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Saturday Surfing

We are getting ready for an upcoming trip to Montana. This means packing the car and planning for a 7 hour road trip. Our kids are good little…

Friday Faves: Lawn games

Friday Faves: Lawn Games

Summer is my jam. It definitely is my favorite season and with it comes so many good things to do. Here are a few of my family’s favorite…

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Throwback Thursday: Tomatillo Salsa

Today’s throwback is a post about a delicious tomatillo salsa. Summer gardens are just starting to produce their bounties and if you planted tomatillos in your garden this…

Favorite Local Campgrounds

Favorite Local Campgrounds

I am by no stretch of the imagination a camper. My husband jokingly calls us hotel campers. However, I do have fond memories as a child of camping…

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Our New Pets: The Exciting World of Composting Worms!

Every summer I have grand plans of doing fun science experiments with my kids. We always try a few science experiments and crafts and then I find myself…

What's your favorite melon and how do you like to serve it?

When Life Gives You Melons

Summers are all about fruit for me. Several years ago our family decided to try a different fruit every week; sort of a failed experiment because some fruits…

Saturday Surfing: Popsicles www.opinionsalamode.com

Saturday Surfing: Popsicles!

It’s going to be over 90 degrees this week in Utah. Yikes! Our family spends our entire summer trying to avoid the heat. We do a pretty good…

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Friday Faves: Kitchen Gadgets

Summer is off to a crazy start as always and with the warm weather, activities and camps I find that I really want to spend very little time…

Weeknight Roast Chicken

Throwback Thursday: Simple Weeknight Roast Chicken

Today’s throwback post is a quick and easy dinner option. Now that school is out, we want to be doing fun things into the evening instead of cooking…

Favorite Bakeries www.opinionsalamode.com

Favorite Local Bakeries

I can pass up a candy bar almost any day of the week, but if it is a freshly baked cookie, cinnamon roll or roll it is a…

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Preparing

This is not a really an uplifting or fun post, but it is something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. I have attended too many…

Summer Fun: Bear Lake www.opinionsalamode.com

Summer Fun: Bear Lake

Hello everyone. Finally! My summer has officially begun. The boys have been living it up for a few weeks but I have still been working. So, at long…

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Monthly Meltdown Podcast: Summer Survival!

Hi Friends! It’s podcast time again. This podcast was actually recorded last spring (our second attempt at a podcast) but we waited to publish it until now because…

Saturday Surfing

Saturday Surfing

We are about to celebrate my baby’s first birthday! What a delightful year it has been. Looking back, things changed all too quickly…from holding her all the time to her…

Friday Faves: Lemonades www.opinionsalamode.com

Friday Faves: Lemonade

I love lemonade! It’s my favorite summertime beverage. I’m pretty picky about my lemonade too. I don’t buy just any kind at the store and I am willing…

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Throwback Thursday: Kombucha

I finally have time to try making my own kombucha. So today’s throwback post is how to make kombucha at home. Wish me luck! Have you discovered Kombucha…

Paved Bike Trails www.opinionsalamode.com

Paved Bike Trails

We got a new summer toy…a bike trailer! We’ve mostly been hitting up the neighborhood, but we’ve also done a few paved trails. Here are some of the…

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Pool Days

My key to summer survival is the pool. I love water, sun and tired children; the pool takes care of all of these. I even drag my babies…

Father's Day Gifts www.opinionsalamode.com

Father’s Day Gifts: For Men Who Already Have Everything

My dad is The Greatest dad. Honestly, I am not joking. He is so unselfish. I could call him at any time and he would drive half-way across…

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Saturday Surfing

My kids are officially out of school for the summer. Hallelujah! It is now time to start our official summer bucket list. One thing that we really want…

Apps www.opinionsalamode.com

Friday Faves: Apps

I use my phone for everything from reading to grocery shopping. It is a part of my every day life and I love a good app. I am…

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Throwback Thursday: How To Make Ghee

You guys! I got the best suggestion the other day at the Everything Food Conference. It was about keeping home made popcorn from getting soggy. Instead of using…

Butterhorn Rolls Opinions a la Mode www.opinionsalamode.com

Butterhorn Rolls

There are a couple of ladies on my street who are known for their delicious butterhorn rolls. They are getting a little bit older and I am so…

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Bike Trailers and Bike Seats

With summer approaching, I have been getting so excited for bike rides with my kids. My older two have finally moved on to bikes with gears so they…

Perfect Memorial Day Salad www.opinionsalamode.com

Perfect Salad for Memorial Day BBQs

Happy Memorial Day! Finally, I can wear my white pants (if you want the backstory on that comment just listen to our podcast about wardrobe woes). I love a good…

Saturday Surfing; Small Town Food Festivals www.opinionsalamode.com

Saturday Surfing: Small Town Food Festivals

Some of my favorite things about summer are the food festivals. I love driving around to small towns and sampling the local food for which the festival is…

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Friday Faves: Surviving Spring/Summer Sports

We are in the thick of summer sports. Baseball and soccer are consuming my life right now and it can make for some crazy weeknights and Saturdays. Living…

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Throwback Thursday: Chalk it Up!

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a quick and easy craft project to do this summer. You guys, my love for chalkboards is beyond my love for homemade wood signs…and…

Opinions Al A Mode: 5 Hidden Gems

5 Hidden Gems in Utah

Before I got married, I would impress Todd by jumping off the third platform at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center (33 feet) or by skiing off snow covered cliffs at…

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Airplane Travel With an Infant

Madsen and I recently returned from visiting my grandma in Arizona. Over the years, we have done a fair amount of traveling with our kids. Traveling with kids…