Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sunday Dress with eShakti

eShakti, a tall Mormon girl's dream come true. Seriously.


knee legnth, lava rock, red rock, mountains, southern utah, st george, utah, kate spade, belt, blonde, pixie
 

The beauty of eShakti is that everything is customizable. All of it. And they carry size 0-36. There is literally something for everyone. And, I'll say it again, this is a tall girls best friend. I put in my height (5'10") and chose the knee length option (this dress had a shorter option as well). I'm always having to hunt for a dress that's long enough to cover up my bum so I was a little skeptical of how it would turn out. My "hunts" usually end in spectacular defeat and a pair of leggings. eShakti hooked me up though, there was, clearly, nothing to worry about. Bum covered, check! 

I also added cap sleeves to the once sleeveless dress. You can add sleeves! No longer do you have to wait until winter to try to find a dress with some kind of sleeve! Can I get an "amen!" from all my Mormon friends out there. I am not a fan of the shirt under the dress option so being able to add all different kinds of sleeve lengths to dresses is a dream come true.

southern utah, red rocks, mountains, desert, lava rock, lava flow, pixie, blonde, kate spade

Beyond having sleeve and dress length options you can also enter all your measurements and they will customize the dress to your exact figure. I didn't opt for this due to all of my weird water weight but it is such a killer option for an awesome price.

With Christmas coming up this would make such a beautiful and special gift. I know I sound like a broken record by now, but seriously, there's something for every body shape and for any occasion. Short, Tall, Young, Old, Fancy Date nights, Sister Missionary appropriate, Christmas Parties, or Casual Mom on the go. Check 'em out and then we can gush about them together.

lava rock, lava flow, aldo neklace, blonde pixie, belt

Need another reason to try 'em out, Enter 'twolovebirdswithoutanest' at the checkout and receive an extra 10% off, offer is good through December 17th! You may not even need that with the 40% off sale going on right now though ;)

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Dress: c/o eShakti
Earrings: Gift
Necklace: Aldo
Purse: Kate Spade
Belt: Pink: F21, Purple: Gift
Shoes: Target
 

I was provided with a free dress to customize and review, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Phototgraphy Special!

We had so much fun making this floral crown a couple weekends ago! We couldn't wait to see how it photographed, and I was the lucky guinnea pig. Not a bad gig when your hubby's a photographer. Chad's revamped his website and is offering some killer deals on family/couple shoots right now for the holidys. Mini sessions that don't take up a lot of your time and don't make a huge dent in your wallet either. If you live in the St. George area, or know anyone who does, check out his website to see even more of his work and get in touch... or you know, leave a comment ;)


Chad Hampton Photography's photo.

Chad Hampton Photography's photo.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

Rukia finishing off Chad's ice cream
Awkward:

  • Getting ice cream at our new favorite barn and having the girl who is helping us WINK at Chad when he picks his flavor. Unless your gonna give us some ice cream for free please keep your winking to yourself.
  • Swimming at my gym with the high school swim team. I have swam twice, for real, in the past, oh, 10 years. Nothing makes you feel as great about yourself as swimming next to a bunch of toned, talented high schoolers doing the butterfly stroke while you choke on water in the lane next to them.
  • Eating an entire tray of rice krispies with Chad in less than 24 hours. Good thing I swam.
  • Falling off the "step" thingy during my Chisl class. Clearly I don't have that kind of coordination. And no, it was not a graceful fall.
Awesome:

  • Made it through a Chisl class at my gym. I was happy I could stand up for an entire hour! And it really wasn't as bad as it sounds, of course when you expect everything to be a mixture of Insanity and P90X, nothing is that bad.
  • The hot tub at my gym. Or should I say hot tubs, there are a few scattered about and I just discovered another one this week. So nice after a swim.
  • Getting an offer to be on TV!!! Ok, it's a cable access program, and it is put on my healthy posture teacher. But let's focus on the fact that my healthy posture instructor thinks I have improved SO much that she wants me on TV talking about my experience with her! BOOM! And no, I won't be on it only because it's in the middle of the afternoon on a Wednesday and I've got to be able to pay rent. Also, me on video is frightening.
Hope your almost Friday is as warm and cozy as Penny's!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Calling All Chef's

I recently saw a post on Facebook from my cousin Angela asking if she was missing out on anything because she's never had a Baked Alaska or Banana's Foster (I've never had them either). This of course got me thinking of all the things that I have been potentially missing out on.

31 GIFs That Perfectly Express Your Feelings About Food

31 GIFs That Perfectly Express Your Feelings About Food

31 GIFs That Perfectly Express Your Feelings About Food

So I made a list of food that I've either never had or never made myself and the idea is to try to make one a month. Chad and I have really gotten into cooking lately (ok, Chad has, I've really gotten into eating what Chad makes) and we've been excited to expand our repertoire. And I've been needing to get back into the kitchen.

Things I've never had:
  1. Soufflé
  2. Beef Wellington
  3. Curry
  4. Molten Chocolate Cake
  5. Banana's Foster
Things I've had before but want to make myself!:
  1. Sushi
  2. Orange Chicken and Lo Mein
  3. My grandma's Bread
  4. Risotto
  5. Ramen Noodles, the good kind, not the poor college student kind
I'd LOVE to have your input! Do you have a rockin' recipe for something on my list??? Is there something that you love that I'm totally missing??? Leave a comment below or shoot me a message on facebook!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

Puppy Snuggles!!!

Awkward:
  • A lady at the nursing home didn't want to go all the way back to her room and take off her white fish net stockings to get her toenails clipped so she wanted the Dr. to cut off the toe. I was laughing so hard when we couldn't find scissors so he ripped them off her. Ok, he ripped a whole in the toe but the other version is just so funny.
  • Not realizing that the speedo logo on my goggles peeled off and weren't supposed to be there. So I swam, and talked to people in them looking a fool.
  • How sore I am after swimming. I made it about 25 minutes, with breaks between every length and a few side stroked laps and now my legs are killing me. Phew, who knew how out of shape you could get when you are out of commission for nearly 8 months.
  • It's 60 degrees out and I'm freezing. I have officially become a cold weather pansy and I am really disappointed in myself.
  • A patient telling me that when I was bent over and "walking weird" it was mostly just in my head. Nope, mostly the bulging discs in my back and my sciatic nerve all teaming up to attack me. But thanks for telling me I'm a crazy pansy.
Awesome:
  • Chad's killing it in the kitchen. It's a hidden blessing of me being hurt and unable to stand and cook, Chad's found a passion for cooking and I am reaping all the rewards.
  • I climbed! And Chad climbed! It was slow and painful but we both did it, and it was ah-mazing!
  • A Costco box of Honey Bunches of Oats, I am blowing through that thing.
  • I went to my very first spin class yesterday and it was so fun.
  • It's almost Friday ;)



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sail Away

I've already told you time and time again how old men love me. Chad attracts younger girls, and I get grandpas and great-grandpas. But I've never experienced what I did yesterday at the nursing home.

It all started when one of the nurses said that she needed to shave a gentleman's face. Then another man piped up, "I want her to shave me!" I bet you can guess who "her" is. He just kept pointing at me yelling "I want her to shaaaaaave me!" over and over. The dr. and I were dying we were laughing so hard.


Then it was his turn to take care of his feet. So I went over and as I was taking off his shoes he leans down with his arms extended by my face, yikes, and starts going on and on about how pretty I am, he loves my hair, and will I give him a kiss? Double yikes. I quickly stand up because he's getting dangerously close to my face and he is about to steal a kiss. He's going on and on about kissing when I run away and let the Dr. work on his feet.

HFBoards

And then I have to go back and put his shoes on. geesh. He's forgotten about the kiss, thank heaven, but that doesn't stop him. Instead he offers to take me sailing. He tells me he has a sail boat and we could sail away together! I told him I didn't think my husband would like that too much. And the he goes off on how he will just take Chad out. No joke. After discussing that Chad is clearly no problem in this scenario he is back to asking me if I will go with him. So, naturally, I ask where we are sailing to. And like the smooth talker he clearly is, he tells me we can go anywhere I want! I tell him maybe next time, I'm not ready to leave right now. You can't go sailing while still wearing scrubs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How to have a Lewis Halloween

We've really seemed to have gotten into a Halloween groove.

Step 1: Forget that it's Halloween
Step 2: There's furious knocking at the door, answer door
Step 4: Oh Crap, there's a herd of children wanting all my candy...
Step 5: Resist the urge to yell, "All my candy is mine!"
Step 6: Rummage around to find enough candy you don't like that much to give them.
Step 7: Sprint through the house closing all the blinds and turning of all the lights
Step 8: Hide in your house while ignoring all the children who can't take a hint and eat all the candy   yourselves

This year we pretty much followed the plan, except we didn't forget it was Halloween, so we knew to ignore the knocking on our door, even though our front window was open. Woops. Super awkward to ignore children begging for candy when they can see you in the window.

So we ignored all the kids, ate a ton of candy and made donuts. Bam! There were pretend costumes (a hippy and Fin) no pumpkin carving, no hayrides or haunted anything, and it was great. We may have been party poopers but we were party poopers with happy bellies full of sugar. And isn't that what Halloween is really all about?