Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party 9/29

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Come link up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party where we pin every post!

Last week you helped us break a new record with 164 posts! Thank you so much for linking up! Our cohosts have now completed their first full month with us, and they have pinned a lot of your links. Please makes sure that you follow them!

We also have a new co-host for the next 5 months. Herchel from Scruggbug Corner has joined our team. Please make sure you follow her. Her links are below.

Also, please make sure that you are pinning the two links before the posts you link up. If they are offensive to your faith or beliefs, then find another link to pin. However, that is very rare.

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Featured Posts from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party

 

These 3 posts all received the same amount of clicks last week!

Featured posts for week 46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am Brave and Beautiful

#IamBeautifulandBrave

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there. I have worked with and met many of these lovely ladies and can easily say that they are beautiful inside-out!

Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag – #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

Tara Parker

 I participated in this project for myself and for my daughter. She reminds me at least once a week, “It’s okay not to be perfect, mom.” My little seven year old is wise beyond her years. She loves getting all dolled up and sparkly, but she’s just as happy as her natural, beautiful self. That’s how it should be and hope that stays with her.

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What makes me beautiful is seeing myself through the eyes of my loved ones. My children love me – even the squishy parts of me that I am still working off from each of my pregnancies. They love the mom that laughs with them, that plays with them, that listens to their silly stories. During this phase of my life, my little ones want to be with me as many seconds of the day that they can.

They sneak into my bed at night and climb onto my lap when I am working on blog posts. They still get excited when I volunteer in their classrooms. I pray wholeheartedly that I am loving them as deeply and fully as they are loving me!

I want to set an example for my children of what it means to feel brave and beautiful. I want them to see that my true self-worth does not come from my clothes, my hair, my make up, my accomplishments, etc. When they look in the mirror, I want them to like themselves. So it is crucial that I set the example.

Some days that is hard when I don’t like what the scale says or when I realize that I will probably be paying off my kids’ braces before I get my own. ‘Cause let’s be honest – we all have those days. And those are the days that this message is vital.

I like Myself.

I am Enough.

I am Brave and Beautiful.

#IamBraveandBeautiful

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup

1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful

21. One Little Momma 22. Entirely Eventful Day 23. Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl 24. Tips from a Typical Mom 25. Utah Sweet Savings 26. Flats to Flip Flops 27. One Krieger Chick 28. What Meegan Makes 29. Simply Kierste 30. Live to be Inspired 31. HoneyBear Lane 32. Pretty Providence 33. Ma Nouvelle Mode – in FRANCE 34. MomEntity 35. Serger Pepper – in ITALY 36. Kiki and Company 37. Girl Loves Glam 38. Thrive

women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com

39. The Potters Place 40. Crafting in the Rain 41. Cooking With Ruthie 42. Delineate Your Dwelling 43. The Pennington Point 44. Bakerette 45. The Happy Scraps 46. Shannon Baird Photography 47. Tried and Tasty 48. Lionesses at the Gate 49. Fry Sauce and Grits 50. Lolly Jane 51. That’s What Che Said 52. Sugar Bee Crafts 53. Your HomeBased Mom 54. Happiness is Homemade 55. The Crafted Sparrow 56. R&R Workshop 57. I Should Be Mopping the Floor 58. Sassy Steals

Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful

59. Let’s Eat Grandpa 60. Being Spiffy 61. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff 62. Ginger Snap Crafts 63. Bless This Mess 64. Apronista 65. Dreaming About Someday 66. Frenchie 67. Tastefully Frugal 68. Four Marrs and One Venus 69. Your Sister Circle 70. Over the Big Moon 71. See Vanessa Craft 72. Infarrantly Creative 73. Family StoryTelling

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

raw natural beauty - join the movement

94. The Benson Street 95. Mom 4 Real 96. Sowdering About 97. illistyle 98. The Crafty Blog Stalker 99. A Fiery Red Life 100. Cupcakes & Crowbars 101. One Sweet Appetite 102. My DayLights 103. Restless Risa

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104. Sypsie Designs 105. Vintage Mother 106. Like Mother Like Daughter 107. 30 Handmade Days 108. Queen B and Me 109. Apples by Ashley 110. Boutique Cafe – in CANADA 111. Just My Little Mess 112. Bombshell Bling 113. Sarah Tyau 114. Taradara Make it 115. Capturing Joy 116. Ivory Lime Photography 117. Jenkins Kid Farm 118. Free Time Frolics 119. Bella Storia 120. Dana Ohlsen Photography

#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful

Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!

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Miscarriage – An LDS Perspective of Hope and Healing

An LDS Perspective on Miscarriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been eight years since my first miscarriage. A friend recently interviewed me for an article she wrote and I was surprised at the raw emotion that surfaced as we talked. Tears spilled down my cheeks as I poured out my memories and thoughts over the phone. I thought I had healed completely from the devastating blow, but there remains a part of me that still mourns the loss of the hopes and dreams for that exciting first pregnancy.

The truth is that miscarriage is hard. My miscarriage sent ripples of fear across the picture of motherhood I had dreams of as a little girl. It happens too heartbreakingly often and leaves us with physical and spiritual questions.

In time my body healed and I now have three beautiful babies. I sought solace in the temple and gained a deeper understanding of the plan that God has for my little family. Though all my questions do not have answers, I have faith in a God of mercy and love.

My heart goes out to all women who have suffered a miscarriage or lost a child. You are not alone.

You can read my story as well as a LDS perspective on miscarriage at Utah Valley 360.

My List of Gratitude #SITS

Give Thanks Printable from The Domestic Heart
(Free printable available from The Domestic Heart)

This year has been so incredible busy and I have been blessed with amazing opportunities! When I saw the prompt from SITS Girls to blog about 10 Things I am Grateful For, I just had to join in. Thanksgiving is still two months away, but it is so important to have gratitude in our hearts all year long. As I wrote my list, I was reminded that there are many more things than ten that I have to be grateful for. So here is just a snipped of the gratitude in my heart this week:

The Leonardo - Things to do in Salt Lake City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Cortland. I am grateful for this little man and his love of learning. His preschool was canceled this week so we spent the day exploring The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake. The one on one time was just what we needed.

Chalk the Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Lily. I am grateful for her creativity. She is in her element in artistic environments like the one we discovered at Provo’s Chalk the Block. She sees and creates beauty around her.

General Conference Resources for Kids

3. I am grateful for General Conference twice a year – an event in the LDS Church where we gather to learn from our worldwide church leaders. This year I collaborated with other LDS bloggers and came up with a myriad of resources and ideas to #sharethegood and help better prepare our families for General Conference. (We are also giving away over $400 in gift cards and fabulous products!)

Family History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Family History. I am grateful that I have always had a desire to learn about my roots and where I come from. My mom is the second cutie from the right, isn’t she adorable? I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to study my family’s history and I hope to continue to do so with my own children! Right now, I am indexing on Family Search and it is fascinating! Plus it is easy service!

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5. Travel. Oh how I love to travel! I am thankful for our family adventures! We go to Bear Lake each year with my extended family. I love seeing my children exploring out in nature and discovering new things.

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6. Health. Health is something I have taken for granted. I’m relooking at my relationship with food. Grateful for fuel for my body like these delicious Bear Lake raspberries!

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7. My husband. This man tops the list of what I am grateful for! He is incredible supportive of my hopes and dreams. Best father and husband that our little family could ask for!

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8. Creativity in the World. I am constantly amazed by the creativity and brilliance of those around me. We visited the Midway Ice Caves in Heber City this past winter and they truly took my breath away. Much gratitude to those who think outside the box and share their visions with others!

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9. Lifelong Friends. I know that I hit in the jackpot with friends. I met these lovely ladies in college when we all worked on the newspaper together. They accepted me and all of my quirks and have been there for me ever since! Whenever we get together, we are able to start right back where we left off. They inspire, they make me laugh, they make my life better.

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10. Kyler. And last, but not least. My little ray of sunshine. This little man’s energy and excitement for life simultaneously rejuvenate and exhaust me every day. Love him to pieces.

Check out the other lists of gratitude at the SITS Link Up!

What are you grateful for today?

What I Wore Wednesday – Sweet Salt Review + Giveaway!

Sweet Salt Clothing - Modest and Fashionable!

Maxi Ruffle Skirt – Sweet Salt
Classic White Tee – Sweet Salt
Polka Dot Top – Old Navy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Be sure to enter to win $65 to Sweet Salt in our Fall Conference Giveaway! Along with $300 more in gift cards and prizes!)

As a mom, I sometimes feel like I have to make the decision between fashion and function. I adore that skirt, but if my two-year-old bolts after a bird, can I run it? Gorgeous top, but when I lean over to pick up a dropped toy do I have to worry about showing too much?  I am always thrilled when I can find pieces that are both fashionable and functional. For a curvy girl like me, that doesn’t happen very often so I am always on the lookout for stylish, modest clothing.

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I first discovered the Sweet Salt clothing line when I was in a bit of a pickle. We were heading on our Walt Disney World vacation the next day and I needed more under tees. I remembered that Seagull Book carried a modest clothing line so I dashed in. I didn’t have time to try them on so I just grabbed three different styles in black and white crossing my fingers that at least a few of them would work out. When I got home I discovered that they all fit me perfectly and were just the right length. Score for this curvy girl! Since then Sweet Salt’s classic tops have become a staple in my wardrobe. There are camis, tees, crew necks, v-necks in lots of sleeve-length options. Just what you need for layering – which I do a lot of!

Maxi Ruffle Skirt From Sweet Salt Clothing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also love my Maxi Ruffle Skirt that I found at SweetSalt.com. Seriously comfortable and I love the look of it as well. Perfect for my blogger events, but also allows enough movement for having fun with my kiddos.

Swiss Dot Peasant Top from Sweet Salt Clothing

Another item I am loving is this Swiss Dot Peasant Top. The mustard color is so fun for fall! One thing I appreciate about Sweet Salt is the range in sizes. The sizes range for XS to 2XL so there is truly something for everyone no matter what the body type!

Slip Extender from Sweet Salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have my eye on this darling slip extender for some of my skirts. A little extra modesty is always helpful when you are holding wiggly toddlers at church.

Sweet Salt Clothing - Fall Line

SHOP Sweet Salt: Sweet Salt just released their fall line and there are so many fun pieces to check out! You can also stay up to date with their latest styles and sales on their facebook page. Sweet Salt is sold exclusively at SweetSalt.com, SeaGull Book, and Time out for Women events. I ordered my skirt and top online and the shipping was so fast!

WIN: I am giving away a $65 gift card to Sweet Salt along with lots of other fun prizes as part of a Fall Bloggers Conference GiveawayFollow this link to go to TWO ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAYS for over $400 in prizes!

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What is one of your wardrobe staples?
What fall fashion are you looking forward to most?
What is on your wish list from Sweet Salt?

I received two clothing items to review for this post. All opinions are my own and I love sharing my favorite items!

Resources for Teaching Children about Following the Prophet + 10 Preparation Ideas #ldsconf

Resources for teaching children about following the prophet

 

 

(Be sure to enter our Fall General Conference Giveaway! Over $400 in prizes including gift card to Deseret Book, Sweet Salt Clothing, and Thrive Food Storage! Ends 9/27/14)

In the last six months, I’ve thought a lot about what I want my children to learn from General Conference. In April, I posted many of our conference traditions. This year’s conference weekend will similarly be full of cinnamon rolls, updating 72-hour kits, and creative printables, but I especially want to hone in on one specific goal. That goal is teaching my children to recognize and follow the prophet’s voice.

There are many amazing resources available, but I’d like to share with your the ones that I found on lds.org. Here are a few of the things we are doing to better follow the prophet in our home.

1. Listening at meal times. I still remember an audio quiz I took in high school seminary. Our teacher played clips from general conference and asked us to write down who was speaking. He then played clips from popular music, TV shows, and movies and asked us again to write down who was in the clip. Sadly, I did much better on the pop culture part than the church part! That has always stuck with me!

One easy way to help your children to physically recognize the voices of general authorities is to play them often in your home. We literally have General Conference talks at our finger tips. Play a talk from April’s session at meal time, even if it is just a clip and talk about who said it and what it means.

Learning at meal times - Keep Moving Forward With Me

2. Utilize prime real estate. Put the word’s of the prophets up around your home. One of my mom friend’s says that she has quotes taped to her cupboards, to her children’s doors, and even to the wall in front of the toilet! The more your children see and read the words, the more likely they are to remember them! We’ve done this this year with The Family Proclamation to the World. My Clear Plastic Tablecloth has gotten a lot of use! You can also put quotes under the table cloth for memorization.

Display quotes from General Conference in your home

I also did a search on Pinterest for free General Conference printables and found quite a few that I liked to print and laminate. (Putting this Laminator to use!). You can see some of my favorites on my General Conference Pinterest Board (along with other great ideas to help you prepare for general conference!). Above is one of my favorites from Mimi Lee Printables. You can find it here.

Temple, Latter-day Prophet, and current 12 apostles matching games

3. Play online games. My kids love playing games online. Why not use them to help get ready for conference! These matching games will definitely help with facial recognition if your child plays them during the next few weeks leading up to conference.

4. Take a tour of conference center online. There are child-led video tours of all the buildings on temple square. At two-minutes length, these videos would be perfect for a devotional or family home evening to familiarize children with what they will see conference weekend!

The Friend Magazine

5. Subscribe to the Friend or view it online. There are articles in the Friend each month written by the general authorities along with the many activities and stories. My daughter reads at least 20 minutes a day for her school homework and the Friend provides perfect reading material while exposing her to the words of the prophets!

6. Make it fun. All three of my children love the general authority matching cards from the Friend (pictured at the top of the post). Even my three year old enjoys pointing at the cards and asking, “who is that?” I love hearing him try to pronounce Elder Uchtdorf and talk about the man who flies planes! 

7. Set up a writing and drawing station in the weeks leading up to conference with printables produced by the church. If you use up those printables before general conference, worry not! There are many more resources put out by church memories available to print out as well! You can check out some of them below!

I hope these ideas help your and your family to prepare to listen to the prophet’s voice. The more we listen to and heed the prophet’s voice ourselves, the more our children will as well.

Here are more resources put together by my talented blogger friends to help you prepare for general conference!

 

Even more General Conference Activities and Ideas

We hope that our activities and ideas will help to enrich your family’s General Conference experience! For more ideas and recipes, check out April’s General Conference round up for 13 additional posts!

Tips to prepare for inspiration

Preparing for Inspiration

Quiet Time with Doh Vinci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quiet Time with Doh Vinci

General Conference Bingo
General Conference Bingo

Printable Monthly Calendar with General Conference Quotes

General Conference Yearly Calendar

Personal Progress Scavenger Hunt

General Conference Personal Progress Scavenger Hunt
General Conference Journal Cards
General Conference Fun Scratch Off Cards

Temple Memory Matching General Conference Packet

General Conference Packet with Temple Memory Matching Printable

Busy Mom General Conference Journal
General Conference Journal for Moms

General Conference Fun Bags

General Conference Fun Bags

What are your favorite conference traditions?

Be sure to enter our Fall Conference Giveaway going on through 9/27/14!!

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Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

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Featured Posts from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party

The post that received the most clicks was from Tammy at Creative K Kids. She shared a post on Free Lunchbox Notes Printables.

Free lunchbox note printables

These 6 posts all received 6 clicks last week!

Featured posts from week 45

 

  1. Caramel Apple Cupcakes and Cookbook Giveaway — Recipes for our Daily Bread
  2. 20 Fall Apple Desserts –The Gracious Wife
  3. Peanut Butter Cup and Oreo Dirt Cake — Everyday Trish
  4. Honey Lollipops for Colds — Gator Mommy Reviews
  5. 13 Pear Recipes for Fall A Life in Balance
  6. M & M Cookie Dough Ice Cream (No Machine Needed) – Gator Mommy Reviews

 

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LDS General Conference Fall Blogger Giveaway – Over $400 in Prizes!

Fall Conference Giveaway

The fall session of LDS General Conference is right around the corner. I have teamed up with 11 lovely bloggers to share some of our favorite products and general conference traditions. From quiet activities to help your littlest ones during the talks to products that will help you look and feel your best, we have some great prizes! Come back tomorrow for a round-up of our general conference traditions!

For this giveaway, we each chose some of our favorite LDS and local business items to give back to our readers, just to say thanks for all of the encouragement, comments, and time that you take out of your busy day to check in with us. We really appreciate it! Thank you for for how you #sharethegood with us and hopefully we can share some with you as well!

Meet the bloggers who are taking part in this giveaway:

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We Like to Learn As We GoLive to be InspiredKeep Moving Forward With Me - A Little Tipsy

Ninth and Co - Reality to Dreams - Rachael’s Book NookA Lively Hope

My DaylightsThe Things I Love MostClarks CondensedLove Me, Dani Marie

Now on to the prizes! We are so happy team up with so many companies to provide prize packages for four lucky winners! We are giving away two gift cards to Deseret Book along with a package full of goodies for children and a package full of goodies for adults. Enter in the Rafflecopters below! There are THREE SEPARATE giveaways so please be sure to scroll all the way down and enter each one!

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LDS-themed signs from Addyson Lane Boutique

 

Your choice between two signs from Addyson Lane Boutique ($20). These are going to look gorgeous hanging in your child’s room!

Sew Surprising Felt Paper Dolls

You know your little ones will love these – perfect quiet time activity! Sew Surprising is giving away one non paper doll with THREE outfits, winner’s choice. Doll’s hair color can be customized. Value is $22. You can check out all the doll/outfit options on Sew Surprising’s web-site or Facebook page. Posh Society - elegant accessories for young ladies

 

Adorn your little darling with a beautiful new accessory from The Posh Society. Winner may select a Crystal and Pearl Bow ($25) or a Pearl Crystal Headband ($35) - both pictured above. The bows will be attached with velvet ivory elastic or ribbon. Fizzy Pop Crafts

 

These DIY kits by Fizzy Pop Crafts are amazing! Easy to put together and your kids will love them (you may want to keep one for yourself!) I used these for Primary birthday gifts this year and they turned out darling. Usborne Books

You can never have too many good books! Rachael’s Book Nook is giving away a $20 Usborne Gift Certificate.

Faith in God Downloadable Journals These downloadable journals from A Lively Hope are ideal for helping your child complete the Faith in God program! Winner may select from the boy or girl version.

Doh Vinci

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids ages 6 and up can become 3D designers with this DohVinci Deluxe Styler Kit from Play-Doh. 4 Deluxe Styler design tips and 3 Deco Pop tubes are included with a guide to inspire your next 3D masterpiece! This is a fun, quiet time activity!

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Sweet Salt Clothing

Check out the new fall fashions at Sweet Salt Clothing with a $65 Gift Card! Sweet Salt has a great line of basics as well the latest styles for all shapes and sizes.

Thrive Food Storage

The winner of this giveaway is about to get a major food storage boost! This package from Thrive is worth over $75.

Sego Lily Soap
Someone is going to be spoiled with this SoapMaker’s Favorites Gift Basket from Sego Lily Soap. It includes: Six beautiful handmade soaps. These soaps are gentle and luxurious, and perfect for sensitive skin. Comes in Lemongrass, Hinoki Wood, Sour Watermelon Candy, Pink Sands, Autumn Spice, and Lavender Vibrance. One handcrafted pine soap dish. Keeps your soap dry between uses so your soap will last a long time. Three all natural lip balms. Gently soothe and protect your lips with Avacado Oil, Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. Flavored with essential oils. Contains no mineral oil or Petroleum!   Comes in Doublemint, Orange Cream and Chai Spice flavors.

Christmas Ornament from Ringmasters

This ornament from Ringmasters Jewelry and GiftsMichael Vey will look beautiful on your tree this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our winner will receive the 1st book in a 7-book series for young adults by #1 bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. “To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special – just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special. He has electric powers …” Fall is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book!

Best of luck to all our fans! Be sure to check out our round up of general conference ideas and traditions!

What is your Tag’s Style?

Thrift Store Styling and Fashion #tagsthrift

Thrift store shopping and I go way back. One of my favorite stops in Edinburgh, Scotland? A thrift store where I found an amazing formal and leather jacket for mere pennies (or pounds as they would say in the UK!) Browsing the racks and coming across a treasure that you just know you need for your closet is so much fun. I am excited to introduce you to the newest thrift store in Utah Valley where I know you will discover as many fabulous finds as I did!

Earlier this week I got a sneak peek of Tag’s. Now ladies, this isn’t just any thrift store. It is thrift store elevated! It’s the thrift store’s cool older sister. The grand opening is tomorrow (September 18th) at 9 am and guess who will be there – Waffle Luv! I am going to tell you all about what to expect at this store, but first I want to share some of my finds!

Fall Thrift Store Fashion  #tagsthrift

When I go thrift store shopping, I am looking for staples for my wardrobe as well as fun statement pieces. I found this Land’s End sweater in the top left corner for $6.99. Looks like new! Definitely something I had to have for fall fashion layering! My sister from Live to be Inspired helped me style it. Imagine the possibilities! You can go casual with a scarf and boots; dressy with a charcoal pencil skirt, silk top, and incredible jewelry; or you can chic it up for a girls night out like in the top right corner. Love finding affordable, classic pieces that will work well with so many outfits!

Love it or Leave it - Thrift Store Fashion  #tagsthrift

The second piece I found was this flowy number from Jaclyn Smith for $4.99. What a fun and crazy animal print in a great stretchy fabric. Have I mentioned it is incredibly comfortable? This is definitely a statement shirt! Not for the shrinking violet. The great things about thrift stores is that you can love it and/or leave it. At $4.99, I am not out a lot of money if I get home and decide I don’t like it. In fact, I can take it back six months later and donate the proceeds to my favorite charity. Win/win.

P.S. Are those shoes not to die for?!?!

These are just two of the fun pieces that I discovered at Tag’s. My  blogger friends and I found so many ready to wear pieces as well as Project Runway renovate it and make it work pieces. There’s truly something for everyone! Now let me tell you a little more about this fun place.

At Tag’s their goal is for you to 1) Feel the Difference, 2) See the Difference, 3) Be the Difference. This is not your run of the mill thrift store. There is a bakery inside that is going to have a Barnes and Noble type feel with free Wi-Fi! Can I say DIY fashion bloggers oasis?

Repurposed Book Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These doors & books turned tables will be in the bakery. Be still my book loving heart – now I want to make one myself!

Besides the fresh and current selection of clothes, what I loved most about Tag’s is the causes they support. Hearing the owners talk about the Feed the World program touched my heart. Helping feed families in need and teaching them more sustainable farming practices is definitely a cause I can get behind. You also have the option to donate to a charity of your choosing – how amazing! What a great opportunity for local school fundraisers! Here’s how it works:

Tag's Thrift Store

Okay my dear readers, I am in a viral competition with some other amazing Utah bloggers and I need your help! Any comments, likes, retweets, pins, on any of my Tag’s posts would mean the world to me!

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Be sure to head over to Tag’s for their Grand Opening! They are located a 680 South and 500 East in American Fork. You can check out all the amazing giveaways and food trucks that will be there on their facebook page. 

What is your favorite item in your wardrobe?

Do you love thrift store shopping? What is your favorite find?

What charity would you donate to?

Emergency Preparedness Photo Tip + 5-day Survival Backpack Giveaway

Emergency Preparedness Tip - Check out this this site for more tips!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY for a 5-day Survival Backpack at the bottom of this post!)

Are you you feeling more prepared yet this month? I hope so! Last week I shared how to teach children about preparedness and I am excited to elaborate on one of those tips.

Ever since watching The Impossible, a true story about a family’s survival during a tsunami in Thailand, I’ve been concerned about identification in case of an emergency. In the movie, they write people’s names and info on their arms. Genius! I am making sure that Sharpie Permanent Markers, are in every 72-hour kit just for this purpose!

I also think that it is smart to have a key ring with photos of each family member in each 72-hour kit. If someone is lost, it is much easier to show a picture than try to describe a child. I recommend writing your child’s name, age, and height/weight on the back of the picture. Also include the name and phone number of your out of state contact as local phone lines may be tied up during an emergency.

For photos, work with what you have that is recent. School pictures are happening this month and are perfect for this project. Laminate them for durability, hole punch them for a Key Ring, and you are set! I will be updating mine later this month, but I will show you the first set I made. For laminating, I like to use Thermal Laminator 2 Roller System (TL901) and Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches 8.9 x 11.4 Inches 3 mil, 100-Pack (TP3854-100). I recently bought these two products and they have definitely come in handy! 

Now for the fun part! Who is ready to win a little something that will help them be more prepared? After all, you are going to need a home for those photo key rings!

 

Win a Survival Back Pack

I am happy to be teaming up with Honeyville and local bloggers to giveaway:

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You can also get 10 percent off your order with the code READY10! Love a deal on emergency preparedness and food storage! Honeyville is a national food supplier leader specializing in storable foods, quality baking  ingredients, and kitchen appliances. Be sure to check them out!

1. What is in your 72-hour kits?

2. Are you getting school pictures this year? Did you ever have any crazy ones when you were little?

This post includes affiliate links, but all opinions are my own! I love shopping online and making it easier for my peeps to get the products I love!