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Tips to Help Your Child Read

It’s that time of year. Shopping for school supplies, new outfits and the night before school butterflies. And guess what? Its the same experience for teachers no matter…

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Guest Post: 9 Things Your Child Needs To Know For Kindergarten by Vanessa Tendick

With another school year starting I have been worried about making sure that my kids are ready. Each year my children have been blessed with incredible teachers and…

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Eating Locally: Denise’s Home Plate Coalville

Several years ago, I made the decision, when eating out, to try to support local businesses and avoid chain restaurants. Whenever we travel, I spend a great deal…

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Saturday Surfing

School is back in session, though it feels like the middle of summer (Because it practically IS!). I am in denial, so I haven’t yet jumped whole-heartedly back…

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Friday Faves : 8 Places to Buy School Uniforms

Just in case you missed this post the first time around we’re sharing it again today. It’s school uniform time and Maris can tell you which ones pass…

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Throwback Thursday: Back to School p.s. This Ain’t No John Hughes Film

Today’s Throwback  Thursday is a post from last year when I sent my boys back to school and now that my baby is starting Junior High, they need…

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Add These to Your Reading List

I’ve been able to read a lot lately for enjoyment. Previously, between college and work it was hard to find the time. There is something about summertime, discovering…

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Cowboy Cookies

I have had this cookie recipe for years and even after trying lots of other cookies we always come back to Cowboy Cookies. I got this recipe from…

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Saturday Surfing: Fall Projects

Summer is marching on and yet being outdoors never gets old. Can summer extend a little longer? In honor of squeezing every last bit out of summer, I’ve been planning as…

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Friday Faves: Best Comedies for Summer Streaming

There are few things in this world that I place higher importance on than humor. I will let a lot of things slide in my house (language, behavior,…

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Throwback Thursday: Weighing In With Kitchen Scales

The beautiful scale pictured above is a workhorse in my kitchen. You can tell it has been loved because it’s definitely showing some wear and tear. Just like…

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Top 3 Local Mexican Restaurants

Whenever Todd asks me where I’d like to go out to eat on a given weekend my answer is almost always Mexican, while his is Chinese. I bet…

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Why I Have 5 Kids

I live in Utah, so it should not come as a huge shock that I have 5 kids. Many people have larger families here. However, every time I…

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Sight Seeing in Seattle: Part Three of Eating My Way Through Seattle

Well folks, the sad day has come. Our dear friends, the Wilcoxes, are moving to Seattle this week. (You might remember my post here about going house hunting with Amy….

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Saturday Surfing: Back To School

I’m in total denial that school is going to start soon because I really do enjoy having my kids at home in the summer. However, my kids love…

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Friday Faves: 9 Favorite Picture Books

9 Favorite Picture Books  The Empty Pot:  I don’t want to give too much away with the story, but if you want a story about honesty, this is…

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Throwback Thursday: Cutting up Whole Chickens & A Buffalo Wings Recipe

Today’s Throwback Thursday is in honor of my dear friend Cheri whose son Ty is headed to Madagascar for two years. She has been teaching him how to…

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DIY: How to Redo a Kitchen Table

I am a fan of the upcycling movement. Sure, there is nothing like buying something brand new, but I also love restoring or making old things feel and…

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July, I Won’t Miss You

The month of July is always emotional for me, but this July has been especially so. While there is plenty to celebrate in July, including my anniversary and…

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I Found My Mission: Part Two

This is a re-post from last year when we were in San Francisco. Since we didn’t manage to make a trip there this summer, I’m just going to…

Saturday Surfing: Outdoor Gear

Saturday Surfing: Outdoor Gear

Ever since Paige wrote her awesome post about hammocks, I find myself obsessed with getting one for each of the boys. I’m definitely taking her advice and getting the ENO Double…

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Friday Faves: 5 Games The Entire Family Will Love

I love to play board games with my kids, especially in the summer when we can play outside. I did a post here back in November but, like everything…

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Throwabck Thursday: 5 Hidden Gems in Utah

Today’s Throwback Thursday provides 5 lesser known places, hiding in locations around Utah, that many of you are probably already planning to visit this summer.  Before I got…

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Grandma Betty’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This last week we celebrated the life of Betty, Todd’s grandma. She passed away at age 95. She was one of 14 children! Betty was a firecracker and…

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Tent Camping: Successes and Lessons Learned

We survived our first camping trip as a family of seven. Not only did we survive, but we had a great time! We camped at Trial Lake in…

3 Easy Frozen Treats www.opinionsalamode.com

3 Easy Frozen Treats

Having a decent blender has changed my life! A few weeks ago I posted about my decision to buy a Blendtec and shared a bunch of delicious smoothie…

Saturday Surfing: 1 Year Old Activities www.opinionsalamode.com

Saturday Surfing: 1 Year Old Activities

I got together with four good friends this week for a babes and babies party ;-). Each of us have daughters which range in age from from 3 months…

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Friday Faves: Best Mysteries for Summer Streaming

So a few weeks ago I shared my most recent favorite sagas that I have been watching while folding laundry. This week I am going to share some…

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5 Kid Friendly Hikes in Utah

It’s has been hot in the city these past few weeks and we are desperate to get out of the heat. So today’s throwback is to some hikes…

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Things to do in Oceanside (and surrounding areas)

We just got back from a week at a beach house (packed with 25 of us) in Oceanside, CA. I’m still missing the sounds of the waves…no wonder noise…