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Bringing all my blogs together today!

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 yet so I will skip ahead to visiting my hometown where I grew up.

 Tony had gotten us tickets to see Newsies at the Tuacahn theater in St George (Ivins) , Utah and it was finally time to go see the show. Squee! I've been waiting for this for months as its been an anniversary present to ourselves but in April, the theater isnt quite open yet.

We stayed the night in Las Vegas with one of my mission companions and enjoyed getting to know her kids and having breakfast with them on Saturday morning. Then we headed to Logandale to go hiking with my friend Kylee, her son and aunt.

Saturday night after Newsies, we stayed at an Airbnb which was really fun, clean and nice. They had a hot tub in the backyard and a firepit for s'mores. Plus the views were amazing.

Sunday it was time to go, sadly but I did get some pictures at the red rocks to soften the blow of having to head back home. It's been a few years since we have played around here so it was fun to explore again for a little bit and take some fresh pictures.

Super awesome releases from Easy Press, Maker machine and BrightPad!

Cricut sent me an Easy Press and I did an unboxing video you can watch here

See you in October!

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. Wednesday was full (of course, because I am the chick who never sits still for long...) Thursday was my last day solo with my nieces since their parents came home that evening. Friday and Saturday were spent doing things offered on the City Pass. Stay tuned for those posts - there will be a lot!

No trips to share from our travel blog in August since I spent the first full week in Seattle then back to Utah for a week and then home. More fun posts ahead!

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 will go do a bunch of fun things I am planning. Still in the works! Maybe Lagoon? Timp cave hike? Hot springs? We love Maddox and their rolls and much to do but so little time. 

Stay tuned for links to more fun and be sure to follow me on IG and FB!

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 without me for awhile so it was nice to attend together. Nobody much really talked to me though and I kept to myself because I like it better that way (usually). It was uneventful but okay.

We worked on painting the she shed and that was quite fun. Just kidding. It was very hot but we finally managed to get a majority of it done and it was super nice of Tony to help with it all. It was awesome to have clean, dry walls to start pushing things up against and getting more organized. I need to figure out how I want to store all my craft supplies....would love love a Scrap Box but have plastic drawers and 2 bookshelves for now.

The week went fast and before I knew it, it was Friday and time to drive back to Salt Lake with the dogs. The dogs did alright at our place but I am glad not to have them underfoot anymore. They only threw up on the carpet once but still. This whole experience of watching dogs for 7 weeks has definitely made up my mind that I am too busy for a dog at this time in my life.  Maybe if it was a dog we could take camping but still...I already have to deal with finding people to watch my birds when Tony & I are out of town together ( I miss my sister being able to do it!! ) so adding dogs to the mix...just no...not right now. 

I utilized my time as best I could when I was back in Utah since this time around it was going to be just a couple weeks and not a whole month +.  I think I did okay! I went to my workout class every Monday and Wednesday, went to Venture Night Out with my nephews, hung out with my brother Matt, participated in Adventure Week which included taking a class about night photography, went to the Parade of Home with a couple different friends, ate a free meal for the pre-grand opening of Core Life Eatery, had dinner with one of my favorite former coworkers, got my ring cleaned at Shane Co, got an oil change for my car and picked up my free paint from Sherwin Williams among many other things. 

The weather was pretty awesome until it wasn't (of course, the day I needed to pack up and leave) and I was just dying from how hot it was (90's) but thanks to Tony's uncle for a bit of help, I got on the road around 2pm and stayed in Logandale, NV for the night with a friend. Made it to Ridgecrest the next day but not before stopping at Seven Magic Mountains!

I had less than 48 hours at home - thank goodness because it was crazy hot in our house - 90* - eek - so I was more than happy to leave town again , this time with Tony as we ventured back to Utah for a hot air balloon festival in Panguitch

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 brother who recently moved to Provo
- getting surgery on a bad toenail
- started participating in Create Club
- switching our car loan to a bank in Utah from Wells Fargo and dropping our interest rate!
- garage sales with my sister on Saturdays
- stocking up on Bath & Body Works soaps
- Red Butte gardens with my parents
- spending time with Tony's cousins
- happy hour drinks at Sonic
- buying inexpensive gas at Costco ( & getting my own membership! ) 
- eating yummy food my sister makes
- Peruvian food

As you can tell, I have *a lot* of blogging to catch up on but as I do I will be sure to drop links in here.

I drive back to Ridgecrest on June 1st and will be there for a week or two (still dog-sitting and taking the pups with me) but will be bringing them back to Utah at some point.  Fun times!

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. 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 graduating from BYU last Friday and for the opportunity I've had to hang out with friends and catch up on their lives. I'm always so productive when I am in Utah!

I do miss Jay though and of course my cockatiels. I miss our house and my she-shed. I have quite a lot of good ideas on she-shed arranging and prepping, painting, etc. It'll be nice to be home for a bit to do all that PLUS an awesome idea planned for the next Pinterest party.

Stay tuned!

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...

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 :)

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!


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. 


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. 


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. Go somewhere. 


But no. I am committing myself and setting mini-goals throughout the year to stay moving and active. Not sit around and wait for things to happen. Some of my ideas are:
  • Get my bike repaired so I can ride it around town
  • Participate in the 365-mile challenge
  • Keep hosting Pinterest parties
  • Do a "Crepes & Crafts" night
  • Plan camping/hiking trips on flex-Friday weekends
  • Go on walks with my neighbor across the street
  • Projects in the she-shed
  • Find a color run to participate in
  • Post more belongings to sell online and downsize my stuff
I want to keep the goal of moving in the forefront of my mind. I'm glad not to move locations anytime too soon -  moving houses is a pain!  I just want to move myself and not get lazy and stay active. THAT is my goal for 2017! 

What's yours?

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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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