Trendy, Fun Solutions to Nursing Clothes

After three kids and 67 months breastfeeding (plus hopefully at least another two for my toddler and probably another 24 for baby #4 on the way), I've spent way more time in my nursing clothes than I ever will in my expensive maternity clothes. ...more

Why I Told My Daughter She Didn't Have to Go to College

"I'm not sure I want to go to college," my daughter said to me. I guess the look on my face made it pretty clear what I thought of that, and she hastily amended it with, "For the first year, I mean." "You want to take a year off?" I clarified. "Yeah. ...more

Nope. No Sugar. None.

Dear well-meaning, loving, kind people who offer my daughter sweets, I would love to give my daughter cake just as much as you would. I would love to give her cheesecake on my birthday. I would love to give her more than one tiny bite of one ...more

Please Don't Give Up on My Kid

I can hear it in the exasperation when we speak on the phone and you carefully craft your sentences, trying not to let on that you have no more solutions and have run out of patience. You’ll never say the words out loud, but I see them there behind ...more

Oops! I Said "It" Again

Let me just start with me acknowledging that that some people are not going to like this post. The more I share on my blog about my mom-fails, the more people comment to me online about how horrible my parenting actually is. I fully recognize ...more

Welcome to the Grandparent-hood: It's Good Here

I was talking to a colleague the other day at work about becoming a grandparent and how it changes your life in so many wonderful ways. Just when you think your days of parenting are beginning to wind down and you are wondering what you are going to do with the rest of your life, you get to start your parenting experience all over again in a different way. It will be one of the most important and enjoyable things you will ever do. ...more

How Blogging Made Me a Better Mom

My outlook on motherhood changed drastically due to one simple goal I made six months ago. This goal was to sit down and write a blog post every week about an experience in motherhood with a valuable lesson I learned. I did this to document my experiences and hopefully relate to other moms in the same situations. The main thing I promised myself was to always be positive in these posts and never write anything negative about being a mom. ...more
StrollerSavvy Thanks, yes they are only little for so long! It makes me sad:(more

How to Transition from the Crib to the Toddler Bed

Sleep expert Heather Turgeon, co-author of "The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night's Sleep—Newborn to School Age," will fix your family's sleep problems in this space as she does in her home consultations. Turgeon's solutions are nonjudgmental, kind and—best of all—based on science. ...more
My kido hasen't been feeling well, chronic tummy issues, so need to start from my bed back to ...more

McLoughlin Blue Laws are Alive and Well and Disappointing My Kid

When Mr. Kerrie and I were first dating we were not exactly what you would call religious. I was going through this "down with men because they are all going to just hurt you anyway so why even bother building anything meaningful" phase at the ripe old age of 24, and he was ready to settle down at almost 29 years old ....more

How to Make a Paper Hat

Want to learn how to make a paper hat? The kids and I had so much fun making these! You will not believe how EASY these paper hats...more

Real Life | Stuff We Do

:: I have six posts in draft form.:: I worked 35 hours last week subbing + teaching my preschoolers.:: The family went for two days without clean clothes. I finally did get the laundry done.:: I haven't taken any photos this week at all. :: The sun has been shining for a couple weeks now and the forecast looks amazing.:: I made cornbread tonight ....more

hope for salty girls

I've made it no secret that I fall on the salty side of the sweet-salty personality continuum. Blame it on my upbringing as the youngest and the only girl of three kids, or blame it on my natural instincts toward sarcasm and dry humor. Or blame it on my middle school years.One thing we can't really blame here is my diet: I eat plenty of sweets; too bad the bible verse doesn't say out of the overflow of the stomach the mouth speaks ....more

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Review

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion ....more

Girl Got Game


Walking Her Age in Miles Every Year the Week Before Her Birthday

Back in the day, in between leaving my abusive first spouse and discovering my amazing husband Mr. Kerrie, I dated a psychologist. We worked together when I was around age 23 and he was around age 46 and we were together about 18 months ....more

Instafood Lately + Receipes

Hello and Happy Friday! I've been posting some food pics on my Instatgram lately and have gotten several requests to post the recipes. ...more

An Elephant Never Forgets

What I write about often ends up being very different from what I planned. My family went to the circus this past weekend. I love the circus ....more

How I Lost 27 Pounds in 40 Days #PoloWeightLoss

I began the year with determination and resolve – this was going to be the year that I finally changed my eating habits for good, the year I’ll lose weight and become healthy and active again....more