Wednesday, January 11, 2017

wear it Wednesday..BootayBag

I LOVE shopping for most everything, but there are a few things that just aren't my favorite to shop for. Does anyone really enjoy shopping for things like jeans and swimsuits? Underwear is right up there in that list. It clearly is not, but it feels like a waste of money. I would rather buy shoes.


BootayBag is here to solve all our underwear shopping woes. Subscription services are becoming increasingly popular. They are so convenient and affordable. BootayBag is very simple. For $12/month you get 2 pair of underwear shipped to your house. You choose the style, they pick the pairs, and they come in the mail once a month. It's easy, affordable, and you never have to leave the house. As a bonus if you post on social media with the hashtag #undermatters BootayBag will donate money to the melanoma foundation. Your underwear shopping is done, and you're donating to a good cause. It's a win-win!

**i received a complementary month from BootayBag in exchange for this post. all opinions are my own. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

weekend happs

i haven't been feeling 100% for the past couple of weeks. i keep thinking i am getting sick, but i don't think i am. the air quality is actually pretty bad here so i am blaming that. this weekend was pretty low key and perfect.

i finished work a little early on friday. i made some chicken noodle soup, and brenna and i took it over to mandi. we ate soup, hung out in mandi's room, looked at old scrapbooks, and laughed so hard. besides mandi being sick, it was one of my favorite nights.
 
i woke up saturday to run. between the 4 degrees and the bad inversion air, i decided that wasn't a great idea. i got a little more much needed sleep before working out at the gym and taking a pure barre class. we always end up talking forever after class. we talked so long we ended up going to brunch. protein house in draper is my new fave. the food is all clean and fresh. the place itself is light and bright and i love everything about it.
 
i came home and did some cleaning and things around the house. i didn't make any plans for the evening and ended up with an even more low key evening than the night before. i shoveled snow, made tomato soup for sunday, painted my nails, finally showered at 10pm, and never got ready for the day.

sunday was celsey and shawn's baby remington's baby blessing. shawn gave the sweetest blessing. while sitting in church i get a text from brandon.

 
we finished everything for the luncheon and all the family came over. i love knowing so many people in their families and visiting with them. i am so lucky to have people that include me as part of their families since my own is so far away.

 
i came home to finish my usual sunday tasks-laundry, washing makeup brushes, and a little meal prep. one of my goals this month is to get back to going to bed earlier especially on sundays. i was in bed by 10:00 and ready to start a new week.
how was your weekend? any exciting happs?
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beauty time thursday...december empties

beauty time tuesday is moving to thursday while the bachelor is on. i used up more things in december than i have probably any month ever. i obviously have an obsession with dry shampoo and texture spray.
Big sexy hair root pump
Not your mothers sea salt spray-for a little more texture
Amika texture spray-I don't know if I love the product or the smell. It smells so good. 
Big sexy hair dry shampoo-one of my faves. Adds a lot of texture. 
Target gentle face cleanser
Bath and body works foaming hand soap-I replaced this with another foaming soap, and it dried out my hands right away. 
Psssst dry shampoo-not my favorite
Batiste tropical scent dry shampoo-batiste is my go to dry shampoo. This is my favorite scent. 
Orly nail bonder-I love and use this every time I paint my nails. 
Degree deodorant 
Dove spray deodorant 
Bare Minerals tinted mineral veil
MAC eyelash primer 
Clinique mascara
Bobbi brown bronzer
Intuition razor refill 
Almost all of these are products I use very regularly.  

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

churchy...from the Mormon channel

I recently came across this article, and I love the message. How often do we pray and pray for something and not realize the answer is right in front of us? Answers don't always come in the ways we expect, but they do come. 

Choosing to Accept God’s Helping Hand

 

Agency is a gift we’ve all been given. It’s our ability to be able to think and reason for ourselves. But it’s not a gift we should take or use lightly. 

 

As Wilford Woodruff once said, “By virtue of this agency you and I and all mankind are made responsible beings, responsible for the course we pursue, the lives we live, the deeds we do in the body.”

 

Because God gave us this personal and powerful gift to exercise agency for ourselves, we are responsible for our own actions. One of those actions is choosing whether or not you’re going to accept God’s helping hand when He extends it to you.

 

God lends His help—in the forms of a warm, peaceful feeling to someone close to you saying what you need to hear—whenever you need it. All you have to do is ask for His help and then accept it when it comes, even if the format His help comes in isn’t what you were expecting.

 

This is exactly what happened to HeatherShe spent part of her young adult life living a life of depressionHer family tried to help her, but nothing they said or did was helping. Heather felt ashamed for what she felt. And she’d spent countless times praying and asking Jesus Christ why He wasn’t there and why He wasn’t taking this away from her.

 

One thing Heather said she never wanted to do was see a doctor or be put on medication to help with her depression. But, one day, she went anyways. And while talking with a doctor, she said, “I feel like the Savior should be able to take this away from me. I feel likmy prayers should be answered; that I don’t want this, and that He should take it away.” 

 

And then her doctor looked her straight in her eyes and said, “Whoever said I’m not the answer to your prayer?”

 

At that moment, Heather finally realized God was extending His helping hand in a way she wasn’t expecting,and she knew she needed to accept it to get better.

 

Agency is yoursThe choices and decisions you make are yours. So as you choose, whether it’s a big life decision like who you should marry or a smaller one like deciding if you should go to that party or not, choose to ask for and accept God’s help in making your decision.

 

N. Eldon Tanner wisely said, “There exists this eternal law that each human soul, through the choices he makes, will shape his own destiny. Our success or failure, peace or discontent, happiness or misery, depend on the choices we make each day.”

 

God won’t lead you down the wrong fork in life. He will lead you down the righteous path that will fulfill His successful plans for you. He knows the direction you need to take, and faithfully choosing to accept His help will allow you to make good choices.

 

So rather than trying to take on this challenging world by yourself, choose each day to ask for and accept God’s helping hand. Choose to progress in a life of joy and happiness rather than living a life of sorrow alone.

Friday, January 6, 2017

foodie Friday-cranberry orange protein balls

this is by far my new fave snack. mandi made a very similar recipe a few weeks ago which gave me the idea to add orange. you won't believe how easy it is. 
the measurements are very approximate. feel free to add a little more or a little less to taste and make it the consistency you want. you can easily adjust the flavor by changing the protein powder and mix ins. you can leave out the protein powder for energy balls. 
1-1 1/2 c peanut butter
1/2  c honey 
mix
2 tbsp chia seed
2 tbsp flax seed
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut
1/4 c chopped walnuts
1/4 c dried cranberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 scoop birthday cake protein powder (or another scoop of vanilla or salted caramel)
juice and zest from one orange
mix
1 1/2-2 c oats
mix
roll into balls. place on wax or parchment paper until set up. store in refrigerator. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

blogging the bach 21.1

we've had a nice long bachelor break, and now wer're back for nick as the bachelor. i'll be honest. i am not totally thrilled for this season, but i'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

my regular monday night crew is sick tonight so the format will be a little different this week.

per usual, we start with an intro to nick followed by advice by his bachelor bros.

nick gets dating advice from a 12 year old. she actually has some smart things to say. hopefully he listens to her.

nick is afraid he might be rejected at the end. i wonder what gives him that idea. he's in control this time so things should go much better for him. and if not, he should probably get as far away from bachelor land as possible.

video intros
attorney from dallas-is another attorney really in his best interest?
danielle l-boutique owner
special needs teacher-i like her already but mostly for her career choice
josephine-crazy cat lady???
raven-busines owner actually means business owner not just sells lipsense
corrine-runs a multi-million dollar company but still has a nanny
describes herself as "really weird"
danielle m from nashville-a little more appropriate age for nick
taylor-already psycho analyzing nick
liz-jade's maid of honor. didn't give nick her number at the end of the night. instead of trying to contact him that way she decides to pursue him on national tv. seems logical.

meet the ladies
danielle l-boutique owner, black dress
elizabeth-most nervous
rachel-something about fantasy tapes
cristen-meeting a celebrity
taylor-all her friends hate him
kristina
angela-really happy it's nick
lauren-"disgusting slut"
michelle-food truck owner
dominique-restaurant server-isn't that a waitress?
ida marie-trust fall
olivia-in her fur coat
sarah-another runner up
jasmine g-brings neil lane
hailey-very bad underwear joke
astrid-german
liz-he likes her. he knows he knows her from somewhere but can't figure out where.
corrine-did she bring her nanny with her?
vanessa-more foreign language
danielle m-maple syrup
raven-call the hogs
jaimi-
briana-token utah girl
susannah-beard massage
jospehine-you're a weiner in my book, red dress
brittany-another red dress
jasmine b-and another red dress
whitney-red dress number 17
lacey-camel because "good hump" and also a red dress
alexis-aspiring dolphin trainer-what in the world?

corinne may have a nanny, but she is no baby.
the claws are definitely coming out and girls are already crying. i'm planning on a dramatic season.
nick definitely remembers liz and seems a little bugged she waited until the show to contact him,
rachel gets the first impression rose

who's left
rachel
vanessa
danielle l
christen
astrid
corrine
elizabeth w
jasmine g
raven
kristina
danielle m
sarah
josephine
lacey
taylor
alexis
hailey
whitney
dominique
jaimi
brittany
liz

what are your first impressions?

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Monday, January 2, 2017

one little word-january

Happy New Year! 2017 is here and i am very excited for a new year full of possibility. i am back for another year of the one little word linkup. checking in monthly helps me stay accountable to my goals throughout the whole year. we hope you will join us throughout the year.
i've been thinking about my word for 2017 for a few months. 2016 was a great year full of a lot of unexpected yet beautiful growth and change for me. looking into 2017 i'm excited to see where this year takes me.

i am much more of a feeler than a thinker. several months ago while getting ready for work one morning, the word EMBRACE came to me, and i knew it would be my word for the year. i thought about other words, but any time i tried to think of other options, EMBRACE was strong in my mind.

EMBRACE-



verb (used with object)embraced, embracing.

1.
to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
2.
to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly:
to embrace an idea.
3.
to avail oneself of:
to embrace an opportunity.
4.
to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.):
to embrace Buddhism.
5.
to take in with the eye or the mind.
6.
to encircle; surround; enclose.
7.
to include or contain:
An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.
i love the idea of embracing and loving the current season of my life. i want to spend this year loving the life i have while continually working to be the very best me i can possibly be.

YEARLY GOALS
*nightly gratitude journal
*do something that scares me/pushes me out of my comfort zone
*attend temple 12 times
*monthly journal
*csatt goals

JANUARY GOALS
*record all spending
*schedule 1 free night each week
*clean out all clothes and shoes

do you pick a word or theme for the year? link up your posts below and let's help each other accomplish our goals this year.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

unblogged bloggables-flashback to 1986

celsey and shawn turned 30 this year so the decided to have a flashback to 1986 combined birthday party to celebrate. we all dressed 80s style and celebrated the 80s-especially 1986. we had a candy bar, soda station, and 80s games and costumes.












 

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Monday, December 26, 2016

wear it wednesday-holiday dress

since Christmas was on Sunday this year, my mom insisted we have new outfits to wear to church. in my head i wanted a black knee length lace dress or at least skirt. it is always risky to have something specific in mind. i got really lucky and found exactly what i wanted a few days before christmas.


dress nordstrom rack|shoes aldo

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beauty time tuesday-new products

i did not officially say i was on a makeup spending freeze, but i also haven't been buying much new lately. i have sooooo much makeup, and i have been trying to use what i have instead of buying a ton of new stuff. i recently ran out of bronzer and wanted to try something new. i also got a few new things for the holidays.
IT cosmetics shadow/highlighter/mascara kit, urban decay subversion lash primer, urban decay beware shadow, MAC blush baby blush 
Too faced bronzer, Marc Jacobs eyeliner and lipstick. 

So far I love it all. I was hesitant to try a new bronzer, but I really like it. Have you tried anything new lately?
 
 


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Friday, December 16, 2016

go green

8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

By: Maurine Anderson

Many of us are used to recycling things like newspaper, glass bottles, plastic tubs, and soda cans, but did you know that there are a great many more things that you could be recycling as well? Here is a look at 10 things you didn’t know you could recycle.

Plastic bags and film

You may have known that it’s possible to recycle plastic store bags by bringing them to a designated drop-off location in your area (such as a nearby grocery store), but what you may not have known is that you can recycle other types of plastic bags and plastic film at these as well. In addition to plastic store bags, you can also include zip close food storage bags, plastic cereal box liners, furniture and electronic wrap, plastic shipping envelopes, product wrap (such as on toilet paper), and any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label shown at right. All plastic bags and film for drop-off must be clean, dry, and free of any receipts or labels.

Makeup packaging

Many people don’t recycle toiletry and makeup containers simply because they seem to be made of too many materials to recycle. Recycling this makeup packaging, however is easier than you think. Many makeup companies like MAC Cosmetics, LUSH, Origins, and Aveda have their own programs which allow you to take old packaging in for some sort of discount on their products. If your cosmetics company doesn’t offer a recycling program, you can also work through  a program like TerraCycle to recycle your makeup packaging responsibly. Alternatively, you can upcycle your old cosmetics containers simply by reusing them for new purposes.

Ink cartridges

You’ll often find instructions for recycling your old ink cartridges right on the package of your new ink cartridge. In fact, some companies even include packing materials and free postage right in the box in case you want to recycle your old cartridge via mail. Alternatively, you can have your ink cartridge refilled at a retailer like Walgreens or Costco. Office supplies stores like Office Depot also usually run ink cartridge recycling programs, letting you recycle your ink and toner cartridges in-store.

Batteries

As this article points out, batteries are another often under-recycled product. Alkaline or copper zinc AAA, AA, C, D, 6V, and 9V batteries should be placed in the trash, but most other types of batteries can either be recycled or have regulations concerning proper disposal methods. Batteries you can recycle include rechargeable AA and AAA batteries, lithium batteries, lithium ion batteries, and zinc air batteries. You can also recycle those rechargeable batteries that are found in devices such as cell phones, cameras, laptops, and power tools. (When in doubt, look for the battery recycling seals on recyclable batteries.) To recycle these batteries, visit a site like call2recycle.org to find a battery recycling location near you. If you wish to recycle your old car battery, meanwhile, you can bring it to a waste management center which will eventually recycle it, or you can look for an auto retailer or service center who might buy it back from you.

Computers and electronics

Computers and electronics can be recycled either by bringing them to a local Goodwill or shelter, or by going through a local responsible recycler. (You can go to e-Stewards.org to find a local recycler near you.) Some retailers like Staples and Best Buy may also take your old electronics off your hands for recycling.

Appliances

If your old appliance still works, you can take it to a local Goodwill so that it can be re-used. Non-working appliances can be recycled through a local appliance recycler. Visit Earth911.com or recycle-steel.org to find a recycler near you.

Fluorescent light bulbs

Yep—fluorescent light bulbs can indeed be recycled. The easiest way to recycle these is to take them to a local IKEA, Home Depot, or Lowe’s.

Christmas trees

Christmas trees—real or fake—can be recycled as well. To recycle a real Christmas tree, take advantage of Christmas tree pick up or drop off if your city offers it, as these services will take the trees and grind them into mulch for city parks. If your city doesn’t offer such a service, you can alternatively work through an organization such as Boy Scouts, who might pick up your tree for recycling for a modest fee.  To recycle a fake Christmas tree, consider donating it to a thrift store or charity so that it can be reused.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

homemade bath bombs

i am not a huge soak in the bath person. i like the water really hot, and it's hard for the water to stay really got for very long. when i do take a bath, i want a bath bomb. it makes the bath so much better. bath bombs in the stores can get pretty pricey, they're fairly simple to make. 





mix together
1 1/3 c baking soda
2/3 c cornstarch
2/3 c citric acid
2/3 c epsom salt (optional)
1/2 c coconut oil-melted
8-10 drops of essential oil (peppermint, lavendar, orange, lemon)
8-10 drops of desired color food coloring
glitter (optional)

mix dry ingredients. add coconut oil, oil, and then food coloring. mix together. shape into ball in mold. (plastic christmas ornaments from the craft store work great). sprinkle with glitter. dry on cookie sheet over night.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

wear it Wednesday...sweater weather

we had a very long, beautiful, warm fall here in Utah. winter is here and so is the season of layers and sweaters and scarves-all things I love. 



Nordstrom sweater, old navy top, Joe's jeans, DSW booties, gifted scarf 

 

 

 

 

beauty time Tuesday

Living in Utah means cold winters which also means very dry lips and hands. I use hand sanitizer every hour all day long at work so my hands get even more dry. Being in and out of the cold all day doesn't help either. I am constantly looking for the best remedy for dry lips and skin. I've been meaning to try lanolin for a couple of years and finally did. I'm a little afraid to jinx it, but so far it's the perfect solution for my lips. It doesn't seem to be working for my hands though. Does anyone have any other good suggestions?


 

Friday, December 9, 2016

what i'm listening to

i love christmas music! i listen to it as much as possible during the holiday season, but i also listen to it throughout the year. i always have a song or two on my gym/running playlist. i get pretty excited when the christmas songs shuffle through. recently i find myself really liking instrumental christmas music. it's great in the background.

i love the piano guys christmas in the background on pandora.
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i recently discovered baby nephi. the christmas album was designed as lullabies for children, but i love it too. it's very relaxing. it can be found anywhere music is sold.
i enjoy listening to the music, but it would also make a great gift for the very young child on your list.

i will always love n sync christmas. i'm enjoying pentatonix this year. what are some of your faves?

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this post was sponsored by baby nephi. all opinions are my own.