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I don’t really have anything profound to write today, other than that I’ve loved read The Book of Mormon with my family lately.  Every day when I read I just find something really specific that helps me know what I need to do that day in order to be a better person.

One thing I’m trying to be better about is not obsessing over having nice things.

I think it’s important to look nice and make sure your home is clean, because feeling good in your own skin and making your home a welcoming and calm place just makes a huge difference in your mood and ability to function. Right? Of course right.

Life isn’t a competition, though.  Our possessions don’t make you better than anyone else.  The way we treat people is what makes us worthwhile people.  I’m not even close to being perfect, guys, but I like to remember that “a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.”

So, while a new sweater won’t make you a better person, it might put you in a better mood so you can be a nicer person. And my favorite one from Free People is pretty cozy, and lots of colors are on sale.  Just sayin’.







If you are new here, it’s probably because you saw me on the last page of Utah Valley Magazine’s January/February issue (if you haven’t read the article, click that link, skip to the end of the electronic version of the magazine, and go back a page or two).  Unfortunately my name was printed as “Jessica Walker” instead of Walters (the writer just had a baby, so we’ll forgive her!).  So, if you want to follow on Instagram and see how our little NICU baby is doing now, you will NOT find us by looking up Jessica Walker! My Instagram profile is @jessjesswalters


Also, not to be nit-picky (because it was so nice of Utah Valley Magazine to include me in their Jan/Feb issue) but the article states that we got pregnant with Ava around our third wedding anniversary; we actually became pregnant with Ava just after our SECOND anniversary, and she was BORN just before our third anniversary.  I probably told that to Kate in a weird, confusing way. So no, Ava is not a four-year-old Kindergarten prodigy. We were married in November of 2007, and Ava was born September 1, 2010. I know that isn’t super important and that absolutely NO ONE is freaking out about it, but I like things to be correct!

Thank you for reading! I write this blog to help other people know that they can do hard things, and I write to help other people smile and appreciate the beautiful things in life.





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10 Happy Things

Yesterday, while Ava was at a friend’s house and while Boston was napping, I got to hang out with Nixon for a little bit, and it was fun to just sit and eat lunch and talk to him.


When Ava got home, Boston was still napping and Nixon was watching a show, and I just sat at the table while Ava had a snack and I talked to her.

I just love little times when I actually stop and talk to my kids or with Nick.  Those moments are so sweet.

Some other things that have been making me happy:

1) This poster that says:

“You can never influence the world by trying to be like it.”

2) Sweaters.

3) Is it still acceptable to be drooling over Adele’s makeup in her “Hello” video?? If you can get past the hilarious posing at the beginning of this video, it’s a pretty good tutorial for how to replicate that cute look.

4) Wavy beach hair!  I love this tutorial at Barefoot Blonde, which I used to do Ava’s hair in this picture.

5) Eating boring.  I enjoy food, but I’ve found that eating the same things every day helps me not overeat.  I just eat my oatmeal, snack on fruit and veggies (and chocolate), eat my sandwich for lunch, and drink tons of water.  When I’m not eating great, it’s because I’ve fallen out of those habits and impulsively get up in the morning and eat sugary cereal, snack on junk food and sip Diet Coke all afternoon, forget to eat lunch, and then I’m cranky and want to eat loads of Mexican food and Diet Coke for dinner. So, don’t do that.

6) Season 6 of Parenthood is on Netflix!

7) All the baby snuggles.  Guys, Boston has been THE BEST BABY. Like ever.  I love all my kids, but Boston makes me want three more babies. Speaking of having a million babies, have you guys seen @chloeandbeans on Instagram?  She’s 22, and has three boys ages 3, 2, and 1, AND has triplets.  Her pictures are just beautiful and exploding with cuteness. And they are Australian and I swear the babies coo in Australian accents and she’s always calling them her “cheeky babies” and I could just die.

8) Fixer Upper.  Duh. #shiplap

9) Pinning bathroom and kitchen ideas on Pinterest.  Help.

10) Stephanie Nielson. What a cool chick. There really aren’t words to describe her beauty.