Thursday, October 23, 2014


I live in Utah. In case you didn't know, I'm living in a dry, desert climate. This means my hair and skin sometimes suffer. This drives me crazy. To help me in this battle, I just tried an argan oil hair mask.
 It's easy to use: You wash your hair like normal, then you can get out of the shower, towel dry, apply the hair mask, and let it sit for 5-15 minutes before washing it out. I just squeeze out the excess water from my hair apply mask, then wash my face, shave my legs, etc. then rinse it out. Do this two times per week and you will NOT be disappointed. 
The mask won't make your hair greasy or anything. It smells good (kinda like an orange creamsicle...but don't eat it) and washes out nicely. Immediately after using it, my hair felt so smooth and hydrated. It is amazing!
This product is a deep conditioning treatment designed to transform dry and damaged strands into soft, shiny, healthy hair. Sounds good right.?! Well, it REALLY is! For those label readers out there, this conditioner from InstaNautral contains argan oil, Japanese green tea, amino acid complex, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil & vitamin B5.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TRENDS...Just Not When They Are Trending

You might have heard the term "what's trending now." Apparently, I miss out on most of these things.

I will admit I am not the biggest trend setter or follower. I just tend to get things a little later than others. For instance, I remember my high school graduation song was that Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) song by Green Day (as I'm sure was the case for many graduating classes). At the time, I thought 'Green Day...ugh. Aren't all their songs lame?' A few years later, I received my first DVD player as a birthday present and it came with a dvd that had music on it. One of the songs was Macy's Day Parade by, of course, Green Day. I loved it. I listened to it over and over. I remember telling my friend Danae about the song and she said, "Yeah, Deanna, they were cool like 8 years ago!" Oops.

I didn't wear make-up until I was 20 and was told if I wanted to represent the Dairy Industry (I once held the Utah County Dairy Princess title - wink, smile, wave), I had to look presentable. Not that I wear a ton of makeup now, but I look back at photos from before that and wonder why I hadn't used a little beauty product earlier. 

A coworker of mine at IKEA, named Amanda, always raved about wearing heels. I also remember doing the stair stepper machine at the gym one night and the guy who worked there told me if I wore heels I wouldn't have to do stairs as much. My thought to both of them was I couldn't possibly walk in heels. I thought I'd fall and break my ankle. I bought my first pair a few years later. In fact, I wore heels today and have worn them every day for the last 8 days. Heels and I are best friends now.

Today, I went to the library and checked out some Justin Timberlake CD's. If you haven't heard of him yet....oh wait...everyone has heard of him. What is my problem?! My friends Brandon, Jessica, and Dane all are a bit obsessed with his tunes. I knew that, but how did I miss his music until now?! Some of his lyrics are just fabulous.

This last one isn't about trends, but I have had family and friends tell me my best friend Brandon was in love with me and I should jump on that marriage train with him. No way...I wasn't ready, but he stuck with me. Four years later (and hopefully not too late), I finally realize that is exactly what I want. Hello your eyes!

So why do some things take so long for me to grab onto? Maybe I need to be more hip on my pop culture? My mother has always told me I "march to my own drum." That is close to Henry David Thoreau's quote from Walden, "If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away." I believe he meant that one should do things in one's own way regardless of societal norms and expectations OR as Willie Nelson said, "He ain't wrong, he's just different."  I'm thankful to all who bear with me and all my possible quirkiness...however far behind or off course I am.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


 I can't stop won't stop loving these fall colors here in Utah.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Love is a feeling of deep devotion, concern, and affection.
I'm Deanna...I try to love everybody. It's true.
But I think I have been afraid to be IN love...until recently. I have opened my heart to the idea of nurturing true love as described in this talk by Marvin J. Ashton. He says:

True love is a process.
True love requires personal action.
Love must be continuing to be real.
Love takes time. Too often expediency, infatuation, stimulation, persuasion, or lust are mistaken for love. 
Real love takes time, patience, help, and continuing performances. 
Meaningful love is a continuing process that will bring joy and happiness to all participating parties.

I am not a very good impulse buyer when I go shopping so, obviously, I wouldn't be able to just give my heart away to anybody who asks for it. I needed time to grow, learn, and feel like I was ready for love. I have learned love is enduring. Love will stick by your side through the good, bad, and ugly life throws your way. Love will also stick by your side when you tell it to go away (even if that means 4 or 400 years). Love will forgive you for your mistakes and grow stronger with you as you progress together. Love will laugh with you (probably because you are the funniest person you know). Love knows all about you and wants to learn more. Love will blow your mind.

In the talk, MJA continues to say:
...we need and deserve more than the declaration, "I love you." Let us resolve to take the time to give of ourselves in putting love into appropriate action and performance. Those who truly understand love know it must be basically simple, continuing, and sincere.

Sometimes love knows when you need space and will give it. True love will be waiting (and ready to return) when you are ready. True love is real.

Deanna loves you xo

Sunday, October 19, 2014


After having a brother die, a BFF break up with me, "family" members say mean things, and my dog stop listening and run away things can only go up and get better, right?! Well, actually that's not true. You could also have your car stolen, your freezer break and ruin some food, your dog have an allergic reaction to her shots from the vet, your mother have a heart attack after a surgery, and a call from the fraud department saying someone tried to steal money from an online account of yours (...all in less than 2 months time).  Yes, things can and just might get worse, but it's OK!

After all this, I went to church--that's a good place to go for peace for me. At the service, there were several people bearing testimony of the power of prayer. One person shared stories of bad weather and them praying for no rain for a party they were hosting that was outside. Another person shared a story of them wanting a shift off from work on a Sunday so they could attend church and BAM they were there at church. This got me thinking...I had been praying, begging, pleading for many things recently, some maybe on a scale a little bit deeper than weather (we all have our trials), and I just seemed to have more bad things piling up. I thought 'Am I praying wrong?!'

I know that our disappointments, sorrows, and dark hours are to help us grow. They can lead us to much joy if we put our faith and trust in God. Garth Brooks sings that some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. It is a mistake to assume that every prayer we offer will be answered immediately. Some prayers require big effort on our part. This might be a way that God is showing me He loves is just in a way that I don't really understand right now. 

Then we sang the hymn Come Unto Jesus and my heart was calmed a little.
To anyone feeling discouraged, worried, or lonely, I want to tell you to hold on with faith and hope. I too have felt those ways recently, but it WILL get better. Life WILL hand you lemons, but YOU have the power to take positive action, sweeten the situation, and make lemonade (+). Don't feel discouraged if it doesn't happen right away. As long as you are trying your hardest, you aren't doing it wrong.
I will end with my favorite scripture: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Have you ever wondered if you are making a difference in this life? I have this fear of being mediocre. I have learned that doesn't mean I need to be CEO of a major company, an award winning author, or famous actress. I have learned small things sometimes matter the most.

Confession: I'm not a millionaire. That's right. So I don't have a ton of money to donate to every good cause. I do have a rare blood type though. I donate my blood whenever possible. One day, I was wondering if that was really making a difference/helping people or if I was just wasting my time snacking on Lorna Doone cookies with brightly colored gauze on my arm every few months. I have a friend with a husband battling cancer. She makes THE most inspiring and upbeat posts on Facebook. That same day she just so happened to make a post saying her husband had had a blood transfusion and then thanked all friends who have ever donated blood at any time. WOW! I guess I knew I was doing it for good reason, but needed that little reassurance for some reason.

Then I stumbled on this video below. I'm not a mom, but I might have shed a tear. Do yourself a favor and spare a few minutes to watch the entire thing. I dedicate this to all people who have ever wondered if the things they do are making a difference in this life. Please watch it. Pretty please? You never know...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

DOG Hip& Joint Pain Supplement

I have heard that 25% of all dogs will develop joint mobility issues of some kind during their life. Day-Z will be 6 years old in the next few months and I want to keep her happy and in tiptop health as possible. We were given some TerraMax Pro Hip & Joint supplement to try. 
The formula is designed to reverse the effects of joint damage. It restores your dogs natural ability to heal and grow new cartilage while nourishing and revitalizing joints/tissues. This means you can improve your dogs flexibility and mobility to prevent the possibility of any future stress injuries.
Good things about this supplement: it contains a natural anti-inflammatory so it doubles as powerful pain relief for dogs already suffering from arthritis or dysplasia. #TerraMaxPro comes in a liquid form which is more easily absorbed than tablet supplements. AND it is made in the USA.
If you have a dog who has pain or trouble walking, this supplement just might be the answer for you. You will find that your dog isn't as tired after going on walks and has more energy.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014


If we buy the best food for ourselves, shouldn't we buy the best for our pets too?
Day-Z now eats Zuke's treats. Zuke's treats are healthy, natural, and nutritious snacks made in the USA and available for both cats and dogs.
 I ordered the Zuke's Z-Bones dental chews for Day-Z to try. 
 Why are these so great? They are potato and pea based which means they are highly digestible. Alfalfa, parsley, rosemary, and fennel are used to freshen dog breath naturally. The texture is great to help polish teeth and keep gums healthy. The z-bones come in 4 different sizes according to your dog's weight.
 She loved them.
Want to win some Zuke's treats for your furry friend? Enter below:

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Honesty time:
I have had a few days recently where if I went to a store and the cashier asked how I was doing, I'd say I'm ok and then fight back tears. I didn't want to burden anyone so I have been hiking a lot and avoiding going to public places. I figure if I hike, no one will talk to me. Perfect.

Under the circumstances of events that have recently happened in my life (losing my brother AND a best friend from my life). I have felt unwanted, unloved, and unimportant. I am a smart girl. I think I have a strong understanding of my emotions. I know bad things happen to people all the time. Heck, even worse things happen to others. But still these feelings came to me. I know I am a daughter of God. I know we all have individual worth. I know things will work out. I know all of these things and so much more. I just maybe needed that reassurance that in a world that has a lot of bad things where horrible things happen, there are still good people out there. I am thankful for that. 

These tiny acts of kindness and numerous hugs from strangers have helped me see the world is beauty full. 
Thank you to the girl at the tanning salon who left me this note when I colored my hair too dark and  didn't want people to think I was depressed with my pasty white skin (don't judge me).
Thank you to Alex and Ani for the cute bangle and positive (+) energy.
Just making lemonade. every. day.
Thank you to friends who knew I needed a laugh or maybe a cupcake.
Thank you to the random lady who on my hike stopped and asked if I needed to talk, but understood I just needed a hug and someone to cry with me.
I encourage us all to reach out to others. Be the friend someone might need at that moment. Be the smile, shoulder to cry on, and hug that seems so little, but makes a world of difference. Be a little more kind, compassionate, and empathetic. Essentially, be a the best you and then reach a little farther. (Like those PE fitness tests where you get 3 chances to stretch because the teacher knows you need to warm up, stretch, and then you can reach just a LITTLE bit farther). 

I love the words in this Walls (Circus) song by Tom Petty. Give it a listen or read the lyrics below. We all have bad days. It's what we do with our bad days that counts. Loves.
Some days are diamonds
Some days are rocks
Some doors are open
Some roads are blocked

Sundowns are golden
Then fade away
Sometimes you're happy
Sometimes you cry
Half of me is ocean
Half of me is sky
Some things are over
Some things go on
Part of me you carry
Part of me is gone

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Wearing your seat belt is the law here in Utah. Click it or ticket is a clever slogan they have come up with to remind us to wear one. Since I am buckling myself up for safety, wouldn't I want to buckle my dog as well. I mean, I care about her and her safety as well.
If you know my dog, you know she has a lot of energy. She loves car rides. During the rides she is usually in the back seat running back and forth between the windows trying to stick her head out. What dog wouldn't with all those smells?! I realize this wouldn't be safe for her if we were in an accident (knock knock).

Now we have the deluxe car safety harness - one of the many amazing Solvit Products. This fits all vehicles, has a lifetime warranty, has a fully padded vest for safety, is fully adjustable to fit your furry friend, and also has a convenient attachment point for your walking leash.
It is easy to attach and your dog won't be tied down and uncomfortable in this harness. It provides range of motion while raveling, but locks in case of sudden stop--just like a normal seatbelt for humans.
Want to win a Solvit Products deluxe car safety harness for your pet? Enter below:

Monday, September 22, 2014


I'm a Mormon kid. We've met. You can Meet the Mormons in theaters starting 10/10/14.
If you want to learn more about Mormon peeps (no I don't have a husband with 6 wives), check it out. I love learning about different cultures, religions, and people. I don't think I could say I believed one was true unless I studied it and learned about others. Give it a try. 

You can go to this site to request a showing in your area.

**Meet the Mormons is not a boring documentary. This film is more of a small glimpse into the lives of 6 people that might be a little like you, me, or someone you know.
WARNING: It will make you laugh and might make you cry.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Me thinks we'll talk like a pirate fer free bounty, matey.
Thank you Krispy Kreme for free donuts and a reason to celebrate the pirate in us all.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


A few years ago, I volunteered at a concert with my roommates Jenny and Hannah. One of the performers was Colbie Caillat. We had all heard the Bubbly song on the radio by then, but we acquired her entire album that night. I'm not the biggest chick singer fan, but I can't tell you how many times I listened that CD on repeat in my car for the next few months. 
I had the opportunity to go to the Coca Cola lounge today 
for a mini concert with Colbie
and, of course, I took Jenny.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I have been hiking and going to the lake a lot with my dog. Of course, there are mosquitoes at those places out in nature. But when I'm at home, I don't want bugs to come inside. 
It is easy to set up,
won't fall down,
and pets/people can travel in/out with ease.
This magnetic screen door will help keep the bugs out while it let's the cool air in.
It fits in your home, RV, and where swing doors cannot fit. The screen is high-quality and will last you a long time. Size 36"x83".

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


I love the shops at the Riverwoods in Provo. It is the cutest little shopping center and employees at the stores seem to be so much more friendly than those in the same stores at big malls.
They have fun events all year long and one of them is called Chalk the Block.
The Chalk the Block Art Festival is a free three-day street painting event. More than 200 artists spend hours painting and chalking to transform the Riverwoods into captivating scenes.
 This is my favorite quote from the event:
There will come a time you'll see, of no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
I survived the Chalk the Block 2014 3-D slide. 
Be sure to add this event to your calendar next year!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Do you ever feel like you are living in a country music song? You know, the one where your brother dies, your car breaks down, your dog won't listen, it starts raining on you when you are out on a walk, your family says crazy stuff about you, your boyfriend breaks up with you, and just can't seem to find a break...
Well, here I am just trying to make lemonade with all these lemons.
I'd write a sweet message of hope right here, but I'm not feeling it. The best I can write is I know I'm lucky to have two legs to walk, dry clothes to change into, and memories to last me a lifetime.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

SL Comic Con

I volunteered at Salt Lake Comic Con this weekend. I stayed at my friend Patrice's house (which is a 2 mile morning walk from the convention) and stayed until 9:30pm each night. I didn't leave the panel room I was in charge of much, except for 20 minutes to grab a bite to eat and snap these 2 photos while waiting for the food line.
I did it all for the wookie.
Don't we look precious?!
Final verdict, I'm not nerdy enough for this con, but I do love to volunteer.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I wasn't asked to speak at my brother's funeral today so I would like to share a few fond memories I have of him here. 

I remember him:
*looking out of the car window on a road trip and asking if a field of cows were bears. He had an eye exam scheduled for the next week.
*after getting his glasses, my uncle Duane was visiting and making fun of him by calling him 4-eyes and such. Duane then put on his glasses and realized there was a whole new world out there (green trees on the mountains, letters on license plates, etc). Duane then had an eye exam scheduled for the next week.
*sneaking into the racquetball club with me because our parents couldn't afford the membership anymore. As we were leaving, he told me the staff were chasing us and we had to jump out of the window and run home through the outdoor tennis courts. I didn't notice the net between courts and ran straight into one and had a black eye the next day.
*jumping off bridges in California.
*singing The Proclaimers 500 Miles song over and over with me during a road trip with our mom.
*wrestling in the family room.
*hiding food in the best spots in the refrigerator so nobody else could find it and eat it.
*giving each other "santa sleigh rides" down the stairs in our house (one person would get in a blanket or sleeping bag while the other pulled them down the stairs in the wackiest way possible).
*throwing Easter eggs over the fence at the neighbor's house with my cousin Brian. My mom found out because the police came by to tell him to stop.
*jumping on the trampoline and slip & sliding.
*bleaching our hair at home (yikes).
*having his friend Marcus cut my grandma's toe nails while watching Lawrence Welk reruns.
*getting $1 to spend at the Penny Candy Store with me every time we went to visit our grandparents.
*helping with Christmas "ding-dong-ditch" and getting in the wrong car. "Gas it, Freda!"
*somehow knowing when anyone in our family was eating for pizza for dinner and he was there within minutes to share. EVERY TIME.
*riding in the car and carrying a bicycle out of the window because it wouldn't fit in the backseat & riding his bike home while carrying a ladder a different night.
*giving me rides in his Jetta named Sparticus.
*buying a pair of ski poles from the thrift shop, nailing his shoes to 2x4's, and trying to ski down the hill in our backyard when we moved to Utah.
*eating only super healthy foods at his house with his family and then coming to my parent's house and sneaking junk food.
*teaching me how to drive a stick shift by pulling him in the snow behind my dad's truck in the church parking lot.
*bragging about giving my dad the best Christmas present (shirt from Saver's) while I gave him some "tacky famous signed Picasso" piece.
*always being able to mutter a funny comment under his breath.
*eating our mother's famous enchiladas.
*sneaking poopy diapers from his babies under the seat in my car on hot sunny days.
*cutting down Christmas trees together (wherever we found the best one).
*saying, "My name is Tim and I like to party."
*being willing to help out whenever he found a chance.
*making everyone laugh.
*trying to be the best dad - the cool dad.
*smiling and getting whatever he wanted. Ugh...that made me so jealous sometimes.

I love you, brother Tim.

Like Rod, Tim likes to party. He just took his party to another place for a bit.


Do you love uplifting movies the whole family can watch? Maybe a Sabbath appropriate film with a touch of religion?
The IDENTICAL tells the story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. Drexel Hemsley becomes an iconic 50’s rock ’n’ roll star, while Ryan Wade struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade and his wife are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend. Encouraged by his wife and employer, Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path - performing the legendary music of Drecel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family, and his own identity.

This film includes actors Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Erin Cottrell, Joe Pantoliano, and many more. 
Official movie website:
*If you’re interested in getting some friends together to see THE IDENTICAL, we have a group ticket opportunity

To get excited about this film, I am hosting a giveaway for a soundtrack sampler. The Identical Original Motion Picture SoundTrack sampler features 12 of the 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino from the film. Including “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight."

Enter to win below:
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