Friday, December 27, 2013


Tis the time to gather your experiences from the previous year, take the good and leave the bad behind..time to turn to the new chapter in your life. Write down your hopes, goals, and passions for yourself and the ones that surround you. I really don't like that a single day is declared as a day for a change, every day I hope to be a chance for a new beginning:)
When I first started this blog I talked about the difference between motivation and discipline. Since alot of us are on our new years resolutions I think a good look at DRIFTING IN AND OUT hopefully will help us all rediscover what a resolution really means:

DRIFTING IN AND OUT (click here)

For the year 2014...whaaaat! I want to:
1. eat less sugar 
2. see more of the places I've never been (get out of the routine)
3. talk less about myself, listen more
4. get into nursing school
5. spend more time with kids
6. be more encouraging 
7. pray on my knees
8. go to Minnesota more often to see family
9. get all my pictures from sim cards into photo albums
10. play more board/card games

What's a resolution you have this year? Thank you for reading all you beauties out there! 

photo by a "beautiful mess

photo by "a beautiful mess"

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Happy Holidays!
I have been finding the best videos this month so I wanted to share with you another one. The video I posted below was made by Michael Heiland, a high school student in Arizona. I can't believe how talented some people are at such a young age! They see more than we may think. Michael really captured the beauty of Arizona which can easily be missed between working, running from one place to the next, and not taking the time to just enjoy each moment.

I am going to do something new ...if any of you would like, please send me a picture of somewhere beautiful in your own outdoors this Winter season. I want to encourage the photographer in you! lol. You can send photos to I look forward to seeing them all and I will be posting them next month!
Love to you all...keep warm my family in Minnesota!!

The Valley from Michael Heiland on Vimeo.

from the blog a beautiful mess. The girls that created the blog are amazing photographers and have the best recipes!
photos by a beautiful mess


Monday, December 9, 2013


Christmas Time...
ahhh a glimpse of the toy train staying on course around the tree, twinkling lights, holiday treats, and the smell of hot apple cider sitting on the stove. Turn the page to the year 2013 with black Friday campers, an electronic i pad, traffic jams, and an overcharged credit card. haha! Boy times have changed! With the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season my friend Wendy posted a video that reminds us again what Christmas is all about<3
Take a look...

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Since we are now almost half way through November I wanted to share a little fall inspiration. Living in Arizona definitely has its perks, however sometimes you have to make your own changes according to the month instead of the season, unlike the Midwest. Arizona's seasons consist of hot and hotter. This weekend I think I am going to catch up on my reading and clean out my closets. tis the season!

Love to you all<3

I never understood MOVEMBER (men start to grow a moustache in November), kind of silly I think. But, this month at least once I will have to try out a chocolate milk moustache to get a laugh out of someone. Laughter and joy are good for the heart I hear. 
From one of my favorite blogs fancytreehouse. The colored leaves oh the leaves!

Anthropologie "Autumn/Winter" from Gorje Hewek on Vimeo.

Pumpkin Pie in Jars Recipe by the blog "a beautiful mess"
16 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
15oz can pumpkin puree
3 tbls flour
1 tbls milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg, ginger, cloves
3 eggs

mix and put on top of crust (recipe seen below)

2/3 cup flour
1 tbls sugar
1/8 tsp salt
5 1/2 tbls cold butter
scant 3 tbls water

combine crust ingredients and place on bottom of jar
Bake 375 degrees for 30 minutes, just until sets.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Hello Everyone:)

We took a walk tonight in Encanto and had a great time seeing the cute kids dressed in their Halloween costumes. I think the voted most popular costume this year goes to the princess. There were lovely princesses everywhere and their parents were holding their little hands from one house to the next. In the many years of trick-or-treating I did as a youngster I have never seen so many children in one spot as I have tonight! To our surprise there was an entire street in the neighborhood giving out free books, separated according to age. What a great idea! Maybe the kids wouldn't agree with me, but they sure looked like they were having a good time picking them out. Have a wonderful weekend! Sending my love. xoxo Mandy

FREE BOOKS for kids :) so thoughtful

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Nicks 29th birthday at Gallo Blanco Café! It's so much fun to spend time with family and friends. This day was none other than one well remembered!

 A year can go by so fast and it's time for round two of Nick's BIG 3-0! Glad you're a part of it at the Wrigley Mansion. If you've never been there, I would highly recommend a special date night there with your sweetheart. It's the little things you do for her that she'll remember:)
My first Bon Iver concert in Tucson AZ. What a fun night we had! Sometimes when you feel like a break from usual, take a vacation for the evening. In Tucson is where we found a great little town that one can't forget...well we didn't.
Nick singing at the beautiful Pier 54 in Tempe AZ. Who knew there is a little lake in the desert of AZ??
 Just playing some music. It's a language for my heart <3
Dinner date at Cibos Pizzeria. If you like pizza ,it's where I invite all my friends from out of town. So...come visit and you'll see why.
 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 at Mastos City Hall where Nick was jammin' for the night.
The rest are all the other memories in Arizona frozen in time. Sending love to everyone back home! from right here! I hope you have a great weekend!
Arizona State Fair!