12.28.2011

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!


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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!
Love,
Meg


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

12.25.2011

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."

12.20.2011

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.
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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. :)
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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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12.12.2011

Blogger of the Week: Life Like Honey

Hey guys! First- a few days ago I shared a funny Christmas Tree story over at Nat the Fat Rat. Some of you may have already seen it, but if not- go take a look! :D


Today we've got the guest post from this weeks "Blog of the Week"! This week is the lovely Teaka from her blog Life Like Honey. It's a beautiful blog and she posts about a variety of things. She's studying fashion design, has a twin, and lives with her hubby in Canada. Read and then go say hi to Teaka at her blog!

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Hi all you Gentri Lee followers and new viewers. I’m Teaka from over at Life Like Honey. What an honor that you’ve taken time out of your  incredibly busy day to read up a bit about who I am and about my small bit of space in the vast world of blogging.



My blog is a place where I write about the sweeter things in life that I love and see. This includes things like sewing, DIYS, personal relationship, design, fashion, food and so forth. Some of my reader’s favorite items on my blog include random, easy DIY and new recipes I’ve found or made up. I love to sew so I try to show case new things I’ve sewn or designed that you may find interesting. There’s also a weekly feature called Marriage, Love and Fun feature where I get a friend or a guest blogger (maybe it could be you next time!)  to answer a few question about their married life and pass on some fun hints to keep the passion/love going on or any tips they have. Bust mostly, like I said, I write about what I love and see.


In my personal life I’m married to a handsome man named Jonathan and together we live in a cute little city in Alberta, Canada. He works a full time job while I go to school and work part time. I go to school as a fashion design student (hence loving to sew) and though I’m so thankful to be in school I also can’t wait to dip my toe in the big world of design and starting my own seamstress business.


Other random things about me, I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan so my heart will always long for the prairies. I’m a twin (Shout out to my sister Elizabeth) and I’m sure that having a twin is the one of the greatest experiences on earth. I also quite enjoy mustard yellow, chocolate, skirts with sweater tights and one day I want a tall, brown poodle.


Thanks for taking time to read a little bit about me and my blog. I hope you can stop by some time to check things out and drop me a message. I’d love to meet you and come over to your blog space.


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Lovely, right? So hop on over to her blog right now and give her some love!

12.11.2011

Sister Date- The Nutcracker

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Last night I took my sister to see the Nutcracker for her first time ever! She's in her twenties and had never seen it... Being dancers (well we used to be), and since schools will often go see it for a field trip, you'd think she would have seen it at least once before, nope. So for part of her Christmas present- I took her to see it.
*NOTE* I forgot my camera... my iPhone had to do.

We first showed up at the wrong theater (doh!), but luckily the correct theater was a short walk away.
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It was beautiful and the dancing was superb.

Needless to say- she loved it! We had a great time and enjoyed talking "dance" for a little bit after.
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How was your weekend?? Did you do anything fun??

12.06.2011

A Look Back

Hey everyone! Are you having a good start to your week? Already ready for the weekend? haha! I'm guest posting over at A Lost Feather today. Sarah's blog is one of my favorites, so I highly recommend you hop on over!

Lately as the seasons have changed from Autumn to Winter, I've been daydreaming of warmer times. It's been so cold here, bitterly cold. I can hardly stand it, and I'm reminded why I don't love Winter. So today I'm going to step back to this past Summer. A time that seemed so perfect, adventurous, and warm. Well, as warm as you can get in Alaska. Which is where I spent a good part of my Summer.

If you weren't following me back then (most of you weren't) here's a summary:
My sister and her family lived in Alaska, but they were moving to the lower 48 in August. I knew it would most likely be the last chance I had to visit Alaska for a while, so I decided to put my life on hold and spend two months with them- then help them pack up and drive through Canada back to the USA. My parents even came up and stayed for a couple of weeks. Here are some of my favorite shots from that experience:
I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking... because there are a lot of them...
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Mmmmmmmmmmm... Good times. I'm feeling much warmer now. :) And if that wasn't enough for you, go ahead and enjoy this video I made of my trip. I still watch it on a regular basis...


P.S. Don't forget to enter the Rolled Up Pretty giveaway! It ends tonight at Midnight!

12.05.2011

Blogger of the Week: This Little Port

Hey guys! Today we have the guest post from this week's Blogger of the Week- Gaby from her blog This Little Port. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her blog and I know you all will too! It's full of wonderful and pretty things. So read, enjoy, then hop on over to her blog and say hi!


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Hi everyone! I'm Gaby and I blog at This Little Port. I was tickled when Gentri asked me to be her blog of the week because I think she has one of the cutest blogs around. So thanks Gentri for thinking of me!

My blog is my creative outlet and it's where I like to share stories about my life, crafting, Sydney, baking, cooking, yoga, and outdoor adventures.
A little about me: Originally from Vancouver, I've lived in Sydney with my Aussie husband for the last 3 years. I blog a lot about this adoptive country of mine, from funny stories about being an expat to photos of my frequent trips to the shore.

Other things I like to write about include:
Crafting! I love, love, love to make things. Like the skirt I'm wearing and the mini quilt I'm holding in the photo below.

Baking and cooking vegetarian food. There are lots of photos of sugar because let's face it, who doesn't love sugar?

Outdoor adventures. Especially rock climbing, which is something my husband and I do together. It's how we met, in fact.

Yoga. I'm a longtime yoga practitioner and a fairly new yoga teacher. But don't worry, I definitely don't take myself too seriously :)
(photo by Sonja Sipala)

Travel. One of my greatest passions in life, I adore seeing new places and exploring my adoptive country and the world. I just got back from Bali so there are plenty of tropical photos making their way onto my blog right now...
Me in Darwin.

I love making new blog friends so feel free to hop on over to my little corner of the blogosphere and say hi! And thanks again to Gentri for making me her blog of the week.
xo
Gaby

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Um, ya. Amazing right?! Now go go go visit her blog!!

12.04.2011

Ice Skating- Check!

I was so excited to check off the first item on my Winter to-do list this past Friday. A group of friends went ice skating and we had a blast!
I'm actually not a bad ice skater. Remember when I posted about roller skating?? Ya, ice skating is WAY easier. Maybe just because I've been ice skating more than roller skating, but I'm pretty comfortable on the ice. (not triple lutz comfortable, but you get what I mean)
I know I have crazy/ squinty eyes in this pic (I was trying to keep the boys from photo bombing us), but I like it anyways. This is my younger sister and myself.

It was so fun and I suggest you all get yourselves to an ice rink- stat!
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