neat and cheap diy

Hello there, folks! I've been brainstorming for cute decorating ideas for the apartment, and, because we are not allowed to paint, I have really wanted to put some fun and colorful things on the walls.

Yesterday I stumbled upon a cute little project that was ridiculously EASY and CHEAP!! Since these two words are totally awesome and some of my favorites - especially when combined - I thought I would try it out!

So I gathered up my supplies, got my creative juices flowing, and....


Easy, modern, cute, simple, unique...just my sort of thing! I love seeing it hanging in the house!



just too cute for words

Oh my goodness, people. I was going through my camera to delete unwanted pictures and I found some gems...

These pictures are from Christmas and I can't believe I forgot to put them up!

Look at the awesome presents I purchased for my mother's dogs...I am so thoughtful!


Aren't those the GREATEST?! Oh man I just die laughing every time I look at these...priceless.

Hope you got a chuckle out of our fashionable pups...now join the club and get one for your dog!



happily ever after

Hello, and welcome to another day of wedding fun!

Today's agenda...our FANTABULOUS temple video! Thanks Lilly, you are awesome!

Chris + Lauren + A Wedding from Lilly McDowell on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoyed!

I will put up pictures and video of the reception when I get them! Still waiting on those!




home improvement

Since moving into our apartment, Chris and I have been trying to put the house together. Finally, we are starting to see some progress!

What is with Chris's gooney face, you ask? Ya, I have no idea?

Last week my mother and I were busy, busy, busy making pillows for the couch...what do you think?

More pictures to come!



some weekend fun.

So this weekend the fam decided to take a little boating trip!

The weather was beautiful, the water was cool, and the company was hilarious as always.

Even big daddy took good old "Moby Dick" out for a spin!

The second day of boating was filled even more awesomeness...I apologize that I did not bring my camera that day. But, Monday was when the boys decided to whip out all of their tricks on the wakeboard...even some tantrums (apparently some sort of backflip) were attempted and ALMOST landed! Next time it will happen for sure!

Gotta love the fam...they are pretty great!





Welcome to another day of wedding awesomeness!

On the agenda for today...Bridal pictures!

Again...Sara Boulter...could she be any more fantastic? I think not!

Check it...



honey, let's talk...

{Question}: Guess each other's favorite restaurants and dishes from those restaurants.

{Chris}: Lauren's favorite restaurants and dishes...the stacked club from UVU's library deli, the secret chicken wrap at Shiver's, cheese fries from Training Table, and the chicken artichoke panini at Paradise Bakery

{Lauren}: Chris's favorite restaurants and dishes...the whiskey river BBQ chicken wrap from Red Robin, the secret chicken wrap at Shiver's, the Las Vegas roll at Sakura Sushi, and the California burrito at Molcha Salsa

What are your favorite restaurants and dishes?



please try this...

Ok folks...this is serious.

If you are ever in Orem you HAVE to go to Farr's for some frozen yogurt.

I know, I know...once you've been to one yogurt place you have been to them all, but, no joke, Farr's is a MUST!! I love ice cream. That is to say that I am an ice cream junkie and Farr's is most definitely in my top 5 favorite ice creams...that is big, people.

This cup used to look so colorful and pretty, but I didn't have my camera on me, and this is what the cup looked like by the time Chris and I got home.

So, moral of the story...

2. Please try my fav mixture:

  • 1/2 Cake Batter

  • 1/2 Huckleberry

Topped with:

  • Strawberries

  • Raspberries

  • Blackberries

  • Mangoes

  • Kiwi

3. Call, text, email, or leave a comment thanking me for introducing you to pure awesomeness.



ps. you are welcome


our love story.

Welcome to Day 3 of wedding awesomeness!

On the agenda for today...Our love story.

Now, I have never told the story of how Chris and I met here on the blog. This video we did for the wedding does a much better job at explaining and telling the story...plus it is more fun to watch than to read!

So, without any further ado, our love story...

Chris + Lauren: Our Story from Lilly McDowell on Vimeo.

How did you and your special someone meet?



ps. Happy 4th of July! I hope you are doing something epic!


honey, let's talk...

Alright, people! Are you ready for question number 2?! Here we go...

{Question}: Name one thing you wish you would have done before you were married.

{Chris}: Become rich, and lived with my best boys.

{Lauren}: Lived with roommates, go on a study abroad, or worked as a Princess at Disneyland...I can't decide.

What things do you wish you would have done? Or what things would you like to do before you get married?



you've got mail

Dear couple that lives upstairs,

Although we don't always love to hear your every footstep as you walk around your place, Chris and I sometimes have a good chuckle...

Like that time that I was doing my makeup in the bathroom and I heard you walk right above me (into your own bathroom), open the toilet seat, take care of "bidness", flush, and walk away. What ever happened to the washing of the hands?

Or that time that Chris distinctly heard you fart cut the cheese VERY loudly...ya, I know you thought you were alone, sorry. Don't be alarmed if you hear hysterical laughing coming from downstairs the next time this happens...we are only laughing with you!


Dear drummer in the neighborhood,

Normally people would be upset with your loud drumming filling up the entire street, but I think it is awesome. You are actually pretty good and I would much rather listen to you drum for an hour than listen to someone taking a dump upstairs.


Dear apartment that we live in,

I promise that I will get around to decorating you. I have some really awesome ideas, but can you blame me? This big task feels a little daunting sometimes!

I am committed to making you look cute though...so have no fear!




chris & lauren bake a cake

Hello there!

Welcome to Day 2 of the wedding festivities!

Today's agenda...Date video!!

Chris and I chose Lilly McDowell to be our videographer, and, like Sara Boulter, we were SO pleased with our choice! Lilly was incredible! So fun to film with...we seriously laughed the ENTIRE time filming with her!

Here is our date video...

Chris + Lauren Bake a Cake! from Lilly McDowell on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoyed watching us eating cake in front of you! Ha