Hello BRIKA. It’s nice to meet you.


Admittedly, I intentionally spend my summer months as far from the computer as I can possibly get. No, I’m not one of those people whose smart phone is attached to them every second of the day. No, I don’t really thrive on Facebook stalking or retweeting — well anyone. I’m sorta one of those people who loves technology only when it suits me. And honestly, during the summer that isn’t a whole lot.

But thankfully the seasons change, and summer must to come to a bitter-sweet end. What this means for the reclusive like myself is that suddenly the world of technology starts to become rather tasteful again. Tempting me back to a sweet place that every fall and winter I love to call home.

So on this wonderful Labor Day whilst my husband remains sick while watching the umpteenth episode of Merlin — is that my life couldn’t be any more sweeter than this. Change always comes, but it’s even better when you see it coming.. and this week will be the beginning of many new things for my family — all things that I am very grateful for despite my huge fears.

Hello, and welcome to my life.

2nd, 2013 / Danielle /

End of Summer



I remember when I was a kid growing up in Pennsylvania that the end of summer was always something that I looked forward to. The humid summer days were deadly, and I was quite ready for my clothes to stop looking and feeling as if I had just gone through a car wash. Regardless if school has started or not, I loved fall. In fact I still do. Even here in Utah, as the leaves have already begun to change-up in the canyons;  I look forward to the pumpkin pies, candy apples, cooler weather and of course my birthday. What can I say, fall is awesome.


22nd, 2012 / Danielle /


Was I on a Sabbatical? Possibly. Okay, most likely. But come on… how many times have you actually said, “I’m going to take a sabbatical!” that only wound up being a huge balloon full of your own hot air? I decided that I wasn’t just going to fill that blasted balloon up this year. This year I was, in fact going to take “the sabbatical”. I just so happen to back *now.

What’s to come you ask? ( fair enough ) What’s to come I really ask. I hope nothing less than absolute fantasticalness. Is that a word? ( thinks ).

Stay Tuned.

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* I use the term “now” rather loosely since I will be leaving in 4 days for the fabulous east coast to visit some family and go antiquing.

29th, 2012 / Danielle

Welcome January

Welcome, Welcome 2012! My oh my do I have plans for you this year. But no reason to bite off more than we can handle, rather let’s just bite off one slice at a time – like a slice of January. This months theme is “Out with the Old and In with the New.” For me this means taking time to change habits, routines and my lifestyle to be one that is happier, healthier and cleaner.

Lets start with the 3 basics, shall we. Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health. Without balance in theses 3 areas, Danielle’s boat doesn’t float… I’m a sinker looking for a life raft. So to help me stay afloat, I’ve set aside some goals for each of theses areas for this month.

Yoga will become my close new friend.
Our food budget just got increased by two-fold so that I may start cooking
with Natural Whole Ingredients.

Read something that isn’t a RSS feed, was made into a Movie, or has fun pictures.
Less “thinking” about doing something, and more “actual” doing it.

Stay awake for Personal & Family Scripture study in the wee morning.
I love to see the Temple, so in short.. I need to go see it.

2nd, 2012 / Danielle

The Twelve Days of Christmas { 11th & 12th

My True Love Gave to me a…

Eleven Pipers Piping:
“Eleven Pipers Piping” = The Eleven Faithful Apostles who are Simon, Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James.

Twelve Drummers Drumming:
“Twelve Drummers Drumming” = The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed.

1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell.
5. The third day he rose again from the dead;
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
7. From there he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints,
10. The forgiveness of sins,
11. The resurrection of the body,
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

*Note: I wanted to take the time to call out that there are key differences in the Apostles’ Creed depending on your religious beliefs. I do, however encourage everyone to dig a bit deeper into your own religious views so you can have a better understanding on where you and your religion stand on the Apostles’ Creed.

Happy Holiday Season to everyone, I hope it was a festive time of year for all.

30th, 2011 / Danielle

The Twelve Days of Christmas { 9th & 10th

My True Love Gave to me a…

Nine Ladies Dancing:
“Nine Ladies Dancing” = The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,  generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.

Ten Lords A-leaping:
“Ten Lords A-leaping”= The Ten commandments.

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Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:3).
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (Exodus 20:4).
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (Exodus 20:7).
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8).
Honour thy father and thy mother (Exodus 20:12).
Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13).
Thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).
Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:15).
Thou shalt not bear false witness (Exodus 20:16).
Thou shalt not covet (Exodus 20:17).

29th, 2011 / Danielle

The Twelve Days of Christmas { 7th & 8th

My True Love Gave to me a…

Seven Swans A-swimming:
“Seven Swans A-swimming” = The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit which are prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and compassion.

Eight Maids A-milking:
“Eight Maids A-milking”= Is referencing the eight Beatitudes which are blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst and for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

28th, 2011 / Danielle