Category Archives: Life

DIY \\ Popcorn Cone Favors

August 8, 2014

Popcorn Cone Favors

One word: POPCONES. That’s what we’re calling these popcorn cone favors. They’re easy to make. I know I’m not the first person to make cones like these and I’m almost too ashamed to share this as an official DIY. Almost… (It’s Friday, you guys. I’ve lost my head.)

Popcorn Cone Favors

I’m sure you get the gist. Take a square of paper. Roll into a cone. Place a piece of tape on the back to keep in place. Fill with popcorn. Snap a picture. Devour. Popcorn Cone Favors Popcorn Cone Favors Popcorn Cone Favors At the moment, we are in Salt Lake City celebrating the DIY Fest that is Craft Lake City. We’ll be there today and tomorrow! Will you? If so, let me know! You can party with me and Logan. And by “party”, I mean “stuff your face with delish food that I’m sure we will find”. Before I sign off, here are a few fave popcorn projects from around the web!

 printable popcorn boxes!

cookie butter popcorn!

lemon popcorn!

garlic parmesan popcorn!

butterfinger popcorn!

pb&j popcorn!

**happy weekend**

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

End O’ The Week

August 1, 2014

DIY Popsicle Party Backdrop

My, oh my. It’s August. It may as well be Christmas now. Just kidding. I’m not ready for that. Though I have been working on a few big projects that you’ll be seeing come December. Sneak peeks coming soon! The weekends tend to fly by before I have a chance to really soak them in. I’m poor at time management when Friday rolls around. I think I have all weekend, and then BAM. It’s Sunday night and I’m getting depressed. Does this happen to you?

Before I sign off to go eat my weight in sugar-less weight watchers caramels (thanks, Diabetes), I’ll leave with you with a few of my fave projects and posts that made their way around the web this week! My fave? Of course it would be Vita sittin’ pretty in front of this DIY Popsicle Party Backdrop that I made over on You Are My Fave. You are having a popsicle party, right?


I’m thinking I need to make my way over to Manhattan Beach.

The kiwi is my fave! What’s yours?

Keep your kids safe in a digital age. Starring Vita.

A pineapple boat. No other words necessary.

Perfect picnics with origami boxes can happen.

 I may spend tomorrow afternoon making salt water taffy!

All the macarons. The fruity macarons.

You NEED these flamingo straws in your life. We all do.

photography: The Proper Pinwheel for You Are My Fave

Behind The Blog \\ Thoughts On Creating & Sharing Content

July 29, 2014

This is just one of those things that I sit on for a long time. I sit. Stewing. And thinking. And stewing. Then I forget about it and go on my merry way. And then something happens and I’m back stewing all over again.

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Whenever someone asks me about blogging, they assume that it’s all pretty photo shoots and getting free stuff in the mail and being your own boss and “oh so cute!”. Half the time, when someone finds out what I do, that’s the response.

“You blog? That’s so cute.”

Yes, it is cute. Er, it can be cute. I’m happy to photograph cute things and share them with all eleven of you. That’s part of the fun.

And yes, it can be awesome to be your own boss. But technically, I’m not. I’m only one of my bosses. I have about 8 bosses at the moment. And it can be a little tricky to manage if you don’t have enough Diet Coke stocked in the fridge.

One of the toughest parts about blogging is mastering the management of time. I’d like to master the art of reversing time, but whaddayado? You have to manage emails, deadlines, employees, invoices, incomes, props, ads, campaigns, sponsors, etc. It can be a little exhausting.

For me, I currently contribute to several larger sites while still (totally scraping by!!!) managing my own blog. I work around the clock. When Vita’s eyes are closed, my laptop is open or my camera is on and my brain is spinning with ideas for new projects. It’s tiring, and I sometimes wish that I could just unplug at night and decompress with my family. But then I remember that because I want to spend my days doing what I love and being with the little girl that I love, I have to keep plugging along and find a way to keep moving.
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But it’s tough to do. I’m guilty of doing the online comparing thing. And that can be dangerous. I have to remember that everyone moves at their own pace.

I want this place to be one of inspiration. Whatever I share here, I want it to do something for you. I want you to laugh. I want you to be happy. I want you to feel creative. I want you to feel inspired. And I want you to feel like you’ve got it all, folks.

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As someone who works hard to create internet awesomeness, it feels amazing to have your work shared by friends, new and old, who inspire you! I always love finding my work around the webs. It’s neat!

However, what isn’t neat? When I find my work being credited with a “via pinterest”. Pals, I’m sure you know this, but I feel like I need to shout it at the top of my lungs.


Turn back.

This occasionally happens to me, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I’ll usually send a quick little email asking if the author could change the info and link me as the source. And most of the time, it’s taken care of rather quickly. It’s always polite. It’s always courteous. And it never becomes a big deal.

I’m lucky that this doesn’t happen to me too often. But I have friends that it happens to all the time! Can you believe that?!? As bloggers/freelancers, we try to make a living off the content we create and share online. And if we aren’t recognized as the original creator, we miss out on other opportunities, amiright? I think it’s wonderful to have my work shared, and in turn, share the work of others. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Pals, I know I don’t need to elaborate on this topic. I’ll just say that it is easier than you think to find photo credits. If you find something that you want to share that wasn’t yours, just credit! Can’t find the credit because you found it through Pinterest and you just keep going ’round and ’round in “via Pinterest” circles? You can use BING’s reverse image search. It’s that easy. If you can’t find the credit no matter how hard you have tried, then I urge you not to use that photo. You might not think it, but you could be doing a disservice to the blogger in question.

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This is something that I feel very strongly about and I’m hoping that by mentioning it here, some will become a little more aware of the potential damage that can be done. The online community is supposed to be a supportive one, so let’s support each other, mmmmmkay?!?

And listen, if I have ever used one of your photos (and you don’t want it all up on Proper) or I have credited an image wrong, please feel free to shoot me an email and tell me that changes need to be made! I get it!
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I would love to hear your thoughts on this. It can be a heated topic for some, but I always love hearing other points of view.  Has this happened to you? What do you do about it?!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

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.

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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! :)

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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**