Monday, October 26, 2015

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015: Friday

Jenna Coleman answering fan questions.

Friday was a full day at the con for Ellie and me. A lot of our time was spent in the Grand Ballroom in panels. We got there in time for Jenna Coleman's panel in the morning. I've seen Jenna Coleman before in San Diego so I wasn't sure if this one was going to be similar, The Doctor Who panel at this year's SDCC was a tiny bit lackluster so I didn't know what to expect here. Jenna Coleman ended up being very entertaining and I really enjoyed her solo panel with all the Q&A.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Salt Lake Comic Con 2015: Thursday

The largest room at SLCC is the Grand Ballroom.

Salt Lake Comic Con took place last weekend and it was a blast. This year, the event was a vast improvement over previous events and the organizers did a great job pulling in big name celebrities while maintaining crowds. Andrew and I weren't planning on attending this year until my awesome cousin, Ellie, decided to purchase a VIP ticket for my birthday present. Andrew ultimately decided to join us when Chris Evans was announced. He purchased a VIP ticket as well to ensure getting seated with us in the Chris Evans panel. This con was the best of the Salt Lake cons thus far.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stitch Fix #5 - August Review

Stitch Fix August Review

This month's Stitch Fix came way faster than I realized so I didn't get a chance to leave a note for my stylist, but I was happy to see that I had the same stylist and that she had some great picks for me. Jessee has styled three boxes for me now and I love that we've been able to work on building up my wardrobe piece by piece.

Recap on how it works:
1) Fill out your Style Profile and schedule your first Fix.
2) Use your Pinterest board to your advantage! Pin what you love/hate and make notes. (Check out my board HERE.)
3) Get your Fix in the mail and decide what to keep and what to send back in the prepaid envelope.
4) Make notes on what you loved/hated in the Fix so your stylist knows for your next Fix.
5) Use the $20 stylist fee toward anything in the box. Keep it all and get 25% off everything.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stitch Fix #4 - July Review

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Stitch Fix #4 - July Review

My stylist, Jessee, once again sent some great pieces. This month, I didn't give her much to go on except that I wanted some transitional pieces I could wear into the fall and she did a great job finding me some great things to consider. I still love that I get a surprise box each month filled with items picked out just for me and the convenience can't be beat. It's definitely a nice way to add pieces to my wardrobe from the comfort of my own home.

Recap on how it works:
1) Fill out your Style Profile and schedule your first Fix.
2) Use your Pinterest board to your advantage! Pin what you love/hate and make notes. (Check out my board HERE.)
3) Get your Fix in the mail and decide what to keep and what to send back in the prepaid envelope.
4) Make notes on what you loved/hated in the Fix so your stylist knows for your next Fix.
5) Use the $20 stylist fee toward anything in the box. Keep it all and get 25% off everything.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Stitch Fix #3 - June Review

Stitch Fix June Review
My Stitch Fix #3 - June Review

I have been (im)patiently awaiting this month's Stitch Fix since my last Fix and I couldn't have been happier when I saw it sitting on my front porch. Even though I've only had two boxes before this one, I have been really loving the pieces I've kept each month. I only have two pieces (the blazer and the dolman top) thus far, but these two pieces have quickly become some of my favorite things to wear. I love that they've quickly become staples in my wardrobe and I couldn't wait to see what summer staples I would get this time around.

Recap on how it works:
1) Fill out your Style Profile and schedule your first Fix.
2) Use your Pinterest board to your advantage! Pin what you love/hate and make notes. (Check out my board HERE.)
3) Get your Fix in the mail and decide what to keep and what to send back in the prepaid envelope.
4) Make notes on what you loved/hated in the Fix so your stylist knows for your next Fix.
5) Use the $20 stylist fee toward anything in the box. Keep it all and get 25% off everything.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Touring the Pacific Northwest: Seattle

Our lakefront view

The final destination of our Pacific Northwest road trip was just outside of Olympia, Washington where we stayed with our good friends, the Bresees. They moved away recently and we decided it would be good to visit them over Thanksgiving. For the majority of our trip, we stayed around their place where Abigail and I spent far too much time on the internet shopping the Black Friday deals while Andrew and Adam binge watched the IT Crowd. Adam and Andrew had some more quality time together when Abigail and I caught a screening of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and we were also able to squeeze some board gaming time in. We definitely didn't feel like the trip was lacking anything though because it was just fun to hang out and let the kids play with Eden. Our trip was made complete with a visit to Seattle and a memorable Thanksgiving dinner.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Touring the Pacific Northwest: Tillamook and Seaside

Tillamook Baby Loaf Bus

We decided to take a detour on our way from Portland to Seattle and head out to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Cheese is probably Isabelle's favorite food. She could eat cheese or any dairy product all day long if we let her. We thought it was only fitting that we take her to Tillamook, the land of cheese, while we were kind of in the area. We wanted to tour the factory and try their products at their source. Obviously, Andrew and I were overly excited for the visit as well. The detour was definitely out of our way, but we figured it was the only time we could easily visit.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Touring the Pacific Northwest: Portland

Can a family of 4 fit everything they need into a Honda Fit to survive a week long road trip? Short answer: Yes.

Andrew has always had this obsession with doing a family road trip along the Pacific Coast on Hwy 101. We were able to fuel his obsession this last holiday season when we decided to visit some friends in the Seattle area. We even broke in his new car by taking it on its first road trip. It was definitely the most ambitious road trip we've ever been on and one we won't be forgetting anytime soon. After many hours of driving, our first real stop was in Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

My Stitch Fix #2 - May Review

My Stitch Fix #2 - May Review

My second Stitch Fix arrived this week! I have to say that I'm super impressed with their timely deliveries. This one arrived on the exact day it was scheduled once again. When I opened the box to reveal the tissue wrapped items, I was a little shocked to see a bright neon color peeking through. (I'm a big neutrals kind of girl so I was hoping the rest of my Fix looked okay.) Lo and behold, this month's fix is even better than last month's.

Recap on how it works:
1) Fill out your Style Profile and schedule your first Fix.
2) Use your Pinterest board to your advantage! Pin what you love/hate and make notes. (Check out my board HERE.)
3) Get your Fix in the mail and decide what to keep and what to send back in the prepaid envelope.
4) Make notes on what you loved/hated in the Fix so your stylist knows for your next Fix.
5) Use the $20 stylist fee toward anything in the box. Keep it all and get 25% off everything.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My First Stitch Fix - April Review

Stitch Fix - April Review

I recently learned about a subscription type box called Stitch Fix and I was immediately drawn in by its name. I totally thought it was a sewing type thing, but it's even better than that. It's basically a personal stylist in the form of a subscription box. Genius! I went to work and researched everything I could about it. I found many reviews, tips, and tricks and learned that they even started carrying petite sizes (which was so great to hear as a petite girl myself). Many people had very positive reviews about Stitch Fix so I decided to give it a go. Since the cost is only $20 (called a "styling fee") and you can use that toward anything in the box, there was really nothing I could lose from trying it out.

How it works:
1) Fill out your Style Profile and schedule your first Fix.
2) Use your Pinterest board to your advantage! Pin what you love/hate and make notes. (Check out my board HERE.)
3) Get your Fix in the mail and decide what to keep and what to send back in the prepaid envelope.
4) Make notes on what you loved/hated in the Fix so your stylist knows for your next Fix.
5) Use the $20 stylist fee toward anything in the box. Keep it all and get 25% off everything.

Monday, March 30, 2015

October Traditions

Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point

October is probably one of our family's most favorite months of the year. Each year, it's filled with visits to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point, Halloween activities, and other family traditions. We don't have a lot of family traditions, but we definitely have a lot in October that the kids always look forward to. We always start off our October festivities with a visit or two to Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point. They usually have some discount passes online and we always grab those. It's held every October which means our kids are asking year round when October is coming because it means it's time for Cornbelly's. We have been going to this event since before we had Isabelle and we continue to go even though Andrew and I have grown a little tired of it. They have all sorts of fun activities for the kids as well as corn mazes. I doubt they'll grow tired of it any time soon since it's basically a giant playground for them.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easy Fabric Pennant Banner Tutorial

A quick and easy project suitable for newbies and kids.

Over the holidays, I decided that I wanted to decorate the exterior of our house which is kind of unusual for us. We hardly ever do much more than change out our wreath for the holidays so Andrew was kind of surprised that I wanted to decorate for Halloween, although he wasn't surprised to hear that I had another project in mind. So off to Hobby Lobby I went with every intention to pick out the perfect Halloween fabric. Obviously, I didn't get a very Halloween-y fabric because I ended up falling in LOVE with this glittery gold chevron fabric. This easy peasy banner is great for beginning sewers or kids. It was super quick to whip up and didn't cost too much at all.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Salt Lake Comic Con: Year 2

Awaiting the panel to begin in their largest room.

(I'm so behind on blogging so I'm playing catch up. This has been sitting unpublished for weeks so I finally just finished it off to publish.)

Since I can't get enough geekery and cons, we went to yet another convention last year. This time, it was Salt Lake Comic Con which was held September 4-6, 2014. This was their 2nd convention and we had hopes that this time around would be better organized. Although there were some snags and disappointments, we had a great time enjoying the awesome geekiness so close to home.