From Sea to Sea

Loving these nautical inspired pieces.


Olive Oyl Headband by Lou and Lee
My Pet Octopus Cuff from Mod Cloth
Clear The Sea Top from Forever 21
Striped Trench Coat from Target
Anchor Border Hoodie by Sailor Jerry
Red Velvet Headband by madamepumphre

Where Have All the Photobooths Gone?

We love taking pictures in photo booths - the old-school black and white kind. Not the new digital ones that will print in black and white.
A couple years ago we decided that whenever we see one, we have to get our picture taken, no matter what we are wearing or what we look like. Hence this set of pictures we took post hike July 2008. It was after our 4th of July hike to Lake Blanche. We got pedicures and went over to Kmart to have our picture taken. That's right, we were walking around Kmart, dirty as hell in baseball caps, tank tops, cargo shorts and paper flip-flops from the nail salon. I told you we said we'd take our photo no matter what we looked like! It's amazing we got any kind of poses out because we were laughing so hard. Plus, it's really difficult to fit 3 people.


These are kind of dying out and it's making us sad. All of the KMart's in Utah have pulled them. I know, I called every single one. Anyone know who still has one in Utah?

Strawberry POMegranate Smoothie

We are trying to eat healthier. But getting the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables in a day can be difficult. So lately we have been making berry smoothies.

This morning I made our favorite smoothie found via Lick The Bowl Good (a very dangerous blog filled with lots of recipes for yummy treats.)
Try it. You won't be disappointed.

Strawberry POMegranate Smoothie
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 8 oz. yogurt
  • 4 oz. POM Wonderful Juice
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 12 frozen strawberries
Place all ingredients in blender in order as they appear above. Blend well til the frozen strawberries are smooth. Scrape the honey down off the pitcher sides if necessary. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with a fresh strawberry and a straw.
Makes 2 tall servings- about 4 1/2 cups.

Modern Family

We talk about this show so much I can't believe that we haven't written a post about it. I am just going to say it: Modern Family is the funniest show on TV right now. It is possibly the funniest show I've ever seen on TV, possibly funnier than (gulp!) Arrested Development. Oh, how I adore Arrested Development...It pains me to say that I love Modern Family as much or maybe just a little more...

If you are not watching Modern Family (it airs Wednesdays on ABC or watch episodes on Hulu or ABC.com or buy it on iTunes), please start watching it now. You won't be sorry.

Today's Modern Family comes in all shapes and sizes. Just ask these three families.

Jay recently married Gloria. Now Jay is trying hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter Colombian wife, along with her passionate pre-teen son, Manny. Claire is having a hard time raising her own family. Her husband Phil is great, except that he thinks he's "down" with their three kids, much to all their embarrassment. And, Mitchell and his enthusiastic partner Cameron have just made a major life change by adopting a Vietnamese baby named Lily.

Feeling Like Organizing

Something about the new year gets me in the mood to organize.

My closet is tiny, so with every season change I rotate my wardrobe into the house from the bins in the garage. (I won't lie, it was a bit hard to give up my spare closet for Baby G, but it has been a lot of fun to fill it up with cute baby clothes.) ANYWAY, the big seasonal rotation of my clothes is a good opportunity to organize and clean out the closet a couple of times a year. The problem is, the closet stays organized for, oh, about a month before I start to get lazy and shove things everywhere.

The other day I realized my closet was too far gone to ignore. So I plopped the baby on the bed with some toys and folded all the sweaters, pants and tops.

(Wow, the sweaters look messy in this photo, but I promise you it's night and day from before. I guess I should have taken a 'before' photo. Oh well, lesson learned.)

Then I took all my hanging tops and put them on these new hangers found at Ross to maximize my space.

Then I finally got out the plastic bottles Mom and I bought almost a year ago, and unified the products in my shower. Everything is now in these matching bottles with their names written on the bottom with a permanent sharpie.

I got this idea from the fabulous Martha Stewart who inspires and makes me feel guilty all at the same time.

Martha says, "Uniform plastic bottles not only look better than the usual shampoo and soap containers, but they also fit more neatly in storage devices."

By then I was REALLY goosed up so I finally started a painting project in my basement. I know, it's not really organizing related, but it's home improvement.

I cannot wait to show you the final product!

For lots of organizing inspiration go here or here.

P.S. I didn't forget about Baby G on the bed in all of this. I don't care about organizing. THAT much. :-)

SHAZAM!! Nike Does It AGAIN!!!

I just saw this Nike Ad and it gave me the CHILLS. The song is Ali in the Jungle by The Hours (Thanks Shazam! My most favorite iPhone app EVER!). How cool is it that this ad features BMX, Cowboys and MMA fighters too? And people falling down? And Lance Armstrong? Damn Nike, you're GOOD.

Happy 2010 Winter Olympic Games!


Black Flats for Spring

For me, black flats are an essential item in my wardrobe.
I recently found these at Payless and think they would be perfect for Spring.
I am crazy about the satin detail on the toe.
I just need to wait for them to go on sale.

Aaahh, Love!



I get really excited when the holiday Starbucks cups are out. I don't know why. To me, it signals that the holiday season has begun. I also love Valentine's Day. Sorry to all the haters out there, but I do love it. I love the cheesiness, the candy hearts, the excuse to tell everyone in the world that you love them. I think it's because Mom has always made our Valentine's day really special. I love you Mom!

Anyway, I noticed that Starbucks has a new line of "Love" cups out just in time for Valentines Day. My cup is making me smile as I sit stuck in a hotel ballroom all day. The cups are part of the Starbucks Love Project, in conjunction with (red). For every drawing that is added to their Love Gallery, $0.05 is donated help fight AIDS in Africa. And who knows, your drawing might end up on a cup someday and make someone smile as they sit stuck in a hotel ballroom all day.

Check out the gallery at http://www.starbucksloveproject.com/#/love/


Tote Bag Madness

I probably have some form of "tote madness" if there is such a thing.
I really love to have a tote with me at all times either serving as my purse (yup I carry around way too much stuff) or my brief case.

We love the Crate and Barrel patent look totes they seem to feature every season.
We've blogged about these before here and here.


Available on Crate and Barrel for $26.95

I seem to be on an Post-Christmas-Special-Treat-Myself-Kick.
So I decided to find a new tote to help me make it until spring. You know, just to lift my mood and make me feel organized. You know the feeling, it's the "With this new bag I'm going to be wonderful" type of feeling.
I found these at Dillard's and I debated for about 2 or 3 minutes and bought one. I'm tempted to go back for more.

Kate Landry PVC Item Tote


New Lower Price!

This roomy crackled PVC tote features:
  • magnetic closure
  • double straps
  • zippered and slip inside pockets
  • pen holder and key hook
15x6.5x15". Only Dillard's.

03198335

Orig. $69.00
Now $34.50

Great deal on Dillards.com

Run Fat Girl, Run!


I signed up for the Huntington Beach Surf City Half Marathon last November, thinking that having it on the calendar would help me keep my holiday binge eating in control and help me actually LOSE weight before the race. Well, that was not to be. But I still went last weekend, and along with my fabulous friend Lisa, finished in a respectable time. Check out the sweet surf board medals! WHOOP!


BOTH Janaan and Lisa's husband Scott have noted that if I can do this well with zero training and while consuming large amounts of alcohol and food, what could happen if I actually TRIED?? HMMM??? Well, you're on Scott and Janaan!! It's 10 weeks to the Salt Lake Half Marathon and I am...drumroll please...actually going to train for it!! This means following my training plan (or rather, following the training plan that Lisa has so kindly mapped out for me), eating healthy, and NO ALOCOHOL for the next 10 weeks. Sigh. I'll miss you most of all Sunday evening glass or two of wine.

Lisa wants to finish the Salt Lake half in less than 2 hours and I want to be right by her side to support her! This will mean shaving 2 minutes off of my current mile time. Have I mentioned that Lisa is fabulous? She has always been someone that inspired me - as a fellow marketer, as a friend, as a kick-ass cancer survivor, as a sister, as a mother, and definitely as someone who is constantly pushing to stay in shape. If not for Lisa, I would not be running. I probably wouldn't even have a gym membership. I actually have TWO gym memberships right now. Seriously. So, let the training begin!! Here are some of my recent favorite running discoveries:

Book

Lisa introduced me to this book: Slow Fat Triathlete. If you're interested in running, swimming, biking, or all three in one event, you really should check out this book. It's not only full of useful, practical tips for those of us that don't ever expect (or even really want) to be crossing the Ironman finish line at Kona, it is absolutely HILARIOUS. I love you Jayne Williams.

Music
I am constantly changing out my running music. These are my favorite tracks right now:
  • David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi: Memories
  • Pitbull featuring Akon: Shut it Down
  • Ke$ha: Tik Tok
  • One Republic: All the Right Moves
  • Kid Cudi featuring Billy Craven: My World
  • Timbaland featuring Justin Timberlake: Carry Out
  • Passion Pit: Moth's Wings
  • Nikelback: Burn It to the Ground
  • Phoenix: 1901
  • David Guetta featuring Akon: Sexy Bitch
  • Jay-Z featuring Mr. Hudson: Young Forever

And yes, it's probably becoming cliche, but I am a SUCKER for I've Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas.

Sharkies!
What?? Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian, USDA Certified Organic, a Natural Source of Energy AND shaped like Sharks?? Count me in!!

RunningSkirts.com
These totally cute twin sisters were working their booth at the Surf City Expo and wearing matching cheetah print running skirts. I was instantly smitten! I love running skirts and they definitely have the cutest skirts I've seen (and their skirts have no interior seams so your lady bits don't get chafed, I know, I know, TMI, but you have to think about these things). I was tempted to buy the plaid print in every color but ended up with the camo print. Camo and hot pink, is there anything better?? And 15% of all sales of Skirt Camp camouflage apparel benefits wounded soldiers and military families funds. Nice! This is what I'll be wearing for the Salt Lake City Half!!

LOVE!
You can't do stuff like this without a lot of love. Thanks to Lisa for being my inspiration and motivation, to Mom and Dad for watching Lucy, to Tiff for being so supportive and a great cheerleader (we missed you!!), to Charley and the Crazy Cousins for pulling our rental car out of the mud (that's another story), to Scott for being so damn funny, and especially to Alek for being my sunshine every single day and for being there when I crossed the finish line.

Come on, run the Salt Lake Half Marathon with us! April 17th, 2010, 7:00 AM. More info at: http://www.saltlakecitymarathon.com/

Same Shoes: Oh Sweet Sadie Show


One of the things that makes us sad is that we all have different sized feet, which means we can't share shoes, which means that if we find a pair of shoes we like we all buy them, which means we run the risk of wearing them on the same day to the same places. Like last week when Janaan and I wore these little numbers to the Oh Sweet Sadie show. We even had matching funky socks. This same shoe/sock thing happens more often than we care to admit.

A Little Bit of Sparkle

Whenever I get a 50% off coupon at Michael's, I start thinking about which Martha Stewart item I'm going to pick up with it, because, let's face it, her stuff is the best.

Recently, I picked up the Martha Stewart Essential Colors 24 Piece Glitter Set.
It is so so lovely, that I almost didn't want to use any of it. I wouldn't even let Eliza (my 5-year old niece) see it, lest she want to go to town. Is that bad???

I have a feeling that all my future invitations and what-not will all have a touch of that special Martha Stewart sparkle.

Oh Sweet Sadie This Weekend


The Oh Sweet Sadie Art & Gift Show is this weekend in Daybreak. We hit up the pre sale last night to check it out.
This show featured a great collection of local artisans. It was so fun to peruse the aisles and pick out little gems.

These are a few of our favorite things...

* Cute, funky and just a little offbeat skull bib by Vinylicious.

*Chunky copper jewelry from The Pink Chandelier.

* Hand sewn fabric holiday banners by AddieBugs. I picked up a similar LOVE banner for Valentine's Day.


* Classic tricot nightgowns. We used to wear these growing up. Now we're buying them for our girls.

* My Growing Season for cute, well made quiet books for church and travel.


We also loved the wrapped hula hoops, handmade cake plates, felt flower clips for girls, bolts of grosgrain ribbon, Squeaker Sneakers, enamel jewelry and much more.

Oh Sweet Sadie Art & Gift Show

SoDa Row at Daybreak in South Jordan, Utah

Friday February 5-6, 9:30AM - 8:00PM

Countdown to the 2010 Farmer's Market

I've been meaning to do this post since, oh, July. So, sorry, everyone. I have really had the winter blues lately. I don't remember feeling this way last winter. I like it when the snow dumps and dumps and it's a winter wonderland, or at least wonderland-ish. But when it is cold and gray and the inversion blocks out the mountains and the moonlight for weeks at a time, I totally get a touch of the S.A.D.

I've also been thinking about the farmer's market a lot lately. Mostly because I've become obsessed with fresh, locally grown food after watching Food, Inc. But the Farmer's market isn't just about waking up on Saturday and moseying on down in the sunshine for fresh roasted Jack Mormon Coffee lattes, gorgeous seasonal produce that I have no idea what to do with, homemade tacos that are incredibly delicious at 10:00 in the morning, and 25 kinds of hummus, it's also about fabulous arts and crafts and housewares.

Here are some of our favorite vendors from the 2009 Salt Lake City Farmer's Market, Park City Farmer's Market, and the Art's Festival. I hope that they will be back this year. You can find many of them on Etsy so you can create a little bit of summer while you bide your time until June 10th when the Farmer's Market officially starts.

XOXO,
Natalie

Its The Little Things


Seen at: Park City Farmer's Market
Natalie Says: Most.Beautiful.Headbands.EVER! I DIE!!
www.itsthelittlethingsut.etsy.com

Red Truck Gallery


Seen at: Art's Festival
Natalie Says: I wish I had enough money to buy a Chris Roberts-Antieau original. Beautiful AND cheeky all at the same time.
www.redtruckgallery.com

white elephant
Seen at: Park City Silly Sunday Farmer's Market
Natalie Says: Future Natalie's babies would wear these T-shirts and onsies.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/wecollective

Easy Keeper
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market
Natalie Says: Charming letterpress items from a graphic designer working on a 1901 Golding Pearl Press.
http://www.easykeeper.ecrater.com/

Vintage Fern
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market
Natalie Says: We fell in love with the vintage slips and skirts. Future Natalie's babies would be seen in these onsies too.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/vintagefern

Ruthie Pearl
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market
Natalie Says: DARLING reusable fabric bags.
http://ruthiepearl.com/

Fiber and Fire
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market
Natalie Says: Lovely quilts and vintage furniture.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/fiberandfire

Pink Bench
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market
Natalie Says: They claimed to have a headband that didn't hurt and they didn't lie.
www.pinkbench.com

These vendors don't have websites but keep an eye out for them:

re.Collection Clothing
Seen at: Rotating every other week at the Downtown Farmer's Market and Park City Silly Sunday Famer's Market

Punkenstein Jewelry
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market

amy&emily's home decor
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market

Darwin's Attic
Seen at: Salt Lake City Farmer's Market

My Fav Wallet

Last year I bought a wallet that for a "Cheaping Girl" was too expensive.
But after dozens of wallets strewn along the path of my shopping life, finally this is the best one I have ever had.
It's patent leather (ya know patent leather just does something for an outfit) with a super hero strong magnetic closure that holds all the myriad of identification/credit cards/receipts/cash/coin.
You can load this baby up and it will still hold it.


Sometimes I go rogue and just carry it in the store like this (despite my good intentions my purse is still quite overloaded and my shoulder is always sore.)
It is available on Zappos.com for $94.00