Three Makeup Tips to Fight ALLERGY FACE®

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®. I'm not a super fancy girl.  Most of the time I'm covered in paint and sawdust.  But when I go out, I try to look decent--meaning I actually do my hair and makeup.  This year I wanted to try to do more with my makeup, rather than the same tired routine I've been doing since I was 14.  So I've been researching here and there and trying to figure out ways to help bring out my natural … [Read more...]

Spread Love, Ditch Negativity

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The internet has been kind of hurtful lately.  In the space of the last week or two, I have been the victim of many different rude and negative comments.  I've been blogging for over four years, but it never really gets any easier for me to receive negative comments.  I take them way too personally, and as much as I try to shrug them off, they seem to creep into my mind during those hours when I'm tired and vulnerable.  These comments also … [Read more...]

My Trip to Leapfrog

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I've been working with Leapfrog for a couple of years now.  We love their products and have enjoyed reviewing them.  So I was super excited when Leapfrog invited me and four other bloggers out to visit their headquarters in San Francisco!  It was my first official 'business' trip (if you don't count blog conferences) and I felt so grown up.  It was awesome to fly on a plane without three wild children to entertain.  It was awesome to only have to … [Read more...]

Goals for 2014

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Whew--I just took two weeks off blogging and it was awesome.  My husband also had the two weeks off so we just got to spend all day together, amidst suffering through the World's Longest Cold, which I still have a little bit of.  So happy new year!  2014 is going to be a great year.  I have many goals for 2014 which I hope to actually achieve.  I'm starting this year feeling a little less overwhelmed by my kids since they are a little … [Read more...]

Ten Great Audio Books to Read

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Anyone who knows me knows that I pretty much read exclusively by audio books.  I don't even remember the last time I made it entirely through a regular book.  Every time I try to read them, I fall asleep within about ten minutes and/or get interrupted by someone (*cough cough KIDS cough cough*).  I have a pretty busy schedule and reading books with my eyeballs just doesn't fit in. But I enjoy reading.  So obviously audio books are a great … [Read more...]

A Snowy Day in Hell

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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...]

Donations to the Liz Logelin Foundation

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It's been five months since my dear sister-in-law passed away, just days after giving birth to her third child, a baby girl.  If you've been following my blog, you know the sad story.  You also know that we've been accepting donations for my brother and his family, to help them during their transitional time. Thank you all SO MUCH for your donations!  They have meant so, so much to us.  There are so many of you who have felt our heartache, … [Read more...]

hershey’s sweet independence–simple pleasures chocolates

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As you might know, unless you are living under a rock--in which case I fully excuse you because clearly you have other issues, I have been trying to lose weight this year.  And anyone who knows me can attest to my love of chocolate.  (Unheard of--a woman love chocolate?)  But chocolate is no bueno for the diet. But there is good news!  Hershey's has just come out with brand new chocolates that are low-fat!   In fact, Hershey’s Simple … [Read more...]