Thursday, November 5, 2015

Forgive the Dust

forgive all the dust, this blog is undergoing some changes :) thanks for hanging in there, everything will be ready soon

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

FAMILY MATTERS: Mom's Don't Get Sick Days

So I've told you all that what I wanted most of all was to be a mom and wife. It is so cool that I get to live my dream. Some days, though I'd like to throw in the towel and take a "sick day." Sometimes I'm like "Gosh I sure do love your cute little faces, but could you please stop screaming/whining at me and let me just sit here for two minutes--uninterrupted." The worst is when you actually are really sick, or really depressed, or really in pain, but you still have to get up and take care of those babies the very best you can, as if you weren't sick, depressed or in pain.  But the really neat and beautiful thing about motherhood is that we DON'T get to take the day off.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FAMILY MATTERS: In My Dreams-A summer rundown

Wow it's been WAAAAAAAAAAAY too long since I've posted here...(there goes that goal of posting weekly--ha). But with all breaking of goals usually comes a good excuse and here's mine: We had a very busy, crazy, relaxing (do those two go together?), incredible summer. In my dreams my life looks so intentional, so planned, so perfect, but in reality I really don't do any of the things I had originally planned. For example, I had this great dream that my summer was going to be filled with routine, with helping the kids to do daily homework, fun daily (planned) activities, weekly blog posts, and I was going to finish working on my CD and music videos, but instead it didn't quite happen like that--but it was still great!
here's a quick summer rundown (in no particular order):

Monday, July 20, 2015

LIFE LESSONS: Convention and Living with Intention

Now that I'm a health coach I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Orlando Florida for National Convention (this is my nervous/excited face).

I've never really traveled on my own (I was a tad bit nervous) and I've never left my husband and kids for more than 15 hours. So this was a whole new world for me. I hate flying (and driving for that matter) I have to take Dramamine and chew gum like a cow and try not to throw up (not to mention the severe anxiety I feel) ...don't get me wrong I love to travel to new places but I don't like getting there. All that said I am really grateful for modern day conveniences (like airplanes) because this opportunity would have never come to be.

Monday, June 1, 2015

LIFE LESSONS: Choose Your Hard

I love agency! I'm so grateful I get to be in control of my life. For a long time I felt like my life was just being lived for me and I was on the side lines looking out at the game. I felt like my agency was gone, due to my health. I felt out of control and ached to be the pilot of my life again.
A wonderful woman in my church was teaching our Relief Society (our church's women's group), and she was talking about agency. She mentioned that years ago she had read this quote in a magazine:

When she read this quote, it hit me. I didn't just apply this to my weight (although this was the quote that made me finally decide to take the steps and start the program I'm on now to lose weight) but I applied this to my whole life. For example:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HEALTH MATTERS: Paying It Forward

an no, I did not eat all that cake--just 2 small bites is all I needed :)

Yesterday was my 29th birthday and for the first time in my life I am actually excited about moving forward into another year!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I've been wanting to write about my health journey for quite some time, but I have been REALLY SCARED. Scared, that people would look at me differently if they knew what I was struggling with. I try SO hard to appear to be the kind of person I want to be that I didn't want people to think badly of me. There are so many misunderstandings about the health problems I deal with that even I had a bad stigma of them until I did the research. So with a fear, but hope, I am going to tell you my story.

I've been on a long journey to find good health.
My goal was simple: feel good so I could be the kind of mother, wife and person I want to be for life.
 But, that proved much harder than it seemed. It took doctors 9 years to finally diagnose me with Severe Depression and Anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). All my blood work “looked great” but I was feeling awful! I wasn't sleeping at night, I was having chronic headaches and migraines, and panic attacks. I was not functioning because my depression was soooo bad. I was living with constant pain. Some days my depression was so bad that I just couldn't face life. 
Over the course of 9 years I went to doctor after doctor, trying to find relief. Their advice was to try "this medication" or "that medication"...which I tried and nothing seemed to help.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

FAMILY MATTERS: The "Twins" Night Out

Last Saturday Shelby and I were invited by my soon-to-be sister in-law, Allyse, to go watch her try on wedding dresses. Shelby and I were thrilled! We don't get many opportunities to just hang out with the girls (without all those boys around heeheee). So Shelby and I decided to dress like "twins." We scoured our closets for similar clothing and came up with this:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Today, joy came when I led scripture study (since Mr. Hammon had left early for work) at the breakfast table with all the little Hams and James asked which part he should mark with his scripture marker because he wanted to know which part was true.

Joy came in the hug Shelby gave me as she said "Thank you Mommy for letting me play with my friends and cousins today. It brings joy to my heart. I love you Mommy."

Joy came in watching Max immediately sit down on the floor all by himself, fold his arms and bow his head, when we called for "family prayer." (he sat there for quite a while too, while waiting for the two other little Hams to gather round).

Joy (and a bout of loud laughter) came when I watched Mr. Hammon do "Dance, Dance Revolution" at Nickel City.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

UPDATE: "Join Me" BUTTON now available!

Thank you so much to those of you who keep coming back to see what I'm up to. You're wonderful! And you are helping me to fulfill my goals and dreams. Thank you! I recently added a button that with one click you can follow me. SOOO...
I hope you'll join so we can visit more often,

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LIFE LESSONS: Imperfection

I've been following a blog for a while. Have you heard of  Liz Marie? She's amazing!!! Head over to her blog at she's definitely an inspiration to me. She does a lot of DIY and her decorating style is totally mine.
Today she posted about imperfection and an imperfect DIY clock she made--mentioning that she's going through some hard times--
I am a bit of a perfectionist. I don't like long drawn out projects though, so I tend to cut corners and do things quickly (that's why I'm a fan of spray paint), but I still like things to look nice and perfect and I get frustrated when things aren't just so. That doesn't just apply to my DIY projects and home d├ęcor, I'm often impatient and frustrated with my own imperfections.
Liz Marie said something today though that hit me hard. She said

"I’m imperfect & so is this clock, & yet I’m still loved & so is this clock"
I'd also like to add that: she is beautiful and so is this clock. 
I've been going through some difficult things too--aren't we all? This reminded me that it's ok that I'm not perfect yet. God, who made me, knew that I could not be perfect in this life. That's why He sent His Son. But He still loves me, and I'm still beautiful to Him.
So today with that great reminder...that I'm not perfect, but I'm still loved...I'll continue to do the best I can. And there's great beauty and perfection in that.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HOME MATTERS: 10 Steps to Painting/Distressing Furniture

I was needing a desk for our main floor "command center."
REQUIREMENTS: Something with LOTS OF STORAGE, and pretty to look at too since it would be in our entryway hall.

I found this desk off of a KSL Classifieds listing for $80!!!! It's made out of real wood and had an "interesting" (read: super ugly) marble insert on the desk top. It definitely needed some love and a coat (or 2) of white paint. (sorry for the fuzzy pic--I forgot to take a full BEFORE picture, I was too excited to "make it pretty"---this picture is the one that was on the Classifieds).

Today I am going to show you...

It really isn't that hard to paint and distress furniture. All you need are the right tools:

Don't forget to prepare the space by covering the floor with plastic or a drop cloth

1.) Take the furniture apart as much as possible--remove any drawers or inserts, take off the hardware.

2). Lightly and quickly sand the furniture to give it a less than smooth surface which will provide something for the paint to adhere to.
3). Then clean off any residue so there will not be any bumps under the paint. (Be sure to use painters tape to tape off any areas you do not want to get paint on)

4). Pour your paint  (I used the basic white paint from LOWES) into a painters tray

(Let it be known that if you do not want your desk to distress or to distress it yourself, you would want to prime the desk BEFORE painting. But because I love most of my furniture to be distressed and to distress over time as well,  I do not always prime my furniture pieces).

5). Use the paint roller to get a good amount of paint on the surface and then follow behind with a sponge brush--to get rid of any bumps or drips-and to give it a smoother finish.

6). Paint everything then let it dry and come back later to paint the second coat.
(I was also rather surprised that the paint adhered to the ugly green marble insert---you'd never even know it was there--my Hubby was thoroughly impressed)

7). FOR THE HARDWARE I used Rust-Oleum's  Metallic Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint--you can use any color or finish you like. But be sure to give your hardware two good coats and make sure to get all the sides.

8). IF YOU WANT A DISTRESSED LOOK: After your furniture has been completely painted (usually it takes 2 coats of paint, but some furniture may need more or less depending on whether you used primer) using sand paper or an electric sander, sand the edges and areas where you think the furniture piece might naturally have distressed.(I used an electric sander--it's much faster)

9).  Dust the furniture and put all the pieces back together.

10).  Re-attach the hardware and stand back and say "WOW! I did that!"

Now you get to do the most fun part:  Organizing and decorating it!

What DIY paint projects have you done?
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Pin" My Place #5

It's time for--drum roll please....

 "Pin" My Place! (I sound like a talk show host don't I) :)
As I have been organizing all the drawers and such, I got to the master bathroom. I really hate having things on my counter top...because it makes it harder to clean and it takes up room that I could be using when I get ready for the day. So I wanted to get these bathroom "cotton" items off of the counter, and up on the wall.

Since we don't really use that towel rack (...not because we don't wash our hands silly, but because we have 2 other towel racks on the walls nearby) Jake took it down.

And I went to my pins on pinterest.... ;)

Pin: The DIY Playbooks'  mason jar organizer:
(DIY Playbook)
This project was super easy (no need for DIY) because sometime last year I purchased this "wooden plaque with mason jars" from Target:
I had it sitting in my closet waiting for the right idea. After I found this pin I had no doubt. Hubby took off the towel rack, I marked where I wanted this baby hung, and he nailed it in.

Then I got to do the fun part--filling it with all the fun bathroom cotton and then writing with chalk whatever 3 words I felt like. Today it was these:

Tomorrow it might be something else...maybe Jake will want to play along too! He already had some "GREAT" ideas ("zits, gunk, wax") oh how I love that man!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Hello friends! My Home Tour is now up and running! YAY! Just click on the "Home Matters" tab above. Leave me a comment at the bottom of the page so I know you stopped by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UPDATE: Change of Plans

So my original plan was to do "Pin" My Place each Friday...however things we couldn't plan for in life happened, and so my schedule just got EVEN MORE BUSY. So instead of doing "Pin" My Place every Friday I will only do it as I work on the projects. I will still continue posting here every week, but "Pin" My Place will not necessarily be happening weekly but occasionally instead. Thanks for understanding! I love blogging so...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

RELIGION MATTERS: All In God's Hands, In God's Time

I have been wanting to post a while about a couple of things, but life is busy and it seems when it pours. Well it's been "pouring" over at our home, both blessings and trials and I'm just trying to take a deep breath and stay above the water.

One thing that always gets me through these difficult times is knowing that my Heavenly Father is aware of me...and not just "aware" but is also watching me, blessing me, encouraging me, and loving me. He loves me (and all of us) so much He gave us a Savior-His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON-

( suffer for not only our sins, but our struggles, our sorrows, our stresses, our trials. We are never alone IF we choose to live close to our Savior Jesus Christ. However, I've been there.. when I felt so alone, and that no one could really understand me, and that's because I was choosing to live away from God, and from my Savior. By praying, studying the scriptures and striving to live the way I know I should, (which is hard and takes time, but what else is time for if not for that?)...doing these things doesn't make the trials go away (by any means) but it makes them easier to bare in a way... because I know it will all be ok, it will all be worth it and I will be blessed someday for all my efforts.
(Simon Dewey)
So today I put my faith in my loving Heavenly Father. Today I give these trials to my Savior. After all, His hands have already carried this burden, so I don't have to anymore.

Today I give this over to God's Hands, and God's time.

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Pin" my Place #4

Today marks another  very quick week for me. I've been working from sun-up to after sun-down this week trying to get our home in "order." It's been a lot of fun...but a lot of hard, long, work. I don't really feel like any one "project" is completed but things are getting organized, sorted, and put away (labels will have to come later).
SIDE NOTE: Thanks to all of you who are following my blog. It sure makes me feel good! I love blogging and this outlet is where my creative self gets to bloom so thanks for stopping by today.
Oh. And BY THE WAY....

With all that said, let's talk about the Pinterest "Pins" I used around my place this week:

This week I have been working on 2 closets (among other things). One closet held all the games, puzzles and learning activity books. IT WAS A MESS! Puzzle pieces were all over the floor, and falling out of the large moving box that we put them in when we moved 21 months ago (shameful I know). Game pieces were falling out of their ripped cardboard boxes...and it was just PITIFUL. So my Hubby built shelves (thanks Honey) in the closets and I began sorting, organizing. I needed to come up with some great storage ideas that currently worked better for both puzzles and games, so...

..I went to Pinterest :)

Pins that inspired me: Game Storage
(Rasing Lemons)
 I LOVE this one because it looks so streamlined! No more weird shaped boxes stacked awkwardly...that no one can really get to without unloading all the other boxes. This system also allows you to just remove one drawer at a time...and they are deep enough to hold most game pieces and accessories. The ONLY 2 problems with this system is once they're all filled there's no more room to buy more games...but that just helps keep down owning too many "things" right? The other problem is that some game boards are long and don't fit in the drawers. But I came up with an idea to remedy this.
I placed the long game board next to the shelving unit that contained it's pieces. Card games were also taken care of as well.
Simple. Done. Now I just need to label those drawers (next week's project).

Next I needed to find puzzle storage.
I loved these 2 pins :

(Counting Coconuts)
(The Navy Stripe)

I went to several stores to find inexpensive pencil pouches, but they were all around $5-$7 EACH, and I couldn't afford didn't want to pay that. The first pin with the plasticware WAS affordable from the Dollar Tree but I didn't have the space. Hmmm, what to do?
So I thought and decided to combine what I liked from both puzzles storage ideas.

I took Ziploc "slider" qt. size bags, a sharpie, and some scissors and set to work.

 I placed puzzle pieces from one puzzle into one baggie. ( I chose the zipper kind because they are easy for kids to unzip and zip  back up--whereas the regular Ziplocs can be tricky for little fingers to reseal.)

If the puzzle was a board puzzle. I wrote a number with the sharpie on the back left hand corner of the board and placed the same coordinating number on the Ziploc bag that held it's pieces.

If the puzzle was just a regular box puzzle I used my scissors to cut out the picture from the box and placed it in the Ziploc with the puzzle pieces. I then wrote the name of the puzzle on the Ziploc bag.

I used a storage bin to hold all of the large puzzle boxes, puzzle boards, and another storage bin to hold all the Ziploc bags.

It's not finished-I still need labels-but at least it's organized!

How do you store your games/puzzles?

Have a happy Valentines day!