Friday, May 31, 2013

An Anniversary....

 Time really does fly by......

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Five years ago on this day May 31, 2008, I had one of the best days of my life. I married my best friend and we've had so many experiences (both good and bad/hard) since then and since we met 12 years ago. We had a beautiful small wedding in Salt Lake City and it was such a fun day of laughter, tears, family, friends, food, and dancing. 

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I feel like the wedding industry has gotten so out of hand these days. I'm sure once I have kids I'll realize it's the same way with the baby market too. There are so many things marketed to you that you don't need. In my opinion the wedding day is truly about one thing: celebrating the love and commitment that the couple is making to each other. The day should be a celebration about the couple surrounded by those in their lives that support them the most. It's just one day. Marriage is not an easy thing, hence one of the reasons why there is such a high number of divorces that occur. It's hard work and most average couples have to worry about so many things when they get married: financial stability, day-day responsibilities, fulfilling jobs, health and fitness. While those worries can be very stressful, those struggles also help to make you stronger as a couple because you have to work together (if you choose) to make those things happen. 

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For you learn that truly one of the best things in life is to be loved by someone, and for you to love them back with your whole heart. Happy 5 year Anniversary Jake!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!

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I don't usually share food holidays with you all but this is a special one. It's also one that I think should be celebrated any time, or any day of the year! It's National Chocolate Chip Day and to help you celebrate I made these vegan chocolate cookies.......really it was just a good excuse to make some cookies and I was craving chocolate. These are incredibly easy and utilize a lot of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies 

½ cup coconut oil 
1 cup brown sugar 
¼ cup almond milk 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
2 cups flour  (I used King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
½ teaspoon salt 
1 cup vegan chocolate chips (I didn't have vegan chips so just regular went in!)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Cream together the coconut oil & brown sugar, then add the almond milk & vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine the wet & dry ingredients, then fold in the chocolate morsels & any other mix-ins of your choosing. Roll into Tbsp sized balls & place them on an ungreased cookie sheet, then flatten them out a bit with your palm. The dough may be a little crumbly, but just smoosh it together and it will work fine! Bake for 7-10 minutes. (9 minutes seemed just right!)


Enjoy the cookies!!! 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Goodbye 20's, Hello 30's!!!

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 So today is my 30th Birthday! I must say I'm excited for the next decade and what it will bring. I had a wonderful time in my 20's, lots happened, good and bad but that is life I suppose. Last week, was one of the hardest of my twenties. My husband and I found out that our little Siena had some horrible type of cancer and we had to put her down. I've still been a mess lately but I know that we gave her the best love and life we could for six wonderful years.  photo b4c9faf4-f7be-4fbd-8b8f-c98143183e28_zpsa0aab7ae.jpg

    It's weird to think about the last decade and all that has happened in that time..........

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I truly met my best friend at The University of Utah and we got married almost five years ago (but have been together almost 11 years!). This was us on our honeymoon in Santa Barbara!

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I was fortunate enough to achieve my dream job by dancing for a professional modern dance company for six wonderful years. I didn't make a lot of money but I got to travel to so many places around the US, and to France and Italy.

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 On one tour, another dream came true by touring to my hometown of Anchorage, Alaska! When I was a young dancer, I always would watch touring shows come to town and would tell myself, "someday, I'll be on that stage!" It was a cold tour but definitely fun for me!

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This was on my last tour to France last year. I have such a great dance family with people who are so accomplished in the arts and live all over the world.

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This crazy but sweet guy came in to our lives last year! Our Bandit is a lot of work and has a lot of energy but I'm so glad to have him as buddy. He's my little shadow!

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Last year, my husband graduated with his MBA! Can you tell I'm very proud! After pretty much living all of my twenties in Utah we moved to CA this year......and it's been a great adventure!

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We were in Napa last weekend (I'll do a travel journal post soon) for a pre-30th celebration and had to stop at Bouchon Bakery in Yountville for a birthday cake macaron!

It's been great 20's but 30's I'm ready to embrace you!



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