Breezy Days: April 2014


April 30, 2014

Graduation Battle: High School v. College

I'm sure from the overgramming on my Insta-profile, you saw that I graduated this past Friday! I'm so excited to have finally gotten to this point, and thought it would be great to compare where I was at my high school graduation and college graduation :) This post is inspired by Ashley's at Making Our Marx, make sure to head over to check it out! 

17 ------> 22
Royal blue -----> Navy blue
Natural blonde curls -----> Bright blonde ombre curls
Titan -----> Cougar
1.5 year high school relationship ------> 3 year eternal marriage
Grossman ------> Rios
ASB goody-two shoes treasurer ------> Honor code rebel 
California golden glow -------> Utah blinding white complexion
Only sandals in my shoe wardrobe ------> 3 pairs of booties & 7 pairs of tall boots
Secret Facebook profile ------->  Public blog, Instagram, and Twitter 
Thinking of a business degree -------> Family Studies, Music, and Communication degrees
Stayed away from animal print ------> Obsessed with leopard print anything
Corona, CA -------> Provo, UT
Afraid to wear my "nerdy" glasses -----> Nerdy glasses are in style & all the rage
Non-existent blonde eyebrows -----> Waxed, tinted, and filled in brows
Braces in 2004  -----> And again in 2011
Verizon flip phone -----> iPhone5
2009 -----> 2014

April 29, 2014

Hillshire Farms American Craft Grilling Recipes

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Being the manly man that he is, Ryan LOVES sausages and grilling recipes. We stopped by our Orem Walmart for some American Craft sausages to grill this past weekend while my family was in town. There has been beautiful weather as of late then during graduation weekend it decided to snow, what the?! So we compromised and had our own little BBQ inside!

We picked up the Smoky Bourbon and JalapeƱo & Cheddar flavors, and they were so dang good! The sausages were juicy, tasty, and perfect for our indoor BBQ. We placed them in thick white sandwich buns which just added to the delicious overall taste. I dipped mine in ketchup, but mayonnaise and BBQ sauce would be great alternatives. #StartYourGrill

These delicious American Craft sausages saved my graduation weekend BBQ! Being from California I am solar-powered and absolutely live for sunny outside activities, but these sausages helped bring that BBQ party feel inside the home :)

Keep an eye out at your local Walmart stores on May 1st-4th for special demos using American Craft sausages. That way, you can see various ways in how to cook and use the American Craft sausages in recipes. Have a taste, then snag some for your own BBQ! #CollectiveBias

April 28, 2014

Graduation Day

Last Friday was the day! My parents and younger brother Jesse drove into town the night before from California. As I was getting ready for my 2pm graduation, I heard a loud knock at the door. I opened it up to see a huge Pro Flowers box, then I looked at my husband and my dad. Was it one of you two?? 

I opened up the box to find a card from my best friend Sam in California. The gesture was so thoughtful that I started to tear up because I'm a sentimental dork! We've known each other since the 3rd grade and have been best friends for years, and these flowers were such a great start to my big day :)

Rachel, one of my blogger BFF's graduated in the same school as I did. So luckily we were able to find each other so we could sit next to one another. We also ran into Allyson and Lauren! It was seriously so fun graduating with such awesome friends!

After graduation we made our way up to SLC for some celebratory dinner at Texas de Brazil, and it was TO DIE FOR. Between my parents 26th anniversary last wednesday and my graduation, we figured that a delicious dinner was deserved. Hooray for officially being done with college and moving on to the next chapter in my life :)

April 27, 2014

Kool-Aid Drinks For Summer

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I haven't had Kool-Aid since I was a kid, but the jolly Kool-Aid man always brings back those fun summer memories in California! I swung by my local Orem, UT Wal-Mart to pick up a couple of flavors for those BBQ's I'll be having this summer. These fruit drinks come in a Ready-To-Drink 96oz size which is fantastic because it'll quench the thirst of all my party guests!

I really wanted to try the Watermelon flavor but almost knocked over the display, whoops! I should just bust through the whole display like the Kool-Aid man would...#whatwouldthekoolaidmando

Being a new college graduate, I can't wait to party it up this summer. I've been planning on hosting bi-weekly BBQ/movie night parties in the backyard with all my college friends, and everyone is stoked for it! Even though we are all young adults, we can't wait to indulge in our favorite childhood drink. This 96oz size is perfect for my parties because it'll keep everyone at the party hydrated, help them #KoolOff, and will tap into their summer nostalgia. Kool-Aid=Summer!

While it was cold and dreary outside this weekend, I created my own summer party inside! Throwing some Kool-Aid in a fun cup with ice definitely hit the spot, yummm. With cute mason jars, daisy lids, and paper straws I can't wait to create new post-college summer memories with my Kool-Aid juice drink! #CollectiveBias 

Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart to help promote the new 96oz Kool-Aid bottles! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!

Friday May 30th 5-7pm: 13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 3-5pm: 3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st: 6-8pm: 517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
Friday June 20th 5-7pm: 1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 3-5pm: 1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st: 6-8pm: 809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Friday August 8th 5-7pm: 360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 3-5pm: 1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 6-8pm: 2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

April 24, 2014

It's Finally Here

Tomorrow I'll be walking in my cap & gown to grab my diploma {holder}, smile for some pictures, then I'll be...done. It's such an weird feeling to be finished with this chapter in my life. I've been working for 5 years to get to this point, and it's finally here! I'll talk more about that later, but for now here are some amazing grad pictures that one of my blog BFF's Rachel took for me :)

April 23, 2014

Fluffy Puppies + A Crazy Life

It has been a crazy couple of weeks my friends! Wrapping up my last semester and finals week EVER has been surreal and absolutely draining. You'll have to follow me on Instagram for some regular updates until the rat race slows down. My folks come into town tomorrow night, graduation on Friday, hanging with the family, then finally settling down with no homework for once!

Until after this weekend craziness, I'll leave you with these adorable pictures of a border collie puppy at the Provo Spring Festival that I got to hold. His name is Chance, and you can rent him for a few hours from Puppies For Rent in Provo, which is exactly what I'm gonna do next week as a present to myself. These yawning pictures literally SLAY me. See you next week Chance ;)

April 21, 2014

Getting Slim With Ideal Shape

With it coming up on the warmer months, my mind is definitely on shedding the extra weight I packed on during this cold winter. I was sent the Ideal Shape kit to try it out, and I have been very pleased with the results! 

I mix up the chocolate IdealShake with almond milk in my nifty little blender bottle, and it is DELISH. They recommend drinking a glass of water afterward the shake, which helped in curbing my hunger while also making me feel full for hours! I've been having this almost everyday because it's such an easy way to make sure I have breakfast, plus it's help me to steer away from extra snacking.

The IdealBar was super filling and smelled like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, I've had a couple of these so far and it definitely is a "powerful meal replacement!" The NatralShape enhanced hunger blocker pills are an extra supplement that aids in curbing that hunger. When taken about 30 minutes before eating a meal I've found that I eat less, which helps great with my portion control! The whole system has been extremely effective and I already feel my jeans fitting better! Summer here I come ;)

If you want to try some out for yourself {which I highly recommend you do!}, then use this 10% discount code: BREEZY10

April 19, 2014

Ryan + I

Rachel was so kind to take not only my graduation pictures, but some shots of me and Ryan! I feel like I need to start scheduling more couple photo shoots so we have more to pick from than just our engagement and wedding photos when decorating the house. You'll see in these pictures that Ryan is a goober and tried to ruin some of them...but that's why I love him ;)

April 16, 2014

The Story of the Lost Montana Pictures

Once upon a time we got married in June of 2011, then later that summer had a reception in Ryan's hometown in Montana. We had some pictures taken of us at Ryan's family ranch by a old local photographer who promised to give us a cd of all the digital pictures. When the pictures were finally available, she had them on her website and wanted us instead to pay upwards of $15 per print. Ummmm, ya. Not happening, this isn't the 80's anymore. 

She couldn't understand why we didn't just buy the pictures through her site, and I explained to her it's because we would like the digital copies instead so I could print and use them in my home. We had sparse communication since that summer, and finally this past January I decided that I WILL get those pictures. Especially since they are our memories which have no meaning to her. I emailed her again all but demanding the cd with our pictures, seeing as how she had already been paid for her services. We weren't going to pay her ridiculous prices to have her print and snail mail them from Montana.

I'm sure she finally got sick of me because right before Valentines we received a cd in the was our pictures! I was so excited to finally have them after almost 2 and a half years. Of course the woman placed her "watermark" big as day in the middle of every picture. She went through every single one of the 85 pictures and strategically placed her name in thick black font on each picture. I was fuming...all I wanted these for was to display them in my home and share with family. Which is what I told her, but I'm sure she was bitter about not getting an extra payday with each print. 

Thankfully, I have smart techie friends who told me of some programs that would be able to take off the font and voila! Now I can finally enjoy these pictures. I'm so excited to finally be able to print and display them on my gallery wall :) Moral of the story, find photographers that you know and trust!