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Jun 26

June 26, 2015

Recipe for a Fun, Relaxing 4th of July!

I think the 4th of July has to be my all time favorite holiday.  Simplicity is the reason.  There is no gift buying or wrapping, no decorating, and no baking.  The city does all the planning and decorating and all I have to do is show up for the party.  It’s so festive and fun and relaxing! The city of Layton, Utah does a fantastic job of putting on Liberty Days Celebration.  The day starts with breakfast in the park,…

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Jun 25

June 25, 2015

4th of July Grilling – Hawaiian Burgers!

Looking for something yummy to grill for your 4th of July barbecue?  Try these delicious Hawaiian Burgers!  They’re my daughter’s all time favorite! Ingredients: 4 Lean Hamburger Patties 4 Bakery Hamburger Buns with Sesame Seeds 1 Can of Pineapple Slices 4 Slices of Swiss Cheese 1/2 Cup of Teriyaki Sauce 1/4 Cup of Brown Sugar Directions: Mix teriyaki sauce and brown sugar together in a small bowl. Divide mixture into two bowls.  Put hamburger patties into one bowl to marinate….

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Jun 22

June 22, 2015

The Fire that Wouldn’t Go Out!

So many people are enjoying camping and summertime barbecues and fire pits and such right now that I decided it’s  a good time to remind everyone how important it is to completely extinguish your fires before leaving them unattended! We’ve had a little private school for years and we end each school year with a field day of fun and games and food!  One year after all of the competition was over, we barbecued hot dogs using “just light the bag”…

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Jun 18

June 18, 2015

Jun 17

June 17, 2015

Choosing Happiness – Introduction to My fb Page

This post is an introduction to my facebook page, Choosing Happiness.  It is a page to inspire positive thinking, contented living, to encourage people in every circumstance, to find the good & “Purpose to be Happy!” Being happy is something I have had to work at all of my life. I believe the reasons behind that are partially genetic but also largely learned habits. The fact that I was a pampered child seems to have played a part as well….

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Jun 15

June 15, 2015

Never Sneak Out While Baby Is Distracted!

Inevitably your little one will discover you are gone and become upset when they realize it. You won’t be there to see them upset, or to see them cry. So you might feel better, but will your child?  All of a sudden they realize you’re gone and you didn’t tell them it would be alright, or that you would come back and that can make them feel abandoned or betrayed. In over twenty years of childcare I’ve seen many parents…

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Jun 11

June 11, 2015

Goo Monsters!

  Oooy Gooy sweet sticky monsters!  They’re edible too!!  This is a fun and very simple activity that kids love!  It doesn’t require a lot of supplies and it only costs pennies so moms love it too. Here’s What You Need: Corn Syrup Food Coloring Popsicle Stick Google Eyes Small Jars   Here’s what you do: Pour a small amount of corn syrup into a small empty jar. Add a couple of drops of your favorite color food coloring. Mix…

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Jun 10

June 10, 2015

Me Time!

Everyone deserves some “Me Time” once in a while.  But, if you’re a mom it‘s probably a very rare moment indeed when you find yourself alone with nothing you have to do.  It’s important to make a point of arranging time for yourself.  You’ll be a happier, more productive person if you do,  So, plan a night when your hubby will be away and send the kids to a sleepover at a friend’s house or to grandma’s house for the…

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Jun 8

June 8, 2015

Pinterest Project – Nailed It!

We’ve all seen the funny photos that have a beautiful project from Pinterest on one side and on the other side is a photo of someone’s attempt to make the same project, but their attempt was an epic fail.  The caption usually says something sarcastic like, “Nailed it!” Well G-2 was talking about jet packs while he was playing the other day. I said to him, “did you know we can make a jet pack?”  He was all for making…

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Jun 3

June 3, 2015

Great Ways to Get Exercise!

    Ten Normal Daily Activities that are Also …         Great Ways to Get Exercise!   Play Tag or Other Jumping and Running Games With the Kids Go for a Walk Put on Some Music and Dance Vacuum the House (including the stairs, under beds and couches, etc.) Scrub and Mop the Floors Wash the Baseboards Wash all the Windows and Glass in the House Run Up and Down the Stairs Mow the Lawn Pull Weeds…

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Jun 1

June 1, 2015

The Big Black Rocking Chair

When I was a very little girl, my family had a big black rocking chair in our living room.  I don’t remember much about any of the other furniture in our living room from way back then, but I remember that big black rocking chair very well.  When I had a hard time falling asleep my daddy would rock me in that rocking chair and sing songs to me. He would sing Rock-a-Bye Baby, I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf…

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