Laurel has lived in Idaho for the majority of her life, born and raised in Teton Valley. She lived in Utah for 5 years, and found it to be a good experience but being near family is more important. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 32 years. Spent too many years searching for answers to infertility. She is a proud adoptive momma to only girl who just turned 18. Working mom, and network marketing mom, photographer, savvy shopper, gardener and working on her healthy journey. She lives in the country with dogs, cats, chickens, and cows.

Tex Mex Chicken | Recipe First, Useless Chatter After

Kraft Food & Family Tex Mex Slow Cooker Chicken Note: This meal can be made as a filling for tortillas, over rice, or as a soup with chips Ingredients 1 ½ lb boneless chicken, cut into bite-size...

Is Home Cooking a Dying Art?

In a Facebook group for cooking, I recently posed the question, “Do you think that cooking is a dying art?” I received some very interesting answers. For people that do cook regularly, many said...

Making Home Habits Manageable

Starting a habit begins as a cobweb and becomes a cable. Good or bad. Do you have home habits or standards? Maybe you do a load of laundry every day or make sure the kitchen...

Advice for the New Mom

I just finished celebrating my daughter at her baby shower. At the shower, I handed out a paper asking for everyone's predictions and also their best advice for new moms. I thought I would...
Stress in motherhood can be caused from daily activities, such as toothpaste gobs left in sinks.

What’s Your Trigger, Mama?

  Trigger. Set off, touch off, provoke, stir up, cause or set in motion. These are just a few of the definitions of trigger. With these in mind, what situations in your house trigger your...

Put Your Blinders On

I want you to take a moment and think about the last day or two and truthfully admit how many times you scrolled through social media and had negative thoughts about what you are...

Enjoy the Season

Throughout our lives, we will experience different seasons, just as we experience fall before the cold winter. I have always believed strongly in the seasons of our lives though I don't view them as...

After the Wedding- My Daughter is Married!

Well, we survived, she is married and we are exhausted! Doing this on our own meant we needed family help, so much family help! Without it, we would not have accomplished what we did. Before...

Planning My Daughter’s Wedding on a Budget :: Part 4, the Homestretch

We have made it to the home stretch of wedding planning on a budget. It is more of a mad dash at this point and feels like going down a slip and slide with...

Planning My Daughter’s Wedding on a Budget :: Part 3

Planning a wedding during COVID-19 is an entirely new experience. As we have all been experiencing new this or that, this was not what I wanted to deal with, to be honest. My excitement...