The blessings of Christmas

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I love Christmas!!  I think I love it so much because of the blessings I feel so abundantly this time of year.  I am blessed with an amazing family “who I absolutely adore”… each one of them bring me so much joy into my life.  So thankful for the Savior, Jesus Christ, who lived and died for all of us. so that wonderful days like

Got Gratitude?

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The month of November always helps me remember to have more GRATITUDE and to be more thankful for all the many, many blessings that I have in my life!   I love my family, I adore my friends, I believe in the gospel that blesses my life every day, and I have so much where so many others go without.   I have seen a

Looking forward to General Conference…

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For those of you who are not familiar with General Conference… it happens twice a year and it’s a conference where we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have the opportunity to hear from our beloved Prophet and other church leaders.  It lasts for two days for a total of five 2-hour sessions.  We will hear talks on how we

My fabulous fall “to do list” and printable

The fall leaves at the Parleys Canyon summit headed to Park City, UT... beautiful already!!

The fall leaves at the Parley’s canyon summit headed to Park City UT … beautiful already! Fall is the time for sweaters, falling leaves, pumpkins, apple cider, and Halloween!  I love this time of year even though I know it’s the beginning of winter.  Some of my favorites of fall are putting on those cozy sweaters with a cute pair of boots along with our

See the best of London in 5 days…

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Todd and I were blessed with the chance to travel to the UK this past July and we had a blast in London before heading to Scotland and Ireland.  Here is what we did while we were there.  We were exhausted everyday as we fell into bed but we also had so much fun.  We felt like locals as we caught the tube and the

Overcoming Adversity


Amazing race is one of my most favorite shows to watch and is a Sunday night ritual for us.  This last season, that concluded in May, was no exception!   As they introduced the teams, Todd and I were so excited to see the return of Dave and Connor O’Leary.   We found that we had many things in common with them… such as living

Lake Powell… it’s paradise!

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By the time you read this, we will be half-way through our houseboat week on Lake Powell.  It’s at the top of my list of favorite places to go (mostly because I’m there with my fam) and it’s our family’s favorite tradition.  This week will be our maiden voyage on our own as we have always gone with our dear friends, the Smarts, so it

Missionary homecoming

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After serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the past 1 1/2 years, my daughter, Hilary, has returned from the New Jersey Morristown mission!   I loved having her serve but I am SO happy to have her home.   If you know me, you know that one of my favorite things to do is to throw a party

Oh, what should I do in the summertime?

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Well, we’re almost 1/2 way through the summer already (if you live in Utah and have kids in school, you ARE 1/2 through) and have you done 1/2 the things you wanted to?   I don’t know about you but at the beginning of every summer I think of all the fun things I want to do yet, somehow I don’t get around to them.

5 more little things you can do today to make you happier


6. Help others – 100 hours a year is the magical number The best piece of advice I found is that to make yourself feel happier, is to help others.  In fact, 100 hours per year (or two hours per week) is the optimal time we should dedicate to helping other in order to enrich our lives. Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage, says this about