All Things Anne

Because we can’t have anyone nominate us (totally self-serving, even if I want to win the prizes), and we are awesome moms (hehehehe), we thought we would share a little about ourselves at the beginning of this month highlighting moms.

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I’m Anne, and newest member of Travel Parent Eat.  I have 2 beautiful boys, and a wonderful, amazing husband!  I start with the best parts of my life whenever I write a bio, and this bio isn’t any different.  I love my family and I am so grateful that I can stay at home with them all day.  They are my joy and my life.  While I do enjoy some alone time, my greatest moments of bliss involve these boys.

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I work from home, blogging (obviously) and teaching for the University of Phoenix.  I received my Masters of Science from Utah State University in Health Education, and my B.S. in Psychology from Weber State University.  If I had an unlimited supply of money, I would be a full-time student because I have so many interests.

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When I have alone time I usually spend it crafting or sewing.  I have organized a pinterest project party that I host once a month.  I love getting together with friends and creating.  “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul,” Dieter Uchtdorf.  This quote sums it up, my soul yearns to create, to use something differently than its original purpose or combine objects to make something new and useful.  I learned how to piece quilts from my grandma, and it is a beautiful experience to take pieces of fabric, sew them together, and make a new design.  The bonus is I think of my grandma every time I piece them.

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(sorry about the blurry picture, I run too fast to get a good one. hahaha)

If I need alone time, I spend it running.  Whenever I get grouchy my hubby kindly hands me my running shoes and gently pushes me out the door.  I always come back a happier person.  I have participated in 6 half marathons, and one full marathon, numerous other smaller distances.  That may not sound like a lot to the running groupies, but I’m working on upping my numbers this summer.  I love being able to run long distances, listen to a good audiobook, and lose myself in my surroundings.  It helps me clear my mind and work the stress out of my soul.

anne baking

Baking is another hobby of mine, and I am just starting to create my own recipes.  I’m typically the type of person to follow the directions exactly, but I am enjoying the experimentation process and sharing my successful experiments with you.  There was once, in the early days of our marriage (while I was pregnant and any combination sounded good) that I tried using banana flavored instant oatmeal in meatloaf.  That was not a successful experiment.  It was one of those infamous disasters that we still joke about.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and I am grateful to have a relationship with my Savior.  I served a mission for my church in Nauvoo, Illinois, and Richmond, Virginia.  This was a life changing experience, and I am grateful I was able to share my beliefs with the people in those areas.  It was from this experience that I realized the importance of families, and dedicated my life to building up families.  I know that families are forever, and I want to make the most of every day with my family, and help others make the most of their families as well.

As I write these characteristics, I don’t feel that I am qualified to be highlighted along with some of the amazing moms that have been nominated.  I am grateful I have been surrounded by so many wonderful moms and that I can learn from their examples.  I am so excited to get to learn about some of these other amazing moms throughout the month, and I hope you will read the highlights daily, not to make yourself feel like less of a mom, but so you can glean from their experiences and continue to grow as well.

Find the form to nominate your favorite mom here:

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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