Valerie was born and raised in Utah, and then spent several years in the south while her husband was in the Army. But she's called Idaho home since 2017. She's bought a house in Twin Falls and recently renewed her Idaho Drivers License for 8 years so she's committed to staying in the state. Valerie has four children. Twin girls who are ten, an eight year old boy, and a 7 year old girl. Yes they are very close in age. No that was not planned. Valerie loves to go camping and is always looking forward to her next road trip. Valerie's travel destinations and tips can be found on her website

Streaming Movies

Did you know that Disney Plus is now three years old? As of November 12, 2022 the streaming platform has been around for three years.  I signed my family up for Disney Plus over Christmas...

Word of the Year- End of Year Update

At the beginning of the year I wrote a post talking about my process for picking a Word of the Year. I like to pick words of the year rather than set New Year's...

A Stuffed Animal Christmas Miracle

As we are preparing for Christmas, I want to share one of my favorite Christmas stories. This happened four years ago and it still makes me smile when I think about it. It’s a story...

Last Minute Voting Guide: See You at the Polls!

Election Day is upon us. Did you just realize that you aren’t as ready to vote as you hoped to be by now? Are you still not sure where to vote or who will...

Five Reasons I’m Glad my Husband Joined a Play

This post was supposed to be about how happy I was to be participating in the Magic Valley Symphony. I played the string bass when I was a teenager, but stopped playing when I...

I Like Doing Laundry – Here’s Why

Doing housework isn’t exactly my favorite thing, but it’s a necessary thing. Laundry is the chore I dislike the least, so I guess that makes it my favorite.  Weird logic, I know. But let me...

Visiting Lagoon: Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Season Passes

I grew up in Utah in the Salt Lake Valley. My house was about a 35-minute drive away from Lagoon Amusement Park. Even though I lived fairly close to the park, I only visited...

Word of the Year: A Mid-Year Update

Back in January, I wrote a piece about how I pick a Word of the Year to serve as an overarching theme for the year instead of a specific New Year’s Resolution. Now that...

Unexpectedly Useful Gifts

I wish I could say that I treasured every gift that my husband’s grandmother gave from the moment I received it. But in all honesty, Grandma Ruth didn’t give cute gifts or even ones...
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Making Valentine’s Day Fun for Kids

The first Valentine's Day that I can remember was when I was in first grade. We made big, heart-shaped Valentine Mailboxes and passed out Valentine's and candy. For some reason, we also had sack...