Halloween 2017

The kids had fun this Halloween, starting with a Trunk or Treat at the church. Jaxon was a hiker, Sami was a cowgirl cat, and Weston was a boy scout. They all got way too many treats and sugary candy that evening, as well as the following Tuesday, when the trick or treated all over. […]

A Farmer, a Market, and a Playground – Our Search for Better Food

My wife has been trying to detox our family for the last year or so (Her Blog). As part of her mission, she found this couple who are on a tour of America seeking out small farmers who do things naturally and organically and sustainably. This last weekend they just happened to be in the […]

Cotton Shower Curtain

I love my shower curtains! Who says that? I have thrown away a few, because they have something growing on the bottom, as the husband and the kids have a hard time leaving the curtain open to dry. How do you wash plastic??? I hate to throw them out, One – its a waste of […]

October 2017 General Conference Traditions

My 2 favorite weekends every year, general conference weekend! My church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds a conference every April and October, when we are blessed to hear from our Apostle and leaders of our church. There are three sessions on Saturday and two sessions on Sunday. Growing up we had […]

State Park #1 – Jerome State Historic Park

Our very first park Saturday I’m so bummed. We went to our first state park back in July. I somehow managed to miss a picture with the kids and the sign. We did manage a family selfie. Jerome State Historic Park is an old mansion that has a ghost narrating a movie! The Junior Ranger […]

State Park #2 – Tonto Natural Bridge

Arizona has 35 state parks! That will keep us busy for a while. Arizona is a pretty cool place to live, this is not totally new information. I grew up here, if you can get through the sweltering summers, the rest of the year is quite nice. Standing back I’m realizing we have 22 national and […]

Detox Foot Soak

This has been a life changer for me. I have been suffering with shoulder pain for 4 years. I can’t lift anything or I can’t move the next day. Folding clothes became a problem. My shoulder was so inflamed I could only lift my arm to almost shoulder height, reaching over my head was impossible. […]

Homemade (breadmaker) Bread

Love homemade bread   January 2016, I made a New Year’s resolution to take all processed food out of our house. I made a menu, a list of ingredients and appliances I needed and headed off to Costco, Fry’s and Shar’s. I seriously spent the whole four day holiday weekend either at the store or […]

Hair Care Part 1 – No Poo Shampoo

Hair Care – Shampoo and Conditioner   I have tried using less toxic beauty products for 15 years. Tried…I never loved any of the options I found. Never loved the discount store options or the pricey salon options either. My cycle is this…find something new, use it until its gone, replace once…maybe. Usually midway through […]

Laundry detergent for sensitive skin

Laundry – All Free & Clear   One of the first steps I took…years and years ago…was switch to smell free laundry detergent. I have a mother-in-law that can’t be around any smells. I’m talking shampoo, conditioner, hair product, deodorant, perfume,  candles,  etc… Although I switched to make it easier when visiting her, I found […]

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