Friday, July 22, 2016

summer fun-keith urban concert

one of my favorite things to do in the summer is go to outdoor concerts. we have a great outdoor venue here, and it's the perfect way to spend a summer night.
usana is decent enough sized that tickets rarely sell out. celsey's mother in law mentioned keith urban on monday night. we decided on a whim to go. 
we had the best time. we met cory and sandy for dinner before heading over. it was 100 degrees yesterday, but thankfully it cooled off pretty quickly. 
the music was great. the crowd was fun. it was the perfect summer night. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

blogging the bach 12.8

who's watching; celsey, shawn, alicia, amanda, lacey, and sandy (the mom)

chase's hometown
what i saw
jojo looks so cute per usual
why is the mom wearing a track jacket?
what i heard
ewww that's a muddy mess--cel
he's asking this nooowww--amanda
the moms always look at little questionable--celsey
she's trying to be young and hip--alicia
when people say that it actually means they are a boob and cry over everything--cel
what i thought
jojo says the snow and mountains are beautiful. they really are, but i hate the snow so much. i would not love this date at all.
chase says he's falling in love, and even though we haven't seen it a lot i think she is falling in love too. he's not the fave around him, but i really like him for some reason.

jordan's hometown
what i saw
jojo's makeup is amazing
jordan got a haircut finally
what i heard
they were the ones that peaked in high school--alicia
so he's all about the sport he doesn't even play anymore--sandy
just by random chance his picture is front and center--sandy
holy shiz. her hair is full of secrets--amanda
mom and jordan have the same haircut--amanda
he obviously learned it from her--lacey
well he just shared them with the world so..--lacey
what i thought
of all the places i could take people in my hometown, i would not take anyone to my high school
i still think jordan is going to break her heart

robby's hometown
what i saw
the boys seem to have a uniform
what i heard
he broke up with his girlfriend how long ago?--sandy
i wouldn't have done that--sandy
after this date i like him a lot more--amanda
what i thought
robby goes on and on about blah blah blah and he's not convincing jojo of any of it
we interrupt this broadcast for the republic convention. is this for real? i am not too big into politics, but i am especially uninterested in the middle of the bach

luke's hometown
what i saw
luke has the biggest crowd at his hometown date than i have ever seen
what i heard
amanda keeps talking about her future with luke and we're teasing her a bit
this looks like it's going to be a really awkward conversation--alicia
aubrey, be nice--amanda when i was making fun of luke
what i thought
luke wins for cutest date even if it is a little cheesy

rose ceremony
what i saw
jojo is crying before it even starts
jojo tells us she's sending luke home. there's an akward silence and we all know luke is going to say he needs to talk to her.
what i heard
the person that gets sent home gets send home sooner than normal--amanda
she picked a lot of former people--alicia
you should have told her you freak--cel
what i thought
to be continued and 2 nights next week-we're all furious

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Monday, July 18, 2016

weekend happs

i got home from california super late sunday night. i had the best trip (another post coming), but i came back so exhausted. it was totally worth it, but starting out the week exhausted made it kind of hard. all week long i felt like i was completely dragging. i couldn't wait for the weekend.
the weekend was exactly what i needed it to be-pretty low key.

it started out with a new baby nephew. he is the cutest thing, and i am so sad he lives so far away.
i worked a little later than planned on friday. after work i met mandi at nordstrom and shopped the early access anniversary sale. i'm planning a haul post as soon as i get the jacket i had to order online, but i got a few cute new things for fall and some makeup. i have bought quite a bit of new makeup lately so i am putting myself on a makeup buying freeze.

after nordstrom we grabbed dinner at applebees. have you been there lately? their menu has changed or something. the past few times i have been there it has been so gross. i had a steak salad, and it was actually pretty good. i swore off that place a while ago, but i'm kind of glad i gave it another chance.

a few weeks ago i signed up for the big cottonwood marathon in september. i was already increasing my mileage on saturdays, but now i officially have to. i was afraid saturday's run was going to be really rough because i was so tired. it was better than i thought, and the route was so pretty. the weather was really nice too. i did have to lay down on the grass when we finished because i was a little afraid i might die.

after running, i spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool with mandi, tiffany, and sage. it wasn't very crowded and it was the perfectly relaxing day. summer is going by way too quickly, and it's making me sad.

after the pool we grabbed some dinner and ended up seeing the draper days fireworks as we were driving. i love fireworks! it seems like there are fireworks all summer long here, and i love it.

sunday was pretty low key too. i slept in, went to church, spent time with some friends.

i love having a lot of plans and being really busy, but i also love being a little more low key and relaxed especially after a stressful, tiring week.

how was your weekend? any exciting happs?

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Friday, July 15, 2016

foodie friday...quick easy healthy lunch

i don't know about you, but i have the hardest time feeding myself especially lunch. even when i am home and have whatever food available, i do not seem to eat as much as i should. if i have any chance of eating, it has to be something quick an easy.

one of my favorite meals in a turkey wrap in a whole wheat tortilla with fruit on the side.


serve with a side of fruit. so easy and fast. what are some of your favorite summer lunches?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

blogging the bach 12.something

who's watching-celsey, shawn for a minute here and there-far less commentary with less people

does anyone even know where they are???

one on one with alex/dudes on a "bus"
what i saw
dudes all kinds of freaking out
the date doesn't seem to be going well. they both look miserable.
alex rambles on and on about his feelings and things are awkward.
what i heard
shorty needs to go home--cel
everyone is rapping. what is happening?
when i hear the word gaucho, i think those pants--cel
can you imagine the smell?--cel
what i thought
a one on one seems with alex seems like a waste
jojo says she really needs this time with him. it seems like a big waste of time to me.
alex is shocked. i'm pretty sure he is the only one.

jordan-let's toast to love
what i saw
jojo really really likes jordan which makes me think he is going to break her heart
jordan says he is in love. jojo's face is completely different than when alex said that.
what i heard
that's not wine. do they know it has to sit and rot for a while?--shawn
smallest hot tub and bikini in the world--cel
what i thought
i'm worried for jojo

chase, james, robby-let our love soar
what i saw
at least robby is wearing black underwear
more connection with chase than the other two on this date
i totally tuned out with james taylor
what i heard
if you were going to have the perfect slumber party, would you have it with 3 dudes? NO--cel
i hate how confident he is. it's so annoying--cel
i think plenty of things i don't say out loud--cel
what i thought
before the date even starts james taylor bugs me
james feels insecure or jealous or something and acts ridiculous
robby and jojo are cute, but it's nothing like jojo and jordan
robby is so confident that it makes me think it's not him

one on one with luke
what i saw
another horse date
what i heard
she totally tailored this date to him--cel
i think i'd feel jipped--cel
what i thought
everyone is having the best day ever. how can this possibly be their best day ever?
there's no night part of that date?
this date wasn't very noteworthy

rose ceremony
what i saw
she goes with the obvious first
what i heard
she loves him--cel about jordan
it's you bro. 100 times it's you--cel
what i thought
i am so happy james taylor is gone. i'm sure he's going to paradise.
the previews look like some drama is coming which is what it always looks like.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

God Bless America

it's been 16 years since i lived out of the country for 4 months. 4 months isn't very long, but it was long enough for me to come to really appreciate living in the United States. during my 4 months in the Dominican Republic we traveled to Puerto Rico for a week. we were all so happy to be back to part of America. i have always been patriotic, but that experience made me much more proud to be an american. 

i love holidays! all of the holidays! 4th of July is one of my favorites. i love the fireworks and barbeques and family and fun. most of all i love celebration.
i celebrated a few times this year. byu stadium of fire was on saturday, july 2 this year. tiffany's brother and family came to town so we celebrated with them. we met for a bbq and then went down to provo. we spent almost as much time in the car as we did in the stadium, but it was so worth it. tim mcgraw was the headline performer. i have seen him tons of times in concert, and he is one of my favorites. the energy of the crowd was incredible, and we had the most fun.

the actual holiday was the opposite and equally fun. 

shyloh, mandi, and i started the day at pure barre. i love starting the day with a killer workout. 
we went back to my house for breakfast and then hit the pool. the rest of the day was so relaxing. 
we didn't have specific plans for the evening besides fireworks somewhere. stephanie and her neighbors did street fireworks. they were pretty cool until one shot sideways across the grass. it was a little scary, but luckily everyone was ok. 

I had so much fun celebrating this year. what did you do to celebrate?

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Monday, July 4, 2016

one little word: july goals

the year is half over. how in the world did that happen? this year has been really good to me and so much different than i anticipated when the year first started. i have a continual need in my life to be still. i get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, and i really feel the need to slow down even a little.

yearly goals to be still
1. morning and night quiet time-i continue to do well with mornings and need to improve with night time-same report as last month
2. attend the temple monthly-i don't think i made it in june
3. color once a week-FAIL-total and complete fail
4. prayer book-keep list of people i need to remember to pray for-the list is beside my bed. i have been doing ok with this 

june goals
1. quiet time before bed for at least 5 minutes-i did ok but can do better
2. be in bed by midnight-FAIL-sometimes the more i try to get to bed early the worse it gets
my life has been completely unbalanced lately. i need to really focus on being a little more still and getting more sleep before worrying about any other goals-still true.

july goals
1. bed by midnight
2. spend 2 hours each week on blog things-posts, edits, emails, etc.

how are your goals? grab the button and linkup
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

blogging the bach 12.what episode is this?

is anyone else having a hard time getting into this season? i don't exactly know what the deal is, but i am struggling. i really like jojo, and there are some decent guys. i still am not totally sure who is who and what is going on.
we're at megan's for monday night tradish this week. ever since she moved into her new house, we've been so excited to come see her house plus she's a really good cook.

who's watching: megan, remington, celsey and shawn, amanda, lacey, and some other dude

i guess we're in argentina-who knew?!? like i said i'm lost.

wells-besame besame muchacho
what i saw
what is in his pocket?
the weirdest side kiss
jojo picks up the rose, and we all know he's going home
jojo goes to the concert, performance, whatever it is all by herself-more awkwardness
what i heard
if i ever went on the bachelor, i'm hiring a trainer--celsey
i've decided they all look the same. they are all identical--lacey
and i'm a kissing coach--rem about fabio
they're all just sitting around drinking red wine. in fancy chairs--megan in the middle of the day--rem
note to self-don't wear a dark shirt when you're going to be sweating your a off--cel
sounds like wells likes to friendzone himself--lacey
what i thought
there was so much build up to that kiss.
jojo says she's not feeling it. i'm not feeling it either.

robby, jordan, luke, james, alex-living la vida boca
what i saw
dude drama
what i heard
like she really knows--paul
is he wearing mom pregnancy jeans?--paul
their litle matching leather jackets. they can have matching leather babies--meg
he's for sure coming to the fantasy suite--amanda about luke
don't they know everytime you talk about someone else you go home?--paul
you can do a lot with curly hair. he needs to do something to not make it look like pubic hair--meg
know where you fit on the totem pole--meg
you put boys in a house long enough...--meg
it's a duct tape flower--meg about the flower on robby's jacket
alex is loving this because he likes the drama--amanda
if it's a whatever then why did you even bring it up??--paul
jordan has plenty of fame in his life. he probs doesn't need the bachelorette--amanda
what i thought
why is james wasting his time talking about jordan?
it is never a good idea to throw someone under the bus.ever

derek and chase-it takes two
what i saw
derek was so confident all day which usually means he's going home
some chick singing don't cry for me argentina as derek sobs in the limo
what i heard
don't like that outfit choice. it looks like he just got home from church and took his tie off--meg
she makes me want to have a boob job--amanda
everyone she takes on the dancing date is horrible--meg
he's thinking let's go in a broom closet and boink this out--amanda
what i thought
derek talks about passion and jojo says thank you for that. not a good sign,
chase was about to be a goner, but he saved himself at the last second

cocktail party/rose ceremony
what i saw
it seems like we are going down to 4, but at the last minute she kept them both
what i heard
he's annoying because he's little--rem
i'm sorry i'm judging him--meg
he looks like he's wearing a bump it--meg
what i thought
we're all so mad she kept those last 2

who's left-robby, jordan, chase, luke, alex, james

i'm giving up on the word tally this season. i might pick it up on the last few episodes, but for now i'm taking a break from it.

what did you think about this week?

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

weekend happs...escape to park city

sometimes it's just good to get away. life is crazy and busy, and it's fun to escape for the weekend. i love taking bigger trips and really getting away, but it's also really nice to go 30 minutes away and still feel gone.
we went up to park city for the weekend late friday afternoon. by the time we all got up there, we decided to just stay in for the night. we went to the store for some food and takeout and spent the rest of the night relaxing and hanging out at the hotel.

i got up early saturday morning to meet my running group. everyone thought i was crazy for getting up so early, but i have a marathon to get ready for. it was a beautiful morning, and even though i was completely exhausted, it was worth getting up.
we spent a few hours at the pool. the weather was perfect and absolutely beautiful. i definitely could have stayed out there all day.
we planned to do a little shopping before dinner. we all started getting ready and ended up taking forever and ever getting ready. i just have to say, we are a bunch of beautiful babes-can i say that???
we went to dinner at a restaurant on main street in park city suggested by the hotel. we didn't end up loving it as much as we hoped. after dinner we went back to the hotel for more relaxing.
we all slept super late sunday morning. after only a few hours of sleep the night before, i really needed that. by the time we got up, it was time to pack up and head out. we went to brunch on main street before leaving. 

this quick weekend escape was exactly what i needed. it's so great to get away from responsibilities sometimes. how was your weekend? any exciting happs?

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

foodie friday-chicken tacos

do you need an easy, quick, healthy dinner? i've got you covered. 
make chicken tacos (shredded chicken+taco seasoning)
add one can of black beans
add 2 cups cooked rice
stir together and simmer for 15 minutes on low. 

serve with lettuce, guacamole, crushed chips, salsa. squeeze with fresh lime. 

this is a definite go to for me. 
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

wear it wednesday...blingy bling

a little bit of bling can go a long way. i have been so excited to share this necklace. it is so cute and adds so much to the outfit. i got it from happiness boutique-online boutique. i got it so fast i after i ordered it and i'm been dying to wear it ever since.

they have a lot of great pieces of jewelry, and i am impressed so far. exact necklace can be found here. use code aubreyzaruba for 10% off your order through July 12.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

blogging the bach 12.something

this season of the bachelorette is so weird for me. 2 episodes in one week and then a week off plus i feel like i have missed so much this season already. i have pretty much missed half of the show so far. i texted a friend that i am so lost. her response "she likes jordan. she's trying to send chad home, but he is still around for some unknown reason. that's literally all that's happened all season."
monday night tradish is on hold this week due to work and concerts and sickness,etc. 
who's watching-michelle, becky, brie, jessi

chad comes back
what i saw
i don't know what was happening, but all of a sudden chad was back. i'm immediately nervous
cake smashing??? what did i miss when i turned my head for 3 seconds?
what i heard
we have to pay attention for one split second--michelle
what i thought
i keep reading that people like chad. who are these people? he really is the literal worst.

rose ceremony
what i saw
i turned around and saw someone (who knows who) with paper. is someone reading a poem?
what i heard
oh shoot. we're supposed to be watching this--becky
i bet it will go to a commercial--brie when the music got really dramatic
what i thought
i still have no idea who anyone is. by this point i should have some clue what is going on and who is doing it, but i am currently lost

jordan-let's seal the deal
what i saw
dudes back at the house trying to create drama. is it just me or are these guys more dramatic than other seasons?
so basically the dudes see an article about jojo's ex chad. they get upset. she gets upset. there's a lot of crying and everyone is there for the right reasons.
what i heard
basically nothing. no one had anything to say.
what i thought
has he really not had a one on one yet?
jojo really likes jordan. it seems early in the season for us to know who she really really likes so i have my doubts about him.

i can't stand to be away from you-luke, derek, chase, evan, james, vinny, grant, wells, and probably someone else
what i saw
dudes at a spa. is this real?
rolling down the sand-i answered the phone for 2 minutes and missed the entire day date
everyone is kissing jojo and talking serious talk
what i heard
people were talking but not about anything really
what i thought
i like the guys, and i like jojo. i am not really into this season. i'm not really sure why.

love is within our reach--robby
what i saw
robby and jojo probably have a good date. brie was doing some henna on my foot and i pretty much missed the whole thing. i saw the end when robby said he's there for the right reasons and gets the rose. he's falling in love like everyone else there.
what i heard
please fall off-brie as they are about to jump off the cliff
what i thought
we're really starting to like robby

pre-cocktail party/rose ceremony
what i saw
i thought i was seeing the cocktail party until chris harrison comes in and says there isn't a cocktail party. clearly i am still not paying attention.
things seem pretty intense
what i heard
all these guys are hot--becky
what i thought
i am struggling to get into this season. i am kind of lost about what is going on, and i have no clue who anyone is. is it because chad had taken over the whole season so far? is it because i have missed half of what is going on? whatever it is, it's a struggle

who's still here-derek, jordan, robby, luke, chase, alex, james, wells

how's the season going for you? i mostly feel like i have a lot of questions.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

random raw unfiltered real messy life

i like to think my life is pretty put together. sometimes it is and sometimes it just isn't. what is about life in general and especially social media that makes us feel like everything has to be perfect?!?
i have been doing a daily photo for several years. i generally try to make the prompt fit whatever i am doing that day. i try to shove all the stuff out of the way,  take decent photos, edit them to look as good as possible, and unintentionally make my life look like i have it all together.

the prompt yesterday was "no filter". i'm pretty sure the prompt was talking about not filtering a photo before posting it, but it made me think a little deeper-about life. it's not very often we see a very raw picture on social media anywhere. everything is filtered and edited to present a certain image. i posted the above picture as my photo-a picture of laundry everywhere, a strand of pearls that broke all over my floor, shoes that need to be put away, bags for the recycle bin, a humidifier that i should start using again, art that never got hung up when i moved a year ago, carpet that desperately needs to be vacuumed, etc.

an unfiltered look at my life quickly shows that i am so not doing it all. i do really well at some things, and other things i am no where close. i don't have it all together by any means. sometimes it feels good to just let people know that things aren't always what they seem. 

please tell me i'm not the only one that feels this way...
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Friday, June 17, 2016

he or she..what will it be???

before amberly was even expecting baby #2 she started talking to me about a gender reveal party. they decided on a piñata, and I was so excited to make it for them. 

i started with a pre made present piñata. it was fine, but i wanted something a little cuter. 
after I stuffed the piñata to reveal the gender, i wrapped it like a present and tied a bow-very simple way to make it much cuter. if you do this make sure to cut slits to hang the piñata.

it's a girl!

piñatas are quickly becoming my fave gender reveal. 

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