FAMILY

Warm hearts, cozy winter accessories + grateful kids

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m self-conscious about entitled children. It’s one of my biggest fears¬†as a parent,¬†so¬†in a world where it’s ME ME ME all of the time, we are working overtime to implement gratitude in all things! Please bless I’m not the only parent banging my head on my palm at times? Read on for 4 areas we¬†are focusing on:

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Staying connected while disconnecting

I’d say we are pretty laid back parents.
But when it comes to schoolwork – – – work before play! ALWAYSSS.

We’ve partnered with ACER to make those homework moments happen, even while making sure the boys explore this beautiful world.

With all we have on our plate lately, weekends are pretty much my saving grace.
I love disconnecting from the outside world, shutting down + reconnecting
with my best friends.
If I had to guess, I’d say a big reason why people don’t go camping or get out/disconnect often is because of inconvenience.¬† ¬†Or people relying on you back home to keep things afloat? Who knows?
We have found more joy in our little camper trailer this summer than anywhere else.
Honing in on the right products that make getting away a LOT less work, has been a total game changer.

I intentionally seek products that will withstand wear + tear
of our three wild life-filled boys!
Acer Spin3 has surpassed the durability test this summer
+ has allowed Jonah, along with the rest of us, to not fall behind while living on the go.



Jon + I  are both self employed,
so we often need to stay connected back home.
The Spin 3 has become our key to living the best of both worlds.
We can be connected however closely we want to be,
while still being away.
Ya know’msayin?


The wide screen (which flips a 180 will stand on it’s own)
has been perfect for the “learning hands” in our family.
I appreciate it’s durability + have enjoyed watching¬†our boys fall in love with¬†studying.
Ask me again when high school rolls around.

When I found out Jack was a girl,
“OH GREAT, now all the things in our house are ALWAYS going to be broken.”
was pretty much the first initial thought that popped into my mind.
But surprisingly enough, the Spin 3 is the least of my worries.
It’s durability is unmatched.

Funny story:¬†The second week into kindergarten was Jonah’s first week with homework. Neither Jon nor I could figure out what the teacher was asking him to do. I wrote on a sticky note for his sweet teacher to clarify for us – – – but I think it fell out before he got there – – – he brought his packet back home because it was incomplete.

We work hard to limit screen time in our home.
Technology plays a big role in our life.
We’ve tried hard to make big strides in the right direction.
We’ve hit study habits right on the head right out of the gate.
We have fingers crossed learning continues to be a source of positivity.

No play without finishing homework packet! This is samesies all across the board. Whether we are home or in the mountains!
I consider myself a pretty laid back parent,
but when it comes to screen time,
I’m not so bubbly if they don’t keep¬†their world. ūüėČ

3 quick camping tips to make camping easier with kids: 

1. Grocery shop on the way to the canyon:¬†Leave the kids in the car with your husband + take your sweet uninterrupted time ūüôā We like to eat tinfoil pizza pockets, put strawberries on our smores, + roast starburst.¬† I usually plan for dinner, breakfast + lunch the following day.

2. Pack one bag for alllll of you.
Think in layers!
Right now is an exceptions because the air is getting crisp. I bring more layers + coats + jackets, etc. But the remainder of the year – – -the lighter we pack the better.
The only thing worse than regular laundry is CAMPING laundry. 

3. Load a movie onto your Computer before you lose service:
Reason 29 of 100 why we love¬†Acer! We have been watching movies to fall asleep now that the temps are dropping.¬†It’s too cold to do much else outside of the trailer once the sun goes down. These simple memories are¬†ones that I’ll long for one day, I just know it.

A few of our favorite camping movies:

– Matlida
– The Nightmare Before Christmas
– Sandlot
– The Big Green





If it were up to me, I’d be disconnected every single weekend
from now until the end of time.

Thanks for following along with our camping adventures this summer! If you have any questions about camping with littles or ACER, please feel free to reach out.

3 ways an effortless treasure hunt made me a better mother

Over the weekend we treasure hunted.
It’s been on our #parrishfambucketlist for forever.
But this time it was different.

1. CHECK THE CLOCK AT THE DOOR:
We set aside 2 hours. (obviously didn’t tell them that) + turned off distraction.
Turned off work.
Turned off the life that they don’t really even know exists?
Isn’t that a mind blowing¬†thought?
We let the boys make allll the rules.
Jonah has been putting together letters to make words at school, so believe me when I tell you watching him make the treasure map that WE ACTUALLY FOLLOWED, was absolutely priceless. I cried a few times. Surprised?

2. SOCIAL MEDIA CAN KISS IT: I often think social media is ruining all of us. Damaging many of our relationships. Or maybe I should step back + speak for myself. Where are our intentions? I want to remember everyyy detail of my kids lives, but is that just a lame excuse masked behind “intention” or do I really mean it? Life is often different in my journal, so is this how I realllllly feel when I snap 89 photos of the same scene?! #heartdrop NOTE TO SELF: Actions speak louder than words. Especially to kids.
Moments like these remind me that I gotta shape up. I went to a lunch meeting with with Mel Robbins (author of 5 second rule) a few weeks back¬† +¬† when she flat out told us to¬† STOP TAKING NOTES if we really wanted to start learning – – –¬† I was like whoaaaa. You’re on to something woman. Our scavenger hunt went undocumented on social media. ON PURPOSE. I didn’t take any phone pictures. I was trying some new settings on my camera because the lighting was unique, but doing it without the intention of posting kept my intentions right where they needed to be.¬†Being¬†fully sincerely present is a rare gift now days. To ourselves. To our loved ones. To anyone we genuinely care about. Would you agree?

Honestly, we didn’t make it far.¬†I think that was¬†the best part. Had I been in charge we wouldn’t have been on the same block for longer than 15 minutes. A genuine reminder to SLOW IT THE CRAP DOWN, GP. Which is the 3rd reason¬†this simple treasure hunt changed my life. I swear to you these boys in my life teach me waaay more than I’ll ever manage to teach them.¬†

xx

An easy tip to getting in more photos with your kids

Or your spouse. The same rules apply across the board. Whatever the setting. 

We had a few extra minutes before meeting Jon after work a couple nights ago.
We went for a drink run for a pick me up after some¬†angry man who was upset I didn’t turn left quick enough for his liking, wanted me to know I drive like a grandma.
Read about it: HERE! 

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My Podcast Interview with Chrissy Powers

Chrissy Powers, a long time internet friend of mine, launched a new podcast: Sure, Babe.
I’m honored to be her first guest + mostly stoked she didn’t stop the interview cold turkey
when I¬†slayed the world record for how many¬†“like”+ “ummm” + “ya know what I mean’s” quoted in less than a minute. #covereyeemoji


| dress |

In fact, I contemplated even sharing it because I’m sincerely embarrassed.

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Spoonfuls of Love + a GIVEAWAY

Jack + I are finally finding our footing now that the big brothers are in school.
Isn’t it so weird that once they start, they’ll be in school pretty much the rest of the time they are under our roof? I already miss the days of the sky is the limit, but am so proud of the boys. THEY LOVE SCHOOL! And we look forward to hearing about their adventures the minute they get home.¬†

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Promptly Journals

I’m absolutely elated¬†to release our collaboration with Promptly Journals!
We’ve been working together on these designs all summer + seeing them come to life has been a truly humbling experience.
This project lives deep, near the softest parts of my heart  + I really hope your family enjoys them as much as ours does! 

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CHANGE OF PLANS

Wellp. . . all my late nights finally caught up to me.
Smack dab in the middle of our family Halloween Party this weekend.
#everypartyneedsapooper

I spent the morning finding white sweats for our stick figure family costume.
Jon came up with the idea + I was stoked to run with it.
But my heart pretty much ate itself
when we stopped at Zurchers quick, before we met Jon after work .


To keep it short, the kids were NOT into our family costume idea.
Like, at allll.
But Halloween is for the kids right?
#facepalm
I cried for a hot second, ditched the original plans
+ let them pick out whatever the crap they wanted to be for the party!

Rigg : Batman | Jack : Robin  | Jonah : Charizard

We lost the costume contest by a mile, but I still came home feeling good about life.
MINUS the fact that I crashed before Jack.

When you see our family dressed as a stick family one day,
promise to judge us as parents, k? ūüėČ

Do you lean towards family themed costumes?
xx

FALL IS HERE!

If you’re wanting to visit Utah,¬†come in the fall.
The colorful leaves are INCREDIBLE,
the coziness is at an all time high,
you can smell pumpkin a mile outside of the mall,
AND we aren’t living in a snow globe juuust yet.¬†Well. I take that back – – – some days we are.
But you’ll be sweating by noon, so don’t layer up too hard.
IE: we met our designer up at the lot tonight
+ it took me the rest of the evening to unthaw? Like I’m still cold.

The Church we love + belong to, has a General Conference twice a year
+ this last weekend was one of them.
We listened to it on KSL while we finished up a big paint project
that I AM CHOMPING AT THE BITS to share about.
It’s been a long time coming.


Gaahhh feels like so many surprises just around the corner.
Are you annoyed yet?
HA!
Please don’t give up on me just yet.

Clearly I’m up to my ears in work projects but I’m also elated with gratitude.
Juan is the best partner in crime I could ever ask for.  EV.VERRR.
I MEAN IT, TOO. He’s the coolest human I know in real life.


Digging caps this season! HERE + HERE : a couple favorites.

This is the most random mumbo jumbo post,
but we’ve been busy + I felt like letting you in (or cliff hanging)
on a few things we’ve been up to.
Chat more soon!xx, G

6 things to do in Clearwater Beach, Florida


I’ve been to Florida a few times in my life, but never to Clearwater Beach. I REALLY hope this won’t be my last time, that’s for sure! THE BEACH WAS PERFECT, guys. Like insane. Right across the street from our hotel. I thought it’d be fun to put together a guide as far as what we did while we were there — now that I’ve gone through the 3,000 photos we snapped!

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Something Scary, Something New

How about that time last Friday I couldn’t wait for Jon to get home to show him Jack’s new Llama costume + he couldn’t wait to get home to show Rigg his new 4 wheeler!!
He surprised all of us.
I would have blown the cover for sure, so it’s best he didn’t tell ANY of us. HA!
We weren’t planning on going camping, but we couldn’t help it.
The mountains were calling. NATURALLY.

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Camping in Mantua, UT

We have been camping the last several weekends.
Cramming in as much as we can before the snow arrives.
We CANNOT GET ENOUGHHHH of our beautiful state.

Golden Child.
OBVIOUSLY!


It’s cheesy, but true:
I could watch Jon be a dad all day long every day.

He’s the fun one, the adventurous one,
the one scheming up a 4 wheeler before next weekend.

Jack tipped out of this chair a solid handful of times.
If that face doesn’t say KING CHEDDA nothing ever will.

Only one Milo Grace Champlin.

Stomping grandpa’s pillow,¬†inviting allllllll the bugs + mosquitos.
His favorite!


Oh hey, Heart EXPLOSION. Grandpa doesn’t know this, but we are going camping in a couple of weekends for his suprise party!


One more mindblowing matter of business aside from the view of this lake:
THE FACT THAT I HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE MANTUA EXIT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
I grew up in Logan + have passed it who knows how many times?
Every time we left the Valley.
Every time we came back home.

Jonah has been documenting the Summer on his Ipad.
I find it interesting the things he gets it out for.
This stop was definitely one of them.
PS: If you’re interested in our exact campsite, let me know! ūüôā I can have Jon google map you some coordinates.¬†xx

Back-2-School

alternative¬†caption:“Headed back-to-school for the first time. The¬†real thing”¬†

I thought preschool was hard, I didn’t realize what I was in for Kindergarten.
Jonah is tough + more than ready — I have to pretend I am, for his sake.¬†He did 2 years of preschool + his first year, I learned a valuable lesson that I¬†won’t forget no matter how much I want to.

He was (always has been) the most kind, biggest helper I could ever imagined he’d be. We did a Co-Op preschool his first year. He had a freakin hip yellow backpack (that I very much ordered for myself), a smile on his face + an extra skip in his step with his fresh kicks tied up right. But the wind left my sails real quick when I realized he was¬†the only one¬†in his class without a character shirt OR a fun backpack. I’ve never forgot how that felt inside as a mother. I don’t think he noticed right off the bat, but man alive, who AM I? Controlling fashion obsessed mom. Hey Ginger, let your kids live already.

Clothes don’t define us. I know this. We all know this. I believe it with my whole heart. Each of us are welcome to do/dress our children however we’d like. Or they’d like. I needed to experience my heart sink first hand¬†to really step back + let him be HIM. Why would I squash that? Taking the focus off of what we wear has been healing for all of us. I’m starting to get used to the new view + starting to enjoy what it’s been replaced with.

We went school shopping together¬†this year + I listened to his requests. Although he enjoys a good pack of solid tee’s just like I do, he also beams with excitement when the Pokemon covered tee gets the green light. He¬†still doesn’t believe I’m actually going to buy it. Haha. Yes, I’m sure I’ll always cringe a bit when he puts it on, I’m pretty sure I always will, but his heart is growing + so is mine!

Long story short, J man chose every last bit¬†of his outfit for the first big day + will be doing so every¬†year to come. ūüôā Proud of this stud muffin. Light up bling hero backpack + all.

Why Gparrish is not a Fashion Blogger

Every once in a while I think I to myself, HEY I can be a fashion blogger. I love shopping! Then I post an Instagram story that says ready for a “GPARRISH FUN FACT” + straight up leave everyone¬†¬†HANGIN. Like, wait, what? Commitment freaks me out.
Why Gparrish is not a Fashion Blogger by popular Utah blogger Ginger Parrish
Why Gparrish is not a Fashion Blogger by popular Utah blogger Ginger Parrish

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Ice Cream Party is Always a Good Idea

Ice Cream Party is Always a Good Idea by social media influencer Ginger Parrish of parrish place
We are officially moved into our town home. For now! We are very¬†excited to bring you¬†along with us as we build our dream home — but are happy to be settled right here in between until we have our plans finalized. We are partnering with Breyers as we find our footing, get our ducks in a row + make time to have an awesome¬†Ice Cream party as we wait for our home to be built!
Ice Cream Party is Always a Good Idea by social media influencer Ginger Parrish of parrish place

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Family Wedding: Jeff & Kim Tie The Knot

Family Wedding: Jeff & Kim Tie The Knot by social media influencer Ginger ParrishFamily Wedding: Jeff & Kim Tie The Knot by social media influencer Ginger ParrishFamily Wedding: Jeff & Kim Tie The Knot by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

Kim + Jeff tied the knot at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course last weekend. This family wedding WAS A BLAST. We love these guys so dang much! It’s always a party when¬†all the family is in the same place. The food was incredible, the dancing was top notch + the cousin time was “the best night of my life” as per jonah’s tired mouth.¬†

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Parrish Family Code

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I came home from dinner¬†last night with Bre to a new family code that “can’t ever be broken until the end of time”. ¬†I had nothing to do with this family code — yet I support it with every fiber of my being.

Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

 

PARRISH FAMILY CODE

Respect others,
Take care of your brothers,
Never lie to your mother.

Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

Jon is the very very best dad for our little family.¬†I love his heart + the way he’s making respect a priority in our home. I hope the boys turn out EXACTLY like him. Aren’t they¬†lucky I convinced him to marry me? ūüôā

Parrish Family Code by social media influencer Ginger Parrish
Dress : Sonnet James 

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5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED

We’ve had our pop up trailer for a month or so now? Maybe a bit longer, but HELLO, best investment so far as parents! HANDS DOWN. ¬†Fresh air, warm beds, Jonah’s campfire stories + PB&Js sure¬†making me smile tonight.

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5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

All the camp sites we were planning on staying in for Fathers Day were full by Friday afternoon, so we faced a bit of an adventure head on + stumbled upon a gold mine while we were at it. WHO KNEW THIS BEAUTY EXISTED IN OUR BACKYARD? Utah, you pretty! Real, real prettttty.

5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

5 quick memories before I gush over how obsessed we are with Jon for Fathers Day:
1. Squashing all 4 of us onto one motorcycle | 2 for 2 riders falling asleep
2. Conversations about each of the kids on said motorcycle ride
3. Meditating in the most serene place. My heart was overflowing. Still is.
4. Jack listening to his voice all the way up the canyon, all the way back. His mind will be BLOWN when we take him on a rumble strip in the mini.
5. Whittier’s¬†joining us for lunch + motorcycles!
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5 quick sours to remind you exactly how normal our life is:
1. I forgot the bag with the cheese + marshmallows. “ohhh you guys love egg only omelets, remember? …wait, can they even be called omelets¬†with just one ingredient…..?¬†
2. the egg carton disintegrated in the cooler of melted ice
3. cold sore from H E DOUBLE
4. jack biffed it off the chair after his watermelon was gone. #bloodynose
5. camp fire laundry

5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

Wanted to throw on a few phone snaps because this place is too GREAT to forget!

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5 reasons Fathers Day Camping ROCKED by Utah blogger Ginger Parrish of parrish place

I think I’ll save the ranting as to why Jon is the best dad in all the land — for his Fathers Day¬†card. But it feels good to be ahead of the game on a post for once! Huzzah!¬†Happy Fathers Day weekend! xx

The Clear Water really is CLEAR in Clearwater Beach Florida

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WE MADE IT!
After a long day of traveling + a night without sleep, we made it to Clearwater Beach Florida!
The boys are in heaven to say the least!
Not only is the sand WHITE, the Ocean is warm in Clearwater Beach Florida.
We can’t wait to dive into the community here at the Wyndham Grand + bring you right along with us!

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Back to our Roots With Our New Couch

Jon + I had a little red sofa in our bedroom when we were first married. But five years + three kids later, that sweet little couch was replaced with a baby crib long ago. Thanks to Jonathan Louis Furniture, we’ve taken our master bedroom back to its roots + brightened it back up a bit for Spring! Hashtag: Oh Happy Freakin’ Day! Our new couch makes me smile so big every time I see it. We’ve already made¬†a plethora of memories in our new little nook.

Back to our Roots With Our New Couch from Jonathan Lewis Furniture by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

Back to our Roots With Our New Couch from Jonathan Lewis Furniture by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

Back to our Roots With Our New Couch from Jonathan Lewis Furniture by social media influencer Ginger Parrish
New Couch time worth noting:
JON: discard child pile during after-work wrestles
GING: played ‘get to know your leaders’ with the sweet young women.
JONAH: learning how to tie his shoes here
RIGG: calling every front flip he does a back flip | far left cushion is hiding place of choice
JACK: propped up in the corner with his legs crossed just hanging out #likeaboss

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Back to our Roots With Our New Couch from Jonathan Lewis Furniture by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

Back to our Roots With Our New Couch from Jonathan Lewis Furniture by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

I love that we¬†don’t have a TV in our room anymore, it leaves more time for play.¬†Please please please bless Rigg never grows out of his camera/picture taking obsession. He takes it very seriously.

IMG_9918 copyI’m the most indecisive decorator alive so Jonathan Louis Furniture‚Äôs¬†600+ fabric swatch options about did me in. ūüôā But also won me over forever because it guarantees the best of the best custom fit/style for each + every space. Ding Ding Ding!! It was important for me to find something textured enough to withstand six¬†sticky hands from three busy kiddos, but comfortable enough to nap on Sundays in the window sunshine.¬†I went as light as I possibly could on the fabric for our new couch, but still allotted some forgivable¬†breathing room¬†for the wear + tear of¬†everyday life with a family full of boys. We went with¬†the Maddock sofa (estate size) + are loving it 100%.

Back to our Roots With Our New Couch from Jonathan Lewis Furniture by social media influencer Ginger Parrish

If you’re interested in checking out the quality in person for a new couch, plug your address¬†into their¬†dealer locator¬†real quick — locations near you will pop right up.¬†I know Z Gallerie, Macy’s, RC Willey + several other local furniture stores carry it as well. The quality simply cannot be beat. Thank you Jonathan Louis Furniture for sponsoring this opportunity! All opinions are completely my own! ¬†xx

Madsen Cycles, Nutcase Helmets + Gigi Pip GIVEAWAY!


SUPRISEEEEE! One of our very favorite brands of allll time is releasing a new to their bucket bike line up! WHITE! WHITE! WHITE! You know my heart loves white. To celebrate, we have teamed up with Madsen Cycles to give a bike away¬†on Instagram. Still time to enter here!¬†Winner gets to choose any color of bike they’d like.¬†

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BEING LATE.

BEING LATE by social media influencer Ginger Parrish of parrish place

We can’t be on time for church no matter how hard I try.
I know it starts in my head. BUT I STILL CAN’T. I HAVE TRIED SO.HARD. SO.MANY.TIMES.
Week after week. Sunday after Sunday. You can count on us for being late.
We were soooooo close this week, but couldn’t quite pull it off.¬†

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The Perfect Family SUNDAY

The Perfect Family SUNDAY by lifestyle blogger Ginger of parrish place

Last week was a doooooozy.
Today was just the breath of fresh air I needed to keep going, the Perfect Family Sunday.
We’ve got Spring Break on the calendar this week!!
I’m looking forward to the one on one time with the boys.
No distractions.

The Perfect Family SUNDAY by lifestyle blogger Ginger of parrish place

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