William Rast has done a line exclusively for Target. To see it all click here, hurry it is only for a short time.

Also on the horizon Mulberry is doing a line as well. I will keep you posted.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. One person in our house has definitely taken the resolution bull by the horns. Milo now uses la toilette. I now owe him...

-a candy bar

- lunch with Cosmo

- trip to Chuck E. Cheese

- any toy he wants

- a million dollars

- admission to Cosmo Kids Club

- all the gum he wants

So this year, my New Years resolution is stop offering crazy rewards, because sooner or later my kids will achieve the impossible and I will be left to pay up. Lesson learned.

Have a wonderful New Year!


in other news

August was downstairs, I was in my office paying bills {yuck!} and out of nowhere I hear gus upstairs. I ask Milo "Where is August?" and he looks at me like I am an idiot and says,"upstairs." Then I say, "How did he get up there?" and Milo gives me another, your an idiot look, and says "Mom, he walks."

I guess it is offical. He walks.

portable north pole tv

If anyone wants to do a stellar surprise for their kids. Go to This Link and you can have a personalized e-mail message sent to your kids from Santa. It is free, easy and my kids have watched theirs a dozen times. They absolutely love it.



I guess when you are tired it does not matter where you are and how big the donut you were eating is.


I love it when the hair right behind Gus's ears flips out.

I don't love it when he won't hold still so we can get a good picture of it.


Milo and his randomness just keeps going and going. A few examples...

Milo wants an iTouch for Christmas. Since when did 3 year old a) know anything about electronics and b) know enough that they want one for Christmas.

We went on a train ride two nights ago to see Santa and when the engineer asked Milo who we were going to see he said "Jesus" and was a little upset when I told him we would not be seeing baby Jesus just Santa. Go figure, at least his heart is in the right place.

August was playing by Milo on the floor yesterday and I guess was bugging him because Milo turned to him and said, Gus, you are irritating me.

When Milo get's home from anything, no matter what time of day, the first thing he does is get back into his pajama's. Most days the only way I can get him dressed is to tell him when we get home he can put his PJ's back on.

holiday faves

Does anyone know why the song "A Few of My Favorite Things" is classified as a Holiday song? I don't get it but I have heard it on the radio several times. Please someone explain! Whether it is Holiday or not I am going to give you a few of my favorite things right now.

~American Apparel Black Tricot leggings~
{obviously not a big fan of having my picture taken}
{August's duck boots from baby Gap}

These leggings are simply the best. They can dress anything up, and are slimming due to the faint shimmer they give right down your leg. These would be a great gift for the person that has everything, and the best part is they come in about 13 colors!

~ribbed socks~

{photo form j.crew}
Okay I know that this isn't for everyone, but I just love these with heels.

~Winter Song by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson~

Give yourself a little early Christmas present and download this song. Trust me the best 99 cents you will spend this Christmas. If you don't love it I will pay for the download. And if you are feeling even more adventurous download the entire album; The Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs.

ho ho ho

Try as I might to keep the Christmas spirit some days it just seems like the spirit part gets sucked right out of me. That is okay because as of last night my Christmas cards were in the poseddion of the U.S. postal service {finally!} So be checking your boxes; because other than the presents the one thing that you anticipate most of all is the yearly Johansson Christmas card.

one more thing to check of my list.


journalism at it's finest

BYU weekly did a story on our little Bijou Market. If you didn't get a chance to see it on the telly, take a look. It made me happy we do what we do and also made me realize my voice is kinda on the man side. Oh well, enjoy!



I want to apologize to anyone that has come to my house and used my bathroom, because the toilet paper looks like this...

Thanks to this....

In my defense after 137 times of carefully winding the TP back on the roll so it looks normal you get sick of it.

He is also great at empting any and all drawers in your home.

Cheap-O Christmas tree

My friend Annie and I went into the local dollar store a month ago, looking for decorations for an activity day party, and I told her "Someone could decorate a pretty descent Christmas tree with decorations from here" and she said "You should do it" So, I accepted the challenge and here is my end result.

I need to clarify...
These are not from the dollar store.
They were stocking hangers from walmart but they cost $1 each so it counts. Also the glitter ribbon is not from the dollar store either but it only cost me $3 to wrap the entire tree.


little things

I love it when I go to the TV to see what recorded the night before only to find that Chad recorded one of my favorite comedians {Zach Galifianakis} on one of my favorite late night shows {Jimmy Fallon} He didn't have to, but he loves me.

It made my day part because of the gesture and part because it was so funny! Please tell me someone else saw it and laughed as hard as I did?


halloween in December

Only because you asked...

Batman and Robin

Merlin and Archimedes the Owl

And can you guess?

...of course the Grinch
Sorry for the camera phone photos, my camera is still broken.

these two and me

Bijou is over {always a dose of bittersweet}

I just want to let these two darlings know how much I love doing what we do. We three are a great mix of everything you need in a partnership. I wouldn't want to do Bijou with anyone else. Thanks guys!

p.s. that is the last time we put the
tall person in the middle for a picture.

Plan on this

I am letting you all know that the the live Nativity in Alpine is going on this weekend the 3rd,4th and 6th from 6-9pm. Go, enjoy, your welcome.

If you are going on Monday I will see you there.
900 North Main St. Alpine, UT {no nativity is complete without camels.}


get em' whilt their hot

Okay the wait is almost over! Bijou Market starts Friday.

If you want to get a preview hop on over toBijoumarket.com

Not to toot my own horn, but we are selling these
most adorable totes for a mere $2 {no that is not a typo}
Make sure and get yours get there early!



confessions of a S.A.H.M.

Humor me for a moment...
I have come to love to vacuum. For the only reason that my extremely loud vacuum drowns out EVERYTHING! So the kids can be crazy and screaming and all I have to do to escape the insanity is vacuum my house.

Next- the shopping carts at IKEA give me a great love handle workout, thanks to the wheels that turn in all directions. Trying to wrangle to cart at every turn used to drive me crazy, but now I just go with it and get a solid workout while I shop.

Lastly- I am trying my hand at Homemade Laundry soap. I want to know who has tried it, what works, what didn't, what they liked and what they didn't.

p.s I promise halloween pics are coming!


what's in a trip?

I could post 17 times about our trip, but I won't. Enter collage...

Chad and I had not taken a trip together since our honeymoon, this trip was much needed and so super fun. Disneyworld is so different without kids {better, oddly enough} and it was a blast to see ye olde mission.
These pictures brought to by Kilmars Ice
cream shoppe, thanks for mailing us our camera!


Back in the Saddle

I took a long Hiatus from the old blog, for no reason other than I was busy. A quick recap by numbers

27 -days without a post
1- new calling {activity days}

3-people that thought Chad was having an affair with a blonde chick, {until I turned around}
48- Number of wipes I pick off the floor each day due to Milo's addiction with them
4- times August surprised me with crawling and standing and walking along with couch all the the same week
3- reflections projects Gavin wants to enter
17- amount of times Milo has changed his mind about Halloween costumes
7- hours it took me to put up Halloween decorations
2- sick kids
300- times I wipes said kids noses
15- planning sessions with chad to decide what to do in Florida next week.
1349- number of times I have been ridiculously excited about the Holiday Bijou Market
1,000,000 - other things I did and can't remember

cosmo came to my buday

This post is SO late but what are you gonna do. If you have a son like mine, BYU is all they think about. Milo takes it a step further and idolizes Cosmo. So me being the fantastic mom I am, up and invited {paid rather} Cosmo to Milo's 3rd Birthday!

I found out after the fact that we got the best Cosmo {they have like 6} and he was so good with Milo I don't think Milo left his side the whole time.

This cake was a Nightmare, but it was a Y and it was Huge Milo loved it.

Thanks everyone for coming and celebrating with Milo!



No, I am not dead. Life just is amazingly busy. I have so many posts to share but one at a time. A little warning if you haven't already seen me, these pics are a bit much. But I always welcome your opinion so go ahead and tell me what you think.
I took this

and this...

And turned it into this

and this

I have to say that cutting my hair off has been so liberating and fun. I think everyone should try this at least once in their life.



Now that the shock has worn off I am glad to say that Gav is in First Grade

And he is pretty excited about it.



I have had lots of different hair lengths in my lifetime. I always have this idea that if I don't change it so often that I will get into a rut, so every once in a while I do something different.

For several years now {maybe more} I have wanted a pixie cut. I have torn countless photos out of magazines and saved tons of photos from the web of versions I like.
Why have I not done it yet you ask? {Aside that it is a pretty big move} Two reasons really.

Reason number one being I do like my hair now. I love that it is wavy and effortless, people are always asking me how I get my hair to look the way it does and honestly I really only let it air dry. I read an article about a girl who liked her hair but gave in to peer pressure and cut it for a more trendy style and it took her years to get it back to something she liked again. I know that won't happen but if it isn't broke don't fix it right?

Reason number 2: Two years ago I dyed my hair dark. In the salon I liked it and when I got home to a husband that didn't my opinion changed and I hated it. Any woman that says they don't need there husbands approval is lying. EVERY woman wants to feel beautiful to her husband. Chad likes my hair long, obviously I don't think cutting my hair will change anything between Chad and I but it is something to think about.

So now I wonder what you think? Tell me what you would do & be honest I love hearing different opinions, and just so you know either way I have an appointment set for Saturday. yikes!


steal of a deal part deux

We wanted to celebrate the last day of summer vacation at Seven Peaks. I don't have a single picture of Gavin because now that he is old and tall enough to go on rides by himself, he does and I didn't see him more than a few minutes the whole time we were there.

Milo, August, Chad and I had a grand time lounging in the wave pool {that for the record I remember being way more cool when I was little}

If is offical Gus hates hats, or at least big ugly ones that keep the sun off his face

steal of a deal

Trafalga is doing a great promotion right now with Seven peaks $34.95 gets you a year pass to both. We of course took advantage.

Crazy idea lets put August on the bumper boats he loved it until he got soaked.

we all did.


I am documenting the first ever family reunion for Chads family. It was low key {mutual dell and swimming at Lindon pool} but we had a blast. I meant to take lots of pics but this is all I ended up getting...enjoy!



Doesn't everyone wish they still had ice cream and soda fountains around, well they do in Logan.

The Bluebird.

Old fashioned down to the iron port and the banana split dishes.


We spent the 9th annual Lines Family Reunion up Logan Canyon. Was it fun you ask? I think you already know the answer. YES!

With fishing, the zoo, catching up on sleep, eating what we caught, using a bucket for a shower, we always have a blast with this bunch!



Maybe it is the anxiety of back to school but I have been nesting like a pregnant woman. Here are a few

Item #1
The boys closet. Cramming two boys into one closet is sometimes a challenge, especially at the rate that I buy shoes for them. I have to make room for school clothes of course, so it was time to organize.

Item #2
This is a bit of a confession as well, I am CONSTANTLY ripping pages out of magazines. Diy projects, websites I want to remember, gift ideas, rooms I like, etc. This habit started with some interior design classes I took long ago and after watching some documentary about a lady who died in her house full of torn out pages I simply had to make a change. This is some of what I threw away.

battle wound

Gus had a little battle with the driveway last week...
The drive way won.

We called him Rudy all week long.