But That Ye May Have Patience: The True Story of a Marfan Syndrome “Victim”

But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions. Alma 34:41, Book of Mormon (Joe’s favorite scripture) The first time I saw Joe, he was standing at the pulpit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building in Saratoga […]

How to get Motivated to Clean When Overwhelmed by Mess? Delegate

Need some help around the house? Cleaning can feel overwhelming when things are a mess.  It’s generally unfair for one person to shoulder all the work! But what if I told you there’s a different way? Actually, 5 Steps towards getting your partner to help out with chores more? Let’s dive in… First Step: Communicate […]

Inspirational Story of Wife of Joseph Smith Jr. – Mary Elizabeth Rollins: Pioneer from Les Miserable

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44 Growing up, I had heard of a courage pioneer woman named Mary Elizabeth Rollins, who along with her sister, managed to save several pages later published as the Doctrine and Covenants from a burning building in Independence, […]

Mantras for Mamas: Banish Working Mom Guilt ASAP

  The Mother Lode (of Working Mom Guilt) With motherhood comes an onslaught of emotions. Depending on the circumstances, we feel everything from joy to dread. But perhaps the one emotion that strikes the hardest and most often is guilt. “Mom guilt” can be defined as what a mother feels any time she opts to […]

Protein Packed Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken

2 lb Chicken Breasts thawed 1 can Pinto Beans 1 Can Black Beans 1/2 Cup Quinoa 16 oz Salsa Tortilla chips (optional) Combine all ingredients (besides tortilla chips) in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Cut up chicken into bite-size pieces roughly 30 minutes before it’s finished. […]

Super Easy Spicy Citrus Beef in the Slow Cooker

1.5-2 lb Chuck Roast Beef 1 Can Mandarin Oranges 1 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes    1/3 Cup Sweet Chili Sauce Dump all ingredients in the slow-cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Cut up beef into bite-size pieces roughly 30 minutes before it’s finished.  Pair with rice, potatoes, […]

How I Overcame Perfectionism: Fixed Mindset VS Growth Mindset

You will never be ready, and it will never be perfect. That’s why you stopped trying, right? You’re waiting for the perfect moment (that will never come) or for a magical feeling that you’re “ready” to do something. So I’ll say it again: You will never be ready, and it will never be perfect. Like […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 5: Applying Brene Brown’s Empathy and Shame Research for Realistic Expectations

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child. -Alice Miller Recently my two-year-old dashed up to me, wrapped her short little arms around my neck and said, “Mom, you’re my best friend.”  My heart nearly burst. I […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 4: Creating Consequences with purpose Through John Gottman’s Emotion Coaching

It’s okay to be angry, it’s not not not okay to hurt someone. -Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood When using an authoritative approach to parenting as described in part 3, it’s important for parents to keep in mind their long-term goals. Children need to immediately stop harmful, destructive, or unkind behavior, but it is also important for […]

How to Discipline a Toddler Without Hitting Part 3: Understanding the Need for Control with Baumrind Parenting Styles

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. -Richard L. Evans  Parenting is akin to Goldilocks and the three little bears. At first Goldilocks tries the porridge that is too cold. This is the parent who is strict and unyielding, treating the child with […]