weird”

“Why is acne a thing?”

“Do I want to go to the grocery store at 6am? Or do I want to starve?”

“I could never go on Survivor”

“Why can’t Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movies be on Netflix?!”

“What does Cognac taste like?”

“Did anyone else watch S Club 7?”

“Fog is such a weird thing”

“I think I have legit depression over my child getting older”

“Most of the “ugly sweaters” people wear are actually really cute”

“Taking iPhone photos does not qualify you as a photographer”

And THAT is 24 hours in my brain! You’re welcome.

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A Year in Review, According to Instagram

I decided to take a look back at the last year via Instagram and thought I would share the months with you guys!! 2017 was such a fun year. Lots of laughter, new adventures, pushing ourselves to try new things, and learning and loving along the way!


For Christmas we got a new microwave and we finally got it installed in January, making it a really REALLY exciting time for us! There was a giant hole there for FAR too long. HA!

We celebrated THREE years of marriage in 2017 and I can’t believe year four is right around the corner!

We spent another year in San Fran for a work party and it was so much fun. We always have the best time there and I am thankful for these memories.


Our sweet girl turned SEVEN!


We spent a weekend in Mexico and loved every second of it. And I love every second of these two. They are adorable.

We filmed out first temple sealing video at the Gilbert Temple. It was my first time being up close and personal with a Temple and it was so so beautiful. I think of this day often and I am so happy we got to film that!


We did a fun camping trip to Payson, Arizona with our siblings!


May…the month our sweet baby was due. I will never forget how LOVED I felt on the day of our due date. This town sure knows how to make a girl feel special, even when this was one of the hardest days of my life.

We did the BIG CHOP…and she loved it more than ANYTHING!

We spent another amazing year at Circus Mexicus in Rocky Point, Mexico! We love this weekend more than anything and it is the perfect escape! (Fun fact: we got engaged right before Circus Mexicus in 2013!)

We celebrated this guys birthday over the summer.

I had the best weekend ever while doing a girls trip to Palm Springs, California!


Spent my birthday in Vegas with this stud. I’m ready to go back! Anyone want to go?!
We started SECOND GRADE!


We (my husband) cleared out our back lot and I can’t wait to see it filled with fruits and veggies come spring & summer! It’s gonna be a good year in 2018 for the farm!

WE ALSO GOT CHICKENS AND IT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE! Sadly, they are being free-loaders right now. But WHATEVS!


This year was an amazing year for our cinematography business. We traveled to New Mexico to shoot one of my favorite weddings to date!

We had the best Halloween!


We went to church more this year than any other year.

I baked pies for Thanksgiving and I LOVED it!


We became closer to these cool kids and I couldn’t be happier. Such sweet and down to earth people and I am so thankful for our friendship.

After years of talking about it, we finally did Temple Lights. And it was beautiful. And magical. And I loved it.

This year was amazing. It really was. I am so excited about all the adventures 2018 is going to bring our way!



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Visiting The Petrified Forest National Park

We FINALLY did it! Four years of living 30 minutes away and we FINALLY visited the Petrified Forest National Park. This was such a fun day trip for our family of three. If you’re in Arizona, you need to put this on your list of places to visit!
There are three National Parks in the state of Arizona and I feel so lucky to live so close to one of them.

I felt like the Petrified Forest was an easily doable trip if you are with kids or on your way to the Grand Canyon from anywhere. Seeing the huge pieces of petrified wood was truly something else. I always thought the Petrified Forest was going to be super lame (hey, just being honest) and it totally wasn’t! If our 7 year old loved it, that’s saying something! 😉

It is only about a 15 min. drive from Holbrook and 30 mins from the coolest person in the internet land. So come stay with me and we can go together. 😉

I would love to go back again and do more of the hikes/trails. We did a short day there, and didn’t get through the full park. They had a lot of cool roads you could drive down that were one way loops with pull-outs to look and take pictures. For a lazy girl like me, I enjoyed the heck out of that! We loved the visitors center and thought it was a great kid friendly place!

Guys, the Petrified Forest was really cool. Please put it on your list of things to see in Arizona! I promise you won’t regret it.
What’s your favorite spot to visit in Arizona or surrounding states?! We want to add places to our list!!

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I’m Bad At Things….And That’s Okay!

We all know how hard it is raising kids, being a mom, being a wife, being a girl, or being a human being when social media is added to the picture. There is a stupid amount of stress to be the BEST at everything, look like you have your life together, and shine above all the rest. Well…that’s not me. That’s not me at ALL. I’m really bad at some things *cough* most things *cough* and I’m here to share them with YOU in hopes that YOU don’t feel alone or inadequate in a world that constantly shows off our best and better days. So here’s to being bad at things! CHEERS!

1) Hair.
I am so so bad at hair, you guys. My hair, my daughters hair, any other hair I lay my hands on. I can’t style for the life of me. I use Walmart shampoo and conditioner. I use Z E R O product to make it smooth or shiny or longer or ANYTHING else. My daughter is never the kid with cute hair at school or dance recitals. And guess what? I’ve learned to be okay with all of that. She may not have the cutest hair, but I love her a whole heck of a lot and I think THAT’S what matters as a mom.

2) Crafts.
If I never did another craft in my life, I would be fine with that. I don’t have a creative bone in my body and that will probably remain that way for the rest of my life.

3) Home Decorating.
My home looks like a cross between “having my life together” and “frat house”. We just cant seem to find a middle ground. And as I’m typing this, I have one set of blinds that are broken and multiple windows that don’t even have blinds. Y.O.L.O.

4) Keeping my gas tank full.
Nothing pains me more than filling up my gas. So I just don’t do it. It drives my husband insane. Someday I will learn…but until then…I’ll keep driving for miles after my “LOW FUEL” light comes on.

5) Cooking rice.
Guys, I wish I was kidding on this one. I can’t freaking cook it!!!

There’s a short list of things I’m bad at, and I’m okay with that! Do you have anything you’re bad at?!? Share with me!

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How to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

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Alright guys….the blog post you’ve all been waiting for!
There is something truly delicious about your standard peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Does anyone else just CRAVE PB&J sometimes? Ahh. Pure bliss. Throw in a side of Gushers and a Capri Sun and you’ve got the perfect lunch for an average 7 year old….or Mom who is lazy and wanting nothing healthy. But HOW is a PB&J made?! Have no fear, I’m here to share! (You’re welcome.)

-2 Slices of Bread
-Peanut Butter
-Jelly or Jam

I like to start out with bread. However, you can also go with a croissant, bagel, or even hot dog buns if you’re feeling desperate enough. No shame, we’ve all been there!
I like to choose this 9 Grain bread because it convinces me I’m being somewhat healthy.

First we get our two pieces of bread out.

Then comes the peanut butter. Something along the lines of Skippy Peanut Butter, Natural Creamy, 40 Ounce* OR Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, 16 Ounce (Pack of 3)*
Spread this on one slice of your bread.

Next, choose your jelly (or jam, if you’re fancy!). Are you a strawberry or grape kind of person? We are predominately a grape jelly eating type of family, but you choose what fits you best. Here are a few ideas if you need them: Welch’s Squeeze Grape Jelly, 20 oz* OR Smucker’s Squeeze, Strawberry Fruit Spread, 20 oz*

You are going to take your jam or jelly of choice and spread it across the other slice of bread you have.

To finish off your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you will take both slices of bread and place one on top of the other, creating a whole sandwich. You must then decide if you are a “whole sandwich” kind of person or a “cut it and have two halves” kind of person. Either way will do.

And there you have it my friends! How to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich! Pretty simple, right?! Let me know if you try out this recipe!
What should recipe should I share next?! Let me know in the comments below!

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The Perfect Holiday Dress | Bombshell Wife Life

If there is one thing I am REALLY bad at…it’s buying clothes for myself. Something about dropping money on myself literally makes me sick to my stomach. I usually think about something for months, maybe even years, before buying it for myself. I’m literally the worst.
So when it comes to shopping, the last thing I would call myself is “impulsive”.

We recently had our county fair, and as always, we walked around the booths to see if there was anything we couldn’t live without. Y’all. I saw this dress and almost DIED at how beautiful it was. The dress should have just said “Kaylin, BUY ME!” right across the front. Well….maybe not. Maybe I wouldn’t have bought it then. But maybe I would have? Okay…I digress….

This black dress is stunning. The detail of the flowers along the neck and shoulder line? UGH! KILLL MEEEEE. The length of the dress. The fabric. So. Dang. Beautiful! All of it!
This dress needed to be in my closet. And it needed to be in there now. I still had my birthday money (yes, my birthday was the beginning of August. I told you I’m bad about spending on myself!) and I decided THAT’S what I was going to use some of the money for. There was no thinking about it, no convincing myself not to buy it, none of that….I bought the damn dress. AND I AM SO IN LOVE!

I totally feel like I can wear it to work, to a Christmas party, an office party, a wedding, church, the grocery store on a Tuesday afternoon, a kids soccer game…WHERE EVER! It’s seriously THAT perfect!

I got this dress from a Shop Stevie rep and honestly…I’m not exactly sure how the company works, but FIND YOU THIS DRESS! I will tag my girl below, last I heard she had ONE left…..so RUN (or type quickly) over to her site! At $44, how can you say no to this type of perfection?
XOXO Shop Stevie Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/xoxoshopstevie/
XOXO Shop Stevie Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/xoxo.shopstevie/

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Finding Home

At what point in your adult life do you say “Yup! This is it for us! THIS is where we’re planting our roots!”? At what point do you just feel content and happy with where you are living, raising a family, and creating relationships that will last a lifetime?

I never had this moment. Maybe it’s the adventurer in me, but I never thought “THIS is HOME”. I always thought there might be something better, something more fun, or something more beautiful out there if we kept looking for it. The thought of settling down honestly scared me. If you know me, you know that I LOVE traditions. I love all things family, I love having parties, I love socializing, and I knew I wanted all those things in our forever hometown. Sadly, when we moved to my husbands hometown, I didn’t find that. I found myself on the outside looking in, and boy did it throw me for a loop. I was an outsider coming in on a VERY tight knit community. I was an outsider in a predominately LDS community.
I felt like an outsider in literally EVERY aspect of life when it came to this little town.

We had talked and talked on and off about where we wanted to end up. Did we want to be in the Valley closer to our siblings? Did we want to move where I grew up and raise out kids in the mountains? Did we want to road trip for a year and see what this country had to offer? We listed our house for sale and hoped for the best. I was praying so desperately for an escape from this town. I knew I needed it. I would literally cry myself to sleep because I NEEDED to leave. I BEGGED God for an answer. And he gave it to me.

He gave me an unsold house. And along with that, he gave me peace. He gave me joy and he gave me purpose and he gave me a new outlook on life. Funny how all of that can come from an unsold house. I woke up one day and I could fully and whole heartedly say “THIS is HOME”. This place is where we want to raise our kids, where we want to grow our family, and where we want to put up with each other forever.

This town has brought us a lot of happy times and a few not so happy times. We fought like hell for our marriage in this town, we grew our family in this town, we lost a baby living in this town, and ultimately…we fell so much in love with each other and our life in this town. We found friends in this town and we found a school we LOVE in this town. We found OUR home. There are no towns like this town of ours. Where people rally together when someone needs it, when strangers bring you dinner for a week straight because you need it, when someone needs a liver transplant and the first question asked is “where can I get tested to be a donor?”, when you’re out of cream cheese for a recipe and your friend has their son ride his bike to your house to drop some off to you…..and most of all, there are no towns that feel like HOME, except this one.
This windy, no stoplight, middle of no where town.

We’ve been fixing up our house for almost 4 years now, and I am so happy to finally call it our HOME. Home where traditions will be made. Home where holidays will be held. Home where our kids will grow up.
Here’s to the next 50 years here, babe! We did it. We found home.

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