Saturday, March 26, 2011

Etsy Finds

I think Livy Love Designs might be my new favorite Etsy shop.

  I'm dying for this:

and this:

and I adore this:

I found the Diet Coke one here this morning.  I will definitely be at the Bijou Market on April 8th.   

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Eleven News at Noon

Here is my show from today!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

OLE! ole, ole, ole...


To get an adequate idea of what my first professional soccer experience was like please sing the title of this post with a slightly hispanic accent at the top of your lungs.  

Wasn't that fun?!

Well I thought so anyway.  

I'm way late in posting these pictures because I'm a total procrastinator.  A couple of weeks ago Erik took me to my first Real Salt Lake game.  He is a HUGE soccer fan and has been talking about this game for weeks.  One day we were sitting in my kitchen and I was babbling about some kind of nonsense having very serious discussion when all of the sudden he got silent.  So of course I said, "What's wrong?  What are you thinking about?"  And he responds, "Soccer."  And let me tell you, Erik is normally a very above average listener for a boy so that shows just how much he LOVES soccer.

Now I've never been a soccer fact for most of my life I thought it was super boring to watch. I'm more of a baseball girl (and no snickering please...I am well aware that many people think baseball is super boring...but I assure you, it's not).  But I'm always way into trying new things and decided that if Erik loves soccer I can learn to love it too.  To get me in the spirit of things he even surprised me with a sweet RSL scarf.  Apparently scarves are a tradition in soccer and you're supposed to hold them up whenever your team scores, so I fit right in at Rio Tinto.  

And after going to the game I'll admit...I think Erik has converted me to soccer.  It was sooooo fun!!!  I kind of dig the atmosphere at a soccer game.  The supporters groups are awesome -- chanting and singing the whole time. One of the groups practically had an entire marching band with them.   And to make it even better  RSL beat Columbus Crew 4-1 in the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions league (I still don't totally understand the whole tournament process but apparently this win was a very good thing...and they beat Saprissa last night 2-0..woot, woot).  

I definitely foresee more soccer in my future.  In fact Erik and I are hitting up Rio Tinto on the 26th for the regular season home opener against the LA Galaxy.  I might have a slight ulterior motive for this one -- the very dreamy David Beckham happens to play for the Galaxy.  I'm hoping he'll have to take his shirt off for some reason...did I just say that? Yes...yes I did.  I also think Kyle Beckerman is kind of dreamy in a sort of Bob Marley meets Captain Jack Sparrow meets fabulous soccer player kind of way.  

But anywho...enough of my rambling about ultra attractive soccer plaers.  Here is a video and some pics from our night of fun.

Erik is super serious about this whole soccer thing.  
The view from our seats.

Smoke coming from the sweet supporters section.  

I made Erik take a bunch of pictures with me even though he HATES it.  Aren't we adorable?

(p.s. On a completely unrelated note...I'm starting to think this whole blogging thing is a really good idea.  Erik and I were supposed to meet for dinner last night at Jimmy John's but he called and suggested we go to Chick-fil-A instead.  He had totally just read this post.  I told him that from now on I'll be posting about really expensive gifts and such.  Ladies, I'm telling you.  Get on this bandwagon now.  Apparently I'm not the only one this has unintentionally worked for.)


So I'm getting on the bandwagon and I got a Bloglovin account.  What can I say...I'm totally blog obsessed and I couldn't resist yet another way to find and follow awesome blogs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Eleven News at Noon

Here is my newscast from today!  I anchored the show today and put together a package that I shot a while back.  Go to 9:17 to see my story about Ogden-based Whirlybird Helicopters.  Whirlybird owner Adam Wilkerson started a program called Inches for Hours.  Aspiring pilots get a free hour of flight if they donate their hair to Locks of Love.  I spent a really fun afternoon with the guys at Whirlybird and I even got to go on a helicopter ride!  They are a great bunch of pilots, and not that I'm an expert or anything, but I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to take flying lessons.  They are always doing their best to give back to the community and on March 26th and 27th they are teaming up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for an open house at their Ogden and Spanish Fork locations.  It goes from 9am-8pm both days and they'll donate $5 a ride to the foundation.  So go check it out and take a ride in a helicopter!  I sure you'll have as much fun as I did! And to find out more about Whirlybird go here.  
  For my package I also interviewed a darling girl named Alexis who received a wig from Locks of Love.  I really enjoyed meeting Alexis and her mom Lara.  Alexis is a very strong nine-year-old who lost her hair at age 5 from a disease called Alopecia.  For anyone who doesn't know about Locks of Love -- they make wigs out of donated hair and give them to children suffering from long-term hair loss.  It is a great organization and the wigs mean so much to the kids who receive them.  I've known quite a few people who have donated their hair and if mine actually grew faster than an inch a year I would participate as well.  For more info on Locks of Love and for instructions on how to donate go here.  

I hope you enjoy the show!

Design Sponge

So I just discovered the awesome "Living In" column at  Writer Amy Merrick (who also has a really gorgeous blog of her own) posts products inspired by her favorite movies and books.  She has some absolutely fabulous things on the website.  I had fun browsing through the posts and remembering some of my very favorite movies.  Here are the ones I was particularly fond of:

Something's Gotta Give (Diane Keaton's Hampton estate is hands down my favorite house in a mom's too...we're kind of obsessed with it actually)
Sleepless in Seattle (so classic)
Sense and Sensibility (i kind of adore Alan Rickman in this)
Sixteen Candles (she even posted an awesome pair of plaid panties)
Fried Green Tomatoes (i just saw this movie for the first time a few weeks ago and totally loved it)
Jaws (this movie might be the reason that this SoCal girl did not spend much time at the beach as a caused my mother to be terrified of sharks...even if they look completely fake)
The Breakfast Club (love, love, love this movie)
Pride and Prejudice (the Kiera Knightly version...which happens to be my favorite version...despite being a Jane Austen devotee I just can't sit through the six-hour Colin Firth version...and the cinematography in this one is GORGEOUS)
A League of Their Own (i always cry at the end of this movie despite Tom Hanks' admonition: "there's no crying in baseball!!")
The Red Shoes (does anyone else remember this movie? my friend Jessie and I LOVED it when we were kids and aspiring dancers...ok Jessie actually was a dancer...i was the aspiring one)
A Christmas Story (and yes...she did post a leg lamp...epic win)
Romeo and Juliet (the Baz Luhrmann version that I adore...I know it's a strange movie but I can't help loving it.  my friend Karen and I used to watch it and just fawn over Leo)
National Velvet (my mom's favorite movie of all time)
Dirty Dancing (nobody puts baby in a corner)
The Parent Trap (let's get together, yeah, yeah, yeah...)
Big (she even found a Zoltar machine!)

Ok, so I might have gotten carried away with my list of favorites.  I'm sort of indecisive and I couldn't choose just one or two...or four or five for that matter.  There was just too much fun stuff!  But head on over to Design Sponge for yourself and happy browsing!  I think I'll go watch a movie and fantasize about decorating my dream house someday.  


I haven't gotten crazy into Jimmermania but I can definitely appreciate a good Jimmer quote/joke when I hear one.  I laughed out loud when I just read this one:

"When you see only one set of footprints, it was then that Jimmer carried you." 
(found it here)

Seriously my favorite of the bordering on sacrilegious jokes I've been hearing ever since this was posted in the Daily Universe and the Facebook aftermath ensued.  I think this is my favorite because I served my mission in the south where the footprints poem has basically been canonized.  I kid you not...I actually had someone quote the poem to me as if it was scripture...on multiple occasions.  And there was basically a gigantic framed copy of the thing in every house I went in.  Not that there is anything wrong with this poem -- I'm pretty sure I used it in a spiritual thought at girls camp once or twice.  But it gets a bit old after a while.  So I thought the new Jimmer version was extra special.  

So what are your favorite Jimmerisms?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Inspiration

I've have been having one of those weeks where everything seems like it's crashing down on me.  It's not that life is bad, it's just that it's changing and and change is really scary sometimes.  Well we had an awesome lesson in Relief Society today about change.  It was exactly what I needed to hear.  At the end of the lesson, our awesome teacher Rebekah played this Mormon Messages video that totally had me bawling and I want to share it with you.  I just adore Elder Holland.  I hope y'all enjoy this video as much as I did.  

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I'm kind of a Chick-Fil-A addict.  When I was a missionary in South Carolina I ate there constantly. My addiction started because they were one of the only fast food restaurants with Caffeine Free Diet Coke on tap (caffeine was banned in my was basically torture for 18 months...because y'all know how much I love me some fountain diet I improvised...Five Guys also has the caffeine free variety...I wonder how many times I can use ellipses in one sentence...oop...two more times).  But then Sister Temple introduced me to Chick-Fil-A sauce.  I could practically drink that stuff!  It's like heaven in a little sauce packet.  In fact I'm pretty sure they're going to have Chik-Fil-A sauce, waffle fries, and Diet Coke in the Celestial Kingdom (is that sacrilegious?).  Anyway...after I discovered that sauce I was totally hooked and P-Day Chik-Fil-A runs become something I looked forward to every week in Florence, SC.  While I was blog stalking this morning I found this little gem and I just had to share it with y'all.  Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eleven News at Noon

Here is my other show from this week!  Enjoy!

BYU Weekly: Basketball Show

Check out this week's special episode of BYU Weekly!  We covered everything that goes into putting on a home BYU Basketball Game.  My story about the concessions and custodial staff 
starts at 4:04 but be sure to watch the whole show. 

In addition to my story:
Learn about students camping out to get the best seats in the Marriot Center...
Get up close and personal with Jimmer's biggest fan...
Discover what motivates those crazy boys in blue spandex...
Meet the man who organizes all the player's equipment...
See how the spirit squad gets pumped up for games...
And uncover the history of the victory bell.  
It's one jam packed show!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

People Watching

I kind of love to people watch.  It really has to be one of my favorite things.  I think I inherited the trait from my mother.  I mean really -- what is more fun than sitting in the mall food court enjoying some orange chicken while trying to figure out why the people around you are acting so strange or wearing such ugly outfits?  But did you know there are 9 very specific steps to people watching?  I didn't either until I read this article on wikiHow.  Thank goodness I stumbled upon this because I've apparently been doing it wrong all these years.  

Don't you love how it adds "with pictures"?  
And yes, the pictures really do make the whole article come to life.  

BYU Weekly: Cake Decorating Class

I'm so late in posting this but here is last week's episode of BYU Weekly.  My story starts at 5:58.  I checked out the cake decorating classes offered at BYU Campus Craft and Floral and enjoyed a great evening with some very fun girls.  If you're interested in taking the classes you can click here to sign-up.