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Family Friday - Family Photos

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For Russell's third birthday we decided we would take some family photos. Joe's parents were in town to celebrate with us and I thought it would be great to capture some pictures of both grandparents with Russell while we could. Of course you always hope people will live a really long time but too many recent events have led me to not put off the things that are important and I wanted to make sure that we could capture this fun moment in time.


I happen to have a wonderfully talented friend, Amy, who was willing to come out after a long day at work and help us capture some pictures of our family together. I actually hired Amy to work with me and it was one of those hires that from moment one I was completely confident that she was a good choice and would do a wonderful job. She's always been willing to do what it takes and has been so supportive of me which I've loved.


There was a funny moment during our photo shoot when poor Russell was staring up at the moon and he …

Throwback Thursday - Green Chili Chicken Casserole

Oh yeah! I went WAY back on the blog to find this hidden gem. My Mom made something similar to this in the crockpot a little while ago and I had a thought that it would make an amazing filling in something like an enchilada. Well... this recipe is pretty much it. Yummy goodness all baked together into some filling and delightful goodness. I will definitely be making this soon. Hopefully I'll remember to take a photo. I guess back then I didn't take as many pictures of my food.

Green Chili Chicken Casserole

Check it out! If you make this let me know what you think. I'm pretty sure you could modify it if you want. YUM!

Wellness Wednesday - A New Journey

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I am so excited to share something fabulous and wonderful with everyone today. I have wanted to get certified as a yoga teacher for a while now and I finally have the opportunity to take a leap and do it! The biggest barrier for me was paying for the training. I knew I could commit myself to studying and attending classes but if you've ever priced out yoga teacher training classes they can definitely be expensive. I am sure that in other parts of the country the cost is even higher than it is here in Utah so I feel blessed to be able to do this at this point in my life.

Backing up a little bit let me tell you a little more about how this came to happen in case you're new to the blog. I have always enjoyed yoga. Initially I liked it for the flexibility and physical challenge it gave me. Now I like it for the peace and energy I experience as well as the physical and mental support it brings to my life. I've been taking classes from my friend Tara and found that while I was p…

Motovated Monday - Creative People

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Do you consider yourself a creative person? Do you feel you relate to some or all of these statements? Share your thoughts about what it means to be creative.

Throwback Thursday - Orange Curry Couscous

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AHHH... After last week's revival of the Coconut Thai Soup I decided going back to another recipe would be a great idea. So this week I ask you to look back at Orange Curry Couscous. This recipe is SO good and would be perfect for anyone looking for a great side dish or a light and flavorful main dish.


I did find making the dressing for this recipe made a ton and I remember marinating some chicken in it and that was really good. I'm sure you could toss some veggies in the dressing and grill them up to go with the couscous and that would be awesome if you're vegetarian/vegan.

Don't wait. Don't hesitate. Get to the store for the ingredients to make this and enjoy some yummy bliss!

Motovated Monday - Follow Your Bliss

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This...

Find a way... Or make a way...

Follow your bliss...


Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.  ~ Joseph Campbell 
(March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987, American mythologist, writer and lecturer)

Family Friday - Happy Birthday Russell

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Oh my goodness. My little Russell man is 3! It's hard to believe that three years have gone by since we walked through the uncertainty of his birth experience, watched him grow up hoping he'd be ok, and now seeing just how far he's come. It's amazing to me how much he's learning and growing every day. I wanted to share a few fun pictures from his birthday weekend.

We are so blessed that this sweet little guy is doing so well. He's such a happy and positive light in our lives and I couldn't imagine a day without him. He makes us so happy and yes we do have bad days. There are times when we are tired, when he throws a tantrum in the store, or he just doesn't seem to want to do more than whine and scream but that's ok. I always try to remind myself that he is a kid and that kids don't know how to express themselves so sometimes they get mad or sad or fussy. I think it's easy to have expectations that kids will behave like mini adults but I know…

Throwback Thursday - Coconut Thai Soup

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I've decided to add a new feature to the blog and it's Throwback Thursday! A friend commented on an old post of mine and I realized there are some great posts hidden way back in the depths of the archives. So, on Thursdays expect to see a revival of old posts, photos from way back when, or other nostalgic goodness. Today I give you, Coconut Thai Soup. Yep, it's from an old Saturday's Supper so you know you want to check it out. This is actually on the menu for us this week. I can't wait to see if it's as good as I remember.

Let me know if you try this throwback recipe. I remember it was really good and can't believe I haven't made this recently. The book the recipe is in is 365 Days of Slow-Cooking and Joe and I are thinking it's time to break out the crock pot again. MMM... Happy cooking!

Wellness Wednesday - Celebrating Russell

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This past weekend has been exciting as it was Russell's birthday! We had Joe's parents in town and it was fun to have them share in his celebration.


I think with birthdays it's easy to be reminded of all the things you want to write down, scrapbook, or otherwise make sure you capture it so you don't forget. After his family birthday celebration I felt inspired to write down some thoughts about Russell from this past year. The funny thing I found was that I had done that after his two year check up last year.

I know I could beat myself up for not having some cute scrapbook or wonderful template where I fill in the same blanks about him from year to year but I figure a few notes in a journal he can look at later work for me. Hey, more power to the folks out there who have time to go all out. Everyone's got to have a hobby and as much as I love that it's not what I'm choosing to fill my time with at this point. Maybe one day I'll scrapbook everything since…

Motovated Monday - What You Are

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It's not what you are that holds you back, It's what you think you are not. ~ Denis Waitley, American Motivational Speaker & Writer
If you're not following DoYouYoga on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you should be. You'll find articles on yoga, giveaways, inspirational quotes, videos, and more. They also have a great 30-Day Yoga Challenge that can give you a taste of what yoga is if you've never really done yoga before. Erin Motz makes things accessible for everyone and breaks down the challenge into different parts. This means you can skip around or focus on the areas you need the most help with.

Family Friday - Oquirrh Shadows Park and Splash Pad

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Hey everyone! If you follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) you've probably already seen some of this but I wanted to make sure it all ended up on the blog too.

Oquirrh Shadows Park is located just west of Bangerter Highway off of 10600 South. If you're heading towards Daybreak and have seen the fire station there you're in the right place. I know the fire station used to (or may still be) a Bountiful Baskets pick up site so it should be familiar to some folks.


Over the Pioneer Day weekend this awesome splash pad opened up at what was already one of our favorite parks for Russell to play at. We love that it's right by the fire station so it's well trafficked by both law enforcement and other families with kids. We like that the play equipment isn't all just for big kids so there are things Russell can do. There's also a huge field where people play soccer or run around a track area that circles the perimeter of the park. Russell so…

Wellness Wednesday - Expanding Your Happiness

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If you've followed the blog for a while you know I am all about learning more about meditation as a tool to support a balanced life. Well, it's about that time again for another meditation challenge. Same format, totally free, and done by Oprah and Deepak Chopra, it's 21-days of potentially life changing goodness.

Meditation can have many benefits depending on each person. Some benefits you typically hear about include:
Gaining a new perspective on stressful situationsBuilding skills to manage your stressIncreasing self-awarenessFocusing on the presentReducing negative emotions Along with these benefits I found there are many ways you can incorporate meditation in your day.
Participating in yoga or tai chi (take a class or buy a good video to do at home - if you can't afford to buy a video check your local library. Our local library system has DVD's and CD's available and you can test them to see what you like before you spend any money.)Practicing relaxed breath…

Motovated Monday - Lost in Life

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A theme I've noticed lately in social media, on news stories, and even in day to day life is how quickly people judge themselves against others or how quickly others judge them. Whether it's how someone looks, what they wear, how they chose to parent, or a hundred other things just being yourself seems to be getting harder and harder.

I don't know many people who like the feeling of being under the microscope constantly and I for one probably put myself under the microscope far more than anyone else is ever doing. I have to try hard to remind myself that everyone has a different journey and just because you didn't make a million dollars, have a beautiful home, or drive the newest car doesn't mean all is lost.

I found this great infographic the other day and it reminded me that some people don't hit their stride until later in life. This graphic spoke to me, being in my 30's, but I know there are dozens more people who are rich and/or famous that didn't …

Family Friday - Getting in Shape

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I tend to tease my husband that I want to get in shape. A shape that isn't ROUND. HA HA HA! I know I'm not someone most people would consider really overweight but for me and for what the scale says I am. Actually if you do a BMI check based on my weight and height I fall into the "overweight" category. See for yourself:

Now I know, one could argue that I'm not THAT far into the overweight category but that's not going to get me healthy again. I can tell for my body that things aren't right. I don't feel like I used to, I can't do as much as I have before, and I feel I get sick with mystery symptoms all the time. You know, those times when something hurts, itches, aches, or whatever but it's never consistent, isn't tied to any foods or drinks, and you can't ever duplicate it when you're finally in the doctors office. Yeah... Those mystery symptoms. I also know you could argue that I'm getting older and as you get older things c…