Stacie's Place

Bringing all my blogs together today!

I saw a post on Facebook from a carpet cleaning company called Longhurst Carpet Cleaning. Their deal was great, $1 per stair and our stairs were terrible! We have lived here 3-1/2 years and do not take our shoes off when we come inside so you can imagine that they were pretty filthy looking. In fact, here are some pictures to prove it. 

(downstairs)

(upstairs)

Yea. Embarassing. I couldnt stand it any more and this deal was the best and so I scheduled them to come on a Saturday in October.

It was the day of our ward trunk-or-treat party. Tony really wanted to borrow their company vehicle (a hearse!) for the trunk or treat but we didnt. That would have been cool though!

The owner and son his scrubbed our stairs from 930 until about 1130am, with a brush , on their hands and knees. I was very impressed seeing them do that.

And the results were nothing short of spectacular. 


(upstairs)

(downstairs)

Seriously so clean you could eat off them. It's been a few weeks now that they have been cleaned and I am happy to say that we have been pretty good about taking our shoes off when we get in and only walking with socks or bare feet on the stairs. They still look very clean!

They only charged us $10 even though I swear there were 12 stairs (Tony thought we had 14! haha) but I paid them $20 because they did such a fantastic job and worked so hard and $10 didnt seem like enough.  If you would like to use them to clean your upholstry, carpet , etc....contact them below or check out their Facebook page.


 I cant wait to use them again!




I heart Pinterest. It's one of my favorite websites that I can never spend long enough on. I have been known to stay up until unmentionable hours of the night...er..morning, just browsing and planning. If you follow my blogs, you know I host Pinterest parties so I can actually make some of the things I pin on Pinterest with friends. It's fantastic!

Last year was the first Pinners Conference here in Utah and it is basically just down the street from where I live so that made it perfect to attend both days, which I did. Now the second conference is here and I am beyond excited to go again!

I tried to find my blog post from the conference last year but sadly, it seems like I never did a blog post. I do remember taking some pictures but there was SO much to see and do, shopping and classes to attend that it was all I could do to soak it all in. I imagine this year will be even better and I wouldn't miss it if I were you! 

Clear your calendars for November 7th & 8th!


Learn about the classes as well as the speakers/presenters by clicking here 
You can go to classes about fashion & beauty, lifestyle & learning, DYI & crafts, cooking, home decor, party planning, photography, sewing, health & fitness.... omgosh, can you tell how ExCiTeD I am?!

Order your tickets by clicking here and put in the code staciesplace for your discount!

Tickets are as low as $10 for 1 day which includes 2 classes.
If you just want to come shop, that is free! But let me tell you, the classes are so worth it. 100 classes, 2 days...not enough time! Oye!

What classes are you looking forward to going to?

Do you ever feel like life is super and crazy?! That is how my entire summer has been it feels like. Good thing I like being busy, right? Here are some links of what I've been up to!

Emergency Preparedness Tips When You Have Pets

Crafty Plate with Cricut Explore


Exploring Pinedale, WY


Walk The Winds Teardrop Camper Meetup


Utah State Fair

The Color Run


Mountain Mike's Pizza


SLC Comic Con


Blogger Night Out - Hospital Tour


Camp Ritchie Day 2


Camp Ritchie Day 1


Slide The City


Phew. That'll be enough to keep you reading for awhile I guess! Looking back at all these posts, I sure have had a busy summer. And I still have posts to catch up on so I will link those to a new post on here when they are available. 


What fun things have you been up to this summer? Leave a link to your post if you have one and I will come by and leave a comment!



My name is Laura and I have a guest post reviewing Idealshake! My husband Rocky and I got a chance to sample the chocolate Idealshake, a meal replacement shake that naturally reduces hunger and cravings. We were so excited to try this product because we were constantly on the search for the best meal replacement shake due to the fact that we are always on the go, and secondly because Rocky has a consistent workout program he follows at the gym and would always come home hungry! 

Rocky has tried many protein powders and meal replacements and I have always sampled from the huge bottle of whatever he decides to buy. It was always something new because the anterior never lived up to the hype. We both dislike having a chalky or artificial aftertaste! 

We both sampled Idealshake as soon as we got it, I wanted to see if the "tastes great" would live up to its reputation. We had never heard of Idealshake before, however, after sampling, we won't forget their name! It tastes amazing, so similar to chocolate milk or a chocolate shake, without being overly sweet! We feel the taste and texture were right on. It was smooth, not grainy, and deliciously yummy, with no chalky, artificial, or mineral aftertaste!

You can mix Idealshake with water or milk. For our first try we mixed the powder with 1% milk in the shaker bottle that came with the product, which made it super fast and  easy to mix! After shaking we had a smooth creamy chocolate drink, sans lumps! That was a huge plus because I hate mixing and ending up with lumps of powder that didn't mix in!

Rocky decided he was going to try it as a post-gym workout. He got home from the gym and would make an Idealshake. Rocky works out at night the majority of the week, for about 90 minutes doing cardio and weights. He is trying to lose a little more weight and build muscle. He says that before trying Idealshake, it was easy to erase all he had completed in the gym by opening the fridge and snacking on leftovers. He would be super hungry after his workout and eating a piece of fruit never cut it, he was hungry enough to eat another meal! Idealshake changed that! After drinking Idealshake he fell satisfied and wasn't craving anything extra to eat. He felt that was a huge success! It helped him get closer to his goal weight and helped in his muscle recovery.

I would take Idealshake in the morning for a breakfast replacement. We have to little boys that keep me on the go and so it was great to be able to make a shake that tasted so good and that I knew was good for me, giving me vitamins and minerals and that would keep me going through the morning! 

Our first bottle of Idealshake is now gone, however we are happy to say it won't be our last! We can't wait to order more, plus try some of their other products! We also love that they are a local company (here in Utah) since we love to see Utah businesses grow. Thanks Stacie's Place and Idealshake!


Trying to catch up on my blogging to let you all know what I've been up to! 

Since it's my birthday month and I subscribe to tons of emails, I've been getting lots of birthday freebies and deals. I posted all of them here so take a look and see if you could use any for your birthday! They are specific for Utah but some of the deals can be used in other states.

Recently Tony & I went to Lagoon and had a fantastic time! It was so so fun. I wrote about what we did and also some tips/tricks to know before you go. 

I'm a huge fan of hot air balloons and will travel near or far to go see them. Lucky for us, around the 4th of July in Provo they have 20-30 hot air balloons come and last Saturday we got to go see them take off.

In other news, I'm still looking for a job and getting some interviews here and there. In all my free time I decided the guestroom/office needed a makeover. It's still in the stages of being completed but you can read a little about it here. I also hosted a summer themed/4th of July Pinterest party that was so fun! I also made a summer banner for my mantle. 

We've done a couple roadtrips this past month (revolving around hot air balloons of course) and I blogged about going to Salina here and here for our anniversary weekend. We also went to Fremont Indian State park which was really fun to explore a bit. 

This is only a fraction of what I've been up to lately. My parents came to visit in June and so did Tony's parents. I was let go from my job in June which was really unexpected but I will say its been so so nice not to have a job right now and catch up on other projects and do things I would rather be doing than sit at a desk 8 hours a day. I have been on some good interviews though and feel about ready to get back to working a regular job since I havent figured out any other good ways to make a consistent income. Focus groups and selling things online doesnt really cut it.

More updates to come!

If you know me well, you know how much I love to roadtrip and not going anywhere on a rare three day weekend is a waste. We had three ideas of places to go this weekend, Montana, Wyoming or Colorado. On Thursday we decided that we were going to Colorado. Tony got home early afternoon and we did a few things, then he had some homework to finish at Byu so we went to Provo and found a Peruvian restaurant to have dinner. Well, we were both dragging and tired and I don't think we were ready for another roadtrip so soon after getting back from the Panguitch weekend just a few days ago. Are we getting old?! We've been out of town the past few weekend and I guess we overestimated ourselves. I was a little hasty and texted my uncle to let him know we were coming and then I had to call him this afternoon that we were not coming this weekend after all. I was so disappointed! I don't know if the heat is zapping our energy or what. It's been in the upper 90's, close to 100* some days but not as hot as Az gets. The fact we don't have actual ac makes things worse I think. So, since we didn't plan on being in Utah this weekend we had to scramble to find new plans. 

We started out the morning by getting traditional donuts and then joined our friends Gabe, Steph and Austin in West Jordan for a parade. We rode Tony's motorcycle which made it nice and easy to find parking. After the parade we stopped at home to finish watching a Redbox movie and we got groceries and ice cream at Macys , fireworks at Smiths and now we are headed towards dinner and then fireworks. Not sure what we are doing for dinner because we has a pretty late lunch. 
Hope you and your family are having a nice and relaxing 4th of July! 

...by not 1 but 2 girls online, I had to get this up as a blog post and it is way overdue!  I was nominated for the


by Nicole and Jessica - thanks girls!


The award has three parts:
  1. Answer the interview questions from the nominator.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate other blogs that are just getting started.
Here is my interview:
  1. How long have you been blogging and why did you get started? I started in 2007 when I moved to AZ. I started it to keep in touch with my family who had moved to Idaho and my friends in California
  2. What is your favorite recipe of all time? My dad's noodles, meat and veggie dish. I dont know how he makes it, I just know that it is so so good.
  3. Are you a part of any public groups? I am not sure what a public group is...so probably not.
  4. What was your favorite show growing up? 3-2-1 Contact on PBS. Shining Time Station, Reading Rainbow, Ghostwriter, Zoom and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Yea..we watched quite a lot of PBS shows
  5. Do you have a favorite Holiday? If so, what do you like to do during that holiday? Christmas and my birthday - which I consider my own personal holiday.  During Christmas I like to shop at the last minute, make Christmas treats, do all things in red and green. Tradition since getting married is to go cut down a Christmas tree which is always an adventure
  6. Do you have a secret talent that no one really knows about? What is it? I'm not really sure..I feel like an open book
  7. If you could be any place in the world, where would that be? Anywhere where I have friends or family! So pretty much the west coast. Or Arkansas because my brother lives there and I still claim him as family. Hehe
  8. What is your favorite app/website? I am thinking of apps I use the most...Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Paper (FB app), Rhonna Designs...fav0rite
  9. What do you like to write the most about on your blog? I blog about so many things and I love everything I blog about. I think I most enjoy writing about the road trips I go on and what I do and reviews are pretty fun as well
  10. What is your favorite food to splurge on? snacks for work! That might include granola bars, fruit snacks, Blue Diamond Almonds, cinnamon bears, sour gummy worms...oh yes
  11. What restaurant do you like the most when you go out to eat? It depends on my mood. Buffet style I love Sweet Tomatoes. I like In N Out - always and forever! Zupas is another favorite but I also like trying new places that I have never been before.
Random facts about me :
  1. I have wanderlust so bad. I'm super excited that roadtrip season has started again!
  2. I have never visited the east coast but I think it would be fun to go check it out someday!
  3. I have never been in a car accident. <knock on wood>
  4. I have fomo. I try not to let it get to me but sometimes it does. 
  5. I have 5 birds and want to be the 'crazy bird lady' when I get old. 
  6. I have never been on a roller coaster that goes upside down. Just not my thing.
  7. I grew up in Northern CA and have lived in Oregon, Arizona and currently Utah.
  8. I am on a computer all day at work and am so happy to come home & be on a computer all night.
  9. Orange soda is my favorite even though I dont drink soda hardly ever.
  10. I talk on the phone at work quite a bit but would rather text or email any day!
  11. I grew up in Yolo County. True story. 

Here are the rules:
  1. Thank the blog that presented you this award and link back to their blog (done!)
  2. Answer the questions asked by your nominator, give 11 random facts about yourself. List 11 questions for your nominees. (done!)
  3. Nominate several blogs that you feel need the recognition that have fewer than 1000 followers. Contact the blogger to let them know they have been selected by email, commenting on a post, Facebook, etc. (done!)
  4. Upload the Liebster Award image to your blog. (done!)
Question for my nominees:
  1. What is your favorite thing to write about?
  2. Do you have an absolute favorite blog, please share.
  3. What is one piece of advice you would share with a brand new blogger?
  4. What is your go to quote?
  5. Where is your favorite place to be?
  6. What is your favorite dessert recipe?
  7. If you could be anything in the world, what would it be?
  8. Everyone has a "I wish I knew that then" moment, what is yours?
  9. Who is your idol?
  10. If you only eat one food item the rest of your life what would it be?
  11. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

I came up with this "motto" about half way through my mission one day, the words just popped into my head.  I think it helped me become a better missionary. 


When you live life with this thought in mind I think you do a little more to be a little better because we don't know when our last opportunity will be to make an impact. 

I forget my motto occasionally but I remember it better when I'm on a roadtrip and see something I want to take a picture of and remember. 

Sometimes I think, oh we don't have time  to stop or, it'll be inconvenient to turn around but when I shove these thoughts out of my mind, I'm so glad I do because  I get some of the best photos or memories. 

It's not always a photo but it's doing something that when you have a tiny thought of something you want to do and instead of dismissing it, you act on it, it creates some of life's best opportunities. 

What have you done lately to 'leave no regrets' ? 

 Salt Creek Imports is located in Springville, UT and recently started renting out a few trailers they acquired to people who wanted to take them camping. It's a nice way to test out a trailer for a few days (if you are in the market for one) or just try a different way of camping.  It's so easy to have access to a tent but not always as easy to get access to a trailer. But now you can! Salt Creek Imports is so easy and friendly to work with. 


Last weekend, Tony & I and our friends Lindsay, Garrett & their son Rylan , we all headed down to pick up a trailer to camp with for the weekend. 

Dave is the owner and he met up with us when we arrived to give us a tour and information about the trailer , to sign a waiver form and put down a deposit. We rented the 31' trailer which weighs about 7700 lbs. Garrett's diesel truck was able to pull it with no problems. 


We were headed down to Goblin Valley and we stopped about 30 minutes outside it to fill up with water. It was nice to find a gas station that let us fill up with water - for free!

We made it to our camping spot around midnight and while Tony & Garrett worked to make sure the trailer was level, I unloaded our belongings and the trailer started to feel more like home away from home. It comes stocked with everything but your food and clothing. How's that for convenient! 

The next morning Garrett made us a super delicious breakfast

Rylan visited me via the screen door. It was handy to have 2 entrances in and out of the trailer.

We left Tony in the trailer on Saturday to do homework while the rest of us went for a hike. For an additional fee, you can rent a generator. The generator really came in handy when Tony needed to charge his laptop. The generator also helps power the electrical outlets. The trailer has ac and a microwave but I believe you would have to be getting full power (campsite with power outlets) to get those working. There are solar panels on the top of the camper that help with the internal lights and other things to operate the trailer.

Came back to our campsite to find Tony & the trailer alive and well. 

The kitchen area was small and cute, very manageable. 

I tried to do a panoramic view...fridge, microwave/kitchen area on the left...the right side pulls out and away to make the room seem larger which was so neat!

Back bedroom area had a queen'ish size bed and lots of storage places, decent lighting 
and plugs.

Bathroom was tiny but so nice! Lots of storage space in here as well. Across from the bathroom was a shower and there was an outdoor shower feature is included.

Looking from the back bedroom towards the front. This was on Sunday when we were cleaning up to return back home and so the right side of the motorhome was slid back in to normal size. 

Photo credit to Lindsay for this photo taken at Goblin Valley State Park

It was a little tricky to find where to refill the propane at first, only because we live more in SLC so we were not as familiar with the streets of Springville. Eventually we found a gas station who could refill the propane, hooray!

One of the side windows...makes for an awesome view while camping!

Waiting for our propane refuel. 

The guy finally arrived!

We filled up the propane and the gas for the generator and returned our trailer back to it's spot and we were done!

Important Information:

$75/day or $400 for a week
Honda generator can be rented for an additional fee

photo by Lindsay M.

If you are looking to rent a trailer, I would suggest giving Salt Creek Imports a try! 



photo by Lindsay M.

Where is your favorite place to go camping?

I apologize to anyone I might have mislead in my last post that said the weekly posts were back. Apparently, that is not the case yet.

I have slacked on all my goals for the year and need to give an update about that but not right now.

I hope to get back in to my groove and routine even though many things have happened and been going on to disrupt that. Not bad things, just life things. Tony in what I feel is the hardest semester ever right now! My sister here in UT had her baby and I've been trying to help her out a little more often, esp. when her husband was out of the country. Plus its always fun to hang out with her and my nephews. So many roadtrips, pretty much every weekend in May there has been somewhere we/I need/want to go. It's been great but has crunched my time for things that I normally had time to do.

I thought with winter I would be less busy, maybe in some areas this was true. Now that summer is coming up and the days are lasting longer, it's no wonder I've stayed up the past couple nights until 4am trying to get a bunch of stuff done. Whether it's cleaning and going through piles of 'stuff' that has accumulated the last couple months or researching things online to brainstorming ideas for various projects I want to accomplish. It'd be nice not to have to sleep so then I could get more done but on the other hand, I do love my sleep.

Goodnight!

How have I not blogged since the beginning of the month and now its the end of the month! Aiai! How are all my blog reader friends doing?

I woke up this morning to a very overcast sky and on my way to work it started hailing. I made it inside and when I looked outside an hour or so later, it was snowing. At least it was sunny when I got out of work for the day. There is a hard freeze warning set for tonight, made me glad I haven't planted my garden yet. Or that Tony & I have not gotten more bees (our 3rd set :-/ ) yet.

I've been busy clearing out clutter , piles and trying to organize the things I do want to keep, better. Lots of bags to donate. A few things I will try to sell. The rest has been going in the dumpster. It's so refreshing and I wonder why I dont do this more often but it does take time! and I also need to get in the mood to be on a cleaning frenzy.

Tony and I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary on the 23rd of April. We were supposed to go to Gem Mountain in Montana last weekend but thanks to the weather, we had to postpone. We ended up eating at HuHot (Mongolian style food) and I bought him another hive of bees since the ones he bought flew away and he bought me a Roku3! Super excited because to watch other shows on the TV upstairs, we had to hook a laptop in and since Tony's laptop died we havent had an extra laptop to do that with. So it's a gift we can both enjoy! I love being able to control it with my ipod when watching YouTube or other channels.

I met some friends through another friend on Instagram and after you check out their website, you will see where I am going with this. Both of these friends have an Airstream trailer/camper and travel the United States. Each for different reasons but nevertheless, its pretty freekin awesome I think. Tony and I got a tour of our friends Airstream and ever since that day we have talked about just traveling around in one for awhile. After he graduates anything is possible I guess! There is soo much to plan out and it's really fun to talk about and think about.

This upcoming month is a busy one. Lots of trips planned and enough during the week to keep me busy! Cutting out projects on the Cricut Explore, my sister is having her baby tomorrow and I cant wait to meet my new nephew.  This blog will soon be a dot com so hooray for that! Tony started another semester of school today and is taking 1 class, maybe 2 but the one he has is going to be pretty challenging I guess. Hopefully we will be able to work some on our teardrop camper and fix it up a bit for camping this summer.

Anyways, I was thinking about this, that sometimes in life we have hard freeze warnings. Things get hard. We have to freeze what we want in order to take care of other people or things or 'adult stuff'. Warnings, well sometimes things mess up our plans in life with no warning. Be flexible. Dont stress. Watch for signs that you need to change up your routine. I am so behind on my blogging but am trying not to stress about it. I got no warning that I would be taking a 'break' again and it is hard! But sometimes you have to sit back and give up all the control and let life happen. This are not deep thoughts at all but the phrase 'hard freeze warnings' just got me thinking.

Stay tuned for posts coming more often - the weekly posts are back and then some!
Stay warm!

Wheee check out this awesome box I am getting to review and share with you guys. It's called a Merco box and it arrived to me full of fun things from Utah! I really love supporting local businesses. With every box purchased, that money goes right back into the community. So good! 


Yayay!
So much awesomeness packed into one little box
  
^^ Here's what I got inside ^^

I was most excited about the soap nuts from Eco Treasures because we can use them while camping and I am interested to see how they perform in the washing machine as well. 

The Les Madelines 3 madlines were so so delicious. I want to track that company down and get some more!

I also tried the Meals that Transform power bar. It was soft, not crunchy and hard. It had a whole bunch of ingredients in it and I was not sure how I would like it but I ate it at work when I was really hungry and it did great in settling my growling stomach.

I hope to use the other coupons and products soon!

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Even if you dont live in Utah but want to enjoy product from Utah companies, you can still sign up to get the box! Even better, you can get 25% off when you use the code "iheartutah". A discount code always sweetens the deal! Click here to place your order

Click here to visit the Merco Box website and learn more


I won two screening passes  (Thank you Salt City Weekly!) to see Rio 2 this past Saturday and I was so excited because!

A) I love winning contests
B) Tony and I had seen the first one on our honeymoon
C) It's been awhile since we have been able to go to a movie screening
D) I LOVE BIRDS!!


We almost turned around when we got to the theater because people were holding their green papers and walking back towards their car from the movie theater. I decided to jump out and double check and I am so glad I did because there were still seats left.  People had just been walking out to their cars to put their phones away because they would not be allowed in to the movie with their phone. 

The movie opens to the public on Friday the 11th. I dont want to say too much about the movie and besides, I have never reviewed a movie on this blog yet. But I do want to say I really enjoyed this movie - I smiled pretty much the whole time. We saw it in 3D which was fun and the soundtrack was pretty awesome. There were a lot of familiar voices in this animated film such as Anne Hathaway, Bruno Mars, Jamie Foxx and Will.i.am. Pretty cool! Let me know if you plan on seeing the movie. Did you see the first one?

About this blog

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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