Happy birthday little boy


My little boy turned 2 this month. TWO. Dos. I still can’t believe it. When I look at him I see a little boy now. His baby-ness is almost gone. It’s behind us. Now life is officially going a 100 miles a minute it feels like. This boy of mine lives in the moment every day. Oh, if we could all live like that, right?! And not think about tomorrow or the past.

Right now, at his two-year mark, Mr. Jace loves the song, Hot Line Bling (I basically had it on repeat at his birthday party), he loves parfaits, and smoothies and grapes. He is ridiculously obsessed with water balloons and Thomas the Train, playing swords, putting on “daddoos” and going “ou-side”. He wrestles and plays basketball every day, and enjoys puzzles and projects around the house. Now I’m just waiting for him to say complete words and sentences, so I can understand what the poor kid wants. Oh, and anything on a stick he goes crazy for. Suckers, cake pops, you name it.

But when I cuddle him on his dinosaur pillow on the floor in his room before bed, with his star light on, his eyes slowly fading, I still see my baby. The chubby cheeks, the pure white skin, his little lips. He holds my hand (sometimes even strokes my cheek) and I rub his back. Even now at two, he isn’t afraid to get close and hug and kiss and snuggle. He loves to be near people. Makes me hopeful that he’ll always be a big baby on the inside, even as he continues to grow on the outside.

Happy birthday Jace Patrick. I love you so much it hurts.


My favorite instagrammers

Hello friends, and happy new year!  I thought I’d start off the year by sharing some of my favorite Instagrammers with you. The people I follow for inspiration, or simply for fun, ha. Here they are (there’s a lot of them!):

Sarah Slowe – stylist, living the dream. I’m officially adding a floral maxi to my spring wardrobe .. so beautiful.

Cold Cup of Tea – designer living the simple life. Who would have thought to make a garland with baked citrus?!

Erika Powell – interior designer and momma. I look forward to her Friday favorites, when she posts them.

Lauren Atkins – wife of Thomas Rhett, whooooo I’d totally be friends with, ha. Have you seen her hubby’s music video with her in it? So adorable.

Riawna Capri – master of celebrity hair and fun. Also currently obsessing over Hair by Chrissy here in Gilbert (!)

Waiting Dogs – saw this tagged in one of Heather’s posts and now I look forward to seeing all the little (and big) waiting dogs of Instagram.

Erin Mayshed – great hair and home ideas. Her little girl finger painted thank you cards for her. Brilliant.

A Beautiful Mess – they make me want to paint an outdoor patio wall coral or bright teal. Plus, they do a lot with pineapples ;)

Sonnet James – palo alto entrepreneur of dresses for playful moms. Jelly!

Tashauna Shae – love her name, and her sweet soul (even if I only see her through IG)

Michiel Huisman – um. Have you seen this man?! Game of Thrones. Age of Adeline. His name is MichIEl.

Jessica Seinfield – LOVELOVELOVE her and her humor. She really makes me want to use more coconut oil. And eat more grapefruit.

Joy Williams –  would die to see this woman perform live. Her voice is so beautiful.

Ayesha Curry –  foodie, momma and wifey to Stephen Curry. Love her dubsmashes (what is that btw? How do you even do it!?).

Traveling Gold – 4 girls on a mission to travel to as many places as possible. So much travel inspiration! Bora Bora is calling my name.

And I don’t know about you, but I looove cozy-ing up on the couch and checking my Instagram at the end of the day. Usually after a work-out or putting Jace to bed. OH, and here’s me doing just that, hahahahaha. Rob caught me!

cher-joy-blog my favorite instagrammersI would love to hear your favorites!!! Who am I missing out on?!

Family, Holidays


This Christmas, I decided to take a bunch of video so we could really capture the excitement and moments from the day. This Christmas sure did come fast, we didn’t even get to all of our “12 dates of Christmas” … all of a sudden it was Dec. 24th and we were furiously wrapping gifts! But, wow, what an awesome Christmas, even for how exhausting it might have seemed. We got in a ton of family time and laughs, lots of dancing and kissing and eating .. just your average family holiday get together.

I think one of the best parts of our Christmas holiday was playing with Jace and his toys. Since I’ve been an adult now for what feels like forever, I forgot how fun toys are!! So please pardon my little toy recap here, but I was as into the toy playing as mr. Jace was. His favorite gifts included anything Thomas the Train related. Rob got him a little Thomas the Train whistle, Grandpa Randy got him a battery-operated one, and a friend got him a little train track set, and me a little tent for him to play in. And just a sidetone, thank you, Netflix, for having Thomas the Train .. it’s seriously the best show and Jace adamantly requests to watch it now, while he plays with his trains. He goes around saying, “MY choo choo (yes, everything that is “his”, he proudly disclaims as “MINE” in the cutest little boy voice). He also loved this glow-in-the-dark, battery-operated car track my Mom got him. The track is plastic and folds up nicely into a bag, so you can take it anywhere. And the cars are fast! Lastly .. Great Grandma Margie got Jace a teepee for his room. And I tell you, Jace has never been more animated about life until he saw this thing. It was definitely a bad idea to set it up right after bath time, because after rolling around in this thing, running around it, diving into the pillows, reading books, playing with the flashlight and watching the glowing lights on the ceiling, this boy didn’t want to go to bed. Good thing he woke up and it was right there for him to experience all over again. Such fun. Rob and I felt like kids again, unwrapping the toy boxes and getting everything out, playing trains and cars, bouncing new balls, dancing to Snoopy, etc. We completely forgot about our own gifts and just hunkered down on the floor to play with Jace. It was so freaking awesome. But then again, I think Jace brought out the child in everyone this Christmas. We looked around and our families were just as consumed in the toys as we were, ha. We’re truly so blessed to have such loving families.

P.S. We also used this holiday to start Star Wars! I feel like we’re the last humans on earth who haven’t seen it. So, we started with episodes 4,5 and 6 .. then I sort of want to skip 1-3 and just watch the new one! I hear it’s AH-mazing. Are you a Star Wars fan? I think I’m hooked for life! And how cute is chewbacca?! I might need to get this backpack for Jace. Or maybe for myself ;)

Hope you all had as playful a holiday as us ..  XOXO


Family pics in Gilbert

We went downtown last weekend to snap a few pictures for our holiday card. It was pretty tricky. Jace didn’t smile or face forward half the time. And when he did he looked like a thug. In others he was staring at the planes flying over above, pointing at Grandpa trying to get his attention forward, or wrapping his face in his blankie. Should make for an interesting holiday card this year. Be on the look out friends!


Putting a great podcast to use

Debbie Millman Simon Sinek
When I get sick of the top hits on repeat on every station on my morning commute, I normally switch on a podcast. Design Matters is usually my first go-to for some inspiration for my work day ahead. Do you ever listen to it? If not, you should! Debbie Millman’s voice is beautiful. I could listen to it all day. The latest podcast was an interview with Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why .. Before listening to this, I had no idea who he was, but I tell you, I’ve never been more inspired to be a leader and to put my d*mn phone down. He talks about how managing people is different from leading people. That you should treat your employees more like children .. You wouldn’t fire your child. You’d encourage them and mentor them, and support them along the way. He also spoke of the “D” generation or the depression generation, those who get so lost in the unreality that is Facebook and Instagram that it makes them depressed, always comparing.  Isn’t it the truth? And the idea of social media now crossing the line into addiction and the rush of dopamine that accompanies “likes”, comments, etc. that feed the addiction. There is so much more to the podcast, he talks about his new book and finding your why, you just have to listen to it! And he also encourages you to put your phone down when at the table with friends. To truly give someone your utmost attention.

So, one day last month, when I had some time set aside with my friend Kristin, I put that one tip to use. We chatted all night, uninterrupted by phones and TV. We did brunch the next morning and just kept talking. It was so wonderful to talk about everything under the sun. I didn’t even bring my phone to the table. No need. I wanted to give my friend my full attention. Now, I just need to remember to do this when I get home!