Back to School Traditions

While I was setting up my blog posts for this month I wanted to focus on a couple of things rather than LOTS of things. Since my kids are heading back to school this month – that’s something I focused on.

We have a few traditions at the beginning of the year that we love doing. I enjoy having traditions because my kids know what to expect during a change in life.

  • Photos: Each year I do a photo of the kids in the front yard with the same sign. This year Claire gets to take part in the photos as a pre-schooler.
  • Dinner: I like to have a dinner full of my kids favorite things on the first day of school. It helps them feel grounded and loved.
  • Blessings: We belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in Priesthood power, and with that power worthy Priesthood holders are able to give blessings to their children. Each year Scott lays his hands on our children’s heads and blesses them for the school year to come. It is always beautiful and special.
  • NEW TRADITION: Snack Trays: this year my goal is to have a #snacktrayoftheday for the kids sitting out on the counter when they come home from school. That way they have healthy food ready to eat as soon as they walk in the door.

What are some of your back to school traditions? I would love to see and maybe add them to ours.


At the beginning of May I made myself a priority in my business. I know that sounds funny. It isn’t though. I needed to invest in myself to make my business go to the next level.

So I took a course. I took The Party Planner Academy put on by Chelsey Curtis. Don’t let the name fool you. I learned so much about how to START a business. This course wasn’t all tables capes and balloon arches. It was learning how to start your business, how to grow your business and how to work with companies.

A month in to this course Chelsey put out another course called The 28 Day Challenge. So naturally I took it as well.

The 28 Day Challenge goes hand in hand with The Party Planner Academy. In The 28 Day Challenge I dug deep to find my why, to learn how to tell my story and create content.

After The 28 Day Challenge I dug right back in to The Party Planner Academy. By the middle of July I received my certificate from the PPA!

My official review:

I knew that I wanted to take the Party Planner Academy back in March of 2019. I was so excited when registration was opened up at the beginning of May! I signed up as quickly as I could and dove right in. I quickly learned so much about having a business that I started my to do list and began chipping away. 

A few weeks later when Chelsey announced the 28-day Challenge I knew I had to take it. It went hand in hand with the Academy. I have learned so much about creating content, working with brands, the behind the scenes of hosting and event, and how to own my own business. Without this course I would have felt overwhelmed. Chelsey put each piece of the puzzle in easy to manage steps to accomplish. Before this class I was spinning my wheels and getting nowhere fast in my business. Now I am successful working with brands and making money! 

If you watch one of Chelsey’s webinars (which I suggest you do) you might see my face along with hearing stories about me taking the course.

If you want more information on the courses please reach out to me. Send me a DM on Instagram, a PM on Facebook or an email here!

A Gourmet S’mores Bar

Photos by Elaine Farris

When I started planning for The Strawberry Nest Boutique I was unsure what to do for the food portion. I had ideas of having a food truck come, I had ideas of having someone provide their perfectly decorated cookies, and I thought about costs.

I am still in the very beginning of planning events. I am still a little unsure of myself. I was scared to reach out to a company and ask them to do something for free when I didn’t have numbers to back me up.

After brainstorming I had the idea to have a s’mores bar! I had a gas fire pit, a BEAUTIFUL table to put everything out on. I found a very cute menu for the bar on Etsy.

When the boutique had to be moved in doors and the rain started coming down hard I was crushed. And I wish I had a photo of what happened. This is where the husband of the year steps in again. He used the poles we had strung lights and banners to and a tarp to create a cover over the fire pit. We had umbrellas that people could use to get from the house to the fire pit and back.

S’mores were made with success! Everyone enjoyed the treats! I cannot wait to have another party to have delicious s’mores as dessert!

Favorites Friday: Back to School Edition

School starts in 11 days for our house! 11 DAYS. It feels like school just got out for the summer. I have a high schooler, a junior higher and a pre-schooler. I am excited for the 4 mornings a week when Claire gets to go to school. It will just be Oliver and I! I haven’t ever had just one-on-one time with him.

Alex (junior high) cannot carry his backpack around with him. So we needed a good binder that could hold pencils, pens and all the papers for class with him. When Courtney was in JH we bought the same Five Star binder and it lasted 1.5 years both times.

And, I will always shop Target online to buy online and pick up in store. Then I don’t have kids seeing all the stuff and asking for it. They shop for what they want and aren’t overwhelmed by all the choices. You should try it!

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The Strawberry Nest Boutique Behind the Scenes

Two weeks ago I was preparing for my first event as an event planner. I had decided to host my own boutique. It was THE best idea I have had in a long time. I felt fulfilled. The women who came had an amazing experience. Friendships were formed.

A little behind the scenes. Scott is my biggest supporter and cheerleader. I say what I envision and he helps to make it happen. I wanted a walkway with booths on either side in my back yard. I had this idea to use some lace pennant banners I made a few years ago across the walkway. Then there was the idea to mix lights in with that. Except, how do I make that happen? Enter in Scott.

We bought buckets at Home Depot. We got sand to fill them with. Also purchased at Home Depot were 2x2x8′ pieces of wood. After centering the wood in the bucket we filled it with sand and water. Then, Scott thought to attach little cup hooks at the top of the pole to have something for the lights and banners to hook on to.

I was going to purchase those fancy back yard lights that I have wanted for forever… But, I couldn’t find them for a decent price. I decided that using our Christmas tree lights would be just fine (plus they are lighter than the backyard lights).

My idea in my head was once again coming to reality thanks to Scott. We had our backyard mapped out. The S’mores Bar was set up. Scott had even went “stick hunting” for me. He found 52 sticks, cleaned them and sharpened them for the boutique! My vendors were showing up to set up their booths. And the wind hit. Then the rain came. My idea was not going to be seen by anyone.

We moved the boutique inside and it was spectacular. Scott saved the day by making sure all of his hard work got taken down so it was not super damaged in the storm!

A Date Night to Remember

In June Scott and I were invited to attend a Date Night event. We were entertained, fed a fun dessert, met up with our friends Carli and Mark, we LEARNED how to communicate better as a couple. When we heard that the Gottmans were coming to do a special Date Night event in September we knew we had to go. We got our tickets and we would love it if you came and joined us!

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What is the next Date Night about?

If you could ask the worlds #1 love expert one question, what would it be? 

  • How do you keep the chemistry alive through your 60th anniversary?
  • How can I get my partner to care more about our relationship?
  • Why do we keep arguing about the same thing over and over?
  • What could I do to have the kind of relationship most people only dream of?

Wouldn’t it be great to have answers to these questions?! Well, you’re in luck!

The world’s #1 relationship experts, John and Julie Gottman, are coming to Utah to share the secrets of what separate the marriage masters for the disasters. 

Typically tickets to see John and Julie cost over a thousand dollars! But you can come see them and get a copy of their brand new book Eight Dates: Crucial Conversations for a Lifetime of Love for $75!!!!

Don’t know who the Gottmans are? That is ok, here is a little bit about them: 

You might not know Dr. John Gottman by name, but if you’ve ever read a relationship book, or listened to a podcast about marriage, you know his work. Dr. Gottman is the Godfather of marriage research. He is perhaps most famous for being able to predict whether or not a couple will divorced with over 90% accuracy!
He’s the author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” and his 40+ years of world-renowned research on the topic of marriage has benefitted the lives of millions of couples.
Dr. Gottman was listed as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker. He is the author or co-author of over 200 published academic articles and more than 40 books, including “Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.”
Dr. Julie Gottman is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. 
She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. 

The Details:

  • When: September 18, 2019 6:30-9:30pm
  • Where: Cottonwood High School 5175 S 1300 E Murray, UT

You can buy your tickets here.

Happy Birthday to The BLOG

Time to celebrate! It has been ONE year since the first blog post went live! Thank you for being a part of my journey in this new world of blogging!

I have learned a LOT over the last year with blogging, marketing, collaborating, and even creating content! You reading my blog and being a part of my life makes it all worth it. I would love to know more about you. Please leave a comment below with your favorite birthday memory. It will be so fun to read them.

Thank you for being here!