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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Anniversary Utah Getaway: Draper Temple

A few years ago we made a bucket list as a couple, and it’s been really cool to tackle so many items on that list already! One item we knew would be a lifelong project. We’re members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and there are a lot of different levels of worship and involvement as a Mormon. Perhaps the highest is attending the temple, where we do work for ourselves as well as the deceased, sealing families together for eternity, and learn about the nature of God.  I get asked a lot what we do by those not of our faith, and why we go often. The main answer to what we do I just mentioned, and why we go often has a lot to do with the fact that the temple comes from Solomon’s Temple in the Old Testament, and there are ancient rituals and customs we learn about. It helps us understand God, and our relationship to him. It takes a lifetime to understand all pieces, to understand symbols, and to come to terms with how these ancient customs apply to modern day people.

My personal main reason for going is I feel a peace here I don’t feel other places. It helps me focus on eternity and not just my day-to-day worldly problems.

Jacob and I decided we’d like to attend 50 different temples together before we die. We knew this meant we’d need to squeeze in some time anywhere we traveled to try to go. When our anniversary came around and we talked of a quick weekend trip, Utah came to mind since we’d just been to California, and because we were ready to knock another temple off our list.

Temple #14 is a newer temple, the Draper Temple, located on top of a mountain in Draper, Utah, just South of Salt Lake City.


It’s beautiful, it’s huge, and it’s well attended!






If you’re keeping track, here’s our current list:

2. Snowflake, AZ
12. Washington D.C.
13. Portland, Oregon

14. Draper, Utah

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spring into Baking Kitchenaid Giveaway

Spring into Baking, Kitchenaid 5qt Artisan Mixer Giveaway

"Spring into Baking" KitchenAid 5qt Artisan Giveaway

Spring = flowers, Easter, parties, and of course macaroons. I'm excited to up with an awesome group of bloggers for this "Spring into Baking" KitchenAid Giveaway!

Although the prize photo shows a soothing aqua blue color, the winner will have a large selection of colors to choose from! ABOUT THE PRIZE: KitchenAid Tilt-Head Artisan Stand Mixer $350 Value Product Features • Tilt-head mixer style for clear access to the beater and bowl • All-metal construction ensures long-life • Direct drive transmission for durability • Pouring shield minimizes ingredient splash-out and flour-puff • 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir • High-performance, 67 point planetary mixing action insures ingredients are thoroughly mixed without frequent scraping or rotating bowl • 9-cup flour power • 5-quart mixing bowl capacity with contoured bowl handle • Multi-purpose attachment hub • Assembled in the USA • 1yr free of charge warranty Includes • Professional wire whip • White flat beater • 'C' dough hook kneads yeast dough for bread and pizza recipes • Clear pouring shield with enlarged chute for easy addition of ingredients • 5-quart stainless-steel bowl with contoured handle • Instruction book and 26 full-color recipes [View full product details at Chef's Catalog] KitchenAid 5 qt Artisan Mixer Giveaway Details:
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pregnancy Update: Week 18

18 Weeks 
Baby is the size of a small sweet potato 
Dress: Target, Necklace: Similar, Sandals: Target

Feeling: It's been a great week, and after a bad one last week I have really enjoyed it! One day I ate a salad for lunch, another fish tacos, and veggies have been had often. I keep looking down and thanking the little guy for letting me eat what I want on some occasions. 

Body Changes: My first sign of swollen feet happened, and I sat in shock that it's happening so soon, this could be a long summer! I decided to try to drink more water and to add a detox water with lemon juice in the morning. When I weighed myself this morning I'd lost 3 lbs from last week, so apparently water weight is real, or I should be a  little worried here...

It's definitely time to buy a new bra another size up, and I'm not super excited about that part, and along came my first stretch mark in that area, but I'm still feeling lucky there aren't any on the stomach yet. 
The belly grew more, and I'm officially wearing more maternity clothes these days. I went shopping this weekend and found a few maternity t-shirts that I'm loving and grabbing as my go-to already. I also think it's time to retire my non-maternity jeans. Summer is coming and I have a no-jeans after 90 degrees rule, so at least this is coinciding with that normal routine. 

Sleeping: I'm realizing more and more that the Snoogle Total Body Pillow has saved me and I'm feeling really lucky to be sleeping through the night most nights! I had one night I woke up to a scare- a sharp pain and I guess due to being high risk the first trimester, I panicked thinking I was having a miscarriage. I ran to the bathroom I waiting about 10 minutes, and I realized everything was fine and went back to sleep. An hour later I woke up to the same sharp pain in about the same area. It dawned on me- he's kicking, and he's kicking hard! Aside from the dance part my child has inside of me at night, I'm sleeping great. 

I'm having more weird dreams, this week's noteworthy dream included an Elvis impersonator in a hot pink jumpsuit complete with bling all over appearing to have a one-on-one life coaching session with me. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Maybe I should start writing a book on pregnancy dreams, always entertaining. 

Fitness: I'm still running/walking, but I'm feeling a little more discomfort running and finding the walking increasing almost every morning. I will make it, I plan to run intervals until the 3rd trimester, even if I have to walk a mile after each one! 

I did HIIT after a few weeks off this week. Little man loves burpees still, it must stretch out the stomach and give him room. He's hating lunches and I'm thinking it may be time to retire a few of my lifts. I'm still grateful most are working fine and I can get a good workout in. 

Craving: The only strong one was for spicy chips this week. A pack of Munchies with Flaming Hot Cheetos later and I was fine. I don't usually eat much processed food, so I'm letting this kid enjoy it while it lasts! I'm also still loving Frosted Mini Wheats and plenty of milk. 
Baby Updates: I had my first doctor appointment where there wasn't an ultrasound, and that wasn't fun. I realized I should be so grateful to have the high risk removed and to have normal visits, but I was hopeful I'd see this crazy active kicking kid again. I will in a few weeks, and I can wait. It was awesome to hear the heartbeat again, and to hear everything seems to be measuring well. 

I mentioned it above, but I'm REALLY feeling movement this week! Aside from the kicks I'm feeling complete 180's where he seems to just flip from one side to the other. There's some flutters too, but I can't believe how strong the movement is already. I can't help but think he's going to knock me over the bigger he gets. I'm really grateful for the peace of mind that comes that he's still alive, still growing, and super happy to have a body! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Best Tasting Salsa Festival

Date Info: 
Best Tasting Salsa Challenge Festival 
Price: $15 a person, but Groupon makes it BYOG free 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona 
Website: Salsa Challenge

There are just some things that scream "Arizona!" Cactus, amazing Mexican food, red rock, scorching temps, and of course, salsa. Consequently a yearly salsa festival is held, and it's one we just can't miss for an annual date- particularly when there's a great Groupon deal! 

Vendors come from all over competing for votes for the best tasting salsa. You name the kind of salsa and you can find it here! We've had the hottest, sweetest, most unconventional flavors along with the classic in all varieties. There are rows and rows of tents lined up just giving out samples ready to be tried. It's easy to sample over 50 kinds of salsa if your mouth and heartburn levels are up to it! 



 Jacob loves salsa in all varieties and bravely tried pretty much every sample.

I was just grateful baby let me eat mild and medium with only a quarter of a bottle of Tums to compliment. 


I fell in love with kiwi salsa and voted it best, while Jacob chose a more tradition with the perfect amount of spice as the best tasting.

Even though it's a little hot and sweaty every year, yes, even in March or early April, we still can't get enough and find ourselves heading back to to try samples of the greatest condiment each year!

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