Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Paint Night

I have always wanted to do a paint night but I have also always been a little scared. I enjoy painting, but I CANNOT draw even a little bit. I see posts from paint nights, and everyone's always looks good. Jessi chose a paint night for her birthday celebration so it was the perfect chance to try it out.

I quickly found out there is actually no drawing. It is all painting. It was a little stressful trying to keep up at times, but overall it was pretty fun. I was pretty impressed with how it turned out.

Painting with a Twist was a fun location. The teacher was great, and we had a good time. I would do it again for another girls night or birthday or other fun occasion.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Beauty Time Tuesday-new products 

My skin has been a bit on the fritz lately so I’ve been trying some new products to help things. 

All of the face masks I have and love are a little more drying so I tried this say yes argan oil mask and loved it. My skin felt so good after, and I will definitely use it again. 

Kristen Ess dry shampoo-I’ve used this before and really like it. The idea is to offer salon quality st drugstore prices. This is more of an in between for me-not salon cost but not drugstore either. 

Essence false lashes-I tried this on a recommendation. It is $4.99 and makes my lashes long and beautiful, but it does seem to smudge off under my eyes a bit. 

Garnier mask-Sheet masks generally aren’t my fave, but this made my skin so smooth. I liked it more than expected. 

Scuni coil hair ties-LOVE

BLISS oxygen mask-This mask feels so weird as it’s working but again leaves my face feeling silky smooth. 

Langeige lip mask-LOVE

Blueberry yogurt creme mask-LOVE

OPI red polish-I saw this and though I wanted red nails. It turns out I really love pink nails this time of year. 

Cinema Secrets brush cleaner-I’ve been using and loving this for quite a while. I finally got smart and realized I can buy it on amazon for much cheaper overal than Sephora. 

NYX foundation-I ended up returning this after I took the picture but before trying it. 

Tarte maneater pallet-LOVE. The colors are gorgeous and have such great pigment. 

Shape tape is all the rage. I like it, but it is very thick. I’m not sure if I will buy it again or go back to urban decay concealer. 

Have you tried anything new lately?

Beauty Time Tuesday-April empties 

I emptied a whole lot of things in April-some good some less good. 

Matrix color obsessed conditioner-liked and would buy again

Bath and body works body cream, foaming hand soap, and lotion-LOVE all

Pink fresh and clean body spray-love

Formula 10.06 cleanser-like

Living proof dry shampoo-love

Dr. Teals bath oil-like

Mint Pear serum-I really want to love these products but they’re just ok. 

Intuition razor-LOVE

Tarte maneater mascara-love

Mary Kay mascara-LOVE

Urban Decay Naked concealer-love would definitely buy again but decided to try something new 

Recent Happs

First it was weekend, then it was April, and now it’s just recent happenings around here. 

Janet was in town for work at the end of spring break. I took her to Cafe Rio, and we caught up on life since high school. I’ve been lucky to see her a few times since then, but we can’t believe it’s been 20 years since high school. 

Friday lunch is still going strong. I often ask for recommendations when I go somewhere new. The pimento chicken sandwich is something I would never typically order, but I decided to be adventurous. It was good but something I probably wouldn’t order again. 

Megan planned the cutest candy themed birthday party at the park for Violet. With all the craziness lately Monday night tradition has been on pause for a few weeks. It was fun to see everyone, celebrate Violet, and twin with Megan. 

Over the years Aprille and I randomly twin quite often. We joke that we are on the same wavelength, but really we kind of are. 

I rarely make it to Relief Society activities for one reason or another. We made these cute simple nativity sets last month so I made sure to go. It was a fun evening with a cute craft. 

I had the opportunity to attend a tasting event at We Olive. I expected a few olive oils and bread, but it was so much better. They sell a variety of oils and vinegar and serve small plates. It was fun to discover a fun new place. 

Amberly and I met several years ago through blogging. Both of us put blogging on the back burner over the past year while we focused on other things. We finally met up for dinner at Tortilla Union after a few months of planning. It was so great to catch up on blogging and life and all of the things. 

Our annual work retreat was at Timber Moose Lodge. It’s always nice to spend the day out of the office having fun with co-worker friends. 

Suzanne, Alyssa, Stacha, and I went to the Jordan river temple open house. The temple is beautiful, and I’m really excited for it to open again. 

Catching up with friends is one of my favorite things to do. It’s been more than 10 years since we were all roommates. Life has changed a lot for this group, but we still have as much fun together as we ever did. The time went quickly as we laughed and laughed all night long. 

A funeral is never a fun thing, but it does give the opportunity to see old friends. I feel very reflective on the many wonderful people that have come into my life. 

Brittany graduated from college last week and had a fun graduation/cinco de mayo party. I almost didn’t make it but I’m glad I did. 

Time continues to fly by. I feel so blessed to have so many good people and great opportunities in my life. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


This post is sponsored. 
Anyone who knows me even a little knows that my friends are so important to me. I’ve been so lucky to have so many amazing meaningful friendships(some for a season and some for a lifetime). Friendship takes effort and meaningful friendships are worth the effort.

How to Build More Meaningful Friendships
By Christine H.

The rise of technology, and especially the mashup of tech and social interaction, has made an interesting dilemma in our modern relationships. Many professionals say that over-reliance on social media and tech-enabled communication like texting has made ours a socially-retarded generation.

Well, I think that’s pretty harsh. And I don’t really think it’s true. But at the same time, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed that having 600 friends on Facebook isn’t the same as always having a friend ready to go out with you on a Friday night. Or perhaps more importantly, someone to call when you desperately need to talk something out. Our interconnected world can feel increasingly isolated. I think in some ways, the ease of contacting and overlapping with so many people at any given moment makes us forget to value the people we have close to us. For example, why invest in your existing romantic relationship when all it takes is a swipe on your smartphone to find 20 more likely candidates? Why work through a fight that you’ve had with a friend when there are so many other people that you could reach out to the next time that you need help with something? And why make yourself vulnerable to the person just down the hall when you could discuss what’s on your mind anonymously and maintain the perfect image that you’ve worked so hard to present to the world?

The art of friendship is nuanced and individual. However, the magic of human connection is not to be underplayed. In the end, it might be the most important thing that any of us have. And so, if you’re someone who’s tired of artificial and surface-level interactions, consider these ideas for deepening and building important relationships--especially friendships--in your life.

  • Do things together: Experiences bond us together, and when you get outside of your comfort zone, you learn more about yourself, and others than you ever would inside of the safe realm. Many of us wait around hoping to be invited to things, but it doesn’t occur to us that everyone else is doing the exact same thing. Take it on yourself to be the one to plan and coordinate events. Subscribe to and ask about events in your community and at your favorite venues. Set up excursions to interesting places. In fact, why not put together a weekend road trip like one of these?
  • Spend one-on-one talking time: Group friends aren’t the same as individual friends. For example, there might be someone that you consider a good friend because you see them a lot at group outings. However, when you find that you’re alone together, you don’t really have much to say. I think this is one of the most common reasons that we lose touch with others. Friend groups are always changing--people move away, marry or divorce, have children, or get busy with other interests. If you don’t have individual connections with people when the group evolves, you might find yourself feeling pretty lonely. Instead, seek to establish personal connections with those that you come in contact with. Learn more about them individually, and learn about what you have in common. Embrace opportunities to talk one-on-one. And when you do talk…

  • Be honest, and make yourself vulnerable: Far too often, we put on a personality that we think people want to see. However, an honest connection can never happen until we’re willing to show who we really are, warts and all. Share things about yourself that signal to the other person that it’s safe for them to also share vulnerabilities. It can be scary to really be seen by someone else, but that’s also what makes a good friendship worthwhile. These moments when we’re able to admit that we need help are what make the difference between a casual acquaintance and an actual friend group that can act as a support group, whatever we’re going through.
  • Match emotional and time investment: Many of us feel short changed when we end up in relationships where the attachment seems to be one-sided. It can be exhausting when we feel like we’re putting in all the effort ourselves. Building a friendship is a process, and it happens in small increments along the way. Be generous, but remember not to demand more from someone than they’re ready to give.

  • Recognize and appreciate different people’s contributions: Good friends are not going to be good at all the same things that you are. They’re not going to always value the same things, or make the same choices that you would. However, it takes all types to make a world. The whole point of friendship is to meet each other in both our weaknesses and strengths. Often, the best friendships are ones that teach us balance. Friends are able to share strengths that you need in your life, and you’re able to contribute with your own strengths that they don’t have.
  • Learn to say I’m sorry: Disagreements, and moments when we hurt each other, are unavoidable in a close relationship. I think that we’re missing out on the best parts of interpersonal relationships when we don’t learn how to weather those difficult times and see things through anyway. “I’m sorry” doesn’t always mean “I’m wrong and you’re right.” No relationship should rely on two people always seeing exactly eye to eye. Rather, “I’m sorry” can often mean “This relationship is more important to me than my pride.”
  • Don’t underestimate old friends: Our lives are always changing, and so our relationships will as well. Sometimes, we grow distant from people who used to seem essential for our very survival. I don’t think that it’s always a bad thing. For example, after you got married, your tightness with your group of girlfriends probably evolved, since your spouse was now the person that you brought the ups and downs of your life to. That being said, it’s important to know the value of an old friend; a person who knew you as you were, saw you through challenges and changes. When you get the chance to reconnect, and when you recognize that you need to reclaim that part of your life, be open to rebuilding those channels as needed.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Southern spring break 2018

Last year I very intentionally made no plans for spring break except get things done so this year I made sure to have more fun. I spent the whole week down in St. George. It was the perfect mix of family and friends and also the perfect break. I had zero responsibilities and no opportunity for any. It was great!

I met Chelsea and Jeff and kids for the first half of the week. 

We celebrated Easter with simple baskets and a bbq Easter dinner. Kyle and Robby were in town so the kids spent a lot of time at the park playing with cousins. 

Megan and Eric were in town for Easter so we visited with them Monday morning. We spent time with grandma and grandpa-the main purpose of the trip. 

The kids enjoyed playing basketball outside and the marble game inside. That game has been around since I was a kid. 

We made sure to stop at swig for cookies and drinks. 

It was good to spend time with family for several days. I always wish we lived closer so we could spend even more time together. 

Once they left I met up with Michelle, Tiffany, Sage, and Katie. We played bingo in Mesquite. 

We went to the gym and did some workouts at the park. 

We spent a lot of time in the sun (and sometimes clouds). 

We ate lots of food. 

We went to Kayenta for breakfast and a walk in the labyrinth. 

Tiffany’s mom and aunt came up from Vegas. We had dinner, walked around the temple, and had shaved ice. 

I loved my time with my family and also my time with my friends. It was such a great break, but it is good to get back to routine.