UtahValley360 features Connie!

Journalist and author Elyssa Andrus featured Connie’s newest book Simplify and Savor the Season on UtahValley360! Elyssa co-wrote the book Happy Homemaking: An LDS Girl’s Guide with Natalie Hollingshead. She lives with her husband and four young children in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Like Connie, she is a contributor to the KSL TV show “Studio 5”….

My Story Matters makes a positive difference in children’s lives

My dear friend, Amy Chandler, spearheads an amazing, heartfelt cause for children with My Story Matters. Check this out if you’re looking for a wonderful service opportunity this Christmas:) Best, Connie My Story Matters is committed to giving the gift of story to those in need. We help publish stories of children battling cancer, children…

“Dealing with Difficult Women”/Motherhood Matters article

Enjoy both Connie’s KSL segment and Motherhood Matters article today on “Dealing with Difficult Women.” In daily interactions, we can all struggle with how to handle particularly strong personalities: What do I say? How do I respond? How do I not want to punch him or her in the nose? Thankfully, using a few tips…

A perfect pre-holiday de-stressor/First Lady family conference!

The holidays are approaching which means, among other things, stressful experiences. One great way to prepare for this jolly onslaught is…clean out cabinets. That’s right, utilize one of those mundane must-do chores to allow your brain a moment to wrap itself around the coming season. What began my version of this soothing ritual was a…

The Art of Saying No/WeeklyQ Winner!

Saying no sometimes comes hard for me. And apparently, I’m not alone. Whether it’s a request from a PTA chair, the overwhelming neighbor lady, or the intimidating teacher, we women tend to go for pleasing rather than put up a fuss. But as women, wives, and mothers, there will be times when a “no” is…

What’s Your Fab BTS Memory Maker?/KSL segment

For a brief moment the other day, only my 13-year-old daughter, baby, and myself were home. The house was disturbingly quiet. Suddenly I realized that this is exactly how the house would sound in a few days—empty. Typically, with seven children, that’s a sound I enjoy. So I was surprised when a felt a loss,…

Connie’s Week 6 Tips/KSL/Motherhood blog

Last week was another fabulously full one (i.e. three Mommy Dates, one with each daughter on different days), and laughably trying to keep up my fitness goals. And yet in a different way, it worked! As I considered what I’ve learned so far, I decided to put it into five words… 1. Listen. Thankfully, I’m…

Tips for Summer Schedule/Mom Guilt/Bk Signing Freebies!

If you’re like me and crawled to the finish line of the school year, you want a break. Perfect. Here are a few ideas on how to get it through a great schedule, starting with the Week of Chill. The Week of Chill. For the entire first week of post-school, my kids get to chill. No…

Final Pearls from Paris!

Having been home a mere 24 hours-ish from Paris, I’ve realized a few things. Like, the river of life has continued to flow and I’m suddenly stepping back into the swift current (i.e. “Mom, I have a Reader’s Theater/birthday party/assignment TODAY…). And how you must allow for a small grieving period from post-vacation let-down. Maybe…

40 Days’ Download, $$ Donated to Needy Family!

With this Easter season a time to especially think of others as He would, I share a story about a needy family and what others are doing to help them. Check out my “Motherhood Matters” KSL blog post on their situation and what we’re doing to help. Click here to read more. Simply enjoy feasting on the…

Myth or Fallacy: Get Organized and Stay Organized?

Because the words “get organized” tend to bring on “get guilt”, I thought to put a few minds at ease by sharing these pictures. You might think the messy one is the BEFORE and the clean one is AFTER. But no, it is the other way around. You see, getting organized is one step, but…

Mitt Romney’s powerful quote/KSL Segment

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about choice, especially as individuals. What happens when two different people work hard and do good, but one person is “successful” and another not? Mitt Romney shared a fabulous view of this in a convocation speech in April 1999, where that very thing happened. He said that his cousin had…

Yes You Can!! Make a Life Change Today

It’s mid-January and you might be thinking, I’ve missed the boat on making my goals. Not so! January and February are perfect months to re-evaluate your life and make simple but powerful changes. And we are here to help in any way that works for you! Jumpstart with a Life Plan: Maybe you want a simple way…

KSL Create a Life Plan/FREE podcast!

Ready to jumpstart your new year? Check out my KSL TV “Studio 5” segment on Creating a Life Plan! by clicking here. And just for today, enjoy our FREE podcast, “Forget Resolutions! Set, Achieve, and Enjoy Goals that Work!” Click here to listen. If you download it, email us to let us know and you’ll…

**Get Ready, the 8-week Challenge is COMING!

**Get Ready, the 8-week Challenge is COMING!  Yes, you can sign up NOW FOR LATER to join our life-changing 8-week Challenge! DON’T worry about losing weight or being organized now. But DO sign up today to do the 8-week Challenge (starts Jan. 8). It’s on sale this week (see below!) And for 2013 we’ve added a…