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How to Go Back to School on a Budget

How to Go Back to School on a Budget

Happy back-to-school! I don’t know what time it is at your house, but at my house August means back to school. With one of our school districts having the ridiculously early start date of August 5th, our back-to-school preparations are in high gear. I have two high school students this year–and I’ll readily admit that I’mContinue Reading

How to Go Back to School on a Budget

How to Go Back to School on a Budget

Happy back-to-school! I don’t know what time it is at your house, but at my house August means back to school. With one of our school districts having the ridiculously early start date of August 5th, our back-to-school preparations are in high gear. I have two high school students this year–and I’ll readily admit that I’m…

Eat Fresh & Local this Summer at a Denver Farmer’s Market

Eat Fresh & Local this Summer at a Denver Farmer’s Market

Today I have a guest post from Denver local Brooke Cade. It comes complete with a nifty map of Denver’s farmer’s markets. I know where I’m going this weekend. How about you? __________________________________________________ Farmer’s markets are some of the best places to check out and bring people together to support their community. There is nothing…

Honoring Our Pioneer Ancestors: Trekking along the Mormon Trail

Honoring Our Pioneer Ancestors: Trekking along the Mormon Trail

Today is Pioneer Day. If you live in Utah, it’s a state holiday. If you don’t, it probably doesn’t mean much to you–unless you’re a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Pioneer Day celebrates the day Mormon prophet Brigham Young first reached the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 and declared, “This is…

The Peter Potential: Discover the Life You Were Meant to Live

The Peter Potential: Discover the Life You Were Meant to Live

Have you ever wondered how such an insignificant man as Peter became so remarkable? The Bible is clear on this point: Peter saw himself as a simple fisherman—but the Lord saw him as a fisher of men, a leader among men, the one in whose hands He would place the keys of His kingdom. Do…

Looking for Daily Miracles

Looking for Daily Miracles

This morning I am happy to share a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Christy Monson. Christy and her husband are currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the southern US.  Christy’s been kind enough to share some of her mission experiences with us and today’s…

Beautiful Colorado Wildflower Photography

Beautiful Colorado Wildflower Photography

It is wildflower season in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and I have been in photographer heaven. Flowers have long been one of my favorite photographic challenges–and wildflowers are just so much more fun to photograph than something I’ve picked up from my local florist. I went to camp in late June this year for…

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things — Book Review

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things — Book Review

Who knew? Diamond rings are Deadly Things. Well, maybe they are and maybe they’re not, but that’s the title of the first book in Rachelle J. Christensen’s new Wedding Planner Mystery series. And you’ll have to read it to find out. And, well, being a wedding junkie (photographing weddings for 30 years will do that…

How to Plan a Group Event — or — Lessons  Learned at Girls’ Camp

How to Plan a Group Event — or — Lessons Learned at Girls’ Camp

I went to camp last week. With 86 teen-age girls and 30 or so adults. No, I am not insane. Well, maybe just a little, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat. We had a ball. We camped at a group campground in the Rocky Mountains just west of Denver, called Pickle Gulch. It…

The Unlikely TRUE Story that is “Surviving Hitler”

The Unlikely TRUE Story that is “Surviving Hitler”

Truth is so often stranger than fiction. People’s stories amaze me. I love to read biographies. I love to know about people. What shaped them? What made them who they are? Where did they come from and what’s the part we don’t know? The full title of this book is Surviving Hitler: The Unlikely True…

Food, Fun and Photography on the Fourth

Food, Fun and Photography on the Fourth

Happy Independence Day! This is my favorite holiday. Really. No pressure, no stress, no baggage, great food, great fun, family time and photo ops. How much better does it get as a photographer? So today, I thought I would share with you a few of my Fourth of July favorites. And, yes, it’s really Independence…

Six Ways to Boost Productivity–Infographic

Six Ways to Boost Productivity–Infographic

It’s Monday morning and the start of a new work week. I was away at camp last week (more posts on that later), so I am pretty sure I will go into the office this morning and find that my to-do box and my email inbox have both exploded while I was away. Sometimes it seems like…

Pool Safety Tips and Rules For Kids

Pool Safety Tips and Rules For Kids

When you have a pool in your back yard, and you have kids, it’s a recipe for many hours of fun in the water. One of life’s pleasures is to watch your children splashing and playing, inventing games where only they know the rules. But safety is a big issue for the pool, so here…