Friday, January 20, 2017

Reorganizing shelves....and reading some good reads.....it must be January!



Best book I have bought in the NEW YEAR!  


It is simple quotes from a woman that is an American Icon.  

Some of the subtitles and philosophies from the book I LOVE:

Believe in Miracles
Be Present
Teach Your Children Well
Be Loyal
Love Much
Listen Well
Laugh Often
Be Genuine
Distinguish Between Lonely and Alone
Practice Acceptance
Find a Peaceful Place
Live Simply
Have Faith
Be Needed

A great read for the month of January especially with the new year still in full bloom!

When it comes to style she was basically every women's icon and here is what I love what she is quoted as saying in this book:

Know Yourself  
Less is More 
Comfort is Crucial 
Avoid Trends

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Yesterday I was at Trader Joe's buying some flowers.  It is my go to for quick fix on flowers.....my go to spot on the fly.  I was gathering my little grouping and I had this really nice older lady ask me if I regularly bought flowers at Trader Joe's and if I thought they were good quality and lasted.  I shared with her my complete testimony of Trader Joe's because I am a HUGE FAN!  She then commented that it looked like I was having a party to be buying "all" of these flowers.  I looked at her and quickly without even thinking said "I plan the party to actually have the excuse to buy the flowers."  

At that point I realized I had spoken a bit of a Jenn "true ism".   I LOVE flowers, and I love to entertain (most of the time).....and the two always go hand in hand for me. Flowers make my entertaining world go round.  

I found the most adorable little vases the other night at a favorite treasure hunting spot. 


mini chinoiserie vases!!!! So adorable!!!....and a perfect gift for just the right person.  



I had a relief society birthday lunch at my house this afternoon.  Every month I host the same lunch with a group of amazing and different woman celebrating their birthday in a particular month.  It is one of my favorite things about my month....TRULY TRULY!  I get to know amazing and unique women that are celebrating different ages and different birthdays.  The numbers are small and the mix random....just the way it should be.  I love the idea of celebrating different amazing women each month who do so much for so many people.  There are so many incredible women in this world, and I am lucky to be part of an organization that celebrates the divine nature of women!  


I have to admit....I am loving the not quite frosted perfectly cake look that seems to be trending.  I know....very homemade looking, but a success that my cake has yet to crumble!  I am almost declaring myself as a cake maker!!!



Menu served monthly:

Chicken Salad Sandwich's served on croissants
Cut up Seasonal Fruit
Cake & Ice Cream
&
Lemonade

oh....and....
peanut butter sandwiches for the Little's we love who tag a long.

Finished the lunch just in time for the Little's to come home with backpacks, homework, and smelly shoes they throw astray!  






Monday, January 16, 2017

Mondays are always a start to a new beginning.  I have something that I struggle with as of late.  It is  ALWAYS feeling like there is more I could or should be doing.....and never feeling quite adequate for the tasks at hand in my life.  It is just this simple.  Kind of hard to admit.....however honesty with how I really feel is necessary for my emotional well being:)  

However I woke up this morning with a new resolve.  A resolve to tackle life without guilt.  A resolve to recognize that I am not ever going to feel quite adequate for tasks at hand because I am only human.  I am a moving part in this life larger than myself ......trying and learning every single day.  I can continue to try to be better at things I feel I am failing.  Not everyone is going to like me, and not everyone is going to agree.  That is part of living, and that is OK!:)  

So here we go on this Monday morn.  I can wake up, get out of bed, make my bed, put on my favorite LARGE earings and be happy to work work and work!  I can be present, be real and own that life is full of learning.  Cheers to Monday morning reality set-ins.  



I am quite in love with LARGE earings over the past year or so.  Jcrew has plenty that always seem to go on sale!  Just don't pull.......  

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Alyssa turned twelve in December and officially graduated into the Young Women program in our church.  The Bishop called just a few days ago and asked her speak in church today.  She was asked to give a five minute talk on prayer.  We worked on the talk together and I told her that she needed to have it memorized.  I was admittedly doubtful she would have it memorized by church today. 

Alyssa got up to speak this morning and it was one of those parent realizations that your child is half way grown up.  She looked tall, and her once baby face that once was .......was no longer.  She was an adult in that moment to me speaking in front of over 200 people.  She was poised and calm and without hesitation gave her talk fully memorized!  

It was one of those proud motherhood moments when you actually think....wow!  I was touched by her young yet very large soul as she bore her testimony of prayer and how it has helped her in life so far.  

There are clearly many things that I want to teach my children.  I want to teach them to be kind, loving, interested, empathetic.  I want to teach them to stand up straight, look people in the eye, and be able to give a strong testimony of there Heavenly Father most importantly.  I was proud of my Lyssa Lou!  She is a brave kind soul that teaches me daily about things most important!   






Thursday, January 12, 2017

Conversations and Friends

Had a great conversation with a really good friend today.  Someone I really admire and look up to.  I am convinced just the right people are put in our lives at just the right time for just the right reason.  I am so grateful for this fact.  I am so grateful I have been truly blessed with great example and friends. I am grateful for my people that are there day in and day out.  I don't quite know how I would have coped with life's challenges and blessings that have been in my life with out "my people".  This friend and I were discussing social media and the realm in which we live.  How important and difficult it is for me to be comfortable in my own skin and be true to who I am while "living" in the world of social media.  


Another friend had her birthday today!  She is as old as me (which is great because we can reminisce about pop culture at its best....and our good old college days)  I have kind of made a tradition of making mini cakes for those I love most in my life.  My 5 minute microwaveable cake has turned into a term of endearment for those I love most in my life around town.  



Ingredients once again.....for make sake....because I always have to pull up my old post!

  • 1/4 cup melted butter (50 g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50 g)
  • 1/2 cup flour (50 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I have been working on more wedding pictures........









This backdrop was so incredibly beautiful. 
The brides blush pink dress may have been my highlight!  It was just the right shade!  








A few more interior shots...because I am trying to improve my interior photography skills.  Practice makes.....for better!:)







Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spring Cleaning

There is something about starting a new.....and a good spring clean.  

The Christmas decorations have been down for a while and I love the crisp clean decor during the month of January.  Really less is more.  I have been cleaning and de-junking of sorts.  It feels amazing.  

My down stairs was extra clean this morning so I snapped a few shots with my NEW (exciting news) camera I got for CHRISTMAS!!  



















Cath....my silly balerina was a ham (per usual) and WAS dying for me to take a couple of photos of her in her ballet attire. We had a house full of kids today and every single girl that entered left with makeup galore from Cath's makeover kit she recently acquired.
I just apologized to the Mom's and sent their four year old daughters out the door with wet wipes.  What do you do with this rascal.