July 14, 2014

Getting to Know...

This year I have had the opportunity to regularly contribute over at "Or So She Says.". It has been such a positive experience. If you don't already make the site a daily stop, you should. The contributors are amazing and their ideas are fantastic. Today, all the contributors are participating in a blog hop. We all answered the same 10 questions. You can hop around, meet each of us, and get to know us a little better. I hope you will play along. And stay tune, because coming up is an amazing giveaway. Think family vacation and taking a trip. Stay tuned.

What inspired you to start your blog (or shop?) 
Starting FamilyVolley wasn't my decision. There was a much Higher Power in control. It hit me one day that it was something that I HAD to do. The material I was able to learn in graduate school, and was teaching at BYU was changing lives, and the feeling kept coming that more people needed to hear the message I was sharing in the classroom. I would lay in bed every single night, unable to sleep, and unable to shake the thought that I needed to start blogging. There was hesitation. I didn't know anything about blogging. I knew it would be a time commitment, and with small children, I didn't have free time. The list of "why not's" went on and on. Regardless of the excuses I came up with, I couldn't shake the promptings. Finally after months and months of no sleep, I brought it up to my husband and asked what he thought I should do. He gave me the obvious look.  He said, "You know what you need to do. I can't believe you waited this long to start." He gave me a big hug and that was that. We laid in bed each night trying to come up with a name. You can read about my very first choice for a blog name here. And why I didn't use it. After much thought, FamilyVolley was it. "Family" because it is all about family, and "Volley" because I played lots of tennis in high school and loved to play the net.

Our last formal family picture. Two years ago. We really need to get a new one. 

Our newest edition. Born last December.

What's your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is getting a comment or email telling me that something they have read on FamilyVolley has helped them, and their family. That makes all the long nights worth it. Making new friends is a very very close second place.

My least favorite thing about blogging is the guilty feeling when I am not blogging regularly. I feel guilty when I don't post, when I don't attend events, pretty much all the time. I used to stay up all night if that is what it took to publish. When it started to take over life, I had to scale back. And now, even though there is still constant guilt and nagging in my head, sometimes a few weeks will go by when I don't post. I have had to get over it. The constant guilt is my least favorite part about blogging. The pressure I put on myself. Yuck.

Tell me with only 20 words, 20 things you love. 
God, Husband, Children, Parents, Brothers, Beaches, Lemon, Tennis, Golf, La Jolla, Sewing, Cooking, Reading, Teaching, Speaking, Laughing, Crossfit, Date Night, Smoothies, Learning


What is the one recipe you are most often asked to share? Please share it with us! 
There are a couple recipes that come to mind, but whenever I take my Lemon Cookies to any get together, I am always asked for the recipe. The easiest cookies you will ever make and perfect for summer. You can find the recipe here.

5 favorite beauty products, right now... what are they?
Bare Minerals Makeup: Anything and everything from this company is perfection. It is all I use.

Hair Spray: I have tried ALL of them. Expensive and cheap, and this is my favorite. You will love it.

Big Sexy-Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturing Powder: This will not only volumize your hair, but it will give you a perfect day two AND three, when washing your hair is out of the question.

Sensationail-Best manicure EVER. Will last for weeks and weeks, and weeks. And you can do it yourself.

Nail Nippers: Can't live without these. The link is to a really fancy pair, but I get mine at the local drug store.
What's your personal mantra(s)? 
Always take the high road and treat others the way you would want to be treated.

Something you tell yourself on a regular basis?
Have Faith, it will always work out. 

What movie made you laugh more than any other? 
I am going to have to pass on this one. Nothing is coming to mind.

Our family at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club a few years ago. 

If you could recommend one family vacation, what would it be? 
Hands down, the best place to vacation as a family is The La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla California. Our family has been going there for years. You can read more about the resort and our vacations there. If you need the best place to go if you want to take a Family Ski Vacation, you MUST go to Deer Valley, in Park City, Utah. You will not be disappointed. 

What goals are you currently working on? 
1. Get Control of the Laundry: After adding our 5th child, 6 months ago, the laundry has officially taken over my life. I am always behind and have set a major goal to stop the invasion.

2. More Speaking Engagements.

3. Sew More. I love to sew. Love every single thing about it. Plus it is rejuvenating and my favorite way to create. I have goals to make coordinating dresses for our four girls this summer and shorts for our son.

Please share links to 3 blog posts (or items from your shop) that are special to you (or favorites of yours), and explain why.
The Day I Got My Groove Back: Reading this post still makes me cry every. single. time. And women and mothers who are lost, still email me about its message on a weekly basis. It describes the day I found myself again, and I am most grateful for it. Plus, the pictures are awesome.

How to be a Happy Mom and How To Be Fun Mom. These two posts still bring in the most comments, Pins, and emails. I love them. I know they are true, and I have both of them printed and posted above my desk where I see them and read them every single day.

A True Valentine: The story of the first Valentines Day my husband and I spent together. My husband is air for my soul. He was then, still is, and always will be.

Family Fun Friday's Game and Activity Book: A labor of love, the book is filled with the very best games for families and friends. The games are fun, original, and will take all the guess work out of what you and your family can do together. Promise, you will love it. Just click on the red "Buy the Book" button on the top right of the screen. 

Help me out here. What is your favorite funny movie?

Get to know my fellow contributor friends too! They have fantastic blogs that will keep you pinning all day. (There are just a couple that couldn't participate in the blog hop, but pay them a visit anyway. You'll be glad you did! :))
  Packed with Fun
  What's Cooking with Ruthie?
  Blissful Roots
  Darling Darleen
  Prepared Housewives
  Lemon Tree Dwelling
  Tips for Family Trips
  Five Heart Home
  Double the Deliciousness
  Nine a Plenty
  Kleinworth & Co.
  Creative Carmella
  So Festive
  Blahnik Baker
  The Connection We Share
  Bits of Everything
  Kiki and Company
  Or so she says...


  1. Love reading this! It is fun getting to know you a little bit better!

  2. This is awesome! Your 20 things, could easily be MY 20 things... golf, tennis, teaching, crossfit, etc.! And, I LOVED your post about finding your groove. You're such a neat gal. I hope we get to meet in person someday. I'm so lucky to have you as a contributor!

  3. It's fun to get to know you and your blog! My blog partner answered the movie question with Napoleon Dynamite. I have to agree that it is hilarious. I love the Muppet movies. They are a Family Movie Night staple at our house.

  4. I'm always looking for inspiration to be a better Mom and am excited to read some of your stuff. Thanks! It's great getting to know fellow bloggers better!!

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  8. My Name is Valerie, I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called Dr.Okon has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell, i was married to this man called Joe, we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when i was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then i was now looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave me his contact email (okonspelltemple@hotmail.com) then you won't believe this when i contacted this man on my problems and explain all that happened to him, and he told me not to worry any more that he is going to help me get Joe back and also make me to be able to get pregnant and bear a child for my husband Joe. he said if only i have the faith and believe that what he is going to do for me will work according to my heart desire,i told him yes i will. he did the spell cast and bring my lost husband back, and after a month i miss my month and go for a test and the result stated am pregnant am happy today am a mother of a baby girl, thank you once again the great Dr Okon for what you have done for me, if you are out there passing through this same kind of problems or any you can contact him today on his mail okonspelltemple@hotmail.com and he will also help you as well.


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