Monday, October 2, 2017

Cleo Madison Review

I love when I come across boutiques that sell cute and conservative clothes. I am not one to personally dress flashy, or sexy, but I do want to look good. I sometimes struggle finding the right dress or outfit that I feel both comfortable and confident in. Cleo Madison/ asked me to review their clothes and I was more than happy to. Browsing thought their website made me both excited for fall and excited to have a new clothing company I could stand behind.

I like to wear a lot of tops with skirts. Both cause I like them, and cause I am currently a nursing mama. Which I do wish there was more nursing dresses and tops out there, but that's another tangent for another day.

They had some really cute skirts to choose from but I went with the Annie floral skirt. I was surprised at how soft it was first off, and second how comfy it was. I often dress up for work or church. Which tend to be my craziest days. Both Sundays and work days are insane for me. I like to look nice but feel comfy too. I matched the skirt with my jean blouse that goes with everything, and makes nursing easy. I got 3 compliments on my skirt within an hour of wearing it #winner


2 things are also apparent, 1 I am not a model. 2 My husband is not a photographer. Truth is every time I wore it I may have forgotten to have someone take my picture. Yes I said every time I wore it. I liked it that much.





Cleo Madison is having a sale right now for 25% off all sale items. Their sale items not only have swimsuits, some stripped dresses but 3 shirts I want. A cute Mama Bear Shirt, Happy Camper shirt and a Happy Glamper Shirt (see below). So go check them out and use the code 25offsale. 

Don't forget to follow their facebook and instagram pages for more info, arrivals, discounts and giveaways.

https://www.facebook.com/cleomadisonshop

https://www.instagram.com/cleo.madison/

Here are some of my favorites and why for your viewing pleasure:



Navy blue midi pocket dress

Can I get a hallelujah that these dresses have pockets?!?!?!

Floral knee length pocket dress

Love this top, go check it out and see the detailing on the back. 

Happy glamper tee close up


A close up of the cute skirt I picked.


Foldover waist tea length skirt


Anyway go check them out. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Welch's Unroll the Fun

Super excited to try this new fruit snack. I made a vlog post trying them if you want to check it out:



But basically they are fruit snacks made with real fruit juice, which I love. Not only is it healthier but I think it tastes better. They also have a new snack which is a fruit roll. They are also made from fruit juce but are also softer and yummier. So check them out next time you are shopping for a yummy and sweet snack for your kids.


I received these snacks complimentary in exchange for my review.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mount Timpanogoss Cave

My husband and I have lived in Utah for about 10 years and I realized I have never taken him to Timpanogos Cave! We drive, camp, and paddle board up American Fork Canyon all the time, and yet have never been through the cave. I finally  bit the bullet, picked a random day and got tickets to go. Best idea ever!

We invited some family members to go as well and they also were so glad they came along.

So first go to this site to purchase tickets: Purchase Cave Tour Tickets You can do it at the visitors center, but they often are sold out especially if you have a larger group like we did. If you just want 1 or 2 you may be able to get some same day, but you never know.

It's easy to get there. just drive up American Fork canyon and pay the entrance fee. Then a little ways up you will see the Timpanogos Visitors Center on the right side. They have bathrooms, water and the start of the trail. You can pick up your tickets here within 15 minutes of your start time. They give you about an hour and half to get to the top for your cave tour.


After that you hike about a mile and half up to the cave entrance. Its is pretty steep and I would recommend lots of water. There is no where along the trail to get any, so don't be stingy. There is 20 markers along the way to help you know how far you have left or have gone. So at 10 you are half way there. Along the way there is beautiful views, facts about the rocks and some steep spots.

When it's time for your tour there are some things you should know. There is no hard back packs, like backpacking packs or child carriers. you can have them on the trail but before you enter there is a bear box to store them in. Any soft bag or back pack you are wearing they make you wear it in the front. So a front carrying baby carrier is fine. Also no food or water in the tour. They will make sure camelbacks are closed and not dripping, to help protect the cave.



 Inside is always cold. It will always be a constant 45 degrees. So I suggest bringing a sweater or jacket. If you have kids make sure they have some kind of jacket as well, cause it is cool. The tour can take an hour to an hour and a half. So it may feel nice at first but no one else on the tour wants to hear whiny kids the whole way, so come prepared.


One thing I don't remember from the last time I toured (which was a lifetime ago) was the key thing that makes this cave so different from other caves. That is their helictites. they don't know what causes or creates them but there has been some different theories.  



Every kid walked away with a different favorite part or memory. Some liked when they turned out the lights and it was true darkness, some liked the heart of timp cave, some the chocolate milk slime, I liked making a new memory with my family. I love science, the outdoors and my family so it was a perfect family outing!


So let me know if you have questions bout the experience, I can try and help. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

DIY Earring Frame

My Sister in law that I talked about here made the cutest earring holder and I wanted to duplicate it. I love earrings and wear a lot of them. I though this would help with one of my new years goals to be more organized. 




First I purchased this white frame from Ikea. It is normally $25 but I got it on sale one week for $20. 
Then I spray painted it silver. Part of the reason it took me so long to make this was I hadn't decided what color did I really want it? Black? Red? Silver? I ended up going with silver and I love it. 



Then I purchased radiator covers from Lowes. Now they had a cuter one for more money but I am super cheap so I chose this one for $10. It wasn't quite wide enough to fit so we had to cut it and wire it to make it work. Which you can kind of see in the picture below. Once all the earrings and stuff is added though you can't really tell at all.















See in the end I hung the feather over where we cut it and made it work. In the end I love it, and now I have lots of room for all my dangley earrings. 



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Treat Sharing Thankful Tom Turkey

At Halloween most people are familiar with getting boo'd. Where you get left a treat, a poem and a ghost picture. You usually hang the ghost up and are instructed to create treats and do the same for someone one else. I know I didn't explain that well, but oh well. I thought it would be fun to do something similar in November.

Something that was one step above sharing treats. Something that showed others why you are grateful for them. So here is something very similar. Thankful Tom Turkey. You can still make treats and door bell ditch your neighbors, only this time you get to add at least one thing you are thankful about them. It could be that they mow your lawn when you are out of town, or you saw them picking up litter when walking down the street. Maybe they always have a smile on their face, or know everyone name. Maybe they have a beautiful flower bed you love or always treat your kids with kindness. Whatever the reason, share it with them. Share it with treats. Then encourage them to pass it along.




Here is the link to download and print one yourself:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pxzSSwwAptk4vVjOnS7f6lsVsvqhlf-3jEVl6_n6Q04/edit?usp=sharing




Happy November!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Post Halloween Candy Controversey


Post Halloween Trick Or Treating Candy 




There are a lot of moms or  parents that get together and have the following discussion; How do you let your kids eat their Halloween candy?  Sometimes we get a opinions from parents, in-laws, other family members, neighbors, dentists or even just random strangers.  So what's the answer?

Do you put it all in one bowl for all your kids to share?

Do you let them try and eat it all in one night?

Do you let each child keep their own candy? To each their own?

Do you eat half of it and claim you don't know where the rest went?

Do you buy it back from them?

Do you make gingerbread houses with it?

There's lots of different ways to do it.  Often I think we place too much guilt on ourselves and sometimes (knowingly or unknowingly) on other parents. What is the answer? There are plenty of pros and cons to all these options and more. What thing do we leave out when we sit and way our options when trying to decide? The kids. That's right the kids. I know you are thinking about what is best for your kids when deciding on a plan. My point is, we leave out the fact that all kids are different when we advise others on this topic. How I choose to parent my kids is different than how you choose to parent yours. There are many different reasons to why this is, but one major factor is because my kids are different than yours. My kids each react differently to sugar, decisions, responsibility and more. So what works best for me and my kids, won't work best for you and your kids.

My point is don't feel bad if you let your kid sit and eat it all in one night. Don't feel bad if you only let your kids have 2 pieces a day. You know your kids better than anyone. It's ok to share ideas and options with others, but lets be careful to how we do it. Let's not assume our way is the best way. Just because it is the best way for your family, doesn't mean its the best for everyone elses!

With that being said, Happy Post-Halloween Candy Eating! Especially if your son brought home almost 8 lbs of it himself. Eat up and feel guilt free with whatever you choose to do with it. Unless you hand it out as candy next year, that's just gross!



Friday, March 4, 2016

Preserving Memories



A long time ago when I needed a way to help make friends from a new move and a new job I decided to sell jewelry. At the time it was helpful and fun. Since then I swore no more though. I was done being a rep, done hosting shows and was just going to be a customer. Well all that changed when I learned about Legacy Republic. Sure enough I signed up to be a legacy maker.



What is a legacy maker? It's someone that can help you preserve your legacy. This is something I am doing only to help those that are interested. If you are like me have an old pile of vhs tapes or other media that needs to be converted to DVDs and digital files then Legacy Republic and I can help. 

So as someone that hates sales speals here it is. Here are the prices of converting your old memories into digital ones. If you are worried about the cost you are welcome to host a show in your home. Just know I'm not the type to put on a show, cheesy games and all the usual home parties fluff. I do like getting together with friends, laughing and eating food though. So I can show you the deals you can get for hosting. I can come in and just explain the costs, process and how it works though and have fun.



So if you have tapes, slides, vhs tapes, mini DVDs, pictures or albums you want put into a DVD let me know. Also they upload it all into an unlimited cloud where you can access them all digitally. You can create new shows by taking snippets of several. You can pause the videos and create pictures too. There are other cool features involved besides just converting it to a DVD. 

Any way just know I can help you preserve your legacy if you need help. 




Go to my website for more information https://jenniferdavis.legacyrepublic.com/

Monday, January 25, 2016

Out With The Old In With The New

I said I would never apologize if I haven't posted in a while but alas here I am apologizing for the lack of posting over the last few months.  With today being my 3 year anniversary of the Queen of Chaos Blog I thought it was time to blog again. 

This last year has been one of the most trying and hardest years to date for me. It has been full of all kinds of hardships endured by both me, my family and loved ones. I could list them but there is no need. We all go through trials, we all have trying times. I am a big believer in not comparing ones trials to another's. What is trying to me may not seem a big deal to someone else and vice versa. I do believe that we should just support others in all things no matter how big or small they may seem to us. If we love someone than we should feel empathy for them and their struggles not judgment. This is not meant to be a whoa is me and my life post. Just a we all need love and support post. Like many of you reading this we can all say we have survived 100% of our hardest and most trying days. We are  still standing.  Sometimes we just need a little encouragement and helping hand. 



As I start a new year I look forward to new goals, new trials and new hope. I know this year will still have bumps in the road but that is what makes us stronger. That's all I can do is look at this last year and think how can I be a better me? How can I be stronger? How can I learn from this lessons placed in my way? When going through a particular tough time a friend sent me this link to blog post called "Finding Strength During Trails" by Al Fox Carraway. I almost just want to copy and post and dido her entire blog post. I loved it. I have read it more than once. 

Here is a few gems from it if you don't want to read the whole thing:

"I’ve been MIA on social lately, and it’s because this trial given to me has been so difficult and unfortunately it's been kickin' my butt and I don’t see it ending quite yet. It’s the kind of trial that lasts longer than you think it should have. I’d like to say I’m as strong as I was when it first presented itself, but I’m not. It’s the type of trial where your strength is warn very thin and you feel like you’ve been positive about it for too long that you can’t help but let tears stream at random parts of your day doing menial daily tasks and question what else you could be doing that you’re not already to make it go away....

.....it’s through my honest yelling and crying to God of what I’m really thinking is when I make progress with Him, my situation, and well, mostly myself.  It’s where I accept and feel that I won’t drown even if it won’t go away quite yet. Where I accept that sometimes all the answers wont be there, but comfort and strength always will, because He always will.

My key to finding strength during the thick of hard times:
First: Honest prayer.
Second: So be it....


...So next time we find ourselves on our floor yelling at God pleading for things to be over and things to be different, I hope that we can take just a quick break from how we think our lives should go and with hope say “so be it.” Because our trials and our change of course will never alter the unchanging truth that God is leading us to the best blessings.  Why stop when we can keep going?" 


Basically we all go through tough times. Asking over and over and over and over "Why? Why? Why?" Isn't always going to help. Sometimes we just won't know the why. Which can be a big pill to swallow. Here is just one more thing I found helpful this past year. It was a talk given by Elder David Bednar from my church. In it he told a story that was made into a little video. 






"...Each of us also carries a load. Our individual load is comprised of demands and opportunities, obligations and privileges, afflictions and blessings, and options and constraints....Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness. "

With that I wish all my readers hope. Hope to a new year of lessons learned.  A new year of journeys. A new year to be adventure's. Whatever that means for you. Being adventurous doesn't mean backpacking in unmarked terrain. It could be trying something new. It could be sticking with something you wanted to give up on. Sticking with someone after they have hurt you. Standing strong in adversary. Standing up for what you believe in. Being adventurous means different things to everyone. So from my chaotic life to yours I say that again. May you be adventurous this new year.