The Backstory

I have been taking a course for the last 3 weeks and we have been working on finding our why, telling our story and getting deep. So read on!

way back when

9 years ago, I found myself in the middle of a divorce. This is not what I had envisioned for my life. Everything I had was coming to an abrupt stop, the world I had created was crumbling around me. That late night phone call ripped open my heart and created a wound so deep that nothing would be able to heal it but time. Each night I would curl up in my now empty bed and put so many pillows around me so I felt like someone was next to me. This whole process felt like salt being poured in my wound. Then the tears would come in torrents and hard waves. My body would shake and I would muffle my sobs with the surrounding pillows so my kids wouldn’t hear.

Once I became pregnant with my oldest I quit my job and was a stay at home mom.  We were an Army family and decided it was so important for me to stay home. We were moving shortly after becoming pregnant and would be at our first duty stationed for only 6 months, so it made sense for me to stay home and not work. For 7 years I had been raising my children and supporting my husband in his career. Getting divorced meant that I had to go back to work to support my little family of 3.  

My dilemma was, I don’t have a degree of any sort.  I have two small children and my experiences didn’t make me very marketable. When I started my job search I felt defeated because I knew I was going to be working for minimum wage, at a job that was not the right fit for me. I also knew I was going to do whatever it took to cover expenses for the 3 of us.  And then I found a job that would be a good fit! I was going to be an office manager for an insurance agency. I had organizing skills, I could answer phones and it wasn’t at a fast food restaurant!

Going back to work required my kids to be dropped off at daycare each morning. Every morning I would drop the kids off and they would cling to my leg and cry.  I would put on a brave face hoping that they would see me not being sad so they wouldn’t cry. I started crying each morning as soon as I shut the door to daycare and walked to my car.  My commute was about twenty minutes after I dropped the kids off and I would cry the entire way. It was so crushing to let someone else spend that time with my kids and get paid when I was willing to spend ALL my time with them for free. I was working for pennies at a desk job to support my kids and pay my part of a divorce. I was so unhappy working for someone else.  I would sit at my desk and try to find something to occupy my thoughts, but I was unsuccessful; I was always thinking about my kids and wishing I was with them. The moment I walked in to daycare and their little arms wrapped around my neck I felt whole. I felt like I was complete again. And for a few hours I could see the silver lining in my day.

I was so focused on making sure my children had what they needed I stopped taking care of myself.  At one point I weighed around 110 pounds. You guys, the last time I had seen 110 I was probably 16. I was sad, I was stressed, I was not eating, I was making sure my kids ate enough before nibbling off of their plates.  

Behind the Scenes Table Transformation

When I found pallets for FREE on Facebook Marketplace I was so excited. I had big plans to make outdoor seating for our end of the school year party with them. And I knew I was going to repurpose them again in to a table. I just had to get Scott to catch the vision. And he did, but he made it BETTER. I am seriously in love with how he does that. That’s my marriage advice. Find someone who takes your dreams and makes them better.

I was thinking, oh let’s just find a way to connect a couple pallets together and add legs to have a cool table. Scott was thinking, let’s take the wood and make a table top that is super unique.

We have a backyard party this week that I wanted a big backyard table for people to eat at, and this is going to be perfect. Monday night started with Scott figuring out his process for removing the slats from the pallets. He turned the pallet upside down and then raised it up on blocks. Using another block he got close to the edge and center supports, while holding it on top of the slat he used the hammer to hit the block and force the slat to come off of the supports.

We figured out about how long and how wide the table was going to be based on the wood we had available. Then on Tuesday Scott took the day off and totally surprised me. I was sitting on the floor reading books to Claire and Oliver when Claire exclaims “That’s my dad!” and pointed outside. Sure enough my amazing husband is bringing wood to the backyard to make my ideas a reality!

I love watching Scott work on projects. He is super creative and has a drive to complete everything he starts. I love that he is willing to support my dreams and ideas and do what he can to make them come true.

Scott got (3) 4×6 pieces of wood to be the legs of the table. But we only used two and returned the other. He also got (4) 2x4x12 and (4) 2x4x8 pieces of wood to be the supports under the table top. For the life of me I can’t remember how many of these we were able to return. To make the base, the tops of the legs were cut to house the 2×4 pieces of wood in them and make the base as solid as possible. The width of the table is around 45 inches and the length is nearly 11 feet. It is not a small table at all! I think we can seat 14 at the table with 6 on each side and one at each end.

I cannot wait to decorate this table for our party on Friday! I am dreaming of mason jars filled with baby’s breath and candles. Or maybe fresh cut roses from our rose bushes.

Caprese 3 Ways

When I think of summer… WHERE IS SUMMER, UTAH?! I am still dreaming of summer. We are barely getting to 80 and it is the middle of JUNE. Usually by now we are in the 90s. Pool time has been short and far between. Where is summer?

I digress. When I think of summer it usually means less cooking in the kitchen and more BBQs and cool, easy meals. Usually we have spent most of the afternoon at the pool and get home at dinner time. I need something easy to throw together that will satisfy all the hunger. And then I do something equally as easy for Scott and I that the kids probably won’t like. Like Caprese.

Traditional Caprese

I love traditional Caprese. It isn’t heavy, it is filling and it is super fast! I buy a basil plant every spring so that we have fresh basil for whenever we crave Caprese. I have also found that there is presliced FRESH mozzarella cheese. Time and life saver. We usually have Roma tomatoes around, so our meal is instant. I drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar glaze on top of mine.

Caprese Grilled Chicken

When I found this recipe on Pinterest it was love at first sight. Sometimes I get a little adventurous and stuff the chicken with the Caprese! If you love the mozzarella, basil and tomato dish, you will probably love this dish.

Caprese Salsa

When we are having burgers and veggies for dinner I will make this Caprese Salsa to go with it. We have decided that it tastes better after marinating a little while.

Do you have a recipe that includes Caprese that I might like to share? Send me the link or recipe in the comments below. I can’t wait to try!

Fatherhood Is

I don’t even know how to write this post without getting emotional. Scott is hands down the most amazing human I know. When we were dating he could have ran away fast at the thought of having two bonus kids. Scott didn’t run. He embraced it. He made sure that he loved Courtney and Alex before he committed to marrying me.

Scott is so patient, kind, funny, imaginative, adventurous, and the most loving. The day Scott became a father to his own child is something I will treasure. Seeing him hold his first baby, and his second baby made me fall more in love with him. I am so grateful that I was able to see those tender moments in his life.

A dad’s love is regardless. Scott loves our children regardless of their shortcomings, messes, tantrums or long nights. I am grateful to have such an amazing man raising my children along side me.

I want to know YOU

I would love to have your email address. I want to email you. I want to know you better.

Photo by Emma Matthews on Unsplash

Almost 3 years ago I started following someone on Instagram. I really enjoyed her work as a builder. When I found out she was going to be at a local conference/boutique I was so excited to meet her. I knew we would be close friends. I even told her that I wanted to be friends. She must have thought I was crazy. I continued to follow her, and we kept talking and texting. I went to several of her craft events, I even hosted a craft event at my house for my friends. We became closer friends over the next year, and I LOVE her. Carli is someone I can call, text, send a Marco Polo to and know that I will always have her support. She is someone I know I could call to pick me up from the airport late at night. Carli has become a level 4 friend in my life.

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The Peel and Stick

Have you ever seen the movie “Legally Blonde”? That is what my title reminds me of. Do you know what the theme is for this month? If you guessed STENCILS you are correct! I feel like my project from last month could be used for this month as well!

I was putting together a social media meet up and small course in May. Having a make & take was something I thought all of the lovely ladies would enjoy so I met up with my girl, Jetta for another round of Chalk Couture.

She had this great idea for a small clutch for the boss babes that the meet up was for. We ordered the clutches from Chalk Couture and and the #momlife stencil/transfer from them as well. Again we used the ink on the clutches and Jetta had a new pink called Peony. I love that color!!!! It is the MOST perfect color. But I love everything PINK.

Here are all of the colors of ink that we had to choose from. It was so fun to put things together. The stencils we picked for this project are the best for all of the mom boss ladies coming to the meet up.

If you want a tutorial on using the Chalk Couture Inks you can click here!

This post is part of the Inspire My Creativity link party that I co-host. Our theme for June is Stencils! The other co-hosts are sharing their projects today. I would love for you to see what they came up with!

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This is my last installment of “Inspire My Creativity.” I have loved this adventure each month. The new direction I am moving my blog toward is not as much crafting as it is decor and party related.

Summer Bucket List

Summer is in full swing at the Wells house. Last week the big kids went to their various camps while the little kids and I held down the fort. I even managed to do a makeover on a bookshelf! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

That being said we have a little bit of a bucket list to check off this summer. The big kids have a few little trips planned for their dad’s side of the family this month, but other than that we have a lot of full days planned.

  • St. George Trip
  • Summer Solstice Party
  • Pool Days
  • Strawberry Days Parade
  • Strawberry Days Rodeo
  • Shave Ice
  • I’m planning on a big day of shopping for Courtney’s 16th Birthday (I don’t feel old enough to have a 16 year old, but here we are)
  • Hike Stewart Falls
  • Guys Trip
  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo
  • Temple Square
  • Granny’s in Heber
  • 4th of July Party
  • Hot Air Balloons
  • Ride the Moonlight Gondola at Sundance (Date with the hottest man I know.

Courtney’s birthday is in one month and I am so excited. We are throwing a big party for her while her dad is in the country (he lives far far away) and then the weekend after her birthday I am taking her on a SURPRISE trip to Seattle to go shopping downtown. When I turned 16 that was what my mom and I did for my birthday and it is my most favorite birthday to date. I want to create that for my daughters.

Do you have any fun things planned that you LOVE doing?