DIY Saturday: Christmas Advent Calendar

Can you believe tomorrow is December 1st!? We are super excited! Our Christmas shopping is just about done. Now I am just waiting for a quite night with my husband to put some Christmas music on, drink some hot chocolate or egg nog and get wrapping! Our tradition is to decorate the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so that is what we will be doing tomorrow! Last year we also did an activity advent calendar and had so much fun with it that we decided to put it on our lists of traditions. I finalized our activity list the other night. Some things are special to Utah, but I thought I would share it with you! I cut my envelopes out from my Silhouette Cameo and then print out each activity to put in each envelope, clothes pin them to a ribbon and viola! (I will add a picture tomorrow once it is hanging) I realize not everyone has a cutting machine... any craft store or scrapbook carries cute envelopes or you can pick up some cute scrapbook paper and make your own... here is a link to a tutorial for handmade envelopes:


or these may be other good options as well...

Advent Activities: 

Lights on Temple Square
Decorate edible Christmas Trees
Candy Cane Hunt
Deliver Neighbor Gifts
Sing Christmas Songs around the Christmas Tree
Grand America Window Displays
Live Nativity
Make paper crowns and talk about the 
wise men and the gifts they brought Jesus.
String a popcorn garland for the tree.
drive around to look at the Christmas lights- don’t forget the hot chocolate
dance party to Christmas Music
drink hot chocolate and stir with candy canes
Make a snow globe
Elves at Gardner Village 
Santa Train at Heber Valley Railway 
Live Reindeer at Thanksgiving Point
Christmas Carol Sing Along Energy Solutions Arena
picture with Santa at Trolley Square
perform a random act of kindness
tell the christmas story using the toy nativity
wrap a christmas gift 
Make a birthday cake for Jesus
Christmas Party with the cousins 
Make gingerbread playdough 

bake cookies for Santa & read The Night Before Christmas 

Other Christmas activities:

Check out and read Christmas Stories
“Paint” the snow
have a snowball fight
make a snowman
watch a Christmas movie
hand & footprint reindeer
make an ornament 

paint wrapping paper (butcher paper to be used to wrap)
paint the snow


Thankful ABC's

Being that it is Thanksgiving I thought it would be appropriate to share my feelings of gratitude for Think About It Thursday. There is so much to be thankful for. I saw somewhere a Thanksgiving game where you think about something you are thankful for for each letter of the alphabet. So, here are my Thankful ABC's. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and is able to take a few minutes and thank about all that you are grateful for.

A- Atonement of Jesus Christ and the blessings it brings, Ability to create
B- Body that is healthy, blogging
C-Circle of Moms group that I have joined, coupons
D-Doctors that we love. 
E- Eternal Marriage, Education 
F- Forgiving Heavenly Father and my Savior that makes it possible to repent.
G-Gym classes that keep me motivated, Grandparents, Goals
H-Hands that can tickle my kids, hold my husbands hand and that can create and Hot Chocolate
I-Internet that can do some much good, In-laws (mine are the best)
K-Kids. My two girls are such blessings to me every day.
L-Laughter, Love and the gift of Life
M-Motherhood. There is no greater calling. 
N-Never having to go to bed hungry, Neighbors that we love and New Opportunities 
O-One on one time with my husband, Opportunities to serve
P- Pandora. I love listening to music throughout the day.
Q-Quite moments to myself and my thoughts
R- Reading time curled up with my girls. 
S- Staying home with my girls, Scriptures 
T-Testimony of the Gospel. 
U-Utah and it's beautiful mountains, Unconditional love 
V-Vehicle to get us to where we need to go. 
W-Warmth of a home, work that helps my husband provide for our family
X-eXtended family
Y-Yesterday's memories
Z- Zero as in Coke Zero. I know it is not good for me, but some days it is the only thing that gets me through it, Zzzzzs 

And those are my thankful ABC's. The list could go on and on. There really is so much to be grateful for!


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DIY Saturday: Get Organized by 2014!

'Ring in the New Year right with an organized home! There are 39 days left (counting today) until the New Year! Yesterday I began my own 40 day challenge. I should have posted about this sooner, but it wasn't until I was cleaning out my children's closets and was in a pile of mess (it always gets worse before it gets better, right?!) that I decided it would be fun to share this with all of you and maybe get some of your tips & tricks and motivate each other!  If you search 40 day organizing challenge there are several sites that come up. This is one of the sites I enjoyed the most. The goal is to tackle one area a day as to not overwhelm yourself.

1. Make a list of 40 areas that need attention/ that you would like to tackle. They can seriously be very bite size. For example our bedroom closet is broken into several days. 1 day is our shoe rack, another day is our clothes, and the third day is our shelves. 

2. Deep Clean, Dejunk and Organize- Some areas may only take a few minutes but some days that will be all that I have. With that being said I am not tackling my list of 40 in order, but taking it one day at a time and doing one thing on my list that is realistic for that particular day. 

By the start of the New Year I am hoping to be organized! I love the New Year! I always feel like September and January are always a fresh start!  Remember don't get overwhelmed, just take it one day and one area at a time. If you feel overwhelmed take a step back and break it into an even smaller task... bite sizes! 

Home Storage Solutions has a lot of really good tips. For more information on the 5 rules for reducing clutter visit their site! 

Once your home is organized they also have a weekly challenge to keep up with it! Link here!

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Beauty/Fitness Friday: Drink More H20

We all know we should be drinking water. I am trying really hard to drink more water. I bought a 32 oz water bottle and challenge myself to drink 4 of those a day. Yes, I am constantly having to use the bathroom! Some days are more difficult then others. Some days I have to add a little Crystal Light or lemon, but let me tell you... I really do feel better!  "Water is so beneficial, so easy, so free yet so easily overlooked.  It’s really a no brainer (actually your brain is 90% water!!!). Your body is about 70% water, the majority of your blood and every cell in your body is composed of water. Therefore, you need water to function properly." This article gives 10 benefits of drinking more water, which are listed below... 

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2. Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

3. Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5. Maintains Regularity – Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7. Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains - Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9. Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10. Save Money! - Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

Drinking more water is not always easy. We know the benefits, but HOW can we get ourselves to drink more... ManifestYourself.com offers the following 10 tips, which I will be implementing to help myself. #1 & #2 has already helped me. I am lost without my water bottle. I NEED a straw and I need my water bottle. I don't think it is "pretty", but it helps a ton! I got my Contigo 32 oz bottle at Target. Check it out! I will however try #5,6,7 &10. Cheers for drinking more water! Do you have any other tips?


Think About It Thursday: 3 Parent Ideas that Work... what works for you?

I am kind of obsessed with Power of Moms and have listened to just about every podcast at least once and some of them multiple times. I usually put music on while folding laundry or cleaning, however, lately I have been so uplifted as I listen to different topics of motherhood.

Follow this link to listen to the podcast. 

(1) Children need a minimum of 8 touches during a day to feel connected to a parent. 
If they’re going through a particularly challenging time, it’s a minimum of 12 a day.  This doesn’t have to be a big deal–it could be the straightening of a collar, a pat on the shoulder, or a simple hug.
(2) Each day, children need one meaningful eye-to-eye conversation with a parent. 
It is especially important for babies to have that eye contact, but children of all ages need us to slow down and look them in the eyes.
(3) There are nine minutes during the day that can have the greatest impact on a child.
  • the first three minutes–right after they wake up
  • the three minutes after they come home from school, and
  • the last three minutes of the day–before they go to bed.
We need to make those moments special and help our children feel loved.
These are simple, right?  Nothing really earth-shattering here.

 I listened to this a little while ago and chose to focus on #3 because to be honest... those are not the greatest moments of my day. My two year old wakes up way too early, so I am not always the happiest mom when her sweet little voice greets me before the rooster crows! And bedtime... we have a really good routine that ends with a prayer, hugs & kisses and I also try and tell her something that I love about her or something I appreciated that she did that day. However, after about the tenth time of her getting up out of bed for a drink of water, to go to the bathroom, because she needs to be covered up again, her baby doll is cold, she wants her back rubbed, she needs another drink of water and then being hungry and needing a snack... the list goes on and on... I start to lose my patience and those last three minutes before she goes off to sleep are usually me threatening to close her door or telling her that I am getting mad... So, I have been trying really hard to make those precious moments special and for her to feel loved because I sure do love her! I feel like these suggestions have made me a more deliberate mother, which is what I am strive to be. Do you have any other simple tips to share? 


The Jingle Bell Run/Walk

I am really excited to be participating in this event! Please check it out and let me know if you are interested in joining me and I will send you a $5 coupon code exclusive for Motherhood in the Major Leagues' readers! 

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Gateway Mall –Grand Hall

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s nationwide holiday run and walk event to raise both awareness and funds to fight arthritis – the number one cause of disability in the United States. Participants are provided with jingle bells to tie to their shoe laces and are encouraged to dress in holiday costumes – making the Jingle Bell Run/Walk a festive holiday tradition for individuals, families, companies and community teams. We are really striving to make this event a Salt Lake City tradition and give it the foundation to grow exponentially each year!

This year’s Jingle Bell Run will not only include the timed 5K event, but a Kids’ 1K Race with Rudolph, an Elf Village(with kid’s crafts and games), a Health and Wellness Expo, and a Jingle Bell Boutique.  Local musical groups will be performing, prizes given away throughout the day, and even a special visit from Santa himself!

The fund raising aspect of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is driven largely by the participating individuals.  Participants are asked, but not required, to raise a minimum of $100 to help support the mission of the Arthritis Foundation.  The creation of Jingle Bell Run/Walk Teams is also an integral part of fund raising.  Families, friends and co-workers join together to walk in honor of a teammate with arthritis while also raising funds as a team.  The Arthritis Foundation provides both staff and online support to those raising funds through the creation of their own fund raising web page.  Corporate sponsors are also secured to help raise funds for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, but to also help raise awareness for the #1 cause of disability in the United States.

In most situations being #1 is a reason to celebrate – however, when it comes to arthritis many aren’t celebrating.  Over 50 million Americans, 1 in 5 adults have arthritis, and nearly 300,000 children age 17 and younger live with arthritis.  Arthritis affects people of all ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, non-profit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis and their lives.  Thanks to events like the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, individual support and corporate support, we are able to fund research, health education and government advocacy efforts to improve the lives of those living with arthritis.  These services include, but are not limited to:

•             Hosting of a number one ranked comprehensive arthritis web site, www.arthritis.org
•             Management of a toll free information helpline
•             Creation and distribution of nearly 100 consumer educational brochures, booklets and books
•             Publishing of Arthritis Today, the Arthritis Foundation’s bi-monthly consumer magazine
•             Hosting of water and land-based exercise classes, self-help courses and support groups
•             Development and management of physician referral lists
•             Extensive funding for arthritis research
•             KAT Programs (Kids And Teens Get Arthritis Too
•             Federal and state advocacy efforts to ensure rights and access to care for all people with arthritis

All-Star Sunday: Thoughts from a new mom!

 This week's All-Star mom is a good friend of mine, Kelsey. Her and her husband were one of our first... well only friends really, at our old place. We were so sad to see them move away. She is the sweetest and sat with me at church when we were new. She and I would do crafts together and I loved that time I got to know her. She wanted to a mother more than anything, so when we heard she was expecting her handsome little man we were thrilled for them! Here are a few thoughts from a  "new" mom, but "All-Star" mom!


Being a mom is a lot harder than I thought it would be. It's tiring, emotional, stressful, and time consuming. Everyone always told me how great it is, and what a great mom you will be, but never how hard it is to  actually raise a child!

Having said that, being a mom is the most rewarding, joyful, love filled experience I have ever been through. Waking up and peeking over his crib to see his big smiles, is the best part of my day. It's crazy how much I can love someone and I have only known him 4 months! It has brought my husband and I closer, and filled our lives with so much happiness. We love our little Corbin!


DIY: Christmas Neighbor Gifts

I really do try and embrace each holiday. I am not one to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. However, for me to really enjoy the Christmas Season it takes some planning ahead. It allows me to put 100% into whatever we decide we want to do and also makes it much less stressful. I have been thinking about neighbor/friend gifts for a little while now and have compiled a list of some of my favorite ideas. Hope this list is helpful to you! There are a bajillion ideas out there... have fun with it. Please feel free to share any awesome ideas you may have done in the past or even received. 

If you like this idea also check this blog for a similar idea with free printable as well.

Blowing Christmas Wishes Your Way with gum balls

Smells of the Season. Follow this link for packaging instructions.

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him. Love this printable. Would be sweet in a frame with a ribbon or tulle wrapped around it.

"The best GIFT around a Christmas Tree is the PRESENCE of family and friends, all WRAPPED up in each other." 
Or you could say "Wrap Yourself in the Holiday Spirit." 

Our Christmas wish to you...
less DISHES to do!

Merry Christmas!!


Beauty/Fitness Friday: Body Love

What do you see when you look in the mirror? If the first thing that comes to mind is something critical, you're not alone. This month Studio 5, a local station, is challenging us to think positive about our bodies. 

Brooke Walker shares the Studio 5 campaign, called Body Love.Forget the flaws you see in the mirror. If you really stop and think about the things your body can do, it's quite a miracle! Take the body love challenge and think of at least one physical feature you like about yourself! Personally, I would say I love my hands. I love that they can create anything I put my mind to,  they can pick up my littles ones and rub their backs in comfort, they can cook and they clean which is an important way I feel I show my family love, they can build towers of blocks and play play dough and they can tickle! What do you love?

I also absolutely LOVE the 10 tips to teaching our daughters, or sons as well, to love their bodies! Check them out and be sure to implement them!


Oatmeal Play

Oatmeal play. We started out with three bowls- one with water, one with dry baby oatmeal and one with already made oatmeal. We ended up adding spoons and measuring cups. My 9 month old loved eating it. She was hesitant at first to even touch it but she warmed up quick and had fun exploring. My 2 year old also loved it. She had fun mixing and mushing. She thought it was the best thing ever. Ideally this would be the best outside so you could just hose the mess down along with your kids, but since it is too chilly here we put a large towel down to help with the mess so we could just throw it right in the washing machine. The kids went straight into the bath. It was messy, but it was so much fun!


Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Earn FREE gift cards... There really is no catch!

How would you like to have Christmas paid for? Sign up for Swagbucks! In a nutshell, Swagbucks is a search engine similar to google. The more you search, the more points you earn. I simply use Swagbucks to search. There are lots of other ways to earn bucks too, such as a daily poll, surveys, printing and redeeming coupons, watching video clips, etc. Searching an coupons are basically all I do because it doesn't take any more of my time or work than I would already be doing without using Swagbucks. I also often do the daily poll because it takes 15 seconds. I  have done a lot of my Christmas shopping on Amazon for FREE because I have earned lots of Amazon gift cards using Swagbucks. I also prefer shopping online most of the time so I came take the time to look at reviews and compare prices. Shopping through Swagbucks is also an easy way to earn bucks. There really is no catch. I have earned over a hundred dollars in the last little bit. It does take a little time to rack up the points, but if you are doing any online shopping for Christmas, search for you stores through Swagbucks and you can earn points (swagbucks) for every dollar spent. I have ordered several things from Target and with the points per dollar I have earned it is like getting 4% back! Start now and by this time next year you can have a good amount of free gift cards to spend on your Christmas shopping! Click HERE to sign up! Sign up is quick and easy. Please comment or email me at thejoyofaprofessionalmom@gmail.com if you have any questions! Happy swagbucking!


Product Review: Jumbo Crayons

Did you know Crayola makes jumbo crayons? They are even bigger than their large crayons. I assumed this was common knowledge, but I have had several moms ask me about the jumbo crayons when they have seen my girl coloring, so... yes, the jumbo crayons are amazing! Easy to hold and hard to break! Walmart has the best price I have found or I have purchased ours at Toys R Us when they have had a buy one get one free Crayola deal.


All-Star Sunday: Little Cuts & Bruises by Danielle Corrigan

I met Danielle when I worked at the front desk of a dental hygiene college as she was a student there. I was also happy to see a face I recognized at church as well. I really wish she still lived close by so our kids could be friends as they are both close in age to my two little ones. I have enjoyed staying up to date with her and her little family via social media. She is a mom who enjoys motherhood and embraces all it has to offer!


I am a Mom of two kids.  My daughter will be 3 in December and my son will be 9 months old in a few days. My husband and I waited 5 years before we had kids. For a number of reasons. One of them (for me, at least) was wanting to learn more patience before raising children. I have never had very much patience. I am obsessive, compulsive about a number of things, am stubborn, particular, and very structured. Maybe it comes with being an oldest child, with the added fact that I went through my parent's divorce before I was 4 and then my Mother's re-marriage when I was almost 7. The re-marriage was a very GOOD thing, mind you. But going through both of those things probably added to my spicy personality when I was a child. In any case, I do not believe that patience is a personality trait. I think that it is a characteristic that one acquires and develops through life experience. Like wisdom. I guess that means that I don't think I will ever achieve the level of patience and wisdom that I desire until I am a ripe, old age. Oh, dear. It's a good thing we decided not to wait to have children until then, right?!

This is how I have recognized my developing patience:

Tonight after my daughter got out of her bath and I was putting lotion on her legs, I once again noticed all of the little marks on her knees, little scratches and bruises scattered all over. So then I thought to myself, she is one active child. Which then made me think that I don't remember her crying about any one of those little scratches and bruises. I think the most recent one she fussed about...I kissed, put a band-aid on, and that was it. They are all just a result of being a kid and having fun. So all of this made me think about how many times I feel scratched and bruised from the rigorous journey of being a Mom. But how they don't make me cry, because they are a result of being a Mom and having the time of my life. Alright, so maybe sometimes they make me cry a little bit, but that's okay too. As I would tell my daughter, sometimes we fall down or go "bonk", but we can learn from it, put a band-aid on it, and it will be alright.  

Here is a glimpse of what this Mom sees in the mirror most nights-

- I see spit up strewn on my shirt, that just so happens to be the one I slept in the previous night.

- I see tasseled hair, that looks as if my bed head was never tended to. Or just a messy ponytail.

- I see dark circles under tired eyes. And teeth that need to be whitened. 

- Then I get an odor up my nose, from my hand, as I brush my teeth. One that resembles the messy diaper 
from hours earlier. (Even though I have washed my hands so many times that they are cracked and near bleeding). Maybe the odor is coming from my shirt. I don't really know.

- So then I want to jump into the shower. But only after I clean my bathroom at 11pm at night because it won't be getting any attention the following morning. Plus, I would stink again after cleaning, so the shower has to wait until nearly midnightAfter I finish some late night chores, take a shower, and finally crawl into bed..I wonder when my ongoing Mommy-brain will ever calm down enough for me to fall asleep. (This could be another blog post entirely...Mom-insomnia. I used to sleep like a rock).  Before it does, I think about how much I love my kids. I think about how I would endure endless scratches and bruises to ensure their happiness. How I wouldn't trade anything for them. Even fancy clothes, fixed hair, a facial/manicure/pedicure, and a kept house. Yes, sometimes those things are necessary and even do able. But that's beside the point. 

- I think about how the spit up on my shirt reminds me of my cute baby boy who lets me hold him, snuggle him, and kiss him endlessly. 

- I think about how my frumpy clothes that I wear all the time indicate that I expect to get down on the floor and play with my kids. 

- I think about how my messy hair is from my daughter's piggy back ride and our wrestling match.

- I think about my dark circles under my eyes that represent the fact that I am there for my kids at night. Whether it's teething, sickness, cold, hot, thirsty, scared, or potty. I am there. And I am lucky enough to have them be there. (UPDATE: One of the littles had a whimpering episode as I was writing this! Had to go settle her down...ok maybe my husband did since I was writing this. Which is also another could-be blog post, Helpful Husbands).

- Then I think about cleaning and showering late at night when everyone is asleep...and am reminded that I chose to spend the day being a present Mommy. 

Lastly, I think about how I feel like I have imaginary scratches and bruises all over my mind and body from running this ongoing Mommy-marathon. A marathon that is SO WORTH IT. I will miss every. single. one. of these moments some day. One day, when I am old enough to look at myself in the mirror and think, "Look at that well-groomed, patient, wise woman!"....I will wish I had some spit up on my shirt. 


DIY Saturday: Thanksgiving Ideas

I love holidays! I love any reason to celebrate really. We are getting excited for Thanksgiving around here. I am always looking for ways to make the holidays extra special. Here are a few DIY ideas. You bet your bottom dollar we will be doing a few of these ideas around here. I also have a few other things  up my sleeve! Make sure you are following "Motherhood in the Major Leagues" on Facebook to stay up to date and get all the latest ideas! For the ideas below I tried to link the original source if it was something that may need some instruction. Otherwise check the watermark on the photos for the source!

Love this fun gobble banner too.


Edible Craft- Could not find a link... just an image. I think these are darling.

Love this idea. 

This looks so much fun