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Tying It All Together

I have a couple really cool blog posts coming...the rest of the trip to Las Vegas is one and then...today I went to the Museum of Ice-Cream! Ahh! So freekin fun. I went on Thursday actually and now it's technically Friday but yea. Got tons of great pics, you can see a few on my Instagram if you want a sneak peek.
Here's what else I've been blogging about!


OurJockey Club experience in Vegas


Getting cool treats at Creamberry


Making neighbor Christmas gifts


Tried my hand at making unicorn ornaments


Hosted a Christmas Pinterest party


Prepped a craft with glass blocks
Visited my favorite rock houses
Visited a new national park - Cabrillo National Monument
Saw some new things in downtown LA
Saw the Trona Pinnacles, kinda!
First time at Belmont Park

It's been awhile since we've been to Monument Valley
Walked La Jolla Cove with a friend

Traveling tipswhen you involve food trucks

Took Tony's family to the La Brea Tar Pits Horseshoe Bend- love this place!

Cyber Monday Steals

I know, the day is almost done and I've been shopping and on the computer pretty much all afternoon and evening. It takes time, this online shopping! I only closed out of a few of my tabs but here's the stuff I did get that I am so excited about!
PJ's (panda and owl) for my nieces in WA from The Children's Place ($15)
Shirt, skirt and the cutest shoes from Downeast Basics ($30)
Hot air balloon owl fabric from Joanns ($10)
Half off images from Silhouette ($9)
Dress from Mindy Mae's Market ($15)
A Piano Guys cd ($5)
S'mores Woven Pear socks from Groopdealz
Membership to 365 Mile Challenge 2018!  ($15)
Craft tool on Amazon (affiliate) that is Sizzix and I've been on the hunt for it forever. ($10)
This is all I remember for now. I would love to do 15% off at Target.com and use my Kohls cash and Old Navy cash but time is running out and I'm getting kinda tired. I got such good deals on everything! I'm still a huge Cricut fan but I can't resist half off images …

Black Friday Shopping Holla aka Haul-ah!

Do you guys love Black Friday shopping or do you avoid it like the plague? I remember my mom taking me and my sister out when we were young..12? I am not sure, but to Joanns and it was Black Friday! We got up so early it was dark outside. When I became a few years older somehow my sister and I would do Black Friday shopping at the mall in Woodland, CA. It was better then than it is currently.
Now I'm married and my inlaws like to do Black Friday shopping and my siblings..not so much. Those that do are usually not able to come to Idaho where I am at for Thanksgiving so it ends up being me, Tony, his sister, sometimes other siblings, and his parents. We all start out shopping separately and then meet up. If someone wants something at a certain store and another person is starting out there, they pick it up for that person. It works out nicely.
This year it was a bit different, Tony and I started at Walmart at 6pm. We picked up a soundbar ($29), lots of pop sockets ($2/ea), some kids c…

First Full Day in San Diego

We are here! We made it! It felt like the drive here took forever but really we just made a stop or two along the way (dinner..gas...checking out some cool teepees people can camp in!) and we got to the Catamaran Resort and Hotel probably around 8pm or so. We were surprised to find out our room had a little kitchen and I think some people in the elevator were a bit jealous of that when they saw us going up with a crate of food and our InstaPot and made a comment. I felt so lucky but we were prepared to make food without a kitchen and just use the ice chest to keep things cold. It all worked out great and it's so super awesome to be able to stay in such a nice place, so close to the beach, for an entire week!

There are about 6 parrots that are on site and it is fun to watch them on their perches. I try not to turn on the TV in our room during the day or I'll get sucked in. It's bad enough that I get sucked in on my laptop with 20+ tabs open but at least the wifi works out on…

Sunday = Church

It's been quite awhile since we've been able to attend our ward but we got to go today and it was so very good. I always regret afterwards being on my phone too much or not taking notes. But every hour was so good from sacrament meeting (even though we got there a bit late we were able to sit in the gym because they had the breezeway open - yay!) and then Sunday School which usually is boring...had a really good teacher even though he makes me uncomfortable (asking people to expand more on their answers or asking follow up questions) but he brought cookies - pumpkin chocolate chip - my favorite. Then Relief Society..I didnt have to find anyone to say prayers this time so I distributed hymnbooks to people instead and felt a lot less stressed. I still had to sit up in front of everyone and that feels awkward always but at least I dont have to sit up there the whole hour! Just the opening stuff.

Getting Ready

There are so many things to get ready for! First things...a trip to Palmcaster and our upcoming trip to San Diego. Next, a trip to Idaho, making lists so that I dont forget to bring anything! Christmas! It's weird this year...I feel like I have no friends or family really to buy for but then I start thinking hard and can think of so many people I want to give a gift to. Guess I better start a list for that!

I Miss Crafting!

I have this awesome she-shed in my backyard but not much time for crafting lately. At least I have a Pinterest party coming up and so I need to get out there and get everything prepped for that. I can't wait to have people over to do some fun Christmas crafts!
I was snapping for Create Club but since my friend who started it all has been MIA a lot lately and I am the only one snapping on Tuesdays, I haven't snapped the last few weeks because I feel like it's only me trying to keep it going and I've just kind of lost motivation. Before, it felt like a team of sorts, a band of crafty people loving sharing what we were doing but it's hard to feel that motivation going along solo. It was so fun to be a regular every Tuesday for Create Club on Snapchat. Who knows now what the future holds for it.
I got the new Cricut Maker, Easy Press and Bright Pad. I finally have the Maker plugged in and ready to go. I've used the Easy Press a few times now. The Bright Pad, not ye…

Holiday Weekend!

It's a holiday weekend!!! I am caught up on posts here and there is so much I'd like to do this weekend. Gosh. It's going to go so fast. 

Here's what I'd like to do....take the teardrop back to Yosemite NP and go camping. Go to Mt Whitney and Trail of 1000 Giants. Go to Los Angeles and do a bunch of things on my list of attractions and places to eat. Visit some other places in our National Parks passport book that are north of us. Go to Apple Hill, Sacramento and Woodland.

What we are going to do in reality... take out our big front window and install it correctly. Install a new window in the garage as well as our bathroom. Drive to Trona to see the Pinnacles and eat at Trails. Go to Palmdale and Lancaster aka Palmcaster and go to Costco! Target! Michael's! and more. Clean up around the house. Work in the she-shed. Pack for San Diego. 

What are you doing this holiday weekend?

Favorite Fall Show Lineup

I know the season has started for shows but I wanted to talk about some of my favorites that we've been watching lately.  So many good, funny and intense shows!
The Middle
Fresh Off the Boat
Meet the Goldburgs
Stranger Things 2
Modern Family
Chicago Fire
Criminal Minds
Blackish
Haters Back Off
Last Man on Earth
The Mick
American Housewife
Speechless
I know, it looks like a lot but we watch them on our own time. Some days we just watch one or two in the evenings before bed. Other days we will be able to watch a couple episodes at lunchtime too. Just depends! What shows are you enjoying right now?

Traveling in 2018

I've been thinking a lot lately about the places I want to go next year. How about you? 
I would love to take a trip to Portland to go to Crater Lake, visit Salt Lake City lots!, go to some new National Parks and explore more in California since I don't know how long we will actually end up living here. Part of me is surprised we even bought a house since we can't decide where we want to settle and live permanently. The other part of me is glad to have a home base but a little sad we are gone so much that it's hard to get to know people here that well since we are always traveling.  C'est la vie!
I started a cool spreadsheet last year I think it was, with columns of all the states in the US. Then, the ideas of places I see that I want to visit (mainly via Instagram) I put in to the spreadsheet. I must say that Arizona, California and Utah have a lot of places I want to see and restaurants I want to try. A lot of states are empty but eventually I will Google cool thin…

Lots To Do?

With upcoming trips and the Pinterest party I feel the pressure to get as much as I can the days I am home and don't have as much set in stone I need to do. Just because I dont have much planned doesn't mean I am making plans of things to organize, go through, schedule, blog about, clean up, etc.
Set for this week is laundry for sure, gotta get that done. Working on the schedule of lessons somehow for next year in Relief Society...the whole lesson format is changing so I am not really sure how to do the spreadsheet but at least I can get it set up I suppose.
I have a plan to find some easy Insta Pot meals to make in San Diego next week so we are not eating out for every meal.  I am excited to go and do some things we did not get to see, eat or do last time we were there which honestly was just a few weeks ago but the inlaws were with us so we did what they wanted to do. Which was all fun stuff...Mormon Battalion, Old Town San Diego, the zoo and we did a quick drive through Balbo…

Oh the Anxiety!

Ever since I was a kid I would get super nervous about things. Getting up in front of people, whether my peers or adults, and speaking. Going in to a room full of people that I did not know and having everyone turn to look at me. Not having a friend to go with me to events, etc. I was really shy as a kid but yet I could talk to the adult recess monitors on the playground like it was nothing. I ended up serving a mission for my church and while it was really nerve wracking to talk to people, I did better at one-on-one (or two-on-one in those cases, mostly) but ask me to speak in front of a group of people and my palms get sweaty, I imagine all the worst case scenarios, I feel like I am going to be sick, pass out, the whole nine yards. Shrug. It is what it is I suppose and it doesn't affect me much except for when it does. Like being expected to teach in Relief Society. Like showing up to events, all by myself because I dont have any friends who would go with me. It takes all the gu…

No Time Change?!

It's weird to be traveling and in a state (Arizona) that does not celebrate daylight savings time yet the rest (pretty much) of the US will be changing their clocks back an hour tomorrow. I remember when I lived in Arizona and was soo happy not to ever have to change my clock. It's so silly! Being in AZ during the time change happening reminds me of when I lived here. I loved living in Arizona so much! The weather, the friends, the activities, the opportunities, things to do, family, not far from Vegas or San Diego....only sad thing is that it sure was harder to get to Boise or Portland. It was a long'ish drive to Salt Lake.  Anyways, lots of fun memories from living here. Maybe I'll live here again someday, maybe?
Anyways, soon enough I will be back in California and the time will have fallen back an hour. What will I do with all that extra time?

Wandering Through the Wanderlust

I dont think I have traveled more in my life in one year than I have in 2017. It's been pretty insane but also really nice to boost the amount of posts on our travel blog.  That being said, I wish some of my trips were not solo, were not for such a long time and were not back to back. I really can't complain though, I've been very blessed this year to have a job that allowed me to work from the road and the flexibility in my life to just get up and go.
Some of my favorite trips this year have been to National Parks, hot air balloon festivals and Utah - of course! I miss my sister and her kids so much. It's hard living far away from family. A 10 hour drive to Utah is long but manageable and I am ever so grateful for friends along the way (Kylee...Brian & Candice...Lindsay...) that have helped with providing me/us a place to crash and help break up the long drive. I also super loved being able to be in Portland again..I have not been since 2015 and the amount of love …

The Process of Downsizing

I may have talked about this a few months ago on the blog or maybe I haven't yet. I am not great at keeping secrets and I feel like today is a good day to talk about what my "one little word" (or phrase) for next year is going to be. Especially because I did something this morning that reminded me of my goal for next year. 
I've been starting this project early (it's not 2018 yet!) because I am anxious to get the ball rolling and I got a burst of motivation. However trips and visitors to our place have made my motivation come and go.
So! My goal/theme for next year is "Collect moments, not things." Those who know me know I have a tonnn of crap and it's not pretty. Okay, it is. It's stuff that has made me happy over the years...collections, childhood toys, etc. But..it just sits. I don't have kids. Everything is organized in to tubs and nobody gets to look at or enjoy the stuff except me.
I met a really cool girl in Arizona who rode up to Utah w…

#NaNoBloMo / #NaNoWriMo ?

Welcome November 1st! Every year lately I feel like the year goes so fast and December/holiday season is here before I know it and it feels like I just went through the traditions I do during the last few months of the year, just a little bit ago.
So I am going to blog here every day during the month of November. I did this last year and it was pretty fun. I cant seem to find much information for "BloMo" vs "WriMo" but I'm not writing a novel or story...just blog posts! 
I guess I will start today out listing 5 things I am grateful for. I am going to do this every week in November I think. 
So here goes...my 5 things...
1. A working car with no check engine light on 2. My good health (always and ever grateful for this!) 3. Being able to see our families for the holidays 4. Nice neighbors 5. That the weather here has finally cooled down and is bearable.
What are you thankful/grateful for today? Do you think there is a difference between those 2 words? Or are they just in…

Let's Take a Roadtrip!

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My husband and I really enjoy going on roadtrips and now that we are both done with school (for the time being) we have a little more time and flexibility to hit the road and check out new places around us as well as familiar favorites.
Before we can hit the road though, there are certain things we always must bring. Some are necessary, others...maybe I not so much but I like to have on hand for those "just in case" moments.

September Hi & Bye!

I am not sure what happened to the month of September but luckily I have my calendar to help me out. Time goes so fast, like..all year! Every year the past few years. Like clockwork.
Here's what I blogged about in September!

The beginning of the month started the journey of quite a trip! First, we drove up to Idaho (such a long drive!) for Tony's family reunion. The drive was made extra long by the fact there was a fire so we had to take a detour. It added an extra hour or so to the drive which was not very fun but we saw cool things along the way that we would not have seen otherwise.


His mom and I went to Boise to see the hot air balloons. So worth it!


One of my favorite things to do is visit different hot springs and there was a fun one we went to, not really near our campsite but not too bad of a drive (minus the windy roads).



Spent some time in Meridian where my parents live, after the reunion.


Next it was on to Portland! I have not gotten to blog about that part of my trip ye…

August Posts

August came and went so fast it feels like! I did get to spend some time in Utah and did a Camping & S'mores Pinterest Party there. It was the best attended party I think I've ever had (attendance wise), so that was very exciting.
Taste of the Town in Layton? Totally so much fun! Tony & I have gone the last few years (or me and his cousin Joey) and I was super glad to go be in town for it again!
I have been in Utah quite a lot this summer. Part of April, all of May and a lot in June. Went back again mid-July and stayed until early August. Here's how I spent my last week!

I went to Seattle to watch my sister's 2 girls so she and her husband could go to Canada to celebrate their 10-year anniversary! I headed out on Sunday, my sister and husband left around Monday mid-morning and I took the girls to a princess story time thing that I found on Facebook, we played games, made dinner, painted nails, did crafts. So much on the first day! Tuesday was just as busy. W…

July oh July!

You guys - how is July soon to be over already!? Aiii! I cant even! It's my birthday month and has been so very busy! 
We finally took our Yosemite trip which was good and bad so read the post to find out why! We also took our teardrop camper out camping for...the 2nd time this year? So very fun even though there was a dead fox by it when we came back to our campsite. 
I also did the succulents and cactus themed Pinterest party in Ridgecrest which was awesome to do because I've been planning it forever it felt like!
I am back in Utah until the middle of August which I am very excited about - to be back here and doing a ton of fun stuff! Conferences, wedding reception, maybe a bridal shower, seeing family,blogger events, eating too much good food, an owl prowl, wildflower festival, seeing friends and I am going up to Seattle for a week to visit my sister and watch her kids while they celebrate their 10 year anniversary as well!
I cant wait for Tony to come out here in a bit and we …

June Comings & Goings

June has been quite the month! It started out with me taking the 2 dogs I was watching on a 10 hour road trip to my house in California. That was quite the stressful adventure but we made it all in one piece. The very next day started early for setting up the decorations for Safe Grad night for the high school seniors in the town and surrounding areas on the naval base. We were told 2-3 hours to decorate but we got there at 7am and didn't leave until noon. It got hot fast but in the end it look a-okay. We stopped by around midnight to move some of the decorations and see everything all lit up.
Saturday we had our set up at the community yard sale at the fairgrounds. We focused on clothing and a few household items this time around. Saving craft supplies maybe for next time. I think we made about $30 but it was a lot slower than the sale we participated in a few months ago. I am guessing because of graduation but who knows.
Back to church in our ward on Sunday. Tony has had to go wit…

Here We Are Again

What is going on my blog reading friends? Here I am, still in Utah since April 19th and loving every minute of being here. Minus the fact I miss Jay tons and my birds and our house (which we've only lived in since last October), things are going pretty great. I've been able to do quite a lot of fun stuff here in Utah! Here's some of what I've been up to....
- Pinterest parties - I was able to host 2 - one in April and one in May
- hanging out with my sister and nephews quite a lot
- working on blogging stuff and a super cool video with my friend Karina
- lunch with friends at some of my favorite restaurants
- going to the Tulip Festival with friends
- working on an order with a friend that required my Cricut.
- visiting former coworkers
- playing Pokemon
- attended Awaken Studios, the Caliente class 2x/wk!
- Target runs
- going to the splash pad and rec center with my nephews
- visiting Gilgal Gardens in SLC
- lots of shopping at Savers and the craft stores
- hanging out with my bro…

What Happened to April?

How has April come and gone already?! April was a busy month for sure. Jay and I took a quick weekend trip to Utah for his flex Friday weekend and then I came to Utah a couple weeks later for Snap Conference (blog conference) and I'm still here! I got a dog-sitting gig from Tony's cousin who headed to CO for truck driving training. So...here I am! My plan to leave on May 14th has now turned into a plan to stay longer in Utah. Jay is actually coming this weekend for a visit and there is so much going on! My parents are visiting on Tues-Wed from Idaho, I'm volunteering at the Everything Food Conference from Wednesday to Saturday. Hoping to get to the Tulip Festival in Lehi, get gel nails done and I need to schedule a dentist appointment and maybe a hair style appointment. I am loving all there is to do and how close everything is. I am loving seeing my sister and going shopping with her plus hanging out with my nieces and nephews. I love that I got to attend my brother gradu…

March Forth!

Another month come and gone in this year of 2017. I gotta say, my one little word for this year (MOVE) rang especially true in March because I moved - a lot! Exploring places in California I've never been to before, let alone heard of for some of them as well as a Target run and Pinterest party! Check out some of the cool things we saw and did...

Bottle Tree Ranch
Oro Grande Shops
First Time in Joshua Tree National Park
Exploring Salvation Mountain
East Jesus Adventures
Salton Sea & Bombay Beach
Mecca Hills Ladder Canyon Hike
Spring theme Pinterest Party
Favorite Finds at Target

Pinterest Parties, Roadtrips & More!

This year has been so busy already and while I am not quite done updating all the blogs, here are some links to posts I have done :)


Huge craft conference in Phoenix Arizona
Valentine's Pinterest Party

Attending the Worlds Fair Nano in San Francisco

Eating at Squat & Gobble

Shop SCRAP!

A few interesting SF pics

San Jose Dinner & Airbnb experience

A Highway 1 adventure? 

Enjoy and be sure to comment and leave me your blog (if you are a blogger) so I can come visit you!

January Adventures

You guys....I was at home for the first few days of the month and then boom! I was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas...then straight up to Utah for a week and a half and currently I'm in Phoenix, Arizona for CHA! It's been the funnest time and I have documented my life lately on Snapchat, IG and Facebook with pictures and words. It's the busiest month I've had lately besides the holidays. I can't believe I haven't been in Ridgecrest since early January. But honestly, even though I miss my house, Tony and my birds so much, it feels awesome to be able to be out doing things and being BUSY. I miss my busy Utah life! I am super excited though to have my Valentine Pinterest Party at the end of the month, start working on the she-shed in February and preparing for Questival in March. Lots to look forward to and I love seeing my calendar fill up. 
More soon!

2017 One Little Word

Move.
The word may be little but it's meanings aren't. 

In 2016 I moved to southern CA from Utah. I moved on from LDSBC, graduating with a certificate in Social Media Marketing. I moved on from working full-time at Tai Pan Trading to a remote part time social media job.
Moved away from family and friends that I loved. Moved away from activities that kept me busy multiple nights of the week. Moved away from having shopping and good restaurants close-by. Moved away from living close to a freeway. An airport. My bank. 
Move.
I thought of this word because I have moved away from a place where I was moving and active quite a lot. Camping, hiking, festivals, Yelp events, community events, 5K's, shopping, water parks, rec centers, Questival, etc. 
Move.
I've given myself this word for the year to remind me to stay active and not sit still. Now that the unpacking of boxes is done, I could almost sit and twiddle my thumbs and wait for something to happen. Get invited to do something. …