Utah. Mother. Urban Farmer. Teen Mom. Fitness. Family.

Not all republicans are preaching for violence, civil wars and suggesting the election was rigged. But the ones who are create a divide in America that may be irreversible.

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Photo provided by MEGAN JELINGER/AFP via Getty Images

When I look at what the hell is happening in our country and the divide that we see, I immediately think about my ex-husband’s current wife. We share a daughter together so he and I still have a “relationship” and this includes with his current wife and children. Prior to Trump becoming president, his wife and I had a decent relationship. Here’s a little backstory on her, that might help explain her irrational thoughts.

Darla was raised in Colorado City, Utah. This is home of the Polygamists that follow Warren Jeff’s and still practice plural marriage, underage marriage and incest marriage. She left the compound around 16 because she was obedient and following the ways of the profit. …

Instagram's idea of self-care is totally different from actual self-care. It’s not a perfect selfie at the gym, it's knowing when to get help.

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Before I started thinking about actual self-care I thought it was getting my hair done or having nice nails, looking good in those “tight” jeans or going on a shopping spree. Those are things that made me feel better about myself in the current moment and honestly not so great when I looked at my bank account after. This isn’t self-care in my opinion, these are small things that make you feel good at that moment. You can look great out on the outside but if you don’t feel great on the inside, are you really taking care of yourself?

To the world we live in its self-care if you take a gym selfie or post a pic of your makeup. …

Cauliflower has rebranded the face of vegetables, and the health benefits that eating more cauliflower bring you are immeasurable.

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I recently have been looking for ways to take in fewer carbs and still enjoy my meals. I love pasta, bread, rice and anything with carbs! I make amazing homemade breads. I am also over weight and trying to alter my lifestyle to enjoy food while not becoming more obese.

Cauliflower has changed my life although, I was very skeptical at first.

There was no way in hell cauliflower was going to replace rice.

I started with my first recipe of mashed cauliflower with gravy in place of potatoes. While it wasn’t terrible it was definitely not potatoes. …

Her grandmother admitted to drowning the child but later told her parents she was alive and well.

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Photo provided by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (Age Progression of Acacia to Age 11)

This story is one of the more disturbing cases to me, I have a hard time when it comes to stories that involve children. Being a mother of two girls, and one that is the same age as Acacia when she went missing has made this even harder.

This is going to get a little messy as the details are a bit confusing in some parts, but here we go.

Acacia was abducted by her grandmother, 38-year-old Kelley Jean Lodmell, from her great-grandparents’ Salt Lake City, Utah home at 6:00 p.m. on May 25, 2003. …

We live in a society that thinks it's ok to question life choices and judge us for them. Stop answering them and live your life.

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Why do we feel like we need to explain who we are or the choices we make as adults to others?

Have you ever noticed if you do something different or change something about your appearance there is always someone that wants to know why? I will give you some examples of this happening to me.

I recently pierced my septum and I couldn't tell you the number of people that have asked me why I would do that to my body. Why not? It’s my body. I think that's just it sometimes, I do things because I can. …

I found a new joy in life by writing on Medium and that scared me.

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You get up every day, typically with the same morning routine, and go to work. Head home maybe pick your kids up from school or daycare. Go home cook dinner for your family and repeat. I’m sure this isn't everyone's daily routine, but we all have some sort of routine or another that we follow. We get stuck in our normal, and it's boring and or at least repetitive.

For me, I get up daily at 4:30 am and head to the gym. Get an hour workout in and pray that I don't go home and eat more carbs than I should. I then wake my daughters up for daycare/school and do the drop-off. Work my normal schedule, pick up the kids, cook dinner, clean up, care for the animals, and repeat. …

The pain never goes away, you just get used to hurting.

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I remember the day my dad died like it was yesterday, but at the same time, it feels like a lifetime ago. 3,505 days ago to be exact.

It was Friday the 13th, I got a phone call that woke me. It was my mom's neighbors, she happened to be a nag, so I figured she was calling to tell me my parent's animals were out or something random.

I will never forget her voice when she said “Megan, you need to come to your mom's right away!” She wouldn’t tell me why or if everyone was okay, she just said to come quickly. It was a short 5-minute drive to my parent's house. I quickly grabbed my daughter, put her in her car seat, and drove very fast and frantically. …

It’s been 30 years since Michelle was burned alive in her home.

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Michelle Halling — Photo provided by screenshot of ABC 4 news article

Tonight as I was browsing the Utah unsolved homicides list, I found the unsolved murder of Michelle Halling. I went straight to Google and found a lack of information regarding Michelle. There are two articles pertaining her case, with the exact same information.

Michelle Halling died on February 22, 1990 of smoke inhalation caused by a fire ruled arson. The fire accelerant was poured around Michelle’s bed, according to the police in 1990 they were waiting further testing to see if the accelerant was also poured on Michelle’s body. I haven’t been able to find information on the results of that test. …

Imagine if all children had access to gyms or an outlet to work out

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A few months ago, my 13-year-old daughter asked for a gym membership. I chuckled — she must be bored with staying at home lately or something. Then I thought about it. She’s very athletic, she competes competitively in gymnastics. Why would I not get her a gym membership? I also thought, great, my daughter has more motivation to go to the gym than me. What is wrong with this picture?

I decided to get her membership, and I have zero regrets. I started out going to the gym alone, but now she joins me every chance she gets. She is part of the routine. It’s been exciting to watch her excel when she runs or lifts weights. Seeing her do leg presses today with 160 pounds, which is 60 pounds heavier than she weights, is amazing. She's fearless and so strong. …

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