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6 Things I’ll Miss About Utah

Six things to miss about Utah: mountains, temple square, family, provo/BYU, mormon culture, and

Today, Rhys and I are flying from Utah to our new home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Justin has already made the trip there, driving our moving truck this weekend. We are super excited for this new adventure; however, Justin and I are also sad. We’ve lived in Utah since 2008. We’ve grown up in Utah–college, marriage, full-time jobs, house-hunting, parenthood, lay-offs…

It’s no wonder this move will be hard for us, even if it is a step in the right direction and allowing us to move onto bigger and better things.

However, there are six things I will definitely be missing about Utah while I’m in Texas.

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Six things to miss about Utah: mountains, temple square, family, provo/BYU, mormon culture, and food trucks/start up culture

Mountains and Trails

The beautiful Wasatch Front mountains to the East, dominating the landscape have definitely made an impression on me. Watching the sun rise over them, and fall past the Oquirrh Mountains, is one of the most gorgeous views ever. And, along with the mountains comes plenty of hiking trails, encompassed by trees, with little streams running through them. They were my own personal little havens.

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Temple Square

Mormon or not, Temple Square in Salt Lake City is a must-see. It is one of Utah’s biggest tourist attractions. Besides the Salt Lake Temple, there is so much Mormon and Utah history and historical buildings in Temple Square. And, there are two malls nearby: Gateway and City Creek Center. During Christmas is the best time (and the busiest, by far) to visit Temple Square–the snow, the lights, the music, concerts, nativities, and just the overall atmosphere of the Christmas season. I will definitely miss going to Temple Square.

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Family and Friends

My extended family all lives in Utah and Idaho. Justin’s brother lives in mid-Utah, and his sister lives in mid-Idaho. We have been living with my parents for the past six months. We have so many close friends from college. Justin’s college roommate and his wife were our next door neighbors right before we moved into my family’s basement. We will definitely miss the proximity to so many loved ones. We will miss being able to visit them over weekends and have the local support from them.

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Food Truck and Startup Culture

Utah is known for its startup culture. We have some very good business schools in Utah, so there are many young entrepreneurs trying to start businesses. Food trucks, pop-up shops, eclectic restaurants and boutiques, etsy shops, graphic designers, bloggers, bands and artists, the list could go on and on. Justin and I loved supporting these new businesses and going to their events. I am desperately hoping there are some pretty good food trucks in the DFW area!

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Mormon Culture

I am Mormon. Utah is known to be Mormon-filled. It was settled by Mormons! Only about 50% of Utah’s population today is Mormon, but that is still a lot of Mormons. I loved having so many neighbors who had the same beliefs as me and lived the same way I did. It was such a great support system. There were so many holistic shows, stores, companies, all with Mormon standards. It definitely was a “bubble.” I’ll definitely be glad to raise my children outside of Utah, as Justin and I were, so that they can become strong in our religion and have many different experiences, but it still would be nice to have such a big support system as Utah was.

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Provo and BYU

Brigham Young University in Provo is where Justin and I went to school, met, and got married. We lived in Provo for about 6 years! I loved running around the town, always taking a new route. Y Mountain was fun to hike with friends. Going to BYU’s sporting events was the highlight of Justin’s years there. BYU was the center of Provo–school, activities, sports, events, festivals…everything happened on campus. When we moved north of Provo, we always made a point to go back and visit. We’d eat at our favorite restaurants on Center Street, walk around campus and reminisce, and have some BYU Creamery ice cream before we left.

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They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. I definitely hope that’s true, because I already want to return to Utah to visit!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys Behind the Blog | April 2016

Time for a long overdue Guys Behind the Blog, with your favorite hilarious, video-game playing, statistician, Justin!

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  1. In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?

    I think the better question is how am I not the same as my childhood self.  The biggest differences is that I work instead go to school, and that I actually eat food instead of being my old, picky self.  Those aside, I’m mostly the same guy. Oh, I also have a wife and son.  That’s kind of a bit difference.

  2. What does family mean to you?

    I have no idea how to answer this.  Honestly, family is family.

  3. How would your family or closest friends describe you?

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4. What’s your fondest childhood memory?

Going to the hardware store with my father.  We were there almost every weekend (My dad would always find something to work on, and often needed just one more thing at the hardware store in order to get it done).  The electronics store and the sporting goods store were adjacent to the hardware store, so we often went to all three, just to look around.  On the way home, we would stop off at McDonalds and we would each get an ice cream cone, but only on the condition that we could finish eating it before we got home so Mom didn’t find out. Then we would spend the rest of the day doing yardwork or working on whatever project my dad wanted to do.  When we finished and after we had eaten, we would sit down on the couch and watch baseball or basketball while eating popcorn.  Honestly, this really is the first thing that popped into my head.  I have so many fond memories of my childhood with my siblings and my parents.

5. What words of wisdom would pass on to your childhood self?

Never pass up an opportunity to help someone, and never miss the chance to learn something new.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I Prefer HIMYM Over Friends

I love HIMYM a lot more than Friends. It is more relevant to young adults today, funnier, more creative, and deeper.

Remember when I mentioned that I had finally watched every single episode of Friends in order for the first time ever over the summer? Well, I’ve heard numerous, numerous times that How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) is the Friends of our age (those who are now in their mid to late 20’s). This Buzzfeed article definitely solidifies it.

Justin introduced me to HIMYM when we were dating. I wasn’t too impressed during the first season, but by the end of the second season, I couldn’t wait to watch more. It is definitely our go-to series and we have gone through every single episode numerous times. I absolutely love HIMYM, and so, when I started to watch Friends all the way through, I was expecting it to be just as great, especially since HIMYM was “based” off Friends. But, I was a little disappointed.  I love HIMYM a lot more than I do Friends.

I love HIMYM a lot more than Friends. It is more relevant to young adults today, funnier, more creative, and deeper.

Ted vs Ross

Ted and Ross are supposed to be the same person–the geeky, nice guy that is the protagonist. Ross is an archaeologist who becomes a professor and loves to spew facts. Ted is an architect who becomes a professors and loves random trivia. However, I would so much rather date Ted than Ross. First, I think Ted is cuter. Second, Ross is very pessimistic and whiny. I feel he is very annoying and I honestly don’t know why Rachel would go out with him. I mean, he is so in love with her that he is willing to be walked all over and he always gets taken advantage of. Whereas, Ted just has bad luck dating. But, he is such a sweet, cute, caring man. Also, although Ted is friends with super jerky, self-centered playboy Barney, Ted is a good friend. He wants what’s best for Barney and will a lot of times go along with Barney’s “legendary” ideas. Ted is also such a great and caring friend to all the rest of the group and will do anything for them!

Time Period

Friends is set during 1994-2004. HIMYM is set from 2005-2014. As a child, I remember my mother watching Friends. The characters in Friends are in their early to mid-twenties when the show starts. My mom was around the same age…she was 26 when it first aired. I was only 14 when it finished. So, many of the situations and references was relevant only to the 90’s. So, I didn’t catch quite a few, and a lot of times, I kept thinking, “that could’ve been avoided if they had cell phones”, etc. (Typical millennial, I know!) It wasn’t until 2011-2012 that I got introduced to HIMYM. Yes, it was near the tail-end of the season and I had to start at the beginning, and yes, the characters start the series in their late-twenties. But, it felt a lot more relevant to me. I caught many more references and I felt more attached to the actors and actresses since they were closer in age to me (I mean, my siblings-in-law are their age, whereas my mom is the same age as the Friends cast).

Character Growth

Although there are the same stereotypical characters in both shows (Ross vs Ted, Robin vs Rachel, Chandler vs Marshall, Barney vs Joey, and Monica vs Lily), I feel that the characters in HIMYM had more growth. In Friends, the characters stick to their stereotype. Monica stays a neat-freak and competitor. Chandler stays the joke-cracker. Joey stays the hot stuff actor. Pheobe stays the weirdo. Ross stays the pathetic nice guy. Really, only Rachel gets character depth and growth as she learns to take care of herself, rises up the career ladder, and becomes a mom. However, I feel that all the characters in HIMYM grow. They all learn lessons, make mistakes, try to improve. The characters in 2014 are quite different from how they are in 2005. It felt more real, like a continual story rather than snippets of a sitcom.

Acting Skills

Honestly, I felt that the actors in HIMYM began as better actors. In the beginning episodes of Friends, it feels very stiff and forced, especially Chandler’s lines. However, HIMYM flowed better. Also, the actors in HIMYM are more widely talented. I mean, yes, sometimes the Friends episodes would end or begin with the group doing little a Capella ditties, but, almost all of the actors in HIMYM could sing, act, and dance. Triple threat! That allowed them to be a little more creative in the episodes and add in silly songs and dances.

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HIMYM has NPH. Really, do I need say more?

Comedy

It may be because of the references of the jokes, but I laughed a lot more with HIMYM than I did FriendsTheir situations were also sometimes exaggerated, which allowed for more laughs. We also got to see into their heads and memories a lot more, which helped with the comedy. Friends seems to be more rom-com. The protagonist is Rachel, a female. I know a whole heck of a lot more girls who like Friends than guys do. So, it’s going to focus more on girl issues and romance. But, HIMYM has Ted, a man, as a protagonist. Yes, his goal is to find and fall in love with and marry the girl of his dreams, and he is a romantic, but there are more laughs than romance in HIMYM. I preferred that (although, like I said, it took until the 2nd season for me to like it, mainly because of playboy Barney).

Depth of Plot

There are a lot of similar plot points in the two shows: a relative dies, being left at the alter, marriage and divorce, losing a job, the struggle to get pregnant. However, Friends  seems to smooth all those over. Whereas, HIMYM really goes into each of those big plot points and really explore them. It really gets every character’s views and reactions to it. There are some really dark points in the show because the tragedies just seem heavier. Also, there is a lot more philosophical wisdom with each of those plot points.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Friends. I really enjoyed watching it and thought it was great. Also, I like the character Joey a whole lot better than the character of Barney (especially since Barney reverts to his play-boy after he divorces Robin). But, overall, I would rather watch HIMYM than Friends any day of the week.

Which do you prefer: HIMYM or Friends? Why?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Full on Friday | March 10

Time for another Full on Friday! And there is a lot to share this time!

Quaker’s New Breakfast Flats

*I received this product from Influenster.com in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

My family and I love breakfast bars. We are all super busy, and everyone (but me) leaves early for work or school early in the morning. We are all on the look out for easy, handheld breakfast foods. I love the idea of these breakfast flats because they have cranberries, almonds, flax seed, whole grain oats, and other good, hearty, and healthy ingredients.

I personally didn’t like them, but my sister said they taste just like Nutrigrain bars (which I don’t care for either), but Rhys loved them. They are very easy for toddlers to eat–they aren’t chewy like most breakfast bars, but snap easily like a cracker. So, even if your little one doesn’t have many teeth (Rhys has all of his except for his canines), they are easy to moisten up and bite into pieces.

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Day In Salt Lake

I need a de-stressing day last week. So, Justin, being the amazing husband he is, booked a hotel room for me in Salt Lake. I went down after Rhys went to bed and kissed my husband goodbye. I got some Costa Vida, checked into the hotel, sat on the super comfy bed, turned the channel onto Chopped, watched as my blog was being transferred over to Word Press, and ate my dinner. I slept peacefully, woke up, worked out in the hotel’s gym, had a good breakfast, then got down to working on my blog. After check out, I went to go eat at Blue Lemon in City Creek Center–DELICIOUS! Then, I walked around City Creek Center and Temple Square. It was so peaceful and so beautiful.

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Relief Society Birthday Tea Party

I was recently called to the Relief Society’s Activity Committee, right before they pulled off this activity. The Relief Society  is a philanthropic and educational women’s organization and an official auxiliary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). So, I was put in the group that helps plan out activities for the women in the congregation. And, this is the first time in my adult like I haven’t been in a married student or low socioeconomic congregation. So, the decorations blew my mind! We used actual china! Holy cow! But, it was beautiful!

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Seeing Friends

On Tuesday, I was able to eat dinner with Brooke from Silver Lining Blog, Bonnie from The Life of Bon, and Sierra from Sierra’s View. It was so nice to eat with them all. Brooke lives in Arizona, her daughter is 5 days older than Rhys, and she did my maternity pictures (while she herself was 8 months pregnant!!!). She is now pregnant with twins and was in Utah visiting family and buying a minivan. So, we were all super happy to see her. The discussion revolved around children (we all, except Sierra) have toddlers, teaching (we all are/have been teachers), and the Gospel (we’re all Mormons).

Yesterday morning, I met up with a few moms in my congregation for a play group at our church gym. The kids all rode little bikes, scooters, and played with balls. Rhys had so much fun playing with older kids.

This morning, I am meeting Bonnie at a local Curiosity Museum, and her daughter June, and Rhys will have a playdate.

In Case You Missed It

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March Intentional Goals
March Currently
Don’t Use Grace as an Excuse
Being Strong
7 Ways to “Exercise” at Home
March Golden Vlog

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5 on Friday | Friday Favorites | High Five for FRIDAY | TGIF Hop | oh hey Friday

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Golden Vlog | February 2016

I love doing the Golden Vlog! It’s so fun to get to know other bloggers–it’s more like a virtual coffee date than the “coffee date” posts because you see them, you hear them, you watch them!

This month, it’s about love and family.

February 2016's Golden Vlog is all about Family

Guys Behind the BlogJustin’s guest posts

February 2016's Golden Vlog is all about Family

February 2016's Golden Vlog is all about Family

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.