Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 44 year old mother of five amazing daughters and wife to a caring, sensitive AND sexy husband. I adore my family. I’m dedicated to my faith. I enjoy a good laugh. I'm nostalgic and love to reminisce. "Remember" is my favorite word in the English language. I love life! I’m passionate about music, food and travel. I’m fascinated with anything European. {PARIS! Hello!} I love celebrating anything and everything! I love to read, especially a good biography, mystery, Regency Era or Historical fiction novel. I love thoughtful gift giving. To me the gift wrap is almost as important as the gift itself. I love being creative…bolts of ribbon, coordinating scrapbook papers, producing a tablescape, or décor for a themed party etc. puts a smile on my face. I love the details! I’m a freak for anything theme oriented. I enjoy event planning, but oddly enough do not like to host or entertain. I enjoy fashion, but have to be really in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky jewelry. I’d rather wear wedges or heels any day than flats. I enjoy decorating and searching for the perfect decorative pillow or picture. However, you’ll never see me frequent high-end stores. I'm more of a Ross, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning kind of gal. My favorite decor style is an old world rustic chateau look with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} Autumn is my favorite season. I’d go through childbirth a million times. I enjoy biking with my man, Pilates, and jogging. BUT you’ll never find me in a gym working out. I love movies, whether watching them in the theatre or cuddled up on the couch with my family. I enjoy a good chick flick or real life drama! I'm a sucker for movies on the Hallmark Channel. I love the elderly. I love Disneyland. I love being in the canyon on a summer or fall evening at dusk. I love my friends. While I have some extroverted characteristics. I’m a self proclaimed introvert. I’m generally quiet, calm, reserved and pretty darn private. Why in the heck do I blog? It’s a creative way to record family history. I enjoy photography. I really don’t like to write, although I write in my journal almost every day. I love the beach. I enjoy WWII history. I love a clean, orderly house, but ours looks lived in. ;) PBS Masterpiece is my friend. I adore Jane Austen films. They transport me to another time and place. If I had to choose another time period in which to live, early 19th Century England would be my pick. "Sense and Sensibility" is my all time favorite movie. My favorite TV series is the Spanish Drama "Velvet." My biggest pet peeve is people who blow their noses in public. So gross! {Take it to the bathroom people.} I’d go on a wine tasting vacation if it wasn’t against my religion. I’ve always wanted to adopt a baby from a foreign country. I’m an avid BYU football fan. I love our campfires at Scofield Lake. I have a 'thing' for fairy gardens and Gallic French roosters. I love summer rainstorms and warm baths. I'm a Rush Limbaugh and Hannity Talk Radio Show listener. Also a fan of several Fox News shows. I hate when my kids have homework. I collect quotes, Madame Alexander Dolls, and Disney pins. I always prefer sitting in a back row versus the front. {I'm sort of a seat snob..yikes} I also have high expectations for my lemonade, salsa, and french fries too. HA! I work well behind the scenes. I love a good Dateline Mystery and the genealogy TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I’m an Anglophile… love anything English! I would like to serve a church mission to England with Jaren someday. I'm queen of paper towel, used kitchen hand towels and dishrags make me squirm. You’ll rarely find me out of the house not ready for the day, except when driving the kids to school on the days I don't work. I feel naked without lip gloss. Pairing up white socks, chipped fingernail polish, chapped lips and brownie crumbs on the floor drive me nuts! I like to organize and BE organized..but not saying I always am. ;) I enjoy hiking and ATV’ing with my family and snowshoeing with the hubs. Although I enjoy collecting recipes and occasionally watch cooking shows... (Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Paula Deen, and the Pioneer Woman are my favorites) I’d rather not cook. Eating out is so much more fun. I love celebrating holidays. Family traditions are important to me. I'm a memory preserver. I'm a pathological picture taker ;) and I love happy lists!

My Fam!

My Fam!

Mr. and I

Mr. and I

My Girls!

My Girls!

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Emma Abigail (19)

Emma Abigail (19)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

Our Missionary

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What's On My Happy List?


The girls and I had a little girl's night out last night!
Give ya one guess where we went! 
Boy, were we excited.....
We've been await'in for this one for awhile now. 

Lov'in us some of Disney's new Cinderella!!!! 
{she's always been one of MY favorite Disney princesses} 
Hannah, Brie and Kate all went through a Cinderella phase when they were toddlers.  
Our DVD's of Cinderella, II and III=lots of use!

{image from www.chipandco.com}
                                                                        

Before we left for the movie......

I turned the clock to midnight! ;) 

And we had ourselves a little mini Cinderella celebration!

It was a fun excuse to pull out our Madame Alexander Cinderella doll collection...
{You can see our Snow White and the Huntsman movie celebration HERE and Wizard of Oz M.A. doll party HERE}

printables from KROWNKREATIONS on Etsy...

Our version of the Wicked Stepmother, and Stepsisters...
Anastasia and Drizella...
{have to say they are pretty adorable...}

these guys....not so much! HA!
                                                                       
all the Disney images are from disneyvillains.net / toonswallpapers.com / schoolofdisney.com



{yah know that part in the movie when Cinderella was ready for the ball and the wicked stepmother yanked off her beads?}
...that nasty woman!
Thus the candy necklaces 

Cinderella Brooms! 
For the all that darn cleaning she had to do!
{saw the idea on line, but couldn't find who to credit. Whomever it is...such a clever idea. 
It's string cheese and pretzels. Easy Peasy}

Poor Cinderella!

GUS GUS!!!! Love that little guy! one of my all-time favorite Disney characters!  {for reals.} 

Gus and his little friends! 
{Saw the edible mouse idea online.} 
A piece of laughing cow cheese, eyes and nose are mini chocolate chips, ears are made from Canadian bacon, tail is a stem from fresh cilantro....laid on a plate of Cheez-It crackers.


Pumpkin Cookies for the carriage coach! 

The fairy godmother's 
Bibbity Bobbity Boo magic wands! 




Two Cinderella inspired games {both ideas from Ivy&Co.blog}

Sweep the Pumpkin into a bucket! 
Had to use squash {that sorta looked like a pumpkin?} As Pumpkins not in season. obviously. 



Gave them a clue to Find Cinderella's slipper! 

The prizes!

Just so you know...
We Loved. Loved. the movie! 
I may even admit I got a little choked up. 
{Sleeping Beauty is my other fav, but I enjoyed this way more than Maleficent} 

I'd go again just for the music, costumes, and THAT scenery. 
Bea-uti-ful!

Loved the country French chateau that Cinderella's family was living in! 
I'd live there. ;) 

Rose from Downton, who plays Cinderella, nailed it. 
She was perfect. 

Her wedding dress. 
Breathtaking!

Loved seeing Daisy, also from Downton, play the role of Drizella. 

Hannah now has a new crush...
Prince Charming! 
He's a cutie-pa-tootie, I must say.  
And boy! does he have one good set of teeth!

To love someone as they really are... and to always have courage, 
and be kind.

The movie has marvelous messages to boot!
{Emma is in the dark there somewhere. haha Kyleigh missed out as she was on a weekend get away with her girlfriends.}  

After movie treat!

In other news!

Girl's room redo...never got around to posting any pics...until now...
We went for a colorful... kind of Boho feel.

My inspiration was this coverlet I found for $20! 
{at Burlington} 
Hannah's favorite color is orange. She's not a princess pink kind of gal. 


A few of my favorite pieces... 
Peacock canvas
{found at Ross}

Reading Bench!
 {found at TJ Maxx} 
great storage inside...perfect for all of B. Oliv-ea's books!


LOVE this mirror! 
{Found at Burlington.}

Rug!
{Bought from Walmart on-line}

Peacock Pillow!
{found at Home Goods}


The paint!

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn on bottom half, Light French Gray color on top.


Storage Bins!
Green ones we already had, wooden box from Gordmans, others from Walmart... 

 Picture Collage Wall!
Found some of the wall hangings at Gordmans, some we already had, mirrors from Ross {spray painted those}. 
Love the pic of the two girls...
one of Hannah's best friends is African American :) 




Got the curtain on Overstock!

Used to sing this song to Brie when she was little!


I'm sort of a pillow freak! Found most of them at Burlington. 

Print of Starry Night over the Rhone 1888 
by Vincent van Gogh 



My very favorite stores to shop for decor 
{and other things} :)

Ross
T.J. Maxx
Tuesday Morning
Home Goods
Burlington
World Market
Marshalls
Gordmans

Spring Fever!
A few new touches of "green" and Spring 
sprinkled inside and out our abode...












 We painted a few walls in our little kitchen GREEN!!!


I love roosters! {especially the French Gallic kind and what they represent historically as a Christian symbol..it's very interesting..} 



My other choice of kitchen decor....is the wine bottle... even though we don't drink. ;) 





No new green in the bedroom, but I can definitely keep on dreaming of Spring in Paris with that honk'in piece of eiffel in the corner! ;) LOVE!



Happy Spring!!!

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