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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…

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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…

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Best Restaurant in Ballard: Part Two of Eating My Way Through Seattle

My friend Amy was back in Seattle again this weekend on the crazy house hunt. She tagged me on Instagram asking me where she should have brunch and…

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Saturday Surfing

All this nice weather motivated me to bring the grill out. It is one of my favorite things about summer! I look forward to quick easy meals! I’ve…

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Friday Faves: Instagram Feeds

Instagram is one of my favorite social media outlets. It’s visual, it’s simple and it’s a great way to keep a record of all of life’s adventures. I…

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Throwback Thursday: What Stinks?

I am reposting this because these crazy red creatures have shown up on the shores of Balboa Island once again! I know I have already spoken about one…

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DIY: Fabric Framed Art

Last year we bought and then remodeled much of our house. When it came to decorating the wall in our living room, I thought I would up-cycle an…

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Chicken Piccata For The Win

This has become one of my family’s very favorite meals. I love that it doesn’t take too much prep time and can be done anytime during the day….

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I Love Paris in the Springtime: Part Two

Paris is the perfect walking city. Everything is so close together. You can cover a lot of ground in a single day. We were only there for two…

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Saturday Surfing

It is May and May is crazy. When my kids were little, I would hear other mothers who had older children say how busy May was and I…

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Friday Faves: Vid Angel

Every now and then, back in the dating days,Todd and I rented a Redbox video. Weeks later, I got around to checking my credit card statement and I…

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Throwback Thursday: Operation Menu Board

First, I have to give a high-five for all you food rhythm, good-food-brained moms, wives and individuals that can cook incredible and healthy meals on a whim like…

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Teacher Appreciation

Hello everyone, Lexee here. I am excited to join the group of opinionated women on this blog. I don’t know about you, but May always ends up as…

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Summer Infant

As summer approaches, I am looking forward to summer vacations, days at the pool and evenings outside. Summer is my love language! I love tan bodies, the water…

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Eating My Way Through Seattle: Part One of Many

Last week at this time, I was on a plane heading home from Seattle. This was my first trip to Seattle and I loved it! I don’t know…

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Saturday Surfing: Service Opportunities

For years I used to be pretty involved in volunteering in some sort of community service. And then I had kids… For the next decade, all of my…

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Friday Faves: Hiking!

So last weekend it seems that every person from Utah on Facebook decided to hike to Cecret lake and then post pictures about it. That got us thinking…

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An Organized Car Life

Remember Maris’s post on her car life? Read her post. It’s awesome. And she has some great tips. And….let’s just count this as a continuation of her brilliance….

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If Life Gives You Lemons…

Summer is right around the corner and kids will be home. Here is a fun activity that keeps kids busy and happy on those warm summer days. My…

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Club Foot

    I asked my sister in-law Camille to talk about her experience with  her son Henry and his diagnosis with bilateral clubfeet. I was so impressed with…

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day…Hmmm, do I love it? I’m warming to it. As a child I could get away with a home made card for my mom. As a single…

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Saturday Surfing

The weather the last few weekends has not been great, which is very common in Utah, but honestly it kills me every year. I am a warm weather…

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Friday Faves: Burgers

Pretty much every Friday night we get some sort of take-out for the boys. It’s a night off cooking for me and the boys don’t ever complain. It…

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Tassel Garland

It’s garland time, friends! Heaven knows I love a good banner strung up in my house. So here is a personal favorite for you to whip up this…

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Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

One semester in college my roommates and I decided we would take turns cooking dinner for the apartment. We spent the semester recreating foods our mothers had made for…

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Dock A Tot

My Madsen has been diagnosed with a slight case of plagiocephaly. In other words, the back of his head is flat. This sweet babe gets held a lot and…