The Beach House aka Hulihan Reunion 2017

This past weekend we had our family reunion on my side of the family. It was in Southern California- Picnic at the park in Glendora California, and then swimming at the beach at a beach house in Solimar, California. The beach went right off the back porch steps and it was lovely!

Beach life 🌊🦀🌺 #beachhouse #plantlife

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Top 5 Moving Tips!

I’ve moved 9 times in the past 16 years as a married wife and Mother. Each time it has been crazy. Each time it gets a little better. We still do not own our own home and want to, so another move will be in the works in the next few years or so.

Here are a few tips that I have found extremely helpful:

  1. Start early: 6-8 weeks in advance. Start getting rid of all the stuff you don’t want to have in your new home/ stuff you haven’t used in over a year.
  2. Get strong, sturdy boxes. Fill them up all the way- putting pillows or towels on the top.
  3. Wrap your furniture in those plastic rolls you can buy- it really helps with any nicks and scratches!
  4. Get help the last week or so- you are going to need it!
  5. Leave your picture up on the wall until the last few days- it makes home still feel like a home.

Good luck!

Homemade Granola (to die for!!)

Sharlene Oborn gave us this recipe. It is simple, easy and so delicious with fresh fruit or chocolate chips! I halved this recipe and added raisins but left out the coconut and brown sugar.

Homemade Granola

Sharlene Oborn

12 c. rolled oats

1 lb sliced almonds

1/2 lb chopped pecans

16 oz coconut 

1 c olive oil

1 c honey

1/3 c brown sugar (opt)

4 tsp vanilla

Mix the first four ingredients in a very large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the last four ingredients and put in the microwave for 1 min. Stir and pour over oat mixture. Mix thoroughly and divide into two large cookie sheets that have tin foil on them and have been spayed with Pam. Bake for 1 1/2 hours at 250 with both pans in the oven and switch at 45 minutes.

My husband loves this and even has it for dessert on his ice cream. Enjoy!

Megan

On Moving


Moving stinks. I’ve done it 9 or 10 times- I’ve lost track- since we’ve been married for 15 years. It stinks. It really does. With each move we have often added a child or two (we have 5 including a set of identical twin boys Ethan and Jonah). Usually it has been for a job change but sometimes it was because we grew out of our current house. Our twins turned one and we moved from a two bedroom to a three bedroom townhome (after a brief stint with our in laws). My husband Josh graduated from law school at BYU in Provo, Utah and we moved from that 3 bedroom townhome with now 4 children to a 3 bedroom tiny home in Sugarhouse near downtown Salt Lake for his clerkship. One bedroom downstairs wasn’t technically a bedroom since it had no closet and no door but we were desperate! The boys would climb out of bed, come upstairs right when we started to relax and we would shoo them down again. Ah, moving!

The worse part about moving. The very worst past of moving is the packing and then having to unpack again. For six weeks straight, I am going through things, getting rid of things, packing things and then we get to do it all over again, except in opposite order again after a big trip across the country (like we did in 2011 from Maryland to Arizona) or just after a trip right down the street (like we did in Arizona for a home with a pool or in Lehi, Utah where our landlord didn’t renew our lease).

Our latest move was a 12 hour- or 19 hour if you are driving a truck and hauling a sedan- trip from Lehi, Utah to the small, rural, 26,000 town of Paso Robles in the Central Coast of California.

Josh’s Parents and two older sisters all live within a ten minute walk of each other and we have joined our 5 kids into the now 20 cousin mix (with 4 being out of the house this Fall).

It’s been wonderful. Crazy. Fun and Wild!

With a few beach trips thrown into the mix.

Moving- what a ride!

 

Savvy Minerals Makeup


Young Living introduced their new make up line Savvy Minerals to a huge cheering crowd last month. Since then there has been a new website created all about this beautiful line of natural make up and it includes short videos on how to apply it as well as do a 5 minute face. It’s wonderful and I plan to be switching my make up over to Young Living one piece at a time! I love this make up line and am so excited to cut out more chemicals and add more oils in my daily beauty routine!

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/savvy-minerals-by-young-living

Vision Board 2017

How many of you have a Vision Board? Are your goals visible to you on a daily basis and you can be reminded of what you are working towards? Mine are! This is most of my vision board.

  1. Family: My goal is to have a healthy, happy marriage and a stable foundation for a healthy, happy family.
  2. Oils. This is a 100+ kit that you can win if you rank from one level to the next in a certain amount of time. Talk about motivation! I am not in the running for this yet, but when I am- watch out! I will be working hard towards this goal!
  3. A screaming Mazda Miata. This has been my go to/favorite/Megan car since I was 11 years old. Mine will be in blazing red (and in the old design type). I can’t wait!
  4. Living near the beach. This has always been a bucket list goal of mine and it’s becoming a reality on July 1st of this year! Who would have thought? We’re moving from Lehi, Utah to the Central Coast of California and the town of Paso Robles. We are super excited- especially after all the boxes are packed and unpacked!
  5. Not pictured there are the words: Faith, Hope & Love. I always include my Heavenly Father first in my life, in my dreams and in my goals and this is no exception! He comes First- His will, His desires for me and Serving others for Him.

I hope and pray that as I work towards these goals, I will become a better person, my family will become closer knit together and that I will have fun doing it!

Write down 5 of your top goals/items on your bucket list, print out some colored pictures, post them on a post board, look at it daily and be amazed at what will happen!

Boys 13th Birthday!

 

My twin preemie boys- Ethan & Jonah- turned thirteen a few weeks ago. I distinctly remember being in the hospital and not knowing whether they were going to make it. 

I imagined Jonah as a strong boy, double digits old, playing with his friends, laughing and chatting. And here he is.

I imagined Ethan- who was the healthier of the two and easier to imagine- a boy equally strong and healthy, noble and good. And here he is.

They are healthy and strong and make my heart leap with joy when we celebrate these milestones. Happy 13th, boys, and here’s to many many more!

***Five more years and both of these boys will be on a mission for the LDS Church. How crazy is that?!

Young Living’s Global Headquarters Groundbreaking

On Monday I was privledged to attend the Groundbreaking of Young Living’s new Global Headquarters in Lehi, Utah.

My absolute top 3 favorite highlights were:

1) Hearing Gary and Mary Young speak and their two sons Jospeh and Jacob.

     Gary- decked out in a red cowboy hat and matching boots spoke of his vision of this building twenty years ago. He said he never created a product for profit but for purpose. 

Mary spoke of how Gary is always very confidant of his dreams- even though they didn’t seem possible. Joseph and Jacob spoke of how Young Living is all they’ve known but they love it and they are grateful for the experiences they’ve had. 

Before Gary spoke his ten year old son Jacob was hanging on his neck lovingly. And this is a co-owner of a large company. Such a cute family to watch! I am proud to be a part of such a high quality, family friendly company.

2) The NingXia Red toast. This Gogi berry juice was passed to everyone and we toasted to the ground breaking of this soon to be 238,000 sq ft building with a waterfall, a 1,000 person amphitheater and a restaurant for outside guests. It will take a year and a half to build.

(This is not the same location, but it is very similar)

3) The location. Nestled in a large field, next to snow capped mountains- the scene is quiet and serene, peaceful and calm
I’m thrilled for this company and the growth and success that they’ve achieved! And I look forward to the future with hope and excitement!