LIFE LIST #126 :: bake a four-layer cake from scratch

you can find the recipe for the cake and the frosting HERE.
 i googled "how to make a chocolate cake from scratch" and made the first one that looked appealing. haha. (creative, right?!) i was at my mom's house and only had one pan in the size i wanted, so between baking each individually and then the cooling time for each, this was an all day adventure!!

something random happened on the last layer...i swear i did everything like before, but the cake came out way lighter. haha. you can see from the picture, it looks like i loaded up on the frosting, but it's actually the lighter layer on top. it tasted the same, so it was just the mystery layer. 
(hey, i'm learning!)

i highly recommend this. it was time-consuming (unless you have more than one pan!), but it was a fun learning experience. for a super-beginner baker, i'm really proud that EVERYONE loved it. chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is my dads favorite, so if you think i wasn't going for points there, you are crazy! =)

what are you working to check off your list?!

MUSIC MONDAY :: king charles

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as a stylist, i am first and foremost in LOOOVE with the hair. 
i love big, wild hair. girls or guys. 
if you have crazy hair, chances are, we will be best friends!
and then, most importantly, i love their music. 
all of their songs are great. 
you can follow them on twitter HERE.


right now...
i'm feeling: 
super motivated and inspired.
(i've gathered so much visual inspo in the last few days.)
ready to make some art.

i'm working on:
plans to attend advocare success school 
learning spanish.
learning piano.

i am obsessed with: 
finding new music.
my new planner. (that i'll post about soon!)

i have:
a movie/snuggle date tonight with my love.
a master to-do list for next month.
condos on my mind. (still shopping around.)

what are you up to right now?!

HAPPY 24th of JULY!!

the 24th of july is a UTAH holiday.
(pioneer day!!)
even though i am celebrating from afar...i'm there in spirit!
i love an extra excuse to light fireworks!

LIFE LIST #297 :: own a macbook

the process for this was pretty simple. (save up my money and buy it.) haha. i have wanted a macbook since forever and as of two years ago, i got a serious job that i loved and started putting money away for things like this. i bought this from best buy in minot, north dakota.

as a side note, i want to add that it was really hard for me to fork over the money on something that was just for me. i tend to invest my time, money, and energy into other people and this just seemed...selfish. it was a growing experience for me to realize that, yeah, it's all mine, but am i going to love every minute of it? yes. do i deserve to have things that i work hard for? yes. (i'm happy to report that i still love it and i have zero regrets!)

i absolutely recommend all things apple. (yep, i'm one of those girls.) and i absolutely recommend doing something that is just for you. it might not be the macbook that you want, 
but if you are the type that invests more in others than you do yourself...
you deserve to have whatever you want. so go get it. =)

and i quote...

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"We can build up our brains—making them bigger and sharper—
simply by feeding them the right nutrients."
-Emma Haak


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right now...

i am
 feeling super excited!
 my husband and i are condo shopping and i'm hoping we can find one 
within the next few weeks, so we can move before winter! haha
i miss: 
lunch dates with friends from hair school. 
alpine village. 
always doing plan b. (plan a is never a lot of fun!)

i am in love with: 
my michael (of course!)
italian ice.
chicago 1st ward.

i want: 
a solid crafternoon.
to get organized this week!
more scripture study in my life.

MUSIC MONDAY :: coldplay

i felt like throwing it back way old school today (like back to high school!) and sharing a little song that NEVER gets old. i have loved everything about coldplay and how their sound has matured with them, but there will always be the greats. and i consider this to be one of them!


i recently ran across this collection from Erin Jang, a graphic designer in NY. 
i'm all about taking pictures of the food i eat, haha. but this fun artist takes it a step further and designs a sketch of the foods she enjoys! i LOVE this idea so much, i had to share it!

LIFE LIST #85 :: make amazing kabobs

we made these kabobs during a summer family get-together. most of the prep work was done by my sister and her husband, and everyone joined in on the skewer action.

kabobs are so much fun to make. but i have a confession. i don't even like them at all.
i didn't eat them, but i loved making them!

absolutely. first of all, family get-togethers should be at the tippy-top of your favorites list. and there is nothing more inclusive than something a family of all ages can get involved in. 

and can we just look at how big these shrimp are?

take me to the beach.

i've been daydreaming about running away all day. 
who wants to go to the beach?!

and i quote...

“...Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.”
Ayn Rand (1905-1982);
writer, philosopher
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i love "LOVE". 
and i love stumbling upon cute little quotes that make me think about my husband. we have been married for a year and a half now, but it seems like we have always been together. i hope that everyone has a chance to have a "mikey" in their lives.
 we are both not perfect, but we are so perfect for each other. 
i love you, michael! 


that girl is you 
and that girl is me.

 that girl is stronger 
than the raging sea.

(this has been on repeat all week. such a feel-good tune!)

you are a MORMON?!

i belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 
otherwise known as the Momon, yes.
i am a Mormon. =)
i thought this would be an appropriate way to answer the questions 
i have been always received about my faith.

click on the photo to see it better.
also, it links you to a great FAQ page!

have a great weekend, everyone!

INSPIRED BY :: Nautica

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(right now i am at girl's camp!)
our theme this year is "Embark in the Service of your God."