1.30.2015

Foodie Favs: Provisions in SLC

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Our date nights lately seem to consist of us rotating through some of our favorite, classic restaurants. Our frequent diner card(s) at Cafe Rio are quite full after all those pork salads. :) This year, we are determined to try out some new places here in Utah, and boy did we find a good one last week! We joined up with our good friends and headed to Provisions in Salt Lake. Not only was the restaurant absolutely darling, the food was divine. Provisions specializes in organic, in season, and locally sourced food. Meaning, the menu changes every season! Each plate was incredibly unique, I’ve never tasted such flavors before. The plates are not your typical American plates (as in, they’re not oversized in proportions!) I would definitely recommend going with a few friends who don’t mind sharing. We were able to try so many different menu items by splitting our orders.

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This wallpaper was amazing and added the perfect pop!

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The menu is slightly intimidating, I had no idea what half the vocab meant, but every plate we ordered was divine!

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These are the beets, and for someone that doesn’t love beets, I was in heaven!

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The short ribs, steamed buns, and pigs head were some of my very favorites! (The pigs head sounds awfully weird but I promise, it was insanely delicious!)

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Mushrooms with a poached egg on top? Another fav!

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The mussels were another crowd fav. Ask for extra bread to dip in the sauce, so amazing! The salted caramel chocolate pudding was also amazing (small, but good!), but the favorite dessert was the cinnamon coated donuts with orange dipping sauce.

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The kitchen area was beyond darling (the subway tile in white and orange!) and the chalkboard walls (not pictured) were the perfect touch to the atmosphere.

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The only complaint that I read online was that the size of the plates vs the price seemed a little high. The price was definitely on the high end for the size, but the flavors were huge! I’d definitely recommend trying it out at least once, and bring some friends!

1.29.2015

Free Valentines Day Card Templates!

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We’ve found ourselves under the weather once again (we’re calling this the winter of never ending sickness!) We’ve had a lot of downtime, which usually means watching endless amounts of Mickey. Well, after watching the same episodes over and over again, I needed a break, so I got doodling! We never got around to sending Christmas cards this year, but I’m attempting to get back on the ball and send out some Valentines Day cards instead. :) And, I’m sharing a few Valentine card templates with…YOU! Each card is sized as a 5x7  and the files included are PNG files. All you need to do is download the templates, open them in Photoshop, add your own photo, save, and PRINT! Don’t have Photoshop? No worries! You can use a free photo editing program, like Pic Monkey, and create your card there. Just open your photo, crop down to a 5x7, then add the templates as an overlay. Want it more personalized? Add a text box with your own message. The perfect (and easiest!) way to send out a quick Valentine. You can download all the files below. Happy Valentines Day!

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1.26.2015

Sunday Mornings

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With the new year came a new church time. No more early mornings for us! We’ve been thoroughly enjoying our lazy Sunday mornings. Somehow we’ve managed to convince Ellie to sleep in a bit (knock on wood that lasts!) and have found ourselves spending a little more time in the kitchen making breakfast. During the week, we stick with cereal, yogurt, or toast with peanut butter, so Sunday morning breakfasts are a real treat! Ellie helped cut up the strawberries, but refused to eat the crepes. Silly girl. Leftover waffles for her, more crepes for us! She helped us dump “snow” on top and made sure we had a few half eaten strawberries in the bowl. Seriously, delicious, even with the half eaten ones. :) Ready for our favorite crepe recipe? It’s divine! 

Sunday Morning Crepes (via our Best Bites)
2 eggs
2 Tbs canola oil
3 Tbs sugar (omit if making savory crepes)
1 C flour
1 1/3 C milk

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (no lumps remaining!) Cook in non-stick skillet pan on medium high heat. ENJOY.

 

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1.25.2015

Happy Sunday!

Right Path Uphill

“The Lord is anxious to lead us to the safety of higher ground, away from the path of physical and spiritual danger. His upward path will require us to climb. My mother used to say to me when I complained that things were hard, “If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.”

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1.23.2015

DIY: Display Your Instagrams!

Considering I have thousands of instagram photos and haven’t figured out what to do with them, I’m thrilled to be sharing this post today! My talented friend Sue is here on the blog sharing the cutest DIY today! I’m going to have to work on this ASAP!
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Hi friends! My name’s Sue, and I love that I get to be here with you today! Alexa is simply inspirational, isn’t she?

Let me introduce myself and my blog to you a little. I’m a mom of two little girls, wife of a car and soccer enthusiast, author of the blog Sue’s News (formerly Chevron & Lace), and owner of the Etsy shop Susan Stange Design (also formerly Chevron & Lace). I mostly sell items for babies, little girls, and their mamas (Plans to branch out to little boys in the works!)

My blog is, in general, about self improvement. I share things about my family, my hobbies, my talents, and anything else I find interesting and helpful. My favorite part about blogging is when I’m able to share something that inspires someone else or helps them accomplish something they haven’t before.

Today I want to share a quick, cute, DIY for your home. I’ve lived in my home for 1.5 years and most of my walls are still bare! I’ve got this kind of fear of putting holes in my wall. Anyone else relate?

The one thing I do have hung up on my wall are my instagram frames.

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You guys, this is so easy and it probably ended up costing me about $10.00 or less. All you need are some frames, possibly spray paint, string, tape, and your favorite photos.

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The pictures really say it all, but for the detail-oriented in all of us, here are the steps:

Step one, find a frame or two (or four). You can find plenty of frames at thrift stores! Remove the glass and backing. If it isn’t the color you want, purchase some spray paint and quickly give it a couple of coats. I love the Rustoleum paint and primer brand. It adheres to plastics, wood, and I think metal, too!
Step 2, print off your photos. I went to Walmart and ordered 4x4” squares. You can do it all online and it can be ready within an hour.
Step 3, lay out your photos in the order you want, then flip them over, face-down. Space them out evenly.
Step 4, cut long pieces of string and lay them out on top of the photos. Use strips of tape to secure the photos to the string, or if you have any of those mini clothes pins, I’m sure they would be adorable, too!
Step 5, tie the string at either end to the top of the frame and to the bottom in an attractive little bow.

And that’s it! Even if it weren't one of the only things hanging in my house, it would still be a guest favorite, and my favorite, too.

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Thanks for letting me have a little space on your blog today, Alexa, and thanks for reading friends! I’d love to see you over on my blog! I’ve got a great sewing tutorial up for an over-sized long sleeve color bloc tee currently, so while you’re in the pinning mood…

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1.22.2015

Two Years Four Months

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Ellie at 2 years (and 4 months!):

-Still obsessed with Mickey Mouse. In fact, the other night I heard roll over in her bed, yell out “Oh Tooooodles!” then roll back to sleep.

-Sings. All the time. Her favorite songs to sing are I am a Child of God, Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and I Love to See the Temple. She also makes up songs for everything she’s doing. “Playing in the snow, playing in the snow, OH, OH, playing in the snow!” or “Taking a bath, taking a bath, OH, OH!” They are always to the same tune, never without the OH OH, and it’s adorable.

-Still loves veggies, fruit, and beans. But still does not want to eat any meat. We try to sneak it into some of her foods (spaghetti sauce, etc) but she manages to pick it out every time!

-Wants a peanut butter sandwich every day for lunch. But don’t cut it into the wrong shape, she won’t eat it! ;) This week she prefers squares, but last week it was triangles.

-Every time I say “oh man!” or “ouch!” she pats me on the back and says “Tell me what’s wrong. It’s going to be alright.”

-Loves to play with blocks and Legos, baby dolls, and her little people town.

-Holds up one finger with her other hand on her hip and says “Ah-HA! I have a good idea!”

-Generous with her hugs, kisses, and “Love you’s!”

-Begs to go to school all the time. Especially since visiting her preschool she’ll be attending in the fall.

-Tells me I either have a baby boy or a baby elephant in my tummy. :)

Oh Ellie, you light up our life!

1.21.2015

Oh baby!

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THANK YOU so much for all your kind words about our newest little peanut. Now you know why I’ve been in and out here on the blog the last few months. :) We told our families right after we found out, but it’s so fun letting everyone else in on our little secret. It’s starting to feel so much more real! We waited a long time to finally see those two pink lines, and to be honest, I was in shock for awhile. I just couldn’t believe it finally had happened! We couldn’t be more thrilled (despite Ellie’s unsure face in those photos, haha! :) I had a few people asking for an update, so here’s a quick one:

-I am 14 weeks along and feeling oh so much better! We found out we were pregnant right before Thanksgiving, which made the holidays really interesting. ;) Food aversions, morning (well afternoon/evening) sickness, pure exhaustion, and the flu on top of that? Whew, I’m just glad that’s over with now. It was rough going there for awhile. Thank goodness for Brian the superman, lots of help from family, and a whole lot of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Seriously, so much Mickey. :)

-I haven’t had too many food aversions as of late (yay!), but the first trimester I could not get near chicken, ham, chocolate, and a lot of those holiday treats that I usually like so much. Just like when I was pregnant with Ellie, I prefer really plain foods – plain bagels, simple cereals, and yogurt, well more specifically gogurts. Man I have a thing for gogurts! I’m still a little hesitant around chicken but, I’m finally starting to like chocolate again, thank heavens!

-This time around, I’ve been trying to be a much, much healthier! With Ellie I hardly exercised except for the occasional walk and ate whatever I wanted, haha. Minus a few weeks in that first trimester when I had the flu, I’ve been pretty good about exercising most days (cardio or muscle group exercises with bands) and I’ve really been trying to eat much healthier. I took “eating for two” pretty literally with Ellie and I’m trying not to overindulge too much this time around. Plus, it helps with the heartburn. I try to eat well portioned meals, so when a craving hits for sugar cookies, ice cream, or skittles, I go right ahead and indulge!

-No weight gain quite yet, but I expect that to change now that I’m in the second trimester! I haven’t made the switch to maternity clothes quite yet either. Most of my maternity clothes I had with E work better in the spring/summer, so I may have to do a little shopping if I can’t stretch my jeans and sweaters to last through winter. :)

-I was convinced we were having a girl for the first month or so, and now I’m thinking boy! Ha. In about two weeks we’ll find out the gender and then LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN! Really, that’s what I’ve been waiting for. :)

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