Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Unblogged bloggable-cutting board craft

Celsey found out about this wood working class way before the chaos of 2020. I have a few tools, but I haven’t done much with them. It was such a fun night, and we felt so happy that we were able to make our cutting boards. 

The first step was to trace the shape we wanted. 

We cut the wood and sanded it down before staining it. 
It was not nearly as hard as I thought even though I was nervous at first. 

Our completed crafts. It was so fun and they were all unique. I have used mine so many times over the past year. It is perfect for a charcuterie board. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Wear it Wednesday..custom jewelry

I grew up in the south so everything is monogrammed and names are on everything. My name isn’t necessarily unique, but it is also not the most common name. I rarely find my name on anything so if I want anything with my name, I have to find something I can customize. My niece is the same way. She has wanted a necklace with her name on it for awhile, but she hasn’t been able to find one in the stores. I have worked with oNecklace a few times in the past. When they reached out to collaborate again, I instantly thought to surprise my niece with a necklace with her name. She got it right as school was getting started for her. Even though she is full distance learning for now, it is fun to have a new accessory for those zoom classes. 

I told her mom the package was coming, but Karlee was surprised when it came in the mail. She never finds anything with her name since she has the ee spelling at the end of her name. It was fun to surprise her with something fun. It was very easy to get the necklace with her name. I sent them the necklace i wanted with the spelling and they shipped it right to her. If you are interested in something custom, oNecklace is a very simple and affordable way to go. Thanks to oNecklace for helping me surprise her. She loved it! 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Beauty Time Tuesday-Empties

When I started doing empties posts I used so many products and bought quite a few new products often. When I moved I realized just how many things I have so I am trying to use up what I have before buying more things. I am slowly using things up which is always my favorite thing ever. It’s been a while since I have done an empties post so things have built up quite a bit. 

Dove dry shampoo-this is supposed to be unscented, but it smells to me. I do not like the smell at all. 
Terre mere toner-This came in my FabFitFun box. It is very lightweight and I love it. I actually put it in a spray bottle, and I am loving applying toner that way. 
Batiste volumizing dry shampoo-I love this and need to buy more. 
Bath and Body works body creams-I switched to a cleaner lotion for a while. I really love this body cream. 
Murad Collagen cream-This also came from FabFit Fun and I love it. 
Tarocco foot cream-another fabfitfun product that smells so good 
Morphe lip gloss-light and a slight shimmer
Lancôme eyelash primer-I don’t necessarily have a preference on brand, but I do need a primer
Mary Kay mascara-love this as my final mascara
Tarte maneater mascara-I usually really like this mascara. Maybe this tube is dried out because I didn’t love it as much this time.  
Klorane shampoo-I got this sample with dry shampoo and liked it enough that I wanted to include it in this post. I need to buy the full size. 
Lancôme primer-I have posted about this before. I had no idea there was lotion primer as opposed to a gel. I really like the lotion so much better.  

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Utah Family Vacation

I have been holding my breath since March hoping that my family would still be able to come to Utah this summer. Chelsea and Jeff were supposed to have a family reunion with the Vocana family and planned Kyler’s baptism around the reunion since his birthday was the same week. The reunion ended up getting canceled due to COVID, but the trip and baptism still happened. They spent a few days visiting friends before our family time.  

They came over to my house for lunch and to see where I live. It was fun to have them here. 
Mom and Dad flew in that evening and our first stop was Cafe Rio. It was only my second time eating in a restaurant since COVID started. There was almost no one there so that was nice. 
We didn’t have set plans for Tuesday morning so we went up to Silver Lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon to hike around. They kids loved all the little animals and the deer we saw. We packed a picnic and enjoyed the cooler temperatures up there. 

After being friends with Celsey and her family for years and years, she finally got to meet my family. Her parents invited us over to swim in their pool and then have pizza for dinner. The kids had fun meeting each other and playing together and it was fun to get the families together. 
Kyler celebrated his 8th birthday while they were here. He is pretty easy going and wasn’t super particular about what he wanted to do for his birthday. He started the day with birthday donuts and swimming. We went to In N Out for lunch and Classic Fun center for jumping and skating. The main thing he said he wanted was to go to a trampoline place. The kids loved running around and jumping and decided they wanted to skate towards the end. All of the kids ended up skating and having fun. I held Kenzie’s hands and helped her skate. 

It was pretty hot inside the fun center so the kids happily enjoyed a snow cone. 

Malea and her family were on their way home from Yellowstone and happened to be staying in Sandy that night. Malea and Abby stopped by for a quick visit. It was fun to see them. After they left, Jeff’s parents came over for dinner and birthday brownies and more swimming. I haven’t been with any of their kids on their birthday for a while so it was really fun to celebrate all day. 
Kyler’s baptism was one of the big reasons for the trip. With all of the restrictions we weren’t sure at one point if we would be able to have the baptism. Fortunately we were still able to have it, and Kyler had all the people that could be there in person to celebrate with him. It was a very initiate and special baptism since everyone there was there for him. Even his uncle Kyle presided over the baptism since he is in the bishopric. It was a different experience all being in masks, but it was still a special day. 

Kenzie put on my heels during the lunch and refused to take them off. She was very committed to wearing them even in her family picture and walking up the stairs. 

After everything was all cleaned up, we got checked out of the hotel and sent them on their way to spend a couple of days with the Vocana family. I took mom and dad to St. George. It was so nice to spend time with family after not really knowing how long it would be before we could see family with COVID restrictions. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Summer Break 2020

There are a lot of great things about my job. One of them is our frequent breaks. Every year we get a week off around the 4th of July. I often like to go on vacation, but with COVID this year was a little different. I really wanted to go somewhere but couldn’t decide if it was a good idea. I went back and forth a few times and ultimately decided it was best to stay home. I took advantage of the time to relax and also get some things done. Chelsea suggested a goal to get one productive things accomplished each day. That really helped me to not waste the whole week. I also made some time to do a few fun things too. 

Ale and I hiked around silver lake in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It was nice and cool and so beautiful up there. It was nice to get outside and enjoy nature. 
July is wildflower season and I tried to take full advantage of flowers I saw
Lisa was in town so we met for an outside lunch with Jackie. 
I am hiking more this summer than over before and it has been so fun. Brooke, Ale, Stacha, and I hiked in Suncrest on a Friday evening. The weather was perfect and the sunset was beautiful. 
This summer and summer break like most of the rest of 2020 are different than the norm, but I am trying to make the best of it. It is much slower paced and home based which is kind of nice at times. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

At Home Spa Weekend

I think we can all agree that 2020 is anything but normal. Like many others I have fond myself at home way more than ever. I went from being home basically to shower and sleep to being home most of the time. It has taken some creativity to adjust to being at home so much, and I am finding there are some things I really like doing at home. This article gives me some new ideas of things to try. If you are looking for some good things to try, check out this article for things to enjoy some relation while we are all stuck at home.

A Spa “Weekend”: Right in Your Own Home

By: Robin Noble

After the longest semester of my life—one that was spent almost entirely in “Zoom” classrooms instead of on-campus—I’m finally all wrapped up with my courses, and I’m ready to wrap myself up in a cocoon of self-care. Two weeks ago, after a particularly grueling writing session for a few classes’ worths of final essays, I drew a hot bath, mixed in some “bath bombs” and Epsom salts (along with a splash of tea tree oil), cranked up the Enya Spotify station, read a dozen chapters of my favorite Jane Austen novel, rubbed a deep conditioner into my scalp for at least thirty minutes, and scrubbed my body with an exfoliant. I felt like I was in figurative heaven. After that well-needed soak, I indulged in a glass of wine, and decided that I’d need a “spa night” as many nights throughout the week as possible—and, why stop there? Why not develop daily practices that would revitalize me every day? I started experimenting with a morning and evening routine that—once I had it dialed in—made me feel as fresh as the morning dew: even before I’d had my morning coffee.

Clear Skin, Clear Mind

The first step in maximizing my self-care “spa” treatment time, I dedicated myself to waking up a half-hour earlier than usual to give myself more time to complete my skincare routine. If I'm going to be outside facing the harshness of the daytime sun—or wearing makeup—I have to take care of that skin barrier first. After a few weeks, now I just feel a little incomplete if I skip what I’ve come to learn is a vital step for my health. In the wee hours of the dawn, I rinse my face with cold water (for now, I’ll skip the cleanser, as I will typically cleanse the night before), apply an alcohol-free toner, and then let that dry for a few secs. Then I'll apply a vitamin C serum and let that dry for a couple of minutes, followed by moisturizer and sunscreen. No matter how rushed I might possibly be, I never leave the house without applying an appropriate sunscreen. I give all of that time to sink in as I finish other morning steps (eating breakfast, preparing work correspondences). I sometimes struggle with the tedium of using multiple products, so I’m considering investing in a sunscreen with moisturizing properties that will allow me to skip the moisturizing step. By the time I’m done, I feel fresh and ready for the day—even if I’ll still be working from home, the sunscreen protects my skin whenever I head out for brisk walks about the neighborhood or garden breaks. 

Yoga, You Will Do

In the evening, after enjoying a day of awakened skin, I also want to “awaken'' my entire body as a part of my new “spa” routine. Depending on the day, it takes me a while to get warmed up to full strength or flexibility, so I practice with a specific intention in mind. Since sleep “resets” me every night, I like to prime my body to be fully warmed up by the end of my evening movement flow, to maximize my nightly rejuvenation. I start with dynamic stretching, do some semi-ironic “sun salutations” for ten or so minutes while focusing on strengthening my core; afterward, I loosen myself with backbends and downward dogs to ensure that my back will tighten up less as I sleep. 

Mix (Drink) it Up

The final step of the evening? Getting myself into that tub, with snacks and a mixed drink to wash down as I wash away my COVID cares and torrid troubles. When I think about my favorite spots in my hometown of Salt Lake City that I frequented before the pandemic, nothing can beat some of the downtown hotspots that turned up the “beat” every night: like the open-air stages at Gracie’s, or the sexy underbelly at Lake Effect. However, since I’m trying to work through some of my tensions at home, I’ll just have to borrow some of the best meal and drink ideas that my favorite establishments have to offer. For me, nothing—and I mean nothing—tastes better than chocolate-covered strawberries paired with Rosé: except chocolate-covered strawberries paired with Frosé. I play myself some of the melodic, moody jazz themes that others might be listening to live at Lake Effect’s “The Rabbit Hole,” and I float away on a musical cloud, with a pink, slushied wine in my hands. Throughout the day—and well into the evening—I’ve created for myself an experience that others would pay top-dollar for: all in the quiet and safety of my own home. Bring on another month of lockdown—I’m ready for even more time to myself.

Let me know if you decide to try any of these ideas. I definitely want to implement more of a self care routine.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Blogging the Bach...Greatest Seasons of All Time 4

Who’s watching: Amanda, Alicia, Alicia’s niece

We loved JoJo’s season the first time around, and we’re so excited to watch. Amanda was and maybe still is obsessed with Luke. 

Getting through the limo exits in less than 5 minutes is pretty perfect. There are so many guys we love and forgot about. 

Daniel is so funny. Can we bring him back?

Wells and Sarah are the cutest. It is fun to have them going through the whole episode. Wells was kind of the dork of the season but so cute at the same time. Poor Wells on the fire date was just sad. 

I don’t know if anyone really wants to re-visit Chad on this season, but here we are. Chad did not appreciate Evan’s stand up routine. The 2 on 1 date per usual is intense. Bye bye Chad. 

Besides saying goodbye to Chad that we were all happy about, the goodbyes on this season were brutal including the final goodbye with Robbie. 

Chase is really cute and we can’t remember what happened to him. I looked it up and he looks happily in love. Everything worked out for him. 

The proposal was great. JoJo and Jordan are so cute. We loved this season!

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Blogging the Bach..Greatest Seasons of All Time 3

Who’s watching: Celsey, Amanda, Alexis

The limo exits were the best. We all forgot JoJo wore a unicorn head and the horse entrance. It’s fun to re-live all of these memories. 

Swimming with the pigs was the funniest thing of the season. Amanda had some funny stories about swimming with pigs. 

Olivia was definitely the villain of the season. Her interview was so good. She talked about her experience with the show and her growth since then. They brought Ben on to chat with her. It was good to see where she was and where she is now, and she looks amazing. 

We talked our way through the recap of Caila’s relationship, breakup, and interview. 

We can’t figure out why they choose to interview the people that have noting to do with the season, but we were excited for the Dean and Caelynn interview. They finally addressed the rings they wear. They don’t feel the need to get the government involved to be committed to each other. 

Ben falls in love with two women and tells them both and we got to watch it all over again including the breakup with JoJo, proposal, etc. That as probably not so fun for him or them. We get to catch up with Ben and his other fiancée. As awkward as it probably is to see this replayed, it is fun for us to watch it back. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Blogging the Bach-Greatest Seasons of All Time 1 and 2

I have been blogging about the bachelor for years and years. I love the show and all of the spin off shows and all the people and all of the things. I initially wasn’t positive if our Monday night crowd planned to watch, and even then I didn’t know if I would lost about it. I was happy to find out several people did want to watch. We all know it is more fun to watch with friends, and I always prefer to watch with them than watch alone. 

Celsey and I (and Amanda for a little bit of the show) watched episode 1-Sean Lowe’s season. We watched the whole season together the first time. We loved the season, all the girls, and everything about it. It was so fun to watch it again. We loved the interviews with everyone and especially loved seeing Sean and Catherines relationship develop. Even though I follow them on social media, it was still fun to catch up with their lives now with the interview with Chris Harrison. We forgot about some of our favorite things and loved reminiscing on the season. 

We had more of a crowd for week 2 for Kaitlyn’s season. Celsey, Amanda, Megan, and Alicia and Adam for a while watched this week. Her season was one of the best and she had such great guys on her season. I was wondering how they would do this season since Kaitlyn and Shawn aren’t together anymore. I loved the way they did it. They showed a lot of the season-the funny parts, the embarrassing parts, and everything in between. They showed the relationship with Nick and the final rose with him, but they didn’t show the final rose with Shawn. That was a really tasteful way to show the season. They interviewed a few people from the season and a few other from the franchise and ended with an interview with Kaitlyn and Jason. They teased a surprise the whole time and it ended up that Chris Harrison asked Kaitlyn to be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. I am so excited for her to be on the show. She is such a good dancer and has wanted it for so long. It was a really fun ending to the show this week. 

I am excited for Ben Higgins next week. I love him and I’m excited to watch. 

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Beauty time Tuesday(on Wednesday)-recent empties

It has been a while since I have done an empties post. I have definitely still been using a lot of products and replacing them with old favorites or trying new things. 
Everyone lotion-I really like this lotion and the mint scent a lot. It is cleaner than my usual favorite, but I am still not sure if I can switch forever 
BedHead hairspray -I like to mix up my hairspray sometimes and this is a good one
Kristin Ess dry shampoo-love
Coconut oil dry shampoo-not my fave. 
Murad vitamin c toner-very light and I love it a lot
Wander mascara-LOVE
Lancôme primer-lotion rather than silicone based primer. I love this 
Whipped body soap-smells so good and love it
Moroccan oil hair mask-made my hair feel really soft 

I will definitely replace some of these products and use again. I haven’t tried many new things lately, but I am always open to product suggestions. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Blogging the Bach..Listen to Your Heart 1.6

Since this show is only 6 episodes I had every intention of being spoiler free. I didn’t look up any of the people on the show on social media. I haven’t read Reality Steve or looked at any of the spoiler accounts..until Monday. Watching on Tuesday has been fine until the finale. I just really wanted to know what happened. I saw the start of a spoiler story on Instagram. I knew what I was getting by watching the rest of the story. I had some pretty good guesses of what was going to happen, and I didn’t really want to wait another day to see. I don’t really know what that says about me and my patience, but here we are.

The episode starts out with everyone traveling to Nashville. Chris and Bri and Trevor and Jaime are so excited and so happy. Matt and Rudi but mostly Matt are so awkward. Things are not good. They see Christ Harrison and get the plans for the week-2 songs and a date with a fantasy suite. They get their song assignments. The 2 solid couples are so happy about their songs. Rudi is fake happy about their songs, and Matt says nothing. 

People start practicing and Rudi and Matt aren’t even pretending they are singing. Matt tells Rudi he doesn’t think he can get to the same place as the other couples. He wants to be true to himself. Rudi is understandably so upset. She cries and cries. I don’t know if it’s quarantine, tired, or what, but I cry right a long with her. I am actually genuinely sad. I am not sure what the bigger issue is-Matt giving up on something before giving it a full chance or my reaction to a TV show. Rudi and Matt leave, and I am still sad. 

The other couples have their final dates. Jamie is falling more and more in love with Trevor and Trevor is falling more and more for Jamie. Chris and Bri have been so solid the whole time. Bri starts talking like maybe they aren’t as solid as we have all thought. A few minutes later they get the fantasy suite card and decide not to go. They don’t want to compromise what they have. It seems like they are both on the same page and we are back to thinking they are solid like they’ve been. 

Who knows what is really going on with Bri and Chris. It seems like they are trying to throw us off that they are having problems. It seems like it might be an editing trick. The performances start and they continue to make use think Bri and Chris are having problems. No one is buying it. Unless something happened that we didn’t get to see, they are nervous but otherwise fine.

Jamie and Trevor perform first. It is the best we have seen from them. I still don’t think they will win. I also don’t think they are still together. I didn’t read any spoilers on that, but I just don’t see it lasting. 

Bri and Chris are up next. Once they get on stage, they seem totally fine. They sound good together. They are in love. The win the whole thing.

In conclusion, Bri and Chris are cute and sound good together. I listened to their album today, and it was really good. I am still sad that Rudi and Matt left. I want to hear them sing more, and I am hopeful based on their interviews and social media posts that we will hear them sing together. Rudi released a new single the night of the finale. It’s really good, and she’s no dummy. Overall, I really enjoyed this show. It was the perfect quarantine show, and I’m sad it’s over. I also wish there would have been some time of virtual reunion show.

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