Hello all my Sweet Life in The Valley friends!

I just wanted to pop in and give you an update on what I've been up to just in case you haven't been over to Sweet & Simple Magazine in a while.

I'm organizing and hosting a conference! Yes, a conference and it's all about using Facebook Live, Periscope and Youtube Live/Connect.

Guess what?
If you're a blogger, social media influencer, a small business owner or a brand you should be using at least Facebook Live right now! If you sell Jamberry, Norwex, doTerra etc, etc, etc you should be using these apps. I mean it, Right now! These apps are a new way to connect with your true potential readers and customers in an authentic and very effective way.

I just watched a girl on periscope last night who was talking about her Jamberry business. I asked her if she was using Facebook Live in her Jamberry Facebook group and she said she just started using it and it totally changed her business and she can't wait to do more Facebook Live parties!

If you you're not sure where to start with Facebook Live, Periscope or Youtube Live/Connect you should join us at the HELLO LIVE Conference. We'll teach you how to use these apps from how to login and the features of the apps to more advanced ways of using them.

If you're on Facebook you might have seen some of your favorite people using Facebook Live like Holly Homer from Quirky Momma or Alison Prince (Utah local!) and Shelley Coates from How Does She These amazing ladies have 2.6 million and 1.5 million followers so chances are you've seen something they or their contributors have posted. They are killing it on Facebook Live! Holly was named by Mashable as one of the top 10 Facebook Live Stars to watch!

Guess what all 3 of the Bloggers/Social Influencers/ Facebook Live Stars will be spilling the beans at HELLO LIVE and sharing their tips with us on how they are killing it on Facebook Live.

Here is some more info about HELLO LIVE, our theme and a link to the tickets which by the way are SUPER affordable! Only $57 each person for the group/team tickets and only $95 for the individual tickets.

BUT HURRY prices go up on July 4th.

I know what it's like just starting out with a very small budget and I wanted to make HELLO LIVE accessable for everyone.

It's time to be more confident, more influential, more prepared and more ready to just be you! LIVE.
Learn how to use the newest and most influential form of social media networking and marketing,
 HELLO LIVE is an interactive live streamed conference for influencers & small businesses.
 Broadcasting LIVE from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Park City, Utah AUG 26 & 27 2016

P.S. If you're in Utah you should join us at our Friday night party in Park City. It's going to be sooooo much fun! 
Tickets will be free for all HELLO LIVE ticket holders on a first come basis so don't wait to buy your ticket!



The Hearth Society is here- Hooray!!

Hello Everyone! My new premium subscription website The Hearth Society is LIVE. The Hearth Society is for makers of Food & Home. 

All this month we are giving away some of my favorite home & food items to 6 lucky winners.
 Giveaways include items from ...

Le Creuset + Fiskars + Silpat + KitchenIQ + Packit + iCoffee

All throughout December get a FREE 1 week trial membership. 
Go sign up and check it out. Merry Christmas! xo April

Professional Mini Photography Sessions ONLY $50 * Happenin' in The Valley


15 minute professional mini photography sessions on location in Provo Canyon.
Pay $50 for your session and get 10 high resolution digital photo files free.

Monday - September 21st - starting at 3:00 pm

CLICK to sign-up

Great for Graduation, Engagement & Family Photos

Contact April at for any questions.


Call for Artists & Awake of Angels Art Show

Are you in the Utah area? Check this art show happening in The Valley.


In The Valley Special Announcement

Do you know someone who has always wanted to work with a top stylists? Or someone who wants to go to hair school? Why not try an apprenticeship instead of conventional school. Get hands on experience in a salon while learning. Metropolitan Salon in historical downtown near the new Provo Temple.

Provo has a booth opening. Expert stylist, color specialist, educator and salon owner Clint Atwater is accepting applications for an apprentice. Contact Clint by calling or texting 801.427.0916

Tell Clint you saw this post on Sweet Life in The Valley. 


Disney's Cinderella and The New Frozen Short

Did you see the new Disney live action Cinderella this weekend? We did and we love it! Has the best theme ever too "always be Kind and Brave," Ella's mother reminds her to live by these words.

But first the NEW Frozen Short Frozen Fever is so cute. All the kids in the theater loved it too. Laughing at the antics. Most of the short was in song. There is a fun little surprise with the mini-me snowmen.

Elle is played by Downton Abbey's Lily James. When I first saw the trailer I thought but wait doesn't Cinderella have blue eyes? Are we sure Lily James is right for Cinderella? Yep, she is, the casting director know what she was doing. Lily nailed it. So perfectly sweet and spunky at the same time.

As much as Helena Bonham Carter is crazy creepy in some movies she is silly and fun and perfect as Cinderella's fairy godmother.

Prince charming was truly charming and I don't remember anyone calling him Prince Charming. He was just a kind prince taken by a common farm girl who wanted to marry for love. Richard Madden played Kit as they call the Prince in the movie, so well plus, his smile could charm anyone.

The always brilliant Cate Blanchett was the perfectly elegant and wicked the stepmother. The body lines she holds are beautiful! Well done! I loved how the screenwriter Chris Weitz add a human element to her. Giving her not an excuse but a reason behind her wickedness likened to what might really happen to many stepmothers.

I have to say this is one of the best cast movies I've seen in a long time. My only wish was that more of the music was in the movie rather in the end credits.

Bravo to the casting, costumes and screenplay. It's a classic we will be adding to our collection.

P.S. Be sure to stay to end of the credits to hear all the beautiful music and a fun little ending.


Where is the American Crafts Warehouse Sale?

I bet some of you are excited to know that American Crafts and their other brands including Pebbles Inc Imaginisce, Bazzil Basics, We R, Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, Becky Higgins and Heidi Swapp are having their annual warehouse sale in November this year. American Crafts has come a long way since I first wrote about American Crafts products  (2007) and they were just the American Crafts brand back then.

Address for the BIG Craft Sale is
475 N. State street Orem Utah
(you know, the old Kmart building)

They do have carts and even a few of the old Costco carts if you need to hall the kids along with you.

I stocked up on some craft papers including some glitter scrapbook paper for some holiday projects. Everything from paper cutters to scrapbooks to mini staplers can be found at great prices. They are also giving out a bounce back coupon for $2 off a $20 purchase so you can get something free. I got a cute heart punch out paper punch with my coupon.

A lot of the items are at least 50% off. The selection is HUGE. It's set up to easily walk up and down the lanes and find what you want quickly.
A few of my buys were a 24 pack of premium ribbon for $5 regularly $14.99

This sweet snowflake Christmas Garland kit for handing Christmas cards or even advent items.

We also got some other great stuff and will be posting some Christmas project over on Sweet and Simple by April in the next week or so for the holiday season.
Go wander and snap up some crafting and scrapbook supplies at a super great price. I'm thinking Christmas gifts, ornaments, neighbor gifts, a scrapbook for Grandma....

SIGN UP for updates on specials and giveaways for American Crafts here.

Product provided by American Crafts.


Sweet Deals by April * NEW Facebook Group Join Us!!

I finally did it. I decided to start sharing my secrets to living a very nice life on a very tight budget. I started a group on Facebook called Sweet Deals by April to share FREEBIES, DEALS and COUPONS with all my friends and family. AND of course I include all of you my readers as my friends.

If you Love deals, coupons, discounts and freebies? Join the Sweet Deals by April group here on Facebook

You are welcome to invite you trusted friends and family to join the group as well.
I am so excited to share with you all these deals!!

We have to fake it til we make it after all. And why not do it with style, class and fun!!!

Here is our list of all the Brands I am working with to bring you deals, discounts and freebies.
We are working with BIG brands including William Sonoma, Walmart, Ulta Beauty, Blendtec, Gymboree and so many more.

Click here to see the full list of Brands we work with ....

If you don't see your favorite brand on the list please let me know and I will see if we an get them added.

These are real brands we use everyday and love. I hope you enjoy the work and love I put into it for you all.


all brands listed are sweet and simple affiliate brands


Sweet Family Life * Reply to a Younger Mother

I began writing a comment in a bloggers group on Facebook in reply to this bloggers blog post on Overbearing In-Laws. It turned into a whole blog post. 

I have to laugh at this because I did not like the way my my in-laws, now ex-laws did many things. I thought I had it all figured out. I wanted it my way which of course was just selfish. I was establishing my own little family unit. I forgot as most twenty something parents of small children do, that I was a part of a family that was more than just me and him and our kids.

My twins are now adults and we have talked about having a close family in their adult years. This means when they choose someone to marry they have to think about how it will affect the closeness we have as a unit. Also, remember just as you are a parent to your young children your parents are parents the rest of your life not just during your childhood. They have experience. They should be your first council you go to for advice outside your marriage (if you are blessed with good parents). 

Our society has a problem with remembering to respect the matriarchs and patriarchs of their family. It is happening in most families these days. Most affluent and successful families hold regular family councils, one on one meeting with parents and grandparents. They also have family trusts. I've recently saw this mantel of marticarch and head of family passed on to my mother when my grandmother passed on in June. My mother is now the head of the family and it does literally makes a difference. I see the way she handles things within the family has changed with this new station. Respecting how your family you chose to marry into does things is very very important. Especially when they are a good family wanting to do good things for their children and grandchildren. There will be much bigger mountains to climb within a family than how you run a family get together. 
With hopes for wonderful families full of love, respect and joy- April


The NOT so Sweet Life * Severe Vitamin D Deficiancy * Very Grateful Today

Looks like I will be taking a sunny beach vacation very very soon... Dr's orders Hooray!

Today I am very very grateful for a doctor who suggested I add a vitamin D level blood test to my panel of more blood tests.

15 years of suffering is way too long. Why didn't one of the many doctors from the family practitioners (mind you more than the 3 I've seen) to the endocrinologist, to the neurologist do this test!?!!! It is such a simple blood test. It is so much cheaper than the MRI, CT Scan, Blood panels, emergency room visits, prescriptions and several visits to offices I have been to over that past 15 years. I have suffered from...

  • Weight gain to the tune of 110 pounds !!! not from over eating or lack of exercise
  • Migraine Headaches causing risk of stroke plus the need for strong pain meds
  • Vision Problems making it hard to work and just plain see!!
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Achy Joints, Muscles and Bones so bad I couldn't do anything for days at a time
  • Chronic Fatigue a**holes telling me I'm just lazy
  • Hypothyroid
  • Memory and Foggy Brain Problems
  • Loss of my period for 6 months thinking I'm going into early menopause 
  • Daily Asthma Attacks requiring use of my inhaler every time I laugh
  • And down right feeling like I'm going crazy!!
PLUS, this also puts me at high risk of cancer, prematurely aging bones, dementia, macular degeneration of my eyes and cardiovascular health issues such as a heart attack. 

What is this crazy thing that my OB/GYN decided to test for after all these years- Severe Vitamin D Deficiency. Guess what? I was low, very very low!

WHY DIDN'T ONE OF THE MANY DOCTORS I SAW OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS DO THIS TEST!?!? One thing I have learned over the 20 years of adulthood. Our health is in our own hands.

Guess what else!?! It's super easy to fix. I have been put on a high dose of Vitamin D via prescription from my doctor.

What do I have to do to finally feel better?

  • I take 500,000 IU of Vitamin D once a week for 6 weeks then reduce the dose to maintain my levels. 
  • Spend 1/2 hour a day in sun without sun block. I will be exposing my legs I prefer to keep the wrinkles away from my face as long as possible.
My level was at 16. August is the month that your vitamin D levels are suppose to be at their highest this time of the year. I can only imagine what mine are at come January. 
I took my first does of Vitamin D yesterday and I am already feeling so much better today. I will keep you all updated in 6 weeks after my therapeutic level doses are done. 
I am hoping for some weight loss (fingers crossed), no more head aches, more energy and clearer thinking and just plain feeling good again. 

If you feel like crap for any reason go get tested. It's worth it. You never know and the research has shown 1-6 people have severe Vitamin D deficiency. That is just too high not to be a regular test when someone is feeling horrible all the time.

I wrote this post because I hope no one ever has to suffer like I did for as long as I did.

April~ Living the Sweet Life

I took this photo when I was sitting on the beach along the Emerald Cost Florida

CAUTION: This is what my experience is under Doctor supervision.. Vitamin D is a oil soluble vitamin and you can OVER DOSE if you don't use it right. This is in no way a medical advise post.