We recently purchased a house and were looking for an excuse to show it off a bit and play our rusty hand at hosting. My four-year old and I had seen Moana in the theater twice and we really loved it. We thought what better excuse to party than throwing a Moana Party with some of our friends and their kids?
Let's start off by talking about Moana. If you haven't seen this yet, you are in for a real treat. I think it is my favorite Disney movie, ever. And believe me, I know Disney movies in this stage of parenting. (more…)
This process may be more common knowledge than I've ever known but I came up with this free wreath door decor and love how it turned out!
The doors in our new home are beautiful. Most of them are nicely stained wood with lots of glass. They look fabulous. The front door of your home is a first impression. Since we are new to the neighborhood, I want that impression to be a good one. I had tossed up an old wreath with some moss on the door when we first moved in. With all the rain we have been getting in Alabama, it became gross quick. It must not have been glued well or something. I decided I hated it one day after work so I ripped it off and threw it in the garage, leaving our door undressed - can you believe that? ;)
This weekend, I was out trimming some of our bushes. I haven't ever done much yard work because I've never really had much of a yard, even growing up. This is all pretty new to me but I'm really enjoying it. After all that trimming work, I realized that we needed a rake to clean up the mess. I swear we are going to Lowe's or Home Depot every other day with this new house. I started thinking about how those trimmings could be used and had the thought to put them together and form a wreath. I actually can't believe I haven't done this before. It was really simple. I went out to the yard and picked up some pieces with nicer leaves.
I didn't even clean the moss off the old wreath. I just started shoving the branches into the wreath and moving around it until it looked pretty full. These leaves are really pokey on the tips so I wore gloves. Those buggers are a pain to handle stuff with. I dropped a pair of scissors on my foot. I think I need to find some better fitting ones or something.
I took the wreath outside and hung it up. I had took some clippers and adjusted as needed. I had to grab a couple extra branches off the ground and fill in a few empty spots. I got it where I liked it, stood back and was thoroughly impressed with myself. It was finished in less than 15 minutes, not counting the trimming time. It cost me nothing since I already had the wreath. However, this could be done with a wire wreath mold from the dollar store and still be really cost effective. I'm sure that it will start looking gross as the leaves are dead but when that happens I'll have to figure out something else.
It got me thinking that this is probably how wreaths were originally made. I forget that we haven't always had floral aisles in Target or a craft store - duh! Have you ever done this before?
This is my go to tortilla recipe. Store bought never taste as good as these easy, thick homemade flour tortillas.
I'm visiting my mom in Nevada and wanted to make something yummy (more…)
Gif files are typically used for videos but sometimes you might want to put together a simple illustration animation or a series of pictures to show action. Today, I'm going to share with you how to create GIFs from photos.
I first learned this when a client wanted some still sequence images (more…)
On Tuesday, I set out on an adventure by myself. I came to visit my mom in Nevada. The start of this trip was because of a TV show. As silly as that sounds, it really was.
We went to visit my brother-in-law and his family while his daughter was in town. I absolutely love when our kids get together. My kids love their cousins so much and it reminds me of part of why we made the decision to move so far from my family and siblings. My son tells me about how much he can't wait to hug his cousin and it just warms my heart.
We mostly visited and watched Alabama football but then after the game I snapped a few pictures for them in their backyard. We waited a touch to close to dark so the later ones are much more grainy because of the higher ISO but hopefully they will get some use out of them.
My baby boy is 4! To document how fast this kid is growing, he and I spent some time one-on-one and went out to take some pictures. We actually did it twice. In honor of his birthday, I am sharing his Toddler 4th Birthday Photo Session today!
This little boy of mine is passionate, curious, smart, sweet, sensitive and just such a big part of my heart. (more…)
It's a friend's birthday this week and I wanted to decorate her door to her office so I whipped up this up. I am excited to share this Watercolor Birthday Banner Free Printable.
I'm totally loving the watercolor trend right now. (more…)
I had a blank wall in our kitchen and it had to be filled. I've tried to think of a way to use one of my first and favorite photos I've ever taken and I've finally nailed it with this DIY Large Photo Scroll Display.
This wall in my kitchen was feeling a little bare and lonely after I added (more…)
My kids are so into the alphabet right now. They love pointing out letters and reading Dr. Seuss' ABC book. I thought it would be nice to hang up something bright and fun in their room so I came up with this ABC Kids Room Decor. I love it so much, I thought I'd share it for ya'll here.
My three year old has known his letters for some time now. He is very sharp and was verbal really early on. We haven't focused on letters a lot recently and he has somewhat regressed. Now that our two year old is really into letters and learning, it is sparking them again for him. It's fun to see them both love to learn and pointing things out together. I'm all about embracing those (more…)
These are from a photo session from a while back. I had posted them on my Facebook page but haven't shared them here. I love the natural light and the scenery. They were also just a beautiful and photogenic couple.
Happy Birthday my sweet, dear Libby! This darling girl of mine is 2 years old! I can hardly believe it has gone this fast already. She and I spent a little time together one morning and got these great toddler birthday pictures to capture her and her cute little personality!
Fair warning, there are a lot of photos in this post and it is cuteness overload! (more…)
I've mentioned before how we live in a small apartment. It's also old and it's a basement unit so it's dark. BUT that doesn't mean that I can't add things that make me happy. I came up with this easy and inexpensive Bakery Sign DIY Farmhouse Décor.
On the Fourth of July, my coworker and friend, Renee invited us over for some food and to swim at her pool. She lives a little bit of the farm life and her property is beautiful. I have a fun project in mind for her so I brought along my camera to grab some farm horse pictures for that. I've never really been around horses but these guys were great and so beautiful.
Like kids, these big animals wouldn't pose or listen to what I wanted so (more…)
I've had this project in my head for a long time. I finally got the inspiration bug and made some time to actually bring it to life and I totally love it and how it turned out. The best thing is it is pretty easy as well. I'm excited to share this Quilt Block Wood Painted DIY Décor.
The Birmingham, AL Zoo has a great exhibit going on right now, the Dino Discovery They're Back at the Birmingham, AL Zoo. I meant to share this when we first went but the pictures I took with my phone just didn't do it justice so I had to take the kids back again. It's open through the end of July.
We keep a membership at the Birmingham Zoo, just like we do at the McWane Science Center. The membership makes a great grandparent gift and is something we use all year long. It saves us a lot of money and provides us with a great entertainment option. Sometimes we go just for the splash pad in the summer. I highly recommend it. With a dino loving toddler, I was just a wee bit excited when I hear this exhibit was coming.
Today we will be celebrating fathers and father figures of all kinds and I want to give a shout out to my dear husband.
Happy Father's Day, Stephen!
This guy is just awesome. He completes me and makes me feel so special and loved. He is my partner and my love. He treats me with mutual respect, kindness, patience and most of all he shares his sense of humor with me and makes me laugh everyday. I couldn't have picked a better guy. (more…)
I've mentioned before that we live in a small apartment. It's been an adjustment and was supposed to be temporary but we are past 2 years at this point. Sometime in the future we will get a house again but for now we are making this work. The thing I really don't like is the lack of space, especially counter top space in the kitchen. Well my new DIY Upcycled Kitchen Cart is the perfect solution to my counter top space blues.
Do your hands, feet, back of your knees, any skin on your body get chapped, crack and itch like crazy? I've had eczema since I was little but this year has been by an far the absolute worst! I've found a few things that seem to work consistently to provide relief so I'm sharing Top Tips tor Avoid an Eczema Flare Up.
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Today, I will be embarking on a new adventure. I have accepted a full time position at a local university and I start in my position this morning! I've been a stay-at-home / work-at-home mom for the past 2 years but felt it was time to get back to a more traditional career path for a number of reasons. This new adventure has got me thinking about the path that we have taken to get here and I've got some tips for moving to a new city and settling in.
For those of you that have been following me for sometime, you know that we moved to Alabama from Utah almost 2 years ago. I had never even visited Birmingham, AL before we moved and we did it quick, in 3 weeks! It has been an adventure. (more…)
For the past almost 2 years, I've been a work-at-home mom. I've recently decided to return to the "traditional" workforce and have accepted a great position that I am super pumped about! This job hunt was relatively easy but I was having some anxiety about it before I jumped in. In my years of professional experience, I've picked up some tips that I think really helped me with this search and thought I'd share my top 7 Tips for filling out an online job application.
Most mid - large size companies nowadays are going to use online applications. These companies use computers to scan your application and rank you (more…)
The sad time has come for us to retire our changing table. I couldn't bear to get rid of it, it holds such a special place in my heart as we have used it for both of my babies, now toddlers too big for it. I decided to make it a project and now have a changing table converted to desk, and can keep this sentimental piece going strong with us.
This started out as a plain changing table. (more…)
I'm pretty terrible about sharing what I do sometimes. I contribute to other sites, design for a bunch of clients and do my own personal DIY. I use this blog to catalog that and share ideas with others because I love it so much but sometimes I forget to actually share what I've done. These Boy Friendly Valentines - Free Printables are one of those things I forgot to share here!
I have this thing where I am a cheap-o. I can't spend money on things very easily, especially with furniture. I was thrilled when I found this dresser headed to the trash and was able to save it and put another Shabby Chic Free Dresser Redo under my belt.
Do you have a minecraft lover on your Christmas list and need a last minute gift idea? I've got this Minecraft Double Sided Blanket idea that's pretty quick and easy to pull together.
I've got Minecraft lover on my list this year. It's not anything that I know about. I assumed that the green (creeper) character below was the only thing about minecraft but (more…)
I've been a work-at-home mom for the past year and a half. It's been an interesting journey. And challenging at times. One thing I've found that helps all of us is when we can get out of the house. As much as I love Target, it can't always be Target... right? One of our favorite things to do is Visit the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL. If you live in the area or are planning a trip, I'm going to share a bit about this amazing place.
We are local and we go at least every couple of weeks and at a minimum at least once a month so we keep a membership. It has been one of the best purchases (more…)
I have been designing Christmas stuff for clients for the past month and even some back in October! I have gotten a little sick of Santa and red and green until I took a couple days off and didn't bring my laptop on my Thanksgiving trip - oh the horror! I came back refreshed and ready to decorate my own space. The tree is up and I am wishing we had a mantel to decorate. One day, in a future house we will. For now though I'm going to stick with this Christmas Faux Cardboard Fireplace Mantel for home or office that I'm sharing today, along with some free printable goodies!
The inspiration from this comes from a picture I saw on (more…)
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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That means lots of yummy food and some yummy desserts too and maybe if you are lucky some leftover pie. Or make an extra pie just so you can be sure you have some to make this Razzleberry Pecan Sea Salted Caramel PIE MILKSHAKE. I know, the title is a little bit of a mouthful but that's because you are going to want your mouth full of this, I promise!
Now that I live so far away from my family, I crave things and traditions that remind my little family here and me of them and help us all feel closer, despite our distance. My favorite pie is Marie Callender's® Dessert Pies in razzleberry flavor. The reason for this is (more…)
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It's starting to get cold here in Alabama. When that happens, it usually means sickness is approaching and will hit us at least once in the coming months. I started thinking about how we want to handle sicknesses in our house and what traditions we might want to implement with our young kids. That got the idea brewing for this Stuffed Comfort Cuddle Dino Tutorial that I'm sharing with you today.
My son likes to sit on his knees when he is at the kitchen table. I think he gets some height from that but it makes his legs fall asleep. The first time it happened, he was crying (more…)
Fall is probably my favorite time of year and I love all the baking and comfort foods, who doesn't? I'm sharing my favorite Crockpot Tomato Basil Soup Recipe with y'all today.
This is a simple, quick & easy dump and go type of recipe. I've made it with all fresh ingredients vs the cans and it is equally as tasty so I stick to the easy way when I'm pressed for time, which is almost always. (more…)
I love string art. I was really intimidated by it at first and thought it would take a ton of time but after my mom visited earlier this year, she enlightened me and gave me some tips. I'm going to share those today in this How To Make String Art tutorial.
My husband and I are coming up on our anniversary soon. It's been nearly 7 years and we still find new ways to celebrate us and keep things fun. We have started doing a weekly Late Night Date Night and I never realized how valuable they could be.
It's simple: have a special meal with your spouse, after the kids go to bed one night a week or whatever fits your schedule. (more…)
I had the pleasure of taking pictures for my friend's family this past weekend. I'm excited to share a little preview of this Family Photo Session - Birmingham, AL Veterans Park.
It's been a while since I've done a family photo session. Since we moved to Alabama, (more…)
The seasons are changing around here and I don't just mean the weather. Things have been weighing heavily on my mind and I'm a little sad. Becoming a parent is different than I ever thought it would be and they are better in most ways. I just never realized how hard it would be to say goodbye to each phase of my family while being exausted and overwhelmed each day. These feelings have inspired me to design this The Days Seem Long but the Years are Short - free printable.
I can't believe I haven't shared this yet! We've gone from about 52 rolls a year down to about 4 or 5 rolls a year! I'm letting you in on my secret of How to Reduce Your Paper Towel Usage.
About 5 years ago, I got so sick of buying those huge packages of paper towels from Costco. This started out (more…)
I've got a fun little gift idea for you that is simple to put together but is pretty and super functional. This DIY Gold Plastic Toy Dino Jewelry Holder and Dish is one of my favorite creations!
My son is obsessed with dinosaurs lately. We've learned a ton about them and I'll admit, I'm totally digging it. Being the mom to a little boy is so fun! (more…)
Lately, I've been on this organization kick and trying a zero dollar approach to my projects. I curated a collection of only free printables for my small office space. I also created and included a Makers Gonna Make Free Printable that I'm excited to share with you today.
My goal was to have our baby in my son's room at 5 months. Well a year came and that still wasn't happening.
It was wearing on us having the baby in our room. I desperately wanted to give her the gift of sleep and to have some sleep back in my life as well. She always wanted to be in bed with us and would wake up whenever we came in the room. I hesitated so long moving her in (more…)
My son is OBSESSED with dinosaurs. He can name a lot of them, even some of the not so common ones. I was playing around with chalkboard design a little bit and came up with this dinosaur chalkboard free printable that I'm sharing with you today.
Seriously everything dinosaur is on his radar. (more…)
We recently spent over a week at my in-laws in Mississippi. It was so wonderful to spend time with family and relax. I am missing being poolside and hanging with all the cute kids. While we were there, I offered to do a three year old photoshoot for my niece Kailyn.
This girl is so sweet and cute. (more…)
I realize this would have been more helpful earlier in the year, but it's one of those things that keeps getting pushed to the back burner. Plus I wanted to make sure we actually used these so it could be an honest report. This is how I get more use out of my kid's winter clothes.
We like to donate our clothes and old belongings. I have sold things through Facebook yard sales (more…)
My son is almost 3. He is rambunctious and very active. I take all the portraits of my kids and family myself. It's starting to become a little bit of a challenge getting the "shots" I want. I've got some Tips for Photographing Active Kids that I've been using lately and might help you with your own photography.
I've been meaning to start this post for a while but I'm a little in denial. My sweet, beautiful, giggly little girl is one, already!
We decided to forgo a big first year birthday bash. (more…)
I am a sucker for froofy coffee drinks. I love Starbucks and when my mom is visiting we frequently grab an iced coffee there. It's just not practical for my life or my wallet to drink it as much as I would like so I'm sharing The Easiest Iced Coffee recipe that I've fallen in love with.
I used to be a casual coffee drinker. (more…)
One of the areas I am trying to improve in myself, is to learn to love reading. My Uncle Carey always sent a book for birthdays when I was growing up and I think it is such a wonderful gift. Books are perfect gifts for yourself, birthdays, thinking of you, graduation, really any time you are thinking of someone, you can find a book that fits that part of their life. When I want to be inspired by something and more motivated, I need things to be cute! So I've create a few Bookmarks and Matching Gift Tags free printables to share with you today.
I've been having a visit from the green monster of jealousy lately. The more I focus on it, the more it grows and the worse I feel. I want to live with more purpose and intent. I am in control of my life and happiness. Sure there are opportunities that some of us get from time to time but it takes action to make things happen. On the outside, others may seem like things just fall into place but that's rarely the case. Things take hard work, dedication, courage and sometimes a little luck. Perspective Can Change Everything.
While we were growing up, I remember that someone told my mom that she must have homemade brownies waiting for us at home everyday and was a perfect mom. (more…)
We have two pups, Royce and Molly. They are 6 and 5. Let's just say things get pretty stinky outside sometimes. I've found some ways of how to clean up pet stains and eliminate odor outdoors that I'd like to share today.
When we were living in our townhouse back in Utah, the neighbors on both sides of us had dogs. Let's just say that the smell back there got pretty bad. We all cleaned up but sometimes (more…)
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine threw an Avenger's themed birthday party for her son. I offered to help with some of the party decor, since I love to do stuff like that. I made up these Avenger's Birthday Party Free Printables for her and am excited to share them with you today.
I did something bold and fun and I am so excited to share with you today, my DIY Houndstooth Painted Table Makeover!
I've had this kitchen table for many years and before that my mom had it for many years. (more…)
I shared a package that I gave to my mom for her birthday and mentioned I'd share the details of the projects I made. These are some quick and personal projects that would make good everyday, birthday, Mother's Day gifts, etc. Today, I am excited to share the Coconut Lime Fizzy Salt Scrub Recipe plus free printable.
I meant to share this earlier but my mom came to visit for my birthday (more…)
Happy Birthday to my Mom! I get to see her in a couple days and I am so excited for her visit! For her birthday, I wanted to give her the gift of relaxation and an experience. I'm sharing with you my idea on giving the gift of an experience and mailing a wrapped package!
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I am the laziest cleaner. It's a self proclaimed title but it's true. That being said, I have kids, dogs, and life gets messy and needs to be clean so I'm sharing my lazy but effective cleaning lifestyle.
I see all these wonderful cleaning schedules floating around, and while in theory they seem wonderful, I just think they are too unrealistic for me and my family. (more…)
I always have my phone on me and I hate my dependency on it. I'm trying to break free of it and use it a little less. One area that I seem to always need it is in the kitchen. Since I'm trying to kick the habit, I thought I should create something that makes it easier. I frequently find myself counting and figuring as I tinker with recipes so I've come up with this Kitchen Measurement Equivalent Chart free printable to share with you today.
I'm always looking for cheap and easy projects, especially things that can incorporate items I already have around the house. I'm excited to share my latest project, an Upcycled Laurel Wreath and Monogram.
It seems when my mom comes to visit, I want to spruce up a little and it's always a good excuse to mix up my decor. She will be here in a couple of weeks so I've been looking around the house at things to work on. I would much prefer to use my money playing and shopping while she is here so I wanted to do something with things I already have on hand. (more…)
A few weeks ago I shared some Easter Basket Free Name Tag Printables over on Capturing-Joy.com. I wanted to be sure to show you as well.
My son is 2.5 years old and is finally starting to "get it" when it comes to holidays. It is getting so fun! My baby girl isn't quite there yet but she loves what her brother loves and shares in his excitement so she will be fully along in no time. I love these free Easter basket name tag printables and am so excited to add them to my kid's baskets this weekend!
Check out the original post for the pdf file to download and while you are there, poke around and see some of Kristen's site if you aren't already familiar with Capturing-Joy. She is so awesome to work with. I love being one of her contributors as well as working on designs for her site off of her brilliant and creative ideas!
I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Easter.
Everybody loves a good Mac. This is my favorite, creamy, super simple Baked Mac & Cheese.
My mom and grandma have a yummy mac recipe. The problem is, every time I make it, it comes out dry. I don't know what I am doing wrong. So, I've been on the hunt for a good, solid recipe for a while. (more…)
I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. I've got my top 10 tips for creating wood signs and crafts that are tried and true and am excited to share them with you today.
I come from a very creative family. My mom has been designing and teaching wood craft classes for many years. Her father and mother are both creative with wood and sewing, respectively. My dad builds things. I've got it in my blood, (more…)
I'm starting a new series here called What I Learned Wednesday and today I'm sharing a fun Rainbow Mobile.
Let me tell you a little about this new what I learned Wednesday series that I've thought up. You've probably seen those "What I've Worn Wednesday" series, where people share their fashion choices from that day. (more…)
I love a good guac! This recipe has parmesan cheese and tomatoes and spices and is so creamy and delicious, you'll love this Parm & Tomato Guacamole.
My husband was so excited when he heard that M&M's Crispy were coming back! We searched high and low for them and finally found them the other day. We came up with these yummy M&M's Crispy Cookies to celebrate!
I'm always looking for new ways to play with my toddler and foster his imagination. I especially love it when I can do it from things we already have on hand. This free cardboard castle project was just the thing we needed to entertain us this week!
While we were eating breakfast one day, I was twiddling my thumbs and thinking what are we going to do today? It's easy to get stuck in a rut or bored of our day-to-day routine. (more…)
It snowed yesterday. I moved to Alabama from Utah and thought I left the snow behind but it followed me! I sure am ready for spring! I've got this pretty and springy Start Something Amazing Free Spring Printable to share with you today.
I love a good floral. It feels fresh and new and there is something so invigorating about that. That's exactly what I want right now. I'm dreaming of a little warmth and more time outdoors. This is my first winter home with my kids and it's easy to get a little stir crazy being cooped up. (more…)
Having recently moved to the South, I'm super excited to share this Southern State of Mind Mason Jar Free Printable.
I had another event with Birmingham Bloggers this week. It was a "blogentine" event. It was a Valentine kind of theme with a secret Santa type gift giving. Each blogger was given the name of another blogger that was at the event, beforehand. We then got to read up on them and come up with a gift idea that would be good for them. (more…)
I have another quick and super easy meal idea for you today. It's a Frito Chili Casserole!
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We had this a lot growing up and honestly it's hard to even call it a recipe because it's so easy. You just dump, bake and go. It's one of those meals for busy nights or after a long day (more…)
I've been feeling like my little home is bare so I set out to start hanging things up and making it cozy. I wanted a place where I could easily update pictures of my quickly growing kids. I came up with this $5 Picture Clip Display that I'd like to share with you today.
This is one of those easy and quick projects that I love. I don't know about you but I don't have time for much more than that these days. We are living in a tiny apartment and I've held off hanging up our decor because our plan was to get into a house but we're not positive of where we want to go so we may be here for a little while. I decided I'm sick of feeling like a temporary visitor in this place that is our current home so I've got to cozy things up. (more…)
Are you ready for Valentine's day yet? I'm still hammering out a few plans and figured there would be other people out there in the same boat. Here's a last minute idea for some, Sweet as Candy Valentine's Free Printable.
We've got a few places to drop off Valentines in the next couple of days so this will be so great for that. My son is finally understanding what's going on for holidays and this is going to be so fun. (more…)
Hello! If you've been reading this blog, you have probably noticed some changes around here. I've got a new look and new name.
When I first started blogging back in 2008, it was just a personal blog for family and friend updates. Around that same time, we purchased the domain name www.stephenandjessika.com for our wedding website. After the wedding, we no longer needed that site (more…)
I'm not a huge fan of ribs but this recipe for Sweet Crockpot Ribs might just make me a convert! They are sweet, juicy and delicious!
I am super excited to share with you a $10 DIY Baby Mobile that I created! And no power tools are needed!
Today I've got a yummy recipe to share that has been in my family's regular rotation for as long as I can remember it's Au Gratin Potatoes.
My mom and grandma make these so well. I seriously love these potatoes. They are so creamy and delicious. I'm from Utah and "funeral potatoes" (more…)
I created some Valentine's Day Lunch Jokes for Capturing-Joy.com.
I love Kristen's idea for these at every holiday! It's been so fun working on these for her. I am looking forward to using them when my kids are old enough to understand them. I think they'll get a kick out of them. (more…)
Do you keep a list of credit card numbers, family social security numbers, account number, basically any super important number anywhere in your home or on your computer? Well here is one unique tip to help you keep your financial and other important numbers secure as you organize your personal files.
The other day I shared a free printable of my wallet content list. I have a list of everything in my wallet and my husbands, in the event they ever get lost or stolen. It will make it quick and as painless as possible to call and cancel all of our credit cards,
since we won't have those number or information in front of us if that ever happens. (more…)
Part of my New Year's Resolutions this year include getting more organized and prepared in my household. I've created a wallet content list free printable as part of that and thought I'd share it with you today.
Is Frozen a staple in your house too? (more…)
I've got a fun free Holly & Jolly Christmas Santa Printable to share with you today.
This 5 minute no sew headband is seriously my new favorite thing.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I've got another fun thing to send you over to see at Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke. She had me work up a fun and festive design for Christmas Lunch Jokes. She has a whole series of these for different holidays. I also worked on her Halloween jokes as well.
Kristen has such fun ideas for her kids. I am dreading my kids going to school, only because it seems a lifetime away, but I am excited (more…)
Who doesn't need a little extra Cash for Christmas??? I'm super excited about this. I've teamed up with some friends for a $400 Giveaway of a Visa or Mastercard gift card (practically cash) where you can buy anything your heart desires! This is my first giveaway ever and it is for something everyone loves, extra money!!!
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Recently, Kristen Duke of Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke asked me to work up an activity sheet for Thanksgiving dinner. This Thanksgiving Activity Placemat was fun to work on and I'm excited to print it out for the little kiddos in my family this Thanksgiving!
Check out Kristen's post here.
I'm excited to direct you to Your Home Based Mom today. She had me put together a design for such a cute and fun family tradition she has. I love this idea. She has a wonderful website. I swear I gain 10 lbs every time I visit her blog and her food photography is drool worthy! Check her out after you see this Candy Corn Blessing post she shared!
I've got a fun printable for you today that I shared over on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke! These Thanksgiving Turkey Placecards are sure to add some fun and festive flair to your dinner table this year.
I haven't known what to expect weather wise here in my new state of Alabama. I felt like the summer would never end. It. Was. So. Hot!! Add in the end of my pregnancy and it was a big change for me. My husband kept telling me how nice the fall would be and how much I would like it. A few weeks ago I was thinking he was crazy, still shorts and tanks and hot, hot, hot. I kept telling my mom and grandma to pack for hot weather on their trip about a week ago and be prepared for a shock! Well they got here and it was amazing weather. (more…)
In honor of a recent visit from my mother, I have a delicious recipe to share with you. But first a funny little story about the history of Suzy Q's with my mom. (more…)
My little baby is already a month old! I can hardly believe it! Let's just say life doesn't always go according to plan but a lot of the time, it ends up being better. My baby girl is a prime example of that. The knowledge of her existence has changed everything for our family and we are so lucky to have her! Let me introduce our little Libby Flora-Juliette Reed.
This recipe comes from Stephen's mom and it is one of our favorites. He would rave about it so one day, when we were dating, I asked him to get me the recipe so I could make it for him. It is so full of flavor, filling and the best part is it so easy!!! It's a dump and bake kind of recipe, which is my favorite kind on days like today.
This recipe is from Stephen, it's one of his favorites. When he told me about some of the ingredients, I was hesitant, very hesitant. Miracle Whip and fruit? Well I gave it a shot and it really works and you can't taste that it is Miracle Whip. It is super fluffy, creamy, light and just very delicious. It's almost like a dessert. (more…)
When I was younger and someone would stop by from the neighborhood, depending on who it was, we would hide the coffee pot out of sight. I knew that we did this to avoid any judgement for our choice that was not socially acceptable in the area we lived. I grew up in Utah, predominately a Mormon area, where drinking coffee is not in line with their beliefs. While I have no judgement against anyone in that religion there is bound to be judgement from some members of any large group, who share similar beliefs, against those who don't live in those same beliefs. I don't blame my mother for wanting to hide the coffee pot. I understand why we did it and looking back, it makes me realize how we, as humans, naturally want to do things to avoid judgement for our choices.
I had been taking more posed / professional pictures of Reece every month until he turned a year when I decided to do it at least every 6 months. It was time, plus I have been itching to get out and take some pictures lately.
Here we are in day 3 of the trek to Alabama. Yesterday was our longest driving day with over 10 hours on the road. We got into the hotel very late and went straight to bed. We spent the day driving through Colorado and Kansas, ending the evening in Salina, Kansas. We were able to stop in Denver for lunch with my Aunt Maren. It was a great visit and I am so glad the timing worked out.
As of today, I am no longer a Utahn.
This has been a strange process because so much is out of my hands. I like to plan details and confirm things and haven't been able to do that at all in any part of this process. This weekend has been exhausting and so packed, I have been looking forward to the drive to be able to rest a little. Here is a recap of what we have been up to.
It's been a while! Since my last post I started working for the same company as Stephen, we found out we are expecting again, we decided to sell our house, found out we are having a baby girl (eek!), the first sale of our house fell through, got another offer on our house and Stephen got a job offer that will be moving us to Alabama in a little over a week!
One of Stephen's work colleagues contacted me to do a family session for her cute little family. We used the American Fork Amphitheater; it's one of my favorite photography spots! This family was well behaved and very beautiful. Great outfit picks as well!
I love the fall time and taking pictures of families. This was a larger group than usual. I love the way they coordinated colors while still avoiding being too matchy-matchy. It was a great session. Here are a few of my favorites:
I had the pleasure of taking some fun photos of a sweet mom who I've known for many years. Her son is so sweet and adorable. It was great to see them and capture some memories for them.
My son is going to be a year old tomorrow. There I said it, I still don't quite believe it but I said it and am starting to come to terms with it. I remember how slow time seemed to pass before him and now it really is going in the blink of an eye. I am sure it only gets worse the older he gets. I just wish time would slow down a little but oh well.
Is it just me or are you ready for fall? I went for a photo shoot this morning in the mountains and could smell it in the air. I am getting excited for it! After the shoot, I took my little family back to the mountains for a walk and picnic to soak in little bit of summer until fall gets here. I forget how gorgeous it is around here.
Stephen and I love breakfast, well really we love food but having breakfast together is something we try to do as often as possible. It's just nice to start your day off with the one you love, around the table, ya know? Sometimes it is hard though with how busy mornings get and trying to get out the door so we usually reserve it for weekends. I have been wanting to try something new and outside of our normal rotation of french toast, pancakes, waffles, eggs and toast, etc. There is a local restaurant that serves these dutch babies and they seem to be the hit item to order. I have been playing around with a few recipes to make them on my own. (more…)
I hate my floors in my house - I have since the day they were installed. It's a long story and clearly after 4+ years, I still harbor negative feelings about it - but alas I have found a solution for taking pictures in my home that do not include my floors. It also works great because I can transport it to client homes and is very inexpensive compared to what I could have purchased ready made.
I am no baker. I have been trying some new recipes but over the past few years I have ruined a lot of baking attempts, mostly bread items. This recipe has been fool proof and delivers every time. I will usually make a match on a Sunday and freeze some of them so we can quickly pull out a loaf for a warm loaf a few weeks later!
Is it snow cones, shave ice, shaved ice, etc??? I grew up calling them snow cones but whatever you call it, these are delicious! Summer time memories are full of hitting the snow shack picking up a cone of deliciousness! My mom is getting married in less than 2 weeks and while meeting with her venue the wedding planner mentioned snow cones with ICE CREAM! I asked more about it and she was surprised I had never done that. I started looking online for how to do this and couldn't find anything really in the way of recipes.
The other day I was talking to a friend about some vegetarian stuffed peppers she made. I couldn't stop thinking about them and started coming up with all sorts of combinations to try out. I had never made stuffed peppers but love things that I can individualize easily since Stephen has much more plain tastes then I do.
These turned out awesome and even got a great review from Stephen.
I am so excited about our new backyard. This place has been a point of shame and just plain gross most of our time living in our home. I will be very honest with you, our backyard has been mostly just a dog poop haven. Sometimes it has been so bad that I haven't even wanted to open the windows. We used to have dogs on both sides of us (we are in a town home) and the ones that have left were big dogs. The combination of that is bound to leave some lovely aromas floating around, no matter how often it is cleaned up. This is an area I have mostly avoided but it was on my list to fix this year and I am loving how it turned out. (more…)
This year was my first Mother's day. Stephen told me he had something planned but wouldn't tell me what it was. He made me breakfast, french toast with Great Harvest Cinnamon Burst bread. Then Reece and I took a nap - yep right after breakfast! We then got ready and headed to the car. Stephen told me to bring my camera and he took me to Utah Lake, which is about 20 minutes from our house. I had never been there and had mentioned that a couple of weeks before and how I wanted to check it out for photography spots. What a sweet guy to remember that. He looked up where to go and things to do in that area and planned it out. We walked around and snapped some photos - what a gorgeous place! I forget sometimes how much beauty surrounds me in this state but sometimes it takes my breath away!
Hello! It's been a while. Had a kid, some issues after delivery, loved every minute of maternity leave, returned to work and still busy as ever adjusting to new mommyhood! I still have mommy brain but am starting to feel much more like myself and it is good to be back.
Stephen and I have challenged one another to not eat out at all during the month of March. We have some aggressive financial plans going on and are trying to improve ourselves and meet some new goals. Part of this challenge is financial based, not that we go crazy but all the little things really eat up and I am a nerd tracking all of our spending and making charts and graphs and I hate what I am seeing when other things could be done with that money - more on that another day. But another thing is the food isn't usually healthy and more often than not it doesn't even taste good so why waste the money! (more…)
The nursery is still in progress. I have so many ideas and plans and then I get new ideas and change the plans. It is getting close to the due date so things are looking to stay closer to what they are now. I still want to wrap a few things up and get everything organized after washing clothes, bedding etc. But wanted to show a little of what I have worked on.
The nursery is pretty neutral with lots of beige, tans, browns but then also touches of blues, greens and a little grey. I have been dying to do large horizontal stripes somewhere and decided to do it here when it was going to be the guest bedroom. I left the original wall color (light tan) and just painted the white stripes, they are 18 inches and did it in the entire room. (more…)
I am super excited to show this. Remember before when I showed our new living room and how the stuff on the wall didn't seem to be the right scale or fit?
With the basement remodel, we moved all of our living room furniture down to the basement, leaving our upstairs living room empty. Our neighbor stopped by one night and I was kind of a mess, I had just experienced a blown out tire on the freeway and Stephen and I just got home from dealing with that. I was in sweats my hair was pulled up and I had no bra on - a real shining moment. We had projects and junk all over the table after working to finish the basement. She stopped by because she saw me on the side of the freeway and wanted to exchange numbers and to bring us a baby gift. While she was over, she made a comment about our living room and how she didn't know we didn't have any furniture. If you heard the concern in her voice, you would realize how dire the entire scene probably looked to her. Anyway, my house is not usually like that and it was the worst time for someone who had never been over to see it.
We finished most of the work in the basement weeks ago but just finally had the blinds installed so I figure it is time to show some pictures of the final product.
When you walk in the door the first thing is our new office area. This is mostly Stephen's space. He used to go up in the office to download music or do whatever he does on the computer so it is nice to have this in our family area so we can still be around each other.
This is my current view and I am loving it! Pregnancy has not been what I expected at all. There have been some tough moments but really overall it has been much easier than I expected. I really thought I would miscarry early on. It took a long time to get pregnant so it was hard to really accept it was happening and let go of that fear. Anything is possible and I am sure I will have fears of anything happening to this kid when he gets here but so far I am grateful things have been going our way.
The basement is practically finished. We had the carpet installed today and it is so nice to see it all coming together.
On Saturday, Stephen and I had a date morning on accident. It was nice to spend time together unplanned and I hope to get more time like that before the baby comes. I am grateful to have had nearly 4 years of marriage just the two of us, of course we are excited and solely focused on this baby and the life we want to provide for our future family but I believe that our marriage and keeping that a major priority will create a great foundation for this little man that is entering our lives. Speaking of focusing on this baby, he is moving a ton the last couple of days and especially while I type this - I absolutely love that feeling. Stephen even felt him on Friday night, it was a cool experience to share together.
Back to our date morning - we decided to try Kneader's french toast since I have heard such great things about it in the past. It did not disappoint. We had to make a stop at Home Depot to find a solution to our clean out valves that are sticking out of the wall in the basement - I know super steamy stuff! Then we decided to see People Like Us at Thanksgiving Point. First, that new theater is amazing, I love that they updated it. Second, the movie was great, I highly recommend it. There was a perfect blend of story, humor, interest, drama, etc. I was impressed. (more…)
I have been relatively lucky with pregnancy symptoms. I haven't been too sick and despite a few little things, it has been overall pretty easy. That changed recently. Stephen describes it as a switch being flipped. I am an emotional mess. By emotion - I mean any emotion, one moment I am happy, the next I am crying, the next I might yell at someone. You never know what you are going to get and I honestly don't know what I am going to give! I have for sure been more emotional during the pregnancy but now I am having a hard time controlling my emotions. I feel kind of like a crazy person. Having heard this is common, I am glad Stephen and I have 5 + years under our belts so he knows this isn't the normal me. Also, it is good my employer knows me in case things slip there. It has been an interesting struggle so I am trying to eliminate and reduce stress where I can to try to limit the craziness. We will see how this goes!
My sweet coworker, Happy, brought me flowers today from her garden, aren't they gorgeous? They made my day!
The basement is going well but we are at the point of waiting for things to be installed like cable and carpet so we will show the finished products soon.
In the mean time I have been meaning to show our new entertainment center.
It looks like the contractors are all done with their work. The contractor boss man will be stopping by to do final walk through of the work, replace the electrical outlet that not only got drilled through, but also blew up, and finish the clean up. It is hard to get the entire picture but the texturing and work will really be shown off when we do the painting - which we hope to start tonight if it is all dry!
I wish I would have done this at the beginning. I took pictures of the entire space and merged them to get a better idea of the whole space. Of course it is slightly distorted but you get the idea. (more…)
Coming home to the basement progress today and yesterday has been exciting and I haven't really known what to expect. I have never worked with contractors and the experience so far has been... interesting. Talking to other people, my experience is not unique so it must be the industry. Really at the end of the day as long as we are getting the product we want, in the timeline we were promised, that is all that matters.
I will admit coming home to the drywall yesterday was shocking. Of course I expected it to be hung but I have never seen just drywall. I called my dad and said it looked like crap. Things weren't lined up, holes for vents were cut too large, chunks were missing in areas, etc. He reassured me that was normal and that was why they did mudding and the texture and it will hide the "crapiness" I was seeing. I felt better hearing that.
I wanted to get some pictures but I was tired and couldn't find my memory card for my camera so Stephen just snapped a few with his phone and that is what we get!
Today was the first day we had a contractor in to work on the basement. We have never worked with a contractor or hired anyone to come in for work so we weren't sure what to expect. So far, so good. There was some framing that needed to be finished up. Mostly around vents where the ceiling will need to drop down to cover those. They seemed to wrap most of that up to get it ready for drywall.
We have a lovely gas line running alongside the vents that the builder didn't put in the ceiling. The metal frame addresses that issue.
For Stephen's first Father's day and the fact that my dad was in town, we had a BBQ with my brother's over. I, like many, am totally obsessed with Pinterest. I have found so many cool ideas and inspiration from other's creativity. In fact, I found myself and a couple of posts from this blog on Pinterest the other day and that was super flattering! To get ready for Father's day I took to my pin boards for ideas.
We had a regular old BBQ. One thing I am trying to teach myself is how to make bread. I have had some successes and some fails but it is a learning process. I found this recipe for rolls and have been dying to try it, this seemed like the perfect time. They don't look bad, not perfect but I was impressed with the turn out!
My dad, Kari and In-laws are awesome. They told us they wanted to finish our basement for us before the baby arrives. This is something we have been planning on doing for quite some time but it is so nice of them to help us with this. It keeps going to the back burner but will really be so nice for more space and playroom for the family and the new little one!
I have been struggling with nursery ideas. I will be honest, I was really prepared/hoping for a girl. I am thrilled to have a little boy but I just don't know how to prepare or plan for boy stuff. There are tons of things on pinterest about how to play with boys and help them develop their boy-ness while spending time with (and enjoying) their mom. Stuff like that is helping me feel a little more comfortable with the idea. Maybe all future moms worry about being inadequate? I sure hope so!!
Anyway, my focus has been on getting the nursery set up. We switched the room we want to use. The walls in the room have 18in thick horizontal white and light tan stripes. I am going for a pretty neutral look, thinking all white furniture, burlap or a similar colors on the curtains and rug, etc. But looking at it, there needs to be a little color somewhere. I am pretty picky with colors, so I figured why not design something on my own. I came up with the following art I am pretty sure we will end up using.
There is so much negativity about marriage out there. Terms like "the old ball and chain" and hearing from many people that the first year is the hardest and then that the second is.... and so on and so forth. Today, I came across a blog that talks about a lot of the things that Stephen and I believe in and the way we treat one another. I agree and live most of the things listed and it is refreshing to see that other people still believe in marriage as well.
Here is the post: http://www.ablogaboutlove.com/2011/10/best-tips-i-can-give-you-for-really.html
I have been feeling very lucky and fortunate in my life lately, most of all because Stephen is in it. We have been married only 3.5 years but it has never really been work. He is the best decision I ever made and the best one I make everyday. There is so much advice out there and statistics but honestly the only thing that has really helped me is when a friend's mom told me that relationships should be at least 90% good, easy and fun, and if not, you aren't with the right person.
I haven't posted in a while, because shortly after my last post we found out we were expecting. All I have wanted to talk about was being pregnant and since we wanted to keep it quiet until we were a little further along, I couldn't come up with anything else to say! Now that we are at 11 weeks and everything is looking good, we feel a little more comfortable talking openly about everything.
We had the privilege of attending my friend's wedding on Friday, January 13. It was a beautiful wedding. The vows were great - Sara got us all by saying she had prepared a song as part of her vows and even had the piano player play along, but unfortunately it was just a joke. It did get some good laughs and was very memorable. I love weddings, you can feel the love in the air and the happiness surrounding you. It always makes me remember my wonderful wedding day and I get mushy and will admit there are always tears, especially when the groom gets choked up.
I brought my camera to the wedding but somehow ended up right in front of one of the two photographers almost the whole night. Knowing how annoying it can be to have someone in your shot or a flash interfere with yours and ruin the picture, I snapped very few pictures. This one, I had fun editing and I just love the pure bliss you can see on their faces!
I have this wonderful table that I got from my mom. It has been around since I was like 6. It followed me to my first apartment and now to my first house. It is just a good sturdy wood table full of memories and it fits great in my house. (notice this was done before the swag light fix in our dining area!)
I painted it red shortly after moving in to our house about 3 years ago. It has been good but I was growing tired of it. If I had a larger kitchen where an island would fit, I would pick a butcher block island so I thought why not get the look with the table? (more…)
This year for coworker and neighbor gifts, we are giving my favorite pancakes ever! We used to only buy mixes but one day we ran out and found a recipe online that we have altered to our own personal perfection! We have never looked back, no mix compares! So why not jar it up and share it? (more…)
The lighting in my dining area has been driving me crazy. It isn't centered over our kitchen table. I have thought about moving the lighting but that would require some electrical knowledge and to fill a hole where the current light is coming out of, which is not something I really want to do.
I had an idea to try what is called "swag lighting". I knew what I was looking for but not what it was called. The very helpful man at Lowe's explained to me how it works and what to get. This $5 kit would fix everything! (more…)
I forgot how sparkly everything was and how much I love the colors! (more…)
I have recently discovered a ReStore. It is run by the Habitat for Humanity and people can donate their unused construction products or old items when remodeling and they will resell it and the money goes towards Habitat for Humanity. What an awesome place and why haven't I heard of this before?
Here are the items you need:
Cabinet door (or wood board)
Wreath (Hobby Lobby)
Antiquing glaze or wood stain
Hot glue gun and glue
I ran the sandpaper along the edges and corners to give it a more antique look. The more you take off, the more worn it looks. I like to randomly take off areas along the project to make it look more naturally weathered. The harder you press, the more that comes off.
I originally bought a knob ($.15 at Restore) to hang the wreath but didn't end up liking it the end. So I hammered in a sawtooth hanger in the back and then tied some ribbon and glued it to the top of the cabinet.
I have never been a big fan of camera phones. I have a pretty new phone as of January and the camera is actually pretty nice but a camera phone is still a camera phone. A few months ago, Stephen had grown out a beard and then while shaving it off, he decided to try out a couple different options and show them off to me. It was very fun and he was cracking me up, as usual!
This is one of my favorite pictures from that day.
I think it is funny and perfectly represents Stephen (more…)
For my advanced typography class we have been assigned to design a type catalog featuring 3-6 typefaces from a type foundry of our choice. I am all about free fonts. I have a new respect for the amount of time and work that goes into designing a typeface and think the designer should be compensated - but don't want it to necessarily be by me. So instead of trying to figure out a way to steal fonts I selected a foundry that offers all free typefaces, The League of Movable Type.
The catalog size has to fit in an 8.5 X 11 but we can pick any size as long as that requirement is met. Mine is designed at 5 x 5. We are currently in the Black & White Comps stage, which means we present these in black and white and receive feedback before changing colors. I usually play with color a little and then change it after the critique.
I like where this is heading. I am sure my teacher will need some convincing - he isn't very easy to please or receive consistent feedback from.
This has probably been my favorite assignment so far because I have an obsession with fonts and liked picking some for this project. I don't think I have shared much of my school work and want to document better so I can see my progress!
Growing up, I just remember french toast as eggs, milk and bread. Sometimes my dad would add cinnamon and it was such a nice treat. It is funny how as you get older you start to realize how many ways there are to do things. Most of the time, the way I had it growing up was the "right way" but in this case, I think my adult french toast (that sounds a little dirty ;) is much more interesting than the way I used to make it. I guess that is part of growing up, taking things here and there from your childhood and making it even better to fit you better as you grow up. Who knew french toast could be so enlightening!
We make our french toast in a big batch and freeze it for quick breakfasts during the week. If you want single servings you can cut this recipe accordingly! (more…)
I love Wheeler Farm, it reminds me of being a kid. I went there recently to take pictures of my grandma and the animals were very distracting!
This is so delicious! Stephen is a HUGE BBQ sauce fan - in fact it is just about the only condiment that he will use so I try to bring it in to meals as much as possible. I was originally envisioning this more as a pocket / calzone type dish but it kind of created itself and the results were delicious!
With this new internship, I decided to upgrade my camera. My mother had been lending me her Nikon D60 which was a great camera to begin learning on. I decided on the Canon 7D. Here are my first pictures with the camera and my new lenses! I am in love with it! I still have a lot to learn about it, which means I will only get better shots!
First night home!
I am not a big chocolate fan in any way. Stephen loves it but I just don't. But even with that in mind I think these cookies are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had! We got this recipe from some good friends and we have been loving them ever since!!
So life is fantastic right now! It has been a while since my last post, but things have been a little crazy! At the beginning of May, I went back to school for Graphic Design. I am going to Utah Valley University and I hope to graduate in Spring 2012! I am loving school, there are some classes that I need to take that aren't related to my degree, but the one's have been taking this semester are awesome right now! I am learning so much!!! I left my job at Tanner LC last week, so I could focus on my educational goals. It was the end of a great era but I am really excited for all the stuff is going on right now! With all of these changes, I am learning how to live very cheaply! We made homemade chocolate dipped pretzels and Stephen is loving this cheaper version of our lives (and his snacks)!!
Here you can see the rest of the set, you change out the middle piece each month!
I am always competing with my neighbor for the best front door display, I don't know why but I just feel the need to beat them and be the better looking house! My mom and I were shopping at Gardner Village and saw this really cute heart at Upon the Shelf that would look great on my front door.... the only problem was it was $47 which I am not about to drop on something like this, when I can easily make it. The only difference between mine and the one at Upon the Shelf, is that they had wood on the back (which made it heavy) and then at the top of the heart instead of ribbon to hang it, it had a metal decorative piece to hang it (again that was heavy). Overall, I think they look very similar (sorry I don't have a picture of the original) and mine cost a fraction of the price and took maybe an hour!
This is the final product
1/2 yard of fabric
Assorted Ribbon or fabric scraps (I used 2 varieties - 1 was about a yard and a half long and was 5 inches wide and the other was about a yard long and 2 inches wide)
1 - stapler that opens and of course staples
1/2 yard of batting
1 foam board (I used 3/4 thick but there are thinner options that are a little cheaper
A needle and some thread
Large bread knife
I have hated my wedding pictures since the day I got the disk in the mail. I cried for a day and a half, and I had to leave work early the next day. One of my coworkers said later that she thought someone had died or something because of how I looked that day. Now maybe that was a strong reaction but I was truly and deeply upset. (more…)
Recently, I contacted one of Stephen's old coworkers, who now does hair, for a cut and color. Stephen has been growing out his hair and he was thinking about having it cut by someone for the first time in like 10 years. He said he would like to go to his old coworker and I thought, I need a trim and kind of want a different color so I might as well go to her as well. This was the worst hair experience I have ever had and I will spare you the unprofessional email I received from her but it was just an overall awful and an experience I am glad has finally been resolved. The cut was uneven and more than a little trim, after getting that fixed, my hair is about 1 1/2 inches shorter :( which sucks because I am growing out my hair, I guess it could have been worse though. Here are some pictures to show you what happened with the color:
The color actually looks kind of pretty on the top. I had to curl it because it was the only way to cover up how uneven the cut was!
Stephen and I recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary! This past year has been amazing and wonderful. I have heard people say that the first year is the hardest, if that is the case then life will be easy!! Anyway life has been great and I can't believe how fast it has gone by. We have done a lot this year, besides being awesome all the time, we have also bought a house and gotten a puppy!
For our anniversary Stephen planned a weekend away. He wouldn't tell me anything about what we were going to be doing just that I needed to take a half day off work on the Friday before. We got in the car and he drove me to my favorite Mexican restaurant in Orem. Then we got back on the freeway and I found out we were heading south but I had no idea how long I would be in the car because I had no idea where we were going. About 3 hours later, we stopped in Cedar City to get gas so I thought well if it isn't Cedar City then it is probably St. George or Las Vegas because they are the next biggest cities. We got back on the freeway and he got off on the next exit and pulled into our hotel, still in Cedar City. It was an awesome trip. We had a room with a jacuzzi in it, I got a pedicure, we had massages, we went shopping and did tons of other things (see the pictures below!). It was the perfect way to celebrate! I am excited to celebrate many more years to come!
This year is my work's second annual Trick-Or-Treating event. We have all of the employee's kids come in for a few hours to go trick-or-treating around the office. The admin girls at my work all dressed up last year and now again this year. There are a few more people dressed up around the office, so it is going to be a good day!
Here are some pictures so far:
Do you like our new blog look??? I love it!
We have had a couple of interesting weeks recently and I haven't posted a lot so here it goes...
This past Saturday we went to the BYU football game with our friends Sarah and Clayton. They were recently engaged, so congrats to them. It was a lot of fun, we won't talk about the actual game but the experience was fun. Sarah had most of the pictures on her camera so there is just this one!
We went to Mississippi to visit Stephen's family. It was supposed to be for his 10 year high school reunion (I know he is getting old! j/k) but that got moved to next May, so maybe an 11 year high school reunion? Anyway, we already had the trip planned and the tickets so we went. We got to meet our new sister-in-law Judy. Stephen's brother Glen got married to Judy in February of this year. We just found out they are expecting a baby so that is pretty exciting! Here are some pictures from this trip. I just love Stephen's family, they are awesome, it really was the perfect trip!
These pictures are a little out of order but oh well...
There are little geckos that are on the bathroom windows at night. They were really cool to see. Patti (my mother-in-law) said they sometimes end up in the house but they aren't harmful they are just tiny little things!
A lot of the houses near the coast are built up on stilts kind of, like this picture. Especially the new ones, it seems pretty smart in that area.
Here are the kids, L-R, Judy, Glen, Stephen and Me!
So to recap our last week... last Friday we got a puppy. His name is Royce and he is 8 weeks old, and cute as can be. His mom is a Pomeranian / Jack Russell mix and his dad is a Chihuahua. We will see how he turns out! My husband is just great and finally let me get one! He is a lot of work so far but we are excited to have him in our family! I already feel so attached to him! I keep telling him that I am his mommy! He is fun!
This has been a tough and painful couple of days for me. Monday night I woke up in the middle of the night with an awful pain that I thought might be in my chest but I had a stomach ache too and felt nauseous and bloated. It lasted for quite a few hours. It started to calm down a little by the morning so I decided to go to the Dr. instead of the ER. My doctor ordered an ultrasound to look at my gallbladder but told me if they didn't find anything and I kept having symptoms they would need to stick a scope down my throat and look at the top of my stomach to see what was wrong. Yikes! Luckily (well I guess you could say that), they found that I have gallstones. The hospital sent me home and told me that my Dr. would call me to discuss the results. Shortly after I received a call from my Dr.'s Secretary setting up an appointment with a surgeon and the secretary told me my Dr. would call me after the appointment was set up. No call from the Dr. It was quite frustrating because I don't know anything about this stuff and I am supposed to live with this until next Tuesday when I see a surgeon? Good thing for me, my dad is a nurse and was able to give me some tips on what to do to avoid another "gallstone attack". He told me no fatty foods and to drink a lot of water... he didn't mention dairy and I didn't think to ask, needless to say I had another attack Tuesday night. We were supposed to go to Kansas on Thursday morning but my loving husband told me my health was more important and that he felt it was better to stay close to home in case something serious happens. I have been watching what I eat very closely. I still feel pretty icky but I haven't had another attack in the past two nights so I am very grateful! Hopefully things stay that way!
I found out this week that I have a vitamin B12 deficiency. Guess what the cure is for that? Shots, my favorite thing! My doctor started me out on 5 daily shots and then we will go weekly and then monthly, she made it sound like it is a very permanent thing, which is no good for me. Luckily the shots don't hurt but it is going to get old quick. My awesome husband took me there today so I could get injected! It was truly a bonding experience for us. My doctor said that once I feel comfortable and am doing just monthly shots I can give them to myself at home. I think I can handle that but we will see. That is all the exciting news I have this moment!
Front of house!
Our amazingly large back yard! HA it will be great though!
So valentines day this year was perfect! Stephen and I just spent the day together and had a great time. We gave each other some gifts, Stephen got me three cute pairs of earrings.
I gave him a jar with 101 reasons why I love him, individually written on white and pink pieces of paper. (inspired by http://believeittoseeit.blogspot.com/2008/02/valentines-breakfast-with-my.html which I found from http://www.tipjunkie.com/ - great site!)
Then I gave him some shirts for us to wear when we go to see Flight of the Conchords in May (the tickets were a gift from me for both of us)! My lovely mother spent some time with me this week to help me make the shirts!
In a VERY large bowl (4 qt), mix together everything except chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into cake pan of choice (I normally use two 9-inch pie pans). For cooking time, I use the cooking times on the back of the devil’s food cake box as a guide and usually add 10 mins to whatever it says. Then I do the toothpick check, and if it’s not done, I check on it every 5 mins after that. :) It usually takes around 45 mins for two, 9-inch pie pans.
I hope you all had a great day as well!
So I decided that I want to stay at home and just craft all day! I am feeling super creative right now... which is good because I need to finish up my samples for my website so I can get that up and rolling and it is almost the weekend so I can get started on that! I am excited for valentines day tomorrow. Such a fun holiday, I don't take it too seriously, I just am excited to have a fun and loving day with my husband... who by the way sent me beautiful tulips to celebrate February 11th! What a lucky girl I am!
I am making the best chocolate cake ever, from www.kevinandamanda.com it is pretty much my favorite site right now, although I have found some super cute ones today! Her enchiladas and mac and cheese are sooo good and quite easy to make! Oh and she has some really cute fonts to download for FREE! on there and so I love her even more! You should check it out if you want to get some good ideas and cute fonts!
I want to learn how to make digital scrapbooking paper and templates. I make my cards and they are really cute but ya know, I could just do so much more, but I don't really know where to start. I think I should take a class and get some more knowledge of photoshop for sure! I'll let ya know how that goes.
Everything else is great so far in this world, I like my job, I am getting more used to it, I have an amazing husband and I am just overall happy as can be!
Have a fabulous friday and thanks for reading!
It has been so long since I have posted anything on here. I think I have been putting it off because so much stuff has happened and I feel like I always have to give every detail but here is a super quick run down. I married the man of my dreams, great honeymoon in San Diego, yay Sea World, building up a collection of card designs to start a website, hate going back to work and want to win the lottery so I can sit at home and design stuff all day, made the best steak I have ever had or made (I will post the recipe sometime), Twilight movie came out I have seen it 3 times and will see it again tomorrow, I bought a refillable cup at a Larry H Miller Theater and it was well worth the purchase, had a great Thanksgiving. Okay so that is pretty much the big stuff up to this point biggest Wedding and then the steak next! HAHA J/K anyway.
So my mom is featured as vendor of the month on a site called "Twilight Moms" this is the link to her blurb about her and guess what? I am on there too!!! Her stuff is really cute and she already has a ton of orders today, I am proud of her! Check it out if you want http://twilightmomsforums.freeforums.org/december-simply-bitten-t19001.html.
My latest work in the card department is desgning wedding thank you cards for myself and then a christmas card for Stephen and I. I designed a card for a coworkers daughter and received a copy of it and I had to put it on my fridge because it was so cool to see my work in action and it wasn't just for myself where I have a baised opinion. I should start posting some of my card designs on here... oh I have some pictures at work so here is what I worked on last night... but as Stephen is well aware I am sure I will come up with quite a few more designs before I pick anything!
Here are some pictures from the bridal shower on Saturday.
This is the cutest centerpiece made of towels by my very creative mother!
I love the first time it snows for the season! It is so pretty and not usually ever enough to stick and cause problems on the roads. After the first snowfall, it starts to come much more frequently and the roads suck, I have a really hard time appreciating it and seeing it for all of it's beauty so I try to appreciate the first time of the season so there can be some joy from the winter weather! This year it came a lot earlier than I can ever remember. It has all melted already down here in the valley, but I got some good pictures from yesterday morning. The sky is so white, you can't even see the mountains that would take up that whole back drop of the first picture! The cold weather is still here though so maybe there will be some more to come soon.
So looking at the last post I have to say I am marrying the best guy! I am glad we feel the same way about each other we are both lucky.
Anyway, tonight was the first game at the Rio Tinto stadium for the Real Salt Lake. It was a fun time with Stephen's friends and the stadium was pretty awesome.
Here are some pictures!
I don't really have to much else to update on things are going well for both of us and the wedding plans are moving right along... yesterday marked one month to the big day! Pretty exciting stuff. Oh I got my bridal pictures done last Saturday, like the first time it rains this fall is on that day. It was cold and gross, it made for great pictures but my dress got so dirty. I guess thank heavens for dry cleaners. I wish I could post pictures because I have to admit I look pretty hot all done up and in my dress but I don't want to risk Stephen seeing anything until the big day!
Well that is all I have right now!
Stephen and I had our engagement photos taken this morning at Memory Grove in SLC. The photographer already has a few posted on her website for us to view even though she said it wouldn't be before Monday.... I like her! Anyway this is my favorite photo, I found this pose on another website online and asked her to do it. We weren't sure how well it would work, but I gotta say I love it! Let me know what you think.
There were a couple more for us to see, to get an idea of how the pictures will turn out. But I think this is the only sneak peak I will be giving you guys for now. (more…)