‘Motherhood’: not just the crummy stuff

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Yesterday’s rainy afternoon took us to Walmart; partially because we were out of fruit, but mostly because we needed an outing. Nap time for the almost 2-year-old was being put on hold to try to get on a better bedtime schedule (Summer has been terrible for schedules). Our aisle wandering finally took us to the toy section where the kids explored and pushed all the buttons, creating a chaotic, noisy section of the store. It was still rainy outside so I let them play for longer than usual, I was being a fun mom. There were a few tricycles out on display that my two little rugrats hopped on and started motoring around on. No one else was around, so I didn’t mind.

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‘The Echoing’- book review & blog tour

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Books. I love books.
Well, most books.
Quite often books become my escape, allowing me to leave my own concerns (and piles of laundry) behind and venture into a world created by an author. When Jessica Blackburn asked for volunteers to read and review her new fantasy novel “The Echoing” I jumped at the offer.  As much as I love reading, I dread trying to find a good book. I heavily rely on friends and family to suggest books and I even joined a book club so I have others to recommend books and discuss the novels with afterward.
I received a digital copy of ‘The Echoing’ from Cedar Fort to honestly review.
I have to say, I enjoyed this book. If anything I wish it were longer, with more detail of events after the climax; perhaps a sequel is necessary.

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Our “Once Upon a time…” marriage: 5 tidbits for a “Happily Ever After”

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When I was a young girl, bombarded by Disney princesses, I dreamed of the day my prince would come  whisk me from a hard and destitute life to one of ease and pleasure, complete with an ever pouring fountain of love. “Happily Ever After” is the end result of the princess films, riding off into the sunset while with a white and golden carriage sent off with happy cheers and wedding bells.

My husband and I have just arrived at our 5th wedding anniversary. Our wedding day was not our “Happily Ever After”. That is not to say we didn’t enjoy our wedding, in fact, we loved it. The anticipation of being married, going to the temple together, being surrounded by family and friends, and a great party after made for a wonderful and beautiful day. However, that was not the end of the story. Instead of it being the end of the fairy-tale, our wedding day became our “Once upon a time…” a journey of hardships, happiness, and growth.

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Why is chastity important? LDS youth lesson printable worksheet

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Why IS chastity important? That is the question I pondered as I tried to figure out how to present this vital and sacred information to the Young Women who would attend my Sunday lesson. There are so many different aspects of chastity that are incredibly important and I had to narrow it all down into a 40 minute (which turned into a 25 minute) lesson. In my preparation, I created a printout for the girls to fill out during and after the lesson. This worksheet is intended to help the youth contemplate the material discussed and set personal goals. While using the material from the LDS manual lesson “Why is chastity important?” I selected a few key concepts to focus on.

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Grandma’s Sweet Relish Recipe- easy to prepare and preserve

Grandma's Sweet Relish Recipe

It’s my 7th birthday. I’m just like any ordinary 7-year-old, complete with two missing front teeth, a bad haircut, and a love for the girl band “Spice Girls”. Grandma asks me what I would like for my birthday and my immediate response is, “A jar of relish!”

You may be thinking my claim to being ordinary is incorrect, as any 7 year old in the 90’s would surely be asking for a Furby or a new cassette tape. Although the assumption that I was (am?) strange may be true, to truly understand my passionate response for preserved vegetables, you need to try this relish. My Grandmother’s Sweet Relish recipe is the most exquisite blend of concocted garden produce to ever hit your kitchen table.

Here is the same recipe my grandmother used to follow. My mom started making it when I kept begging for it as a child, so I no longer needed to ask for it as a birthday gift. I plan on keeping this stocked in my own kitchen cupboards. My Grandma’s Sweet Relish Recipe:

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DIY Rustic Wood Stain: steel wool & apple cider vinegar

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I was pondering my latest Kijiji find, a set of IKEA nightstands. The stain held a yellow tinge that made me queasy, they definitely wouldn’t suffice. My bedroom, miss-matched furniture and all, held a cooler tone and clashed terribly with the golden-yellow tables. My first thought ventured to a white or cream paint, that would be easy enough! However, as I considered the project, I knew I didn’t want to cover all of the wood as I had done on previous projects. I resolved to leave the top unpainted and dabble into the world of wood stain.

My vision included a beautiful grey toned stain sitting on top of a creamy white painted base. Instead of buying a whole stack of pricey cans to try out, I opted to make my own stain. I was hesitant at first, given my inexperience, but I found a DIY (do-it-yourself) solution that made things easy; a simple wood stain using steel wool and apple cider vinegar. Surprisingly, the process was straight forward and gave me the exact color I was hoping for. A rustic brown with a grey undertone. Here is how I did it:

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6 Incredible Blueberry Recipes – our Family Favorites

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The blueberries were sitting on the produce store shelf in a big cardboard box, a yellow sign below them read “fresh BC blueberries” (for Americans, BC stands for British Columbia, my neighboring province). Each blueberry looked plump and delicious, causing the tiny overpriced cartons of shipped in blueberries sitting beside them to look pitiful. I had to have those BC blueberries. I put one box in my shopping cart and ended up coming back to add another box a few minutes later. We have been in blueberry heaven around here, eating them by the handful. 

What does one do with so many blueberries? We have many favorite blueberry recipes that are easy and delicious. I have compiled a list of 6 fantastic blueberry breakfast, muffin, and dessert recipes. 80% of the year we don’t have access to good quality fresh blueberries; frozen berries can be used in all of these recipes. Local fresh berries have a way of making things taste better, but that doesn’t mean frozen ones can’t be wonderful too.

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