An Announcement!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of food and time with family! I'm so grateful for my family, especially my husband and children. We are extra grateful this year because there will be a new little one joining our family in June to fill these shoes! 
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The Sweetest Sale | Freshly Picked!

Jump for joy and moccasins! Their Sweetest Sale of the season starts tomorrow November 22 and last for 24 hours! At 10am mst EVERYTHING on Freshly Picked's website will be 25% off! (Including marketplace items!) You don't want to miss out, so make sure your alarms are set! 

Who: @freshlypicked
What: #sweetestsale EVERYTHING on our site will be 25% including all marketplace items.
When: The sale starts at 10 am MST on November 22nd and ends November 23rd at 10 am MST

To celebrate Freshly Picked is giving one of YOU a pair of soft sole moccasins. Head over to my Instagram @vivileen to enter! The giveaway ends Sunday night at midnight!

blogtember| day 12: Read, reading, to read

I definitely go through phases with reading. I'll binge read 5 books in a couple of weeks and then go months without reading anything. I'm currently in a non-reading phase so to be honest I haven't finished a book in quite a while.

I read In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick a while ago, but I thought I would include it because it was SO GOOD. I don't usually read nonfiction, but I really enjoyed this book.  This is the first nonfiction book I've ever read that I was unable to put down. It's the tragic story of the whaleship Essex, that inspired the climax of Moby Dick. The author's historical retelling of the story was amazing. While I was reading the book I could not stop talking about it to Jensen. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes an exciting story nonfiction or not.

I'm currently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan so I was excited and slightly skeptical for this book. So far I'm enjoying it, but I'm not a huge fan of the play format.

Up next on my reading list is The Selection. My sister recently read it and enjoyed it. It sound like a fun quick read, so I'm excited! I also haven't read a series in quite a while, so that will be fun.

blogtember | day 7: JOY!

Today I'll be sharing 5 things that bring me joy.  I won't be sharing the obvious (like my family, children, and friends) because you already know they bring me the most joy!

Sewing and Crafting 
I don't sew or make things nearly enough lately, but I do really enjoy making things when I have time.  I haven't made much since we moved, or really since Quinn was born. I have some projects in mind for Quinn's birthday coming up that I'm hoping will get me back into the groove!

Ingrid Michaelson
She just came out with a new album and I love it!

Rainy Days
It doesn't rain very often in Utah, especially in the summer, so I love it even more when it does. I love cozy rainy days where I can just stay inside and bake or watch movies with my kids.

I've been wanting some artwork of the Savior in my home, but I'm been waiting for the perfect piece before I buy anything. I went to Swiss Days in Midway and got a beautiful wooden silhouette of Christ.  Mine is painted white and looks so pretty on my grey walls. They also sell custom silhouettes, so you can get your family done. They're so amazing! Maybe one day I'll be able to get some of my whole family.

Beautiful Design
I don't know much about graphic design, but I wish I did. I love looking at beautiful blogs and other design things. I'm slowly learning how to customize my own blog, but I have a long way to go!