housewarming gift

weekend love it — spring break 2015

I miss the days of Spring Break. A lot. However, the spring sunshine and spring break spirit in Sun Valley are infectious right now, and I’ve been taking advantage as much as a can, between work and realizing that I’m not 21 anymore…

It was a great week filled with birthdays, sunshine, spring skiing and benders. Here’s what I’m loving right now:

1. birthdays. Many people in my life celebrate March birthdays, and this week I helped three of them celebrate in unique ways — one with yummy food and some late-night karaoke, one with gold dinos and cheese fondue (blog post coming soon) and one with aprés-ski unicorns and corn hole.

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kacie making her wish

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birthday flowers for tory

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rachel, the hostess unicorn for tory’s aprés ski adventure

trying to outsmart the wind for some candles...to no avail

trying to outsmart the wind for some candles…to no avail

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gold dinos for kacie and katie’s bday celebration at my casa

birthday girls at the gold dino party

birthday girls at the gold dino party

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kyleigh making a wish at knob hill

kyleigh making a wish at knob hill

2. “have courage, be kind.” Anyone who knows me well knows that I love a good fairytale…especially one with a modern twist that departs from a little patriarchy. While I don’t know that I could say that Disney’s live adaptation of Cinderella did just that, it did enough and then a little more. It was beautiful, intentional, and made my heart sing. I watched it with my mother, who certainly made the motif of “have courage, be kind” that much more poignant. I challenge you to not visualize yourself in cinderella’s glass slippers watching this movie.

While I’m not sure the “kindness” part of my #2 applies to House of Cards, courage probably does. I cannot get enough of House of Cards, and I am already counting down the days (but how many?!) until next season. It’s my favorite TV show right now, in a very different way than The Voice or PLL. While Cinderella may be an almost role model, Claire Underwood is one of my favorite characters ever because of her complexity and strength. That walk off at the end of the final episode?! Oh em gee. While I can’t say I agree with all of her fictional decisions, I love her. Claire Underwood for President.

3. sunshine. While I couldn’t join my “spring breaking” (not actually, but it felt that way for awhile there) friends as much on the slopes, I gave my all at the aprés scene and soaked up as much sunshine as possible this weekend.

river run love

river run love

i went down backwards while taggart hauled down the hill like he always does

i went down backwards while taggart hauled down the hill like he always does

tray races

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river run

4. food for thought. I started reading an actual book — not one on my iPad — and there’s really nothing better than curling up in the corner of the couch and flipping actual pages. I’m only half-way through, but I am loving All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

great read!

I stumbled upon this article titled “Why Your Happiness Has Little to Do With Positive Thinking” awhile ago and thought it was very interesting. While I have a hard time nay-saying positive thinking, the messages of this article really resonated me. #2 on the list is my favorite and advice I try to give and follow: “Love and embrace whatever state you are in.”

5. new duds. With wedding season on the horizon, I have had an eye out for great pieces for the last couple months. Using many gift cards that I’ve been hoarding for awhile, I invested in some solid additions to my wardrobe…from Joie to Mossimo, Panache to Nordstrom Rack. Here’s a look:

rebecca taylor onesie

rebecca taylor onesie

bb dakota dress

bb dakota dress

joie romper

joie romper

some steve madden shoes I may not be able to walk in

some steve madden shoes I may not be able to walk in

some fun lace shorts from target

some fun lace shorts from target

top and shorts from a cabi trunk show

top and shorts from a cabi trunk show

6. looking back. As we mentioned repeatedly, it’s been a strange few months, filled with the ultimate highs and lows. It was fun to look back over the past months of photos on my phone today. Life goes on, and I’m more thankful than ever for my friends, family and beautiful surroundings. In many ways, I’m feeling more alive than ever, and I can’t wait for a glorious spring and unforgettable summer. Life is good.

depth-of-winter hike with my cousin

depth-of-winter hike with my cousin

boise escape with rachel before seeing the worst movie of all time

boise escape with rachel before seeing the worst movie of all time

beautiful evening walk in the dog park

beautiful evening walk in the dog park

valentine's day with all kinds of couples

valentine’s day with all kinds of couples

par par and a much bigger stick...just as I slipped and got a concussion

par par and a much bigger stick…just as I slipped and got a concussion

skiing on dollar with isla and drew

skiing on dollar with isla and drew

isla's basketball game

isla’s basketball game

a new cute iPhone case

a new cute iPhone case

a delicious recipe from the book "clean slate" by the editors of Martha Stewart

a delicious recipe from the book “clean slate” by the editors of Martha Stewart

a housewarming gift for jenna and brad

a housewarming gift for jenna and brad

himalayan salt block that we've been grilling on since christmas — they're amazing!

himalayan salt block that we’ve been grilling on since christmas — they’re amazing!

valentines all the way around the world!

valentines all the way around the world!

lovely spring tulips for mom

lovely spring tulips for mom

my mom's new cat, Henry

my mom’s new cat, Henry

a new dedication to eating fresh fruit

a new dedication to eating fresh fruit

I hope you have a wonderful week!

cheers krista

 

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weekend love it — savoring the sun

It has been a long, hard week, but it’s impossible to not feel like the luckiest girl in the world when you live in the most beautiful place in the world…and when you have the most supportive friends and family in the world.

Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1. Indian Sun Valley summer. My preparation for fall may have been a bit premature. It has been so crazy beautiful here lately. As a mountain biker said on a recent hike, “The sky here is always blue, but sometimes it is BLUE.” As in the most beautiful, pure, and potent blue you’ve ever seen. Pair that with gold speckled aspen trees, and you have a colliding horizon that makes even the simplest tasks take that much longer, because you want to take a picture of every view. Here are some photos of the lovely scenery:

new neighborhood hike

new neighborhood hike

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trail creek at work

dr. suess tree

dr. suess tree

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failed selfie on proctor with par par

failed selfie on proctor with par par

fun hike with aunt gina, uncle tom, and mom!

fun hike with aunt gina, uncle tom, and mom!

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2. LC’s wedding. I have always admired this lovely lady. Sure, reality TV is silly, but she has always struck me as someone who is composed, graceful, creative, and even genuine and modest. Her wedding, and her as a bride, from what I can tell from these photos was all of those things. I especially love this photo by Elizabeth Messina of Kiss the Groom (which is on my bookmarks bar, check it out for an onslaught of swoon-worthy photos) of their engagement.

Elizabeth Messina's photo

Elizabeth Messina’s photo

3. Gone Girl. This book was upsetting to me — it was great, thrilling, twisted, well-written, and I would recommend it, but it also infuriated me for the way it represented gender relations. The main characters, Nick and Amy, are equally horrible. You hate them both enough to agree that they deserve each other. I loved the movie — I thought it was perfectly cast — but both Taylor and I left feeling like something was slightly off. We didn’t hate Nick nearly as much as we hated Amy in the movie which wasn’t the case in the book. There are many more themes and undertones and a level of complexity in the book that were missing from the movie. This article puts it perfectly. Good find, Taylor. That being said, go see it. When has the movie ever been as good as the book?

4. Yoga pants.  Yes, I’m wearing some right now. The recent coverage of dress codes and their connection with slut-shaming has certainly caught my, and any self-respecting woman’s, attention. The fact that these girls are being forced to alter their behavior and compromise their comfort all because “the boys can’t help themselves” is a great example of a lot that’s wrong with society. Here’s a great article that says it better than I can. Also, this makes me laugh…and is also relevant to my point.

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5. Neighbors and baked goods. Moving into a new house brings a new awareness and investment in your new neighborhood. I’m having fun getting to know our neighbors and have been so pleasantly surprised by gestures like this one from our neighbors Liz and Josh. Cookies were inside of this tuperware, and they are insanely delicious. I also made some tasty treats this week, which I’ll post about soon.

thoughtful housewarming gift

thoughtful housewarming gift

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chase’s favorite fall recipe, pumpkin muffins. recipe coming soon!

Have a great week!

cheers krista

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diy framed chalkboard

When Krista and Chase threw their Not-So-Grown-Up Housewarming Party I knew that I wanted to bring something to ‘warm’ their home. My initial thought was obviously to bring “Green Chile and Cheddar Cheese Cornbread.” But even though cheesy cornbread is a great gift for any occasion in my opinion, (and I even used extra cheddar cheese just for Krista) I decided to also make something a bit more sentimental.

So I spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and crafting outside with the pups. The end result was a gold framed chalkboard with a quick inspirational quote to tie it all together. And what is best of all is that unlike the cornbread that was finished off the next morning by the hungover boy, that this gift will last and can hopefully ‘warm’ their next home!

diy framed chalkboard

diy framed chalkboard

materials

  • picture frame with glass
  • spray paint (if painting the frame)
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • masking tape
  • chalk/chalk pen

instructions

  1. Pick a frame, preferably with glass already in it so you don’t have to size a piece of glass. You will be painting directly over the glass, so the picture inside doesn’t matter.  I picked mine up from a local consignment store.
  2. If you are redoing the frame, place masking tape around the glass up to the frame. The frame was already slightly gold but I touched it up with a little gold spray paint that I had at home.
  3. Once dry, pull up masking tape. Distress frame as desired. I ran a few pieces of sandpaper over the frame to rough it up a bit.
  4. Tape around the glass on the frame. Make sure to tape all the way around the frame so the chalkboard paint doesn’t get onto the frame.
  5. Spray chalkboard paint directly onto the glass. There was no need to sand down the glass.
  6. Apply additional coats as needed once dry. I applied approximately three coats.
  7. Once dry, pull up masking tape.
  8. Prep the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk over entire surface. The chalkboard spray paint that I used indicated that it needed 24 hours to dry. I had about 4 hours for the whole project so I let the frame sit in the sun, and it dried perfectly fine without waiting a night.
  9. Use a wet cloth to erase the chalk you used to prep the board.
  10. Write or draw something on your new chalkboard!
the original frame - i left the print inside as the back of the frame was sealed

the original frame – I left the print inside as the back of the frame was sealed

a bit of extra gold spray paint to add to the frame!

a bit of extra gold spray paint to add to the frame!

touched-up frame

touched-up frame

taped off prior to the chalkboard spray paint

taped off for the chalkboard spray paint

chalkboard spray paint - my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint – my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint is so easy to use - it is my newest craft obsession

chalkboard spray paint is so easy to use!

ready for the second/third coats

ready for the second/third coats

finished, drying product

finished, drying product

Miss Maude sitting attentively during craft time

Miss Maude sitting attentively during craft time

prepping the chalkboard

prepping the chalkboard

using a damp cotton cloth works well to remove all the prep chalk

using a damp cotton cloth works well to remove all the prep chalk

this fantastic chalkboard pen works incredible well to write with - thanks abbey!

this fantastic chalkboard pen works incredible well to write with – thanks abbey!

ready with a side of cheesy cornbread!

ready with a side of cheesy cornbread!

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