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 In Utah you will discover the best gems

Welcome to the Salt Flats

It’s by far one of my favorite places to take my camera

We got an incredible sunset too

Cheers to new adventures this summer

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Tim Tam Slam

It’s May in Utah so you know what that means?

It means one day you’re in shorts, flip flops & getting a Snocone & the next day it’s back to 48 degree & everyone is in sweats & comfy boots.

Today is one of those back-to-winter days..

So as Shane & I bundled up to go out for our weekly Saturday errand runs, when we both started craving our favorite classic winter treat.

The Famous…

Tim Tam Slam!

Tim Tam Slam

Ok so people who DO know what this is are probably drooling just reading about it, but those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about..WARNING… YOU WILL BE ADDICTED.

What you’ll need:

♦Arnott’s Original Chocolate Cookies (Also known as Tim Tams)

♦Stephen’s Hot Chocolate (2 tablespoons)

♦Nestle Coffe-Mate Creamer(2 tablespoons)

♦Milk (1 cup)

♦Microwave

♦Cereal Bowl

Step 1. Make the Hot Chocolate

-Pour hot chocolate powder, milk, & creamer into a cereal size bowl, mix together and then microwave for 1 minuet. The trick with how long you microwave is you want it to the point where you can see steam, & should be too hot to drink by itself (this is important for later)

Step 3.  Prep the Cookie

-You’re going to bite the two opposite corners of the cookie;

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Step 4. The SLAM

Sit yourself down and prepared to be amazed, take your bitten Tim Tam & use it like a straw in your hot hot chocolate, by sucking through one of the bitten ends. You’ll want to suck until you can taste the hot chocolate in your mouth & at that point stop sucking and put the entire cookie into your mouth & the rest is magic ♥

**Life Hack: OK new discovery! So Ever since Shane got home from his mission in 2013 these have been said to be “impossible to find”It was a guarantee to get them at World Market, but I recently ran into them at Walmart (same brand!) for half the price! Selected Walmart stores, but most Targets have them too! (Just a little more pricey!)

Enjoy!

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Yoga // Do something that scares you

 I’m absolutely in love with yoga,

It immediately calms my mind from racing, I find my own balance & get in a good workout

About three classes ago my teacher decided introduce to our class to inversions*, not too bad right?

Wrong.

I’m absolutely terrified of balancing upside down

 I have this fear of my neck snapping or hurting my back, 

So of course, I completely bailed on this part of class, I didn’t even try.

I HATED that feeling of restriction.

As I watched the other people in my class start to go into their inversions, my yoga instructor told me,

“People feel different emotions while doing inversions, some people get excited, some panic, others get mad.”

I definitely panicked. 

As I kept watching I remembered a quote I had read earlier in the day:

“do something once a day that scares you”

  I knew that I needed to get over this “fear”,

while I was home alone one evening I decided to tackle the worst thing in the world, the dreaded headstand.

I got down into a crouched position, tucked my head in towards my neck & placed my head on the floor with my hands on the ground next to my ears for balance.

Nope nope NOPE, I was frozen.

I decided to read other blogs to find out step-by-steps to accomplishing this what seemed simple headstand

(I know, I felt pathetic)

This time I got down to my forearms, I latched my fingers together,  placed my head in the middle, found my balance spot, and started to kick my legs up in the air.

(I wish I had this on video because I knew this looked hilarious)

After a couple solid fails I started to get frustrated, I was kicking my legs up but then my body would snap back down out of fear.

My problem at this point was that I am so terrified of over correcting & landing on my back.

Blogs had suggested going up against a wall,

which I thought was a good idea until I realized that having my head that close to a wall, claustrophobia started to set in.

I was having a down right panic attack alone in our house.

Once I started to breathe I thought to myself,

why is the exact reason I want to do something so badly that causes this type of anxiety?

My answer was, I hated feeling like I had a limit, a cap.

That restrictive feeling is one that I am not at all comfortable with.

Ok I KNOW I’m talking about a simple headstand that every 5 year old can do, but I learned something from this simple action.

My point from this is, my entire fear was mental.

The deep rooted fear of getting hurt.

Yes, I could possibly get hurt doing a headstand, BUT I finally figured out that if I was careful enough & moved slowly that I could keep in control on exactly what my body was doing.

I’ll admit it took a good solid failed attempts on falling over to realize that the slower I went the more progress I’d eventually have.

Once I sat back from the wall took a minuet to reevaluate how exactly get my legs up in the air, I broke down each step.

I took a deep breathe, got into position next to the wall & kicked my legs up.

My legs hit the wall, I was so excited I was screaming upside down.

That excitement hit me harder than the fear did

Once I practiced a few more times, soon I was kicking up and balancing in a fluid motion.

My whole point of this post is that we all have those weird restrictions that we put on ourselves, and if you don’t well then I applaud you.

The feeling of accomplishing/over-coming something that once restricted you is an amazing feeling,

I can guarantee you will feel so good about yourself.

Challenge #1 Go out and do something that down right scares you

Next, email me about it! Or comment below! I want to hear your simple success stories!!

*Inversion- Yoga positions that put you upside down, requires a lot of balance

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shooting + stargazing

Earlier in March Shane & I set out to the west, finding a spot Shane had been out shooting before.

A little sweet piece of Utah called Stansbury Island

It’s our favorite because..

  • plenty of open space to shoot
  • awesome view for the sunset
  • space to build a fire
  • stargazing sweet spot

It only takes about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City to get to the island.

Our favorite spot though is up on a saddle back ridge.

It’s basically impossible to get to this saddle back mountain view from just a car so that’s when Shane’s truck comes in handy.

I could go on and on about how much I love Shane’s 93′ red pickup truck.

It’s the car he picked me up on for our first date & it’s also where Shane and I had our first kiss. We’ve had the best conversations just sitting in his truck talking laughing and bonding.

Now besides all the sentimental love I have for it, the power  it has also gives us the ability to take us places that we wouldn’t be able to go otherwise, plus it has the perfect truck bed for stargazing.

Ever since Shane & I first started dating this has been one of our most absolute favorite things to go do.

We end up filling the entire back of his truck bed with plenty of blankets & padding along with Red Bulls and snacks.

It’s where we go & can talk for hours on hours about anything & everything.

 

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I don’t even know where to begin about how much Shane loves his guns, his newest purchase the M1A, is his pride & joy.

It’s funny how other peoples’ happiness make you happy as well. He loves teaching  me how to shoot, & to my own surprise I’m getting pretty good.

First time he took me out with the M1A I was able to hit a target from 200 yards away (first shot if I might add)

I’m not be personally into guns as much as he is but I feel pretty lucky because he has personally taught me so much about shooting & gun safety.

If you are slightly interested in guns I highly recommend getting into a class to get you comfortable with them

http://www.pistolpetesspt.com Pete was amazing, that’s who I’d recommend if you’d like in person training & certification for a conceals permit

I especially recommend this to people who are terrified of them, I believe that most people are scared of them because they know nothing about them

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side note:

I was uploading pictures earlier this day…thus leaving my memory card in my laptop, also taking my other camera bag which did not have my spare memory card, luckily my husband was sweet enough to take a detour leading to a gas station in Tooele that just happened to be selling memory cards. Classic Madi.

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