Nail Art

nail art

nail art

 

I’ve neglected to share my recent nail art with y’all! I LOVE this transparent pink polish. I think it’s the perfect color. So, here is a neutral on neutral take. And, some with rifle paper flowers with gold and green branches. I loved them both.

thanks for visiting my blog with these silly things.

5 ways to be healthy

Thank you Michelle Obama for this idea! She asked us (all of us) to list 5 things of something health conscious. I’ll share some 5 overall healthy habits. <3 Cause, I’m a expert on this and all. ;) (i’m not).

green juice

1. Eat your vegetables. I had a yoga teacher that would say “eat your vegetables” every single time we would end class after the traditional “namaste.” It burned on my mind because of him, and I learned that this was one thing I could never ever neglect. I really do notice the negative effects to not eating those veggies: low energy, low positivity, sluggish, hunger, etc. So, to stay full, to have good energy, and to stay positive I know I need to eat my vegetables.

couples hike

2. Get some sunshine. While at work, take some time to walk outside for 10 minutes. Or, play outside with your kids. I once was in a depressive state for a long time a few years ago, my mom asked me what gives me joy, I replied with “going on walks”. Even though it was winter and snowy, it was decided that going out for a walk, even to get some winter sunshine was worth bundling up.

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3. Be with friends. I count this as being healthy, because it is so important to be socially engaged. It’s scary to think how many people are glued to technology: video games, social media, netflix, and blogs *cough*. I’ve had roommates that lock themselves in their rooms and would watch netflix all day (and a friend that is in this current situation). Where’s the fun in having a roommate if you’re not chatting together once in awhile? Socializing is being vulnerable. I really believe that if we teach ourselves and the younger generation to be socially engaged, then we won’t see so much sexual violence, broken hearts, and loneliness in the world.

library

4. Read. Read. Read. And, read some more. My husband is a brilliant man due to a number of things, but also due to his dedication to reading (there he is in the HBS library). It is so motivating to me. I’ve been reading more and I feel so much joy out of it. Keeping our minds healthy is just as important as keeping our bodies healthy, don’t ya think?

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5. Lastly, move your body. I can’t really say what the “best” workout is. You can listen to this podcast to find out (hint: whatever it is you’ll actually do is the best). But, for me I’m pretty much in love with everything except for swimming. I love boxing, running, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, yoga, weights, rowing, and yoga again. Is there a career out there for me to go to cool workout studios all day? Can cool workout studios come to Utah? (SoulCycle, FlyWheel, Barry’s Bootcamp do you hear me?!). I could move all day and love every minute of it. But, obviously there are moments that I severely don’t want to move a muscle and be lazy all day. Sometimes I let myself be lazy, but the moments when I “make” myself move I feel like a new woman afterwards.

What’s your #GimmeFive??

over the weekend

pie

well, this pie looks like it is for the 4th of July. It is not. The stars were for “the stars” in Hollywood! I made a pie and had some girlfriends come over and watch the Oscars this past Sunday. I love watching award shows, but this go round we all just gathered on the couch and listened to one another’s thoughts, struggles, and joys. Having friends is priceless. I have no advice for most things in life, but I can be a listening ear and say a lot of prayers for friends in need. So, it was much better than watching the entire broadcast, having heart to hearts always win. I will forever be grateful for those kinds of friends. 

Now for a very unglamorous picture:

food storageMark and I are working on our food storage and emergency essentials. Mark is in charge of what we would need in emergency and I am in charge of food supplies for a year. A whole year! We filled our trunk and backseat full of things that would last us about a year. We bought shelves for them and loaded the shelves up. We still have a long way to go, but we know how important this is. If you aren’t going to do a big overhaul, then start small. Buy 6 cans of beans instead of the one you need for a recipe. The next week, buy three jars of peanut butter instead of one. And, so on. I’m no expert, but my brother-in-law’s mother is, check out her blog. 

As for emergency essentials, Mark found candles that last 100 hours so we bought a few of them! We got a few other things that we will be happy to have if and when we are faced with an emergency. Here’s some more info about emergency preparedness.

All black everything

shopping all day gold crown

I CANT STOP WEARING BLACK.

Mark and I try to live by the rule: “Less is more”. This black blouse has lived up to that reputation.

We finally moved into our town home and we decided to not buy anymore furniture for it. Mostly because we don’t need anything else. And, we like to keep things simple. Same goes for pretty much everything else in our lives, ie: our closets. Gosh, I love cleaning mine out. I have a bag of clothes ready to be donated. I’ve tried to sell some of them to second-hand shops, but they have so many rejects (I don’t get why they don’t want my lightly used Nordstrom and Anthro stuff!).

Knowing that I can’t successfully sell my clothes, I’ve learned to be very picky with what I bring into my closet. I [strive to] stick to a budget and only buy what I really, really, like, really want/need. I think it helps me live whole-heartedly to be much more thoughtful about purchases.

Back to our town home, maybe I’ll get a professional photographer to come by and take some staged pictures for y’all?! Ha, probably not. But, I’d love to post a few pics of it, so stay tuned.

xo,

e

Yoga – Arm Balance Flow

Yoga is pretty much the best. Well, honestly, any kind of movement or exercise you enjoy is the best. For me, I enjoy yoga oh so much! I still have a long way to go, so if any of you have any tips to sticking handstand, I’m all ears.

“To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver. Practice tonight at hotel. Not to hurry, not to try too hard. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.
(From Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer)” – Elizabeth Gilbert

xo,

e

Utah is so goth

gothic utah

It has been sooooo dry here in Utah. I heard that we’ve only had 6 inches of snow this December-February. It’s pathetic compared to what my friends are going through in Boston. I feel like I’m missing out on all the craziness there. The weather in Boston puts everyone else to shame. I will never boast about being from Colorado/Utah knowing what I know about Boston.

Anyway, Utah looks like a gothic, scary world. Doesn’t it?? Look at that picture above?? This was near tibble fork in af canyon. It look pretty gothic to me. And, I kinda like it. It’s cool looking. But, seriously, we desperately need snow.
winter hike

Since the weather has been so warm, we decided to go for a little hike. If we had more snow gear, we would go in the snow too, i promise! We took a selfie in the snowiest place we could find. three french braids

Don’t worry, my coat is from 2006. I saved up for that baby and still think it’s pretty sweet.

Also, you may have noticed my blog posts have been few and far between. I realized that something beyond my control has been uninspiring me these past few months. But, Mark said something so cliché to me the other day. He said: “Life is too short to worry about it.” And, it really hit me, LIFE IS SHORT. So, even though I have to deal with this, and it’s beyond my control. It’s an opportunity to learn. exploringutah mountainsOf course the sun was shining and we had blue skies once we got down our mountain.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo baking

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Recipe:

2 c almond flour
1/4 c coconut oil
3 Tbs. Pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tbsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. vanilla
1/2 c dark chocolate

Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients. Bake at 350•F for 8-9 minutes.

 I rarely eat cookies because if I do I eat the whole batch. So, when I crave cookies, but want to feel less-guilty about it (food guilt is real, guys), I bake these guys up! So yummy. So so so yummy. My husband and I devour them. I love them so much I HAD to share with the blogosphere world.

xo

Something from the heart <3: this song.

Pink Baroque Skirt

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Oh heyy!! I start off with sharing this cute skirt that I got for a steal from Piperlime. Thanks Cyber Monday! It felt like it should be photographed. Hence the photos of it. It’s almost like an upholstery fabric: thick and durable. But, it’s oh so feminine with a Baroque-feel. It’s just fun and I wanted to share.

Let me tell you what I’ve been up to the past month:

Gilmore Girls

Trying new recipes (I made macarons!)

Running on the treadmill

doing a lot of yoga

working (I produce a radio show)

working some more

Got my nails did with floating lipsticks (look below)

watching Gilmore Girls again

And, going on dates with Mark

 

So, November has been great. Not to mention the WONDERFUL Thanksgiving Day spent with the Beans. I am so blessed to be a part of this family. They uplift each other, they share the good times and the bad, they are intellectual, they are spiritual, and they are funny. I sure lucked out and I hope I can be half as wonderful as they are someday. Mark has been busy busy busy with work. He is a great example of hard work to me. He also has great people skills in the work place. I think he knows how to motivate and uplift those around him. So, he’s a great employee and I know it.

If only I took more photos this month, but I was just enjoying life and I have no regrets.

macarons!

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something from the heart <3 : this Christmas video

 

Happy Halloween!

halloween food

Halloween Guacamole

halloween decor

“Newly-dead” candles

halloween party

Party favors

halloween drinks

Bottle stickers for our sparkling ciders and skull glasses.

halloween food

Cemetery dessert

halloween dinner party menu

Dinner in a Pumpkin and dry ice.

couples costume

Happy Halloween!

We did it! We put on a Halloween party. And, I promise we had friends come over and dress up too. But, this isn’t their blog and so it’s just smart to not post pictures of people, ya’ know?! ANYWAY, I really didn’t go all out for this. I went to the Dollar Store and got Halloween decorations that weren’t too cheap looking. And, I borrowed that silver backdrop from a crafter in my neighborhood who happens to have a popular blog.  I did, however, put a lot of work in our costumes!! Oh, you don’t know who we are???

We’re this super hot couple from 2001. Oh the good ol’ days.

JT-and-Brit

I baked dinner in a pumpkin, tossed a salad, mixed up the cemetery dessert, and had guests bring appetizers (the guac! How awesome is that?! Shout out to the Cooks!). It was a lot of fun. And, now I just want to wear my denim dress everywhere we go. I mean, it’s just the best and so comfy!

Have fun tonight!! Happy Halloween!

Utah Mountains

utah mountains

ootd travel

lake utah

utah travel

I mean, Fall is not a bad time of year! It’s been the most beUTAHful fall here!! Like, wow. 70 degree weather. I’m obsessed. Who else has been watching all the Gilmore Girls in their spare time? [hand raised!] I just keep posting all these mountain pictures because what else am I going to take pictures of!!

xoxoutah travelSOMETHING FROM THE <3: this video