Angry Birds Birthday Party

Three of my four children have August birthdays. Talk about a CRAZY month around here! I was glad to see September. I already posted about the twin’s Train Birthday Party. And now I’m so excited to show you my 5-year-old’s Angry Birds Birthday Party! (In full disclosure, I tried so hard to convince him a Chuck E. Cheese party would be cool. It would have been less work for me. No luck.) So we invited 12 five-year-olds over, and got “angry” while we stayed happy. When the kids arrived, they got to decorate foam visors (purchased at the party store)with...

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Blog Lovin’ (recommending my favorite blogs)

All week I’ve thought, “I really should share with everyone some amazing blog posts I’ve read this week.” But there are too many. So instead, I’m going to share with you my favorite blogs where the great posts came from and you can read them.  I promise, these are great blogs, totally inspiring, and totally worth your time. You will be a better person just for reading them. SarahMae: www.SarahMae.com Honest and uplifting. A perfect reminder that YOU ARE VALUABLE. Blogging With Amy:  www.BloggingWithAmy.com If you run your own site or blog and want to know more about how to do it, Amy is your gal. Seriously.   And, in case you havn’t already bookmarked this site, click this for our RSS feed: Subscribe in a reader...

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Armor Your Children

Tomorrow I send my daughter to Second Grade. And each year, I am more and more worried about what she will be exposed to when she leaves my home. But I am a strong advocate for the public school system. I’m also an advocate for God and families. I believe it is our duty as mothers to strengthen our children at home and give them the tools — the armor — they need to withstand the world in which we live.   Armor Your Children is a devotional series designed to send your school-bound kids out the door armed with...

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Ready for routine? 2 ways to increase balance in your life

This is an excerpt from the MOMentity article published Wednesday in Motherhood Matters on KSL.com. On Monday the phone rang. The lady on the other end of the line was telling me that the preschool wait-list my son was on — a list I had forgotten about — now had an opening and my preschooler had a spot. She went on to say I had 24 hours to decide and class started the next morning. And just like that school started — before summer even ended. I knew back-to-school was coming, but this year I was completely caught off guard...

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Tell me about YOU?

It has been so fun watching MOMentity grow since our Launch Party back in June.  I feel like you may already know a lot about me, but I don’t know much about you. (sad face.) I would LOVE to get to know you better! Would you please leave a comment and tell me about yourself? I’d love to know things like: Who you are? Where we can find you online? What Mom or Identity challenges you face? What brings you the most...

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Train Birthday Party

I’m not the perfect mom. There are lots of things I can’t offer my children with. I sing them lullabies off-key and can only teach them the difference between a whole note and quarter note. I don’t take them for a morning jog. And it’s really hard for me to patiently teach them life skills (but I’m working on it). But rather than focus on our weaknesses, we play to our strengths, right? That is why my children will learn to treat others with kindness, speak well in public and have memories of elaborate birthday parties. All of my...

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Forgot what fun is? How to make sure it doesn’t happen again

This is an excerpt from the MOMentity article published yesterday on Motherhood Matters on KSL.com  It was during a phone conversation with a longtime friend that I realized a piece of myself was gone. Looking back, it had only disappeared — but I wondered how I ever let it hide. My friend and I were at two very different stages of life. She had four school-age children and had just gone back to school herself. She had new friends and new adventures in her life. We were chatting away, playing catch-up over the phone, trying to make up for years...

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3 Tips to Handle Hard Moments With Your Kids

This afternoon I heard banging coming from the basement where the kids were playing. I should’ve known to go check it out immediately. But I didn’t. By the time I made my way down the two flights of stairs, the damage was done. My 4-year-old and his buddy had been amusing themselves by throwing toys at the wall to see the cool marks they would make. They made lots of cool marks — 74 cool dings, divots and scratches on my wall, a few of them all the way into the dry wall. While I examined the damage, I...

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Do you know how magnificent you are?

As I was blow-drying my hair yesterday I was thinking about you. I wondered, “Do you know how magnificent you really are?”  I hope you can answer “YES!” but I fear your answer really is “no…” When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  What do you really see? Sometimes (OK lots of the time) I see the crazy hair I’m fixing or the dark circles I’m covering up. I see the lines on my face that weren’t there before. I see the way past pregnancies have changed my body, my skin. My eyes often look tired....

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We can do Hard Things

As moms, we can do hard things. I always knew I can do hard things. But it wasn’t until my third pregnancy that I really understood my own strength. I was laying on my back, looking at a fuzzy black and white monitor and flashing back at me were TWO heartbeats. In that single moment, life as I knew it changed forever. Never in my life did I imagine myself as a ‘twin mom’—I think some little girls do. Not me. But alas, I would be. Every single day I focused on growing healthy twins to term while raising my other...

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Scaling Back The Over-scheduled Mom

This is an excerpt from the MOMentity article published yesterday in Motherhood Matters on KSL.com. Somewhere along the line of mothering past and mothering present, we mothers decided we can do it all. We simultaneously focus on family responsibilities, work obligations and community service. We can locate every lost backpack, kiss away each owie, and answer four questions at once — all while taking mental note of the items missing from the pantry. We strap our children into their car seats and booster seats and drive them from ballet to soccer to piano. We volunteer in the classroom, manage a...

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Road Trip Countdown = Peaceful Road Trip With Kids (seriously!)

Last week we loaded the family into the minivan and headed across Wyoming to Grandma’s house. My kids are little (7, 4, and 23-month-old twins) and I wanted to do something fun for them along our journey. It’s important to Cherish Our Children even on cramped, stressed-out road trips, right? I decided an hourly countdown—and hourly prizes—would be best. I opened the craft closet and used what I had to construct a visible countdown for my kiddos. It turned out so cute! Supplies I Used: 2 sheets of cardstock in different colors 2″ scalloped punch (you could use any punch or even scissors)...

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Kaboo Bag Giveaway

Our site launch has been so fun! And we are wrapping things up with a BANG! (Or, rather, a BAG!) Kaboo is a new company that makes the coolest tablet bags.  These bags have a shock absorbing Tech Pouch perfect for your tablet. So bring your eReader or tablet safely with you when you go and make Leveraging Your Time super easy and stylish too! Kaboo bags come in four different styles in a variety of colors. I love my Riley in Pearl! I got it just in time for my birthday last month—Happy Birthday to me! I got to...

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