BABYMOON

For our last getaway as just us two, we decided to go San Francisco! I had never been to Northern California and it had been a few years since Kyle had been back there. We went right before Christmas, and I highly recommend going that time. There were giant Christmas trees everywhere and all the stores were decked out! The weather was pretty great too! It was in the 50’s our whole trip!

We stayed at the Hilton Parc 55 hotel right in Union Square. Union Square is a great location to stay if you are going for the shopping. There are the most amazing, high-end retail stores lined up the streets! We loved going into the GIANT Nordstrom! The store was probably about 6 stories tall and the decorations for Christmas were unreal! There was also a giant Target, which is you are anything like me, your addicted to Target.

If you go to San Francisco you HAVE to stop by Ghirardelli square. When we went they had a big Christmas tree right in the center. They have an ice cream parlour to satisfy your sweet tooth as well as a chocolate gift shop with every flavor you can imagine. The only thing missing was a chocolate making factory.

We also LOVED seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. It is amazing! We couldn’t bike across the bridge because of my big belly but if you have the chance, DO IT! We also stopped by Golden Gate park, which was wayyyy bigger than either of us expected! There was a lot to see. We thought it would be a great stop for families because there was a lot of kid friendly things to do in the park.

Fisherman’s Wharf is also a must. There were so many street performers! Plus this is the place to get fresh seafood and sourdough bread, although I am still biased for Kyle’s homemade sourdough. The bay was beautiful and we had the perfect view of Alcatraz. We didn’t but they do offer boat tours out to the Island.

TIPS:

#1 Everything is not as close as it appears. This was our first mistake. We looked on the map and thought everything looked so close, we decided to walk our first day. By lunch I was a total goner! We learned our lesson the hard way and took the city street cars, bus and train the rest of the trip. San Fran as excellent public transit. Before you go to San Francisco, download the Muni app. That way you can plan your routes and prepay for passes. Also if you use the app, you get a discount on all passes. All the passes were very affordable and convenient.

#2 Try the local restaurants. Our favorite places we stopped by were places that were one of a kind, mom and pop shops! Here were our favorites!

MAMA’S

This plate of french toast really should have a post of its own…it was that unreal! This family joint opened in the 50’s and now the brothers are running it. We stumbled upon this shop while wondering through little Italy. We were starving and saw this big line out front. It was worth the wait. Everything was scratch made and FRESH! I got eggs benedict and Kyle got orange cranberry french toast with walnuts and fresh fruit. Even though both were incredible, we both decided Kyle’s plate was the winner.

Halal Guys

This place originally started as a street cart in New York city. I am so glad they expanded! Talk about amazing Mediterranean food! I got the beef gyro and Kyle got a chicken and beef plate. The white sauce was the real kicker!

Patxi’s Pizza

This is deep dish pizza at it’s finest! You can buy by the slice or the whole pie. We tried the ceasar salad and meat lovers pizza. Oh man, it was so freakin good!

Boudin’s Bakery

You just can’t visit San Fran without eating fresh sourdough bread! We got two bread bowls filled to the brim with clam chowder. mmmMMMmm!

We had an incredible trip, but the truth about any place you visit is that it’s who you are with that really makes it special! I can’t believe the next big trip we take is going to be a party of three!

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

GOALS

I am one of those weirdos that LOVES keeping a planner, scheduling my weeks/months, making lists, but especially setting goals!

The new year is always an exciting time for me because it’s a blank slate! A time to reflect and be grateful but to also decide how I want this “blank slate” to be filled.

Looking ahead this is already going to be quite the year for us with a baby on the way, school, applying to dental schools and taking the DAT (dental admissions test.) Sometimes it can feel like life is already so busy, why add more to it? I really believe that if you don’t plan and set goals, life can just happen to you instead of you taking control of your own life. There are always ways to improve and grow. New things to learn and accomplish.

Growing up we had a goal book. Each New Years Day we would set 4 different goals. One financial goal, one spiritual goal, one educational goal, and one physical goal. This structure worked so well for me to keep everything organized and to really stay focused on specific goals. Each goal would be something we really thought we could achieve that year. It could be big or small! This year Kyle and I are adding a social goal. These past few months we have found ourselves a little more reclusive than we would like, so we really wanted to focus on building and refreshing relationships this year.

Kyle had a new idea this year to write our goals down and post them on a cork board, where we could see them everyday. We are going to be trying this out this year and see if this helps us accomplish ALL of our goals.

Two of my main goals I am focusing on this year are:

-Study the Old Testament. I feel like the Old Testament seems like such a daunting task and I don’t want it to feel that way!

-Loose the baby weight by the end of the year! My body has changed so much in these past 6 months and I would really love to get back into shape and recognize my body again! This will of course start after baby boy is born in April!

2018 can be whatever we want it to be! Don’t wait! We would love to hear how you are filling your “blank slates!”

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

Our Gender Reveal Party

Over Thanksgiving, Kyle and I took the ten+ hour trek down to Mesa to visit with our families. It was sunny and warm. I swear the sun is brighter in Arizona! I could barely walk outside with out my eyes burning. I guess I am too adjusted to the Utah climate!

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving we decided to throw a gender reveal party! We found out the gender almost a week before and kept the secret allllll the way until Wednesday! This is a HUGE deal for me because keeping secrets is my BIGGEST weakness. Seriously! I always give away Christmas gifts and surprises all the time. But this time I DID IT. And I’m kind of proud. Really proud. I’m really proud.

Anyway, back to the gender reveal party! I really enjoy decorating and planning parties. It is so fun for me! We really wanted to go with a holiday theme since it was so close to Thanksgiving. We went back and forth for weeks and we finally decided that having pink or blue come out of a turkey or pumpkin just wasn’t cute. So we changed to Christmas, because close enough right?

The Monday before the party, I called a local baker named Katie Rickertsen. I asked her to make boy and girl gingerbread cookies for the party! These cookies were the main event! She did AMAZING!! If you live in the Phoenix area and need something baked, call Katie. You can check out my Instagram for her contact information.

We hung up ultra sound pictures of our little babe.

Other than the cookies we had a hot chocolate bar and pie!

We had everyone vote whether they thought it was a boy or girl using peanut and regular M&Ms.

We are over the freaking MOON to be having a baby boy!! And we loved being able to celebrate with our friends and family!

Also being pregnant with my BFF has been so fun! She is having a girl in January and we are pretty much already planning the wedding!

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

2017 Recap

Ohhh 2017. How can it already be the end?

This year has been my favorite so far! I actually think this will forever be my favorite year! From getting married, starting new jobs, visiting so many new places, and getting pregnant! This truly was the year for BIG firsts! So here’s the recap of the year that changed our lives in so many incredible ways!

Jan. 20th

Kyle knelt on one knee and asked me to be his FOREVER!

Feb. 5th

Stanley was born and Kyle’s love for baking was ignited!

Feb. 8th

Kyle was feeling 22 #cliche

Feb. 21st

I said YES to my wedding dress! I can’t thank Pritchett Bridal enough for making my dress dreams come true!

March 9th

Kyle’s amazing Aunt Jane took our engagement pictures!

March 16th

Kyle and I took a trip to Vegas! This was Kyle’s first time going to Las Vegas!

March 18th

Marlee and her mama threw me the MOST AMAZING bridal shower!

April 8th

Kyle’s cousin Witney also threw me an Amazing bridal shower in Utah!

April 23rd

Kyle and I took a trip to northern Arizona to visit Horseshoe Bend!

April 27th

I married my very own Prince Charming!

April 28th

HONEYMOON

June 1st

My baker made his first batch of French Macarons and they were nothing less of perfection!

July 3rd

I turned 23!

July 17th

We took a trip to Colorado, it was my first time! We loved being able to explore and visit family!

August 1st

I started my new job at Vitanya Brain Performance!

August 6th

We found out we were having a baby!

September 16th

We took a trip with our friends up to Yellowstone National Park! Surprisingly that was my first time up to Idaho and Yellowstone!

Nov. 16th

We found out we were having a baby BOY!

Dec. 21st

Kyle and I went to San Francisco for our Baby moon!

It has been so fun for me to look through all of these photos and reminisce about this year! I can’t believe how much has happened in just one year! I don’t know if 2018 can compare but I am excited for a new year full of firsts and adventures!

xo,

Kyle & Taylor

2017 recap

Ohhh 2017. How can it already be the end?

This year has been my favorite so far! I actually think this will forever be my favorite year! From getting married, starting new jobs, visiting so many new places, and getting pregnant! This truly was the year for BIG firsts! So here’s the recap of the year that changed our lives in so many incredible ways!

Jan. 20th

Kyle knelt on one knee and asked me to be his FOREVER!

Feb. 5th

Stanley was born and Kyle’s love for baking was ignited!

Feb. 8th

Kyle was feeling 22 #cliche 😂

Feb. 21st

I said YES to my wedding dress! I can’t thank Pritchett Bridal enough for making my dress dreams come true!

March 9th

Kyle’s amazing Aunt Jane took our engagement pictures!

March 16th

Kyle and I took a trip to Vegas! This was Kyle’s first time going to Las Vegas!

March 18th

Marlee and her mama threw me the MOST AMAZING bridal shower!

April 8th

Kyle’s cousin Witney also threw me an Amazing bridal shower in Utah!

April 23rd

Kyle and I took a trip to northern Arizona to visit Horseshoe Bend!

April 27th

I married my very own Prince Charming!

April 28th

HONEYMOON ❤️

June 1st

My baker made his first batch of French Macarons and they were nothing less of perfection!

July 3rd

I turned 23!

July 17th

We took a trip to Colorado, it was my first time! We loved being able to explore and visit family!

August 1st

I started my new job at Vitanya Brain Performance!

August 6th We found out we were having a baby!

September 16th

We took a trip with our friends up to Yellowstone National Park! Surprisingly that was my first time up to Idaho and Yellowstone!

Nov. 16th

We found out we were having a baby BOY!

Dec. 21st

Kyle and I went to San Francisco for our Baby moon!

It has been so fun for me to look through all of these photos and reminisce about this year! I can’t believe how much has happened in just one year! I don’t know if 2018 can compare but I am excited for a new year full of firsts and adventures!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor

Thanksgiving Recap

Since getting pregnant, I have been LITERALLY dreaming of thanksgiving dinner. Warm rolls, fluffy potatoes, creamy gravy, and hearty stuffing! Everything about Thanksgiving is my favorite. Cheesy, but true.

I love being in the kitchen cooking with the people I love. I love watching the Macy’s day parade (even though I missed it this year!) I love decorating the table. I love watching the boys play basketball. I love reflecting on the year and how God’s hand has been so prevalent in my life and others.

This year, Kyle and I kept some of our traditions growing up, and also started our own! In Mesa, where we are from, Kyle ran the annual Turkey Trot. Our brother-in-law Danny ran it with him, while Kelsea, the boys and I cheered on the sidelines with camera in hand!

Then we went over to my parent’s house to start helping with lunch. My family always eats at 11:30 am every year. This year Kyle made the rolls. They were UNREAL. I am pretty sure that will be his assignment every year! I made the cranberry sauce per usual. Britania and I also worked on the decor. I love decorating, especially when it comes to the holidays!

After Lunch, we all headed to the park so the boys could play basketball and the girls (and babies) could chat. I’m not sure who won the game but I do know that no one “cheated” this year…so that’s a plus. LOL.

Next stop was Kyle’s parents house! One of my favorite things was watching home videos of Kyle as a baby! It made me so excited to meet our little guy! I hope so bad that he looks just like his daddy! Meanwhile, Kyle made another batch of rolls! Dinner was delicious.

The rest of the weekend consisted of mostly shopping and eating. My two very most favorite things! Other than Kyle and Baby Boy, of course! We loved being able to spend so much time together and with family. I can’t wait until Christmas!

What do did you do this year! We would love to hear your traditions!

Love,

Kyle and TAy

Gender Reveal Party

Over Thanksgiving, Kyle and I took the ten+ hour trek down to Mesa to visit with our families. It was sunny and warm. I swear the sun is brighter in Arizona! I could barely walk outside with out my eyes burning. I guess I am too adjusted to the Utah climate!

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving we decided to throw a gender reveal party! We found out the gender almost a week before and kept the secret allllll the way until Wednesday! This is a HUGE deal for me because keeping secrets is my BIGGEST weakness. Seriously! I always give away Christmas gifts and surprises all the time. But this time I DID IT. And I’m kind of proud. Really proud. I’m really proud.

Anyway, back to the gender reveal party! I really enjoy decorating and planning parties. It is so fun for me! We really wanted to go with a holiday theme since it was so close to Thanksgiving. We went back and forth for weeks and we finally decided that having pink or blue come out of a turkey or pumpkin just wasn’t cute. So we changed to Christmas, because close enough right?

The Monday before the party, I called a local baker named Katie Rickertsen. I asked her to make boy and girl gingerbread cookies for the party! These cookies were the main event! She did AMAZING!! If you live in the Phoenix area and need something baked, call Katie. You can check out my Instagram for her contact information.

We hung up ultra sound pictures of our little babe.

Other than the cookies we had a hot chocolate bar and pie!

We had everyone vote whether they thought it was a boy or girl using peanut and regular M&Ms.

We are over the freaking MOON to be having a baby boy!! And we loved being able to celebrate with our friends and family!

Also being pregnant with my BFF has been so fun! She is having a girl in January and we are pretty much already planning the wedding!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor (and soon to be baby BOY G!!!)

Fall Menu: Fry Bread

Every Halloween growing up, my cul-de-sac would gather in the middle of the street and eat chili and fry bread before the kids went out trick or treating. Every time I eat fry bread now, I am reminded of those sweet memories. Fry Bread, to me, screams fall. So of course, I put it on our fall menu board.

This recipe is very straight forward and very tasty. Kyle made the fry bread and I prepared the toppings.

A little side note, this is a meatless recipe but can be modified. Kyle and I did a “meat cleanse” week and this just happened to fall in this week. I would add grilled chicken or ground turkey/beef.

Fry Bread Recipe:

**Recipe modified from Allrecipes.com **Makes about 12 servings

  • 4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups Coconut oil for frying

Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Then stir in 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water. Knead until soft but not sticky. Shape dough into balls about 3 inches in diameter. Flatten into patties 1/2 inch thick, and make a small hole in the center of each patty. Fry one at a time in 1 inch of hot oil, turning to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

Toppings:

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 an onion, chopped
  • 1-2 limes, wedged
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Hot Sauce

In a sauce pan, put butter and onions in. Saute onions until soft and light brown in color. Add in Black beans. Cook until the beans are warmed through. You can add salt and pepper to taste. Spread beans on the top of the fry bread, pile on the other ingredients as preferred. Each amount is approximately the amount you will need for all the fry bread feeding 4-6 people.

We would love to hear what you think of this recipe! Comment below or email us!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor

Fall Menu: CHILI


There is something about the leaves changing and the crispness in the air that makes me want to cuddle up with a hot bowl of chili and cornbread. I have been testing chili recipes since I moved to Utah. You see, I am from Arizona. And in Arizona there are two season, Summer and less summer. haha! So when I moved to Utah, last year, I loved being able to do “seasonal” things. And like any foodie will tell you, “seasonal” things include NEW RECIPES!!

This chili is for the milder pallet, but can be made spicier by simply adding some chili flakes, hot sauce, or hot peppers. Kyle added Cholula to his bowl.

One more thing before the recipe, this recipe can be made on a DIME! I am always looking for recipes that will feed a lot of people (or be used for other meals) for not a lot of dough. This is one of my go-to’s for that purpose! This recipe can also be made lighter or heavier depending on what you are looking for. For example, by changing the Steak for ground turkey meat you can cut some calories. Another plus is that you throw it all into the crockpot and THAT’S IT!

So without further ado:

Tay’s Fall Chili

yields 6-8 servings

  • 2 cans Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 2 cans Chili Beans (not to be confused with chili in a can)
  • 1 can Pinto Beans
  • 1 can Beef Broth
  • 1 can Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 packet Dried Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 pound Flank Steak, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Garnish:

  • Sliced Green Onions
  • Sour Cream
  • Lime, wedged
  • Grated Cheddar Cheese

Start by opening all cans and pouring them into a crockpot. Cube Steak and add to the crockpot as well. Add Dried soup packet and black pepper. Stir. Put lid on and cook on low for 8 hours. After eight hours, ladle into a bowl. Squeeze lime wedge (or two) into the bowl and then add the rest of the garnishes as you prefer. ENJOY!


The real kicker is that lime juice. It adds such a nice acidity to the savory bowl of chili. Stay tuned for more Fall Menu recipes through out the season!

I would love to hear about your take on this recipe and how you liked it! Don’t forget to comment or email us!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor

 

 

How One Simple Decision Can Change Your Life: Part 2

Hi all! You know from reading our last post that we can choose to be happy, positive, and grateful regardless of our outside circumstances. Doing this will have an incredible impact on many aspects of our everyday lives. It will boost our performance at work, in school, in our relationships, and even strengthen our immune systems. If you haven’t read our last post on this subject, please do so here. This is part two. Here we will share some tips and tricks from our own lives as well as from the experts on how to train our brains to be more positive and thus boost our quality of life. But, how can I just choose to feel happy when my whole life is in turmoil you ask? Well, I think it all starts with how we stand.

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What?

Yeah, you heard me. The first step to choose to be happy is choosing to stand how a happy person stands. Body language and posture have a huge effect on how we feel. In one of Tony Robbins speaking events, he taught, “Motion controls Emotion.” Think back to the last time you were sad. Maybe you are sad and down right now. Take a second and think back to how your posture was. If you are sad right now about something, take note on how you are standing or sitting. Is your general position down or up? Are you slouching with your gaze facing the floor, or are your shoulders back with your sight facing the sky? Odds are, if you’re sad then your body language is down. The problem is that most of us believe that the reason our body posture is down is because we are sad. Well, what if I told you that you are sad because your body posture is down? Don’t believe me? Let’s try an experiment. No matter how you are feeling right now, whether that be sad, happy, or just plain neutral, take a second and stand up. If you are at home or in some other private place, then that’s perfect. If you are in a public area with lots of people watching, then maybe wait until you get home to try this, unless you are really adventurous and don’t care about being stared at. Ready? Ok. Bend your knees, jump as high as you can with your fist in the air and yell “YES! I AM THE MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE!” Repeat three times, each time trying to jump higher and yell louder. (Note: we are not responsible for any injuries cause by doing this experiment. Do not jump too high, make sure you have good knees, and warm up a little;) Now you see why I suggested you try this at home. I’m willing to bet you $10 that you felt your energy spike and at least some of the stress/fear/gloom go away. You may even have laughed a little. When I tried this I instantly felt happier, lighter, and more energized. Why? Because motion controls emotion.

Another way to train your brain to be happy is to keep a gratitude journal. Writing down what we are grateful for forces our brain to focus on positive things. It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed at the same time. Doing this everyday over the course of a few weeks or months will leverage the power of Neuroplasticity to literally rewire the way our brains think. Instead of defaulting to negative thoughts when bad things happen, our brains will have trained themselves to focus on what we are grateful for and what we can learn from the situation. I tried this for about 3 months earlier this year and I can honestly say that it works! I need to get back into it. Taylor is really good at being grateful and positive and she kept a gratitude journal all throughout high school and after her mission. Coincidence? I think NOT!

Last but not least, happiness has a lot less to do with acquisition and a lot more to do with elimination. What do I mean by this? Most people focus on acquiring new things to be happy, yet they struggle with things such as guilt, holding grudges, stress, and other clutter. Instead of constantly trying to add more “good” to your life to be happy, first trying removing some “bad.” Tony Robbins (no introduction needed, and if you don’t know who he is then shame on you), recently shared a post on his Instagram that really resonated with me. It fits perfectly with this topic so I thought I would share it. Thank you, Tony!

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So there you have it! Part two of our two-part series! We’ve shared the small decision that can change your life, and we’ve told you how to apply it. Choosing to be positive by controlling your motions, keeping a gratitude journal, and eliminating negative habits has helped me tremendously, and it continues to help me every day. This post is just as much for me as it is for all of you guys. We ALL need to focus on these practices and continually work on strengthening them. And as you know, knowledge has no power unless it is applied. So give it a try! Test out our plan for one week and see how it affects your life for the better! Then let us know how it worked! We would love to hear your stories and experiences below!

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Love,

Tay & Kyle