Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Oh, My LOVELY sweet tooth!


I have one of the worst sweet-tooths (?) in the world...ok, maybe not the world, but I do have quite the sweet tooth.  Ask anyone who knows me!  As such, I consider myself somewhat of a candy expert.  So, it should come as NO surprise that when I was given the opportunity to review Lovely candy, my sweet tooth answered the call....My tooth and I jumped at the chance!  

Oh the wonderful package of LOVELY yummyness that arrived in the mail!  Some didn't even make it long enough to take a picture before I had to sample them!  There are so many wonderful flavors to choose one!  What is even better....IT IS GLUTEN and GMO free!!!  Celiac's everywhere REJOICE!!

So I know that Christmas and the Holiday's are pretty much over, but these are so VERY good, that you really shouldn't need a reason to have to get these...although if you need one, check out .  I would have loved a stocking full of these sweet bits of goodness!

A little about the company: 

The Lovely Candy Company makes premium, consciously crafted candies for consumers looking for indulgent treats which offer the best ingredients available. 

Lovely candies are all natural, certified gluten free, tested non-GMO, certified kosher and contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients. 

They have Chewy Caramels, Fudgee Rolls(think a better Tootsie Roll), Fruit Chews with real fruit pieces, and Gluten-Free Licorice. A great treat for you and a fantastic treat for the whole family. 

Live Life Lovely! Get your Lovely Candy for the Holidays TODAY!

I received a free sample of the wonderfulness that is pictured above, in order for me (and my sweet tooth) to write this review, however all opinions expressed are my (or my sweet tooths) own.

AdoramaPix makes metal look like GLASS! My new favorite printing company!

I had the wonderful opportunity to try and review 2 of the MANY products that AdoramaPix has to offer!  Check out my original post HERE.

When my metal print (pictured below) arrived, I couldn't believe how great the picture is!  This is printed on METAL....yep...METAL.  Yet it looks like it is glass!  It reflects light beautifully (but not so great for me taking the picture....hence the weird angle) and the picture is so sharp and crisp.  I was amazed with how great it turned out!  If you sign up for an account with them (free), you will be notified of upcoming sales (they have had so many this Christmas season!)

I also  got to try their cards.  I am totally impressed with the quality...and the cute shape they were able to make!  They were certainly a big hit (and most talked about Christmas card).  The cardstock they use is very nice!

FRONT of the Card

Back of the Card

A little about the company
AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their contemporary metal prints capture memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Because your images are infused right into the metal, and not painted on the surface, their metal prints are extremely durable. Not only will your metal image be water and weather proof, but scratch resistant as well. You can even clean it with glass cleaner. Your memories deserve to live in true, archival luxury with AdoramaPix metal prints.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE:

I received free samples of 2 of their products in order to write this review, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Olde Westport spice & trading co makes cooking so much better!

As I mentioned HERE, I was able to try some of the wonderful products from the Olde Westport spice & trading co. 

  The quality and flavors are incredible!  I felt like the flavors made my cooking TOP NOTCH!  Each spice was packaged well, but the flavors were certainly the star.  The blends were my favorite!  They have so many to choose from (Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more).  I think my favorite (and most used) was the Gold Coast Garlic Shake spice blend.  I used it on EVERYTHING I could.  I even used it on veggies.  The CHILI SPICE BLEND is also FABULOUS!!!
Some info about the company and products:

Online specialty Food Company stands the test of time - Spice Company creates custom spice blends, sesonings and dry soups. Olde Westport Spice & Trading Company is a 33-year-old spice manufacturer that is still going strong. This online company operates a small plant in Goodland, Kansas, and knows a thing or two about spices, seasonings and soups. This family owned and operated company was originally founded in the Kansas City area and has stayed true to its mission of making custom spice blends for main meal dishes and appetizers as well as nearly 20 varieties of dry soups. The products are available online at; at food-related craft and trade shows throughout the Midwest; and at gift and gourmet food shops. Olde Westport's spice blends and seasonings include Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more. All of the products use quality ingredients for a balanced flavor that compliments meats, pastas and vegetables. The company also invented dry soup mixes that are simple and easy to make including Antonio's Minestrone, Country-Style Creamy Potato, Chipotle Black Bean, Creamy Broccoli and Cheese, Kansas City Steak & Ale, Gold Coast Garlic Pasta Alfredo, Mesa Flats Chicken Enchilada, New Orleans Red Bean & Rice, Southwestern Tortilla, White Chili Soup and more. Olde Westport Spice and Trading Co. is owned and operated by Bill and Judy Petersen, who along with their daughter, Ann Myers, also own and run a restaurant (Westport Grill) in Goodland featuring the products. Bill first custom created all of the spices and seasonings in the kitchen of his home. Today the company has a manufacturing facility where Bill still researches and develops new recipes and dishes for future products. For more information or to place an order, please visit or call 1-800-537-6470.

CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI SPICE BLEND - This championship spice has helped chili creators win 12 state and national championships throughout the years and all over the US! But what is most important to us about our Olde Westport Chili Spice Blend is that our customers love to use it in their chili whether it's for a national championship cook-off challenge or simply for their own family in their cozy kitchen on a cold winter's night. We've heard from countless customers that our attention to detail and quality is what makes this chili spice blend stand out above the competitors. We know you might put beans in your chili or maybe you add apples and sausage or perhaps you have a special recipe that is top secret but starts with thick-cut bacon... however you concoct your chili we hope you'll try our chili spice blend.

GOLD COAST GARLIC SHAKE - Gold Coast Garlic Shake spice blend is truly one of those special blends of garlic, herbs and spices that our customers use in sour cream dips, sprinkle over steamed vegetables, fresh vegetables from your garden, garlic mashed potatoes or steak on the grill. There are more than 50 recipes in the Olde Westport Gold Coast Garlic Cookbook that will give you lots of ideas for quick simple meals with that high-end restaurant flavor. A garlic experience you will never forget. Check out the Olde Westport web site for a few recipes and placing orders.

My readers can get 10% off their order. @usfg

I received a few samples to try in order to write my review,  however all opinions expressed are my own.

Coobie and Violet Love headbands are AWESOME!

As I mentioned HERE, Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 10+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size that fits 38-42D.  I was super skeptical about it being able to fit all the size ranges comfortably, but when I put it on, I was SO SURPRISED!  It was super comfy!  It is my new "staying-at-home-and-want-to-be-comfy" bra!  To check them out, go to their website

As I also mentioned in the post, Violet Love Headbands are no-slip no-headache headbands that are perfect to wear for yoga, pilates, or just as a stylish accessory. They are made from Premium quality fabrics that are buttery soft and super comfy.  The fabric is SO SOFT and smooth.  It feels wonderful!  I like that there are so many color choices!  I LOVE this headband!  Check them out at  I can't wait to get more colors!

To sweeten the deal:
  Here's a great promotion for my readers: 
Save 30% on any order of Coobie Seamless Bras or Violet Love Headbands at and
Promotion code: USFG30
I received one of each product in order to write my review, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book Review: Latter-day Warriors

Latter day Warriors blog tour
About the book:
Discover the spiritual warrior in you! Former BYU defensive lineman Brock Lance Richardson knows what it takes to become physically and spiritually strong. With examples from on and off the field, he shows you how to build your spiritual stamina and use your inner warrior for good. Perfect for youth and young adults, this is an entertaining and informative read.

About the author:
Brock Lance Richardson grew up as the oldest of seven children in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. While serving his mission, his father passed away with complications related to Crohn’s disease. The desire to honor his father’s memory has continually driven Brock to search for the spiritual warrior within himself. Returning from the mission, he played football at Snow College and later at BYU. He met his sweetheart Stephanie at Snow College and they married in 2009. They since have had two children. He is currently a Seminary teacher and is part of a non-profit organization called “Marked Generation,” organizing events and seminars for children that have lost parents. He loves the youth and believes in their tremendous potential.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Book Review: More than a Tattooed Mormon

More Than Tattooed Mormon blog tourAbout the book and author: (from Amazon)
Al Fox Carraway has spent the last four years inspiring the world with her story of conversion, redemption, and finding faith. As a blogger, social media personality, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. This moving biography and up-close account of her life and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the "LDS" or "Mormon" church) will show you what it means to truly trust in the Lord.

Being baptized and following the Lord has made Al's life harder than it ever was before. She endured criticism from friends and family for becoming a Mormon. She faced harsh judgments from Church members for her appearance. She gave up everything and felt more alone than she ever had in her life. All because she chose God.

Now she shares an up-close look at how trusting God has led her to places she never expected. As a blogger, YouTuber, and award-winning public speaker, her message has reached millions. Sharing her love of the Savior, Al goes beyond her own conversion and encourages readers to choose God above anything else. This uplifting book inspires readers to build a true relationship with the Lord that will bring them real, lasting happiness.

From Reidhead Randomness:
Check it out!  It is  currently on backorder through the publisher, but it's in stock on Amazon.  

The book shares her testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and how it can transform our own lives. She has a wonderful sense of humor, and a great energy and enthusiasm that radiates through the book. 


Friday, December 4, 2015

Nitro Circus in Salt Lake City, UT


As I mentioned HERE Nitro Circus came to town.

What a super fun night we had attending the Nitro Circus!  This could give any mother a heart attack....  and gives new meaning to "look mom!  NO HANDS!"

The adrenaline was pumping through the whole stadium as the people flew down ramps and super high into the air!  I would get butterflies in my stomach watching them.

One guy on a motocross bike did "the worm" move as he sailed through the air holding onto the back of his motorcycle.  Another got the idea to have multiple people on the bike...up to 3 people on one motorcycle....and do a flip!

They would show videos of the MANY wipeouts and tragedys that happen in this dangerous sport.  One of them was when a man landed wrong, and broke his spine.  He is now paralyzed from the waist down.  That didn't stop him though.  OH NO!  They got him off his wheelchair, strapped him ONTO the motorcycle...and he still continues to ride...and flip!
This was my attempt at capturing the 20 riders upside down at the same time...not very successful.

One of my FAVORITE moments was when they had EVERY one of the people in the show UPSIDE DOWN....AT THE SAME TIME!!!  There were 20 riders!  OMGoodness!  It was incredible!

They didn't just ride bikes, scooters and rollerblades...they got bathtubs, whiskey barrels, wheelbarrows, snowmobiles, skiis, an armchair couch thing, and many other crazy things!  They even did piggy back rides...with flips!

They were in SLC as their second to last stop for the year, but they will begin again in 2016!  So get your tickets NOW!

If you go:

1. Bring ear plugs, because the volume is SUPER LOUD!
2. Note that there was a little bit of crude-ish language.  It wasn't TERRIBLE, but noteworthy none the less.
3. Through the show (as they set up for the next part), they show images from OLD circuses.  Some of them were a little disturbing...but you can just not watch the screen while that is going on.
4. There was a just a couple times when guys would make a crude gesture.

Overall, we had a WONDERFUL time!  It was amazing to see these talented athletes!

Thanks for the tickets, nitro circus, so I was able to write a review!