Mary & Bert

Casey and I decided our costumes this year had to be epic. We went back and forth on several ideas, but finally decided to be Mary Poppins and Bert, the Chimney Sweep. Most of what we made our costumes from we owned already, but we had a lot of luck at Savers and Amazon finding the other pieces.

We had a great party at Casey's sister's house last night with our friends and family. I put together a cheese-ball appetizer that looked like a spider using candycorn and chocolate Twizzlers for the legs.


The Halloween Craft Corner

Hi, again.

My sisters-in-law bonded together last weekend while we crafted a Halloween wreath for a few hours. It sounded super easy, but my poor hands were a bit blistered by the end of all the felt cutting. I sprayed my wreath with some fabulous multi-colored glitter to finish it off. 


the treasure hunter


My friends know how much I love "old junk" that has a story. Today I found a new favorite vintage treasure.

While at Gardner Village today for lunch, I found a booth at their market called Time and Time Again — They make jewelry out of recycled vintage pieces, a dream come true! The collection created by a mother and daughter team commanded my attention. I literally picked up almost every piece on display looking for a connection to one that I could take home. Well, I found one that spoke [French] to me. My husband was a gem to hand-model it for me.

This little beauty showcases a brass vintage French laundry tag that is, in my words, to die. The chain and bead hardware is also recycled. Isn't it fabulous? I excitedly wore it the latter half of the day, and no, i'm not sharing, but click here to get your own. 

peculiar people; perfection.

It's LDS Conference Weekend, again. Mormons really are a peculiar people. My sweet-love and I decided to go to the morning session with his sister and her husband. We enjoyed being there, as always, and we were excited to be there for the historic announcement of missionary work and the age change from President Monson. I love our Prophet.

Life is more simple, and great joy is found in heavy measure when common goals and gratitude are shown, in numbers singular, small, or large, like the saints show during Conference Weekend. Inspiration is everywhere. Faith great or small will change our lives for good.

Our cousin, Adam Record, released his General Conference Bingo app today, too. It's free!

Be a better person today and have hope for tomorrow. 


Kitchen Creation

hi, again.

I've been getting creative in the kitchen lately, and my love of creating healthy beautiful foods are growing. I never really got into cooking until I decided to be married. It has been a pleasant surprise to everyone who thought I was cooking inept — but also a bonus to my husband and friends. I actually did come preprogramed with a slight skill level.. yum!

The Sprouted Kitchen sits on my bedside table. It is a lovely, beautifully designed book with many delicious ideas. The Smitten Kitchen is pre-ordered, and on its way to me for my birthday, too.

Here is the dish I made the other night: Fresh Tilapia, with lemons, chives and sea salt, served with sautéed asparagus, onions, and a pink lady apple. It was delicious.