The power of doing something different and date ideas for Salt Lake City

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HAHA Ok, as I wrote this title I wanted to convey that in this post I’m going to talk about trying new and different things, AND that I’m also sharing some fun pictures from our anniversary getaway, (and date ideas for Salt Lake City) but when you talk about anniversaries and doing things differently it can start to sound kind of kinky…HAHA and I swear this post is not about anything THAT different and or sexual. At least not this year.

But because of the How to Be Awesome series, I’ve been trying to do things differently and here’s why:

The definition of insanity (according to Einstein I think) is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I’ve been wanting different results for a while now, in my day-to-day life, and especially in my business life, but I keep doing the same things over and over again and expecting things to change. So essentially I’ve been acting insane. (What else is new?)

I was telling myself the same sob stories in my head about why I can’t do this or that, and at the same time expecting “this or that” to happen. Like, magically? I don’t know, it made sense at the time.

So what does this have to do with our anniversary? Well ever since we’ve become fully self-employed I’ve felt like we can’t spend money on ANYTHING. *We still don’t have health insurance…working on it! And also keep in mind I don’t count business expensives and thankfully my nails and parties are business expenses…

But! It was my year to plan our anniversary and I decided I wanted to make it special. DAMN SPECIAL. So I went out of my comfort zone and reached out to The Grand America. They are a BEAUTIFUL 5 star hotel in Salt Lake City, and I knew Eric would LOVE a romantic gettaway there, especially if his wife scored a deal! I felt a little uncomfortable approaching The Grand with my media kit, and essentially saying, “You guys, I rock, let me promote you!” But then I thought:

What good is working 50+ hours a week to build a personal brand if you hardly get paid or cash in on all that hard work? And then I’m sure I added like, “Mama should go for what mama wants!”

So the first thing I did differently?

1. ASK FOR WHAT I WANT!

And holy crap. THEY SAID YES!

And not only yes, but they offered a few spa services for us to review and a night at the Utah Symphony.

I know people might think, “Oh bloggers getting free crap,” but you guys, I work really, really, really hard, and make almost no money. This is my own fault and I’m working on the money part, but I am SO careful about what products and services I agree to promote, that by the time I accept something for “free” which means in exchange for promotion, I usually end up putting in much much more work and promotion than the value of the item. But still, I was nervous that my readers or IG friends might think I was annoying by flaunting my fancy weekend, but I was on a roll so I decided to do another thing differently and:

2. STOP WORRYING ABOUT PEOPLE MISINTERPRETING MY ACTIONS.

I had good intentions, and worked hard for that fancy weekend, so I needed to just GET OVER IT and enjoy myself for Heaven’s sake. Hopefully people would be happy for me! (And on IG I totally felt like they were!)

Now, I’m gonna sound like an idiot, but I go to SO many concerts (remember my husband is a musician) so at first, the symphony was kind of the last thing I wanted to do. But I looked at the schedule and saw that it was “A Roger’s and Hammerstein Celebration” and I thought, “Well, I do like musicals…” So I accepted the tickets and the whole Music is Grand package.

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Checking in and Listen to Your Mother

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This about sums it up.

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Hey friends! Things have been crazy and fun lately. A lot of really amazing projects decided to come my way, and would you believe it? They are all mostly because of my How to Be Awesome series! I’m so excited, humbled and overwhelmed it’s kind of hard to know what to do next.

So I decided to throw a really intense birthday party for Rad with only 1 weeks notice. Haha. It seemed like the only logical thing to do at the time…

But, do you know what it’s like, to put your heart and soul on a platter, and serve it up to people day after day and year after year? Sometime people eat it up, sometimes they snub their nose, sometime they just full on disregard the plate. But I just keeeeeeeep putting that crap out there! haha. That’s basically what blogging, Instagram, YouTube and selling online products is like for me. It’s just so personal. Especially for me, because I only have one setting and it’s ALL IN. All the time. And I’ve been doing this for 7 years people.

I feel like spontaneously bursting into tears every hour or so. From joy, from stress, from lack of sleep. But I could not be happier.

So I’m just checking in to say hello. To say thank you. I have SO much good content for you coming up, I just need to get through this week.

I also wanted to let you know that on Tuesday, April 29, right before I hop on a plane to speak at Mom 2.0 Summit, I will be participating in an event called Listen To Your Mother, basically some great bloggers and writers get up and share an essay on motherhood. I will be sharing a piece that I haven’t shared online before, and I’m excited about it! Basically I thought, “What would I say to every single mom if I could?” and then I wrote an essay about that.

I actually don’t write about motherhood very often. I usually find it’s too personal for me and I’m not super open to potential comments, but it was nice to kind of put my thoughts together about how I’m feeling lately, especially now that Rad is one and I work during the day twice a week. Life! It’s nuts.

If you are in Salt Lake City or Utah County and that sounds fun to you, tickets are here! But you can also buy them at the door they say! It should be an uplifting little shin-dig!

What’s new with you?! Hope all is well.

Lot’s of love!

xo
Alison

How to Be Awesome Part 4: Give Give Give

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photo by Nicole Hill Gerulat

It’s here! It’s here! How to Be Awesome: Part 4!

And if you need to, you can catch up on all of the How to Be Awesome series here!

So, I must say, I’m very happy with Part 4. I filmed it a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been sitting on it, I don’t know why, just thinking about it, and what I should add or subtract. And in the end, I’m happy with all the little anecdotes and examples I have in there. I hope you like it too!

I kind of feel like this series is a turning point for me and my online life. It has just woken me up to what it REALLY is I love doing. Because yes, I LOVE making things, and I LOVE baking, and sharing those DIYs, also I REALLY love parties. But the reason I love those things is because they are how I personally show my love. They are what make me, me. And what I love even more than those things is the idea that my ideas might help someone, inspire someone, or make someone feel better about themselves.

My end goal for everything I do online is to create a brand, a place, a voice, that says, “Only you can be you, and you rock.” Whatever it is that makes you, you, I hope you embrace and rock it.

So. Ok. I’m kind of getting emotional so that means we should get to video! Yes?

Part 4 is about giving! I talk about giving thanks, giving your gift, and giving love!

And in case you need to catch up or get re-motivated, haha, here are parts 1-3.

Part 1: Get Started
Part 2: Put Your Goals Before Your Pride
Part 3: Don’t Poison Your well

I’d love to hear what you plan on giving more of this week for your awesome homework! So be sure to share in the comments! I read them all and respond to them in the section below! Thank you all for participating, reading, loving and being awesome.

xo
Alison

SomeBunny To Love

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Sweet Bunny Roll Pop BY ME, yeah I did that.

Oh hey friends! I’m living large in San Diego right now, visiting my family and lounging by the pool (it’s actually not THAT relaxing cause I keep working a ton but I also love working so, sue me!) BUT Easter is going to hop right on through, so I did a round-up of some:

Easy Easter treats for you on the babble blog!

Are you ready for Easter? You’ve got a whole week still, you’re gold. I’ve been thinking about it for forever and I still don’t have the baskets done or anything like that. Last year I MADE Gigi a dress, but last year I still only had one child! HA!

You guys, Mr. Rad turns one on FRIDAY. AS IN THIS FRIDAY. I think I mentioned how I’m in denial so I have hardly planned the party, so I’ll be holding it after his actual birthday, but parties are like a teenage girls period right? Better late than never.

Let’s make this week really rock ok? And I’m saying that because I’m already feeling overwhelmed by it.

xo
Alison

Easter Egg Cupcakes

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Are you ready for one more Easter cupcake idea?! Or should I say Easter Egg-Cup Cake idea?! (see what I did there) This one is my personal fave! It combines 3 or 4 things I’ve been holding on to for years. No, seriously. There’s a story behind everything in this picture and I’m actually going to force each one on you! I can’t imagine why this would be interesting but for some reason I cannot help it. I think it’s because we’ve been in the car ALL DAY driving to San Diego and now I just need to SHARE!

THE EGG CUPS: I have been searching for plain, white ceramic egg cups FOREVER, so when I found these ones online from World Market AFTER Easter last year, I pinned them, and then bought them about a month ago. 4 for $4?! You just can’t beat that crap. I bought 8. Should have bought more!

Anyway. So there’s those. I’ve been dying to use them.

TINY SPOON: Then we have the tiny spoon. My friend Heather and I, like 3 years ago, got REALLY into the idea of photo props, haha, and so when we were killing time at Sur la Table one night she bought me this mini spoon and I have wanted to use it ever since. As I was taking these pictures I thought, “Gee, I wish I had some tiny utensil…WAIT! THE SPOON!” And the craziest part of the story is that I actually knew where the spoon was. You’ve seen pictures of my house and studio so you understand why that’s a pretty big deal.

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GOLDEN EGGS: Ok so I actually just grabbed these at the supermarket a month or so ago. Because when life hands you a golden egg you say, “Goose? Goose? We don’t need no stinking GOOSE!” I just mixed up so many references there, if you’re still reading you deserve a cookie.

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LIL CHICKS: Last year I was in San Diego right before Easter (THAT’S WHERE I AM NOW!) And I hit up Michael’s so I could get some Easter craft supplies and fell in love with these chicks. I bought them in 3 sizes and saved them in a box all year long. Again, the fact I found these this year is ASTOUNDING.

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So when I was making my Easter Cupcakes for Kids, for a while I wasn’t OBSESSED with how they were turning out, so I derailed for a bit and thought, what can I do with these cupcakes using stuff I have on hand? And this is what I came up with.

Ultimately I decided I like the other cupcakes as long as there was a KIDS emphasis, but if I was going to bring something to a party, or host an Easter meal these are what I would serve. Bunny hop through for the instructions!

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Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.