Ashley Evanson

July 02, 2019 05:13 PM MDT
This poll was published on LDS Living in 2011 and on June 28, 2016.
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February 24, 2017 10:06 PM MST
When you lose a spouse, you wonder, How can life possibly go on? How am I supposed to get through this? How am I even supposed to get out of bed? It’s hard, but you can do it—even if “doing it” means making it to the grocery store in your pajamas. Be patient. Time doesn’t make things entirely better, but it does make them easier. Here’s some advice on how to cope with your new life or how to treat someone who has recently lost a spouse, from widows and widowers who have already been there.
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April 30, 2015 09:00 AM MDT
My two girls seem to be quite skilled at driving me crazy and destroying everything they touch, but what kid isn't? I started posting pictures of what motherhood is REALLY like just so I could go back later and laugh, which I do, much, much later. Here's a little taste of what being a mom is all about:
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December 06, 2012 05:41 PM MST
In an effort to increase love and understanding for Mormons who experience same-sex attraction, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a new website, It features videos of real-life experiences from those who either have same-sex attraction or are close to someone who does, and counsel from several church leaders.
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September 20, 2012 04:10 AM MDT
I think it's safe to assume that most of us would rather eat cupcakes than run a marathon (I know, there are people out there who would disagree, and we should gang up on them). But we've been commanded to keep our bodies healthy, which means *sigh* exercise.
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August 31, 2012 03:50 PM MDT
Did the Church just make an (un)official announcement saying it's okay to drink caffeine?
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August 23, 2012 04:03 AM MDT
Orange Creamsicles, photo from Oven Love
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August 16, 2012 04:04 AM MDT
Photo from It Is What It Is
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July 03, 2012 04:11 AM MDT
What’s it like baking 1,000 cupcakes in only two hours for celebrity rock stars? Piece of cake. Well, at least it was for LDS businesswoman and cupcake extraordinaire Megan Faulkner Brown. Brown is the founder of The Sweet Tooth Fairy gourmet bakeshops, as well as winner of Food Network’s TV show Cupcake Wars.
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June 28, 2012 04:07 AM MDT
Photo from Forever 21
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June 14, 2012 04:18 AM MDT
Photo from Recipe Girl
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May 24, 2012 04:03 AM MDT
I recently ran across a study about family size in the United States that says the average household size has gone from 3.67 in 1930 down to 2.62 in 2000, but is now going back up. Interesting. I suspect some of that has to do with young adults moving back in with their parents due to economic circumstances, but not entirely.
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May 10, 2012 04:09 AM MDT
Every year I'm in a panic Saturday night before Mother's Day because I've procastinated getting her a present yet again. This year I'm thinking about it three days ahead of time--a new record! I usually like to combine a store-bought gift with something homemade or a type of service. I found these beautiful items and clever ideas that would make great Mother's Day presents and thought I'd share. What do you like to get your mom?
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April 26, 2012 05:25 AM MDT
Photo from Can You Stay for Dinner?
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April 19, 2012 04:03 AM MDT
Photo from DownEast Basics--Heart Throb Shorts $44.99
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April 13, 2012 04:47 AM MDT
Check out these creative tips that make cooking a little bit easier, prettier, and tastier.
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April 05, 2012 04:22 AM MDT
Photo from Deseret Book
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March 30, 2012 04:10 AM MDT
Photo from Sugar Doodle.
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March 29, 2012 04:32 AM MDT
The LDS Church’s for-profit firm City Creek Reserve is behind the construction of the $2 billion mixed-use shopping space that spans two city blocks just across the street from Temple Square. And what’s amazing is that the Church paid for City Creek with cash, not using a dime of member tithing money. A lot of members, including LDS Living readers, are in support of the shopping center, but I’ve also read comments questioning the Church’s use of money. Some think the Church should be using the money to build temples, and others have even called City Creek “great and spacious.” But I don’t see it that way at all.
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March 15, 2012 04:05 AM MDT
Photo from Twirl Prom.
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March 08, 2012 05:07 AM MST
We Mormons are in the business of baby birthing. It's not uncommon for a Mormon mom to give birth five, six, seven(?!) times in her life. It's a pretty big deal. There is no right or wrong way to have a baby, just different ones; and with all the moms out there, I'm curious to know which methods are most popular. For me, I got an epidural before I even got my ice chips. Let's just say I'm a big baby. My personal philosophy (personal, ladies, not for everyone) is I would never ask to have a root canal natural, so I surely am not going to ask to have a baby natural. But I really respect women who do. Truly. That is some serious willpower. I also chose to go the traditional, Western medicine route with an O.B. and in a big, fancy hospital. But I've read that midwives and even home births are increasing in popularity among women in the United States.
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February 24, 2012 05:48 AM MST
I realize that modesty is interpreted slightly different for everyone. Some of these outfits might need an undershirt or slip extender, but in general, I found these ensembles to be both modest and fashionable. Here are a few of my favorite finds this week:
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February 16, 2012 05:11 AM MST
We've become curious about how home and visiting teaching play out in real life. For me, I call it good when my visiting teachers come over and sit at the kitchen counter while I cook Sunday dinner and we chat about work, kids, school, and life. Sometimes they share a quick message, sometimes they don't, but I always feel loved. It's funny, on the Sundays they come over, the whole family gathers in the kitchen to be involved because the informality of it makes it fun.
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February 12, 2012 05:04 AM MST
I’m no exception; I sent a boy off on his mission with great intentions to wait for him. But I didn’t. I wrote him his whole mission, but got married just a few weeks before he came home. (Something we’re both glad about because we’re happily married to other people.) Then there’s the other side of the story. My sister was dating a great guy who was ready to marry her when she told him she was going on a mission. He sent her off (sadly, I’m sure), and told her he would wait. And he did. They’ve now been married for a year.
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