December 21, 2012

We're Still Here & Traditions

Woo! We get to celebrate Christmas! And New Year's! And anything else! Clearly I'm glad the end of the World did not happen, and no, we did not stock up on goodies and prepare a bomb shelter just in case. I'm more of a "if the World's ending, so be it, just take me" kinda person. So, in celebration of being able to celebrate, I wanted to share some of our Christmas traditions we will be starting this year. Growing up, we didn't do anything super crazy besides spending time with all 4 sets of my Grandparents. Now that I'm old and married, Travis and I want to start some of our own traditions.

We cut down our own tree this year and I hope we continue to do this. It was so fun to spend some time in the mountains and find our wonky tree.

The first year Travis and I were dating, his family started the "Prather Amazing Race". His parents set up silly games for the 4 kids and their spouses and had prizes at the end. Think "Minute to Win It" type games. Puzzles, scavenger hunts, eating 'dog treats', getting ping pong balls into cups, and so on. It's been such a hit that this year will be the 4th year and it just gets better every year. All I have to say is Trav's siblings better get their game faces on because we mean biznass. This is one tradition I hope stays forever and I can't wait to carry it on with our kids someday.


This is our first Christmas in our new home and we will be spending Christmas Day there, just the two of us and Riley. We received some homemade Kahlua (hello yummy) from a friend so we plan on making White Russians. I'm hoping this can be a tradition we carry on. I also plan on washing down these cinnamon rolls with the creamy deliciousness. If all goes well and my kitchen makes it out alive, cinnamon rolls will be an annual thing, too. It's my first time making homemade ones. Pray for me.

Silly Christmas/and or Disney movies are also on the agenda. Did you see all the movies Netflix added?! Fox and the Hound, here we come. Oh, and I can't forget opening our presents from each other.

I would really like to start the 12 days of Christmas next year and have a fun advent calendar when we have kiddos.

advent calendar

These are just a few things we plan on starting this year and I can't wait to keep adding more to the list as time goes on and our little family grows. No matter what your traditions are, I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and all the little things that make Christmas special. I know that's the most important thing to us is spending time with our family and making memories.

marisa seguin.

December 20, 2012

Saw It, Pinned It, Did It: {Ruffled Tree Skirt}

Holy 5 days until Christmas, Batman! I can't believe 2012 is almost over. It's been a whirlwind, that's for sure. I'm ready to spend the weekend with family and spend Christmas Day for the first time in our new home with my love and Riley. We decorated a little bit for Christmas and I will share the rest of our decor tomorrow, but now it is time to share my most recent DIY project with you! I totally stole was inspired by Katie's ruffled tree skirt project and I knew I had to make one for myself. Not only was I inspired by Katie's project, but by this pretty one I saw on Pinterest:

DIY Ruffle Tree Skirt - No sewing! love the burlap and red!

I obviously had to keep with the burlap and red theme. I think one made out of all burlap would be really cute, too! So, you will need:
  • Fabric of choice. I used a little less than 2 yards of each.
  • Glue gun and glue sticks. I needed a whole bunch.
  • An old tree skirt for the base.
  • Scissors.
  • Patience and time.
  • Wine.
  1. Purchase awesome old tree skirt from the thrift store and debate keeping it as is. Everyone loves Tigger!
  2. Cut strips of fabric about 2 inches wide. No need to measure, I just eyeballed it.
  3. I found it easier to make my ruffles first and then glue that strip to the old tree skirt. Start at the outer edge and where the slit in the middle is and glue your strip to the skirt.
  4. Make your ruffles as big or as little as you want. You can make your placement of the different fabrics as wide or thin as you want. There's no right or wrong way!
This isn't meant to be perfect so just have fun with it! It only takes a few hours if you do it all at once and yes, you will burn your fingers. I'm very happy with how it turned out and Travis likes it just as much! Oh, and good luck from keeping your critters off it while you work. #hesluckyhescute

No Riley, I'm not trying to do something productive...

I'm pretty obsessed with the Christmas lights and the background of city lights.  

Sorry there are more pictures of my dog than the actual process! Really, it is as easy as it looks! I can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to!

December 18, 2012

Sandy Hook: Blogger Day of Silence

December 17, 2012

Ugly Sweaters & Weekend Fun

Before I get into my weekend, I just wanted to say a few quick words about the tragedy that happened last week. I'm sure you all know I'm talking about the Sandy Hook shootings. I honestly cannot even imagine what the families, responders and community are going through right now. For a person to so easily take the lives of innocent people, especially children, truly disgusts me and it makes me question my desire to bring children into this ugly World. I plan on writing more about this in a later post, but this one is meant to share that my thoughts are with those affected and it's just another reason why I choose to live like there won't be a tomorrow. Go hug someone you love right now. That's one thing you'll never regret.

My weekend was spent with a lot of my favorite people. On Friday, we attended the 3rd annual Ugly Sweater Party at our friends' home. I of course waited until the last minute to go sweater shopping, so I found a semi-ugly sweater and belted a dog toy to the front of it. Yes, it squeaks.

The fuzzy guy is Trav's brother [as if you couldn't tell] and his wife is the cute one next to him. They rock. None of us won 'Ugliest Sweater' but I think we looked pretty dang good. I ate way too many delicious things and drank way too many delicious drinks. After a late night, Saturday was spent eating a greasy breakfast, doing last minute Christmas shopping [almost done, woo!], and taking a two hour nap. I finally finished my 'Saw It, Pinned It, Did It' project that I'll be posting on Thursday. Here's a teaser:

I betcha can't guess what this is...

 Sunday was spent sleeping in [again] and taking Riley out with the in-laws and their dogs for an afternoon of shooting and hiking. Here's my handsome dog in his scarf. He's pretty much the cutest ever.

Now, I don't condone having guns or not having guns and none of us are hunters, we just shot at some targets with Trav's brother's new toy. I will never get political on this here blog so if I offend anyone, I apologize.

After we used up a few bullets [and I showed off my aim], we took the dogs on about a two mile walk. They were in heaven. It was nice because we are finally getting some snow here! Woo hoo! My wish for a white Christmas may actually come true!

I hope everyone else had a wonderful weekend and I encourage everyone to have a blogger day of silence tomorrow to honor the victims of that senseless tragedy.

December 14, 2012

Friday's Letters

Dear Christmas, you are less than 2 weeks away! Yikes! Shopping may kill me. Dear Montana [my] family, we'll be seeing you all in one week from tomorrow, which makes me panic even more! Why must I wait until the last minute to shop, why!? Dear self, you'll never learn. Dear iMac, we love you even though we know nothing about you. Isn't that what high school love is? Soon it'll be like we're married though, and we won't know what we did without you. Dear Basement and Bar, thank you for being amazingly cozy and stocked with deliciousness. Dear Husband, I'm so proud of you and thankful for everything you do. I can't wait to give you your Christmas present. Hint: It's a gift that just keeps on giving! Dear Idaho weather, still no snow. Don't you dare decide to hold out and decide to blizzard next weekend when we have to travel. Pretty please! I'll take some white fluffies between now and then, though! Dear Riley, you have the shiniest teefers I ever did see. Sorry about that. p.s. Still no brother or sister for you. Santa?? Dear everyone, I hope you have a great weekend full of last minute shopping, baking, rest and adventure!

December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas to Us

So, Santa came a little early this year and he was dressed as a FedEx guy. He dropped off a shiny white package adorned with the cutest little apple I ever did see.


Unfortunately, Santa is making us pay for this little present, but that's okay. That's what husbands are for! [wink wink]

I'm not really sure what I'm doing since I've never owned a Mac before, but so far, so good. Even though I've had Apple products, there is still definitely a learning curve. Husband is sad we didn't spring for the 27 inch except then we'd be blinded. Seriously, who needs a screen that big?! [Says the girl that wants a 60 inch TV]

If anyone has any tips or awesome resources, send them my way! I'd sure appreciate it. If you blog from a Mac, do you use Blogger or something else? I really liked Live Writer but alas, no more Windows for this girl.

I was planning on linking up with Katie and Steph tomorrow, but the project I picked is taking longer than anticipated. Holy glue sticks batman. Maybe next week! I'm still trying to get in the Christmas spirit, but the lack of snow makes it hard. However, our pretty lights and shopping for our family is helping just a bit!

Check back for some photos of our Christmas decor soon! Oh and because he's so cute, here's a photo from when we went Christmas tree chopping. Where's Waldo Riley?

December 7, 2012

Friday's Letters

Photo from my instagram. Christmas lights look pretty with city lights.

Dear Idaho weather, SNOW already! I would like to sled down my hill and lace up my snowboarding boots and watch snowflakes fall and just have a white winter. Easy peasy, me thinks. I would love to see snow atop those trees out of those windows up there. Dear self, you best be getting some shopping done here soon. Christmas is seriously right around the corner! Dear Santa, I've been very nice this year. Pinky promise. Dear Husband, I can't wait to make the office pretty in time for our fancy new iMac to arrive! I can't believe we bit the bullet and bought that amazingness. Merry Christmas to us! Dear Dad, tomorrow would be your 47th birthday. I plan on celebrating just the way we would if you were still here. I miss you to pieces. Dear blog, three posts in one week? Whoa! It's almost a miracle. Dear Husband, I still can't believe you'd rather have a kid over a puppy or kitty. Even though it melts my heart a little, not yet. ;] Dear friends, I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of adventure, winter-y drinks and ugly sweaters.


December 6, 2012

Saw It, Pinned It, Did It: {Yarn Wreath}

We finally got our house [a little] full of Christmas cheer and I wanted to make a few projects myself. I've been wanting to link up to Katie's and Steph's spectacular party since they started it and it was just the motivation I needed to stop pinning and start doing!

I've been seeing those yarn wrapped wreaths all over the interwebs and Pinterest for forever now. They look so easy but so cute and can easily be made for any reason/season. I like projects that I can do myself but take minimal supplies and not too much time. I'm a really picky pinner (is this in the dictionary as a verb yet?) and since there are so many variations out there, I pinned a simple one I liked and used it as inspiration to make one for our front door.

yarn wreath

Pinned from here

So cute and simple, right?

So, first you'll have to gather supplies. I used:

*1 Styrofoam wreath, any size you want
*yarn, any color you want
*felt, a few different colors you want
*ribbon, twine or anything you have around for hanging
*glue gun
*scissors (make sure they're sharp)
*any other pretty things: twine, beads, etc. to jazz it up

See, cheap and easy (just the way I like it)(that's probably what he said), especially if you already have some of these things on hand!

....Drum-roll please....



I didn't take pictures of the process because it really is so easy. I took my pretty red yarn, hot glued the end to the wreath and started wrapping. Round and round you go. I would hot glue about every 10 wrap-a-rounds just to hold it in place. If your yarn is nice and thick it will cover pretty well so you shouldn't have to go around more than once. This only took about a half an episode of 90210. There were a few sad spots, so I just randomly wrapped yarn around those spots, which also added a little bit of variation and texture. It won't be perfect but that's okay! Imperfection is better in this case.

Now, for those simple little flowers, all you have to do it cut some circles or strips out of felt. Make some bigger to add some excitement to that little wreath of yours. There are so many tutorials out there to make felt flowers, so I'm just going to direct you to the one I used. She spells out five different ways to make them, and seriously, once you read through them, you'll probably never have to refer back to it. It's that easy. Can you tell which ones I made?

After you make as many flowers as you want, start hot gluing them to the wreath in any arrangement that suits your fancy. I didn't make a specific plan or anything, I just started gluing one by one.It would be fun to add some pine tree sprigs or mistletoe to jazz it up a bit, too.

In my case, I used a pretty ribbon that came from my wine club vino to hang the wreath on the front door. I'm pretty smitten with how it turned out and I can't wait to make some more. These would make a great handmade gift, too! There are so many ways to personalize them. I can't wait to make one that can be hung anytime when there isn't a specific holiday coming up.


Now let's hope the crazy wind we have up on the hill won't blow this baby away....and next time maybe I won’t use such a baby sized wreath…

December 4, 2012


…so uhhhh, this was supposed to be posted the week after Thanksgiving. Ooops. Back with more up to date stuff this week…. Smile

AKA what I spent my four days off doing. Hello, hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday spent with loved ones. Mine was full of family, yummy food, delicious drinks and fun games. Of course I didn’t take any pictures as I was too being spending quality time with everyone with no distractions. Oh, and it is hard to take pictures when you’re busy being a heavy metal rock star while reciting the ABCs backwards and performing yoga poses. All at the same time. My first obsession:

Quelf. Seriously the most fun game I’ve played in a long long time. The best part is it is playable by adults and kids. Our 5 and 8 year old nephews thought it was hilarious to see their dad pretend to be an interpretive dancer. It’s fun sober but it’s even more fun after a few beers, a few flavors of wine and ‘Friskies’ (Fresca and whiskey). #dontmixboozeyourheadwillhateyou

The Walking Dead. I may just have to punch my brother and sister-in-law for getting us to start watching this show. Can’t. Stop. Watching. I swear during every episode, my heart rate increases and I bite my nails and I yell at the t.v. and it’s just so intense. If you have Netflix, don’t start watching until you have nothing better to do. Trust me. We watched that over Christmas decorating. And exercising. And cleaning. And bathing. Okay, who am I kidding, go watch it. Don’t blame me when you have nightmares and start really believing the Zombie Apocalypse is coming.


These two, obviously. They are my most favorite-est. I’m so grateful to have such an amazing husband to share everyday with and our fuzzy dog that makes us smile everyday. I am also obsessed with the fact that both of them are okay being lazy for 3 days watching a show about zombies. p.s. this picture is an outtake from a few Christmas’ ago…and yes, Travis filled that stocking full for me. That’s when I knew he was a keeper. ;]


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Just a few random pictures for you, because I can…

"Cozy in Chambray"

and lastly, leggings. I used to avert my eyes to this trend and then I put some on. Now I don’t ever want to wear jeans again. Oh, and they’re stretchy, which means they are perfect for a lazy, eat your guts out weekend. And probably the week after. Yep. I need this outfit ASAP.

….aaaaand that’s pretty much my Thanksgiving weekend and my favorite things right now. What are you obsessed with lately? Were you more productive than me?

November 19, 2012

Besties, Broncos and Breaking Dawn

I love weekends. I bet you’ve never heard anyone say that before. I especially love weekends that I get to get away with my love and go see one of my favorite people. My college roomie, Sara, lives in Boise with her boy-toy, which is thankfully only 3 hours away. It is our tradition to see all of the Twilight movies together, so we used Breaking Dawn: Part 2 as an excuse to plan a trip over there. We even made sure Boise State had a home game on the schedule so we could go party with the tailgaters cheer on the Broncos on the sweet blue turf.

We were greeted late Friday night with delicious tapas and even more delicious wine. I’m not very good at taking pictures because I’m usually having too much fun, but we probably looked something like this…

A little Tipsy
…but 5 years older. And just imagine my face full with stuffed mushrooms and homemade fries. And red teeth. The party poopers boys went to bed early while we stayed up too late chatting. I love bestie time.
The next day, which came way too soon by the way, was football day. Boise State pretty much sent Colorado State crying all the way home. It was 35 to 0 at one point. Needless to say, we left the rain and wind after the 3rd quarter to go find a cold beer at at bar since the campus is dry. Don’t they know they’d make way more money if they just let the drinkers drink?!

After having some drinks with some Pumpkin Spice vodka, and making a drink in a water bottle to smuggle in the theatre, we headed out to have dinner. We had our first course at a sushi place that included two rolls and sake bombs. Then we made our way to a Vietnamese restaurant for some Pho. Sidenote: I had no idea it is pronounced ‘fuh’. You’re welcome for that little lesson. It was quite delicious, and if you live in a big city, I highly recommend hitting up more than one restaurant in one night.


Then it was time for this.

And it was amazing. So amazing, that after a certain part in the movie, my dearest Sara yelled ‘mother-&!@#$%’ because we were so stressed out. And I laughed. It really was a great movie and all I have to say is being turned into a vampire did wonders for Ms. K-Stew. Oh, and I need my future daughter to look like Renesmee. Holy adorableness.

After the movie, we met up with the boys at one of the coolest bars I’ve been to in awhile. It’s called the Space Bar and it is full of sweet, old coin-operated arcade games. So, bring some quarters, buy a cold beer and play Pac-Man. Or Donkey Kong. Or Mortal Kombat. Or pinball. And then pick some music on the jukebox. It was quite the crowd and the clientele you would expect to see, but it was nice to see such a unique place doing so well. If only I could come up with a sweet idea like that…
So, long story short, I love weekends and need to be bitten by a vampire, stat. Hope your weekends were just as awesome! What’s the most unique place you have been recently??

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