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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mount Timpanogos Temple - Utah Wedding Video

First of all, the Mount Timpanogos Temple is absolutely gorgeous! How have I lived in Utah my whole life and never been there? It was such a beautiful day, and this wedding was a lot of fun. Jon and MaryAnn's families were full of fun personalities which always makes my job easy ;) One of my favorite parts though is the little girl's interview at the end. So funny! Kids are the best!



I got to work with Kim Ashworth from Pearl Pixels Photography who is a lot of fun! If you're looking for a happy, down to earth photographer you'll definitely have to check out her work!


And... one more thing. I LOVED this! I've never seen a "guest book" like this! They had notecards for people to write a message on and then the guests would hang it on the string with a little clothes pin.




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How I Turned My Bath Time Hater Into a Bath Time Lover


First of all, thank you sooooo much to those of you who gave me suggestions on our Facebook page! I was loosing my mind trying to figure out what to do. Cooper somehow had decided that bath time was the worst time of the day and that water was the devil. No matter what toys I put in or how gently I washed him, he still would scream and {dangerously} try to escape. I started to dread bath time and would pretty much be in tears every time. Luckily after reading through all of your suggestions, I got in the tub with Cooper and actually paid attention to what was upsetting him, and figured some things out that I thought I would share!

1. Bathroom Temperature: When I got in the tub with Cooper I realized that the bathroom was freezing so I started putting a space heater in there to warm it up right before bath time. That way, Cooper was a little calmer when I undressed him.



2. Introduce toys before getting in: My Mom came up with this method and it works great! Before putting him in the water I now let him see the toys and play with them first. This way he is excited before transitioning to the water. He hardly even notices when he has a fun toy in his hand!



3. Water level: I think this was the key to Cooper's bath time change of heart. When I got in with him, I realized that the water was so high (mid-waist) that he didn't feel secure and kept slipping around. Which probably also contributed to me feeling like if he moved he was going to drown. Now I just put a tiny bit in so that he can sit comfortably, and I just lay him on his back to wash his hair. (that took a couple tries before he really relaxed, but now he loves it!!)



After changing these three things he is officially a bath time lover and mommy is too!! Here are some other ideas people gave me though that I think are fantastic!

1. Use a Bath Seat
2. Wash baby's hair with a wash cloth so they don't have to be covered in water
3. Wash baby in the sink


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party #43

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Thank You! To everyone that shared their amazing projects last week! I’m always impressed, we had so many outstanding projects that are shared at this party, we had over 450 entries! WE LOVE YOU, GUYS ! We couldn’t have such a fabulous party without you! Please spread the word and if you have your own party and it’s not listed, please let us know and we would LOVE to add it! Now on to this week’s Party

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Worthwhile Wednesday Anniversary



Welcome, Welcome all to the 53nd
Worthwhile Wednesdays Link Party!

Today, we are celebrating my 1 year Link Party anniversary, not my blogs anniversary, my Worthwhile Wednesday anniversary!

And today you'll get to party hard!

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Fun Family Nite Ideas!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://my-disclosure.es/OBsstV
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Family time is SO important. I’m convinced that it can make or break a family! We try to have a family night at least once a week, but since our kids are little, we usually get more than one family night a week, and I love it! This week we decided to buy a new movie The Boxtrolls at Wal-Mart! I figure it’s WAY cheaper to buy the movie, than it is to take everyone in the family to the movie theater! Plus you get to make your own snacks
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As you can seen, we also LOVE popcorn at our house. Like, LOVE, I’m pretty sure I could eat it for every meal. And Pop-Secret’s Movie Theater Butter is THE BEST! I like to mix Cinnamon Bears with my popcorn! Yummy!
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The Boxtrolls was released on January 20th, and you can get your new movie, and Pop-Secret Movie Theater Butter 10 Count Box in one trip to your local Wal-Mart, while supplies last!
Fun-Family-Nite-Idea Since The Boxtrolls is all about little trolls that live under the city, and collect other people’s trash to make their home, I thought it would be fun if we made some musical instruments with our leftover Pop-Secret and The Boxtrolls box.
The main character, Eggs, and his adoptive Boxtroll parent, Fish, also have a little jam session made out of trash in the movie. So I thought it would be fun if the kids could play their instruments along with the characters in the movie.
We just cut a hole out of the Pop-Secret box, and put some rubber bands on it to make our guitar.
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We made some drums with the outer cover of the DVD case and pencils of course!
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And Max shook the popcorn bowl for his instrument.
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Nothing’s better than a family movie night with a little jam session! The kids had a fun night, and I did too. You can make any ordinary movie night special with a little effort!
How do you carve out time for family night at your house?
Jessica :)

Chunky Potato Soup Recipe

mommas-potato-soup (14) I adore "soup weather". Don't you?! Especially on a cold day when I've been outside for a while, to come inside for a meal and have a lovely bowl of soup is just delightful! My husband thinks so, too, and as a result, this soup (originally from my momma's recipe box) is one of the first things I ever cooked for him! Like many of the dishes my kitchen produces, this one is full of variables, which I'll share as we go along. So let's get started!

Momma's Chunky Potato Soup

3 red potatoes

2 cups water

1 small onion

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Crushed red pepper flakes

Ground black pepper

3 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup cubed ham

1. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch cubes. (I actually used Russet potatoes this time around, so if you don't have any red potatoes on hand, no worries!) mommas-potato-soup (2) 2. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add potatoes and cook until tender. Drain, reserving liquid. Set aside potatoes. Measure 1 cup cooking liquid, adding water, if necessary; set aside. mommas-potato-soup (3) As you can see, when I drain the liquid, I drain it right into a measuring cup. Easy peasy! mommas-potato-soup (4) 3. Peel and finely chop onion. Melt butter in saucepan over medium head. Add onion to saucepan; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and tender, but not brown. mommas-potato-soup (5) mommas-potato-soup (6) 4. Add flour to saucepan; season with pepper flakes and black pepper to taste. Cook 3 to 4 minutes. (I normally leave out the pepper flakes so I can garnish with them, so you could do that, as well!) mommas-potato-soup (7) 5. Gradually add potatoes, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, milk and sugar to onion mixture in saucepan; stir well. Add cheese and ham. And let me just say something about the ham: add any kind you like! This is great if you've had a ham for some kind of a holiday dinner and you have lots of leftovers! And if you have no ham and want to be cost-effective, just grab a canned ham and use that! Simmer over low heat 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Store leftovers, covered, in refrigerator. mommas-potato-soup (8) You can see that at first it's VERY thin. No worries, it will thicken up very nicely! mommas-potato-soup (9) See? mommas-potato-soup (10) mommas-potato-soup (11) And there you have it! Y'all, it is SO GOOD! mommas-potato-soup (12) I normally garnish with the red pepper flakes (or bacon bits!), and serve it with some rolls or biscuits, as pictured. I should really serve it with some salad, but I figure there are already enough carbs in it - how are a few more really gonna hurt anything at this point?! mommas-potato-soup (1) If you try it, I'd love to hear what you think! For additional recipes and more "domestic" fun, you can always find me at www.theroadtodomestication.com, or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadToDomestication) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/DomesticRoad).

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New Beginnings Welcome Idea


I'm so lucky to be in Young Women's! At the beginning of each year we welcome in a the beehives who will be coming into young women's this year. We have a girl in our presidency who is always coming up with the cutest ideas! I can not take credit for the idea, just the follow through.

I went online and found these adorable jars of honey and wands! Then she came up with the saying above, "Honey, we're so happy to have you in beehives!" They honey jars were smaller then I originally thought, so Matt and I filled the cellophane bags with Rolos and Hugs. Matt thought the Rolos look like beehives, I told him he was crazy but it turned out cute!!