Category Archives: Life

Behind The Blog \\ Dealing With Diabetes

June 19, 2014

Here we go. It’s text-heavy. We’ve got sugary photos because I need to look at them while I type these words.


Hey. Could that post title be any more dramatic? I don’t think that it could. I’ve been struggling to write this post for a while now. It’s not an excuse as to why things have been so quiet here. Actually. Who am I kidding? It’s totally my excuse. ;)

People have been wondering if my instagram account has been hijacked. And I can’t blame them. Who the flip is posting all this healthy stuff?!? It’s totally not like me. My account is usually plastered with sugar & sweets & Diet Coke, so I totally get it. Things have been crazy and I’ve had to drastically change my diet over the last two weeks. Hence the healthy snacks.

Christmas Treat, Holiday Recipe, Toffee, Chocolate, The Proper Pinwheel, Delicious toffee, easy toffee

To give y’all the basic rundown, I’ve been diagnosed with LADA. It’s a form of Type 1 Diabetes where I am now insulin dependent. The difference is that Type 1 usually manifests in children and teens, and not so much in peeps in their late twenties like myself. About a month ago, I noticed that my vision power (that’s a thing) was decreasing severely. It was gradual and, by the end, I couldn’t make out Vita-roo’s face if she was more than ten feet away. And you know how cute her face is, so this was tough to take. I visited my eye doc who suggested I visit my regular doc who suggested we test my blood sugar. So it was tested. And it was through the roof. More tests. And then we realized that I had almost every other diabetic symptom.

Lemon 5

“I did this to myself! I know it!”

“All the donuts and carbs and treats have caught up with me in the worst way.”

“I didn’t even get to say a proper goodbye to some of my favorite cookies and donuts!” (Lookin’ at you, Keebler.)

(I really did say that. And I really did cry about it. Hi, I’m five years old.)

Those and about a million others were the thoughts racing through my mind. I cried and I cried and, quite honestly, my ego power (also a thing) took a huge plunge. As someone who was secretly thrilled by the fact that she ate junk food regularly, this was my worst nightmare. The life of Shelby from Steel Magnolias immediately played in my mind. Be glad you weren’t there for that. This all happened around National Donut Day, mind you. I mean, talk about a kick in the pants.

Cupcakes 1

Fast-forward to today. After lots of blood work and other tests, I’m on the mend. It’s treatable. It’s a life-changer, yes, but I’m dealing. I begin and end the day with needles. I used to do it with Diet Coke & a candy bar, so I’m honestly surprised it’s not Type 2. I’m not grateful to have it at all, but I’m grateful to know that my poor habits aren’t what caused it. When the official Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis came, I made sure to emphasize to everyone we told that it wasn’t Type 2. That I didn’t cause it. That it started near the end of my pregnancy. I felt like I needed people to know that because, hello, I’ve been known for my sugary habits. Irony. It’s there, alright.

For about 48 hours, I wrestled with what to do with this here blog. I was afraid I should just shut it down. I’ve been so tired (worse than pregnancy, you guys!) and just kept thinking about all the treats I could no longer post! And then I realized that I need this blog. I need to write my thoughts here. And if you guys are there to support me, that’s super. If not, that’s totally fine. But I feel like we’ve got a good relationship, you and I. And I feel like I can share this with you. It’s not always bright, colorful, styled photos around here. It’s sometimes messy. Like right now. This is a HUGE change for me. HUGE. I’m still wrapping my brain around it. And I could sure use your help.

Typography Macarons

Going forward, things might be a little different. I’ve obviously had to tweak my personal habits, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop posting about all the sugary goodness that I like to make for you guys. Most of the time in the past, I’d just give away what I made. I’d like to say that I could eat donut after cake after donut, but I’m maxxing out at around 4 post-Vita. You’ll still get a healthy dose of DIY and delish, delectable treats, but you’ll also be seeing/reading a little more about the healthy lifestyle change I’m making. Mmmkay?

I don’t think I can do this alone.

I know I can’t do this alone.

I’m not sharing this information here to get you to feel sorry for me. I’m sharing it because I share a lot of my life here. And my life is changing.

Color-blocked Old Fashioned Donuts

To the folks that already know this, I thank you for your sweet, sweet, emails and messages. It really is amazing to be on the receiving end of such love.

To end this on a happier note, I feel like I should shout this next part at the top of my lungs. I CAN STILL HAVE DIET COKE! You don’t know what that means to me. I know that soda isn’t the best thing for a person, but if I had to give that up cold turkey, well, then, you’d have to have me committed.

Okay. Phew. That was a lot. Hope your eyes aren’t burning from all these words! Thanks for reading this. And thanks for being there.

Virtually hugging the crap out of you,


photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel (dive into the archives, baby!)

Decorate \\ That Time I Was A Guest Curator For UGallery

June 18, 2014

Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery

I hate a lot of things. Just kidding. That’s not true. I’m a lover. And I love art. I love to have it all over my walls and I hate when they’re bare. I’m currently dealing with some bare walls in our new place. These frames. Remember them? They’re still empty! So while I have been dreaming of filling them with pretty pretty prints, I spent some time curating a few of my favorites for a collection over at UGallery!   Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery Guest Curator: The Proper Pinwheel for UGallery

It’s a lot of color. It’s a lot of bright. And I think it’s a lot of fun. So head over to UGallery to check it out! You can check out some other guest-curated collections by a few of my internet faves including SF Girl By Bay, RUE Mag, The Jealous Curator, Meg Biram, & more! And if you pick up one of those pretty prints, I’ll pay you double. I want it. I want it all.

all images from The Proper Pinwheel & UGallery collection

Fresh // Found

June 13, 2014


Friday the 13th. Beware. I read an article somewhere that was about things and places to avoid on this day. You shouldn’t go outside. You shouldn’t stay inside. You shouldn’t breathe air. I mean. This is bad, guys. Be careful. ;)

We are taking Miss V on her first camping trip tonight. And as I type this, I’m starting to regret that decision. What kind of shenanigans could we get into on Friday the 13th? Yeepers!!! Say a prayer that things go smooth and that the s’mores are still tasty! I think it’s the perfect way for Logan to really exercise his manly parenting skills in time for Father’s Day, don’t you?

This Texas loft reveal is amazing!

Pop art for your pops!

Toasted Coconut Mango ice cream. Yes.

We will be making this for Logan.

I’ve been eating healthy lately and these breakfast ideas sound delish!!!

I’d like my bedroom surrounded by brick, please.

Coasters for dads that the kids can make!

Mix n match donuts. I thank the heavens that Melissa was born.

**happy weekend**

photography: JFK & daughter, Caroline. Ed Clark—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Fresh \\ Found

June 6, 2014

DIY Watercolor Plates

It’s National Donut Day! Donuts! Donuts! DONUTS!!! Oh  my, it’s National Donut Day over here. And I’m so sad to say that I’m a little sick and won’t be able to venture out and eat all the donuts in Denver. Which I had plans to do. So sad. So you best head out and hit up every bakery withing 50 miles of wherever it is you live! You must! It’s for a good cause!

Now, for the donuts - 

Kel made a week out of it. Donut week! with a giveaway!

Donut Macarons. Oh holy hell!

And then there are watermelon donuts.

Celebrate your food coma with this DIY donut pillow.

Make these DIY watercolor plates to rest the donuts on!

Donut cupcakes!

**Happy Donut Day**

photography: The Proper Pinwheel for My Chinet

Fresh \\ Found

May 23, 2014

Idaho farm

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, friends! This is one of my favorite holiday weekends in the year. Each year, we head up to Idaho to brand all the new calves on Logan’s family’s farm. It’s such a blast. I’m especially excited because I’m not pregnant this year and that means I’m back in the pen wrestling with the little furballs. It’s the best. Also – Vita gets a front row seat to all the action. It could excite or potentially emotionally scar that girl. But I’m betting on the former. If you want to see some of the action yourself, follow along on Instagram. We’ll be snappin’ shots all weekend long.

While we head off toward the Tetons, you best check out some of these here links. They’re baller.

I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to talk like a hick and a thug in the same sentence. That’s how cool I am.

This pom throw is my favorite blanket ever.

Popsicle cakes. YOU MUST.

Printable drip catchers FOR the popsicles. Another must.

That time I was Blog Society’s featured blogger.

My girl, Ruby Ellen, has a super cute book out! Get it now!

Crying from excitement ‘cuz these two are havin’ a baybay!

 photography: The Proper Pinwheel

Giveaway \\ $100 to Winter Water Factory

May 19, 2014

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing
Guys. You should probably know that I’m obsessed with baby clothes. I mean it. I don’t care what I look like. As long as my babe looks good, I’m happy. Real happy. Most days, we don’t even leave the house. Most days I’m in pajamas. But most days, Vita’s in real clothes, and she’s all lotioned up and smellin’ delicious and lookin’ fine.

Before I had Vita-girl, I had perused the interwebs to find the cutest baby clothes that were hi-qual. (That’s Lexy-speak for high quality.) There’s Baby Gap, of course, and I’m partial to Old Navy. I was on Instagram one day when I saw Winter Water Factory tagged by one of the grammers that I stalk. I loved the patterns that I was seeing and immediately bookmarked those folks. The quality goods are quality goods, I tell you.

I’ve got my eye on this Vienna Dress. It’s the perfect item to show off Vita’s thigh dimples.

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

I’m on the Winter Water Factory bandwagon. I may even be the driver. And I want you in the car with me. We just went from wagons to cars? Back on track – I’m so obsessed with WWF that I was able to convince them to give away $100 to one of you. I know. I may as well be Santa Claus! ;)

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

“I don’t have a baby though!” – you could possibly be thinking. Don’t fret! There are adult goodies as well so you’re covered. There’s home goodies ,too!  Hello, kitchen towels

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

What do you need to do to toss your hat in the ring? Details below, my friends. It’s a rafflecopter kinda thing so there are plenty of chances to win!

Giveaway ends Friday, May 23rd, at 11:30pm Mountain Time. Open to US residents only – sorry internationals! I’m workin’ on somethin’ great for you!

Good luck, friends!

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing



Congratulations to the winner, Tori Anne! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Fresh // Found

May 16, 2014

Dans le Townhouse_Black White Painting

What a week?!?!?! Holy hell! So many crazy awesome things happened over these last seven days. Like how the Mother’s Day Brunch Tablescape was featured on 100 Layer Cake! My heart stopped.

I’m just really feeling the black and white vibe today. I don’t know why. Probably because of the color of the Diet Coke can, but imma gonna run with it. The above photo is a quick DIY painting that you can make in a jiff. Head over to Dans le Townhouse to learn how to make your own! I’ve rounded up a handful of chic B&W projects that I think you should do this weekend. Do them now. Stop reading this blog and go, go, GO! :)

B&W Paper Bag Art

Embroidered Leather Zipper Pouch

B&W Painted Curtains

B&W Leather Slouch Bag

Black & Gold Mouse Pad

**happy weekend**

Spotlight: In Love With Vita-Roo

May 15, 2014

Brace yourselves. There are many, many pictures below. In Love With Vita

I don’t share much about Miss Vita-roo here on the blog. You see glimpses of her on my Instagram account. She’s sort of my insta-mascot. We love her. We love all the changes she has brought to our lives. We love that, right now, she is wearing 12 month pajamas and she just turned 7 months old. I mean. She’s big. We just breed ‘em big, I guess.

In Love With Vita

I wanted to make this space a little more personal today. Here are a few pics of Vita as well as my top ten fave things she does. *DISCLAIMER – this list is moot. Picking my ten favorite things about my daughter is like picking my favorite Dumbledore quote. It can’t be done.

1. She’s fearless. The girl is not afraid to crawl, fall, or roll anywhere. Even off the bed. Which I’m sad to say has happened before.

In Love With Vita

In Love With Vita

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DIY \\ Handmade Store-bought Mother’s Day Brunch

May 6, 2014

Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch

You guys. Isn’t this little tray just lovely and pretty and sweet? Would you believe me if I told you that everything on it, minus the raspberries and flowers, was from SONIC DRIVE-IN?!?! Holy omg. amiright? It doesn’t get easier than this. You want a pretty handmade brunch for your mom? Done. You don’t want to spend the morning slaving in a kitchen? You got it. Let’s make a handmade STORE-BOUGHT Mother’s Day Brunch, shall we?

Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch

To make the tray you’ll need:

Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch

Trace the tray on the backside of the wrapping paper. Cut it to size and use double-sided tape to adhere the wrapping paper to the tray. Now it’s time to add the good stuff. Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch

Blambity blam. This whole breakfast was purchased at SONIC DRIVE-IN. French toast sticks. Orange Juice. Syrup. Whipped Cream. And I added some raspberries to keep things looking ‘healthy’. ;)

Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch

DIY Handmade , STORE-BOUGHT #Mothersday Brunch Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch

Place some carnation stems or another small and simple flower in a small vase to make it all feminine and momsy. Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch Handmade Store-bought Mother's Day Brunch

Add a personalized card and you win the award for best child. It’s that simple. I’m sending these photos to Logan to inspire him to bring me breakfast in bed on Sunday. If you see him on the street, nudge him in the right direction, would ya?

What else would you put on a tray like this? Ideally, mine would be filled with Diet Cokes and frozen Milky Way candy bars. Oh my.

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Fresh // Found

April 25, 2014

Paper Flower Backdrop by Michelle Edgemont

Ohhhhh Friday. I’ll never get sick of you. I’m so glad this week is coming to a close. It’s honestly been insane. There have been a few top secret missions going on over here and I’ll hopefully get to spill the beans soon! *NOT PREGO*

While I’m out stuffing my face with pancakes and getting sloshed on Diet Coke, you should take a gander at a few of these lovely projects and recipes!

A donut rug. Yes, a donut rug.

These printable dessert coasters are callin’ my name.

Treat cones from party hats? You bet.

Betty Crocker’s tips for entertaining.

Printable Spring gift wrap for you!

**happy weekend**

photography: L & L Style Photography via Michelle Edgemont