You Know You’re A Mom When…

20 answers to this question will leave you laughing!

Last week, I was making dinner, talking to my husband on the phone and trying to prevent my daughter from dragging a stool over to the stove so she could “help” when my 2.5 year old son came up and told me his tummy hurt.  I assumed he was hungry since it was close to dinner time, but almost as soon as the words “It’s almost dinnertime” were out of my mouth, the poor kid emptied his stomach all over the floor.  After a hasty good-bye to my husband, I walked my little boy quickly and carefully to the bathroom where he got a bath and told me he felt much better.

I was thinking back on this moment later that night and realized that it hardly even phased me.  I’ve been a parent for almost 5 years and dealt with plenty of instances that were less than pleasant.  My kids have dumped entire boxes of cereal all over the floor.  I’ve showered with an audience peering through the glass door.  I could go on and on.  But I’ve found that the times I try to deal with these things using humor, I’m much happier.

As I thought about this, I decided to post an open ended question on Facebook to see what kind of responses I would get.  The question?

“You know you’re a mom when…”

I got some pretty funny and completely relateable answers and I was laughing as I read them to myself.  Even today I can’t help but smile.  To read the responses I got, click over to Time Saving Mom for the full post! (see update below)

I’ve also linked up over at Simply Every’s Mom Life Monday Link-Up Party.  Check out the post there and read other posts on motherhood!

**UPDATE 12/17/16**

Amanda has decided she is no longer going to be running the Time Saving Mom blog so that she can focus her efforts in other areas.  She offered to let me move my content from there to here so that nothing would be lost.  Below is the post that originally appeared on Time Saving Mom on November 14, 2016.

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As a parent, and especially as a stay-at-home mom, I’m around my kids a lot.  I’m the one that takes care of most of their needs.  Often, I’m the one they run to when they get hurt or feel sick.  I get them ready in the morning, drop them off at school, pick them up, feed them breakfast, lunch and dinner, help with projects, clean up their messes and read them books.  Lots of books.  And it’s good and fun and hard and crazy.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
But let’s be honest.  Sometimes being a mom is super un-glamorous.  And messy.  You have to deal with a lot of bodily fluids and funny quirks and a lack of privacy.  So to all you moms out there:  I totally get it.  And you’re not alone.  I asked some of my friends to finish the sentence: “You know you’re a mom when…” and got some pretty awesome and completely relateable answers.
So kick back, read what these moms said and have a good laugh at life, because heaven knows that you have to have a sense of humor to make it through parenting.
You know you’re a mom when…
1. You eat your kids leftover food off their plate because you forgot to make yourself food. (Shani)
2. You can’t remember the last time you took a shower. (Alexis)
3. You run to catch their vomit in your hands to spare the carpet. (Julie)
4. Shopping at Target and Hobby Lobby is your weekly outlet and getting baby food all over you ain’t no thang. (Stephanie)
5. You can recognize your child’s real cry from their fake cry in .746 seconds. (Shani)
6. Going to the DMV is fun…if you don’t have your kids with you. (Lindsay)
7. You try to bribe your child to eat the food you made them. (Erica)
8. You have an audience while using the bathroom (Luz Marie)
9. You count going to Costco with your husband a date. (Shani)
10. You are so excited your child that is potty training poops in the toilet. (Christie)

11. You tell people you need to go “potty” instead of saying you need to use the bathroom. (Caroline)
12. Working out is the most relaxing part of your day. (Christy)
13. You can clean your whole house with baby wipes. (Shani)
14. All your shirts have stains or food on them and none of it is yours. (Rebecca)
15. You are a pro at negotiating and a trip to WalMart by yourself is a break. (Jacqueline)
16. You drive a minivan.  Also…your diaper bag becomes your purse. (Jessica)
17. Bodily fluids no longer gross you out–they are just standard fare. (Natalia)
18. You do shower, but you always have a little “guest”. (Melissa)
19. You have to tell someone they aren’t an animal and not to pee outside. (Megan)
20. You feel relieved when you figure out it’s barf on your clothes instead of poop. (Jacinda)

Share how you would end the sentence: “You know you’re a mom when…”.  I’d love to hear it and share a laugh with you!

Pumpkin Cake

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

I am not even kidding when I say I have been waiting all year to share this recipe with you!  Pumpkin cake has been a family favorite of ours for years.  We actually stopped making pumpkin pie and make this instead every year for Thanksgiving!  Yes, it is that good.

Last year when I shared my pumpkin gingersnap recipe with you, I mentioned how my mom loves pumpkin any time of year.  She is no respecter of seasons when it comes to pumpkin!  I generally only make it in the fall, but if you happen to get a craving for this dessert in the middle of the summer, then you wouldn’t be the first! *wink*

There are three steps to this recipe, but all of them are easy.  Below are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious dessert.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, measure 1 cup of the dry cake mix, 1/4 c. melted butter, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.  Mix together until combined.  Set aside.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

In a medium bowl, mix remaining cake mix, 1 egg and 1/2 c. melted butter. 

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Drop by large spoonfuls into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and press into an even layer.  (I recommend lining it with tin foil and spraying with cooking spray.)

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

I rinsed out the medium bowl I used for the bottom layer and then beat together the pumpkin, salt, 2 eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar, evaporated milk and milk.  You can do this by hand or with a mixer, but because it is liquidy, it tends to splatter a little bit.  Pour over the bottom layer.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Sprinkle the spiced mixture over the pumpkin layer using your hands.  You don’t want it to be fine crumbs or large chunks–somewhere in between.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving.  We like it with whipped cream on top but vanilla ice cream is really yummy too!

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

So let’s break this deliciousness down:

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Seriously, guys, I would not lead you astray!  Make this for Thanksgiving or your next holiday party and everyone will be asking for the recipe.

Pumpkin Cake
serves 20

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 2 c. pumpkin
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c. milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup dry yellow cake mix with 1/4 c. melted butter, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.  Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix remaining cake mix, 1 egg and 1/2 c. melted butter.  Press into bottom of a 9×13 pan.  (I recommend lining it with tin foil and spraying with cooking spray.)
  4. Beat together pumpkin, salt, 2 eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar, evaporated milk and milk.
  5. Pour over pan mixture.
  6. Sprinkle spiced cake mix from step 2 over the top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
  8. Let cool before serving.
  9. Serve with whipped cream.

Book Review: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh {Plus Book Club Discussion/Questions}

Review of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Flowers

At the beginning of the summer, I put together a summer reading list and challenged myself to get all the way through the list before the official start of fall.  I’m happy to say that I made it through almost all of them, plus a few others that weren’t originally on my list!  (You can find the list HERE and my reviews HERE.) The very first book I picked from my list was The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  I hadn’t heard anything about it other than the synopsis I read on Goodreads.

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In June of this year, we took a vacation with my husband’s family (parents, siblings/spouses and kids).  It was a lot of fun, but after being with everyone all day, I needed a little bit of time to unwind and relax.  I’d brought The Language of Flowers with me and found myself trying to find time to read it over the course of our vacation.  Everyone else would be inside visiting or watching a show and I was outside on the porch reading my book.  I was instantly caught up in Victoria’s story and knew within a few chapters that I wanted to suggest it for our book club.

My Summary and Review (5 stars):
Victoria Jones grew up in the foster care system bouncing from home to home, only finding comfort in flowers and their meanings.  Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria must find a way to make a living or be homeless.  She is offered a job working at Bloom and she soon discovers she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them.  Unexpectedly, someone from her past emerges and she’s forced to confront issues that have haunted her for years.  Victoria must decide if it’s worth the risk to delve deeper, and possibly lose what stability she’s found, for a second chance at happiness.

The Language of Flowers could have been a depressing story, but instead it was thought provoking and beautifully written.

Book Club Discussion Questions:

  • What did you think about the story telling style of the book? (switching from past to present)
  • Do you think the novel provided a fair depiction of the foster care system?
  • Why was Victoria so empathetic to the needs of others and is able to pick them the perfect flowers to express their feelings, but she has no sense of love or empathy for herself?
  • Do you agree with Victoria’s decision to give her baby to Grant?  Can you empathize with some of her feelings as a new mother?
  • Use one or two words to describe the book as a whole.
  • What do you think about the language of flowers?  Do you think the meaning a flower has gives some kind of power?
  • What would your wedding bouquet say about you and your spouse?  Is there any truth to it?
  • Do you like the openness of the ending?

If you’d like to read the other book reviews and questions/discussion I’ve posted about, you can click on the links below.

*May contain spoilers*

Summer 2016 Reading List Reviews and Ratings
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi

Happy reading!

My Weekend At Pinners Conference 2016

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

For my birthday this year, I asked for tickets to attend Pinners Conference here in Utah, which is basically a weekend long conference that is like Pinterest in real life.  Say what?!  Yes, it’s true.  There are tons of booths and over 100 classes to choose from!  The classes are on food, photography, make up, time saving tips, relationships, crafts and so many other topics.  It really is like Pinterest in real life.

One day back in August, I messaged my husband at work:

Me: “Hey!  I know what I want for my birthday this year!”
Husband: “Oh yeah?  What?”
Me: “Tickets to Pinners Conference!”
Husband: “Um, okay, what’s that?”
Me: “It’s a weekend long conference where it’s basically like Pinterest in real life.  I’ll send you the link.”

So I proceeded to send him the link and after he looked it over, he asked me if I wanted to go one day or two and then bought me a two day, all classes pass with the promise to take the day off on Friday.  Woo-hoo!  Have I got an awesome husband or what?

Finally, the weekend of the conference came.  (My birthday was actually at the end of September so my birthday present has been a long time coming.)  I was so excited that I hardly slept the night before.  Seriously, I was like a kid on Christmas Eve. 

When I walked in, I was bombarded with a million sights, sounds and smells.  The first class started about 10 minutes after I walked in so I had to hurry and find the room.  I attended by myself this year, mostly because I hadn’t really made plans to go with anyone else.  It was nice to be able to wander through the booths, but I would have liked to have at least one other person to wander with.  Next year!

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

Over the two day conference, I attended 13 different classes.  I’m not going to lie.  By the end of the first day, I was totally exhausted.  Between not sleeping well the night before, a long drive there and back by myself, and tons of new information, I was beat!  I ate some food and went right to bed and didn’t wake up for 8.5 hours.  The second day was still tiring, but not nearly as much as day 1.

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Out of all the classes I took, there were definitely some that I liked better than others, which I’ll share below:

7 Steps To The Perfect Photo by Camera Shy
When my daughter was about 5 months old, I purchased a used DSLR camera because I wanted to learn to take better pictures of my kids.  I watched a few YouTube videos, pinned a bunch of tips from Pinterest and took a 4 week online course that was basically Photography 101.  But the truth is, some things are just way easier to learn in person.  The tips that were shared in this class weren’t really new to me, but seeing them applied and demonstrated in real time and with real people made a huge difference in my understanding.  It made me feel a little more confident that I can take better pictures in the future.

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

Plan A Happy Life by Stephanie Fleming from Me and My Big Ideas
This is the class I was probably the most excited for out of all of them.  I’ve mentioned before that I like to use a paper planner to help me stay organized.  I’ve been using them since junior high and it works really well for me.  But I’d heard about something called The Happy Planner which is a paper planner but with some extra pizazz!  The whole planner was created to be both functional and fun.  There are stickers and sticky notes and washi tape and places for journaling.  It’s totally customizable.  For me, it basically combines organization and scrapbooking into one awesome product.  The class was taught by the co-founder/co-owner of Me and My Big Ideas and she showed the ways that she uses it for herself and gave examples of other ways she’s seen it used.  I can’t wait to start using it!

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

Unleashing the Potential of the Electric Pressure Cooker by Cami Graham from Tidbits
Recently, I heard about an electric pressure cooker and was really intrigued by the idea.  I have one of those old metal pots with the piece on top that jiggles when the steam starts to come out.  I rarely use it because A) I don’t really know how, B) I get scared that I’m going to screw it up, and C) I don’t want the top to blow off.  I think I’ve used it maybe 5 times since I got married.  At the beginning of the class, we had the opportunity to try some food that had been made in the pressure cooker: yogurt with a berry compote and German chocolate cheesecake.  Both were really good!  During the class, they demonstrated how to make risotto and mac and cheese.  It was really impressive and got me interested in buying an electric pressure cooker.  The thing that’s stopping me right now is that I don’t really have room for another appliance.  The two they showed us were Fagor and Instant Pot.

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

Intro to Handlettering by Lisa Funk from Hand Lettered Design
You know those pretty handmade cards and printables that are written in faux calligraphy?  It’s called handlettering and I’ve been dying to learn.  I’ve tried watching tutorials, but it just wasn’t clicking.  In the class that I attended, I purchased a workbook and a fancy Copic marker, then we went through the basics of handlettering and worked through each letter in the workbook.  The longer I did it, the more confident I felt.  I’m definitely going to keep working through the workbook and trying my hand at making pretty cards and prints.  You can buy the workbook HERE.

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

Relationship Stuff by Dr. Matt Townsend
This was the last class I took on Friday.  It was late and it had been a good, but long day.  I was starting to get tired and thinking of the drive home was not appealing.  But within minutes of the class starting, I was laughing out loud and typing notes into my phone as fast as I could.  Dr. Townsend main message centered around what he refers to as “smoke” or the things that couples fight about that aren’t the real issue.  He pointed out that where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  The “fire” is one of seven basic needs that isn’t being met: safety, trust, appreciation, encouragement, respect, validation and dedication.  He gave examples of each, using humor and personal stories to illustrate each point.  I was laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face from some of his stories.  He holds monthly “date nights” for couples to come to his workshops and I definitely want to attend with my husband.

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

10 Time Tricks To Get Things Done by Nicole Carpenter from MOMentity
One of the biggest reasons we can’t get everything done that we want to is the lack of time.  I know that I’ve used this excuse more than once and feel like I’m always trying to find a way to squeeze more time out of my day.  Nicole is a mom who faces a lot of the same challenges that many moms do.  The tips she gave were practical and simple, but I can definitely see how applying even just one into my life would make a difference in the amount of time I have to accomplish what I need to.

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

Easy Weeknight Dinners by Six Sisters Stuff
I am always looking for new, quick and easy meals for my family.  Even though I try my best to meal plan our dinners each week, some days or weeks it just doesn’t happen and it’s 5 o’clock and my kids are hungry, I’m hungry and I know my husband will be too when he gets home from work.  Six Sisters Stuff is a blog maintained by six sisters who share recipes for all types of dishes.  Their main goal is to make dinner easy and simple and to bring families together during dinner time.  They shared three meals that are super quick and made all of them during the hour class with extra time at the end when they shared some embarrassing moments with us.  I’ve used many of their recipes and have loved each one of them.  I have met a handful of the sisters and they are really friendly, sweet and down-to-earth.  Definitely check them out!

A review of my favorite classes from Pinners Conference 2016

Next year, I’d love to go back, but I think I will probably just do a one day pass and choose the classes I am really interested in.  This year I found myself trying to fill the time slots with classes that I wasn’t quite as interested in because I had paid to go to them.  Also, I’ll have to plan to go with some friends who want to get their Pinterest on! *wink*

Have you been to Pinners Conference before?  What kind of classes would you be most interested in attending?

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

I have a stack of quote cards that I keep in my bathroom.  Each week or so, I move the one on top to the back of the stack and read the next one, trying to keep it in my thoughts throughout the day and coming week.  Right now, the one on top says, “How quick we are to find the rainbow before being thankful for the rain.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)

As we develop an attitude of gratitude, we are better able to weather the storms of life.

So often, we are looking for the rainbow or the light at the end of the tunnel because we just want to get through whatever we are facing and just be done with it so we can move on to other, happier things.  And don’t get me wrong.  It’s not like I think we should enjoy going through hard things or that we shouldn’t feel relieved when they are over.  I like feeling happy and strive for it.

I’ll be honest: my life is pretty easy most of the time.  My husband has a job that supports our family, which means I’m able to stay at home with our kids.  We have a full fridge, freezer and cold storage.  My children have clothes to wear and shoes on their feet.  When they grow out of them, I can easily go buy more.  My family is healthy and strong.  My list of troubles is fairly short and for that I am grateful.

But I’ve been thinking about gratitude a lot lately and how easy it is to forget to show gratitude.  I mean, sure, I regularly say thank you to my family and friends and people who hold the door for me on the way in/out of a store.  I say my prayers and thank God for my home, my family, my husband’s job and food on the table.  But what I mean is, it’s easy to be thankful when things are easy.  When things are going well.  Nothing major is going on.  Nothing that makes me stop and think about what it is that I have in my life because it’s just part of my life, you know?

As we move into the holiday season, I am making a more concentrated effort to look for the things I am thankful for and write them down.  I want to take special note of what I am grateful for in my life.  And by doing these things, I hope to better remember how very blessed I am.  My hope is to establish a habit and attitude of gratitude that carries beyond the holiday season and becomes a deeper part of me.

Here are a few ways I’ve thought of to help myself.  Maybe one of these will ring true for you as well:

Gratitude Journal:  I have a journal that only has lists of what I’m grateful for in it.  As I look back through it, I can see that I get more specific with what I’m thankful for the most consistently I write things down and it often reflects what was going on in my life at the time.  I have also seen people write down one or two things they are thankful for in their planner, which I think is a neat idea as well.

Thankful Tree:  Last year, we started a Thankful Tree as one of our Thanksgiving traditions.  I made a tree out of brown paper sacks and cut leaves out of construction paper.  Each day, we would write down what we were thankful for and put it on the tree.  By the end of the month, the entire tree was covered by all the things we were thankful for.  Definitely one of my favorite traditions we’ve started.

As we develop an attitude of gratitude, we are better able to weather the storms of life.

Say Thank You (Be Specific):  This suggestion steers away from writing things down, but I think it’s equally important to say out loud what we are thankful for and to tell people what about them we are thankful for.  Try thinking of one person each day that you are thankful for and then think of something specific about them that you are thankful for and then tell them!  I’m sure it will make their day.

To help celebrate the season of thankfulness and gratitude, Cents of Style has designed this cute shirt that simply says “thankful, grateful, blessed” on the front.  It is perfect for any time of year, but it’s getting quite a bit cooler here in Utah so I’m layering it.  You can get this shirt in 2 colors: gold/white and wine/white.  I had the hardest time deciding which one to get but ultimately chose the darker color.  Another thing I love about this shirt is how long it is!  I am tall (5’9″) and sometimes I have a hard time finding shirts that fit my long torso but the size small fit great with a little bit of breathing room.

As we develop an attitude of gratitude, we are better able to weather the storms of life.

If you’d like to grab one of these shirts for yourself, Cents of Style is running a promotion from 11/4/16 to 11/6/16 where you can get either shirt (or both!) for FREE with any $25 purchase using the coupon code THANKFUL1.  And, as always, they offer free shipping!

As we develop an attitude of gratitude, we are better able to weather the storms of life.

Click HERE to go to their website and see what great stuff you can find.  (And I promise you that finding $25 worth of clothing and/or accessories is not hard.)  Did you see the Remi Swing Dress I wore a couple of weeks ago?  Or the ‘uplift’ bracelet from their tribe jewelry collection?  The ‘Thankful, Grateful, Blessed’ shirt normally sells for $29.95 so you could even grab one in one color and then get the other one free with the coupon code.

As we develop an attitude of gratitude, we are better able to weather the storms of life.

Before you leave today, share a comment below about something you are thankful for, grateful for, or blessed to have.  I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great weekend!

I received this shirt in exchange for my review and promotion but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

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How Decluttering Helps Your Community

Decluttering and donating can help your community in unexpected ways.  How?  Read more here.

I feel like I am constantly decluttering: used up coloring books, old toys, clothes and shoes that have been grown out of or are no longer wanted, empty cardboard boxes… The list could go on and on.  I’ve always been the type of person to use something for as long as possible before I get rid of it.  But as I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed a desire to purge my belongings more often and give away things I no longer like or find useful.  I don’t like stuff just lying around cluttering up my space (pun intended).  Do you feel the same?

So what do you do with these things?

You could just throw them away.  But some of these things are good enough to be reused by someone else, which means you have a couple of options:

  • Sell it.
  • Donate it.

At the beginning of the summer, I posted about how to host a successful yard sale.  I have a lot of experience with yard sales and share some really valuable tips that really make all the difference between selling your stuff and…not selling it.

Then, a couple of months ago, I wrote a 4-part series about “How To Sell Your Stuff Online”.  It is a really in-depth look at how you can make money selling your unwanted stuff online and tips for getting the most for your items.  You can click on any of the links below to learn more:

Another way to earn money from unwanted items is to sell it at a local consignment store.  These types of stores generally take clothing and shoes and sell them for you.  You then receive a commission from those sales.

But what if you don’t want to go to the work of selling it?  The other option is to donate it to a local non-profit organization, where it will go to those who aren’t able to afford these things on their own or need to buy them but don’t have much income.

Donate It
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a blogging event at a new thrift store/donation center called Deseret Industries the week before it opened.  (If you live in Utah, you are probably pretty familiar with these stores, but they also have stores in California, Arizona, Washington, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho.)

Decluttering and donating can help your community in unexpected ways.  How?  Read more here.

We got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on there.  And it’s more than simply reselling donated items.  In fact, their main purpose behind the store isn’t to sell things.  It’s vocational rehabilitation.  They offer assistance to those who need help getting back on their feet.  Maybe it’s something as simple as going through a certification course so they can qualify for a higher paying job.  Or they need some help sprucing up their resume for a new job.  There are others who have addiction problems and need help maintaining a consistent job while receiving help to kick their addictions.  They offer business partnerships and internships to help people gain on-the-job training and experience.  (You can read more HERE.)

Decluttering and donating can help your community in unexpected ways.  How?  Read more here.

Another aspect of how the Deseret Industries (also known as the D.I.) helps the community is through their humanitarian efforts.  When items are donated, they are sorted, priced and put out on the floor to sell.  If an item doesn’t sell after 4-6 weeks, it is removed from the floor and sorted once again.  Depending on the item, they will take it apart and reuse or recycle it.  For clothing, they sort it out based on type (pants, skirt, long/short sleeve, etc), whether or not it has a logo, pattern, etc and then it is bundled and shipped out to other countries based on need.  The store manager for the location we visited made it clear that a huge effort is made to use as many items as possible before letting it go to waste.

I was really impressed with all the different resources offered through Deseret Industries.  I’ve been donating to the DI for years, but wasn’t aware of everything else that went on behind the scenes.  Their mission to enable self-reliance is a service to both the people who learn the skills they need through the program and to the community who benefits from their skills.

When you donate your items to Deseret Industries, you are helping people you’ve never met in unexpected and miraculous ways.  If you want to help others in your community, but aren’t sure where to start, begin by decluttering your home.  What you donate might be purchased by someone who wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise.  Or it might end up donated to a family out of the country unable to purchase it.  Regardless, you can feel good about knowing you are helping your community.

(If you’d like to see if there are any locations near you, you can click HERE

I hope this post gave you a little more insight into what goes on at Deseret Industries.  For me, just knowing that what I donate actually makes a difference in someones life is a huge motivation to look at what I have and try to donate more freely.  I encourage each of you to do the same!