Alaskan Inn // Review

Two weekends ago, Colten and I went and stayed at Alaskan Inn in Ogden, UT. We had been invited to go enjoy a free night's stay in exchange for a blog review.

I was excited because we have stayed at similar bed & breakfasts before and love them! We love having a little getaway together. We stayed in the Kenai cabin and it was so cute. It's like a moose themed cabin and was so cozy.


They added a "Love Bird" package that included rose petals that went from the door to the bed, ten tea lights with matches, and chocolate covered strawberries. It was the perfect upgrade to give it a little extra romance!



The large jetted tub was by far my favorite part, but anyone who knows me knows I love my baths! I also enjoyed a bath bomb from the Inn and when I turned the jets on it turned into a bubble bath which was a nice surprise.



We had a blast. It was so romantic and the employees took such good care of us. The cabin was clean and warm when we arrived. They even had cookies & DVDs we could take with us to our rooms.

It was a great get away and we will definitely be back again!

Book online HERE or by calling : 801-621-8600

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Books Read in Jan 2017 //

I decided to set a goal to read 24 books in 2017 or 2/month. I'd love to commit to more than that, but honestly being in-between on foster care and such makes life complicated. Underpromise and overdeliver am I right?

I also got a Kindle for Christmas! I was so nervous because I definitely prefer to read actual books, but I knew I could save money and it would make it easier to haul around. So far I have LOVED it. I also love that I can "carry" my scriptures on it and it saves my spot. It's seriously been awesome.

So in January I kicked it off strong and consistent finishing 2 books! I started January reading a book about habits to kick off the year.


Better Than Before // Gretchen Rubin



4/5 Stars

This book is all about habit formation and continuation. Why do we choose habits, why they are hard to keep, how to make them easier and stick with them as well as some suggestions on habits we can make.

I think there were a couple of really good tips in here and one of my favorites is to make it easy to choose right. Plan your habits into routines you already have! Meet up with a friend. (But seriously, where are my friends who want to do yoga at? No one would go with me! LOL!) Plan ahead, wear the right clothes. Schedule the time in your planner.

I find this book really inspiring. I don't agree with everything in the book (mostly her low-carb diet push) but I do agree with most of it and it really encourages me to find ways to make my goals work for me!



Wild & Free // Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan



5/5 Stars

This is one of those books that has been floating around the Christian blogosphere for awhile. It was one of the first books I downloaded on my Kindle and I read through it so fast. I love Jess & Hayley on social media and this book felt like we were all hanging out at a coffee shop chatting about life and God and Jesus and it was beautiful.

This book is all about chasing the call and the life that God has for you. It's for you who feel like you're too much for some people and not enough for others. It's a reminder that God has a place for you, and no one can take that place. We were born to be wild!

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I am so excited for the books I have up next! As I'm writing this it's mid-February and I've already finished one book, but I'll save that one for a blog post for next month. I'm really trying to finish 24 books this year or 2/month! January was a win!


The Amazon links are affiliate- this just means that I make a small portion off your purchase for recommending it. Thanks for supporting my Diet Coke fund, foster care purchases, and more Jesus tees, because honestly, who can ever have too many Jesus tees? 





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Ditch the Clutter // Keep Your Kid's Art

My parents had 5 kids. I can't imagine the amount of artwork they must've kept, threw away, and said, "Oh I guess it got lost." Kids LOVE to draw, and parents love to see their pictures! But, unless you have a mansion, you probably don't have enough room to store every single paper and family portrait of theirs.



 

That's where Keepy comes in! Keepy is a new app designed to keep all your kids' memories in one place. Organized, saved, and privately shared. You can even describe the moment with a video story.


Store photos/videos of:
- Art projects
- Crafts
- Songs
- Plays
- Drawings
- Portraits
- Etc.


You have the option to share the photos/videos with family through email. Add their name and email address and then you can choose which photos/videos you want to send them, whenever.


Here's how to use it:

1. Download the Keepy app
2. Sign up with email or by linking to Facebook
3. Add who YOU are
4. Add your children (or the children you'd like to Keepy photos of/from)
5. Upload photos and create books



It's SO easy to use you guys! So pop on over, download Keepy and keep that New Year's Resolution to clear the clutter from your house. (But without offending the ninos)

PRICE: it's FREE to download and free to use for 5 pictures/videos a month or $9.99/year unlimited subscription.
AVAILABLE ON: Apple, Android & Kindle Fire

(This post was sponsored by Keepy app!)

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2016 Blog Recap

I'm 100% copying this idea from Kayla Blogs. I loved the idea and decided that even though January is almost over, I wanted to sit down and recap my 2016 year of blogging. It will be fun to look back on in the future.



 

BLOG STATS

Although I'm really not too concerned about numbers (I've been blogging for 7 years and don't make a million dollars a year, so... maybe I should be! Ha!) but I do like to track it at least once a year. I always seem to lose the paper I write my stats on though, so hopefully this will help!

Number of posts published in 2016 // 73

Number of sponsored posts // 27 (wow, almost half of my posts came from sponsored posts/review posts. No wonder I was starting to feel burnt out! I'm looking forward to some fun content this year and still sharing the occasional sponsored post of things I love!)

All time pageviews // 555,095

Twitter Followers // 1,717

Instagram Followers // 2,110

Facebook Likes // 769

Bloglovin Followers // 541

Pinterest Followers // 847


MOST POPULAR POSTS

30 Quick Love Note Ideas //

This post is the Energizer bunny. It is evergreen content that continues to get 8,000+ views a month, which is big for me!

Let's Talk About Anxiety- My Story //

I opened up in this raw and honest post about my mental disorders and how I'm dealing with them, I've had so many people reach out in love with of this post and MUAH! I love you all!

Home Salon Gallery Wall //

I did a collaboration with Deseret Book and created a gallery wall in my home salon. It turned out beautiful and their gallery art pads make it so easy!

Grand Legacy At the Park Hotel Review //

I was SO LUCKY to be able to partner with Grand Legacy when I went to Disneyland in July. We stayed a night and I wrote up this review about it. Since then, we've had many friends and family book at that hotel and they've all loved their stays. Seriously, we love it there.

LipSense Review from a Non-Distributor //

I did a review of LipSense from Senegence back when it was just starting to blow up. I think having an unbiased review made this post so popular. Plus, everyone was curious about it. And... my collection has grown to like 15 colors since. Whoops!


 MY FAVORITE POSTS TO WRITE 

Let's Talk About Anxiety- My Story //

This one makes the list again. It felt so good to write it all out and click PUBLISH even though it was also terrifying.

My New Favorite Hair Care //

This is when I announced my Monat biz launch and it has been a blast ever since! I've seriously found the holy grail of hair care!

What I Hope My Young Women Know //

I loved writing this post. I had some amazing young women's leaders, but these are some of the things I wish someone had told me when I was a teenage girl.

When People Leave //

This post was far from popular, but my heart needed to write it. I was feeling so down because of so many people leaving the church I love, and I wanted to throw my thoughts out there.


MY FAVORITE COLLABORATIONS

Cariloha //

I worked with Cariloha on a few different posts in 2016 and I am OBSESSED. They have the best customer service ever. Here are my reviews for:
Towels
Blankets
Bedding + Blanket 

Deseret Book //

It was a dream to decorate my home salon with Deseret Book! POST HERE. 

Basalt Day Spa //

They were the best! My massage and facial were so relaxing and they were the best hostesses ever. Read my review HERE. 

Rescue Run 5K //

I loved being on the Blog Squad for the Rescue Run 5K! It was the greatest day and they raised a TON of money for Operation Underground Railroad.




So there you have it! May there be many more exciting and wonderful things in 2017!




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February Goals // 2017

January was good. Some of my goals changed a little bit as the month went by. For one, I canceled my membership at the gym where I was doing yoga. Honestly, as much as I love yoga it was not my favorite gym to go to. So I switched  to a gym my husband would start attending with me and we have been way more consistent since. If a goal isn't working, CHANGE IT! Goals are supposed to inspire you, not bog you down. I've changed my workout routine a bit which you'll see below. 

So I completed my February Powersheets prep last night and figured while I had some time I would share my February Goals. 

MONTHLY GOALS

+ Schedule next 2 dentist appointments. (This is something that has been in my mind for MONTHS. I need to make this happen so I'm just going to schedule my next two to get it over with.)

+ Set phone to be on "Do Not Disturb" from 9 pm - 8 am each day. 

+ Turn off social media "dings" (I've been meaning to do this for awhile, so I figured I may as well make it a goal!) 

+ Read 2 books

+ Write Monat Thank You's (I've been so blessed by support in my Monat business and want people to know how grateful I am for their support!)

+ CPR/First Aid Certification (This is a specific step toward Foster Care licensure. We are getting closer!)

+ Brainstorm sesh for my secret project (Ahhh I'm so excited. Stay tuned for more info)

+ Temple Date Night

+ Clean Out Closet 

+  Plan March Powersheets

WEEKLY GOALS 

+ Write & Post a Blog Post 

+ Journal (I've been slacking at my Sunday journal writing and want to get back into this habit) 

+ Write Colten a love note 

+ BBG 1 (I'm doing the Kayla Itsines BBG Workouts, but I'm modifying just a little bit to respect my body. I'll be doing 2 of the workouts each week!) 

+ BBG 2

+ Prayer Warrior Journal (I really want to spend some more time in quiet and prayer. I've been wishing I could do more to help the world, and while I know praying doesn't solve anything, I do believe that God has so many blessings waiting for us, we just have to ask! I'll also be asking for prayer requests each week, so watch for those!) 


DAILY GOALS 

+ Greens (Green smoothie, It Works Greens, Actual Green Veggies, Terra Greens from Doterra I don't care! I've just gotta do it.) 

+ Scriptures 

+ Skincare Routine (Still trying to make this a habit!) 

+ 10 Push Ups ( I have the weakest upper arm strength so I'm hoping this might at least help a little!) 

+ Biz Post (Monat, Salon, Doterra or Blog. Just something that spreads the word of the things I love!) 

+ Talk to God 

+ Kiss Colten 


Now tell me, what are your February goals! If you blog, leave me a link below so I can come read! 

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Why I Joined Monat- Even Though I Previously Hated MLMs

A little over a year ago I read about Monat on another bloggers post. I was intrigued, because as a hairstylist I had tried everything. I was using top-of-the-line, incredibly high-end, expensive hair care. I thought it was making a big difference on my hair, but I entered her giveaway for free product just in case. I didn't win, and I mostly forgot about it. 

I watched her continue to work her biz. Occasionally she shared posts about the products and also about the business. I kinda just sat back and watched, but the more I watched, the more interested I became.


When I finally took the leap to try the products, I did it for one reason only: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. I knew that if I did not like the products I could return them and get my money back, it was risk-free! 

After my first wash I was hooked. I immediately signed up as a Market Partner. I figured, worst-case scenario I was going to get an amazing discount on these products. And best-case scenario I could make a little extra money to help my little family as we started foster care.

I honestly hated MLMs before this. I had purchased products from a few, and had many that I liked. I hated them because I felt like the selling of an MLM product consumes the life of the seller. I felt like they try so hard to sell that they come across as really insincere and pushy.

I promised myself when I signed up that I would not be cold-messaging people. Is that a way to grow a MLM business quickly? Yes! But it wasn't my style. I've taken a more hands-off approach and even though I'm not making $10,000/month I AM making money and making enough that it is worth it.

I saw the beauty of MLMs as I did my research. Instead of paying for millions in advertising, Direct Sales companies pay that advertising budget out to their consultants/Market Partners/sales people. It's not a scam, it's not a pyramid-scheme. In fact, often times Market Partners can outrank those they signed up under.

We have a great product. I've never used anything on my hair that actually helped solve my hair traumas. My mother, my friends, people I met on the internet are USING this product from ME and love it! People I thought would never buy from me, people I did not pressure, but I allowed them to make the choice.

I am here to educate not sell. If you have questions about hair products I will answer them, even if they are not about Monat. I love talking about Monat because I believe in the company, I believe in the ingredients, in the clinical trials, and in the before & afters that I share. I call it magical shampoo because it has transformed my hair.

If you have been watching and are interested in trying the product and/or joining this booming business, email me at brooklynjolley@hotmail.com with Subject Line: "Monat Love". I would be happy to see if this would be a good fit for you!



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SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium >> Review

If you live in Northern Utah, you've probably heard of SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium in Layton. It's conveniently located in the Layton Hills Mall, and I've finally had the opportunity to check it out. 


In exchange for a review post, SeaQuest has given me a free annual pass, but don't you worry because I always keep it honest here! 
























First of all, SeaQuest has a Fiiz Drinks station at the entrance of the aquarium! That is seriously one of my favorite things about going! Plus, with each drink purchase you get a free token to do an activity (or purchase some small trinkets in the gift shop) which normally cost about $2.50. So it basically makes your drink free! (Or at least that's what I tell myself LOL!) 

























I nanny my nephew 1x a week and I LOVE spending that time with him. We almost always find ourselves at the aquarium to see the "shishies". Here are a few of the things you can see there...

> Amazon Rainforest: Freshwater Stingrays, Caiman Alligator, Iguanas, Snapping Turtle
> California Coast: Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf Eel, Starfish, Anemones, Moon Jellyfish
> Creatures of Light: Giant Scorpion, Axolotl, Red-Eyed Tree Frogs
> Mayan Jungle: Eels, Coral and Reef Fish, Brazilian Seahorse, River Fish
> The Boardwalk: Macaws, Doctor Fish, Interactive Activities, Exploratory Games
> Shark Lagoon: Grey Smooth Hound Shark, Bamboo Shark, Nurse Shark, Green Moray Eels
> Caribbean Cove: Cownose Rays, Southern Rays, Bat Rays, Blacktip Sharks, Leopard Sharks
> Egyptian Desert: Giant Sulcata Tortoise, Black & White Tegu Lizards, Coconut Crabs, Baby Turtles
> Pirate Ship: Yellow Tangs, Blue Tangs, Emperor Angels, Queen Angels, Lionfish
> Meet the Mermaids


And for additional cost you can swim with the Stingrays or get a Fish Pedicure! I totally need to get a fish pedicure soon. 

Another cool option is you can pre-schedule babysitting! For $5/hour you can drop your child off and do some shopping around the Layton Hills Mall while they take your child/children around the aquarium and participate in some super fun activities, just don't forget your Fiiz drink. ;) 


I am so excited to take my husband back to the aquarium and I love taking my nephew each week! My only complaint is that at certain hours of the day it can get REALLY busy, we went over Christmas break and we had quite a wait to get in. But honestly, that's why I would recommend the annual pass, because that way, if it's busy, you don't have to stay as long and you can come back as often as you'd like!


I'd definitely recommend the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, it is such a fun family activity, and absolutely worth splurging for the annual pass!  


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