10.31.2011

Blogger of the Week: Hudson's Happenings

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you've all got a super fun Halloween planned for yourselves. What better way to start it than with this week's Blogger of the Week's Guest Post?! This week is Miss Ashley from her blog Hudson's Happenings. She is amazing! She has SUCH magical photographs (as I tell her daily), amazing style, and the cutest little family who are always doing SUCH fun things (PLUS she looks like Elizabeth Taylor! Lucky lady). So read and enjoy then pop over to her blog!

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Hello and a BIG spooky BOO to all of you!

I'm Ashley, the blogger behind Hudson's Happenings, a happy little space where I share my musings on love, fashion, photography, and life. I am ecstatic to be guesting on the beautiful Gentri's blog, especially because it's one of my favorite days of the year......Halloween!

I could list a million things I love about this holiday. I love scary movies, candy, haunted houses, and pumpkins.....but, most of all, I LOVE COSTUMES! 

There's just something special about being someone different for one spooktacular day.


I always have fun dressing up.....but now that I am a mom,
I have even MORE fun dressing up my sweet baby boy.
Isn't he just the sweetest little lamb you've ever seen?

A HUGE thanks to Gentri for letting me hang out on her amazing blog! I hope you all will come visit me SOON....at Hudson's Happenings!

Happy Halloween, Lovelies!

p.s. I want to know.....what do you love most about Halloween?

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She's amazing. That's the bottom line. :) Love her blog and I know you will too! Hop on over NOW!

Everyone be sure to have a very fun, safe and...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

P.S. check our yesterday's post for a fun Halloween Party and link up your Halloween themed posts!

P.P.S. Only a few more days to enter the Printed Peaks Giveaway! GO GO GO!

10.30.2011

Halloween Party! Costumes, Ghost Stories, and more!

Hey everyone! I hope you're having a fabulous weekend! I've got a few things for you today, but they're all AWESOME!! So I hope you make it all the way through. :)

Last night I was able to go to a party that my church was throwing for young single adults. I had a blast and was so glad I went. Two of my friends and myself planned our outfits to go together. They were a BIG hit!
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ROCK, PAPER, & SCISSORS
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The party was hoppin'...
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There were a bunch of festivities going on as well as the dancing- a bonfire with ghost stories, "scary" movies (and by "scary" I mean PG-13), karaoke, limbo, as well as a pie eating contest (makin' me sick to even look at the picture), and a costume contest. We were the favorites to win and in the end a robot beat us... WHAT?!
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There were a TON of people there and everyone was dressed in such amazing costumes! These are just some pictures that were snuck onto my camera...
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Like I said, it was so much fun! I'm really glad I went!

Now, time to get even more into the Halloween spirit...

Do you believe in ghosts? I don't like to say either way... why tempt them?? If you don't, here are some ghost stories that might make you change your mind...

A little while ago my old ballet teacher Amy, posted on her blog a picture that her sister had taken while in England. I haven't forgotten this picture and I so I asked Amy if I could share it with you today. I stole her explanation of it too- I felt she could explain it better than I could:


"This picture still gives me the creeps.  When I first saw this picture, I screamed and my hair stood on end.  It is SO REAL!!! 
This is taken from a digital camera.  There was absolutely no doctoring done to the photo.
(Other than just cropping and enlarging the photo so you can see the faces better--it's blurry because it's about 7 years old and taken with a lower-quality digital camera.)

Look above the two girls' heads.
That is clearly another face.

A ghost. 

Here's the story:  My sister, Stacey, did a study-abroad in England.  They spent one day and night in Salisbury.  She and her friend sat on this bench outside a church.  Another friend was asked to take a quick photo.  As they were skimming through the photos the next morning, they saw the ghost.  They did some research and found out that they were sitting on an old, buried graveyard.

Look and the clarity of the face above the two girls.  It's not a double of one of the girls because, 
1) There would have been a double of EACH girl (and the bench for that matter),
2) The angle of the face is different from each girl, and 
3) You can just make out different clothes (old fashioned?) that the ghost is wearing.

It looks like he (she?) just wanted to pop in and be in the picture.

(I have had some people mention and point out there they see TWO ghosts in the picture.  Just to the left of the tree, there is a resemblance of a figure there.  Maybe.)"
via Amy and Stacy

What do YOU think?

A couple days ago Lauren shared some videos of "ghosts at Disneyland" on her blog and I couldn't resist sharing them too.

Do you see the "person" walking around?! What?!


As I was watching this a second time it looks as if the hitchhiking ghost is wearing a cast member name tag... and I would know what those look like!


This ones a little harder to see. But CRAZY if you can see it. Looks as if the ghost is having a fun time watching all the scared guests faces until- it just disappears...


Can anyone explain those??

Ok, back to the fun and games. :)

The other night my mom held her annual Halloween Witches Party. This is where she gets a bunch of friends from our neighborhood together, they all dress up as witches (I did her makeup and hair this year), and they have dinner etc. This year it was a Bunco party...
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They're all awesome. :)

I have to add in this picture of my sister and her family in their Halloween costumes. It is just TOO cute!! Look at my niece/the chicken's feet! Rubber gloves! Hilarious! My niece/the chicken won the costume contest at their party! :D


Well, sorry it was such a long post. But I had so many things to show you! It was just my way of throwing a little blogger Halloween party. But I'd love for you to join by linking up any of your Halloween themed posts!



Happy Sunday everyone!

P.S. If you haven't entered the Printed Peaks Giveaway- do so now!

10.29.2011

And, you are??

Well, it's official. Hermione Granger was the winner of my costume contest! She was losing at first but after I posted that time turner photo she shot to the lead. Sorry these photos are so TERRIBLE! It was really cold and I didn't feel like playing with the settings... I now realize I should have. Oh well I guess.
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What do you think? Did I do alright?? (as far as you can tell that is)

I have another party tonight and I'm going as something else. I'm excited to show you- I'll make sure to get much better pictures. I promise!

P.S. I'm guest posting over at The Creative Coastie Wife AND Our Dayley Happenings today, feel free to check it out. :)

P.P.S. Don't forget to enter the Printed Peaks Giveaway!!

10.27.2011

Gardner Village (with bloggy friends)- Check!

First- Remember that Pumpkin Project I mentioned?? Well it's UP! Just click HERE. :)

One of my favorite fall activities (it was on my Fall To-Do List- which by the way, I've completed all but TWO items on that list!! Go me!) is to visit a wonderful place called Gardner Village. They have such fun Halloween displays, the scenery is Fall perfection, and wonderful shops. I decided the best way to do that this year was with some of my local bloggy friends!
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We first met for a delicious lunch at Gardner Villages wonderful restaurant- Archibalds. Then we strolled around the shops and enjoyed the crisp cool Fall air (or froze in it... I had on- thick tights, a long sleeve undershirt, my chambray top, a thick dress, warm boots, and a warm vest- and i still froze!).
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The main attraction in October would be their "witches" that are everywhere. They're all so funny and different. There's a hoola-hooping witch, witches playing baseball, and even a witch using the outhouse... :/
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Look at this- Fall perfection, am I right?!
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They also have a candy shop that is a must see. It's filled with all of your favorite old fashion candy as well as fresh fudge in a variety of flavors!
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It was such a fun afternoon with these ladies! I'm so glad they were able to make it (especially those who ran over during their lunch break!). I hope you are all having a FABULOUS week! Are you ready for Halloween?? What are you going to be?! Keep voting on my costume poll. I can't wait to see what the result will be! haha!

P.S. DON'T FORGET to enter this weeks giveaway from Printed Peaks! It's seriously AMAZING!!!

P.P.S. You can find the girls I went to Gardner Village with here:
Savannah
Megan
Courtney
Melissa
Jessica
Sara

P.P.P.S. If you're looking for a great inspirational read head over to Suzie's blog. It's all about being healthy, strong, and beautiful. :)

10.24.2011

Blogger(s) of the Week: Awkward Girls

Hey guys!
First- I am GHOST posting over at Pics-o-Andrea today! So be sure to check it out! And don't forget to vote on my Halloween costume to your left!


Today we have the guest post from this weeks "Blog of the Week" the Awkward Girls. I fell in love with these girls and their blog at first click. They're funny, fashionable, and entertaining. So read and enjoy, then go visit their blog!


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 Hello Everyone! First things first, we want to give a huge thanks to Gentri for featuring us on her adorable blog. She is so sweet!
Well let's get to the nitty gritty. 
Madison (left) and Lauren (right)
We are Lauren and Madison and our blog is Awkward Girls! We started blogging a few months ago as a way to fill up our seemingly endless summer days. It has since evolved into something we love doing. Maybe we affectionately refer to the blog as "our baby". Normal, right?

Well a little about us: We met our freshman year of college after living two doors away in the dorms. Just by coincidence, we're both from close, very similar towns in Northern California. So we suppose you can say it was fate. Our blog chronicles our adventures in fashioning, studenthood, singledom, and friendshipness. 
And yes, we made up those words.

We've always loved fashion. Maybe a little too much. On our blog you'll find a little taste of what we like to wear:

But wait! There's more! We also love to share some of our very favorite things. Which include:

Thrifting! We are thrifting fiends. Seriously, there is nothing more satisfying than searching through racks and racks to find that one gem that was meant for nobody but YOU. 

Yummy food. Yeah, girls gotta eat. And we do. A lot.

Music! We love all music! The kind that makes you dance on your furniture, the kind that makes you cry, the kind that makes you move your hips like yeah. You know what we mean. We especially love going to concerts, so you see a lot of that too.

Sometimes we just blog about whatever makes us happy. Like this kitty pillow.
For more, check out our We Likey Wednesdays to get a weekly roundup of our favorite things.


We're strong supporters of laughter and we definitely don't take ourselves too seriously. 


People are always asking us where the "Awkward" comes from. This might help:

If you're into that sort of thing, maybe you can stop by and say hi!

xoxo
Lauren and Madison
aka

p.s. Thanks again Gentri!

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See? Aren't they awesome?! (and awkward? Just kidding. haha!) They have such a fun blog. So I suggest you get your blogging bottoms over there stat! And don't forget to check out my GHOST POST! :D

10.18.2011

Fall Scenery- Check!

One of the other items I was able to cross off my "Fall to-do List" was- Go up the canyon and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery. CHECK!
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I actually went by myself this time. It was so wonderful to be able to wander around alone with only the sounds of nature- The crunch of the leaves under my feet, the rushing of the river, the wind whistling through the trees. Heaven.
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The colors are at their peak right now. They're more vibrant and bountiful than I have ever seen. The mountain sides look as if they're covered in flames.
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One of my dad's favorite things is the Abraham Lincoln that you can see as you exit the canyon... This baby formed all by himself.

Why hello Mr. President.
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I was even able to cross yet ANOTHER item off my list last night and I can't wait to share that with you! Man, I am on a roll!

P.S. The Chevron Pillow Giveaway closes tomorrow at Midnight! So if you have yet to enter, you better fix that! Savannah's actually hosting another giveaway over at her blog and she'd love you to check it out! :)

10.10.2011

Blogger of the Week: Vintch

Hey guys! Today we have our guest post from this weeks Blog of the Week- Miss Courtney from her blog Vintch. It is such a beautiful blog filled with pretty pictures, fantastic fashion, and wonderful words. Definitely a blog I'm always reading. So enjoy her post (and even check out the guest post I did for her last week HERE!), and then be sure to hop on over to her blog and say hi!


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hi guys! this is Courtney from vintch. i’m so, so honored and happy to be miss gentri lee’s blogger of the week. what a fabulous honor! here is a little about me:

i live with my high school sweetheart-turned-husband in a tiny, one-stoplight town in north carolina, one mile west of where I was raised. together, we are parents to pablo, our eight-year-old rescue bichon frise.

pablo is a fierce watchdog who is very intimidating and super scary. i dare say he's the baddest dog on the block. sometimes, he stays up all night protecting our little fortress:

we live in a little brick cottage from the 1930s, with floral linoleum floors. it's teeny. but it's got good oil heat and it's lived in. it's home.

i run a little etsy shop. it's where i showcase pretty vintage wardrobe essentials, like floral day dresses and pretty high-waisted skirts.

we’re a technical writer and plumber by day, but when 5:00 rolls around, robert and I love all things involving mexican food, little diners, modern family and bible study, not in that order. 


I believe:
in the power of the Father, Son and Spirit to turn a life around
that sometimes the only cure for the blues is a hot bath at two in the afternoon
in early evening suppers and long walks at dusk
in living near farmers, and going grocery shopping door-to-door
that my $2 vintage, thrift store jeans have held up way longer than my $75 anthropologie dress
in breakfast for dinner, cake for breakfast, and a juicy bacon cheeseburger every once in a while
that people are inherently good and worthy of your time, respect and attention

thank you again, sweet friend, for this honor. have a beautiful week everyone!

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Wow. Thank you so so much Courtney! She has the most beautiful way with words. I can't get enough of her posts. If you are ever in need of something beautiful to read- go to her blog. :) It's sure to brighten your day! Now really, go check out her blog!

10.09.2011

The Party!

Hey guys! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I am so excited to show you scenes from our Utah Blogger Meet Up today! I seriously had SUCH a fun night. It was so great to meet all of these wonderful ladies. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity.

We had the party at THE cutest boutique in town. They provided us with sweet little treats and drinks as well as a beautiful atmosphere.
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We all had so much fun just hanging out and talking, the time flew right on by. Before we knew it, it was time to leave. Well, some of us just weren't through. So we headed out for some dinner. We spent another few hours there and when they closed we stood out in the rain and talked for another half an hour or so. Can you tell we were having fun? (pretty sure we scared some of the other guests during dinner with our vibrant conversations... whoops.)
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Here are the brains behind the operation. Minus Miss Ashley W. who came down with the flu the day before our party!! I was so sad. Her and I will be going to dinner next week to try and make up for it.
(me, ashley, kelsey)
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I really hope that I am able to meet these ladies again in the future. They're so amazing and I had so much fun getting to know them even better. :)

Now, I suggest you all go out and meet the lovely bloggers in your area! We're obviously all meant to be friends.

Thank you Kelsey and Autumn for letting me steal your photos! Haha! And thank you to all the bloggers who were in attendance! You really made the night what it was- awesome. :)
Ally; Alycia; Ashley; Autumn; Hayley; Holly; Jen; Katie; Katrina; Kaycie; Kelsey A.; Kelsey C.; Kelsey S.; Kylee; Lauren; Megan; Meredith; Rachel; Sarah; Savannah;

P.S. So many "K" names! I didn't even realize!

10.03.2011

Blogger of the Week: Hippie Lace

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! First up, I'm guest posting on Vintch's blog today and I'd love for you all to check it out! Second, today we have our guest post from this weeks "Blog of the Week"! This week is Emmett Katherine from her blog Hippie Lace. She has AMAZING style and such a great blog. She also shares fun DIY's like how to make your own daisy crown! So read and enjoy. :)

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Hi Guys,

I'm Canadian and despite what you might think from watching How I Met Your Mother we don't wear toques and plaid flannel all the time! I started Hippie Lace, a journal and style diary of sorts, because I really enjoyed reading similar type blogs from around the world. I wanted to share the great places to eat and shop in Canada that I discovered because it can be pretty hard finding cool things around here. We do have some really great gems like Aritzia that have really exploded over the last couple of years, and some really great vintage shops.

For the longest time clothing choices were limited, it's only recently that a lot of bigger companies like Topshop started shipping to Canada and opening stores in bigger cities. In the mean time, reading fashion blogs has been the key to staying connected to the fashion world!

Through blogging I've 'met' some really cool people like Gentri :) who've shared their favourite things on their blogs, introducing me to all sorts of places, brands and artists that otherwise I wouldn't have known about. Blogging's a great way to keep track of day to day life and I like to think that down the road when I'm older it'll be fun to look back and remember how it used to be... and maybe have a laugh at what we used to wear!
Thanks again Gentri for running a great blog and choosing Hippie Lace to be a part of it :)

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See? I told you she had AMAZING style! So now it's your turn to check out her blog! And don't forget to check out my guest post at Vintch!

ALSO ALSO ALSO!

If you are participating in Package Pals you HAVE to head over to Kaitlyn's blog today! She is posting some AWESOME ideas on how to send your package. :D SO GO GO GO!

P.S. If you are planning on coming to the Utah Blogger Meet Up- please let me know. If I've sent you emails about it- please reply to them. I can't read minds. haha!
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