How One Simple Decision Can Change Your Life: Part one of a two-part series on happiness.

*note: nothing in this post was sponsored or endorsed in any way. We simply wanted to share things that we believe to be beneficial.

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Hey everyone! Yes that’s Taco Bell above…SO GOOD! Anyway, Thanks for stopping by today. We are glad you did and feel that this post and its partner post will really help you have a new view on life. This is something that I have personally been working on recently, and I know that many people struggle with this because I do. It’s a small shift in thinking that can have a big impact on the quality of your life—Happiness. Happiness isn’t something you go out and find or buy or earn. Happiness is something that is within us all, (it is a choice), and if we know how to awaken it and have it work for us, then amazing things will start to happen. My mission president used to say “We aren’t responsible for the face that we have; we are responsible for the face that we wear!” Good Advice.

 

  1. The Happiness Advantage.

 

Happiness leads to success, not the other way around. In fact, usually people that seek success first as a means to be happy end up completely the opposite—overworked, overstressed, and overly miserable. Shawn Achor, who spent over ten years lecturing and researching at Harvard, participating in one of the largest studies on happiness ever performed, said in his TED talk (I LOVE watching TED talks) titled The Happiness Advantage that, “If Happiness is on the other side of success, then you’ll never get there…” and that, “your brain is 31% more productive at positive than it is at negative, neutral, or stressed.” In short, we reverse the formula for success by teaching that happiness comes first. Then that happiness boosts our performance and we become more successful. I wish I could go into greater detail, but I don’t want to write a novel about this because it’s already been done. When I brought up this book to my wife, she raved and raved about how good it was. Seriously you would think that the book was made out of pizza, that’s how excited she was. If you’d like, you can read it for yourself by going here.

 

  1. Doctor? What Doctor?

 

Like I said before, choosing happiness is something that I’ve been working on personally these past few weeks. One of the reasons why was because I literally didn’t feel well. I was always tired, and I wasn’t sleeping well. My back also was really stiff and sore all the time, probably because I wasn’t sleeping well (or because of my nephews always wanting to play superman with me). There is a lot of fascinating research on the effect that Happiness has on our lives. In an article from ABC News written by Dr. Anjuli Srivastava, we learn that “Happiness may be associated with lower stress-related hormones and better immune function.” Isn’t that crazy? Feelings of happiness actually bolster and uplift your immune system. And if feelings of happiness bolster the immune system, then certainly feelings of stress and grief lower and suppress it. If we aren’t careful, this can turn into a downward spiral. Our sadness lowers our immune systems and our health deteriorates, which we react to by being sadder and more stressed and the cycle continues. The good news is that this spiral can also go upwards. In another article written by UC Berkeley’s magazine Greater Good, we learn that happiness is linked to stronger heart function, less aches and pains, and longer life. Seriously, the possibilities are endless. So instead of waiting for better health to make you happy, why don’t you start with being happy and let the health benefits follow?

 

  1. Let’s go on an adventure.

 

Ok, this one is a no brainer. Clearly you will enjoy life more if you are happy as opposed to being miserable. But the really unbelievable thing is the amount of people that still live life in the dumps. No, not the actually dumps where the trash goes…the metaphorica—well, you know what I mean. But really, we all know those people that are constantly negative about everything. Not only are they not enjoying this wonderful world we live in but they are no fun to even be around. Now, I’m not saying that we should pretend like bad times, tragedies, and trials don’t exist, because they certainly do. It would be ludicrous to write such moments off calling them happy, like putting on party hats and playing the Hokie Pokie at a funeral. Yes, there are certainly times to be sad, but I believe there are infinitely more reasons to be happy. Start searching for those reasons and life will change from a prison to a beautiful adventure.

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On a side note, sometimes my wife is so funny. She will get all sad and mopey about something and when I ask what’s wrong or why she is sad she will say, “I don’t know. I just want to be sad right now!” Even now as I write this she stands behind her reasoning. “Sometimes you just gotta be sad” she says. She always bounces back really quickly though, so I’m not worried. Just don’t fall into the trap of always being sad.

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So make the choice today to be a little happier than you were yesterday. I promise that if you do you will be, well, happier! Over time you will also start to see many other amazing benefits. We only went over three here, but believe me, there are more. So give it a shot! Surprise yourself.

 

We want to hear your feedback and experiences! How has choosing to be happy improved your life? Leave your answer in the comments!

 

(One final note before we close part one of this two-part series, and that is that we acknowledge the validity and sometimes severity of mental illness and the effect it can have on an individual. While we wish it were as easy as waking up in the morning, smiling to yourself in the mirror and saying “today I choose to be happy,” we know that it can be more complicated than that. Those that struggle with more severe mental challenges should not underestimated the power of a simple positive choice like the one I just described, however, they should also seek professional help and consultation).

Stay tuned for part 2!

Love,

Tay and Kyle

 

 

Cravings & 13 weeks

 

I can seeeee the light at the end of this tunnel called pregnancy! The light is bright and it’s the second trimester! I already am feeling less tired and less nauseous. The puking is down to one time a day, WHICH I CAN HANDLE!


Kyle is loving it because I started making dinner, doing the laundry, cleaning up, and EVEN decorated for fall! It feels good to be productive again.


We even made a fall to-do list, which you know has more food than activities on it (hehe!) It consist of apple cider, caramel apples, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and maybe even a Halloween party! I love this time of year! It takes me back to New England. A piece of my heart will forever be there. Last fall, we were lucky enough to go back and visit Boston. This year flights have been INSANELY priced. We will be lucky to make it to Arizona! This is not going to stop us from having the most amazing babymoon ever, though! All you mamas and papas out there, what kind of babymoon is best, Beach or City adventure? We are having the hardest time deciding! We kind of want to go somewhere we have never been and explore but we also want it to feel like a relaxing vacation! I would love to hear your comments!


Okay, let’s talk cravings. I am one who always thought they were a little exaggerated, and I somewhat still do. But I get it! Before being pregnant, I would have normal cravings all the time. Sometimes I would just NEED pizza for no good reason and I would go and get it! See I am a pizza girl. I could eat pizza for every single meal and never get bored! But my “taste” has completely changed. All of a sudden I have turned into the sub sandwich, green apple, grape, sour gummies kind of a girl. Which is so weird for me. Normally I would NEVER want that. People have told me that those cravings will increase as I get further along…so I guess I will keep you posted. I have looked at those wives’ tales and I am not sure if any of these cravings specifically point towards boy or girl. I know they are all just myths but it is fun to assume.

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Other than that, this week has been filled with BYU homecoming festivities including a 5k and blue pancakes on Saturday, a fancy luncheon, lots of outreach marketing, studying, a movie premier and snuggles. I am going to try and post every Sunday so watch for the updates!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor

The plus sign that changed the world!

Well at this point the news is out! You are probably wondering, “did they just get married??” and “why are they announcing so early?” Well here is the answer to alll the questions and a little insight into what has actually been going on these past few weeks!

Was it planned?

Yes and no. Before Kyle and I got married, we talked about having kids. We both felt that we should start our family right away (maybe me more than Kyle.) We explored different kinds of birth control and quite honestly most of them made me a little uneasy. I didn’t want to do anything to my body that could possible inhibit my ability to having kids, because that is something that is really sacred to me. I did use birth control pills for about two months but didn’t really like the effects it had on me. When I went off of them we used a more natural method…very loosely, obviously! We knew that getting pregnant would be a possibility and we didn’t do much to prevent. We kind of just let whatever happen, happen.

I don’t know if every woman has this fear but I was so afraid that we wouldn’t be able to conceive. That fear is no longer a fear anymore! We got pregnant two months after going off the birth control pills, about four months of being married!

Why announce so early?

CAUSE I’M FREAKING HUGE! no, I’m serious! At 7 weeks my belly popped and has gotten bigger ever since! Because of it, everyone in my family thought we were having twins. We are really thanking our lucking stars to only be having ONE baby. At the moment, we just hit 12 weeks…like today haha.

I wrote the following when we first found out we were pregnant! We are so so excited to be growing our family. We are so grateful for the love and support and even more grateful for this amazing opportunity to grow and become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.

There you have it folks. A faded blue sign. I starred at it thinking…what the heck is this suppose to mean!? I really couldn’t tell if it was positive of negative at first.

They say the first pee of the morning is the most potent so I believed them. I crawled out of bed early in the morning and peed right on the purple end of the stick. Kyle was still asleep. It was Sunday. I left it in the bathroom and crawled back into bed to wait the recommended two minutes.

That is what I saw when I went and checked on it. I snuck back into our room and said “ky…are you awake??” He turned over and said, “did you take it?? What did it say??” We had talked about taking it this morning the day before. He thought that I was pregnant because I had a migraine all weekend, so bad I started puking.

I said, “come and see”

He jumped out of bed and drifted into the bathroom. Picked up the stick. Them looked at me. “I knew it!” We hugged.

Then there was the moment of “are you sure??” It looks faded to me. We read the box and sure enough it confirmed.

Now what!?

We kept saying “I can’t believe it!” and “wow!”

We were excited and shocked!

So we put on our church clothes and went to church. I was so distracted! I changed my period app, Flo, to pregnant. It said the baby was a size of a sesame seed and that we were 5 WEEKS PREGGO! What!? How’d five weeks past so quickly!? You see they trick you! Technically we were two but the app, and everyone, I guess tracks from your last period. I’ll take it. We are ahead of the game!

xo,

Kyle and Taylor

The plus sign that changed the world

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Well at this point the news is out! You are probably wondering, “did they just get married??” and “why are they announcing so early?” Well here is the answer to alll the questions and a little insight into what has actually been going on these past few weeks!

Was it planned?

Yes and no. Before Kyle and I got married, we talked about having kids. We both felt that we should start our family right away (maybe me more than Kyle.) We explored different kinds of birth control and quite honestly most of them made me a little uneasy. I didn’t want to do anything to my body that could possible inhibit my ability to having kids, because that is something that is really sacred to me. I did use birth control pills for about two months but didn’t really like the effects it had on me. When I went off of them we used a more natural method…very loosely, obviously! We knew that getting pregnant would be a possibility and we didn’t do much to prevent. We kind of just let whatever happen, happen.

I don’t know if every woman has this fear but I was so afraid that we wouldn’t be able to conceive. That fear is no longer a fear anymore! We got pregnant two months after going off the birth control pills, about four months of being married!

Why announce so early?

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CAUSE I’M FREAKING HUGE! no, I’m serious! At 7 weeks my belly popped and has gotten bigger ever since! Because of it, everyone in my family thought we were having twins. We are really thanking our lucking stars to only be having ONE baby. At the moment, we just hit 12 weeks…like today haha.

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I wrote the following when we first found out we were pregnant! We are so so excited to be growing our family. We are so grateful for the love and support and even more grateful for this amazing opportunity to grow and become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.

There you have it folks. A faded blue sign. I starred at it thinking…what the heck is this suppose to mean!? I really couldn’t tell if it was positive of negative at first.

They say the first pee of the morning is the most potent 😂😂 so I believed them. I crawled out of bed early in the morning and peed right on the purple end of the stick. Kyle was still asleep. It was Sunday. I left it in the bathroom and crawled back into bed to wait the recommended two minutes.

That is what I saw when I went and checked on it. I snuck back into our room and said “ky…are you awake??” He turned over and said, “did you take it?? What did it say??” We had talked about taking it this morning the day before. He thought that I was pregnant because I had a migraine all weekend, so bad I started puking.

I said, “come and see”

He jumped out of bed and drifted into the bathroom. Picked up the stick. Them looked at me. “I knew it!” We hugged.

Then there was the moment of “are you sure??” It looks faded to me. We read the box and sure enough it confirmed.

Now what!?

We kept saying “I can’t believe it!” and “wow!”

We were excited and shocked!

So we put on our church clothes and went to church. I was so distracted! I changed my period app, Flo, to pregnant. It said the baby was a size of a sesame seed and that we were 5 WEEKS PREGGO! What!? How’d five weeks past so quickly!? You see they trick you! Technically we were two but the app, and everyone, I guess tracks from your last period. I’ll take it. We are ahead of the game!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor

Wahlburger Review 

Burgers. The all American fan food. Kyle and I love a good burger. Maybe Kyle more than me. We have been to some of the most amazing burger places across the west coast. This past weekend we vacationed in Las Vegas and found yet another burger place that is up there with the best burgers we have ever eaten. So with out further ado…Wahlburger.


Here is the glorious menu. They have burgers, sandwiches, salads and sides.


Kyle got the classic Wahlburger with their famous Wahlsauce. It was money in the bank. Sadly he ate it so fast that we didn’t have time to snap a pic of it 😬. Better luck next time I guess.


I got Jen’s chicken sandwich and I can honestly say that I’ve never had one better. There was so much flavor and it was juicy and simply delicious.

The service was awesome! We got our food so fast! I was amazed! Another thing that I will NEVER forget about this place is the ranch. It sound like a strange thing. But this is the best ranch fries have ever been dipped in. No joke. It was a house made ranch with a kick.

10 out of 10 would recommend. Hands down. Let us know what you think and what your favorite burger joints are! We’d love to hear!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor

Homemade Cobb Salad 

This salad is super easy to make and very filling! It’s packed with flavor! 

I have been trying to be better about eating my veggies and Cobb salad is one solution I’ve found. When I was on my mission in Boston, I used to order Cobb salad at every restaurant. I’m somewhat of a connoisseur, you might say. So I got back in touch with my roots and made up this baby! 


First things first- lettuce! I shredded a head of iceberg but romaine would work just as well! 

Then come the veggies. I chose one bell pepper sliced as shown. 


Then I cubed one avocado. I love avocado! My philosophy is, you can’t go wrong with cilantro. It just brings such a freshness to any Latin inspired meal. 


I then added the protein. Boil eggs and grilled chicken. Mix it all up. Add your favorite dressing (ranch, blue cheese, spices vinegrette, etc.) and DIG IN.  Specifics below! 


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce 
  • 1/4 cilantro 
  • 1 whole red bell pepper
  • 1 tomatoe off the vine 
  • 4 chicken tenders
  • 4 boiled eggs 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

This will feed two adult. Hope this inspires you to eat a little healthier! 

Love,

Kyle and Taylor 

One Two Lash Review

 *this is not an ad or sponsored in anyway. I love the product and wanted to share! 


Lashes and eyebrows are all the rage these days. Getting them longer, thicker & darker is the challenge. I have been in the market to find less invasive or permanite ways of doing this. I tried the glue-in eyelashes, which I LOVE the look of! So much so that I wore them at our wedding, but they just didn’t last. The max I ever got out of them was two hours.


I was talking about it with one of my friends and she told me about One Two Lash. They have a 60 day money back guarantee, so thought I’d just try them and see what it was all about. If I didn’t like them, I would just return them. I ordered the Regular lash and then 5 months later ordered the Bold lash because I loved them and wanted something a little more dramatic. They shipped for free to my home in Utah within 3 days (they ship from California.) 

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Including in the package are step-by-step instructions on how to put them on, a cute “hello lash lover” card, receipt, & a case with all the lashes in them. In the case there are two pairs of lashes for each eye. Here is how it works:

There is a TINY MAGNET on two strips of lashes. Those strips sandwich your actual lash. You don’t have to curl your lash or wear mascara for them to stay but, for me, it does make it easier to get them on.


You want to get them as close to your lash line as possible. They advise not to put mascara on the actual lash extension (so that it last longer.) So what I do is I curl my lashes & put one coat of mascara on, then put on the lash extensions. I put only enough mascara so that the extensions will be able to clip faster.


I love these things! They are super easy to use! My first time It took me around 3 tries to get on, after that it was a breeze. I seriously forget I am wearing them sometimes! They are light weight & they make getting ready in the morning that much quicker!

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My first pair of lashes, one of the magnets came off. This was my own fault, though. They tell you to gently slide the lashes off when finished with them. I tried to peel them off. That only happened to one lash strip for the three months I had them. I say “had” because I left the rest of the lashes in our hotel room on our honeymoon!

These extensions, however, are not your $7-$10 lashes you get at Sally’s. They run for $69 for two pairs. I wish that they were a little less expensive but they are reasonable enough if you compare them to getting lash extensions. Getting the lash extensions from a salon you are looking at $100-$200 plus fills.

I definitely recommend getting these! We’d love to hear what you think! Comment and let us know!

Love,

Kyle and Taylor

Colorado Travel Guide

This past weekend we discovered Colorado! It is the most gorgeous state. The mountains, trees, resorts, city, foood- just everything. We had a blast! It also helps that we have amazing family there! 

Our first stop was Grand Junction. This is a smaller town just off the border of Utah. It is HOT there! Which made it the perfect day to raft down the Colorado river! They have a lot of rafting areas (some more dangerous than others) but we wanted something chill. We got on in Junction and floated to Fruita. 


Our raft sprung a leak and that’s why we got off a little early! It was hilarious as we “sunk” down the river! People would tell us that our raft was loosing air and we just said, “Yeah, it is.” Kyle’s Aunt & Uncle live there and it was so fun to see them and hang out for awhile! 


Next stop was Silverthorne! 

 This is a resort town high in the mountains about an hour out of Denver. 10,000 feet up, to be exact! This was the moment in the trip where we literally couldn’t stop saying WOW! No joke, I have never seen so many Christmas trees in my whole life. They just lined the mountain on every corner. Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

 

We went on a nature walk with his Grandparents, who live there. 

They also showed us a sweet cafe where the locals eat called Sunshine Cafe. I like to think of myself of an eggs Benedict connisuer. This was the best that I’ve had. And they made it with fresh salmon! Winner winner chicken dinner! But with salmon 😏. 


Last stop was Denver! Oh Denver! I have a thing for city life! We road the train in from highlands Ranch (where his other aunt and uncle live. Yeah we have a lot of family!) to Denver! We took the train into union station! Union station is a fun hub. There are lots of restaurants and even a hotel right in the station. 


16th street mall is also a happening place! We didn’t have time to explore as much as we would’ve liked but there are street performers and lots of shops! 


We didn’t have time to do this but we hear you have to visit the US Mint right in Denver. They have free tours on the weekdays before three! We can’t wait to go next time! 

One of our favorite parts of the trip was seeing SHAWNY SHAWN (aka Shawn Mendes) in concert. Guys…he was incredible. He has the voice of an angel that I could listen to forever! 


If you are in Denver, you’ve got to catch a concert or a professional game! It’s such a blast! 

What would a travel guide be without the food!? Here are our favorites from our trip! 

Hopdoddy’s. Organic Burgers and fries! They were incredible! The burgers and salads were so unique and tasty! Well worth the money! 


Little Man Ice cream. You can tell a place knows what they are doing when there is a line down the block! That’s what this place looked like at 3 in the afternoon! The ice cream did not disappoint. It was phenominal! 


We also stopped by this local market, right outside of Union Station. They had handmade chocolate and pastries. 

We LOOOOVED Denver!! 


Love,

Kyle & Taylor 

How to: Clean Hard Water Stains 


Today marks the day that a little lemon changed my life. I never thought I would see the day. 

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, CLEAN HARD WATER STAINS. 

yes. Do it. Then start a group text with all your lady homies & then conquer the world. 

So I had this mirror & light fixture & bathroom faucet that was stained with hard water spots. I tried windex, scrubbing with soap and water, It wouldn’t budge. 


Then I did what anyone would’ve done in a situation like this- I turned to the DIY holy grail also known as Pinterest. All I could find was solutions for bath tub stains. I was uncertain if these formulas would be to much for a mirror. All the recipes I could find called for lemon and vinegar. I was a little nervous about the vinegar but I thought “how much harm could a little lemon do?!” 


So here are the steps that I did to reach glistening perfection (or close too.) 

1) I got a fresh lemon from my fridge, cut it in half. 

2) Rubbed the open side straight onto my mirror, faucet & light bulbs.

3) I then grabbed my scrub brush and went back through, just to make sure I had gotten everything.

4) After that I got a wet paper towel and washed the lemon off. I didn’t want to leave anything sticky! Bleck! 

5) I took a dry paper towel and dried everything off. I didn’t want to leave any water spots behind either!  

Here are my results:

Apparently lemon can do a WHOLE lot! Thank you Mother Earth! 


I’d love to hear your cleaning tips and tricks in the comments on this post! 

Love,

Kyle & Taylor 

Dough Co Review


Have you seen those videos on Facebook of the New York cookie dough scoop shop!? It looks INCREDIBLE & has us drooling for days! Our torment was over when we realized a similar scoop shop opened just 45 minutes away from our house! 

So we do what an sugar-a-holic would do. WE JUMPED IN THE CAR AND RACED ALL THE WAY THERE!! Obeying all the speed limits of course 😉. Let me tell you…it did not disappoint. 


It is called Dough Co. It is located on this cute little city street in downtown Salt Lake City. Walking up they have a selfie board- for all your selfie needs and chances to get free stuff! Heyo! Then you walk in to this really hip scoop shop. We have to rave about the staff because they were SO NICE & really patient as we tasted alllllll the different cookie dough flavors. Their flavors are so unique & flavorful. 


We got the classic chocolate chip & the maple bacon snickerdoodle. To. Die. For. 


Our review is 10/10 would recommend. We will be back! Thanks dough co! What unique places have you found recently?? We’d love to know!! 

Love,

Kyle & Taylor