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Winterizing Your Home

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This post is sponsored by Homie!
It’s that time of year where temperatures outside drop, heaters switch on inside and most likely you
are changing from summer bedding to winter bedding. In the midst of all the season change, have
you thought about other ways you might get your home situated for cold temperatures and winter
storms? I came up with some good things to assess during this season.

Where Did 2019 Go!?

Well, ultimately I think it's a silly question to seriously answer on where did 2019 go. "It went away Carol, it went away." But with the year going away, I'm holding on to many wonderful times and memories. It may be one of the best years yet!  Here's a bit of a recap of what I've been up to lately...with more blog posts to come!


Crafts
Craft Storage Review Gallery Glass November Christmas Pinterest Party Christmas Pinterest Party 2.0
Travel
Cathedral City Balloon Glow Sunnylands Center and Gardens Thanksgiving Day 2019 Black Friday Shopping 2019
Lifestyle Grandma's Funeral Day 5 Ways to Be Kind BlogHer Biz Event - LA The Scenario Studio Christmas House in Ridgecrest


Stay tuned for more fun in 2020. It's going to be great ~ can't wait!

Home Protection While Traveling

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This post is sponsored by Homie. A great way to buy or sell your home without a realtor and keeping
extra money in your pocket.
If you are thinking about leaving for the holidays or any other extended trip, here are some ways to
save money and keep your house safe while you are away from your home base. Your beloved castle.
Your fortress. 


House Breaker - Turn off or unplug devices that won’t be needed while you are out of town. You can
flip switches to certain areas of your house to save power from the breaker box. Beware of doing this
though, we had some friends do it in the past and they accidentally turned off the power going to their
fridge/freezer and they lost so much food.


Thermostat - Readjust thermostat. I would not recommend turning your thermostat all the way off
because you don’t want your house getting too cold. I also had friends (may or not be the same ones
in my previous story) that turned off the heat to their house because it was going to be just a few days
and when t…

Getting to Know Your Homie Agent

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**This post is sponsored by Homie**

I thought it might be fun to get to know one of the Homie agents so you can learn a little more about who they are and what they do.  Enjoy the interview!

Increase Your Home Value With These Black Friday Deals

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** This post is sponsored by Homie **


Are you searching for some great items for your new or well loved home this upcoming Black Friday? I am going to suggest a few items I thought of. Some are items I use and love and others are ones I haven't tried yet or can't currently use in the house we are in. I researched on the DealsPlus website so head there to see which stores had these prices. Also, keep reading to see what I recommend!

That Laundry Room Vibe

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**This is a sponsored post**
How many loads does the average American family do each week?
A. 2-4 loads
B. 8-10 loads
C. 12-15 loads
Keep reading for more laundry room fun and to find out the answer at the end of the post!

5 Options for Selling Your Home

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Today I want to go over with you 5 options I've researched for selling your home. Maybe you are getting ready to sell your home, maybe it's something you are considering doing a few years down the road. I want to help you know some options besides any that might first come to mind.

The Month's Fly By

It's hard for me to accept the fact that summer is over. Even here in Ridgecrest, CA the days are getting chillier and the sun is going down sooner than I'd like. That being said, life hasn't slowed down! I've been doing lots of fun things and going a lot of fun places. Well, mainly the same places but doing different things each time I go. Here are the links to what I've been up to lately!


Travel
Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival - Day 1
Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival - Day 2
Bear Valley Springs - Day 1
Bear Valley Springs - Day 2
Terry Family Reunion in Idaho
Terry Family Reunion - Day 2
Terry Family Reunion - Day 3
So You Think You Can Dance & More!
Lava Beds National Monument - Day 1
Crafts
Tryazon Sculpey Clay Party
California Cactus & Succulents Party
Pork and Cactus Crockpot Stew
Cricut Deals and Promos
Utah Halloween Pinterest Party
Disney Themed Pinterest Party
Patriotic Pinterest Party
Crafty Updates

Lifestyle
Tru Religion Restaurant Experience
Fervent Coworki…

10 Best Plants and Trees for Your Desert Yard

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Arizona is a tough nut when it comes to weather. If you live there or are thinking about moving there and need to landscape, you want to be sure to have the right look for your yard so it survives all year round and doesn't use up a ton of water. You should be aware that the US is divided into zones for planting, whether it's a veggie garden or plants or trees. Arizona, specifically Phoenix, is listed as a 9b, 10a zone for hardiness.

What does this mean?
It means you are dealing with warmer temperatures for your plants and gardens.
I've researched and found some great plants (not just cactus!) and trees to add to your Arizona yard that can survive all year round. Let's go!

Arizona Living and Homie!

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I lived in Arizona for 3-1/2 years and it was such a blast. I was in my early 20's, became super involved with other young adults my age, went on lots of outdoor adventures and learned a lot about myself while making new friends. Despite the fun times, it definitely didn't start out fun or easy.

Scoot Along to School with the Jetson Scooter!

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Back to school time has arrived, or almost here for some of you! Maybe you have kids starting school or maybe you or your spouse are starting up this semester! There's not much better way to get to your destination (as long as your city has a way you can get to your school safely) than a scooter. Save your feet from walking some steps during the day. Keep reading to find out more.

My 10" Frying Pan Review - Mealthy

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I was sent this Mealthy frying pan to test out and use. Since Tony does the cooking and I do the dishes and eating, I figured we'd make a good pair in using this pan.

Home Entertaining, Part 2

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There are so many great places and ideas for entertaining in your home or future home. When you sell your home with Homie, they can send a photographer out to your home to get stellar shots - this is included in the price. They'll also use photos you took yourself in the listing if you want them to.
Here are some fun suggestions for entertaining that I saw in the UV Parade of Homes in June. These houses were in Provo, Orem, Lehi and other areas around Utah Valley.

Entertaining In Your Home

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I don't know about you but I just love to invite friends over to hang out, eat, do crafts and connect face to face instead of online. How do you like to entertain? Is it something you enjoy or would you rather be the one being entertained? Keep reading to see how I entertain and what we have set up.

Master Bedrooms with the UV Parade of Homes

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I was able to spend a few days going to the UV Parade of homes (last day is June 22!) and I went to every single home on the parade route. It was kinda crazy but really so cool to see so many amazing homes, gather ideas, take pictures and dream.
 I was able to attend the Parade of Homes this last week and did all 40 homes in 4 days. Say what?! It was a bit insane. I averaged 10 or so a day. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. It was quite the experience and kind of intense but it was so very fun!

Summer is Coming!

It's annoying when people are saying "Summer is here!" because no. No it's not. It's not here until the 21st of June. So..I'm not sure why they are saying it when the calendar isn't saying it. Even if the weather feels like it. Even if kids are out of school. It's not technically summer. Soon enough! It's already starting to heat up here, later than usual, but we've already had a low 100* day. Eesh! Take me somewhere cooler, right?! I do like the heat but in a house with only a swamp cooler..it's less than fun. Especially on the super hot days. Come summer here I get less motivated, more sluggish, tend to be unmotivated...I just need to get to steppin' earlier in the day when its somewhat cool out so I can lay down and do nothing while snuggling a frozen waterbottle in the afternoons.
I've been up to some fun things since I last wrote here. Check it out below!


Travel
Anniversary Weekend Fun -Six Flags!

Anniversary Weekend Fun - Knotts …

Utah Date Night Events!

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Do any of these sound familiar? 
- “The babysitter cancelled. What do we do with the kids?”
- “Hmmm… well what movies are out?”
- “Last time we ate at Applebee’s, someone karaoke’d all 8 minutes of American Pie. Is anywhere else open?”
This is what A LOT of couples’ date nights look like… but there’s a better way. 
I'm teaming up with Utah Date Night, to help YOU see how incredible your date night can be when you let the experts take over. 
You'll laugh. You'll learn. And you'll leave more connected with your spouse than when you arrived. 
**And maybe win a trip to Disneyland.**
This is going to be the best Date Night yet, and it will sell out, so snag your tickets fast!



April is Hereeee and Almost Gone!

As you might remember from the last time I posted on this blog, March and April were going to be crazy busy months. Lots of travel, lots of conferences, a lot of events. It's all pretty much over for the most part but I do have another trip to Utah happening next week where I'll be volunteering at the Everything Food Conference and my parents are coming from Idaho to visit my sister, her family and me too!



Crafts
Alt Summit Conference Recap
April Pinterest Party - Utah
March Pinterest Party - California
California Pinners Conference

Travel
Disneyland Deal 2019
Hot Air Balloons & Teardrop Campers
Teardrop Camper Rally - Day 1
Big Dunes
Rhyolite Ghost Town
Tethered Rides on Sunday
Dreamscapes Experience at Gateway Mall

March Updates!

Hey friends! Tons has been going on, as usual, since I set off running in 2019! February was full of hot air balloon events, finished up a trip to Utah, a Pinterest party and started working on rebuilding our teardrop camper - finally!

March ...well, we are only a few days in, really but there is quite a lot going on and upcoming that I am soo excited about!

First though, links to February posts:

Here You Go!

January was a whirlwind of a month. We just got back from visiting Idaho for Christmas and New Year's, then a few days later I headed to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. After that fun time, I was home for a few days and then drove to Phoenix to be in town to attend Creativation - a craft trade show I have gone to the last few years. It was really fun, lots of friends to see, brands to connect with and make and takes! Got back to California and unpacked, repacked and headed to Salt Lake City to volunteer at a conference called Silicon Slopes Tech Summit and spend time with family and friends. Plus! Host a Pinterest party. I will say I miss my husband and my birds a lot, it will be good to get back but I am making the most of the time I have on these trips. Minus the big snowstorm that shut many things down today and delayed my 'last day in Utah plans'. Eek! I'm not anxious to leave Utah but I have things to do in California so hopefully, I can make it back …

My OLW for 2019!

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It took me a month to figure out my olw (one little word) for the year.
After talking to my husband, taking an online survey a few times and talking to a friend or two, I settled on the word Engage.
This year I want to engage more / better in a few areas.
Church - with my calling as a visiting teacher (now called ministering sister) and with my newest calling as Young Women Girls Camp Leader. I guess that is the official name.
Blogging - I feel like I've already done a better job in 2019 in being more engaged. On social media and my blog as well. If only I can keep it up the whole year I will feel accomplished in this area.
Marriage - I find myself not totally listening 100% to Tony sometimes or when he talks, I'm on my phone doing stuff and I don't put it down and look him in the eye to give him my full attention and engage with what he is talking about. Hoping to do better in this area this year.
Friends - mainly Facebook and friends I currently talk to often or would like to …

Do You Live In Utah?

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Are you looking for something fun to do after Valentine's  Day to help keep the magic alive in your marriage? Check out this event - Register Here - where you will be entertained by a magician, speakers and the chance to win prizes including a trip to DISNEYLAND!  How cool is this?!