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Currently & Favorites + Giveaway

Wow! A lot to go through today! It’s going to be a hodge podge! But, sometimes, you need to do those kinds of posts, and they are fun to write and to read.

So…

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Currently…

Doing | Everything possible to get ready for Evelyn. I’m in full-on nesting mode. I’ve kept on top of thank you cards for the baby showers I’ve had, presents are all wrapped and under the tree, and Evie’s clothing is washed and equipment set up. I’m 1/3 of the way done doing deep scrubbing of the apartment. I do try to take it slow and steady. This pregnancy I’ve definitely gotten a lot more worse worn out a lot more easily. 

Cooking | Well, this past week, I’ve sucked at cooking. But, I plan on having a few homemade freezer dinners prepped before baby girl.

Wrapping | All the Christmas presents! Well, except for Rhys’s big present from Santa, which is on our porch hidden until Christmas Eve. Rhys has loved “helping” me wrap the presents. He’ll help place the tape, pick the bows and place them, pick the name cards  and place them, then put the presents under the tree. Since my family is coming when Evelyn is born (less than a week after Christmas), we are just keeping their presents under the tree rather than shipping them to Utah.

Playing | Justin and I have been playing a lot of Rummikub at night–when we were dating/engaged, we played it almost every night. Now, we are back in the habit. Rhys and I have been playing a lot of cars and legos. He’s really getting into interactive and imaginative play with his toys and it’s so fun to watch him. We have also been playing with simple ideas for our new Elf on the Shelf: Jingle. Justin and I are easing into it this year, since it doesn’t take much to impress our 2.5 year old. First thing in the morning, Rhys will go look to see where Jingle has moved and then points back to all the previous places he was.

Justin is currently…| Loving his job at Kubota Tractor Company. He is a data analysis and has done some pretty big projects already that his bosses love and are implementing. He is really into BYU football and basket ball right now. Justin also made his annual batch of homemade mulled apple cider on Saturday.

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I am currently…| Wishing this pregnancy was over. I hate this pregnancy. But, I’m so excited to have a baby girl in my arms in less than 4 weeks. Sometimes, I still can’t believe that I will have a daughter, let alone a second child! I have officially opened my Etsy shop: The Morrell Tale Design. I am also taking advantage of the fact that I have my own car now and have been taking Rhys all over the place and getting out of the house as much as possible before having a brand new baby to take care of.

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Rhys is currently | Growing like a weed. I swear he’s grown a few inches since we’ve arrived in Texas! Rhys is so smart, I can barely believe it. He loves helping with EVERYTHING and loves being independent. He’s obsessed with educational videos on Youtube and knows the vast majority of letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. His vocabulary is also growing daily, but his actual verbalization and pronunciation is still suffering. Today, we actually have an evaluation with ECI to see if he qualifies for speech therapy.

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Evelyn is currently | 36 weeks along! She loves to move, especially during naptime and bedtime. She is already very spoiled with all the gifts we’ve received from family and friends.

Favorites…

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Longwear Lip Color | I absolutely love this lip stain that I received from Influenster. I’ve never been one for bold colors, but I absolutely love the way I look in this. And, it’s true to it’s name–it really does stay on forever! I apply it in the morning, but then it doesn’t come off until I go to bed when I wipe it off with makeup wipes!

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Blogger Ornament Exchange | I love doing ornament exchanges. This year, I was paired with Amanda from Perks of Ponder. She definitely got my aesthetic of wood and tweed down! I love this ornament!

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Morning at Dallas LDS Temple | Last week, I went down to the LDS Dallas Temple. I needed to make an exchange at the distribution center (where Mormons get temple clothing and the sacred garments) and I wanted to take some pictures. It was a beautiful morning. The temple is definitely much, much smaller than the Utah temples. The parking lot wasn’t even 1/3 full–complete OPPOSITE of Utah temples! Wow! I’ve been in Utah so long I’ve forgotten what temples outside the Mormon bubble were like! I had to pee real bad when we got there–pregnant! So, I explained to Rhys that we were going to go into the Temple–Jesus’s house. Since it is Jesus’s house, and we love Jesus, we need to respect him and be reverent. That means whispering and walking. No yelling and no running. We walked into the lobby and Rhys walked slowly the whole time and made a point to whisper, and would even put his finger up to his lips. He pointed at the pictures of Jesus and said, “wow.” Even in the bathroom (in which he loves to yell because of public bathroom echoes), he whispered! I was so proud of him. When we walked back outside, I told him so and told him he could now run around. We got some beautiful pictures of the grounds, too.

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Maternity Pictures | We also got maternity/family pictures done, and I am absolutely IN LOVE with them. Kayleigh was the first friend I made in Texas…the first week we were there, I took Rhys to the library and I saw a girl with two little boys in BYU Cougar shirts…I knew she had to be Mormon! And she was! We exchanged phone numbers and began to stalk each other on Facebook seeing as we were both Utah transplants to Texas. Then, I discovered Kayleigh’s photography business and fell in love. I begged her to do my maternity pictures. And, she’s going to give you a deal! 

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Book a session using the code MORRELLTALE to get 30% off of a Maternity or Senior (graduation) session. Use MORRELLTALEFAM to get 20% off of a family session. (Just mention the code in an email or text while booking). Session must be completed by March. Texas residents only. Some restrictions apply. Email Kayleigh at contact@Kayleighsearle.com to get more information or book a session! 
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Please Help Me Out…

1) Since opening my Etsy print shop, I’ve decided that I want to collaborate with bloggers. I want to send you one of my prints (your choice), and you review it and share it online! Please sign up here and I’ll send you an email with more information!

2) Please Guest Post for Me!

Since baby girl is due right after Christmas, I want to start gathering some guest posts for the end of December and throughout January!

You have to write posts that deal with my main topics: motherhood, Christian religion (you don’t have to be Mormon), recipes you’ve created, family and marriage, domestic stuff (being a homemaker), or blogging.

It would need at least one vertical, high quality Pinnable image. No cussing, no graphic thoughts, no politics.

Please fill out here if you are interested and I’ll send you an email with more detail!

Giveaway!

First, the winner of my Etsy shop Grand Opening giveaway is…..

Charlene from Enduring All Things! Congrats!

Also, you have another chance to win one of my prints, in addition to many other Etsy crafts and Christmas gifts. Kendra Castillo  is an artist and blogger I’ve been following for years. I love her artwork. She got this Holiday Giveaway together. There is a total of 6 prizes worth over $100 in value. Giveaway will end Sunday (12/11) at midnight! Winner will be announced on Monday (12/12).

Holiday Giveaway
from some of the best (worth over $100 value)

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ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE:

  • Set of 5 Fine Art Greeting Cards (envelopes included)
  • Earrings from Anthropologie
  • $10 Starbucks Gift Card
  • “Let It Snow” 8 x 10 Art Print
  • The Watercolor Hex Small Zipper Pouch (perfect for organizing all your little things)
  • Set of 8 Handcrafted Holiday cards (envelopes included)

*Giveaway will end Sunday (12/11) at midnight! Winner will be announced on Monday… Good Luck 🙂
(The more times you enter the higher chances you have to win! Winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter)

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys Behind The Blog | January 2016

I need to take more pictures of Justin! I’m running out of new ones for the monthly Guys Behind the Blog!

1. This year is Leap Year — what are you going to do to celebrate?
…it’s a Leap Year?

2. If you could create an obscure holiday, what would it be and why?National Give Justin 5 Dollars Day….orNational Sleep in Past 9 AM Day.
In reality though, I did create a Holiday in High School. March 16th. Badger Day. Everyone watches that Badger Badger video. All of my friends celebrated it. It was originally the 15th of March, but I had to reschedule due to The Ides of March.

3. Have you seen the movie Leap Year? If not, tell us about another romantic comedy you have seen.
I watched the first 15 minutes. I gave the movie 10 minutes longer than I normally would for the sole reason that Amy Adams was in it.



4. Tradition has it that women are supposed to propose to their men on leap day. Would you (or did you) say yes if your girl popped the question?You finally did it, Blogosphere. You gave me a question I literally have no idea how to answer. I’m gonna say yes because Tayler is giving me a very concerning look.

5. If you had to have a special event take place on leap day, what would it be (ex: wedding, birthday, birth of your child, etc)?
It would probably have to be something special enough to celebrate, but either mundane enough to only celebrate every 4 years, or significant enough to find excuses to celebrate it every year despite the fact that it didn’t actually happen on that date.Ladies and Gentlemen……National Give Justin 5 Dollars Day is officially on Leap Year Day. I expect a check in the mail by at least March 7th.
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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys Behind the Blog // Jan 2016

We missed December’s version of Guys Behind the Blog, but we are back into the grove! So, I’m going to sit back and let Justin take over to say what he is currently up to…by not talking at all.

Watching – 

Reading – 

Listening to – 

Dreaming of – 

(Tayler: Substitute “food truck” for “bar”)

Eating – 

Learning – 

Wishing – 

Obsessed with – 

Loving –  

Planning – 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys Behind the Blog // November

Justin is so stoked to answer this set of questions: it’s all about sports!



1. What sports did you participate in as a child? What sports did you watch growing up?

When I was a kid I exclusively played basketball.  I played volleyball all throughout high school, but basketball was my childhood.  My whole family was associated with basketball at one point or another in their lives.  My basketball career ended in middle school, however.  I was a bigger kid, and played mostly power forward and small forward.  I learned to play mostly from my dad (who stands at 6’4” and could easily line up as an offensive lineman in pro football), so I tried to play big like he did.  I was a good jumper and rebounder and I always had a few steals a game, but I couldn’t shoot, I was slow, and couldnt dribble well, so I typically stayed in the paint, and I did okay.  Well, come middle school, everyone had their growth spurts (myself included), but everybody else’s spurts were larger than mine.  So there I was, jogging onto the court as a 13 yr old and the coach lined me up at shooting guard.  Try as I did, it is very hard to box out and post up a 6’4 kid when you are 5.5′.  Needless to say, my basketball career ended there.  My jumping skills were put to use once I went to volleyball in high school, and that’s where I’ve been.

Growing up, watching sports was always a father-son thing for me.  My dad and I would sit on the couch, eating popcorn and unbaked brownie batter, and we would watch the Utah Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Chicago Bulls.  My parents are from Utah and I was born in Chicago, and we were living in Pennsylvania at the time. Football season would come around and we would watch Steve Young and the San Francisco 49ers and we also watch a lot of the Philadelphia Eagles.  We didn’t watch a lot of baseball, but we would watch it on occasion.

I’m looking forward to reliving those memory with my own son.

2. If you could line up your ideal Super Bowl, who would be facing off, where would they play and who would you pick to win?

Ideal Superbowl?  Well, first off, it would be held on a Saturday.  It would be the the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks again.  Only this time, the Broncos would win.

>3. Do you prefer the summer or winter Olympics? If you could participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be?

I love the Olympics, either one has its perks.  I love watch Hockey, Bobsledding  and Snowboarding in the winter, and in the summer I love the watching volleyball and most of the sprinters and swimmers.

If I could compete in the Olympics, I would love to play on the US Curling team.  Yup, thats right, curling.  Why you ask?  Well, its probably the only Olympic sport where you can eat a pizza and not have to run 10 miles to burn it off.

Although, regardless of my abilities, bobsledding would probably be the funnest thing in the world.

4. What is your favorite food to eat at a sports party (ex: World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, etc.)?

Any variation of chips and salsa.  It can be just chips and salsa, it can be nachos, it can be taco stew, as long as there is tortilla chips and spicy red sauce to dip it in, then I’m sold.

My roommates and I once performed and experiment to see if it was possible to get full eating nothing but chips and salsa.  Its not.  Well, we say its not, mainly because we ran out.  But we still could eat more given the resources.

5. Who is your all time favorite athlete and why?

DISCLAIMER:  UTAH FANS BE WARNED!!!



Hardest part about being born and living in Chicago and having family from Utah during the 90s?  This series.
Go ahead, call it a push off,

He’s still the best

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys Behind the Blog // October

It’s back! Justin gets to take over the blog and answer questions for Guys Behind the Blog! Yaay!

Justin takes over for Guys Behind the Blog

1 // We’re headed into fall, which means cooler temps for most of us…are you a warm weather or cold weather kind of guy?<
Cold weather.  Heat and I are not good friends.  Ideally, I would like it to be in the 55-70 degree range year-round if possible.

2 // What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
I had a Captain Jack Sparrow one that was pretty good.
I had a Victor Creed one set up but never executed due to a fortunate/unfortunate job interview I had to shave for.

I’m also working on a killer Two-face / Jekyll-Hyde combo styled one. (Tayler: HECK NO is he allowed to shave any part his head)

3 // What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
Is that any different from my favorite candy period?  Snickers.  Hands down.

4 // What are your favorite parts of fall (ex: football, the weather, Thanksgiving, etc)?
Football, Thanksgiving, Crunching Leaves, and the cool breeze.

5 // How do you feel about pumpkin spice lattes? (As a joke question hahaha)
There is a far better fall-time beverage available.  Its called Apple Cider.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.