National Park Heaven

Hello friends!

On the last day of my special four day weekend hubs and I traveled home through another of Utah’s National Parks- Bryce Canyon National Park. We get to spend time driving home and love to take scenic routes. (Does Utah have more National Parks than any other state??) Utah has Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands (Canyonlands is the only Utah National Park I haven’t visited- I have a special love for my home state National Park-Yellowstone ⭐️)

It’s a casual, comfy, car day and I wore a cute spring outfit (while looking for a hat {never need an excuse to shop} to wear in the sun-from Dressbarn-the blouse has pretty spring colors that I love and the pants are linen which are nice in the hot weather.

I looked up the answer for which state has the most National Parks:

California has the most (nine), followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five), and Colorado (four). The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias in Alaska: at over 8 million acres (32,375 km2), it is larger than each of the nine smallest states. The next three largest parks are also in Alaska.

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Summertime

Hello friends!!

How is everyone this fine Saturday?? I’m having a lovely four day weekend with my hubby! We drove to St George Utah for our anniversary and are just hanging out, visiting Zion National Park, went to a concert at Tuacahn (David Archuleta!) and are having a good time 😍

Yesterday before the concert we drove to Zion National Park and hiked a couple trails- (at one point we passed a couple girls taking selfies and one said to the other- “that shows your chubby arms”?? as I walked by them I told her”you do not have chubby arms”!-be positive about your body friends!) seriously people I’m in heaven -it was gorgeous! I’ll add some pictures!

Anyway we got to the concert; before it started we discussed what to do the next day and I want to do more hiking- hubs does not and I ask him “do u want to live”?? At our age (hubs is older than me) we need to keep active so I figure I’m extending and improving his quality of life by making him hike when he would rather sit! 😂😂 oh my goodness!

So at Tuacahn we saw David Archuleta and I had so much fun! He really has a beautiful voice; he did some of his new album “Postcards in the Sky” some of his older songs, a medley of “Greatest Show”, a song from Lion King II, “If I Could Only Imagine”-originally by Mercy Me and it was a wonderful concert (thanks to my son Connor for tickets!)

Today we are headed back to Zion, do some more hiking, get some grub, stop and visit family, and then maybe hang out at the pool.

It’s a beautiful morning friends! Have a great weekend!

Week full of tripping

Hello friends!

I told you I would update on my trip to my clients service.

My trip started at 130 am… wait what?? Yes I accidentally woke at 130 and finally just dragged myself out of bed at 145. I figured it was hopeless to try for 15 more minutes of sleep and actually I’m glad I did cause I’m a little of an early bird so those extra few minutes made me very calm.

I fell asleep on the plane; let’s face it, it was dark, quiet, and the buzz of the engines just pulled me right to sleep 😴 I’m pretty sure my mouth was open, I sleep with my mouth open, I could in theory catch bugs. I was rudely awakened when someone’s phone went off! I actually dreamt I was at home and slept through my alarm so I woke freaking out! (Luckily I did not wake my neighbor lol)

I even got to the rental car company without (don’t think so) looking as if I had no clue what I was doing! That’s a win win!

Then I plugged the Church or Cathedral address into my google map on my phone and off I went (stopping off at a luckily found Denny’s for breakfast as I was starving! Seriously who wants to eat breakfast at 3 am?? Wasn’t feeling it) then back on the road… but as I entered the chapel it did not appear as if prepared for a service. It looked like an ordinary day…? Help

Yes I went to the wrong church, apparently two have the exact same name but in different cities …so I had to high tail it out of there and hopefully make it on time! Thank goodness I did, I think it meant a lot to the parents that I was there, they seemed comforted and I got to hear lots of wonderful memories of my client throughout the day. It was a beautiful day, I was exhausted but it was a beautiful day.

I did try to go shopping afterwards and found the “most noted” mall in that particular city but by the time I drove around downtown looking for parking I figured I would not have enough time to make it back to the rental car and airport before my flight so I did not shop- I know, sad huh. Although I did see a great deal of said city and really enjoyed driving into these tall tall skyscrapers that I hadn’t seen before! I felt brave and accomplished going on this trip and renting a car all on my own -I am woman – ❤️

I got back home pretty tired, you can see by the pic I took at airport I’m dragging a little. But made it home, yay!

Now tomorrow me and hubs are going on a road trip for our anniversary! We hope to relax and go hiking, catch a movie, see a concert, lay by the pool and just chill. I’m super stoked to be going on another trip for a four day weekend! Here are pics of a couple outfits I’m packing because they’re so summery! Got them both at Target.

I just want to thank you, my friend. Thanks for reading! I sure appreciate all the support you give me by reading my blog, it means a lot. Have a great Thursday (tomorrow)!

Happy in sorrows

Hello friends!

I thought I would give an update to my week- it’s been a full week!

My employer is paying for me to travel to (city- undetailed as it would give info about my client) and visit my client’s memorial service which is really nice that they are willing to take care of this for me.

I have a couple of worries I will share:

1. I am an introvert and the only person I know is (dead)- I’m trying to be respectful but I don’t know another way to phrase it (at the same time I think my client would see this as a humorous situation)

2. I’ve never visited (certain city) other than the airport – and will be driving myself around- I hope I don’t get lost

3. I have to get up at 2 am for my flight- I might be tired – I will for sure need food (where can I find gluten free food in (city?) to help address fatigue

So I’ve googled all the places I need to drive and looked at the maps of all the locations. I also noticed several shopping locations which look like fun (my return flight is later so I might have an hour or two to explore). You all know I excel at shopping!

I do love to travel and discover new locales and I think discovering a new place and shopping (#self care) might distract me from being sad or overwhelmed on this trip. I’ll let you know what happens!

Addiction and Sadness

Hello friends!

I’ve had a sad week, you all know I’m a therapist IRL right? Well one of my clients overdosed and died early Tuesday morning. I haven’t had a client pass away before and it’s been painful. It also remind me of why I’m a therapist; I wanted to make a difference in the fight against addiction. Sometimes this is a sad fight.

I had a work training today; I was part of a group activity where the leader asked us all to (create) and remember each person’s individual (thought up) hand gesture as part of a mindfulness activity and I started sobbing-almost uncontrollably- that wasn’t a super convenient time for me to feel my sadness although I’m overwhelmed right now so I guess it comes out in weird ways.

I usually have a really cheery personality so I feel exhausted to be super sad all the time. I’m sad but I am worn out and don’t want to be sad. I’m conflicted for sure because it’s normal in this situation to be sad. I haven’t sobbed in meetings with other clients so somehow I guess I’m keeping it together.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that emotions are normal and I know it’s unreasonable to expect ourselves or others not to have emotions in normal sad situations. We are human after all.

(I wish we could win the war on addiction, I wish the road led to recovery)

LIEBSTER AWARD!

Hello Friends!

I am so honored and excited to share I’ve been nominated by Sarah at lifewithlilred for my first Liebster Award! This is so exciting! I’ve just been happy to share my thoughts a few times a week on fashion, makeup, aging and other random things but this award is a real honor! Check out Sarah’s blog! I love reading her thoughts, reviews, and suggestions for life, you will love it as I do!

There are rules connected to this award, which are:

The Rules:

  • Create a post in your blog about this Award and spread the news.
  • Acknowledge the person who nominated you in the same post. Also let the person know your opinion about his/her own blog.
  • Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Choose at least 5 (maximum 10) bloggers whom you enjoy reading and want to nominate.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Notify your nominees that you nominated them. Also paste your post link in the notification so that they can follow the required steps.

Now for the fun!

My Questions from lifewithlilred:

  1. What is the weather like where you live? Oh my gosh, you would ask! It’s springtime in Utah, so that means one day it is 75 and the next it is snowing (in general). Today has been very windy which might mean a big storm is coming.
  2. Heels or flats? Heels really, I love shoes! I have so many pair!
  3. What is your dream job? To be an influencer in the fashion/accessory/shoe/bag industry! I think that would be fun after I retire from my present job.
  4. When did you realize that you enjoyed writing? I’ve never really known I enjoyed writing; I just have odd thoughts that normally I keep to myself and now I don’t, so apparently I’m a writer! 😉
  5. New shoes or a new purse? Shoes? This is a hard question…
  6. What is your favorite way to treat yoself? I love going to the movies; I love action, adventure, science fiction, drama, comedy….I’m not a super romantic chick flik gal, there has to be more to it than just romance.
  7. Texting or calling? Texting!
  8. What was the last movie you saw in theaters? Saturday night I watched “A Quiet Place” (for the third time with my oldest daughter, I love that movie!)
  9. What is your favorite restaurant? It depends on the mood I’m in but I have a favorite Thai (Spicy Thai) restaurant and Indian (Bombay House) Restaurant.
  10. . What is your order at Starbucks? I’m not a coffee drinker, so I only go when accompanying someone else and grab hot chocolate.
  11. What is your best friend like? She is funny, loving, supportive, and is a fashion addict like me!

In my short time of blogging, I’ve found some blogs I love; here are my Liebster nominees! Check out these bloggers!

Reverie of Roses

The Grey Divorcee

Steph-Picking the Day

Ladies, here are your list of questions:

  1. What is your favorite musical group or song?
  2. What is your favorite season?
  3. Baseball cap or beanie?
  4. Where have you gone on vacation?
  5. What is your favorite food?
  6. When did you realize you wanted to be a blogger?
  7. What were you like as a teenager?
  8. What is a fun fact about you?
  9. What is the last movie you saw?
  10. What is your favorite television series?

Thanks to Sarah lifewithlilred for nominating me! I’ve had fun creating this post; let me know what your answers would be to the questions Sarah gave me or the questions I posed, I would love to know your answers!

Happy Monday Friends!

New Lippie/Reviewing Flower (Brand)

Happy Friday friends!

Wow I know it’s Friday and all but seriously, it’s snowed here in Utah county….and the wind is blowing, it feels arctic! We got about three inches of snow last night and no way it feels like April 13! What happened??

This week I went to Walmart with my good friend Anne because she introduced me to the Flower Brand (Drew Barrymore) and it’s carried at Walmart and Ulta. I decided to go to Walmart cause I just can’t afford an Ulta trip right now (know what I mean??)! LOL

I picked up two different Matte lip glosses and liners and will share pictures of how it looks! I purchased two Miracle Matte Lipcolor and two Petal Pout lipliners and am having so much fun using them. I purchased Merlot Kiss Miracle Matte Lipcolor, which is a deep berry color and Petal Pout lip liner in Violet and that’s what I’m rockin’ today. I’m wearing my burgundy pixie pants from OldNavy, pink striped shirt with ruffled cuffs from Target, WhoWhatWear and tweed jacket also Target, WWW (I figure the striped pink shirt is sort of spring even if it’s snowing and 30degrees outside)

Yesterday I wore a bold print skirt with lace underlay that I love from Target, WhoWhatWear, along with a coral tank (Nordstrom Rack)and tan cardigan (OldNavy) with open toe booties (also Nordstrom Rack-although it was blizzarding yesterday and I wondered if I was crazy wearing a skirt!) I added Miracle Matte Lip in Melon Pop lined with Petal Pout in Fuschia. It’s a bold color but wow I love it!

Try this new brand out and see what you think, I’m having fun already (and it’s not quite the weekend)!