Merco box, have you ever heard of it? I hadn't until this opportunity. Which by the way I'm so glad I took. The box is full of local goods, and I'm all about supporting local companies especially since we own one now. So what's in this box? A ton!! Lets just go through the pictures…

 *OM Power Bar(top left)- From the looks of this bar it's not my style. I'm not much a 'health bar' person, I'd much rather eat my fruit roll up or candy bar for a snack. I always look at the ingredients before I try something of this style because 1 if it has peanut butter in it, I'm done with it. I don't like peanut butter bars or drinks or smoothies, I know call me crazy. The 2nd ingredient in this bar is Almond butter and I absolutely LOVE almond butter, it's my substitute for peanut butter. After reading that I got a little braver and unwrapped it to take a smell. Smells yummy (yes I'm this picky). Next part was the texture, if you don't believe me I'm picky about food textures. I can't eat a lot of a banana or yogurt, I took a bite into it and the texture fit my fancy. Lets just say I ate it up after all those tests. Yummy!

*Healing Salve- To tell you honestly, I didn't know what a salve was so I had to ask my husband. After figuring out what the product was I tried it out. I was expecting it to have a smell to it because all Apothecary stuff in my mind usually does (but obviously I don't know much about this subject). This product doesn't smell. I was slightly disappointed at first but then thought, it's probably a good thing it doesn't smell so I'm not wearing a million different flavors. If you don't already know, I have eczema so I put a little on the spot that were slightly breaking out and so far so good. The thing about healing, it's not instant so we will just have to wait and see. Oh the product is a pretty green color, that's a win in my book.

*Fit Me Tea-Yum! I love tea! I love all teas! This tea is yummy! I'm a berry type of tea person so I went straight to the G Blend first. Umm I hadn't finished opening the package and the smell was just amazing. It smells so rich and just made my mouth salivate instantly. Let me tell you the taste didn't disappoint either. Can't wait to try the other ones. The packaging is also fun, I love the organic raw feeling. 5 stars in my book!

*Colombia Guatica Coffee- Unfortunately I don't drink coffee so I'm not able to review this product, but my coworkers are going to love it. They always rage about Colombian coffee, I'm sure the smell will make me want some at 3 in the morning when I'm fighting to stay awake at work. Can't wait to smell it! 
*OM Power Protein- If this drink tastes anything like the bar, I'm sure I'll love it. I mixed mine with almond milk, it smelled good. Tastes good, but make sure to mix well enough. My first sip was kind of chunky, but not bad just chunky. The texture was smooth after I got it all mixed and vanilla flavored. I love vanilla flavored protein drinks so my thoughts all together…YUMMY! I'm liking this OM Power company! 
*Les Madeleines Cafe- The 3 madeleines didn't last long that's for sure. They were soft, which was amazing because I did the review about a week after I received the box. So they were soft, they were yummy, and they were gone in 3 min! Thank you for sharing these yummy treats, and they are very well priced $3.75 for 3 of them. 
*Eco Treasures soap nuts- Can I just say I had no idea what the hell these were! I almost ate one until Jeff was like, what are you doing don't do that! I'm glad he stopped me it would have put a bad taste in my mouth, literally! So soap nuts, I've never heard of them before. I was reading the flyer that came with them and they are organic berry off of a tree that grows in the Himalayas. They naturally contain antibacterial cleaner called saponin and there are a ton of uses for them. Anywhere from an all-purpose cleaner to washing clothes. I myself have just used them to wash my hands with. I'm not going to lie I was so skeptical. How are these nuts going to suds up and clean my nasty lawn mowing hands…oh but don't worry they proved me wrong! They got my hands all clean and fast. So I'm keeping them, I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to use them on my clothes yet, they will have to gain my trust first. I'm excited to see where this new relationship will go. 
Not only are there products that come in the Merco box, but it also includes coupons. This box included a free pass to Downtime Yoga, $10 to Rodizio Grill, $5 to Our Childrens Earth, buy 1 get 1 1/2 off to Ballet West. It's a great deal and a fun adventure. Merco box has limited edition boxes available for Fathers Day ($35 plus S&H) and Mothers Day ($14.99 plus S&H). I could see these making prefect gifts for those parents or inlaws that are hard to shop for. 
Merco box wants to offer you 25% off your purchase of a box with the coupon code 'iheartutah' Please check out their website and support local companies! I loved this box, no lie.
Thank you for the opportunity Merco box

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Recently I received these awesome ombre brown to hot pink clip in hair extensions. I was super excited to add a little color to my hair without it being permanent and the up keep of hot pink hair. Believe me it's a pain, I had hot pink streaks in my hair during high school and I had to dye them seriously every other week. 
When they arrived I instantly put them in and whoa man they were so long. So long I had to have my sister in law trim them to match the length my hair is now. Once they were trimmed they are so much fun. Of coarse you can just clip them in and go about your day, but I wanted to showcase them in a different way. 
Here are 3 different up do's to do with brightly colored clip ins hair extensions. My cousin Kenzie was the amazing person who did my hair for me. She has her only blog, prettylilmisskenz.blogspot.com go check it out!  
The fishtail


 The messy bun


 The braid and updo


Kind of fun and edgy just how I like it, not to mention for a very very affordable price.  Thanks Uniwigs for the opportunity. 

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Today I turned…29! Ya I'm just going to throw it out there, I'm almost 30. I was pondering on what I accomplished, learned, and enjoyed in my 28th year of life and thought it would make for a fun birthday blog post. Everyone usually posts what gifts they usually want and all I want is…


Haha I know boring right!? NO, NOT AT ALL! The gift of travel is way better than any purse or clothing item, it never goes out of style and the memories will last your whole life! BUT, not everyone wants to spend a minimum of $50 on you, so I'll just keep dreaming and working hard. 
Ok back to 
What I accomplished my 28th year of life

* I helped design, watch built, and moved into my very first house! 
   That was a fun adventure, yet it turned out amazingly and now furnishing it is even more fun!
* Became a Charge Nurse and a Grade 15 over the Code Blue department in the ICU and hospital I
    work at. Wow, I've learned loads here and doors have opened up like crazy for my career. Which
    brings me to my next problem with work…I need a new long term career goal…life flight?
    Management? I don't know yet…
* Getting pregnant is harder than we thought. We have been trying for a year now and I've had 2
   rounds of Clomid…so guess we will keep trying.
Travelled…I went to 4 different countries and 6 different states. I'm planning our next adventure now.
   CAN'T WAIT!
* Paid off my car! I've never had to buy my own car and I bought it straight off the lot, with only 8
   miles on it. Makes me want a new one, but I'll save that money for the vacations.
* Sneakers are my fav. Even though I have a huge collection of heels I literally every day wear
   sneakers. 
* I've become more me. This year out of all years I've lived true to what I feel, like, and believe. I've
   realize I'm not the 'JCREW' fashion blogger and moved on (There is no problem with that, it's just not  
   my style). I've stood up for myself in religious thoughts and have lived the life that makes me happy.
   I've spent more time outdoors, which I love! 

I've conquered fears, I've completed life goals, and I've made new ones. I have a feeling that 29 won't be so bad. Here is to turning 29 years old! 

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Today I am teaming up with Kiss Me Darling and 31 other fabulous bloggers to bring you a $550 Kate Spade giveaway. Yep, you heard that right. $550 split between two very lucky winners, to use at any Kate Spade online store. The great thing about Kate Spade, is that it's not only a great place to shop for your every day fashionista, but also for all you mommies out there. They have diaper bags ladies! 


Here are the Rules: 


Rule 1: Giveaway will run for one week and the winner will be announced on Friday the 18th.

Rule 2: The winner's entries will be verified. 

Rule 3: Open internationally.
First Prize: $300 Credit to Kate Spade
Second Prize: $250 Credit to Kate Spade
  

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I've never done a post about which fashions bloggers inspire me and why, so here it is! 
My top five inspirations in no certain order:
Sincerely Jules
In my opinion Jules is classy and edgy at the same time. I love how her outfits are practical and you see her actually in sneakers and not just high heels all the time. 
Atlantic-Pacific
Who doesn't find Atlantic-Pacific their inspiration…
Yes, The Native Fox is my inspiration, does that surprise anyone who looks at my blog? I love her use of black and white, her edgy style, and that hair! 
Beauty & Truth
This is a local gal and my personal friend. Aubry has a very classic look to her style which I love. She inspires me to take a step back and look at the quality and style of each piece I purchase. 
Sea of Shoes is an inspiration because she steps out of the box and wears those pieces with confidence. 

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