Thursday, January 5, 2012


I found this news article on KSL and it is just one more reason why I am glad I am not drinking soda.

A man is suing Pepsi because he said he allegedly found a mouse in a can of mountain dew he got from a vending machine at work.  That is not the gross part.  The worst is that pepsi is claiming that those allegations are false because: "After thirty days in the fluid, the mouse will have been transformed into a ‘jelly-like' substance."  Pepsi's researcher went on to say that "within a week of a mouse being submerged in a fluid with the acidity of Mountain Dew, the mouse would have no calcium in its bones and bony structures, the abdominal structure would rupture and the cranial cavity would also likely rupture. Within thirty days, the structure of the mouse would not be recognizable.

I don't want to bag on people who drink soda, I know it's yummy and addicting.  It just surprises me how terrible it truly is for you.  Soda is not found in nature, obviously, and things that makeup soda are not either.  For example sugar... it is rarely found in nature and we should only consume small amounts of it.  Therefore, putting sugar (or basically any of the ingredients in soda) in a can, cup, jar, "44 ouncer" seems crazy.  We are already not suppose to be eating large amounts of that stuff and now we are drinking/guzzling it by the litter.  

Christmas In California!

This was my first Christmas with Josh's family.  We had such a good time!  Some highlights were shopping, Settlers of Catan, Christmas Eve where Fred talked about the Savior's birth and the kids then reenacted it, getting our matching pjs, and Christmas day full of fun.

Josh and Baby Chloe

Shea and Me.  I had so much fun playing with her!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Food Blog

My sister-in-law Collin just introduced me to this great food blog:  It is actually Collin's sister-in-law's blog.  She has a great variety of recipes and everything I have tasted has been delicious!

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One of my favorite recipes so far was the Crockpot Coconut Chicken Curry.  Very easy and tasty.  I added potatoes and carrots to my crockpot as well.  Also, if you don't add the chicken this is a great vegetarian/vegan meal.  Last of all I would add a pepper- we like our Indian food spicy.

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The first thing I made was the Quick French Baguettes.  This recipe was VERY quick and easy for a yeast bread and turned out great.  My husband said that it was his favorite bread that I had ever made! 

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Another winner was the Manicotti.  Like suggested, I used lasagna noodles and they were delicious!  This was one of the first dishes where my husband and I actually ate all the leftovers. Also, you can use low fat cottage cheese instead of ricotta, use less cheese in general, or substitute some of the cheese for spinach!  This one is definitely a crowd pleaser.

A Great "Food" Documentary

My brother-in-law Danny was the one who told me about this great documentary.  He didn't really say much about it, just that it was good.  I was so anxious to see it that I signed up for the month free trial of netflixs so I could watch it.  It was by far the best "food" documentary I had ever seen (and I've watched my fair share).

This documentary focuses on the typical American diet and how we can change what we eat to promote a better lifestyle.  It talks about how many of our diseases our linked to how we live our life and how we can change the course of our "health destiny" by what we eat.  They promote a mainly whole food, plant based diet.  I have been a believer of this way of eating for a while and it was only reinforced after watching this movie.  It is startling how damaging meat and animal products truly are to your body.  I know to many they think you have to have meat and dairy to live- that is what we have been told our whole lives!  I use to believe that too.  I slowly realized the negative effects of meat and now I can see how damaging animal products in general are as well.

I wish I could say that I became a vegan overnight, but I didn't.  However, I'm going to cut out meat from my diet and try to stick to around a 5-15% dairy intake.  I know some people may think this is radical but so is eating terribly (but no one will talk about you behind your back for that).  I just want to be healthier.  I don't see how eating more vegetable, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds will hurt me.  It won't! And I know "health-wise" I will do just fine without hamburgers and hot dogs.  

Christmas Time!

Here is a picture of our first Christmas tree.  It's not the biggest... but its perfect for us (small for storing, and we only have about 10 ornaments).  The other picture is in front of Jake and Bronwyn's beautiful tree. 
This is also the first time I have ever had any Christmas decorations to put up (thanks to my mom) and I love it!  My favorite thing is probably my Christmas candle.  I love the aroma of Christmas! 
This year for Christmas we are going to Josh's families house in California.  I have never spent a Christmas with his family out of the three years I have known them and I am really excited.  It will be interesting to see how another family does Christmas- I have only spent it with my family before.  A bummer though is Jake and Bronwyn won't be there (Bronwyn is pregnant and due right after Christmas.)  
Also, my mother-in- law is throwing me a baby shower when we go down there.  She is so sweet and thoughtful.  
Overall, I am ready for finals to be over and head down to California!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Why the Random Posts?

For my business writing class we were supposed to start a blog.  Also, there were some requirements like each post had to be 150 words, I needed to post a video, etc.  So if some of the posts seem random, or long, it's because they are.  Overall it wasn't a bad assignment- it got me to start a blog!  So from now on I will mainly use this blog to post pictures of our baby and our family.  

Sunday, December 4, 2011


So I just restarted an old hobby: couponing.  If you have a little extra time it is a really fun thing to do that can save you a ton of money!  I know it may seem really intimidating and confusing so I wanted to add a couple of my favorite coupon sites I like to visit.  My absolute favorite and the most helpful in my opinion is  Another coupon blog that is very similar to that one is  Also, some great places to find online coupons that you can print from home are,,  Also, the Sunday newspaper is a great place to start.  You can find newspaper vending machines (I don't know if that is what they are technically called) in front of gas stations or even places like Denny's or Wendy's.  You just go on Sunday, put in $2.00 of change and you will get the Sunday paper which is full of coupon inserts.  Couponing isn't for everyone but I really enjoy it.  I love saving money on groceries, toiletries, household goods, and especially getting baby items like diapers for 50% off or more!