Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

This is the Christmas card we sent out this year. On the back it reads 

We are still snuggling up close in snowy South Jordan, UT 
but perhaps a move to warmer climates is in our future! Joel 
graduates from The University of Utah with a Business Degree 
this month and is excited about the opportunities that await 
him. Jenna is still running the show at 'Think Storage' and is 
constantly looking for DIY projects to keep her busy. We 
will be in sunny Arizona to see family and celebrate the New 
Year with a bang! We truly wish you and yours a very Merry 
Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY framed headboard

Joel and I got a king size bed for our anniversary this year. We wanted a headboard to go with it but because we are moving soon didn't want to spend much money on it. After some research this is what we came up with.   

Here's what you need:
Spray Glue
L and small brackets 
Wood trim
Button kit 
Upholstering needle
Upholstering thread
Upholster staple gun and staples

First off figure out the dimensions of your bed. Ours is a Cali king which is 72 inches in width. We went with a peg board, these boards are a little more flimsy but it saved us the step of measuring and cutting out our holes. Just figure out where you want the buttons and how many in each row. 
First off I covered my buttons with the fabric. I bought 4 packs of the 7/8 size buttons at hobby lobby. It gives you the instructions on the back. I used the same fabric for both the buttons and the headboard.   

Once the peg board was cut I laid down the foam and cut it to size. Use the spray glue to attach foam and add the batting over the foam.
Pull the batting tight (usually a two person job) and secure with staple gun. Iron your fabric and lay over battling. Once again pull tight and secure with staples. Make sure you get all the wrinkles out while stapling. I did the top and bottom then the sides. 
I used washers on the back to secure the thread. Joel was on one side and we fed the string to each other then tied it tight to the washer. 
When that was done we added the wood trim that was secured by the L brackets to the fabric. Any type of bracket would work.
We went with these little four hole ones. 
Last attach the whole headboard to the 2x4 legs. 
And there you have it, the bed pushes it up against the wall so we don't have to worry about it moving.
This whole project cost us $10 because we had almost everything on hand!

Monday, November 18, 2013

DIY maxi skirt

I made a maxi skirt a couple months ago and forgot to post about it. I found this cute fabric at hobby lobby and decided it would be perfect. All you need is fabric and a sewing machine. 

I already had a skirt to use for the pattern. Once I ironed the fabric and placed the outside pieces together I laid my "pattern" on it and cut it giving myself half an inch extra on both sides. 
I wanted my skirt to fold down so I placed two thick pieces together, sewed them and attached them to the top of the skirt. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013


Okay, Okay, You ready for this?! Joel and I went up to park city a few weeks ago. We wanted a little treat so we stepped into Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory. I was feeling festive so my treat selection was a caramel apple. Hold up....This was no ordinary caramel apple. This was the "apple pie" caramel apple. Let's just say this little caramel apple ROCKED MY WORLD! After I partook in that deliciousness I was  craving it again and again. I didn't want to drop $6.50 on each apple so I went searching for a copycat recipe and my golly was it a simple one. 
All you need is:
Granny smith apples
Apple sticks
White chocolate
First, Scrub all that yucky wax  off that apple. If you skip this step the caramel doesn't stick as well. Once completely dried put your sticks in the top. Second melt or make your caramel so it has that gooey consistency. Dip away and let harden up on wax paper.
After the Caramel has hardened melt your white chocolate in the microwave on 30 seconds increments. Make sure you are stirring in between each 30 seconds. Dip the caramel apple into the chocolate and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. 
Let the apple sit for 30 minutes to harden. We've made these twice and I've learned that less is more when dealing with the caramel and chocolate. The first time we made these I loaded them up with the C&C. They were still yummy but I like a certain ratio of apple taste to toppings. GO make these now, your mouth will thank me! 

October fun

Our October was packed full of fun! 
We decorated our house,
Went to a haunted corn maze/pumpkin patch,
Carved pumpkins and made caramel apples (Best recipe ever coming)
And on Halloween went to a really fun mystery dinner party my friend Stacey put on! 
I know our costumes speak for themselves but just in case, I was princess pop and Joel was T Redd. (Pretty much Brittiny spears and K Fed)
Joel nailed the "up and coming rapper" part! So much so he won the award for best actor/ best dressed at the end of the "mystery". I love the Holidays and am excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas to come next!  

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ute football game

We went to the Utah vs Stanford game a couple weeks ago. The weather was calling for sleet so we layered up and headed to the game. The Utes held in till the last play but didn't win in the end. After traxing it back to our car we were greeted with a boot on the tire.... Once we paid the $75 fee to remove it and were on the road a HUGE rock hit our windshield. Lets just say it was a really fun night  but coming home was AWFUL... GO UTES!!  

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Summer Catch up

My sister Jacki stared a job with delta in April. It is the best thing EVER because we have seen her cute little family 3 times already! 
Joel and I attended our first REAL soccer game.
Joel was so excited about the superman premier that we dressed up and went to the midnight showing. 
The summer was full of fun outdoor activities. Like....
Movies in the park
Free chick fil a meals
And visitor after visitor!