Tulle Skirt

This weekend my wonderful sister-in-law, Sarah, helped me make a beautiful tulle skirt! I’ve been wanting one for a while now, pretty much since I saw Carrie Bradshaw in her pink tulle skirt in the opening of Sex and the City. So my SIL, being the great seamstress that she is, offered to help me make one!

It was pretty ironic timing because just the evening before I was perusing Anthro and found this darling skirt and thought it would be so fun for our upcoming cruise! But it was still a little pricey and I realized that I could probably make it, or at least something similar.

So the next day Sarah and I headed to JoAnns to get fabric and make my tulle skirt! Let me just tell you, I am no seamstress, although I wish I was, and it was so easy to make! Basically, you cut a circle skirt out of your fabric (you will need a lining fabric and tulle, I used knit for my lining and it was perfect) and you sew them together at the waist onto an elastic band. I’ll post tutorials at the bottom.

It turned out so cute that I couldn’t wait for two more weeks to wear it on the cruise so I wore it to church. I felt a little puffy but I loved it! And I got so many compliments. I’m planning on making one in every color, a sparkly one, and a floor length one 🙂

Anthropology Capelli Skirt

ImageThis is the tutorial for the circle skirt:  http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

Tutorial for the tulle skirt:  http://www.cottonandcurls.com/2012/12/diy-tulle-skirt-tutorial/ *I used 2 yards of the knit fabric and 4 yards of the tulle


Family Motto

I’ve never really been the type that makes New years resolutions (or even written goals for myself.) I know it’s weird and maybe makes me look lazy. I don’t know what it is about my personality but it simply isn’t me. I think it’s great and really admire those who make resolutions and stick to them!  I’ve been feeling like I need something to motivate me this year.

In college I wrote motto’s for myself a couple of years and one in particular got me through a really tough semester. So I thought that it would be fun for me and Mark to write a family motto! We sat down and tried to think of something that would inspire us to be better this year. It was fun listening to things that inspire Mark and being able to share weaknesses that we want to work on. We couldn’t think of just one so we have two motto’s for 2014. We are going to make this a family tradition!

I’m excited to wake up each morning (I’m not actually excited to wake up in the morning, I am NOT a morning person. Mark describes trying to wake me up in the morning for work as WWIII), read our motto’s on our mirror and start my day off with a smile!

Warren Family motto for 2014:



These two are just quotes I really like:



2013 Wrap up

I love to look back over the past year at New Years and see all the blessings that have unfolded during that year. I can never just pick one highlight of each month so sorry there are multiple pictures for some months!

January- we started 2013 at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. It was so much fun and something we will always remember! We also went to Kauai with the Warrens!


February-we added sweet little Leo to our family! He makes us smile and laugh every day.

ImageMarch- Rachel got her Mission call to Spain! Mark and I celebrated our 24th birthdays and lots of other family birthdays.

ImageImageApril- we got to go to the temple with Rachel, it was a great experience. I love my family 🙂

ImageMay- we got to meet our newest niece Coraline! Taylor turned sweet 16!


June- our family said goodbye to middle school and went to Courtney’s promotion.

ImageJuly- this was a busy month for our family. My mom, Rachel and me went to southern California for my cousin Natasha’s wedding. While we were there we hit up Disneyland. It was a blast! We then said goodbye to Rachel for 18 months and our family headed to Utah for a Barker family reunion. It was great to be with family and especially my 99 year old great-grandfather! While there I got to catch up with my favorite roommates and their husbands! It was definitely a highlight of the year.

ImageImageImageAugust- Mark and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary with a getaway to beautiful Jenner, CA. Mark is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I’m so blessed to share my life with this cute boy.


September- I went shooting with my little sister Courtney.


October- We were very fortunate to get to go to Hawaii for a 2nd time this year! This time we went to Oahu. I got to check paddle boarding off my bucket list, I loved it! We also threw a Murder Mystery Halloween party.


November- we celebrated my wonderful dad’s 50th birthday!


December- it has been a very busy month for us, per usual. We started the month off by going down to southern California for our niece Belle’s baptism. We obviously couldn’t pass up an opportunity to go Disneyland and see the Christmas Decorations. It was the BEST!

We also got to spend LOTS of time with family.

My dad took us to the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park to watch BYU & Washington State. We love going and especially love the perks of my dad’s job! Thanks Dad!

December was a tough month for our little kitty. He turned 1 this month! We had to take him to the vet a couple of times and also thought we were going to have to put him down a couple of time. It was emotionally exhausting but we are happy we get to have him longer. Hopefully 2014 is a little easier on him.




2013 was a good year, we were so blessed to have the opportunity to go to Hawaii twice, adopt Leo, send off the cutest little missionary, and spend lots of time with family and friends. I’m so grateful for everyone in my life. I’m excited to see what 2014 holds! Happy New Year!