When I was already underlining quotes from the introduction to “Present over Perfect,” I knew it was going to be good.
Sometimes, a book comes into your life just at the right moment, like a friend who gently puts her hand on your shoulder and gives you some desperately needed guidance. That’s what this book was for me.
I was feeling disconnected from the things and the people I love most, and I knew I needed a wake-up call.Read More
I attended the grand opening of Cafe Rio’s 100th restaurant today with the beautiful Melisa Osmond and some other friends.
Utah Governor Gary Herbert was at the event to cut the ribbon, but I’d have to say the highlight was watching Cafe Rio’s corporate team cut into a giant burrito. I also love that Cafe Rio presented a donation to the Utah Food Bank of enough money to provide 10,000 meals to people who really need them.
Cafe Rio has been one of my go-to lunch spots for years, and I thought I’d share a few more of our family’s favorite Utah County spots to hit up for lunch. All of them have healthier options, which is a must for us when dining out. Except for the occasional In-N- Out binge, of course.Read More
So many people have asked where I got this backpack, and I love sharing the story behind it.
While working on her master’s thesis in maternal and child health, my cousin Lauren had the opportunity to work with impoverished families in Guatemala. After arriving in Guatemala, Lauren spent 10 hours on a cattle bus, then hiked to the tiny, isolated villages in Guatemala that even the government had turned a blind-eye to.
In these areas, 80% of children 0-5 years old are malnourished. Lauren worked with hopeless mothers to document the malnourishment problem in the villages in order to help spread awareness and recruit assistance from the government. Many times, Lauren held babies who didn’t live to see the next day.
It makes the perfect fresh-air getaway for my little family’s annual staycation.
I lived in Park City for a short time as a teenager, in a 100-year-old former miner’s boarding house on old Main Street (Daly Avenue). Although I’m pretty sure it was haunted, I loved hiking in my backyard to the old abandoned cars and houses that lay there and scaring myself with my friends at the old abandoned mine up the road.Read More
With all of the fun games and apps available to kids today, its no surprise reading often takes a backseat.
But according to research by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), “Reading is the single most important skill necessary for a happy, productive and successful life. A child that is an excellent reader is a confident child, has a high level of self esteem and is able to easily make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.”
But how do busy moms like me encourage their children to read more and cut back on watching television or playing on the iPad less?Read More
For most people, traveling the world is just something to dream about or put off until after retirement. But for Jessica (30) and Garrett Gee (25), it’s a here-and-now reality, even with their two young children (Dorothy, 3, and Manilla, 1).Read More
I got in contact with Emily when High Fitness was just a baby. I had heard the buzz about this new workout and was impressed that a local mom had started it (with her friend, Amber). I featured High Fitness as part of an article I did for UtahValley360.com about the latest workout crazes, and talked to Emily about getting an instructor at the gym where I teach, Cahoots Fitness.Read More
As I send my first child off to all-day school and my second child to preschool, this fall feels like a season of change. I want to take advantage of our new day-to-day schedules and build in some new habits and ways of doing things.
I started my goal-making process like this:Read More
My husband and I were married for three and a half years before kids came into the picture. While our children have brought so much joy and fulfillment into our lives, getting out on dates takes a lot more effort and planning than it used to.Read More