Brooke and Roommates

In my second year at Southern Utah University, I had the most amazing roommates. They were all beautiful inside and out. They had different personalities, and they all impacted me in so many ways. I think back on that year with so many wonderful memories.  I'm the second one from the left. {Sidenote: Man I was skinny! I wish I could go back and tell myself that back then!!}  I learned a lot … [Read more...]

kids cleaning kit

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are 100% mine. My four kids don't stand behind ANY brand of cleaning products. They have started to use the excuse..."MOM, I don't know what I'm suppose to use to clean that!"  We buy HDX cleaning supplies all the time. My husband goes to Home Depot almost every day, and I hate going grocery shopping lately. "Oh, we have no food in the house? No problem, … [Read more...]

pumpkin tools every family should own

I have a challenge. I want every family to carve at least 1 pumpkin this year. Are you down? #youcandoit Speaking of hashtags, last year we started the hashtag #carvethatjack. Share your pumpkin carvings with us! We are pumpkin nerds and proud.  Ummm yeah. We are known in our local town as the pumpkin people. It’s pretty embarrassing cool. We've embraced it.  We love Halloween. In fact, the week … [Read more...]

Anti Pinterest Backyard BBQ (6 of 19)

What can I say? I was challenged by my friends at Brawny® paper towels to host a casual backyard BBQ. I have the best job ever. I realize I'm lucky. So I worked late one night and had a party.  We invited a few friends and their families over, and we laughed, ate, and the kids played until after dark.  I always have paper towels at my house. I won’t deny it.  In fact, if I’m out of stock, I’m so … [Read more...]

Halloween Porch Ideas

The DIH Workshop project in September is a fun one. Look at this cute wooden pumpkin treat holder! Pumpkins are kind of big around here. I won't distract you with pictures of my hubby's insanely fabulous Pumpkin Carvings, but when you have a minute, you should check them out. We are known as the pumpkin house on Halloween. We have embraced it {even though we know it's kinda weird.} As you can imagine, I … [Read more...]

GMCHTA 2015 (41 of 97)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know about my new boyfriend Elias. {Pronounced Ee-Lee-Us} For the last four years, I've had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the GMCHTA {GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure}.  Of all the things I've done in my life, this event is almost my favorite. Why do I say almost? Well, giving birth to my four kids and marrying my husband were definitely my favorite. This … [Read more...]

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FRIENDS! I'm headed to the world's longest yard sale this week with GMC. I'm so freakin' excited. I get to travel the entire sale this year. Last year we only travelled part of the sale.  We are starting in Detroit and will be ending in Atlanta! HOLY CRAPOLY, we will be traveling almost 800 miles in 4 days, but the mileage isn't the concern. TIME is the concern for sure. Time is of the essence … [Read more...]

what to do in the event of a scorpion sting

Let me start off by saying that I am not a doctor, but my son got bit by a scorpion last week, and this is what we learned from experience.  We live in Southern Utah and scorpions are common in our area. We get our home sprayed at least every six weeks to prevent them from getting into our home. But two weeks ago, me and the kids were home alone and around 11 pm, I heard a blood-curdling scream from … [Read more...]

summer time charades lds chorister idea

It's SUMMER! If you need a fun summer primary idea for singing time, this one is fun, and easy! Dressing up is Dan's fave, and the kids always love to see what he comes up with. He dressed in all his Summer gear: Floaties, Scuba Mask, Beach Towel, Swim Shorts, Flippers, Beach Ball, Tube...etc.   I love that he put his swimming shorts on over his suit pants! HA! The kids adore Dan. They love him so much. It … [Read more...]

girls camp pillow treat ideas

By the time you read this, I will be officially on my way to girls' camp. Wish me luck on this adventure. If you are LDS, and have ever been to girls' camp, or are a leader who has ever planned girls' camp, you can understand my feelings tonight as I write this post. I'm excited. I'm nervous. I'm happy the planning is over. I'm hoping that all the planning pays off and everything goes smoothly. I'm worried … [Read more...]