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The One Year Mark

As of today, Dallin and I are "officially" dealing with infertility, diagnosed with infertility, or whatever you want to call it. Infertility is officially defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex…
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Mother's Day

I love Mother's Day.   I think it's a wonderful day to celebrate womanhood and the vital influence of motherhood in our lives.  It's a time that the world takes a moment to pause and say that motherhood is important and recognize how our society…
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Conquering Angel's Landing

Dallin and I spent Saturday morning hiking Angel's Landing in Zion National Park - probably the most popular hike and most photographed view of the park. We only live an hour away from this beautiful place and we finally bought a National Parks…
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Fear, the Impostor Syndrome, and Progress

Every year I make some sort of goal for my blog - blog once a week, once a month, etc. I start off strong with the first week, and then I go quiet. The little voice inside my head keeps telling me so many reasons why I should stop. Among these…

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…

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…
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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.…

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,…
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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…

my favorite part of our apartment | blogtember #8

Our pool.  I will miss this place. It was like a little oasis.  This is all I have time for tonight, but Arizona, you have magical winters. (no apartment tour for me, we're moving and there are boxes everywhere!)
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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…
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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…

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…

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…

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…
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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…

a last minute business trip

When you get a call from your boss on Thursday morning telling you to drop your plans get tickets to go to San Diego for a business trip for the weekend, you go and you don't complain. We work for a group of universities doing international…
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10 tricks to falling asleep (from an expert)

As anyone who knows me would say, I am a self-declared insomniac since I started college.  Over the years, I have picked up on a few tips that have really "helped" me get a better night's rest.   1. Check every social media site…