Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



Janet’s Celebration

Janet Wakeland and her husband Doug received a warm welcome this week from the home office to celebrate her one-million milestone. Janet thought she knew what to expect because she’d seen other demonstrators’ videos, but she explained that there is no way to image how it feels until you experience it!

Janet’s customized day included a business video, a watercolor class, and working on a stamp set. Doug went on a tour of Stampin’ Up! and met with product team members (since his career has been in paper). It was a busy day with lunch (demonstrator support agents joined them) and snacks at every turn, which explains why Janet and Doug didn’t eat nearly as much as Sara, Sean, Sterling and me at dinner later that evening!

When I asked Janet and Doug what their favorite part of the day was, they both had multiple answers. Hopefully their expectations were met and that Janet felt loved and appreciated! I loved laughing and visiting at dinner with people I’ve known for years but hadn't had the chance to visit with in such an intimate setting.

The next day Janet and Doug met up with Sara and Sean for a snowmobiling adventure (because that’s Janet...adventure!) in beautiful and rural Midway, Utah. The Wakelands had dinner with corporate team members that night, and spent an extra day on their own before returning home. Thanks, Janet, for your dedication and hard work in achieving this milestone of a lifetime. Congratulations!



Pretty or Graphic

In our church, I serve in the women’s organization called the Relief Society. We have over a hundred sisters in our ward, and I promised to provide birthday cards to send to all the sisters during the year. My artist sent both of these as options, and I chose to duplicate the prettier card, but the graphic one is cute too! Which one do you prefer?


Celebrating Mary

From the warm desert of Arizona to cold and snowy Utah, Mary and Scott arrived at Stampin’ Up! to an unexpected welcome and a cheering crowd to celebrate Mary’s Million-Milestone. 

The first thing I noticed when she walked in were Mary’s shoes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in heels, but these shoes were sassy and perfect for a celebration!

After lunch with members of Demonstrator Support, Mary got a sneak peek at some new product and worked with Kathy to design a stamp set—very cute idea (too bad we have to wait so long to see it)! And Scott toured Stampin’ Up!

Dinner was with corporate team members up Millcreek Canyon at the charming Log Haven.

The next day, Scott spent “golfing” indoors with corporate team members while Mary was pampered with a massage, facial, and a mani/pedi—something she definitely deserved after all her hard work!

Because it was so cold, plans were modified from a tour of Temple Square to a movie in a VIP theatre with Sara and Sean after dinner with the six of us at The Dodo.

Mary and Scott are delightful and genuinely good people. We felt honored to spend time with them, celebrating this sharp businesswoman and meticulous stamper who has built an unparalleled business and community of stampers! Even though the weather was cold, we hope Mary felt warmed by everyone’s hugs and congratulations!


My Baby Sister’s Birthday

Hearts aren’t just for Valentine’s Day—they’re for your baby sister’s birthday too! I loved the ornaments we gave to the girls and thought Vonna might enjoy one made using products from the Falling in Love Suite. And the best part? She and her family were in northern Utah over her birthday, and I got to give her gift to her in person…with a big hug…after a nice visit!




A Bona Vita Anniversary

We haven’t eaten out in weeks (very unusual, but becoming more normal for us), so when Sterling came home the evening of our anniversary and half-jokingly suggested we go out to dinner, I thought about it for a couple of seconds, decided it was a good idea, and knew right where to go!

Italian is one of our favorites, and I was confident the owner/chef would accommodate my current strict diet, so off we went to Bona Vita. It turned out to be a delicious last-minute meal with my sweetheart and a delightful change of pace for us. We’ll be going out a little more often—to Bona Vita!

Cute story: Just as we were getting ready to eat, Sara called. When she learned where we were for our anniversary, she insisted we take a photo. We didn’t think it was a big deal, but she said if we didn’t, she was going to stop by and take one herself. Of course, we asked a server to take one. When I checked the photo (above), I told Sterling he looked pained to be with me, and we laughed! He assured me he was just pained at taking the photo (he hates photos!) As it turned out, Sara must not have trusted us, because she showed up anyway. This photo, taken by Sara, is much better…and it was fun to see her for a few minutes!

I thought you’d like to see the gift I gave Sterling for our anniversary. Presented in this manly and appropriate box are these 37 shapes, connected with washi tape. On the opposite side of the shapes are 37 reasons why I love this man of mine!