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Bringing all my blogs together today!

I guess somewhat stupidly, I posted details about something super big coming up in my life on Facebook instead of writing a cliffhanger status and directing everyone here to my blog. Oh well! Lesson learned I guess!

If you did not read it on Facebook already, Tony accepted a job offer in China Lake, CA and will start work at the naval base located there as a Computer Network Defense Specialist. We found out Tuesday morning that he had passed the security clearance/background check and they need him to start July 18th.  Eek! He has a little less than a month left in Utah with me. Time to amp up the packing and get more serious about how we are going to make this happen.

I wish so badly the job was moving us, but it's not. We were thinking to move everything that has been packed to a storage unit so that we can move around a bit more easier and continue packing. I have a baby shower to host and a Pinterest party and I'd rather have a downstairs not filled with boxes when people come over. Part of the problem is that we need his truck and he ordered a part he needed but was sent the wrong one. Hopefully we can get it fixed in the next week or so so we can get these boxes moved out.

I'll join Tony in CA (Ridgecrest to be specific) once he finds us a place to live. We have been looking not super seriously on Zillow the past few months but now we can look seriously. There are 2 houses we really like a lot so we will see what ends up happening. They'd have to be available still when he gets to CA mid-July so he can check them out. Any advice on getting a house? Feel free to send it our way. There is a chance we might just rent something but we'll see what direction the house idea goes.

So there you have it. After 5 years in Utah, I'm heading back to the state I was born in. Granted I grew up in northern CA which is so very different than southern CA but still. Maybe I should get my "CA CHICK" personalized license plate back! Questions? Comments? Concerns? Me too. I have lots. Shoot whatever you want to send me over though and I'll do my best to answer any questions!

You guys! I've gotten to get quite a bit of blogging done lately and there's still more roadtrips to blog about and some crafts but here's what I've got so far!

I went to World Market the other day and found some pretty cute stuff. Of course, owls! among other things.

There's only 5 days left to enter to win dessert for a year from a fun company here in Utah. My mouth drools and I can't wait to go in! 

I got a new niece in May and she's so adorable! It has been fun getting to know her and her personality a bit.

If you live in Utah you may be sick of hearing about the Cavalia show but I got lots of cool pictures when Tony & I went. The show is headed to Portland, Oregon next!

The Everything Food conference was one of the funnest things I did in May. No joke! It was such a fun experience and I look forward to volunteering again next year.

I was able to check out the Utah Valley Parade of Homes one week with my friend Tiffany and it was so crazy cool. If you have not gone yet - it ends on Friday!

Remember - you can still get $5 off a ticket to participate in The Color Run happening August 20th in Salt Lake City. Tell your mom, tell your dad, tell all your friends!

It's been a few years but last weekend Tony and I stopped by City of Rocks national park on our way back from Idaho. It was perfect weather and we enjoyed a short hike. I got some really awesome pictures too.

Why were we in Idaho last weekend? Tony's mom's side of the family had a big reunion honoring their grandpa's 100th birthday! It was such a blast. I'd never been to Albion, ID before but I wouldn't mind going back.

For a belated anniversary trip we headed to Glacier National Park as well as some other cool places in Montana.

One of my favorite places in Montana (okay, they were all my favorite) was this awesome museum. I wish it had been open but we made the most of it!

Stay tuned for another post with more links to some fun things soon!

Are you all sick of my graduation posts yet? Well, here's another one you may or may not have read yet. So take a looksee!

I got to see the amazing Kirby Heyborne perform at a benefit concert for a school in South Jordan.

I started a magnetic chalkboard project with Tony's cousin. In the process of being finished still, got a little stuck, have you ever gotten stuck on a project before?

Some of my Target favorites for the month of May!

Do you want to take a 5K vacation? Participate in The Color Run happening this August in Salt Lake City! I have a $5 off code on the blog so be sure to use that if you are planning on running (or walking).

I am loving Jones Creek beef! Tony & I got to cook up some hamburger meat that we picked to review. Check out what we made here.

***Exciting news*** 
Our travel blog is getting a complete overhaul! New name! New domain! New layout! New posts! I'm soo excited about it but it's not ready yet. Tony works on it pretty much every day for a few hours or longer. I'm hoping it will be ready within the next month or so. 

I tweeted today that working a full time job stifles my creativity. It's computer work and any idea I have for the company or ways to do things, usually get shot down. Kinda sucks but that's how it is right now. Sometimes at work I am brainstorming things I want to do in my life to do with my blog or social media in general. 

  • I came up with a super super awesome idea of how I want to run my "staciesplace" Snapchat with a format and everything. Right now I am compiling at least a month's worth of content so I can be prepared. I'll be snapping every M, W, F evening I think or roughly around that time. It will revolve around things I blog about so stay tuned for an announcement about that. I'm so excited about it!
  • Finish up my social media resume so I can start actually really applying for jobs. So far I am not in a position to change jobs quite yet but when we move I want to find something. I also have not seen a whole lot I've wanted to apply for or if I do, it's not quite a good fit because I'm not proficient in Photoshop or something. Bummer.
  • Get more involved in the affiliate programs I am signed up with. Cricut, Shotbox, The Color Run among others.
  •  Along with affiliate programs, just do a much better job of blogging in general. I've been able to amp it up a bit since school has ended and have been surprised with some fantastic results. Woot!
  • I'd love to learn more about being a virtual assistant. I feel like life is kind of hold right now while we dejunk and pack for the upcoming move. Luckily I have the Wunderlist app which is awesome and I'm making lots of lists in there. One is for things I want to learn or start doing once everything settles down a bit. I kind of hate that I have to wait that long but I most likely won't start another job right away and when I do, maybe it will be part time so I can learn more about things I'm interested in.
So, that's about it! Right now just working and planning and waiting for the right time to execute everything!

What are you working on right now?

The time has come where I get to graduate!! This is happening on Friday and it's right in the middle of a huge blogger conference I signed up for a year ago. I had no idea I'd be graduating the same day/time as the conference. #thestruggleisreal Overall I'm happy to be done but also sad at the same time not to be a student anymore. It has been really fun to go back to school and learn some new skills, make some new friends and do some really cool stuff!

April has been insane so far and it's not even half over yet.

Tony got a job offer in California. The St. George job fell through - boo.

I held another Pinterest party - spring themed!

Tony and I participated in a crazy fun 24hr event called Questival!

And last but not least, I did a review for my friend here and am giving away $100 of LuLaRoe clothing! Go enter!

I can find time to crank out a post occasionally here but there is so much still I want to write about and include pictures! Hot air balloon festival in Kanab, Outdoor Expo in Sandy, a family dinner with some of my siblings last Sunday...I dont know - just whatever random stuff I am up to!

So here's the latest. This week started off slow and has gotten busier and busier. 

Tonight after work I got to attend a "Cricut Crafternoon" at the Cricut HQ. It was so crazy fun. I got to design 2 baby onesie outfits. I ended up ironing one on a bib because all the onesies except preemie sizes got snatched up. We got a bag filled with tons of swag , I had hearts in my eyes! I learned some new tricks and am excited to figure out time to sharpen my skills.

Thursday after work I head to FanX - I won a multi-day pass! and I got a ticket to meet and get a picture with NICK CARTER from the Backstreet Boys. I gotta pinch myself - is this real life?!

Thursday I need to make a Easter gift for my coworker and somehow work on my primary lesson for Sunday and make the kids their little Easter gifts. I asked Tony to make cupcakes that I can bring in to work but I wish I had the time to deliver them to friends and family. I got some edible easter grass and am going to create a little fun on the top of the cupcake with that.

Friday after work I head over to FanX again, I'm thinking about taking off work early and go to CVX Live as well. It may be too much though. We'll see. I need to check schedules and I am pretty sure I have ticket to CVX but I guess I'll have to be prepared to pay at the door if necessary.

Speaking of paying, Target closed down my card with them and I need to activate the chip in the new card they sent. Same with my bank debit card. Ugh! I have not made the time so I've switched to using my credit card and paying the balance every night or every few days.

Saturday is...festival of colors in Spanish Fork! Then straight home to shower and go to CVX for sure for what will probably be the remainder of my day. I wish I could go back to FanX but I think 2 days will be good. Plus Saturday will probably be major crowded. Oh well. I like crowds and at least I have a real good spot to park that I don't have to pay for. 

Sunday I can finally chillax - minus having to teach the kids at church. I'm keeping the tradition of a new outfit for Easter and bought a cute dress at Downeast Basics. It was on sale + they let me use a coupon - SCORE! I am super stoked. Downeast has become one of my favorite stores lately. Not sure why because they are expensive (to me) but I hope what I've bought remains top quality.

Tony & I graduate in less than a month and I need to get my butt in gear to create invitation since Tony decided not to order any. I may order just 5 (for $9!) through the college but am really just running out of time to get this done. I hate to be rushed but I'm doing the best I can. I could be better about managing my time at home. I get distracted so easily it's not even funny.

Almost 2am - I need to find my Backstreet Boys shirt, gather my graduation paper and tickets together and get myself to bed. G'Night!

I went to a great dinner at Blue Iguana tonight in SLC that Blogging Concentrated put together. It was fun to meet and see lots of bloggers from many places. A group from the midwest, Boise and here in Utah too! I was exchanging information with a couple ladies at my end of the table and one came to check out this blog and said, your last post was January 30th and I was like yea...I haven't been great about blogging lately. In my head I thought, what's the big deal? January 30th wasn't that long ago, was it? Then I realized today is the 18th of the month - of February!  Honestly I haven't given this blog the love or attention it deserves. To be even more honest, I haven't done hardly any blog posts since the end of last year. I need to blog about girls camp, Tony's family reunion, Thanksgiving, Christmas, CES, CHA and so much more! Some bloggers just pick up where they left off, others say forget it, I'm starting fresh and not worrying about pictures I haven't blogged. I want to catch up and I will backdate the posts to keep them in order when I print out my blog but I'll be sure to link you all here so you don't miss a post you might want to read!  My new friend also said she could not see the side bar of my links to my other blogs on the mobile version of my blog. I dont know what to think about that. I kind of mind...I mean, I want people to check out the other places I blog! I had no idea, never thought to check, so that's something I hope to fix.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, I'm headed south to sun, warm and hot air balloons! 

By the way, here are links to the 2 ladies I got to meet tonight and chat with a bit as well as more information on Blogging Concentrated!

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I have quite a few blogs and I just feel like I need to tie them all into one place so this is where I decided that is going to happen. I'll still be blogging on my other blogs but I will link all my posts to this blog so you can easily find them. We'll see how it goes!

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