As of Late

 

These past few weeks have been a total blur.  With school and work and side projects I feel like I haven’t had time to breath… Plus i’m still in a food coma from last week’s ice cream post.  So in the spirit of keeping up with blogging I thought i’d post a few things i’ve been up to.

Starting School with my Seeeestor at the University of Utah

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Assisting Tessa Barton…

Chad and Taylor Bridals


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Cheering on our UTES!!!! UTAH MAN AM I BABY!

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Gracie and Tims Wedding


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Doing my own photo projects…

Purple Lace.


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CAN YOU BELIEVE FALL IS HERE????

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A good Ole StayCation at my parent’s cabin in Midway…

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Playing original nintendo is a must when we go there.  BATTLE TOADS 4 LYFE

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Fruit Roll… why not?

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For the longest time on the drive to the Midway cabin, my siblings and I would point to this big hill and say “there’s Grandpa’s cabin!” It was at the very tip top of the hill.  I was so excited to show Chris where some of my crazy childhood memories were. (It has not been in the family for several years, but it’s still sentimental.   Sadly, on the way up to the cabin I couldn’t see Grandpa’s cabin! We walked up the big hill and the closer we got to the top I kept saying “I DON’T SEE IT CHRIS! WHERE IS IT!”  Finally at the very top all I saw was the foundation of Grandpa’s Cabin and the iron wagon wheel Grandma had placed there.  We were devastated!!! So I took a few wood blocks I could find and carried them back down the hill as a momento I could give my Grandma.  I am so sad that I won’t be able to point to the top of the hill anymore..

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Those of you who love Midway and Heber will understand the importance and specialness of Dairy Keen.  (the train restaurant)  Can’t go there without getting some sort of ice cream treat.

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Visited my dear Grandma and found her with a Caffeine free DC in one hand and a cookie in the other.  SHE IS THE EPITOME OF AWESOME!

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This sunday was area conference and Chris and I live downtown so we got to walk 5 minutes to the conference center for church! booya!  I especially loved Elder Oaks talk.  It inspired me to write this song lyric in my sunday journal.  Faith means trusting in God’s timing which means we must be prepared to be surprised!

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I spent what felt like 5 hours looking for my keys in the apartment this morning.  (i lose my keys, phone, and wallet every second)  I open the door and there they were.  All night.   BLESS MY HEART.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon for this win Sunday Evening.

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Thanks for stopping by. Keep it real folks.

PROOF EYEWEAR GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

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Proof Eyewear  is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Proof makes sunglasses and glasses frames out of sustainable sources, which makes them environmentally friendly.  My favorite part about proof is the unique feel and look to each pair.  When you put on proof glasses you absolutely feel like they were made just for you.

The giveaway starts today and ends Friday!  The winner will be selected at random!

THE GIVEAWAY PRIZE:

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Proof’s Ontario Bamboo Wood Sunglasses

Not only do these glasses protect you from harmful UV rays they are also water resistant.

They just recently won outside magazine’s gear of the year award 2014 

“Does the world really need more 1950s-looking hipster sunglasses? Absolutely—if the maker does something beautiful like carve the frames out of sustainably sourced trees. The look is authentic but also urban, in a Brooklyn sort of way. Put them on and the gray polarized poly lenses fight glare while improving detail. Things pop right away, because the neutral tint means your brain doesn’t have to make color adjustments. There’s some light leak at the sides, which means the Ontario ($90-125) doesn’t qualify as serious sports eyewear. Play all you want, though. Spring-loaded hinges, nicely inset, speak of solid construction. The Ontario is made to last, and admire, while giving shelter from the sun—like a tree. ” – Outdoor Magazine

TO ENTER:

+You must follow @rightswiped on instagram and tag 3 people on the giveaway photo!

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+ follow this blog. (Follow buttons on the sidebar of this page or if you’re on a mobile device at the bottom of the page)
 
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GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! 

Congrats to Ymke! Thanks everyone for entering!

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MAX Adventure Zip Line

Here’s the thing.  I wished I loved hiking… I really do.  I haven’t found my love for it… yet.  Hopefully, I will soon or eventually.  Luckily, there are some outdoor things to do besides that for now. For example:

MAX Adventure Zip Line    in Provo Canyon

Directions

The guides were helpful and the lines were fun and fast. They use a great braking system and participants go on 5 zip lines from start to finish. You can get some great deals if you schedule a spot with several people! So get a group of 7 or 8 and go for $20 cheaper. I recommend going earlier in the morning so you aren’t in the scorching heat.  We went at 9AM and it was perfect timing.  Little kids will have blast too!

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The last line is the longest and takes your right back where you parked your car.  BOOYA.

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Egans Take Oceanside

Oceanside as usual didn’t disappoint. Let me give you a few reasons why it is and forever will be my favorite trip.

it’s the perfect place for penny boarding and beach biking to the park.
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It’s where my cousins went from cousins to best friends and bridesmaids.

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MORNING ZUMBA / WERQ / TONING

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They are second to Utah for prettiest sunsets.

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You learn to prepare to be surprised.  (my poor dad)

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THE VIEW FROM THE BEACH HOUSE… (perfect for seal and dolphin sightings… which occur daily)

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Endless searching for sand crabs with Clara

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Daring strangers to make a cooler sandcastle than us.  (it’ll never happen.)

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The Girls pedicure outing to happiness salon.

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Mostly because it’s the place where some of my most cherished memories are.

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This year was even better because my best friend got to spend the whole week with me there.  We even got to celebrate our six months of marriage. (not too exciting but it’s crazy how time it flying!) and California is the only place where I will let Chris have a mustache.

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Random Elizabeth Egan concerts.
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You get to spend everyday laughing with Nate the Great.

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Because I spend several wonderful hours planning the Annual Oceanside Jeopardy game with Missy.

We even went digital this year.  Missy had all the questions and answers on her iPad.

The Categories this year:

Ocean Sider

Sing- A -Long

Elite Eganomics

Beach Edition

and of course… Is That a Challenge????

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Thanks for another great trip! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!!

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(Thanks to all of you whose instagrams I stole.. Love you.)

10 Ways To Make Your 4th of July Party Awesome

The Fourth of July! One of the coolest holidays.  Namely, because the U.S. is an amazing place to live!
I know most of you will be celebrating with a fun Barbeque so here are some ways to liven up! ENJOY!
 
1. MUSIC
I am the biggest advocate of background music at parties.  It sets the tone! It can make a party less awkward.  It is the ultimate Ice Breaker. Luckily, I made a fun American themed playlist ( MERICA )! Follow me on Spotify @ SaraJane George to get the playlist!
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2. Patriotic Prizes & Giveaways
I got patriotic socks, windmills, decals, etc.  It’s also handy to have red, white, and blue stuff that others can wear in case they forgot to come in MERICA attire.
fourth63. Non Firework Fun
It can be difficult to make the Independence Day thrilling without fireworks.  However, some kids are way too young to participate.  Martha Stewart had a great idea.  Fill balloons with confetti and pop them!  A colorful explosion without letting your kids near fire. Another idea… Have a bike parade! Let the wee ones decorate their scooters, bikes, and trikes!  Let them strut their stuff on the sidewalk!a0d7e2544a357c36b9c93c7a238176324. Food Decor
I am no cook.  But what I can handle when it comes to BBQ-ing is the presentation.  A hamburger or hot dog looks even more beautiful when its accompanied by a fun lined basket, paired with festive napkins.
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These pictures can be so fun for young and old alike.  It brings out creativity and imagination!  July Fourth also happens to be the perfect time to do them because of SPARKLERS!!! Here is a link to a tutorial post I did on Long Exposure Shots.
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6. Outfit Competition
Encourage your guests to wear patriotic and festive attire! The more outrageous the better! Best outfit gets a prize.
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- water balloon dodgeball- played exactly like dodgeball except you get soaking wet!
-Baseball or Football- what’s more American than those sports?
-croquet- it really brings the classiness factor up at a barbeque.
-Potato Bag race or Three legged race- I love these games because it gets every age involved.
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8. Trivia
Have U.S. history and trivia questions ready while dinner is being prepared.  It’s fun to see how much we really know about our AMAZING nation. Here’s a few links to some trivia questions: American Trivia, More American Trivia, Even More American Trivia
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9. Flag Hunt
Take some mini flags and hide them through out the yard.  Similarly to an Easter egg hunt, little ones go searching!  The one who finds the most flags wins a prize.  Another way to have a flag hunt is to make it a counting competition.  Hide flags everywhere, little ones and big ones, on napkins and plates. etc.  The only rule: Flags that people are wearing on their own body do not count.  Know before hand how many flags there are in the yard.  The person with the correct answer wins a prize!
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10. Sweet Treats
Pinterest had this awesome idea of taking a classic American treat, Root beer floats, and making them even more patriotic.  I changed the idea slightly but you could do any variation really.
-Cold mug
-Vanilla Ice Cream
-Jones Soda- Strawberry Lime and Berry Lemonade (Red & Blue)
-Fresh Rasperries
AWESOME.  It is honestly so refreshing and tasty!
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Class of 2K14

Had some fun with my sister and her friends today!  Needless to say they are ecstatic that they have graduated from Olympus High School this year! So naturally we had to celebrate by taking some fun pics!

What would you leave behind if you could? What would your legacy be?  I was always sort of bummed that I didn’t get to have a senior quote in the yearbook.  It would have been nice to leave my fellow classmates with something I found interesting, exciting, and what I believed in.  This year I am trying to live by my wannabe senior quote… “Wherever you are be all there.” - Jim Elliot.  It can be difficult with all the distractions to focus on where you are at the moment and what is really important.  Having a husband and an iPhone with games, social media, texts, etc. can make it difficult to really spend time together.  I hope that when I leave this Earth I will leave others feeling like I made time for them and appreciated the memories made.  Look up and smile at one another!  Let’s be all here.

I’d love to hear what your life motto or senior quote is! Let me know!

If the yearbook would have let them have senior quotes this is what they’d be:

Brooklyn: “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t happened yet.” – unknown

Faith: “Grateful for the friends i’ve made but I’m excited for a new scene. Peace and Blessings.” 

Anna: “Take care of all your memories for you cannot relive them” – Bob Dylan

Elizabeth: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

CONGRATS ON GRADUATING CUTE GIRLS! #classof2014

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LP 2014

The George family takes a vacation to Lake Powell every summer.  This was my first time on the trip and I was introduced to long standing traditions.  I added a few of my own and we had the most amazing trip. Some of the traditions include: a midnight dip in the lake, catching lizards or mice (gross), braiding hair, just dance competitions and parties, sleeping on the top deck under the stars, eating lots of candy, etc.

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First things first.  A Seadoo ride to make yourself familiar with the area.  There are some sweet coves.DCIM100GOPRONext is a leisurely surf ride behind the boat.  SURFS UP RICHARD! DCIM100GOPROkick it up a notch with some heavyweights blob action.

LP1.jpgLP2.jpgLP3.jpgLP4.jpgLP5.jpgLP6.jpgTake a jump off the top of the house boat.  (If 4 year old Cora can do it… So can you!)LP35.jpgTake all the grandkids to cheer on Uncle Freddy (chris) as he wake boards IMG_1548IMG_1533IMG_1508Throw Mimi in to the LakeIMG_1592*New tradition* Paddle Board runningIMG_1670IMG_1639IMG_1710LP40.jpgIf you’re lucky BIRTHDAY’S can be on vacations! Happy first bday to Dawson and 20th to me! (hopefully that trip will land on our bdays each year! *fingers crossed*)LP37.jpgLP36LP20.jpgLP11.jpgGo adventuring with your best friends. LP25.jpgLP26.jpgTube with your nieces and nephews on the “TUBE OF TERROR”DCIM100GOPRODCIM100GOPRODCIM100GOPROTake family pictures each year! LP12.jpgLP13.jpgLP14.jpgLP15.jpgLP41.jpgLP16.jpgLP24.jpgLP23.jpgLP21.jpgLP22.jpgLP17.jpgLP18.jpgHave funny face contests LP32.jpgSmile lots.LP29.jpgLet the little ones play with sparklers ( with adult supervision of course)IMG_1446IMG_1447IMG_1452

Have matching swim suits. LP7Snuggle with SophieLP8.jpgPlay ball with DawsonLP10Watch the NBA finals with Crew boo.  (OBSESSED HEAT FAN) #teambeatheatLP33.jpgListen to beach boys the entire trip (courtesy of bumpa) LP39.jpgAdmire Dawson’s good looksLP34.jpg LP30.jpg LP31.jpgLP38.jpgHave a Squirt Gun fightLP28.jpgGame playing.. Nerts, scattegories, golf, mexican train, scum, etc.LP27.jpgPlay Girls vs. Boys King of the tube with smash.LP9.jpg*new tradition* Give out awards…

POWELL PRIZES 2014

Cutest Hair: Rae RaeIMG_1841 Way Chill Surfer Bra: BumpaIMG_1839Beach Babe: Mimi IMG_1837 Best Bday Suit: BlakeIMG_1835 Will Do Anything for otter pops: FreddyIMG_1832 Michael Phelps award: Cha ChaIMG_1831 Just Dance Queen: BrynIMG_1829 Best Battle Wound: TiffyIMG_1825 NOOB: JanieIMG_1822 Book Worm: KateIMG_1821 Fear Facer: HaydenIMG_1818Minion mimicer: Lil’ D IMG_1815“I’m Fine” award: Sophie Mae IMG_1810 Sassy Pants: (WHO ELSE?) RubyIMG_1808 Freddy Jr. : CrewIMG_1806 Best Dressed: Coco beanIMG_1804 Best Fat Sack: DaveIMG_1799 Best defender of the Boys tube: Cashy SmashyIMG_1797 Tube of Terror: RemiIMG_1791

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I’d love to hear some of your favorite things to do in LP! Please comment and let me know!Thanks for reading!!! #rightswiped

Netflix Finds

Happy Streaming!!

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Watch as Cary Grant attempts to win back his Ex-Wife before she gets married!

Hotel Rwanda hotel_rwanda_verdvdDuring the Hutu rebellion a brave hotel owner housed Tutsi refugees.  HEART WRENCHING. (Read the book Left To Tell after)

BBC’s Sherlockbbc-sherlock-1600A great rendition of the infamous detective Sherlock Holmes.

The Woman Who Wasn’t There11164313_detA documentary of Tania Head a supposed 9/11 survivor.  Big thriller.  Crazy story

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One of my favorite shows ever.  Watch the seasons on your own.  Have a good laugh out loud.  Then begin to quote it with others who love it as much as you do.  (Skip the fourth season)

Wish Upon A Star00gyd3hqa8whaqwdIf only Disney original movies could still be like this.  Sisters switch lives after wishing on a shooting star.

Road Trip | Island Park |

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Road Trips… 

a time of fun memories with loved ones OR a time of wanting to bang your head against the dashboard

What makes a good road trip you ask??????

1. Snacks - Don’t overlook the importance of good snacks.  Have balance of sweet and salty and healthy and junk.  LOTS OF WATER.
Roadtrip29.jpg2. Playlist - The music sets the tone for the whole trip.  I made a playlist that is full of sing-a-long classics, alternative crowd pleasers, and occasional pump up jams. Follow me on spotify to get the playlist!

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3. A Good Audio Book – I absolutely hate reading in the car.  Headache central.  Listening to a book is a great alternative.  Unbroken is an amazing story and Chris and I have been absolutely captivated by it.  It’s a great book to listen to on a long road trip.
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5. LAUGHS - Pandora stand up comedy stations are THE BOMB. (yes I just said the bomb) Listen to Jim Gaffigan, Gary Gulman, Brian Regan, John Mulaney… Etc.  Good laughs with everyone the whole trip.

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Bill’s Island at Island Park in Idaho is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The Walkers were so nice to have us at their cabin!Roadtrip18.jpgroadtrip15Roadtrip16.jpgRoadtrip17Roadtrip19Roadtrip20.jpgRoadtrip21.jpgShelb and Cam and the TitanicRoadtrip24.jpgChris was a part of the Playmill cast in 2010.  It was a blast to see where he worked for a summer and how much fun he had.  Playmill was awesome I was so glad to finally see it.  My husband is such a thespian hahahaRoadtrip30We gotta celebrate America with sparklers! The kiddos loved these pics!Roadtrip22.pngRoadtrip23.jpgRoadtrip25.jpgRoadtrip26.jpgRoadtrip27.jpgRoadtrip28.jpgIMG_0750IMG_0737IMG_0734IMG_0727BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE WALKERS!!!!! THANK YOU!

Spring and Summer Favorites

MY ESSENTIALS FOR THIS SPRING/SUMMER

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I am not a fashion blogger nor claim to be but these things are gonna be in my beach tote all season long.

1. Jelly Shoes - I already have three pairs of them.  JuJu Footwear and Soda Shoes has some cheap cute pairs!

2.  Floppy Sunhat – This red one I found at my grandma’s!

3. Cat Eye Sunglasses – Picked these stunnas up at Hot Topic.  Check at Proof Eyewear too!

4. Hand Made Earrings - Local farmer’s markets and boutiques like Katie Waltman Jewelry should do the trick!

5. Candy - SweeTarts, War Heads, and Blow Pops.  YUM.

6. SCRUNCHIES - talk about throwing it back to the 90s.  These things save my life on occasion. asos.com

7. Bright Lip Crayons – Easy to apply and a eye catcher… BOOYA.

8. Clever Graphic Shirt - Cats, block letter words, etc. Amazon.com

9. Tumbler - Drinking lots of water is much easier when it is with a straw in a cute cup. Walgreens.

10. One Piece – One pieces make being active this summer easier.  Geometric patterns = extra plus!

HAGS/S

(Have A Great Spring/Summer