Sierra's View

Friday, October 17, 2014

27 Dresses and a Beauty Makeover.

Have you guys ever seen the movie "27 Dresses" with Katherine Heigl? Well, it's a very cute romantic comedy about a a woman who was a bridesmaid for 27 weddings. Well, friends, I have officially become her. Haha!
Now, I am married so I don't have to deal with the phrase "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." I have now been a bridesmaid in 11 weddings! Woot. It's been so fun to watch my dear family and friends get married and go through such a special time.
But, I have been a bridesmaid in 4 weddings in the past month. It has definitely been a whirlwind. I am the first one to admit that I am not good at doing hair and makeup, so I was a little stressed as to what I was going to do.

Luckily, my blogging friend, Jen from Classy Cosmetics, came to my rescue.
Jen is one of the most amazing, makeup artists that I know. She has a natural gift to see people's beauty and find what works for them. For one wedding, It was more fall colors with gold and maroon, etc. The second wedding was more pinks and reds. She found what worked for me and made me look and feel beautiful.
Jen does makeup for all types of activities--plays, etc. For Halloween, she would be PERFECT. My favorite thing about Jen is that she truly is one of the sassiest, kindest, and outgoing people that I know. She is so good at making you feel comfortable and is so fun to talk to! Check her out today.

I am so happy for all of my friends and family and their exciting, beautiful weddings!
Sometimes there is nothing better than a beauty makeover, am I right? :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ten Things You Want To Know About Me But Were To Afraid to Ask.

Let's be real for a second (okay when I am I not?).
Have you ever looked at someone and thought, "Man…I really wish I knew _________about them, or _______ about them…" (fill in the blanks obviously!).
I do. But maybe that's just because I'm nosy and people fascinate me.
Let's have some real talk here.
I have decided to give you ten things you all have always wanted to know about me but were too afraid to ask.
You asked. I responded.
Cause I like embarrassing myself, apparently.

That's me. In case you didn't know. With a lot of makeup. Half the time I can't even get up in the morning to put mascara on, so this picture is a freaking miracle.

1. Life Plans. 
Here's the skinny on my life: nothing ever goes as planned. Ever.
I tend to have this plan for my life and well, the big guy upstairs likes to prove me wrong. So thats fun.
But, as of now…here is my life plan. 
-Continue teaching definitely for the next two years while my husband finishes his undergrad in business/pre dental. Maybe go get my masters.
-Go to dental school somewhere. Decide whether or not I want to keep teaching while having the babies. (Don't know about that one yet.)
-Have a baby in the next 2-3 years, around the time dental school starts (Ha. Don't you wish I could time it perfectly…what a stressful time! oh baby. no pun intended)
-Graduate dental school.
And that is about all T Money and I have planned.
So….basically, everything will change. But, hey, thats the plan for now.

2. Homemaking skills. 
I can't cook to save my life. I hate it. I suck at it. I sometimes feel like a terrible homemaker because of it, but it is not my strong suit. I know I have many talents, but this one is hard for me. I see so many women around me being these amazing cooks and cooking for their husbands every night and I can barely make spaghetti. I'm sure if I spent time into it, I would become a fantastic cook, but I honestly just do not enjoy it and I can't get myself to fall in love with it!!! I'm dying. My poor husband.
I love to clean though. I love to decorate. Anything to do with cleaning or decorating, I am all about it. See, I do have some homemaking skills!

3. What Drives Me.
Emotion. Passion. Loyalty. Family. Friends. My religion. Health. Happiness. 
For me, life is all about peace. The bigges thing that drives me is--'will I be happy if I do it?' And if it's yes, then I do it. Emotion and passion for things drives me in my job, in my extra curricular activities and with my husband. 

4. My Dreams/Wishes.
In my wildest dreams, I dream of being a famous actress/singer either on broadway or Hollywood. It's silly but I have wanted that since I was little. 
In my real life dreams: to travel. Everywhere. I want to see the world. I want to experience new places. I also dream of having my own family and being a mother. 

5. How I Keep My Ish Together.
Oh man. 
Honestly, from five things: planning, staying busy in things that make me happy, praying, getting a good night rest and being positive. I find if I am consistently doing things then I can stay organized, focused while still being incredibly happy. A good nights rest is the main one. It sounds silly but I need my sleep. 

6. My Biggest Fear.
-not being able to have kids. 
-husband leaving me. 
-being poor. 

7. What holds me back from doing things. 
What holds me back the most is when I am feeling self conscious or when I am tired. When I am wiped, I can't seem to get anything done. When I am feeling self conscious, I question myself and everything I am doing. So I try not to be either of those things :) 

8. Why I always wear dresses. 
First of All, dresses and skirts are cuter. They also are more comfortable. When you have my butt and hips and boobs and legs, dresses are much more comfortable. 
I know I'm a huge fashion blogger so I know this is definitely a huge one ;) For me, fashion is all about expressing myself and finding my style. I love clothes but it's more a form of expression more than anything. 

9. Why I blog. 
Sometimes are confused why I even have this blog. One of the biggest reasons is because it's my time I get to have to myself. I need that time to refuel and this blog let's me write. I can be whoever I want on this blog. I don't have to worry about all of my insecurities. 

10. My Insecurities. 
My body. People judging me cause I am not skinny as I used to be. 
Being too emotional and sensitive. I hate feeling things so deeply and I hate feeling weak in a situation when that happens. 

-What are some other things you've always wanted to ask people but were too afraid to ask? 
-Any other things you want to know? 

24 Lessons Learned in 24 Years.

I keep little notebooks all around me to write down thoughts for my journal, for this blog, etc. I keep a little notebook in my purse of little lessons I have learned. I could write an entire blog post on each of these lessons, but for now, I will give you a brief overview. My goal is to write a post one each of these throughout the next year. (I tend to start a lot more projects than I finish though…can I get an Amen?!)
These are lessons that I have personally learned from the past two or three years of my life. They are lessons that I have learned through trials and experiences. I am grateful for each of these lessons because they have made me who I am today.
These are sort of abstract, not specific lessons--they are meant to be vague. But, alas, these are lessons I think most people can relate to. Hey, I like abstract things. What can I say?
Here are 24 lessons I have learned in the 24 years that I have been on this earth.

You cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

No matter how much you care, some people just don't care back.

It takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

It's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

You can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.

No matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

You should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

There are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

True friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

Just because someone doesnt love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

No matter how good a friend someone is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

No matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

Just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

We don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

You shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

There are many ways of falling and staying in love.

No matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar, you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most.

The people you care most about in life are taken from you to soon.

Although the word "love" can have many different meanings, it loses value when overly used.

Love is not for me to keep, but to pass on to the next person I see.

Even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch-holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

And the lessons just keep on comin'….

What would be some of your life lessons? 
Do you have a favorite of one of these? 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sierra's HIKING View.

I've decided that I'm going to try to correlate all of my blog titles with my blog name, Sierra's View. It's cheeky and cute and exactly what a blogger would do. You know what I mean? 

Last Friday, I had a ton of energy. I honestly have no idea where it came from or what sparked it, but I had this intense desire to go hike and push myself. Many of you know (and are sick of hearing me talk about it!) that I live in a beautiful place in Utah. I live in a little "cove" hidden inside these mountains. It's the most fantastic place ever. Literally a two minute drive and I'm right near a gorgeous hike. A hard, gorgeous hike, mind you (or maybe I'm just reeeeeally out of shape. Probably both!) I grabbed my pup, and we headed up the mountains. 
It was a perfect Friday afternoon after a long week of parent teacher conferences and play rehearsal (come see me as Mrs. Cratchit in a Christmas Carol in December!) and I needed to be outside in nature. Seriously being outside makes me feel so free and at peace; a sanctuary. I especially love the warm days in Fall--where the coldness hasn't quite hit and you simply feel the brisk warmth and enjoy the GORGEOUS fall colors. Seriously, is there anything more wonderful than all of the colors of fall? I wish I would have taken my nice camera, but I still got these beautiful photos up Dry Creek Trail in Alpine, Utah. Not too shabby for phone pics, if I do say so myself!

I also had to include this hilarious photo. T's family did a hilarious (and actually really cute!) photo shoot in these overalls. Oh man, I can't wait to show you all of them. We've gone country, y'all. :) 

Those of you who live in Utah, what are some of your favorite hikes? I want to know some more awesome hikes in this state! 
Do you like to be outside in nature?
What are some of your "places of peace?" 

Also…some friends and I are giving away a CANON REBEL T31! Seriously, one of the most amazing giveaways I have ever been involved in. You will not want to miss out on those. 
So fun! My first DSLR made such a huge positive impact on my blogging, my little shop, my family memory documenting and so forth, and my sponsors and I have been so stoked to get this started! Even if you don't think you'll use it, if you have someone in mind who would be deserving of this as a gift than I hope you enter! Here are the talented and creative bloggers and shop/business owners that have made this giveaway possible today- go say hi!
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Such a fun group of ladies! I'm so privileged to have their support, and even though I'm the one that gets to email the winner and give her the news, we all feel the excitement of giving away such a big life-changing item! Enter below:
And that's all for today! I know there's a ton of different ways to enter, but that last one you skip may be the winning entry! Also keep in mind as I've said before that each entry leads you to a different lady or shop that just might be your new favorite! and supporting the women who support me, who brings the giveaway's to you is basically you just joining in on a big love circle or.. something.haha

A couple specs about the giveaway:
- the giveaway will run for ten days after which the winner will be selected at random, contacted, and announced via this post, the post of the day, and all social media outlets! Please check all those places before asking weeks later who won? :)
- Again this is open internationally! hooray!
The winner will receive the Canon Rebel T3i in a kit with an 18-55mm lens, a battery and a battery charger. 
- Winner's entries will be verified before the public announcement.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Six Things Every Woman Should Say to Herself Every Morning.

My fellow women,
Enough of this bad talk already! 
We live in a  society that is constantly pressuring us to compare ourselves to celebrities, or to one another. It's not fair. You are human. 
You have flaws. 
It's okay to have those. 
Too often I hear myself saying things, either outwardly or inwardly that is damaging to my self esteem, self worth and how I see myself. 
I see other women around me doing the same thing. And it's got to stop. 
You have so many wonderful gifts, qualities, and talents to share with the world. 
So instead of looking in the mirror and not liking what you are seeing, look into the mirror and try saying these things to yourself today. 

1. "I am a beautiful women who has many gorgeous physical aspects about myself.
-Every woman should  have something that they like about themselves physically. Whether its your hair, your eyes, your legs, your butt, etc. Compliment yourself. Remember that you ARE beautiful. Not by someone else's standards but by your own standards. 

2. "I will step outside my comfort zone today." 
I think we find ourselves in a rut, specifically us women, by doing the same things. We find ourselves feeling the same way about ourselves repeatedly. How exhausting! Stop that today. Do one thing to step outside of your comfort zone. Whether that's trying a new style or outfit that you wouldn't normally wear, to get to know that person who you have been intimidated by, or starting a new hobby. Stepping out of our comfort zones pushes us to be better and more well rounded people. 

3. "I will not let me insecurities define me."
Let's face it, ladies, we all have insecurities. That's also a part of being human. But I also believe that our insecurities should not stop us from being happy, successful, hardworking people. It's okay to feel those things. But when those insecurities stop us from doing what we love, thats when we know it has overtaken our lives. Do not let your insecurities stop you from having a successful day. 

4. "I will not let anyone else determine how I feel about my body or my brain."
You have the power to decide how you feel about yourself. Yes, you will get pressure from outgoing sources, but it is up to you to decide to be the person who you want to be today. 

5. "I will do something for myself today."
Often times women forget that they have their own needs as well. Spend time doing something just for you. It's just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of others. 

6. "I will do what I can today. And that is enough." 
I think this one is pretty self explanatory. You are one person. What you are doing is enough. Remember your goodness. One day at a time. 

Find a motto that works for you. Find a motto that you say to yourself when you are feeling down. Find a motto to say whenever you are frustrated with yourself. Find something that you need to work on--for me, its not letting others bring me down or affect me so much. 

Every morning, I say to myself in the mirror: "I am a beautiful women who has many qualities and talents. I determine how I feel today; no one else. I will look for others to help and focus on being the best well rounded person possible." 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Authenticity is Magnetic.

via pinterest

Sometimes I get criticized for being too honest on this blog.
Sometimes I get criticized for being too honest in real life. 

But, here's the thing. 
I value authenticity. 
I shouldn't have to apologize for being myself. 
I value are the real and genuine,
and I value people who are real and genuine and completely themselves. 

There is something so incredibly raw and refreshing about a person who doesn't try to be somebody they are not; someone who is comfortable in their own skin. 
One of my biggest pet peeves are people who just follow others.
I have learned that authenticity is something that is so important to me when it comes to my friendships and relationships. If someone isn't being authentic, I find I cannot connect or relate to them. It's as if I can see right through their insecurities or judgements or fakeness. 
It's almost like I can tell that they are trying to hard or not really being themselves, and I don't want to connect with them on that deeper level. 

I have had parent teacher conferences the past two days.
I had a parent tell me this evening, "You know what I love about you as a teacher? You don't try to be someone you're not. You are a fantastic teacher, but the students know that you are real. They know that you love them, that you support them, that you make mistakes, and that you don't take any crap from them. I think it's awesome." 
In that moment, her child became my favorite student. Hahaha. Just kidding.
But in all seriousness, it's true. 

I think one of the most important things we can be, as humans, is ourselves. 

If you are a genuinely happy person all of they time, be a genuinely happy person.
If you are an emotional person, allow yourself to be emotional.
If you are a loud person, be a loud person.
If you are an artistic person, be an artistic person.

I try to be whoever I am, especially in this whole blogging world. 
I try my hardest to be consistent, but I am not.
Some nights I just can't get to the posts or emails or comments or sponsorships or business requests.
And thats okay. 
If you are not a consistent blogger, that's okay. Be an inconsistent one.
If you are a craft blogger, be a craft blogger.
If you are a mom blogger, be a mom blogger.
If you are a blogger who writes about everything, like me, then do that. 
You do what makes you authentic and real and what works for you on your site. 
Guess what? It is YOURS. 
People love to read YOUR blog. YOUR writing.
Be authentic and real and people will keep reading. 
That's what I have found, at least. 

You will ALWAYS do something that others don't like. Someone is always going to be critiquing, criticizing, or disliking you, but that should not stop you from walking to the beat of your own drum (that's an idiom in case you are wondering. I talked about that with my students today #teacherlife). 
You do your thing, people. 
I got your back. 

From the wise words of Sheryl Crow, 
"If it makes you happy, it can't be that baaaaaad." 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

September Was a Good Month.

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July Recap |

September was such a fun, busy, crazy month! 
If you follow me on Instagram, then you know how busy it was with all of my posts. 
I wanted to show you a fun recap of my Super September! Woo hoo.
September included: being in three weddings, went to a Colbie Caillat concert, played with Saylor a lot, had a lot of family visit , it was my birthday…a whole lot of fun! 
All photos via Instagram. 

(start in left corner and go right--then go back down!) 

1. My blogging friend, Elise is now my work friend at an elementary school. Small world!
3. Celebrating one of my best friends weddings as a bridesmaid. 
4. Alpine, UT mountains. Thats where I live. Unreal. 
5. The sky is on fire.
6. Cousin's wedding. 
7. Pretty Orange Sky. 
8. T Money and I. 
9. Pretty Flowers. 

1. Gorgeous home in the country for a wedding. 
3. Bridesmaids being classy with our DC. 
4. Weddings and friends!!!
5. Spent all this past weekend with Saylor. 
7. Wedding dinner with my hot husband. 
8. September really wore us out, can you tell? 
9. Saylor turned 6 months old!! 

1. Sister came to visit!
2. Colbie Caillat herself…up close & personal. 
3. Colbie Caillat concert with Aly!
4. High School Friends at Claire's Open House. 
5. Wishing Lexie a Happy Birthday & reminiscing my wedding. 
6. Friends at bridal showers. 
7. Ice Blocking with my young women!

2. Friday afternoon walks with my family. 
4. Birthday Dinner!
5. My students spoiled me on my birthday. 
6. Birthday dinner with friends. 
7. Early morning walk views. 
8. Saylor loves watching animal shows. 
9. T Money loves Saylor. 

1. Watching friends play football! 
2. Football game with the in laws. 
3. Selfie! 
4. Baby Sisi
5. Matching saltwater sandals with my student. 
7. Saylor waits at the door for me everyday :)  
9. Flowers on a walk. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dealing with a Diagnosis | PCOS

It's been quite the few years.
A lot has changed in the past two years of my life. I married the man of my dreams, moved to a new city, completely started my career and started, well, real adult life.

It's been amazing.
. I have a husband who I love more than life itself. I have neighbors and friends who are good, kind people. I love my calling and my young women and my ward. I live in a beautiful city. I have a job that I love. I have friends and in laws around me. I have a puppy whom I love. I am in a play and singing and acting often, which I love. I have a body that walks and is functional.

I have a body.
I am be grateful that I have a body that works and is functional.

But, because I'm not one to sugarcoat it, I need to let you know that it's been hard.

I am a very confident person. Very confident. I love my body for it's curves and the many positive things about it.

But one of the hardest struggles is looking into the mirror and watching your body change right before your and eyes and you don't know how it happened. And the worse part about it is knowing that it happened without you even really changing anything about your life.
It is discouraging. It is frustrating. It is so incredibly depressing.

I started taking birth control a few months before I got married.
I saw something happen. I saw my body changing, gaining weight. My hormones felt like they were completely out of control. I could feel my body going crazy and it was horrible.

I would cry myself to sleep at night thinking about how horrible I felt--on the outside and the inside. I could feel the people around me judging me…thinking, "Wow…you got married so you just let yourself go, huh?" When that was not the case at all. I was trying everything to make myself look and feel like how I was "before." But I felt self conscious, and well, for a lack of better words, crappy. People, family members and friends, even said things to me. And let me tell you, when you are already self conscious about something and you feel like those insecurities are exposed to the world, it makes you feel incredibly vulnerable and that all of your cards are literally out in the open for everyone to see. It doesn't make you feel very good about yourself, I'll tell you that much.

I would tell T Money often that something was not right. That something was going on with my body. I had no idea what was going on, but that something was not right.

Finally, I went and saw a specialist for my hormones. I needed to figure out what was going on.

I was diagnosed with PCOS, hypothyroidism, my insulin levels were extremely high, and my hormones were quite inconsistent.

Last week, when I was diagnosed, I got teary eyed when I found out the answers.
I felt like the past ten years, more specifically, the past two years, of my life have been answered.

PCOS stands for PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome.
Here is the 6th grade version of what it is:

First of all, my doctor is convinced that I have had this syndrome since I was about fourteen because I have had the signs for most of my life. The birth control I had been taking is essentially what jump started it and made my hormones go out of control. It made my PCOS "come out", if you will.

PCOS is when there are cysts on women's' ovaries (hence the name). The cysts are not harmful but lead to many hormonal imbalances.

In PCOS, the sex hormones get out of balance. The cysts create more androgens, therefore leading to more testosterone which causes acne and more hair growth.

PCOS has had a problem using insulin, called insulin resistance. When the body doesn't use insulin well (thats what is happening with my body) blood sugar levels go up. My high insulin levels were basically taking over everything I was eating. Instead of turning that food into ATP energy, it was automatically transmitting it into fat, hence the weight gain. This also correlates how I don't function when I don't eat. I have been that way since I was a little girl.

The hormones also affect the clinical depression that I have been struggling with since I was 14. There may be a chance that the hormones are stopping the serotonin and dopamine in my brain, hence my depression. 

I don't sleep very well--getting up often in the middle in the night, my irregular periods that I have always had, the severe, often migraines and the fatigue (I am always exhausted) correlates with it all. Now, I don't know if I have infertility problems, but we will cross that bridge when we get to that road. 

I am happy that I now have some answers. This doesn't necessarily mean it will solve all of my problems, but it is nice to know that I have some answers. 

But it's also been difficult because….

This all may sound childish or immature, but I hate that so much of who we are as humans is defined by our weight. It's as if someone gains weight, it makes them a bad person, or less of a person, and I can't stand that.

I hate that I have parents and a family that stress being skinny and looking good all of the time.

I hate that since my diagnosis I am being told what to do, what not to do, what I did wrong to receive this in my life. I am simply doing everything in my power to do what makes me happy and healthy--isn't that enough? 

I hate that I feel frustrated that I have yet another thing to deal with in my life. Call me unfaithful or whatever, but that is how I feel. I was fine for a few days and it's as if it all just hit this weekend. 

It's been a really good lesson for me, though. 
It's been crucial for me to remember that I am still beautiful, even though my body is not perfect. I am still beautiful amidst this diagnosis. I am still beautiful in many ways. I have to remember that, even when all sources from around me and inside of me are telling me otherwise. 
It's also been a good lesson for me to remember that you have no idea what people are going through. You have no idea why someone has gained weight. You have no idea what people's struggles are, either physically, emotionally, or mentally.

May we all stop and remember the good things about ourselves.
One day at a time, right? Thats all we need to do. Thats always been my motto. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It Was Not Love at First Sight.

Many of you know my husband, Tanner. Or, well, what I like to call him… T Money. He's been on this blog a few times: writing love letters, answering funny questions, you know, normal stuff.
I love him.
He's such a handsome, funny, talented, good man. I am grateful for his goodness and friendship and love.

However, our story is kind of a funny story though.
You see, T Money and I did not participate in the "love at first" sight ordeal that so many young lovebirds experience.
Don't get me wrong, the first time I saw him I thought to myself, "Wowza. That guy was HOT." (The thoughts of a 19 year old, obviously). But he was, as many of you know, very much a 19 year old boy….Selling pest control….hanging with his bros. If you catch my drift. 

I had no intention of dating that boy, nonetheless marrying him.
But, like everything else in my life, nothing comes quite like I want it to.
And I fell for him that summer. It originally started off as nothing. Just a boy and girl hanging out.
And then…four years later we got married.
And we took precious pictures like this…..

That's our romantic love story. Ha.
Tanner and I eventually broke the ice and our connection was amazing. Apparently everyone knew we were going to get married eventually except for, well, us. Haha.

Sometimes, I wish I could say that our "Hello" was a perfect, love story-esque hello.
But, really, nothing in my life is that way. As much as I wish it was.
Sometimes I have to figuratively get smacked across the face in order to realize what I need to do.

Nonetheless, every day, when I see T Money after work I get a special "hello" from him. In a way, it is much more romantic and special because I get that hello every day. I, also, get it from a cute husband too. That's way better in my opinion. (This is the part where you all "awwww")

Sidenote: T walked into my classroom the other day and one of my very shy (very outgoing) and quiet (literally word vomits all over me everyday because she doesn't stop talking) students instantaneously yells, "WHOA MRS. C--HE IS HOOOOOT!" hahaha 

I am grateful that Tanner and I eventually connected. I honestly believe that Tanner was the man for me. I know that we have been through our ups and downs, but I think I married the perfect man for my struggles and personality. What a blessing.

Today, though, something almost as good as love at first sight, for me, is chocolate.
Because I don't know about you, but for me, chocolate is ALWAYS love at first. You know what I mean?

While at Target, I picked up some Lindt Chocolate Hello bars. I know that there are also bars, sticks and other bags for options for eating this delicious treat.
I decided to try Cookies and Cream and Strawberry Cheesecake flavor.
Personally, I was obsessed with the Strawberry Cheesecake flavor. Oh my yum. I even ate in front of my students to show them who's boss (cause I'm like that, you know).

There is something so unique and delicious about this chocolate. I love that it had a unique taste of the sweet strawberry mixed in with the chocolate. The cookies and cream flavor was awesome for those people who don't necessarily love the sweet taste in chocolate. Honestly, all of the flavors looked delicious.

If you want a connection with chocolate, I would say HELLO to this Lindt Chocolate and pick it up today. 

I also have some great news for each of you--YOU GET TO WIN FREE STUFF. YEEEE.

Make sure you check out new episodes of the "It Started with HELLO" web series every week.
Also make new connections of your own by entering the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes for a chance to win some amazing stuff from Lindt Chocolate. 

Thanks to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring today's discussion. 

Also, don't forget to read my guest post over here! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Slumber Soiree!

My Blogging friend, Aubrey, put together a fun September Slumber Soiree party last week. 
I had these plans to stay the entire time and talk about blogs and girly stuff and have a marvelous time.
Alas, T Money called, and well, as my life would have it right now, I couldn't stay the entire time and had to leave early. But for the few hours that I was there, it was so incredibly fun. 
It was so fun to meet and re-meet so many fun, kind, and hilarious women through the blogging world. 
I am so grateful for the support and love I get from this hobby or job or whatever you want to call it! 
(except from my own family and best friends! Come on, guys! Sheesh).
I'll let the pictures do the talking. 

hahahaha I am dead serious. 

Love these girls so much!!!
Top row: Ashley, me, Jacque
Second row: Kyla, Kimberly
Third row: Laura 

All photos taken by Kaycie!