social media

Friday, December 5, 2014

Family Photos

 

A couple of weeks ago we got to do a family session for a friend from a long time ago! Every time we do a shoot I tell D, "We really need to take our own family photos!" Growing up it wasn't something we did officially, but now I see that it's really important (for our family, at least). There are so many details that you forget about yourself years down the road that are nice to document.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

$3 DIY Jewelry Box / Earring Organizer

DIY Earring & Jewelry Box | Confetti Dots Blog | http://www.confettidots.blogspot.com
DIY Earring & Jewelry Box | Confetti Dots Blog | http://www.confettidots.blogspot.com For years now, I'm not kidding, I've been looking for ways to organize earrings. I hate it when one earring goes missing!

This box fits rings and both stud & drop earrings; it's the perfect way to see your options at a glance! The foam and felt cost about $5 and I had foam left over to make 5 more boxes!

Click through for all the details!

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's December!


It hit me today that 2014 is almost over! It's exciting that another year has gone by and makes me question, "Where did 2014 go?" We've learned a lot this year, especially with moving across the country! Some highlights up to now...

- 1 college graduation
- 2-year wedding anniversary
- 7 jobs
- 1 BFA show
- become debt free!
- lived 3 different places
- packed everything we owned and could bring with in 16 boxes
- driven a whole lot of miles

This is our month of reflection - it lets us see the Lord's hand in our lives! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DIY: Freezing Fruits & Veggies

How to Freeze Fruit | Confetti Dots Blog | www.confettidots.blogspot.com

How to Freeze Fruit | Confetti Dots Blog | www.confettidots.blogspot.com

How to Freeze Fruit | Confetti Dots Blog | www.confettidots.blogspot.com

Once upon a time I got to make freezer meals with some friends and threw in lots of chopped carrots and potatoes. A week or so later we noticed that the carrots and potatoes turned black :( Little did I know that you can't freeze some produce without prepping it.

We got some pineapple on sale for smoothies! To freeze it, you have to flash freeze it first. This is so that all the pieces don't stick together later when you want a small amount.

Freezing Fruit
1. Chop your fruit (wash your berries)
2. Lay out the fruit on a cookie sheet
3. Freeze it for an hour or two
4. Pack the fruit in a freezer bag or containers

Freezing Vegetables
1. Wash your veggies
2. Boil some water in a pot (enough to cover the veggies)
3. Put your veggies in the boiling water and let the water come up to a boil. This should take a minute. 
4. Drain out the water and place the veggies in a bowl of ice water for about 5-10 minutes. This stops it from cooking further.
5. Pack in freezer bags or containers

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What makes me the happiest...

These last couple of days so many things have happened. A funeral for a family friend who has had a big influence in our family, pressure from people I don't know to take a job, really long interviews, lots of driving, freezing cold weather, noisy neighbors, doesn't sound like a lot... but we haven't had a whole lot of "free time". What has been comforting in every situation and given me the best perspective of life to get me through it all is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I haven't talked a whole lot about my beliefs on this blog but the Gospel is what has shaped me to be who I am today and explains a whole lot of other things :)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is pretty much the "collection" of everything that Christ has taught that can help us, and has helped me, live a more happy life. The teachings of Christ are principles of truth that can give us perspective about our lives - who we are, why we are here on Earth and why we exist, and what happens to us after death. I know that God lives and His son is Jesus Christ. I know they want the very best for us and that they can help us in any situation when we ask for their help! Knowing that they care about me fills me with joy. It's comforting to know that they listen to my prayers - that I can let them know how I feel! I'm just so happy to have that in my life.

To learn a little bit more about what I believe and why I live the way I do check out mormon.org! You won't regret it ;)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Working on...

Confetti Dots Blog | All Rights Reserved.


Well! Since last time we updated this little blog we've moved to an apartment and are still in the process of "moving in." Having sold most of everything we owned before driving across the country made things easy, but time consuming in starting again. It reminds me of when we first got married and all the help we've gotten in moving in; it's humbling.We saved a set of pots and pans from our wedding and got to open them here! Things we're working on:

+ Polishing up & building an Ikea dresser
+ Finishing unpacking
+ Stop working from home?
+ Coming up with more lunch & dinner ideas (suggestions welcome!)

Friday, September 19, 2014

10 Productivity Tips for Working From Home

10 Tips for Working From Home for Higher and Increased Productivity | Confetti Dots Blog

At the moment we both work from home! It's a lot harder than I first thought. I get to work in my pjs if I want and sleep in an extra hour since the office I work for is one hour behind our timezone (which is nice)! But sometimes it's hard to focus and not think of all the other fun stuff I want to do. If you're working from home here are some tips that have worked for us to increase productivity!

1. Set a time to get ready for the day & stick to it
The trick is to be consistent! I hold myself accountable if I am "late to work" by making up the time after everyone has gone home, just like you would in an office.

2. Dress for work.
As fun as working in your pjs can be, it's doesn't always equate to being productive or professional. The way you dress can really affect the way you act - last thing you want to do is get a Skype call in your pjs.

3. Eat breakfast
Otherwise you'll be snacking all day.

4. Have a workspace dedicated to work
Working on your laptop is nice for the first day, but your productivity will go up if you're at a desk. Make sure your workspace is clean and uncluttered, this will help reduce distraction.

5. Have plenty of (natural) light
I've noticed that I am happier with natural light coming in from a big window! I feel more awake, productive, and bright. It's a good balance for your eyes from starring at a computer screen all day, too. If you haven't tried this, I dare you to!

6. Plan your meals & snacks
Crockpots are great, but making a sandwich can be therapeutic, too! I love being able to eat real food on a plate and not out of a plastic container or baggy. Have snacks handy and measure them in a cup to make sure you don't munch the whole day.

7. Eat lunch at the dinner table
Or wherever you have meals at home. The goal is to get away from the computer.

8. Have a notepad
If you like multitasking (but find that you're not super productive), write your tasks down and break them up into realistic tasks. Notepads are great for jotting down things you remember you have to do later. I like writing down big things I have to get done that day and sometimes prioritize them with a number.

9. Block out social media
(Ignore this bit if your job is social media.) If you're online for work, opening a new tab to get on Facebook or Instagram only takes a second! Use a site blocker that blocks those sites during certain hours. Another easy thing to do is sign out of all those social media sites so that if you want to get on them, you have to go through the hassle of signing in!

10. Go home after work!
Just like you did at your office job, it's good to treat your time at home like you're at home. Turn off your computer and unplug.

We want to know how you get things done at home! Let us know in a comment below.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

3 YEARS AGO TODAY

Copyright Confetti Dots Blog. All Rights Reserved.

(^ This photo was a tender mercy... or that's what I call it! It was taken by a photographer for the school paper the night we met! It was published in the school paper the following Tuesday :)

Three years ago, today, is one of our favorite days! It's the day we met three years ago! I remember it being an all-around, great day! So many exclamation marks!

Every Sunday evening, students at BYU-I gather to sing hymns under the stadium. It was a great way to end the Sabbath and to start the week for me.We both walked in, one after another, and stood near each other and made small talk in between songs. It sounded like we liked everything the other person liked! I remember being a little shy and feeling like I had to turn my head up so high to see D's face because he's way taller than me.

Three years ago, today, I happily walked to my apartment with the biggest smile on my face. My roommates asked if I had met someone special because they saw me smiling the rest of the night. I told them I had just seen "a friend from last semester" (and "all semesters of life to come!" ;).

Three years ago, today, I met my husband.

Monday, September 15, 2014

ON A JOB HUNT

Chicago architecture columns


We love freelance work! We keep making notes of things we want to do when we have our own studio someday. There's just so much variety and it's nice that people trust what you're doing. We've been blessed to have people ask D to work for them even though they've never met in person. The more I think about it the less it makes sense. We truly feel that the Lord has been watching out for us during this whole post-grad transition!

Today's interview went really well - and it was in a really nice location close to the lake.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

LIFE HAPPENS...

rexburg

moving

rexburg temple

rexburg temple

I used to think that when someone says "life happens" something bad happened or something that wasn't in their plan of how things should work out. But now that I'm sitting down and thinking about it... life happens because it just does! Life can be good and not so great other times!

Life for us has been busy, happy, stressful, exhausting, scary, friendly, nerve-wracking, exciting, not-so-exciting, and everything in between... just all in a really small amount of time!

We made the big trek eastward to Chicago! It not only took 2 days to drive... but almost a month to pack up. I thought I had it all planned out and that it would be a breeze... but life happens and you're not the only one with a plan! We ended up selling everything we could possibly sell and packing everything we possibly could! It was stressful - but we both felt so relieved and achieved at the end! We both learned a lot about ourselves and each other - and for that I'm grateful because it wouldn't have happened any other way.

Things we miss most about Rexburg: late summer light, the Temple, mountain air, the calm even when there's traffic, the stars

More updates to come before this post becomes a novel!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

PATTERNS 11: PEOPLE

www.confettidots.blogspot.com
It's fun to come across pattern with people in them! These are some of my favorite that I've come across. See more on my Pattern board.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

PATTERNS 10: STRIPES

www.confettidots.blogspot.com
Stripes will never go out of style... I hope! I love stripes on clothes, stationery, stamps, wrapping paper and almost everything! The possibilities are endless when you add a pop of color.

1. Orange Pink | 2. Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper | 3. Vertical black & white | 4. Pink | 5. Vintage | 6. Hot pink

See more patterns on the Pattern board on Pinterest!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

PATTERNS 9: WATERCOLOR

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

I've always loved watercolor! It's something really hard for me to do (or even trying to paint with watercolor). I love how delicate the colors can be... and my favorite: how you can layer color! Check these patterns out!

1. Balloons | 2. Triangles | 3. Rose | 4. Abstract Yellow | 5. Flowers | 6. Diamonds

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Getting ready for an art show!

It's crazy to think that almost a year ago David and I were looking at some design BFA projects and imagining what it is that David would do for his! It went by so fast! Tonight he's setting up his display and we couldn't be more happy that he's almost done! It's exhausting especially with the summer heat.

If you're in Rexburg you should swing by to see the hard work and talent of more art students (more than other semesters that I've seen!)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

PATTERNS 8: RED, WHITE & BLUE INDEPENDENCE

www.confettidots.blogspot.com
It's almost the 4th of July! I think it's a fun holiday. We're headed to our last 4th of July parade in (this) town!

What are you up to?

1. Holli Zollinger | 2. Johanna Sasse | 3. Akimoto | 4. 60's Triangles | 5. Red Flowers | 6. Martin Isaac

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

IT'S JULY!

peony flower july confetti dots blog

(Photo: Taken last July 1st.)

I love July! But I had no idea it would come around this fast. I can't believe we're more than half-way through the year already!

July has always been the busiest month of the year for my family... ever since I can remember. This is what's happening this July:

1. David's BFA Graphic Design Show
2. David's graduation & my graduation anniversary (we will have graduated the same day, 1 year apart!)
3. My golden birthday (on his graduation!)
4. My mom's birthday (2 days after graduation)
5. Our 2 year wedding anniversary (on my mom's birthday)
6. Moving somewhere - we don't know where!

By the end of this month our lives will have changed quite a bit... and we hope we know where we're going, too, because our lease ends soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

PATTERNS 7: THE ZOO

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

Going to zoos in the summer is a favorite pastime. I like watching kids at the zoo point in excitement at EVERY animal they see - whether it's eating, walking, yawning, sleeping, etc. Little kids are the best!

1. Grizzly bears | 2. Flamingoes | 3. Cheetahs | 4. Swans | 5. Panthers | 6. Foxes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A MATERNITY SHOOT!

www.facebook.com/ClaytonPhotoDesign | All Rights Reserved.
(Photo by Clayton Photo + Design)

This last weekend I got to shoot a mom-and-dad-to-be and their cute baby bump! I met Vanessa when I was 7 or 8 years old. She's a really nice girl and I'm so happy they're going to have their baby next month! I loved how their photos turned out. Now to finish editing them before the baby gets here!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PATTERNS 6: SUMMER

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

In 2 days it will officially be summer! I like summer because of the fun things that happen, but really don't like extreme heat... but it's better than freezing Idaho winters - so no complaints there :) All the patterns for this week are things that remind me of summer. A lot have to do with the beach and water. One thing you might not know is that I really don't like going to the beach or swimming, yet all those things remind me of summer! Cheers!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

PATTERNS 5: CITRUS FRUIT

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

I love how there are patterns that happen naturally in fruit - especially citrus. I have no idea how each little sac of juice (just had to look that up... forgive my lack of citrus anatomy vocab) fits in together and what tells it to grow that way... but I'm sure it happens so we can enjoy it!

1. Blueberries | 2. Citrus | 3. Grapefruit | 4. Pomegranate | 5. Blood Oranges | 6. Lemons

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I LOVE FRESH STARTS!


I love starting something out clean because there are so many possibilities of good things that can happen. Life has taken a little turn with a new job today! Everyone was really friendly and I really like that it's a collaborative environment where the walls are covered in dry erase boards (a dream come true for me!) and most of the space is open so you can think, breathe, and chat.

p.s. My apologies for lack of portrait posts even though I have the photos!

Monday, June 9, 2014

GREEN IS EVERYWHERE!

http://confettidots.blogspot.com | All Rights Reserved.

Last weekend I took a stroll around some pretty, green trees and plants. Everything is green! I love this time of the year and how fast everything can change in a week's time. I only wish the blossoms on flowering trees were still around - but for now there's plenty of green to enjoy!

(graphic by Confetti Dots)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

PATTERNS 4: DOTS

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

Dots are the best! They're such a simple shape, but they go a long way. I like that they can make anything feel like it's a party.

1. Dots on beige | 2. Party dots | 3. White dots on blue | 4. Stamped dots | 5. Yellow polka | 6. Pink dots

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Portrait: Emily

http://confettidots.blogspot.com | All Rights Reserved.

Meet Emily. She is currently making two costumes for The Shoemaker's Holiday by Thomas Dekker.


"I think if I had to describe a long term goal in say three words, I would say Cookie Baking Grandma. It just encompasses the hope of getting married in the temple and learning to have loving influence on others. I am passionate about learning. There is so much I am learning right now in school, and it just makes me see how what I am learning relates to other things that I want to find out about. I love making things and learning about crafts, it doesn't matter whether it just is hand sewing or using a drill or a saw, I want to know."

Monday, June 2, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY & A PHOTO SERIES

www.confettidots.blogspot.com | All Rights Reserved.


Today I took a portrait of a man named David. He wears a white shirt and tie 6 days out of the week.

As much as I like doing new things, I also like having patterns or things that stay the same - like traditions. But this post isn't about traditions.

For a little over a year I've been telling David I want something to shoot everyday (or almost every day). Physical objects get too boring sometimes because they don't change like people do. People are my favorite to photograph because they have so many emotions, they change over time, and they have stories to tell.

Everytime we photograph a family, a couple or anyone, we think to ourselves,
"They're going to be looking at these photos when they're way older. They're going to remember today by this photo." 
This makes it really hard when we curate our shoots because we want people to have every moment we captured. Even the silly faces are part of people are and are definitely something to remember years later! I keep thinking about our trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and all the painted portraits they have. Back in the 1700s they didn't have cameras and only a few privileged people could get their portraits done and that's all we have left of what they looked like.

I've decided to start a new photo series where I will simply take people's portrait - nothing super fancy. I'm not sure what I want the portraits to say, but I want to capture something about the person. Hopefully this project will lead me to photograph people I don't know!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Claude Monet

www.confettidots.blogspot.com




Photo: ^ Lily Pads by Claude Monet... the texture is to die for!

We've decided that when we grow up and have a house we would like to live across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago... or something like that. During our spring break trip to Chicago this last April we got to visit this magical place and didn't want to leave. We stayed until closing when they locked the front doors and were turning off the lights. Our feet were about to fall off from walking all day. It was wonderful!

More photos to come :) Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

PATTERNS 3: KALEIDOSCOPE

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

Growing up kaleidoscopes always kept us entertained, but I don't remember whatever happened to them. It's like they disappeared! They would keep us quiet except for the part when we wanted to show each other the cool pattern we made. I think they're an awesome toy, especially because all you need is light - no batteries! Check these patterns out...

1. & 3. Abstracteidoscope | 2. Johanna Sasse | 4. & 6. Ying Yan | 5. Ella Moe

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY + PIZZA RECIPE!

All Rights Reserved. | www.confettidots.blogspot.com


I love the holidays because it means I get to spend most of the day with D! He's been pretty busy with his BFA project and work. We had horrible dreams at night and didn't get to go hiking with some friends but got to sleep in! To make the day a little more special I had the brilliant idea to make pizza on a really warm day with the apartment at 75+ F degrees! Some friends asked for the recipe I used to make it... it was really yummy if you wanna make it yourself.

I love that with homemade pizza you can put anything on it for toppings and it gets me to use basics that I already have at home. I used this pizza dough recipe and modified it, so this is what I used:

Pizza Dough 
Makes 2-12 inch pizzas!

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup 30% ultragrain flour (it's healthier :)
1 envelope of yeast
1 cup very warm water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 pinches of sugar
2 tablespoons (vegetable) oil

Directions
1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast, 2 pinches of sugar and the warm water for about 10 minutes until the yeast is creamy. I usually just cover the bowl to keep the warmth in.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Then add the yeast mixture and oil and mix in a mixer or with a spoon until you have a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until it's soft and stays together (no more than 3 minutes).

3. In the same bowl that you mixed the dough, sprinkle in some flour to place the dough in it. Cover tightly with a plastic bag and let rise for 10-15 minutes.

4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into 2-12 inch circles or 1-14 inch circle and place on your baking sheet. Put on whatever toppings you'd like and bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until done.
(The dough seemed to stay the same thickness in the oven as before I put it in... so you can pick how thick you want the crust.)

Toppings (for 2-12in pizzas)
2 cups pasta sauce
2 1/2 or 3 cups cheese
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, slices
1 small can mushrooms, stems and pieces sliced
1-2 handfuls of spinach, sliced
8-10 slices canadian bacon or ham

Feel free to put any toppings you like - the spinach doesn't taste like anything when baked and the red pepper was sliced thinner than fajita style so the flavor is simply sweet!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PATTERNS 2: FLORA

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

I love how many flowers there are in the spring and summer time. If only it was like this year round!

1. Floral heart | 2. Pink watercolor flowers | 3. Pink roses | 4. Wildflowers | 5. Emerald peonies | 6. Pink poppies

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

LAST SATURDAY

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

www.confettidots.blogspot.com


The flowering trees have blooming so beautifully around here and every time I see them I tell myself I'm going to take photos of them and then never do. Spring comes and goes quickly here in Rexburg. It comes a little later than it does in Utah and can be bipolar with hail and snow, but it's my favorite season here. 

My beautiful sister and I got to have a picnic under beautiful apple blossoms full of humming bees! They're peaceful if you don't bother them. It's nice to sit under the shade of trees with a nice breeze and a blue, sunny sky and to be still and listen to the bees so busy at work. For a moment we thought it was snowing because the breeze brought down a lot white flower petals!

P.S. It's totally possible that it can snow here in May... it's happened.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

PATTERNS: A NEW SERIES, #1

www.confettidots.blogspot.com

I love finding patterns! I decided to put them all in one place with a Patterns series. If you want to see other patterns I find throughout the week feel free to follow my Pattern board on Pinterest!

There's more to enjoy in these patterns than just the repetition.

1. Swimmers / 2. Watercolor flowers / 3. Sailboats / 4. Flower Sky / 5. Block Print Circles / 6. Blue foliage

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Break

All Rights Reserved.


I love Spring Break! We got to see our family and spend time with them. I don't know what I would do without my family; they are my everything.

During our break it was so nice to be away from the internet and social media. I’m realizing that a few years ago my personal life was just fine without it and sometimes even happier. Sometimes I find myself wasting away precious time scrolling through Facebook’s infinite scrolling pages and having to do something or anything on social media. [In web development, Facebook does have something called an “infinite scroll” which means that the scrolling is indeed infinite.] Half of the things I see on there have nothing to do with me and the other half is trash people repost from other sites (maybe 5% of things on there I care about).

The only reason I have accounts on those networks is to keep in touch with friends and family from time to time. But I have found that my mood changes when I'm online. I feel negative, restless, and sometimes feel put down because I didn't post about our fantabulous date like everyone else did on Saturday night or didn't snap a photo to show for it or I want things now and fast.

I've finally decided to write about it to get it out and to hold myself accountable to do something about it. I found a talk by Gerald J. Causse called “We Are the Architects of Our Own Happiness.” He outlines some principles that can bring happiness regardless of challenges and surprises in life.

1. Recognize Your Personal Worth
He says, “Often the feeling we have of our personal worth is based on the love and interest we receive from those around us. Yet this love is sometimes lacking. The love of men is often imperfect, incomplete, and selfish. However, the love of God is perfect, complete, and selfless.”

The love of my family is so good and makes me so happy. I know that God loves His children perfectly. Gerald J. Causse asks, “Imagine the impact it would have in your life to understand your eternal potential as God understands it. If you could view yourself through His eyes, what influence would that have on your life?”

2. Become Who You Are
“… if you were now to receive a letter from your past, what would it say? …. One of the great adventures of life is that of finding out who we really are, where we came from, and then living consistently in harmony with our identity and the purpose of our existence.”

3. Trust in God’s Promises
“I love these motivating words of President Thomas S. Monson: “The future is as bright as your faith.”9 Our success and happiness in life depend in great part on the faith and trust we have that the Lord will lead and guide us to fulfill our destiny.

The greatest thing we can desire in life is to align our will to the will of the Lord—to accept His agenda for our lives. He knows everything from the beginning, has a perspective that we don't have, and loves us with an infinite love.”

4. The Future is As Bright as Your Faith
“Your happiness depends a lot more on the principles that you choose to follow than the external circumstances of your life.

You have dreams and goals? That’s good! Work with all your heart to accomplish them. Then let the Lord do the rest. He will lead you where you cannot lead yourself; He will make you into what you cannot make of yourself.”

Today there are a lot of things that I want to do that can helped by social media and the internet – but the tricky part is using those tools correctly without them distracting me from doing what I wanted to do in the first place. I love that these principles are helping me get back in control of my vision for personal projects and goals!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

FOCUS

All Rights Reserved.

As of late I feel free - like I can do anything and knowing that I can. It's a good feeling - and one I've been longing to have. All growing up young children are taught (or at least I was) that I could do anything I wanted when I grew up. I never chose something super specific aside from wanting to become a mother someday and to be just like my parents - loving and a hard-worker. I just know I want to be a good person and to take care of my husband, family, and friends. All you need to do anything you want is focus.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's Spring!

It’s officially spring and it feels so good! It’s been so sunny and the skies have been blue all day long. It’s been so bright that on Friday I turned off my alarm and got to work 1 hour late thinking it was Saturday. We even shot our first spring engagement session this year! Woohoo!

Things have been a little relaxed - but we know it’s not going to last long. Spring break is coming up and we’re headed to CHICAGO! We decided we weren’t going to be able to go and then we got a really great deal on tickets. I haven’t back since our first, married Christmas (2012). It’s going to be a good Spring!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Where to next?

All Rights Reserved.It's almost spring. And then it's almost summer. And then it's time to go somewhere, but we're not sure where. There's moments when it's really strange to think we're probably not going to live in the same apartment come August or live here to see another winter. A lot of people complain about where we live - but we love it. It's such a quiet, peaceful, and mostly kind place. It's where we haven't had too many distractions to build our foundation as a family. This could have been done anywhere else, but I am so glad it was in Rexburg. I'm really going to miss this beautiful place and all its sunsets. I love how open it is and how I can just breathe. I feel like on an airplane and as a passenger I don't know where the plane is going to arrive. It's both scary and exciting all at the same time! So I've decided I'll just enjoy the ride for now.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

PRINTABLE CMYK TO-DO LIST

Confetti Dots Blog | All Rights Reserved.

It seems the only way to get things done around here is with a to-do list. It's hard for me to say something is done until I can cross it off or check it off with my own hands instead of deleting a few words on my computer. I have a problem with too many little slips of paper floating around so I designed this printable, functional to-do list. I think I'll make it a notepad to stick on the fridge to satisfy my craving to design and print something!

Click here to download a Printable CMYK To-Do List!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I miss rainy days in the city.

All Rights Reserved.


It's been a few days it will be more than a year and a half since I've been to this beautiful city. I miss the sound of the rainwater on the street as cars drive through big and small potholes and puddles. For some reason even though the streets are busy during rush hour, the rain makes everything calm. It's soothing and makes me forget about the chaos. The wet streets softly reflect the orange and red traffic lights and make for a warm glow.

When it rains in the city time feels like it's slowing down - even the train ride is less chaotic. Everyone is wet and sits still as the train rocks from side to side. Nothing else matters because you know you'll get home and take all your wet things off and sit on the couch too lazy to get up to make something warm.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Finds: Valentine's Day!

All Rights Reserved.


Here are some of my favorite last-minute, Valentine's Day ideas!


1. Make an ordinary breakfast look extraordinary with instructions here.
2. A simple craft: heart cross-stitch on 52 Weeks Project.
3. Add some hearts to your cheesecake!
4. Yummy red velvet crepes for brunch!
5. 2 Easy gift wrap ideas on The House That Lars Built.
6. Super easy honeycomb heart by You Are My Fave.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

DIY: 10 Minute Heart Garland

All Rights Reserved.


I love garlands! They make for a nice pop in any room and are really easy and quick to make. This is what you'll need...

Click through for instructions...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Let The Games Begin!



It's time for the Sochi 2014 Olympic games! It's so exciting to see athletes at their best after so many years of preparation! Here's some of my favorite ideas to celebrate. (might I add that #5 is my FAVORITE!)

1. Bake a ski mountain cake by You Are My Fave.
2. If you have some batter left, try frosting some flaming torch cupcakes like Heather Christo.
3. DIY ski doll toppers out of clothespins on Spoonful.
4. Make your own Olympic gold medals with a tutorial by Snowdrop and Company.
5. Watch a fun, little stop motion video for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games by David Clayton.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Finds

All Rights Reserved.


1. A beautiful documentary on die printing by Perrott. (It's really short).
2. I'm obsessed with this witty, bottle package design by Anastasia Shtern
3. A warm, Scandinavian Almond cake with hot chocolate would be perfect for a wintry night on Outside Oslo.
4. Easy DIY vegetable stamp posters on A Subtle Revelry.
5. I'm in love with A Subtle Revelry decorating a bundt cake like a donut.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday Morning: Cereal.

All Rights Reserved.

Every morning I pour some milk in a plastic cup with a spoon and take it work, along a gallon-size, Ziploc bag packed with cereal that I hope will last me through Friday. I've had cereal for breakfast ever since I can remember. People must like cereal for them to be eating it as long as I have. There's so many interesting flavors throughout the years and some cool designs on the box; those were my favorite! Especially the ones with facts-about-the-world-that-you-need-to-know and then could go back to school and let everyone know that you're losing calories when you sleep so you should take a nap instead of go to gym class to take a written test printed on moist paper, washed-out, purple ink about basketball with Mr. Walker. (Whoa, folks! That was a paragraph-long-sentence right there!)

Today I got to eat my cereal in a bowl and look at the box at the same time! That's what Saturday mornings are for.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2014!

January 2014! I never imagined this year. Or any of the 2000’s when I was little. I like the feeling of a fresh start with new folders on my computer, a new number when I write a date, and a semi-new start at work. It turns out I am heading a department and designing its infrastructure… how things are going to happen in the company! Never done that before! It’s exciting and scary all at the same time. I've been researching nonstop and feel like I’m in school again. It’s quite a nostalgic feeling.

I’m excited to meet the new people around us since 2/3 of the population changes here every 3.5 months when a new semester starts! We will see what this year brings! And I’ll let you know!