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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The One With All The Cleavage

I love making videos ha. Thanks for giving me an excuse to make one and for giving me something to do with all my time, Leah. I nominate Beverly, Riley, Laura, Kiely, Jovanna, (and whoever else wants to make one) to make a post/video/whatever telling 10 things their friends might now know about them.! :)

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P.S. Sorry for the cleavage. Also, sorry for my constant jumping of subjects. I started to edit it so it would flow coherently, but this is how I actually talk so I decided to just leave it lol!

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Happy List: 72

I kind of want to start titling my posts like Friend's episodes. So, let's pretend this one is called "The One Where Everyone Thought They Were Naked."

So, I posted this picture on Instagram and people were having mini heart attacks because they thought we were naked hahaha. You can see my pajama shorts and Jake's shirt if you look close enough, but the thought that people thought I (of all people) would post a picture naked in bed has me rolling hahahahaha. I guess I had an unfortunate clothing choice of a pajama short/tank top set. LOLOLOLOL. / Three story park. / When we ride the scooter past someone's sprinklers and I get a little mist in my face. / Swimming in Jake's aunt's pool (She's the nicest!!!). / When Trixie is a rag doll. / SPITZ. So good. / Exploring the other side of the lake at Tibble Fork. / My mom telling me I can reorganize her iPhoto library. / Getting a free chocolate milk. / Getting to spend all weekend with my best friend!!!!!!

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There were many funny things said this weekend, but I didn't keep track. Anyway, it was a good week and we had so much fun on our little anniversary vacation! 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Strawberry Baes

We finally went to Strawberry Days! (See what I did there?) We were basically there for the sole purpose of getting strawberries and cream and it did NOT disappoint.

Also, I was putting together our San Francisco photo book the other day (don't let your pictures die as jpegs!!!!) and I realized that most of my pictures are of things. It's not necessarily bad, but just boring? Like I was looking through them and my favorite pictures were the ones that had all of us in them, or at least ones that had someone. I just feel really awkward being in pictures. And asking Jake to take pictures of me. And asking strangers to take pictures of me and Jake. BUT THOSE ARE THE BEST/MOST INTERESTING/CUTEST. So, I decided I just need to grow some lady balls and do it. 

So, alas. Here we are at Strawberry Days. You can expect to see more pictures of us WITH things, instead of just the things. I'm excited. I'm pretty sure my kids are going to be like, "Ok nice pizza, but what did you look like back then? Did you wear ______ (whatever bad trend is happening today that we won't know about until the future)?" So, even though it's awkward I want to be able to look back on pictures and see what we were like! And make fun of what we were wearing and my hair and whatever else it is that people regret when they look back on old pictures of themselves.

Anyway, that was a tangent, but it's just been something I've been thinking about lately. So, yay! I'm excited for this new goal!

I usually don't post pictures of my family on here, but their faces are hidden so I'm doing it. Look at how cute my niece was haha. Her little hat! I can't get over it. Also she keeps using her middle finger to point to things instead of her pointer finger and it's the funniest thing ever. I don't know what she's doing in this picture but look at her middle finger! Ha!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

A Happy List: 71

Finally getting my shower fixed and being able to use it again. I love my bathroom more than the other bathroms in the house. / A lady walked by me at the mall and there was a little tiny dog sticking its head out of her purse, just so casually. / Seeing a social experiment in person. / Waking up when the sun has just barely come over the mountains. / Driving with the top down. / Finally watching The Duff. / Scooter rides at dusk. / The guy with the shiny jacket at John Butler Trio. / Seeing a Banksy piece in real life. / My niece putting Saltine crackers in my hair.

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Here are some funny things people said this week:

My niece was swimming in one of those little kiddie pools you get from Wal-Mart and my sister was like, "I wish they had a bigger one of these." My mom said, "Why? For you?!" LOL.

Me: "Oh! You're shirtless!"
Jake: "Shirtless in Seattle."

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Here are some internet things to make you happy. These food arrangements are so beautiful. / This dog in a bed makes me so happy. / This pygmy hippo swimming is the cutest thing.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I'm Forgetting Everything!


Ok, so the main point of this post is that eShakti redid their site and it's crazy amazing with lots of cute things and they wanted to give you guys $35 off your order! So, enter "thelittlediary35" to get a discount and treat yo'self BUT HURRY BECAUSE IT WILL EXPIRE ON SUNDAY. 

Here are my favorite things. All of which will cost you less than $10 because of the code! So, get to it!

(Find them here, here, and here.)

The second point of this post is that I have been forgetting everything lately! So, here's what happened. I am trying out this eyelash growth serum and so I haven't been wearing eye makeup. I'm going to try to go for a month (minus special occassion days) without eyemakeup and see if my eyelashes have grown or not! Ok, so with that being that I still want to wear a little something which is where my favorite red lipstick comes in. When I don't wear eyemakeup I usually will still wear lipstick or something, just so you know, it actually looks like I put some effort into getting ready.

HOWEVER I LOST MY LIPSTICK. You guys, I have NO idea where it is!!! I have seriously looked everywhere. I wanted to take new pictures in my skirt for this post but I couldn't find my lipstick so I waited and then forgot to post this! Ha! Anyway, I ordered a new tube and it should be here any day. 

Hopefully this one lasts me! I bought one last May, lost it, bought a new one, then lost it last week, and now I'm buying another. Worst. Maybe one day in the future there will be like, little tracking things you can put on your favorite items so you can't lose them!

I decided to try some new editing techniques on this picture that the lovely Mila took for us on our last anniversary! We didn't get pictures this year in time, so I'm thinking maybe I'll try to take a few with a tripod, so wish me luck!

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P.S. If you're wondering why the code is "thelittlediary" it's because that's what my blog name used to be. This blog has had many, MANY, names haha. I think I'll be satisfied with what it is now for a while though.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Happy List: 70

(This is me with my friend who looks exactly like Zooey Deschanel and is also whose wedding I photographed!)

When people I know visit me or accidentally come into my work. / When Trixie positions herself on her bed so she can sleep directly facing me... and then watches me until she falls asleep. / These people were outside my work giving away hugs, stickers, and balloons! They were blowing bubbles everywhere and writing positive messages on the ground in sidewalk chalk "just because". / When Barefoot Blonde emailed me back (!!) and had a really good response to what I said. / The LOL gifts my father-in-law got for his 50th birthday. / Hearing stories about my niece being mean to my mom and sister haha. I probably shouldn't laugh at her half as much as I do, but little kids being sassy is a weak spot for me. I assume I'll get over it fast when it's my own kids who are being sassy. / Miniature bottles of Martenelli's. I call them a "party for one". / Finally getting some cute stationary and post cards for snail mail with Autumn! / The way the world smells after it rains. / Jake giving me a foot massage.

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Here are some funny things people said this week:

I was talking to a lady I met while walking Trixie about how people spend so much money to keep their animals alive. She said, "I know, you just do it though. You do it because they're just little people. Little people with coats."

(My mom was gardening.)
Me: "How's your ho?"
My mom: "You think your so funny! This is a true ho Emmy, not the kind you guys say!"

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Here are some internet things to make you happy. / Ok so these are technically "sad animal facts" but they made me laugh so I'm including them! / Ok newborn bunnies! You win! / My friend's Boston apartment is actually the most perfect thing in the world. / I love this shoot for so many reasons. First of all, I love Jaci Marie Photography. Second of all, I love Lucky Blue Smith and Pyper America. Third of all, I love that they are siblings. Fourth of all, the styling is perfect.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Partners In Crime

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

iPhone Things

1. / Made this apple and almond butter snack and it was DELICIOUS. 2 / Trixie in car heaven after we took her to adventure in the mountains. She fell asleep on my arm like this. 3. / Trixie getting a bath lol. 4. / Trixie swaddled post-bath.

1. / Jake brought me breakfast in bed. Nobody can cook eggs like that boy. 2. / SOS. Do I like this lipstick or nah? 3. / THE AÇAÍ BOWL FOOD TRUCK. You guys have to go. Here is their Instagram. 4. / I walked in to find Jake and Trixie sitting like this together. 

1. / Jake had all these pictures of me in his car? Lol. 2. / Caprese salad with Bertolli Glaze is my new obsession. That glaze is BOMB. 3. / Our double sleeping bag! Yay! 4. / I tried these pepper poppers and they were v delish indeed.

1. / Trixie's paws on my thigh haha. I'm not even sorry for all the pictures I post of her. She is so freaking cute. 2. / I have been OBSESSED with this bluberry breakfast quinoa. SO GOOD. 3. / I tried out this strawberry yogurt bark and it's delicious! 4. / I love Trixie's hand in this picture. 

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Trixie In Park Heaven

Ok so I just want to start this post off by saying I LOVE the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens. You guys... it's seriously amazing. It will definitely be the next lens I purchase! I rented it for a wedding I photographed and got to keep it over the weekend. We went on a picnic on Sunday, so I brought it along and WOW. I fell in love with it even more! You can rent it from Allen's Camera for like $35 a day, so if you're into photography definitely go check it out to experience ultimate awesomeness and GORGEOUS pictures. 

Anyway, on to the real post. So, Chewy was nice enough to send Trixie some Backcountry 96% beef canned dog food this month! Since she is so old (15 years!) I've noticed she doesn't like hard things as much as she used to. She will still eat them, but it just takes her longer than it did when she was a young pup. She will take like one dog food at a time instead of multiple ha! So, I'm excited to spoil her with soft dog food for dinner this month!

I was showing the lens to my sister and she took this of me. I'm so photogenic. I know haha. But also my hair is on day 7 in this picture, and I am v proud that it can go 7 days without being washed and not be the grossest thing on all earth. I mean, it's pretty gross (hence the hat) but not the grossest, ya know?

Trixie enjoying her dog food! I gave her the whole can and she couldn't even eat it all haha. So, needless to say, she will be able to have a delicious dinner every day this month at that rate!

Jake found a "big person swing" on the playground hahahaha. I seriously crack up just looking at this picture. He pushed me in it and I totally freaked out! I'm not a roller coaster person and for some reason the swing made me feel EXACTLY like I was on a roller coaster. My brother-in-law said my sister did the exact same thing, so at least I'm not alone haha!

Ok, LOOK AT HER FACE. You guys, she was in HEAVEN. Like, she was just running around the park, laying in different patches of shade, rolling around and loving life! I think we wiped her out because for the rest of the day she just slept! Anyway, she is the queen and we are obsessed with her!

Special thanks to Chewy for being the best ever and sending Trix some delicious food! She is really in heaven these days with all her treats!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

A Happy List: 69

Banburry cross donuts!

Meeting a new friend, Jovanna! Thanks again for second shooting with me!

Jake = the cutest bb.

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Finally getting a double sleeping bag! / Jake putting Trixie on me every morning before he leaves. / The rain on Friday morning. / The cute baby that came up and said "hi" to me on my break. / Watching fireworks from the car and the smiley face firework. / People's reactions to when I said 9-person sleeping bag instead of 9-person tent. Lol. / The drive to Sundance. / Everything about my friend's wedding and photographing it. / Going to dinner with my inlaws. / Listening to The Early November while driving home at night in the rain.

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Here are some funny things people said this week.

Jake (while laying in our double sleeping bag): "Let's try out our sleeping positions! Assume Position!"

Riley (while talking about how she was confused about the 9-person sleeping bag): "I was like A.) I don't even have 9 people in my life I like, let alone want to sleep next to all zipped up. B.) What." I was seriously crying laughing so hard at our texting conversation. 

So, I got home from work really late at night and was cooking dinner. I turned on the oven to preheat and heard something weird. I opened the door and the oven was on fire! Like, there were literal flames! I started yelling, "Mom! Mom!!!!! There's a fire in the oven!!!" and she was there in literally like 5 seconds. She looked at it for a second and then was like, "It's fine." and goes back to bed!! I was so confused but I guess something had just fallen to the floor and caught on fire? Anyway, she was like, "I can't believe you pulled me out of such a deep sleep!" Like, she went from being in her room in a deep sleep to being in the kitchen in literally probably like 5 second. Sooooo funny.

Ok, so I was talking to my mom on the phone and she told me she had come to see me at work a few days ago, but the shop was closed. So she just stood by the windows watching me, then took a picture, and then left! She was like, "I don't know why I did that!!! And I've been meaning to tell you but I haven't seen you for a few days!"

Jake: "Ok are we in the eighteenth century? I mean why don't they have lights on the freeway ya know?"

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Here are some internet things to make you happy. I love this quote by Ghandi. / I am obsessed with mini horses now. / These elderly people doing street art are amazing. / This sloth getting a belly rub is my favorite thing. / Ok sorry for the scandolous pictures of Kim Kardashian, but this pug recreating them is SO FUNNY. People are the best. / 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Give Me Your Forever

Ok so first of all I went through my closet and am getting rid of TONS of clothes. Like bags and bags and bags. I am waiting to sell them at a garage sale, but if you want to come look through them before that then just text me/email me. We'll probably do a garage sale next summer before we move. 

Second all, I got this shirt for our anniversary pictures, but then it was raining so we had to cancel. But I have realized that I need more "professional" clothing. 

Third of all, go to ifChic.com and register. My lovely lovely LOVELY friend Leah told me about this website. You can collect "coins" every day on their website and redeem them on the 24th of each month! They are each worth $1. I registered and then forgot about it until I got an email from them saying they gifted me 100 COINS. So, I basically had to only pay shipping for this skirt! Free things FTW! I am in serious need of new clothes, so any recommendations of good places to shop would be very welcome. 

Shirt from H&M
Skirt from ifChic

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

I'll Be Yours Forever, Just Tell Me When To Start

I don't know why this happened. But it did. Her back legs in this first picture are the best.

This picture was taken at 11:42 a.m...

This picture was taken at 11:43 a.m...


I am trying to make myself more photogenic and less awkward feeling. So, alas. A photo without Trixie or a stupid face.

Ok how funny is Trixie? Like, I had just let her in and called her into the room after she was eating. Apparently eating just really takes it out of you. Like she literally just collapsed and started napping. I can't imagine that postition was comfortable, but you've gotta do what you've gotta do... right? Lol. I'm going to miss this little nug when we move to NYC! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hiking Is Bae. But Only Sometimes.

Ok so first of all I meant to say TENT on my last post instead of "sleeping bag". We have a 9-person tent and want to get a 2-3-person tent. Hahahaha. I'm an idiot. But now I am curious if a 9-person sleeping bag exists. 

Ok, it doesn't but when I googled searched "9-person sleeping bag" this is what popped up. So good. But, yes. If you're in the market for a 9-person TENT then let me know because we're selling ours. 

Anyway! I guess I'm just on a roll because remember the winter hike to Battlecreek Falls we did? Well. We actually didn't go to the falls I guess. We went past the falls and literally never knew until we went again. My mom wanted us to go on a family hike on Sunday, so we went to the falls and it turns out there is a part where you can hike DOWN to the falls. When we went it was snowed over, so we thought you just had to like look at it from the top. #FAIL.

It was fun to go again though! And you know, to actually follow the right trail and see the falls... haha. 

Also if you're wondering if it's possible for me to take a picture without a cheese smile or a dumb hand let me assure you IT IS. I actually just took one just to see if I could and it was a very awkward experience but it looked alright. Also, when google searching for what the "hand under chin pose" is all about I found this. You're going to want to click that link. Such a cute bb. So little. 

I guess I just feel awkward smiling by myself? Like can Jake be here or like someone else so I don't feel like an idiot? N.E.WAYS. That's all I guess. This turned into a strange many-topic-post but I don't even care because what happens happens. 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Camping! Yay!

I wrote this whole post and then my internet stopped working and I refreshed the page and lost ALL my work! Ugh!

Anyway, we finally went camping! We have seriously been trying to go for what feels like so long. The chocolate shop is busier on the weekends so FML because that's when I get scheduled. I have nothing Monday-Friday so I would love to work the weekdays and have the weekend off because that's when Jake has work off! But, c'est la vie. I think I am just going to try to switch some of the girls. 

Anyway, we just went up to Deer Creek since I worked on Friday and had a shoot on Saturday. It was close enough that we could get to all our things but still go! 

I literally can not resist a Coke with my name on it. 

Chips are a camping tradition! I DEVOUR THESE. I opened this on Friday night and finished it on Saturday night all by myself. Gross haha. But salt and vinegar is my jam!

Our fire fell over after this :( and we spent the rest of the evening trying to get a nice, consistent fire going. We eventually got it going ok and started the roasting!

My mom has been wanting me to roast a Peep for forever. So, I finally did and it was pretty good! It was definitely way better than a regular Peep!

The next morning we went to Heber for breakfast since we don't have any camp cooking things yet and we didn't want to eat hot dogs for breakfast haha. We went to Chick's Cafe! There was this guy sitting in the same room as us and he had the grossest cough! It was seriously so loud and you could just like visualize all the phlegm coming up every time he coughed. And he kept like clearing his throat and it sounded all wet and just GROSS. We were like, "Why are you here? You are literally dying! Go to the hospital!" Haha no, just kidding. But like, seriously I don't know how he enjoyed his meal because he sounded so bad. 

Anyway, it kind of grossed me out for the rest of the time we were there to be honest! But my cinnamon roll was so good and so was my hot chocolate. Jake liked his food too, and it only cost us like $12 haha! So, a very good deal, but before I go next time I am going to be scoping it out for people with disgusting coughs haha. 

Then we went home and ordered a double sleeping bag on Amazon! I'm way excited for it to get here. Right now we have to bring two sleeping bags and then a bunch of blankets and it's a pain. 

Also, we are getting rid of our huge 9-person tent and getting a 2-3 tent. So, if you or someone you know are in the market for a tent let me know! It's only been used 4-5 times! *edited because I definitely said "sleeping bag" instead of "tent" when I first published this. I used the wrong word not once, not twice, but THREE times you guys. Omg. The struggle is real.*

Overall it was a v good weekend! I'm way excited to start my new job in August, because I'm pretty sure it's like a Monday-Friday 9-5 sort of thing and then we can go camping every weekend! YAY CAMPING.

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