Peace out to 2016!

All outfit pieces are from Cents of Style: Hat | Tee | Flannel Button Up (affiliate links)

Isn’t it crazy to look back at the end of the year and think about all of the things that have happened in that calendar year? This year has been a roller coaster of emotions, but I am really grateful for where I am today and where the many trials have brought me and have taught me along the way.

Wool baseball hat from Cents of Style on www.girllovesglam.com

The year started with a rocky beginning as we were still very much in the middle of our miscarriage. It was followed by [Read more…]

Evolur Baby Ambassador

I am SO excited to finally be able to share some pretty huge news with you. I am going to be teaming up with Evolur Baby for the next year to bring you some really fun content! I met them this summer at Blogger Bash and instantly fell in love with their absolutely beautiful nursery furniture. I lucked out and won a prize that included this awesome Mia Moda stroller and after talking for a while, we decided that teaming up would be a really fun experience.

Mia Moda Enzo Stroller [Read more…]

Pink Scalloped Dresser Makeover

We are in full blown nesting mode at our house, trying to get ready for baby number two. Part of our plan to make room for baby was to move the queen sized bed in the guest bedroom into Harper’s room so that the guest bedroom could become baby’s room. The guests will still get to sleep in the queen bed when they come to visit and Harper will sleep on the air mattress. It took a little convincing but she finally got excited about getting a big bed. Part of getting her excited was telling her that we could give her room a little makeover at the same time. We pretty much just decorated her room since we have only been in this house for a year, but there were a few other things we could do to make her feel like this was a special experience for her and she wasn’t just getting kicked out of her little bed. One of the things that we decided to do was refinish her dresser. I LOVE how it turned out!

Pink Refinished Dresser with Scallop Trim on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Our 2016 Christmas Cards

As much as technology has taken over all of our lives, I really appreciate getting traditional mail. I love the act of walking out to the mailbox, pulling out envelopes and opening them up to see what was sent! Everyone knows that this is even better during the holiday season! Seeing family Christmas cards is one of my favorite parts about this season! We have ordered our holiday cards from Shutterfly for the past 7 years! Before we even had kids, I wanted to make it a point to send out cards because I knew that our loved ones would appreciate the thought that went into them.

It is pretty amazing to see how many different styles of holiday cards that Shutterfly has created over the years. There are SO many options now! I usually try a different style each year. This year, we tried out the glitter holiday cards and they are awesome! The sparkle doesn’t rub off and they just make the card look a little more festive!

Family Christmas Card 2016 on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Helping Children Live Bold Lives

I’m sharing #LISTERINE in my life as part of a LISTERINE® sponsored series for Socialstars™

I still remember this day like it was yesterday. Maybe it is because my four year old won’t let me forget it. It was a day that happened almost two years ago when we went to one of our favorite lunch spots. She was playing with a friend in the play area when both she and the friend came out crying. There was a bully in the playground! I remember thinking that this was the first bully situation I could think of her experiencing and I wanted to help her get through it.

I will tell you now, this was a tough one! The bully was just plain mean! He was pushing kids down and spitting in their faces, screaming in kids faces, and basically just trying to make every other kid cry. His mom came in and told him to stop, but that did absolutely nothing. I told my daughter to go in with her friend and they could play together. If “Mean Carter” came and tried to bother them, they could stand up to him together. Well, that plan failed just as soon as both little girls came out of the playground with tears streaming down their faces.

In that moment, I realized that this was probably a great way for my daughter to be introduced to a bully. Not all bully situations end like they do on television shows. Everyone doesn’t end up being friends in the end and we definitely can’t control other people’s actions. This situation only got worse when the mother of this child tried to get involved with some of the other parents who were trying to help their kids stand up to her son. In the end, we chose to leave and so did many of the other families.

Why do I share this story with you? Because I want to share how we have continued to build on that experience to help give our daughter the confidence she needs to be bold and stand up for herself in situations that she is going to be faced with in her life.

Helping Kids to Live Bold Lives on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Giving Children Our Time: Light the World with Service

The holiday season can bring a lot of chaos into our lives. When there are so many events and shopping that happens in such a short amount of time, it can be hard to lose sight of what is truly important this holiday season. I love the reminder I received when I watched this video about bringing light to the world by serving others. This holiday season can also be the perfect opportunity to serve. To learn more visit https://www.mormon.org?cid=66200019.

Serving our children and giving them our time and attention [Read more…]

Bumpdate 31 Weeks: Excitement and Mourning

I can’t even believe I am 31 weeks pregnant. Is this real life? If I go full term, I only have 9 weeks left. That is if I go full term! It is pretty insane to think about how much different things are this year than they were a year ago.

31 Weeks Pregnant Bumpdate

I was also pregnant a year ago. We were in Disneyland for Thanksgiving break and were living blissfully unaware of the life changing news that was about to come that following Monday when we learned that we had lost our baby.  [Read more…]

Confessions of a Beauty School Student’s Damaged Hair

This post is sponsored by Savings.com

Beauty school was one of the most influential times of my entire life. It was 2000 hours of hard work, learning, and creating some of the greatest friendships I have ever had. There are so many memories that I hold dear because of beauty school.

Beauty School Paul Mitchell 2006

One memory I definitely don’t love is just how much damage my hair endured during beauty school. [Read more…]

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Photography by: Stayc Smart.

My shirt (not maternity): Cents of Style

My boots: Sold out, but similar from Cents of Style

I have had a lot of kind people ask me about my pregnancy on social media, so I thought I would just give a good ol’ update for everyone. It is crazy to think that I am 27 weeks pregnant.

27 Weeks Pregnant on www.girllovesglam.com [Read more…]

Protecting My Family

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When I started blogging nearly seven years ago, there were a lot of things I didn’t know. I didn’t know that it would eventually become my full time job. I didn’t know that I would make some of my best friends because of blogging. I didn’t know that blogging would push me to be more creative. All of those things are things that I probably have kind of looked into the future to see a glimpse of, but the thing that I definitely didn’t know when I started sharing my life on the internet is the dangers that happen because of it. When I started blogging, I didn’t know that there would be creeps and hackers trying to invade on my life. I am kind of glad that I didn’t know that because I probably would have been too scared to move forward if I would have known.

The first major invasion of privacy happened about five years ago. I started receiving strange comments that then turned into strange emails. They were from someone who was objectifying my body and it made me so sick. I wanted to quit. I had worked incredibly hard to get my site where it was, but I was willing to give it all up to make it end. It made me sick to think that this person, and more people like this person, could do that to me or to my family. With some help from law enforcement and my tech savvy and supportive husband, we were able to get through that trial.

I became much more careful about what I was sharing online. I focused a lot more on sharing object photos and didn’t share much about myself or my family. Then one day I realized that I just wasn’t happy doing that. I wanted my life to be part of my site and my site to be part of my life. I took a giant leap of faith and started to get more personal again.

Family Photo on www.girllovesglam.com

It was probably about a year later that my site was hacked. [Read more…]