Tell A Friend – Win Tickets To The 4th Annual Todd & Erin Psychic Fair

Tell A Friend – Win Tickets To The 4th Annual Todd & Erin Psychic Fair. Join us and 50 of the most talented psychics in Utah. We’ll be all together under one roof at the Viridian Events Center in West Jordan on Friday, March 22nd from 5-10 pm. Every one of us has questions- about life, love, kids, our career, finances,  personal health, and happiness. This is your chance to get them answered, to care for yourself, to heal, to be inspired. You can learn more about the fair and meet our psychics here and here.


We have tickets to give away! Win two tickets to the fair by telling a friend. Share this post on any of your social media pages and send us a link in the comments below. You’re entered! We’ll be giving away ten pairs of tickets by Wednesday, March 20th. Want to just cut out the middleman and get your tickets now? Admission is only $5 and you can buy your tickets here.

Campfire S’more Cookies

Campfire S’more Cookies

The family battled with S’mores over the fire pit in our backyard last night. It was snowy and cold, we thought it would be a nice harbinger of warmer weather and camping…

But as I spent the afternoon washing the now-hardened marshmallow out of our sweatshirts and Zoe’s hair, I pondered perhaps an easier version. A tasty, lovely cookie that could act as our promise of summer and more campfires. Have a look…

(Editor’s note: if you’re totally jonesing for some lovely little desserts, take a look at our recipe for Teeny Tiny Pumpkin Tarts– including a keto-friendly version that has one net carb!)


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Campfire S’more Cookies

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

Cream together butter and sugar until fully mixed

Add in: 2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

Beat thoroughly

Add in: 2 cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips, or one giant Hershey’s bar, chopped

1 cup mini marshmallows (I gently fold in the chocolate and marshmallows)

Here’s the part that makes these cookies epic: baking the cookie on top of a whole graham cracker.


Bake at F350°, for no more than 11 minutes (after 11 minutes, the graham cracker will burn). Remove the cracker from your cookie sheet and quickly transfer to a wire rack. Yields 4 dozen

Corned Beef & Cabbage With Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce

Corned Beef & Cabbage With Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce – A meal so amazing you’d leg-wrestle your grandma for the last bite.

As hardcore Scots, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a certain level of ferocity. Our friend Ian from the Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band marches down the street and gives a concert for the neighborhood. My brother-in-law Bill reads from the Irish poets with his beautiful, sonorous voice. Our neighbors Mickey and Sharee Gallivan bring over an aged whiskey that would melt your internal organs clear out of your body. And then–the Corned Beef and Cabbage with Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce. This is from my mother–the coolest woman in North America–and it’s amazing. Sharp, tangy, delicious. Seriously, you could use it as a beverage. Try it out, you’ll be hooked. A little gift from my family to yours.


By the way, if you do better with visual instruction, check out “Cooking With Todd & The Toddler–A Complete Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Tutorial” on our YouTube channel.


Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp plain yellow mustard (NOT the fancy stuff)

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

6 tbsp white vinegar

4 tbsp water

Low heat, stir till thickened. Next time you see me I expect a hug, but don’t make it weird.

What about the corned beef?
I’ve heard questions from some of you about the corned beef–apparently a little intimidated. Trust me, if a cooking feeb like ME can do it, so can you. There’s a little packet of spices attached and clear instructions. You either boil or bake, it’s up to you. The corned beef comes usually in two ways–flats or points. Flats are a little more expensive, points a little more fatty, so it’s up to you. Throw in carrots, cabbage, potatoes, parsnips, and you’ve got a feast.


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You’ll have leftovers, so tomorrow I’m giving you my mother’s secret recipe for Colcannon. Oh, you gonna love me!


This is The Todd in his MacLean of Duart kilt, and my brother-in-law Bill in his… well… I think Bill just really likes wearing a skirt.

Keep Your Kids Away From These Scary New Apps

Keep Your Kids Away From These Scary New Apps. Technology is our friend, right up to the point where it isn’t. Any parent who’s found something new and sneaky in their kid’s browsing history knows what I’m talking about. And the alarming new trend in social media are apps that allow the user to hide their activity and worse- allows others to find them more easily. The Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Association released the 14 worst offenders this week, have a look…


14 apps that could put your kids in dangerAs children get older and become more independent, there are a variety of…

Posted by Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Association on Monday, February 18, 2019

Here’s some cyber security professional’s tips for keeping your kiddos safe:

  • Don’t allow your kid to have a smartphone with access to the Internet until the age of 18.
  • Check the history on their phone, their laptop, iPad etc every night.
  • Require them to give you their passwords to all of their social media accounts.
  • Do not allow kids under the age of 14 to have social media accounts.
  • Find out what new apps are popular in your area, talk to your kids about any problems they’ve seen in their social group.
  • Routinely check privacy settings on their accounts.
  • Talk to them about the dangers of strangers finding their location- that who they think they’re talking to on social media could very easily a false profile and someone who could intend to cause them harm.

My personal sad and scary cautionary tale…

My Zoe and I went to see the new “Teen Titans Go!” movie last spring and at the end of the film, the character Robin turns to the audience and chirps, “Hey, kids! Go ask your parents where babies come from.” Now, we started “The Talk” with our kiddos as young as 5 and continue to explain age-appropriate details as they grow older. For whatever reason, my daughter typed the phrase into her iPad and it started with a fairly graphic childbirth scene from YouTube, and then the more sexual and nauseating results started popping up before our NetNanny program kicked in, blocked the query and notified me.

The scariest part of this scenario to me was that such a simple query could unleash an avalanche of porn onto a child’s iPad and without a protection program, my daughter could have seen it. Frankly, just the childbirth video required quite a bit of discussion. Since then her father and I have introduced several new measures to make sure we can do everything possible to keep something like this from happening again.

Keep Your Kids Away From These Scary New Apps:

Here’s a broader explanation of the apps listed above…


Similar to the popular dating app “Tinder,” however it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their age.


A live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster’s exact location. Users can earn “coins” as a way to “pay” minors for photos.


Notorious for cyber bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions and get an answer. This app has been linked to the most severe forms of cyber bullying.


One of the most popular apps of the last 5-6 years for teens and 20-somethings. While the app promises users can take a photo/video and it will disappear, recent features including “stories” allows users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.


This is a self-proclaimed “addicting” video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in just seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content and more.


Only one of several secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history. This app looks like a calculator but functions like a secret photo vault. There are other apps just like this that have an icon that looks normal, but it is a hidden icon or some other app or etc.


Allows anyone to contact and direct message to your child. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. KIK gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Keep in mind that this app has built-in apps and web content that would be filtered on a home computer.


The anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up. This anonymous app’s creators promote sharing secrets and meeting new people.


Encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to hook up.


This free online chat website promotes chatting anonymously to strangers.


Designed to allow teens to flirt with each other in a Tinder-like atmosphere.


Allows users to post anonymous (often nasty and very unpleasant) rumors about people through audio messages, text, and photos.


An app that allows users to compare kids against each other and rate them on a scale of “attractiveness.”


This one may seem like a surprise. But Instagram is listed as an area of concern, because many kids are now creating fake accounts to hide content from parents. Kids also like to text using Instagram because messages are deleted once a user leaves the conversation.

Source: Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Association

Best Winter Veggies: Roasted Cauliflower

Best Winter Veggies: Roasted Cauliflower. I don’t like to brag.  But, cauliflower and me?  We’re like THIS. I love this vegetable with every molecule in my body.

See, when I’m on a carb-free diet–the cauliflower is my friend.

For more low-carb veggies tastiness, have a look at our Bacon Balsamic Brussels Sprouts here.

When I’m dressing up a special Zombie dinner to watch the “Walking Dead,” I drag out that humble veggie to be my “Roasted Brains.”

I’ve actually created floral/veggie centerpieces with cauliflower before.

Below is my most sacred recipe: when you’re low-carbing it, or when you’re desperate for something OTHER THAN POTATOES, the cauliflower will be there for you.  Give it a try.

Best Winter Veggies: Roasted Cauliflower


1 head cauliflower, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Arrange cauliflower slices on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown on top, about 15 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until tender, about 10 minutes more. Serve immediately.


Embarrassingly easy, wonderful nutty taste.  Want some more cauliflower recipes?  Click here.

Five Things You Should Always Buy Used

Five Things You Should Always Buy Used. I know, I know!  We all like opening that shiny new box or breaking the binding on a pristine new book. But, there’s certain things that can not only be bought used, but we should buy them used.  Take a look…



Five Things You Should Always Buy Used

1. Cars

The second you drive that new car out of the dealership, it’s depreciated by thousands. We all know this, and that new car smell isn’t worth an extra five grand. (Even though I’ve tried to convince myself that it is.) No matter who you buy the car from- you need to see a complete inspection to make sure you’re covered.

Sneaky inside tip: Keep in mind that cars depreciate at different rates, so to maximize value you’ll want to snatch up a used car that will hold its value well. You can find the cars that hold their value the best here.


2. Video Games

You have a cool new game with extensive multiplayer modes? Statistically, you’ll still get tired of the shiny new game within three months. That’s why used games tend to flood the secondary market shortly after a game is released. You, the patient gamer, then snap up a delightfully inexpensive system.  Yay, you!

Sneaky inside tip: Check online first–you can usually get a better deal. Look for a warranty- they’re usually available.


3. Baby Clothes & Furniture

We literally had 48 hours notice that we would be bringing Zoe home from the hospital.  I gave my credit card to my sisters and shrieked “I don’t even have a crib!”  We outfitted Zoe’s layette completely from Kid To Kid, a used children’s goods store.  (Editor’s note: no, they are not paying me to say this.)

Take advantage of the fact that parents will use their crib, changing table and other nursery furniture for only a couple of years before putting it away in the attic. That means there’s loads of baby furniture to be had at dirt-cheap prices if you buy it used, and most of it should be plenty sturdy.

Sneaky inside tip: Check to make sure the used furniture items are not on the National Consumer Recall List.  You can find that here.


4. Musical Instruments

One of my most prized possessions is my Fender Precision Bass, 1962, made in AMERICA, baby! When I bought it, it was used because that’s what I could afford.  Turns out that’s not such a bad idea.

Many instrument experts suggest buying old musical instruments used – not only because it’s much cheaper than buying new, but because they can have surprising resale value down the line. Older instruments are often more in demand by collectors, and simple things like an unpopular or unusual color can be enough to make the value skyrocket.


5. Cell Phones

I’m usually doubtful about buying expensive electronics used. I bought a cellphone off that turned out to be what they call a “Frankenstein,” filled with bits of off-market nonsense that just barely lasted past the period where I could get a return. It was such a mess the guy at the phone repair place asked if they could keep it to show it off as a cautionary tale. $400 lost, thank you very much.

But there’s one big exception: a subset of used merchandise known as refurbished, which refers to devices that have been returned to the company, repaired and repackaged. Because it has been repaired by the company it’s (almost) as good as new, and it’s usually covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.


The Psychics Already Know You’re Coming The Todd & Erin Psychic Fair


The psychics already know you’re coming.

And why wouldn’t you? Join us and the largest group of talented readers from along the Wasatch Front ever for an evening of enlightenment, inspiration and sheer joy at the Todd & Erin Psychic Fair. The event is Friday, March 22, 2019 at the beautiful Viridian Events Center in West Jordan! There’s inspiring breakout sessions about “Setting your intention for the new year,” and “Letting go of past hurts and emotional wounds.” There’s body work and massages to help relax you while you’re waiting.

And lovely, lovely shopping!

There’s shopping for everything you can imagine- like one of a kind clothing and jewelry items, toys, health and wellness productions, body care and tasty food and treats. This is your time to relax and let us take care of you. When you arrive, we suggest signing up immediately for your reading so you can enjoy yourself while waiting. Readings are ten minutes and $10 per reading.

Get to know our psychics here… pick out a couple that feel special to you and you can grab your tickets here– they’re only $5!

Meet more of our psychics and find updated information about everything happening at the event here.

The Psychics Already Know You’re Coming The Todd & Erin Psychic Fair…

Jennafer Martin- Pet psychic, skilled intuitive, Reiki master.

Jennafer is grounded, loving, and brilliant. She’s done a reading for my non-verbal son, cleared our house of unhealthy spirits and someone I’ve come to love and admire in every way.
Jennafer Martin is a skilled intuitive, coach, Reiki master, and ordained non-denominational minister who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, but who works with people worldwide. She offers psychic medium readings for pets or humans… practices and teaches Reiki and energy balancing…
teaches a variety of classes and offers one-on-one mentoring sessions on intuition and other topics… and officiates weddings.

Audra Valdez
Intuitive, oracle cards, dream interpretation readings

Audra Valdéz is a body and dream intuitive, clairvoyant, empath, psychic, healer, artist and teacher. She is excited to provide intuitive readings, giving you:
~ Clarity on your goals or focus for this year
~ Guidance on what your dreams mean for you
~ Insights to your health, healing and freedom within your body
~ Clarity, direction and support for the spiritually gifted


Valene Peratrovich – Mediumship readings

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one that literally brought you to your knees?
Feel like you were dropped off, abandon, or wish to return ‘Home’ as you look to the skies?
Seen sparkles of light or orbs?
Do you experience unexplained anxiety, insomnia and digestive issues?

Valene is a psychic medium who empathically brings forward messages and healing in the highest good for your physical & spiritual well-being via your spirit team + departed loved ones.


Angela Rose ❤️

Angela Rose is a psychic medium who channels ascended masters, celestial light beings and Gaia and who offers angel, crystal and oracle card readings to bring messages of clarity and guidance.


Dave Robbins: Tarot, oracle card reader

Dave was a Russian translator and Intelligence Analyst at the FBI for 16 years before becoming an oracle and tarot reader. In 2012 he found himself on a different path that introduced him to mysticism and the new age, causing him to rethink his beliefs and worldviews. In 2014, he found he had an affinity for receiving messages for his friends and family through their spirit guides when he began reading cards for them. He finds that when people come to him for a reading, they often receive confirmation that messages they have been getting from other sources are from their guides or angels.


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Betty Pagues, medium, intuitive, angel readings

As a professional psychic I offer insight and guidance to those seeking clarity and direction in their life and with people who seek to understand and open up to their own spiritual gifts and awakening.
Clarity, guidance and direction are what you will receive in a reading with me. I do this by intuitively receiving messages from your angels and spirit guides along with the use of oracle and nontraditional tarot card decks.
A reading with me is not just about seeking and receiving guidance and answers; it’s a spiritual safe place that you may come to get assistance in breaking down those walls blocking your true potential while honoring your Soul’s journey. I believe that when a person seeks guidance, giving a message from spirit is not enough, it’s important for me to give you the tools needed to enable change, so that you may stand independently in your own growth and awareness, helping you to see that you are the catalyst needed to make any change in your life happen.

We (me, the guides and the angels) are not here to impose our will on you, but to help you use and acknowledge yours. To assist you in creating the life you now want to live while embracing the path you find yourself upon. To guide you towards your passion and purpose, while accepting and honoring I Am in you. We are here to GIVE YOU BACK YOUR INDEPENDENCE…TO GIVE YOU BACK TO YOURSELF…. which is always our highest intention.

Thank you for your consideration in using my service. -Namaste


Image may contain: 1 person, smilingRob Barnes – Astrology

Rob Barnes is a skilled astrologer who can read your life path and explain it in words that you’ll understand and take to heart. There are internal and external influences that when understood, will allow you to live your life with purpose and in alignment with your higher self. Be ready for life-changing awareness and be prepared for when your personal calendar turns its page.


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Ashley Blake – Astrology readings

Ashley Blake is from Bridgeport, CT but currently resides in Salt Lake City, where she is a continuous student of divination and astrology. The path of passion and curiosity regarding the occult has led her to practice astrology as a way to reveal people’s soul paths and unseen obstacles to initiate healing. She specializes in Tropical astrology and is able to make it relatable and fun while still effectively showing its accuracy and healing power.


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Anna Shirra: Medium, intuitive oracle card readings

Anna Shirra is a healer, intuitive and Reiki master. She’ll be offering intuitive readings, angel messages, medium sessions to connect to loved ones who have passed and oracle card readings. She assists you in connecting to your divine essence to move forward in alignment with your highest benefit. Whatever blocks you are facing, there is a solution! Her modalities are based in divine love to always uplift and support you on your path.


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Jon Paxman, Teacher, Healer, Creator and owner of CrystalQuest llc. Tarot, oracle, gemstone readings

“Where Science Meets Spirit.” I created my company to share my passion for crystals with others. I am fascinated by all facets of minerals; geology, history and healing. Over several years I developed a Crystal Divination System which incorporates my knowledge of Natural Cycles, Binary Mathematics and Earth Science. I love to help people by offering crystal readings, classes and workshops. I am Hello, I am Jon Paxman, Teacher, Healer, Creator and owner of CrystalQuest llc.
“Where Science Meets Spirit.” I created my company to share my passion for crystals with others. I am fascinated by all facets of minerals; geology, history and healing. Over several years I developed a Crystal Divination System which incorporates my knowledge of Natural Cycles, Binary Mathematics and Earth Science. I love to help people by offering crystal readings, classes and workshops. I am known for my practical advice, soulful mentoring and grounded intuition – all with a sense of humor.




Meet more of our psychics and find updated information about everything happening at the event here.




5 Great Date Ideas For The Frugal Or Broke


Be The Cheap Date: 5 Great Ideas For The Frugal Or Broke. No judgement, we’ve all been there. Maybe it’s a couple of days before payday, or maybe you just don’t want to drop $100.00 on a night out. But with Valentine’s Day looming, some sort of romance is required, and the holiday makes us all want to “up” our game, right? Here’s five great date ideas to don’t make you look cheap.


Date #1: Live The Artsy Life With A Free Museum Trip. There’s museums in literally every town that offer free admission days. Oftentimes, opening nights for new shows or guests are free (but donation suggested.) Find a list of fine art fabulousness here.



Date #2: Take A Nature Walk. I don’t care if your idea of a workout is going from the couch to the refrigerator, there’s tons of easy hikes and nature trails along the Wasatch Front that are spectacular. Fitness experts say the flush of endorphins (your body’s natural hormonal high) last for hours after even minimal exertion. You’re happier. Your date is happier. Go from there.



Date Night #3: A Cooking Lesson From Your Favorite Chef & Breakfast In Bed. Jamie Oliver has a great YouTube video series where he takes favorite recipes and adds a little flair. Watch a video, learn something new, treat your beloved to breakfast in bed. You’re a hero!



Date Night #4: Teach Me Something. This one’s especially great for new couples; give him a guitar lesson, or teach her how to fly-fish. It’s a good way to get to know each other, and for established couples, you’ll be pressed to learn something new outside of the relationship to bring to the date night. There’s a huge list here of ideas to get you started.



Date Night #5: Go On A Scavenger Hunt. Your date walks in to find a note and a map. The adventure begins. You can lead them all over the city, or through a graveyard, old part of town, in a forest. Be waiting at the end with a picnic basket or a bundle of wildflowers. (In our part of the country, I’d be waiting in a giant snowsuit with some hand-warmers, but you get the picture.)

Become A Vintage Valentine’s Day Princess For As Low As $6

Become A Vintage Valentine’s Day Princess For As Low As $6. There’s just something about 1950’s style dresses that makes everyone look gorgeous- it’s the only kind of style I can wear that actually gives me a waist. (I have what is charitably called a “swimmer’s build,” meaning you couldn’t even sculpt a waist on me with a kitchen knife.) And this is the time of year we all want to be a little glamorous, romantic, possibly even sexy.


There’s flattering lingerie now for any body type, along with pretty, romantic plus-size dresses. Some of the dress styles I have here are as low as $6.00- but the catch is you need to order now to get them in time for Valentine’s Day festivities. Otherwise, the cost in shipping makes them expensive again. Have a look here for some other ideas and styles.


There’s also super-cheap petticoats for underneath to give you a nice, swingy skirt. Have a look...  (Editor’s note: if you’re searching for any decor items you’ve seen on our show or in craft videos, you’ll find all the materials – or even already made –  here.)


Become A Vintage Valentine’s Day Princess For As Low As $6. Here’s some of my favorite looks- you can find all kinds of styles and even costume jewelry in our store here.

Remember! Order early! Like, NOW!





Teaching Kids To Love Reading

Teaching Kids To Love Reading. One of our family’s New Year’s Resolutions was reading. I was the kid who got in trouble for hiding under my blanket with a flashlight and reading until a ridiculous hour. So I was shocked when our kiddos did not take to reading as enthusiastically as I did. But here’s what I’ve learned: every kiddo has their own way. So it’s my job to find the path that gets each of my Littles enthusiastic about books. So, here’s some different thoughts on amazing books and how to invest your little people.


The Best Books For Infants and Toddlers: Great Starts


Teaching Kids To Love Reading

  1. What are they interested in? So, my 7 year old Zoe is crazed about Minecraft. I immediately ordered 3-4 books about Minecraft on I didn’t pay attention: the fonts in the boks varied, they were oddly styled and hard to read. They just made her more frustrated. So we started with some of the “New World” instructions on her iPad. We read about diamond armor and th Ender Dragon. Then, we graduated into Minecraft technique posts. I read a paragraph, she read a paragraph. We were reading together… and yeah, now she’s into the “Friendly Creeper Diaries.
  2. You Read To Me, I’ll Read To You: It’s actually the name of a book series, but it was an “Oh, duh!” moment for me. We always read together when Zoe was little, but now that she’s in second grade, I’d just intended to check off the books she’d read on her homework list. What is wrong with me? This is an age where she actually wants to hang with me. And it’s not even just her reading to me- it’s reading back and forth, asking questions about the story and laughing at silly things.
  3. Make It Fun: Once again, this one took me by surprise. What do you mean, reading isn’t fun? So we came up with some ideas. During the summer, we read in our trampoline tent dome (Editor’s note: you can find an easy DIY video for this epic little creation here.) We acted out all the dialogue in different accents. (Zoe is very proud of her Cockney accent.) We’ve listened to audio books together to get her excited, then re-read the book together. We’ve created her own books- writing out different stories with her clever illustrations. There’s easy ready-made books here to use to create your own classics.


Best Books For Children Ages 5-9



Here’s one of my favorite graphic novel kits. One of my favorite experiences with the twin’s 7th grade class was creating their own graphic novels. It’s not particularly expensive and the fun of watching these kids collaborate and create together is one of my most tender memories. They created a super-hero with autism, who could move back and forth in time to solve crimes because “For kids with autism,” said their classmate Jerry, “it’s hard for us to understand time anyway.”


Best Books For Pre-Teens – It’s Not Too Late!


What has worked with your kiddos? What made them finally want to learn to love reading? Share! Discuss! We all need new tips and tricks.