December 9, 2014

How I Wore It

Holy cow it's been a while since I've blogged! I'm back for an awesome post, though. My amazing friend, Brooke invited me to participate in a fashion collaboration! I was so ecstatic when I got that email!

I'm certainly no fashion blogger, but I do enjoy a good outfit.

AND, I'm excited to show you my new haircut! It was time for a change, and I love it!

So, first, here is our inspiration outfit, via Suburban Faux-Pas:

                        






































And my version:


In true procrastinator form, I didn't take these pictures until this morning! I know. I'm crazy. And my poor husband.






Hat- Target
Top- Madewell
Jeans- Levi
Shoes- Forever 21
Scarf- Target
Lips- Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Winterberry

Be sure to check out the rest of these amazing ladies and their looks! Seriously guys, this is a really good group.

Brooke at Silver Lining
Meghan at King and Ford
Krystle at Krystle, Darling
Sierra at Sierra's View
Alexa at He and I
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Danica at Danican Skywalker
Kyla at Fordology
Bri at Breezy Days

October 26, 2014

My First Roll of Film

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This last week I got my first ever roll of film developed! Okay, that's if we decide not to count the first which didn't turn out because I loaded it in backwards. *embarrassed emoji*

I'm in love with how the pictures turned out! They're by no means perfect. And I still need to get the hang of several things, like manual focusing. But I'm in love. 

Film is so pretty! I love the blur, the depth, and the grain that comes with film. I also love not knowing immediately how the image turned out. The waiting is half the fun.


September 30, 2014

Go Forth With Hope and Courage Strong

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 Sometimes it's hard to be a photographer. Like, when you have a specific way you want your photos to turn out, and you give your husband the camera. These "outfit pictures" aren't exactly what I had in mind, but I still like them. 

 Life can be the same way. You have one way that you want it go, and then your plans go out the window because God has a different idea. And sometimes it's hard to see, in that dark moment, that it's the better way. I hope I can have enough faith to see the good in the new path I'm taking.

September 28, 2014

The BEST Gourmet Caramel Apple Recipe


Have you ever had a delicious caramel apple? I think I had a few store bought ones in my life. And yeah, they were good. But I truly believe I haven't had a better caramel apple that the ones that come from this recipe. It is soft, flavorful, and oh so rich. They are DIVINE.

These aren't your nasty, grocery store caramel apple kits. These are homemade and delicious, but still not a crazy amount of work.

The recipe can be found HERE at Our Best Bites. They have some wonderful tips and tricks to help you through the process, too. Here are my top tips:

-While popsicle sticks will work, my absolute favorite sticks come from Orson Gygi. They're thick, so they won't snap when you press them hard into the apple. And they're really pointy on one end so they're easy to get in.

-Be sure to chill the apples. It helps the caramel start to firm up when you dip them.

-Once the caramel reaches the 236 degrees, let it cool for at least 15 minutes. That way, the caramel won't slide right off the apples.

-The recipe made enough caramel for me to dip about 22-25 average sized apples. And I used Gala because they're my favorite. I don't like the tart green apples. But if that's your thang, then do it!


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Squatting awkwardly because my back was hurting from bending (insert grandma emoji).

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These are perfect for visiting teaching or neighbor treats (which is totally what I did because look how many the recipe makes!).

Enjoy!


September 23, 2014

September Slumber Soiree



This weekend I went to such a fun blogger event. Aubrey planned a fantastic evening full of food, treats, nail painting, and lots of inspiring blog talk.

I photographed the event and love how the images turned out! Most of them are good because of the gorgeous and hilarious ladies I got to meet! I loved connecting with new blog friends.

Don't you love the drink bar? Dirty Dr. Peppers are my kryptonite. It was blogger heaven. :) My only complaint was that our adorable cups were not big enough, haha. I had to go back a zillion times to get refills.

Aubrey did SUCH an amazing job putting together the whole event. She's a rockstar!

Thank you, thank you, sponsors!
Agnes and Dora
Ready or Not Blog
Hello Maypole
Livy Loves to Run
Classy Cosmetics
Flippin Waffles
Dandelion Design Studio
Xtend Barre Provo (which I totally want to give a try!)
Star Flower Skincare
Julie Ann Caramels

Also, you can see more photos from the event here on my flickr.



September 21, 2014

Ogden Temple Rededication

Hello out there! Does anyone still read my blog? I've been pretty inconsistent. A full time job will do that. But I think I might be back...?

Today was such a good day and I wanted to jot down a little bit about it.

I had the privilege of going to the rededication of the Ogden temple today and it was a wonderful experience (for more info on temples, watch this video).

We went to the second session and heard Elder Eyring, Elder Holland, and Sister Bonnie Oscarson speak. I loved all of their words, but especially Elder Eyring's. He had such emotion in his voice, and I definitely got emotional because of that.

I loved the feeling of unity with everyone in the session and was reminded again of the importance and blessings of temples. I'm anxious to start some goals to go to the temple more often so I can feel that wonderful spirit that I felt today.


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Top: Forever 21, Skirt: Anthropologie, Shoes: American Eagle


I even curled my hair for the event! I rarely do that, so this really was a special day. 

August 24, 2014

Yellowstone!

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This weekend we went to YELLOWSTONE! It was so fun; and my very first time visiting!

Scott left his job, so he had the week off before he starts school. And I had some vacation time, so we took a quick weekend trip. I'm so glad we did. It was so fun exploring, relaxing, and camping.

The first day we got our tent up just in the nick of time before it started pouring rain. And it was our first time setting up that tent, because we'd just bought it. So the fact that it still stayed together in one piece during the storm was pretty miraculous. :)

I loved it up at there. I definitely need to go back, because there is so so much to do.


(If you're interested, you can see more pictures on my Flickr HERE.)