Sunday

My Style

Now that I am starting to decorate our new place, I've started wondering what is my style? Even after taking the interior design course at BYU, I haven't started developing my sense of style up until now. My sister-in-law Maddy did this home style quiz a while ago and showed me the site. I finally got around to taking the quiz myself.. skeptical.. would it be right? How could a quiz put a name on my style, when I couldn't? I was seriously amazed. The results were dead on. The room examples for the 3 categories I fell under are exactly how I envision my house looking someday.

Here are the things things that really ring true for my style. The things I know I love about each of these categories:

i love the feeling formal and casual in one.
i want the room to feel inviting from the moment you walk in.
i love the mixture of new things and old things.
i love white furniture. white fabric. white wood. and white walls.
i love to buy things from garage sales or flea markets to use in my decorating.
i the colors you would find at the beach. white. blues. greens. pale grays.
i like a room to feel laid back and comfortable.

There are more details under each category.. only if you're interested ;)

Try it out! I'm sure you'll love your results!


45% French Electric

French Country, like its name, somehow manages to both be formal and casual, classy and unassuming at the same time. You like your spaces to feel inviting from the moment you (or your guest) opens the front door and this feeling should continue even after you've entered your most formal room. Even though there are French antiques here and gold details there, the rustic elements provide a balance and warmth that seems to say, "come in, relax and stay a while." Your love of antiques leads you to flea markets, garage sales and hours of eBay hunting.

Many of the furniture pieces look like they were passed down from your great-great-aunt (even if they are brand new!) Much of the furniture is wood-framed and the wood is either left natural, painted white or even gold.

When it comes to color, you are drawn to bright and airy options.

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37% Rustic Revival

You are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country. The clean lines of the modern softened by rustic /vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind. A subtle background of white or light colors provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love.

When it comes to color, think light, casual and airy. White, pale gray or beige, khaki and sage; all of these colors make nice, subtle backdrops for Urban Country style. Think of the colors of natural linen, concrete, and if you'd like to go dark, use the dark brownish-black of iron or the deep burnt orange of rust.

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18% Cottage Chic

You love the carefree spirit that the cottage interior inspires. You love old and new alike, and love to highlight them all to expose the uniqueness of each. You will throw in a toy boat or a vintage life preserver to keep the mood of the place just like the color: light!

Your true inspiration (whether you know it or not) is the sea... the colors found at your favorite beach: white and light beige of the sand, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and pale grays of the sea glass... but the key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back!

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take the quiz at sproost.com.

lara

Friday

Change

I found Caden's diet a hard thing to stay on top of. It has always been easy for me to make him easy mac, give him some crackers or hand him a bottle of milk when he was hungry. I tried to feed him fruits and vegetables. But it wasn't easy. He would spit a lot of them out and it was a lot of work force it on him. I knew I shouldn't take the easy road, but I didn't really understand why. I gave him foods he shouldn't have been eating, things that had no nutritional value and were bad for him. But I didn't understand what it was really doing to his body.


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"As parents, we want what is best for our children. We would never intentionally harm them. In fact, we make sure to get them the best care we know, read to them at bedtime and insist they wear their seatbelts, but when it comes to children and food, somehow we don’t know what is the best thing to do. Our children seem finicky and only eat cheese, pasta, chicken fingers or milk and cookies. At the same time, we notice that they are frequently ill. They suffer from recurring ear infections, runny noses, stomachaches and headaches. We note their symptoms and haul them in to the doctor, who prescribes yet another round of antibiotics. All this is normal for children —right?

Wrong!

This scenario may be “normal” for kids today, but it is not normal for humans or any other species of animal that eats nutrient-rich natural foods designed by nature for that particular species. Scientific research has demonstrated that humans have a powerful immune system, even stronger than other animals. Our bodies are self-repairing, self-defending organisms, which have the innate ability to defend themselves against microbes and prevent chronic illnesses. This can only happen if we give our bodies the correct raw materials. When we don’t supply the young body with its nutritional requirements, we see bizarre diseases occur. We even witness the increasing appearance of cancers that were unheard of in prior human history.

Despite our very best intentions, today there are dangers that well-meaning parents inflict on their children without even being aware of it. Certainly, people like you and me would never mean to do anything other than the best for our children, but every day in small ways, we may well be causing harm to their precious little bodies. How does this happen? Through the choices we make every day in
what we decide to feed them."

- Dr. Fuhrman

We have recently been struggling with some digestive and intestinal problems that Caden is having. The effect of having too much white sugar and white flour has caused him to be sick and have a few yeast infections over the past month. We are completely changing our eating habits: fruits and vegetables, whole wheat, very little dairy, very little meat and minimal to no sugar. My biggest struggle has been forcing Caden to eat the things I fix. You never realize how many things contain white sugar and white flour until you can't eat them anymore! I grew up eating a very healthy diet, whole wheat bread, fruits and vegetables from a garden, very little sweets.. my parents did a good job teaching me to eat well. I never realized how hard their job really was, they forced me to eat things I didn't always like. And now I have to force Caden to eat things he REALLY doesn't like. I hate to see him cry and beg for the food he can't eat. It brings me to my breaking point every day. But I have to do what is best for him even if he doesn't like it or understand it.

This book has really helped me through this trying time. It has educated me and helped me understand what those bad foods were really doing to Caden's body. It has helped me learn how to feed him. What foods to avoid and what his body needs. How to get him to eat the fruits and vegetables his body needs. I know I'm not the only person who struggles with feeding their child a healthy diet. This book will help. I'm still not finished reading it, but every bit I've read has helped me.

The reviews on this book are phenomenal. Dr Fuhrman explains and teaches the following in his book.

- how to prepare your home for eating healthfully before making the shift
- why "three meals a day" is a recipe for failure when it comes to feeding kids right
- why focusing on quality, not quantity, is the key to healthy eating
- why "consistent but not perfect" is more effective than 100% "compliance"
- when and where it's OK to compromise
- how to teach your kids never to "diet"
- how to reform the picky eater

I would recommend this book to anyone. Change your lifestyle. Eat healthier. Live better. 

Thanks to all my friends and family who are helping me learn and change. I couldn't do it without the support.

lara

Monday

Desk and Coat Hanger {Makeover}

This project has been a long time coming. Taylor and I spotted this desk at a garage sale last October and ended up buying it for 10$! It was dirty and worn, and really old. I kept it in the garage all winter just waiting for a warm weekend to give it a new look. I finally pulled it out over conference weekend and refinished it.

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Taylor's office was getting rid of some of their decor and unwanted furniture pieces in preparation for a big office move. They called me to come over and see if I wanted any of it. Jackpot! I snagged this coat hanger and a huge clock for the wall. The coat hanger would make a perfect addition to our bedroom, so I decided to refinish it at the same time as the desk.

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For my first attempt at refinishing furniture..... I think these turned out pretty darn good! My brother was a huge help with the sanding and painting. I antiqued both pieces and left the same hardware on the drawers of the desk.. I think they suit the look I was going for very well. We were able to tighten and repair a few things in the desk that made it sturdier than it already was. I had a piece of sheet glass  cut to cover the top and now I have a perfect desk for my computer!!!

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This coat hanger turned out so much better than I was expecting. I love the cabriole legs. The detail of the entire base was so fun to work with and antique.

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I think I've definitely found a new hobby. The great thing is, refinishing furniture is so much cheaper than buying or building something new, AND it's so fun to see the finished product. I have 4 more refinishing projects looming ahead.. a white bunk bed, a yellow coffee table, a blue chair and a mirror frame! I'm hoping to get the bunk bed finished this week, but we'll see........

lara

Saturday

he. and she.

he.
1. Sitting in front of the TV, what's on the screen? pawn stars, dirty jobs, family guy.
2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? ranch.
3. What's one food he doesn't like? tomatoes. pears. peaches.
4. You go out to a restaurant, what does he get to drink? dr. pepper or water.
5. Where did he go to high school? lone peak high. utah.
6. What is one phrase he says all the time? "what the CRAP?" "that's SO gay!" 
7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? oakley sunglasses.. he already has 5 pair.
8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? white bread, american cheese and sprouts.
9. What would this person eat everyday if he could? nutella sandwhich ;)
10. What is his favorite cereal? rice crispie treat cereal.
11. What would he never wear? tight stretchy pants. or anything under his definition of gay.
12. What is his favorite sports team? byu cougars. the colts. 
13. Who is his best friend? me, caden, bryan, john.
14. How many states has he lived in? 2: virginia and utah.
15. Does he have any nervous habits? biting nails, bouncing his leg.  
16. What could he spend hours doing? ipod games. xbox. watching tv. reading.
17. He is:  so HOT! caring, good with kids, outgoing, silly, my best friend,


she.
1. Sitting in front of the TV, what's on the screen? rachel ray. survivor. house. glee. bones. gossip girl.
2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does she get on her salad? poppy seed, ranch, vinaigrette. 
3. What's one food she doesn't like? artichokes. mushrooms. pickles. coconut. sea food. 
4. You go out to a restaurant, what does she get to drink? lemonade or water.
5. Where did she go to high school? springville high. utah.
6. What is one phrase she says all the time? "... and blah blah blah"
7. If she was to collect anything, what would it be? clocks. "real" antique anything. camera gear.
8. What is her favorite type of sandwich? grilled balsamic chicken panini {from blue lemon}
9. What would this person eat everyday if she could? passion fruit-strawberry-banana smoothie. homemade tomato soup. 
10. What is her favorite cereal? marshmallow mateys. multi-grain cheerios.
11. What would she never wear? overalls. 
12. What does she always wear? jeans, a belt.. and earrings.
13. Who will she vote for? mitt romney
14. Who is her best friend? taylor, caden, my girl from cpp ;) and my family.
15. How many states has she lived in? 3: pennsylvania, indiana and utah.
16. Does she have any nervous habits? picking at split ends.
17. What could she spend hours doing? editing pictures. writing. talking on the phone. doing my nails.
18. She is: a mommy, a wifey, a photographer, a hair stylist, a chef in the works.. and a thinker.


i tag: richelle, maddy, triest, natalie, kinsley and everyone else.
lara

Tuesday

Las Palmillas . Cabo San Lucas . Mexico

- extreme picture overload -

I finally had some time to get to these pictures, life had been hectic. We were in cabo 1 month ago, crazy.. it seems like we just barely got back from the trip! We flew to Cabo San Lucas Mexico and spent the week in a gorgeous house by the beach with the Van Leeuwen family. It was perfect weather, perfect humidity (not enough to make my hair frizz up). We had a great time and I would love to go back someday! It was an amazing destination vacation!

{the city}

We spent a few hours in the city one of the afternoons. I would say it was pretty typical for a Mexican tourist city. We walked by the boat harbor, talk about amazing! The boats were gorgeous and the harbor was in such a neat location. The streets were littered with shops and bars. We saw lots of little outdoor restaurants. One called the Taco-Loco had "smothes"on their menu??? If anyone knows what that is... we would all love to know! 

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{the beach}

Ah... the beach. This place couldn't have been more beautiful. The sky was so blue, the water was so clear and blue. I fell in love with the palm trees they had.. they weren't normal ugly palm trees.. they were gorgeous! We spent one afternoon on the beach. The water was nice, a little cold, but it felt good with the hot sun. We were surrounded by giant pelicans and seagulls trying to eat the scraps from local fisherman. This was Cadens first experience with the beach and the sand. He wasn't too happy about the sand sticking between his toes, but this is coming from a boy who picks the lint from his toes several times a day. He cried until we showed him that the water would wash all the sand off his feet. After that he either wanted to stay by the water or on a towel. He enjoyed some time digging with his shovel and bucket... aaaand...... Taylor did too ;)

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{the pool}

We had a heated pool in the backyard of the house we stayed in. It was fantastic, we were able to swim when we woke up till the sun set and we never got cold. Our view was spectacular! I think we all spent the majority of our time in the pool or in the sun. We played lots of games and swam with the little boys. Caden's older cousin Britton is a fish.. I swear. He jumped right in the pool with no fear and swam by himself for hours! I hope Caden will be able to pick up some mad skills like that ;) Caden was so tired one afternoon and as soon as Bret got him to relax in the water he was out! I think he slept in the water for 15 min or so.. man, Poppy works magic! I love swimming, I wish it were warm enough in Utah to be able to swim year round outdoors.

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{the house}

We had several early mornings with the boys, Caden got sick and didn't sleep very well for a couple of nights. Waking up early wasn't necessarily fun, but I was grateful to see the sun rise for several mornings.. It was absolutely gorgeous. We went on lots of walks. Found tons of bugs. We cooked out on the grill. Watched the first season of Glee, which I'm obsessed with now.. the new season starts tonight!!! We played games. Played with the boys. Made lots of yummy food. Watched the movie Cars.. probably 8 or 9 times ;) It was so much fun.

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{the plane}

This was Cadens first time on a plane. I hadn't been on a plane since I was 8. So it was a fun experience for both of us. Caden was pretty good, The trip down He played with Poppy, turned the lights on and off a million times, open and closed the window cover, put his fingers in the air vent, read books, played with toys and ate lots and lots of biscoff cookies. It was only a 2 1/2 hour flight so it went by quickly. He slept for the first hour on the way back home and played quietly for the rest of the flight. Before going on the plane he had no clue what an airplane was, but now he points them out in the sky and in books like a pro.

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It was the trip of a lifetime! Hopefully all these pictures will make Caden laugh when he looks back on his first vacation!

lara