On My Mind Monday: Spring Break and Swimsuits

We are having another wet and chilly weekend in southern California (chilly for us that is)! I am so grateful for all this rain but I’m really itching for a nice warm day, free of all sports and other obligations, so I can get to the beach with my family. I am actually not really a surfer. I usually go out maybe once a year with the moral support of my awesome sister-in-law, and fall more than I surf! Haha! But I love being at the beach and for living less than an hour away, we don’t get out there often enough! I was looking at my calendar this morning. It is jammed […]

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A Fitness Series: 6 Tips to help you mentally push through your workout


Exercising is just as much mental as it is physical. We all have days where our bodies and our minds don’t seem to be operating on the same schedule. I really discovered this truth during my marathon running years. It was so surprising to me that I could run 15 miles one day and then struggle to run 4 miles a few days later. I knew what my body was capable of, but I felt far from that level of ability. If you have found the motivation to get your booty up and moving, don’t give in to the mind games and quit your workout. Try using one of these 6 tips to help […]

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Midweek Mingle: Katherine

Midweek Mingle

It’s my turn to tell you a little bit more about myself for this Midweek Mingle! I, like Shannon, was raised in AZ, but across the valley in Peoria. I am a true desert rat and would take a super hot summer over a terribly cold winter any day. As a kid, I loved singing, dancing, reading, swimming, dressing up and playing pretend. Actually, I still love most of those things! For college, I went to Brigham Young University where I met my husband in the most romantic of all places – a cadaver lab! He was my anatomy TA, and since he wasn’t allowed to date his students, we started dating the week […]

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On My Mind Monday: Lifting Others

Lifting others

I was reading an article yesterday about how Christ loved and served others. There was a phrase in the article that really struck me, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I read it. “Everywhere He went, He lifted.” I want to be like that. I want to lift everywhere I go. My favorite people to be around are lifters. I am drawn to people who make me feel loved and who leave me feeling lighter. Am I lifting my kids, my spouse, my friends? Sometimes I am definitely the weight that drags people down, but I hope that most of the time I am a lifter. My “Think Positively” goal for […]

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Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

The Whole Brain Child

Many of my personal goals for this year are focused on my relationships, including my relationships with my children. My kids are growing up so quickly and this realization has caused me to think a lot about how well I am parenting. Do I have the kind of relationship I want with each of my children? Am I teaching and preparing them enough for all they are experiencing? How well do I understand each child and show that they mean the world to me? A couple of weeks ago I was at the park with a few friends and one of them mentioned that she was reading a parenting book that she really loved called “The […]

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Midweek Mingle: Janssen of Everyday Reading

Janssen Bradshaw Midweek Mingle

I am so excited for today’s featured blogger, Janssen, who writes the blog Everyday Reading. I’ve been following her blog for five years, longer than any other blog I currently read. She is my go-to source for book reviews, homeschool advice, and practical parenting tips. I love how real and relatable she is; I never feel like what I’m reading has been fabricated to fit the sponsor opportunity or made to seem more glamorous than reality. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. Here’s what she had to say: What is your blog about? Everyday Reading is a modern family lifestyle blog all about creating a fun and […]

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On My Mind Monday: Cub Scouts, Rain Clouds and the Reality of Anxiety


Last Saturday I got to accompany a group of cub scouts on a 5 mile hike to commemorate the passage of the Mormon Battalion through Temecula, one of their last stops on their way to San Diego. It had rained most of the early morning hours and was still a bit misty as we headed out to to trail head that day. Most of the boys in our group seemed oblivious to the rain, however, one boy in our group was not. He was afraid of rain. I know this sounds crazy. How can anyone be scared of rain? When this boy’s mom called me that morning before we left to explain their situation, I will […]

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Last year, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, was one of my top five favorite reads. The whole series was enjoyable, and I loved Marissa Meyer’s writing style. When I heard she had a new book being released, I immediately put my name on the hold list at the library. I finally got my hands on a copy of Heartless two weeks ago and read it in just a few days. I loved it. I may not give it 5/5 stars, but definitely 4.5/5. (That last .5 star is reserved for a very select few books.) This is an origin story of the infamous Queen of Hearts. If you’re at all […]

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Mid-Week Mingle: Shannon

Today I would like to kick off a new series Katherine and I have been planning called Mid-Week Mingle. We are reaching out to some of our favorite fellow bloggers for a little social session here on Citrus and Sandals. It is always fun to get to know a little more about the amazing people behind these blogs so we are asking a few fun get-to-know-you questions and sharing their answers with you! Because Katherine and I have really only given you bits and pieces of our lives our this blog, we thought it might be a good idea to start with us! I always like to save the best for last so today […]

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On My Mind Monday: Valentine Crafts

DIY Valentine Holder

Target’s dollar section is golden for easy crafts around holidays, isn’t it? My daughter wanted to make her own Valentine’s this year, so off to Target we went. We found some heart cut-outs, glitter tape, stickers, and gems, and she’s been happily working on them the past few days. Since the preschool she attends once a week is having a Valentine’s Day party soon, we decided to make a mailbox to hold all of the Valentine’s she’ll get. Last year, I just found a pink gift bag and let her decorate it. This year, I thought I’d be a little more creative and make something a bit more fun with her. I rounded […]

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