Entries by Emma

taking over the ward Christmas party

Whenever Dallin is given just a tiny responsibility, he ends up going way above and beyond and everybody loves him for it.  This is why he is the dream employee and also the dream husband. Last month we had our ward Christmas party for our local church congregation.  The responsibilities were divided up such that […]

sparking joy to 2017

Our first week of the year was definitely a great start to 2017. It consisted Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  I can definitely agree that it was life changing.  Doing this the first of the year was ABSOLUTELY the best way to start of 2017. Out with all of the old stuff […]


thank you

I wanted to start off my writing today with a heart full of thanks.  After writing my last blog post I received countless texts, emails, and calls with words of empathy and encouragement. I must admit that publishing the post was a complete accident, as I had written it a month prior and had not […]


our early Christmas present: Italy

Since we were going to Berlin for  a work conference, I told Dallin we just had to make a quick stop in Italy. And when I say quick stop, I mean very quick. A day in 2 major touristy cities in order to show him all the sights that I could. Florence and Venice. Italy […]


the necessity of art

I remember when I first fell in love with Regina Spektor’s music. I had just turned 16 and had learned how to drive a stick-shift.  My mom had put me in charge of driving my brother and some teammates to football practice every day.  As I made the 20-minute trek back and forth and stalled at […]

my year in 5 | blogtember #28

To summarize my year in 5 pictures, I would have to do it like this. School and studies.  I finished up my last semester at ASU. I miss the studying and the homework and the deadlines.  Because even though it was busy work half of the time, I felt like I was accomplishing things.  Like […]

if I were an ice cream flavor | blogtember #21

I would be cinnamon. Because it’s unique, but still plain and sweet. And my cinnamon ice cream I mean that I would be cinnamon gelato with almond gelato in a handmade cone from Edoardo’s in the center of Florence.  This is is my absolute favorite ice cream in the world and I have nightmares at […]


stop making excuses

Don’t you hate it when someone commits to doing something and then they just flake out and they “get busy” and “something came up” and they just couldn’t do it?  We’ve all been there. It’s the absolute worst and we just want to say, “JUST DO IT ALREADY.”  I always say if it’s a priority […]


random joy | blogtember #7

When asked to share 5 things that bring me joy, I wrote down a huge long list and I couldn’t narrow them down to only 5. My long list looked something like this: family, sisters, Dallin, stationary, tulips, ice cream, anything Italian, book stores, one-on-one conversations, eating out, traveling, school supplies, the Book of Mormon, […]


work vibes | blogtember #6

After a long labor day weekend, going back to work is not exactly my favorite thing to do. This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn to call students in India, so I’ve been awake way too long.  The only way I have survived from being awake since 5:30 AM has been Spotify […]

currently | blogtember #5

Today (or yesterday’s) prompt is about all of the things that I am currently up to. I think the biggest news that our little family is currently up to is actually all on my husband’s blog, so go check it out! (He’s a much better writer and absolutely hilarious.  His writing is addicting and I […]

share goodness sunday | blogtember #4

Today is Sunday.  A beautiful day of rest dedicated to God.  It is 11:00 pm, which means no one will probably read this once I publish it, but I made a goal to write every day this month and gosh darn it, I’m going to stick with it.  I love the prompt that was written […]

favorite summer moments | blogtember #3

Saturday, Sept. 3: Now that summer’s at an end, share a list of favorites from the season! For today, I’m supposed to write about my favorites from the season!  I’m assuming that means my favorite makeup, blogs, fashions, etc.  And the thing is, I’m just not very good at really knowing about makeup brands and […]

current goals | blogtember #2

Today’s blogtember prompt is: Share a list of your current goals. I love goal setting it’s a little ridiculous.  I like to make big goals and break them up into smaller goals and break those into even smaller goals and then put those goals on my calendar and write them down everywhere and then I get […]


introductions | blogtember #1

For the first day of curing my writer’s block, I’d like to start with some introductions. My name is Emma. I am a self-declared insomniac, lover of soda, cereal, pizza, and ice cream. Food is basically my love language.  “My diet starts on Monday” is pretty much my motto in life. Reading and Netflix are my […]

cure for writer’s block: the blog-tember challenge

As you probably gathered from my previous blog-post, the struggle has been real when it comes to writing.  Serious writer’s block over here.  So I have found a temporary solution.  Let me explain. ( tl; dr –  backstory to why I am participating in this challenge.) I love reading other’s blogs.  I love learning about […]