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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Basketball Season has been keeping me super busy!!





Wednesday, September 04, 2013

CAUTION: FABULOUSNESS AHEAD and ONLY $5



I get compliments all of the time about my jewelry I wear and I absolutely love telling them THANK YOU IT'S ONLY $5!!! Then I wait for that moment when their shock turns into curiosity and then explain that I sell Paparazzi Jewelry. I don't post much about my business on my blog....but I HAVE TO right now before the SHOPPING season is upon us!!!  In August I got to go to Las Vegas for Paparazzi's Convention where they showcased their new Fall line and I have to tell you it is GORGEOUS!  Even though I have been a consultant for almost 2 years, I am still in awe that this jewelry is $5 and NICKEL and LEAD FREE!!
 It is fabulous and Paparazzi is always adding new items. This fall they have added Hippie Headbands- I am so excited about these because my daughters have larger than normal heads (off the charts because of Gorlins syndrome) and are growing out of the Regular U shaped headbands I sell.  Brooke still wears the regular ones everyday and I was dreading the day that they no longer worked for her--Amber hit that milestone even before I knew about Paparazzi Accessories.  Anyway the headbands are going to be excellent for them and anyone else who wants a different look and you can do so many things with them-so much fun.

They also added some more Lanyard styles-AMAZING!!!  All you teachers, nurses, office staff and factory workers will love these-they are soo cute and fabulous and only $5!!!

Now here is the MOST IMPORTANT thing-CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!!! How many of you have got your lists ready or are trying to do some early shopping to get some of that list taken care of???  Wouldn't it be awesome to buy your mother-in-law a fabulous Necklace set or your daughter and her friends some amazing earrings?  How about an easy stocking stuffer for the little Divas-Paparazzi has some adorable Jewelry for little girls and they are only $1!!!  Christmas shopping can be a one stop shop with all the ladies on your list and it can be AFFORDABLE!!!  And you can buy something for you too!!!  Because it is only $5!! You can save your money to go towards those BIGGER purchases (or even bills)!!!!

Lastly I just want to share that I LOVE what I do.  It's fantastic that I can help empower women to feel beautiful about themselves for only $5!!  I am one of those women who puts everyone before myself and never really buy anything for myself beyond the necessary items. I would have guilt just in buying my favorite facial cleanser and moisturizer because I considered them luxury items. Sound like any of you??  I walked into my first Paparazzi party and saw some cute earrings for only $5-I had $5!!! So I bought them! And guess what? I felt like a million bucks!!  I get to help women feel that way every time I sell something!!   This Holiday season is the best time to be a Paparazzi Consultant because everyone has gift giving to do-and $5 is a wonderful price for gorgeous jewelry!!  IF you are interested, I would love to talk to you about signing up and joining my team $5 Fashionistas!!  You take home 45% of sales plus there is no demonstrations!! 
e-mail me at arinlords@hotmail.com  or find me at www.facebook.com/PaparazzibyArin

Friday, July 05, 2013

Family Picture Timeline!

Aug 2001
                                      
                                                                         Aug 2002
                                                                           Dec 2002
Aug 2004

January 2005

April 2006
June 2006
July  2007
Sep 2007 
Dec 2007
                                                                             July 2008
July 2009
July 2010
                                                                             July 2012
                                                                         Sept   2012



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Way past a New Year post!


Well it has been a long long time since I posted.  I cannot believe it.  I guess things got really crazy after Megan was born and school started up.  Amber was baptized and Megan was blessed over Labor Day weekend and we enjoyed having family visit.

 In October Whitney tried out for AAU basketball and made the Meridian team. In November we went down to Washington for Thanksgiving to visit my family and enjoy the holiday.  While there I had another attack-a gall bladder attack..they had started up in Oct. After a few visits to the doctor-blood work done and upper endoscopy to rule out other things, I finally went back to the ER in January with a severe attack.  The doctors again did blood tests and an ultrasound and sent me home with a referral to a surgeon to get my gall bladder removed.  Well I  was sent home and came back the next day still writhing in pain and not able to eat or drink anything and throwing up bile and black stuff.  I woke up Joe and said we really needed to go back to the Hospital.  The doctors did a ct scan and realized surgery was more needed than they thought...duh.  Anyway skip ahead to later that afternoon and an hour before surgery-my gall bladder ruptured..good thing i was prepped and ready to go.  I guess it was in really bad shape and torn up.  Healing took a while and poor Megan was a trooper throughout the whole thing.  I was worried I wouldn't be able to nurse her but luckily I could.

 Megan's has a hole in her heart which makes her body work extra hard which causes her to burn through most of the calories she eats= slow weight gain.  Her hole is 5-6 mm.and thankfully the slow weight gain/sweating/heart murmur are the only symptoms she has.  Right now the doctors are monitoring her progress and if she starts to struggle, then surgery would be done to close her hole.  So far she seems to be on a good path to it closing on her own, which can take a few years.  She has seemed to bulk up a little recently with the start of more solids to her diet-which I am really excited about!!  Right now she can sit on her own and is rolling around!!! She is so sweet and we love her so very much.
  In January the older girls started Basketball through the YMCA and AAU programs- both learned and enjoyed themselves.  This was Amber's first year and she has potential to be a great ball player and was awesome defensively as usual!!  Whitney scored in most of her games and was switched between wing and post and sometimes played point (she played guard all season last year) so this was a change for her to adapt to. She has decided to play basketball year round and is hanging up her soccer cleats.  I hope she will still play for fun here and there though-as she was an excellent player in that sport too. So she will play AAU through the summer, perhaps a traveling team and AAU again in the Winter next year.  Amber is still looking forward to playing soccer come fall.  We took Fall last year off from sports as well as Spring which has been nice. We have some great news about Brooke-her bowel incontinence is a thing of the past-no more diapers for that girl at night and I am so proud of her-and relieved!!!  She has some skin lesions that will need to be removed in case they are skin cancer, so that is our next adventure with her.  All of the children are going to get their dna tested to verify which ones have Gorlins so we can focus more medically on them.  Not much to report on Trevor-except that he loves Just Dance and singing and is overly obsessed with Monster Trucks-Daddy took him in this month to Monster Jam and next week he will be turning 3!!  He has grown into quite the sweet and mischievous little boy-fun and unnerving at times!!   As far as Joe and I-we are both working on becoming healthier.  Joe has a gym membership and I go play basketball once a week plus we have just started juicing.  We hope this will help us to get more vegetables in our diet and keep us feeling fitter as well!!  I can't wait to see us a year from now!!




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

First Day of School Pictures 2012



Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another sweet anniversary present..straight from Heaven!



Well we did it again.  Joe and I celebrated yet another wedding anniversary in the hospital, welcoming a new addition to our family.  Eight years ago Amber was born and now Megan Mckenna decided to come to us on the same day!!  August 17, 2012 @ 5:38 pm weighing 8 lbs 9 oz Megan joined us sprouting a full head of hair typical of our other girl babies.  She is a very good baby and already sweet as can be.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

6 weeks and getting ready!!

I cannot believe I am down to 6 weeks-I am so happy to be so close to the finish line.  This has been a pretty tedious pregnancy but not my worst  (Whitney's will hands down always be the worst).  I am excited to meet this new little girl-hold her and see her sweet face. Even Joe is excited-he was telling me the other day when our entire family was spending time together in the living room, that it felt like someone was missing.  It just validated to me that this little girl is meant to be part of our family-she isn't a mistake (huge surprise) and our family will hopefully be complete very soon!!  Gathering optional names has been a bit tiresome but I think we are narrowing it down and we are in our final stages of getting ready and prepared for her arrival.  I just forced Joe to dig out my girl clothing totes out of the garage today and I was shocked at how much I still have and also a bit shocked on the things i didn't have anymore.  I remember Brooke had about 10 dresses (at least) for 0-3 months-and I am down to 2.  I think most people assume when you have more than one kid-that you don't need anything with your next children but eventually things wear out and become more of safety hazard then functional or you gift things away or sell them (especially when you thought you were done having children). Our crib is the one thing I can say will have outlasted all of our children-thankfully.  We have just a few more things to purchase, hospital bag to pack, and organizing the house a bit more and then we're all set.  I haven't posted a belly shot of me yet but my sister in law did take our family pictures a week ago and I want to share one with you!! I love how it turned out!!  I will share some more when we get them back-there are some really adorable ones of the kiddos!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kitchen makeover...if I ever did one...


So if we do end up staying in our house indefinitely here is what I'd like to do to our kitchen:  Here it is now with our seafoam green countertops and oak cupboards from the 90's.  Not the greatest picture due to the babyshower decorations-but the only one I could find that was readily available.

   I've been wanting to paint our cupboards for years-but Joe has been against painting natural wood...???  At least we are on the same page about getting new countertops/and backsplash.  Just cannot decide if I like the white granite better or the grey slate color.  I'm leaning more towards the white to keep everything open and it looks cleaner to me.  What do you all think??
S 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I am getting soo behind on my blogging...not certain if it's just being crazy busy-being pregnant or just that sometimes Facebook seems an easier social network to send out news on.  Our summer has finally started- Whitney's last day of school was a week ago and it's been so nice having her home.  I've been keeping the kids busy doing their daily chores in hopes of establishing some kind of routine-next on their schedule is homework.  We have been doing a reading challenge-put on by mom where they earn some spare change for reading (although whitney can earn extra by writing book reoports).  I hope that this becomes something that they all enjoy doing and at the same time they are building their reading skills and as they earn coins-possible lesson in saving, smart spending, and ofcourse tithing as well.   Brooke has 10 more days before her cast comes off and I am so excited!!  No more telling her she can't jump on the trampoline, or play on the playground equipment, or go swimming.  She will once again be walking and jumping and alot more independent. My body for one will be happy not to have to lift her with my preggo belly anymore.  Speaking of Pregnancy-I am feeling a bit better-still nauseated all day-but better.  We are still struggling with choosing a name for our new little girl-and with three girls that already are so different in coloring and personality, i think we won't make the final decision until after this one is born.  I cannot wait to see what she looks like and snuggle her.   I held my friends newborn the other day and it just made me more anxious for her arrival.  9 more weeks to go -I am hoping 7 weeks...it's so close yet so far away.  It's still hard to believe that our family will finally be complete.  And is my tradition when nearing the end of my pregnancy-I get my hair cut-this time I went for layers and sideswept bangs!  So far I really like it-Can you believe my hair was almost waist length??  I so needed to get that extra weight off!!

And as June is our Parade/Festival month-we got the chance to hit the Emmet Cherry Festival for the very first time-And we came across this-They were doing free pictures and so since Joe is a Nascar fan and Trevor loves cars-they had to get their picture taken-and ofcourse the girls didn't want to miss out either.  So here is a belly shot of me-with my old hairstyle and my two sweet older girls.  
Brooke wasn't interested whatsoever.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Life never slows down...

Round 2 of Brooke's foot surgeries:
She finally got a pink cast this time around-yay.  You should have seen her expression last time she woke up to find a blue cast on her other foot-just slightly upset (understatement). Because she's had this done before to her other foot-she is dealing alot better with knowing what she can and can't do.  Although it is kind of tricky lifting her at times (28 weeks pregnant)-she gets around pretty okay in her wheelchair. She did however break out in a really bad rash while she still had her softcast on and was itching like mad-waking up every hour in the middle of the night for 3 nights straight.  She was on benadryl/zyrtek and hydrocortisone cream for a good week before it started clearing-and when they put her hard cast on the dr had to give her a sterroid cream for the skin we weren't able to treat beneath the cast.   So we know she's allergic to something (either the bandages, the iodine or perhaps latex?).  We will have to do a patch test at some point to find out for sure what, since she will have to do more surgeries in the future.  Yippee.  Her next batch of surgeries will be when she's 6 yrs old- and that will deal more with the bone structure of her ankles/feet.  One her cast is off we get to take her back into to get "put out" again-so they can mold her feet for orthodics.  Because she is quite tempermental-it is easier to do this.....you can't tell in this picture but she puts up a pretty hefty fight.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bountiful Baskets-my thoughts

Okay...so here is my first impression of bountiful baskets. I wasn't able to get a picture of my basket because my husband had already cut up the mango, watermelon and strawberries-needless to say those and about 1/2 the apples are gone as well as the broccoli- they have already been eaten.  While my variety is different than the one below by only quantity-(I got 2 beets-3 tomatoes and maybe one more banana)..this picture is a good comparison to what i received last Saturday. I really like it-considering half is almost gone by day 3....I'm thinking i may need to order more often. I had wanted to purchase extra strawberries last week-but they were all gone.  So If I still do every other week but am able to do a few add ons-I think every 2 weeks will still work for my family.   i definitely enjoy the variety so far and it is encouraging me to make my meals around what I'm getting-which means my family is going to be eating a lot more veggies for sure--which is so nice in warmer weather. Tons of salads in the recipe forecast!!  We already made broccoli  salad-and will be making a casserole later this week with the cauliflower. The green beans are on the menu for tomorrow night..still leaves the beets to figure out-as a child i hated them..so not sure those will get used at all..but will try to make something work.  The fruit will get downed by my children as snacks-they love fruit.  And tomatoes are always a staple in our house for salsa, blts, salads, stews, tacos, pizza...etc.  I'm loving it so far!  What do you all think-did you order a basket last week-are you enjoying it too??

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bountiful Baskets-Have you ordered Yet??

I heard about Bountiful baskets about a year ago and was always interested in participating. Bountiful Baskets is a non-profit food co-op for families that want to have more fresh produce for less money We've done a garden in the past in our backyard but since we are on city water we wanted to see if we would save more money purchasing our produce through Bountiful baskets for the same amount we would have spent extra on our water bill had we gardened.  So this week is my official first week ordering!!  I am kind of excited because there is a mixture of fruits and vegetables and it's only $15.  Ofcourse this is all able to happen because of Volunteers and they ask you if you are willing to volunteer on occasion to help.  If that is what i need to do to get great produce at an amazing price-then alright!  There is usually 6 fruit items and 6 vegetable items-that are in season, high quality and locally grown.  They have changed the order cut off to Tuesday in our area-so you have one extra day to contribute (I love how they call it contribute instead of purchase)..because it allows a big group of people to buy locally and get wonderful prices for wonderful produce.  Besides Produce each week, they have other offerings you can add to your basket such as::
Produce By the Case: Utah Peaches, Citrus, Tomatoes, Pickling Cucumbers, Apples, Pears, Chiles, etc.
Bread Products: Sandwich Bread, Hamburger / Hotdog Buns,
Ciabatta, Chile Cheese, Cinnamon Raisin & Other Specialty BreadsEthnic/Specialty Produce Packs: Italian, Asian, Mexican, Guacamole, Party Produce Pack (think Guacamole, Salsa, and things you dip in ranch!)Pantry Items: Rice, Beans, Granola, Olive Oil, Canola Oil, All Natural Nut ButtersDecadent Deserts with 100% Butter, No hydrogenated oils or corn syrup


This week in my area the add-on offerings are: a veggie lovers pack (mexican themed), tortilla pack, granola ingredients, 9 grain bread, honey wheat bread,  valencia oranges,  tropical fruit pack and strawberries.

The typical savings from participating in Bountiful baskets is $35!  Awesome!!   This is a picture of the amount/types of produce you might get in your basket:


When I pick up my first order this weekend I will post a picture of what I get!  

Things to know:
The First time you participate you pay a $3 fee.
NO Refunds or exchanges
You must pick up your produce at the specified time/place or it will be donated. 
(you can have another person pick it up for you -just give them the confirm. number)
You will need to bring your own container to bring home your produce.

To Participate and Find a local bountiful Basket site close to you visit the website: http://bountifulbaskets.org/ 

Let me know how you like it!!  And if there isn't a location site close to you-you can 
send in a request to get one started-how cool is that??