The first day of school was an absolute whirlwind. After the first day pictures, and buttoning my oldest two boys into their handsome first-day outfits and the school's adorable tradition of the kindergarten "clap-in", my youngest son and I...
We've all been there, an exhausted family in toe from a week-long extrusion full of hotel stays and fast food stops. The kids are cranky, you're begging for your bed and now, everyone is hungry. If only you could...
  It's getting closer and closer to the start of school, and to be honest, I'm a little sad about it.  But if I'm being REALLY honest, I'm probably not sad for the reasons you're thinking.  I'm sad because I'm excited about...
Summertime. Laying out by the pool blasting music. Boat trips to the lake. Camping out under the stars. Ew. No. I’m so ready for fall. I realize that summer is a season beloved by many. However, I am not made for...
“If you don't stop crying, we’re going home.” “You can’t play because you’re crying.” “Stop crying.” “There’s nothing to cry about.” I hear these cringe-worthy phrases from desperate parents and caregivers on a regular basis when I’m out in public with my toddler. Don’t...
Picture this: You attempt to quietly plod into a silent room with huge glass windows and tall ceilings, shushing the little monkeys (whose monkeys are these anyway?) that never seem to realize the circus is closed for business, all...
Do you have a child who is reluctant to make art and get messy? Or one who gets easily frustrated while making art? I can relate and am sharing my tips I have learned along the way to help...
I don't make my disdain for summer a secret. I can't stand the heat, humidity, or resulting sweat that pools in my sports bra from June to August. When I was in my teens, I was a lifeguard for...
If you're anything like me, it feels like 10% of your day is spent playing and connecting with your kids, and the remaining 90% is spent cleaning up the mess after your moment of fun. I'm a stay at home...
It’s birthday party time at our house. Hopes and expectations are running high with big dreams being shared about what the party will be like. Guest lists are written and changed, as is the coveted gift. Oh, to be a...
Has life ever thrown you major curveball? The kind you wonder how you're going to work your way through it, yet you survive and come out the other side changed and transformed? It was 2019; we had a house full...
Being a parent is hard! When our daughter first came to us as a foster child, I started reading everything I could find on parenting, and I still do! I soaked up every word! I've read lots of parenting books...

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