A Beginner’s Guide to Gardening

It seems that over the weekend we all of a sudden got buds on the trees here in Utah! So many blossoms and now the brown is fading from lawns! Such a great sight!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a total fan of snow:


Life is just a bit easier when the weather warms up.


I’m loving seeing this green rise out of the brown!

We got a little excited to start our garden the other day. My husband and I lived the first 10 years of our marriage in rentals. It was always a dream of ours to have a garden. Here is my beginners guide to get anyone started:

  • GARDEN BOXES- When we put in our landscaping, we had three garden boxes made by our landscaper. He knew exactly how to do it. Here is a look at the ground surrounding our garden boxes and an idea of the size they are:


  • GET STARTS- I was told that it is a lot easier to work with starts instead of seeds. As a beginner, I wanted the easy way for sure! Here is a list of the first plants of the season to plant:planting guide
  • PREP THE SOIL- Our neighborhood is full of crappy soil. The whole place was built on a gravel pit. Our landscaper collected a huge truck load of fertile soil from the Provo River area. He set aside some for our plater boxes. Great soil can be bought at your local garden center as well! We purchased this all-purpose fertilizer to mix in as suggested at the nursery (follow the directions on the box):


  • START PLANTING! I let my girls come help me. There is a project for every age. Diggers, waterers, fertilizer sprinklers, etc. It felt great to be working hard out in the sunshine!



As a Bonus, these cute plant markers were in the dollar Spot at Target.




AS A SIDE NOTE: If we get back to freezing temps, the Nursery told me to just get an old sheet and cover these babies to keep them warm.

Happy Gardening!





10 Things to know about Newborn Photography

I have been taking photos for families for the past nine years. To see some of my work, check out Teaplant Photography. Session inquiries can be made by heading to our contact page.

I just had the greatest time taking photos of my newest baby nephew this week. Since Denise and I have been working together on creative projects, we had the chance to collaborate on this photo session. I utilized Denise’s incredible illustration and hand-lettering talents. I also got some great art direction from her. What a dream come true to get to unite our forces (I’m cheesy, but this is so fun!!)FullSizeRender

Here are some things that I have learned over the years as a photographer and as one who has scoured the internet for the past 10 years for information on photo shoots. That makes me an expert, right?!

  1. You should always plan about two hours for a newborn session.
  2. A newborn session is done when a baby is nine days old and younger. Photographers (and mommas) notice that the newborn look starts to change after the first nine days.
  3. Keep outfits and blanket choices simple. The most important thing about a newborn photo is really being able to see the details of the baby. You don’t want too many outside factors to distract from that.
  4. The best time to photograph a newborn is during his sleepiest time of day with a full tummy. I prefer to use natural light in my photos, so daylight hours are the best for me.IMG_5416
  5. A fed and sleepy baby can (and will) still get fussy in photos! It’s A-Okay. Cameras are quick and can snap a shot just before that face crinkles up. If mommas and photographers work together, they can time shots just right–right after a soothe and just before a ticked off yell. 🙂
  6. Warmth is a big help! Popping blankets in the dryer during sessions can help with those wigglers. Also using heating pads under blankets and props are helpful. Keeping your photo area at a warmer temp will make being out of a swaddle more bearable for the babe during diaper(less) shots.IMG_5420
  7. Recruit helpers! If your mom or mom-in-law are in town for the baby, have them over for the session. It is great to have an extra set of hands to grab burp rags in a hurry or to help hold up blankets or equipment.
  8. Don’t stress it. If you are sleep deprived and not feeling your best, don’t let that keep you from getting in the photo. The memory of those moments are so significant and when they are captured in a photo, they will less likely be forgotten. Also, don’t stress if you think your little bundle of joy isn’t being cooperative enough. Odds are, a ton of great shots were captured when you least expected it. Have faith in your photographer (and the power of photoshop!)
  9. Show your photographer your Pinterest boards before sessions and keep them on hand during the session to make sure you get exactly what you have in mind.
  10. Make a photo sentimental by including a special item like a blanket from your childhood, including multiple generations of family in a photo, or adding a meaningful toy or accessory.












Thanks, Justin and Hailie, for lending us the cutest little model!