Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pillow talk

I bought this cute new pillow on sale at CB2. 

I've been wanting this pillow for a while, but the price tag is $70, yikes!

So I was excited to see this one on sale.  I haven't found the best spot for it yet, I'm still rotating it around the house, so no picture of it in my house.  But I'm excited about my new purchase.  I can't stop looking for new things for the house.  I've lost my passion for clothes shopping now, and all I want to do is hop for my house.  Do you go through shopping spurts like that too? 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mormon Night

This weekend we went to "Mormon Night at the Padres" with the family.  We all ate everything the park had to offer from garlic fries to red vines.  The Padres honored our "Mormon Helping Hands" by having a large group of those that participated on the field.  Then the San Diego Mormon Chorale sang the national anthem, it was so amazing!  There were so many Mormons that night that the stadium went from an average attendance of 20,000 to 38,000.  Wowie!  Mormons know how to support their baseball teams.

 A series of scary faces from Braeden

 Best view from a stadium.  Love my city.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Here are some cool pics from our tour yesterday.  We got a few ideas for our future home, but overall we're not all about modern, but we like to incorporate it into our home.  I don't know if you've noticed but we like to blend styles.  I'd say our style would be considered "traditional modern" or "eclectic" is the technical interior design term.

 House No. 2 - Our favorite house of the tour

 Master Retreat

 Their fence facing the street had cute planter boxes
 House No. 3
 Their front yard had this huge play area.
This wood paneling was through out the house.
Most of the homes had large sliding doors that completely opened up the house, and brought the outside in.  Can't wait to put these doors in our home.  If we can afford it.

House No. 6
I love the carrera marble countertops and the wooden drawer. 

The loft on the second floor.
Cow hides are everywhere, and so was this Eames chair.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dwell House Tour

We're going to Dwell's annual House tour in LA today.  We're excited to take pictures and be inspired for our future home.  And it's just fun to go through these beautiful and expensive homes.  Pictures to come.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Must must must see!

Ryan and I saw this last weekend, and if I didn't want to go to Paris enough before, now I'm desperate! We weren't too clear on the plot from the preview, but we were so happy with the story line. It's surprisingly clean too. I'm ready to live a few months in paris eating French food and exploring the art, music and culture. You'll love this movie!

Friday, June 10, 2011


I was going through an online design magazine and came across these adorable kids furniture.  You'll easily be spending between $1,500 and $2,000 to buy one of these beds, but aren't they too cute?  I love home shopping and decorating, and looking at kid's furniture makes me even happier.

So cute.  I can totally see any one of these in my house.  Too bad they cost an arm and a leg.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Must reads.

I've been able to read four books in the last 3 weeks and it's been awesome.  Here are some you might like to pick up for your summer reading.

 A sequel to her other book Shanghai Girls.  Such an great story and insight into China's history.  You'll be shocked at what the Chinese have endured.
 A truly amazing and spiritually uplifting book.  I don't usually read church books, but this one was too inspiring to pass up.  You'll be crying by page 20.
Another historical fiction.  Such a "bitter and sweet" book about the life of the Japanese Americans during World War II.  You won't be able to put it down.

If you have any books you can suggest for me please do!  Happy reading!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Gifts a plenty.

My family was sweet enough to get me some graduation gifts.  Even though them coming and having a sleep over and luncheon together was the best gift.  Here are some pics of the exciting and thoughtful things they gave me.

 My brother and his wife and family gave this adorable journal.  As I close a door on one part of my life and enter in a new one, I'm looking forward to writing about what new and exciting things that will happen.
And my parents and sister gave me these Dr. Seuss books.  A traditional graduation book, Oh the Places You'll Go (my mom also added a sweet personal message inside, something she's always done when giving a special book), and three of my other favorite Dr. Seuss books to add to my growing children's book collection.  What a sweet family I have.  They've been the best cheerleaders. 


Last night I was able to go to my good friend Deborah's baby shower.  After having two boys, her and her husband decided to be surprised on their third and were blessed with a sweet baby girl!  Her name is Zalie Ann, and like all newborns is soooo precious.  My friend Christy threw the shower for her and we all got together last night to celebrate and shower her new little girl with tons of cute clothes and accessories.  It's just the best passing around a new baby girl and oohing and aahing over cute baby clothes.

 The deliciously large vanilla cake with coconut frosting.  Courtesy of the famous Rhonda Riley.  So so good, as always.  

How cute is she?