Tuesday, May 31, 2016


On Sunday, Mark had quite the day.

Let me preface this by explaining a few things. If you remember Shia LaBeouf, he has recently been involved in a series of art projects that are really out of the ordinary. He stayed on an elevator for 48 hours and talked to whoever came in. He watched every one of his movies, back to back, and live streamed the whole thing. Now he is starting a project called, "Take Me Anywhere." Basically, he posts the latitude longitude coordinates of his location on twitter and anyone can pick him up and yes, take him anywhere. Mark has been following this since Shia started this whole experience. Mark turned on his tweet notifications so he could get a notification whenever Shia tweeted.

So, Sunday. We were sitting in church and Mark gets a notification that Shia tweeted. Mark looks at me and jokes "If it is within 100 miles, we're going." 
When he opened up his phone, he realized that Shia was in Spanish Fork, aka 20 minutes away from us! Mark looks at me with the widest eyes and I was like like, "GO! GO! GO!" and he just runs out of the chapel! 
I'm pretty sure he broke many laws getting to Spanish Fork. When he got there, he saw a camera in someones car and ran over there and realized he was just a few minutes too late. 
So he shook Shia's hand and came back to church.

I was just a little relieved because he took our house key and I had a crock pot plugged in. I don't think i'm equipped to break a window. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016


Today was my last day of school! You can head over to instagram to see more thoughts about that. I might write a post about it because I am experiencing sooo many emotions about the whole thing. Anyway, summer is here and that means all my responsibilities are null and void! Mostly. 

 I was looking at my blog recently because my students finally told me that they found it (lol) and I realized that a huge majority of the posts I have done this year were sponsored. I felt sick when I realized that fact. I'm so sorry to all you lovely people. As a teacher who is making basically nothing, and when Mark got laid off in January I felt like I couldn't turn down any opportunity to get paid to support a company I love. I still stand by all the companies I supported this year. However, I let the balance that I usually work so hard to maintain completely slide and i'm just sorry.
You will be hearing a lot more from me. The random me! The me that is like "why am I making this a blog post no ones care but I'll do what I want" me. Which I think is why most of you are here in the first place. SO! More of that. Less of everything else. 

Happy summer! I have already taken two naps and now I am binging some TV in bed drinking a dr pepper, as life should be. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016


When it comes to their marketing team, Odysseo Cavalia is second to none. To thank me for going to their show, (my review of that here) they are giving away two gold tickets to the Saturday, May 21st 1:30 pm show in Sandy, UT. 
That's right, another giveaway!!!
Okay, moment over. So! Let's give away some tickets!
It's one entry per person, per email. So you can't have a million different names with the same email. You can also not have a million emails with the same name. Come on people, let's keep this fair for all. 
Giveaway ends tomorrow at 1:00 PM MST.

Be sure to check out Odysseo's website HERE. 
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cavalia Odysseo Utah Review

Last week, Mark and I received the opportunity to go to Odysseo by Cavalia for their social media night. This was definitely the biggest perk I have gotten for having somewhat of a "following" on my blog. It was so fun to go and be pampered the entire night! They treated us like the VIPS that I have wanted to be treated like my entire life. :) 

Anyway, if you have seen the big white tent in South Towne mall, or the thousands of billboards (not sure how you could miss them!) then you know about this show. Basically it is a Vegas- style, family friendly show with horses, acrobats, etc. They use 65 horses of all breeds from all around the world (If you are a horse person, you would die and go to heaven).  They have 48 artists, riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians (the people playing the live music in the balcony was totally awesome and maybe my favorite part). It's about two hours with a thirty minute intermission. You can order tickets and get more information here.

I loved the show. It made me feel like a little kid again. I was consistently in awe of all of the truly amazing things that were happening right before my eyes. I couldn't believe that this had shown up in a mall parking lot in a matter of weeks and it felt like they spared no expense in the production. Even the things such as the audio, it was all to perfection. It was fun to just get lost for a few hours in something that was different. It wasn't a movie, concert or a play, it was a once in a lifetime performance that I will probably remember forever.

So, the big question I have been asked by almost everyone since the show, is it worth it?

Here's how I feel: I believe in spending money on experiences, especially experiences that you can do as a family. I believe that if you are stressed about the money you are spending on the show, you will not enjoy it because you can't get lost in the show, you will constantly be thinking, "am I getting my money's worth?" If you can realize that you are making memories and seeing a once in a lifetime show, then yes, absolutely worth the money. Mark and I both gave it 8/10 stars and agreed that we would remember it for a really long time. I was also sitting next to a girl that was about nine years old, and she was in absolute h e a v e n. 

It runs until June 3rd, so grab your tickets now! 

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

the meaning of blue

If you follow me on snapchat, (if you don't, probably don't start. It's a big commitment to listen to my annoying voice all the time) then you know the story behind these pictures. I really wanted to do them with a white wall as my background, but I don't have one at my parents house (where i'm staying while Mark is gone). They are building some new houses across the street and one is almost done-ish. Anyway, it has white walls so I decided that is where I was going to take these pictures. Well I was walking in with my tripod and camera and a guy asked me if I lived there, really innocently and not getting mad at me or anything, but I said "....no..." and he gave me a weird look, so I peaced out of there and my parents backyard became my new photo studio...haha! Points for trying, right? 

(sidenote: send a tan please) 

Ever since I saw this infographic about menu designs and the colors that designers purposefully use to get people to buy their food, i've been thinking about colors and what they mean. Did you guys know that blue is the color of not only peace, but strength, vitality and physical wellbeing? That is why so many hospitals rely on the color blue! Blue nightgowns, blue logos, etc. 
So I thought it was only appropriate that I wear blue when talking about the new opportunity to control your health by Intermountain Health Care. Last year I talked about an app that let you track germs in your area and check into the instacare from home so that you were next in line when you got there! We all know that it is zero fun waiting in a doctors office next to other sickos when you are feeling terrible. 

Well, IMC took it a step further. Introducing, #MyConnectCare. My Connect Care allows you or your child to visit an IMC physician for certain urgent care condition using your phone or tablet. Obviously you are not going to use it if you are having chest pains, but cold or flu stuff, sinus and ear infections (my bodies personal favorites) sore throat, even a bladder infection or a weird rash. You can just stay home (where you belong when you're sick, really) and the care will come to you. 

Imagine this, you are on a road trip with your family when one of you gets a sinus infection. Rather then go to an out of state instacare and incur possible extra costs (and ruin your vacation) you can just call your doctor from the road and you will have a prescription and be on your way to healthy in a matter of minutes. Literally, the visit will take less than ten minutes. It takes me that long to get to the instacare, let alone the two hour wait that usually accompanies it!  Game changing stuff, you guys. 

You can download the #MyConnectCare app by searching Intermountain Health Care on your App Store, it's like the four or fifth one down. I made an account and had the option to talk to a doctor in less than two minutes. It was pretty freaking awesome.

Also, can we talk about my scarf really fast? It was sent to me by White Sierra and it has insect shield permethrin....ANYWAY, it repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants and flies. I thought it would stink or be a weird material, but it wasn't! How cool is that? I'm blown away by technology right now. I also got this thermometer that you hook into your smartphone, which could really help if you are using My Connect Care, but I just felt like such an old person because I was like "Wow! This is amazing! What will they think of next!!!"

Anyway, think about IMC's new Connect Care app when you are in bed in a nyquil state of mind watching Gone With The Wind and a huge pile of nasty tissues next to you. Or if you get pink eye in Maryland and have to go to the sketchiest instacare in the history of mankind in Baltimore. Argh, Connect Care, where were you when I needed you!? 

This ad is sponsored by White Sierra and Intermountain Health Care

Download #MyConnectCare here

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Thanks so much for letting me talk to you about companies that I believe you should support! I sure do love you all. 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016


This morning I realized i'm currently reading four different books at once, plus I have three that are on hold at the library right now. 
Things are winding down significantly at school. For the first time all year I can leave at 3:30 because i'm done with all my stuff. It's actually pretty glorious. If teaching was like this year round, it would be a lot less painful.
All that said, I have time to read. I have been binging a few TV shows lately, but mostly I read. Here is what i'm reading or is at the library waiting for me...

Mindset: The new Psychology of Success
This is a book that our principal asked us to read and it has really changed my perspective on life, my relationships and how I view work, or any challenge really. It goes in depth about growth and fixed mindsets and how this has impacted many companies and people throughout history. I am actually making my gifted students read it over the summer because I think it's such a valuable lesson.

Book of Mormon Girl
Faith has been something that i've been focusing on lately. I disagree with a few things that the LDS church has done recently, but it's a church I love and cherish at the same time. This is a story about a women's faith journey as a liberal Mormon women. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I want to be more open minded so i'm reading this book.

Eleanor and Park
I'm only a few chapters into this, but I bought it when I was sick because I had heard so much about it. I just finished another one of Rainbow Rowell's books, so I wanted to keep reading.

A Study in Charlotte
This book is about the female descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It's basically like a YA Sherlock novel with amazing female leads and i'm so excited to pick it up from the library. 

Emmy and Oliver
I have had so many people recommend this book to me. I honestly can't piece together exactly what it is about, which is exactly how I like to go into books and movies. If you like Sarah Dessen, you will love this book apparently.

Nineteen Minutes
This is what we are reading for Bon's Book Club this month. It's about a school shooting from multiple perspectives. It is thhhhiiiickkk, so it's going to take me a while to get through. It's a subject that is a little close to home, school shootings are definitely something that frequents my mind, so hopefully I can still enjoy it.

Everything I Never Told You
I'm dying about how long I have to wait for this book. It's about a girl whose body was found and whose parents have to work backwards to figure things out. I love the title of this book, the mere concept of the thing intrigues me.

The Girl on the Train
This is the next book for the book club that I host. It's going to be a movie in October. Basically it's about a girl who sees this couple on the train every day and starts to make a narrative for their life in her head, and then one day the woman disappears. 

Do you see that i've fallen down a rabbit hole? Haha, I do not understand moderation, apparently. What books are you reading right now? 

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