Steal Time For Fun

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Take a time out for a delicious Italian Soda, or smoothie, or dirty diet coke, whatever, just go get something you like. Take a break for something fun.

At this very moment I should be making a grocery list, washing my hair in the shower, cleaning my kitchen or vacuuming my carpet.  But I’m not.

Instead, I’m doing this.

The thing is, I know that those things will get done one way or another whereas this…may never get done unless I steal the time away from my schedule to do it.

The other day I was having a conversation with someone and I realized again that stress, sadness, self-disappointment and boredom fill the lives of many women (including me).

I’m not saying that stealing time from your schedule to have a little fun on a regular basis will solve your problems, it won’t.

BUT…

It might just help you cope with the stress in your life a little better.

One of the reasons I count myself as a generally happy person is because I think I am better than average at doing things I WANT to do on a regular basis. I realize that this probably makes me a selfish person.  What can I say? I am what I am.

I hereby give you permission to shirk off some of your other responsibilities (temporarily) to steal time away for fun things. 

Take charge of your emotions

This was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done that TOTALLY made me feel better. When is the last time you’ve jumped off something at a playground? It’s scary and exhilarating. Try it if you’re feeling down like I was on the day I did this.

Experiencing fleeting moments of exhilaration, glee, or just having a good belly-laugh might go a long way to helping you smile more during your day.  And…if you’re smiling more, chances are you’re feeling better than you would have otherwise.

Having something to look forward to, even if it’s stupid can change your whole day’s perspective for the better.

And, chances are if you’re feeling better, you’re treating your friends, family and spouses better and noticing other people’s needs since you’re not consumed by your own problems.

If you’re not sure how to have these moments, or don’t know what to do or don’t feel like doing anything fun, don’t worry.  I’ve taken care of that for you.  See here.  It’s a comprehensive list of fun things.

You could at least LOOK at this list.

Listen, it’s fixing to get very dark, very early in the day.  It’s dark in the morning too.  If you don’t take a proactive approach to making sure you’re doing things you like doing on a regular basis, it’s going to be a very LONG, DARK Winter.

Winter doesn’t have to mean blah and sad. It really doesn’t.  Do something fun.  Really.

Think about it for a day if you must.  But then…do something fun and feel better.

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Five Reasons Why I Love Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair DraperI’ve been working With Elase Medical Spa as a Brand Ambassador for the last 5 months, and I’ve had 5 complimentary Laser Hair Treatments.

I’m happy to say that even though I was scared to death of this when it started, my results have been delightful.  I’m smoother than I even imagined.  AND…I have one more treatment to go before our partnership ends.

In honor of my 5th month-a-versary with Elase, I thought I’d share my Elase top FIVE reasons why I’ve LOVED experiencing this.

1. I don’t have to shave anymore!  Being smooth has some incredible benefits.  I never realized how much I hated shaving my armpits and such until I didn’t have to do it anymore.

2. I don’t fear a 5 O’Clock armpit shadow. I go to Zumba several times a week (which I highly recommend, it’s so fun, like being at a dance club with all moms).  Before these treatments, if I accidentally missed a day or two shaving, I’d get part way through Zumba before I realized a was sporting a shadow under there.  Not fun. Embarrassing.

3. I don’t fear stray hairs in a swimsuit. I also swim laps a couple times a week.  Being in a swimsuit is part of my life.   Do we all know what it’s like to have hairy little “friends” peeking out? Or is that just me? Thankfully, that is not a problem for me any more.  What a delight!

4. My husband likes it.  That’s all I need to say about that. Laser Hair Removal Draper

5. I feel more confident. Earlier in the week I wrote about doing little things to make feel better about yourself.  I’ve come to the conclusion, that I’ll never convince you, me or anyone else that their bodies and faces are perfect the way they are.

Instead of worrying, I’ve decided my new approach is just to do little things that I CAN do to be more ideal.  Like doing my nails and having nice hair.  Stuff you can control. One less thing to worry about.

Laser hair is one of those thing you actually CAN control.  If you have hair that bothers you, there is something you can do.  It certainly isn’t free, but Elase has all kinds of packages and deals.  If you had a little money to throw at it, you could nip this little worry and move on.

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It’s Okay To Be Shallow — Five ways to improve self image

power of positive self talkHaving a positive self image is very important. Feeling good about yourself is the premise for this entire blog.  There are certain things that you can do that contribute to your positive or negative self-image.

The easy thing to do is let negative thoughts control self-image.  If you’re like me, your brain is constantly plagued with negative self-thoughts.  I constantly come up with reasons why I’m not a good enough wife or mother.  Reasons why my face doesn’t look right. Reasons why my body doesn’t look right. I’m sure I’m not alone.

However, there are things you can do TODAY to combat negative thoughts. Simple things that will reduce negative thinking.  Warning: Some of the ideas listed are shallow.  After painful personal experience, I’ve learned that looking right, or at least feeling like I look right actually DOES make me feel better about myself and impacts my behavior. Being a little shallow is somewhat useful.

1. Do your nails.  I know, this is stupid.  Or is it?  For me, it’s a no brainer.  My nails look pretty = I feel better about myself. 

I started doing my nails or having my nails done a year a go.  Before that I almost never paid any attention to them.  I’ve learned that I look at my hands about a billion times a day.  When my nails look great, I notice. I can always count on feeling great about myself whenever I look at my hands. Tips for feeling better about yourself

My husband notices too.  He told me the other day how much he LOVED the manicure.  Specifically he said that it make me look classy. Having him say that was HUGE for me.  I think about it all the time.

If you haven’t had a manicure in a while, do one yourself or walk into any nail salon anywhere and try me on this one.  Tell me if it doesn’t make a big impact on how you feel.

2. Get your hair cut. Getting your haircut can be expensive and time consuming.  Are you like me?  Do you wait until you absolutely can’t stand your hair for one more second before I make an appointment? Are you waiting on this to save time or money?

Postponing hair care is a self-image mistake. After my last cut, I felt SO GREAT about myself that I decided I wasn’t going to wait so long anymore.  It just isn’t worth it. Feeling great about myself on more regular basis is worth the cost and the time it takes out of my day to get a hair cut.

Are you ready for a new do?  Make an appointment with your stylist today.  Don’t wait.

3. Do some rigorous exercise. I don’t have a perfect body, but it works pretty good and takes me to all kinds of cool places.  I should be happier about that, but it’s really very easy to give into negative thoughts surrounding body size and image.   How to Correct Body Image Problems

I found that I do better when I am rigorously exercising on a regular basis.  Sometimes I exercise just because I know that if I do that I won’t be a headcase all day.  Exercise helps me stay more regulated with my thoughts.  In my head, if I exercise, even if my body isn’t perfect, at least I have done what I could to improve it today.  Fun Family Home Evening Activities Razor Scooters

4. Have some fun.  I think it’s very clear that I am a big proponent of doing fun things.  If you’d like to know more about that and why it’s important, see here.

5. Provide Service. Nothing puts my first-world problems in their place faster than helping someone in need or pitching in on an important cause. Being useful to other people will make you feel great helps other people at the same time.

Operation UndiesYou know who needs your help.  Or if you don’t, you can always show up at a nearby school to be a reading tutor. There are also LOTS of opportunity to volunteer at the hospital, homeless shelter or various other organizations.

I’m a big proponent of getting OUT of your own community to help.  Sometimes I forget how people outside my own city live.  It’s important to step outside your comfort zone to make an impact on someone who you may otherwise never meet.  If you don’t know how to find a volunteer opportunity, see this.

Anyway…I hope this post is helpful to someone.  If we all do a little bit of maintenance everyday keeping up a positive self image is much easier.  Women who love themselves have a whole lot more love to give the world around them.  Taking care of yourself is important.

 

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10 Things to Cheer You Up

My husband Steve e-mailed me a link to an article on KSL he thought I’d like to read.

It’s Called 10 Things That Naturally Cheer You Up. 

As you might know, I love writing about things that are fun and cheerful.  I was delighted to see this article on KSL.  This whole blog is pretty much dedicated to this topic.

Life is meant to be lived. You owe it to yourself and the ones you love to stay on top of having a cheerful attitude.  Don’t just run your routines day in and day out, especially if they are not satisfying to you. Do some fun, silly things too.

I’ve been doing a lot of sponsored stuff lately, but hopefully you see the connection between the things I feature as sponsored posts and how it relates to keeping up a cheerful mentality.

The nuts and bolts of this blog are related to helping women stay happy mostly by doing fun things.  If you haven’t done anything fun for yourself in a while, you might want to check out this list.

We’re heading into shorter days and less light.  Now is the time to hone in on what you like to do and doing those things.  If you’re a challenge kind of person, here’s a challenge for you that might make your fall/winter lots funner for you and everyone around you.

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Go Adventure Mom

Hiking in the Albion BasinIf you can’t tell, one of my passions is doing everything that sounds fun, or doing anything that is out of the ordinary especially if I can do it with my whole family.

We’ve done our share of outings both far and near.  I’ve done my best to chronicle it here and there.

I’ve now found a new outlet to share our fun adventures on.  I’m writing for a site called Adventure Mom.

The main focus for the site it so be a resource for families to use to connect with easy to replicate recreational ideas for kids of all ages.

We also demonstrate products that make being outdoors funner and easier.

I love posting for Adventure Mom.  I LOVE trying new thing and writing about it

Here’s my latest post.  Anyway…if you like this kind of stuff, consider visiting the Adventure Mom facebook page and giving it a LIKE.

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Something I Never Thought I’d Do — Laser Skin Lightening

does laser skin lightening hurt?

Skin Lightening.  I did it.  Just call me Michael Jackson.  Unlike MJ I only had some dark freckles and sunspots removed.

I have a friend who, like me, is brand ambassadering for Elase (which means we’re being treated for free in exchange for these posts). She recently underwent the skin lightening procedure and told me that it  hurt like a mother in labor!

I was very nervous about this procedure, but I said I would try it and I am a woman of my word.

I was hopeful that hers was painful because she basically had her whole face done.  I was only having a few spots treated.

See the brown spots under my eye and on my cheek on the right side of the photo below?

How to get rid of freckles laser skin lighteningThey’re freckles that have always been there but strangely seem to be getting darker with age.

I’ll be honest, I’ve always been aware they were there, but they’ve never really bothered me all that much especially since I didn’t think there was anything you could do about it anyway.

When they told me I could have them removed, I decided to go for it. I know some people have more spots than I do that that DO bother them quite a bit.  I thought you might like to see what it was like to go though this process.

So here’s my before shot wearing NO facial make-up (just mascara and eyeliner).

Laser Skin lightening utahBelow is the after shot in similar light and with the same level of make-up as before.

laser skin lightening resultsWhat you see are the excellent results of just one treatment. Almost totally gone.

It’s typical to be treated twice if necessary and it all counts as the same appointment, meaning you only pay for one appointment.

Now for the question….Was it painful?  I used this stuff 20 minutes before my appointment.  Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?I slathered it on my face and rubbed it in good.

They gave me this stress ball to hold.  Laser Skin Lightening DraperThen I was really scared.  If they have to provide something to hold on to, it can’t be good, right?

Then I started my procedure.  I love how glamorous I always look during these procedures.Should I get laser skin lightening? When you go, rest assured that no one will be there to photograph you.  My favorite part is the steel goggles.      They make everyone look so normal and great!

I thought I would just have the two or three spots on my cheek done, but they zapped about 20 of my darkest freckle and sunspots. Did it hurt?  No…It did not. What does laser skin lightening feel like utahDespite how this looks, nothing touches you.  It’s exactly the same as laser hair removal, but the settings of the machine are focused and intensified.

I won’t say the procedure was comfortable, but I certainly wouldn’t qualify it as pain. All I felt were the tiniest little zips of energy.  It might have felt like little stings with out the use of the Dr. Numb, but with it, I could have done it all day long with out complaint.

She zapped the main spots with the laser several times.  About an hour after the procedure, I could feel a slight sting in those main spots.  It wasn’t painful, I could just tell that something had happened there.

The spots she zapped darkened WAY up immediately afterward and remained dark, dark for several days.  Apparently I was not thoughtful enough to snap a photo of this to show you.  Oops.  I thought I had.

It takes about a week for your face to fully recover.  The spots turn into tiny scabs and when they fall off, the spots are just gone. I took these shots 10 day after the procedure.  Elase Laser Skin LighteningI’m very happy with the results. I feel like my face looks smoother and less splotchy than ever before. laser skin lightening results If you have dark spots or sun damage that bothers you more than it should and you have some money to throw at the problem, just consider getting them treated.

I highly recommend Elase and not just because they’re paying me to say that.  These people are the experts in this State.  They are professional, have the best equipment and most experienced staff.

How to get rid of freckles laser skin lighteningElase Laser Skin LighteningYou might be able to find it cheaper somewhere else, but do you want a discount laser job on your face?  You get what you pay for and for what my opinion is worth, I say Elase is the way to go.  Watch for specials or packages.  They do their best give offer fair pricing.

Obagi Skin Care Line UtahIf you’re not ready for the laser and don’t think there are any other options, I have it on good authority (I have not tried this system) that this Obagi line of products is basically a miracle for all over complexion correction.

I’m not sure what the system costs, but it’s not cheap.  But, like I said before, you get what you pay for and from the before and after shots I saw, this is a miracle in a bottle.

 

 

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Bat Dad — Super Hero Parenting

If you read this blog you know that the TODAY Show is a big part of my life.  It’s just the right combination of news and infotainment I need to start the day feeling informed.

Today was a perfect example of why I need TODAY in my life.  For the last few days I’ve been seeing this “Bat Dad” thing all over social media, but I never bothered to check it out.

TODAY noticed the trend too and brought me a nice packaged story all about Bat Dad.  It might be my most favorite TODAY story ever.

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I just laughed and laughed.  More dads should be like this.  They really should. I went to the trouble of finding Bat Dad on YouTube too, just in case there was something TODAY missed.  Check it out.  It’s really, really great.

Have a really great day!

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Giveaway–Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Discovery Gateway new exhibitSomething BIG is landing at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake this weekend. YOU could get a free family pass for six to see the new exhibit.

I was invited (and in an effort to provide full disclosure, was compensated) to come take a sneak peak, even before construction was completed of the Intermountain Healthcare mock Primary Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and Life Flight interactive exhibit at Discovery Gateway.

If your kids like helicopters, this isn’t one to miss.  Although the museum has housed a Life Flight copter donated by Intermountain Health Care for several years, they new additions make it MUCH more exciting, realistic and SO interactive.

Along with having the opportunity to be part of a mock life-saving team, kids will also learn how to prevent accidents and stay safe.Intermountain Live Well Discovery Gateway

The new exhibit features a mock Primary Children’s Hospital Emergency Department with interactive areas for triage, imaging, dress up, and surgery where children will perform surgeries using custom-designed iPad apps.

Kids can play the various roles taking care of patients from coordinating a Life Flight launch to caring for patients in a new interactive treatment area INSIDE the helicopter. It’s really very cool.How to teach kids bike safety

They’ll role play, dress up, and be a part of the emergency team. They’ll move patients in the triage area, take X-rays, or join the surgical team to perform one of three surgeries via iPad apps. They can even scrub-in at one of these child-size surgical sinks before they perform their mock surgery. Fun things to do during winter Salt Lake City

It’s one of those things likely to make a lasting impression in young minds. It’s an experience that could shape a little life. I remember having mind-blowing experiences at the Children’s museum 25 years ago in it’s old location.

Here’s a child-size X-Ray table where kids can discover what bodies look like on the inside. Inside activities for kids Salt Lake City

It’s a great experience for families.  It’s also a fantastic place for Mom’s to take kids when it’s too cold outside to do much else.

This exhibit is opening on the 35th anniversary for the museum. To mark the celebration, the museum admission is $3.50 all day and they’re offering $35 OFF the annual pass price. This discount is for SATURDAY the 21st of September ONLY! It’s available on-line AND in person at the museum.

If you’re already a member, you can apply the promotion to extend your current membership.  They’re even having a Members Morning on Saturday September 21st from 9-11am.  You’ll be among the first to see the new attraction.

I’ve got a family pass for six to give away. Enter below

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Fight For You, AND Your Dream

Have you ever had a dream?  Something that you really wanted to do? Here’s a cute video if you can relate to having something you’ve always wanted to do.

My sister-in-law gave me a disc with a bunch of princess songs on it a few weeks ago and this was one of the songs on it.  I must admit…it makes me smile.

Anyway…back to having a dream.

So my friend Misty, whom I’ve mentioned before, is one of the people who have meant a lot to me.  Not only because we’ve been friends since childhood, but because with out her I’m pretty sure my high school and prolly college GPA would have been around a 2.0.  She was my long-standing tutor (I’m not that smart). She was also just the very best true-blue friend a person could have.

She’s a brilliant person in almost every subject, but most especially at creative writing.  She wrote and published her first novel Daughter of Helaman a few years ago.  It was a major accomplishment for her and a fulfillment of one of her dreams.

Since then she’s been writing like her life depended on it.  Stories fill her mind and she can’t rest until she’s put pen to paper.  Her one book has turned into a series that has turned into many.  Her second book in the series is now available!  Another major accomplishment and fulfillment of a dream.

To me, she’s every woman.  If she can do this, so can you.  Maybe your dream isn’t to write novels.  Maybe your dream is as harebrained as the ogres in the video above.  Either way, let Misty’s accomplishment inspire you.

You can accomplish what ever you set your mind to.

Below are the details about Misty’s new book.  It’s such a fun read for pre-teens to old grannies, especially if you like love triangles and girl-power.  Check it out…

Keturah fought her way into the army, but now she’s in Judea building fortifications, and the only thing she’s fought so far is boredom. The work is hard, and the other soldiers don’t think she can pull her weight. Her brothers are becoming strangers, and Zeke’s jealousy is getting worse – because Keturah is falling in love with the wrong warrior.

 

But she’s not about to let cruel pranks and hurt feelings keep her from doing what she knows to be right. She completes every order with faithfulness – a hasty retreat from the Lamanite army, a spy mission into the enemy stronghold, a midnight assassination. From burying the dead to whiling away hours on guard duty, Keturah will do whatever it takes to protect her religion, her freedom, her peace, and her family.

But in a camp of two thousand boys, the most important thing she has to protect is her heart.

Fight For You is the second novel in Misty Moncur’s Stripling Warrior series. Fall in love with these romantic novels set against a vivid Book of Mormon backdrop.

 

Misty Moncur wanted to be Indiana Jones when she grew up. Instead, she became an author and has her adventures at home. In her jammies. With her imagination. And pens that she keeps running dry.

Misty lives in a marsh near a very salty lake in Utah with her husband and children, where they cuddle up in the evenings and read their Kindles. Well, she does anyway.

Connect with Misty at the links below.

Visit Misty’s blog

Like The Stripling Warrior Series

Connect with Misty on Goodreads

Follow Misty on Twitter

Follow Misty on Wattpad

 

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Just When I Thought I Knew Everything — Laser Hair Removal

Skin Care UtahSo I went in yesterday for my 4th Laser Hair Treatment at Elase (to comply with federal law I have to inform you up front that I am being treated for FREE in exchange for these posts). And…just when I thought I knew everything about this process, I learned something new.

Before I tell you what I learned, I’ll first say that after 4 treatments, the results are fairly amazing.  My armpits are totally bald!  Like I haven’t seen a hair there since I started this thing in May.  I’m also having great results, elsewhere…

Now, I’ll tell you the new thing I learned, but be warned, IF YOU ARE A MAN, stop reading here.  I mean, unless you are okay hearing me talk about lady stuff that might include, but isn’t limited to menstruation.  There I said it.  Are you afraid now?  STOP. READING. NOW.

Laser Hair Removal UtahSo…the thing I learned.  All along I have been raving about how pain-free this has been.  Last time, I experienced more discomfort because I didn’t shave before I went in.  Read here if you missed that and want to know WHY it is SO important that you shave.

This time I was absolutely, positively clean shaven.  Like, I shaved an hour before I went.  But…It turns out that IF you are pregnant, going through menopause, or are menstruating, you’re likely to be more sensitive to the laser pulses. AKA, it’s quite uncomfortable. In an effort to maintain my own privacy, I won’t say which of these things was happening to me, but I’m not pregnant.Does Laser Hair Removal Hurt?

The laser was more uncomfortable than I was expecting although it was totally tolerable. It’s all so fast anyway, it’s really not worth worrying about.  If you prefer, they do have an ointment called Dr. Numb that you can apply 20 minutes beforehand and it will numb you up nicely.

I have never bothered with the ointment, but I might next time, mainly so I can tell you how much of a difference it makes.

Anyway…those are the facts from my last trip to Elase.

I’d love to hear any questions or comments you may have about laser hair removal.  I know from seeing the stats on my blog that this is a popular topic. Many of you have asked me questions in person.

If there is something you want to know specifically, let me know in the comment section, or send me an e-mail.

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