crazy-beautiful life

So much has been going on with me since I last posted that really depressing, heavy post. I've gotten even more busy with my summer courses, but I have learned TONS of valuable information to help me when I finally finish my program and become licensed. I have had the chance to visit an A.A. and an Al-anon meeting. Both of which were fantastic experiences.

I've also been working on several crafty projects. I got together with my quilty aunt a couple weekends ago and we got my pow wow quilt mostly pieced together (pics on my instagram @franklymydearest). I also have been working a super cute cross stitch project that I have instagrammed, but I am trying to keep it somewhat under wraps because I plan to give it to a friend of time to thank her for being a friend ;). I've not gotten any work done on my #50statesstitching other than purchasing my fabrics and printing out my patterns. I also finally completed one of my wood crafts that I have had sitting around from when I was living in Utah. I swear, you can buy literally anything cut out from wood in the state of Utah.

This weekend is going to be a full one for me, but I am looking forward to it. I love going from place to place as exhausting as it is. My weekend schedule is as follows

Thurs: Work in the morning where maybe I'll find some time to work on one of my finals, then driving to MS to have personal pedicurist aka Manda Panda re-paint my toes. I also have a bridal shower to attend for a good friend of mine. Also at some point I need to get an oil change and to buy a gift for the bridal shower.

Friday: I'll hang out in MS for most of the day, but will leave probably between 3 and 4 to head to New Orleans where I will pick up a race packet for myself and several friends and will then go over to my bestie, Kay's house. I don't know what we are gonna do, but I'm excited to get to see her. I'll be driving back home to my house that evening.

Saturday: I plan to use most of my daylight hours to do some more work on my finals. Then in the late afternoon/evening I'll be heading to New Orleans to participate in the Blacklight Run. It looks like it will be a fun time. I'll probably have some pics and stories to share on that.

Sunday: I will attend church and will also finish up work on my finals. I want to finish up on Sunday so I don't have to stress out on Monday when they are due.

I was a little stressed out about my jam packed weekend, but after writing it all out, I definitely think that it is completely doable.


p.s. 76 days until I go see Katy Perry in New Orleans!!!


A Case of the Mondays... on Tuesday


I mentioned in my last post that one of the things I am loving right now is whole30. If you aren't familiar with what whole30 is, I can certainly educate you, my friend. In a nutshell, whole30 is a paleo elimination diet. Meaning that for 30 days you refrain from eating dairy products, grains (including rice, corn, and whole grains), legumes, soy based products, sugar as an additive and artificial sweeteners. I started my whole30 on June 2. So as of right now, I am on day 29 of 30. Sounds great, right?

I have been doing my whole30 alongside a group of aunts, uncles, and my father. All of us began at different times. Two of my aunts and one of my uncles started whole30 a couple days ahead of me. The reason for that being when the idea was first proposed to me, I poo-pooed it. My inner diva came out and said "aw hellz nah!" But my opinion changed when I was at the beach with Aunt Jenoit and MM and I saw the things that they were eating and realized that whole30 sounded horrible, but was actually doable and I could still eat delicious things.

The first week was tough, but I powered through and the second and third weeks got much easier. Even the start of this last week was pretty easy. I thought I was going to feel trunky (LDS missionary slang, holla!) coming to the close of my 30 days, but not until today have I felt that the whole30 was such a burden.

As a result of feeling this burden, I felt a touch of depression and felt slightly discouraged. My aunts and I have kept a group message going where we share personal details of our whole30 journey, words of encouragement, anxieties, and meal ideas. I wanted to turn to them, but in my mind I thought that since they technically finished their whole30's yesterday that they wouldn't get it. So, I broke down to my mom and one of our close family friends who just happened to be there at the time... oopsie!

I said I wanted to give up. I didn't want to eat. I just wanted meals to be easy. I told Gaseel that I didn't want to cook anything and I didn't want to spend money on food. Which obviously poses a HUGE dilemma. My mom offered to pick me up and pay for a burger from Chili's. So I called and placed an order for their guacamole burger, sans bun, cheese, and chipotle sour cream and subbed the fries for steamed broccoli.

I was at my mom's office at this time because I was dropping of some paperwork that I had used to help out with data entry. Gaseel, who works with my mom, asked me if I wanted to paint rocks with them as they prepared samples for a summer fun class they have tomorrow morning. I didn't want to, I wanted to just go to Target and get my shopping done, but I was waiting on my burger so I stayed. I chose a oblong, flat rock which I decided to transform into an owl.

 Pictured above is my darling little pet rock owl

I used this expression of creativity to get me out of my funk, call it art therapy if you will. I then left the office and went to Target to purchase a few things. Aunt Jenoit wanted me to pick her up some Applegate Natural Uncured Hot Dogs and a package of Aidell's Chicken and Apple sausage, both of which meats are whole30 compliant. The Target near here does not have a grocery section just yet, so she cannot get these items.

I believe that this combo of art therapy and retail therapy really helped. Plus getting food in my belly helped. I may have had a touch of hanger mixed with with the depression and discouragement. I bought myself a couple of food rewards to have as a snack on Thursday when my 30 days are up, and a non-food reward. I won't tell you what it is just yet. I'll post a pic of me wearing it once I "earn" it by completing my whole30. There that's all the hints you get. It's super cute by the way.

All this time though, I have had to keep this though running through my mind:

Too legit print 
[print available to purchase at A Fabulous Fete

As a reminder, follow me on Instagram. Username @franklymydearest. I post more there than I do here, unfortunately.

Edited to add:
I did have a couple of bright spots. My buddy @danishaureecreates on instagram sent me a text to remind me that #50statesstiching starts today! I rushed to my email to find my first pattern and can't wait to get started. And lucky for me, my fabrics that I ordered from fabric.com (because my schedule doesn't warrant me going fabric/quilt store shopping) will be delivered from the nicest guys in brown shorts tomorrow!

Oh and so sorry for the text heavy post. I just wanted to be real with ya'll.


Things I L.O.V.E. Right Now

  • The soundtrack to The Fault in Our Stars
  • whole30
  •  Embroidery
  • 50 States Stitching with WildOlive
  • My graduate program - Counseling
  • Being back in the south :)
I know I haven't posted in forever. But I have a lot of awesome things going on in my life right now and I want to share them with ya'll. All these things above will probably be topics of future posts.

See ya again real soon!

oh.. my gosh. I almost forgot to tell ya'll. I got an instagram for this blog. You can follow at @franklymydearest!

Do it and I'll follow back!


My BEAST Kohl's Deal

I have heard time and time again of the deals that people get at Kohl's. As part of my quest to be a coupon queen I am learning to master these deals.

For Christmas I received a $50 gift card to Kohl's. I know about Kohl's Cash and that you typically earn $10 when you spend $50, so this was my plan. I also know that Kohl's sellsI  Fiesta which is a type of ceramic kitchen wear that my family always has used.

I made the plan to use this gift card during a time when Fiesta was on sale AND that Kohl's was giving out Kohl's Cash. This happened about a week and a half ago. I had also realized the need for a George Foreman grill, which I could have bought at Bed Bath and Beyond, but they only had MASSIVE sized one and since I typically cook for 1-2 people, that's not necessary.

So, I placed an order with Kohls.com to get a George Foreman grill and 3 of the Fiesta Buffet plates. It was a little over $50, but only by like $10. My Kohl's cash was emailed to me, I originally had planned to use this to purchase another piece of Fiesta.

When I was visiting the Centerville family on Saturday, the topic of Kohl's came up. Mainly because Ryan works for Kohl's. And they all have Kohl's charge cards and get bonus coupons that only card holders get. They had coupons for 30% off when they used the charge card.

As I mentioned before, we had gone to Target earlier in the day and looked at the Valentine's stuff that was on sale. They had one of those cake pop pans marked down and it would have been $8.52, I was tempted, but decided that I really wanted to get a Babycakes cake pop maker so I left the pan at Target.

When we were looking at the ad for Kohl's the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker was on sale for $17.99. Cheapest I have seen it anywhere. I also had my $10 Kohl's Cash, which would make it 7.99, and my Aunt and Uncle had extra coupons, so they shared with me. I got 30% off of 7.99, which made the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker $5.96!!! And that was after taxes!

I was so impressed that I got this appliance for next to nothing. I can't wait to use it. I am looking for some recipes, and may end up buying the Babycakes Cookbook from Kohls or Amazon in the future.

I plan to in the future get a deal on the Fiesta utensil set (seriously, go check it out! It's adorbs!).


Missed You!

I know, I kind of fell off the face of the earth as far as blogging goes this past week. I can give you excuses or I can tell you about my week and then maybe you will understand why I didn't have the time to post blogs.

 Let's start with last Friday night (this is Feb. 8th that I am referring to). I spent the day visiting my friend Jessica in West Jordan. We really just chilled at her place and rented a redbox movie. The movie we rented was Moonrise Kingdom, which was very random at times, but I really enjoyed it. I had received the recommendation to watch it from H&D. After the movie finished we watched some ghost hunter show on TV and then I mentioned that I needed to pick up a few things at IKEA for Ash, so we headed to the IKEA. It really was a quick trip to IKEA because I had made plans to meet Dana, Kiki, & friends to do karaoke at a little cafe here in Orem.

So we did that, and then I headed back toward home and went to Callie's Cafe where we proceeded to do some karaoke and dancing. I never thought I would be able to find where the crazy fun people of Utah lived. But I found a few of them there at Callie's. Those of y'all who know me know that I am super shy. But I wanted to get up there and sing my heart out. There really weren't too many people there and the ones that were there seemed to be nice, fun people. I don't even know how to describe my experience there in text, but the craziness going down in Callie's made me feel like I was right back home, down south. I finally worked up the nerve and picked a song to sing, I did Super Bass by Nicki Minaj. The way I see karaoke is you have to do something ridiculous, you can't take it seriously and sing your favorite ballad. At least I can't.  We finished with the karaoke craziness, but decided to make a tradition of it and will go once a month.

Kiki had talked to me about hiring me to make a King Cake for her daughter's class at school so we talked about it and her and Dana said they would put the word out for me and try to get me some more customers, so Saturday I put the word out. By Sunday I had one customer besides Kiki, which honestly is one more than I thought I would have.

Monday morning I got up at 7 am to get started making King Cake, because the one customer I had wanted to pick it up that morning between 9-10 am. It typically takes about 1.5 hrs to make a cake and I wanted to give it a little time to cool before she picked it up. I also got started with making Kiki's cake plus the one she added on last minute for her family. I finished those about 11:30 and went to run a few errands before I went to drop off Kiki's cakes.

I visited with Kiki for a little bit and then headed to Rachel's house where I had dinner with the Vliet/Luke/Ingram's. It was a good time and good food with them. John (Rachel's hubby) did a quick little spiritual thought for us, so I got to have FHE* (even though I skipped out on ward FHE, which I told Ash's home teacher I would try to make). *FHE=Family Home Evening, which is something that the LDS church strongly promotes.

Tuesday, was Mardi Gras. A friend from back home contacted me kind of last minute on Monday asking if he could get a couple King Cakes. I of course said sure! and I woke up Tuesday morning and made his cakes, then delivered them to his place of employment, which happened to be Dominos Pizza. Which, let me tell you... It was very surreal to be making a delivery to a pizza place.

Tuesday eve, a childhood friend/practically family, Michael, had invited me and Ash to a Mardi Gras shindig that his friends were throwing. Ash had planned to go to a ward RS service project so she missed out. But it was a good time again, with some great southern staples. Our host made a shrimp etouffe and red beans and rice. Michael made a jambalaya. Another of the friends made a plain king cake, and I brought a cream cheese filled one. Let me tell you, our host, who had never been down south, did southern cooking very well.

Wednesday, I don't think I did too much of anything. I did however get introduced to the froyo at Yogurtland here in Orem by my fake sister, Laura. I loved it. While Laura and I were visiting, she asked what I had planned for Friday, I said "oh nothing." So she invited me to go hiking with her.

Thursday was Valentine's day. I never have been one to celebrate that day. I've never had a valentine. Ash wanted to do something though, so we made plans to go up to SLC to shop at City Creek Center, eat at Cheesecake Factory, and have the Temple Square experience. We left a little later than we intended to, so the wait at Cheesecake Factory was a 90 minute wait. CF was the plan though, and we were going to stick with it! While we waited, we did a little shopping, but didn't make it over to Temple Square. We did see the temple, which was gorgeous.

Friday I woke up and went hiking with Laura. I was disappointed that I wasn't quite in the shape I needed to be in to hike up a mountain, in the snow, at a high altitude. So, I will be starting a strict gym regime tomorrow and will build my muscles to handle inclines and start my running training so I'll be able to complete my first goal of doing a 5k, then a 10k, then half marathon, then eventually the Disney Princess Marathon. Laura and I talked about it and we both want to do it. I think we should go together!

Friday night my friend Samantha, who is a musician, played a gig at a little dive bar in SLC called the Woodshed. Samantha plays under the alias Vinyl Tapestries y'all should go check out her music and like her on Facebook. I met up with friends, Kaitlin and Logan, who are also Louisiana natives at the show. We all three enjoyed it, and had a grand time visiting with Sam after the show. Then we drove back toward home, but stopped in American Fork at IHOP where Ash met us.

The IHOP experience was something that the four of us will never forget. I would love to tell you about it, but what happens at the IHOP, stays at the IHOP. Plus, it would be a full blog entry on it's own. And, like the karaoke experience, I don't know how to put it down to text.

I didn't get to sleep until 4am that night. I can't remember the last time I was up so late. Yesterday was Saturday and I drove up to Centerville to visit Aunt Kathy, Uncle Steve, Jessica, and Ryan. I also had the pleasure of meeting Ryan's girlfriend, Kanille. She was a lot of fun. And I had a blast with them. We ate at Red Robin, shopped at Target, shopped at Kohl's, and went back to their house, ate popcorn, and played Bananagrams. I then came home, watched a show on Netflix, then went to bed.

Today is Sunday and I went to church, and I will be going over to Bianca and Nathan's for Sunday dinner in just a little bit. I am excited to see them. It has been too long!

That is all I have for now. I'll tell you about the BEAST of a deal I got at Kohl's in a post tomorrow, so check back!
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