Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!



Today was a pretttty successful day! I hung out with a pal, and did a TON of Christmas cookie baking! What better way to spend this gorgeous, white and wintry day than to bake some cookies!? 
So, I started Herbalife this past week (more on that later) but I still had this overwhelming urge to bake some yummy holiday cookies for neighbors and coworkers! For those of you uber healthy health nuts, these are some great cookies to give away as gifts! Let me tell you..there is nothing like getting some "vegan no bake coconut cacao cookies" as a nice gesture. I mean this in the kindest way: Those are great as snacks, but they are NOT cookies!! I mean..it's not like you are eating like 30 of em' at once..haha...Anyways! Point is that when I make baked goods for people, I make them according to THEIR tastes and eating preferences! A cookie is a cookie :)

So! Now for the recipes! The first one (pictured above) is a yummy version of this recipe that I found on this blog. The author of this blog is witty, and so hilarious by the way. She's the muse for some of my many recipes that I try! Instead of Cookie Butter, I used Nutella (duh). I have used Cookie Butter way to much lately, and have missed my sweet, glorious Nutella! I have included some pictures of the steps that I took to get the final yummy product. By the way, these cookies were all taste tested and approved by some honest friends!

The recipe is super simple, and only requires crescent rolls, spread of choice (Biscoff or Nutella), and some icing.


                                                                        Spread out your Nutella on your flattened crescent rolls. 

 



After rolling, refrigerate for an hour.




Slice, and bake on 350* for 12 minutes! 



Voila!!! You're done. Drizzle with icing, and you are set!


My next batch was an attempted imitation of a cookie I have come to love. Sodalicious has this amaaazing cookie called the "love child". I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided that it might come close! The directions are on the website, and are super easy!



crummy picture, but they are deeelish!

The next one is just plain simple. Ritz crackers, condensed sweetened milk, toffee bits, and cream cheese frosting. That's IT! Oh so simple, and oh so good. They are in bar form, but they are ridiculous. Got this recipe from Pinterest as well! (OBVI).


Next one is my version of this yummy cookie, Salted caramel thumbprint cookies. I used two different recipes...For the cookie base, I used this Averie Cooks recipe, and for the inspiration, I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest! Mainly because I ran out of butter..and this recipe required coconut oil, which I had! 


One thing about drizzling chocolate...You CAN'T get it drizzle ready without coconut or vegetable oil to thin it out. I was left with globs of chocolate. Normally I would care, but at this point, what the heck!

This Christmas wasn't the best because I wasn't home, but it was still Christmas! I got the one single thing that I really wanted..A White Christmas!


When I woke up this morning, it was actually snowing! The weather app didn't actually lie! 
Regardless of what you celebrate, whether it's Hannukah (which I didn't actually celebrate this year), Christmas, or something else, I hope it's been a great one! 



Until later, 


xoxox, 


Nat






















Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How I gave my problems an expiration date.

The past 8 months have been TOUGH. I mean I literally have been thrown every curveball imaginable. Life sucks sometimes, you know? People make it seem like that if you go to church enough,  pray enough, and go to intitute life will be peachy keen! The thing is...it doesn't work like that. I was that girl. I did that stuff. And I was happy! But I also had a completely different attitude. I was grateful.
Lately I haven't been the most grateful person around. Being stressed can put a damper on a persons happiness. I have been a little snarky and wayyyyyy too impatient! See, the thing with me is that I recognize when I am acting out of character. It's not like me to not admit when I am in a foul mood! Everyone has those days though. But, lately,  especially being that it is the Holidays, I have had enough of my negative Nancy personality!
So, truth time:
(an excerpt from a letter to my best friend, serving in the California, Rancho Cucamonga Mission).
*Names have been changed for privacy.
"I've been kind of slipping. I'm telling you, it's the singles ward. I don't like them! (The ward, not necessarily the people). I haven't talked to Katie* for a while, and I missed her a ton, so I randomly invited her over for dinner, because I made chicken enchiladas and homegirl likes to EAT. So we were talking and then we both said we had confessions. Hers was that she hadn't been going to church, was questioning some of the teachings of the church, and went to Starbucks and GOT. A. COFFEE. I mean, I'm not judging at all! She's amazing. But it just shocked me because this girl is drinking coffee! Life is hard right?? So... I told her that I hadn't been going to church (I wasn't questioning the church though.) and that I had been going to a different church....because I hate the singles ward and I haven't found one that I like!
We both had a HUGE reality check. And also decided to start going to the family ward ward instead."
Folks, life stinks sometimes. This crazy thing called life is hard for a lot of people and we don't always know how to handle it. I'm so grateful for friends that know my heart and that I know theirs. That we are able to help each other. Also, I want to point out to those who aren't currently going to church, who are struggling with their testimony, or who just don't like the singles ward: you don't HAVE to go. I love the people that I've met in singles wards. They are awesome. But I also have conflicting views on the whole concept of them. If you want to switch, talk to your Bishop! Trust me, you aren't the only one.
Enough of that though. Back to the real reason behind this post. JESUS is the reason for the season, and I seem to have forgotten that. Sure he wasn't born in December, but Christmas is always a good reminder of who he is and what he did for us. My problems are inadequate. They are futile. Compared to the problems of the world, I've got it pretty good. All of my needs have been met and the Lord continues to bless me, time and time again without fail.

So, how did I give my problems an expiration date? This:

I simply love this picture.


It is such a good reminder. The most important things in life are the ones that benefit others! That help others. I could tell myself this until I'm blue in the face, but it is so true, and I'm genuinely trying to work on it!


Well that's enough for today. I'm off to the Utes game! No, I don't like the Utes that much...it's a work perk haha

Xoxo,

Natalie

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Homesteading Made Simple.

Lately, I've been trying to transition from commercial products to natural, homemade alternatives. I have tons of recipes that I have gathered over the years, located on my Pinterest board, with the same title of this blog. This post highlights one of my favorite Homemade alternatives. Butter.
Now as a Northern Belle, growing up on the shores of MN, butter is a necessary commodity for ALL Minnesotan households. If we didn't have butter in our home, there was something seriously wrong. I don't recall a time when my mon didn't have the fridge stocked with plenty of butter. Or cheese. Or milk. Not that any of us drink milk (I'm lactose intolerant, and can't drink it. My family just doesn't like it). Anyways, my point is that dairy is a staple of most Northern homes, as it is in most American homes.
So! Butter! You can spread it on toast, on top of cornbread, bake with it, fry an egg with it, drizzle it on vegetables, the list goes ON. I am a huge advocate of butter. It just works the best when baking, which is something I do a lot. Recently I bought a pint of heavy whipping cream for thanksgiving recipes,  and had about 2/3 of it left afterwards. After racking my brain to figure out what to make, it came to me: I should make some butter!!
I've made butter plenty of times before, and it's the easiest thing ever. All you need is:

-1 mason jar (or old spaghetti jar)*
-flavoring (optional)
-salt
-small container
-Paper towels, or cloth.

Directions:

•Start by pouring your cream into your jar. No more than 1/2 full, to leave room for shaking.


•Begin shaking! It will take you about 20 mins total unless you stop for breaks like I did. It's tough work! There isn't really a science to this, just keep it vigorously moving.

* if you are using a standing mixer it will be a lot quicker, and as soon as the buttermilk comes away proceed to steps below.


•Once the buttermilk starts coming away from the fat, stop shaking. It will go from liquid to solid to sloshing liquid with butter at the center.


•Pour the buttermilk in a separate container if you are keeping it. Take out butter and rinse it well with cold water in the sink. Turn it out onto a paper towel covered surface and knead it a few times, to dry off the butter. This is important because it keeps the butter from rotting. If it isn't dry, it will get moldy quickly. Rinse again and knead on covered surface.



•Add your flavorings (e.g. vanilla,  rosemary, honey, lavender, salt etc.) and knead again. Pat dry with a paper towel, or clean cloth.




•Put the butter into your container. Put a piece of paper towel on top of butter container if you'd like to take the butter.


Voila!! You are done! If you are giving the butter as a gift, you can log roll it in parchment paper and add ribbons on the end. If you are keeping it, it will last for a month in the fridge, much longer in the freezer.

I hope this was an easy tutorial! Come back for more great recipes.

Share your comments below!

Monday, November 10, 2014

I'm Back!

Well. I'm back! I can't believe I was out of the loop for this long. I have been so busy since I moved to Utah, it's unbelievable. I've been working a ton, and also have started school this semester, which naturally means I have no life. I've been known to skip a few classes to get a breath of fresh air and a much needed break! So, what have I been doing over these past 3 or so months since my last post?? I've been meeting new people, visiting some pretty awesome places, and seeing some pretty awesome things! Also, to take a little faith pause, I have been incredibly blessed. Now, since moving to Salt Lake City,  I've started working at a new Clinic, moved to a new apartment, and met some pretty awesome folks! I guess for the sake of time,  I can just show you what I've been up to, because who doesn't like pictures, right?

Here are my top adventures:

Mandy and Ryan's wedding! 

I met Mandy through Arianne (she's her cousin!) and have known Ryan since they both started dating this summer. They tied the knot on October 25th and it was a simply wonderful wedding! The ceremony was beautiful, the decor was superb and the food was tasty! 

horrible pic of me, but I love these two!

The Girls! :)

pure bliss.

I don't like cake, but OH so cute. 

it looked magical with the lighting!

Dog sitting for friends:

Let me tell you. That week was incredibly busy, but I had a great time watching Khrissy and Justin's pooch, Lex. Not to mention I got to stay in their gorgeous apartment in the avenues for an entire week. It was bliss! Isn't he a stud?


Also, they came back engaged! He proposed on the top of the Empire State building. So romantic!


New roommates. Making new friends but keeping the old:

This is Gemma. She is freaking amazing. I moved into my apartment thinking all was lost the first day, and then I started getting attached to this Italian chica! I wasn't so crazy about my other two roommates, but Gemma is awesome. She had just gotten back from her mission a month before, and started at the U that week. Crazy right? Talk about good with transitions. But real talk, she has lived in Sweden,  finland, and the UK ALONE and is so fun to talk to. We clicked instantly! Sadly, she moved out a month ago, but to my excitement I got another awesome addition! Meet Mos! She's from Thailand and is the nicest person ever! She calls me her sister (she comes from a house full of brothers at home) and I am so honored. We have fun. ALSO, she knows my friend Alex from MN through some awesome connections in DC! Small world, right,

with the sister's at the ward Halloween party!

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yes. we love cookie butter.
And Trader
Joes.

Mos! She's the classiest gal I know.

Missionary friends:
I just love my friends I've met who served in the Minneapolis Minnesota Misssion and ALSO Tempe, AZ. I love that I live so close to them and get to hang out with them when I can! Especially Jamie, who's a Gem. Katherine got back and we got to hang out last weekend, which was a hoot! I'm waiting for Marissa and Sister Smith now!


it's like old times! 

Real talk, I've been having the time of my life. It hasn't been all daisy's and cupcakes, but it's been a ride. I'm excited to share more exciting things that have been happening, and I'm so glad to be back. It's just the crazy life of a Mormon Girl. Bye for now!


Xoxo,

NAT






Hey all you Belle's! Look who's back!

Ah, the blog world. I'm back! Never in my life have I been more happy to be a Northern Belle. I am so proud of my Minnesotan heritage, especially being here where it seems like everyone is the same in one way or another. I think it is partially because I am a tiddly bit home sick, but eh. Who knows!
Life has been BUSY! But, of course, I have made time for fun, friends, concerts

Coral Bones, my latest muse!

 and yummy yummy food. And also, Scandal. Lot's and lots of Scandal. My new apartment is a dream! Brand new stainless steel appliances, including an AWESOME oven, which means...MORE BAKING for me! I have tried some wicked awesome recipes lately, such as caramelized bacon sweet potato bake, spaghetti squash and meatballs:

it's SO much better than it looks.
and it looks pretty darn good!

and lots of yummy desserts, just to name a few. Fall just wouldn't be Fall without yummy Fall food! Pumpkin, Squash, baked goods, they all make their way on my plate during this time of the year. Also, the first Red Cup from Starbucks was spotted about a week ago which means it's almost time for Christmas drinks!!! I found out while I was in Target. Speaking of Target, I can't believe they are already setting up Christmas stuff! I just think it's so funny to see Christmas stuff when it's still so warm outside! Everyon'e says Christmass

Life here in Salt Lake City is just peachy. The scene here is very interesting. You have your LDS population, and then you have the "far from it", everyone else. I have friends on both ends of the spectrum and I love it that way! Just a word to the wise though, Tinder out here in SLC is a complete BUST. Just don't do it.


What a stand up guy. Hah. #nothanks

So, what other shenanigans have I been getting myself into, besides work and school? Party planning! I am throwing a party next weekend, just for fun, because YOLO! We are having delicious food, great treats, and hopefully (based on the people I've invited, which is pretty much everyone I know) great laughs! Of course, as we get closer, I will share my recipes and ideas. I'm super stoked.

So, what has everyone been up to?! Share your favorite fall activities in the comments below!


Later Belles!

XOXO,

NAT


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's been a while!

It's been over a month since my last post. I know, HORRENDOUS. So I am officially taking a break!! See ya in a few months :)


Xoxo,

Nat

Taking a Break

Sometimes, you just need to take a break from it all! When things get super busy, it's hard to do everything at once. I've been working a ton lately, and haven't had any time for anything. So I'm just letting everyone know that I will be taking a break for a few months!

Laters,

Nat
 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guest Blog Post: Dana

After making the decision to join the church and committing to a baptism date a month and a half away in November, I faced a LOT of challenges. The main challenge was to find my family’s approval or at least their understanding of my decision. I had gotten my answer that the Book of Mormon was true and I had gotten my answer from the scriptures on if I should be baptized or not, but the biggest experience to verify to me if my decision was right or not, was having to tell my family I was joining the church, to show my family my faith.

Showing your faith to family, friends and even strangers is a terrifying thing and it makes you incredibly vulnerable but it is the biggest testifier! Elder Nelson says that "faith is the antidote for fear", and I was absolutely terrified to have what would be horrible conversations with my family and to even tell them I was being baptized. I had countless conversations that went terrible, ones where they told me it was crazy and I was crazy and that they were worried I would pull away from the family and not love them anymore. I had some friends send me angry messages and some just slowly stop talking to me. Faith is what got me through those situations and my faith grew an amazing amount after each conversation I had.

Showing them daily in small and simple things that I was still the same person, and a sober person at that, helped them realized that I was still Dana, justDana 2.0. I used to have a lot of temporary fixes for my life problems and alcoholwas the biggest fix for me. After quitting that and showing my family that I was able too, it helped them see the light in me that I now carried, and the amazing difference the Gospel made in my life. My life was starting to get tied to the Gospel, which was the first solid and sturdy thing it had been tied to in a very long time. They started noticing that I was making better decisions and was even a happier person in general. The level of happiness I have after joining the Gospel is one I didn’t even know was possible, and if you share your knowledge and faith, people will see it. In 3 Nephi 12: 16 Jesus says,” Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” My family is starting to see my light, which comes from the Lord, and this is the same thing that was my guiding light through the darkest challenges I faced.

By sharing my faith with my family it helped me trust in Heavenly Father so much more and it helped my fear start to disappear. Do not be afraid of trials and tribulations, you cannot avoid them and they will come and sometimes a lot will come all at once. These will only help you strengthen your faith and help you grow in the Gospel. It has been a hard 6 months of being baptized, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. It gets easier every day and my faith continues to grow everyday. Elder Nelson quotes President Thomas Monson saying, “Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with [faith] have courage as well.”

June 22nd midnight, Fairbanks, Alaska

This is something everyday that I do and that every one can do to show Heavenly Father's light. You can carry that light with you.  You don't even have to preach to the people around you but it's a form of missionary work because I can testify to you that people will want to know why you are so happy and why you have such a light about you. Your friends and family will see this amazing change in you and see how much happier you are now.  This change is the gospel in your life and it's the path you are on because of it.  Heavenly Father always has a plan and it's our agency that keeps us on it. My branch president asked me the other day how it's been since I've joined the church and my reply was, "it's been a hard 7 months but I wouldn't change it for the world, I love the church and I love who I am in the church." I don't know if I've ever felt this level of happiness, the ups and downs will always be there no matter if you are a member or not.

Anchorage Alaska Temple
Editors note:

Dana is one of my close friends whom I met in Arizona. She is an awesome example of the Gospel, and an amazing girl!! She lives in Fairbanks and is the funniest person you will meet! To chat with her some more, or ask her a question, comment below! :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

{Fashion}: Saltwater Sandals

This summer I've been trying lots of new things. Moving to a new state" hanging out with new people, trying new foods etc. But I found a new pair of shoes that I was told I had to try!

Saltwater Sandals by the Hoy company are water ready leather sandals that work for everyone. They start out a little tight, but as you wearing them the leather forms more around your foot. They even recommend putting them in water to ease up the leather. So when I first saw Saltwater sandals I was all about em'. It wasn't until I moved out here to Provo and my roomates both had pairs that I felt like I really should try them out! So I was impulsive and bought 2 pair off of eBay. I was all about it! I bought one red pair and one tan pair, but I was an idiot and accidentally had the tan pair sent to my home in Minnesota. So I started wearing the red ones and LOVE THEM. I just bought a navy pair last week and love them just as much.



I honestly can't find any cons of these shoes. Some great things about them though:

·they fit my wide feet! They literally fit so well, and are made for those with either wide or narrow toe boxes. They WILL feel a bit snug when you first put them on but they WILL stretch out as you wear them!
·they stay nice in water! They are called Saltwater sandals after all.
·you can slip them on if you need to, you don't need to unbuckle the strap EVERY time.
·they are UBER comfortable.
·they are relatively affordable! $39.99 per pair.


I got mine on eBay from an authorized retailer, but if you can find a store thst sells them near you, it might be Bette so that you can try them on. They are UK sizes, so if you buy a 6, you're getting an 8W. People, im telling you, these are the shoes of the summer. Go find a pair today!!


Have a good week :)



Nat

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spread The Spirit: Why online missionary work is so important.



This post is a follow up to a few posts that I read recently on The Returned Missionary.

4 Reasons Why Online Missionary Work is So Important
via The Returned Missionary

 I absolutely LOVED the piece that was written on easy ways to share the Gospel online. I was recently asked by my ward missionaries to help with a missionary presentation/outreach that we are holding here in Provo coming up soon. It will be a stake wide event that will take place in a gathered setting as well as online. The whole purpose is to encourage members to spread the Gospel on social networking sites.

Nowadays with Facebook,  Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest the Church is blowing up. I guarantee that if you log into Pinterest right now and head over to the "inspiration" section, you will see awesome creations of quotes from our Prophets and Apostles scattered across boards. People repin them without knowing where they came from or who it was that quoted it, yet they feel good inside while reading it, which causes them to repin and so on and so on. Imagine if you met a convert who explained that they found the Church through Pinterest!!
Hashtags like, #UseTheInternetForGood and #SpreadTheSpirit have been made popular by our own Al Carraway (Fox).

via Al Fox's Website

 As an overnight success blogger, she is an inspiration to many, and is using the internet to #HastenTheWork!

Facebook groups like 1-Million Mormons on Facebook and others allow us to encourage each other as well. The fact that missionaries are allowed to use Facebook now, is great. We can share their status's and send people their way for questions, if needed! Heck, even the Apostles and General Authorities are blowing up Twitter! Check out their official twitter handles:

My favorite thing, as you could probably guess is Blogging. It's the topic that I was chosen to elaborate and present on and I couldn't be HAPPIER because I love reading blogs. Not just LDS blogs, but all kinds of blogs. The reason being that I like learning about how others live, and how they think. When it comes to LDS bloggers I like seeing all of the fun opinions they have about the Gospel. Also, just because we are some pretty unique people, if I do say so myself! It is a way, I have found, to share what I believe and why. Now, my blogging style might be a little forward compared to the rest of the LDS blogging world, but if you know me, you know that's just my personality!

I love technology. I also love the Gospel. Combining both is a good thing. :) 



Have a good week, folks. 


Natalie 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

{Home Tips}: Natural Laundry Fixes



Today, I tried something different with my laundry. 6 months ago, I used to just throw in a laundry pod or two with my load, and then some fabric softener (to make it smell yummy). That was because I could get my laundry detergent from Walgreens pretty much for free because of my mad couponing skills. Then I decided to try something different with my laundry so that it would be more natural. I started buying Ecos free and clear laundry detergent:
via ecos.com
                                           
but I realized that it wasn't making my laundry smell "fresh". I knew it was "cleaning it" but I just wanted it to have that fresh smell. So I've started putting essential oils in my laundry detergent, before putting it in with the load.

I use Lemon, from DoTerra, which is AMAZING! Normally, I hate lemon, but it makes my clothes smell so fresh, and I know that it is actually deodorizing my clothes, not just masking the scent with perfumes and fragrances. The best part about it? It was free! I got this little sample from a friend, but normally, they are about $13 (non-wholesale price) for a 15 ML bottle. I've known about essential oils for a WHILE, but am just now starting to really utilize them for everyday needs. For instance, last week I burned myself on a hot mug. I'm talking nasty blister on my thumb. I put it under cold water for 5 mins, and as soon as I took it out it still hurt like the dickens. THEN I had a miraculous thought: Put some lavender oil on it! Voila! About a minute later it was completely soothed, and feeling great. It was completely healed a day later.

Anyways! Back to the laundry detergent! My next step is to make my OWN laundry detergent. I've used it before, borrowing some from Angel from nourishinggenius.com and loved the results. I know she must have put lemon essential oil in hers, because I could definitely smell it. It was wonderous. I will post more about that later, and definitely put up a tutorial! I'm excited because today at the grocery store, I checked on pricing, and all of the ingredients combined will cost me about $10, and will make me 20 GALLONS of Laundry soap. It's safe to say that I will be set for the rest of the year. It's perfect for a college student who likes to live naturally on a budget!



I will be posting more about essential oils later. If you plan on trying them out, find a distributor through DoTerra, who can give you their wholesale discount. Trust me, it's wayyyy worth it.


Laters!


Nat

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Charity Never Faileth

POST FROM LAST WEEK:

I absolutely LOVE this. I rode home from work sitting behind a homeless man today on the bus, and watched as 3 or 5 people rolled their eyes, held their noses or gave dirty looks. It made me think: what would the Savior do? He would love. #judgenot #charityneverfaileth



We got these last week in Relief Society and I wanted to take like 38 of them but I didn't..I just took one, because I'm trying not to be so greedy. 

Anyways, I just wanted to share this. 



Have a great day! :) 



Nat

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Beauty Review: Glymed

So much to my chagrin, I was talking to one of the Aesthetician's at work who is very knowledgeable about skin care who let it slip that the Murad products that we sell probably aren't the best products for your skin. Now, since they are even being sold at Ulta and Sephora, they are available for anyone to go out and purchase. This not only lessens the professional grade of the products but also makes you realize that they probably aren't the BEST products out there that you could be using. Now, don't get me wrong, there are still some Murad products that I am a huge fan of that I feel work incredibly well. But then there are some that are obviously just "buffer" products (products with a lot of unnecessary ingredients with no real purpose to cheapen the product). Murad is still incredibly expensive too!

Skin care is something that I am passionate about. I always grew up with great skin. It was my one and only feature I liked. I didn't really start wearing makeup until High School, which I regret because it ruined my skin. It gave me a few minor blemishes that I am still trying to get rid of to this day. Now though, I recognize that a little makeup goes a long way, and that when you purchase the right skin care products you REALLY don't need that much. The right skin care products might be a little bit more expensive, but if they work better, aren't they worth it?

I'm trying to get to the point where I don't need ANY make up at all. Every barn looks better with a fresh coat of paint, but some times, a barn just needs a new foundation. GlymedPlus is a professional Aesthetic company based in Orem, UT which provides licensed Aestheticians with professional grade products. I know a few great Aestheticians (one of whom actually works at GlymedPlus) who love the GlymedPlus products, so I pawed through the catalog and picked a few out:

(from left to right): Gentle Facial Wash
Anti-aging exfoliant masque
 chocolate/acai masque
SPF30 Day cream
So the Gentle Facial Wash is really like it says: It's gentle yet powerful and effective. It has 10% glycolic acid in it, which acts as an exfoliant, really lifting the dirt and makeup out of my pores, yet it honestly feels just like cetaphil. It doesn't foam up or anything, but your skin feels so clean afterwards!!

The anti aging masque is AWESOME. It's creamy and has little granules in it that take out all of the dead skin. It smells just like black licorice and has age fighting properties in it that you can feel!

The chocolate mask is my FAVE. It's uber moisturizing and smells just like hot cocoa! It dries pretty quick but when you wash it off after about 10 mins, your skin is SO soft. If

Guys, I'm obsessed. I had one compliment the day after I started using it (not to brag or anything, but it just means that it is actually working!!) I honestly don't care what people think I look like, I care what I look like. Which is why I am willing to spend a little extra on skin care products. At the end of the day, I'm not walking around with makeup on every hour. I want to be able to let my face breath as much as possible. When you fix the issue, you then don't need to cover it up! :) But we have to remember that beauty isn't just skin deep, it's who YOU are on the inside that really counts (duh..). I just like to put my best face forward! :)


Total spent on products: $65
My review: ***** of ***** stars. I'm thouroughy impressed!
Would I reccomend it? YES!
How to get a catalog? Go online to http://www.glymedplus.com/store/index/category/52/products 
Go to the left hand side and scroll down until you see some products you'd like. If you know an esti who can get some, let them know, or shoot me an email and I will get you in contact with someone!! northernbellemn@gmail.com


Laters,


Nat

Duck pond adventure!

So today after church, walking home we stopped at the duck pond and saw the most adorable little ducklings this side of BYU's campus. It was such a cute site to see, and there were so many cute kids and families around just enjoying the day.





It's a great Sunday here in Utah! Go out and enjoy the weather :) 

Laters,


Nat

Friday, May 23, 2014

Missing Missionaries

I was just waiting for the bus here in Provo, when two sister missionaries were walking down the sidewalk across the street from me. They waved at me and I told them I would cross to come talk to them. They were like: no we'll come to you! So they crossed and I explained how after being here for a while and not having seen any missionaries lately that I would LOVE to help joint teach with them. Hopefully I get a call soon! I have really missed it. Joint teaching is such a testimony builder, and everyone can use more of that!

I know that when I teach with the missionaries and even whenever I'm around them I feel such peace, comfort and happiness. It truly reminds me of our Father's love. Some might say I'm a little bit obsessed, but it's the feeling I get when I'm with them that's amazing. Sure, over the past year I have made some awesome friends (returned missionaries from MN, as well as those still on their missions in Arizona and Minnesota) but just knowing what they are doing for others makes me want to "be like a missionary".

When I first got baptized, I put in my calendar the exact date that I could start my mission papers (after the initial year). Things change though and plans come up, and needless to say I still haven't started them yet. But I haven't given serving a mission a definite "NO". I'm still praying about it and trying to figure out when the right time is to go. So we'll see!

Pray for our missionaries. These are trying times and people need the Gospel.

Have a great weekend!

Later,

Nat

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My thoughts on Ward Prayer

written last Sunday:


So tonight, for the first time ever, I went to ward prayer. I hear this is like a BYU thing, because I had never heard about it before. In MN no one lived close enough to the institute (besides the actual U of M students) to make it worth it to have a "ward prayer". At least, that's what I'm thinking...

So what is ward prayer? Basically we got a mass Facebook notification that read: "Ward Prayer. 8:30, Apartment #13. Be there." Of course, I was working this past Sunday and had to miss church (again), but I was still pretty sure I was going to go. So when I got home and my roommates were asking who was going, I was like: Sure. After all, it really is only 2 floors above us..how much effort would that really require. Plus I was curious about what "ward prayer" meant, and how they thought they were going to fit our entire ward in the tiny apartment.

Sure enough, when we got up there it was PACKED. Way to many people in that small of a space. After (other people) mingled..and flirted obviously, someone gave a short but sweet spiritual thought, and then we were going to have the prayer.

That's where things got a little...dumb. I'm speaking candidly here, because that's all I do. If you know me, you know that I am not one to beat around the bush. The girl started the prayer and it was over within a minute. ONE MINUTE. Maybe two, but that's pushing it. Then, like clock work it was back to talking and flirting. If my face could have shown a reaction to what I felt after that experience, it would have looked something like this:

 Someone also announced the activity (writing nice things about people and putting their name and apartment number on the back of tiny pieces of paper, and then they would magically appear sometime within the week...) Since I didn't know hardly anyone, I just wrote one about this super funny girl who lives above us, and called it a day. I thought it would be corny to write one about my roomies, since they already know they are awesome :)

Anyways, back to the point. Coming from someone with a very rich church background, where we would pray in church (for each other and with each other) for HOURS, I was incredibly disappointed at the lack of effort put into this ward prayer thing.. Not bashing the girl who prayed at all, because that's not what this is about. I'm sure everyone prays just as long during ward prayer. I just have an issue with the whole set up of it...

It was so obviously an excuse to get together yet again (after being together for 3 hours at church) with the opposite sex. Don't get me wrong, I understand people are trying to get hitched around here, but using something like prayer as an excuse is not okay in my humble opinion. It was a great event if it was meant to be a social gathering..(which I'm thinking it was since it started at 8:30 and my roommates didn't come back until 10:00..) but if it is meant to actually be a prayer meeting, I would have liked to actually had real prayer.

Anyways, that's my little review of MY ward prayer. When you have ward prayer is it different? Or the same? Any other thoughts?



Laters Gator,



Nat























Monday, May 12, 2014

Cartwheel: The best invention of man kind.

So for those of you who don't know, there's an awesome app brought to you by Target, called Cartwheel. Cartwheel is an effortless way to save money on the everyday products you buy at Target.
From beauty to groceries and electronics, with the touch of a screen, you can save anywhere from 5%-45% per item you have in your cart. Here's how it works:

You log in with Facebook after downloading the app. Then you can scroll through their offers based on category i.e. Grocery, Baby, Electronics, Clothing etc. (I used the online version for this demo, which is equally as cool!)


You just add the "coupons" you like and keep shopping! The other option is to scan every individual item with the in-app scanner , and it tells you if the item has any savings attached to it (This is what I do, so I can save the MOST possible amount of money).


Once you're done shopping, you just take your items and your smart phone to the register and she scans the barcode on your phone with all of your savings attached on it!



People it's the coolest thing since sprouted sliced bread. For those of you technology challenged folks, I've attached a link to the app. For every one else, find it in the app store!


http://cartwheel.target.com/friend/bdehfo4kl022231

Best. Thing. Ever. Seriously. And if you don't already have a Target debit card...why are you still reading this blog.


GO GET ONE!! #savemorespendless #minnesotanslovetarget