Today on Studio 5…

Because I’m a technological idiot, I can’t seem to figure out how to embed the video from KSL into this post. So check out this link right here to see today’s blogging clip on Studio 5.


  1. You were awesome, my friend! I was so proud of you. You were stunning, too! Love you!

  2. annie,
    don’t worry about your techno skills-i tried to use the ’embed’ script, and it seems as though it’s broken.
    i read the ‘mormon mommy blogger’ post and had the same initial reaction courtney did – “it’s a compliment!” the positive and motivating topics these blogs offer really have a positive impact on the blogging world. in fact, the whole-wide world could take a lesson or two from the mormon rule book of family values. can you imagine if they were to apply them to their daily lives (oh the bliss!) i myself have felt re-energized (on many levels) to do a little something extra for the birthday party or make more of an effort to spend quality/honey time with my hubby. i find myself thinking outside the box for that extra something special to blog about.
    and whilst i’m here, may i compliment you on your personal blog topic range?! you’ve done a terrific job of telling ‘the whole story’ and in my opinion really put your vulnerable self ‘out there’. you present the entire image of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly.’
    i look forward to reading your posts. you’re doing wonderful:)

  3. 1. You look stunning! You did NOT just have a baby…?!
    2. You were very graceful as you discussed this topic. I read the post by Emily and found it interesting. I’m going to direct readers to it this week b/c I’d love to hear what others have to say about it.
    3. I like your blog, mormon-momminess and all.

  4. Loved it, and I think you did an amazing job! I felt the same way. I think we have lots of depth,
    I think we try to accentuate the positive in our lives and that we have so much going on that when we focus on the positive around us, it helps us to keep a better perspective. Thank you for all you wonderful words for mormon mommy bloggers everywhere.

  5. I didn’t care for the article about Mormon Mommy Bloggers. Nope. Didn’t like it.

    For starters, I don’t think LDS women have perfect lives wrapped up in a bow as the author made it appear. I’m about as Mormon as they come…BYU grad, RM, card-carrying, wife & mommy, full-time active member of the church. I’ve seen a few Mormon women in my 40 years…none of them are perfect.

    I agree with you Annie…the article painted Mormon mommies has having little depth.

    What about the Mormom mommies who actually (gulp!) work outside the home? Could we possibly care about issues other than crafts and cupcakes?

    We do so much more good in the world than creating cute scrap books or making a month of freezer meals.

    By the way…you looked hot on Studio 5! (And by hot, I don’t mean sweaty.)

    • annie valentine says:

      Diana, I really wanted time to talk about creating versus crafting, because you don’t have to be a stay at home crafter to create. As Mormon women, we are all big time creators. Thanks for this viewpoint, loved it.

  6. You were fabulous as usual, Annie! Oh, and you looked way too hot for just having a baby. Totally not fair. I think you handled everything perfectly!

  7. I have to say that I’m totally shallow & just took the article @ face value. It was so interesting to hear you talk about it & explain why it bothered you. You did great & you do look fantastic!

  8. Looking good on TV Annie!
    How does mormon grandma blogger sound? Doesn’t quite have that roll of the tongue as mormon mommy bloggers does.

    Bottom line of the article proves that what you and others have – others want it – if only to read and think about it. It possibly could change the mindset of a generation of young women. I say that is a good thing.

  9. Can I tell you how cool it is to have a friend who is on TV? It’s THAT cool! And yes, you are looking like a total hot tamale.

    OK, here’s what bugged me about the article (and as you know, I did blog about it): When it came to any kind of reference to our actual faith, she was snotty. She said things like “I’m married to a former saint, and I have no delusions as to what it would be like to be a Mormon.” On the other hand, when she talked about our blogs, she used words like “fantasy.”

    And I gotta say, if one more woman tells me that the only definition of a “feminist” is the “overeducated, atheist, childless” model she trots out as her own description, I’m going to go mushroom cloud on them. So. Sick. Of. It.

  10. You look great!! Your salami diet must work very well.

    I think we all go through phases of what kind of blogs we read/stalk. Several years ago, I was obsessed with (what I refer to as)dead baby blogs. It was a compulsion. (BTW, I’m a grandma and my baby is 25) Could.not.stop. It was while one daughter was pregnant…after a safe delivery with a great outcome, I relaxed a little and gradually, the compulsion left. BUT, 8 months later, another daughter had a stillborn baby. I felt a little more prepared to help her because of what I’d read.
    Maybe these MMBlog-stalkers are being prepared to learn about the gospel, be more receptive to the idea of motherhood, whatever. I wouldn’t read too much into the article. We all get crazy over weird things, and the internet enables us to feed into our crazies.

  11. Love that shirt, so cute!