Life is in the Moments

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hallmark.  All opinions and statements are my own.

Just a few weeks ago we spent some time with my parents, siblings and all of our kids…it is quite the crew.  For Christmas the past few years, we decided to forego giving gifts to our extended family members.

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With the money we would have spent, we use for spending time and doing activities together.  It has been such a great decision.

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Don’t you get sick of all of the “stuff”?  I know I do…especially at Christmas time.  We are really trying to take the focus off of the “stuff” and focus on “doing” and “being” together.  We spent some time tubing, playing in the snow, swimming, playing games and just hanging out.

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And you know what?  These seemingly ordinary activities are the very things my kids WANT to be doing.  They are building relationships with those who mean the very most to them….

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They are learning how to get along, play fair, have fun, be silly, be loved, love and sometimes learning how to say your sorry and forgive someone you love.

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What do you do in your everyday life to pause and make emotional connections with those around you?

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Hallmark wants to help you celebrate the moments that don’t happen every day, but could happen any day…the ones you’ll remember for years.

The special moments buried within the traditional holidays and occasions.  The “us” moments.  They’re memorable.  They’re spontaneous and perfectly, imperfect unplanned moments.

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Happy New Year from Hallmark! Share how you’ll create memories with your family in the new year. Visit for their full product line and special offers. Life is a special occasion so celebrate!

**This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hallmark. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fridge-a-Mortis & the Clorox-ictionary

The Makers of Clorox have come up with the Clorox Ick-tionary as a way to help parents change the way they talk and feel about messes by creating a new vocabulary around life’s messy moments.

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In an earlier post, I shared some of my kids “ick” moments from when they were younger. My kids are older now and we still have many “ick” moments… just different types of “ick”. Lately my kids mess tends to revolve around their rooms, shoes, clothes and most recently…food as they are learning how to feed themselves.


can’t tell you how many times I find un-identifiable food spills and messes hidden in the dark recesses of the vegetable drawers and on the fridge shelves.  All sorts of “Fridge-a-mortis” in various states of decay.


Fridge-a-mortis”, which according to Clorox’s Icktionary is the liquid in the bottom of the vegetable drawer that hardens over time.

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Albion Fit Review and Giveaway

*Disclosure—This is a sponsored post from Albion Fit.  However, all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone. 

I was recently contacted by Albion Fit to give an honest review of some of their fitness clothing.  Of course I was really excited about this as I am always looking for comfortable AND stylish workout clothes.


Many of you know that I am a runner and if you follow The Idea Room on Instagram, you will see that I am also training for my third half-marathon…(I realize this qualifies me as half-crazy).  But I love it.  I love being active and having the right clothing makes a big difference.

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Now, I am not really a fan of self-portraits.  In fact, I feel super self-conscious.  My husband and I were laughing while trying to get these pictures because I feel so unnatural in front of the camera.  I prefer hiding behind a computer screen in my yoga pants ;)!

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I chose to review the Albion Fit Women’s Fitness Go Long Crew Top in Heather and the Mantra Yoga Pant.  I tried them out on a recent family hiking and camping trip we took to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.  I knew we were going to be doing a lot of strenuous hiking and I wanted to be comfortable and fashionable while doing it ;)!  Since it is a desert, the temperatures during the day and night can be extreme, so it is important to layer. 


The shirt is made of a light weight material that is perfect when there is a bit of chill in the air.  It was really comfortable and I like how it fell around my waist.  It was slim enough to not be baggy and hanging, but it was not too form fitting which I am uncomfortable with. 

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And the pants…I LOVED the pants.  They were so comfortable and I love the flare on the end.  As a girl with some curves to her, the flare is a nice touch to balance out my hips.  And I LOVED the design on the pant leg.  A fun twist to a black yoga pant.  They were so comfortable to hike in and they still looked great after a rigorous hike.


Albion Fit just opened a new store here in Salt Lake City at the amazing City Creek Center located on the upper level on the northeast end next to Allen Edmonds.  I am excited to be able to head in a check them out. 

They also want to give one lucky Idea Room reader a $100 Albion Fit gift certificate! We love that!

If you would like a chance to be entered to win the gift certificate simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below.  If you are on a mobile device, you may need to enter via a computer.

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The giveaway will close on Monday, May 6th at 2:00 pm MST, so that if you don’t win you will be able to take advantage of the discount code.  The giveaway is open to those 18 years and older and citizens of the United States of America.

Albion Fit is offering an exclusive promotional code for The Idea Room readers to save $15 on any purchase of $50 or more; the code to use at checkout is idearoom15 and it expires 5/06/13!  So be sure to hurry up and use it before it expires!

Silhouette Giveaway & Promotion

Have I shared with you just how much I enjoy using my Silhouette?  Well, if we haven’t established this yet…I do.  I use it all of the time.  Most recently, I used my Silhouette machine to create this Subway Art Dresser for my son’s room.

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We moved my two boys out of an overcrowded shared room and move them into their own spaces.  I shared my oldest son’s room reveal here if you are interested.  And today I want to share with you one project of my other son’s room.  His room is about 90% completed and I will for sure share with you the final reveal when I can’t get it done.

But before we do that…let’s be sure and get the details for the Silhouette Giveaway and Promotion out of the way for those of you who are here for that.


If you would like to go ahead and take advantage of the Silhouette Promotion click here and use the code IDEAROOM to get the deal.

Silhouette Promotion Deal

If you want to be entered for a chance to win your very own Silhouette Portrait Machine simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter entry boxy below:

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*Disclaimer–Entrants must be U.S. residents and 18 years or older to participate.

This giveaway will run from April 18-26th, 2013.

The winner will be announced back here later on the same day. 

One winner will be chosen via and will have 24 hours

to claim it or another winner will be chosen.

Want to know how I made the Subway Art Dresser? I will be sharing the full tutorial in a later post here on The Idea Room.  Be sure to stop back by!

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Who Loves The Vintage Pearl?

I for sure do!  And if you have been wanting a chance to try out some of The Vintage Pearl’s amazing jewelry, you will want to continue reading!

{*This is a sponsored post by The Vintage Pearl, however all statements and opinions are my own}

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and The Idea Room has teamed up with the Vintage Pearl just in time for Mother’s Day.

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We are giving away:

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I have been a fan of the Vintage Pearl for a very long time and have been so impressed with the quality and style of each and every unique piece of jewelry and accessories they offer.


The Vintage Pearl makes and sells a wide range of beautiful hand stamped products including, but not limited to…necklaces, bracelets, rings, keepsakes, and a men’s line.

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To enter for a chance to win, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below.  {If you are on a mobile device you may need to enter from a computer for best results}.

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Be sure to get the latest updates with the Vintage Pearl on Facebook and the Vintage Pearl blog.

*This is a sponsored post for the Vintage Pearl.  However, all opinions and statements are mine.  This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents, age 18 and older.  Giveaway will end Tuesday, April 9th at 11:59 MST.  Giveaway winners will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

Project Life with Becky Higgins and HSN

Have you guys heard of Project Life?  I am a huge fan of it.  I have shared with you in the past how I LOVE all things creative but struggle with Scrapbooking.  Not that I don’t love scrapbooking…cause I do.  I envy those who have all their family photos and memories carefully and beautifully documented.

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My main problem with Scrapbooking is my perfectionism.  What little experience I have with Scrapbooking consisted of spending hours on a couple of pages with expensive paper and embellishments.  And things had to be “just right” and it was super frustrating and time consuming…so I pretty much gave it up.  So…my oldest has a nice thick scrapbook till he was about the age of 5.  Then…pretty much nothing.

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After being introduced to Becky Higgins philosophy of simple photo journaling, I knew this was the solution for me.  My life right now is a bit busy with kids, family and work.  But I want to be able to document and record our family’s memories.


I love how Becky has made it so simple for us and also stylish, colorful and fun.  Since that seems to be an important aspect.  No need to cut, paste or add embellishments unless you really want to…which you can totally do.  But right now, at this time of my life, I don’t have time for that…and that is okay.

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So, for my very first Project Life Scrapbook page, I decided to start with a recent Family Reunion my family and I enjoyed in Bear Lake, Utah this past summer.  I wanted to do a small bit of journaling while the trip was still fresh in my mind.

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I am really excited about this and feel like it is something that I can actually accomplish and succeed at without feeling to overwhelming.  And it will be something we will be able to pull out and enjoy together as a family.

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I am also excited to think that my girls and I can work on it together as a Sunday activity.

Becky Higgins is bringing her Project Life kits to the Home Shopping Network on March 25.  HSN will be selling two full Project Life kits that include an album, page protectors and either a Blush or Jade edition core kit.  Be sure to check it out. It’s an amazing deal and it’s a great way to get started on Project Life.

And…American Crafts want to give one Idea Room Reader their very own Project Life Kit.  The winner will be able to choose the Jade or the Blush Edition.

To enter, follow the directions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

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*This is a sponsored post for American Crafts and Becky Higgins.  However, all opinions and statements are mine.  Giveaway open to U.S. Residents age 18 and older.  Giveaway will end Thursday, March 28th at 12:00 MST.  Giveaway winners will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

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Are You At Risk? Canon Camera Giveaway

You guys know how much I enjoy taking pictures with my DSLR camera.  I use it almost everyday to capture the projects I am working on and to capture the little moments of our daily family life.  It is one of my favorite pieces of technology that we have today.

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I feel like time is slipping away from me as I look back through our older family pictures and see just how quickly my kids are growing up.  Before I know it they will all be moving out and starting on their own life adventures.  I want to enjoy and capture as many of the memories that I can.

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I also want to be sure I can enjoy those moments with my family too and there are a few things we can do to make sure that we live long enough to be able to do so.  There are some things you can do to prevent this…There are certain risk factors associated with certain hereditary cancers such as Colon Cancer.

Disclosure–This is a sponsored post written by The Idea Room on behalf of, Just Ask and Myriad Genetics.  However, all opinions and statements are mine.  Entrants must be U.S. residents and 18 years or older to participate.  Giveaway closes on April 6th, 2013.  One winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to claim the camera before a new winner is chosen.

To find out if you are at a higher risk for Colon Cancer, simply take this super quick quiz:

Hereditary Risk for Colon Cancer Quiz

If you find out that you are at a higher risk, you can get a Colonoscopy which can rule out or catch a silent growing Cancer and save your life giving your more precious time with your family and loved ones.

In fact there is also a genetic test that can determine if you carry any of the Colon Cancer related genes.  Which you can then use the results of that test to map out a prevention plan for you with a Genetic Counselor.  These Cancers tend to run in families so be sure to encourage your family members and loved ones to be screened as well.

Why not take a few moments out of your life towards the prevention of a Deadly Cancer that could give you a lifetime more of “camera-worthy” moments with your loved ones.

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And to encourage you to get checked and find out if you are at a higher risk for Colon Cancer by taking the quiz, I am partnering with Myriad Genetics and to get the word out about preventing Colon Cancer.  We would love to give one Idea Room Reader their very own Canon Camera for capturing your favorite (and maybe not so favorite) moments.

The Prize? Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens {Retail value $578}

To enter, simply go to The Idea Room’s Facebook page and click on the tab in the upper right corner that says “Enter Our Giveaway”.   Or if you are already an Idea Room fan on Facebook, you can enter the giveaway here:

Colon Cancer Screening: Canon Camera Giveaway

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What memories do you want to capture?

Be sure and check out 8 more chances to win some other great prizes on!

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CRE8TIME Movement–Easter Craft

Back in August I had the opportunity to head out to Dallas, TX and spent some time with some of the amazing people that work with Michaels.  They are so creative and so much fun and we had a good time creating together.  While there we were able to participate in the Michaels Leadership Conference and Holiday Show.  We also met the CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, Andrej Suskavcevic, who shared with us an amazing campaign called CRE8TIME.


CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change. As our lives become increasingly crowded with “responsibilities,” we tend to ignore ourselves and find it difficult to justify creative pursuits; they seem “selfish” and are often the first things we discard.  It’s time to reclaim our creativity!  CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change.  It is designed to help people recover eight hours a month and devote it to their particular craft, and to create a place for them to share their experiences – the joys, lessons, and results – with the creative community at large.  Learn more about CRE8TIME in this video.

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Now, I tend to spend a lot of my time creating, so finding myself creating for an hour a day is not unusual.  It helps that I am a creative blogger by trade.  But what about you? Do you find time to create in your lives?  I know that most of you LOVE to create, which is why you may find yourself here…on my site.  How does being creative make you feel?  For me, creativity is a way to unwind and relax.  A way for me to connect with who I am outside of all of the other roles I find myself in.

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As part of the CRE8TIME project and my partnership with Michael’s, I came up with a project that I would like to be able to share with you.  And, if you are interested, hopefully this project will help you to be able to find some time to add some creativity to your life if you are not already doing so.  Tomorrow I will share with you the printable pattern, photo tutorial, and the cookie recipe I used so that you can make some too.


What is your favorite way to spend some time creating?  How does being creative make you feel or enrich your life?  I would love to know!

Rescue Remodel Contest and chance to win $100 IKEA Gift Card

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Back in December, I shared with you a little bit about The Family Handyman’s Rescue Remodel Contest that was being sponsored by IKEA.

Deserving community organizations from across the country were nominated by their communities to win an IKEA® dream kitchen through their Rescue Remodel Contest.

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The organization with the most votes will receive a dream kitchen renovation valued at $25,000. And since it’s all from IKEA®, it will be full of smart and innovative ideas to make their lives a little bit easier so they can better serve our communities.

Head on over to {The Rescue Remodel Contest} and cast your vote today.

And? IKEA’s giving away 10 (ten!) $100 gift cards…which you could win!  Who doesn’t love IKEA?  Plus, you’ll be helping a deserving local hero get a full kitchen makeover, valued at $25,000.  Voting will be open through March 30, 2013.



*Disclosure:  There will then be a public voting period on selected finalists from about February 1, 2013 until March 30, 2013. This contest is open to legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older at time of entry.  This is a sponsored post by my on behalf of The Family Handyman and IKEA.


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