10 Things I Do that Piss off My Husband

In honor of the “Love your spouse challenge” thread that is so popular on Facebook right now, I wanted to talk about my marriage. Here’s how the whole thing works. You are supposed to post pictures of you and your husband no Facebook for a week, then tag two other couples. It’s like a chain letter to keep the celebration of love going. First, it got a little cheesy to me and second, I didn’t want to annoy my Facebook friends.

Then I saw this on Facebook – a single woman mocking the whole thing with photos of her with Jesus! He’s her man! You have to click to see them all because they’re so funny. They are going viral. Here’s one:

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Now I’m laughing and I think how can I honor my spouse and be funny too?? Well, I came up with a way. Here you go…

10 Things I Do that Piss off My Husband, Stephen

10+ Ways I Piss Off My Husband

  1. Leave a spoon or a knife out on the counter. It drives him crazy!
  2. Splatter food on the stovetop. Miss any of it when cleaning up.
  3. Run the dishwasher without putting up the signal (a paper towel that is placed beneath the dish drainer that hangs down over the top of the dishwasher).
  4. Drop food in the car crack (the space between the seats). Having food in the car at all is already risky, depending on his mood!
  5. Have mud or think about having dirt on your shoes. Example: Bjorn cannot get a job mowing lawns because then his feet will get dirty and he’ll track grass onto the carpet.
  6. Forget to wipe off the kitchen counter – which is about as bad as running out of Clorox wipes!
  7. Give him stuff or buy too much stuff. He hates stuff, trinkets especially. He says the word stuff like it’s a swear word.
  8. Overcrowding the freezer or our (small) pantry. Things need room to breathe! I once stored fruit in my car because I was afraid he’d get mad if I brought it inside.
  9. I’m late – although I’m significantly better than I used to be, I’m still late to church by a few minutes almost every Sunday he goes with me and it drives him crazy. He leaves without me!
  10. Letting terrorists into the house (little kids with a lot of extra energy who can make a mess).

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How to Treat Eczema – Severe Case of Eczema

I was introduced to an all-natural cream and given an eczema kit to try from a Utah-based dermatologist, Dr. Cheryl Lee. I’ve since fallen in love with her line of skincare products – especially the moisturizer and ointment. I put extra on after getting a nasty sunburn and the next day my face that was bright red was hardly red at all. Then later that week I burned my arm on a pan while cooking. I put a thick layer of bum cream (TrueLipids Double Action Boo-Boo & Bum Balm) on the burn and the next day it was significantly better. I’m impressed with how supple my skin is (I’m 44). People regularly think I’m in my 30s.

However, by far, the most dramatic results I’ve seen are not from me and not for those conditions. It’s from Dr. Lee’s eczema treatment. The Eczema kit works faster and lasts longer than anything else I’ve ever seen. As a mom herself, Dr. Lee just hurt seeing babies itch and bleed from eczema. It’s painful and just awful. Instead of thinking how cute your baby is, all you notice is the awful redness and sores.

Cheryl Lee MD Eczema Kit is an all natural product. This treatment is 100% hypoallergenic which is also important because allergies can worsen eczema. It’s also free of over 80 harmful toxins and allergens. In addition they are vegan and gluten free. It has no fragrance.

Here’s a preview of the photos that were sent in to Dr. Lee last week:

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How to Treat Eczema

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I hardly ever write about health topics but I’ve recently been educated on a condition that a lot of people have (and many haven’t considered): chronic dry mouth. First, what is dry mouth? It’s a medical condition that is caused by a lot of different things, but specifically people on a lot of medications or with certain health conditions like diabetes or cancer are likely to have it. Many older adults get it (not because they’re older but because they are more likely to take more medications) or those with autoimmune issues. 25% of the population has dry mouth and it happens more often to women (70%) and usually they are postmenopausal. It can also be a condition that happens during pregnancy.

Basically, dry mouth is when you do not make enough or any saliva on your own. It doesn’t matter how much water you drink, your mouth is still dry. It can be a painful condition at its extreme. Not only that it can cause very serious dental issues like excessive cavities, mouth sores, and more. If you don’t have this level of dry mouth but have sensitive teeth, this product line is still amazing – in this case, use the toothpaste.

If you want to see if you have dry mouth, take the survey. You’ll get a chance to get a free sample to try it out. The sample (the same one I got) has a toothpaste, gel, and mouthwash. 

 

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Oh No! School’s out and you don’t know what to do with your kids! Where are you going to go? What are you going to do? Every summer I stress out about this and wonder how I will keep the kids busy and productive. I’d like to avoid this and too much screen time.

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To help me and you, we pulled together a list of several different

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

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BIG List of Disneyland Tips for Family Trips

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Our family recently returned from Disneyland this past February. As you know there’s a ton of planning that goes into a trip like this! I wanted to share what we learned that might help you and invite you to leave your best Disneyland tips in the comments!

Where to Stay Near Disneyland

We didn’t have it in the budget to stay on resort but we were literally across the street at the Fairfield Marriott. They have a pool and free wifi, but overall the rooms are spacious and pretty basic. The main attraction is how close it is from the Main Street exit of Disneyland.

We have been to Disneyworld and stayed further away and it took FOREVER to take the bus and find our car and drive back. You’re already tired from walking all day. So having your hotel so close is worth the extra expense. Plus, when our teen wanted to take a break he could walk back to the hotel without us.

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What to Bring to Disneyland: Food

We ate breakfast at the McDonald’s that is right by the hotel. There’s a Pizza Press restaurant right there too that we loved. Those were the most fast, easy and affordable options right outside Disneyland where we were staying. I also stopped at a small store on our way to the park entrance and bought some California oranges and they were so delicious!

As far as in the park, bring snacks and water. You usually have to wait so long to get food or find a drinking fountain that it’s a lot more comfortable if you pack your own in a stroller or bag.

Food at the park is expensive. Like a turkey leg and a piece of corn is $20. We had a character breakfast, which cost us $257 for 5 of us. Note: If you are doing a character dining experience, you can purchase your tickets ahead of time through Get Away Today and your taxes and tips will be included saving you up to 10% (which is a lot when it comes to Disney Dining)!

For the best prices on Disneyland, check out GetAway Today! They throw in a lot of extras and all the employees have gone to Disneyland to try everything so they know what’s good and they specialize it affordable family trips. Affiliate link: book disneyland trip

Thank you to David Muncey for his Disneyland tips included here:

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Rodizio Grill Salt Lake City Review + Giveaway

Rodizio Grill Salt Lake Review

Update: Rodizio Grill in Salt Lake has a Groupon special going on right now. I will remove this when it expires but I think it’s a great Father’s Day gift idea!!! It’s not good for use on Father’s Day itself but can save you $30 or more. Check it out here (I’m an affiliate).

The giveaway has ended – the winner’s name is listed at the end of this post. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Address: 600 S 700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 upstairs at Trolley Square

Website: www.rodiziogrill.com

Rodizio Grill has several locations, including 3 in Utah. You can make reservations online on their website.

Food is 100% MSG Free, 100% Peanut Free, and they do have some gluten free grilled items also.

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Limited Time Menu: Rodizio Americano BBQ Fest

I recently went to Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse to try out their summer Rodizio Americano BBQ Fest. I went with a group of bloggers (our meal was comped) and we were trying out the new menu that starts next month. They’ve added several barbecue selections to their regular meal. The menu is the same but it has more! The limited time menu added barbecued ribs, chicken, and smoked brisket (which is with the salad bar), mac and cheese, and corn bread, along with their all-you-care-to-eat Brazilian menu. This will run from July 1 to Labor Day at all Rodizio Grill locations. The ribs were tender and flavorful however, I wouldn’t go just for the bbq (to me it’s not the best part but it does add even more variety and things to try). Instead I’d go for the whole experience.

How Rodizio Grill Works

This wasn’t my first time going to Rodizio but it’s been years. It’s still as it was all those years ago. Handsome men come to your table with meat that they carve off for you and put onto your plate. You can keep trying everything until you’re too full to eat any more! It’s one of the types of restaurants that is fun to eat at if you have a large group. Everyone talks and it’s interactive and the dinner is part of the entertainment.

I tried just about every meat that came around, with sirloin being a favorite, along with the bacon wrapped chicken. It’s fun to try all of the different things they bring to your table. You can take just a little to try it, or ask for a lot. The surprising thing is just how full you get! I liked the addition of the ribs. I also had some of the salad bar, including the cucumber, egg, and parmesan cheese. The cucumber was crisp and fresh. I didn’t try any of the salads that were already made. The buffet bar adds variety and fresh vegetables to your meal. Some would say that’s a waste but while I love meat, I needed some lighter fare to balance it out.

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New Movies on VidAngel for May 2016

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Here are the new releases on VidAngel for May 2016. If you’re new to VidAngel, you might want to get some background before you watch a movie. For more about how VidAngel works, see this post.

  • Deadpool
  • The Boy
  • Dirty Grandpa
  • The Witch
  • How to Be Single
  • Risen
  • Zoolander 2
  • Race
  • The Finest Hours
  • The 5th Wave
  • Joy
  • The Choice

Click here to see all new releases on VidAngel.

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Just a note about Deadpool which was added to VidAngel this month. Even mainstream reviewers said the movie had gratuitous violence. This reviewer called it hyperviolence. That’s not something I want to see. I can do without watching rape and other scenes in my superhero movies!

Here’s a headline from this article about Deadpool:

Movie review: ‘Deadpool’ delivers snarky fun from Ryan Reynolds, but hyperviolence goes too far

My son wanted to watch Deadpool without the garbage and VidAngel was a great choice. It cuts about 15 minutes from the movie (there was a bit of controversy about this, but in reality the movie is still watchable. If you’re going to watch it, I recommend watching it with filters in tact. Still, if you want to watch it as is, try Amazon instead, where it’s $5.99 to stream online.

 

Tremors
The Mighty Ducks
Up in the Air
You Again
The Iron Giant
This is the End
Runaway Jury
Interview with the Vampire
Clueless
Hotel Rwanda
High School Musical
The Bridge on the River Kwai

 

 

Also added:
Space Jam
Purple Rain
George of the Jungle
Cinema Paradiso full movie (a favorite!)
The Man in the Iron Mask
The Neverending Story
Over the Hedge
The Three Musketeers
The Pacifier
13 Going on 30
Pay it Forward
Waterworld

The Lake House
101 Dalmations
Series of Unfortunate Events
The Great Dictator
Patch Adams
Lady and the Tramp
Immortals
Good morning Vietnam
What if
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
King Kong
The Machinist

If you’re thinking about going to see the new Alice in Wonderland movie, I say skip it. Watch this one again.

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Homie is a new Utah real estate startup that is automating much of the process to sell a home in Utah that costs MUCH LESS (as in you, you’re likely to spend less than $1,000 total) than you’d spend on a realtor. In the hot real estate market in the Western states, it’s pretty easy to sell a home without a realtor (whether you do or not is up to you). Right now Homie is only available in Utah. I put on an event with the company and learned more about how they work. To me it’s a little unclear on their website, so hope this helps explain.

If you want to use Homie to sell your home in Utah, you can save even more.
Just use promo code NPG-BLOG and they’ll shave $50 off your setup fee. 

Homie Review from Brandie:

Homie is too new for us to have used them to sell a home, but here’s a review from a buyer. My friend just closed on her home using Homie and I’m trying to get her perspective also, but for now, from a seller:

Seriously if you are considering FSBO you want these guys in your pocket. I can’t tell how many realtors called me wanting to sale my house after I had listed it. These guys will eliminate all of those solicitation calls. Also when you need to show your home they can help with that too if you are unavailable, you get your own “homie”. They provide you with a lock box and for sale sign with a unique call in number for your home.

Once a deal has been made you then have access to their real-estate attorney!!! I can not tell you how much I enjoyed using them and felt like I had my own team when dealing with the pushing realtors...sorry if you are a realtor I get you are just doing your job but you can be intimidating.

All in all you want to use these guys if you are going to sale your home. Take all of that commission money you will save and buy yourself something nice for your new

Homie occupies a space between FSBO (for sale by owner) where you’re on your own, and paying a realtor 3-6% of the purchase price. It’s free to buy and $399 month to sell a home on Homie. On both sides they have a lot of services to help you.

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Reasons to Sell your Utah Home with Homie:

  • You may not have the equity you need to cover the 6% in fees and still make a profit off the sale of your home. You may have purchased near the top of the market but sell in a strong market but not for what you paid for your home. I’ve been in that situation. No one wants to go in the hole. You would use a real estate agent but it’s costly and you just don’t have it to spend.
  • You may not want to give up several thousand dollars of your hard-earned equity.
  • You might be interested in doing FSBO but don’t want to do it yourself. You would like some additional help. I’d say that close to #1 here is the professional photos that you will get from Homie, which is a huge factor in making a home look more spacious and highlighting it in the best possible light. This helps you get a higher price for your home.

To me it makes sense to find your own home. Most people can find homes for sale by searching online.

I really like that Homie lists two prices on their listings. The with an agent, and the price without an agent. That makes it pretty clear what you’ll save. So why pay a realtor $9,000, not to mention the interest on that amount over a 30 year loan (based on 3% on a $300,000 home)?

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7 Essential Things you Need to Sell a Home in Utah:

  1. A professional lawn sign. If you go cheap on this people mentally take off several thousand dollars from their offer. They immediately think, we’re dealing with amateurs. Homie will install and take down a professional lawn sign.
  2. A unique and trackable phone number. If you’ve ever sold a home by owner y0u know that you get absolutely inundated by phone calls and visits from realtors who want to sell your home. Homie screens calls for you and only passes along the ones that are legit.
  3. Professional photos of your home from a Google Trusted photographer. Homie specializes in taking photos of homes so they sell. They are very good at getting the right angles to make every room look its best. To hire a photographer to take photos of an individual house would normally cost $250 – $500.
  4. A lockbox with a key to your home. Showing a home is often inconvenient. People don’t often show up when they say they will. Plus, if you’re there, potential buyers won’t be as open about what they think about your home. Homie will install a digital lock box on your home so you don’t have to be home when someone wants to see your house.
  5. An appraisal so you know how to price your home to sell.
  6. A team of real estate attorneys to work with. With your account, Homie includes up to 2 hours of personal time with their attorney to review your Utah real estate purchase contract and answer legal questions you may have. If you’re buying a home they will draw up the offer letter paperwork for you and handle any counteroffers, free of charge. If you’re selling, it’s included in the cost.
  7. List your Home on major Utah real estate websites. Homie will list your home on all the major real estate websites and apps including Homie.com, KSL, Zillow, and Trulia. They will also list on the MLS.

How Much Does it Cost to Sell a Home in Utah with Homie?

Homie charges $299 the first month for setup and $99/month after the first month. Buyers do not pay. The company says that most of the time people find the homes they want to see before contacting a realtor. They research everything online. Homie lists Utah homes for sale on their website (with the price to buy using Homie and a separate price if you have your own agent on the buyer’s side), as well as on Zillow, Trulia and KSL Classifieds.

They can list it on the MLS, but advise against it. Today, more people start their home search online with Zillow and other services. The problem with using the Utah MLS is that you’re buying into the old system of selling a home: one with 6% fees. On a $300,000 home that’s about $18,000.

From Homie: Nearly all houses on the MLS require the homeowners to pay agent fees on both the buy and sell side of the transaction (6% of the purchase price). Many Homie users, however have been able to sell without paying any agent fees, or only paying a buyer’s agent if they brought the buyer and a great offer. Our users save an average of $10,000 at closing compared homeowners of similarly-priced homes who paid typical agent fees.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Update: The winners of the tickets were Carol and Caroline. Both have been notified. Here’s my Facebook post about it. I also have a giveaway for Salt Lake’s Rodizio Grill Brazilian steakhouse going on right now, that ends June 6 at 9pm MST.

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 and the commercials and wondered what the show is really like. Odysseo is 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.

Review of Cavalia Odysseo Horse Show in Salt Lake

The production was created by Normand Latourelle, a co-founder of Cirque Du Soleil (whose history is fascinating to me). It features 65 horses, including stallions (my husband said they forgot one–him!), 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.

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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 performers 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 you, Sea World). It’s not just tricks but a partnership between woman/man and these incredible animals.

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