The Best World War II Novels of the Last Decade

One of my favorite ways genres to read is historical fiction. I love being immersed into a different time period and leaving my present-day cares behind. Of all the historical periods, I would have to say that World War II novels are my favorite ones to read.  In the last decade, some great World Ward II novels have been published. I feel like I’ve read them all, though I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

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An Unforgettable Thank You Card With Basic Invite

Today, I’m so excited to spice up my Landing Your Dream Job series by partnering with the amazing stationery company Basic Invite. Lately, my focus has been on interviews: interview prep, the phone interview, the Skype Interview and the actual in-person interview. I just wanted to take a moment to discuss a component of interviews that people often overlook: the thank you card. And if you read to the end, I’ve even got a treat for our readers.

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Landing Your Dream Job: Acing the Phone Interview

You’ve been working hard to stand out among the crowd in order to land your dream job. Now, it’s time for the phone interview. This is your chance to interact directly with the interview committee. There’s nothing you want more than to ace the interview in order to secure a spot as a finalist for your dream job.

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Arizona Road Trip: Exploring the Magic of the Southwest

Road trips. Love them or hate them, you have to admit they are usually the most budget-friendly option for families. My family is not new to road trips. From Utah, we have taken family road trips to California, Montana, Florida, Ohio, and Texas. All of that adds up to a lot of hours in the car. But with four kids, flying is pretty much off the table if we don’t want to spend a fortune. For our latest road trip, we decided Spring Break would be a great time to take an Arizona road trip.

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Great Cookbooks You’ll Use Again and Again

There are some not so great cookbooks you receive over time that spend most of their life on your bookshelf. They have some nice ideas, and you take it out every once in a while to try a new dish. However, once you complete the recipe, you wonder why you ever bothered taking it off the shelf to begin with.

My great cookbooks are rarely on my bookshelf. They are constantly wandering around my dining room table, kitchen counter, and on top of the microwave. I went looking for one to help me write this post and realized it wasn’t even in my house! My husband had lent it to a newlywed couple to help them with dinner ideas. I have found that great cookbooks can be sources of inspiration and should stay within reach.

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Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon with Kids

There are certain places you should take your kids before they grow up, and visiting the Grand Canyon with kids definitely belongs on that list. The sheer immensity of the view just leaves you in awe. It’s the kind of place that teaches a child that the world is much bigger than they could even imagine.

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The Importance of Setting Smart Fitness Goals

I know New Year’s is usually the time that people set goals for the year, but I have found that spring is the best time for me to set my fitness goals. With the warmer weather, I feel a more motivated to get myself out for a jog or bike ride. Yet, oftentimes my fitness goals fail, not because I can’t achieve them, but because I am not setting smart fitness goals.

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Monument Valley: What to Know Before You Go

“Where the Earth Meets the Sky” reads the brochure for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Stretching along the Arizona-Utah border, Monument Valley is the iconic image of the American West: red sandstone pillars sticking out against the vivid blue sky. For the best experience at Monument Valley, you’ll want to read up on what to know before you go.

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Landing Your Dream Job: Preparing for the Interview

You did it! You thoughtfully approached your cover letter, you tailored your resume to match the needs of your dream job, and you scored the first interview! If you’re like me, you’re feeling a combination of elation and terror at the same time. You’ve made a great first impression, but now you’ve got to dig deeper to prepare for your interview to show them that you are their dream candidate.

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