Thursday

Seventy Reasons



Today I'm spotlighting my lovely mom, Dea Miller, as it's her 70th birthday. We've always had a special relationship, and she's been an outstanding mother and grandmother. To celebrate her life my siblings and I put together a list of 70 of the things we love about our mom - obviously, there are far more than 70, but this is a start.

Happy Birthday Mom! We love you!

Monday

Got Tunes?

I've got a thing for oral hygiene.

It's not a passive thing, honestly, and it may even stem from the fact that I'm desperately afraid of the dentist. It may also be based somewhere in the fact that I didn't get my first cavity until I was in my very late twenties (you know, like 2 days ago) and how I feel I have some duty to humanity to maintain my impeccable dental record.

Now, the real confession. Up until recently, I hadn't been as diligent as I should have been when it came to the dental habits of my kids. I didn't totally slack off, but I really didn't keep as strict of habits as I should have. I hope I'm not the only parent out there that finds the end of the day so exhausting that I'm totally a pushover when it comes to the bedtime routine.

Late last year I felt like a total failure as a mother when I took my then six year old daughter in to the dentist to find that she had a couple of cavities. What?? How did I make it 20+ years longer than her without any issues? What was I doing wrong?

I recommitted myself to ensuring that my kids took better care of their teeth. Sounds simple enough, right? it's not always that easy.

When the Mom It Forward blogger network offered me an opportunity to review the ARM & HAMMER™ Tooth Tunes™ toothbrush, it seemed a natural fit for our family.

So, you probably already get the idea of the toothbrush, right?  A simple push of the button starts the music, your kids brush until the song ends, and voila - cleaner teeth. But wait, that's not all.... (said in my best infomercial voice)

When this musical toothbrush arrived my 7 year old daughter was thrilled. She and my 4 year old squabbled over who was going to get to use it and ultimately, they opted to take turns. Yes, I totally let them share it. Initially, I didn't think much of the toothbrush. It definitely made the bedtime routine run a bit more smoothly and it no longer took a lot of persuading to get my kids to brush their teeth. That in and of itself makes it well worth the price point, which lands it slightly higher than a typical toothbrush.

Guess what happened next? Several weeks into our love affair with the ARM & HAMMER™ Tooth Tunes™ toothbrush, I picked it up and pressed the button. Because I was distracted while sitting at the computer it quickly ended up in my mouth, like would a pencil or pen. Don't be grossed out - something magical happened. 

So, this is likely a truth you are all well aware of, but something that was new and magical to me. The audio of the song playing over this amazing toothbrush amplifies INSIDE YOUR HEAD when you're brushing! Are you catching this??? Your head becomes a speaker! The sound transfers through the brush and right into your own noggin! 

I was so excited that I ran the toothbrush to my husband and made him try. Why hadn't I thought to do this sooner? Why don't they make these toothbrushes for adults? Let's get some ARM & HAMMER™ Tooth Tunes™ toothbrushes that play Counting Crows and OK Go, shall we? 



Needless to say I was converted. I really did use the toothbrush that night - and I may have even snuck it a few times more since. I truly and sincerely wished I had some options for these brushes made with some of my favorite tunes and won't think twice about keeping them available for my own kids in the future. 

Who wouldn't want to rock out each night before bed? 

Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and ARM & HAMMER™ Tooth Tunes™ partnered in support of this campaign. ARM & HAMMER™ Tooth Tunes™compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday

More breakfast, please.

Our family has a thing for breakfast. A real thing for breakfast.




Not only did I marry a man that likes to eat breakfast, but I married a man that likes to cook breakfast too. Luckily, this has rubbed off on my kids and most weekends I don't even lift a finger in the kitchen before noon. (Except for maybe the clean up part)

My 13 year old has talked on occasion about how fun it would be to open a breakfast-all-day sort of cafe. He's been a master in the kitchen for as long as he could stand on a chair next to me and is even regularly bringing us weekend surprises like crepes, muffins, and a family tradition we call 'tomato eggs' - something that really needs more recognition than it's getting within the walls of our home. (We'll save that for another day)

Yeah, I really can't complain.

So, as you can imagine, as lovers of breakfast, we're also breakfast connoisseurs. In all reality, if I'm going to take my family out to eat, I'm partial to doing that first thing on a Saturday morning. There's something romantic and indulgent about going out to breakfast don't you think? 

Needless to say, we're fairly familiar to what's available in our area, when it comes to the breakfast scene, so when anything new pops up, our 'breakfast sensors' have our interest peaked.

This past summer we met Old Towne Grill at the Taste of the Valley event at the Provo Riverwoods. (Quick note - if you haven't attended this in the past - be my date next year, okay?) I was drawn there because a friend of mine mentioned on Facebook that he was working there as a chef on the weekends. It just so happens, Old Towne Grill won "Best Taste of the Valley" even though they'd only been open a few days after their appearance at the event.

Don't you want to give these guys a high-five?



We indulged in the sliders they had available and stuck their restaurant on our list of places to visit regularly.

After a handful of experiences there, we learned that they were going to start opening for breakfast on Saturdays.

Sold. We were sold.


Did I mention the Orange-Infused French Toast and Chocolate Chip Pancakes, as much as you can possibly eat, for $5.99!


Don't take my word for it. 

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Thursday

La Nay Ferme, Farming to Make a Difference

I have a sincere fascination with people that live their passions. I'm not ashamed to admit my love affair with reality television, but I will say, it's mostly because of the opportunity to consume and be made aware of so many unique and unusual causes, interests, and ways people are out there making a living. I'm drawn to people who swallow their fears, take the risks, and figure out ways to create something meaningful for themselves and shift their passions into their livelihoods and often times in turn, enhance the world around them. Last summer I was lucky enough to be invited to a Farm to Table Dinner at a local farm here in Utah County. It looked a little something like this:




I don't know about you, but I know a lot of entrepreneurs. I regularly interact with a stream of people that are proactive, hard working, and have great vision. I hear about concepts, product ideas, and plans that seem promising and rewarding YET, I have not ever met one single person that ever mentioned their desire to be a farmer. I met Le Nay Ferme Founder, Clinton Felsted, at the dinner I attended last year. He was obviously passionate about what he was doing and his interest in it's success was contagious. Their mission is simple:

I love how simply their mission is laid out. La Nay Ferme has a goal to provide something unique and wonderful for Utah County. 
I've always known farming was a labor of love, I just never honestly considered it a labor of love for the modern time. Perhaps I've lived too long it cities, perhaps I've spent too few hours at the Farmer's Markets, or perhaps I just haven't had the pleasure of spending time with anyone so dedicated to making a difference in this way. If you're not already converted, just watch beautifully made representation of their goal:



There's something truly romantic to me about the thought of purchasing produce directly from the source. I love knowing that the values the farmers hold dear, are similar to my own and that the care taken would be similar to my own as well. If this overview has peaked your interest, like I'm truly hoping it has, there are several ways to get involved with the amazing folks at La Nay Ferme

You can start by becoming a member of their CSA, or community-shared agriculture program. Doing this provides you an opportunity to purchase their produce on a 12 week, 4 week, or even a weekly basis. If that commitment is a struggle for you, or if you just want a peek into what's available from the farm, you can even consider purchasing from their on-site Market. 

You may also want to consider taking a tour of the farm. The beauty of the scenery is unmatched and it's inspiring to see first hand the work and care being put into this project. Not to mention the fun promotion you can partake in if you get over there this month.



Additionally, keep an eye on their Farm to Table Dinner schedule. It's nothing like you've ever done and something you'll want to do as soon as the weather warms up. 

So, wanna win a weekly share? Yes, yes you do.

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Monday

I'm a troublemaker.

I don't like rules.

Happy Valentine's Day!


My patient and typically very private husband really handles my social media driven life with ease and understanding. This year, I made him the Valentine you see below. It's true, you know. I do love him more than social media. 

After I shared it with some of my friends, they asked for the 2nd version. 

Spread the love, right? 




Happy Valentine's Week!

Friday

I love people.

I love people. I truly do.

I stand behind my position that we all have something to learn from each other.

I came across this video today online and it speaks to my heart. Watch it, you'll love it too.