Create or Not Create, that is the quesiton

I was feeling particularly crafty the other day and I got out some canvases, paint and brushes. Printed off some shapes, cut those out then started painting.

I don't have water color paints, I'm actually not 100% sure whats the difference but I just took regular acrylic paint that I had and watered it down. Worked perfectly to me, but i'm not an expert.

I ended up with a water color state of Arizona, orange like the sunset(if you know the reference then you get 10 virtual high fives), and free handed a little cacti.

Scanned them into the computer, cleaned them up, and I'm happy with how they turned out.

I never know what to do with the things I create. Its obviously fear based because someone, somewhere is better at everything I do, so whats the point in sharing the things I do. I'm trying to get over it, so I though I'd share with you today.

What do you think? Want one?


You're Awesome Giveaway Recap!!

In the middle of April I sent out a bat signal on Instagram asking if anyone would be interested in collaborating in a giveaway idea I had.  I was definitely scared to ask, but this is my year of fearless, so I went for it.

What started out as more of mothers theme thing, morphed into the YOU'RE AWESOME GIVEAWAY! Cause really shouldn't we celebrate the little awesome things we do as people every single day!

I thought it would just be one maybe two participants, ended up being 5! Five amazing human beings participated in my crazy giveaway idea! Gets me pumped for possible future collaborations and giveaways.

We had 5 weeks of awesome! Kicked it off on April 17th and ended May 19th! Check out all the business/shops/creatives below! Also, follow me on instagram @airkaka
(*disclaimer* i was not given any product/items/services in exchange for this giveaway. having these amazing women choose to participate was enough for me.πŸ’“)


Jordan Whitlach


Natalie Devore


Andrea Hunt


Melissa Jennings
INSTAGRAM: @the.mamallama


Tammy Gabel
INSTAGRAM: @mommatammyaz


Summertime Sanity Savers

The End.

Kidding, but sometimes it can feel like that. Summer is the end.
The whole heat thing, then add no school on top of that. It can be hectic and busy, but we always make the best of the time together. In order to save my sanity though, I have to have at least a few things planned to keep the heard entertained.

Before the school year ends and the summer begins, I always like to attempt to make a summer bucket list with my kids. Well, we make the list, but the attempt is in actually checking off things on our list. We try our best to do as many things on the list as we can.

The List:

  • Sleep over at grandma & papa Crandell
  • Go to Cabin
  • Visit at least 3 different splash parks
  • Visit at least 3 different pools
  • One designated craft day a week
  • Sign up for summer reading program at the library
  • Go to library once a week
  • Take a day trip: Tucson, Tombstone, Prescott, Snowflake, Petrified Forest 
  • Movie Nights
  • Back to school party
  • Ice cream party
  • Get a sitter at least 4 times
  • Personal quiet/meditation time 
  • Go to the Mesa Temple Visitor Center story time
June 1st is the last day of school for us and my girls are eagerly looking forward to that day. I'm excited too, but in order for me to be able to keep myself sane i'll have to be extra organized this summer. Hopefully our list will help. 

I'm linking up this post today with Mommy Style Monday. Want to join the Mommy Style Monday link up? Visit Kiana // Glitter & Donuts or Madeline // CaseyLand and sign up! 

Check out what everyone else is up to this summer! 

Kiana // Glitter&Donuts
Madeline // CaseyLand

Monica // It's All About


Arizona Bloggers Meetup with Boncom

I was able to attend an Arizona Bloggers meet up that was hosted by the amazing Boncom team. They are doing some beautiful things as they connect people, organization, companies with influencers to make a difference and share goodness in the world.

I've had the chance to partner with them in the past and share some holiday campaigns and it's a pleasure to be included, even in a small way, to make a bigger difference.

Designed by Grace + Vine

Designed by Grace + Vine

BYU Tv, Studio C, Random Acts, Relative Race, Extinct Tv

Swag Bag Goodies
Whimzical Woods Barn, Rod Works, Project Life, Seth Adam Smith, Greg TrimbleTaylor Town, Retrogram Boards, White Elegance, Goldyn Eero, Olivewood Designs, Moments Defined, Lolly Letters, Lucky Love, Prickly Pear Lane, Fiiz 

If I start writing about all the details about what the presenters & keynote speaks talked about this would be an extremely lengthy post.  I will write separate posts on all that because each needs its own.

I will say that I am so glad there are people willing to share their talents, stories, and life with others.

We heard from Jamie Hutchings, Seth Adam Smith, Kristyn Merkley, & Becky Higgins.

Each their own, but together they shared messages of strength, balance, hope, light, and love. There was even more, but like I said, lengthy.

I love walking away from an event feeling inspired and feeling better about myself than when I showed up. I have so many things I want to accomplish, so many things I'd like to share, and just so many thing. All the talk about balance was something I definitely needed to hear. Inspired words from those I look up to.

For the moment this is all I will share. Stay tuned for more and I might reference this night a lot in the coming months.


This Mothers Day

After a long week of the stomach flu running rapid through our home I am ready for the calm.

This Mother's Day will be simple, calm and hopefully germ free.

I am lucky.

Lucky to have four special little children that I get to love & nurture every day.  That's all I need. No frill, no hoopla, just love from the ones that call me mom. Shouldn't mother's day be a mothers day after all? That's all I want (well, maybe a nap tooπŸ˜‰)

Happy Mother's Day and thank you to all the mom's out there for being the best mom's they can be.



Little Hands

We were all hit hard with the evil stomach flu this past week and many popsicles were consumed.

These little hands couldn't get enough of them. They also couldn't wait for me to take a pictures of them too. πŸ’—


Mommy Style Monday: Time Management

Time is such a weird thing.

I want it to pass quickly but be slow simultaneously, somehow.

The topic for Mommy Style Monday is Time, specifically how I manage my time.

Honestly, I am not a time manager for my personal life. Probably a tiny pinky nail size of time management is in me. It's not much, but its enough. There are dates and events that I need to remember, that I write on my big calendar for myself and my family, and that works.

When it comes to time management and being organized for other people though, that is a whole different ball game.

I would love to give you an amazing post about how I wake up early and get things done before the kids wake up (they wake up so flippin early right now, this could only happen when they are sleepy teenagers) or how I'm consistent with nap times for Leonard, or work outs( or more like work nots), but I can't.

It's taken me time for me to let go and stop feeling like because I'm not doing something on a schedule, or I don't have a magical chore chart for my kids, or what not then I'm doing it wrong. I've tried many times to do these things, and its not a passion of mine. I know it won't stick till I have that.

If you are a time manager, more power to you, some days I wish I could but, that's just not me. :)

You do you.

How are you with time management? Is there something that works for you? 

Want to join the Mommy Style Monday link up?
Visit Kiana // Glitter & Donuts or Madeline // CaseyLand and sign up! 

If you're wanting actual awesome with tips and more about by his topic,
Check out the other ladies that are linking up today! 

Kiana // Glitter&Donuts
Madeline // CaseyLand
Cayli // Nightchayde
Rachel // Tutus and Heels
Monica // It's All About


FREE LDS #PRINCEofPEACE Social Media Images

The Easter season is upon us and our thoughts are turning to our Savior of the World, Jesus Christ.

Mormon.org is hosting a wonderful Easter campaign called #PRINCEofPEACE. Launching March 31st. I love each one of the campaigns the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints puts on during holiday seasons.

I am jumping ahead a little with excitement for this campaign. This year I wanted to do something special to celebrate the campaign so I created some FREE and simple inspiration gospel centered images you can use on social media, specifically for Instagram, but can be used anywhere.

Starting April 9th, one week prior to Easter, I have an image a day you can share that corresponds with one of eight Principles of Peace. Use these to correspond with the days, use whenever you want or need a little inspiration. :) 

When sharing on social media tag #PRINCEofPEACE. You can also tag me on Instagram @airkaka I would love to see who shares and read any thoughts you have.

I hope those that use these can feel love and the peace that comes from our Savior.

(just right click image and save as πŸ‘)

APRIL 9th- Faith - Write a list of the reasons why you believe in God.

April 10th- Compassion - Think of someone you love. Make a list of their good traits and give it to them.

April 11th- Forgiveness - Pray for strength to forgive someone who offended you

April 12th- Repentance - Make a list of areas in your life that aren’t in harmony with Jesus’ teachings and set goals to improve.

April 13th- Gratitude - Share a specific example on social media of something someone did for you and how it made a difference in your life.

April 14th- Scripture - Think of a question or trial you’re facing. Find someone in the scriptures who faced a similar issue and learn from their example.

April 15th- Prayer - Share with a friend or write about a time when a specific prayer was answered.

April 16th- Hope - Create a playlist of songs that give you hope and courage.


Mommy Style Monday: Spring Box Swap

Happy Monday. Today is a very special Mommy Style Monday. This last month the creaters Kiana & Madeline decided it would be fun to send boxes filled with fun springy items to another MSM lady. 

Now, I was hesitant at first cause the last time I did something like this for a Christmas secret santa with other blog sisters, I got burned. I'm over it now, mostly, but at the time I was pretty ticked about it, obviously.

I obviously went for it, because the mommy style Monday ladies that participate are absolutely amazing and I feel like I know them, even though I've never met them in person. :) 

The theme for the box was SPRING! It would be anything that reminds you about spring.  I sent a box to the adorable and fabulous Chandler at Life as a Larsen.  

My box came from the ever so sweet Kiana at Glitter&Donuts. Have you seen the things she does? Amazing. She's real, honest, and a wonderful mother and I adore her. 

I was excited to see the cute things she would send to me. 

I don't check the mail often, oops, so I ended up seeing the package in the mail on my birthday! So it was ever sweeter! 

So lets dig in and see whats inside. 

I immediately smiled at all the donuts, I mean she is Glitter and Donuts after all. :) 

I may have eaten the donut rice krispie, the second photos were done, and it was delicious! I've already used the cute bright pink nail polish, its the perfect spring color. I can't wait to find time to color, its such a great stress reliever for me. Kiana must have known that me being all old and 30 now i'd need some extra help in the tightening and toning of my face, cause I can't wait to use the treatment mask! 

I was seriously love, love, loved every single thing that came in my spring box! It brings me so much joy when people spend the time to give and think about others and let a lone send a box filled with goodies cross country to bring love and a smile. 

Thank you so much Kiana for my box! It was everything and also so much more than I expected. Perfectly capsuled you, and perfect for me! 

Check out what the other ladies in our Mommy Style Monday group received in their spring box swaps! I know I can't wait to see! Want to participate in a Favorite Things Box in June/July? Go here to sign up! 

Kiana // Glitter&Donuts
Madeline // CaseyLand
Cayli at Nightchayde
Rachel // Tutus and Heels
Chandler // Life as a Larsen

Want to join the Mommy Style Monday link up?
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One year of Leonard

My sweet little Leonard is turning one tomorrow! March 22nd. 

This year has gone by so incredibly fast, crazy busy, but the best year.

Little Leo is one of the coolest babies I know.  He started walking just before 9 months and is practically running laps around us now.  He's got the cutest grin with his 8 teeth and knows how to work you with it. 

I could go on and on about how adorable, and special this little boy is, but i'd rather just look at pictures of him.

So happy to have this little guy in my life and in our family. πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“


30 years of Me

I'm 30!!

Yes you heard that right. Thirty with a capital "T" that rhymes with "P" and that stands for perfect!
If you know Music Man you'll have that song in your head now, you're welcome. :)  

30 always seemed like such a huge number when I was a kid, I definitely don't feel like a huge number, now that I am that "huge" number. 

I recently wrote a post about turning 30 for East Valley Moms Blog: Is turning 30 really so bad?  if you want to take a read on that too. I have a few of my friends point of views on the post as well.  Its a good read. :) 

I don't know about you but I think I look pretty good for being so old. ;) 

I got so much birthday love from messages, texts, phone calls, friends dropping off treats, and gifts. It was a lovely chill day.  Nothing elaborate, nothing planned, did some work, ran some errands, ate some food.  Enjoyed the life I've lived so far and am looking forward to the next 30 years of life.


Day to Night: An attempt at fashion

Good morning! Good Monday!

Its Mommy Style Monday once again, and the topic this time around is a day to night look.

Lets be real this is gonna be a short and sweet post.  When it comes to making a look I'd be wearing during the day to the potential of going out at night has little to no change. πŸ˜­πŸ™ˆ

Number one in anything I wear is comfort, then, is it clean, then, I think about the fashion part.

Some of my favorite clothes for comfort is no surprise, Lularoe.  Dang it to heck, they make some cute comfy clothes.

For this post I'm wearing one of my favorite Lularoe shirts.


Shirt: Lularoe Perfect Tee
Black Leggings: Walmart
Sandals: Thrifted american eagle knock-off berks
Bracelet: goody hair tie

I'll happily run quick errands, drive to sonic, clean, and lounge on the couch watching Hulu in my comfy day look. Bonus, is i'll look put together is anyone randomly pops by, which happens frequently. :) 

On to bring my day look to night... don't blink or you'll miss the difference. ;) 


Shirt: Lularoe Perfect Tee
Jeans: Walmart
Sandals: Thrifted american eagle knock-off berks
Bracelet: goody hair tie

I told ya.  I really don't change much when I'm going out and need to fancy myself up.  I just throw on a pair of jeans and call it good, if i'm lucky and no big spills happened on my shirt during the day of course. If you remember my past Mommy Style Post about accessories, I normally don't. Comfy and plain. Just the way I like it. :) 

Don't forget to check out my way more fashionable Mommy Style Mommy friends day to night looks. 

Kiana // Glitter & Donuts
Madeline // CaseyLand
Rachel // Tutus and Heels
Monica // It's All About

Want to join the Mommy Style Monday link up?
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4 Years of Camden

Camden is just one of those boys where when you meet him he just melts your heart.  He is stubborn and learning but he has a heart of gold.  From my squishy 8lb 10oz baby to a full blown 4 year old now. He is a social butterfly and is a friend to everyone he meets and just wants to share all the love he can. Always cracking jokes and laughing about something, his personality just keeps getting better. 

I learn so much from this fast growing little boy every day.  I am so grateful he is mine and bring so much joy to our family. 

I can't wait to see him grow more in this next year. 

Now enjoy random pictures of my sweet Camden through the years. 

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