Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday Five: 5 Quotes To Remind You That Everything Will Be Okay

You know those days where you just feel like doing nothing? The days where it takes so much effort to simply get out of bed in the morning, let alone change out of your pajamas? I have those days more often than I care to admit. And some days I do just that - stay in bed all day and do absolutely nothing productive. I had one of those days last Saturday, in fact. Parker had a conference and after I dropped him off I went home, crawled back in bed, and didn't move for the next 6 hours. It was glorious, if I'm being honest. But sometimes staying in bed all day can lead to feelings of inadequacy and self deprecation. Although it's relaxing in the moment, afterward I often remember all of the things I didn't do during my free time, and I beat myself up about it. Can you relate?

In honor of General Conference happening this weekend, I thought I would share 5 of my favorite quotes from past General Conferences that help me feel better about myself and remind me that I'm doing okay.

If you don't know what LDS General Conference is, it's a conference that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds twice each year. The leaders of the church share hopeful and inspiring messages of Christ and the gospel throughout the course of the weekend. It always leaves me feeling more hopeful, happy, and inspired, not to mention with a stronger testimony. I invite you to tune in this weekend for even just a few minutes and I promise you that you will feel happier because of it! You can watch/listen by clicking HERE!

This full talk can be found here!

Find this full talk here! This one is particularly great for mothers and women in general.

This full talk can be found here! Such an inspiring message!

This full talk is available here!

You can read this full talk here!

All graphics are from the incredibly talented Alexa Zurcher. I've been following her blog for a long time now and she's one of my favorites! I'm excited to see what graphics she comes out with after this weekend's sessions. 

What's your favorite inspirational quote or General Conference talk? Share it in the comments below so I can be inspired by YOU! If this post inspired you at all, feel free to share it with your friends. You never know who might be having one of those days and need a reminder that everything will be okay. 

Happy conference weekend!

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fall Decor That Doesn't Suck

I'm really trying to embrace the fact that it's October and that everyone else is so happy about it. This is one of my least favorite months of the year but if it's your favorite, happy October! I'm excited for you! With it being full on fall now, I figured I would share some fall decor that I've seen on Pinterest and while online window shopping that doesn't suck ;).

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

And here are a few shop-able items for your own home. Just click on the photos for the details. It's kind of sad that we don't have our own space right now to decorate so I'm living vicariously through these images. Don't even get me started on how sad I am that I won't get to decorate for Christmas this year [insert 12 crying emojis here]. I may or may not have already started pinning Christmas things :). One month until Christmas music/decor becomes acceptable! Wahoo!!

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What's your favorite fall home decor trend? Are you into pumpkins? I personally am always on board with plaid not just during autumn but year round! 

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Weekend in Provo

We've had some crazy travel plans, as you know. We drove our Santa Fe from Ohio to Montana, then to Oregon, then to Bear Lake, then to Provo. Then we bought a Honda Civic off of Parker's brother while in Provo. We drove the Civic to North Carolina and left the Santa Fe in Provo while we were out east. When it was time to come west again, we put the Civic in storage and flew to Utah to pick up the Santa Fe. This meant we got to spend a weekend in Provo before driving to Denver and boy was it ever fun! I didn't realize how much I'd missed Utah and our old stomping grounds at BYU. We mostly based our weekend around the food. Here are a few of our favorite places:

+ The BYU Creamery - get the kids meal. It's $5 and you get a burger, fries, a small (but refillable) drink, and a small ice cream. If you don't get the Graham Canyon ice cream, you aren't living. It's the main reason I was excited to visit our alma mater... ok, there are a few other reasons but this is a big one. 

+ Cafe Rio - Having not had Cafe Rio in Ohio we had it twice this weekend. Always hits the spot. 

+ Tucanos - super expensive but the pineapple may just make up for it alone. It was actually supposed to be a 'boys only' lunch but I weaseled my way in there and the other wives did, too. Worth it. 

+ Sodalicious - I want to franchise this place and just have it in my own house. Parker got The National Parks and I got Key Lime (Caffeine free Diet Coke with fresh lime and cheesecake). Cheesecake and pop?????? Are you kidding me????? It was amazeballs.

+ Marinara's - We stayed with Jared (Parker's brother) and Marin, and they fed us breakfast everyday. Every time it was incredible. Marin wants to own a restaurant someday and whenever she gets that up and going it'll be a raving success, I have no doubt! 

We connected with friends from our time at BYU by going on a double date with Carson and Taelyn Crosby. We went to Boondocks and somehow our 250 tickets turned into 1500 tickets. We may have inadvertently stolen some child's summer's worth of tickets... or the lady was just really, really bad at math. Either way, it was a blast and we made ourselves sick off of the candy we bought with our earnings. 

Parker and I got to see my bestie, Tessa, and her family while we were in town, too, which was a treat! Catching up with best friends that you haven't actually seen in so long is so, so fun. We played code names and Parker and I dethroned the reigning champs. Sorry if this rubs salt in the wound, Tess ;). Also, Tessa and David Wilde have the cutest child ever, ever, ever. Well done, you two!

We happened to be in town the weekend of a BYU football game which was a blast! I may or may not have gotten chills during the fight song once or twice... It was so nostalgic!! And I still wish I was as cool as the Cougarettes. 

Hanging out with Bailey (Parker's sister) was so fun, too! She lives at Liberty Square, which Parker and I both lived at one point during our undergrad careers so it was fun to visit there, too. I loved hearing about her freshman year adventures and the boys she's having to fend off already. Not surprising at all.

We wish we could have seen everyone and done everything in the area. The things we did get to do were so fun and I was really sad to leave. 

Thanks for a great weekend, Provo! You will be missed!

xoxo, Chelan