Driving {with kids}

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Alright guys! I officially suck at blogging.

I cannot get my head wrapped around being consistent. at all.

But, I did just get home from a 6-day road trip with my kids, and, well, I have some tips for you. Yes, road trips can be fun and they can also be totally crap. I promise I am not sitting here with my perfect body, and perfect hair, and perfect kids about to tell you that I have found the magic secret to 10 hours in the car. Because, I have not.

I hope my 10 little tips will maybe…. MAYBE make your trip a little more fun and memorable. But, if you decide that you’d rather fly, I truly DO NOT BLAME YOU.

1. FOOD–yep. Pack lots of food. And dum-dums (the suckers). I wish I could tell you that I don’t have to bribe my kids with suckers to be good, but that is just not the truth.

2. AUDIBLE–I am a big fan of books on cd, but I am also a huge fan of the audible.com app!!! We don’t have TVs in the car, and I really don’t like to have the kids on the Ipads non-stop, so I downloaded a really engaging novel that the whole family really enjoyed listening to. It was a lot of fun to watch the kids getting involved in the story!

3. SPLIT UP THE KIDS–Now, I learned this the hard way…and we have just a small sedan, so no 3rd row…but the first half of the trip the baby was no the drivers side, and well, the 2nd half of the trip the baby was in the middle. You can come to your own conclusions of why that change was made.

4. POTTY BREAKS–Ok, my husband is from the mind-set of “Just get there” which is great, but when you are traveling with kids you have to stop. Get some ice cream, stretch the legs, and let them run around, you will be so glad you did. Stop and enjoy the scenery, check out cheesy touristy things. The whole point of this road trip is to allow your family to have a good time together.
5. GARBAGE CONTROL–gosh, it seems like the second you get in the car it is total tornado, right?? Garbage everywhere INSTANTLY…. oh…. that’s just me???? I would love to hear how you have taught your children to not have that reaction in the car, in the meantime, bring lots of target bags to use as garbage bags and empty out the car of junk at every gas station.

6. PLAN A HALFWAY STOP–We had a 10-hour drive, so we booked a hotel (WITH A POOL) halfway between home and our destination. I feel like this would have been better without a baby…because sleeping in hotels with babies sucks, but it was nice for the big kids to get a break and swim.

7. TAKE LOTS OF PICS–Make it fun! Don’t be afraid to be silly and look like a big dork! Stop and every state sign and take a family selfie! Document the trip; those moments are really fun for kids!

8. PRAY–I am not even kidding you, I prayed 800 times, out loud with my family the first day…every time they started fighting, we just prayed. I didn’t even care that it started feeling silly. I was not about to let this trip get ruined with dumb fights!

9. RELAX–I am really not great at relaxing and being silly with my family. Isn’t that just the way it is??? We can relax and have fun with everyone, but the expectations we put on our family is just RIDICULOUS???? RIGHT? Take deep breaths of frankincense and lavender and CHILL OUT. The boy driving you crazy with questions and bad jokes? Just smile and answer them. Then rub vetiver all over his feet.

10. ENJOY THE HUBBY–If you’re like me, you’re sitt
ing in the passenger seat while your guy takes your family on vaca. Don’t forget to reach over and squeeze his hand or his shoulder occasionally, and make him feel glad you guys are having a family road trip together!

What are your must have tips for road trips? PLEASE SHARE!❤


getting in the word

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So, I’m waking up this morning and getting into the word first thing.  It’s my challenge and goal to spend the first hour of my day in prayer and bible study before I get into the world of social media.

You see, I do love social media, and it really is my job as a mom who works from home to be connected with people, to interact and spend time on the interwebs.  But, if I am not connected in the Word first…my day is a wreck.

I am a mess.  I am a blubbering idiot just spending my whole entire day swimming upstream trying to do life all on my own.

When I wake up, make my coffee and spend the first part of my day in prayer and study, it’s like I am a different person.  So, not only do I get connected with my Jesus, the connections that I am making in real life, all day long, whether on social media or in person, or more fruitful, more intentional and more wonderful.

I am such a checkmark person!  I seriously love checking off all the things.  So if you are a checkmark person you will totally understand how I feel when I say I have no idea what to do without a list to check off.  I found a bunch of great bible reading guides that you can print off and check daily!  Let me know which one you like!

21, 90, 6 month and a year reading plans!

So many different plans!  Chronological, Classic, New Testament, etc…

2 Year Plan

Pick the day you want to start!

Design your own!


John 17:23 

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.



i’ve got 5 minutes.

5 minutes while the baby eats and before he signs, “all done” and starts to scream at me.

5 minutes to describe how hard this season is in my life.

5 minutes to share that I am not ok. Even though I look ok.

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So instead I am going to spend that 5 minutes sharing with you how much joy my garden is bringing me.

I haven’t had one in over 5 years.  And my depressing little peace of land that my husband put the cute little fence around so many years ago has just sat there and made me sad.

So this year I got to plant tomatoes, and raspberries, corn, squash, tons of sunflowers and probably more things that will be surprising me soon!

And every morning, afternoon and evening I walk out there and take deep breaths.  I forget about being sad, and wanting to be all alone, wishing I could just run far far away forever and ever.

I look for weeds that haven’t sprouted yet.

I pretend the seeds have sprouted and my garden is very very full and beautiful like in a magazine.

It brings me so. much. peace.  So. much. joy.


Job 8:16

“He thrives before the sun, And his shoots spread out over his garden.

Friday Favorites!!

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I’m back,  and I am going to start tackling Friday Favorites!  It’s seriously my favorite thing in the world.  I love sharing awesome stuff that I love because, well, why not!!!!  I would love for you to share the stuff that you love with me too!!

Best Mascara Ever!  I know, I have talked about this before, but I just purchased my 3rd tube and besides Mary Kay, I have never purchased the same mascara twice!!!!  This stuff is the BOMB DOT COM.  (oh yes, I said it.)

Best Water Bottle Ever!  I got this tw0-pack water bottle at costco and I just LOVE IT.  I drink a ton of water everyday so the fact that it holds 40 oz.  UMMM.  YES.  PLEASE.

Best Pens Ever!  You know that super pretty hand-writing that you see people have and you’re like, “how the heck…”  It’s these pens.  They make your hand-writing AM-AZ-ING!

Best Cookbook Ever!  I love me a healthy cookbook, and “Against All Grains”  is a great one!!!  So many recipes that are super do-able and easy and yummy!

Best Energy Supplement Ever!!!  Young Living Nitro!!!!!  If you are a runner, or a walker, or you ride bikes, or you work long hours, or you need energy because you are chasing after little children all day this stuff will be your BFF!  and it’s good for you!!!  I can hook you up if you want to try it!!!


ok, that’s my list!!!  What’s your top 5 favorite things for the week?


a little step may be the beginning of a great journey

I talk at the beginning of every month about writing goals.  I encourage my team to write them and ROCK them!!!

I always make my goals, I share them and I am excited, but lately, I have not been following through with them.  I will accomplish a couple of them, but I am not intentional.

Also, for the last 6 months, my big goal has been to revive this blog.  Yep, I write it down EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH.  “blog at least once a week”  and I haven’t even done one blog post in SO LONG.  Like, over a year.

The inspiration will come, and I will think, “oooo I need to blog about that”  and life gets in the way!  I get distracted with baby jack, and 11 year old girlie emotions, and my sensitive 10 year old boy.  Seriously, who knew parenting was this hard…and it keeps getting harder, and harder…

So, as the summer is going to start I am putting it out there in the universe that my goal for the summer is to blog 3 times a week!!!!! 3 TIMES!!  AT LEAST!

Because, I am, THE IDAHO MOM!  Right?!?  And summer is WHERE IT IS AT!

OK, so talk to me, what are your goals that you keep writing down and then failing at?  Losing weight?  Working out?  Something with your business?  Something Personal?  Let’s share and keep each other accountable!!

#postaday #workathomemom #goals #beintentional





Valentine’s day in our house

Valentine’s Day in our House:  repost from 2015

Does anybody else get really emotional and overwhelmed on Valentines Day?
Well, let me tell you right away, I don’t, not anymore.
But, in the past, it wasn’t that easy.
I guess I thought I would get married and I would never, NOT get a present on Valentines day.  Or a date, or a card, but, well, I married a man who is not a romantic guy.  That is just not his thing, and ladies, if you are newly married or married for ten years and you put expectationson your husband you are on a slippery slope to some miserable times.
First of all, let me give you some back story.
I married a guy who is super loyal, encouraging, amazing at communicating,  and he loves me very much.
Instead of focusing on those qualities in my husband I spent 7 years disappointed, no really.  Bawling, crying on every single holiday because it hadn’t turned out as I had EXPECTED.
I mean I was miserable.
I made myself so unhappy.  I focused so much on what I wasn’t getting that I wasn’t able to see what I had.  I was blinded by the commercials, the facebook posts, and more.  I was constantlyCOMPARING our marriage to others.   Oh dear, that is so dangerous.
So a funny story, that I am able to laugh about now, but it was a terrible day.
and just, know that this happened after a lot of healing had happened in our marriage, and I had already learned to let go of expectations.
Probably 3 years ago I got a text from my husband:
J:  I am going to stop and pick up something for you for Valentine’s day, where should I go.
Me:  oh!  really!?  YAY!  Definitely TARGET
On valentines day he gives me a stuffed dog.  Clearly from Wal-mart.
I’m sorry…Wal-mart?
Do you know me at ALL!!!  I am a Target girl.
I do not like nicknacks.  I do not like stuffed animals.
I really did laugh at the moment, and I actually, said, “what the heck is this??”
I won’t go on, but it ended in a fight, He was upset that I didn’t like the present, (I mean, COME ON) but I needed him to know that no present at all would have been better than a dog because to me it made me feel like 8 years of marriage and he knows nothing about me!  I am such a girl…
Our Valentine’s day conversation this year was much different and it made me laugh so hard, and it also made me proud of myself for how much I’ve grown.
J:  oh, Valentine’s day is coming up Saturday
Me:  Yes, yes it is.
J:  Do I need to get you something. … yah. I need to get you something.
Me:  No, babe, really it’s ok.  I promise.  I really really promise.
J:  oh, no, I am sure I need to get you a present.
Me: no, Really, I just want a massage (hey I’m pregnant!)
J:  oh, do I need to like call and get you a massage?
Me:  no, I can do it.  I PROMISE it’s ok! but, oh hey!  I have an idea!  How about you watch Pitch Perfect (my guilty pleasure) with me!!  oh that would be so much fun!
J:  ok, I can do that.  You are sure I don’t need to go get you something?
(I have scary flash back to stuffed dog)
Me:  I promise.
So Valentine’s day in our house is about the kids.  My husband and I don’t need a special day to talk about how much we love each other.  I am a holiday kind of person,  It’s just what I like to do.   I love to make the kids special pancakes, and get them a box of chocolates, I am going to make a special family dinner and we’ll watch a movie.
Jim will watch Pitch Perfect with me tonight and I bet he’ll even rub my feet.  But I feel love from him everyday.  In his own way.
When I read, “The 5 Love Languages”  oh so long ago, I learned that I am a gift giver, and I love gifts.  But I also learned that my husband is not.  And instead of getting mad and thinking, “Well, you don’t speak my love language!  What’s wrong with you?”  I learned to see how he was expressing his love to me in his own way, and to be honest my love language has changed.
 because I would feel pretty bummed out, all the time, if I was constantly wanting a thoughtful gift!  That is just not something he is good at!!!!
So he is an acts of service kind of guy, he rubs my feet, helps me with the laundry, warms up my car on cold mornings, and shovels the snow so I have a path.
He is also a words of affirmation guy.  He is really good at communicating, He seriously has encouraged me in absolutely everything I’ve ever wanted to do.
He is a great man.
And if you are married to a man that is not very romantic, and you have a lot of expectations on how a holiday, or a date night or even a marriage should look like, I encourage you to let those expectations go.  Let them go, and see your husband for who he really is.  Appreciate what he DOES do, don’t moan and groan about what he doesn’t.
If there’s something that you want for Valentine’s day, or any holiday, get it for yourself!  I learned that I am much better at getting presents for myself  than my husband is.  And I don’t end up with a bunch of dumb gifts that I I don’t like.  :)

The most amazing holiday cookies


Every year I do a LOT of baking for the holidays.  It’s just what I do.  Don’t judge.

Every year I also like to find a new recipe to add to my repertoire of holiday goodies.

This morning we woke up to crazy winds, snow, rain, all that good stuff.  My fire is burning hot, I might have Christmas tunes playing on the pandora station, and guess what?  I want to bake!


So I have an awesome cookie cookbook that I have had since I was 16.  My mom gave it to my for my birthday.  I don’t even really want to talk about the fact that that was 20 years ago.  It feels like yesterday.

So, there’s some recipes in this cookbook that are GOLD.  SUPER GOLD.  like amazing. cookies.  The sugar cookies.  The chocolate chip cookies, the oatmeal cookies.  OH MY WORD.  I have been using these recipes for 20 years!


So, today I dug out the good old trusted double chocolate chip cookie recipe and I decided to give it some holiday jazz with orange EO!

Here’s the ingredients You will need:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or coconut oil (sidenote:  I grew up on crisco.  I am soooo picky about the look and texture of my cookie.  There is something about crisco that makes cookies crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  As an adult, we don’t buy crisco and this combination of oil and butter gives me the same results.  SO PERFECT)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla (the REAL THING)
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt (DO NOT OMIT)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 5 drops Young Living Orange EO
  • 1/4 tsp dried orange peel (optional)


ok.  When I am making cookies I don’t do the whole separate things into different bowls.  That just doesn’t work for me.  Here is what I do

  • Put all the wet ingredients into a bowl and mix them altogether
  • Add the small dry ingredients.  By that I mean the baking soda, salt, etc.
  • Add the flour and mix it all up.

That is what I do and it works for me!

Then add your orange oil and chocolate chips.


Enjoy!!!  When you are done making them let me know how you liked them!!