Sunday, September 15, 2019

My Recent Faith Journey

I shared this post a week ago on Instagram but I wanted to give it a spot on my blog, too, because it's an important post for me. And from the comments and messages I received on IG in response to sharing this piece of my heart, it sounds like I'm not the only one who has felt this way. We are all doing the best we can and we can all try a little harder to do a little better <3.

A couple of weeks ago I listened to an episode of the podcast called Cultivate A Good Life by Becky Higgins and Becky Proudfit about their faith journeys. They shared an analogy that has really impacted my life and I wanted to share!

Our spirituality is like a treadmill on an incline. If we’re not actively making steps forward and upward, then we’ll be unintentionally moving backward. Complacency doesn’t allow us to simply hit pause, but instead, it causes us to take steps back.

I’ve been in a state of complacency longer than I care to admit. And I felt like something needed to change but I didn’t care to do anything about it. I wanted to want to do better. But I didn’t actually have the desire to do the things that I knew would help me progress like I wanted to if that makes sense... So I prayed for help and I asked Heavenly Father to first help me have a desire to take the steps in the right direction and that once I had that desire that I would act on it. And it worked! A fire was lit in my heart and I was suddenly motivated to simply try. I made a plan to do scripture study for only 5 minutes first thing in the morning because that seemed doable. And I did it. Then the next week, I adjusted my goal to include other books of scripture, specifically the Book of Mormon, and time for personal prayer. And I did that, too! I don’t know if I have ever in my life craved spiritual experiences so much as I have in the last two weeks but today during church I was moved to tears multiple times as I felt of God’s love and the truthfulness of the gospel.

I know how hard it can be to prioritize time for our spirituality amongst all the other wonderful things in our lives. But I also know how much it has blessed my life to make my testimony more of a priority in the last two weeks and I can’t wait to continue with this onward and upward progression.

If you’re struggling right now, just know that you’re not alone. If you know you need to make a change but you just don’t want to do the work, (I feel you!!) ask Heavenly Father for a desire to change and He will bless you with that desire. You’ll be happier and have more peace in your life as a result!  

Here's the podcast episode I referred to at the beginning of this post if you'd like to listen. I highly encourage it! Such an uplifting and inspiring message!


If you want to learn more about what I believe, send me a message! I'd love to share more and answer any questions you may have! 

xoxo, Chelan

Friday, September 13, 2019

Currently Reading: An Unwelcome Suitor by Ashtyn Newbold

I've been really good at sharing books on Instagram lately but I also want to get back into sharing them regularly on my blog, too! Last week I got the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Ashtyn Newbold's latest book called An Unwelcome Suitor. It's book #4 in a multi-author series called Entangled Inheritance, a set of stand-alone regency era romance novels. Totally up my alley!

*I received this book free from the author and this did not affect my opinion in any way.*

Also, I know this girl on the cover in real life so that's cool! haha

Here's the Goodreads synopsis of An Unwelcome Suitor:

After losing her parents, Elizabeth Watts and her two sisters are taken under the care of their great-aunt, who has promised them her estate upon her death. From a young age, however, Elizabeth has learned not to expect to keep things that can be taken away. An unforeseen change in the will reveals that Elizabeth and her sisters may have the estate, but only if the eldest weds Dr. Luke Pembroke, their great-aunt’s beloved physician, who needs the estate just as desperately as they do.

Knowing her sister to be in love with another, Elizabeth is appalled when she begins courting Dr. Pembroke, intent to sacrifice her own happiness. Nothing if not determined, Elizabeth makes plans to sabotage the courtship. With her schemes underway, she quickly learns that her sister’s suitor is nothing if not clever—nothing except, perhaps, handsome, kind, and infuriatingly charming. When the feelings between them become impossible to ignore, Elizabeth discovers that love has a scheme all its own, and it might just be the most determined of all.


One of my favorite things about Ashtyn Newbold as an author (and I feel like I've said this in every review of her books) is that her characters have a sense of humor. I laugh out loud while reading every one of her books and this new novel was no different! You can't help but fall in love with the characters in An Unwelcome Suitor and root for their happiness even after just the first chapter. I have a few more of her novels on my Kindle that I'm reading as we speak and I'll share those with y'all as soon as I'm finished. If you want a feel-good, heart-warming, leave-you-with-a-smile book to read this fall, read An Unwelcome Suitor!

What are you currently reading?

xoxo, Chelan

Thursday, September 5, 2019

3 Reasons Why Memory Keeping Matters

"It does not matter how or where you share your story. What matters is that you document it." - Mandy @ Turquoise Avenue

Tired of me talking about memory keeping yet? I don't care. Because I truly think memory keeping is so important! So today I'm sharing 3 reasons WHY I think documenting life matters!

1. Memory Keeping Fosters Gratitude. 

How many times have you been told throughout your life that if you're having a hard day you should make a list of all the things you have to be thankful for? I know I've been directed to do that many times at church, school, on social media, etc. because it refocuses your mind to what's important. Gratitude journals are HUGE right now and it makes sense. We go through a lot of crap in this life and it can be really, really discouraging. One of the best things we can do in those tough times is thinking about our blessings. Memory keeping allows us to see those blessings through photos and our own written words and that helps us feel gratitude for our lives. It also offers encouragement to know that we can get through hard things because we've done it in the past and we can do it again.

Couple smiling in front of Newport, RI mansions
Oh so grateful!

2. Documenting Life Brings About Connection. 

One of my favorite things about memory keeping is that I share my love of it with my Nana. And so many times in my life I've sat in her home, combing through her albums learning about my family and chatting about the special memories we've created together. Documenting our lives connects us to our loved ones that are on this earth now, those who have lived before us, and those who will live long after we are gone. We learn from the lessons our ancestors have shared with us whether it's through written words that have survived time or stories that have been passed on vocally throughout our families. 

Becky Proudfit shares her thoughts about this in the podcast called Cultivate a Good Life episode #33: Why Documenting Matters. She said: 
I believe that life is about connections... I want my daughter to look at journals I had and know when she's having a really crappy day as a mom and her kids have, like, thrown up all over her, I want her to remember that she's not alone. I want her to remember that motherhood is hard and it's a journey. And I want her to feel my love whether or not I'm there. I want her to feel that connection with me and who I am whether or not I am physically present with her at that moment. I don't want any of my kids or anyone to feel alone in the circumstances they're in. And the way to not feel alone is to be open and vulnerable and is to connect. And you can't physically connect with every single person in the world so documenting is a way to open your soul and to create something that can connect even if you're not there. 
This entire episode is what inspired this very blog post and it fuels my documenting fire every time I listen to it so y'all should give it a listen! It's so inspiring!

Photo album on a coffee table

3. Recording Memories Helps Us Live Our Lives More Intentionally. 

"Live the story you want to tell." I've heard this saying several times and never quite understood how to live the story I want to tell until Becky Higgins shared the most beautiful post about it the other day and it really clicked! Here's a snippet of her post:

Our oldest is a junior in high school. Every time I think about Porter leaving the nest in 2 years, I get weepy. I try so hard to be intentional with our time together, while also not smothering him and giving him the space to be his own person as well.  
I want to be able to tell stories of the ways I have prioritized my role as a mother and my relationship with each of my children. Case in point: I get to tell the story of how I picked up Porter from high school every single day that it was possible (when he wasn’t staying after for practice) before he got his drivers license ... because I knew those days were numbered and I wanted that daily one-on-one time with him to connect. I’ll never regret that. 
Every Monday, Porter has early release. He and a friend come to our house after school and before swim practice. A couple weeks ago they requested grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and said that mine are the very best (flattery is always a good strategy with me 😂). As I was making the sandwiches, I suggested to the kids that we just make this a Monday tradition and that I will always be delighted to make them grilled cheese sandwiches. 
And so it is. An established routine. A new tradition. And easy way to connect. An expression of my love. And ... a story I not only *want* to tell ... but I GET to tell. 💛 .

Isn't that inspiring?! Click HERE to read the full post. While we don't have control over what happens to us in our lives we do have control over how we react to the experiences that come our way and how we spend our time. Documenting our daily lives encourages us to live life more intentionally so we can live the story we want to tell!

Girl smiling in front of Newport mansion
Memory keeping brings me SO MUCH JOY and I want to inspire other people to start and continue documenting their lives. That is something that I want to be a part of my story so here I am sharing & living intentionally - living the story I want to tell!

Here's to being grateful, creating connection, and living life with more intention! It totally matters! What are you doing to record your life today?

Need help knowing where to start? Check out this post where I share some tips on an easy documenting method you can do in only 15 minutes per week!

xoxo, Chelan

P.S. Liked this post? Feel free to pin any of the images for later and to share with others!

Photo album on a table with text overlay "3 Reasons Why Memory Keeping Matters"

Monday, September 2, 2019

Girls Weekend in Charleston, South Carolina

South Carolina was my favorite rotation that Parker did! We FINALLY had space to ourselves and it was the cutest condo! The views were incredible. We didn't have to eat fast food for every meal. Charleston is the most darling city! We were a 10-minute walk from the beach. The weather was beautiful. We loved the ward we went to that month. And we had SO MANY FUN VISITORS! I've realized that I feel very, very loved when people make an effort to come to spend time with Parker and me.


The video to accompany this post was one of the videos that I was most excited to make because it's all about my girls weekend with my best friends. I shared a little bit about how we reconnected along with some photos from that trip here but I'm pumped to finally have the video done so I can do a recap post of our time together in Charleston!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

New England Bucket List

When we found out we were headed to Boston for residency, we knew that we didn't want New England to be our 'forever home' as it's so far from family. So since we are planning on being here temporarily (in the grand scheme of things) we knew we wanted to create a "New England Bucket List" so we can see and do everything in the area before we move again in the distant future. I thought it would be fun to share our bucket list with you in case y'all ever find yourself out this way and need recommendations of what to do and see and where to eat!

Lighthouse on the beach in Martha's VineyardGirl walking the streets of downtown Boston

New England Bucket List: 

+ indicates that we've done the item. 
- means we have yet to check the item off the list. 

+ Do a day trip to Maine

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Back to School is for EVERYONE with My Sister's Closet Boutique

Every year at about this time I find myself wanting to refresh my closet and I think that's because it's the back-to-school season and my body/mind/closet just knows that shopping is in the air. But I'm no longer a student so I have had a hard time post-graduation justifying getting new clothes at this time of year because I'm not going back to school, ya know? But I think back-to-school shopping should be for everyone because whether or not you are a student yourself, heading into a new season is an adjustment so everybody deserves to treat themselves to something new!

Introducing My Sister's Closet Boutique! I am SO excited to share this collaboration that I've been working on with this adorable shop! Not only do they have the CUTEST clothes, but they also have amazing prices AND you can use the code CHELAN10 for 10% off your purchase. It's a no brainer!

My Sister's Closet Boutique sent me this darling floral dress and I've already worn it a few times because it's so comfortable and cute! I love the ruffle sleeve, smocking detail, and floral pattern. The colors are perfect to transition into fall, as well. And they have so many items on their site that are just as adorable so be sure to take a look!

Girl in a floral dress posing by a grand staircase

Monday, August 26, 2019

Colorado

After our month in North Carolina, we headed to Utah for a weekend before driving to Colorado. You can read more about the fun weekend we spent exploring our old stomping grounds and meeting up with friends from college here! Seriously so much fun! We drove through the mountains to Denver for 'away rotation' #3 and the drive was stunning with the changing leaves.


We both started working that Monday morning - Parker at the hospital and I was at Chipotle's corporate office downtown. Since we were both working we didn't get to explore Denver as much as we wanted to but what we did see and do was great! We would love to explore more of Denver in the future!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Easy Meal Round-Up

If you know me at all, you know that my abilities in the kitchen have been a constant struggle my entire 5 years of marriage. BUT! I am learning and I am improving! If you are at all insecure about your cooking abilities, please read this post about a few of my cooking failures. I'm sure it will make you feel better about yourself.

I am here today to proudly tell you that I have improved when it comes to cooking. Not by much, mind you, and cooking for people other than Parker still really scares me, but I'm getting there! So I wanted to share with you a few easy peasy lemon squeezy and delicious meals that are Parker and Chelan approved (because I'm also one of the world's most picky eaters... read about that here). I promise you, if I can make them, you can too!

Garlic Butter Fettuccini with Chicken and Zucchini

First things first, I love the website that this meal is from. We have liked every recipe we've tried from Damn Delicious (I really hate the name of the website btw) but this one is our favorite. Parker requests this dinner often and it was a real winner when my friends came to visit us in South Carolina last November, too. I like to top mine with a little sprinkle of lemon pepper which isn't listed in the recipe but is SO GOOD!


Monday, August 19, 2019

Wide-Leg Pants

A few weeks ago I needed some 'work appropriate' attire but I didn't want to buy a bunch of clothes that were strictly for work and work alone because where's the fun in that?! It's a good thing I had that mentality with my shopping because I ended up switching jobs and have a much more relaxed atmosphere for work now but I can still wear all of the items I purchased that were for work - one of those being the pants I'm sharing today. They are amazeballs!

I've never owned official 'wide-leg pants' before and I was a little hesitant to try them because some that I've seen have been quite unflattering but I'm SO GLAD I tried these on in Old Navy because it was love at first sight. They fit perfectly, are so freaking comfortable, and they are cute to boot! They will also be perfect to transition to fall.... which is still over a month away, might I add, so no need to get hasty about it. Let me just throw that out there haha! #longlivesummer

I wish I had gotten these pants in every color. They're currently on sale and you can get an additional 30% off with the code EXTRA so I just might add a few more colors to my closet. I love the off white color (Creme De La Creme) and the navy (Darkest Hour)! So cute!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Currently Reading: Everything I've Read So Far in 2019

I've talked a lot about books recently on Instagram and I wanted to share all of the books I've loved this year - and maybe a few I haven't loved so much - in a blog post so its all in one place for a quick read rather than a bunch of IG videos to click through.

First things first, if we aren't friends on goodreads or if you don't have an account, it's free and so fun! Click here to go to my profile to see what books I love and create an account if you don't already have one.

I'll share books in two catagories: "Don't Waste Your Time" vs "Worth The Read". Also, please note that I really don't like sharing negative opinions about books (or anything for that matter) because I understand that people put in so much time and effort to create it but I'm simply sharing my opinion and I wish I had spent my time reading something else that I would have enjoyed more.

Don't Waste Your Time:

The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton - this kills me because I LOVE Kate Morton but this was one of her weaker books. It was still better than The Distant Hours which is saying something. I would read her other books like The Lake House, House at Riverton, or The Secret Keeper if you want to give Kate Morton a try! She really is such a great writer, this book just missed the mark, in my opinion.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sodalicious at Home

Pop. Oh, how I love pop! Sodalicious became a thing right before I left Utah (which was probably a good thing) so I didn't get to enjoy it for very long but I've been a general pop lover since I was in the womb. Diet Pepsi is like pure nectar from heaven if you ask me. The sound of a cold can opening makes my mouth water. I crave the burn in the back of my throat on a daily basis.

My parents renovated their kitchen last summer and one of the additions to their updated space was a 'drink station' complete with a mini-fridge that is stocked full of pop of all kinds at all times, syrups and flavor add-in options, and cute cups/straws so you can create the perfect brew of your choice. Pretty much Sodalicious at home! When we moved here to Boston, I decided I needed pop mixology in my life and that doesn't really exist outside of Utah so I created my own favorite mix at home like my parents.

My favorite pop creation includes:

+ Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi
+ Lime Juice
+ A shot of creamer to make it 'dirty' or so they call it at Sodalicious. Two shots is considered 'extra dirty' lol. My fav is Coffee-mate Natural Bliss creamer in the Sweet Cream flavor. It's delicious!!

I'll pour it all in a cup with some ice and a cute straw and I'm good to go! SO GOOD!
I've shared my sisters' favorite mixes below, too!

Matlin loves:
+Dr. Pepper
+Raspberry Puree
+Extra Dirty

Cam's favorite is:
+Mountain Dew
+Strawberry
+Peach
+Dirty

What's your go-to Sodalicious order and have you ever made it at home?

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

So You Want To Be A Better Memory Keeper?

Have you been itching to start memory keeping but don't know where to start? Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the documenting you haven't done? Don't know how you'll ever catch up? I'm here to help! And I'm LOLing bc this sounds like the beginning of an infomercial.

While I personally love physical scrapbooking like I shared here, I know that this isn't always the easiest method of memory keeping. Especially if you have small kiddos running around. The thought of pulling out a bunch of scrapping supplies only to have it be taken over by curious little hands sounds stressful if you ask me. And I know it's not always plausible to have the time to create beautiful albums when little humans are demanding so much of your time and energy. So here's where the digital world of scrapbooking comes in.

Project Life scrapbooking method layouts

Introducing the Project Life App. The method of scrapbooking with pocket pages that I have been using for years is called Project Life by Becky Higgins. It started as a physical product, then a digital option was created to be done on the computer, and there is now an amazing app to help make your documenting dreams come true in the palm of your hand.

The app itself is free! Wahoo! There are a few core kits and value kits that come with downloading the app so you'll have your choice of filler cards and journaling cards to compliment your photos but you can also purchase more kits within the app (and there are some DARLING ones) for less than $3.

Here's how it works:

Download the app and create an account. From there you can follow the prompts to create pages by adding photos from your camera roll, WhatsApp, iCloud, Dropbox, etc, and filler cards. Add some quick journaling either by typing it out or you can use the microphone button on your keyboard to speak and it'll type your words out for you (genius). Save the pages and then you can order them from the app individually to put in page protectors & into a 3 ring binder orrrrr you can order complete photobooks straight from the app. While I haven't ordered any books myself from the app because I use the physical products, I have seen the books and pages and the quality is unreal!

It's literally the fastest scrapbook-esque memory keeping and its all in the palm of your hand. You can do a page or two while you lay in bed at night, waiting at the doctor's office, in the carpool lane, etc. So quick, so easy, so cute, and SO WORTHWHILE!

Becky shares a blog post HERE all about how she creates family yearbooks every year using the app and how it takes her only 10-15 minutes per week to put it together. That's only a few minutes per day, you guys. Totally doable! Her post also shows some photos of the photobooks you can order via the app.


I know that not only will you love these albums but your family and friends will adore them, too! Documenting life creates connection, fosters gratitude, and helps us live our lives with more intention!

If I can help you with your memory keeping goals at all, don't hesitate to reach out to me! I would be thrilled to help in any way I can!

xoxo, Chelan

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Our Love Story: Part 16 | The Proposal

"Here's the thing about this love story of ours. It's long. And drawn out. And mushy-gushy. And even a bit cheesy. But it's true. And I've decided to take my time writing it, capturing all the special details of those moments I never want to forget. So if mushy-gushy, cheesy love stories aren't your thing, I totally get that. Just know that I'm writing this as a gift - to my family, and my children, and their future children - and also, for [Parker] and me - so that on those days when the kids are screaming, the laundry is overflowing and the bills are rolling in...on those days when it all just seems so hard, we'll have this to remind us of those first moments when we fell in love. And if sappy, detail ridden love stories are your thing, well then you've come to the right place." -Ashley Stock

To read the beginning of Our Love Story, click here.
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We'd been back togetehr for about two months when American Thanksgiving rolled around and we decided to head up north to spend it with my family. I had absolutely NO IDEA what was to come from that trip and it turned out more perfectly than I could have ever imagined!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

How I Did 2 Years Worth of Documenting in 2 Days

There is nothing like flipping through an album I've made and reliving the special memories that I have created with my family and friends. As we've been traveling around the past year, I've felt an overwhelming need to record everything. But it's kind of hard to pack up scrapbooking supplies and take it all with you when you are traveling for a year. I did take lots of video footage and tons of photos (check out my recent travel posts here) because I had big plans to get caught up once we were settled.

Once we finally got moved into our new place, operation "Get Caught Up" began in full force! I was about 4 years behind and it was overwhelming, to say the least, but this project was and is important to me so I made up my mind that it was going to happen no matter how long it took/takes. 


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

North Carolina

Parker's next rotation was in North Carolina and we had quite the adventure that month. To get there, we first drove from Oregon to Bear Lake in Utah/Idaho for a week with Parker's family. It was such a fun week and I was terrible at taking photos. Oops! After Bear Lake, we went to Provo and we bought a car from Parker's brother and drove that to North Carolina with a little pit stop in Ohio to stay the night with family. So. Much. Driving. But it was actually really fun! We filmed this little diddy while driving in West Virginia, naturally, and it makes me laugh every time.

North Carolina was nuts. If you didn't follow along with our Airbnb saga and the hurricane drama I've linked to those posts for you. We did get in one amazing Labor Day weekend at our favorite place on earth - Bald Head Island.

On our way to BHI, we stopped for some exploring in Wilmington. If you know me, you know I love Nicholas Sparks novels and movies and most of his books take place in NC but a lot of them specifically in the lovely city of Wilmington. One Tree Hill is filmed there as well and seeing all of these places from stories I love was SO FUN!

Also, be sure to check out the video (and the special surprise in the middle of the vid) at the bottom of this post to see just how magical BHI truly is!!


Friday, June 21, 2019

Oregon

When we finally had Parker's 4th-year plans solidified and we knew all the fun places we would visit, I knew I wanted to document each location. Videos were at the top of my list! Well in the midst of packing, we packed up our external hard drive and the cord to connect it to the computer and then Parker was constantly using the said computer so I didn't get around to creating any of the videos until today. I'm planning on going in order of rotation/vacation so first up is Oregon!

We loved Oregon. Parker spent two weeks in Portland before I arrived... I was busy having too much fun in Canada with my family haha. More on my time with them here! I rode the train to meet up with Parker and we spent the last two weeks of his rotation together. While there we spent a lot of time with my friend Candace and her sweet family. Candy and I were roomies in college and hadn't seen each other for about 3 years so being in the same place for a bit was awesome! Candace fed us amazing food multiple times and we were so grateful!

A few things Parker and I made sure to do while in Oregon: 

Cannon Beach - I wrote a blog post and shared photos about that here. It was such a fun birthday!
Multnomah Falls
Crater Lake - when we went it was suuuuuuper smokey from the fires so we couldn't really see much but what we could see was beautiful so I can only imagine how pretty it is on a clear day!
Columbia River Gorge
Neahkahnie Mountain
Tillamook Cheese Factory - good but not as good as Amish country cheese factories in Ohio. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

I'm Back and Ready To Roll

Hey y'all! I'm back from traveling the world and I'm excited to get into a new routine. Traveling was absolutely amazing and I'll be doing posts on each of our trips at some point in the near future so I won't share too many details right now besides this: several times whilst we were on the go I would look over at Parker or gaze at the amazing view and think, "How is this my life?" I feel so much gratitude for those oh so special two months of exploring new places and revisiting some of our favorites. And maybe the most special of all was spending time with the people I love. I know that we are very lucky to have done what we did and I am so grateful!

With that being said, it feels so good to be somewhat settled as we haven't been in the same place for longer than 2.5 months since July! We have successfully moved to Boston and our apartment is small and expensive but it's darling and we love it! I just landed a job that I'm excited about and Parker had his first real day of residency today after a week of orientation. We've done a little exploring of our new city including walking the Freedom Trail and riding bikes around the parks near our apartment. We are now grocery orderers (greatest thing everrrrrr to have groceries delivered) and subway riders. I'll share more on our Boston specific adventures later, too!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Two Thoughts To Help You Stop Being So Easily Offended

“He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.” - Brigham Young

I've spent a lot of my life recently being a 'fool'. I've felt personally victimized by things people have said or done that had nothing to do with me. I've been put off by small comments in conversations that I'm not even a part of and think, 'What an insensitive thing to say.' Someone will post a photo on Instagram and they'll share a vulnerable caption about a trial that they're going through and somehow I twist their words to be offensive. I do this often, yet when others get offended by something I've said that was never meant to be hurtful I think, "Why on earth would they think that?!!" I'm constantly contradicting myself. 


Two things that I've realized recently that have given me a lot of peace and helped me combat these thoughts and feelings: 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

How We Wore It | Unlikely Accessory

Here we are again on the last day of the month, finally getting these posts up. At least we are still showing up, right?! This month I left mine to the very last minute so I knew I needed to do something super simple and what's more simple than bobby pins? I've been pinning images like these recently so I knew this would be a really easy option which I needed.

Images via Pinterest

Well, I only had time for a super quick trip to the store and found some simple lil beauties - they didn't have any pearl ones or I totally would have picked those and if I hadn't left procrastinated I would have had more time to find some pearl clips/pins. You bet your bottom dollar I'll be keeping an eye out for some moving forward. 

I've also seen some fun things with plain bobby pins, too! Who woulda thunk you could have so much fun with a clip and/or pin to spruce up an outfit? 

Be sure to check out my cute friend's unnecessary accessories that they featured this month! 


xoxo, Chelan

Sunday, March 24, 2019

We're Moving!

Well, Match Day came and went and did not go anything like we thought it would. I look back at my second to last blog post and just have to laugh a bit because it's like God and my subconscious knew that I would need my own words to get me through the news we received.

Surprise! We are moving to Boston in June! Parker will be starting his residency at Brigham and Women's this summer and honestly, we are still a bit shocked by this outcome, along with a whole lot of other emotions - nervous, excited, still a bit confused, but I'm mostly so proud of Parker and all of his hard work.

This move will be quite an adjustment for both of us. Parker will be receiving amazing training but will be super busy at this program, we'll be living in the city for the first time and on the east coast, and I'll have to find a new job. While the Match didn't go as we had expected, we both know that God has a very specific plan for us and that Boston is a part of that plan.
Image via Pinterest

We'll be leaving Ohio in a few weeks to do some major traveling before we head to Massachusetts and we are SO excited for some down time to spend time with family and friends, and to see some new (and familiar) parts of the world!

We'll be going to:

+Utah for our newest nephew's baby blessing
+Las Vegas for spring break
+Southern Utah national parks hiking tour
+ Cruising from Fort Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Antigua, St. Thomas, and ending in NYC
+Back to Ohio for medical school graduation
+Costa Rica with some friends from college
+Bald Head Island, NC
+Move to Boston!

It's about to be a crazy and fun few months and we are ready for it! BRING ON THE SUNSHINE!

xoxo, Chelan

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Awkward & Awesome

I've done one other post like this before and I was going to link to it but then I went back and read it and thought better of it. Unfortunately, I have a lot of all awkward, no awesome posts from my beginning years of blogging. And I'll probably look back on this one in a few years and think, why on earth did I think that was a good idea to post that? But in the spirit of being 'real' which all the online spaces are asking for these days (insert eye roll but also applause here... I have mixed emotions) and documenting even the not so awesome things more often, here I am. Sharing some awkward and awesome things that have happened recently.
Awkward:

+ I've been going to Parker's school with him for the last three days and working while he is in class. His entire class is back together for their three-week capstone course before match day so I'm seeing a lot of familiar faces. While I was walking down the hall I passed some of Parker's classmates and said hi. One of the guys responded by saying, "Hey, what's up?". My response: "Good." Smh.

+ Yesterday I changed into my exercise clothes in the locker room at the gym and went to put my hair up when I realized that I had forgotten to shave my armpits... Unfortunately, I didn't have a suitable alternative top I could wear so I opted for the stair climber rather than my normal workout bc so many of Parker's classmates were also working out. I did everything I could to keep my hairy pits concealed.

+ Y'all know I love Marco Polo and being in public this week hasn't stopped me from chatting with my friends during the day. Well, this morning our conversation was about something kind of personal and I realized that even though I was talking quietly, the little wall I was sitting next to had another student on the other side of it who was well within hearing distance. I'm very, very hopeful they had headphones in.

+ During lunch on Monday, my nose started to run a lot so I was wiping it with a tissue. Shortly afterward, Parker reaches over and kind of knicks my lip/nose with his hand and says to me in front of his friends we were eating with, "You've got something right there." I quickly swiped it away and didn't even want to look at what it was but I'm pretty sure it was a stray booger...

Awesome:

+ Parker and I have been able to work out and eat lunch together every day this week. I love getting to see him even just a tiny bit more than usual.

+ We went to get ice cream last night for a friend's birthday and WE FOUND A GRAHAM CANYON FLAVOR DUPE! It's my favorite, favorite, favorite flavor of ice cream that we previously thought could only be found at the BYU Creamery.

+ 45 days until we head to Utah to see family and 51 until VEGAS!

+ I had a rough couple of days the last few days but things are looking up. I'm oh so grateful for friends and family who deal with my crazy mood swings, my hormones, and my dramatics and that they love me through it all.

+ Survivor started last week and there's a new episode tonight. I am pumped!

+ My workout today included a move called an inverted row. I could do more of these this time than last time so I'm getting stronger. Seeing progress from hard work is fun!

+ The Bachelor comes on two nights next week. That's a fact that needs to be celebrated!

Life is good. What's something awkward and something awesome that's happened in your life recently? Please tell me I'm not the only one who has so many awkward moments every day.

xoxo, Chelan


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Life Lately

A couple of weeks ago at church, the women in our ward were having a lesson/discussion on going through trials and hard things and what we can do to help combat feelings of doubt and I had the distinct impression that I needed to do better at writing things down. Y'all know that I'm passionate about documenting my life but I'm notorious for doing so in spurts. So I wanted to do a little life update because there are a lot of really fun things going on for Parker and me right now that I don't want to forget. And perhaps, when I'm going through something hard in the future, I can look back at posts like this and know that God's hand is in the details of my life - the good and the bad. He's always there to lift me up when I am feeling down and to celebrate all my victories big or small.

The only photo we got on our weekend trip last week to Snowshoe, WV.

Parker submitted his rank list for residency this week!!! What's that? When you finish medical school, the next step is residency. During the 4th year of medical school, you apply to residency programs in the specialty of your choice (dermatology, family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, etc) and then get interview invitations from programs that like your application. So in addition to traveling for rotations this year, Parker also traveled around a lot for interviews. Then you rank the programs you interviewed at and the programs rank the applicants that they interviewed. Then an algorithm does its thing and matches applicants to residency programs. Here's a video that explains how the match works if you're interested. I actually found it super helpful because this whole process has been a bit overwhelming. The deadline for rank list submissions was this week and we feel very good about our list and also super relieved that that part is over. And now we wait! Match day is in March and we can't wait to find out what's in store for the next four years!

I'm currently working for Chipotle corporate doing customer service. When we were in North Carolina for a rotation this summer, I lost my job with Chatbooks. More on that here if you missed it. We were about to head to Denver and I desperately needed a job so I started frantically applying to anything and everything. The same day I applied to a random temporary customer support job listing, I got an email asking to interview me via Facetime for a job with Chipotle (which the job listing hadn't said anything about). Long story short, I got the job on the Friday that I applied for it and started the next Monday morning in Denver at their corporate office. When I tried to quit because we were moving onto our next rotation in South Carolina, they asked me to continue working but offered me the option of working from home which was the greatest surprise. My contract kept getting extended and now it goes through the end of March. It has truly been such a continual blessing and I'm so grateful to have a good job!! I've been able to work more than I could with Chatbooks and the pay is better so it all worked out in the end.

Parker and I have been working really hard at our goals for 2019. We created a budget and are doing really well at sticking to it. I've been a champ at meal planning and cooking lately and Parker has been a huge help with that as well since I've been working so much. We make a pretty good team if we do say so ourselves. We've also been going to the gym consistently since we've been back in Ohio and we are doing our best to get back into shape after taking too much time off. It feels good to take better care of our bodies!

We have some really fun things planned after Parker is finished with his last rotation mid April - some awesome trips with family and friends and I can't wait to share more about those soon. Gotta get those last chance travels in before residency starts and he has a real job with limited time off. First up is Utah & Las Vegas for Spring Break with family and we cannot wait!

Grateful for this crazy yet exciting time in our lives. God really is in the details.

xoxo, Chelan

Thursday, February 14, 2019

14 Days of Love: Day 14 | Happy Anniversary, Parker David!

I'll always and forever save the best for last and dedicate this 14th day of love to my husband, Parker. Happy 5th anniversary to my love, my best friend, my partner in crime, my everything. 

I've been super nostalgic this week thinking about the 5 years we've been married. The places we've traveled. The memories we've made. The things we've accomplished. The fights we've had. The trials we've overcome. The many tv shows we've watched lol. The degrees we've earned (and have almost earned!!) The cross country moves. All of it. It's been the best 5 years and I can't wait to see what the next 5 years will bring! 

I love you, Parker David. Thanks for making my life a dream come true! 

I hope you all have the most wonderful Valentines Day and that its full of love and chocolate!

xoxo, Chelan

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

14 Days of Love: Day 13 | How We Wore It Series | Galentines

We are almost done with this 14 Days of Love series this year and I'm part relieved but also part sad. It's so fun for so many reasons: it forces me to be creative, it allows me to connect with lots of people, it causes me to reflect on all the many things I love and that I have to be grateful for.

For day 13 of #14daysoflove I'm sharing my love of the How We Wore It Series I do with my beautiful blogger friends. I know I say how much I love it every month but when you work from home and often don't have a real reason to get dressed up, it feels like a special occasion. This, too, forces me to be creative, forces me to get more comfortable in front of a camera, and honestly, it helps me feel pretty, too.

We are sharing our 'Galentines' Day outfits in honor of our lady friends today. I chose to keep it simple with some jeans, this cayuuuute pink plaid sweater, and some bedazzled flats that I still have heart eyes over every time I see them.


I've linked everything I'm wearing (the sweater was nowhere to be found online but its from LOFT Outlet and I linked some similar and super cute tops) HERE

Be sure to check out my gal pals and their Galentine's outfits!




I hope you all have the most lovely of Valentine's Days tomorrow and that they are filled with people you love and lots of chocolate!

xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

14 Days of Love: Day 12 | L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara

This mascara I'm sharing for day 12 of #14daysoflove is a new love for me. Prior to trying the L'Oreal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara, I had been faithful to the same mascara for yeeeeeeears but I had heard good things about this one online and my sister loved it. I ended up getting some in my stocking at Christmas and I have been hooked every day since. 

Mascara is my favorite make up to wear. I prefer a lot of it so I need one that builds well but doesn't look super clumpy and this stuff fits the bill. This little guy has two steps: the white primer layer and then the regular black mascara layer. A few other things I love about this new find below: 

+ It. Does. Not. Fall. No flaking to create raccoon eyes throughout the day. There is 0 fallout. None. Zip. It's miraculous. 

+ It lasts forever. I wear the same mascara for three days. You read that right. Three days! I'll touch it up a bit in the morning and going back to the first perk I mentioned, no fallout. Even when you sleep with it on. 

+ Taking it off is fun (yep, fun!), easy, and mess-free. You get it a little bit wet and it literally slides off your lashes in little tubes. Gone are the days of scrubbing your eyes with makeup remover or wipes. There's no residue leftover and it doesn't pull out your natural lashes at all. 

It's truly a winner and you should try it. I've already got my friend Jordan hooked! 

What's your beauty fav right now? 

xoxo, Chelan

Monday, February 11, 2019

14 Days of Love: Day 11 | My Friends & Marco Polo

Last year my friends and I "reconnected" over the app Marco Polo (it's like a walkie talkie app but with video rather than just audio). When I say reconnected I mean that we would talk a few times every year via group texts, sometimes send each other funny things on Facebook, and about once a year we would have a group Skype session. Ever since we all joined Marco Polo we have talked almost every single day. And it's a highlight of my day every single day. And as a result of these chats, we even got to get together twice last year!


I casually mentioned one day that Parker and I would be spending some time in Charleston and that my friends should come to visit and the next thing I know, Tessa responded by saying her husband thought she should go and she started looking at flights. From there, Breanne and Jordan also talked with their spouses to see if they could make it work and the stars aligned and everyone was able to come. We had such a blast! Rather than recap our trip (I'll save that for another post along with a video) I'm just going to quickly share some things I love about each of these special friends of mine.


Breanne aka Breezie. We've known each other our entire lives. Literally. Our dads were besties in high school and coached basketball together when we were kids (they still coach together even now). Breezie is one of the few people who understands my love of my childhood because hers was much the same - traveling around with the basketball team, believing that the 'stats girls' were our best friends, and collecting the stars that the dance team wore and putting them by our eyes at basketball games. Every Friday night during basketball season after the games we would beg our parents to let us have a sleepover. These sleepovers consisted of us watching Parent Trap (the Lindsay Lohan version of course), making up dances to the soundtrack of Parent Trap (#8 was the BEST and its still one of the best soundtracks of all time), and eating cinnamon toast in the morning with the grossest mountain of brown sugar we could build. Great times. I love Breezie because even though we went through some periods of time in our lives where we weren't super close, I can always, always, always pick up where I left off with her. It's like we revert to our childhood selves and laugh until we cry. She is so wise and smart and such a good listener with the best advice!


Tessa. Tessa and I became best friends in grade 6. We were in the same class and had been dancing together for years and I think that's about when we did our first tap duo (which we did every year after that). We lived together for a time in college and she pretty much brought Parker and me together <3. She brings out my silliest self and makes me feel like I'm super funny which I love. She and I also revert to our immature selves when we get together (sorry to everyone who had to be around us during our tap company rehearsals at BYU lol we could not be trusted to take anything seriously). Tessa is also such a great listener, she's creative, quirky, and so, so funny!


Jordan. Jordan moved to Cardston the summer before grade 10 and I'm so glad she did. I wasn't her biggest fan at first (don't worry, she knows this) because I was jealous. Another dancer moving to town to steal my spotlight? lol But I'm so glad we got to know each other because my life has been better every day since. Jordan is a ray of bubbly sunshine. She never has an unkind word to say about anyone. She gives the most genuine compliments that make you feel like a hundred bucks. And she's the most self-aware person I know. I aspire to be more like her!


I'm so grateful the 'dark ages' are over (what we call our time without Marco Polo) and that I get to learn from and connect with these amazing women every day. I'm so grateful to have such good friends!

xoxo, Chelan