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5 Fresh Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve. Erin here… I have to be honest–years of hosting New Year’s Eve events as a radio “personality” leaves me with a loathing for the Big Drunken Bar Fest. It’s depressing being the only sober one in the room and trying to give away prizes to people too drunk to remember their name, much less read the teeny tiny numbers on their winning tickets. Maybe you’re just looking for something different because you’re different–you’re a mom now, or you’re newly single. Here’s some ideas I found poking around New Year’s Eve celebrations across the globe.
5 FRESH WAYS TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE
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1. Wear Red Lingerie: In Italy, it is considered good luck to wear red underwear and lingerie on New Year’s Eve. It is believed that wearing something red will give you good luck in love and relationships in the year to come.
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2. Run: You don’t have to be training for a marathon to want to be stronger and leaner in 2020. What better way to bring in the New Year than while exercising? If you can run outside, bring a group of like-minded friends and champagne in the water bottle. My friend Cheryl snowshoes through the forest with her family to greet the New Year in utter, perfect silence.
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3. Jump: In Denmark, they have a tradition of climbing onto a chair and jumping off at the stroke of midnight. How about going a little bigger? Jump into a (heated) pool or body of water. Jump without fear into the New Year and all the adventures you’ll bring with it.
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4. Get Rid of Loose Ends: One of the many traditions of New Year’s celebrations in Vietnam is a purging of unfinished business. Return all things you’ve borrowed and pay off any debts you can. Start off the new year with a clean slate.
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5. Burn, Baby Burn: pick up flash paper from a local magic shop or order online from here. Write your worries, troubles, frustrations and things you want to leave behind as you head into the New Year. Light and throw into a big pan or barrel–they flash white light with a very satisfying “whoosh!” as your troubles disappear along with 2020.
Our personal New Year’s Eve tradition? We use sky lanterns-write down a worry or trouble you want to leave behind from 2020 (everything) and a new wish or goal for 2021. Your worries fly away to be consumed by the flame-and your wishes are marked down by Fate to come true. (Obligatory warning: we of course check with the local fire department wherever we do this to make sure we’re following local regulations.)
Homeschooling during the Coronavirus confinement? Five sanity-saving resources.
The true horror of my daughter’s situation just hit her today when I came home with her packet from school.
“What is that?”
“This is your school coursework while we’re homeschooling during the quarantine.”
“What?” Zoe’s voice rose to a pitch that could shatter glass.
“This isn’t a vacation, honey, this is a quarantine.”
Then, there was wailing and a lot of “It’s not faaaaair,” and “this is terrrribbllleeee…” Zoe likes to draw her infuriated monologue out for extra drama.
But her flailing and grief did prove a point. There has to be more than just keeping up on homework during this bout of staying at home together, or we’ll all lose our collective minds. So here’s some free resources that might be just the thing that makes the difference between happiness and insanity. We’re in this together, honey.
Five sanity-saving resources for homeschooling kids.
Epic video explorations.
The Shedd Aquarium sent out their penguins to take a tour of the aquarium when the Chicago legend had to close. Every day since, there’s been video updates of their adventures around the aquarium. Go on a virtual field trip with incredible video adventures set up by age or grade. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming performances for free – a wonderful chance to expose your kids without buying a pricey ticket. Twelve of the world’s most famous museums – like the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – are offering virtual tours of their treasures, find a complete list here.
GoNoodle.com has free dance and exercise videos that are vastly entertaining, even to a bitter, jaded mother like myself. (Cat Party is a personal favorite.) FluencyandFitness.com diabolically gets your offspring to learn while they’re moving, and they’re offering 3 free weeks for parents. Two birds = one stone. Then there’s the Fitness Blender Kids Workout – 25 Minute Fun Workout for Kids at Home.
This is old-school, but I simply drag my complaining offspring out the door and on to a nature walk, where they have a list of items to find (ie: pine cones, a bird’s feather, etc.) before we can come home. Hmmm… That sounds vaguely punitive, but I swear we always have fun.
I’m stunned by how quickly our school district put together a rather detailed and info-rich homeschool packages for my kids. It was like the scene from Apollo 13 where they threw everything out on the table and tried to figure out what would work. If you haven’t been as lucky, there’s so many free, excellent sites to help you. Scholastic hastily created an excellent website – Scholastic Learn at Home with educational plans by grade. Bamboolearning.com is another spectacular option and offering many free courses to support parents during the confinement period. HippoCampus has over 3,000 free videos for 13 different subjects. Beanstalk.co is also free during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Become an artist with Draw with Mo Willems.
Ten art history classes you can take online for free from Art.sy.
Iron Chef Michael Symon is hosting free daily cooking videos on Facebook.
- Write a thank-you letter to a local hero.
- Create a secret code. Write it in disappearing ink for extra difficulty. (DIY disappearing ink instructions.)
- Hold a photo session. Use your iPad, mom’s phone … play with the images and add extras and special effects with a free photo service like PicMonkey.
- Write a play, assign roles to family members, pets, etc.
- Recycle Art: gather stuff from the recycling bin and from around the house to create new art.
- Send a homemade postcard to your teachers. Tell them what you appreciate about them and how they’ve changed your life.
- Invent a new board game! Use a local location or activity and build around it, creating an adventure. You can make your own rules and mom and dad have to follow them. Oh, the power.
- Make a kitchen table fort or “under-hammock.” (See photo above.)
- Make homemade ice cream in a bag.
- Ready for a bigger challenge? Since eggs, butter and milk are increasingly short supply, what recipes can you make without them? There’s Vanilla Crazy Cake, or the English Water Cake, made during WWII when these items were extremely rare.
Sewing face masks! Hospitals and clinics are desperate for face masks and many are requesting the public’s health. Here’s some info from an Indiana hospital chain: “This does follow CDC protocols that you can find on their website that if all other supplies are not available, that handmade masks that meet certain criteria are acceptable,” Deaconess spokeswoman Becca Scott said. The release with the video, pattern and instructions was posted to the Deaconess Facebook page Thursday morning and is available at www.deaconess.com/masks. A PDF of the pattern is available here. Editor’s note: I’ve called three of our local hospitals to see exactly what they need and what they can accept. I would suggest doing the same before launching your sewing project.
Support your local food bank and outreach meal projects. Feeding America has a very long list of local food banks and outreach projects who would love your donations and also your volunteer time. The demand is nearly triple on most sites and volunteer assistance is dwindling. There’s a list of more emergency food programs here.
Become your neighborhood “community captain.” I’ve noticed tons of offers of help on our local neighborhood website, but not many takers. Most folks who need the help may be shy to reach out or unwilling to post in such a public way. If you have a nextdoor.com page for your local area, there’s a “help map” with locations and contacts for people who can help, and the people who need it.
And this is so important…
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with homeschooling, keeping calm about the pandemic, worried about elderly relatives and fears about losing your job, you’re not alone. If you’re having trouble homeschooling (I’m raising my hand, here) the New York Times has an excellent article with tons of great ideas.
If your little ones are having a hard time expressing themselves, here’s a helpful list of questions to ask them from PBS Kids, hopefully getting that conversation going. And of course, the great, great granddaddy of Awesome, Sesame Street, has a wonderful list of resources, too.
Maybe you’re the one who’s struggling. No surprise there, it’s hard to be the one who’s strong for everyone else. the CDC created a wonderful page that goes into how to cope with your fears and anxieties right now. If you feel like you need to talk to someone but don’t feel like you have anyone to call, please, please call one of these numbers as soon as you can. Don’t be afraid to reach out, you’d be there if someone needed you, right? Let someone be there for you. We’re all in this together.
An Exhaustive List Of Every Christmas Light Show Along The Wasatch Front. I must hate myself. Really. I do this to myself EVERY YEAR, but to my Littles, the light cruises are an indispensable part of the Holidays. We circle city blocks for hours, marveling at the lights and amazing creations that people with more time, money and (clearly) intelligence can put together. Since the only thing it has to cost you is a gallon or two of gas, it’s one of the most affordable options. Here’s a breakdown by county along the Wasatch Front, including the wildly enthusiastic amateurs. You’re welcome.
(Editor’s note: if you’re looking for more ways to instill meaning and fun into the Holidays with the people you love, take a look at our post on “Creating Holiday Traditions” here. And what about taking care of yourself, enjoying the Holidays instead of just “getting through another one,” by checking out our tips here.)
An Exhaustive List Of Every Christmas Light Show Along The Wasatch Front
6-10-pm: Spanish Fork Festival of Lights-runs every night through New Year’s Day. Tickets $7-30.
6:30-10pm: The Christmas Light Cruise on the Provo River-tickets are $8.00, children under 2 free.
5:30-10:30pm: Pond Town in Salem-a sweet light display on the pond at the center of town, free admission. The display runs through 1.2.15
5-10pm: The Shops At Riverwoods-is ablaze with lights through January 1, 2018. There’s carriage rides Friday, Saturday and Monday. Free admission, small charge for the carriage rides.
5-10pm: Provo Town Center-watch the free holiday light and music show through December 31, free admission. 351 W Center St, Provo
5-10:30pm: Christmas in Color– now at the Utah Lake Stake Park – Marina, 4400 Center St, Provo. $25-30 per car- no limit on how many passengers.
The Plucky Non-Professionals UC: free admission
936 S 200 E, Orem: 100,000 lights set to music
Adam says to be sure to hit the Fibernet building in Orem. The building is just East of the University Mall-they’ve added even more lights this year!
Salt Lake County:
5-10pm: The Lights At Temple Square-of course, the Grand MamaJama of all holiday lights is the heart-stopping display at Temple Square. Open seven days a week through December 31, admission is free. Be sure to stop by the reflecting pool.
6-9pm: Candlelight Christmas at This Is The Place State Park-discover the warm glow of a pioneer Christmas with dancing, crafts and a visit with Father Christmas. Dude. Hardcore… Tickets: adults $11, kids $8, children under 2 free. Runs December 8-27 Monday through Saturday, closed 24-25th.
5:30-9pm: Zoo Lights at Utah’s Hogle Zoo-I’m seriously considering putting sunglasses on the kids this year, it’s that wildly colored and bright. Open through December 31st, tickets are $4-6 for members, and $7-5 for non-members.
5-11pm: Light Up The Night At The Gateway Mall-hundreds of thousands of lights. including a wildly rotating color wheel on their gigantic Christmas Tree. Free admission, open through January 2, 2018.
Noon-6pm: Gallivan Center Ice Skating Rink and Light Display-gorgeous neon splashes of color all over the Gallivan Center, plus ice skating and a fire barrel! Check here for sudden closures or schedule changes. Admission to see the lights is free, ice rink is a small fee.
5-10pm: The Lights At Gardner Village-there’s free admission and Elf Hunts! Runs through December 31.
Dusk to 11pm: The “Tree Of Life” is a beautiful addition to the Draper City Park–thousands of white lights that have created kind of a draw for spiritual seekers to the tree. Draper City Park, 12500 South 1300 East.
5:30-11pm: Christmas in Color – a high-tech animated display from the group that creates the Midway Ice Castles. $20 per car on weekdays, $25 on weekends. (No limit to how many per car.) Salt Lake County Equestrian Park, 11161 s 2200 W, South Jordan.
The Plucky Non-Professionals SLC: free admission
Christmas Street: 5400 South 3200 West, Salt Lake City. Best seen on foot.
Christmas Street Sugarhouse: the oldest neighborhood to claim the title here in Utah. Glen Arbor St, Salt Lake City
Christenson & Hymas Light Display: tune your radio to 99.5 for the music that goes with the show. 11693 S. 700 E., Draper
Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: something new goes up every night, slow for a moment and Frosty or one of his kids will trot over to hand you a candy cane. 805 E 18th Ave, Salt Lake City
Lights on Wakefield: if you’d like to donate, they’re raising money for the Mascot Miracles Foundation (pediatric cancer) tune your radio to 87.9fm. 6388 S. Wakefield Way (5885 W.)
6-9pm: Clark Historic Farm, live nativity and luminary walk. Tickets $2 per person, or $1 with food donation.
The Plucky Non-Professionals TC: free admission
Lights on 1310: Sunday-Thursday 6-10pm, Friday-Saturday 6-11pm
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Dusk-11pm: Layton City Lights In The Park-free admission, open through January 1.
The Plucky Non-Professionals DC: free admission.
1600 S 1100 W, Syracuse: 25 years of light display madness
223 N 1400 W, Clearfield: Christmas lights dance to the music, set your channel to 93.7fm
The Lights On Sherwood Drive: huge display in Kaysville – 5:30-10pm
5-9pm: Ogden’s Christmas Village-free admission, meet with Santa, take a tour of the homes. Crafts, photos with Santa and food available for sale. Runs through December 31.
The Plucky Non-Professionals WC: free admission
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Exeter Dr, Morgan: admission is free, but they’re asking for donations for Primary Children’s Medical Center if you’re so inclined.
Box Elder County:
5-10pm: Fantasy At The Bay, Willard Bay State Park-my kids LOVE this wonderful display. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the lights for free, but PLEASE tip the driver–this sweet man offers the service for free because he doesn’t want any child disappointed. Admission is 50% off on Wednesdays, and get a $1.00 off coupon here. It’s worth the drive. Open through December 31, seven days a week.
The Plucky Non-Professionals BEC: free admission:
The Hooper Holiday House: The Goodrich family is proud to invite you, turn the radio to 90.5 for musical accompaniment.
Tremonton-102 S Tremont St: lights synchronized to music, 5:30-11pm
Heading down south?
St. George has a huge collection of Holiday light displays, and the ambitious Braden with HedgeHog Electric compiled them all for you–it’s part of a fundraising drive for the Southwest Utah Habitat For Humanity. You can find that excellent Holiday map here.
Okay, seriously, I can no longer feel my fingers. I’ve been writing this post for the last 5 hours. Yet, there are more! Be sure to check here for more enthusiastic amateurs. There’s bound to be a house or two near you. I’m sure that there’s great places I’ve missed. Please add your two cents in a comment below. C’mon! It’s for the children…
Teaching Kids To Love 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.
Our eight-year-old Zoe, for instance… I took her to our cool little neighborhood library to sign up for their summer reading program. She paused at the door, staring at me with a suspicious squint.
Zoe: “Why are we here?”
Me: “We’re signing up for the summer reading program! They have these great prizes, like-”
Zoe: “I was told there would be doughnuts.”
Me: “I will get you a doughnut after we sign up.”
Zoe: “How many doughnuts?”
Zoe: (patiently) “How many doughnuts do I get to eat per book?”
This is where my cunning culinary bribe fell through. I couldn’t feed this kid enough baked goods to get her through a single multi-chapter book. Plus, I would be the size of a planet by the end of summer because there’s no way I can hold out if she’s stuffing chocolate crullers down her throat.
Nothing was working until I changed my approach.
So, here’s what I’ve learned this summer: every child has their own way. It’s my job to find the path that gets each of my Littles enthusiastic about books. Here are some different thoughts on amazing books and how to invest your little people.
Teaching Kids To Love Reading
- What are they interested in? So, my 8-year-old Zoe is crazed about Minecraft. I immediately ordered 3-4 books about Minecraft on Amazon.com. I didn’t pay attention: the fonts in the books 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 the 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.
- 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.
- 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. This summer, we’re reading 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 audiobooks 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 are easy ready-made books here to use to create your own classics.
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.”
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.
What Do You Do When Things Fall Apart? What do you do when things fall apart? I mean, everything in your life is in pieces? Kirk Bentzgen- owner of the massive Performance Auto- is my favorite story of how to come back when everything looks utterly bleak.
How do you come back from divorce, losing your business, losing your father and getting brain cancer? This man is a hero, and his path back is a great guidebook for all of us struggling with loss. Watch and be inspired.
Need more uplifting stories?
Gentle ways to care for yourself during busy and stressful times- find it here.
Do you know someone who has overcome unimaginable odds to find happiness again? We’d love to talk to them- please email me at Erin@thetoddanderindailystream.com
Four-legged Babies Need Foster Families Too…
When you have a sister who is the director of the Utah Humane Society, you foster a lot of animals.
Kitties, bunnies, an arthritic chihuahua with his leg in a cast… the list goes on. Finding “foster families” to help is important- because whether the animal is too young to go out on the floor for adoption, too sick, recovering from an injury, the clinic just doesn’t have enough room for these extra-needy little fellas. (There were over 3,000 animals at the UHS alone last year who needed foster care.) This is where a foster family comes in. You care for the animals at your place until they’re ready to be adopted. Along the way, you help the creature get used to humans by holding them and loving on them relentlessly so that by the time they’re ready for adoption, they’re super adorable.
Adorable is important, because your little foster baby is competing against dozens of other pets for adoption. Helping them put their best paw forward (sorry, my 8-year-old is cracking up over that pitiful little joke) gives them the best shot at an immediate adoption with a great family.
We hosted our first bunch of scraggly-looking kitties when my Zoe was only 4. She adored them. She loved on them relentlessly to the point that they’d look over her shoulder at me, pleading for rescue. Which I ignored. Zoe rubbed them on the face of our poor dog, Gille. (That dog is a saint.) Since then, my indomitable daughter has harrassed countless litters into civility, I’m proud to say every one of her creatures has been adopted the first day they were put out in a cage. The experience has taught our daughter about patience, empathy, and the ability to not throw up when a sick puppy throws up on her. (It happens. We go through a lot of cleaning spray and kitty litter.) I worried about how she’d handle sending the first batch back, but she was great- she gave them all a pep talk and told them it was time to, “Find your forever family. Now put yourselves out there! You can do it!”
My sister – who has a flexible moral compass when it comes to luring us into another foster episode – sent me a photo of three baby kittens.
“Ready for some kitty action?”
I texted, “Sure, Zoe’s excited.”
Turns out the pickup included three additional kitties.
“You told me three!” I texted.
Juli was unsympathetic. “You should have looked at the photo more closely. Sucker.”
So, now we’re buried in six squalling kittens. And it’s wonderful. Hopefully, my manipulative photos of our current adorable, fluffy kitties have given you a desire to foster, too. For the Utah Humane Society, reach them here. The National Humane Society can help you find your closest shelter here. (Editor’s note: this is Jimmy, my favorite. He loves to sleep on his back to expose his delightfully chubby belly and his pink paws. Admit it. You’re on Cuteness Overload right now, aren’t you?)
(All images provided by Naomi Garrow)
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson & The Most Beautiful Bucket List Ever. Louis Tomlinson from the band One Direction has been in mourning since losing his mother and sister this year- until he met an elderly gentleman mourning his wife. You’ll melt when you see how they’ve healed each other. You can see the video sparked from One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson & The Most Beautiful Bucket List Ever here.
Bacon-Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Recipe. This is the veggie dish that even your kids will eat.
First: did you know it’s spelled “Brussels?” I have misspelling this vegetable forever! Also, these brussels sprouts are freaking delicious. This is a tasty side dish for Easter dinner. (BTW: Cooking with Todd and the Toddler has an epic step-by-step recipe for Roasted Leg of Lamb for Easter that’s unbelievably tasty, find it here.)
(Image credit: Gage Skidmore)
Kevin Bacon’s Passing Out Blankets At The SLC Rescue Mission. Kevin Bacon was in town for the Sundance Film Festival, and he took a drive down the canyon- not to meet with the “Beautiful People,” but to hand out blankets at the Salt Lake Rescue Mission as part of his ongoing charity, 6Degrees.org. Because he’s awesome like that.
You can hear the whole story here on The Todd and Erin Daily Stream.
Your Easter Dinner Menu – “Big Meat” And Chocolate Mousse Cake. So, we’ve called the Todd’s spectacular rib roast “big meat” ever since our son MacLean saw the rib roast one day and let out a roar, proclaiming, “It’s big meat night!!” It’s such an easy recipe and nothing looks more fancy and delightful on your table.
If you’re more into lamb for Easter, try the Todd’s spectacular Roasted Leg of Lamb recipe here.
We also have Erin’s Tunnel of Love Easter cake on the show today…. (From Erin: stop laughing! I can too bake! Some things. One or two… anyway, two tasty recipes, no waiting!)
Want more tasty Easter desserts? Try our “Bunny Butt Cookies” recipe, find it here.
Oh… and if you’re needing some easy kid’s crafts for Easter, have a look at our Facebook page, Glitter and Glue Guns.
New Year’s Resolution Series: Developing The Mindset For Success. Happy New Year! If one of your new resolutions is to develop the right mindset for success, there’s no one better than Dan Young to guide us- the owner of PC Laptops and one of the nicest humans we know. (Editor’s note: if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to take better care of yourself, have a look at our blog on “Gentle Ways To Care For Yourself During Busy Times,” which is found here.)
It looks like Salt Lake City could be getting the 2030 Winter Olympics! Only because… um… everyone else seems to be dropping out. We have the release date for season 3 of “Stranger Things!”
In Tell Me Something Good: the lovely story of a dad, who when his daughter couldn’t come home for Christmas because of her schedule as a flight attendant, bought tickets for all 6 of her flights to spend time together. That’s love!
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” revisited. There was a huge fuss over the old holiday tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” claiming it was a sinister homage to sexual harassment. Another group of radio stations is banning the song this year, but maybe the problem isn’t the song… it’s your point of view.
I still don’t think the Todd understands the concept of Elf on the Shelf, but if you read this, maybe you’ll agree that I don’t, either.
DIY Your Own Big, Scary Halloween Tree. We’re setting up this year’s Halloween Tree today on the show. Who’s as excited for Halloween as we are? Or you just in it for the candy? (Editor’s note: anything you see on our Halloween Tree that you like can be found along with all our other Halloween decor on our Amazon page here.)
Plus! The Corn Critters are my favorite new thing on the tree this year. Find our easy-peasy DIY tutorial here.
The psycho tropical storm Rosa is just about to kick our collective behinds here in Utah, and it’s not too late to get flood insurance. We’re not joking.
A Digital Tour of Todd’s Creepy Classifieds.
On today’s virtual tour of Todd’s Classifieds, we introduce you to a man who will either sell you the truck running boards, or you can have them free if you beat him in a game of cornhole. You know, with beanbags? Plus, power shags and uncomfortably accurate light fixtures.
It’s like one of those click-bait headlines on the news… “The filthy truth the classifieds don’t want you to know!” But really, there’s some enterprising souls who’ll try to sell anything. An. Ee. Thing. We’ve all gone through the classifieds, trying to find a couple of tires or maybe a cd collection. But the true horrors of classified ads, the seedy underbelly? There’s some really troubling stuff, a chunk of concrete, anyone? A mysterious bag of what we are pretty sure is just garbage? It gets worse.
Also, we’re losing our edge, people! Utah is not the “least sinful state” in the nation. What happened here? I’m very disappointed in all of us. What state is the most sinful? Yeah, I’m pretty sure you were correctly guessing Nevada, too.
The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy. The Todd, as an Eagle Scout by the age of 14 (with palms!) this is a sad day. But their reason for filing may not be what you expected.
There’s all kinds of stories about people calling 911 for utterly ridiculous reasons. But what if:
- You’re a mom of 5, including an infant.
- Your breast milk has decided to dry up.
- It’s 2:30 am and your poor little guy is wailing.
- No one you know will answer their phone.
What happens next is beautiful.
The broom stands alone. So you’ve heard about the rumor that NASA claimed the axis of the earth is perfectly positioned so that here in North America, we’re balanced so well that a broom will stand on its own? That’s ridiculous. Right?
Imagine searching for your birth father, who your mother had met in Guatemala, you moved to Utah, you took a DNA test, and… this is the weirdest, most wonderful story of synchronicity ever.
So you’re on a cruise, enjoying the buffet, minding your own business and suddenly EVERY port on the planet decides you’re a risk for Coronavirus. The ship gets turned away from port after port, even though no one has actually tested positive for Coronavirus on the ship. One passenger from Utah is joking that she’s spending her time learning how to fold towels into little swans. A cruise ship staple, of course.
Rogue Astronomers. Wearing Chaps. Or … what happens when the Fun Police start charging up to $65 for a permit to – gasp! – stargaze in a state park. What happens to these gentle amateur star enthusiasts?
On the menu today: the Todd’s over-baked pork ribs. Blasphemy, you say? You will never taste a more tender, non-greasy rib in your culinary existence.
Looking for more tasty pork ideas? May I recommend the Todd’s Roast Pork Leg with Apple Cider Glaze? It is spectacular.
Can you believe diabetic patients here in Utah can pay up to $1,000 A MONTH for their insulin? This is even having insurance, in many cases. The Utah Legislative session is looking at a bill to cap insulin costs like the bill that passed successfully in Colorado. If this passes, co-pays would be no more than $30 a month. Fingers crossed…
Who needs a glorious Nothing Bundt Cake bestowed upon them? Who do you want to nominate? We’re hand-delivering Nothing Bundt Cakes from April’s store in Sandy, Utah. Send your nomination to: email@example.com or comment here. In the month of love, let’s show some in the form of cream cheese frosting.
We all like quirky Valentine’s Day promotions, but welcome to the baby-making hotel – an entirely new level of WOW. Book for a “nooner” at the Zed Hotel on Valentine’s Day, and if you happen to end up in the family way from your visit, they’ll reward you with a free hotel stay every year. Perhaps I’m merely paranoid, but that seems like it’s just inviting more trouble.
Maybe you already have the baby and don’t need the baby-making hotel. Perhaps you’re looking for something special … something sweet, and unique for a daddy-daughter date. Uh … then maybe the Todd is not your best example. But our Zoe had fun, at least.
Are you looking for some new ideas for DDD night? Have a look at these ideas.
Never underestimate the ingenuity of a gamer. A teenager in Salt Lake City playing with a friend in England heard him go into a seizure on her headset, and managed to save his life in a completely ingenious way. Imagine a gamer 5,000 miles away knowing your son was having a seizure before you did!
Do you have a picture of yourself you go back to when you need a mood boost? One where you’re absolutely gorgeous? If not honey, it’s time. Bonnie’s Joy Pinups re-creates you into a luscious, pouting vixen for a photo series you’ll gloat over for the rest of your life. Photographer Alyssa Chambers insists that “You will never be more beautiful than you are now.” Don’t wait to lose twenty pounds, or whatever else has you putting this off – call her now. Let Alyssa explain the process. The women I’ve spoken to after the experience were stunned to realize how liberating, how empowering it was. Need another little push? Alyssa’s discounting her sitting fee from $300 down to $50 – nonrefundable – plus a $100 credit toward your photo package. Find out more info here.
Bring the Joy: Because Nothing Makes You Happier Than Nothing Bundt Cakes. Starting this new decade was trickier than I thought. 2020 opened up with lots of turmoil, and if you’ve got someone in your life who’s struggling, sometimes a small gesture of kindness can make all the difference.
(Image credit: Nothing Bundt Cakes/Sandy)
I’m thinking a glorious Nothing Bundt Cake from the Sandy, Utah store – draped with cream cheese frosting is a great start. So … maybe your cubicle buddy is having a hard time, your best friend, a neighbor. Send us their story – please include contact information, email, or a phone number, please – to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be personally delivering a gorgeous cake to a new winner each week.
Look what a nice person you are!
BTW: Did you know you can stop by the Nothing Bundt Cakes Sandy store and mention that you know us, Todd and Erin, and they’ll give you a free Bundlet when you buy one? (I recognize this means you have to admit you – ugh – know us, but I think a free Bundlet is worth it.) You’ll find this shop of delights at 10389 South State Street in Sandy. Please say “Hi!” to April for us, won’t you?
Also on today’s podcast…
In every relationship, there is a spender and a saver. The Todd attempted to purchase a steel shipping container because “It had a cool robot in it,” along with 300 bottles of off-brand perfume, a wonky-looking construction generator, and sixteen rusty dutch overs. And that was just this week. Who’s the spender and who’s the saver in your household?
Plus! The incredible story of a woman in her thirties who agreed to foster six brothers “for the weekend,” and just last week got to adopt them all. It’s gorgeous and wonderful and you’re going to cry. Totally. But you’ll smile and be just a bit happier because of it.
About Todd & Erin
Twenty years of marriage, three kids, an emotionally needy Portuguese waterdog and the long-running Todd and Erin Show - we're about as Utah as you can get. The Todd is the master DIY genius that might save you or sink the boat. Erin is the Comic Con regular with celebrity chats and film and entertainment news. Be sure to enter our weekly $100.00 gift card giveaway - everyone deserves a little extra luxury in their lives, and we're here to give it to you, missy! Stick around, let's be friends. Life is good here!