Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallows Eve

Happy Halloween from the most fab Elephant & Monkey around town!

Stay safe, Stay warm
&
Eat a ton of candy...because that's what this night is for!

XOXO

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From Where I Stand




 Pants AE,  Chambray AE, Scarf ALDO, Boots similar, Plain White T Forever21

From Where I Stand...

...It is rather snowy and chilly. Yet, so beautiful! So I'm having a love / hate relationship with this winter business.

...My bed is SO cozy in the mornings I just want to spend my entire day there!

...I love apples.

...My brain hurts.

...I just made the best darn smoothie ever.

...That's whats up From Where I Stand.

Happy Tuesday Peeps!

Hope everyone is safe and warm and no storms are effecting you!

XOXO

Monday, October 29, 2012

This One Time...




...I didn't have internet for 3 days and I literally thought I died. How.Sad.
What have I become! But it's like when you are in kindergarden and the teacher tells you not to talk and literally ALL you want to do is talk because she told you not to. Someone tells me I can't go on the internet and it's like BAM all I want is to be on the internet. I have a problem with authority. It's fine.
Anywho, it's back, and I know you all missed me didn't even realize I was gone, but I sure missed you! 

So I am off to drink this tea and catch up on your weekend blog awesomeness. 
&
Then figure out what the H I'm gonna write about this week.
&
Then organize this room of mine. It's out of control. 
&
Then enjoy Monday...because what else is Monday here for right!

XOXO

Friday, October 26, 2012

Letters



Dear gingerbread candle - you are scrumptious

Dear baby G - SO glad your moustache onsie finally fits you! Just in time for good ol' Movember to begin. I bought that for you the very same day we all found out you were a boy!

Dear pumpkin doughnuts - I will be making you again. mmm.

Dear hiking - I miss spending time with you.

Dear snow - nope. I still don't like you.

Dear Ho Cho - you save me.

Dear apples - I can never seem to get enough of you! Ever.

Dear Ho Cho - oh wait. I have a problem..

Dear fireplace - you are splendid on a cold day. Just.Splendid.

Happy Weekend Lovely Peeps.

I hope you have fun plans!...Mine consist of being sad because my Utah trip was canceled. Due to...you guessed it..the snow..bleh.

XOXO

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

This Snow Business







Apparently it's that time of year again. 
Snow.

Dear First Snow Fall of The Winter {It's not even really winter yet} - I do not appreciate you. 
Yet, you are kind of beautiful and fun and you bring ho cho season with you.
None the less, you are cold and difficult.
So I love you and I hate you.
Be nice this year will you.
I'd appreciate that.

yours truly,
This girl who wishes she lived in Hawaii again. {No offence}

XOXO



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Where I Stand






From where I stand...

...It is getting fetching c.o.l.d out there...boo...

...apparently saran wrapping and sticking oreos on someones vehicle is frowned upon...my mistake!..

...moving is a pain in the tush!!...

...I'm looking forward to the future, for the first time in a while...

...I would just not be mad at all if I won the lottery...like I wouldn't be mad even a little...

...RED is the best thing since sliced bread...see what I did there ;)...but seriously it is on repeat...

...I have 3 days until I am in Utah, thank the Heavens!...

...I'm just wondering WHY money doesn't grow on trees...

...I need to carve a pumpkin A.S.A.P...

...everything gets better...


...That's how things look from where I stand.




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Heart Strings




There is a lot of stuff tugging on my heart strings lately....

... I feel deeply...

...I always have...

...It's just who I am...

...& I think over the last couple years I've tried not to. 

...I've tried to just be ok. To be ok with anything that comes my way.

...I think my mind and body has just plain and simple had enough.

...enough of the heartache and enough of the disappointments.

...It's good to be positive and have a good attitude towards life and all that comes your way.

"When you reach the end of your rope
tie a knot in it
and hang on"

...& I think I have done a pretty good job of hanging on...

...But it's also good to feel.

...Feel the things you need to feel

...And get the heck to movin' on!

...Time to get the move on to the things that make me happiest.

...Time to make some decisions

...Time to grow up.

My heart strings want...

...A career I can enjoy and feel fulfilled in. This means going back to school. Again. I think I have made up my mind and finally feel real good about the direction I'm planning on going. Here I come school. This time I will rock you. 

...To move. I tried guys I tried. But oh Soab, you slay me every time. Time to move and move for the last time. This next one is going to be THE one. I can do this.

...To travel...just a couple more times before I do this whole settling down business. You know I just have to. It's just what I do.

...Make plans for ME and just do them. No matter what any one else expects. It's time for me. I'm ok with this.


...This time my heart strings are going to win...

...I'm gonna embrace the heartache and disappointments...

...feel all that they make me feel...

...and move on...

...and do me...

Thats all.

I feel deeply...

...I always have...

...It's just who I am...





Le Iphone



It is all Autumn lovin' over here via the Iphone. Chunky cozy scarves, warm comfort food, pumpkins, Ice on the car, fallin' leaves, peaceful evenings at the new Calgary temple, and sweet sleeping babies. Well sweet sleeping babies are ALWAYS in season.

Happy Thursday Lovelies.

XOXO

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WIWW



sweater - GAP,  jeans - AE, boots - similar

I am embracing this Fall business full force peeps! I love the color blocking has been carried into Fall Fashion. It.is.my.fav. And there really is nothing better than some skinnys, tall slouchy boots, and an oversized cozy sweater. PLUS a top knot.
Scrumptious!

I hope you lovelies are enjoying Autumn so far! Winter is just around the corner...it even snowed here the other day. Not.Ok.

Happy Hump Day!

What did you wear today!? What is your favorite fall outfit?!

XOXO

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Where I Stand



From where I stand...

...Life is just a bundle of confusion, but it doesn't make it less beautiful

...boys are just a headache and a half! It's really too bad we can't live with em' can't live without em'

...I need to travel, I need adventure, I'm going stir crazy

...Sometimes T-Swift just knows what she is talkin about

...There is plenty to look forward to, even when it doesn't seem that way

...Shopping with friends can basically cure anything

...I'm really happy it's boot season




Friday, October 12, 2012

Letters



Dear ginger snaps and milk in front of the fireplace- thanks for being you.

Dear guy who bangs on his drums like a three year old at all hours of the night- The heck! We've got a baby sleeping over here. Pipe down why dontcha.

Dear Southern Alberta- well you are getting a bit too chilly for my liking. Could you stop. Please.

Dear Modern Family- thanks for keeping me laughing. "When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be like whaaaat?"

Dear homemade tomato soup- thanks for exploding everywhere, we are still cleaning you up.

Dear Brother- thanks for knowing when I'm sad even when I never say I am.

Dear weekend - If you could be better than the week, well that would be mighty nice of you. Like seriously nice of you. So you should probably do that.

Dear belly- you are about to grow..because winter is coming and I am going into hibernation. Deal with it.

Dear Lindsay- Thanks for letting me be a dumb girl and complain about dumb things, I swear I'm over it and we can get back to being silly and laughing our buns off non stop. Oh wait...we did that anyways :)

Dear blog lovelies- I heart you. Plain and simple. You da best.

Happy Weekend

XOXO



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wavy Hair Tutorial

eeek! My first tutorial!
I kept getting emails and comments asking how I curl my hair and if I could do a tutorial soooo here it is! 





So as you can see...I ramble just as much in person as I do in writing! Fun right? :)
Ask me any questions or let me know what else you would like to see!

Happy Humpy Day! 

Now curl that hair hot stuff!

XOXO

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Me & Turk





 Good food. Ginger snaps. Cute decorations. Crafting. Cuddly babies. Grandpas in frilly aprons. Being thankful. Having a massive food baby..and still eating more. Goodie bags.

&

Me making my first turkey.
I won't lie. 
I basically lost my shiz when I realized that the guts were still up in there.
I mean really...the heck.
But, I named him Turk. Because who doesn't name something before they cook it.
After all we had to get pretty well acquainted, you know, since I had to get all up in his business and pull that nastiness out.
I didn't barf. I did squeal. Twice.
Then Turk hit the sauna and baked up real nice.
Guys. I.Did.Good.

&

Now my fear of raw meat has officially been squashed. 
Ok. That might be a lie. But we'll see.
Either way. I made my first Turkey. People ate it. Said it was delicious. 

&

Just like that Thanksgiving 2012 has come and gone. And there was so much to be thankful for! 

If it was Thanksgiving for you, then I hope it was a good one! 
OR
If it was Columbus Day for you...I hope that was a good one for you too!

XOXO

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Oh, Pumpkin




Why is it that as soon as the weather gets chilly, I want pumpkin everything?
I could literally go on a pumpkin diet.
That is if it wouldn't turn me some crazy orange colour like that kid at school who ate too many carrots.
But really.
Pumpkins smell good, they taste good, they make great decorations, they bake well, they produce seeds that can taste scrumptious. 
Hi, my name is Lauren and I have an addiction to pumpkin. It's a problem.
I.Love.Pumpkins.

Anywho. I refuse to get help, so here is a recipe for probably the best cookies to date. You're welcome.

You will need:

Dry ingredients - 

3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 ish teaspoon salt ( I just take a pinch)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Wet ingredients -

1 & 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter @ room temp
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

&

you know my rule about chocolate chips...you add as many as you please! I used dark chocolate chips! But you could use semisweet or whatever you like! I love the dark in these though. Scrumptious!

How To:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare your baking sheets with parchment paper {anyone else obsessed with this stuff?}

In bowl, mix together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice & salt.

In separate bowl, cream together your butter and sugar. Add remaining ingredients.

Add your dry ingredients mix to the wet and combine.

Fold in your chocolate goodness.

Scoop dough onto prepared sheets. I use a medium sized ice cream scoop size.

Bake the cookies for around 10-12 minutes. Or until a toothpick comes out clean from one of the middles.

Repeat until you have a mountain of delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

This recipe makes plenty to share. Not that you'll want to.

Enjoy & Happy Pumpkin Season

XOXO



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What My Iphone Has To Say





Iphone says it's officially Fall/Autumn.
Excited about that or not excited about that.
You decide.

XOXO.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Family Pics + Autumn = Awesome

We went from this...


& this...



To this!...








"Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. 
It means, you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. 
No matter what."

&

This fam really loves each other! Can't you tell?! Even though baby was a little camera shy and top heavy we had a good time! 


The weather? Gah!! Delightful! 

Happy Monday peeps! Hope your weekend was just fantastic!

XOXO