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Step It Up

I lost my focus already (theme word for 2014 - scratch that) when tonight I thought of a new word/phrase that I want to work on in this new year that I liked better. It is:
 Step It Up
This means so many things to me. Step it up with my blogging, step up with my friendships, step up in keeping in touch with people, step up in my commitments and start saying no to things I dont think I can handle, step it up in my church calling, step it up in my marriage, step it up in my personal life...so many things. It's not going to happen all at once and I'm glad that I have all year to work on this. All goals start with smaller goals and plans so I think I will take the categories I listed above and break them down into what the details of these different categories are and then some ways I can accomplish my stepping it up.
What is the word or phrase you want to work on in 2014?

Figuring Out My To-Do's

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Do you ever make yourself a to-do list and it looks miles long or is so crammed on to a sticky note that it just feels overwhelming to look at and you dont even know where to start , even when its sorted into categories? How is that for a run on sentence!?

I put all the to-do's I could think of on this stick note the other day. I even put it in to categories this time. Blog. Shop. Clean. Other. Christmas. Just looking at this small piece of paper with tiny writing makes me feel like shutting down & not doing a single thing because its just too much! But while I sit at work I have so much motivation to get these things done. When I get home it seems to want to drain away. Motivation down the drain.  Maybe it is the super cold weather?
Working 8 hours a day can be tough. I am so blessed to have a full time job though, srsly. I got very used to working 6 hours a day for the last few months and having a lot of time to do things when I get home. Maybe part of the problem now is that i…

Thanksgiving in Idaho

I just got back from an awesome time in Idaho for Thanksgiving with my family and Tony's family. We left late Wednesday night after I took forever to pack, then we met up with Laura & Rocky at In N Out for dinner and then we were on our way to Boise. Tony drove the whole way which was surprising because usually the last hour or two he gets tired and I take over. It was nice to finally get to my parents house and go to bed.
Thanksgiving Day, I was a little sad to have missed the parade on TV. For some reason my brothers always manage to find a football game to watch instead. It seemed like not much time passed at all and we were sitting down to eat. I took pictures and made a Vine video of all that but it will be posted soon so I will be sure to link to it here.

Tony and I didnt head out to do black Friday shopping until about 8pm and we were able to get everything his mom wanted us to get for her at Target. Win! We spent 2 hours in line at Kohls - fail - but we got some really …

Do You #PayWithIsis ?

I've been paying with Isis all summer and I love it!  Isis is a free app you can get on your phone and use if your phone is equipped with NFC. You can see if your phone qualifies here. It first was only available in Utah and Texas but has recently become available nationwide. 
Basically when you hook up your credit or debit card, you can pay with the Isis app. Handy not to have to carry a wallet around, just a phone! In order to promote the app, Isis has teamed up with places in Utah such as restaurants, a movie theater, a grocery store and more to give $1 deals. Isis is paying these places the difference so the companies arent losing anything by participating. 
Here are some of the deals Tony & I have enjoyed using a lot and these promotions are good (in Utah) until the end of the year.
- $1 medium pizza with a topping from Wasatch Pizza. You can order more than one at a time but have to scan  your phone for each transaction separately. Tony ordered 30 pizzas once for a study gr…

It Pays To Be Patient

I was craving kabobs from Texas Roadhouse on Saturday evening but by the time we were able to go, it was after 11pm and they were closed. I mentioned it to Tony on Monday that we should go share a kabob for dinner and to my surprise, he agreed. 
We got in and seated without too much of a wait. We scarfed down our four hot buttery rolls and waited. And waited.  I was very thirsty. Servers were walking past us, serving tables, cleaning up tables and we waited. Finally we got the attention of our server, Clay and he was so apologetic that we had been sitting waiting so long to order. I knew exactly what we wanted; kabob with meat done medium well on a bed of rice with a side of mashed potatoes. Brown gravy on the side. I wasn't expecting him to say, "What else can I get you? It's on me. How about some blooming onions?" I was so taken aback. He kept trying to make it up to us!  
Turns out the couple before us had sat there forever, for so long after they paid their bill th…

Busy Being Sick or Something

This last week has been a busy one despite the fact I got sick Monday night when I got home from a VIP night at Zupas. Sad day! Just a cold but I couldnt seem to kick it. Had to go to work every day and I tried to email people instead of calling, which semi-worked. I was trying not to use my voice because it sounded so stuffy.  I had to cancel going to the mutual activity on Tuesday, roasting marshmallows (yum) and hotdogs (ick) ...we also had potential tickets to a movie screening but I didnt get off work in time to go claim them. Sad day! I ended up just staying at home not doing much which felt weird.
Wednesday the only thing I had going that i need to do was to participate in a focus group online about travel. It went from about 630-745pm and it was fun to get to know the other people in the group and collaborate with them. Being the only girl was kind of interesting. One guy was really intriguing, maybe about my age and he has traveled all over the world! He has lived off the gri…

First Picture On This Blog! Woot!

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First, just wanted to let whoever is reading this know that I posted about going to Glen Canyon Dam in Page AZ on mine and Tony's travel blog so if you want to check that out and see a ton of nice pictures...go do that! I need to be better about posting on the travel blog....I need to post more of the Page trip and there are a few other trips (including Labor Day weekend in Idaho with Tony's family!) that I still need to blog about. Need...want...I def. want to! and need, because I dont want to leave anything, esp big things - undocumented.
I went to a blogger event tonight that happens once a month called Connective Circle. It's a series of workshops and social events and they are always really good & I usually learn a lot. Most of the time they are held on a Tuesday night which doesnt always work (I often pick it over going to YW's though...cough) but this time they had it on Wednesday which was nice because it's usually a night of the week I dont have anythin…

New Job, New Adventure

So last week I started a brand new job after being let go from my previous job, had a couple weeks off to chillax and send out resumes. It was a nice break. In the past all my jobs have been found on Craigslist, but this job I got was actually on KSL. 

I felt like I totally bombed the interview (in a bad way) and left feeling like whatever was going to happen would happen, I did the best I could. There were 3 people in the room for the interview and that makes me even more nervous than I already am at interviews! So I was really surprised when I got a call a couple hours later saying they wanted to hire me. I was pretty shocked! 
November 4th was my first day at this company called Symbiot, but most of our customers know us by Integrated or Pipeline. Basically I do customer service for companies who need things done at their business or location. We are a "maintenance management company." For example, servicing cell phone towers if there are weeds or broken locks, sending out …

Super Crazy!

How crazy is this...I started this blog - with just one post - back in 2006! I forgot allll about it until my friend Aim brought it to my attention today that she had been thinking about me and my blogs and after doing some searching online, found this domain and it belonged to me! Wheee! Yay! I had totally forgotten about ever starting this blog but I sure am happy it's been found. I have so many blogs and I am going to use this one to tie them all together. I will also use this as a place to type and post whatever  is on my mind or that I want to share. Usually I would post my thoughts and feelings on a private blog but I think I will bring some of that here with whoever wants to read it. So stay tuned, I'm excited to organize everything!

Diamond Candle Review

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I won this Diamond Candle in a blog contest and was super excited to find out I was able to choose any candle I wanted on the website. The candles normally sell for $24.95. I picked Vanilla Lime , it was a hard decision though - so many good flavors, I mean, scents. The categories for candles are floralfruityfoodfreshfall and life moments. A scent (or more) for everyone!
So when you burn the candle for awhile, in my case I put it under a bulb that just melts the wax instead of burning the wick. This is why my picture above looks really dark on the top part of the candle because that is the part that was melted.
I didnt have to go down too far to find a small piece of foil that would have a ring inside. Yes, these candles have a ring inside worth anywhere from $10-$5000! I was not that lucky to get a ring worth a lot but I am really happy with what I got and it fit perfect ( I wear size 8 )



Side view
Another side view
Ah, it was pretty cool to unwrap the foil packet to see what ring…

Introducing the 2013 Nissan Rogue

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I rented this car from a rental company down the street from me for my trip to Las Vegas. I was supposed to get an economy size car but there were non s when I went to pick it up on Friday afternoon. 
Idaho plates, that's what I got. 
Leg room and seat space seemed good. I liked the pockets in the back of the driver and passenger seats. 
Sport button. Didn't make a difference it seemed when it was turned on. Had to re-turn it on every time I got back in the car. 
These vents were able to spin 360*. I liked that. 
Storage space for sunglasses and that tiny hole in the right? Had a weird orange light that was very dim. Only came on at night. Not sure what it was for. 
I'm a fan of the built in light here. Handy. 

2013 Honda Accord Review

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My blogger friend Sarah posted on Facebook about the opportunity to test drive a car from Ken Garff Honda of Orem and be treated to a meal. Free food? Test drive a car with no pressure of a salesperson? Count me in! We started out with a drive over to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. I got the spaghetti with mushroom sauce. So delicious!
Can't forget the spumoni!
Now on to some of the features I loved most about this car.
Loved this button to turn on and off the car. No need to put a key in! This is handy esp at night , you dont have to fumble for your keys in the dark.
Want better gas mileage but a little less power in the engine and ac? Pressing this button gives you better gas mileage. I think I'd have that button pressed all the time!
I would totally use the heated seat feature in the winter here in Utah

Super love that there is an auxilary port and place to plug in a USB. I get excited when any car has this because my car currently does not have this feature

Nailpolish Review - Sally Hansen

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So I recently saw this nailpolish at Target on sale for a couple dollars off and thought I would get it and test it out. It sure felt like sugar on my nails, just how it looks in the picture. Like sandpaper, coarse and a little rough. I painted clear polish over a couple of my nails to see if it made a difference and it did not really , which I was surprised at. I super love the color but not sure that I like the gritty feeling on my nails. I will probably wear it again though just because the color is so awesome but maybe I'll try 2 coats of clear instead of 1.
Have you tried this? How do you like it?

Love with Food Box

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This is my second box from Love With Food so I thought it might be cool to review a little bit of it. I actually won the first box in a blog contest and I have not canceled the subscription yet. It's $12/month which isn't terrible but when you are trying to save money for big life things you try to cut out all the little things. 
Here's a closer picture of the box and here are a couple items I really liked  (besides the Necco's...)
I am not a fan of figs but this Fig Bar - Strawberry was so delicious. There were 2 pieces inside and the flavor was really good, not grainy. I'd eat this again as a snack.
This was my #1 favorite in the box I think. Not huge into salted caramel stuff either but this....was so delicious in my mouth. Starts out tasting sweet like caramel popcorn but then my mouth filled with a salty yet still sweet flavor. I wish I had a bigger bag of this!
Overall this is a great way to try samples of food you might not get to try usually. You can order more …

Hut No. 8

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I learned very recently (thanks @imtopsyturvy & @utahsweetsavings) about a fantastic new store opening up across from South Town Mall in Sandy called Hut No. 8. Right now they are looking to buy gently used name brand clothes and I went in yesterday with 3 bags of clothes to try my luck. 

If you cant stay while they look through your clothes, they let you leave the store and come back later in the day. if you don't have time to stay. It sounds like it takes about 45 min for them to go through a few bags of clothes and decide what to give you for them. I thought that was nice to be able to leave and come back later.  I had a little time to stay and look around so while they looked through my clothes I browsed the racks. They have a small selection of guys clothes so far and quite a few clothes for the girls. I saw a dress, shirt and jacket + a pair of boots I liked. Fingers crossed they are there when I go back to shop!
Look how cool the ceiling is! I also love the wood floors an…