Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1 year

<<<dresses, slacks, cakes and dates>>>

so this post is extremely overdue... on June 8th (yes i know i should have written this post months ago) was mine and richbot's one year anniversary! We had such a fun day up in the city with a surprise date that richie planned. we stayed at the little america which is where we stayed our very first night as mr & mrs and then we went to this incredible stake house called christophers and after that we ate a blueberry lemon cake that i made at work for us because we didn't save our wedding cake.... oops... but in all seriousness i honestly cannot believe that it has been an entire year that we have been married. it has gone by so quickly. it is absolutely insane. it really has been the best year of my life so far, richie and i were talking the other day about how we hear from some people that the first year of marriage is the hardest, but i am here to tell you that is a lie. it is not at all, it is simply beautiful. 

i <3 richie stapler. 

wedding videos:

temple video

reception video 
anniversary pictures:
the best steakhouse in utah 

 richie enjoying the mummy bag i gave him

 the cake 

forks from our big day a year ago 

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Sonnet James

...Sonnet James...
play dresses for mom's [and women]

Dear everyone that sees this post. Check out this Kickstarter Campaign of one of my family members.  The dresses are a bit pricey, but totally worth it. They are easy to clean, durable and comfortable. I promise you will love the idea behind Sonnet James. Go to the link and Click, Watch, Donate and channel your "Inner Child"

Thanks for browsing, seriously how gorgeous is my cousin modeling in these? Yeah, that's what I thought, you can get one too and look amazing as well. Go fund Sonnet James, like now! 

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Stanford CA

.Standford. California. 
...Fear the tree...

So a few weeks ago, Richie and I set off on a fun adventure to go to California (we rode the front runner/trax to the SLC airport. We definitely qualify as city slickers now I think) and babysit my cousin Jen's two little girls Lili and Serelle while her husband Kylan gave her a surprise birthday weekend get away to New York. Is that the coolest birthday present or what?! Kylan has been out at Stanford University getting his MBA and actually just recently graduated. Anyway, if any of you haven't had the chance to go to the Palo Alto/ Stanford area, I highly recommend that you experience it at some point in your life. Richie and I were able to go visit them twice in the two years they were out there and we fell in love with it and never wanted to come home. It is literally the best place on the mainland United States. 

Oh! By the way, Stanford's motto/slogan thing is "fear the tree" and I think it is funny so that is why I put it on this post. Pretty funny. Anyway while we were there, the weather was soooooo incredibly hot.  So we tried to think of fun pass times that would help us cool off a bit. 

DAY 1 of babysitting:
The day started off with Richie, the girls and me dropping off Jen and Kylan at the San Franisco airport and then we headed into the city because Richie had a meeting with a company out in San Francisco.  Once there we drove around for probably about 45 minutes trying to find a spot and eventually after much searching and some high stress about Richie missing the meeting, we finally were able to park. While Richie headed to his meeting at Razer Fish, the girls and I headed to Pier 39 to look around and go on the marry-go-round, however I do not have any pictures of this experience because right as we were about to step onto the marry go round, Richie called and said he was done. So we hurried and rushed back to the car so that we wouldn't have to pay an arm and a leg for parking any longer than we needed to. Then we headed back into Palo Alto and of course went straight to Trader Joes. I am so glad there is one in Salt Lake now, but we need to get one down here in Utah County!!

The girls looooove Richie. So cute!

Day 2 of babysitting: 
This was definitely the hottest day while we were out there I think. In fact it was so hot that we decided to drive an hour South down to Santa Cruz beach. Let me tell you, it was well worth the drive. The girls had so much fun playing in the sand and jumping over the waves. Of course, I didn't get pictures of that either..... I guess I need to step it up on documenting things. Oops. I do however have pictures of the Palo Alto farmers market that we went to before the beach.  We got the best nectarines in the whole world and added it to our picnic basket for the beach.

 These were the biggest green beans I have ever seen. They looked delicious!
Once again, the girls love him.

After the beach we promised Lili and Serelle that we would let them pick where we went to dinner.  They picked this little Pizza place on main street (I think was main street) called Pizza My Heart and I think they were pretty excited because the pizza slices were pretty much the size of their head! They ate all of it. Money well spent.

Then we hung around outside, walked around and looked at some shops and the girls even entertained us with their fantastic dance moves at this little outdoor concert. It was such a fun day!

Day 3 of babysitting:
We went and picked Jen and Kylan up at the airport and then we all headed into the city and went to this hole in the wall best Mexican restaurant ever. They had the most incredible drinks ever. Kylan said they literally just put cantaloupe or strawberries or whatever fruit they want and smash it all together and then that is the drink. Needless to say, it was delicious.  After that we hung out at the park for a bit and then Richie and I headed to the airport Utah bound. It was a fun trip! We sure are glad that the Lundeen family is finally back in Utah! 

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

our do's and don'ts of france


Sorry that I am just now getting around to do this blog post from the most amazing trip ever!!! It has been such a crazy couple of weeks at our house so it has taken me a while. Anyway, Richie and I decided to compile a list of the "Do's and Don'ts of France" or rather, "Do's and Don'ts of Paris and Normandy".  Without any further delay, here is our list. Take it for what it is worth and if you are headed out there anytime soon take a look and tell us your do's and don'ts.

...... Do's...... 

-In Paris-
1. Get a museum pass. It is much cheaper than paying for all of the museums individually and is very convenient to have.  Some lines you get to cut to the very front. Almost like a disneyland fast pass but for amazing historical museums and architecture. GO TO AS MANY THINGS ON THE PASS AS YOU CAN. THEY ARE AMAZING. 
2. Get the navigo metro pass. This will save your life in Paris. If you are thinking about actually driving in Paris I would definitely discourage that. The traffic is awful. French drivers are crazy. The metro can be a little confusing at first but ask for a map and you will be golden. 
3. Look on Urban Spoon before you go to find the best restaurants and cafe's or get a list from someone that has been. Take it from my experience if you are looking for real food. If there is a restaurant that looks like it could be good but looks like it may be some sort of middle eastern food, don't go there unless you know that you like the seasonings used in middle eastern cooking. 
4. Stick to the bakeries. Eat as many crescents, chocolate crescents, french macaroons, cheese, baguettes, nutella and yogurt (yes- yogurt. the yogurt in France is possibly the best yogurt in the entire world)  that you possibly can. ---WARNING---: you will most definitely feel like a pillsbury dough boy by the end of your trip from all of the pastries, bread and chocolate. it's fine. it's worth it. 
5. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
6. If you are planning on carrying a bag, use one that has a zipper and that goes across your body so that you can keep a good eye on it. Lot's of pick pocketers. 
7. Get a TomTom. 
8.***Make sure you know the difference between an adaptor and a converter and know which ones you need for your different electronics. 
9. Using your debit card or credit card to make purchases will give you the best exchange rate. We used our cards for more things than we used euros. 

-In the Normandy Area-
1. Definitely go here. This was one of our favorite things about France. The beaches and memorials there are so humbling. You will definitely feel your American Pride while visiting there. 
2. Go to a town called Bayeux and go to the main street. Once you are there, go to an Italian restaurant called Le Domesday located directly in front of the cathedral. It has the best pizza that I have had so far in my 21 years of life. We went there two days in a row. 
3. Go to a city right on the coast called Honfleur. Such a cool town. Also has the best ever nutella soft serve ice cream right behind the main pier (if it is even called a pier). I don't remember the name of the ice cream shop, but it is pink. look for it. go there. get the nutella soft serve. 
4. Stay at this bed and breakfast and pay the extra money to have the dinner that they serve there. Davy is the most incredible chef and that was definitely the best French food we had while we stayed there. Look at this video if you want to see the AWESOME video that my husband Richie did for Davy and Caroline. 
5. Buy as many Kinder Bueno chocolate bars as you can and hazlenut milka chocolate bars... aaaannd mentos (they have so many flavors). 
6.***Make sure you know the difference between an adaptor and a converter and know which ones you need for your different electronics. 

...... Don'ts......

-In Paris-
 1. Don't leave anything unattended. It WILL get stolen. No matter where in Paris. 
2. Don't eat at restaurants unless you have some sort of knowledge that they are good. Everything is so expensive there and so you want to make sure you are paying for something you actually like. Go to Italian restaurants, you are always safe with Italian food. 
3. Don't order salads anywhere unless you like dijon mustard. 
3. Don't go to Versailles at all anytime friday-tuesday. The only good days to go are wednesday and thursday. We tried 3 times before we were able to finally get in. Definitely worth it though. 
4. Don't waste your money getting an international calling/sim card, you will be just fine with google hangouts or skype once you have wifi connection. 
5. Wordlense and Jibbigo were not that helpful. Don't waste your money on them. 
6. Don't go the McDonald's. It is nasty. Even worse than here. Plus it is way more expensive. 

-In Normandy-
1. Do everything. It is amazing. 

........... Long post. Sorry. Hopefully it at least helps some of you out. If not then feel free to skip to the pictures below and see the different things that the Mr and I did while we were in France. loved it. take us back. 

 gardens at versailles.

pizza at le domesday.

 nutella softserve.
he loved these!!
 the marriott we stayed at near paris
 yummy restaurant at the end of the champs elysees recommended by my friend chelsea.

euro streets

centre pompidou
 honfleur again
our stash that we brought home

smallest. toilet. ever. (i didn't use it, don't worry)
 massive nutella jar.

gates at versailles

...... à bientôt......

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

the city of love.

Okay so big news guys. I am back with a BEAUTIFUL blog thanks to Rylee Blake Greening. Everyone if you want your blog to look good, then hire this lady. She is amazing! Go to this link right here to find more information (incase that link thing didn't work here is her link  You will not be disappointed... promise. So go to her website right now.  

In other news, Richie and I are going to France with his parents in..... 13 DAYS. I can't believe it. I am so excited!! While we are there, we are going to be in Paris for a few days and then head down to Normandy.  So beyond excited. You have no idea. Here are a few pictures of the wonderful land of France to get you all excited for me and my trip:) Just kidding. But really to get me even more excited. 

Can't wait to eat all of the pastries and baguettes my body can handle. 

Let me know if you have any suggestions! 

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