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Especially for Youth Camp Was AWESOME, and Other Summer To Dos

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Thu, Jul 04, 2019 @ 10:45 PM

Hope you are all having a great Summer! Like most parents, sometimes I wonder if we're making the right choices while raising our kids. When things go wrong, we reevaluate and adjust. That's a good thing to teach our kids as well. I feel strongly that taking our kids to EFY this year was a very good decision.

Summer line up was crazy as usual, choices were hard, like they have been ever since high school sports entered our lives. We are trying to squeeze in a lot of fun, build skills, share the Gospel, and get some work experience in the real world. Definitely worth the opportunity cost going to EFY vs. doing anything else for us.

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Tags: His blessings in my Life, Share the Gospel, Especially for Youth, Church Camp for Teens

Happy Father's Day to My Husband with Love

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 @ 09:11 PM

Feeling so grateful for my Husband, and especially for what a great Father he is.

He's been really supportive this year, when we had to get so much done with the kids including: an Eagle Scout, SAT and ACT tests for college, Five Sports, Seminary, two driver's licenses, jobs, and split-day school.

Father's Day is this Sunday, hoping what I made for Marc shows up in time.

Sneak peek below...

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Tags: Father's Day Love

A Daughter's Talk on Mother's Day

Posted by Kaeli Monahan on Sun, May 12, 2019 @ 09:03 AM

I'm posting my daughter's talk at Church today, Mother's Day, not just because I'm flattered, I am, but because her talk reflects her testimony, values, and the things she's doing to prepare to be a good Mom some day.

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Tags: mothers day

Christ's Blessings to Us on Easter

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 @ 09:27 AM

I’ve been asked to speak this Easter Sunday about the Savior. No pressure, ha!

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Tags: Jesus Christ on Easter, His blessings in my Life, Share the Gospel

Shouting for Joy

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 @ 02:23 PM

Feeling blessed for a lot of reasons. A new driver in the house just made things a lot easier for me. Bummer the kids can't drive their friends for another year, but as siblings, they can drive everywhere together. They are out doing errands for me now; Exciting for them, and great for me because I am able to work and get stuff done.

In the last few days, Marc and I took a walk in the morning because they could drive together to seminary, and we took a walk at night because one could go pick up the other one at math tutoring, Hallelujah!

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Tags: Spring Break 2019, they are growing up, mormon prom is better

Unplanned, Choose Life for Your Baby, Peace for Yourself

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Apr 06, 2019 @ 03:34 PM

Saw the movie, "Unplanned" with my good friend, Laurissa. ***Spoiler Alert*** I was horrified watching a tiny baby trying to evade suction and being ripped apart, during an abortion. 

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Tags: planned parenthood, unplanned the movie, truth about abortion

Isn't It Romantic?

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Fri, Mar 22, 2019 @ 05:58 PM

Loved the anti rom com, "Isn't it Romantic?"

Saw the movie with my daughter last Friday night. We laughed our heads off. Movie therapy for the romantic duldrums of high school. Romantic movies are one of our favorite things to do together as girls. 

Two weeks ago on Saturday at an invitational, our daughter high jumped 4'6" at a track meet in her first attempt of the season, then went to volleyball practice, and after we shopped for her first Mormon prom dress, with my friend Laurissa and her daughter.

Hard to believe we are there.


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Tags: Teenagers, teen dating drama, anti-romance

When Your Daughter's Best Friend Moves in the Middle of High School

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 @ 01:55 PM

Such a bummer, my daughter's best-and-oldest friend since she was tiny, Ella, is moving to Utah in the middle of high school.

Kaeli has a lot of other great friends that she does stuff with, including tons of guy friends, but Ella is her same religion, so they went to lots of dances, did Wednesday playdates at our house after preschool, hung at school and seminary, Gualala, and went to church camp together. Ella is super fun and they have so much history together. It's sad she's moving, but it's life.

There was nothing to do, but throw her a party. We had 15 teens over, served Middle Eastern food (Ella's favorite), played a few games, and there was lots of loud laughter and talking to say goodbye. There will always be texting, and Gualala reunions, and who knows, they could live in the same state for college in another year and a half.

We put together a Shutterfly digital scrapbook of our pics and pics from Ella and her other friends to project at the party and give to her. Ella will be sorely missed.

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Tags: teen angst, bon voyage

Advice to Our Kids About Dating and Marriage

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sun, Jan 27, 2019 @ 10:16 PM

We are in that stage of teen shyness most aptly characterized by the Taylor Swift song, “You should take it as a compliment that I’m talking to everyone here but you…”

I went through it, so I get it. It’s painful, but as my son puts it, “stupid should hurt." OK, that's a little harsh.

Being shy and modest is natural when you are young. Our kids are only 16, so I'm definitely in no hurry for them to date. If they are going to date, my advice would be to follow the Stephen R. Covey quote, "Begin with the end in mind."

I recently told them they shouldn't go out with anyone unless they are pretty good friends first, which is smart. It means they have to ask more questions. They agreed.

Their church leaders asked them to group date until they are 18 based on what the Prophets have counselled them to do, and they, as well as all of their friends committed to do that. I'm proud of them for that as well.

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Tags: dating and marriage

Teen Juggling Act: Why Do It All?

Posted by Laurie Monahan on Sat, Jan 26, 2019 @ 09:15 PM

Anyone with teens can tell you, the teen years can be exhausting. They need to prep for SATs, get their licenses, and try to get straight As to get into their target college.

If you are LDS, like we are, they also need to attend seminary 86% of the school days, read an entire book of scriptures every year, get an Eagle Scout, complete Duty to God, do personal progress, and somewhere in there fit in a sport or instrument, and a job.

Seminary is hard, but honestly, the kids do a lot better when they attend. They have a peer group with their same values. They get to joke around in the halls to start every day.

Sports can be a lot of driving around, signing up for tailgates, fees, and putting in extra workouts, but the peace and discipline sports bring to our home is definitely worth the effort for us. They don't get sick as much, not to mention they love to play and we love to watch them.

My brother-in-law, who played football at BYU and was a multi-sport athlete in high school recently told me, "I didn't always feel like going to practice, but I was always glad I did. Nothing as an adult has been hard for me because of sports, like going to work."

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Tags: Teenagers, teen angst, sports are good for kids, working toward our goals, practice makes perfect