Aug 31, 2015

The story of us: part 3

This is a picture from the night of our first kiss! Thank heavens for instagram.

parts 1 &

This one is long because you guys keep hating on my cliff hangers ;) 
ps there's still a little one at the end but I love you still.

I distinctly remember pulling up to his house and seeing him on his driveway getting a quad ready for some adventure he was going on. He was wearing a backwards hat. Hats are my weakness. seriously he looked so freaking attractive. We flirted like CRAZY. I was in total denial, though. People ALWAYS told us we should date and I was always like NO WE ARE FRIENDS. My stubborn side would not let me think such things about Jason. We we going to be friends forever, k??? No crushes.  I even refused to admit my crush to my journal. No one, especially me, was aloud to think I might possibly have started a teeny tiny crush on THE Jason Michael Shiflet. And I intended to keep it that way. Just a little crush that would probably disappear and I would pretend it never existed.

It was softball season and our singles ward was in the finals. Jason invited me (or maybe I invited him??) to go watch the game and so we went together...because that's what friends do... I remember trying and totally failing to deny my blossoming crush on Jason. I was obsessed with the movie "it takes two" that summer. Just loved every second of it. I was talking about it with Jason at the game and telepathically begging him to ask if I wanted to watch it. 
He took the bait. I had it on VHS but no VHS player. So tragic. Jason did have a VCR so we decided to watch it as his house. After the game, we drove back to his place and popped the movie into the VCR and I sat down. Jason immediately sat right next to me and put his arm around me right off the bat. Bless that boy and his bold moves. My inner crush conflict couldn't stand a chance against this gesture. I was in heaven and I loved every single second. Eventually we we holding hands and cuddles were indeed involved. 
Slowly but surely people started asking questions. My roomie at the time, Kelsey, of course asked what was up. I did what anyone would do, deny deny deny, "oh don't worry I don't think anything will happen, it's no big deal" HAHA Candace. The charade was already up.
We hung out more and more and I invited him and my friend from the Netherlands over for Thanksgiving dinner that November. (way to invite two guys to dinner Candace,)
Thanksgiving came and Jason came over to help me prepare carrots because obviously that is a 2 person job. We went to Thanksgiving at my parents house and he mingled with my family and grandparents and aunt, he was a hit right off the bat. I don't remember exactly when this came up but it was either on Thanksgiving or on one of the following days but one day when we were hanging out, I couldn't help but spit out, "...Somethings changed!!" 
Jason tried to hide his smile as he said, "Like what?"
Freaking kid was gonna make ME say it. 
We discussed the current "changes" in our shift of friendship and decided to try things out. Were we dating? I said no, I said we could start from here and then maybe date.
I was so dumb you guys. YES we were dating (technically) and YES it was going to work out, sheesh.
November 30th, 2013 
We attended a wedding reception together. Had we kissed yet? no. We literally had talked about waiting to kiss till it was the right/special time because we had been friends for so long and were apparently transitioning and our first kiss had to mean more than just a random peck. STOP guys, it made since at the time ok??
Anyways, the wedding reception ended and it was time to go home. Jason walked me to my front door and there it was, the kiss. The only details I remember were
1) oh we kissed 
2) that was kind of awkward 
3) I can't tell anyone yet because I'm so stubborn. 
I think I did tell Kelsey right when I came inside though. And let's face it I probably told all my roommates like the next day anyways. 
Then it was December (because December comes after November 30th and yeah)
I remember we started dating (with titles OMGGGG) on December 8th 2013. I don't know why it took me a few weeks to decide k let's date.
 I have had lots of boyfriends and before Jason, that span of time was the longest I'd been single since I was 16 so I guess I was enjoying my singleness and dating scared me because HEAVEN FORBID I meet the right one and get married. 
We went to a game night or something and some lady who will nawt be named (still bitter sorry) started hassling us "Oh so you'll kiss and make out but you won't date, that's so weird blah blah blah" Yes lady, friends with benz is pretty normal k? ps we weren't friends with benz cause we were in 'limbo' as I called it (why???) So after nosy lady said that, J and I went on a walk and I was like "K YES WE ARE DATING I SAID IT" (go stubborn Candace, I knew you could do it!)
Honestly, I think I kind of knew Jason WAS going to be the one but I was too scared to admit it and almost too scared to let what was supposed to happen, happen.
ps I'm sorry butttt to be continued because the next part is just so long!
ps don't forget to enter my giveaway! Ends on Wednesday :)

Aug 28, 2015

Busy busy busy

Happy Friday! Can someone PLEASE remind me NOT to overbook myself? Because I literally do that like probably every possible opportunity. This was my schedule this week:

Monday- Work on pallet sign orders, go to day job, grocery shopping, come home and work on boutique signs.
Tuesday: School in the morning, go to day job, come home and work on signs
Wednesday: Work 8-5 at day job, go straight to nanny afterwords, come home  around 10pm, work on boutique signs.
Thursday-  School in the morning, go to day job, go straight to nanny, rush to help J set up for the boutique, go home and make last minute signs for boutique.
Friday-Work 8-5 and then cry tears of joy when the weekend hits. Train a new employee to help with signs (omg!)
Saturday- Work on sign orders all day and then go take down boutique at night. 
Sunday- Die.
I mean church and then probably more signs and then cry a little.

You guys holy cow my life right now. I am SO grateful for Framed (the pallet signs) getting SO freaking busy but sometimes I feel like I can't keep up!! Each month it just gets busier and busier which is a blessing but also super stressful ya know?  I'm super excited to hire my best friend who will be making them from Utah. I know it will be SOOOO helpful!! I've been thinking about hiring someone for a while but it scares me! I am just a perfectionist on these things and I would rather just make them myself than hire someone haha whyyyy do I do that?! But I know Shaney will do great! She is so awesome to want to make signs for me!!
Also, thank heavens for Jason, Thursday there was NO way I could set up the boutique. No way on this earth. He took his free time to set it up and oh my gosh I love him for it. 

The boutique is today and tomorrow so if you're an Arizona native hop on down there and snag up some pretty things! There are 21 other great vendors, too!
Oh and there's an Idaho sign in that mix so please buy it. Actually, you can just have it for free. Someone ordered an Idaho sign and kept "coming to pick it up" whenever I wasn't home. (before I had the etsy shop or asked people to pay in advance) So I just have an Idaho sign that I take to every boutique and hope someone from Idaho buys it. Just a little psa.


Aug 27, 2015

Firmoo glasses GIVEAWAY!

Skirt: Romwe (on sale!!) Glasses c/o firmoo

Sooo who remembers this post? I teamed up with Firmoo to giveaway a pair of their glasses to one lucky reader!! It is super easy to enter (entries are shown below). 

You can win one pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping to the US 
You can pick any pair from this page
Glasses include the frames, standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee. 

Good luck!!

Aug 26, 2015

Anniversary Staycation at the Hotel Valley Ho Resort

Overpacking at its finest.

photo via Hotel Valley Ho

Pocket shirt: Victoria's secret PINK   | Sunflower dress: random beach boutique Swim suit: ASOS | Nail polish: OPI

This past weekend we were sooooo excited to take a little staycation at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. Jason usually works Saturday's so we couldn't do it earlier and we snatched up the first Saturday he had off to really celebrate our anniversary. Here is our little review on the Hotel Valley Ho.

We were given a tower suite to stay in and it was seriously AMAZING. I kept telling J "enjoy this because this is the first/last time we stay in such a nice room" haha it was so swanky and modern and huge!! It had a kitchen that was stalked with everything you could need (stove, counter, utensils, pots/pans, plates, cups, etc) If you saw my snapchat story than you saw how obsessed/in awe we were of our room. Every room has a patio or balcony and we LOVED the balcony. It had a gorgeous view and we got to see the sunset.
We got there Friday night and probably 5 minutes after we got to our room, someone knocked on the door. It was a girl from the hotel and she brought us a yummy dessert, a little gift, a card, and wine for our anniversary, it was SO nice! We don't drink alcohol so we swapped the wine for lemonade (which was also sooo good) but we couldn't believe they brought us all that stuff, it was just so thoughtful! 

The next day we headed to the resort restaurant, Zuzu, for breakfast. My banana foster came with ice cream! That's probably normal but I was stoked because you guys, ice cream for BREAKFAST. And pancakes. And heaven basically. It was all so yummy and our waiter was so good and nice! I didn't finish it all because it was so filling so we saved the rest and ended up eating it for lunch. 
We went swimming after breakfast at one of their two huge pools. Saturday's are a party a the pool! They bring in a DJ and there are just soooo many people there who just want to have fun so the pool environment was just super positive and relaxing. The other pool they have is more quiet and better for kids (overall) because it has a fancy little fountain and shallow area. We wanted to be at the party pool for the afternoon though :) 
I also liked that the waiters at the pool are constantly bringing you water/filling up your cup after 1 sip. I drink TONS of water so it was just nice to always have that right there and filled. Kinda random but I just really liked how the service was and how they were always so friendly and made you feel like royalty. 

After the pool we went and relaxed in our room (yes, we were still obsessed with it) and watched a movie before it was time for our couples massage. We have never had a couples massage before and every time we've been to the Hotel Valley Ho we always hear the spa is amazing so we really wanted to take advantage of it this time. 
The massages were realllllly reallllly relaxing (of course) and we both loved our masseuse's. I get headaches pretty often and right when my masseuse (Karen) started working on my neck she could tell that I get lots of headaches and really worked on that part and she was just so sweet. Jason wouldn't stop raving about his (Erin) so it was just a great spa experience, we would for sure recommend it! 
We went back to our room and just wanted to relax and eat dinner and be lazy (aka best way to spend your time at a hotel if you ask me) So we did! Sunday morning we went to the pool one more time and just hung out and headed home. Scottsdale has a bunch of great places to go but we ended up not even leaving the resort all weekend because there was always something to do! 

Overall we would give the Hotel Valley Ho 5/5 stars and would reccommend it to anyone coming to town or just going away for a staycation or something. I asked Jason if there was anything he didn't like and we both couldn't think of ANYTHING we didn't like!! It was the most perfect way to officially celebrate our first year of marriage together.


*Huge thank you to the Hotel Valley Ho for sponsoring this post

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