International Delight Pin It 2 Win

Nothing screams summer more than having an ice cold treat.  One of my favorite summer time treats has always been ice cream.  You are probably aware of some of the past posts I have shared where I have teamed up with International Delight to share something delicious with you.  Like this super delicious Old Fashioned Milk Shake flavored with Peppermint Pattie International Delight Creamer. Yum!

This summer, International Delight is bringing your favorite Cold Stone Creamery ice cream flavors to coffee with the addition of these three new flavors:

Cold Stone Creamery™ Hot for Cookie™
Cold Stone Creamery™ Founder’s Favorite™
Cold Stone Creamery™ Churro Caramel

International Delight is celebrating by giving away five $400 grand prizes to throw this summer’s ultimate Ice Cream Social!

To enter, visit the ID + Ice Cream Pinterest board and pin your favorite image using the #IScream4ID hashtag.

Who wouldn’t want to be able to throw the ultimate Ice Cream Social with International Delight this summer?  And to help get you in the mood for some delicious ice-cream or your summer coffee drinks, I have created a fun Pinterest board to help inspire you!


Love ice cream + coffee? This summer, International Delight is bringing your favorite Cold Stone Creamery ice cream flavors to coffee and they’re celebrating by giving away five $400 grand prizes to throw this summer’s ultimate Ice Cream Social!  To enter, visit the ID + Ice Cream Pinterest board and pin your favorite image using the #IScream4ID hashtag. Good luck!


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

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

Happy Fourth of July

Wishing you all a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday with friends and family!!

Cloroxictionary–Up The Back–Win $250 for Dad

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.

When my youngest was a baby, we were shopping in a store one day when she had a major diaper blow-out. The poop had exploded up her back and I could see it seeping through her clothing. We took off running to the nearest public bathroom. As I took off her clothes, the poop dripped EVERYWHERE. It was a gigantic disaster.


I basically had to give her a bath in the sink and then put her back in a clean diaper. But her clothes were trashed so thoroughly that I ended up just wrapping them in a plastic bag and throwing them away. Then I had to track down a store employee to help me find some cleaner to clean up the disaster she left in her wake.

It was not my finer moment as a mother. Can you imagine how something so cute could make such a mess? Me neither…


Tell me about one of your life’s icky moments for a chance to win $250 to treat the spider killing, luggage carrying, lawn mowing dad in your life! Visit to learn the new language for ick and how Clorox® cleaning and laundry products can help you tackle the next icky situation in your home, play games and win coupons while supplies last!

 This post is brought to you by The Clorox Company.  I have partnered with them to spread the word about Clorox’s Ick-tionary program. To share Ick-tionary terms and real life messes, visit [].  All opinions and stories are my own. Official Sweepstakes Rules

Guest Post on SAS Interiors

Hey guys! I am guest posting over at SAS Interiors! I am sharing some tips for how I try to create a meaningful home! I would love for you to stop on over and check it out here: Creating a Meaningful Home Blog Series . Also, you might want to take some time and check out Jenna’s awesome site! She shares some really great ideas!!  Hope you are having a great weekend!

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Kings Hawaiian BBQ with Friends

Just recently we invited some of our neighbors, who we are good friends with, over to our house for a weekend BBQ.  After a long day where both families were busy readying up their yards for the summer months, it was nice to sit and relax with one another on the back porch.


We enjoyed your typical BBQ foods and some Kings Hawaiian Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns.  Since we had a few kids joining us…most of their hot dogs looked like this…

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But, those with a more sophisticated palettes, got a bit more creative with their hamburgers and hot dogs.  And yes…it is weird to take pictures of your guests food.  You don’t have to do that at your BBQ!


No matter how you like to dress up your hamburger/hot dog, your BBQ is sure to be a hit.  I am looking forward to more evenings enjoying good food and friends.

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With summer now in full swing, you can bet I am looking for all sorts of excuses to have my husband fire up the grill…outside as it is a great way to get out of cooking…AND enjoying time with family and friends.


King’s Hawaiian® wants to know how you bring people together. Reply below for a chance to win a $200 gift card! Sweepstakes Rules.

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

Forrest Clump–Cloroxictionary

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.


With five kids involved in various sporting activities, life can get pretty messy. One of the hardest stains to treat are usually on my son’s baseball pants. The mud and grass stains are ground down into the very fibers of his pants, a real forrest clump.


It is quite a challenge to get these stains out so that there is no trace of their existence. The makers of Clorox have the solution. Be sure to check out their Clorox-ictionary for the solutions to your messy moments.


Share your parenting ick moment for a chance to win $250 for Dad’s Day Out from Clorox! Visit to learn the new language for ick and how Clorox® cleaning and laundry products can help you tackle the next icky situation in your home, play games and win coupons while supplies last!

This post is brought to you by The Clorox Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about Clorox’s Ick-tionary program. To share Ick-tionary terms and real life messes, visit []. All opinions and stories are my own.

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Listen To Your Mother

Hey guys! I am excited to let you know about a show that our very own Heather Johnson, The Idea Room Parenting Tips Contributor, has been working hard to put together.  She has put together an amazing show that you will not want to miss out on.  Here is Heather in her own words:

So excited that Amy let me take a few minutes to tell you about an amazing show that is here in Utah next week. It is called Listen To Your Mother and it is a phenomenon that is sweeping the nation city by city. It hits Utah on Thursday May, 9th at 7pm.

Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Want to meet some of your very favorite bloggers and writers here in Northern Utah? Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your mom or friend. Do you want a night where you and your girlfriends get to laugh and cry about the good, the bad and the barely rested of motherhood? Then you MUST come to the Listen To Your Mother Show.

The project is half live-stage event, half social media project, a bridge that connects the local community bloggers and writers with our local community itself and the world online.

The Show started with one performance in Madison, WI and has now become a nation–wide movement giving Mother’s Day a microphone and creating a new way to celebrate Mother’s Day by giving a voice to motherhood.

The 90 minute show is a series of 5 minute monologues by some of your favorite Utah bloggers and writers. The cast of the show is knock-out amazing.

Abby Hatch

Aleisha McDaniel

Amy Hackworth

Carly Kirby

C. Jane Kendrick

Heather Johnson

Holly Richardson

Jenny Eckton

Jenny Smith

Julie DeMille

June Haskell

Lindsey Redfern

Megan Conley

Melody Newey

Polly Scott

Shannon Busby

It has been such a blessing to produce and direct the first every Listen To Your Mother Show here in Utah. You know how amazing these women are, you read their blogs and their stories and follow their lives through social media. Come and hear their amazing stories in person. And give yourself the perfect Mother’s Day Gift.

And remember, you don’t have to be a mother to enjoy the night. It is so funny, sensitive, and thought provoking, there is something for everyone.

The Show is at Thanksgiving Point on May 9th. 7-9 pm in the Amber Room. You can find all the show information here. And you can buy tickets here. They are only 10 dollars which is a small price to pay for the powerful night you will enjoy. Doors open at 6:15 and you can buy tickets at the door too.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to the Utah Children’s Justice Center. It is such a fun way to give back.

Round up all your girlfriends, your mom, your sisters, husband, neighbors and friends and join us. 

Plus, I would get to meet you. And that would make me so happy. When you come, please say hello.

See you there!


Scentsy Giveaway—Independent Consultant Jana Bennet

I know most of you have most likely heard about Scentsy and maybe even own some of the Scentsy Products.

I have been a long time fan of Scentsy myself.  I think my favorite Scentsy Bar is Sun Kissed Citrus or maybe Eskimo Kiss, or Havana Cabana…At any rate, if you haven’t tried these wickless candle warmers you don’t know what you are missing out on.

Jana Bennett, an Independent Scentsy Consultant and Idea Room Sponsor, is donating a Scentsy Wickless Warmer and three Scentsy Bars of their choice to one lucky Idea Room Reader.

If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a warmer of your choice simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter box below.

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Scentsy has a lot of other great products.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, why not get the Mother’s in your life something they will LOVE and actually use.  Scentsy also has a great new line of personal care products called Layers

Scentsy Personal Care lets you build a new fragrance wardrobe, layer by layer. Envelop every part of your life in scent, from your early morning shower or bath to the moment you rest your head on your pillow.

If you are interested in ordering some Scentsy products or if you are interested in hosting a party or becoming an Scentsy Independent Consultant feel free to contact Jana Bennett, via her Facebook Page Scentsified Scents.

*This is a sponsored post for the Jana Bennett.  However, all opinions and statements are mine.  This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents, age 18 and older.  Giveaway will end Monday, April 15th at 11:59 MST.  The giveaway winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

Pin It To Win It–iPad Mini Giveaway

GIVEAWAY!!! Pin It To Win It! An ipad mini for TWO lucky winners!!!
from See post for details #giveaway #ipadmini What could be better that an chance to win a new iPad mini? Two chances to win an iPad mini!

Two of our lucky readers will each win a 16 GB iPad mini with WI-FI

(about a $350 value after tax)!

We have come together with some of the most amazing blogs out there (I am sure you have seen their stuff ALL over Pinterest) to bring you this fantastic giveaway. We are all so excited! And we will be picking our lucky winners on the luckiest day of all! St. Patrick’s Day!

To Enter:

All you have to do is pin this post and follow ALL of these talented bloggers on Pinterest. Believe me, if you aren’t following them already you want to be! They are the best of the best when it comes to food, crafts, style and inspiration. And we have made it super easy with all of their follow buttons below. Once you have followed them all, just fill out the Rafflecopter form and you will be entered to win!!!!

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*Terms and Conditions: This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered or endorsed by Apple or Pinterest. Giveaway closes on March 17th. Winner will be notified by email by March 20th and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win.

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Fundraiser: the Everything Sale

I just want to pop in here really quickly and share with you a fundraiser that is going on tomorrow in several different cities and states for Damond Farar’s family, my brother-in-law’s brother. 

On December 28th, 2012, Damond Farar was visiting family on Christmas Break when he suddenly passed away.  He leaves behind his wife and three young sons. 

They are trying to earn some money to put in a fund to take care of Damond’s young family.  Damond had a promising future ahead for him and his family.  He started medical school in August of 2009 and was scheduled to graduate May of 2013. Damond completed the requirements to graduate from the Indiana University School of Medicine and will receive his Doctor of Medicine degree posthumously.


Here are some ways to help the Farar Family if you are interested:

  • If you’d like to contribute to Adriana and her boys, a donation account has been set up at Chase Bank in the name of "The Damond Thomas Farar Memorial Trust" with the account number 3025135756.
  • You can also donate through PAYPAL through the DONATE button on the side of The Farar’s blog.  The paypal account is set up to the Damond Thomas Farar Memorial Trust
  • There is a book of memories about Damond being compiled for Adriana and their boys.  If you have any memories that you would like to contribute please do so to [email protected] or leave your memory as a comment on this blog.
  • Everything Sale is happening March 9th all over our wonderful nation.  You can look for a location nearest you and donate items, services, whatever you want to the area representative. All proceeds of the Everything Sale will go to benefit the Farar Family.
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Thanks so much for any and all support you may be able to offer this beautiful family at this most difficult time.  If you would like to learn more about Damond and his family, you can check out their family blog here:  Damond Farar Family Blog.


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