Thursday, October 18, 2012

Let's Give Em' Something to Talk About....

Ahhh, my sisters.  Fabulous in every way.  It amazes me everyday how our relationships have evolved as we have gotten older and our love for each other strengthens, in a non incestuous way.  My little baby sister has inspired us.  I like to call it #thechelseamovement2012.  Click here to check out her original post.  

She came up with 4 things she want to improve on in her day to day life and Lauren and I have decided to jump on the bandwagon and support our sista.  Lord knows we could all use a little improvement!

1. Go to bed early and wake up early
       I have a little trouble with this in more ways than one.  I work the evening shift in the OR and most nights I don't get off until AT LEAST 11pm.  I then usually come home and catch up on episodes of Jersey Shore, Intervention, Yukon Men or other lame TV that I watch and try to start going to sleep around, mrrrrr 1 am.  So I'm going to try to limit my after work activities and try to be asleep by 12, giving me an hour to settle down.  Waking up early I can do (like 8 am... no hour exists before that to me) if I have something to do... see goal#3

2.  Find a hobby
     "Most people know that I have a few good hobbies..."  Not.  Like my youngling, aside from swimming in high school and a little in college(which ruined my shoulder for LIFE)  I haven't been ridiculously passionate about anything.  There are things I like to do but not as often as I should have something to keep me busy.  So my first project is in the making.  My mom says it's going to be beautiful... can't give any spoilers on my homelyness!

3.  Make and eat more healthy foods
       I'm not the best eater, I have good intentions but those only get you so far.  I'm all about Pinterest and finding new recipes but then when it comes down to it, I sleep in too late and miss breakfast, I'm not very hungry at lunch and come dinner time I'm busy working so I end up eating something unhealthy and fast.  I'm going to try to start making more meals that are healthy and I can take to work and making a point to eat breakfast.  Maybe then I will have more energy!  Also I need to start taking vitamins, like yesterday.  Along with this goal Chelsea tied in exercising everyday, so I'm going to do that with her too.  Waking up early and getting out to achieve my fitness goal and wearing my new pink nikes!

4.  Involve the Lord in every way, everyday.
      I'll be the first to admit that I am not a spiritual person.  I believe that religion is a very personal thing and is between myself and God.  I can't say that this area will be easy for me but it's worth a try. 

30 days starts NOW! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What I know now

A letter to my younger self.

Dear 18-year-old Emily,

I know right now, at this very moment you have no idea who you are or where your life is going and I wish I could tell you it was only going to get better, but as your 20-something-year-old self, I'm going to tell you that it's not... yet.  Listen up and listen good Emily, because it's time to get real with yourself!

When it comes to School:
Yeah, Savanna sucks, but take it seriously.  You're smart and can do WAY better and if you don't do it now, you will regret it later on.  Take classes that challenge you and stop talking to Daniel C. and Daniel K. in English... Pay attention.  Also... TAKE THE SAT's.  What the hell are you thinking?? (Ps.  All the people that used to make fun of you are either fat, have a bunch of kids with different guys, or try to hit on you... and you will reject them, so don't worry about it.)

When it comes to Men:
You’re going to meet a lot of them. They will find you attractive, and they will let you know that. And, as a result, you will let them walk all over you.  You really don't need them.  Your heart is going to get broken, you are going to be hurt and you are going to spend many nights crying yourself to sleep, but you will be okay!  After a bad breakup you will learn that men don’t validate you; only you can validate yourself. It will take a while, and it’s going to hurt while it does. But you’ll finally get it.

Speak up!
You let too many people walk over you.  This is something we still struggle with, so maybe if you start now it would be easier.  Listen to your gut, start standing up for yourself and stop giving in when you know better.  Start thinking more with your head and less with your heart, not everyone is as nice as you are.

Learn to Work
Things come to you easily.  Right now you don't have to work that hard for your money so you will get in the habit of putting in the least amount of effort.  Someday you will get a real job and you will have to work your butt off and it is hard.  You will learn that things in life aren't always free and you will learn it the hard way.

Embrace who you are
You think you don't fit in so you try to be someone you aren't.  It's okay to be different.  It's okay that you don't fit in.  Do what you feel is right in every situation even if that makes you stand out even more. 

When it comes to everything else
You are going to see very soon how important your friends and family are to you.  You are going to sometimes feel very alone and that will bring you to develop deep, personal relationships with thee most important people in your life.   Don't stress so much on things that have happened in the past, let them go.  Remember who you are and where you want to be.  You are going to make mistakes and you are going to struggle.  Life isn't always great Emily, but the choices you are making now are the most important, so chose wisely.

Also... stop spending money you don't have on credit cards that, you don't know yet, but you will be paying on FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

There is no, Arizona...

You know that song...
The one that talks about how, "there is no Arizona."
I might have agreed up until a month ago, but now I know that there really is.

Thee sista and my brolaw live in Phoenix so when Spring Training
started Jennie and I made the trip over to the Grand Canyon State.
(another thing that I think might not exist because I've never seen it.)

The drive to Arizona from SoCal is redic.  There is nothing to see but a buncha weeds, windmills,
weeds and casinos.  I judge each state I go to on whether or not I have to put on lotion because my skin gets dry and just like Utah, AZ dried me out, so I judged.

We stayed with Chelsea and Dallen in their cute little apartment.  We did a lot of sista time which was perfect!  We facetimed with K&A, went shopping, ate In & Out (my once a year quota) and did some spooning.  Chelsea also taught me about Haboobs.  I also was kept awake all night one night because of a crazy intense wind/rain/thunder/lightening storm. 

I had a lovely time with my sista and was reminded that Dodger fans are still terrible. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I Just Wanna Go Back In Time...

(Disclaimer: My titles from now on will probs all reference a Lady A song, can't help it!)

Here's the thing, I'm a night time blogger.  Here's the problem, I work at night.  Good excuse right? 

So I've been busy.
Doing lots of things and stuff.

A few weeks ago me and my momma went down to La Jolla together <3
It was a beautiful day, like most days in that city
but not a beautiful reason for going.

We initially went to do some more cleaning out of Thee house,
but we ended up locked out, which was awesome.
So once I figured out that I wouldn't be able to break in I decided
to take some pics.

It was a really sad day for me.
My Gram had this home built back in the day,
she raised her children her
all by herself.
Her darkest nights and happiest moments
are no doubt within these walls.
The only children who have played in the halls
and filled this home with
love and laughter
are hers.

Now that life has changed
some one else is going to live here.
Someone who doesn't know
how hard she worked
and how much she sacrificed
for this home.
To them, it's just a really nice home
in an affluent neighborhood.

After a talk with my mama I felt a little better but it's still sad.
Life doesn't always get easier as you get older.
No one tells you about the sadness you will go through
watching the people you love, the ones that helped to make you
who you are and gave you the ultimate gift of life and loving parents,
fade away. 

Luckily for me, I have amazing memories with my Gram ^^
It wasn't always rainbows and butterflies, but it was love.
She never missed a birthday or graduation.  She was there for
almost every holiday and loved to travel with us. 
So many of the places I have experienced have been with her
or because of her.
I am a better person because of her and I could never thank her enough
for giving me my amazing daddy!

(she took this picture of baby K on one of our tips to the Merry-Go-Round)

As I get older I can truly see that she rose above all the obstacles in life
that most others couldn't imagine.  She was so strong <3 

A piece of me will always be on Avenida Manana <3

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Our First Time

It all started with this...

I was driving around one day, flipping through stations, when I heard
"Texter 104 for tickets to Lady...."
I was on the freeway but before he could finish I was textin!

I've never won anything before and I couldn't believe it.
I called my sista right away and told her
she was coming with me, obviously she agreed <3

Months, MONTHS I had to wait.
Moms and I went to LA to pick up the tickets in January
and I was itchin to go!

So when yesterday finally came around
we were pumped!!

I was listening to Lady A allll day!  Some  friends of mine were going to the concert also so we all went together.  We got there early and walked around LA Live, talked like Asians, Photo Bombed some pics, J-Walked, got lost, got a cab and died laughing while Ash was trying to teach the cabby how to count in English!  We met up with some of Ashley's friends and then headed to the concert! 

Our tickets were TERRIBLE and I'm blind,
but I was just thankful to be there!
When they sang the song
American Honey
I almost melted!
It couldn't get any better right?

Well those friends of Ash's were in the Home Depot VIP Suite...
(You know where this is going right?)
They were nice enough to let us come down to their box
and it was fabulous.
I could finally see, we were reunited with the other girls
and they played some of their best
songs while we were there
so I could actually see!

They were amazing live and I had such a blast!  

"Oh nothings sweeter than Summertime & American Honey"

<3 <3 <3

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Why hasn't anyone told me that I'm terrible at blogging lately??  I need to do some catching up, obvs.  So I'm probably going to do it Wed... because Chelsea and I are going to see

Lady Antebellum

On tuesday!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Practice Makes Perfect

I've perfected a TON of skills over the years...

(Amanda, why can't I find a bridal party photo?)

1. Being a bridesmaid
2. Being hot.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thanks Pinterest!

I found this on Pin!  Good article.  Straight to the point! 

Dating Tips Every 20-something should know.

*It's pretty interesting that the title of this blog is "All Women Stalk" yet tip #5 is Be Cool, Not Obsessive! Ha!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

And I think to myself....

Nights like tonight I can't help but wonder what I did right.
You know those times when you think to yourself,
God must have really known what my life was going to be like because He
put these people in my life for moments

You see, I have a few people like this in my life.
My mommy, my sisters...
and my girls.
My ride-or-die,
thick and thin
no matter how long passes I'm there for you girls.

One of these girls I met when I was 8 and FOREVER
changed my life <3
The other I met in Jr. High and has been
one of thee most supporting and understanding
I have ever had.

I have laughed and cried,
fought and loved,
been far apart and closer than ever
with these girls
and no matter how much time passes
we are still close as ever.

Tonight I am more thankful than ever, that life as kept us close together
and allowed us to grow and experience life with each other. 
These two girls are some of the best things that have ever happened to me
and I can't help but to lalalalalove them!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mi Bella Vita

I have wanted to go to Europe for quite some time.  With friends and family in different situations than I, it has made it impossible to plan the trip that I wanted... until now. 

We first were going to plan a trip to New York since that is on my list but then my friend said, "Let's look at Europe instead."  She is so smart!  So we did.  At first we were going to do a tour of 7 countries and it look amazing, but then I got to thinking, what if I get to Belgium or Berlin and want to spend more than one day there?  So we started a new search.  I want to make the most of my trip and see all the amazing things in each place we go. 

The moment we decided to go to Europe I KNEW that I had to go to Paris.  Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame,  The Louvre (home of The Mona Lisa), Arc De Triomphe, Lovers Lock Bridge... all on my list of To-Do's!

The next place that came to my mind was Italy.  I love history and it is amazing to me to be able to look at something that hundreds of years ago someone made and people from all walks of life travel to see!  I also love pasta and Italian men!  We researched and chose... Rome!  The Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more!


While in Italy we decided to take a day train up to Pisa.  Everyone knows what is to be found there!  The Leaning Tower, of course!  While there we will also check out other sites such as a museum or cathedral but our main attraction is the tower and of course the food!

I am beyond excited.  We got such an amazing deal
and my passport is ready to go!
I have done so much research
and talked to quite a few people
and I know this is going to be an amazing trip.
August can't come soon enough.

I am going to totally need a tranquilizer for
a 14 hour flight though!

Time to brush up on my Italian!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


I was watching Lockup, because it's one of my favorite shows,
when something really got my goat.
They were doing a special on "WTF."
Workout. Tattoos. Food.
All things prison, right?
Working out, whatever, I can be down with that because for
the most part they're dudes and
some dudes need to be macho to make up for their lack of brains.
Tattoos, again, whatever.  If you're into sharing sharpened
staples that pierce other peoples bodies
and are loaded with blood that's your prob.
FOOD!  That's where they got me.

When you go to PRISON, it's usually not because you did something awesome.  When you go to prison you lose your freedom, most likely because you took someone elses away.  These inmates where complaining about the food and  how sub-par it was.  Complaining that even their animals wouldn't eat the food, how could someone feed this to a person.  Um, Hello. You're being punished.  Did you think that you were going to get steak and lobster every night?  My feeling is, don't like it, don't eat it. 

So I did some research.  In the state of California it costs and AVERAGE of $47,000 annually to house an inmate (each meal costs about $0.20).  You can see the break down here.  There are about 170,000 inmates in this lovely state.  Lets do the math, shall we?  That's $7,990,000,000! 

So basically, when these law breaking peeps start paying for their stays
then they can complain.
Until then, I can't be mad that they are serving
items that are not even identifiable.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Turning 24!

It's been over a month since I turned 24 and to me, birthdays are special.  I'm sure it has something to do with my birthday being so close to Christmas but I really enjoy when people acknowledge my birthday and not its-your-birthday-oh-and-merry-christmas-too!  To me, your birthday is YOUR day and if I can make it a little more special I will!

This year was a little different.  Now that I have a real job it's not as easy to just have the day off or get someone to cover your shift... no, no.  I couldn't really have the whole day off but I was able to switch shifts with someone at work.  When I woke up in the morning my mama had decorated my door and it was really sweet.  I worked 9 to 5 (instead of waking up late, going to breakfast, getting a pedicure, going shopping, ect.)  and then came home and got ready to go over to Lizz and Eddies. 

We had a low-key Ugly Christmas Sweater Party and it was fun!

(We have a joke with Eddie that we are like Sister Wives since it's 1-4 so we each have our claim, I am the pregnant one, Robin! haha)

I got some good pressies this year too!

 My parentals got me a new DVD player which I mucho needed and a book that my mom had signed.

Jen gave me Redken Real Slim Supreme which I really wanted, Java eyeshadow and some Victorias secrets!

My sista-in-law got my a cute top and earings.

Lauren got me a willow tree.

Mandy gave me a scarf and an iTunes gc

Lizz and Eddie gave me an iTunes gc

Eyelash extentions!!

I love them!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

White Enchiladas

My friends and I have a tradition.
Every month or so we like to have "family dinner."
Jersey Shore style.
For realsies.

We make dinner
catch up and just have a good night
as friends.
It's something I really look forward to
with all of our busy schedules
it sometimes gets hard
to make time for eachother.

Usually my friend and her husband do all the cooking
but this time I did.

I found the recipie on Pinterest
and went to work.

Cooking isn't really something I've
done a whole lot of.
So I was a little nervous but it
turned out really well.
I mean
one of the guests at dinner ate 5! 


Week Three

3.  Start being honest with yourself about everything. Be honest about what’s right, as well as what needs to be changed. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become. Be honest with every aspect of your life, always. Because you are the one person you can forever count on. Search your soul, for the truth, so that you truly know who you are. Once you do, you’ll have a better understanding of where you are now and how you got here, and you’ll be better equipped to identify where you want to go and how to get there. Read The Road Less Traveled.

I think we are all guilty of it.
Do something that we shouldn't but tell ourselves
no one knows.
Like when you're on a diet
and you go to McDonalds but tell yourself
"Who cares I want it and no one will know."

Maybe it's not always about what we eat
a boy we shouldn't date
a place we shouldn't go
a bill we should pay.

Being honest with yourself it such a
good start to getting on the right track and we all should
do it or try and be better at it.
I know I need to.

After all
honest is the best policy.


Friday, January 13, 2012

December Birchbox

I love getting my Birchbox!
This last one had some flight delays
and a long layover in Dallas, so I ended up getting it in

Here we have,
A face mask
Perfume (smells not so fab, to me)
Drink mix
Hair treatment
And body tape so you won't have nip-slips!

Pretty fun box this month, as usual
and I can't wait to try out the mask!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Number Two

For the 2nd week of the year, here is number 2 of the Things to Start Doing for Yourself...

Start facing your problems head on. – It isn’t your problems that define you, but how you react to them and recover from them. Problems will not disappear unless you take action. Do what you can, when you can, and acknowledge what you’ve done. It’s all about taking baby steps in the right direction, inch by inch. These inches count, they add up to yards and miles in the long run.

EVERYBODY has problems.
I know that I, myself am guilty of trying to hide from them rather than face them,
example, My Great Financial Depression of 2007-2009.
Some problems I face and can see and appreciate those trials more as I look back and learn.
Then there are others that because I chose to not deal with them
as an adult,
I continue to suffer from.

So here is to ALL of us, raising our adult glasses and taking steps in the right direction,
whichever direction that many be!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

12 by 12 Check-Up!

If you remember my post here,  I made a 12 things to accomplish by 2012 annnnnnd now it's time to check it out.

  • Finish my room. Decide on a paint color, get my bed... be done
(I'm not finished. I did make my pillows but I'm waiting to get my new bed.) 
  • Finish buying my tires. I already bought two, now I need two more.
(I def. didn't do this. Fail.) 
  • Spend quality time with my sisters.
(I DID this.  Thanksgiving with Chels, a weekend with Lauren and another week  with Lauren and Amanda)
  • Have my savings goal met.
  • Read a book about Christ. The season tis coming.
(I did do this!)
  • Find somesort of routine for my week. Needs to include working out.
  • Make a fun craft.
(I made helped Lauren make an apron for all my cooking and also pillow covers.)
  • Try a new recipe. From this blog.
(I have made SOOOOO many recipes.)
  • Volunteer somewhere in the community.
  • Go Skiing
(There was NO snow when I was in Utah.)
  • Make my 2012 financial goals
  • Be a better friend

Monday, January 2, 2012


It's a new year and I am putting my blogging hiatus to an end. 

So basically I read my horoscope for the year and it's pretty awesome and very career oriented.  I normally don't pay much attention to that stuff but this years is fab so I'm accepting it. 

I would try and do some updating on the last month or so, but I don't really feel into that right now so I'm going to share some of my thoughts on the year to come.

This year I am going to focus on doing more things to improve myself.  I found this article titled, 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself, (perfect title, right?).  Here is my first task...

1.  Start spending time with the right people. – These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways. They are the ones who make you feel more alive, and not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be, unconditionally.

I feel like I pretty much have this under my belt.  I do feel though,
like I don't spend enough time.
We all get busy with school and work and LIFE, but I need to make MORE time.
It's so easy for me to spend the day in my room
reading my life away and while that is enriching my brain
it's not doing much for the people around me,
so I'm def. going to work on that.

1 down, 29 to go.