Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Home for the holidays.

If there is one thing I love most, it is being home for Christmas.

Nothing brings me greater joy than celebrating one of my favorite holidays with the ones I love.
This year was especially special as I got to see cousins and family members that I haven't seen in ages.
I'm not sure where I'll be this time next year, so I tried to savor every moment.
It was a Christmas filled with lots of love, and I feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life.

Hope everyone had a very merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A birthday wish.

On Thursday I turned twenty-two!
I didn't really get to celebrate it due to finals, but it ended up being one of the best.

It started off early when a dear friend took me to a casual dinner and ice cream the night before. 
We got to catch up and reminisce for a short time before it was time to get back to studying.
I'm sure this friend had better things to do that night, but it was just what I needed and meant a lot.

The next day (my birthday) I spent 10 hours in the library and 4 hours taking an exam.
It was a long day and as you can imagine I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home.
Thanks to my cute roommates though, I got to blow out some candles and make a birthday wish.
And lucky me, that wish is already coming true.

So cheers to turning 22... it's one I won't forget!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Countdown to Christmas.

This is one of my favorite Christmas commercials this year and thought I'd share.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas in the city.

Last weekend I had the chance to take a quick trip to New York City.
I feel like it's already my second home as I have traveled out there a few times this semester.
When I go I always have the days planned out on exactly what I want to do, where I want to eat, what I want to see... this time around was a little more relaxing, but of course still did a ton!

For those of you who have never been to the city during the holidays, I definitely recommend it!
There is nothing more magical than ice skating around the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, smelling the fresh pine trees that line the streets, and drinking hot chocolate after the wonderful Nutcracker Ballet. 

It was such a fun trip and was just what I needed before I dive into finals!

Monday, December 5, 2011


I tell you, there is nothing better than having a FREE MEAL at Cafe Rio.
It is music to my ears when I hear the friendly employees yell that simple phrase.

For those of you who don't already know, I'm a rio addict. 
I love it so much that I go there at least once a week, and when I walk up to order my friend Hugo says "Hello Niki! Chicken salad today?" 
Yes, the employees know my order like the back of their hand. 
Embarrassed? Not at all.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


This year we spent Thanksgiving with three other Texas families up in snowy Deer Valley. 
It was so fun celebrating this holiday with family and good friends!
We ate lots of good food, watched some football (go cowboys!), slept, ate some more, had a little talent show, celebrated some birthdays, and chatted until it was time for everyone to depart. 

Along with watching football, shopping, skiing, and eating, we made our way over 
to Temple Square were we saw the all the Christmas lights! 
I always love it there this time of year... nothing is more magical.

I hope everyone had a fabulous and relaxing Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Journey to Christmas.

Sunday morning we woke up early to go to Music and the Spoken Word.
I was so touched by the beautiful music as the choir sang different arrangements of Christmas carols.
We sat right in front so we could see the orchestra play their instruments with such feeling and passion.

I was also so touched by the message that was shared, and found it to be true to not only Christmas, but my life.
How often I forget to live in the moment and recognize those things that are preparing me for what lies ahead.
It was such an inspiring program and I am so glad we were able to go.

"The month of December is a time of joyful anticipation. The sights, sounds, and smells of the season evoke feelings of excitement and wonder. For generations, children—and grown-ups—have used advent calendars and paper chains to count down the days. But does our focus ever become so fixed on the future that we forget to enjoy the journey to Christmas?

This year, instead of just looking forward, let’s also take pleasure in the preparations: in the little, less spectacular moments along the way, even in the spontaneous joys that may, at first, seem like interruptions to our bigger plans. In order to recognize those moments for what they could be, it sometimes helps to slow things down a bit. We may need to shop less and savor more. We might have to dim the bright lights in order to see the stars in the heavens, but if we look, we will find them.

Often it takes a child to redirect our focus. Think of how much children enjoy the present moments, the preparations, and not just the finished products. When helping to decorate the home, wrap presents, or bake Christmas treats, they usually make more of a mess than we would; they might not do it just right, but they also usually enjoy the moment more than we do! Their enthusiasm can be contagious.

A three-year-old girl, wholeheartedly living in the present, exclaimed: "It’s not tomorrow! It’s not today! It’s to-now!” 
When was the last time you felt "to-now”?
Yes, we are busy. But the days leading to Christmas are not just to be endured. In fact, perhaps they offer more of what the season is really about. The promise of Christmas is everywhere to behold. It’s not saved for Christmas morning. If we have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to open, we truly can enjoy the journey to Christmas."

- Lloyd D. Newell

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bring on the SNOW.

Today was the first day of skiing this season!
While everyone went shopping for Black Friday, my dad, brother and I decided to go down the slopes.
There were no lines, and although it was a little chilly and snowy it was perfect!
Nothing like welcoming winter with a little skiing at Park City.

Hope everyone is staying warm!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

gobble gobble.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hope it's a good one.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What a Wonderful World.

(Thank-you Kristin for the photo!)

This weekend I celebrated my cousin's wedding with good friends and family.
The Bride and Groom were glowing, and I couldn't be more happy for them.
I always love watching two people so in love...
I unfortunately didn't take any pictures, but once I get my hands on some I'll be sure to post a few.
The wedding was absolutely beautiful and of course the food was divine.
(I may or may not have taken a whole plate of cookies with me...)

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Things I love...

1. Peppermint steamers at Starbucks
2. BYU Bookstore's white-chocolate-sprinkle-Christmas-tree-pretzels
3. Reading a good book in bed when it's snowing outside
4. Early morning yoga
5. Reminiscing and laughing with old friends
6. Homemade chocolate covered strawberries

Friday, November 11, 2011

Goodbye fall, hello winter.

You know winter is on its way when the once beautiful orange fall tree outside your home is now bare and cold.

Is it just me, or did October just fly by?
Fall came and went way too fast for me this year...although, I am excited to start wearing my big coats, wool sweaters, and boots. I usually dread this transition of seasons, but I am actually looking forward to it this year. Maybe it's because I know this might be the last real winter I'll have for awhile...or maybe it's because I can finally start wearing my black leggings that I just love.
Either way, I'm going to make the most of this winter season and hope to enjoy it while it lasts.
(which we all know will probably be for awhile...)

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Year in New York.

Today a friend from New York sent me this and I cried.
If you watch it, make sure to watch it fullscreen with the sound up...
Hopefully you'll get a glimpse of what I feel for this place. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Packin' the bags.

Just packing my bags for a little trip home. 
I haven't been home since early spring so this trip has been much anticipated. 
Excited to see old friends and family!

I'll be back in a few days.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Crisp air and falling leaves.
Isn't fall just the best?
It is probably my favorite season to be in Utah.

A few weeks back the girls and I got to spend a weekend up in Deer Valley at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. 
We could not get enough of the beautiful drive through the canyon and our view from our room!
It was breathtaking and a perfect little getaway. 

Hope everyone is enjoying this weather before it gets cold!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Current read(s).

The other day I made my way over to Barnes and Noble (a favorite of mine) to pick up some new reads.
I don't know what it is about bookstores, but every time I go I end up spending hours and hours trying to pick and decide on what books I want to read. I usually end up with 5 books in my hand and have to force myself to put back at least 2 or 3 of them! I'm addicted, and it's a problem.

So anyways, here are the books that are currently on my nightstand waiting to be read.
I'm not sure which one I am going to read first (they are all so different), but I'm super excited.
I'll be sure to post what I think of them once finished...

Let me know if you have any books that you would recommend that you have read/are currently reading! 
I'm always interested in hearing about books people have enjoyed.
(I'm thinking about joining a book club.) 

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Found this video to be so true with how my life is right now. 
When it comes time to get crackin' on things, I always find ways to distract myself.
(for example, I have opted to blog instead of studying stats...yeah yeah yeah.)
Everyday I make a "to-do" list of all the things I need to get accomplished...
and I'll be honest, I usually only get half of it completed.

Some might say this video is taking it to the extreme, but I think it's brilliant.
Enjoy my friends.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Home away from home.

I have been back from New York for less than 24 hours and already I'm having withdrawals!
It was a fabulous long weekend spent with good friends doing great things.
The weather was beautiful, the food was divine, the walking was refreshing, and the company couldn't have been better. 
Let's just say the trip was a success (for many reasons) and was definitely needed and appreciated.

Being back in the city felt more like home than ever before... and I think it's a sign.
There's something about that place that makes me thrive and I'm already eager to get back.
Luckily I had the chance to visit some ad agencies, so keep your fingers crossed!
There are some good things in the works.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!