10.22.2014

Sometimes I Try…

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Sometimes I try to take better photos of Ryder…better as in better than my old iPhone 4 ;) October 19th, 2014, was one of those days. After early Stake Conference and after Ryder’s nap, I persuaded him with fruit snacks to cooperate, a little bit, with me to try to take some photos! Taking a photo of a running toddler is HARD GUYS LOL! Anyways, obviously I need to work on my photography skills! I know that. But I am just having fun for now and this is better than my phone. BUT, I already got plans with two of my friends (who definitely take better photos than me) to take pictures for fun, heh. Anyways, I just love this kid and as you can see, well, if you’ve ever seen my blog at all, you would know he is my favorite subject to photograph. So yeah! We had a great Sabbath! xoxo

Fall Has Officially Arrived

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{ October 13th – 18th, 2014 }

Last week was great. It seems that Fall is officially here. All of the leaves are changing colors and they are falling off the trees too quickly. I love all of the Fall colors! It is so pretty just driving around! Last week was another busy week…as that is how I do ;) What went down?

+ Went to story time with Abby DeGraff, Gwen Valles, Heather Hartman, & Cosette Crane. It was lackluster ha, well the story teller? It was good to get some story time in though!

+ Made THIS Chicken Tortilla Soup. It was good, but made a lot! I ate it a few days ;)

+ I saw Meet the Mormons with my dad, mom, & Hunter. Kevin had already planned to watch the Kansas City Royals game but then last minute, it was pushed back a day, so he could have come, but it was too late. The movie was REALLY GOOD! I guess I had low expectations. The last church movies I remember seeing, like Singles Ward, were well, okay haha. But this movie was amazing! I loved it! I wished I had taken some friends when I went as well. When it comes out on DVD, we will have to watch it again. It was funny to go though since when we got there, we practically knew everyone in the theatre ;) We just saw a bunch of ward members and other members from the area ha. OHHH and I had my mom and I wear matching ice-cream cone sweatshirts we got from Nordstrom haha. My mom felt awkward wearing them but I thought it was hilarious. (Photo above)

+ Girl’s Night: Abby DeGraff, Anna Yancey, & Gwen Valles & I had planned to have a Girl’s Night out. We originally were going to see The Giver but it had just left theatres a week before. I was bummed since I had wanted to see it! We decided to just rent a movie and watch it at Abby’s. Anna rented Mom’s Night Out…it was interesting ha. But we had fun! We also ate delicious pumpkin cookies, homemade popcorn, and Mint Milano cookies haha.

+ Mindy, my mom, Ry, & I went to a going-away breakfast for Mindy – at SNOOZE - as she was about to move to San Francisco to be an Assistant Manager at a new Core Power Yoga studio. After breakfast, we walked around downtown. We checked out a few boutiques and weirdly, they all had like a store owner’s dog in there. Ryder is obsessed with dogs and would yell, “Wait!!! DOGGY!!! GOGGY!! Wait!!!” So he was insanely loud and I had to take him out of the store ha. So I was like “Phewf, let’s try a new store.” And then it happened again in the next one haha. Kill me. The photo of Ryder yelling in the mirror above is in a boutique where he was begging for a dog haha. Toddlers.

+ I got a massage at Miramont. Always a good idea!

+ Ryder went to the Dentist and he was totally not in the mood for a cleaning. They were lucky to get fluoride on his teeth. He did enjoy the video games in the waiting room ;) (Photo above) Next time!

+ Went to a Relief Society Mid-Week Activity. We listened to some sisters in our ward talk about their missions. Afterwards, we tried some mission food, cookies, & other treats. It was fun!

+ Ryder & I met Bekah at Water’s Way Park. Ryder & Carmen enjoyed skull suckers (photo above). They also had a good time on the swings and slides. It was fun to catch up with Bekah!

+ This weekend was Stake Conference. It was great! Kevin went to the Stake Priesthood meeting and I went to the Adult session with my parents and Hunter. We had just found out they made the session for 12-18 year olds as well, so that basically cut out the babysitter situation. Since Kevin went to the Priesthood Meeting, I got to go to the adult session. Oh, and I also went with my family to Trent Parry’s Wedding Reception down at the Lory Center on CSU campus right before Stake Conference.

+ Oh, on Saturday also, Kevin & I worked on the basement. It was pretty much organized but we tried to turn it into a play space/room for the Winter. We are planning on putting the ride-on toys down there that usually are rode outside… balance bike, plasma car, etc. as well as older toys we are putting down there. Also, a lot of big balls and a goal net… As long as we don’t have too many spiders & wasps, it will work out great! I’m so thankful for Kevin because without his strength this wouldn’t have been able to happen ha. I cut apart a gazillion boxes though ;) And did some Goodwill donations!

Meanwhile, I had made a fort for Ryder (photo above) & he enjoyed watching Planes while we worked on the basement. Then he came down and hungout with us while we were organizing.

+ We were BOO’ed by Emily McDonald ;) Basically it is a Halloween tradition where you ding-dong doorbell ditch treats, a bucket of candy, whatever, at someone’s house (photo above of what we received). Then they are BOO’ed and have to hang up a ghost sign in their window or on their house and BOO 2 other houses. So we were BOO’ed! Have you ever been BOO’ed before?

And that’s about it!

xoxo

10.20.2014

Halloween Crafting, Pumpkin Patchin, & Boulder Shopping

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{ October 6 – 12th, 2014 }

Hello busiest week ever!

+ Abby hosted a Kid’s Craft Day at her house. It was very cute! The kids made Halloween crafts – spiders (out of foam balls & pipe cleaners) & pumpkins (out of paper plates & felt). The kids had a blast and the moms chatted. Abby is the best for throwing this! If my house was bigger, I might consider it ha ;) [ First photo above ]

+ ENT Follow Up from like ages ago… My mom watched Ryder & they played with trains for a majority of it (photo above). I had been meaning to see the ENT for months but just never got around to it. I’m still having some plugged ear & ringing (tinnitus) hearing issues… Unfortunately, I learned that there is nothing else they can do. My left ear had a little hearing loss and nerve damage from the ruptured ear drum and double ear infection. I think the – almost always there – ringing in my left ear is the most annoying thing. I hope I get used to it over time. Such a bummer !!!

+ I joined my parents to see Hunter in a choir concert he was in. He did great!

+ We went to another farm…Something from the Farm! It is my favorite farm probably because they have the best produce that we occasionally buy and also the location is super close to us! We went with Heather Hartman, Kristi Hartman, Ruth Buxton, Lara Osmond, Carrie Woolley…think that is about it, well, and everyone’s kids. The kids had fun running around in the pumpkin patch and corn maze (made from hay bales). They also had a blast chasing one of the farm dogs. They just threw apples at the dog and the dog would catch them! They had fun feeding the chickens, well, and when we left, Ryder had to say goodbye to each and every chicken haha…”Bye bye chicken!” Ryder loved sitting on the tractor as well. ( Photos above ) I bought a spaghetti squash when I was there and cooked it later that week. We had a blast!

+ We went to one of Hunter’s tennis matches as he was in a tournament. Ryder loved throwing and hitting the tennis ball (photo above)… Not going to lie, he has skills! He loves to see Hunter play tennis and is always asking about Hunter and balls ha.

+ We took Katinka to get groomed at DOGS out at Centerra. While she was getting groomed, we explored the shopping area.

+ Made spaghetti squash for dinner! Interesting stuff ;)

+ We went to Erin Neville’s PiYo class before Music Makers (photo above). The kids all run around while the moms try to work out haha. Ryder kicked and threw balls at other people doing yoga as well as climbing all over me while I was doing yoga…so it was interesting, but fun! Then we stayed for Music Maker’s and had a blast. I think it was funner than the last time we went. ( Photos above)

+ We were going to go pick out pumpkins with Ryann & Abby DeGraff (& their twins) Friday night but it had rained all day and was going to be cold, so we had to take a rain check. We didn’t want to get all muddy either! We ended up going to Chik-fil-a for a classy dinner haha ;) While Abby & I were ordering food, somehow Ryder escaped the husband’s attention and I noticed him outside by the door!!! Gave me a heart attack! Then we let the kids get ice-cream cones (photo above) & Ryder fell off a chair and cut his lip open. We made a spectacle that night! So embarrassing but funny haha. The Chik-fil-a employees were so nice and brought Ryder a bag of ice and a Chik-fil-a stuffed cow to make him feel better. What a night LOL!

+ On Saturday, my mom and I went to Boulder to go shopping. We ate at Moe’s Bagel’s for lunch which was delicious. Then we hit up Nordstrom Rack (& we tried on the whole stole haha proof from that photo above of me with a stack of clothes), Anthropologie, & LuLuLemon before seeing Patrick at his apartment. It was good to see him! Oh, and we did get a few cute things! Then after seeing Patrick, we went to Nordstrom. I dropped off my Frye boots to get stretched. Then we ate at an Indian restaurant called Ezitra which was awesome! My mom and I shared Chicken Tikka Masala with Naan! I recommend trying it if you haven’t.

+ Church… I then had my mom take photos of my eShakti dress for a review HERE… had dinner with my parents & then my mom and I watched the General Women’s Meeting!

Solid week!

xoxo

10.14.2014

{ eShakti Dress Review } Falling for Herringbone

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Dress: eShakti // Boots: Enzo Angiolini ‘Saylem’ Riding Boots (similar HERE) // Infinity Scarf: Loft (similar HERE) // Tights: Nordstrom

A few months ago, eShakti emailed me in regards to reviewing a clothing piece of my choice. eShakti is an online clothing company that sells dresses, coats, skirts, tops, etc. that are completely customizable to your body (height, size, & other options). They include sizes from 0-36W. I had seen other blogger friends review dresses, skirts, and whatnot for a few years now and I was excited that they had contacted me to give them a shot!

When you visit their website you will see lots of cute and unique pieces. In their email, they actually sent me a link to a special blogger selection of clothing that was only a smaller selection of what they have on their website. The smaller blogger selection is there so that they don’t have a bunch of bloggers review the same exact clothing garment. They let each item be reviewed by maybe 2-4 bloggers, remove it, and replace it with new designs as they come in. I guess that is understandable but I had seen a bunch of cute items that I would have loved to try that wasn’t in the blogger selection.

I originally ended up choosing a yellow and white striped poplin dress (similar HERE). I chose the option to add sleeves and chose a smaller neckline. It arrived fairly quickly and I couldn’t wait to try the dress on. When I tried it on, it was HUGE in the chest and waist area. I was kind of confused what had happened. I had Kevin do my measurements as I chose the custom size dress option and wondered if he got it right. We followed every step in the process very closely but we were confident he did get all of them right. I was pretty bummed since I had thought if you ordered a completely customizable dress from a company who specializes in that, it would fit like a glove. Somehow it didn’t at all.

I emailed eShakti & asked if there was anyway they could make the dress smaller or if I should just write an honest review on it…it being big and all, and they replied saying to take photos of the dress, email the photos to them to see what had happened in the manufacturing process, and pick another dress to choose from.

The first dress I had chosen would have been a perfect spring/summer dress. It was the end of summer and fall was quickly approaching, so I decided to get a dress that would be good for the fall and winter. I chose the this herringbone number. I’ve always been a big fan of herringbone and it is the perfect fall/winter pattern! I also thought it would be a classy, basic, fall/winter piece to add to my collection. [ I am not finding it on their website to link to, so there is a chance that it is sold out. ] I decided to give the customizable dress option another shot but this time, I had my mom do the measurements. Hers and Kevin’s were pretty darn close. On a side note, my mom sewed a lot in the past so I know she knows how to measure, and that makes Kevin too ;) I decided to add 3/4 sleeves, keep the longer length, and chose the smallest neckline.

Finally, it arrived and I tried it on! From the photos of it online, I thought it was more of a black color so I was planning on wearing my black Frye boots with it (or fancier black shoes if it wasn’t too snowy here in Colorado) but when it arrived it was definitely brown! Good thing I have a favorite brown pair of boots that looked alright with it. That was a little shocking but it wasn’t that big of a deal. I do think this dress fits a little better. I think the tied bow helps it fit better since the last one didn’t have a tie around the waist. The chest area is still a little big. I actually think they made the wrong neckline but I didn’t want to bother with any more dresses being made, etc. I chose the higher neckline because since having Ryder, I don’t like things that are too low or revealing, same goes with skirt lengths, because I am always running around and chasing him! I don’t want to have to worry about flashing anyone, in any type or form ha. So the neckline was a surprise but according to my mom and Kevin, they think it is fine, as long as when I bend down, I cover the top of my dress... Still, in my opinion, it is a little too big (in many ways). I am not sure if they are over-compensating the measurements when you send them in or if I have a weird body shape or type. Maybe some people measure themselves smaller than they really are? Also, from the photos, you might think the material is thick and warm. It is not. It is thin and just has the herringbone pattern on it. That is okay; it might be better for a slightly warmer fall/winter day. After seeing the dress and wearing it this past Sunday, I wished I had made the sleeves longer since it is basically a fall/winter dress and the 3/4 sleeves were a little chilly. I had the option to make the dress long sleeves. That isn’t eShakti’s fault though, just something I learned by wearing it. What I do love about the dress is the length. Yes, it is pretty long, but at the same time that is awesome. I didn’t ever worry about it riding up or being shorter while walking or flashing anyone while chasing after Ryder and grabbing him in the church hallway. It is a great length for not worrying! Also, when I go to stores, most dresses I try on are ALWAYS too short. This is almost too long, but much better! Another big positive, most dresses automatically come with pockets (unless you don’t want them) but I love pockets. Perfect for my iPhone & lipstick ;)

As you might be able to tell from the photos, it was a windy day! It was a very windy and cold day, thus the infinity scarf and boots. Also, it was kind of convenient since the scarf hid the neckline I felt uncomfortable about. The pockets were great to hide my cold hands in.

All in all, I would say I am happy with my dress. The main concern of mine is the neckline and chest/waist area being a little too big. According to my family, they think it looks alright. Personally, I wish that part was smaller.

*** eShakti does have a lot of really cute stuff and I would think that it is a good option for certain people. If you are extremely short, tall, or plus size, this may be a good way to find something that will fit vs. shopping in a brick and mortar store and them not having much of a selection for you. If you fit like a glove in most stores, I would maybe stick with doing that unless there was a style you love on eShakti’s website. I was happy with their customer service. They were great to work with. I was very embarrassed to tell them the dress didn’t fit, the first time around, and they didn’t mind and let me pick out another dress. I just think, here and there, you might run across a sizing issue. If you order for them for a special occasion, I would give extra time, just to be safe and to ensure a good fit. And…I did receive a few compliments on my dress, the first and only day I wore it thus far (& when my mom took photos), so I do think people like the dress. I just think it could have fit a little better as ‘a perfect fit’ is their company’s core competency. But really, I am happy with this dress. I might have to wear a scarf most of the times, but is cute and long enough.

If you are interested in eShakti, you can check out their website, Face book, Pinterest & Twitter!

xoxo

* FYI: Everything in this post are my own thoughts and opinions. I did receive this dress for an honest review.

10.10.2014

General Conference Weekend!

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{ October 4 – 5th , 2014 }

General Conference Weekend came & went! It is a little different having a toddler since you are a little more distracted and can’t fully listen to the apostles & President Monson you know :)

[ Kevin found out his parents got 2 tickets to the Kansas City Royals Baseball game which they were lucky to get since they are in the Playoffs! Because they hadn’t been to the playoffs since Kevin has been alive, haha, he road-tripped it out there on Saturday, October 4th, went to the game with his dad on the 5th, and came back on the 6th. He watched Priesthood session while eating some BBQ as soon as he got there and General Conference with the whole family on Sunday. The KC Royals luckily did win! So glad they did ha. He had a blast and said it was probably the funnest game he has been to. (Photo above.) ]

Meanwhile, my mom & Hunter were out of town since Zach was competing (Yo-Yo) at Nationals in California (& they met him there). So my dad, Ryder, & I were left in town! I watched some General Conference Saturday in between getting distracted by the Ryder man. Then after both sessions, we met up with my dad at Famous Dave’s for some BBQ. Love that place and especially their cornbread muffins. Divine! Then Ryder & I hit up Super Target, Staples, & Walgreens for a few things. I caught up on laundry & blogging that night. 

>>> OH…and YES HE WON NATIONALS! He is now the TWO time National Champion in Yo-Yo’ing! He is amazing. See his winning performance HERE. <<<

Sunday, we went over and hung out with my dad. He made yummy banana pancakes. We watched General Conference. In between sessions, Ryder & I had a bug hunt and found a lady bug in the backyard. We hung out on the tennis courts as well. Good times. Then later in the day, my mom and Hunter came back in town. We took Ryder out on the tree swing and HE LOVED IT. Obviously, I took many pictures. We had a delicious crockpot meal and called it a day!

I do feel like I need to re-watch every General Conference talk though, haha. Kids! :)

Until next time!

xoxo