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Manage Stress with a Little Organization

Manage Stress with a Little Organization

As a busy student, one of the most common feelings in my life is stress and I’m sure I’m not the only student who feels this way. Each semester, I wonder how I can relieve this stress. I try to prepare myself with some steps […]

Couponing for Beginners

Couponing for Beginners

I grew up in a big family, and my parents were always looking for ways to save money. My mom turned to coupons to buy the necessities without spending ridiculous amounts of money. Couponing can help families and individuals save a lot of money, especially […]

Marital Sex Communicator

Marital Sex Communicator

When did you finally learn that a “pee-pee” was actually a penis? Or, when did you learn that women have a clitoris and what its true purpose is? Understanding sexuality is extremely important to having healthy sexuality and effective sexual communication throughout life, and especially with your future spouse. When sexual body parts are mislabeled or even excluded from being taught, it can lead children to grow up thinking their sexual organs and abilities are bad or inappropriate to discuss.

Just as talking about sexuality frankly, appropriately, and respectfully with children is important, it is equally important to discuss sexuality in this manner within your romantic relationship. Misconceptions about sex—men always want sex more than women, women don’t enjoy sex as much as men, etc.—can often lead to difficulty talking about each individual’s sexual needs, if they are being fulfilled, and how to better fulfill them.

In order to talk about sexuality, there needs to be trust within the relationship and healthy communication patterns. We must have trust that our partner will accept and understand our concerns or desires. Healthy communication patterns ensure a space to talk freely, where our spouse can understand or ask questions to understand. These emotional securities will open endless gateways to a more fulfilling relationship sexually.

Of course, it’s not all about sex. There is an emotional relationship, mental/intellectual relationship, and spiritual relationship along with the physical/sexual relationship. None of these relationships takes precedence or is more important over another one. They all add to the unity and true fulfillment we can have in our relationships. If the spiritual relationship is lacking attention, then of course give it some extra care. But, if the spiritual relationship is strong and the sexual relationship is lacking, then the sexual relationship needs some focus and investigation to find out why its weak and how to fix it.

There is so much more we could discuss on how to address and care for the sexual aspects of our marriages. These ideas and concepts we have discussed are only grazing the surface of the intricacies that go into the sexual aspects of a marital relationship, but are a wonderful place to start exploring. There are many helpful aids to educate people about this area of our lives. One book, among many, of research on this topic is Sexual Wholeness in Marriage: An LDS Perspective on Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality in our Marriages by Dean M. Busby PhD, Jason S. Carrol PhD, and Chelom Leavitt JD MS. It includes misconceptions about sexuality, common pitfalls, and explores the many parts that go into sexuality and how to integrate sexual wholeness into our lives as well as suggested solutions to help with issues you may be having. This is a beautiful, and fulfilling part of marriage. Don’t let it go unattended.

DIY Frames and Watercolors

DIY Frames and Watercolors

“These walls are just so bare.”  Have those words ever crossed your lips?  It’s happened to all of us at least once.  So, now what?  Maybe you’re broke; maybe you’re on a budget.  Either way, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on […]

Comfy Seats and Love-Filled Treats

Comfy Seats and Love-Filled Treats

All over the world, people spent this last weekend in comfy seats eating yummy treats while they listened to the voices of modern prophets, apostles, and auxiliary leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during General Conference. There were monumental announcements and […]

Two Hour Church?

Two Hour Church?

During General Conference there were a few astounding announcements, one regarding the length and structure of Sunday church meetings. It was announced that church meetings would be shortened to two hours and an emphasis would be placed on home-centered study. God has heard the prayers of many individuals who wanted the strength to be able to attend all three hours of church, including new converts and parents with young children. He then was able to advise our modern-day prophets to potentially shorten church, which will be happening starting January of 2019. How does two-hour church benefit the family? Well, a few potential benefits include: more gospel-oriented homes, more time for families to spend time together, and even honoring the Sabbath day with a focus on the ordinance of the sacrament. This Sunday schedule will provide opportunities for families to be more gospel-oriented in using the new Come Follow Me resource to learn and understand more about the gospel within the family. With this, the family can decide how they will apply the gospel in their daily lives and live righteously together. While leaving church early is exciting, the family can spend the extra time together doing family home evenings or a selected activity that is gospel-oriented. The time spent together, will only increase love for each other because they will create memories that will be with them forever. Two-hour church will also put an emphasis on the importance of the ordinances that occur during sacrament. When we attend our weekly sacrament meeting, we renew our promises to God and remember the importance of the gospel in our lives. Two-hour church will help us to see the importance of family by spending time with them in a church-oriented home and by renewing our promises. We are ready for January of 2019 to come because we will be receiving new information about being gospel-oriented within the home and attending church for only two-hours.

Killer Recipes: Cake Mix Cookies

Killer Recipes: Cake Mix Cookies

Ingredients:  One package plain Devil’s Food cake mix*  1/3 cup water  4 tablespoons melted butter  1 large egg  1 bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips  1/2 cup walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F 1. Lightly grease 2 […]

Killer Recipes: Homemade Pizza Crust

Killer Recipes: Homemade Pizza Crust

You know that feeling on a lazy Friday night, when you don’t feel like doing anything but watching TV and eating some of your favorite comfort food? I know I do, and while I have many comfort foods I love, pizza has always been a […]

Provo Gem: The Soap Factory

Provo Gem: The Soap Factory

Provo.

This place has a ton of character to it. Although I complain about the construction and zero parking and bipolar weather most of the time, it really is a great place to live and explore. There are so many startup companies around here that you can’t ever truly be bored (unless you’re hungry at 11:30 pm on a Friday or Saturdaythen you’re in trouble because nothing is open).

There are some real gems in our backyard, and I think it’s important that we give each of them a shoutout. The one that I’m going to focus on today is The Soap Factory!

This place is so much fun. I went on a date here back in 2015 and when I tried to go back later, it was closed! Have no fear, the company only moved to a bigger location, and it’s now on Center Street.

It can be a little tricky to find because it’s on the second floor; it is not a shop that you walk past on a sunny day, but it’s a rare find if you ask me. It’s a pretty cheap date for a really great time. It’s $5 per person (studio fee) and then 5 cents per gram for whatever products you make. (A bar of soap is usually less than $5.) There are literally over 400 shapes, 150+ essential oils, plus colors and paints to create your own healthy, all-natural soap, scrubs, lotion, lip balm, and tons more. This place is full of creativity. You choose the scents/oils you want in your product, the mold/shape of it, and then you paint it to your liking.

I personally think that this a great place for all ages and relationships. A girls’ night, birthday party, couples date, you name it. The first time I went here was on a blind date and *luckily* the date was a smooth one. You can easily strike up a conversation while creating your art, but it also allows you to have silence if 1.You really want to concentrate on your work and 2.The date is struggling.

I highly recommend checking this place out and don’t forget to make a reservation. Just try itI promise you’ll thank me later.

BY: CARLY CALLISTER

Killer Recipes: Amy’s Famous Cheesecake

Killer Recipes: Amy’s Famous Cheesecake

Ingredients Graham cracker crust: 1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs 1/2 C sugar 6 T melted butter 1 tsp cinnamon Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon together. Add in melted butter and mix until mixture is sticky enough to put into a pie plate. […]