Friday, April 11, 2014

Open Tabs

You guys, spring is here!!! Which I can't be more happy about. It's the only thing that made yesterdays run and the 3 blisters kind of worth it.

I'm sure you're all dying to know what caught my eye this week and warranted an open tab.

There's something about spring that makes we want to purchase a whole new wardrobe full of bright colors and beautiful prints while channeling my inner "Hampton."  This girl on Classy Girls Wear Pearls does all of that beautifully. But be warned you'll be equall parts in love and totally envious.

With a new nephew, babies are on the brain which may explain why I've spent a little too much time at My Sweet Muffin looking at the most charming baby stuff.  Actually, if I was to be honest, there are more than a few things I want for myself.

Tell The World by Eric Hutchinson is my new favorite song. But, you'll probably also want to check out these 50 Songs to Make You Happy.

We all have our bucket lists, but how good are we at actually working towards actually getting them done? I know I'm not the best. Which is why this app, FULL, has caught my attention as it tracks not the to-do list, but the bucket list. AWESOME!

I'm looking for artwork for my walls.  I'll be showing you the progress of my room this weekend, and being in a cheap/a DIY mood, I'm loving these ideas and I'm pretty sure at least one or two is going to end up on my wall.

Who want to join me in a favorite things party? Just in case, I ever get this added to the calendar I'm keeping this How to Plan cheat sheet handy.

I'm not as faithful TED watcher as I want/should, but this article on WHY TED TALKS MATTER is making me rethink my ways.

Growing up I kind of wanted to be a spy. Did you know that everyday citizens can become part of the CIA annalists program...I guess making you a pseudo spy. But even more cool, is that these everyday people are actually more accurate in their predictions than most analysts.

30's can be awesome--especially if you want to be an entrepreneur. 

And of course, a list wouldn't be complete without some sort of British reference and this is awesome! A walk through regional accents in the UK.

Happy Friday everyone!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Open tabs

My computer is kind of overrun with tabs and opened windows and the sheer volume is kind of ridiculous. Right now, I probably have 60 tabs open. Every time I come across a great article/funny video/or a beautiful picture, I keep the tab open until I figure out where to put it.

After reading a number of blogs that do a weekly round-up of their favorite things, it finally dawned on me that maybe that would be the perfect place for all my open tabs to go. :)

Over the last couple of years, I've started to see my taste move more towards the modern when it comes to design. So it's no surprise I've fallen in love with La petite fabriqu de reves. I swear every single thing they post on this site, I want.

RECITE THIS is a site that allows you to type in a saying and it creates a design for you. It's limited in what you can do, but it's great for when you don't have the time to design something from scratch.

I've been looking for the perfect rug for my new place and just haven't found what I want yet.
Though, I did really like this DIY drop cloth rug tutorial, so maybe I'll just have to create exactly what I want.

I'm really tempted to buy this beautiful quote from The Every Girl for my wall.

The beautiful free printables on this Love Vs. Design.

Summer's calling  and I'm pretty sure these TOMS sandals have my name written all over them.

Monday, March 10, 2014


I'm moving into a new place which means some changes. Biggest change that the new bedroom isn't going to be yellow. What? I know. Kind of shocking. But change is good, right? The new color scheme is a mixture of pinks and peaches and it just felt like some matching artwork was in order. I came up with some things over the weekend and thought I'd share the love with free downloadable print files.Yeah! Who doesn't love freebies!! I'll probably been adding more over the next few days, so keep checking back.

Who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn? And who doesn't want to be reminded every day that we're prettier when we're happy.

Happy girls are the prettiest. Audrey Hepburn

It can be discouraging anyway to be single, but it becomes doubly discouraging when you feel this pressure to become someone else. And trust me I've heard it before...if you do A,B,C, you'll find someone. While I know that everyone has areas of which they need to improve, it sometimes comes as the cost of remembering how unique everyone is and how that is a good thing.

Download Be You Here

Honestly this is one of my favorite quotes of ALL TIME. Beyond thinking that Winston Churchill is the man, in a few short words he is able to sum up what you kind of  what is required for a life you want.  I have nothing to offer by blood, toil, tears, and sweat. Winston Churchill

 Download Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat Here

One of my new years goals is to take chances. To take chances on people/situations/and adventures.

Download Take Chances Here

Thursday, January 02, 2014


While I'm looking forward to 2014, 2103 was a pretty good year. Here's a look at the top 13 moments (ok, maybe a few more than 13).

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Olive Us Giveaway

I've mentioned my love of Design Mom's blog before, but I haven't introduced you to the charming little videos they produce on Olive Us.

Each of these videos is roughly three to five minutes and gives a snapshot into a moment in time--whether it's How to Be 2, How to Buy Eggs from a French Farmer (my personal favorite), or making Shadow Puppets--while teaching a lesson or value. All I can say is that these videos make you want to carry your camera everywhere and capture everything!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Celebrating with Tea

I know some of you will find this hard to believe, but I've never had afternoon tea (feel free to insert gasps). I've had tea and scones in some charming little shops in England, and one day plan on having high tea at the Ritz or the Savoy but that's the closets I've gotten.

But after afternoon tea at the Grand America I realize how right Henry James is. Very few things are more lovely than afternoon tea with friends--especially ones that will allow you to attach ridiculous fascinators to their heads.


These lovely ladies are some of the dearest friends a girl could wish for. Not long after I moved to Salt Lake,  I joined a dinner group and what a dinner group it was. These ladies not only provided some yummy food, but filled a gap in friendship I needed after leaving Provo.

Plus, we're kind of ridiculous. When we got into the elevator we all checked our hats out in the mirror.  Of course which meant that we needed to document it and had to ride it for a few times as we tried to get a good shot (harder to do in a moving elevator than you may imagine).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Adventures in March, April, May

Yes, I understand that June ends in exactly 5 days and that maybe I should wait until then to post an update that includes June. As I've been so good about updating, I know that if I wait a whole five days it'll be August before it gets up and suddenly you're inundated with a four month wrap up that's too long for its own good.

Sister Orton is going to be AMAZING and the people of Ecquador are so lucky (even if she didn't want to go somewhere hot, with bugs, and third world conditions)!

Here's looking at the future Dr. Orton!

There's very little I enjoy more than seeing a good play/movie/TV with family and friends. New love--Duck Dynasty (don't judge until you've watched).

If you didn't get to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang you missed out. One of my favorite all time productions. 

First time at the colors festival and it was crazy!

Isn't a sunburn in equal proportion to the amount of fun had?


Due to a recent surgery (I'm looking at you Lousia) we were not able to make a last minute trip to Disneyland before Laura returned to Germany. We tried to lessen the blow with the following Disney Activities--Disney on Ice and a Disney Themed Party.

Chocolate dipped sugar cookies, Monte Cristcos, Pinneaple Whips, and our Disney craft
Mom was lucky enough to be asked to speak at BYU Women's Conference and gave an inspired talk on the family and it's purpose in the church. And it wouldn't be a function without some last minute dress drama. Added bonus: two days with one of my most favorite people and bestest friend, Melanie.

All the incredible family who came to support.  Best friends. Sisters!
It was great to have Laura for six extra months (even if she did miss her husband) and before she left we had to celebrate with some Orton traditions--food, games, and ice cream!

Bocce. Can I just say how much I love my family and we really are related. Just look at the matching faces we pull!

When you only get to see the niece and nephew every couple of months and they're only four hours away instead of a much great distance? What do you you? You make a day trip to St. George. They were worth the drive because who doesn't want to have more of these two in their life?

The sweetest, most content, most beautiful Clairebear

And this guy just had my heart! 

There is the most amazing bond between Drew and Bryce. It's never I want to see Grandpa, Grandma or the rest of us. No, it's always I want to go to Bryce's house and where's Bryce.

Hiking over the Lava Fields in Snow Canyon State Park.

No we did not plan the whole strip business. #sisters #wedressalike #notonpurpose

And a trip to St. George wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial Site as it's kind of taken over dad's life for way too many years.