In Memory of Mike

After we got back into town Sunday afternoon, I was in my boys room unpacking their clothes when I looked over and noticed their fish. Mike, a 2-year old Betta fish, seemed awfully still. I sat there hesitating for a minute. I never wanted Mike. My kids begged and begged for a pet and since I absolutely refused their requests for a hamster, frog and cat, Mike was our compromise. I liked that Mike could be kept in the boys room but he took up so much space on their dresser. The cheap filter we purchased with him reduced tank cleanings to once every couple months or so. But even then, I always dreaded […]

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On My Mind Monday: Harry Potter World

A week ago Tuesday, my husband and I dropped off our girls at my parents’ house and headed to Hollywood to visit Universal Studios. This was our first time leaving our baby overnight, and, man oh man, it was so hard at first! As we were walking out the door, I looked back (mistake), and she reached for me and said, “Mama!” Cue the tears. But! Once we had been on the road for about 20 minutes, I was more composed and so excited! It was a super quick trip. We got to our AirBNB (which was awesome, by the way) at about 7:30 PM, used Uber for the first time to get […]

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Christmas Picture Books

The turkey has been eaten, Black Friday sales are in full swing, so now it’s officially Christmas season! To kick off this time of year, I rounded up some of our favorite Christmas books. There are a TON of Christmas children’s books. I read through so many, trying to find a few new ones to add to this list, and let me tell you – not all Christmas books are worth reading! These ones, though, are definitely worth your time. And Then Comes Christmas by Tom Brenner – Not only is this book full of cute rhymes that truly make you feel the anticipation leading up to Christmas, but the illustrations are beautiful! […]

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A Little Thanksgiving Trivia

I am a big fan of trivia, especially any holiday trivia. It is such a fun way to learn new things and engage in some friendly competition. I hold my parents responsible for my love of trivia. Every Christmas they would make up trivia games to play with family and friends. When we were young, my dad would throw out candy to those who guessed the right answer. As I got older, dollar bills made their appearance. Now that we are all grown up, we team up with our spouses for gift cards and the competition is fierce! Thus, it is only natural that I instill a love of trivia into my children. I […]

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Three Candy Corns – A Thanksgiving Tradition

We don’t have many Thanksgiving traditions other than a big feast, of course. The only one that really has stuck with me is our three candy corns tradition. At each place setting on the table, we put three candy corns. Then, as we are eating our meal, we go around the table and say three things we are thankful for – one for each of the candy corns. This year, I thought I’d share my three candy corns of gratitude here! It really is hard to choose only three. Of course, I am most grateful for my family, my faith, and my (and my family’s) health, but I like to think a little differently […]

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On My Mind Monday: They are only teeth

While I was doing my daughter’s hair in the bathroom this morning, she started talking to me about her missing tooth. This is a story she knows well even though she was only 16 months old when it happened. We were visiting my parents in Arizona and she lost her balance on the trampoline. As she tried to turn to catch her balance, she hit her face on the metal frame of the tramp. After we stopped the bleeding and assessed the situation, we immediately saw that one of her front teeth was missing. But, when we couldn’t find the tooth after a thorough search around the scene of the accident, we realize she had actually […]

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A Fitness Series: A Healthier Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving is a time for feasting and family, but that does not need to mean you come away from the weekend feeling more stuffed than the turkey! Here are a few tips to help you have a healthier Thanksgiving holiday. Eat a sensible breakfast– Skipping breakfast is never a good option especially on Thanksgiving Day. You don’t want to come to the dinner table feeling completely ravenous because it increases the likelihood of overeating. In addition, this article from the Mayo Clinic reveals that when you go through long periods of time without food, your body increases it’s insulin response which increases fat storage and weight gain.  Start Thanksgiving Day by eating a breakfast […]

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Anxiety and Motherhood

Rising Above Anxiety - One Mother's Perspective

Looking back, I think I’ve had anxiety since I was about twelve, although I didn’t know what it was at the time. My panic attacks, though, didn’t start until 2013. The first time I had one, I was sure it was a heart attack. I made my husband call 911. The paramedics told me what it really was. I didn’t realize panic attacks could be that severe or even that real. About 5 months after that, I was swallowed by near constant anxiety and panic attacks. It became so bad that my mom flew to town to take care of my house and my 20-month-old, while my husband tried to take care of […]

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In Need of a Morale Boost?

Is anyone else feeling a bit weighed down with all the contention and resentment going on in our country? I normally prefer to stay aware of what is going on in the world around me, but in the weeks leading up to the election and pretty much every day since, all I seem to hear about are failures, lies, and negativity in general. Since I can’t make every one on the news say five positive things for every negative statement they make (if you don’t get this joke read this post) I have just about completely avoided any type of news media in general. I don’t need to fill my life with those […]

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On My Mind Monday: Monthly Bucket List Update

Before I'm 30 Bucket List

Has it really been a whole month since I posted my “Before I’m 30 Bucket List?” Is it just me or does time go at triple speed from Halloween to New Years? For the most part, I haven’t done much in the way of Bucket List items. *oops* I’ll get there. I still have two months… I have been reading a lot, though! I’ve read 5 of my 10 books, so I’m on track there. And I’m still reading the Book of Mormon. Basically, I should have just made all reading goals and then I’d have no problem accomplishing them! My husband started clearing out the garage to organize it, so that’s something […]

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