Can Running Make You a Better Parent?

Enjoy the ride. Although many people run for heart health, weight loss, or competition, others run because it’s fun. The endorphins pulsing through your blood leave you smiling. In parenting, it’s important to have those lighthearted and joyful ...more

Yep, My Real Job Is a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always ...more

Letting Go, Letting Them Learn

For as long as I can remember, I have been a riddled with anxiety. On the playground, I studied my tennis shoes with hopes I wouldn't be chosen for kickball. I sweated in the 40-degree weather with fear that my face would resemble a pug dog after one ...more

Let's Get Ready for Preschool!

The first day of school is kind of a big deal, especially for preschoolers. Leaving the comfort of home isn't easy, but it’s a huge milestone for both kids and parents. Prepare for the first day of school by creating an exciting, positive experience ...more

ABC, Easy at 123, Let's Go Back to School!

A – The Aggravation that bubbles inside of you when you realize there are too many things that need to get done for that first day of school and not enough hours in which to do them. ...more

Why I Wore My Swimsuit this Summer for the Sake of My Family

Recently I came across a blog post on Facebook were a mom wrote about putting on her swimsuit, pushing aside her insecurities, coming out from under the sun umbrella, and taking off the coverup to… get this… ENJOY playing with her children in the water! So simple, yet something many of us, myself included don't do. ...more

18-Year-Old Cited for Waving Penis Out Car Window: Justified or Not?

If your kid was charged with waving a rubber penis out of a car window, how would you feel? First, I am not saying what he did was right at all. Small children could have seen this, and I'm sure it offended people. Personally, I would have laughed if it were just me and Chris in the car or even my older kids. Obviously they already know what a penis is. ...more
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Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more
I love that you know she wasn't judging you! It's so hard when we are tired/sick.worried ...more

Why I Wore My Swimsuit this Summer for the Sake of My Family

Recently I came across a blog post on Facebook were a mom wrote about putting on her swimsuit, pushing aside her insecurities, coming out from under the sun umbrella, and taking off the coverup to… get this… ENJOY playing with her children in the water! So simple, yet something many of us, myself included don't do. ...more

Martyrdom of John the Baptist

From Divine Office.org Today is the memorial of The Passion (beheading) of Saint John the Baptist. Called to proclaim the coming of the Messiah, he boldly spoke the truth in word and deed. Saint John rebuked Herod Antipas’ behavior at having married his niece, who was also his half-brother’s wife, saying, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herod placed John in prison ....more

Whole30: Yes, You Can Do It.

Last month I decided to challenge myself to the Whole30. It was something I had seen being thrown around The Internets and after a long week of feeling particularly sorry about myself three months postpartum, I decided to give it a try. I was so impressed with the stories of other Whole30'ers that I was determined to challenge myself and see what the "program" could do for me ....more

five fact friday

1. Therapy works. We’ve been asked by a few people if it’s just something “we could do ourselves” and ...more

Fun For A Friday - This Week's Collection Of Stuff

As I explained yesterday, it's been one helluva week. ...more

Summer 2014: The Archives

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We have four good friends coming to Charlotte to spend the weekend with us, and we're really excited to for the fun that we know will be had. I even planned ahead and got a sitter for M for Saturday night so we can take them out for a "real" meal, you know as opposed to a toddler meal where someone sits in her chair for .5 seconds and then wants to use everyone's fork and knife for the rest of the night as she puts stickers on everyones hands.Anywaaaaaaaay....as summer comes to an end (sad face!), I thought I'd share a few fun summer photos and memories that never made it onto the blog over the last 3 months ....more

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I think you will find that your successes are goin...

I think you will find that your successes are going to be far more spectacular than your failures. Thing is, nobody can be successful 100% of the time, so some failure is inevitable. But I believe that you, having come so bloody far, are going to be on the mostly successful side, because that's what you do ....more

what I live for

Dress c/o Olive the Things So that may be a little dramatic... but I'm pretty sure I'm mostly serious when I say that I live for long weekends ;) We actually have zero plans (which is rare for us, but I thought I'd give Eric a break, ha ha!) and I couldn't be happier knowing that I get an extra day for my little family to spend together! Anyway, a couple things to note-I'm offering 50% ANY AD SPACE through the weekend! ...more