Saturday, November 29, 2008


As you may know, I work for United Way, and this is a new campaing we have launched to help those in our community that may be struggling and in need due to the current economic crisis.

United Way of Salt Lake is taking a proactive role in response to the serious challenges presented by the current economic crisis by coordinating donations of cash and products to distribute to our community's frontline nonprofit service providers. These increased resources will not only shore up those families and individuals who are struggling during this difficult time, but also create hope for a brighter future for us all. We are calling on individuals and organizations to get involved to help our neighbors from falling into further crisis.

If anyone is interested in helping or would like to contribute, you can click on the picture above and it will take you to the United Way website, or just let me know and I can direct you where to go. We are trying to reach our goal of 5 million dollars in cash and goods by December 15. You can help by organizing a product drive in your family, church, neighborhood, school, social group, office, etc., or by making a financial contribution. It is so easy to get involved, and the effects will reach more than you will ever know.

In my job, I have seen the effects of this crisis more closely, and it is just heartbreaking. It makes me realize how blessed I am in all aspects of my life!

A Look Back at Fall

My life has been a whirlwind lately, and I realized that now that Christmas is around the corner, I never posted anything about our Fall activities. But, now that I am home ridden with a nasty cold, I finally have some much needed time to rest, and blog! I have not had a cold this bad ever in my life, but that did not stop me from doing my Black Friday shopping at the outlets in Park City! Which is probably why I am not getting any better :) The plan was to go at midnight with my sisters (a new tradition we are starting) but i did not even get to attend! I had to go the next morning. Halloween and Thanksgiving were wonderful...both full of family, friends, and FOOD! My waistline can attest to that! But hey, its the holidays, who cares!Here is a look back at the past few months...

The cutest niece and nephews in the world!!!

Juno and Bleeker at my friends party...being pregnant is going to be so weird!!!

Polygamists at Andrew's friends ulgy!!!

My first attempt ever at making a pie...including the crust! It was a peach streusel pie and I have to admit that it was fantastic! We ate the whole thing in one day! For thanksgiving I made a berry streusel pie, also pretty delicious. I love baking!!!

Pumpin seeds, with a cajun twist!

Our happy pumpkin

GO UTES!!! What a great game by the way! I was the only U fan in my home the day of the game, but I prevailed!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008


This past month has been insane for Andrew and I...with the market flip flopping everyday, and my big event at work, The Power of Your Purse, we needed a break from everything. So we packed up and headed to Las Vegas with my friend Cassidy and her husband Matt for a few days. The weather was gorgeous and we were able to really relax and enjoy! We layed out, did too much shopping, and ate A LOT! But for some reason we were never able to get ourselves to a nice restaurant. We planned on it and even made reservations, but for one reason or another we never quite made it and ended up eating at places like Taco Bell and CPK...places we have here in Salt lake City...We are very original. One thing I love about Las Vegas is seeing all the fabulous hotels. After working for a hotel I have a better appreciation for them. Some of my favorites are New York New York, The Venetian, and Mandalay Bay!

New York New York

That's amore!

M&M World...Andrew and Matt really wanted to buy these jackets :) Hot stuff!

We went to the aquarium at Mandalay Bay and it is awesome!!! If you are even remotely interested in fish and the ocean, you have to go. There were so many crazy sharks, gigantic turtles, and this big tuge thing full of jellyfish! Did you know that jellyfish do not have a heart or brain?

Check out the shark above our heads!

Cassidy petting a stingray!