After much deliberation, and some tears, I have decided to step back. This has been a hard decision for me since UDD has been my “baby” these couple of years. I have truly enjoyed finding deals so much for all of you!
My husband has been gone seven months now, and I realized not long after he passed, that there is no way I could keep up with blogging and be a single parent. I need to focus on my kids 100%. After much consideration, I have decided to hand the reins of Utah Deal Diva to a mom named Chelsi (read more below). I chose her because she has a passion for saving money, she's creative in the kitchen and enjoys doing frugal crafts. I'm confident she is the perfect person to keep the blog at it's roots.
I am excited to be watching over Utah Deal Diva in this new capacity and hope you will join me. It's important to me, to see the blog continue and grow. I truly appreciate all of the kind messages and emails you have sent, they have been my light many times over.
Hi, I'm Chelsi,
I'm excited to to sharing my money saving adventure with you. I'm a military wife born and raised in Utah. I have an amazing and supportive husband I'm very proud of who is currently serving our country. We have two beautiful children a daughter age 9 and a son age 1. They are the light of my life and keep me on my toes. I'm also currently a Younique presenter as well and on the board of my daughter's school PTA.
I love the military lifestyle. We have lived all over the country, from coast to coast, and also spent a dreamy 3 years overseas in Europe. Military life can be rough at times, but it's always full of adventure and you learn very quickly to be spontaneous because you never know what they are going to throw at you next.
Being a military family, moving all over the place, has taught us to be very creative with our budget. We’ve had to learn to be thrifty with our money and for a long time that meant living with hand me down furniture in less than desirable apartments and clipping every coupon I could get my hands on. Finding deals became important because our dream was to own a home. While all our friends were out traveling Europe, seeing wonderful places, making me green with envy, we were saving every penny we could to get out of debt and buy our first house when we returned back to the states. All that hard work paid off and we were able to buy our first home. I've been blessed to make some amazing friends along the way and love that I can say that I have friends pretty much all over the country.
The roughest part of being a military wife…deployments. We have been fortunate that my husband has only been called on one deployment, to Afghanistan, a few years ago. It was a very long and stressful year. Our daughter wasn't even 2 yet and here is my husband and father of my baby going off to “the sandbox” and I had no idea if he would come home. But it brought us all closer together and made us really appreciate what it means to be “home”.
When I'm not chasing my son all over the house or playing chauffeur to my daughter for her extracurricular activities, I'm usually working on my next DIY project, craft or venture that has peeked my curiosity. I love being creative. From cooking, crafts, DIY, to clever ways to save money, it all feeds my urge to do something creative.
Janica has set the bar high for me and I intend to do my best to keep this blog on it's money saving path. I have been a follower of the website every step of the way, beginning with it's original founder, Jessica 8 years ago, then Alison and Janica. It has been an amazing help for me over the years. I'm so excited to be a part of it in this new way and hope you will come along.