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Home is where the garden is

Beneath the shadow of Y Mountain and within the reach of the carillon bell echo is Richard Sheffield’s Provo home. Through the latched gate is a garden, humming with birds, buzzing with bees, brimming with life. This is where Richard’s [...]
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Made in UV: Chat-worthy Instagram books, sweet clothing and more

The talent and creativity of Utah County residents is limitless. Here are five locally founded and created businesses that brighten Utah Valley. Chat Trick Nate Quigley enjoyed keeping journals, and Vanessa Quigley loved to scrapbook. After [...]
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10 ways to be completely miserable in your LDS ward

Have you always wanted to be miserable? Based on the concept behind John Bytheway’s “How to be Totally Miserable: A Self-Hinder Book,” here’s a list of ways you can reach miserable status in your LDS ward.  If you [...]
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6 ideas for grabbing grown-up time

Kids aren’t the only ones in the family that can benefit from playdates. Parents need leisurely interaction with adults, too, especially moms or dads who primarily stay home with kids. Generally speaking, the more kids you have, the more [...]
Teresa Villalobos Taylor makes a mean chile verde and says the best Mexican restaurant in town (outside her kitchen) is Mi Ranchito in American Fork. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Like father, like daughter: Highland’s Teresa Villalobos Taylor embraces her Mexican roots

I grew up in the central valley of California. My father emigrated from Mexico and his sacrifices have shaped who I am and how I view the world. With only a sixth-grade education, and speaking little English, he settled in California. He married [...]
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Life by Chocolate: Orem bakery dishes dessert and deliciousness in women-owned venture

By Mary Crafts-Homer Most of you know I’m pretty passionate about food. In fact, in some circles, I might even be called a food snob, but in reality, there are just two areas where I am very discriminating: 1) Ice cream vs gelato (that’s [...]
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Provo residents will vote on RAP tax in 2015 elections

Provo residents will vote in November on a new sales tax — 1 cent for every $10 spent — to fund recreation, arts and parks projects. The Provo city council voted 5-0 (Councilman Kay Van Buren and Councilwoman Calli Hales abstained) to put [...]
The Jacob Spori Building stood on the Ricks College campus, but was destroyed in a fire and subsequently rebuilt. (1988 photo via public domain.)

10 successful Church programs that were discontinued (or changed)

On July 27, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that its “century-long association with Scouting will need to be examined” following the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to admit openly gay leaders in [...]
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Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Pie

Whip up this chocolate masterpiece for a decadent treat. Or, if your idea of baking is buying, get Melissa’s treats locally at Good Earth, Real Foods Market, Harmon’s, Beehive Health Essentials or Ginger’s Garden Café. Crust ingredients 1/2 [...]
Melissa films the cooking shows found on her website, melissachappell.com, from her small commercial kitchen in Springville. One of her most popular treats is chocolate-covered macaroons.

How to eat healthier without guilt

Eleven years ago, Melissa Chappell — known as “Raw Melissa” around town — turned her passion for making healthy food into a business. The mom-of-four grew up at the apron strings of two very talented cooks — her mother and grandmother. [...]
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How to be an extraordinary Young Women leader

No matter how you measure it, the calling to be a young women leader is one of the most demanding callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The youth of the Church have great potential and are of great interest to Church [...]
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7 things Jean Funk wants you to know about Saratoga Springs

Thirty-nine years ago, Jean Funk graduated from BYU in child development and family relations. The day she got her diploma, she married her sweetheart, Dave, and moved to a farm in Oregon where they worked and lived off the land, raising seven [...]
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17 photos from the Orem police Kids Camp tour and squirt gun war

Two months ago the Orem Police Department decided to start a new program called Officer for a Day. The program allows community members to nominate kids, especially those who might be going through a hard time, to be an honorary member of the [...]
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10 Utah authors you should be reading

August in Utah means back to school and, for a group of local bloggers, it means recognizing writers in Utah. While not an official celebration for the month, a group of local bloggers celebrate Utah Book Month in August to highlight Utah [...]
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3 times the brethren skipped church meetings (and it didn’t end well)

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy is a commandment with a promise. The Doctrine and Covenants reads, “But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins [...]
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How to age gracefully

Lanae Valentine has earned every one of her 60 years. And while most associate aging with decline, she makes an effort to recognize its benefits, too. “Not everything about getting older is bad,” she says. Her wisdom on the topics of aging, [...]
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Heartbeat of the valley: Orem’s first pediatrician prevented a local measles outbreak in January

It was 1974 and Dr. Douglas Hacking was deciding where to open his pediatric practice. He could have chosen American Fork, with its leading technology and services at the American Fork Hospital. Or he could have chosen Provo, with its promise [...]
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American Fork High students earn $5,000 scholarships for Duck Tape prom attire

AMERICAN FORK, Utah – After 175 hours of labor and 15 rolls of Duck Tape, two American Fork High School juniors have reached their pay day. Wyatt Burns and Bekah Mecham took second place in the 15th annual Stuck at Prom Scholarship competition, [...]
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$35M to $3.5M: Utah County’s most expensive homes for sale

The Utah County real estate market is on fire this summer — sales are up, prices are up, the number of listings is down and so is the number of days that properties are spending on the market. Prices for homes are up 7 percent, prices for [...]
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Aware of Angels sheds light on children with rare genetic disorders through photography

Doctors see a chart with test results and potential breakthroughs, classmates see a friend they don’t understand but want to know, parents see a child doing his or her best to learn, grow and thrive. But through Season Atwater’s nonprofit, [...]