Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Blog Giveaway!

Hello there!

I have been loving the chilly breeze that requires me to put on a sweater and makes boots a wardrobe staple. Fall is by far my favorite season! To celebrate, I have made a list of my fall plans:

- Bake an apple pie from scratch.
- Visit the zoo. I bet it's gorgeous in the fall.
- Go apple picking.
- Go for as many walks as possible before the cold takes over.
- All the pink stuff the stores put out in October to support breast cancer awareness will make for super fun shopping!
- Fall scented candles.
-Learn to use my sewing machine.

Now for the giveaway! Must be a public follower of Stepford Wife in Training. The link to follow is on the left. Just leave a comment letting me know what you have planned for this fall. The winner will be selected at random and receive a $25 Visa gift card.

The contest will close on October 24th at 11:59 p.m. Best of luck!


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I was dreading the day I would have to write this post. Alas, that day has come.

A few days ago, I decided to bake chocolate, chocolate chip cookies I saw on Pinterest. I was so excited to officially be baking in the fall and couldn't wait to have a mouthful of chocolate and giant glass of moo juice. I put on my apron and was rocking out to the sweet sound of boy bands. It was good.

However, after I pulled the first batch out of the oven my excitement faded. The cookies had turned into a giant glob and it was as thin as an Olsen twin. I thought maybe I had made them too big (the recipe said to make the huge) so I made smaller ones on the second batch but it didn't help. The third one was no better and although the cookies were edible, I don't like crunchy cookies and threw them away.

I know the altitude messes things up but I am not experienced enough to know what to change to make it work. Some recipes come with changes for high altitude and others don't but still turn out great. It completely killed my baking buzz and now I have to make something I have made before to erase this error.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Motivation and Accomplishment

I want to start by saying that I know I have a wonderful life. My husband is truly amazing, I am educated, my friends are great, and we are lucky enough to not have to worry about whether we can pay rent or eat. However, the thing I focus on the most is the one aspect of my life that I dislike... my job. Everyone else seems to love their job.

I tell myself everyday that if disliking my job is my biggest problem, I have a pretty charmed life. I know I could quit if I really wanted to but since our only debt is my student loans, I like feeling that I am helping pay those off as quickly as possible. Plus, the extra money is nice for spending and setting up for the future.

Although my job makes me unhappy I don't really have an idea of what I would like to do. It has really put me in a rut and that horrible mindset of "this is it. This is where you'll be forever." Rather than using it as motivation, I have been looking at it as roadblock. I'm hoping that by writing my feelings down, I will be able to get past the block and work harder to find something I love.

I have always loved to write. I kept a journal from the ages of eight to twenty and used to write short stories that I would pass around the classroom for my friends to read. Even when there is no audience, writing just makes it better. One accomplishment I've had is I was asked to write something for the Alpha Chi Omega national website in February. I had completely forgotten about it and only remembered when I had one of those "I haven't accomplished anything this year" moments.

The point of this post is that I need to stop looking at my job as a roadblock and see it as motivation to get out and do something I enjoy. It's also to tell myself that I shouldn't focus on the one bad aspect of my life because I'm overlooking other wonderful things that have happened to me. Although I may never write professionally, it's good to have a place where I can just write what I feel.

Have you ever felt like you're stuck in a place? How did you move past it? What are the things you tell yourself that motivate you?


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What I Love About the Springs

I have really fallen in love with Colorado Springs. There is so much to do and it really is breathtaking. After visiting Utah less than two weeks ago, I've decided my life would be perfect if the people I love moved to the Springs.

Here are the things I have grown to love about Colorado Springs:

1. The rainstorms: Compared to Utah, the thunderstorms here are incredible. I love the lightning and the thunder that lights up the darkness. The heavy raindrops automatically soothe me and make want to read a book or cuddle on the couch with The Husband. Plus, our balcony gives us the perfect view of the storms moving in from the mountains.

The view from our balcony
2. There is so much to do here! I feel like there is always some kind of festival or weekly activity to get involved in. Just this weekend we went to the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic. We went at night when the balloons are all lit up and I seriously felt like a little kid. We went the next day in the a.m. to watch them launch but it was too windy so they couldn't fly. However, between the Zoo and Denver being so close there is just no reason to be bored.

The America balloon was the crowd favorite!
3. The restaurants: There are seriously so many great places around here! I love Jack Quinn's but have a new obsession. At the beginning of August, I attended a baby shower for one of my sorority sisters. It was held at The Golden Bee, a restaurant at The Broadmoor. It's an old English style pub and it's seriously a blast. We had the best apple pie and walked around the hotel afterwards. It was wonderful and I had to drag The Husband there the next week. It has become our new date place. Good thing it's so close to home!

Delicious apple pie!
The Broadmoor

So those are my top reasons for loving where I live. Seriously, it would be perfection if I could get my loved ones to move here. However, the trip home did me good.

The Husband and I at Temple Square in Salt City, UT
P.S. I will be having a giveaway for a $25 gift card. Stay tuned!