FRYday

I just got back from a week at Youth Conference which is basically a camping trip with the youth in my church ages 14-18. We started by riding our bikes to the cabin which was 50 miles away, then spent our days riding horses, fishing, paddle boarding, playing sports, card games, more eating, and all things spiritual. I hadn’t ridden a bike in years since we sold ours for our move. I borrowed a bike for the trip, but wasn’t able to train at all and ooh-wee was it hard! The last half of the ride pushed me in a … Read more

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two, new-to-me, shops

PARK Social Soccer Co. Buy a Ball Give a Ball to Someone in Need

Of all the things I get sent to try it’s not super often that I am smitten upon arrival. Wanted to share two of those today that I think will help with the endless Summer birthday party gifts, and purchases that will bring endless fun on these longer days! First! OMY Maison – this whole line is SO flawless. Basically everything is ready and waiting to be colored in! Backpacks, totes, puzzles, wall murals, whatever your heart desires! Just use their pretty fabric markers, gel crayons, pens and pencils and get started! I particularly love this backpack for gifts because … Read more

medicated vs. unmedicated childbirth

“Every delivery is different that’s why it’s so great to have options.” A few weeks ago I shared my WHY behind my unmedicated deliveries. I had so much great conversation behind the scenes after that, but one thing that was resoundingly clear is that many women don’t know what the pros and cons of delivery really are. How can they make an informed decision when the cold, hard, amazing, incredible truth isn’t plain to see? SO! I surveyed as many women as would oblige me, but they all had one thing in common: ALL had experienced both unmedicated AND medicated … Read more

mine + ours: books #8

April was a GOOD reading month for me. I had lots of travel time and the book picks were all excellent so I cruised through! Here’s what I’ve got for you: MINE: Audible: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This is a story about the walls we put up and the courage and vulnerability it takes to break them back down. It’s so funny and then also knocks you off your feet with some sadness, too. I say listen to this because the book is set in Glasgow, Scotland and the accents make it even more hilarious. I absolutely adored it. Also, … Read more

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Chief Travel Guide: #2

I’ve been throwing around the idea of a self-care vacation for years now and finally got cracking on some research in my price range! See what I’m thinking about on this month’s  post with Alamo, as a Chief Travel Guide! Have you ever taken one of these vacations? Either a solo woman going off on her own, with a group of friends or sisters, a significant other? I’d love to hear how it worked out for you or what your ideal is? Check out my post right here! SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

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mine + ours: books #7

MINE: I listened to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It is the story of three families living in the picture perfect planned town of Shaker, Ohio. It “explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.” It is the top 10 most read books on Amazon right now and just got picked up for a 8 episode series on Hulu with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington at the helm of production. I am always glad when I read a … Read more

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PRIME EASTER

Got nothing for Easter? Same boat. I rounded up Easter Basket fillers that you can ship Prime-style to your house just in time – but like order it right now. Also if you stick with me, I am showing you how to turn your Easter Basket finds into Spring Break activities for the WHOLE week. Ready? CRAFTING: Block Art is a fun creative gift and it’s quiet so it can come with you on road trips, to church and all ages can have fun with it! This sticker set would be so fun to divvy out, gift the whole thing … Read more

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hale center theatre [giveaway!]

Photos by Hale Center Theatre. I can’t say enough good things about Hale Center Theatre. They have multiple locations now but when I was 9 until now their cozy Orem, Utah location was my jam. We had season tickets each year and they always put on such an amazing show. To see what Hale has accomplished over the last two decades and now their inaugural season at their 120,000 square foot 80 million dollar theater in Sandy is really special and close to my heart! Their new theater is gorgeous (Russ of course had to point out all the excellent finish … Read more

Utah Metropolitan Ballet

Locals! I’ve got a fun event for you to bring your kids to this Saturday March 10th!The Utah Metropolitan Ballet is currently showing Peter Pan and they have matinees and evening performances all week long but after the Saturday Matinee they are holding a Neverland Party! It is an interactive adventure with Peter, Wendy, Captain Hook and the whole crew. Buy your ticket here!The Utah Metropolitan Ballet is over 35 years old and have been on the forefront of developing the arts and culture scene in Utah Valley. They perform classic favorites, original productions and are committed to offering roles … Read more

mine + ours: books #6

February Book Picks reviewed! MINE: I read Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. This is my FIRST Picoult book I’ve ever read. Holy cow. It was beautiful. I was breathless several times. Got chills several times. The story is so well done and it’s an amazing audio production, too. All about racism and redemption and equity over equality. I absolutely loved it. 4 stars, easy. The language is tough, but only in the white supremacist’s chapters. It’s already in development to be a movie so hurry and read it before you can’t unsee the actors in your mind.  OURS: Hayes … Read more

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