I have found my most favorite invention ever… BEDDY’S! Have you ever heard of Beddy’s? It is bedding that has zippers on both sides so that the bed is super easy to make. It makes making the bed easier than ever. Which is perfect for my toddler who is just learning to make her own bed. [Read more...]
When I don’t have a plan for dinner, I find myself spending money on going out to eat because I can’t figure out any other option. I used to have a major problem with this. My grocery bill was just as high, because I was buying groceries but I just didn’t make a plan at all and I found myself struggling to figure out something to make for dinner when it was too late in the day. My answer? Meal plan! I didn’t know how to meal plan. It sounds complicated, but it has been SO easy with my system I came up with. The best part? It is all on Pinterest aka the place we go to for our meal ideas anyway!
First thing is first, you get pinning! You probably have already been doing this part! Pin all of the recipes that you like to any of your Pinterest boards. I have a few different boards that I regularly pin to with different recipes that I think look delicious. [Read more...]
It has been about a month since I partnered with Jawbone and started using my UP24 band by Jawbone and I feel like I can officially say that I have said “peace out” to my unhealthy habits that I once had.
When I first started using my UP24 band, I thought that it was only going to motivate me to walk more and stay active. I had no idea what impact it would actually have. [Read more...]
I have said it a million times. I will probably say it a million more. I am a cheapo. I can’t get myself to spend a lot of money on certain things. Clothes falls into that category for me. The problem is that I kind of have expensive taste. I like nice clothes because I know they will last longer and I love the details that come with nicer clothes that you just don’t get when you shop at more affordable stores. My designer loving dreams came true when I learned about the online designer consignment store, Twice.
I love that hats are so on trend right now. There is nothing that can pump up the volume to an outfit quite like an amazing hat can. That’s exactly what happened to this outfit when I put on this killer cobalt blue felt beauty. All of a sudden, a black and white look became playful and unique. Just the way it is supposed to be. [Read more...]
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I love having a little girl. It is so fun to get her dolled up. She loves it! She loves doing her hair, playing with my hair, and getting all dressed up. She is all girl! I thought it would be fun to have a matching hairstyle, but not so much so that it looked like we had the exact same hairstyle. I chose to create a twisted hairstyle that was a little juvenile and one that was more of a grown up version of it. [Read more...]
I just can’t get enough of my Fall accessories. I love them all! Every once and a while, I get a crazy idea that I can’t get out of my brain and that’s exactly what happened when I thought of this crazy chunky braided scarf.
Here is the craziest part. I made this in June! Yes, you heard me right… JUNE! Thankfully this crazy idea came just in time for when Jo-Ann stores asked me to be a part of their Fall look book. It was a perfect fit! The thing I love most about this scarf is that it looks like a cross between macrame and crochet, but it is neither! I don’t know how to do either of those things, but I CAN braid! This takes a lot of yarn, but it is super easy to make. To make your own, you need… [Read more...]
I am a cheapo. I am not afraid to admit it. The problem is that I also have kind of expensive taste. Maybe that is why I am such a DIY girl. I like things to look nice, but I can’t get myself to spend the amount of money that most places charge for the things that I like. I went through a small coupon phase, but it was WAY too time consuming. Don’t get me wrong, if I get a good coupon, I WILL use it. After spending time clipping coupons that I wasn’t using, I realized that wasn’t the answer for me. I gave up trying to save money all together. I would shop at just one store and be okay with it.
Then I realized how much money I was spending. I couldn’t do it. My penny pinching blood would boil when I would get to the register and the cashier would tell me how much I owed. I started looking at ads and would drive around to different stores to get the best deals on things. I was really excited when Walmart announced that they would price match competitor prices when they were advertised. I used that often. Then I moved and my life changed a lot.
I no longer had all of the different stores I was accustomed to. I had to make special trips to go to those stores and that meant that I didn’t have the time to drive around to different stores and I didn’t get the newspaper with the ads that I would use to price match with. Thankfully, right about the same time I moved, I was introduced to the greatest app of all time!
Walmart Savings Catcher! You guys! This app totally blows my mind! How it works, is you shop at Walmart and buy all of the things that you need. You don’t worry about what the other stores are selling these items for, you just buy what you need and you don’t waste your time driving around town all day. After you buy everything, you open up the Walmart Savings Catcher app and scan your Walmart receipt. The app checks the competitor’s printed ads for the identical products and if any of the competitors have a cheaper price listed than what Walmart sold their product for, you get the difference! Walmart seriously didn’t need to do this, but they did and it is amazing!
I love that when I have used it, I have seen a few items that were cheaper at other stores and I know that I will get the difference of those items. I also really love it when there aren’t cheaper prices too because it is a nice reminder that Walmart has my back! They really do have awesome prices everyday.
I have really missed having two Walmart stores within a 15 minute drive. Often times, I would go there every single day because I would realize I had forgotten something and would go grab it. It wasn’t a big deal at all. There were even days that I would go more than once. Now it is an hour drive! I have to plan out my life a little more because I can’t just drive there when I forget something. That is just another reason why I love knowing that Walmart has my back and will either have the lowest price around, or will give me the difference if another competitor has advertised a cheaper one! Seriously, Walmart Savings Catcher will change your life!
Walmart wants everyone to know about their new app and they are giving away a HUGE prize to one lucky person who shares the Savings Cater app with their friends! They are giving away a $2,000 Walmart shopping spree! All you have to do, is go HERE and enter your email address. It will give you a link that you can share with your friends and for everyone who clicks on that link and signs up to share, you will be entered in the contest!
Have you tried the Walmart Savings Catcher app yet?
When I was in high school, I remember walking down the hallway with a girl who I had recently gotten to know through a school club we were both a part of. We were talking about the classes we were taking and I had mentioned that I had Seminary class next. She looked at me with a sort of shock on her face and said, “You go to Seminary?!”. I felt a little embarrassed. It was right in that moment that I realized that I wasn’t being the example that I knew that I needed to be. If you aren’t sure what Seminary class is, it is a class that high school students have the opportunity of taking. It is a class put on by the LDS church that is for studying the scriptures and applying them to real life situations, learning to use the scriptures to find the answers to our life’s questions, and to come closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. This class is typically offered before school in a church building or at a church member’s home. If you live in a community with a lot of members of the LDS church, schools offer a released time elective that you get no school credit for so that students can attend Seminary during school hours. I was lucky enough to be able to grow up in a community that I could attend Seminary during my school day.
It wasn’t until that girl questioned me about going to Seminary that I realized that I wasn’t carrying the light of Christ within me like I should have. It was a major eye opening experience. When I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as an eight year old, I took upon the name of Christ through the waters of baptism to always remember him, to keep his commandments, and to “take on his name” meaning that I would be an example of Christ and to help others who are in need of feeling comfort. I realized that when I went to Seminary, I was engaged in the lessons and really enjoyed learning about my Savior, but when I crossed the street and roamed the hallways of my high school, I wasn’t being the Christlike example that I should have been. Part of the reason this girl didn’t realize that I was a Mormon was because most of my friends weren’t LDS. Even though I went to a high school full of Mormon kids, I didn’t do a whole lot with them socially. Most of my friends were of different faiths… and that is okay! It was actually a really awesome experience to have friends of many faiths because most of them were pretty obedient in their faith and were awesome examples to me as well. But when the girl questioned me about being LDS, I realized that she didn’t know I was because I wasn’t setting that good example like some of my non-LDS friends were. It was right then and there that I knew I needed to make a change.
I went to my Heavenly Father (God) in prayer and asked for forgiveness for how I had acted and the way in which I presented myself and asked for the strength I needed to be able to give myself the spiritual makeover I needed. I knew that I didn’t need to become someone who quotes scripture all of the time or someone who constantly talks about Jesus, but I knew that I needed to make changes in the way that I dressed, in the way that I spoke, and in the way that I acted so that I could be a better example of Jesus Christ.
I can’t even tell you how much better it felt knowing that I was making the changes that I needed to in my life. Believe me, there were setbacks. That just part of our mortal journey here on earth, but through a lot of prayer and scripture study, I was able to change the way I had been acting.
Now flash-forward to present day. I am a wife and a mother. I find myself overwhelmed often times because of all of the things on my plate. Sometimes it can be very hard to be patient with a demanding toddler or even my husband. This is the same situation many moms find themselves in. I was finding that I was exploding on my daughter way too often though. I wouldn’t ever get physically mean to her, but I would raise my voice more times than I should. I found myself in an all too familiar situation as the time the girl questioned me about being a Mormon in the hallway. I wasn’t being a very good example of my Savior to my family. I realized that I been praying daily, but they weren’t as heartfelt of prayers as they should have been. They were more of a voice recording saying the same thing over and over again. I also hadn’t read my scriptures in a very long time. I decided to make the change that I knew needed to be made and I started taking 30 minutes out of my morning to study the scriptures and really pray and take some quiet time to meditate and get myself ready to take on the day. I can’t even tell you the difference that it has made! I have been much more patient and have actually seemed to have more time in my day to get the things done that have needed to get done for a long time. I know that my Heavenly Father is helping me stay patient and helping me figure out how to better balance out my life.
That experience in my high school hallway completely changed my life. I now am not afraid to be an example of my Savior. I don’t hesitate to tell people that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
So this is me! I am a Mormon. I want you to meet this Mormon.
I am a wife of an educational technology specialist. I am a mom to a princess loving, curly haired toddler. I am a blogger. I am a stress case. I am a TV junkie (Yes, that necklace I am wearing has the double infinity sign from Revenge!). I am a lover of makeup and fashion. I am a cosmetologist. I am a loyal friend. I am a sister of two younger brothers who can always make me laugh. I am a daughter to two hard working parents. I am a lover of online shopping. I am a candy addict. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and truly knows who I am and cares about me. I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I know he died for me and he truly wants me to do good so I can return to his presence with God in heaven.
This is who I am. All of these things make up me, but nothing gives me more of a foundation than the knowledge that I have about God’s plan for me.
Have you heard about the new movie that was released today? It is called Meet the Mormons. It follows the stories of a few members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the movie hopes to shed light on what Mormons are actually like. It isn’t a movie for Mormons, it is a movie for everyone! I haven’t seen it yet, but I have friends who were able to see it in advance and have said that it is such an inspiring movie. Not only does it show people what Mormons are like, but it inspires people to do good and to live up to their potential. All proceeds from the film will be going to The Red Cross so you can also know that your money is going to a good cause while you are being uplifted by the movie. You can watch the movie trailer here…
I joined in with some other Mormon bloggers so they could introduce themselves in their own “Meet This Mormon” type post. You can check out all of their posts too to learn more about who they are and their faith.
We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints otherwise known as “The Mormons”. We are proud of this part of who we are! We are excited to team up with over 65+ of us strong… to extend an invitation to see a film. A film entitled “Meet The Mormons”. This film is not meant to be an “in your face” – you must join our church film. It is simply designed and produced to uplift and inspire you through six stories of those of our faith who have followed promptings to follow Christ more fully in their lives. We hope you take the opportunity to enjoy this film. We hope your hearts are made light as you feel the goodness that comes from following our Christ and Savior.
We also would like to take a moment and share our personal testimonies, stories of our own personal conversions, and our own stories of how following our Savior, Jesus Christ has changed our lives. The light of the gospel of Jesus Christ offers a joy and hope that only following him can provide. We hope as you click through and read our stories and testimonies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you will feel uplifted and encouraged. We are by you! We love connecting with our readers, that is why many of us do what we do! Please be kind and considerate in your comments. It takes great bravery for us to open our hearts and our mouths to share with you such a tender and personal part of who we are. We share because we feel strongly the need to share the peace and the hope that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions about the LDS church, please feel free to ask. I would be happy to answer any questions. I just ask that you respect me and my right to freedom of religion and keep the negativity away from comments. We are all sons and daughters of God, please treat each other that way.
If you are interested in receiving more information about the church, please read my post HERE. You can also visit Mormon.org for many resources including answers to frequently asked questions about the LDS church, live chat options with missionaries to ask your questions, and profiles of many Mormons who are excited to share their stories.
I collaborated with a few of my favorite bloggers to bring you some of the best black and white projects ever!
I love classic black and white. Things get even better when gold is involved too. That could be why I am obsessed with this bracelet. It could also be because it mixes my favorite hard and soft elements too with a leather bow and chain. So much goodness in one little bracelet.
Instead of using white leather cord, I used a really light gold that kind of resembles white when it is in the light because I felt like it would look a little more classic without such a high contrast. I really like how it all turned out.
To make your own, you need… [Read more...]