Oct 31, 2011

my Halloween costumes from the past...

Happy Halloween!

Thanks so much for all of your thoughtful comments
on the fall coloring here in Utah.
I'm glad that you enjoyed the pictures as much as 
I did taking them and seeing the colors on the trees!

What are you up to this evening for Halloween?
I'm having a very low key Halloween handing out candy and working.
I know, pretty boring right?
I'm okay with it though because I can stay warm in doors.
Oh and not be tempted to eat many many treats. :)

I thought I would post some pictures of the costumes I wore
during past Halloween outings. 

This first set of photos goes all the way back to 2007.
I wanted to be a scary yet pretty witch in 2007.
Do you think I pulled it off?
In 2008 I was The Little Mermaid, aka Ariel. 
I loved that wig even though it was heavy!
It was fun being being a red head for the day.
As for today...
I'm wearing my pirate costume even though 
you can't see it in these pictures.
I liked how I curled my hair and did my makeup today
so I wanted to post these pics and show you how it turned out.
You can kind of tell what my costume looks like with the low ruffled sleeves...

Happy Halloween Ocean Dreamers!
I can't wait to see all of your Halloween costumes.
Be safe and have a fun night!

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Oct 28, 2011

falling for fall coloring in my own back yard

Well hello Ocean Dreamers! 

Yes...I'm still here. Sorry for the lack of posts this week. 
I admit this was partly because I had a huge (but wonderful) writing project I was working on.
But now I'm back and I'm going to post a little post for you all
and also catch up on your blogs this weekend. 

Please keep my Grandpa in your prayers.
He's in the hospital with pneumonia for the third time.
Also - not to confuse you, since most of you know that
my other Grandpa passed away earlier this year,
the Grandpa I'm talking about now is my Step-Grandpa.
But of course I love him just as much. :)
So it's crazy to think that all of our fall coloring in Utah is fading away. But the good news is that I was able to snap some photos before the leaves began falling off of the branches! There is currently some fall coloring that has remained, but the vibrant colors of orange and red are gone. :(

Want to see some more pictures I took? 
 {This photo was taken at dusk hence why the added orange coloring.}

All of these photos are right near my house in Utah.
This is the first year that I've been in Utah in 7 years during the fall time!
I definitely feel blessed and love feeling joyful over the fall time nature.
{This photo below is my favorite. I love the light coming through the trees.)
{Isn't it cool how the trees match the lines on the road?}
{A sweet cabin near our church.}
A quick story about this picture:
A few days ago when my brother was raking up the leaves in our yard I decided to have some fun and jump in the leaves!! I was so excited about the leaves that I forgot about my furry socks and well, let's just say the leaves are still stuck all over them, ha ha. But I don't care - it was so much fun jumping in those leaves!
{We had and still have a lot of leaves in our yard right now!}
Sorry that I don't have a stitch of makeup on, 
but I wanted to give you an idea of how 
tall the leaf pile was before
my brother gathered it up into a garbage can! 

Goodbye beautiful leaves!

I hope you enjoyed all of the fall time photos!
I'll be back with more fall time photos for you all to enjoy! :)
Have a lovely weekend.

Oct 23, 2011

preparing for your winter wedding - guest post by Vera

I can't believe that fall time is here and that means winter is even closer. I know some bloggers are currently planning a wedding and after reading this post I am almost tempted to get married {one day} during the winter! It all sounds very romantic, warm, and charming. Read Vera's guest post and let me know what season you want your wedding to be in. ;)


Preparing for Your Winter Wedding
Winter weddings can create a wonderland of magic and beauty for a bride and groom and their guests. Events in December and January can use Mother Nature’s own decorations to make this special day one to remember. Preparing for winter nuptials can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! 

One of the most important decisions a bride and groom can make regarding a wedding is the location. For a winter wedding, it's a charming to pick a nice cottage, inn or lodge. These locations often offer a warming ambiance and are prefect during the winter months. One thing to consider is heating. How will your guests stay warm and toasting before, during and after the ceremony? Some cottages, inns or lodges are old and don’t have sufficient heating for large groups. Check with any venue you’re looking into for your wintery wedding and ensure your guests will be comfortable.  

Brides and grooms should be prepared that the location of their dreams may not be available on their big day. Many large parties and events are held during the holiday season, so make sure to book your event well in advance. Weddings are now becoming more popular on Fridays, so don’t rule that option out if your location isn’t available when you want. 

Winter nuptials before Christmas may mean that locations are decorated for the holidays. If this isn't in your color palette you’ll want to ask if decorations can be removed for the evening. Flower choices for winter weddings can be limited because of the time of year as well. Different flowers are available depending on the area and while flowers can be shipped in from out of State, storms and icy roads could potentially delay these deliveries on the big day. Silk flowers are always a stand in for basically any flower. 

Food and Beverages
Incorporating the foods and beverages of the season can make a winter wedding stand out from all the others. Meals can include foods that are a bit more hearty and will fill guests up like soups, stews and steaks. Beverages after dinner can include hot chocolate, coffee and even egg nog. A festive menu can be cheery for all!

Remember Traveling Guests
When it's time to mail out invitations remember to include information for guests that will prepare them for any potential travel delays or problems. December and January are very busy months for travel as people make their way home for the holidays. Suggest that any out of town guests plan accordingly by making travel plans a good deal ahead of time and also book their hotel early too. Allowing for a few extra days in town can also prevent guests from missing the wedding if a storm hits and there are flight or road delays. These are just a few of the ways you can plan now for your wintery wedding.  

Have a tip you’d like to add? 
Be sure to add it, in the comments below.

About the Author

Vera is an active freelance writer and is currently planning her winter wedding. She also writes at Tungsten World tungsten wedding bands.


Thanks for the guest post Vera, a wintery wedding sounds very magical!

Oct 21, 2011

workout update and my love for chicken!

Happy weekend Ocean Dreamers! 

Have any fun and exciting weekend plans?

I'm a week strong into my workout program and so far so good! I've worked out 4 days this week (will be 5 total after tomorrow) and I'm feeling stronger and more determined. My biggest fear is that I'll cave and start binging on something yummy...but I am determined to eat food in moderation and I have a support group to motivate me along the way.

Want to know my action plan?
  • Hit the gym 5 days a week and do at least 45 minutes of cardio, burning at least 400 calories during each workout. 
  • Limit my food intake to 1,400 calories daily (suggested by my brother who is a trainer and he based it on my height of 5'5)
  • Cut out sweets but if I absolutely have a snack attack I am allowing myself to eat something small and in moderation! 
  • Overall I want to lose 20 pounds. Every 2 pounds I lose I am going to treat myself to a scoop of ice cream or a cup of chocolate covered gummy bears, lol. 
Part of my plan is to eat healthy foods including chicken, turkey, fruit, and vegetables.Thankfully I'm not a huge beef lover like I used to be so saying no to hamburgers, steaks, and more is easy for me to do.

My favorite thing to eat is chicken. There is so much you can do with chicken to create a scrumptious meal. There are a number of chicken recipes I really need to take the time to explore and I'm determined to be more creative with my meals and start cooking more often!

Confession: I'm so not a cook, I'm more like the character in the book The Undomestic Goddess, lol. I can't believe I just told you that...oh well, I'm only human. ;) By the way if you haven't read this book I suggest that you should! It's hilarious.

But on to my first chicken recipe that I first want to master...

  • 6-8 chicken drumsticks and/or wings
  • 6 tbls tomato ketchup
  • 3-4 tbls fruity brown sauce
  • 2 tbls worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 tbls brown sugar 


  • Heat oven to 180oC.

  • Cook chicken drumsticks and wings in oven for about 30 minutes.

  • Mix other ingredients together. (Fruity Brown sauce is found next to the tomato ketchup and brown sauce in supermarkets).

  • Take chicken out of oven and drain liquid away.

  • Pour sauce over and cook for another 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 
  • Tada! Okay...maybe with the two tablespoons of brown sugar I should wait to make this meal after I lose my first two pounds, lol. It looks so good though, doesn't it?

    Have a happy weekend and if you are on a workout and health quest like me - good luck and you can do it!

    Oct 18, 2011



    loving the fall time colors that have appeared on the mountains in Utah.

    loving the new show on Wednesday nights on ABC called Revenge. It's soooo good!
    I don't endorse "revenge" but the plot is so enticing!
    Plus Emily aka Amanda lives right by ocean dreams. 
    Who can resist that?!


    Reading Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult. I just love her books. They are full of mystery, suspense, surprises, and great character development. The only problem is if I don't continue reading it every day I forgot who the characters are because there are so many!

    loving my new fall time Dooney & Burke purse. I bought a few really cool tiger pumpkins while I was in CA and took a picture of my purse with them. ;)


    Still sick but feeling a lot better today! Kleenex have been my bff these days. Lol and this picture cracks me up.


    Free People crazed. I wish I had the budget to buy Every. Single. Thing. on their website!!


    Really wanting to see Footloose with Julianne Hough. I've heard it's really good!


    Really thankful for my bloggy friends. You guys make me so happy and I'm so blessed to have you in my life!

    What are you currently up to or loving?

    Oct 17, 2011

    cool makeup tricks for hot fall fashion

    Wow - Monday already?!  
    I'm back in Utah and it's cold and raining.
    I would say fall has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods.

    Well, I'm still sick with this stupid cold so I thought I'd let someone else entertain you since I'm not feeling all too inspiring. I am however finding inspiration on all of your blogs that I've been catching up on while I sniffled away! ;) Pray that this cold leaves me alone...I'm such a big baby when I'm sick and I don't feel like doing a thing.

    Sigh. Fall fashion. My friend Ashley is back to give us the scoop on some amazing makeup tricks for the fall fashion ahead. I'm loving the "kiss me" crimson red lips idea! ;)


    Cool Makeup Tricks for Hot Fall Fashion

    Fall means jewel tones and jewel tones mean BRIGHT RICH colors. It's such a comfort that as the air gets chilly your wardrobe pallet can heat-up. The make-up you wear should complement your fall color favorites without becoming too matchy-matchy. Fall is striking and there is no better time to try out some bold and beautiful make-up techniques that will keep you hot as the weather cools down.

    Jewel tones are the standard with fall wear, but the way to present them adjusts each year. This year, cameos by faux fur and animal prints make for a bundled up old luxury feel. Color blocking has come back, which makes for a great opportunity to pick those hues up in your make-up pallet. Fall is generally bold, so it's important that your make-up doesn't compete. Softer and more blended colors should be worn around the office, while smart pops of color can make a look bolder. It's not wise to completely buy up a trend, but securing some good deals on vivid accessories can give you the same current style without spending all your cash.

    Colorful Smoke
    The smoky eye is always in, but in fall you should forget a boring black and apply a pop of color. Pick up a secondary color in your outfit; maybe the piping of your bag or blazer, or an element of your print. Apply the color lightly, you should be hinting at the hue not dying your eyelid. Before going out, apply another coat of the same or a deeper shade for a more dramatic take on your delicate day look.
    Kiss Me
    Red lips are now. It can take a few steps to get the perfect red lips, but once your crimson kiss is set no one will be able to look away. The key to ruby lips is picking the perfect red. Very few women can wear the fire engine shade we all think of first, and you may have to enlist a make-up counter to find your pucker-perfect version. Using a red that is slightly orange, maroon or pink can be the difference between out of sight and out of place.

    Bashful Babe
    Depending on where you live, Fall doesn't always mean there is a chill in the air. But regardless, if it's still warm enough for you to sun bathe, the season calls for a slight rosy cheek. Don't go red here; pink, peachy and even slightly metallic hues keep you blushing but gentle. Apply on the apples of your cheeks and blend your cute little life away.

    Lengthy Lashes
    Leaves won't be the only thing fluttering around this season. Clothes with high collars, chunky scarves and generally layered necks frame a face dramatically. Either false eyelashes or an extra coat of mascara can help to really trap someone's gaze into yours.

    Nearly Naked
    Nude would have probably happened on its own, but Kate Middleton definitely didn't hurt bringing this light neutral into the spot light. Lip color doesn't have to be drastic and with office wear your lip color should certainly be an understudy to your eyes. Use a nude shade that's a few degrees warmer and richer than your skin tone. This delicate color can even be matched with your blush for an all around natural look. The duchess would be proud.


    Oh wow I can't wait to experiment with all of these makeup looks! So gorgeous! All pictures that I included in Ash's guest post are from Pinterest, so if you click on the link it will go to the source. Thanks Ash for another marvelous guest post! 

    I'll be back soon Ocean Dreamers with a post on my Pumpkin Patch adventure with Selma! xo!

    P.S. Thanks for your honest responses on my last post. I know it was an intense post so thanks for reading.