July 31, 2012

Do you love to read?

Do you love to read or have a teen daughter? If so, she's "gotta" read this.

Open this book and find over 50 uplifting stories for young women. Based on  eight values, which are:
2.Divine Nature
3.Individual Worth
5.Choice and Accountability
6.Good Works
7.Integrity and
These stories will inspire, encourage, and motivate.
 If you or your daughter read this book, I would love for you to come back and share your thoughts and opinions. Now a little bit about who wrote these stories.

          Dawn Olsen, Beth Olsen, Christina Christensen, Teresa B. Clark and many others  shared their short stories to be put in this book. This was an Iona, ID local effort spear headed by Marilyn O. Diehl and her sister Marta. Several of them are dear friends, one being Anna Christine Wilson.

A  small town librarian, married mother of two and this is just the beginning!
She is now working on her own novel and here is a sneak peek...

"In the words of John Lennon "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans" Ethan Knight had his life all planned out before he graduated from High School: marry his high school sweet heart, join the Marines and be the first to find Osama Bin Laden, come home a war hero and work with his Dad as a Paramedic in his home town of Twin Falls, Idaho. But things didn't go as plan and Ethan finds himself charting a new course. Will his wife of two years ever forgive him? And will their love be able to withstand the test of time and distance? And what other forces are at work behind the scenes?"

Sounds great doesn't it. I will be reading this one.

July 29, 2012

My Little Red Wagon

We have this rusty old red wagon that my grandkids love to get pulled around in. We usually throw a towel in the bottom and off we go. I decided it was about time for a redo.

Visiting Teaching Message Handout August 2012

The full VT message for August 2012 can be found HERE
Feel free to copy, print or download this handout!

I would love if you have any suggestions, comments or feedback.
 Have fun visiting teaching this month ladies!

I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes

This little guy (I think it's a guy) has an interesting story. My daughter saw her baby tugging on something hanging out from under the fridge. At first she thought is was a cord but when she got closer she saw it was a snake. Yes a snake in her house. She had her brother come over to get it and found that it was stuck on a bug sticky trap. Long story short, my son got it off with cooking oil, put it in a bucket and now my other son that lives at home has the snake in an enclosure. But the coolest part is in the pictures below. Have to share!

July 28, 2012

Toe Separators or Yoga Toes

I know... strange post. But I need some opinions here. 

I was cleaning out my bathroom drawer and once again came across theses toes separators that I purchased years ago. I don't even remember why, but I do remember putting them on and immediately taking them off. Ouch! I put them back in the drawer and they have been there ever since. They say that these can be worn while you’re relaxing, watching TV, or just putting your feet up at the end of the day. Who are "They" ? The last thing I wanted to do when I put them on is relax, watch TV or anything of the sort. Well I took them out of the drawer deciding whether to toss them or put them back in the drawer to get knocked around for another couple of years. Well I tried them on again. Oh my gosh, they hurt so bad and I didn't even have them pushed down all the way. I figured that might mean that I really need to use them. 

 Well I decided to give them another go. I am going to start out with about 2-3 minutes a day and try to work up from there. We will see what happens and if I start to notice any difference. 

Is there anybody out there that uses these that has had a good experience?

Toe Separator Benefits
1. Stretch and exercise toes. Stretching can provide immediate relief to a long day of foot muscle and ligament use. (So if I exercise and stretch my toes, will they become slender and flexible? :)
2. Help you avoid costly surgeries.
3. With use, toes begin to realign to rid you of foot pain. (Now this is probably why I bought them)
4. Can be used as a non-surgical treatment for bunions, hammer toes, crooked toes, heel pain & general foot comfort.

July 26, 2012

OPI Anniversary Celebration

This polish is so pretty I had to share. I gotta get me some. (is that a song :) of this fingernail polish. But is won't be out until Oct. So you need to watch for it.

OPI has a  special treat in store for us this Holiday! In celebration of James Bond’s Golden Anniversary they are releasing their first-ever 18 karat gold leaf top coat “The Man with the Golden Gun”

The polish is inspired by the world of 007, this stunning top coat contains real 18 karat gold and comes packaged in a special limited edition collectable gold bottle.
To find out more go to the OPI Facebook 
To the OPI main site 

Easy Pasta Salad

This is a very easy pasta salad. Very versatile, add or leave out ingredients to suit your taste. It is also a good one to make for a big crowd. 

July 25, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award 
I would first like to  give a giant THANK YOU, and shout out to 
The Divvy Spot for giving me this award! I was very surprised and honored. If you haven't visited her blog you must, you won't be disappointed. It has a little bit of something for everyone!

What is a Liebster Blog Award? (I asked the same thing)

The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers, and nominated by fellow bloggers. Liebster is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

Liebster Rules
1. Post about your win on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award (I Gotta Try That) and follow them.
3. Copy and paste the award button to your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Award to 11 blogs that have fewer than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized and awarded.
5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Share 11 random facts about yourself. 
7. Answer 11 questions the tagger has asked you, and give 11 questions to the people you've  tagged.
8. You are not allowed to tag back the blogger who chose you.

July 24, 2012

Pioneer Day July 24th

Pioneer Day is celebrated by Mormons the world over on July 24th of each year. This day is a time for reverence, remembrance, and recreation; it is marked by programs, picnics, treks, tributes, games, and storytelling. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we proudly honor and deeply respect our pioneer heritage. Whether our connection to those early men and women is genealogical or spiritual in nature, we are strengthened by the memory of those sturdy souls who loved the gospel of Jesus Christ more than life itself. Their lives and dedication inspire and uplift us.

July 21, 2012


My heart goes out to the victims and their families in Colorado. I don't know who came up with this idea but I thought it was a great.. Please share if you agree. I think it would brighten up the day of many children.

Follow Up On Christian Bale

Christian Bale Visits Shooting Victims in Colorado
What an awesome guy. Taking his time to visit the not only the memorial but those injured in the shooting. Thank you Christian Bale. Read more about it from People Magazine Here.

July 19, 2012

Family Name Sign

Here is a really neat rustic looking family name sign from"The Whims of Tim"

I love the look and the simplicity of it. Love how she took one sign and turned it into a completely new sign. Never would have guessed.

Simple Family Name Sign
This sign was super easy! All you need is a board, paint, stencils or vinyl. 
I used vinyl. 
I started with a board that I found at a dollar store. I had to sand the old design off. You could use a board that's already plain but I liked that this board had hooks and a stand to use already. I painted black over the vinyl of our last name.

After that I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the saying in red.
It was that simple. I really love how it turned out.

July 18, 2012

Thank You Gift

Is this the cutest Thank You gift ever? My friend brought this over the other day. She took a large mason jar and put an apron in it. This is the cutest apron and she sewed it herself which makes it that much more special. She tied a cute little thank you card to it with some jute. Perfect!

July 16, 2012

Rod Peterson Art

 Sharing some of my sons art work. This is interesting to watch. Rod sketches a beautiful charcoal drawing. Video is time lapsed to watch the hour long process last only a few minutes.View more  HERE


July 12, 2012

Fun Little Cup Gift

My friend just dropped off this cute little cup just because. So cute I had to share. I love these cups with the straws. I needed a new one cause just the other day my straw fell to the bottom of the dishwasher and melted in half.:( Inside was a cute little card and a few packs of lemonade mix. Love it! 

July 11, 2012

We Have a Winner!

We are having another Giveaway Monday the 16th. Make sure to come back and enter!

July 08, 2012

Swan Valley Camping

If you are ever in Eastern Idaho you must definitely drive through Swan Valley. It is beautiful in the summer. We went to creek falls to do a little *Peterson camping. We roasted weenies, made tin foil dinners and smores. After that we went on an adventure, as the kids called it. We followed little trails along the beautiful snake river! It was very hot so I was glad to be done with our little adventure. Nothing like wanting to get this fun over with. But I have to admit that I love spending time with the kids and grand-kids. On our way out we stopped at the  Rainey Creek Store, home of the square ice cream cone. You can't pass by without getting one of them, it just wouldn't be right. Well that was enough  camping for me, I'm off to take a long shower.                                                                             

*Peterson Camping - Going to a camp ground for a couple of hours and then returning to your hotel, home etc... for a shower and to sleep in a soft bed! :)

July 05, 2012

A Little Bit of Our 4th of July

Snow cones and swimming!
Fun at the parade!
IHOP for breakfast
Rhett on the bull, 25 seconds!
Tacie .5 seconds. LOL!
Easton 7 seconds!
At the fireworks!
Ending the night at  Applebee's!

Hoping you all had a safe and fun 4th of July this year!

Personalized Spray Bottles

Whenever my grand-kids are over, they love to get out my spray bottle. They squirt it into the sink, the tub, my plants, or anywhere outside. Problem is, they always were fighting over it. So the other day I went to the dollar store and bought three spray bottles. I used my Silhouette and some Expressions Vinyl I then cut out their names and put them on the bottles. You should have seen their faces, you would have thought it was Christmas. If I would have known that this would make them so excited, I could have saved money at Christmas and just given them these! LOL!

July 01, 2012

Firecracker Flag Cake

This is a strawberry and vanilla layered cake with homemade whipped cream. I added red beads around the bottom and I used toilet paper rolls to make the firecrackers.

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