15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

 It’s that time of year again.  We reflect on the year past and resolve to do things differently in the year to come.  This year, why not try some of these Resolutions That Every Mom Should Make.   15 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make For most of us it is the same thing every year.  A new year rolls around and we look at our life and try and find things that we can improve on for the next year.  We set goals and we try to find ways to reach our goals.   Did you know that statistics show that by the first week of February, 92% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed?  Maybe it is because we are focusing our attention on the wrong things.  Maybe we look in the mirror and try and focus on changing the things we can see instead of the things that are deep inside and hidden from view. We focus on “dusting” the things on the surface when really we need to deep clean. I’ve put together 15 resolutions every mom should make to help her be happy and ultimately healthy.  […]

A Letter to my Sons on the First Day School – Back to School Quotes

I can’t believe we are back in school!   I am so proud of my boys  and I love their individual personalities.  So today I thought I would write a letter to my boys on the first day of school and share some of my favorite back to school quotes.  Back to School Quotes To my 5th grader, Today was the first day of your last year in elementary school.  You’re the oldest at school now.  The kings of the castle.  As I took your younger brothers to find their teachers and line up with their classes, I watched as you headed off on your own with your friends.  I planned on making sure you made it to the correct line and getting your picture (against your will), but by the time I had your brothers settled, your teacher had already headed inside. […]

Finding Joy

There are certain times in your life when you meet someone and know that they were brought into your life for a reason.  I had one of those moments this past weekend when, at a blogging conference, I discovered I was sitting next to Rachel Martin, the author of the website Finding Joy. I try to write motivational things on my blog every Monday, but to be honest, sometimes I’m just not feeling very motivational. Just like every other mom out there, I have days where I just need to have someone tell me I’m doing okay.  I need to go somewhere to just feel like someone gets my life and to feel like I’m not a complete and utter failure at motherhood. I need to have someone tell me that it’s okay that I have dirty dishes in the sink and that I’m up to my elbows in laundry.  I’m having more and more of those days lately and then I have moments when I have to stop and laugh because I see my life and my 4 boys and I think, “When did this happen? There is no way that I am a mom to 4 human beings!!” A few months ago I came across an article that was spreading across the internet entitled: “Dear Mom Who Feels Like She is Failing.”  I read it and I cried and immediately printed it out to read over and over again.  I had no idea at that time that several months down the road,  while sitting in a conference room in California with 50+ other bloggers, that my world would collide with that one mom who had penned the words that had sunk so deep into my heart that I would turn to them for reassurance time and time again. […]

You are Important

A few years ago I attended a conference in Salt Lake City.  The key-note speaker for the conference was Meg Johnson, one of the cutest, funniest and most inspirational people I have ever had the chance to listen to.  Meg became paralyzed in a tragic accident 10+ years ago and I could write all day about the things I learned from her but the main message I took away is that it is important to realize how important you are to someone else. […]

Monday Motivation: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

10 Ways to Simplify Your Life I’ve seen several friends posts a motivational word that they wanted to use as a guide for 2014.  I really had no plans of specifically finding a word but then one just jumped out at me.  I was cleaning up my Christmas decor and putting out our other items and came across the above sign.  I’ve had it for years and it has sat on the same shelf in my kitchen but for some reason I didn’t realize its significance until this week.  Simplify.  That is my word!  That is the word I need more than any other word this year.  I find myself a frazzled mess most of the time and it is time to stop trying to do everything and focus on what is really important: Faith, family, and my health. And in a funny twist of events, the main message in church yesterday was about simplifying our lives to focus on the things that are most important.  Yep, this is my word.   And as I’ve been thinking about it, I’ve come up with 10 ways to simplify your life, all things that are easy, yet hard to do. […]

Monday Motivation: Find a Way or Find an Excuse

I have been part of an accountability group on Facebook this past month as I try to lost these last few pesky baby pounds and this week we were asked to share one of our favorite motivational quotes with the group.  This one automatically jumped out at me and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t used it as a Monday Motivation before.  “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse.”  True words, right? Find a way or find an excuse. […]

Monday Motivation: Enjoy the Sunlight

  Ah…It’s been awhile since I posted a Monday Motivation and I want to start making it a part of my week again.  Not just for my readers necessarily but for me.  I have a box of quotes that I have accumulated since I was a teenager and my baby got into it the other day and spread 3×5 cards all over my room.  As I was cleaning up, I took the time to read them and one in particular jumped out at me.  “Stop seeking out storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” -Gordon B. Hinckley The past 5 months have been filled with many ups and downs in my life.  This was a really hard summer.  As hot as it was here in the desert, it was really hard for me to see the sunlight. There have been times when I wondered if I would ever see it come out again.  There have been dark days filled with discouragement, anxiety, stress (lots of stress), and uncertainty. […]

Monday Motivation:7 Rules to Help You Stay Positive

You know how life sometimes has a way of throwing curve balls when you least expect them?  I know you know what I mean because it has happened to all of us at one point or another, right?   We’re standing up to the plate, expecting a straight fast ball and then, boom, the curve ball comes in and throws us completely off our game. […]

Monday Motivation: 10 Lessons Learned from Life on the Farm

Today’s Monday Motivation is a tribute to the two men in my life who helped to shape me into the person I am today: My dad and my Grandpa.  I think it is fitting to share this with Father’s Day yesterday and I hope my dad knows how much I love and appreciate all of the many life lessons he taught me over the years.  He is the absolute hardest worker I know and has always been a source of strength to me and my family Do it well or not at all: 10 lessons I learned from life on the farm I consider myself fortunate.  Growing up on a farm in the Utah countryside was one of my greatest blessings.  Life’s lessons were not just talked about, they were taught to us by example every day.   And every day of my youth, I watched my father and grandfather dedicate their days and nights to planting, watering, and growing crops and taking care of animals.  But beyond a love for animals and an appreciation for where our food comes from, I learned many life lessons through their examples. […]

Monday Motivation: Mother’s Day Stories

Can you believe that this week marks 1 year that I started my blog?  Well, maybe you can, but I can’t.  That means 1 year of Monday Motivations (minus a few missed weeks when life got in the way). Since Mother’s Day is this weekend I thought it would be fun to go back over the Monday Motivations from this past year and put some of the most popular posts about mothers together in one spot.  To read these Mother’s Day stories,  just click on the link or accompanying picture to take you to the post.  I hope all of you mothers out there feel extra loved this week and realize what a great blessing it is to be a mom. 10 Motivational Mother’s Day Stories […]

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