Saturday, July 25, 2015

Blessed Honored Pioneer!

Happy Belated Pioneer Day!


For those of you who DON'T live in UT, this past Friday, June 24th was Pioneer Day. What is Pioneer day, you ask?? Well it is a huge Mormon holiday, commemorating the fact that the LDS Pioneers made it to Utah. For the Jack Mormons and non LDS folks here it is commonly known as "Pie and Beer" day, and they use it as an excuse to drink and get sloshed. Gag. So for all of the people celebrating the actual Pioneer day, it starts earrrrrly in the morning, with a ton of parades! It carries on throughout the day, ending with firework shows, and musical concerts in various parks across the state. Most people in Utah get the whole day off of work for this! Stores close down, and everything.

via Google

It is literally bigger than the Fourth of July here.. no kidding! Last year, I can't remember what I did last year for Pioneer day, but I remember hearing about it for the first time and being so surprised at how huge it was, and the fact that I had NEVER heard about it until moving here.

So what did I do?? I went to work, because I love my job sosososososo much! Hah. JK. But I really do love my job. Especially because they like to psych us out with emails like the one they sent us at about 10 AM that day. It went along the lines of:

"We need you to work overtime tonight, until 7 PM. But then you can have Saturday and Sunday off..
JK you can all leave at 2 PM." 

It was pretty Rad!

Haha my bosses are literally the best. So a friend from work and I left early, went to trusty Trader Joe's, and picked up stuff for our awesome BBQ! We had about 15 people there, and y'all. When I tell you they smoked the ribs from like 10 AM until we ate them at like 8, I'm NOT kidding. They were fall off of the bone good. So tender. So juicy. The BEST ribs I've had in my LIFE. I'm kicking myself for not taking more pics, but unfortunately my phone is being really stupid, and won't allow me to save any pictures that I take. I've got corrupt files, everyone!! I was lucky enough though to snag this one of us, pre-food baby impregnation.  See how happy and light we all look!? We were bumps on a log after eating. At least I was. haha

yes, I have gorgeous friends yes yes. 

So that was my pioneer day 2015! Woods Cross had some AWESOME fireworks BTW! They were pretty great, and that's coming from me, I'm normally not a fireworks gal!


until next time,



Nat

Friday, July 24, 2015

Scentsy Essential Oils: READ BEFORE YOU PURCHASE!!


This post is strictly to help customers make the better, smarter choice!


A year ago, this is how I started using my warmer:

via Google

       Yesterday night, I posted a picture of my new Young Living essential oil diffuser on Instagram:

see the little steady stream of humidity :)


 I used a #Scentsy hashtag in the post, exclaiming that I finally had an alternative to their scent warmers which triggered a nosy Scentsy rep who I don't even know to comment on the picture. She let me know that Scentsy was releasing an 100% Essential Oil diffuser line September 1st. I was shocked but immediately skeptical. I have heard from a few different people (on Instagram, Blogs, and Facebook) that they have moved away from using Scentsy as a whole because of the quality of the products that they offer..

via Google.
The woman on Instagram (as well as other Scentsy reps) kept throwing around the fact that they are 100% Natural Essential oils. However, when you start throwing this term around, you need to make sure that you know what it actually means. Now, I have been using essential oils for about 3 years now for various health purposes, and I love them. I have used both Young Living and Doterra, and have found that they both work equally the same. But what is an essential oil? I will explain below!

Essential Oils aren't really your typical "slimy" oils. From Young Living's Website: "Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties...Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding nature's pure essence."  

Regardless of this, what a lot of people don't realize is that : there is no official organization or group that certifies essential oils. 

"CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products."

Crazy, right?? This is JUST a marketing ploy, people. That's it. Young Living really is no different, because like I said, there is no governing body that certifies essential oils!! This is why I don't prefer one over the other (within reason). Scent wise I do prefer DoTerra's Lavender though! Now, where am I going with this? How does Scentsy tie in? I will explain:

Scentsy is a fairly new company. They are definitely brand new to essential oils. The essential oils that they offer are not "therapeutic grade" (which isn't a real thing btw). By Therapeutic Grade, I mean usable the three ways that 100% essential oils should be able to be used: Internally, Topically, and by inhalation (or distillation). From the few short hours that the news of the Scentsy EO line has been announced, I have had a few encounters with people who have said that the Scentsy line will be an Aromatherapy line only. They won't be able to be ingested, or used topically with a carrier oil. Now, I don't know of the truth to this, but this is enough for me to not trust the quality of the oil that they will be providing. Here are some examples of what they will be offering:
lots of "blends"

via a Scentsy Rep's Facebook.

SO. Long story short, folks: Please make sure you realize that QUALITY IS IMPORTANT!! What you diffuse, is what you are putting into the air! Choose an essential oil line that is trusted, ALL NATURAL, and SAFE.

The more you know, the better off you are!!


Happy Diffusing!!



xoxo,


Nat



Monday, July 20, 2015

25 by 25! An update of my 21 x 21.

If you remember two years ago, I had a list I had made called 21 by 21. It had 21 things that I wanted to have accomplished by the time I'm 21. Well as you can see below, I got through quite a few of those things, but a lot of them didn't happen! Being that I'm a pretty adventurous person (in most aspects) I decided that I would continue the list for 4 more years and see what happens! So! Here is my 25 by 25:

-Go skinny dipping
-Hit 2,000 blog views (on both blogs)
-Travel to Temple Square, Nauvoo and other church history locations
-Go to a Temple Dedication (I think the Gilbert Temple is going to be dedicated soon!)
-Find a good gluten free bread recipe that actually works. This one is a must, since I was just recently diagnosed with Celiac disease.
-Get my drivers' license and buy a moped or a...car... :0 SO, I have a scooter, but not the license..Am trying to sell it though!
-Find the perfect vintage dress 
-Get my LMT degree! I decided against this! 
-Share my testimony with a stranger*
-Watch a live BYU Vocal Point Preformance
-Become fluent in Spanish and ASL. (and french, and German, and Portuguese and like every other language)
-Reach my goal size without bulking up.
-Go Canyoneering :0 NEVER. Why did I think this was a good idea???
-Hike a Mountain in Arizona and Utah (not in the same day of course) I did both! Mt. Timpanogos (hiked part of it) and a small "hill" in Arizona. I can't call it a mountain since I moved to Utah and see real mountains every day!

-Get a puppy
-See General Conference in the conference center in Salt Lake twice now!
-Run a 5k Ain't no way that is happening. I wouldn't dare try. 
-Become more like Christ. This is definitely an on going one. 
-Strengthen my relationship with my family.
-Get out of the "friend zone" with guys. Not so cool at my age. Seriously, this is stillllll happening. 
-Go backpacking for a week (or longer) and "rough it."
-leave the country and travel
-Make Temple attendance a regular thing. 
-Go out to a fancy restaurant and order a 5 course meal.
-Take a long road trip.
-Attend Institute more regularly.
-Find a new hobby.
-Move into my own place.



 The bolded items are new additions and the crossed out items are things that I have already done/changed my mind on! If you have any other suggestions, add it to the comments below!


Xoxo,

Nat

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Scentsy Solutions!

**DISCLAIMER: this post is not meant to bash Scentsy or Scentsy's products, because for the most part they are great! The thoughts below are simply my personal views on an easy solution that I have had issues with!**

Have you ever bought a candle and after a few uses it's completely useless? As in it is burning, but you can no longer smell it's deliciousness??? Well. That happened to me one too many times. So from Candles, I switched to Scentsy warmers and wax cubes. But I could never really find the scents that I loved. To be honest they were far too expensive for how long they lasted and the scents were cheap smelling and gave me a major headache. I like natural scents from pure 100% essential oils (lavender is my absolute favorite!) and if not natural, the candles that I buy are high quality and smell GOOD. I have had a few people on Instagram ask me for solutions to this, and so I decided to write a post dedicated to the topic!

Now, I absolutely LOVE Scentsy warmers! They work great, are so adorable and clean up easily. So what I have found is this: by placing my candle of choice (or wax pieces) on top of my Scentsy warmer,  I can utilize the warming aspect of the candle (getting longer lasting stronger scent) without having to light it which uses it up so much faster.

Exhibit A:


candle is from Bath and Body Works.


You guys it is so easy!! Also, if the candle is pretty tall/large, you can light the candle and also place the candle on the warmer to melt the wax faster.

Also, I went to the Bath and Bodyworks sale and they were having a MASSIVE 75% blowout sale. It is over now, but when the next one happens, you all need to go check it out, it's INSANE.


Until next time,


Nat

Monday, July 13, 2015

Weddings Galore! My thoughts on going "off registry" for gifts.

Since we are smack dab in the middle of wedding season, I thought this post was appropriate. With all of the weddings that have been happening lately, I have been forced to get creative with my wedding gifts. To be honest, I would much rather give money. Money for the couple to use to get started,  to go on their honeymoon etc. I know some people who have chosen to do this instead, and it worked quite well for them. I also know so many people who registered for gifts (very expensive gifts) that they could have easily gotten at a thriftstore, or on Ebay. Now, this isn't a judgement on them, but wouldn't you rather just be honest and request funds (or gift cards) instead of useless baking/household items that won't get used? Do people REALLY need 10 different mixing bowls?!? I'd say I bake a fair amount, and I have never used more than 5 in one day. I know some people return the gifts that they get and use the money, but I just think that's kind of ridiculous. Then again I'm very blunt and will probably just ask for donations.

Regardless, I have tried my best to get useful gifts for people without breaking the bank. Often times, for me that means going off-registry for a gift (Now, before you look at me cross eyed, no, I did not make them a birdhouse like Phyllis from The Office, so lovingly did for Jim and Pam).
For my wedding gifts this season, I actually went more practical. Nice hand soap and hand towels. Why you ask? Well, after talking about it months ago with one of my best friends who is getting married in 2 weeks, she told me what she was REALLY wanting. No, surprisingly it's not a kitchen-aid mixer (which she is already getting, and is actually quite happy about it). It's cleaning supplies. A lot of people don't realize that once you move into a place you will have to clean it out, and the supplies can be expensive for a young new couple. Things like a broom, swiffer, dish soap, sponges, that's stuff that is overlooked but still needed.

So I went on the practical side and got them something that they will always need (even if they already have it) yet that is still personable. I chose a scent that was neither too feminine or too masculine, Moonlight Path. It didn't hurt that I got both gifts on clearance. Wrap it up nice with a bow and you have yourself a gift!



So far when asking people, I've gotten good feedback on that gift of choice. What are your thoughts on going off-registry for wedding gifts??