A good year

I love this time of year. The end of the year. It marks a change in the seasons and the end of the year.

While setting up the Christmas tree, I was deep in thought at the great year 2012 turned out to be. We’ve had many highlights and feel extreem gratitute for our health and happiness.

This year I started out by keeping an open mind and saying “yes” to opportunities.  This outlook has blessed our lives in many ways.

But the last month, I’ve chosen to say “no” and taken a step back. Regroup. Refocus. It’s been hard in a lot of ways to not be blazing the trail on projects, workshops and playdates. However, it’s been a good step.

Already, I’m looking forward to 2013 with an open eye and an open heart to new possibilities.

Here’s to 2012!


The Good Life for Less: Available for Pre-Order

Friend and fellow blogger Amy Allen Clark’s fist book “The Good Life for Less” is availalble for pre-order. It’s all about celebrating being a homemaker while living on a budget.

It’s available on Amazon for $10.92!

I’ve pre-ordered mine and would love to encourage you to get your own copy.

You can read more about Amy and her book on her blog MomAdvice.com


Earlier this week I shared the Tiny Prints Christmas Cards and am pleased to offer you a chance to win $50 off your Tiny Prints order! Yay for Tiny Prints.

Giveaway prize: $50 Off Total Order
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 *expire 12/14/2012 – no extensions

Does not include shipping & cannot be combined with any other promos


Disclaimer: Tiny prints compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Zupas Opens in Sugar House

Zupas is open in Sugar House!

Since the first Zupa store opened in Provo, I have loved eating there. The closest one to us was in Cottonwood Heights and not the most convenient. So, when we saw that Zupas was opening in Sugar House we were super excited.

Last week I went with the kiddos to check it out.

NetZero Giveaway $300 in Products and Services

NetZero Giveaway $300 in Products and Services

One challenge of working from home is finding places to work that have reliable internet. I like to take my laptop to meetings, conferences and workshops. For example just yesterday, I was at an event and needed to pull up my email on my laptop, but didn’t have internet connection. I really wished I’d had a portable hotspot.

NetZero is back to incite another revolution in Internet access! Problem solved.

NetZero has some great hot spot services available that I’m really excited about. NetZero’s hot spots are reasonably priced and are the perfect Christmas gift for anyone on your list (especially bloggers!) Here are two great options:

  • The NetZero Stick is for laptops and works with a PC or Mac. I like that this fits easily into your pocket or purse.
  • The NetZero Hotspot allows you to become your own hotspot and not rely on guest access or business wifi. NetZero provides secure, mobile and super-fast 4G Internet connections.

Available in over 80 cities, NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband allows laptop, netbook and tablet owners to access the Internet anytime and anywhere in our coverage area.  Simply select a device and data plan and you’re set!


To help spread the word about their new services NetZero is giving one of you the chance to win $300 in products and services. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.


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Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom it Forward blogger network. Mom it Forward and NetZero partnered in support of this campaign. NetZero compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Tiny Prints Christmas Card Collection makes creating custom cards a snap! #tinyprints #christmas

Tiny Prints Christmas Cards


It’s been a whirl wind of a month and am so excited to finally be able to focus on one of my favorite Christmas traditions of Christmas cards!

How many of you out there in cyberland still like sending cards? It’s a highlight for me. Why do you like sending Christmas cards? I like sending Christmas Cards because it’s a way to stay connected and let people I love know that we’re thinking of them.

For years I’ve used Tiny Prints and I’m thrilled to share Tiny Prints fresh designs and fun features with you—especially our new Premium DoubleThick™ Matte Paper, their most luxurious cardstock yet.  Here is a great video about their new uber fancy paper

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This years collection has a merry and bright, yet modern feel. I’m sure you’ll find something you love!

Here are a few of my favorites:

It will be tough to choose just one! Maybe I’ll have to do one for my blog and one for my family? Hmm…tempting, isn’t it?

Check out the Tiny Prints Special Offers page – http://www.tinyprints.com/promo/tiny-prints-coupon-codes-promotions.htm

Tiny Prints Social Channels

•             Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tinyprints

•             Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinyprints

•             Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tiny_prints/

•             Instagram: Tiny Prints

•             Google +: https://plus.google.com/+tinyprints/

•             Blog: http://blog.tinyprints.com/



*Disclosure: I received compensation for sharing my opinion on the Tiny Prints Christmas cards, but as always the opnions and thoughts shared here are my own. 

Macy’s Heart of Haiti #heartofhaiti #macys #beeverywhere

I love technology. It brings people together for great causes.

Last week Macy’s & Be Everywhere  coordinated an artisan interview with Haiti artisian Moro Baruk and two other bloggers.

Moro connected with Macy’s when a buyer for Macy’s found Moro on Facebook. This is a great social media case study for how social media can help in third world countries.

Moro has made masks and sold about 2,000 of them for carnival. These masks have also gotten the attention of Donna Karen. Moro now employes about 20 people. Half of them work in the factory and the other half work from home. Women are invloved and he sounds like a really great boss He said, “They walk in and out of production, tend to their family and meals” basically allowing them to come and go as need to care for their family.

When I asked Moro “How has your life changed since connecting with Macy’s?”, Moro replied, “It has added prestige to my business and made it so the workers are proud that their things are being sold in many department stores. It gives them a sense of belonging to something bigger than what they were doing before”.

Heart of Haiti


My favorite pick is the hand crafted vase:

Family Night Out this Monday Nov. 26 from 6:00-8:30 #givingtuesday

Looking for a way to help your children catch the spirit of giving together as a family? Well, I’ve got a great Family Night Planned.

As part of a national initiative with the The United Nations Foundation and Mashable, I’m helping coordinate the event locally in Utah together with Mom it Forward, Daybreak and the Dairy Council of Utah.

Join us for a special Family Night Out this Mon., Nov. 26 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. (come & go!). We’re tying blankets for Primary Children’s Hospital. It’s a great way to give more than we get :)

Friends and family are welcome. Feel free to share the invite. RSVP here:http://familyservicenight.eventbrite.com/.

To learn more about #givingtuesday  you can visit their website and follow the hastag #givingtuesday on twitter.

Santa’s Coming to town! Macy’s welcomes Santa December 9th in Salt Lake City #believe #macys


Santa Clause is coming to town! Salt Lake City welcomes Santa December 9th to Macy’s.


December 9th at 2pm
Macy’s Valley Fair
W. Valley City, UT 84119
Kids Department
Santa will arrive at the South Entrance

Macy’s Santa Tour Schedule

There’s also  a wonderful Macy’s Santa Mail Box where you can drop off letters to Santa  (addressed to Santa At The North Pole of course!) stamp them and bring them with you to the event! There will be a Macy’s special Santa Letterbox and they’ll count up everyone’s letters and make sure they get to Santa. For each letter received, Macy’s is going to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish.

This has become one of our family traditions. Our son, now four, knows Macy’s as “Where you take letters to Santa”. No joke.

To help you write your letters to Santa, check out this great interactive website Macy’s has created MACY”S BELIEVE

Watch the YES VIRGINIA preview video, too! If you have an Amazon Prime membership you can view the DVD for FREE by using Prime DVD!

 *Disclosure: I received compensation for writing this post and attending the event, however the opinions and thoughts are my own. Plus, who doesn’t love Santa?

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