3.10.14

having a dog.

All my life I have thought about having my own dog. A little buddy. A shadow that follows me around the house. A pup that loves me even when I have to say "off!" for the 500000 time that day. I finally have that and it really is the best. This happened tonight:


I can't tell you how happy this made me! Sitting at my desk working and having my dog sleep by my feet. Is there anything better?? All you dog lovers will understand. 


{sometimes we give in and let him on the couch….}

14.9.14

the BEST enchiladas and rice!

I've mentioned on my blog before that I try to make dinner at home 5-6 days a week. Most of the times I make our favorite meals and repeat them. But I love trying new recipes. Since my job requires me to be on Pinterest about 4 hours a day, I see a lot of yummy recipes to try. 

I have tried so many enchilada recipes and none of them ever seem to work out for me. They are ok and my husband ends up liking them, but they never taste how I want them to be. I recently found these two recipes and decided to try them last week. Oh. My. Word. They were both SO good! They were so good that I want to make them again this week! 

I decided to share them you with guys here so that you could try them out too! 

Green Enchilada Sauce from Our Best Bites: This sauce takes a little bit of time to make but is so worth it! I put it in corn tortillas with shredded chicken and cheese and cooked them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 min!



Cilantro Lime Rice from Oh Sweet Basil: This paired perfectly with the enchiladas. All you Cafe Rio and Costa Vida fans will LOVE this recipe!



Try these ASAP! Just trust me;)


12.9.14

fall wreath crafting.

Fall wreaths are pretty expensive. I've never put one on my door before this year so I didn't know how much they were. I was looking around Michael's and couldn't find one that was less then $40! Plus a lot of them weren't that cute anyway. I decided that I could probably make my own that would be cuter and way cheaper. I picked up a simple grapevine wreath and different bundles of fake fall flowers that I thought were pretty! Luckily all the flowers were 40% off so I got a pretty good deal.

If I ever do a craft, it has to take less than an hour or else I go crazy. I am not a good long term crafter (sewing and quilting is my nightmare)! This project was seriously so easy. All you need is:

-sissors or wire cutters
-fake flowers

I layed out everything on my counter and started clipping flowers out of their bundles. I just kind of went for it and started to place the flowers in the wreath. Luckily these flowers have wire stems so you can just bend them around the wreath to stay put. I kept going until I thought there was enough. I didn't go all the way around the wreath because I kind of like it exposed on the side. But do what you think looks good!


I love the finished product and can't wait to hang it on my door! Oh and I spent less than $20 on everything! Fist pump!


11.9.14

waiting for fall.

My favorite months of the year are coming up! I love love love fall time. Even though fall is almost here, it definitely still feels like summer here in the desert. The 10 day forecast still says at least 100 degrees everyday (hence the pool pic below!). But I can still pretend it's getting colder with my fav fall scents and pumpkin flavored treats. Wait, have you guys tried the pumpkin spice Eggos?! Seriously go try them. So yum. I am kind of a sucker for Eggos. 


Lately our whole life revolves around Sundance. Good news is that he is almost potty trained! Whenever he has to go, he walks to the back door and waits for us to let him out. Such a good boy! I feel like a proud parent whenever he does that. Also he is already so much bigger than when we first brought him home. Puppies grow SO fast. We just love him!

  

2.9.14

sundance.

This is Sundance. He is our very own chocolate lab puppy. 
He loves his toy chicken, tennis balls, sloppy kisses, sitting on command, and falling asleep to classical music in his crate.
 He also loves trying to jump on the couch, drinking water and dripping it all over the tile floor, taking naps on my flip flops, and eating rocks and leaves in our backyard. 
He is such a good pup. So smart. So lovey dovey. 
We can't get enough of him to say the least. 
Having a puppy is hard work, but how can you resist those green eyes??







29.8.14

price's homecoming.

Last week my little brother got back from his two year mission serving for our church (more about missions here)! Two years went by soooo super fast. I missed him so much and was so excited to see my younger brother buddy! My whole family was together last week and I loved every minute!

The week was pretty packed with activities. We went to the airport to pick him up and we had some awesome signs to welcome him! He wasn't too happy about all the attention…haha…he hasn't changed a bit.

When we got home we had lunch and immediately decided to get in the pool! Todd and I surpised the little ones with these awesome floaties we found on amazon! The biggest pretzel and donut ever! Haha so fun!



That night we had FHE (family home evening) to hear all about Price's mission and his favorite stories and experiences. It was so special to be all together as a family and chat all night.


Price didn't have any clothes to wear so we went on a little shopping trip to get him new clothes for college! I love shopping and hangin' with him. We always have so much fun together. (can you tell i am just so excited to have him back?!)


One morning some of us decided to go on a hike near the Ogden valley canyon. It was so beautiful! Utah really is so gorgeous. I miss those mountains!





The Ogden Temple open house was going on while we were there and we were able to get tickets to walk through it. What a gorgeous temple!! Wow was it pretty. 


It was seriously such a good week. I love being with my family. We did so many other fun things- bike rides, Provo visits, went to a petting zoo, ate some GREAT food, watched tons of movies, paddleboarded on the lake, and much more!












I love my family. 

7.8.14

kitchen cabinets makover.

Before we moved into our house, we decided we wanted to paint our kitchen cabinets white. We had a couple weeks before we were moving in so we took on the challenge to DIY it! And by we I mean Todd. I helped where I could but he did most all of it. It was a hard project and definitely took a lot of work, but it was SOOOO worth it. The white completely transformed our whole kitchen! It brightened up the room and also makes it seem a lot bigger! I just love it. 


I feel like if you have the time, the tools, and just a couple hundred dollars, anyone can do this project. Todd read loooooots of tutorials and we got most of our tips from the This Old House website. 

Shout out to the BEST husband in the world, Todd J Utterback!!!! Love you sweets. 

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 {after!!}

I am just so happy with it! Yay!