Christmas Gifts for Children with Special Needs

This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are a way we do that. What if the child, who has special needs, doesn’t like their gift? What if they don’t play … Read More

Uncle Ted Makes Miss Murder-Flavored Ice Cream! Wait.

Friend and fellow horror author Ted Theewan gave me the most wonderful surprise: a recipe for a new ice cream flavor! He has his own ice-cream Youtube channel and I think you should all give it a watch. The kiddos and I picked out so many recipes to try! He came up with a very rich White Chocolate and Lemon … Read More

Why, Hello There! And an Achievement.

Hello, my darlings! I didn’t mean to accidentally take a long blog sabbatical, but here I am. Apparently I was very, very tired. I’m back, and my feet are under me. I’d also like to share a super special awesome achievement that I’m proud of. I attended some night business classes and now have a certificate from the LDS Business … Read More

This Mother’s Day Thing is a Mixed Bag

It’s time for my reminder about Mother’s Day. We love our mothers. Of course we love our mothers. But they drive us crazy. They raised us wonderfully/strangely/amazingly/poorly or they didn’t raise us at all. They fill us with love or hate or guilt or horror or remorse. We take care of them or they take care of us. Perhaps we … Read More

Vegas Peeps: Please Keep An Eye Out For My Missing Cat!

My Marsh Cat has gone missing. I last saw him at about 6 pm on May 3, and it’s not like him to be gone for more than 24 hours. The above picture was taken hours before he disappeared. He’s neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. If anybody sees him, would you please let us know? He has a scabbed wound on … Read More

A Little Watercolor Easter

I’ve taken up watercoloring and it brings me such joy. Painting was always terrifying to me and I never, ever thought I could do it. But do you know what happens when you step outside of your comfort zone? You give yourself the opportunity to experience joy. I took a few quiet minutes on this Easter Sunday to reflect, listen … Read More

Miss Murder Goes To Jimmy Kimmel!

Jimmy Kimmel was taping in Las Vegas this week, and we scored tickets. First we waited in this line to get into the parking garage. It took over an hour to park. I was listening to the Re-Solved Mysteries podcast, which is very cool if you can get past the extreme Valley Girl vocal fry. Then we waited in this … Read More

Rain in Las Vegas

It’s a beautiful thing. Littlest and I wore our rain boots and splashed our way back from her school. It looks like we were splashing through the starry universe.  

Be My Valentine All Month Long

Holidays have this insane, commercial buildup. There’s pressure, pressure, PRESSURE and then suddenly it’s over. You’re left with dead flowers, discount chocolates, and the next holiday (or two) creeping into the stores. Stop. Just stop. This has become madness. I find myself pushing back at the hype. I want to surround myself with my family, whom I love, and let … Read More

The Hardest Blanket I Ever Made

I love making blankets. I love everything about them. I love choosing the prints, touching the fabrics, and sewing the pieces together. But I just took on the most difficult project I have ever faced. A very dear woman, whom I adore, lost her husband. She sent me two of his shirts and asked me if I could make something … Read More