BLOG RECIPES

Over the years I’ve learned how to make cooking my friend–I call it Down and Dirty Cooking. It’s fast, healthy, and yummy! All recipes generally take about 5-10 minutes to assemble or prepare and most ages of kids like them. Try making one this week and let me know your thoughts, and any additions! Hugs,…

Education Week is here!

Do you find yourself saying, “Someday I’ll attend Education Week”? Make it this year! I’ll be teaching August 22nd, Tues-Fri, 10:45 a.m. at the MARB. This year’s series theme is centered on finding and focusing on a few simple habits in daily life. The 4 Simple Habits: Fulfilling Our Potential and Influence as Covenant Women….

Back to school magic for MOMS!

Kids, Manners, and Devices on Studio 5  It’s that magical time again! Back to school and Studio 5:) Enjoy getting back into the swing with some scoops. My segment this time is on Kids, Manners, and Devices, Oh My! It’s time for an upgrade, Emily Post:) I’ll share thoughts from a recent national article on…

Busy Mom Recharge!

  Did you miss my Studio 5 Segment yesterday?  If so, watch it here! Sometimes we need a little pick-me-up to make it through the week. In this week’s segment, you will learn how to identify energy drainers and what you can do about them! Hugs, Connie P.S. Finally, live a happier, more organized life now AND…

Timing is…Satisfying

A week ago I had a lovely thing happen. It was the fruition of a delightful desire for 15 years or more. But what made it truly joyfully satisfying was how it came about. Many years ago I fell into speaking through requests from different Relief Societies for their evenings and then women’s conferences. After…

He IS the Way to Hope, Joy, Life

This past week, I attended two funerals within a few days of each other. Both were very different–a loving matriarch and a young fun-loving mayor. But they had two important similarities that affected me deeply. The first funeral, for my dearest friend’s mother, reflected a life of devoted and loving motherhood. She raised nine wonderful…

What I learned about how to deal
with emotional shifts!

Our son left yesterday to serve an LDS mission in Piura, Peru. The send-off went great and wonderful–but to be honest, I thought it would be easier this time. It wasn’t. So here’s what I’ve learned in 24 hours about how I deal with emotional shifts.I curled up for a nap with my preschooler who…

Want to Clear Your Mind and Space?

I’ve realized that declutter is a form of therapy. When I suddenly find myself compelled to clean out a closet, clear out a drawer, or cull out keepsakes, I know I’m doing emotional rumbling. I learned this from my mother. When she rumbles, she moves furniture. During especially difficult times she is known to change…

Are your priorities making you lose power?

The thought of priorities, and our love-hate relationship with them as women, has been on my mind. I’m speaking about it to a church women’s conference this week, and feel to hit on a few key points that have troubled me. Like, which priorities are key for me, for my family, right now, and how…

Recent Life Lessons from my Bucket List

As some of you know, I recently came face to face–somewhat unwillingly–with one of my Bucket List/Life Dream/Why Not? items. Let me give you the backstory. Several months ago, Studio 5 challenged we core contributors to do a “Never Ever”–something we’ve never done before but wanted to. I’d always wanted to sing with a jazzy,…

How do you deal with discouragement?

I’ve been thinking this week about hope, and discouragement, and what makes both a part of our lives. Because I’m speaking at a women’s retreat this week about this, it’s been sitting on my soul. The director of the event sent me questionnaire responses from the attending women. The information floored me. Their trials ranged…

Do You Love Your Life?

Valentine’s Day which means you’ll be thinking of love. But how about LOVE-ing your life? Do you? You can. Right now, where you are, with your current situation. That’s what I teach people to do with Back to Basics principles. You CAN live a more purposeful, organized, and joyful life. As a national speaker, bestselling author,…