The Best of 2011

I've seen some other bloggers doing this, and I wanted to join in the fun. :) I'm going to share your favorites from this here blog. The good, the weird, and the funny.

Top 5 Blog Posts:

This post won by a landslide. I'm not really sure what that means, but I'm sure that it doesn't even describe how much this post beat out ALL of my other ones. It's not even funny. haha! Jk, it is. :)

Not sure why, but it's in second place (when you don't count all the giveaway posts)

This was a fun post. I've been meaning to do it again, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. All in good time. :)

This either means you guys really like my new hair... or... No, we'll go with you really liked it. :)

This was also a fun post that I plan on doing again. :)

Top (or most funny) Key Word Searches:

1. DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes
told you that won by a landslide.

2. Tom Hanks Sparkle Time
Oh boy! I'm so excited, because this gives me another excuse to share this video (for the 3rd time this year)!! It's so great. :)

3. Alexa Chung Hair
That would be from when I cut my hair at the beginning of this year. She was my inspiration.

4. Arizona
That would be from THIS post. It's weird that that silly little post would bring such traffic.


5. "Believe your hair""So Long""Looks Great"
What does that mean?!

6. Am a real redhead with lots of freckles
No, I'm not.

7. Bike Chain Embroidery Throws
Not sure what those are, but I'm thinking biker gangs??

8. Freckles of the Week
I should start a series about people's freckles. I'm sure that'd be a big hit.

9. I am here for my future
Welcome... Hope I can help?

10. I am working oh so hard
Good for you!

11. Why did we lose ancient?
Ancient what?? I don't know why we lost... ancient. I hope you find... it...

Awesome. :) Happy New Years Eve everyone! Be safe and have a great time ringing in the New(and last?!)Year!!
I'll talk to you NEXT year! teehee!


Ready Or Not...

Here it comes!
2012 that is.
And like all of you, I've got some goals that need accomplishing.

My list includes goals that are personal and goals that are for fun. here are some of them...

1. Take a hot air balloon ride. I've wanted to do this for years. This better be the year!
2. Serve others more. I used to be so good at that. Then things happened and I just needed to think of myself for a while. But I'm sick of that and ready to get back out there.
3. Visit my sister and her family in St. Louis. What a fun city that must be!
4. Build a good amount of savings. Again- something I'm not very good at...
5. Run a race. I don't care how long it is, I just need to do it.
6. Take an adventure. At least one.
7. Take better care of myself. In every aspect. I tend to ignore things that need to be fixed.
8. Be more outgoing. I can be really good or really bad at that. It all depends on the situation. I'd like to be good at it in any situation.

I hate ending on #8. I'd like to at least make it an even 10. But the rest of my goals are more personal, things that only I will know. :) You understand.

So this weekend, as we ring in the new year, I will be excited to leave 2011 behind (even though it was a good year overall) and start fresh. What are your top 3 goals for 2012??


Have a Happy new year everyone!

P.S. If you are a winner of the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza today is the last day to email me to claim your prize! Otherwise I'll be drawing new winners.


Blogger Secret Santa Gift Exchange

This Christmas I participated in the blogger version of a "Secret Santa"!! Melina from Only a Flight Away and Summer from Famous In My Own Mind organzied this and it was a BLAST! I was paired up with Kylee from 2Anchor and it was so fun shopping for her!

We were asked to secretly give little hints of things we liked so that we had some help shopping for the other person. I said that I liked mountains, pendants, and foxes. Kylee said she liked sparkles, owls, and anything. haha! So here's what each of us sent each other...

The first few photos are what I sent (I went a little owl happy. They're everywhere right now, I couldn't resist!):
1. An anchor necklace (sparkly!) and an anchor pin. Because her blog's name is 2Anchor... I thought it was clever. haha! Plus both of those items are so unique AND who would have thought I could find such awesome anchor things in the winter?! I sure didn't!
2. An owl flashlight keycap. haha!
3. The card I used c/o Let It Be Raw
4. Owl socks! I love fun socks and these were perfect!
5. A pair of owl earrings and two owl necklaces. I LOVE the one on the right!
6. Sparkly nail polish. Perfect for the holidays. :)
7. My presents all wrapped and ready to go. I had to get real creative with the wrapping because I didn't have any little jewelry boxes. It ended up making it a lot more fun. :)

The next photos are what I received from Kylee! 
1. My gifts all in a pile
2. A beautiful flower pin/clip. I wore this to church and received a bunch of compliments!
3. A friendship bracelet and a leather cuff
4. A beautiful pea green scarf (I actually thought it was mustard when I opened it. Must be the lighting)
5. An intricate and unique pendant.
6. I forgot to include the pic of the little Karma necklace. You can kind of see it in the group pic.
7. She said she's sending another gift that has to do with foxes! I'm being way too spoiled! I'll be sure to share it with you all when it arrives. :)

It was so fun opening this on Christmas morning! Everything was wrapped so perfectly, I'm sad I forgot to take a pic before everything was unwrapped. :P I was too excited. haha!

Thanks so much to Melina and Summer for organizing this! It was WAY fun! And thank you Kylee for all the wonderful gifts! It certainly made Christmas morning a little more special. :)

Did any of you participate as well??

P.S. I have two guest posts up today! One over at the ever fabulous- Awkward Girls and one over at my friend Aaron's blog- And then he came home. I'd love for you to check them out! :)


Blogger of the Week: Pinker on my Side

Hey guys! Today we have the guest post from this week's "Blog of the Week". This week it's Meg from her blog- Pinker on my Side. She has AMAZING style and photos, I know you'll enjoy her blog as much as I do!


I'm soooo excited to be guest posting on Gentri's blog.  I love reading her blog--she always has such great, fun shtuff on it.  Speaking of which, as I sit here and type, I'm remembering that I totally forgot to enter her Christmas giveaway extravaganza--BAH BAH.

I blog over at Pinker on my Side...

So why the title?

I don't really know.  Haha  

I guess cuz grass is green in the world...but in my world, it's pink?  (Totally made sense in my head at the time of blog conception.)

I'm a single student trying to survive in this jungly world of dating.  It is just so jungly isn't it my single friends?  My blog is about mine (and others) seemingly soap operatic life of interacting with the mind boggling male.  

So besides the fact that I am DATE CHALLENGED, here are some other random facts about me.

1.  I'm loving leopard print things right now. 

2. I'm deathly afraid of moths.  Bugs who eat wool?  whoa.

3. I played with barbies til like seventh grade. hahaha....uh I think I still had friends. 

4. I LOOOOOOOOVE to dance.  As in like, if you take it away from me, it's like you're ripping a part of my soul away from me.  How's that for cheese?

5. I eat wintergreen lifesaver mints by the bag full.  Oh my gosh they are goooood.

6. I just got 2 butt load expensive parking tickets paid for....for Christmas.  Thanks Santa BABY.

7.  I play the Djembe  AKA- An African drum.....What?  I would date me.

8.  I'm the worlds WORST procrastinator.  Example:  I put off my online physical science class last semester UNTIL finals and had to learn a semesters worth of material in 3 days.  NOT FUN.  I was eating my anxious feelings A LOT in those 3 days.  

9.  I love bright pink lipstick

10.  That should be enough

I get my pictures taken by my beautiful roommate who is a photography major.  Unfortunately, during the Christmas break you don't get to enjoy her pics, but rather my lame instagram pics.  But we'll reunite for some awesome pics soon.

Visit her blog here

Thanks so much Gentri for letting me guest post!


See?! Love her! Now go visit her blog and give her some love! :D


I Love Christmas!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas weekend. :) Here are some snipets from mine...

1. Yes, I'm in my twenties and got a doll for Christmas. But this doll has a story behind it. My mom had dolls like this when my older sister and I were really young. We both loved them so much, but my mom sold them when we built our home. We've talked about them ever since, but didn't know what kind they were. So my mom surprised us this year by finding out what they were and ordering one for my sister and one for myself. :)
2. My dad also got a toy for Christmas. haha! He received a remote control helicopter. He was so excited! Five minutes into playing with it and it was already up a tree. haha!
3. Fun socks by the tree.
4. I made Christmas sugar cookies the other day! Want the recipe? You can find it on my guest post HERE! It's the best recipe in the world. :)
5. The shadows of my sister, mom, and I walking home from church.
6. Those would be Juicy Moon Boots... :P
7. More fun socks!
8. Watched lots of Christmas movies this weekend! So fun!
9. These may just be the biggest grapes in the world!

Remember how on my Christmas Wish List I said I wanted a new bag/purse?? Guess what I got?! And it's even better than the ones I had pinned! My sister (and miss angela) is amazing!

I wanted to have a different way of saving my Christmas memories this year. So I took videos here and had my sister take videos of her little family in Illinois. Now it looks like we were together this Christmas. :)

song- I Love Christmas by The Girls With Glasses
Now everyone tell me, please-
1. what was your favorite part of your Christmas weekend??
2. What was the favorite item you received??
3. What was the favorite item you gave??

My answers-
1. My favorite part was seeing my family be completely happy Christmas morning, even though it was a much smaller Christmas than years past.
2. I have two- the doll because it's sentimental and the purse because it's exactly what I wanted.
3. My favorite item I gave would be taking my sister to see The Nutcracker (post HERE). She is also in her twenties and had never seen it!!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

P.S. the WINNERS of the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza were posted yesterday!!


First Song From The Hunger Games!

Taylor Swift is pretty good normally (The Civil Wars are a little more up my alley), but she's AMAZING in this song! She needs to do more like this! I think it's safe to say that not only will the movie be perfect, but the music as well!

The Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza...


This is so exciting!! Lets just jump right into it!

The winner of the $25 Shop Credit to Vintage Wanna Be Shop iiiiiss...
Kristen from her blog:
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

The winner of the item of her choice from Bobonne Julie iiiiiiss...
Amber from her blog:
The Party Bird!

The winner of the headband of her choice from La Plus Belle iiiiiiss...
Eryka from her blog:

The winner of the Book Garland from Yellow Bird+Yellow Beard iiiiiiiss...
Kimberly Bonham from her blog:
Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl!

The winner of the $10 Gift Card to My Remedy iiiiiiss...
Joann from her blog:
Move With Grace!

The winner of the $30 Shop Credit to Lil Noodle Bug (shop may appear empty since she took a break for Christmas) iiiiiis...
Ashley from her blog:
Vanilla Tulip!

The winner of the Hue and Hum Christmas Album from Lady Hue iiiiiis...
Aimee from her blog:
Someone's Gotta Pay!

The winner of the Key Necklace from Our Favorite Things iiiiiiss...
Madison from her blog:
Yours Truly, Madison!

The winner of the item of her choice from Squidflex Shop iiiiiiss...
Jess from her blog:
Drops of Motherhood!

The winner of the item of her choice from Breezy Days iiiiiiss...
Ashley from her blog:
Sunshine. Life. Love!

The winner of the 2 month Large Ad Space from And Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson iiiiiiiss...
Jenni from her blog:
Jenni Austria Germany!

The winner of the Frankie Magazine from Foxy Whiskers iiiiiiiss...
Rachel from her blog:
XOXO Rachel Sayumi!

The winner of the Feather Necklace from Fox and Owl iiiiiiiss...
Hannah from her blog:
Hannah's Corner!

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners! Please email me at gentrileeblog(at)gmail(dot)com ASAP so I can help get you your prize!

IF I do not hear from a winner within 48 hours, I will draw a new winner!

Thank you so much to all who entered! It was such a fun giveaway! :D

Happy Monday everyone!


Christmas in the Ancient Americas

It's funny that we have to "find" Christ in Christmas. Why did we lose Him? Without Him- there would be no Christmas. We get so caught up in the gift giving that we forget the most important gift that was ever given- His life, for ours.

I am a Mormon- a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe in the Bible, but we also believe in The Book of Mormon. It is ANOTHER testament of Jesus Christ- another witness that He did indeed live. Have you ever wondered what it was like in other parts of the world? In the Book of Mormon we learn from Nephi, an ancient American Prophet, what the first Christmas was like in the Americas.

Christs birth had been prophesied by many Prophets. In the 3rd book of Nephi, we learn of one- Samuel the Lamanite, who told of Christs birth 5 years before His coming. He stood on a wall and preached the words God had commanded him. He told of how on the night of Christs birth it would be as if it were day and that a new star would rise. As he stood on the wall and spoke these words men cast arrows at him- but they could not hit him.

Heleman 14: 2-3 & 5
"2. And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on His name.
3. And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of His coming, for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before He cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.
5. And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you."

5 years had almost passed and those unbelievers began to rejoice. They set apart a day where all those who believed Samuels words should be put to death- lest the signs should come. The believers were steadfast, and Nephi began to pray to the Lord in behalf of his people, and the Lord answered him...

3rd Nephi 1:13-15 & 21
"13. Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I unto the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.
14.... And behold the time is at hand, and this night shall the sign be given.
15. And it came to pass that the words which came unto Nephi were fulfilled, according as they had been spoken; for behold at the going down of the sun there was no darkness; and the people began to be astonished because there was no darkness when the night came.
21. And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word."

Christmas was celebrated all over the world then, and is celebrated all over the world now. Let us remember WHY we celebrate. It is because our Lord, Savior, and Redeemer came to earth to redeem us from our sins. To show us how to live, and to die so that we could live with Him forever.

Let us be like the Wise men of old- and seek Him out this Christmas season, and always. For "wise men still seek Him."


Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you are all having a WONDERFUL time with your family, friends, or however you celebrate this special time of year.
(just a look at some of my Christmas' past. The big one includes myself in the white t-shirt, my two sisters, two little cousins, and my Grandpa as Santa. The top little pic is me as a baby, aw! And the bottom little pic is me in my Christmas ball gown when I was 6ish)

I will be spending the day with my family, seeing a couple of movies, and playing games. Then tomorrow will be filled with friends, family, great food, skyping Christmas morning with my sister, BIL, nieces, and nephew, and Church. :)

How are you going to be spending your weekend?? I'd love to hear. :)


Remember- the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza ends tonight at Midnight! Enter now if you haven't yet. :D

P.S. I'm guest posting over at Someone In Mind today about finding Christ in Christmas. :) I'll be posting the same post here tomorrow if you miss it. But I'd love for you to read it and check Erin's blog out. It's a good one!


These are a few of my Favorite Things

Hey guys! I hope you are all having a jolly Holiday season! I am on break for the next few days (from work) and am super excited to sleep, watch THIS show, and hang out with the fam. What are you excited for??

Busy Bee Lauren has been doing a series called "totally rad Tuesdays" where she shares her favorite things she's spotted around blogland that week. I kind of love that idea and decided to do my own "favorite things" post today. :) So, here are some of my favorites I've seen this week in blogland.

Kate from "From the Guest Room" shared this video the other day and it literally brought tears to my eyes. SO sweet!

Polly from "The Littlest Polly" makes THE cutest bow ties in the world! I basically NEED one now... One of her bow ties was even featured in Frankie Magazine!

Bri's Christmas photo shoot from "The Secret Life of Bee" was so cute. Look at this photo! Amazing!

Brooke and Summer from "The Girls with Glasses Show" shared their AMAZING and FREE (for a tweet or fb post) Christmas song! It's seriously a new favorite of mine.

Sarah's year in review post over at "A Lost Feather" was filled with gorgeous photos. She always shares the best adventures.

Lex shared her CUTE Christmas card the other day over at "He and I" and I had to pin it. Loved it too much!

A few bloggers got together and wrote a Blogger version of "The Night Before Christmas". So great! Especially loved the part about Santa doing a Fashion Post. haha! (I found it on The Shine Project, so I'll link you there, but all the links of the blogs that participated are included in the story.)

Twas the Night Before Christmas
{blog style}

Twas the night before Christmas,  while scheduling posts on the blog
Not a child was stirring, they were bumps on a log.
Facebook was quiet no updates to see,
I sure hope Santa remembers presents for me!
{Michelle @ the Momma Bird}
Oliver was chewing his bone by the fire,
his eyes were heavy, he was so very tired.
I had on my onesie covered with penguins you see,
hoping that under the mistletoe Mike would meet me.
{Ashley @ The Shine Project}
When out on the web there arose such a clatter,
from the Duggars &cloth diapering, to family matters.
Away to my laptop I started typing away,
25 blog posts to schedule before Christmas day!
{Lacy @ Living on Love}
The room was a mess and life was on hold,
as the luster of my screen showed I had one more post to go.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.
{Melanie @ Catelmo Family Blog}
With a plump red belly and a white beard to boot,
I knew it was Santa Clause delivering his loot,
With a voice that sounded much like Tom Hanks,
He shouted out to his flying ranks:
{Kendra @ Our Little Almanac}
 Can you hear that baby?! Happy, now sad, now laughing, now crying!
Little girl don’t you know, tonight’s the night in which I am flying!
From the boppy to the bed, all in one fell swoop. Let’s scurry off to bed, for your mommy is pooped!
{Alexandra @ My Blog Kip}
As the wind picks up and the snow is falling,
We are met with deadlines and emails are calling.
So up to the house the laptop now closes,
With a sleigh full of Giveaways and cheeks all a rosey.
{Beth @ Through the Eyes of the Mrs.}
And then as I took a sip of my tea
I heard, on the roof, someone louder than me.
I quickly grabbed my flask to spike my large cup.
Oh phew, it’s just Santa, here to make my pageviews go up.
{Niki @ NoVa Mom Blog}
He was dressed all in red, it was a nice little look,
And a noticed in his bag, a little silver Macbook.
He took out his Mac, took a seat in a chair,
Then connected to the web, and said, “I like to share what I wear.”
{Lacey @ Little Miss Nerd Girl}
His Iphone did twinkle! His Ipad did glow.
His fingers like ice cubes, his pointer like snow.
He looked for his warmers, they went on with a pop,
he could text and browse thanks, to the Hollie Rogue Shop!
{Andi @ The Hollie Rogue}
The click of the mouse beneath His forefinger,
As upon another blog post his eyes did linger.
But alas he grimaced in pure consternation
As he saw that dreaded prompt “Word Verification”
{Misty @ Through A Photographers Eyes}
He was savvy and smart, a solo Geek Squad in red,
And I followed each detailed instruction he said.
And my blog design problems were through, I could tell,
For Santa, it seems, sure knows html.
{Cat @ Stuff I Love}
I sat at my desk, typing away with a smirk,
choosing words and pics to display all my quirks.
Each word and sentence slowly turns into prose,
the night ticks away, as the bright screen still glows.
{Mary @ Lily White}
I sprang to my laptop, not a moment to lose,
and feverishly typed while G continued to snooze.
I looked out the window, as he disappeared into the night,
wishing Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”
{Jac @ BabEblessings}
Well, there are my favorite things from throughout the week. I'd love if you shared some of your favorites with me!!
P.S. have you entered the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza yet?! It ends tomorrow- Christmas Eve at Midnight MST! Go go go! Win yourself an extra Christmas present! :D


So um, I'm about ten years late on this one...

But my sister just introduced me to this series... And she regrets it. I watched it so much tonight that she had to kick me off, and I mean that literally... We had quite the struggle... and I lost. She told me to go blog. So I did... and this is all I can think about. How sad am I?! haha!

Have any of you watched this show? I never thought I could like a show about aliens... Especially one that aired 10+ years ago. I was VERY skeptical the first time i watched, but I was hooked within the first few minutes.

In other news-

The Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza ends Saturday at Midnight!! Better enter now! There are a ton of opportunities to win yourself an extra Christmas present! :D


I shared my AMAZING sugar cookie recipe HERE yesterday. I mean it when I say it's THE best. Let me know if you try it out! :)


Holiday Decor

Here's a look at what my home looks like around this time of year. I grew up in this house and my mom does a wonderful job of decorating each holiday. But Christmas is the best. It's beautiful, cozy, and magical. I hope you enjoy the little tour...

Here's a view of the daytime...

There's actually a funny story about our tree. You can read that in my guest post over at Nat the Fat Rat. It's a good one. :)

And a night view...

This is a music box I got for Christmas a long time ago. It was one of those things I wanted so badly. I was so excited when I got it. It's no ordinary music box. It has 4 different scenes from The Nutcracker, the curtains open and close in between each scene, and it plays 8 different songs from The Nutcracker. :)

Every little detail is taken care of. There are things to see everywhere you turn. It sure made Christmas memorable growing up here. :)

Do you like decorating for Christmas? Do you go all out or keep it simple??

P.S. I'm doing a Christmas guest post over at Mrs. DTF today! Check it out if you have a sec.

P.P.S. Be sure to enter the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza if you haven't yet! It ends Christmas Eve at Midnight!


Year in Review

For some reason I thought I wasn't going to do this, why? I don't know. But then I got to thinking about how great of a year it really was. I've come a long way from where I was at the beginning of the year. And while you won't really see it in this post, I see it in myself, and I'm so grateful for it.

As New Years is approaching I'm starting to wonder what 2012 will have in store for me. Will it be a good year? Will it be a hard year? Will I accomplish a goal? Will the world end? ;) I have this weird thing where I can tell how the year is going to be before it happens. Maybe it's just me being strange, maybe it's me taking a thought and making it happen, maybe I really do have psychic abilities (something I've often told my family I have. haha!). Whatever it is, I've never been wrong.

Last New Years I knew that this was going to be a good year, and I was right. Yes, this has also been a challenging year. My family's gone through some difficult things and I know that there's always bad with the good. But the good far outweighed the bad this year, and for that I am truly grateful.

I had many moments this year where I literally had to stop and take a mental picture. It was too wonderful, too important to let slip by. Things that I knew I needed to remember for as long as I live.

This year I:
  • Rock climbed! While it wasn't anything serious, I was terrified. I DO NOT (did not?) rock climb for real. Give me a fake wall- sure. But the real thing always seemed too unpredictable. Well, I did it anyways! And without a lot of fancy equipment too! Just a rope and the know-how of my dad. :)
  • Met bloggers in real life! Not only did I meet many amazing ladies, but we still get together! I've made more friends this year (from all over the world) than I have ever before.
  • Rode (is that right? it suddenly looks wrong) in a "cage" across a canyon! Using nothing but a pulley system, my family and I crossed a canyon on one of the best hikes I've ever taken.
  • Flew over the tallest mountain in North America! While it did make me sick (what can ya do?), it was amazing. I'm so glad I seized that opportunity.
  • Saw the most amazing lake in the world! Seriously, someone take me to a lake that is more perfect than Lake Louise in Banff National Park. If there are any bloggers that live there or in Jasper, make room for me, because I'm moving there! Jk, but I would consider it!
  • Learned about photography! While I am NO expert, my photography skills have GREATLY improved.
  • Walked on 5(?) glaciers! Each one was different, and each amazing.
  • Drove from Anchorage, Alaska to SLC, Utah! That was actually my second time doing that. Except the first time it was the other way around.
I could go on and on about 2011. The couple years before this one weren't the easiest. I was happy they were over. While I know I'll be sad to see '11 go, I'm excited to see what 2012 has in store. :)

What about you? Did you have a good year? Or are you ready to move on?
(you can actually read about some of my travels in my guest post over at A Dreamer's Daze today!)

P.S. Enter my Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza HERE!

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Blogger of the Week: Running in Heels

Hey guys! Today we have the guest post from this weeks Blog of the Week- Nicole from her blog "Running in Heels". She has such a fun blog and inspires me all the time with her love of running. So read her post then head on over to her blog and give her some love!


Hi there, Gentri Lee readers!
I'm Nicole & I blog over at Running in Heels

Yup, that's me. Although it's a little bit mis-leading. Because I only look like that once every few weeks when I decide getting ready is necessary (that photo was taken on Thanksgiving, hence me wearing makeup). Most of the time, you'll spot me looking like this:

Because I'm a runner. And between attending class to become a Physical Therapist and running to stay active, my wardrobe consists mostly of those fabulous drifit running clothes. So if you're looking for a fashion blog, I'd recommend you continue your search elsewhere, unless of course you find spandex and sweaty hair fashionable :)

Being the health & fitness nerd that I am, I blog a lot about living healthy and you guessed it, running. I also blog about my life, which is crazy at times, and my adventure of returning to college after taking 2 years off. Who would have guessed it. Not me! Anyway, I've been running for about 12 years now, so it's safe to say that it has become a part of my not-so-normal, everyday life. I ran my first half marathon when I was in college, and my first full marathon the very next year. Since, I've become an addict, what can I say.

I also have an addict dog. Dakota was welcomed into my life when I lived in Colorado after I graduated from college, and quickly grew to love running just like her mama. The minute she sees me putting on my running gear, it's all over. And those days when I don't want to run, well, just imagine saying no to this sweet face:

Doesn't happen much. And since I treat her like she's my baby, you'll see a lot of her on my blog.
She kind of tends to steal the show.

I'm also a country girl at heart, even though I grew up and currently live in the city. It's kind of weird if you think about it. But I have this desire deep down inside to be a true Southern Belle. I want to be able to say "bless your heart" on a daily basis without getting looked at like I've lost my mind. I also want to drink sweet tea all day everyday. Northerners just don't know how to do sweet tea, or bless people's hearts. Another reason I want to be a Southern Belle and live in the country is because I'd like to have the option to do this:

Even though Southern Belles probably don't do that. Can't please 'em all. But you definitely can't be pulling that thing out in the city. That was the first time I ever shot a gun by the way, and it just-so-happened to be 3 short months ago while visiting family in Missouri. I screamed directly after I pulled the trigger because that thing almost blew my shoulder out. Maybe I should just stick to running. And keeping spandex and sweaty hair fashionable!



I absolutely LOVE Nicole! So please go check out her blog right HERE!

P.S. Have you entered the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza yet?!


Daily Life pt. 2!

How has everyone's weekend been? Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I decided to try and get one more small gift, so I guess technically I haven't finished. But I did send off my Secret Santa gift (which I happen to know was received), my presents to my nieces and nephew, and wrap the ones I had for those I'm closer to (geographically speaking).

1. Presents all wrapped and under the tree! Tags c/o Wonder Forest. (it's a free printable! Took my presents from drab to FAB! haha! Find them HERE.)
2. I will never tire of that view.
3. Miss Elizabeth took pity on the fact that there's no Trader Joe's here and sent me some of the peppermint cookie sandwiches! Yummy AND festive!
4. You can't tell, but that's a picture of my breath. It's SO cold, I don't know if I'll make it through another winter. Although today is supposed to get up to 40! Celebrate good times.

One more thing. Remember that hat that I wanted so badly but didn't buy?? Well, my sister was so kind and bought it as a late (like 6 months late, but I don't care) birthday present for me! What do you think?!
If you want one of your own you can find it HERE.

Have a great Sunday everyone! And if you haven't entered the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza yet, well, I just don't have anything to say to you...



We're Back!

Remember the little Halloween Blogger Rap I shared? Well here's the Christmas version... non-rap version. :)
Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

This video includes: Ashley, Emma, Alexis, Lauren

*note* I used these girls because I already had their "heads" made from the Halloween video and they had photos that worked for what these videos require.

Have you entered the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza yet?? You should! There are SO many amazing things up for grabs!

P.S. I had a couple guest posts publish this week. One at Hudson's Happenings, Young and Naive, and one at La Vita e Bella. My mason jar snowglobes were also featured this week over at Good Magazine! Check em out! :)


Daily Life... and a winner!

Happy almost weekend, everyone! Can you believe Christmas is only 9 days away?! What?! Speaking of Christmas, did you enter my CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA yet??? No?? Well go go go! There are so many goodies up for grabs!

Wanna know what's been going on in my life lately?? I'll tell you!

1. See that cute bunting banner?? Won it from Miss Lo's giveaway. It's from Miss Romi's shop! I love it and it came SUPER fast even though it was sent from Australia.
2. I haven't had a pair of legit snow boots since I was a kid. If I plan on snowshoeing soon, I better have a decent pair. So I bought these ones. What do you think?
3. LOVING Mindy Gledhill's Christmas album "Winter Moon". Do yourself a favor and listen to the entire album HERE. OR visit the post I did a few days ago about my favorite Christmas songs, if you're looking for something different to listen to this year.
4. I can't do a picture post without including a pic of my beautiful mountains (yes, they're mine).
5. Finished my Christmas shopping!! :D
6. I spent the other night curled up in bed reading the Frankie Magazine that was sent to me by Miss Lou. Want a copy? You can win one in my CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA!
7. New socks and new snow make it feel a lot like Christmas.
8. Last few apples hanging in an orchard.
9. Didn't buy this hat... should I go back and get it? Or no? Be honest. I know I'm small, so is it too much?

What's been going on in your lives lately?! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet??

P.S. The winner of the Dave Owens Music Giveaway iiiiiiiiiiiiis...

Miss Emma Frances from her blog:

Email me please. :)


Merry Christmas To My Bloggy Friends



I've got a present for you today! My lovely sponsors have donated WONDERFUL items for you to win! There are so many goodies up for grabs today, I can hardly stand it! Eeep! So lets get started!

$25 Shop Credit to the Vintage Wanna Be Shop

Vintage Item of Your Choice (excluding new arrivals) from Bobonne Julie

Headband of Your Choice from La Plus Belle

Vintage Book Garland from Yellow Bird + Yellow Beard

$10 Coupon to My Remedy from Boyish Chic

$30 Shop Credit from Lil Noodle Bug

Hue & Hum Christmas Album from Hue & Hum

Key Necklace from Our Favourite Things

Item of Your Choice from Squidflex

Item of Your Choice from Breezy Days

2 Month Large Ad Spot from And Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson

*Frankie Magazine from Foxy Whiskers

Feather Necklace from Fox and Owl


Entries (the more you do, the better your chances!):

:::Spread the word about this giveaway via any social networking site you belong to (leave a comment for each re-blog/tweet/facebook/etc)

:::Follow the blogs of my sponsors (leave a comment for each blog followed)

:::Visit one of my sponsor's shops and tell me which shop you visited and which item was your favorite (leave a comment for each shop visited)

:::Leave a comment for anything extra of mine you follow (facebook, bloglovin', etc. Leave a comment for each one)

You can all be a winner!
Jamie from Jamie B. Designs is offering a 30% discount to all those who use the code "GENTRI" at checkout!

This giveaway will run from now until Christmas Eve- December 24th at Midnight MST and a separate winner will be drawn for each prize!

*she sent me one, I LOVE it!

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