30.11.13

PINTEREST: CHRISTMAS DIYS

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Lately I have been in a such a crafty DIY mood!
Baking, wrapping gifts, and little decorations.
This is my favourite time of year, and since we got snow this week it makes me even more in the mood for the season!
So here are 6 Christmas-y things I am dying to try!!
Any suggestions on Christmas DIYs?
Leave the link in a comment! 

28.11.13

THOUGHTS ON A THURSDAY

// Paninis and almond milk. Obsessed.
// I love when Alex has only one evening shift. Hooray for evening cuddles and movie nights!
// Not looking forward to my 10pm - 6am shift tonight. Yes you read that right. All in the name of black Friday everyone.
// Can't get enough of this song!
// Been almost a week since I saw Catching Fire, and I can't wait to see it again!!!

How is your week so far?

27.11.13

DESIGN SERIES: ENTRY 1

I find that fonts can make or break a blog's design.
There have been quite a few designs that I've had in my head, but when I put them on the screen it doesn't work, simply because of the font.
Here are a few tips to follow when looking for a font.

First: Think of a theme
It's important to think what specific look you are going for.
Whether it be modern, classic, fun, or minimalistic, remember to look for fonts that work well together and with your theme.

Second: Use different fonts
It's ok to mix up fonts.
Don't over do it and use the same font for everything.
Change it up!
If you're using a simple font for your header, add some handwritten fonts for detail.

Third: Don't be afraid of colour
If you want a certain word, or phrase to stand out, a great to do this is to change the colour.
I'm a lover of everything black, so adding colour is it a bit out of my comfort zone, but I am also a firm believer in having pops of colour.
Now with that being said, don't go overboard with too many colours.
Mood boards are a great way to get inspired and to find a few colours that go well together.

Fourth: Clear navbar
There is nothing more annoying than visiting a new blog, and not being able to read the words on the navbar.
It is best to stay away from handwritten/calligraphy fonts on your navbar.
Even though they are pretty, I'd suggest keeping it simple with your navbar.

Sixth: Experiment
I like to experiment with spacing, italics, bold and Capslock.
Some fonts look completely different in lowercase than they do in uppercase.
You may come across a font that looks kind of odd in lower case, but once you put a space in between each letter it can change the entire look.
Have fun with it and experiment.
Try using a font different ways, and figure out which one works best.


As a little treat, I'm sharing of few of my favourite fonts with you all!
Enjoy!
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Next entry: using fonts

25.11.13

SOME NEWS


A change on the blog, once again.
By now, none of you should be surprised.
But this time it isn't just a design change.

First: Name change
Yes I did change the name.
I found that A&B was just too generic.
So I slightly tweaked the lyrics to a song I loved when I was younger.
"These are days, we'll remember."
Everyday should be remembered.
Especially these days.

Second: Tutorials
I was surprised at the response I got about doing design tutorials.
And since I have become to love designing my blog, and learning some great tricks, I thought it was about time I shared with you all!
So stay tuned for some fun how-tos!

Third: Design
I was a little sick of the lack of colour on my blog.
Why not have a little pop of green?

Fourth: Videos
I want to have a better communication with my readers.
So this is where you all come in.
I just added a FAQ page, and I would love to get questions from all of you!
I am also toying around with the idea to some videos.
Any suggestions?

Fifth: Content
Now even though there are quite a few changes, the content will be the same.
Well mostly.
This blog will still be first and foremost a lifestyle blog, but I want to branch out more.
DIYs, tutorials, photography, a place to post my inspirations, collaborations, and giveaways.

After reading this post by one of my favourite blogs, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon of change.
And not just a design change this time.
I want to step out of my comfort zone a little, and try some new things.
So get ready.
It's going to be a blast!

22.11.13

This morning started out like a regular morning.
My alarm went off.
Pretty normal.
Then all of a sudden, Alex rolls over and starts cuddling me.
He was wide awake so we talked for 5 minutes.

The usual routine goes something like this:
My alarm goes off, I kiss Alex, get ready, come back and kiss him goodbye.
He is usually in the adorable super tired stage and just kisses me back in his sleep.
I did not want to leave.

21.11.13


One week.
It's been one week since I deactivated my Facebook account.
And I feel
free.
I've been thinking about doing it for months now, and finally decided to just do it.
I had so many stupid excuses, and I was sick of making them.

I've decided to spend my time with things that actually matter.
We all have the same amount of hours in a day.
What we choose to do with these precious hours makes all the difference.

20.11.13

Today I was in a crafty mood.
So I made our advent calendar.
Well started making our advent calendar. 
I'll be revealing the finished project in a couple days.

Speaking of revealing, I redesigned our blog... again.
I started to figure out font books, etc.
I had a nerdy, excited moment last night.
Alex got a kick out of it.
Also, if any of you are interested in blog design tutorials, leave a comment, and you may see some in the future!

18.11.13

I am quite a picky eater, but when it comes to Alex cooking his mission food, I am hooked.
Today was a very productive day. 
When I came home from work, the kitchen was a mess (leftover from last night's cooking)
We spent a good hour or two scrubbing the counter tops, stove, dishes and floors.
I don't think there is a more satisfying feeling than having a clean kitchen.

An added bonus:
Spending the time with your best bud, who also happens to be your husband.

16.11.13

One of the many perks of serving in the youth program is attending temple trips.
It was such a beautiful experience to have with my Young Women.
When I was a laurel, a few of these girls were beehives.
And now I get to teach them every Sunday.
I get to see glimpses of their testimonies, and see the switch flip when they grasp something, and it is so special to see.
But today was even more special.
I got to hear every single girl in attendance share their testimony.
I love this calling.
I love these girls.
I love this gospel.

Another thing that I love about the temple, is returning to the place where we got engaged. 

14.11.13

Tonight was a much needed catch up/girls night with Elise.
We haven't hung out since the wedding day, so it was long overdue!
Eating crepes, a ukulele jam session, cuddling Sammy and talking.
I am so grateful to have such a strong friendship with this girl.
A beautiful girl inside and out.

13.11.13

Something that made the day not ok:
Coming home to Christmas decorations all over the floor.
Sammy had a little bit too much fun while we were at work.

Some things that made the day the best:
Watching Catching Fire clips ( one week !!! )
Getting a text from Alex just saying "I miss you. I love you."
I love that boy more and more everyday.

8.11.13

It's starting to look like Christmas around our little home. 
And I love it.
Bring on the season!

7.11.13

I am sitting on the couch,
watching a kitten play,
and listening to a husband make dinner.
I really hate these days when I feel like I can't do anything.
Pains in my back.
My legs ache.
And a start of a headache.
I so desperately want to be dancing around the kitchen, helping Alex make dinner.
But I am here.
On this couch.

6.11.13

A cup of herbal tea.
A favourite book.
A cuddle with a kitty and husband.
A movie night.
And a Christmas tree.

Some days are rough at work.
But it's the things that I come home to that make it all worth it.

5.11.13

I discovered the most amazing cookie recipe, and I just had to share with you all!

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup craisins

1 cup butter/margarin

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp orange zest

2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1// Make orange zest. Pretty self explanatory. If you don't have a zester, a fine cheese grader works fine.

2// Mix together margarine, egg, sugar, orange peel and vanilla

3// Once mixed, add flour, baking powder, salt and cranberries.

4// Preheat oven for 350 degrees and place dough on a cookie sheet.

5// Bake in oven for 8-12 minutes. Remove and cool.

And voila!
Some incredibly delicious cookies that remind me of Christmas :)

4.11.13

I am so grateful to have Alex in my life.
He never fails to lift me up when I am feeling down.
He tells me I'm beautiful, when I feel like a mess.
He cuddles me without saying a thing.
Sometimes just lying in silence is all I need.

I love him. 

More and more everyday.

Oh and happy 4 months!

1.11.13

I'm ready for Christmas.
The fake poinsettias are out.
The wreath is being hung.
The Christmas tree is being bought this week.
The crafts are being thought out.
The gift shopping begins.
And this song is on repeat. (I admit we were listening to it on Saturday.)

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