Monday, May 4, 2015

will you? YES!!!

Warning, this blog post will be super long and cheesy so prepare yourself. 
I would like to introduce you to Matt, he is sweet, funny, chivalrous, and in my eyes he's pretty perfect. We met a couple of months ago on a blind date. (I know those don't ever work out right? Wrong.) His best friend set him up with me, and my best friend set me up with him. Our first date was pretty relaxed we doubled with our friends. I tried to get out of it by saying I had work until 8, and he didn't want to go either at first. Somehow his mom talked him into giving it a chance, and they planned the date for 8:30 so I could go after work. Our first date was fun, but I had no idea what was about to happen. 
The next day I was surprised to get a text from him, he actually asked me questions and wanted to talk to me, so I text him back and conversation was easy. I was surprised that he actually wanted to get to know me better, I had kind of given up on finding that for a while. We talked to each other pretty consistently after that, and made plans for the next Friday. We ended up seeing each other that Wednesday, and Friday, and have hardly missed a day since then. He brought me roses a couple of weeks later and then I knew he was a keeper! ;)
It probably sounds cliche, but the way things have worked out and been so easy between us has made me understand why the relationships I had before never worked out. My relationship with Matt has never felt forced, and we have felt God's hand in our lives every step of the way. We just knew that the rest of our lives were meant to include each other.

Fast forward to Sunday May 3, 2015
We went to church together, and ate dinner with his family after. Then he wanted to go for a drive and go to the Payson Temple. The Payson Temple holds a special place in my heart because my dad grew up in Payson, and I have so many memories of visiting my grandparents there. Matt and I had gone through the open house together earlier that week and had already talked about getting married there. We had also spent hours walking around it, and looking at it from the road before the gates were open. I made things difficult by saying that I was tired and kind of wanted to go home, but he was persistent that we go. While driving there he looked over at me and asked, "Is your family usually on time?" I gave him a weird look and said, "Umm kind of, why?" "You just said you are always late and I wondered if you got it from them." Was his reply. I told him he was a weirdo, but secretly thought, "What if he's going to ask me tonight?" But I told myself not to get my hopes up. 
By the time we drove to Payson it was raining, I told him I didn't want to get out of the car and ruin my hair, but again he was persistent and said, "No, we should to walk around." He parked on the street instead of in the parking lot, which I thought was kind of weird but I brushed the thought aside again as we walked up to the temple. As we got closer to the temple I recognized in a huddle of people my dad smiling at me and then I realized my whole family was there, along with Matt's. Then I started to shake, I didn't cry I just shook like a leaf and couldn't stop smiling. We walked up closer to the temple, our families were smiling at us, Matt turned to me and got down on one knee, and then he asked me to marry him. I'll let the pictures do the rest of the explaining, because I can't explain in words how perfect it was.

"Is this real life?"

"Will you?"


It's perfect.

Happiest moment of my life, so far...

I love you. 

When you find a boy who brings you roses, and who loves you for exactly who you are, you know you've found a keeper. <3

Being able to share this moment with both of our families, at our favorite place was beyond perfect. I have fallen in completely in love with Matthew Petersen, and I can't wait to see what our future holds!
*Shout out to my sister Heather for taking these wonderful pictures!

Monday, January 19, 2015

the liebster award

Thank you to Norah Coughlin for nominating me for the liebster award! This award is given to help others discover new blogs, which I think is a great idea!

This is how the liebster award works for those who are nominated.
  • Link the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 blogs with under 200 followers
  • Create 11 questions for those blogs to answer
  • Notify those bloggers via there blogs/social media

These are the questions Norah gave me. 
  • What is your favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite part of blogging is having my own creative space to express my feelings, interests and whatever I feel like! I also love discovering other blogs and getting to know others through their blogs!
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
 I would probably pick upstate New York, I recently visited there this past fall and fell in love with it! There were so many trees and it was so beautiful! If I had to pick anywhere outside the United States it would probably be Europe somewhere, although I haven't traveled there to find out where I would want to live yet! 
  • Coffee or Tea?
I don't drink coffee or tea for religious reasons, I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, most people know us as Mormons. this link tells a little bit about the word of wisdom that we live by. 
Although I don't drink green tea, I do drink Herbal tea, and I love it! My favorite is Chamomile! 

  • What's your TV guilty pleasure?
Lately I've been binge watching Once Upon a Time on netflix. I also love Gilmore girl reruns and Downton Abbey.
  • What's your dream job?
My dream job is to one day travel the world as a journalist. I also want to publish a couple of books in my lifetime. 
  • Favortie song of 2014?
I'm bad a picking favorites, but the song You by the Icarus Account would have to be pretty close to the top!
  • Winged Eyeliner or red lips?
Winged Eyeliner for sure! I'm still working on finding a red lipstick that I love, anyone have any suggestions?
  • What is the most important piece of advice you've heard so far in life?
Wow this is a hard question! My dad once told me that life is full of hard/awkward moments, but the trick to it is finding someone that will love you through those moments. I'm still working on finding that person ;) but it's a piece of advice that I haven't forgotten!

  • Favorite food?
This probably sounds so lame, but I love mashed potatoes and gravy almost more than anything else. I could eat them every day for pretty much every meal. 

  • Where do you find the best clothing deals?
This winter me and my mom found Gap sweaters for 10 dollars on clearance! I shop lots of places and always head straight to the clearance rack, I don't always find stuff there, but more often than not you can find awesome deals!

  • Favorite blogger or youtuber?
I love reading I feel like I know Bri and basically I've just stalked her blog. But she's an amazing photographer and an awesome writer, I always love reading her posts!

I nominate:
My fave you are
Simple and Rose
Jemima Jane
Just Your Average Readhead
Miss Julia Paige
Sincerly Mad
Little Lady Chang
Hansen Hullabaloo
Life As I See It

And I fail cause I only nomianated 9 people... Oops!

My questions for my nominees are:

  • Why did you start blogging? 
  • What is the message you want to get across with your blog?
  • What is your favorite decade from the 1900's to get style inspiration from? 
  • Would you rather read a book or watch a movie?
  • Long or short hair?
  • What's your dream vacation?
  • What's your favorite holiday and why?
  • What's your favorite breakfast cereal?
  • What is one goal you have for your life 5 years from now?
  • What's your favorite band of the moment?
  • What is one book you would recommend to a total stranger?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

where i find vintage

This skirt and sweater belonged to my grandma when she was in high school.

 One of my favorite hobbies is finding different pieces of vintage clothing to wear, especially when there are stories behind them. Through the past years as my interest in vintage clothing has grown I have found that my greatest vintage finds and resources were much closer than I had originally thought. Here are a few tips that may help you realize that there are old stories and clothes to be found, and they might be right in front of you!
  • Talk to your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or whoever you have a close relationship with. Ask them about their past. 
  • Questions to ask: What were you doing at my age? What were you wearing? What was the world like when you were growing up? How did you meet grandpa, grandma, etc.? Do you have pictures I can see? 
  • Take notes or record the interview (if they are comfortable with that) that way these pieces of history they are telling you won't be lost!
  • I guarantee you will learn new things about your grandparents, parents or whoever you are talking to. More often than not after the stories are told they will bring out old clothes or trinkets to show you. If they don't ask them, most likely they'll enjoy looking back on their past!
Through this method I have learned so many fun things and heard new stories from my grandparents and parents. Stories that may have been lost had I not asked them questions! Most of the time the people you ask will love that you made time to talk to them and learn about their past! 
Through talking to my grandparents and parents I have rescued old dusty clothes long forgotten in closets and from decades past (the 1950's and the 1980's). I've tried on my moms old prom dresses, and wedding dress, as well as the clothes my grandma wore in high school! It's been such a fun experience learning more about their past, and finding vintage clothes that have meaning to me, and their wearers in the past. 
I hope these tips help inspire you to learn more about someone else, as well as find some vintage clothes! Happy searching! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

freezing kool aid/patience

I remember long ago summers spent with my best friend Rachel. Our knees were dirty from playing under her deck in the dirt for hours. We both wore cutoffs that were fraying, and dirty t-shirts. Our hair was no doubt messy and falling out of the braids that our mothers had tried to tame them in. It was hot those summers and we had so much fun mixing up kool aid, pouring it in ice cube trays sticking toothpicks in the top, and making our very own popsicles. I remember waiting for what seemed like days for the ice cubes to freeze. We would play for a few minutes and run to the freezer in hopes that our popsicles were ready. We were usually disappointed to only find cold kool aid, or slightly slushy kool aid that wasn't completely frozen.
This is what my life feels like right now, I feel like I'm just stuck waiting. Will the things I've waited for ever happen? Will the kool aid ever freeze?

 Right now my life feels like running to the freezer with dirty bare feet and messy hair, only to find kool aid that’s not yet frozen.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

a little 80's

Today was a big hair, and dirty dr. pepper kind of a day. My big hair inspired me to pull out this sweater that my mom recently gave me. 
A week or so before Christmas my parents cleaned out our coat closet and pulled out some long forgotten clothes from the 80's. My dad gave my mom this sweater when they were dating in 1983, he had a matching one. How incredibly sweet is that? Well long story short there was no way this sweater was going to be sent to the D.I. and one good washing later I now have a brand new old sweater!
How cute are my parents? 
I'm grateful to my mom for giving me her old clothes, and her big hair. :)