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!

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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.


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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!!!
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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.

Grace Adele Giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!

Have you heard of Grace Adele?  If not, let me give you a brief introduction.   Grace Adele is a Scentsy company that offers a stylish and affordable and stylish accessory line for women.  Grace Adele offers a variety of customizable sets of handbags, wallets, jewelry and accessories.

If you have not checked out some of the items available through Grace Adele, you might want to check it out. 

One of The Idea Room’s sponsors, Jana Bennett, is an independent Scentsy and Grace Adele Consultant. Jana would love to offer an awesome giveaway to one Lucky Idea Room Reader!

What does the winner get?

The winner will receive One Grace Adele bag AND One clutch of their choice.

To enter for your chance to win, simply enter the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

If you are interested in becoming a Grace Adele Consultant, hosting a party or have any question regarding Grace Adele feel free to contact Jana Bennett through her Facebook page.

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*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jana Bennett with Grace Adele.

Contest runs February 23-27th, 2013.  Contest is open to individuals 18 years and older

and citizens of the United States.  A random winner will be selected and will be given 48 hours

to claim their prize before a new winner is chosen.

OUr Family Trip to Kauai

Back in October of 2012, we took a family trip to Kauai.  We had been talking about taking the family on a big trip for quite some time now.  Family is so important to my husband and I, that we are constantly talking about and finding ways to nurture our family. 

We realize that in three short years our oldest son will be gone serving a 2 year mission for our church. And three years goes so fast. We feel like we are running out of time when all of our kids are still under the same roof.  So after much talk, praying and consideration we decided to surprise our kids with a trip to Hawaii.

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We had a super early flight out, woke up the kids at 4 am and drove to the airport.  Since it was dark outside, the kids didn’t really realize we were not headed in the right direction.  As we neared the Airport, we told the kids where we were really headed.  They were so shocked that they all kind of just sat there in disbelief!  Haha!  Only a couple of them had ever been an airplane but were too young to remember it.

Our trip to Kauai was so amazing and we had such a great time together.  The kids were so great and we surprisingly had very few quarrels!  We also were blessed with great weather!  We had decided to stay at a rental house rather than in a hotel so we could have access to all the gear (from surfboards, boogie boards, snorkeling equipment and paddleboards) rather than having to rent it for everyone.

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On our first full day in Kauai, we got up early and headed to Queen’s Bath.  It is a unique tide pool on the North Shore surrounded by volcanic rock right on the edge of tall cliffs and the ocean.  When we got to the tide pool, we were told there was a white tip shark trapped in the pool.  The week before we arrived, Kauai had some really high surf and we suspected that the shark had accidently been swept into the pool and then was trapped when the surf level dropped.

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He was about three feet in length.  The kids crouched on this ledge on the edge of the pool and put on their snorkel masks to they could watch the shark.  It was so amazing, but this mama was a bit nervous.  There were a few other people in the tide pool who were swimming very respectfully while also keeping a distance from the shark. 

Then after over an hour of watching him we all took a little swim in the tide pool cautiously so we could say we had swam with a shark.  It was such an awesome start to our vacation.  And a once in a lifetime experience for sure.  And the tide pool water was crystal clear that day due to the higher surf the week before.


The rest of the trip was basically spent relaxing on the beach and playing in the water together.  We all learned how to surf, except for the youngest.   She wanted nothing to do with that.  She was happy to just float around and swim in the calm water for hours on end.  We were able to do some awesome snorkeling at Tunnels and Ke’e beach. 


But we ended up spending most of our time at Hanalei Beach where we had a blast body boarding and surfing.  We were so glad that everything worked out as well as it did.  It can be difficult to travel with such a large family, but it was so worth it.  The kids have not stopped talking about it and asking when we can go back…haha! (Probably not going to happen unfortunately)!

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We also spent quite a bit of time at Anini Beach.  The water here was so calm that the kids just played in it for hours.  We all learned how to Paddle Board here.  The youngest was too little for the board herself but she loved sitting on the back of the paddle board and being paddled around by the rest of us.


As you might imagine, we were one of the few tourists there with a larger family.  We definitely got some stares and some comments from curious people.  This is not unusual for us as a family of seven.  And I do realize that most people take this kind of a trip without their children.


But we felt strongly about taking our children with us.  The one thing that did surprise me is that some people seemed to be so surprised that we willingly and knowingly had all of these children on purpose.  Haha!  One the flight we had several comments from the flight attendants who seemed almost sympathetic to our large family.  I also got a lot of “bless you’s,” which always makes me smile.


I really do get the curiousity, but have to tell you that I feel so blessed to have the children that we do!  They have been a blessing for us.  And I am not going to lie, five children can be very difficult at times as well.  Motherhood is not always a pretty job, and is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done and will do, but the rewards are so worth those bad days.

We feel so grateful for them everyday and were so happy to be able to take them all with us.  We made some great memories and are so grateful we were able to experience it together.  And in today’s world, there are so many things pulling our kids away from the family.  Even when we are home together, there are so many distractions with electronics, extracurricular activities, friends. etc. that can interrupt quality family time.

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And as a big believer in the importance of families, I think it is so important to carve out quality time with them.  Not that you have to take a large trip to get quality time, because you definitely don’t.  But we want to give our children experiences that let them know how important they are to us. 


And this once in a lifetime trip was something we felt very strongly about. 


Friends and associates will come and go in our lives, but our family is always going to be there.  It is so important to remember that.  We are trying to build strong relationships with our kids and help them build strong relationships with one another so that they will always have each other to enjoy and depend upon.


My parents were also big believers in family.  We went on a few trips together when I was growing up which are now some of my fondest memories.  A trip to NY that was one of the craziest trips ever filled with some hilarious memories which we laugh about often now, and a trip to Oahu.


Now my siblings and I are not just close, but good friends too.  We know that we can always depend on each other for anything we may need.  And I am so grateful for my parents for teaching me about the importance of being a family.  Everyone’s family is not going to look the same.  And a family may not even consist of “flesh and blood” relatives, but a group of people who love and care for one another.


I hope and pray that my children will grow up with a strong sense of family.  That they will long for families of their own to enjoy. 

What about you…What do you think?  What have you done as a family that has brought you closer together to create memories?  I would love to hear about it!