Todd & Erin’s Shop Locally Guide – bean bliss All-natural Skin Care

Todd & Erin’s Shop Locally Guide – bean bliss All-natural Skin Care. I must admit I have a terrible weakness for skin care products that smell good enough to eat … and frankly, some of the bean bliss goodies smell so glorious that my eight-year-old Zoe buried her nose in my neck.

“What IS that?” Zoe said, taking another sniff.

As I fended her off, I looked at the lid of my body balm. “Uh, it’s Candy Cane.” The kid was seconds away from nibbling my neck, so I pacified her with a Vanilla Bean lip balm.

But it all feels and smells so good! Taneasha came up with with the oh, so tasty concept behind bean bliss because she needed something she couldn’t find in the store. “I have very sensitive skin and because of that, I have been using natural skin care products for much of my life.” But she added, “Unfortunately, most of them are either unscented, or they smell like lavender or herbs. Honestly, I don’t love that. I wanted something that was all-natural, but smelled incredible! That is how bean bliss all-natural skin care was born.” Taneasha infuses her products with real vanilla beans, and because bean bliss is meant for sensitive skin, everything is made with all-natural ingredients. (Erin here: at this point in the season, I have feet that more closely resemble hooves, but the Candy Cane body balm made my skin feel amazing.)

 

Where do I order this yummy stuff?

You can order all the lovely bean bliss all-natural skin care goodies online at beanbliss.com, or pick some up at Fallen Angel Tattoo (City Weekly’s Best of Utah 2018!) located at 1530 South State Street in SLC. With the promo code Erin at checkout, you can choose whichever scent of lip balm you want for free. With any order, just add an extra lip balm, put in the code at checkout, and $5 will be deducted from the total. There’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and free shipping on any order over $50.

 

Are there variety packs with lots of things to sample?

There’s some wonderful variety packs for sampling, like the lip balm variety pack, with Pumpkin Spice Latte, Black Licorice, Sugar Plum and Candy Cane. The pack is currently on sale for 25% off – only $15! I’m a fan of the Bliss Bag -any scent you pick comes with the foaming hand wash, body balm and lip balm for only $25 – it’s on sale from $30.

 

 

Heavenly foaming soaps…

Why did no one tell me that the most vile, grimy child will happily wash their hands when there’s epic foaming soap involved? And bean bliss has such lovely scents: Vanilla Bean, Black Licorice, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Sugar Plum and Candy Cane – and they’re all only $10.

 

Take care of your tattoo!

Anyone with new ink knows how important tattoo care is, which is why bean bliss all-natural skin care offers a tattoo care kit for only $28 – that’s on sale, down from $32.

 

bean bliss All-natural Skin Care: show me the love…

bean bliss is beloved (say that three times fast!) and there’s plenty of five-star reviews to prove it. Everything comes to you all packaged in a pretty little bag with a ribbon, so you can send it directly to the fortunate recipient. Ready to take a look? When you order, just add Erin as your discount code and Taneasha will add in a free lip balm! There’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and free shipping on any order over $50.

You can also find bean bliss all-natural skin care on Facebook

Todd & Erin’s Shop Locally Guide: Bonnie’s Joy Pinup & Boudoir

 

Shop Locally: Bonnie’s Joy Pinup & Boudoir.

I’ve been fascinated with Bonnie’s Joy from the first minute I found one of the pictures from a photo session that my friend had booked. The allure of a woman – just like you or me –  but luscious and pouting in that way only a truly glamorous creature can be. The confidence of her! The charm!

 

Bonnie’s Joy Pinup & Boudoir is the brainchild of photographer Alyssa Chambers,  whose mission expanded to not only creating beautiful images but helping the women in front of the camera really see their beauty. It’s too easy to see the cellulite, the non-taut thighs, the stretch marks. But Alyssa’s job is to create an image of you that is elegant, sexy, and dare I say it, beautiful. “I love empowering women through pinup and boudoir photography,” says Alyssa, “confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have.”

I know what you’re saying right now. “Yeah, I’ll book something like that after I’ve lost another 20 pounds…” You’re beautiful now. We’ve all been trying to lose that last 20 pounds. Forever. Alyssa’s here to remind you, “It’s not about how you look, it’s about how you feel about how you look. Let me pamper you and show you you’re perfectly imperfectly right now.” Hard to argue with that logic.

 

As our “Shop Locally” darling, Bonnie’s Joy is offering a rather spectacular deal. Bonnie’s Joy session fee of $300 includes professional hair and makeup, 3 outfits, coaching/ posing, 60 min photoshoot and $100 credit to any Royal Collection. Mention Todd and Erin when you book to get $200 off. That’s right, your session is only $100 non-refundable!!  This is an amazing holiday gift for someone you love.

 

Have a look here to see more about the process, and when you’re ready to get your session or one as a gift, head here. This is going to be a series of images you’re going to gloat over the rest of your life. When you need to remember just how glorious you really are, these are the pictures you’ll pull out again and again.

You can also find Bonnie’s Joy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Outrageously Tasty Sweet Potato Cupcakes

Outrageously Tasty Sweet Potato Cupcakes. Okay, how cool is this for Thanksgiving? I’m so going to bake these again.  The only big change I noticed is that I wanted to bake fresh sweet potatoes for the recipe, and there’s lots of evaporation. You’ll need two HUGE sweet potatoes to have enough. Canned sweet potato puree works just as well.

 

(image credit: Kimberly Vardeman)

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
16 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
3 large eggs
17 oz. sweet potato puree
½ tsp. vanilla extract

For the frosting:
8 large egg whites
2 cups sugar
½ tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Get your kids to line two cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon- mix together with a fork and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, it takes about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Mix in the sweet potatoes and vanilla extract, beating just until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until smooth.

Pour the batter into cupcake liners.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in the top of a double boiler. Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until it reaches 160° F. (Editor’s note: I finally splurged and picked up an instant-read thermometer because I’m tired of baking my face off waiting for the other ones to reach temperature.) Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer- use the whisk attachment if you have one. Whisk starting at low speed and gradually increasing speed until stiff, glossy peaks form. Mix in the vanilla until combined. Frost cooled cupcakes with the mixture. Brown with a kitchen torch- if you have one, you’re so much cooler than me! I’ve also used a brown sugar cream cheese topping.

If you try this, let me know what you think! Send me a picture!

Boost Your Business – Sign Up With The Todd & Erin “Shop Locally” Guide!

 

Boost Your Business – Sign Up With The Todd & Erin “Shop Locally” Guide!

So … how would you like your locally-based product or service introduced to over 500,000 of our close, personal friends in November and December? For as low as $50 a month, become part of our Todd and Erin’s “Shop Locally” holiday guide! Contact us at toddanderinshow@gmail.com to get started.

This is the year more and more Utahns are resolving to shop locally – to buy from businesses here – instead of a faceless conglomerate. Be one of the wealth of lovely locals to provide the perfect gift this holiday season. Send us a message at toddanderinshow@gmail.com for more info. Jewelry? Clothing? Woodwork? Pet products? House cleaning? Quilts? Snow shoveling? Local eatery? This is your time to shine. You can see how you’d be profiled here and here.

Adding your local offering to the Todd & Erin’s Shop Local Holiday List puts you in front of over 280,000 of our Pinterest friends in November and December, along with 220,000 of our Facebook buddies, and countless more on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn, on the Todd and Erin Daily Stream show and on our email newsletter to 5,600 friends every other week.

Boost Your Business – Sign Up With The Todd & Erin “Shop Locally” Guide!

For an investment as low as $50, we’ll highlight your business and make sure that when Utahns are thinking gifts, they’re thinking you. You can find more information about our media reach here. It’s going to be a blast! Be one of the cool kids! Contact us at toddanderinshow@gmail.com to get started.

 

Utah Eccentric: 5 Quirky Road-trips 

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There’s something about this time of year – we start feeling a bit cheated, we didn’t stuff enough fun into those short summer months! We deserve more! While the weather is still (mostly) pleasant here in Utah, you still have a shot. How to take advantage of this last-minute opportunity when you’re (likely) broke and short on planning time?  Pleasingly, there’s a big fat bunch of options for a short road trip along the Wasatch Front.  If you’re looking for something a little quirky, maybe off the beaten path, you’re in the right place, honey.

Utah Eccentric: 5 Quirky Roadtrips

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1. Travel To A Desert Island: 

Antelope Island is the largest in the little chain dotting the Great Salt Lake.  Step foot onto the island and you’re sent back to frontier life with roaming buffalo, wagon rides, clouds of hummingbirds and primitive camping.  Floating in the pungent, briney brew of the Great Salt Lake is best from there–just be sure to get all those brine shrimp washed off in the campground showers.

 

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(Photo Credit: EnjoyUtah.org)

2. Beaver Creek Nudist Ranch: 

Beaver Creek is mostly entertaining for what it isn’t–a nudist colony.  A group of Samak mischief-makers put up the sign years back to trick the unsuspecting into thinking they’re going to see some naked bits racing alongside the road up the Mirror Lake Highway past Kamas.  After laughing at your overly hopeful friends, stop by the Samak Smoke House for some incredible smoked trout and salmon and camp in one of the well-kept and surprisingly un-crowded campgrounds. 

 

Old Mine Shaft Entrance

3. Lark, Utah–Extra Creepy Ghost Town:

Lark, Utah used to be a bustling lead and copper mining town.  After a tragic explosion in the lead mine in 1950, 5 miners were lost and their spirits were reported wandering helplessly by the mine’s entrance.  Lark started fading and was eventually shut down by the Kennecott Copper Mine’s executives in the early 1970s.  About 4 miles west of Herriman in the Oquirrh Mountains, it’s a fascinating and creepy destination. But I’d be out of there by nightfall…

 

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4. The Antelope Springs “Footprint” Mystery:

Millard County is a bonanza for even the newbie rockhound, thousands of trilobites to ferret out and marvel at the Awesome of your very own fossil collection.  Then grab a beer in Delta and start the endless argument over the authenticity of the Antelope Springs Footprint: a fossil found by William Meister in the ’60s that looks like the imprint of a shoe.  Gasp!  Aliens?  King Arthur?  Who knows?  Easy camping and inexpensive hotels for overnighters.

 

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5. Buddying Up To The Bear Lake Monster:

Having worked a summer at Bear Lake 60 miles north of Logan, I am adamant that the Bear Lake Monster exists.  He’s described as half carp/half eel in appearance, and I swear I heard his roar echo over the waters at least twice that summer.  While you’re searching for the elusive serpent, be sure to stop by Raspberry Days and grab a gigantic raspberry shake from the Hometown Drive-in in Garden City.  There’s campsites on the beach and inexpensive rentals all around the lake and in nearby Logan Canyon.

 

Find more fascinating and entertaining Utah adventures at EnjoyUtah.org.

The Five Creepiest Utah Cemeteries

The Five Creepiest Utah Cemeteries. I grew up in the Avenues here in Salt Lake City, just a couple of blocks from the venerable city cemetery. So we played hide and seek around the tombstones, ran circles around Emo’s Grave and dared the night watchman to chase us down after hours. I didn’t get the full respect and fear for the resting places of the dead until I went on a ghost hunt at the Mercur Cemetery in my teens.

 

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(photo credit: Andy Wilkes)

Speaking of ghost hunting…

Ghost Hunt Etiquette:

  • Many areas are private property, without getting permission, you run the risk of trespassing.
  • Do some research on the spooky spot first, so you’ll have a better idea of where the phenomenon comes from.
  • Double-check all your recording sources afterward, many things are picked up on tape that can’t be heard live.
  • Be respectful: don’t trample on gravestones, stir up sod, disturb flower arrangements, etc.

Now that we’re entering the crisp days of fall and our thoughts turn to all things creepy, it’s the perfect time to explore some truly terrifying spots here in our Pretty, Great State.

 

BTW: Still looking for some super creepy spots? Check out our “Utah’s 5 most haunted spots” here, and “5 Utah ghost towns you simply must explore” here.

We’re here for you, honey. Right up to the point of taking care of your therapy bills afterward. That’s your problem.

 

The Five Creepiest Utah Cemeteries

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(photo credit: Niki Chan)

1. Mercur Cemetery:

The mining town of Mercur started in the 1870s, but it was a disastrous fire in 1902 that destroyed the entire town. The graveyard stubbornly persists, though no one’s been buried there since 1913. Picket fences surround 20 of the graves–but walk carefully, you’ll stumble over random tombstones if you’re not watching the uneven ground. Ghost hunters report seeing phantasmagoric flames rising from the graveyard and when taking pictures, terrifying faces would suddenly appear in front of the lens. Close enough to touch. EEEEEEEEEEE!

 

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(photo credit: Norm Thomas)

2. Pleasant Green Cemetery:

I find nothing “pleasant” about watching tombstones glow when a train passes by, but those of us screeching like a barn owl that night certainly witnessed the phenomenon. Pleasant Green’s graveyard was established in 1883, perched on a hill over Magna. The grave of “Sarah J” is often photographed with disturbed earth–like something is trying to dig out–not in.

 

 

3. Salt Lake City Cemetery:

I have decades-worth of stories about the scariness of this place – where to begin? Emo’s Grave is likely the most famous – run around the grave 3 times chanting “Emo, Emo, Emo!” and the scary old phantasm is supposed to leave his urn and chase you. There’s all kinds of creepy, crumbling tombs that look uncomfortably open and accessible. But the spot that scares ghost hunters the most has to be Lilly Gray’s tombstone: where her grieving husband had carved “Victim of the Beast 666.” Legend states poor Lilly was the victim of demonic possession. All I can tell you is that the sod around her grave can suddenly turn spongy and soft where you’re standing, winds blow up from nowhere and wordless howling will send you screaming out of the cemetery.

 

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(photo credit: Scott Law)

4. Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery:

This graveyard wasn’t really intended to exist – a settler in Fort Ephraim passed away and was set to be buried in the nearby Allred Settlement. But after a warning of an Indian attack, pioneers hastily buried the man just outside the walls. He was joined by dozens more, including several children who died in an Indian massacre. Sad little voices will ask you to “take me home!” and the wails of mourning parents echo through the tombstones.

 

the weeping woman

(photo credit: Holly Murdock)

5. Logan Cemetery:

Wait for the night of a full moon and watch tears pour down the face of The Weeping Woman. There’s scores of soldiers buried here, and there’s sounds of battle, shouts and screams that rise from nowhere to a deafening roar, then suddenly stop.

(cover image credit: Pixabay)

So, do you have a favorite “final resting place” to explore? Have you seen anything? Please, share! We’ll post your photos and stories too.

5 Utah Ghost Towns You Simply Must Explore

Five Utah ghost towns you simply must explore.
There’s no better time than autumn to fill the gas tank and head out on an impromptu road trip, armed with nothing but a case of diet Pepsi and a box of Cap’n Crunch. But where to go? With all this hot weather, it’s time to send a chill right up your backside. If you’ve got the slightest bit of spooky sense, you should hit one of these five iconic ghost towns. Just be out of there by nightfall…

Brand, spanking new shiny version: we’ve updated this post with some creepy new reports from listeners brave enough to venture into these towns. Plus! A bonus scary spot for you to discover! Or, run screaming…whichever.

 

BONUS SCARINESS: SKINWALKER RANCH, UTAH

skinwalker ranch

Skinwalker Ranch takes its name from the Native American legends of demonic deities able to transform into the bodies of animals. There’s an uncomfortable tangle of occult lore and science fiction–mainly UFO sightings and exposure. Terrifying fireballs of lightning are said to slam down onto the ground and chase hapless wanderers. Other accounts of survivors of alien-based experiments were published in the Deseret News and the Las Vegas Mercury. The ranch borders the Ute Indian Reservation in west Uintah County. There’s even a low-budget horror movie called-obviously-“Skinwalker Ranch” to get you into the mood to explore or get you out of the mood if you’re sensible.

 

5 Utah Ghost Towns You Simply Must Explore

1. CISCO, UTAH:

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(Photo credit: Kent Kanouse)

You’ve seen this creepy burg in multiple movies; Thelma and Louise, Vanishing Point, Don’t Come Knocking and the Johnny Cash song “Cisco Clifton’s Filling Station.” The snake-infested little town is chock full of crumbling buildings and “out of nowhere” gunshot sounds. Modern-day ghost hunters often report fainting, dizziness, and violent shuddering, usually coupled with strong winds that blow out of nowhere.

 

2. GRAFTON, UTAH:

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(Photo credit: Carl Berger)

Grafton is another “movie star” town, featured in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. Grafton was abandoned in the mid-1800s during the Black Hawk War when residents were terrified of Native American raids. If you listen closely, you can hear the sounds of war drums, and two dogs wander the tiny graveyard, suddenly changing into gigantic crows. Grafton has some of the highest reports of “Skinwalker” apparitions of any spot in the West.

 

3. THISTLE, UTAH:

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(Photo credit: LemonJenny)

Thistle was a pleasant, bustling little town until the landslide in 1983 that damned the Spanish Fork River and flooded the town. Terrified residents fled with whatever they could carry. The town was buried under 100 feet of water and became Thistle Lake. The lake’s been drained since, but the creepy, subterranean remains of the town are bone-chilling. Searchers report seeing mysterious muddy footprints suddenly appearing on walls, and finding muddy water soaking their belongings stacked on dry ground.

 

4. OSIRIS, UTAH:

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(Photo credit: Shawn Bagley)

The Holt Family descended on this little town in 1910 and constructed a huge creamery next to a river in Black Canyon. No one still knows why, but they insisted on naming the town Osiris after the Egyptian God of the Afterlife. The town’s population started dwindling when blackened forms were spotted rambling through the canyon, loping alongside wagons with glowing eyes. Other townsfolk reported wailing and mysterious altars set up in the creamery. Visit during the day, locals say these days the road in and out of town can suddenly become blocked by boulders and fallen trees after dark.

 

5. FRISCO, UTAH:

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(Photo credit: Orientalizing)

The Silver Fever that infested miners in Utah’s San Francisco Mountains in 1875 blew Little Frisco into a wildly busy town, filled with brothels, bars and gambling halls. At its peak, sheriffs reported at least 10 deaths a day from drunken gun battles. Ten years later, a deadly cave-in at the town’s biggest mine nearly emptied the town. Miners struggling to remain were eventually scared off by The Widow in White, a wailing specter looking for her lost love in the mine. Modern-day visitors foolish enough to enter at night report hearing screams and sobbing coming from the old bordello and the smell of gunpowder in the air.

Most importantly: you visit, you SEND US PICTURES!!!!  Good luck.

(Cover photo credit: via Flickr)

Utah’s Five Most Haunted Spots

Utah’s Five Most Haunted Spots. You’re a busy person. You don’t have time to be wandering around a graveyard, tripping over gopher holes and looking for a ghost to terrify you. So, we rounded up the five most haunted spots along the Wasatch Front. Get in, scream like a little girl, get out. (Editor’s note: I picked some uber scary spots that aren’t always the first ones you hear about. They’ll just creep up on you.) It goes without saying: please do not trespass on private property, be polite, leave everything in better condition than they were before.

BTW: Ready for the ooky-spooky corn maze or a pumpkin patch? Find our complete guide to every single haunted house, corn maze and pumpkin patch along the Wasatch Front here. Seriously. My fingers are bloody stumps after typing that monster.

Utah’s Five Most Haunted Spots

The Rio Grande Railroad Depot: 

The old Rio Grande Railroad Depot may have been restored to its former glory, but security guards and visitors say the spirits weren’t scared off by the remodeling. The cafe and the ladies’ room on the main floor are prime spots to see the beautiful, dark-haired spirit said to have been run over by a train at the Depot. There’s also a shadowy apparition that’ll begin to approach you on the main floor- then vanish.

96% on the Creep-O-Meter.

 

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Old Bountiful Museum:

Frankly, the place just looks creepy enough by itself, but the old mink farm turned museum turned abandoned building still has piles of discarded artifacts that perhaps brought their spirits with them. Ghost hunters report terrifying encounters with dark spirits and strange, flashing lights on both floors.

84% on the Creep-O-Meter.

 

The Kirk Hotel in Tooele:

Guests and housekeeping report items floating through the air on their own and doors opening, then slamming shut. If you’re an orb freak, this is your place.

83% on the Creep-O-Meter.

 

Ben Lomond Suites in Ogden:

Rooms 1101 and 1102 are notorious for ghostly activity. Legend has it that a bride drowned in the tub on her wedding night, and when the groom came searching for her, committed suicide in his grief. Visitors report that the water turns on by itself in the tubs in those two rooms and broken-hearted sobbing. The elevators in the hotel are often said to work on their own.

85% on the Creep-O-Meter

 

Rock Canyon Trail in Provo: 

If you’re willing to rough it to get scared spitless, you’ll encounter anything from the apparition of a miner angrily swinging his pickaxe to the spirit of a man in 1980’s style clothing who falls off a cliff and disappears. The creepy part here? Sometimes, the entities follow you out of the canyon.

72% on the Creep-O-Meter

(Cover photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/binomialphoto/)

Chocolate Villa. Four Days. Twelve Women. Glorious Enlightenment.

Chocolate Villa. Four Days. Twelve Women. Glorious Enlightenment.

I’m walking into this palatial mountain home in Heber Valley, about to meet the twelve women I’d be spending the week with. The only thing I knew about them was that we were all in the same moment- we wanted more. We just didn’t know how to get there. Chocolate Villa is the brainchild of Merrilee Buchanan and a group of friends who built a retreat that helped women executives figure out their “next.” The women here in my retreat are from all over the world, they’re software designers, philanthropists, vice presidents of financial institutions … and me. You can see where I’m a little intimidated.

 

Building the bonds of friendship.

Merrilee gathered us together in a pleasant, practiced way that told me she’s done this before. A lot. And this is true, she teaches these principles to female executives all over the world, including the United Nations. It all comes from an understanding that women process information differently. They approach their careers with challenges men may not experience. I’ll be honest – I come from a career in media where women are still clawing their way up. We don’t stick together, and we should. I’m used to holding back a little, but that initial hesitance was calmly demolished by the circle of women who shared stories, admitted disastrous moments and applauded their successes.

 

“Shuddup! I’m not crying!”

I was genuinely surprised at what took me off guard. One of my favorite exercises was standing in front of ten numbers on the floor, then visualizing where I was in the pursuit of my goal, in this case, building my position as a Pinterest influencer. I was at a two- still trying to figure out where I should put in my energy. The others helped me walk through the process and make my way up the numbers. But there’s something about that number ten- it’s terrifying! Am I ready? What happens then? Sharon not-so-gently nudged me on to ten. “How does it feel?” Sharon asked. “Ummm…” I shifted uneasily on the ten. It signified that I’d reached my influencer status. It meant a whole new level of our career opening up. It meant…  I started crying. “I feel relief. I can take care of my kids. Zoe can have a college fund. Zachie can have a trust to make sure he’s cared for, protected.” It’s these kinds of shocks and surprises that make this week so memorable. You experience emotions you hadn’t expected and it makes you understand yourself – the issues that insist on confusing you, the things that are holding you back – you get them. You finally understand what you want and how to go after it

 

Putting it all together.

Then, there’s the pondering. There’s so much information- so much revelation every single day that you need time to absorb it. Along with some excellent manuals, books, notes, and worksheets, there’s time.  It’s deliberately placed to let you catch your breath after 12 hours of information. Yeah, there’s a chef that makes extravagantly wonderful food. The lodge is huge and comfortable. There’s a pool and a hot tub. Because you need the time to go through everything you learned that day, take notes, think about what it all means in your life. Trust me, every day is a revelation. The most powerful part of the Chocolate Villa experience goes back to these women. Women that occupy high positions in government, the business world, entertainment, and more. And every single one of them was there for each other. We explored ideas and fears that would be kind of painful to share in the outside world. But we were all safe together. Gathering information from their copious life experience helped me so much with mine. And since the week has been over, I’ve spoken with at least half of “the girls.” While I walked away with my mind crammed with new information and enlightenment, I also gained a … a gang, for lack of a better word. We check up on each other. We follow through to see how everyone’s doing, we support each other.

 

I finally “get it.”

So here’s my big moment of enlightenment: we were working with an Aikido master who was teaching us the “ancient” art of breaking boards to overcome our fears. I was kind of sucking at it until he said the magical words. “You’re looking at the barrier, Erin. Ignore it. Look past it and focus on what you really want. The barrier really isn’t there at all.” So I took a deep breath, focused and broke that board into pieces like it was cardboard. And this to me is the ultimate message from Chocolate Villa. They’ll teach you to look beyond your fears, your boundaries, your barriers. And when I broke that board, I felt invincible.

What about you?

Are you ready to become invincible? Chocolate Villa’s next retreat will be shortly after the new year in 2020, plenty of time for you to get ready, make your boss pay for it (more info on how to do that here) and prepare for what will be the most powerful four days of your life. Find your “next.” It’s time.

Our Complete Guide To EVERY Haunted House & Corn Maze Along The Wasatch Front

Our Complete Guide To EVERY Haunted House & Corn Maze Along The Wasatch Front. All the scariness! All the pumpkins! We’ll make sure you’re traumatized for life this October. (Insert evil laughter here.) Oh! Make sure to click the coupon links for extra savings. You’ll save some money for therapy later on…  Editor’s note: a little restless, want to try something new and offbeat this season? Welcome to Eight Quirky Halloween Events Along The Wasatch Front, find them here.

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PUMPKIN PATCHES & CORN MAZES

SALT LAKE COUNTY:

Wheeler Farm Pumpkin Patch and Haybale Maze: admission Includes entrance into the hay maze, wagon ride and a pumpkin. Save $2.00 on Tuesdays.

Crazy Corn Maze: West Jordan corn maze and haunted harassment–tickets from $4.50 to $15.50. Coupons here.

Little Haunts at This Is The Place State Park–sweet trick or treat fun for the little ones, wear costumes and hear stories about the spooks at This Is The Place.  Tickets free-$11.00

Garden After Dark: Red Butte Gardens–explore the gardens at night, with spooky stories, crafts, fire barrels and treats.  Tickets $6-12.00

Pumpkin Nights at the Utah State Fairpark– a bazillion (3,000) pumpkin luminaries- from October 5 through November 5th. Tickets run $14-20 for adults, $12-16 for kids.

 

WEBER & DAVIS COUNTY:

Corn Maze and Haunted Hollow: American West Heritage Center, Wellsville. Tickets free-$12.00**

The Corn Maize at Stalker Farms, Ogden. Tickets $8.00

Black Island Farms Nightmare Acres and Corn Festival: Layton. Tickets $5.00-20.00

Little Bear Bottoms Haunted River Trail & Corn Maze: all-access pass $17.00 – $1.00 off coupons for everyone in your party here.

Carnivore Carnival at Ogden’s George S Eccles Dinosaur Park: the dinos at night?  TOTALLY different.  Tickets $3-5.00

SUMMIT COUNTY:

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides: Midway Utah – there’s a 25% off code: discount code SH25 for a 25% discount off of Sleepy Hollow tickets when you call 435-654-1655. Rocky Mountain Outfitters takes you on a wagon ride through the mysterious woods–you might just meet the Headless Horseman somewhere along the way…

Pumpkin Festival on the Heber Valley Railroad: train ride with costumed characters, pluck a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and try out the pumpkin cookies.  Tickets: $3-15.00.

Heber Valley Railroad Pumpkin Train: take a train ride with costumed characters, munch on pumpkin cookies and take a pumpkin home from the patch.

UTAH COUNTY:

Hee Haw Farms Haunted Corn Maze: Pleasant Grove. Nice mix of non scary for the Littles to picking your own pumpkin, tickets start at $6.00. Coupons here, 38% off 2 tickets.

Haunted Heights Zipline and Hay Day Festival: Provo Canyon. Five stage haunted zipline tour, and wagon rides with free hot chocolate. Tickets $80.00 coupons here, save 51% per ticket.

Halloween Cruise & Pirate Attack! CLAS Ropes Course: Provo River. Tickets $8.00 coupons here.

Insanity Point Haunted Maze: Thanksgiving Point.  Super, DUPER creepy. Tickets $20-35.00

Cornbelly’s Corn Maze: Thanksgiving Point, Lehi. Tickets: $10-12.00, online discount code: BELLY $3.00 off per ticket.

McCoard’s Mystery Corn Maze and Zombie Paintball Patrol: Provo. Tickets $6-$19.00 Free pumpkin with this coupon.

 

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HAUNTED HOUSES

SALT LAKE COUNTY:

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus--Draper. Tickets $23.00 (Shudder, Clowns. They ruin everything! Voted most terrifying haunted house in Utah. Coupons here and here.

Ghost Tours of SLC and Ogden: ghost walks and bus tours, tickets $13-20.00

Nightmare On 13th–SLC. Tickets $13-37.00 coupons here.

Castle of Chaos–Riverdale and SLC – there’s a new SLC location: 80th South and State Street. Tickets $25-40 coupons here for 52% off.

Fear Factory–SLC. Tickets $15-35.00 coupons here.

Haunted Village at This Is The Place State Park–SLC This village has the real spooks, plus the return of the Headless Horseman this year. Tickets $20.00. Coupon! $5.00 off your ticket here.

Grimm Ghost Tours–SLC Tickets terrifying tours of downtown haunts. Operates all year round. Tickets $25.00 coupon here.

UTAH COUNTY:

Haunted Forest--American Fork. Tickets $20-30.00 coupons here.

Seven Peaks Haunted Attic: Lehi, tickets range from $5-$15.00. Coupons here, save 62%

WEBER & DAVIS COUNTY:

Haunted Kay’s Cross–Kaysville. Tickets $19-29.00

Ghost Tours of SLC and Ogden: ghost walks and bus tours, tickets $13-20.00

Ogden Union Station Paranormal Tours–Ogden. Tickets $20.00.

Frightmares at Lagoon–Farmington. Tickets $15.00 for the scary parts. Discounts at Costco.

Scary Hill at Cherry Hill–Farmington. Tickets $4.99 for kiddos, $9.99 for adults.

SUMMIT COUNTY:

Park City Ghost Tours: Park City’s Historic Main Street walking tour.

TOOLE COUNTY:

Asylum 49–Tooele. Tickets $20-25.00 –Fair warning, this sucker’s FULL contact: as in the monsters get to come after you

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FESTIVALS & PERFORMANCES

Thriller – Odyssey Dance Theatre: the grand mamajama of all Halloween performances. Kingsbury Hall and other locations through October 31.

Salty Dinner Theatre Salem Witch Trials–dinner theatre at various eateries through the month. Coupons here – 40% off for 2.

Gardner Village Witchfest & Scavenger Hunt–kiddos search for clues around the uber-witchy Village, lots of free activities as well. Tickets: $5.00

Is there anything I’ve missed? Please let us know.

 

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