I really love babies.
Obviously this comes from recently having my very first. But I don't think I was prepared for the head over heels, can't-get-enough-of-everything-she-does, thinks-she-is-a-genius type of love. And I don't just love her. I really really like her.
Enough gushing. The point is, last night I saw this preview for the first time and I cried. I laughed and I cried. There is something about babies. They are innocent. And I cannot wait to see this movie.
I told my husband he has to take me for Mother's Day.

Food Rules

Tonight I was at The Wal-Marts picking up a few things when I came across some string cheese. I thought it would make a good snack to have on hand for the upcoming week. The problem was, I looked at the ingredients and they broke multiple food rules:
  1. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
  2. Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.
  3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
So alas, I had to put back that particular brand of string cheese.

I am obsessed with food since I watched Food Inc. and I have now purchased all of Michael Pollan's books. I highly recommend picking up Food Rules, which is a simple guidebook of 64 rules for better eating based on Pollan's core principles:

1. Eat Food
2. Mostly Plants
3. Not Too Much

Here are some of my favorite Food Rules:

2. Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
7. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
9. Avoid food products with the wordoid "lite" or the terms "low-fat" or "non-fat" in their names.
13. Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
27. Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
36. Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
39. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
44. Pay more, eat less.
51. Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.
64. Break the rules once in a while.

"Eating doesn't have to be so complicated. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food. Written with the clarity, concision and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan's trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page, accompanied by a concise explanation. It's an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, "What should I eat?"

TRESemme' Curl Activator

I'm always looking for ways to hold curl in my hair. I recently picked up TRESemme' Curl Activator at my local Walmarts a few weeks ago and have used it almost everyday since. I like how it works with my hot curlers and curling iron. I'm a hot curler gal on most days and it does help in a gentle way when you use it according to directions (spraying through your hair and blow dry for one minute).
But if you want really sculpted curls you can use it by spraying on the ends before curling each piece and it really sticks. There are times when I want that type of curl and it's major sticky so don't try to brush through it - just wash it after you use that look.

DownEast Clothing Sale!

Online or in stores, DownEast is having a fantastic sale!

This beautiful sweater, only $10. We may or may not have picked up one in every color available.
(JCrew style without the high price.)

I bought this dress for full price and am sad to see it is now only $10 . I could have saved myself almost $30.
Love the detailing on this basic top. Only $5.

And there is much more in the stores including darling ruffle edge trench coats, silk dresses with rosette details, and skirts in fun prints perfect for spring.

Old Tom Foolery Cards

We really love a card that makes us laugh.
We recently discovered Old Tom Foolery cards and they did just that. Made us laugh.Their headline says it all -
Unsappy, uncrappy greetings.

Love the old timey newspaper look and witty headlines.

I think a few of these are going to make it into my collection of cards to have on hand. Around here someone is always getting married, having a baby, having a birthday or doing something that requires a thank you card.

Pay Attention to Price Tags!

Whilst rummaging through the skirt rack at Ross recently I saw a cute gray pleated skirt and thought I might want to buy it, if the price was right.
I always check prices and was stunned to see it was only $0.49 - now I'm used to getting good deals, but this was ridiculous. I threw it in my cart and proceeded to the cashier. You notice I did not try it on. If it didn't fit, I wasn't out too much. And maybe it would work for someone else.
I asked the cashier if this could possibly be the correct price (since I wasn't trying to scam anyone) so she scanned it and said "yes."
Wowsa! Getting a deal like that was fun with a capital F and Natalie looks great in the skirt!


OXO Mango Slicer. Best $12.99 I've ever spent on something for the kitchen.

Oscar Hit

MTV dubbed her worst dressed and called her gown "ridiculous" but the purple Givenchy Couture gown worn by Zoe Saldana was my favorite of the night.
What was your favorite dress?

140 Words or Less

I have a Twitter account but I am very bad at doing updates. I really only use it now to follow other people.
While I enjoy reading about the everyday things other people do, I always think that no one wants to read about the mundane details of my life. For instance, when I'm up at 2am painting my walls and watching old episodes of Modern Family.
I also love the idea of journaling but I am very bad at sitting down each night and writing out my thoughts and feelings. It's too hard for me to write every single night. I'd rather be doing anything else, really.
Then it hit me. I should do a "Twitter Journal." Each night I will write a brief tidbit about my day in 140 words or less. That way I capture each day without a lot of pressure that an entire blank journal page brings.
Turns out this wasn't a totally original idea. I found this journal on Amazon.

It has just enough space to record a single thought, special event or quote for everyday for the next five years.
Perfect! I am ordering one now.

Toscano Pizzeria & Gelato

I'm not really a food snob, but I know what I like and I'm a harsh judge.
I make quick judgments about some restaurants before I even sit down. If the place has a bad vibe - I'm out. Next judgment comes with the bread basket. It needs to be fresh and warm (I prefer artisan or other nice bread varieties but if it's fresh it will pass.) Next it's the salad and I am the most opinionated about that. If it's a pile of iceberg lettuce and carrot shreds with ranch, that's a deal killer.

I was pleasantly surprised to walk into this new restaurant Toscano Pizzeria & Gelato in Sandy (in a strip mall no less!) last week. The vibe was good. It felt like I was in a restaurant in a bigger city. Finding a good non-chain restaurant in our fair city is hard to do, so when it happens I am thrilled. I was there on a Saturday night and they had live music too. The smells from the fire oven really sealed the deal.

When the menu had my favorite arugula salad and my husbands favorite caprese salad I was giddy.

We ordered the Fresh Sliced Prosciutto pizza with crushed San Marzano Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese, Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, finished with fresh Arugula (yup more Arugula!) It was heavenly. Really fresh, delicious tasting food.

Top off the meal with Italian Gelato. They have too may flavors to mention. I'm crazy about the Cherry Yogurt.

Run don't walk to Pizzeria Toscano

17 E 11400S
Sandy UT 84070

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Join The Dating Revolution

When I moved back to Utah I was in desperate need of two things: my family and a therapist. Lucky for me, my Dad had been talking to a client of his about my impending divorce and she referred me to the phenomenal Karen Kindred. I saw Karen for about 18 months and I can honestly say that she changed my life through her pragmatic approach to relationships and her sassy, memorable catchphrases. Her motto: change your thinking, change your life.

I was intrigued and excited when Karen asked me (now that I was no longer a client) if I would be interested in helping her teach a series of Dating 101 workshops that she was starting in 2010. I jumped at the chance to participate.

Karen has noticed a trend in her practice: people have stopped dating. They hang out, hook up, sleep over and break up. They get into a relationship and move things way too fast, the result being that the relationship either burns out in 2 or 3 months or the couple gets married way too quickly and things end badly.

Karen wants to start a new dating revolution where people understand themselves and what they want, what the right pace is for the different stages of a relationship, how to communicate better and how to make progress in the relationship - whether that means moving forward to different levels of intimacy or breaking up. Even more than that, she hopes to teach people how to HAVE FUN dating. To teach people how to fall into LIKE in order to fall in love.

Karen is offering a FREE introductory Dating 101 workshop next Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 PM at the Cottonwood Club. It's a great opportunity to get a sense for what the Dating 101 workshops are like, eat some yummy food and meet some like minded local singles. There's no pressure to sign up for the series - in fact, we'd love to have you attend the free session just to get your feedback! MORE INFO

Here is the scoop on the Dating 101 workshops:

What is it?
Six week workshop series. Workshops meet once a week for 90 minutes. Each group is co-ed.

Week 1
Slow and Steady Wins The Race: Understanding the different phases of a relationship and how NOT to move things too fast. How do you show someone you're interested in them? What should a healthy relationship look like?

Week 2
Don’t Sell a Bill of Goods: How to be authentic from the beginning of a relationship, set your boundaries and start speaking your truth.

Week 3
Conquering Fears: Understanding relationship fears and how to conquer them.

Week 4
Out With The Old, In With The New: IF, WHEN and HOW to break-up.

Week 5
Life is a Conversation: Communication. Communication. Communication. Understanding productive communication in a relationship. Did we mention this week is about communication?

Week 6
Know Thyself: Understanding your unique personality type and what you are looking for in a relationship. How to keep your relationship FUN and spicy.

Find out more at

Free Dating 101 Workshop
Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 PM
The Cottonwood Club
1780 East Lakewood Drive (approximately 5400 South)
Holladay, Utah