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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Days of '47 Rodeo!

We went to see the Days of '47 Rodeo this week and I wanted to share some highlights.  Remember the family night deal I told you about? We had a blast!  Our kidlets enjoyed watching the cowboys and cowgirls compete in the fun, different events.   This was such a great family activity for all ages!

The rodeo was held at the Vivint SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City.  

Before the rodeo, we went outside to see some of the animals in their petting zoo.  Look at those horns!

They had so many different animals there- goats, sheep, cows, and even camels!  They had cute little ponies your little ones could ride too.

Our kids loved looking at the animals poke their heads out to say hello.

They even provided little cups of animal food so you could feed them.

When we went inside, there was a huge screen, so even if you sat up high you had a great view of the action. 

We watched the cowboys try and stay on some bucking horses.

They even had a fun cowboy clown who told jokes between events.

Some of the cowboys had to rope up a cow as fast as they could.  For some it only took seconds!

My favorite event is always bull riding.  We watched as the cowboys tried to stay on for more than eight seconds. This truly was a fun activity for Pioneer Day!  I hope you catch it next year.

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Basil Summer Salad

I saw a simple but delightful recipe on Mothering with Creativity and it made my mouth water.  I decided to make her recipe with my own twist . . . something you can do too.  It's Basil Summer Salad.

The key to this salad is BASIL.  Fresh basil.  Go get some.

Basil Summer Salad
2-3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 can of black olives, sliced in half
1 cup fresh basil leaves (you can chop them if you want)
2-3 TB Parmesan cheese
2 TB olive oil
1 TB apple cider vinegar, if desired
garlic to taste (powder or minced is fine)
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups of pasta noodled, cooked and drained

 Chop tomatoes, cukes, and olives.  Add LOTS of basil leaves, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper.  Make sure it's all well coated.  I think this would make even a great salad on it's own like this.  Just add a little more vinegar.

Then stir in some pasta noodles of your choice.  These are No Yolk Noodles.

 I also add some mozzarella cheese chunks.  I put them in right before serving so they don't get soggy.  This night I actually used cheese sticks (cuz that's all I had).  Still good.

Make sure it's all mixed in well.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Top 30 Recipes from Making Life Blissful

If you are like me, you find tons of great recipes online and on Pinterest.  You try to save them, but it's hard to find them again or remember their names.  I wanted to make an e-cookbook of our best yummies so that you can put them on your iPad or print them and save them forever!  This e-book has been swirling around in my head forever and now it's finally done!  Today, I am happy to announce our first ever e-cookbook from Making Life Blissful.  It's simply called Top 30 Recipes from Making Life Blissful.  See what our e-book download has to offer!

The best part about e-cookbooks that they don't have to be high-priced

Special introductory price is only $1.99

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I want this to be easily accessible for you.  Checkout is easy.  All transactions are through PayPal.  And then you'll instantly have all our best recipes in your inbox, ready to download and keep.

All recipes include FULL COLOR PHOTOS (it really is cute, you guys . . . )

There are savory dishes, scrumptious salads, and blissful sweets.

Here's some of the recipes included:

Heavenly Morsels

Asian Chicken Salad and Dressing (our most sought after recipes)

Mountain Mud Pie

Ivy League Chicken Salad

Simple Shepherd's Pie

Fresh Berry Trifle

Homemade Alfredo Sauce (better than Olive Garden's)

Sugar Popcorn

Green Chili Tacos (so easy!)

My Man's Cinnamon Rolls

Chicken Bruschetta Pizza

Simple Sugar Cookies

Perfect English Toffee

So what are you waiting for?  Dinner help is just a click away.  Thanks for all your support!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bloomsy Box: Happiness at Your Doorstep

*This post is sponsored by Bloomsy Box, a flower subscription service.  All opinions and written material is my own.

So you are looking for happiness, right?  Aren't we all hoping to make each day a GOOD day?  For me, flowers truly brighten my day.  I LOVE FLOWERS.  I always have.  I am super sappy if My Man buys me a flower bouquet or if my kidlets bring me morning glory and dandelions from the garden (there is evidence of this on my Instagram feed).  I can never get enough flowers and that is why I want to tell you about Bloomsy Box.  Bloomsy Box is a flower subscription service, that delivers beautiful, handpicked blooms straight to your door once a month.  It's like happiness at your doorstep every month!

Here are the Bloomsy Box flowers I received this month.  Seriously gorgeous.  I would never have time to go out and find unique lilies like this.  But these beauties just showed up at the door and have brought me joy all week.

They came very fresh and healthy.  No dead, wilting petals like the bouquets at the grocery store.

Here is how Bloomsy Box works:

1.  You pick which plan you want.  They have small, medium, or large bouquet plans to choose from. ALL SHIPPING IS INCLUDED.

S:   $34.99
M:  $38.99
L:   $48.99

These prices are very comparable with other flower services (even lower than many!) AND Bloomsy Box flowers are never bouquets filled with "unnecessary extras" (you know, those ugly fillers in cheezy bouquets?).  They gorgeous single-variety, hand-tied bunches.  Love it!

2.  They handpick the flowers for you and ship them fresh to your door each month.  The flowers are usually shipped around the 12th of each month, but you can change the date of delivery if needed.  The flowers are often seasonal selections.

3.  All plans auto-renew or can be canceled online at any time.  They also have weekly and bi-weekly subscription plans.  You can pause your subscription if you are out of town or whatever.  Flowers are guaranteed to look fresh for at least 7 days.

I think that Bloomsy Box makes a unique gift for mothers, friends, sisters, newlyweds, anniversaries, and even just for yourself.  Especially during the fall and winter months when the flowers in your own garden have faded, wouldn't it be nice to have blooms all year long?

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5 Ways to Be More Spiritually Centered

How to Be More Spiritually Centered
By: Darci Maxwell

Living in this hard world takes a toll on our spiritual health. We each have a spiritual side to our well-being and often it is the part of us that get forgotten.  Being spiritually centered helps us find joy in life. We need to remember to take the time to connect to our God despite all the distractions of our everyday lives. Spirituality brings bliss and peace to our hearts.  Read on to learn how you can become more spiritually centered.

Taking the time to quiet the world around you and think about God will inevitably help you be spiritually centered. (there is a reason why biblical prophets often went into the mountains to hear His voice). Regular meditation will help you connect with God and find peace. Find a quiet place to calm your thoughts and focus on God. If you have a hard time quieting your thoughts, start by taking deep, soothing breaths. Think of everything that He has done for you. As you fill your heart with gratitude, your mind will be filled with peace. For more tips and tricks on how to meditate, check out this blog.

Pray Meaningfully
As we grow older, our prayers unfortunately become thoughtless repetition or even forgotten.  We thank God for the same things, ask Him to bless us in the same way, and end them quickly, and without purpose. It is important to change that mentality in order to find peace. When you pray, take a moment to quiet your thoughts, and start a conversation with God. Remember not to only ask Him for things, but to be grateful for what He has given you. Let Him know what you are struggling with, and what your recent successes are. Tell Him the desires of your heart. Remember that He is your Father, and He loves you.

Read Your Scriptures
An old adage says “If man wishes to talk to God, he should pray, but if man wishes to hear God’s voice, he should read the scriptures.” The scriptures contain many words of wisdom that will help you be more spiritually centered. There are stories of those who held their faith. As you strive to connect with God, you should read from the scriptures daily. There are many methods that you can use: you can read it just like any other book: cover to cover, study it topically, supplement your reading with words of pastors and preachers, and more. Find a way that works for you, and do it.

Trust God
As you seek to live a more spiritually centered life, you need to let go of your pride and turn your will to God. It can be hard to trust, especially when life doesn’t seem to go according to plan, but it is important to remember that it will always go according to His plan.  Go forward with faith, and He will guide you.  

Practice Gratitude
Everything that we have — our families, friends, possessions, and even your job — is a gift from God. It is important to remember this, and to thank God often for all He has done. To help get you started, ask yourself “What if I woke up tomorrow with only the things that I thanked God for today?” You may find it useful to keep a gratitude journal so that you can write down the things that you are grateful for, and have something to read when you begin to feel dejected.  Gratitude helps us feel peace and joy even in the hardest of times.

What do you do to re-connect with your spiritual side?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Days of '47 Rodeo Family Night Discount Info

For all my Utah peeps, I wanted to let you know about an awesome deal for families at the Days of '47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City!  The Days of '47 Rodeo is tradition in Utah to celebrate Pioneer Day (our big state holiday), and the perfect way to enjoy it is with your family on Family Night Discount Day!  The rodeo is being held July 19-23, but Family Night is on July 20th.  There is something for everyone!  Here's all the details:

Family Night Discount- Come on down with your family on Wednesday, July 20th, for Days of '47 Family Night. With discounts on tickets and food for all your cowboys and cowgirls, it's a perfect excuse to give us your best "yee-haw!" Don't worry; they hear it all the time. On Wednesday, July 20th you can get 4 Silver Buckle rodeo tickets and 4 hot dogs for only $47! Available by calling the Vivint Smart Home Group Sales department, 801.355.DUNK (3865). Ticket prices increase $1 per ticket when purchasing tickets on the same day of event.

The Days of '47 Komatsu Equipment Rodeo features a number of fun activities for all ages to celebrate the Days of '47 holiday. Plaza events, held from 4-7pm each day, are open to the public and most activities are free! Events that will take place on the Vivint Smart Home Arena or at the Days of '47 Rodeo include:

Championship rodeo competition
BBQ vendors on the plaza
Mechanical bull riding
Live concerts and dancing on the plaza
Mutton busting
Petting zoo with over 100 animals
And more!

I'll see you there!

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