What’s Going On

A lot has been going on these past few weeks.  I have been working on some fun projects with a local company called Hellofab – I redesigned her logo and came up with three t-shirt designs for her new apparel line.  The Soccer Mom, Très Bon, and HUSTLE shirts are all available for sale on her website!

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We celebrated my mom’s birthday the Sunday after I got home from my girls’ trip with my friends the best way we know how:  with the most obnoxious chocolate cake on the planet!  M&Ms, Kit Kats, chocolate pudding (in place of frosting), and chocolate cake…

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My friend Whitney lightened my hair [and cut off almost 6″…] and I am so happy with how it turned out.  When you have 4 best friends that do hair, you can really get hooked up when it comes to salon time.

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My dad finally got his good luck charm removed form his head.  Obviously I got my fatty lumps from my father.  He’s been storing one on the side of his head for a couple of years and finally got it taken out.  The day of his surgery I brought him lunch to his house to recuperate.  I told him, “I will pick you up anything you want for lunch.  Anything in the whole world.”  He replied, “I am trying to eat healthier…so let’s get Wendy’s.”

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A couple of weeks ago my entire family attended Les Mis at Hale Center Theater.  I have to be honest, I am not a fan of the HTC.  You would relate if you experience West Side Story with me over 10 years ago.  So I was really skeptical going into the production.  I have to admit that I was completely shocked with how talented the performers were!  We all enjoyed the show so much that we even reenacted the famous play poster…

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We also celebrated baby Clark’s first birthday party at Chad and Rachael’s new home!  I adore Clark, he is the sweetest little man.  It was so fun to see all the fun details of his party!  Psst…this picture was taken mere moments before Frankie, our niece, tried to mimic Zach and I and climbed right onto the caterpillar’s head and it exploded!  We aren’t the best examples, obviously…

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For the last few weeks I have been collecting vintage [looking] bottles for a couple of upcoming events.  I scored some great ones at an antique store in Ogden and Salt Lake, IKEA, and H&M Home.

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I got to use them for the first event: our Stake Relief Society Activity that I helped with.   I dipped mason jars in gold paint and decorated 25 tables with random glassware.  It was so much fun to be apart of!

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Zach and I also tackled our last project for our bedroom!  It’s finally finished.  It is true when they say that the master bedroom is the most neglected in the home.  So we tried to finish it up.  Zach told me after we hung the gallery wall that he thinks that our master bedroom is his very favorite room in our home.

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Last, but certainly not least, I got to dine with my favorite Interior Design friends at From Scratch this last week.  Surprise, surprise.  I literally keep that restaurant afloat with my business alone.  It was so great to catch up with my friends and already can’t wait until we see each other again soon!

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Here’s to more [very random] days with my family and friends…

Hendos do Targhee

Thursday night all the Hendersons set off for our weekend at Grand Targhee.  Zach and I hitched a ride up with Mark and Jeanene.  That meant good music and frequent stops for “treats” at local gas stations.  Zach’s treat of choice really created the road trip ambiance…IMG_9456

Friday morning we all got up and hit the slopes.  Some of us better attired than others…

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We spent all day cruising around until it was time to head back to the lodge for some tubing.

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We spent a couple of hours tubing all together.  That tubing luge was pretty intense, actually.

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We spent the later hours of the day watching NCAA basketball.  This is the only way I get Zach to look at me during March Madness, honestly…

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Another highlight of the late hours of the night (and early morning hours, actually) was Georgia dazzling us with her vocal stylings.  Opera in the morning, opera at night.  At one point Zach and Georgia were having a full on sing-off.

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Saturday was another full day of riding.

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After day two we went to dinner to celebrate Zach’s brother Tony’s 40th birthday.

The weekend went really fast and it was pretty sad to pack all our stuff up on Sunday morning.  I love spending time with ALL the Hendo family.  Targhee is becoming one of my favorite family adventures we have had.  I can’t wait for next year already!

Girls’ Trip to Santa Monica

Around Christmas, Zach asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday.  I told him I wanted to go on a trip with my best friends from high school.  So since December, my friends and I have been planning our girls’ trip to Santa Monica.  We left Thursday afternoon and arrived at the Santa Monica Airport later in the evening.  The 5 and a half of us [Whitney’s baby Jase joined us] settled into our condo just off one of my favorite little streets, Abbot Kinney, in Venice.  We went out for Mexican food and then stayed up wayyyy too late talking about who knows what.

Then next morning we woke up and made our way to the Third Street Promenade.  We shopped for four straight hours, like champions.
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I forced my friends to have lunch at a restaurant I have been dying to try – Unami Burger.  It was just as good as I had hoped it would be.  We were all pleasantly surprised!

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Jase was a pretty amazing shopping companion, I must say.

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After running ourselves ragged, we ditched our bags back at the condo and we ventured out to get food.

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We all shared some pizzas from Gjelina – probably my favorite meal of the entire trip – back at our condo.

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After dinner we had a post meal yoga sesh.  We as in everyone but me.  Yoga doesn’t bode well with me.  I am SO not flexible.  It was very enjoyable to watch, however.  Kristina is working on getting certified to teach, so these ladies were great…practice.  I laughed 90 percent of the time and totally disturbed their vibe.

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The next morning we slept in and decided to jog to the beach.

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We stopped mid-way to get some fruit smoothies and then made our way over to Muscle Beach.  Because that is our type of crowd, apparently.  5 Utah girls working out with a 9 month old.  We had a pretty hilarious workout routine going.  Squats, running stairs, and so on.  Even baby Jase thought we looked like idiots…  We also got taught how to do chin-ups by a homeless man.

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After we all showered up and got ready, we drove downtown to the Farmer’s Market for lunch.

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We spent the rest of the day shopping at the shops at the Grove.

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….aaaaand devouring some Sprinkle’s Cupcakes.

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The best part of Saturday was the fact that I got to pick up our rental car – a giant minivan.  That’s how you travel with 5 people and a babe.  I would NOT recommend a minivan as your vehicle of choice driving around the streets of L.A.  Just saying…

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It was Whitney’s first time in Los Angeles. so we drove around a bit and did the obligatory photo in front of the Hollywood sign!

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Sunday morning was our quest for some flea market finds.  We woke up at 6:00 am and all crammed into the van for the drive to Long Beach.  I have been to a few flea markets in my day, and the Long Beach Flea was by far my favorite.

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We all scored some pretty great stuff.  Whitney found enough vintage t-shirts to last her all year.  Britt found an incredible fur coat and a vintage Louis Vuitton tote.  Kristina scored two vintage bags, one being a gorgeous black Chanel.  I left…with an H.  A giant metal H that I plan to hang on one of my many blank walls upstairs.

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Since this day was the warmest of our entire visit, we made our way just south of the Santa Monica Pier for some beach time.

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The weather was perfect and it was so relaxing to do absolutely nothing with our toes in the sand.

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Brittney was so relaxed, she didn’t even realize Whitney had buried her legs (and not pictured:  her right arm) in the sand.

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We thought our pizza from Gjelina was so great, we decided to go for round two that night!

Our last morning on the west coast we were awakened by a legitimate earthquake!  A few hours before our alarms were to go off, everything in our condo was swaying and moving.  It happened so quick we didn’t have any time to realize what was happening.  I think the noise was what scared me the most.  Kristina and I were in one bedroom, Whitney and Brittney in the one right next to ours, and Whitney and Jase down the hall.  As soon as the earthquake subsided, Kristina and I heard two VERY high pitched (and nervous) voices chattering in the next room over.  I have never laughed so hard!

After vacating our condo we had lunch at Kreation, an awesome and really delicious healthy cafe.  If you are looking for juice, look no further!  Every kind of juice that this planet has to offer, this joint has.

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And our last few hours of the trip were spent walking up and down Abbot Kinney popping in and out of the most adorable little shops.  My favorite was Urbanic, the cutest paper boutique you could ever imagine.

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Not pictured was our ride to the airport.  The five of us adults and baby Jase packed into a tiny crossover vehicle with our luggage piled on our laps, due to the fact that the back seat could only accommodate two suitcases.  It was a ride we will never forget!  I still feel like my circulation in my legs hasn’t come back 100 percent.

It’s sad, but true, that my high school friends and I really don’t see that much of each other as of late.  We promised after this trip that we would make an effort to all get together at least once a month!  I had such a great time with these girls.  I can’t remember a time where I have ever laughed so hard in my life.  After spending five days with them, waking up the next morning without all them made me so sad.  I can’t wait until our next girls’ trip.  I LOVE YOU ALL!

the Chateau at La Caille

First, I feel embarrassed that I didn’t know this place even existed.  I have visited La Caille before, but never knew about the Chateau.  From the second I set foot in the place my heart ached for Paris.  Some day.

Monday I received the photos taken by Lindsey Orton Photography.  I was so pleased, along with all the other vendors, how this all turned out.  Even though I had the smallest teensiest part in this whole spectacle, it was so fun to participate in.

The invites were the very first thing I worked on, and I can’t wait to do more watercolor projects in the future.  I forget how much I love making things with my hands every now and then!

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I created the dinner menus and the agate place cards.

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I also created the table numbers and the escort cards.

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The whole event was inspired by the Pantone color of the year.  From the hand-dipped feathers to the triple berry cake, this whole project was a dream.  I am so grateful I got to be apart of it!

An Eventful Week

Zach left Monday for an aviation convention in California.  I spent my free time working on little tidbits for a bridal event.  It was a “Pantone Color of the Year” inspired shoot with hints of dark, deep purple and navy blue.  I was in charge of all the stationery, the table numbers, and place cards.  Inspired by a Kate Spade party, I created place cards with a silver metallic Prismacolor pen and slices of agate.  I ordered these beauties online and was anxious for over two weeks of how they would look once they arrived.  I got really lucky, because they fit the color scheme perfectly [and none of them were broken].

I should have known two things – stone (even agate) is porous which means you have to repeatedly go over the names with a metallic marker.  Second, the metallic markers I purchased are permanent.  So permanent that when I messed up on the “e” on Lea’s name, it clung to every pore of the agate.  They are not perfect, but I was really happy with them in the end.

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Our bedroom gallery wall was also completed this week.  Michael’s was having a sale on their frames – buy one get one freeeee – so I purchased all my white frames and finished two pieces.  I have been wanting to purchase this Cali Love print for months, but couldn’t bring myself to pay over $50 for it.  So I made it myself, along with another Brooklyn print [also over $50].  The gold leafing was much more simple than I anticipated.  Basically it was craft central while Zach was gone.

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Wednesday I finished addressing envelopes for the La Caille project and prepared for my activity with my cute Activity Days girls.

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We had a daddy-daughter themed party at Classic Skating in Layton.  There were mustache-toped cupcakes, questions the girls “must-ache” about their dads, and lots and lots of skating.

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I thought that being in the Relief Society presidency was my favorite calling, but this one is taking the cake.  I love spending time with these little ladies!  If I only had a fraction of their energy…

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I was so impressed with all the sweet dads that showed up.  I would say the night was a real success.  I am so grateful to my father-in-law who always lets us use and abuse Classic!

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Thursday was D-day at La Caille.  When I arrived it was pouring rain.  We met at the Chateau [it was my first time] which made me miss Paris terribly, and got everything set up.

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While the florist, Megan, was doing her thang…I got to hang out with her little man.  Peter is 7 months old and just as handsome as can be.

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There was a minor controversy when he realized that I had a different kind of liquid in my bottle than he did in his, but he was a trooper for over 4 hours.

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We even got a few sweet selfless of us together, until he discovered my nostrils…

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Everything at La Caille went beautifully.  I think one of my favorite things about being apart of these projects are the leftovers I get to take home…

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I can’t wait to get all the photos back, it’s so exciting to see everything come together!

Friday I had several appointments and ended my crazy afternoon at Fiiz [again] with some friends.  I have a punch card now.  It’s humiliating.

Zach finally returned from California and just in time to join me for our first gymnastics meet at the University of Utah.

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As usual, Zach got really into it.  Zach is an “all-or-nothing” kinda guy.

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After the meet we met some of our friends from dinner at From Scratch.  Are we predictable, or what?  I can’t get enough of their margherita pizza.  To the point where I request we go there almost once a week now.

Saturday Zach and I spent the whole day together running errands, having a lunch date, and finishing up a few odds and ends.

Later that night, my aunt was kind enough to hook us up with Brian Regan tickets at ESA.  It was my first comedic experience and I have to say, it was very entertaining.

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It was the first time we had left ESA smiling all season.