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Eating Locally: Denise's Home Plate Coalville www.opinionsalamode.com

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…

Saturday Surfing www.opinionsalamode.com

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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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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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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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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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…

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…

Best Mysteries for Summer Streaming www.opinionsalamode.com

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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Strawberry Picking in Watsonville

If you know me, you know that I love the San Francisco Bay area. I get constant travel updates on airfare to San Francisco. If I hear a…

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Oxford: Objects of Use

Today is Nicole’s birthday and to celebrate I am going to write about our visit to Oxford which includes a store that I vowed I would return to…

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Saturday Surfing: Smoothies

Well, our blender died and I’ve been shopping around for a new one. I wasn’t ready to pony up the dough for a Vitamix. I mostly just want a…

Cabin Life www.opinionsalamode.com

Cabin Life: My Sense of Place

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Today I am going to write about a place that I have spent many Fourths of July. There is a place somewhere just…

Summer Sagas www.opinionsalamode.com

Friday Faves: Best Sagas for Summer Streaming

It’s no secret that I love to watch a good show. I get excited about the new fall lineup and I also enjoy the fun summer series that networks…

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Canter’s Deli

My fantastic nephew graduated from high school this past Friday and sadly, we weren’t able to attend. Since our hearts were aching to be in southern California with…

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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…

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…

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…

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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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…

Best Restaurant in Ballard: Bastille Cafe and Bar www.opinionsalamode.com

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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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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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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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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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…