Genius Camping Hacks for Summer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® and OFF!®. The opinions and text are all mine. It's summer and it's the season of outdoors.  Whether you are planning a week-long camping excursion or just a little hike in the woods, some or all of these outdoor tips and camping hacks can come in handy!   Sunscreen:  My favorite is this Banana Boat® SunComfort™ Spray.  It has a water-resistant formula, … [Read more...]

Fun Winter Activities

This has been a really weird winter.  Like really warm.  It has snowed only a few times and they were all in a two week period.  And those two weeks were right after we moved so we didn't really have time to do a whole lot of playing in the snow.  However, we've still had chilly days and on the whole still spend more time inside than out.  Meanwhile, some of you out east are swimming in snow. And even though I'm not a fan of the cold or … [Read more...]

Fall Bucket List

Fall is my favorite time of year and it always flies by so fast.  And each year towards the beginning of winter, I always feel like there was something I wanted to do, but forgot or didn't make time for.  But no more!  I am making a Fall Bucket List so I can try to make the most of my favorite season.  And you can too--with this fun list of ideas and free printable! Free Printable Fall Bucket List  (click on the link to download!) Go Apple … [Read more...]

Reunion Craft Ideas: Screen Printing & Snakes

Summer is officially over for us.  My 5 year old started kindergarten and it's going to rain all week.  Here's what I have to say---Hallelujah!  I loved this summer but I'm super excited for the fall.  My kids have been getting really bored at home so I'm sure that going to school will just help everyone be a little happier. We had some great memories this summer, from lots of trips to swimming pools and splash pads, to our family trip to San … [Read more...]

Good News for Sad Tummies: Lactaid

I'm pretty fortunate...I've never had a problem with dairy.  I can eat ice cream, cheese, milk, till the cows come home (pun intended.)  But my husband and kids are not so much that way.  And so many other people around the world suffer with some level of lactose intolerant.  To be honest, my family is not that intolerant...if that's the right way to say that.  But if they have a lot of lactose for extended period of time, things start to get … [Read more...]

A Snowy Day in Hell

I had the best intentions of showing you this really cute and fun Valentines craft today but instead of spending the afternoon working and photographing it, I spent the afternoon crying and rocking in the corner, clutching my knees.  Okay, not really, but that's what I felt like doing inside.  Let me share a story with you... If you live in Utah, you know that we have been absolutely DUMPED on with snow this week.  Every day snow falls, feet … [Read more...]

She would have been 34 today.

Today I can't deny that my heart hurts.  Actually my heart hurts every single day still, but it's weighing heavier today. Alice would have been 34 today. These are the flowers from her funeral that we saved and dried. I still can't believe she's gone.  And I find that with each passing day I don't feel the pain lessen and I don't come closer to accepting it.  It is almost the opposite.  I feel angry that this had to happen, that we all … [Read more...]

What We’ve Been Up To…

This summer has been out of control busy so far.  My hubby graduated from dental school--hooray!!  Then after that, we spent the next week packing like crazy.... I would like to pretend that I was sad to leave.  In some ways, I was.  I have some awesome friends in AZ, many of which are also moving away now.  And this was the home where my babies took their first steps. After the packing/cleaninglikemad we loaded up a VERY full minivan and … [Read more...]