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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Goodies

The one thing I get most excited about with fall is pumpkin. End of story. 

Okay, but seriously the girls in this family love pumpkin. We're excited to make Anjuli's famous pumpkin pie, pumpkin pasties (from HP), pumpkin cinnamon rolls, I could go on. But here are a few new pumpkin recipes I've found that I will be trying very very soon, so stay tuned!

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies?! Yum!! Found here.
Okay these are first on my list to be made, and they look super easy! Found here.
And I know these aren't pumpkin but they look delicious and I want to make some soon. These are actually made by a girl I went to high school with. Found here.

If you make any of these let us know how they go! What is your favorite fall dessert?

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Easy Cheater Ballet Bun Tutorial - for thin hair

These days I don't do much with my hair. Either it's in a pony tail, up in a clip or in a bun. I just don't have time ( or just don't want to take the time to do my hair-totally lazy). I've always loved the high buns but I have ultra thin hair so my bun always looked pathetic. I tried the sock bun but that made my head feel heavy so that was a no-go for me and I tried the ratting, but I really hate ratting my hair. I finally found a method that totally works for my thin hair and is super easy and quick. However, you do need to have medium to long hair. 
easy cheater ballet bun tutorial for thin hair
 This is the first and possibly the last video/youtube tutorial I ever do. It's already hard for me to take pictures of myself, so doing a video was very awkward and way out of my comfort zone. Going out of the comfort zone is good right? Anyway, here are some pictures along with the video. I'll do my best to describe the process....
|1| I like to do a quick little french braid on my bangs before anything. Now put your head upside down and start putting your hair into a high pony tail, but on the last hair tie loop DON'T pull your hair all the way through (no idea what you call that little hair loop - hey, i never went to beauty school). You should have a little tail from the left bottom of your hair hanging at the bottom
|2| Now take that little tail and wrap it around under your little hair loop. Next start closing your loop gap until you form a bun (I know, it totally looks like I'm giving it a massage)
|3| Just keep working at it until all gaps in bun are closed up and formed into the hair bun. Start pinning with hair pins. Sorry these aren't the best picture. Watch the video below for ballet bun in action. 

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunshine Sunday: Come What May & Love It

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to a free class with life coach. She was teaching us about creating the vision for our life. We each created mind maps of sorts with things that were most important to us and then in the middle was our "life statement". 

For a while I had no idea what I was going to put in the middle. I couldn't figure out how one statement could cover my whole life and how I wanted it to be. But then my favorite quote came to my mind..."Come what may & love it". Found in this talk by Joseph B. Wirthlin. I highly recommend reading it or listening to it. I've included a short segment of it below.

But why I picked this quote because it is the way I've been striving to live for a long time. Imagine how much happier we would be if when hard times hit we looked for the joy instead of the sorrow, or if we laughed instead of got mad at stupid things that happen daily. Life is hard no matter how we react to it, so why not react in a more positive manner.

I'm far from perfect at this but I think the world could use a few more people with this mentality and I want to be one of them.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Savvy Style: Fall Fashion

I always get nervous for fall because I am drawn to summer clothes, I don't like wearing boots, I'm not great at fashionable layering and I HATE being cold. So my goal this fall is to get over these issues and have some fun.

I love the ankle booties that have come into style, I feel like I might actually start liking boots! Here is an outfit I put together that I'm hoping to add to my collection this fall. Comfy but still cute :).

What is your favorite fall trend?


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunshine Sunday: I Am Beautiful Challenge

One of my best friends is currently serving a mission for our church in Washington D.C. While on her mission she has learned the valuable lesson of inner beauty and not letting it distract her from serving others. She recently has written about it here and issued a challenge to all of us. Please go and read about her experience. 

Here is her challenge to each of us:

  1. No make up. None. (Sorry to the guys out there! OR you can adapt as necessary by sacrificing something that will help you center your focus on others rather than yourself.
  2. Take a picture a day, caption it with a positive I AM statement and write a brief explanation. Use hashtag #IAMBeautiful
  3. Invite others to join!
The event/challenge will be starting September 7th, found here.

I hope you will take the time to read about what she has learned and join us in this challenge. What a great opportunity to learn to love yourself and find ways to build ourselves up with "I AM" statements. Loving ourselves for things that aren't maybe popular, or forgetting about our looks and reaching out to help others.

When she told me about this great event I expressed to her that due to my job I can't go completely natural. I felt really bad because I really wanted to be a part of this. She suggested giving up something else that will help me "center my focus on others" instead of on myself. Ideas like: Once you get ready for the day don't go out of your way to look in a mirror or worry what you look like, or no negative comments about yourself or others.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Savvy Style: Labor Day Sales!!!

There are so many Labor Day sales going on right now, I just can't handle it. So this weekend is the weekend of learning self-control ;). But I thought I'd at least share some of my favorites sales!

First is ASOS. A huge 75% off and then you get 10% more off with the code HAVE10. Now they have a huge selection and some stuff is really kind of out there but if you have the time you can find some good stuff. The items I'm eyeing are:

Midi Skater Dress
Midi Skirt in Pleated Lace
Color Block Baseball Top
Polka Dot Print 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Top

Next is Anthropologie. They are having an extra 20% of sale items. Now I love this store but can not afford it so I get excited when they have sales. I get a little hope that just maybe I"ll find something a I can afford! Here is what I'm loving:

Curracloe Maxi Skirt
Joa Stitched Tee
Honey Valley Tee

And finally UrbanOG. Their entire site is marked down! I just ordered a few pairs of shoes from them because of their great prices, and then you throw a sale on that and self-control goes out the window! Here is what I found:

Strappy Open Toe Platform Wedge
Suede Kitten Wedge Sandals
Leopard Round Toe Ballet Flat

Go check these sales out!

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