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The Importance of Listening

Daren Smith_Crowd

If you've been in Utah anytime recently you've seen ads from Ken Garff (who sponsored this post). While you've heard their emphasis on listening when it comes to cars, you might not know the depth of their commitment to listening. I remember taking a Communications 101 class in college and learning the basics of communications: that communication doesn't exist unless there's a speaker and a … [Read more...]

Introducing Eleventh Avenue (And 11% Off to Celebrate)

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I'm helping celebrate something exciting! If you haven't heard already, Groopdealz is now Eleventh Avenue - and there's SO much to love! You'll find even better, more fabulous deals at amazingly low prices and you'll love how Eleventh Avenue was created with the social shopper in mind! It's a handpicked boutique marketplace, dedicated to providing you with a unique and personalized shopping … [Read more...]

Easy Cleaning: Meet The Shower Shimmy!

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There aren't very many cleaning chores I hate more than scrubbing, showers most of all. If something needs to be vacuumed, or even if it doesn't, I'll vacuum anytime. Scrubbing is the absolute worst, based on an informal poll of 75% of my children. So I was excited when I was invited to try Shower Shimmy. What I liked best: it was created and invented by a mom, it works great, it's a good value … [Read more...]

Cooking with Kids: Healthy Family Meals – Delivered!

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Thanks to Blue Apron, I got to try their new family plan this last week. I loved the easy-to-follow, chef-designed recipes. And I LOVED how the ingredients were provided in perfect amounts -- no overbuying at the grocery store. The ingredients were all farm-fresh and delicious. But my favorite part ... ... was how much fun it was to make the recipes with my girls! They loved the clear … [Read more...]

Paddington-Inspired Family “Gratefulness” Free Printables!

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Do your kids like Paddington Bear? Inspired by the new Paddington movie arriving in theaters this month, I've created something to help teach our families! Paddington Bear is one of our favorite story characters. I remember reading the stories when I was younger, and my kids have loved to read them, too. Of course Paddington is lovable, but one of our favorite qualities he shows is … [Read more...]

Guests? Tips for a 15-Minute Quick Clean

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One of my family's most cherished traditions is the ten-minute tidy. I'm lying about that -- it's not very cherished by my kids! But I've found it to be super effective to get the accumulated clutter cleaned up -- and sometimes even counters and floors cleaned, too! With the ten-minute tidy in mind, I've worked up a few ideas for a 15-minute quick clean, just in time to practice it when holiday … [Read more...]

Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop!! (30 Winners!)

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  I love home decor -- and when it's a bargain and beautiful, it's even better. So, for the third year in a row, I'm sharing my favorite things in 2014 ... and giving them away! You could win some amazing gifts for yourself or a loved one! Plus, 29 of my friends are giving away their favorite things, too! (See below for what all of my creative blogger friends are giving away, … [Read more...]

Win Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment (over $200 value!)

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I've been working on taking time for myself this last year -- which as you know, is extra hard to do as a mom! I knew I needed to work on being healthier and happier. I took up running (I'm excited to share more about that soon, too). And I've been eating much healthier. And I've also learned that when I look better, I feel better. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time outside in the sun. I … [Read more...]

Capture Video Memories on Your iPhone – And Win a $500 Target Gift Card! #OneDayApp

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Now that I've been carrying a camera phone, I've been much better at capturing snapshots of the everyday with my family! It's fun to have a lot of spur-of-the-moment photos (even though that means there's a lot more to sort through!). What I haven't been as good at is capturing video footage of the kids. Sure, we would remember to use the video camera or smartphone when we're on vacation -- at … [Read more...]

Beauty Night @ Enlighten: Discounts, Prizes, Fun!

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I've been talking on the blog and on Facebook and Instagram about my "me" makeover -- I've lost weight, taken up running, and have been eating better and taking better care of myself! As part of that, I just started using a new skin care line sold by Enlighten Laser Cosmetics, and I love it! While I was there, they offered to give Tatertots & Jello readers a special party with special … [Read more...]