Thursday, July 28, 2011

More S'mores

Have you ever though to yourself "I really want a s'more but I just don't have a fire pit, mesquito repellent or the motivation?" well your problems are over. My sister Angie, who is always full of awesome ideas, told me about these little beauties.
 They are a s'mores that you don't have to venture outside to enjoy, with a little twist.They are made with salty Ritz crackers instead of sweat Graham crackers.

I don't think I need to describe how to put them together, but in case you have forgotten a staple in your childhood.. you start with the cracker, add the chocolate then top with a marshmallow.
Then place them on a cookie sheet and put in the oven. Cook on Broil for a few minutes. Watch carefully so they don't burn, when the marshmallows are golden brown they are done!

I love this idea. Now I don't have to stress over cooking my mallow to 
perfection over fire just to watch it drop in the ashes.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bridal Shower

I hosted my first bridal shower, with the help from my friend Katie, at my house on Saturday for our friend Liz. It was set up in my backyard with a table full of goodies and quilts to sit on instead of tables, which made it more fun that we could all sit together in a big circle and socialize. It was such a good night and so fun to spend time outside with friends.

We served our version of mint mojitos, they were so 
delish and refreshing (recipe)

Also served was turkey sandwiches, fruit, caprese salad 
(my current obsession) and a fruit tart from a little 
shop in SLC that was so yummy.

The gorge bride-to-be blowing a bubble. At pretty much any shower
we have we do a "how well does the bride know the groom" 
questionnaire and this shower was no different for every question she 
got wrong she had to take a piece of gum.

The only boy allowed at the shower and he was loving the attention.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

DIY-Fabric Garland

I am constantly searching for fun and easy DIY. Especially the ones that you can use to make a birthday/shower extra special. I envy those women that can make a party look like a work of art with the matching food to the theme. They look so glamourous. So planning for my friends bridal shower I knew I had to do at least one of these little DIY and if it happened to match my house so I can use it as home decor in the mean time, so be it. When I found this fabric garland on the amazing blog meohmymama I instantly fell in love. 
I had some friends over and they graciously offered to help. This project is a little time consuming if you are by yourself but if you have wonderful friends it is pretty quick.
I'm horrible and didn't take photos of the during so Ill use some off the original blog.

I wasn't quite sure which fabric to use, but I ended up getting a silky type fabric.
 I'm sure pretty much any fabric will work. The silk was a little flimsy so the
 flowers are a little droopy but I like how they turned out.

I bought 1/2 yard of each color (this makes about 5 or 6 flowers each)
Fold the fabric a few times then cut the fabric in 3-5 inch strips, depending 
on the size of flower, I decided to do them all a little 
different width to add some variety.

Then cut into your fabric creating points. 
They don't have to be perfect or even the same size points.

Unfold the fabric.

 Thread a needle, Fold the fabric back and forth to make your stitch. Once the
bottom is threaded pull the ends as tight as you can without breaking the
thread. Then tie the ends together. This creates the flower.

 I made a few changes with the last step, instead of glueing the flowers to ribbon (pictured below) I bought twine and looped it through the middle one and a half times. This way I can move them around and in the future maybe add more colors to mix and match for different holidays and events. 

Here is how they turned out. Nice addition to my kitchen don't you think?

This strand of garland is only half of what we made. I just chose to do it in 2 pieces.

If you go here you can see the full tutorial.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Inspirational Moment

An amazing closet is almost every girls dream, and I am no different. These gorgeous closets are making me want to do a little remodeling to my house to make room for something this spectacular. 
If I were to have a beautifully designed closet like the ones below I would need to go buy more clothes and shoes to fill it up and not to mention having pieces that would be worthy to be in such a wonderful place. (I don't thing my plaid shorts that I got form Abercrombie in the 9th grade would make the cut.) But I don't think any of those things are going to be happening anytime soon so for now Ill just drool over these and dream about one day having an entire room dedicated to shoes and clothes.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Straight to Hawaii

My dear friend Erica is getting married this fall and I couldn't be more excited for her, and for me cause this wedding is set in Hawaii and I get to go! I've never been to Hawaii so I'm very excited. Traveling is one of those things that I just ache to do all the time. I have a battle inside me all the time on where I want to go. While I love to visit the places that I've already been and love, I yearn for those new and exciting countries and states. Much like everything else in my life I want it all. I want to drive up the West coast to Oregon and Washington, go to NYC and Boston in the fall and Salem on Halloween, but then there's this part that wants to fly to Europe and sleep on overnight trains and eat in little Cafes. Were do I start? For now I'll just rely on my friends to get married in exotic places so I have to go. Hint Hint. So I guess Hawaii is as good of place as any to start. Especially because I will be with some of me and Derriks closest friends. 
Here are some pics that really got me excited for the beach, like I needed any help. My vaca won't quite be as glamourous but hopefully I can get some fun photos of the trip,
but first hit play on this song to get the full effect

Ever since watching Just Go With It, me and Deek have been singing
this song anytime Hawaii gets brought up, and thats a lot of singing, even for us.

Images via herehere and here

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Till we Meet Again

For anyone that has lost someone, you know that it is a difficult time for not just close family and friends but to all those that knew them. For many it is a humbling reminder how precious and fragile life is. It makes all of those usual mundane moments seem like a gift that should be cherished. 
I recently lost someone many of my childhood memories were with. Upon hearing the news I felt lost, why is this happening again? So many young kids have passed on way before their time. After talking and having heartfelt discussions with my parents and siblings I felt a sense of loss. The image of the young, funny, life of the party, boy kept coming back to me. Why did it end this way? After having sometime to come to terms I know he is in a better place, a place without all the worries of the world. Although the lost life of a young bright kid is heartbreaking we should be happy for him and the chance he has to be with our Heavenly Father and other loved ones that have passed before him. When someone close to you passes it makes you really cherish the relationships that are in our lives. It is a shame that it takes someone being taken from us to realize how lucky we are to have loved ones around. All those petty things we worry about seem to be almost silly. Life here on earth is so fragile and we should be thanking Heavenly Father everyday we have a chance to wake up and live life. 
I am so unbelievably lucky to be married and sealed to my best friend, Derrik, and I know that no matter what happens to us we will be forever together. Even if we part in this life, it will be but a small moment in our eternity together.

We love you Sterling and you will be missed by so many people.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Nursery Hungry

These gorgeous rooms and idea boards are bound to make anyone baby nursery hungry. Is it wrong that I want to re-do my own room with these cute ideas? I think the thing I love most about these baby rooms are that they aren't baby at all. The room can totally grow with your little one, just swap the bed and presto! Love it. 

I am seriously contemplating doing my office/craft room like this, minus the stork and teddy bear.

These are so beautifully done they are maybe making me start to think that I might want kids someday, maybe.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Delish Kitchens

Kitchens are probably the first thing I notice when looking at houses. I love to cook, even though I don't do it as often as I should, so when I'm in there cooking I want to enjoy the area. While searching for a house a few months ago the kitchen was definitely a deal breaker in some cases. I wanted a kitchen that was open and light. I wanted big windows and the living room connected so when we had friends and family over I could still be apart of the crowd even if I was in the kitchen. When we first went through the house we now live in, even though the kitchen was small, it was just what I wanted. I could picture myself making sunday breakfast in there and I loved it. There was just one problem, there was a wall and door that separated the kitchen from the living room. I told Derrik if we buy this house that wall is the first thing to go. And it was. I will post pictures soon of the Before and After. But in the meantime here are some heavenly kitchens I would die for.