Monday, July 21, 2014

Lavender Fields

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We have a bucket list for this summer and we've been trying to cross a bunch of them off. And to be honest when we lived in Boston our list was HUGE because there was SO much to do and see, then we got here to Utah, and I really didn't think we were going to have that big of a bucket list. I mean, I have lived here for most of my life and felt like there wasn't a lot to go and do.

But I was wrong. Boston changed me in that way that exploring isn't just going around in the town you live in but to explore cities around you, even hours away and even the states around you. We have really grown to love life to the fullest after we have adopted this sense of thinking. It really has made us appreciate the world, our family and be more grateful for what we have.

So with that being said, we've been making a bucket list, with the help of my SIL and we've been so excited to eventually crossed them off.

One place on our list was the Young Living Farms or the Lavender Farms found in Mona Utah. This farm, it stole our hearts.  The farm is very large with so much to do! And we were the only ones exploring around so it really was magical.

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On the farm they had houses, and scenes back from the knight era. We had a lot of fun pretending we were in that era-  riding horses and be knights fighting each other.
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This swan was in the paddle boat area, it was so not shy and came right up to us. The boys couldn't get enough of it. Lavender Fields Utah Lavender Fields Utah
They also had animals on their farm! I was totally blown away with the types of animals they had and how many! You can't go wrong with animals and kids. The boys didn't want to leave.
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They had a camel! I was probably more excited to show Daxton what a camel was than he was seeing it. Its fun to show kids in real life the animal instead of in a picture book.
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They also had all sorts of oils in their store. We didn't get any of the oils but it was cool to see how many they had and the different variety. Also, when we left they gave us a little sample cup of Lavender ice cream! It was a different taste but also tasted pretty good. Plus after being in the Lavender fields made the experience of eating Lavender ice cream all that much sweeter.

We had so much fun as a family and hope to go back soon.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Alt Summit Summer 2014 Re-cap

So I know I'm a few weeks behind but I wanted to do a little recap on Alt Summit. Alt Summit is a design conference for bloggers and small business owners who would like to work with bloggers.

At the conference there was panels, workshops, keynote speakers just full of inspiration for how to make your blog more beautiful and successful.

And just because I didn't know what I was doing I am just going to write some tips that I learn for attending a blog conference at Alt Summit:

1. Dont Stress: I felt like everyone is in the same boat. No one knows who they were going to meet or what they were going to say. Everyone is SUPER nice and it was just so relax.

2. Bring a Big Tote Bag: I'll be honest I am so glad I got a big bag because you get so much stuff and I seemed to be carrying around a lot of stuff around. It was nice to be able to throw it in a bag and worry about it later. I got my bag here.

3. Make sure to bring Business cards!: Seriously, I knew it was important but I didn't realize it was the means of how you networked and get to know people.

So before the conference started Brandon and I brainstormed over ideas we could do to design our business cards. And this is what we came up with:
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Tiny Prints printed the cards for me and really I couldn't have been happier. The way they have their website set up to print the cards is genius. They have a designer look over the card to make sure it looks okay and you have to give them the okay before they print it. And when the cards came, the cards were thick and very nice quality and the coloring of the printing was perfect. Brandon is SUPER picky about how the coloring of the print comes up and we were both very pleased.

4. Make sure you have an elevator pitch: One that is more short and concise for bloggers you meet and one more detailed for sponsors.

5. Be Yourself: I was super worried about what to wear because really, it is a blogging conference full of fashionistas. But everyone was so unique in their style that it really wasn't that big of deal. If you are interested to see more fashion from the conference Red Poppy Photo captured a lot of the outfits and did a post about what to wear.

6. Write notes: I was just going to leave it a number 5, but I wanted to add that writing notes on the back of the business cards when they were handed to me helped me SO much. I would write were I met them, or what we talked about, what they were wearing, just to help me jog my memory so I could remember them later.



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Oh Joy! Luncheon was darling with little party hats with a finishing touch.
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There were a lot of photo booths, this darling set was created by Bing. One of the sponsors for Alt
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There were so many great workshops, some where I just couldn't write fast enough because of the inspiration and advice that was being shared.
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The garden Party was lovely and such an elegant setup.
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Pretending we are really good crocket :)
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Overall I came back from Alt with a lot of new insight. I also came back with a lot more friends. And I think the best part was meeting so many creative, inspiring girls who were kind and so humble.

{photos by Justin Hackwork and Brooke Dennis, edited by me.}

Monday, July 14, 2014

Eden

A couple weeks ago we had a Hansen family reunion in Eden Utah. I don't think my mom could have picked a better spot. There was so much to do and see and all the seeing was so picturesque! It really was gorgeous, a hidden gem in Utah.
We had a lot of fun being together as a family and really, a big hooray is needed for my Mom and Dad who put so much time and effort into  making sure we had such a great time. These are just some of the activities we did, and I'm warning you there are a lot of pictures! I already have a hard enough time narrowing down pictures with just my little family, but when I get my big family together with so many fun activities its impossible to narrow down.
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We took family pictures, so that is why we are all dressed up in the next few pictures. It was a perfect setting for family pictures.
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^^ No one was hurt during the a making of this photo :) ^^
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^^ Look at that stud muffin, oh how I miss all my little nieces and nephews^^ 

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These next photos were taken with my phone (hence the smaller pictures, ha! Sometimes its just so much easier to pull out my phone instead of our big camera).
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Everyday my mom made sure we had a devotional. Each of the kids and their spouses were able to impart some of their thoughts and wisdom to the rest of us. I love my family, for their strength, faith and courage. And because we are family, we know each others weaknesses and the hardships we each go through, more than anyone else. But even despite the imperfections I am glad we are a family that can love, forgive and support one another. I'm grateful for my big, crazy and ever growing family. They are the best.