Monday, September 27, 2010

Girl's Night Out!

Hey girls!

If any of you are looking for something fun to do while the men in your life are at the Priesthood session on Saturday night, you should check out my friend's Girls Night Out.

My good friend Brittany and her mom own an amazing wholesale home decor business and are having a fun little event this Saturday, October 2 from 6-8 p.m.

Brittany has also started a little clothing business and she has the cutest stuff!  And most of it is $40 or less! You should check out her clothing blog at or join her fan page on Facebook by clicking here.

If I could describe Brittany in one word, it would be "CLASSY."  She has amazing taste and has an eye for what looks good.  I want to learn her secrets. :)  I know you will love her stuff.

Here is the address for the event:

6567 S. Cottonwood Street(300 West)
Murray, UT

They will have clothing, jewelry and home decor.  You will love it all!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


There are no words to describe how excited I am for this tonight!!

I can't wait for the music, the guest appearances, Sue Sylvester's hilarious comments and lots of Mr. Schuester.  I may or may not have a crush on him.

Oh and Josh is excited as well.  He may not admit it, but he is a total GLEEK!

I hope you all watch!

p.s.  The Office starts on Thursday!  YAY!  Michael Scott's final season on the show.  :(  It won't be the same without him.
It's a great week in television!

Friday, September 17, 2010

My alter ego

I need some advice.

I sort of have an alter ego.  Some of you are aware of her...haha.

Over the past several months, I have done some Cinderella birthday parties for some of my good friends.  {You can read more about those here, here or here.} Being a part of these parties is the cutest thing ever. Really, I wish every single one of you could go to a 3 or 4 year-old's birthday party as a Disney Princess.  It is so rewarding.

I have had a blast helping out at these parties.  Partly because I have always wanted to work as Cinderella at Disneyland, but mostly because the reactions I get from these darling little girls are priceless.  I know it's not "Allison" they're excited to see, it's Cinderella!   I would've loved to have a Disney Princess come to my birthday party when I was young, so I love being able to help make their birthday's more memorable. 

Anyway, I have had quite a few inquiries from random people about doing a princess party for their daughter or someone else they know.  In fact, I am in the process of booking another party for a friend of a friend.  Because of this, I am considering doing princess parties on a regular basis. 

It would be a fun way to make a little extra cash and I am thinking (and hoping) it could be sort of successful.

Now here is where you come in.  I don't feel like I could advertise this on KSL or something like that because it could easily attract some nasty perverts out there.  I feel like the best way to go about this is by word of mouth.  I think I will create a blog all about the parties and include information, pricing and contact information.  That way, if any of you lovely friends of mine happen to suggest it to someone, they would have a place to go see all of the information.

Do you think that's a good idea?

My next piece of advice that I need is pricing.  So far I have only done it for good friends, and I could never  charge a good friend for something like that so I have absolutely NO idea what to charge people. 

I have heard of people charging around $150 for a "princess" to come to their child's party!!  Are you kidding me?  That is WAY too much for something so fun and rewarding.  I want to make this affordable for people and $150 for a 3 year-old's birthday party is ridiculous.

I want to know what you think is a fair price.  If you were having "Cinderella" come to your daughter's birthday party, what would you pay for something like that?

I am thinking somewhere around $50 for an hour and $75 for an hour and a half????

I don't know how to figure it all out.  It does take some effort perfecting the Cinderella updo, and I have to drive to wherever the party is at, so I just need to come up with something reasonable for myself and the parent throwing the party.

Anyway, I would love your input!  And please be honest!  I want to know if you think this whole princess party thing could be successful and if so, what I should charge. Also, if it does get a good response, I am considering making a Sleeping Beauty costume because I think I could possibly pull her off as well.  That would give people two different options.  I also have a friend interested in being Belle, so there could be the possibility of having two princesses at one party!

I love helping a child's dream come true. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for all of your help!  I love you all!



Sunday, September 12, 2010

Our night at the ER

Josh and I have had quite an eventful weekend.

Yesterday afternoon Josh called me at work saying he was in a lot of pain. {in his groin of all places-probably the worst place to be in pain! (sorry if that is too much information!)}  I told him he should try and find a doctor's office that was open on Saturdays or at least go over to Instacare.

Being the hard worker that he is, Josh finished mowing all 10 lawns and came home feeling miserable.  He quickly showered and we headed over to Instacare.  Thankfully, there wasn't a long wait and he got right in.  Unfortunately the doctor only spent about 3 minutes with him and hardly looked him over.  She determined he had some type of infection and prescribed an antibiotic for him.  We left feeling discouraged that her time with Josh was so brief, but we went and got his medication, grabbed some dinner and headed home to relax.

We went to bed just after 10-which was shocking because if you know Josh, you know that he is a NIGHT OWL!  I love going to bed early, so I was totally fine going to bed at that time on a Saturday night.

Just after 2 a.m., Josh woke me up and was moaning and groaning and saying he was in so much pain.  He said the pain had moved up into his side and that he had never been in so much pain in his life.  He got out of bed and paced around the apartment and would crouch into a fetal position every few seconds.  I kept asking him if he wanted to go to the emergency room, and he kept saying, "No, no I'll be fine. I just need to relax."

After a few minutes, he finally said, "Hurry!  Get dressed!  We have to go to the emergency room now!"

We hurried down to the car and sped over to the ER. (If you ask Josh, he will claim that I wasn't speeding, but trust me, I was!)

We got to the ER around 2:45 and were relieved to find it quiet and empty.  Josh was immediately taken back to a room and they began evaluating him.  We had to wait a while in between the nurses taking his vitals and drawing his blood before he was seen by the doctor.

We kind of got two for the price of one as far as doctors go because a third year medical student came and examined him, and then he was also evaluated by the ER doctor.  They both had the same suspicion on what was causing Josh so much pain- Kidney Stones.  They were positive he didn't have the "infection" he was diagnosed with at Instacare.  After they both examined him, they said a nurse would be in to pump some medicine in his IV to help with the pain. While waiting for the nurse, my cute husband looks at me with lots of pain in his eyes and says, "At least I can stay home tomorrow and watch a lot of football."  haha.  Even in excruciating pain, he still lets his personality shine through.  I love him.

After some morphine, Josh started feeling like a million bucks.  :)  The med student came back in and said they were going to give Josh a CT scan, but that it could be up to 3 hours before the scan happened.  YIKES!  Somehow we got lucky and no more that 15 minutes later, a man came to get Josh for the CT scan.  If we would've arrived at the hospital any later, we would have been there twice as long because while Josh was getting the scan done, 4 trauma patients were admitted to the ER.  I feel so grateful that the timing happened the way it did.

A little while after the CT scan, the doctor and medical student came in to say that the Radiologist was really busy and wouldn't be able to evaluate the results of the scan for a few hours.   Luckily they said they had both looked at it and were certain it was a kidney stone and it would be okay if we left the hospital.  The doctor said he would call if the radiologist thought the stone was too big or anything like that.  He wrote Josh a few prescriptions and we were home at six o'clock this morning.

Now Josh has to drink lots of liquids and hope that this thing passes soon.  It does not sound fun at all.  I have heard they are miserable!  But I guess the good news is that he will be very sympathetic when I am in labor someday.  :)

I hate seeing Josh in pain, but I am so grateful it is not something worse.  He is tough and I know he can handle this.  I am also grateful for the amazing ER staff at IMC.  They were all so great to us.  Every person, nurse and doctor we dealt with was so nice and spent time answering all of our questions and never made us feel rushed or last priority.  If the maternity staff is as great as the ER staff, then I will definitely want to have my babies there.  :)

Oh and lesson learned- Instacare is now referred to as InstaCRAP in my book!  I want our $40 copay back!!