This post is sponsored by Just Right by Purina - All opinions are my own We have snow in the mountains. Yep. You read the right. We have snow in the mountains here in Utah and we've had it there since the beginning of October. Even though we've been enjoying the most beautiful fall days here in the valley, the snow is a constant reminder that winter is literally just around the corner and it will be snowing before we know it. Time to batter down the hatches, crawl into a whole (and get those dogs ready for winter!) I'm not going to lie - winter is not my favorite season. I mean, I love the snow when I'm all cozied up at home, snuggled in blankets with hot . . .
This post was sponsored by adidas. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support HTC. For the last twelve years of my life, I've been told to be careful. Be careful not to over-do it, to not be too active, to not do activities that involve long distances or high impact or anything that could risk irreversible damage to my reconstructed left leg. Combine with the chronic pain from a total left knee replacement on a donor bone, the energy capacity of a teaspoon and a bitter resentment towards a body that betrayed me by growing a tumor in the first place, I was convinced I would never be healthy or strong again and that any type of exercise . . .
At the end of September, I got brave and decided to talk more openly about my story as a pediatric cancer patient and survivor. Since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to do my part in raising awareness and sharing a REAL look at treatment and life after. And yes, while I've written a lot about my experiences as a survivor here on HTC, talking about it face to face (well, with my face on Instagram Stories) was really intimidating. It's hard to relive those memories of my diagnosis, treatment, and life immediately afterward in such details and it puts me in a very vulnerable and sensitive state. But. That IS my story and even though it took me a . . .
October has always been one of my favorite months of the year, but I'm just realizing why: there are SO many good things that come in October for us! The weather changes, the fall candles go on sale at Bath & Bodyworks, we celebrate my official remission anniversary, and we celebrate out 1/2 year wedding anniversary. This year, it will be five and a half years since Dustin and I said "yes" to each other and were sealed for time and all eternity in the Boston Temple! It's super surreal to think we've been married for that long - part of me feels like it's been much longer and part of me feels like we were married just yesterday. I can't imagine life without . . .
affiliate links It is moody, gloomy, breezy & rainy here in Utah. The leaves have started to change in the valley (and are already in full force in the canyons) and I have been snuggled in cozy leggings and sweatshirts all weekend long. It's officially October, it's officially fall, and it's OFFICIALLY the best time of the year. I don't know what it is exactly about the seasons changing, but it makes me feel so alive. Maybe it's the fact that it's not blazing hot outside, or maybe it's the hint of Christmas cheer in the air. It might just be the fact that I'm a New Englander who always enjoyed the most perfect (and lengthy) falls and I feel like I . . .
Affiliate links used. Thanks for supporting Hey There, Chelsie | A Utah Lifestyle Blog I listened to a Christmas song on the way to work today and I am not sorry about it. Not one bit. Monday kicked off the BEST time of the year and from here on out, my life will be filled with Marshmallow Fireside candles, Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Lattes and Christmas music. I'm a firm believer in enjoying every second I can during this time of year and you won't ever find me shaming someone else for being "basic" because Pumpkin Spice and Blanket Scarves make them happy. Yeah, I went there. ANYWAY. At the beginning of the week, my friend Karli (from everyday_ellis) encouraged . . .
This post has been sponsored by Just Right by Purina. All opinions are my own. We're in the home stretch of 2018 (hard to believe) and I've been in a super reflective mood as we get ready for the busiest (and best) time of the year. My little family (as in, Dustbust, Rosie Roo, Teddy Bear and I) have made a lot of changes over the last nine months, including a new job for Dustin, lots of home improvement projects, and a lot of lifestyle changes. The biggest change we've worked on making this year was our eating habits - specifically adopting a healthier mindset when it came to food and what kinds of food we put into our body. Dustin and I both found ourselves . . .
Am I even a blogger if I didn't acknowledge the first day of fall on Instagram? Not sure, but if you've been keeping tabs on my Instagram stories, you'll know that the last week and a half has found me knee deep in paint while I worked on transforming my kitchen cabinets. I worked so hard and so fast to get that project done and found myself painting ALL day on the first day of fall without any energy to do much else beyond it. Thankfully, we decided to take Sunday off from life and spend it in Sundance and exploring the fall colors up there (which was magical and beautiful and I highly recommend it if you are ever in the Utah area.) Anyway, back to it FINALLY . . .
I'm getting all my fall decorations out this week and enjoying the *slightly* cooler weather here in Utah (you know, 86 degrees instead of 100 degrees) but before I officially bid Summer adieu, I HAVE to talk about the trip we took to the New England coast two weeks ago. Why? Because when I got back from my trip, everyone at work asked me: "Where did you go for vacation?" and I said: "I spent the week at the beach outside of Boston!" to which every. single. person said "Wait...I didn't know Boston had a beach." UGH! A little piece of my heart broke off every time someone said that to me. Yes, the New England coastline isn't like Florida or California, but it is . . .
This post was sponsored by Just Right by Purina. All opinions are my own. It was only 77 degrees today in Utah (and slightly breezy) and I KNOW that means fall is around the corner and will be here soon - albeit, not soon enough. It got pretty stinking hot here in Utah for a few weeks, so we had to hunker down in the one room in our house that has air conditioning to stay cool. Now that the temperature is looking to be in the high 70's/low 80's for the next few weeks, I'm whipping out my list of things to do with your dog this summer and checking the last few things off the list, like going for a hike up in the canyon and taking them to go swimming at Dog . . .
This post was sponsored by adidas. All opinions are my own. I know, I've already complained about the fact that we don't have central air in my house about 10 times in the last week, but hey. It's freaking hot in Utah and not having central air is ROUGH. We thankfully have a window unit installed in our room so we can sleep in the cool air, but the rest of the house stays nice and toasty all day long. In fact, by the time the sun goes down, it's about 15 degrees warmer inside the house then it is outside the house. The heat makes it basically impossible to turn the oven on in my house or want to cook over the stove, so Dustin and I do a lot (and I mean A LOT) . . .
Welp. August is here. Which basically means Christmas is around the corner. Happy New Year, 2019! (Am I right, or am I right?) I know we're already well past the 1/2 year mark of 2018, but I wanted to sit down and do a check-in on my word of the year, and hopefully encourage you to do the same. Why? Because, for me, it's around this time of year that I've thrown the towel in and given up on whatever goals I've set for myself this year. The bright and shininess of a new year have worn off completely and I'm usually drowning in the motions of every-day life. Get up late. Go to work. Come home. Make dinner. Try to do some work on my blog. Go to bed too late. . . .