1 Month with Tuft & Needle

If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that last month we got ourselves a fancy new mattress from Tuft & Needle! I love this company - I love the no-frills approach to mattresses and their beautiful, simple branding. (I also love that they're based here in Phoenix!) It's incredibly easy to set up, and it's the number one rated mattress on Amazon. But I have something to report after over a month of sleeping on it. It's not actually a good mattress.


Truth be told, when Tuft & Needle approached us to try out one of their mattresses, I was a little skeptical. In the past, we bought a memory foam mattress at a big box discount store (for about the same price as our T&N) that ended up being awful. We sank towards the middle, the sides of the bed were about as sturdy as a pillow so you couldn't sit at the edge of the bed. We were so disappointed and we returned it, vowing to be a spring mattress family forever and ever amen.

I'm so happy that we took a chance on this mattress, and although we -full disclosure- were given this mattress, I would buy another one in a heart beat. I'm already dreaming of a guest room in our future house where all our guests can stay on their own T&N mattress! Our sleep is better, and my back pains (hunching over nursing a baby, anyone?!) are so much better as well. We actually just had ourselves a little staycation at an AirBnb (if you follow my snapchat, sorry - there were too many Buddhas in the apartment to not go crazy with my Buddha Cam) and all I could think about was that I couldn't wait to get home to my own mattress. So anyway, that's my very honest opinion and I hope you look into Tuft & Needle because they're a fantastic company with a solid product! 

Okay... now I want to go take a nap. SEE YA.

Christmas Cookies with IQ

I gotta come clean. I never felt like having personal photos taken was important until we had kids. I think that's a big part of how I lost my passion for portrait photography (I didn't believe what I was doing was important) but that's another story. It's not that I felt like photos of Josh and I were unimportant, it's just maybe that it seemed unnecessary? I don't know. But kids grow SO quickly, and now I understand how special it is to freeze this little bit of time we have with our littles before they are way too cool for us. Ah, my heart hurts just thinking about that!

My beautiful and extremely talented friend Constance Higley was so kind to take these photos of me and IQ making gingerbread cookies at her house the other day and I know I will love, love, love these forever. Thank you so much sweet Stancy!! Here are a few of my favorites that I can't wait to print!

Imogen's beautiful apron is from Odette Williams.
Photos by Constance Higley.

AZ Planters!

I'm so proud to share these AZ planters my husband Josh is making. You can find them HERE.

He made these from the mold up! To me, they're the perfect size for little indoor succulents or cacti but you could really use them for anything (I'm thinking a candy dish, because WHY DON'T I ALREADY HAVE A CANDY DISH?!). And they're plastic so they are ultra durable which comes in hand, especially if you're like us had have a very hands-on toddler.

And by the way, right now Josh is hosting a giveaway of one planter of your choosing! You can find the details on his Instagram post HERE. Giveaway ends Wednesday!