Friday, November 21, 2014

Family Friday - Winter Weather

Ah winter weather. Part of me is ready for some serious snow so we can take Russell outside to build snowmen, make snow angels, and just run around in the snow. Then there's the part of me that realizes snow = crazy terrible commutes. BOO! For now I am embracing things knowing that the seasons must change at some point so winter here we go!

We finally bought our tickets to The Nutcracker. We haven't ever gone to the ballet before so this will be fun.
Yep, there is no escape. The stores are full of Christmas stuff. This was just one endcap...
Russell is sporting his winter coat and carrying his lemon. He loves to hold on to lemons for some reason.
I get it's not even Thanksgiving yet but Russell loves trains so we put some up on the windows and he loves it!
Surprisingly the trains have still lasted so far. We have low expectations for them surviving through December.
Last Saturday we woke up to our first snow that stuck but by mid day a lot of it had melted already.
A snowy train seemed perfect with the snow outside.
Are you ready for winter weather? Have you already had snow where you live or are you lucky enough to live somewhere that doesn't see snow? I saw plenty of pictures of friends in the Salt Lake valley who got way more snow than we did. It will be interesting to see how much snow we get this winter.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Wedding Fun

I decided this week I wanted to share some pictures from our wedding. I was talking to a friend at work who had a terrible experience with a wedding photographer who proved to be very unprofessional. It made me really grateful that I had a wonderful wedding photographer who did a great job and left us with these beautiful photos to remember our special day. I am also so blessed that I still call her my friend and we can enjoy so much more than just this one day. So, below are some fun shots from our wedding. I loved how our photographer could capture the details as well as the shots you know you'll want to see later.

I love seeing the beautiful details of my dress and having both of my friends helping me get ready makes it really special.
I love these ladies. It was such a fun day and I was glad they could be there.
Sometimes it's the little details that really capture the day.
I loved having the little Hawaiian touches that made our day special.
MMM... Cake!!! I loved our cake and was happy a family friend was able to make it for us.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? Is there anything you would change if you had to do it all over again? Share your favorite wedding memories even if they were from a wedding you attended instead of your own.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Finally Answers

WOW. If you read my post two weeks ago about some trouble I was having with my skin you would have found out two things. One, that I was doing some mad cleaning around the house and two, that my dermatologist thought I had a fungal infection (ringworm). Well, I am excited to say that after the couple of weeks of still not clearing things up and feeling rather crappy about the whole situation I went back in and showed her what my hands were doing. To me it was completely different from how things were but still concerning enough to need to be seen. With the additional information I shared and finding out that our cats did not have ringworm we concluded that it was likely I actually have a form of eczema called Nummular Eczema.

I have found through my whole life I don't often get sick with small things but I end up getting things that aren't as common so it's not surprising that I'd end up with a disease that tends to be more common in men than women and also is more typical to older men 55 plus. HA! On the bright side it's not contagious and will just take some care on my part to keep it from flaring up. Anyone with eczema will understand that sometimes it can come and go and sometimes it can be really bad. I would classify the past few weeks as a really bad phase. Luckily now I have what I need to treat it and can better take care of my skin.

You know it's scary when the person at the pharmacy asks you if you were aware what your meds would cost...
I was prescribed a couple of medications to help treat the eczema and just as my dermatologist said I could begin seeing results as quickly as a day or two. She was not lying. My hands look and feel significantly better. I can tell the spots on my arms and legs are also getting better which is great. I think I would have freaked out if things didn't get better though because this medicine is no joke.

Check out the "your insurance saved you" numbers. Crazy! Who can afford this stuff without insurance?
Yeah, I am super grateful that I have insurance that helps me cover this stuff because I paid $132.03 which was rather pricy but as you can see with my insurance and a coupon from the doctor that saved me $805.95. I'm pretty sure if I didn't have insurance I wouldn't have gone to the doctor so many times to figure this out and then I couldn't have afforded this medication. Sheesh. This makes me grateful that I don't often get sick because I have friends with chronic health conditions and I know medications can get really expensive.

I now have some giant tubes of meds. HA HA HA!
Anyway, I just wanted to say we finally have answers and I am grateful it's something I can manage. I'm also happy we didn't do anything hasty and get rid of the cats really fast. We did get a new couch but we really needed it anyway. I'm also still going to get the allergy test done to see what I'm allergic to because I still wake up sneezing quite often and I go back and forth between stuffy and runny nose symptoms. Allergies can trigger eczema so it will be good for me to be aware if there are any other things that may bother me.

Do you or someone you know have eczema? Do you have any nice heavy creams you've found that work well for you? I have a few that my doctor recommended but I'm always interested in hearing what else is working for others. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Motovated Monday - Digital Detox

Normally I like to share something positive and uplifting but I think this is still worth sharing. Earlier in September I wrote about my accidental cell free detox and now that I have a phone back I am trying to figure out how I can get back to that place again.

For now, I think let's just remember to put our phones down when we're with other people. They deserve our full attention and in return hopefully they will give you the same courtesy. If they don't maybe you need to send them this picture... ;-P


Friday, November 14, 2014

Family Friday - Fall Time Fun

So the past few weeks we've been doing a lot of work in my parents backyard to help keep things ready for winter. We've done a lot of raking leaves and pulling out dead plants. I've decided in the coming year I need to stand in the same spot and take a panoramic pic through the different seasons because it is so different looking at different times in the year. Right now things are looking pretty bare. This panoramic picture was from the other weekend so some of the green you see has now fallen off the trees.


I took this funny panoramic over my head which is why you can't really tell where the ground is in this picture. If you can't figure out how this picture works I was facing the fence at the bottom of the picture and instead of panning from left to right I went from in front of me and up over my head. 


I have truly decided that if you want a good workout find a 3 year old and have them "help" you rake leaves. Russell LOVES to run through the leaves and spread them all over the place. You can end up raking each leaf multiple times with a 3 year old's help. On the bright side, at least for us, Russell really does love to help and he will help gather the leaves and throw them in the garbage can. It's super cute. 


Close up of Russell. I can't believe he's getting to be so big! I'm interested to see what he thinks of snow when winter comes. In the past he's seemed like he was just too young to really have an opinion of it. Now we'll see if he likes playing in the snow or if he decides it's better to stay inside. I honestly can't imagine he won't love the snow and love playing outside even when it's cold. This boy LOVES being outside.


So, happy fall everyone. I know we can't be far from winter weather so I am enjoying the crisp cool evenings and somewhat warm days.

What are your favorite fall activities? Are you looking forward to winter or do you dread the cold and snow? If you have any family traditions during this time of year I'd love for you to share them.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Hawaii 2013

Oh my goodness! I have this picture printed and on my fridge and I decided I just had to share this as my TBT photo. I seriously can't believe we were in Hawaii last year. Russell looks so small but he had such a good time. I think he would love it even more now but this photo is my favorite. Seriously look how happy Russell is and you can just see how much he looks like his dad. Oh buddy! It's time to start saving so we can go back and visit your Kira and Jade again. (You can actually see Kira's knees sticking out on the bottom left side of the picture. She was hanging out watching Russell swing.)


Do you have a favorite photo or favorite vacation you've been on? I have the best memories from the different times I've spent in Hawaii. I love to visit our family there and enjoy the wonderful things the islands have to offer.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Shop Local

A couple weeks ago I did a feature on shopping small for the holidays. Today I wanted to share a cute place I've followed on social media for a while and finally visited in person. TEAramisu, also known as The Emperor's Tea, is a cute little shop at 929 E. 4500 S. in the Millcreek area. They have a robust online presence but recently opened the shop where you can purchase a variety of loose leaf teas, tea accessories, and you can stay and enjoy a cup (or pot) of tea or a boba drink. MMMM!!! I snapped a few pics on my phone to share some of the fun goodness you can expect to see when you visit.

The wall of tea! Oh so many amazing varieties to try. Their green tea creme brulee was what got me to finally visit the shop.
The boba was delightful! I had the yummy spiced chai which was great and the boba was nice and soft.
They also sell a variety of Italian treats and drinks.
I am a sucker for cute little goodies. MMMM!
This is some of the seating that's available if you want to pull up a chair and stay a while.
My purchase was this lovely Green Tea Creme Brulee and a new tea strainer thing.
I highly recommend you get in there and check out the amazing options available for the tea lover in your life. I am pretty sure the guy who helped me when I was there was one of the owners. Regardless, he was super nice and very helpful when I had some questions about what to buy. The tea is lovely and I completely expect to go back and enjoy this beautiful space.

Even if you can't shop now follow them on social media and support a local business. Also, if you've never really liked tea in the past I would recommend you get into a legit tea shop and try some loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea is SO different from the bagged stuff you buy in the store. There are some reasonable options in the store however if that's your only experience you might find you enjoy tea if you try something really fresh. There are so many varieties and when prepared the right way they can be really enjoyable.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEmperorsTea
Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_EmperorsTea
Instagram: http://instagram.com/theemperorstea

Do you have a favorite place you love to shop at in SLC? Let me know your favorite places so I can check them out and try something new.