Tulle Halloween Wreath—Candy Corn Style!

There are a few things you should know about me: I love Halloween, I love candy corn, and I love tulle wreaths. I know that loving tulle wreaths might seem like a weird thing, but even I didn't know how much I loved them until I made my first Halloween tulle wreath a few years ago. I haven't been able to stop since then and now have a lovely collection of Halloween wreaths.Something about the tulle/tutu style of wreath really lends itself well to Halloween ....more

Why I Quit My Job to Stay Home With My Teenagers

To work or stay home? Many moms grapple a bit with the decision to either stay home or go back to work after having a baby, but I didn't. I knew from the get go that I would be staying at home when I had my first ....more

9 Ways to Help Your Child Adjust to a New School

There are few things kids anticipate more than starting school each fall, but it can be stressful for students who are beginning at a brand new school. As parents, we naturally want to make the whole process easier on our kids, and it can be pretty frustrating for us, too! The good news is that whether the switch is due to a move to a new city or simply a transition from elementary to middle or high school, there are several things parents can do to help our children adjust to their new schools ....more

September 2016 Visiting Teaching Printable

September's visiting teaching message (Parenthood is a Sacred Duty) couldn't have come at a more opportune time for me. We have been on sabbatical for a month now, and my sacred duties to my children as their mother are front and center as I help them navigate living in a new place. Not only did Heavenly Father place us in family units so we could be taught correct principles, he did it so that we would have a loving atmosphere to come home to after being out in the world.It is our sacred duty as parents to create that loving atmosphere in our homes ....more

Book Review: Dear Jane by Rachel Ward

Sometimes I'm in the mood for a really deep read that makes me think, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for an enjoyable and fun story. I recently read Dear Jane by Rachel Ward, a new LDS romance, and amazingly enough, it fit both bills for me! Dear Jane...more

2016-17 Back-to-School Feast and Family Theme

My girls went back to school yesterday.My husband is taking a sabbatical this semester, so we are in Utah living with my parents in my childhood home. School starts a couple weeks earlier here, so that's been a bummer for them, but I think it is so cool that each of them are attending the same schools I attended! Because we aren't home in Michigan where school always starts the day after Labor Day, my preparation for our traditional back-to-school feast came upon me quite suddenly! ...more

6 Ways to Help Kids Beat Seasonal Allergies

Sophia had to miss her first two field days at the elementary school due to her severe seasonal allergies. It was the saddest thing ever. Field Day is the most anticipated day for a first-grader, especially when you are as active as Sophia. I hated seeing her so upset, but we just weren't finding anything to make it easier for her to be outside without also feeling miserable. She's managed to attend her last couple of field days, but only because we took steps to help alleviate her allergies....more

August 2016 Visiting Teaching Printable

I've been thinking a lot about love lately, so this month's visiting teaching message on Nurturing Families was perfect for me. The idea that the Lamanites were more righteous than the Nephites simply because they loved their families really hit me hard. (Jacob 3:7)Sometimes it's hard to love our families—and sometimes it's just hard to show the love that we feel ....more

Indexing—A Great Way to Participate in Temple Work

When I was a freshman in college, my singles ward had a contest between the Relief Society and the Elders Quorum to see who could extract the most names for temple work. Back then (almost 25 years ago now!), we had to go up to a special extraction center and work from microfilm and enter the names into a computer data base. My best friend and I got pretty competitive with a few of the guys in the ward, so we would get up at the crack of dawn and ride our bikes up to the extraction center and work for several hours.While I don't remember who won the competition, I do remember really catching the spirit of getting names ready for temple ordinances ....more