February 11, 2013

Wendy Cohen

Wendy Cohen grew up in a home filled with love and laughter. Born and raised in Queensland, Australia she now lives in Bountiful, Utah. 

Wendy has served in many church callings which include; Primary presidency, Primary teacher, Faith in God leader, Stake YW presidency, YW presidency, RS teacher, Stake RS presidency, RS president, seminary teacher and now serves as a Sunday school teacher to the 14/15 year olds. 

Wendy and her husband Robert are parents of four children. 

Wendy loves ice cream and cereal for birthday breakfast, doing laundry, any opportunity to teach, people watching, making people smile, and hearing her children say ‘I love you mum’.   

Wendy not only has her own blog, 'Fairy Thinking......and other stuff' (that she readily admits isn't kept as up to date as she'd like) but has also been an occasional writer on A String of Pearls, an international e-magazine for women. 

You can find Wendy on Facebook and on Pinterest.

Presentation information:

Taking Time for Self’ 
(aka: 'I don't give a darn day')
 As women we get caught up in our busy day to day lives taking care of everyone around us. We sometimes forget that in taking care of people we also need to take care of ourselves. This presentation is full of fun and laughter as Wendy points out the importance of taking time for YOU.

'My Savior My Friend'
We all need a friend who understands what we're dealing with. Whether it's loneliness or sorrow or pain of any kind. We need someone who 'gets it'. The Savior 'gets it'. He's been there done that.

  ‘Uniquely You’
It is the differences in the flowers that make a beautiful bouquet or the different voices that make up a beautiful choir. Oscar Wilde once said “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” In this fun presentation, Wendy discusses how we are the same, but different and how to love and accept those things that make us different...or unique.

'Hearts Knit Together'
"Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters...."  My sisters are my best friends but when I live so far away from them I am grateful for my other sisters.....YOU. Sisters in the gospel. We'll celebrate the sisterhood we enjoy in Relief Society...and we'll laugh.

Each presentation runs about 40 minutes long.


Wendy tends to downplay her gifts and talents. She has a heart of gold and arms that reach around many, many people. Wendy knows what Christlike service is, and she lives it. A presentation by Wendy will delight, inspire, and give you the gift of laughter. Wendy sees the humour in day to day life.  Spend time with Wendy and you will see your world differently.....Jane (Brisbane Australia)

Sister Cohen's sharp wit and down-to-earth humor will lift and inspire, cause you stop and reflect on the truths she speaks, and then send you joyfully on your way, much richer for the experience......Marilyn Atkinson (Hyrum, Utah)

Wendy Cohen teaching or speaking is an event not to be missed. I love the way she teaches, she is able to talk in a way that motivates and uplifts.....Lynette King (Brisbane, Australia)

Laugh-out-loud good times!.....Julie Kland (Bountiful, Utah)

True wit and wisdom delivered with an Aussie accent - what could be better than that?! Listen, laugh, and learn - this amazing lady will change your life! .....Stacie Stone (Bountiful, Utah)

Wendy is 'just what the doctor ordered'. She reminds me of an LDS 'Erma Bombeck'. She has a wonderful sense of humor and can make you laugh one minute and cry the next. She is very knowledgeable about the gospel and has an uncanny ability to tie everyday life into gospel principles. I smile every time I think of Wendy and am blessed to have her in my life........Juleen Bell (Bountiful, Utah)

Wendy is resourceful, she is sensitive, she is direct and will always give her honest opinion.
I have left Wendy's company knowing at least three things
1. I can do it
2. I am happy again
3. I am blessed
.......and remember to laugh...........Kirsten Faloon (Limerick, Ireland) 

Wendy is the "silver lining" to every dark rain cloud. She will support you through anything with humour and sensitivity. If Wendy's on your team, you cannot fail......Deonne Bailey (Brisbane, Australia)

August 12, 2012

The Olympics, A View From The Couch

I'm not someone who sits around watching sports. There is only one game that is important to me and I even get up at 3am to watch it. It is the State of Origin.

This year is the first year I have plonked myself in front of the couch and watched so much of the Olympics. It

August 3, 2012

Born Brave {CD Review}

I have to admit that the name Katherine Nelson is new to me. I haven't heard anything of her prior to listening to this CD. I am super happy to introduce Katherine to my friends and readers now that I have heard her.

This CD is all about women. I have tried for years to get across to women that WE ARE INCREDIBLE!!! We are STRONG!! We are

July 6, 2012

Saying NO 101

I've spoken about it many times as I go around speaking to women. The need for more of us to say 'NO' when asked to do something. The guilt seems to overwhelm us and we agree to do something that adds extra burden to our lives, family or even finances.

May 10, 2012

Uniquely You

Last night I enjoyed sharing this topic with the ladies of the North Canyon 3rd ward. We had a lot of laughs together. As promised, here are the quotes that I used in the presentation...plus a couple of extras. Thank you all for a wonderful night....and the yummy fruit pizza.

March 12, 2012

I Don't Give a Darn Day.............

Yesterday it was my privilege to be a presenter at a women's conference. The topic of my presentation was "I don't give a darn day". Around the board behind me I had displayed a number of very funny signs and quotes. I thought it much easier for people to come to my blog and see them than for me to email everyone where I found them. So here they are. If I have done it right then you simply need to click on the picture and it will take you to the source of the picture.

September 10, 2011

9/11...a view from an Aussie

There are things happen in our life that we will always remember where we were and what we were doing at the time. September 11th 2001 was one of those days.

We had just moved into a new house. We that is, except my husband who was back in America visiting his family. The children were all in bed and I was on the computer chatting with friends from all over the world. One of my friends mentioned that a plane had just hit the world trade centre. I was asking questions like "Was it a small plane? What was it doing so close to the buildings?" etc. He of course wasn't able to answer the questions I was asking then all of a sudden he said "Another plane!!! Another plane has hit!!!"

September 1, 2011

The Elusive °....or degree sign

I type a lot of recipes. Whether it's to post on my blog or just to put in my file on the computer, etc, I type a lot. Everytime I've come to the temperature I have to type the complete word...degree. It gets old and it just doesn't look right.

Surely there's a way to simply type ° rather than write 'degree'. So I went in search of the 'how to'. I found help all over the place...as you do.

Zucchinis Galore.....

This is the time of the year that neighbours are dropping off 'zucchini bread' or 'zucchini brownies'. Everyone is trying to disguise this abundant vegetable (although some may argue that it is a fruit). If there was such a thing as a 'State Vegetable' then zucchini would be it for here in Utah.

Everyone has a thriving garden here (all except me it seems) and everyone plants zucchini. There is nothing unusual about opening your front door to find a bag full of zucchinis that some kind neighbour dropped off as they went for their morning walk.

So what to do with them? Yes the bread and the brownies are lovely but I think I have hit on a real winner here. I found a recipe for...wait for it...Zucchini CANDY!!! So being the kind of person who tries different or interesting recipes at least once (Vinegar Pie  and Velveeta Fudge for example) I tried it.

These are such a huge hit in my home with my teenage sons that now I am going to have to plant a garden next year and grow my own zucchinis.

August 25, 2011


If you have found my recipe for Eggplant Salsa then you will know how much we love salsa in our house. Today I found this bowl online that would fit perfectly in our family.

This bowl makes the art of scooping salsa onto your chip, effortless. No more fear of having the blob of salsa fall straight from your chip onto the table as you lift the chip to the edge of the bowl. Just think of the money you save right there.