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Family Friday - Winter Weather

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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!

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.

Throwback Thursday - Wedding Fun

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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.

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.

Wellness Wednesday - Finally Answers

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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 ty…

Motovated Monday - Digital Detox

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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


Family Friday - Fall Time Fun

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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 …

Throwback Thursday - Hawaii 2013

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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.

Wellness Wednesday - Shop Local

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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.

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…

Motovated Monday - Love Who You Are

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For this Motovated Monday I am excited because I had the opportunity to review the book Love Who You Are and now I get to share this lovely goodness with you too! Before we get started check out this video:


Love Who You Are from Compendium on Vimeo.
LOVE! If for some reason you're still not sure if you need to get online and order yourself a copy right now here's what I thought of the book...

The first thing I noticed when I received my book was the branded packaging. Now, there's nothing wrong with a plain brown box but I love details like this because I know if I sent a book direct to someone as a gift it would look nice when they received it.

I actually ordered some other products from Compendium prior to agreeing to do this book review and check out the fun polka dot packaging I received from that order! Isn't it fabulous? I'll reveal what else I got later on as some of it will be used as gifts so I don't want to give that away.

The funny thing about this w…

Family Friday - Halloween Recap

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Another Halloween has come and gone but I wanted to share some pictures of our Halloween adventures.

How was your Halloween? Do you have any family traditions you participate in every year? I know as Russell gets older we'll do more like carving pumpkins but for now he seems happy to just knock on doors and get candy.

Throwback Thursday - DC Metro

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I went to Alexandria, Virginia recently for a work conference. It ended early on the second day so Alison and I were able to spend some time heading over to DC. I realized I had the picture below from when Joe and I went to DC and rode the metro to get around. So, here we are throwing it back to a time before we had Russell. We actually just got engaged before this trip. The other picture is of Alison and I on our hunt for Georgetown Cupcakes. I can't wait to go back to DC someday because there are so many cool things I still haven't seen.



Where have you gone in the past that you'd like to go back to now? Or are you the type of person who doesn't like to go back to the same place twice? I personally love a mix of the familiar and visiting new places where everything is a new experience.

Wellness Wednesday - Three Reasons You Should Have a Year End Cleaning Spree

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** Heads up to all my readers, this post is personal to me and talks about some stuff I've been dealing with. I don't think it's graphic but some could classify it as TMI (too much information) so if you don't want to read the back story feel free to skip down below the list pics and read from there. **

Lately I've had some issues with allergies and a crazy rash I had on my hands. I saw a dermatologist who thought it might have been a fungus like ringworm but when we tested it, it came back negative. Apparently it's possible the swab just was negative since it's not as sensitive as taking a full on biopsy which would require taking some of my skin to check under the microscope. By the time we finally got the test results we had already moved forward with doing some serious work around our house and my hands were almost healed.

First of all ringworm is not a worm, as I mentioned it's a fungus. It's relatively common (if you've ever heard of athl…

Motovated Monday - Kid President Part 2

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In case you missed the last Motovated Monday I wanted to make sure you got a dose of Kid President today. Go out there and make today awesome for somebody.



Oh and leave your comment below of something you think we all should say more often. Mine is I love you just the way you are. We're all on a journey and no one is perfect and I feel if more people felt supported as they are they could become everything they were meant to be on their own terms instead of trying to fit in to what society tells them they should be. Follow your dreams people! Let's make the world a better place by being completely, totally, uniquely YOU!