Thursday, December 25, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
So, truth time:
*Names have been changed for privacy.
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:
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
Sunday, December 14, 2014
-Paper towels, or cloth.
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Monday, November 10, 2014
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! :)|
|I don't like cake, but OH so cute.|
|it looked magical with the lighting!|
|with the sister's at the ward Halloween party!|
|yes. we love cookie butter. |
|Mos! She's the classiest gal I know.|
|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!
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!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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!
Monday, June 30, 2014
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|
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
·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.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
|via The Returned Missionary|
|via Al Fox's Website|
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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:
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.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
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
SPF30 Day cream
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!! email@example.com
Friday, May 23, 2014
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!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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?