Saturday, June 13, 2020

Wedding Cake Ideas

Ring, Ring, can't you hear it! It's time to plan the most amazing day of your life! You only get one wedding after all if you do things right, so let's make it epic starting with the cake!

When it comes to your wedding cake, taste should for sure be a priority. You may choose to go with something fantastically gourmet, or just a tried and true flavor, but whatever you choose, the choice should also correspond with your wedding theme. A wedding planner can help you get your cake correlated with the rest of your wedding. 

Here are just a few of the most popular cake flavors: 
  • Blueberry lemon
  • Red Velvet
  • Chocolate
  • Lemon
  • White Cake with flavored
  • Vanilla sponge with Jam pastry filling
  • Banana Walnut
Next, you should also consider the filling or frosting flavors. Perhaps even just a simple buttercream is your style. Ovcource cake tasting is one of the best things about planning your wedding, at least in my opinion because you get to EAT the cake. I am one who doesn't like the taste of fondant, but again, you do you. I prefer moose or a sort of fluffy buttercream myself. 

In addition to the cake, you also should think about how to display all of those tasty refreshments that get people to mingle and talk at a reception. Or, you may be planning an entire catered meal. Either way, food, and family lead to fun!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Massage isn't just a luxury!

There are so many benefits to massage!  It isn't just a luxury for the rich and famous to participate in at overpriced 5-Star resorts.  Massage is an excellent form of self-care. As a mom of severely traumatized children who has lived for nearly 2 decades now in state of constant toxic stress, Massage isn't just a nice thing or even a want. It is a NEED and it gets budgeted for every month as a regularly recurring medical bill. 

I found quite early on in this journey that massage was an essential part of my stress management regime. It's what keeps me going and it makes for a much happier mom. It also slows the destructive effects of chronic stress on my body. If I could get a massage every week, I totally would!  Massage is the best...and massage in Logan Utah is even better!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Kitchen Remodeling

Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to breathe new life and love into your home. Fall in love with your space by updating or refinishing your cabinets, adjusting the layout to create a more functional space, update that tired old tile backsplash, or install some beautiful new granite countertops. 

Not sure what you want?  The Kitchen Remodel Pros at can help you create a beautiful new space and keep the project on time and on budget.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Rising from the ashes

It feels so good to be alive and burning bright again. I forgot how amazing it is to truly soar again and fully embrace what once was sleeping again. 

I have fully reclaimed my identity as The Phoenix and have recently launched a new membership experience for moms of kids who suffer from Reactive Attachment Disorder, FASD, and other issues related to complex developmental trauma rise from the ashes just like I did!  

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Coming Home

I've been here before. I can't believe I'm here again. I thought this place was gone forever. But it wasn't.

I loved this place with all my heart. It was part of my soul. I'm pretty sure it was imprinted in my DNA. It must be. Why else would I still be here?

It brought me connection. It brought me hope. I smiled for the first time in years in this place.

It brought me laughter. It brought me joy. It brought me desperately needed respite and reprieve. It even brought me twinkle lights!

It gave me some of the dearest friends I've ever known. It gave me sunsets on the water. It gave me silly signs. It gave me flowers in May and colors in the fall. It turned me into a Storm Trooper and gave me some of the best laughter of my life. It gave me people in almost every state!

It nearly shattered me when it broke. A huge part of me died when all that was left was a pile of smoldering rubble. All that I'd worked for. All that we'd built. All of it was gone.

So much loss. So much hurt. So many big feelings. So many tears. So much to grieve.

So many lost their lifeline. So many got burned. So many lost hope. So many things changed. So many I thought were my friends were not.

Too much drama. Too many twisted minds. Too many lies, too much pettiness, and too much deceit. So many things I never saw coming. So many things I never wanted to learn.

No more blinders. No more illusions. No one can ever unknow what they know once they know it. No one can ever go back.

Not everyone understands. Not everyone will support you. Not everyone likes you for you. Sometimes they only like what you do. Not everyone is who they profess to be. Not everyone is your friend. Sometimes hell rages loudest when you're doing good things.

Too much to do with not enough help. Too many said yes when they should have said no. I should have said no, but instead, I said yes. I loved them and wanted to help. I had found hope in the darkest abyss and wanted to share.

In the end, it was all just too much. It needed to go.

Imagine my surprise when I saw the land was once again for sale. At first, I scoffed and could never imagine going back there. What use could it ever be to me again?

And yet, I found it for a reason.

I've carried ashes and rubble of this place with me for years. It's kept me small. It's kept me scared. It kept the wounds open and bleeding.

That time is now past. It's time for the Phoneix to rise once again. It's time for Hope to Rise again.

This place taught me so much. It taught me I could. It taught me I should. It taught me to teach. It taught me to love. It taught me to reach. It taught me to let go. It taught me to forgive.

Most of all, it taught me to grow.

They say the Phoenix never truly dies. When it's mission is through, it burns out and becomes ashes. But it isn't really gone. It's merely resting for a season. She will rise again when it's time. Each time she does, she comes back stronger, bolder, wiser, and more beautiful than she was before.

From the ashes of what once was, the Phoenix has awakened. She's rising again and ready to soar. She's shaking off the rubble. She's wiping off the soot. They've served her well, they've kept her safe. She no longer needs them to protect her. It's time for her to shine again.

There is still light in this place. There is still gold in its hills.

 Redemption has come full circle. The Phoenix has come home.

She didn't know how much she needed it. She couldn't imagine that anything ever could or would heal what was broken. She didn't even know it was possible...until it was and it did.

She isn't the same as she used to be. Indeed, she's bolder, wiser, stronger, and much smarter. She's learned so much, both for better and for worse. She's learned she can, she must, and she will.  She is, after all, a Phoenix!

It's only fitting that this place continues to shine and continues to support her growth...not as she was before, but now as Serenity Links Coaching.