Saturday, June 6, 2015

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

It took a week but I finally made it through all the photos of our cruise! It was such a fun trip and has been a blast going back through our photos and sharing those memories all over again. Links to photo albums below!

Cruise ship photos

Nassau, Bahamas - swimming with dolphins

St. Thomas - snorkeling with turtles

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Grand Turk - playing with sting rays

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cruisin’ 2015

Well, it has been quite awhile since I’ve blogged.

What can I say, it’s been a busy 6 months! Between work, kids (school/sports, etc.) and all the other life stuff I found my posting less frequent. Or really, nonexistent. ;)

We were in need of some R&R with how busy we have been.  Last October, Jake and I talked about taking the kids on a cruise. We had done one together in 2012, and always talked about doing a family one. We knew the kids would have a blast!

We booked our cruise in April and set said on May 23rd (Saturday) for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean Cruise! The kids got out of school on the 21st, so we took a red eye out that night, spent a day with my family in Florida and then headed to Port Canaveral to set sail on Saturday.

We visited the amazingly beautiful Nassau (Bahamas), St. Thomas, San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Grand Turk. We played with dolphins, snorkeled with sea turtles, explored historic Old San Juan and swam with sting rays. It was quite the trip, full of incredible experiences!

I’m going through our photos now, and I’ll share the photo album links when I’m finished, but here’s a teaser of a few favorites! 

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We’re getting ready to leave my mom and dad’s in just a couple hours to head to the airport and home. It has been so nice to spend time with family and relax!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Brighten it Up

Ask my friends and they’ll agree, I wear a lot of neutrals and tend to shy away from bright colors in my wardrobe.

So having a style challenge at PMT to brighten it up and wear some color might have been a stretch for me. I have worn a couple more colorful outfits lately, but really liked this one from last Friday.

I wanted to be super casual but had some meetings I thought I needed to be a little bit dressed up for, but I still felt super comfy in this outfit!

Brighten it up Pants: Kohls// Top: Ross// Jacket: Maurices// Ankle Boots: Target// Necklace & Earring set: Charming Charlie’s

The red accessories really did add a pop of color and brighten up the whole outfit which otherwise would have been pretty plain in black, white and gray.

I’ve already played with the next challenge to copy an outfit you pinned, and looking to see if there are other things I can pair together before the next link up. Here’s my Style Makeover Board so you can follow along on Pinterest with me!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dressing for Success in 2015

I didn’t set resolutions this year, but I did give my self some goals and projects I wanted to tackle in 2015. Some personal, some professional and some “just because” goals.

One thing I knew I wanted to focus on this year was dressing up a little more and well, dressing well. I don’t think I always dress poorly, but after losing some weight and winning our work fitness competition last year, I’m at the point that I need to rebuild my wardrobe. Seriously.

Loose and baggy clothes are awesome when you’ve lost weight (!!) but they don’t quite work when you’re trying to feel more confident about yourself since you still feel sloppy in those old baggy clothes. Right?! To be honest, I’ve gained a little bit back since June between Vegas, Hawaii and spending two weeks in Florida over Christmas (can you blame me?!), but I’m still down over 5% body fat from this time last year and am getting back into the groove of working out and lifting, and eating right once again now that the holidays are over.

I promise I’m making a point with that lengthy intro. ;) Queue the style challenge from Audrey at Putting Me Together. I’ve followed her blog for quite some time, but always thought, “When I lose weight I’ll dress better” or “I can’t wear stuff like that, my thighs/stomach/arms are way too big”  and so on and so forth. Well, I’m still working on being more fit and healthy, but damned if I’m going to let one more day go by where I don’t feel cute and happy in my own skin and actually excited to get dressed in the morning.

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The challenge this week is to wear a dress. Now, before I would have totally had reservations, but I was coming around to the idea recently of wearing tights and boots with my dresses and expanding my wardrobe in our chilly Utah winter months.

I bought this dress and belt while we were in Florida (on clearance, yessss!) and was excited to see the challenge knowing this would be a great time to pull them out. Thanks to some cute friends at work (Shawn, Davey and Krystal) for the sweet compliments when I wore this yesterday! I don’t know if you’ll ever read this, but I super appreciated the love!

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And yes I totally did the selfie in the mirror for these. ;)

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  Dress: JC Penny//Belt: Maurices//Tights: Rue 21//Boots: Kohls

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Audrey is holding a link-up party tomorrow (Thursday) so if you have a cute dress outfit to share make sure you visit her blog and share! 

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Share your outfits on Instagram #pmtstylechallenge so I can borrow inspiration for future outfits! I’ve been pinning some outfit inspiration and ideas to my Style Makeover board, come follow along!

Now, hold me to these weekly challenges guys! :) Upcoming challenges are wearing a pop of color and copy an outfit you’ve pinned…stay tuned!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hawaii 2014

Visiting family over Christmas has given me some downtime to finally go through our Hawaii pictures, yay! I haven’t done any editing, but wanted to share all the amazing sights we saw on Maui! We spent 5 days there and can’t wait to go back again soon.

Click below for the full album (all 502 photos)!

These are a few of my faves from the Luau we went to.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Balloons

I really should be packing, but since I crossed several other things off my to do list, I decided I had some time to play. ;)

I’m the worst card-giver ever (goal for next year!) but I wanted to make sure I had cards to take with me when we visited my family, so I used the color combo at Nacho Average and the one layer challenge at Stampin Royalty to whip up a quick card for my brother-in-law!

 Balloon Happy Birthday Using the combo of Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzaz and Silver I stamped the balloon images (from a new set from the Occasions Catalog called Celebrate Today) onto Neutrals White cardstock. I heat embossed stars onto the Lagoon balloon in silver, and also punched the stars and then added the glimmer silver paper stars to the inside of the card to stay consistent with the one-layer challenge and also add a fun dimension.

Balloon Happy Birthday Close Up

  Here’s a close-up of the punched starts between layers. I am LOVING this new set and can’t wait to play with it more!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Mitten Gift Card Holder

I never thought I’d utter these four words…I miss the snow. It’s crazy to think I’m missing the snow right now as it just doesn’t seem like Christmas, much less December, without the snow!

Add to that craziness, the last two weeks have been ridiculously busy and go-go-go. All last week I battled migraines, headaches and nausea which left me feeling tired and grumpy. Not a happy crafter and not productive at all. This week has been non-stop with wrapping up some work projects before taking off to spend Christmas with my family. I have been grateful for the busyness though as it’s made the week go by quickly as I count down the days in anticipation of getting to hug my mom and dad! :)

So tonight, I’m sharing a project that was made quite awhile ago since I haven’t had time to play, and is reminiscent of the days when we will finally get snow that stays longer than 24 hours in the valley.

Mitten Gift Card Holder 

This little mitten gift card holder is a Silhouette cut file and is super simple to put together! Although the actual ribbon trim and paper I used is no longer available, you can definitely substitute with other colors to create your own cute gift card holder!

I’m hoping I can squeeze some play time in among my lengthy to do list! Wish me luck!