Beach Lake

Tonight after dinner we drove to a lake (that's pretty much in walking distance- not with little kids and supplies though) to roast marshmallows! It was so much fun!

1. Lily Pads! I've ALWAYS wanted to see these!
2. My dad and nieces
3. The scenery- I LOVE Alaska!
4. Roasting Marshmallows
5. Lily Pad flower
6. Me and my girls!
7. My sisters Piano (I needed two more pictures. haha!)
8. My "Pebbles" hairdo- I stuck a dryer sheet in it because it's "supposed" to keep the bugs away... hmmm...
9. Piano again

Photo Shoot and Abandoned Buildings

My oldest niece is turning 8 in a few days and in our religion children are baptised at 8. It's a landmark age for us so my sister scheduled a photoshoot to document this wonderful time of her life. Here are my favorite photos from the shoot. :)

all collaged photos taken by Jessica

This is where her photos were being taken. It's the cutest ABANDONED building! Why it's abandoned?? I have NO idea. Bloggers- we should all buy it. haha! It can be blogging headquarters! Just think of your outfit posts!

Of course I had to get in on the photo taking action. I have to document my adventures somehow right? Oh and don't mind my GIANT sweatshirt. It's my favorite, and it's the warmest thing I brought... I was still freezing.

Here's another angle of the building. So cute!

So there you go. In the past two days this has been the most exciting event. haha! Although my first ever ZUMBA class was a blast! It was just like a dance class so of course I loved it! My sister's an awesome teacher!

My parents come into town today- so expect many more exciting adventures! :D


A Few Photos

I don't have time for a long post- have to get ready for my sister's step class. But I thought I'd share a few photos I've taken so far. and I'll elaborate on them later. :) Enjoy!


Blogger of the Week: Outside Voice

Guys guess what! I am on my way to Alaska! 

That's right! So excited! I'll be up there for a month- but no worries, I'll still have internet (cause I know you worry about that).

But here to guest post and be our Blogger of the Week is my good bloggy friend- Lauren from Outside Voice!

I love Lauren's blog and I know you will too. She's one of the most interesting people I've ever met (and I mean that in the best possible way and no we've never "met"... you know what I mean). She's traveled the world, grew up dancing (like me!), is a photographer, works in a MINE!!! I could go on. Instead, here's Lauren...

Hi Gentri Lee readers!
I’m so honoured to be over here on Gentri’s blog.  She was one of my first bloggy friends a short 6 months ago when I started blogging—risking my words by pushing them out into this virtual world.  Little did I know how many wonderful people were waiting with open arms to greet me with their sweet typed words. 

I’m Lauren, and I blog in a little space called Outside Voice.

 I started the blog as a test of my bravery—to face life events that faced me in my early 20’s newly graduated from university and conquering “real adult life” (it can be kind of scary sometimes, can’t it?).  So far it’s taken me from my home town in British Columbia, Canada to a university degree as an elementary school teacher, backpacking in Greece and Turkey,  working at a copper mine (yes, you read that correctly) and in a few months I will be a teacher in Melbourne, Australia. 

I blog with a lot of thought, a little sarcasm, and tons of photos! I love seeing your photos and have monthly photography challenges.
I’d love to meet some of Gentri’s friends. She’s so sweet and I’m sure you are too. Come visit, I’d love to meet you!

Thanks so much Gentri for having me on your blog this week. 


Mr. Butterfly

Yesterday something happend to me... something that has never happened to me before...

A butterfly the size of a small bird (I thought it was a bird when I saw it out of the corner of my eye... hence the scared child photo) flew up and landed on my shoulder!! I am NOT joking! Remember THIS post I did a few days ago?? This butterfly must have known about it...

 Mr. Butterfly (I decided it was a boy) flew up landed on my shoulder, then (when I moved because I thought it was a bird) he got off my shoulder and fluttered in front of my face for a few seconds then flew away...


This must mean good luck right?


Blogger of the Week: A Charmed Life

I was so excited when my sister agreed to be my Blogger of the Week! It's her birthday tomorrow (lots of june birthdays around here) so I thought that would be the perfect time to have her showcased. She's superwoman in my eyes, and she's the one who got me into blogging in the first place (along with our blogger of the week from a couple weeks ago- Leslie). So read on and go give her and her blog some love!

Hi there! I'm Chablis (Sha-blee) from "A Charmed Life". I also happen to be Gentri's BIG sister! I taught her everything she knows. (*wink*wink*)

I may be older than Gentri, but I'm certainly not cooler (note from gentri: she's much cooler. both my sisters are). I blog about mommyhood, our Alaskan adventures, and my quest to be a healthful eater.

Ever since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis my life has been completely flipped upside down. I am daily readjusting the perception of who I think I'm supposed to be. Reinventing what my hobbies are. Remembering what my priorities are. Now that I have such a limited energy level I really have to be careful how I spend my time. I used to be a craft-a-holic so to speak. I loved throwing parties, baking, dressing up, decorating, and doing fun things for the people I love. Now, those things have been put on the back burner.

Most days I look like this:
 So, instead of fashion blogging (really, who needs to be fashionable when you live in Alaska?) I post healthy recipes that have been successful on my dinner table.

Instead of throwing parties, I may post about how I'm dealing with my relationship with my Heavenly Father and how my beliefs are helping me in my life. 

But usually I post about my life as a mom and the fun things we do as a family.

I am certainly NO photographer and I admit it front up that I can't take a decent picture to save my life. So, for all you photographers out there I apologize and pray that my photos don't hurt your eyes too much!

So there you have it. I'm just a nerdy, plain ol' housewife who likes to rant about life on the internet. Hey, if you can relate come on over and we'll be great friends!
What Chablis happened to leave out is how awesome she is. She teaches Zumba and Step, she and her family are outside EVERY day finding new trails and hikes to enjoy in the great state of Alaska where they live. She has been through some rough things but always comes out on top. She is a FANTASTIC cook and she's so creative. I love her and am so happy that I can say not only is she my big sister but one of my best friends. I'm also lucky because I get to go and stay with her and her family (I'm in LOOOVE with her kids btw) for the entire month of July! So excited!
Thank you Chib!

P.S. I am so sorry if I have been neglecting any of your blogs (or rather- leaving boring generic comments) I tried to catch up today and just couldn't get to everyone. Life has been busy lately. I've had dances to choreograph and teach (taught for 5 hours today... kinda tired), plus parade to worry about, leaving to AK in a week (AH! SO EXCITED), plus much more. So I PROMISE I will get to you! If I have yet to visit your blog, please leave a link in the comments. Also, the best way to contact me is through my email (on the contact me page). So don't leave too many crazy questions in the comments... I forget about them. Sorry... hahaha!

P.P.S The winners of the Spotted Umbrella Giveaway will be announced tomorrow! Woot!


Birthday Happenings

I had a wonderful birthday this year! I seriously feel so blessed by all of the birthday wishes I got from everyone. So thank you lovely readers! :)

I spent last weekend with one of my BFF's shopping and spoiling ourselves (her bday was Saturday mine was Monday), you can see that post HERE. Then Sunday night was spent with my grandma, uncle, sister and friends eating, playing games, and of course- eating birthday cake!

Sunday night I didn't blow out any candles so Monday morning I had cake for breakfast (my birthday- remember?) and my own candle ceremony. haha! Then my sister, friend Sierra, and I went to lunch and walked around the nicest, fanciest hotel in town and I was finally able to try macaroons (something that's been on my goal list. haha!). The fancy kind.

Later we went to an activity for young single adults in my church which was super fun! I met new people and got lots of birthday love. :)

My mom was kind enough to order the Fox necklace I had been wanting (made by our lovely Blogger of the Week- Sarah!! Check out her Guest Post HERE or her Blog HERE)! And yesterday- it came!!! I was so excited! First, look at the adorable wrapping job. Love it and saving it. haha! THEN Sarah was even kind enough to make me a sketch of one of my favorite animals- a Lion! The last picture is my necklace with my other favorite animal on it- a Fox, also drawn by Sarah.

It was a better birthday than I could ask for. :)

OH! and if you havn't entered the birthday giveaway yet- DO IT NOW! An extra entry opportunity was added yesterday, so even if you did enter- you can enter one extra time! :D



Blogger of the Week: A Lost Feather

Hey guys!!

First off, if you havn't entered the Spotted Umbrella Giveaway yet- DO IT NOW! GO GO GO!


This weeks Blogger of the Week is one of my FAVORITE bloggers and someone I consider a dear bloggy friend. I was so excited when Sara from A Lost Feather agreed to be my Blogger of the Week. You guys will LOOOOOVE her! I'm sure of it!

Hellooo out there! I'm Sarah from A Lost Feather and I'm so excited to be here with you today on Gentri's adorably awesome blog! She is the cutest and I was very flattered when she asked me to be blogger of the week.

I love to write about and share my adventures (big and small) through artwork and photography. I adore reading other blogs and getting to know lovely people from all over the world. I never realized how many new friends I'd make just by being part of this little (huge?) online community.

Outside of blogging, my main loves are my boyfriend, family and friends of course, my dog- Boo Radley, hiking, climbing, drawing, painting, traveling, and photography. I majored in photography in college and then worked for Canon for 2 years. Now I'm working for myself as a full-time artist and I am so happy and grateful for the way things are working out.

I live in New York, a few miles east of Manhattan. I love visiting the city and wandering around the tall buildings.. but even more than that I love being able to come home to the suburbs. I try to go hiking every week in the nice weather.. actually, did you know that just 20 miles north of Manhattan we have some amazing trails? From some summits you can even see the skyline.. I haven't had luck with the weather yet.. every time I try to get these views the clouds roll in on cue.

Matt and I are getting ready to go to Yosemite in 5 days (ahhh!) We've been counting down to this trip for a year and are beyond excited. I can't wait to soak up all the inspiration that that the park has to offer.. I'm also pretty excited to come home and share my experience. Summer 2011 is looking like a good one.. I hope everyone is enjoying this amazing season!


Blogger of the Week: Little Mrs. Me

I am so excited about this weeks "Blogger of the Week". Why? Because she is one of my very BEST friends EVER! Like- in real life! Haha! It is her Birthday this week, so I decided it was the perfect time to introduce you guys to her. Enjoy and go tell her hi and that you're stopping by from my blog!

Hey ya’ll! I’m Leslie aka The Mrs. And I am so thrilled to be Gentri’s blogger of the week!

 So hmm, a little fact about me! I LOVE everything Southern, from breezy beaches and big hats to magnolias in May and beignets! I was raised in Palm Beach Florida and have a passion for exceptional cuisine! (My mom calls me a food snob) I love trying new recipes and try to update my blog often with my creations or latest find! I’m a total dump cook though so my recipes rarely turn out the same!

My other favorite passion is traveling. I love going on trips and think you can never have to many vacations! I’ve been to Europe 4 times and all over the Caribbean more times than I can count!

In short I’m a totally OCD perfectionist that adores High-Heels, High-wasted skirts, and Headbands. I met Gentri lee for the first time when I was working at Walt Disney World. We both were in the Entertainment department. Little did I know that when I moved to Utah to nanny a year later she would be there and would become a life long friend!

My blog is my outlet for pretty much any little random thing that interests me. Which is mainly cooking, my family, and anything that makes me laugh. I would love ya’ll to check my blog out and let me know what you think!

XOXO The Mrs.


Berries and Almonds

For Sunday dinner I wanted to copy a favorite salad of mine from one of my favorite restaurants. But one of the best parts about that salad is that it has cinnamon roasted almonds. I had bought almonds for the salad and decided- why not just make my own cinnamon roasted almonds??

So I did!

It's super duper easy- and yummy of course! You should try it!

For the cinnamon roasted almonds you'll need:
- 1 cup raw and unsalted almonds (mine were pre-sliced)
- 1 egg white
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract

First you'll whip your egg white and water until fluffy. Next you'll add all ingredients EXCEPT your almonds. Mix well. Then just dump your almonds into the bowl and coat well. Heavily grease a jelly roll pan and spread almonds out flat. Then bake at 250 for 1 hour- tossing the almonds half way through the hour. Cool and enjoy!

Then for the salad you'll need some berries. I used black berries, strawberries, and blue berries. (I would have bought raspberries but couldn't find any)

Chop up the strawberries and cinnamon roasted almons. Then place the berries and almonds on a bed of spinach. Toss then top with your favorite dressing (poppyseed or berry vinaigrette's taste best).

Look at that! You just got a double recipe!
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