Friday, October 10, 2014

My Favorite Wildlife Photos of the Season

©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission

One of my favorite things about hiking is catching a glimpse of the wildlife.
Too bad the animals don't feel the same about me. When it comes to deer, it is hard to get close enough to get a good photo. I tried all summer until I finally got one to hold still long enough to pull out my camera and take a picture. Just off the side of the road in Little Cottonwood Canyon at the entrance to the Red Pine Trail, I spotted a doe and stopped to zoom in. It didn't last long before she skittishly ran off but I got the picture.

©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission
I'm usually afraid of snakes. I spent a lot of time hiking in the last six months and saw plenty of these little garter snakes. Unfortunately, I saw rattlesnakes too but I wasn't willing to risk getting bit to get close enough. I did have a baby rattlesnake coil up at me and it took me only a second to see what what was different from the snake in the photo to the markings of the baby rattlesnake. I'll stick to photos of the nonpoisonous snakes.

Bull Moose along Catherine Pass Trail - Little Cottonwood Canyon (Utah)
©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission
One of the most awe inspiring animals to see in Utah is a moose or even two. They can also be a bit scary. Moose don't move off the trail and it's never a good idea to get to close. I have heard of people being charged by a moose and since they are so huge, I don't want to get close enough to see what that is like. I'll enjoy them from a distance and use the zoom on my camera. I have seen moose in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and in Ogden Valley. In fact, I see them more than I see the mule deer.

Moose at Red Pine Lake - Little Cottonwood Canyon
©by Trudy Zufelt. Do not use without written permission

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Reveal Your Glamorous Look With Mia Mariú Makeup Review and Giveaway

While I would rather be outside, wearing only sunscreen on my face, the reality is that life is not always fun. I have to work and get dressed up once in a while. That means I get to wear make up and show my glamorous side. I like to light and natural looking make up. I also like to use products without scents. I've used mia mariú cleansing products before so I was more than excited to try their make up products. They did not disappoint.

Volumizing Mascara

The most important thing with mascara is finding one that doesn't make my eyes itch. Mia mariú's mascara is one I can wear all day with no problems. It doesn't clump and it makes my eyelashes look longer.

 Loose Mineral Shadow Liner

The loose mineral shadow ended up as my favorite product. I tried the Mora and Rosa colors. The rich purple of the Mora is beautiful and really made my eyes pop. The Rosa was a nice addition. Most of the shadows I use wind up creasing by the end of the day but I didn't have this problem with the mineral shadows.

Black Eyeliner

My eyes look small without eyeliner and the black complements them the best out of any of the colors I've tried. I also like eyeliners that I can sharpen like a pencil. Mia mariú's black eyeliner is exactly what I look for in an eyeliner.

Hydrating Stick Gloss

The Mia color of the hydrating stick gloss moisturized my lips well with a natural tint, perfect for day time. I would like a darker color for a night out.

Mineral Blush
I've never tried mineral blush until now. The Maria Azucena was a perfect color for me and I loved the mineral blush. It lasts longer than my usual blush.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mountain Bike Teams: Fun High School Sports Addition

Could mountain bike racing be the best addition to high school sports in the last few years? 
I think so. 
It's one of those sports where every person on the team competes. There are no bench warmers and boys and girls have equal opportunities.

My son is in his second year of racing for his high school team. I love that he gets a good aerobic workout in practice and at races. Even better, he has fun and learns a sport he will use for the rest of his life. It doesn't stop when he graduates like so many other team sports. It's also become a family affair. We all load our mountain bikes onto our rack for his practice and ride the trails too. Sure, I can't keep up with any of the high school boys or girls but I don't care. It's much more fun than sitting on the sidelines or dropping him off and picking him up later.

Mountain Biking is relatively new on the high school scene. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) was founded just five short years ago in 2009. My home state of Utah formed its league in 2012 and with over 600 riders, has quickly become the largest league in the nation.

Not surprising, with the abundance of trails within minutes of the most densely populated cities in the state. In fact, many Utah riders compete nationally and internationally, though we haven't made it to that level.

While riders wait for their age group to race, they build camaraderie with their team members and those of other schools while they hang out in the "Pit Zone" where team tents stand side by side. It's also a place to fuel and recover from races and parents gladly volunteer behind camp stoves to feed the riders and their families.

The "Pit Zone" is also a great place to meet the awesome companies who sponsor the races and to find out about new gear. A ton of new sponsors came on board this year. I e got to hob nob with the guys at, one of the places I shop for outdoor gear. They were nice enough to let my family load up on their famous goat stickers and even provided cow bells for us to clang at the finish line.

Riders can head to the Specialized sponsor tent to have their bikes checked and adjusted before the race.

If the race isn't fun enough, the Utah National Guard provides a climbing wall to keep bored siblings occupied.

While high schools usually don't approve mountain biking as an official sanctioned sport, they do recognize it as a club sport. At our high school just being on the mountain bike team elevates you to the status of "cool." And if you do happen to get injured while riding, the broken wrist or leg gash serves as a "badge of honor."

Want to join a league or start one in your state? 
Check out NICA Leagues.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Arla Dofino Gouda Cheese

Product received at no charge to facilitate my review.

I miss cheese. 
Growing up, it was always one of my favorite foods. As a teenager, I worked in a deli and loved trying new types of cheese. My favorites were gouda and muenster. After I discovered I was lactose intolerant, I cut back considerably on my dairy intake. Cheese was the hardest to give up.
Now, I can take medicine that provides an enzyme to help me digest the cheese I miss so much

I have had a hard time finding gouda cheese at the stores near me. I was thrilled to find the Arla Dofino gouda cheese. Just having one piece was like finding an old friend again. 
Besides the awesome taste, I like that Dorfino cheese does not have added hormones and is made from natural ingredients. 

Though gouda cheese is great in recipes, I like eating it plain or on crackers. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a free sample to try as a Bzzagent and was free to pick the flavor. Comments are based upon actual experience

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fulcrum Gallery Canvas Art Review

FTC Disclosure: I received art at no charge in order to facilitate an honest review.

So many beautiful outdoor scenes to choose from.

I was lucky enough to be asked to choose a beautiful art print from the Fulcrum Gallery. There were literally hundreds of prints to choose from, it was so hard to decide!! I narrowed it down to seven....and finally after a lot of internal debate settled on one. I wanted a print that was whimsical and fun, a little bit modern, but would go in any house. Since I'm just renting a place right now, I wanted something I was going to like in 6 months and in a couple of years.

I ended up choosing a beautiful piece of fantasy art art titled "No One Would Ever Believe Her"

It is a picture of a young girl hiding behind a tree watching a unicorn drink from a misty pond beneath a sliver of moonlight.

You can choose to have your print framed, gallery or museum wrapped. I chose the museum wrap. I'm not a big fan of frames, plus its hard to find a frame to match your current decor. And as I'm not in a permanent home I wanted something that would be more versatile. You can also choose to have brushstrokes on the print or not. I chose standard size brush strokes so it would look more like an actual painting. The last thing you can choose if you are getting a wrap is the depth and side color. I got a deep depth and chose black for my side color because it matched the painting best.

When my canvas arrived I was not disappointed. It is slightly bigger than a folder (for those of you like me that can't picture how big 13x11 is). I love the size. Big enough to be noticed, but not so big that it takes up a whole wall or is too in your face. The brushstrokes add a nice authentic feel. It is tightly and securely wrapped on a nice wood frame. It is a very high quality, sturdy feeling canvas.

I love the picture too. It tells a little story and captivates the audience. It is whimsical and classic. I have it hanging in my bedroom as a reminder to never lose curiosity and wonder in the world. I'm so excited to own such a nice piece of art. I would absolutely recommend them to anybody looking for high end artwork for their home. With the incredible range of variety and styles to chose from, there is something for everyone. The customer service is excellent and I received my artwork quickly but most importantly, packed with care. I don't have anything about the artwork I didn't like.

I have a new favorite wall decoration.

Available at Fulcrum Gallery.

Review by Kalina Zufelt

Friday, September 19, 2014

AYL USB Charging Cable Review

Product received at no charge to facilitate my review.

My cell phone charging cables constantly disappear. From carelessness of leaving them in hotel rooms when I travel to teenagers who think what's mine is theirs. Sometimes I find my cords in my son's room conveniently charging his electronic devices and swearing it is his.

It's no surprise that I have to find replacement cables. It's hard to find third part accessories that will work with my Apple products. It's even harder to find accessories that are better than the original. The Accessorise Your Life (AYL) Lightning Cable is one of those rare certified Apple accessories that is by far better than the standard Apple cable.

My two favorite things about the AYL cable is the length and the quality. At six feet, it is about double the length of the original lightning cable that came with my iPhone 5. It is also much thicker than other cables. The high quality makes it easy to grip and I don't have to worry about it coming apart. I've used the AYL Lightning Cable in both my iPhone 5 and my iPad and I have never received an error message. 

I highly recommend the AYL cable for those who like a longer cord.

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.