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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Thank you NBC NEWS reporter, Harry Smith, for presenting an accurate picture of the welfare system organized and opporated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Watching this video, you can’t help feel the genuine astonishment experienced by this veteran journalist,  as he’s offered “…a rare look inside a huge but little known effort by the Mormon church…”.   Makes my heart sing! This guy gets it!

This is Lizzie, my youngest, back in 2009, volunteering on Welfare Square. Signature hairnet. Lizzie gets it too! (Oh, and that cheese produced on Welfare Square is TRULY amazing.)


Fast forward a couple of years and the words of the living Savior are still being preached and practised. One of my favorite talks from the 2014 October General Conference was “Are We Not All Beggars?” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. When he shared the oft quoted words, “there but for the grace of God go I” my heart was touched and those thoughts continue to resonate.

I’m greatful to be a Mormon. I’m grateful for membership in a church that actively encourages me to do all that I can to help myself and help others. The Savior’s restored gospel really is here, upon the earth, and everyone is welcome to come learn for themselves. I’m so thankful for that blessing and knowledge!


Friday, March 7th, 2014

Do you have cleaning products in your storage? I do!

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Multiples of these two products are always on hand at my house because I’m using them every single day. I found this recipe online years ago and it’s become my all time favorite, secret weapon, for basically cleaning every surface, and it costs practically nothing.

I write the cleaning recipe right on the spray bottle. Labeled “granite cleaner” to help my family remember what works safely on our counters…and hopefully what doesn’t.

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Just in case that’s not very clear…here’s the recipe.

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

few drops Dawn dish soap (like maybe a teaspoon)

1 quart water

That’s it. Fill your bottle with those three ingredients and then start spraying!

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I’ve been using this cleaner on our dining table and white leather chairs every day, for over a year, with absolutely no damage to either finish:)

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Love how it makes the cupboards shine and removes finger prints in one quick swipe.

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P.S. This is where I stash all my food storage meal bins. Using my three-month supply every day means I want to have all those canned, dried, and bottled ingredients real handy. Soooo nice to not have to trot down to the basement when I’m struggling to throw down a meal.

P.S.S Mike’s First Vision painting in the background. Love that too!

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As I said before, this cleaner is perfect for granite counters. In fact, it was after one of my granite suppliers told me that Windex was too harsh for granite that I did my research and learned about this very mild, but highly effective, solution.

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For cleaning, oh endlessly cleaning, the refrigerator doors, I wipe the messiest areas near the handles with a bit of straight Dawn to quickly break down the grease. Then I spritz on some of my magic spray and wipe dry. Suddenly the fridge is streak free and sparkling clean for then next…twenty to thirty minutes.

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It also works great on our stainless steel counters and tile. (This is what happens if your backsplash takes steroids.) (So sad.)

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I also use it to clean and polish the bathroom mirrors, counters, sinks, and faucets. Cleans AND kills germs!

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Plus, the outside of that…er…everything but the inside bowl.

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We use it for our windows.

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Last but certainly not least, come the hardwood floors. I have no idea why vinegar is still so often suggested as the perfect cleaner for wood. The acetic acid in vinegar eventually dulls the finish. Who needs that? I lightly spray a small area and then quickly run a dry mop over the damp section to clean and shine in one easy step. Works. So. Well. The floors are clean and shiny with zero residue or film that could attract dirt. Honestly makes me so happy.

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So there it is! My testimony of a super inexpensive multipurpose cleaner, which can safely be used throughout the entire house, and costs almost nothing. Really nice to not have to fuss around with multiple products. A big Saturday style cleaning, including numerous windows, inside and out, used only half of the bottle.

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I wish everything were this easy!


Saturday, May 18th, 2013

This Mother’s Day gift absolutely melted my heart!

If you’re wondering what to do for dear ol’ Dad next month, maybe making your own little family film would be a meaningful way to give him a giant hug.


Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Saturdays tend to be ridiculously busy, but did you know that in only 13 minutes you can be reminded, or learn, the truth about the doctrine of motherhood?


This message is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! If you’re at all like me, and have struggled at times with Hallmark’s version of a Happy Mother’s Day, or lack there of, maybe it’s because we’re focused on what the world is serving up on the subject. I’m not suggesting that those lovely cards, chocolates, and flowers are BAD, but they can sometimes fall short of all there is to be celebrated on this special day.

Finally (ahem) it has occurred to me that the Mother’s Day I choose to enjoy could be a happier, peaceful, and more purposeful experience if at least within my own heart, there was a shift in focus. What if once a year, I took the opportunity to express sincere gratitude to my Father in Heaven for the eternal opportunity of motherhood? What if I chose to celebrate and truly appreciate the sacred calling entrusted in my DNA?

Mother’s Day built on the truths of the Savior’s restored gospel may happily, and thankfully, be shared by all women. And that sounds like a REALLY good day to me! Watch and learn:) I did.


Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Our wonderful daughter, Sarah, and SIL Michael, have recently welcomed another little son into their family. Archie was born just three weeks ago and we couldn’t be happier. Look at that sweet smile and darling little chin! Easy to see that baby Archie is an angel and behaving so very well for his parents. We feel positively sloppy with blessings right now!


If you need an amazingly, gifted, talented, nurse-turned infant photographer/baby whisperer, we strongly suggest you watch this promotional film about  Heather Pickett Photography. Heather is exactly the type of person you want to trust with your newborn. Gentle in every way. Heather is a dear family friend and my daughters have absolutely loved working with her.


Friday, April 5th, 2013


If you’ve ever had to face a trial or serious hardship, or you know someone who has had to face a trial or serious hardship, or…you understand that at some point in your life you may have to face trials and/or a serious hardships, this devotional message from David Nielson will be a blessing. I know that it has helped me.

(second one from the top)

Wishing all a wonderful General Conference weekend!


Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

shop·worn (sh p wôrn, -w rn) adj. 1. Tarnished, frayed, faded, or otherwise defective from being on display in a store.

Dear friends,

Thanks for your interest in the shopworn books! They have all been sold. I will make this offer and discount available in the future, if I can:)



Tuesday, November 20th, 2012


Dear friend Kathryn shared this film documenting the great work, service, and love from many helping hands.  So thankful they were there.


Thursday, August 23rd, 2012





You should see the preparation that has actually been going on for a very very long time. The world may be surprised but I’m not. Not one bit.

Harry Smith from NBC’s Rock Center had no idea that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was so invested in helping their own AND helping the world. Money where your mouth is.


Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I’m on the fly, but you have to see this! (And thanks to Marie, I think I finally fixed the link.)

How cool is it that there are volunteer church leaders willing to help these young men 1. have the experience of making this awesome video 2. learn the value of preparations and work, earning their own money for camp and 3. attend camp and learn all that’s offered there. Total package! Love it!