Can We Survive a Low-Tech Summer?

For the past few years, I have debated the benefits of letting my kids use technology during summer vacation. Most of the time, we are an unabashedly tech-friendly house. My kids have e-readers and laptops and our house probably has a few too many ...more

New House Rules!

Ridiculous in light of more important rules we need around here, but hey, a girl can dream. Funny thing is, we don't actually even HAVE any official household rules. It's on my list to thoughtfully draft some one day soon. I probably would have done ...more

One Time I Was in the Shower...

I peeled an orange in the shower. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it really happened. There I was, in the shower, minding my own business, when Tiny-Small burst through the door yelling, “I’m hungee, Mom! I’m hungee!” I told her I’d be out in a ...more

A Letter to All the Babies I've Loved

Dear baby, Over the years, your face has changed—not just from the sweet rounded cheeks of a newborn to the angular face of a seven-year-old, but from face to face, of all the babies I have been privileged to know and hold. Your eyes have ...more

Oh Dear... My Daughters Are Kissing Each Other

It all started when the girls came downstairs with a guilty-ish look on their pixie faces. I'm praying that they will always carry such transparency in their eyes, but I'm not hopeful. "What'd you guys do?" Eden {5} looked at Ellie {7} for a ...more

Special Needs Kids Can Love Supper Camp, Too

Summer is here again, and you might be wondering what fun activities you can get your child with special needs involved in. Depending on the level of your child’s abilities, you might consider sending him or her to the local seasonal camp at the nearby park. Many cities have parks and recreation departments that offer affordable camps and activities for the children in the community during spring and summer. And yes, there are a number of camps designed especially for children with speech, academic and physical delays, which can provide a great experience for your child....more

8 True Things About the First Year of Motherhood

Recently, I have seen a few articles about post-delivery that people may find surprising. The articles tend to list scary things such as wearing big pads after birth and bleeding for an eternity. All of these things are true, but I have found that the year after birth brings its own bag of surprises. Don’t be surprised when you wake up every day and your body hurts. Pre-baby I felt no pain, and now something hurts every day. No joke, the Icy Hot is my best friend. ...more
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10 Things Parents Shouldn't Say To Non-Parents

Lately, I've seen some articles (this one in particular) about how people with kids are tired of hearing certain things from people without munchkins. I know, I know, we don't get it. But maybe, possibly, you're forgetting what it's like to not have kids. There are different stresses but stress none the less. ...more
On #1... I am an empty nester and think all the time... Wow!  These dogs are like having ...more

DIY Cardboard Skate Park

I think my boys like making/constructing things more than actually playing with them....more

It Won’t Get Better

A newborn’s cry is unmistakable. The hearty, bleating squawk of a tiny human being announcing their arrival, is a sound that etches itself into the cellular memory of a parent. ...more

A Day of Golf and Pictures: Boys Fashion

Sometime back in March, when the weather was superb and the birds chirped and a light breeze blew through my hair...I took Q out for a golf photo session for Fly Little Guy. ...more

Friday Disney Giveaway!

Calling all Moms, Dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors of little Disney loving princesses...I have a super fun giveaway for y'all! ...more

Special Needs Kids Can Love Supper Camp, Too

Summer is here again, and you might be wondering what fun activities you can get your child with special needs involved in. Depending on the level of your child’s abilities, you might consider sending him or her to the local seasonal camp at the nearby park. Many cities have parks and recreation departments that offer affordable camps and activities for the children in the community during spring and summer. And yes, there are a number of camps designed especially for children with speech, academic and physical delays, which can provide a great experience for your child....more

It’s Always the Ones You Least Expect

So Duff and I are leaving for our trip next week. You know, the one where we’re going to the beach WITHOUT OUR KIDS for a week?! We’re excited, but I’m a little overwhelmed at the thought of leaving all three kids, even though I know our moms (to whom we are incredibly grateful) can handle it ....more

What My Dog Has Taught Me About Living With Cancer

In 2013 our beloved dog, CB, was diagnosed with melanoma. It was a stunning blow to all of us and even the veterinarian had a hard time with the test results. The tumor was in one of the bones that made up his first toe on the right foot and we made the decision to remove the entire toe as a precaution ....more

Quick Trip To NYC

This Tuesday, Sawyer and I flew up to New York to spend time with a few friends and also to hang out with Z. Its been such a great trip with Sawyer. He's enthusiastically pointed out every taxi, bus, and truck, so he's been nonstop yelling, "Mom! ...more

no matter what!

Thank you all so much for your prayers, the notes of love and encouragement for our sweet Hasya, and for just being a part of her life (and her journey to healing) from afar....more

Midweek Randoms + Shark Tank Swag Giveaway Winners!

Happy Thursdaaaaaaaay :) Sorry I forgot about posting the two Shark Tank swag giveaway winners! They are: a Rafflecopter giveaway I'll probably be doing more with Shark Tank in the future :) We have family pictures next week and I wish my hair was about six inches longer. I just don't have hair that does well when it's short : /...more