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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

2018 Forgotten Carols Tour

One of the things I'm really looking forward to this Christmas season is the chance to attend The Forgotten Carols. When I was attending University at BYUI, we had the opportunity to see The Forgotten Carols. One of our friends was in the play, as one of the "homeless" men. Now, over 15 years later, I can look back on that night and remember specific, detailed moments from it. I loved that show!


I'm so excited to be living in Utah this year, so we're close enough to attend a performance. Ken & the girls have only ever seen a recording of it (and listened to the CD many times every Christmas season). I can't wait to go, see the show in person again and to share it with my family!

Here are some details about the show & how you can get tickets:


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Day 11: Chocolate Gift Basket

Today we're giving away a Chocolate Gift Basket from Ticket Chocolate!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 11!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.


As part of last year's gift guide I shared how my love of Ticket Chocolate began years ago when someone sent me some in the mail and that I loved dipping the chocolate-on-a-stick into steaming milk to create a delicious, gourmet drink. I wanted to share a few of their other products with you, too.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Day 10: Personal Scriptures

Today we're giving away a set of Journaling Scriptures from Line Upon Line!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 10!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.


If you're a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints then you know that we use more than one book of scripture. We use the Book of Mormon and Doctrine & Covenants in addition to the Bible. Recently, a couple of ladies who are members of the church started a company called Line Upon Line and they have created journaling scriptures. Whether you share a religion with me or not, if you read the Bible, I think you'll be interested in thees. I'm excited to share them with you!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Day 9: Book Subscription Box

Today we're giving away a Kids' Book Box from Bookroo!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 9!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.


You all know that I love a good non-toy gift for my kids and what you may also know is that I have two girls who are big on reading. So I LOVE what Bookroo is doing and think their monthly book subscription box would make an amazing gift for kids!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Day 8: Citrus Pear Frozen Meals Gift Card Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Citrus Pear.

Today we're giving away a $50 Gift Code to Citrus Pear!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 8!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.


Who wouldn't love a gift that makes their life easier? Citrus Pear provides classes for preparing healthy freezer meals that can be made in your crock pot or pressure cooker. I attended a class recently and am about to share all the details with you!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pink & Blue Small Living Room Decor

This post was sponsored by Wayfair.

When we moved to Utah we chose a rental townhouse with kind of a strange layout. There are 3 narrow floors with no basement so the first floor is just the garage and the living room. It's a fairly small living room with a few unique layout features that made it tricky to work with but I am so excited to share it with you now that we have it all figured out!

Pink and Blue Living Room Decor

We came to Utah without a lot of furniture, so I was able to start mostly from scratch in decorating this room. That was really fun but also very challenging because I was trying to do it on a very small budget. I wanted the room to feel beautiful and homey. I wanted it to feel cohesive and I think I was able to do that by choosing a couple of colors to focus on.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Day 7: Personalized Plum Paper Planner

Today we're giving away a Planner from Plum Paper!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 7!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.



Monday, November 12, 2018

Day 6: Personalized Jewelry & Ornaments Giveaway

Today we're giving away a gift card for The Vintage Pearl!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 6!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.

Raising Memories Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Day 5: Wood Watches Giveaway

Today we're giving away a Wood Watch from JORD!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 5!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.

JORD Wood Watch Gift Guide Giveaway


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Day 4: Flybar Scooter, Pogo Stick, & Pogo Ball Giveaway

Today we're giving away a Pogo Stick, Scooter, or Pogo Ball!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 4!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway for Kids


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Day 3: Ste. Anne's Day Spa for 2 Giveaway

Today we're giving away a Day Spa for 2 at Ste. Anne's Spa!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 3!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.

Spa Day for 2 Giveaway Ste. Anne's Spa


Monday, November 5, 2018

Day 2: Jo Totes Camera Bag Giveaway

Today we're giving away a Jo Totes Camera Bag!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 2!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.

Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway Camera Bag


Saturday, November 3, 2018

November 2018 Sharing Time Link Party



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Friday, November 2, 2018

Day 1: PlasmaCar Giveaway

Today we're giving away a PlasmaCar!

If you missed the announcement, it's Gift Guide Giveaway time and today is Day 1!
You can keep track of all Gift Guide posts from the announcement page.




Thursday, November 1, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway Days

It's Gift Guide Giveaway time and this year, more of you will get to win!

Instead of having 2 "winner takes all" style giveaways like last year, this year there will be a new item featured each weekday for a couple of weeks, and a new giveaway for every single item featured!

I'm excited to share some of my favorite gift ideas with you! I'm including some old favorites and some new discoveries. I hope you get great inspiration for your holiday shopping and your personal wish list!

Raising Memories Holiday Gift Guide Giveaways 2018


Giveaway Days Details


Monday, October 29, 2018

Stevie the Bee (A Self Discovery Picture Book for Kids)

Today I want to share a sweet little children's book with you. It's all about a little bee and his struggle to find his place in the world among so many other bees who seemed to have more of a purpose than he.


We were excited when this book came in the mail because we know the author and his family!


Monday, October 1, 2018

October 2018 Sharing Time Link Party



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Friday, September 21, 2018

Dream Big, Princess!

I love that Katrina has been full of creative ideas and plans lately! From her baking creations to creating dances with her friends, and making her own beads for jewelry, she's been bursting with creative endeavors!  I really want to encourage her to follow and live her dreams- big or small! I sometimes have a tendency to tell myself that some dreams are too big, and I discourage myself from pursuing them because I can't see how they'll become a reality or I just think the likelihood of being disappointed is too high. While trying to change my own habits in that area, I also want to make sure I don't do the same to my kids! Disney has a similar focus right now with their #DreamBigPrincess initiative and I've teamed up with Hasbro to share a bit about that, and some of my thoughts on helping my kids to dream big!


I've written before about how I have been learning to have the courage to dream big. When I wrote about it, I was sharing my experience with a dream that seemed "too big" coming true. I love the quote from Walt Disney that says, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them," and that's exactly what I want for my girls! I don't want them to be afraid to pursue their big dreams.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Baby Hayden (Newborn Photography)

My newest nephew arrived in August and I had the opportunity to go over to my sister's house to take some newborn photos of him. I actually started blogging a good decade ago, to have a place just to share photos from my photography sessions. It's been a long time since I've done a session, so it's fun to have some photos to share with you today!


Best of all, they are photos of the sweetest little munchkin around!


Friday, September 7, 2018

August Month-in-Review

It's September!! How did this happen?!!

I've pulled together a post about our August and I have a few thoughts to share at the end of it... I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject & then get into it further in the future, so hang in to the end if you think you might like to weigh in!


Near the beginning of the month Talia and a couple of her older cousins had the opportunity to go to a special youth event for a day. While they were there we met with 2 of my sisters-in-law (& a bunch of cousins) at a park. Katrina brought a treat she had created for everybody.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Kids Creating in the Kitchen with Blendtec

This summer Katrina became very interested in creating her own treats. I don't mean baking cookies or putting some snacks in a bowl. I mean gathering ingredients and experimenting with putting them together to create something totally her own. She's been pretty successful, too!

Blendtec Designer 625 vs Designer 725


It all started when we replaced our blender. I loved that blender but it had to go, for safety reasons, after our smoke disaster. I was excited to replace it with the Blendtec Designer 725 blender because it has all of the great features my old one had, but with even more added on! (I'm going to share some of the additional features throughout this post, as I share Katrina's story).

We got our new blender shortly after moving to Utah and during those first few weeks as we settled into a new home in a new country, Katrina would often ask permission to make a smoothie in the blender. I always supervised at first, until I was confident in her understanding of how to use it properly, and then magic happened- my 9 year old could put together smoothies & she would make enough for everyone & serve them to us- sweet!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

6 Ways to Get Your Kids Ready for Back to School!

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Summer has already come to an end here in Utah and although we've already started school, I know it's just around the corner for my friends back in Canada! Getting your child ready to go back to school may feel like a full-time job, but with these helpful tips they will be ready to go back and have fun in no time!

6 Back to School Tips


1. Get Back into A Sleep Routine


Monday, August 6, 2018

August 2018 Sharing Time Link Party



Welcome to the August Link Party!



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July (Month-in-Review)

July was another whirlwind. A lot of good and a lot of fun was crammed into this month and at the same time, personally, a lot of struggles. This post will focus on all of the fun and the good!



At the tail end of June, I picked my parents up from the airport. They stayed at our house for a few nights and we welcomed them with this little greeting:


Friday, July 27, 2018

How to Have a Great Staycation

In early June, I was on FOX 13’s lifestyle show, The PLACE, discussing tips for a great Staycation!

I'm sharing those tips here today, along with a few links to resources on the blog that will give you some more specific or detailed ideas and inspiration for planning your own Staycation!



Happy Staycation planning! Now, onto the tips!


Monday, July 23, 2018

The Self-Care Day Challenge & Giveaway (10 Winners!!)

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

There has been a lot of talk about self-care lately. As our lives get busier, prioritizing self-care becomes increasingly important.  I'm finding this very important for myself lately and I have a post coming soon, sharing some of my recent personal struggles. Many of us think of self-care as practicing yoga, a day at the spa or even spending quality time with friends. While these are all great ways to relax, there is much more to it!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway in Canada for Self Care Day

The concept of self-care is about empowering individuals, families and communities to practice healthy habits, prevent disease and cope with illness or disability to achieve optimum health. Taking better care of ourselves by utilizing the products available to us not only helps Canadians lead healthier lives, it also alleviates strain on our healthcare system! Making a commitment to practice self-care has so many benefits.

That’s why Bayer, a global health products leader, is working to educate consumers on how Better Self-care for a Better Life can make a difference in quality of life, while improving healthcare sustainability.

Here are a few ways I practice self-care:


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Disney's Magic Kingdom - Our Top 10

There is so much to learn about Walt Disney World if you haven't been there before! That's why I decided to do a post about each of Disney's parks and today we're focusing on Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom Top 10 Disney World

Magic Kingdom is broken up into several different areas or "lands", so I'll also share which land each of these activities is located in. I highly suggest that as you plan your trip, you get familiar with a map so you can plan your route, to avoid too much walking!

There are so many things to do in the Magic Kingdom so it's not easy to limit it to 10 things, but we took a vote and these are our Top 10!


Monday, July 9, 2018

Flybar Scooter Giveaway!

Shortly after we settled into our new home in Utah, we got a special package on our doorstep from a company called Flybar. When I heard about this company, I got excited because they make so many fun outdoor toys that really take me back to my childhood! They make pogos, skateboards and scooters of all types, as well as safety gear and some really awesome creative products- you'll have to check out their website to see them all! We were excited to take their new Aero Scooter for a "test scoot"!


In this post I'll share some information about the scooter & what we thought of it- stick around to the end for a great giveaway!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

July 2018 Sharing Time Link Party



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Friday, July 6, 2018

June (Month-in-Review)

Here's a quick review of some of the highlights from our month of June.



June 1st

The girls & I went park hopping...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer Sports Essentials

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Summer is a great time to join a sports league (for adults or for kids) but it's something I haven't done in years! We do get out for the occasional family game though, and we have a family reunion coming up this summer, so who knows what kind of activities we might find ourselves participating in!


Sports are a great way to have fun and escape the stress of everyday life. Whether you went ahead and signed yourself or your kids up for a team or you're just participating in the occasional sporting endeavor, there are a few essential items you’ll want to bring along. Check out this handy list for tips on packing for a day on the field:


Friday, June 15, 2018

Our 1st Few Weeks in Utah

I've done a lot of week-in-review posts in the past few months but today will be a bit different. Today is almost a whole month-in-review, starting with moving day, and an overview of the rest of the month of May.


This will be a long one but I wanted to get it all documented and have a place to look back on it all.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A HUGE Surprise from Hasbro!

If you've been following along with our Smoke Saga, you'll know that our home and belongings recently sustained a lot of smoke & soot damage and our girls lost almost all of their toys.

I've partnered with Hasbro a few times in the past and when they heard what happened, they wanted to send some toys for our girls!

Hasbro Surprised us with a huge package of toys

In a previous post I mentioned that we received a special package from Hasbro. Later I wrote about giving the toys to the girls and said that it was the best moment we've had since Disney World and that I would share more details in a future blog post. So, here are those details!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top Notch Lobster Fishing Excursion (Prince Edward Island)

I recently re-shared my post about visiting Charlottetown P.E.I. It's a perfect time of year to visit the island. We went right in the middle of last summer and the weather was beautiful! If you're planning a trip to P.E.I. for this year, you will want to know all about our Lobster Tour because it was one of our favourite experiences! (This post was originally shared on August 23rd, 2017)

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Without a doubt, if you ask Ken what his favourite experience of our entire Eastern Canada road trip was, he'll tell you about our lobster fishing tour! It's definitely up there in my top moments, too. This was SUCH a memorable, educational, delicious, and fun experience!



Monday, June 11, 2018

Driving from Ontario to Utah!

After a whirlwind one week to pack up our life and prepare for a move from Canada to the United States, we were finally ready, all 4 visas in hand, to start driving to Utah!


We left later than planned and we didn't have a plan for where we would stop each night (beyond the 1st two nights), but we figured it out as we went & had some good adventures along the way!


Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Week to Pack & Move to A New Country!

It's time to catch up on these week-in-review posts!  Today's post is all about the week between visiting Utah to find a home, and leaving Canada to move to Utah!


Talk about a whirlwind!


Monday, June 4, 2018

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Our Top 10

If you haven't been to Disney World you might not realize that it's actually made up of 4 different parks! We went to Disney World for the first time in 2016 and were invited to the 2018 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration which we attended in February. Now that we've been to Disney World twice, I'm sharing our top 10 things to do at each of Disney's parks, starting with Hollywood Studios! Hollywood Studios is all about the worlds of movies, television, music, and theater.



Here are our family's top 10 things to do in Disney's Hollywood Studios!


Saturday, June 2, 2018

June 2018 Sharing Time Link Party



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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Utah Home Hunt

In the middle of April, Ken & I flew out to Utah together to look for a home for our family. We planned a week-long trip so that we'd have plenty of time to visit the University and get some paperwork done for his new job, get some other legal things started for moving to the USA, and spend time looking at different rentals. We expected to fly out on April 14th & fly home on the 21st but things didn't go as planned! We ended up with some unexpected detours but got the most important things done in the end.  Here's the story of our Utah Home Hunt!


It all began with an ice storm...


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Logan & Cove Mattress Review, Unboxing, & Giveaway!

If you're a regular reader of my blog you know that we recently lost our mattress to smoke damage. We were so sad to lose our Douglas mattress because we really loved it and had only had it for just over a year! When I started looking for a new mattress I found out that Novosbed (who made our Douglas mattress) is making a new mattress called the Logan & Cove. I'm excited to be teaming up with Novosbed again to share some details about their new mattress and to offer a giveaway so that one of you can win one of your own!


The Logan & Cove mattress comes delivered to your door in a box, but this box is a little bigger than the Douglas box because the Logan & Cove isn't just a foam mattress- it has coils! Call me a furniture nerd if you like, but I used to work at our family furniture store, and I remember how cool pocketed coils are, with their motion isolating magic, so I was excited when I heard that this mattress comes with pocketed coils and a cushioned pillow-top!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Charlottetown Prince Edward Island - Road Trip with Kids

Last summer we had such an awesome road trip across Eastern Canada! I thought it would be fun to revisit some of those experiences by sharing them again. It's the perfect time of year to start thinking about planning your own trip and maybe seeing what we did will give you some ideas or inspiration for your own trip!  (This post was originally shared on August 25th, 2017)

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The idea for our road trip across Eastern Canada came to life one night while the girls and I sat, cuddled up on the couch, watching Anne of Green Gables. I knew I wanted to go someday, but that's when I really started thinking about doing it this year. We spent three nights in Prince Edward Island and most of our time in and around Charlottetown or Cavendish. This post is all about our Charlottetown adventures!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Be Summer Smart!

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

Here in Utah, the weather is already so beautiful! For the first little while, I was surprised every time I went outside and it wasn't cold. Now that we've gotten the most urgent moving tasks done, we're excited to get outside this summer and explore our new home! With all of the fun and excitement around the corner with summer though, come sunburns, bugs, and allergies. With summer vacation around the corner I thought I'd share some tips for taking precautions to make the most of these sunny days. Let's free ourselves from that desire to just hibernate inside, away from the sun and the pollen!

Ways to Stay Summer Smart with Kids


Here are some of the things we plan to do, to stay summer smart:


Friday, May 18, 2018

1st Week of April Journal

We've been so occupied with our move (driving across the continent & getting settled in a new country) that it's been 2 weeks since I've published on the blog! I'm happy to be back and ready to wrap up the "Smoke Saga" and get on with sharing the adventures that have come to us since then, with travelling from Ontario, Canada to Utah in the U.S.A., what it's been like for us to settle in a bit here, and at some point I'll go back in time and share our Disney experience with you!



Picking up where I left off last in the smoke saga...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Smoke Saga - Part 5

I'm getting more & more behind with each part of the "Smoke Saga" and I really want to catch up to the present! So, I'm going to do a quick summary of week 4 of dealing with the smoke damage, to try and catch up a bit!



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Smoke Saga - Part 4

It's time for another installment of the Smoke Saga. If you're following my Instagram Stories, you know that we were busy last week, visiting Utah to find ourselves a place to live when we move. Now that we're back, we have one week to pack and then start the drive out there! I found a few minutes yesterday to get this 4th "Smoke Saga" post completed- it's all about what we did during the 3rd week of dealing with the smoke damage.


It was the last full week of Ken being home, before he headed out to Utah to see if the job he was looking into was what he wanted to pursue. Here's how it all went down...


Thursday, April 12, 2018

We Have News...

Amidst all of the chaos of the smoke saga in March & April, Ken was offered a job in Utah. After flying out there to visit and check it out, he is accepting the job and expects to start in May! So that means that while we just barely got back into our house (and are still basically camping inside our home), we're transitioning from unpacking to re-packing!

We're Moving to Utah www.RaisingMemories.com

The Packing Craziness


Unfortunately we can't just keep everything packed from when we moved out of our house for the smoke/soot cleaning because it all happened so quickly that;

a) it wasn't all packed efficiently and
b) we didn't have time to clean everything before we moved it out

...so we still have work to do!

This means we're unpacking all of the boxes, cleaning what still needs to be cleaned, throwing more things out, and trying to sell some things that survived the smoke but we don't want to bring across the continent with us! Then we'll re-pack and make an itemized list of what we've packed in each box for when we cross the border.

Why We're Excited About Utah


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Smoke Saga - Part 3

It's time for part 3 of this crazy smoke saga! If you're not up to date, check out my first post about finding our house filled with smoke and my second post about the first week of this smoky adventure. I'll pick up where I left off last time, with a daily account of what we went through during week 2.

As you can see from the photo below, week 2 involved a lot of purging of smoky belongings.

What to Get Rid Of After a Protein Fire

As I look back on this week, I remember being in a bit of a fog as we kept our heads down and just did what we had to do. During the previous week I don't think any of our friends (beyond our parents & our sisters & brothers in law, and a few friends who follow me on Instagram) had heard what was going on. We hadn't even had a spare moment to think to tell anyone.

Thankfully this week, the word started to spread and we were so grateful for all of the help we received! We had friends come to wash and move furniture, several who took laundry home to wash (3 times, with vinegar, & hang to dry) and a couple even came and took me out for cheesecake in the middle of the day- what a relief to get away for a bit!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Smoke Saga - Part 2

I've finally found time to get down some of what's been going on with the Smoke Saga I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. Today marks exactly one month since we came home to find our house filled with smoke and we are still living at Ken's parents' house. If you haven't read my first post, you can catch up on what's been going on here.

How Bad is Smoke Damage from Chicken

Here is what happened during the first week after "The Incident":


Saturday, March 31, 2018

April 2018 Sharing Time Link Party



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Friday, March 23, 2018

5 Ways to Prepare for Spring

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

It has been a rough few weeks for our family, with everything that's been going on with our home this month, so I am very ready for the hope, promise, and beautiful weather that come along with Spring!

We can all identify the subtle signs of spring - birds chirping, longer days and blooming flowers. The warmer weather signifies a fresh start with more time outdoors, bringing your garden back to life, and of course, spring cleaning! While these telltale signs are positive for the most part, its common to feel unprepared when the new season comes so quickly (even when you've been waiting so long for its arrival!).



Here are a few things that signify spring is around the corner, with tips for a smooth transition:

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