Derek’s 24th Birthday Adventure

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Two weeks before his birthday, I told him that he wasn’t allowed to work because I already had requested his birthday off, and he should do the same. We didn’t have anything planned, but I figured a day with no plans or work in the middle of the week would be a great birthday!

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The night before Derek’s birthday, we celebrated with our friends and went to Buffalo wild wings for dinner. I am sad that I didn’t get any pictures. I tend to forget pictures a lot when we’re hanging out with friends, but I guess if I am too busy having fun to remember to take pictures, then that means we have some good friends. (I promise they exist. 😉 )

Derek’s birthday was on a Wednesday, and since I was leaving town Thursday, I wanted to spend every minute with him. We slept in (because we could) until Harvey woke him up with birthday kisses, and I surprised him up with his new gifts. I got him a book that he wanted, and a Nutri Bullet Pro. He’s been wanting a new blender for a while, and since we’re not big on spending money on things, I figured his birthday was the perfect reason to splurge and finally buy him one.
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The weather was perfect that day, so we went to breakfast at the Egg and I, and then decided to go hiking! Lately, we’ve been going on hikes around our town that we haven’t done before.  We have so many beautiful trails around us, and we like to take advantage of them and experience new hikes. Derek googled easy hikes that allowed pets, and we chose the first one. We ended up going out to Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. Neither one of us had been out there for a while, or with Harvey, so we figured a mile and a half in a new place would be perfect!
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We ended up getting lost and off trail, so our 45 minute hike turned into 2 1/2 hours. We ran out of water, Harvey got really hot (and laid down every time he saw shade) and we had never been more happy to FINALLY see our truck. I am just glad it wasn’t any longer and that it wasn’t the middle of summer. It was probably the last thing Derek wanted to do on his birthday, but it was an adventure, like it always is with us, and we had fun!

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Onto the next adventure, Wren

Journal Entry| April 10, 2017

Hello friends, family, and followers!

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Last year, I posted a healthy new habit I made each month, and along with those posts, I updated my blog with life experiences and photos from that month. I love looking back on those monthly posts to see where Derek and I were at in life, and what memories we were making at that time. Since I am not doing my healthy new habit for each month this year, I haven’t been posting as much as I would like.

I started this blog to have a place where I could share all of the many photos that I take, the videos I make, and the things we experience in our everyday lives. With that being said,  I am going to start doing “journal entries” posts on my blog.

I blog mostly for myself, but I also do it for Derek, for friends and family, and eventually, our future babies. I don’t know if anyone will read these, because most of the time, people only care when you have something really exciting going on in your life. And sometimes we do very exciting things like travel, renovate our house, or adopt a dog, but most of the time we are doing not so exciting every day things just like everyone else, and I want to remember the small moments just as much as the BIG exciting ones.

So here it goes!

April 10, 2017

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A couple of weeks ago, we helped our sweet friend Allie film a video for film school. It was fun to be on camera and feel like a celebrity for the night, and to also watch Allie do what she loves and see her work her talent. Allie graduates next month with her bachelor’s degree in film. I have known her for about 10 years, and I am so proud of her! Here is the full video if you’d like to watch it!

Wedding season is in full swing, and to say my life is busy at the moment would be an understatement. Between working weddings, planning weddings, and attending weddings, almost every weekend from now until June I am going to spend celebrating someone else’s love. And I absolutely love it! Look at these two beautiful soon to be brides, that I get to call my good friends!
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Weddings and events are definitely one of my biggest passions in life. Probably because romance, and celebrating fall into my  list of top five favorite things. (the other 3 would be traveling, dogs, and home decor) I am so happy to finally have found what I am passionate about, and be able to work my two jobs that help me fulfill that passion.
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Design & Styling: Forevermore Events

Venues: The Ledges Golf Club & St. George Social Hall

Life tip: find what you’re passionate about and do it every single day.

Along with being busy with friends’ wedding celebrations and work, Derek and I went out of town to Vegas for the night to see one of our favorite bands last week. Mayday Parade has been one of my favorites since I first heard them back in 2007! Derek bought me these concert tickets for Christmas, so we were really excited that the day was finally here! This was the fourth time I’ve seen them live, but it felt like the first time. The night was filled with nostalgia and happy tears. We ran into a few friends from home, and had a lot of fun! (Also shout out to our good friend Garrett for coming with us, and buying our hotel room last minute when our plans fell through!)

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Life Tip: Find some good friends who enjoy the same music as you do. 

This past weekend, I saw most of the people I love, and I am so happy about it. Whitney and the girls (and Benny) were in town, so I spent most of the free time that I had with them. It was good to have family time, and spend time with my sisters, and of course, see my babies. They are growing up way too fast, and it’s hard not to see them every day like I used to. Averie lost her first tooth, and is learning how to ride her bike. And Kaelyn is out of the toddler stage and turning into a cute little kid. (going on 17)

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On Saturday, we celebrated Demi at her bridal shower! I am one of her bridesmaids, so me and the rest of the girls put it all together and hosted it. It turned out way cute, and everyone had a good time! I wish I had taken pictures of the decor and food, but here are a few of my cute friends. (They are more fun to look at anyways.) Only 26 more days until her wedding day!
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Life tip: Reach out and make time for your friends and family. Some of the best times you’ll have is not because what you were doing, but because who you were with. 

On Sunday, we went to breakfast at Bishop’s with Lyssa, and we later went hiking with Auston, Kayden, Brady, Austin, Demi and her whole family. The weather has been so bi polar lately. Some days it will be sunny and a hour later it will be downpouring rain and windy. It is hard to know what to wear, when to wash my car, and if I should make plans to do things outside, until the day of. Yesterday was the perfect day for hiking, so we did just that. We had a lot of fun and Harvey did too!
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This month is only going to get busier and more crazy, but since most of the stuff I have planned is fun, and I love my jobs, I am ready for it! I don’t know if any of you have read to this point, and if you have, thank you! I am going to try to make more time out of my crazy schedule to blog more often, because I love to do it.  Thank you for stopping by my little personal corner of the internet.

Life tip: Always make time for the things you absolutely love to do. 

Onto the next adventure, Wren

23rd Birthday in Disney

This past month has been crazy! Between wedding season, my birthday, and leaving town twice I have hardly had anytime to sit down and blog, or finish this video. I finally had some extra free time today, so TA-DA here it is in all of its glory!

We had such a magical day in Disney celebrating my birthday. It hasn’t even been a month and I am already ready to go back. (Don’t tell Derek  😉 )

I’ve been learning a lot of new things with my video editing program, and I am so glad that I picked up this hobby. I know my videos are nothing like Hailey Devine’s or Indy Sev’s, but they’re my memories, and video making brings out my creative side, so I enjoy doing it! Plus- I love reliving some of the best days of my life through these short videos.

Thanks for watching!

Onto the next adventure, Wren

Celebrating in California

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You all should know by now, that my birthday (I should say birth week) is a pretty big deal to me. I love to do something fun and celebrate as much as I can. I love this life, and I love celebrating it, especially the day that it began.

I had requested my birthday weekend off of work about a month ago. My friends and I were planning a girls trip the week after (this weekend) but plans fell through. I was so upset that my plan to see the ocean soon wasn’t going to work out. Derek mentioned “well you have your birthday weekend off, let’s go then.”

I was originally planning on getting together with my dad for breakfast, spending the day hiking, and maybe having a birthday dinner that night with family and friends. But the ocean did sound like a great idea. We put the idea off for a few days, and I didn’t really plan anything.
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On Tuesday, five days before my birthday, I mentioned to Derek that we should probably figure out if we’re going out of town or not, so I can book the hotel and get planning. He looked at me and said “it’s all done, we leave Friday morning.” I was so happy! If any of you know us personally, you know that I am the one who plans all of our trips, events, hangouts, pretty much everything, because I love to do it. So this was definitely a surprise that caught me off guard. We weren’t just going to the ocean, we were going to Disneyland!

I am such a child at heart, I can’t sleep on Christmas eve, and I definitely can’t sleep if I am going to Disneyland! With hardly any sleep, we left Friday morning and after hitting traffic, we made it to Newport Beach just in time for the sunset. We ate dinner at a cute Italian place on the beach, got a free birthday tiramisu, and went hot tubbing that night at our hotel. It was the perfect ending to my 22nd year of life.

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The next day we woke up early (with still no sleep) and spent the whole day in California adventure and Disneyland. To be honest, Tower of Terror being gone and Pirates being closed kind of broke my heart. It was also extremely busy, but there is no such thing as me being sad in Disneyland, or on my birthday. So you can say I was extremely happy all day, like my cheeks hurt the next day from smiling too much, happy.

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Every year that I get older, I fall in love a little more. With myself, with my husband, with our adventures, with this life, and all of the people I share it with. Thank you for all of the birthday love! It was magical.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

(Disney video coming soon!)

Love Yourself!-It’s important

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In this day in age, it is so hard to accept our bodies how they are. Especially if you are a woman. Everyday I hear at least one woman or girl complain about their appearance.  “I wish my hair was longer, I wish I had your lips, I need to lose weight, I need to change this and that and that and this and blah blah blah” It’s sad..

In our society today, it is so easy to be upset about the way we look. We are constantly comparing ourselves to other woman on the internet, and it’s so hard to not feel insecure. If all my dreams were to come true, my hair would look like Amber Fillerup’s and I would have Alexis Ren’s body.

But wouldn’t we all?….

Why is it that we have beauty these standards and the way that we define “perfect” in our head?  Who decided that we should all strive to look a certain way in order to be “beautiful?” And how did we as a society, or a world accept these beauty standards? If we were all perfectly flawless, or what most people call “beautiful” there would be no such thing as raw beauty. We would all be the same.

Instead of calling certain girls perfect or flawless, we should call them lucky. That’s wonderful that they got amazing genes with thick hair and long legs. It’s also amazing when people are lucky enough to fall in love, or travel the world, or graduate from their dream college. I probably won’t ever be lucky enough to win the lottery, be famous, or have certain talents, and I have accepted those. Why is it so hard for us to accept that we won’t ever look like a certain person? Because that’s all it really is, it’s luck.

If I could change things about myself I would, we all would. But we have to stop thinking of the person we want to become, and love the crap out of ourselves right now! Maybe one day I’ll find the motivation to stop eating quesadillas and work really hard for abs, maybe one day I’ll quit having the urge to chop my hair off so that it will grow long, and maybe one day I’ll save enough money to “fix” my flat chest, but I need to stop thinking “maybe one day” or “I wish I had..” and start loving the person I am right now, flaws and all. And so do you!

Here’s an inspirational quote from a beautiful stranger that I follow on Instagram.

“Body. Body. Body. The only thing that gals are taught that matters right?! Well. Hello. Here’s a gal that’s happy in herself, in her body, her hair and crappy nails, her books, in her learning and in her mind! If you are feeling good, make everyone feel it around you. Your mind is strong, your body is in good health. It’s uplifting to have self love around you. This gal is happy in her mind, soul, AND body. And isn’t that mighty fine? You rock whatever the hell you got on, fully covered or nothing at all! Feel good within yourself, accept one thing a day, it may be only baby steps, your thoughts control your happiness. Release healthy body and mind, positive thoughts, and others will follow. Learning to love yourself can be a task, but it doesn’t have to be. Rock those thighs baby, that ass and boobs! As small as you think they are, love them with all your might. Self love is so so so so important. It teaches us truth. Truth and love about how beautiful we really are. POSITIVE BODY IMAGE, NO EXPECTATIONS, LOVE YOU, AND YOUR BODY, COMPARISON FIXES NOTHING, INDULGE IN YOU DARLING AND APPRECIATE YOURSELF.”

Instagram: tiahendricks (I recommend following her)

Instead of comparing my body to her’s in the flawless mirror selfie she posted,  I read the caption over and over again, and simply thanked her for it in a comment. And that alone is already better than what I was doing a week ago. Self love is hard, it’s a long journey, but I am finally realizing how important it is. We all need to change our mindsets, stop comparing, and start accepting.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

In honor of all things Valentines, Love, & Romance

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Happy Valentine’s Day lovers!

This day has always been one of my favorite holidays, mostly because I have always loved everything that has to do with love and romance. I love having a day where we all have an excuse to be sappy and cheesy, and get away with it. (The chocolate and flowers are just a plus.)

Derek and I both work today, so we are planning on cooking dinner together and snuggling up on our couch to a romantic movie tonight. If you know me at all, you know I am obsessed with romance movies. Today is just an excuse to make Derek watch one with me. (Another reason why today is one of my favorites)

In honor of all things Valentine’s, love, and romance, I decided to share my favorite scenes from my top 10 favorite romantic movies. It was hard for me to not pick my 10 favorite scenes from the Notebook. 😉 Side note: I may or may not have all of these memorized.

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

PS I Love You (2007)

The Titanic (1999)

When Harry met Sally (1989)

The Vow (2012)

Friends With Benefits (2011)

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Dirty Dancing(1987)

The Great Gatsby(2013)

The Notebook (2004)

I hope you’re all holding your lovers close today, reminding yourself why you love them so much, and making a mental note to stop taking the little things they do for granted.

And if the word “lover” is non existent in your life, I hope you’re stuffing your face with chocolate, buying yourself flowers, and reminding yourself that you don’t need a significant other in  your life in order to be a happy person.

Onto the next adventure with lots of love! XO, Wren

Industrial Shelf Tutorial

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I have been wanting to make these shelves since we bought our house last year. I knew that they would be an easy and inexpensive project, but I kept procrastinating with them! I am so glad that I finally got around to making them because they make our office feel complete. I found an easy tutorial on Pinterest, and changed a few things to have them fit my style and size that I was going for.

Supplies you will need: (that you most likely already have)

  • Drill
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Optional: a very handsome handy husband. (Or a friend!)

Supplies that you will (most likely) need to buy: ( I purchased everything at Lowe’s!)

  • Four 1/2 inch galvanized floor flanges
  • Four 1/2-in x 12-in galvanized pipes
  • Four 1/2-in x 6-in galvanized pipes
  • Six 1/2-in x 10-in galvanized pipes

 

  • Four 1/2-in galvanized 90-degree elbows
  • Four 1/2-in x 1-in galvanized tees
  • Sixteen Flathead screws
  • Two Rubbermaid laminate shelves

(My shelves are 1 ft wide X 4 ft long in the espresso color)

Tutorial: 

I marked a few pictures, so that you can visualize where each piece of the shelf will go!

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Elbows(red) & Tees (black):

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Steps to follow: 

  1. Lay all pipes, flanges,elbows and tees out to visualize shelf size
  2. Screw all pieces together
  3. Mark wall with preferable locations of first floor flange(I started with the top left)
  4. Measure distance, and mark each floor flange location accordingly
  5. Drill top floor flanges into wall
  6. Use level to perfect flange distance, so that the shelf is level before drilling the bottom two flanges into wall
  7. Finish drilling into wall, and place shelves on pipes
  8. Decorate!!

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Ta-Da so simple, and inexpensive. These shelves cost me a total of $40!  If any of you follow this tutorial, please send me pictures of your beautiful shelves.

Thanks for reading!

Onto the next adventure, Wren