Ok I’ve posted them all over Instagram and Facebook… so why not here, right?

Here’s a few of my favorites!

Elisha Braithwaite was our amazing photographer! I would 100% recommend her to anybody! 
This week we got to head to the Jazz game to celebrate Drew’s birthday (late) while they played the T-Wolves!
I got to see SISTER FABER for the first time since she’s been home. It was just magical.
Friends I am so sorry I’m not blogging as much as I should! Here is what else has been up:
Working on my capstone documentary. We’ve done lots of interviews, logged hours of tape, and it’s all been amazing.
Spending every free minute planning our honeymoon and trying to find a place to live! If anybody knows of an apartment in or around Salt Lake, please let me know!
PHP homework. It’s going to be the death of me.
Job interviews and applications and interviews and applications. It’ll be worth it right?
Shopping for the wedding/our future house/graduation. Randy’s pretty sick of me driving him around haha.
It’s been pretty crazy. But so incredibly fun!
Happy Friday everyone:) 

Engagement preview and documentary time

What a week! I am so busy I don’t know what to do with myself. I would go into all the details, but that’s boring. Unfortunately, because I’m engaged and graduating, it’s hard for me to focus at school! Instead of paying attention…I’m kind of just staring at pictures like these….
Our photographer is incredible. Seriously. I can’t get enough of her. Elisha Braithwaite. Check her out.
Elisha gave us two separate engagement sessions to make sure we had everything we wanted. She made us comfortable, had fun with us, and as you can see, she’s incredible at what she does. I can’t wait for more!

Let the invitation stuffing begin! Our invitation lady was also INCREDIBLE and sooooo easy to work with. Also check out Annette Ward, she’s awesome.

And. Move over Dateline and 20/20. We’re coming. Ok not really, but still. Working on a documentary about suicide prevention in Utah for our capstone project has been absolutely incredible. I am loving every interview, all the time spent logging tape, meeting amazing people and sharing their stories. 

Randy and I also manage to have a little date every once and a while, with the ducks. Feeding the ducks is one of my favorite things for some reason. 

Stopped by the mall the other day, and THIS is what I see. It’s made of LEGOS. If that’s not cool, I don’t know what is.  And now, it was this amazing mother of mine’s birthday this week! She’s the cutest and I am so lucky to have her as my mom. She’s so caring, kind, and truly amazing. I love you mom!

Happy Saturday everyone!

To do once you get engaged:

Buy a Feyonce t-shirt. Obviously. 

Get the girls who will help you pick out every little detail, make you laugh, help you fix your hair, and everything in between. 

Spend lots of quality time with your fiance and his guitar. 

Keep studying, working, and anchoring even though all you want to do is pin.
And on the subject of pinning, I’m so sorry to all my Pinterest followers. All I do is pin wedding stuff and everyone is probably so sick of it!
More more more is coming!
Happy Thursday everyone! 

Dear Nutcracker

Last night was my beautiful sister Olivia’s last time dancing in The Nutcracker at Clytie Adams Ballet. I remember the sick, sad feeling that accompanies that very well. The girls were all backstage crying and hugging and getting pictures. It really was a sight to behold. Before the last performance, Clytie (the school’s owner and founder and director and everything) made a speech (like she does before each show). At the end she said, “One of my former dancers came up to me after an earlier performance and said, ‘Oh, I miss dancing.’ And I thought…well that never really goes away.” She was talking about my sweet littlest sister Bethany who had found her after the show to say hi.

Clytie was right, you never get over that feeling of missing dancing. I’ve been done for about 4 years, and every day I miss it.

The other day I had the chance to interview Adam Sklute, the artistic director at Ballet West, for BYU Radio. (I was fan-girling pretty hard, PS). At the end of the interview, I asked him a question that I hadn’t written down or prepped him for. I asked, “If you could write a love note to The Nutcracker, what would it say?” He was a little surprised, but then started into a beautiful monologue about The Nutcracker and what it has meant to him (you’ll have to listen to hear the whole thing). It got me thinking though, I wanted to write my own letter to The Nutcracker. For myself, and other dancers who have been touched by this show.

Dear Nutcracker,

Thank you for giving every November of my life color, brilliance, and beauty. From the music, to the costumes, to the props, to the hours of “Ride that Pony” that can be heard from where the little kids are held, to the long car rides and Nelson’s Frozen Custard after the show, you have been a pure delight.

I have the steps and music memorized. I can’t help but dance in my seat a bit when I watch because I know every move, the counting, and the rhythm, better than I know almost anything.

Nutcracker, I miss you. I miss the anticipation in the wings just before stepping on stage. I miss the long hallways and dressing rooms that always smelled like hairspray. I miss the feeling of being laced into a tutu a little too tight. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have a dull ache in my heart, and an itch in my feet for dancing.

Thank you for giving me so many memories, so many nights of laughter and tears, so many days of sore feet and muscles, and so many pairs of ruined pointe shoes from the hard stage floor. Thank you for giving me the thrill of being out of breath after finishing a show, and hearing thunderous applause.

Nutcracker, words can’t really express what you’ve meant to me over my life. And I think every November I’ll feel a bit nostalgic and want to come home to you. Thank you for being my home.

All my love,

The three dancers…

She’s too pretty!
These cuties also came to see my sister dance and hang out with my fam bam.

Now gratitude!
November 21st: I’m thankful for pasta. I have a slight love affair with everything pasta related. Seriously, it’s kinda bad. But also so wonderful. 
November 22nd: I’m thankful for my new Mac! Yup, I did it. I pulled the plug and bought one. I’m in love with Mirage (that’s her name:)) and while I still adore PC’s, I’m liking this Mac a lot!
November 23rd: I’m grateful for oversize sweaters. Something about this time of year makes extra large sweaters just delightful, so cozy and fun. I simply adore them!
Happy Sunday dear friends! 
Also, I went to my last BYU football game as a student this weekend. So bittersweet, but I loved that I got to go with two of my best friends in the world! 

eShakti and gratitude

For November 2nd I’m grateful for my roommates. Seriously, these three girls put up with so much from me. I’m really lucky to have them and I’m lucky they keep putting up with me every single day.

And today…I’m grateful for clothes! I love all the seasons here in Utah and the chance it gives me to wear all different kinds of outfits! I’m glad I live in a place where I can express myself with my style, and that I have enough money to buy clothes.

And speaking of clothes….

I got a lovely little package in the mail the other day….I love packages and clothes so when I get BOTH…best day ever! 
eShakti.com is absolutely delightful. I ordered a shirt online and had it CUSTOMIZED to my height! I usually wear a size small, but sometimes it feels like the “small” is really designed for someone who is SUPER skinny and SUPER tall. Which is not me. eShakti let me tell them how tall I was so my shirt would actually fit me, imagine that!

So I ordered the shirt and it got to me within a week! Fast shipping? Major plus. There’s a wide variety of things to buy there, from more bohemian styles, to professional, to elegant. Seriously, so many different types of clothes that are all cute! For any age. Promise. High school to mom of a high schooler, these are adorable!

AND HOW CUTE IS THIS SHIRT? Seriously. Such a cute pattern and a perfect fit! I can pair it with a skirt or dress slacks for work, and then throw on jeans and have a rockin’ date night outfit! Wear it with a jacket when it’s cold, or by itself when it’s hot! It’s quality material, well lined, modest, and basically I’m obsessed. 

So. eShakti.com is TOTALLY great. 
I even love it so much, I’ve talked them into giving YOU a discount code!
just go to eShakti.com, order something cute, and then when you get to checkout type in ‘averagedayofaginger’ and get 10% OFF! You can use that code as many times as you want from today to December 3rd! Seriously guys, this is an awesome deal for an awesome place to get some winter clothes! 

 Promise you won’t regret it!

Happy gratitude month, and happy shopping, and happy Monday!

Be Married

Friends. She’s married! Lindsey Allison Bills is now Lindsey Allison CLARK! Crazy right!

Hooray for little team Clark!

Saturday was a wonderful day full of eating, laughing, crying, celebrating, and lots of love.

We took a million pictures outside of the Mount Timpanogos Temple, had a delicious luncheon filled with advice and jokes, and a BEAUTIFUL reception! I can’t even tell you how pretty everything was!

If you need some cute Pinterest worthy wedding ideas, look no further! Here they are!

Don’t know what I would do without all these wonderful friends in my life!
Congrats Lindsey and Ethan! Love you both so much and I am so happy you get to start your lives together:) 
Happy Monday everyone! 

What were you up to?

Here’s the explanation of my Thanksgiving, and a look at what I was wearing that day:)

So my weekend started after work on Wednesday! We headed back to my house for family, pie (we can never wait until Thanksgiving to eat pie. We aren’t a patient family,) games and movies.

Thanksgiving came way too early, but we made the best of it by heading to the park to play steal the flag and Frisbee and football! We won, by the way. Then it was putting the finishing touches on all the food and heading over to Grandma’s! I ate WAY too much (recipes are still coming, never fear friends,) and played games and took five or six naps I think, and over all just had way too much fun. Thursday night was games and movies and more food than I should’ve ever eaten, more games and laughing and talking, etc. etc.

Friday was MORE food (I know, right?), Catching Fire (it was incredible. If you haven’t seen it I would highly recommend it!) and SHOPPING. Drew and I were incredibly productive and got lots of things on our shopping lists crossed off. Which was wonderful:) Friday night I got to go with my family to see Ballet West’s The Nutcracker. IT WAS AMAZING. I seriously almost died. They were so technically amazing and elegant and beautiful. It made me miss dancing a lot but it was SO wonderful.

Saturday we ate MORE FOOD. And my cousin Michael got baptized so that was awesome, I got to see some of my best friends from high school during a quick hot chocolate run, and then it was more games with the family until they headed to a concert, and Drew and I went to the USU/BYU basketball game in SLC. It was SUCH a good game, so close until BYU pulled ahead in the end. The fans were CRAZY and it was really fun to be there. Then it was home sweet home after a crazy fun weekend. It was a much needed holiday and I really don’t think it was long enough. But that’s ok, Christmas is soon right?

And the Christmas tree is up! Finally:)

I love my family:) All dressed up for The Nutcracker
We had a “White Grape Cocktail” to kick off Thanksgiving.

My cute family with Michael on his baptism day!

Thanksgiving outfit!
Sweater–Forever 21
Black Jeans–Dillards
Boots–Forever Young Shoes
Jewelry–Forever 21
Happy Monday everyone, and happy back to reality!

All About Redheads

Today I’m teaming up with Hananh over at Words As Palindromes to do an All About Redheads post. Yeah, we’re both redheads, both have the middle name of Rose, and we both love to blog! She had this FANTASTIC idea to do a Redhead Post and, can I say, the girl is a genius. I am SO glad she and I became friends, and you are going to want to check her out. So without further ado, here is our All About Redheads post:)
Isn’t she lovely?

Yay for redhead friends:)

Random redhead facts. 
   – According to Greek mythology, natural redheads turn into vampires after they die.
   – Natural redheads only make up 4% of the world’s population.
   – Redheads need more sedation during surgery than other hair colors.
   – Red hair is a recessive gene…aka each parent needs a recessive red hair gene to have a child with red hair.
   – Redheads are sometimes said to be more pain tolerant than those without red hair.

Favorite redhead celebrities.
Amy Adams, Debra Messing, Lucille Ball

Yay for redheaded, blogging friends:)

Question time!
  – Do you come from a big family of red hair? I have a grandpa on one side, and a grandma on a different side, that have red hair. I have a few cousins that also have it, but no immediate family!
  – they say redheads have a big temper, and are on “fire”  Do you have a temper or are you pretty easy going? I have an AWFUL temper. 
  – Favorite Disney princess? Ariel, duh!
  – Have you ever dyed your red hair? Never, ever, ever, ever!
  – Greatest sunburn story. Hmmmm there are so many. My favorite sunburn moment was when I got home from Pioneer Trek absolutely FRIED and everyone ran around concerned that I was going to get skin cancer!
  – What is your favorite part of being a redhead? I feel like my hair is unique, and I love that at least that part of me is special:)
  – Favorite way to wear your hair? Curled with my GHD flat iron:)
  – Nicknames for your hair at all? Hahaha well I HATE being called ginger (I know it’s the title of my blog) I don’t mind when I say it, but when other people say it it sounds insulting. I say my hair is auburn though:)
  – What is your go to outfit? Jeans, and a brown, grey, or black top. I like neutrals with an accent bag or shoes that bring in some color, since lots of colors don’t look great next to my hair. Blues and greens are the exception to that rule:)

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.” 

I hope you liked this little All About Redheads post:) NOW. 
Go check out Hannah over at Words As Palindromes

And check her out here:

She has a post like this only about HER experiences as a redhead. She’s delightful. Head on over to her blog and follow it! She is so funny, sweet, and an amazing blogger. She’ll have you laughing and crying at the same time! So now that you’re in the mood for some redhead info, head on over there and read what she has to say! I promise you’ll like it! 

Giveaway anybody??

Yup. I’m doing a giveaway!! I’m teaming up with the talented Abigail Brock to do a t-shirt giveaway. Just look at how cute these are!

Each thing that you do gets you another entry! 
1. Follow my blog by email 
2. Follow my blog on Bloglovin’
3. Follow with Google Friend Connect (all of those can be found on the sidebar of my blog) 
4. Go like Average Day of a Ginger on Facebook, and share the photo about Abi and her t-shirt business (you can go straight to the page at the Facebook link above!)
5. Comment on this blog about why you want to win!
You have a week to do all these things, so good luck!!!
Also:) It’s Allison Yost’s birthday today. I love you so much Al Pal and I hope today is wonderful! I’m sad I can’t share it with you, but I hope you have a great day with your family. Alli is the most sane one of us, the one who always is kind and sweet. Alli keeps us doing the right things and is just delightful. I love you Al! Hopefully in a few years we’ll get to celebrate your birthday all together:) Love you!!

Liebster Award!

So I get on my blog today, and see a few fun comments from some of my favorite bloggers. One of them was telling me that I got nominated for the Liebster Award!! WHAT THE HECKA. Sam over at These Moments nominated me and I am THRILLED. She is so cute, and I am so lucky to be making blogger friends. This blogging community is the best thing ever and I just adore every girl I meet, especially you Sam!

So here’s what the Liebster Award is!

The definition:
Liebster is German for sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. How nice is that?
Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers and blogs.

The rules:
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 other blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have been chosen. 
4. Copy/paste the blog award on your blog.

Here are Sam’s questions:
1. Why do you blog? I blog because I love writing, I love making new friends, and I am awful at journal writing! So this is, in a little way, my personal journal!
2. What’s your favorite holiday and why? Christmas! I hate snow, but I adore the snow around Christmas time. There’s something wonderful about that season, when everyone tries to be a little nicer, and we remember Jesus Christ.
3. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chocolate. Yes it’s a food. Yes I could eat it all the time.
4. What is your favorite quote? UMMM I have WAY too many to pick from! One of my very favorites is “The most important thing is to enjoy your life–to be happy–it’s all that matters” Audrey Hepburn
5. If you could go anywhere in the world (money is no object), where would you go? I would head right on back to Paris and spend LOTS more time there. Less than a week did not do it justice!
7. What is your favorite family tradition? I love every tradition my family has around Christmas, but one of my favorites is the Christmas scripture countdown. We read a scripture that has to do with a theme, and on Christmas Eve we do an activity that ties the theme together! One year all the scriptures were about light, and our activity was lighting candles on a walk around our neighborhood. It was so fun!
8. You get to spend an afternoon with your favorite celebrity. Who would it be? Harrison Ford. I would marry him tomorrow if he asked. But spending an afternoon with him would also do.
9. What is the best book you’ve ever read? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Seriously. Go read it.
10. Where is your favorite place to shop? I love Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters:)
11. What is your favorite color? Pink or grey!

11 Random Facts about Maddy:

1. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I love my religion more than anything!
2. My best friend is serving a mission for our church in Fukuoka, Japan. He has 18 months left and I am so proud of him!

3. I am majoring in journalism and am hoping to become a news anchor one day!
4. I have this addiction to art and art history. I can’t draw, paint, or anything like that, but I’m fascinated by people who can.
5. I hate spoons.
6. I can bowl a whopping 80 on a really good day.
7. My eyelashes are naturally red. So mascara is a good buddy of mine.
8. I have been a ballerina since age 3. 
9. My family ROCKS. I love them more than anything.
10. I eat pasta for breakfast. Regularly.
11. I love life!
Ok here are my nominees for this illustrious Liebster Award!
1. Haley at The Ink And Anchor. So she has 206 followers…it’s close enough right?
2. Haley at The Life And Times Of Haley. One of my best friends:) Love you!
3. Julie at Different Is Beautiful. One of my favorite blogs and bloggin friends:)
4. Sydney at Sydney Brereton. She’s beautiful right?
5. Maria at Sewn By Maria. A fellow missionary girlfriend, this girl is the bomb.
6. Katie at The Silver Lining. Not sure she knows I exist. But I adore her blog!
7. Kenzie at Makin’ the Most of the Moments. Went to high school with this gem. She’s great:)
8. Ivy at Ivy Lauren. She’s also an MG who I love!
9. Emma at Tightrope to the Sun. I adore this girl. You will too. Promise!
I don’t have any more since all my other blogging friends were been nominated, have more than 200 followers, or have already taken part! But yes. Here are your questions friends:)
1. What is your favorite clothing article?
2. What is your life motto?
3. Paper or plastic?
4. What color is your hair?
5. What is your favorite movie?
6. If you could live in any time period, what one would you choose?
7. Is the glass half full or half empty?
8. What is your favorite physical trait about yourself?
9. Who is your hero?
10. What is your favorite holiday and why?
11. What is your biggest goal/dream in life?
Thanks again Sam for the nomination for this award, and here you go friends! Blog away:)
Happy Monday everyone:)