Easter in the Desert




Easter was our first real holiday in our new house. Although none of the festivities this year were held at our house it was still a fun milestone. We had a super relaxed Easter morning at home and then a crazy afternoon/night with our family. In the morning Alex planted grass seed in our backyard (grow seeds grow!!) while I cleaned our house, did some laundry, and got ready for the day. As I was watching Alex do yard work from our kitchen I had one of those moments where you realize you have everything you have ever wanted in life and you try and figure out how you got so lucky. I don’t know how it all happened, but we must have done something right.

Then in the afternoon we went over to Alex’s Dads house where we ate the yummiest barbecue food, chatted, and watched NBA playoffs with family. After that we headed to a park near our house where Alex’s Mom was hosting a family gathering. My mother-in-law had a fun water balloon game planned but of course with the Gritton boys involved, that quickly turned into a full on water balloon fight. Luckily I escaped without getting soaked but I was one of  a few.

I just love holidays for a few reasons. 1. I love an excuse to get dressed up, 2. I love being surrounded by family all day, and last but not least 3. FOOD. Easter is an extra special holiday because of the meaning behind it. It is always important to remember the real reason you are celebrating.

We also finally managed to get a picture in front of our new house on Easter! We love this cute house so much and feel so blessed to own it. We have had soooo much fun doing all sorts of projects and DIY’s on our little piece of property. We clearly need to tackle the front yard soon. One thing I HATE about Arizona is how people use rocks instead of grass. Thanks to our Utah roots we are grass people through and through!

I hope you all had an extra special easter!






For the Love of Velvet

Velvet Dress: American Eagle | Hair Bow: H&M | Shoes: Macy’s (similar here) | Hair: Luxy Hair

I am currently obbbssseesseedd with all things velvet. When I saw this dress at American Eagle I instantly knew I needed it. This dress would be so so perfect for New Years Eve parties, holiday parties, Christmas day, or even family photos. You will instantly feel festive when you put it on.

Obviously the dress is a statement by itself, but I always like to accessorize with a bow whenever I can. I spotted this hair bow at H&M as I was standing in the checkout line and it turned out to be a match made in heaven with this dress. Also, I am super picky about my heels and these blue suede INC heels from Macy’s are SUPER comfortable, come in a bunch of colors, and are 30% off!

It seems this dress is currently sold out online but I presume it would still be available in stores as that’s where I snagged it. However, American Eagle has tons of other velvet pieces that are just as swoon worthy here. Some similar dresses from other stores are linked here, here, and here. Happy Shopping!