Sep 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us!


For those of you who follow me on Instagram you probably have already seen this picture.  If not you can follow me here.  My husband and I are are celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary today!  On Friday we got to go on a date to The Cheesecake Factory.  It was a lot of fun to have one on one time with Ryan.  We waited to long to eat and so in this picture we were almost starving.  I felt like we were!

Tonight we are going to Beyond Spa and having a couples massage done.  If you haven't been to Beyond Spa and are located in Northern Utah then you MUST go there.  I LOVE it!  I wish I could get a massage once a week.  It has been way too long for both of us since our last massage.  So we are both anxiously awaiting the massages.

I am so blessed to be married to the love of my life and to have started a family and a life with him.  He is my rock and my biggest supporter.  He always believes in me and encourages me along the way.  No matter how small the success.  He sees my true beauty and I feel like the luckiest girl alive to be married to him
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What do you do on your wedding anniversaries?

Happy Monday everyone!

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Sep 19, 2014

Burlap and Polka Dot Halloween Banner


I absolutely LOVE this time of year!  I love the cooler weather and the clothes that is brings (jackets and boots especially), I love the holidays that happen in Fall, and I love the decor.  I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today.  The other night I had a craft night with my friend.  She proclaims to not be crafty.  I do not believe it, but that is what she says.  So I wanted to see how she did on this craft.  I asked my husband after she left and he told me that her banner looked just as good as mine!  So there you have it.  This craft can be done by the self-proclaimed non-crafty people.  I promise!

There really aren't that many steps involved in making this banner.

Step 1:  Gather all your material.





You will need:

  • Spouncers (Here)
  • Stencil Brushes (these really are a must) Similar: Here (this set has Spouncers in the set!)
  • Burlap
  • Jute
  • Acrylic Paint and glitter if you want it glittered
  • Stencils of your choice (I was going to use the Cricut to cut out stencils, but my friend found these at Walmart and we thought they looked Halloween-y)
  • Thread (not shown) 
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
Step 2: Cut your burlap



Michelle cut this out for me before she came over.  I was so thankful.  We did ours 11 inches long.  The bottom of the triangle above is 9.  Using a rotary cutter makes it even easier.  I am not a sewer, so I do not have one yet.  I should get one though.  

Step 3: Sew the jute to the burlap pendants.  I do not have a picture of the actual sewing (done by Michelle) because I was distracted by our little ones.  However, a tip for this step is to use a zig zag stitch so it is easier for you to "hit" the jute. 



Step 4: Paint on the letters.


Take a stencil brush and dab it in the paint.  Then you will dab the paint on the burlap.  You do not want to put the paint on in long streaks because you do not want the paint to bleed under the stencil.  If you dab it then it will not bleed.  Once you have painted all the letters on the pendants you can go back and add glitter (if you want).  You could also buy black paint with glitter in it as well.  We did not know what we wanted to do so we purchased them separately.  I added it to mine, but it was VERY subtle.  You have to look very closely to see it.  

Step 5: Put on the orange dots.


Randomly "spounce" on the dots.  Yes I just made up the word.  The nice thing about this is that you can put as little or as many as you like.  You can add glitter on top of the dots as well.  I did on some of them, but again they are very subtle.  

Step 6: Let dry overnight and then hang up.  

I love the way it turned out.  I love burlap and I love polka dots.  This banner is a PERFECT combination.  My daughter loves saying the letters too.  Right now "O" is her letter of choice and she is so excited there is an "O" on the banner.  

FYI: If you do not have time to make this or you still feel like it is too challenging for you to do on your own, then you are in luck!  I have had a lot of people love this banner and so I have started making some to sell.  I am selling them for $18.  If you are interested in buying one then send an email to support@shambray.com.  

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the some of links above.

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Sep 18, 2014

Date Night Jar



Happy Thursday!  We are a little more than halfway to the weekend.  I like to plan and so I thought it would be a great day to post about date night.  Date night can be one of those things that gets overlooked.  It can easily be pushed aside with our busy lives or if you have a day planned for date night then you might get to the night of the date and look at each other and say, "So what do you want to do tonight?"  Sound familiar?  Well I want to help you with that.  Since I am a planner I try and avoid the situation above at all costs.  So in comes the date night jar.

Sep 17, 2014

40 Day Walk with Christ



I have been over the Relief Society Additional Meetings for a year now. This calling is not an easy one.  However, I have so much fun doing it.  I have been able to get to know so many ladies that I otherwise wouldn't have.  My committee is so great to help me through it each month.  They also listen to me while I am stressing out about it.  I tend to do that often.  *wink*

Sep 16, 2014

Current Hair Care Crushes


I have some exciting news!  I have an amazing friend that is going to be the beauty/hair contributor for my blog!  I am so excited to be adding another contributor and since hair tips is not my area of expertise I thought it worked out wonderfully.  I am so excited to be adding her as a contributor.  Starting in October she will be posting monthly.  Her name is Laura.  I am working on getting her bio under the contributors tab.  Keep looking for that.

Currently I have a lot of hair care products that I am crushing on.  I will share four of them with you today.  I love them all and hopefully these products will help you find some products that you have been missing.

Sep 15, 2014

Liebster Award



I was nominated for the Leibster Award at the beginning of August by Shanice from City of Creative Dreams.  I felt so honored and was planning on making my nominations right away.  However, life became a little too much for me for a bit and I was not able to.  Then I got nominated again by Katie from It's a Ginger Snap at the end of August.  Again I felt so honored, but life was even more busy towards the end of August than the beginning.  Now that life has slowed down a bit....just a bit, but I will take it, I wanted to make my nominations and answer the questions that they asked me.  Thanks so much ladies for nominating me for this award!  Please go check out their blogs.  They both have a lot of inspiration and ideas on their blogs.  They won't disappoint.  

Sep 11, 2014

The Underground Witch Book Review


If you have been following my blog since the beginning you have noticed that my very first book review was by Debbie Dee (see post here) after reading that book I wanted to read her other books.  She has written two others.  The best part about the other two books are they are part of a trilogy.  So I read the first book of the Incenaga Trilogy and reviewed it last month (see post here).  I love trilogies because they don't have to end after the first book.  I am going to do this month's review on the second book of the trilogy called, The Underground Witch.  I am anxiously awaiting the third and final book!  Let's dive into this book. 

Sep 10, 2014

5 minutes? No problem!



Post written by beauty contributor, Danielle.

I was asked to share what I use if I only have 5 minutes to do my makeup. This is an awesome request because lately I feel like I've been on the go and running late for everything so 5 minute makeup has been my specialty.

Sep 9, 2014

Baby Shower Fun



My sweet friend just had a baby last night!  Such a perfect excuse to throw a shower.  Two of my friends and myself were the hostesses.  I couldn't have asked for better help!  I went back and forth with a theme and decided to not do an actual theme.  Just a baby girl shower.  We offered brunch type food since it was from 10 am to noon.

Sep 8, 2014

Blog Tour!



Today I am participating in a blog tour!  I was very happy when Shanice from City of Creative Dreams emailed about being part of this blog tour.  I had to say yes because I love reading blog tour posts from all bloggers.  It is a fantastic way to get to know them.  Of course I want you to get to know me better so I jumped on the idea!  I will also introduce you to a couple of my favorite blogs right now.  I have a lot, but picked a couple.   First, let me answer the same questions that all the other bloggers have answered and then you get to see the bloggers that I am absolutely loving right now. You can see Shanice's answers to these questions on her site here.  She has an amazing linky party every week on Friday.  Go check it out to get a lot of inspiration from some very talented bloggers.  

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