7 Important Truths in the Old Testament {LDS GIVEAWAY}

Such a great list of truths and things I hadn't really thought that much about in the first few books (Pentateuch) of the Bible. I love the Old Testament!

At the start of 2015, I made a New Year Resolution to read the entire Holy Bible from cover to cover in one year. It's a bit of a lofty goal, and I may already be several days behind per the reading schedule, but I really love reading the Bible. I've read the entire thing through only one time before, back when I was in High School, so it's a lot like reading some of these stories for the first time (okay, I've read the story of Adam and all of Genesis several times as I've attempted to read the Bible again on multiple occasions through the years, but you know how that goes). Currently I just started the book of Judges, and it's a Continue Reading

3 Simple Ways to Live a Little Greener {GIVEAWAY}

3 Simple, Easy ways to live a littler greener, more ecofriendly, that are totally doable for anyone!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBias I do not consider myself an Environmentalist, tree hugger, or hippie, but I do consider myself a steward of this earth and the resources on it. I believe this planet with its abundant resources, and all of our modern conveniences, are a gift from God for me to use wisely and judiciously. So, I do think about my and my family's carbon footprint, and how I can respect this Earth I call home. While I still can do much better in so many areas (most of us can!) there are several things we do in Continue Reading

Who had it Worst? The Pregnancy Debate I Love to Avoid

Pregnancy Debate of who had it worst

I am one of those lucky "unicorn" women who have relatively easy pregnancies. I never throw up, ever, during my pregnancies. I'm one of those fortunate women who doesn't have to pee every 15 minutes, who sleep through the night all nine months, who carry their babies like a cute basketball (or mini torpedo) stuck under their shirts, who don't go into preterm labor, who has never been on bed rest (yes, even with my twin pregnancy), who hasn't had gestational diabetes or high blood pressure, or wobbled hopelessly like a duck. My C-section was also planned and I was well prepared for it. My vaginal delivery went off without any Continue Reading

Free Range Kids: Are they Neglected or Loved?

Free Range Parenting

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about Free Range kids, CPS investigations, and allegations of neglect or abuse from their parents. While not everyone will choose to raise their children this more hands-off way, it's important to understand that most of the parents who claim to be of this parenting philosophy are not actually neglectful or abusive parents to their children. We all make our choices as parents, for better or worse. But, just because something, at first glance, might look like neglect (or abuse) to you, doesn't mean it is. True neglect and true abuse have no place and no footing in the free range Continue Reading

Always Running Late? The Unintended Message You’re Sending Your Kids

The crappy reality is that being late negatively affects your child. I really need to remember this as a parent and make sure I am on TIME!

Are you that mom or dad who is always late to everything? Whether it's going or leaving, dropping off or picking up, you are late, all. the. time. While certainly life is busy, and there are always things that need to be done before you leave the house (or work), especially when there are many children (and adults) you have to get out the door, you need to be aware that being late sends some very real messages to your children, especially the older they get. For a while your child (especially if they are very social), may like that you are late coming to pick them up - they get more playtime with their friends! Win for them and Continue Reading

Junior Explorers Review: Arctic Mission

Junior Explorers Arctic Mission review

As someone who is educating my kids at home, I am on the lookout for good educational products for my kids, for a reasonable price, for a reasonable amount of educational (or fun) gain. So, I was excited to try out and review Junior Explorers: Arctic Mission Kit with my twin girls as part of our preschool for a week. This review is sponsored by Junior Explorers but opinions are all mine. Affiliate links are used in the post. Junior Explorers is a monthly subscription program that teaches kids about the planet - ecosystems, animals, weather, tips for survival, and more. Each monthly mission kit that you receive in the mail has a Continue Reading

Fatherhood and Education: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

The Decision to Pursue degrees while also pursuing family isn't always easy, but it's doable with God.

Today I am welcoming a very special guest writer to What's up Fagans? - My husband Joshua. He's the guy behind the scenes, the man I love, and the father of my children. And today he's explaining, in his own words, our family's decision for him to pursue fatherhood and education at the same time, despite the finances, hardships, and sometimes guilt.  I love knowledge of all kinds, and in just about any subject. I really believe that "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection" (D&C 130:18).  That's why I love the idea of being a lifelong learner. As such, I desire Continue Reading

Parenthood: Embracing the Beautiful Mess {GIVEAWAY!}

Having kids is such a Beautiful Mess!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweepTheMess #CollectiveBias One thing is for certain when you become a parent: life is going to get much messier. Despite any clean-freak tendencies, amazing organization, or constant hovering over your child, your kids are going to make messes. Often. But, I know that if I choose, I can see my children, my self, and my parenting as a beautiful mess. Because even though my home may be messy almost immediately after cleaning, these messes say something about my life, and that something is quiet beautiful. The ways children Continue Reading

6 Ways to Deal with Stress on those Overwhelming Days

I am so glad I am not the only one who needs help handling those stressful days as a SAHM! Loves the six simple ways to deal with stress on those hard overwhelming days.

I feel like this day had been coming for a while. You know, the day where you just feel completely overwhelmed, when you finally realize the stress and the unhappiness you've been carrying around with you. It's the day you actually burst into tears (which is a pretty occurrence for me). On this day, the kids were especially uncooperative, and was a day where everything I said was completely ignored, repeatedly, and nothing was going anywhere. I don't really blame my children for this day - it was coming - but they were the catalyst for the breakdown. The breakdown that happened when, again, trying to get my children to help Continue Reading

Baby Gender Reveal with Siblings – 8 Fun Ideas to Involve the Kids

Baby Gender Reveal with Siblings - Ideas for involving the kids in the announcement!

Next week I am having my 20-week ultrasound and we will be finding out the gender of our baby!  We don't really have any strong opinions on whether baby #4 will be a boy or a girl. Even after looking over this infographic featuring some old wives tales about gender predictions, we're still pretty evenly split!  And there are seriously pros and cons to have either gender. If we have another boy, it will even things out with two boys and two girls, and perhaps give Michael a better playmate. If it's another girl, then we can go through all of the hand-me down clothes we've kept from our twin girls and purge them down finally. We have Continue Reading

Tips for Doing Laundry Quicker, Smarter, and Cheaper!

Tips for Doing Laundry Better: Awesome list of posts full of ideas and laundry tips for better managing laundry systems, plus save money!

Not too long ago I shared my tips for speeding up laundry days, and how in our home we really only do laundry about three days a week, choosing to segment the laundry process over three days. But I know that my system is not going to work for everyone! Some people need to go to the laundromat, or only have a clothes line for drying items. Others work full-time and don't really have a full day to devote to changing out loads of laundry. Some need to wash their clothes sooner than just once a week because they don't have as many clothing items or only have a few specific work clothes. Others have older children who can help more. Continue Reading

How did baby get in your tummy? 6 Tips for Having “The Talk” with a Preschooler

How did baby get in your tummy mommy preschooler

We are trying to keep open dialogues in our house, and to answer questions as they come up from our children. But, this sometimes makes for awkward conversations and lots of talk about private parts and maturing into adults with my kids. Now that I am pregnant with baby number four, we've had to have a certain talk with our inquisitive four year olds. My daughter Lisa, the more observant, thoughtful, twin, asked me twice about "how did baby got into your tummy?" The first time she asked we were in the car, about five minutes from our destination, so I told her we didn't really have time to talk about it, but that it was a good Continue Reading