Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

we've been doing a lil traveling the last couple days for ry's job...hence the lack of posting. i figured since i had a couple minutes and i highly doubt that i'll be jumping on to blog tomorrow (turkey wipes me right out), i'd wish you all a happy thanksgiving while i could. so...

i hope you all stuff your faces with really good food, have fun visiting with family, and get some rest because i know i will! in celebration of thanksgiving, i now present to you my very limited list of things i am grateful for this thanksgiving:
1. cereal
2. sunshine
3. great friends that let us crash at their house :)
4. the best family in the world
5. cars (you really think i wanna walk from utah to idaho??)
6. tai pan and ikea
7. prayer and priesthood blessings
8. really really good food
9. a super-fabulous husband (even when he doesn't shave)
10. scentsy (sorry but i really love it!)
11. mac makeup
12. cute shoes
13. the Gospel
14. people who reach out when they know you're struggling
15. showers and toilets (oh so very important)
16. my toothbrush
17. blogging
18. babies
19. razors (seriously, what would we do without?)
20. pedicures
21. love
22. music (right now i'm especially grateful for the HSM3
23. a healthy me
24. nature
25. scriptures
ok, i really could go on but i'm pretty sure nobody is reading it by this point!
well, i'm signing out for a couple days. in the meantime, think of the many things that you're grateful for...and eat lots of turkey!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Warmer Giveaway

I am extending my warmer giveaway to the blogging world. One lucky winner will win a
Scentsy warmer
{If you haven't heard of scentsy and it's amazingness then check out the 3rd paragraph on this post - click here.}

If there are 30+ comments, I will throw in a scentsy bar to melt in your FREE Warmer. Here are the ways to enter:

1 entry for just making a comment on this post telling me how much you'd love to win.

4 more entries for checking out the fall/winter catalog here and telling me what warmer you love (pg. 8-15) and what scent you really really want to melt in the warmer that you love (pg. 16-21)!

ALSO, Make an Order or Host a Party and for every friend at your party and/or every $10 you spend, you get 1 entry!!

Contest closes on December 5th @ midnight.

*don't forget: it's the perfect time to get that christmas shopping done. check out our christmas specials here and here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight Review

About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was part of him — and I didn’t know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 9, p.195Align Left

ry and i went to see the twilight movie today. i'd have to say it was pretty good. i mean, they had to condense a 500 pg book into 2 hrs and lets be honest the book isn't completely action packed. the great thing about the book is it gives sooooo much detail so you can visualize everything perfectly and completely. so turning all that detail and lil action into a movie made it kinda SLOW. and the movie just didn't have enough time to perfectly develop the relationship between edward and bella. but it was definitely a good effort!! seemed pretty low budget. but all in all i was satisfied!

that's my opinion...what did you think of it????

And the Lucky Winner is...

{drum roll, please}
Diane, please contact me at to claim your prize! i'm so excited that i drew your're going to love Scentsy!!!

but WAIT...that's not all! because i hate that everyone can't win something and i can totally do what i want, i drew 2 more names for a free yummy car candle! so the other 2 winners are...

congrats everyone!

now, for those who didn't win...

stay tuned for new ways to enter the amazing Warmer Giveaway!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanks Court...

you made my day!! :)

pumpkin puree anyone?

hurry, hurry, hurry

you have less than 12 hours Boldto enter the plug-in giveaway. so, if you haven't yet...DO IT NOW. think of it this way...if i draw your name, you definitely won't regret taking 0.5 seconds to enter :)

so click here.

also, i'm going to put in an order this monday (nov. 24th). if you want to get in on it, just leave a comment or email or call. this is the perfect time to get some of that christmas shopping done. it's really a no brainer. check out the fall/winter catalog or call me for some great ideas. room sprays and car candles are also perfect stocking stuffers.

my favorite christmas gifts:

PERFECT SCENTSY - 2 warmers and 6 scents for...$75 ($15 savings). that means you can give away a warmer and 3 scents and keep a set for yourself (if you're like me!)...or you could give both away.

PLUG-IN PACKAGE - 1 plug in and 2 scents for...$22 ($3 savings)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

ending soon...

don't forget to enter our plug-in giveaway. it ends tomorrow, November 21st @ midnight!!! you could win one of these beautiful plug-ins and a scentsy bar of your choice.

click here to enter.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

i have 2 choices...

have you ever gotten to the point where you thought you just couldn't take anymore trials and pain?? and just when you thought things were getting better...they get 50,000x worse!!!! well in the thick of it all, through the tears and the pain, i've decided i have 2 choices:

#1 - bask in the pain and get really mad at God. wonder if God really loves me so much, how He could put me through all of this. wonder how life could be so unfair. isolate myself and cry all day in my bed. lose faith and hope. be negative and bitter. hate the world. give up.

#2 - turn to my Heavenly Father for comfort. trust in Him. realize things happen for a reason. find strength and support through my family and friends. go to the temple and pray ALOT. serve others. smile. laugh. cry...but healthy tears. count my many blessings. "come what may and love it"~elder wirthlin.

i choose #2!

Monday, November 17, 2008

just a thought

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
-Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Sunday, November 16, 2008

boys will be boys!

this is what was going on at our house until 4am this morning...

ryan bought the new call of duty for xbox360 and our house has become quite the happening place. they're so entertaining to watch. they play it so much that a couple of them (one being my husband) are now dreaming about it. how sweet!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

we did it!

with the help of my darling husband we got most of the chores done. i only have 3 things left to do: organize the office, do the finances, and clean the windows. and those aren't quite as mandatory as the others. oh and the scentsy party is at only a couple more hours and i can check that off too!

after scrubbing the bathroom, i came back on for a lil peak at the blog and i had so many cute comments. thanks for all your willingness to help!! maybe one day i'll take you up on your offer :)

Saturday: things i should do, but probably won't do

there are so many things i've been needing to do for the last week but i keep putting them off until saturday because that's the perfect day to do chores, right? well...i woke up again and once again don't feel like doing any of it. so i thought i'd post all the things i need to do and see if by admitting that i'm a complete loser about chores lately it would motivate me to get them done. so here they are:

1. sweep and mop the kitchen floor
2. organize the pantry
3. vacuum
4. dust
5. clean the bathrooms (they're really getting pretty gross)
6. do laundry
7. clean/organize the office (what a disaster)
8. update budget spreadsheets
9. clean windows
10. clean out the fridge
11. scentsy party (ok i have to do this one, but this one is fun!)

i'm pretty sure there is more but that's all i can think of. isn't it disastrous? please tell me i'm not the only one who needs to do ALL these things!! i'm making myself sound pretty lazy. well to be honest, i kinda am right now.

wanna come help?

Friday, November 14, 2008


here's my cute hubby and his friend tim on their way to the metallica concert. boy, were they excited :) i've been meaning to post this for a while. i just love ry's face. lol.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

through it all...

i love my life!! despite all of the trials, discouragements, and tears...i sure as heck love my life. i couldn't have asked for a better life if i wanted to. i don't have to shower until 5pm if i don't want to. i can eat celery and peanut butter whenever i want. i can take ry to school in my pjs. i can listen to christmas music. i'm healthy. i'm married to the most handsome, loving, sweet man in the world. i have the greatest family (both mine and ryan's). i have the bestest, most supportive friends. i have a beautiful home. i've graduated! i know the Gospel is so true. i can communicate with my Heavenly Father and receive personal revelation. but the best part...i am a child of God!

how can life not be great? seriously!

Christmas Specials & Giveaways

With the christmas season quickly approaching, it's a great time to begin your christmas shopping. Are you looking for the perfect gift? Check out our fall/winter catalog for some great ideas.

Now onto the good stuff. I have a new giveaway that is freakin' awesome...and several ways to get yourself some free product, so check it out:

Nov 13th - Dec 5th
**Anyone who makes an order or hosts a party will be entered into a drawing for a FREE WARMER ($30 value). The best part is for every friend at your party and/or for every $10 you spend, you get 1 entry.

**Refer a friend that makes a purchase and you will receive a $5 credit (that's a free scentsy bar!). {this offer is separate from parties}

Nov 13th - Dec 15th:
**Host a party and receive a $5 credit on top of all the free and discounted product you can earn! This is the perfect time to get your friends together and start christmas shopping before the rush. Hosting a party is simple - invite your friends/family/acquaintances to your home or apt, provide cookies/drink and we'll do the rest.
*If you don't live near us, we also have "basket parties" where we can mail you mini testers and catalogs and you can share it with all your friends/family ~ ask us about it!*

ALSO, the plug-in giveaway is still on until November 21st. You know what this means? If you place an order or throw a party between now and November 21st, you will be entered into BOTH GIVEAWAYS!! That doubles your chances of winning! To find out other ways to enter, click here.

Monthly Special
10% off all cinnamon cider scented products (which is AMAZING!) and the Snowflake Collection Warmers.

To order, plan a party, or just to ask some questions, email us at or give me a call or leave a comment.

why me?

ok i need you all to do me a favor. take a lil look down at the bottom of this post and see what time it is. are you seeing what i'm seeing?? it's almost 4 am!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i woke up at 3 cuz i had to release the gallon of water i drank before i went to bed (bad idea!) and now i can't go back to sleep. it's so stinkin windy outside that for some reason it's disturbing my rest receptors (ok i totally just made that term up. it's kinda brilliant tho, you must admit). grrr...

anyway, since i was up, i just thought i'd say hi. so....

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

you can't pass this up...

ok so apparently this was on oprah today...

FREE 8x11 custom photo book at snapfish!!!!! (that's a $29 value)

all you have to pay is $6.99 in shipping.

that's a freakin' steal of a deal and i'm totally making mine right this second. i just had to take a break and tell all my loyal readers to go check it out. so go check it out right here!

i couldn't help it

i know, i know. it's not even thanksgiving yet. but most of you gave me the go ahead to decorate my house with christmas stuff if that's what i felt like. well, i do but i can't because i love my hubby way too much. so i'll wait until after the american thanksgiving and then deck the halls. but...nobody can limit me on how i decorate my blog. so i did it!!! i am now officially celebrating christmas on my blog. how exciting is this?? i will update the header soon so it's a better match with the background. i just need to get my hands on a good christmas pic and then bust out my skills... :)

if anyone else is feeling super festive, go checkout because they have some seriously cute christmas backgrounds.

ps. don't forget about the giveaway! click here. i know you want to enter :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

dc office retreat

so this past weekend we had a retreat for all of the guys in ry's office this past summer and coming back next summer and potential recruits. we didn't have as great of a turn out as we were originally planning on, but it was SO FUN with those that were there. i can't stop thinking about how much fun we had!!!

we went to a cabin in soda springs, id. it was literally in the middle of nowhere...there was no cellphone service. but it was so great, because i didn't have to cook for everyone :) the wife of the owner did the cooking and i was more than happy to relieve myself of those responsibilities. ok, this may be a picture overload...but i have so many fun pics to share. enjoy!

on the way to the cabin, ry and i stopped at this natural spring that actually has like carbonated water coming out of it (hence the name soda springs, i think). we just had to try it! it tasted like carbonated sulfur water. it wasn't really good at all but we kept drinking it cuz it tasted so weird. lol. it was cool.

some chocolate fountain goodness :) (yes i ate a lil was a special occasion. seriously.)
no party is a real party without rockband: (these videos are HILARIOUS!!!)

we played a lil truth or dare....good times!

ry and nick making a lil concoction for kapri. sick!

kapri drinking the concoction. she's so brave.

jesse dunking his head in the snow after putting it in the hot tub

maryanne kissing the dead dear. yum :)

then we hung out by the fire making smores and talking til about 3am.

kapri and i

ry and i thought we were getting a cute pic thanks jesse :)

nic walked through burning hot coals about 50000 times. he nuts!

we took a group shot the next morning before we left...

and then we were off to lava hot springs. it was super fun but the pools were SO HOT!!! one of them was 115 degrees. is that even legal???

THANK YOU to everyone who came. we had so much fun and can't stop talking about it!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

rethinking christmas

so i saw this short video on my friend's blog and i really wanted to pass it on. i think it has an amazing message. i know i always get caught up in the hype of and getting the biggest, best present for each of the 20+ people on my list. and of course it gets expensive. maybe we should refocus christmas on jesus christ, the true meaning, and start giving gifts of love and meaning. just something to think about.

visit for simple, thoughtful gift ideas!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

where are you christmas? why can't i find you?

i LOVE christmas!!!! it's probably my favorite holiday (minus the cold and snow). i absolutely love the sounds and the music and the feeling and the decorations and picking out the perfect gifts and all that good stuff. and i know it's only november 6th and i'm dreading the cold and the snow, but i REALLY want to put up my christmas decorations. is that bad? ry said i can't put them up until after thanksgiving and i know i won't win this one. but deep down i just really really want to. so i was just wondering...when do you put up your christmas decorations? am i just a big fat loser for wanting to put them up right NOW?

the chocolate update!

so i know most of you are on the edge of your seat wondering what i ever decided about my chocolate dilemma. i went just shy of 5 weeks with no chocolate. on the 33 day mark we went home for ry's brothers bday and with a little family convincing, i gave in and had some birthday cake. it was a german chocolate cake made by ry's sis and it was probably the best german chocolate cake i've ever had. she did an amazing job. anyway, after that i felt really guilty about it. so...i'm back to no chocolate. i've decided that for special occasions then maybe i'll give in. so there you have it! i am no longer a chocaholic! YAY ME!!!
ps. don't forget about the giveaway. i know you want to enter... :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Don't Forget...

about the scentsy giveaway. there's 16 more days. click here to read about it and enter your name. anyone can enter. even if you're secretly blog stalking me :) i'd actually love you to!

trust me, these things are seriously AMAZING and you definitely want to win the plug-in and fall in love with scentsy. i was skeptical at first too. but after so many compliments on my yummy smelling more skepticism here.

i can ship orders anywhere in the united states. so if you want to order, give me a call and i'll pick out some yummy scents based on your sniffers preferences :)

also, with the christmas season fast approaching (there's snow on the ground...ah!), this is the perfect time to get your friends together and start christmas shopping before the rush. scentsy products are perfect for that special christmas gift for the one you, sister, grandma, friend. for the month of november, anyone who hosts a party (which consists of inviting all your friends/acquaintances and having some cookies/drinks prepared) will receive a $5 credit (that's a free scentsy bar!) on top of the free and discounted products that you can earn as a hostess. so, think about it and let me know!

*i'm willing to travel in the utah/idaho region

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

no more fish bowl for us...

for those of you who have been wondering when we'd ever get out of our fish bowl...we finally got blinds yesterday (thanks to the ever so wonderful backend check)! it's so nice to not be on display for all our neighbors. i'm sure they got amusement out of watching us live our lives, but the time has come to close that chapter of our lives and start living in privacy! so, if you've been avoiding coming over for fear of being in the fish bowl...fear no more. come on over.
AND today we got new phones. ryan's phone was on it's death bed and mine was just lame. so we renewed our plan and got ourselves some sweet phones. ry stuck with the blackberry family and got a pearl. i opted out of the motorola family and got myself a lg rhythm. it's a pretty fun phone.

AND yesterday ry went to a metallica concert in salt lake (which he said was absolutely AMAZING) and i got to go shopping at gateway, ikea and tai pan. oh i was in heaven!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

so we had a rockin' (literally with rockband constantly going!) halloween party this year. we had tons of our friends over and just had a blast playing and eating good food. thanks so much to everyone who came and brought yummy goodies and participated in the silly games i had planned. you are all the best!!! here are some pics of our fun night...

the invites i made
the yummy food!

rockin' out

the bedkes - plug & socket
won "the couple that makes you think 'i'll never dress like that!' award"
the atwoods - scarecrow & witch
won the pumpkin carving contest
the burchs - hillbillys and a lil dino
mike won "person dressed most like their personality award"
the barretts - cheerleaders!
the hyers - fisherman & perfect catch with their ballerina princess
won "the perfect match award"
jesse&brooke as dwight&angela
the clawsons - personal trainer&her diet :)
jeff won "people's choice award"
the scaleses - dressed as each other with lil puppy & belle
won "the couple that makes you think 'how did she get him to dress like that?' award"
joe won "the person dressed least like their personality award"
the lammers' aka the doctors

I know you want FREE stuff...(again)

i'm reposting the giveaway (because i tragically/accidently deleted my blog) and if you commented before, PLEASE comment again and remind me of how many entries you deserve. i'm SO SORRY! if you haven't commented yet, then go ahead and do it. no strings attached. promise!

for the next month we're going to have a kickoff giveaway to celebrate our new Scentsy venture.

for those of you who don't know much about's a wickless candle with AMAZING fragrant. who doesn't want their house to smell incredible? there are over 80 yummy scents to choose from and tons of warmer and plug-in designs for every decor. there are even room sprays and car candles. they also make perfect gifts with the christmas season approaching. and on top of it all, they're totally reasonably priced. that's my favorite part because you know how much of a cheapskate i these products are completely safe, especially with small kids. they plug in and the fragrant wax is warmed by a very low wattage bulb. the wax doesn't get hot enough to burn you. and if you're like me and ALWAYS forget to blow out your candle when you worries because it's electric. and the best part, the smell lasts FOREVER and your house always smells so yummy!!!!

now back to the'll have 6 different ways to enter with a possible 18 entries into the drawing. the grand prize will be a plug-in and a scentsy bar of your choice.'s the lowdown:

1 entry = comment on this post

2 entries = verbally tell a friend about this giveaway and direct them to the site

2 entries = post on your blog about this giveaway with a link to this post

3 entries = add our scentsy website ( as a link on your sidebar

5 entries = book a party!

5 entries = make an order!

please comment on this post to let us know all of the extra things you did to gain entries! this contest deadline is November 21st at midnight.


ps. the winner of the open house giveaway was Bre. thank you so much to everyone who came out to support us!


ok so i really messed up big time. i was trying to delete my recipe blog (because i never use it anymore and i'm pretty sure nobody reads it) and it deleted my main blog instead. i'm not really sure why cuz i'm 100% that i was in the recipe blog settings. i was trying to get blogger to recover my blog but i'm not patient enough and from doing some research it could be weeks. so...i guess i just have to start from scratch. lame!

maybe sometime i'll add all my old posts...i'm gonna have to be pretty dang bored tho :)