Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Move in Numbers!

Keeping it short this Monday! It's John's first day of work, and I'm downright exhausted from all of the unpacking!

Linking up with Biana and Meghan for Weekending!

416 - Miles traveled from our home in New Mexico to Arizona.

6.5 - Hours it took to travel 416 miles.

3 - Times I had to turn around due to going the wrong way (that's pretty good!).

2 - Trips to the pool (aka, once a day). This number will go up as packing goes down... Very refreshing!!

11 - Gatorades consumed this weekend... Hydration, hydration, hydration! Side note, have you tried the cucumber lime Gatorade? Amazingggg.

109 - Today's high temperature. Hot, hot, hot! I burned my fingertips trying to roll down my car window!

4 - Trips to Whole Foods (gotta get that free wifi).

A TON - Boxes unpacked.  How do two people have so many things?! I can't even imagine moving with kiddo things too!

9 - Boxes still needing to be unpacked (mostly clothes, which should be pretty easy).  The kitchen, living room, and guest room are pretty much complete... Overall, we got a lot done this weekend!

22 - Items hanging on our walls (can you tell that we did the fun stuff first?).

1 - Confused puppy... Where are we? Why is it so hot?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Favorites!

I left New Mexico bright and early this morning to start the drive to Scottsdale.  
John is waiting until the movers come to get our things and then he will be joining later this evening.
The rest of this weekend will pretty much be spent moving in and unpacking... Oh, the joys of moving!

Linking up for Friday Favorites with Amanda!

favorite restaurant

The first meal that John and I ever ate in New Mexico was at a restaurant called Two Fools Tavern.  We found it only fitting that our last supper would be there also.

Now, I don't know if this is my favorrrite restaurant, but there is something to be said for a first and last memory!

 favorite thing about New Mexico  

One of my favorite things about the New Mexico is most certainly the scenery.  I mean really, it is absolutely beautiful.  Now, to be honest, when I first moved here I didn't appreciate it at all, and not surprisingly, now that I'm leaving I can't get enough.

Big blue skies and beautiful sunsets!

favorite treat of the week 

So a new shaved ice place opened up near me, and I'm not going to lie, I have been there 4 times this week.  I'm pretty much a shaved ice connoisseur... when I was a little girl I even bought a shaved ice machine off of QVC with my own money.  It didn't work, so I returned it, but point being, I know whats-what.

And this stuff is amazinggg... please note, this is very different than a snow cone (which I do not like).

favorite giveaway ;)

Aww, yeah! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below! The Nordstrom anniversary sale is in July, and if you're anything like me, a little extra spending money will be happily welcomed!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Red, White & Blue Angel Food Cake

There is no better summer holiday dessert than angel food cake, and this layered red, white, and blue version is perfect for Independence Day... and really, it couldn't be any easier to make!

What you need:
- 1 Box of angel food cake (or, follow this recipe if you are feeling ambitious)
- Cool whip (or, follow this recipe if you are feeling ambitious)
- Strawberries
- Blueberries

How to:
1.  Divide the cake batter between three 9" round pans and bake as directed.
2.  After the cakes have completely cooled, remove from the pan and top with cool whip and berries.
3.  Layer the pieces of the cake and finish by frosting the outside.
4.  Chill before serving.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Andddd, we are moving!

After an interesting turn of events, John and I will be moving to Scottsdale, AZ!  

John was offered a position in the Phoenix office of a great law firm, and we decided to accept.  

So we will be moving very soon... as in, this Friday! John's last day of work was last Friday, and I will be telecommuting from Arizona into work for a while.

Dinner in Scottsdale at Old Town Tortilla Factory

It is no secret that we were not exactly thrilled to move to New Mexico (in my case, kicking and screaming, even).  So we are excited to move, but as with all change, things are always a little bitter-sweet. 

We are looking forward to being back in a larger city - with amenities such Drybar and Nordstrom, professional sports teams, more career opportunities, etc. - but there is a lot that we will miss about our time in New Mexico.

Since we were so resistant to being here in the beginning, we didn't start investing in our time here until a few months ago... so we feel like we missed out a bit!  We have made friends that we will miss dearly and wish we had more time with.  I have even discovered that I enjoy things like hiking and mountain biking... who woulda thought?!

A few weeks ago we made a trip to Arizona to find a place to live, and we found a great condo in Scottsdale that we are excited about.  

And the weather?  Let me tell you... it was inferno hot.  Like, burn your butt when getting into the car kind of hot.  But, in all fairness, we compared it to visiting Minneapolis in January - it's the worst month to visit, and you've got to keep your eyes on the prize... (in Arizona's case, the winter).

Although our stay in New Mexico was short (10 months),  John and I both learned the importance of trusting God's plan and relying on our faith in Christ to find joy in all situations... lessons that we surely will not forget.  

In fact, these are lessons that are so important to us, that I made John steal a 70lb rock from the Sandia Mountains to serve as a memorial of God's faithfulness to us.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? 
(Joshua chapter 3-4... When God parted the Jordan and told Joshua to have twelve men each collect a stone from the middle of the Jordan to serve as permanent reminder of God's (past, current and future) faithfulness to them).

"So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. 

In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”"

Girlfriend, I got me a rock too.  A big one.

And I plan to hold on to it forever so that I will never forget the lessons of God's faithfulness and the importance of placing all trust in Him.  This way, when we have future seasons hardship, we will have the unwavering assurance of God's faithfulness.

Escaping the heat at Salty Senorita in Scottsdale

By the way, I have only been to Arizona once for like 48 hours, so if anyone knows anything about the area, I'd love to know your thoughts!

Quick stop in Sedona, AZ

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easy (& Inexpensive) Baby Shower DIYs

This past weekend I co-hosted a baby shower for a coworker, and it was a beautiful day!  Her sweet little girl is due in August, and it is hard to believe how quickly she will be here (can you believe 2014 is almost half over?!).

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

For a sweet treat to-go I made chocolate covered pretzel rods.

Simply melt chocolate, cover the pretzels, then decorate as desired.  I decorated some pretzels with sprinkles and others I drizzled with more chocolate.

Wilton makes pretzel rod bags that come with twist ties to package nicely.


I had a few old frames lying around my house that I wasn't planning to use, so I decided to paint the frames pink and spray paint the back with chalkboard paint.  

And ta-da, you have yourself a pink chalkboard! That easy!

Tulle Pom-Poms

Instead of tissue pom-poms, I decided to make some poms using tulle.  I purchased my tulle for pretty cheap from Walmart, and then on top of that, they honored a 40% off JoAnns coupon that I had.  
It was such a great deal that I almost felt a little dishonest about it!

To make the poms, wrap the tulle around a 12 inch book (I wrapped 25 times).  Remove the tulle from the book and secure in the middle.  Trim the edges and fluff.

I made quite a few of these guys and incorporated them everywhere... as part of the centerpieces, on a welcome table, fireplace mantle - pretty much anywhere that had an open space!

Ribbon Vases

I knew that I wanted to have a few vases of flowers on each table, but I didn't want to buy vases that were too big as they would require twice as many flowers.

To avoid buying vases, I used our drinking glasses and using double-sided sticky tape, I taped ribbon around the glass.  It was a great way to have "vases" that weren't too big.  
I made 12 of these in total (and bought about 5 dozen flowers - which was plenty).

Other Ideas

I cut out an absurd amount of onesies that I put on sticks and placed pretty much anywhere that I could think of.  Paper is cheap and it was a great way (although a bit time consuming) to dress up forgotten spaces (putting a few onsies in the bathroom, etc.).

Isn't that baby topper made out of fondant incredible?! I wouldn't be right to eat that thing...! It was purchased from this Etsy shop.

Instead of a guest book, everyone signed diapers for the mom and dad to use during late night changes.  Some of the diapers were pretty hysterical...!

It was a beautiful day celebrating and showering the deserving parents-to-be!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Our story: Our wedding day

Today is John and my 3rd wedding anniversary!  
You can read about how we met here and the proposal here.

John and I were married on the most beautiful day ever (...I'm not biased at all...) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Our ceremony was outside in the Michigan League courtyard.
The weather was forecast to rain... so much so that our wedding coordinator said we should just plan for the ceremony inside.  But I would have noneeeee of it!

I may have had a bridezilla moment, but I made it very clear that there would be no rain call until the morning (many, many prayers were said that night...).

And guess what, the weather was perfect!

Our reception was at the Gandy Dancer which is an old train station.  It's pretty cool because the train still functions (and drives by to the newly-built station a few doors down).

Our reception was also outside, under a tent, and it was absolutely beautiful.

The day went off without a hitch.

The only minor embarrassing part was when our florist came to the reception at the end to pick up the center pieces, and two homeless men walked in to my reception!

Since Ann Arbor is a college town, there are bums and people that walk around and collect cans, and these two bums were taking my centerpieces!!

I hurry and rushed to tell my florist that two homeless men were taking her things.  She laughed and told me that the two homeless men were her husband and son!

I just about died.

I am so incredibly thankful that I have been blessed with a Godly man.

John is so considerate, very handsome, incredibly hardworking, funny, and probably the smartest person I know. 

I can't wait to spend the next many, many more years falling deeper in love with my man.

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