Vintage Trailer Photo Shoot & Headshots

A few months ago when I found out I was going to be a DIY contributor to All Things Thrifty, I was asked for my headshot.  Um… yeah, about that…  Apparently selfies don’t count.

I reached out to my friend Valery from Valery Bunnell Photography.  She normally specializes in maternity, birth, and newborn photography (did you see Evelyn’s newborn pictures?!).  But with a little bit of arm twisting I was able to convince her to do a special photoshoot with our vintage trailer that I made over.

I’m sure you noticed my updated picture in the top corner of my blog awhile ago, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the other images from the shoot.  She really captured the beauty of my lil Myrtle!

The location is 5 minutes away from where we’re building our new house.  I’m in love with this area.  The beauty is breathtaking.

Mekenzie Crowder

Headshot Kenz

Vintage Trailer Photo Prop

Vintage Trailer

Vintage Trailer

Kenz Headshot


There you have it.  I promise I have a few blog posts in store.  I need to catch you up on Evelyn’s monthly photo project.  I need to show you how our house is coming along.

Since there have obviously been no house-projects, it’s been nice to take a little break from blogging during the summer.  I love blogging and the community, but I also love unplugging.  It has been really nice to recharge my battery.  Hopefully I’ll have some creative projects for you to see soon 🙂

Our Ultra-Industrial Basement Apartment

Do you like that fancy title?

You’re probably imaging something like this.  And that would be nice.  But you are absolutely wrong.

Industrial Basement Apartment

If you’re a new reader, here’s the skinny:
We sold our house.  I was really emotional about it being empty (with the help of the Von Trappes).

Then I kindly left you hanging.  For a few weeks, might I add.

I’d be lying if I said this summer hasn’t been a struggle.

Our house sold a great deal faster than we planned.  In one day to be exact.  As a Realtor, I know what a blessing that is.  Many times people are in the opposite situation, and that is incredibly stressful to NEED your house to sell and be stuck waiting.

We anticipated it taking a month- 2 months to sell our house.  But that wasn’t the case, and we needed to adapt.

I helped my brother in law buy a house earlier this year, and he was kind enough to let us stay in his unfinished basement during our provisional homelessness.

It is not ideal, but we are very very grateful to have a place to live right now.  We are making it work the best way we know how.

Unfinished basement Interiors By Kenz


I would very much love to argue with anyone who says my life is glamorous.

Unfinished Basement Bedroom


I suppose you could call this “revolutionary open concept design.”

Unfinished basement living

Unfinished basement apartment


I wouldn’t say I’m a “very organized person” however, clutter makes me itchy.  I need things to have a place, and I need to know where that place is.  Living out of boxes, and having things EVERYWHERE is challenging.  But I try really hard to let my gratitude take the place of my anxiety.

Also, if you look hard enough, you can see a napping baby in that bundle of blankets.

Unfinished Basement Storage

Unfinished basement Nursery

I know it’s only temporary.  I know we are very blessed that my brother in law is willing to let us be here.  And I KNOW that our new house is going to be worth it.  I have a feeling we’ll look back on this time and have a lot of “Remember when we lived in the basement…” stories to tell.

Why We Sold.

This post is a little on the word-heavy side.  So go pop a bag of pop corn, pour a Dr Pepper and get comfy.  You’re about to take a trip inside my head and my heart.

After we announced that our house was for sale we got the same question over and over.  It came from our friends, our family, our neighbors, and random people.  I know most people were thinking “You guys are LOCO CRAZY!”  But they nicely said:

“Why are you selling your house?!  AFTER ALL THE WORK YOU DID ON IT?!”

Living Room Design

Honestly, if I had a dollar for every time we were asked that during our selling process we wouldn’t need a mortgage on our new house.

Our intention was never to flip the house.  We made every upgrade because it was what we wanted.  Although, we were always mindful of resale value.  You HAVE to be when renovating.  We knew it wasn’t our forever home.

A quick little backstory on how we ended up with that house in the first place is an important part of the story.  We had only been married 4 months, when the company I had been working for was bought out and I was laid off.  During that time, I was able to cash out my 401K with no penalty.  I was also given a generous severance package.  As a newly married couple, we had barely any savings.  This was in the summer of 2011, the low of the housing market in Salt Lake City.  I had a very strong gut instinct that we needed to use that money as a down payment on a house.  We stumbled onto the house, and knew it was something we could live in and fix up.  I don’t feel comfortable disclosing the purchase price, but it was less than what you could even buy a condo for now.  We were so grateful to just HAVE a house!  It was surreal to us that we were home owners.  We put our hearts and souls into every little thing we did to our house.

The past 3 years, my day job had been in real estate, and I became a Realtor.  I watched the market very closely, especially in our neighborhood.  After Evelyn was born, I just knew it was time.  We tried to put it off.  But that nagging feeling was there, stronger than ever.

There were things that we compromised on when we bought our house.
-Front porch
(No where to put a swing or rocking chairs- a life long dream of mine!)
Outside of house

-Master bathroom
(Just one bathroom for the whole main level)
Main level bathroom
-Walk-in master closet
(We have shared THIS for 2.5 years… and we’re still happily married.  I know!)

Master Closet
-Formal living room
-2 car garage

Now, I understand that nothing is impossible.  And we actually toyed very seriously with the idea of combining the back two bedrooms to make a master suit.  But when it comes to a renovation, you have to look at the numbers and figures.  The return wasn’t there.  The renovation would make it nice to live in, but we would never get that money back in the sale of the house.

It was time to sell, and capitalize on our investment and find a home with the things we had compromised on.

It was a very emotional decision to make.  I’ve cried more tears than I’d like to admit.  I kept telling myself, “It’s just a house, stop crying.” But to me, those weren’t just walls and a room.  Our house was very much a character in our lives.  Those walls box up the memories of significant events in our lives.

We always knew Green Meadow Manor was a stepping stone.  She made it possible for us to have our dream home.  We were able to more than double our investment, allowing us to have the down payment we need for our next home.

It’s still hard.  It’s not just a money game.  I’ve always been a blue personality, and I definitely felt a lot of raw emotions during the process.  I meant to write this post awhile ago, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it until now.  And even now, I feel a twinge in my heart.  I miss my house.  I feel very homesick for a place that is no longer mine.  I wonder what the new homeowner is doing to her.

I’ve never done well with big changes.  This was a huge leap of faith for me.  I heard a quote that said, “Making a big life change is scary.  But do you want to know what is even scarier? Regret.”  I knew if we didn’t do this now, we would lose our window, and I would regret it.  Sometimes you just have to hold your head up high, try not to cry, and say goodbye.

As cheesy as it is… they say you never forget your first love… and that’s how I feel about our first house.

first house love.jpg


And as a little postscript, I’d like to add this for my blogging friends:
I am SO sorry for how behind I am on reading your blogs!  I promise I do care.  I want to catch up, and I will.  Real life is so busy.  I have a very demanding baby who I love with all my heart and needs my attention.  Selling the house was busy.  Selling other peoples’ houses is busy.  Going to Disneyland is busy 🙂  My blog isn’t a business.  It’s just a glimpse of my life, my talents, and the things I like to do in my free time.  I love you all, and I love the internet friendships that I have.  Thank you for being patient with me. High fives all around.



Maternity Photoshoot

I’m back!  It’s been 3 weeks to the day that Evelyn was born.  I’ve had such a beautiful time getting to know her and learning what it means to be a new mom.  Sleepless nights, blow outs, spit ups… newborn baby smell, cooing, cuddles, finger-holding.  I wouldn’t change a thing.

Be patient with me while I get back into the swing of things.  I’m not going to hold myself to any posting schedule.  It might take me awhile to catch up on reading all of your blogs, but I’ll get to it.

The week before Evelyn was born my computer crashed.  It has taken a little bit of time to recover my old files since tending to our sweet child was top on the list.  But don’t you worry, I’ve got a nursery reveal, great room reveal, and MANY other great tutorials queued up for you.

But today to ease back into blogging, and before I introduce Evelyn Faye to the blog, I’m going to share my maternity photos.

These were taken by Jadie Jo Photography.  Her talent is off the chart.  If you live in the greater Salt Lake area, I would highly recommend using her service.  Like her Facebook page and check out her website to get a look at the beautiful work she does.

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

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And because we NEVER leave Indy and Buster out…

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

Interiors By Kenz Maternity Photos

My Life

Hi there. The internet’s worst blogger here!  Where have I been, and what have I been doing?  I bet  those questions literally haven’t crossed your mind.  Out of sight, out of mind, right?  I knew it.

You know when you want to see some REALLY inspiring DIY project, but you turn on HGTV and all you see is re-runs House Hunters?

My life.


I’m not complaining at all.  Showing houses is a hoot.  I love it.  I love helping people find houses to make homes.  It’s great.  Real estate is BOOMING.  But you know, I work my full time job, then go show houses after.  So, DIY projects haven’t been moving forward very quickly.

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