Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!

I officially love this idea. I am a sucker for any "party in a box" but this one is especially cute. I love the mini bottles of Martinelli's.

I also really love this idea - New Years Eve Around the World. Marta has a really cute idea for New Years Eve in New York, which I LOVE.

What are you doing to ring in the new year?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Projects Galore!

I stumbled across allsorts (which is one of my new favorite blogs). Think I looked through the entire archives. I was so amazed. This is what I want to be like. I love her style and ideas. 

 Take a look at her AMAZING work room. This would be a dream come true.

 All pictures from allsorts
From there I discovered this free e-zine. Filled with even more great holiday ideas. I really was so impressed with the projects! They are all incredibly detailed, yet look pretty easy to do. Check it out - you won't be disappointed. 

So we were at Toys R Us

Because you can't have a Christmas season without going there. And I saw these beauties. I love the Wizard of Oz and I love Barbies. I think the vintage charm is incredible. But I can't really justify spending $40 on a doll that's always going to be in (such a cute) box.

Monday, December 6, 2010

All I can say is YUM!

So Dan's mom put me in charge of planning Christmas Dinner this year. I plan the menu. We shop together and then we make it together. I think it will be fun! I've started doing some research on what kind of food to have. You would not believe the time I am having. It is nearly impossible to find Christmas foods that are not some form of cookies or eggnog. And while I love both of those, I'm kind of at a loss for what kind of real food to have.  I will keep thinking and researching but in the meantime, here is one dessert possibility I found that looks so delectable I had to share it with all of you! 

Brownie Covered Oreos. Yep. They look amazing.
Saturday, December 4, 2010

Grosgrain FABULOUS!!

Have you been to Grosgrain lately? Oh my goodness. I am so inspired. This month is Knit Embellishment month. Every day a sweater gets a makeover. Most of these started out as big, stretched out, frumpy sweaters. A lot of them are inspired by Anthropologie or Emma Pillsbury's wardrobe on Glee.  I'm going to the thrift store tonight. She has full tutorials on all these sweaters and more. Wow. 

All Images from Grosgrain. 

I'm loving this video

Friday, December 3, 2010

Before and After

Look at that curly mess!
I've been talking about doing this for a really long time and I finally did it. I got a hair cut. It was unmanageable. It was so long that I donated 14 inches to Locks of Love. The best part? Since I was donating the cut was f-r-e-e. Sweet.
Much shorter and manageable! I look really happy. Because I am.
Thursday, December 2, 2010

A busy busy weekend

I seriously think December is the busiest month of the year. Here are just a few of the things going on this weekend:

Also this weekend: Double Date with the Joneses, Roommate Christmas Dinner, Haircut (more on that later), Volunteering with the Red Cross, etc...Wish me luck.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

No Blog November is Officially Over!

I didn't plan to not post in November, I've just been busy I guess. But, I've decided to try and post every day in December. There is so much Christmas-y goodness that I probably will have too much to post about! I feel like December is the quickest month - there's so much to do and not enough time. So here's a free printable advent calendar for all of you loyal readers so you can have a few things that you make sure you do to get you in the holiday spirit! Some of the things on this particular countdown are geared specifically towards kids, but you can definitely write whatever you want.  Print it off, hang it up and count down the days! 

 Here are some advent ideas from Party Accessories (another new-to-me blog) 
1-Set up Christmas Tree
2-Sip cider
3-Hang stockings
4-Ward Christmas Party
5-Make a swag with real Christmas Tree branches
6-See city lights festival
7-Make felt-ball garland
8-Ride the Christmas train in the mall with kiddos
9-Roast marshmallows by the fire with friends
10-Watch 'The Santa Claus'
11-Take Christmas photos
12-Visit the Temple Christmas display
13-Make orange/clove pomanders
14-Eggnog time
15-Head to the library with kids to pick out Christmas books
16-Make Christmas cookies/gifts for neighbors
17-Host White Elephant Christmas party
18-Romantic candlelit dinner with husband under the Christmas tree
19-Sip hot cocoa
20-Eat a chocolate orange (the ones you whack on the table)
21-Finish holiday shopping
22-Watch a holiday movie as a family
23-Make sugar cookies
24-Read Jesus' birth in the Bible and Book of Mormon
25- a MERRY CHRISTMAS! with a full breakfast, Christmas music, and gifts
Also, there is an awesome Christmas music playlist on this blog. Retro goodness. Open up a new tab and listen to your heart's content! 

Anywho - Did you know that today is the first day of Hanukkah? It is. I found these delightful ideas on, of course. 

and, my personal favorite:
Marshmallow Dreidels.  

WOW. This was a long post. ENJOY!!
Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloweekend

Picture from here
Friday, October 22, 2010

Ghosts of Halloween Past


Yes, Dan was a Beatnik for Halloween when he was 10.
 Just looking back at past Halloween costumes. We're still not sure what to be this year, but weren't we cute little kids!?

A Wedding Watercolor

Sometimes I feel artistic. This was one such occasion. I had an idea and then it found its way to paper.
Friday, October 15, 2010

Another Couple Costume Idea...

Dan and I have had the hardest time thinking of what to be for Halloween. I think this one might be really fun - Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. It would be quite a bit of work, though (all that hair!!) And Dan's requirement to be someone with a goatee would be taken care of.

Picture from the Disneyland Facebook page
But we'd definitely be ahead of the curve - Tangled hasn't even come out yet! I think it'd be really fun! Who knows what we'll actually be!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's like having Pie for Breakfast

This sounds fantastic. I need to get a can of pumpkin puree and make some of these recipes I keep finding. (Is it true that there's a pumpkin shortage this year? I didn't see any at the grocery store) 

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (From goodLife {eats} - a new favorite food blog!)
1 cup old fashioned oats, not quick cook
1 Tbs whole flax seeds, optional
2 1/2 Tbs brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp butter, softened
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
2 tsp butter, softened
1 Tbs brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 4 individual sized ramekins. Set aside.
Combine the oats through salt in a medium sized bowl. Stir well. In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla, butter, pumpkin, and milk. Whisk thoroughly. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the oats. Stir until combined.
Divide mixture evenly between 4 individual sized ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet (this makes it easier to move in and out of the oven.). Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the topping: chopped pecans, butter, and brown sugar. After the oatmeal has baked for 10 minutes, remove and divide topping mixture evenly between the ramekins. Bake and additional 7 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Top with a splash of milk and raisins, if desired.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tree Pedestal Cake Stand

This is so elegant and simple. I think it would be perfect for an Pumpkin Cake or something fallish. DIY directions are available via Once Wed.
Thursday, September 23, 2010

This movie looks so cute, I don't even care it's made for six-year-olds.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Return of Prime Time

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I really enjoy the schedule of prime time tv. monday = catch sunday's mad men. tuesdays = glee. wednesdays = modern family. thursdays = 30 rock. friday & saturday = rest. 

this is going to be a good fall. 
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

pizzeria 712

kristen and taryn - cute as ever! 

diggin' in! 

A couple of weeks ago we went to pizzeria 712 for jenny's 22nd birthday. Best. Pizza. Ever. 

the one i've been raving about? Gorgonzola. Summer Squash. Caramelized Onions. delish. 

you've gotta go. 
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

This really makes me wish Carmen were here.

One of my best friends, Carmen, is on a mission in Argentina. I really miss her. She would totally love this movie. I'm sure we would drive up to Salt Lake and see it at the Broadway theatre if she were here. She gets back in December so I guess we'll just have to RedBox it.

Also, the stars are the face of J. Crew this season. Check out the whole ad campaign here

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