Thursday, January 31, 2008

Growth Chart

Ryan is growing so fast. Jamie and I want to find a growth chart to keep track of his height. We also want one that we can hang in the house and won't clash with our decor. I found a couple that might work.
These are custom you can pick the colors and patterns!

This one is cute too-I love that it is gender neutral

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

100th Post!

  1. I have made it to my 100th post! To commemorate here is 100 things about me in no particular order.

    I love to people watch, sometimes I stare. I don't mean to but I am really curious!

  2. I bite my nails-I have been doing it as long as I can remember.

  3. I eat oatmeal at least three times a week for breakfast

  4. At the Gym I always put the elliptical on the highest resistance. At least twice a week I use the stair stepper (It really hurts)

  5. I love reality TV aka The Hills, The Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser, Keeping up with the Kardasians and many more!

  6. I TV-O all these shows and watch them at night after Ryan has gone to bed

  7. I have lots of cookbooks, I just counted 29 but I really only use 8 of them regularly.

  8. Even with all those cookbooks I use at least 3 online recipes a week!

  9. I hate laundry! I don't mind washing it, but I hate to fold and put away. I just feel like it is never caught up, I have resolved that it never will.

  10. I love straws and Real glasses. Except for sippy cups and Ryan's few dishes, we don't have one plastic cup, plate or bowl! Real dishes only!

  11. I love to make soups and freeze them . It really comes in handy when your husband comes home starving and I can make a quick and delicious soup and grilled cheese.

  12. If I had a choice I would eat salads for every meal, When I was a little girl when people would ask what my favorite food was. I always wanted to say salad, but I thought they wouldn't believe me!

  13. I have been in a TV commercial, I lived in Beverly Hills as a little girl and my mom would take me to auditions!

  14. I love sports, but I am not very sporty, I like Golf and Tennis, someday I hope to improve both games.

  15. I love to run and want to run a Marathon Before I'm 40!

  16. I worship the sun, In the summer I am found at the pool or laying out by it!

  17. I shave my legs every day!

  18. I love taking pictures, especially of Ryan, Next year I want a professional camera. I think I would put it to good use!

  19. Blue is my favorite color- Robbin egg blue and Martha Stewart blue

  20. I hate pot lucks, I don't mind if its with people I know well, but In general think they are disgusting!

  21. I love cake platters and stands.

  22. Actually I love any type of kitchen gadget!

  23. I love the smell of cinnamon and vanilla candles

  24. I used to plan weddings and parties

  25. I love to plan every detail from the food to the color of each flower

  26. I love linens especially table linens

  27. I brush my teeth more than twice a day

  28. Ryan does too! Because he loves brushing his teeth!

  29. I love limes and always order them with diet Pepsi

  30. I wear the perfume Amarige by Giovinchy and have worn it for 9 years!

  31. I love chunky jewelery but only like simple earrings.

  32. I served a Spanish speaking mission in California

  33. My first car was a u-go, It was really embarrassing but it got me around, some of you may remember it!

  34. I was born in California

  35. I have lived in CA, VA, OH, NJ and UT!

  36. I lived in California the longest and Utah a close second

  37. I have played soft ball and volleyball on a team

  38. When I was five I took a cheer leading class I still remember the cheers, (Texas need a little practice...)

  39. I have degrees in Business and Interior design

  40. I love ice cream! I really don't have a favorite flavor because there are so many good ones

  41. I love Paris and want to go there someday!

  42. I am a people person , I love company and don't like to be alone for an extended amount of time.

  43. I have four sisters and two brothers

  44. My sisters were in the room when Ryan was born, they said it was really awesome!

  45. I hate scary movies, I cant sleep if I have watched one.

  46. I love decorating for Holidays! I think it is so much fun!

  47. My favorite Holidays are Christmas and Easter

  48. When I was young, my dad would turn off the lights, I shared a room with my sister, we would turn them back on and read. Sometimes I would wake up with a book on my face.
  49. I also got in trouble in gradeschool for reading under my desk during Science and Math!

  50. I was called the Glitter Queen in 3rd grade because I loved glitter and it followed me everywhere.

  51. My favorite place to go is the beach, the sounds of the waves bring back lots of memories
  52. I think you make better decsions if you shop online, I do most of my shopping that way

  53. I look at other peoples teeth (sorry but I really do)

  54. I love music, all types especially country and the top 40

  55. Once at the gym I was singing out loud on the treadmill the guy next to me asked me to please stop. I was really embarassed, his wife is now one of my closest friends! (That was over 7 years ago)

  56. I took voice lessons when I was in highschool, my friends would laugh at me because I would sing every popular pop song in opera or classical style. ( I dont do this anymore either)

  57. I was in Muscials in Highschool and College

  58. In Highschool during my freshman year my seminary teacher asked me to sing in class, I had been working on a song by the Carpenters"You light up my life" I sang it for my class. I almost cry thinking of it now, who would sing that song in a seminary class? Not one of my proudest moments

  59. I love Pride and Prejudice- Mr Darcy especially! I also like most classic movies like Emma and Sence and Sensibilty.

  60. I love to shop! I love Nordstoms and the Mall, Target and The Outlets

  61. I'm an accessory guru!

  62. My favorite veggies are asparagus and green beans

  63. I love European chocolate, especially dark

  64. I heart Martha Stewart, love her creativity

  65. I've made PB ornaments and really cute baby girl shoes!

  66. My favorite outfit is too small, lame

  67. I always want to have a killer tan, I dont right now but I used to tan. I might start spray tanning again real soon!

  68. I loathe scrapbooking, seriously

  69. I enjoy looking at photo albums

  70. I am ALWAYS late to church

  71. I am afraid of the dark

  72. and fish

  73. and SHARKS!

  74. I despise dust and dirty kitchen floors, I try to mop every day sometimes twice

  75. I am not a bargain shopper/if you are lets go shopping!

  76. Jamie is!

  77. I adore Ryan

  78. Sunglasses are necessary

  79. I love celebrity mags

  80. My favorite place to eat is Market Street Grill

  81. I've worked at Nordstrom's

  82. and Ethan Allen

  83. and Shaw Floors

  84. and Abbey Floors.

  85. I love to cater events

  86. I once catered an event in D.C. for Gov. Jon Huntsman

  87. I almost killed my roomates in college chasing boys over railroad tracks

  88. I drive a white Honda CRV

  89. I'll never drive a minivan, it's ok if you do, I might eat my words someday..

  90. I'm starting a business, Your Savvy Nanny.

  91. I love to travel

  92. My favorite beauty product: Mary Kay Mascara

  93. I like designer diaper bags

  94. I would rather have a smaller house and lots of toys

  95. I dream of money- not really but I think about it alot

  96. I could be pregnant right now, who knows?

  97. I would like to work professionally but Ryan is my number one

  98. I love my friends and cherish each one of them!

  99. Can you ever get enough GNO'S? (Girls nights out)

  100. I want a huge gourmet kitchen now please!

I can't belive I did this, I have been working on it for three days! Enjoy!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Valentine Centerpeice

I really love this centerpeice I found here! Cut some foam into a heart shape, add roses then pin leaves on the outside. Simply Beautiful!

What are you afraid of?

This is a real picture! Great White Shark! I am a little creeped out!

  1. Sharks, Jaws did not help, neither did open water, sea world or the Discovery Channel. I love the ocean, but try not to think about Sharks!

  2. Dark (I know silly but I prefer a light on). I make Jamie leave lights on for me. Once I am safely in bed the lights can go out!

  3. Scary Movies or documentaries. Really anything spooky makes me uneasy, I have a very vivid imagination!

  4. Getting a Kidney Stone, I have had them before and they are more painful then having Ryan! Once in was in New York with my mom, I thought I felt one coming on and I burst into tears. Luckily it was a False Alarm.
  5. Spiders, I am afraid of black widows, and sometimes wonder when I go into the garage if there is one in there. Then I quickly get out! On my mission in California, we were teaching a woman who lived alone. One day we had an appointment with her. When she answered the door I almost screamed out loud. Her entire forehead was sticking out about 4 inches. It was oozing and disgusting. She had been bitten by a black widow in her sleep. I am itching and squirming right now! True Story!

  6. Being a passenger in any car. I have a little bit of anxiety (Jamie might say a lot) when other people are driving. Another mission story, I was companions with girl who drove so badly I feared for my life every day! I have not been the same since. I am a nervous back seat driver and tend to grip the handles until my knuckles turn white.

And now I am curious, what are you afraid of?

Saturday, January 26, 2008

New Snow Gear

First set of pictures are of Ryan in his new snow suit!
He was so excited to go outside!
Ryan put on Jamies Hat! Just like dad!

Friday, January 25, 2008


This is my first time tagged by my friend Aimee. I figure its fun to share things people may not know about me.

  • Where did you meet your husband? At work- I was his boss. He would leave diet cokes on my desk, and would help me with tasks that no one else would. when he would ask me out I would turn him down because we worked together. I had called into work because my car wouldn't start. He heard about it and came right away. To thank him I took him to lunch. He wouldn't let me pay, he looked at me and said " this is a date". It took a couple more weeks before I finally gave in.
  • First thing said? I'm sure it was "Hello I'm Emily nice to meet you. Welcome to our company" I do remember he smiled and asked me questions,(where are you from? etc...)
  • 1st date? It was a really nice date. I even remember what I wore really cute banana republic pink pants! We had dinner in Old Town Alexandria at the Chart House a really nice restaurant that over looked the Potomac river (we also went to the same restaurant on our wedding night). You could see the Washington monument all lit up. We walked around outside. It was really beautiful! We danced under neath a lit gazebo, and he tried to kiss me. I let him give me a quick kiss, (in case you think he was moving to fast we had known each other for 5 months)
  • 1st kiss? You might think that it was the night of our first official date, but I did meet him one night for a quick dinner after work, we decided to play pool, and talk. We had a really nice time. That was 2 months before our first official date. He tried to kiss me and I gave him a quick kiss. As I was driving home that night I decided to tell him that I was not interested. Valentines day was only 2 weeks away. Even though I had turned him down he brought me a huge bouquet of beautiful roses.
  • How long did you date? We dated for 8 months before we got engaged.
  • Where did you get engaged? Well Jamie had planned a date, but I was really sick with a terrible cold. He was taking care of me. I was in bed, he had brought me some movies and medicine. We were watching a movie and he leaned over and proposed. It was not the ideal situation but sweet and he had the ring and was excited.
  • Where were you married? We eloped at a beautiful home along the Potomac river.
  • How did the reception go? We didn't have one, because we eloped. But when we get married in our church, we will be having a party! How could a wedding planner not plan her own party?
  • Where did you go on your Honeymoon? We moved to Utah 3 days after our elopement. We were busy packing and getting ready for our big move. We drove separate cars all the way from DC to SLC hoping to make it in time for Christmas! One of our cars broke down three times, the transmission went out twice, we got it fixed in Nebraska, we made it to the state line and it broke down again. So it got towed back to Nebraska with half of our belongings. At that point we were so late getting home, we decided to drive the other cars the rest of the way and Jamie would come back after Christmas for the big van. We had to stay in the most random cities, wherever we broke down. Jamie felt really bad because I cried a ton on that trip! I tried to do some nice things to make it special (aka dinners and a few funny sites), and we talked on our walkie talkies along the way! The most funny thing I will remember is it was so cold and we had a love sac on the top of the van, it fell off and Jamie and I were out on the freeway in the middle of a snow storm trying to get it back on. We had a dog at the time, and somehow we were able to sneak her into every hotel we stayed at and didn't get caught! We had added 4 or 5 days more then we had wanted, and finally pulled into My parents home at 2 pm Christmas day! I have made a promise to never move in our own vehicles again! One nice thing was my dad paid for us to stay at a few nice hotels as we traveled, I was so glad, a nice room made the trip bearable.(we got the honeymoon suite too!) So again after we get married in our church-maybe we will go on a real honeymoon!
  • Do you have a song? Yes Goodbye by Clint Black and Winona Judd. We listened to that song all the time while we were dating. Jamie would sing it to me!

That was fun- I tag Megan, Sadie,Teresa,Amanda and Amber

A Passion for Pink

Martha has a "Pink" Group of entertaining pictures. Don't you just love the ribbon cake?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dinner Group

I am In Charge of planning a Dinner Group once a month with the women in my church. I love these monthly activities, and look forward to getting creative and having some fun. Tonight was January's activity. We decided to have a dinner recipe exchange. Each person brought an entree they would take to someone( if they had a baby or were sick) or that their family enjoys. We tried each dish and swapped recipes and talked and had a really nice time! I was excited to Make my Chicken Parmesan Crepes. They are so different and yummy! Here is the recipe, you can half it. It makes over thirty crepes! They are a little time consuming because you make the crepes one at a time but it is worth it!

Crepe Recipe (I make two double batches)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs and milk. Gradually add in the water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. I use my smallest sauté pan. Pour into hot pan using a 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. The edges will peel away slightly. I loosen with a fork.
Cook the crepe until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Set aside, separate with wax paper so they wont stick.
This makes at least 30 crepes. It makes two 9 X 13 pans
▪ 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast.
▪chicken stock or bouillon. Enough to cover chicken breast and boil 8-10 cups
▪3 regular sized blocks of cream cheese.
▪ ½ cup chopped celery
▪ 1 green onion sliced really thin including green stem may want to add more if you like onion.
Preheat oven to 350-Boil chicken in stock until cooked. Let cool. Set out cream cheese to room temp. Saute celery in 2 tablespoons of real butter until soft at the very end add green onion. Once chicken has cooled shred chicken in a large bowl, add celery and onion and cream cheese. Mix well, salt and pepper to taste. Make sure to keep the prettiest part of the crepe on the outside. Spoon two tablespoons of mix into the center of each crepe. Roll tightly into rolls. Spray Pam on the bottom of your pans arrange crepes, with end side down. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle good grated Parmesan cheese on top. Bake until warmed through. Parmesan will be crisp and melted. Enjoy! Great for a party or special event.

A new word!

I don't know if I have mentioned that Ryan speaks very few words.
  • dada
  • whats dat?
  • whats dis?
  • mmmm
  • and now HOT

I think after getting burned yesterday he was suddenly aware of Hot! I was giving him a bath this morning and told him the faucet was hot. Then I showed him the flat iron and said HOT!

A few minuted later he looked at me and said clearly "HOT" and pointed to the faucet.

Lesson Learned!

Now I wish he would just say mama!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Accident Prone!

This morning was a typical morning, Ryan and I woke up went downstairs had bowls of oatmeal with blue berries and toast. We read some books and played some games. Then we went upstairs, showered, and I had just plugged in my chi straightener. It really does a good job and is really hot! And before I could save him Ryan grabbed it and the rest was history. He had burned his hand. I felt awful as I put his hand under the faucet of cold water. He was really upset, I have never felt so bad. He was hurt and I couldn't fix it. I iced a few towels and gave him an otter pop, hoping that by holding it he would stop crying and find relief. Finally I got a large cup, filled it with snow and water, and he put his hand in it. We sat on the sofa for two hours, he kept his hand in the cup the entire time, until he fell asleep. I was so happy that he fell asleep. I knew he must be feeling better.

After his nap he was a typical happy one year old. We had to take my Mom to the airport, so we went to go pick her up. We stopped to see my sisters new house in SLC and headed home. About two hours later, Ryan was playing on his rocking horse and flipped over it forward into the coffee table. I looked up and his face was covered in blood!(bloody nose) I thought to myself not again! I held him for an hour. He seemed very content in my arms.

It was a hard day,I really haven't accomplished anything I had planned. Even so, there is nothing better than holding my little one! I love that he feels safe in my arms. I am just hoping that he makes it without a concussion by age two!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Due Date Baby Shower

How sassy is this baby shower idea from Hostess with the Mostess? And so easy to do! Wouldn't any Modern and Hip new momma love this decor?

I especially love the pacifiers(so easy to make-mints and jelly belly's) The vibrant colors with sponges you can buy at ant art and craft store! A modern fun menu and your ready to party! I actually have that blue vase pictured!

Sweet Mallows

Heart Shaped Marshmallows would be so cute for my Valentine Fondue Party! Imagine these dipped in a fragrant dark chocolate! Williams Sonoma Exclusive!

A little Sundance

The sundance film festival has been on my mind because it is this month. I usually try to go to at least one of the films, and get in some celebrity sightings. It's fun, to go to Park City, eat at fun restaurants, and watch a bad film or two. No offence but rarely have I walked away thinking "great movie" "riveting". The good films are usually hard to get into! One year I did get invited tp a private concert with the All American Rejects! It was an awesome concert!
So for this year here is my prop for Sundance. They have great products, jewelery, clothing, and furniture too! I received the catalogue in the mail and saw these beautiful earrings. They are worth checking out!

This bracelet is gorgeous too!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Things I love today

  • Snow and lots of it! We woke up this morning to a blanket of snow, Ryan came to get in bed with us. Jamie opened the blinds and we all watched a beautiful snowfall.

  • Scrambled eggs with home made jalapeno jelly! It was so yummy!

  • Scarfs- I cant get enough of them. I find a way to wear one every day!

  • Dark Chocolate covered pretzel crisps! So good!

  • Diet sprite with a splash of cranberry juice and a lime! So refreshing and seasonal!

  • Slippers- I am wearing Jamie's right now, mine are up stairs! Love cozy feet!

  • Ryan-he is trying so hard to talk! He sings too! If I can video it for you I will!

  • White Tulips! I know its not spring, but I saw some on Saturday and they were so beautiful. I bought two bunches and put them in a vase with a large chocolate ribbon. They look so lovely!

  • Dixie Chicks-so It has been a while since I have put any of those Cd's in. But when you do-it is so great, brought back lots of memories. Makes cleaning more enjoyable too!

  • Rumbis Vodoo Salad- I know I have said this before, on Saturday I met Jamie and Ryan for lunch, (they had gone to the car show) and I thought to myself, I could eat this everyday! And its healthy BONUS!

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Dad was having some balloon fun with Ryan's Hair!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Teen Vogue

I love the styling in this months teen vogue! I would love to have a job like that, pick out great outfits, and find unique places to take pictures. Must be a fun job. And lets not forget, teen vogue being the current internship for Lauren Conrad. "The Hills"is my true vice. I love this show. for those of you who have not been sucked into the lives of those on the show "The Hills" on MTV it's not too late.
The show stars Lauren, a wealthy girl from Laguna Beach California. She is going to fashion school, lives in LA, and interns for Teen Vogue. The drama, the hot spots, events, clubs, are so fun to watch. I especially love their clothes! New Episodes will air in the spring.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cookie Conversion

I LOVE Snickerdoodles! They are one of my favorite cookies. I found a recipe a while back for Snickerdoodle muffins. I have been wanting to make them. Ryan loves to help me in the Kitchen, so tonight we made them together. (Ryan poured the ingredients in the mixing bowl)

It looks like a snickerdoodle on top, all crackly and cinnamony. Then in the middle soft and delightful. Here is the recipe:

Snickerdoodle Muffins
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp cream of tarter
¾ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 and ¼ cup sour cream
2 and ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar and 2 TBSP cinnamon mixed together for rolling
1.Cream the butter and sugar until soft about 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the vanilla. Add in the eggs one at a time and mix until each is incorporated.
2.In a separate, mix together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and cream of tarter.
3.Add the flour mixture and the sour cream alternately to the egg-butter mixture in the additions. Start with the flour and end with the flour. Scrape the bowl occasionally.
4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out muffin batter one at a time and drop into a shallow bowl filled with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the muffin around in the mixture until it is covered completely in cinnamon sugar.. Place muffin in to muffin tin.. Depending on the size of your tins, you should get about 12 to 14 muffins. Bake them for approx. 20-22 minutes in a 350F oven or until they are golden brown.

Diaper cakes,Movies and Lasagna

My sister Cassi came over last night(Thurs) to do some girly bonding. Both of our husbands had basketball, so we were excited for the excuse to do whatever we wanted. I made a Lasagna and had dinner ready when she arrived. We worked on a project for a baby shower she was hosting in a couple of weeks.
Have any of you seen a diaper cake? I had never heard of such a thing, but after googling I was surprised to find a video to show me how it is done. I should have taken pictures, but I forgot to! So this one is not ours, but will give you the idea. It is a use able centerpiece,that the "mom to be" can take home with her. When Jamie got home he was laughing at us because he thought a cake made of diapers was the silliest thing. Oh well, it did turn out nice ,we used polka dot and red ribbons and rickrack!

We watched Music and Lyrics, and the Covenant(a movie about a group of really good looking warlocks). Both movies I give two thumbs up! It was fun, I hope we do it again soon!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Room that Inspires

This bathroom from pottery barn is really sheek! I love the mirror image, and the animal prints. The free standing tub, seems so romantic! I love the chair, and the use of different textures. Right now my eye loves rooms that are simple and clean. I would do something different with the walls, maybe a light blue or tan. I think it also needs a really shaggy rug to soften it up!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Determination, Relaxation

After a night of little sleep(Ryan is having trouble sleeping lately) I woke up this morning with the determination to get a few more loose ends completed for Savvy Nanny. I headed over to my friend Sadie's so she could help me format the family application. We got half of it done, and will have to keep working. But it is coming along! Sadie I owe you big time!

Yesterday I met up with a friend of mine Jessica for lunch, we went to our favorite place, the Porcupine Grill. On the way I was caught in a snow storm. I saw 6 accidents, and a semi that had flipped over. Once lunch was over the sun was out, and the roads were clear. That's a typical Utah Morning storm!

I made a Quiche, and am watching American Idol, relaxing! Enjoy your evening too!

Tissue Paper Fowers

This Bouquet was made from only tissue paper flowers! Pretty Amazing right?

These tissue paper flowers would be a great gift to give a loved one or a friend. I think they are beautiful. They should not take more than an afternoon to make, but would be a fun project. Thanks Martha!


Folded Petal Flower

Cut several 1 3/4-by-2 3/4-inch and 1 1/4-by-2-inch rectangles from tissue paper; fold each in half lengthwise; cut one end to be rounded, and twist other end to shape. For the center, roll white tissue paper into a tiny ball; cut out a square from white tissue paper, and wrap it around the ball, twisting tissue at its base. Attach the twisted end of the ball to a piece of floral wire by wrapping with green floral tape; add petals one at a time (start with small petals and end with large ones), taping twisted ends onto floral wire. Trim floral tape; spread out petals.

Bubble Petal
Each bloom requires 12 (or six pairs) stamens attached to floral wire with floral tape and five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball, forming a half-sphere; twist ends, and remove ball. Attach one end of a petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from center.

Parents Magazine

In this months Parents Magazine, they had the most beautiful and ( easy to make) Valentine treats! I love the presentation, colors everything! I am going to see how well I can copy the cookies,I would love to pipe like that! All the recipes are on their website!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Crayon Hearts

These are super cute! I think I will make them for our neighbors with kids, as a valentine from Ryan. I could use a few crayons like these. Ryan can't break them! Crayola crayons work the best. Don't use black or purple they are too dark.

Monday, January 14, 2008

2008 Design Forecast

I just finished Reading the 2008 Design forecast. I found it amusing because the colors that should be a huge smash this year are Bold shades of purple mixed with greys, golds and browns. The style is modern Moroccan. I personally don't really like either of these trends to come, but I do like the forecast of wild patterns and furs, and Asian twists. The most unique item I saw was metal plants and trees. Anyone care for a silver shiny plant? Could be fun in the right space.