Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Music Tuesday...whoopsies! :)

Skinny Love - original song by Bon Iver -performed by Birdy

Monday, April 23, 2012

My weekend in pictures

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
Our sweet Ellie Mae was sick for most of last week, so I stayed home from work to be with her. Secretely I love those days when she gets sick and I have to miss work ;) It was so fun cuddling with her and hanging out with her all day long. Something that I definitely wish I could do everyday!

Thursday was my dad's birthday! The fam came over for Navajo Tacos that I attempted to make.
I absolutely LOVE this picture of my dad. :)

Always love it when cousin Cody comes to play!

Friday night, Me, Ry & Ellie went to our friend Cade & Steve's outdoor concert. Ellie loved dancing and running around everywhere. Steve Stucki has some sweet tunes! Check him out HERE

Saturday morning, Ryan was in charge of his work party where all of the employees and their families hit up Nickel City! I wasn't feeling that great because I got Ellie's cold bug.... but we still had fun. Ryan's Grandma is the CUTEST lady I have ever met. I just love her! I snuck these pics of her....hahahha isn't she so awesome??

Here is Ellie just kickin it at home :)

Saturday night was one of my bestie Kelsey's bachelorette party!! Even though I was feeling under the weather, we still had a good time dancing the night away. Can't wait for this girlie to get married!!

Sunday was beautiful. Perfect weather! We went to church, and there I found my dream car. I fell in love with it and had to take a picture...... Someday she will be mine. Someday.

We love our Ellie girl!!

Sunday Funday consists of walking to the park and being with my amazing family. It's these moments that refuel me for the upcoming week ahead. Aren't these two amazing together?!
Heart melted.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Anthropologie decor FOR SALE!


I fell in LOVE with this BHLDN decor. (BHLDN is Anthropologie's wedding line)

I bought it for my wedding and got so many compliments on the way that it turned out and for the feel that it gave for my reception!

This could be used for a wedding, shower backdrop, photoshoot backdrop, some cool texture for that empty wall in your house... you name it!

I am selling it for a lot cheaper than what I paid for it... Here is the breakdown of what I am selling:
(you can click on the links to see them on their website)

-1 order of the pink striped pennants (5 separate banners)
-3 orders of the parchment pennant garland (13 separate banners)
-1 crinkled fan set (10)
-2 crinkled wheel sets (12 in each set)

I bought all of that for $200+ Shipping and am selling it for $135!  Or best offer.

I also have 12 tissue pom balls that I bought from POM-LOVE that I would be willing to sell if anyone is interested:
-3 dusty rose poms in S,M,L
-3 Ivory poms in S,M,L
-3 Beige poms in S,M,L
-3 clay poms in S,M,L

If you want to buy the whole lot (pennants, wheels, and poms) I will sell them for $160.
(the total that I paid for everything with the poms included was $250)

Contact me if you are interested! michelleleeann@gmail.com

Thursday, April 19, 2012

some thoughts.

It has been a while since I have jotted down some thoughts. I get so caught up in posting pictures because it is much easier and faster for me to do! But I have had a few things on my mind lately that I feel like vocalizing. First off, I just feel so gosh darn blessed! And I want to mention how appreciative I am for my wonderful friends and family. And especially for my handsome husband-- He is the hardest worker, and I look up to him more than he knows. What a hard job husbands have! Not only their actual occupation...but having the responsibility of providing for a family, being the head of the household, working & going to school, and choosing a successful-yet enjoyable career path. I hold so much respect towards hard-working fathers and husbands for all that they do. I think of my own father and how much sacrifice he has made to become the successful father that he is. I have gained a greater love for him as I have grown up and have had to go to school and work and it has made me truly appreciate all that he went through in his early years of marriage, in order for me to have had the wonderful upbringing that I have had. With that being said, I have felt an overwhelming feeling of love for my husband and for all that he is doing for Ellie & I. What a wonderful feeling it is to know that no matter where life takes us, no matter what our income is, no matter where we live, I will always feel like the luckiest woman to have such a loving, supportive, trustworthy, hard-working husband...and on top of that-- a sweet, amazing daughter to keep me going ;)

I have changed my life perspective around completely in the last year. Of course, meeting Ryan had a lot to do with that because no one has made me happier! But I have truly realized that attitude and perspective in this life is so crucial for success. To me, it is all about how we view things that determine our happiness. Yes, it is not always easy to do... especially when times are tough-- but if we just take a moment in all the chaos, stress, sadness, or whatever we might be feeling at times, and just count our blessings and focus on the love that we have for others, our hearts will be softened and things will be okay. During hard times, when I find myself thinking selfishly and am often focussing on me me me... I have to stop and slap myself and change my focus & attitude towards helping others or loving others more. Whenever I do this, I instantly feel better. Service has been so important in my life, and it is something that I wish that I was better at. But my goal is to bring more service into my life, and try and think of others more. Doing this, helps bring the focus off of what is going wrong in my life, or what could be better, or whatever I am going through at that time, and it helps me think of others while at the same time it helps me to be a more loving person towards others. I think of the most loving, thoughtful, uplifting people.....Debbie Cusick, Stacy Strong, Whitney Hansen, Karen Cope, Cyndi Madsen and many many more people who have touched my life in so many ways....who make me want to be a better individual inside and out. I am thankful for all of those positive examples in my life, and I hope to work as hard as I can to be that kind of a person to at least one-if not more people in this life.

One more thought that I have to vocalize, is how much Ellie has blessed my life! Raising a child is easily one of the hardest things to do.... but boy, is it rewarding. I try so hard to be a good mom, and sometimes I think I fail.. but it is from those small little hugs and the "i love you mom" 's that keeps me going and makes me feel like I am needed and loved. I think that one of the most important things that I want my kids to know as they grow up is that I love them unconditionally. No matter what! Luckily for me, I had the example of parents who loved me unconditionally growing up, and I am so thankful that they did.

My heart is full today with gratitude towards those people in my life who have lifted me up, who have stayed with me through all my ups and downs, and who have loved me unconditionally. I truly look up to your examples. What a wonderful experience life is! To learn from our mistakes, to love others and to be loved, to exercise our faith, and to try and become the best people that we can be. I believe that we don't have to try and be perfect...because perfect is boring ;) I am trying to put my focus towards enjoying this journey of life, and embracing the flaws and hardships because those are the things that polish us on the inside and make us stronger in the end.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Cottage

A few people have asked me to post some pics of this "cottage" that I keep talking about in my previous posts :)

Ryan's parents bought this cute lil' place and totally remodeled it from the outside in. Ryan's mom has the best eye for interior design! She did such a fabulous job turning this into the cutest beach-looking cottage that is tucked up in the mountains! I love how she decorated the place using items from thrift stores. Props to her for making such a cute cottage!
We feel so blessed to be able to live in it for the first few months of our marriage. We are right by the bike trail, a park, and as you can see....the mountain is our backyard. Literally.
How dreamy!

We are definitely being spoiled living here, and we want to soak it all up before we move into a place where we can't afford to buy furniture ;)

This is also where Ryan proposed to me! So it is fun having that memory linked to it. :) 

Guest bedroom. Who wants to come have a sleepover?!?! :)

I love the subway tiles

Ellie's room!

Our bathroom

Mine & Ryan's bedroom

The lovely kitchen

Update: My in-laws have this cute cottage up for sale if anyone wants to buy it! I will forever be envious of whoever buys it :) Did I mention that they are selling it FULLY FURNISHED!? amazing.
See the Listing: HERE

Monday, April 16, 2012

Esther Boutique

I stumbled acrossed this CUTE Australian boutique's website- I loved everything they had...so I wanted to share it with you!
Check it out HERE.

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