Stop Taking Pictures of Memories You Aren't Really Making

As fast as they excitedly walked up to drive the tractor, they were equally rushed to leave it. In that moment, it dawned on me for a repeated time: we are constantly so busy getting the best pictures for the notorious annual Facebook celebrations that we are forgetting to have the memories that drive these pictures in the first place. "Go sit on that pumpkin! Put your face in that scarecrow head hole! Hold your pumpkin and smile in the great lighting! Ok let's go home and upload these..." ...more
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The Real Reason I Stay At Home

I'm a Stay-At-Home-Mom. I could tell you that this was the plan all along. That I always knew that this is how we would raise our family. But that isn't how it happened. A series of choices led our family to this place, but underneath the practicalities and the logistics there was a feeling. A feeling of insecurity in my own childhood that I wanted to keep my own children from having. I've built my life around my kids' schedules. ...more

Blessings in a Backpack...

This afternoon I stopped at the day care to pick up miss Alivia.  While I was gathering her bag and jacket, I checked her cubby for any papers that may have been placed there.  Today instead of the usual drawings and notes, I found a bag full of food.  Not sure what it was, I stopped in a nearby classroom and asked "What is this?"   "It's from Blessings in a Backpack - if you don't want it just leave it in the cubby."...more
A lovely story. Maybe they don't get it all now but as they look back, they'll remember what you ...more

Super Simple Keepsake Boxes

Hi there!I will be the first to tell you that I am NOT a crafty mama!  I don't make a habit of creating things, but in this case I couldn't find a better option....more

You Want HOW MANY Kids?!

0 or 15, it's nobody's business but your's and your spouse's....more

How to Encourage Your Introverted Child

The tricky thing about being an introverted homebody in an extroverted, social society is that you really need to be part of a support group, but then you'd have to leave the house and be around people.As a passionate introvert, I'm so thankful my sweet husband and daughters are willing to be my built-in, live-in support group. (I pay them with chocolate-chip cookies.)...more

I'm Glad I Don't Have Kids..

...Yet. Don't get me wrong, I love kids and I want two cute little bundle of joys eventually. Did you catch that last part? Eventually. I am so glad I don't have kids currently. I know that can be rude or whatever, but honestly, I am glad I don't have children....more

Kids and Sugar

I'm a board certified holistic health practitioner and, as such, I'm always shocked at the amount of hidden sugar in our diet. I'm especially concerned when it comes to kids--not that I'm not concerned about adults but, after all, healthy kids often grow up to be healthy adults--and we're seeing a lot of "adult-only" diseases in our kids, such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  ...more

10 Things Not to Say to a Woman Waiting to Have Kids

 I understand that being a parent is pure bliss. Really, I do.Now, I may not completely comprehend the magnitude of such love until I actually become a mom, however, it’s not that unfathomable when most adults say, “it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to them.” ...more

The Thankful Jar

Regardless of how often we parents remind our children how lucky they are, they really don't get it until they see it. ...more