Mid-Year Book Round Up

I've written about reading challenges before, and how they are so great for kids but also for adults, too. The GoodReads app has a fun little thing where you can set a reading goal for yourself and then track your books as you read them. I set my goal at 50 for the year. That's… Continue reading Mid-Year Book Round Up

Just a Short Thought

This girl right here is a huge cheater pants. That’s right. When we play games, she knows how to manipulate everything so that she wins or comes out ahead every.single.time. As a big-time rule follower, this kind of freaks me out and also drives me crazy. But this game is different. In this fun game,… Continue reading Just a Short Thought

So I Did a Thing…

Friends, I did a thing. I wrote a book (something I said I could never do, ever) and then I signed up to attend a writer's conference (something I said I was way too scared to do, ever). With the registration fee, you get one free agent pitch. That means you sit down with an… Continue reading So I Did a Thing…

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)