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Saturday, August 31, 2013

fall holiday blocks

I really really can't believe it's labor day weekend. I am so sad to see summer go, but there are some really great things about fall. I love pumpkin everything. The decor and candy are both my faves, and who doesn't love a good pair of boots?!? Since I'm gearing myself up for fall, I'm hoping you are too.

I saw these blocks somewhere a few years ago and promptly ordered the vinyl to make them. 1 set of blocks for 2 holidays sounds perfect. I have quiet a few fall decorations and minimal places to put them so Celsey and I decided to make/give them for a gift.

The hardest part was figuring out what colors to paint the blocks. Making sure we didn't have the same color 2 letters in a row was hard. In case you decide to make them, here are the details.

You need 11 blocks total that are 3" wide if you want them the same size as these
-4 blocks that are 4.5" tall
-4 blocks that are 3.5 "tall
-3 blocks that are 3" tall

This is how the blocks are paired up

G I V E (heart) T H A N K S
T I R C  or       T R K A T E

you can obviously see the colors in the pictures, but just in case...


This turned out to be a really fun gift. I ended up really loving the packaging.

I'm still in major love with these blocks and kind of sad I didn't make them for myself. Let me know if you make them. The hard part is already done:)

Friday, August 30, 2013

vocana family pics

i took these pictures when i was in california in may. they are completely unedited but still worth sharing. these kids really are the cutest things ever and definitely my favorite.

karson's class face

karlee picked some flowers and was more interested in those than taking pictures
we've been teaching this girl to pose for pictures since she was an itty bitty babe. she's got it for sure.

don't forget to enter the labor day giveaway

if you're local, escape the fam and come hang out with the shine project at soel in orem/provo. details here and here.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

fun event/labor day giveaway

ashley posted this teaser picture on instagram of some of the new fall threads line. i'm obsessed and absolutely NEED one of these immediately. i can't wait to check these out and all their other fun new products. ditch the kids and the husband and come hang out.

i usually dread labor day because it means the end of summer which means the inevitable winter. i'm trying to dread it a little less this year. so, to kick off the labor day weekend, i teamed up with some other bloggers to bring you the labor day weekend giveaway.

|| My Life, I Guess... || Seductive Mania || Dreaming About Someday ||
 It's almost Labor Day and as a celebratory kick off I decided to put together a little giveaway with a few fellow bloggers. If you know me well than you already know that this is my favorite time of year because it marks the end of summer + I get to celebrate my birthday. Lucky for me, I share my birthday with the long weekend ahead and I couldn't be more excited that I get to spend it with my parents. So without further a do, let's do some celebrating :)
Giveaway Details: +You MUST be a My Beautiful, Crazy Life reader. +This giveaway will end on September 4 at 11:00p.m. so get your entries in before its too late! +Winner will be verified, so make sure your doing what you say you are :) +This giveaway is only open to US readers this time, sorry! +Winner will be contacted via e-mail & need to respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck :)
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Monday, August 26, 2013

august 30x30...days 19-24 plus other fun stuff

everyone is probably tired of hearing me talk about how busy i am and how moving it killing me so i'll save it. before i get to what i've been wearing the past week, i want to tell you about a few other fun things first.
i got to know jacquelyn during the may 30x30 challenge. she started a blog swap program. it's a little different than others i have done in the past. it's pretty simple. 
1. sign up
2. get matched up with a partner
3. email, blog stalk, etc.
4. send a letter in the mail to your partner
it's that simple. you get mail...real mail and a new bloggy friend. i love it!
i got paired up with kaara for august. we've emailed back and forth several times and follow each other on social media. we have a lot in common, and it's been really fun to get to know her. unfortunately both of us have been pretty busy and were a little late in sending our letters, but they are in the mail now. it's been a lot of fun. want to join in the fun for september?
Signups begin August 26 (that's today)

Matches revealed September 1.

Contact must be made by September 4.

Letters sent by September 18.

Sharing post is September 25.

October signups begin September 23.


-The Shine Project employs low income American youth to hand make trendy bracelets to help them pay their way through college.

follow the shine project on instagram @theshineproject for your chance
 to win a $25 card to Soel and $25 to spend on Threads!

who is coming to this fun girls night out with other bloggers and girls across Utah? i know i'll be there.

and now for days 19-24...

day 19... the dinner part of monday night tradish continued for the first time in months although i actually took my pic at work that day.

day 20...worked late and ended the night at the tail of nettie and jp's gender reveal party

day 21... not sure why my bun is crooked/didn't notice until i took this picture

day 22...dinner at paradise bakery with friends followed by a return trip to provo to meet up with some blog friends

day 23...favorite things party (more to come)

day 24...shawn's birthday bbq and leigh and bobby's wedding recption
i don't love or even like my hair curly, but it was a literal monsoon outside when i got out of the shower. straight hair would have been a disaster.

in case you missed what i've been wearing all month
days 13-18
days 7-12
days 1-6
30 items


Friday, August 23, 2013

my next project

things have been CRAZY around here the past couple of weeks between deciding to move, packing, unpacking, trying to keep up with #august30x30 all while experiencing some of the highest stress of my career. there has definitely been zero time for crafting lately so i'm really happy to have rebecca here to talk about an awesome project that i'm pretty sure i NEED to do.

I made a fun dry erase calendar for a wedding gift for a good friend of mine. I thought it would be practical plus I used colors that I felt were neutral for both her and her new husband.

The project was pretty fun to do and didn't take a lot of time at all. I think I will do more of these as gifts and maybe even one for myself as well. Here's how I did this:

What you’ll need: 
  • a frame (I bought mine from the dollar store for $1 and it is a 11x14. You can go bigger or smaller though if you'd like.)
  • 7 paint samples in colors you choose (I got mine from Walmart in the paint dept. They are free of course.)
  • scrapbook paper (I bought the glitter swirls at Micheal's for $1 and had to purchase two to fit the frame size)
  • glue
  • tape
  • dry erase markers (again bought from the dollar store. Four markers for $1)

And let's begin.....

So here were my supplies. The scrapbook paper had already been cut before the photo was taken but this is what I started with.

I then cut the bottom square off of every sample sheet. Remember, you are going to need seven strips of the paint sample sheets {one for each day of the week}

I glued the scrapbook paper to the back of the cardboard that comes with the frame to get the exact size and had to merge the two sheets of scrapbook paper together. Then I cut around that to get the final size and shape to fit into the frame. Then I started to attach the paint sample strips. I first put a strip of tape on both ends and then glue around the middle for a bit of extra support since the glitter was raised on the paper, I wasn't sure if just the glue would keep in place right away.

So after all the color strips were glued, I let them dry for a minute and placed some books on top for that extra push to hold them down.

I placed the entire thing into the frame and placed the glass on it. This is the finished product. I then wrote on the glass with a dry erase marker and viola!

thanks rebecca for sharing this great idea with us. i'm always looking for my next project. i will definitely be trying this one very soon!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

august 30x30...days 13-18

if you're new around here, welcome! so happy to have you.
sorry for the silence around here the past few days. i up and moved over the weekend which caused a fair amount of chaos. i attempted to post on monday. turns out it's helpful if you use the correct internet password. oops! somehow i managed to keep up 30x30 in the midst of this crazy move. it actually made packing a lot easier since i only had to keep out my 30 items. confession...i did cheat once this week.

day of the perk of training so many new people at work is i often have a photographer

 day 15...outside the house of a family i work wtih

day new pic spot in my office wasn't as great this time

day 17...moving day. i wore a 30x30 shirt but cheated and wore yoga pants. i wasn't about to move in skinny jeans.

day 18...starting to get the slightest bit settled
even though i'm a little late posting, i am so happy i stuck with the challenge through the move and all the other craziness.
come check out what everyone else is wearing.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

august 30x30...days 7-12

after i signed up for this round of 30x30, i decided to move. i got a little nervous about doing it in the middle of that mess. it actually makes packing a lot easier. i only have 30 pieces of clothes to even worry about keeping out. 
day pic spot in the office. i went to a super fun blogger meetup (post to come) and should definitely have taken my picture there 

day 8...outside the office. i ran into the PR lady who actually knows how to use a nice camera.

day 9...outside the slurp. friday lunch followed by treats at the slurp (my new fave) 

day 10...zermatt resort at my cousins violin performance. i never would have put this outfit together so 30x30 is working. although, this isn't my fave outfit and for sure not my fave pic this week.

 day 11...visiting a girl from church and trying to avoid the shadows (impossible)

day 12...back in midway at the homestead for our staff retreat. yes, that shirt and cardi have both been worn this week. 30x30=much more frequent laundry
in case you missed the other august 30x30 posts...
days 1-6
30 items
come see what everyone else is wearing.