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date night series: franck’s and netflix

date night series

Luke and I tried out a new restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day…new to us, not new to the area. I’m not really sure about darling Franck’s.

The appetizer:

We ordered the Brussel’s sprouts because our waitress was raving about them, also, we like Brussel’s sprouts. They were good- roasted, drizzled with a sherry and apple cider vinegar reduction, and topped with roasted almonds and Parmesan. The reduction was just a bit too sweet for me and overall they were really rich, I lost the flavor of the sprouts. Luke was in love with them though.

Soup and Salad:

The soup of the day was Beet with White Chocolate and Wasabi. I know, right? It sounded just weird enough to be awesome. It was not. It was just weird. And again, too sweet. It tasted mostly like white chocolate with the flavor but no heat of wasabi and the color of beets. It was a let down.

The salad was really good- butter lettuce and watercress with granny smith apple, red onion, peanuts and a zippy vinaigrette. The greens were soft and creamy and the peanuts were a great addition. If you go, get the salad!

The entrees:

Luke got the Wagyu Sirloin and I ordered the Red Snapper. Luke’s was amazing. It looked beautiful. It smelled beautiful. It was the best steak I’ve ever eaten, cooked to perfection.

My snapper was okay. It was cooked well but the curry-lychee sauce was so sweet. I felt like I was eating dessert the whole night when I just wanted something savory. ANYTHING SAVORY!


We ordered a chocolate explosion- house made white chocolate ice cream, dark chocolate torte, and whipped ganache in a chocolate shell. The ice cream was okay, nothing to get excited about. The ganache tasted like it had white chocolate in it also. It was okay. At this point, I was over white chocolate. The torte was the best part- the dark chocolate was nice to cut all the sweetness from the meal.

I would go back and order a bit more carefully now that I know the dishes are sweetened with a heavy hand. The price point averaged around $30 per entree which included soup or salad.

date night series: franck's  and netflix

So, that was part 1 of our date. Part 2 happened as soon as we got the babysitter home and the kids in bed…


Seriously, we just started season 1 because I am a fraidy cat. I didn’t want to watch it because my imagination is sick, overactive, and intensely morbid all on it’s own. I do not need encouragement and I know this. Luke finally wore me down so we spent a romantic evening snuggled up on the couch completely freaking out. I was watching it through the blanket at times and found myself totally tense and barely breathing for most of it. And now we are hooked/obsessed/terrified.

What’s your favorite series on Netflix? We’re going to need something once we plow through TWD!!

Be sure to check out Steph and Lane’s latest date: malawi’s pizza and basketball game

no sew tutu tutorial

no sew tutu tutorial:

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For Halloween, Sadie was the ring master in the circus.  I really wanted her to have a big black puffy tutu with a ruffly top and a top hat.  I searched high and low for a cute tutu but couldn’t find one.  Finally I settled for a fluffy petticoat type deal.  It was cute, but not what I was looking for.  So, when we decided to do her 1st birthday pictures, I decided to attempt to make a tutu instead of searching for one, or settling for one I didn’t love.

It turned out perfect.

I couldn’t have bought a better one.

Plus, cost= $8.  Time= 1 hr.  You can’t beat that.  AND, since I am an awful seamstress… this took absolutely no sewing.  Hallelujah!

Here’s what you’ll need to round up.

-Tulle.  I did 3 different colors (glittery silver, bright pink and light pink- I bought 50 yards of each). Here is some for a great price.

-Elastic.  I just bought the thick underwear type elastic from Hobby Lobby.  You could also order this.


-A board of some sort.  You can do it without the board if you want… but this was a huge time saver.  You’ll see why.

no sew tutu tutorial:

First, take your board out.  I used a 12 inch cutting board.  The shorter the board, the fluffier the tutu.  Start wrapping your tulle around it.

Ps… if you get glitter tulle it will end up EVERYWHERE for FOREVER. You’ve been warned.

no sew tutu tutorial:

Once you’ve wrapped a good amount around the board, cut along ONE of the creases.  Not both.  Do this with all of your tulle.  If you are doing more than one color, you can do half of each color and just kind of play it by ear.  Not a huge deal if you have to cut more during the process.

no sew tutu tutorial:

Next, measure your elastic out (around your bebe or child or whatevs) and tie it around your thigh.

 no sew tutu tutorial:

Now, start tying!  You will tie each piece of tulle in a knot and move it to the side.  Scrunch them as close together as possible.  The more tulle you can fit on that tutu, the more adorable it will be!

no sew tutu tutorial:

Keep going til your done and fluff to perfection!

It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!

no sew tutu tutorial:

And then seriously try not to die when you see how adorable it is on your lil one.  (Special shout out to Diana at Jonesy Rae Photography.  She took these amazing pictures!)

Looking to perfect the princess look? Check out these adorable accessories!

currently obsessed…

currently obsessed

I’m currently obsessed…

Kouing Aman // Vampire Weekend // Pink Hair // Feiyue X Milk on the Rocks // Globe Pendant // Tiny Hexagon Studs // Wallpaper Dresser // DIY Body Scrub // Florence an the Machine

Strawberry Vanilla Trifle

Happy Valentine’s Eve!

14 Days of Love

If you’re here from Crafty Night Owls, welcome! If you aren’t, I’m part of their 14 Days of Love Series- you can check out all the Valentine’s ideas from the other participants at the end of the post.

Today I’m sharing a bikini-buster, sorry! No I’m not- it’s too delicious to apologize. This dessert is easy, kids can help, and it looks fabulous. This is a great one to whip up the day before so you can have one less thing to think about when you’re getting ready for your special dinner or party.

strawberry vanilla trifle

Strawberry Vanilla Trifle

Layer the following:

-A firm white or yellow cake- I prefer pound cake, specifically this one, but you can use whatever you prefer

-Pudding- I used the 5.1 oz Jell-O Vanilla and dyed it pink with red food coloring (50 drops)

-Strawberries- trimmed, hulled, quartered

-Whipped Cream- you can whip your own or use cool whip, I won’t judge!

strawberry vanilla trifle

I love trifles because you can make a big one to serve family-style or you can make individual servings- the key is to serve it in something see-through so you can see the beautiful layers!

strawberry vanilla trifle

For instructions on how to make the heart garlands or to download the free ‘PUPPY LOVE’ printable seen in this post read DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations!

strawberry vanilla trifle

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pound cake

Did you know that store-bought pound cake is disgusting? Maybe you did, maybe you didn’t. They are, in case you didn’t.

I didn’t really have an opinion about pound cake, one way or the other, until I tasted one my Mother-in-law made several years ago. Game changer. It freaking rocks. So now I’ll share it with you, because I also rock.

pound cake

Pound Cake

The recipe originally came from Dixie Crystals but it seems to have been tweaked here and there on it’s way to me, find the original here

3 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter
6 eggs
3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream together sugar, shortening, and butter until fluffy and white. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to egg mixture. Combine well after each addition. Begin and end with flour mixture. Add vanilla and almond extract, stir to combine.

Bake at 350 degrees F in a greased and floured 10″ tube pan for 1 hour or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes then remove from pan.

pound cake

I am not even joking when I tell you that I eat this cake for breakfast every time I make it. And we usually top it with fresh berries and whipped cream. Oh man, you HAVE to top it with whipped cream. Not Cool Whip. Don’t do it.

Also, maybe you remember the role this cake played that one time I tried to make Father’s Day totally rad? And it maybe didn’t go as amaze-balls as I hoped? You can read more about that, here.

how to network after a conference

I went to my first blog conference over the weekend- Build Your Blog Conference 2014.

It was a bit overwhelming to get home with a bulging suitcase, a full bag of swag, and a million business cards. I don’t go to conferences. I don’t know what to do with all this information and paper things now in my possession. I’m a stay at home mom. I wipe butts.

So, I started googling and thinking and now I’m sharing HOW TO NETWORK AFTER A CONFERENCE!

how to network after a conference

1. Unwind
-I need ibuprofin, pajamas, a foot rub, and a night of sleep before tackling the post-conference to do list

2. Analyze
-What worked?
-What didn’t?
-Ideas for next time

3. Go Through Notes
-Fill in thoughts you didn’t finish
-Look up things you didn’t understand

4. Reevaluate Goals/Brainstorm
-Did you learn something new that changes your end goal? Think it out and change your goals if you need to
-Write down new ideas or collaborations you think of

5. New Systems
-Did you learn a better way to do something? Start doing it NOW.

6. Email: roommates and new blogger friends
-Follow their social media accounts

7. Email: conference organizers, presenters and brands
-Follow social media accounts
-Ask for an electronic copy of presentations and handouts

8. Join the Conversation
-Search the hashtags on social media- like, comment, follow/friend, and participate!

9. Respond to people who email you!

And now, a bit about Build Your Blog-

BYB was first on my list when I started looking at different conferences because it is for people who are clueless, people who are on the bunny slope, people who are clinging to the edge of the pool with arm floaties and a ring. Also, it’s in my city so I didn’t have to spend extra money getting there.

It was great- I learned a few things during the presentations and made some connections with brands I’d like to work with. I also made some new blogger buddies- one of my favorite things about blogging!

Here are some of the great ladies I had fun chatting a bit with- check their blogs out!

Amy from Little Dairy on the Prairie
McKenzie from Girl Loves Glam
Kara from The Joys of Boys
Pam from Over the Big Moon

quick and delicious 60 minute dinner rolls

quick and delicious 60 minute dinner rolls:

I am not a baker.  Not that I don’t like baking, I am just not good at it.  I have never successfully made a batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Ever.  I tried to make Briton’s amazing french bread—fail.  I also tried her easy overnight bread… it tasted good but I may or may not have melted kitchen appliances in the process.  So when my neighbor Kjell (and fellow blogger from shared some homemade rolls with me, I was suuuper nervous to try making them myself.  But, guys, they were SO easy.  And they are heaven.  Seriously.  Like, light, fluffy, buttery, delicious, little pillows of heaven.  The best part?  They only take 60 minutes from start to finish.  Try these, ladies.  Take them to parties, dinners, church functions…. You will be loved.  A lot.

  quick and delicious 60 minute dinner rolls:

First, you will combine the powdered milk, water, sugar, butter and salt into a microwaveable bowl.  Throw it in the microwave until its warm (like the temperature of a baby’s bottle).After its warm, add the yeast and beaten egg.  Stir a little bit and let it sit for 5 minutes.  The yeast will start to proof (get bubbly and foamy). Mix in the flour until it is smooth.  Cover and let it rise (about 20 minutes).

quick and delicious 60 minute dinner rolls:

Dump out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in to 4 sections.  Roll out one section at a time in to a circle shape.

quick and delicious 60 minute dinner rolls:

Cut the dough like pizza slices.  Roll each section like a crescent roll.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Repeat with all sections of the dough.

quick and delicious 60 minute dinner rolls:

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until the rolls are a light brown.  Brush with butter and try not to eat all of them in one sitting.  Seriously, they are that delicious.


Quick and Delicious Dinner Rolls- Makes 4 dozen rolls (or you can half it like I do for 24)


2/3 C. powdered milk

2 ½ C. of water

½ C. sugar

½ C. butter or margarine

2 tsp. salt

2 eggs well beaten

2 Tbsp. dry instant yeast

7 C. flour

Mix the milk, water, sugar, butter and salt in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.After mixture is heated, add eggs and instant yeast.  Stir briefly.  Let stand 5 minutes. After yeast is proofed, stir in flour and mix with a large spoon until smooth. Cover dough and let it rise until it doubles in size (about 20 minutes). Dump dough on to lightly floured surface.  Divide in to 4 equal sections.  Roll section out into circle.  Cut circle in to pizza like slices.  Roll each slice up like a crescent and place on a greased baking sheet.  Repeat with all sections of dough. Let rolls rise again for 20 minutes. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes or until light brown.  Brush with butter and enjoy!

date night series: malawi’s pizza and basketball game

date night series:

We have been in a dating slump. Like an I don’t care what we do– eat at Taco Bell and then redbox a movie and go to bed at 10 type slump.

And I’m thinkin…. That’s gotta stop.
So, we are tryin out some new idea’s.  Tryin to enjoy our baby free time a little bit more.  Hopefully this date night series will help you break free of your dating slump, and in return you can share ideas to get me out of mine!
For our first new adventure, we hit up Malawi’s Pizza in Provo and went to the BYU vs. St. Mary’s basketball game.

This date night cost us less than $25.  That included dinner and the basketball game.  We traded babysitting with a neighbor. Free! Free! Free! We found a buy one get one free deal on one of our discount cards (aka. poor college students best friends), and KSL always has great deals on basketball tickets!

 date night series:
The food out Malawi’s was excellent!  Lane and I both got pizza, but they also have pasta and salads.  I got the barbecue chicken pizza and Lane got the pepperoni.  All of their pizza’s are baked on these delicious thin crusts.  Seriously, I am craving it now just thinking about it.  The pizza’s are all about 12″ in size, it’s just the right amount of food for my husband and it’s way more than enough for my lil’ tummy.  One pizza will run you about $10, but they are always running social media deals (if you like em, tag em, instagram em=discounts!). Plus, it’s down in the Riverwood’s so if you have time to kill before/after dinner there are tons of great shops to check out!
 date night series:
Now I’m not a huge fan of basketball, but Lane is (that is the understatement of the year). But, I think it’s really important to do things your spouse loves, even if you don’t. Not sayin you have to all the time… But it means a lot to Lane when I take the time to be involved in something he likes. He loved telling me all about the players and I loved seeing how excited he got about it.  Really, that’s what date night is for!  I feel like our relationship gets lost sometimes because we are parents, so it is SO nice to be able to go out and reconnect.
 date night series:
Dates don’t have to cost tons. They really don’t. But the ones that will bring you closer together take some planning.  Try it!  Ditch the movie and do something fun with your husbands!  I wanna hear some ideas, ladies.  What should our next date night be??

new DIY ideas for the new year

This post is sponsored, read more here.

I love DIY projects but they have to be attainable. Like, if I need to purchase half of Home Depot to get the job done, count me out. Here are several ideas for projects that will help you get more organized and you will actually be able to do them!

My favorite ideas from this post are the outfits for a week and freezer breakfasts. I know I’m not the only mom who gets anxiety during the before school rush- you can find my tips for that here.

New DIY Ideas for the New Year

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Which idea is your fave?

DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

14 Days of Valentines

Today I’m participating in 14 Days of Valentines, hosted by The Princess and Her Cowboys– welcome new people!

I like DIY decorations. They are so much more charming and personal than what you find at the store.

DIY valentine's day decorations

I made these DIY Valentine’s Day decorations to get everyone around here into the Valentine spirit of hugs, kisses, and general mushy-ness. Here are all the projects, broken down:

pipe cleaner hearts garland

DIY valentine's day decorations

-ribbon, rope, whatever floats your boat (my dog bone ribbon is several years old and I can’t remember where it’s from)

-pipe cleaners

Bend pipe cleaners into hearts. Place them on your ribbon.

fabric hearts banner

DIY valentine's day decorations

-yarn, string, ribbon- I cut up an old t-shirt and tied the strips together

-fabric hearts- I got mine at The Dollar Tree, they have a sticker on the back so they were easy to attach to my garland.

puppy love printable

DIY valentine's day decorations

I whipped this little printable up for the party and have had Donny Osmond circa 1972 in my head ever since. Click the pic below for a free download, the water mark will not show up when printed. Isn’t that punch pretty? You can find it here.

Puppy Love Printable

Click this picture to download the printable (free)

DIY valentine's day decorations

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