What to ponder? + BYU Radio interview

As I read in the Bible in Luke this past week, one of my favorite lines popped in bold relief yet again: “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” From surprising little scripture, we know important things about Mary. We know that she loved the Lord, was willing and obedient…

Connie on The Matt Townsend Show

Don’t miss Connie’s interview on The Matt Townsend Show on BYU RADIO: Dr. Matt Townsend is going to bring you “the good life” this holiday season! Join him to learn about holiday schedules, hosting, food, and more—we’ll even hear from Simplify and Savor the Season author Connie Sokol. Click here to download.

Got Christmas hope?

One of the beautiful feelings at Christmas time is that of hope. I think of so many people in scripture who sought for the Savior, hoping against hope He could open their eyes, bind up their wounds, and heal their hurts. He still gives us these gifts today, if we seek them, and receive them….

Good Deeds Manger–Got One?

Want help in having a more Christ-centered Christmas? My friend, Darcy Powell, has created the Good Deeds Manger to encourage more love and service as a family. Check it out here! With the recent release of “THE LAST STRAW” on DVD, THE GOOD DEEDS MANGER NATIVITY SET is a perfect companion gift for Christmas! Earn a…

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…