If you’re like me I have a lot of essential oils at my house. I just don’t know how to use them all. Of course I regularly use lavender, peppermint and lemon oils but there are several that I need to learn more about – I need essential oil classes! The key here is I don’t want a sales pitch or to talk to a distributor. I don’t want to join an MLM. I just want unbiased information.

Essential Oil Classes

Last year over 165,000 people learned about essential oils through the Essential Oils Revolution. It’s a free online conference with essential oil classes from 36 experts. It runs online for one week and this year it’s from Monday, August 22 to Monday, August 29, 2016. If you watch or listen live it’s free. After those dates you can purchase classes.

If you go for the free version then you need to listen while the conference is in session. After that the online access package for all of the expert talks is $99 for all of the classes. That includes everything, along with the videos, transcripts and everything for the entire conference. Click here to check it out.

Here’s how Essential Oils Revolution works: for the next week they have 36 essential experts who teach tips, strategies and secrets for using essential oils safely and effectively. They are in interview style with host Dr. Eric Z (Eric Zielinski). You can listen to the classes that appeal most to you.

For me, so far it’s the class on sleep and the one on blood sugar and diabetes (more on that in a minute). Each day has a theme.

Day 1 (August 22, after 10am US eastern) 

Today is all about learning the role of essential oils in health and how to use them in cooking.

Here’s a day 1 sampling:

Essential oil classes

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Day 2 (August 23, after 10am US eastern)

Today is focused on hormone balance and women’s health.  Men will also find information to help even out your mood and combat stress and anxiety with essential oils.

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DAY 3 (August 24, after 10am US eastern)
Learn about essential oils and Lyme disease, ADHD, diabetes, insomnia, pain conditions and more.

DAY 4 (August 25, after 10am US eastern)
More than just “smelly stuff,” essential oils provide natural solutions for every aspect of your home. Learn how to wisely use oils in your food, as safe cleaners, for your pets and with your children.

DAY 5 (August 26, after 10am US eastern)
Trauma, grief and abuse can be debilitating. Today’s experts provide practical advice on using essential oils to help balance your emotions during troubling times.

DAY 6 (August 27, after 10am US eastern)
Your skin is the first line of defense, so it’s critical to minimize toxins and preserve your health. More than just a “beauty product,” learn how essential oils play a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity of your health as well as anti-aging.

DAY 7 (August 28, after 10am US eastern)
Today’s experts discuss the significance essential oils have in our current healthcare model, and alternative medicine.

DAY 8 (August 29, after 10am US eastern)
Encore Day. If you missed some of the expert talks they’re all unlocked for free on this day.

Register to see the rest of the free talks (including Encore Day when you can listen to any talk free).

I just started listening myself. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve learned so far:

Essential Oil Information

Class Review: Essential Oils and Diabetes

You don’t have to be overweight to get diabetes. Only about 40% of people who are very overweight get diabetes. There are more people who are diagnosed that are a normal weight. You don’t need to have a family member who has diabetes to get it. All races, ages and both genders can develop it.

My dad has diabetes and there’s no prior history of it that I know of. He is tin (always has been) and he is active. It was a real shock to all of us! I’m at risk because I had gestational diabetes. So I’ve really started to work on my lifestyle, eating and weight too.

Family practice doctor Brian Mowll talks about how you don’t just wake up one day with diabetes. By the time you’re diagnosed you have probably had it for several years and there’s damage done to your ability to process sugar. He talks about the role of stress and essential oils like cinnamon that can help you.

Class Review: Essential Oils and Sleep

I loved this essential oil class about sleep and essential oils. It had great strategies that can help you get deeper sleep. I struggle with getting a full night’s sleep for different reasons. I solved the issue I had being woken up by my husband’s movement with our new mattress. He doesn’t get up as often so that helps. But there are still problems that keep me from getting sleep. Dr. Breus gave me some peace by pointing out that there’s not a perfect night of sleep and how sleep changes because of many factors. He shared a lot of information that will help me!

Michael Breus is the sleep expert for this essential oil class. Dr. Breus is a psychologist and sleep disorder specialist. He’s been on Oprah and Dr. Oz and they call him “The Sleep Doctor.” He says that on average it takes 20-25 minutes to fall asleep and that if you fall asleep instantly you’re probably sleep deprived. After listening to his advice and the interview I went to YouTube to find this biaural sleep video and looked for the app they recommended.

Dr. Breus talks about how a very small percent of people need to be on sleep meds and what you can do to help yourself have better sleep. The essential oil he discusses is magnolia bark – one I haven’t heard of but now want to check out for its ability to help reduce anxiety and therefore help you fall asleep, stay asleep (insomnia) and other issues. He also mentions your mattress and pillow as being a factor. So sleep is a blend of things and factors. This class helped me see sleep in a more holistic way and really motivated me to get more sleep and take it more seriously. It ties right into the last class I reviewed about blood sugar and metabolism.

On both of these I need to go over things and it really helped to have the transcripts. I can’t always listen to videos (I would wake up my husband) or I want to review just certain sections. I can just search through the PDF using control F (find) and typing in terms that I’m interested in.

I hope this is helpful. I didn’t love every single interview. Some I skimmed through and others I listened to and read every word. There really are some incredible experts in this series. I admit I started out skeptical because sometimes essential oils distributors and others I’ve heard can be a bit too pushy or overwhelming. I didn’t find that in these interviews and I learned a lot.

Sign up here for free essential oil classes and I’d love to read your comments about what I’ve discussed or what you learn from the classes.

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It been burrito week for me. I was invited to try 3 restaurants and they are all in the same fresh Mexican category. They’re all in a similar price range too and all have locations in Utah (Weber County, specifically).

Cafe Rio’s New Spicy Green Chili Pork

First I tried Cafe Rio‘s new spicy green chili pork burrito at the Bountiful, Utah location that is just off the freeway on 500 West. Cafe Rio just launched the new Spicy Green Chile Pork and a hot habanero sauce. They have been working on these new products for a few years and this is rare, they usually don’t introduce new products. They are however introducing a new look – all new restaurants will have the new decor and the older ones will be updated.

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Any new product Cafe Rio introduces has to blend with all of the other flavors and not alienate their current customers. I thought that the spicy pork tasted a lot like their other food and that they went too safe on this one. It was way too mild for me, even smothered in habanero sauce. I expected to at least have my eyes water and mouth burn. So if you’re already a fan and don’t want too much spice on your food, it’s something new to try. I like it more than sweet pork – which I find too sweet. One friend calls it candy burritos.

One fun element is their marketing campaign and ads which feature a woman named “Barbara Coa” who is not a fan of the new spicy pork. She wants everyone to “stand up for sweet pork” (or pork barbacoa). This is a really fun campaign and some people think Barbara is a real person who goes around crashing Cafe Rio appearances and ads with her own opinion. Check out more at standup4sweet.org.

  • Cafe Rio doesn’t have freezers or microwaves in any of its restaurants and uses only fresh ingredients in every meal.
  • Each restaurant is up early every morning, hand-squeezing over 1000 limes per day, hand- scooping fresh avocados, and making secret recipes from scratch.
  • Cafe Rio’s signature sauces, salad dressings, and desserts are made by hand every day. Sauces cook for hours.
  • Every tortilla is handmade fresh in the restaurant.

SPICY PORK FACTS:

  • Spicy Green Chile pork Launched in Utah June 11th, currently available only in Utah and Nevada
  • Spicy pork slow simmered for 7+ hours every day, in a mixture of peppers and spices
  • Cafe Rio has created a new spicy hot Habanero sauce, to accompany the Spicy Green Chile pork.
  • Spicy Habanero hot sauce can be put on any meal
  • Habanero Hot sauce is made fresh every morning with tomatillos, onions, peppers and habaneros
  • Spicy Pork can be put into any meal

I give Cafe Rio the BEST DRINKS AWARD for their amazing limeade and strawberry lemonade. It’s one of the few restaurants where I order anything besides water. I also LOVE their key lime pie and flan, including that they are not a huge portion, but come in small pie tins. Delicious!

Cafe Rio Giveaway – Enter to Win 2 Free Meals

I have two Cafe Rio tshirts in size Large to give away. Each has a tag that you can cut off and redeem for a free meal! Just wear your tshirt to Cafe Rio. To enter comment below and let me know if you prefer SPICY or SWEET. The contest will end on Monday, August 15, 2016 at midnight. One winner gets both tshirts and coupons. The winner will be announced on August 16 on this blog and I’ll update this post to reflect the winner.

UPDATE: WINNER SELECTED, CONTEST ENDED

I selected a random number based on the total number of comments and that ended up being comment #1, Windy Olson. I will contact her to give her the prize. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Review

A few days later I went to Moe’s Southwest Grill in Clinton, Utah (their second Utah location- there’s one in Layton too, by Target) with my friends from Yelp. I loved that they have tofu, black olives, grilled onions, green peppers and grilled mushrooms! Plus, they are the only one of the places I reviewed that has a salsa bar. Oh yeah! I thought that the dressings and vegetables were amazing. Note: right now if you download their app you get 50 points and that earns you a free burrito. Not sure how long that lasts, so don’t wait!

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The day after I visited Moe’s, I tried to win free burritos for a year by being one of the first 100 people in line when they opened. When I got in line I was on track to get it. After standing in line for a few hours other people cut in line and I missed getting free burritos for a year by 5 people. When I got in line I was about #90 so I stayed. About 20 minutes before they gave out the certificates, more people jumped in and that was it. I didn’t make it.

Moe’s does this with every grand opening. They need to get/enforce some rules to make it fair. Communication was non existent. I drove 20 minutes each way and waited in the hot sun for nothing. Please guys, take a queue from Lagoon and ban people from saving places in line:

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If you love their salad dressing like I did you’ll die if you go to their website and see the calories. Go for the vinaigrette or plow the calories into dessert. I had a smothered burrito with rice and black beans. Loved it.

Moe’s gets the BEST SALSA BAR AND VEGGIES AWARD.

Sweeto Burrito Review

Sweeto Burrito just opened their Riverdale, Utah location, and I got invited to try it out with my blogging friends. It was the most fun of all of the events. I loved it and didn’t want to leave. We had some Utah foodies there and we enjoyed chatting about the food and hearing the story of how Sweeto Burrito got started, directly from the owner. I may have shed some tears. Short summary: he had a family to feed, his advertising agency went bust, so he turned his long time hobby of making burritos into a food truck and lived on the road on/off for a year. In the end he expanded and used his graphic design skills to create Sweeto Burrito into a franchise with locations all over the country. I could tell this was either really expensive design (check out the menu, the writing and naming of the entrees is killer) or this guy really knew what he was doing. I mean check out the menu board that has a video embedded in it!

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This was definitely my favorite Mexican quick serve restaurant this week in terms of atmosphere and style. I also loved that they have brown rice! I forgot to get it but I wasn’t too sad because the white rice was so good. Their rice isn’t heavy but super fluffy and light. In fact, I want to learn how to do that at home. Unlike the other two restaurants I reviewed here, you do not see the ingredients in an assembly line in front of you. Instead, you put in your order and they bring it to your table.

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A lot of the menu seemed really high calorie and I’m not just talking about the deep fried cheesecake burrito with cinnamon sugar and raspberry sauce! The inside was melty and warm, pure yumminess. However, I just can’t bring myself to eat that many calories, so I only had a few bites.They don’t have calories listed yet but as they get bigger they will. I’m a little bit afraid to know but by creating a rice bowl light on rice and heavy on beans and other low carb ingredients, I’ll happily be back.

Sweeto Burrito plans to put in a drive through in and get habanero salsa that actually has some heat in it (can’t wait). This location is close to my house so I’ll be back. I got a rice bowl and onion rings, plus tried the cheesecake burrito. I’d skip the onion rings next time (even though they came with fry sauce I just wasn’t a huge fan, they were not bad but not something I’d crave), and I’ll try a higher calorie burrito when there’s a day I can spare the extra calories. They look truly delicious, I’m just a little bit afraid.

BEST SMOKED CHICKEN AWARD + DECOR AWARD

Now if I could just get the
– Mint limeade from Cafe Rio (a long time favorite, strawberry limeade too and the key lime pie)
– Veggies, salsa, steak, and tofu from Moe’s
– Smoked chicken, brown rice and hotter habanero salsa from Sweeto
I’d have the perfect burrito (for me).

Note (though it doesn’t change my opinion) that these meals were comped. This was an unusual week. I put on events like this and attend them sometimes, but somehow the burrito planet aligned and I got to try 3. I’ll have do a radical redirect and eat Thai or something next week. I’ll be back I just need to take a breather.

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Dutch Baby Recipes and Ideas Your Family Will Love

affiliate-linksWhen I was growing up my family loved to make dutch babies (also called pannekoeken or german pancakes). I also love aebleskivers and crepes but they are so time intensive that I don’t make them very often. I found a place that has mixes that makes them so much faster.

Overall, I prefer making dutch babies because they’re easy. You make them in the oven and they puff up so magnificently. The inside is almost like a custard type bread and you can sprinkle powdered sugar on them and eat them with maple syrup. Delicious! What I never considered is how many dutch baby recipes and ways to serve them there are!

Pannekoeken is another name for dutch babies. They are fun and different.  They’re impressive; they rise eight inches above the edge of the pan like magic. You’ll love showing them off to their family and friends. Plus it’s not hard to make enough for a large family or crowd.

How do you serve dutch babies?
You can serve dutch babies/pannekoeken with syrup. There are garden pannekoeken, which are steamed veggies topped with a white sauce or light cheese sauce. There are fruit versions with whipped cream. Even cinnamon sugar would be scrumptious. There hundreds of ways to serve them!
Why I Love Dutch Babies / Pannekoeken / German Pancakes
  • They’re scrumptious.  Most folks are eating them for breakfast drizzled with syrup.  They’re really good.
  • They’re foolproof.  As long as you get the oven hot enough (they’re driven by steam), they’re foolproof.
  • They’re quick and easy.  Mix milk and eggs with mix (or use a recipe below).  Bake for 12 minutes.
  • They’re affordable and can feed a crowd.  Each mix makes nine 12-inch pannekoeken.  Each pannekoeken can be cut into 12 pie-sized wedges.

“Just made my first Pannekoeken in my new pan and it was delicious – very impressive and so easy. Had no idea they were so easy to make.”–Janice P.

Now that you’re feeling hungry…bring on the recipes!

Dutch Baby recipe

Dutch baby Recipe

dutch-baby-panFrom The Prepared Pantry. This dutch baby recipe is designed for an 11 to 12-inch Dutch baby pan or a skillet with rounded sides. This is a five ingredient–five step recipe that really goes together quickly.

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
3 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Directions

1. Place the butter in a Dutch Baby pan or an ovenproof skillet with rounded sides.
2. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Put the rack in the center, not the top, shelf. When you turn the oven on, place the pan with the butter in the oven. When the oven reaches 250 degrees the butter should be melted. Remove the pan from the oven.
3. Whisk the eggs and the salt in a medium bowl. Add the milk. Whisk in the flour until nearly smooth. Your batter is now ready.
4. Pour the batter into the pan.
5. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the top starts to turn golden brown. Serve hot with your favorite syrup.

Peach Pannekoeken Recipe

It’s almost peach season in Utah and here’s a fun way to serve peaches for breakfast that’s a lot faster than making a peach pie or crumble!

1/4 cup butter
3 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
5 or 6 medium peaches, peeled and slices
peach syrup (optional)
whipped cream
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Place one-half cube of butter in a pannekoeken pan or an eleven-inch ovenproof skillet with rounded sides.
  2. Place the pan with butter in the oven to heat the pan and melt the butter.  Remove the pan when the butter is melted but not scorched.
  3. Whisk the eggs, salt, milk, and flour in a medium bowl until it is nearly smooth.
  4. Once the pan is hot and the butter melted, remove the pan from the oven.  Do not scorch the butter.  Pour the batter into the hot pan and put it back in the oven to bake.
  5. The pannekoeken will rise in the oven.  Bake for 11 to 15 minutes, until the top edges just begin to brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and slip the pannekoeken from the pan onto a large cutting board.
  7. Spread peaches in the pannekoeken, drizzle with the optional syrup, and top with whipped cream.  Cut into slices and serve immediately.

Dutch Baby Pan + Pannekoeken Mix Deal

These images show how dutch babies look from mixing to baking and onto the table. If you want to try making them, check out this offer.
Offer:
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Plus get the slicer and mixes–over $30 in freebies! 
With this deal, you get over $30 in freebies:
  • 2 large mixes that make 9 pannekoeken each
  • syrup mixes (many flavors to choose from from coconut to lemon and even marshmallow). You could even make a smores version of dutch babies!
  • Strawberry, mushroom, egg slicer valued at $7.49.

There are many more ideas, dutch baby recipes and more over at The Prepared Pantry.

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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

Disneyland Tips

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

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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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