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Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Flower Invitations - "Pick Happiness" Standard's Night

At church, my beehive class (the 12-13 year old girls I teach at church on Sundays) is in charge of Standards Night. For those who aren't familiar, Standards Night is an annual program/event where our young women and their parents come to learn about some of the standards we follow (if you want to see what they are, check out "For The Strength of Youth").

We picked a "happiness" theme, and our overall message is that when we strive to make good choices, stick to high standards, and try to do what's right...we can find true happiness in our lives. Aint that the truth? (I certainly believe it).

I decided to call the night "PICK HAPPINESS" and we are going with flower themed decor. Get it? You "pick" flowers...so...."pick" happiness...? And as we strive to live as women with integrity and high standards, we can "grow." Yeah?

Yeah.

I'm cheese.

I've seen these DIY flower invitations before on Pinterest, but all of them had DIY flowers you make yourself using tissue paper or other supplies. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for crafts, but life has been so incredibly busy lately for me and I decided AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DEM DIY FLOWERS.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Caption These Photos

Time for some fun again. Here's another edition of Caption These Photos aka exploit Pam's children. Do you have any good ones for them?

"so...tell me about what's been troubling you..."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Homeless Man & How We Can Be More Kind

We're on this earth to help each other, I really believe that.

One thing about me: I walk fast. Sometimes I'm rushing to get to where I need to go, even when I don't need to be rushing. I've tried harder lately to slow down and to look around me. I literally have been asking each day in my prayers to my Heavenly Father, "What good do you want me to do today? How can I serve you?" Starting my day off with this in mind has made all the difference.

The other week, I was driving home from taking the kids to the mall.
Lilly was saying she needed to go potty. In my usual fashion, I was focusing on driving and just getting home as quick as I could. As I was driving, I suddenly noticed some shoes and some clothes on the sidewalk by a McDonalds parking lot.

Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Years Ago - Some Details From Our Wedding Day!

Today, Scott and I celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary! When you're reading this, we will probably be lying on the beach somewhere (with no kids because aunties and lola & lolo so graciously said they'd watch them all day today - wee!)

I realize I have never really written details about our wedding day in this blog, mostly because I started this in 2011 and we got married in 2009.

So for the sake of recording some of my memories from the day, and also entertaining you all (ok...that's always questionable) with how that day went...here are some fun facts & details about our wedding day...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How Motherhood Is Quite the Feeling (& Lilly's 1st Ballet Class)

It's quite a feeling watching your child learn something new, it's like you are learning it all over again yourself.

It's quite the feeling when they take an interest in something all on their own, it seems to heighten your interest and energy for life.

It's quite a feeling realizing your child has her own mind & her own personality, one producing interests and constantly learning. You want to do anything to help that personality and mind to continue to grow into something warm, kind, and productive.

It's quite a feeling watching your child grow up, you root for them in all they attempt to do as they grow, and yet you ache for them to stay so little.

It's quite a feeling seeing your child's eyes light up at something brand new..something she never knew even existed in this world. It's amazing to watch her discover something for the very first time. It makes me appreciate all the wonderful things this world really has to offer, just waiting for us to discover them.

It's quite a feeling when you watch your child wanting to do something because they see you do it, too. It keeps you on your toes, makes you realize you are one they look up to, and it motivates you to be a better example.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Customizable Dresses?! Where do I sign?? (eShakti dress review)

[this post contains a free product I received from eShakti
however, as always, my own honest thoughts & opinion are expressed.]
Shopping frustrations. I have them all the time...what about you? For instance, maybe you've seen a top that would be so perfect if only the neckline was different? Or maybe you'd totally buy that shirt but hate the sleeves? Or perhaps you see this skirt, but then you try it and it's just waaayyyy too short and you realize you're showing more than a 27-year-old mother of two (or any person for that matter) should be, and so you question if you accidentally ended up with a size from the kids section.

WELL...if you've never heard of eShakti, I can tell you that they may be a remedy to your shopping frustrations!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Sunshine In Your Life

 [this post contains a free product I received from Young & Rad. however, as always, my own honest thoughts & opinion are expressed.] 

"You are the sunshine of my life." That song is played at like, every daddy-daughter dance in the history of...ever. Stevie Wonder, you genius.

Have you ever stopped to think about how your little one is like sunshine in your life?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Reality of Taking Photos With Kids.

So, since I like to get real here on my blog, I figured I'd post a few examples of what taking photos with kids, especially my toddler, really looks like. You may have seen the "good" versions of some of these in some of my past blog posts or other social media. The behind the scenes versions are more entertaining though...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weeks-In-Review: 4 month old, Summer, Batman, & the Impossible.

Camera Captures:
 {our monthly temple visit} {long beach aquarium}
{ice cream does this to people} {family day to Solvang}

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Need Some Motivation? Read These 10 Quotes.

There are times in my life when I'm working really hard at something, yet the thought of accomplishing it is a lot easier than the steps or actions needed to make it a reality. Thinking about how great something is, will be, or should be is usually always easier than putting in any of the work required to have it be that way.  I'm guilty at times (many times) of getting tired too quickly, being impatient, wanting answers right away, or wishing to have something without really doing anything about it or putting in the proper work for it. I think this can apply to nearly anything we go through. From achieving big dreams to even just accomplishing the small every day tasks.

It's during those times that I have to step back and have to remember about prayer, about patience, about placing my faith in Heavenly Father and knowing that He knows what's best for me. Every time I've done that in my life, it's easier to be patient, it's easier to pick up and try again, it's easier to accomplish goals I'm striving for, it's easier to face challenges, it's easier to keep going.

I've been seeking some motivation recently and so I turned to some scriptures, words by prophets, and other LDS church leaders. And I am SO digging the following words of wisdom right now.

I think for any of our goals and dreams (from the simple to the elaborate, from tomorrow's checklist to life's biggest endeavors), these could help give that motivation we may be searching for.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Go Shout Love!

Who wants to shout love with me?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Examples That Show I'm Horrible At Song Lyrics.

If you know me or hang around me a lot, you may know I love music. I love to dance. I play the piano. You may see me humming to myself a lot, telling my sister to bust out her guitar so we could sing, or being the first one on the dance floor.

Aside from these things, you may have noticed that there is something else that I do when it comes to music. I do it a lot.

Family members have pointed it out to me. My husband has pointed it out to me. Friends have pointed it out to me. And I've been teased relentlessly about it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weeks-In-Review: Our 4th of July & Other Things.

Camera Captures:
{& a 5,6,7,8...} {fruit skewers/kickball at the park} {cheese!}
{front lawn races} {someone can write her name} {date night in a pile of books}
{don't quit your day dream} {my babies} {my babies}

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Things You Search For When You Have A Toddler

This child is lucky she's cute and that I have memories of what it was like to birth her.
Yesterday we went to the library. I was on a mission to check out some books to read to Lilly. I did a category search. Do you know what categories I searched for?

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Small Glimpse Into My Mom Brain.

Don't even ask me what day it is. I thought today was Thursday for the longest time. It's Monday.

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