Archives for April 2015

April 28, 2015

I Chose a C-Section: Ari’s Birth Story

    I love this photo! It makes me want to cry tears of joy every time I see it. Even though I didn't have the labor I was hoping for originally, my delivery of Ari was so meaningful to me. I look at this picture and I remember the happiness I felt. I had two very different experiences with the births of my two children, but overall, it doesn't matter how our children come into this world. We love them all unconditionally and every experience is unforgettable and beautiful. With my first son, Lucas, I went into the hospital on my due date expecting to have a baby in a few … [Read more...]

April 13, 2015

Let’s Get Real

I have always been a perfectionist. I beat myself up when I let others down (or when I let myself down,) I don't like to show my imperfections, and sometimes I spread myself too thin trying to be perfect at everything. With that being said, I think the only way to be a successful writer and to relate to other people, is to show your vulnerabilities. So, please know that what I am about to do is extremely unlike me and it takes a lot of courage for me to do this! But, I am excited to see where it leads. Lately I have grown a great love and respect for people who easily share their … [Read more...]

April 7, 2015

Slow Cook Paleo Orange Chicken

I have been hesitant to post more recipes because I need to learn how to use my fancy camera! But, this will do for now :) I LOVE anything I can make in the slow cooker-especially when it's also healthy! It is so easy and time saving. I don't follow the paleo diet strictly, but I like a lot of paleo recipes because I can count on them to be healthy. This chicken has a bang! It has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. My two year old gobbled all of it up, but he has also been known to eat toothpaste out of the tube; so if your family doesn't prefer spicy foods, omit some of the red … [Read more...]

April 6, 2015

My Heart Will Never Be Full

Throughout this pregnancy I have felt an uneasy sense of guilt. I try not to think about it, but I can't help it. I feel guilty that I may not be able to be the mother I need to be to both of my children. I feel guilty because I worry about Lucas. I worry that he isn't going to feel as loved when he sees my playing with another sweet baby. I worry that he is going to miss our one-on-one time that we have together. I worry that I’m not going to be able to give him as much attention as he wants. There are times when I see Lucas' sweet smile and innocent eyes, and I think my heart could … [Read more...]

April 3, 2015

You Married Too Young

When my husband and I were dating, we went to one of Mike's friend's weddings. I was really nervous because I was going to be meeting some of his friends that I had never met before. Mike and I were engaged at the time, and obviously I wanted his friends to approve! We sat at a table by his friends, and everyone was introduced. One of his friends, very shortly after being introduced, said, "So, what temple are you guys getting married in?" Mike and I looked at each other and Mike replied, "Well, we are getting married in Jaisha's hometown, but we are having a reception out here in Vernal, … [Read more...]

April 2, 2015

Is it really necessary to buy organic products?

One of my goals of this blog, is to share with others the "why" behind healthy living. I think many of us try to be healthy and buy things that we have heard are supposedly healthy, without knowing why. With so many changing trends in health (don't eat fat, don't eat egg yolks, buy sugar-free...) how do you know what is accurate? Well, this is my specialty! I LOVE research. I have to know the why behind everything before I know it's true. My husband says that I'm stubborn ;) Buying organic products can be expensive. So let's discuss, is it really necessary to eat organic food? Here is a … [Read more...]