Happy Thanksgiving

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I have a thankful heart year round, but when the holidays roll around, I’m reminded even more of the wonderful things in my life. I have such fantastic friends and family who support and love me and are always there for me. I’m grateful that we get to spend time with some of them today.

I’m also grateful for the small space of internet that’s mine through Her Sunday and Bookmark To Blog. I love that I have a little platform in which I can blabber on about the little things that I like and think are important. I love that I have a small but loyal group of blogger friends who stop by here each week to see how I’m doing. This space of mine encourages me to be thoughtful and creative and gives me an outlet for whatever I feel like talking about.

Lately, life has brought me several awesome blessings in which I’m so so thankful for. This past year I’ve worked to notice the small things in life that I’m thankful for (like quiet time with a book) as well as the big things (like a new job and starting grad school.) So today, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I hope your day is full of things to be thankful for. Have a great day!




On Tuesday we decided to go to the Pioneer Days Rodeo and celebrate the 24th of July. If you’re not from Utah, then you may or may not know that we celebrate the settling of the Pioneers in Utah on the 24th of July. Anyway, heading over to the rodeo was a last minute decision but we’re glad we went. We had a great time. I thought I’d share some of the photos I took. It was hard to get anything good but here they are.







(we got photo bombed! He he.)
We didn’t get home until pretty late but we had fun!


I kind of wish I was going to a 4th of July BBQ today after looking at these party ideas! It seems as if we never go and do anything unless I plan it. Sometimes always having to be the one to get something together is frustrating. But I guess if no one else cares, then why should I, right?

I hope you have a great holiday and get to spend some time with your family and friends!

Countdown to the Day of Love!

Tomorrow marks one month until Valentine’s Day! Yes, I am one of those people who buys into all the hype of the holiday. We never do anything outrageous but I’m already starting to think of ideas to make it extra special for my man this year. After all, it will be our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple! I’m thinking of surprising him with a weekend getaway. Work has been rough on him lately and I think a vacation is much needed, even if it is just a few days. Now I just have to decide where!
Casual and Sweet Valentine

1- Coggles Heart Sweatshirt
2- Topshop Tan Cords
2- Topshop Pink Skinny Cords
3-Topshop Slouch Bag
4- Lancome Lipstick & Gloss
4- Armani Eyeshadow
5-Kate Spade Book
6- Max & Chloe Hoops
7-Tom’s Cordones

Holiday Party Time

holiday party

Around here people’s idea of getting dressed up is putting on the same thing you would wear to church- typically a skirt with a cotton shirt and some conservative flats. Sometimes I dream of living in New York where you really get dressed up for your holiday work party. Or is that just on TV? In any case. I feel very stifled fashion-wise (and in many other cultural ways) a lot of the time living here.

I feel like I can’t really wear the things that I like because then I’ll stick out like a sore thumb amongst all the jeans and t-shirts. It makes me sad. But if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where dressing up actually means dressing up, then maybe this look would be perfect for your holiday party! You can send me photos of your elegant party and then I can just live vicariously through you, okay?


$78 – modcloth.com

$45 – heels.com

Wet Seal strap bag
$4.25 – wetseal.com

£28 – debenhams.com

$30 – barneys.com

$32 – barneys.com


$15 – rickysnyc.com

Champagne Centerpiece
$50 – crateandbarrel.com

I’m ready!


The pumpkin and banana cream pies will get some finishing touches just before we serve them. The triple berry pie is filled with strawberries, blackberries and raspberries and we’ll be serving it al a mode. Yum! I’ve got one more pumpkin pie that still needs to go in the oven but then I think we’ll be set. I wanted to make a chocolate cream and possible try my hand at a pecan pie but it just would have been too much food for us! Maybe next year.

I love Thanksgiving and I’m so excited to get my sister’s house and see everyone.

First though, I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you! You bloggers know what I mean. This community means so much to me and so I want you to know how thankful I am for all the friendships I’ve made out there. Happy Thanksgiving!!


Free Thanksgiving Printables


Last year we spent Thanksgiving with Andy’s family, so this year we are traveling to Wyoming to be with my family at my sisters new house. I am so excited because this means that I get to help a little bit with the cooking. I’m also bringing the pies! Yay! It should be a great time.

I have so so much to be thankful for this year. Thinking about it almost overwhelms me. 2011 surely has been one of my best years. So many good things have happened and I feel that I could never be happier or feel more fulfilled.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends, family, and yummy food. I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for this year!!


Printables clockwise from top left:

Peonies and Poppyseeds
Betty Crocker Wannabe
Somewhat Simple
Craftily Ever After

A Halloween Book List

Well, I’m a little late getting this out considering Halloween is today! But maybe you can save the list for next year and start fresh on October1. That’s what I plan to do. So here are my picks for Halloween reading:


The Halloween Tree  by Ray Bradbury
Hallow’s Eve: A Halloween Fairy Tale by Sarah Diemer
The Book of Hallowe’en by Ruth Edna Kelley
31 Days of Halloween by Jake Bible
Halloween by Melanie Jackson
Horror at Halloween by John Gordon