Events | Sewing with Sue

December 29, 2017

Soooo... It's probably about time I told you all how the sewing event went!!! It's way over due.


Tutorial | Insta-Frames

November 9, 2017

What's the hardest part of moving?

a. Packing
b. Selling the old house
c. Saying goodbye to the old house
d. Redecorating the new house

When we moved out of our beloved first home where we welcomed two of our babies and made so many wonderful memories, everything on the list was hard. Prepping the house with three little ones is no small task, and saying goodbye to friends and neighbors was heart-breaking. I remember when we moved into that old house, I immediately felt those warm, fuzzy, at-home feelings. The new house, on the other hand, I didn't.


Photography | Tara + Zach Engagements

November 5, 2017

I've been sitting here trying to figure out the best way to tell you about how awful I was back in the day when it came to flirting, but it's just not coming, so I'm just gonna lay it out for you.


No, I wasn't awkward or anything like that, I was just SO over-the-top! Half the time, I don't think I even realized I was doing it, but because of my positive, smiley, complimentary attitude, I almost always came off that way.


Photography | Rowland Family Session

October 19, 2017

I had a prospective client message me the other day and ask for example of my family photographer and I thought to myself, "Oh. I haven't posted any of those yet!" So here's the first of a few family sessions I've done this year!


Sewing | Lounge Pants

September 27, 2017
This isn't really a tutorial because Merrick from Merrick's Art already created a stellar one that you can follow along here. Merrick (and Joanna Gaines) is basically my spirit animal.

I used a nice Hacci knit from Girl Charlee, which I think was the best decision ever because it's basically like a sweater for my legs. Not even kidding. They ran out of the black and white stripe that I used since I bought it probably over a year ago, but I am in LOVE with this mustard, red, and brown striped option!


Maternity Photography | Ashley VanWagoner

September 22, 2017

This post is WAY overdue! I've actually already posted her birth story! Both shoots turned out beautifully and I'm just so thrilled I got to be a part of all this with Ashely! Ashley's definitely one of those women who does pregnancy SO WELL! After the shoot we stopped to get some sodas and a woman we passed told her she ought to be a maternity model. I whole-heartedly agree!!!

I don't have much else to say, so I'll just let the photos talk.


Stange Family Vacation 2017 | Yosemite

September 17, 2017

Visiting Yosemite has become one of my favorite family traditions. We stay in a cabin by Bass Lake and when we're not out exploring, we're swimming in the lake, which has been INSANELY full the last two times we've visited!


Stange Family Vacation Summer 2017 | Oceanside

September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day! I hope you're out doing fun things and relaxing from your labors today! We're hanging around in Utah today, but I definitely wouldn't mind being back in Oceanside today (or anyday for that matter!)


Stange Family Vacation Summer 2017 | Chicago

September 2, 2017

If you've already been to my Facebook page, you've seen that I spent an entire 18 minutes and 20 seconds describing our family vacation and sharing some stories from the amazing three weeks! That, and some of my UNBELIEVABLE Xanadu vocals. ;P


Birth Photography | Rowland Birth

August 15, 2017

You get two births two weeks in a row because I shot them both on the SAME DAY! Within 15 minutes of each other. Not even kidding. Luckily they were both in the same hospital, so I was "Father of the Bride" -ing up and down the hall to each family. I'm sure the nurses thought I was hilarious, except the one that was just really confused to have seen me at one birth, then see me again at another one. In that case, I thought that she was hilarious. ;)


Birth Photography | VanWagoner Natural Birth

August 8, 2017

The room was absolutely silent. Six people and not one of us made a peep as Ashley took each wave with perfect grace. Even though she told me later that her body was screaming through all the silence, the best way I can describe her birth story is beautiful and even sacred.


Tutorial | Flutter Sleeve

August 2, 2017

click here for the wrap dress tutorial.

The flutter sleeve is one of my absolute favorite sleeves, especially for summer. It's just so breezy and feminine. I first made them on my maternity dress when I was pregnant with Barrett and it really wasn't too tricky, so I'm excited to share this quick tutorial with you!


Alexa's 3-year photos

July 26, 2017

Alexa entered her third year with a lot of spunk and a lot of independence! We went to Cherry Hill (a nearby water park) that night for her birthday and she wouldn't even let me hold her hand climbing up the stairs. Where has my little baby gone?!


Tutorial | Wrap Dress

July 17, 2017

It feels SO GOOD to be writing a tutorial again! It has been way too long, but with my graphic design class wrapping up (this is my last week!) I feel like I can finally give my blog and my readers (you!) the TLC that it needs!


Birth Photography | Wahlstrom C-Section

July 8, 2017
So the thing I love about Megan is that since taking her birth photos, we have hung out three times and she's not afraid to point out my mom fails. Haha! Everyone needs that friend in their lives that will just say it as it is!


Senior Photography | Nicole

June 23, 2017

You know it's going to be a good session when your client skips out on class early so you can have the best lighting, pulls up to your house with a giant easel sticking out of her car window, executes a perfect wardrobe change IN THE MIDDLE of a public walkway, introduces you to the most perfect artistic location in Salt Lake City, and the very first click of the camera produces an image like this.


Chelsea's 5th birthday!

June 20, 2017
Just one more! This blog is here to share what I learn, to *hopefully* inspire you to try something new, to spread the love of Peach-Rings around the world, and to document my family. The past three posts it's all about Chelsea, so... deal. ;)

Chelsea was really excited about her birthday this year and had her birthday party with friends totally and completely planned out. Unfortunately, her mother wasn't totally on board, so that party didn't exactly happen. But she did have a LOT of fun with friends that day and didn't say a word about not getting her Alicorn birthday party, so I guess the fun with friends that day sufficed!

Breakfast are basically the only photos I got, but I figure as long as we captured the girl and the decorations she set up for her own special day, we're good, right?


Chelsea's 5-year interview

June 18, 2017

It's a month late, but here it is! Chelsea's 5-year interview! I love doing these interviews because I feel like you really get a feel for Chelsea's personality, and you get some pretty good blackmailing material for the future! ;)


Chelsea's 5-year photos!

May 28, 2017

She chose something other than pink! I think it's Pinterest that did it because when I was deciding what dress to make her this year, we looked on Pinterest for some inspiration and she picked a dress that had ruffles and was green, so there ya go.


Photography | My Purpose

May 17, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible experience of shooting a birth. Han and I first met at the CrEATe Donuts get-together almost two years ago in July and have strengthened our friendship via social media since. When we got together a couple of months before her due date, we decided to do a birth shoot together. I'd never done a birth shoot before but was excited to give it a shot (you see what I did there?)


Life Lately | Catch up!

April 24, 2017
What with the online classes I've been taking and trying to get this new house under control (and feed my family on occasion!) it's been hard to give this corner of the internet some love and attention!

But just like the middle child, even though it gets sidelined every now and then, it's never forgotten!

So let's do a little catch up and life lately, shall we?



March 29, 2017
 **Rug pad c/o RugPadUSA. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

If you follow me on any of my other social media interfaces, you might have seen updates within the past couple of months of our house! We've done so much since we moved in that it looks like a completely different home!


Chocolate Pretzels!

March 13, 2017
Hey everybody! How ya been? Good? Good. Remember the chocolate bear from Barrett's smash cake in my last post? Well, I had leftover melted chocolate and about a million pretzels so I decided to cover those babies with the liquified deliciousness! It wasn't hard at all and, of course, I had a little help!


Smash Cake Photo Shoot | Barrett's ONE!

February 26, 2017

I feel like everything I want to say has been said a million times by a million moms everywhere.

"How did he grow up so fast?"
"Time really does fly."
"I blinked and he grew up."
"Where did my baby go?"
"They grow too quick."

It's all true, and there was nothing I could do to stop the time from passing.


Photography Class

February 7, 2017
Hi all! Good to see you again! I'd apologize for being a little absent around here, but I don't know that any one of you really missed me all that much anyway... :'(

Haha! Just kidding. I know you all love me and want to know every single detail of my life! So let's get things back on track, shall we?

Photography, photography, PHOTOGRAPHY!!! My life has been happily consumed by this online course I'm taking through BYU-Idaho. It's a beginners photography class and I am learning SO MUCH! Amazing all the information that just slips between the cracks when you're self-taught. Now I feel like I'm really *starting* to understand my camera and Lightroom, which is amazing and awesome and totally worth the amount I'm paying per month to have it.

So, let me tell you briefly what I've learned. No. Let me show you...


The Stange Family Magic Show + WE MOVED!

January 21, 2017
Okay, it has been WAY too quiet around here recently. Well, not around my house, definitely not. Quiet is not something that ever really happens here, but on the blog? too quiet...

Let me tell you what's been going on! We MOVED! Our lovely old house was just starting to feel a little cramped + Andrew was getting really tired of scraping off his windows in the morning and freezing his patootie off! It was time for an upgrade.

We didn't move too far away, just about 10 minutes from where we were before, but we love our new home!

Everything happened SO FAST! We listed it on Monday, two days later we were under contract, and about a month after that, we were gone! I hardly even had time to process what was going on. In fact, it didn't really hit me that we were moving until I did the dishes in that home for the last time!

I felt like I was prepared for most everything you expect when you move. What I didn't expect was not feeling at home in the new home, ya know? We loved the new house so much, I thought that homey feeling would just be there. But it wasn't, and that was kinda hard.

I decided to share how I was feeling with my wonderful friend, Mariasha, and she gave me some great adivce...

Get out your camera!

Take some pictures! Make some home videos! Make memories! Until there are memories, a house just isn't a home.

So that's what I did! I made a few home videos and took some pictures and I really do feel like this new house is our home now. Sure, there are still things to get used to, but we've already begun filling our home with memories, and that feels good.

I'll always love and be grateful for our first house. We brought home two babies to that house and watched our oldest baby grow into toddler and little girl-hood. We made cookies (remember those cookie cups?) and celebrated birthdays and Christmas. We even made Magic Shows!

I used to make these magic shows with my brothers and sisters when I was little and loved it! I'm happy that it was one more happy memory we got to make in our dear little house!

Thanks for stopping by today! See you next time!

Question: What games or traditions do you have with your siblings that you want to pass down? Leave a comment!

And don't forget to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat! That's probably where I'll post my home tour, first. In fact, I've already posted one!

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Christmas 2016 | Thank you Greenleaf Ward!

January 5, 2017

Instead of describing every detail of Christmas day, I'm just going to share one of my favorite parts of the day and let the pictures (and video!) do the rest!

Spending time with my family and opening those long-awaited presents was, of course, wonderful, but I loved being able to attend church that morning, and the Christmas Spirit was manifested to me that morning in the form of the Redding family, the Byers family, and the Wegner family. My children are very spirited, curious, energetic, and mostly-well behaved. When Alexa began to wander, Cathy Wegner took her calling in Nursery to another level and fulfilled it during Sacrament meeting, too. When Barrett got a little wiggly on my lap and stood up to look over my shoulder, there was the Byers family to provide a little entertainment for the cute little guy! And when looking over my shoulder wasn't enough, the Redding family was there to let him play with their glasses, hair, and whatever else struck his fancy. I'm convinced that David Redding is a baby whisperer because Barrett is pretty "stranger-danger" aware, but David has a way with the little ones. It was amazing.

We've been packing our house the past couple of weeks in preparation for our move happening just two days from now and throughout this preparation period, the thing that I've known I'd miss the most was the ward family that I'm a part of. I walked into this ward with immediate acceptance and love. I've experienced dinners prepared by loving women who just want to serve others and sacrament meetings next to the Wright family every Sunday because Becky is one of the kindest, most forgiving, most loving woman I've ever known. I've been a part of service opportunities along-side some of the most talented people and have learned from some of the most spiritually strong youth I daresay the world has ever known. This ward family has treated me so well and I have no way of repaying their kindness.

I asked myself (and my mother) why these men and women would be so kind and do so much for me and my family, even when they don't know us well at all. I've concluded that it is because they are following the Savior, Jesus Christ. They have the pure love of Christ inside of them and something like that is not something that can be contained. It pours and overflows in their lives, and it shows.

I love you all so much! My family has truly benefited from your open arms and open hearts. Thank you, and the church is true!!!

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