Friday, December 20, 2013

It's official!

The semester is over. My finals are over. Peace out Provo.... :) I am so so so stoked to go home. Seriously, I've never been more excited to go home before this year. I love Texas.

To celebrate finals being over I had some awesome "Madi time!" I made homemade popcorn, watched Netflix, read a book, packed, and cleaned. It was pretty great. And that was just on Thursday night. I've already said goodbye to Provo, taken a nap, and started being domestic. I can already tell it's going to be a great break.

I cannot wait for all the Christmas traditions, family time, and hitting up some of my favorite Texas restaurants. And don't forget the playtime with my nieces and nephew. Texas here I come!!

If you want to follow more of my adventures, follow me on twitter here!
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Final countdown..

You get it? Because it's finals week and all?? It's been a busy finals week, as normal, but bearable. And it's almost over! You could say I'm pretty stoked..

1 final left
5 hours left to study
4 days until I got to Texas
7 days until Christmas
3 semesters of college left (I'm counting spring and summer terms as one semester)
1 year until I graduate and I'm a certified teacher!!

It has been a year since I was last home, so you could say I'm a little excited to go home. I've seen my parents and most of my siblings. But I'll get to finally meet my new niece! And simply be in my favorite state ever... TEXAS! My brother and I have already talked about all the places we want to go eat and things we want to do.. It's going to be awesome.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

I'm so cool and I have the coolest life [false]

Pahhahaha. Let's be honest. I'm definitely not cool enough to be part of the Provo 100, also I don't even know what it is, nor do I care what it is or to be on it. I spend too much of my time talking about work and my coworkers (hahah, NEVER! I love them so it's cool that they consume my life), and not near enough about having an actual life/social life. And so here I am talking about work again... #161forlife #seriouslyworkismylife #andimokaywithit #wereafamily

Holler. Look what I made! Blog buttons for Women's Conference! I made the top one. They're so cute! I'm obsessed. You can find them here!


Holler, again. Look what else I made. Now you can give someone Women's Conference as a gift! I made the "Christmas Gift" one (with the wreath on it). It's adorable (not to toot my own horn, but really...) You can get those here.

Okay, enough with the shameless self-promotion/shout out to Women's Conference....

Seriously though, Women's Conference is one of the most amazing things I have been able to be a part of. I haven't really gotten to attend the talks/classes myself, but I have read a countless number of them. I have seen how the women who come act and seen the appreciation in their faces. I love getting to see so many women coming together to lift each other up, to better themselves, to be rejuvenated, and to continue working to become more like Christ. And that's why I don't like my job. I truly truly love it.
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PS, tomorrow we have two work parties. We SO excited. (Also because It's Friday! Thanks Rebecca Black for all you've done for us and for the music and for the terrible phrases that are now ingrained into my vocabulary.) On the realz, the sister offices are getting together tomorrow to throw the most awesome Christmas pancake party ever. 161 + 169 = BFFs  #sisteroffices #the160sforlife

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A short thought,

In college, sometimes you stay on campus for a veeeeery looooong time.
You might have a homework/studying parties with your siblings.
You'll definitely go to Denny's late at night and make wonderful friends.
And sometimes, an invitation to hang out with people means more than you ever knew it could.

Thanks a whole heap. It was truly appreciated.
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Ps, I like making friends. It makes life more fun.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Let's be honest

...sometimes it's really just the little things that make your day.

In my favorite class we start each class with three things: a prayer, a scripture/spiritual thought, and good news minute. It was too funny the day after Thanksgiving break. Two girls announced they were pregnant (that makes 3 girls total!) and one girl announced that she was engaged. Then my great friend Kenzie is all chill like... "I made a music video at work the other day. It was hilarious!"

Thank you Kenz for showing us that we can be happy with our lives the way they are. We can appreciate the little things. Huge life changing decisions aren't the only exciting things going on in your life. Sometimes all you have going on are the little things. So celebrate them. Pshh let's be honest, I'll take any excuse to get ice cream or hot chocolate and have a party!

Today, I peeled my orange all in one piece. It was awesome. And now I'm going to eat ice cream. Par-tay!
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

It's December!!

Dude. Y'all. You. Hey! Can you believe that it is already December?!? Lets be honest, I feel like its still......oh like August? Maybe September. Maybe. But it's officially Christmas season!!! Which is only the most wonderful time of the year!



If you know me at all, you know that I've been listening to Christmas music for a while already, and watching Hallmark Christmas movies since even before that, so yeah...you could say I'm pretty stinking excited about it being December. Let's just say, I already have 4 Christmas music playlists. And I've had those for a few weeks. Maybe a month. Who can really remember. If you want to join in on the Christmas music happiness, here y'all go. I use Grooveshark at work, so that's where I've been making them. Also if you have any Christmas music suggestions pleaaase hit me up. My favorite song currently is "When Christmas Comes to Town" from the Polar Express soundtrack.

Also, join in on the Elf Yourself magic!! I always love making these, and if you didn't hear earlier, my boss made me and my coworkers one! It was the best.

And now I can go drive around and look at Christmas lights and drink hot chocolate and it'll be great. I've been wanting to go look at Christmas lights for the last little while, but sadly people haven't really had them up until now... :D I'm like a kid in a candy shop.

And now I can finally change my computer desktop to a Christmas one, because Christmas makes the best backgrounds!

ANNNND...There are only 9 days of classes left, plus a week of finals, and we're done with the semester. It's crazy awesome. I get to go to TEXAS 3 weeks from today. Super stoked.
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Don't get me wrong, Thanksgiving is awesome. And seriously, this week off (all my classes on Monday got cancelled, and I don't have classes of Fridays--Tuesday was Friday classes) was glorious. It was just what I needed to get through this last little bit. I spent all week with my cousins. It was awesome. But it just made me want to go to Texas and be with my parents and siblings and nieces and nephew even more. I. Am. So. Stoked.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My little tradition

This Thanksgiving video gets me every year. It's my little tradition to watch it around Thanksgiving time and just remember all of the little and big things I'm thankful for.



Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, but also a time to serve.
It also marks the beginning of a wonderful holiday season! Think about it... In November we focus on gratitude. December we focus on Christ's birth (and soo much more!). January we self-reflect and set goals for the future. We try to better ourselves and become more Christlike. February is all about love. I like to think of it more as loving one another, loving our neighbors, friends, and family.

In all of those things, I'm reminded to serve. I'm reminded of the selfless life Jesus Christ led, and all that he did for others. I'm inspired to notice peoples needs and do what I can to fill them. I want to try a little harder, to be a little better!

So lets remember those things this holiday season, it's just barely getting started. It still has months to go and we need to serve each other continually. It brings happiness to everyone, yourself included.

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

#161forlife

My coworkers and I have a few loves in this world. (in no particular order...)
1. Food, especially chocolate and candy and ice cream (especially especially when it's free)
2. The gospel of Christ
3. Our jobs at good ol' BYU Conferences and Workshops
4. Instagram
...I'm sure there are a lot more but that sounds about good to me.

And thus... #161forlife was born. We just had to share our love for food, each other, and our jobs with the world and scream it from the mountain tops that "we have the best job evaaaaaa!" and that "our bosses love us more than your bosses do!!!" (both real things I've put on insta, #noshame).

(And seriously, I swear 90% of the things I Instagram about are work, directed towards people at work, or work jokes... #ihavenolife #jkjk #butreally...)

3 REASONS WHY WE LOVE BYU CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS OFFICE 161:


  1. We decorate each other's desks in the best way possible for birthdays. Grumpy cat birthday memes, dream vacation destinations, and all the confetti you could ever want included. #bejealous
  2. Our office meetings always include ice cream. And if you work the next morning, then you can eat more and more of it. (Fact: Ice cream makes the best breakfast. College eating habits for the win!)
  3. And sometimes my boss makes an "Elf Yourself" video of me and my coworkers celebrating Christmas in true Texan style. Wanna check it out for yourself? I knew it. Here y'all go. Enjoy about two minutes of awesome elf-country dancing. (I'm the one with sunglasses in case you couldn't tell.)


Merry (very early) Christmas Y'all! xoxo C&W 161
#161forlife
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P.S. In case you are worried about me and my hashtagging habits: Yes, I am aware that hashtags don't work on blogger. I've got one thing to say about it... #longhairdontcare :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy happy happy

How y'all feeling today? But seriously, I hope y'all are happy happy happy! Just like my good friend Phil Robertson says...



Today I am happy happy happy. Wanna know why? Good, I'm going to tell you! (If you don't what to know...then that's all cool, just close this and be happy happy happy because you saw that awesome 14 second video.) I'm happy because today I felt my Savior's love! I felt it soo much and it was amazing. I have been focusing on feeling His love for me each day and recognizing it more. And it's been awesome. It makes me happy happy happy! (Okay, I've gotta stop saying that...)

But in all seriousness, I am so happy. I know that my Savior loves me! He loves each of us. How can you not be happy when you know that? I haven't been all that happy lately, but I had to relearn and remember that the Lord knows who I am and that I am a daughter of God and that he loves me. And now I just want to sing this song all the day long:
I feel my Savior's love
In all the world around me.
His Spirit warms my soul
Through ev'rything I see.
I feel my Savior's love;
Its gentleness enfolds me...
I feel my Savior's love
And know that he will bless me...
I'll share my Savior's love
By serving others freely.
Each day I can reflect and notice things that show how the Savior loves me. Today I was able to feel that love and it made today best! I am so grateful that I am able to feel my Savior's love.

But I think there is so much more to being grateful than just saying thanks. By showing that we're grateful for things and actually doing something to help others, we get so much more out of life. We can show our gratitude to the Savior through our actions and through serving others.

I'm going to try more to serve those around me and become more aware of their needs. I'm not always the best at that (hello, I'm a 20 year old college student who pretty much focuses on herself like 99% of the time), but it's something I can work on!

Soooo if you have any awesome ways you have helped people around you, even little things, let me know. I would love to hear your stories. They're inspiring :)

If you want some awesome service quotes, videos, etc...check out my work's Facebook page. I help plan BYU Women's Conference and this month we've been focusing on service. It's been just what I needed!
Read the rest of the lyrics here.
Hear the song here.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy lists

This weekend was a great weekend. I learned about happy lists. Happy lists are lists of things that make you happy, things you're grateful for, etc. It's a way to focus of the positive in life.

I've been trying to make happy lists all my life, without even knowing it! And I think November is a great time to make a happy list (ya know...gratitude, Thanksgiving and all!). It helps to put things in perspective for me. It reminds me of what is truly important. And it makes me remember all of the wonderful blessings I have in my life.

Tender mercies are at the top of my happy list. They remind me that the Lord knows what I am going through. I have really worked to recognize the little things that help me feel my Heavenly Father's love each day. Tender mercies are those little things that give me a way I can remember the Lord and remember that he knows who I am.



"The Lord's tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ." -David A. Bednar

Elder Bednar's talk "The Tender Mercies of the Lord" teaches us to invite and recognize the Lord's tender mercies in our lives. There are daily blessings in our lives. The Lord wants us to know each day that he knows what we are going through. He truly understands it, and more so than any other person.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Purpose

When I started this blog I wanted it to be adorable. I wanted it to have a zillion followers, I wanted recipes on it, I wanted fashion on it, I wanted crafts on it, and lets be honest...I wanted to be pinned. I tried that out for a while. I made desserts, I took pictures of outfits, and I made crafts. Since then I have realized that's not really what I want this blog to be.

Don't get me wrong, I love baking. For realz...it's one of those things I do for me. I do it to relax and I genuinely enjoy it. But I don't bake that often, especially up at school. And I realized that I don't love to dress up or at least taking pictures of it for a blog. I felt like I was trying too hard. And finally, while yes I sure do like crafting and sewing, it's another thing that I don't really loove to do. It's not something that if I have 30 minutes I'm going to go sew a skirt. (I would probably just end up watching Netflix if I'm being honest here...) Yes those are thing I enjoy doing, but those aren't things I want to blog about. I'm not that passionate about those things.

Do I really know what this blog is exactly? No. It's just some thoughts for me. It's a place for me to record and remember things. It's a place for me to share quotes that I love with people I love. We'll see what this ends up being. And that is okay. It's an adventure. It's a journey.

It's changed soo much over the almost 3 years I've had it. And is it going to continue to change? Yes! And that's okay. I have spent hours thinking up different blog names and designs for this silly thing throughout the years. And just now am I realizing that I love the name I decided on. I was reminded to keep looking up. I remembered the wisdom and comfort I gained from reading the talk "It Is Better to Look Up" by Carl B. Cook. I always feel empowered from that talk.

I challenge you to read the talk and set a goal for yourself to keep looking up.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

A rule for myself: try

Life is full of ups and downs. Some days are going to be better than others. That's the "nature of the beast." But we are able to determine our attitudes about things. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the crying session every once in a while, despite my hatred for crying. Sometimes you just need to. But overall, I think it is so important for me to choose to have a good attitude.

That is something my parents always told me. If I was having a bad time at an activity or something, they directed my to change my attitude. Nobody could make me have a bad time. Or like when I would fight with my brother, I would say "he makes me so mad!" But the truth is, he wasn't making me mad. I let what he ias doing bother me. It's up to me to decide how I feel.



I love this quote. Because, let's be honest, we all want to give up sometimes. We stop believing. We get discouraged. But we need to remember to keep trying. Be believing. Be happy. And not to get discouraged. So much easier said than done... But it is possible.

I have a rule for myself: 
I can't complain about my circumstances if I'm not trying, or haven't tried to change them.

For example, if I don't have anything to do on a Friday night, I don't let myself complain about it if I haven't asked anyone to do something. That way, I'm trying to make myself happy. And chances are if you try something, anything, in one way or another it will work out. It might not turn out how you expected, but putting some effort in always brings some result.
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Quote print found here. Isn't it gorgeous?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Good, better, or best

Whenever I pass someone on campus or at church or at the grocery store, we (both them and I are guilty) just ask "How are you doing?," and say "Good!" And thats pretty much all is said. Why are we always compelled to say good, even if we aren't doing good or even if we are doing amazing. We say good and go on our way.

Two friends of mine always asks me how I'm doing...Good? Better? Or best? Really think about the importance of that. There are a few reasons I love that simple question of "good, better, or best?"

It is positive.
I don't like dwelling on the negative, but it gives me an opportunity to differentiate between my days. I'm not doing the same everyday. Some days are better than others, and that is okay. It is okay that some days are hard, but even then there are parts of the day that are good, if not great. Find the happiness or the goodness in each day. It is possible.

It is sincere.
We sincerely ask how each other is doing. It is not a question we feel obligated to ask simple because it is socially acceptable. We don't answer it by saying "good" and move on. We talk about it. We ask each other why. It helps to rejoice together and console each other.

It is unique.
It started as a joke. I used to always put my hand under my chin when taking funny pictures. Then it evolved to sometimes under my chin, sometimes by my chin, and sometimes on the side of my cheek... My friend Matt always teased me for it, but now he even does it with me sometimes.



It reminds you that your friends really do care how you are actually doing. They do not just want an automatic response. There are people who sincerely want to know how you are doing. They want to be happy with you. They want to make you feel better if today has only been good. And they want to help you make tomorrow best.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Wisdom from Karrie

Y'all might already know this, but I am a Special Education major at BYU, emphasizing in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.

This is my first semester in the program, and it is crazy to think that this time next year I will be student teaching! I am so excited for the opportunities this path is going to bring into my life. My life has already been changed by this major, and will continue to be changed by this career.

I have learned how interesting behavior really is. And a little about why we do certain things.
I have learned how to communicate effectively with people, so you can achieve a common goal.
I have learned that we all can learn and achieve great things, even though it may not appear so.
I have learned about just a few of the amazing people in the world.

Take this teenage girl, Karrie, for instance.

She can teach us so many things you might not have ever expected to learn from a person with Down syndrome. By reading this short article I was reminded of things that are easy to forget...

I learned to love my body, no matter the size it is.
I learned to take risks and be courageous. Great things can happen when you are.
I learned to go after my own dreams.
I learned that I am beautiful. We all are.

I always joke that I hate people. But that couldn't be further from the truth. People, especially people like Karrie, remind me how much I truly love others. I love how inspiring other people are. I can be strengthened through them. Those around me can answer my prayers, comfort me, and give me power.

I can do hard things.
We all can.
But it is much easier if we work together.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Back to baking

Sometimes life gets really busy (read: school starts again) and I forget how much I really enjoy baking. I can pretty much always think of a million and one reasons not to bake:

it takes too much time
i should be doing homework
i could be being social and meeting new people
i'm too poor
i'm just going to eat it all and then none of my clothes will fit
it's easier to relax by watching netflix or hulu
etc.

But whenever I bake something again I remember how much I really enjoy baking. It is something I like to do. I like to take a bunch of random ingredients and make something delicious. Sometimes I'll share with friends and family, but sometimes it's just for me. I like baking because it's me time.

Last week I baked twice. It's fall and I'm obsessed with pumpkin so I made these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. Then I had some friends invite me over for a good ol' southern Texas meal on Friday. I volunteered to bring dessert. Naturally I had to make Texas Sheet Cake! (We enjoyed it too quickly to get a picture...)


TEXAS SHEET CAKE


Originally found here.

Ingredients:
Cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Chocolate Frosting:
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons buttermilk
2 to 2 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

Directions:
Cake:
Grease and flour a 15X10X1-inch or jelly roll pan or a 13X9X2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Preheat oven to 350°.

In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup butter, 1/3 cup cocoa, and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. With an electric hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat chocolate mixture into the dry mixture until thoroughly blended. Add eggs, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat for 1 minute (batter will be thin). Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in a 350° oven about 22 to 25 minutes for the 15X10-inch pan or about 30 to 35 minutes for the 13X9-inch pan, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Pour warm chocolate frosting over the warm cake, spreading evenly. Place cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly before cutting.
Makes 24 servings.

Frosting:
In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup butter, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons buttermilk. Bring to a boil, stirring, over medium heat. Remove from heat; add 2 cups confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add more confectioners' sugar or a little milk or more buttermilk, if needed, for a spreadable frosting. If desired, stir in 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans. Spread the warm frosting over the cake.
(I made the frosting about 3 minutes before the cake was done and it worked perfectly. I also added another splash of buttermilk until I got the right consistency.)

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Starting now

I used to think that if I missed journaling [or blogging] for a long time that I had to catch up for all the missed time. But now then I had a realization that I don't. I don't have to make up for missed time. Sorry y'all, but you will just of missed the last 2+ months of my life. #itwasntthatexciting #sorrynotsorry #itwastootempting #ihadtoo Hahaha. I think hashtags are hilarious. Have y'all seen this? You should watch it; it's hilarious.



Also, I made a twitter... And I kinda like it. If ya wanna follow me, check it out here.

College is real y'all. This is my first semester in the Special Education program. And you know what that means? I'll be a real teacher in just over a year! Eek. I am sooo in love with my major. Like seriously. I love what I'm studying. It's the best thing in the world. I love BYU and I love my major.

Also, check out General Conference! It's awesome. It makes for a great weekend.
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Leaving on a jet plane

So maybe I'm not the one leaving. Nor is Kate going on a jet plane. But alas (yes alas), Kate is leaving me. But I do know when she'll be back again! In time for Fall semester. (If you're not catching any of this...that is SAD. And go listen to this song right now. John Denver is great.)

For her last night here I had to work late, which was no fun. But I wanted to be sure to get to hang out with her. So we had a girly, facials night. Vance joined us. It was awesome.



KATE. IS. GREAT.
Check out her blog here.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A tribute to the fourth

My Fourth of July was a fun one and a little different than I originally expected. I started the day at the Provo City Parade/Freedom Festival with some friends. That was really fun. I haven't been to an actual parade in a long time. Then we hit up the swimming pool, which is always a favorite of mine.



But my favorite thing I did all day was help my brother and volunteer at Stadium of Fire. He volunteers for a rape crisis clinic/call center (I look up to him so much). And they were doing a fundraiser by selling drinks at Stadium of Fire. At first I was not looking forward to it. I was HOT and wearing a shirt 4 sizes too big. Yay. Just how every college student wants to spend their fourth, right? No. Was tired of walking up and down those stairs in the heat? Yes, but it was a great experience. My brother Brett and I were partners "hawking" drinks. So we got to talk and hang out for 5 hours, which provided some awesome bonding time. He and his roommate Justin had such great attitudes about it all, so it was hard to stay annoyed, and we ended up having a great time.

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to do some service on such an important day in our country's history. So many people in this world have suffered, served, and given up things for me to be able to live here today. I am grateful for the freedoms that so many have fought for, so that I can live my life how I want to. I am grateful to be an American.
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PS... I rocked that XXL stained yellow polo. How's that for an outfit post!? Hahahhahaha.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dear roommates,

I LOVE Y'ALL. Seriously, y'all are really awesome. Here are some reasons that I love y'all:

I love how much we're obsessed with OREOS. Check it out... this was taken right after we had already used one package of oreos for oreo truffles...yeaaaah we probs have a problem.

We have the funniest quotes and inside jokes together. "I can squink with both eyes too!" "Hot tamales I'm sweaty!"

We made delicious dinner and stuffed our faces with it. But seriously, it was so great. (Even though y'all put 2 sticks of butter on the garlic bread... ha!)
We got hair wraps together. And you know what they say...roomies that relive the 90s together, stay together. They're so dang cool.

Our late night talks are the bomb dot com. Mostly because that's the only time everyone is home. But I love hearing funny stories from each of y'all. We always have some pretty dang great stories. Like Crysta's bus stories, Brittany's park stories, etc.

Three words: CAR. DANCE. PARTIES. (You know, the two times we've driven in a car together ha!) But still...Brittany's car had never seen so many great dance moves.

Three more words: Truth or dare. Hahhahaha like when Jess had to hit on the grocery store worker, fail.

Oh and we take really really hot pictures together.

#APT2FORLIFE
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PS... Check out my awesome thrifted skirt!! Isn't that awesome!? I'm kinda-totally obsessed with it.

Monday, July 1, 2013

We've gone country

One thing that's really fun about Utah is that every city has their own "city days" carnival, rodeo, parade or whatever. So if you're in need of something to do you can just hit up one of those parties. There is practically one every weekend. It's pretty awesome.

Saturday, a group of friends and such went to the Riverton Day's Rodeo! It was so fun.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

My college eating habits

Oh man. My eating habits are not always the best....I'm pretty good about eating fruits and veggies, but I really should stop eating after like 8 or 9pm. Anyways--back to what this post is really about.

Niels is one of my best friends.

He served a mission for our church with my cousin. Then we became acquaintances and started hanging out and now we're bffz. fo' realz.

And this is why we're friends:
We go swimming.
And he drives me around in his awesome Jeep because he knows how much I love the top down.
He always listens to me complain/vent/talk through whatever is going on. (aka he's awesome and listens patiently)
We play truth or dare.
We're each other's wing-person.
We go to dollar movies all the time.
We watch the office.
And one of our favorite things to do is late night food runs. Seriously. It's a hardcore tradition with us. It's how we catch up on each other's lives and hear what's going on. We help each other out and share advice. Sometimes we have really deep conversations, other times we talk about the most trivial things ever.

The other night (don't judge our eating habits...sometimes it's been a long and rough week and all you need is food...) we went to In-N-Out, probs our favorite place to go. We chit-chatted it up there. Then we really needed something sweet. So we went to a crepe place and got a HUGE 24" crepe stuffed with nutella and bananas. Not going to lie, it was delicious. But...we had just eaten In-N-Out. Needless to say, probably shouldn't of eaten it, but it was delicious and it's been a loooong week.

(The real sad thing is that we just downed it. Like no struggle at all to finish this enormous thing.--don't judge)
(The even sadder thing...is that this other group of 4 people got this crepe to share. We got ours after them, and finished before them with half as many people. We don't joke around when it comes to late night food trips. We take those very seriously.)

Needless to say, we ENJOYED every bite. It was huge. And a ton of food, but so good. If you're ever in Provo go to the Roll Up on State St. It's delicious!
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PS -- isn't my headband cute?! Lately I'm getting back into headbands. They're AWESOME. Know any good places to get cheap, cute ones?? Or should I just make them?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Picnic in the park...and hot tamales

So this one time my hot roommates and I (there are a few of us below) went to the park and had a picnic.

This super random and slightly extremely creepy guy kept walking past us. The first time he kept turning his head back at us so we waved and said "hi." After we waved he sprinted away like he thought we were going to stalk him or something. Then he came back by us, closer this time. And halfway past us screamed "HOT TAMALES I'M SWEATY!!!" or something to that effect... Uhhhh whaaaat?? So random. It was so dang weird. Then he came back a third and possible a fourth time. (I can't quite remember how many times...) So weird. But it's times that this that bring me and my roommates closer together.

Yet still so creepy.

Oh and remember...
"HOT TAMALES I'M SWEATY!" The hashtag is happening. Check it out on insta! #hottamalesimsweating
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There goes Summer Bucket List #76!
Also, Saturday I went on a date and we played in the sprinklers!! So worth getting wet. I love love loved it all. Summer time is so dang great (if you weren't sure of that yourself). There goes Summer Bucket List #37.

Kickin' it old school

Oh yeah. This happened. And it was  G R E A T .  Some awesome roommate bonding-Sunday afternoon activities. It was a total girl day. Hair wraps and painting our nails. Yeah, that happened. Sometimes you gotta take some time for yourself, right? :)

Crysta, Britt and I made a summer bucket list. And HAIR WRAPS were definitely on it. Checking that one off. It was so much fun. You make them just like friendship bracelets. So easy! And so much fun. I've been wanting to do something with my hair for a while and my great friend Kenzie inspired me to get one. It's a easy way to spice up your summer hair, without having to bleach or dye it (because that was the other option...). Plus it's a lot cheaper :)

I'm in love. With my hair wrap. If you see someone running around P-town screaming about a hair wrap...it's probs me. No big deal.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yeah, I'm pretty artsy

The other day some friends and I did some awesome artwork. And enjoyed one of my favorite things...ICE CREAM! Yeah, that's right. Ice cream sculpting contest!!

We made a truck and then some modern ice cream art. It was our personal take on Jackson Pollock and mixed with Vincent Van Gogh! Sprinkles and chocolate syrup included :)

Yeaaaah... It's been a pretty awesome summer. Check out how I'm doing on the "better things to do than drugs" summer bucket list challenge! :) It's not too late to join... Race to the finish. Jarrod, you're going down!
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oh what do you do in the summertime?

It's been a pretty fun summer so far. Here are some of the fun things I've accomplished. Coming from the better things to do than drugs list!
  • #4 -- I've been reading a lot, check out my Goodreads page to see specifically what I'm reading and what I think about each book. I just started "I am Number Four," and so far I'm really liking it!
  • #5 -- My roommates and I had a game night. We played lots of Uno and Phase 10!
  • #8 -- At a church activity a few weeks ago we all played frisbee and volleyball. Plus I've played frisbee several other times too..it's been awesome.
  • #9 -- I am allowed to listen to music at work. So when I'm having a rough day or just need a little pick me up or some energy I just plug it and it works like a charm. Lately I've been jamming to Next to Me (I don't watch the music videos, but the song is just up beat and gets stuck in my head often :/ which is actually a bummer.)
  • #11 -- Life as a college kiddo includes lots of easy, fast meals. But I have an aunt who lives pretty close by and she always offers me Sunday dinner. And oh baby, she's a great cook! I love going to their house. Great company, great food. 
  • #13 -- I went to the Thanksgiving Point Tulip festival a while ago and man it smelt great!
  • #14 -- I went to my friends birthday party and we all drew pictures for her (she's an artist so it was something we all did for her, so fun!)
  • #21 -- The first week of summer, some friends and I had "Sunset Club" where we all drove up onto the mountains and watched the sunset. It was so much fun! Check the instagram pics out here and here. It was kinda, totally gorgeous!
  • #25 -- My brother Brett is a great writer and for mother's day he wrote our mom a poem. I love reading his poetry. Sometimes it's too deep for me to understand (he is soooo smart!), but I love reading his stuff. It's pretty awesome.
  • #30 -- At work I threw a party. CHOCOLATE DAY! 
  • #32 -- On Memorial Day two friends and I went to sing at one of their grandpa's grave. We sang his favorite hymn, "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy."
  • #39 -- I have a puzzle buddy. We get our puzzle on! We finished one (and here too) and just started another.. 
  • #46 -- Last weekend I went up to Boise, ID and went boating with some friends. Anyways, we grilled some hot dogs and hamburgers and had a grand ol' time. But it wasn't complete without lemonade!!
  • #58 -- A buddy and I went to the park the other day because it was so dang gorgeous outside and swung. Oh my goodness....I LOVE SWINGS. The end. 
  • #62 -- My roommate and I did cartwheels at a church activity at the park!
  • #65 -- I went swimming a few weeks ago and there was a water basketball hoop, so I'm counting that! It was so fun to be in the water and play around with friends. I LOVE SUMMER!
  • #66 -- My parents came in town at the very beginning of summer. I love my parents. They're pretty darn amazing.
  • #70 -- I went to my Bishop's house a while ago and got to play around on their piano. I hadn't touched a piano in over 6 months. Oh man, I was rusty but it felt so good! 
  • #71 -- A date that I went on a few weeks ago we fished! My first time ever. Well, we didn't really fish for very long or actually catch anything...but we cast it out a few times and then went on a walk. I'm still counting it!


I can't really think of specific examples for these few... but they've happened many-a-time!
  • #1 get together with friends.
  • #2 watch a happy video. (youtube, need I say more??)
  • #6 do an activity.
  • #7 enjoy a hobby.
  • #17 smile! 
  • #18 make someone smile. 
  • #27 do a favor. 
  • #33 give a hug. 
  • #34 get a hug. 
  • #35 talk to friends.
  • #41 help a friend in need.
  • #49 exercise.
  • #59 eat ice cream. 
  • #77 think happy thoughts. 
  • #80 write to friends.
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I'm going to Boise, Idaho ... woohoo!

Has anyone seen the Singles Ward? Where the kid gets his mission call to Boise Idaho? Every time I hear of Boise I think of that.

I went on a road trip a few weekends ago with some friends to Boise to go boating. It was awesome! The water was coooooold, especially for this Texas girl. But it was so worth it.



We boated.
We grilled.
We watched movies.
We slept.
We ate.
We read.
We played.

All in all, it was a great weekend. So relaxing.
Every time I visit a real-actual house, I realize how much I miss real homes. I mean, my apartment is my home, but there's something different about a house.

But for reals. Where are y'all going to visit this summer?? Any awesome road trips or vacations planned? I'm hoping to go to California too! I've never been there...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tales of a Provo weekend

Saturday is a special day. It's the day I hung out with my awesome friend Shawn all day! We had a great time. We went on a lunch date to our favorite place...Chen's! (Summer bucket list #11) Then played mini golf (fo' free yo). Then got the best snow cones around town (Hokulia). Then went to Seven Peaks Waterpark and read books (fo' free yo). Lets just say...it was a bomb awesome day.


Monday I went on a hike with some of the coolest kids around. (Summer bucket list #1) We hiked down in Spanish Fork to the Fifth Water Hot Springs! (Summer bucket list #73) There were also cold springs. It was so much fun to hike, play around in the water, and become one with MN (mother nature, check the video if you're confused). But for reals. It was so much fun. Then I went to a bbq in the canyon where we threw around a frisbee and ate delicious food. (Summer bucket list #29) And I finished the day with some hot tub time!

My friends are so cool. But for reals. Check us out!


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Homemade pancakes

So for chocolate day I made everyone in the office chocolate chip pancakes! And got a million compliments, so I wanted to share the awesome recipe with y'all.

It's one of the only two recipes (the other one is a small batch of pancakes for two people--I'll share later) for pancakes I'll use. My roommates and I used to make pancakes after our early morning temple trip each week and this became our favorite recipe (we tried soo many).

Check out my pancake making in action:

Yeah, that happened. Just making some pancakes in our cubicles. SO COOL.

HOMEMADE PANCAKES: (because you can really do that)
Recipe originally found here.

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (i actually left this out, on accident, and they were totally delicious...)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted butter

Directions
Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt (if you choose to use it..ha!). In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Spoon the flour mixture in, stirring until smooth. Mix in the melted butter. If the batter seems too think, add a little more milk (I always have to add a little pour or two). Cook on a hot, greased pan/griddle. Cook until bubble, a little dry around the edges, and lightly browned on the bottom. Flip and brown the other side. Serves 4-5 people.

For chocolate chip pancakes: You'll need...well as many chocolate chips as you would like! I used about a cup, but I also doubled the recipe. So it doesn't take too many. I like to just add them to each individual pancake as I pour them on the pan/griddle. It's a little more work (hardly at all), but that way the chocolate chips don't sink to the bottom of the batter. So each and every pancake gets plenty of chocolate chips!!

Serve with PEANUT BUTTER and a tiny bit of syrup (my favorite pancake topping!), or whatever you prefer.
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Linking up to: Addicted to Recipes

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chocolate makes friends

Yesterday was national chocolate chip day, and my work had been looking for a reason to celebrate...so naturally we had to have a par-tay. We had SO MUCH CHOCOLATE.



Here's all the chocolate things we had:
chocolate chip pancakes
chocolate milk
nutella
chocolate chip cookies
dark chocolate cherry bread pudding
chocolate cheesecake bars
caramel brownies
chocolate-butterscotch haystacks
mini cadbury eggs
chocolate fountain (with graham crackers, animal crackers, marshmallows, pretzels, and strawberries)
white chocolate chip snickerdoodles
chocolate cake
chips ahoy cookies
dark chocolate truffles

Lets  just say it was a good day. It was seriously kinda really super awesome. Go have a chocolate party. Because chocolate makes friends. We had so many people that we have seen but never met ask if they could share in our chocolatey-goodness. It was so fun to finally meet all these people from our office.

Moral of the story: chocolate makes friends. So go have a chocolate party. RIGHT NOW! Stop reading this now. Okay I'll help you stop reading by not writing anymore.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

10 things

I found this challenge to blog everyday of May. I think it's a pretty cool challenge and I really like some of the post ideas/prompts. So maybe I'll do a few here and there. Today I'm participating in her challenge.



10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME REALLY HAPPY:

1. ice cream
But seriously guys. I love ice cream. BYU's Creamery makes the best flavor known to man...Graham Canyon!

2. facetime
I love facetiming my niece, nephew, siblings, and parents.

3. journaling
Oh man, I love me a good journal. I like to emphasize quotes and phrases in my journals by writing them differently or adding color. And here's some journal inspiration!

4. dresses with pockets
They're the best. we all know it.

5. laying on a blanket in the grass outside reading a book
I've been doing this lately, and it's amazing.

6. receiving letters
So old school, yet so exciting. For some of my friends (they're on missions for our church) this is the only way I hear from them and it's just so exciting to check the mail and have a wonderful letter waiting there for you. You never know quite when they're going to come. I love letters!

7. water bottles
It's such a random thing to love, but holy cow. I love me a good reusable water bottle. I have more than any one person should have (okay, it's not that bad... but I have at least three.)

8. Texas
Yes, I'm soooo proud of Texas and proud to be a Texan. If you need proof, or a good laugh at how ridiculous us Texan's are, check out my pinterest board. Mostly it makes me happy simply because it is home. It's where I grew up and figured out who I am. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

9. making stuff
Whether it be a craft, something I've sewn, or baked I love the accomplishment in making something wonderful. And love laughing at when I epically fail at making something. Pinterest fail anyone?

10. the gospel of Jesus Christ
My testimony of Christ brings me so much joy and comfort. I love the Book of Mormon, Bible and other scriptures too. I am so grateful to know of the atonement of Christ. I am proud to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know the Christ suffered for my sins, so that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father again one day.

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