Day 41: He Loved Wisely

Each year both as a family on our website, we attempt to focus more fully on the “reason for the season.” Our hope is along with the merriment found in the traditional Christmas hustle and bustle, that we focus on and feel the peace, love, and joy of the Savior. In my daily devotional book, 40…

Got Gratitude?

            Hi Ladies, We have a fabulous bag of media goodies for you this week, check them out! *KSL ARTICLE… “It’s been said that gratitude is the beginning of all virtues, and there’s a reason. With a grateful heart we open our souls to what is and what can be,…

#ConnieChat and KSL Segments

I loved our very first #conniechat LIVE on Facebook, and it was so much fun! Lots of talk about simplifying the holiday season. Thank you to all of you who joined us! If you missed it, click here. This is going to be a regular monthly occurrence on the Back to Basics Facebook page, so be sure…

Connie is LIVE on Facebook each Month!

        Don’t forget that Connie is available for LIVE chat every month on Facebook. So exciting! If you can’t make it at the 1pm time slot, but have questions for her, leave them on Facebook, or as a comment on this post and she will answer them during her one hour LIVE chat….

Who is your PJ friend?

                  On Sunday I happened to have a heartfelt, perfectly timed, deeply connecting conversation with a dear friend in, of course, the church restroom (which is the best place for heartfelt conversations). In the near eight-minute conversation during which no one else entered, we resonated on such…

Simplify & Savor for the Holidays + Live Connie Chat

Post by Michelle McCullough, Site Contributor Do you love the holidays or dread them? Do you have favorite holiday traditions for Thanksgiving & Christmas? Do you have ways you simplify so you have more time and energy to Savor? Do you shop early or are you a last minute gift buyer? How do you help…

KSL Segment Links

In case you missed it, here is the segment from Studio 5 today. You can read the KSL Motherhood Matters Article “4 Steps for teaching our girls to combat negative media” by clicking here.

Teaching Girls to Combat Negative Media

If you worry about the negative influence of media on your daughter’s beliefs and behaviors, you’re not alone. Educate your child to be aware of media messages, know how to respond to them, and find ways to counteract their influence. Click here to read my 4 steps for teaching girls to combat negative media.

When you Wallow

Image via 8tracks.com The other day the organizer of the Pinner’s Conference called and asked me to teach a parenting class at the conference. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. Because that week I would be taking my son to the MTC to begin his two-year mission. On that Friday…

Would LOVE to meet you at Pinners Conference

Hopefully you’ve all heard by now about Utah’s best new event – Pinners Conference – that combines all the great ideas found on Pinterest (which are taught in classes) with some pretty great shopping. And just so you know, I’ll be there too with all of our great stuff that you will love! I’d love to…

Find financial peace during the holidays!

Image credit: divasanddorks.com We’re focused on finding more financial peace and prosperity. When the holidays are looming, it’s easy to NOT feel either of those, simply because so many things seem to involve BUYING. However, you and I can shift that thinking during this season. Ask yourself: *What can we make or share in lieu of gifts…

You won’t regret Simplifying & Savoring the Season!

  About a month ago, I had a Paul Revere moment—“The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming.” And guess what? I was EXCITED! The reason why? Because I finally, FINALLY, figured out how to truly simplify and savor the season. This year, get organized early in super easy steps. Feel relaxed as you make…

Are Your Kids Cooked?

As I’ve been readying our son to leave home for the next two years, many parenting questions have surfaced. Vital questions such as, “Does he know how much we love him?” and “Does he know how to clean a bathroom?” and more importantly, “Will he clean that bathroom?” However, as he and I have spent these…

Deal w/the Sassies

The other day I had a timely “teaching moment” with my girls. After being up all night—literally—with my toddler who fought an ear infection, I attempted to catch some final zzzs between 4:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., the latter time when my junior high kids readied for school. However, I was awakened by the sounds…

Holiday Décor with the VEERS Method

The holidays approach with Halloween right around the corner. No need to feel overwhelmed by the possible increase of to-dos, especially with decorations in the mix. This year, use VEERS and more importantly, involve your children in the decorating (a.k.a. why Halloween can be scary…) Last week my young daughter, who had hounded me to…