This past weekend was spent in Utah again (surprise!) getting things ready for our new apartment! We did touch up paint & a whole bunch of shopping.

My mom and I are the best bargain shoppers. We headed up to Salt Lake for some City Creek shopping, Gourmandise for lunch with the fam,

and then over to the Overstock Outlet in Salt Lake. There's a whole lotta junk there but there are also a whole lotta treasures. I got a new upholstered tufted headboard for $35. Can you believe that?! So excited.

We ate lots of good food including introducing our Elle to our favorite fatty food place in-n-out

Tagged along on my parents Friday date night at one of their favorite places 180 Tacos - Tyler and I hadn't ever been and we looooved it!

We also spent some time over at Tyler's uncles house for dinner. Elle waved for the first time (you can see the video on my instagram @madeline_vance) and we were all STUNNED. Seriously the funniest thing that she had caught on! Love this family I married into!

I was trying to take a photo to send my mom of this darling dress my parents got her in Mexico last year but thought it was an accurate description of what Elle's hair would look like if you were to stop by our house unannounced:

And my last bit of exciting news is that my mom called me today with the best news.. She found me a brand new West Elm table (I've been looking for something for our new apartment to put our TV on) on suuuuuuuper clearance. There's not much I love more than a good deal! I'm thinking I will probably repaint it (input please?!)



Teething = anything & everything in her mouth.  Elle is coming up on 8 months and I am convinced that this is the most fun stage ever. I know, I know, I keep saying that but really it just keeps getting better and better. There is nothing better than her constant giggles and squeals and seriously I die.

I spent this past week in Orem paint our new apartment (!!!) It was hard to come back up to Rexburg and the only reason I was able to was because I missed my hubby so darn bad. We can't wait to move in - it's the most perfect place ever and we feel sooo blessed. It's all thanks to our neighbors the Hunsakers and we couldn't be more grateful.

Another update, I chopped my hair! Officially in the mom club.

Now I don't usually do giveaways on this blog because this is my little families online journal - not a promotional site. But a friend of mine who I met in my ward here in Rexburg started up a little leggings company called Baby Lyla's Leggings (her little girl is Lyla and she is the sweetest) and asked me if I wanted to do a giveaway. Now not only are these leggings cute, they are the comfiest, stretchiest, best quality leggings (i'm NOT getting paid to say this!!) and literally - you need some.

The rules are simple.

1. Visit her etsy shop here and pick your favorite pair of leggings.
2. Go to the Facebook page here and comment with which one you would pick if you won.
3. Follow @baby.lylas.leggings on Instagram.
4. Follow me (@madeline_vance) on Instagram.
5. Tag 3 friends on my most recent instagram photo who would like to enter as well. 

Then you are all done!

The shop has both girls and boys leggings and the patterns are all to die for. You can check Tiahna's blog here because she often posts updates and discount codes for the shop! If you find you never win anything (like me!) you can use the code MADELINE15 for 15% off any order and then the code FREESHIP will get you free shipping on any order of $50 or more. 

Winner will receive a pair of leggings of their choice (sizes 3 month - 3T) Winner will be announced Saturday morning on the bottom of my instagram post! Good luck!