Monthly Archives: December 2017

Getting a good picture

Hello Friends!

I have a quandary…how to I continue to get good pictures (lighting, interesting background, variety) in the winter? ….

I’ve tried numerous settings close to my work locations, cause ya know the paying job comes first 🙂

One afternoon on my lunch break, I stopped at a lovely area next to a business park (it has a little stream and two pretty bridges) to take some pictures, and the landscaping company sat on their mowers and watched me the whole time I was there. Granted they were also there doing their job so I can’t fault them. It just felt awkward….just a little

Yesterday I thought to go to a local river trail that I frequent in the summer, it’s so beautiful. There were actually a lot of ducks on the river and even though foliage is somewhat dried up, it’s still very pretty this time of year. The only drawback is the temperature…17 degrees. That’s kind of a deterrent for me and for a lot of other people too. The trailhead was empty…and I’m out there propping up my phone/camera tripod on a big rock next to the river LOL and it is brutal cold…it could be worse. This time last year it was below zero…so yesterday was balmy compared to last year. But I have to get a picture of these awesome jeans! My whole outfit looks so cute together! It’s a studded tough girl look, I love it.

As I was finishing taking pictures, I saw someone walking up the trail toward me…a guy with a hood over his head….I have a very active imagination. Those that know me will attest to this! I hurried out of there cause I got kind of a sketchy feeling and my imagination is running wild, thinking I would be a murder victim by the river and it was lucky I left in time…my mind goes on like this sometimes…

In October, I watched the second season of “Stranger Things” and freaked myself out. One time home alone watching episodes, I happened to see someone post a picture (on Facebook) of a werewolf creeping up someone’s stairs! Obviously this is a gif and it’s not real, but I soon turned on all the lights in the house and really was very wary going down my stairs! Me and my imagination could start a war…seriously…

So what are the funniest/weirdest things you’ve ever done to get a good picture??? Check mine out below 🙂

Super high rise embellished jeans

Haute Christmas Sweaters

Hello friends!

Lately everyone’s been talking about the sparkly, haute Christmas sweaters, dresses, and pants they’ve snagged….and I’m all about fashionista items, but today my post is about a different kind of haute Christmas sweater!

My two friends and I-Holly and Anne plan a monthly girls night and this month we decided to catch the new movie “Murder on the Orient Express”. I heard it was good and we made a date to go, but then we started talking about all the fun of Christmas and thought it would be hilarious to wear “Ugly Christmas Sweaters” to our girls night! I was super excited as the date got closer and last night was the big event! Big event makes it sound like the Oscars or Grammy’s or something right?? LOL

Holly found a darling gingerbread man sweater with big snow balls that her youngest daughter wanted to adopt (read-cut) the gingerbread man, right off the sweater! It’s true that big girls can have just as much fun as little girls!

Anne’s sweater is a litter of Santa kittens surrounded by lovely blinking lights! She was able to wear it as a dress due to size malfunctions ;)! Her daughter also wore it to school and loved it! Haute Christmas sweaters are a hit for all family members!

My sweater is one I’ve made for a work ugly Christmas sweater two years ago (with help from my daughter McKenna), featuring Spock in a blinking Christmas tree (Trek the Halls) along with Rudolph (no animals or gingerbread men were harmed in the making of these sweaters) pulling the Enterprise on the back (Boldly going where no reindeer has gone before)! (We turned the blinking off for the movie of course)! LOL

We had an awkward moment however (only one right??)…hovering in the lobby of the theater trying to find someone to take our picture; finally snagging a theatre attendant but he just walked back and snapped and then handed us the phone/camera wordlessly (first pic below, judge for yourself!)….without saying he was taking a pic! We just kind of laughed about that, uh what to do…wondering how we were gonna get another picture! But another theatre attendant saw us and offered to take more pictures! We are at the mercy of strangers here! (notice we are standing in front of a Jedi…”help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope”, if anyone can help us, it’s the Force)…It was too funny guys!

We finally got some pictures and headed in to watch a really good movie! If you haven’t seen it, go check it out…and just for fun, wear your Haute Christmas Sweaters! Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Shop your closet!!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I love finding new ways to wear my clothes. I don’t like to wear the same thing every day but at the same time, it is not reasonable for me to buy something new to wear every day! I’m sure others know what I mean 🙂 So I just love when I’m looking at my closet and some new combination pops into my mind.

I had this happen today! I have a wonderful, colorful, pair of floral pants that I snagged on clearance from Loft early last spring. They have such a vibrant background color (it’s kind of a jeweled blue) with sea green vines and rose and gold flowers…it’s one of my favorite patterns but I’ve only wore these in warm weather. The cuff of the pants is shorter (normally paired with fun heels or flips) but I paired these pants with my burgundy sueded booties-DSW, my gray ruffle sleeve sweater from Target-WhoWhatWear, and my new Betsy Johnson pendant I snagged from TJMAXX. The pants are so vibrant, it’s sort of a holiday look! Score!

I love this pendant and finding another way to wear it just puts me in a splendid mood, which really helps out my week cause let’s be honest…it’s only Tuesday…the work week is just beginning and I need a little help to move it along typically. I don’t think I’m the only one in this boat either! Mondays and Tuesdays are a challenge right? So have some fun and shop your closet! Find new ways to mix and match items in your closet different than you have before!

December Traditions

Hello Friends!

How has your weekend been? Mine has been superb! Really it’s been very nice and I can’t believe I’m saying, the only thing that would have made it better is SNOW! Usually I don’t say stuff like that, but hey it’s December and it’s been 60 degrees…that is weird but didn’t dampen my weekend!

On Thursday (Yes my weekend has been ramping up to fun since Thursday!) my husband and I drove to Salem with family members (mother, father, sister, brother in law, and niece) to look at the lights at Salem Pond and Spanish Fork Golf Course. These communities create some fun light displays that we enjoyed. At Salem Pond, we parked and walked out on the bridge to get a different view of the lights. (I’ll add pictures below) In Spanish Fork we drove through the displays with our windows down and headlights off, it sure is fun and the city adds more lights every year. We drive through that one at least once a year, usually picking up a mug of hot chocolate on the way because its cold (not this year though, I mean yes it was about 40 but seriously that is nothing compared to last year when it snowed early and was below zero for most of December…brrrrr). This was a fun evening.

Friday evening we met family members (aforementioned, along with another niece and her two children and one more niece with her bestie) at the Sandy Expo Center for the Festival of Trees. I have only been once and hubs has never been so we were in for a treat. If you don’t know what the Festival of Trees is: Many people decorate and donate a tree to be sold and profits go to Primary Children’s Medical Center. My husband looked up their history online while we were there and they’ve made millions for the hospital since the event began. I love a benefit like this event; my son Connor spent more than a week at Primary Children’s when he was one year old. He was severely ill and they were the only place able to treat him. Our local hospital did not have the resources or personnel, so he was life flighted (helicopter) and we were so blessed to have the care he needed in that emergency.

Some people donate trees in the names of people (loved ones) recently deceased and the trees are a kind of memorial to the person and things they liked. I’ll add some of my favorite trees from that night.

We visited the fudge and divinity vendors which was fun. Have you ever tried to make divinity?? My sister reminded me of a time when we were young and determined; we tried our hardest to make divinity and it would never set up, so we poured it into a 9×13 pan and set it in the fridge but it still didn’t set up. Divinity is so tempermental! The divinity vendor was sold out when we arrived and they stopped making it so they told us that at 8:55pm (five minutes before closing) we could come back and see if anyone had not picked up their order. So when we heard the “closing announcement” I reminded my sister “Let’s get to the divinity aisle”! and we all booked it down there where our persistence was rewarded and I got a wonderful bite of the heavenly treat. Divinity is divine…. 😉

Then for our big day Saturday (first I slept in til 830, such a wonderful thing) and we discovered a boutique in Salem where my sister got a darling “baby beanie” so cute. We then hit ULTA which is always fun sampling new makeup items. We discovered some gorgeous lip shades and I bought one for myself. We then met up with the whole family; everyone listed above along with our son and two grandchildren and rode the Frontrunner (train running north and south between Provo and Ogden) making our way to downtown Salt Lake to see more lights and visit Temple Square. I love visiting Salt Lake Temple Square, it’s so beautiful and with the lights it’s just magical. There were so many people, we crowded on to the train, then traxx was crowded, and lots of people at City Creek Mall along with Temple Square but we all managed to stay together and get some fun pictures with almost no injuries (little Venna fell and bumped her head, poor little thing; Emily fell two or three times but no bruises or goose eggs)

These are all part of our December traditions; enjoying beautiful light displays, spending time with family, and remembering the birth of our Savior. Merry Christmas everyone.