Friday, July 28, 2017

Video Interview with BhiveTV ~ #1 Mormon Youtubers in Europe!

I am so excited !!!! We are big YouTube people in our family ~ we LOVE to watch YouTube and one of our new favorites is BhiveTV ~ they are this incredible, fun LDS family who live in Vienna, Austria and they vlog about their lives. It's a fun channel and you know it's safe for your kiddo's to watch !

They have a neat Instagram account ~ HERE and I was checking it out one day and left them a comment.... and in that comment I also added ~ hey if you ever want to do an interview for my blog let me know !  Well, guess what ...........

They were kind enough to let me interview them. Normally I just send a list of interview questions thru email and the people will just email me back with the answers, then I create the blog post. Well, this family is way fun ~ since they are vloggers... they sent in a video interview !!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

Enjoy !!!!

 Meet the awesome family behind BhiveTv on YouTube. You have mom and dad ~ Andrew and Eliza ( pronounced a-lee-za ) and their four cutie pie, crazy fun kiddos ~ Noah, Emma, Liam, and Finn.

Learn about Andrew ~ HERE
Learn bout Eliza ~ HERE

Now let's talk about those cute kiddos !!!!! 

Learn more about Noah ~ HERE

Learn more about Emma ~ HERE

Learn more about Liam ~ HERE

Learn more about Finn ~ HERE

I love how they keep their Family Home Evenings light and fun so that their kids love to have FHE. That is something that we also tried to do when our kids were that age. They talked about the sign they have that the kids enjoy moving the little tags.... guess what, they are fantastic so they really did take a pic of it and send it !

One of the things that I was most interested in was how they naturally just lived their religion in the vlogs. They are right ~ it's just our lives. We are just LDS and that comes across naturally in our everyday lives and it's something we shouldn't hide. It is good missionary work and I am excited for them as they continue to vlog and just be good examples and continue to answer questions about the Gospel. :)

I also enjoyed how they talked about their parenting style. I love that about my blog ~ I get to highlight and interview all different kinds of parents. We all do things our own way and the way that is best for our children. For Andrew and Eliza that is always learning. Andrew states,

" It is a collaborative effort as a family. We learn from them as much as they learn from us. "

One of my favorite quotes from the interview was from Eliza ~

Then they had a little laugh about how that was one of the commercials that used to be on for the LDS church ~ Isn't it about time ? Well I decided to go look up those fun commercials... and post it because.. hey it's fun!

Isn't it about time ??? ~ LDS COMMERCIAL


Something that Andrew mentioned really struck home with me. He talked about how our children are on loan from Heavenly Father...

This family is amazing. We love to watch their vlogs and we hope that you will go and enjoy them with your family! Because no matter what... we can all agree with Andrew and Eliza ~ Family is the most important thing !!

Here are links to their social media pages and their website !!! Go check them out !

YouTube :
Instagram :
Facebook :
SnapChat :

Monday, July 17, 2017

Interview with Westin Wilson ~ Husband. Father. Pro MMA Fighter.

One of the things I love about having a blog of my very own ~ is that I get to choose to highlight all kinds of LDS Parents ! I have been so blessed to interview some truly fascinating parents, and some parents who are just like you or I. I love that about the Gospel, and how Heavenly Father works... we are all different and unique. We all parent differently. It is so perfect because we all have unique and different children. It's so amazing and just so very perfect. How thankful I am that we are all different, and that our children are all different and not cookie cutters. How boring would our world be ?

That is one of the reasons I was so excited to interview Brother Wilson. He is one of those unique people who have a passion for something that is just a bit well ~ different then what maybe I might choose and I love it ! Enjoy the interview and Happy Parenting ! ~ JL


JL~ First of all, who the heck are ya ? :) Can you tell us a bit about you, your beautiful wife and your cute as pie kids ? ( While on Instagram I saw a picture of his beautiful daughter Scarlett and what I thought was a beautiful baby doll she was holding.... turns out she was holding her sister, Adaline ~ they really are that beautiful! )

Westin and Jennifer Wilson

Scarlett and Adaline Wilson 
( This is the pic where i thought Scarlett was holding a baby doll! They are just that cute aren't they ??  LOL! ) 

Westin ~ I am Westin Wilson. I am a Husband, Father, and Fighter.

However, being a Pro MMA fighter is not my day job. I graduated with my degree in Public relations (PR) and have done work for several companies using my experience in MMA and  PR, which included helping run Mitt Romney’s charity event where he fought Evander Holyfield.

That was an amazing experience meeting Mitt and moreover seeing Evander Holyfield (a legend of boxing) enter a ring as if it were a real fight. I was ringside for the whole event.

However, my current day job is a business analyst for a Utah based software company.

My wife’s name is Jennifer and she was born and raised in a small town in southeast Oklahoma.

We have two girls, Scarlett Virginia who is 3 and Adaline Joyce who is 9 months.

My wife is a stay at home wife and esthetician. We lived in Utah for the last 5 years until last November when we moved out to Fort Worth looking for
more opportunities and to live closer to family.

JL~ Any cute stories about how you guys met, or proposal etc ?

Westin ~ Jennifer and I grew up together for a time. My dad worked for the DEA so we moved around a lot. One of the areas we lived was McAlester Oklahoma where my dad was called to be the bishop and Jennifer’s dad was called to be the first counselor.

There have only been 3 women in my life who have whooped me growing up: My mom, my older sister and Jennifer.

At a church activity we were doing a water balloon activity and Jennifer had just got a spray tan and was not participating (She had a school dance in a few days) I was 13 and she was 15. When people tell me not to do something it becomes really tempting to do that something so I decided to hit her with a water balloon ruining her spray tan.

One thing led to another and I was face down in the groung getting pounded on by my future wife. My family shortly moved away and I lost contact with Jennifer. After several years she added me on Facebook and she looked a lot better than she did when she was 15. So I decided I would give it a try. We dated for about 6 months and then got married.

JL~ What do you love and admire about your beautiful wife Jennifer ?

Westin ~ What I love about Jennifer is how important family is to her. She constantly is trying to plan things for all of us to do. She really makes each moment I have with the family important. She also keeps me in line because I can be a little rough around the edges at times. She is constantly by my side through thick and thin through the ups and downs.

JL~ Westin where did you go on your mission ? Any spiritual stories you would like to share ?

Westin ~ I served my mission in Rochester NY Spanish Speaking. I was extremely blessed on my mission and I learned if you ask the Lord to be an instrument in his hand he will use you. Even when you think it might be too much, He will provide a way to accomplish what He needs you to do.

JL~When you decided to marry, were you doing pro MMA stuff Westin ? What was your wifes reaction to her husband possibly getting hurt ?

Westin~ I started MMA in High school. My dad’s job moved us to Sao Paulo Brazil and I could no longer wrestle so my dad offered to pay for me to do MMA. My mission was the only state in the US that MMA was still illegal and I did not do MMA for the 2 years on my mission and 2 years after. When we first got married I told my wife I wanted to get back into fighting and she told me to go for it. I would regret it if I did not give it a try.
My first fight was the main event of this amateur event. I fought
this 3-0 undefeated kid. It was the most damage I have ever taken in a fight but I beat the guy. After that I was hooked and I worked up the amateur ranks and turned pro about 3 years ago.

After my first 2 fights she stopped going to them. She stays home ( or in the hotel if we travel to a fight ) and just waits for my call or my little brother, friend or whoever is with me at fight night to call.

My wife is very supportive of me fighting. She does worry, but knows I have dreams and goals and wants to see me accomplish them.

JL~ Tell me about your cutie pie kiddos !!!! What are their personalities like ?

Westin ~ Scarlett is 3 and she is fiercely loyal. If she knows you and accepts you she is all in being your friend. But you have to earn her loyalty. She is very smart and loves princesses and dressing up. However she is not afraid to rough house either.

Adaline is the best baby you could ask for. She is always calm and
smiling. She is very giggly and loves to laugh. She is tough too because she has an older sister who is still learning how to be soft with a new baby sister.

JL~ What are some of the things you do to teach the Gospel in your home ?

Westin ~ Right now our big thing is learning new primary songs and we make sure to pray often in the house. We always have Scarlett say a prayer and then we say another prayer.

Since we have young kids our family home evenings usually consist of a video from the primary kids section of the CHURCH WEBSITE and we try to learn a new song.

JL~ Funniest or grossest parenting experience .... and GO! Lol

Westin ~ We have been lucky to not really have anything gross. ( JL would like to insert here ~ give it time, Westin, give it time! LOL!)

JL~ Any sweet spiritual experiences with your daughters ? What are some things they love about church or FHE etc ?

Westin ~ Scarlett loves to sing and dance so anything with singing and dancing. She also loves nursery. As far as spiritual experiences it's always heartwarming to hear her pray.
JL~ What are your schedules like... do you set aside specific times
daily for family etc ?

Westin ~ I get up at 6:45 head to work. Get home at 4:30pm and from 4:30 to 6:30 is family time. At 6:30  its time to train from 6:30 to 8:30 and then I come home and it's time my wife and I hang out.

Sundays we do our family home evenings and usually go to a park.

JL~ Westin ~ what will you do if one day your daughters beg you not to fight anymore ? This is a hard one, I know.

Westin ~ It would be a serious discussion we would have as a family but I am not sure what I would do. It depends on where I am at in the journey as well. If I was competing in the UFC then I probably would not quit because I could do more good then just fight. If I am still on the regional circuit and no hope of moving up any time soon then I would consider it.

JL~ How does Jennifer handle your job ? From one wife to another... how does she not throw up at the thought of you getting hurt ? ;)

Westin~ MMA is not my full time job I am a business analyst during the days. However she does not go to my fights. She is very much like the wife from the movie Cinderella Man~ she stays at home and waits to hear back from me or someone about the result.

JL~ Ok... my fave part of the interview lol. I don't know a lot about MMA ~ so I called someone who does ! My favorite MMA fan ~ my 73 year old Aunt ! She loves it and sure wishes they would wear the short shorts again... hahaha !!! LOVE HER ! Ok, she has some good questions for you!

Aunt Bon Bons ~ What is your best hold ?

Westin~ I have 2 submission wins by Triangle choke. Outside of that I have knockouts and TKO's.

Aunt Bon Bons ~ What class are you ?

Westin~ I have professional wins in 135 (Bantamweight) , 145 ( Featherweight ) and 155 ( Lightweight ) 145 (Featherweight) and 155 (Lightweight)

Aunt Bon Bons~ How many hours do you train a day ?

Westin~ 2-3 hours a day

Aunt Bon Bons ~ Have you met any super famous fighters ?

Westin ~ Yes I have met many UFC champions and a few legends of the sport. I have this weird thing where I refuse to ask for autographs or pictures with them because my goal is to one day be just like them. So I try not to put them on a pedestal.
Aunt Bon Bons ~ What kinds of injuries have you had ?

Westin~ Broken nose several times. I've never had a black eye in my entire life. But my worst injury came in training a year ago. I tore my ACL and had to take a year off after surgery adn rehab. Then the move to Texas delayed my return even further.

Just a couple of the inspirational quotes you will find on Westin's Instagram (link below) 

JL~ Back to me folks. I wanted to share with you a blog post that Westin shared on his Social Media the other day. I will have links below for you to follow him. This blog post he wrote sums up everything here in the best way possible. You can find the post HERE. Please go check it out.

Here are links to Westin's Social Media where you can follow his fights, his family, and his life. I sure am thankful he agreed to the interview ! I love the different aspect on parenting ! Thank you so much Westin! We sure wish you the best of luck in your future !

Westin Wilson Instagram : INSTAGRAM
Westin Wilson Facebook : FB

Happy Parenting! Love, JL~

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pioneer Day Activity and FHE (UPDATED)

* Pioneer Day Activity *
This is a fun activity idea for just a few friends and neighbors or for a primary/ward activity.
Send out cute invitations and you are gonna have a blast!
* Have kids bring their bikes, wagons, scooters, etc
* They will be decorating them with red, white, and blue streamers, etc ( walmart has streamers etc for 54 cents! Dollar stores also have fun decorations too!)
* Flags, etc ,and the kids can cut stars etc out from construction paper. This will be for the patriotic parade at the end of the activity. :)
* Make pies- each kid will have a little aluminum foil pan ( they have these at walmart etc in shapes like stars, etc or just circles)
- have dough made up already , here's an easy RECIPE  from Iheartnaptime, scoop dough into pie pan, then have child choose their choice of filling - cherry, apple, blueberry etc , you can buy the big cans of pie filling at the store quite cheaply.
* you can top with more dough then have them sprinkle some sugar on top, these can bake while they do the other activities.
* Do a small presentation on the pioneers... you can use the FHE that is at the bottom of this post if you'd like... here's a LINK
* Pioneer sing-along : have kids gather around and make instruments out of cardboard shoe boxes and rubber bands, maracas from cans and beans ( water bottles work well for this too) and then put on the primary cd's to the pioneer songs and sing along and play their instruments while gathered outside in a circle the way the pioneers did at nighttime.
* Play pioneer games : duck duck goose, button button whose got the button, hoop and stick ( hula hoop with stick from paint store, the ones you stir the paint with)
* Old time photo shoot : Have various pioneer attire, bonnets, straw hats etc then have a "set" an old wooden box etc, and have the families pose one family at a time, then take their picture with a digital camera set in the sepia tone.... makes it look antique.
* Have kiddos eat their pies ( you can also serve other refreshments too of course, look up pioneer recipes etc. )
* Ending event!! The Patriotic Parade!! Have kids ride their bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers, etc and have the kids hold their little flags if they don't want to ride and have a parade!!!!

Closing prayer and then your done! It's alot of fun! :) It's such a blessing to us to have this legacy of the pioneers and their courage, faithfulness, and examples.

                                                                       image from pinterest

Pioneer Day FHE :

LIVING SCRIPTURES has made this easy on us ~ they have hundreds of fun FHE's for the whole family and the one for Pioneer Day is all about the Handcart Pioneers. What an incredible legacy those pioneers gave us. I always tell my kids when we complain about something.... think of the pioneers !! ;) You can check out the FHE for Pioneer Day from Living Scriptures HERE ! ENJOY!!!! You can also watch the entire Docudrama of the Restoration when you get the Living Scriptures STREAMING LIBRARY  - enjoy 50% off your first month on me ;) It's under ten bucks a month after that ! ;)

Just a quick closing note ~ I hope this is helpful and that everyone has a fantastic Pioneer Day ! Our family enjoys it... our daughter Marlee was born on July 24th :) Happy Parenting ! Love, JL~