Kenny Chesney’s “hip” new song

Kenny Chesney has always been one of my favorite country singers. Maybe it’s because my older sister and brother-in-law listened to him all the time, so I thought he was cool. Or that somehow, almost every song on his “When the Sun Goes Down” CD has a memory tied to it. And, being able to climb aboard his beach-themed multi-million dollar tour bus a few years back didn’t … Continue reading»

Foods to avoid at your summer BBQ

I love cooking outside, especially in the hot summer months. It seems like we’re firing up the grill at least once a week all throughout the summertime, but a recent article in USA Today has had me thinking twice about what foods to serve-and how to serve them-to avoid a picnic sicknic. 1-Use a food thermometer  I admit I don’t own one of these, but after reading about the … Continue reading»

Houghs Open Up

Derek and Julianne Hough are living their dream. Their dance tour, “Move Live on Tour” is set to come to the Maverick Center on July 16. ”We really want it to feel like a rock concert for dance,” said Derek in an interview for People magazine. “We want the audience moving.” The Houghs grew up in Utah and were raised members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day … Continue reading»

apeainthepod.com This is the first time in six years besides a brief six month period between my second and third son that I haven’t been either pregnant or breastfeeding. That means in the nine years (this December) I’ve been married, two-thirds of that time I’ve been sustaining and growing three lives. Which is an amazing, incredible, exhausting thing. I don’t take the fact that I’ve been able to … Continue reading»

I came across a Facebook clip the other day that touched my heart. Sometimes the time spent watching videos posted on social media are worth it; sometimes not. But this one…this one will make you stop and think. It was courageous, uplifting, inspiring, heartbreaking…the kind of dig-into-your-soul and make you wonder what YOU really believe in kind of wonderful. But don’t just take my word for it. Watch … Continue reading»

I first heard David sing this song live up at a private gathering in Huntsville. It made me cry then, and it still makes me cry now. This past Memorial Day as we visited the graves of loved ones dead and gone, I couldn’t help but think of this song and how heartbreakingly beautiful it is, and how well it represents the feelings in my heart. Maybe I … Continue reading»

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

I love my mom. I love her for loving me. My mother always made me feel like I was important to her. I never once heard her complain about staying home or talk negatively about being a homemaker. She loved being with us, and we could feel that love in everything she did, from keeping an immaculate home so we could relax in a peaceful, beautiful environment on … Continue reading»

  Matilde Pernille Photography   I could’t believe this when I first read the article in “Elle.” Women have gone through centuries of pinching, wrapping, corseting, shaving, painting, waxing, highlighting, tattooing, glossing, Spanxing, and surgically enhancing or reshaping our bodies to look any way we want. And it never seems to be enough. A terrifying new procedure is catching fire around the globe. Called the “Cinderella” surgery, the … Continue reading»

I am in St. George for Easter this year. My husband is in China. Our kids are with me, so I’ve taken on the responsibility of creating this year’s Easter baskets. We had a fun little Easter egg hunt with our neighborhood friends before we left, and had a blast decorating eggs and meeting the Easter bunny. I think some commercialism is fun and entertaining, but my question is … Continue reading»

AP Photo/Evan Vucci On the list of things most important in life, I’d say the birth of your first child-or rather, ANY child-ranks an easy #1. But it seems not everyone agrees. New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy missed the season opener, as well as three other days while on paternity leave to witness the birth of his first child, as okayed by Major League Baseball. Former NFL … Continue reading»