Something you probably didn’t know about me.

Today, I taught the lesson to all of the young women at church today. It was about realizing that each person is divine and eternal and treating others with that in mind. We were talking about how most people make judgments of total strangers. Most of the time it is only by the outside appearance. I told the girls about some of the outside appearances that I have had in my lifetime. Let me show you what I was like once upon a time…

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Yep, I was a total bandana wearing, screamo music listening, band t-shirt wearing, mosh pit jumping, Warped Tour going (and every other good show I could fit in) girl. I LOVED it. A lot of times, I ran on no sleep after going to shows late at night and waking up early for school. I miss those days sometimes, but I am proud of who I am today. I still listen to some of the music that I used to listen to, but I wouldn’t fight you for pretending you knew more about bands than I do. Yep, I did that.

I wonder what people’s judgments were about me back then. Maybe I don’t want to know, but what I learned from teaching my lesson today… Who are we to make anyone feel any less than what their Heavenly Father thinks of them. So smile at a stranger, pass judgment, and tell someone that you care about, that you care!

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You’ve got a friend in me

A  lot of times, I find history repeating itself in my life. I rely on my friends and then don’t have much to do with them for quite some time. This even happened to me in elementary school sometimes. Sadly, some friendships never did heal themselves after we can grown apart. When I decided to go to beauty school, I was pretty nervous about having to be around girls all of the time. In high school, most of my friends were boys. That is how I liked it. They were less dramatic and I didn’t feel like I had to compete with them. I lucked out when I went to beauty school. I met the most incredible group of people. There were many more than are in this picture…

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These guys instantly became some of the best friends that I would ever have. I am close with most of them, but I instantly was drawn to 4 other girls…

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We were the self proclaimed “Fab 5”. There were times that we had little break ups that we would wing off to different friends for a time, but we always came back to each other. There is…

Whitney- My first impression of her was on the 2nd day of school, she walked right up to me and said, “I LOVE your eyes! I wish they were my eyes!”. I was flattered and a little bit taken back by her! She is such a bubbly spark of goodness. I adore her.

Lacie- We have been friends since high school. She was my roomie. We cried the first night our mommas left us together, and cried a lot after that. We became really close and even though we had our ugly times together, we made it through and I love her SO much.

Autumn- Lacie and I knew that Autumn would be coming to school with us. She is cousins with one of our best friends from high school. She was so shy to begin with at school, but after she came out of her shell, we got to see the best of her.

Shaylise- One of my absolute favorite parts about Shay is her vocabulary and sense of humor. She says, “Good gravy!” for crying out loud! She can quote every line from Anchorman with grace, and can make you laugh anytime.

Well times have changed a lot since then. We’ve all gotten married. Whitney, Autumn, and Shaylise have kids, and we live in different cities. I was able to meet up with 4 of them though and it was almost like nothing had changed. We still had our life drama, still had funny stories, and still loved being around each other.

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I honestly don’t know how I would have made it this far without these girls. They have each influenced my life for the better. I can’t wait to continue this chapter in our lives and to join the “Mommy Club”. In the end, we all need those friends who help us when we are down, but aren’t afraid to tell us when we are being a diva. Who are  your besties?

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Mac and Cheese that smells like Chocolate?

Yep. It is a real thing. I just sniffed it myself (and am still gagging even thinking about it). So here is the whole story…

About a month ago, my mother in law got a surgery that prevents her from being able to eat super starchy foods such as bread, pasta, and some rice. My husband went to help her out when she got her surgery. When he went down there, his mom gave him a bag full of food that she had that she couldn’t eat anymore. We were excited to have a load of Rice-a-Roni, Pasta-Roni, and Mac and Cheese. I went to make some Pasta-Roni and noticed that it had expired about a year ago and was bummed so I went through the rest of the “Roni” items and sure enough, they were all expired too. It was nice of her to give us that food, but I was a little bummed that it had gone bad. Anyway, today Dave was going to make us a nutritious lunch of Mac and Cheese and he had me dish up my helping when I noticed that it smelled like chocolate. I know that my pregnant nose is a little overly sensitive so I asked Dave, “Does this smell like chocolate?”. He said, “Yeah, I noticed that it was really dark too when I poured it out”. I told him to check the expiration date. He looked at it and said, “What month is it?”. I told him August. He just laughed and said, “Well, this expired 7 years ago!”. It is a good thing we didn’t eat the chocolate Mac and Cheese. That could have ended badly. Now to just get that smell out of my memory…

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Conversation with the hubby

Hubby working on football plays for hours…

Me: You love football.

Hubby: Yep

Me: Do you love me more than football?

Hubby: No

Me: (Gasp! and a sad face)

Hubby: Oh! That isn’t what I meant. Yes, I love you more than I love football.

I giggled about it and told my mom the story. She said it was enough to make a pregnant lady cry. I was tough though! Just a little shout out to the other football widows out there who’s husbands coach grid kid football and love watching games. I have an awesome hubby though. Wouldn’t trade him for anyone or anything else.

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Bringing out my inner cowgirl

Funny story, or maybe not too funny of a story. I came home from work to drop off Sadie puppy at my house before I had to go to a church activity. I was already running a little late, but I got the ok to feed my belly and be a little late before I went to the activity. I was pulling into my house when I noticed that there was a horse out and about on the road. There was a guy riding his bike trying to figure out where the horse belonged. I don’t know much about horses so I just pulled into my house and was minding my own business when I looked out the back window and realized that there was only one horse in our pasture. We rent out our pasture to a woman with “stud” horses. I went out back to see if the other horse was just behind a tree or in a place I couldn’t see, but sure enough there was only one in the pasture. The one in there was FREAKING out. That is when I noticed the fence that was smashed and horse prints in my lawn! That horse running amuck belonged at my house! I looked for something to put around it’s neck to lead it back and all I could find was an extension cord. I walked over there to try to coax it over, but it was trying to love on the horses across the street. I didn’t want to get in the middle of their flirt fest and take the chance of getting kicked. Just then, the guy riding the bike came around the corner. He offered to take the horse back to my pasture. I was so relieved! He took it over to the pasture, found a rope at his house, and tied the naughty horse up. The poor horse had cut his leg when he was trying to get out of the pasture and he was bleeding. I was really worried about him and continued to leave panicked messages to the owner. I was really angry with her.
To add to the stress, our backyard and most of the pasture was flooding. The ditch behind our land was overflowing and the poor horses were having to stomp around in a foot of water. When it got dark outside, and we still hadn’t heard from the horse owner (grrrr), I started getting worried about that horse. He was tied in place that he had no more food, standing in water, and he wouldn’t be able to lay down if he wanted to. I decided to go on a horse saving mission. Still in my clothes I wore to work, a cute little animal print, short sleeved sweater and shorts; I put on some flip flops and went out to save the day. Even with a flashlight, it was tough to see what I was doing, but I was able to climb over the gate and get the horse’s rope undone. I was trying to lead him over to the spot I was going to be tying him up, but my flip flops kept getting stuck in the large amount of mud and slop out in the pasture. There were a few times that I wondered if I would just have to leave my flip flops and go bare foot. Then I remembered that the last thing I want, is to get a tetanus shot. So I ripped them out of the mud over and over again, praying that I wouldn’t break them. I’m shocked that they didn’t break. When I was just about to the spot I needed the horse to be, his friend started coming over and he started getting excited! I got pretty nervous, but just talked to him like I would a puppy saying, “Come on little horsey” probably more to calm my nerves. I get scared around horses sometimes just because of how huge they are! I got to my destination, and tied the best knots I could. I could tell he was a lot happier where I took him. When I got back inside, Dave just laughed with me about my legs being covered in mud, water, and horse poo, but I couldn’t help but feel like Felicity the American Girl.
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If you didn’t read her books when you were little, you wouldn’t quite understand, but I felt a little like a horse whisperer. I got in the shower, then had an overwhelming flood of emotions that hit me. Possibly because of the baby growing inside me. I was grateful that I had the opportunity to help that horse because it made me feel much closer to this guy…
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My Grandpa Miller. He passed away in 2008. I miss him every single day, but miss him the most when I see horses. He literally was a horse whisperer. Every horse loved him, and he loved them back. He was such a great example of a Christ like love of animals. Because I had gone out there to do all I could to help that horse, I knew my grandpa was smiling down on me in heaven. I have learned to have a deeper appreciation of animals than I already had. I am grateful that I was able to have that experience so that I could feel that closeness with my grandpa.
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Well… It is time

To let you know why you haven’t heard much from me. It is because…

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I’m pregnant! I am currently 11 weeks along. ALMOST done with the first trimester. We have seen an ultrasound picture, and heard the heartbeat. We’re just so excited! I have been a little sick, but haven’t thrown up. It sounds like I am pretty lucky! I am pretty excited to stop feeling so nasty all of the time though so I can have a good relationship with food again! I haven’t been able to paint anything either because you can’t be around chemicals during the first trimester, so soon you will start seeing some projects again!

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There’s a little going on over here!

Technically, I’m still on my mini vacation right now, but we don’t have much planned today so you get to hear from me. I’m going to catch you up on what we’ve been up to on these next few posts.

I was in charge of an event at the Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago. It kind of took over my life for a little while. It was an ALS Awareness Freedom Celebration. ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease is what my father in law passed away from in 2008. There are a lot more people effected by this disease than many people are aware of. It is actually a much more common disease than most people think. We gave out Lou Gehrig baseball cards with ALS information on them, sold raffle tickets, and partied it up with Charlie the Idaho Falls Chukar!

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We were able to make about $100 for the ALS Association, and spread a lot of awareness. It was such a neat experience. Dave even made a Chukar balloon for Charlie.

On the 4th, we decided to try and turn ourselves into a little business. Dave made 100 bags of cotton candy and we purchased several cases of soda and water on a really good sale and we walked the parade selling cotton candy and they got a free drink with their purchase. We were a little worried about not being able to sell all of the bags. We were planning on walking the entire parade and walking back. We figured we should be able to get rid of all of it then, and if not, we would head down to the river where they had more festivities. We actually sold out only about 3/4 of the way down the parade! We didn’t even have to walk the whole thing and back. It was really fun and kind of a funny way to watch the parade.

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My sweet brother Payton was hired to help us out. He’s such a good sport. He was a little squished in the car!

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Oh, and want to see how our bedroom furniture started moving downstairs?

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We were laying in our bed at about 11 pm and were sweating! We couldn’t fall asleep at all. We looked at each other and said, “Want to move our mattress downstairs?”. So we did it! We only slept like this for about 2 nights though. The rest of our bed is down there now! The bedroom makeover is coming along!

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Idaho blogger shout out

I would say that a lot of the craft blog world is over taken by the great state of Utah. Not that there is a darn thing wrong with that, but living so close to Utah, I feel a little overlooked here in Idaho! I have some great, talented friends (and family) that are fabulous bloggers here in Gem state. Here is a little shout out to them. They are definitely worth looking at…

Cupcake Diaries– This is my cousin’s cute wife Alli’s blog. She is an incredible cook and  features new recipes almost every single day! DSC_0693 edit colorShe is an incredible blogger and was even mentioned on the Our Best Bites Blog! She totally rocks (and has the cutest little boy ever). P.S. I want to make this sandwich so much it almost hurts. It looks SO good!

Life in My Heels– Cute Sheena has the best sense of style and such a fun little life with she and her daughter Miss T (this girl’s got a lot of attitude packed in a tiny body). Her blog followers her life, style, current fashions, and her home décor. She also has some incredible sponsors and fabulous giveaways!

Sullengers– I have a mutual friend with this couple that told me their story and I became an instant fan. Last year, their little girl fell into a canal and passed away due to complications a few days later. They documented every part of their journey while in the hospital with Preslee and have talked about their healing process. They were just blessed with a beautiful little boy this month too. It is an incredible read.

Simply Sadie Jane- This girl rocks. Sadie is not only has a great style of writing, but she has a sense of humor, is crafty as can be, can make some killer tutorials, and has the cutest little family in the whole world. She isn’t afraid of color and being totally open and honest. That is what keeps you reading her adorable blog. Well, her chubby little girl keeps you pretty entertained too. (isn’t she just the cutest?)

I hope you take the time to check out all of my favorite Idaho Bloggers. Their blogs are all unique, creative, and entertaining! If you follow them, tell them Girl Loves Glam sent you over!

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Home Address Plaque TUTORIAL

I am excited to share this easy tutorial with you to help bring a little more curb appeal to your home! Have you ever been searching for a house and can’t find it because the people don’t have their freaking house number anywhere to be found? It is a pet peeve of mine, and I realized that I WAS one of those people! It had to come to an end. And fast. This is what I have now…
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Isn’t it so cute? I love it! A few months ago, I got the Lowes Creative Ideas magazine in the mail and they had one of these plaques in it but for what they used, it was going to cost $68 and that just wasn’t ok with me. If you want to spend the money, go on their site and they have instructions there. This is what theirs looks like.
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I love it! Just not the price. I did want to give them my business because they came up with the idea, so I did buy everything you will see me use at Lowes. Dave and I went to Lowes to find some cheap lumber to make our plaque when he saw this.
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It is a wooden plant caddy with wheels on it. It was the perfect find and the perfect price! I had to take a picture of it while we were there. Dave is thinking “I am trying to make posing with a plant caddy (whatever that is) in the middle of a hardware store look natural”. He’s a total natural.
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I got the numbers for about $2 each and the spray paint for about $3 each. That makes it a grand total of about $31! That is less than half of the other one. You will need spray paint, primer, wooden plant caddy, house numbers, saw, hammer, screws, and a drill. Your first step will be taking the wheels off and sawing off the 5th row of wood. We want a rectangle, not a square.
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Then prime this puppy. I love the spray primer. It doesn’t take long, and it isn’t messy! Then paint your boards the color you want them.
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Next, spray your numbers with primer and paint.
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Place them where you want them to be on your board and nail them into the board.
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Find someone to help you hold your board up to your house and screw this baby in!
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It is so cute from the road now! I love it! Happy creating everyone!
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Embellished shoes you can change up!

Enter the CURRENT GIVEAWAY before it ends on June 2nd!

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I am so excited about my new shoes! I made a pretty lame-o tutorial for you. Let’s just say you will have to use a little of your IMAGINATION! (if you have seen that episode of Spongebob, you can see my hands flying in the air like a rainbow when I say that)

Anyways! I found these lovely white flats at Wally World for a whopping $3! They were perfect because they are in a neutral color and can match just about anything.

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The first thing you’ll do, is snip those interesting bows off. They are looking better already!

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Use a hot glue gun to glue a strip of Velcro to the toe of the shoes.

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Make embellishments to put on the toes of your shoes and put the opposite side of the Velcro on the back of the embellishments.

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I made these by cutting strips of fabric and sewing a stitch through the center. Then I pulled the string to make them ruffle. I glued a piece of ribbon over the stitching to make the ruffles lay flat. I used plastic rhinestones and glued them on creating a design. The most time consuming part was putting all of the rhinestones on, but it wasn’t too big of a pain. I really like how they look on the shoes!

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The other embellishment I have for my new shoes came off of a pair of shoes that were too big for me.

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I have plans to make more embellishments for my shoes including some rolled roses and tulle! I will post some pictures as I make them. Go find some cheap shoes and make them pretty!

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