Monday, December 22, 2014

What we’ve been up to!

I can’t even believe that Christmas is this week... I feel like a little kid because I am so. dang. excited!! Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to lately!


Movies.
John really enjoys going to the movies, but up until a month, or so ago, there has been absolutely nothing to go see!  Well, I feel like the movie drought is officially over... and we are taking advantage of it.  We’ve recently seen Wild with Reece Witherspoon and Mockingjay.  We still need to see Interstellar, Exodus, Imitation Game... and soon Unbroken, Selma, and American Sniper will be out!

 Have you seen any good movies in the theater recently?



DIY.
I mentioned a couple of times that John and I recently bought a new Sleep Number mattress, and we are absolutely loving it.  I’m not sure if it is the fact that our old mattress was old or the fact that we upgraded to a king, but it is amazing!  Since we upgraded to a king, we needed to buy all new sheets, pillows, duvets, etc.  And it got pricey fast.  To help save some moo-lah, I decided to DIY a headboard, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out!  

DIY coming soon!



Mountain bike.
John has been wanting a new mountain bike for a while, and his parents very generously gifted him one for Christmas!  This is a bit bittersweet for me... I’m obviously super excited that John has a new bike, but I was able to keep up with him much easier when he was riding his old one... haha, ohhh well.  

We went for a ride this weekend, and it reminded me how great of a time it is... and not to mention the weather is absolutely perfect this time of year.



Laundry. And an absurd amount of it.
I forced myself to do every ounce of laundry this weekend.  It was brutal, but I got through it!  I feel prepped and (mostly) ready for Christmas.  My laundry "helpers" are not so helpful...



New camera.
My mom and dad gave John and me a new DSLR camera for Christmas and I have been watching YouTube videos galore to figure out how to properly use it.  I’m slowly but surely making progress, but it’s just not quite as forgiving as my iPhone and Instagram.  
 
Anybody have any good tips for online tutorials?!
 
 
 
Fireplace.
 The weather has been above 60 degrees during the day, but at night it has been getting into the 40s.  And if you ask me, that's fireplace weather! We have a great wood burning fireplace (yes, in Arizona), and we are loving being able to use it in the evenings!  
 
The only issue is that Scout seems to want to eat the ashes and put her face in the fire... anyone else have this trouble with their dog? I have no idea why she is doing this!



32 comments :

  1. your headboard looks great!!! how did you like "wild"?! it's on my list of movies to see. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. I'm excited to see that headboard...your DIY projects are always the best! Good luck getting to know your new DSLR, I've always been intrigued by them but too intimidated to try!

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  3. Ohh can't wait to hear about your DIY headboard! I've always wanted to do one but I'm too nervous to try it LOL! And so jealous of your new DSLR! You're going to take so many amazing pictures!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. Crazy puppies! Luckily Brady leaves ours alone - now the Christmas tree is another story ;) What did you think of Wild? I really want to see that one and I can't wait for American Sniper! And YAY for a new camera! No advice there but it is also on my wishlist! Happy Christmas week!

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  5. Jameson dragged me to Interstellar and it was decent. Not really my type of movie but it wasn't terrible...well that is until he wanted to discuss all the hidden meaning after the movie. That's when I told him I wish John was here to humor him with movie talk haha And yay for a DSLR!!! I'm still figuring mine out and the only tip I have is practice practice practice!!

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  6. so much fun times you guys have been having and I can't wait to see that DIY!! We have a long list of movies we want to see and will probably start with the Theory of Everything on Christmas night!! Hope you have a great Monday!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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  7. Love your new headboard! Can't wait to see your DIY post about it

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  8. Your headboard looks fab, can't wait to see it. Yay for a new camera!! I need to look up tips on how to take better pictures period.

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  9. Hooray for new cameras! I got one earlier in the fall, and I'm STILL learning how to use it properly. I'm sure the youtube videos will help, and maybe search pinterest for links to tutorials as well. :) Can't wait to see your photos!

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  10. lots of fun adventures for you guys! i agree with the movie drought...glad there are so many things to see now! happy monday!

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  11. Love the head bored! You did a great job. I recently saw The Hobbit and it was AMAZING! It's seriuosly a must see in my book. Congrats on the camera! My friend has a Nikon and she loves it. The best advice I can give is to play around with it. The more you use it, the better you will be with it. :)

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  12. Nice work on the headboard! It looks great. A king makes such a difference when you're sharing a bed too. What kind of Nikon did you get? I have a 3200 and have a great book recommendation for you!

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  13. I want to go see both of those movies. How were they? Also, I am so jealous of the new camera!

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  14. Congrats on your new camera! I have a feeling you are going to take some amazing shots with it in the future! I love your laundry helpers! They look pleased. Hehe! Your DIY headboard came out fabulous! Great job!

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  15. I hear you on the movie drought, good movies have been sparse lately! We watched Gone Girl this weekend, I hadn't read the book or anything, whew crazy! Congrats on your new camera, that is so exciting! I took a class with Jenny Collier to learn mine haha, I was so lost.

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  16. we got a camera last christmas...my husband borrowed all kinds of books from our local library and learned A LOT! Good luck!

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  17. Yay for a DSLR!! You will get the hang of it... manual is tough to learn but there are other settings (I use AV mode most of the time) that can get you great photos! Love the headboard and we've had the same issue with Ruby messing with ashes from the fireplace!

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  18. What did you think of Wild? It doesn't draw me in for some reason, but I love Reece so I'm wondering if maybe I'd like it more than I think? I can't believe you DIYed your headboard! It looks amazing- we need one for our guest room so I'm excited for your tutorial :) And yay for a new camera!

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  19. Oh, I love a cozy fire during the winter! Yay for a new camera. We upgraded a few years ago and I couldn't be happier. The headboard turned out great.

    P.S. I’m giving away a Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap Food Processor on the blog. Hope you join in the fun!

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  20. Oh my goodness, scout is so silly! Maybe you could get one of those guards/gate things to go in front of the fire place to block her out of it? yay for the DSLR camera!! I found a few tutorials on pinterest that I read a little but. But I'm not patient enough for that so I've definitely just played with it and learned the basics. :)

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  21. Oh and PS... I cracked up at your comment on IG yesterday :) Thanks girl! Also, I love the headboard you did yourself!

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  22. YAY for a Nikon DSLR! Which model is that? I'm happy to help!! :-) and omg...I've been dying to see Reese Witherspoon in that Wild movie! How was it??

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  23. Hah love the laundry pictures. Your headboard came out awesome! Enjoy your new camera!

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  24. Which Nikon did you get? I've been working on getting better with my DSLR and I have a Nikon too. Maybe we can setup a time to go shoot some pictures together! =)

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  25. Girl, I've had my DSLR for over a year now and still just shoot blindly with it! I've got to sit down and really learn to use it! We saw Mockingjay and love it and I can't wait to see American Sniper. It looks so good!

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  26. Oh my gosh your "laundry helpers" are so adorable! :-) Your mantle looks so beautiful it is like a Christmas card! Great pictures of your husband with his new bike, and nice job on that headboard! Hope that you are having a great day today too! :-)

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  27. Ooooh have so much fun with your new camera!!! I've never had a Nikon, but I've heard great things about them!

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  28. It all sounds absolutely excited! Have fun with your new camera, I recently bought a new analog one and it's a real gem of my days! :) Merry Christmas!

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  29. We're hoping to see the new hunger games movie...and I really want to see Unbroken. I have been reading so much about it and am already touched by the storyline

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  30. I love your fireplace, so beautiful! And your pup with the sock in his mouth is too cute haha.

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