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Celebrating Dia De Los Muertos with a New Makeup Look

I know it’s not quite time to be doing Dia de los Muertos makeup just yet, but with having a mixed race family something that has always been really important to me is that my children know and celebrate their culture and traditions. As my daughters are part Hispanic, we have been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and trying to talk to our oldest (since the baby is still a baby!) about some of the amazing things about her heritage. We have started a family tradition of dressing up in a Dia de los Muertos look while learning- kind of a fun, hands-on experience that of course gets Sydney excited because she just loves dressing up. You can find last year’s look here. I can’t wait for Emilia to be old enough to start dressing up while we do this fun learning activity too. If you want to see more photos, you can find all of them on Tony’s photo website under the blog section in the next couple of days! He is the true master behind these beautiful photos. Clearly, it wasn’t my shaky hands holding the camera, ha! I style the shot, he works the MAGIC.

XXOO Sunny

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Dia De Los Muertos Makeup

Daddy taking her photo!

 

I wanted to share this Dia de los Muertos makeup look that we did on my cute little girl last year because…. September starts this week!!! (Also, it’s my blog, I can do what I want. Ha!) I can’t believe that August is already coming to a close and fall is right around the corner, but I also can NOT wait! I love the fall. I love the fall. I LOVE THE FALL. It’s hard to say I have a favorite fall activity because I love so many of them, but Dia de los Muertos celebrations are definitely on that list! My husband’s mother’s family is from Mexico and I think one of the most beautiful things about my girls is that the culture is part of who they are. Last year Sydney really got excited about faceprint and makeup for Halloween, so we decided that we were going to try out a simple paint job and see how it went, and I swear I was all tear-y eyed looking at her haha. You know your kids look cute if you’re brought to tears looking at them, right?? No? Is that just me? It’s ok, I fully admit that I’m THAT mom. 🙂

I started with the white base first, and I actually left the space around her eyes where the black circles went blank so that I wouldn’t have to paint over the white and end up with a muddied grey. I used grease paint because it’s much easier to wash off than other types of face paint, which is nice for kids because then you don’t have a battle later while they think you’re murdering them with a sponge and soap trying to get the paint off. The only problem with grease paint is that it DOES smear, so with Sydney after about 30 minutes it was smudged (she kept touching, playing, needing to scratch….you know, typical kid behavior…) It was perfect for taking photos but I think I would have wanted to use something a little less smear-y and more long lasting if we were taking her out to a party or something where it would have needed to last longer. Or maybe I wouldn’t have because kids are kids and they just get their perfect look dirty/messy instantly and I accept that. Sometimes. 😉

After the white base, I used the black around the eyes, which looked really cool because her eyes are so dark they are almost black, then I went in with a little small/fine size brush and used it to do the designs. I kept them really simple because Sydney was still only three at the time and losing patience, but I think it turned out really cute! Of course it’s not precision perfect, especially when compared to the face paint job Sydney gave me after she smudged her whole forehead. 😉

Happy end of summer, everyone!

XXOO Sunny

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My Favorite Memories from 2018

Wow, what a year 2018 was and I honestly can’t believe we’ve already dived deep into January 2019! I have some big plans for this year and I couldn’t be more excited about them.  I decided to start of the year by hitting the ground running with my health goals by getting a breast reduction surgery. Obviously that has slowed me down a little this last week as I’m currently on lots of pain meds and bedrest while I’m healing so I’ve been a little slow in the social media and blog front, but I’ve got some really great projects planned for the upcoming year and I am stoked to get to share them with you all. Stay tuned!

I always love to reflect on the previous year when starting my new year goals. If you’re interested you can check out last year’s highlights from 2017 here. It’s funny, for some reason I had myself convinced that I’ve done one of these every year that I’ve blogged but I went back all the way to the beginning of my blog in 2014, and the only thing similar I could find besides last year’s post was our highlights from our trip at the end of 2014,

It was kind of interesting really to dive into all those old posts and see how far I’ve come. I can see all of the truly, truly terrible posts and photos I had as a newbie blogger, and then where I started to progress through the following years. And then there is this huge gap where you can tell I was completely uninvested in my blog. The posts were scarce and the few I did have were definitely not thought out… yikes. There is about a two year period there (late 2015 to mid-2017) where it’s pretty scary. Then you can see after Emilia was born where I started getting interested again and my blog kind of came back to life (for lack of a better term) Haha none of that really is relevant, I just thought it was interesting to see how the cycle of life I was in at the time was reflected in my blogging.

With that big, fat disclaimer, let’s get into my favorite highlights and memories of 2018!

If you’d like a highlight reel in terms of pictures and videos, make sure to check out my 2018 RECAP story highlight on instagram!

1- Visiting the Ice Castles

Visiting the ice castles last January was so much fun, even if I did fall 32,579 times and seriously scrape up my knee. I’ll have that pretty scar forever.

2- Rebranding my blog!

Last year in March I made the jump and finally rebranded my blog so that it finally feels a little more legitimate! Many of you know that I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now, but originally I started my blog as kind of a fun hobby and had no idea what I was doing. I rebranded when I got a little more serious, but as you just heard me talk about I still had some issues committing to my new blog and brand (remember that 2 year gap in blogging I mentioned at the beginning? Yep. Commitment probs.) I go WAY more into detail about my blogging journey and talk about how all of my rebranding happened in THIS post here, and I’m so excited to have Hey Sunny Jess be at the point where it’s at now.

3- Visiting Southern Utah

We took a little weekender road trip to St. George to visit some of my family and it turned out to be one of the funnest weekends we had together as a family. So fun and carefree!

4- Holi Festival of Colors

Almost every year we attend the Holi Festival of Colors and it’s always such a blast. You can find the post with all of our photos from last year here or watch our video here.

5- Learning how to dress.

Last year I met with the incredible women behind Personal Style and Colors and they completely changed my life by educating me on how to dress using styles and colors that work for me. Read more about that experience and find out what my style and colors are here.

6- I got to interview the incredible Sarah Tripp from Sassy Red Lipstick!

I was literally crying happy tears and screeching like a the biggest fangirl when I opened up an email from Sarah Tripp (THE Sarah Tripp!) from Sassy Red Lipstick saying she would interview with me for a blog post! Like… talk about life goals MADE. I was so excited to get to work with her to create a blog post talking about how Body Positivity has changed her life, and it’s been one of my favorite blog posts to work on to date. Read the whole thing here.

7- Visiting the Hall of Breakfast

I know that Utah has a lot of fun, cool things that are unique to do buuuuuuttt….. let’s get real. Not a lot happens here compared to big cities like New York or LA. The Hall of Breakfast was an interactive art museum that came for the summer and it was so much fun, we got some of my favorite photos from the whole year there. See them all here.

8- Working with some amazing brands!

Last year is really the first year I got to experience actually collaborating and working with brands because it’s the first year I have ever really considered my blog as more than just a hobby. Can I just say- HOW COOL is that??? I never thought I’d have some of the opportunities that I’ve had and I can’t wait to see where this year takes me. Last year was proof that you don’t need to have a million followers or lots of page views to get to work with companies you love and collaborate with some amazing people, it’s all about your attitude and being true to yourself! Just a few of these fun collaborations included working with Smile Brilliant, Basic Invite, Maskcara, Francie Pants,  Abbie Snape, Sarah Tripp,  High Style Life, and It’s All You Boo.

9- ALL THE FALL ACTIVITIES!!!

The caps and extra exclamation points were necessary. We had SO much fun this fall, just a few of the highlights were visiting the pumpkin patch, attending pumpkin nights, celebrating Dia de los Muertos, and taking our family photos.

I already cannot WAIT for next fall, it’s my favorite season and I’m already scouting out fun activities to fill up our autumn this year. Yes, really. What else do I have to do during recovery when I can’t move my arms other than to look at my phone (while keeping my arm straight at my lap haha) ?

10- Orlando Vacation

This is by far my absolute favorite highlight from the year. In November my new job sent me to Orlando for a conference and we got to spend a few extra days playing in Disney World and Universal Studios. Just Tony and I went, literally our first trip together alone since our honeymoon. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. I did some Disney and Harry Potter blogs, but mostly we just vlogged our trip- you can find the vlogs for Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Universal Studios (Harry Potter world!) on Tony’s channel. (If you’re not subscribed, go subscribe!)

Thanks for following along and supporting for such a great year babes, your love means everything and I can’t WAIT to see what 2019 brings us! Happy New Year!

XXOO Sunny

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Happy Halloween from the Pumpkin Patch

Happy Halloween from the pumpkin patch! Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and we do everything we can ALL MONTH LONG to prepare for today- seriously if there is an October/Fall/Halloween/Anything-remotely-close activity you can think of….. we have probably done it. Halloween is just the most magical time of year- it’s fun, spooky, a great excuse to dress up, the weather is UNBEATABLE in Utah and the colors are undeniably the most amazing thing you’ll ever witness, plus the magic of the pending holiday season coming up is starting to spark and it’s just such a fun, magical time.

Can I use the word MAGICAL enough times in this blog post? Maybe I should consider using it as my SEO keyword… 😉 ha! Just kidding, I’m probably not going to do any SEO on this because some of these photos are….well- hilarious but I don’t need to SEP them. Ha!

Some of our favorite MAGICAL (see what I’m doing there?) activities this year have been visiting the Pumpkin Nights festival, going to the pumpkin patch (where these photos were taken), attending a family wedding (I know, not fall related but fun still), and doing Sydney’s Dia de los Muertos look for this year. I already can’t wait for next year and want to plan it all out, it’s just such a great time of year!

Let’s talk about these photos- some of them I’m going to treasure forever. Some of them… maybe not so much. I shared these on instagram in my stories because I like to share the outtakes and the response I got was insane so I thought I’d post a few of the outtakes here, too. With all of the behind the scenes, goofy shots- here is the instagram caption I used. I want to share because I feel so strongly about it.

Swipe for a good look at Instagram vs. reality ➡️ I’m not photogenic by nature so for every one decent shot I get about ten of the other ones 🙈 Luckily for me, I actually love the others because they are always so true to me and my personality. I’m not a beautifully curated woman in the boxes of an Instagram grid. I’m a wildly messy masterpiece that is still trying to figure out her creative mess. I love beautiful photos on Instagram, but I don’t love the outtakes any less. Always be willing to laugh at yourself, it makes you that much more beautiful ❤️

I hope you guys get a laugh with a few of these, and if you don’t… well friend you’re in the wrong place.

The WIND in my hair 😉

This was clearly the winner

 

 

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12 Fun Facts About Autumn

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Autumn is my favorite time of year. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Autumn is my favorite….. do you get the idea? I LOVE the fall. I love the weather, I love the changes in the atmosphere, I love the start of a school season, I love the squash (oh goodness, do I love squash!) and I absolutely love the pending holiday seasons! Maybe it is because I am cheesy, but I say the cheesier the better when it comes to holidays, so you bet your bottom dollar that I plan mine way, way in advance, starting with the beginning of fall! Anyways, with the first “official” day of autumn coming in just a matter of days I thought I would do a random post and share some fun/interesting facts about the season for all you other fall-lovers out there!

1- According to superstitious beliefs, to catch a falling autumn leaf brings good luck!

2- Did you know birds are not the only ones who migrate in the fall? So do monarch butterflies, some even migrate over 2,500 miles south in the fall.

3- Leaves possess the bright oranges, reds, and golds we see during the fall all year round, but are overpowered by green coloring due to high amounts of chlorophyll the rest of the year. In fall, when the sun is farther away and days are shorter, the amount of chlorophyll decreases, letting the other bright colors through and causing the changes of color in leaves.

4- In Greek mythology, autumn is the period of time when Demeter was grieving and upset about the loss of her daughter, Persephone, when she was abducted by Hades. Persephone’s return brought the world back to life in springtime.

5- Most of us have heard that tomatoes are actually fruit, but were you aware that pumpkins (and most other squash) are also fruits?? And they were even once believe to cure snake bites and get rid of freckles!

6- Dia de los Muertos takes place on November 1st and 2nd, the same days as All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

7- Autumn has also been known as, “the hectic beauty of death.”

8- Geomagnetic storms (aka the AURORA BOREALIS!!!!) happen twice as frequently in the fall as they do any other time of year!

9- The first Native American tribe that attended the first Thanksgiving were the Wampanoag, and the celebration feast lasted three days.

10- Some studies show that with the changes and cooler weather, people are more likely to fall in love during the autumn.

11- The term “equinox” comes from the Latin words for “equal” and “night.”

12- The phrase, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is not without merit as apples are considered some to have some of the healthiest food benefits of all foods, but apples also contain malic acid which helps to clean and whiten teeth naturally, as well as work as a stain remover.

If you have a fun fact about autumn, PLEASE share with me! 🙂

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10 Reasons October Is The Best Month Ever

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I have lots of favorites. LOTS of favorites. But easily in my top ten list of favorite things EVER is the month of October. That is right, the whole month makes my list of favorite things ever. Why? How could anyone NOT like October? Besides the gorgeous skies, crisp weather,pumpkins, and anticipation of the holiday season (I’m talking the trio of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) here is a list of another 10 things that make October fantastic!

1- Seasonal Foods

People may call me crazy, but squash is one of my favorite foods in the world and nothing, I mean NOTHING, is better than fall squash! And it is SO easy to cook, too. If all else fails, just cut it in half, pop in the oven, pull it out and eat with a little bit of butter. YUM! And don’t forget all of the range of delicious soups that it is appropriate now to eat because it is finally cooled down from summer weather! I was also going to include a fall favorite of mine (apple pie) in this too, but just this week I opened my oven to billows of smoke pouring out and a blackened, completely ruined apple pie that I had attempted, and let’s just say I am still a little sore about the subject…

2- Pumpkin EVERYTHING

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate cookies, pumpkin cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin shakes….the list goes on and on. As previously stated, I love squash (yes, pumpkin is technically a squash) and so I have NO complaints about this one!

3-Dia de los Muertos

Alright….TECHNICALLY speaking Dia de los Muertos actually occurs on November 1, but living in the United States and not in Mexico means that many people just celebrate this (or traditions similar) in October. Being in a bi-racial relationship means I get to celebrate extra holidays (hooray!) and even though we don’t always follow all of the traditions associated with Dia de los Muertos, I LOVE all of the history that goes with it. And the colors! I love seeing the beautiful artistry that goes into each costume and the displays for loved ones!

4- Fall Colors

Is there anyone reading this post that doesn’t love when the leaves change and leave the world looking like a brilliant masterpiece of art? (If you raised your hand, you are in the WRONG place my friend) I am lucky enough to live in the mountains where I get to spend every day looking at the gorgeous canyons and benches filled with color! For all of you living in a non-color changing zone, I suggest making “see fall leaves” a priority on your bucket list!

5- Dressing Up!

This was my favorite thing to do as a child, and things still haven’t changed much except that I am old enough now that it would be weird if I just dressed up for kicks. I pretty much love that Halloween gives me an excuse to dress up!

6- Scary Movies

People love being scared, at least that is the only explanation I can come up with for why scary movies keep being made and keep making money. Don’t get me wrong, I like some fun Halloween movies, but I stay away from the real scary stuff (yes, I am a proud wuss). Even though I don’t watch intense horror films, I do have a few favorite suggestions for you! To start, anything made by Alfred Hitchcock- the original master of scary! I also LOVE Arsenic and Old Lace for my fellow peeps who enjoy b&w movies. Tim Burton is one of my heroes (in the artistry world) and with him producing so many films that have a “creepy” factor I highly recommend them. Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and Beetlejuice are all fun ones. Frankenweenie is also kinda fun, especially if you have read Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein– tons of references! (which makes nerds like me dizzy with excitement!) And don’t even dare forgetting about Hocus Pocus because I am pretty sure Halloween won’t happen unless you watch it.

7- Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I don’t even really know what to say about this. I feel so passionate about creating awareness for breast cancer, especially because the more aware people are, the better chances we have of beating it because we can promote regular checkups to ensure breast health. The faster unhealthy problems can be found, the higher chance one has of overcoming it. I always try to do something each year to help promote breast health and to contribute to promoting breast cancer awareness.

8- Spooky Stories

All over the world there are instances of hauntings, ghost sightings, frightening mysteries, and records of alien or paranormal activity. For some strange reason, these stories just enthrall me! I can’t explain it, I don’t necessarily like feeling spooked by creepy stories, but like a train wreck, I can’t turn away! I always just try to use the excuse that the purpose of life is to learn as much about the world as possible, so it is good to learn about these things too, right? Even though I can’t sleep the next night (like I said, total pansy!) ha! Some of my favorite mysteries include all of the stuff about the Bermuda Triangle, learning about some of the crazy stories regarding VooDoo in New Orleans (totally freaky!!!), and watching Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel channel- they have, hands down, some of the coolest artifacts!

9- Sweater Weather

Not too hot, not too cold. Really, no explanation even needed.

10- Awesome Parties!

Dress up parties, murder mystery dinners, pumpkin carving frenzies, corn mazes, scary movie-thons, whether your party is for 2 or 100, there are more themes for October parties than any other time of year! Plus the table spreads always look amazing! If nothing else convinces you that October is awesome, you have to admit that the parties are pretty great!

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