Merry Christmas!

Okay so it isn't Christmas today... but it is close enough right? I mean, no offense, but I will not be blogging on Christmas day. Sorry folks, I will be soaking up whatever rays are left down in San Diego :) as well as enjoying being with my big, loud, crazy, fun, never boring family!

I hope you will all be doing the same! So here is to a great holiday weekend :) See you all in blogland later, after we have gained a few more pounds, a few more wrinkles from smiling, and have been rejuvenated with the holiday spirit!

Remember our Christmas card from 2010? We went very simple.... this year I jazzed it up a bit!
Here is our Christmas Card for 2011 :)
*The quality isn't as great because of the scanner I used, but you get the gist!


girl's night.

Sometimes you just need a girl's night. Thankfully my sister lives in p-town here with me and we indulged ourselves in nail polish, chocolate, and pizza rolls :) Oh and some Never Been Kissed.

Does it really get much better then that? I say not.

The hubberz even got to study and play guitar without being disturbed, so he was pleased with the girl's night too :)


marching on.

Top: LuLus Jeans: F21 Shoes: F21

I like to call this my marching shirt :) I feel like I am in a marching band when I wear it. Totally random statement but it needed to be said. I can't believe I even got away with wearing these heels for a bit that day, like I mentioned previously I have been crossing my fingers it wouldn't really snow here in Utah until we were already gone to San Diego for Christmas.... and it looks like I am going to get my wish! Huzzah!

The forecast says it isn't going to snow until well after Christmas :) An entire fall semester without snow.... now that is a Merry Christmas!

Anyways on to some other random ramblings about my life...

Why is it so impossible to get mascara off? Is it just me, or do you feel like you almost scrub your eyelashes off and still don't get it all gone? Anyone have any good suggestions for some make up remover that does the job without leaving your eyes sore and hands tired?

How is it I seem to keep every room in our apartment clean, except our bedroom?  I feel like I am starting from scratch every Saturday that I have to clean our room! BAH.

Why do people feel so comfortable in their cars? I have now seen people, picking their nose, eating their snot, getting dressed, reading newspapers while driving, reading books while driving, doing make up and nails while driving, and are you ready.... brushing their teeth while driving?! Yup, she even opend the door at the stop light and spit it out. Classy.
----People are nuts. Although I would be lying if I said I have never got dressed while driving... I was at a stop light so it was safe okay!

I also somehow managed to do it again. Go months without shaving. There is apart of me that loves that my husband could care less. He is "A" okay for the al natural... I think he wold do good in Europe. However there is another part of me that wishes he hated it, because I feel like less of girl when they aren't shaved. Dilemma. Comfort over beauty?
----Please tell me I am not the only one who goes months without shaving? :/ haha

Alright folks, give me some random ramblings about your life?

"pining" for winter fashion

Gosh I love fall and winter clothes :) Just threw together some winter fashion items for you today! I always find myself pining for a new closet when I am pinning on pinterest. 

Have you caught the play on words there? Apparently some of you keep on thinking I am misspelling it. But my "pining" series are things I find on pinterest that I am pining for :) get it? okay. thanks.

 via pinterest.

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

I have been doing my link ups through the simple add your website to a list style. I think people prefer to have an actual image upload to the link up, but I always hate when blogs have a huge post covered in those images. Thanks to Mrs. E Tells Tales I have learned that I can do a link up and have a scroll bar so it keeps the post clean! Again, I just I hate when blogs have HUGE link ups that take up their whole web page.

So what do you guys prefer? Should I do an image, link up each week at the end of the week? Or keep what I have? I was thinking of making it so you can link up anything, not just pinterest related posts, but just anything you are loving that week that you posted about.

Is this something you guys would want to participate in? I would select "random" so it will constantly change who shows up at the top of the scroll bar! Then the links would stay up all week long.

accent vlog.

So I have seen these accent vlogs going around for the past several months. I know I am way behind the trend... but I thought it would be fun to do one!

Yes, I am in my work office, but NO I am not making a vlog while at work! I came in on a Saturday to do some extra stuff and thought it was a quiet place I could do it without disturbing Trevor. With that said.... here you go people :)

could this video still be any more awkward? haha oh boy...

Say the following words:
Aunt, route, wash, oil, theater, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught
Answer these questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that curls into a ball when you touch it?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?

 So do I have an accent, do YOU have an accent?

 Oh and who knows what a garburator is? No cheating! haha :)

18 for 30?

Top: Shop Kempt Jeans: Silver Boots: Steve Madden Necklace: Shop Kempt

YAY FOR FALL! Can I just say how super giddy I am that it hasn't really really snowed here in Utah yet? Coming from San Diego, it is the #1 thing I hate about Utah. I hate living in the snow. By some stroke of luck, it hasn't really started snowing. It isn't sticking. I don't mind, and just hope it can hold off until we go to San Diego for Christmas :) That would be an entire fall semester without SNOW! WOW.

On another note...

I usually don't quit things. I like to start what I finish. But can I just say I am so over the 30 for 30?! I am struggling. I had all the outfits picked out and just hadn't finished taking pictures of all of them. Do you know how hard it is to take pictures of yourself in clothes around a 9-5 job? Um. Yeah.

The second something becomes like a chore to me, I am over it. So I am sorry to announce that I have decided to end at 18 out of my 30. I think that was a good run, no? 18 outfits for you all. 18 outfits and maybe you could get some clothes like this with a Meijer Promotional code.  I am not taking one more picture in those same clothes haha.

It really was a great experiment, and I did learn to see my closet in a whole new light. Some items of clothing I hardly ever wore, I ended up wearing way more then I thought I would or even could! So it was really fun to do that.

But have no fear, I still love clothes and would like to keep up with a once a week fashion post. So just expect to see more of the other items in my closet then you did before, like today's post for example :)

Kira & Evan

You may remember me talking about my older sister Kira and her son Evan. My nephew Evan was born with a disease called SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). Fortunately for Evan there is a brand new special preschool for children with special needs right in his community! They do therapy with the kids, and cater to their individual needs. Some might say luck, but I think we all know that God loves his children and takes special thought and care for them.

The local news station in the city where they live interviewed my sister Kira and my nephew Evan. They are highlighted through the whole clip and I thought that they did such a great job! I am so proud of Evan and all his hard work, and for my sister Kira who works tirelessly to make sure he gets what he needs and more. I was a little surprised when I got emotional watching this --- I mean it is more informational then anything.... but I just know how much they go through and how much they love their son, and how much we all love him, so I guess that is where the tears came from when I watched this :)

sing a little tune.

The other day the song "Firework" by Katy Perry came on. I told Trevor how this was one of Sydney's (our niece) favorite songs. It made us smile, and we started talking about what was the earliest favorite song we could remember having. We both then got on you tube and shared our favorite songs with each other. It was pretty fun :)

Mine was a toss up between these two...

I love You, Always Forever - Donna Lewis

I couldn't find the official music video on youtube, so I thought p.s. I love you in the background would suffice :)

As I Lay Me Down - Sophie B. Hawkins

Trevor's favorite was...

Jungle Land - Bruce Springsteen

Do you guys remember one of your first favorite songs?

multiple meals.

For the most part, Trevor and I agree on what we eat. We love a lot of the same foods. But some things we are so off on. For example, I hate chocolate chips... he loves them. I love cocoanut, he hates it. So sometimes we find ourselves getting different meals and desserts depending on our moods. I don't advocate having separate meals, but sometimes you just want what you want, and you don't want to have to compromise. (Now don’t get me wrong, Trevor will eat anything I make for him and vice versa!)
But since we are young, and don’t have kids.... if there is a meal we want while we are out at the grocery store... sometimes we will just do separate meals. Obviously this is a habit that will end once we have a bigger family. I am not going to prepare four or five separate meals someday! Haha

Trevor was wanting chocolate chips, something I never make haha, and I was wanting peanut butter cookies. So we just got both! We also couldn't decide on pizza or pasta.... so we just made both :)

What can I say.... my only defense is that our bodies are just storing up for winter?!

(you can kind of see the cow lick that Trevor has to deal with on a daily basis... it goes around the whole side of his head, haha poor guy)
Trevor also might be getting too comfortable eating dinner in the front room while we watch a show. EEKK bad habits I know. We live like college students.... but to be fair we kind of are college students? haha Please tell me we are not the only ones with some bad dinner habits?! haha...

renovations & some changes.

Oh changes... I got bangs again! You see... it is really really hard for me NOT to cut my hair. I get bored and want to chop it off... but I have been trying for so long to grow it out, and I know I would hate myself if I actually did cut it. You can read more about why over here.

So in attempts to get a change without cutting the length off, every now and again... I get bangs. Then I grow them out and repeat the cycle. So here we are again... bangs! &Every time it makes me feel like I am back in middle school. But they looked a lot worse then... I digress...

Remember how I was wanting to make some changes to the blog?! Well there is nothing like a fresh new start. New bangs, new blog? I say . I have spent a lot of hours learning how to design my blog, and I am pretty darn proud of all that I have taught myself to do. However I have been wanting to take my blog up a notch in design, but have had no time to teach myself like I had in the past. I work 9-5 and then try to get my errands done before places close at 6, and then have to pick up Trevor. Then I need to come home and cook, clean... you know all that domestic nonsense. I have been busy to say the least.

I have always loved Connie's blog design, and she is self taught herself too! Obviously she has way  more tricks up her sleeves then I do, so I was very excited to pull in her help. I think she did a great job putting together what I wanted.
Along with the new fresh look, I took some time to go get recharged and am ready to be back to blogging in full force. Like I said before, I just needed to regroup and get some direction, decide what I wanted with certain things. Thanks for those who bared with me as I learn to simplify my life and fit blogging into that.
I needed to get some balance and order, and I am so happy I did.

P.S. Did you win a giveaway from last month? Check it out...
Bijou Market Giveaway Winners: lower case letters Emma Meredith Kylee
(I will let you guys pick which prize you want, by WHO e-mails me first!... ready set GO!)
Sheer Ribbons Body Lotion Giveaway Winner: Kacey!
French Macarons Cooking Class with me Giveaway Winner: Mandy!
e-mail me if you won.