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A Letter To My Forever Valentine


Hunter Miles,
We've almost been married 3 years and known each other for 8.
That sounds like a pretty long time to me, but I guess I've only known you a third of my life.
The funny thing is, I can't really remember what life was like before I met you.
Since the moment I laid eyes on you, I couldn't get you out of my head.
You know our cheesy little story, how you dove in the pool right as I walked into the backyard and I was completely love struck ;)
I wanted nothing more than to be yours, and I can't believe I somehow fooled you into marrying me, ha!
Falling in love with you was instant. It took hardly any time and absolutely no effort.
I knew I was in love with you when I was only 15 years old, and even though our lives are quite a bit less care free now, I still love you the same way.
Getting married at the ripe ages of 19 and just barely 21 was an easy choice for us to make, but life has sure done it's best to make it harder than we anticpated.
Between you working two jobs and going to school full time, having a vey fussy baby who turned into the cutest needy toddler, and me dealing with post partum depression... I think we can both say it hasn't exactly been a wallk in the park. 
As you put it the other night, "Sometimes life isn't all rainbows and skittles." ha!
But the coolest thing about going through all of this together, is that our love always overcomes each trial we're given.
It takes a real man to love a woman through the hard times and somehow you do it with ease.
I'm always amazed at the love you offer me, how you can literally forget the world just to lean over and kiss me.
I know you have a whole lot on your plate, but even when your plate gets overly full... you take the time out of your day to show me you love me.
Thank you for always forgiving me, for learning with me, and trying your hardest to understand me.
I'm so beyond happy we promised forever together. You're the only one I want to go through it all with.
Remember when we had the world's worst road trip together?
It was the middle of summer and we were in your little jeep going through death valley without air conditioning... ha!
I was newly pregnant, and your contacts dried up from having the windows down the whole time.
Basically, it was rather unpleasant.
I remember a few days after when we could finally laugh about it and our ears stopped ringing, you looked at me and said "yeah that was rough, but I wouldn't want to go through it with anyone else."
There have been so many moments I've thought that to myself, you really are the perfect man for me.
I've written you a whole lot of love letters in our time spent together, but I'll never stop because you deserve to be told how much I love you day in and day out.
So Hunter, you're the best decision I've ever made.
Life has handed us quite a few sour lemons, but with you, it always turns out sweet.
You're my very best friend, my confidant, my forever valentine.
I love you with all that is in me.
Even though I'm tired most days when you come home now, I still look at you with the same lovey dovey eyes I did in my teenage years. 
My heart will never stop beating twice as fast for you Hunter.
I was made for loving you :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy






A Letter To My Little Valentine

I don't have to worry about kissing my babe with my lipsense!

My sweet Oaks, this Valentines Day is the first that I really feel like I have a second little Valentine.
I loved you tons last year, but our relationship together has grown so much in the past year.
You're my best little friend, my favorite shopping buddy, my perfect little girl.
One day, you'll probably find this blog of mine and read a little about what your life was like growing up.
I hope you find that I love you to pieces and that I've never felt like I had more purpose on this earth until I became your mother.
When I woke up that Tuesday morning with a sore chest and slight nausea, I absolutely knew you were there.
I still snuck a test into the second bathroom to make sure it was true.
When those two pink lines appeared, I think I felt every emotion in the book.
I covered my eyes and started bawling.
I was excited and scared all at the same time.
It didn't feel real, but I absolutely knew you were there.
As time went on and I felt your little kicks I began to love you in a way I'd never felt before.
When you entered the world I took one look at you and knew I wanted to give you the world.
I felt inadequate to say the least, but all I wanted was to be the mother you deserved.
We had a rather difficult first year of your life filled with little sleep and lots of crying on both ends.
You were figuring out life and I was figuring out my new life as a mother.
With each runny nose, milestone, and meal thrown on the floor... I realized why this love was a different kind of love.
A mother's love is selfless, and it is never ending.
Even when I fall to the floor after sticking you in time out because I feel like I'm failing you, I couldn't love you any more.
You came up to me the other day, put your hand on my shoulder and said "Mama nice, mama fun, mama yov me."
You didn't see it as you walked away, but I brushed my tears away from my eyes because just those 7 words you said in your tiny toddler voice, made me feel like super woman. 




I want you to know I cherish all the moments I get to spend with you, just me and you.
You've become the best friend I didn't know I was missing.
Sure you yell and scream when you don't get your way... Sure you demand a lot of me and test my patience... but when it comes down to it, you're the only one that doesn't judge me for my imperfections. 
You stand by me with pride because you love me despite my flaws, you forgive when I make mistakes, and you trust me when I have no clue what I'm doing.
You reach for my hand as we walk across the street, look to me when a stranger says hello, and giggle when I do something silly.
Oaklyn Joy, this year and all other years, I want you to know that you are my Valentine too.
Because on a day for Lovers, I can say that I love you with the most selfless and unconditional love out there. 

I love you sweet baby.

All my love,
Mama

Photos taken by Tiel Photography



Let's Talk Lipsense

Wearing the color "nude" on my lips here

Alright guys, I've been so absent on this blog it's scary!
I'm sorry!
December was a crazy busy month and January has been such a funny month.
I'm blaming the "winter blues," cloudy grey skies, and crazy amounts of snow for my lack of inspiration haha.
Anyways, this post is gonna be short and sweet and to the point...
I just wanted to let all you awesome people know that I've taken a little leap of faith and started yet another business venture with Lipsense!
While I'm usually excited for whatever project I start up, I'm particularly excited about this one because it is seriously SO fun!
Lipsense is a lipstick that molecularly bonds to your lips and stays on between 4-18 hours depending on how dry your lips are.
It is waterproof, kiss proof, smudge proof, and hydrates your lips while staying put!
I've loved this product since the moment I tried it and have considered signing up since then, but could never seem to get myself to do it.
Now I'm totally kicking myself!
You guys, this company is seriously awesome.
I have friends making anywhere from an extra $500 a month to $50,000 a month and anywhere in between!
Can you even believe that??
Hunter still has a year left until graduation and can't work a "real" job until then.
He has three jobs currently but when you're going to school full time, those three jobs just don't always cut it.
Needless to say, things can get stressful and I noticed that alters my mood.
I decided I can either sit back and mope around or do something about it, so here I am doing something about it ;)
I'm honestly super excited about this journey and I really hope I can help you all see how awesome this company is!
Here's my Facebook Group that you can join to check out exclusive discounts and offers as well as updates on my stock.
I also created an insta account for anyone wanting updates that way.
I'd also absolutely love to have any of you on my team if you're interested! 
It's $55 to sign up and has literally changed lives for so many women!
Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions!

Okay, now that I got this post up I need to really work on some more content for this blog.
Ugh, can it be Spring yet??
Thanks for all your support as always :)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

The Feminist Evolution


When opinions of any sort, unless very light hearted, are brought up... I usually remain quiet. 
It's generally the safest bet in a world that has some seriously strong opinions.
On occasion though, I get this weird courage inside that I'm not exactly sure how to contain and I come here to write about it.
Opinions should be shared, whether or not they are the popular vote. 
So, this opinion isn't very light hearted... but let's try to remember that it is my opinion, and we all have one.

Feminism.
Yep, I just dropped that bomb!
Let's not get our panties in a wad just yet ladies, I have something to say...

By definition feminism is, and I quote: "the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes."
That being laid out for all to read, let's agree that all women are in fact feminists then...
In some way or form, I'm sure you want men and women to be equal.

Whether the things you want equality on have happened already or have not, if you want equality, you are a feminist.
It could be in pay, it could be in voting, running for political offices, education, opportunity to have a job, buying a home, having a credit card, being able to buy a car, and the more controversial issues... the list goes on and on but we'll leave it at that and let your mind do the rest of the thinking.

Now that we've established that, I'd like to explain why many cringe at the very mention of being a  "feminist" nowadays. 
Feminism doesn't quite mean what it used to.
To some it does, but to quite a few... there's an unwritten new-age definition that makes it hard for the rest of us to associate with.
To put it bluntly, new-age feminism is full of supremacy and entitlement. It is full of women that like to argue just about anything that to them, appears unfair. Because in the world we're currently living in, everything is "unfair", and everything is a "touchy subject."
So the way I've seen it, if you don't agree whole heartedly with every single thing these new-age feminists believe in, you can't identify as one...
Let's get something straight before I continue... I did not say that this is everyone who identifies as a feminist currently.
In fact, did I not say earlier that by definition, all women can probably proclaim to have a feminist mindset in some shape or form?
What I will say however, is that I cannot associate myself with what feminism has evolved into.

It's insane to me that there now seem to be different forms of feminism or degrees if you will.
Shouldn't there be one definition that we can all agree on?
I think that would make my facebook feed a whole lot less tense. 
The thing is, I really want to ask all of my lovely friends to please stop calling me a "shame" and a "disgrace" to all women out there because I decided not to march in the feminist protests last week. 
Just because I am pro-life, don't have a job outside my home, love my husband, am religious, enjoy being a homemaker, and don't hate Trump with a fiery passion (not that I like him, but hate is strong)... does not mean I don't think men and women should have equal rights.
However, I cannot stand behind what I don't believe in and so much of what I don't agree with was also being marched for. 
So, I respect the feminist movement so much as it stays true to it's real definition and can be ya know... inclusive. 

While I may appear as an embarrassment to many of you modern day feminists for my conservative and "old fashioned" views, the feeling became mutual when I saw photographs of you with tape in the shape of an x across your ta-ta's and vulgar signs with very uhm... unintelligent sayings. To put it nicely...
To all of you women that marched with a cause other than just hate towards men and did so peacefully, I say... You go girl, you must know what feminism really is ;)
And to all of the women feeling a whole lot of confusion based off the different articles you are reading, I'd like to say:
No, being a feminist does not go against your religion, it does not mean you have to hate men, and you absolutely don't have to stand for something you don't believe in!
It means you want equality of the sexes, and you can want that without marching in a protest you can't fully agree with. 
You are NOT a shame or a disgrace, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 
Especially if they have a hat in the shape of lady bits atop their head...

To conclude, I'd like to say one more thing.
I personally believe that women need to stop saying we are not equal to men because we actually are very much equal in God's eyes, He loves each of us just the same.
 But He created us to be different.
We as women need to understand that difference and realize that God has given us an incredible thing as women.
If you want respect, you must first respect yourself as a woman.
We are genetically different, and Thank Goodness!
Men need women just as women need men, but we wouldn't need each other if we were created the same.
We do not need to unite AGAINST men, we need to unite WITH them. 
Please, from one woman to another... try to understand that the world has enough hardness, cruelty, vulgarity, and obscenity. 
Be the woman that our maker created us to be and stop thinking that is an "old fashioned" thought.
Go be a lawyer, go be a surgeon, be a rock star, or own your own business... but don't try to be "like" a man while doing so.
We can be strong without being abrasive.
The world could really use some more women that truly understand our divine roles and virtue. 

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

The Perfect Christmas Card + Our 2016 Family Photos

We take pictures of our little family often, but about once a year we actually get all dolled up with coordinating outfits and have a photographer take our photos rather than using a tripod ;)
Since living in Utah, our good friend Kiely has taken them and I love them all!
Kiely started her business not too long ago but it's super easy to tell she should've started a while ago!
She has such an eye for capturing perfect moments that you will want to remember years later.
Oaklyn was a complete stink this year while taking our family photos and Kiely still managed to capture pictures I love!
I remember getting in the car and thinking, "there has to be at least one I'll like... hopefully."
Turns out there were so many "favorites" I couldn't even decide which ones to put on here!
But here are a few that will definitely be framed :)
Check out more of Kiely's work (and her new little baby!!!) on her instagram and book a session with her by going to her website!

 Just had to include this one haha!




 We also love that family photos mean updated pictures of hunter and I!








When it came time to pick out a Christmas card, I knew it would have to fit a ton of our family photos since I seriously couldn't just choose one!
I've always made my own card because it's so fun for me to design... but as my days just get busier I realized it was time to let someone else do the work for me ;)
The choice of which company to choose was so easy for me!
I've always loved every card I've seen from Tiny Prints!
Their designs are always the cutest and there are so many options it's insane!


You can customize just about anything over at Tiny Prints and it made sending my Christmas cards this year an absolute breeze!
Seriously, with everything I already have going on, just thinking about addressing envelopes stressed me out.
I couldn't believe how easy the process was getting my cards from Tiny Prints.
I found my favorite card from their digital catalog within a matter of minutes.
It stood out to me the most and I knew it would be perfect with the color scheme of our photos this year.
Some of my other favorites included gold foil and glitter! 
I loved that this card had a ton of space to fit all of my photos I loved and the tri fold gave it so much dimension and personality. 


We have gotten so many compliments on this card, but all credit goes to Tiny Prints for making it a breeze on me!

We also opted to have all addresses and return addresses printed on the envelope which saved me SO much time!
Not only that, but we even got personalized stamps!
You guys, how awesome is that?
We chose these stamps and they turned out sooo cute!
Our order came so quickly and I was able to get our cards out in record time! 

Seriously, I cannot say enough good things about Tiny Prints.
We will definitely be using them in years to come and I just can't wait to design another card :)
If you still need to order you have til Sunday to get THIRTY percent off your entire order with the code HOLLYJOLLY so RUN, don't walk ;)

All my love,
Aleigh Joy




Holiday Gift Guide For The Man In Your Life!

Does anyone else struggle shopping for their husband every year??
Hunter is actually fairly easy because he's pretty low maintenance, but he can never think of anything he actually wants and it drives me crazy! haha!
He never needs clothes because he works for BYU football and gets everything he needs from them.
He also isn't home much with school and work, so fun at home gadgets wouldn't do much good just yet.
I usually just end up getting a few things so there's something under the tree for him haha.
I'm hoping this gift guide helps some of you out that are in the same boat as me!

Just as the women's gift guide, I'll be sharing small shop products first and at the bottom include shoppable links for your convenience!
Every brand on this list is tried and true :)


1) Thread Wallets: Thread Wallets are the slimmest wallets around. They are able to hold all of your cards and cash without taking up a ton of room in your pocket and they are safe! I remember watching a video where they took one on a rollercoaster and it didn't budge. I love all their designs and the convenience of these wallets. 

2) JoTotes Camera Bag: Yes, this was on my women's list as well... but their backpacks are totally gender neutral! Hunter takes all my blog photos for me and feels totally comfortable lugging around this bag. It's stylish but not too feminine and helps the photographer in your family carry all their equipment. 

3) An Arvo Watch: You've heard me rave about Arvo time and time again but seriously, these are our absolute favorite! hunter has the all black one and I just love how it looks on him. He's tried the brown band as well and liked it! There's so many options for these watches and your lover will be thanking you endlessly!

4) Kortni Jeane Men's bottoms: YES Kortni Jeane really does have men's suits! How cool is that?? She even has prints that match her mini and regular sized suits so the whole fam can match! These bottoms are stylish and comfortable and you are guaranteed to love them!

5) Dazi Tie: I bought Hunter a ton of ties while he was on his mission and I regret every purchase because all he really wears now are his Dazi ties! We absolutely love these ties. They are slim but not too skinny and look awesome on everyone. They have prints no one else does and every one of them is designed to please. Seriously, these are our favorite!

6) Blenders Eyewear: Hunter complains about the sun being in his eyes often and I'm always wondering why he doesn't just wear sunglasses! Now that he has a pair of these, he finally does ;) We love these sunglasses! They have so many styles and designs and are awesome quality!

And now on to a few shoppable links!
I hope this helped you find a few things for the man in your life!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy



Holiday Gift Guide For the Woman In Your Life!

Every single year, my husband and mom ask me what I want for Christmas and I can't think of anything!
I don't know why it's so hard for me, but I truly can't think of anything I really need or desperately want.
Then I end up asking for things I really don't even love because I can't think of anything I love. Anyone else?
While I think it must be a piece of cake shopping for a woman, my husband says otherwise... ha!
So ladies, I've put together a big 'ol list of things you are going to love to have waiting for you under the tree this year!
The first section is my picks from small shops and at the bottom are a few clickable things from larger retail stores :)
Happy Shopping, and Merry Christmas!

Alright, let's start off with those small shops! I can assure you, that I love every single one of these shops and will be a continuing customer with them! I have tried all their products several times and love them! You can be assured you're getting a quality gift if you pick from any of these shops :)


1) JoTotes Camera Bag: Jo Totes has the cutest camera bags of all time! I have a backpack version for all my equipment and a smaller brown bag that fits my camera body and smaller lens. Also doubles as a super cute purse ;)

2) Chatbooks custom book or giftcard: If you haven't heard of Chatbooks... you're missing out! They take your instagram, facebook, or camera roll photos and turn them into a soft or hard cover book! Get this gift for the memory keeper in your family or the mom that doesn't want to forget a thing!

3) Truly Kustom Hand Stamped Jewelry: Have I ever mentioned how much I love Hand Stamped Jewelry?? It is so personal and always has a story/meaning behind it. Your girlfriend, mom, fiance, wife, or sister would love this gift! Cover all your bases ;) Truly Kustom makes the best of the best!

4) Pine Design Beanies: It's kinda freezing in Utah currently... I seriously need something to keep my head warm but everything is so itchy! These beanies however are not! I was so excited to find that they are super comfortable and cute! Comes in mini sizes too ;)

5) Arvo Watch: I could go on and on about Arvo but I'll keep it short... I loveee this company! Between the awesome new designs they keep releasing to the fact that you can interchange the bands as often as you want... you need one of these in your life! Hunter and I wear ours all.the.time.

6) Coco and Kiwi Diaper Bag/Travel Bag: Coco and Kiwi makes super cute and high quality bags that I can't get enough of! I have two different ones and have nothing bad to say about either! They carry everything I need, hold up great, and are super cute! The mama with young kids in your life needs this! Or, use it as a travel bag!

7) Rad Swim Suit or Gift Card: I'm obsessed with Rad Swim! I have been from the very beginning and just can't get enough of their cute suits! I have quite a few from them and can't stop the addiction! They are all modest and cute and make me feel comfortable in my skin! Also comes in mini sizes ;)

8) Kiki Lu Designs Diaper Bag/Travel Bag: I would recommend this bag to anybody! It is not only super cute but also amazingly well made and super functional! There is literally a pocket for everything! Also has the convenience of a backpack or messenger style. Mine hasn't left my side since I got it! This would be great for hands free traveling with the backpack feature!

9) Wuko Gals Dress or Gift Card: Obsessed doesn't even begin to cover it with these dresses! I absolutely love every dress I have from them. The fit is perfect and flatters every body type. There are so many fun styles and colors to choose from there's no way you can go wrong. The quality is the best and is a purchase that is seriously worth it!

10) Kortni Jeane Swimmer or Gift Card: The designs of Kortni suits are so cute it's insane! The high waisted bottoms and peplum tops will never go out of style! People wait in super long lines to get their hands on these at warehouse sales (hi, I was one of them!) and once you try them, you'll know why! So well made with prints no one else has! Guaranteed to love these suits! Also comes in mini sizes!

11) Ruthie Grace Clothes or Gift Card: Ruthie Grace is one of the cutest boutiques out there! They are always so up to date with trends and carry styles I don't see in other boutiques. The clothes are always top quality and they have such an awesome selection. I can always find at least 10 things I have to have on their site! You really can't go wrong here ;)

12) Dainty Jewells Dress or Gift Card: Another favorite dress company! This is where you will find all your timeless classics. Every time I scroll through their website, I want to get all dressed up and head out with my love. Their dresses are so unique and fit all different shapes and sizes of bodies. There are soo many cute options and variations! Comes in kid sizes too!

Seriously guys, I wouldn't recommend these shops if I didn't love every single one of them! Your wife, girlfriend, mom, and any other women in your life are guaranteed to love them too!

Here's a few more shoppable links if you're still wanting ideas!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy