Well, I sure am glad instagram came into my life.  I remember the day when I called my friends on my house phone and had to go on the computer to map quest directions to get to wherever we were meeting.  (sorry if I offended anyone still using mapquest!)  It’s nuts how far technology has come in just the last 10 years isn’t it?  And it boggles my mind to think of what the future will be like and what will be the new “iphone” when Rylee is my age! Anyway, to be able to carry my phone, take pictures, and share it with the world all in a matter of minutes is really quite amazing.  I feel like I’m still an iphone newby and getting used to taking photos so frequently, but I love that instagram reminds me to document my day.  So many moments captured by this little phone in my pocket!  My CURRENTLY posts have kind of turned into my instagram feed, but hey, I guess that’s what’s current right?


So Rylee and I just went to the doctor yesterday for her 9 month checkup.  Sam and I tried to guess her weight before hand.  I guessed 20 lbs and Sam guessed 18.  We were both wrong.  15 pounds!!  I was shocked.  I mean, not entirely because I know she has always been on the smaller side…..but 15!! No wonder she is still wearing 3-6 month clothes.  The doctor didn’t seem too concerned because she is still following along on her own “curve” so that made me feel a little better.  She already eats so well but he suggested adding butter to her cereal and extra solids between her bottles.  Do any of you momma’s out there have food suggestions/tips for beefing up baby!? (In the healthiest way of course!)  I’ve got to do my research.


Fourth of July weekend in Wisconsin. Reuniting with Sam’s family, fireworks on the lake, and finally having all the baby cousins together.  Sam’s two sisters and I all had babies within 3 months of each other, and they still have not all been together.  I am really looking forward to it.  (Sorry, I think I talk too much about Wisconsin).  But it’s honestly what I’m looking forward to!


Prison Break.  It’s our new netflix obsession.  Last it was Breaking Bad. Have you guys seen that one? I love drama! haha.   We are only like 10 episodes in on Prison Break but it is SOOO good.  We never watch regular TV anymore (except for Bachelorette of course! But Sam refuses to watch that one with me) so we love finding shows on netflix that we both can get into.  Is it sad that I look forward to him coming home so we can watch the next episode!? haha! It’s that good folks.


I finally took my paints off the shelves and started on a few new canvas pieces.  It had been months! And I had forgotten how theraputic it is for me!  Hopefully I will get a few new prints up in the SHOP soon.  It is desperately in need of an update.  I’m also working on a few new branding projects that I am excited about!  In just the short time I have been fully “freelance”, I’ve realized I really enjoy taking on different projects with different inspirations and designing something that fully represents the client’s style and aesthetic.  I would say it’s certainly more of a challenge for me artistically, but also very rewarding when it’s all said and done.


Ok, some honesty right here.  Lately, I’ve been falling victim to the “comparison game”.  And I hate it.  Seeing so many people online (and in “real” life) taking on new exciting projects, traveling, growing their businesses, buying those shoes that there is no way I can afford.  I feel like I used to get inspired, but all of a sudden I have found myself getting jealous! JEALOUS!  And I hate that feeling so much. I want to be a person who is grateful for what I have.  I want to always strive to work hard and be a good mom, wife and friend, and feel content and happy with the life that I have.  Because it is a really really good one.  But I’ve been struggling lately.  I think a lot of these new feelings have to do with just not having as much time as I used to.  Before I had Rylee, I was selfish with my time and I did what I wanted, when I wanted.  Now, the time I devote for myself and my personal goals is just a fraction of what it used to be.  But I need to be OK with not being able to “do it all”.  Mostly, I WANT to be a good mom to Rylee, and while my other WANTS are still there, I need to be content with doing what I can, when I can…and not beat myself up about not being as successful or talented or balanced as someone else.  If you’ve ever struggled with these feelings, how have you managed to combat them?


– Eva has an awesome feature on her blog called SPACES .  I was suuuper inspired by her latest one featuring Emma’s workspace.

– The cutest summer party DIY – Snow Cone Party Garland

– Inspired by this DO WHAT YOU LOVE series by Pacing the Panic Room

– A sweet guest post by Elsie and Emma over on The Rockstar Diaries. Taza makes beautiful babies doesn’t she!?  That new little baby boy is going to be a heartbreaker.



  1. Christine

    avocado and peanutbutter are the healthiest ways to increase calories for your little one (not together of course -yuck) xo

  2. Sarah

    I always remind myself to ‘stay in your own bubble’ whenever I find myself thinking about what other people have or are doing. I have a great life working on things I love and just have to remind myself to focus on my own path and not someone else’s.

  3. Carly

    I think it’s important to remember that the internet makes everything look better. ; ) Even though most of us only share the good parts of our lives, we tend to forget that other people are simply doing the same. The fact is, life is a struggle for everyone, in one way or another, even if they don’t let us see it!

    I understand where you’re coming from though…As we look at losing some (or all) of my income in preparation for baby, I have already had some not-so-nice thoughts about how our material lifestyle will change. Like you mention, I went from being inspired by pretty shoes to being irritated by them, since I feel like I can’t have them anymore.

    I find that it can be helpful to make a “gratitude list” daily when those thoughts start to take over. That way, I’m forced to acknowledge how good I really have it!

    • kelli

      Good word Carly. Thanks so much for sharing that. Love the idea of the “gratitude list”. Starting that now! :)

  4. Charity

    I think every browser home page should read this: Objects (people) on screen are far less awesome than they appear. Take caution.

    I totally have facebook envy, blog envy, text envy… basically completely green over here. Carly is right, remember what you have.

    PS: I totally still want some new shoes. Responsibility has a way of hitting you right in the lady parts. And by lady parts I mean wallet… from whence comes shopping.

  5. Kerrie Callaham

    Nice pictures Kelli! The baby is a doll…she is right behind my nephew in age who is also a wee one. As far as Prison Break goes….I was truly addicted when it came out. Doesn’t that T-bag guy gross you out? lol Breaking Bad was a fave of my husbands, but when I would watch it with him it made me irritated that the guy just kept slipping further into this awful life of crime! (I know, I need to distinguish between reality and fiction, haha) Anyway, it sounds like it is nice together time for you and Sam. Very much needed, huh? Thanks for your blog, I always look forward to it.

  6. abby

    gosh, your battle with the comparison game speaks to me! this reminds me that i’m missing my opportunity to appreciate what i have now by focusing on what i don’t have . . . whoops. i guess i’ll be making a gratitude list as well!

  7. teddi

    kelli, your art is one of the reasons i started following your blog, so i’m excited to see what you paint. :) very sweet instagrams: dog, all rylee’s pics, & the big bow. i’m sure your wisconsin family trip is gonna be fun! most people want to show the good stuff, because they want to inspire, or feel better. no one’s life is perfect. we all have wonderful & not so freaking fantastic stuff, in our lives. it’s just no one really wants to share, or focus on that, either to protect themselves, or because they don’t want to be considered boring, or unpleasant. so, when you see all the smiling glossy images, remember it’s only showing you sections or parts not the whole picture. right? ;)

  8. Melody

    My husband and I LOOOOVE Breaking Bad! But we don’t have cable so we only watched the seasons on Netflix. We are still in so much suspense even though we watched them last summer, haha! We are now watching Grey’s Anatomy. WOW. Amazing show. Guess we’ll have to look into Prison Break next!
    I was just thinking about the jealousy thing not thirty minutes ago. Yes, I’m human and I get jealous. But in this crazy internet world I try to remember that I shouldn’t cram myself into another person’s mold. I should make my internet presence me. It wouldn’t be me if I were trying to be like this person or that person. And being me is super fun. :)

  9. Crystal

    What an honest CURRENTLY. Love it. I have struggled with the same thoughts about wanting to do and have more with children. I am an avid blog follower and it seems that everyone has a better handle on things, better cameras, better clothes. One feels the pressure of being everything and doing everything is so grand. But the pressure is only there because we allow it to seep into our lives. We need to realize that as mothers and people we can’t be everyone or do everything. We are struggling for balance and still figuring out our new role as mother while trying to maintain ourselves.

    Just remember that we are your followers because we love what you are doing. We can see you are a devoted mom, a wonderful person and artist. The only way to combat the jealousy (a natural human feeling) is to just come to the realization that you already have everything within you and around you. You are awesome!

    And as for Riley’s growth. She is fine. Don’t worry about plumping up the little one. She’s happy, healthy and has everything she needs…mostly a good mom.

    xoxo Crystal

  10. Heidi

    I am totally in the same place as you. I’ve realized that I’m playing the comparison game HARD, and it’s got me super discouraged and uninspired. I have a great life going for me too, so why do I make myself unhappy? I have to be okay with where I’m at and what I’m capable of doing blog-wise amongst other things while being able to give time to my husband, my friends, taking care of our yard and house…it’s crazy all of a sudden what can take up all your time.’re not alone! :)

  11. diane

    You have the most beautiful little family right there…listen, firstly DO NOT be concerned about your cute baby’s weight. Babies are sooo intelligent! We need to learn from them. I’ve read as much as I’ve found by Carlos Gonzalez, the most amazing doctor, he leaves me feeling happy and confident. I understand everything because he explains it so well…I hope you find him in english because he speaks in Spanish, he’s the best thing you can read for your baby, I promise. Anither great thing is baby-led weaning…if you can’t find info on carlos gonzalez let me know, I’ll translate it for you if you want. I think you have a lot to be proud of, you’r unique…and you’re a mummmmmm! It’s the coolest thing in the world.

  12. Crystal

    No prob! I know how difficult it can be as a mom. You feel like the world is judging you sometimes. But sometimes it’s just as hard to judge ourselves.

  13. April Mae

    Thanks for the real talk and it’s natural to be jealous occasionally. You deal with your feelings beautifully. Acknowledging our feelings is the best way to let em pass as long as we don’t dwell on em. I too often get jealous and I too need to move on and appreciate what I have.

    Oh & p.s. I am from Sconi and love hearing about it!

  14. Natasha

    I love your honesty Kelli. I feel like we think the same things at about the same times, so it’s nice to feel like someone else is on the same page.

    I agree with what you said about how the internet and seeing into other peoples lives can make us envious and forget to be grateful for what we have. Most people only seem to put the very best parts of their lives out there for everyone to see, and forget to mention the not so nice aspects (and that can be easy to forget when we look at those beautiful photos, with those photoshop effects and those great clothes and shoes etc etc etc). I’m going through the same thing right now, and the only thought that helps me push past just wanting to buy those shoes, or just having some time to do what I want is… the Future. I don’t want to look back and think I missed an opportunity to just enjoy my son. That I wasted my time worrying about my clothes or not getting out there for that jog. Of course we need to so things for ourselves too, from time to time, but as long as you’re happy, you’re in the best position for raising a happy baby girl.

    As for Rylee, as long as she’s happy and healthy and eating a variety of foods, I don’t think you should be too concerned. And personally from several pounds down the line, I can say “your back will thank her!” If you still want to “beef her up” you could try some baby cereal in her bottle, or adding some to her fruits or vegies.

  15. lindsay

    kelli! found your blog from instagram & am totally smitten! really appreciate your frankness in where you are at. how easy lies like these creep into a gal’s mind!
    avocado is a great fat! i mixed in extra virgin olive oil & flax seed oil into my daughter’s pureed or mashed food & i think we started her on goat’s milk, cheese & yogurt at about 9 months(it is easier on the kidney’s than cow’s milk at that age)

  16. Natasha

    You’re welcome :-) Not sure I expressed myself as clearly as I’d intended, but glad the message came across. Also, feel free to email me anytime. Our kids are about the same age, and from following your blog I think we could have quite a lot in common xxx

  17. hena tayeb

    That is the cutest baby bum!

    My boy is almost two and he too has always been on the small side.. weighing 21lb right now. And there really isn’t much you can do about it if you child isn’t an eater.. mine is a grazer.. meaning he munches and this and that all day long rather than eating proper meals.. I have also added one pediasure to his diet.. just one a day diluted with his regular milk. Don’t want him getting addicted to the sweet pediasure. Don’t worry. the more active they get the more they lose plus there is so much to explore who has time for food..

    Prison Break was a great show.. but we stopped watching towards the end.. it was more of a one season wonder… the second season was good too but by season three you thought really?! They just killed what could have been something awesome. But do enjoy season one… it is really amazing.

  18. TJ

    beautiful instagram shots, as always! and that feature on spaces is absolutely brilliant! now if only we had our new apartment already so i could decorate! so inspired!!
    xo TJ



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