Bloggers Give Back on KSL!

Yesterday I got the opportunity to go on KSL for a quick bit about our Bloggers Give Back Event and Donation Page with the two families we are supporting. Sarah Peterson and Sara Hancock brought their two boys, Beckham and Carson, who we are trying to raise money for this weekend, at the event that I have been talking about over the past few weeks.

Here is the new clip from yesterday so you can all meet the two boys and here a little bit about what we are doing and where you can donate!

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Carson was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May of 2012. He has and will continue to receive chemotheraphy treatments until July of 2015. He also needs surgery for damage to his airways that occurred at birth. The family was waiting to do this due to the risk of the procedure mixed with the side effects of chemo, but they cannot wait any longer. Carson

Beckham was diagnosed this September with a high risk, stage 4 nueroblastoma. He has had his first round of chemotheraphy and is fighting with everything he has. Beckham has a 40% chance of beating cancer. Beckham

We appreciate anything that anyone can do to support or donate to these two boys. Please help spread the word! Our event is tomorrow, but we will be accepting donations through December 6th. I was so glad to get to spend a little bit of time with these amazing boys and their families yesterday! I hope everyone can find a little bit of time or means to help them! Thank you!

P.S. here are a few pictures from yesterday! And thank you to KSL for letting us share our event with you!picstitch2picstitchpicstitch4picstitch3picstitch5

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Things you should have and know by 30…

This year I turned 27 and while I still like to think that’s pretty young and not that close to 30 apparently a lot of people like to give me crap about it…(thanks guys!). So I’ve been doing some thinking about what I want to do with my life etc…a love my job right now, but I did always want to go back to school; I want to get a new car and I’ve been thinking about buying a townhouse or even just a small house; what do I really want?…etc…you know those kinds of things. I mean I’ve been out of school for a while, and I’m not that young anymore…I’m single…so I would like to have some things settled…know who I am…all that great stuff. But I like to think I’m not “old”. 

I feel like everyone’s so scared of turning 30, but maybe it’s not so bad. I mean, yeah I have to work out a lot more than I did when I was 18, but sometimes that’s ok because it’s like stress relief and I like to. Some days I would rather die than go run and yeah I’d really like to eat that donut or burrito without feeling like I gained ten pounds, but that’s how my brain works ok! I’m gonna feel kinda bad about it! I’ve already come to grips with the fact that I’m not 18 anymore, so I know I’m going to have to work out. I know my skin isn’t going to be the same! But 3 more years can’t be that bad. Getting older has to have just as many perks and pitfalls…so bring it on. Plus, at the risk of sounding conceited, people mistake me for being 5 or more years younger than I am and I’ll take it, with the age on my ID. 

Anyway, I heard about this book a while ago and I really want to read it. 20130219-223621It’s by Glamour Magazine, so it has to be great right? They featured it not too long ago in their magazine and here are some great tips from it. I just thought I’d pass them along since it’s kind of along the lines of what I’ve been thinking a lot about lately and I loved the article! 

By 30, you shave…

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase, an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6.A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that your actually going to have an old age – and some money set aside to help fund it.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account – all of which no one has access to but you.

9. A resume that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better after 30.

“…a sense of humor, especially when it comes to yourself.” – Lea Michele

“…a sharp tongue and the restraint to use it wisely.” – Lisa Leslie

By 30, you should know:

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the relationship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. Where to go – be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat – when your soul needs soothing.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.

10. The your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. The nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30!

“…how to leave people happier than you found them.” – Rachel Roy

“…that even though not everything gets better after 30, you’ll be happier and more confident – so you won’t really care!” – Georgina Chapman

“…how to treat yourself so that your employers and romantic partners and friends and even your children know how and you want to be treated.” – Kimora Lee Simmons

So needless to say…I do think that a lot of these things are things that I have learned, am beginning to learn, and still need to work on. Some have been the hard way…some are pretty easy to understand, but I think most of them are definitely good ideas to remember. 

A few things that I know at 27…

…I want to be a mom, for sure. hands down, however this works out in my life.

…not to try soooo hard.

…I can be risky with my clothes because they’re just clothes and if people don’t like them then o well!

…the difference between your “friends” and your friends.

…don’t let idiots ruin your day.

…moderation in all things.

…you have to stop comparing yourself to other people (yeah still working on this one!)

…don’t chase someone who doesn’t chase you back.

…don’t take your family for granted.

I’ve got a lot more to learn, but I can’t wait to read the book! and I hope when 30 comes it won’t be too scary 🙂 I think this year is gonna be a good year.

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We spend how much on Nail Polish?!?

So, I came across this article the other day…and I could not believe it…well ok I can because one of my “facts” about myself on that instgram thing going around is about how much nail polish I own…but take a look. I was a little shocked.

Real Talk: Women Spend $768 Million A Year On Nail Polish.

Read article HERE.

What are your thoughts? Are we crazy? Maybe…but then again that’s probably not even including what we spend when we go get manicures, etc…geez! But it’s such a guilty pleasure!

Anyway, just thought that was interesting.Nail-Polish

 

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New Year’s Traditions

Not everyone gathers to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve…I don’t know why I thought it would be that way. Marie Clare Magazine had an article about rituals from around the world. Here are a few different traditions from around the world that I thought were pretty interesting.

What do you do on New Year’s Eve?

Mexico: Women put on new panties in one of two colors to symbolize their hopes for the coming year – Red for Love or Yellow for Money.

Belarus: Single women compete in unusual games, such as lining up piles of corn  and seeing whose kernels a rooster chooses first. The winner is considered the most likely to marry in the new year.

Japan: They throw a bonekai (or “forget-the-year” party), where bosses let employees get more relaxed than usual in the workplace.

Rio de Janeiro: Crowds father at the beach to throw flowers into the ocean at midnight.

Phillipines: Women wear polka dots. The roundness reminds them of coins and wealth.

Ecuador: They burn photos and scarecrows to destroy bad memories from the last 12 months.

Denmark: Friends smash dishes on each other’s doorsteps – those who end up with the most broken plates are believed to have the most loyal friends.

*Article found in Marie Clare Magazine.

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Awesome Smart Phone Apps to Help you SAVE!

Remember coupon clipping? Yeah…every now and again I still do it, but using your smart phone is so much less hectic and messy! 

These apps below will be very helpful, especially during your holiday shopping over the next month, and during all of the sales after!

Scratch -Hard: (Free)  Use your location and product information to find the best deal nearby. “Scratch” the logo to reveal the savings below!

 Coupon Cabin: (free) Use this to sort and store your deals! Scissors free!

The Christmas List: (99 cents) This app helps keep track of everyone you have to buy gifts for. You can divide it into groups like kids, co-workers, family, etc. and keep track of how much you have spent on each person, the “status” of each purchase, and what you still have left to buy. Plus it’s password protected so those pesky peekers can’t sneak in and ruin the surprise!

The Find: (free) This app compares prices at nearby locations or online, so don’t go shopping without it!

Lemon Wallet: (free) Record all of your receipts on Lemon Wallet and keep track of your budget! It records every penny you spend and divides them into categories for you.

Key Ring: (free) All of your rewards memberships in one place!

Shop Kick: (free) Use this to look for and buy gifts and you’ll rack up “kicks”. “Kicks” go towards tons of cool freebies like itunes downloads and starbucks gifcards, etc.

*Ideas from luckymagainze.com

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A Few Ways to Save $$$ Shopping

No matter what your budget is, everyone can benefit from saving money right? So here are a few tips from People StyleWatch Magazine that I found pretty helpful. I’ve also added a few things that I think are helpful to remember also…remember I’m a big shopper and I try to save anywhere I can 🙂

1. Get More from Online Stores!

“Most sample-sale sites list the brands they’ll be selling in advance, so hunt around and figure out what you’d love to own. Set a price limit, then shop as soon as the sale goes live. If you see the right item at the right price, buy it!” – Lindsay Ginn, editor of brokeandbeautiful.com

“If the retailer has a live chat option, ask what coupons are available and start negotiating. you can save 5% or more, and you’ll often score free shipping.” – Robert Pagliarini, author and founder of richerlife.com

MY TIP: Sign up for emails from your favorite stores, because they often send coupons for online only discounts and sales!

2. Be Sure About Each Purchase!

“During your next big shopping trip, try on everything and instead of buying, take pictures of each item. Then go home, print the photos and create a post with a bull’s-eye. The center of the bull’s-eye is where the ‘I have to have this’ pieces go. The middle rings are the ‘I like this’ pieces, and the outer are the ‘Eh, maybe I can do without this’ pieces. After the poster is on your wall for about three weeks, narrow it down to what you really need. Usually, only a few pieces stay in the bull’s-eye.” -Robert Pagliarini

MY TIP: Try and make a list of the things that you want for sure each season, like brown riding boots, or a black leather jacket for fall. That way when you go shopping you know what you are looking for. A lot of times I like to shop around online for the things I like so I know what I am going to get before I go to the store. Then sometimes I will pick up a few extras I see at the store if it fits my outfits!

3. Shop Sales By Month!

Carmen Wong Ulrich suggests taking advantage of regular discounts during these months:

January: Winter clothes and accessories will be on megasale right after the holidays.

February: Valentine’s Day means discounts on jewelry and lingerie.

March: Expect closeout sales on boots, coats, gloves, and scarves!

April & May: Around Easter, look for dress sales. Summer-preview sales on tees, shorts, and etc also start. If you want to get in shape, some sneakers and athletic gear will also be discounted.

June & July: You can get deals on swimsuits, sundresses, and all things summer. July is dump-everything-summer month, and sales are amazing. (They’re getting ready for fall.)

August: This month is about back-to-school, but also back-to-work gear. Blouses, skirts, fall shoes, and bags hit the stores, and you can find some decent initial promotions to get you shopping.

September: Fall pieces are out in full swing. Expect early promotions on jackets and boots. Check online for Labor Day deals and coupon codes.

October & November: You’ll see preview sales on winter clothing such as coats and boots.

December: All things holiday! Sales started very early last year; some of the biggest ones were in place by the 15th. Keep an eye out for deals with loyalty and rewards cards this year – retailers will lean on them more than ever.

MY TIP: My favorite sales are the preview sales every year…For example Nordstrom and Piperlime have big Fall preview sales in July/August each year, and piperlime does it again in the spring. They put their fall clothes on sale before they are available full price and then after that sale they go back to full price, so you should get them while they are discounted. Plus a lot of stores have been doing big sales BEFORE Christmas. Last year Anthropologie had 50% off all of their sale before Christmas! It was perfect for buying gifts (not to mention getting a few things for myself that I forgot to ask for). 

Also this is the perfect way to use your emails from stores. They ALWAYS announce holiday sales through their emails, so don’t forget to sign up at your favorite stores to get this reminder!

4. Try These Sites and Apps!

“The latest thing is points apps like CheckPoint and ShopKick: They let you rack up rewards good for gift cards and coupons when you scan merchandise bar codes. Also, if you don’t already, ‘friend’ brands on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for sales and promo codes.” – Carmen Wong Ulrich, author of The Real Cost of Living

“Type in your zip code at salelocator.com to get a list of sales near you. And visit freeshipping.org to see which retailers are currently offering sales and free shipping.” – Catey Hill, autho of Shoo, Jimmy Choo: The Modern Girl’s Guide to Spending Less and Saving More

MY TIP: Visit retailmenot.com for coupon codes at almost any retailer. Check it before checking out anywhere online, you may find out about a coupon or sale you didn’t know about! Also make sure yo visit flash sale boutiques online such at ruelala.com, hautelook.com, gilt.com, or modnique.com to name a few. They have sales on designer apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags, etc at great prices!

5. Make the Most of Your Credit Cards!

“With store credit cards, you can get free shipping, rewards points, rewards on your birthday and more. But you must commit to paying off your bills. If you can’t, don’t use the card. Be honest with yourself!” – Kendal Perez, deals expert, hasselfreesavings.com

“I use one card for almost all of my purchases, from gas to jewelry to furniture, and use the points I rack up for travel. You can also use a cash-back card that acts as another discount on top of any deals you’ve already gotten.” – Carmen Wong Ulrich

MY TIP: I love that store credit cards off rewards points, but you have to pay off your card! One thing that a lot of stores do is allow you to make payments in their store (some stores, like Nordstrom even let you make it straight from your debit card now). This is great, because you can make your purchase on your store card to get the points and then pay it off right there in the store the same day and not worry about your bill!

To find great reward credit cards, visit plasticrewards.com

I hope all of these tips help!

*Found in People StyleWatch Magazine.

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The Most Important 433 Words to Read This Month

I really liked this when I found it in an older edition of Glamour Magazine that I had. I thought I would pass it on to everyone in case they didn’t get to read it! Sometimes I struggle with this and I’m sure a lot of other people do.

No matter how sophisticated and grown-up we become, everyone has her insecure days. In this excerpt from her new book, Eve Ensler celebrates the true power of a woman. Read it and send on to a girlfriend you love.

Dear Emotional Creature,
I believe in you. I believe in your authenticity, your uniqueness, your intensity, your wildness. I love the way your dye your hair purple, or hike up your short skirt, or blare your music while you lip-synch every single memorized lyric. I love your restlessness and your hunger. You possess the energy that, in unleashed, could transform, inspire and heal the world.
Everyone seems to have a certain way they want you to be – your mother, father, teachers, religious leaders, politicians, boyfriends, fashion gurus, celebrities, girlfriends. In reporting my new book, I learned a very disturbing statistic: 74 percent of young women say they are under pressure to please everyone.
I have done a lot of thinking about what it means to please; to be the wish or will of somebody other than yourself. To please the fashion setters, we starve ourselves. To please men, we push ourselves when we aren’t ready. To please our parents, we become insane overachievers. If you are trying to please, how do you take responsibility for your own needs? How do you even know what your own needs are? The act of pleasing makes everything murky. We lose track of ourselves. we stop uttering declaratory sentences. We stop directing our lives. We forget what we know. We make everything OK rather than real.
I have had the good fortune to travel around the world. Everywhere I meet teenage girls and women giggling, laughing as they walk country roads or hang out on city streets. Electric girls. I see how their lives get highjacked, how their opinions and desires get denied and undone. So many of the women I have met are still struggling late into their lives to know their desires, to find their way.
Instead of trying to please, this is a challenge to provoke, to dare, to satisfy your own imagination and appetite. To take responsibility for who you are, to engage. Listen to the voice inside you that might want something different. It’s a call to your original self, to move at your own speed, to walk with your step, to wear your color.
When I was your age, I didn’t know how to live as an emotional creature. I felt like an alien. I still do a lot of the time. I am older now. I finally know the difference between pleasing and loving, obeying and respecting. It has taken me so many years to be OK with being different, with being this alive, this intense. I just don’t want you to have to wait that long.
Love, Eve.
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Quarter-Life Crisis

At 16 you can drive.
At 18 you can vote.
At 21 you can drink.
At 25 if changes from things you “can” do, to hitting your “quarter-life crisis”.
Then it’s more like things you HAVE to do. So what happens after that?
Is there an age when you’re finally “old”?
Is there an age when you’re supposed to have it all figured out?

I’m almost 26…well it’s a couple months away, but closer to 26 than 25…I definitely don’t feel like I’m supposed to be “old” yet, but I definitely still have no idea what I’m doing with my life. BUT I am pretty sure that I for sure hit THE CRISIS this year. It came in a few little ones that all built up…but I have learned to relax a little bit and just enjoy doing things I like.

25 is sort of confusing because you’re done with college, but maybe not totally into a career yet. You probably know your style and the kind of music and food you like (you probably knew that at ten). You have your best friends you grew up with and the ones from college that you will be friends with forever…BUT you also have colleagues and acquaintances that you have to balance and make sure that you don’t forget who your real lifetime friends are. You may or may not know how to cook…is heating up a Lean Cuisine considered cooking? 🙂 You probably don’t have a mortgage yet. You probably don’t have to worry about investments…If you’re me, you still don’t even pay your medical insurance and you’re still on your family’s cell phone plan.

I, myself, am done with my undergrad, but I’ve been working at a job for three years that is not at all related the to field that I thought I was going to go into. I’m actually really grateful for the job that I have and I enjoy it, but this year I’ve really been struggling with what I wanted to do for grad school. I always knew I would go back, but I didn’t know what to do.
I’ve also been dating that same person for two years. I’ve mentioned before that whole, “you just know” thing, but for me there have been so many other factors involved.
There have been a few other things to consider throughout the year that I will not bore you with, but sometimes it’s like seriously, how many decisions do I have to make at one time?

Courtney posted this article on her blog recently and I really liked it. It’s called 11 Things to Know at 25ish. If any of you out there are like me and are still trying to figure these things out, maybe this will help and you’ll enjoy it too.
I highly suggest reading it, but these are the 11 things it outlines:
1. You have time to find a job you love.
2. Get out of debt, and Stay out of debt.
3. Don’t rush dating and marriage.
4. Give your best to friends and family.
5. Get some counseling.
6. Seek out a mentor.
7. Be a part of a church.
8. Find a rhythm for spiritual disciplines.
9. Volunteer
10. Feed yourself and the people you love.
11. Don’t get stuck.

Ask yourself some good questions like: “Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward?”

I really liked that quote from the article. I feel like you can’t make life decisions all at once. It’s a process and that may have been the source of my “crisis”. I just wanted an answer and I just wanted to be able to make a decision. I just need to relax, put in some effort, and hope that everything will work out how it is supposed to.

All in all at some point we’re all going to get old, whether that means at 23 because you’re already married with kids and you grew up a lot faster than some of us, or you’re not old until you’re 60 because it’s more of a feeling than an age. One thing is for certain, growing up is hard and it is never how you expect it is going to be. Is it?

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Not Surprising…

Provo and Salt Lake ranked among the country’s worst dressed.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home2/52190771-183/salt-dressed-lake-magazine.html.csp

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As for why Provoans tend toward the look of what GQ labels “Mormonia” with Mr. Mac suits and Florsheim specials or why Salt Lakers like “the whole watered-down skier look and Costco jeans,” as designer Domingo describes it, maybe Utahns are frugal as well as drab.

“Everyone here just doesn’t want to spend the money to look good,” she said. “And we’re landlocked so we don’t have that new exciting flavor coming in where we’re exposed to other things.”

*I would like to think that I am not part of this, but then again who knows?
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