Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year

Happy New Years Eve/Day to all!
I was busy partying like a rockstar all weekend.

Friday, December 28, 2012


Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
More on my Christmas Festivities later because.....
Yesterday I was a guest blogger over at the DownEast Basics Blog!! It was so fun to be able to blog about the shirt I got from DownEast.

Check it out Here

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Joy

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. We had a wonderful few days celebrating Christmas with our loved ones. There is nothing better than spending time with family and enjoying family traditions. And the best part? Watching my sweet daughter's face light up with pure joy. Seeing her happy makes me happy. This time of year is truly something special.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Santa Clause is coming to Town

Yesterday we went to our favorite cupcake shoppe, One Sweet Slice, to see Santa and Mrs. Clause. Mia was so excited to sit on Santa's lap but as soon as she sat down she got super shy. After sitting on Santa's lap all the children were given free mini cupcakes and were able to listen to Santa and Mrs. Clause do story time.

We can't wait until Santa visits our house tomorrow night!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Easy Eggnog Icecream

Baby, it's cold outside! Very cold, I mean, it is 19 degrees outside right now. BRRR. And even in this cold I still crave homemade icecream. I made this the other night and it felt very Holiday-ish. Eggnog icecream, perfect for this time of year. It was super easy to make, no cooking involved because eggnog is essentially a custardy drink- which makes this icecream all the more creamy and delectable. OH and by the way it is super healthy- NOT- is anything healthy during the holidays??

Eggnog Icecream Recipe

1/2 C sugar
1/2 C milk
2 C eggnog
1 3/4 C heavy cream
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla

Combine sugar, milk, eggnog, cinnamon, vanilla in a bowl. Using a hand mixer on medium speed whisk ingredients for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into icecream maker and follow machine instructions. Freeze after removing from icecream machine and enjoy ALL week long!

Temple Square

Temple Square lights, my favorite are the trees wrapped in blue and green lights. The blue hurts your eyes so much you almost can't look, but thanks to the few green mixed in on the strand you can still look with but with still a little pain to your eyes.
My suggestion to you light goers is to go over to the conference center and take a tour so that you can go on top of the conference center and see the temple square lights from there. Such a a great sight this time of year.
Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winner Winners! & other things

And the Winners are...

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Congrats to the both of you please email us at within the next 48 hours to claim your prize.

Also, exciting news. I am the guest blogger today over at the Downeast Basics Blog blogging about my favorite Downeast dress from this winter.

 Check it out HERE
Also, even with all of the heartache that is happening there is still happiness and light in the world. My baby girl had her first dance recital this weekend. It was the cutest, most precious, and funniest things ever! She was a true shining star, and especially for being only 2 and half everyone elses' age!
And I have a new niece!!!!! Couldn't be more thrilled. I can't wait to meet her.

Happy Tuesday Loves!

Monday, December 17, 2012


Saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert and The Hobbit all in one night. Talk about too much sitting. Lets just have a little run down of The Hobbit though To start with I have never read the book, so my opinion is already invalid... I'm just going to give it to you anyways.

I didn't fall asleep, but I almost did... I know I know that is ridiculous. BUT. cut me some slack it was the 9:50 pm showing of a 3 hour movie, after a night of MoTab Choir Concert. With that being said it was good and I got nervous a couple times during some intense parts but none the less it was still a journey to a place they weren't even half way too and I kept thinking this is either going to have a quick ending or it hasn't actually been 2 and a half hours. So let me just say, I have never been so happy for an end of an unresolved movie to come. Don't get me wrong it was good, but it was long enough that when the credit rolled up and the movie wasn't resolved I wasn't the least bit mad.
My suggestion if you haven't read this book and aren't a Lord of the Rings fanatic, save this movie for a time earlier than 9:50 pm or for when it comes out on dvd and you can watch it in the comforts of your home.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 weeks Baby Bump

Today I made it to 12 weeks! I was thinking of how cool it would have been to have made it to 12 weeks yesterday on 12/12/12, oh well! I am hoping that since I am now to the 12 week mark that I will no longer experience nausea all day long and maybe get some energy. (I've been sneaking in naps during the day) I know there is not much of a huge bump yet but I just want to document it- mostly for myself!

Up Close
How far along?: 12 weeks!

How big is baby?: The size of a lime- supposedly

Maternity Clothes?: I still fit into my normal clothes but somedays my pants feel tighter than others. I went out and bought some leggings to wear around just so I could be comfortable.

Sleep?: I have been having the weirdest dreams lately. I had crazy dreams with Mia too, they definitely keep me entertained.

What I'm looking forward to?: Feeling movement, finding out the gender, etc, etc!

Milestone?: That by some miracle I am pregnant!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

december list

I know everyone is talking about it, but I am done with finals (deep breathe) and I survived another semester. Now that the stress is gone, all that is on my mind is getting into the Christmas spirit by doing anyone or more of the following things.

Here is my perfect December Xmas list......

The lights at Temple Square. It's not Xmas if you don't go to Temple Square.

A cup of Hatches family chocolates hot chocolate... it can warm you right up after seeing the temple square lights.
How I would love to go to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert.
Ice skating at the Gallivan Center.
It wouldn't be Christmas without at least one ugly sweater party with your favorite girls, right?? Word to the wise never pass up an ugly sweater party, and the uglier the better.
Having this shake Chic-Fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake at least 3 times.
Spending lots of time with these people, because I love my family
 and Christmas so why wouldn't I?
There is much more to the list like, driving through neighboorhoods seeing lights, white elephant gifts, breakfast at grandmas, games, gifts, surprises, making giant snowmen, watching the grinch at least 3 times, traditions, etc....
I love the holidays, and now I'm ready for them.
Let the Christmasing begin!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Eshakti Review & GIVEAWAY!

Last month Nicole and I were approached by Eshakti to do a clothing review. I had heard about Eshakti but didn't really know much about their clothing or their company. Eshakti is an online womens clothing company specializing in dresses, vintage dresses, formal dresses, etc. They are NOT your average online clothing company, they have something really unique about them- you pick your dress and then you can customize it to your liking. They have many different sizes to make sure that it fits you just perfect. Then you can customize the sleeve length and the dress length. The dress I chose was originally sleeveless. I decided to add 3/4 length sleeves since it is winter time and I wanted to keep my arms warm! It turned out even better than I expected. Nicole's was able to add sleeves to her dress and change the length on hers too. When I got my dress in the mail I immediately tried it on and couldn't believe how comfortable it was. I loved the vintage look of it and how practical it was. I literally didn't want to take it off, it is so comfortable I could sleep in it! I instantly knew I wanted to pair mine with my favorite boots and it is so gorgeous on its own I don't need to wear a ton of accessories. Nicole's dress is perfect for layering with a cardigan or wearing on its own. We are so satisfied with our choices from Eshakti and would recommend it to YOU and anyone who is looking for the perfect dress.

P.S. Photoshoots are awkward

(Why are we pushing our stomachs forward??)

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Go Jazz

Cheers to the start of the weekend, and hanging out with my girl jackee,
 and to a jazz win, and a many subpar photos.