Stepping Into the Fog: A Journey of Faith

Every once in a while you have an experience that re-teaches you just what it means to have faith. At least, it happens that way for me. I suppose that I often coast along in my life, going about my business and forgetting to rely on the Lord, and then something happens that wakes me up and reminds me just how much I need Him.It's been a difficult couple of weeks for me ....more

Stay Healthy this Holiday Season with Maty's All Natural Products

I'm the kind of person who hates taking medications. I just don't always feel awesome about immediately turning to them when I am sick and often I would rather let things run their course if they aren't too bad, anyway. And I much prefer trying natural remedies first, if I can.Recently, Maty's Healthy Products asked me to try out their all natural cough syrup ....more

Keeping Holiday Tradition Alive With a Kids' Christmas Tree

We are super big on tradition at our house. My girls are so into traditions, that if I do something around any holiday just one time, it will automatically become a tradition, even though I didn't intend it to be!...more

Keeping Holiday Tradition Alive With a Kids' Christmas Tree

We are super big on tradition at our house. My girls are so into traditions, that if I do something around any holiday just one time, it will automatically become a tradition, even though I didn't intend it to be!But that's okay with me, because I love traditions just as much as my children do. Having my eldest daughter in high school this year is really making me realize how little time I have with my kids at home before they're off having their own little families ....more

Peppermint Brownie and Ice Cream Sundae Bar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Being Still During Crazy December

Since everyone is in the business of spreading Christmas cheer, it seems that Decembers are generally a little more insane than the rest of the year. Lots of holiday concerts and other special events abound, and I feel like it is sometimes hard for me to maintain the introspection and focus on Christ that I would like to for this season.This last week was our normal full schedule, augmented with a few other things.Chloe had a recheck on her broken finger. They changed it to a smaller splint which she has to wear only to school and at night, but she is allowed to keep her fingers free for a few hours a day (which means more piano practice!) ....more

2014 Gift Guide for Tween Girls

Last week I posted Christmas gift ideas for a teenage girl, courtesy of my 14-year-old daughter, Bria. Today I am going to post a gift guide for tween girls, courtesy of 11-year-old Chloe. Again, it might be better titled "Chloe's Christmas List," but hopefully there's something here that your own tween daughter might enjoy ....more

Chewy Gluten-free Holiday Cookies

We're always looking for new gluten-free recipes around here, and this one is a goodie! They were gobbled up pretty darn fast! We adapted the recipe from...more

2014 Gift Guide for the Teenage Girl

As the mother of three girls, I recognize just how different each of them are. So maybe I should have titled this post "Gift Guide for Bria" (you know, just in case any of you want to buy her a Christmas gift!), but I always enjoy seeing what other kids want, as it gives me ideas for my own. Bria is the type of teenager who loves her friends and family both, and enjoys surrounding herself with those she loves ....more

December 2014 Visiting Teaching Printable

This month's Visiting Teaching Message is The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Prince of Peace. For me, it is a fitting end to the year since the word I chose to live by for 2014 is PEACE.Yesterday, I was asked to speak in Sacrament Meeting about preparing our hearts for the Savior. So I've been thinking about this topic quite a bit this week ....more