Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

speaking of which...

THIS baby bear nephew is killing me. 

I just want to cuddle him and squeeeeeze him.

Happy weekend, friends.

We'll be busy moving apartments and getting all settled into our new place.
I can't wait to start organizing things and hanging pictures!
There's something so exciting and satisfying about setting up a new house.
Definitely makes the hassle of moving totally worth it in the end.

Hooray for cozy babies and new beginnings! 

Is there any better time to be a kid than on Halloween?

H and K threw an awesome Halloween party on Monday. 
Remember how all our friends have basically two children?

We love our friends, their kids, and can't wait until we can add our own little cryings to the chaos. 

I've also decided that children 4 years-old and younger should just always wear costumes. 

Who's with me? 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

spooky sneak peek

We went to our first Halloween party on Monday night.

Chas acts like getting dressed up for Halloween is a bother but then, once he starts making his costume, he quickly changes his mind. 
The spirit of Halloween (the spirit of crafting) quickly overcomes him and he loves it.

Here he was, Sunday night. 
Carefully cutting and hot gluing his costume together. 
He was sooo focused and I fell in love with him all over again. 

The finished product is pretty great but you'll have to wait until Halloween to see it. 

(evil Halloween laugh)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sponsor Love {an eclectic heap}

I just spent waaaaay too much time scrolling through Rae's daily outfits section
Holy cow. 
So. Much. Cuteness. 

I want all her clothes.
And her hair cut. 
(And I shudder to think what my outfits looked like on a daily basis when I was 19.)

You guys have got to check this cutie out! 

Sponsor Love {b is for becky}

Becky enjoys sleeping in.
She sings old school Kelly Clarkson at the top of her lungs.
Rocks the red lipstick.
Appreciates reeeally good butternut squash soup. 
Just appreciates food in general. 
And is writing a dissertation. 

Becky is my kind of girl. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Giveaway! {circle prints}

It's Monday!
And because Mondays have apparently gotten much better around here, I have another great giveaway for my bloggy friends! 
Suze of Circle Prints is giving away a $25 gift certificate for anything in her shop! (excluding shipping)

To enter, must be a follower of Young People in Love. 

Then just visit Circle Prints and let me know what print is your favorite!

For extra entries: 

Follow Suze's Afternoon Darling blog
Follow Suze on Twitter.
Follow Suze on Pinterest

Circle Prints is also offering all readers 40% off all purchased gift certificates from now until November 30th with coupon code YPILBLOG. 

Get a jump on those Christmas presents! 


And the winner of last week's Meggie's Love giveaway is: 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sponsor Love {see kate sew}

I feel so lucky to have the wonderful Kate as a sponsor! 
You probably already know about See Kate Sew but, if you don't, allow me to make your Friday even better! 

Do you love sewing tutorials? 
Do you dream about DIY crafts? 
Haven't got a clue what a seam ripper or bobbin is? 

Then this is the blog for you. 
Check it out. You won't be sorry. 

new painting and a new place to live

A little couple's portrait for The Daybook giveaway winner.
Loved painting all their awesome freckles!

Over the course of about 10 days, we basically decided to move, have found a new place, and will be packing up and moving in the next two weeks. 

So things are getting a little crazy around here. 
But we love it. 

We are super excited about our new place. 

is in pretty much the same neighborhood (which we adore). 
is a cute, red brick duplex (no more basement living!). 
has brand new refinished, beautiful hardwood floors throughout and fresh paint. 
has lots of huge windows.
has a clean tub (do you know how hard it is to rent a place with a decent tub!?).
has tons of storage space.
has a separate garage that's all ours (Scootie will love that). 
has a great price tag. 

We can't wait to move in and start setting things up! 

In light of this new development and some other things, 
today I am feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for all that my Heavenly Father has blessed us with.
It's always amazing to see how everything falls into place at exactly the right time. 
My faith in His specific plan for Sam and Chas is growing.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hi, friends.

"Young People in Love was the first blog I ever sponsored and I'm so glad I did. I saw an immediate increase in both views and followers as soon as my button appeared on Sam and Chas's page. To date, YPIL is one of my top sources for traffic. Sam has been amazing to work with and has made the process quick and easy. I would recommend sponsorship of YPIL to any blogger or shop; it's been one of the best decisions of my blogging "career" and I know you will not regret it!"
-Caitlin of To Make Love Stay

Click here for current stats, ad options, and rates. 

Email to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sponsor Love {traveling triplets}


For real. 

Three gorgeous, identical triplets traveling the world and sharing their amazing photos, stories, and recipes. 

No fair. 


Do you ever get weirdly excited when you wear something new? 
crocheted lioness hat: c/o Meggie's Love

I do. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dante's Hamlet

I wasn't kidding when I told you all 8 of Chas' siblings do film stuff. 

Currently, three of Chas' little sisters are in BYU's film department.
We're super excited for Betta's senior capstone film, Dante's Hamlet!

(Ok. And I know this doesn't have anything to do with the film, but look at how cute my sisters-in-law are!) 

Fun fact:
Chas and I met when my family moved out to New York when I was a teenager. 
I spotted myself and two of my little sisters in those photos of kids in New York! 

If you'd like to learn more about this project and/or support the film, click here!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Giveaway! {meggie's love}

Remember how I have this watch in red and I get compliments on it all the time?
I've personally never been a huge watch fan. 
But then these watches changed my mind
...and my life. (Too much?)

Megan, one of The Traveling Triplets and owner of Meggie's Love, is giving away one of her sweet watches in the color and style of your choice!

To enter, must be a follower of Young People in Love.

Then, just visit Meggie's Love and tell me what watch you'd love to have tied around your wrist.

For extra entries: 

Like Meggie's Love on Facebook.
Follow The Traveling Triplets blog

Meggie's Love is also offering all readers a special 15% off with the code ypil15!


And the winner of last week's Peace Republic Clothing giveaway is: 


Friday, October 14, 2011

Sponsor Love {shannon*bear}

If you were deserted in a magical, mossy forrest, who would you want with you? 

Correct answer: 

This chica is the cutest little woodland-loving, craft-making, photo-taking blogger ever!
Reading her blog makes my heart ache for Oregon. 

And if this post on how to make a liquid truffle doesn't convince you of her awesomeness, then you may be a lost cause. 
(But we can still be friends.)

my favorite part of the week

is, ironically, Sunday night. 

I actually also dislike Sunday night because it means the next time I wake up, it'll be Monday morning. Boo. 

But let me tell you why I mostly love Sunday night. 

On Sunday evening, after we've brushed our teeth, read our scriptures, said our prayers, and are all tucked in bed, this happens: 
Chas writes in his journal. 

When he's finished, he hands it over to me, and I get to read what he's written about the past week of our life together. 

It's always such a fun little peek into how Chas views things and what stands out to him as being important that week. 
And the way he expresses himself in his writing just cracks me up. Silly boy. 

As nice as change can be, it's also good to have some consistency, some regular routines that you can always count on. It feels comforting.
That's what Chas' Sunday night journaling is for me. 

Side note: 
Just as I was finishing up this post, Chas came to get me from the computer and led me into the bedroom while covering my eyes. 
"Ta-Da! It's a Halloween-time Jack-o-Lantern bed! Look at his toothy grin!"

Lest you thought changing the bed sheets was just an ordinary chore.

"I make a mean bed. And by "mean" I mean quite happy."

Oh how I love that husband of mine. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sponsor Love {my songbook}

What I love most about this blog is the driving force behind it:
personal growth and stepping outside of comfort zones. 

(Ok, ok. And that baby face is freakin' adorable.)

Tani is a pretty amazing example of the power and freedom that comes from constantly trying to do something that scares you.
I want to be more like that. 

(Read more about why Tani blogs here.)


(Photos taken by Chas.)

I've gotten a few sweet comments and questions about the new look around these parts so I thought I'd fill you all in on the changes. 

Are we luuuuving the new bloggy design as much as I am?!

The master behind this blog design is my most favorite design wizard, Christa Jae
She's fast. She's affordable. She knows exactly what I want without me having to spell it out for her. 

I like change. 
Always have, always will. 
Just like moving into a new apartment, dying my hair, or the Fall colors, change feels refreshing and rejuvenating. 
Same goes for this blog. 

I'm probably already super attached to this look. 
I'm ok with that, too. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sponsor Love {after nine to five}

After Nine To Five is like the renaissance blog: it's basically good at everything.

It's got a totally legit accessories shop
design work,
style posts,

No matter what you're into, Ashley's got ya covered.
Think of it as the one-stop-shop for all your bloggy needs. 

pumpkin pie

A few nights ago, we (I) decided that we (I) had to have some pumpkin pie and hot chocolate. 
And because eating desserts is always better in pajamas, we changed out of our clothes, into pajamas, and headed for the nearest Village Inn. 
At 11pm. 

The pumpkin pie was actually pretty dang good.
Apparently Village Inn is full of surprises. 

You know who else is full of surpises? 

Early the next morning (9am), I was awakened to this: 

"Sam. Hey, Sam. I just thought of a really great name for a pie shop in Salt Lake City.
This Is The Pie Place." 

I gave a groggy but encouraging, "Uhh...That's awesome..."
But before I'd finished, he had already rolled over and gone back to sleep.

Moral of the story?
You never know when pumpkin pie cravings, pajamas, and pure genius will strike. 
Be prepared.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Young People Style: ......

top: Target, cardigan: BCBG, skirt: handmade, boots: Soda, socks: F21 cuff: gift, cowl: c/o yarnplusyarn

shirt: Banana Republic, cords: Gap, shoes: Italy

Yesterday at work, my good friend/co-therapist asked if I was doing ok. She said I seemed a little "off."
I told her how I've honestly been feeling kinda bleh lately. 
Not super inspired and a little apathetic. 
Basically, my brain feels like mush.

I actually liked that she could sense my "off-ness." 
I never want to feel like I have to fake a happy face.
If I'm feeling bleh, I can accept the "bleh-ness" and keep moving forward. 
Feelings like apathy aren't the end of the world and I know it'll eventually pass.

But all this still makes thinking up post content feel more forced and like a chore than I want it to be. 
I don't ever want to force anything with my writing on this blog. 
There's no point in doing something if it's not genuine.

So, for now, "bleh" is where we'll leave it.

As I look at our weirdy style pics together, I can't help think about much I love Chas. 

The end.