Teaching Children Charity During The Holidays

Teaching children charity during the holidays. One advantage of coming from a family of 7 children is that I knew perfectly well I was never getting Malibu Barbie AND her cool beach car AND her princess playhouse AND her fancy wardrobe.  I would get ONE of those things and I would be happy about it. […]

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Stuff I Do NOT Get About The Holidays

  Stuff I do NOT get about the Holidays. Last year on Christmas Eve morning, The Todd and I shared in something utterly amazing. Late the night before, I’d been on the phone with a frantic coordinator from one of the local community refugee services.  Four families from the Sudan just arrived in Salt Lake City pretty […]

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5 Ways To Be A Better Version Of You This Fall

5 Ways To Be A Better Version Of You This Fall. Even in my worst moments of self-doubt, I’ve never wanted to be someone else.  I’m grateful for so many things…my children…The Todd…our amazing new job.  But I have always wanted to be more.  Do you feel like that?  That if you could just be like the 2.0 […]

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When It’s Thanksgiving, I’m Your Nana

When It’s Thanksgiving, I’m Your Nana. So Jamal Hinton got a group text last week telling him that Nana was inviting everyone over to her house for Thanksgiving. Except, the 17 year old from Chandler, Arizona didn’t have a Nana in town.   When the confused Jamal asked for a selfie, thinking maybe, somehow, it […]

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Creative Makeup Ideas For Halloween Faces

Creative Makeup Ideas For Halloween Faces. My theory on Halloween is: spend a couple of bucks on makeup and look amazing, and who cares what costume you’re wearing? Classic Zombie–find instructions here I haven’t been able to do these for a couple of years, because Zoe’s only 18 months and I’m pretty sure busting out […]

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Stocking An All-Natural Medicine Cabinet

Stocking An All-Natural Medicine Cabinet. I knew I had to get rid of all my sugar-drenched kid’s meds when my 6 year old Zoe announced 3 days in a row that “Ow!  Mommy, I have a headache.  I need medicine.” And she was looking lovingly at the bottle of bubblegum-pink sludge ibuprofen. I know that taking […]

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Ramp Up Your Marital Stress – Rare Advice From The Todd

  Ramp Up Your Marital Stress – Rare Advice From The Todd. If you want to test the strength of your union, all you have to do is–as a team–back a boat on a trailer down a very busy launch ramp…into the BOILING LAKE OF HELL.  You may as well buy a new 4 wheeler without a […]

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Hey, Hey, HEY! It’s Not Your Birthday!

 Hey, Hey, HEY! It’s Not Your Birthday! It required moving out of Utah and working in radio elsewhere for a decade to realize that we in the Mountain West are a collective group of gropers. Not in a really bad way–usually–but I still remember moving back from Virginia and getting trapped in a headlock of a hug […]

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Random Acts Of Kindness – Amazing Teenagers

Random Acts Of Kindness – Amazing Teenagers. You’d think I would finally reach a level of maturity where I wouldn’t automatically judge people by appearance. Apparently, not yet.   Whilst returning VERY, VERY late Sesame Street dvds to the Salt Lake City Main Library yesterday, I watched a sightless lady try to navigate the returns line […]

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The Fiery Face Mask For Amazing Skin

The Fiery Face Mask For Amazing Skin. Ever bit into a habanero pepper, chewed for a second and figured, “oh, I must have the tougher than the average palate, ’cause this isn’t so bad?”     Then, 2 seconds later your tender pink mouth explodes into an inferno of searing agony?  Then, the strangled yelp?  […]

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