Monday, January 20, 2020

What I Wore In December

Hey Girlfriends, it's time for another round up of some outfits that I wore in the month of December.  I'm quite the homebody.  On average I only leave the house twice a week, so I never have too many outfits to share.  I always take a quick selfie before I leave the house, and I post it to my Instagram and Facebook stories, that's why some of the photos have hashtags on them.

This month, I was more of a homebody than usual as my family was here for the holidays and we didn't go out much.  We all enjoyed just cozying up at home.  But here are seven outfits I wore when I did leave the house.

This is an outfit I wore out to lunch with the hubs and shopping.  The top and pull on jeans are both from Stitch Fix.

Since December was a holiday month,  I have a few holiday outfits to share.  You may remember this Liz Claiborne dress I wore in my "Grandma and Me:  My Two Favorite Presents Under The Christmas Tree" post.  I wore this dress on Christmas Sunday to Church, but this time I changed it up a bit by wearing tall slouchy boots.  And great news!  This dress is STILL available HERE!

Another lunch/shopping outfit.  Grey jeans are from Stitch Fix, the black and white marbled sweater and tall riding boots are from JCPenney (both old).

I wore this outfit for a hair appointment.  The leggings are from Stitch Fix,
the sweater is from JCP, and the combat boots are from Charlotte Russe (all old).

Sometime during the holiday month I wore this outfit shopping.  If you can't read my sweater, it says "Honey It's Cold Outside". It is a word play on the controversial holiday song.  I wear it every year.  I found it at H&M years ago.  The words are silver crystals.  I wore my sweater with Burgundy skinny jeans and brown suede booties, all old.

Another holiday outfit I wore was a sparkly navy blue sweater with black pants and black suede booties.  I wore this the Sunday after Christmas.  The sweater was purchased years ago from JCPenney and the pants I received in a recent box from Stitch Fix.

And the last look I will share is a new top I wore on Christmas Day.  I picked this cute top up at TJMaxx.  You will see more of this top in an upcoming Valentine's Day post.  It is so pretty!  I love the yoke and sleeves.  I paired the top with the same stretchy black pants I'm wearing above and black suede booties.

I hope you enjoyed this months "What I Wore" post.  For whatever reason, they seem to be popular.  I guess we are all a bit curious what other women wear in real life, since most of us don't have that much to dress up for these days as our society is growing more and more casual.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Our Utah Adventure: Day Four, Part 1: Bryce Canyon "Peekaboo Loop" Trail

 This is a continuation of a travel series to Utah.  To start at the beginning, go  HERE.  The rest of the posts in chronological order are HERE,  HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE, and HERE!

In last week's travel post, we finished our first day in Bryce Canyon with an incredible hike up "Wall Street".  After a good night's sleep we woke up at the crack of dawn and drove back to Bryce Canyon for one last hike.  There are so many trails in Bryce Canyon we didn't know which one to do next, so we asked our shuttle guide for her opinion.  I asked her "If you could only hike one trail in Bryce Canyon, which one would it be?"  She suggested "Peekaboo Loop" so that was the trail we took for our last hike in Bryce Canyon.

Peekaboo Loop is a long trail:  5.5 miles and has an elevation gain of 1571 feet.  It is not for the faint of heart, as it takes around 3 to 4 hours to complete.  If that is too long of a hike for you, it's available as a horseback ride too!  You will see the horses in some of the pictures below.

If I were ever to do this trail again, I would definitely do it by horseback as it was very long.  It is a beautiful trail, full of every type of landscape and terrain you could imagine!

There are breath-taking, panoramic views everywhere you look on this trail.

And there a lots of interesting architectural details like this tunnel, arches, and the "Wall of Windows".

The path can be steep at time, so once again the park rangers recommend hiking clockwise so that you are climbing up at the steepest parts.  We took our car inside the park this time since we would be headed out of town as soon as we were done with this hike.  We parked at Bryce Point and had to hike 1.5 miles down into the canyon before we even reached the loop.  There was plenty of parking very early in the morning when we arrived, but when it was time to leave there wasn't a single parking spot available and tons of cars desperately waiting for a parking space.  My advice is to get there bright and early if you want a parking spot, or take the shuttle!

Like other trails in the park, the "Hoodoo" formations were spectacular!  I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again, being at Bryce Canyon feels like visiting another planet!

There's not much more I can say about this amazing trail and beautiful park, so I will just let the pictures do the talking!

This picture shows the famous "Wall of Windows".

I loved this arch on the trail and how it frames the beautiful scenery.

When we finished this trail, we were hot, hungry, and exhausted!  We got back in our car and headed on our way to our next and final destination:  Arches National Park, hoping to grab some lunch on the way!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

January Bible Journaling Pages

Now that the Christmas Decor is down, and I'm finished with my FaceBook Thanksgiving and Christmas Bible Study Groups, I can return to a more normal routine.  One thing I was excited about doing was resuming back to my own personal study of reading through the Bible beginning to end and doing Bible Journaling Pages again.

Last month I shared that I couldn't wait to get out of the book of 2 Kings and onto 1 Chronicles.  But after a few chapters in, I wanted to go back to 2 Kings 🤣. For those who may not be familiar with the book of 1 Chronicles, it starts off with a lot of chapters on lists of names.  There's not a whole lot of Bible Journaling one can do with a list of names, so I basically just colored in the pre-printed images that are already in the "Inspire Bible".

Here is the chapter title page.  I used colored pencils for all the large spaces and then I used gel pens for more intricate work.

Speaking of gel pens, my son gave my granddaughter gel pens for Christmas.  They are AMAZING! I tried them out and loved them so much I ordered my own set.  They are by Aen Art and are so inexpensive!  You get 30 colors for less than $10.00.  You can find them on AMAZON.

I did do one page all by myself this month.  I really loved this story about this arrogant king who thought he was so powerful and indestructible.  God just laughs at him and says "Have you not heard?  I decided this long ago.  Long ago I planned it, and now I am making it happen".  Every politician in power is only there because God put him/her there!

To make my page, I first colored the page in with gelatos, highlighting the verse that spoke to me.  Then I stamped a man with a bull horn on card stock, colored the image in, and cut it out and glued it to the Bible page.  I also stamped two more bull horns, colored them in, and glued those to the page.  I used a variety of stickers and my own hand writing to convey my message.

The rest are all pre-printed images.  This one the salmon color background is created with colored pencils and Gamosol.  Everything else was more intricate so I used gel pens.  I highlighted the letters with a white gel pen.

A simple page done solely with gel pens.

The bird and flowers were colored with pencils, for everything else I used gel pens.

I did the banners in colored pencils and gel pens for all the words and intricate details.

This page was a real challenge but I liked how it turned out.  The letters were colored with pencils and Gamosol, but then I used a glitter gel pen in black to emphasize them.  Everything else was colored with my new gel pens from Amazon.  I'm so thrilled to have more colors to play with!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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