Flowery, Misty Goodness! The Hobby Lobby Challenge

Have you tried the “Hobby Lobby Challenge?” It started with teenagers wanting something more entertaining for their senior pictures, posing alluringly against the gigantic backdrops of silk flowers crowding every aisle. So … we had to do it. I’m kind of loving our Utah state legislators right now — here’s why: I KNEW IT! I […]

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Terrible Valentine’s Day Gifts & The Amazing Story Of A Wedding Photographer

It being Valentine’s Day week- The Todd and I begin each show with the Ceremonial Exchange of Gifts. Today, however, we’re using precautionary tales from other friends. Like my girlie who’s boyfriend wanted to get her “something light and funny,” like everything bacon. Bacon lip gloss. Bacon dental floss. Bacon lotion. Bacon bandaids. Only one […]

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5 Slimming Date Night Outfits

5 Slimming Date Night Outfits. Yeah, around Chez Collard, it’s called “The Big Shave Night.”  Yep.  I don’t just do the perfunctory shave to the knee.  I shave to mid-thigh. And put on lotion.  If The Todd is really lucky I might even pull off painting my toenails.  I know, I’m a romantic.  But seriously, Date Night is […]

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5 Fresh Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve

  5 Fresh Ways To Celebrate New Year’s Eve. Erin here…I have to be honest–years of hosting New Year’s Eve events as a radio “personality” leaves me with a loathing for the Big Drunken Bar Fest. It’s depressing being the only sober one in the room and trying to give away prizes to people too drunk […]

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Flashy Or Fabulous? New Year’s Eve Outfits

Flashy Or Fabulous?  New Year’s Eve Outfits. Look, there’s so few times in our livcs that we get to dress up like the Little Princess that  we deserve to be…when you DO get the chance–honey, make it count!  Here’s some ideas to get you started.   The Traditionalist You can’t beat this look–tartan plaid (I […]

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The Christmas Tree Memory String

The Christmas Tree Memory String. My favorite Christmas tradition at the Collard house is one The Todd came up with the year we married.  He cut the bottom off the tree before sticking in the water, and stood looking at the disc.  The Todd grabbed a Sharpie and wrote T+E 1996.  I threaded it on […]

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Creating Christmas Decor Without Spending A Dime

So, my challenge this Christmas was to spend nothing on decor. This is the cruelest thing one could ask of me, since decorating for the holidays is such a joy-it’s just that shopping for presents thing afterward that I really hate. (Editor’s note: which was why I was at Super Target on Christmas Eve frantically shopping for […]

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An Exhaustive List Of Every Christmas Light Show Along The Wasatch Front

An Exhaustive List Of Every Christmas Light Show Along The Wasatch Front. I must hate myself. Really.  I do this to myself EVERY YEAR, but to my Littles, the light cruises are an indispensable part of the Holidays.  We circle city blocks for hours, marveling at the lights and amazing creations that people with more time, […]

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Five Fresh Holiday Decor Ideas

Five Fresh Holiday Decor Ideas. While nothing will ever take the dark spot in my heart where Halloween resides, I think we can all agree few things are more fun than decorating for the Holidays. (Editor’s note: in fact, I often get into trouble because after decorating, I’m perfectly happy.  It’s at the point where […]

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5 Slimming Fall Styles To Love

5 Slimming Fall Styles To Love Cold weather fashion doesn’t need to be synonymous with bulky. Thank the Good Lord–since “bulky” makes me look like one of those blow-up floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.  Take a look at some of these new looks for Fall–all pretty, and all slimming!   5 Slimming Fall Styles […]

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