Friday, August 31, 2012

my week in pictures

I love instagram! This was my first full week back to school and I have to say I sure took a lot of school pictures, but I guess that's what it's all about! 

// sunday, my lovely church outfit didn't think it was going to work but it did! //
// sunday we used our crock-pot for the first time in 3.5 years! it was so good! //
 // have you ever watched good morning earth? well I watched it this week as I was waking up and eating breakfast and it seriously makes me want to go camping! (like how you can see the reflection of my apartment in the tv screen?!) //
 // one of my many asu pictures from this week, sun devils //
 // I'm so glad I bought this cardi last year! love it!! /  
 // made yummy whoopie pies with this stuff!! //
// finished up my 10th blanket in 2 days! now that's awesome! //

Have a great weekend friends!!

By the way, tonight I'm excited for our Hell's Kitchen menu! I'll let you know how it goes! (:

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

positive thursday: slow down


I think we all have been through times in our lives where we wish life would just slow down. Or, maybe it's us  that needs to slow down. Either way I think these quotes are great! 

"Therefore, it is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, an focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions." - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 

"Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for." - Unknown

"If you are always racing to the next moment what happens to the one you are in?" - Unknown 

"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy" - Guillaume Apollinaire 

Have an awesome Thursday! (Can you believe it's already Thursady?!) 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Club {We are reading...}

Thank you for all the votes on what we are going to be reading for the month of September. I'm super excited to announce that we will be reading Bossypants by Tina Fey! I've already checked the library here in Glendale and it looks like there are 4 copies of Bossypants available. So head over to your library and check it out! (I don't think we have decided on how long it will take us so we will fill you in next week.) We start reading September 1st!

I'm excited for you to all join us in reading!
Next week (Wednesday) we (Ashley and I) will have a linky party of the past book(s) you have read so come over and link up your book reviews! It should be a good time! So, to join the book club all you need to do is read along with us! At the end of the month we will have a link up discussing our likes and dislikes about the book! So, what are you waiting for?!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

what i wore: and I already have homework!

Happy Tuesday friends! Can you believe it's the end of August? I'm telling you this year is just flying by! (Tomorrow we announce the book we are going to be reading for the Book Club! Are you excited?!)
This weekend was great! You know how you never have homework the first week of school? Well, apparently at my school that's a lie. I've got homework up the wazoo! So with me luck with that this week! I really hope my books get here from Amazon so I don't fail my upcoming quiz! (Wouldn't that be nice?!) I've bought a planner and seriously think it will be my life saver! SERIOUSLY! Have an awesome Tuesday lovely ladies!

Monday, August 27, 2012

I'm not nervous anymore!

As you know last week school started back up! I was definitely nervous when I pulled up to school and had no idea where I was going. But thankfully I gave myself enough time to find out where my classroom was and to wander around campus. I have to admit, downtown ASU is a pretty nice campus. I'm definitely looking forward to exploring it more, I'm also looking forward to exploring downtown Phoenix. Can you believe I've lived in this city for my whole life and haven't really explored it? Driving through it on Thursday got me really excited for fall, seeing as you don't want to walk outside here in the summer. I'm excited to discover new parks, new eateries and new buildings with Brand. When that first fall leaf falls you can bet I'll be headed downtown!

Also, can I tell you the story behind this photo shoot?! Brand and I got 'in trouble' because we were 'trespassing'. Long story short, rude guy threatens to call the cops on us because we were there... this is the first/last photo shoot here.

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

what I'm liking: sunday

This girl is my crochet idol! I really wish I could crochet like her!!
I'm really excited to try this recipe! It looks so delicious!
Guys, I'm getting back into couponing and this lady is amazing!
I'm really excited for our Book Club to start!
Someday I'll get good at hair styles like her.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Friday, August 24, 2012

my week in pictures

Happy Friday everyone! 
 // school started yesterday! you can read my post about it HERE  //
 // 9 baby blankets in 14 weeks!! //
 // my new Lauren Conrad shirt that I paid 88 cents for!! //
 // seriously spent all afternoon working on a work manual! //
 // my first coupon trip back, school stuff, razors and 2 bags of chocolate for 44 cents!! //

Have an awesome weekend everyone!!

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

success is my only option

I hope you all are so proud of me. I just sat through my first class. Yes, sat through. It's going to be a good one though. So now I'm here in the computer lab with all these other poor souls figuring out my online classes... wait I think everyone else is on Facebook.... So I'm sitting here reading through boring syllubi trying not to fall asleep. I'm also curious if anyone is watching me behind my back, I'm going to look... Well, I didn't catch anyone. I have however caught the guy in front of me staring. you know, it's really awkward when you make eye contact with the person at the computer in front of you. REALLY awkward! Wait, I hope he doesn't read my blog... that would be even more awkward! Oh well.. So congratulations to me in going to my first class! Hope you all are having a great day!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Book Club {A Compiled List of Books}

Okay, Ashley  and I are so excited for this Book Club! Thanks to everyone who wants to participate and to everyone who gave us book ideas!

I've found summaries for some of the books, so just click on the title of the book and look for the 'book description" (on Amazon it's real easy to spot!)

Bossypants by Tina Fey
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weine
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Little Century by Ana Keesey
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Glimpse by Sara Daniell

In the comment section let us know which one you might like to read more! At the end of the month we will announce the book and let you know how long we plan on reading it for.
Thanks for all your help ladies!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

five-strand braid tutorial

I've had lots of wonderful complements on the five-strand braid that I did the other day, and I wanted to share with you the tutorial that I used. First let me tell you that it has been my hair style for the past four days. I seriously love this! It's a really easy tutorial Mimi does a great job teaching and, she is right when she says it helps if you say "over, under". Good luck and let me know how yours it turns out!!

This is how mine turned out

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 20, 2012

what I wore by the nasty green lake

all about us by He Is We on Grooveshark
All About Us
He Is We
(Don't watch the music video, you will cry!)

The title of my post is a fact. This is what I wore by the nasty green lake... I just wanted to make that point.
This weekend was the pits, well I guess Saturday was, Brand worked all day, and our nosiey neighbors woke me up at 6:30, I seriously thought the ceiling was going to cave in! So, Dear Neighbors, I understand you have a dog and that your dog likes to run around A LOT, can you please make him wait till at least 8:00? I'm just asking! p.s. I swear your dog ran around the apartment for 2 hours! ... I'll let you know what they say! Other than that it was a pretty good weekend! I got lots accomplished and enjoyed my last weekend of no school work. Ugh, how I loath the idea of school starting... I've really enjoyed my time off and I guess I'm ready to start school. I'll let you know how I feel about this on Thursday! haha!

Have an awesome week my friends!


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

what I'm liking: sunday

I like the fact that today is sunday, there is nothing in the world I'd prefer to do then sit on the couch with Brand and just be together.
I really like this girl is a cute crafty mom, she is awesome, did I tell you I love her hair?
These dresses are so cute!
This girl has the cutest outfits! Seriously, I want her closet!
I cannot wait for our book club to start! Seriously so excited!

What are you liking today?

Friday, August 17, 2012

my week in pictures

Happy Friday! 
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Have a great weekend! 
// learned how to five-strand braid! //
// this time of year AZ has such pretty sunsets! I just love it! //
// jamba juice is so yummy! //

// where are you going to build your rock?! // 
 // ate my brothers lucky charms, sorry bro didn't know! // 
 // super excited for the book club! want to join?! //

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

my letter to the following

Dear school, I cannot believe I have to see you in less than a week. I'm not ready for you. Please don't be too rough!
Dear eleven year old boy, Thank you for telling me I'm "hot", I really feel that I need your approval... NOT!
Dear sweet little kiddies, Thank you for letting me be your big Sissy, you are all getting so big and I can't believe you twinnies are going to be eight in October.
Dear Brand, Thank you for being so tough this week. I know it can't be fun driving in the AZ weather without AC, you amaze me every day!
Dear missionary brother, You are such a great example. I love seeing pictures of your smiling face and I love knowing you are where you need to be, serving the people in the Dominican Republic. I still miss you though!
Dear Arizona, I'm still so excited to see the fall come. I cannot wait to read outside and play outside, seriously!


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positive thursday: you can do hard things

Happy Friday Eve friends! Tomorrow I head to school to find my classroom. There is nothing more scary than not knowing where your class is on the first day and I am not going to be the lost student! So wish me luck with that!

He Hears Me by Hilary Weeks on Grooveshark
He Hears Me - Hilary Weeks
One of my favorite songs about prayer!

I wanted to share with you some positive words. Words that I've been needing lately because sometimes I just feel down in the dumps! These are the feelings on my mind right now.

Can I tell you how much I love the scriptures? I really love them! I don't read them as much as I should but when I do I get the biggest goosebumps and I feel so happy! I know that we all go through trials and are tested. Thes tests and trials strengthen our faith, they strengthen who we are. I know when we pray to our Heavenly Father we are strengthened and become happy. When we are doing what is right He smiles, when we are helping others He smiles. I know that we were sent to earth for a reason, one reason is to strengthen each other and lift each other up.

One of my favorite scriptures:
"5. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths." - Proverbs 3: 5-6

I hope you all have a great Thursday!

If you are interested in who won the giveaway head HERE. Congratulations to all the winners! You have been emailed.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Club {Calling all Books!}

I know this picture was up Monday but it is relevant to this post! (: 

Happy Wednesday morning to you all! I've got some pretty exciting news and I'm really hoping you all want to join in. I'm teaming up with Ashley @ Sugar Mama Bakeshop, to do a book club! I've very excited because I've wanted to start a book club ever since I got into reading books! Want to know that most awesome thing about this book club?! Ashley is a super awesome baker and will be coming up with a recipe to go along with the book that we read! The book club starts on the first of the month, when we announce the book that we are reading. Then, at the end of the month we have a linky party and link up our posts about the book. You can either answer the questions we come up with or write your own post! Pretty exciting huh?!
So, first off we need to get some ideas from you. What do you want to read?! (Lets keep these books appropriate, PG-13 books are as far as I will go.) We look forward to your lists!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

three different ways to wear a maxi


A little dressy, with the option to leave the cardi unbuttoned too. 


Now, in no way do I consider myself a fashion blogger, I do however wish I was as creative with my outfits as they are though. Thinking about it though...  I think this 30x30 challenge has helped me get creative! Maxi dresses are very popular and honestly I didn't ever want to jump on this bandwagon, but I have to say, these babies are so comfy! They are also really cute so that helps! So I thought of a couple ways that I could wear this maxi. What do you think?!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

pictures about me aka picture overload

Have you ever thought about what describes you? Is is your pet, or your hobby? After thinking about it I've found out that there are a lot of things that describe me and I couldn't just pick one. So, I have uploaded a bunch of pictures that describe me in some way.  Have a gander. 

the beach
lady bugs

Okay, maybe this post turned into things I like... buuut what I like describes me! (: 
What describes you?!

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