Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Eating for Life

I'm writing this as I eat some sweet corn tamales from Bajio....so don't judge me. I am 8 months pregnant and trying.

So in an effort to eat better, my hubby and I are eating most of our meals from the Eating for Life book. If you don't have this yet, it's a must have. It's the recipe companion book to Body for Life, which totally and completely works.

I wanted to post a pancake recipe that I made this morning, and was SUPER surprised how delish it was. So very easy and nutritious. ENJOY!

Golden Pancakes

1 cup uncooked whole-grain oats (non-instant oatmeal)

6 egg whites, or egg substitute

1 cup cottage cheese

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 packets sugar substitute

Mix in a blender until smooth and pour into hot griddle. Top with warm maple syrup and fresh berries. (and in my opinion, i would add more vanilla and cinnamon. or apple pie spice. yummy!)

There are also some great recipes for protein shakes, lettuce wraps, turkey meatloaf, and omlettes. Most of the stuff that I've tried from the book is pretty good. Can't complain when you're not eating a burger and fries! (which of course i'd rather, but i gotta do something!!!)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best time of the year!

So this might seem a little odd but for those of you who love the citrus season I have to say, it just doesn't get any better than Costco right now. Every year I know that I can count on Costco to have the BEST grapfruit and clementines ever! My kids are addicted and it happens every year without fail. It is so good that if you thought you didn't like grapefruit and tried Costco's you might say, "I love grapefruit!" Same with the clementines. Sweet and Juicy!

Friday, November 21, 2008

What did you think of Twilight?

I just got home from seeing the midnight showing of Twilight (yes it's 2:53 am right now) and I am interested to hear all of your thoughts on the movie. Good? Bad? Like? Dislike? I won't tell you my thoughts because I don't want to set anyone up with my opinion. Tell me yours though, and beware, if you haven't seen it yet, don't read the comments. You don't want to spoil it for yourself. I'll put my thoughts in the comments too!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Food Storage Help

Hi. So lately I've been thinking I need to get up to par on my food storage (for those of you who may not know what I mean, I'm referring to the LDS Church's recommendation to keep a year's worth of food in your home in case of hardship) . It has always been overwhelming for me, but in light of this economy and such, I have found some new motivation to get it done. I've been doing a bit of online research and making a few phone calls. If anyone knows of any cool websites that would be helpful in this area, I'd greatly appreciate a comment with the link. Here are some that I've found so far:

FEMA disaster preparedness
The Red Cross

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Eddie Bauer Sale

Hi. I'm not normally a huge E.B. fan, but I happened to be the mall today and they are having an additional 30% off of their sale/clearance items (some shirts were only $10). They have long sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, pants, etc. I bought a few really cute things! Just thought I'd share the news...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MOMs Club

Some of you may have heard of this, but I was SUPER excited when I came across it. It's an international non-profit organization called "Moms' Club." I have been wondering how I could meet new moms with children my boy's age and find fun things to do. There seem to be groups in most of states. Click on this link (MOMs Club) and then click on "chapters" to find a club near you. I went to the open house for it a few days ago in my county and it was insane! There were TONS of moms with their kids at the park and I got to meet some potential new friends! Yay! They also gave me a calendar of this month's activities, and I couldn't believe how many things they do each month! You can go to as many or as few of them as you'd like. It was created for "stay-at-home" moms, but I found that the one I attended had lots of moms that also worked part time, or worked out of their home. You can also bring your children to ALL activities (except once a month they do "moms night out" where it is just mommies)! I am excited about it! I have just been feeling so "shut in," bored and lonely. No longer!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Diaper Cake - Halloween Style

I just had to share because it turned out so cute! We had a mini-baby shower for my sister-in-law Brienna at Bunco last night. And, since it was October, I was hosting at my house this month and I'm obsessed with all things Halloween, I thought we'd theme it up a little. Here's the - adorable - end result.

Thanks Alysha for the tutorial awhile back. I'm so excited at how easy and fun these are!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Adult Onset Acne! HELP!

Hey ladies...I need some help!  All of a sudden my face has exploded into a zit party where every zit in the world was invited!  Its TERRIBLE and strangely enough worse then I ever had on my face as a teenager.  Soooooo, in an attempt to save a little money I opted to try PROACTIVE SOLUTION instead of seeing a Dermatologist.  It seems to be working and my zits are drying up BUT, my skin is sooooooooooooo dry!  I'm using the Proactive moisturizers but its not giving my skin what it needs since I started with really dry skin to begin with.  I know at least a few of you out there have used Proactive so any tips to help with the dry skin would be appreciated!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Lion's House Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Here ya go Julie!

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate (2 blocks), melted
2 cups grated zucchini
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet

Prepare two 8x4 inch loaf pans by greasing and flouring or by lining with parchment paper. Melt unsweetened chocolate and set aside. Wash and grate zucchini; set aside. Measure flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and cinnamon into a bowl, stir, and set aside. Place eggs in mixing bowl and beat. Add the sugars, oil, melted chocolate, and vanilla; beat until creamy. Add the zucchini and stir together. Mix in dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and mix in. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Makes 2 loaves.

I've made this a few times and it's divine!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

YearBook Yourself

This is the funniest thing I've seen in a while (well, I am easily amused). You can use your own "face" and put it with a bunch of hairstyles from 1950 to the year 2000. I had tons of fun playing with it. I even tried to see what I'd look like as a guy! haha! Too funny. Try it for yourself!

I'm Craving...


But unfortunately I can't find a recipe that I like.  I know you ladies out there can help me out!  If you have a good Zucchini Bread recipe will you post it please????  Preferably a recipe that involves Chocolate!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cake Wrecks!

I found this site the same day Alysha posted about her friends darling Diaper Cakes (can't wait to make one...so easy, so cute!!) A new twist on the whole cake thing....too funny!!

This website/blog is hilarious!! My husband and I have been one upping each other with finding the BEST one! I found it on my friends blog...check it out if you have time to knob and want a good laugh!!


This one is my favorite so far....(and yes, my husband found it!)

Can we say "oh my heck!!" Go to the site to read the funny write up about it!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

We the Women!

So this isn't really a we know the good stuff kind of a thing but there is nothing as powerful as a group of good women so I know I can turn to you girls for help!  

As many of you know I'm taking my family blog private.  I watched part of an Oprah show the other day that talked about child pornography in this county and I was deeply disturbed by it.  On the show Oprah said that because of lack of funding law enforcement can only track and find 2% of the people out there who produce and trade child pornography.  There is a bill, the Protect our Children Act, Bill 1738 that we need to support.  The Bill would allocate $325 Million over the next 5 years to help fund law enforcement to be able to track and find and arrest and prosecute more of these pedophiles.  We can support the bill by writing to our Senators.  Please everybody go to www.oprah.com and find where it says "Help pass Bill 1738, the Protect our Children Act."  Read the instructions on how to look up and then write a letter to your senators, encouraging them to vote yes on Bill 1738!  There is even a pre-written letter that you can copy and paste!

I know that "we the women" of WKTGS can help make a difference!  

Please tell all the wonderful women in your life to help with this cause!  We need to protect our sweet little children.

ps--those who live in UT...don't bother sending an email to Senator Orrin Hatch...he is sponsoring the bill.  There is another UT Senator that could get the email though!

Thursday, September 18, 2008


I'm a SHOPPER. Love a bargin! That is why I spent 1 1/2 hours at Gymboree today! All of the new sweaters etc, are on sale for 20$ and the shirts, pjs, leggings etc are only 10$. And, a bunch of the older lines are on sale. Needless to say, I saved a bundle..and EARLY Christmas shopping, and GYMBUCKS! SO, jump online or stop by.
ALSO, GET ON THE MAILING LIST! Lately, I get coupons for 20-30% off of my ENTIRE purchase. You will want those for Christmas. Then all of that stuff is 7-15 dollars. Alrighty?

Meals for the family on the go...

I don't think I would have ever picked up this book on my own but a friend told me about it. I love to cook but not necessarily what my family likes to eat. Often I hear, "can't you just cook normal food mom?" Anyway - so far every recipe I have made from this book my kids have enjoyed. The recipes are easy and the list of ingredients short compared to most of my books. We are always on the go. I've read so many different ideas for keeping family dinner intact in a busy home and this seems to work best for us - even if it sometimes 9:00 at night :( The reality of having children who play high school sports.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tomorrow On Ellen

So I just saw a preview for tomorrow's Ellen show... and as soon as I saw it I thought of this blog, of course. Stephanie Meyer is a guest. I haven't heard of her being on any other talk show yet... so I'll be watching (especially since I tivo Ellen every day anyway).

And as a bonus, Ne-Yo (who I also usually love) is on tomorrow also.

Music Whore

Sometimes I get into the funk of spending hours on iTunes, downloading random songs. And boy, have I hit the jackpot this time. Here's some of my newest favorites if you're looking for some new tunes!

Joshua Radin - Honestly EVERYTHING he sings is amazing. He totally masters the art of whisper singing. His new album dropped last week and it's awesome. Some of my favorite songs: "Lovely Tonight" (duet with Ingrid Michaelson, and it's gorgeous, on an older album), "Sky," "One of Those Days" and "I'd Rather be With You."

Amos Lee - His voice is just dreamy. Check out "Arms of a Woman."

Jon McLaughlin- He sang on the Enchanted album (and was in the movie) and I just die when I hear his voice. Listen to "Beautiful Disaster." Oh, and he's sooooooooo easy on the eyes...

Matt Nathanson - He's kind of Jack Johnson-esque to me, and I really like "Come on Get Higher." I remember going to one of his shows while at BYU, and really like his tone.

Karina - She's hip hop, but at only 16, this girl has got pipes! My faves are "Can't Find the Words," and "The Love We Got."
Enjoy Friends! Let's share the music love, post any others you're enjoying right now!

Monday, September 15, 2008


I found this funny "time waster" website where you can take your own pictures and have them put into cool backgrounds so that they look like real posters, etc in the real world. It's hard to explain but it will make perfect sense once you're on the website. Click here to check it out. Here are some of the pics I made with my own photos for fun!

I'm A Believer!

I have had a major issue with my dishwasher for well over a year now. Let me tell you why. One day, while my sweet 6 1/2 year old was tying to help with the dishes, he tripped over the dishwasher and pulled not only it out of the cabinet, but the piece of the cabinet that it attaches too. I have had zero lucky reattching that piece of board and thus the dishwasher because it is virtually impossible without removing the counter tops. Since that is not an option I have just lived with a rickety dishwasher. Well about two or three weeks ago, my silly efforts to secure it completely failed and I have not been able to open both shelves in the dishwasher or even just one really full shelf without the whole dishwasher tipping forward and the bottom drawer crashing out and rolling across the kitchen floor. To say the least this has been DRIVING ME NUTS! I am not proud to admit that a few swear words may have escaped my lips each and every time this occured! Hey, I'm not perfect! HaHa

The other day, I had a brilliant idea. After having seen this commercial a thousand times and thinking to my self, "yeah right like that really works!" I decided it was worth a try, what do I have to loose and if it works my dishwasher will stay in place. Well, I am most delighted to tell you all that it completely worked, my dishwasher is attached and secure! Yippy.

What is this magic product you ask?

Laugh if you wish, but this stuff totally worked. It was my last hope and I love it the MIGHTY PUTTY!

Friday, September 12, 2008


Sara Blakely......bless her! Has done it again girls!! I have been a fan of the SPANX body shapers for years, and now a super fan of the new Bra-llelujah- all hosiery comfort bra!!!!
I just got it in the mail, and you really do forget you have it on! I absolutely love the soft straps and the less visible lines in the back.
Yahoo! Just spreading the love ladies. You can order directly from the web site.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dots N' Daisies

Dots N' Daisies is a local Utah company that creates custom designed letters, sayings, names, etc. If you are interested in custom work, they do that too. They match colors to your rooms, etc.
Amanda is one of the owners and is my friend. They make such cute letters and sayings! I just love them.

We are going to have a shopping party together for Christmas. So, if you are in town and would like to stop by please do so. You can still place orders online even if you live out of town or are not able to come. The party will be half Dots and Daisies and half Scentsy party.

November 4th


As it gets closer I will post a reminder. So, mark your calendars now! It will be a great way to get some of that Christmas shopping out of the way! If you have any questions just email me!

Here are the websites to check out!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fashion in the Kitchen!?!

I must admit that I have become obsessed with something!!! Back in May, just after my baby was born, I was knobbing around the mall trying to find the perfect gift for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day!! When all of a sudden I happened upon a little kiosk! I fell in love!! Flirty Aprons are the latest, most adorable fashion for the kitchen!! (at least in my opinion!) My husband surprised me with one for my birthday this past June, I've had my mom pick out hers for her b-day (bummer, it's on backorder), and then I just bought a half apron at the Women's Expo that I went to on Friday!! I've now decided to start collecting them....call me crazy but I've been wearing my new 1/2 apron for the last few hours and I was teasing my husband that I was going to wear it as my "housewife" apron!! (that's most definitely a joke...lol!) He thought I was pretty cute!! How to choose which one to purchase next!! These make the most adorable gifts--totally fun!

This is the one my husband bought me for my birthday!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Le Mystere? Or Something Else?

Help help help! I am sick and tired of horrible bras! This is a question I'm throwing out to all you larger chested ladies. Meaning, D cup or bigger. I'm about a 38DD, or 40D, and I have about 20 bras that I can't stand wearing. My most recent purchase was at Lane Bryant (the balconette bra). When I first tried it on, I was like "whoa" because it makes "the girls" look super fab, nice and round, and high. Loved it! Then I started wearing it....argh! The straps are so far at the edge of my shoulders that they constantly fall off (so annoying). But the biggest annoyance is that the sides of the bra contain a piece of underwire that runs vertically kind of underneath the armpit (I think its purpose is to kind of hold the boobs in from the side). The thing that makes me crazy is that it comes up so high under my armpit, that it rubs it raw. So I'm trying to find the bra that will make me look great AND feel comfortable. I guess I'd say the Victoria Secret Body by Victoria is the most comfortable one I've got, but it's so stretchy that it tends to stretch out really quickly. I've heard the "Le Mystere" bra (found at Nordstroms and happens to be Oprah's favorite--pictured above) is really good. But it's pricey. At this point, I wouldn't care. As long as it was comfy! So, if y'all know of any great bras for us larger chested ladies....I'd love to know the "good stuff" about them like what kind they are and where you bought them. I am desperate.

Hey, I'm a Newbie

As promised, I will answer these questions right quick:
1. Name - Amiee (hate to put last name just b/c of privacy internet stuff. you know...)
2. Age- 33
3. Married/Kids - married with one baby
4. Work - Realtor
5. Resides - Northern area of Utah, but I'm born and raised Louisiana girl...go South! Woo hoo!
6. Hobbies - singing
7. Loves- my boy, hubby, dogs, friends, family, eating out, movies, boating, entertaining
8. I am on this blog thanks to...- Shannon. I stumbled upon it from another blog months ago, and I love keeping tabs on it. But I can't remember who's blog I linked from!
9. Dreams - would love to be a famous country singer one day...but for now the little "gigs" are good enough!
10. Addictions - unfortunately, food! also addicted to music and blogging.
11. Biggest Dislikes - dislikes?? Hmmm...I can't stand mean people. You know, the kind that are mean and they KNOW they are being mean and don't care. I hate raw tomatoes (but I will eat them any way as long as they are cooked), & spiders (I am terrified of those brown recluse/black widows)...

Well that wasn't too exciting, was it? Thank you for letting me be a contributor! I had about 5 cool things to post about, and now I am going blank (of course). I hope to help keep the site up and running with more "good stuff." I'm so excited to be here!!! Oh, I added a pic of me for fun!

Banana Republic 30% Off Code

Hi everyone - I got an e-mail today from Banana Republic. In honor of their 30th Anniversary, they sent me a coupon code for 30% off your entire purchase plus free shipping. The code is HAPPY30 and it expires tonight (9/8) at 12:00 Eastern. If you've had your eye on anything at Banana - now's the time to get it! Enjoy.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Hi Girls,
I just wrote a similar post on my blog but wanted to put it here as well. Sorry to those of you who read both this and my family blog. Anyway...
The following story isn't, in any way, what I consider "Good Stuff". It, in fact, is one of those things in life that we almost never talk about when we have one of those "what if" conversations with someone. However, I decided to post it here in the spirit of why we blog. With all the scary things that can happen out in the blogging world with stalkers, and pshyco's, etc., there is ALOT of good that comes from blogging. Support, love and faith offered by total strangers, who, without the internet, would remain strangers forever.
Please click on this and read the story of a young couple, who are fighting for their lives after being involved in a private plane crash. You'll have to click on "older posts" about three times until you get to the August 17th entry. The sister of the wife updates the couples condition and tells an amazing story of love and faith as she shares their families experiences. Let's all include them in our prayers, and hope that should we ever find ourselves in one of those "what if" situations in life, that others would do the same for us.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cool Website/Idea

I'm sick of paying full price for anything. I am an avid online shopper, I don't ever have the time to just go to the mall and shop, or go from store to store trying to find what I am looking for. I also don't mind buying 2 of each, trying them on, and returning via mail or store to store. I honestly think that I waste more gas driving around than I do for shipping. So here's what I found: I found baby bedding I loved on JC Penney.com. I decided to google "JC Penney Coupon Code" and found a WHOLE SCHLEW of coupon codes. One of the best sites is retailmenot.com. I can't believe I've never done this before, and this totally may not be new to anyone else, but I ended up saving $30 on my order with a free shipping code. They also had 15% off and 20% off codes that were dynamite. Can't wait for my new bedding to arrive!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tex-Mex Egg Rolls w/ Creamy Cilantro Sauce

I just KNOW your mouth is starting to water already. I made these little babies for the Olympic Opening Ceremony barbecue/celebration we had last month. Get it? China...Eggrolls? However, (at the time) I was in the mood for some Mexican food so wallah...problem solved!
DELICIOUS is all I'm going to say...


1 (5 ounce) package yellow rice (I bought the packet that you just heat in the microwave for 60 seconds...save you tons of time)
1 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground hot pork sausage (I used Reduced Fat mild or you could substitue with chicken)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 -ounce) can Mexican style diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
6 green onions, finely chopped
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
28 egg roll wrappers (these are usually found near/in/or by the produce section)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 cups peanut oil (I used Canola oil...much healthier)


Cook rice using 1 teaspoon salt. Cool completely

Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles an is no longer pink; drain well. Let cool.

Stir together rice, sausage, black beans, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowel. Spoon about 1/3 cup of mixture into center of each egg roll wrapper. Fold top corner of wrapper over filling, tucking tip of corner under filling; fold left and right corners over filling. Lightly brush remaining corner with egg*; tightly roll filled end toward the remaining corner, and gently press to seal.

(*I used water instead of egg)

Pour oil into heavy Dutch oven (I used my wok); heat to 375 degrees F. Fry egg rolls, in batches, 2 or 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on wire rack over paper towels. Serve with Creamy Cilantro Sauce. Devour immediately!

Creamy Cilantro Sauce:

2 (10-ounce) cans Mexican-style diced tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese softened (I used Fat Free)
2 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves (about 1 bunch)
1 cup sour cream (I used Fat Free)
3 garlic cloves, minced

Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

(for the health cautious...you could probably bake these in the oven instead of frying. I'm going to try that next time)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


When Heather, Julie and I were growing up my mom bought us this activity/coloring book and accompanying tape called the safety kids. It is all about being safe. Don't talk to strangers, learning your telephone number, etc. The songs were so cute and catchy that all three of us have sung them to our own children over the years. Well.....a few months ago Heather and Julie found a website that sells the books and cd's. They have even added two more books. One is about drugs and alcohol, the other about pornography. All three books are VERY well done and are a fun way to teach your kids about important things they need to know to protect them. I ordered them and made my kids listen to them in the car on the way to Canada this summer. One of the songs talks about what to do if you get lost. It says "Look for a grandma or mother with children". Julie's little Natalie was in the car with me at the time and said "hey, my mom always tells me that".

Check out the website http://www.familysafemedia.com/safety_kids_-_child_safety_edu.html. You can preview the songs and can order all three books!. You'll be surprised how quickly you'll be singing:

"All ya gotta do is yell and scream!!!
Sometimes its the only thing to do!!!
Noisy as a firetruck, you just gotta open up
and get the crowd's attention turned to you!!!"

(you'll know what I mean after you hear the song :-)

A few good things

I thought I'd share a couple of my newest favorite things:

1. I got this book while in Utah this summer:

It has FHE lessons based on the Book of Mormon. We are using it for our scripture study too. It breaks down each verse in the BoM individually and has questions to ask about the verses. My 5 year old does great with it! I highly recommend. Available at Deseret Book

2. The best book I've read in ages. These Is My Words by Nancy Turner. This is the first book in a series of 3 (so far) about a pioneer homesteader in the late 1800s. Very clean but a little violent with Indian wars and such. Seriously, a great read.

3. Febreze Pumpkin Harvest and Fall Spray smells so so good and is perfect to freshen up your house if you don't have time to burn a candle. I found mine at Target!

4. Burt's Bees baby products. I got a big gift basket full of these products after I had my baby and I LOVE them. My favorites are the buttermilk lotion and diaper cream. They smell divine and are very mild.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dryer Balls - Good Stuff??

I bought a pair of Dryer Balls at Restoration Hardware and have been using them all summer. I never have liked using dryer sheets and am happy to get rid of them. I don't know that they have reduced my dryer time any though. Still worth it in my eyes. Any input?

Where's the Good Stuff Love?

This place is a dead zone lately! C'mon ladies - tell us all about your stuff!

My mom just sent me this book in the mail a few weeks ago and I'm loving it! Good mamma group craft date ideas as well as fun projects with your kids on rainy days. Check it out if you get the chance!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

sensitive matter...

So, I have been brewing about this for a while now. After talking with some friends, and as Marilee (co-creator of WKTGS) has chatted with some of her friends, we have come to the conclusion to post this.

We have decided to set a few rules for this website. I don't think there have been a lot of MAJOR issues, but I know that a few of our readers have been offended/upset by some posts. We have never screened posts before they get published, and I DO NOT want to do that. (Who's got the time)? But I would like to set some rules:

1. Please post about only good things...we started this site because a few of us were emailing back and forth about things we thought were amazing, and found this site to be better suited for that. This site was created in the spirit of GOOD THINGS, (hence the title..hehe!). Please keep that in mind when you are posting. I do love the posts about "what did you think of this" or "has anyone tried this" and that is not what I am referring to. Just keep in mind when posting, that EVERYONE has their own opinion about things, and we don't want to offend anyone by our strong opinions. Same goes for comments.

**this is in no relation to Alysha's post, although it spurred some dormant feelings for some people. this is something that Mar and I discussed long before that "heated" post and comments came about. no finger pointing at all here...**

2. Please be sensitive about posting "Utah Only" things. We have a lot of people on here from around the country, from California to Georgia, and sometimes a lot of UT only things can get annoying for those that live outside of the state. If you would like to post about an event, cool place, or something in UT, please make sure to invite everyone...some of our out-of-Utahers might be visiting and it would be fun to include them. Also, please include in your title "Utah Event" or something like that, so those that don't live here, can just skim over it. And those that live outside of Utah, PLEASE post about neat things in your areas. I love to hear what is going on around the country.

3. We need more posts! I know that the summers can be crazy, but last summer we had over 60 posts in 1 month! What happened to us? Life maybe? If you know of others that would like to be included in WKTGS as a contributor, you can email me at iloveparis32@yahoo.com with their name and email address. I am welcome to more people if they're willing to post. Those that haven't posted in over a year might see their name come off this list...(I'm just saying this to get my sister's butt in gear and blog!). But honestly...let's share the good stuff! If you have funny kid stories, neighbor stories, friend stories, let's share them too...it just doesn't have to be about "stuff."

I think you all are amazing ladies with lots of great ideas, opinions, and life stories to share. Let's continue this unique relationship we've been able to create!

a few fun websites...

Okay, so you know those websites that you visit everyday just to see what new things are posted? Here are some of my favorites...

**disclaimer - some of them are funny/crude...don't judge me**

Go Fug Yourself - I've have looked at this site for years (thanks ang!)...they take photos of celebrities in hideous outfits and completely trash them and make fun of them. Great when you've had a bad day and need a pick-me-up.

(no) sex in the city - a HILARIOUS blog of a mormon girl in NYC, she's witty, funny, and blogs about really good music/jewlery/and bad dates.

What others do you look at? I also enjoy Pioneer Woman...have you seen that one? I was thinking of making a fun links page on our sidebar...suggestions?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cute Magnets!!

Our friends, my husband's and mine, Shane and Karin own a little internet company where they make and sell magnets!! Totally cute and creative! Who doesn't need magnets? Check it out!


This is one of my new favorites!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

For Those Who Live in Utah!! (or not)

You're invited to my party!
My consultant is Julie B., my cousin, from WKTGS!!
Her website is: www.scentsy.com/jjb
I'm pretty sure this is her first, in-home, party!! So come support her!!
Plus, you get 10 % off most products!! Gotta love that!
Thursday, Aug. 21st 6:30-9:00 Open House
Email me for details.... amywools@gmail.com

Monday, August 18, 2008

Random Goodness

So here I am avoiding going to bed.  (TJ's out of town and I HATE going to bed when he's not home)  Anyhoo, some random goodies from my day that I thought I'd share!

The first is this goody from my trip to Costco today.  I have a daughter who does not like Capri Suns, Kool-Aid juice etc.  She loves Tree Top juice and Juicy Juice but I find the cost of that isn't worth the itty bitty boxes you get.  I'd have to put 2 or 3 in her lunch to make it worth her while.  So at Costco today I found a 24 pack of Tree Top Juice cans that are just a little bit smaller then pop cans.  I hope she likes it and I remember as a kid always enjoying bringing cool things in my lunch like canned drinks instead of drink boxes.  Hehehehe.

So I love cute David Archuletta.  When the Idol final was on I really didn't care which David won cause I loved them both.  If you haven't heard David A's new song "Crush" check it out!  Its great!

Jon and Kate Plus Eight...need I say more?  I LOVE this show.  If you're not familiar with it, its about a family with twin girls who are 7 and sextuplets who are now 4.  New episodes are on TLC on Monday nights at 8 mountain time, I think.  But never fear, it is TLC so you can probably find 3 or 4 re-runs a day.  
Tune in!  Kate is an absolute RIOT and the show really inspires me to be a better mom.  I figure if Kate can handle 8 kids, including 6 four year olds then what is my problem with one 4 kids who are 8, 6, 4 and 1?  Besides that she is super super organized and the whole show is Reality Television at its best because its REAL!  They don't hold anything back and it is pure entertainment.  Besides that the kids are adorable!

And just as a side note, I started reading the Twilight series again today from the beginning.  I'm not very far into Twilight but its so interesting to go back and read it with the perspective I have now!  If you haven't done it and you have the time go back and read it!  Its fun, and I've forgotten a lot!

That's it for me for now.  Am I going to bed you ask?  Nope!  I'm gonna read some more Twilight!

My Fave...

I can't remember if I've posted this yet or not, but it's worth a second post if I already did. So here's the deal, when I shower, I like to smell clean scents. I don't want to smell like creme brulee, or a fruit basket...I prefer clean smells like mint, lavender, and eucalyptus. I stumbled upon this shower gel a while back, and continue to LOVE it each time I use it. It has peppermint oil in it, which tingles just a bit. It smells a bit like gum, but I love the freshness of it. It's a little on the pricey side ($12 at Bath and Body Works), but I usually find it on the shower gel sale for $5, and stock up for the year! If you wanna try something new, I highly recommend it. And the husband loves it too! It's called Mentha Body Vitamin Body Wash, by C.O. Bigelow...the same company that makes the yummy lip gloss at BBW!

A Dream Come True!


For those that aren't in the know, (just kidding, I only know because I signed up for Twilight Moms and they send me update emails), TWILIGHT the MOVIE release date has been pushed up 3 weeks! The new premiere is NOVEMBER 21st, rather than December 12th! WOOT WOOT! For those that purchased tickets from me through TM's for the movie premiere party, I will let you know what is going on as soon as they let me know.

I'm just so excited I get to see it in November now, since Dec 12th was close to my due date! But let's get real, I'm sure I would have been there anyways!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

New Look

I decided WKTGS needs a new look...any thoughts? I found this free one, but I KNOW we have some crafty girls on this blog, so if anyone would like to create a saucy new look, email me at iloveparis32@yahoo.com and I will send you my username and password to edit the blog. We can even do a poll to decide!

another love

Okay, so besides the Twilight series, I am going to blog about another love, FOOD!
2 Things, soy banana shakes and cinnamon rolls.

I make this shake practically every morning. I just love it!
1 banana (or 2 if they are small)
crushed ice
about a cup or so of Vanilla Soy Milk
a dash of cinnamon
mix in blender, it's yumm-o!
(even if you don't like soy milk, you gotta try this!)

And here is an awesome recipe I found for Cinnamon Rolls from Paula Deen
1/4-ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for pan
3/4 cup sugar, plus more for pan
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, optional
Glaze: 4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 6 tablespoons hot water
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar,
melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.

I will be enjoying these tonight around 8pm if anyone local wants to join in the gooey goodness!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Does it really get much better than this?

JUST when you thought Sting was too old to draw your eye, you went to the Police reunion tour and realized the PROFOUND benefits of YOGA. HELLO! Brent and I will starting shortly. Just look at the man! If that ain't good, I don't know what IS!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Conair Compact Fabric Steamer~Love it!

Conair Compact Fabric Steamer:
1200 Watts
Integrated carry handle nozzle
6 minute heat-up for 20 minutes of steam time
Power switch automatically shuts off when handle is replaced
Door hook to hold nozzle and garments
Water reservoir with maximum/minimum markings
Fixed T-nozzle
6' power cord with integral cord wrap
Cool touch hose
Limited One year warranty
My friend told me about this great product. It is especially great for children's clothes. (It's so hard to iron all those ruffles in little girl's dresses.) I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $29.99
It is fast and easy!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Well looky what we have HERE!!!

Look what showed up on the cover of Entertainment weekly! HELLO!

Great Vinaigrette!

I used to buy this brand of apple cider vinegar at Shirlyn's Healthfood Store and make the vinaigrette recipe on the side of the bottle until I saw this the other day at Harmons Groceries. It is yummy! I just take whatever greens I have in my fridge and at a little fruit and then top it off with this vinaigrette. This morning I mixed spinach, cucumber, celery, cilantro, and canteloupe - it was great! I have always been frustrated with premade dressings and have made my own - now I don't have to. Another good one is the Barefoot Contessa's "crudite platter."

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Nursing Mom's Breast Friend!

Okay, so as a new mom my memory, short term that is, has gone out the window. Luckily, I haven't thrown out the baby with the bath water, yet!! I was given this "lifesaver"...at least for my memory. Anyway, after Shannon's post about the pump bra I knew I needed to post about this AWESOME band that every nursing or even non-nursing mother needs! This one is obviously a little more on the "serious" side!

Check out their website...the Milk Band was invented by my brother and sister-in-law's neighbor and I was lucky enough to be given one!! I absolutely LOVE it and would recommend it to anyone who is nursing. Forget about the old safety pin trick of trying to keep track of which side you nursed on last. Oh and you can mark at what time you last fed your sweet little one! Hope some find this helpful!!

YUMMY - Mango Tacos!!!

So for some reason the other day I flipped on a cooking show on discovery health. The name of the show is 'Just Cook This, with Sam the Cooking Guy'. I thought the couple of recipes I saw him do sounded good and even more were easy! I like easy yummy stuff. I found his website and he had some great recipes that I am going to try.

Anyway, I saw him make this one and it looked so good. I finally gave it a whirl a week or so ago and both Steve and I loved it!!!!

Fresh Mango Tacos
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
6 small flour tortillas
2 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
2 ripe mangos, peeled and diced small
Juice from 1/2 lemon

Combine cinnamon and sugar—mix well. Lightly butter each side of the flour tortillas and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Place tortillas in a preheated non-stick pan and cook on both sides until lightly brown. Remove to plates and top each with vanilla ice cream and some mango.

Drizzle with a little honey and add a squeeze of lemon.

Seriously ladies, this is super yummy and really easy!!!! I hope you all enjoy

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I've seen it all now...

While perusing through the maternity section on E-bay, I found this gem.
Check out her description: "Sometimes it's hard to fitting pumping into our busy schedules. The Easy Expression Hands-Free Pumping Bustier makes pumping easy and effortless. This Bra allows you to: read, write, talk on the telephone, use the computer and even tend to your baby....all while pumping!"

There's only 5 available, so fight me for it!
Ladies, I've now seen it all.