Thoughts on Thursday: Family Values

A while ago, I mentioned that I wanted to start a “Thoughts on Thursday” series. I would LOVE it if you linked up with me!

Each week I will post a new topic. You do not have to write on the exact topic, it’s just an idea for you!

This week is “Family Values.”


My family is just us three. Kade, me, and Karsyn. I want to have more kids {right now!} within the next two years and with all of my children, I hope to enstill the right values and morals in them. We are not a super religious family, even though we live in a very religious community and we have missionaries knocking on our door every other day. I did go to church with my grandma when I was younger and Kade’s family is very religious. He had to go to church every Sunday. I don’t want to force my children to go to church unless they want to. With this new house we are {hopefully! about 90% sure} building, we will be just a block away from Kade’s parents church and if they offer to take Karsyn, I will let him go. I think church is good and my kids should learn about everything the church has to offer. If they decide they don’t want to go anymore, that’s 100% fine with me.

I want each of my kids to know that they can ALWAYS come to me, no matter what the case is. I think every parent wants this for their children, but oftentimes, the parents end up pushing the kids away to the point where the child doesn’t feel safe in confiding in their protector. My mom has ALWAYS been very open with me about everything, and in turn, I was always open with her. I always knew that if I had a question or something to say, I could go to her and she would be straight up with me and never judge. I want to be just like that. Each of us {my brothers and sister from my mom’s side} know that our parent’s are very open like that. I really did appreciate that growing up.

I want to be that “fun, soccer mom” that you see in movies! I plan to be very involved in my children’s life. I never want to miss a dance or game or spelling bee or play or anything that my child does! I want my children to feel loved and supported.

I want my children to know right from wrong. I hope that they can learn from other’s mistakes, including mine and Kade’s. I do plan on telling them some of the shitty things that I have done and what the consequences were, when the time is right.

I do want them to know that if they feel as though they have nowhere to turn and really need some help that they can turn to the man upstairs and pray! Yes, I said I wasn’t very religious, but I do say my prayers every night and I do believe there is a God and that he does answer prayers. Not always the way you want them to be answered, but He does have a plan for each and every one of us and I truly believe He is the constant in my life. I want my children to know that it’s okay to not go to church, but to still pray.

I want my children to get good grades and to push themselves to be motivated and hard on themselves. Yes, I am going to be hard on my kids and they will be grounded if they get anything less than a B, just like I was. I hated my step-mom for it at the time, but I am very thankful for it now because it taught me self-motivation and to strive to do good. It’s not hard to get good grades. It’s harder to fail than it is to pass. Not that I’ve failed or anything.. (; But I have friends who just passed by the skim of their teeth.

I never want my children to feel unloved and unappreciated. I never want my children to feel like they don’t matter. I never what my children to EVER contemplate suicide. I never want my children to feel like a doormat that everyone wipes their shoes on. I’ve been there. That was me. Luckily, I was able to escape all of those awful feelings and come out of that very deep, black hole, but sometimes, it’s still a challenge for me.

Enough of my rambles! I want to hear what your family values are!

Please say you’ll link up? I’d love to read your story!



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Tomorrow I am going to start my very first Link Party!!

It’s called Thoughts on Thursday!

The first topic is “Family Values.” You do not have to write on that topic, it’s just an idea!

I really hope you’ll link-up with me!

And, I would REALLY appreciate it if you display my button!

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Thanks again! I’m really looking forward to tomorrow!!
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The other day, my brother, who is a Junior this year, brought up prom. It got me thinking back to when I went to prom.

I went to my prom with a friend and to Kade’s prom with him.

I ordered my dress online, and it got here THE DAY BEFORE PROM! Needless to say, I was freaking out. Luckily, one of my friends had a yellow dress that she said I could borrow if mine didn’t show up.

Here are some pictures from those days!


Me and my momma24603_1403433803758_7568609_nMe and my sweet baby sis. When I walked in, she said “You look just like Belle!” And that was the first time of MANY that I heard that!


The back of my pretty dress and my hair!
I wore yellow Converse high tops, too! (;

My two best childhood friends. Meagan in the pink, Kourtney in the maroon.47885_1599396302698_8279563_n

Two of my siblings!

Right after I got my hair all done!!47450_1599396462702_4300486_n

My and my handsome daddy!26874_1433864724512_5461896_n

The back of my pretty hair!!47885_1599396262697_7302570_nFam{ily}

Those were some fun nights with a lot of fun people!

Did you have a panic-y situation with your prom, like I did with my dress?!



14 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Man

Buying gifts for men is hard. Always.

Their gifts are often expensive. Or your guy may be one of those “If I Want It, I’ll Buy It” guys, where he buys himself whatever it is that he wants.

So when Valentine’s Day comes and you want to be romantic and/or get him a gift he will really like, what do you get?!

Fun Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Man

Once again, I asked my Facebook fans {Jourdan’s JewelsJourdan’s {Handmade} JewelsPerfectly Posh with Jourdan and Two Million Miles} what they are getting or have gotten. I have complied a list of some really great gift ideas.

The most commented answer was Boudoir pictures.


Other fun ideas include:

-A case of his favorite beverage

-A Kindle Fire because “he lights your fire.”


-Make his favorite meal {even if you don’t like it!}

Posh Man Gift Set

Posh Man

Includes a Sugar Shave Scrub and a After-Shave Lotion.
Rub in and dissolve gentle exfoliating sugars that prepare and nourish skin, then shave and reveal a face that’s begging to be touched. Glycerin-based for maximum moisture infusion. A light veil of aloe and glycerin softens skin after shaving. Vitamins pamper and protect, while fabulous fragrance lets a girl know it’s time to play Kissy Face. Apply liberally to face and neck after shaving or anytime to add moisture.

-A New Electric Razor

RazorKade would be in heaven with this Camo Electric Razor!


question-3464813THE best smelling cologne out there!!

New Tools {with a cheesy saying!}

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-New Undies {for him, of course!}

-Gift Card to his favorite store

Cabelas%20card%20elk-His favorite chocolates, a new movie, and dinner {just the two of you!}

A bunch of his favorite snacks {with a cheesy saying!}

IMG_2987A Customized Keychain

PhotoGrid_1355441075810What is one gift you gave your man that he absolutely LOVED?!


Boyfriend vs. Fiance vs. Husband

I mentioned that on Christmas, I got engaged.

So now I am in this awkward stage of Kade no longer being my boyfriend, but not quite my husband, yet my “fiance.”


I HATE the word “fiance.” It makes me feel like such an idiot whenever I say, “Let me talk to my fiance,” or whatever the case may be.

I would just rather call him my husband.


I say boyfriend to those that know me and husband to those that don’t.

I never hated saying boyfriend, until I had a baby on my hip 24/7. Then it made me seem like some sleeze ball. {Which I am not! Kade is the only guy I’ve ever been with! Really – he was my first kiss!}


It just seemed weird because I’m sure people were thinking other awful things about me, since I am young and have a one-year-old.

Here in my neck of the woods {in Utah} people are pretty judgemental, especially when you are unmarried and are doing the deed, not to mention bringing a child into this cruel world, and are still not married.

{I’m bouncing all over here – sorry!}


The other day, I went to pick up an application to get a home loan and I said something about my “husband” and then a few minutes later, the guy asked me if we were married. :/ {insert red face here!} I told him no, “but I did say husband a few minutes ago – we’re basically married,”

“Yes, you did,” the man replied.

It was pretty embarrassing, needless to say. But I never say “fiance.” It’s just weird.

So I guess my point is.. Did any of you ever go through this “awkward” phase, or is it just me?


DIY Goo Gone

Lately, I have been finding myself in need of some Goo Gone!

I know we have some somewhere, but I don’t have the time, and really don’t want to look for it!

So, I came up with a simple solution that is quick, easy, and CHEAP!

It’s TWO ingredients!

And I can almost guarantee that you have these two ingredients in your home.

DIY Goo GoneYep, just Vegetable Oil and Baking Soda!


The ratio is 1:1.

So if you need just a little, use one teaspoon of each and mix together.

DIY Goo GoneThe project I needed it for was a Snow Globe.

We just used Karsyn’s old baby food jars, so I did not need much.

DIY Goo Gone

After you mix it well, lay it on thick!

DIY Goo GoneLet it sit for about 5-10 minutes, just depending on how much goop you need to get rid of.

Then rinse off with warm water!

You’re welcome!





New Arrivals at Jourdan’s Jewels

This past week at Jourdan’s Jewels, I got some fun new stuff!!


This ADORABLE black and white crown wallet!


These fun tie-dye drawstring bags!

tie dye bagThis black and white butterfly shirt!


Aren’t these gorillas cute for little kids for Valentines?!


And the BLUE longhorn horseshoe ring!


Which piece is your favorite?!


Social Media Marketing


I mentioned the other day that I started school again.

I am just three required classes short of my Associates, so I figured I better quick slacking and get it over with.

Plus, I am so sick of people asking me when I am going back.

One class that I am taking was not a class that I needed, but one that I WANTED to take.

I know, weird! Who WANTS to take an extra class?!

Seriously, though, I am SO excited for this class.

It’s called Social Media Marketing, hence my title.

I am SO excited for this class.

I love it already.

For one, I really like the teacher.

I’ve had her for quite a few of my other business classes.

Two, this is a brand new class at our college – so that means we are the guinea pigs! Which also means less work! (;

And three, because I have three businesses, so I figured I could learn quite a bit about how to make my businesses better!

One of our assignments was to watch THIS Social Media Revolution video.

{I can’t play it on my blog, so you’ll have to click over to YouTube to watch it, but it’s SO worth it!}


I will probably talk about more business stuff, as I learn it, so keep checkin’ back! (:

What was something you learned from the video? What was the most interesting thing?




Huge Giveaway at Life of Bon

I did my FIRST paid advertising for my blog this month.

The lucky blog I sponsored was Bonnie over at Life of Bon.

She is having a HUGE group giveaway with all of her sponsors.

Feel free to enter!!

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Box of Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee
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Nursing Mommy Giveaway

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Thank you to my awesome co-hosts Everything MommyhoodStay A Stay At Home MomNatural HairLatinaMommy’s Craft ObsessionAll In A Day’s WorkZephyr Hill BlogAn Ordinary Housewife, and Tots and Me for helping promote and a big thank you to all of our great sponsors for these awesome prizes.

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