Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Spring Wedding: Emily + Taysom

JP and I attended the kick-off to the 2014 wedding season last night! Haha, but really.
The newly-weds Emily and Taysom Hill had the funnest reception and were the most stunning couple. 
It was out at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course and the weather was perfect (which is always a wild card in Utah in the spring -- there's an equal chance that it rains, snows, or is sunny and warm haha).

Friday, April 11, 2014

Making It Official!

Even though I technically graduated in December... (and BYU already sent me my diploma in the mail haha) I'm going to be "walking" at the end of this month at the graduation ceremony!
Because I'm sort of all about celebrating milestones/traditions etc. 
I am going to walk with my sister-in-law's college, which is Visual Arts, instead of mine (the School of Education) so JP only has to go to one ceremony, and I get to walk with one of my best friends, it's sort of a win-win!

So just this week I sent out graduation announcements! 
I designed and made them myself and I have to say I am pretty happy with how they turned out!
It's kind of fun, this whole visual-arts business ;)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Paris vs New York

Since I've been all graduated since December and homework isn't consuming all my free time... I don't know what to do with myself when JP has to write papers all night or read massive case studies. 
So I've been decorating and re-decorating our apartment haha 
It seems a little silly I know, considering we're moving in a few months, but I figured I could try out some new ideas here, and if I like them then carry them over into our new space! 
(Wherever that ends up being... Keep your fingers crossed for us please! Apartment/duplex/basement shopping is hard.)

My newest project consisted of a total re-vamp of our picture wall, and I am quite a fan of how it turned out, mostly because it revolves around two of my favorite places:

Paris vs New York

Designed by a french-based graphic designer, these prints depict juxtapositional images side-by-side that capture the similar yet varied cultural phenomenons of the two cities.  
I am absolutely in love with them!

Total disclaimer -- the lighting in my apartment is terrible, so these pictures definitely don't do the project justice, please bear with me.

Old picture wall:

 New picture wall!

some of my favorite prints:
(although if we're being honest they're all my favorite so... It was really hard to pick just a few to photograph)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

More Stuff in Jars!!

Yep, you guessed it:

Another bridal shower. 

And instead of coming up with a brand new idea, we decided to go with a tried-and-true crowd pleaser:

Refreshments in jars.

Haha. But seriously. 

This time we put all the desserts in the jars, and there were four types to choose from: 

>>> Lemon Cheesecake (with homemade lemon curd! mmmm)
>>> Toffee Chocolate Cake drizzled with caramel
>>> Key Lime Mousse with Graham Cracker Crust
>>> Banana Pudding layered with Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Oh and how could I forget! 
An extremely talented lady named Kenzie made the most amazing bow garland I have ever seen!! 
It was stunning, I'm obsessed with it, and it definitely upped the shower's decor quite a bit haha. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Party Trick: Salad Jars

This spring has really been packed full of baby showers and bridal showers (we're talking pretty much at least one a week, and this week I have 2!). But let's be honest, I've loved every minute of it haha.

This last weekend, my mom threw an engagement party for my cousin Caroline who is getting married at the end of April. All of my aunts, uncles, and cousins were there along with the groom-to-be and his family! And we had the absolute best time chatting, eating, and playing a hilarious version of Family Feud

I was so busy enjoying the party that I didn't manage to get pictures of any of the "during" but I did snap some before everyone got there!
My ultra-creative mom came with up the most brilliant and fun idea for the dinner: we had salads-in-a-jar! There were three different kinds to choose from, and inside the jar was everything the salad needed + the dressing. 
When it was time to eat, you shook the jar up and dumped out all the contents onto the lettuce leaves that were already on your plate! 
The dinner salads were supplemented with fruit and homemade bread and it was one of the most delicious (and so healthy!) meals I've had in a while!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

What's been filling my time lately:

Well first of all, because of this little announcement I made a while back, JP and I need to find a new place to live up in Salt Lake City!
So I have been making spreadsheets, scouring the classifieds online, comparing prices and locations, asking for opinions on facebook, following up with referrals and contacts, etc etc and hopefully we end up living somewhere we love! 

It's very exciting, this whole moving business and also bittersweet because we really like where we live now. But the allure of a fresh start in a new city is pretty intoxicating, so the house-hunt is on!


Second of all, we attended The Barrister's Ball aka Law School Prom again! Remember last year?
Well this year was even better, they added a photo booth AND italian sodas! haha
But seriously, JP has made such good friends during these last two years at law school, we feel very lucky to know and spend time with such wonderful hilarious people!

And last, but not least, a few links of things that I have been loving and showing everyone lately! Enjoy!

>>> If you've read Divergent or seen the movie, (or even if you haven't) you definitely should read this article! I loved it, so much. 

>>> Also, I've watched this video five times and still am almost crying laughing by the end.

>>> Have you heard about this movement? It's the most amazing innovative idea and such an easy way to make a huge impact. Join me and do it!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Friday Getaway...


It was the best day ever. 

Minus the fact that JP has just gotten a new job (literally this week) and had to work, thus missing the whole adventure. 

We drove down early Friday morning (like 6 AM early, it was killer, I'm a night person clearly.) and met up with some friends from New Mexico!

First up, we hiked to the Delicate Arch (you know, the one on all the Utah license plates!) 
It was grand actually seeing it in person and can I just say we had literally the perfect hiking weather?! No wind, sunny, but not hot. I mean whoa, it was like the weather stars aligned (that rarely happens for me haha). Then we saw some petroglyphs that would land you in jail for 5 years if you touched them. 

Then we hiked to Landscape Arch, then to Double O Arch which I think was my favorite -- mostly because we climbed right on top of that bad boy.

Honestly, it was the funnest day ever. 
I loved every minute of it. 
Utah is pretty freakin rad and I love getting to see parts of it for the first time. 

And now, for a million pictures: 

 ^^^ The whole fam-damily. 
Minus my husband, my sister on a mission, and my little brother who had an English test he couldn't miss.