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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stupid Cat

So my sisters and my dad got a kitten at the end of the summer.
I'm not a cat lover by anymeans
but kittens, they are a different story..
they are just so small and cute and cuddly.
so i loved the little kitty,
but now the little kitty is growing bigger
i'm trying to be friends with the cat but guess what,
the cat HATES me.

its hilarious. no one knows why.
when i try to hold it it literally claws and hisses and tries to run away.
if i hand it to someone else, it's fine. it's passed back to me and immediately starts clawing and hissing!!!
now its starting to hate brock too.

hahahaha its so funny.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

weekend recap

brock and  i didn't technically get a "long weekend" cause we had to work on Friday, but we did manage to get off at noon so our weekend started a few hours early.

I loved everything about this weekend.

We got tons done, including working on our headboard and getting our Christmas decorations up!
I had been looking forward to decorating the whole week.
And what better way to end a full day projects/decorating....
pizza and a movie by christmas tree light! (christmas vacation. a must for decorating day!)

I also got my heating blanket and oh.my.gosh
its heaven.
it keeps me nice and toasty warm in bed, while my husb likes it cold and crisp.
now we both win!
It's seriously good.

I have lots of posts to come.
We decided live on a weekly cash budget to save more mulah so there isn't alot left over for buying extra 'things' so those things get hand made. But i'm loving the handmade DIY feel of everything i've done. I can't wait till we have kids and we can start traditions of hand made ornaments and decorations where they can help and make cherished memories all at the same time!

This weekend there was lots of crafting/homemaking going on.
Including but not limited to homemade Christmas ornaments. delish homemade lion house rolls, our headboard, the list goes on and on
so blog posts are to come when i can get over to the library for some internet usage.

The Christmas shopping has begun, and I am counting down the days till we can sneak away for a few days to attend Brock's brothers wedding in Cali (16 days).

oh. thanksgiving was good to.
i didn't really have to lift a finger except to make the rolls.
that was nice for once!

Last year i was a grinch. no tree, not really feeling the spirit of the season, but this year, i just can't get enough! I'm soaking it all in.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gratitude, Day 23

I am grateful for creative inspiration.
I like making things and creating things and I always have.
That has been taken to a whole new level since Pinterest came along, and since I have been a blogger, landing upon such creative blogs.
I LOVE a good creative blog find. (maybe a little too much)

As I am planning out our bedroom makeover (sneak peak),  im trying to make the ideas in my head a reality, and searching through pinterest and these bogs has turned the creativity up a few notches!

Here are some of the things I have recently came across that have inspired some of our bedroom makeover ideas.

I LOVE everything about this:
I am going branch hunting tonight....


Love this silver plate rack:



Monday, November 21, 2011

Gratitude, Day 21

don't you love the kind of weekends where there is nothing scheduled,
you get alot done but also had a very relaxing weekend?
thats what our weekend was.

all this was accomplished at our house:

made a jewlery holder (for a whopping 75 cents..post to come) which forced me to organize my jewlery
started on our headboard (post to come)
made 2 gallons liquid soap for 50 cents! (post to come)
started and finished a video game (this one was the husb)
made successfull lion house rolls (practice run for the thanksgiving roll assignment)
made a not so successful turkey meatloaf.
cleaned up and rearanged the bedroom
made it to olive garden and to a comedy show
got the grocery shopping done (the task i despise the most, that and laundry, which also got done)
hit up the thrift store. (post to come!)
and made a home depot run.
oh and got the ironing done!

whew thats alot.
and now i realize i have alot of blog posts to do!

I Live for Weekends.
I love every second of them.
(except for the sudden stomach flu symptoms)


Saturday, November 19, 2011

gratitude, day 19

i'm gratefull that i don't have to hide my weirdness from my husband.
he loves me even with all the weirdness!

Friday, November 18, 2011

just a few things

I am so excited about my bedroom makeover! I am feeling antsy to get started!

First year of being married calls for sending out a family Christmas card right?! I have (what i think is) a cute idea for ours this year! Now i just need it to snow so I can carry out my plan!

I was feeling crafty last night so I made a cute little "Merry Christmas" sign for our Christmas pics. I also made myself some sweater leg warmers. you know how those are the thing right now. I've got some cute new boots sitting in my closet that they will go perfect with.
Easiest/cheapest thing ever! I used the sleeves off a sweater that i got at a yard sale this summer that i have yet to wear. It was a bit frumpy and "grandma-ish" in the words of my boy. So i took the scissors to it. Now i have a cute pair of legwarmers for free and i actually like the sweater more now! I tried it on as a little sweater vest and kinda liked it!

Im getting more and more excited for Christmas. Im pretty ready for it to just be thanksgiving so i can start decorating!
One of my most favorite things is getting the tree up and everything done, then turning off all the lights axcept the tree, turning up the Christmas music and cuddling up in a warm blanket and taking it all in. It's one of the most peacefull things! Someday ill be able to add a roaring fire to that scenario.

I have been listening to Christmas music now, and it does something to me. I cant NOT sing. no matter what. I think my husband has seen a side of me that he didn't expect? I BELT it. and don't care if im off key or dont know the words. its just great!

I think elf said it best:

I don't know if I am actually spreading cheer with my singing or just calling all the stray dogs but it makes me happy!

Gratitude, Day 18

I am so grateful for the beauty of the earth that surrounds us.
On July 1, 2011 I received my endowments.
As I sat through the session, I was completely overcome with gratitude that our Father in Heaven would create such a beautiful place to send us to.
I've always loved being out doors and just soaking in the beauty, but that day  it really hit me that he created this beauty for US.

Just this morning as I was driving in to work, there was the most gorgeous sunrise.
It looked like there was a smokey fire in the sky, set back behind the clouds.
We have it lucky here in such a beautiful place.
I need to take more opportunities to recognize that.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sneak Peak

Even though i can't work on my bedroom makeover yet,
 (still have to finish up a couple other projects, but i finally did get my recipes organized!)
I am gathering and shopping for things i need for the room.

Here is a sneak peak of a couple of the accessories.

i'm in love!
I have wanted one of these old vintage fans forever
I splurged a little on this one i found on KSL:

I found this amazing light at a yard sale this summer.
This is where the inspiration of the room is coming from
I love it!!

cost me a whole

more to come!
I can't wait till i can actually start working on the room.

It will be some work but worth the savings!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gratitude, Day 15

Today I am grateful for electricity, and my husband who ordered me an electric blanket!!

No more sleeping with literally 5 HUGE blankets and a heating pad at my feet anymore!!
(well after the 29th, which is when it will come)

oops. guess i wasn't supposed to know about the blanket lol.
just got an email from the husb that said " you weren't supposed to know about that"
guess i ruined the surprise.

but im still really really gratefull ;)

Nice Little Reminder for Myself

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gratitude, Day 14

today I am grateful for a job that has no dress code!
this morning it was too cold to even think about changing out of my sweats into cold stiff jeans.
i didn't! i came to work in my SWEATS.

don't judge.

Gratitude day 13

Since I don't have internet at home, I have to leave the weekend posts till Monday

Today I am grateful for :
per·spec·tive [per-spek-tiv] :
the state of one's ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship

namely with the gospel and life.
it is so easy to get caught up in trying to be perfect, or nearly perfect or to portray that our lives are so.
to try to take the best dessert to the game night you were invited to.
to try to have the cutest outfit,
or the best stories,
or the best whatever it may be.
we all want to impress others, but when it really comes down to it, if we have the right perspective,
we really only need to impress our Father in Heaven.
we really just need to have the right perspective of why we are here.
to help others, to be Christlike, to obey the commandments, and be good examples along the way.
when you have the right perspective, life doesn't seem as hard.
The key is just keeping the right perspective.
when we get down to the basics, and the fundamentals of the gospel, and we live those,
this is where we gain perspective.

Gratitude Day 12

I am grateful for the temple.
We are sooooo lucky to live so close to so many temples.
I literally drive past or can see 4 temples on my way to work.
Brock and I were able to make it to the temple on Saturday to do sealings for the first time since we were sealed on July 2, 2011.
It was a great experience and I am so grateful for the blessings that the temple brings.
They may be small (...or large) but they are there, we just need to recognize them.
What a beautiful place, inside and out.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Gratitude, Day 11

I am grateful to live in America.
I'm grateful for my freedom and safety.
 I am grateful that i can worship how i want.
I'm grateful that i don't have to worry about things that so many countries in the world have to fear.

11/11/11 @ 11:11 AM


                                                            11/11/11 @ 11:11

Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

 since we bought our house completely re-done, we haven't had to do much to it, besides decorate and add our own personal touches.

we have pretty much done every room except the one we spend the most time in.
the bedroom.

its bare.
not one thing hung on the wall.
no nice bedding.
no curtains.
no headboard.

which means its a huge empty canvas

so we are going to start on it.

i tend to start projects that i either never finish, or just stop working on,
which was brought to my attention by my love.

soooo my commitment is to finish those projects (organize my recipes and make a jewlery thingy)
thennnnnn i get to start on the bedroom!

it's going to be a challenge.
im limiting myself to a budget of $200.00
thats it.

for paint, bedding, wall decor, lighting, everything
200.00 bucks.

i'll post as i go, but till then here is a little sneak peak.
(thanks to pinterest for inspiration!)

im in love with this blanket and you bet i will be making it
i have a collection of fabric that needs to be used
annnnnd i found a sweet old lady selling her old fabric on KSL
and bought fabric last night for
drum rollllll please....

5 cents a YARD!!!!

that is how this makeover will get done.

handmade, thiifted, recycled,
i can't wait!

stay tuned!!!

then when the makeover is done....
i'll be doing a little giveaway on my blog to help YOU start your little (or big)
DIY projects!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

gratitude day 10

I was going to leave this one for closer to the end because I realize that all the things I am grateful for are because of my Heavenly Father and my brother Jesus Christ.

Today I am thankful for my Savior.
I am grateful for his sacrifice and the opportunity I have to make my very imperfect self, clean and repent every single day.
I am grateful for the constant companionship of my Savior when I am feeling most alone. 
He is always there. 

the ugly truth

birth control:
not only does it control birth it also controls you.

a couple weeks before i got married i started birth control.
i had no previous experience with it before so i didn't know what to expect other than the possible weight gain.
that was the only thing i really heard about as a possible side affect.

i only wish i had known that i would have the side effects that i ended up having.

after we got married i started noticing changes in my moods, in my demeanor, in my attitudes, in my over all personality.
i was short with my sweet new husband.
in arguments i would storm out. (which i have never done before ever)
i would start arguments out of sheer frustration over the smallest things.
i was a big B word for the first two months of our marriage. to put it lightly
i had no idea where this was coming from.
i didn't feel like myself.
i cried myself to sleep multiple times a week.
i started questioning my position in my marriage and if i could even handle marriage.

this was all shocking and very painful to experience.
i started feeling depressed (which is a word i hate and avoid using)
but here i was really starting to feel that.

i chalked this jumble of emotion up as
having a hard time to adjusting to marriage.
which didn't feel right because i have never had a hard time adjusting to anything.
i adapt to things and situations in life very easy.
but for some reason this wasn't so easy.

all the while i had the most understanding husband.
he was so caring and sweet and when i would burst into tears for no reason he was there to hug me.
he would say " it's ok i understand people need a good cry every now and then"
he was understanding even when i didn't understand what was going on with me.

i felt isolated and felt alone even with an amazing husband by my side. and was worried about the person i was becoming and why this was happening.

one day on  a blog post i mentioned something to the effect that i was having mood swings and that i was having a hard time adjusting to marriage.

someone commented on my blog and said are you on birth control? maybe that's the problem.

immediately a light went off.
that HAD to be it, i thought.
 so i started doing some research.
i was quickly astonished and relieved when i found forum after forum about birth control that had women talking about and saying the exact same things i had been feeling and experiencing.
i suddenly didn't feel isolated or alone.
i had an answer and a reason to this madness.

i immediately called my doctor, who couldn't see me for another MONTH!
so i'd have to wait.

but i couldn't wait. i was so sick of the way i was feeling, that i decided to stop using my birth control.
not to have babies, but to start to feel normal again, i couldn't wait until i saw my dr.

the change was literally like night and day. once my hormones balanced back out, i was back. i felt like i could breath again. i felt like a huge cloud had been lifted.
i was happy again.
the only problem was, now i was not on any birth control, and i felt like i had lost the first two months of my marriage.
sad, but true.
i felt like our marriage started off on  a bitter note because of the way i was feeling.
but things definitely turned around.

i went and saw the dr and she told me that it was more than likely the estrogen that was making me feel crazy.
she recommended an estrogen free method which was either an IUD or what is called Implanon, which is placed in your arm under the skin.

I opted for the latter and now have a small rod in my arm that acts as birth control.

There are still similar side effects, and i have started having slight mood swings, after being on it for a couple weeks, but NOTHING like what it was before. hopefully it stays that way.

i hope that this is the method for me, and that it works for my body and my hormones.
it's the last thing to try to if it doesn't work, then i guess its time to start having babies!
which is a whole new bundle of crazy hormone problems that i don't think we are quite ready to experience.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

gratitude day 8 & 9

I am grateful for a good hair and makeup day.
It's a wonder how much better you feel about yourself on these days!

Another thing i'm grateful for is when an outfit comes together beautifully.
That's also another confidence booster.
It's the best when you get a couple new peices, like a new skirt and new boots and suddenly that one cardigan you don't wear that often, and that one shirt from the back of your closet all work with this one or two new pieces. 
It's like you got a whole new outfit! Not to mention the jewelry that you hardly wear now matches something!
(this happened to me on sunday =). )


Monday, November 7, 2011

Gratitude Day 6 & 7

I am gratefull for
weekends will my husb and family and perfect naps.

I'm also gratefull for my job.
Even though i hate waking up in the morning to go sit at a desk all day, 
I'm gratefull to have a job and to have had a job since i was 15 years old.
The finacial security it gives and the learning experience that a job is, is what i am grateful for. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Product Post:

 dont really ever do this, blog about products, cause i dont have many favorite products that i use all the time, but i do have a few:

extreme ice
this stuff makes your lips feel icy and smooth and smells good too!

johnson & johnson lotion
melt away stress
body lotion
this stuff is great. i hate lotion that makes your palms feel greesy. i used to have to put lotion on the tops of my hands and rub only the tops together cause i hated the way lotion felt on my palms, till i started using this stuff. its good. and smells amazinnnnnng!
i dont know if it actually "melts away stress" but its good stuff.
i have a carry size in my car, my purse, my makeup bag, my office. i like it THAT much.

Loreal Double Extend

I really like this becuase it comes off in clumps. if your face gets wet, you dont have black tears running down your face. it jsut clumps off.
it also really does make your lashes look a bit longer.
good stuff

now i need some recommendations for face/wrinkle cream.
i think its past time i start using it.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

gratitude day 5

i am grateful for my health.
im so lucky to be free from disease, pain (aside from my back and migraines) and sickness...
 my body has so many abilities. i can run, hike, swim, see,
our bodies are so amazing and i am gratefull that i have a healthy one. 

Friday, November 4, 2011


my husb is a little blogger now!
check out his blog here
his emphasis is on finance. so if your interested in that stuff, this might just be your cup of tea!

my favorite moment

since i have been doing the daily gratituide for the month of november,
i haven't been doing my favorite moment, cause it's kinda the same thing.
but today (its only 8:50 am) and i have a favorite moment already.

this random email from my sweet little husb:

"I love you cause you're spunky and just dang cute.  I thought you looked good this morning even though you maybe didn't think so."

i just can't get enough of that boy.

Gratitude Day 4

i am grateful for (and addicted to) pinterest!!
sad but true

i love it.
it provides awesome ideas that i would never come up with myself!
awesome recipes, home decor, clothes and much more!

if it weren't for pinterest i wouldn't have two pair of boots sitting in my closet that i am in love with
i wouldn't have some DIY striped curtains hanging on my living room window
i wouldn't have decided to start making my own laundry detergent....saving lots of money
our lives would sadly be lived without these and these
its pretty inspiring and makes me feel like i could do/cook/design/make almost anything!!

its just a great place 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

fall pics

i mentioned before that brock and i had our pics done.
we were going to have some "wedding shots" done, even though we have been married for almost 4 months.
you remember......this unfortunate sitch
well here they are
jen from Simply Sublime Photography did a great job

here are a few of our favs

thanks again jen!!!!!

Gratitude Day 3

I know I write gush about my husband on here alot but its my blog and i'll gush if i want to!

Im so grateful for a loving and understading husband.
One who strives to live the gospel and be a good person and good example to those around him.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Adventures of Brocks Sleeping Stories....

so my husband is a cRaZZZZy sleeper.
like for reals.
i have seen him run, jump, scream, laugh and talk, all while asleep.
he gets a kick out of the stories i tell him in the monring of what he did during the night.
sometimes he remembers waking up to that and sometimes he has no clue what has gone on.

so im going to start posting some of the craziness.

the other night he woke up
walked over to the light switch
said "this is going to suck" and proceeded to blind us both by turning on the light.
he then said " i saw a huge...." and started looking around on the floor, by the bed, on the nightstand.

i had no idea what he thought he saw, or what he thought he was looking for.
i usually try to be nice and understanding when these things happen, even though he is waking me from my precious hours of sleep, because he has no idea what he is doing! and tell him to come back to bed.
(im not always as succesfull as i would like to be when being understanding. sometimes in the moment im a grump and just want to go back to un-interupted sleep!)

come to find, the next day when i asked him if he remembered doing that, he said he was looking for spiders!
haha! i guess in his dreams he saw huge spiders so he had to look for them!

Gratitude Day 2

I am so grateful for my grandma (nana).
She has seriously gotten me through so much and she has sacraficed herself soooo much to help her children and grand children.
I honestly don't know what I would do without her help and example.
She is what i want to be someday.
annnnd she is by far the cutest grandma around.
I love her so much and will always cherish her and the life that she has lived and the family that her and my grandpa have created.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Month of Gratitude

Last year i got an idea from a blog, and i decided to do myself.
Im going to do it again this year.
Since November is the month of Thanksgiving, and we are more aware of the things that we are grateful for, im going to blog my gratitude each day with something that I am grateful for.

Today I am grateful for the fact that i dont have to drive anywhere near Utah County
and im also grateful that i miss rush hour too and from work!