Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wendy nominated me for this award. Thanks so much, Wendy!!

She is an amazing cardmaker who loves pretty paper. Her creativity blows me away. I think my favorite post of hers is still her Halloween boxes. So cute!

If you are a stamp-er or cardmaker or scrapbook-er or in need of creative ideas or just simply like to look through what other people are making-- check out her blog.

As a result of receiving this nomination, I am supposed to tell you 5 things I am addicted to and nominate 5 other fabulous sites.

* My family (especially nieces and nephews) – they are adorable! I love them and love being with them. If you need proof of their adorable-ness ask. I could go on and on and on!
* Books – I love to read, mostly fiction.
* Belly dancing – it’s a crazy, fun hobby. There is something grounding about the whirl of colors and the beat of the drum. I love the sisterhood we share in troupe and the creativity that comes from the dance.
* Cambridge and Oliver – silly, silly dogs.
* The Ranch – Something about the red dirt down there, once you get a taste of it, it never lets go.

Now for the blogs! So hard to choose!!!! I enjoy visiting more than 5 blogs regularly, but here are the 5 I’ve visited most recently – in addition to Wendy’s.

* - Jenifer always has some great, new idea posted. She has great taste, and I feel like reading her blog is like reading a magazine. She has a way of finding all the cool things first.
* - Sherry shares her life. I can see her family in each word she writes. She makes me laugh or cry depending on the post.
* - Angie has quirky awesome posts. I love the variety of her posts and her mad video editing skills.
* - I love Bekah’s blog because I get to see into her family and check up on the happenings in the lives of a nephew and a niece. Two obsessions in one: family and blog! I love her posts and comments. She is the one who introduced me to and to blog playlists.
* Havilah is my sister-in-law’s sister. I love to read about the funny and creative things that happen in their family.

For the complete list of blogs I visit, check out the Friends and Family and the Blog Stalking lists below. If you have other favorites, please share with me!

Healthy Fast Food to Go

AGI'S RAW FOODS offers healthy fast food to go, ready to eat in pre-packaged containers. FRESH . GOURMET . ORGANIC . VEGAN . RAW .
Salads, soups, pates, and desserts that you savour right down to the very last morsel.


Individual Meals - $ 15
Order 6 Meals, Receive the 7th Absolutely FREE
Delivery Fee: $ 5.00 - Utah County / $ 8.00 - outside of Utah County
FREE DELIVERY on orders $ 150 or more!

ALSO: OPEN ONLY ON MONDAYS -- 12 am - 6 pm


698 E 300 S Provo UT 84606

Or take a class....

$15/class or buy 3 classes for $45 (Receive the 4th class FREE). Payment must be received by Thursday, January 29. Please send payment to:

Agi's Raw Foods
698 E 300 S
Provo UT 84606

Tuesday, 02/03 6 - 9 pm $15 - WHY RAW, LIVING FOOD? Easy Start on RAW: Nut milks, breakfast ideas, soups, & sprouts. Learn to grow your own wheatgrass. We will also discuss the importance of a clean colon. Light dinner will be served.

Tuesday, 02/10 6 - 9 pm $ 15 - Learn to make raw salad dressings, hummus, dips, pates, meat substitutes. The importance of SPICES! Easy liver & gallbladder cleanse. Light dinner will be served.

Tuesday, 02/17 6 - 9 pm $ 15 - Dehydrated foods. Crackers, fruits, pizza crust, & breads. Kidney health. Light dinner will be served.Tuesday, 02/24 6 - 9 pm $ 15Raw desserts, ice creams, cookies, & smoothies.How to strengthen the immune system with herbs and food. Light dinner will be served.


Saturday, 02/07 9am - 12 noon - Duane Erickson, who has done extensive research on the geography of the Book of Mormon, will share his life time research in a digital presentation on that which has come forth from just wanting to know where the people in the Book of Mormon lived their lives. Because there is so much to share for the limited time he will let the attendees determine what part of his research he will share with specific interest in more recent findings that identify where Noah lived while building the Ark-- where the Ark left from in Utah, how it managed to end up in the mountains of Ararat and what these findings could mean to mankind. All this substantiates the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. This is amazing information that is not available through church or schools. Duane has an extensive collection of Indian (Book of Mormon) artifacts and pictures of artifacts found in all parts of the United states.

Duane is also the inventor of the Hanging Food Pantrie and will also speak and answer questions on this natural, non-electric hanging food dehydrator and sprouter he invented.

He will have some available if anyone wants one. Go here for more information. Custom CDs and/or DVDs can be ordered at the presentation for a donation to the BMS (Book of Mormon Students) Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 2345, Evanston, WY 82931-801 652-5566

If you're planning on attanding this presentation please call 801-652-5577

Too Soon Gone

On Saturday, a cousin passed away. His death was fairly sudden and unexpected. Life is so short sometimes.

Yesterday was Jared Beckstrom's funeral. He would have been 33 this April. I remember him quiet and kind from family reunions.

I am glad to know that this life is only temporary and that separations are not permanent. We mourn his void. Jared will be missed.
Parents should not have to bury children. Brent and Debbie, you are in my thoughts and prayers. (As they are with Jeff, Jamie, Justin, Jana, and your families.) May your hearts be comforted with your memories of Jared and your knowledge of the Gospel. May this separation seem like a blink of the eye.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dancing Beauties

These are some pictures that my sister took of her daughters. Aren't they adorable?
I wanna be just like you!
IC Posing

AL posing

Star Wars Trilogy According to Someone who Has Never Seen It

My friend Brian asked his friend to tell him about the Star Wars Trilogy plot. She claims that she hasn't watched the movies. His friend turned the commentary into a video clip.

Any diehard Star Wars fans, turn away. Now. Seriously. Do not push play. (Unless that play button is the one on your DVD/Blu-ray player, and you have a Star Wars disk ready to go.)



After nearly 32 years as an employee of American Fork City, Dad is retiring.

He was recently featured in an article in the American Fork Citizen and the Daily Herald. You can read it here.

I remember some of the dirty movies he brought home to watch as part of the job--camera tours of the sewer lines. Ewwww! (Luckily those movies were usually prior to the line being used.)

Way to go Dad! We are so proud of you and love you much!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Give Oh Give Away!

This is my 100th post! As a thank you to the two or three of you that follow the ramblings of my life, I have decided to commemorate this monumental ocassion with a GIVE AWAY! Yes, you read right, a give away.

One (1) lucky, randomly selected comment-er will receive a complimentary paperback copy of the book The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me by Richard Paul Evans.

Contest will be open through January 31, 2009. You are welcome to enter this give away contest as many times as you would like. Offer void outside the continental United States. Cover may vary slightly from the book pictured.


The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A New View

People looked at me crazy, and as a black man you were never really allowed to say: "You know, I don't think America is a racist nation. I think there are racist people that live here, but I think as a whole America is not a racist nation. You were Uncle Tom if you ever said that... I think [Barack Obama's election] completed a cycle of African-American citizenship. It was like the last stamp on African-American citizenship, and no longer are we African-Americans. We are Americans of African descent.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

All About Me, Or Maybe Not

(Image is Tropical Storm Andrea)
I saw this tag on my sister-in-law's sister's blog and thought it was cool. Check out her results here.

Instructions: Go to Google (or whichever search engine you prefer) and type in your first name and the phrase. Copy and paste the first sentence/phrase you get that makes sense. Please keep in mind that these are search results and not actual facts. You can get some pretty wacky stuff. I tag anyone who wants to do it! (trust me, it's fun)

Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search
A: andrea needs some help finding stalker songs

Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search
A: Andrea looks like me! I'm not a fan but she really looks like me!

Q: Type in "[your name] says" in Google search.
A: Andrea Says Revolt

Q: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search
A: Andrea wants parents to keep their kids in rear-facing car seats longer....

Q: Type in "[your name] does" in Google search
A: When in Rome, do as Andrea does.

Q: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search
A: Andrea HATES Luke's My Bad Segment by onthebubblenews.

Q: Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search
A: Andrea asks for right to dilute stock.

Q: Type in "[your name] goes" in Google search
A: Andrea goes a bit psycho from Sunday Mirror in News provided free by Find Articles.

Q: Type in "[your name] likes " in Google search.
A: {andrea likes}: cupcake wrappers

Q: Type in "[your name] eats " in Google search
A: Andrea eats a churro

Q: Type in "[your name] wears " in Google search
A: Andrea wears Codie by Mirada.

Q: Type in "[your name] was arrested for" in Google Search
A: Andrea was arrested for underage consumption of alcohol. At the jail, she was asked to voluntarily take the breath-alcohol test (under threat....

Monday, January 19, 2009

Oh, What Do You Do?

My dad is retiring at the end of this month and I have been racking my brain to come up with a cool retirement gift. He's already got his own set of Mardi Gras beads. LOL
Any suggestions?

A House of Order

I stopped at IKEA in Draper today after work to pick up a few things. This Saturday, January 24th, from 10-4 IKEA will have organization experts on location to help you put everything in its place.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

In the Raw

Nadhirrah of Summer Bear Life Balance Education is teaching a raw food class at Beehive Health Essentials in Spanish (Next to K-mart) Fork Saturday 1pm - so basically right now! The topic of the class is 'raw on a budget" because of the generosity of a donor there is no charge for this class.

Interesting Video

Out of the mouths of prophets...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Cat's Got Skillz!

For sale or rent - one "house trained" cat.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Got Oats?

Jamba Juice is expanding their offerings of yummy goodness to include oatmeal! Go here to print a coupon to purchase a cup for a buck.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cool KLAS Quote

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change you will get results.” - Jack Dixon

Courtesy of the KLAS Newsletter

5 Lessons Seminars for Women Seminar

Just in time for 2009, Richard Paul Evans will be presenting his world renowned: THE FIVE LESSONS A MILLIONAIRE TAUGHT ME: FOR WOMEN (Women’s Financial Seminars) in the following cities. (Sponsored by Citadel Radio.)

Tickets are FREE but seating is limited. For Free Tickets (or more info) call Karen at: 801-673-2114.

Jan. 21 - SLC, Utah. Hilton Hotel City Center (7 pm. Doors open at 6)
Jan. 22 - Ogden, Ut. Marriott Hotel (7 pm. Doors open at 6)
Jan. 23 - Provo, Ut. Marriott Hotel (7 pm. Doors open at 6)
Jan 24 - St. George, Ut. Dixie Center (7 pm. Doors open at 6)
Jan 27 - Boise, Id. Doubletree Riverside (7 pm. Doors open at 6)
Jan 28 - Phoenix, Az. - Phoenix Convention Center (7 pm. Doors open at 6)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On a Mission

I received a newsletter today with the following quote. Isn't it awesome!

When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.
--W. Clement Stone, businessman and philanthropist

Monday, January 12, 2009

Joining the Cause

I'm joining the team. Looking for additional motivation and support. Care to join me? Motivated Melters

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Natalya's Facebooked Song

A link until I upload it properly....

Pioneer Woman Photography

Searching the blog world, I crossed paths with Pioneer Woman Photography. She offers some excellent tips about photography and Photoshop. Looking for tips on how to make your photo pop, remove red eye, add clarity, and make your images the best they can be? Pioneer Woman Photography.

Great idea!

Love these homemade pinwheels Jenifer found...

Friday, January 9, 2009

"The Magazine"

I was browsing the "Magazine" (AKA Jenifer's blog) and came across an entry for a fun trivia games site.

A Grand New Adventure

Several years ago, a friend decided to change her diet. She's a raw foodie! I must admit that the concept had me concerned at first (raw chocolate, raw meat, raw cake, raw milk, raw veggies...), but I've tried several of her recipes and they are quite good. And, no, she doesn't eat raw meat.

Angie began a blog recently to share her joy of the raw food world. Eventually she plans to make a raw food recipe book. If you are interested, she would love you to try her recipes and give her feedback.

This image came from her blog for a wrap recipe.

Hmmm... I think I need a s'more or maybe a crudite.

Post Holiday Survival

Here are some suggestions for getting past the winter blahs....

Holiday Blues Buster #1: Don’t Break the Bank
Holiday Blues Buster #2: Do Something good for Someone in Need
Holiday Blues Buster #3: Celebrate with Friends and Family
Holiday Blues Buster #4: Focus on the Years’ Successes
Holiday Blues Buster #5: Get Excited about the Coming Year

Good vs. Bad

This article was somewhat interesting. But it got me thinking. Do women really prefer the "Bad Boy"? Is there such a thing as animal magnetism--with a GOOD guy? Do nice guys really finish last?

For me, the jury is still out. What's your vote?

What Draws Women To Bad Boys
You might not see it yet, but women often unconsciously feel that magical emotion called ATTRACTION for men who have the behavior and traits of a “bad boy.” Of course, I don't believe that men have to be jerks to make women feel attraction with them. The truth is “bad boys” often create inviting and intoxicating forms of drama - often perceived as playfulness, sexuality and fun. And it’s often the inherent UNPREDICTABLE nature of a “bad boy” that becomes so fascinating and addicting to want to be around.

Women have a deep attraction mechanism that's triggered by men who behave indifferently, have high status, know lots of women, and the list of “bad” behavior goes on. You probably know from experience that the chemistry and connection with a “bad boy” can be incredibly thrilling, even if you’re miserable when it comes to a relationship. The magic of that exhilarating connection with a man can be extremely powerful, and more than enough to “overrule” the conscious thoughts you might have of “this guy isn’t good for me.” Women picking and staying with the wrong men is the single biggest mistake I see women make.