Sunday, April 22, 2018

Black + Cognac

These are two of our favorite colors to pair together!  For some reason we used to think you couldn't wear blacks + browns together.  Now we love mixing the two colors in the outfits we wear, and in our home decor!

Below are two casual outfits showing how we paired the colors together.  


Regan: Dress // Hat // Shoes
Paige: Jeans // Top // Necklace (similar) // Shoes

My (Regan) dress is so comfortable is only $21! Like, whattt?  My shoes are just as comfy, but, unfortunately, not quite as affordable. So worth the splurge though to at least have one cute pair of espadrilles this season.  I got mine last year, and this same pair is still selling in stores and so on trend.




These are Paige's new favorite pair of jeans! The perfect #momjean and so easy to wear with a fitted top and statement necklace.  Throw on some cute wedges and you have an easy, perfectly put together date night outfit. 


Last thing I want to talk about is my cute hat! I've been so in to hats lately and Gigi Pip is making all my dreams come true from their baseball hats to their wide brim fedoras, and everything in between. Their spring collection is heaven, which also includes the cutest scarves, bags, and now sunglasses!  Go check them out, you won't be disappointed. Use code saltyblondes for free shipping!





Now to show how we combine blacks + browns in our homes.

Below is a shot of the office in my home.  I wanted to go with a black + gold color scheme, but am loving the pop of color that the cognac chair in the corner adds.





Paige just added these cute bar stools to her kitchen.  The ones she had before were black, and it's amazing how much adding this cognac color adds to the space.  





Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is coming up, and with so many amazing mother's to celebrate, we started planning our gifts early.  We have ideas for anyone on any budget, and categorized our gift guide by price range.  Check out our ideas below! 


Under $25:


Guys we've said this before, but THIS is the absolute best body butter ever! We've given it as gifts countless times and will continue to do so!



Great by themselves or combined with the body butter above!



LOVE this cute summer hat from Target, and also love that it's only $14! I (Paige) actually just bought it for myself and it's the perfect size (not too big and not too small)!



Ipanema has super cute affordable flip flops that we love! This would be another cute gift combined with the summer hat above :)



How Cute are these mini hoops?! We love that they have both gold and silver in them so they can be worn with either!



Under $50:

Anthro Candle

Anthropologie has THE prettiest and best selling candles. They look so cute out in any home, and can be cleaned out once they're burnt out and used as a cute dish or bowl!



Glass Water Bottle

Stay hydrated in style! I finally just got myself one of these and love it :) The larger spiked one is on my birthday list! I got one of these because I was drinking 4 water bottles a day and read some things that got me paranoid about the plastic! Invest in a glass one of these cute glass water bottles for your mom AND yourself this year :) If you don't do it for the health or environmental reasons, do it for your bank account! I've saved so much money not having to buy cases and cases of plastic water bottles!



Yoga Mat

This would be cute by itself or combined with the gift above! Great for any mom who likes to workout, and comes with an over the shoulder handle!



Swim Cover

How cute is this beach cover? It can be worn as a dress, sarong, or used as a beach blanket :) Yes, please!


Sol Angeles Tee

These are just the best fitting and cutest tees ever! They're a little pricey but you can always find cute ones on sale like the one below!



Under $100

Sorel Sandals

Just got these actually in the metallic color and absolutely love them! Super comfy and cute too!



Massage

You just can't go wrong with a massage! We linked Massage Green Spa above which is great for Utah :)



Made by Mary Jewelry

Made by Mary has the cutest customizable jewelry! We gave our mom a necklace from here with all of our initials on it for Mother's Day last year and she wears it all the time!



Workout Leggings

Is there anything better than high quality yoga pants? When they're flattering, cute AND comfy it just doesn't get better :)



Olukais

OK guys, bear with us here. If you don't know about Olukais, you'll just think we're crazy for putting an overpriced pair of flip flops on here :) We're not! These are the ONLY flip flops we can wear all day no matter how much walking we do because they provide the perfect amount of support for your feet and are so comfy! Invest in a pair for you OR your mom. You won't regret it!



Under $200

Adidas

If you haven't noticed, Adidas are the new Nike! Love these cute slip ons for working out or everyday wear!



New Bag

Below is a great one that's high quality, sleek and reasonably priced!



Madewell Denim

Keep yo mama up to date and looking good in some made well denim! Madewell just has the best jeans. Period. Below is one of our favorites :)




Anti Aging Facial

We suggest one of the top 3 from the list of facials on the link above. Plus, if you mention us when you call to by and gift card at Trilogy here in Utah, you get a discount! Yay!



Marc Fisher Wedges

He just has hands down the cutest espadrilles on the market. Below is one of our favorites :)




Hope you guys found this helpful! Happy Mother's Day shopping!



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Regan's IVF Cycle

Hi friends! It was about two years ago when I first opened up and talked about my infertility journey on our blog. I shared that my husband and I were going to take the steps towards moving forward with trying our first in vitro fertilization cycle (IVF).  We were trying to save up money and it was our goal to start the cycle in the fall of 2016.

Well, God had other plans in mind, because two months later we found out that we were pregnant with Cal!  This was the first time we had ever gotten pregnant on our own, without any fertility meds/treatments. You can read more about my semi complicated/stressful pregnancy here.

Fast forward to January 2017 when we got to meet our miracle boy! Cal has been SUCH a blessing in our lives.  He's everything we could have ever dreamed of for a baby (but not, at the same time, if that makes sense - this is a perfect analogy that makes me tear up every time I read it and explains what I mean perfectly). Cal has a special light about him that even strangers comment on. He is the SWEETEST boy.  He hardly ever whines or cries, laughs all the time, learns new things every day, loves people, and is super social. He's been sleeping 10-12 hours a night since he was about 5 months old, and is honestly just a dream baby.

As grateful as we are that Cal was born and is doing SO well, we know he has a long road ahead when it comes to his mental, physical and cognitive learning abilities. He is so smart, and has made so much progress, and we will never put ANY limitations on him, but it's just a reality that things DO come much harder and slower for him than any other "normal" baby. Something as simple as going from the sitting position to leaning on one hand and on to all fours take a LOT of effort for Cal (as well as some assistance from us), and you can hear in his heavy breathing and grunting how difficult it is for him. 

My point it is, we know his life is not going to be a walk in the park, and that we, as his parents will probably never be out of the woods when it comes to Cal's medical and physical needs. 

We don't want to put another baby through what Cal has and will go through in this life, and to be honest, I don't want to put my body through any more miscarriages.  Cal is literally a miracle, and was born, even though I was only given a 3% chance that I would carry him to term.  Prior to him, I had 3 miscarriages due to the babies having the same chromosomal abnormalities he has. 

 So we decided to move forward with our first IVF cycle right after Cal's first birthday.  We did the egg retrieval, fertilization, and genetic testing of the embryos, and I want to share my experience for anyone interested, or going through something similar. 

I am only 26 years old, and I wanted to do my egg retrieval while I was still super young and had a high egg reserve and (hopefully) good quality eggs.

For 10 days I gave myself shots morning and night to stimulate my ovaries, and prevent ovulation.  I was super nervous about the shots. It took me about 20 minutes to give myself the first one, but after that I realized it wasn't too bad (although I hear frozen transfer shots are way worse - not looking forward to those!).




I have heard so many stories about other people who did IVF with PGD (genetic testing) for the same reason I did and not being able to get ANY healthy embryos.  We were spending so much money to do all of this, and I didn't know if we'd be able to do it again if it didn't work the first time, so I wanted to do anything and everything I could to help it be a success. My doctor sent me over his "Super Supplements List" and said he recommends his patients taking them all a month before starting IVF. 

I started taking them all 2 months before, haha. I've heard conflicting opinions on whether or not taking supplements makes a difference during IVF, but I didn't care.  It helped me to feel like I was doing everything possible to help get us our healthy embryos. 


The supplements below are three that I really liked, and ordered through Fairhaven Health

The first is one my husband took.  No shots and only one supplement for him...guys have it SO easy.




I get my prenatal vitamins from Fairhaven Health and LOVE them.  They never make me feel sick and somehow smell and taste good?!? They don't have that nasty vitamin taste :)




One thing I had heard about IVF that definitely proved to be true is that it makes you super bloated.  The two pictures below were taken the morning of my egg retrieval. My stomach looked and felt the same as it did when I was about 15 months pregnant, and it only got worse the following days after the retrieval!




I had my egg retrieval surgery on January 17th. The recovery was much worse than I expected.  I was super crampy and had to walk hunched over for about 3 days.  I didn't feel totally back to myself until about a week and a half after the surgery. 

The eggs were fertilized the day of the retrieval, and we got updates on how our little embryos were doing on days 1, 3, 5, and 6 after the retrieval. 

I had 30 eggs retrieved!!! We were so happy. 25 of them were mature, and 22 fertilized. On day 3, 17 of them were still looking good, and 11 made it to day 5 and 6, which is when they are able to take little biopsies to send to the lab, and freeze all of the embryos that made it to that point. Of the 11 that were sent for genetic testing, 4 came back healthy/normal.

So now we have 4 little frozen embryos waiting to be transferred until we're ready! 

Modern medicine and technology is truly amazing.  We feel so blessed to live in a time where this is all possible, and we are excited to grow our family and give Cal some siblings!  He is going to make the best big brother! As for right now, we are going to enjoy Cal being an only child until we are ready to try for number two.

I'd be more than happy to answer any questions for anyone going through something similar.  Feel free to comment below, or email me!

xx
Regan

Friday, March 9, 2018

Insta Outfit Recap

Hi guys!  It's been way too long since we've done an outfit post.  I feel like we always say this, but our lives have been crazy, and we've just been linking outfits on insta as of late!

I finally had some time to sit down and put our last few outfits we've posted about on Instagram together in a post.  So here you go. Best part is, most of our outfits are on major sale now that spring is almost here!


Two fun weekend/date night looks.  Loving this mauve/pink color of Paige's sweater & in the print of Regan's top.  We didn't plan to pair these two outfits together for our shoot, but have to say, they coordinated pretty perfectly :)





This next look is definitely my (Regan) go-to.  Some high-waisted denim with a casual tee. You can find me in this outfit every. single. day. Loving the Sol Angeles x Anthrologie tees lately (even though they are a bit pricey for a t-shirt), and these slip on sneakers have been my absolute favorite during the "warmer" winter days here in Utah. I have them in two colors, and the black pair I'm wearing below are lined with fur (yasss).





These are a couple more cute, everyday looks that are a little more put together.  Paige's boots make such a fun statement and are currently on major sale!





This last look is all about the neutrals! Nothing better than cozy neutral sweaters that go with everything!

Now, time to bring out the spring clothes! Hello cropped denim, cute wedges, and lightweight jackets!




Saturday, February 24, 2018

CoolSculpting Results/Outfit Post

A couple months ago I went to Trilogy in Midvale and tried out CoolSculpting for the first time on these thighs! Haha. I documented the whole process on our stories on Instagram, but it takes a couple months to see the final result which is why I've taken so long to post about it!




If you're unfamiliar with CoolSculpting, it's where they apply a handheld device to specific stubborn fat areas on the body for about 30 minutes, which freezes the fat and your body gets rid of it over the next few months!

I did it on my inner thighs, and was told to expect about a 25% fat reduction on the treated area. Most people want 2-3 treatments over a period of 9 months or so, but I am pretty happy with the results and may just stop with this one!



Below is a before/after photo. I didn't use the actual ones they sent me because I'm in my lace underwear and my sisters thought it looked inappropriate to post! Haha but send me an email if you want to see them and I'll send them to you! Also, read to the bottom to find how to get a major discount at Trilogy Med Spa and for outfit details!



Sorry for the low quality of the before photos! They didn't have their camera at the time, so they were taken with an iPad. As you can see though, my inner thighs are slightly smaller which is exactly what I wanted!



CoolSculpting is not for major weight loss. It's for treating smaller, stubborn areas that you may not be able to get rid of with diet and exercise. I did not lose any weight from this process, but do love the result!

As for the actual process, it was super simple! I brought my laptop and got some work done while I was there, and was in no pain at all. It took about 30 min on each leg! It's very cold when they first apply the device, but then you just go numb and can't feel anything.

If you have any questions about CoolSculpting or are thinking about trying it yourself, feel free to email me or comment below! Make sure you DO YOUR RESEARCH before you get it done, because it makes a huge difference who you go to! I loved how knowledgable they were at Trilogy and highly recommend them.

If you DO end up going to Trilogy for anything (facials, botox, CoolSculpting etc.) make sure you mention us for a great discount!

Outfit linked below :)

Vest | Boots | Denim | Top | Necklace (similar)