Parenting Strategies

This morning I had a heavy mother heart. I have great kids and I love being their mom. But it’s just such a responsibility to raise them, and I have thought and prayed about them all morning. How do I best counsel this particular child? What kind of help does another child need? How can I better … [Read more...]

Love Your Body 2017

Click HERE to enter the Love Your Body 2017 Giveaway! The seasons play a funny trick on us when it comes to body image…All winter long, nestled deep beneath sweaters, jackets, and other cozy layers, all the insecurities about our thighs, stomachs, and upper arms feel like a thing of the past. … [Read more...]

11 Happy Gal Ideas for Family Service

A few weeks ago on Studio 5 I shared our family’s experience of mentoring a refugee family from Somalia. Check it out…Studio 5 Segment Filming that segment got me thinking…an important part of organizing my life has been organizing my family. And one of the greatest ways we have … [Read more...]

Being OK With Who You Are

I have an unhealthy cycle in my life. It goes a little something like this:I attend an event, see something on Pinterest, or hear about something new, and immediately determine that THIS NEW THING must become a part of my life. Sometimes it’s something for my Happy Gal business, other times it’s … [Read more...]


My life took an unexpected change a year and a half ago, on my 38th birthday. That sounds dramatic. No one came close to death, and life went on as usual the next day. But I received an unexpected gift that day - the gift of perspective.Here’s how it all came down:About 8:00 that morning, I … [Read more...]

Halloween Minute-to-Win-it Games

{Games} I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that Minute-to-Win-It are the best things that have happened to class parties in a long time. We've been playing Bingo and frosting sugar cookies for decades, and our kids are ready for something new! Hope these games give you some good ideas.And … [Read more...]

You Are a Good Mother

Ladies, I’m about to own up to some of my deepest, darkest secrets about being a mother. Over the years, it is true that I have found myself thinking these kinds of thoughts:I should be more fun I should want to read the kids bedtime stories even though I’m so tired I can’t see straight. … [Read more...]

The Body Image Game

Today I will be discussing the topic of body image with Matt Townsend on his radio show. (You can listen in live on Sirius XM 143 or it will be streaming on byuradio.org.) We are going to focus on what I call "The Body Image Game." This is a game that competes with the game of life, and can only … [Read more...]

Unselfish Women Put Themselves First

I’m going to give you the shortlist. But first you get my two cents on the matter. Let me ask you a question. Is it selfish for your husband to take a shower and get ready for the day? How about this one: Is your daughter selfish because she wants to have clothes that make her feel good about … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You Aren’t Achieving Your Goals

I know this something we usually talk about in January, but it’s actually PERFECT for March. Why? Because it’s about this time of year that the majority of us throw in the towel on our New Year’s Resolutions. It’s easy to give our goals a few enthusiastic bursts of attention early in the year. But … [Read more...]

Stressed? Or Blessed?

There are certain things that I hear coming out of my mouth that surprise me. I’m not going to talk about the embarrassing things. Or the ornery things. :)  Those things might make for an entertaining post, but it would probably detract from the awesomeness of the quote I am sharing today.But … [Read more...]

What Matters Most

A couple of years ago I thought I’d nailed it with my New Year’s resolution.  Like all of you, I have a lot on my plate. It can get so difficult to know how to divide my precious time. Somewhere I had connected with the term “what matters most,” and it seemed this was the perfect solution to my busy … [Read more...]