First, I’m happy to announce that we have almost completely left the princess dress phase that has been going on at our house for over 3 years now. Thanks Frozen! I’m ready to go for more stylish and simple dresses that pair well with pants under them and are comfortable and easy-to-wear and care for. One brand that I’m a big fan of because it wears and wears, plus the styles cover babies and little girls so they’re not overly exposed to the sun or showing too much skin is, Tea Collection.

Right now they are having a huge sale, so it’s a great time to get stocked up for summer.

May 2016: Check out Tea Collection’s Memorial Day Sale – the entire site is 20% off + free shipping. Shop baby girl dresses online now.


Tea Collection is a boutique children’s clothing company that also sells online. Their clothes are durable and made to be played in.They do not wrinkle easily, making them ideal for travel. Their dresses are easy to get on and off, like this girls wrap dress (of course for us we need to get pink). Alexis has had several pieces from Tea Collection and writing about them makes me want to get more!

girls wrap dress

The fabric has bright patterns which are inspired by cultures, places and things from all over the world. These were inspired by tile. From the Tea Collection blog:

Along the Amalfi coast, you’ll find ceramics everywhere you look. Embedded into the cobblestone streets in beautiful mosaics, stacked on the shelves of tiny shops lining the streets, on the walls and floors of the houses, hotels – truly everywhere. We were amazed by all of the beautiful patterns and colors found in the tiles. Ceramic pottery is a handicraft tradition, passed down through many generations and perfected along the way. It is no surprise that over the centuries, the tile has made its way from a traditional craft into modern art and fashion. You’ll see this inspiration in many of our newest styles, including these beautiful maxi dresses.

girls maxi dress

One thing I like about dresses is you don’t have to worry about packing a top and a bottom, it’s easy to keep track of and match with shoes. Here are some baby dresses I love, especially the one with blue flowers:

play dresses

Besides dresses I love the rompers, they are probably my favorite baby item of all time. One piece, easy to change diapers and there’s nothing like those cute baby legs.

Here’s a preview of some rompers, the best summer outfit for babies (and what I more often than not buy to have on hand for baby gifts).

I should add that they do have boys clothes too at Tea Collection – since I have a little girl, I’m all about the girl clothes (teenage boy clothes are just not as exciting – all he wants to wear are anime tshirts!). I’m just in love with the baby girl clothing lines, like dresses.


Last night I got the honor of attending Cavalia Odysseo in Sandy. You’ve probably seen the billboards all over the Salt Lake area with a white horse. It’s showing at the South Towne Mall in the big white tents along the parking lot closest to 1-15. The multi million dollar show tours the world and represents the world with both people and horses from different countries.

The production was created by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of Cirque Du Soleil (whose history is fascinating to me). It features 65 horses, live singing, musicians, intricate costumes, acrobats, aerialists, stunts and a magical stage that takes various forms from dessert to mountain pass. The stage is literally elevated at some points so the horses are being ridden down the hill. It’s a journey through landscapes and time. It’s magical and feels like a story book. The horses are powerful and when they run fast without saddles or riders it is mesmerizing.

Cavalia Odysseo Review

The horses make everything feel so free and open. Like you are in the wilderness. There’s a deep reverence and respect that you can feel between the horses and the actors that draws you in. The horses are cherished in a way that I wish all shows with live animals were (I’m talking about places like Sea World). It’s not just tricks but a partnership between woman/man and these incredible animals.

We had third row seats so we could see the expressions and interactions on an intimate level. Many of the stunts are stunning, like women in white flowing costumes standing with one foot on a white horse. Some of the moves of the riders are so technical and difficult that you find yourself gasping – hoping the rider can hold on and not be trampled.

We went during social media week so for this one performance we were given permission to take photos and video during the show. We turned the brightness down and didn’t use flash. If you put ‪#‎OdysseoUT‬ in the search bar on Facebook you’ll see all the wonderful shots we got to take.

I feel like this production had a soul unlike some Cirque shows that are mostly entertaining or even a bit strange. I’ve seen Michael Jackson, Love, Ka, Zarkana, Mystere, O, Viva Elvis and Ka in Las Vegas. I loved Ka the most because it is the only Cirque show with a storyline. That’s the only thing I wish Cavalia Odysseo had. I want main characters and a story. The drummers and acrobats didn’t fit to me but if there was a reason for them it would’ve been more compelling.

This is one of my favorite shows and certainly worth going to. Go! It’s not every day Utah gets an opportunity to host an international production like this. You don’t have to go to Vegas, it’s right here. I’m quite certain this is the smallest city on their tour which started in 2003. They were last in Beijing.

Odysseo horse show review

The men in shorts had the most incredible abs!

Ticket Prices

Adult tickets run $99.50 on the weekend (I’m not counting the obstructed view tickets which I don’t recommend). Gold/VIP are $144.50. There are also family packages. Tickets are $10 less on week days. There is a $12.50 fee for ordering online so you may want to go to the box office.

For gold evening performances use code SOCIALUT to save 10%.

Go here to buy tickets.

Now for some logistics to be aware of.

The show is running until June 6th.

Running Time
Show time is 2 hours with a 30 minute intermission.

Located in the South Town Mall parking lot, closest to I-15, under the big white tent.

We paid $10 to park right up front near the entrance but there is free parking around the area. We arrived 1.5 hours before the show and it was already packed. I recommend getting there at least that early, especially on a weekend. We attended on a Wednesday night and almost every seat was filled.

Along with other Utah bloggers, I was given VIP tickets which included a buffet, dessert/drinks (soda, coffee, hot chocolate, and alcohol) at intermission and a chance to visit the horses in the stables after the show. The food was prepared by the show chef and is eclectic, and much like the show it had elements from different cultures. It’s for a slightly more adventurous eaters. I only wish the food was labeled so it was clear what it was. What I thought was a tomato dish but it was tuna tartare (I think), which has raw tuna. There were beef and chicken dishes, salads, and quiche tarts. The popcorn was the best popcorn I’ve ever had. Desserts were small brownies, lemon bar squares (I wish I had the recipe, so delicious), tiramisu cake, cookies, cheesecake, cheese and fruit.


There are concessions inside the tent although we didn’t actually ever go in that direction.

There are seats are good no matter where you sit just not near the obstruction which is marked. It’s a small venue and the seats are like bleachers so you can easily see the stage.

Social Media:
Follow Cavalia on Facebook at where you can see videos taken at the event and backstage.


Utah Summer Camps for Kids 2016 Edition

Every summer I’m on the lookout for summer camps in Utah that my kids might be interested in attending. If you have any to add to the list please contact me and I’ll add them. Don’t wait until summer to sign up because these camps fill up fast. Now is the time to get registered. It may already be too late for the more popular summer camps.

Here’s my list of Utah summer camps for kids:

Utah Summer Camps 2016
Ogden Nature Center 2016 Nature Camps

Choose from full week camps, single day camps, and part day adventures. They have family camps and camps for toddlers – essentially for all ages. There really is so much to choose from. Camps start in June.

Ogden summer camp


Coding Camp in Lehi for kids aged 10+

This is a weeklong summer camp in Lehi, Utah that will teach children ages 10 and up the basics of coding with Java programming in the thrilling world of Minecraft. Must sign up and paid for by May 23, 2016.

Cost: $99 for five camp sessions (Monday – Friday) + $26.95 for the Minecraft software

Summer Camps at the University of Utah

The U has several summer camps – too many to detail here.
For kids ages 5-11 there are a variety of camps – they are generally from 8am to 3pm for three days. More information here:

The GREAT (Graphics and Robotics Exploration with Amazing Technology) summer camps are aimed at students who want to unleash their creativity while learning about computer graphics, robotics and programming by making games, animations, and robots.

Ute DayCamp for volleyball June 13-15 9 AM – 12 PM. This camp is geared for 3rd-6th graders and beginners at volleyball. Register at:

Hogle Zoo Summer Camps

The zoo holds camps for kindergarten through 7th graders. One of our favorites is the zookeeper camp, but there are many more to choose from.

Do you dream about animals? Do you think measuring, scrubbing, sweeping and interacting with wild animals are good ways to spend your day? Have you always wanted to be a zookeeper? Well, here is your chance to see if you have what it takes. Come to the Zoo for a hands-on, behind the scenes, fun-filled day. Participants will spend their day with a staff member preparing animal diets, cleaning exhibits and creating enrichment for some of our animals. We will provide lunch, a T-shirt and a Keeper-tastic time!

For more information about Keeper Camp call 801.584.1788

Wheeler Farm Summer Camps

They fill up fast – there is a horse camp but it only has 1 more session open. Ride and learn to care for horses. Open to Beginner level riders ages 8 to 14.

Also, camps on the farm. Farm Camp Activities include: Cow Milking, Gathering Eggs, Farm Chores, Horseback Riding, Wool Spinning, Animal Grooming, Blacksmith Demonstrations, Historic House Tours, Gardening, Hiking, Exploring the Woods, Wagon Rides, Arts and Crafts, Games and more, all center around farm life, then and now.

Utah Valley University Summer Camps for the Arts 

The Noorda Theatre Summer Camp offers classes for children ages 5-18, taught by master theatre artists and assisted by current UVU School of the Arts theatre, art, music, and dance students. Classes are from 9am-12 or 1pm-4pm, with a supervised lunch break, should a student choose to stay for both morning and afternoon classes. Classes are a week-long, running June 6 to July 1, 2016, and have a short workshop recital on the last day that parents are welcome to attend. They have tuition reduction for those who qualify.

Real Salt Lake Soccer Summer Camps

Are your kids into soccer? These soccer camps are for ages 4-12 and last for 3 hours.

Camp Roger

This is a YMCA camp and it’s overnight in cabins in the mountains with a mess hall, flagpole meetings each morning and all the classic summer camp activities. They have specialty camps too to teach leadership and there’s a horse camp too. There are family camps and so many specialty camps to choose from.

The camp is in the beautiful Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Honeybee Nature School Sumer Camps (in Ogden)

These camps are for younger kids, ages 3-8 years old. They focus on yoga, art and nature and are Monday-Friday from 9am to noon and start June 6.

Cost: $20 a day or $100 per week.

Girls Go Digital Summer Camp

Utah girls tech summer camp

This is the only technology girls camp for girls age 8-18 in Utah. It is a remarkable summer camp where girls learn to code, hack, design and make.

They have several locations: Dixie State in St. George, SUU in Cedar City and Junior Achievement of Utah in Salt Lake City and now Weber State University.

Take advantage of early bird registration by entering the appropriate discount code at registration. DSU = EBDSU, SUU = EBSUU and JAC Session 1 = EBJAC1 or JAC Session 2 – EBJAC2 and WSU = EBWSU. We have lots of great activities plan for more that 500 girls this summer in Utah!

Spaces are limited. Register today at

Girl Scouts of America Utah summer camps

Another one for the girls! Camps are in Southern Utah, Park City and Provo. There are several to choose from if you have a girl scout in the family.

Kool Kidz Camps in Clinton, Utah

Camps are for preschool to 17 years old. They have arts, science and engineering camps.

Kool Kidz Preschool is excited to offer our week long summer preschool camps. Each camp will be from Monday – Friday from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am or 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (except for the week of July 4th, it will be a 4 day camp and price is adjusted for that week.) You can sign up for one (1) camp or all eleven(11). Camps will be similar to preschool with Music and Movement, Reading Time, Manipulatives and Math, Discovery Time, Creative Art Projects, Snack and Imaginative Play.



New Movies on VidAngel for April 2016

It’s time to look at the new movies added to VidAngel for the month! Just a quick review of how VidAngel works. VidAngel is a clean movie streaming service like ClearPlay that carries a ton of newer releases and older movies. It’s basically a way to make any movie family friendly by letting you decide the level of content you want to see or hear.

To be able to let you watch a copy the way you choose to, you have to “buy” a copy and then automatically return it when you’re done watching it. So to make this legal (it’s risky to go to free movie download sites), you put $20 into your account, watch the movie, get $19 back (HD is $2/night). After that either cash out or watch more movies! Our favorite part is not having to leave the house or worry about returning the movies. No lines, no late fees, no hassle.

We use VidAngel on vacation too to keep the kids entertained on the drive.

There are free movie streaming sites out there but you are taking a risk. They are often spammy and full of ads. Most are not legal (I’d rather not take the risk!) or if they are they are much more expensive. Plus I like to support a company that shows clean films. All links are affiliate links.

Ok, onto the new releases!

VidAngel New Movies for April 2016

New Releases on VidAngel

The Forest

The Revenant – I recommend using filters for violence, the bear scene is just gruesome and to me, gratuitous! Also, just a little trivia. There’s a scene that reminds me of The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo rescues Luke Skywalker and he uses Luke’s lightsaber to cut open his tauntaun and secures his friend inside the animal so he doesn’t freeze to death. Leonardo DiCaprio’s character has a similar experience but it’s just him and he cuts open his horse.

Norm of the North

The Lady in the Van

Ridealong 2


Star Wars The Force Awakens

Point Break


The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

Daddy’s Home

The Big Short (loved this film about the 2008 housing boom, they manage to make a somewhat dry subject informative and interesting).


Alvin and The Chipmonks Road Chip


Click here to see all new releases.

New TV Shows Online

Breaking Bad Season 5

Dexter Season 3

Added: Game of Thrones Season 5 (they have seasons 1-5) – it is Game of Thrones censored (if you choose).

Click here to browse all TV shows.

Other Full Movies Added on VidAngel This Month

I am most excited about Ponyo, it’s a delightful but quirky movie! Click on the image to go directly to the movie.

The Outsiders The Terminal movie online Major Payne movie
Watch Dirty Harry online Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy full movie online rent Garden State movie
Hancock movie online Ponyo online Rush Hour movie online
watch Kingdom of Heaven movie online Mortdecai movie online


The Island
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Yes Man
The Karate Kid
The Princess and the Frog
Just Friends
Ben Hur
Castle in the Sky – my son’s favorite.
Jem and the Holograms

Lots of good family movies on the list this month – enjoy family movie night!


7 Things Worth Splurging On

Have you wondered what things are worth splurging on and what’s not? Me too. For example, after years of buying cheap purses and wallets, I’m all about the Michael Kors bag that now a year later still looks new and gets compliments. No more $80 purses for me. Same with my leather Hobo wallet. It’s at least 10 years old and still going strong. Yes, the investment is worth it.

Now I’m curious, what umbrella should I buy that won’t break? What pan set? Well, this article inspired me to collect a few things that are worth the splurge – for yourself or for a gift (like Mother’s Day). Some of these are on my list – the pink pen is calling me but it’s available in black and other colors too.

Hope you like them, add your favorite splurges in the comments at the end!



Audio-Technica ATH-M50xMG headphones

“…after doing a lot of research and scrounging multiple technology review websites, I got myself a pair of Audio-Technica M50X’s…they have been one of my best purchases yet (and my most expensive piece of audio equipment). The sound quality is like nothing I have experienced before, and now I find myself obsessing over the quality of sound itself…”

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

“Immediately, I noticed that writing felt considerably smoother, and I could write for longer without tiring. I could also do my ‘free writing’ – that is, scrawling out random ideas and notes on blank sheets of paper as a form of brainstorming – much more easily as my pen was much happier to cooperate with the large, wide strokes. Writing felt great.”

Prodigy Spring Powered Stapler, 25-Sheet Capacity

“It has something to do with leverage, but when you press down on the handle, it seems like you are using a nail gun.  I can actually put a staple into a piece of wood with it.”

 Harperton Klipit Nail Clipper Set – Fingernail + Toenail

“It’s not easy to get excited about nail clippers, but these instruments deserve a look. The Klipit precision nail clippers are made of high grade steel with a matte finish and even have a bit of ornamentation on each clipper. On the end of each clipper is a cut out for hanging on a hook or on a key chain. I like the feel, looks, and performance of these clippers that are quite sharp and cut very well.”

Wusthof Classic Ikon 6-Inch Cook’s Knife

“Out of all of my knives, this Wusthof Classic Ikon 6 inch Cook’s Knife is my favorite. It slices tomatoes paper thin if needed. It’s most optimal for tackling veggie prep. I choose it over all of my serrated knives to work on small melons, cantaloupes, grapefruit and even skinning and chunking up a pineapple. It slices cheese, cold cuts, sandwiches, cakes (including ice-cream cakes). There is a notable difference between the regular Classic line and the Ikon Classic line that makes it worth the extra money.”

“Simply put, these are the best quality sunglasses I have ever owned. forget about Ray Ban’s or Oakley’s or other “off the shelf” shades, these are the real deal.

…the bronze lenses are made of glass and are not only highly durable, but offer incredible vision. When people look thought the lenses, they cannot believe how vivid and detailed everything looks.”

 Oh, and I’m going to add our Purple mattress to this list even though technically it isn’t a splurge (it’s very affordable), it is on par with much higher end mattresses.


How to Watch The Force Awakens Online for $1

Want to watch The Force Awakens online? Star Wars Episode 7 recently came out on DVD and Blu-ray. You can stream the full movie at home now too.

Check out how to watch Star Wars The Force Awakens online for only $1/night.

Stream the Force Awakens full movie onlineRelive the scenes and characters from The Force Awakens, from the evil Kylo Ren and the First Order to the defector Finn and his friend Rey, and her droid BB-8. See Chewbacca for the last time, Han Solo, and a little about the mysterious Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi Knights.

According to Forbes, “The Force Awakens is the biggest-grossing movie of all time in America, having surpassed Avatar‘s total gross by $175m or 23%.”

Star Wars fans are going to be happy to finally find an affordable way to stream The Force Awakens any time, day or night. Invite your friends over and enjoy the movie many times for a fraction of the cost of buying it.

Read how this works below.

How to Legally Watch Star Wars Force Awakens Online for Less

Netflix doesn’t have the full Star Wars VII movie online (unless you live in Canada). If you find a free version of The Force Awakens, watch out. It’s not legal and you could download viruses.

Remember this: “Unless your are viewing a site that has been approved by the copyright holder, yes, it is a crime for which you can potentially be prosecuted (as can the sites that illegal stream them). When the FBI shuts down such a site, they may sometimes locate your contact information and IP address on the website.”

or just watch the video:

Cost to Watch The Force Awakens on Amazon, iTunes and More

The newest Star Wars movie is being sold online at the following:

  • iTunes as a digital download for $19.99
  • Google Play for $14.99, Amazon for $19.99 – which is to BUY the rights.
  • What about streaming Star Wars The Force Awakens on Netflix, Hulu, or Redbox? Not yet.

Here’s what you can do to watch the Star Wars movies now: VidAngel. Because of their unique sell-back system, VidAngel can legally offer the ability to stream The Force Awakens online for $1/night (HD is $2)!

I like that you don’t have to wait in a line, drive anywhere or return anything. No late fees either (even the library charges them). VidAngel has all the Star Wars movies. I’m an affiliate of VidAngel, which is how I know about it.

Why haven’t you heard of VidAngel? Is it legit? Ask USAToday who did a story on them. So yes. With VidAngel you’re not going to get a virus. You don’t have to download anything. You just watch Force Awakens online straight from your phone, computer, Apple TV, etc.

How does VidAngel work?

One of the ways VidAngel gets around what other video editing or streaming companies do is that they actually own copies of the movies. You get to watch your unique edited version how you choose to.

  1. Choose The Force Awakens.
  2. Create an account and pay $20 to VidAngel.  You only have to do this one time and if you only watch the Force Awakens, you can get $19 back (although I think you’ll want to watch more movies).
  3. Watch The Force Awakens with their app or on your device.

The box will be checked to “automatically return this movie after I’m done watching it”. That’s what they call a “sellback”. Once you do that, they digitally return the movie and credit back your money, minus $1.

If you kept it for 24 hours or less ($1) then you’ll get $19 credit back into your account! You can then use that credit to watch more movies. You can keep any copy (even edited) and it will cost the full $20, on par with what everyone else charges, but customized. At any time you can also choose to get any remaining money returned to you.

Devices You Can Use to Watch Star Wars The Force Awakens

You can stream The Force Awakens in regular or high def to your TV, through an app or device.

Here are the devices you can use to watch Star Wars:

  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • iPhone/iPad
  • Your Computer/Laptop
  • Android Device
  • Chromecast
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • iOS app

If you watch the Star Wars movies on your computer we recommend using Safari (not Chrome).


List of All the Star Wars Movies You Can Watch Online

Here’s a list of all the Star Wars movies that VidAngel has, including The Force Awakens.

1977: Episode IV: A New Hope
1980: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1983: Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi

1999: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
2002: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
2005: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
2015: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

 Watch Star Wars Force Awakens Online

Family Friendly Movies

VidAngel is unique in that they are a family-friendly movie provider (think Clear Play). You can watch the movies you want to see without the language, violence or anything objectionable. For me that’s the F word, which is very fashionable right now. For example, The Wolf of Wall Street is one of my favorite movies, but the language is pretty strong (as is the adult content). According to Wikipedia the characters say the F word over 550 times. I don’t want to hear that and of course this isn’t a movie for kids.

VidAngel does a very good job at filtering in a way that’s not overly intrusive or so you hear the word in your head anyway. The edits are well done.

You choose the filters – and they are totally customizeable. “These items are removed from the film just as though you were using a high-tech remote.  The Profanity is muted, and the visual items are skipped as though you fast forwarded.” There are 5 categories:  Profanity, Sex/Nudity/Immodesty, Violence, Alcohol/Drug Use, Objectionable/Disturbing.

For The Force Awakens I can only imagine filtering for violence, some of it is pretty intense for little kids.

Here’s what one customer said:

Favorite streaming service for our family by Brittmae

We love vidangel. We have been “purchasing” and selling back videos just about every week for the last 3 months and have had no problems. We’ve been able to watch movies not available on Netflix or iTunes (like the original Star Wars– the filters that block the new Lucas-cgi content are hilarious), and we’ve been able to watch some never-before-seen movies now that we can filter the content to our preferences. A must app for any family movie nights — especially when there are only a few words or scenes you would rather not view with young children (or for us either). Thanks for a great product vidangel.

Watch The Force Awakens Online now on VidAngel!


VidAngel is one of my favorite ways to steam movies online! They’re always adding new movies and TV shows. They are family friendly and the editing is well done (so I don’t need to hear another F word again).

I got my mom and dad hooked on VidAngel too. I like it better than getting movies from the library because no late fees. There is a one time upfront charge of $20 that you deduct from every time you watch a movie. That’s so they can let you watch a movie how you choose with their filters. After that you just deduct from your account and it’s just $1/night or $2/night for HD. I love the auto return so I don’t have to do anything but watch the movie within 24 hours.

VidAngel is also the preferred way to watch a movie on a weekend when you don’t want to pay for or can’t find a babysitter.

Also, VidAngel recently added The Amazon Fire TV app to their list of devices you can use to watch movies. It’s live in the app store and works across ALL Amazon devices.

Go here to sign up for VidAngel (affiliate link)


New movie releases Added on VidAngel:

The Peanuts Movie

VidAngel new movies

The Hateful Eight


Point Break

In the Heart of the Sea



The Night Before


Click here to browse all new releases.


TV Shows Added on VidAngel

Breaking Bad season 4

Dexter season 2

Once Upon a Time Season 1

Click here to see all VidAngel’s TV shows/series.

VidAngel also recently added these movies:

Caddyshack (an all-time favorite!)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Stranger Than Fiction

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

East of Eden

Angela’s Ashes

Moulin Rouge

Runaway Bride

The Boondock Saints

A Night at the Roxbury


The Scorpion King 4

Amazing Grace



The Ides of March

My Neighbor Totoro

The Mask of Zorro

The Mummy

I just have one question for you: What movie are you going to watch on VidAngel first??


100 Percent Pure eye cream by 100%pure is one of my favorite anti-aging products. It’s certainly my favorite for eyes. In fact, I like it so much I’m going to try more of there products.

I got a sample at a conference I attended in Vegas in January. I’d never heard of 100 Percent Pure before then. The tube sat in my laptop bag for a few weeks. Around that I made some new years resolutions, including that I was going to fight aging. I started to notice that the skin under my eyes was starting to sag and that I had darker circles under my eyes. This was never a problem until I reached my mid-40s! I don’t really have an issue with fine lines yet, but I did have the circles and bags.  I didn’t like how circles and bags made me look tired and older. It didn’t seem to change depending on how much sleep I got (or didn’t like). Ah, midlife.

At the same time I try not to overdo it on buying too many different creams, potions and lotions. I have a weakness for them, even more than cosmetics! Maybe part of that is living in a desert and hating to have dry skin. Still I was ignoring that I should take care of the skin around my eyes. Thankfully I’ve started now. I apply 100% Pure eye cream every single night before I go to bed. Just like brushing my teeth, it’s become a habit.

I’ve seen significant improvement and now I don’t have that puffiness or the dark circles, even when I didn’t get enough sleep.

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I know that some people love the smell of vanilla and coffee bean, but I didn’t. In fact, it is the only thing I didn’t like about this eye cream. I like that it’s creamy and goes on easy. The last eye cream I tried was in a pot and you have to use your fingers to get it out. It dries out easily. Plus it was pricey. This eye cream is in a tube and it’s easy to get the right amount. Plus, the cost. It’s just $13!

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I also liked that this eye cream has been studied and the results were overwhelmingly positive. They mirrored the results that I enjoyed. The reviews were glowing too.

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I like having small packages of my favorite products to give as gifts too. So on my next order I plan to try out a few more products, plus get some for gift sets (I’m thinking the lavender soaps and lotions). I’ve since tried their lipstick and it’s got a great color and is very smooth (not cakey like some lipsticks). However, it comes off too fast so I’m still loyal to Senegence. I have some shampoo that I need to try.

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Until June 1, 2016 you can get discount Ogden Raptors tickets. Plan ahead and get any home game seat for just $8.

Ogden Raptors are Ogden’s only minor league baseball team – and they’re a lot of fun! The Raptors play on one of the most amazing baseball fields with a view of the mountains and the Ogden temple. The view of the area has been called one of the best in baseball. This year is the 20th anniversary of Lindquist Field where the Raptors play. They are affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Going to a Raptors game is a fun family activity, date night, reward for your employees or team, and more! Our insurance agent has sponsored a night at the park for years, so we always go. I’m not a big fan of baseball but love the social aspect, getting hot dogs and being outside in the summer with my family. I also like supporting a local business that is a big part of our community.

The Raptors play at Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Avenue in Ogden, Utah. Game start times are Mon-Sat 7:00pm, Sun 4:00pm.


Ogden Raptors Tickets

If you buy pre-season, you can save big on Ogden Raptors tickets. Starting in February the Raptors start to sell pre-season vouchers. You can get a voucher that can be exchanged for a box seat, for just $8/seat. Regular prices per seat (general admission) are $12. So if you plan ahead you can save a lot! Bring the voucher to the box office after the season starts (June 1).

If you want to sponsor or get season tickets, please call Dave Baggott at 801-393-2400 and tell him that you read about it on Fruit Heights Friends blog (or Janet Thaeler).

Ogden Raptors Tickets

Standard-Examiner file photo Raptors mascot Oggie dances in front of the crowd 

Ogden Raptors Schedule

The first home game is Friday, June 20, 2016 and it’s against the Here’s the rest of the Ogden Raptors Schedule.

A little history: The Raptors are part of the Pioneer League, which was established as a C-level minor league in 1939, with teams from Idaho and Utah. It was a 6-team set-up that featured 4 Independent ball clubs. The teams in the first season of the Pioneer League in 1939 were – the Boise Pilots (Independent), the Lewiston (Idaho) Indians (Independent), the Ogden Reds (a Cincinnati Reds’ farm team), the Pocatello Cardinals (a St. Louis Cardinals’ farm team), the Salt Lake City Bees (Independent), and the Twin Falls Cowboys (Independent). One of those cities – Ogden, Utah – has a team in the present-day Pioneer League [the Ogden Raptors].

I got to meet Dave, the Raptors owners this January and their official photographer. Here’s Dave telling you to check out this great deal on Ogden Raptors tickets.



I attended the premiere of The Abolitionists, it’s the human trafficking movie (documentary) that follows the real life rescue missions around the world. The premiere was at the Build Your Blog Conference in Salt Lake City this month.

The Abolitionists is an intense documentary that shows sting operations of a group of men, including Utah resident Tim Ballard. He’s a former CIA Special Agent who worked on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.


The film opens with Ballard and it’s the first time you see his piercing blue eyes. He is involved in dangerous and horrible circumstances and yet somehow remains empathy and humanness. You can feel his compassion, even though he must deal with monsters who sell and abuse children. He is both tough and compassionate.

You watch how Ballard and his team travel the world, working with governments to bait and catch child sex traffickers. They pretend to want to purchase young girls for a party and then set up a sting to get the bad guys. They rescue girls as young as 12.

I appreciated that the film showed the seriousness of the problem but didn’t get into the details or show graphic images. I was afraid of being depressed or left in tears, but the movie gave me hope. I was relieved that it wasn’t traumatizing as I’m sure it is in real life.

Mark your calendar for May 16th for a movie release of “The Abo­li­tion­ists”. You can request a showing in your city (hint, hint Ogden’s Peery’s Egyptian Theater). Proceeds will help fund the group to do more rescues.

A turning point in the film is when the crew returns to where they took out traffickers and tried to “buy” young girls once again. The guy they asked explained how that was too risky (thanks to the sting). That was a true victory! The arrests served as a deterrent. That is a triumph!

The thing I kept thinking is we can save children by working on the demand side, so people don’t want to pay for sex with children. That involves fighting child porn and porn in general which is damaging and fuels this evil industry. Homeless youth, especially LGBT youth, are at risk of being trafficked.

Utah has a problem with child sex trafficking too, see this story from The Deseret News.

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, between December 2007 and September 2013, the center received 275 calls that originated in Utah claiming human trafficking. Sixty-one of those calls were in 2013 alone.

The Utah Trafficking in Persons Task Force estimates that millions of men, women and children are trafficked around the world each year, and that human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry.

We learned that the film didn’t get accepted to film festivals because of it’s open portrayal of faith. There are prayers and the story of a man (code name Batman) who turned his life around after finding God. He now uses his experiences to help catch these guys. The filmmakers refused to remove faith from this film and that meant it was rejected (sad).

I recommend seeing this film. I’m an advocate of positive movies and appreciate their power to move, entertain, and teach us. This movie will open your eyes to the seriousness of child sex slavery and hopefully we can fight it on several fronts – from fighting porn, to the laws we pass, and how we address homelessness, especially our youth. If I were God I would be so angry seeing the exploitation of innocent children that happens. It’s shocking that children are sold and bought for their bodies. Let’s take a stand and get people out to see this movie. Please support The Abolitionists movie!