This post was sponsored by Just Right by Purina. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hey There, Chelsie. I've been dreaming of summer for months and months and it FINALLY feels like it's almost here. The sun has been shining, we've been getting a fair amount of afternoon thunderstorms, we've been mowing the lawn (and fighting the never-ending battle against the dandelions) and we've already hosted two BBQs in our backyard. I think it's safe to say that summer is here and I'm SO stoked because summer means lots of adventures with our pups. Winter is harsh here in Utah - we get a lot of snow and it is bitterly cold. Rosie and . . .
At the beginning of January, I declared that 2018 was going to be the #yearofme. I was going to focus on removing all the excess in my life that bogged me down and prevented me from doing the things I truly wanted. I was going to be more in tune with my dreams and goals and dedicate the year to growing and learning and being unashamedly myself. Friends. I'm not kidding when I say that my life has completely changed since I decided (and put into the universe) that 2018 was going to be the #yearofme. I have never felt more sure of myself or more confident in who I am and where I'm going. At the same time, I've been doing a LOT of growing and learning. I've been . . .
This post was sponsored by Jane.com. All opinions are my own. I am SO SO SO excited to FINALLY reveal the big project we've been working on for over a month (and have been dreaming of for even longer.) I'm especially proud to share this because this was the first BIG home-improvement project we've taken on since buying our house last year. Yes, we've painted and bought new furniture, but this transformation involved building materials and drills and a power saw and tape measures and not going over budget. It was the biggest project we've done to date and we did it for UNDER 1,000 dollars. When Dustin and I first toured our house last year (when we were still in . . .
It's been a hot second since we caught up, so I wanted to take a moment to say hi and share what we've been up to lately. We've had a super busy April and as fun as it's been, I'm glad May is looking like it will be a little bit slower. We've got a lot of home projects we're trying to finish up before the hot weather comes and I would really like to get ahead of some of the blog projects I have been planning on for a while. Also, who else is excited for some sunshine and warm weather? It's still snowing up in the mountains here in Utah, but we've got 80-degree weather coming our way next week and I cannot wait! Life Updates Since we last chatted, . . .
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of the Paper + Packaging Board Man, has it been crazy town over here. I keep saying to Dustin: "When things slow down, let's tackle this project" or "Let's wait until things slow down before we start working on that project." Turns out, things have not slowed down in months. I'm not complaining (much) because it's mostly been the good kind of busy - but I'm not going to lie, it's been hard for me to keep my head from falling off with everything I'm trying to juggle - especially now that I'm working a legit 9-5 real-world job again. ICYMI, I was promoted to full-time at my job at the beginning of . . .
Dustin and I celebrated 5 beautiful years of marriage this last Friday with a weekend escape to Las Vegas, It was perfect. We ate so much good food, we painted with dolphins, we played Blackjack (and won!) and we explored as many casinos as we possibly could. We ended the weekend spending time with our very best friends from college who live in Las Vegas now, and I swear I haven't laughed so hard in years. Sometimes you make friends who are irreplaceable, and even though you only see them once a year, when you get together, it's like you've seen each other every day. ANYWAY! Today, I'm turning HTC over to the man behind the blog, my Instagram husband (cue fanfare . . .
We are THOSE dog people - the dog people who talk about our dogs like they are our kids. The dog people who get more presents for our dogs on Christmas than we get presents for each other. THOSE dog people who would rather spend a Friday evening at the dog park with our pups then out with friends. THOSE dog people who refer to each other as "mommy" and "daddy" when talking to our dogs about each other. Our dogs have completely changed our lives and have completed our little family in ways we didn't realize we needed to be completed. Our dogs are our everything, and today, on national pet day, I figured I would formally introduce them to the HTC family! Meet Rosie . . .
We're already one week into the month of April and I don't know about you, but I've got SPRING FEVER! It doesn't help that last weekend we had 68-degree weather and PLENTY of sunshine (enough that I got BURNT! My first sunburn of the year on April 1st!) This weekend isn't looking as promising - a forecast of steady rain and wind. Not as happy as the sun, but let's be real, I'll take it over snow any day. The warmer weather and sunshine is really waking me up from those lazy feelings that come at the end of winter and I am ready to refresh and restart on so many things in my life! Now that we're done with the first quarter of the year, I've taken some time to . . .
You know, I really couldn't believe that it was April but today as I was driving home for lunch, I realized that all the trees in our neighborhood are starting to bloom so it really MUST BE APRIL! I'm so excited warmer weather is on the way, although I'm nervous about how dry our winter has been here in Utah. We seriously only got one serious snowstorm this year, which means our snowpack is low in the mountains. Everyone is saying out summer is going to be HOT this year. We're trying super duper hard to save up and put central air in the house before June comes, but I'm not sure if we'll be able to swing it this year. Fingers crossed. Anyway, I wanted to take a . . .
This post was sponsored by Just Right by Purina. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hey There, Chelsie. It is no secret to the world (or to you all): my dogs are my everything. Yes, I am a crazy dog lady. Yes, I often refer to my dogs as my furbabies. #sorrynotsorry. There is no way I can adequately describe how much I love those two fuzzy bums. Even though they dig holes in my yard, and have chewed up my college diploma, and continuously punch me in the face with their paws when they want pets, they bring so much joy and love and happiness into our home. They keep us safe, they keep us laughing, and they have completely . . .
Yesterday, I turned 28 years old. Weird to say. Weird to believe. Usually, my birthday month is super hard for me - cancer tends to complicate birthdays. But this year was different. This year, I was excited for my birthday and I was looking forward to celebrating it. Dustin asked me over my birthday dinner what made this year so different and it took me a minute before I realized why this birthday has been easier. I am finally proud of the second chance life that I'm leading. It's not perfect, but I can say at the end of every day that I am trying my hardest to make every second count. I would not be ashamed if any of my friends who lost their fight in this life . . .
This post was in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. All opinions are my own. Aca-believe it! It's my 28th birthday this week - eek! In an effort to make my birthday month the most positive month I've had in a long time (survivor's guilt usually makes it a rough month for me) I decided to go all out and throw myself a themed birthday party this last weekend. I can't remember the last time I actually had a legit BIRTHDAY PARTY - I seriously think it might have been my sweet 16! I mean, I've had birthday dinners and informal gatherings of friends after, but an actual themed party? I knew I wanted it to be a super fun, girly party with lots of . . .