Pantry Project

Half of my family got to go to my son’s baseball tournament last weekend. I had to stay home to nurse a sick son and get a daughter to her dance commitments. I was bummed to miss the first tournament of the year because I love baseball, but I decided if I were going to stay home with two less kids than I was going to make the most of it. I was going to #createmyownjoy. I took my oldest daughter to LaLaLand; I went to every yoga class I could, and I snuggled with my sick boy and watched stupid kid shows. But the real joy came when I organized and cleaned my pantry. Yes, I medicated my FOMO with an organization project. I’m not here to show you a Pinterest pantry. I’m here to…


For the Strength of Crew

I attended a Stake Young Women’s training a few months back and received some inspiration for my personal family. I had been wondering what to do with my 11-year old son’s scripture study. He had gone back to public school, and we didn’t have as much time as before. Also, he is not often self-motivated. My younger daughter was in a groove with Preach My Gospel, my older daughter was reading the New Testament on her own for seminary, and I was reading the Book of Mormon Stories with my little guy. But what to do with an 11-year old who has a strong pull towards the world? My answer came as the 2nd counselor in the Stake Presidency spoke. He said that kids need to be reading …

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Aim for Love Retreat- Day 3

Welcome back for the final day of our “Aim for Love” 2017 Family Retreat. Day 3 was on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so the kids and my hubby were off from school and work. I liked the retreat spanning over into a Monday. It was good use of a holiday weekend. FAMILY YOGA We started the morning off with a family yoga session led by me. Yoga is one of the loves of my life, and I wanted to share it with my family. But, I also feel that we all need more tools than ever before to deal with the fast-paced, over-stimulated world in which we live, especially children. We need healthy ways to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, disconnection, etc. without turning to food, al…

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Aim for Love Retreat- Day 2

Full disclosure here. Day 2 was a Sunday, and I never meant it to be a full day of the retreat. My husband had too many meetings; I was teaching a lesson, and we had dinner plans at grandma’s. So I just threw in a few theme-based activities in the morning to keep the momentum going and to keep the theme fresh on the kids’ brains. The night before, Crew had suggested that we all wear our Christmas pajamas for the family movie, so we were still in them when we had our morning meeting. (Dad refused to participate in the matching pajama thing.) We started off with our gathering activity. GATHERING ACTIVITY Last year I made a big heart for my hubby for Valentine’s out of post-it…

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Aim for Love Family Retreat- Day 1

My husband came home one day last year jazzed about a training he had at work called “Becoming Your Best” by Rob Shallenberger. It was all about forming his company’s vision. Chad wanted to apply his learnings to our family. I mulled over his enthusiasm and got the idea to do a family retreat. We decided the retreat would be a condensed session of family vision planning, teamwork, and fun.  We did one over a long-weekend in January last year and had a great experience. We worked a lot on coming up with a family vision and deciding what is important to our family. Unfortunately, I didn’t blog about it, so this year I was determined to record all the details. I am break…

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Matrix of Success

I think I have set the same New Year’s Resolution for the last three years. I’ve “failed” in the past, but I try again year after year. And this year I’m extra hopeful because I think I may have found a little secret to meeting my goal or any goal for that matter. The secret has nothing to do with will-power and everything to do with preparation. I think I struggled to keep this resolution because I never properly set up my “Matrix of Success” before I tried to start my new habit. I’m not sure where I heard the term “Matrix of Success” or if I just made it up, but for me it just means getting everything in order, gathering supplies,…


Oh, Yes, He Did

How many of you have ever threatened to take away gifts at Christmas? Or threatened to text Santa about the kids being naughty? Or told your elf in front of your child that he/she did something wrong? Or said something like, “If you don’t stop (fill in the blank), Santa’s not going to give you any presents!” Most every parent has resorted to a version of these empty warnings at one time or another. I have, and I’m not proud of it. The second the words come out of my mouth, I am disappointed in myself for losing control, resorting to threats, and for basically saying something that I would never do. It feels dishonest and childish, but mostly it feels desperate. …


Power of a Preposition

I received two pieces of bad news recently. And I’m using the power of a preposition to get me through. I remember learning about prepositions in the 8th grade. Mrs. Scarlett, my English teacher, described them as words that show how a bird might interact with a birdhouse. For example, a bird can fly to a birdhouse, under a birdhouse, through a birdhouse, near a birdhouse, around a birdhouse, etc. To, under, through, near and around are all prepositions. I still use the birdhouse analogy to teach my kids about prepositions. It’s not perfect, but it will get us the right answer at least 80% of the time. I never really thought these little words would mean much to me, but this last…


Let Go of the Bananas

Have you ever heard the story of the monkey that just won’t let go of the bananas? At the gist of this story is attachment. What are we not willing to let go of? What are we holding on to tightly that isn’t serving us? What ideas, programs, practices, hopes, dreams and expectations are jeopardizing our safety and our sanity?…


Let Them Grow Up

There is definitely a part of me that gets sad when I see my kids baby faces in old pictures. I miss the less busy days at home or their cute little voices or their solvable problems. But I really wouldn’t want things to stay that way. Growth is why we came to earth. Growth is a sign of life.…