{gluten-free favorites}

gf pamela's baking mix

My little girl was diagnosed with Celiac disease last fall, which means that she needs to eat a gluten-free diet. It is an auto-immune disease, and the more we know about it, the more people are being diagnosed with it. It might even affect one of your own family members or friends, one of your children's friends or child in their classroom, or even a co-worker.So, I thought I would share my favorite, tried and true gluten free products with you--the ones we love and use most often. Some of them are so good, you can hardly tell a difference! Others are not so good, and hopefully this will help you skip right to the best ones! 1. Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix I honestly cannot say … [Continue reading...]

{purple cows}


Purple cows are a tradition in my family. When I was growing up, they were our favorite part of General Conference weekend. I've kept the tradition in my own family, and we then enjoy them all summer long. And even sometimes in the winter. (Especially since it's winter like 8 months out of the year here, lol.)You'll find different variations of them, using grape juice and/or making a milkshake out of the ingredients. The best way (in my humble opinion) is using two simple ingredients, and making a float.I like to start with the ice cream first...Then add the grape soda...Perfection.Enjoy them anytime...they are delicious, and a fun twist on a root beer float.The color is so fun--they … [Continue reading...]

{a place for everything…with Under the Table and Dreaming}


Welcome Stephanie Lynn, from Under the Table and Dreaming!.....I have two drawers in my kitchen that drive me crazy; the two that hold all the larger utensils and cooking gadgets. I have yet to find an organizer large enough to keep spatulas, spoons, and can openers in line. A trip to the hardware store, a couple pieces of wood and some amazing glue... and you can say hello to organized bliss.Each divider was made with 1/4 inch {thick} Poplar Boards. Poplar is a versatile wood that is easy to work with and glue plus its ideal for cabinetry and furniture. I used 3 inch {width} boards as they were the perfect size when turned vertical to fit inside the drawers. Poplar boards can be found at … [Continue reading...]

{ahoy! it’s a boy! baby shower}


Babies, babies everywhere! This spring has proved to be the season for babies, because I everywhere I look someone is expecting a sweet new addition. Babies = baby showers, and chances are you will be involved in the planning of one at some point.A couple of weeks ago I went to the most darling baby shower. I loved everything about it, and my friend Sarah (the planner) did a fabulous job. I just had to share all her fun ideas!What I love most is the perfect simplicity and meshing of all the components. Sarah chose a nautical theme, and carried it through the entire shower. Everything coordinated, but in a subtle way. {LOVE} it!.....The invitation started everything off........I … [Continue reading...]

{general conference treat buckets}


Our church has the opportunity to hear from our church leaders twice a year, which is called General Conference. It's always a fun weekend, with lots of food, family, and friends. Having little ones can be a challenge though, since they aren't quite as excited about sitting down to listen.My good friend shared this fun idea with me, and when I introduced it to my kids, it was a hit. A {HUGE} hit. So much so, they have been talking about it since October.General Conference Treat Buckets*I found the tin buckets in the dollar section at Target--perfect!*We decided the words we wanted the kids to listen for during Conference--prophet, temple, faith, scriptures, and family--then I added one … [Continue reading...]

{a place for everything…with The Idea Room}


A huge welcome to Amy, from The Idea Room!.....I am always on the search to find things to make getting out the door as painless as possible...know what I mean? If your house is anything like ours, quick and easy is a must.When I saw these adorable labels on Alpha Mom created by Cindy from Skip to My Lou, I thought they were adorable but knew if I wanted to use them I had to get better at organizing my lunch making system. Here is what I came up with.I pre-printed the cute fruit labels and have them cut out and prepared to slip over the fruit. Cindy also provided some fun little notes to slip into your child's lunch bag to remind them of how special they are. I also added some post-its and a … [Continue reading...]