August 2012 Recap

In August I…
Replanted my Yuccas

Ogden River Parkway 6

My August Goals were:

To try not to worry– I think this speaks for itself

To finally stain our nightstands– No, but we did a test stain and decided that we no longer liked the color we had chosen. So it’s back to the drawing board.
To go swimming or camping- We went swimming at Lagoon this year so I guess that counts.
To finish a reading challenge– Technically I finished the Dystopian challenge. I haven’t posted about it on BTB yet because I plan to read one more before doing that. (I had to read 4-6 and I’ve read 5.)
How was your August?


reading   two and twenty dark tales and shadow of night and 1421 and a trick of the light
worried about   nothing (seriously! this is rare for me)
missing   a visit with my grandma
creating   lesson plans for the dance classes I’ll teach this year
hating   that our washing machine is on it’s last leg
wondering   when I should start grad school
thankful for   new opportunities and a supportive husband
listening to   an audio book
watching   the truman show
loving   being involved in something awesome
discovering   hidden potential in myself
waiting   to see which kids I’ll be teaching at dance this year
excited about   labor day weekend activities
wishing   we’d gone camping this summer
searching for   the right way to prioritize my time
craving   pumpkin lattes
enjoying   a couple minutes of peace before bedtime

Feel free to follow suit and write your own ‘lately’ post!

Taking Chances

Tomorrow I’m going to take a great leap of faith. I’m leaving my current position and starting a new one. I’m scared and excited all at once. It’s a little nerve wracking going from a job that you’ve pretty much got down to a science to one that you know nothing about. I’ve never liked that transition point between not even knowing where the copy machine in the building is to being an expert at your job. It always feels awkward. I much prefer to be in that place where I’m awesome at my job already.
But I also know what can happen at that point-which is where I’m at now. The job no longer challenges me, and more often than not, it bores me to death. I’m looking forward to becoming good at something else. I’m looking forward to a job that is always changing and evolving so that it keeps me on my toes and excited for the next thing. 
Tomorrow I will take that leap of faith into the unknown and become a ‘newbie’ again. I’m nervous for that but taking chances has paid off for me in the past and I’m hoping that it will in this case too. There’s one thing I’ve learned- never taking a chance means staying stagnant. If I want to continue to grow and learn as a person, then I have to challenge myself to take leaps of faith once in awhile in order to make that happen.

Her Weekend-1st Cycling Event Recap

Is it seriously Monday morning already? Sometimes it’s just not fair how fast the weekend flies by! Congratulations to Rebecca, who won the Target pillow giveaway! Also, thank you all so much for participating in the giveaway and thank you to those of you who filled out my little survey. It helped me tremendously!

Now, I have to tell you about a little adventure we had on Saturday morning. Andy and I participated in our first cycling event! It was a non-competitive bicycle tour of 40, 60, and 100 mile routes. The proceeds from the event went to help people with disabilities participate in outdoor recreational activities.

I’ll be honest, I was nervous and didn’t feel at all prepared. We signed up for the event just two weeks ago and had only ridden a little before then. The most I’d ever gone was 20 miles in one ride. I considered dropping out up until just an hour before the event was to start. But in the end, I decided to go for it and see how much I could do, and I’m glad I did! I think it helped my nerves that it wasn’t actually a race.

cvc ride andy and I

I finished the 40 mile course and Andy finished the 60 mile course. It took me about 2 hours and 45 minutes as I was only going around 15 mph the entire time. It wasn’t easy, but I can confidently say that I could probably do more if we had trained correctly. That makes me excited to try again!

The course wasn’t too bad and only a few sections gave me some trouble. The first hour of the race was rough because it was so damn cold! I didn’t drink much water because my freezing hands couldn’t maneuver the water bottle while I was riding. That slowed me down a lot. While the downhills should have provided some relief, they were worse in the cold air. It was much better when it began to warm up a little.

cvc my bike

Honestly, the huge feeling of accomplishment I got when I crossed that finish line was enough to make me want to do this again. It’s kind of fun finding out that you can do more than you really thought you could. I was definitely sore and tired when I finished, but it was worth it!


I know some of you are working on fitness goals. What have you made yourself try and were surprised in the end that you could actually do?

Sunday Snapshot #3

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We’re spending the day at home catching up on random chores. We’ve planned a little vacation for next weekend. I’m really looking forward to it! And yesterday we rode in a cycling fundraiser event. I’ll share some pictures from that tomorrow. It feels like this might be the last days of summer. I had one of the best Chai’s I’ve ever had a couple days ago and it reminded me how many things there are to love about Fall. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Fashion Friday: Be Yourself

be yourself

I think everyone struggles a little with just being themselves at one point or another in their life. I know I have. Sometimes I still struggle with it, depending on who I’m with or the situation I’m in. I’ve just found that there are certain people that make me feel more at ease than others. Those are the kind of people I like to surround myself with. My husband is one of those people. Not only does he help me feel comfortable with who I am, but he makes me feel confident in my own skin. That is a wonderful thing. So whether it’s a significant other, a family member, or a friend- make sure you have people by your side that you know you can be yourself around. It’s so important to be true to who you are and not feel like that’s a bad thing.

Deep words for a Friday? Nah, just common sense. Have a great weekend everyone and a million thanks for participating in my survey and giveaway. I appreciate your constant support so much! This is the last day to enter the giveaway and I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday.


get the look: cardigan, dress, earrings, union jack tote, sandals, lipstick

Canvas and Fabric into Wall Art

I wanted to show you a project that I worked on for our new basement bathroom. Canvas and Fabric into Wall Art:

canvas fabric wall art 5
I’d been searching around for ideas on what to decorate the walls with, but it wasn’t until I saw this cute fabric that it finally hit me. I knew that I wanted something that jutted out from the wall about two inches because it would be taking up a space of recessed wall.

canvas fabric diy
I picked up a couple of these 6×6 canvases at Michael’s and some fat quarter fabrics at a local fabric store and went to work. It was as simple as measuring it out and stapling it on. If you’re worried about the staples scraping your wall paint, just cover the back with felt.

canvas fabric diy 2
I decided to embellish the front with little flowers made from ribbon and buttons. Simple project, great results! I love how they look in the room and I love that it took very little time and brain power to pull it together.

canvas fabric wall art 3
I’ve got one other blank wall in the bathroom that I’d like to fill with something and then we’ll be calling this bathroom done. In the last couple of weeks Andy did a lot of the finish work that still needed to be done. We put the hardware on the cabinets, hung the towel rack (what color towels should I put in here?) and he installed the hardware on the pocket door.

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bathroom remodel 1

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I love this room so much!

canvas fabric wall art 4  

Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars

grandma's peanut butter bars
My Grandmother’s specialty was peanut butter bars. Every time we had a family get together she’d whip some up. We always looked forward to it and I still crave them today. A few days ago I pulled out her recipe and set to work recreating it. Her frosting was infinitely better than mine but they were still delicious and a welcome treat.

Grandmother’s Peanut Butter Bars:

1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Peanut Butter
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Oatmeal
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Salt

Cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter. Add the oatmeal, baking soda, and salt and mix. Slowly mix in the flour. Spread the mixture into the bottom of 13x8x1 baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the crust before it has cooled entirely. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour or until peanut butter is firm enough to spread chocolate frosting on top. Spread the chocolate frosting evenly on top and refrigerate again until firm.

peanut butter bars

Cut, serve, and enjoy!!

PS- Here’s a great recipe for chocolate frosting and here’s a vegan version of peanut butter bars that I like.

Blogging Milestone + Giveaway

I’ve hit a small blogging milestone: 800 posts!! I’d like to celebrate and say thanks for following me on this crazy ride by doing a couple of giveaways- the first one being today!

I’ll be sending one of you lucky readers this fun pillow courtesy of Target. Doesn’t it look great on my couch?

pillow giveaway

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Also, I’ve been doing some behind the scenes brainstorming to come up with ways to revamp this blog. I would be extremely appreciative if you wouldn’t mind taking a minute to answer my short survey below and give your feedback to help me out. Thank you in advance!!

If you’d like to enter to win this colorful arrow pillow, use the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will go until Friday night at midnight.

Good luck!!

PS- There’s a giveaway going on over at Bookmark To Blog today as well!

Her Weekend

It was a very productive weekend for us. I love that. We worked some more on the basement bathroom and I’ll show you a fun project I did for it later this week. I also worked on a lot of blogging stuff and managed to crank out a few things I hadn’t had time for in the last week. We also got some biking in. We’ve signed up for our first cycling race! It’s this coming Saturday and we’re pretty excited. Sunday morning we drove over to check out the route. It looks like a nice ride.

starbucks oatmeal



changing a flat


century race map


in car smithfield

Hope you all had a great weekend!