DIY: Oversized Valentine’s Photo Booth Props

foggydress_Vday Is this kiss big enough for you?? HA. I am in charge of a Valentine’s Party at my church, and I really wanted a photo booth. And you can’t have a photo booth without props! So I made ginormous ones because I think they’re kind of funny and over-the-top, and that’s jus the sort of thing a party needs. These pictures were taken in St. George, UT in the neighborhood where my in-laws live. Those rocks were so pretty, I had to use them as backdrops!

foggydress_Vday Of course AKG thought this ^^ was for tick tack toe…no silly! Hugs and kisses. ^^
foggydress_Vdayfoggydress_Vdayfoggydress_Vday Gotta have a pretty picture frame. ^^


  • Scissors
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Colored poster board paper (I got mine at Walmart for $0.33-$0.95 each). Get the stiffest you can get without it actually being poster board.
  • If you want, you can add glitter or spray paint them …whatever your hear desires 🙂

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I usually don’t like buying pre-designed cards because 1. they can get pretty expensive and 2. I get so much joy in the creative process of making them. The only exception is when I’m in a specialty store and the card is so unique, and the envelope + packaging have me swooning. Other than that, it’s just a lot more satisfying (and fun!) putting in the time to make a personalized card.

I like to buy a pack of blank white cards (seen above), which come with envelopes, from Michaels. I have lots of specialty paper, glitter, and glittery metallic pens on hand, but I usually shoot for a simple, clean, crisp look. I spend most of my time just thinking about what to draw in the first place, that’s the hardest part!

Anyway, you should take those dollars you were going to use to buy a card, and use it to purchase some card-making materials–it’ll be cheaper & so much more fun in the long run!

Note: You probably already know this, but don’t ever buy anything from Michaels without a coupon! Just google “michael’s coupon” or click here for their weekly-ad coupons.

PS. don’t you love how I’m always posting at noon? 🙂

dress: for warm weather & V-day

Sometimes I think red is over done the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. So while I was in So Cal, and the sun was a-shinin’, I dressed up in what would or maybe will wear this V-day.

Recently Updated7Electric blue is the new red?? Well that’s what I was going for anyway. (I was also going to say that wrinkled shirts are in, but really I had it in my bag for a week and was too lazy to iron it.)

IMG_3443That is the orange tree in my front yard (we have another in our backyard), and let me tell you honey, you have never tasted an orange so sweet & juicy in your LIFE.

IMG_3435Ok so I set my Cannon Rebel up on a bush and that’s how I got these shots, so sorry if they’re not that interesting (have I mastered the fashion-blogger poses yet??). When I came back from my church mission to Taiwan in 2010, I picked up a pair of these black pleather leggings because everyone was wearing them! Apparently they are trending in the U.S. now…those Asians are always one step ahead. Well I loved and still love them because they are a dose of edgy + feminine and are really comfy.

Note: I have curvy hips & a booty, so I always wear something loose & baggy (hence the hanging grey vest) with these or any legging, to be a bit more modest. ha!

eat: nutella filled strawberry hearts

It’s almost Valentine’s day, and I’m not one to cut out paper hearts and plaster them all over the house. However, I fully support showing people you love them by whipping up something delish (the stomach is the way to a man’s heart, no?). I came up with a treat that FOR SURE says I love you:  

Nutella-filled strawberry hearts. Don’t get me wrong–I have a love for the pure strawberry, untouched by added artificial sugar & the like. But I picked up SO MANY strawberries from Ventura, this past week…

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…that ideas were flashing through my stomach mind about what to make with them. Well, you know me and my obsession with Nutella…it got the best of me and before I knew it I was stuffing those rosy berries with hazelnut goodness. Here’s a twist to the classic chocolate-covered-strawberry that will really show your love to those special people in your life:

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It’s pretty simple, just cut and fill! Note: buy enough to both eat & give 🙂

hugs, hanalei