Valentine’s Day Party

Hi!  So, here’s a little fact about me.  I love hosting parties!  I usually throw Friendsgiving, a Christmas party and Daniel’s bday party, but this year I thought it would be fun to do a Valentine’s party with all of our friends.  I was initially going to make invitations and send them out, but I didn’t have time.  Kayaking was way more important.  (Link to Kayaking post here)  It took me a week to plan and prep for this party.  I literally didn’t go to bed until 1 or 1:30 every night well morning.  By Wednesday I was a hot mess.  Poor Daniel had to deal with me being a scatter brain!  For this party I wanted to play games, eat good food and have a lot of treats that were all catered to the Valentines theme.  The first game that came to mind for the V-day party was of course the newly wed game.  Everyone who was there is married or engaged so I thought it would be fun and appropriate.  For food I instantly thought of Olive Garden so I recreated their Fettuccine Alfredo.  Someone brought bread sticks from Olive Garden and someone else recreated the salad from there.  It was so good.  I’ll have to share the quick and easy recipe with you one day.  Okay, now for the treats.  I love candy and treats so much!  I got a fondue recipe from my sister-in-law that is amazing!  Then I got strawberries, pineapple, pretzels, vanilla wafers, bananas and angel food cake to dip it in.  Guys, the angel food cake is to die for with the chocolate fondue on it!  If you haven’t tried it you need to.  It’s life changing!  I also made chocolate chip cookies with Valentine’s M & M’s and white chocolate popcorn with sprinkles.  Here’s some pics from the party.  I had so much fun making everyone’s Valentine and place setting.

Xxo

Melissa

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I always make a cute banner for a photo booth wall.  This time I wanted to take all the pics with my Polaroid instead of my camera.  I love the way they turned out!  I got my Polaroid from {Here}.  Also {Here} is where I got my film and it’s the best deal I’ve ever seen!
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I am obsessed with Kraft paper.  I bought 30 feet rolls at the Dollar Store!  I wrapped the tables with it because it’s cute and such an easy clean up!
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For everyone’s Valentine I got pink and red tea cups with a heart on them from Tai Pan.  Then I made white chocolate popcorn and put them in the red bags that said filled with love.  I got those at Target in the “One Stop”.  I got cute Valentines from Target as well.  You can’t see them very well, but I loved them and it reminded me of elementary school.  As for the arrow name card.  I had left over hearts and v’s from last year.  A friend cut them out for me with her Cricut machine.  I glued two skewer sticks together then wrote everyone;s name on the heart and then glued them onto the sticks after they were dry.  Super easy!  The x’s and o’s for tic tac toe I cut from my Cricut machine.  I thought it would be cute to have that next to everyone’s place setting so they could play if they wanted.  I measured out each tic tac toe grid with a ruler and drew the lines with pencil first then went over them with permanent marker.  The pink confetti is from the dollar store.  Guys, the dollar store and the “One Sport at Target are the best!
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Here are some party favors and games we played.  I always love playing Bingo at a party.  It’s so fun.  I found this template on Pinterest {Here} and we used the conversation hearts as the markers.  The fox and raccoon bags are from Target.  They were filled with fruties and the winners of Bingo go a bag full.  My Polaroid again is from {Here}  If you don’t have one get one.  They are so fun!  The photo squares that say I love us are from Chatbooks.  I downloaded a template from them to use on the front of my book, but thought it would be cute to attach to the Polaroids. 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a pic of all the treats we had.  I painted the tops of the skewer sticks to make them cute and Valentine’s like.  My serving trays are {Here} & {Here} 

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The red and white festive felt balls are from {Here} and the solid felt balls are from {Here}  The hearts I cut from my Cricut machine and I got the balloons ar the Dollar Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kayaking Black Canyon

Hello!  I have been on a blogging hiatus!  I haven’t posted for so long!  Anyway…  A few weekends ago we went to Black Canyon River in Nevada and kayaked.  Black Canyon River is in Boulder, NV.  Some of our friends text us and asked if we wanted to go and said it was going to be 70 degrees so of course we said yes because it is freezing cold in Utah right now.  Like snow you can stop and melt now!  We didn’t have a kayak and looked into renting one, but it was kind of expensive so we went on Amazon and bought one.  Can I just say Amazon is my BFF!  I order things from there probably every other day!  Thanks Mindy (my sister) for letting us use your Prime account.  Rant over.  On Saturday we had to be in Boulder by 6:30 am because our shuttle to take us to the base of Hover Dam was picking us up at 7 am.  5:15 am came way too early!  When we got to the pick up place we had to blow up our kayaks and get everything ready.  When we got there it was so windy and cold and they told us we could run into 50 MPH head winds so it would feel like we are paddling up-stream instead of down!  FML really!?  Anyway…  Once we got to the Hover Dam we had until 4 pm to get to the end point where they would pick us up.  We had to kayak 13 miles in 8 hours and there were a couple of stops on the way to waterfalls, hot springs and what not.  Also, our friend proposed to his gf finally!  Yahoo!  We started the trip off great!  We were pumped and it was such nice weather.  We had our first stop and were there for a little bit.  We found some hot springs and a really gross, but cool slime wall.  The second stop was to the waterfall and where our friend proposed.  We went a head of them so we could set everything up.  The waterfall was amazing and the water was so warm.  I couldn’t believe how warm it was.  I wanted to stay in it forever!  It was the perfect temperature!  After his proposal we wanted to make one more stop to the hot pots, but we were two hours behind schedule.  Lets just say we stopped at the hot pots and were screwed from there!  Once we left our final stop we had three hours to go six miles.  You wouldn’t think that a half an hour mile would be bad, but that’s when the wind started!  It sucked so bad and at times it felt like we weren’t moving at all.  My arms were so sore!  I would take breaks quite a bit because I thought my arms were going to fall off.  If Daniel took a break I wasn’t strong enough to keep the kayak straight and we started to turn.  Ha  He wasn’t to happy with me, but frick the wind was strong!  At some point near the end we knew we were screwed and weren’t going to make it by 4.  We were defeated and couldn’t do anything about it so we stopped for a good half an hour ate snacks, took pictures and laughed.  When we started going again one of our friends said well we needed to be there 11 minutes ago and we still had a mile and a half to go.  Luckily one of our other friends went a head of us.  When he was almost to the end he saw the van pulling away, but then it stopped.  The driver said he looked in his rearview mirror and saw him coming and turned around.  He said if he wouldn’t have seen him it would have cost us $150 to get them to come pick us up!  Bottom line, we had so much fun even though we had some slip us and YES, we would all do it again!  I recommend everyone going to do it.  It was so pretty and the water in some spots was so green and clear!

Xxo

Melissa

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The gang!

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Right after he proposed!
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This pic isn’t the best, but this was in a cave and we all fit!  The water was amazing too!

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This was taken after we had a good laugh about being super late and ate our snacks.
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The water was literally this green!  This is Emerald Cave.

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Thanksgiving Eve

Hello!  I am so excited that tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  I love all the food and I love spending time with my family.  My mom is the best cook in the world and her Thanksgivings are the best.  She is really the best mom too.  She makes all of us our own home-made pie.  I get chocolate, my sister get banana cream and my brother gets lemon then she makes a few pumpkins and a berry pie.  I hope that one day when I have kids my Thanksgivings are as good as hers.  Last weekend I hosted Friendsgiving and had to make the turkey.  My mom came over and helped me clean out the turkey and get it all prepped and ready to put in the oven.  If she wouldn’t have been there to clean it out I don’t think we would have had a turkey!  I was super grossed out, but by the time it came down to buttering it I actually touched the turkey skin without gagging too much! 😉  Anyway…  I’ll keep this post short.  Have a good weekend and travel safe!

Xxo

Melissa

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Jacket From Tai Pan Website {Here}

Jeans {Here}

Boots Last Season From Zara Similar {Here} & {Here} & {Here}

 

Destructed

Hi hi!  I know my last few posts I raved about my fave Top Shop jeans, but I got these distressed jeans from Empire Street and I am all heart eyes over them.  They are so comfortable and I love how they look.  If you are in Utah go check their store out, but if not you can shop on their website.  Now let’s talk about this cardi.  It is so perfect!  I love the ombre look and I am obsessed with long cardis!  They go well with dresses, skirts and jeans!  They are a must in everyone’s closet!  Anyway…  Have a good day!  I hope your work week is only three days like mine!  Yahoo!

Xxo

Melissa

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Jeans (Here)

Cardi {Here}

Friends Forever

Hello!  I have been such a slacker on writing blog posts.  Life has just been so busy!  Anyway…  I found this friends forever shirt at Zara in NYC when I was there last month.  I fell in love with it right away and it was only $8.  It’s the perfect graphic tee and I will be wearing it all fall under my jackets and cardigans!  Also, I’ve been looking for the perfect denim skirt and I found this one on forever21.com.  I love it and can’t wait to pair it with some boots and a sweater!

Xxo

Melissa

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Top {Here}

Skirt {Similar Here} & {Here}

Because I’m Happy

Good morning!  I am a sucker for a good graphic tee and this one is amazing!  I got it from My Sisters Closet Boutique.  I love graphics because you can wear them casually with jeans or shorts or dress them up with a nice jacket or pair them with a skirt.  This tee though is so soft and comfy.  When I put it on I didn’t want to take it off!  I promise if you get it you will love it!  I think it’s going to be my go to Sunday tee from here on out!  Anyway…  right now you can get 15% off your purchase at My Sister’s Closet Boutique by entering coupon code SHOPMSCB at check out.  Now run don’t walk and get this tee!  Have a good day!

Xxo

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Tee {Here}

Eyelash Serum 

So I’m super excited about this post! I am obsessed with my lashes and would do anything to make them look amazing. I do have lash extensions, but I just tried this eyelash serum, Strong Lash to help them grow and get stronger. I used it for 30 days and my lashes are so much thicker and stronger. If you don’t have eyelash extensions and want your eyelashes to grow longer and stronger you need to try this eyelash serum. It is life changing! Trust me if you’re super anal about your lashes like I am this serum is for you! You will be able to see results so soon after using this eyelash serum. I have teamed up with Strong Lash to give all of my readers 30% off this product. Go to http://www.stronglash.com/ and enter tme30 at checkout.

Xxo

Melissa

Strong Lash {Website}

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After using the serum for 30 days

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Fall Where Are You?

Hi!  I have been traveling a lot this month and everywhere I have gone has been so hot!  I am in Vegas right now and I am literally melting my face off!  It is 114 degrees!  I am so ready for cold weather and over cast days.  Don’t get me wrong this summer has been so fun.  I love the boat and being on the lake or at a pool, but it’s time for summer to end!  Bye bye triple digit days!  I need a good 60-70 degree day!  Ahhhh!  I really can’t say it enough, but I need fall to be here ASAP!  Anyway…  Have a good Monday!

Xxo

Melissa

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Jacket from H  & M I got it during their summer sale for $14 (Similar Here)

Jeans from Zara (Similar Here)

Top from Top Shop (Similar Here)

Shoes from Forever 21 (Similar Here) 

Wallet (Here)

Old Maid

Hello!  I’ve been doing a little thinking about the past 10 years of my life.  I love my life, but with school starting and all it makes me think of high school.  I know, I’m that person, but in high school I didn’t have any responsibilities or cares in the world besides cheer, dance and boys!  I’ve been alone this whole week because I am in Dallas for work.  I have a lot of time to myself and I was thinking would I have changed things in my life that lead me to this point?  The only thing I would have changed was being more serious about school.  I went to some college, but never graduated.  Sometimes I think I should go back, but I don’t want to be the old maid in all of her classes.  Plus I haven’t been back for so long that I would have to take some of my general classes again and I do not want to be old enough to be a Freshman’s mother! HAHA  I feel like if I would have finished school I would have a better sense and direction in my life.  Being an adult is fun, but sometimes I wish I was that 16-year-old cheerleader whose parents still paid for everything!  Anyway…  Sorry for the rant.  Being alone so much sometimes isn’t good because my brain goes a million miles an hour and thinks of all the what could have beens.  I hope you have a good Friday!

Xxo

Melissa

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Overalls Thrifted (Similar Here) & (Here)

Top Old From Brandy Melville (Similar Here)

Shoes (Here)

 

I’m Not A Morning Person

Happy Monday!  This tee describes me perfectly!  I have never been a morning person.  I’ve tried and I just can’t do it.  I am the person who hits snooze 10 times before they actually get up!  When I was in Jr. High and High School my mom had to get me up every morning.  I could not get up on my own and once I was up I would fall asleep in the shower for a good 15-20 minutes.  I don’t know what it is about mornings, but I hate them!  I can stay up all night, but when it comes to getting up I dread it!  A few weeks ago on a Sunday, Daniel was trying to get me up and I just wouldn’t.  First of all it was Sunday and I  don’t need to get up early.  He was so frustrated and told me that I wasted my day.  Maybe I did, but it felt so nice to sleep in!  If you were like me and now you’re a morning person please tell me what you did!  I would love to be chipper in the mornings and actually get things done!  Anyway…  Have a good day!

Xxo

Melissa

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Jeans (Similar Here)

Shoes (Here)

Backpack From Forever 21 Sold Out (One of my Favorites Here)