So, I must admit, I’ve become a bit instagram obsessed since recently getting an iPhone!  Clearly, mine is overloaded with pics of Rylee….as most days it’s just the two of us.  I kind of live for pictures.  And she will have PLENTY of them to look back on when she grows up! I’ve found some fun filters and things to make them look all fancy using picfx and idarkroom apps.  I’ve gone a little bokeh crazy too….but I just can’t help myself.  A little sparkle never hurt anyone, right?  Do you instagram?  Send me your username so I can find you! (i’m kelli_murray).  These are a handful of my most recent.

If you happened to miss my post on Wednesday about the giveaway hosted by Sometimes Sweet, be sure to head over there today and comment for a chance to win a custom portrait! yay! I get super excited over giveaways!  Dani has such an incredible following, I was blown away by the response even after just the first few hours.  I know sometimes it’s easy to think you don’t have a chance with so many entries….but YOU NEVER KNOW!  I still have yet to win any giveaway I have ever entered….but I always tell myself that SOMEONE’S got to win! …right!?  haha.  Maybe it will be your lucky day.  Reading her blog this last week I was inspired by her “Currently” post and thought I’d do one here as well.  I know for me, I have always enjoyed reading the more personal posts of my favorite bloggers.  It’s hard for me  to find time to do that a lot here….but I thought this was a creative and somewhat simple way to “get personal”.  So here it goes.




LOVING: Instagram!? ha.  That one is too obvious.  Right now I am looooooving candy colored pastels. Mint, peach and yellow in particular.  I need to do a wishlist round up soon with all the pastels I have been finding. I’d like to be wearing THESE on my feet at this very moment, and have THIS on my desk.

THINKING ABOUT:  My grandpa.  He and my grandmother live in the north woods of Wisconsin, in a little town called Phelps.  Although they live far from family, they love it there.  And so do I.  It’s the place I used to visit every summer as a kid….and the place that inspires a lot of my art and what I create.  Some of my favorite memories are rooted there…building forts in the woods with my cousins,  sleeping under the stars on the dock by the lake, skiing until the sun went down, campfires and storytelling, waking up to the smell of grandma’s french toast, singing with  my grandpa and sharing a bowl of home made ice cream with maple syrup (don’t judge, just try it…it’s delicious).  I could go on and on.  In my mind, it is a magical place of laughter and love and all thing good.  And my grandparents were a big part of those unforgettable memories.  But in recent years, my grandfather has been battling a number of health problems.  And it is looking like it will be his time to go very soon.  The thought of death and loosing someone close has always scared me.  But right now, I am forced to face it….and I find myself crying often at just the thought of loosing him.  My grandma is one of the strongest people I know, and she has been caring for him on her own for some time now.  But since he has recently gotten really sick, it has become quite a challenge for her, especially without any family close by to help.  The doctors just told her last week that there is nothing more that they can do…his kidney’s are failing.  They have loved each other since  they have been 16 years old and have been such an incredible example to me of love, loyalty and faithfulness in marriage.  I know that death is just a part of life…but that certainly doesn’t make it any easier.  Especially when the person you are loosing holds such a special place in your heart.  My thoughts and prayers are with the two of them right now.  And I am hoping my grandpa will pass without pain….and that my grandma feels an overwhelming peace and strength from God during this time.

ANTICIPATING:  On a much lighter note…I am anticipating getting to meet my little nephew Jonah in a few weeks!  Sam’s twin sister Hannah had a baby boy about a month after I delivered Rylee….and they are finally coming to visit!  Along with Sam’s parents from Minnesota, and his younger sister Amy from Canada.  It will be so fun to have his family in town and get to meet this little guy I have heard so much about.  I have a feeling Jonah and Rylee will be best of friends :)

WISHING: Wishing there were more hours in the day.  Don’t we all?  I just can’t seem to keep up.  I am also wishing my baby girls teeth would hurry up and come in so that she is not so uncomfortable.  She cut her first tooth yesterday, but more are still on their way!  I think I might have a cranky baby on my hands for a while longer.  Any helpful tips on things that sooth a teething baby!?

EATING: Veggie Burgers.  Who knew?  We have been cutting back on meat in a big way after watching the Forks Over Knives documentary and getting scared out of our minds! haha.  But really, we are attempting to eat a bit more healthy around here since I no longer have a baby in my stomach demanding Big Macs!

WORKING ON:  My new blog layout and portfolio.  Whoa….this is taking me forever.  I’ve realized I need to stop working on other projects in order to finish my own! Attempting to slow down, but not doing a very good job at saying no! Story of my life.


  1. Gabriella

    Your bun is so amazing and your daughter is so cute! I followed you on instagram! I have one too my username is gabbischneider! Glad you joined instagram its a ton of fun! Looking forward to your other blog posts!

  2. Kendra

    I too am an instagram lover! I’ll be out somewhere and have to stop what I am doing so I can instagram… kinda silly. I’m @kendratobler if you want to follow. :) And, on the no meat thing – I’ve been a vegetarian all my life and it’s a lot easier than people think. Pinterest makes it really easy to find recipes!

  3. Kassie Spilman

    Good for you for eating less meat! That’s a huge step in a healthy direction! I recommend reading Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. She’s so inspiring! It’s not about a “diet” more of a kind of lifestyle.

  4. Sarah

    Forks Over Knives freaked me out too. I’m already veggie but I’m starting to lean into eating more vegan meals now. Good luck :)

  5. kelle

    i did the reverse and found dani through you! her blog is awesome. i have also never won a giveaway but last weekend i won a raffle at a unicef auction so maaaaybe my lucky strike is beginning?? haha so i entered for the portrait contest too!

    i also watched forks over knives a few weeks ago and have since given up pork and beef… it’s been pretty hard at times because cheeseburgers are among my favorite things in life.. but my boyfriend eats really healthily already, so at least i have someone to eat those darn veggie burgers with haha.

    ps. i’m @kelleoh on instagram. :)

  6. Cordelia

    I love your Instagram, I look foward to new posts every day! I really like your currently post and can relate to the grandparent part. Letting go of people we love is tough, I think as long as we can learn to smile at what they have given us we must be pretty blessed. Hang in there and have a blast with the people who surround you each day! Excited to see this new blog design!


  7. charis

    gosh, little rylee is so precious, i love seeing your instagrams. You two make a pretty cute team. :)
    love those shoes, oxfords are my springs “boots”

  8. Celina Cardani

    I wish he was my fiancee’s brother…damn…our best man is NOT a good speaker. yikes.

  9. Christina

    I love all your headbands that you put on your little one! I am having a girl in July and was hoping you would share where you get most of them I love the one picture above where it looks like she has a scarf on her head, where did you get it? Also, could you share where you get her clothes from I need some cute little girl clothes! Please and thank you!!

    • kelli

      Thanks Christina! I will have to do a post on where I find a lot of Rylee’s accessories and clothes…but for the most part, I find her headbands on etsy. Or I make them myself. The scarf headband you are talking about is just one of my own scarfs that I wrapped around her head :) For clothes…I love H&M, Zara, & Baby Gap.

  10. Abby

    My instagram name is abbymw! I don’t know if you’ve found the apps “PostalPix” or “Stickygram” yet but they are great for printing IG pictures. Stickygram actually prints them as magnets for your fridge!

  11. Allison

    The Sophie giraffe is a nice complement to the yellow crocheted tankini. Very cute! I love instagram too so I’m looking forward to following you. You can follow at thebudgetmaven.

  12. Krista F

    I just started reading your blog recently (and I love it btw!) I am sorry to hear about your grandpa, that is so heartbreaking. It took me by surprise though that you mentioned they were from Phelps as I grew up near there myself (Eagle River)… What an amazingly small world! Thoughts are you with you and your family!

  13. Ashley Borntrager

    I love following your instragram (i’m @ashleybtrager) … and veggie burgers! if you’re a reader, any michael pollan book regarding the food industry is fantastic! lastly – cheers to the north woods!!

  14. mary ellen

    So glad your on instagram!! i love looking at all the pretty picture you take! and i must say you and your family are super cute! :)

  15. Vivian

    Gorgeous photos! I’m so ready to ditch my Android and succumb to getting an iPhone solely for the benefit of Instagram! So jealous Androids don’t get it. Rylee is too cute! And love all your outfits as always!

  16. Ellen

    Kelli, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandpa. Please take care.

    & I can’t say this enough, but your baby Rylee is so cute! *_*

  17. TJ

    oh goodness, why am i just now finding your site. you and your family are absolutely adorable!! and your instagram is incredible! so very happy i found yours ;)
    xo TJ

  18. Ahna Childress

    For Rylee’s teething try the brand Munchkin, mesh feeders. My kids LOVED these – when teething I would put ice cubes in them. They could gnaw away, numb their gums & reduce swelling all at the same time! Also, I never used them, but many of my friends did – are the Baltic Amber necklaces. I have friends that swear they ward off pain & really work! For me, it kind of freaks me out having a necklace on my baby. Google it, might be worth a try :) GOOD LUCK!

  19. Melissa

    Your story about your g-parents just about moved me to tears. I’m so sorry for the difficult time. I’m only 21 but fear of death gets to my bones sometimes! But just this morning I read in my devo how we aren’t to fear death. Because God’s in control of our time on earth, and if we trust in Him, death only means utter joy with Him in Heaven.

    Praying for your g-ma though, nonetheless. I can’t imagine losing my lifetime lover.

    Love your IG feed! I’m there also : melissagreenmachine

    :) Happy Saturday! (i’m currently in China.. hah so just a few hours ahead of you;)

  20. letícia

    I love here.
    I love your photos, ideas…all!
    Now I saw that tou have instagram and I add you there (I’m _beverage), very great!
    I’m from Brazil and I really like here.
    Congratulations for your blog and beautiful family :)

  21. Kacia

    Hi Kelli!
    Was reading your blog last night + husband leaned over my shoulder + asked when I had started writing another blog. I don’t think we look that much in common..I couldn’t hold a candle to your fashion sense and beauty!

    I do want to comment more on your post/request for “what should my log become”- but….I was wondering. I know I’ve never met you, but I know Sam from when we were weeee little things. Anyways! I don’t have Hannah’s number anymore, since losing my phone. I’m really wanting to send her something for Jonah. Could you? Tell her Kacia says hello. Give her a huge hug for me + smooch that little baby. + if you would? Email me her address? I’d love to surprise her with a gift, but completely understand if you want to ask to first :)

    And Rylee! She’s a doll! My Harlow is just a few months older. :) I would love to send her a pair of boots/slippers for your trouble! Thank you, Kelli!


  22. teddi

    kelli, what a genuine, heartfelt post! it’s so well written & beautiful at the same time. thanks for sharing your soul. i know it isn’t easy to do. :)


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