I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Here is how ours went down...



My cousin recently posted about her favorite things and I thought I would do the same! Not only did I enjoy seeing her favorite (we have several in common) but I also want to record what my favorite things are and look back on it some day. (My favorite things change with time/age and I'm sure yours do too!)

Hunter Boots 
I really wanted these boots but I also was worried that they would be an impulse buy. Luckily my cousin found these on sale at Costco while I was in Texas in October. I knew they would be great for rainy days and then snowy days too. I was worried that I wasn't going to get my money's worth but recently we got a TON of rain. The last that I read was 10 inches and that was before the rain had stopped. The boots have definitely come in handy!

We haven't had a nice blender in a while but I knew that when it came down to buying one that I would want to get a really good one. I watched so many videos comparing cheaper blenders to high end blenders. I knew I would be disappointed if I didn't upgrade to a good one. I've made shakes daily and they turn out perfectly. 

Mrs. Meyers Products
My favorite cleaning products are by Mrs. Meyers. My favorite kitchen cleaner scent is Honeysuckle. I also really like Basil and Lavender and tend to get those scents in hand soaps. 

Thirty One Backpack
It looks like you can't get these backpacks anymore but it is my absolute favorite! I have my monogram embroidered on it in turquoise (my fave color). I feel like thirty one products are great quality for a decent price! It has all the perfect pockets-for my favorite water bottle (Contigo) and for my favorite planner pens (Flairs)!

Erin Condren Deluxe Notebook
I feel like Erin Condren isn't as popular as many other great planners have emerged BUT I've tried a few others and I've found something that works for me. I actually only like to have the month view but I always need tons of sections for meeting notes, etc. I introduce the deluxe notebook. Not like the life planner, it's more simple actually but the cost is high because I get the large size and add the monthly calendar which jacks the price up. So worth it in my opinion.

Plexus ProBio
I love taking a probiotic! I feel so much better now that I am taking them regularly. I did a cost and quality comparison with probiotics that you can purchase at Walmart and the Plexus probiotic won by a long shot. I haven't been sick since I've started taking them. (Which is pretty amazing since I'm a teacher!)

Project Life App
Scrapbooking used to be one of my favorite hobbies but has quickly been pushed to the side as I juggle being a wife, mom, teacher, and photographer. However, I found this app to be VERY easy and enjoyable. I can make layouts with pictures that are on my phone (because I usually don't have my big camera with me) in roughly 5 minutes. I've started printed them and putting them in a book and the kids LOVE to look at our memories. Check out the website for more information.

Nike Free 5.0
I got my first pair of these a couple years ago and really loved them. This past January I got fitted for a nice pair of running shoes from a local running store. (The customer service was FAB!) I ended up purchasing a pair of adidas shoes but just never loved them like I loved my Nike's. I recently purchased my second pair that look like these below. Love!

Well that's it for now! What are some of your favorite things? Please share them!



Every year this day comes and goes. My preparation for this day usually revolves around my job as a teacher sprinkled with a little focus on my own children. However, my heart is always full as I watch my baby boy move through his elementary school years.

 I never want to forget his cute gap-toothed smile and how his career choice changes every year. In Kindergarten he wanted to be a Ninja Turtle when he grew up, I'd say he has matured a little. :)
I feel like the too cool for mom stage has already started, isn't it too soon?! 
I love that I am now teaching second grade because I get to see him multiple times through out the day. I was worried at first, that maybe he would rely on me being there too much. That during recess he would hang by me the whole time. That he would come to my room in the middle of the day just because he missed me. Boy was I wrong. He runs and plays and I don't ever see him at recess. He never stops by my room until the end of the day. I think I was underestimating him a little, but I couldn't be more proud of him! 

He is so excited because his Kindergarten teacher is now his second grade teacher! When she moved up she was able to get her whole group of Kindergarten students, kind of like looping but she skipped a year. She got married in May and has a new last name. Tryp was so worried about calling her Miss Hamilton but I think all of her class has accepted her new name quite well.   
Second grade is off to a great start for the both of us!



I’m so excited that one of my 2015 goals has actually worked out so far! Some of the others, ahem, exercising…well let’s just say that they haven’t worked out just yet. Our memory verse for January was SO successful!
This was Audrey about a week or two in and Tryp at the same time. So proud of my babies!
As I mentioned in my January Memory Verse post, I’m using the 2015 Primary Program as the guide for the monthly verse.
So I picked out a classic for February. Leave a comment and let me know if you want to join us! It’s definitely been a blessing seeing my kids get excited about memorizing scriptures!



I made several goals for the New Year.
One of them was to read a chapter book a month to my kids, mainly to Tryp.
He just turned seven and he absolutely LOVES to read together. I know that first grade is a huge year for growth but I guess you don’t really know until you see it happening to your own sweet babe.
When I thought about choosing a book, I knew it had to be something exciting and fun. I also wanted it to be a book that has a movie so we can watch the movie later and talk about how the book was different.
Tonight we started reading The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.

Tryp seems a little confused by some parts but he is following so well and making connections! I love it!
Not only do I know that the importance of reading is so high but I also want these to be moments that Tryp looks back on and remembers. I want him to remember our Thursday nights of reading. I want him to enjoy this special ‘us’ time on the couch. (Audrey is not ready to sit and listen yet but one day she will be.) I am all about establishing traditions with our family. I’ll have to share what we have started so far in another post.
My heart is overflowing tonight. I feel grateful for my sweet kiddos and grateful for time that didn’t pass too quickly tonight.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
Psalm 28: 7

January Memory Verse


One of my 2015 goals was to have a monthly memory verse for our family.

I’m using the Primary Program for 2015 as a guide for which topic to focus on each month.

January is- We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ.

I went through the weekly lessons and wanted to find a Bible verse that we could all work on memorizing.

Here is our verse for January:


Want to join in with us? I would love to see how others incorporate a monthly verse!

Wish me luck on teaching a 3 year old! :)

2015 Goals


Recently I have been reading the book No Doubt About It by Sheri Dew.
It has really helped me evaluate myself this last year and helped me to make some goals for 2015. In chapter 2 she tells a story about how someone approached her while she was on vacation asking if she was the person they thought she was. The question referred to her identity but the author let that question change her thinking. She wrote, “Am I the woman I think I am, the woman I want to be? More importantly, am I the woman the Savior needs me to be?”
I love that. I love that it guides me to think about who I am. Who do I want to be? Am I the woman that Christ needs me to be? With that being said…here are my goals for 2015.
  • I will study scriptures daily for 20 minutes and complete a study guide journal.
  • I will read the Book of Mormon each day for fifteen minutes and finish the book by the end of the year.

  • We will go on a date every month.
  • I will write 1 love note to Hank each month.

  • I will take more pictures of my kids and document their events.
  • We will read every Thursday night for 45 minutes and finish one chapter book per month.
  • We will memorize 1 scripture verse per month.

  • I will run/walk 1 mile every day. 
  • Read 6 books for enjoyment.

  • I will plan blog posts in hopes to complete 2-3 blog posts per week. (Ha. Let’s see how I do with this.)
  • I will blog about more family/home events then teaching.

What about you? Do you have goals already in place? I would love to see what everyone else is working towards! We can help keep each other accountable. :)

Happy New Year