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"pining" for halloween :)

Since Halloween is approaching, I thought I would do a Halloween board for my "pining" series.
I LOVE Halloween!

Anything you are "pining" on pinterest? Link up your inspirations!

Make It Personal - CLOSED

Alexandra is the sweetest girl who is very passionate about what she does. When I saw her work with the canvas she did for me and Trevor I was thrilled! &I already have it up in our new apartment :)
Today one of you lucky people will get a chance to have some of her great canvas work for your own! 
She does custom work, so really you could have anything! Alexandra is giving away an 8 x 10 canvas of your choosing! Pink Sparkles & Love is very fitting for her girly and fun pieces of art.

 Seriously though, her work is adorable.... I am DYING over her TOO CUTE "Keep Calm and Study On" Canvas she has on her Facebook page.

So WHAT are you waiting for. Enter this GIVEAWAY!

1 entry
Be a follower of Crowley Party

2nd entry
Like Alexandra's Facebook Page - Make It Personal

3rd entry
Tweet about this giveaway - @alyciagrayce

4th entry
Tell me which Canvas you would get if you won?!


amber said...

I would choose the wedding love canvas!! its such a cute idea :)


stripes with a pop of color.

 Top: F21 Jeans: Anlo from Piperlime Shoes: Forever Young Necklace: ShopKempt

Dear Hand,
Thanks for finally being able to MOVE! Even though you aren't totally there yet :)
p.s. Please stop itching.

Dear Left Hand,
You rocked it this week! You made cookies, cupcakes, cleaned the house and washed dishes all on your lonesome.

Dear Utah Weather,
You are starting to feel cold. I am not liking it. Please rewind back two months, thanks :)

Dear Cheese,
I love you... on everything.

Dear Law School,
Please bring back my husband.

Dear Mary,
Thanks for having me guest post on your blog :)

Dear Jamie (best friend),
Maybe we should stick to texting, because every time we call to each other we talk for house. Last phone call OVER 3 HOURS! haha yikes. We could go for days....

Dear Readers,
No, I did not have to go to the bathroom in the second photo, even though it would appear I am holding myself? bah.

I am a Christian.

So far with my blog I have not gone into the topic of religion too much. But things have been on my mind lately with recent events politically, and I just wanted to get my opinion out there, even if only a few people read it. You guys may have picked up on the fact that I am a Mormon. "Mormon" is actually a nickname for our church, and the church I belong to is actually called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Recently in the media people have been commenting about their opinions on whether or not Mormons are Christian. This whole discussion brought me back to an event that happened to me in high school. I had a couple friends start an Athletic Christan Club, made of people who liked to play sports and were active, that were also Christian. However my friends were having some problems getting people involved and were needing more people to join. I figured since I was Christian, and I played three sports for the school that I would help them out and join. So when I told them I would be happy to join, they told me no. I asked why not and they told me I wasn't Christian, I was a Mormon.

Hmm. I hadn't known they weren't the same thing. I was pretty hurt, and tried to explain that I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior, who died for me. But I wasn't allowed in the club, and I wasn't going to argue it.

I understand there are people out there that don't consider or recognize Mormons, or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as Christians. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and I don't want this post to become an argument over that.

I just felt like with recent things going on currently in the media, and certain statements made by Jeffress, that I wanted to make my opinions clear.

I am not a member of a cult.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I believe that Jesus Christ was the only Begotten son of God the Father, as well as a Prophet and is my Savior and Redeemer. I believe that he died for me, for my sins, so that I can be clean. He is very much my personal Savior. I don't go a day without thinking of the Atonement, and feel so incredibly blessed to have this knowledge in my life. I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

I know many of you might not be religious, or some of you may agree with the notion that I am not a Christian.
But I think everyone is entitled to their beliefs and these are mine.

*Since I have had some questions since this post, I thought I would direct you all here.

"pining" for yellow.

If you haven't caught on yet from my blog... yellow is my favorite color!
Always has been, always will be.  
Just looking at it makes me happy :)

Anything you are "pining" on pinterest? Link up your inspirations!

also, don't forget, TODAY is the last day to enter the Shabby Apple Giveaway!

no more apologies.

I went to a Utah Blogger meet up the other week and had a blast. I felt so comfortable around the other girls and I really was myself around them. This isn't to say I am not usually myself... it is pretty hard for me to be anything but myself. But it got me thinking about who I am, and how I am on this blog. I share a lot of who I am on this blog, but I find myself holding back certain things because of fear. What if I offend someone if I say this? Or what if someone judges me if I do this and post it?

While I don't really hold back too much on my blog, I definitely edit myself. At first I thought I was doing so because it is the courteous thing to do if you know other people are reading your blog, but then I realized it is mostly fear. Fear of what people might say or think about me. Some of the girls that night of the blogger meet up were surprised at how outgoing I was, loud, and fun... yeah, I will say I am fun, haha. This kind of made me realize just how much of my personality I must be holding back when it comes to my blog, because if you ask any of my friends in my personal life, they would tell you I am a good time.

I guess what it all comes down to is... just because you read someone's blog, doesn't mean you really know them. You can only convey so much of who you are over the internet, over a blog, with words. Some people don't want to share everything, sometimes people's personalities might read a little different online then they really do in person. Some bloggers I have been following for the past two years, and I feel like I really know them. While I might feel a connection, I do have to remind myself that just because we are online friends that chat every now and then, doesn't mean I fully understand all the things that make up this person.

So I guess what I have come to is, I want to be a little more honest on this blog about my thoughts & feelings and not fear so much what other people might think, or if they will be offended. I don't want to offend, but sometimes people are sensitive, lets be honest haha! 

I know I will always edit to a degree when it comes to my blog because I don't believe in saying everything that comes to your mind just because you thought it. If we all did that we would be in big trouble... but I would like to be a little more brave when it comes to sharing. Being a bit more open. It is easier for me to do this in person because I have a great sense of reading people. I can tell if someone is comfortable or getting uncomfortable, and I know how far I can take a story or a conversation based off that. I can't do that online. I can't tell if you are feeling weird, or sad, or mad or anything. I can't read your body language or emotions because I am not WITH you. Usually I have the mentality that, this is my blog, if you don't like, don't read it. And I still do agree with that, your blog is YOUR space, do what you will. But at the same time, I do care about other people and if they are misunderstanding me, or if I am making someone feel uncomfortable. Am I making any sense?

These are pretty random and jumbled thoughts I have going on here... but I was just curious... what are your views on this when it comes to blogging?
Have you felt that some people make assumptions about you based on your blog? 
Do you feel yourself editing your content sometimes because your afraid to offend people, or that others will judge you?
 Just some food for thought. Let your brain just chew on it for a bit.

little notes.

Dress: BCBG Top: BP Nordstroms Shoes: Target Belt: New York Company this for real? Not one item of mine from Forever 21? haha
p.s. just a side note... this was obviously taken before the hand tragedy.
I am doing a new spin on my Life Should Be a Party posts, by addressing life's crazy, funny, and celebratory things, in little notes :)

Dear Self,
Stop thinking that you must have forgotten to do an assignment, you graduated in May and even though it feels weird to not be in school because it is Fall... you are DONE!

Dear Pringles Can,
How come I can eat you so quickly and not even feel full? Dang you magical can. The fun DOES stop once you pop by the way.

Dear BYU students,
Please learn how to walk and follow traffic rules while driving. You will die if you run red lights on your scooter in an intersection without a helmet, and you will die if you cross the busy street without looking!!!

Dear Life,
Thanks for always coming through for me! I finally found that second job I needed and ended up with the most ideal situation. Now I don't have to get a restaurant job where I work nights and weekends and would have ended up with NO time with Trevor. YAY!

Dear Life,
You know how I thanked you earlier for always coming through for me?! Well no thanks for the glass slicing my hand wide open this weekend. that was not so fun.

Dear Grandpa,
Thanks for the funny texts to try and lift my spirits!

Dear Hand,
I am amazed at how the slightest movements make my hand ache. The human body is amazing and you never really understand just how many little muscles make up everything you do until you injure yourself.

Dear Readers,
Thanks for all the nice comments, I am feeling much better. Still a left handed person stuck in a right person's body... but much better, thanks!

I am an Idiot.


 I learned some valuable things yesterday.

1) Don't do your dishes in your underwear.
2) Throw out even slightly chipped glasses.

Now I guess I should tell you how I learned these two things the hard way. Saturday morning I woke up in a great mood. Trevor went off to the law library to study, and I made plans to clean up the apartment. I was feeling energized and had a list of things I wanted to get done. 

Because I am super cheap and don't like throwing anything away, I insisted on keeping a chipped glass. I mean the chip was so blunt I didn't think you could possibly hurt yourself on it.

I was very wrong.

In my rush of doing dishes, I cut myself. We have all cut ourselves before, so when I saw the blood I thought no big deal. I covered my hand for a few seconds (you know that magical hold we do on our cuts, hoping that it will miraculously heal it, or make the cut not so bad?) but when I opened my hand.... I knew something was very wrong. 
What gave it away? Oh just my skin opening up and my hand muscle peeking out at me saying...
"HEY! I have never seen daylight before, this is cool!"

Except it was so NOT cool. I had never seen a real life human muscle before by the way, so I was slightly fascinated. But I was in pain so I didn't have much time to be fascinated. I just sat there for a minute, trying not to freak out. I got my phone and called my mom... then I let myself break down. I knew it was bad enough I needed to go to Urgent Care. I don't know why but I needed the comfort of my Mommy to tell me to calm down and call Trevor. So that is what I did.

You guys have to realize... I have never had anything happen to me. I mean I did sprain my wrist once, and I fractured my foot. But other then that... I have never even had a cavity. So I was really scared of the thought of getting stitches. Waiting for Trevor to get home felt like it took hours. Which I guess I needed since trying to dress yourself with one bleeding hand in the air (trying to elevate, like my mama said!) made for a challenge. Lets just say the image was pretty comical. Except I wasn't laughing. I didn't get far, so when Trevor came home he had to help me get dressed. I guess I got a quick glimpse of what life will be like when I am an old lady... or heaven forbid something tragic happened to me.

So Trevor came home and checked out my wound... he barley looked at it and knew we had to go to the hospital. So off we went, after Trevor did up my pants of course. Awkward.

I have an irrational phobia of needles, so I was trying not to freak out. The sweet nurse, who was my age (wow... am I really old enough that the nurses are my age now?! what?!) tried to make me feel better by saying how the numbing shot felt similar to what they do for cavities... remember I have never had a cavity?! The doctor shook his head in disbelief at this... and really didn't believe me when I explained that even Trevor had never had a cavity. Hopefully this means less dentist trips for our kids in the future. I digress...

I had NO idea that they put the numbing shot IN YOUR WOUND. DIRECTLY. I started to cry a little bit and felt like a total looser. I quickly gained composure, I didn't want to look pathetic. I didn't watch of course.. I mean who would watch someone put a needle under you skin, literally on your hand muscle? The doctor did it about 6 different times mind you... eekk. It hurt, but wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Thank goodness for modern medicine. How did poor people get through this stuff back in the day? ouchie.

The doctor was very nice. He was actually from near my home town back in San Diego, so we chatted about that. He even complimented my nice neon pink nails, haha. He was trying to make me feel better I think. I wont lie though... for some reason him being from back home, made me more comfortable. 
So 5 stitches later, and 1 Tetanus shot. I was done.
Oh wait... and one almost as painful bill, ouchie. There goes my Christmas/Birthday present this year :(

I should have known better to keep around a broken glass... so even if its just a chip in the glass... that can do damage too! Lesson learned.
&I should have known better about the dishes in the ginch too.  Yes... sometimes I say ginch, thanks for that dad, haha! Growing up in San Diego my family has had its share of fire scares. My family has been evacuated from our home on more then one occasion. My dad always told me I should wear pj's to bed in case we ever had to leave in the night.
For some reason I never thought of what would happen if something bad happened when you weren't wearing anything... but now I know!

I thought the pain was over... but the the numbing shot wore off... and now I feel like my hand is on fire. &no amounts of pain killer is helping. BAH.

So there you go people... learn from me.

1) GO NOW &throw out a anything with a slight crack in it.
2) GO put some clothes on.

p.s. by the way, I am not even remotely ambidextrous. typing this with my left hand took forever.

"pining" for the weekend :)

Remember my "pining" for the weekend post? Well I decided to keep it going! I figured there are just as many of you out there who are in love with Pinterest as I am, so why not all share in each others inspirations?!

use this button, or just link back to this page in your pin posts if you want to join along.


Every week, if you want to join in, you can put together some of your favorite pins, and link up right here! You can do it whenever you want, so lets pin away people :)

curly hair tutorial.

I have had lots of questions about my curly hair, and how I do it. First, I just have to say how flattered I am, and this is why (here is a little background on my hair). It didn't really come in until I was about 10. You think I am joking? Soon I will post some pics of what I looked like as a kid. I was born as bald as they come, and my hair took forever to grow. My hair wasn't long enough to do pony tails, braids or anything fun... so my mom would had me wear new born headbands. Yup. Or the infamous "waterfall" hairdo where she would grab whatever I had on my head and put it together and clip it. Yes, a simple clip could hold ALL of my hair together. I didn't get my first hair cut until I was about 8 I think? &I didn't even really need it, I just wanted one so bad, to feel more normal and like I fit in, haha. Like a GIRL!

My hair still takes forever to grow, and to give you an idea, it was a short aline cut when I met Trevor, and I haven't cut it since I met him (excluding trims).... That is THREE years people! Three years and this is how long my hair is? So it has been a long journey, me and my hair... and I just got to say, I am excited anyone ever even noticed it. It has been 22 years of trying to "make it work" and I think we might be getting there.

Shabby Apple Giveaway! - CLOSED

I have a special treat for you guys today! A Shabby Apple Jewelry Giveaway! Did you guys even know that besides amazing vintage inspired dresses Shabby Apple had a woman's jewelry line? 
Today one lucky reader has the chance to win the Light as a Feather necklace!
 How to Enter
Leave a comment for each separate entry!
Be a Follower of Crowley Party
(one entry)

Like Shabby Apple on Facebook!
(second entry)
if you do this you can get in on special promotions and exclusive discounts, who doesn't love that?!

Tweet about this giveaway!
mention it to me @alyciagrayce
(third entry)
And last but not least, is there a certin dress you have been eyeing at Shabby Apple? Or something else you wanted if you don't win this giveaway? Shabby Apple is offering a 10% off coupon code for anyone who wants to purchase something! How generous is that?!

All you have to do is enter "crowleyparty10off" and it will expire in 30 days, so hurry up if you want to get something!

You have until next week 10/21 to enter!

also check out this great offer....


Cerrisse said...

I follow your blog.

good morning monday :)

 Top: F21 Skirt: F21 (man I sure like F21 huh?) Boots: Steve Madden (Girl) Necklace: Anthropologie

 I realize I just wore this shirt in my last 30 for 30 post, but I don't care. It is so comfy I wear it all the time :) &don't lie and act like you don't repeat either every now and then!

 Little celebrations in my life as of late...

+  Listening to old messages of my nieces and nephews on my voice mail :) *sigh* too adorable.

+ Nice strangers. It is always refreshing when you run into a total stranger, who is nice! :) Always makes my day.

+ Peanut butter filled pretzels. enough said.

+ All I am going to say is MONSTER! &there is a handful of you that know what I am talking about haha oh man, the poor people of Kneaders Bakery... we are sorry! wait, I AM sorry! haha

+ Meeting some amazing girls at the Utah Blogger Meet Up! I had such a blast :) Seriously, I think I made some friends that I will be actually planning outings with.

+Knowing that I can always call my parents for advice, no matter how old I am :) Thank you!

+ Sleeping in Saturday after such a long week, waking up and kissing Trevor's back and shoulders. That may sound cheesy, or it might be too much information, but I love it, so it goes on the list for the week :)

What have you been celebrating in your life lately?!

I am extending Casey's $50 Ad giveaway until tonight! So ENTER if you haven't! You don't want to miss this one! 
Also, don't forget to enter to win a free T.G.I FRiDAYS! meal, there will be 2 winners for this giveaway :)

"pining" for the weekend :)

Pretty sure that the word "pining" works in a variety of ways when it comes to Pinterest... because I am literally "pinned" to my seat for WAY TOO LONG sometimes when I get on! haha In fact, I have even been avoiding it on the occasion because I know I don't have the time for it. Man it is addicting.
I figured I spend enough time creating my boards I may as well start sharing some with you. I think I might start posting some of my favorite pins of the week, on Fridays or Saturdays. I think I will call it "pining" for the weekend, get it?! haha I am so funny right? ha probably not, but I thought it was a clever play on words.
So on to the Pins shall we?!
Anyways, just thought I would share some lovely images found via Pinterest. 
Come and find me because I love to be inspired by everyone's boards!

Here are some fall inspired pins for you, since I am feeling fallish... is fallish a word?! 

Found Via Pinterest 

P.S. Casey's awesome $50 AD giveaway ends this Sunday, so hurry up and enter for a chance to win a spot! She has over 3,000 followers so you will want to get your hands on this if you are looking to promote your blog, shoe, or website!
Check back next Monday for the winner and a new great giveaway!
Also, check out the fun guest post I did for Megan! :)

Giveaway! - T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One” - CLOSED

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of T.G.I. FRiDAY'S for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I will admit it people, every once in awhile Trevor and I don't have the time to plan our meals around our busy schedules and we eat frozen food! But every once in awhile I am bored out of my mind by the options... I mean... mashed potatoes, some rubbery steak? So when I saw that T.G.I. FRiDAY’S had come out with a line of frozen meals... I was excited to see all the different kinds they had to offer.
T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One” has nine new entrées inspired by the bold and fun flavors of the famed T.G.I. FRiDAY’S restaurants. From Sizzling Steak Fajitas to Cajun-Style Chicken Alfredo, the new varieties infuse a fresh new flavor and shake things up in the frozen food category.
So which one did I get? The Prime Rib Stroganoff! Trevor loves Prim Rib and we were both surprised with how much flavor was packed into it :) nom nom nom.

Right now T.G.I FRiDAY'S is having a Fun Freezer contest and there are some pretty amazing prizes available. You guys should enter or at least vote for a freezer.

Today I am offering two coupons for T.G.I. FRiDAY’S “Entrées for One" That means TWO winners will get a coupon that redeems one of the meals.
All you have to do is be a follow of my blog and tell me which meal you think you would want to try!



REBrown said...

The mac and cheese with chicken looks so good.



chestnutmocha said...

It's so perfect for Friday!! I;d love some chicken fajitas!! Thanks for sharing!

Both of you girls e-mail me!

trevor's salad.

One of you asked about some healthy quick recipes that you could make. I haven't posted a recipe for awhile, so I thought I would share this yummy little salad that Trevor just made the other day. If you ever want an idea for a good salad, all you need do is talk to Trevor. He is the master of salads. I mean he makes me eat one for dinner six nights a week... I wish I was exaggerating!

Trevor got the salad dressing recipe from our family friend (thanks molly!), and it is SUCH a good salad dressing. I mean it had to be good if my husband stopped in the middle of the dinner to ask how she made it haha :) You guys will love it!

Trevor's Salad 
Salad of your choice
Avocado (mash up)
Steak (cut into thin slices)
Put it all together and toss it! See I told you it would be easy :)
(Trevor acctually put it all in a tupperware bowl with a lid and shook it all around so he wouldn't get his hands dirty from the avocado.)

Grasshopper Spit Dressing
1 part Red Wine Vinegar
1 part soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos (better for you)
1 part honey, sugar, or some Stevia (no particular brand)
1 part olive oil (you can leave this out if you want)

This is Trevor's smile when he doesn't want to be smiling :) haha Love him.

my little secret...

So now that it is October... and we have been friends for a bit... I thought it was the appropriate time and season to tell you guys something.


I am a vampire.

watch out bella.

mini joys.

 Tops: F21 Jeans: F21 Shoes: LuLus

Life Should Be a Party....
+ Me being down about something, and Trevor totally playing the comfort role. He can be so sweet sometimes, and for that I am thankful.
+ Listening to Trevor create beautiful music. This weekend he worked really hard recording some stuff and the outcome really was amazing! Such a talent.
+ Papa Johns Pizza, because lets face it. It is the BEST!
+ Trevor pretending to be a puppy. More on that later.
+ Feeling like I am finally getting Provo down. This came much faster then learning SLC ever did!
+ Did I ever mention how happy I was that The Amazing UTES crushed BYU? Oh, I didn't :) YAY UTES!
+ Spending Conference Sunday with my sister and her boyfriend and Trevor. The best breakfast double date ever :)
+ Being uplifted by the beautiful talks at Conference on Sunday. I needed a spiritual boost, and it was perfect.

Link up your Life Should Be a Party Posts here!