Monday, May 04, 2015

BYU Women's Conference: So fun!

Last week I went to BYU Women's Conference!  Can you see me in the picture?  Just kidding.  I am in that picture somewhere, though!  I had a great time signing books and also going to the classes.  My favorite class was called, "Honestly Acknowledge Your Questions, but first Fan the Flame of Your Faith."  The rebroadcast dates are here if you want to watch it.  I hear John Bytheway was awesome too!  Also, if you have time, check out my book review on Kim Thacker's book review blog, here.  Hope you have an awesome day! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Author Trina Boice

Today is the day that author Trina Boice's blog tour stops here!  I read her recent novel, "Base Hits and Home Run Relationships," and I loved it!  She has a wonderful witty style, and her tips are a must read for any man at any age.  From dating to marriage, this is like a manual about how to treat your woman!  It's written for men, but I think it would be such a fabulous read for a couple together!  What a wonderful way to start good relationship-building conversation!  Thanks Trina for another fabulous book!
You can find it here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Moms and Sports


I know some moms love sports, but it's all greek to me!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Break!

Sorry it's been a week since I've posted, but we went to Arches National Park for Spring Break.  It was so fun!  Here's a picture of the family under one of the beautiful arches.  There is some beautiful country in Moab, Utah.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

What to do if You Make a Parenting Mistake

You are not alone.  We all make parenting mistakes.  Often.  Don't beat yourself up.  Just learn from it.  Try to do better next time.  Forgive yourself.  You will find your children are very forgiving.  I can't count how many mistakes I have made, but when I apologize, all is forgiven, and we even laugh about it together.  Often the conversations that happen after the apology are very precious and build your relationship even stronger.  If you keep making the same mistake over and over, just keep trying.  Do not give up.  You will get stronger over time and as you get more sleep.  I remember I would sometimes get grumpy at my kids when they kept getting out of bed at night.  A short fuse from little sleep.  But all that has gone away.  I got better over time....and you will too.  Forgive yourself.  You will get stronger and your parenting skills will grow with time and experience.  I know this from my own experience.  Today I found myself not getting angry when my child made unreasonable demands in a rude voice.  I calmly told her the right way to ask me, and she immediately fixed the problem with no drama.  I thought...boy I've come a long way, to be able to do that.  And you will to.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015


(Elephant meditation)

Loved this!  Reminds me of parenthood!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Author Interview on Linda Weaver Clarke's Blog


I got the chance to be interviewed on Linda Weaver Clark's blog for an author interview!  So fun!  You can read it here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to Put Surprise into your Writing!

I loved this article by A. Beckert on how to put surprise in your writing!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Carseat Humor


Tuesday, March 17, 2015



Monday, March 16, 2015

1st Rule of Writing


Ha ha! Loved this one!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Talking about Tough Topics

This is the best article I've ever read about how to parent well.  I LOVED it.  I wish everyone in the world could read it.  Click the caption to go there.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Life Hacks

As a mom, I'm totally obsessed with these life hacks that I see all over the internet!  Where have you been all my life?  Click the caption to see them all!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blog Tour

Lindsay Weldon reviewed my book on her blog today!  Check it out here!

Sunday, March 08, 2015


I feel like Mothers show courage like this every day....every hour.  You are amazing!

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Humor :-)

(Picture from Velvet d'amour official fan page)

Friday, March 06, 2015

Why your plot problems need to be life or death


I was reading a book recently and realized I was really bored with it.  This sparked me into trying to figure out why I get bored with particular books, and I came to the realization that it all comes down to the plot not having a big enough crisis.  The main plot problem in your writing needs to be a life or death situation, or it won't be compelling enough to keep reader's attention.  The crisis can't be that your aunt will lose all her inheritance if you don't find a certain locket.  It also can't be that your girlfriend kidnapped your dog and you have to get him back.  These things won't be compelling unless there is some worry that someone will die because of the problem.  I don't know why this is.  I just know that whenever I'm bored with a book, it's because the crisis isn't life or death.  So next time you're working on the plot of your next big novel....keep that in mind.  Give your characters some life or death problems to overcome.  Your readers will thank you!

Thursday, March 05, 2015


(Author Debbie Macomber's facebook page)

I love this!  See the good in your children and your husband.  That's the recipe for a happy family!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Easter on a Budget

I loved these low cost ideas to make the Easter table special for the kids!  Click the caption to go there.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

It's finally here!

It's finally here!  My new humor book is now available on Amazon!  I'm so excitied!  Click here to get your copy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Why I love Dogs


Monday, February 09, 2015

6 Ways to Laugh with your Kids


It's important to laugh with your kids.  It teaches them how to have a healthy perspective, to not take themselves too seriously, and to have fun.  It's also really great bonding time and is a great way to break up tense moments, and it can help a child lower their guard, so that he feels safe confiding in you.  Here are 6 ways we like to laugh together.

1. Tell your "Best, Worst, and Wierdest" moments of the day during dinner
2. Watch hilarious Youtube videos together.
3. Watch funny clean humor shows like Studio C.
4. Read comics like Calvin and Hobbes together.
5. Email each other funny internet pictures like the one above.
6. On Sunday nights, we like to read aloud from funny authors like Dave Barry or Patrick McMannus.

What are your favorite ways to share humor with your family?

Saturday, February 07, 2015

More Winter Humor


Thursday, February 05, 2015



Tuesday, February 03, 2015

It's all about the Marketing


When I first thought about writing a book, I had a lot of romantic visions.  I thought, if I write it well, publishers and readers will be bowled over, and clamour for more.  I found out that this was a complete fantasy.  It's not about the writing (although your writing has to be really good).  It's all about your marketing saavy.  If you want publishers to publish your book, you have to have a marketing plan before you even start on your project.  Who will your readers be, how will you reach them, what kinds of special marketing skills do you posess that would allow you to sell your book to many many readers?  Are you a good speaker, a fantastic cook?  Can you use this to your advantage?  Or are you good at one on one conversations, such as in a book signing?  Maybe you're an amazing blogger.

Publishers don't just want you to be able to write the book.  They want you to be able to sell the book.  So when you write your book proposal to publishers and agents, they will want to know your marketing skills and willingness to get out there and sell.  Unfortunately, most authors are introverts, so this presents a problem.  Luckily, a lot of marketing today is online through social media and blogs (i.e. blog tours), and that is one solution for authors who have trouble speaking in front of large groups.

Here is a great article about 3 Questions you should answer when writing a book proposal, which should help.  And don't worry if you're not saavy about marketing yet.  There are lots of articles online about how to market your book.  It's pretty easy once you get started.  One last word of advice...join an author group.  They will help you with the ins and outs of book marketing and also be willing to promote you on their blogs, once your book is published.  It's a great first step, and one you can tell your publishers about when you propose your book to them.  Good luck!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Our Cat

Ha Ha!  This is totally our cat!  You can see why if you look at the title of my next book on the right!

Thursday, January 22, 2015



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ideas For Playing with Your Kids!

Need fun ideas for teaching and playing with your kids?  (Or for giving them the gift of "Time" with mom or dad?)  I've pinned almost a thousand pins on fun activities to do with your children.  Follow my "Kids" pinterest board here. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Agent Query Letters

Loved this Article!  I wanted to share it.  Click the caption to go there!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Where to Put All Your Books!

How cool is THIS?  I NEED a place for all my books!  Click the caption to find out 35 amazing places to put your books!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015


Ha ha!  Animals are so cute when they are trying to figure out what happened!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Breaking into the Magazine Market


The magazine market is a great place to make some real money as you wait for your books to be published or royalties to come in.  Here are some tips on how to get started:

Typically, if a writer is trying to break into a magazine it takes a few tries to figure out the "hook" and style for each particular publication, and the hook and style will change with each magazine.  What a writer will usually do, is experiment a bit as they try to figure out the market.  They will send a "feeler" biece to a magazine to see if they get any interest.  Usually if the mag is intrigued by the subject they will respond.  Even a negative response is good.  If a magazine or newspaper isn't interested at all, they will not reply.

Typically, it takes a few tries to get it right.  But once you do, you then "know" that market and will be successful most often afterward.  Also, once you get it right, it behooves you to send more articles, so the publishers can become familiar with you, and you can build a relationshiop with them.  This is how I've become successful in the particular niche that I have written for previously.

Also, be aware that you have to repeat this whole process for each new mag, so it takes time and some experimenting and failing with each new market, until you figure it out.  Sometimes writers do get lucky and figure it out on the first try, but this is rare.  Usually a writer breaks in by writing for the small columns in the back of the mag, and once the publishers are familiar with the writer, they start accepting bigger pieces.

I hope these tips are useful as you try to break into the really exciting world of writing for magazines!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

My Kids' Favorite Series

If you haven't discovered this series yet, you should!  My kids LOVE these books by Shannon Messenger.  They can't get enough of them.  A new one just came out!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Back Cover Finished!

Cedar Fort has finished the back cover of the new book!  How do you like it?  I just finished all the editing and Cedar Fort Publishing will send it to the printers tomorrow.  It'll be on Amazon in March!  Can't wait!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New Year's Resolutions!

I LOVED this article!  This is also why I started writing humor books....because I think all moms should be happy.  Click the caption to go there!

Monday, January 05, 2015

What I want to Read Next!

Have you read this?  I hear it's so good!  Instant best-seller.  It's on my "read next" list.  I can't wait until it comes in the mail.  The author lives in Boise, ID and says he doesn't know why everyone likes it so much.  My sister said she tried to check it out from the library and was 101 on the waiting list.  Wow!