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Fab Five: Fun Easter Ideas for Teaching Kids About Jesus

by Kate Ensign-Lewis | March 21, 2013 | Lifestyle

It can be hard for kids to see Easter as anything but colorful eggs and chocolate bunnies. But parents are increasingly making an effort to include the true meaning of Easter in their season of celebrations: Jesus Christ's sacrifice for humankind. With these five ideas, incorporate object lessons and symbols to help engage your children in fun new traditions that focus on the true meaning of Easter. 1. Resurrection Cookies Get the recipe:  Mommy's Idea Book I simply love this idea for explaining the story of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection to kids. Each of the ingredients represents something from the story,...

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Vogue & Virtue: Modest Prom Dresses

by Jamie Lawson | March 14, 2013 | Lifestyle

Photo from A Dressy Occasion Photo from ModCloth Photo from Lauren James Bridal Photo from Kelly Prom Photo from A Dressy Occasion Photo from Shabby Apple Photo from LatterDayBride Photo from A Dressy Occasion Photo from Beautifully Modest Photo from Shabby Apple If your teen has her heart set on a shorter prom dress, never fear! There is a fun and flirty way to add a little more length by wearing one of these Fancy Slips underneath. Available in a variety of colors and styles, here are just a few of their many choices. Photo from Fancy Slips Photo from Fancy...

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To Mormons: When the LDS Lingo Causes Problems

by Chrisy Ross | March 6, 2013 | Lifestyle

In Utah County it happens frequently—use of The Lingo. If a person looks remotely Mormon (appropriate skin coverage, no obvious consumption of contraband) the assumption is they’re LDS. I almost always fall into that category. A grocery store cashier, with whom I have zero history, will comfortably assess my purchases and happily share, “Those are the best jelly beans—so colorful! I just used them in Primary last Sunday. But not as a food reward.” Ten years ago I wouldn’t have known what she meant. Today I consider myself partially bilingual, or at a minimum, able to understand and sling most of...

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Vogue & Virtue: Modest Fashion at the Oscars

by Kaela Worthen Gardner | February 28, 2013 | Lifestyle

Now before we start nit-picking, let me clarify: not all these dresses are 100% modest by LDS standards. But most of them are pretty dang close, and compared to all the other outfits celebrities are wearing these days, we applaud these women for their style choices. And with only slight modifications needed for a few of these outfits (most notably in the lining), these can still provide inspiration for all of us in our quest for modesty. All photos from oscar.go.com unless otherwise noted. Jennifer Hudson Jane Fonda Alicia Vikander from sky.com . Marcia Gay Harden Adele Kelley Phleger from purepeople.com...

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Four Reasons You Should Be Eating Dinner as a Family

by Amanda Taylor | February 28, 2013 | Activities Lifestyle

Studies have proven that it can impact almost every area of children's lives. Check out the results family dinners can have below, then learn how you can start making a difference in your family's life right now by joining the 4x4 Family Dinner Challenge. 1. Clean Living and Mental Health Kids who eat dinner with their families are prone to cleaner living. A study done in 2009 by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University showed that kids who did not eat dinner with their families were twice as likely to use tobacco, marijuana or alcohol. Further...

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What (and What Not) to Say to Someone with Disabilities

by Leisha Maw | February 21, 2013 | Lifestyle Tips

I pushed the cart through the crowded aisles, shaking my head at the squeaking whine coming from the left front wheel. All around me people turned to stare. I pasted on a smile and tried to convince myself they were staring at the anguished grocery cart, but I knew—they were staring at my children. My two boys were crying, tears streaming down their red faces like the first trickle of a dam about to burst. There was too much stimulation in grocery stores. Too many noises, smells, sights, and people. I pushed my whining cart and weeping children more quickly so...

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Vogue & Virtue: Modest Fashion at the Grammy Awards

by Kaela Worthen Gardner | February 14, 2013 | Lifestyle

Now before we start nit-picking, let me clarify: not all these dresses are 100% modest by LDS standards. But most of them are pretty dang close, and compared to all the other outfits celebrities are wearing these days, we applaud these women for their style choices. And with only slight modifications needed for a couple of these outfits (and none for the rest!), these can still provide inspiration for all of us in our quest for modesty. All photos from InStyle.com unless otherwise noted. Adele Carrie Underwood Alicia Keys Beyonce Yahoo! Music Jessie J (If only the sleeves were a little...

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The Best of Mormon Humor from the Internet

by Kaela Worthen Gardner | February 7, 2013 | Lifestyle Arts & Entertainment

From Sistas in Zion. From My Religious Blog. Like what you see? Check out our Best of Mormon Humor Round 1 and Round 2 to get even more funny LDS stuff. You can also follow us on Facebook and Pinterest to get updated with the best all the time! ...

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Fab Five: Reasons to Love Valentine's Day

by Kate Ensign-Lewis | February 7, 2013 | Lifestyle

(1) Lovebug Cookies  Our Best Bites Use heart-shaped cookie cutters and some glace icing to make the most adorable Valentine's cookies you've ever seen. (2) Valentine's Baby Picture Leslyn's Lovely Life , via  Kimponsky Photo   Is this not the most adorable Valentine's baby picture you've ever seen? One more reason it's good to have a chubby baby hanging around. (3) Friendship Bracelet Valentines Dandee Designs Someday when my children are old enough, I will pop in a movie one night and help them make Valentine's Day cards. It will be our own charming little assembly line - complete with singing...

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Vogue & Virtue: Modest Fashion at the Golden Globes

by Kate Ensign-Lews | January 17, 2013 | Lifestyle

The celebrities we see in magazines and on the big screen are probably the last people we should emulate, but if you watch closely, sometimes their choice of dress can surprise you - in a good way. Last Sunday was the Golden Globes, and colder temperatures meant that, while these celebrities aren't often muses of modesty, they favored warmth over skin and showed some beautiful, modestly inspired gowns. (Note: not all of these are perfectly modest according to LDS standards, but I think they can still certainly provide inspiration for LDS women who wish to be fashionable and modest.) All photos...