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About Mom With A View

Serena is a wife and mother of four, three boys and one girl. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies of Communications and Marriage and Family Studies, with a cluster in History from BYU-Idaho. She enjoys reading, dancing, running, biking and sewing. Most of all, she loves being with family and friends.

Vintage sheet quilt in progress.Homemade Quilts For Under $5.00

I love quilting!  It is my favorite gift for a new mom; something that feels good to give.  A gift that won’t quickly be out grown, perhaps even a keep sake.   The only thing I don’t like about quilting – … Continue reading

Homemade Decorative BasketDIY Decorative Material Lined Baskets: Made Out of an Empty Cardboard Box!

Organizing with nice sturdy baskets that have fabric liners are my favorite way to keep rooms in my home neat and tidy.  Personally, I prefer them over plastic bins because of their more desirable aesthetics and the ability to coordinate them with … Continue reading

Insanity Workout ReviewReview Of Insanity Workout DVDs

My sister had been telling me about a workout video for a couple of years that she had been doing and how she was in the best shape of her life.  I thought, “that’s nice, a video, how good could … Continue reading

laundry soap1Homemade Laundry Detergent

With rising prices on just about everything.  I have found many ways to cut corners on the cost of everyday items, my favorite new one is homemade laundry detergent.  This seems to be all the rage right now in frugal … Continue reading

Phil & Ted Double Stroller ReviewReview Of The Phil & Ted Double Stroller

When we learned of the arrival of our 4th and final child only 13 months after our third son, the quest to find the perfect double stroller began.  A few “must have” requirements were; light and easy to fold, minimal … Continue reading

Handsome disabled boy in wheelchair opening doorHow Obamacare Or The Affordable Healthcare Act Will Effect Children With Special Needs

As we conclude yet another presidential election cycle (and not a day too soon), questions regarding Obamacare are now forefront in my mind.  What consequences will fall upon the least of them among us with the full implementation of Obamacare; … Continue reading

LemonsHow to Combat the “Boy Pee” That Lurks Around Your Toilet (I know, gross!)

With four children, three of which being boys (who, for some reason, don’t know how to lift the seat to pee) cleaning products are a must-have staple in our home.  The area that seems to be the most daunting to … Continue reading

Woman laying with book over her faceLiving with Adult ADHD, a Recovering Alcoholic, and Why Glenn Beck is My Hero

Eleven years ago my husband told me about a new show he was listening to on AM radio and suggested that I might like it as well.  I was shocked to hear this “sick twisted freak” (a phrase often used … Continue reading

WeehooThe Amazing Weehoo: Product Review

This summer, in my quest of saving money on our monthly gas bill (ouch),  I  wanted to purchase an attachment for my bike that my daughter could enjoy riding around on.  Being six years old and having special needs I … Continue reading

Welcom to Granby COGranby County Museum

On our family spring break trip to Granby, CO and Sol Vista Basin, a gem was discovered in the hills of the town of Hot Sulphur Springs: Granby’s Grand County Museum. Full disclosure: I love museums and given the choice … Continue reading

Baby in UterusSave Children With Special Needs

Last weekend my husband and I went to the movies and, prior to our featured film, we saw both the ad from Coke-a-Cola and an upcoming new movie to promote saving the chimpanzees.  Not to mention the inaccuracy regarding their … Continue reading

Ballet SlippersSomething’s Magical About the Theatre

Growing up I quickly discovered that I loved the stage.  Whether I was on it or in front of it, it called to my soul.  I would mentally move with every step of a dancer or an actor during a … Continue reading

School InclusionSchool Inclusion Is Important

When I sent my youngest child, and only daughter, off to school this year to start kindergarten I was terrified.  She, on the other hand, was utterly thrilled.  My daughter has Down syndrome, and up to this point she has … Continue reading

YMCAYMCA Offers a Variety of Fun For the Whole Family

Family fun that is affordable and practical? Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA in Granby, Colorado is all that and more.  As a mother of four children ranging from the ages of five to fifteen my husband and I are always looking … Continue reading