6 Ways to Help Your Kids Get Ready to Read

I'm squished between two carseats, not a super comfortable place to be, but here I am anyway. My mom and dad are in the front, we are headed to find adventure at IKEA, and my daughter has a book in her hands. It's called Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall. The main character is a… Continue reading 6 Ways to Help Your Kids Get Ready to Read

Just Say NO to the Mom Guilt (in 3 “Easy” Steps)

Our girl missed the cutoff for kindergarten by a number of days, so we have one more year of preschool ahead of us, and let me tell you, preschool shopping is a painful process. So painful, in fact, that making a decision this week threw me into a full-on mom guilt attack. Mom guilt is a… Continue reading Just Say NO to the Mom Guilt (in 3 “Easy” Steps)

How a Pile of Lumber, Some Nails, and a Swing Changed My Whole Perspective

So, listen. I'm totally not an outdoorsy girl. I really, really, really dislike insects, like all kinds. Camping is just a hard NO for me, the cooking and eating outside and the sleeping on the ground thing (plus all the bugs...yuck). I'll take my real mattress and my indoor plumbing and my shower any day… Continue reading How a Pile of Lumber, Some Nails, and a Swing Changed My Whole Perspective

How a Complete Stranger Saved My Life

So. Baby boy's first birthday was such a fun celebration, but it also marked four, yes FOUR, months in which I had not experienced even a six hour stretch of sleep at night. I first wrote about our sleep troubles here, and they seemed to just get worse and worse. He was such a happy… Continue reading How a Complete Stranger Saved My Life

You Are Enough. You Belong.

In the wake of yet another devastating school shooting, I've seen some interesting trends in people's responses and opinions. There are, of course, the more gun control camp in direct contrast to the more guns camp. (By the way, this post is not about gun control. I figure you have plenty of other places to go for… Continue reading You Are Enough. You Belong.

To My Baby Boy on Your First Birthday

My happy, bouncing baby boy, You don't know this, but we wanted to have you almost a full year before you made your way into this world. We felt like it was time to grow our little family, and it had been so easy with your sister that we waited until we were absolutely sure.… Continue reading To My Baby Boy on Your First Birthday

The Books that Matter (The Ones That Helped Me Grow as a Person)

When I was a teenager, my dad used to get frustrated with me and say, "I know this might be hard to hear, but the world DOES NOT revolve around you!" It's a lesson I certainly didn't fully learn in high school and am still working on mastering as an adult. I feel like it's… Continue reading The Books that Matter (The Ones That Helped Me Grow as a Person)

Writing: A Beautiful Mess

Every now and then, I think it's a good idea to stop and take a status check, evaluate where you are and if you've made any progress. Well, this week something happened that I believe warrants at least a mention if not a small celebration. Last year, I wrote about my problem with perfectionism, which… Continue reading Writing: A Beautiful Mess

Passion and Purpose: Will they Always Align?

Yesterday, my entire day revolved around poop and snot. Before you worry, though, they are healthy poops (just an abundance) and allergy snot, so no one's actually ill. Beyond the constant bottom and nose wiping, I prepared and cleaned up after three full meals, ran to rescue the dog bowls from the baby multiple times,… Continue reading Passion and Purpose: Will they Always Align?

What I’m Reading in 2018

So, I have a slight book-buying problem. In general, I try to keep things pretty minimalist in our house. I love a good spring cleaning (or fall or summer); my mama taught me that skill at a young age. Even still, Marie Condo's The Japanese Art of Tidying Up was a life changer for me. After… Continue reading What I’m Reading in 2018