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Saturday’s Warrior: The Motion Picture – We Need You!

Update: The Kickstarter funded! There was a surge of support in the final days and it came through in the nick of time. Thanks to any Mormon Momma readers who shared or contributed. It’s going to be great.

Join the Saturday’s Warrior Kickstarter campaign now!

When I was a kid, my sister, Nora, went to see a musical. It was all the rage, touring across the western states to sell out crowds. She bought the LP and we listened over and over and over. I memorized every song. That was my introduction to Saturday’s Warrior.

Saturday's Warrior Kickstarter

Fast forward to 1989. I’m married with my second child on the way. A VHS recording of the stage play is offered for sale. I bought it—I had a few friends in it—and my kids were introduced to a somewhat different version.

Fast forward to 2015. Lex de Azevedo—one of the writers of the original stage play–sets out to produce a feature-length, theater-release movie. With a refurbished script, a combination of old music and new music, and an amazing crew in place, the first script read through happened at BYU. My daughter, Alana Jeffery, read the part of the matron, along with other selected MDT students. Shortly thereafter, in March, auditions began in earnest. My daughter, Monica, auditioned—again and again and again. Finally, in early August, she was cast as the new Julie Flinders!

The Piano Guys are part of the deal along with Alex Boye and others you may recognize (like Vine star Kenny Holland). You can help support this wonderful, clean, family-friendly entertainment!

Today, Saturday’s Warrior is in the midst of filming. Friday, September 18 (until 8:00 pm), is also the last day you can join me in being a Saturday’s Warrior Kickstarter backer! Please click through and make a contribution. Kickstarter is all or nothing and if the producers don’t reach their goal they get nothing. Below are some of the promotional videos for your enjoyment!

There are lots of great awards. Please join us!


An Open Letter to BYU Fans: 3-Step 12th Man Primer

An Open Letter to BYU Fans: 3-Step 12th Man Primer

Dear BYU Fans:

As Mormons we are taught that we want to be kind to everyone, for that is right, you see. I understand and generally concur. But, as we read in the scriptures, to every thing there is a season. And this, my gentle friends, is football season. So let me tell you a little story.

I began attending BYU football games when Gary Sheide was the quarterback. It was 1972, and while my parents sat in the adult seats, my brother and I sat in the “knothole” in the end zone. I attended faithfully through high school. In college, I got up at 0’dark hundred, stood in the long lines, entered the lotteries, and did whatever must be done to obtain student season tickets.

In 1991 we moved to Florida and were left to sit in the Young Women room at the church—with Ernie Sego and Doug Littlefield—to watch the games on the library TV through the satellite system. We donned our shirts and took our pom poms, but it wasn’t quite the same.

On August 26, 2000, Sam and I drove our five children (including a two-month-old baby boy) from our home in Boca Raton to Tallahassee to watch BYU take on Florida State. It was a rare chance to see our beloved cougars play in person. We were thrilled. But tucked away in the tiny visitor’s corner of the stadium, the Seminoles schooled us on true fandom.  [click to continue…]


TLC and the New Lyrics

[While looking at this piece of internet hilarity, we saw the last photo…]

Monica (18): Wait, I thought the lyric said “Don’t go, Jason Waterfalls!” I thought it was some guy’s name. What? It makes sense…

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#ThugMormon Trending Now

I hate Twitter. OK, I don’t get it. I’m totes on there and all. Tweeter me at @AlisonMSmith. But I probably won’t answer because I don’t really know how. I can’t follow conversations and brevity is not my strong suit. Why is this a thing, anyway?

#ThugMormon Trending Now

The only time I had any kind of Twitter success was when Facebook went down last winter and I had a brilliant way to deal with my anxiety.

And to be clear, “Twitter success” for me means 23 retweets and 64 favorites. I’m on fire.

In spite of my ineptwittertude, someone messaged me a funny hashtag (another new fangled convention that I barely grasp) distracted me from my otherwise desperate life pondering a hopeless future with either Hillary or The Donald. Today I share some joy. I don’t even know exactly how #ThugMormon got started. Something about a BYU football player (who isn’t a Mormon) getting arrested, I think, and a radio host solemnly noting just how freaking thuggish Mormons are. (Feel free to correct this rough sketch with the truth in the comments.) Then the idea of our natural propensity to be criminally negligent took on a life of its own. Behold the badness.   [click to continue…]


Natural Holiday Decor

Caleb (11): Mom, if you have a cut and it’s close to Halloween, don’t clean it up. Save it and you can use it for a Halloween decoration.


As the push to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion mill becomes stronger—and people stop letting warm and fuzzy words like “choice” annihilate their common sense and human decency (excluding, of course, the Obama administration, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, and the like)—some are publicly mourning the loss of the “Women’s health care” that may, possibly, egregiously, never be seen again if Planned Parenthood were to be defunded by the hard-working and baby-killing-averse taxpayer.

Can Women Survive Without Planned Parenthood's "Women's Health Care"?

I’m here to help! First, some facts. In 2012–2013 alone Planned Parenthood:  [click to continue…]


Dark German Chocolate Cake Bars

My husband lived in American Samoa for three years as a child (ages 8–11) while his parents taught at the LDS church school there. Eight years later his dream came true and he was honored to serve as an LDS missionary in both Western and American Samoa for two years.

Dark German Chocolate Cake Bars

Sam loves the Samoan people and everything Polynesian. One of those things he came to love is anything with coconut. For his birthday this year, I looked for a coconut recipe that was a little different for his birthday cake. We ate this at our family party last night and it was a delicious hit. Thanks Paula Deen!  [click to continue…]


BYU Football: No More Carl’s Jr.

Last year I wrote an open letter to BYU athletics about their affiliation with the slimy Carl’s Jr. franchise. Later I wrote a followup noting that, all claims to the contrary, some local franchise profits do (of course) get funneled to corporate advertising.

BYU Football: No More Carl's Jr.Carl’s Jr. doesn’t even try to be subtle in its objectification of women and everyone seemed to understand this except the people at BYU collecting the cash. As Keith Berry commented on an AdWeek article about the latest sleazy commercial:

Wouldn’t it be better to scrap all the masturbatory innuendo, and just simply have a guy furiously pleasuring himself as she walked by? Sure, it lacks all the subtlety and artistic prowess of a typical Carl’s Jr. spot, but a little more on brand, no?

“On brand” is right. And the BYU partnership with such branding created more than a little cognitive dissonance. I sent the letter to every person in both BYU Athletics, the BYU Corporate Partnership Staff, BYU administration—anyone I could get contact information for. I did not receive a single response from anyone, in any capacity, in any department.

Yesterday, however, I received some very good news. The 2015 BYU football seaon tickets do not feature Carl’s Jr. and no hint of CJ can be found anywhere in the brochure!

To all those who spoke up and to all those who took action, thank you!


Today I intended to write about the vile and disgusting Planned Parenthood and all the companies that support them (and, thus, with whom I will no longer do business, such as Wells Fargo and Liberty Mutual (BYU Alumni Association, heads up!), et. al.), but that it being put off to attend to the Mormon Newsroom revelation published this week.

BSA Homosexual Leaders Sexism

But first, some background…

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Slow Cooker Asian Garlic Chicken and Veggies

Slow cooker Asian Garlic Chicken & VeggiesSummer cooking gets me down for all sorts of reasons.

  1. It is too nice outside to stay inside and cook.
  2. Cooking makes things hot(ter).
  3. Cooking.

And thus I am always on the lookout for dinners that are quick, healthy, and tasty, without burning up the house.

Today I found a simple dish that uses my favorite appliance, the slow cooker. I modified it just a bit to suit our needs and threw it in the crockpot in just a few minutes.

Using baby carrots and the really teeny baby potatoes (I used golden potatoes today) makes the recipe even easier, since there’s no peeling or cutting or prep.

The original recipe called for skinned chicken thighs, but I don’t like my food swimming in all that extra fat, so I pulled it off. After I removed the skin, I put it in a microwavable bowl and quickly cooked it up for our pets. They love it!

This meal also makes a tasty cold lunch the next day. Just add some fresh fruit and you’re set. Monica is in rehearsal for about six hours per day for Wizard of Oz at Sundance, so tonight I packed up her Asian Garlic Chicken in our Easy Lunchboxes and sent her off. No starving allowed!

Summer yum!  [click to continue…]