happy valentines...

okay, so last year i made this card for my husband and i'm struggling to come up with ideas for this year so i thought i'd share it with you in case you're in the same boat. 

  • take 10 envelopes and cards (red or pink)
  • use a glue stick to attach them together (be sure to glue the envelope flap to the back of the envelope above and to leave a bit more space between each one as you continue to glue more envelopes - it gets really thick when you start folding it all together)
  • fill the slots with date nights (movie or restaurant gift cards), car wash vouchers, favorite date memory, top ten reasons you love him, etc.  whatever you want, get creative..
  • decorate and...
  • you get this

here is also another idea for friends and neighbors.  super simple, just uncover a candy bar and decorate with paper and ribbon.

love you.

top 3 superbowl commercials

nick and i critique commercials on a daily basis.  not really sure why, it's just fun.  occasionally i get a text saying that he saw a commercial i would like haha.  but here are the top 3 superbowl commercials from your commercial critics... karli and nick

1. m&m's - just my shell

2. honda - matthew's day off

3. toyota camry - it's reinvented


my sweet little grams passed away early, last friday morning. she truly lived a great life of 85 years.  it was full of giving lots of love, hugs, kisses, service, food, advice, comfort, more food, sympathy, encouragement, and cookies.  you couldn't leave her house without any food, gummy bears, or cookies. everyone that met her was automatically drawn to her because she was full of life and excitement.  growing up, she always wanted to know who the latest boy was and who asked us to the dance. she always got so excited and loved sharing that with us.  i guess i didn't realize the extent of it until i got engaged.  we were up at bear lake when nick proposed and i thought i was excited... but we walked into grams' room to tell her and she was ten times more excited than i was.  she jumped up and down and i honestly thought we were going to give her a heart attack just by telling her.  it was always fun to share things with her.  she was an amazing cook and never used a recipe.  we tried to have her teach us but the amounts and the ingredients changed every time (usually it was more sugar).  she was an amazing sewer and could whip up anything even if you only gave her a few hours notice.  she was truly a homemaker and always made everyone feel so welcome.  she loved romance and taught us how to love through her example.  we all know how much she truly loved gramps and how perfect it was for her to leave this earth the day before their 65th wedding anniversary.  i think we could have guessed the day just by that.  she was a great example and truly blessed the hearts of many.  we know you're enjoying your new eyes so be sure to check out everything and tell gramps we love and miss him too.  you will never be forgotten, we love you grams.  xo

grams' obituary