Why To-Do Lists are Overrated and What List You Need Instead

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To do lists are overrated

Over a year ago I took this amazing course from Elayna Fernandez, The Positive Mom, called Stepping Into Balance. She really challenged me during the course as she pushed me toward a new way of thinking about goal creation, what a balanced life looks like, what my passions and purpose are, and how to deal with anger and frustrations in new ways. And a whole lot more. One part that was especially challenging to me was her insistence on getting rid of to-do lists! I love making a to-do list, feeling the satisfaction that comes with checking off each item once completed. More than anything, it feels great knowing that with ...

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Why Moms Need to Take Their Kids to Sea World (It’s Not Why You’d Think)

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"Today is the best day of my life!" My daughter said, beaming at me, as we walked away from riding her very first real roller coaster ride. What made the day extra special was the fact it was her and her twin sister's 7th birthday, and we were at Sea World San Antonio together, just the twins and I. I received free tickets in exchange for this review, and I so thankful for them! Because, it was one of the best days of my life too. A couple months ago, my husband bought JAWS on Blu-ray from Target when it was on sale for $4 and decided it would be a great one to watch with the kids. I was less than thrilled about doing so, but ...

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4 Super Quick Date Night Ideas that Take Just One Hour

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Great little list of super quick date night ideas that are easy too! These all take just one hour! A short date but dating your husband or wife is worth even that much time!

Only got an hour or two to spend together? Then you have time to date thanks to these super quick date night ideas! We’ve all been there when you get stuck in the proverbial rut in your marriage and you can’t remember the last time you had some decent quality time together. Between taking care of the kids, your career, and managing a budget all at once, it’s easy to put date night on the backburner. Whenever I feel myself and my husband getting a little too busy with life, I make a point to try and find quick and easy ways to make time for us. Here are a few super quick date night ideas that can be done in about an hour, ...

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22 Genius Ways Moms Squeeze in Time to Read

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This post is sponsored by Deseret Bookshelf. All opinions are my own. I haven't always loved books. Or reading. Blame it on all the stuff I had to read for school sucking the joy out of reading for me, or a lack of family members who liked to read while growing up. Okay, my mom did read: she read the newspaper and magazines. Only on occasion did I see her with a physical book in her hands that wasn't the scriptures. My father mostly listened to books. Lots of books - on tape and eventually on CD. As an over-the-road truck driver, he had a lot of time on his hands to sit and listen, so he would pick up great new books from ...

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Curing My Depression Took More than What Self-Help Books Recommended

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This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions are my own. Last year, for the first time in my life, I felt depressed. I'm not talking about for a day or a week at a time, but persistently. Like most days sucked. I didn't mope, stay in bed all day, or cry endlessly, but I sure was angry. Mad even. Unhappy. And most of my ire was directed at my family. For the first time in my life, I understood the term "Mom guilt" and definitely felt like I was failing my children, and failing my husband by failing our children. I sucked at homeschooling, at running a household, at earning enough money, at being Primary President, at ...

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The Truth about Hello Fresh Meals and If They’re Worth It for Families

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If you peeked at our dinner meals lately, there's a high chance you'd be disappointed with our limited variety and less than healthy choices. During the past semester, where my husband wasn't home to cook dinner (he's really the cook in the family) and me tackling four kids who like to stick up their noses at anything I cook other than pizza (everyone likes pizza in this house), I wasn't really in the mood to get creative, experiment, or figure out how to eat healthier. I just want us to all eat. Period. So, we rotated through the same handful of dinners - breakfast, tacos, pasta, pizza - by and large. I'm not proud of the ...

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Why the HP Instant Ink Program Makes Me Wish I Had an HP Printer

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If you want to save money on ink, consider buying an HP printer and using the HP Instant Ink Program. Read on to learn more. Copy. Print. Scan. I use all these features found on printers today. I scan items for work. I copy things for homeschool. And I print coupons, stuff for church, business documents, and more. I use my Canon printer every single week, which means I use quite a bit of ink regularly. Because of this, there is almost a constant pop-up on the bottom right of my computer screen that says "Ink levels low" every time I print something new.  I ignore it until it's so low that my printer refuses to print with ...

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What 30 Days on Jenny Craig Taught Me About Losing Weight

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Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! A few weeks ago I decided to lose weight without dieting by changing my life. I jumpstarted this change with the help of Jenny Craig. I am thankful for the month I participated in the Jenny Craig program as it opened my eyes to a couple of things about being healthy. Jenny Craig members can expect to lose an average of 1-2 pounds per week, which is a healthy range of weight loss. However, I should warn this post won’t necessarily be about weight loss, though I did lose weight over the last month-and-a-half. No, instead ...

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8 Perfectly Romantic Gift Ideas for Him for Valentine’s Day or Anniversary

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Want awesome and romantic gift ideas for him this Valentine's Day or for your anniversary? Read on for my top romantic items you can gift your husband!  It's crazy how I totally lucked out by marrying the man I did. He's a natural romantic and gift giver. He loves to show his love for me by his actions, words, and gifts, and not just for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. No, my husband brings me flowers after we had a fight, or I had a particularly rough day at home with the kids. He'll buy me chocolates when it's the Time of the Month because he knows I'll want them. He'll pick me up my favorite soda, ...

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How My Homeschooled Twins Learned How to Read

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This post is sponsored by Bookroo. All opinions on teaching twins how to learn how to read are definitely my own. I never once thought teaching children how to learn how to read would be an easy feat, especially because I knew I'd be their teacher.I do not have a teaching certificate nor did I major in English in college. Sure, I enjoy writing and reading as I participate in a monthly book club (I actually started my current book club) and I write regularly for this blog. But, the English language is so complicated! Our vowels all make multiple different sounds, for various different reasons. A spelling rule doesn't hold fast ...

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Why I Am Losing Weight Without Dieting

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Thank you Jenny Craig for sponsoring this post. -- Get serious about losing weight with Jenny Craig! As a youth, I never thought to myself, “Man, I hope when I’m 36 years old I’ll struggle with weight issues.” The fact of the matter is that no one wants to stand on the scale and see an obscenely large number staring them back in the face.  But here I am, on the precipice of the rest of my life, and I must ask myself, "Do I want my life to be long and enjoyable, or short and painful?" In my mind, I’ve already made the decision as I want at least one more child, and hear how great grandchildren are and all of that. I want to ...

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12 Scriptures Worth Your Time to Memorize in 2017 {Printables}

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If 2017 is your year to find verses to memorize, the following 12 scriptures to memorize are good ones to learn. I hate to admit it but I need to step up my spiritual game. I lost my way a bit last year.  It was a hard year, personally.  But I feel like I'm finally back on the path.  I just need something fun and exciting to keep me going.  I need a way to focus my gospel learning. And preferably a way that includes my kids. We made huge strides this year towards regular family prayer and scripture study, even if many included fidgeting while Dad read a few verses from the Bible or Book of Mormon every night. But I was ...

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