Monday, May 2, 2016

Best of the Blogosphere: Week 69

Great to see you again at the Best of the Blogosphere Linky party!

My favorite post from last week was a sweet post from Sandy a La Mode that is a beautiful tribute to her own mother.  Her pictures are so beautiful too.

Here are your favorite posts from last week!

End of the Month Meals


A must-have for any Mexican meal! This fresh, delicious chunky guacamole is loaded with fresh avocados, tomatoes, onions and the perfect spices. You'll want to put this guacamole on everything!
Loaded Guacamole- Delightful E Made

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities for Toddlers
 

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Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party Hosts
Party Rules:
        • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
        • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. Go ahead and link up a couple that you love.
        • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it's your best post of the week. We're cool with that.
        • By linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party, you are giving permission to us to feature your post with a link back to you- either as a weekly winner or our own personal favorite post
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        • Tweet about us #bestoftheblogosphere
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday 5: Airport Security, Open House, and a Parking Spot

Phew, we made it through another week everyone!  It's Friday! Come celebrate the end of another week with Friday 5- share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures from the week.

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5 Thoughts

1. This past weekend was amazing!  It was first very strange being away from my family for a couple of nights, but man I came home remembering why I love motherhood and just really recharged.  I am so grateful to be part of Power of Moms.

2. I have not flown on a plane without kids since I have had kids!  Isn't that crazy?  It was my first time ever having to do the full body scanner, since when you fly with kids you get to do the regular x-ray.

3. I worked at the book fair again this week and am proud to say I left without buying anything this time, already spent a lot of money the week before.

4. Last night was my kids' open house.  It is always fun being able to go in and see their classrooms and the work they are doing.  Plus our school makes it fun with food trucks, live music, and bake sales before you go in and see the classrooms.

5. The other cool thing about last night's open house- I got to park in the principles spot!  I went to a District school accountability meeting and if you attended you got to put your name in a drawing and I won a reserved parking spot for an event of my choice.  Last night we got to pull right in front of the school, where every spot was taken of course, move the cones with the reserved sign and pull right in.  I felt so cool.  It's the little things, right?

5 Pictures
Great friends
Sarah (middle) was nice enough to let April and I stay at her house Thursday night so we could catch our plane more easily 
Mother-in-law and me with tulips
My mother-in-law and I- met her for lunch in Salt Lake on Friday 
Tulips at Temple Square
LOVE the tulips at Temple Square right now
Snow in the mountains
Still quite a bit of snow on the ground at the house we stayed at in Park City- in fact it snowed more on Saturday! 
At School Open House
Ryder showing us his papers at open house

What is your Friday 5?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Finding Joy in Motherhood

I always knew I wanted to be a mom.  I had a lot of dreams of being a writer or maybe a journalist, eventually switching to psychology, but ultimately I wanted to be a mom.

Along the way this dream of mine did come true, and with it a whole lot of surprises at how hard and crazy it could be!  Even some days that made me question why I always wanted to do this.
I believe there is a time in every mom's life that we just want to give up, but we can't.

How do we find hope, find that peace and joy that we once envisioned on those really hard days?

We need to find our thing, whether it be a quote, a scripture, a tribe or group of moms to talk with- something that can help us refocus and catch the vision of why we wanted to be moms.

I am not saying that a group or a quote will make it suddenly easy, but we need something.

 I am lucky enough to be part of a group of women who help run Power of Moms.  This last weekend we gathered in a beautiful home in Park City for a board meeting.  A meeting where not only did we discuss the little details of things to make the site run its best, but we talked about our vision, why we were doing this and what we wanted.
Board Meeting

This group of women, they don't do it for the money or the fame or prestige, they do it because they too are mothers and remember and understand what it is like to be up all night with a crying baby, or broken hearted from a teenager who just doesn't seem to listen.  They want to empower, give tools and just be there to help you be able to really enjoy your role as a mother.
Power of Moms Board
Power of Moms Board- not all were able to make it
It was an amazing weekend.  We did have fun too, a hike in the mountains- which just about killed this sea-level SoCal girl, talking and laughing in the hot tub, reverse charades; but what amazed me most was the random conversations and questions about motherhood that would come up.  Even things like many of us admitting that we don't always like playing with our kids; this from a group of women are truly invested in motherhood.
Playing Games
Playing revers charades- and not my baby- that baby got so much love that weekend from all the moms
So yes, it is okay-- it is okay if some days it just feels really hard, if some days it just doesn't seem fun--what matters is that we try and we keep going, we find a little thing to improve upon each day to make ourselves even better.

Motherhood is meant to be a wonderful thing.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

10 Things To Smile About This Month

Join me the last Tuesday of every month to stop and look over your month and find 10 things, big or small, that made you smile. Linky will be open for two weeks, so plenty of time to come back and link up.

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10 Things to Smile About in April

1. Lucas receiving a bronze metal at the county-wide science fair
Bronze Metal

2. Another successful, and our final, Kindy 500
Kindy 500 Ryder Truck

3. The knowledge, truth, and inspiration from General Conference weekend.

4. This fun surprise in the mail --a book my father-in-law made from his iPad drawings
Book their grandpa made with his iPad drawings

5. Date nights- and a day date this month!
Dinner at Paul Martins

6. Sweet sleeping babies I got to photograph this month
Newborn Photo Shoot

7. This picture will always make me smile
Homework problems

8. Being able to spend an amazing weekend with some of the incredible women who help run Power of Moms.  Not only was the whole weekend just so much fun, but it helped me get recharged in my role of a mother.
Power of Moms board members

9. Being able to see my mother-in-law and all of the beautiful tulips around the Salt Lake temple during my weekend getaway.
Mother-in-law and me with tulips

10. Having a husband who supported me while I was away for the weekend by doing an awesome job taking care of everything at home.

What made you smile this month?




Monday, April 25, 2016

Best of the Blogosphere: Week 68

Happy Monday! It's the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!

I had several posts that really touched my heart this week that I loved, a few that literally made my mouth water (go search last weeks for the donut post), but the one I picked in the end was a simple one that just touched my heart that reminded me of how blogging used to be, just telling a story, documenting a time in life.  I loved Sunday Stolen Moments from Toots & Dill.   Head over and read her post.


Here are your top posts from this week's Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!
How I Have Made $3,000 From My Blog
Strawberry lemonade cupcakes are the perfect spring dessert! Sweet and tangy - one of the BEST combinations out there! | honeyandbirch.com
How To Walk In Heels! It's a legitimate question I get on a weekly basis. I have 3 simple tips that will help you learn how to walk in heels. www.Embellishmints.com
How to Walk in Heels- Embellishmints

Come meet your hosts!

Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party Hosts
Party Rules:
        • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
        • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. Go ahead and link up a couple that you love.
        • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it's your best post of the week. We're cool with that.
        • By linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party, you are giving permission to us to feature your post with a link back to you- either as a weekly winner or our own personal favorite post
        • Take the time to visit a few blogs and vote for your favorite post of the week by giving it a visit. 
        • Tweet about us #bestoftheblogosphere
        • Follow the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party board!

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