Gardening: Succulents

Jordan Valley Conservation Garden hosted a lovely meet up where we learned mingled, took classes and had fun. I was excited to bring my friend for a night with out kids and learn a little about house decor from Leanne Jacobs and Succulents from Cynthia Bee.

Succulents are my kind of plant.

Why I love succulents:

1. You don’t have to water them, they prefer if you don’t.

2. You can rip off their leaves and they grow new ones, perfect for experiments with kids.

3. The part you tear off grows new roots = new plants.

Thanks to Glover Nursery, I won a $50 gift card to go buy my own succulents!

We took a field trip with our kids and taught them about succulents, let them pick out their own “fuzzy plants” and then we planted them. It made for a 4 hour educational activity for the kids! Nurseries are a great place for children to explore. There are so many colors and shapes. The next time you need an inexpensive activity, consider visiting a nursery!

I loved learning about these plants and that we were able to teach our kids about them as well.


We had a fun night at KSL with a bunch of bloggers last week. It was so nice of them to host us. I only took pictures while we were in the radio booth, but we also got to be on air. It was a very fun night and I loved seeing old friends and making new friends.

In the radio booth


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Meet a Mama: Interview with Sunshinepod22

I met Denise via twitter when I went on bedrest with baby girl and was mentally preparing myself for a premie. Denise has a big heart and is a brave and strong women that I look up to and admire. Though we may never meet in real life, I appreciate her blog and sharing her story. Follow her on twitter and read her blog.

Here is her story in her own words:

My name is Denise and I am a mom of 2 beautiful boys. Andre 12 and Johnny 2. Both of my boys are special needs children but Johnny has the most needs and difficulties. They both require my undivided attention.

These last 5 years have been very difficult for me. In 2007 my arm was smashed in a freight elevator at work. I had to have 3 surgeries to repair what could be repaired. By 2008 I was finishing up my extensive therapy.

During those years I had no job. I was becoming more and more in debt month by month. I relied on faith. In 2009 I gave birth to my youngest son Johnny who was born at 30 weeks gestation. He stayed in the NICU for 2.5 months.

I started a blog during our stay in the hospital. I started I started this blog because I didn’t know how to deal with watching my baby stop breathing and having tubes and An Iv inserted in his foot and hand. Thisis really when I became a part the social networking world. I wrote so much on my blog and talked to a lot of friendly people on Twitter.

Since having Johnny I was able to take the couple of classes I needed to become a Certified Medical Assistant. I can only work part time because of Johnny special needs. Living is very hard with rent, utilities, growing kids and medical things, but I still rely on my faith. Johnny attends OT. pT and SpT.

He has a number of medical issues that include Sensory Processing Disorder, GERD, developmental delays. gross and Fine Motor delays. He is being tested for a lot of symptoms he is having that require him to go to a genetist. Andre has ADHD, Expressive/Written language disorder and anxiety disorder. These disorders require for me to give him a lot of attention for school work and everyday expression.

For both children there are things that require my attention at the same time. I feel like I have to try and be Super Woman, but even she has a weakness. If you’d like to contact me, you can reach me on

Twitter: @dmocha1223



Tillman the skateboarding dog

We met Tillman the skateboarding dog this week! The kids loved it.

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New Danish Mama Design Unveiling & Vote For New Header

Hi friends,

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ve been working with a fun designer in Australia that I found on Etsy and am going to unveil the new design for Danish Mama.





The color scheme ended up going in a different direction than originally planned (red and blue) but fell in love with it!


I’d love your help picking a header, please vote for #1 or #2:





Mark J Foss

My brother Mark is amazing. He was already uber talented, but since attending Parson’s he’s been workingon some great projects. Today is his birthday and in order to properly celebrate him, I had to brad about him.

Here is his latest project:

This project was about taking an artist and the concept of their work and changing it. It was a group project I worked on with Jasmine, an Egyptian girl who has spent most of her life in New Jersey.

The artist we picked was Baldesaari, who took stills from film and made collages out of them. Our idea was to take screen shots from the internet, youtube and edit them in a more digital way.

The content is supposed to be about the repression of women in Egypt and how this view and culture is changing, especially with the invention of the internet that let’s people have more insight to the ways different people live all around the world and how that equals the playing field a little bit and gives everyone a voice. Our project was projected instead of printed.

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{Bucket List} The Bucket List Girl teaches us how to create a bucket list

Do you have a BUCKET LIST ? Today Karina Wetzel is going to share with us HOW TO START A BUCKET LIST.

My name is Karina! I’m also known as the Bucket List Girl!

I blog over at The Bucket List Girl, there you will find a little bit of everything! Recipes, Fashion posts, get inspired posts, Anything Bucket list, and so much more!
I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Danish Mamma! Kathy is an amazing lady {But, I’m sure you all know that} and I truly look up to her!

How do you start a bucket list?

Here is how to get started:
  • Grab a pen & Paper
  • Number it from 1-10 {Small steps}
  • Start with 1 or 2 goals that you would like to accomplish
  • Hang your paper somewhere in your house that you walk by often then, Forget about it for a day… {I put it on my Fridge}
  • As you go thru your day, Ideas are just going to come to your mind at the most unexpected moments… Trust Me it Works! That’s when you grab your list and start writing your ideas down.
  • The sky is the limit! You can start with the basic and easy goals, then move on to Dreams & Wishes.

Are there resources or tools you use?

I have a notebook that I carry around with me everywhere I go! I also use my calendar on my iPad to schedule things. Google & Pinterest are my resources!

What’s on your bucket list?

My Bucket List consists of 100 + items! And it grows everyday! But, I will highlight a couple of things I’m working on right now:
-Care packages for the troops
-Inspire someone
-buy a HOUSE
-go to a blogging conference

Where do you find inspiration?

Believe it or not I’m inspired by the daily happenings in my life! As in the other day I was out on a drive and saw a couple of homeless people on the side of the road. that inspired me to add “Help out at a Homeless shelter” & ” Food Drive” to my .
But, if I get stuck I can always go on the internet and google for ideas! Pinterest helps too!

Have you created a bucket list on Pinterest? If so, what is it?

I’ve started a Bucket List on Pinterest and I have been slowly adding things, It is still pretty small. Hopefully soon I’ll have more items added!
You can see it here.

How can we connect with you?

By visiting my BLOG, , Pinterest Instagram: @Karinawetzel , Twitter: @karinawetzel
Thank you so much for having me!!

This is my Bucket List//Life Vision Board



Disney World

San Diego with kids

Guest Spekaer





Newbort beach with Kids

Beach with Kids

Sea World

Lego Land

Disneyland with H


Canon Mark 2

Ride an Elephant

Cross-country ski Yellow Stone


These are things I’ve already scratched off the old bucket list

Ride a camel


Swim with a dolphin












COOL WHIP: Everyday Treats Campaign


 COOL WHIP whipped topping isn’t about elaborate desserts, it’s about making the everyday dessert a little more special.

We love to incorporate COOL WHIP into daily treats to make them super yummy. There is just something about Cool Whip that makes being together fun. It’s my secret ingredient to so many of our favorite treats, like my super simple strawberry shortcake, keylime freezer pie and soft-serve ice cream.
We love spending time with friends outdoors. One hot afternoon last week, we had just returned from our weekly Costco trip and had a HUGE tub of fresh strawberries. We invented a new snack (I’m sure we aren’t the only ones that have done this) that is a summer favorite at our house. We call it our Simple Strawberry Shortcake! (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POST TO VIEW, this is a new recipe widget I’m using and not sure how to get it to show in the middle of the post :)
We love it because it’s an easy everyday dessert that the kids can make on their own. It’s pretty mess free (but helps if you eat it outside). The kids love it and it is a great creative way to bring our friends and family together.
Do you have a special dessert you’d like to share? Enter COOL WHIP’s Fan Dessert of the Month Contest for a chance to win $500! Simply make a COOL WHIP dessert, take a photo, and upload it here. Enter now!
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