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Monday, October 20, 2014
Five Ways to Love being a MOM

Five Ways to Love being a MOM

Mothering is beyond hard. It can quite literally drive you to the brink of insanity. But it can also be super-duper rewarding and dare I say... fun. Are you rolling your eyes? What's fun about endless laundry and scrubbing toilets? Um, nothing. But that's being a housekeeper, not a mom. It's time we made the distinction! Don't you think?

Seriously good ideas about how to change your mind about being a mom. HOW TO MAKE IT MORE FUN.  Love it! <3

Being a mom is about so much more than cleaning up and dealing with grocery-store tantrums. It's about the quite moments, cuddling in front of a movie, sharing jokes and secrets. There are plenty of treasured moments to be had!

So how do we stop obsessing about all the obstacles that stand between us and enjoying motherhood?


Change your Mind. It's amazing that YOU actually get to control your own thoughts. And thoughts dictate behavior and in turn... happiness. I mean, if someone in a Natzi concentration camp can decide to be happy, you can decide to love being a mom. Wow, that's a pretty serious comparison. Ha! No matter your circumstance, you will always be able to find something to complain about. Even if you have everything you've ever wanted, there will plenty to complain about. Life is crazy like that.

The other day my son fell of his bike and ripped his good pants. I complained to my younger brother about how my other son had just torn two pairs of his school uniform pants a couple day before. It's so expensive! My brother said, "Oh yeah, I feel really bad for you college-educated, successful people. Maybe you will have to take out a second mortgage." See, my little brother has practiced medicine in Mexico and New York City. He has seen real poverty and pain. Then he went on to say that even if I had more money than I could dream of I would still complain about how expensive it is to insure my Mazarati. While I'm pretty sure I would own a Jaguar, I got his point. Our state-of-mind actually dictates how we act and how we FEEL. Even how we feel about being a mom!


Decide what REALLY Matters. The world is full of things that can really bum you out. Things that can distract you from what's important. Things that can make you think negatively about your children. Train yourself to identify these things and then take a stand. Remember what really matters to you. Think about how you want your children to view you, what you want them to say about you when you're not around, how you want them to feel about you. And then be that mom.

Little things can really gnaw at you. If my house is a mess on Saturday morning, sometimes I will make everyone miserable until it's clean. I allow myself that one thing. I let myself feel the need to control the way my house looks one day a week. I allow myself to insist that no one does anything fun until I'm satisfied. And then I let it go. I can't afford to obsess about all the things that are going wrong. Instead, I try (I don't always succeed) to focus on what's going right. Instead of being really bugged about the animal posters that my daughter hung all over the wall of her beautifully decorated bedroom, I think how great it is that she loves animals.


Laugh whenever Possible. Somedays I am just not in the mood to laugh. My husband comes home everyday with a smile on his face, I'm not kidding. Somedays it really bugs me that he's so happy. Just being real. (Sounds like a personal problem). We all have crappy days, right? I am a get-stuff-done kinda girl. I want to get as much accomplished in the shortest amount of time possible. I can get pretty serious. And sometimes the last thing I want to do it laugh. It's at these moments when I need laughter the most. Jimmy Fallon Late Night Hashtags are a sure fire way to get a giggle out of me. We like to play a game called, "10 Second Tickle" basically we hold down one member of the family and tickle them for 10 seconds. Yep, totally genius title. Even when you're forced to laugh, it really is the best medicine. Try laughing with your kid when he does something dumb rather than criticizing him. Then show him what he should have done is instead.

Communicate. Let your kids know how you feel, what you expect, and what you want upfront. Setting expectations will avoid confusion. Kids love routine and rules. Set rules and stick to them.

Let's say we're going somewhere where my kids need to be on their best behavior. Before we go (mostly on the way there) I give them the run down of what's expected of them. I get specific, "No pushing or talking too loudly. You will be given one warning." Stuff like that. If they do a good job and do what was expected I reward them. I don't mean I buy them candy, I mean I tell them that they make me happy and I smile at them. I try no to bribe my kids. Like most kids, my kids just want to feel important, impressive, and loved. I might take them to the park on the way home, or we might play a game after dinner. If they don't do what's expected, they are given one warning and then they have consequences. I am sure to explain to my kids that it's not just me that makes consequences but rather all their actions have consequences and it's my job to teach them.


Stay Humble. I believe that humility is important in every aspect of life, even mothering. Sometimes I think to myself, "I am a dang good mother." But then I remind myself that there are times when I feel like I'm a pretty crappy mother. I try to stay humble to avoid the guilt. If I stay humble and consider myself their teacher then I will be proud of them (not myself) when they succeed and when they struggle I won't take it so personally. As mothers there is only so much we can do. There is only so much influence we can have. I do my best and by staying humble I keep myself open to learning how to do better. In my opinion, you can never learn too much about mothering. And you can never be too humble.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Meet THIS Mormon!

Meet THIS Mormon!

My name is Aly, and I'm a Mormon. That is, I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is the first time I've ever blogged about being Mormon. I'm not really the type to shout it from the rooftops. But I do love it. I really love being Mormon. It's a huge, huge part of who I am. It's not for the faint of heart. Being Mormon is more than the church I attend on Sunday. It's a big responsibility, a choice, a way of life.


I am a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I am a business owner, triathlon director, athlete and Star Wars fan. You already know that I'm also a blogger. I have joined with about 65 other Mormon bloggers (you can find all their links below) to tell you about something really cool...

There is a new movie coming to theaters (find locations) TODAY called, "Meet the Mormons." I don't know much about it (I'll see it for the first time tonight) but it looks like it's an introduction to all sorts of Mormons in all walks of life. Some of the Mormons in the movie are famous, some aren't. It's a story about faith, hope, love. I hope you will all see it. All proceeds from the film will be donated to The American Red Cross. You gotta admit, that's kind of amazing.


I'd like to introduce some of my friends to you... Some of them I know and love... Some of them I've never met. But we share our beliefs in common and in our culture that's an automatic bond. Check out what they have to say if you feel so inclined. And if at any point you feel the urge to make a rude comment... well, I don't really care for rude. :)

I'm A Mormon #1
Katie | Clarks Condensed, Larissa | Just Another Day In Paradise , Camille | My Mommy Style , Candice | She's Crafty, Anita | Live Like You Are Rich, Landee | Landee Lu , Tara & Devin | Salt & Pepper Moms , Mallory & Savannah | Classy Clutter Kelli & Kristi| Lolly Jane
McKenzie | Girl Loves Glam , Pam & Lisa | Over The Big Moon , Melanie | Forty Eighteen , Sky | Capital B Adell | Baked in Arizona
I'm a Mormon #2
Andie | Maybe I Will , Shatzi | Love and Laundry , Robyn | Create it Go , Rachel | R & R Workshop
Tiffany | Feel Great In 8 , Katelyn | What Up Fagens? , Brittany | BrittanyBullen
Ginger | Ginger Snap Crafts , Stephanie | Crafting In The Rain Chelsey | Cee Me Be , Amber | Crazy Little Projects , Kallie | Smitten By, Elyse, Kristen, Lauren, Steph, Kendra & Camille | Six Sisters Stuff Annette | Tips From A Typical Mom Amberly | Life With Amberly & Joe , Taralyn | Keep Moving Forward With Me , Jessica | What Does The Cox Say? , Lisa | Mabey She Made It , Kiki | Kiki & Company Kierste | Simply Kierste , Tayler | The Morrell Tale, Jennifer | My Daylights , Cambria | Live To Be Inspired, Danielle | Today's The Best Day
I'm a Mormon #3

I didn't go on a Mormon mission. I am pretty sure I would have been on the next plane home after arriving in a country like Honduras or Russia (places some of my girlfriends served full-time missions for 18 months when they were 21 years old). I guess I'm just a little too shy for that. Quite honestly, I'm a little too shy for this too. But I gather strength from my blogger friends who I so admire and from the leadership of my church (whom I believe to be inspired).

I once heard a neighbor of mine talking about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. He mentioned that he LOVES Honey Crisp Apples... like, a lot. Because he really loves this particular variety of apple, he is constantly telling others about it. The gospel is like my favorite apple! This was an eye-opening moment for me. I have always quietly gone about my business, loving the gospel but not really being willing to share my love of it with the world. His analogy made me see things a little differently. When I find a paint color I love, I tell the world! Heck, when I get a manicure I post it on Instagram. So why not share with others the thing that I love so much more than paint colors (and I love paint colors a lot)?

So there it is world.

Here's the thing... I love Jesus Christ. I know He lives and that he cares about every minute detail of my little life. He loves me. He is cheering me on every step of the way and standing beside me with a hand extended every time I fall. He is my redeemer, my savior, my friend. He has been there for me in the darkest times and He's there with me daily.

The absolute best part about my church is that no one says, "It's true, just take my word for it." No! In fact, it's just the opposite. Everyone is encouraged to find their own testimony. To study and then ask God if it's true. That's pretty amazing if you ask me. Friends, I have studied and I have asked and I have received confirmation from the Spirit that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. And, if you want, I would be more than happy to send you a copy to read for yourself. If you want it right this second, you can actually search Gospel Library in the app store you can download it to your iPhone, whatevs.  If you want a copy from me, just contact me and let me know... seriously.


If you're not a blogger but you would like to share your I'm a Mormon Profile link... please do :)
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Together We Have It All {Free Printable}

Together We Have It All {Free Printable}

You guys know I'm a sucker for a cute printable. I really love the idea of displaying positive messages in your home... heck, I even love displaying positive messages across my chest (check out my line of inspiring tee shirts).  I hope you love this message and fun design as much as I do!

Together we have it all FREE printable! Love the colors and design! Click to see how to download for FREE <3

This is a square image so make sure you have a square frame. I think 5x5 would be super cute. And I love the idea of a rustic wood frame like this one...

Together we have it all FREE printable! Love the colors and design! Click to see how to download for FREE <3
Here are some cute frame ideas...


I hope you print this up and display it in your home... Nothing would make me happier! XOXO
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Halloween Porch Decorating {Part 3}

Halloween Porch Decorating {Part 3}

Welcome to Part Three of my Halloween Porch Decorating Series! (Find Part One & Part Two) I'm not going to lie, it's pretty awesome. Today's porch is especially awesome. It's a really fun take on the traditional Halloween porch. It's modern and bright! I just love when things aren't "expected," you know what I mean. Come on over and sit a "spell" on this fantastically creepy Halloween porch with me! Thanks to my darling friend Courtney for letting me photograph her porch and share it with you guys!

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

Loving the stripes and aztec mixed. See, your Halloween decor doesn't need to have vampires on it... just stick with a Halloween-y color scheme and keep it classy.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

Here's the view from the street. I just love how simple and fun it is.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

Could these planters be any more awesome?

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

Think about what you have that you can use... like this shelf. Courtney just had this shelf and she spray painted it to work with her color scheme. Love.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

I also kinda love this spooky owl! And how hip is this antler?

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

I love how Courtney incorporated her front door color into her Halloween color scheme!

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

Lastly, but certainly not least, this wreath is pretty dang cool. It reminds me of a witch doctor... I love the feathers a little too much!

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many awesome Halloween decorating ideas. Click to see more! #halloween

Hope you're inspired... now GO DECORATE!


Monday, October 6, 2014
DIY Magnetic Jewelry Board {Organizer}

DIY Magnetic Jewelry Board {Organizer}

I believe in jewelry. I'm a big fan. If you want to get me a gift, jewelry is the safest bet (just ask my husband). I love the sparkle, the way it makes me feel when I have on just the right piece. BUT I have, I mean had, a problem with organization. I couldn't seem to keep track of what I had and I was always forgetting about that awesome necklace or that classic bracelet. I was in essence wasting perfectly good jewelry... and we can't have that.

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

I visited my cute friend Deidra in Washington DC back in May and she showed my her magnetic jewelry board. Now Deidra has a jewelry collection that would make any J. Crew fan swoon and her board was totally adorable. You may remember when I posted it on Instagram.


Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

It took me a while to get my act together and make one myself but I finally did it and I am in love... in LOVE I say!


Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

Here's how I made it...

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

I found a pretty fabric in the home decor fabric section at Hobby Lobby. It's a natural lenin look with a touch of metallic and it's so so pretty! I used my DIY Wrinkle Releaser to get the wrinkles out of the fabric. You could opt to iron... but I kinda hate that idea ;)


Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

I used a glue gun to secure the fabric to the board. You want to apply the glue to the underside of the board, not along the edge for a nice clean look. I applied it on one of the outside edges and I certainly regret it. Take it from me, glue on the inside :)


Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

I chose to hang my new jewelry boards for my little vanity desk, along with this adorable mirror and my Do Small Thing with Great Love printable (you can download it free if you want to).

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

Oh, I just wanted to show you really quick my super cute gold-dipped stool. Isn't it amazing what you can do with a little bottle of Liquid Feaf ?


Now let's just look at pretty pictures of this project...

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

My favorite thing about this project is that I now know where everything is and when I accessorize there is no digging for the perfect piece, it's just all there in front of me!

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

Not only that, but I get to display some pieces that are very dear to me, like the rings my dad gave me for my eighth and twelfth birthdays, my grand mother's pearls, and all the pretty items my husband has given me through the years. Also, when I get something new, it's easy to rearrange or add hooks!

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

I hope you try this project, it really is one of my favorite things ever! If you do try it don't forget to let me know!

Dying over this idea! Magnetic hooks, pretty fabric, all my jewelry = genius! It's so easy to make and so functional! #mustpin #diyproject

XOXO

Sunday, October 5, 2014
8 Must-Follow Pinners {you will love 'em}

8 Must-Follow Pinners {you will love 'em}

You guys, I am kinda obsessed with Pinterest. If my husband were writing this he would have omitted the "kinda" in that sentence. I know most of you love Pinterest as much as I do... so today I've am going to hook you up with a group of bloggers with awesome Pinterest Boards.  These ladies gather great ideas for pretty much every category that you could think of. I'm talking DIY, crafts, food, inspiring quotes, skydiving tips (not really). Check them all out pronto... I just know you'll like what you see!

A few MUST-Follow Pinners! #pinterest

Just click the bloggers name or the See On Pinterest button and that will take you to their Pinterest boards, then if you like what you see, be sure to click the Follow All button. We'd love to share the great ideas we find on Pinterest with you! Visit Landee See, Landee Do's profile on Pinterest. Visit Classy Clutter's profile on Pinterest. Visit Lolly Jane's profile on Pinterest. Visit 30 days blog's profile on Pinterest. Visit Aly Brooks {entirelyeventfulday.com}'s profile on Pinterest. Visit Leigh Anne, YourHomebasedMom's profile on Pinterest. Visit Amber Price: Crazy Little Projects's profile on Pinterest. Visit Kimberly | A Night Owl Blog's profile on Pinterest. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke's profile on Pinterest. Visit Jennifer Sedillo's profile on Pinterest.

DO IT and thank me later! XOXO
Friday, October 3, 2014
Benefits of Washing your Face with Oil {& why I love it}

Benefits of Washing your Face with Oil {& why I love it}

It might seem counter intuitive, but I wash my face with oil. Now, don't freak out quite yet... I don't grab a bunch of Crisco and smear it all over myself and call it a night. Could you imagine the looks of my pillow in the morning? No. This oil is light and fresh. It's amazing for removing my eye makeup and it leaves my face feeling moisturized. Did I mention that it smells like earth after rain?

Benefits of washing your face with oil... so many benefits. #beauty #health #natural

First of all, I do not enjoy posting pictures of myself without make up on the internet, but I sure seem to be doing it a lot lately. I must really want to tell you guys about this (sheeze). 

My sister first introduced me to this idea and I thought she was totally nuts. I don't know much about Chemistry. I signed up for it one semester in college and transferred as soon as humanly possible (not my thing). But they say, and I totally confirmed this (thanks google), that "like dissolves like." It's a basic principle on Chemistry, who knew? So that means that good oils, like avocado and almond oil will bond to the oil and dirt on your face thus cleansing and not leaving you feeling like a prune.

Benefits of washing your face with oil... so many benefits. #beauty #health #natural

Cleansing the skin with natural oils (specific blends) actually balances the skin’s natural oils. Leaving your skin more nourished and moisturized. My skin is super dry after using soap or even mild cleansers (don't even get me started about how it feels right out of the swimming pool). When you use soap to wash your face (and body), you create a vicious cycle of stripping and refortifying. And the trouble is, it doesn’t create naturally balanced skin tone and conditioning. Enter solution:

Benefits of washing your face with oil... so many benefits. #beauty #health #natural

I guess you could do the research and figure out how to create the perfect blend yourself... but Imbibe Skincare has done it for you. Beautiful oils for beautifully cleansing your skin. These products are formulated in Southern Utah (my second home). Have you been there? I really is incredible desert. Imbibe Skincare was created in a world-renowned spa and made with fresh desert ingredients. They make it in small batches so it's always fresh and vital.

Benefits of washing your face with oil... so many benefits. #beauty #health #natural


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Best Whole Wheat Cookie Recipe {Oatmeal Chocolate Chip}

Best Whole Wheat Cookie Recipe {Oatmeal Chocolate Chip}

I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Like, if there were a support group, I would probably be the group leader. I have made many a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie in my day, and these are the best I have come across. So, naturally, I have to mess with a good thing and make my favorite cookie recipe a little healthier. Mind you, the calories are still alive and well. Don't kid yourself, as my mother-in-law would say.


Finally a cookie recipe with some nutrition that my kids LOVE! #cookies #recipe #wholewheat www.entirelyeventfulday.com

If you are like me, you like to print your recipes. Download a Printable PDF HERE!

Finally a cookie recipe with some nutrition that my kids LOVE! #cookies #recipe #wholewheat www.entirelyeventfulday.com


If you're just like, "Just tell me what to do lady!" Then here you go... (No need to get so worked up ;))

Cream together butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well. Add salt, soda, powder and flour and mix just until combined. Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Form into balls with cookie scoop or spoon and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

1 cup
butter, softened
1 cup
brown sugar
1 cup
sugar
2
eggs
2 teaspoons
vanilla
1 teaspoon
salt
2 teaspoons
baking soda
1/2 teaspoon
baking powder
1 cup
all-purpose flour
2 cups
whole wheat flour
2 cups
old fashioned oats
12 oz (1 package)
chocolate chips

Finally a cookie recipe with some nutrition that my kids LOVE! #cookies #recipe #wholewheat www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Halloween Porch Decorating {Part 2}

Halloween Porch Decorating {Part 2}

Welcome to another illustrious installment of Halloween Porch Decorating. If you're just tuning in, you can find Part 1 right here! Now just sit back and enjoy this adorable Halloween porch.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com

I don't even know where to start because there are so many cute things about this porch. 


Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com

First, let's talk about the adorable colorful pumpkin stack. My friend, Tami, has really out done herself (PS thanks for letting me blog about your porch Tam!).  I love that she can use these year after year and that she doesn't have to worry about stinky, mushy pumpkins by Halloween. Is it just me or are you guys getting a Mad Hatter vibe?


Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com


And the witch, I mean, come on. My children are just beyond disappointed in the fact that we don't have our very own Halloween witch (sorry kids). Lame mom.


Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Tami knows that it's all about the detail. Please take a moment to notice the tulle and spider. I really wish she would stop making me look bad.

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com


Just like in our last Halloween porch post, a little banner is just what the witch doctor ordered. Oh, don't act like you don't like witty Halloween puns!

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Now can we seriously talk about these DIY Jack-O-Lantern lights? I don't know whose 'bright idea' this was but I would like to kiss them (not on the mouth... I don't kiss strangers on the mouth).

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com

Genius!

Halloween Porch Decorating Series. So many fun ideas! Must pin. #halloween www.entirelyeventfulday.com


Oh and, I really love the tulle and sparkly pompom accents. Yes please.

Stay tuned for more ridiculously awesome Halloween porches, coming your way soon!

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