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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Perfect Fall Cardigan

About a month ago I decided to create an Instagram account called Teach Shop Love to share with others my love of cute clothes and a great deal. (You can check it out here.)

Recently I came across a boutique called Apartment Eighteen.  When I first found them I remember scrolling through their Instagram and loving everything I was seeing.  Seriously check out their Instagram page here and you'll see why I fell in love.  One item that really stood out to me was The Bree Tassel Cardigan. I love the color of the cardigan and the details that come from the tassels at the bottom.

I love that I can dress the cardigan up for work by wearing black pants and some heels, but then dress it more casually by putting on a fun, fall floppy hat and some jeans.  Seriously isn't this hat amazing too? I got it on sale from CocoandMain. They have 3 colors and it is only $14.99! Seriously that is a steal for how much I love this hat!

I was also surprised by how warm this cardigan kept me, too! I wore it around on an afternoon walk with Lou, and even though it was a little chilly outside, it was all I needed! (And trust me, I get cold so easily I basically live in a coat!)  I also love how simple and yet pretty the color is.  The neutral tone allowed me to add my own fall colors to bring about the style I was going for!

What is even better is now until Thursday you can use code "hooray" to get FREE SHIPPING!!!! Seriously you guys, who doesn't love free shipping? So head over to Apartment Eighteen right now and shop to your hearts content.

Disclaimer: I received this cardigan from Apartment Eighteen to review.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Decor 2015

I LOVE decorating my house for the different seasons and holidays. Fall is one of my favorite holidays and so decorating was even more fun!

This year I decided to get some pumpkins from Michaels craft store to put around my fireplace. It was really fun to decorate and took hardly anytime. The pumpkins at the bottom were way fun to mess around with and can I say I did the "E" monogram by free hand.  It made me feel pretty legit! Thanks for letting me toot my own horn!

Last year I made the wood pumpkins that are on the top of the fireplace.  I got these from Wood Connection.  The "hello fall" sign I got from the Target dollar section.  Isn't Target the greatest place ever?

The banner was also made last year from some scrapbook paper I got from Stampin' Up.  One of the perks of being a teacher is sometimes craft suppliers give us free items and it is great!

My aunt gave me this home sign last year at a bridal shower with replaceable "o" letters for each holiday.  I love having it.

Basically I LOVE the Utah Utes and so my home is decorated with Utah decor during the football season.  It makes it fun, especially on game days! The UTES sign hangs above our coat closet and it's the first thing you see when you walk into our house.  The block "U" I made from a "U" I found on sale at Wood Connection.  The subway art I made as well.  Subway art is such a fun way to add decor to your house. The Utah Utes wreath is my favorite decoration! Isn't it so cute?

I can't wait until the next season when I can decorate again and even next fall when I can add to my decorations from this year!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Remember That Time GameDay Came Back To The U?!

My Freshman year College GameDay came to the University of Utah and so my friends and I decided we needed to go.  It was a blast! We slept at my friend Sara's dorm room and then went down to the stadium where they were filming around 5 am.  After we hung out for awhile, we went back to relax before the game because it was exhausting!

This year we found out GameDay was coming back! Kyle had gone when they went to BYU a few years back and since I had already been once, we were debating on whether or not we should go again.  We had both been sick for the last little while and we weren't sure if it would be smart for us to wake up super early, just to stand there.  We knew there was NO WAY we would get on TV because we wouldn't be sleeping over, so we decided we would see how we were feeling the night before.

My friend Emily texted me and told me that she had won a contest and would be able to get us on TV for GameDay.  We decided if we didn't need to go super early, we might as well go! So Kyle, my brother Thomas, and his best friend Jordan, all went up to the U that morning.  It was pretty fun! We got on the TV during the Cheez-It fan of the week segment.  After that we walked around and then went back home and watched ourselves on the TV.  It was fun and really lucky that we didn't have to get there too early.

This is a picture of Jordan taking a picture of us on the big TV screen in front of us, during filming.  It was hilarious.  Don't you love Thomas' funny face too?

Here is Sam Ponder's twitter picture of the interview we were in the back of.  You can see Thomas in the background!

I really wanted to make a sign for GameDay, but I didn't know what to put on it.  Finally it came to me! (If you don't get it, we played #23 CAL who are the "bears".) Sometimes I think I'm punny! haha

It was even better that we ended up winning the game that evening.  I'm so lucky that Kyle loves Utah Football so much! We have a blast following all the teams in the NCAA! I can't believe college football is halfway over!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

u + me: the stanford game

*this is part 2 of a series.  you can read part 1 by clicking here.*

October 12, 2014
"big things often have small beginnings." 

October 12, 2014 the unranked Utah Utes were playing the #5 Stanford Cardinals and of course I was there. With my guest pass I was suppose to be sitting on row 54, but since my friends all sat in lower bowl I would sneak down and sit with them. Meghan, Emily, Camille and I had made a big sign for the game and I was extremely pumped. I love football! It probably started because I grew up with a dad who loved it and I would watch it with him all growing up. This game was extra exciting though because we were playing the #5 team in the nation and you could tell the crowd was ready to win.
A few games ago I had seen Mike one section over from where I was sitting. My friends and I decided it'd be more fun to go sit with them, so from that game on we sat with a group of Mike's friends.

The game had begun and it was a blast. During the game I talked with a few different people from the group, but there were two boys that never said much to us girls, and Kyle was one of them. He later told me he never talked to us because he was too into the game and didn't think we were actually paying attention. Little did he know I not only paid attention but I was a die hard fan who understood what was going on. I remember at one point he turned around and joked with Meghan and I about how short we are. We are both 5'3'' and Kyle is 6'1''.

The end of the game was crazy. We had beat Stanford and the crowd went crazy. Everyone began storming the field, including my group. My parents joked after the game that they were betting on whether or not I would jump, because the previous year when I jumped down onto the field I ended up landing on my heel weird and sprained it! Sorry mom and dad, I was definitely going to jump again...who cares about my heel!  The field was full of crazy fans and people singing the fight song. When I turned around I realized I had lost my group. I saw another girl from my group and Kyle a few steps away from me so I caught up with them and we started talking and getting excited about the win.

After the majority of people had cleared the field, we found the other boys in our group.  Kyle is to my left in the picture.  

Meghan and I had planned to go to a corn maze after the game and I was hoping we could get a big group. Since I had lost Meghan, Emily, and Camille, I walked back to my car with Kyle and talked to him about the corn maze. He said it sounded fun and that he would try and get the other guys to go. He told me they were all getting dinner first though and that I should come along. He then asked for my number and told me he would keep me posted on the corn maze.

What I didn't know was that Taylor had talked to Kyle about how he should help set me up with Mike. She told him how awesome I was and that Kyle needed to help push Mike in the right direction with dating me. This was exactly what Kyle had planned to do.

I went to dinner with them at Rumbi in hopes I could convince them to come to the corn maze.  All I could get out of them was a maybe and so finally Meghan came to pick me up and we were going to head to the corn maze.  With everyone storming the field after the game, we ended up being later than we had originally planned and ended up canceling the corn maze for the evening and rescheduling it for the following week.

I texted Kyle to let him know that the corn maze was off, but we were going to hang out at my house if they wanted to come.  He told me he would call me back and keep me posted.  A few minutes later when I got back to my car, Kyle called me back.  He began to tell me that everyone was just going to go home for the night.  I was a little frustrated at this point because I had been really excited for the corn maze and it failed, and then the mini hang out failed, and I was a little bummed out.  Kyle could tell and he asked me if I was okay.  I remember being shocked.  Most people wouldn't have been able to tell I was upset or even cared whether I was! I told him I was just bummed out.  I remember him telling me that it would all work out and be okay.  I remember how odd I found it, that it all felt so normal to be talking to Kyle and how much he calmed me down.

That was the first time I remember thinking there was something different about this boy.  I didn't know what it was, but I liked it and I was excited to hang out with him more....oh and I guess Mike too.

Click here to read part 3.